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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.
 


#1 Stand-out Students

Eric Spioch
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.

 


#2 Gifts change lives

1891 alumnus Philip Henry Dorsey of St. Clements Bay, Md. (St. Mary’s County)
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.

 


#3 Creative Courses

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.
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. 

 


#4 Making a Difference

Alexander Villegas works on his English pronunciation with McDaniel senior Ben Shoudy, a Spanish and Communication major from Durham, Conn.
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.

 


#5 Alumni in the Spotlight

Jessica Watson
Jessica Watson '05

McDaniel alumni have found success in every profession – here are three highlighted in 2013.

 


#6 Champions!

Paige Messersmith

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.  

 


#7 National Recognition


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

 


#8 A+ Faculty


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. 

 


#9 Grad School Greats

Graduate student Sarah Morrissett '95, M.S. '00 and Congressman John Lewis are surrounded with Civil Rights Movement memorabilia in his D.C. office.
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.

 


#10 McLive: A Year of Events

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.
Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

2013 showcased a full calendar of events featuring novelists, Time magazine editors, a film producer, NIA educator and former Baltimore Raven.

 
"Buried Child" at WMC Alumni Hall
October 2, 2014, 7:30 pm
McDaniel Free Press Weekly Meeting
October 8, 2014, 8:30 pm
Fall Break
October 13, 2014, 12:00 am
Open Mic Night
October 14, 2014, 12:00 am
Mid-semester undergraduate grades due
October 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
AAUP Meeting at Hill Hall
October 15, 2014, 4:15 pm
Graduate Comprehensive Experience
October 18, 2014, 12:00 am
2014 Caregivers Conference
October 18, 2014, 8:30 am
Book Talk at Carroll County Arts Center
October 21, 2014, 7:00 pm