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Leyna Chovan

Leyna Chovan ’12

Major: Broadcasting

Minor: Journalism

Current Job: News Producer, WFMJ-TV (Youngstown, Ohio)

Hometown: North Canton, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: WCMO-TV, WMRT-FM, McDonough Leadership

Favorite Professor: Dr. Janet Bland and Marilee Morrow

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

Honestly, as soon as we drove up to campus, I knew Marietta was the right school for me. I was pretty sure I wanted a small school in a rural setting not too far from home, and after taking a tour I knew I would end up at Marietta.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I loved the boys basketball games my senior year (2011-12 season). A lot of my friends were on the team, and to know how hard they worked and to see them succeed at the level they did was awesome. I loved when we’d all chant, “I believe that we will win” at all the home games, we all got so into it.

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

I didn’t know it at the time, but there is a definite difference in the pace of life between Marietta and where I am originally from. Life at Marietta is much slower than the northeast Ohio lifestyle that I am used to, and I believe that helped me to ease into the transition from high school to college, and help me not be so afraid of the transition from college to adulthood. I know people say it all the time, but being at such a small school really was like having a family. We share memories such as mashed potato bowls from Gilman and sunny days on Parsons Field with no one else in the world except each other. When I think back, there really weren’t any cliques. Everyone was open and eager to meeting new people and making new friends. That is without at doubt what I miss most about Marietta College.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

A lot of people in television graduated from larger schools, especially Kent State University or Ohio University. Many companies were very interested in my background as a Marietta College graduate, and it was very easy to explain to them how I had all of the same qualifications and experiences as applicants from larger schools.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

A Pioneer creates, develops, and/or takes the initiative to start something new. Marietta challenged us to think outside of the box about things that have never been done before. Whether taking on a difficult Biology experiment, implementing a new advertising campaign for a fundraiser, or starting new sorority traditions, Marietta taught us that as life changes, we need to be on top of those changes and use them to better ourselves and whatever we decide to have in our lives.

 


 

Brenna Goethel

Brenna Goethel '13

Major: Broadcasting

Minor: Communication Studies

Certificate: McDonough Leadership Studies

Current Job: Agency Coordinator at ST8MNT Brand Agency

Hometown: Baraboo, Wis.

Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa Sorority, National Broadcasting Society, WCMO, Alpha Epsilon Rho, Lambda Pi Eta

Athletetics: Volleyball

Favorite Professor: Marilee Morrow

Education Abroad: I studied “abroad” at Marist College in New York during the spring of 2012 while I was interning at MTV.

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

I knew Marietta College was right for me the minute I stepped on campus for my first official visit. I spent the majority of my senior year in high school visiting various campuses around the Midwest. I was a couple days away from committing to the University of Charleston on a volleyball scholarship, but I still had MC in the back of my mind and knew that if I didn’t at least check it out I would always wonder about it. My plan was to go on campus and finally be able to rule it out and commit to UC, but much to my surprise I fell in love with the campus, faculty and students and knew I could not see myself anywhere else.

Favorite Marietta moment?

It’s nearly impossible for me to sum up four of the best years of my life into one particular moment… Matriculation, Homecomings, friendships, Gilman taking up half of my Sundays, alumni reunions, spring break trips, Graduation…

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

My time at MC was a whirlwind. I was always running from one thing to another whether it is class, the TV station, meetings, Greek and athletics event, or checking out the downtown. With that being said, I did my best to take full advantage of my free time by filling it with time spent with friends.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

MC gave me the opportunity to cultivate my time management skills, gain firsthand experience in all aspects of media, and through the help of the Career Center I was able to gain access and obtain three internships during my undergrad years, ultimately setting me apart from competing applicants.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means not only wanting more for yourself and your future, it means making it happen. Being a Pioneer means throwing yourself out there, developing friends that become family, it means community and individualization to discover your passions and potential. It means working hard to open the doors of endless opportunity all while uniting you with fellow members of The Long Blue Line.

 


 

Ian Boley

Amy Kauffman ’14

Majors: Broadcasting, Photojournalism

Hometown: Carlisle, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa, WCMO-15, National Broadcasting Society, SAAC, Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, Up 'til Dawn

Current Occupation: Producer/Reporter, WTAP-TV

Athletics: Cross Country/Track and Field

Favorite Professor: All of the professors I have had at Marietta College have helped to shape my future career. I have learned so much from each and every one of them and through their dedication and enthusiasm they taught me to listen closer, work harder and to always do my best. But the one professor who stands out for me is Dr. Joan Price. She always believed in me and pushed me to do my best on all assignments no matter how big or small.

