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Emma Burger

Emma Burger ’14

Majors: Music Education

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, Women’s Choir, Oratorio Chorus, EXCEL Leader

Current Occupation: The American School of Madrid

Favorite Professor: Dr. Brent Yorgason

Education Abroad: I took a three-week trip to Costa Rica and Belize with the Leadership and Biology departments. While on the trip, we took a course titled “Conservation and Leadership.” It was definitely one of the highlights of my college experience.

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

I knew Marietta was the right school for me after my visit to campus where I met students and faculty. “Get in where you fit in” is a personal motto of mine, and I felt right at home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

One of my favorite Marietta Moments was saying goodbye to campus after our freshman year. Brett Notarius, Cole Turner, Maggie Behlen, and myself had a heartfelt goodbye in Mary Beach Hall. The moment sticks out to me because it was a culmination of one of the most amazing years of our life, with the promise of many more ahead.

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

Being a college student is one of the most difficult things to do, and on more than one occasion I found myself in a Scarlett O’Hara Moment... “If I have to lie, cheat, or steal... I’ll never stay up until 5 a.m. again!” Thankfully, this difficult task is paired with the most amazing social experience of living with and going to class with, your best friends. College would have been insurmountable without the friendship, support, and laughter these people provide to one another.

The little things are what really defines the experience, like getting breakfast in Upper Gilman before class, checking your mailbox and getting envelopes filled with glitter from your best friend Mary Roberts, studying in the map room of the library, walking up The Mall through the tunnel of flowering trees in April, and the general shenanigans one participates in after dark. Yes, sometimes something really great happens on campus, but hundreds of really little, wonderful things happen every day and those are the things that make up life at Marietta College.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta had a huge impact on my career. When I arrived at Marietta I didn’t know for sure what I wanted to do. However, the advising I received and the purposeful “First Year Experience” course gave me a lot to ponder and helped guide me to a decision about becoming a music teacher. After that first decision was made, everything else fell into place.

As a senior, the Career Center was very helpful in providing me resources and piles of encouragement for how to take the next step to gainful employment. Finding that first job is such a roller coaster ride of emotion. There are times when you feel like you are absolutely qualified and why wouldn’t they hire me, and then moments of doubt, where you contemplate the vast number of people who are looking for the same job as you.

After being hired, I realized that there were a few things that I took for granted as something that everyone should know about getting a job. These things, like dressing well, using nice paper for your resume, coming into an interview with questions, generally being a positive and enthusiastic human being, were not as standard as I originally assumed. Marietta did a great job of teaching me how to be a professional, and that lesson, infused throughout all four years of school, has, and will continue to, serve me well in my career.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Life is an opportunity, not a chore, and Pioneers are fully committed to the idea of living life to the fullest.

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

Marci Estock

Marci Estock '13

Major: Athletic Training

Minor: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Graduate Student in Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program (Class of 2015)

Hometown: Louisville, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Marietta College Physician Assistant Student Society (MCPASS), Marietta College Athletic Training Student Organization (president), Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Alpha Lamba Delta honorary, Order of Omega (president), American Red Cross volunteer, McDonough EXCEL leader

Athletics: Intramural volleyball and basketball

Favorite Professor: This is (surprisingly) by far the hardest question. The more I think about it the more I realize that each of the professors that I have had bring something new to the table. Some I could listen to for hours and others it was a struggle to make it through class but either way I learned a lot. If I have to pick one professor I would have to say, Dr. (John) Grosel from the PA program, Kemery Sigmund from Athletic Training and Dr. (Gama) Perruci from Leadership.

Education Abroad: Costa Rica & Belize (three-week summer course)

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

I initially visited Marietta College just for the Physician Assistant Program. On my visit not only did I find the program to be everything I wanted and more, but I also saw all of the academic opportunities Marietta had to offer, the close relationships between the students, and the beautiful campus. I was informed that the McDonough Leadership Program was one of the top five leadership programs in the country and the athletic training program was one of the first in Ohio. After that, I was hooked.

Favorite Marietta moment?

