2013 Cheers Part 1

Here’s a proud salute to our graduates awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees on May 25. Read on for the insider’s view of the McDaniel College Class of 2013.


Christen Johnson, Kristina Karim-Makle and Dovetta Blair

Four years ago they walked across the stage at Western High School’s graduation and today these six young women from Baltimore receive their McDaniel degrees together. Three are Psychology majors: Dovetta Blair has been active in Gospel Choir and Black Student Union; Joy Neal is considering a grad degree in gerontology; and Jaina Maultsby will add her second major, Exercise Science, to the mix and go to grad school with the goal of landing a leadership position in human resources or a health-related field. Christen Johnson, a Biology major, wants first to earn an advanced degree in epidemiology or preventative medicine before going to medical school to become an OB/GYN physician. Kristina Karim-Makle, a Sociology major from Baltimore, is focused on community service with a job in outreach. Cinema major Deara Marshall, who produced for her capstone the hit video “The MTA Might Take Awhile,” has created a children’s series for YouTube featuring the character she invented, Giselle the Gazelle, exploring different cultures, dances and cuisine around the world.

Deara Marshall


Time spent doing field work in the jungle of central Guyana with Operation Wallacea set Gordon Lyons’ resolve to promote deep ecotourism. After his adventure with local villagers as guides, the Environmental Studies major from Westminster, Md., determined to support initiatives that benefit, rather than exploit, indigenous peoples.


Left, Ana Salverda and Carol Vieira during Vieira’s first experience with snow. Right, Lisa Starr and Carol Vieira

From Ourem, Portugal, Carolina Marques dos Santos Vieira – known on campus simply as Carol Vieira – heads to the University of Maryland College Park for a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences concentrating on Molecular and Cell Biology. A Biology major with a minor in Chemistry, Vieira was a teaching assistant for Biology and Chemistry labs and a Chemistry tutor. Pal Ana Salverda, an Environmental Studies major from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., showed her the high points of having fun during her first snowstorm on campus. And she will always be grateful for Thanksgiving in New York City, hometown of Lisa Starr, a Psychology major who will be working with children with autism at Target Community Educational Services and applying to graduate school.


Hanna Rhodes, Sarah Higby, Paula Senff

Best friends since freshman year, Environmental Biology and French major Paula Senff from Bochum, Germany; Sociology major Hanna Rhodes from Silver Spring, Md.; and Art major Sarah Higby of Catonsville, Md., have shared fantastic college experiences on campus and off, especially during their semester at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Senff, an international student here at McDaniel, studied in Ghana and Belgium and conducted research for her capstone on fish fences in Indonesia. She hopes her internships this summer with two environmental organizations in D.C. – the Ocean Foundation and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition – will help her decide a career path and further studies. Rhodes, who has minors in Environmental Science and Policy and Urban and Community Studies, hopes to travel throughout the United States before following a possible career path involving city planning with an environmental edge. Higby looks forward to a summer trip to Guatemala with a friend through a non-profit organization to install wood stoves for impoverished families. When she returns to Maryland, she’ll begin a career as a graphic designer.  


Catherine O'Keeffe, Luke Schmidt, Rebekah James hike in Hungary during Spring 2011 Study Abroad in Budapest Hungary

Rebekah James of Mount Airy, Md.; Catherine O’Keeffe of Tuckahoe, N.Y.; and Luke Schmidt of Red Lion, Pa., might be Biology majors, but they have always had good chemistry. The trio became friends on the very first day of orientation in 2009 while enrolled in the same First Year Seminar, Our Unseen Enemies: Emerging Viruses. Together, they graduate as members of the Honors Program with a shared favorite memory of traveling throughout Europe while studying abroad at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary. Schmidt completed research last summer at Georgia Health Sciences University dealing with diabetic vascular dysfunction and the signaling of the innate immune system under hyperglycemic conditions. He’ll complete a one-year master’s degree program before applying to medical school.

Rebekah James, Catherine O’Keeffe, Luke Schmidt

James has been working for Fort Detrick since high school and is currently exploring the Ebola virus glycoprotein monoclonal epitopes. She has accepted a position at Fort Detrick to work in a virology lab while she decides on grad school. O'Keeffe completed research at McDaniel last summer with professor Susan Parrish creating a genetic knock-out of a gene from the genome of the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. She plans to go to grad school to pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Development Biology and possibly continue research in New York.


