2012 Cheers Part 1
FROM 'Z' TO 'A'
(left photo) Musa Imakando with Karla Saravia and Kwei Maduot
Musa Imakando says she will take her McSwagger with her to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks to pursue her master's in Resource Economics, but first the Economics and Business Administration major will return home to Lusaka, Zambia, for a visit. She already has her eye on another degree after Resource Economics at the London School of Economics. "I am my father's daughter," she says, of her father, Dr. Mwilola Imakando, an economist in Zambia, and refers to her time at McDaniel as extremely enriching and challenging. "I have been exposed to many things out of my comfort zone which have allowed me to grow. I am most appreciative of the friends I made here, I leave knowing that they are more than just friends – they are my family!"
ENERGY TO SPARE
(right photo) Brian Wladkowski, Ken Coffey, and Louis Lachman
Ken Coffey is still deciding which direction to take his degree in Environmental Studies. The Environmental Policy and Science major from Walkersville, Md., analyzed the exhaust gases and fuel consumption of the Army surplus generator he bought and restored to use biodiesel fuel produced in the lab from used oil from Harry's in downtown Westminster. Coffey's research partner, Louis Lachman, a Chemistry and Biochemistry major from Woodstock, Md., who analyzed the kinetics of biodiesel fuel synthesis for his capstone project, will attend the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, where his service branch will be the Air Force.
Brittany Starlings (right) with Accounting classmate Cristina Kluba
Brittany Starlings from Hagerstown, Md., is graduating with a triple major in Economics, Business Administration and Accounting Economics, and will work as a staff auditor at NovakFrancella in Columbia, Md., where she did a Jan Term internship that included a trip to Miami to work on an audit. She plans to take the last class or two required for the CPA exam and then begin studying to take the first portion of the test by the end of the calendar year.
Meredith Meyers, Biology major of Manchester, Md., spent the summer before her senior year at the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod with professor Molly Jacobs researching the swimming behavior of young lobsters. Shortly after graduation, she heads to a two-week internship aboard the NOAA vessel Okeanos Explorer to participate in ocean floor mapping along the East Coast, from Virginia to Rhode Island.
'DITTO' FOR THE DYNAMIC DUO
Computer Science major Becky Putnam, whose semester in Budapest tops her list of McDaniel highlights, and Mathematics major Lizzy McCaslin have been best of friends since elementary school. Urbana High School graduates, the friends from Mt. Airy, Md., became National Security Scholars and received scholarships, security clearance and jobs in the same field with different companies. Becky will work at Raytheon as a software engineer, and Lizzy will be in cybersecurity at Booz Allen Hamilton.
INFINITE POSSIBILITIES AHEAD
Michael Donders with Lizzy McCaslin
Michael Donders takes his triple major in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics to Rutgers University where he will pursue his Ph.D. in Mathematics. From Brooklyn, N.Y., he'll remember backpacking across Europe after his semester in Budapest as a time when he felt independent and free.
MASTER OF BOTH KINDS OF LAB
(left photo) Linzie Bonds with Whit, (right photo) Whit as a pup in September 2011
Linzie Bonds has been a big part of raising Whit and Hudson, two amazing dogs, with Canine Companions for Independence Puppy Club and was rewarded when club members had the opportunity to see Whit again after his advanced training when he was paired as a Skilled Companion to a woman with cerebral palsy. The Biology major from Aberdeen, Md., researched invasive grass at Camp Hashawha Environmental Center and after gaining work experience in a lab will apply to grad school in Epidemiology or Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents.
BACK TO THE CLASSROOM
Erinne Warrenfeltz (right) on football Senior Day with Art major Woody Butler of Smithburg, Md
Erinne Warrenfeltz will be back on campus in the fall to student teach at Westminster High School and Freedom Elementary School to complete her teaching certification before heading home to Frederick County, Md., to obtain a high school physical education and health teaching job. The Exercise Science major takes with her memories with Green Terror softball teammates and scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico, and Roaton, Honduras, during Jan Term trips where she swam with nurse sharks, reef sharks, sea turtles, octopus, barracuda, and pilot whales.
