2014 Cheers

Here’s a proud salute to our graduates awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees on May 24. Read on for the insider’s view of the McDaniel College Class of 2014.


Studying abroad at the U. of Wollongong in Australia was the experience of a lifetime for Brittney Lenz, who plans to study Marine Biology in grad school. The Biology major from Pasadena, Md., explored Sydney, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, learned how to surf, attended a show at the Opera House, visited New Zealand, fed and pet a kangaroo, joined a rugby team and made great Aussie friends. She calls McDaniel’s swimmers her teammates, best friends and family – along with her sisters in Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.


Friends Stephanie Akoto, Bodeshi Tolessa, Kelini Coker and Daniel Alegbeleye share many happy McDaniel memories, among them Homecoming 2013 when their classmates chose Kelini and Daniel to be queen and king.

Daniel Alegbeleye and Kelini Coker
Daniel Alegbeleye and Kelini Coker

Coker, a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology from Abingdon, Md., is a Sankofa mentor and intern for Academic Success among the first year students. She worked on an independent study on skin complexion and beauty and hopes to find a career where she can help others in the field of Psychology. A Philosophy major with a minor in History from Silver Spring, Md., Alegbeleye will pursue a law degree at Widener College. He is a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, head Resident Assistant of North Village, and created his own organization on campus called BROTHERS ELITE. Akoto is a Social Work major from Columbia, Md., who was the vice president of Africa’s Legacy, devoting her time to the Office of Multicultural Affairs/ Sankofa mentoring while interning at Access Carroll of Westminster. She plans to use her knowledge in Social Work to continue to help others in her community. Tolessa, a Psychology major from Takoma Park, Md., was the president of Africa’s Legacy and also worked with the Office of Multicultural Affairs/ Sankofa mentoring while maintaining an internship in public health. She hopes to turn her deep passion to help women and children into a career.

Stephanie Akoto, Bodeshi Tolessa, Daniel Alegbeleye, Kelini Coker
Stephanie Akoto, Bodeshi Tolessa, Daniel Alegbeleye, Kelini Coker


McDaniel men's basketball team

Three senior basketball players closed out their final year with the most successful season in McDaniel history with the most wins of all time. Jimmy Cranwell, an English major from Brick, N.J., will miss times spent with his team – including fellow grads Evan Pupelis, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Manhasset, N.Y., and Josh Smith, a Social Work major from Cambridge, Mass. – both on and off the court.


An Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science and International Studies double major, Kat Dales of New Freedom, Pa., discovered that McDaniel was a home to her during her junior year living in the Arabic House. She plans to attend law school at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law specializing in either trial law or international law. She hopes to work as a prosecutor and eventually get a LL.M. with the goal of finding a judicial position.


Jabraan Ismail, an Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Cinema double major from Taneytown, Md., recently finished an hour and a half feature film that he started working on at the end of his first-year. After graduation, he plans to make a second feature film and tour film festivals. He hopes to connect with a notable distributor and have a professional career producing independent films.


Lauren Murray (right) of Centreville, Md., is headed to Oklahoma to put her English degree to use with Reading Partners, an AmeriCorps affiliate. What she’ll remember most are her semester in Costa Rica and a Jan Term spent travel writing across Europe with best friend Amber Slater (left), fellow Writing Center tutor, distance runner and newspaper editor.  Slater, an English and Spanish double major from Westminster, Md., will study Rhetoric, Writing and Discourse at DePaul University this fall, where she will work as a graduate assistant in the Center for Writing-based Learning.


Political Science and International Studies major Alan Lyons (left) of Winfield, Md., will work as a campaign staffer for a candidate in the Carroll County State’s Attorney election and will continue to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism. His eventual goal is to merge Bill Nye the Science Guy with Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart to use humor to help engage and educate the public about the political world.


