Events & Initiatives

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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. 


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.

TURFA Non-Fiction Reading Group Schedules Third Book and Meeting

The non-fiction reading group has chosen as our next book the autobiography of the late Washington Post publisher, Katharine Graham: Personal History. Mrs. Graham has been in the news recently, due to the new Spielberg film, The Post, starring Meryl Streep (as KG) and Tom Hanks.  You probably recall that Graham's paper was a major element in the Pentagon Papers story and the Watergate story.

While T.U. Osher classes are in spring session, we'll be meeting on Fridays, about once a month.  Come for one meeting, or for every meeting.

Book:  Personal History, Katharine Graham's autobiography (available in paperback)

Date, Time, Place:  FRIDAY, March 9, 2018, 1:00--3:00, TURFA Suite - Enrollment Services 207.

Please contact Jo-Ann Pilardi,  Group Facilitator and Prof. Emerita, Philosophy and Women's Studies for more information.

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 , 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 , 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 Regena Stevens-Ratchford
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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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.