IT TOOK THE WHOLE FAMILY
Cristal Fortino (2nd from left) with Sociology professors Debra Lemke, Linda Semu and Lauren Dundes
After being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years, Cristal Fortino is not only graduating with a bachelor's degree in Sociology, but is continuing her studies in McDaniel's Human Resource Development graduate program. She thanks her husband, Joe; son, TJ; and daughter, Katie Belle; for supporting her and putting up with all the long hours of schoolwork.
MED SCHOOL Rx
A Biology major from East Setauket, N.Y., Caitlin Pozmanter's schedule was packed with classes as well as her many volunteer activities: she served as a tutor, swim coach at Future Stars Summer Camps, was on the Women's Swim Team, a member of Alpha Phi Omega and worked with Heroes Helping Hopkins. Her capstone research with enzymes that may play a role in cell differentiation fits right in with her plans to go to medical school after taking a year off to work in a lab and gain more research experience.
WARM REUNION IN A COLD LOCALE
Look for Ron Shriver, an Exercise Science major and former Marine from Westminster, Md., packing up the new R.V. he and his wife, Jen, who graduated in 2011, bought to take them and their two kids, 5-year-old Miles and 7-year-old Aurora, to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Jen is pursuing her master's degree. Ron dreams someday of being a Physical Education teacher and conducted research in barefoot running, but for now, looks forward to the family being reunited and settling in for an Alaskan winter.
AMEN TO THAT
Emily Dubyoski rates her eight semesters of Gospel Choir as the highlight of her McDaniel years – the chance "to praise the Lord, learn more about a culture different from your own and sing and sway to music that makes you want to get up and dance is something" she will definitely take with her. The Biology major from Upperco, Md., heads to graduate school to become a dietician, a dream she's had while growing up in a family of vegetarians.
TWO HOMES, ONE HEART
Rita Kabaso, who moved to the U.S. with her family six years ago from Zambia, will spend the next year preparing for graduate school in Epidemiology, which means the Biology major will be taking classes in statistics and calculus. She loves both the U.S. and Zambia, so where she'll settle is anyone's guess.
EIGHTH TIME IS THE CHARM
Jessica Oros (right) with friends
Most know Jessica Oros of Eldersburg, Md., as the head resident assistant in North Village. An Art and English double major, which she finally settled on after changing her major eight times, she plans to take a year off to continue working on art, get much needed sleep and travel.
IN HER NATURE
Caitlyn Ramsburg, who studied lizards with professor Randy Morrison on San Salvador in the Bahamas, is applying for a job with the Dept. of Natural Resources and hopes to go on to grad school to study Marine Biology or Estuarine Studies. The Biology major from Henderson, Md., will never forget tailgating and watching the games with friends.
WORK IS PLAY
Meg (right) and women's basketball teammate Katherine Restrepo have been friends and teammates since freshman year, when this photo was taken
Meg Biggart, a Business Administration major from Darien, Conn., with a minor in Sports Management, begins work with Genesco Sports Enterprises, Inc., a sports marketing consulting firm with offices in Dallas, California, and New York, and plans to get her M.B.A. in a few years.
IT ALL ADDS UP
Stephanie Nichols from Wilmington, Del., will apply her Business Administration and Accounting Economics degree to her new career at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Phiadelphia. A senior defender on women's lacrosse, she was named to All Centennial Conference first team women's lacrosse in 2012 and 2010, and as a senior led the team with 61 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers.
ULTIMATE SUCCESS STORY
A Computer Science major from Columbia, Md., Matthew Beach's involvement with McDaniel's Ultimate Frisbee club and four trips abroad changed his life forever. He found his best friends and reinvented himself while competing and traveling to central Europe, Kenya, Turkey and China with McDaniel – which no doubt will come in mighty handy after college when he begins work with Geographic Information Systems, a software used for creating maps.
