Outstanding alumni, faculty and staff volunteers to be recognized
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 26, 2010)—The Towson University Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni, faculty and staff volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 6–8:30 p.m. in the University Union Patuxent Room.
Bradley S. Callahan ’90 will receive the Alumni Association's prestigious Spirit of the University Award. Callahan is the founder and president of Travel Advantage Network, headquartered in Glen Burnie, Md. He is a member of the TU Founder’s Society and has provided exemplary leadership as a Founder's Society co-chair for the past three years, working diligently to increase financial support from alumni.
Keith L. Ewancio ’94/’07 will receive the Alumni Association Volunteer Service Award, which honors an Alumni Association board member who provides special service to the Alumni Association. Ewancio is a business analyst for the Social Security Administration, working in support of the Disability Benefits Office for the Office of Central Operations. At TU, he helped design, launch and manage the Alumni Association Mentor/Mentee Program, which assists new Alumni Board members in becoming acclimated to their roles and responsibilities in serving the university and its alumni.
Corporal Chris Reed will receive the Staff Alumni Volunteer Service Award, which honors staff members who work toward the alumni effort and provide exemplary service to the university community. A member of the TU Police Department, Reed is a graduate of Penn State University, the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy and the Baltimore County Police Criminal Investigator School. He has been extremely supportive of the Alumni Office and its annual homecoming festival. Reed is an advocate on the TU campus and creates a wonderful community and family environment for alumni.
Nancy Wanich-Romita ’00 will receive the Faculty Alumni Volunteer Service Award for her service to the university community. Wanich-Romita has been a faculty member in the Department of Dance for 26 years. Last fall, in celebration of TU as her artistic home for a quarter-century, Wanich-Romita and husband Vic established an endowment to support dance majors' travel to performances and to have their work adjudicated nationally.
Louise G. Fitzell ’38 will receive the University Alumni Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes a graduate who volunteers time, talent or resources to the university and its community.
Fitzell graduated in 1938 when Towson was the Maryland State Teacher’s College. She taught until 1977 and has been an active member of the TU Alumni Association since the late 1960s. Fitzell served for many years as the TU liaison at Charlestown Retirement Community.
Patrick Mead will receive the first Athletic Alumni Volunteer Service Award, which honors a person who has worked toward the development of alumni support through athletic events, athletic programs, or the promotion and recognition of TU athletic teams. Mead is the head coach for swimming and diving at Towson, has been selected four times as the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, and has led the Tiger women’s team to three straight Colonial Athletic Association championships. He has taken a leadership role in the fundraising efforts of the team, garnering financial support from his students, their parents, and swimming and diving alumni.