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Advertising and Public Relations


Erin Carlin

Erin Carlin ’08

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: Political Science

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism, Point Park University, 2014

Current Job: Account Executive at Mindful Kreative Inc.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Chi Omega, College Union Board, Community Softball and Baseball Days planning group, Greek Week committee, Order of Omega, Orientation Leader, Pi Sigma Alpha, St. Jude’s “Up ‘til Dawn” Executive Board, Student Senate, Work Study

Favorite Professor: Lori Smith and the late Dr. Jackie Delaat

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

Though I had already visited the campus once before, I knew I had to make one last trip as I tried to decide between Marietta College and another school in western Pennsylvania. They were very similar — both liberal arts institutions located in small towns — so it was difficult to determine how one was better than the other.

A student organization happened to be hosting an awareness event the day I made that final visit. I was in awe at the number of people who came out to support the cause. It was a comfort to know that members of this community — students, faculty, staff and more — would encourage and support each other in any situation.

Knowing I would be hours from home, without friends and family to depend on, was no longer a worry after witnessing the vigor and solidarity of the campus community. Marietta College suddenly became the place that could be my home for the next four years.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I made so many wonderful memories during my four years at Marietta College that it’s difficult to choose just one. I will never forget that weekend in fall 2004 that I woke up to find a flooded campus or creating a hilarious skit and ultimately winning the Lip Sync competition with my Chi Omega sisters during Greek Week 2007.

Still, it’s the small somethings that really matter. Little moments like enlightening classroom discussions, late-night chats in the dormitories, volunteer projects and fun campus events are what really made my time at Marietta College the most memorable.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I realize now that your college experience is what you make of it and I’m happy to say I made the best of my time at Marietta College. I was active both inside and outside of the classroom. When I wasn’t busy attending classes, studying for exams, completing projects, or writing papers, I could be found working at The Gathering Place, attending one of many student organization meetings and events, or hanging out with friends.

I appreciate that Marietta College provides both a comprehensive education and the opportunity to get involved with a variety of activities. I was able to figure out what I was most interested in and meet a lot of people while also working on my time management skills.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Immediately after completing my undergraduate career, I chose to pursue graduate studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University but ultimately chose to leave the program because my heart just wasn’t in it.

After returning home and working in customer service positions over the next few years, I desperately missed the communications work I had done during my time at Marietta College. When I decided to return to school to further my education and career, I contacted my former academic advisor, Lori Smith, for guidance.

Her support and the many hours I previously spent in the mass media building encouraged me to continue to chase after the dream I’ve had since I was a teenager. I’m lucky now to have the career in communications I’ve always wanted.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

My undergraduate experience gave me the chance to become a pioneer or someone who leads the way. I was given countless opportunities to expand my knowledge, enhance my leadership abilities and try something new during my four years at Marietta College.

Being a Pioneer comes with a small responsibility — to inspire the others to also forge their own paths and become trailblazers. I can only hope that my efforts make the fellow members of The Long Blue Line proud.

 


 

Amber Christopher

Amber (Davis) Christopher '11

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: Leadership

Current Job: Account Executive with AKHIA

Hometown: Ravenna, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa, Up ’til Dawn, Public Relations Student Society of America, American Advertising Federation, Senior Interviewer, College Union Board, Student Senate, Student Alumni Association

Current Organizations: Christ Community Chapel Sunday School Teacher, Public Relations Society of America.

Favorite Professor: It’s a tie between Dr. Mike Taylor and Dr. Jane Dailey. Jane Dailey taught the basics of PR, which is what I do in my position as an account executive. I fell in love with public relations through her courses. She was very thorough on proper writing of news releases, media relations and crisis communications. When interviewing for my position, I was able to convey my knowledge of public relations to my now employer, which lead to being offered the position. Dr. Taylor forced me to look at marketing in other cultures. Coming from a small town and small high school, I was very wrong about how marketing works in the world. He forced us to look at other countries and how their culture effects marketing efforts and the importance of understanding other cultures before entering into a market and it is something I have kept in mind when working on international marketing projects.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

From the moment I stepped on campus, my senior year of high school, Marietta felt right to me. I refused to apply to other schools (although my mom did make me submit two other applications). Despite not knowing what my major was going to be at that moment in my life, I knew Marietta would provide me with the tools and resources to achieve my dreams, once I knew what those dreams were.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I had a wonderful time at Marietta College. My days consisted of morning classes, afternoon naps and spending time with friends in the evenings. There was always something going on, on campus, whether it was a campus activity, sorority party or sporting event, we were never bored.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta provided me with the tools I needed to build my career. My professors were a nice range of full-time college professors and industry professionals teaching courses with real-life experience. They weren’t naïve to lead us to believe getting our degree would be enough — they constantly pushed us to go get industry experience, whether it was job shadowing or internships, to further build our resumes for when we graduated.

