About the Alumni Association Awardees
Alumni College Service Awards
Corynne B. Courpas '76 has served on college committees focused on everything from reunions to awards, scholarships, buildings and grounds, heritage and inauguration. Her first experience as chair was with the Carroll County Scholarship and Grant Program (CCSGP) committee. Her choice of committee was based on her realization from her own experience of how critical scholarship help is in assisting the best and brightest to attend McDaniel College. A niece and a nephew both graduated from McDaniel.
Courpas served as president of the Alumni Council from 2007-2009 and as president elect and president emerita in 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 respectively. She has been a visitor to the Board of Trustees as well as several trustee committees including Academic Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Buildings and Grounds. Courpas has also been a member of the Women's Leadership Advisory Council and the Presidential Task Force Implementation Committee.
After graduating from WMC with a degree in Biology, Courpas worked as a medical technologist for the state of Maryland for 11 years. Realizing she wanted to head in a different direction, she began taking accounting courses, eventually pursuing and earning her M.B.A. at the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business. She began working at Carroll County Foods in 1987, remained there after its purchase by performance Foodservice, and continues in her role in sales. A member of Phi Alpha Mu sorority, she learned through graduate school and careers just how well McDaniel prepared her for life after college.
Gerald W. Winegrad '66 is the mastermind behind the highly successful reunions of the 1960s. As a state senator, he spoke on campus to champion Chesapeake Bay restoration and sponsored bond bills that helped pay for campus improvements such as Hoover Library. His service to the college has spanned the decades and reconnected many alumni to their alma mater.
In 1993, Winegrad, an Economics major, decided to start a reunion of the classes of the 1960s. Some of the attendees hadn't visited campus since their graduations. The gatherings grew, and in 2010, he organized and hosted a reunion of the 1960s – which has been billed since it beginnings over 20 years ago as Rock, Roll 'N Remember – that drew nearly 200 alumni and guests, some of them from the 1950s and 1970s. Winegrad, who played football, intramural softball and lacrosse pick-up games during his years at WMC, donated more than $6,700 in leftover funds from the reunion for the new Kenneth Gill Stadium.
Organizing and staging events has always been a favorite activity for Winegrad, who earned his J.D. at University of Maryland Law School in 1969 and served in the Maryland Legislature for 16 years, first in the House of Delegates and then as a state senator from 1983-1995. As a legislator, he worked tirelessly for a healthy environment and specifically for Chesapeake Bay restoration. He is an attorney and adjunct professor, and was a naval officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, serving as a military judge, during the Vietnam War. His "field of dreams" is to bring people back to campus and re-connect them with the college.
Alumni Community Service Award
Stephanie "Steph" Opdahl Hubach '82 walked away from a successful career at a Department of Defense consulting firm and teaching Economics at the college level to volunteer as a special needs ministries director with Mission to North America (MNA), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. A self-described "achievement-oriented junkie" who topped her B.A. in Economics with a master's also in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Hubach's life was changed when her son, Tim, was born in 1992 with Down syndrome. She considers it a privilege to serve the community of people with disabilities, and knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that she's doing now what she was born to do.
Currently there's a team of 10 in her organization, and while her position as director has been a paid position since 2009, her work continues with a passion. She currently chairs the Reformed Presbyterian Church Special Needs Committee and the Lancaster Christian Council on Disability, and serves as director of the MNA Special Needs Ministries. Among the dozen or so organizations Hubach has served on a volunteer basis are Ephrata High School Gifted Education Committee and Band Parent Association, Lancaster County Respite Coalition, The Arc of Lancaster County Board of Directors, Lancaster County Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) Advisory Board and the Infant Evaluation Program Board of Directors Early Intervention Program of Centre County, Pa.
Her expertise is in demand. She has written books and articles on various aspects of Disability Ministry and has conducted numerous radio interviews. Hubach credits her husband, Fred Hubach '82, with making it possible for her to devote herself to the level of volunteering that she does. "His private, unseen sacrifices have made my public sacrifices possible," she says.
