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Brittany Metcalf

Brittany Metcalf '13

Major: English

Minor: Spanish

Certificate: Energy System Studies

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Clubs/Organizations: Student Athletic Advisory Committee

Athletics: Women’s Basketball

Favorite Professor: Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker

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

From an education standpoint, Marietta was the perfect school for me. I came from a small high school, which graduated 75 kids. I came to the College with no idea as to what I wanted to study. The Liberal Arts foundation allowed me to explore many options. Once I decided on an English degree, I was not just limited to the English curriculum. I took different economics, accounting, energy, calculus, and physics classes, to more or less keep the doors open for me. I would say 90 percent of all of my professors had a solid relationship with me, more so than just a student-teacher relationship. I felt comfortable with them, they pushed me, but also, they were there if I needed them. I was very far away from home and a few times over my four years at MC, “life happened” and my professors were more than willing to work with me, but also provide me support in difficult situations.

When I first got to Marietta, I was not sure about the small town life. I grew up in Houston, and big city life is all I knew. After spending four years in Marietta, I realized just how special of a community the town has. I always saw a familiar face wherever I went. I live in Denver now, and I miss the small-town life.

Favorite Marietta moment?

  1. The first day I moved in. Most of the girls I met that first day, are people I am still close with today. Everyone knew I was from Texas, welcomed me with open arms, and gave me the nickname “Tex,” which I will never live down.
  2. Beating Mount Union my sophomore year. We were unranked, but they were No. 20 in the nation. We played the game of our lives.
  3. My sophomore and junior years, any men’s basketball game. Getting there 1.5 hours early just to get a seat. The gym was packed and was just an amazing sports atmosphere.

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

I was a basketball player, so my days were pretty regimented. I always carried a heavy course load. I spent all day in class and most of my evenings in the gym at practice. That was my life August-March. The dorms were always connected, an open door policy. People were popping in and out of my room. I know I often found myself dropping by many people’s rooms on the regular. I would say in my four years, MC was great with the idea of “work hard, play hard.” I was surrounded by some of the nicest people. Marietta was my second home as I went home once a year for Christmas.

Another great thing I had was my teammates, definitely, that established a sense of family. However, more importantly was my Foster Family, the Ketelsens that were assigned to me through the Foster Family Program. They were such a blessing. Mr. and Mrs. Ketelsen were my second parents, and their two girls are like the sisters I never had. That was exactly what I needed being away from home.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I will give credit to Marietta College in providing me with a Liberal Arts foundation. I was an English major, now working in sales, selling software for Oracle, the largest tech company in the world. Oracle saw my potential, and I think Marietta deserves some of the credit. The fact I played basketball also is what made people believe in me at Oracle. They knew I was competitive and dedicated. Lastly, I would say the overall Ohio bond. I interviewed with a guy who was from central Ohio who went to Miami of Ohio, and I remember sitting in the interview just talking about southeastern Ohio.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

  • Community
  • Character
  • Determined
  • Compassionate
  • At Marietta I learned what it was like to have a community, 1,400 other students and faculty behind me, supporting me, wanting me to succeed. There is a sense of pride in attending Marietta. You know as a Pio that the four years you spent on the campus were special. I worked very hard throughout my time there, I learned a lot about myself, about others, and was driven to succeed. Lastly, a sense of legacy, too. My parents went to MC, my uncle, and now my brother!

 


 

Mike Cress

Michael Cress '10

Major: English

Minor: Adolescent/Young Adult Education (7-12 teaching license)

Additional Education: Coursework/additional licensure through Georgia Department of Education

Current Job: Seventh Grade Language Arts Gifted Teacher & Department Chair with Gwinnett (Ga.) County Public Schools; Curriculum Specialist with Teach For America

Hometown: Atlantic City, N.J.

Clubs/Organizations: College Union Board, College Democrats, Erwin Knights Education Association

Athletics: Men's Rowing

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bev Hogue — I appreciated her balance of being extremely knowledgeable and yet so down to earth.

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

I had a true transformation after my first year at Marietta; I followed the advice of many in The Long Blue Line and got myself involved with a number of roles, activities, and organizations I felt passionate about. Marietta College gave me the not only the confidence and the opportunity to do this, but also the space and network of an incredibly supportive and inspiring group of friends, alumni, and faculty who helped me develop. As an education student, I got to work hands-on as a teacher at the Ely Chapman Education Foundation just a few streets away from campus. When I worked with the College Democrats, I got to work on the campaign trail and met Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Joe Biden. When I began immersing myself in the opportunities that Marietta College made possible for me, opportunities that had a major impact on me both personally and professionally, I realized I had chosen the perfect school for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Delivering one of the two Jewett commencement speeches at the graduation of the Class of 2010. As the first person from my family to graduate college, it meant a lot to me to be able to deliver a speech as my mother sat in the audience, along with some of my best friends, favorite professors, and alumni who helped paved the way for me.

