Comic Jeff Marder will open WMC's homecoming weekend

September 27, 1993

Western Maryland College will open its homecoming weekend celebration with a performance by Jeff Marder, a stand-up comedian nationally known for his wry commentary on public behavior and private thoughts, at 8 p.m. Oct. 8.

The show will take place in the Decker College Center Forum. Tickets are available to the public for $4, and will be sold in advance through Friday in the College Activities Office in Decker.

Mr. Marder has presented creative monologues on the "Tonight Show," MTV's "Half-Hour Comedy Hour," VH-1's "Stand-up Spotlight," "Evening at the Improv," "Comic Strip Live," HBO's "One Night Stand" and Showtime's "Aspen Comedy Special."

The trademark for his "both hemispheres of the brain" comedy is a bare stage with two microphones, at which he presents the public and private responses to everyday problems. A 13-year veteran of the stand-up circuit, Mr. Marder prides himself on never having repeated a show verbatim.

Mr. Marder's performance is sponsored by the Western Maryland College Activities Programming Board, a student-led activities group.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Great Beginnings in the Centennial Conference."

"This is the first year for all of Western Maryland's sports teams to be in the Centennial Conference," said Donna Sellman, alumni affairs director. "It's a great beginning for anyone interested in our sports, whether they're alumni or not."

Homecoming begins at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 with a pregame warm-up at Harrison Alumni House. Tickets for the noon picnic will be sold at this event.

At 11 a.m., the WMC men's soccer team will begin its match against a team consisting of WMC alumni. At 11:30 a.m., an old-fashioned picnic is planned on the Harrison House lawn.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the homecoming parade, complete with floats, carriages, an ROTC color guard, antique cars and the Westminster Municipal Band, will start in front of the post office and move to Scott S. Bair Stadium.

The women's field hockey team will begin its contest against Bryn Mawr at 1 p.m. A half-hour later, the WMC Green Terrors and the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets football teams will take the field at Bair Stadium.

During halftime, the winner of the James Brant Memorial Cup, presented annually to the Greek organization that has excelled in academics, varsity sports, leadership and community service, will be announced. The Alumna of the Year and the Young Alumnus Service awards also will be presented.

The Alumna of the Year is Virginia K. Fowble, Class of '39, of Baltimore. She is known in the area -- along with her late husband, Sterling "Sheriff" Fowble (Class of '36) -- as a strong supporter of amateur baseball for boys. Ms. Fowble has served Western Maryland equally well, acting as an alumni visitor to the board of trustees from 1952 to 1979, and as her class' news reporter for nearly 30 years. Ms. Fowble is a past winner of two top honors, the Trustee Alumni Award and the Meritorious Service Award.

The Young Alumnus Service Award will be presented to Ralph O. Frith, Class of '84, of Frederick. Mr. Frith has served Western Maryland as a member of the national alumni fund and the young alumni and reunion fund committees.

Information: 857-2296 or 857-2265.

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