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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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$6,786,327.48

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

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$114,764.20

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

Roj Student Center Exterior

Student Life Transformed

Following an $11 million renovation of the former Decker College Center in 2019-2020, the Roj Student Center sits at the heart of McDaniel's campus and now serves as the heart of the student body. New student-facing offices, reinvented Pub Dining, the Campus Store, and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces all enhance student life on the Hill and help us better fulfill our promise to students through the McDaniel Commitment

Roj Student Center is named in honor of Trustee Mary Lynn Durham and her husband Bill Roj, both members of the Class of 1970, whose $5 million leadership gift launched the renovation. The project was also supported by alumni, parents and friends of McDaniel.

Entrepreneurship Competition

Entrepreneurship Competition Life Tacos wins $5K top prize at annual Entrepreneurship Competition

UPDATE: Life Tacos presented by juniors Julianna Dotterweich, an Accounting, Economics, and Business Administration major from Timonium, Md., and Jessie Titus, an Environmental Studies major from Frederick, Md., earned the $5,000 top prize as the first place winner of the fifth annual McDaniel College Entrepreneurship Competition, formerly the Innovation Challenge Finals. Life Tacos aims at giving people healthier food options that are more affordable and accessible.

Tag Day 2021

TAG (Thank a Giver) Day 2021 McDaniel College celebrates the power of philanthropy through Thank a Giver (TAG) Day 2021

The McDaniel College community celebrated the power of philanthropy through Thank a Giver (TAG) Day. This annual event, held by the McDaniel College Student Alumni Council on April 28, 2021, allowed the McDaniel community to recognize all of the college’s donors.

Griswold-Zepp Habitat for Humanity

Griswold-Zepp Awards Student organizations aim to help the homeless through the Griswold-Zepp Awards

McDaniel College student organizations are aiming to help the homeless through the Griswold-Zepp Awards. The student-run organizations submitted proposals centered on giving back to the community through food drives, creating bundles of necessities for those in need, and bringing awareness to nonprofit organizations.

Dorsey Scholars Three incoming freshmen surprised with Dorsey Scholarships

McDaniel College’s Admissions Office along with the Green Terror surprised three incoming Class of 2025 students by announcing them as the college’s newest Dorsey Scholars. The Dorsey Scholars Program is the highest academic honor at McDaniel and includes full tuition, room, and board for all four years.

Boehlke Fellows

Boehlke Fellows Five professors named Charles A. Boehlke, Jr., Engaged Faculty Fellows

Five professors have been named Charles A. Boehlke, Jr., Engaged Faculty Fellows in recognition of their exceptional commitment to their students, not only in classrooms and research labs but also with career and internship experiences. The Charles A. Boehlke, Jr., Engaged Faculty Fellows Award was established with a gift from Charles A. Boehlke, Jr., a 1978 alumnus of the college and current member of the McDaniel Board of Trustees.

McDaniel College junior Dalanda Diallo presented “Lives over Tribes: Ethnocentrism and Military Violence in Guinean Elections” at the virtual Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

Honors Program Honors students present research at virtual Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference

Four students represented McDaniel College at the Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference, “In Honors, Black Lives Matter,” held virtually on Feb. 26-27. McDaniel College Honors students Dalanda Diallo, Signe’ Kula, Maxwell Pardoe, and Raquel Sobczak were excited to have the opportunity to present at the conference and enjoyed hearing and learning of the stories and research from other presenters.

Melissa Torres '24 smiles with the Green Terror on the third annual I Love the Hill Day.

I Love the Hill Day McDaniel College exceeds donor goal and raises record-breaking donations on I Love the Hill Day

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 725 donors, ensuring we can support every student on the Hill today and for years to come. In fact, we raised more than $150,000, which is more funds than ever before on I Love the Hill Day.

Parent and Family Council member Diana Kloorfain Smart, right, is the mother of sophomore Jane Smart.

Parents Offer Support McDaniel College introduces new Parent and Family Council

The McDaniel College Parent and Family Council serves as an advisory group for the college and is comprised of a diverse cross-section of families, which includes McDaniel’s most committed parents and family members. These parent and family leaders bring expertise, resources, and a passion for McDaniel College to both support and be actively engaged with the college. 

In this role, Jennifer Yang provides instruction and business strategy advice to students in the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, formerly The Encompass Distinction.

Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Jennifer Yang selected as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for newly named Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jennifer Yang has been named the entrepreneur-in-residence for McDaniel College’s newly named Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, formerly known as The Encompass Distinction. As the entrepreneur-in-residence, Yang provides instruction and business strategy advice to students in the program. Yang is an entrepreneur with more than 23 years of strategy, management, and technology consulting experience working with CXO-level stakeholders at Fortune 50 companies, start-up ventures, and federal agencies.

Jin Kang and Susan Stevenson

Board of Trustees McDaniel College elects new members to the Board of Trustees

McDaniel College has named two new members to its Board of Trustees. Jin Kang of Great Falls, Va., is president and chief executive officer of WidePoint Corporation. Susan C. Stevenson of Ashland, Mass., a 1985 alumna of the college, is an executive director at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

McDaniel offers the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Educator’s Legacy Scholarship, and Military Legacy Scholarship.

Scholarships McDaniel College awards first-year and transfer students with legacy scholarships

McDaniel College has awarded nearly 100 first-year and transfer students with legacy scholarships valued at up to $100,000 over four years. Any student who qualifies for McDaniel's Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Educator’s Legacy Scholarship, or Military Legacy Scholarship is automatically awarded the scholarship. The legacy scholarships provide alternative ways to make McDaniel accessible for a wide variety of families.

Dana Ferraris, associate professor of Chemistry, Steven Pearson, professor of Art & Art History, and Kevin McIntyre, professor of Economics and Business Administration and coordinator of the master’s degree program in Data Analytics, have been appointed to endowed positions.

Three professors selected for endowed appointments

McDaniel College has appointed Dana Ferraris, associate professor of Chemistry, Steven Pearson, professor of Art & Art History, and Kevin McIntyre, professor of Economics and Business Administration and coordinator of the master’s degree program in Data Analytics, to endowed positions.

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).

Gill Center Renovation

A $6.6 million renovation of Gill Center transformed the learning landscape for one of the college's largest majors—kinesiology. This includes donor-named spaces in Gill in honor of Sam Case ’63 and Dick Clower ’50, members of the Green Terror family who had a profound impact on the Kinesiology department as well as on wrestling.