Bryan Yarrington will always remember the people of McDaniel and the personal relationships he built here. A Biology major with Secondary Education and Sociology minors, Yarrington loves working with kids. He’ll work as a counselor this summer at a camp for kids with special needs and then return to McDaniel in the fall to student teach.
SOMETHING TO GET PSYCHED ABOUT
Jeneice Shaw will attend Ball State University’s master’s in Clinical Psychology program in the fall. Nancy Franklin will continue her studies at McDaniel next year to complete the five-year B.A./M.S. Counselor Education program. Her senior Capstone project focused on parental involvement in the middle and high school age ranges, and her aspiration is to implement that program in a school during and after completing her graduate work.
SINGING FOR HER SUPPER
Brittney Stanton will be staying on the Hill post-graduation to finish up a five-year B.A./M.S. Music Education program. Afterwards, she hopes to teach choral music in Maryland.
MAKING HAY WITH HEMP
Mary Pazmany, History major, hopes to one day turn her senior thesis on hemp into a book. She would also like to remain active in her sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma, as well as keep in touch with her favorite professors, Dr. Kachur, Dr. Mary and Dr. Feeley.
BOUND FOR THE SHELVES
Lindsay Wilson and Hanna Spence both plan to pursue master’s degrees in Library Science. Lindsay will attend University of Maryland and Hanna will take a year off before starting a program for children’s literature. Hanna’s favorite memory is playing the leading lady in McDaniel’s production of “Playboy of the Western World” during her sophomore year.
JUST DO IT
Larry Thomas, Exercise Science and Physical Education major, will become familiar with this famous slogan as he moves to Massachusetts for the summer to do a paid internship at a the Nike SPARQ training center before returning home to Baltimore to coach high school football and work as a trainer in the fall.
GIFTED, GRACEFUL AND GUTSY
Environmental Policy and Science major Sunita Pathik hopes to land a job teaching young and old important lessons in protecting our environment. Active in the Environmental Action Club, Pathik graduates with the highest number of study-abroad credits – 22 in all – from a semester studying Spanish and environmental education in Costa Rica. When she’s not leading a group of students to the Power Shift clean energy conference in D.C. or organizing the colorful Holi festival, Pathik, also an accomplished violinist, is belly dancing with the club she helped form on campus.
Sarah Byron will work full time managing Kids First Swim School in Forest Hill, Md. She hopes to use that along with her Sociology-Criminal Justice major to own her own business some day.
SERVICE IN THE CITY
During her years at McDaniel, Antoinette Adams discovered a great passion for giving back to the community. After graduation, she plans to use her Sociology degree to work as a mentor and role model for the inner-city youth of D.C. through an AmeriCorps program with the city’s public school system. In the future, she would like to enroll in an interpreter’s training program and become a certified sign language interpreter.
FLIP A COIN
During her time teaching English to community members through the Palabras 2 Words program, Jenny Wallace became absolutely passionate about teaching. Now, the Environmental Policy and Science and Spanish double major is trying to decide which of two middle school teaching positions to accept after graduation.
Jake Friedman will move to Phoenix, Ariz., with Matt Bisenius and Danni Long, hopefully to find work in a writing, community-organizing, non-profit capacity. During this time he also hopes to take up painting and write poems and stories.
BORN TO FLY
Andy Carr is a veritable encyclopedia of information about anything tflies. He plans to work in Aviation in the Army, and would love to train on base in Colorado, which, coincidentally, also fosters his other hobbythe outdoors. Over the summer, Andy will work at Smokey Glen farm, ashe’s done many summers in the past, and take any chance he gets to camp, hike and bike on the mountains.
FUTURE IN FOCUS
Dozens of students attended the Focus on your Future events designed by Lauren Schwartzbart for her Capstone project to help sophomores sort through the countless choices involved in the often-daunting decision of “what do you want to do when you grow up?” The senior has known since her second year at McDaniel that she wants to be a meeting-and-event planner and designed her own major in Organizational Behavior to help her achieve that goal. Schwartzbart grew up in Montgomery County, Md., where she had a front-row seat to D.C. event extravaganzas – but she fell in love with event planning after spending time with a cousin who is in the business.
PENTATHLON OR BUST
Suzanne Stettinius, a Business Administration major, is off to Chengdu, China, after graduation where she will compete May 26 in the UIPM World Cup #4 Final before plunging into Pentathlon training full time. The Olympic hopeful was the top American finisher and 18th overall in February in her first Pentathlon World Cup final in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Her strongest event was the equestrian event where she placed ninth.
