Conference Presentations

Examining Off-Campus Students’ Sense of Belonging and Behaviors
This session will share insights and recommendations gained through quantitative dissertation research focused on off-campus students. Specifically, the presenter examined the relationship between off-campus students’ sense of belonging and their behavioral choices in a college-town context.
Expand Your Digital Horizon: Enhance Your Off-Campus Outreach with Free and Engaging Online Tools
This presentation identifies free online resources and opportunities for you to create thoughtful and accessible content and enhance your outreach.

Expanding Upon Partnerships in the Classic City
In Athens-Clarke County, the University of Georgia, county government and community have expanded upon existing initiatives and found success in enhancing conversations and events that bring people together, including student/elected official breakfasts, downtown-by-day events, hosting a polling place on campus and making construction project discussions engaging and worthwhile endeavors. 
Exploring Solutions Together – Dealing with Complex Planning Problems in a University Town
The Town of Wolfville and Acadia University created a series of background research papers on contemporary issues and conflicts and gathered experts together at a symposium on housing issues so that planning documents would be informed by a variety of viewpoints and proposed solutions.
Facilitating Higher Quality Town-Gown Relationships through Data-Driven Alcohol Prevention Planning Efforts
This session begins with a comparison and contrast of the data gathered from campus and community participants in each pilot site. Representatives from each town-gown relationship then describe how this quantitative and qualitative information was used to develop a tailored alcohol prevention plan.
Fair Share vs. Fair Shot: Squaring What Cities Want and What Nonprofits Should Pay to Make a Fair Deal
Finding a way to reach a fair economic plan between cities and nonprofits.
Findings from the UK Town and Gown Association ‘Town and Gown: Today and Tomorrow’ Conference November 2016: The Best of British
The session discusses the key highlights from the UKTGA Conference and provide an overview of strategic approaches developed by British based University Towns and Cities. 
Food waste collection in Eugene Supports a Sustainable Campus
This presentation will highlight the innovative public/private partnership that is a vital component of this program, and discuss how the LFNW program provides resources for organizational and event related sustainability initiatives.
Fraternity and Sorority Event Registration & Fire Safety: Pre-registration and inspection of fraternity & sorority in-house events:
This session will highlight the importance of a strong and united partnership between campus and local fire officials and some tips on how to secure that positive relationship.
Freshman Service: Making an Impact from Day One
Getting new students positively involved in the local neighborhoods.
From a College in the Park to a University in the City
While home to almost 38,000 students and employing almost 10,000 faculty and staff, College Park has never developed into a vibrant college town. To address this, the University of Maryland and the City of College Park have formed a powerful working alliance to revitalize College Park and the Route 1 commercial corridor.
From Co-working to Tech Parks: Chicago’s Universities Create Spaces for Innovation and Entrepreneurs
Many of Chicago’s universities have boldly embraced the national movement to introduce innovation and entrepreneurship into curricula and to realize the results by developing spaces to support start-up companies from students, faculty and the broader community. These initiatives have gained the support of Chicago’s mayors, the business leadership of the city, and state and federal government.
From Fractured to Friendly: Building Off-Campus Relationships in a Challenging Housing Environment
The economic downturn of 2007 created unique housing opportunities in the sleepy bedroom community surrounding Stony Brook University. Unscrupulous landlords illegally converted 3 and 4 bedroom homes into unsafe rooming houses, renting to 8-10 students each semester. Three years later, community leaders sent a letter in December thanking Stony Brook for its responsiveness.
From GREIGE GOODS to GIGABIT Knowledge Park Master Plan Handout
In preparing a Request for Qualifications for a major downtown project, the city of Rock Hill., S.C., successfully employed a range of strategies that increased the number and caliber of developers who responded – as well as their investment in pursuing the project and producing results
FROM INCIDENTAL TO INTENTIONAL: positioning UTHSC to anchor change and transform its neighborhood
This session will highlight the integrated planning process for University of Tennessee Health Science Center, focus on community engagement, and reveal the resulting new partnerships and place-based implementation strategies in the Memphis Medical Center.
From Jackhammers To Late Night Parties: Communicating In Challenging Solutions
Learn best practices in communicating methods for involving constituents and students in positive outreach for improving town gown relations.
From Litigants to Partners: A Case Study of the Georgetown Community Partnership:
Universities and their communities are often positioned as opponents in planning and neighborhood life issues. Georgetown University has had a contentious history with its community, which involved decades of litigation over the university’s campus plans. The presentation will provide lessons for university staff in community relations, student affairs, or campus planning, and for community and civic leaders.
FROM VACANT LOTS TO GATEWAY HOUSING: Positioning university property to anchor redevelopment and transform connectivity
This session highlights the new and evolving public private partnership planning process for University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Game Day : alcohol use and misuse before, during and after college sporting events
William Georges, a consultant to both major league and college sports on fan conduct and alcohol issues, will lead a discussion about alcohol use and misuse before, during and after college sporting events, and the experience of colleges that have introduced alcohol sales into their stadia. 
Give Back - Go Forward: Senior citizens volunteering for gift able tuition credit vouchers
This session will discuss the best practices of implementing the model while highlighting Ohio State University’s program. Audience members will be exposed to a framework that supports students, senior citizens, alumni affairs and local non-profits.
Global Cities Initiative: DC’s College and Universities Go International
14 members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area entered a partnership which led to Washington, DC becoming one of 29 cities worldwide focused on an improving its regional export economy in order to enhance overall regional growth.
Good Neighbor Program
The Good Neighbor initiative’s primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for both permanent and student residents of the community by addressing the situations that occur, facilitating discussions to remove any barriers that are present, and fostering positive neighborhood relationships among all participants.
