News Release: Erin Giles ‘15 receives McDaniel College Young Alumni College Service Award

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October 23, 2017

Oct. 23, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



Giles of Westminster, Md., is a 2015 alumna of the college

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Erin Giles of Westminster, Md., has received the young alumni college service award from McDaniel College. She is a 2015 alumna of the college. 

Presented during McDaniel’s Homecoming, the young alumni college service award is given to a recent graduate who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the McDaniel College Alumni Association.  

A summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in art history from McDaniel, Giles served as secretary, vice-president and president of the Student Alumni Council. She also participated in the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association’s Maryland Independent Higher Education days, where she visited elected officials in Annapolis, Md., to lobby for support of the Sellinger Program, a Maryland State grant program for eligible, nonprofit private colleges. 

Her volunteer service was recognized with the Ralph Candler and Dorothy Prince John Award for Academic Excellence and Service to the College Community and the college’s Phenomenal Woman award. She also earned the Lynn F. Gruber Medal for proficiency in extracurricular activities and the McLuhan Award for Excellence in Communication upon her graduation from McDaniel.  

Giles, who received a master’s degree in communication with concentrations in public and media relations and health communications from Johns Hopkins University, is currently associate director of community engagement for McDaniel’s Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO). She previously worked as coordinator of First Year Programs in the College’s First Stop Office. 

She continues to volunteer with the McDaniel College Alumni Association as a member of the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) committee, helping with fundraising, social gatherings and service events to engage young alumni. 

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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.