SmartTALK, tailgating, concerts and more on fall calendar

The Harcum family helps move their daughter into her dorm room during Class of 2016 move-in day.
August 19, 2013

This fall on the Hill is an inviting menu of French films, concerts, plays, two SmartTalks, Homecoming, Sunday brunch, art exhibitions, sports – and of course McDaniel’s top-rated tailgating in the bowl at Gill Stadium.

Green Terror football opens at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 with its first night game under the lights in Gill Stadium against Catholic University. The 10-game schedule features six home games with Homecoming slated for 1 p.m. Oct. 19 against Franklin & Marshall.  Fall sports schedules are online at

Family Weekend, Oct. 4-6 is the perfect time to cheer on home teams, meet professors, learn about study abroad and reconnect with the student who left home just a few weeks earlier.

Even if you don’t have a student to reconnect with, there’s the first-of-the-semester SmartTALK with Jim Naughton ’94, an international sports agent, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 in Decker Center Forum, and open to all. A second SmartTALK features Sharon Wensel Bowers ’78, educator in residence at the National Institute of Aerospace, at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in WMC Alumni Hall. 

Throughout the semester, students present concerts, art exhibitions, global dinners and stage productions. Theatre Arts students stage “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-5 in WMC Alumni Hall and McDaniel Playback at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-16. Global dinners – a Taste of Latin America and Celebrating Africa – are 6 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 14 respectively in Decker Center Forum.  Student musical performances dot the fall schedule with the college choir, gospel choir, jazz ensemble and band featured in late November and early December.  

The college will co-sponsor with Carroll County Public Library an illustrated lecture and interview with Emmy award-winning filmmaker Leo Eaton at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Decker Auditorium and with Carroll Arts Center, the film “Argo” and conversation with CIA operative Tony Mendez and sculptor Toby Mendez beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the arts center.  

Evan Boggess leads the year’s art exhibitions with his paintings in “Pressure/Heat/Time,” opening Aug. 27 in Rice Gallery. The French film “La Pirogue/The Pirogue” is the first of the four-film festival at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in Decker Auditorium.

Sunday Brunch on the Hill begins its second-Sunday-of-the-month schedule 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Englar Dining Hall and the first-of-the-season Monday Night Music Concert debuts at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in McDaniel Lounge with Linda Kirkpatrick on flute and Rachel Andrews on piano.