Zach Littrell and Kristine Harjes

Although he’ll use his keyboard to tap out great works as a fiction writer, Zach Littrell, a Computer Science and Mathematics major from Taneytown, Md., designed “Poggio” for his capstone project to teach people how to program. Kristine Harjes, a Mathematics and Economics major from Rumson, N.J., whose research broke new ground in understanding the digital currency Bitcoin, landed a spot on the Business Intelligence team at The Motley Fool, a multi-media financial-services company in Alexandria, Va.


Sara Caporaletti and Julia Celebrado-Royer

Roommates Sara Caporaletti (left) of Damascus, Md., and Julia Celebrado-Royer (right) of Havre de Grace, Md., both Art majors, are heading off to graduate school in the fall. Caporaletti will attend the MFA in Studio Art program at American University while Celebrado-Royer will pursue her MFA in Multidisciplinary Art from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art.


Joe Odierno, left, and Zach Watkins at a football game this past year.
Joe Odierno, left, and Zach Watkins at a football game this past year

Biology major Joe Odierno from Deale, Md., and Biochemistry major Zach Watkins from Cumberland, Md., both plan to head to medical school in the fall of 2015 after working in hospitals for the next year. Swim team captain, Tri-Beta Biology honors society president and Phi Delta Theta member, Odierno did research in the San Juan Islands as an undergraduate. Watkins, a Phi Delta Theta member and previous president from Cumberland, Md., did research at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science last summer.


McDaniel Psychology graduates follow different paths in the field. Daniel Seibert of Middletown, Pa., will pursue a master’s in Industrial / Organizational Psychology at West Chester U. Kaitlyn Eby of Mechanicsburg, Pa., returns to campus for the final year of her five-year master’s in Counselor Education for School Counseling. Samantha Wilson of New Castle, Colo., will work at Aspen Glen golf club during the summer while looking into grad school for Child Psychology. Madison Deegan of Sykesville, Md., heads south for Loyola University-Maryland’s Counseling Psychology master’s program in the practitioner track.


Brighid Molony and Elyssa Sykes Bidwell
Brighid Molony and Elyssa Sykes Bidwell

Communication major Elyssa Sykes Bidwell of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., plans to look for a job, catch up on sleep and perhaps travel across the country in continuation of wanderlust sparked on Jan Term in London. The Communication major will miss friendships formed on the Hill, especially unexpected friends like Jesica West and Katherine Chen, who she met during two months spent on crutches. Beginning in June, History and Asian Studies double major Brighid Molony of Conway, S.C., will work from Rockville, Md., as a deputy field manager intern for Doug Gansler’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign.


​Erin Murray, Susanna Michaels, Braeden Lovett, and Aminata Lashley
Erin Murray, Susanna Michaels, Braeden Lovett, and Aminata Lashley

History major Susanna Michaels will join her mother’s firm, Michaels Opinion Research, in New York City and learn American and foreign history by traveling and exploring the world. She’s off to a great start – already checked off are Italy, Spain, England, Belize and a trip to Japan and China with her family in August. Erin Murray, a Psychology major with a concentration in American Sign Language, hopes to work part-time interpreting for ASL and looking at programs for either interpreting or school counseling – she yearns to combine the psychology base, love of kids, and specialize it with the integration of ASL. But first, she heads back to her home in Goldsboro, Md., and the summer job in Sudlersville, Md., she’s held for the past three years providing summer education to Spanish-speaking children. During her years at McDaniel, she’s enjoyed being part of McDaniel's improv group Dangersauce for three years and this year as president, Genitales and the ASL Club.


Biology major Candice Lyle from Baltimore, Md., has big plans for the future. After a year or so studying for the law entrance exams and saving money, she wants to go to grad school for a degree in law and public health – but she also wants to work as a make-up artist and eventually create her own cosmetic line.


Sociology major Morris Koffa of Bowie, Md., wants to travel this summer and explore other cultures, perhaps South America, Europe or Africa. He plans to attend graduate school for Information Technology/Cybersecurity.