BEST FEET FORWARD
After graduation, Steve French and Sara Krome will travel to a resort in Mexico for a week before Steve resumes his job as the Assistant Director of a sports camp, and Sara starts her job as the Assistant Administrative Director of the Student Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) held here at McDaniel College. In the fall, Steve will begin graduate school at McDaniel in the B.E.S.T. program in Physical Education, while also serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Student Affairs Office and an Assistant Coach for the Men's Tennis team. Sara will begin the graduate program in Professional Writing at Towson University while continuing writing and social media work for a PR, marketing, and event planning boutique firm in the Frederick area.
BENCH TO BEDSIDE
Biology major Abbie Morgan's capstone project of annotating different genomes will no doubt serve the Cumberland, Md., native well as she enters a nursing program either at West Virginia University or Johns Hopkins.
Rachel Walega's senior research gave her even more time with her "second family," the Green Terror swim team, as she studied the effects of tapering training during the season. A Sports Coaching minor has the Exercise Science major from Ambler, Pa., going to George Washington U. for a master's in clinical exercise physiology and then work in her field. "Knowing what I'll be doing for the next two years is good enough for me now."
'JA' TO TEACHING
Meagan Pilar, a double major in German and Exercise Science, worked in the Writing Center, mentored students at Westminster Middle School, and tutored German – that's how she discovered her passion for teaching children. She'll work with middle-school-age children as a program leader for Parks and Recreation in Edgewood, Md., this summer and apply to teach at private schools and pre-schools in the fall.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON THE MENU
Two seniors would like to take charge of their careers by owning businesses in their respective fields. James Eu of Reston, Va., wants to put his Communication major skills to good use as a restaurant owner. His senior project focused on food expectations and perceptions in restaurants. Art & Art History major Stefon Kelly from Capital Heights, Md. plans to run his own graphic design firm, but could also see himself teaching art.
SLEEP NOT ON THE SYLLABUS
Sarah Miller, a Psychology and English major from Baltimore, has a specific goal set in mind when it comes to her academic career: get a Ph.D. by age 27…and sleep again by age 40. She will attend Carnegie Mellon University in the fall to complete an M.A. program in Rhetoric, and has been hired as a tutor in their newly established Global Communication Center. It's easy to see why she lacks sleep. While at McDaniel she participated in Allies, Psi Chi, Active Minds, Lambda Iota Tau, Pi Gamma Mu, Women's Issues Group and the Honors program.
AN INTEREST IN ALGAE
After attending graduate school at Towson University to pursue a master's in Biology, Biology major Justin Jones of Silver Spring, Md., hopes to conduct research on algae ecology, plans a career in research.
ADIOS A DOS
For Karla Saravia (above left), nothing can top watching Spain win the FIFA World Cup in 2010 while studying abroad at the University of Salamanca. The Communication major, Spanish minor, from Silver Spring, Md., hopes to turn a marketing/public relations internship at Carroll Community Media Center into a career at a PR firm or major broadcast network. Saravia is also active in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and cheerleading squad. Fellow cheerleader and housemate, Spanish major Tiffani Scott (above right) would like to travel back to Costa Rica before returning to school for music or teaching Spanish. The Highland, Md. native is also interested in becoming a private piano or violin teacher.
GOOD PLAN, COUNSELOR
Philosophy and Spanish major Leanna Webb has her course meticulously planned out. Immediately after graduation she hopes to serve as a substitute teacher for a Spanish course and two writing courses at a local private school while also working with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program. In the fall she will return to McDaniel to pursue a masters in Counselor Education on the School Counseling track, and eventually serve as a private middle or high school guidance counselor. Her favorite memories are of living in the Spanish house and taking Stephanie Madsen's Attachment Relationships honors course – which inspired her to pursue Counselor Education.
ALL THE WORLD A LAB
Carissa Grove, a Biology major from Boonsboro, Md., whose favorite memories are favorite memory is pledging Phi Mu sorority, will pursue a master's in Environmental Biology at Hood College and would like to get her Ph.D. to teach at a college or do research.
WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY
French and Political Science major Thomas Nelson is headed across the pond. After graduation he will travel to Tunisia to study Arabic on a prestigious State Department Critical Language Scholarship, with the goal of one day joining the U.S. Foreign Service. After his language studies this summer, he will teach English in France at the Académie of Lille, live and work in D.C. for a year or two, and then pursue graduate school.
