It was somewhat of a foregone conclusion that Maravene Loeschke would take center stage this coming week as she is inaugurated as the new president of Towson University.
But Loeschke, a Towson University theater major and later dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at TU, will make that spotlight literal — she'll perform on stage in a production of the play, "Love Letters," on Sunday, Sept. 9, to kick off the weeklong inaugural celebration that will culminate with a Sept. 14 formal ceremony.
The "Love Letters" performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Center for the Arts, Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, on campus. Loeschke, a Towson native, will perform the play with her husband, C. Richard Gillespie.
"Dick and I are very excited about being back on stage at Towson," said Loeschke in an email about the show. "Our hearts are tied together and linked at Towson. It is an honor to be doing this beautiful play, once again in our community."
"Love Letters" has been performed on Broadway, and essentially involves the two characters sitting down to read letters they've written over 50 years as their hopes, dreams and loves have evolved. The play, by A. R. Gurney, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
A reception will follow the performance. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and can be ordered at tickets.tuboxoffice.com. In addition, donations to the President Maravene Loeschke Leadership Endowment will be accepted — guests can make a gift through the College of Fine Arts and Communication box office when they order Love Letters tickets.
The play is one of several events that will lead up to Loeschke's inauguration. The following is a partial schedule. For more details, go to http://www.towson.edu/inauguration.
• Monday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m. — dedication of a new "International Walkway," near the College of Liberal Arts and the Psychology Building, designed to celebrate the diversity of the Towson community and encourage study abroad opportunities. The walkway will feature illuminated flagpoles flying international flags that represent the home countries of students attending Towson University. Also on Monday, a student pep rally will be held 4 to 6 p.m. at Burdick Field.
• Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. — "Darkness and Light: A 9/11 Memorial Concert," Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 general, $10 seniors and $5 students.
• Wednesday Sept. 12, 4 p.m. — ribbon cutting for the university's new Institute for Well-Being, located at Towson City Center. The 44,000 square-foot center includes the Center for Adults with Autism; the Occupational Therapy Center; the Speech, Language and Hearing Center; and the Wellness Center.
• Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 to 11 a.m. — Japanese Tea Ceremony with Dr. Shozo Sato, held at the Center for the Arts, Asian Arts Gallery. RSVP required; call 410-704-4402.
• Friday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m. — the inauguration will take place at Towson Center Arena, as Loeschke becomes TU's 13th president. A reception will follow the event.