Mike Byrne of Haymarket, Va., will work for a couple of years to save for grad school to advance his Computer Science studies, but also wants to travel back to Greece and Italy, places he visited during the two Jan Term trips that were among his best college experiences. After graduation, Computer Science and Mathematics major Brittany Nicholls of San Jose, Calif., plans to stay in Maryland to look for a job. In the meantime she’ll enjoy spending time out in the fresh air and away from the computer lab.

Caitlin Roethelli, Gus Foley, Mike Byrne, Brittany Nicholls


Morgan Thomas, Political Science/International Studies major with a minor in History, plans to begin work as a research assistant at Baltimore law firm Goodell DeVries, succeeding alumnus Bobby Baker who’s headed off to law school. Graduating as a College Scholar, Thomas values her friendships here and those made in Budapest where she spent Fall 2011.


After her internship at New York Medical College researching a new drug for melanoma, Maria Osso, Biology major from Eldersburg, Md., is set on medical school and will focus on studying for the MCAT entrance exams after graduation.


Monika Lemke at the Forbidden City in China

A German and Asian Studies double major with a minor in Biology, Monika Lemke heads to George Washington University to pursue a master’s in Epidemiology. Fluent in German and American Sign Language and proficient in Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish, Lemke – the daughter of Sociology professor Debra Lemke – has studied abroad every summer in Heidelberg, Munich, Berlin and China and has performed with college choirs and band. A member of the Foreign Language and Biology honors societies, she has served as a peer mentor for international students and a tutor for Student Academic Support Services.


Grads with parents in the faculty or staff at McDaniel are: Amy Bell’s son Business Administration major David Bell from Taneytown, Md.; Robert Cox's daughter Psychology major Graham Cox of Westminster, Md.; Cathy Gunther’s son History major Robert Gunther of Westminster; Tammy Kernan-Poist’s daughters Business Administration major Lois Kernan and Social Work major Sarah Kernan, of Westminster; Julie Kinn's daughter Art major Jessica Kinn of Taneytown, Md., Sociology professor Deb Lemke’s daughter Asian Studies and German major Monika Lemke of Westminster; Terry McAndrew’s daughter Sociology major Devon McAndrew of Westminster and Foreign Languages lecturer Carol Zaru’s daughter Sociology major Rula Zaru. Campus Safety’s Ann Campbell will receive her master’s as her daughter Art History major Kaitlin Alexander of Keymar, Md., receives her bachelor’s degree. Trustee Marjorie Kimble’s daughter-in-law Elizabeth Kimble receives her master’s degree through the B.E.S.T. Program with certification in secondary English.


Lindsey Blohm, Jaclyn Liebowitz, Leigh Blohm

Twins Lindsey and Leigh Blohm, Chemistry and Physics majors respectively from Bel Air, Md., have been on McDaniel’s softball team since transferring in the middle of their freshman year. They both plan careers in test and evaluation, with Leigh heading also in the direction of research and development.


During his internship with Maryland Senator Joe Getty, Ethan Harden provided testimony for the bill Getty sponsored which prohibits employers from garnishing servers’ tips if parties skip out on their checks. Sen. Bill 553 passed. The victory didn’t give the Political Science and International Studies major from Gaither, Md., an appetite for a political career, but instead made him hungry to work for an organization, agency or business where he can apply his understanding of public policy.


Chemistry major Kate Hudson of Manchester, Md., found a niche in environmental chemistry and is looking at prospects to do environmental work with government agencies or remediation work with a waste management company or consulting firm. She volunteered several weeks last summer building bunk beds and helping through Project Re-member on the Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with professors Mona Becker and Melanie Nilsson.


After graduation, Business Administration major Shannon Savoia heads home to Holmdel, N.J., and six months of training as a business-to-business sales specialist with Staples, Inc. before being assigned a new location. Wherever she goes, she’ll take with her favorite memories of Jan Term trips to Disney World – her Magic Kingdom wish is to someday work for the Disney company – and Spain, a once-in-a-lifetime experience which included touring cities such as Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, and Granada, as well as many small towns along the way and McDaniel friendships that remain today.  


