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828 » There's a God after All

The number 828 represents August 2, 2008. On this date I was rushed to the ER for dyspnea. At the hospital I found out my lung had a hole in it. Also, doctors thought I had leukemia because there was an abnormal rise in my white blood cells. After numerous tests and hours of isolation, the results for leukemia were negative (just allergies). Sadly, my lung was still malfunctioning. Long ...

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828 » There's a God after All

The number 828 represents August 2, 2008. On this date I was rushed to the ER for dyspnea. At the hospital I found out my lung had a hole in it. Also, doctors thought I had leukemia because there was an abnormal rise in my white blood cells. After numerous tests and hours of isolation, the results for leukemia were negative (just allergies). Sadly, my lung was still malfunctioning. Long story short, because of my health issue, I was set back a year in college. Despite all the disappointments, I was able to walk for graduation on January 7, 2012. Earning my Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Towson University was the best thing that ever happened to me. Despite the pain, cries, disappointment, doubts, etc. it was worth it all, because I still had hope. I always told myself there's light at the end of the tunnel and every disappointment is a blessing.

Queena Perry | Graduated 2011

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 7-22-13

1989 » My One and Only

In September of 1989 I transferred to Towson after attending a two year college in NY. As I moved into Tower C, I ran into Lance. We had a mutual friend from back home and she had introduced me to Lance in August so that I would know someone at TSU. Lance was also living in Tower C and we became friends. The second weekend of school Lance invited me to an off-campus party at his friend's ...

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1989 » My One and Only

In September of 1989 I transferred to Towson after attending a two year college in NY. As I moved into Tower C, I ran into Lance. We had a mutual friend from back home and she had introduced me to Lance in August so that I would know someone at TSU. Lance was also living in Tower C and we became friends. The second weekend of school Lance invited me to an off-campus party at his friend's apartment. Having nothing to lose, I went to the party. While out on the balcony at Brad and Ron's apartment I met Jon. Jon was supposed to be on the lookout for a girl named Stephanie who was transferring to TSU that semester from a two-year college. The "Stephanie" that Jon was supposed to meet turned out to be my roommate! Lucky for me I met Jon before she did and we hit it off that first night. In Lance's room the next morning Lance told me that Jon asked for my phone number. I told Lance to give it to him and the rest as we say is history! We began dating and were married in May of 2005. Eighteen years later I have my undergraduate degree in ECED, my masters in Reading, an incredible husband and two beautiful daughters. TSU 1989 was a year that I will never forget!

Stephanie Zweibel | Graduated 1992

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 7-1-13

3.5 » 3 1/2 Great Years!

3.5 = 3 1/2 years spent at Towson (formerly TSU). These were the best years of my life. Thank goodness for the GI Bill as it paved the way for many positive changes in my life - Ward Hall, BETE, and a great Health Science program! 3.5 = many great Towson friends! ...

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3.5 » 3 1/2 Great Years!

3.5 = 3 1/2 years spent at Towson (formerly TSU). These were the best years of my life. Thank goodness for the GI Bill as it paved the way for many positive changes in my life - Ward Hall, BETE, and a great Health Science program! 3.5 = many great Towson friends!

Mike Mierzwinski | Graduated 1977

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 6-12-13

6 » My Story - Mona Coberly Plus 5

When I came to Towson State Teachers College in 1951, I was a nervous young girl from the small town of Mountain Lake Park in the western mountains. My assigned roommate on the 6th floor (a walk-up) was also scared. She is Pat Skirven from the small town of Rock Hall on the Eastern Shore. We lived about as far as you could from each other to still be in Maryland. Pat had never seen a mou ...

