Monika van der berg McCormick Receives Alumni College Service Award from McDaniel College

Monika van der berg McCormick of Middletown, Md., is a 1973 alumna of Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College

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Monika van der berg McCormick

WESTMINSTER, MD (11/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Monika van der berg McCormick of Middletown, Md., has received the alumni college service award from McDaniel College. She is a 1973 alumna of Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College.

Presented annually during McDaniel's Homecoming, the alumni college service award is given to a graduate who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, devotion and service for the betterment of the McDaniel College Alumni Association.

Monika van der berg McCormick served as class chairperson in 1977 and 1980 and as a class agent from 1992–1993. She has consistently been involved in organizing class reunions every five years since 1978.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in music, she earned a master's degree from the University of Maryland and taught music in Maryland for 26 years, with 22 years in Frederick County schools and as performing arts department chair at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Md., since 1997.

McCormick has also served as choir director and organist for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick, Md., for 28 years. She holds a professional membership in the Maryland Music Educator's Association and serves on the board of the Maryland Choral Educators Association.

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McDaniel College, recognized nationally among "40 Colleges that Change Lives" and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel's degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.