Rain dampens campus but not Homecoming spirit

October 27, 2009

Rain-soaked alumni gathered for Homecoming on Oct. 24 as fans, families and frats alike hunkered down and found shelter in tents circling Bair Stadium and the Green Terror struggled on the field. Both teams exited the bowl at the beginning of the fourth quarter due to lightning, forcing a 41-minute delay. Students filled the time with mud-sliding downhill, while twisted balloon-animals floated in a stream that formed in front of the Alumni tent and parents – seeking to hail their classmates at several special-interest reunions – labored to push baby strollers outfitted with raingear through the thick mud.

Seniors Casey Crough from Frederick and Zach Swope from Jessup were crowned Homecoming king and queen. Since Swope is a member of the Green Terror football team, Crough was escorted by SGA representative Brendon Coll '12 from Manchester, MD. The Homecoming court included juniors Carmen Wong from New York and K.J. Mazurek from Rumson, N.J., sophomores Mae Alexander from Keymar and Stefon Kelly from Temple Hills, and freshmen Victoria Bacon from Landenberg, Pa., and Tyler Justice from Seaford, Del.

Braving foul weather to compete in the 2009 Homecoming Parade were eight sororities and fraternities, the McDaniel cheerleaders and dance company, Canine Companions for Independence, Commuter Student Association, Conference Services, ROTC, the Alumni Crab Guys, and local Winters Mills High School Band. Float winners included: Gamma Sigma Sigma (First Prize); Alpha Sigma Phi (Second Prize) and Women’s Issues Group (Third Prize). The alumni winner is The Crab Guys, the faculty/staff winner is Conference Services, and the student’s choice winner is Canine Companions for Independence ("Puppy Club").

The James Brant Cup was presented to sorority Alpha Nu Omega, a memorial award given annually to the Greek organization that excels in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service. Kappa Delta Rho was named winner of the best-letters painting on the Bair Stadium hillside.

William “Robbie” Robinson ’41, a staunch and loyal supporter of his alma mater who led alumni events for the D.C. and northern Virginia area for more than two decades, was named Alumnus of the Year, the highest honor given by the McDaniel College Alumni Association. Joined by nine other alumni and their guests, Alumni Association President Don Hobart and McDaniel College President Joan Develin Coley presented awards selected from over 200 alumni nominations in three categories: College Service, Community Service, and Professional Achievement at a Homecoming morning brunch held in McDaniel Lounge.

In 1990, Robinson was the travel leader for alumni touring the U.S. National Parks. He has served as an effective fundraiser for his class reunions and as a member of the Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame Committee from 1991-95. He also organized the first-ever military alumni reunion in 1998, when more than 100 veterans and guests from all service branches returned to the College.

When accepting the traditional hand-illustrated framed citation and silver bowl, the 90-year-young Robinson shared the story of his freshman hazing citing that an upperclassman had sold him a chapel seat for 50 cents [daily chapel services were mandatory], but added that his four years were “the defining period of my life. I got a diploma, a commission, and a wife, ” he quipped.

Robinson retired in 1968 as a full colonel in the Air Force, having earned both an Air Force Commendation Medal and Legion of Merit honors. At his second career at George Washington University his proven leadership skills were employed to manage the graduate degree programs in Government and Business Administration.

The Alumni College Service Award recognizes graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the College. The 2009 recipients are:

- Lynn A. Habicht, Class of 1987, for her service as a member of her Class Reunion Committee for their 15th and 20th reunions. Habicht has served her alma mater as a member and chairwoman of the Alumni Association Awards Committee and a member of the Nomination and Governance Committee. She also has served as a key member of the Alumni Council, the governing board of the Alumni Association.  She currently serves the Council as a member of both the Outreach and Sports Hall of Fame committees. She has served her college community as a devoted volunteer for hallmark programs such as the Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, Homecoming Weekend and Reunion Weekend. She is considered the “12th Man” by the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Team.

- Jaime Walker Luse, Class of 1999, for her role as class president since her senior year and as a member of her class reunion committee for their first, fifth and 10th reunions. She has served her alma mater as a Career Services volunteer and as a member of the GOLD Committee for the past five years. She is extremely involved with the McDaniel Women’s Leadership Network, serving as a member of the advisory council, on the program subcommittee and as a panel member for lectures. She also has served her college community as a founding member of the Young Alumni Cornerstone Society.

- Lois Chilcoat Meszaros, Class of 1964, for her role on the Reunion Committee for their fifth, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th and 45th reunions. She has served her alma mater as a member of the board and program chairwoman for the McDaniel Women’s Leadership Network. She has served on the Alumni Council as a member-at-large and as a member and then chairwoman of the Founders Society fund-raising committee.  Her assistance in fund raising spans the decades including being a member of committees to raise gifts for Baker Chapel, the Lewis Hall renovation and the Carpe Diem Campaign for McDaniel. She has served her college to the greater community as a board member and a member of the events committee of the Independent College Fund of Maryland.

