Towson University Inaugural Dinner

MARYLAND SCENE

March 24, 2002|By Sloane Brown

A celebratory air filled the ballroom at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Almost 800 well-wishers gathered to welcome Towson University's new president, Mark L. Perkins, at the Towson University Inaugural Dinner.

The room sparkled with a TU theme. Towering centerpieces of gold Berber daisies, yellow roses and spider mums -- accented with black satin ribbons -- highlighted dining tables draped in dramatic black. Guests could even find the TU motif on the guest-of-honor himself. There, on President Perkins' cummerbund, was an embroidered university logo.

Among those in the congratulatory crowd: Mike Gill, Towson University Board of Visitors chair; Phyllis B. Brotman, Gerry Gaeng and Sherman Ragland, board members; David Nevins, University System of Maryland Board of Regents member; Dan Jones, TU provost; Gary Rubin, TU vice president for university advancement; Hoke L. Smith, TU president emeritus; Bryan Thaler, TU Alumni Association president; Roger Birkel, Baltimore Zoo director; Sandy Hillman, Trahan Burden & Charles CEO; Pam Johnson, Baltimore public school system development director; Carolyn Ritter, College of Notre Dame video producer; Ann K. Murray, MPT vice president; Clolita Williams, University of Maryland Baltimore County assistant vice president; Jim Fielder, Capstone One Camps Management president; Joe Tischer, Tischer Surety owner / president; Lone Azola, Coldwell Banker agent; Barbara Anderson, WBAL-TV local sales manager; Dr. Paul Fowler, Union Memorial Hospital radiation oncologist; Bill Orsinger, Meridian Surveys land surveyor; John Keefer, Gilbane senior project manager; Mark Sanfilippo, Professional Planning Association financial consultant; Claire Ingalls, the Guitar Connection president; and Geri Alusik, Baltimore-based massage therapist.

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