Seniors, faculty, alumni recognized at 2010 Honors Convocation

May 04, 2010

Members of the Class of 2010 were honored May 2 with academic, activity, and leadership awards at the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation. Senior Class President Mario Valone, a Biology major from Toledo, Ohio, was robed with the academic regalia of graduation as a representative of McDaniel’s class of 2010.

Receiving the top senior awards given at the ceremony were Matthew P. Emery of Fulton, Md., awarded the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior, and Claire E. Turpel of Portland, Ore., awarded the Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior.

Best all-around male and female for Class of 2010 Matthew Emery and Claire Turpel

Emery, who has a double major in Political Science and International Studies and Spanish, has served as a peer mentor and a member of the student Honor and Conduct Board. He also holds memberships in the Democratic Club, Psychology Club, Maryland Student Legislative Club, and Ultimate Frisbee Club. He is the son of Patrick and Donna Emery of Fulton, Md.

Turpel, a French and Political Science double major with a minor in Cross-Cultural Studies, serves as manager of a campus group known as The Justice League, which raises student awareness about a wide range of social injustices. She has served as president of Alpha Lambda Delta and Maryland Student Legislative Club, and is a member of the French Club, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Environmental Action Club and the International Club. Turpel studied abroad in Belgium in her junior year. She is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Turpel of Portland, Ore.

Seniors Michael Weick and Alexandra “Ali” Moreland were recognized as this year’s top athletes and awarded the John A. Alexander Medal and the Faith Millard Medal respectively. Weick, son of Michael and Julie Weick of Holland, Pa., is a stand-out middle linebacker and captain of the football team. Named twice to the Centennial Conference team, he is fifth in Green Terror history in total tackles. Moreland, daughter of Rick and Susan Moreland of Davidsonville, Md., is only the 14th women’s basketball team member ever to top 1,000 points. With records in the top five in steals and top 10 in assists and free throws, she led the team as captain to a Centennial Conference championship this year and was named to the all-conference first team.

Top Female Athlete Awardee Ali Moreland receives congratulations from Student Dean Beth Gerl

Top Male Athlete Michael Weick receives Alexander Medal

Associate Professor of English Robert Kachur received The Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award and Associate Professor of Music Robin Armstrong received the Zepp Teaching Enhancement Grant. Poet-in-residence and English Professor Kathy Mangan was named the inaugural recipient of the newly created Joan Develin Coley Chair in Creative Expression and the Arts.

The Board of Trustees gave alumni career and service achievement awards to Samuel E. Hopkins ’80, scientist, entrepreneur and expert in the field of drug discovery, and Charles “Chuck” I. Ecker ’51, superintendent of Carroll County Schools, Md.

Trustee Alumni Awardees Dr. Sam Hopkins and Dr. Charles Ecker with President Coley

McDaniel College will award nearly 400 bachelor’s and approximately 200 master’s degrees at the College’s 140th Commencement at 2 p.m. May 22 in Gill Center.

List of award winners and Honors Convocation Program (PDF) from the May 2 Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation.