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Alumni Association Awards

Our alumni are pretty outstanding. And once a year, we have an opportunity to recognize outstanding alumni at our Alumni Association Awards Banquet. The McDaniel College Alumni Association awards program honors individuals who personify the College’s tradition of excellence. In their careers, communities and at the College, these alumni exemplify what it truly means to be a Green Terror.

2019 Alumni Award Winners

2020 Alumni Association Award Winners

On Oct. 17, 2020, nine alumni were honored virtually as part of the 2020 Homecoming at Home celebrations.

Alex Ober Alumnus of the Year

Alumnus of the Year - Alexander G. Ober '63. MEd '69

Alexander G. Ober graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1963 and went on to earn a master’s degree in Education in 1969. In addition to his degrees from the college, he holds a Ph.D. from University of Maryland.

Ober is a professor emeritus of Exercise Science and Physical Education (now Kinesiology), chaired the Exercise Science (now Kinesiology) department, and served as faculty committee chair, faculty ombudsman, and college marshal. After retiring from the full-time faculty in 2008, he continued teaching a course in McDaniel’s graduate program until 2014.

Ober is a former head coach of the Green Terror lacrosse and tennis teams, and is the college’s winningest men’s basketball coach. He also coached football. He was inducted into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and received the Alumni College Service Award in 2018.

Additionally, Ober has served as president of the McDaniel College Alumni Council, as a member of the McDaniel College Alumni Association on reunion committees, and as part of the Alumni Association presidential task force. Ober was also co-chair with Jennifer McKenzie ’01, associate professor of Kinesiology, on a fundraising effort to name new spaces in the Kinesiology department.

Aaron Slaughter Young Alumni Award

Young Alumni Award - Aaron Slaughter '10

Aaron Slaughter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting Economics in 2010.

Slaughter has dedicated nearly a decade to his auditing career, which started in 2011 at Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2017, Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors merged with WithumSmith + Brown, PC. He has held positions as senior auditor, audit manager, and most recently as senior manager.

At McDaniel, Slaughter was a three-time captain of the Green Terror football team, a student visitor to the McDaniel Board of Trustees, and a member of the student-athlete advisory committee.

As both a student and alumnus, he has been active with the college’s Economics and Business Administration department. He has assisted with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, preparing free income tax returns for low-to-moderate income taxpayers. He also participates in the department’s annual Interviewing Day, which provides students in the department the opportunity to interview with accounting firms, investment companies, and others for internships or jobs. Since graduating from McDaniel, he also continues to give back by serving as a chair visitor on the college’s Board of Trustees since 2016, a mentor at Capital Partners for Education (CPE) in Washington, D.C., and a mentor to the McDaniel College football team.

Edna & Downey Price

Alumni Community Service Award – C. Downey Price ’62 and Edna Bent Price ’63

C. Downey Price graduated from the college with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1962. He has built his nearly 50-year career as a physician and ophthalmologist based in Texas, where he also spent more than two decades working alongside his wife, Edna Bent Price, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1963.

In 1972, C. Downey Price established his medical practice named Conroe Eye Associates in Conroe, Texas, that later expanded in 1986 with a new name – the Conroe Eye Center. This practice eventually merged into the Houston Eye Associates in 2006, which has more than 54 ophthalmologists in the greater Houston area. A certified ophthalmic assistant, Edna Bent Price managed the two clinics located in Conroe and Woodlands, Texas, until her retirement in 2016.

The Prices developed a nonprofit known as Benevolent Missions International (BMI) in 1974 after their clinical and surgical eye care mission trip to Haiti in the early 1970s. BMI was created to provide clinical and surgical vision assistance to those in need in third-world countries through mission trips by building and equipping eye care facilities. To date, BMI has treated more than 100,000 patients in clinics around the world and has performed more than 25,000 surgeries.