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6 » My Story - Mona Coberly Plus 5

When I came to Towson State Teachers College in 1951, I was a nervous young girl from the small town of Mountain Lake Park in the western mountains. My assigned roommate on the 6th floor (a walk-up) was also scared. She is Pat Skirven from the small town of Rock Hall on the Eastern Shore. We lived about as far as you could from each other to still be in Maryland. Pat had never seen a mountain, and I had never seen the ocean or a blue crab. We learned a lot from each other and our four 6th floor buddies. Study time in rooms was from 7:00PM to 10:00PM. We had a half hour of REC time and then it was back in our cells. It took us a while to figure out why some other girls went to the library to study. We just thought they were studious, not that they escaped the confines and met BOYS! We moved from the second floor our last two years and into a two room, (three to a room) with a connecting bath. That was 6 girls for one sink, one tub, and one toilet--What Fun. We were in heaven. The six of us are still good friends. We communicate often and get together whenever possible. It was a wonderful and educational experience.

Mona Coberly | Graduated 1955

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 6-7-13

10 » A Ten O'Clock Scholar

In 1930's Towson State College did not have dormitories for Baltimore City students. We city students commuted daily on the York Road trolley. When it reached the city line @ Anneslie Road an additional county fare was charged to continue the ride to TSC campus--a mile or two. To avoid the extra cost we city students often chose to walk the rest of the way to school, 15 or 20 minutes. ...

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10 » A Ten O'Clock Scholar

In 1930's Towson State College did not have dormitories for Baltimore City students. We city students commuted daily on the York Road trolley. When it reached the city line @ Anneslie Road an additional county fare was charged to continue the ride to TSC campus--a mile or two. To avoid the extra cost we city students often chose to walk the rest of the way to school, 15 or 20 minutes. My Freshman year schedule included an early morning History class led by Miss Lena Van Bibber. Try as I might to be on time for the class, I was often a late arrival. A hundred pairs of eyes followed me in my quest for an empty seat in the large classroom, accompanied by Miss Van Bibber's squeaky voice reciting "A Diller, A Dollar, A Ten O'Clock Scholar; What makes you come so soon? You used to come at ten o'clock, Now you come at noon!" To this day, 76 years later, I can still hear dear Miss Van Bibber's tremulous voice chanting "A Dillar, A Dollar..." to the delight of my punctual classmates. I played clarinet in the school orchestra led by Miss Alma Prickett, who also taught a Music Appreciation class. One beautiful, balmy spring day, I decided that my musical training allowed me to skip music class and spend some time reading (a textbook assignment) on the pleasant, inviting lawn in front of Stephens Hall. Later that day Miss Prickett remarked on my absence from her earlier class. She chuckled at my explanation that the pleasant outdoors won out over the indoor classroom. Her gentle smile told me that she forgave me. I cherish those memories and memories of my classmates: Leslie Dunbar, Harry Russell, Lee McCarriar, John Sheck, Charles Gross, Mary Reindollar, Helen Picek, Josephine Hubbard, Catherine Gray, and the most beautiful girls you ever could see--Marie Parr, Helen Tribull, Helena Townsend, Margaret Well, Betty Stewart. Many may be gone, but none are forgotten.

David Nelson | Graduated 1941

Parent, Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 6-7-13

2 » 2 Roommates Named Lori & Lorrie

Though our names were spelled differently, they were pronounced the same. My roommate Lori became #1, because alphabetically her name came before mine. We remained roommates until we each got single rooms senior year. Our last names were rarely used--instead Lori #1 or Lorrie #2. ...

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2 » 2 Roommates Named Lori & Lorrie

Though our names were spelled differently, they were pronounced the same. My roommate Lori became #1, because alphabetically her name came before mine. We remained roommates until we each got single rooms senior year. Our last names were rarely used--instead Lori #1 or Lorrie #2.

Lorrie Jakubik | Graduated 1978

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 6-7-13

2008 » Aspire, Believe, Achieve

I couldn’t believe that I had successfully completed all of my courses and was now ready to graduate from Towson University. All of my countless efforts, diligent work, strong drive, and determination had paid off. My parents and relatives couldn’t have been more proud of me, but I was the one who was the proudest of all. All of my hard work had resulted in me being the first in my immed ...

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2008 » Aspire, Believe, Achieve

I couldn’t believe that I had successfully completed all of my courses and was now ready to graduate from Towson University. All of my countless efforts, diligent work, strong drive, and determination had paid off. My parents and relatives couldn’t have been more proud of me, but I was the one who was the proudest of all. All of my hard work had resulted in me being the first in my immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree from a university.

