Here’s a proud salute to our graduates! Read on for the insider’s view of the McDaniel College Class of 2017. #McDaniel17
ACED THE JOB SEARCH
Alexandria Corral, Genna Weger, Caroline Savin, Madaline Moyer (left to right)
Winning the Centennial Conference Volleyball Championship in 2015 was a top highlight for Alexandria Corral and Madaline Moyer. Corral, a Communication major from Richland, Wash., will be moving to Reston, Va., to work as a Corporate Public Affairs Representative at Bechtel, a global construction company. Moyer, a Psychology major from Brookeville, Md., will work at Flagship Rehabilitation as a Rehab Aide. Her responsibilities will include managing patient files and assisting therapists when needed.
READY, SET, GO
Andy Baranauskas of Hampstead, Md., has put his Political Science major to good use by working as the legislative aide for Maryland State Senator Justin Ready, a position that he will continue after graduation. In the fall, he will start law school at the University of Baltimore. As a junior, Andy was among the inaugural group of students to participate in the National Model United Nations conference in New York City. He says, “I have learned that life is full of opportunities and chances to make memories and friends. You just have to be courageous enough to put yourself out there.
INVITATION TO INDIANAPOLIS
Life is busy for Communication major Isabelle Perricone of Springfield, Va. Isabelle is a member of TNTP Teaching Fellows in Indianapolis, and will be teaching early childhood education in an inner-city school. She has also been accepted at Marian University and will be working on a master’s degree in education.
Christina Claypool in Budapest, Hungary
Christina Claypool of Abingdon, Md., says studying abroad was one of her favorite McDaniel experiences, allowing her to become closer to her best friend. The Exercise Science and Physical Education major will be working at the Harford County Health Department’s Environmental Health Sector, where she will help with pool quality and testing, rabies and vector control, data entry, along with other duties. She will also begin graduate school at West Chester University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in Public Health.
STINT IN SOUTH KOREA
Vi Lam, who hails from Herndon, Va., has received an internship with the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon, South Korea. KAIST is a public research university ranked No. 26 globally by U.S. News for its chemistry program. The Chemistry major will conduct research on computational molecular modeling to better prepare for medical school.
A double major in English and Political Science with a specialization in International Studies, Ema Barnes has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in the Czech Republic. She grew up in New Zealand and spent her junior year studying abroad in Dubai, as one of only 10 students selected nationwide for a Clinton Scholarship, as well as Morocco. At McDaniel, she has participated in the Maryland Student Legislature, as well as Model United Nations and Model European Union. She is co-editor-in-chief of McDaniel’s Contrast literary magazine and serves as a resident assistant. She is also a member of the Trumpeters leadership honor society.
Peer mentor, French Club president and tutor for the Writing Center, Spanish department and SASS program are all titles Jimmy Calderon has held during his time at McDaniel. An avid writer, Jimmy was also heavily involved with the McDaniel Free Press and Contrast Literary Magazine. The Spanish major from Falls Church, Va., has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in Andorra, a principality bordered by Spain and France. He is very excited to work with students who are eager to learn English as their second or third language.
OFF TO OLD FAITHFUL
The hills of McDaniel and the swim team helped prepare Melissa Fry for what comes next. The Biology major from Saint Marys, Ga., will intern at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming for three months, where she will assist in a climate change study.
Brianna Towler of Pasadena, Md., will work part-time at Paul’s Place, Inc., as the Women’s Group Facilitator. The Social Work major will also pursue a master’s degree in macro social work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work.
FLEXING HIS OPPORTUNITIES
Exercise Science and Physical Education major James Heilman will continue his education at Baylor University. James, who is from Lutherville, Md., will pursue a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.
IN HER ELEMENT
Chemistry major Madelyn Jackstadt from Barnegat, N.J., will continue her evolution as an academic pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. She’ll remember her time at McDaniel, where she met “some great people who challenged me to think critically and stand up for what I believe in. I have genuinely enjoyed all of the experiences that I had here because they forced me to grow as a person in every facet of life.”
