Students and alumni receive awards at Homecoming

November 10, 2008

Both students and alumni were honored during Homecoming for their leadership and service to the College and community, and recent alumni are set to send care packages to McDaniel graduates serving overseas in the military.

McDaniel's alumni showed a tremendous outpouring of support for fellow graduates serving overseas by donating a host of items for the care package drive, according to Pat O’Toole, assistant director of Alumni Relations and a 2007 graduate.

“We thank everyone for their show of support,” O’Toole said.

About 50 people brought items to Homecoming – with gifts ranging from books to moisturizer and trail mix. There were also several generous cash donations to help cover the cost of postage and to buy special items for each of the soldiers. The care packages will go out this week to about 15 alumni.

Alpha Sigma Phi President Dan Lebost '09 and McDaniel President Joan Develin Coley.

The College awarded the Brandt Cup, a memorial award given annually to the Greek organization that excels in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service, to Alpha Sigma Phi. Dan Lebost '09, president of Alpha Sigma Phi, and McDaniel President Joan Develin Coley are pictured with the cup. This is the fourth year in a row Alpha Sigma Phi has won it alone. One additional year they shared the spotlight with Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.

Seniors Mathew Daley and Ellery Wynn were crowned Homecoming king and queen. The Homecoming court included juniors Donald Dokas and Gabrielle Gordon, sophomores Turner Hirsh and Anne Armiger and freshmen Tom Massucci and Megan Tart.

The Crab Guys, alumni from the 1960s, won the Alumni category for their float with a volleyball team theme. Gamma Sigma Sigma won first place in the student category, followed by the combined entry by the Black Student Union and Hispano-Latino Alliance, and Phi Sigma Sigma.

Alumni Association President Corynne Courpas '76 and Alumni Association President-elect Don Hobart '62

Alumni Association President Corynne Courpas '76, McDaniel President Joan Develin Coley,  Alumnus of the Year Jack Baile '62, M.Ed.'73 and President-Elect of the Alumni Association President-elect Don Hobart '62

The McDaniel College Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award honoree is John “Jack” Baile, Class of 1962, Master’s of Education, 1973. Baile was recognized for his enthusiastic and abundant service to the College and to his community as well as his prominence and distinction as an educator. Jack’s alumni service to the College spans over 40 years. He has served as class president since 2002, a member of the Reunion Committee since 1968, a member-at-large for the Alumni Association as well as a member of the Outreach Committee and a member and chair of the Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame Committee. He received the Alumni College Service Award in 2006.

When he 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, his great-great grandfather, and its namesake, William Roberts McDaniel, his great uncle.

Baile also 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.

The Alumnus of the Year Award is the highest honor given by the McDaniel College Alumni Association. This award is presented to a graduate who is of good character and is held in high esteem by his/her associates and has brought credit upon him/herself and McDaniel College. To be considered for this award, the graduate must have previously received an  Alumni College Service Award and have achievements in the area of community service or in their chosen profession.

Alumni Association Award Winners, First Row: Kelsey Reichard Barnhart '03, Sharon Wensel Bowers '78 M.Ed.'84, Brandy Mulhern Putnam '97. Second Row: Jack Baile '62 M.Ed.'73, President Coley, Doug Paulsen '74. Third Row: Karen Helbig Whiteside '59. Back Row: Ashby Collins '53, Steve Ports '83, Brian Hose '00.

The Alumni College Service Award recognizes graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the McDaniel College Alumni Association. This year’s recipients are:

- Karen Helbig Whiteside, Class of 1959, for her service as class chairperson from 1980-81 and as a member of the Class Reunion Committee for their 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th reunions. Whiteside has served her alma mater as chair of the Nominations Committee, a member of the Harrison House and Sports Hall of Fame committees, Alumni Association visitor to the Board of Trustees, and as the Alumni Association president-elect from 1980-82.  She also volunteered as caller for the Annual Fund phone-a-thon and served on the Reunion Fund committees and the Alumni Chapter’s steering committee.  She was a member and two-time past-spresident of Sigma Sigma Tau Baltimore-Area Alumni Group.

- Stephen Ports, Class of 1983, for his service as a member of his Class Reunion Committee for their 10th, 20th, and 25th reunions. Ports served his alma mater beginning in 1992 as a Career Services volunteer.  He has served a four-year term as an Alumni Council member-at-large and as the Alumni Association president-elect in 2002-2003.  Ports participated as an interviewee for the campaign planning study and served as one of four alumni representatives on the College Committee on the Naming Initiative, an appointed position.  He is now in his second term as chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee, a standing committee of the Alumni Council.

- Brandy Mulhern Putnam, Class of 1997, for her service as 5th and 10th Reunion Committee leader, as a class agent for four years and as a member of the Young Alumni Committee.  Putnam participated in the Student-Alumni Career Networking Dinner and currently serves as an Alumni Association member-at-large.  She served on the Reunion Task Force and continued to serve for an additional term as it was restructured to the Reunion Weekend Committee.  She also received the honor of Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2000.

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

- Frank Tarbutton, Class of 1942, who was unable to attend and will be presented with his award at a later date.