Erica Gresham | Graduated 2008

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 5-16-13

5589 » My Outstanding Experience

I graduated from Annapolis High School in 1951, but could not get into Towson State because I was not in the top 1/3 of my class. My dad was the Director of Admission at Johns Hopkins, so he found me a girl’s junior college in NJ, Centenary. After my freshman year there, I was able to transfer to Towson. I really wanted to be a teacher. My graduation class was 1955, but I got married in ...

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5589 » My Outstanding Experience

I graduated from Annapolis High School in 1951, but could not get into Towson State because I was not in the top 1/3 of my class. My dad was the Director of Admission at Johns Hopkins, so he found me a girl’s junior college in NJ, Centenary. After my freshman year there, I was able to transfer to Towson. I really wanted to be a teacher. My graduation class was 1955, but I got married in 1954 and moved away. In 1988, I returned to Towson part-time to finish my degree. I spent the spring of 1989 student teaching in England. My two assignments were in New Malden, Surrey and Cumner Oxford. I loved every minute of it and I also made the Dean’s List before my Dad died that fall!! What an outstanding experience Towson afforded me!!

Anne Wilson | Graduated 1955

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 5-16-13

28» Professor of Political Science

I have taught political science at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA since 1990. I am the author o...

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28» Professor of Political Science

I have taught political science at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA since 1990. I am the author of "Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology," (University of Missouri Press, 2004). Dr. Eric Belgrad, Political Science Department, was my mentor.

W. Wesley McDonald

Student, Posted 5-15-13

6 » Richmond, 6th Floor

There were 10 of us as new residents in September, 1955. We were given rooms on the 6th floor of Richmond. We must have been up and down the stairs 20 times a day. We became good friends and shared college life and new experiences. Bowling, shopping, mixers with other college groups and study groups were all part of a new life at Towson. The first time being independent and on our own ...

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6 » Richmond, 6th Floor

There were 10 of us as new residents in September, 1955. We were given rooms on the 6th floor of Richmond. We must have been up and down the stairs 20 times a day. We became good friends and shared college life and new experiences. Bowling, shopping, mixers with other college groups and study groups were all part of a new life at Towson. The first time being independent and on our own was a challenge and was liberating. We became such good friends. There was always someone to share a meal, go to a game or just hang out with from our floor. Sharing this brings back good memories.

Bertha Hoppert | Graduated 1959

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 5-10-13

2 » The Unexpected Second

1996 – It was time to transfer from my 2 year school to a 4 year university. I had only 2 choices due to my major, “Physical Education, a.k.a. Kinesiology,” and due to proximity to home. My second choice was Towson, not because I seriously considered attending, but because it was my back-up plan. I thought my grades were not good enough and I knew I wouldn’t get in. I didn’t expect to he ...

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2 » The Unexpected Second

1996 – It was time to transfer from my 2 year school to a 4 year university. I had only 2 choices due to my major, “Physical Education, a.k.a. Kinesiology,” and due to proximity to home. My second choice was Towson, not because I seriously considered attending, but because it was my back-up plan. I thought my grades were not good enough and I knew I wouldn’t get in. I didn’t expect to hear from TU. To my surprise, TU responded first stating they had my information. A month later, I was accepted… under a provisional basis. Ironically, I never heard from my first choice… at all. The 2nd choice gave me a second chance to prove I was a good student worthy of attending a good school no matter my past setbacks. Thank you, #2!

Regina Boyce | Graduated 1998

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 5-9-13

210 » The phone never stops ringing

When I was a freshman many, many years ago, my first dorm was Newell Hall. Ward and West Halls were for the guys. When you entered the main door of Newell Hall you saw a beautiful staircase leading to the second floor. If you turned right you came to the first dorm room on your right and the telephone booth on your left. That dorm room #210 was mine. As freshman we took turns being ...

