Events & Initiatives

Towson University
TU Retired Faculty Association members tour the Auburn House at one of their annual events, which are geared towards reconnecting with the campus and former colleagues. 

Event Information 

Events open to members are typically held once per month. The majority of event announcements are sent via email, which will contain the details of the event, event cost, and the name of the appropriate event contact. Upcoming events are also posted on this page. 

TURFA members interested in attending additional events on campus are encouraged to explore Calendars & Events,  Department of Music's Events Calendar, and College of Liberal Arts Events.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming TURFA events:

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Orioles Baseball Stadium at CamdenYards 

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, TURFA will be touring the Orioles Baseball Stadium. The tour will include a visit to the Orioles dugout, the Press levels and the Scoreboard Control Room.  The cost for the tour is $6.00 to $10.00 depending on the number of participants and $10.00 for parking.  Registration is required. 

Contact Alan Clardy () no later than February 15 to make a reservation.


UMUC Art Gallery

TURFA members and guest are invited to take a guided tour of the UMUC Art Gallery in Adelphi on Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. , TURFA Secretary, is making the arrangements. Lunch will be at the facility. In addition, there will be free time to tour the gallery on your own. To get an idea of what is in the gallery, please see Details will be forthcoming regarding transportation and other matters. 


Oral History PRoject

Recognizing the Past, Present, and Future of TU Faculty

During Towson University’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2017, there was a concerted effort to review and celebrate the university’s growth and development.  There were banners, the dedication of historical walkways, special art exhibits, university and college lecture series, alumni reunions, and numerous articles in the university and local press.  The single missing element was a link to the past from the faculty perspective.  It was during these celebrations that it dawned on the TURFA Executive Committee that the institutional history of any university comes from three potential sources: (1) students, (2) faculty (3) administration. Learn more about the TURFA Oral History Project

TURFA Non-Fiction Reading Group

We meet in TURFA's first floor suite in the Enrollment Services Building. Join Us!  For more information, please contact the group facilitator, Professor Emerita Jo-Ann Pilardi (Philosophy/Women's Studies) at .


The TURFA Writing Group

If you are a retired TU faculty member who is doing some writing, whether personal or professional, consider joining the TURFA Writing Group, which meets in the TURFA suite in Enrollment Services at TU one Thursday a month from 12:30PM – 2:00 PM. We have 2 TURFA-dedicated parking spaces in the lot near the main door.  There is more parking in the West Village Garage.

Participants are not required to share a piece of writing at every meeting.  If group members have pieces they would like input on, they send their work as an email attachment to the group.   At the next meeting, they will receive constructive criticism from the rest of the group.  The TURFA writing group is specific with feedback and judicious with both praise and criticism. 

Our group invites you to join us to meet some of your fellow retired writers and share your work.  

If you are interested or if you have questions, please contact the group’s coordinator, Carolyn Hill, at .


Special Committees 

There are currently two standing subcommittees of TURFA, which include the Program & Events committee and the Scholarship & Research committee.

Programs & Events Committee 

The mission of the TURFA Programs & Events committee is to plan a variety of engaging and diverse events to engage members of TURFA. Examples include attending athletic games, arts/cultural events, and technology workshops as requested by members.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about this committee, please contact Fran Bond, President of TURFA.  

Scholarship & research Committee

The mission of the Scholarship & Research Committee is still being developed. Contact , Chair of the Committee, for additional information.

Event & Group Ideas

Do you have ideas for an event, or are you interested in starting a group?

Please reach out to Fran Bond, President of TURFA. 

College Liaisons

The mission of the College Liaisons is to establish routine contact between TURFA and the colleges to ultimately create a meaningful and symbiotic relationship between both parties.

College Liaisons serve as the dean's direct contact with TURFA to exchange information on both association and college news, events, and initiatives.

College Liaison
College of Business and Economics Ray Castaldi
College of Education Fran Bond
College of Fine Arts and Communication Ron Matlon
College of Health Professions  
College of Liberal Arts Florence Newman
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics David Larkin
Library Ellie Hofstetter


TURFA's newsletter, The Advocate, is distributed twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall) to members via email. Copies of the newsletter are posted here:


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If you have any news about yourself (personal or academic) that you would like to share in The Advocate, please contact the Newsletter Editor,

Volunteer Opportunities

TURFA members who would like to learn more about becoming a writing mentor for students can reach out to (410-704-5379) in the Writing Center.

Interested in volunteering in the community? Check out Baltimore County's Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for the many different volunteer opportunities available.