The Alumni Community Service Award is presented to graduates who have performed outstanding voluntary service to their community beyond normal business or professional obligations. The 2009 recipients are:

- W. Miles Cole, Class of 1967, whose volunteer career began with the Optimist Club of Hereford where he served as the secretary, treasurer and president. He has been a member, treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and a member of the Anne Arundel County Executive’s Gypsy Moth Task Force.  He has served on the board of the Maryland Health Care Coalition and the Maryland Alliance for Labor-Management Cooperation, as co-chairman for the Coalition for Affordable Health Care and on the advisory board of the Maryland Small Business Development Center. He was a member of the Baltimore Advisory Council, United States Small Business Administration, the Health and Employee Benefits Committee, United States Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s task force on procurement, the task force to study the dynamics of elderly and retiree migration in and out of Maryland, the Commission on the shortage in the health-care workforce, the Consumer Education Advisory Board, Maryland Public Service Commission, the Maryland General Assembly’s Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee and the Health and Human Services Referral Board. He has also volunteered countless hours and worked tirelessly for his alma mater on the Alumni Council and supporting committees. Last but not least, he enjoys serving as the chairman of the Landscape Committee for High View at Hunt Valley Condominium. He also has received numerous awards including an Army Commendation Medal, an Honor Club citation and Golden Circle Award from Optimist International, and two Governor’s citations. He received an Outstanding Service Award from the Maryland Psychological Association and a Certificate of Achievement from the United Way of Central Maryland.

- C. Victor McTeer, Class of 1969, for his unceasing voluntary service that began while he was a student on the Hill and has continued into his life. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Rust College and as a member of the Commission on Black Philanthropy. He is a member and president-elect of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Mid-South and also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the state of Mississippi. He is past-president and serves as a member of 100 Black Men of the Mississippi Delta. He is past-chairman of the Board of the Medgar Evers Institute, dedicated to the creation of programs to assist local communities and founded in the memory of the great civil rights leader. He also serves as a member of the executive committee of the Delta Economic Development Council. In his constant desire to help young people, he founded the McTeer Foundation to provide scholarships to children of the Mississippi Delta and students of McDaniel College. He has also provided scholarships for economically challenged students at Mississippi Valley State University, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University and the “McTeer Scholars,” who are chosen on the basis of academic ability to attend the college of their choice. He has received numerous awards including the Thurgood Marshall Award from the National Negro College Fund. He has been elected into the Alcorn State University Alumni Hall of Fame, and he received the Mississippi Valley State University Alumnus Award for service to the University. The Mississippi Chapter of the NAACP and Operation PUSH in Chicago lauded him for his service to the state of Mississippi and the United States. In 1995, he was the second person to receive an award from the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court for his lifetime of service to the state of Mississippi. The Chief Justice Award is the only commendation given annually by the Mississippi Supreme Court to a member of the Bar for public service in the practice of law. He also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Association of Justice.

- Daniel J. Waeger (posthumously), Class of 2004, contributed greatly to society in a very short amount of time. While undergoing chemotherapy for stage IV lung cancer, he founded the National Collegiate Cancer Foundation, which raised almost $100,000 in three years to provide services and support to young adults with cancer. He served as a charter member and on the advocacy committee of Lance Armstrong’s Young Adult Alliance, which brings together key voices in the cancer community to effect positive results for young adults with cancer. He also participated in two Livestrong summits aimed at mobilizing a grassroots movement to eradicate cancer and create resources for all affected by the disease. He served on the Lung Cancer Alliance and gave testimony before the Maryland House Economics Committee. He volunteered with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young adult cancer survivors, serving on their scholarship screening committee and advising their strategic plan. He delivered presentations to pharmaceutical companies such as Amgen and Eli Lilly, local high schools and Relay for Life programs. Sadly, Waeger passed away in March 2009. His mother, Cicily, accepted the award.

The Alumni Professional Achievement Award is presented to graduates who have gained distinction in their chosen field or profession and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on McDaniel College. The 2009 recipients are:

- Roland E. Fleischer, class of 1952, is a prominent art historian, professor emeritus of Art History and Fellow Emeritus, The Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, The Pennsylvania State University. He taught, mentored and advised both undergraduate and graduate students for more than 40 years. His prominence in the field of art history and more specifically, in the area of connoisseurship, a study of the style to determine who produced a particular work of art and when, and iconography, a study that deals with the “what” of art. His research publications focus primarily in the history of Dutch 17th-century art and American Colonial art.  He is occasionally consulted for opinions on attributions in collections including Christie’s auction house in London. Fleischer’s alma mater presented him with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts and Penn State University awarded him the 1990 Faculty Scholars Medal and also presented him with an award for student advising.  He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Amsterdam.

- Lori Michau, class of 1992, is an innovator and human rights advocate in the field of gender-based violence prevention. Co-founder and co-director of Raising Voices based in Kampala, Uganda, Michau first traveled to Africa as a volunteer with Visions in Action at a Center for Children’s Rights. She was instrumental in the development of Jijenge! Women’s Center for Sexual Health and served as its program development coordinator until 1997. She spent a year back in the U.S. serving as a consultant with the Center for Health and Gender Equity, where she conducted an extensive field review of programs underway worldwide on violence against women and girls. Raising Voices has been recognized regionally and internationally as a pioneer in preventative approaches and is regularly sought out by international organizations to consult on program design and development, provide technical support and capacity building on violence against women and children, and human rights.

- Sharon Crane Siegel, class of 1975, is a recognized expert in prosthodontics, the dental specialty dealing with implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Siegel is the chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and a full professor at Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She has lectured internationally on Women’s Health and Dental Implications and has educated young children and teenagers on the benefits of good oral health and the benefits of dentistry as a profession as part of the public school system and with the American Association of Women Dentists Service Projects. She is the co-inventor of a patented dental device known as CaStix, which is sold to dentists. Siegel is the section editor of the Journal of Prosthodontics and has been awarded and collaborated with others on more than $300,000 of funded research. She holds leadership positions in a number of dental organizations including past chair of the Prosthodontic Section of the American Dental Education Association. A member of several professional societies, Siegel has received an Achievement Award from the Maryland Society of Dentistry for Children and an Achievement Medal from the United States Army.