2012 Cheers Part 2
Cheers Class of 2012 Part 2
MUSIC TO HIS EARS
Exercise Science major Daveed Sumpter (above, left) of Taylorsville, Md., is considering several options, including an internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore or an opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain, his mom's hometown and the home of his grandparents, to get a master's in health–related studies for senior citizens 65 and older. He studied the effects of music on the perception of exertion during exercise, wondering if music can be the special ingredient that helps people stick with an exercise program and ultimately live longer and healthier lives.
Jeff Smith (2nd from left) with Will Morse and Coach Curley
Sociology major Jeff Smith of Ellicott City, Md., will continue as assistant basketball coach here at McDaniel while going to grad school at McDaniel. His capstone studies, which showed no significant relationship between grades and athletic participation, will serve him well as he pursues a career in coaching.
This summer, Kara Owens, an Art major from Doylestown, Pa., returns to the office where she has worked since she was 14 years old, before hopefully getting an internship or job at a dive shop and becoming a diving instructor. She says that her parents were right and that the past four years have flown by and she wishes she could stay even longer. She also thanks them for their support and allowing her to pursue the random things that she loves and loving her for it.
LOVE TO MY BROTHERS
Nathan Warden, a Political Science and International Studies major from Columbia, Md., says that he has enjoyed his time at McDaniel and is particularly thankful to his Phi Kap brothers and the political science department for helping him grow as a person.
Noel Walters of Ashburn, Va., will apply her bachelor's in Sociology to her master's studies at George Washington University in D.C., hoping to one day earn her Ph.D. in Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy.
FISHING WITH FRIENDS
Cori Bohn, a Psychology major from Sykesville, Md., wants to work with children and in a year or two plans to return to McDaniel for a master's and license for counseling so that she can work with children with emotional problems or children with a parent in the armed forces. Right after graduation she plans to take two weeks off and head to the beach and do some fishing, a passion she shares with fellow graduate Exercise Science major Marilyn Topper of Catonsville, Md. In fact the best friends were featured on the Department of Natural Resources website for fishing on opening day of 2011 and catching the limit before the boys in their group. Marilyn's capstone research showed no significant difference in reaction times among all fingers on both hands – a change from a decade ago when index fingers won the reaction race that she speculates may be from increased technology usage such as texting and computer games. Always interested in the healing process and physical therapy, she hopes one day to become a Physical Therapist and has accepted a position with United Therapy Associates as a Physical Therapy Aide.
LOVE AND HORROR
English major Priyanka Sengupta of Ellicott City, Md., who plans to pursue a career in editing and publishing, completed two capstones, one an analysis of Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe and the other for Honors Colloquium studying the pros and cons of arranged versus what she calls "love" marriages, completing the research for the Marriage Resource Center of Carroll County where she has worked since taking the Writing For Non–Profits course.
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
Relatives of our faculty, staff, administration and trustees who will cross the stage today: Kaitlin Mae Alexander, April Burnett, Gregory Justin Carlos, Graham Etaine Cox, Kelsey Leigh Dennis, Daniel Colton Green, Lisa Marie Kernan, Jenna Renee Little, Megan Patricia McCole, Maria O'Toole and Jessica Penn.
OUR CAMPUS COLLEAGUES
Members of the immediate campus community earning degrees today are Ben Cowman and Caitlin Christopher, both receiving master's degrees.
ANSWERING THE CALL
Griswold–Zepp Award in Volunteerism winner Matt Gill, an Environmental Studies and Music major from Attleboro, Mass., has applied to the seminary to become a priest. "God willing, that's where I'll be after graduation," says Matt, who organized community service projects and took 17 students with him to Gary, W.Va., one of the nation's poorest counties and the site of Matt's capstone studies in environmental justice in which he focused on stream–water quality.
