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Alumni Profiles

Senior Profiles We Are McDaniel Class of 2021

  • Aaron Slaughter '10

    Aaron Slaughter '10

    “The ability to connect and find common ground with just about anyone is a skill that I honed during my time at McDaniel, and it pays dividends to this day.”
  • Ellen Larsen '10 in front of a bonfire

    Ellen Larson ’10

    “The point of a liberal arts curriculum is to expose you to new opportunities, open you up to different viewpoints, and explore different ways of thinking. This has helped me become an effective, inclusive leader who focuses on building community in the workplace.”
  • Kaitlin Mahoney at NY marathon 2019

    Dr. Kaitlin Mahoney '13

    “McDaniel provided me all the resources to do exactly what I needed and wanted to do. I know I met all the right people there to set me up for success and feel strongly that it was the best place for me.”
  • Kylah + Candles

    Kylah Chadwick ‘18

    "I’ve always had such a great love for my culture and people, so I thought ‘what if I could find a way to combine these two interests together and create my own business?’” she says. “I’ve always known I wanted to create something that celebrated Black culture, but the idea to do this with candles was something that was relatively new to me."
  • Jeff Groff

    Jeff Groff ‘01

    “The result is that we have turned an abandoned farm with no utilities and a few run-down structures into an educational asset with a high tunnel greenhouse, an apiary or bee-yard, an orchard, raised beds, solar power systems, and an aquaponics lab where fish grown in tanks provide nutrient for hydroponically grown vegetables.”
  • Kim Clemens is an Art Therapist

    Kim Clemens '10

    “I like to call art therapy symbolic speech. Art therapy is a creative and expressive way to explore emotions, relationships, boundaries and functioning using process and product-oriented artistic means.”
  • Mike Southers ’04, M.S. ’13

    Mike Southers ’04, M.S. ’13

    “My professors actually heard my ideas, and people in my class really paid attention to what I said. I realized that in high school, I’d had a lot of anxiety and I wondered why they kept the heat on all year long. I started to ease and relax at McDaniel — and then realized that was just a scared, anxious response. The heat hadn’t been on at all.”
  • Cleo Braver '78

    Cleo Braver ’78

    "If we can’t get lawmakers to enact public policy that incentivizes the right things, we can act on our own as consumers. Every single human can be an active participant in changing our food systems just by voting with their fork every day.”
  • Mike Bucci '15

    Mike Bucci '15

    “I felt like I didn’t have just one faculty mentor – I felt like I had an entire department of faculty mentors. That doesn’t end in the classroom but extends to guiding you through your academic career and figuring out what your post-academic career might look like.”
  • Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl '16

    Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl ’16

    “My professors played an enormous, fundamental role in developing my interests. I remember receiving graded papers that were full of comments, going into office hours to discuss what research method to use, and having lunch or coffee and talking about a conference or just general questions I had about what to do after college.”