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Cheers 2008

May 27, 2008

We salute our recent graduates who are pushing to realize their dreams. Check out the Class of 2008 from our insider’s view.

FROM STUDENT TO COLLEAGUE
When Mathematics major Alaina Terrell walks into the school she left just four years ago, she’ll see Wicomico High a little differently. The students will call her “Ms. Terrell” and her former teachers will know her as a colleague.

PROGRAMMING PRO
Christopher Griffin is the first to graduate from the Honors program with a major in Computer Science. During his time on the Hill, he has worked on complex projects, including one exploring how to send untraceable messages. Christopher is currently looking into different language programs that offer courses in Japanese.

THE SQUIRREL CAN STAY BEHIND
No one will miss the squirrel that found its way into 143 Pa. Avenue this spring, but they sure will miss each other. Studio Art major Kelly Waterman is Manhattan bound. Psychology majors Kelli Hawthorne and Sarah Wallace are going to grad school in Elementary Education – Hawthorne here in the B.E.S.T. program and Wallace to Rutgers. Psychology major Meagan Flannery will also stay here to pursue her master’s in Counseling. Alex Becker’s ROTC training came in handy when he ushered the squirrel, unharmed, out the door while his female housemates stood on chairs directing him. Exercise Science major Pete Gaitens will go back to his home state of New Jersey to study Occupational Therapy at Stockton College. Business Administration major James Cosby wants to launch his career at a Baltimore accounting firm.

HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED
Angela Brudis has no doubt about what she wants to do with her bachelor’s in Sociology. She’s been working with teens and children with autism for the past several summers at a camp in Howard County and soon begins her job as a therapist working in early intervention with 2- to 9-year-olds diagnosed with autism.

PRESERVING THE PLANET
After taking the summer off, Biology and Environmental Science and Policy major Andrea Spahn will look for a graduate school that offers a program in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Development. An activist in McDaniel’s Green Movement, Laura Fralinger majored in Environmental Science and Policy – and will begin her master’s in Environmental Education at the University of New Hampshire in the fall.

WORDS TO LEARN BY
During her College career, Mary DeSemone, a double major in Communication and Spanish, studied abroad in Spain and took on a third language – French. She participated in a month-long service trip to Mexico, where she was responsible for daily care of 30 children, teaching English and Math, and creating a daily lesson plan. She has applied to law schools.

GLOBAL BOUND FOR AIG
Business Administration major Caroline Rusche will be working as a management trainee for AIG. One of the highlights of her college career was studying in Budapest in spring 2007. While she was in Europe, Caroline traveled to Italy, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.

TRIPLE PLAY
Economics and Business double major Kelly Etzel completed three capstone classes; on corporate finance, managerial economics and history of economic thought. Etzel will be working in financial operations at T. Rowe Price after graduation.

MARCHING TO HER OWN BEAT
Psychology major Julie Hill studied abroad in Grenada, Spain, completed her degree in the Honors program and earned honors in her major in just three years. This summer, she’ll be marching in the color guard of a drum-and-bugle corps that tours the country.

KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE
Exercise Science and Physical Education major Deanne Lehr is planning to go to graduate school and teach. For her capstone project, she surveyed what high school students learned in a physical education class.

HEAD OF THE CLASS
Biochemistry major Kevin Flanagan is hoping to get a job teaching chemistry or science at a private school. At McDaniel, he made nanowires out of proteins – a process that has applications with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. History major William Warner is planning to continue his McDaniel education by earning a master’s degree in Secondary Education. He plans to teach high school history or math.

ROTC VS. STUDENT-ATHLETES
Exercise Science/Physical Education major Alex Becker was among those commissioned today as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. He will become a field artillery officer in the 82nd Airborne. For his capstone project, he compared the physical fitness of ROTC students to student-athletes and found that cadets did better at sit-ups and pushups, but student-athletes were faster runners.

MATH OR MUSIC
Math major Chris Markey has played guitar for two years and wants to compose music in the future. He is also looking into graduate school to become a statistician. He was a McDaniel Mentor at William Winchester Elementary School.

BREWING UP SUCCESS
After learning how to home-brew beer last year, Scott Gelman thinks he may try to turn the hobby into a career. But the Biology major who studied protein expression in cancer cells is also considering graduate school.

DOUBLE THE MAJOR, DOUBLE THE FUN
Tri-Beta officer and Biology and Spanish major Marina Wilson has been accepted at the University of Maryland Medical School. Through student groups that provide tutoring, she has been involved in service programs with Spanish-speaking members of the Carroll County community.

WE’LL TOAST TO THAT
Business major Chris Kron will always remember the good times with his brothers in Alpha Sigma Phi. Next, Kron is going to earn an M.B.A. at Mount St. Mary’s and hopes to eventually own his own restaurant.

NEXT ARTIST IN AMERICA
Art and Art History major Lee Ann Oliver has racked up many awards during her College career, including Best in Show at the 2007 Salon des Refuse exhibit at the Carroll Arts Center. She is headed to the post-Baccalaureate program at Maryland Institute College of Art and then on to graduate school to pursue her M.F.A in painting and printmaking.

AT HOME IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
Graphic Design and Art History major Zeynep Esendemir accumulated the greatest number of Study Abroad credits among today’s graduates. She wants to continue her travels, hopes to return to live in Rome where she studied, and, after spending the summer in Turkey, find a job in advertising, or a gallery or museum.

SHE’LL ALWAYS HAVE BUDAPEST

Studying in Budapest was the highlight of Erin McKeon’s college career. The Social Work major was thrilled to travel and room with her BFF Biology major Dana Picco. McKeon plans to work for Echo Hill Outdoor School on the Chesapeake Bay for a year before returning to college to earn her master’s in Early Childhood Special Education.

ROUZER RATES, TOO

The snapshots of his college years say it all for Alexander Meyer-Stokes. There he is, living it up in Belize and San Pedro. But the Psychology major had just as much fun in Rouzer, hanging out with his guitar-playing roommate Dave Wentz. After today, Meyer-Stokes heads to graduate school for counseling at Loyola College in Baltimore.

BROTHERS FOREVER
Studio Art major Brad Behles shared some of his best times with Phi Kappa Sigma brothers, English major Richard Mann and Psychology major Roarke Katherman. They hung out together at the ASL house, lived in Albert Norman, and had escapades in the North Village.

GOOD MOVE

Awkwardly trying to fit into the crowd at a dance party freshman year, Psychology major Sarah Coppersmith glided over to floormates Katie Saris, Jessica Carlozo, Alaina Willing, and Meghan O’Brien where lasting friendships were forged on the dance floor. Coppersmith’s staying on – to complete student teaching, then hopes to get a job teaching elementary school locally.

GOOD, CLEAN FUN
Cleaning house was never a problem for Melinda Hirt. The Studio Art and Psychology major just turned on some music and held a “Swiffer Dance Party” with her roommates. “It was always a good way to relieve stress,” she said. “I think we’ll continue to have them at each others houses long after we graduate.” Hirt is going to American University for her M.F.A.

A STORY WITH A CLIFFHANGER

Freshman year, Political Science/International Studies major Mike Habegger decided to get involved in some campus organizations, so he went to the first Free Press meeting and started with the paper right away. Soon, he found himself as the Editor-in-Chief with Katie Young, and then Melanie Chupein. He redesigned the layout, started a blogisphere, and website McDanielFreePress.com. Habegger plans to go to graduate school or join a campaign or go into journalism or pursue blogging or go to London with his father for a year…

DOLLARS AND DEUTSCHE MARKS
Courtney Novotny will be working at Lockheed Martin in Baltimore, in the Finance Leadership Development program. The dual major in Business Administration/Economics and German plans to begin an M.B.A. program in fall 2009.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
It’s amazing that Donnie Bell, a Political Science major with a student-designed minor in Peace and Security Studies can say what he’s doing after graduation. But you won’t tell, right? Bell, who has wanted to become a counterterrorism intelligence analyst since age 12, has been tentatively offered a position in intelligence analysis with the FBI.

SINCE YOU ASKED
Rachel Goonan is working at a nature center on the weekend, but this Spanish and Environmental Policy and Science major says she’s searching for full-time employment that pays more than $8 an hour.

HEALTHY ASPIRATIONS
Biology and Math dual major Ted Heinrich plans to get a “government gig” at the World Health Organization or the CDC.

A WOMAN WHO ROARS

After graduation, Christine Frieman will earn her M.A. in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence. The History and Women’s and Gender Studies double major plans to teach at the college level.

REVVED UP TO TEACH
English major Whitney Opdahl plans to teach a humanities program at a private school after graduation, and then go on to earn her M.A. in Folklore and Mythology. Topping her wish list for graduation gifts: a shiny new car.

