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Presidential Scholar

News and Notes from Nancy Grasmick

May 19, 2015
We had a wonderful celebration dinner with a very special group of high school students from Milford Mill Academy on the evening of May 11. The dinner was to celebrate this inaugural group of students who participated in Towson’s boot camp for AP Calculus last summer, with sessions and support throughout the school year. Students received a Towson Tigers pillow and a certificate. Their principal, AP calculus teacher, math department chair, and boot camp teachers accompanied them. Also attending were Dr. Gail Kaplan, TU Professor of Mathematic;, Dr. Dave Vanko, Dean of the Fisher College of Math and Science;, and Dr. Leslie Wilson of the Office of the Presidential Scholar.

I attended the meeting of the National Math and Science Initiative on May 12. What an energetic and productive group of people they are! They are quite interested in our All SyStemsGo project.

Congratulations to all of our Towson graduates! This is such a special time for you all. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish as you progress through your careers.

May 5, 2015
It has been a busy few weeks.

As everyone knows, Dr. Ben Carson has announced he is running for President in 2016. He and his wife need to take a leave of absence from their Carson Scholars Fund Board of Directors in order to do this. Dr. Carson asked, and I have accepted, the role of interim president for the organization. I am both honored and humbled at being trusted with the legacy of the Carson Scholars.

At our April meeting the Advisory Council welcomed new member Gino Gemignani, retired from Whiting-Turner. Dean Ertwine, the Executive Director of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education hosted the meeting. We hope to develop a collaborative effort to align the workforce needs of business more closely to education.

On May 4, I attended the Unsung Heroes Awards Banquet hosted by McCormick. The guest speaker was Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning. Two exceptional student athletes received scholarship awards of $40K each, and a total of 118 outstanding student athletes were honored for good sportsmanship and high character.

I was disappointed to have to cancel the Signature Forum on Charter Schools due to the unrest and curfew in Baltimore, but it was of utmost importance to ensure the safety of the public and to facilitate adherence to the curfew. It is probably too late to reschedule this event for this semester. We had a very diverse and representative audience registered, so we know this is a topic of interest to many people.

April 15, 2015
Yesterday, I participated on a panel discussion of amazing women leaders at the seventh session of the Towson University Women’s Professional Leadership Program. The session was entitled “Exceling within Your Organization – Leveraging Organizational Culture”. We had a very lively discussion and answered some thought-provoking and intelligent questions from this inaugural class of wonderful women leaders. On the panel with me were Christine Aspell, Partner at KPMG, LLP Accounting Firm; my friend Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library; and
Jeanette Partlow, President, Maryland Chemical Company.

On April 1, I attended the State of the Schools event hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools. Each year Dr. Dallas Dance provides the achievements of the last year and his vision for the future. I always enjoy the stories told by the students, and their wonderful performances.


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