Thriller in Bair Stadium tops Homecoming fun

November 08, 2010

About 2,200 fans, families and alumni cheered on the Green Terror to a 36-30 triple overtime win over rival Gettysburg during Nov. 6 Homecoming festivities.

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Seniors Katie Jo Ferguson from Dover, Pa., and Jordan Doss from Fairfax Station, Va., were crowned Homecoming queen and king. The Homecoming court included juniors Rachel Hansell from Cumberland, Md., and Dan Green from Hanover, Pa., sophomores Megan Griffin from Derwood, Md., and Tyler Justice from Seaford, Del., and first-year students Arielle Stockbridge from Malvern, Pa., and Spencer Fothergill from Lewes, Del.

The Homecoming court arrived at Bair Stadium perched atop gleaming convertibles in a parade that also featured six social fraternities and sororities, service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, service sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma, the Puppy Club (Canine Companions for Independence), the Women’s Issues Group, Up ’Til Dawn group, Theatre Honor Society Alpha Psi Omega and the infamous alumni group known as The Crab Guys.

Float winners included Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity in first place, Phi Sigma Sigma sorority in second place and Canine Companions for Independence, better known as the Puppy Club, in third place. The Crab Guys won in the alumni category.

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. Phi Delta Theta fraternity was named winner of the best letters painted on the Bair Stadium hillside.

Alumna of the Year Sally Keck Gold ’78 tossed the coin to open the 2010 Homecoming game that turned out to be a thriller. Gold began her years of service to the College as a sophomore helping with the Alumni Fund campaign by stuffing envelopes and working phonathons. Now 30 years later, her varsity record as a volunteer is one of the best. During the College’s Nov. 6 Homecoming celebration, Gold was honored as Alumna of the Year.

From serving as a class agent and reunion coordinator to president of the Alumni Association from 1994-96, and college trustee for eight years, Sally has rallied many to give back to her alma mater and has demonstrated true meritorious service.

“As a student I never understood how many concerned people played a part in my education,” she says. “Whenever I spend time on the Hill, I hope that my work helps current students to have as positive an experience as I did.”

A music degree from WMC (McDaniel) and an M.B.A. from Loyola launched Sally into bank management. She retired early from banking, raised two children with husband, Carl Gold ’78, and currently works part time in her husband’s law office in Baltimore County.

Her teamwork savvy and strong work ethic give her star power in the huddle as proven by her success as a coach/mentor/director of Destination ImagiNation, a national program that teaches creativity and problem-solving skills to students in more than 30 countries. She serves as a volunteer leader of over 1,000 Maryland team managers and officials who make the program possible for thousands of kids each year.

The Alumni College Service Award recognizes graduates who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the College. The 2010 recipients are:

Steven L. Kousouris ’79, for his service to his class as Chair of the Reunion Fund Committee and member of the Class Reunion Committee for their 10th and 25th reunions. Kousouris has served his alma mater as a Career Services Volunteer and a member of the Corporate Advisory Committee for three years. He has been a devoted volunteer for the Annual Fund Phonathon. A Development Event Table Host, Koursouris returns to the classroom annually as a guest speaker on entrepreneurship.

Lisa Hill Pearre ’97, for her service to the College as a Career Service Volunteer since 1998, most frequently as a participant in the Student-Alumni Career Networking Dinner. She was a member of her Class Reunion Committee for their 10th reunion. Pearre is actively involved as a member of the Young Alumni Committee and member-at-large for the Alumni Association.

Barbara Payne Shelton’70, for her service to her alma mater as a Trustee, member of the Alumni National Fund Committee and as an Annual Fund Phonathoner. She is a member of the Founders Society and has served as the co-chair of the Founders Committee.  Co-chair of the McDaniel Women’s Leadership Network, she was also involved in the Carpe Diem Campaign Planning Study. Shelton serves her class as a Class Agent and as an active member of the Reunion Committee. The alumni community has benefited from Shelton’s support as a member of the Lewis Hall Fundraising Committee, Major Gifts Committee, and Carpe Diem, the Campaign for McDaniel.

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 2010 recipients are:

Donald W. Linzey ’61 for his numerous and varied community service activities. His volunteer career began with a weekly 45-minute call-in radio program about wildlife, and he went on to found the Mobile Bay Chapter of the National Audubon Society, serving as President, a member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of Committee on Water Quality.  Ultimately published in two volumes, Linzey wrote a weekly feature series of articles on Alabama wildlife.