-  Ashby Collins, Class of 1953, for his outstanding service to his community that began in 1962 when he served as a church school teacher for the North Broadway Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.  He also served as a church school teacher for the First United Methodist Church in Leavenworth, Kansas, for two years and as a youth fellowship co-counselor at the First United Methodist Church in Hampton, Virginia.  Collens dedicated time as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America for 29 years.  He has served as a director for such groups as the Maryland Credit Union, the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children Education Association, Big Spring School District, and Safe-Harbour homeless shelter, where he also served as vice-president before becoming president of the board in 2005. He served as a teacher for Allison UMC and the Commonwealth Partnership Teaching Fellow, as well as helping these groups with other workshops and activities.  He has also aided such groups as the Cumberland Star Lodge No.197 Free and Accepted Masons, Habitat for Humanity, Project Share food bank, and Thornwald nursing home.  In addition, Collins has assisted the Cumberland County Court System in the office of Adult Probation. He earned awards from the U.S. Army for meritorious service and gallantry, as well as the Chapel of Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year from the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children.

- Kelsey Reichard Barnhart, Class of 2003, for her outstanding voluntary service to her community, including her work with the Relay for Life fundraising group.  She taught weekly dance classes at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Martinsburg in West Virginia and currently teaches Latin dance classes to students for their multicultural activities credit in high school.  She presently serves as an administrative coordinator for the UNIDOS Hispanic Advocacy group and as an on-call interpreter within her community.  She also dedicates her time as a volunteer for the Family Resource Network.  Barnhart has earned a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Joe Manchin of Illinois for providing multicultural activities and opportunities in the Eastern Panhandle Hispanic Advocacy Coalition for the UNIDOS Hispanic Festival.

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. This year’s recipients are:

- Douglas F. Paulsen, Jr., Ph.D, Class of 1974, for his prominence as professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, as well as his position as associate dean for Graduate Studies at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.  Following graduation on the Hill, Paulsen received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1979.  Paulsen serves as co-director of the Research, Education, Training, and Career Development Program for the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Research Institute.  He has received numerous research and teaching honors throughout his career.  The honors and awards that he has accumulated have earned him local, national, and international recognition in Medical Education including faculty teaching awards – most recently, an award for Excellence in Teaching from the Morehouse School of Maryland, Class of 2011.   In addition, he has been an important contributor to numerous publications including reviews for journals, textbooks, articles and abstracts as the chair of the Subject Exam Committee for Histology and Cell Biology for the National Board of Medical Examiners.

- Sharon Wensel Bowers, Class of 1978, for her distinction and prominence in the fields of Biology and Special Education.  Since graduating from the Hill, Bowers has taught science to multiple age groups throughout middle schools in Maryland and Virginia.  She was particularly involved in teaching the academically gifted and talented.  For five years, She taught graduate-level science-education courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia.  She has also worked as a program manager for NASA Kids’ Science News Network and as an educator-in-residence for the NASA Langley Research Center.  Today, she continues to work as a writer and reviewer for Harcourt Brace Publishing Company in Florida and as a trainer and writer for Activities that Integrate Math and Science in California.  In addition, she teaches an undergraduate natural science course at Christopher Newport University and is an educator-in-residence for the National Institute of Aerospace.  In her career, Bowers has received many awards and much recognition.  Most recently, she was named Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was awarded the NASA Honor Award for Special Services.

- Brian Hose, Class of 2000, for distinction in his chosen profession and his accomplishments reflect admirably on the College through his prominence in Biochemistry and Biology, specifically in the field of pharmaceuticals.  Hose achieved a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland in 2006.  He is a leader with the P3 Program, a nationally recognized innovative model for pharmacists to help manage the care of patients with diabetes and currently works for a small independent pharmacy in Sharpsburg, Maryland.  He serves as a trustee of the Maryland Pharmacists Association and as their representative to the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition.  As the legislative chairman for both groups, Hose planned an advocacy event in Annapolis for over 200 pharmacists and student pharmacists.  He has worked with numerous legislators to help draft and pass pharmacy legislation and is active within the University of Maryland pharmacy school’s alumni association. In 2007, he was awarded the Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award.  This award is given each year to the profession through service at the local, state, or national level.

Alumni inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame during Nov. 7 festivities are:

Donte D. Abron ’98, who was named to All-Centennial Conference football teams three times and tallied 126 pass receptions for 1,918 yards with 20 resulting in touchdowns; Fred P. Burgee ’61, whose football career included two All-America recognitions; Francis “Dean” Coccia ’96, who earned All-Centennial Conference and All-America recognition for lacrosse; Reese “Rick” Diggs ’70, whose baseball career included All-Middle Atlantic Conference and All Mason Dixon recognition and an overall batting average of .324; George E. Dix, whose 16 seasons as the Colleges softball coach included 15 winning seasons, the most wins and the most championships in Centennial Conference history; Katherine M. Haley ’99, M.S. ’03, who is the all-time leading basketball scorer with 1,674 points and was a stand-out in field hockey; and Marilyn Naas Keane ’94, M.S. ’97, whose softball recognition includes Middle Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year for three years and co-pitcher one year and pitching a perfect game on April 30, 1994.