October 08, 2019
Alumni, students, parents, professors and friends all gathered around the stadium bowl Oct. 5 to cheer on the Green Terror and celebrate Families Weekend and Homecoming on the Hill.
Pre-game activities kicked off with the presentation of the Homecoming Court: Seniors Kiersten Lynn Reed of York, Pa., and Domoniece Taylor of Baltimore; juniors La’Raye Francisco of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Sienna Kelly of High Point, N.C.; sophomores Jade Wells-White of Baltimore and Matthew Zwick of Germantown, Md., and freshmen Capri Savoy of Annapolis, Md., and Alexander Otusajo of Baltimore.
The 1959 Green Terror soccer team celebrated 60 years and the 1960s Bachelors from Alpha Gamma Tau came back to the Hill for their reunions as did the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014.
The Oct. 4 Alumni Awards Banquet recognized notable alumni for professional achievements as well as for community and college service. Gerald Winegrad ’66 was honored with the 2019 Alumnus of the Year Award.
An Economics major, Winegrad dedicated more than 50 years to environmental policy and advocacy and started his career at the National Wildlife Federation in 1969. He served in the Maryland Legislature for more than 16 years, first as a member of the House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983, and then as a state senator and chair of the Senate Environment and Chesapeake Bay Subcommittee from 1983 to 1995.
Winegrad, who earned his J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, also spent 12 years on the Tri-State Chesapeake Bay Commission and on the Board of the Maryland Environmental Trust. He served at the national level on the Environment Committee of the National Conference of State Legislature, where he testified before Congress for the 50-state legislatures on the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Winegrad was named “Man of the Year” by the Annapolitan Magazine, and called the “Environmental Conscience” of the Senate by the Washington Post. He received the President of the Senate Award for his work in preserving and protecting the environment.
He was also honored as Legislator or Conservationist of the Year on 12 occasions from a variety of conservation and public health groups, including the Sierra Club, Audubon Society of Central Atlantic States, Clean Water Action and Maryland Public Health Association. In 2002, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A naval officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam War, he was promoted to a full-time military judge. He graduated from the Naval Justice School and achieved the rank of commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
Other alumni awards are Kelly Rampmeyer Coutts ’07, Young Alumni College Service Award; Frank Lala Jr. M.Ed. ’80, Alumni Community Service Award; Kay Coleman Smith ’66, Alumni College Service Award; and LTG Duane Gamble ’85, Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Named to the Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame are Gladys Sause McLeod ’48, M.Ed. ’49; Margaret Ruppenthal Hurlbrink ’49; Barbara Davison Shanklin ’53; Len Biser ’63; Tom Mavity ’71, M.Ed. ’76; Annette Wood ’96; Kellie Mitros Allman ’97; Lara Henderson Herrmann ’00; Jamie Harris ’02, M.L.A. ’05; Chris McNally ’02; Scott Morrow ’07, M.S. ’12 and Tim Keating, former football coach.
Photo below: 2019 Alumnus of the Year Gerald Winegrad ’66 (center) with Alumni Association President Chuck Sullivan ’72 (left) and McDaniel College President Roger Casey.