Media Advisory: McDaniel College Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Milestone Event on Oct. 21

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October 18, 2017

UPDATED: Oct. 20, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer, Director of Media Relations

Luke Stillson, Director of
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McDaniel hosts 150th Birthday Party in addition to festivities during McDaniel’s Green Terror Homecoming football game

McDaniel College’s 150th Birthday Party is Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Celebration continues at 2 p.m. at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium as McDaniel’s Green Terror football team takes on the Mules of Muhlenberg College 

Both the Birthday Party and Football Game are Free and Open to the Public 


McDaniel College celebrates its 150th anniversary with a milestone event in conjunction with Homecoming and Family Weekend that is free and open to the public.

McDaniel College’s 150th Birthday Party includes:
• Live music featuring Western Maryland College/McDaniel College alumni
• Children’s historical games from 1867, such as Ring the Hob, Hornbrook and Hoop and Roll, as well as a balloon artist, face painting and arts and crafts 
• Beer and wine garden featuring food and drinks available for purchase from Johansson’s Dining House, Serpent Ridge Vineyard, Furnace Hills Coffee and Shepherd’s Manor Creamery
• Opening reception for the “150 Years on the Hill” art exhibition, which highlights each decade of the college’s history, with remarks by college historian James E. Lightner
• Viewings of “Fearless and Bold: LIVE,” a 90-minute multimedia presentation on the college’s history adapted from the book, “Fearless and Bold” 
• McDaniel College archivist Andrea Briggs leads a pre-event historical walking tour of McDaniel’s campus 

The celebration continues as McDaniel’s Green Terror football team takes on the Mules of Muhlenberg College at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium. This Centennial Conference game marks the 48th meeting between McDaniel and Muhlenberg in a series that dates back to 1927. The Green Terror is 55-27-1 on Homecoming, including winning 14 of the last 24. McDaniel is nationally recognized for its unique drive-in tailgating tradition and approximately 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). Gates for admittance to Kenneth R. Gill Stadium open at 10 a.m. 

Football Game Highlights include: 
• Annual presentation of the Homecoming court, awarding of the James Brant Memorial Cup and recognition of the Alumni and Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame award recipients during a pre-game ceremony 
• New Green Terror mascot to be unveiled as the Green Terror football team takes the field. The Green Terror first appeared in the Oct. 15, 1923, edition of the “Western Maryland” monthly and recounts the Western Maryland College (WMC) football game with Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va., in which the WMC players were referred to as “green terrors.” The Green Terror mascot has seen several incarnations, including as a wolf-like critter, a bobcat and a leopard.
• Halftime Anniversary Celebration, led by McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey, with performances by McDaniel’s cheerleading squad and pep band, plus the reveal of a giant cake created by students from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in honor of McDaniel’s 150th anniversary, as well as 2,000 cupcakes to be served to game attendees. 

Additional athletic events take place throughout the day, including a volleyball tri-match with the Green Terror volleyball team competing against Muhlenberg and Lancaster Bible, Green Terror women’s soccer against Muhlenberg and Green Terror men’s soccer against Muhlenberg. 

Saturday, Oct. 21, at McDaniel College

2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. 

Schedule of Events
• Historical Walking Tour
of campus departs at 9 a.m. at WMC Alumni Hall 
• McDaniel College’s 150th Birthday Party is 10 a.m.–2 p.m., with most events taking place in Memorial Plaza 
     o “150 Years on the Hill” exhibition reception takes place at 10 a.m. in Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall 
     o Viewings of “Fearless and Bold: LIVE” throughout the day in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science 
     o Remarks by McDaniel President Roger N. Casey, Mike Thomas, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Carroll County Commissioners Dennis Frazier and Stephen Wantz, and Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick at noon at the music tent near Baker Memorial Chapel 
• Kickoff of the Homecoming football game at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium at 2 p.m.
     o New Green Terror mascot unveiled prior to the game at approximately 1:45 p.m. 
     o Flyover by the 175th Wing Maryland Air National Guard prior to kickoff at 2 p.m. 
     o Halftime Anniversary Celebration is slated for halftime at approximately 3:15 p.m. 
• Other athletic events include a volleyball tri-match at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Gill Center, women’s soccer at 1 p.m. on the soccer field and men’s soccer at 4 p.m. on the soccer field


McDaniel College marks its 150th anniversary during the 2017–2018 academic year with special celebrations that honor the college’s past, present and future. 

Founded in 1867 as the first coeducational college south of the Mason-Dixon Line, McDaniel was formerly known as Western Maryland College, named for the Western Maryland railroad. In 2002, the college was renamed for William Roberts McDaniel in honor of his 65-year association with the college as a student, professor, administrator and trustee. 

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Editor’s Note:  Visit under “150th Anniversary” to download historic campus images, as well as the 150th anniversary logo.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.