Pizza exec shows students a slice of big-business life

October 14, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Johns Hopkins University's most illustrious alums, Allan J. Huston Jr., a 1966 industrial engineering grad who went on to become president and CEO of Pizza Hut, was a real hit on the Homewood campus Wednesday. He and his wife, Jane, both native Marylanders now residing in Wichita, Kan., were at Hopkins so he could receive the annual Blumenthal Award for Contributions to Management and Technology from the Whiting School of Engineering Dean Don Giddens.

Huston, a former lacrosse and basketball star, also delivered the annual Blumenthal lecture before a packed house of students, faculty and alums. His topic, "Engineering Your Career," focused on how an engineering education can provide the technical and analytical skills needed at the top of the corporate ladder.

But the highlight of his day seemed to be a visit to the engineering students' annual pizza party, where hungry Hopkins students noshed on 165 Pizza Hut pizzas, quaffed sodas from Pizza Hut's parent, Pepsi, belted out karaoke tunes and hobnobbed with the Hustons. Also on hand for the festivities were Hopkins alumnus Sydney C. Blumenthal Jr., chairman of Owings Mills based Blumenthal-Kahn Electric, and his wife, Mitzi; and Mrs. Huston's mother, Mary McKinney of Ruxton.

The Blumenthals established the award and lecture series in 1993 to bring distinguished Hopkins leaders, whose careers have embodied the bridging of business and technology, back to the campus.

From what I hear, people who attended last Friday's Cystic Fibrosis progressive fund-raiser had an absolutely divine time. Hundreds of party-goers gathered for cocktails at the HarborView Tower dock before being shuttled to Harborplace, where they walked across the street to the Hyatt Regency for dinner, before ending the evening at the Sheraton for dessert and dancing. Stopping the traffic on Light Street for the entourage to cross was the most fun part of the evening for my WBAL-radio friend Larry Doyle.

Others who helped CF raise more than $130,000 that evening were Ann Marie Bolduc, Debra and Howe Burch, Georgia and Peter Angelos, Suzanne and Bruce Hoffman, Phyllis and Harvey Shankman, Kathy and Jim Stankovic, Ilene and Allan Blumberg, Deloris and Wayne Davis, Barbara and Louis Denrich and Dr. and Mrs. Michael Spodak.

More than $40,000 came from the USAir silent auction, with the most sought-after destinations being Memphis, Cayman Islands and a Northwest connection to Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia.

The University of Baltimore Alumni Association has gotten on the Peter Angelos bandwagon by picking him as one of its Alumnae of the Year. He joins James Matheny, CPA, partner with Wolpoff & Co., and William Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Tourism, as this year's honorees.

The Alumni Luncheon is scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel. Tickets are $25; call (410) 837-6131 for reservations.

Ron Israel's "Behind the Scenes" show airs tonight at 7:30 on Baltimore County Comcast Channels 49 and 53. It should be interesting, as Israel takes us behind the scenes with Lou Cedrone and Hal Gardner, former Sunpapers movie critics. The show will be rebroadcast a number of times over the next few weeks.

Great Occasions Caterers created the position of Director of Catering Sales just for Nancy Sachs, who joins them with a wealth of experience in special event planning and marketing.

She worked for many years as fashion and public relations director for Saks Fifth Avenue in Owings Mills, and was the special events coordinator for Woodward & Lothrop. Great Occasions is the fancier side of Overlea Caterers, which is owned by the Stappler family.

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