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Autumn at McDaniel filled with events for students, family and community

McDaniel College alumnus Steven Carr ’84, a supervisory special agent with the FBI.
August 15, 2012

Fall on the Hill features events and activities showcasing the variety of scholarly and extracurricular pursuits at McDaniel College, from a talk with FBI espionage expert Steven Carr ’84 (pictured above) and dialogue on the upcoming Presidential election to art exhibits and performances in theatre and music.

All the details are yet to come, but here are some important dates to mark on your calendars now. Look for even more events after the academic year begins on Aug. 27.

McDaniel’s SmartTALK series returns to the Hill at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 as President Roger Casey talks with Steven Carr ’84, a supervisory special agent with the FBI in Baltimore who has worked on a long series of high-profile espionage cases.

French Film Series begins 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 with “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams” in Decker Auditorium and continues Sept. 10, 13, 23 and 26, most with professor-led discussions after the film. 

Book Talk, 7 p.m. Sept 17 in McDaniel Lounge, features authors McDaniel Professor Herb Smith and University of Baltimore Professor John Willis talk about the election and their book, “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance.”

Family Weekend, Sept 21-23 is a perfect time to learn about student life on the Hill. Look for a full day of activities, including tailgating on the rim of McDaniel’s famed drive-in stadium as the Green Terror takes on Ursinus, as well as a winery tour, a walking tour of Downtown Westminster, and a Green and Gold Pep Rally.

Lecture honoring Ira G. Zepp, the late Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, features author Michael Kimmel of “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, McDaniel Lounge.

Dialogue on Presidential Election brings together Maryland Delegate (Dem.) Samuel (Sandy) Rosenberg and Harford County Executive (Rep.) David Craig, 7 p.m. Oct 2 in Decker Center Forum, for a discussion moderated by McDaniel President Roger Casey.

Global Initiatives Kick-Off will be led by C. Michael Elavsky, a Penn State professor of Communications who will discuss “A Place in the World: Conceptions, Connections and Cultural Boxes,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Decker Center Forum. The series will continue with a film, “Can’t Do It in Europe,” and discussion 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Decker Auditorium.

Homecoming on Nov. 3 when the Green Terror football takes on Susquehanna University at 1 p.m. and the now famous parade of floats move along Main Street at noon. Enjoy a stroll around campus and visit the Klitzberg Pavilion in Gill Center to view this year’s Sports Hall of Fame inductees on the e-kiosk.

The Theatre Arts department presents two student productions during the fall semester. Call 410-857-2448 for tickets and more information.

- “Hairspray,” directed by Theatre Arts professor Elizabeth van den Berg, Oct. 3-6 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community.
- Student-Directed Play Festival, featuring two one-act plays: “Between the Lines,” directed by senior Yichong Li and “Crazy Eights,” directed by senior Kiera Gillock, Nov. 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public.

A schedule of McDaniel’s Fall 2012 Concert Season, including Monday Night Music concerts, the Madrigals, Choir and much more, is available here.

The Art and Art History department presents exhibitions in the Rice Gallery of Peterson Hall, for gallery hours call 410-857-2595:

- “Indulgence,” new paintings by Nicole McCormick Santiago Aug. 28-Sept. 21, opening reception: 7-9 p.m. with artist talk at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.
- “Politics as Usual” new work by John Anderson, Sept. 25-Oct. 19, opening reception and artist talk: Sept. 25.
- Sixth Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition, Oct. 23-Nov. 9, opening reception with artists’ talk: Oct. 23. 
- “Alchemical Abstractions” paintings by Paul Jeanes, Nov. 13-Dec. 7, opening reception with artist talk: Nov. 13.

Home football games are:

    - Sept. 15 against Muhlenberg
    - Sept. 22 against Ursinus (Family Weekend)
    - Oct. 20 against Dickinson
    - Nov. 3 against Susquehanna (Homecoming)
    * Note: Game times vary. For game times and other fall sports’ schedules, go to McDaniel Athletics.

Other important dates:

    - Aug. 22 – move-in day for new students, Introduction Convocation at 4 p.m.
    - August 22-26 – orientation for new students
    - Aug. 25-26 – residence halls open for returning students
    - Aug. 27 – classes begin
    - Oct. 15-16 – fall break, no classes
    - Nov. 5-16 - undergraduate registration for spring classes
    - Dec. 7 – undergraduate classes end, exams the following week (Dec. 10-14)