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210 » The phone never stops ringing

When I was a freshman many, many years ago, my first dorm was Newell Hall. Ward and West Halls were for the guys. When you entered the main door of Newell Hall you saw a beautiful staircase leading to the second floor. If you turned right you came to the first dorm room on your right and the telephone booth on your left. That dorm room #210 was mine. As freshman we took turns being on "phone duty", but every time the phone rang, I heard it. When no one was on duty I usually answered it. At the time it was a pain, but now I think about it fondly. We had curfews, also, and if you weren't at least in the lobby (the one that led into the cafeteria) when midnight came you were in big trouble. Things change but memories only get better.

Virginia (Gini) Lazidis | Graduated 1965

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-24-13

1970 » Two Stories

1. I was a freshman during Towson University’s centennial year (1966). As part of the celebration, there were many notable speakers that year, including B.F. Skinner (psychologist), James Dickey (poet), Gerald Moore (pianist) and Sam Levinson (humorist). 2. Albert S. Cook Library opened its present building in 1969, having moved from a far smaller building. The cavernous size of the bu ...

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1970 » Two Stories

1. I was a freshman during Towson University’s centennial year (1966). As part of the celebration, there were many notable speakers that year, including B.F. Skinner (psychologist), James Dickey (poet), Gerald Moore (pianist) and Sam Levinson (humorist). 2. Albert S. Cook Library opened its present building in 1969, having moved from a far smaller building. The cavernous size of the building was designed to accommodate the growth of student numbers and books in future years. When the building opened those many years ago, there seemed to be more shelf space than books/periodicals.

Peter McGinnes | Graduated 1970

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-22-13

313 » Newell 313

I loved living on the hall in Newell in my sophomore year with 2 great roommates – Carolyn Hendrix and Cindy Teater. We had great times and many adventures together. That year, I started working in the cafeteria taking numbers for breakfast. My roommates would stay up late and I had to roll out of bed each morning to get to work by 6:30 AM. Oh, Boy!! What a challenge!! I loved the colleg ...

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313 » Newell 313

I loved living on the hall in Newell in my sophomore year with 2 great roommates – Carolyn Hendrix and Cindy Teater. We had great times and many adventures together. That year, I started working in the cafeteria taking numbers for breakfast. My roommates would stay up late and I had to roll out of bed each morning to get to work by 6:30 AM. Oh, Boy!! What a challenge!! I loved the college dorm experience with the diversity and many opportunities for friendly interactions.

Shirley Schumacher | Graduated 1965

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-18-13

1965 » my kids are the best

I graduated Towson in 1978 and immediately opened Clearlight Surf and Sport in Fenwick Island, Delaware. I expanded into Ocean City, Maryland, next to the Green Turtle. Later, I opened 3 additional locations in Reisterstown, Parkville and Fells Point. Eventually, I sold the business to actually use my teaching degree and taught for Baltimore City Schools at Lemmel Middle School. In the ...

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1965 » my kids are the best

I graduated Towson in 1978 and immediately opened Clearlight Surf and Sport in Fenwick Island, Delaware. I expanded into Ocean City, Maryland, next to the Green Turtle. Later, I opened 3 additional locations in Reisterstown, Parkville and Fells Point. Eventually, I sold the business to actually use my teaching degree and taught for Baltimore City Schools at Lemmel Middle School. In the past few years, I have substituted at Mervo High School and Booker T. Washington Middle School. As you can see, I love kids. I have 3 great children of my own, including 2 grandchildren. I am a classic car nut and still race cars and motorcycles.

Richard Nast | Graduated 1978

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-18-13

3» Finding my Passion

Shifting from major to major isn't the most cost or time efficient, but when it comes to future happiness ...

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3» Finding my Passion

Shifting from major to major isn't the most cost or time efficient, but when it comes to future happiness and fulfillment of your passion, it does matter. I was very indecisive on which major to pursue. Throughout my career at TU, I always studied under the Kinesiology Department. During my stay with the Athletic Training (1st major) and Physical Education (2nd major) programs, I always found myself taking some extra time roaming around the University Store in the Exercise Science book aisle. Then one day it became clear to me that I was meant to be an Exercise Science Major! Count it… Major # 3!!