ADVANCING GOOD WORK
Heidi Defendorf in Crete, Greece
Heidi Defendorf, a Social Work major from Edgecomb, Md., will pursue a master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration on Clinical with Secondary Macro and a specialization in Health, at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Social Work major Katie Kinna of Thurmont, Md., will begin working on a master’s degree in Social Work at University of Maryland, Baltimore, as will Social Work major Rachel Mainetti of Fort Myers, Fla., who is off to the University of Connecticut to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work.
WELL-PREPARED IN HER FIELD
Dr. Scullion, Blake Hodges, Cristina Stockton-Juarez, Elisabeth Lang, and Frank Kuhl (left to right)
Environmental Science and Biology double major, Elisabeth Lang says, “Student-faculty research was the best experience that I had during my time at McDaniel. I learned a lot more than I ever could have in a classroom and it definitely prepared me for graduate school and future careers.”
Communication major Casey Marson of Norwich, N.Y., will begin work on a Juris Doctorate at American University’s Washington College of Law after graduation.
Maura McAndrew, an English major with an Education minor from Westminster, Md., reports that she is in the process of interviewing for a teaching position in the Carroll County Public School System and, thanks to how McDaniel prepared her, “I am confident I will receive a job offer.” She won’t ever forget when her car was snowed under during the big 2015 storm. “Campus Safety Officer Turek helped me get out. He is the nicest man.” The English major continued, “We are so lucky to have the officers we have.”
IT ALL ADDS UP
Accounting Economics and Business Administration double major Lindsey Miller from Gettysburg, Pa., has accepted a positon with Bond Beebe Accountants and Advisors as an Audit Staff Accountant. According to Lindsey, “I will be traveling, doing audits of big companies and preparing financial statements.”
LOAVES AND FUNDS
Thomas Milnes in Mannheim, Germany
Thomas Milnes of Eldersburg, Md., joined cooking and compassion to make a cherished memory on the Hill. “I really enjoyed using my baking skills to aid the two bake sales that the Global Fellows and the Rotaract Club held to help support the Nepalese people after the devastating earthquake that occurred in 2015.” The Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and German double major went on to say, “I used a few different recipes, including pound cake with a lemon glaze icing and my personal favorite, Irish soda bread.”
TWO ON THE CASE
Social Work majors Jamie Moran from Westminster, Md., and Caroline Kelly of Baldwin, Md., will put their degrees to work with the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, ACT program. The pair will be working as case managers assisting adults with chronic mental illnesses accomplish daily tasks and goals with their treatment plans.
A BRIGHT SPARK
The Trellis School for children with autism in Sparks, Md., has a new employee — Jada Pickens. The Social Work major from Windsor Mill, Md., has been hired as an Applied Behavioral Analyst Instructor.
Michelle Mahmood interning at UMMC Oral Surgery
Bringing smiles to people is something Michelle Mahmood does metaphorically and, now, literally. The Biology major from Westminster, Md., will work at Mendelson Family Dentistry as a full-time certified dental assistant, taking care of people’s smiles. Additionally, Michelle has an internship at University of Maryland Medical Center Dental Surgery to learn more.
HIGH SCORES AHEAD
Roxana Aviles, Lindsey Miller, Olivia Kipe, and Jamie Weisser (left to right)
Winning the Conference Championship in softball her sophomore year is Olivia Kipe’s best memory while at McDaniel. The Exercise Chemistry major from Manchester, Md., will attend Drexel’s Nursing Accelerated Career Entry Program.
ADDRESSING AMPUTEES’ NEEDS
Michelle Forbus of Crofton, Md., an Exercise Science and Physical Education and Sociology double major, will pursue a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Baylor College of Medicine.
Allison Farrell, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Baltimore, is excited for her internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where she will work in the Cancer Center as a lab assistant.
For Psychology major Crysannia Andrews, the Welcome Desk, where she worked for the entirety of her undergraduate career, will still be within walking distance next fall. The Parkton, Md., resident will remain at McDaniel after graduation, working toward a master’s degree in the College’s Mental Health Counseling program.
