About the Alumni Association Awardees
Alumna of the Year
The activism, service and success that began during her years in elementary school just earned Janice Mooney Hobart ’63, M.Ed. ’78 McDaniel’s Alumna of the Year award. The retired Westminster High School director of guidance and an active volunteer will be honored during this fall’s Homecoming activities for her professional achievements and service to college and community.
A member of the last class of Home Economics majors to graduate from the college, Hobart savored her career first as a Home Ec teacher and later, after earning a master’s in counseling at the college, as a guidance counselor at Westminster High School for 23 years. In fact, she so enjoyed her work with high school students, she opened College Found, a college consulting business that continues today.
Alumni College Service Award 2013
Ellen Earp Baker M.Ed. ’78, has been a member and chair of several Alumni Association committees since 1987, including the nominating, outreach and undergraduate relations committees. She served on the Alumni Council from 1992 to 2012 in several different capacities, including as director from 1992-1995. She can frequently be found distributing “Alumni-in-Training Mugs” to first-year students during Orientation. For the past seven years, Baker has assisted with various activities for the Center for the Study of Aging. She has also served as a board member of Chamber Music on the Hill. Currently, Baker is the chair of the Graduate Alumni subcommittee of the Presidential Task Force Implementation Committee.
After earning her bachelor’s from Drew University in 1963, Baker received an M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1968 and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Supervision from Western Maryland College in 1987. She taught history and social studies at Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, Md., for 24 years, where she won a Carroll County Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999. She is now retired.
Baker has held professional memberships in the National Council for the Social Studies and the Maryland Council for the Social Studies. She is also a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She continues her leadership involvement in several capacities at Fairhaven, the retirement community where she now lives. Her husband, Dr. Alva “Buzz” Baker graduated from the college in 1966; from 2007 until June 2013, he served as director of McDaniel’s Center for the Study of Aging, where he continues to teach in the Gerontology program.
Donald Hobart ’62, who majored in Physical Education, has long been committed to his alma mater, serving on many college and alumni association committees and holding positions as visitor to the Board of Trustees from 1987-1990 and chair of the Alumni Association Awards Committee. During his tenure as president of the Alumni Association from 2009-2011, the Alumni Association Presidential Task Force was appointed for an in-depth review of the Association. He has served on several reunion committees and produced popular DVD programs for the classes of ’62 and ’63. Currently, he holds three positions on the Presidential Task Force Implementation Committee: chair of the Awards Program subcommittee, chair of the Traditions/Disconnected Alums subcommittee and co-chair of the Identity and Brand subcommittee. Hobart is also a member of the WMC Heritage Society Advisory Council.
After three years of service in the Army, Hobart earned his master’s and Ph.D. from University of Maryland, where he then taught anatomy at the University of Maryland at Baltimore for more than 40 years. An expert in kinesiology, he was assistant chair and associate professor in the Physical Therapy Department, where he played an integral role in the establishment of an alumni association and annual giving program. Before his retirement, his former students endowed a scholarship in his honor through the Alumni Association of the department of Physical Therapy.
Hobart ran a woodworking business after his retirement until 2003, when he joined Rehab Essentials, a private company specializing in distance learning programs for licensed physical therapists. He now occupies his free time with photography and travel. His wife, Janice Mooney Hobart ’63, is being honored as 2013 Alumna of the Year.
Alumni Community Service Award 2013
Fifty years ago, Otto J. Guenther ’63, a senior Economics major, member of the College choir and chaplain of his fraternity, Gamma Beta Chi, sat among his fellow cadets and waited for his turn to recite the Army oath. Despite a calm and collected demeanor, he too wondered if he possessed the “right stuff” to take this leadership role as an officer. His classmates call him “Toots” (that’s Otto spelled inside-out), but we salute him as Lieutenant General Otto John Guenther, the highest-ranking military officer ever to graduate from our college.
