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May 07, 2014

A host of McDaniel College students were recognized May 7 at the 4th annual Community Engagement Showcase and Lunch organized by the college’s  Center for Experience and Opportunity.

More than 30 students received Duke of Edinburgh silver and bronze awards for completing a four-step self-development program dedicated to achievement in community service, physical fitness, special skills and adventurous journey. McDaniel is one of the first colleges in Maryland to embrace this program, founded in 1956 by Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Duke of Edinburgh award winners with Josh Randle, National Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award; Ansley Wallace, Director of Operations of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award; and McDaniel President Roger N. Casey. (Not pictured were Silver awardees Elyssa Sykes Bidwell, Joseph Wright and Cindy Zhou, and Bronze awardees Stephanie Akoto, Kelsey Burkhardt, Kaitlynn-Marie Strickland Cendaña, Bodeshi Husen and Anna Kokubu).
Duke of Edinburgh award winners with Josh Randle, National Executive Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award; Ansley Wallace, Director of Operations of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award; and McDaniel President Roger N. Casey
(Not pictured were Silver awardees Elyssa Sykes Bidwell, Joseph Wright and Cindy Zhou, and Bronze awardees Stephanie Akoto, Kelsey Burkhardt, Kaitlynn-Marie Strickland Cendaña, Bodeshi Husen and Anna Kokubu)
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Silver award winners were seniors Daniel Alegbeleye of Silver Spring, Md.; Elyssa Sykes Bidwell of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Katherine Chen of Fallston, Md.; Deanna Dicello of Gaithersburg, Md.; Cindy Reid of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Joseph Wright of Westminster, Md.; juniors Alexandra Jacobs of Forest Hill, Md.; Janki Jani of Westminster, Md., and Cindy Zhou of Silver Spring, Md., and sophomores Sabrina Hudicka of Hampstead, Md.; Roger Isom of Annapolis, Md.; Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl of Turlock, Calif.; Shannon McClellan of Boonsboro, Md., and Kamiko O'Rullian of Indian Wells, Calif.

Bronze awards were given to seniors Stephanie Akoto of Columbia, Md.; Gillian Gaynor of Ellicott City, Md.; Bodeshi Husen of Takoma Park, Md.; Lauren Murray of Centreville, Md.; Benjamin Shoudy of Durham, Conn.; Amber Slater of Westminster, Md., and Rebecca Wilson of Frederick, Md.; juniors Kelsey Burkhardt of Keedysville, Md.; Rachel Israel of Springfield, Va., and Abby Richardson of Mount Airy, Md.; sophomores Davinda De Silva of Rockville, Md.; Danielle Fatzinger of North Catasauqua, Pa.; Anna Kokubu of Itami, Japan; Karyn Otto of Empire, Minn.; Joshua Peeling of Perry Hall, Md., and Katarina Winhauer of Hanover, Pa., and first-year students Kaitlynn-Marie Strickland Cendaña of Great Mills, Md.; Zoie McNeill of Morgantown, W.Va., and Rachel Sentz ofFelton, Pa.

Also recognized were the students who received Griswold-Zepp awards in student volunteerism in the fall.  Read more about the four student projects, or watch a video below.

Mona Becker, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, who was selected to receive the 2014 Faculty Award of Outstanding Service-Learning from Maryland-DC Campus Compact, as well as seven McDaniel students – juniors Brandon Dulany of Mount Airy, Md., and Erma Quimat of Rockville, Md., and sophomores Rebekah Gerwitz of Westminster, Md.; Sabrina Hudicka of Hampstead, Md.; Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl of Turlock, Calif.; Cody Knipfer of Ellicott City, Md.; and Margaret Protzman of Elkridge, Md. – selected into the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape program, in addition to the Department of Campus Safety at McDaniel for their fundraising efforts for Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, were acknowledged. 

Joshua Bronson, assistant director of Campus Safety; Janice Kispert, CEO of RCIS; Adam Reid, Campus Safety senior officer; and Mike Webster, director of Campus Safety
Joshua Bronson, assistant director of Campus Safety; Janice Kispert, CEO of RCIS; Adam Reid, Campus Safety senior officer; and Mike Webster, director of Campus Safety

Dr. Thomas J. Zirpoli, dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, spoke of the community service that graduate students are involved in, specifically those enrolled in teacher preparation programs, the Reading Specialists program, Gerontology and the Human Services Management program in which graduate students serve as community living managers with Target Community & Educational Services, Inc.

New this year, the Human Services Program of Carroll County was highlighted as nonprofit partner of the year. Executive director Cindy Parr was in attendance to accept this award, which is given to a local nonprofit partner of the College.


McDaniel President Roger N. Casey, Cindy Parr, Executive Director of the Human Services Program of Carroll County; and Julia Jasken, director of the CEO