A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE
Sarah “Beau” Reeves will attend the University of Edinburgh in Scotland this fall in pursuit of a master’s in Art History, specializing in Renaissance to Baroque. She hopes it will lead to a career as a museum curator and college professor. One of her most influential professors was Dr. Susan Scott, whom Sarah would love to continue working with throughout her career in art history.
NO FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE
Brittany Odoms hopes to use her Communication skills in the field of human resources as a career advisor or recruiter. She would like to stay on the East Coast, but will travel wherever opportunity calls. Brittany’s favorite memories of McDaniel include “Glar watching,” her Budapest study abroad experience, theme parties, and close friends.
A CAREER IS DAWNING
Paris Fossa, a Psychology major, hopes to get into event planning, skills she certainly used as head of the Up Til Dawn executive committee that raised more than $31,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., placing McDaniel as 16th among the 263 colleges and universities participating nationwide.
FAREWELL TO FACULTY? NEVER!
Biology major Kim Moran counts the relationships she has with professors among her most substantial McDaniel take-aways – and the memory of starting the Outdoors Club during sophomore year with one of her best friends Kristin Behrle (above). Kim will move a short way north on 95 to Philly to attend Salus University’s two-year Physician Assistant program. Kristin, who graduates with a dual major in Art and Communication with a Film Studies minor, is looking for a job in D.C. in communication, art, video or advertising. She’ll never forget the Halloween party her First Year Seminar class, Horror in Fiction and Film, held at professor Robert Kachur’s home – and the recent reunion party there to catch up before everyone disperses after graduation.
A SPRING TO REMEMBER
Caitlin Buckland, a Studio Art major, will take a year off, and then intends to get her graduate degree from the Edinburgh School of Art in Scotland. She still smiles when she thinks about her semester in Budapest and her group’s own version of McDaniel’s Spring Fling.
A HOLE IN ONE
Jennie Weiner, who won the 2011 Centennial Conference women’s golf individual title, graduates today with a B.A. in Psychology and then returns in the fall to complete the five-year Counselor Education program with plans to be a high school guidance counselor and golf coach. Her best McDaniel memories involve her sorority sisters and her golf teammates.
Kristen Brennan, Biology major, has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary School. Her favorite memories of college are hanging out with friends.
SHALL WE CALL YOU SIR OR DR.?
Turner Conrad, Biology major, has been accepted to an Integrated Cellular & Molecular Biology Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course following graduate school. His favorite memory of college was attending Air Assault School through the ROTC program.
WHEN’S THE REUNION?
Apartment mates Nina Minadakis, Caitlin Brennan, Megan Magee, Tricia Mellotte and Maggie Powell and friend David Arnold never run out of stories of their four years here at McDaniel. From camping out in the common room in Rouzer the night before Thanksgiving vacation to playing capture the flag on the ground floor of Whiteford, these friends are determined that they’ll still share the big moments with each other as they head in different directions. French/Theatre Arts major Nina hopes to give acting a try after returning from France where she’ll teach English while Communication major Caitlin will go home to Saco, Maine, to work before going to Colorado and hopefully trying out her film production or directing skills. Megan, an Art major, wants to do something creative while waiting to hear from graduate schools – and Tricia plans to apply her Biology major to study in nursing school. David hopes to follow his dream of teaching English in Germany for a year.
IT IS BRAIN SURGERY
Atlee Baker, a triple major in Biology, Physics and Biochemistry, is waiting to hear back from a couple of medical schools, where he plans to study to be a neurosurgeon. His favorite memories from college are of his lab research, meeting new people and working with a team.
TIME OFF IN THE LAB
Only serious scientists think toiling in a lab equates to taking time off. Nichole Howard and Amanda Burke, both Biology majors, plan to wait a year before heading to graduate school. Amanda wants to take a break in an entry-level lab position. Nichole wants to eventually earn a Ph.D. and become a professor of molecular biology. In the meantime, she has applied for a genetics research position at Johns Hopkins. Chris McLaughlin is studying to take the MCATs and will apply to medical school in the fall; he hopes to become an emergency room or pediatrics doctor. For the summer he is searching for a temporary position in a lab or hospital.
A HEALTHY PLAN
Brian Jumonville, Biology major, plans to apply in the fall for a Physicians Assistant graduate program. His favorite memories at McDaniel were the comedy nights. Christina Paluskievicz is on a pre-med track and hopes to enter medical school in fall 2012.
Emily Fair, Biology major, is hoping to get a teaching position in high school Biology. Her favorite memory is a Jan Term trip to the Bahamas, where, as she says, she didn’t mind rolling up her sleeves and getting dirty in the name of science.