Rachel Hoffman and Hanna Barker with Franklin the Turtle

While finishing the last year of her five-year master’s in Secondary Education program, Spanish and Psychology double major Rachel Hoffman will be dreaming of going somewhere warm to practice her Spanish and relax on the beach. She’ll also be missing all the friends who shared so many McDaniel experiences – from trips to museums and aquariums to Spain to simply having fun on campus.   


Jonathan Lightner with Sara Raley

Psychology major Jonathan Lightner’s specialization in Human Sexuality put him at the top of the list for a job as sexual health educator and co-advisor for the Mercer County, N.J., HiTops Teen Council, the only freestanding health center focusing exclusively on youth in N.J. Lightner, a Baltimore native, has worked with organizations such as the Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN) Chapter of Baltimore and the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County, as well as participated in activities with mentor-professor Sara Raley on campus advocating for more comprehensive and effective sexual education programs that equip people to have safe sexual experiences, relationships and sexual identities. He hopes someday to earn a master’s in Public Health.   


Autumn Lemke-Rochon and Mara Seibert stand in front of the Barcelona skyline

While studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, Autumn Lemke-Rochon from Appleton, Wis., traveled Europe with French major Mara Seibert, who was studying in Glasgow, Scotland. A Psychology major in McDaniel’s five-year master’s in counseling program, Lemke-Rochon will finish the program next year and then move back to the Midwest to counsel children.


Carolina Gomez, a Biology major from Silver Spring, Md., is applying to graduate schools to study genetic counseling. She is particularly interested in working in a lab at a fertility clinic. Classmate Megan Cook, a Biology major from Monkton, Md., is headed to pharmacy school.


French major Mara Seibert of Laurel, Md., plans a year of internships with various international non-profits doing humanitarian/development work, tackling poverty and injustice around the world before possibly going to graduate school for a master’s in International Development and/or International Communication. Since studying abroad twice – Glasgow, Scotland, and Brussels, Belgium – she hopes to help change the world and travel to as many continents and countries as possible.


Woolley twins Claire (left) as Bellatrix and Jan as Trelawny at Harry Potter premiere

Twins Jan and Claire Woolley of Ephrata, Pa., came to McDaniel to play soccer. Jan, who is graduating with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Sport Coaching, will return to her hometown to coach soccer at a local high school. Claire, an Art and Secondary Education major, remains at McDaniel as a grad assistant with the women’s soccer team while pursuing her master’s in Secondary Education. For the last two years they have lived with Exercise Science major Paige Messersmith from Phoenix, Md.; Business Administration major Ariel Cangemi from Sewell, N.J.; Sociology major Kelly Crawford from Galloway, N.J.; and Exercise Science major Ellen Nicely from Baltimore, and have formed a bond that is unbreakable.

Ellen Nicely, Jan Woolley, Paige Messersmith, Kelly Crawford, Claire Woolley, Ariel Cangemi 


Sarah Holbrook, Caitlin Roetheli

Sarah Holbrook plans to spend a few days in her hometown of Winchester, Va., before moving to Hanover, Md., and apply her Mathematics and Computer Science major to her new job with Booz Allen Hamilton and eventually going to graduate school in Computer Science.  


Matt Brooks, Isaac Wolinski, Gus Foley, Brandom Myers

Computer Science major Timothy “Gus” Foley of Westminster, Md., starts his job with defense contractor The SI Organization as a software engineer and will continue his education. He’s also sure to keep his passport up to date since being bitten by the travel bug during his semester studying at McDaniel Europe in Budapest, Hungary. But first Foley will work with Computer Science majors Matt Brooks, Brandon Myers (who also has a Math major) and Isaac Wolinski who created an iPad app, a game called Survival: The Last City for their senior capstone project. Brooks, who has a job with Zenimax Media, Inc. in Bethesda, Md., and Wolinski, who’s headed to MRW Systems in Westminster, Md., are from Manchester, Md., and Myers, who landed a spot at RDA Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md., is from Taneytown, Md. – all four plan to continue working on it over the summer and possibly submit it to Apple’s App Store to make it available for purchase. 


Kaitlin Mahoney of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., will attend New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine next year and is considering a career as a primary care physician. Graduating with a dual major in Chemistry and Exercise Science and a minor in Biology, she spent last summer in the human performance lab here doing research on the metabolic responses to high-intensity aerobic and anaerobic exercise and presented the research at the American College of Sports Medicine Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. A member of the women’s lacrosse team and the field hockey team all four years, she has been involved in Tournament of Champions.