Laura Carvalho and Deanna Dicello

Laura Carvalho and Deanna Dicello have been friends since freshman year, but doing summer research in 2013 with Chemistry professor Melanie Nilsson made them even closer. They are on the executive board of the Chemistry Honor Society Gamma Sigma Epsilon and will use their Biochemistry majors as springboards into healthcare fields. Carvalho is headed to dental school in Pittsburgh and Dicello to med school to become a pediatrician. Carvalho shares a bond with three other friends – all of Latin American heritage from Peru, Brazil and El Salvador. Carvalho, Mathematics and Spanish major Adriana Mendoza, Psychology, Spanish and Counselor Education major Mileyni Alvarenga, Biology and Spanish major Shirley Mancia shared their cultures through the Hispano-Latino Alliance and lived together in the Spanish House.

Adriana Mendoza, Mileyni Alvarenga, Laura Carvalho and Shirley Mancia
Adriana Mendoza, Mileyni Alvarenga, Laura Carvalho and Shirley Mancia


Kyle Smith, Laura Shinn, and Jasmine McCormick
Kyle Smith, Laura Shinn, and Jasmine McCormick

After a vacation at home in Antioch, Calif., Jasmine McCormick will march off to Fort Hood, Texas, to join the 89th Military Police Brigade as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. The Psychology major has many honors but ranks her Legion of Valor Award as a favorite memory – right there with finishing the Tough Mudder with McDaniel friends Kyle Smith, a junior, and Laura Shinn, a 2013 graduate.


In addition to Jasmine McCormick, other seniors commissioned as 2nd lieutenants include Katharine Armstrong, a Psychology major from Wilmington, Del.; Olivia Brundage, a Mathematics major from Westminster, Md.; Nicholas Smith, History major from Sykesville, Md.; and Logan Yox, a Religious Studies major from Finksburg, Md.


Andrea Briggs of McMurray, Pa., will always remember her semester in Budapest, Hungary, when she explored so many of the cities she had studied in her History classes. Briggs, who also has an English major and Writing minor, will begin the Master of Library and Information Science program at University of Pittsburgh in the fall, where she will specialize in Archives.


Social work major Shanice Hackley of Owings Mills, Md., is off to the Big Apple to attend New York University’s Silver School of Social Work’s Advanced Standing program.


Exercise Chemistry major Monica Parcell of Prospect Park, Pa., has her eye on a career as a physical therapist and will apply to programs this summer. But at the top of her list is a missions trip to Kenya for two weeks to deliver clean water filtration systems to the people there.


Healthcare is calling Psychology majors Danielle Hagglund of Moorpark, Calif., Jesica West of Bloomingdale, N.Y., and Alexa Parker of Monkton, Md. Hagglund awaits acceptances from post-baccalaureate pre-med programs while Parker heads to U. of Maryland School of Nursing for a B.S.N. degree. West, who also has a major in Biology, is Florida bound to the U. of Miami for a Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology.


Kyla Greenhorn (left) and Rebecca Wilson (right) are the founders of McDaniel Compliments, a Facebook page that has published 2,000 anonymous compliments to members of the McDaniel community since its launch in January 2013. They are both inspired by the kindness and positivity they have witnessed during this project, and would like to thank the community for their support. Soon Wilson, an English major from Frederick, Md., will begin working at Sykesville Veterinary Clinic as their External Marketing Manager. Greenhorn, a Theatre Arts and Religious Studies double major from Hagerstown, Md., is applying for a master’s in Religion at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.


Maria Mercurio (second from right) in Lucca, Italy, over JanTerm with McDaniel friends Eli Fisher, Andrew Keogh, Ben Shoudy, Peter Comitale, Hilary Deweese and Abby Richardson.
Maria Mercurio (second from right) in Lucca, Italy, over JanTerm with McDaniel friends Eli Fisher, Andrew Keogh, Ben Shoudy, Peter Comitale, Hilary Deweese and Abby Richardson.

