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Cody Clemens

Cody Clemens '13

Major: Organizational Communication & Public Relations

Minor: Health Communication

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Corporate Communication, Duquesne University (2015)

Current Job: Graduate Research Assistant, Duquesne University

Hometown: Malta, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Student Alumni Association, Intramural Soccer & Volleyball, Student Senate, McDonough Leadership Scholar, Public Relations Student Society of America, EXCEL Leader, Forensics and Debate, Pi Kappa Delta, Lambda Pi Eta, Order of Omega, Residence Life

Favorite Professor: Dr. Alane Sanders, Dr. Tomeka Robinson, and Dr. Liane Gray-Starner

Education Abroad: Costa Rica for three weeks in May of 2011 and Brazil for 2 ½ weeks in May 2013.

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

During the spring semester of my senior year in high school, I made the decision to attend Marietta College. The decision was not one that I took lightly, but after many months of weighing out the pros and cons, talking it over with friends, family, and current students; I knew Marietta was the best fit for me. I was attracted to Marietta because of the small classroom sizes, interpersonal connections with faculty and staff, as well as, the many opportunities to get involved on campus.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I actually have two favorite Marietta moments. Both of my Marietta moments would have to be when my fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, brought home the Hugh Shields Award in the spring of 2012 and the spring of 2013. The Hugh Shields Award is given to the top 10 Delta Tau Delta chapters in the nation. There are approximately 136 Delta Tau Delta chapters currently nationwide. Winners are selected by a committee who reviews the Fraternity Awards and Accreditation Report (F.A.A.R) that all chapters submit to nationals every year by Nov. 1. When we won the Hugh Shields Award the first time, every member of our chapter was so involved with the materials submitted in the F.A.A.R. and then to go on and win the award two years in a row, was not only a huge accomplishment, but my favorite Marietta memory as well.

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

Life at Marietta College was phenomenal. I was a student who tried to take advantage of everything that Marietta College had to offer during my four years on campus. There were always a plethora of activities and organizations to get involved in, as well as, domestic and international trips. Students were always so friendly and Marietta was definitely a home away from home for me; it was almost like another family to me. The friends and the memories I was able to make there are still cherished and will never be forgotten.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College had a huge impact on my career, both past and present. I was formerly an Executive Team Leader of Logistics at Target in Pittsburgh, Pa., and it was through an opportunity put on by the Marietta College Career Center that I landed that opportunity. Also, through my coursework at Marietta College and the student administrative roles I held while on campus, I gained a lot of useful experience that contributes to my success in my current position as a graduate research assistant at Duquesne University. I would not be where I am today without the help from my peers, the faculty, and staff at Marietta College. Former professors at Marietta have also inspired me to want to obtain a Ph.D. in my future.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, to be a Pioneer means to be a student, a leader, a team player, a teacher, a motivator, and most importantly a mentor. One thing I have learned in life is that nothing is ever handed directly to you; Marietta provides several networking, academic, and professional opportunities for students to get out there and take advantage of. Marietta also does a fantastic job of turning young and developing leaders into influential student teachers and peer mentors. Having the ability to not only learn academic materials and life skills is one thing, but being able to teach those skills and influence others is another and that is something that Marietta College truly does well.

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

Rosa Hanks

Rosa Hanks '08

Major: Organizational Communications

Minor: Spanish

Current Job: Sales Representative, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Clubs/Organizations: Charles Sumner Harrison Organization (CSHO), Sigma Delta Pi, Lambda Pi Eta, Forensics

Favorite Professor: Dr. Mabry O’Donnell and Wendy Bartlett

Education Abroad: Barcelona, Spain, during a Spring Semester

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

When I came to visit for the first time, I fell in love with the campus.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Going on the whitewater-rafting trip during orientation.

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

Life was stressful during my time at Marietta College. I worked hard to get good grades. But, life was also incredibly fun and I made some of my best friends.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College had a big impact on my career and my professionalism. I’m not sure if the Career Center still holds “Wine and Dine.” It was a program that helped students learn proper etiquette and networking skills. I still vividly remember the rules I learned. Also, the College required critical thinking skills. There isn’t a syllabus in the real world. Taking on leadership opportunities like being President of CSHO taught me to work with others, think on my toes and become resourceful.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

A Pioneer is a trailblazer. We are hard working, resourceful and innovative. For me being a Pioneer means taking the lead and striving to be the best.

 


 

Liv Holiday

Liv Holiday '11

Major: Psychology

Minor: Communications

Additional Education: Master of Education in Clinical Counseling, Ohio University (2011-13)

Current Job: Therapist, L&P Services

Hometown: McConnelsville, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Psychology Club, Alpha Xi Delta

Athletetics: Track and Field

Favorite Professor: Tom Perry

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

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you? I’m not sure there was one “a-ha!” moment; it was more of a culmination of many events that assured me I was where I belonged. These ranged from successes in athletics and acceptance into clubs/organizations to those simple one-on-one moments with professors when you realized they not only knew who you were, but also understood how you learn and how to best help you succeed.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I had so many great experiences at Marietta but I’d have to say my favorite ones were with my track team. I had awesome coaches when I began vaulting for Marietta. I was able to improve my skills quickly and find success early. I enjoyed working hard with the team and watching my teammates succeed as well. Track is an interesting sport because while it is a team sport, it is also very individualized, especially the field events. The best moments are when you succeed as an individual AND as a team, such as winning the pole vault to lead our women’s team to a secon-place finish at All-Ohio Championship in 2009.