Graduating with a double major in English and Psychology, Emily Smiley of Cockeysville, Md., travels south to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School with the intention of graduating with an M. Div. and then going on to ordination as an elder, probably in the Baltimore-Washington Conference for the United Methodist Church. McDaniel’s advising system and especially professor Pam Regis saw Smiley’s potential even before she did – and she is grateful to her professors and her sorority sisters in Phi Alpha Mu for the many amazing opportunities she’s had at McDaniel.


Best McDaniel memories for Annie McShea of Frederick, Md., have one central theme – volleyball. Even as she finishes her Elementary Education minor by student teaching the second grade next semester, the Psychology major will never forget the sense of unity and friendship among team members – and the road trips and music videos they made. McDaniel volleyball will still reap the benefits of the talents that earned McShea All-Centennial Conference honors when she returns as a volunteer assistant coach in the fall. She sets her sights on a master’s in either child studies or developmental psychology and hopes to be either an elementary school teacher and volleyball coach or possibly a full-time college volleyball coach.


Ben on the right and fellow senior and track athlete, Gary Smith

Ben Munyan’s Environmental Policy and Science major and Spanish minor will no doubt serve him well as leaves Middletown, Md., and boards a plane in August destined for Nicaragua and 27 months as a Peace Corps environmental education volunteer. His inspiration has been McDaniel professor and former Peace Corps volunteer, Scott Hardy, with the support of his family, friends and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers. 


Tyler Justice as Achoo son of Asneeze, Ethan Wilson as Little John, Casey Dunn as Blinkin, and Matthew Arnold as Rabbi Tuckman

The Psychology major from Seaford, Del., whose favorite McDaniel memories involve the shenanigans he got into with Honors Program friends dressing up as characters from “Robin Hood Men in Tights,” is pursuing a career in law enforcement. And his name is Justice – Tyler Justice. When not part of McDaniel’s merry band that includes himself as Achoo, Ethan Wilson as Little John, Casey Dunn as Blinkin and Matthew Arnold as Rabbi Tuckman, Justice is president of the Outdoors Club and an RA for the past three years.  


Mark Lobek, Josh Moore, Scott Forrester

Green Terror wrestlers and Exercise Science majors with plans to use their experience as athletes in their careers include: Josh Moore of Harrington, Del.; Scott Forrester of Manchester, N.J.; and Mark Lobeck of Lancaster, Pa. Moore wants to be a personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach while working at a gym and Forrester and Lobeck are interested in going to graduate school in physical therapy.


Aerielle Harris, Arabic House director Dalia Abu Fannouneh, David Sampson

Aerielle Harris, a Biology major from Owings Mills, Md., plans to pursue a master’s in another area related to Biology, such as medicine, while working in a zoo, aquarium or fish farming.


ROTC graduate and Bio major Robert Kapp heads to officer’s leadership course as a 2nd lieutenant assigned to the Dept. of Natural Resources as a state trooper who enforces conservation laws.


A Business Administration major with a minor in Spanish, Markia Davis of Germantown, Md., is considering culinary school or hospitality management to pave the way to her dream of having her own bakery.


A Biology major with a minor in Exercise Science, Ashlynn Parker of Monkton, Md., will take the first step three days after graduation toward being a physical therapist – something she has wanted to do forever – by entering the University of Maryland School of Medicine to study for her doctorate in Physical Therapy.


Gesley Fisher, a Biochemistry major with a minor in Forensic Science from Baltimore, will take a year off doing an internship in a Forensics lab before entering a graduate program in the field.


Laura Barbour of Boonsboro, Md., competed the 2013 World Mounted Games in New Zealand, helping the U.S. team finish sixth in this extreme equestrian sporting event, its best ever in a foreign country. She didn’t miss a beat in her research on anti-epileptic drugs for her capstone in her self-designed Neuroscience major and studying for entrance exams for medical school.


Two summers of research with professors have helped Environmental Studies major Deanna Campbell of Hampstead, Md., understand what she wants to do – she’s looking into graduate programs dealing with invasive species biology.


Michael Tancredi, a Business Administration major from Wall Township, N.J., is moving back to his home state to pursue his goal of becoming a N.J. State Trooper.