FINDING HERSELF IN RESEARCH
Research opportunities here on campus helped Kayla Vondy see what she wants to do with her life. The Biology major may go to graduate school but in the meantime she wants to do research to either cure or treat diseases. The ultimate for Kayla? Cancer research.
Micah Shelton will never forget the friends he made at McDaniel. In fact, the Biology major was home schooled and then attended a high school where he graduated with only 15 classmates, so he says his McDaniel friends “raised me.” Options are wide open for Micah who is looking at graduate school, working at an organic farm in Colorado, applying for a research position in Pittsburgh, teaching with the Fulbright program and other possibilities.
FAREWELL TO FACULTY? NEVER!
Biology major Kim Moran counts the relationships she has with professors among her most substantial McDaniel take-aways – and the memory of starting the Outdoors Club during sophomore year with one of her best friends Kristin Behrle. Kim will move a short way north on 95 to Philly to attend Salus University’s two-year Physician Assistant program. Kristin, who graduates with a dual major in Art and Communication with a Film Studies minor, is looking for a job in D.C. in communication, art, video or advertising. She’ll never forget the Halloween party her First Year Seminar class, Horror in Fiction and Film, held at professor Robert Kachur’s home – and the recent reunion party there to catch up before everyone disperses after graduation.
A HAIR-RAISING PERFORMANCE
Julia Williams proved a dedicated servant to theatre – she shaved her head to play six different roles, one of which had female pattern baldness, in McDaniel College Theater’s “Wonder of the World.” Even scarier, she had it shaved off during the Homecoming 2010 Danger Sauce performance, a surprise move that had the disturbed audience glued to their seats. Williams, an English-Theatre Arts dual major, also counts co-directing “Choices 2010 – Group Bondage” among her favorite memories.
Alison Rose and Kelly Scheler share the same favorite memory of a ten-day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas with 11 senior girls during Spring Break in 2010. Alison, an Exercise Science major, will attend Tufts University in Boston to pursue her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
FINDING HER GROOVE
From the Belly Dancing to the Environmental Action clubs, Cindy Sordo rose to leadership roles in an array of lively student groups that represent her many passions. She was also president of the International Club and Danger Sauce, the improv troupe and served on the Peer Mentor Advisory Board and as a member of the Theatre Honors Society. Not bad for the Mission, Texas, native who was unsure of how she would adjust to life on the East Coast. Now she plans to move to the West Coast to become a sex therapist after completing her master’s and Ph.D. in California.
HEAD OF THE CLASS
Jacqui Williar and Joe Ottomano will be student teaching in the fall and hope to find a secondary English teaching position in the area. One of Jacqui’s favorite memories is playing lacrosse junior year and the team’s spring break trip to Disney World. Joe greatly enjoyed his time with the Outdoor Club.
THE WRITE STUFF
Kim Williams scored a serious academic victory when she and Danny Hughes convinced professor Robert Kachur that there was something to their discovery of a sexual subtext in Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories. Together, the trio won funding and the chance to collaborate on research into homosexual panic in “William Wilson.” Williams will look for a job in copy editing, research or writing.
MISSION MOST POSSIBLE
California native Jennifer Shriver spent four years as an MP in the Marine Corps assigned to the squadron of Marine One helicopters that transport the President of the United States. During the first month of their training at Quantico, Va., she met her husband, Ron, now a junior Exercise Science major at McDaniel. Jennifer graduates summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Economics and Political Science and International Studies. She will pursue a master’s degree in resource economics in the oil- and mineral-rich state of Alaska, where she has been awarded a teaching assistantship at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. She’s got her sights set on a Ph.D. in perhaps natural resource sustainability but wants first to see how she and her family do with 50-below temperatures before deciding where she’ll continue for her doctorate. Cheering the mother of two today are her husband and their children, 6-year-old Rory and 4-year-old Miles.
GRADUATING WITH WHIT
Nearly four years have passed since Abigail Vickers as a freshman had the idea to start the Canine Companions for Independence Puppy Club on campus. Since that time, Abigail and five other seniors – Allison Johns, Liesl Parrish, Steven McGuire, Kimberly Moran, and Zachary Thompson – living together in one of McDaniel’s affinity houses helped raise Kaya and Whit for the non-profit organization that raises service dogs for people with disabilities. Kaya, a yellow lab/golden retriever cross, now lives in Virginia as a Hearing Dog. Whit, a black lab/golden cross, is graduating too, to go to advanced training.
