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Regarding the recent commentary about Towson University President Maravene Loeschke ("Maravene Loeschke transformed Towson," Dec. 22), not only has she left a lasting impact on the university, she made a difference for the greater Baltimore community as well.

I witnessed a wonderful example of Ms. Loeschke's commitment and compassion when the social action group at my church contacted her about plans for the fourth grade class at East Baltimore's Paca Elementary School to attend a Towson basketball game. Since many of the students spoke of their dream to attend college, we asked Ms. Loeschke if the university could do something special while they were on campus.

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Ms. Loeschke's response was beyond what we could have imagined. She authorized a university bus to bring the students from East Baltimore to Towson. Upon arrival, they received a personal campus tour and were greeted by several football players who spent the entire afternoon with them. During halftime, Ms. Loeschke came over to the students and greeted each one with a warm hug. Though some weren't sure who she was, they got it when one of their teachers said "she's like the principal at our school."

At the end of the day, the young East Baltimore dreamers felt truly special. Not only did they have a lasting memory of being on a college campus, they knew from the "principal" that they truly matter.

Paul Sturm, Baltimore

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