When I was a homecoming queen candidate (Fall 2012) for the Marietta College Athletic Training Student Organization. I was walking down the tunnel in the football stadium with my parents before we walked onto the field to be announced and, like a typical day on campus, I passed many of my friends, athletes, professors, administrators, and classmates to whom I greeted along the way. I didn’t think much of it until my Dad jokingly asked me if I knew everyone on campus to which I replied no. It wasn’t until later that I realized how much that moment spoke to the experience I had at Marietta. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of people from athletes to leadership students to sorority sisters to faculty to administrators. Even having homecoming candidates representing a wide variety of organizations on campus speaks to the wonderful experience I had at Marietta College.

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

It all went by so fast it is almost hard to recall. I stayed pretty busy between Sports Med classes, extra prerequisite classes for PA school, Greek Life, McDonough, and athletics. I tried to take advantage of all of the opportunities Marietta had to offer and really step outside of my comfort zone to learn as much as I could while I was here. I had the chance to travel internationally to Costa Rica and Belize and, although I was not a fan of the bugs and snakes lurking around, I got to climb the Mayan ruins, zip line, and snorkel with sharks and stingrays on the second largest barrier reef in the world. I had a chance to meet some of my best friends who, although scattered across the country, I still stay in contact with now.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I came to Marietta with a fairly solid plan of going to PA school but there were many things here that helped mold my path to my final destination. I had a great relationship with my professors and learned many lessons from them, both inside and outside the classroom. I also worked with many of the Marietta athletes in one way or another. Working with my Athletic Training professors and athletes during rotations with softball, football and men’s basketball solidified my determination to work in the health care profession and found my passion for helping people. Although standing outside in the pouring rain at football practice or traveling five hours on a bus to a basketball game wasn’t exactly my idea of “college fun,” I wouldn’t have traded the experience for the world. The PA curriculum can be grueling at times but reflecting on how rewarding it was to help an athlete go back to the sport they love after sustaining an injury pushes me to keep hitting the books. All of the activities I was involved with on campus and the liberal arts education have helped to make me much more well-rounded which will translate to my career in medicine.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Most students (I’m assuming) who attend small, liberal arts colleges say they chose to go there because of the “small school feel” and “they don’t want to be a number,” but never has that applied more than at Marietta College. Not only does every student that steps foot on this campus have an identity that is more than an ID number, but they also are a part of the Marietta College family. The MC family is that of a typical American family; experiencing our ups and downs but always doing so together. This campus has seen some hard times this year with the loss of a current student, a graduate athlete, and a student receiving a difficult medical diagnosis of cancer but the students bonded together to help, support, and love one another. The students, staff, and faculty have also come together to celebrate several national championships and NCAA tournament runs, welcoming Dr. and Mrs. Bruno to campus, and building a new dorm on campus. To be a Pioneer means to stick together through the good times and the bad, and to always look forward to a bright future of reaching your goals and leaving an impact on others in a community to do the same.

 


 

Anna Gill

Anna Gill '12

Majors: Middle Childhood Education

Certificate: Teacher Leadership

Hometown: Canal Winchester, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: In college, I was involved in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Honors House/Scholars Community, Circle K International, and Students for Environmental Awareness. In Grenada, I was involved in the Grand Roy Pan Angels Steel Orchestra (steel drum/pan group).

Current Occupation: Mission Intern from the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. In March 2014 started a position with Branches, a nonprofit in Miami, Fla., doing financial stability education as part of my domestic placement.

Favorite Professor: Too hard to choose one, but among them were Dr. (Cathy) Mowrer, Dr. (Dottie) Erb, Dr. (Connie) Golden, Dr. (Tanya) Judd Pucella, Dr. (Robert) McManus and Dr. Mabry O’Donnell.

Education abroad: Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa from January-June 2011.

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

I was at an open house or some event in McDonough. I’d spent the day on campus and could see myself living and thriving here. I turned to my mom and told her I’d finally made my decision: I was going to Marietta College.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Homecoming in 2010 with the Honors House. We themed everything around Harry Potter and had great entries for Munchies on the Mall, Croon, and more. It was the camaraderie and the quirky humor of my Honors House friends that made it so special.