SHE CAN MAKE IT THERE
Victoria Potucek (left) with fellow senior Megan Hiltz
Although Art and Spanish major Victoria Potucek's memories here at McDaniel are filled with deadlines and assignments, she cherishes most the connections she made. After graduation, Potucek will leave her hometown of Titusville, N.J., to pursue a master's degree in the Big Apple this fall.
EYES STILL ON THE BALL
Exercise Science majors Dan French (above, left) of Williamstown, N.J., and Mike Freeman (above, right) of Lititz, Pa., have played on McDaniel's baseball team for the past four years. After graduation, not wanting to give up the sport they both love, they will coach 5– to 18–year–olds at the All–Star Baseball Academy in Pennsylvania. First baseman Mike and mid–fielder Dan will coach at different sites of the academy that has facilities in West Chester and Downingtown.
International students receiving bachelor's degrees today are Art History major Hei Choi from Korea, Economics and Business Administration major Musa Imakando from Zambia, Political Science and International Studies major Adela Kuci from Albania, Communication major Kwei Maduot–Parek from the Sudan and Business Administration–Economics major Gergo Szabo from Hungary.
Emma Simon, a Political Science and International Studies major from Cherry Hill, N.J., is working in program evaluation and analysis for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Baltimorean Eric Tunder is looking into the Foreign Services for a career that will include working with underprivileged kids, an idea that comes from having an adopted sister from Kazakhstan, who came here three years ago when she was 2. "Everyone says I am great with Miranda and I enjoy working with kids one on one," says the Sociology major.
HOME TO SALMON COUNTRY
Torin Lehmann, an Exercise Science major, heads home to Sitka, Alaska, and his job with the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, a non–profit supplementing Alaska's salmon population. Although he loves his job at a remote Alaskan location raising salmon fry for a year before releasing them into the wild, Torin is considering a master's and teaching certificate to teach physical education and coach cross country and wrestling. Torin's dad, Family Practice physician Don Lehmann, and McDaniel Exercise Science Professor Emeritus Sam Case have collaborated on endurance racing research in Alaska, and that's what led Torin to McDaniel.
LADIES, WE SALUTE YOU
Devan Hamric with fellow ROTC cadets
In addition to participating as an athlete on McDaniel's women's tennis team, Political Science and International Studies major Devan Hamric of Westminster, Md., has been the recipient of a four–year Army ROTC Scholarship and will graduate as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She heads to Fort Gordon, Ga., this summer and will graduate as a Signal Officer before serving for two–years of active duty at Fort Bliss, Texas. She hopes to pursue a college degree during her Army service and possibly transfer into the Judge Advocate General's Corp. She is grateful for her friend Biology major Kristen Santos of Olney, Md., and fellow member of the Green Terror ROTC program, for saving her from being the only girl in their class and sharing her addiction for smoothies.
MONTESSORI MEETS ZUMBA
Homeschooled until 8th grade, Exercise Science major Nell Boley believes in alternative approaches to education. After training, she'll teach 3– to 6–year–olds in a Montessori school in her home state of Maine and also plans to teach Zumba classes in the evenings.
COZY BY DESIGN
Ashley Fowler, an Art major from Charlotte Hall, Md., plans to spend time with her family and friends while starting her career in graphic design.
SPORT AS OCCUPATION
Exercise Science major Rebecca Newman goes home to Boston to pursue a career in occupational therapy. On the agenda for the Lady Terror four–year soccer player, grad school in a year or so and, more immediately, an interview with the New England Revolution soccer team and Breakers lacrosse team for a job as an occupational therapy assistant.
Lacrosse team captain Michael Young (above, right) returns to Harford County to work with his dad, who owns an event rental company, and add business studies to his Exercise Science degree. Exercise Science major Kerri Wallis of Rockville, Md., is considering a master's in Human Services Management through Target, Inc., but first returns home to lifeguard. Wrestler Sean Ensign (above, left) of Westminster, Md., will take a break before pursuing a nursing certificate and then a career in occupational therapy.
YOUNG AT ART
Lee Wallick, an Art major from Parkton, Md., is returning to McDaniel to student teach with plans to become an elementary school teacher.
