Top Stories of 2013
McDaniel College marked another extraordinary year – top Maryland honors student, largest bequest ever for scholarships, nationally acclaimed speakers, new minor in digitally savvy journalism, Centennial Conference woman of the year and more.
Hard as it was to choose the best of the best, here are our picks for top stories of the year. Let us know if your picks match ours.
Eric Spioch in Cairo, Egypt.
From outstanding Maryland honors student to Newman and Saudi Arabia Exchange fellowships, from presenting research at international conferences to covering NFL and Major League baseball for newspapers, McDaniel students seize opportunities in the classroom and well beyond.
- McDaniel senior Eric Spioch named Maryland’s top honors student
- Rula Zaru ’13 presents sexting research at international conference
- Junior Cody Knipfer’s career aspirations are not limited to Earth
- Sophomore Jake Rill balances classes and sports journalism career
- Students participate in conference on the Muslim world
- Hayoung Kim ‘13 named a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow
1891 alumnus Philip Henry Dorsey of St. Clements Bay, Md. (St. Mary’s County)
A major bequest from an 1891 alumnus, a gift from best-selling romance author Nora Roberts, funding for a $2-million renovation project in Hoover Library and support from alumni and friends keep McDaniel College accessible, affordable and at the top of its game.
- $6.7 million bequest from Philip Henry Dorsey estate endows scholarships
- $2 million renovation project revitalizes Hoover Library
- Best-selling author Nora Roberts’ foundation awards McDaniel third $100,000 grant
Senior Lauren Murray uses new media Instagram to share a television appearance by the director of the Rosie Parks Restoration Project with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s online audience during her summer internship.
A new minor combines journalism with new media, Genomics students celebrate DNA Day and first-year students exercise critical thinking skills, examine technology in education, Jan Term highlights uncommon topics and, in three First-Year Seminars, live and learn in co-ed residence hall.
- New minor puts a digitally savvy spin on the best of journalism
- First-year co-ed residence halls strengthen living-learning community
- Genomics class celebrates DNA day
- Freakonomics FYS ignites critical-thinking skills
- First-year students and their professor examine technology in education
- Students explore uncommon topics during Jan Term
Alexander Villegas works on his English pronunciation with McDaniel senior Ben Shoudy, a Spanish and Communication major from Durham, Conn.
On campus, in town and around the globe, McDaniel students change lives.
- An international team from McDaniel helps build homes in Romanian village
- Palabras to Words brings its tutoring services to more Spanish-speaking people
- Women’s soccer team donates cleats, gear to Costa Rican opponents
- McDaniel Social Work students take aim at homelessness
- McDaniel named to 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Jessica Watson '05
McDaniel alumni have found success in every profession – here are three highlighted in 2013.
- Jessica Watson ‘05 is one of 10 Baltimoreans under 30 to watch
- MSNBC news anchor Tom Roberts ’94 gives SmartTALK
- Autumn Hilsinger ’07, M.S. ’09, touches lives in 18 countries on six continents
Field hockey and lacrosse earn Paige Messersmith (pictured above) Centennial Conference Woman of the Year, swimming takes Brad Brooks to NCAA championships and men’s golf team swings into its seventh CC championship.
- Paige Messersmith named Centennial Conference Woman of the Year
- Men’s golf wins Centennial Conference championship
- Brad Brooks invited to NCAA Division III championships
McDaniel College is one of only 100 top liberal arts colleges named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and the only Maryland liberal arts college to make the list for the third year in a row.
McDaniel stands out among its peers in national rankings and recognitions
- Commended on accessibility and affordability by New America Foundation
- Named a ‘Best-Bang-for-the-Buck’ in Washington Monthly
- A ‘Best Value’ by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
- Ranked in top tier of U.S. News liberal arts colleges
- Among ‘Best in the Northeast’ by The Princeton Review
- In the top 20 percent of Military Friendly Schools
Peg + Cat, characters from a PBS series that shows kids math is exciting and fun.
Professors are first and foremost teachers and mentors in McDaniel’s “Students First” community – and they are also respected scholars and researchers in their fields.
- Frances ‘Skip’ Fennell consults for new PBS KIDS math series, Peg + Cat
- Mathematics professors express complex concepts through crochet
- Shabbir Mian uses nanotechnology and lasers to create new ‘high tech’ future
Graduate student Sarah Morrissett '95, M.S. '00 and Congressman John Lewis are surrounded with Civil Rights Movement memorabilia in his D.C. office.
Among the Graduate and Professional Studies 2013 headliners are an international teacher of the year, an White House invited guest to the 50th anniversary MLK march, Rotary citizen of the year, National Book Award semi-finalist and first deaf woman superintendent of Illinois School for the Deaf.
- Adjunct lecturer named TESOL Teacher of the Year
- White House invites Sarah Morrissett ’95, M.S. ’00 to MLK commemoration
- Dean of GPS named the Westminster Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year
- Lecturer’s ‘A Tangle of Knots’ is one of 10 National Book Award nominees
- Deaf Ed alumna is first deaf woman to be superintendent of the Ill. School for the Deaf
2013 showcased a full calendar of events featuring novelists, Time magazine editors, a film producer, NIA educator and former Baltimore Raven.
- Time magazine editors discuss their book, “The President’s Club”
- McDaniel hosts conference on political change and security in North Africa
- Book Lovers Day features Martin Luther King-era author Taylor Branch
- Former NFL Raven talks about marriage equality
- National Institute of Aerospace educator speaks at SmartTALK
- Award-winning filmmaker Leo Eaton gives illustrated talk
- Best-selling author Wally Lamb discusses new novel, ‘We Are Water’