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Impact of Giving

Your gifts to McDaniel make extraordinary things happen every day. You create opportunities that transform lives and forever alter the course of our students' journeys.

2019-2020 Philanthropy

The 2019-2020 academic year was unlike any other our world has seen. It started with welcoming the largest first-year class in the history of our college, and ended in ways we could never have expected. As our campus community was forced to adapt quickly and nimbly to the ever-changing needs of our students, time and again our generous community of alumni, families, faculty, staff and friends came forward in support of McDaniel students. THANK YOU for your generosity during the academic year.

View our 2019-2020 Impact Report.

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in gifts and pledges raised, including more than $1.6 million in documented bequest intentions.

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Raised for the Emergency Relief Fund, with immediate impact meeting challenges brought by COVID-19

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Donors represented 45 states plus D.C., Austria, Canada, France and the UK.

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Donors included alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees, corporations, foundations and friends.

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New donors

Mary Lynn Durham and Bill Roj

Capital Transformation McDaniel College unveils student center renovation

Renamed the Roj Student Center for 1970 alumni Mary Lynn Durham and Bill Roj, who supported the project with a $5 million gift. The $11 million renovation modernizes McDaniel’s student center located in the middle of campus and is the first overall renovation of the structure since it was built in 1978.

Chloe Irla, assistant professor of Art & Art History, with McDaniel student Liz Mince in their “A Baltimore/Carroll ABC Book."

Student-Faculty Research McDaniel College’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program leads to impactful virtual experiences

More than 40 students participated in McDaniel College’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Program. The Student-Faculty Collaborative Research experience is a 10-week program for undergraduate students at McDaniel to pursue research, which is supported by donors. Thirteen faculty members have been leading projects virtually, while two Chemistry professors received special permission to perform COVID-19 research in labs on campus.

2020 summer research students and professor Dana Ferraris on Eaton Hall steps

Student-Faculty Research McDaniel students join in worldwide research efforts to discover drugs to treat COVID-19

In the face of the deadly global coronavirus pandemic, pharmaceutical data vaults have been unlocked and shared – an unprecedented move in research that McDaniel Chemistry professor Dana Ferraris seized to give his students the opportunity this summer to discover drugs to fight COVID-19.

A Message of Gratitude TAG (Thank a Giver) Day 2020

Each spring, McDaniel College's Student Alumni Council hosts TAG Day, or Thank a Giver Day, on campus. The day is a celebration of the power of philanthropy and gives our students an opportunity to express their gratitude for all that you have made possible and to say thank you directly to donors like you. While we cannot be on campus to celebrate TAG Day, many of our students still wanted to share messages of thanks with you.

Thank you for your support of McDaniel College students in the academic year 2019-2020. We look forward to building a stronger McDaniel together in the coming year.

Nearly 30 juniors, sophomores and first-year students have earned awards for academic achievement and leadership from McDaniel College.

Spring Awards Juniors, sophomores and first-year students recognized with academic and leadership awards

Nearly 30 juniors, sophomores and first-year students have earned awards for academic achievement and leadership from McDaniel College. Students were also named to two prestigious leadership honor societies, Omicron Delta Kappa and Trumpeters.

McDaniel College seniors were recognized with academic, activity and leadership awards during a virtual Celebration Day.

Senior Awards Seniors honored with academic, activity and leadership awards

McDaniel College seniors were honored with academic, activity and leadership awards during their 2020 Celebration on May 23. The awards ceremonies were held virtually with Provost Julia Jasken presenting academic awards and Dean of Students Liz Towle presenting activity and leadership awards.

Claire Frances Roberts and Sarah Grace Watcher received top graduate awards.

Spring Awards Top Graduate awards announced

McDaniel College has announced the recipients of two top graduate awards. Sarah Grace Watcher of Westminster, Md., received The Joan Develin Coley Award for Excellence in Education and Claire Frances Roberts of Swartz Creek, Mich., was awarded The B. Jill Brooks Hodge Professional Development Award.

Richard Smith, associate professor of Sociology and Class of 2000 McDaniel alumnus

Faculty Awards McDaniel honors faculty and staff for teaching, scholarship, research and service

McDaniel faculty were recognized throughout the last week of classes for the 2019–2020 academic year by Provost Julia Jasken during a Faculty Appreciation Week, coinciding with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8).

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I Love the Hill Day 2020 Thank you for showing us so much love!

I Love the Hill Day was a resounding success thanks to the alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends who came together in support of McDaniel. Together, we exceeded our goal of 578 donors, ensuring we can make a difference in the life of every student at McDaniel.

Gill Center Renovations

A $6.6 million renovation of Gill Center transformed the learning landscape for one of the college's largest majors—kinesiology.