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April 2015
In This Issue
Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, April 26  

Join us this weekend for the many opportunities to revisit, reconnect, and explore our new spaces on campus.

On Thursday evening, we will honor the following Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:
  • Diana L. Owens '84
  • Alan T. Robinson '87
  • David Lunn, Jr. '00
  • Zachary H. Johns '02
  • Mary Beth Creed Todd '02
  • Anthony L. Lott '05
  • Tristram R. Thomas '05
  • Stephen G. Nichols, Coach
Friday Highlights include an alumni panel; lunch and a state of the school address by Headmaster Charlie Britton; McDonogh Remembers, a presentation by Jon Aaron '72 incorporating recollections and images from the school's past; campus tours; athletic events; an alumni memorial service with a flag retreat ceremony recreating the cadet tradition of lowering the flag; and a complimentary cocktail party.

Saturday Highlights include a Cavalry and Riding Alumni Open House at the barn, more campus tours, and the family crab feast and picnic.

On Saturday morning, we also will be honoring the following recipients with the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award:
  • Aida P. Gamerman, alumni parent and former McDonogh Parents Association President
  • Barry D. Rollins '74, alumnus, alumni parent, former Alumni Association President, and Director of Planned Giving
  • Martin B. Sataloff, alumni parent and Athletic Trainer
On Saturday evening, classes ending in 0 and 5 will celebrate individual class reunions off-campus.

On Sunday Evening, Reunion Weekend wraps up with the Gospel Choir Concert in Tagart Memorial Chapel at 5:00 p.m. Please join us.

View the full Reunion Weekend brochure or register online at Questions? Contact Katie Blaha '05 at [email protected].

Wrestling Reunion

Thursday, April 23, 2015

12:30 p.m.
Mullan Board Room | Edward St. John Student Center
Wrestling alumni and current wrestlers will honor and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the 47-1 streak from 1950-1955. RSVP to Katie Blaha '05 at [email protected].

Alumni Community Service Roots Clean-Up 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Roots Garden, McDonogh School 
Bring your family and your gardening gloves and make your morning productive!

Europe Regional

Saturday, May 16, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
5 Hertford Street, London
Hosted by Jonathan Bloom '91
Our first European outing! Spend an evening with McDonogh friends and Headmaster Charlie Britton. If you happen to be visiting London on May 16, please join us.
RSVP to Katie Blaha '05 at [email protected].

Memorial Day Service and Memorial Court Rededication
Thursday, May 21, 2015
9:30-10:15 a.m., Continental Breakfast | Rogers Lobby, Edward St. John Student Center
10:30 a.m., Service and Rededication | Memorial Court
11:30 a.m., Lunch | Aarsand 1873 Room, Edward St. John Student Center 
Join the McDonogh Family for the Memorial Day Service and the Rededication of the newly renovated Memorial Court. Butch Maisel '72 will be displaying memorabilia from World War I through the Korean War in the Rogers Lobby throughout the day. Military alumni are encouraged to wear their service uniforms. RSVP to Katie Blaha '05 at [email protected].

Eagle 5K
Sunday, May 31, 2015
7:30 a.m. Registration, John McDonogh Stadium
Click here for more information and to register. 

Orioles Alumni Night: Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers
Thursday, July 30, 2015
5:30 p.m., Pre-Game Meet Up at Pratt Street Ale House 
7:05 p.m, Camden Yards 

2000 classmates Julie McCarney Mainelli, Pat Bydume, and Jen Mishner Katz catch up at the New York City regional event on February 19.
Regional events are already being planned for the 2015-2016 school year in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, Ocean City, MD, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. If you would like to host or have a venue suggestion, please contact Jen Little at [email protected].

Alumni gather with beloved faculty at the Baltimore Happy Hour at Hersh's on March 26.


Jim Tsouvalos, Louis Hyman '95, Mickey Deegan, and Mina Wender gather after the annual Scholarship Celebration Luncheon.

Since McDonogh's founding in 1873 as a farm school for poor boys, scholarship has remained at the core of the school's mission. With the support of generous benefactors, thousands of deserving students have attended McDonogh over the years--students who without scholarship funding would not have had the life-changing experience of a McDonogh education--students whose contributions enhance the experience for everyone in our diverse and talented community.