BOUNCING IN NEW DIRECTIONS
The famous five women’s basketball graduating seniors share the favorite memory of winning the 2010 Centennial Conference championship during their junior year, but their interests will take them in varied directions post graduation. For Physics major, Biology minor Kim Acton, medical school looms in the future. Meredith Larsen, also a Physics major, is deciding between the physics classroom and chemical engineering. Exercise Science major Whitney Snoops wants to follow in McDaniel Coach Becky Martin’s footsteps. Cara Thompson hopes to use her Business Administration major and her minor in Sports Management to open her own sporting goods store someday. Kate Zimmer will put her Sociology major and education minor to good use in the elementary school classroom.
PHI MUs 4-EVER
Elyse Sparks, Rachel Smiroldo, Allison Southwick and Diana Desmond know there is no way they would have made it through college without the support of their Phi Mu sisters. Elyse, a History major and Secondary Education minor, would like to find a position as a Social Studies teacher in the Maryland public school system. Rachel, Sociology minor, will work with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, helping to plan their meetings and conferences.
Centennial Conference title winning golf team members Paul Kovalcheck, Chris Merrill and KJ Mazurek are taking their clubs with them as assistant golf pros at Lu Lu Country Club in Glenside, Pa., Hayfields Country Club in Cockeysville, Md., and Ramson Country Club in Ramson, N.J., respectively. Chris will also attend the University of Baltimore Law School. KJ says winning the tournaments and conference championship and playing in the national championship was a dream come true.
THE FIESTA CONTINUES
While at McDaniel, Laura Thompson learned the importance of global citizenship during her semester abroad in Costa Rica, and will move there after graduation to teach English for a year. She will also always remember having impromptu dance parties in Whiteford, becoming friends with international students and cooking family dinners in her North Village apartment.
HUNGARY FOR LOVE
Kasey Ball and Daylen Stoutin got a lot more out of their semester abroad in Budapest besides culture – the two are now engaged. Kasey has bounced around several departments from Education to Chemistry and finally settled on Studio Art. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school, pay bills and get a puppy.
Leslie Higgins, English major and Education minor, is applying to teach at schools. Her favorite memory of college was her January Term trip to China, where she was able to do one of her favorite hobbies, sing.
SHIP-SHAPE FOR SOCIAL WORK
Olivia Sykes was accepted to the Shippensburg University master’s program in Social Work. Among her favorite memories is a trip to the National Apple Harvest in Pennsylvania, as well as trips with fellow seniors to Tennessee and Ocean City.
Social Work majors Hannah Elovich and Brittany Libernini embarked on a research study for departmental honors, “Reading with Remmie and Whit: Examining Reading Levels and Self-Esteem for Children Engaged with Canine Companions.” Hannah is heading to University of Pennsylvania: Penn School of Social Policy & Practice to pursue her master’s degree. Brittany is heading to University of Denver for her master’s and a certificate in animal-assisted social work. Both have been accepted with advanced standing.
MINDING HER BUSINESS
Kelly Toms will continue her studies in Business Administration at Frostburg State University where she’ll pursue an M.B.A. She plans on someday joining the family security system business in Hagerstown, Md., and becoming a high school volleyball coach.
GREENING THE GLOBE
Shea Beitler-Akman’s Environmental Policy and Science and Political Science majors will be just the foundation he’ll need while studying for a career in international environmental law at the University of Maryland Law School. He’ll remember always the incredible experience of the McDaniel community supporting Egypt and “someone else’s idea of freedom” when Red Square became Tahrir Square for a day.
Environmental Policy and Science major Annie O’Grady will no doubt use all of the soil conservation techniques she’s learned as she digs for remnants of other cultures and long extinct species as an archeologist someday. No wonder her favorite memory is visiting the Mayan ruins during a Jan Term trip to Belize.
THEY HAD A BALL
Tia Scott, Kelly Scheler, Emily Harman and Lisa Jurd are the four graduating seniors on the women’s soccer team who share, among countless memories on and off the field, a 2009 trip to Costa Rica that included white-water rafting, zip lining, natural hot springs, playing international soccer matches and, of course, team bonding. Tia plans to utilize her degree in Sociology, with a Forensic Science minor and criminal justice specialization, to pursue a law enforcement career and one day dreams to be part of the FBI. She also hopes to continue her lifelong hobby of soccer. Kelly, Psychology major, will attend Loyola University Maryland in the fall to pursue her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
MORE HOPE FOR OUR PLANET
Environmental Policy and Science majors Melissa Bollman, Erin Duffy (above), Jared Ginsberg and Josh Thomas are charting a variety of routes to put their studies to work. Melissa hopes to analyze policies and theory. Erin wants to teach sustainability, as does Jared – wstudied sustainability practices of local craft beer breweries for hisenior Capstone project. Josh isn’t quite certain where his studies will take him, but he wants to travel and to protect the environment.
