Discover, celebrate and experience at Family Weekend

A family enjoys the festivities together during Family Weekend at McDaniel College
August 28, 2012

Families of McDaniel students will gather on the Hill Sept. 21-23 to hear from an FBI espionage expert, talk with Political Science professors about the upcoming presidential election and learn about the college’s new Center for Experience and Opportunity.

Family Weekend is a perfect time to learn about student life on the Hill. Look for a full weekend 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.

McDaniel’s SmartTALK series returns to the Hill at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 as President Roger Casey talks with FBI agent and espionage expert Steven Carr ’84 and learns how he helped snare history’s most infamous moles. Carr has worked on a long series of high-profile espionage cases, including those leading to the successful prosecutions of high-ranking CIA officer Jim Nicholson and rogue FBI agent Earl Pitts for selling secrets to Russia and of Bob Hanssen, who spied for the Russians for 15 years until his arrest in 2001.

Carr, father of 2011 graduate Andy Carr, was the lead agent on the 2003 case of retired Air Force intelligence analyst Brian Regan, the first spy case with a possible death sentence since the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg case. During his 17-year FBI career, Carr has worked exclusively on counterintelligence, chasing down leads and gathering evidence on every continent except Antarctica.

With the presidential election on the horizon, Political Science professors Herb Smith and Charles Neal lead an informal discussion on the candidates and issues, during which all opinions are welcome and respected.

Family Weekend also boasts a variety of special interest sessions on various academic and extracurricular facets of the college. Find out how the new Center for Experience and Opportunity assists students with on and off-campus work opportunities, internship preparation, career exploration, graduate school preparation, volunteerism, service learning and other types of experiential learning.

Discover academic resources that are just a phone call away, learn how McDaniel communicates with parents via The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, or take a mock first-year seminar class.

For more information, call 410-857-2296 or visit