On April 9, more than 150 Upper School scholarship recipients and nearly as many donors and mentors gathered in Paterakis Hall for the annual Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate and recognize McDonogh's commitment to this time-honored program.


Alumni speaker and former scholarship student Louis Hyman '95, a tenured professor at Cornell University and the author of numerous articles and several well-known books including Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink, captivated the audience with his personal story, which can be heard here.


Bridget Collins '90, Director of Religious Studies, Character, and Service, who was also a scholarship student, spoke to the Upper School earlier in the day about the significance of celebrating scholarship at McDonogh. She said, "It is what gives us the opportunity to have friends and classmates from all over this state from various backgrounds. I've always been incredibly proud to call myself a scholarship student, and I hope you will all join me today to celebrate our school's unique history and our commitment to scholarship." 


At the heart of McDonogh School is a founding principle to "give something more than we take," and this spirit of service lives on in our alumni. No matter where you live, you can give your time or talent. If you are interested in participating in any of the Alumni Association committees listed below, please contact Jen Little at [email protected].   


Community Service Committee - Take part in existing community service projects or create new ones to make positive changes at McDonogh, in our local community, and throughout the world.


McDonogh Fund Committee - Help increase alumni financial support of the school, both in dollars and in participation, and help McDonogh strive to achieve the highest alumni participation among Baltimore-area independent schools.


Mentoring Committee - Foster meaningful and productive one-on-one relationships between alumni and students. Share your experiences, provide career or academic advice, or arrange for student internships.


Regional Chapters - Because more than half of McDonogh's alumni live outside the Baltimore area, we have established regional chapters in New York City, Atlanta, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area to keep McDonogh's extended family connected and vibrant. Activities may include dinners, networking events, museum tours, community service projects, or happy hours.


Social Committee - Coordinate and support alumni events throughout the year with the goal of increasing alumni participation and improving social connections among alumni.


Young Alumni Committee - Help create opportunities to increase participation among graduates from the past 15 years.

Clockwise from top left: Noreen Lidston, John Van Meter, Lynn Offutt, Regina Karwacki, and Tom Young are ending their careers at McDonogh.
McDonogh will bid farewell to five dedicated faculty members this year who collectively have served the school for 165 years.
  • Regina Karwacki, employee since 1995
  • Noreen Lidston, employee since 1979
  • Lynn Offutt, employee since 1983
  • John Van Meter, employee since 1973
  • Tom Young, employee since 1977
Please consider sending a message or memory to any or all of our retiring faculty members. Email [email protected].

Sincere thanks to all alumni who have made their 2014-2015 gift or pledge to The McDonogh Fund and to our wonderful team of volunteers. As of March 31, 2015, we have raised $1.84 million in cash and pledges toward our goal of $2.2 million. Alumni have contributed 38% of the total and 20% of all alumni and 27% of young alumni have participated with a gift or pledge. McDonogh would not be the school that it is without the generous support of our alumni - thank you!


On February 2, the senior class gathered in the Aarsand 1873 Room for the "Almost Alumni" Program, an introduction for the Class of 2015 on what it means to become McDonogh alumni. Young alumni Sono Khan '10 and Corinne Etchison '12 shared stories of how they have stayed connected to the school and why they choose to give back. They encouraged the senior class to show appreciation for the opportunities they've been given by making a gift to The McDonogh Fund. Within two weeks, 88% of seniors had supported The McDonogh Fund in honor of teachers, coaches, and friends, and many have pledged to contribute $5 for the next five years. Congratulations, and many thanks to the Class of 2015!


Annual gifts touch every student, every faculty member, and every corner of our great school. If you have not made your gift or pledge, please give online today or mail your gift to the Advancement Office, 8600 McDonogh Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. If you would like to make a gift of stock, please contact Lea Ward at 443-544-7059 or [email protected].


The Advancement Office is currently looking for alumni interested in volunteering for the 2015-2016 school year. Please email Director of Alumni Giving Lindsay Young '05 at [email protected] if you are interested in joining our dynamic team! It's worth it!

