Alumni achievements

January 25, 2010

With accomplishments in the industries ranging from business to literature to academia, McDaniel graduates are achieving extraordinary levels of excellence.

Wallen Bean ’44, has published his memoir, “A Most Uninitiated Hillbilly.” In the book, Bean reminiscences about attending Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, during World War II. Because of a serious fall and bad teeth, Bean spent his senior year on the Hill with 50 male classmates and 800 female students. The book also recounts his Appalachian boyhood during the Great Depression, his academic pursuits at Boston University School of Theology, his work at a Methodist minister in five New England churches, and his decision to leave the ministry to work with troubled youths at the Job Corps in New Bedford and then Revival House in Fall River. Bean’s book is available through Author House at

Dr. Edwin Welch ‘65 (pictured above) was recently was named the Who’s Who in West Virginia Business 2009 winner. Welch has been president of the University of Charleston for two decades. During that time, Welch has overseen the growth of the university from fewer than 500 full-time students to more than 1,400, according to the State Journal, the elimination of a cumulative operating budget deficit, the doubling of annual giving and higher-than-expected donations for capital projects. The University of Charleston estimates that it has a $75 million annual economic impact on the region, which the Charleston Area Alliance recognized in 2008 when it named the University of Charleston its Simply the Best program.

After graduating from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, Welch attended Boston University School of Theology and Boston University Graduate School. He studied International Relations at the London School of Economics, and Political Science and Higher Education Administration at Harvard Institute for Educational Management. He has a doctorate in Social Ethics and is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

Bernard “Bernie” Jankowski ’80 is the author of “The Shamokin Monologues,” a chapbook of poetry published last year and listed among the Montserrat Review’s Best Books for Winter Reading, 2009-2010. Another recent publication, “Luminous Mud,” a collection of 12 poems, was published in 2007.

David Weigelt ‘95 and Jonathan Boehman ‘94, founding partners of Immersion Active – billed as “the only interactive marketing company in the United States that is focused exclusively on the baby boomer and senior markets” – have recently published a book that aims to help businesses better understand how to reach what they call “the Internet’s wealthiest consumer segment in history.”

In “Dot Boom: Marketing to Baby Boomers Through Meaningful Online Engagement,” Weigelt and Boehman give readers the benefit of their research into the growing population that is over 40, which they say represents $2 trillion in disposable income annually. “More than 12,500 boomers are turning 50 each day,” Weigelt says. “When we changed the course of our business to specialize on boomer and senior consumers, we had no idea what the journey would reveal.” Boehman adds “today’s changing economy requires different online strategies than in the past.”

To learn more about the book and to read reviews, visit The book can be purchased in stores and online through national retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million and Amazon.

Shane Ireland ’97 and Quinn Salamandra ’97, have seen their business, Corporate Brokers, named among the Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. 500 magazine. Corporate Brokers, founded in 2003 and based in Annapolis, Md., places temporary and permanent staff in industries and locations across the country. With 13 employees and revenue of $7.6 million, Corporate Broker’s three-year growth rate was 806.3 percent, landing it at No. 287 on the magazine’s list in its September 2009 issue. The company’s website is

Dr. Marianne E. Hazel ‘98, associate dean at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, is the new interim dean of the Clearfield campus. With teaching and administrative experience, Hazel’s responsibilities as dean include overseeing the staff and operations of the campus, serving as the liaison with the college’s main campus in Lock Haven, and coordinating public relations.

Hazel, who has been at Lock Haven since 2002, has expertise in educational leadership, professional development, and teacher preparation and education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education as well as her master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University. She earned her master’s degree in Administration from McDaniel College and her doctorate in Education from Immaculata University.