What a perfect summer day at Towson! Beautiful flowers at lunch, followed by fresh fruit kabobs for dessert! Thanks @towsonsam #SummersAtTowson #SceneAtTU #picstitch
#Orioles games are just a short ride away from Towson! Any night of the week you can find good games, but on Fridays TU students can snag tickets for only $5! #Baltimore #Birdland #SummersatTU #picstitch
By: Maddy Smith ‘16
Towson University recently hosted its annual Spring Leadership Conference. The event began in the morning with registration and a welcome from our TULC (Towson University Leadership Consultants). TULC is a group of students who dedicate their time to the iLEAD program at Towson! After the welcome, there was a quick icebreaker and then students broke off into workshop sections. The packet at registration included descriptions of each workshop, so everyone could choose the one they were the most interested in.
Lunch followed the workshop, and soon after, the keynote speaker gave her talk. Her name was Hilary Corna, a successful businesswoman who recently published a book called “One White Face.” The talk was highly motivating, and the audience of students seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. Finally, the second workshops began, and this, after a short conclusion, ended the conference.
The first workshop I attended was called “Fear of Failure,” and focused a lot on using your failures in a positive manner in order to help you develop your skills. My second workshop was “The Balancing Act,” and included a lot of interaction with other people within the workshop, which I very much enjoyed.
Altogether, this conference was extremely motivating, and definitely worthwhile. It was a completely free opportunity provided to all students by Towson, and I’m so glad I took advantage of it.
Can you say Tiger Pride?! Even our artwork on campus represents the best of Towson!
Our Honors College students packed the Potomac Lounge for the second annual semi-formal dance this past weekend. Courtesy of Alex White Photography.
Located only 14 miles away, the Inner Harbor has tons of restaurants, shops, museums, and don’t forget the National Aquarium! Of course we couldn’t go back to Towson without some Old Bay! #latergram #baltimore #innerharbor #nightlife #oldbay
Some pictures from the tournament this weekend! Great season Tigers! #CAAtournament #basketball #doc #picstitch
Post written by Rachel Urban, junior speech pathology major and Spanish minor
TigerTHON is a student organization that has different events to raise money for Johns Hopkins Children’s Miracle Network. Our main event is our annual 12 hour dance-a-thon held every February. It always features a different theme. I was lucky enough to come up with the theme last year, Cirque du Miracle, and this year, Once Upon a Miracle. Our dance-a-thon is growing every year. Last year, we had a goal of $50,000 and raised $80,000. This year we set a goal of $100,000 and began preparing for the big day hoping to beat last year’s success.
This is my second year as the Event Operations Chair of TigerTHON. Some of my responsibilities included picking decorations, reaching out to other student groups to perform (shout out to Allure, Tiger Tones, Pom Squad, the Filipino Cultural Association at Towson, and Fusion Dance!), organizing a timeline of the event and helping my fellow committee members. Being on the Executive Board and the committee is a great experience. It’s an easy way to meet some new people, make some great friends, and the feeling of accomplishment after the dance-a-thon is incomparable.
This year, we had approximately 1,500 people attend! The event got kicked off with a speaker from Johns Hopkins and a video about the history of dance marathons and why we dance. Throughout the night, kids who have been treated through the Children’s Miracle Network share their stories and dance with us. We also have different spirit events as competition between different teams. My favorite was an event where you could donate money to have a team captain pied in the face once it reached a certain amount. One of my other favorite parts of TigerTHON is the hourly morale dance to maintain a high energy level all through the night. Another feature that is a crowd favorite is we serve dinner and breakfast thanks to food donations from sponsors. Whether you’re staying for an hour or twelve, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.
At the very early/very late hour of 6 a.m., our Dance Marathon regional northeast representative Brit Davis and our Johns Hopkins representative Cynthia Palacz helped us reveal our fundraising total which blew us all away: $131,634.25! We reached our goal and even went beyond it, meaning we nearly doubled our amounts for the past two consecutive years. I could not have asked for a better way to spend the night. I look forward to hearing about all the great things this year’s money goes to. Hope to see you at TigerTHON 2015! The TigerTHON committee and I are already starting to plan so it is even bigger and better. Want to find out more? Follow us on Twitter or visit our website!
Questions answered by Captain Eric Felton
How competitive is your organization?
Ultimate Frisbee in college is a lot more competitive than people think. It involves a lot of running, conditioning, and skill in order to compete at a high level. Two out of the past three years we have made it to regionals, the step before nationals, and placed in the top 10 out of 20 teams both times. Our main competitive season is during the spring after we make our A and B teams. A team is the more competitive team of the two mainly because it has the more experienced players on it. B team consists of players with less experience that have an opportunity to improve their skills to compete for a spot on A team the next year.
Do you travel? What other schools do you compete against?
We travel to different colleges all over the east coast. The majority of the tournaments are in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia but last year we also went to tournaments in New Jersey, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. We usually have 3-4 tournaments in the fall semester and 4-5 tournaments in the spring semester. Sports club funds most of this. The majority of our competition comes from teams in our conference. These teams include Maryland, Delaware, American, UMBC, Salisbury, Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins. We do play other teams that are not in our conference. Theses teams are mostly from Virginia and North Carolina. The main reason we travel to tournaments further away is to play teams outside of our area. For example, last season in Georgia we played St. Olaf, Tennessee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, and South Florida. Last season we also played Michigan State, Ohio State, and South Carolina.
How does someone join your club?
In the beginning of each semester, we have a table at the involvement fair as well as a general interest meeting. If someone can’t make either of those then they can always go to the Sports Club Office room in Burdick hall and ask for an interest slip. Anyone can join our club, which is the best thing about it. The majority of people that start out, myself included, have never played organized ultimate.
Do you hold tryouts? How do you decide who gets playing time?
We do have tryouts but we do not have cuts. We try to limit the amount of guys on A team to 20-25 guys. We make this decision mid way through the fall after we have a chance to see who has the skills, potential, work ethic, and commitment. The decision of who makes A team is made by the captains and the coach. The players who do not make A team are put on B team. This team offers players more playing time and opportunities to improve as a player and learn the game more. The coach and captains usually decide playing time as well. We try and rotate guys in as many guys as we can to make sure everyone gets equal playing time.
Do you have a coach? What about officers?
We currently have a coach who used to play for Towson a couple years ago. He was a captain when he was on the team and is the captain of a successful club team in the area. He organizes practices and workouts for us as well as teaches us more about the game. Under the coach are the two captains, Alex Antolick and myself. When the coach can’t make it, we run the practices and provide the on the field leadership. Since Men’s Ultimate is a sports club, we are required to have officers. These officers include a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. These guys are more behind the scene. They are responsible for filling out the necessary travel paperwork, rosters, as well as organizing community service and fundraising events. Anyone can be an officer and it is a great way to give back to the club.
Are there any other activities your group does outside of practices and games?
Team bonding is one thing that I really like about our team. Besides practices and tournaments, we do a lot of things together. I usually get around 3 texts a day asking if I want to just go throw around on a field. We also have team dinners before or sometimes after practice. We are required by sports club to complete community service, but half the time it feels more like I’m just hanging out with a group of friends. At the end of every tournament we do a cheer, “We’re not just a club, we’re friends, best friends.” This is one of my favorite cheers because yes, we are a competitive team that likes to win, but we are also just a group of guys trying to have some fun.
What is your favorite part about your organization?
My favorite part about the organization would have to be the people in the club. I can honestly say that I am good friends with everyone on the team. We have such a wide variety of people with different personalities, it makes the team a great thing to be apart of.