Walter Dearborn | Graduated 2008

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-11-13

24 » The Bone Garden

I wrote, produced and directed a feature film called: The Bone Garden. I used several Towson students, alumni and faculty. The film took 24 days to shoot in the summer of 2012. It is currently in post production. ...

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24 » The Bone Garden

I wrote, produced and directed a feature film called: The Bone Garden. I used several Towson students, alumni and faculty. The film took 24 days to shoot in the summer of 2012. It is currently in post production.

Mike Gutridge | Graduated 1996

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-9-13

25 » My, Have Times Changed!

As a commuter freshman (we were not allowed to live on campus if we lived within 25 miles of TSU), it cost me 25 cents for each gallon of gas for my car. Unfortunately, I was not ready for college, so I left after my freshman year. I soon realized my error, but I was also soon married with children, so my degree took me 20 years. During that time, I met and married my husband, also ...

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25 » My, Have Times Changed!

As a commuter freshman (we were not allowed to live on campus if we lived within 25 miles of TSU), it cost me 25 cents for each gallon of gas for my car. Unfortunately, I was not ready for college, so I left after my freshman year. I soon realized my error, but I was also soon married with children, so my degree took me 20 years. During that time, I met and married my husband, also a TU student. I got a job on campus and worked with many freshmen as an advisor and in the refresher math area. Meanwhile, I raised three children, all of whom have attended, graduated, or are soon to graduate from TU. I retired from TU recently, but am still teaching part time – my family and I truly bleed black and gold.

Stefanie Hunt | Graduated 1984

Student, Faculty, Parent, Alumnus/Alumna, Staff, Friend, Posted 4-8-13

8 » Studio 8

My Towson number is 8, as in Studio 8, the epicenter of the theatre student's world when I attended Towson. It was a big room under the Stephens Hall Auditorium, which served as scene shop and general hang-up. Most of us pretty much lived there. It was a great time to be in theatre at Towson. Theatre was a new program and much smaller than it is now and we were all super-excited abou ...

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8 » Studio 8

My Towson number is 8, as in Studio 8, the epicenter of the theatre student's world when I attended Towson. It was a big room under the Stephens Hall Auditorium, which served as scene shop and general hang-up. Most of us pretty much lived there. It was a great time to be in theatre at Towson. Theatre was a new program and much smaller than it is now and we were all super-excited about what we were doing. Many of us went on to long careers in theatre and film. And one, an acting student named Maravene has distinguished herself in university administration.

Leonard Harman | Graduated 1969

Student, Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-6-13

311 » The First Dorm Room

As an incoming out-of-state freshman (and knowing not a soul when I arrived to Tower D on move-in day in August of 1999), room #311 became my new home. I met some amazing women that I still keep in touch with to this day, ten years later. When I think of Towson, I always think of #311- that first room, just off of the elevators, where I met friends, learned new life lessons, and gained ...

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311 » The First Dorm Room

As an incoming out-of-state freshman (and knowing not a soul when I arrived to Tower D on move-in day in August of 1999), room #311 became my new home. I met some amazing women that I still keep in touch with to this day, ten years later. When I think of Towson, I always think of #311- that first room, just off of the elevators, where I met friends, learned new life lessons, and gained the confidence in myself to become who I am today.

Anne Mathay | Graduated 2003

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 4-1-13

1977 » 1977

I earned a Masters in Secondary Education in December of 1977 and retired July 1, 2012 after 44 years in education (23 years in the classroom and 21 in administration). I have great memories of helping students and teachers gain the best instruction and education possible and am currently mentoring “new” teachers in Queen Anne’s County. ...

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1977 » 1977

I earned a Masters in Secondary Education in December of 1977 and retired July 1, 2012 after 44 years in education (23 years in the classroom and 21 in administration). I have great memories of helping students and teachers gain the best instruction and education possible and am currently mentoring “new” teachers in Queen Anne’s County.