Maria Mercurio of Pleasanton, Calif., receives her degree in English this May but she’ll be back in the fall to finish her Biology major. Then it’s off to med school for emergency medicine and eventually to faraway lands doing international relief work.


Seniors Kailey Beck, Nia Garrett, Jennifer Heegaard, Kait Atkinson
Seniors Kailey Beck, Nia Garrett, Jennifer Heegaard, Kait Atkinson

Jennifer Heegaard is moving home to Afton, Minn., for a summer job. She hopes to find a job that applies to her Psychology major when she moves to Duluth, Minn., and then go on to graduate school.


Jason Stein of Rockville, Md., is deciding whether to take his double major in Biology and Psychology to work in the biopharmaceutical industry this summer as either a lab technician or marketing strategist, or to “travel to Europe and Manhattan in search of a means to my creative end.”


Theatre Arts major Kelsey Gondek of Avondale, Pa., says she couldn’t have asked for a better experience than the one she got being involved in theatre. Fellow Theatre Arts major Elizabeth Maxman of New York also mentioned that some of her favorite memories are from working on shows. Her ultimate dream is to work on Broadway or in California doing something in the entertainment industry or possibly advertising. She is also passionate about the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Lastly, Megan McCargish, a Theatre Arts major from Reisterstown, Md., is working this summer as a camp counselor at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Frederick County and hopes to eventually study at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.


According to Spanish major Danny Carbo of Westminster, Md., his post-graduation plan is fame.


Melissa Weldon, Sarah Mason and Sarah Marshall with fellow senior Meg Roesser
Melissa Weldon, Sarah Mason and Sarah Marshall with fellow senior Meg Roesser

Sarah Mason, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Westminster, Md., plans to move to Florida “somewhere warmer” and work in either physical therapy or adult rehabilitation services with graduate school in her future. Social Work majors Melissa Weldon of Broomall, Pa., and Sarah Marshall of Lexington, Mass., will be attending the University of Maryland School of Social Work.


Art major Casey Roberds of Westminster, Md., wants to be the best female tattoo artist in the country. She graduated from a tattoo apprenticeship that she began during her sophomore year and has conquered her first tattoo convention.


English major Whitney Walker of Cumberland, Md., completed the Disney College Program in the fall and has a job lined up as a character attendant in Orlando after graduation. Zachery Brown, an English and self-designed Medieval Studies major from Riderwood, Md., will participate in the Disney College Program as well.


Tom Cartaxo, a Philosophy-Religious Studies dual major from Eldersburg, Md., joined the Peace Corps and hopes to be stationed in Albania. 


Before possibly going to graduate school to study pharmacology, self-designed Neuroscience major Oliver Avaritt of Loganville, Ga., will teach for a year in New York City with the Brothers of The Sacred Heart. In addition to helping out with classroom activities, he will organize community service events and assist with campus ministry.


Masha Paul is off to the Big Apple to be an NBC Page as part of a year-long program that serves as the primary pipeline to entry level positions at NBC Universal. Besides public relations responsibilities, she'll have the opportunity to work on assignments in other departments, like production or entertainment. The Communication major from Providence, R.I., credits TV Club, Alpha Psi Omega and the Communication and Cinema Department with preparing her for this journey. 


Today’s legacy graduates – graduates with parents and/or grandparents who are alumni: Kaitlin Atkinson, Lauren Avery, Matthew Bell, Nicole Canon, Danielle DeColli, John Dowd, Molly Foster, Matthew Fuhrman, Zachary Heckle, Patrick Keefer, Zachary Littrell, Stephanie Maring, Zachary Nibbelink, Josiah Nusbaum, Ellen Shank, Keith Smith and Amanda Webster


Nora Toney and Kaitlin Atkinson
Nora Toney and Kaitlin Atkinson

Many memories of Social Work major Kaitlin Atkinson of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Exercise Science & Physical Education major Nora Toney of Woodlyn, Pa., have come from working with the Athletics department. Atkinson is unsure of her future plans, while Toney will work at a YMCA near her hometown this summer before pursuing a career in sports management.