DRESSED FOR SUCCESS
For her senior project, Austin Westermann has been immersed in the factors that influence the buying process within a retail-clothing store. The Communication major from Setauket, N.Y. hopes to become an entrepreneur in the fashion industry.
After designing her own major in Classical Studies, Jessica Fry immersed herself in the field by cataloguing the college's collection of 119 Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts along with attending College Year in Athens, a study abroad program focused on the history and civilization of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean region. The St. Mary's, Ga. native hopes to study Classical Archeology in graduate school.
A TOUR TO REMEMBER
(right photo) Tiara Tirasawasdichai with Kim Trang
Tiara Tirasawasdichai, a Biology major from Bangkok, Thailand, is postponing medical school for a couple of years. Unable to pick one memory from among all the experiences she's shared with everyone at McDaniel, a highlight has to be Spring Break 2012 when she and senior Kim Trang traveled to Annapolis, New York City and Ocean City, Md.
Kelly Hauprich with her relatives that are also McDaniel College alumni
Kelly Hauprich of Burtonsville, Md. will continue her academic career in the fall at Radford University to obtain a Special Education masters degree with a focus in Deaf Education. Among the Psychology major's favorite moments are late night movies and Mario Kart with her friends, participating in Relay for Life, and visiting the Dominican Republic with the ASL department.
HUNGARY FOR MORE
Shelby Parenteau poses with fellow senior Darcy Elburn while studying abroad in Budapest
World traveler Shelby Parenteau may come from the small town of Denton, Md., but counts her time studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary as one of the best experiences of her life. Having already been to Zagreb and Prague, she hopes to visit more countries after graduation. Another of the History major's favorite college moments was directing her own children's show, "The Adventures of Captain Underpants," starring some of her closest friends.
Greg Bowman hasn't yet decided on a career path with his Business Administration major, but the Catonsville, Md., native helped win the Centennial Conference (CC) men's golf championship in 2011 and recorded the lowest individual 72-hole score of any Green Terror golfer and any Centennial Conference golfer at the NCAA championship in 2011.
NOBLE WORK, ROYAL AWARD
(top left photo) Kwei Maduot-Parek standing over the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, (top right photo) Lydia (far right) with friends in her apartment, (bottom photo) Marisa (right) in Budapest, Hungary, with Emily Hannah Davis
Four seniors completed requirements to receive the Bronze Medal for the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards program by volunteering to improve living conditions in the town of Gary, W.Va. Kwei Maduot-Parek, a Communication major from Lanham, Md., plans to attend graduate school and work in the field of Public Relations after taking a year off to travel to Sudan, Egypt, London, Zambia, South Africa and Jamaica. Her favorite memory was the Zimbabwe Jan Term, which she called a mission trip, informative trip, cultural trip, moving trip and exciting trip. Philosophy major and Spanish minor Marisa Hrbal is a strong advocate of food awareness and worked as an AmeriCorps Vista Summer Associate at Maryland Hunger Solutions. Psychology major Douglas Rivera of Essex, Md., is an active member of the Hispano Latino Alliance and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, which won the MD-DC Campus Contact Excellence in Service Student Group Award. Lydia Hubble, a Psychology and Gerontology major from Chambersburg, Pa., enjoyed participating in the Madrigal choir and Relay for Life while at McDaniel, and plans on completing her masters in Gerontology here before she attends Physician's Assistant school. Her ultimate dream is to practice in a nursing or assisted living facility.
TRIO OF INTERESTS
Linsey Turkett (center) with good friends Jenna Little and Claire Maisel
Combining her three areas of interest, History major and French and Art History minor Linsey Turkett will pursue a career in museum collections or office administration. The Phi Mu sorority member from Riva, Md. was also a member of Who's Who Among Students, a peer mentor, and the Order of Omega president.