Guenther became the Army’s first chief information officer in 1995 and served as the director of Information Systems at the Pentagon until his retirement in 1997. His long list of awards and decorations includes the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge with four Oak Leaf Clusters. After his military career, he served as the vice president and general manager for the federal division of Computer Associates followed by an administrative role at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Tactical Systems Division.
Currently, Guenther serves on the McDaniel Board of Trustees and heads up its Buildings and Grounds committee sharing his leadership on such projects as the renovation of Englar Dining Hall and the new Kenneth R. Gill Stadium. He serves as a mentor for students at both McDaniel and VMI and has served as president of the George Washington chapter helping veterans and wounded warriors. His leadership experience advances his church’s mission and outreach activities and he continues as a member of a men’s support group serving the homeless.
Robert Hulburd ’77, an art teacher turned insurance agent, is a founding member and chairman of C.R.A.S.H. (County Residents Action for Safer Highways), a grassroots lobbying organization that works for the implementation of safety improvements, such as the dualization of Route 113 that successfully reduced driving fatalities. He received the Nationwide Insurance National Service Award in 1997 and the Ocean Pines Citizen of the Year Award in 2000. Hulburd’s community involvement includes serving as chairman of the Worcester County Tourism Board from 1999-2005 and past chairman and member of several Ocean Pines committees, including the Risk Management Committee. He has previously been an active member and treasurer of the Berlin Lions Club. Currently, Hulburd is a corporate board member of the Atlantic General Hospital and a member of the board of directors of the Assateague Island Alliance. He is also a member of the Citizens Advisory Council for Maryland Coastal Bays Association.
Before Hulbard became an insurance agent for Nationwide, he used his Art Education degree as a high school teacher in Worcester County. His WMC varsity athletics experience prepared him to coach football and wrestling at Stephen Decatur High School. He continued his coaching outside of school with Pop Warner Football and his daughter’s Ponytail Softball for several years. Interested in becoming more involved in his children’s education, Hulbard successfully ran for the Worcester County Board of Education in 2002.
Known as “Wild Bob” during his undergraduate years, he says his nickname more appropriately should now be “Mild Bob.” He lives with his wife, Linda Jo Hulburd, in Berlin, Md.
Herbert Sell ’57, who majored in Music, is known as “Daddy” throughout the community, a reference to the lingo of his favorite genre – jazz. He attended Shippensburg State College, where he played his music in the dance band until the Korean War started. He spent the next three years as a pianist for the Army and Air Force Special Services Department. After earning his bachelor’s from WMC on the GI Bill, Sell was the choral director at Westminster High School for 35 years, where he encouraged his student choirs to perform in as many as 20 community functions each year.
While his affinity for jazz music was seen as rebellious during his teenage years, Sell found the opportunity to delve more deeply into the genre for his University of Maryland master’s thesis, which inspired him to incorporate more jazz, blues and boogie-woogie into his teaching. He also brought such musical legends as Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Les Brown and Count Basie to perform at Westminster High School through connections that he made during his military service.
Besides his commitment to music education, Sell has spent 58 years as a church organist and choir director, and until 2004, he was the only director the Carroll County Choral Society had ever known. Outside of his musical service, Sell has been a member of the Littlestown Lion’s Club since 1954, and has twice served as its president. He also has been an honorary member of the Westminster Rotary Club since 1990, an organization that has given out a music scholarship in his name every year since 1992.
Alumni Professional Achievement Award 2013
Ira Klemons ’69 completed the nation’s first Ph.D. related to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic headaches, facial pain and TMJ syndrome and subsequently built one of the largest practices for people who suffer from these problems. His TMJ Trauma and Headache Center receives patients from every state and continent seeking relief from often debilitating disorders. Klemons treats these disorders using a combination of orthopedic and dental techniques, usually by manipulating impaired muscles and ligaments of the head and face rather than resorting to surgery or long-term medication. He has authored or co-authored 33 scholarly publications, made more than 48 media appearances and given over 108 scientific programs and lectures about his specialized approach.