Richard McNeal | Graduated 1977

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 3-29-13

1 » Men's Lax

An excerpt from an article by Mr. Don Vetter, Goalie for Team 1 in Men’s Lacrosse: “The story of the 1958 Towson State Lacrosse Club team began in 1956 when a few students convinced Doc Minnegan, the athletic director, to permit them to play lacrosse once a week in the gym… A huge problem was obtaining goal cages and equipment. Doc said the college didn’t have the money to buy goals, ...

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1 » Men's Lax

An excerpt from an article by Mr. Don Vetter, Goalie for Team 1 in Men’s Lacrosse: “The story of the 1958 Towson State Lacrosse Club team began in 1956 when a few students convinced Doc Minnegan, the athletic director, to permit them to play lacrosse once a week in the gym… A huge problem was obtaining goal cages and equipment. Doc said the college didn’t have the money to buy goals, helmets, or pads. As luck would have it, Don Sudbrink was able to locate some surplus pipe. He and Dieti von Schwerdtner (son of Dietrich von Schwerdtner who was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and the wresting team coach) knew an accomplished plumber who volunteered his time, skill and the necessary parts to turn the pipe into two regulation goals. Once we had the frames, Doc found the money to buy nets. Bob Scott, lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins University, made a major contribution to the equipment problem. Hopkins graciously donated a large selection of used helmets, arm and shoulder pads, and practice balls. Jerseys were still a problem. The school purchased some yellow T-shirts to use for scrimmages and games. However, they had no numbers. Someone broke out a black marker and, voila, the problem was solved. The ’58 lax program was ready to roll.”

Donald Vetter | Graduated 1960

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 3-4-13

401» Change of Trajectory

There was an episode on the show Community that dealt with parallel universes – the remedial chaos theory....

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401» Change of Trajectory

There was an episode on the show Community that dealt with parallel universes – the remedial chaos theory. That hilarious (and nerdy) episode made me realize I probably like sci-fi more than I let myself indulge; it comes to mind when I think about what my life would be without 401. Tower D, room 401. I entered college after a high school career of over-committed extracurricular involvement. I was going to reward myself with a year off ... slowly getting involved in student organizations. My RA, Jerry Jones III, would not hear any of it and told me I had to run for building council president. He convinced me, and I got more and more involved in school ... building my confidence levels and guiding me down a path that would cap as SGA president. I love Towson University because I was given an ownership stake; the support system came right alongside to guide me to a sizeable return on my investment. Because of my involvement there, I have stayed connected with the university and now sit on the Alumni Association. I credit a great deal of my post-collegiate success to my school and the experiences and people there. 401 changed my trajectory.

Patrick Dieguez | Graduated 2007

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 2-20-13

2015 » 2015

I was a student and an alum of Baltimore Hebrew University, now Baltimore Hebrew Institute and part of Towson University. In the last two years, I have attended lectures sponsored by BHI. Towson University is a wonderful academic institution. I wish you continued success. ...

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2015 » 2015

I was a student and an alum of Baltimore Hebrew University, now Baltimore Hebrew Institute and part of Towson University. In the last two years, I have attended lectures sponsored by BHI. Towson University is a wonderful academic institution. I wish you continued success.

Beverly Max | Graduated 1985

Student, Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 2-8-13

19 » Number of Credits For My First 4.0

My parents believed I had been an undergraduate long enough. They asked me if I minded getting around to graduation. My response - "No problem." And I took 19 credits the next semester. This was the same semester when I achieved my first 4.0! ...

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19 » Number of Credits For My First 4.0

My parents believed I had been an undergraduate long enough. They asked me if I minded getting around to graduation. My response - "No problem." And I took 19 credits the next semester. This was the same semester when I achieved my first 4.0!

Tracey Nicholson | Graduated 1999

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 2-7-13

Trying to think of your special number? Here are a few ideas...

  • Your dorm room number
  • Your favorite player's jersey number
  • The number of credits you earned
  • The number of games your team won
  • The room number of your favorite class
  • Your G.P.A.
  • The number of guys in your fraternity
  • The number of times you took CHEM 110
  • Your favorite radio station's call number
  • Your college boyfriend's phone number