Education Abroad: (Off Campus Study) Marist in Manhattan Program, New York City, (Spring/Summer 2013) eight months

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

I really wanted to find a college that made me feel comfortable. Marietta College creates a very welcoming impression as soon as you step on campus. I really enjoyed the people that I met and the beautiful buildings that encircled me as I walked up the Mall. I also knew I wanted to go to a small college where there would be a variety of opportunities for me to become involved. After reading Marietta College’s mission statement and 7 Core Values I knew that the liberal arts education paired with leadership opportunities would create a solid foundation for me to build my future career upon.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite moments at Marietta College are memories and images that have created a visual scrapbook that include late-night cramming sessions, dancing on the Valley Gem, snowball fights, crossing finish lines during races, pieing the Chi O’s, painting my Kappa sisters and volunteering numerous hours for children’s cancer research funding for St. Jude’s and, of course, helping beautify downtown Marietta on Make a Difference Day. But the moment that will always be my favorite is when the basketball team played for the finals at Dickinson College in my hometown of Carlisle Pa. And even though they didn’t win it made me realize that my college journey is full of ups and downs, wins and losses but in the end all of these experiences have made me who I am today.

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

My time at Marietta College has enriched my life in many ways. It provided endless hours that enabled me to gain valuable knowledge, make lifelong friendships and develop an appreciation for the diverse world we live in. It also has taught me the importance of thinking critically and asking questions in various situations. I feel that Marietta College gave me the opportunity to have the greatest college experience that I could have possibly had because not only was it beneficial in preparing me for my career, it pushed me to grow into the person that I have become. Marietta gives you opportunities to travel and learn about the world around you, to be a leader and positive example for those around you and to serve others in a growing community.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College had a big impact because it showed me that the possibilities were endless, no matter what size school you attended. Through Marietta, I was able to study off campus in New York City giving me the opportunity to intern with Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Dr. Oz Show and The TODAY Show. There I was able to be a part of all major aspects of production and experience television in the No. 1 market in country. This helped me obtain a lot of hands on experience and gave me the opportunity to network with professionals in the field. From these experiences, I was able to build my resume to help me land my first television job as a producer/reporter at WTAP.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a pioneer means that you have the passion to make the world a better place and the drive to pursue it. Marietta College gives you the opportunity to mold your experience to the path that you want to follow. With the small class sizes and vast opportunities, Marietta College puts you in complete control of pioneering your future.

 


 

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson '07

Major: Radio/TV Broadcasting

Minor: Communications

Current Job: Multimedia Specialist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Athletics: Football, Cheerleading

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bill Bauer

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

After visiting campus and seeing everything it had to offer I knew Marietta was the right choice for me. I also knew there was no other school that I could get hands on broadcasting experience my freshmen year. This gave me a whole extra year of experience to better prepare me for my career after college.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite moment would have to be after the flood of 2004. Seeing the College and community come together was a real moment I won’t forget. It really showed me the sense of pride both the College and community have for each other.

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

You never realize it at the time but going to Marietta College was one of the greatest times in my life. Laughing, learning and living with lifelong friends is something that we only get to do for a short amount of time, and Marietta College helped me make the most of that time.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

It set me on the path to where I am today. Every major has an endless number of roads and directions we can go down toward a particular career and Marietta helped me choose the road that was the best for me.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To be a Pioneer to me means being a part of a few who are always learning and always moving forward. It’s discovering and doing what’s never been done before. Because of Marietta there are thousands of Pioneers all over the world that are changing industry and culture every day.

 


 

Danielle Staub

Danielle Staub ’12

Major: Broadcasting

Minor: Communications

Certificate: Leadership

Current Job: Reporter, WTAP-TV

Hometown: Boxford, Mass.

Clubs/Organizations: WCMO-TV, WMRT Radio, National Broadcasting Society-Vice President, EXCEL, Student Athletic Advisory Committee-Treasurer, Athletics and Life: Your Choice Your Future, Program Presenter, The Vine: Christian Fellowship

Athletics: Soccer, Track

Favorite Professor: Marilee Morrow

Education Abroad: Newcastle, Australia. Spring Semester 2011

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

When I was running around the track before my tour of the school in April of 2008. The soccer coach stopped me to tell he had to close up the track, and asked what I was doing. I told him I was visiting and he asked if I talked to the track coach. I said, “No, I play soccer, track and lacrosse.” He said, “Do you want to play soccer for me?” My response, “tell me more.” I spent the rest of the day touring the school and meeting the girls from the soccer team. I loved the campus feel and I knew I could make this small school, my home away from home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

It was all the little moments that made Marietta what it was. Building relationships that will last a lifetime, everything from living in Parsons, to eating at Gilman and meeting up with friends in the middle of the DBRC. You can’t forget long nights in the library. But other traditions like, Doo Dah Day, Up ’til Dawn and Senior Week also made Marietta College unique in its own way, making Marietta what it really is.

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

I was happy, active, creating memories and very involved with sports and academics. I was able to enjoy both because my friends were such a big part of them. Marietta was a home away from home and I was always excited to come back for the next year.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Everything, but I didn’t realize it until four months after I graduated. I decided I wanted to be a reporter and I needed to start in a small market. I needed to use my connections that I made at Marietta College and it was the perfect place to start. So I did just that and I love my job.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer is all about pride, community and The Long Blue Line. Marietta is its own special community, doesn’t matter when you graduated, you feel like you have a bond with everyone that comes before you and after you.

 


 

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.