Former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo and Dr. Debora Johnson-Ross, associate professor of Political Science and International Studies, with Joshua Fletcher
Former Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo and Dr. Debora Johnson-Ross, associate professor of Political Science and International Studies, with Joshua Fletcher

Exercise Science and Physical Education major Joshua Fletcher of Lithonia, Ga., has accepted a college coaching position in New York City. He has loved every single minute of his time at McDaniel. “Thank you McDaniel for the memories and thank you class of 2014 for the love!”


When she walks across the stage, Jennifer Cooper, a Biology major from Olney, Md., will be one step closer to her dream of becoming a medical ethics lawyer. She plans to continue her education next year at law school and hopes to graduate with a J.D. (juris doctor) and M.B.E (masters of bioethics) joint degree.


Don’t be surprised to see Emily Sanders on campus a decade from now. The Psychology major from Danbury, Conn., is planning to go to graduate school for a Ph.D. and hopes to become a college professor – maybe even here at McDaniel. She’s the first McDaniel student to make two trips to the Dominican Republic to teach in schools for the Deaf.


Shelby Toler of Columbia, Md., an Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major with minors in Forensic Science and Spanish, will serve as director of events and networks at Bright Stars of Bethlehem and looks forward to traveling to Palestine. She is proud of her involvement in starting the McDaniel College Dance Team, which took first place and grand overall champions at two competitions her senior year. 


Sarah Tate and Alissa Beckett
Sarah Tate and Alissa Beckett

Sarah Tate, a French major with an Elementary Education minor from Hagerstown, Md., says her most memorable experience was studying abroad in Dijon, France, during Summer 2013. She met up with her best friend Alissa Beckett, a Biology major from Medford, N.J., in Rome before Beckett returned home from studying abroad at McDaniel Europe. After graduation, Tate will begin teaching in an elementary classroom in Maryland while Beckett will attend SUNY College of Optometry.


Kaitlyn Kivi of Severn, Md., finished her Communication and English degrees in December, and has since been working as the Human Resources Coordinator for Continental Realty Corporation in Baltimore while studying Human Resources Development at Towson University.


Sociology major Jasmine Scott (left) of Derwood, Md., will attend the Montgomery County Police Academy starting in October. Her friend, Bridget McLaughlin (right), a Business Administration major from Langhorne, Pa., will work for Olympic Digital Scanning, a business she founded as a McDaniel student with her father scanning and archiving historical data.


For Samantha Stair, an English major from Mount Airy, Md., all of the experiences and memories she will take away are because of the people and community on the Hill. She will miss working with her Writing Center family, rehearsing with Belly Dance Club and walking with friends to RiteAid for nail polish. Stair hopes to get a teaching job in a Maryland middle school and to continue to study the art of belly dance. She says, “I leave here with McSwag in my heart.”


Political Science and International Studies major Peter Guastella of Red Bank, N.J., will attend law school at Quinnipiac University. He would like to thank the entire Political Science department for all of their help the past four years.


Stephanie Maring and Rachel Sidney
Stephanie Maring and Rachel Sidney

After spending the last four years playing softball and studying English, Rachel Sidney of East Meadow, N.Y., will return to the Hill for graduate school when she finishes student teaching. After English major Mary Tokolish of Moorestown, N.J., spends the summer interning with a school board association, she will begin student teaching in the fall.


Destinee Stice from Marriottsville, Md., has it all figured out. She’ll make a dent in her college loans and fulfill some dream internships before deciding about graduate school. Ultimately the Psychology major hopes to become a grief counselor and work for hospice.


“I love Maryland, and I love the Ravens!” exclaims Liz Kraft, a Social Work major from Taneytown, Md. As a commuter student, she said she didn’t spend much time on campus, but one of her favorite things was watching the squirrels run around. She will be enrolled in the master’s in Counselor Education program at McDaniel in the fall.