REACHING NEW READERS
Three Psychology majors teamed up to give Sandymount Elementary a Leap into Literacy night, designed to inspire a love of reading in the students and their families. Melissa Borchers, Claire Maisel, and Sarah Boteler brought together 60 families for an inside view of writing and illustrating children's books from published authors and illustrators. Boteler of New Market, Md. hopes to find a job as an elementary school teacher along with pursuing a master's degree in Reading so she can become a Reading Specialist.
TOWARD A CREASE OVERSEAS
Chelsea Watkins snowboarding and displaying her love of extreme sports
Champion of animals and the environment, Psychology major Chelsea Watkins knew she wanted to work for the Nature Conservancy or Environmental Protection Agency after college. Before her academic pursuits, however, the captain of the Women's lacrosse team will travel to England to coach others in her favorite sport. Another athlete, the women's soccer goalie and Psychology-Sociology major from Jessup, Md., Kristin Cochran will attend graduate school at McDaniel to earn her Masters in Gerontology.
READY TO RECRUIT
Kristen Houpt on a visit to Rome and the Trevi Fountain
One of Kristen Houpt's best college experiences was traveling from Westminster, Md. to Westminster, London to study abroad. After graduation the Communication major from Sudbury, Mass. plans on pursuing a job in the college admission field at a small liberal arts school similar to McDaniel.
TO TELL THE TRUTH
Psychology-Sociology major Chelsea Gunther hopes to know when future government employees are lying. After graduation, the Severn, Md. native plans to take classes to become polygraph trained and earn an M.B.A. to work in a government agency. Her fondest memories are of a Jan Term trip to Turkey (above).
DEDICATED TO THE ONES SHE LOVES
(left photo) Daniel Green in Split, Croatia, (right photo) Jaime with her family in Ocean City
Social Work major Jaime Fields has several plans after graduation, but first and foremost plans to makeup lost time with her two children and husband, with whom she credits her success in college. To pursue a career in the field, she will take the Licensed Social Work Associate exam, start working with at-risk populations, and in 2013 attend the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Attending the same school is Daniel Green, who will simultaneously work at Chase Brexton Health Services doing community outreach and providing direct services to Maryland's HIV/AIDs population. His favorite experiences were studying abroad in Budapest and traveling to Split, Croatia where he cliff dived and explored Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace.
A GUARDIAN ANGEL
Psychology major, Martha Harris will continue her education at McDaniel pursuing an M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Spring 2013. In addition to this, she will juggle a job as Community Living Manager for Target Community and Educational Services, aiding individuals with mental and physical disabilities, along with volunteering with non-profit organizations such as GROW Mission, teaching Saxophone lessons to middle and high school students, and playing in a Christian Band called Three Angels Message.
AN APPETITE FOR WRITING
English major Johanna (JoJo) Caruthers of Lancaster, Pa., is already utilizing her writing skills as a contributor to the Small Kitchen College blog, and hopes to work in editing or writing for a magazine. She is also open to the idea of working in a bakery, getting her yoga instructing certification, or becoming the female version of Anthony Bourdain.
SCHOOL'S IN FOR SUMMER
English major Brooke Hain of Mount Airy, Md., is working in McDaniel's Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) and then plans to take some time off before applying to graduate schools for Rhetoric and Composition or getting a job in college admissions.
BACK ON THE HILL
Lauren Hamby of Westminster, Md., originally planned to major in German before deciding on English. Co-president of the Women's Issues Group and co-director of "The Vagina Monologues," she is returning to McDaniel in the fall to obtain her certification to become a secondary English teacher.
THE WORD ON HER FUTURE
English major Megan Franey of Marriottsville, Md., begins her studies in Towson University's professional writing graduate program this fall.
A VENTI GOOD IDEA
English major Rhaelynn Givens is planning to take a well-deserved break and will become a coffee barista in her home state of Washington. She then hopes to move to California and work in the State Senate there. She says if that doesn't pan out, she is moving to France to ride horses.
A LEADER WITH A CAUSE
Samantha Lopez, an English major from Manchester, Md., has been involved with the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at McDaniel with both the Women's Issues Group and Allies. These experiences have helped her gain communication and leadership skills in nonprofit oriented work, which she is interested in pursuing after graduation.
