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“McDaniel Rocks” cheered members of the Class of 2013 just before processing into Gill Center for the Senior Investiture & Honors Convocation.

Members of the Class of 2013 recognized at Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation

*McDaniel Rocks* cheered members of the Class of 2013 just before processing into Gill Center for the Senior Investiture & Honors Convocation.
May 25, 2013

Members of the Class of 2013 were honored May 24 on the eve of their graduation from the College with academic, activity and leadership awards at the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation while the surprise faculty speaker, Cinema professor and alumnus Jonathan Slade wished them a “beautifully imperfect life,” just as he has had.

In his remarks, Slade stepped back in time and told the graduating class the 10 things he would now tell himself at his own graduation 25 years ago. The first two years away from school, the organizing detail of their lives, are the hardest, Slade said. Never be ashamed to take a job to put food in your stomach, and if it’s important, write it down.

“Don’t tell me how your are going to change the world – tell me how you’re going to change yourself,” said Slade, winner of six Emmys and the innovative professor who introduced the cell-phone cinema course this past semester. “I want to hear how you can look where no one else can look. Tell me about your plans, not your dreams – tell me about your mentors and teachers, not your heroes.”

Convocation’s faculty speaker, Professor Jonathan Slade, wishes the Class of 2013 *a beautifully imperfect life,* one that ensures students will be on a *perpetual act of discovery.*
Convocation’s faculty speaker, Professor Jonathan Slade, wishes the Class of 2013 “a beautifully imperfect life,” one that ensures students will be on a “perpetual act of discovery.”

And finally, telling the 1988 version of himself – along with the class of 2013 – to be the best version himself that he can be, Slade came to his final point.

“10. 13. 14. 22. 52. 11,” he said, telling himself to go in the spring of 2013 and buy a Power Ball ticket with those numbers on it to win the biggest jackpot ever.

And speaking of winners, members of the class of 2013 were honored for their outstanding academic accomplishments, their activities and their leadership.

Eric J. Spioch, a double major in Spanish and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, was awarded the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior. Fellow senior Catherine A. O’Keeffe, a Biology major, was awarded the Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior.


Catherine O’Keeffe, winner of Mary Ward Lewis Prize; and Eric Spioch, winner of the Bates Prize.

While at McDaniel, Spioch, a native of Westminster, Md., has been involved with the Honors program as a senior class representative and received the 2012 Portz Award for an Outstanding Honors Student at a four-year college in Maryland. He has also participated on the track and field and cross country teams.

During the spring of his junior year, he studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt, where he volunteered at the Children’s Cancer Hospital of Egypt and chronicled his experience on his blog. Following graduation, Spioch is traveling to Morocco to study Arabic on a prestigious State Department of Critical Language Scholarship, with the goal of one day working as a translator.

O’Keeffe from Tuckahoe, N.Y., is one of the top graduates in her class earning a GPA over 4.0. She has been inducted into honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta (First Year Seminar) and Beta Beta Beta (biology), and has been selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” During her time at McDaniel, she has served as the Honors program club president, biology tutor, McDaniel Student Ambassador and Transfer Student Peer Mentor.  

She studied abroad at McDaniel Europe during the spring of her sophomore year and completed research during the summer after her junior year with biology professor Susan Parrish. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Development Biology and possibly continue research in New York.

Patrick Daniel Christopher and Paige L. Messersmith were recognized as this year’s top athletes and awarded the John A. Alexander Medal and the Faith Millard/Dr. Carol Fritz Medal, respectively.

Paige Messersmith, winner of Faith Millard/Dr. Carol Fritz Medal; and Patrick Daniel Christopher, winner of John Alexander Medal.
Paige Messersmith, winner of Faith Millard/Dr. Carol Fritz Medal; and Patrick Daniel Christopher, winner of John Alexander Medal.

A Business Administration major from Staten Island, N.Y., Christopher helped to lead the baseball team to the ECAC Championships. An outfielder, he started all 35 of his appearances and became the program’s all-time hits leader during his senior year, finishing his career with a program-record 167. He was also selected to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) team.

Messersmith, an Exercise Science and Physical Education from Phoenix, Md., was a four-year letterwinner for both the Green Terror field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. In field hockey, she ranks fourth all-time with 66 points and in the top 10 for both goals and assists. During her senior season, she established a new single-season program record for goals (18) and points (45). In lacrosse, she is the conference record holder for draw controls with 300 in her career. She is a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-region nod. She was named a second-team All-American in 2012. She led the field hockey team to the ECAC tournament in each of the last two seasons and to the ECAC championship game in women’s lacrosse in 2013.

