Snowcoming on the Hill

October 31, 2011

Alumni, friends and fans braved an early snow Oct. 29 to cheer on the Green Terror in its Homecoming 23-19 victory over Juniata. Kickoff moved up to noon as snow accumulated to over three inches.

The Homecoming court with President Roger Casey and Robyn Allers.

Seniors Megan Reilly of Drexel Hill, Pa., and Dave Brown of Salisbury, Md., were crowned Homecoming queen and king. The Homecoming court included a tie between juniors Karly Ziegler of Baltimore, Md., and Megan Griffin of Rockville, Md., with junior Zach Wright of Sewell, N.J.; sophomores Jasmine Scott of Derwood, Md., and Patrick Rogers of Landisville, Pa.; and freshmen Lauren Hawkins of Forest Hill, Md., and Zach Schreiber of Hagerstown, Md.

President Casey and Robyn Allers award the James Brant Cup.

Sorority Phi Mu won the prestigious James Brant Cup, a memorial award given annually to the Greek organization that excels in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service.

Alumnus of the Year Richard “Dick” Morgan ’69 (above, center), whose service to his alma mater spans more than three decades, tossed the coin as the honorary football team captain. Alumni were also honored for service to the college and their communities as well as professional achievement during a brunch before the football game.

Alumni honored for professional achievement are:

Alva “Buzz” Baker ’66, who earned his M.D. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, retired in 2009 after a distinguished career as a family practice physician, a certified geriatrician, staff member of Carroll Hospital Center and medical director for EMA, which provides senior care at various locations in the Maryland region. In 1994, with the opening of EMA’s Copper Ridge Institute, which focuses on providing care to the memory impaired and their families, Baker began working full time in administrative institutional care. He is director of McDaniel’s Center for the Study of Aging and continues to teach in the college’s Gerontology programs. Baker continues to work with hospice and teaches physicians how to become medical directors in long term care through the American Medical Directors Association.

Michael Grusby ’83, who majored in Biology and Chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Northwestern University, is professor of Molecular Immunology and senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity in the Department of Immuniology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests have included studies of factors that can change the outcome of asthma and other inflammatory diseases as well as the critical role certain protein molecules play in the development of diabetes. In his administrative role, he is responsible for Academic Affairs, Student Services and Diversity at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Chloe Watson ’07, who graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Studio Art, is an accomplished artist and adjunct faculty member at McDaniel, Anne Arundel Community College and Maryland Institute College of Art, where she earned her M.F.A. She had a month-long residency at the Wassaic Project, an arts organization in New York that facilitates artists to exhibit and discuss art with each other and the community. Watson’s work is currently on exhibit at the Arlington Arts Center (AAC) in Fall Solos 2011 (Oct. 6-Dec. 30), where “viewers are invited to experience discreet places and people that punctuate Watson’s past. She revisits and codifies the 17 bedrooms she has inhabited throughout her life and the 73 jerks she has come into contact with,” according to AAC.

Alumni College Service awards honored alumni who demonstrate exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the college through service to their graduating class, alma mater and alumni community:

Carrie Miller Parker ’85 is an active member of her class Reunion Committee. She has servced her alma mater as a member of the Greek Task Force, an Admissions Volunteer and a Career Services Volunteer. She is active in the alumni community as a member of the Young Alumni Committee, Nomination and Governance Committee and as an Alumni Council Member-At-Large.

Kimberly “Kim” Zehner Rytter ’97 and Randall “Randy” Rytter ’97, M.S. ’01 have individually served on Class Reunion committees, Young Alumni Committee and the Alumni Association Presidential Task Force. They have participated in the Reunion Weekend Remembrance Ceremony and Class Agent activities.

Alumni Community Service awardees for outstanding service to their communities include:

Charles “Chuck” Hammaker ’52 began serving his community early in his 30-year career in the U.S. Army. He served as founder and president of the H1-12 Masonic Organization and was active in the Riverside Estates neighborhood as well as the Deercreek Country Club homeowners. Hammaker was a board member and instructor for the Northeast Florida Safety Council and the Financial Committee chairman and a member of the church choir at the Arlington Congregational Church. After relocating to Texas, he continued his community service in the Greatwood Neighborhood Representatives, Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Ft. Bend Human Needs Ministry.

Now in Virginia, he is active at The Fairfax Retirement Community, serving in leadership positions in various committees and choirs. He has been honored for his service to Deercreek Country Club, the Northeast Florida Safety Council, the Human Needs Ministry in Ft. Bend, Texas, and Memorial Hermann Hospital in Texas.

Anthony “Tony” Sarbanes ’58, M.Ed. ’68 had a varied career in many civic groups after serving in the U.S. Army and while pursuing a long career in public education and in business in the private sector. He has contributed his time and talents to the National Conference of Christian and Jews, the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers and with the Optimist Club, and the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association. He served Wicomico County residents through the Addiction Advisory Council, as coach of the Salvation Army Basketball Team and Senior Little League Baseball Team as well as the chairman of the Department of Recreation and Parks. He has been a member of the Quarter Century Committee, served on the Board of Directors of the Historical Society as well as chairman and board member of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and member of the Audit Committee, the War Memorial Commission and the Tourism Commission.

Sarbanes also served Trinity United Methodist Church as the chair of the Board of Trustees and Pastor Parish Committee, as a lay leader and as a member of the administrative board. He has been a member of the Salisbury-Wicomico Arts Council, the Salisbury Neighborhood Redevelopment Task Force, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, American Legion Post #64 and as chairman of the Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Service Board of Directors. He was secretary and president of the Delmarva Water Transport Committee, and a member of the Lower Shore Private Industry Council and Hudson Health Services, Inc.  He also served on the Salisbury University Town and Gown Council and Varsity Club.

Sarbanes is the recipient of various awards, including the Community Service Award from the Consulting Engineers Council of Maryland, the Distinguished Citizens Award from the Tri-County District of the Boy Scouts of America, the Salisbury Optimist Club President’s Citation as the Outstanding Optimist Club member in 2007-2008 and the Salisbury Rotary Club Four Way Award in 2010. Most recently, he was honored by the United Way with the Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award for his many years of public service in various agencies and programs.

Rachel Spencer ’00, M.S. ’03 began her community service as a student when she served as a member of the College Activities Planning Board, Greek Council and Panhellenic Council. Following her graduation, Spencer has served as a Team Captain and volunteer coordinator for Race for the Cure since 2003. Since moving to New Orleans, she has been active in rebuilding efforts through work with Habitat for Humanity and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).  She has also worked with the community center for St. Bernard and the Louisiana SPCA. For the past five years, she has volunteered monthly for the Second Harvest Food Bank and is a “Zoo-to-do” volunteer for the Audubon Zoo.