NO LONGER A PLAYBOY
Sociology major Ryan Brown will always remember acting in “Playboy of the Western World.” That – and spending a great four years with his girlfriend, English major Kristen Pavlovsky. They’ve been outstanding Admissions tour guides. After graduation, both will join the working world.

SCENES TO REMEMBER
There’s nothing English major Leslie Shirk loved more than to sit on the Quad on gorgeous days with Lindsay Fairchild, Emica Boutilier and Sarah Shank, doing homework and eating sushi while Lindsay played the guitar. After graduation, Shirk is planning to work as a production assistant in D.C.

PSYCHED TO BE A TEACHER
Psychology major Katie Saris, who will become an elementary school teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Frederick County, will always treasure her memories with the McDaniel student chapter of the Maryland State Teacher’s Association (MSTA).

100,000 POINTS OF LIGHT
Biology major BethAnn Turner would like to work for the American Cancer Society. She’s had plenty of practice. Freshman year, for the first annual Relay For Life at McDaniel, she was both team captain and luminaria co-chair. Turner has chaired or co-chaired every year since. She should take a bow, as Relay For Life at McDaniel College has raised over $100,000 in the last four years!

FOUR LEGS IN HER FUTURE
Biology major Katherine Williams, loves working with animals and her part-time job at a veterinary office, has convinced her to apply to vet school.

DOCTORS’ RX
Medical school is in the future for Biology major Rebecca Kincaid, who is going into either pediatrics or internal medicine. She’s deferred her acceptance at Indiana University’s Medical School so that she can live and work in New Zealand for a year. Her father said he’ll be on a plane to come and get her if she doesn’t return by next July. Biology and Art History major Zeeshan Shaikh is applying to medical school, as is Biology major Chris Richards.

BIG APPLE BOUND
Social Work major Margaret Posey is headed to pursue her master’s in Social Work at NYU. She will always remember winning Best Homecoming float with Gamma Sigma Sigma, dressed as foxy ladies and rocking out to Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” song. Fellow dancer Laura Markiewicz completes an Exercise Science/Physical Education major and is looking into nursing programs.

SUCCEEDING BEN BERNANKE
Chris Martin came to McDaniel thinking he’d pursue criminal justice but ended up loving Economics. The Sykesville native is planning to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from Johns Hopkins, and eventually work at the Federal Reserve.

ART SAVES LIVES

Art and Art History major Chanan Delivuk hopes to become a professor or a community artist in order to create change through art. She
is excited about going to George Washington University to earn her M.F.A. in New Media. Congratulations, Chanan, on being the first in your family to finish college and go on to graduate school.

A NEW LENS
Traveling to Italy on the photography Jan Term was a life changer for Sociology major Elizabeth Moran. “I got to see where my family came from and it was humbling to be around artwork that has been around for centuries.”

TRAVEL LIGHT & WRITE

Dual English and Communication major Christine Boynton is planning a cross-country trip. Her dream job is to write for a travel magazine. Boynton’s semester abroad in London and a subsequent backpacking adventure through Europe gave her a taste of the traveling life. Working as a Writing Center tutor gave her plenty of practice.

SERVICE WITH A SMILE
Political Science major Alexandra DeJohn says a life-changing moment for her was joining Gamma Sigma Sigma, and meeting so many classmates including Katelyn Ryan, Amanda Franklin, Dana Picco and Erin McKeon who became senior year housemates. “McDaniel provided a better home than would have been possible anywhere else. The friends, memories, and personal strides I’ve made here will last a lifetime and for that, I will be forever grateful.” DeJohn’s already got the message down; she’s looking to spread the word as a future college admissions counselor.

NO MORE LAZY LUNCHES
Biochemistry major Amanda Franklin will always remember spending “massively long” amounts of time in GLAR with her “girls.” She’s planning to pursue graduate studies in a field related to Biochemistry.

AT HOME IN THE WORLD
During his four years, triple major (Business Administration, Economics and Spanish) Timothy Neeson spent a lot of time away from campus. As a sophomore, he spent Jan Term in Mexico, studied abroad in Spain during spring of his junior year and traveled across central Europe for a Jan Term during senior year. He plans to return to Spain in the future.

JUST CALL HER MISS “G”
English major and Secondary Education minor Kathryn Griepentrog plans to follow her dream: to teach kids how to read. “She just lights up and comes alive when she’s talking about her students,” says Education Coordinator Susan Travetto.

OCEAN BOUND
Communication major Emica Boutilier is headed home to Maine for the summer, and then to England for the BUNAC Work, Volunteer, and Teach Abroad program in the fall.