Elise O’Meara, Allie Eader and Megan Oakey with fellow senior Brittany Tyler
Elise O’Meara, Allie Eader and Megan Oakey with fellow senior Brittany Tyler

Social Work major Elise O’Meara of Bowie, Md., received advanced standing at Catholic University’s National Catholic School of Social Service and will work at her alma mater, Elizabeth Seton High School. Sociology major Allie Eader of Ijamsville, Md., plans to pursue a master’s degree in Counselor Education and become a school counselor and possibly a coach. Megan Oakey, an Exercise Science & Physical Education major with a minor in Athletic Training from Baltimore, will pursue certification as a Physical Therapy Assistant.


English major Michelle Woshner of Monument, Colo., wants to run her own company one day. She co-chaired the 2013 Relay for Life event that raised over $21,000 for the American Cancer Society with Stanley Rapiey, a German and Biology major from Bel Air, Md. 


Abby Urner, a Communication major and journalism minor from Hagerstown, Md., leaves the Hill with spring break memories from Orange Beach, Ala., with her friends and leadership experience as Membership Recruitment Chair of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Urner, who interned at the Carroll Community Media Center, plans to begin a career in marketing or journalism, particularly broadcasting.


Katie Timmons, an Exercise Science and Physical Education major from Bishopville, Md., will attend graduate school at Salisbury University to get a master’s degree in Applied Health Physiology with a concentration in cardiovascular-pulmonary rehabilitation while fellow Exercise Science and Physical Education major Hollie Cunningham of Washington, D.C., will attend Chatham University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.


Lauren Avery and Emily Kurtyka with fellow senior Allie Shreves

Best friends since freshman year, Communication major Lauren Avery (left) of Severna Park, Md., and Cinema and Communication major Emily Kurtyka (center) of Frederick, Md., are rarely seen apart. After a memorable internship with the Baltimore Orioles, Avery plans to continue working in sports marketing and public relations. Kurtyka hopes to one day make her return to Scotland, where she studied abroad. She will attend Mount St. Mary’s in pursuit of her elementary teaching certificate in the fall.


Communication and Cinema major Emoff Amofa of Aspen Hill, Md., dreams of becoming an executive producer in Hollywood, but for now, he plans to start as an associate producer at a local television station and work his way up. In the meantime, he will pursue an MBA focused in Media and Entertainment.


History major Nicholai Wingreen of Columbia, Md., will apply for positions in the State Department while teaching at a karate school. He eventually plans to pursue a Master’s degree. Joseph Wright of Westminster, Md., will write for Save The Water, an environmental nonprofit in Miami, while working at The SEED School of Miami. The History and Environmental Policy & Science major plans to apply to History graduate programs. Jaime Poulos, a History major from Jefferson, Md., is considering teaching high school history or working at a museum.


David Danna, a triple major in Business Administration, Economics and Accounting Economics from Hanover, N.H., has landed a job at KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory firm in Baltimore. Graduate school is in the cards for Business Administration major Kate Goldstein of Amherst, Mass., who has been accepted to Georgetown University. Zachary LaVeck of Baltimore, an Economics and Business Administration major, will put his degree to use at Mariner Finance.  Business Administration major Nicole Piper of Clarksville, Md. will work in the human resources department of the District of Columbia.


While Andrew Keogh revises his senior thesis on racial politics and the memory of the Civil War in Baltimore city for publication, the History major from Baltimore will work as an intern for Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.


Nicole Link of Damascus, Md., is going back into the classroom in the fall – the elementary school classroom that is, using her Psychology major to be a para-educator. Her Psychology classmate, Robert Lopez of Bethesda, Md., is applying to various law enforcement jobs, while Rachel Bridgeman, a Psychology major also from Bethesda, Md., is planning to go to grad school in a year.