Marietta’s professors also really cared about the students. My professors were constantly encouraging me and letting me know about internship opportunities, networking events and other industry related events. My professors knew I wanted to go into agency work, and they looked for opportunities that would enhance my education and build experience for what I what I wanted to do specifically. That is an invaluable benefit you get from Marietta College. In some cases, Dr. Dailey would actually drive us to Columbus (almost two hours away) so that we could participate in an event. Many of my friends who went to larger universities had professors that didn’t even know their names, none the less what they wanted to do with their lives.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

When you go to Marietta, you’re a Pioneer. The moment you step on campus you are bonded and inducted into The Long Blue Line, and charged with the responsibility to uphold yourself to a higher standard. You’re not just a college student. You’re a Pioneer. And that means something. The legacy of Marietta College is well-known and students are expected to uphold that, while they are a student and well into their post-grad life. I’ll always feel pride when I think back to my college days and reflect on Marietta College. Being a Pioneer is something to be proud of, today and always.

 


 

Mike daugherty

Mike Daugherty '09

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: Sports Management and Art

Additional Education: Master of Arts, Syracuse University

Current Job/Employer: Digital Media Solutions Planner, Electronic Arts

Hometown: Cambridge, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Sports Information Department, The Marcolian, Career Center, AAF, College Union Board

Athletics: Football

Favorite Professor: Dr. Mike Taylor

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

This definitely developed over the years. Marietta was convenient at the start. Through the course of developing what would remain deep friendships in Marietta Hall freshman year, there’s something innately gratifying in recognizing through the years Marietta was the perfect place for me in those four years. Further developing impactful relationships with faculty/staff as an upperclassmen, and finding a “home” in Marietta besides just that of the campus grid, MC developed into my favorite blue jeans! I look back, and fate is a cheesy way to describe it, but MC wound up being a highly coveted chapter in my life, shaping who I am today — an experience/choice I could never think of writing another way.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta instilled in me the notion to take/and create what I wanted out of any experience — to take advantage of the freedom to make the most of the resources at my disposal. Much of getting everything there is to be had out of an experience is forging and uncovering what’s not necessarily clearly outlined in the curriculum/syllabus/guidebook/job description.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To lead — whether that is formally, or by example. Being a Pioneer is inspiring those around you to be “Pioneers” in their own right. It’s easy to go through the motions, or punch a clock. To be a Pioneer is to not settle — to take the road less traveled, be curious, explore, ask questions, uncover, and blaze your own path you’ll leave behind.

 


 

Derek Ensinger

Derek Ensinger ’11

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: Marketing and Applied Communications

Current Job: Customer Service Representative at PPG Industries

Hometown: Hannibal, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta, Up ’til Dawn Committee

Favorite Professor: Dawn Carusi

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I visited when I was in first grade. I was impressed by the campus, and by the fact that you could eat ice cream any time the dining hall was open. I remember this moment vividly and will never forget it. I knew (for real) my junior year of high school, when I was accepted via early enrollment, that I would attend. I love the area and I have family in Marietta. It just made sense.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Co-founding, planning and throwing the inaugural “Delt Rave” with my roommate at Delta Tau Delta fraternity house. Daily lunch with friends in Gilman Express will always have a special place in my heart as well.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Relaxed. The campus is so small and picturesque; it was hard to not be in a good mood in such a wonderful environment. Aside from when I had my headphones on in the library, doing homework, I was almost always with friends or making new ones. Marietta College attracts incredible people and I am a very social person.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College put me in a comfortable environment; which provided me the opportunity to build my social skills. I believe a strong personality and excellent social skills are the foundation for success in life. I developed these skills at Marietta College and I will carry them with me for the rest of my life.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Hard-working individuals who constantly strive to challenge and better themselves. Pioneers are always moving forward.

