Student Plays Role
in Maryland Politics

Senior leads campaign for state's youngest Republican candidate

Charting the campaign

Election Day 2014 is a big one for senior Communication major Erin Giles, campaign manager for Maryland’s youngest Republican candidate, Jake Shade, who is running on the Nov. 4 ballot for Allegany County commissioner.

The 21-year-olds have been best friends since fifth grade in Cumberland, Md., and talked a long time about where and when Shade would enter the political arena. Giles teamed with Shade to help him win the Republican nomination in the primary election and have traveled from one end of the county to the other and knocked on hundreds, maybe thousands, of doors.

Giles says the experience has taught her a lot: “I learned how to stay positive in difficult situations – (situations) like someone shutting the door in our faces.” Read the full story here.

Faculty Art In The Spotlight

See the seventh biennial exhibition, Oct. 23 - Nov. 14 in Rice Gallery. MORE »

McDaniel College students in front of Carroll Hall, location of Undergraduate Admissions.


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2014 Maryland Teacher of the Year and McDaniel College alumna Jody Zepp '94.

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Picture of a student walking across campus.

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McDaniel Menu Goes Local & Sustainable

College commits to
20 percent by 2020

Serving students’ appetite
for healthy dining options

McDaniel is the second Maryland college to commit to purchase at least 20 percent of food from local, sustainable, humane and fair-trade sources by 2020. President Roger Casey and Beth Gerl, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, signed the Real Food Challenge pledge at a lunchtime ceremony, which featured items from local farms and suppliers within a 250-mile radius. This student-led effort, according to Gerl, “aligns perfectly with the increased food options that are available to our students, faculty and staff, such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.” 

Kristen Upton - McDaniel College

Athlete of the


Kristen Upton led the women's soccer team to a 1-1 week, registering an assist in a 3-0 win at F&M, and recorded her first collegiate goal at Swarthmore. MORE »

Pulp Fiction’s Claim on Nathaniel Hawthorne

Holloway Lecture 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. MORE »

Theme Nights at McDaniel

Rebekah James in the lab working on an Ebola vaccine.

FIRST JOB: Ebola Vaccine Researcher

Biology Major Works
To Help Save Lives

In the midst of history’s largest and deadliest Ebola virus outbreak, Rebekah James ’13 is on the frontlines of research to prevent future epidemics of the hemorrhagic fever. At the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md., she runs flow cytometry, ELISAs, and other assays – some of which she first learned in Eaton Hall as an undergraduate – all with the goal to contribute to a vaccine for the virus. Most often, James works with non-deadly irradiated forms of the Ebola virus, although occasionally she dons protective gear to work with live viruses.

“The work we do is extremely rewarding because we are discovering new things about the virus which will eventually help save lives,” she says.

Merritt Hall at night time.

Nights Are For Earning Your Master's Degree

Learn about advancing your education and career at McDaniel’s Graduate Open House 5:30-7p.m. Oct. 30.



October 25, 2014, 12:00 am
Holloway Lecture at McDaniel Lounge
October 28, 2014, 7:30 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
October 29, 2014, 8:30 pm
Graduate Open House at Hoover Library
October 30, 2014, 5:30 pm
Terror Trot & Block and Roll at Gill Center
November 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Spring Undergraduate Registration
November 3, 2014, 12:00 am
BINGO with GTP at GLAR Dining Hall PORCH
November 4, 2014, 7:00 pm
Fall Open House at WMC Alumni Hall
November 9, 2014, 11:00 am
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