Kimberly Bittings, a Psychology major from Halethorpe, Md., will also attend the College’s Mental Health Counseling graduate program.
Chelsea Green will also continue her education on the Hill as the Psychology major from Westminster, Md., embarks on a master’s degree in School Counseling at McDaniel.
Biology major Zoe Lewis of Perry Hall, Md., will be studying Gerontology at McDaniel.
TEACHING IN THAILAND
Both of Ian Yoshioka’s parents are teachers and the English major from Hopedale, Mass., will follow in their footsteps by teaching English in Thailand through the nonprofit XploreAsia. Ian first studied abroad in Peru with “The Forest Online,” an interdisciplinary yearlong course at McDaniel that included a study tour during Jan Term 2016. He will also continue to work as a lifeguard and swim instructor over the summer.
SOFTWARE & SOCIAL
Managing college life and internships is something Lucy Benson of Wilmington, Del., does naturally. After having interned for Run Moore and Bytelion during her senior year, the History and Spanish double major has landed a full-time job with Bytelion, where she will conduct market research while managing the software development company’s social media.
Great news, straight from Tyler Brown: the Accounting Economics and Business Administration double major from Sykesville, Md., will be working as a staff accountant at Source One Business Services, LLC, preparing tax returns and helping with audits.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Giving back to the community in whatever way possible is one of Jonathon Defeo’s many passions. The Business Administration major from Westminster, Md., reminisces about his involvement with the College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation services to low-income residents. “Participating in the VITA Tax Program with Ms. Duvall and other students was a lot of fun and provided low income families with free tax assistance. No one could have ever convinced me that taxes or accounting was fun, but Ms. Duvall has an excellent teaching style and has made the program incredibly enjoyable.”
IT’S TAX TIME
Sorority memories are something Emma Domser, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, will always carry dear to her heart. The Accounting Economics and Business Administration double major from Westminster, Md., will be working as an RSM Tax Associate.
Noah Fowler in Santiago, Chile
Political Science and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies double major Noah Fowler was among only 10 students nationwide (another was classmate Ema Barnes) to receive a William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study abroad for a semester at American University in Dubai, with tuition and housing fully covered. His first experience visiting a non-Western country was an all-expense paid study trip to Qatar with nine other McDaniel students and two McDaniel professors for the Doha Forum in May 2015. Asked to consider the highlights of his time on the Hill, he says, “I will never forget the engaging conversations and the caring professors.” Noah, who hails from Annapolis adds that he especially appreciated how Professor Francis Grice employed British satirical TV shows as examples of different theories in his “Approaches to International Relations” course.
Joining the football team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle are two of the best memories for Sociology major George Gill. The Miami Gardens, Fla., student will begin work at Life Point Church as a middle school director.
SHE’S GOT THIS
Alyssa Gilboy at the Parliament of England
Swiftly navigating the corridors of Hoover Library like a ninja, Political Science and Philosophy double major Alyssa Gilboy finished both her Political Science capstone and Philosophy capstone while simultaneously working on her honors dissertation for Political Science. Hailing from Marlton, N.J., Alyssa will attend Widener University, Delaware School of Law.
HE’S GOT OUR BACKS
From being a student to protecting students, Adam Reid of Taneytown, Md., will continue working for the McDaniel Department of Campus Safety upon graduation. The Sociology major will continue to work as a Campus Safety Supervisor.
SAY HI TO RHODY
With a passion for chemistry as big as her smile, Chemistry major Margaret Rosario of New Windsor, Md., will pursue a Ph.D at the University of Rhode Island School of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Science.
A CLASS ACT
Blake Schildhauer of Hampstead, Md., graduates as a Mathematics major and a Secondary Education minor. She has been a math tutor and a teaching intern at both North Carroll and Northwest middle schools. Blake is a member of Kappa Delta Pi National Education Honors Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Green Life Environmental Action Club, and the Teacher Advisory Board at McDaniel College. She says she treasures the opportunity she had to speak at the scholarship luncheon during sophomore year: “I was able to write a speech and genuinely thank the people that have made my college experience possible!”