 


 

Lauren Franko

Lauren Franko ’13

Majors: Organizational Communication/Public Relations

Certificate: Sports Management

Current Job: Account Coordinator at WhiteSpace Creative

Hometown: Broadview Heights, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Up ’til Dawn, Sigma Kappa, PRSSA, Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader, Greek Council

Favorite Professor: Liane Gray-Starner, Tomeka Robinson, Suzanne Walker, Alane Sanders, Jamie Moshin… basically the entire COMM department!

Education Abroad: Manhattan through Marist in Manhattan program for one semester

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

On one of my visits to Marietta, I got a chance to tour the Mass Media building and meet some of the professors from the Communication and Mass Media departments. I instantly felt at home and knew that these people were here to help me succeed and that I would be more than just a number in their class.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite Marietta moment is really a bunch of moments. I loved nothing more than going to the boy’s basketball games with all of my friends and cheering on our team! The atmosphere, the team, the students, it was a great combination that provided me with many memories I will cherish forever.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

My time at Marietta was always very busy. I was extremely involved in many organizations on campus, and it provided me with opportunities to meet and make friends with any number of people from different walks of life.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta prepared me not only through class, but the organizations I was a part of, and the relationships I formed to be successful in the job force. I was taught to think critically, always work my hardest, and to believe that I could reach any goal I set for myself.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer is being strong. Being a Pioneer is being part of a family that spans generations. Being a Pioneer is Sunday mornings at Gilman. Being a Pioneer is Saturday afternoon football games and Tuesday night basketball games. Being a Pioneer is ruining your shoes on the Mall cobblestone. Being a Pioneer is being great friends with your classmates as well as your professors. Being a Pioneer is the best choice I have ever made in my life.

 


 

Krista Huffman

Krista Huffman ’08

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education Administration, Arizona State University

Current Job: Assistant Director of Marketing-Athletics, University of Alabama

Hometown: Woodsfield, Ohio

Athletics: Softball

Favorite Professor: Lori Smith

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I spent my first semester of college at the University of Akron, but knew right away that a smaller institution was going to be the right fit for me. I transferred to Marietta to play softball and also major in Advertising & Public Relations because I knew the marketing/advertising field was an interest of mine.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite MC moments were spent on the softball field, on the bus to away games and down in Florida with the team playing softball.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Life at Marietta College was hectic, exciting and fun all at the same time. I met a lot of great people during my time and was able to make life-long friends. Most days were spent on the practice field or in the classroom, but I also made sure to find time to spend with family and friends. I always lived off-campus during my four years, so my connection with the student body wasn’t strong, but my connection with my teammates and coaches were outstanding.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College had a great impact on my career because it is such a well-respected institution not only in Ohio, but also across the country. I studied Advertising & Public Relations and I believe the class mixed with our mandatory internship experience was a true launching point for my career. I have been working in sports for seven years and it all started with an internship during my junior year when I worked for the Akron Aeros Minor League baseball team. I didn’t have any previous experience working in sports, but the hiring manager had heard of Marietta College and the type of students they produce so he gave me a shot at an interview. I guess the rest is history.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Marietta Pioneer in my mind is something with great pride and respect. The institution, professors and people you interact with on a daily basis are first class and true leaders in the eyes of higher education. I was privileged to have the opportunity to represent Marietta Softball as a student-athlete and because of that I will always feel connected to the college and program. I have and will always be proud to be a Marietta Pioneer.

 


 

Lindsey Kudaroski

Lindsey Kudaroski '14

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: English

Additional Education: Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication (degree in progress)

Current Job: Graduate Assistant at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Hometown: Washington, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Xi Delta, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Collegiate Journalists, The Marcolian, Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honorary, Alpha Delta Sigma Advertising Honorary

Favorite Professor: Without a question, my favorite college professor was Dr. Jane Dailey. Jane served as my academic adviser, PRSSA adviser, and personal mentor during my time at Marietta College. She always encouraged me to pursue big things and taught me to “dwell in possibility.” Her impact on my life has been enormous, and I know that she will keep teaching me important lessons despite the fact that I’m no longer in her classroom.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I came to Marietta College for my first official college tour during my junior year of high school, and it always stayed in the back of my mind as I continued my college search. After participating in the Pioneer Scholars competition, I was offered an amazing scholarship to attend Marietta, and from there, everything fell into place. I think that deep down I always knew I was meant to be here.

Favorite Marietta moment?

