Newman Civic Fellow
Sophomore earns national recognition for his dedication to creating change
circles the globe
Adrian Plaisance ’17 has been named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow, one of 201 student leaders nationwide recognized by Campus Compact. He has also won a $10,000 Cargill grant to study the social impact of climate change in four countries next year.
He’ll study “Climate Change: the Politics of Food, Water and Energy” in Bolivia, Morocco and Vietnam, and then spend a semester at McDaniel Europe in Budapest.
“I believe I will be a stronger and more educated environmental advocate when I return to McDaniel for my senior year,” he said. MORE »
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
For entrepreneur Ryan Lutes ’16, every day is Earth Day
built on trash containers
There are two ways of looking at junior Accounting Economics and Business Administration major Ryan Lutes’ bustling business — on the front end he dismantles and recycles old trash containers, and on the back end he supplies the material to produce dashboards for luxury cars.
“There’s no difference between me and my employees except that I get there earlier, stay later and do paperwork afterward,” he says. “It’s not just about making money for me. It’s about working someplace where I am happy, doing something that’s never been done before, treating my employees as I want to be treated – and then there’s the green incentive.
“It’s good for the planet.”
CC Player of the
Jamie Weisser led the Green Terror to a 4-2 week and helped McDaniel secure the top seed in the Centennial Conference tournament. She hit .471 (8-for-17) with a double and three home runs to slug 1.059. MORE »
Biochemistry students research essence of medicinal plants
powers of plants
Oddly enough, Brandan Lurz’s research to identify the chemical compounds in medicinal plants used by the ancient Native Americans was inspired by the book, “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” by Amy Stewart.
The sophomore Biochemistry major from Eldersburg, Md., designed a research project with McDaniel Chemistry instructor Steve Robertson to study healing plants.
Before long, two Biochemistry classmates signed onto the project — Madelyn Jackstadt, who will intern this summer at a hospital in Ecuador uses cultural medicines, and Meg Rosario, who works in the summer at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) testing various plants and natural products for anti-cancer activity. FULL STORY »