AMBER’S SENSE OF SNOW
For some, winter at McDaniel is a nightmare, but for Amber Smith, a Psychology and Art double major from Baltimore, it was a dream come true. “Since I’m from Baltimore City, it’s really difficult to go sledding without sliding into a street, so I had never been [sledding] before,” explains the freelance graphic designer and photographer. “I went sledding for the first time my freshman year on McDaniel’s golf course. It was a lot of fun!”
A GORGES PLAN
Passionate about culture and the environment, Cristina Stockton-Juarez participated in the pilot January Term “The Forest Online,” an enriching experience that spanned an entire academic year and involved a study tour to Peru that she will never forget. The Art History and Environmental Studies double major from Carlisle, Pa., will pursue a master’s degree in Archeology at Cornell University.
SERVICE MAKES HER SMILE
As a member of McDaniel’s Global Fellows Program, Lissy Velez of Silver Spring, Md., helped organize multiple cultural events as well as fundraisers for worthy causes, including a bake sale to benefit the International Rescue Committee and a screening of the documentary “Children of Syria,” produced by Marcel Mettelsiefen. The Sociology major will work as a client representative for investment company Vanguard after graduation.
Leesa Malczewski from Denton, Md., will continue to work for the Department of Defense after graduation. The Computer Science major will start a new position as a computer network analyst this month.
UPSTATE SOUNDS GREAT
From Chappaqua to Mount Kisco, N.Y., Psychology major Jamie Weisser will work as an assistant teacher at a private school. Playing softball and tailgating are among the highlights of her time on the Hill.
Helping others comes as naturally as breathing for Social Work major Julie Wilson. Wilson from Jefferson, Md., will work at Target Community and Educational Services as a community living manager, where she will take care of a group of adults with developmental disabilities. She will also pursue a master’s degree in Human Services Management at McDaniel.
Samantha Yates is passionate about community service. One of only 218 student leaders nationwide selected as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow, she was also awarded a Griswold-Zepp award for helping to start a composting initiative on campus, which the English major from Shepherdstown, W.Va., credits as one of her greatest achievements: “Starting the composting initiative was one of my favorite events of college. The day that we finished building the compost bin was one of my fondest memories.” Sam also was involved with Green Terror Programs as treasurer, vice president and president, the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the Honors program, while working for both the Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) and the Office of Student Engagement. She is traveling to Peru this summer to work with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development.
Lina Kasaitis, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Crofton, Md., will begin working as a physical therapy technician and front desk assistant at Core Concepts Physical Therapy and Pilates. She will assist patients with exercises while helping management with other tasks.
A LYRICAL LANDING
Becoming a Resident Assistant his sophomore year was a rewarding experience for Moises Miguel, who says, “I really enjoyed meeting the freshman class and working with them. My guys were great and made my experience even better.” The Theatre Arts major from Washington, D.C., will intern at The Lyric Theater after graduation, where he will be the executive director assistant. He will shadow the executive director to learn more about the administrative side of theater, including running day-to-day operations.
RIVER CITY ASSIGNMENT
Luis Miramontes, an English major from San Jose, Calif., will be teaching middle school in San Antonio through Teach for America after graduation.
SUMMER IS FOR S’MORES
Kyle Cholakian, Calder Schecterson, Thomas Simone and Bryan Fidler (left to right)
Calder Schecterson, a History major from Baiting Hollow, N.Y., plans to work at Settoga Day Camp after graduation, where he will be a head counselor as well as bus counselor.
PAR FOR HER COURSE
Nicole Hill Butler
After graduation, Nicole Hill Butler will be a PGA Tour intern, where she will manage 900 volunteers for upcoming tournaments. The women’s soccer standout and Business Administration major from Bowie, Md., has served as the manager of the women’s basketball team and a Sports Information assistant, as well as a buddy for Special Olympics and Tournament of Champions. She will also return to McDaniel to pursue a master’s degree in Human Resource and Development.
NEXT STOP, FLAGSTAFF
Sydney Knadler, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., will attend Northern Arizona University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in Physical Therapy.