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

In one word, exhilarating. My years at Marietta truly helped me transform from a curious and soft-spoken adolescent into a confident and passionate adult. Being a Jersey boy from a sheltered family finally on my own in this extremely different part of the country was something extraordinary, and I’ll never forget the warm feeling of hospitality I got, whether it was from the teachers I student taught with at Parkersburg High School, the professors who opened their homes to me in downtown Marietta, or my friends’ families who welcomed me over for Easter dinner. This period of my life was so exciting because I had the freedom to try new things, think in new ways, learn from new people, and blaze a new trail for myself.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

A profound one; I believe the versatility of my liberal arts education helped my thinking evolve while never allowing me to become complacent within a comfort zone. However, the English and Education programs I was so fortunate to be a part of really helped solidify my passion and purpose to work in education reform and advocate for at-risk children and families across the country. As a Teach For America alumnus who now leads a department and trains incoming new teachers, I’ve been able to help bring waves of positive chance and empowerment to students in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Nashville, and hopefully after this year, the San Francisco bay area. The confidence, depth of knowledge, and leadership skills I utilize on a daily basis to carry out this work would not be available to me had I not matriculated as a Pioneer.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means blazing your own trail and paving the way for others in the process. Given the quality of the programs and the tightknit community at Marietta College, every one of us develops as a Pioneer and blazes that new trail. Being a Pioneer means having both passion and compassion, being brave and yet humble, and fulfilling your potential.

 


 

Peter Frantz

Peter Richard Frantz '09

Major: English

Minor: Religion

Additional Education: Master of Divinity, Ashland Theological Seminary, and TEFL Certification

Current Job: English teacher with Teach Overseas, and teaching at the English language school, American Culture, in Kütahya, Turkey.

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio.

Clubs/Organizations: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ultimate Frisbee, Drama

Athletics: Intramural Football and Softball

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bev Hogue

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

The first time I visited I found myself quickly attached to the school. It had a very beautiful and intimate campus that I looked forward to exploring and enjoying. At the time I was also very drawn to the fields of English and Journalism, and noted that Marietta College had exceptional faculty in both programs.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I especially enjoyed going to the Sternwheel Festival during the first month of school each year. I remember always gathering a group of friends, walking down to the festival, grabbing some food from the vendors, and watching the fireworks out on the grass by the Ohio River. There was so much joking and laughing. And because it was during the first month of school each year, the festival was the perfect venue for getting to know some of the new students. This was where so many of my good friendships began to take shape!

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

I truly enjoyed the freedom of living away from home. And it was easy to acclimate to independent living at Marietta College because of the community that the school provided. My professors did not distance themselves from me, but seemed interested in getting to know me and helping me learn who I was and where I was going. Because the campus was small, I would always see someone I knew on my way to class — whether a professor, a classmate or someone I knew from the office. I truly felt like I belonged at Marietta.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

The most important lesson I learned at Marietta College was that I am a leader. I can stand up and act on behalf of important causes or I can let someone else worry about them. But, because I have been given a unique perspective on the world, a voice to call out hypocrisy and injustice, and hands and feet that can transform ideas into tangible realities, sitting back and doing nothing is wasteful! There is a leader in all of us. Marietta College helped acquaint me with the leader within myself, and show me how he was capable of making a positive impact in the community. My career has greatly benefited from this training, as I have gone places and done things I would have never dreamed of doing before. I have been gifted by God. And because of that, I am obligated to share those gifts with a world that needs them.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means blazing your own trail and paving the way for others in the process. Given the quality of the programs and the tightknit community at Marietta College, every one of us develops as a Pioneer and blazes that new trail. Being a Pioneer means having both passion and compassion, being brave and yet humble, and fulfilling your potential.

 


 

Keira Hambrick

Keira M. Hambrick ’09

Major: Biology and English (concentration in Creative Writing/Poetry)

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Literature & Environment Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, 2011

Current Job: Academic Support Coordinator, Marietta College

Hometown: Princeton, W.Va.

Clubs/Organizations: Biology Club, Sigma Tau Delta, Honors Program, Beta Beta Beta, MENSA

Favorite Professor: I find it very difficult to choose just one. Some of the best classes I ever had were with (in no particular order) Dr. Kevin Pate in Chemistry, Dr. Janie Rees-Miller in Linguistics, Dr. Dave McShaffrey in Biology, and the entire English department.