Senior Class President Nick Bender is planning on entering the Marine Corps as an officer. He leaves in July for Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va., and hopes to use his Arabic language and cultural skills to take advantage of more language training opportunities while serving. After his service, Nick will pursue a career in the government or as a trade representative in the international business field.
FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT
Brock Glotfelty, Exercise Science and Physical Education major, advanced to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year where he finished third at heavyweight and set the McDaniel record for all-time victories with 122 wins. A two-time Scholar All-American, Brock plans to become an elementary school teacher and wrestling coach.
ON THE BALL
Kristen Nuckles, Biochemistry major, will attend Pharmacy School in the fall at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her favorite memories at McDaniel have been with the volleyball team.
WORKING TOWARD MANY GOALS
In hopes of becoming a high school History teacher, Christopher Kolb will pursue his master’s in Education on the Hill to complement his bachelor’s degree in History. While here, he will work as a graduate assistant with the Green Terror Football team.
WHAT HE’S HAVING
John Lower, a History major, has clearly been eating his Wheaties. After his commissioning earlier today as a second lieutenant with the Army National Guard 175th Infantry Unit in Towson, he will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course in October, followed by Ranger School, an intense combat leadership training course. He hopes to work for the National Security Agency after he completes his training. His favorite memories of college include Halloween of sophomore year, kayak sledding down the golf course and studying abroad in Ireland.
RIVER RUNS THROUGH HIM
Jason O’Neil’s summer will be spent doing what he loves best, as a River Guide and Kayak Instructor on the Shenandoah, Potomac and North Branch rivers. In the fall, the second lieutenant will travel to Ft. Leonard in Missouri for the Basic Officer Leadership Course and then be stationed at the 200th Military Police Army National Guard unit in Catonsville. Jason, a Sociology major, hopes to eventually become a police officer for the Department of Natural Resources.
SHE’S A NATURAL
Volunteering at Westminster’s Bear Branch Nature Center confirmed for Kendra Shillenn, Environmental Policy and Science major, that she was cut out for a job at a nature center. Then, she met an alum in the field at the annual Alumni Networking Dinner and became determined to find one. Kendra, also a minor in American Sign Language, hopes to help children who are deaf better understand the environment. One of the best moments of her college experience was meeting her freshman year roommate, becoming close friends and performing together in the “Vagina Monologues.”
History major Matthew Koplow will continue his work as tour guide, new volunteer trainer and volunteer group leader at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, Md. The nonprofit organization takes in abused and neglected horses and gets them healthy and happy and eventually finds good homes for them. Another rescue of sorts is among his favorite memories at McDaniel during the History Club picnic when a Nerf football got stuck in a tree as did the other stuff students threw to try to knock the football out – and one student had to climb the tree to remove the collection that by then included a blue ball, two hula hoops and a broom.
COUNTING ON CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Raquel Melendez, who recently completed an internship at the highly regarded Spring Grove psychiatric hospital, is headed for a Ph.D. program in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. She remembers with McDaniel pride walking on campus with a friend from another college when they met one of Raquel’s Psychology professors who greeted her with a hug. Her friend said, “Your professors hug you?” Says Raquel, “I like going to the kind of college where professors hug you.”
DONE WITH DESKS
Victoria Groves will be working two part-time jobs while applying to places like the Department of Juvenile Services or the Park Service — anything but a desk job.
ANOTHER KIND OF TANK
Colin Miller, a Political Science and International Studies major and talented photographer, was commissioned as a second lieutenant with the Army National Guard branched as an engineer. He will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course in July, followed by SAPPER School, an intense engineer-training course, as well as airborne school. He hopes to work for a think tank, a research and advocacy group. His favorite memories – most of which are captured in photos – include “traveling through Europe on a shoestring” during his semester of study in Budapest and many more random moments with friends.
CROSS-COUNTRY FOR A CAUSE
Chris Bolesta, a History major, will participate in a two-month long, 4,000 mile, cross-country bike ride from Baltimore to San Francisco to raise money for cancer. He hopes to go to grad school and eventually teach History. His favorite memories of college include meeting his roommates, living in North Village and finishing up his senior seminar paper.
NEVER TOO LATE
Peter McEvoy attended Western Maryland College from 1988-92, but left five classes shy of his degree. Then, 17 years later, married with two children, a full-time job, and a two-hour drive from New Jersey for classes, Peter returned to McDaniel. Today he walks across the stage to receive his bachelor’s degree in Sociology.