Megan Hiltz (right) with fellow senior Victoria Potucek
English majors Sasha Crum of Frederick, Md., and Megan Hiltz of Manchester, Md., do not regret their decisions to transfer to McDaniel. Sasha has applied to several graduate schools, including McDaniel's Master of Liberal Arts program. Megan says she has enjoyed becoming a part of the McDaniel family and hopes to return for graduate school in Spring 2013.
LAW SCHOOL BOUND
Sociology majors Ryan Byrnes from New York City and Farley Howe from Memphis, Tenn., are headed to law school at New England School of Law outside of Boston and Emory School of Law in Atlanta, respectively. Environmental Policy and Political Science major Edward Ezekiel of Derwood, Md., will also study law at Emory.
COMPUTER GAME DESIGNER
For his capstone project, Computer Science major Steve McGuire of Chestertown, Md., designed an amazingly realistic looking game of Battleship Plus for the computer, and now begins his quest for a job in his field, possibly as a software engineer.
Today's Legacy graduates – graduates with parents or grandparents who are alumni – are Dan Alderman, Cori Bohn, Greg Bowman, Woodrow Butler, Alyssa Cobuzio, Alexandra Crum, Michelle Deitrick, Martha Harris, Kelly Hauprich, Kelsey Hetrick, Justin Jones, Richard LaSota, Hannah Matthews, Micah Powell, Megan Robinson, Allison Short, and Lindsay Waqar.
OFF TO SUMMER CAMP
This summer, Theresa McCourt, an English major from Finksburg, Md., is working at the West River Center, a summer camp in Annapolis, and hopes to obtain a position with a local nonprofit organization, possibly as part of the AmeriCorps Vista program.
VINTAGE YEAR FOR WINE CHEMIST
Biochemistry major George Williams (above, right) of Glen Burnie, Md., made headlines for his research on the fine points of wine chemistry testing, which can make the difference between a rich bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and something just short of kitchen vinegar. "Today, tomorrow…yesterday, it's literally that critical," says Williams, pictured in the lower left of the photo. "You have to know when to harvest and when to stop the fermentation process by frequently testing the grapes and wine for compounds that determine the flavor."
Art major Micah Powell from Baltimore heads to the West Coast to Santa Barbara, Calif., and looks forward to attending graduate school at Brooks Institute.
BACK TO BUDAPEST
Katalin Szoboszlay of Highland, Md., a dual English and Theatre Arts major, looks forward to returning to Hungary in association with the Hungarian Catholic Mission and taking some time off to travel this summer. She will begin as director of public relations at Executive Apartments, Inc., in Arlington, Va., this fall, and looks forward to becoming involved in local theatrical productions in the Baltimore–Washington area.
SONG THAT NEVER ENDS
Music major Niya Wills of Suitland, Md., is fortunate to have teachers who have helped her during her time at McDaniel. She has also gained lifelong friends and family who she will miss seeing almost every day.
REVVED UP FOR THE FAMILY BUSINESS
Philosophy major Darcy Elburn is returning to Chestertown, Md., to continue to grow the family business by helping her father publish "Motorcycle Times," a magazine written by motorcyclists for motorcyclists in the mid–Atlantic region. She serves as the editor and also does much of the layout design for the magazine.
ROCKIN' THAT CAMERA
English major Lauren Miller of Hanover, Pa., has spent many late nights photographing concerts in the Baltimore area, and hopes to continue pursuing her dream career as a tour photographer.
Political Science and International Studies major Alyssa Cobuzio of Franklin Lakes, N.J., is attending top–ranked Seton Hall University School of Law.
BACK FOR A NEW GOAL
A founding sister of the Alpha Sigma Tau–Epsilon Nu chapter at McDaniel and member of the field hockey and track and field teams, English major Katie Corson (above, left) from Ocean View, N.J., is returning to the college to obtain her master's degree in special education.