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

I can’t think of a single, specific moment that I knew, but within my first three semesters I began to realize that my presence on campus mattered to people. I never felt like “just a number.” Faculty and staff knew me by name, and other students asked for my help as a writing tutor and biology tutor. I also worked for the Biology department as a laboratory preparation assistant/teaching assistant and I worked for the Art and Theater departments. I know that, had I gone to a larger school, I would not have had the same opportunities to make connections all across campus. I’ve always been interested in a wide variety of topics, and that curiosity was encouraged at MC.

Favorite Marietta moment?

After I presented my English capstone project to the whole department, Dr. (Carolyn) Hares-Stryker beamed at me and said I would make a great teacher. I realized at that moment that my entire education had kind of blossomed all at once. Almost all of my courses, from Communications to Zoology, included at least one presentation assignment, and I had learned a wide variety of research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. Being a double major with one foot in the sciences and the other in the humanities prepared me to really understand the needs of my audience. I remember feeling like I had “cracked the code” because that presentation felt as easy, fun, and natural to me as the Biology capstone presentation I did a week later. That moment was my favorite because it showed me how much I had learned and how much I was capable of achieving.

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

My four years at Marietta were some of the busiest years of my life. Balancing all of my academic, personal, and work-related commitments was challenging, to say the least, but I figured it out and had a lot of fun along the way. I really pushed myself when I was a student here, and I’m glad I did because I don’t think I’ll ever have another opportunity to do and learn so many different things at one time.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Since graduating from Marietta, I’ve worked as a grant writer for non-profits, a web content developer, a professional editor, a college composition teacher, an auctioneer, the lead of a historical research team, a copywriter for a major vitamin company, and now I manage all of the ARC tutoring services at Marietta College. When I was a student, people always asked me “what on earth do you think you’re going to do with degrees in biology and writing?” My answer? Anything. Everything. My education from Marietta did not prepare me to do just one job. The skills I acquired are flexible and transferable to anything I want to do. In today’s job market, it’s highly unlikely that any employee will have the same career for 50 years. For some people with purely vocational educations, that’s a really scary prospect. But I’m not afraid because I have a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that will always be relevant.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

I think being a Pioneer means choosing to leave your comfort zone and expose yourself to challenges. Being a Pioneer means pursuing your interests — even if they don’t seem like they fit one particular “major” — and learning everything you can. As a Pioneer, I learned how to find the rewards in challenging situations, I learned to be excited by the unknown, and I developed a lifelong passion for learning new things.

 


 

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.

 


 

Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller '04

Major: English

Certificate: Leadership

Additional Education: Master’s degree, English, The Ohio State University (2006)

Current Job: English instructor, Gillette College

Hometown: Gillette, Wyo.

Clubs/Organizations: Chi Omega, Student Senate, Forensics team, McSAC

Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Alpha Theta

Favorite Professor: It’s impossible to pick just one! Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker, Dr. Mabry O’Donnell, Dr. James O’Donnell and Dr. Kathryn McDaniel

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

When I visited campus, I sat in on Dr. (Mabry) O’Donnell’s honors speech class, and Dr. O and the students made it a point to include me in the class, as though I had been with them the entire semester. I knew Marietta was a special place from that moment, and that if I matriculated there, I would make friends for life. I was definitely right.

Favorite Marietta moment?

There are so many! But a moment I cherish in particular occurred every fall — singing Chi O songs on The (Christy) Mall during Bid Day with sorority sisters.

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

Life at Marietta was so engaging. Both inside and outside the classroom, I experienced incredibly intellectual exchanges with some of the most brilliant minds I have ever met. When walking to class, it was impossible not to be stopped by several friends.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

My education at Marietta College taught me how to think on my feet, how to articulate an argument, and how to present myself successfully in public. I work as an English professor now, and I use those skills daily.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means devoting yourself to learning and to your friends. A Marietta education and Marietta friends will stay with you forever.

 


 

Hannah Ratliff

Hannah Ratliff '14

Major: English, History

Current Job: Junior Content Editor at Boostability, Inc.

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Clubs/Organizations: Women’s Choir, Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA), Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pulse Literary Magazine, Marietta College Writing Center, Special Collections Intern

Favorite Professor: A two-way tie between Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker and Dr. Katy McDaniel

Education Abroad: Six-week study abroad internship in New Zealand.

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

The first time I visited Marietta College with my mother — she was pointing out things she remembered from her time at MC and I just felt so at home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Handing the final draft of my history capstone paper.

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

Life was always something new and exciting with friends and professors.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta definitely prepared me for the real world, and Hilles (Hughes) and Caitlin (Jones) in the Career Center helped me discover the career options for my majors, network, and hone my interview skills.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

It means being a part of a huge, caring, fun community.

 


 


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