HEAD & HEART IN “IT”
His passion for computer science opened the path for Sam Pellerito, who after graduation will work for InteGrace as an IT Systems and Informatics manager. The Computer Science major hails from Owings Mills, Md.
NO TIME TO RE-LAX
For Bryan Ruygrok, athletics played a major role while at McDaniel, and he mentions his favorite part about being a student athlete on the men’s lacrosse team is “everything that comes [with it] — all the games, practices, films, lifts, traveling, and social activities.” The Biology major from Ellicott City, Md., will be attending Baylor College of Medicine next fall, where he will pursue a master’s degree in medical science in Physician Assistant studies.
Jen Shillingburg (left) and Antionette Martin (right) performing in McDaniel College Theatre's Dead Man's Cell Phone.
Fellow theatre majors Jennifer Shillingburg and Antoinette Martin reflect on their time at McDaniel, especially their time in the theater. Shillingburg, a Psychology and Theatre Arts double major from Oakland, Md., remembers one particularly powerful experience: “It was one of those moments where we were experiencing pain in order to make better art. We were doing [“The Laramie Project”], and in one rehearsal, I had an emotional response to the piece and instigated a cry fest with the entire cast. We were all miserable, but the play benefitted from that vulnerability.” Following graduation, Martin, a Biology and Theatre Arts double major from Cape Coral, Fla., will work for LAL Summer Schools as an assistant welfare manager while also joining the Disney College Program as a merchandise assistant.
Joshua Bussiere, a Mathematics major from Westminster, Md., will forever remember the opportunities McDaniel offered to him. Bussiere says, “Going to the Joint Mathematics Meetings in both Seattle and Atlanta were some of the best times here at the Hill. Although not on the Hill at the time, these sponsored events were great opportunities to experience mathematics outside of the classroom.”
Friendships built at McDaniel can withstand the test of time, as Adrienne Nichols testifies. Adrienne reminisces, “First day of orientation, I met a girl that lived in Whiteford down the hall from me. She became my first friend on campus. Now, the end of senior year, she is still my best friend and lives in the room next to me in our apartment.” The Psychology major from Allentown, Pa., will work for Service Coordination, Inc., as a service coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Chloe Gudmundsson, a Social Work major from Dundalk, Md., will be working at Bridges at St. Paul’s, an after-school enrichment program and summer camp for 4th through 12th graders and beyond in inner-city Baltimore. Like many of her classmates, she says that the power outage during the first semester of her freshman year was her most memorable time at McDaniel. “It was really fun to have off classes and just goof around with everybody on campus.”
Kevlyn Moscoso, a Business Administration-Economics dual major from Laurel, Md., was an intern with the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore and the Budapest Business Journal in Hungary while at McDaniel Europe. After graduation, she will be working as a sales representative at Kellogg Company.
HE’S GOING TO DISNEY
Joshua Harding reflects, “The time I’ve spent in McDaniel’s theatre department has made me who I am today. I don't know where I would be without the faculty I’ve interacted with, the long hours I worked, or the many lessons I learned. I would say that’s true of McDaniel as a whole, but all my fondest memories involve the theatre.” Harding, a Theatre Arts major from Federalsburg, Md., will join the Disney College Program as an attractions assistant, where he will run rides, interact with guests, and operate ride vehicles while acting for guests.
ONWARD TO THE OZARKS
Brandi Weyers, a Theatre Arts major from Northfield, Mass., still remembers the wonderful start to her life on the Hill: “We stayed up until sunrise at least twice a month, sometimes doing homework, but most of the time just goofing around: building cushion forts, eating ramen, playing card games, stressing over class registration for the next semester, making memes of each other, walking to Denny’s, sharing funny videos, playing ninja, and much more.” Weyers will join Ozark Actor’s Theater as a production intern.
