Come back to the Hill

October 11, 2011

The McDaniel College community is gearing up for Homecoming 2011, Oct. 28-29, when alumni and other fans will cheer on the Green Terror in its football game against Juniata, toast the alumni award winners and Sports Hall of Famers, reconnect with old friends and savor the tailgating experience that earned McDaniel a national top-seven tailgating schools rating.

The Sports Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony kicks off the weekend at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in Gill Center when Greg Davis ’96, Jamie Falcone ’01, Rodney Joyner ’88, Ira “Will” Marshall ’98, M.S. ’05, Jerry Resh ’95, M.S. ’06 and Carol Pettersen Willen ’59 will join more than 200 McDaniel College champions in the Hall of Fame.

Stadium gates and the alumni hospitality tent open at 9 a.m. with the traditional Homecoming Parade beginning at noon at Longwell Avenue and continuing up Main Street to Bair Stadium. Celebrating affinity reunions this year are the 2001 football team, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD society), Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, men’s and women’s golf teams and women’s basketball alumnae.

At 9:30 a.m. the Fayette Buell House at 205 Pennsylvania Avenue will be dedicated after its recent renovation as a place for alumni gatherings and historical displays of Western Maryland College as well as a conference room and guest apartment for visiting scholars.

During the halftime celebration the Homecoming Court will be presented, the 2001 Centennial Conference championship football team will be introduced and the James Brant Memorial Cup will be awarded to the Greek organization whose members have excelled in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service.

Richard “Dick” Morgan ’69, whose service to his alma mater spans more than three decades, will be the honorary football team captain and honored as Alumnus of the Year. Alumni will also be honored for service to the college and their communities as well as professional achievement.

Alumni Professional Achievement awards will go to:

Alva “Buzz” Baker ’66, who earned his M.D. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, retired in 2009 after a distinguished career as a family practice physician, a certified geriatrician, staff member of Carroll Hospital Center and medical director for EMA, which provides senior care at various locations in the Maryland region. In 1994, with the opening of EMA’s Copper Ridge Institute, which focuses on providing care to the memory impaired and their families, Baker began working full time in administrative institutional care. He is director of McDaniel’s Center for the Study of Aging and continues to teach in the college’s Gerontology programs. Baker continues to work with hospice and teaches physicians how to become medical directors in long term care through the American Medical Directors Association.

Michael Grusby ’83, who majored in Biology and Chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Northwestern University, is professor of Molecular Immunology and senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity in the Department of Immuniology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests have included studies of factors that can change the outcome of asthma and other inflammatory diseases as well as the critical role certain protein molecules play in the development of diabetes. In his administrative role, he is responsible for Academic Affairs, Student Services and Diversity at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Chloe Watson ’07, who graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Studio Art, is an accomplished artist and adjunct faculty member at McDaniel, Anne Arundel Community College and Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned her M.F.A. She had a month-long residency at the Wassaic Project, an arts organization in New York that facilitates artists to exhibit and discuss art with each other and the community. Watson’s work is currently on exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center (AAC) in Fall Solos 2011 (Oct. 6-Dec. 30), where “viewers are invited to experience discreet places and people that punctuate Watson’s past. She revisits and codifies the 17 bedrooms she has inhabited throughout her life and the 73 jerks she has come into contact with,” according to AAC.

Alumni College Service awards will recognize Carrie Miller Parker ’85, Randall “Randy” Rytter ’97, M.S. ’01 and Kimberly “Kim” Zehner Rytter ’97.

Alumni Community Service awardees include Charles “Chuck” Hammaker ’52, Anthony “Tony” Sarbanes ’58, M.Ed. ’68 and Rachel Spencer ’00, M.S. ’03.