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2013 Cheers Part 2

Here’s a proud salute to our graduates awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees on May 25. Read on for the insider’s view of the McDaniel College Class of 2013.


Kirsten Bickford, Catherine O’Keeffe
Kirsten Bickford, Catherine O’Keeffe

Kirsten Bickford, Biology major from Sykesville, Md., wants to work in a lab in epidemiology in the public health field at NIH or CDC while Biology major Alec Farrell from Westlake Village, Calif., is looking for a job as a lab assistant in clinical or research while applying to grad school in immunology or cell biology. 


Business Administration and Accounting Economics majors are headed in a variety of directions: David Bell of Taneytown, Md., and Michael Parks of Hagerstown, Md., will work at the accounting firm Novak Francella; and Sophie Diven of Timonium, Md., is working for the Injured Workers Insurance Fund (IWIF). 


Business Administration majors Ellen Aloo of Kenya will take a six-month break to travel home to Kenya before returning to the U.S. to begin studies for her M.B.A.; Jordan Holter of Carlisle, Pa., is headed to a graduate program in Biomedical Sciences and then medical school in the fall of 2014; and Austin Gutowski of Owings Mills, Md., will work at the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Political Science and International Studies and Economics major Michael Orevba of Chevy Chase, Md., is going to grad school at Georgetown University for a master’s in International Development.


Ethan Wilson, a Biology major from White Hall, Md., is hoping to work with a veterinarian during the next year and then apply to veterinary school to become Dr. Ethan Wilson, DVM.


Kerri Morrison

Environmental Studies and Political Science and International Studies major Kerri Morrison (second from right) of Glen Burnie, Md., has landed a spot as a paralegal at Goodell Devries. She will attend law school or graduate school in the next few years to go into environmental law/policy and hopes to work eventually for the state or federal government in environmental policy.


Psychology major Eliza Blatchford of Gloucester, Mass., will complete 1,000 hours of direct patient care as an EMT and/or medical assistant at a local hospital and apply to grad programs for Physician Assistant to practice with a specialization in pediatric oncology.  


Maria Brooks of St. Leonard, Md., continues her education at George Washington University to earn a master’s and eventually become a certified licensed art therapist, which the Psychology major says might take two to five years. 


Graduates with majors in Psychology and Counselor Education are looking at various career possibilities. Maura Livingstone of Silver Spring, Md., will either attend the M.S. in Counselor education program at McDaniel or the M.S. Pastoral Counseling program at Loyola towards licensure as an LCPC, hoping to someday counsel teens with psychological disorders, focusing on depression and social anxiety. James McGrady of Thurmont, Md., wants to be a full-time community mental health therapist after completing the Counselor Education grad program at McDaniel. When Rachael Rybak of Reisterstown, Md., completes the master’s program at McDaniel she wants to be a juvenile detention counselor.


Juliana Broussard

Juliana Broussard, Biology major from Hagerstown, Md., spent a lot of time studying the color-changing characteristics of two leaf-tail geckos in the College’s greenhouse. After graduation she’s heading to Seattle with her eye on becoming a certified nursing assistant.


Psychology major Meg O’Connor of Silver Spring, Md., wants to work with children with disabilities and has considered AmeriCorps. She may work at Summer Buddies to get more experience working with children with disabilities.


Psychology major Jenny Roher of Brooklyn, N.Y., will attend graduate school at the University of Westminster to study Business Psychology before working for a company in Europe with international mobility in the U.S., while Michelle Spera, a Psychology major from Bethesda, Md., will take a year off before attending grad school to become a first-grade teacher. Hannah Schiffman of New York City plans to take the GREs and then spend most of the next year in France to learn the language and take online courses. She may change direction from her Psychology major and go to art school to study Photoshop and photography or come back to her major for graduate school.


Fatmata Timbo of Columbia, Md., plans to find a job in either Psychology, her major, or public health, before going to grad school in the field of public health and ultimately earning a doctorate degree. 


Anna Fine

“Greek Woman of the Year” Anna Fine, a Sociology major and Elementary Education minor, from Ridgewood, N.J., is staying in Maryland to teach elementary school.


Sarah Bankard, Anne Mathews
Sarah Bankard, Anne Mathews

An English and Spanish double major, Anne Mathews of Frostburg, Md., enjoyed staying on campus during the summer after her junior year to do research on the Westminster Detective Library and the opportunities she has had volunteering in the Westminster community with fellow members of Catholic Campus Ministry and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Sarah Bankard, another English and Spanish double major from Lutherville, Md., will always remember piling an entire hall of freshmen women’s mattresses into one room for sleepovers, eating paella in Spain, crepes in France, and baklava in Turkey, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship conferences. She will be spending the summer in Alexandria, Va., working on a service project with a Central American immigrant community.