HOT FOR CONNECTIONS

Communication major Alyse Holloman was sick with a 102-degree fever, but it didn’t stop her from meeting alumnus and former CNN anchor Thomas Roberts during his campus visit. Holloman is job hunting and preparing for her Nov. 29th wedding to her high school sweetheart.

LENDING A HAND IN HONDURAS
Biology and Spanish major Kristen Warfield will teach at an orphanage in Honduras. She ultimately plans to become a physician’s assistant or get her master’s degree in public health.

A BAYOU YUMMO
Biology major Amanda Eubank and friends including Dave Wentz got a tasty appreciation gift from homeowners after helping to clean up the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina – in the form of a 40-pound box of seasoned crayfish, potatoes and corn. After graduation, she’ll work with Northrop Grumman Information Technology as a Systems Engineer.

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE “URINETOWN”
English major Meghan Carlton may be headed to James Madison University for a master’s in Victorian Literature, but she’ll always remember her time on the McDaniel stage – especially during the musical “Urinetown,” with best friend Alexandra Neiman. Neiman, a Psychology and Theatre major, is moving to northern Virginia, where she’ll pursue her ASL interpreting certification.

MERCI BEAUCOUP
While interning at the Lyric in Baltimore, French and Music-Theatre Arts major Jonathan Teter realized that someone needed to do a better job translating French musical pieces. Now he wants to be that someone. After walking across the stage today, Teter is planning to go to graduate school for a master’s in French-English Translation.

IN PURSUIT OF A PH.D.
Biology major Chrissy Sansone collaborated with Dr. Randy Morrison on the cellular and molecular basis of pigmentation in the Panther chameleon. She’s entering a Ph.D. program in Molecular Biology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

DON’T MISTAKE HER FOR A RULER

Not too many people enjoy dressing up as school supplies, but Sarah Free, a Psychology major and Elementary Education minor, holds what she calls “good, clean teacher fun” as her top memory at McDaniel. After graduation, she’ll be teaching at a Carroll County elementary school.

HOSTS WITH THE MOST

Communication major Paul Boyd will always laugh out loud recalling moments with Jon Gregory at the many parties they held over the years. Boyd plans to move to Florida for a year and work while applying to graduate school.

CONNECTIONS THAT LAST
Communication major Jessica Carlozo says joining Alpha Phi Omega along with friends Megan O’Brien, a Psychology major; Alaina Willing, a Political Science major; and Katie Saris, a Psychology major, was one of the most rewarding parts of her career on the Hill.

MOM MAKES US PROUD

This is a proud day for Studio Art major Amy Kemph. “Going back to school after having four children and many life experiences has been a huge challenge for me,” she says. In the fall, Kemph will student teach at South Carroll High School and Friendship Valley Elementary.

MIND OVER MARKETING
Psychology major Chelsie Houser plans to work for a year before going to graduate school. Ultimately, she wants to go into advertising.

ADVANCING IN THE CLASSROOM
For her capstone project, Psychology major
Jodie Marshall created an award-winning game about repressed memories. After graduation, she moves to the head of the class, as she plans to go to graduate school for Education and become an elementary school teacher.

ALL IN THE FAMILY
Several members of the immediate campus family are earning degrees today: WebAdvisor Administrator Amy Bell, Campus Safety Officer Michael Lingg, Field Hockey Assistant Coach Heather Roberts, Men’s Lacrosse Assistant Coach Samuel Seashole, Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Coach Meagan Voight and Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer Katherine Whaley.

Also crossing the stage today are relatives of faculty, staff, administration and trustees: Sarah Coppersmith, Stephanie Corbin, Jobi Larrick, Lindsay Olsh, Dana Picco, Jennifer Sipes, Kelly Spangler, Carrie Waddell, and Nicholas Wilbur.

JOHN WATERS MOVE OVER
Six filmmakers made their debuts this semester. From writing scripts through filming and the final cuts, these Film and Video Production minors surmounted the challenges of temperamental actors, wind in the microphones and touchy computer programs. Still holding fast to their love of the craft are Steven Eggers, Taylor Hebden, David Nasongkhla, Michael Chittenden, Emica Boutilier, Cal Calcagni and Aaron Janowski.

