The Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to announce the all-new Alumni Business Directory within McDonogh Connect! Alumni who have activated their McDonogh Connect account can now promote their business to fellow alumni. Simply sign in (or create an account), choose “Business Directory” from the menu, click “Start Posting” on the right sidebar, enter your business information, and get the word out!
2020 Distinguished Service Awards | View here.
More than 55 guests logged on for the first-ever virtual Distinguished Service Award (DSA) ceremony recognizing the outstanding contributions of four members of the McDonogh Family–devoted volunteer Allan Spencer ‘49, retired employee LaVerne Holtz, Trustee Stacey Boyer ’76, and former Headmaster Bo Dixon.
A Look Inside McDonogh Athletics | View here.
In this in-depth discussion, McDonogh’s Co-Athletic Directors, Mickey Deegan and Matt MacMullan, and teacher-coaches Bridget Collins ’90 and Hakeem Sule ’05 examine the McDonogh athletic program as well as the traditions, spirit, and rivalry that have evolved around the McDonogh-Gilman football game.
2020 Young Alumni Awards | View here.
Faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends gathered around their computer screens to celebrate these five young alumni whose achievements since graduating have positively impacted their profession, community, and/or McDonogh: Alison K. Barzyk ’14, Darrius R. Heyward-Bey ’05, Hannah Johnstone Mathis ’09, Kyle B. Vaughan ’12, and Kenneth C. Wayman ’12.
A Conversation With...Brandon Etheridge ’03 | View here. 
Brandon Etheridge 03, General Counsel for the Baltimore Ravens, was the first speaker in the Alumni Association’s series of interview-style webinars. The conversation, hosted by Jason Schwartzberg '99, included a lively discussion about Brandon’s days at McDonogh, his time at Yale University and Harvard Law School, and his career in sports law.
McDonogh Spirit Through the Decades | View here
The 47th McDonogh-Gilman football game on November 22, 1963, will never be forgotten. Shortly before kick-off, 4,000 fans learned of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, yet the game went on. Jon Aaron ’72, Andy Beath ’64, and Jim Dawson 64 discuss this historical moment and the strength of the McDonogh Family through the decades.
A Conversation With...Stephen Garten 04 | View here. 
The Alumni Association’s second “Conversation With...” episode, led by seasoned podcast host Zack Garber ’06, featured special guest and social entrepreneur Stephen Garten ’04. After reflecting on his favorite McDonogh memories and impactful moments, Stephen described his journey from studying at Washington University in St. Louis to starting his own company, Charity Charge.
A Conversation With…Josh '96 and Stephanie '92 Hershkovitz
Thursday, January 14 | 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Jinji Fraser ’01, creator of Baltimore-based Jinji’s Chocolates, as she talks shop with guests (and siblings) Josh 96 and Stephanie 92 Hershkovitz, co-owners of the popular Hersh’s Restaurant, located in Federal Hill. Hear how, after many years in the furniture industry, Executive Chef Josh entered the culinary world, starting as a cook at the Charleston Restaurant and working his way up from there. After earning his MBA, Josh convinced sister Stephanie to leave her NYC law firm to help open Hersh’s. Today, it is one of Baltimore Magazine’s top 50 restaurants. 

The Alumni Board donated $780 to McDonogh's annual, all-school Holiday Project on behalf of the entire alumni community. This year due to the pandemic, rather than purchasing and wrapping gifts for the 116 families (including 392 children) gift cards were distributed to the families through St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore. Since the Holiday Project began in 1990, McDonogh has supported more than 3,800 families in need.

Additionally, the Alumni Association Outreach Committee hosted a series of virtual fitness events in December that encouraged attendees to get fit while benefiting the Baltimore community. Alumni from across the country participated, raising over $200 for the Maryland Food Bank and Community Crisis Center. Thanks to Niela Magwood-Phoenix ’96 for her yoga instruction, Katye McNulty Jorgensen ’07 for teaching a Pure Barre class, and Sophie Alecce ’16 for leading a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout!
McDonogh continues to take steps to ensure we have the greatest possible chance for safe, on-campus education for our students. The School contracted with local Avalon Laboratory Solutions to provide on-campus PCR testing for all students, faculty, and staff so they could safely return to campus following the winter break. McDonogh also purchased CareStart lateral flow rapid antigen tests to conduct surveillance testing for 25% of older students and adults on campus each week. 
It’s hard to believe construction on the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School is almost finished! A lot has been accomplished over the last several months and, barring any weather-related delays, students and teachers will be able to enter the new building after spring break. Enjoy this guided tour with Chief Operating Officer Pete Welch and Trustee Michael Greenebaum, whose lead gift on behalf of the Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum Family Foundation helped to make the new Middle School a reality.  
If you have news to share with the alumni community—a marriage, baby, career change, get-together with a fellow alum—we would love to include your updates and photos in the Class Notes section of the Summer 2021 issue of McDonogh Magazine! Please submit your news online by Saturday, May 15. Photos will be published based on quality and available space. Please be sure to identify everyone pictured. Digital images are preferred and should be at least two megapixels (1600 x 1200 pixels).
Each year, the Dunloggin Medical Scholarship Fund provides grants to McDonogh alumni who are currently enrolled in medical school in the United States. To be eligible, a student must have completed the first year of medical school. Scholarships are granted for one year and may be renewed twice, providing for three successive years of scholarship support. For more information and to apply by September 1, 2021, click here.
Attention Amazon shoppers! Did you know that your online purchases can support McDonogh? AmazonSmile has the same products, prices, and service as the Amazon you know and love. The difference is that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to your alma mater with no extra fees or cost! Simply go to smile.amazon.com and start shopping today!