Autumn at McDaniel packed with events and activities

July 27, 2011

From foreign films and visiting scholars to a cultural look at the comics, from Smart Talk with alumna and the nation’s top teacher to the dedication of a 50-year-old pipe organ, McDaniel’s hilltop campus will be bustling with these activities and much more this autumn.

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 August 29.

Lecture honoring Ira G. Zepp, the late Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, features Father Roy Bourgeois, human rights and peace activist, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, McDaniel Lounge.

Foreign Film Series begins 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 with “Of Gods and Men” in Decker Auditorium and continues Sept. 15, 19, and 25.

Family Weekend, Oct. 1-2 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 Gettysburg College. The men’s soccer team also plans a win against Swarthmore College, while field hockey, volleyball and women’s soccer teams battle Ursinus College.

McDaniel’s SmartTALK series returns to the Hill at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 as President Roger Casey talks with the nation’s top teacher and McDaniel master’s alumna Michelle Shearer.

Celebratory Dedication Recital at 3 p.m. Oct. 2 features world-renowned organist Ken Cowan on McDaniel’s newly renovated 1958 Aeolian-Skinner organ. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule, which takes him to major concert venues across America, Canada and Europe.

Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895-1950,” an exhibit of comics with speaker series, runs Oct. 19-Nov. 19 in Rice Gallery. Speakers include

  • Oct. 19: Brian Walker, who works on the Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois cartoons his father, Mort Walker, created and still produces.
  • Oct. 26: Harry Bliss, New Yorker cartoonist and creator of the self-titled, syndicated cartoon Bliss
  • Nov. 8: Kevin Kallaugher, internationally known political cartoonist

Homecoming on Oct. 29 when the Green Terror football takes on Juniata College 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.

“Popular Romance in the New Millennium,” an international conference, Nov. 11-12, will gather presenters who can put the romance in fresh perspective, who can point us toward the future of romance and romance criticism, and who can help us understand the place of the popular romance in the 21st century.

The Theatre Arts department presents two student productions during the fall semester. Click here for information about tickets and the productions:

  • “The Good Soul of Szechuan,” directed by Theatre Arts professor Elizabeth van den Berg, Oct. 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community.
  • McDaniel Playback, a form of improvisational theatre, directed by Theatre Arts professor Ron Miller, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-12 in WMC Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public.
  • “Cinderella,” adapted and directed by Theatre Arts professor Ira Domser, 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18 in WMC Alumni Hall, $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel College community.

A schedule of McDaniel’s Fall 2011 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:

  • “Editions of You: Sculpture” by Anthony Cervino, Aug. 30-Sept. 23, opening reception: 7-9 p.m., Aug. 30.
  • “inferences and: Paintings” by Michael Weiss, Sept. 27-Oct. 14, opening reception: Sept. 27.
  • Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895-1950,” Oct. 19-Nov. 19, with speakers series.
  • “Engulfed: Works on Paper” by Allison Long Hardy, Nov. 22-Dec. 16, opening reception: Nov. 22.

Home football games are:

  • Sept. 3 against Catholic
  • Sept.10 against Moravian
  • Oct. 1 against Gettysburg (Family Weekend)
  • Oct. 15 against Franklin & Marshall
  • Oct. 29 against Juniata (Homecoming)
  • Nov. 12 against Johns Hopkins

* Note: Game times vary. For game times and other fall sports’ schedules, go to McDaniel Athletics.

Other important dates:

  • Aug. 24 – move-in day for new students, Introduction Convocation at 4 p.m.
  • August 24-28 – orientation for new students
  • Aug. 27-28 – residence halls open for returning students
  • Aug. 29 – classes begin
  • Oct. 17-18 – fall break, no classes