Recognizing outstanding volunteers

TU Alumni Association to present volunteer service awards

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 2, 2008)—–The Towson University Alumni Association will host its 2008 Volunteer Recognition Reception on October 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Auburn House Pavilion. Held during Homecoming week, the event will honor members of the TU community who have worked industriously toward the alumni effort as well as on behalf of the university community.

Ted Zaleski, Jr., TU chief of staff for the office of the president, will receive the association’s prestigious Spirit of the University Award, which honors a graduate or non-graduate who has directly influenced and touched Towson University alumni, students or the university community. Zaleski has been connected with TU since 1987, when he began teaching part-time in the political sciences department. In 1994, he became director of the Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership program for TU faculty and staffs; to date nearly 400 participants have gone through this program.  In 2003, Zaleski led the President’s Transition Team and then became the executive assistant to President Robert L. Caret.   An avid supporter of Towson athletics, Zaleski is a member of the Blazer Club and funded a scholarship for an academically outstanding female athlete this past year.

Frances T. Bond ‘55/’60 will receive the Alumni Association Volunteer Service Award, which honors an Alumni Association board member who provides special service to the Alumni Association. Bond holds the distinction of being the very first graduate of TU’s graduate school, in 1960; this past spring, she shared her experience as a graduate student as special guest speaker at the graduate school’s 50th anniversary celebration.  Bond has had a long and impressive career in the field of education—working for TU, the Peace Corps and for PBS.  Bond has also served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Education.  She currently serves as the chairperson for the Alumni Association Awards and Recognition Committees, which selects recipients for the Alumni Association grants and scholarships.

Karen Schafer ’68 will receive the Staff Alumni Volunteer Service Award, which honors staff members who work diligently toward the alumni effort and provide exemplary service to the university community in general. In her multi-faceted role as director for the Center for Professional Practice in the College of Education, Schafer works with academic departments in the Professional Education Unit.  She is admired locally and nationally for her role in developing and enhancing TU’s Professional Development School model, and was instrumental in the 2007 NCATE and MSDE Accreditation received by the College of Education.

Bill Reuling ’64 will also receive the Staff Alumni Volunteer Service Award. Reuling began his career at TU as an academic advisor.  In 1981, Reuling became the university registrar, implementing the first computerized student information system.  In 1997, he moved to the provost’s office, where he was responsible for commencement, new academic programs, academic polices and the academic calendar, and was instrumental in forging relationships with Maryland’s community colleges.  After 38 years of devoted service, Reuling retired in 2007 as the special assistant to the provost, although he still assists with planning TU commencement ceremonies and has been asked to serve as TU’s on-site liaison at Harford Community College.  Reuling also remains connected to TU through the memorial scholarship he established in honor of his son Brian.

Bucky Kimmett ’51 will receive the University Alumni Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes a graduate who volunteers time, talent or resources to the university and its community. Kimmett has given more than 50 years of service to his alma mater; his dedication and commitment can be seen in his past service as an Alumni Association board member and president, as president of the TU Athletic Hall of Fame, and as member of the planning committee for the Doc Minnegan Golf Tournament. Kimmett has also served as chairman of TU’s Host Program, in which Hall of Fame members greet and assist visiting teams in football, women’s basketball and lacrosse.  Kimmett is also a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.


For invitation information, please contact Jennifer Pawlo-Johnstone, director of alumni services for the office of Alumni Relations, at 410-704-2234 or




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