A NEW KIND OF 'CRAFT'
For his senior capstone project, English and Computer Science major Seth Marple of Bel Air, Md., created "World Craft," a video game inspired by the mass hit game "Minecraft," where users can build with blocks in a 3D world. He has accepted a job offer as a software engineer associate at the SI Organization in Laurel, Md., and is in the process of obtaining security clearance to start work there.
Captain of McDaniel's men's basketball team, editor of the sports section of the McDaniel Free Press, Writing Center tutor, Admissions speaker, and member of the Lambda Iota Tau honor society for literary studies, Cullen Murray-Kemp (above, left) of Trappe, Md., an English major with a minor in Journalism, is weighing his options after having been offered positions in journalism in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, as well as an intriguing offer to move to South Carolina to work for ESPN. He looks forward to a future of staying active, writing and having fun.
PAY IT FORWARD
English and Social Work double major Kailla Pearl credits her success to her mother and grandfather who have supported her and her professors for staying on her even when she wanted to quit. She says that one of the best things she did was declare a major in social work and plans to use her degree to make a positive change in her hometown of Boston. This summer, she is working as an instructional assistant at the Balfour Academy at Northeastern University, and will be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at Wheelock College's social work program this fall. She hopes to attain her master's degree in two years and then work with low-income families and adolescents who are homeless.
A CLASS ACT
English major Betsy Warner (above, right) of Hagerstown, Md., has been accepted into Teach For America and will be teaching secondary English in Connecticut. She says she was motivated to apply after participating as a Media Coach in McDaniel's Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), and adds that it was one of the best things she has ever done. She says that McDaniel has been a great experience and she will miss all of the times that she has had.
Melanie Darling, a Philosophy major from Easton, Md., is looking to use her experience as a disc jockey with McDaniel's WMCR college radio station to go into a career in music journalism and work at a radio station in the Maryland area. Her backup plan is to become a teacher.
REFORM FROM THE INSIDE
Ashley Day, Political Science and International Studies major with minors in Sociology and African American Studies, is passionate about education policy and reform, and hopes to someday sit on the board of a public school system or work for the Department of Education. But, first, she is going to gain classroom experience as a social studies teacher at Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy, an all boys Jesuit middle school, in her hometown of Baltimore.
HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
Emily Hannah Davis with Dan Green and Steven Wheeler in Lake Batalon, Hungary
Before returning to her native Los Angeles for the summer, Emily Hannah Davis will spend three weeks abroad in London and Paris. A Sociology major and Elementary Education minor, she begins her student teaching internship at William Winchester Elementary School in Westminster, Md., in the fall.
BACK FOR THE FUTURE
Courtney Zimmerman of Baltimore, an English major with minors in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education, returns to McDaniel in the fall to complete her professional semester in the education department at Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, Md.
SEE YOU SOON
Jocelyn McKinley of East Orange, N.J., a Sociology and Counselor Education double major with minors in Art and African American Studies, plans to continue her senior seminar research on minorities in higher education this summer while working on becoming published. She is returning to McDaniel in the fall in the Counselor Education graduate program.
NOW THAT'S JOB SECURITY
Sociology major Bridget Dahlen works as the marketing assistant and move-in coordinator at Vantage House, a retirement community in Columbia, Md. She is teaching in the Continuing Education and Senior Learning program at Anne Arundel Community College this summer.
LOOK FOR THIS NAME IN LIGHTS
This summer, Andrew Gracen Carroll of Great Falls, Va., a Theatre Arts major with a minor in ASL and Deaf Studies, is working as a dramaturg intern at a theatre ensemble in Washington, D.C. He says graduate school is most likely a few years down the road, and hopes to make theatre his life's work.
SMALL MATTER, BIG ANSWERS
Damian Urick of Germantown, Md., landed an internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) doing monoclonal antibody research, which is perfect for the Molecular Biology major who wants to go to grad school to pursue his molecular-centered interests in either Biology or Genetics. "It's very complicated and very interesting, which is why I like it – and why we are what we are."