Accounting Economics major Evan Peoples of Wilmington, Del., is moving to D.C./Bethesda area to work as a staff accountant at Selter LLC and plans to go to grad school and earn a CPA.


Charles Kronmiller of Norristown, Pa., who has a triple major in Accounting, Economics, and Business Administration and Economics, is working in the greater Philadelphia area at McGladrey LLP as an auditor and plans to obtain a CPA.


Carrie Haslbeck, Ashley Hopkins
Carrie Haslbeck, Ashley Hopkins

According to Carrie Haslbeck, an English major from Derwood, Md., the friends that she made during her first year at McDaniel have made a huge impact on her life. Without their initial acceptance and investment in her life, she says she would not be the person that she is today. One of those friends, Ashley Hopkins of Baltimore, came to McDaniel to study Psychology and minor in Elementary Education, but altered her plans to major in Communication. Although she is still not sure what she wants to do, she is planning to take a year off after graduation to find herself and discover something that she is truly passionate about. As she says, “Maybe that’s traveling the world, being a librarian, joining a traveling circus or going to graduate school, but I am excited for the journey!”


English major Ben Azat of New Windsor, Md., mentions that during his time at McDaniel he has met fascinating new people, performed in the theater, tutored in the Writing Center, directed “Choices,” gotten saved by Dr. Mary (more than once), worked with underprivileged youth in the summer, studied hard to remember everything that he has learned, forgotten it all later with Danger Sauce, and found his passion. He looks forward to a long, fulfilling career teaching secondary English.


Laura Nichols, YiChong Li, Caitlin Bennett
Laura Nichols, YiChong Li, Caitlin Bennett

Laura Nichols, a Communication major from Seattle, is continuing her studies at Central Washington University–Des Moines with hopes to get her CPA license and work for the FBI in Forensic Accounting. Fellow Seattleite, Caitlin Bennett, an Art and Art History double major, is looking forward to going home for the summer to relax and be with family before starting graduate school at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in the fall.


Casey Dunn

An English and Communication double major, Casey Dunn of Eldersburg, Md., is Seattle-bound after graduation to find out what it is like to live on the West Coast. A favorite memory of his is sitting around with friends in their dorms pretending to know how college students are supposed to act.


Gus Foley, Caitlin Roetheli
Gus Foley, Caitlin Roetheli

A Communication and Political Science and International Studies double major, Caitlin Roetheli of San Antonio, Texas, is planning to find a job in the public relations or media fields and hopes to continue her love of writing and film. She wants to find a career that she is passionate about that allows her to travel as she aims to visit all seven continents.


Hanna Barker, Charles Mullin
Hanna Barker, Charles Mullin

Charles Mullin, an English major from Safety Harbor, Fla., will be teaching in Baltimore City for at least two years as part of Teach for America, while fellow English major Hanna Barker of Prince Frederick, Md., is going to catch up on sleep and look for a job that involves professional writing.   


Clara Burgess

Sociology major Clara Burgess of Chevy Chase, Md., is traveling to Accra, Ghana, to teach. This will be her fourth time visiting the country.


Melissa Jameson of Columbia, Md., is taking a break in her study of Psychology before going to grad school for counseling and eventually working with phobias.


Elec Trainor, a Communication major from Manchester, Md., says McDaniel has meant a lot to him and has given him lots of great memories and friends. He is interested in working in sports journalism, either print or broadcast.


Erica Brandenburg

Erica Brandenburg, a Political Science and International Studies major from Albuquerque, NM, will be working for McDaniel’s Conference and Auxiliary Services over the summer and then hopes to find a job in Washington, D.C., get in some traveling, and maybe even teach English abroad. Her dream job is to work in the Foreign Service at the State Department.


Gregory Nolen

After graduation, Gregory Nolen, a History major from Laurel, Md., is looking forward to sleeping and trying to figure out what his next step in life will be. He credits joining McDaniel’s Catholic Campus Ministry as the best decision he has ever made.    


Katie Caufield, Lisa Vasapollo
Katie Caufield, Lisa Vasapollo

Communication major Lisa Vasapollo of Westville, N.J., has turned her internship into a career at WBAL-TV 11 in Baltimore. She says she can’t wait to see what awaits her in the future. “This one’s for you dad!”


William Haddad

William Haddad, a Cinema major from Pasadena, Calif., credits his time studying abroad with the Semester at Sea program as his greatest college experience. He hopes to become either a film editor in Hollywood or travel and teach abroad as an English instructor. 


