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Top Stories of 2012

From a new stadium to a softball championship, from new programs in romance lit to a wine chemistry research group, 2012 was another amazing year on the Hill. Again the Communications and Marketing team had trouble narrowing the field of top stories.

We did it, and here’s a compilation of our picks for 2012. Click in beginning Dec. 25 and see if your list matches ours.

#1 - Gill Stadium

A record crowd of alumni, students, and friends gathers around the bowl Nov. 3 for Homecoming 2012 featuring the dedication of the Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, whose namesake, a trustee and member of the class of 1961, played football on the same field.

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#2 - A lifetime achievement

Education professor Francis “Skip” Fennell, who developed the first graduate program for elementary mathematics teachers in Maryland, receives a lifetime achievement award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and joins the who’s who of the mathematics world.

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#3 - Champions!

Pitcher Caroline Brehm ’15, named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year, leads the Green Terror softball team to the CC championship with a 9-0, six-inning victory over No. 2 seed Washington College (Md.) to claim its third tournament title, sixth overall and first since 2004.

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#4 - Stand-out students

Among stand-out students are Tom Nelson ’12, a double major in French and Political Science and International Studies, who studies Arabic in Tunisia on a prestigious State Department Critical Language Scholarship; Caitlyn McSorley ’15, who Gov. Martin O’Malley names one of the top five Compassionate Marylanders, and members of the wine chemistry research group – Carolina Marques dos Santos Vieira ’13, junior Rachel Utterback ’14 and sophomore Matt Peterson ’15 – who serve as a resource analyzing wines for Maryland vintners.

#5 - Romance writing

The college launches a five-course online graduate program in romance writing and adds a Popular Literature minor as part of the initiatives in romance literature supported by two grants of $100,000 each to Professor of English Pamela Regis from the Nora Roberts Foundation. 

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#6 - Stand-out alumni

Alumni take the college to foreign lands, outer space and the Olympics – Thomas Hart Armbruster ’80 is sworn in as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Marshall Islands; Dave Long ’06 helps develop oven housings for the sample analysis equipment on board the Mars rover Curiosity; and Suzanne Stettinius ’11 realizes her dream of competing in the Olympics, placing 28th in a field of 36 competing in the Modern Pentathlon at the Summer Games in London.

#7 - National rankings

McDaniel College is among the 40 “Colleges That Change Lives.” higher education institutions across the nation recognized in the newly released edition of the essential guidebook, ranks among the first tier of national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. News Best Colleges 2013 rankings, and stands among the top liberal arts colleges named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the only Maryland liberal arts college to make the list.

#8 - ASL recognized

McDaniel’s ASL-Deaf Studies Program is recognized by the Maryland chapter of the ASL Teachers’ Association for the college’s commitment to the advancement and expansion of American Sign Language.

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#9 - Special opportunities

Special opportunities for students expand into Global Initiatives – well beyond study abroad and international courses – and the Center for Experience & Opportunity, which connects students with experiences and opportunities designed to enhance classroom learning, support career exploration and aspirations, and develop ties to local and global communities.

Special opportunities at McDaniel