Western Maryland College marks 125th anniversary Parade, games, awards planned

October 16, 1992

Western Maryland College's annual homecoming celebration will be held on campus and in downtown Westminster tomorrow.

This year's homecoming will celebrate the college's 125th anniversary as well as the coming presidential election during the traditional parade along Main Street.

Several athletic events also will be held, including a women's soccer game against Dickinson College, men's soccer against St. Mary's College, and the Green Terrors football team taking on Dickinson.

Seven WMC classes -- 1967, '72, '77, '82, '87, '62 and '92 -- will hold reunions during the day.

"After 125 years of Western Maryland history, everybody should be returning for this homecoming," said Donna Sellman '45, alumni affairs director.

Homecoming gets under way at 9:30 a.m. with a pre-game warm-up at Harrison Alumni House.

Tickets for the noon picnic will be sold at this event.

At 11 a.m., the WMC women's soccer game will begin.

At 11:30, an old-fashioned picnic will be held on the Harrison House lawn.

Beginning at about 12:15 p.m., the 125th anniversary parade, complete with floats, carriages, an ROTC color guard, antique cars and the Westminster Municipal Band, will start in front of the U. S. Post Office on Main Street.

The paraders will proceed west on Main past the campus and through the entrance to Scott S. Bair Stadium, where the color guard and band will continue onto the field.

Among those joining the parade will be the Homecoming Court, Westminster Mayor Benjamin Brown, and Western Maryland College President Robert H. Chambers.

Dr. Chambers will ride in a horse-drawn surrey.

The Homecoming Court includes Elizabeth Nidecker '93, of Rockville; Michael Razze of Pitman, N.J.; Stephanie Flood '94, of Chalfont, Pa.; Lee Harget '94, of Hanover, Pa.; Shana Burdick '95, of Plainsboro, N.J.; William Tyrrell '95, of Williamstown, N.J.; Quiana M. Pollard '96, of Philadelphia; and Joseph Flemming '96, of Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Ms. Nidecker and Mr. Razze have been chosen Homecoming Queen and King, respectively.

At 1 p.m., the WMC and Dickinson football teams will take the field. Before the game and during halftime, the Western Maryland College Choir, directed by music professor Margaret Boudreaux, will sing with recent choir alumni.

Also during halftime, the winner of the James Brant Memorial Cup award, presented annually to the Greek organization that has excelled in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service, will be revealed.

The Alumnus of the Year award and Young Alumna Service award will also be presented, and the Homecoming Court will be introduced.

The Alumnus of the Year is Vernon R. Simpson '36, of Mount

Airy. He is a former vice president of the college's Carroll County Alumni Chapter and a 1978 WMC Meritorious Service Award recipient.

He will be honored for his service to the college and the community through leadership in his church, county commission, and service clubs.

Mr. Simpson is a retired school administrator.

The Young Alumna Service award will be presented to Robin N. Garland '84, of Ellicott City.

Former chair of the Young Alumni Affairs Committee and current head of the Young Alumni Special Gifts Committee, Ms. Garland will be recognized for her leadership and service to her class, the Alumni Association, and the college.

Ms. Garland is director of development for the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Wrapping up the day, the men's soccer team will start its match against St. Mary's at 4 p.m. on the soccer field.

For more information about homecoming activities and events, you may call: 857-2296.

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