“I love going to casinos and have just started really getting into craps!”
Quick – name the A&F staffer who has developed an urge to throw the dice. Did anyone say Lorraine Hart? Who knew that the quiet, easy going Payroll supervisor has a hidden desire to hit the gaming tables? We all have external interests other than Towson, and some might really surprise you.
Visiting casinos in Atlantic City and Dover Downs to play table games is an extension of the “travel bug” that Lorraine has. “I love to travel – driving, cruising, or flying, with the whole family or just my husband, and everything in between. The Caribbean is a favorite for me; we’ve been there three times. With our fortieth wedding anniversary coming up in May, my plan for a special trip is to go to Las Vegas in the spring.” She’s sure to find a lot of dice games there. She’d also like to visit Hawaii, if she can get her husband on the prolonged flight!
Baltimore born Lorraine has rather ambitious travel goals. Her family originally hailed from the Bronx in New York. Her father and uncle moved to Bainesville for business opportunities and created a business making, bottling and delivering items such as bleach, starch and fabric softener to city and county housewives. This took place during the days when home delivery included milk, butter, eggs, bread, chips and pretzels. Lorraine attended Parkville schools, including Parkville Senior High, where her business courses helped land her first job at the Equitable Trust Bank.
Marriage and motherhood intervened and Lorraine decided to stay at home until both of her sons were in school full-time. Deciding to return to work Lorraine applied for a position at Towson University in 1988, just as the state was ending its practice of hiring from lists of applicants who had passed state tests. Towson was building files of candidates who could be considered for vacant job openings, and she took a contingent position organizing and filing some of the overwhelming numbers of applications that had flooded into the OHR office, which at that time was located in the 7800 building.
Because of her love of accounting, Lorraine’s acceptance of a part-time job in the Payroll department was a logical move, professionally, as she simultaneously embarked on her college education in finance. Taking care of the family and working full time limited her class time, but thirteen years later Lorraine received her diploma. Although she had harbored thoughts of leaving Towson when she graduated, those thoughts faded as TU became her second home. She accepted the position of Payroll supervisor a few months later, and now plans on retiring from that position sometime in the future.
“People here at TU are great,” she explains, “and I find I don’t want to go anywhere else.” At least not for employment, but those vacation memories and goals are limitless. “We once rented a houseboat and cruised on Lake Redman in Pennsylvania with my sister-in-law’s family. My initial thought was that there wouldn’t be enough to do, but I was wrong – there was even a hot tub on board that provided a lot of relaxation!”
One other goal that may take some doing for Lorraine, who confesses a fear of heights, is to take a hot air balloon ride out west. “I know they have huge balloon festivals in Arizona and New Mexico, and then I could just continue with driving to the Grand Canyon.” Obviously not one to let little things deter her from her travel goals, Lorraine will no doubt be high-flying soon.