It’s virtually impossible for me to choose just one favorite moment, but I will say that many of my best memories at Marietta College happened while I was spending time with Joyce Pennington, the media department’s administrative assistant. Joyce has worked at Marietta College for 35 years, and she’s one of the most fun, caring people I’ve ever met. I visited her every day and always knew she would be there to provide a laugh or a hug when I needed one.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I’ll always remember how much energy and momentum I felt on campus during my time at Marietta. My classmates and friends were all so engaged in both the classroom and the campus community, and I truly believe that we pushed one another to become better people than we were when we started college. My class, the Class of 2014, was an extraordinary group of men and women who accomplished amazing things and will continue to achieve excellence in all they do.

Personally, my life at Marietta was a busy one. I balanced my college courses, sorority life, and campus leadership, while still having a social life. This was not always easy, but I’m thankful that I had so many opportunities to be involved in college. Mastering the art of managing my time is probably one of the most valuable lessons I learned.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College provided me with just the right blend of academic rigor and professional development, not only preparing me for the challenges of graduate coursework, but also for my future career in public relations. Because of my involvement in the media studies department, especially with the Public Relations Student Society of America, I had opportunities to complete four different internships as a student.

As a senior at Marietta, I had to make the difficult choice between pursuing a master’s degree and launching my public relations career. Though I had some prospects for jobs during my last semester at college, I knew that graduate school was the right choice for me. I believe that the close relationships I formed with my professors and the work I did as a student helped me to land my assistantship at the University of Georgia, and having a background of professional experience will help me to land a public relations job once I’ve completed my master’s degree.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means telling yourself that you aren’t able to accomplish something and then doing it anyway. Throughout my time in college, I achieved things I never dreamed were possible because I was encouraged by my professors and friends to try.

 


 

Connor Walters

Sydney Maltese ’14

Major: Organizational Communication/Public Relations

Minors: Psychology, Leadership Studies

Current Job: Jesuit Volunteer at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Shake America, the Newman Community, MC Interfaith Association, Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Delta, Lambda Pi Eta

Athletics: Women’s Rowing

Favorite Professor: It’s impossible to break, 20-way tie for my favorite!

Education Abroad: Spring of 2013 in Italy with Athena Abroad’s January Term and Three Cities programs — Florence, Tuscania, Rome and Venice.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I knew the first day that I set foot on the campus. The sun was shining, the flowers were in bloom, and everything was falling into place. It was pure intuition, but it was right.

Favorite Marietta moment?

One of my favorite moments was leading the very first Shake America retreat, UMOJA 2012. I remember sitting in a circle of incredibly passionate, aware, engaged students and marveling at the fact that Marietta had connected me with such inspiring individuals who were just as emphatic about working toward social justice as I was.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Marietta was home and family, to say the least. I was surrounded by people who constantly challenged me, changed me, and gave me the space and stimulation I needed to grow.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I wouldn’t be where I am now if Dr. Bob Pastoor hadn’t mentioned that I should apply for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps around this time last year. Having professors that understood my passions and interests was key in establishing the connections that led to my current career as an immigrant and refugee advocate. I wouldn’t have forged the connections I have at Chautauqua Institution in New York without the encouragement and networking of Dr. Joan Price, who both encouraged my writing and challenged me to pursue more. Through my summer positions at Chautauqua, I began working in interfaith dialogue, and am now working directly in intercultural dialogue every day. I wouldn’t be able to do my job half as well if it weren’t for classes in intercultural communication and social justice taught by Jamie Moshin and Arielle Jennings, respectively. And my education from the McDonough Leadership Program is invaluable every day as I work on a broad scale toward leading sustainable change in a multicultural workplace.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To be a Pioneer means, both figuratively and literally, to forge fearlessly ahead into the unknown. Marietta is founded in the rich history of this ideal, and we carry that spirit forward into the work we do in the world. During my time at Marietta, I was encouraged to engage in outreach to the broader community and to become a pioneer in the world of nonprofits and social justice. My Marietta family equipped me with the tools I needed to forge fearlessly ahead.

 


 

Christina Moritz

Christina Moritz '08

Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Public Relations & Advertising

Current Job: Graphic Designer, Life Fitness in Chicago

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Kappa Pi, Swim Club, Alpha Delta Sigma, AAF, Marcolian, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mariettana, Alpha Lamba Delta Athletics: Crew

Favorite Professor: Todd Roeth

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

After visiting the campus

Favorite Marietta moment?

