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Masha Paul, Brittany Fleming, Shamia McCallum - McDaniel College Class of 2014
May 24, 2014

Members of the Class of 2014 were lauded May 23 on the eve of their graduation from the college with academic, activity and leadership awards at the Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation.

Joseph Rollins, Jr., a Studio Art major with a specialization in Graphic Design, was awarded both the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior and the John A. Alexander Medal as the top male athlete. Biochemistry major Deanna Dicello was awarded the Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior and was also recognized with the award for excellence in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

 

Joseph Rollins, Jr. - McDaniel College

As team captain and running back on the Green Terror football team, Rollins of Temple Hills, Md., was named the Centennial Conference leading rusher and Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference South All-Star First Team for three straight years and was a 2013 National Bowl participant.

During his time at McDaniel, he volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, mentored middle school students at Westminster’s East Middle School, served as a guest reader for Read Across America at Westminster Elementary School and participated in Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County’s annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraising event. He was a student visitor to the McDaniel Board of Trustees and a member of the student athletic advisory committee, as well as served on search committees for the athletic director and head football coach positions. In addition, he has used his artistic talent to paint designs in various campus locations and designed a T-shirt to promote McDaniel’s partnership with Africa University. 

 

Deanna Dicello - McDaniel College Dicello of Gaithersburg, Md., has served as president of Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry) and Alpha Lambda Delta (First Year Seminar) honor societies, as well as secretary of Beta Beta Beta (Biology) honor society. She has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, and earned the Duke of Edinburgh silver award in her senior year. She is graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors in Biochemistry.

She was secretary of the college’s American Sign Language club. During spring break of her sophomore year, she traveled to the Dominican Republic where she taught at deaf institutions. She has also been a Resident Assistant, Peer Mentor for First-Year Students, organic chemistry tutor and a sports statistician compiling statistics at McDaniel athletic events.

She volunteered at Access Carroll, which provides healthcare to low-income Carroll County residents, in the spring of her junior year and completed research that summer with McDaniel Chemistry professor Melanie Nilsson. Dicello plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

 

Also presented was the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award to French professor Martine Motard-Noar. Also presented was the Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award to French professor Martine Motard-Noar. The award for inspired classroom work and dedication to students provides a $5,000 honorarium for the faculty recipient and a matching fund for ongoing professional and scholarly development. Read more.

The Ira G. Zepp Teaching Enhancement Grant went to Holly McCartney-Chalk, associate professor of Psychology, who will develop a new upper-level course in “Couples Therapy,” which will allow undergraduate students to observe video-recorded therapy sessions with actual clients from Chalk’s clinical practice. After watching the session, students will create treatment plans in response to the clients’ weekly progress, their plans will be discussed and a treatment plan will be developed from their collective ideas. This new course will simulate a graduate-level counseling experience and strengthen their qualifications for graduate study. Chalk plans to submit the project for presentation at national conferences and build a library of clinical film for teaching purposes.

 

McDaniel College surprise faculty speaker Political Science professor Herb Smith.Additionally, surprise faculty speaker Political Science professor Herb Smith spoke of the “McDaniel difference” and told the graduating seniors:  “Just as the best America is yet to come, so may it be for all of you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Other student award recipients included:

The Alton Dennis Law Award for Excellence in Economics

Kristine Harjes, Economics and Mathematics major from Rumson, N.J.

The Dr. Mary Ellen Elwell Distinguished Social Work Award

Cindy Reid, Political Science and International Studies and Social Work major from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Vox Magna Clara (A Strong Clear Voice) Award

Maria Brew, Sociology major from Moorestown, N.J.

The Maria Leonard Senior Book Award

Jason Stein, Biology and Psychology major from Rockville, Md.

The Joan Develin Coley Award for Excellence in Education

Brittany Tyler, Sociology major from Westminster, Md.

McLuhan Award for Excellence in Communication

Benjamin Shoudy, Spanish and Communication major from Durham, Conn.

The Richard A. Clower Award for Excellence in Exercise Science and Physical Education

Julie Little, Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Woodsboro, Md.