Political Science and International Studies major Stephan Steinberg of Westminster, Md., is joining the Baltimore County Fire Department as a firefighter.
A MAJOR MADE IN HEAVEN
A young Amy Andres with her mom at the swimming pool
Cinema major Amy Andrews put her heart and soul into her capstone film, "Touched by an Angel," a documentary about her mother, Tammy, before she died in 2004. The film, a dream come true for the Westminster native, helped Amy receive closure and give Tammy a Mother's Day gift. After graduation, she would like to go into the film business and work for Maryland Public Television as a film editor. Thanks to her senior project, Amy feels she has found her calling in life.
Katherine Restrepo, a dual Spanish and Political Science and International Studies major with a minor in Communication, from Wyomissing, Pa., says she will always remember the glory of the women's basketball team winning the Centennial Conference Championship in 2010 and her time on the women's golf team. She is looking to get her master's degree in public health and pursue a career in healthcare.
LIVE, LOVE AND PROSPER
Political Science and International Studies major Mark Shaughney of New Windsor, Md., will continue learning and growing while promoting peace and understanding, and living life to the fullest. He also plans to go back to Belize.
MADE TO MENTOR
Sociology major Courtney Hitchcock of Gaithersburg, Md., plans to mentor at–risk youth before going to graduate school to get a master's degree in counseling.
Quarterback for the McDaniel football team, Sociology major Tom Massucci of Tabernacle, N.J., is working as a graduate assistant at Stevenson University and hopes to both coach and play football there.
Casey Whilden, a Sociology major from Port Norris, N.J., plans to work as a research analyst in the Washington, D.C., area.
I 'HEART' THEATRE
Theatre Arts major Leslie Tanamor of Washington, D.C., is following her heart. She plans to work as a theatrical technician, and hopes to be able to work with her McDaniel theatre family again further down the road.
Time Kenny (center) with friends Brittany Starlings, Chad Palman, Dave Brown and Jessica Oros
A dual Environmental Science and Political Science and International Studies major, Tim Kenny of Gladstone, N.J., is looking forward to putting his majors to work at the Connor Institute in Baltimore, a national environmental consulting firm.
After interning with accounting firm WABC (Weil Akman Baylin and Coleman CPAs) in Timonium, Md., Brendon Coll of Manchester, Md., a dual Business Administration and Economics and Accounting Economics major, has accepted a full–time position there.
Ryan Murrell, an Environmental Studies major from Thurmont, Md., who researched the carbon sequestration of tree life on campus, might at first turn in another direction for his post–college career. His is currently looking into doing analysis for the National Security Agency, but thinks he will eventually return to his academic roots and attend graduate school for Environmental Policy.
Psychology major Jennifer Romano of Salisbury, Md., was inspired by her opportunity to apply her academic knowledge outside the classroom at Spring Grove Mental Hospital. Upon graduation she will begin a job as a residential facilitator for a dual rehabilitation program funded by Way Station. She plans to use this to gain experience in the field of mental health, before pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
ENLISTED TO RESEARCH
Communication–Sociology major Sarah McGuirk's capstone project was inspired by very personal circumstances. After her fiancé, Jeff Sabol, joined the Marine Corp in 2011, McGuirk, who lives in Daytona Beach, Fla., became interested in the effects enlistment can have on the parents. While at McDaniel, she was the membership recruitment chair for her sorority, traveled to Spain with a Jan Term, and filmed for the football team. She'd like to pursue a career in substance–abuse counseling, focusing on the use of substances to self–medicate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
DOTTING HER I's
Jenna Little with friend Megan Robinson
A Phi Mu sorority sister and copy editor for the Free Press, Jenna Little never lacked activity while here at McDaniel. The Communication and Spanish double major from Westminster, Md. is currently applying for jobs to begin a career in the communication/media field.
Jonathan Gore–Langton, Psychology major, hopes to tackle further education and a more dangerous foe post–graduation: fire. Along with taking classes at a local community college, attending graduate school and volunteering as a firefighter, the Music minor from Potomac, Md. would like to continue to play in bands. His goal is to eventually combine his passion for psychology and music.