WARM WELCOMES & FAREWELLS
Arielle Latourette proves that transferring to McDaniel is a cinch. The Psychology major from Easton, Pa., says, “I transferred here my sophomore year and have loved it ever since. I met so many great people and feel so grateful to have experienced such a beautiful school. The professors are amazing and have prepared me do great things once I graduate. I’m really going to miss it.” Latourette will attend Florida Gulf Coast University’s Clinical and Mental Health Counseling graduate program.
Many students know Jasmine Williams-Smith as Jazzy, the gregarious welcome desk worker. After graduation, the English major from Baltimore will pursue a master’s degree in Counseling at Shippensburg University.
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT
After graduation, Matthew Meyers, a Chemistry major from Millersville, Md., will attend University of Maryland School of Dentistry to pursue a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.
The women’s soccer team was a special memory for both Haley Jacobs and Christina Wroblewski, especially when they made the NCAA Sweet 16. Hailing from Forest Hill, Md., Jacobs, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major, will pursue a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Jefferson College of Health Professions, which is a branch of Thomas Jefferson University. Wroblewski, a Mathematics major from Glen Mills, Pa., explains, “The women’s soccer program has been the most memorable experience. The coaching staff is a group of truly amazing individuals who care so much about the players. They work so hard to make our experience the best it can be.”
ADVANCING THE CAUSE
Social Work is more than a major for Olivia Belitsos; it is her passion. She has been helping others on the Hill since her first days as a freshman, when she showed prospective students to their destinations on campus and went on to became an Admissions ambassador. The Social Work major from Phoenix, Md., will be attending the University of Maryland School of Social Work, pursing its Advance Standing Program. She will also intern at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center on the surgical and orthopedic units.
ELECTING TO SERVE
Jocelyn Collins and Sen. Ben Cardin
Jocelyn Collins took a head start on the game of life, graduating early in December 2016. While at McDaniel, the Political Science major from Upper Marlboro, Md., interned in U.S. Senator Ben Cardin’s Office, where she used her research on Common Core educational standards to block and prevent a reduction in Title I funding for the lowest income learners in the state’s K-12 education system. She also served as a legislative director for Maryland State Delegate Elizabeth G. Proctor, a position she will continue while she applies to law school.
Kailey Rhone has taken her passion to the next step. The English major from Frederick, Md., will work for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a branch of Wolters Kluwer in Baltimore, as a journal production assistant. She will be responsible for checking that first editor’s corrections are being applied to manuscripts. Rhone tells us, “It is an incredibly tedious responsibility, but is strangely satisfying. I review books and hope to also do some freelance writing.”
FOOT IN TWO DOORS
Business Administration major Evan Peoples’ of Gorham, Maine, has secured two internships as a customer service intern with Emery-Waterhouse and as a small business intern with SBDC.
EYE ON THE PRIZE
SC&H Group Inc. has a new employee — Brennan Butz of Monkton, Md. The Business Administration and Accounting Economics major will work as an auditor for the audit, tax, and business consulting firm.
A FIX FOR TERRORISM?
Alexandria Ernst, a double major in Psychology and Sociology from Edgewater, Md., has spent most of her free time working on various art projects or volunteering through her co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. “I have a talent, and the patience, for repairing almost anything.” She will pursue a Master of Science in Terrorism and Homeland Security at American University.
Exercise Science and Physical Education major, Brianna Ferrara of Levittown, N.Y., will begin a Physician Assistant program at Touro College Bay Shore Campus in Long Island, N.Y.
HEAD IN THE GAME
Nathan Marr of Damascus, Md., has much to do on campus. The Exercise Science and Physical Education major will be working at McDaniel in the Athletics Department as a graduate assistant football coach pursuing a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education Administration.
DO AND LEARN
Brandon Daus, Sam Pellerito, Adriana Villarosa, Chris Whitney, Miranda Martin, Nick Clarke, Ben Kohn (left to right)
Art major Adriana Villarosa of Knoxville, Md., will be working as a pharmacy technician at Giant Eagle. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health.
A JUMP START
Kaitlyn Dudley of New Windsor, Md., is a Business Administration major with a minor in Sports Management and played on the Women’s Lacrosse Team all four years. She is the owner of KC Crimson Eventing, for which she trains young horses in English and Western with the goal of finding the best fit for each horse. She also builds custom jumps.
