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4» Hard Work and Dedication

It's hard to pick just one number that summarizes my time at Towson University. I suppose, though, that th...

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4» Hard Work and Dedication

It's hard to pick just one number that summarizes my time at Towson University. I suppose, though, that the number 4 sums up my time here better than most other numbers. You see, I spent four marvelous years at Towson University. While some of my classmates took an extra semester or two to finish, I buckled down and managed to emerge after four years with a 3.4 GPA as well as a passion for Towson University and its dedication to educational excellence. During the four years I spent in my undergraduate schooling, I trained to become a teacher and learned of the fire I have inside to educate. I'll be starting my master's program in the fall to become a librarian and continue that passion to teach and share knowledge. It all started with 4 years at Towson University. The number 4 is also the number of semesters I spent working at the Towson Fund Phonathon as a student caller and supervisor. Spending two evenings each week raising money for scholarships and other programs helped me give back to the school which pushed me into being the person I am today. Four semesters at the Towson Fund taught me that giving back and being involved makes any effort in life worth it. I’m still giving back to Towson through being a member of Founders GOLD and love the networking I am able to do because of it. This passion for involvement was all spurred because of four semesters I spent working a part-time job on campus.

Laura Davidson | Graduated 2011

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 8-20-12

4» Four Levels of Education

At Towson University, there are four levels in the Elementary Education Program. This program consists of ...

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4» Four Levels of Education

At Towson University, there are four levels in the Elementary Education Program. This program consists of two years. Not that bad, right? Wrong. Practically torture! When I first got into the program, I was elated and excited to begin teaching. The first and second levels start out pretty easily, as the program allows you to dip your toes into teaching and test out the waters. Then, the final year in the program hits you like a tsunami, and you’re left wondering why you had never even dunked your head in yet. Don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful program and allowed me to gain invaluable experiences. However, it would have been nice to sleep more than four hours a night. The final semester of the program, I received a letter stating that it was not wise to have any other obligations besides student teaching and working on your portfolio (aka the bane of my existence). So, seeing this as a challenge, I not only kept my current weekend job, but I also started tutoring twice a week. My friends and family thought that I had disappeared off the face of the Earth. When I say I had no free time, I mean that sleeping and eating were difficult to fit in my schedule. On January 8th, 2012, all of the suffering was just a memory when I walked across the stage in the Towson Center and received my fake diploma (They send the real one in the mail a couple of weeks later. Such a letdown.). The four levels of the Elementary Education Program at Towson were challenging and really pushed me to a new level. They are also what I am most proud of. I looked back and remembered all the difficult times, and I realized that I learned so much and accomplished what I set out to do two years earlier. That is why I can honestly say that my best and worst memory at Towson is the four levels of the Elementary Education Program.

Joanna Baverman | Graduated 2011

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 9-3-12

1970 » Great Beginning

As a 1970 grad in Early Childhood Education I was well equiped to become a teacher of Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade for 30 years- in Maryland for two of those years at Old Post Elementary in Harford County and the remainder in Michigan. Those were the days when you were interviewed on campus and got the job before you formally graduated. I was so lucky to have had the opportunity ...

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1970 » Great Beginning

As a 1970 grad in Early Childhood Education I was well equiped to become a teacher of Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade for 30 years- in Maryland for two of those years at Old Post Elementary in Harford County and the remainder in Michigan. Those were the days when you were interviewed on campus and got the job before you formally graduated. I was so lucky to have had the opportunity to observe children at the Lida Lee Tall school on campus to get my feet wet. My professors were exemplary. Following me were three of my brothers who, as TSU alumni became successful in their careers designing computer chips, working for the FDA and becoming President and CFO of a consulting firm to drug companies. I credit TSU with inspiring us to become the best at what we do. One of my best memories was the Marathon Football game that helped raise money for Toys for Tots. It was a time of vast political and social change... SDS protesting the Vietnam War, interracial couples on campus, women seeking to assert themselves as capable as men in the workplace. It was a great beginning to my productive life as a teacher. Thank you, TSU, and all the professors who guided me on my path!

Pat Williams | Graduated 1970

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 9-14-12

4» Three Ls & a J

Four represents the number of lifelong friends that I met in my first year of college living in Newell Hal...

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4» Three Ls & a J

Four represents the number of lifelong friends that I met in my first year of college living in Newell Hall – Linda, Linden, Lenne, and Jamie. We have been getting together at least once a year since we graduated, and recently twice a year. Each winter we gather for a girls only weekend to catch up on our lives and to remember our college experiences. For the last three years we also have gotten together at the end of the summer for a Crabaret (hosted by Linda and her husband Lou – also a ‘79 alum), where spouses/significant others join us for a fun-filled afternoon and evening of camaraderie.

Maggie Reitz | Graduated 1979

Faculty, Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 9-15-12

4» Freshmen Friends

My first 2 semesters here at Towson, I lived in Tower B with 2 other guys in my room, and 2 guys in the ot...

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4» Freshmen Friends

My first 2 semesters here at Towson, I lived in Tower B with 2 other guys in my room, and 2 guys in the other room in my suite. These 4 guys were some of my first and best friends I've met since coming to school here. They will probably be friends that I will have for many years beyond graduation.

Cody Self

Student, Staff, Posted 9-18-12

4» Great things come in 4's

My husband, Frank (who I met at Towson), and I graduated in ’84, so for that reason alone “4” would be a l...

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4» Great things come in 4's

My husband, Frank (who I met at Towson), and I graduated in ’84, so for that reason alone “4” would be a logical choice. But its significance goes much deeper. Four generations of our families have attended four incarnations of the university: Frank’s grandmother graduated from the Maryland State Normal School (we have her 1925 “Lifetime Certificate,” signed by Lida Lee Tall!); his mother graduated from Towson State College; my mother, Frank, and I are alumni of Towson State University; and our son is now a music major at Towson University. Several other members of our extended family also claim Towson as their alma mater, too. Realizing how much Towson has given to our family was a prime factor in my decision to return here as a member of the Development staff, helping to raise funds so that others can benefit from a Towson education.

Ann Kolakowski | Graduated 1984

Parent, Alumnus/Alumna, Staff, Posted 9-26-12

4 » Marching to Victory

I spent four years in the TU Marching Band. We performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in my last year. Those years were some of the best of my life! ...

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4 » Marching to Victory

I spent four years in the TU Marching Band. We performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in my last year. Those years were some of the best of my life!

Kristofer Marsh | Graduated 2011

Alumnus/Alumna, Posted 11-4-12

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

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