Victoria Bacon of Landenberg, Pa., switched her major from Chemistry to Social Work and hasn’t looked back. In the fall, she starts graduate school at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Fellow Social Work major Siobhan Matias plans to attend Rutgers University in the Master of Social Work program and will also be enrolled in an Addictions Counselor Training program.


Tierra Kirby, a Political Science and International Studies major from Silver Spring, Md., has been accepted into McDaniel’s Human Services Management graduate program and will be working for Target Community and Educational Services in Rockville, Md. She thanks Dean Breslin, Dr. Boukhars and Dr. Johnson-Ross for supporting her during her time at McDaniel.


Veronica Lathroum, Autumn Lemke-Rochon
Veronica Lathroum, Autumn Lemke-Rochon

History major Veronica Lathroum of Linthicum Heights, Md., followed in the footsteps of a few of her siblings and is now the fourth Lathroum to graduate from McDaniel. Much to her father’s relief, she is also the last child that he will ever have to worry about moving into a dorm room. She looks forward to pursuing a graduate degree and career in Museum Studies or becoming the next Indiana Jones. After graduation, she will begin working as a Folklife intern at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the Eastern Shore.


Torin Grosso of Jameson, Pa., plans to find work in his field of Psychology either at inpatient rehab facilities or as a wilderness guide and counselor, and may go on for an M.D. or Ph.D. if he feels he needs it. The Psychology major wants to be able to save enough so that every once in a while he can travel – to walk across China meeting people and making them laugh and to kayak across fjords in Alaska. Christine Jubinski of Laurel, Md., wants to travel too, and will apply her Psychology major in a job that allows her to do just that.


Britany Miley, Ryan Spicer
Britany Miley, Ryan Spicer

A Political Science and International Studies major, Ryan Spicer of Whitefield, Maine, served as president of the Student Government Association and as part of McDaniel’s Delegation of the Maryland Student Legislature, both experiences that he hopes will help him as he pursues law school after a semester off. One of his most memorable experiences was a Jan Term trip to Roatan, Honduras, where he dove with nurse sharks, barracudas, sea turtles, and pilot whales. 


Dwight Carmon, Rula Zaru, Paul Jaworski
Dwight Carmon, Rula Zaru, Paul Jaworski

Psychology major Dwight Carmon of Capitol Heights, Md., Sociology major Rula Zaru of Mount Airy, Md., and Religious Studies major Paul Jaworski of Columbia, Md., will leave McDaniel having found lifelong friends in each other. They would like to thank their families for their support and everlasting commitment to their journeys. Jaworski sees nothing but possibility in the degree in Religious Studies with a Business Administration minor he will receive at Commencement and is considering starting his own business as a personal concierge and also looking at a career in international business or sales. Carmon will take a year off to work as a lifeguard and prepare to take the GRE to apply to graduate programs in Human Services or Special Education. The Psychology major would ultimately like to earn a Ph.D. in Human Services and work in a government agency.


Ro-z Edelston

Some of the memories that Theatre Arts major Ro-z Edelston of Cos Cob, Conn., has from her time at McDaniel are joining the theatre family, using an art project to introduce herself to her favorite band and conducting Mad Libs via Facebook statuses. She will begin her internship as a lighting tech/design intern at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey only 24 hours after graduation.


Philippa McCafferty

Art History major Philippa McCafferty of Portsmouth, R.I., has had a great time both in the Art History department and the Writing Center, where she has tutored for three years. She is returning to R.I. to take some time off after graduation to work, study and plot her next international adventure before making her way to graduate school.  


Patrick Callahan, a Cinema major from Catonsville, Md., has had an unforgettable experience at McDaniel, and is eternally grateful for the friends and teachers that he has met along the way.


Paige Price of York, Pa., is graduating with a dual major in Communication and Sociology and will begin work as a Human Resources Assistant at Agora Publishing in Baltimore, where she interned during the spring semester.


Noah Patton, Dillon O'Maille, Zach Wright
Noah Patton, Dillon O'Maille, Zach Wright

This summer, Noah Patton, a Political Science and International Studies major from Montgomery Village, Md., is interning with Congressman Van Hollen and will be working on a campaign for the Maryland gubernatorial election. He also plans to go to law school and pursue a master’s degree in public policy.


A Political Science and International Studies major, Michael Marks of Ellicott City, Md., starts at American University in the School of International Studies this fall.


Ashley Dwumfour, Lauren Brown
Ashley Dwumfour, Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown, a Sociology major from Towson, Md., has been involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since her freshman year, and will be interning with InterVarsity at the Peabody Institute for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Kira Young

An Art and Communication double major, Kira Young of Glen Rock, Pa., plans to take a break from life, for about a week, before starting a six-month paid internship with “The Equiery” and will hopefully have a permanent job there after her internship. Graduate school is an option for her in the future.


Krystina Shultz

Krystina Shultz, a Communication major from Enola, Pa., plans to work in public relations and event planning. She says that the best part of college was her friends and surviving Snowmageddon, getting lost on the way back from the mall, seeing the Cherry Blossoms in D.C., drinking tea, singing karaoke, traveling abroad, and staying up all night during finals week with them.


Nick Turissi

The best experiences that Nick Turissi, an Art major from Hamilton Square, N.J., had were his advanced studio classes, the Disney College Program, and teaching himself Hula Hoop tricks on campus. He plans to continue working on his art and eventually apply to graduate school in Fiber Art.


Katelyn Slade

Katelyn Slade, a Sociology major from Westminster, Md., is glad that she decided to transfer to McDaniel and graduate in her hometown. She has accepted a position as a mental health worker for a juvenile treatment facility. 


Joanna Thornton, a Sociology major from Port Deposit, Md., has created lifelong memories on the Hill that she will always cherish. She hopes to get a master’s degree.


Jess Hague

English major Jess Hague of Voorhees, N.J., has been involved with Gospel Choir and Gamma Sigma Sigma, as well as the Residence Life and Admissions departments. She also directed a show that was performed for charity. Next year, she hopes to be back in Maryland teaching English in middle or high school.


Jessica Kinn, an Art major from Taneytown, Md., enjoyed her time at McDaniel and says that her experience was something that she will never forget. She hopes to return to McDaniel in the graduate program.


Kaitlyn Vadenais of North Smithfield, R.I., plans to put her Communication major to use with a job in media or sports relations. Writing for and serving as editor-in-chief of the “Free Press,” playing on the Green Terror softball team, and traveling to Italy for Jan Term are some of her fondest memories.


Karly Ziegler

Karly Ziegler (above, left), a Communication major from Baltimore, has enjoyed her time during the second semester of her senior year studying abroad in Limerick, Ireland, and plans to work in the United States for a year before moving back to Ireland to get her master’s degree in marketing.


Allison Schmitz, a French major from Lothian, Md., has been hired by the French government to teach English in a high school in Nantes, France.


Christen Brown, a History major from Hagerstown, Md., plans to attend graduate school to study library science and hopes to become an archivist or curator.


Hayoung Kim

Hayoung Kim, a Political Science and International Studies major from Rockville, Md., started the Bridge Education Abroad Institute to make study abroad opportunities available to more students. She was among only 181 student leaders nationwide named a Newman Civic Fellow for her dedication and passion to foster cultural diplomacy through understanding and tolerance of different communities. It’s no surprise that after graduation she plans to travel around the world.


Eddie Blankenship
Eddie Blankenship

McDaniel graduates its first four Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies majors. Eddie Blankenship of Taneytown, Md., also majored in French and will be studying Dari (an Afghan dialect) this summer at Indiana University before attending Harvard’s Islamic Studies program.

Eric Spioch
Eric Spioch

Eric Spioch, a double major in Spanish from Westminster, Md., has received a prestigious State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study in Morocco this summer, which will hopefully lead to government work as a translator.

Emily Schaefer
Emily Schaefer

Emily Schaefer of Hampstead, Md., who also majored in Political Science and International Studies, is planning to look for a job in international development and work toward her goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. A’rikka Kimbrough of Baltimore is taking some time off before applying to graduate school.


Nine seniors were commissioned as 2nd lieutenants: Marcus Carter, an Environmental Policy major from Greenbelt, Md., assigned to the Ordnance Corps 818th Maintenance Company in Fort Meade, Md.; Joy Chand, a Sociology major from Frederick, Md., assigned to the Quartermaster Corps 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Kyle Connor, a Political Science major from Mount Airy, Md., assigned to the Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga.; Jerry Dixon III, a History major from Finksburg, Md., to the Infantry at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Cody Fields, a Sociology major from New York City, to the Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., after attending the Maryland Police Academy; Jacob Hale, a History major from Towson, Md., to the Infantry in the Army National Guard 112th Infantry Regiment in Duncansville, Pa.; Robert Kapp, a Biology major from Westminster, Md., to the Medical Service Corps to be a Department of Natural Resources policeman; Ashley Meister, an Accounting Economics and Business Administration major from Vienna, Va., to the Quartermaster Corps of the Md. Army National Guard to the 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and James Young III, an Environmental Science major from Fairfax Station, Va., to the Military Intelligence Corps in the United States Army Reserve and report to the 232nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Hanover, Md.