Alumni Professional Achievement Awards
Colonel David W. Blizzard '64, USMC (Ret.) worked as a security contractor after 27 years of active duty in the U.S. Marines. Recruited into the college's football program from Wesley College in 1961, Blizzard competed on the 1963 Mason- Dixon Conference Championship and Middle Atlantic Conference Championship football team. He also placed fourth in the Mason-Dixon Wrestling Championships in 1963.
After graduating from WMC with a degree in Physical Education, Blizzard took a graduate assistant position as assistant football coach and head wrestling coach at WMC before going on to fill those positions plus that of assistant baseball coach at Johns Hopkins University. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated Officer Candidates School as Platoon Honor Man. Finishing Basic sixth in his class, he was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award at his graduation in 1967, and from there, was assigned to Vietnam as platoon commander.
During his second tour in Vietnam, Blizzard was selected for a Marine Corps-sponsored master's degree program and went on to earn an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Michigan with a 4.0 average. He was admitted to the doctoral program before being transferred to El Salvador as the Naval Attaché in 1983. After attending the Top Level School at the Inter-American Defense College, he was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command. Blizzard medically retired from the military after sustaining severe injuries during a free-fall jump exercise.
Since then, Blizzard has served as Chief of Security for United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Mozambique and Guatemala as well as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has also been selected to conduct security surveys and threat analyses for the International Court for Lebanon in Beirut and The Hague.
Kurt E. Jacobson '75, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, is a leader in his field. Since 1984, he has worked at The Hughston Clinic, P.C. in Georgia, where he has served as vice president for 18 years. Jacobson is also team physician to two high schools and two colleges and universities while serving as advisor to the National Athletic Trainers' Association in Dallas, Texas. He is physician advisor and board member of the Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital and directs the Hughston Orthopedic Hospital Rehabilitation Unit and an inpatient rehabilitation unit at the Northside Medical Center.
During college, Jacobson tutored other students interested in the medical field and was president of Circle K International, a community-service organization. Jacobson left McDaniel in 1974 for an accelerated pre-med program at Tulane University Medical School, and graduated from McDaniel summa cum laude with a Biology degree that same year with credits earned in that program. After completing residencies in general surgery and orthopedic surgery, he went to the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic for a fellowship that led to a job offer.
A board certified surgeon, he is licensed to practice in three states and holds membership in 17 professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the National Orthopaedic Educational Society and the Association of Professional Team Physicians. He has served as a reviewer of two academic journals and serves as legislative chairman for the Muscogee County Medical Society. Additionally, Jacobson is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Tulane University School of Medicine as well as the Medical College of Georgia, serving also as part-time professor of Physical Education at Valdosta State University, where he is the head team physician.
Wendy Ruderman '91 is a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News who shared the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism with her colleague Barbara Laker for their "Tainted Justice" series of stories that exposed a rogue police narcotics squad. Their book based on the series, "Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love," was published by HarperCollins in March 2014 and is being developed as a TV crime drama starring actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
Before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 2007, Ruderman worked at several media outlets, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY-TV and WHYY-FM, the Trenton Times, the Associated Press and the Bergen Record. She has also worked at the New York Times as police bureau chief. In 1997, she earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Ruderman's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Tainted Justice" series is the result of months of literal leg work, during which she explored on foot the dark streets of dangerous neighborhoods in Philadelphia well into the night. Persisting through language barriers, she interviewed innocent residents and drug dealers alike who told eerily similar stories of horrific encounters with narcotics officers who stole money from shop owners and lied about evidence to secure search warrants.
Ruderman's career is distinguished by her success in the role of government watchdog and her commitment to public-service journalism – even as newsrooms struggle to stay financially afloat. Along with other journalistic luminaries such as David Carr of the New York Times and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, she is featured in a documentary about the future of journalism, ominously titled "Black and White and Dead All Over," which made its debut earlier this year. She has been a frequent guest speaker at journalism symposiums. In 2010, she was awarded the McDaniel College Trustee Alumni Award.