Janice Mooney Hobart ’63, M.Ed. ’78 named Alumna of the Year
The activism, service and success that began during her years in elementary school just earned Janice Mooney Hobart ’63, M.Ed. ’78 McDaniel’s Alumna of the Year award. The retired Westminster High School director of guidance and an active volunteer will be honored during this fall’s Homecoming activities for her professional achievements and service to college and community.
“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t involved in things,” says Hobart, laughing as she explains. “In elementary school, I went to the principal because I didn’t think we should take a trip on the Hudson River on a boat that served alcohol.”
A member of the last class of Home Economics majors to graduate from the college, Hobart savored her career first as a Home Ec teacher and later, after earning a master’s in counseling at the college, as a guidance counselor at Westminster High School for 23 years. In fact, she so enjoyed her work with high school students, she opened College Found, a college consulting business that continues today.
Barely a year has gone by in the 50 that have passed since she graduated from the college without Hobart serving on one college committee or another – and she’s been the chair of her class reunions since 1973 and president of her class since 1998.
She’s been her class reporter, an alumni visitor to the Board of Trustees, class secretary and member and often chair of committees for special events, outreach, phonathons and others she simply can’t remember.
“Sam (Case) and Alex (Ober) were so excited when we moved back to Westminster because they could hand over the class reunion planning to me,” Hobart says of the move she and husband Don, class of ’62, made to Westminster in 1973. Hobart chaired the reunion committee for the 20th through 50th reunions – and classmates had such a good time at the 50th in 2013 that they are considering getting together every year or two.
Although she grew up in New Jersey, Hobart found a catalog from what was then Western Maryland College in her freshman year of high school. She decided even then that she wanted a small college and a liberal arts education.
“My dad liked it because it had a good football team,” she says, adding that she still remembers boarding the train in Newark to visit the Hill. Alone, she was wondering how she would find campus when the girl sleeping in the seat next to her woke up and announced that she was a student at WMC.
“I kind of think I was destined to come here,” she says. Once here, she immersed in sorority work with Phi Alpha Mu, majorettes including being captain her junior and senior years, French Club, Home Economics Club and more.
Winner of the Meritorious Service Award in 1988 and Alumni Admissions Volunteer Award in 2002, she extended her career and service into the community with her Board membership, including serving as president, and volunteer work with Rape Crisis Intervention Service. She also served the Carroll County Coalition on Sexuality Education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention, through which she organized the first teen mother and father support groups in the school system and co-authored “Teen Pathways – A Resource Guide for Teens.”
She has been involved with the Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary, Ascension Episcopal Church and is a member of the Carroll County Historical Society, Friends of Hashawha, Woman’s Club of Westminster and Roslyn Garden Club.
Married since December 1962 – the middle of her senior year – the Hobarts have two grown daughters, Kim, a professional photographer, and Dona, a breast surgeon who recently relocated to Carroll Hospital Center.