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

Busy. I always had a full course load and never got enough sleep. But I had a great living community with the Honors House. Living there, I always had friends around; they were worth losing sleep over. They motivated me to be the best student I could be while also making sure there was never a dull moment. Those people are still some of my best friends. I was also very involved with extracurricular activities.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

A lot of what motivated me to become a mission intern came from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where I learned how much God cares for people affected by social injustices, and gained valuable leadership experience serving as chapter president. I also cannot understate the importance of learning about world issues, geography, civic engagement, communication skills, leadership styles, teaching strategies and critical thinking from my classes.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means being part of a wonderful campus community that equips and inspires you to go out and make a difference in the global community.

 


 

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.

 


 

Katie Kimble

Katherine Knight Kimble ’09

Major: Psychology

Minor: Political Science

Certificate: Leadership

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Psychology, Marietta College (2010); Working on a J.D. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Nebraska

Hometown: Cadiz, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Alpha Xi Delta, Student Senate, McDonough EXCEL Leader, Greek Council, Psychology Club

Favorite Professor: Dr. Mark Sibicky

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

I visited Marietta College with my parents in the spring of my senior year of high school. At the end of the day, all three of us agreed it was the place to be. The people are friendly, everyone you meet says hello; the campus is beautiful year-round, especially in the spring; and the faculty and staff genuinely care about the students’ education and success. Just being in that environment made Marietta feel like a second home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

This is such a difficult question to answer! I honestly don’t think I can choose one favorite moment. I loved all five years I spent at Marietta and would go back tomorrow if I could. I have so many great memories, from Matriculation, to living in Dorothy Webster and meeting people in freshman housing, to living in the Alpha Xi Delta house and spending time with my sisters, to working in the Student Life Office, to going to classes and learning from outstanding faculty. It is honestly impossible for me to choose one favorite Marietta moment.

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

Life was good during my time at Marietta College! Even though a lot was happening outside our community, some good and some bad, the Marietta College community always stood together. The students, faculty and staff have a strong sense of community and it shines in the good and bad times.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College gave me a foundation for my education and career I could not have gotten anywhere else. MC allowed me to grow in too many ways to count. During my time in Marietta, I matured academically, personally, and in leadership roles. I was able to take advantage of too many opportunities to name. I find myself constantly using skills I learned through the Psychology Department, the McDonough Leadership Program, Alpha Xi Delta, and the Greek community in everyday situations. On top of all that, Marietta helped me find the confidence in myself to know that hard work pays off and there is no excuse for not always trying your best.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means to forge ahead, even into situations that may be frightening or unknown, in order to make a difference in yourself, your community, and your world. While they’re forging ahead, Pioneers remember their roots, where they came from, and who helped them get where they are. Pioneers are courageous, unwavering, innovative, and resilient people and Marietta College is full of them.

 


 

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.

 


 

Megan Mcgrath

Megan McGrath '10

Majors: Middle Childhood Education

Certificate: Leadership and Teachers as Leaders

Additional Education: Master’s Degree in Reading Specialist, California University of Pennsylvania

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Chi Omega Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Panhellenic Executive Board, and Order of Omega

Current Occupation: Sixth-grade teacher for the North Allegheny School District

Favorite Professor: Dr. Connie Golden

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

I knew Marietta was the right school for me on my first visit to the college. I had been traveling around western Pennsylvania and Ohio checking out small colleges and their education programs. I had never heard of Marietta before I received their brochure in the mail. As soon as I stepped on campus I knew I wanted to be there for the next four years. The campus was exactly like the pictures looked — which I could say from other college brochures was something Marietta could be proud of. All the students around campus seemed happy to be there and my tour guide couldn’t say enough good things about the school. Everything and everyone were so welcoming.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite Marietta moment(s) would have to be sorority bid day every year. Each year brought with it a different meaning for me. During my freshman year I was running out of Andrews Hall to join my new sisters and be welcomed into such a fantastic organization. My sophomore and junior years brought new sisters to me that each would become such great friends. And my senior year represented the end of a successful recruitment process that I had run on campus as VP of Panhellenic Council.

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

My time at Marietta was nonstop activity. Balancing my education with the activities I wanted to participate in took most of my time, but I still had plenty of free time to hang out with my friends. Even though I did not participate in athletics it was still a part of my time at Marietta. We would attend football, basketball, and baseball games to support our Pioneers and enjoy the events that they held.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Being an alumna of Marietta College was definitely beneficial to my career. Through Marietta’s Career Center I was given experience in interviewing and received assistance on my resumes. I was hired immediately out of college by Wellston City Schools in Jackson County, Ohio. They loved the experiences I had from college and considered me an experienced teacher even though it was my first year as a professional. This past year I began job searching in the Pittsburgh area. I have to say that even three years after graduating from college, I was using things I learned from Marietta in my interviews and interview lessons. I was hired at North Allegheny School District in Pittsburgh this year, which is one of the top school districts in the state.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means being a leader who uses his/her experiences to pursue new adventures.

 


 

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.

 


 

Fizzy Ramsey

Fizzy (Elizabeth) Ramsey '07

Major: Athletic Training

Minor: Biology

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Graduate Student in Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program (Class of 2011)

Hometown: Danville, Ky

Clubs/Organizations: Marietta College Athletic Training Student Organization, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, McDonough Leadership Program, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honorary Society, Pi Alpha national Physician Assistant Honor Society

Current Organizations: Danville Rotary Club, Boyle County High School assistant Track and Field Coach, Member/Secretary of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society Board of Directors

Athletics: Track and Field

Favorite Professor: Sam Crowther (undergraduate), Dr. John Grosel (graduate)

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

I made my first visit on Oct. 23, 2002, in the peak of autumn. I immediately fell in love with Marietta. Beyond the aesthetics, the athletics staff, Admission Office and faculty were extremely welcoming. It felt like a perfect fit from the very beginning.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Choosing a favorite moment is challenging. I could go on about playing home run derby in Parsons Field, slip and sliding in Hermann Bowl, sledding down Mills Hill, getting sent home for a week during the 2004 flood or celebrating the track season with teammates throughout the years.

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

Life was a roller coaster of hectic days and stressful nights yielding rewarding and exhilarating milestones. I juggled 18-sometimes-19 credit hours a semester, track and field, sports medicine responsibilities, tutoring and an internship/job at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Little did I know it was making for a very smooth transition into graduate school and a productive career. Although college was a busy four years, they were some of the best years of my life with lots of fun and entertainment sprinkled in the mix.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta's strong liberal arts education instilled flexibility, creativity, community mindedness, critical thinking and strong communication skills that are integral in the practice of medicine. I can juggle various tasks in a high-stress environment while still enjoying every facet of my job. A varied curriculum throughout undergrad sparked multiple interests allowing me to relate and interact with patients and colleagues of all walks.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

I must say I am proud to be a Marietta College Pioneer. I was provided a myriad of opportunities throughout my education that I would not have had the privilege to do so in a larger institution. As touched on above, being liberally educated by this institution fostered a thirst for continued knowledge, drive to solve complex problems, educate and empower those coming along in my field of study and to give back to the community I call home, wherever it may be at the time.

 


 

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.

 


 

Chad Walker

Chad Walker '10

Major: Athletic Training

Certificate: Leadership

Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.

Clubs/Organizations: MCATSO, McDonough Leadership Program

Favorite Professor: Sam Crowther

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

I knew Marietta was the right school for me the minute I walked onto the brick mall in the center of campus and saw how vibrant and energetic the atmosphere was. When I toured the athletic training room and met Sam (Crowther) and the rest of the faculty I could sense the close-knit environment of the department and knew I would fit in right away. Other schools I looked at didn’t have the same “feel” and were not centered around the development of the “entire student.”

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite Marietta moment was when I was working as an Athletic Training student with football and we beat Otterbein who was ranked No. 7 in the country. We had been having a difficult year and to see the guys’ faces after winning that game is something I will never forget.

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

Being in the Athletic Training program I spent a lot of hours in the training room and with my assigned athletic team, which varied by semester. We would have our classes in the mornings and report to our sports in the afternoon. This would make for long days and weekend commitments. It was always interesting trying to squeeze in study hours and made for some long nights but we learned how to become more responsible and self-reliant. Through those long hours the athletic training majors spent a lot of time together at practices, competitions and road trips. We had a really close group and functioned very much like a family. We developed lifelong friendships and they are still some of my best friends to this day. I lived in the dorms all four years and some of my best memories are from hanging out with my suitemates and getting to know everyone in the college community. I had a great experience living on campus and got to know so many unique individuals from diverse backgrounds. Whether it was eating in the dining hall everyday, checking my mail, or getting a work out in at Dyson Baudo, I got to the know the staff and College community really well and it made my experience all the more enjoyable.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College allowed me to not only gain the knowledge and tools to become a certified athletic trainer, but also the lifelong skills of being a person of character and compassion. Because I was able to have such a great relationship with faculty and staff with a totally open-door atmosphere, I was always able to go to them for advice about anything and everything. College is a time of change for students and the atmosphere of Marietta allowed me to grow into the person I am today. The other great aspect about Marietta is that you are considered a Pio for life and the resources of the community will always be available whenever, wherever. I still routinely talk to my professors and check in with them for advice when needed, and they continue to help me in my career today.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pio is all about pride and selflessness. We have such a diverse tight-knit community of alumni and students who share a pride in their school that is unrivaled. I still routinely check on how the athletic teams are doing and talk to my friends and staff who are in the loop. Whenever I can help out, I want to be able to continue to give back and that’s a common theme of Marietta grads.

 


 

Kyle Yoho

Kyle Yoho '12

Major: History

Minor: Political Science

Certificate: Leadership

Additional Education: Pursuing Masters in Public History, Wright State University, Graduating May, 2014.

Hometown: Woodsfield, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Public History Professionals (member), Ohio Local History Alliance (member), Army of the Ohio Reenacting Organization (Board Member)

Favorite Professor: Dr. James O’Donnell

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

I realized Marietta College was the right school for me in my FYSE class taught by Dr. Michael Tager. The fact that he knew everyone’s name in the class, served as our advisor for our first semester despite the class having assorted majors, and that he encouraged us to let him know if we needed anything at all showed that the faculty was actively engaged in helping the College’s students and wanted us to do well.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite moment at Marietta was actually graduation. The reason is not because I finally made it through those four years, but because it was at that point I realized what I had just accomplished. To finally hold that degree in my hand, which I had worked so hard for was a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, I was closing that chapter of my life, but it was odd that I wouldn’t be coming back in the spring and seeing all my friends.

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

During my time at Marietta there was this sense of community. If you were walking on The Christy Mall it was more than likely that you would see someone you knew. What is so great about Marietta is it wasn’t just classmates who you got to know, but it was also faculty and staff. This is something truly special and something that doesn’t often happen at other schools. Another feature of Marietta that has stuck out to me is the accessibility. In terms of most of the campus buildings being located directly along the Mall, registering for classes, popping in to ask professors a question, and working with administrative services Marietta was very accessible for its students.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta’s landscape is filled with history both in its rich heritage and its physical reminders of the past. I think this influence has led me to pursue a career within the public history field. Digging up interesting and meaningful stories to illuminate the fascinating persons, places, or events of the past, like those from within the College’s history, as well as those from the city of Marietta, is what has motivated me to work within a museum setting.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Perhaps most meaningful about being a Pioneer is the strong bond that lasts, even after you graduate, between the friends you made during your time there; be it through social media, texting, phone calls, or letters you still communicate with many of the people you met at Marietta. Also, I would say being a Pioneer comes with a certain sense of pride. I won’t say that I loved every minute of my College years, but it’s those good times that you think back to the most and make you proud to have a little of the “Navy Blue and White” coursing through your veins.

 


 

Phil York

Phil York '10

Major: Political Science

Minor: History

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Master of Arts, Texas A&M

Current Job: Director of Development, Waco Habitat for Humanity

Hometown: Frederick, Md.

Clubs/Organizations: College Union Board, Charles Sumner Harrison Organization, and Student Senate

Athletics: Intramural Basketball (5 on 5 and 3 on 3)

Favorite Professor: Dr. Mike Tager, Dr. Mark Schaefer, Dr. Gama Perruci and Jeff Walker

Education Abroad: I traveled abroad with my best friend and roommate who is from Beijing, China, during winter break, 2008. We traveled to Beijing, Shanghai and several smaller cities in eastern China. I was able to see the Great Wall, eat genuine foods, learn some basic Chinese and deepen my appreciation for Chinese culture.

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

I knew Marietta College was the right school for me when I first learned about the McDonough Leadership Program. I was impressed by the possibility to place political ideas, concepts, and leadership techniques to practice through the McDonough Leadership Certificate Program. No other schools on my list of candidate schools offered such a direct application of lessons and the opportunity for service learning.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I have three.

One of my Marietta moments was annual: Marietta was a place where my fellow Pioneers became my extended family. I was impressed that Marietta College offered a “Thanksgiving” themed meal before the holiday. Each year I shared Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing and all the fixings but without any of the dishes.

Another Marietta moment came after the first week of freshman classes. My roommate and I debriefed each other about how our first weeks went. Then we said, almost simultaneously, “let’s clean up” (keep in mind the only items that needed to be cleaned were two pizza boxes and two soda cans). As two neat people it was fun, and reassuring, to know we were on the same page. This Marietta Moment planted the seeds of a life-long friendship that remains strong to this day.

One year I invited my roommate home to spend the winter break with my family in Maryland near Washington, D.C. When we returned to Marietta, he said, “OK, next year, I will take you to my home. That way we can say that we both saw each other’s capital cities.” I saved up. About a year later, I was in Beijing, China, living out a promise made the year before. The marks in my passport always remind me of this great Marietta Moment.

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

Life was busy during Marietta College. I had a challenging course load in Political Science and History. Both required long hours of reading, writing and critical thinking. I also had full weekends with volunteer work at the YMCA and the Ely Chapman Center to name two. The College Union Board provided weekly tasks as I served as Music Chair and later Vice President of operations. It was a joy to work with my colleagues to bring quality special events, music, and student programming to campus year-round.

The natural beauty of Marietta provided a nice break from the fast pace of campus studies and extracurricular duties. I will never forget the beauty of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers on a fall evening.

Most importantly for me, Marietta was diverse. I participated in as many multicultural events as possible so I could increase my cultural awareness. As a lover of food, I enjoyed the many cultural events that offered unique foods and desserts from across the world.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College continues to have a significant impact on my career. My involvement in the College Union Board and Student Senate allowed for critical leadership development opportunities.

When I left Marietta I felt prepared for the next step in my professional and personal development. I was able to thrive in my graduate studies at Texas A&M (one of the largest Universities in the United States) because of the one-on-one mentorship and training I had at Marietta.

As the Director of Development of Waco Habitat for Humanity, life continues to be busy but I use the same organizational and leadership skills I developed at Marietta to make a positive impact in Central Texas.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Each Pioneer has their own response to this question but this is mine.

I am proud to be a Pioneer.

Pioneers are intelligent

We make decisions based on data but we also consider the cultural and global implications of our decisions. I credit my liberal arts degree for equipping me with the ability to think both within the confines of my field but to also consider the broader implications of a decision that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Further, thanks to my McDonough Leadership training, I have a solid understanding of my own leadership style and the style of others. This allows me to lead teams, projects, and proposals with higher efficiency. Self-awareness and the awareness I have of my team’s strengths and opportunities for growth allow me to be a better leader for my agency and community.

Pioneers are bold

Marietta College offers the Washington Semester Program through The American University. I took advantage of this semester-long course during my final semester of College. Most attend this program earlier in their Marietta careers. I was inspired by the late Dr. Jackie DeLaat of the Political Science Department to pursue training in American’s Public Law course. The American University experience deepened my passion for public service and later led me to my professional degree at Texas A&M University. If I ignored the inspiration of my professor I would have missed a great opportunity that later proved to be a career-defining experience.

Pioneers are life-long learners

My four years at Marietta College inspired me to draw inspiration from my world for constant growth. Just as I drew inspiration from brilliant professors and beautiful rivers, I continue to draw inspiration from my current surroundings here in Texas. Municipal leaders now replace professors and the Ohio Valley is replaced with the Texan landscape. But I remain a life-long learner who is sensitive to the needs of my community thanks to my professional and educational experience at Marietta College.