Celebrating 20 Tigers in their 20s

By Kyle Hobstetter on October 16, 2019

Towson University hosts event that honors its young alumni that are impacting their professions and communities

The 2018 Tigers in thier twenties recipients
The 2018 recipients of the Towson University Alumni Association's Tigers in their Twenties award. 

Towson University’s young alumni are making their mark in the world. Whether it’s in business, media, education, health professions and more, young Tigers are out in the world making a true impact.

In honor of those young alumni, Towson University’s Alumni Relations is presenting Twenty Tigers in their Twenties, an award that recognizes young alumni whose achievements and contributions have positively impacted their profession, community or Towson University. 

Alumni Relations relies heavily on the Towson University community and beyond to identify worthy candidates. This includes deans, professors, academic advisors, coaches, family members, friends and co-workers.

After compiling the submissions, the Alumni Recognition Committee of TU’s Alumni Association board sifts through all the nominations and narrows down the field to 20 recipients.

Beginning in 2017, Twenty Tigers in Their Twenties reception began after Alumni Relations and the Towson University Alumni Association saw that many recent TU graduates were already positively impacting their communities and making important contributions in their professions. 

The reception allows TU to celebrate these alumni and highlight the ways they are both giving back and building on what they learned at TU. 

“We think highlighting the accomplishments of our young alumni in this way not only helps them maintain positive momentum but also inspires current students and other young alumni,” says Chandler Vicchio, assistant director of Alumni Social Media, Career & Volunteer Services.

“It’s important to see that you don’t have to wait until later in your career to make an impact or accomplish significant goals.”

This year’s list of recipients feature alumni from each of Towson University’s six colleges, with graduates as recent as 2018. The 2019 Twenty Tigers in Their Twenties recipients are: 

  • Kara Berger ’12, FCSM
  • Mark Bickley ’15, FCSM
  • Judson Bleser ’15, COE
  • Sandrine Emambu ’14, CBE
  • Vincent Glynn ’15, CLA
  • Bryan Goodyear ’15, CBE
  • Redate Haile ’16, CBE
  • Tanyea Jordan ’14, CBE
  • Sarah Kerr ’17, COFAC
  • Lily McFeeters ’16, CLA
  • Kellie McThenia ’18, CLA
  • Ciera Parks ’18, CLA
  • Jessie Patton ’12, CLA
  • Miranda Rennie ’17, CLA/CHP
  • Malcolm Rio ’12, CLA/COFAC
  • Thomas Slemp ’14, FCSM
  • Steven Stillwell ’18, CBE
  • Adam Teitelman ’13, CLA
  • Alexandra Vlk ’17, FCSM
  • Minju Zukowski ’16, CBE]\ 

The recipients will be honored at a reception at Charles Village Pub on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. The event is open to Towson University students, faculty, staff and alumni, with tickets costing $20 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a drink voucher.

Twenty Tigers in their Twenties happens annually, and nominations can be submitted anytime. The deadline is July 1 for upcoming fall awards, but submissions received after the cutoff are still considered the following year.

This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel’s priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland.