October 10, 2017
The countdown is on for McDaniel’s 150th birthday celebration, Homecoming, Family Weekend and the Green Terror’s big reveal — all in one activity-packed weekend Oct. 20–21 on the Hill.
Alumni and friends gather Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. for the Alumni Association Awards banquet. Tickets are $35 in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://ilovethehill.mcdaniel.edu/homecoming.
Stephen Ports ’83 will be honored as Alumnus of the Year and Erin Giles ’15 receives the Young Alumni College Service Award. Alumni Community Service Award recipients include Bernard Franklin M.Ed. ’78, Ed Kasemeyer ’67 and Beth Heckert Tevis ’77 and Alumni Professional Achievement awardees are Tom Armbruster ’80, Barbara Hetrick ’67 and Sandra Geiman Ruby ’99.
Green Terror Hall of Fame inductees who will be inducted during the awards banquet are Rick Carpenter M.Ed. ’72, Steve Comes ’93, Charlie Conaway ’00, John Holter ’61, Paul Hugus ’06, M.S. ’09, Elizabeth Blasi McGraw ’00 and Jennifer Piccolomini ’03.
McDaniel’s 150th Birthday Party kicks off on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. on campus and includes live music featuring Western Maryland College/McDaniel College alumni, children’s activities, food and a beer and wine garden.
A timeline exhibit highlighting each decade of the College’s history will be on view in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, with a reception beginning at 10 a.m. and opening remarks by College historian James E. Lightner.
There will also be historic tours of campus and viewings of “Fearless and Bold: LIVE,” a 90-minute multimedia presentation on the College’s history adapted from the book, “Fearless and Bold,” in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science.
The Birthday Party will continue as McDaniel’s Green Terror football team takes on the Mules of Muhlenberg College at 2 p.m. at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, with a cake-cutting ceremony slated for halftime (approximately 3:15 p.m.). McDaniel is nationally recognized for its unique drive-in tailgating tradition and about 2,500 fans annually attend the Homecoming football game. Admission to the game is free; parking on the field is $10 per vehicle (cash only, payable at the gate).
The Green Terror mascot’s big reveal will be during pre-game festivities. Long at the top of “weirdest school mascot” lists, the Green Terror has been brought to life through a variety of homemade costumes resembling a leopard, a dog and a snaggle-toothed monster. Last year, the Alumni Office surveyed alumni, students, faculty and staff about what the Green Terror meant to them. A new mascot was commissioned based on 776 responses, and its creation was supported 100 percent by gifts from the College community.
Schedule of Homecoming/150th Anniversary events