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

Life at Marietta College was many things — comfortable, exciting, difficult, inspiring, frustrating, moving, encouraging, demanding, simple. Looking back I can trace the difficult times to the lessons I was to learn in order to make life ultimately more rewarding, and to give me the push I needed to persevere.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Attending Marietta College gave me the expectation of high standards — in education, in employment, in self-improvement. When you’re a student at MC, you’re not only expected to succeed, you’re given every tool possible to get where you want to go. You’re met with individualized attention from professors, and many go above and beyond to help you meet your goals. Upon graduating I continued this push for self-improvement and obtained additional education to work in a field I truly enjoy. Marietta College engrained in me a desire to grow, discover new things, improve. Because of this, I have a career that allows me to continually learn and advance my skills every day.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means pushing for more — more education, more opportunities, more growth. It means not giving up on what you really want. It means working to overcome any obstacle you encounter. It means being relentless. It doesn’t mean your experience will be perfect or effortless. You will have to put in the work. You’ll have to sweat and worry and maybe even cry — but you don’t stop pushing. You beat the odds and discover strengths you didn’t know you had. You succeed, and your success means much more because it wasn’t easy. You’re presented with such high standards and you soar above them — because you’re a Pioneer.

 


 

Alison Matas

Alison Matas '11

Major: Journalism

Minors: Leadership Studies, Organizational Communications/Public Relations

Additional Education: Master of Arts, Journalism, University of Missouri

Current Job: Journalist at The (Canton) Repository

Hometown: Kent, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Concert Choir, Floodstage, The Marcolian, Colleges Against Cancer, EXCEL Workshop, Honors House, Honors Program, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa

Favorite Professor: Joan Price

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

I knew Marietta College was the right choice for me when I realized I would be able to participate in the extracurricular activities I enjoyed during high school while still attending a small college. I’d looked at several similar schools in Ohio, and while each had some of the activities I wanted or the major I was interested in, only Marietta offered me all those opportunities. The option of being a McDonough scholar was also a huge draw for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

It’s a tie: One of my favorite moments was the final day of the first EXCEL Workshop I coordinated. I remember watching the end-of-the-workshop slideshow with my co-coordinator and best friend (Celia Brockway). We just sat there crying together — half from exhaustion and half from happiness at what our team had accomplished. Going through the EXCEL Workshop as a participant my freshman year calmed some of my nerves about college and reassured me that I’d made the right decision in enrolling at Marietta. Being able to give back to a program I loved was especially meaningful for me.

My other favorite moment was performing in the musical “Quilters” during my junior year. I wasn’t a music major or a theater major, so I felt lucky to have the chance to sing and dance onstage with such a talented cast. Plus, a big group of my friends came to see the show together opening night, and it was fun to be able to share in that experience with them.

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

My first thought was “busy,” but I’ll say “scheduled” instead. I spent much of my time running back and forth between choir rehearsals, classes and newspaper duties. Every day was full of things I loved to do. My friends were equally involved in their own academics and activities, but we still found time to meet up for “family dinner” most nights in Gilman and have adventures on the weekend. When I was at Marietta, the Dorothy Webster complex also had some upperclass housing, so we spent a lot of time doing homework and hanging out on that front porch.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Two of my professors at Marietta College — Jane Dailey and Joan Price — are the reason I stuck with journalism. They encouraged and challenged me and kept me focused. And because I attended a small college, I didn’t just study newspaper reporting but also broadcast journalism, newspaper and website design, copy editing and media management. Getting a taste of all my options solidified my love for writing and editing.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, it means being a graduate of a college that excels in academics, the fine arts and athletics. It means having lifelong relationships with both my friends and some of my professors. And it means belonging to a group of alumni who are making a difference across our country and world.

 


 

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.

 


 

Raj Sharan

Raj Sharan '06

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Oral Communication

Certificate: Leadership

Current Job: Executive Producer and Sports Radio Host at 102.3/105.5 ESPN in Denver, Colo.

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Clubs/Organizations: Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, McDonough Leadership Program

Athletetics: Track and Field, Football

Favorite Professor: Mabry O’Donnell, Dan Huck, Liane Gray-Starner

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

During my first visit to the campus, while the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center was being built. The campus was, to be honest, a bit of a mess with all of the construction. For some reason, I was able to visualize what the school was going to look like once things were completed. As an athlete, I loved it. From the look of the campus to my talks with coaches, professors and a few students — I knew then Marietta was the right fit for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Boy, it’s difficult to pin down just one. My first game as a part of the football team at Don Drumm Stadium and being a part of the Track & Field team’s first meet since the program restarted stand out. My initiation into Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and coaching floor hockey to the youth at the Marietta Family YMCA were also special moments.

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

It was incredible. Even more than what I learned in the classroom, my growth as a person stands out. I had a ton of fun and developed long-lasting friendships that I will treasure forever. I was very busy, involved with school, athletics and extra-curricular activities; that helped prepare me for “the real world.” It was the perfect fit for me. I miss those days.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

A tremendous amount, I use skills I gained at Marietta College every day in my role as Executive Producer and Host at 102.3/105.5 ESPN Denver. I not only gained hands on technical experience but the leadership skills acquired through the McDonough Leadership Program assist me to this day. I would not be where I am without the lessons I learned at Marietta College.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

More and more the further away I get from my graduation date. The memories mean even more, and the knowledge proves that much more knowledgeable. I’m proud to be a Pioneer; it’s a part of me.

 


 

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.