The Robert Joseph Weber Award for Excellence in Political Science and International Studies

Alan Lyons, Political Science and International Studies major from Winfield, Md.

The Class of 1938 Award for Excellence in Music

Charles Eron, Music major from Hanover, Pa.

The Frank and Margaret Malone Award for Excellence in a Foreign Language 

Amber Slater, English and Spanish major from Westminster, Md.

The Malcolm L. Meltzer Psychology Award

Jesica West, Psychology and Biology major from Bloomingdale, N.Y.

 

The Michael and Polly Beaver Award for Excellence in Education

Sarah Meszler, Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Herkimer, N.Y.

 

The David Brian Cross Memorial Award for Achievement in Mathematics

Zachary Heckle, Mathematics and Computer Science major from Westminster, Md.
Jeffrey Kane, Jr., Mathematics major from Elkridge, Md.

 

The Makosky Award for Excellence in English

Andrea Briggs, English and History major from McMurray, Pa.

 

The Philip and Azalea Myers Award for Creativity in English

Amber Slater, English and Spanish major from Westminster, Md.

 

The Eloise B. and Lowell S. Ensor Award for Graduate or Professional Study

Julia Celebrado-Royer, Studio Art major from Havre de Grace, Md.

 

The Phi Delta Gamma Award

Jesica West, Psychology and Biology major from Bloomingdale, N.Y.

 

The M. Louise Shipley Art Award of Excellence

Julia Celebrado-Royer, Studio Art major from Havre de Grace, Md.

 

The H.P. Sturdivant Biology Award

Joseph Odierno, Biology major from Deale, Md.
Jason Stein, Biology and Psychology major from Rockville, Md.

 

The Esther Smith Award

Kelsey Gondek, Theatre Arts major from Avondale, Pa.

 

The Dr. Clyde A. Spicer Award

Zachary Littrell, Computer Science and Mathematics major from Taneytown, Md.

 

The Hugh Barnette Speir, Jr. Prize

Andrea Briggs, English and History major from McMurray, Pa.

 

The United States History Award

Andrew Keogh, History major from Baltimore

 

The Greek Man of the Year

Daniel Scott, Business Administration and Economics major from Monkton, Md.

The Greek Woman of the Year

Elizabeth O’Meara, Social Work major from Bowie, Md.

The Michael Marks Memorial Award

Richard Julian Hunt III, Environmental Policy and Science major from Catonsville, Md.

The Elizabeth Lintz Burkhardt Memorial Service Award

Cindy Reid, Political Science and International Studies and Social Work major from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Steve Robert Wilson Memorial Awards

Rebecca Kaler, History major from Jefferson, Md.
Jasmine McCormick, Psychology major from Antioch, Calif.

The Western Maryland Norman E. Sartorius Gift and Citation

Stephanie Akoto, Social Work major from Columbia, Md.

The Charles W. Havens Award

Samantha Wilson, Psychology major from New Castle, Colo.

The John D. Nawrocki Memorial Award

Luis Calderon, Business Administration, Economics and Spanish major from Silver Spring, Md.

The Michael L. Waghelstein Memorial Award

Logan Yox, Religious Studies major from Finksburg, Md.

The Alumni Citizenship Awards

Joshua Fletcher, Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Lithonia, Ga.
Samantha Wilson, Psychology major from New Castle, Colo.

The Lynn F. Gruber Medal

Amber Slater, English and Spanish major from Westminster, Md.

The Faith Millard/Dr. Carol Fritz Medal (female member with the best record in athletics)

Emma Duesterhaus, Political Science and International Studies major from Spartanburg, S.C.

 
Terror Trot & Block and Roll at Gill Center
November 1, 2014, 12:00 am
Spring Undergraduate Registration
November 3, 2014, 12:00 am
BINGO with GTP at GLAR Dining Hall PORCH
November 4, 2014, 7:00 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
November 5, 2014, 8:30 pm
Fall Open House at WMC Alumni Hall
November 9, 2014, 11:00 am
Student Solo Recital at McDaniel Lounge
November 14, 2014, 7:30 pm