Mary Chow and Alissa Becket in Bratislava
Mary Chow and Alissa Becket in Bratislava

With her double major in Psychology and Biology, Mary Chow of Silver Spring, Md., is considering becoming a dietitian. But first she’s moving cross country to California.


Communication major and Cinema minor Hillary Deweese (left) of White Hall, Md., will miss exploring Italy on Jan Term, entertaining the campus as part of Dangersauce improv comedy troupe and walking downtown to CUP with friends. 


Social Work major BreAnna Strevig (left) of Westminster, Md., and Theatre Arts major Elena Waller (right) of Oakland, Calif., met freshmen year and have shared lots of laughs and tears together. Strevig will be attending George Mason University for her master’s degree and plans to be come a licensed social worker in the international adoption field.


Shawn Beaumont of Ellicott City, Md., trekked and blogged the Appalachian Trail before Commencement to get his start as a travel writer. 


Joshua Matukonis of Merchantville, N.J., feels his triple major in Accounting Economics, Business Administration and Economics and minor in Literature opens up a world of possibilities after graduation. Without a doubt, the best part of his McDaniel experience was the time spent in Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he looks forward to maintaining the brotherhood beyond the Hill.  


Meghan Schatz, a Communication and Cinema double major from Parkton, Md., hopes to get a job in the film industry. She spent last summer learning the ins and outs of editing, camera work, lighting, directing and backstage managing as the Productions and Operations Intern at Maryland Public Television. After a few years of working in the business, she’d like to return to school for an MFA in film production. Schatz also hopes to return to Greece after falling in love with the country’s history while on Jan Term. 


Communication major Laura Dudley of Olney, Md., will work as a guest experience representative with the Washington Nationals while she looks for a full-time job.


Amber Slater and Phoebe McHale
Amber Slater and Phoebe McHale

Phoebe McHale, a Political Science and International Studies and Environmental Studies double major from Collegeville, Pa., is off to Portland, Ore., to attend Lewis & Clark Law School where she plans to focus on environmental law.


A Spanish and Communication double major, Benjamin Shoudy of Durham, Conn., leaves for Italy three days after graduation. He will spend the summer making goat cheese on a farm in Tuscany before traveling to Florence where he plans to teach English to non-English speakers. He says that the best decision he made was joining Phi Kappa Sigma where he met brothers he’ll know for a lifetime. 


The friends that Ramatullah Deme, a French and Psychology double major from Westminster, Md., made during her freshman year will be her friends for life. 


Sammi Stair, Natalie Sharpe and Danielle Hagglund
Sammi Stair, Natalie Sharpe and Danielle Hagglund

Business Administration and Spanish major Natalie Sharpe of Burtonsville, Md., has a lot to remember from her time at McDaniel, from trips to the Renaissance festival in period attire and treks through the snow to Goodwill to going out in Halloween costume for discounted burritos and performing with the Belly Dance Club.


Relatives of McDaniel faculty and staff receiving bachelor's degrees include:  Amy Bell's son Environmental Policy and Science major Matthew Bell of Taneytown, Md.; Gregory Fuhrman's son Cinema major Matthew Furhman of Westminster, Md.; Wayne Little's son Communication major Nolan Little of Westminster, Md.; Kem Mason's daughter Exercise Science and Physical Education major Sarah Mason of Westminster, Md.; Mardi Melendez's son Art major Julio Melendez of Hanover, Pa.; Gregg Nibbelink's son Political Science and International Studies major Zachary Nibbelink of Hampstead, Md.; Gail Slater's daughter English and Spanish major Amber Slater of Westminster, Md.; Sociology major Brittany Tyler of Westminster, Md.; and Barbara Jyson's daughter Social Work major Ashley Wuenschell of Hanover, Pa. In addition, Sara French's husband Steve French '12  of Westminster, Md., is receiving his B.E.S.T. teacher certification and Ochieng' K'Olewe's wife Beatrice Ochieng '09 of Taneytown, Md., is receiving her master's degree in Counselor Education.