ONCE & FUTURE PRESIDENT
Alexaundria Leonard in Tokyo.
Leadership seems to come naturally to Alexaundria Leonard, a Political Science major with a minor in Religious Studies. Besides her role as president of the Student Government Association, she is a charter member of the College’s Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. — the first-ever black sorority. She is also a member of the Black Student Union and has served on the Peer Mentor Advisory Board and as an Engagement Peer in the Office of Student Engagement. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Trumpeters leadership honor societies. As a junior, she was the recipient of the Ralph Candler and Dorothy Prince John Award for Academic Excellence and Service to the College Community. In March, she was among only 15 students across the nation selected for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s first Japan exchange program. Her next steps include meeting June grad school deadlines and a future in politics.
HOME SWEET HOMELAND
Katie Keegan, a Psychology major from Hadley, Mass., has a full-time position with the Department of Homeland Security in Human Resources after completing her internship there during her senior year.
DIVING IN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Kyle Cholakian, a Philosophy and Political Science double major, is returning to the Bay Area of California, where he has applied to UCSF School of Public Health. He plans to pursue his passion for politics and community organizing by diving into opportunities to get involved in community and political activism with local organizations.
GRACE & DETERMINATION
Nia Gipson, a Psychology major from Owings Mills, Md., was accepted into the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Arkansas. She graduated a semester early, and has been working as an intern at Integrace Institute at Copper Ridge, which is dedicated to research and education to improve care for people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Jessica Martinez, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Philadelphia, has plans to volunteer and learn with the occupational therapists at Magee Rehab Hospital’s inpatient facility in Philadelphia.
A IS FOR ACCCOUNTING
Brian Norwitz, an Accounting Economics and Business Administration double major from Germantown, Md., will be a staff accountant at Salter Company in Bethesda, Md. A distinct highlight from his college experience was earning an “A” in Accounting 1.
LAW ON ORDER
Anna Wasielewski, a History major from Havre de Grace, Md., says participating in her sorority Phi Sigma Sigma has helped her grow into a strong, independent woman: “Without them I wouldn’t be confident enough to voice my opinions and stand up for what I believe in.” Her immediate plans involve returning to her hometown and job waitressing at Coakley’s Pub before, entering law school next year.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
Alfonso Navarro, a Communication and Spanish double major, has represented McDaniel well as a student ambassador for Admissions. He has been active in the Hispanic Latino Alliance (HLA) and on the yearbook staff. His semester studying abroad at McDaniel Europe in Budapest was a highlight. This summer, he will be the collegiate facilitator at his fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha’s STEAD Leadership conference at University of Maryland, College Park. He also plans to work at his summer job on the grounds crew at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., while sending out a slew of resumes for social media marketing jobs.
Communication major Shane Douglass of Westminster, Md., will be putting his new degree to work doing an internship with IMG in sports marketing while he plays linebacker for the Baltimore Lightning.
Sociology major Destany Boykin has demonstrated her strong commitment to community during her time on the Hill. She has served as a Peer Mentor, worked for the Office of Student Engagement in the Rec Lounge for three years, co-choreographed and performed dance pieces in the annual multicultural event “United,” and last year, she was a United committee board member. One particularly meaningful contribution is the work she’s done designing and leading the Smart Girls mentoring program at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster as part of her Urban and Community Studies coursework with professor Lina Semu. Destany is pursuing jobs as a counselor specializing in substance abuse or youth development.
SALUTE TO VALOR
(Front L-R) Kelly Ann Lewis, Bradley Hull, Sean W. Kaliszak, Abby Victoria Phillips; (Back L-R) Andrew Patrick Schiller, Aaron Mark Sampson, Jesse F. Guttman, David Steven Thornberry, Matthew Nicholas Howard
Jesse Guttman, a History major from Chevy Chase, Md., branched into the U.S. Army Reserve and will attend the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He will then be assigned to the 7th Psychological Operations Group in Mountain View, Calif.