HER HIP RESEARCH PROJECT
Biology majors Kendall Bieschke and Lauren Esposito will begin graduate studies in Forensic Science at Arcadia University this fall. Bieschke’s first research paper is already published in a scientific journal. She collaborated with Johns Hopkins orthopedic physicians in her studies of biological response of bone to a hip implant. The result? The paper, authored by Kendall and Dr. Lynne C. Jones, was published in the Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation Journal.

VOLUNTEERING AT HOME AND ABROAD
December 2007 B.A. grad Autumn Hilsinger enters the Peace Corps in June 2009 with hopes to go to Africa and help stem the spread of AIDS. The History major currently pursuing a master’s in Secondary Education says, “I think it is extremely important for me to see the world I will be educating students about.” International Studies and French major Katelyn Ryan is interning with Amnesty International throughout the summer. In October she leaves for Denver to participate in the Americorps NCCC Program (National Civilian Community Corps).

A BIG WEEK ON THE HILL
The past several weeks have definitely been life-changing for Maria Lathroum. First she was offered a job at the elementary school where she is student teaching, and then, over Reunion Weekend, boyfriend Pat O’Toole ’07 surprised her with a serenade and marriage proposal in the skybox in Hoover Library. Her answer? Yes, and absolutely YES.

A MUSE NAMED KATE
Katelyn Kernan expects to take a year off from school before pursuing a graduate degree, most likely an M.F.A. in creative writing. The dual Philosophy and Religious Studies major gives credit for her love of writing to Dr. Kate Dobson – and plans to dedicate her first published work to the McDaniel English professor.

FAMILY HISTORY
History major Christian Maisel, a member of the National Guard 2nd 110 Field Artillery Alpha Battery, will serve in the Reserves for eight years after graduation while he teaches history and coaches soccer. He and his family collect military artifacts and give presentations to schools and other groups.

TOP ATHLETES
Robbin Corliss Gregg and Christopher Scott Reed were named top athletes and awarded the Faith Millard Medal and the John A. Alexander Medal respectively. Robbin, who played guard on the McDaniel basketball team, was named to the 2008 All-Centennial Conference team. An Exercise Chemistry major, she’ll enter West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy in the fall. Chris, who graduates in December, etched his name in the McDaniel swimming record book setting four individual records and capturing several Centennial Conference medals. He plans to coach swimming and tennis this summer, while he applies to internships at Aerotek and CSC.

OUT OF AFRICA
Desmun Guyit’s family is here today – his mother, brothers, aunt and uncle traveled from Nigeria, West Africa, to share the occasion with him. The Business Administration major will begin his career in July in the Finance Department of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Theatre Arts majors Jacob Moriarty-Stone and Michael Chittenden will be working for Theatre on the Hill this summer – and then it’s off to internships at Centerstage in Baltimore for the fall season.

FOR LOVE OF PEOPLE
Nicole Badwak, Kayon Williams and Patrice Forrester majored in Sociology – but that’s where the similarities end. Badwak completed her senior capstone project on how self-esteem affects grade-point average. Badwak, a Human Resources Development minor, will continue with graduate studies at McDaniel to earn a master’s degree in HRD and focus on employee training and retention. Williams has the background to hop right into CSI – Sociology with minors in Forensic Science and Biology. He is planning to work in government. And Forrester, who completed her senior capstone project about tolerance to racial diversity based on religion, is planning to go to graduate school for social work at Catholic University.

THE WORLD’S HIS STAGE
If you manage to land tickets to The National Players’ production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” take a look at Orlando. He’s played by Theatre major Peter Kendall, who is going to be part of this classical touring company for the next year. After that, he’s planning on grad school in acting at Yale, University of San Diego or the Denver Center’s National Theatre Conservatory.

WORKOUT WONDER
Exercise Science and Physical Education major Brian Amenta will be working as a personal trainer at Brick Bodies Health Club in Perry Hall, Md.

MORE THAN A GAME
Basketball player Courtney Gogolinski says that playing under coach Becky Martin has been one of her best experiences on the Hill. “She has helped me learn and appreciate the importance of sacrifice and hard work, which will carry over to other areas in my future life,” says Gogolinski.

GIVING THE KIDS A HAND
Social Work major Lauren Cohen is planning to work in the field with kids. Once she has some experience under her belt, she plans to earn her M.A. in Social Work or a related field.

WAIT, COME BACK
As new alumni, you are invited back for Homecoming on Saturday, November 8 and your first-year reunion on May 1-3, 2009. Keep your address up-to-date with us to receive The Hill magazine.
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Special thanks to the staff of The McDaniel Free Press for their contributions.