He has been active in Parent-Teacher Associations, managing Little League baseball teams, serving as the Treasurer and then Cub Master in a Cub Scout Pack, and an eight-badge Merit Badge counselor in a Boy Scout Troop. Linzey has held other leadership positions, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Shiitake Mushroom Marketing Cooperative, leader for mammal field trips at Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Museum of Natural History and member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  He founded the Blue Ridge Regional Science Fair, the largest fair in the Virginia area, where he served as Director for almost two decades. He was appointed to the Agricultural and Forestall Advisory Committee and the 15-member Virginia Department of Transportation Citizens Advisory Committee.  He was the working group chair for Bermuda for the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force of the World Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission.

Currently Linzey serves on the Board of Directors for both the Humane Society of Montgomery County, Va., and Discover Life in America. He also is the consulting editor for the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and the Yearbook of Science and Technology, and a consultant for Herpetology for the Blue Ridge Poison Center.  He serves as the Chair of the Mammal Taxonomic Working Group supporting its efforts to identify every living species inhabiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to compile their ecological associations and relationships, which is the largest and most comprehensive study ever attempted in the world known as the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory.

C. Downey Price ’62, for his devoted voluntary service that began in 1974 with an invitation from a mission in Haiti, where he continued to return for 19 other medical mission trips to provide pro bono medical and surgical eye care for the underserved. He was then instrumental in building and equipping clinics and surgery centers in Haiti, Belize, Bolivia and El Salvador.  After many trips and missions, in 1992, Price and his medical mission volunteers decided to formalize their efforts and founded Benevolent Missions International. BMI is a non-profit organization with a mission “to provide pro bono medical and surgical ophthalmic care to the underserved areas in the world.” BMI has treated more than 130,000 patients and performed more than 30,000 ocular surgeries.  Price has personally participated in more than 100 of these mission trips since the organization’s instigation. 
In Fiji and American Samoa, he fully equipped ophthalmology clinics and operating rooms using funds he personally raised. Price also led three surgical teams to Costa Rica and additional teams to Burundi, Central Africa. He and the BMI teams are still going on five medical missions a year: two to Belize, two to American Samoa and one to Fiji. In addition to serving as the cofounder and president of BMI for more than 35 years, Price has been President of the Houston Ophthalmological Society as well as the Montgomery County Medical Society. In the mid 1970s, Price initiated the first Glaucoma Screening Clinic in Conroe, Texas, for the Conroe Noon Lions Club. For his outstanding volunteer service career Price has received numerous local and national honors and awards, including the Knights of Columbus Citizen of the Year and Rotary International Vocational Service Award. In 2006, Price received the coveted Outstanding Humanitarian Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2008, the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him the DAR Medal of Honor and in 2009, he received the International Lions Club Award, the Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor in the International Lion Club.

Charles “Chuck” W. Sullivan, III ’72, for volunteer involvement spanning more than 30 years and includes service to his church, regional community and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Beginning in 1977 as a youth soccer coach for the Salem Boys Club, he has held countless leadership positions, participated in almost every job in Scouting on a local level, and served many regional and area programs and committees.

Sullivan has been involved in some of the most influential Scouting traditions and programs.  As the Heart of Virginia Council BSA Scouting for Food chairman, he organized the largest annual single volunteer effort in central Virginia. More than 100,000 volunteers mobilize a collection of food from the community and deliver to 14 pick-up locations. During the past 12 years, under Sullivan’s leadership, collections have more than quadrupled. This single event collects more food for the food bank than all other food collection events combined. While on the National Cub Scout Committee, he worked on a team of volunteers that created and programmed ideas used in the Support Division’s national publication Program Helps, which provides monthly training materials for Cub Scout unit leaders. As the Scout Bash 100 Chairman, Sullivan planned an event that incorporates an encampment for 3,000 scouts and leaders, recruiting volunteers, program planning and overseeing execution, and marketing for a program that attracts more than 6,000 individuals.

In addition to his service with the Scouts, Sullivan volunteers and has held many positions of leadership for St. Peters United Methodist Church, Rockville Community Center, Greater Richmond Aquatic League, United States Synchronized Swimming Association, and the University of Richmond Spiders Synchronized Swim Team. He has received recognition in countless areas including training awards, service awards, merit awards and four of the highest awards given by the Boy Scouts: the Scoutmasters Award of Merit, the District Award of Merit, the Distinguished Commissioner Award and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given to a regional volunteer.