Doo-Dah-Days or all-nighters in Hermann

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Busy. Hectic. Dedicated. Some things in life never change, except I now I have to do my own dishes – donʼt knock Gilman.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

The initiative I took while attending Marietta College and the opportunities that came with had an immediate impact on my career as I landed my “dream job” as a graphic designer for the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team upon graduating. Early on, I approached the art department with my long-term goals and they nurtured these dreams while in the classroom and also by pointing me in the direction of additional opportunities. Working with the Office of College Relations for two years and my nine-month internship with Ullman Design gave me immediate real world/client experience before graduating. This experience paired with a targeted portfolio that offered a range of real world applications helped me to land my initial dream of working and designing in sports. Since then, I have been able to lean on the real experience and practical education to continue pushing my career as I later worked as a project manager for a web and digital start up agency, and now as a designer for Life Fitness, the global leader in the fitness industry.

 


 

Corryn Muench

Corryn Muench '12

Major: Graphic Design, Advertising & Public Relations

Certificate: Leadership

Current Job: Digital & Design Marketing Manager at Campus Living Villages

Hometown: Cold Spring, Ky.

Clubs/Organizations: Kappa Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, American Institute of Graphic Arts

Athletics: Track & Field and Soccer

Favorite Professor: Abby Spung

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

On the car ride home from my first on-campus visit at Marietta. The campus is very hard not to fall in love with.

Favorite Marietta moment?

As close-knit as Marietta College is, my favorite moments were from Senior Week where I really got to know and bond with my classmates, many of whom I never hung out with during my four years. In the absence of classes, athletics, homework and other extracurriculars, I was able to talk to classmates, hang out in Parsons Field, and celebrate with my cohort.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

There are so many adjectives to describe my time at Marietta College. I came to Marietta not knowing anyone. It’s funny to look back now, but the people who are my best friends from college, all lived on the third floor of Marietta Hall my freshman year. My time at Marietta helped me to grow into the person I wanted to be. I was surrounded by great people, coaches and amazing faculty and staff who pushed me to go beyond expectations and kept me accountable for my own success. Outside of class, I had so much fun going to basketball games and hanging out with friends in the dorms. I wish I could still live in the same building as all of my friends! The campus was beautiful all year round. The library, which opened my sophomore year, played a huge part in my academic success. I loved being an athlete at Marietta and the opportunities it gave me to meet people and play sports.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College gave me a foundation on which to build. An education can be quickly outdated in these fast moving times, but Marietta College gave me the personal foundation to know that learning never ceases. In beginning my career, the Marietta Career Services Center helped me to write my resume and conduct mock interviews so I wasn’t going into the workforce cold turkey. I also had faculty helping me to find internships as well as alumni helping me to find jobs. I felt that the connections I have made and just being a part of The Long Blue Line has given me an advantage in my career.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

While you become one of many Marietta Pioneers, you are one of few worldwide. Being a Pioneer is truly something unique. You share experiences and memories that only other Pios can understand and appreciate. You are part of a family and this is very apparent when you return for Homecoming or just a visit to campus. I feel that being a Pioneer gives me an advantage in the work place and is a point of pride and confidence for me.

 


 

Lee Ann Wainwright

Lee Ann (Davis) Wainwright '08

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: Broadcasting

Additional Education: Currently pursuing my Masters in Public Relations from Kent State University

Current Job: Policy, Government & Public Affairs Specialist at Chevron in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hometown: Stockport, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Alpha Xi Delta

Favorite Professor: Lori Smith

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

When I received my acceptance letter! Marietta made me feel welcomed and excited to have me join The Long Blue Line. I immediately felt a part of the College and it made the decision easy because not all schools gave the same feeling in their acceptance letters.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Meeting my husband.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I often refer to my days at Marietta as some of my favorite memories. I was very active in my sorority (Alpha Xi Delta) and loved chatting with Cheryl (Howell) in the Admission Office while working as a tour guide. Warm spring and fall days were always best spent somewhere outside on campus and Parsons was the place to be.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Because Marietta has one of the top Petroleum Engineering programs in the country it has provided me so many networking connections in my career. It is amazing how big the oil & gas industry is and how many Marietta alums are in the field. I have yet to be at an industry event where I didn’t either meet someone who went to Marietta or knew someone who graduated from Marietta.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means I always have a “family” to reach out too no matter where I am in the world and always having a place to call home.