Napur Parekh Flynn

Alumni Community Service Award - Nupur Parekh Flynn '94

Nupur Parekh Flynn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies in 1994. In addition to her degree from McDaniel, Flynn earned a master’s degree in European studies with a specialization in policy from l’Institut d’Etudes européennes de l’Université libre de Bruxelles.

Flynn spent 15 years as the managing director of marketing and public relations at Brown Capital Management until 2019 after serving as a marketing executive at the global law firm DLA Piper. She also spent three years as a political appointee at the United States Agency for International Development, where she worked in the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs.

Flynn is involved in numerous organizations, serving as a trustee and board secretary for LifeBridge Health, a trustee at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a trustee at the Open Society Institute – Baltimore. She is also a former trustee of McDaniel College, HopeWell Cancer Support, and the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

Flynn and her husband, Guy, are dedicated Baltimore City residents and are committed philanthropists. They are both actively involved with the United Way of Central Maryland and the couple became the 13th members of the United Way of Central Maryland’s Million Dollar Roundtable. In 2020, they were named United Way’s Philanthropists of the Year. Also in 2020, the Flynns were honored with the “Sadie Award” by The Children’s Guild Alliance for their lifelong work on behalf of children in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C., regions.

Priscilla Ord College Service Award

Alumni College Service Award - Priscilla Ord '63

Priscilla Ord earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 1963. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.

Ord has dedicated more than five decades to education, starting her career in 1963 as a ninth-grade English and social studies teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. Most recently, Ord served for 10 years as an adjunct lecturer in the English department at McDaniel College until 2016.

At McDaniel, Ord has served as a class reporter from 1963 to 1973, director on the McDaniel College Alumni Council from 1975 to 1978, a national member on the alumni national fund committee from 1982 to 1983, and a reunion committee member in 2003 and 2008.

Jim Wilberger

Alumni College Service Award - James Wilberger '72

James Wilberger earned his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts in 1972. In addition to his degree from McDaniel, Wilberger completed the film production graduate program at New York University in 1976 as well as film non-degree coursework at the University of California, Los Angeles.

For the past 28 years, Wilberger has supervised over 170 film credits, including movies and mini-series from development and prep through production and post-production. Wilberger spent more than a decade at Turner Network Television serving as the vice president of production and director of production before becoming a producer at Larry Levinson Productions in 2003. Since 2017, Wilberger has worked as a producer at Mission Pictures International.

Wilberger has hosted McDaniel students for film internships, assists the McDaniel Cinema Department with career networking programs, and donates instructional materials to the department.

Greg Shockley

Alumni College Service Award - Gregory Shockley '83

Gregory Shockley earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies in 1983. He also obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1985.

Since 2003, Shockley has hosted a free Alumni Night for McDaniel at his restaurant, Shenanigan’s Irish Pub on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland. He has served as a career services volunteer and speaker in 1994 and 2014, a reunion committee member in 2003, and a Carpe Diem campaign volunteer and alumni host in 2008.

David Carrusco

Alumni Professional Achievement Award - David Carrasco '67, Hon. DHL

David Carrasco graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1967. He also obtained his Master of Theology in 1970 and a doctorate in Philosophy in 1977 from the University of Chicago.

Carrasco has spent nearly 20 years at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he serves as the inaugural Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America with a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that role, Carrasco was a professor of history of religions at Princeton University from 1993 to 2001, becoming the first Mexican-American tenured professor in the school’s history.

An award-winning author and editor of more than 15 books, Carrasco also serves as the editor-in-chief of the “Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures,” which was chosen by the New York Public Library as a Best Reference Work of 2001.

Carrasco lectures widely in the United States and abroad and was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, which is the highest honor the Mexican government presents to a foreign national, and the Mircea Eliade Jubilee Medal awarded by the Romanian President as a sign of appreciation for contributions to the study of the history of religion. His professional affiliations include the Mexican Academy of History and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Carrasco has returned to McDaniel to give lectures in 1980, 1993, 1994, 2009, and 2012, and was previously awarded the college’s Alumni Citizenship Award. He also received an honorary degree from the college in 1984.