Klemons studied pre-dentistry at Western Maryland College, but was accepted to the New York University College of Dentistry in 1968, only three years into his undergraduate studies; he was awarded his bachelor’s degree from WMC upon completing dental school. Before earning his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1981, Klemons spent time abroad studying medical anthropology, where he also treated inhabitants of a leper colony in Nepal and consulted with the Dalai Lama on preventative medicine after treating patients in Tibet.
His volunteer medical service has earned him the Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and a certificate of recognition of volunteer service in a foreign country by the American Dental Association. Klemons has been an expert witness in national legal cases involving head and facial pain and TM joint dysfunction, a consultant to the Chronic Pain Institute in New York City, and a lifetime member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Police Benevolent Association. He is past president of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and past chair on the American Board of Radiofrequency Surgery. He is married to his business partner, Janet Crain.
Lisa Dale VanAuken ’02 is the author of numerous short stories, essays and poems, with five books out with major publishers and a sixth on the way. Van Auken has been a nominee for Best New American Voices and the Pushcart Prize, as well as a former assistant editor of the journal The Literary Review. Her writing has appeared in many magazines, such as Fourth Genre, Flyway, Fugue, Sou’wester, The Southeast Review, as well as online with websites like the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog and Fodor’s.
After graduating from McDaniel College, she worked at a literary agency before returning to school for her M.F.A. in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her first four novels were primarily romances published under the pen name Lisa Dale with Penguin and Hachette, with subsequent rights granted for translations in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Poland and Romania. Each features strong, complex heroines who must overcome emotional obstacles in order to achieve a happy union with their life partners. Publisher’s Weekly said of her work that it is “emotional...surprising…and spectacular.”
In August of this year, Lisa’s mainstream novel “The Wishing Thread” arrived from Ballantine (Random House) under the new pen name of Lisa Van Allen, with simultaneous publication from Aufbau in Germany. A story with hints of magic realism, romance, the history of hand-knitting and the folklore of the Hudson Valley, the book was greeted with accolades from readers and reviewers alike. VanAuken lives in New Jersey with her husband and their pet hedgehog, Cleopatra.
Warren Watts ’62 is the executive director and supervisor of Tri-County Pastoral Counseling Services in West Virginia, a marriage and family counseling practice he founded 42 years ago. In total, he has counseled 45,000 individuals, including 8,500 children and youth who have been physically and sexually abused. Watts has served as an expert mental health professional for 2,500 court appearances, and for this received a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation from the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court of West Virginia. His years of service in the court system also earned him Diplomate status by the American Academy of Forensic Counselors.
Watts studied English at Western Maryland College before graduating from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., in 1966 with a Master of Divinity degree. He is an ordained Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Watts began his counseling career during his time in the ministry, from which he retired in 2008 after 50 years of service. He has been adjunct faculty for three universities, where he helped train graduate students in marriage and family counseling. For the past 23 years and counting, Watts has illuminated counseling issues for local newspaper readers in his weekly “Counselor’s Corner” column that deals with individual, marriage and family counseling topics.
Watts received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award from the West Virginia Counselors Association in 1998. In 2003, he was selected from a pool of 2,000 mental health professionals to be one of three special investigators assigned to the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling to oversee all counseling professionals in the state. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Counseling from the Mountain State Counselor’s Alliance in 2004. The American Biographical Association also named him Man of the Year in 2006. Out of everything, however, Watts considers his appointment as Chaplain for the Day at the U.S. Senate by Senator Robert Byrd one of his greatest privileges; he was only the second minister from his state to receive this honor.
Currently, Watts serves as Health Consultant and Case Manager for Berkeley County Schools in West Virginia and Chaplain of his local Fraternal Order of Police. Watts lives with his wife, Maria, in a home they built in Hedgesville, W.Va.