Although Edward Jefferson examined President Obama's environmental campaign promises for his senior capstone and declares an abiding love for Art History, the Environmental Studies major from Pasadena, Md., will most likely pursue a career in a different area: renewable energy. He is interested in solar energy and research and development of new sources, but could also take a job offer to work with the Geographic Information System (GIS) software, designed to capture and analyze geographical data. Juanita Miles utilized the GIS program in her capstone research in high–density population areas that don't gain benefits of trees and green spaces. The Environmental Studies major examined her hometown of Baltimore and its socioeconomic divide. Miles hopes to delve into Environmental Justice post–graduation, and first plans to obtain a certificate in GIS, with which she can pursue urban planning, plotting trees, and many other careers.
PAST IS HIS EPILOGUE
Not only was Spanish and History honors student Nathan Wuertenberg managing editor for the Free Press, co–president of Women's Issues Group and co–director of "The Vagina Monologues," but he also found time to study abroad in Mexico and participate in the SHEAR/Mellon American History Fellowship. This experience helped Nathan, from Big Cove Tannery, Pa., decide his plans for after college: he applied and was accepted to a History program at Ball State University in Indiana. His ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D. and teach at the collegiate level.
Anna Hall of Clayton, Mo., would like to pursue a master's in Public Health and work in environmental consulting for the Department of Health, CDC, or the like. After interning with the St. Louis World Aquarium, the Environmental Studies major completed her senior capstone project on ocean salinity.
After working with the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps, exposing at–risk adolescents to nature, Kathleen Phelan was inspired to continue her career in environmental conservation. This summer, the Baltimore Environmental Studies major will return to the CJC as a crew chief, and hopes to attend graduate school at UMBC for Public Policy.
THE BUSINESS OF ALTRUISM
Caroline Schippereit of Cockeysville, Md., applied her Business Administration minor toward her Communication capstone project on Corporate Social Responsibility. She examined the cause–related marketing initiatives used by companies due to increased consumer awareness. She intends to work in marketing and attend graduate school for a degree in that area.
FOUR LEGS AND A KEYBOARD
Ed Lasher, English major from Newark, Del., hopes to land a writing or editing job, and maybe adopt a dog.
IN TUNE WITH HIS PASSION
Music major Charlie Im of Reston, Va., says his longest and most meaningful journey has occurred over the past four years. He is returning to McDaniel in the fall as a graduate student in the B.E.S.T. program and plans to become a music teacher.
EDUCATION ON THE ROAD
Philosophy major Andy Heimann of Wyncote, Pa., is taking some time to explore the United States before looking for work. He said he has really enjoyed his time at McDaniel, and the professors and friends that he has met, laughed and learned with.
A CREDIT TO HER PROF
International student Adela Kuci from Albania, who majored in Political Science and International Studies, is looking forward to exploring the United States before getting a job and enrolling in graduate school for international relations or law. She says she feels lucky to have had an amazing professor, Dr. Christianna Leahy in Political Science and International Studies, who was always there for her.
KEEP SAYING IT
All that Sociology major Steven Carstens of Owings Mills, Md., wants to say is that McDaniel is awesome!
WE SALUTE YOU
The Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program commissioned the following as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army: Political Science and International Studies majors Alexander J. Deily of Crofton, Md., Engineer; Devan Hamric of Westminster, Md., Signal; and Stephan J. Steinberg of Westminster, Md., Armor; Sociology majors Jason E. Grant of Westminster, Md., Medical Service; and Zachary P. Morris of Jefferson, Md., Infantry; and Biology major Kristen Santos of Olney, Md., Medical Service.
English major Megan Shenton of Annapolis, Md., transferred from Anne Arundel Community College and has been involved in "The Vagina Monologues" and as a resident assistant at McDaniel. She is seeking a position in print or Web publications, and hopes to be an editor some day.