Premier Mentoring, Internship, and Career Resource Program

Many thanks to everyone who has joined the McDonogh Connect database as either a mentor or a mentee. Naturally, the best way to maximize successful connections between our alumni is to increase participation, especially with the number of available mentors. Currently, there are 68 mentors and 73 mentees. With this in mind, all alumni are encouraged to sign up with McDonogh Connect.


If you are a college student still looking for a summer job, internship, or resume assistance, stop by your campus career services office -- it's a great place to start. McDonogh Connect is a good resource as well. Recently, we received notices for the following interesting intern and apprenticeship opportunities. Here's a sample:   

  • Parent author Donna Nakazawa is looking for a social media intern to promote a book launch this summer. This internship is an opportunity for a lucky student to work with the author and with publishing giant, Simon and Schuster.
  • Chris Cordi '63 of Cordi Woodworks in Texas is offering housing and an apprenticeship to learn the craft of woodworking. It's a perfect opportunity for high school or college students who enjoy working with their hands.
  • Dee Drummond '92 has informed us of an opening for a legal intern at Allegis Group, Inc. open to any alumni in law school.

Our current students are already benefiting from McDonogh Connect's resources. Just last week two juniors and three sophomores attended the T. Rowe Price Career Day for Girls, and this summer four students will attend the Eisenhower Institute American Government Leadership Camp with full scholarships provided by one of our McDonogh families. Many of our alumni and parents have agreed to support seniors for their senior projects in May.


We hope to make the McDonogh Connect program stronger with your participation. If you have any questions about how to get involved or any of the opportunities included in this post, please contact Anita Hilson at [email protected] or 443-544-7431. You are also welcome to stop by her office anytime you are in town.


We would love to hear from you and share your news and photos in the Class Notes section of McDonogh Magazine. The deadline for the next issue is Friday, May 1.

Photos will be published based on quality and available space. Please be sure to identify everyone.
Digital images are preferred and should be at least 2 megapixels [1600 x 1200 pixels] and sent to [email protected].

Prints should be mailed to:
Alumni Office, McDonogh School, 8600 McDonogh Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

You should have received the Winter 2015 issue in the mail. You may also read it online
CELEBRATE THE ARTS                               

Make plans to celebrate the arts at McDonogh. Please join us at the following events:

An Evening of Chamber Music
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Tagart Memorial Chapel

Drawings and Sculpture by Alison Saar - Reception
Thursday, April 23 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Tuttle Gallery, Edward St. John Student Center

U.S. Choral Concert
Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Tagart Memorial Chapel

U.S. Spring Concert Band and Jazz Concert
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Horn Theatre

Guest Artists: Linda DePalma, Ellen Burchenal, and Paul Daniel - Reception
Friday, May 8 from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuttle Gallery, Edward St. John Student Center

The Shakespeare Institute: A Night of Shakespeare
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Osborne Black Box Theatre


The McDonogh's girls lacrosse team continues its undefeated streak with 126 consecutive wins. Photo courtesy of Don Hoelting.
Our spring sports teams are off to a great start. Below are the varsity records as of April 20:
  • Boys Baseball: 7-9
  • Boys Golf: 4-3-1
  • Girls Golf: 2-1
  • Boys Lacrosse: 8-3
  • Girls Lacrosse: 14-0
  • Girls Softball: 3-4
  • Boys Track: 1-2
  • Girls Track: 9-0

Under the terms of a bequest left to McDonogh School by Paul B. Misner, the Dunloggin Medical Scholarship Fund provides grants to McDonogh alumni currently enrolled in medical school in the United States.

To be eligible, a student must have completed the first year of medical school. Scholarships will be granted for one year and may be renewed twice, providing for three successive years of scholarship support. In addition, when a recipient successfully completes the final year of medical study, some reimbursement for the first year's expenses may be granted. In awarding funds, a preference is shown for those students who attended McDonogh on a scholarship. The application deadline is August 15. Please contact Steve Birdsall for additional information at [email protected] or 443-544-7027.

Headmaster Charlie Britton recently announced the appointment of Steve Birdsall as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. No stranger to the department, Steve joined McDonogh in 2006 as Associate Director of Admissions and took on the added responsibility of Director of Financial Aid in 2011. Through the years, he has established relationships with prospective families and area feeder schools and developed innovative recruitment strategies which have greatly contributed to McDonogh's healthy enrollment.

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