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 2010 recipients are:

John A. “Jack” Blackburn ’63, posthumously for his outstanding efforts in the betterment of life for thousands of minority and low-income students as Dean of Admissions at the University of Virginia from 1985 until his death in January of 2009. As of the spring of 2009, more than half of UVA’s living alumni were admitted to the school under his watch. During his tenure at UVA, Blackburn was one of the most respected and highly regarded deans of admission in the nation and equally regarded by friends and colleagues for his integrity, loyalty and warmth. A campaign to endow scholarships in his honor for economically disadvantaged students drew in more than $1.5 million in just three months.

Blackburn was hired as the Associate Dean at UVA in 1979, a time when the University wanted to bolster the number of women in the student body. His legacy in diversifying the student body includes not only increasing the number of women enrolled – currently 58 percent of the students in undergraduate programs – but also increasing the presence of Asians, African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities.  He also became a national leader in the recruitment of international students, and in the process built UVA’s global reputation. Through challenges in the 1990s, his commitment to welcoming and preparing minorities for success never wavered.  He initiated and expanded several outreach programs, resulting in UVA’s annual African-American graduation rate being the highest of any public university in the nation. Blackburn also worked hard to ensure that low-income individuals felt welcomed into the University family. Behind the scenes, he called on the University to bolster its financial aid efforts leading to the creation of “AccessUVA,” and the abolishment of early-decision admission process. He was honored in October with UVA’s Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor the University bestows on a member of its community.

Robert “Bob” M. Gagnon ’71, for his prominence in the field of engineering, specifically his involvement in fire prevention. Gagnon has been a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 1989. He is currently an active member in six different sections of the NFPA:  Architects, Engineers, and Building Officials Section; Technical Committee Leadership Conference; Building Fire Safety Systems Section; Aviation Section; Education Section and the Industrial Section. He has held positions on countless committees, councils, groups and teams in writing and editing the NFPA national standards for engineers. He has also held leadership positions in the Fire Science and Technology Educators Section of the NFPA. Through his involvement with the NFPA, he has taken part in eight different publications including but not limited to parts of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, as well as participating as a speaker for the NFPA Annual Meeting Exhibitor’s Showcase for Delmar Publishers. Gagnon has also published four engineering texts and two history books in his field.

Gagnon has also been involved with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) for many years. He is a member of numerous sections, task forces, and development groups for the SFPE. Some of his achievements with the SFPE include being the founder and benefactor of the Robert M. Gagnon Centennial Fire Protection Engineering Annual Scholarships and serving as the editor of the FPE Hotline. He also proposed and established the Chesapeake Chapter Founder’s Award. He is the founder and currently Principle Engineer of Gagnon Engineering. Among his numerous honors and awards are his election as a Fellow of the SFPE, the society’s D. Peter Lund Award, Harold E. Nelson Service Award and Hat’s Off Award, and the Automatic Sprinkler Corporation of America’s Professional Excellence in Engineering Performance Award.

Julie A. Lucas ’95, for accomplishments in the field of advancement, specifically through her positions in education administration. Currently the Assistant Vice President of External Affairs and Assistant Dean of Institutional Advancement at Fordham Law School in New York City, she serves as the leader of Development, Alumni Relations and Communication of a $65 million operation, reporting directly to the Dean of the Law School and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. She is responsible for all aspects of a $100 million campaign for the Law School including a $75 million Building Campaign. In her first year in this position, she increased giving six-fold. Her responsibilities within the scope of the position include but are not limited to:  managing a team of 11 internally and four Alumni Boards externally, personal solicitations with alumni on a weekly basis, assisting with the establishment of exchange programs with India for faculty and students, and overseeing more than 40 alumni events and 200 print publications per year including all media and website operations. She has also served as the Chair of the Search Committee for the Director of Communications.

Before her current position, Lucas served as the Assistant Vice President for Law School Development also at Fordham, initiating the Dean’s Planning Council, 3L Challenge, 1905 Society, Firm Challenge, and Reunion Weekend. Over the course of six years, she held four major positions at New York University and the New York University School Of Law, including Director of University Development and Major Gifts, Director of Alumni Fund and Major Gifts, Major Gifts Officer, and Development Officer. Preceding these, Julie was the Development Associate at The Episcopal Church Foundation in New York City and the Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions and Assistant Dean of Admissions at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.