Matthew Howard, a Sociology major from Thurmont, Md., will join the Tennessee National Guard. He will attend the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course in Fort Sill, Okla., to later be assigned to the Field Artillery Squadron 278th in Gallatin, Tenn.
Bradley Hull, a Sociology major from Keedysville, Md., is going active duty in the U.S. Army. Bradley will spend four months at the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and then go to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, to be a chemical officer with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th infantry division.
Sean Kaliszak of New Freedom, Pa., will be a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. The Exercise Science and Physical Education major will attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga.
Kelly Lewis, a Chemistry major from Apex, N.C., will be serving her country as a second lieutenant and will attend the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va. She will then be assigned to the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Abby Phillips will join the National Guard. The Exercise Science and Physical Education major from New Freedom, Pa., will attend the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Ala., and will then be assigned to the Pennsylvania National Guard, A Company 2/104th Aviation, at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Aaron Sampson is graduating as an Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major. From Towson, Md., Sampson will serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard. He will attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. He will then be assigned to A Company 1-175th Infantry.
Andrew Schiller, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from New Market, Md., will serve as a U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant in the Ordnance Branch. He will attend the Ordnance Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Va., and will then be assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky.
David Thornberry will serve in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The History major from Germantown, Md., will attend the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and will then be assigned to Detachment 1, 1069th Military Police Company in Annville, Pa.
A HIGH SIGN FOR JANA
Jana Ferraro of North Branford, Conn., designed her own major in Deaf Studies–Language and Culture and is moving to San Francisco to become immersed in a deaf community. There, she will have the ability to network while taking online courses to become certified in ASL interpreting, as well as work as a live-in nanny. During her time at McDaniel, Jana served as a resident assistant. She also studied abroad in Belgium.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Relatives of McDaniel faculty, staff and trustees receiving bachelor’s degrees include: Dinambi Butler’s wife Business Administration major Nicole Hill Butler of Bowie, Md.; Isabel DeFeo’s nephew Business Administration major Jonathon DeFeo of Westminster, Md.; Ira Domser’s daughter Accounting Economics major Emma Domser of Westminster, Md.; Rozelle Jochum’s sister Music major Arielle Jochum of Hampstead, Md.; Terry McAndrew’s daughter English major Maura McAndrew of Westminster, Md.; Paul Moyer’s niece Psychology major Maddie Moyer of Brookville, Md.; Lorri Pickett’s son Business Administration and Accounting Economics major David K. Pickett of Woodbine, Md.; Michael Riedman’s daughter Biology major Lauren Marie Riedeman of Manchester, Md.; and Elena Fournier’s nephew Exercise Science and Physical Education major Corbin Schmucker of Silver Spring, Md.; in addition to Parent Visitor to the Board Laura Alberg’s son English major Christian Alberg of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Trustee William Butz’s son Business Administration major Brennan Butz of Monkton, Md.
ON THE ADVANCE
Seven McDaniel employees are receiving master’s degrees: Reginald K. Blackmon (Athletics), Kyle W. Green (Grounds), Zachary B. Heckle (adjunct lecturer in Mathematics and Computer Science), Julie A. Little (Athletics), Joshua Sulloway (Residence Life), Areka C. Ware (Campus Safety), and Laura A. Wyatt (Information Technology). Additionally, Campus Safety Supervisor Adam Reid is receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
THE LEGACY CONTINUES
Graduates of McDaniel Alumni include: Computer Science major Kathleen Biddinger of New Windsor, Md.; Business Administration major Brennan Butz of Monkton, Md.; History major Malinda Davis of Rising Sun, Md.; Computer Science major David Gribben of Manchester, Md.; Economics major Alexander Hanna of Gambrills, Md.; English major Maura McAndrew of Westminster, Md.; Chemistry major Matthew Meyers of Millersville, Md.; History major Lillian Rosenquist of Chevy Chase, Md.; Psychology major Juliann Rossi of Marriottsville, Md.; Exercise Science and Physical Education major Andrew Schiller of New Market, Md., and Mathematics major Matthew Welte of Berlin, N.J.