McDaniel welcomes Tour d’Admission

July 28, 2009

July is the month for yellow fever, that is, for cycling fans whose eyes focus on the 23-day Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious annual bicycle race and the cyclist in the winning yellow jersey.

On July 17, a different peloton comprised of high-school-based college counselors ended their 12-day, 400-mile bicycle tour of mid-Atlantic colleges at McDaniel’s Admission office. Here they were treated to lunch, toured the campus and learned about the new academic curriculum. Faculty member Bryn Upton also reunited with his former guidance counselor, Bruce Hunter, now director of college counseling at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, who once led bicycle tours in Vermont and organized the college tour.

Combining their passion for cycling with their college quest, the group of 11 counselors explored more than a dozen colleges since July 4 with overnights in campus dorms and meals in the dining halls.

Headed downhill for the final leg of their tour, the cyclists in rain gear pedaled back to Baltimore where the National Association for College Admission Counseling will hold its national conference in late September.

“We’ll be hosting a large number of high-school counselors in the fall,” says Gina King, McDaniel’s admissions director. “No bikes required, bus transportation to campus will be provided.”

(L.-R.) Nat Smitobol (St. Luke’s School of New Canaan, Conn.), Kirk Blackard (Christ School of Arden, N.C.); Lauren Cunniffe, (Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield, Mass.); and Bruce Hunter (Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School of Salt Lake City)