TU Alumni Association awards four professional development grants


Recipients include nurse, physician-scientist, geographer and construction worker

TOWSON, Md. (April 6, 2009)—The Towson University Alumni Association has awarded grants to four alumni in support of their continuing education.  “We admire alumni efforts to develop their careers during challenging economic times and want to help,” said Jennifer Pawlo-Johnstone, director of alumni services for TU’s Office of Alumni Relations.

Professional development grant recipients for 2009 are:

Renee Dorsey ’98 (Nursing) of Parkton, Md., received $1,000 to help offset the cost of a course in Nursing Research as she continues her education as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Dorsey is a Nurse Clinician III in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she has developed into an expert nurse clinician from a novice nurse. She directs and oversees the care of some of the sickest children from the Baltimore area as well as from around the world.

Mary Jo Haley ’91 (Mass Communication) of New York City, N.Y., received $1,000 to present at the annual American Pediatric Surgical Association meeting in the spring 2009. Haley continued her education by receiving a master’s in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky and a degree in medicine from the University of Maryland.  Currently she is completing a two-year research fellowship at the Pediatric Tumor Biology Laboratory at Columbia University, which will provide her the skills to become a physician-scientist capable of advancing the treatment of childhood cancer.

Jeffrey Rank ’96 (Sociology) of Easton, Md., received $250 to attend the annual Towson University Geography Information Systems (TUGIS) Conference in spring 2009. Rank recently completed his post baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems at Penn State University.

Rance Burger ’98 (Geography) of Cockeysville, Md., received $300 to complete a course in Construction Estimating in the spring 2009. Burger is employed in TU’s Facilities Management department and is currently enrolled in the Construction Management program at the Community College of Baltimore County.






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