Messersmith earned NFHCA and IWLCA National Academic Squad recognition and Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades. She is the recipient of the 2013 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship, which she will use towards earning a master’s degree in nutrition/public health and business.

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Other award recipients included:

The Dr. Mary Ellen Elwell Distinguished Social Work Award

  • Sarah E. Kernan, Social Work major from Westminster, Md.

The Vox Magna Clara (A Strong Clear Voice) Award

  • Joy R. Chand, Sociology major from Frederick, Md.

The Maria Leonard Senior Book Award

  • Ashlynn Victoria Parker, Biology major from Monkton, Md.

The McLuhan Award for Excellence in Communication

  • Nicole Murphy, Communication major from Hazlet, N.J.

The Richard A. Clower Award for Excellence in Exercise Science and Physical Education

  • Kristin R. Beil, Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Parkton, Md.

The Award for Excellence in Chemistry or Biochemistry

  • Danielle Nicole Kestner, Biochemistry major from Frederick, Md. 

The Robert Joseph Weber Award for Excellence in Political Science and International Studies

  • Erica Lauren Brandenburg, Political Science and International Studies major from Albuquerque, N.M.

The Class of 1938 Award for Excellence in Music

  • Kirsten L. Bickford, Biology major from Sykesville, Md.
  • Hanna E. Martin, English and Music major from New Windsor, Md.

The Frank and Margaret Malone Award for Excellence in a Foreign Language 

  • Edward Blankenship, III, French and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major from Taneytown, Md.
  • Eric J. Spioch, Spanish and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major from Westminster, Md.

The Malcolm L. Meltzer Psychology Award

  • Britany Nicole Miley, Psychology major from Lancaster, Pa.

The Michael and Polly Beaver Award for Excellence in Education

  • Gretchen A. Griffith, English major and Secondary Education minor from Forest Hill, Md.

The David Brian Cross Memorial Award for Achievement in Mathematics

  • Andrew S. Yang, Computer Science and Mathematics major from Marriottsville, Md.

The Makosky Award for Excellence in English

  • Charles B. Lathe, English major from Sykesville, Md.
  • Christie B. Debelius, English major from Hampstead, Md.

The Philip and Azalea Myers Award for Creativity in English

  • Joanna M. Hamburg, English major from Taneytown, Md.

The Eloise B. and Lowell S. Ensor Award for Graduate or Professional Study

  • Blair Elizabeth Undem, Biology major from Bel Air, Md.

The Phi Delta Gamma Award

  • Luke R. Schmidt, Biology major from Red Lion, Pa.

The M. Louise Shipley Art Award of Excellence

  • Kira A. Young, Art and Communication major from Glen Rock, Pa.

The H.P. Sturdivant Biology Award

  • Catherine A. O’Keeffe, Biology major from Tuckahoe, N.Y.
  • Luke R. Schmidt, Biology major from Red Lion, Pa.

The Esther Smith Award

  • Michelle E. Hierstetter, Theatre Arts major from Mount Airy, Md.

The Dr. Clyde A. Spicer Award

  • Brittany Rose Nicholls, Computer Science and Mathematics major from San Jose, Calif.
  • Sarah Elizabeth Holbrook, Computer Science and Mathematics major from Winchester, Va.

The Hugh Barnette Speir, Jr. Prize

  • Charles William Arnett, Jr., History major from Damascus, Md.

The United States History Award

  • William J. Kirby, History major from Severna Park, Md.
  • Rebecca Mae Arthur, History major from Westminster, Md.

The Greek Man of the Year

  • Benjamin R. Grant, English major from Philadelphia 

The Greek Woman of the Year

  • Anna Victoria Fine, Sociology major from Ridgewood, N.J.

The Elizabeth Lintz Burkhardt Memorial Service Award

  • Hanna Marie Barker, English major from Prince Frederick, Md.

The Steve Robert Wilson Memorial Awards

  • Kelsey M. Dickman, psychology and history major from Abingdon, Md.
  • Carlos R. Hernandez, Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Derwood, Md.

The Charles W. Havens Award

  • Claire E. Woolley, Art major from Ephrata, Pa.

The John D. Nawrocki Memorial Award

  • Alexander K. McCoy, Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Clarksville, Md.

The Michael L. Waghelstein Memorial Award 

  • Robert S. Kapp, Biology major from Westminster, Md.

The Alumni Citizenship Awards

  • Lisa Marie Vasapollo, Communication major from Westville, N.J.
  • Israel De La Cruz, Political Science and International Studies major from Boston

The Lynn F. Gruber Medal

  • Claire E. Woolley, Art major from Ephrata, Pa.
 
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