Good Neighbors, Great Partners: Building the Northwestern University – Evanston Township High School Partnership on STEM Education and Beyond
This session will outline the history and development of the partnership; describe its programs and activities; highlight how the partnership works and its outcomes and impacts; and define and demonstrate best practices for school-university partnerships.
Great Plays: An Industry Initiative to Promote Alcohol Prevention in Campus Communities-Strategies Addressing Alcohol and Other Drug Usage
A panel will describe alcohol prevention programming at three major US universities that is supported by the Great Plays Grant Program funded by brewer MillerCoors, which seeks to encourage the use of evidence-based practices while also promoting the development and testing of new, innovative ideas.
Growing a Campus in the City: Integrating Planning at the College of Charleston
Attend this session and learn strategies for integrating neighborhood development and master planning.
Handout-Bridging Campus and Community Together Through Entrepreneurial Spirit
Handout for "Bridging Campus and Community Together Through Entrepreneurial Spirit"
Healthy Communities: Collecting, Analyzing, and Sharing Data
This session explores the resources which allow cities and universities to obtain data about themselves. We will also see how this data can be further processed, analyzed, and translated into bylaws, legislation, and regulations, as well as reveal discrimination and negligence.
High-er Education: Marijuana In Colorado
Considerations on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
Hit the Road Jack (the Bulldog) - Helping Students “Repurpose Their Packing” through Georgetown University’s annual Move Out Drive
For twelve years, Georgetown University and KEYS for the Homeless have partnered to collect over 28 tons of donated goods each spring from students and community members who want to make a difference to families living in poverty in the DC region.
Housing or Community Officer? Both! How positive Town and Gown relationships can be forged from a University Housing perspective
This session will take you through the journey that University of Sussex have made out into the communities that surround their campus, from a University Housing perspective.
How a campus University reached out to its city community through a new community base – University of Sussex: a new initiative from the UK
Learn how a campus University in the UK opened an off-campus community base to bring local community groups together at a time when the university was expanding from 13,000 to 18,000 students in a densely populated beachside city.
How Community Colleges Can Use Community Partnerships to Lead and Ignite Economic Revitalization
The project, built on a site that had for years included an unsightly pit where a former building had been, included student housing and helped ignite local economic revitalization.
How re-evaluating zoning regulations can assist in revitalizing older Downtowns
In 2007 and 2008 a small task force of citizens, the Mayor and City staff members recommended to the City of Oxford Ohio sweeping changes to the Oxford Charter and Zoning regulations to promote redevelopment in the old original Oxford Uptown. 
How to Live in the Community
Nottingham, England, is home to over 35,000 students studying at the University of Nottingham, with over 14,000 students living in the private rented sector. We will identify and show how we tackle challenges in the UK.
I know – it’s only Town/Gown relationships, but I like it
This session will look at the success, failures, and lessons learned in Town/Gown relations through the lens of Rock and Roll. If you’ve ever wondered “What’s Goin’ On?” this might be the session for you. This session is sponsored by the National League of Cities-University Communities Council.
Implementing Bike Share: A Partnership between the City of Eugene, Lane Transit District, and the University of Oregon
After joint efforts to secure funding and complete a feasibility study, the City received a state grant in 2015 that would make bike share possible, along with earlier funding from the Associated Students of the University of Oregon.
Improving Community And Municipal Relationships By Partnerships Through Research Grants
Learn how Rutgers improved relations between the university and city through research grants.
In The Weeds The Wild And Wacky World Of Legal Marijuana 1
Part one of a discussion on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
In The Weeds The Wild And Wacky World Of Legal Marijuana 2
Part two of a discussion on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado.
In This Together: Collaborating To Address Alcohol And Other Problems
Working together to tackle alcohol and other town-gown issues.
Increasing Off-Campus Student Safety
This presentation will share how a community committee, an online module, the Rave Guardian App & the Community Crime Map are helping us overcome the communication & outreach challenges of our multijurisdictional environment.
Innovations in Party Crawl Prevention Strategies
Learn how UMass implemented environmental management strategies to improve the quality of life in off-campus living.
Innovative Multi-Sector Partnership Turns Students’ Trash to Treasure
Responding to the perennial question of students: “What do I do with all of this stuff that I don’t want?!” led to an innovative, multi-sector partnership to manage student move out.
Insight2050: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Focused Growth and Regional Mobility in Central Ohio
Insight2050 is a public-private initiative designed to help the communities of Central Ohio to prepare for unprecedented population growth and demographic changes.
Inter-City Visits-Going Away to Come Together
Inter-City Visits are great tools for bringing together university leadership, elected officials, local non-profits and community members to consider serious community issues in a fun, positive environment.
Interdepartmental Communication: Tools from the Nation's Capital: George Washington University
Learn about communication and outreach strategies and initiatives at George Washington University.
International Geographies of Studentification
This session will draw upon research findings from studies of studentification in UK and Ireland, Australia (Melbourne), Canada (Montreal), China (Beijing), and Norway (Oslo) to show that urban places across the globe are being transformed by concentrations of student housing in distinct parts of university towns and cities.
International Students and Your Community The Challenges and Opportunities: Michigan State University
Learn about the challenges and opportunities related to international students at MSU.
Is This Real Life? Social Media in Policy & Practice
This exciting and interactive session will explore thoughtful high-tech engagement opportunities that supplement effective high-touch engagement methods. We’ll cover how to cultivate an authentic community online and explore how to create innovative engaging content. 
ITGA - RRForum Strategic Alliance: an update on the development of an alcohol responsibility program for ITGA members
This session will focus on the evidence and challenges relating to alcohol in college communities and how the Alcohol Responsibility Program that RRForum is developing for ITGA is responding to some of these challenges.
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