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Remembering alumni serving overseas during Homecoming

October 27, 2008

McDaniel’s young alumni decided to do something different for Homecoming this year – and they’re asking all alumni to join them.

It’s fine with the classes of 1998 through 2008 if you want to bring burgers and beer to Homecoming, but these recent graduates ask that you also bring along a few extra items for alumni who are serving overseas in the military.

“We want to support those who can’t come home for Homecoming – who can’t join us on the Hill,” says Becky Arnold ’04, chair of the Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Committee.

The committee will collect items during Homecoming for care packages to be sent to alumni serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries overseas. Items should be delivered to the alumni tent during the Nov. 8 football game against Gettysburg.

Most of these graduates know someone who is deployed overseas, Arnold says.

“It’s a way for all McDaniel alumni to stop and think about alumni who are serving our country,” Arnold says. “It’s a way to give back to them.”

Suggestions include: toiletries, chips and crackers, instant meals, nuts and trail mix, energy bars and breakfast bars, powdered Gatorade and lemonade, candy (that won’t melt in the desert), socks, underwear and green or white T-shirts. Of course, Arnold says, all other donations of non-perishables are welcome.

In other Homecoming activities, the college will honor Alumnus of the Year Jack Baile and induct five former athletes and a coach into the Sports Hall of Fame.

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When Jack Baile ’62, M.Ed.’73, retired in 1995 from his full-time career as a physical education educator and former middle-school principal, his daily workout shifted from the classroom to the greater community and to his alma mater. As class president, he’s organized reunions and called his classmates for their Annual Fund gifts. As chair of the Sports Hall of Fame Committee, he’s facilitated the nominations for new inductees. And currently, as a member of the Alumni Council, he’s been an advocate for new alumni programming including the biennial campus Valentine’s Dinner.
His roots stretched back to the College’s first Board chair John Smith, Jack’s great-great grandfather, and its namesake, William Roberts McDaniel, Jack’s great uncle. He has volunteered for the Carroll County Retired School Personnel Association, the Old Timers Baseball Association as president, and Carroll County Historical Society. His artistry as a decorative decoy carver has earned him invitations to competitive exhibits. He and wife Carol Richardson’64 Baile are world travelers, they led an alumni tour to Hawaii in 2002. Their grown children Julie and Jeff are also College alumni.

Baile will be recognized on Nov. 8 at halftime activities in Bair Stadium.

Sports Hall of Fame inductees include Donte Abron '98, Frederick "Fred" Burgee '61, Dean Coccia '96, Coach George Dix, Reese "Rick" Diggs '70, Katie Haley '99, M.S. '03 and Marilyn Naas Keane '94, M.S. '97.

Click here for a complete listing of Homecoming activities.