Alumni

Daniel DeCarlo

Class of 1980

Be it visiting Easter Neck Island- watching a Lacrosse game -or playing touch football in front of East Hall. We always found a way to enjoy our free time.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

The exposure to different viewpoints as well as different areas of study is the critical piece of the liberal arts experience. The ability to view topics of discussion from different viewpoints frequently provides a framework for problem resolution.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

Dr. Norman James- English professor- He was my instructor for a literature course. We read authors I would probably have never been exposed to. He guided us through the difficult passages, and brought clarity to the authors intentions. He had a booming voice and the enthusiasm you might expect from someone who slightly resembled Santa Claus. He frequently lamented the installation of phones in the faculty offices(sometime back) as it cut down on face to face time with his students. He also disliked the summer recess for the same reason ( no students). He could also be frequently spotted at WC baseball games vehemently supporting the Shoreman with constant baseball chatter. Quite a character.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

The time we spent building friendships and enjoying extra curricular activities . Be it visiting Easter Neck Island- watching a Lacrosse game -or playing touch football in front of East Hall. We always found a way to enjoy our free time.

Did your Senior Capstone Experience (or thesis project) have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today.

My senior project entailed a discussion of cost/benefit of living inside the Chestertown city limits vs the surrounding area. Additionally, I had done some extensive research on the effects of raising the minimum wage.


Both projects showed how long term and short term benefits can often be juxtaposed. As a credit manager I am constantly asked to evaluate risk/reward to maximize short term and long term goals.

 

Campus Involvement
  • Phi Sigma
  • Student Intern Maryland State Senate