McDaniel’s Gill Stadium dedicated during Homecoming halftime
Undaunted by chilly temperatures and a brisk wind, a record crowd of alumni, students, and friends gathered around the bowl Nov. 3 for Homecoming 2012 featuring the dedication of the Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.
Ken Gill, McDaniel trustee and member of the class of 1961, played football on the same field, now covered in artificial turf, where he stood at halftime with his wife Joanne Moffatt Gill ’62 and family to dedicate the stadium that now bears his name.
The new landmark, the Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, provides first-class seating, concessions, press box, and home and visiting team meeting and training rooms – all of which transforms the stadium, bowl and field as one of the finest athletic facilities not only in the Centennial Conference, but in all of Division III. The college’s tradition for drive-in tailgating is ever strong, recognized 6th in the nation by the Weather Channel and among the best in the south by Southern Living magazine.
During Gill’s senior year, the team beat Johns Hopkins and won the Mason-Dixon Conference. At least nine of his former teammates were among the proud alumni celebrating the new stadium and cheering on the Green Terror at the Homecoming game.
“I learned sportsmanship, cooperation, determination and courage on the field. These lessons have stood the test of time and helped me in my career,” Gill said. “My classmates and teammates are my lifelong friends. And, I met my wife Joanne here on the Hill.”
“I am honored and proud to stand here and I hope that each of you will hold this college forever in your minds and in your hearts wherever life takes you. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to give back to this college I love, and I hope that you will do the same.”
Gill led the stadium fundraiser with his $2.25 million gift, and was joined by alumni Syd Albrittain ’51 and Leroy Merritt ’52 in additional leadership gifts. The committee chaired by Gill raised more than $7.9 million in gifts and pledges. Not one dollar of the college’s endowment or operating funds is being used to fund the stadium project.
“Generations of students and Green Terror fans will be the beneficiaries of your leadership and support that brings us to his historic moment at McDaniel,” said McDaniel president Roger Casey during the dedication. “Ken and Joanne, you model all the ideals we hope to inspire in our current students, who will become our future alumni.”
During the pregame festivities, members of the Homecoming Court were announced. Seniors Michelle Spera and Nathan Greenwood, both of Bethesda, Md., were queen and king respectively. Member of the court were juniors Jasmine Scott of Derwood, Md., and Robert Goetz of Mantua, N.J.; sophomores Erin Giles of Lavale, Md., and Robert Montgomery of Annapolis, Md., and first-year students Erica Decolli of Mt. Airy, Md., and Sean Sivo of Ellicott City, Md.
The College awarded the Brant Cup, a memorial award given annually to the Greek organization that excels in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service, to Phi Mu. The Crab Guys, alumni from the 1960s, won the Alumni category for their float, while in the student category, Phi Sigma Sigma won first place, Alpha Sigma Phi won second place and Gamma Sigma Sigma won third place.
Alumni were celebrated throughout the weekend, with Sports Hall of Fame inductions on Nov. 2 and alumni awards on Nov. 3. This year’s Alumnus of the Year award honors H. Hugh Dawkins, Jr. ’69, M.Ed. ’71.
The 2012 Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame inductees are John D. “Jack” Baile ’62, M.Ed. ’73; Richard E. Estes, Jr. ’98; Kenneth R. Gill ’61, Jill K. Ibex ’01; Jill M. Krebs ’02; Teron T. Powell ’02; Andrew R. Steckel ’92, M.S.’94 and Suzanne Stettinius ’11.
Alumni Community Service awards, to graduates who have performed outstanding voluntary service to their community beyond normal business or professional obligations, were presented to Leon R. Cronce ’71, W. Bradley Distad ’04 and Florence Mehl Wootten ’58.
Alumni Professional Achievement awards, to graduates who have gained national/international distinction in his/her chosen field or profession and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on the college, were presented to Sandra Brant Alvey ’87, Richard F. Leighton ’51 and Lisa Taneyhill ’95.
The Alumni College Service Award, to graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the college Alumni Association, will recognize Monika van der berg McCormick ’73.