About Feature 1

Political Science


Tyson Brown

M. Tyson Brown '06

Major: Environmental Studies and Political Science

Minor: Leadership

Additional Education: Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University

Current Job: Statistician, U.S. Energy Administration at the Department of Energy

Hometown: Huntington, W.Va.

Clubs/Organizations: Alpha Tau Omega, Student Senate

Favorite Professor: Dr. Jackie DeLaat

Education Abroad: Thailand Summer Course

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

I really enjoyed my campus visit and interviewing with professors for the Leadership program as well as some scholarships. If I had to name a single thing that stuck with me, it would be all the backpacks and bags the students left outside of Gilman. Seemed like a trusting campus and that put me over the edge.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Helping Dean (Steve) Schwartz dig a hole for a tether ball pole outside of the McDonough Center as a monument to his status as the Dean of Fun.

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

My class was fairly small and tightknit. We had two major floods that disrupted our routines and helped to pull us together even more. That plus the loss of Mike Conte (who was the student body president and in my class) definitely contributed to bringing the students together during grief and hard times.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I always felt like I could bounce ideas off my professors even after I graduated. Dr. DeLaat and Dr. (Gama) Perruci in particular were always helpful in offering advice on graduate schools and areas of study. After I came to D.C., I was able to reconnect with a number of alumni in this area, which helped make my new home feel a bit like my old one.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Someone with enough patience to explain that Marietta, Ohio, and Marietta, Ga., are two different places.

 


 

Mickey Hart

Mickey Hart ’08

Majors: Political Science

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Currently pursuing Masters of Labor Relations and Human Resources at Cleveland State University

Current Job: Corporate Recruiter, MRI Software

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Alpha Tau Omega, McDonough EXCEL Leader, Greek Council, IFC, College Republicans

Favorite Professor: Jackie DeLaat/Mark Schaefer

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

I took a second campus tour on Doo Dah Day and got to see mud volleyball and everyone out on campus, just excited to be there and be around each other. To see a school foster that kind of spirit and environment, it really seemed like a special place and one I wanted to call home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Working as an intern for the Giuliani Presidential Campaign thanks to Dr. Jackie DeLaat and a J-Term program she spearheaded. Five of us went to work for the Giuliani campaign in New Hampshire and spent the last weeks of the NH Primary nose deep in politics. It was incredible. We met such important people — former FBI director Louis Freeh, former Solicitor General and Bush’s lawyer during Bush v. Gore, Ted Olson, and even got an audience with Rudy himself. To be on the ground during a huge turning point in our country was an experience we never would have gotten if we hadn’t attended MC.

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

It was a lot of things all at once — challenging, crazy, stressful — but most of all fun. My freshman year our Student Senate President tragically passed and we swam through a historic flood (and then another one). You had to mature quickly (not grow up, just mature) and learn how to handle things by yourself. It was crazy to try to quickly learn how to juggle everything all at once — classes, Greek life, and community service. I changed so much while at Marietta, it became home. Every year when we would make the trip back down from Cleveland, as soon as I saw the Marietta College sign on the side of I-77, I knew I was home. It’s a feeling I still get every time I make the drive down. There were many times where I needed help, and no matter where I turned on campus — teachers, support staff, brothers, students — the number of people willing to step up and lend a hand or a shoulder never ceased to amaze.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

It has had an immense impact. I went to work for ATO because of the things I learned on campus at MC. My current job I found out about because of my sophomore year roommate — and it turns out there’s another MC grad in my department and yet another in the organization. MC gives you all the tools necessary to be successful in life; not only through your studies, but through the tons of leadership opportunities on campus, and the amazing teachers the students have constant access to. None of that would have been possible, however, if it hadn’t been for the constant guidance, support, and care given by the professors that kept me studying, working, and striving to be better. I’m lucky to have had such incredible professors like Drs. DeLaat, Schaefer, Tager, and Perruci that provided lessons and guidance I still use on a daily basis.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means being a leader. When people hear that you come from MC, it carries a lot of weight. It means being a part of a sizeable alumni base that’s always willing to help and always able to relate, regardless of age gap. There are larger schools out there, who may have rabid fan bases when it comes to sports, but rarely do I ever meet anyone whose institution means as much to them as a whole as MC does to us. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe to anyone who isn’t one, but when you’re a Pioneer, you really do feel like you’re a part of a giant family.

 


 

Jordan Herrick

Jordan Herrick '06

Major: Political Science

Minor: Psychology

Additional Education: Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law

Current Job: Attorney, Bailey & Wyant Attorneys at Law in Charleston, W.Va.

Hometown: New Martinsville, W.Va.

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity; Marietta College Wind Symphony

Favorite Professor: Mike Tager

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

As soon as I toured the campus when I was a senior in high school, I knew it was the place I wanted to go to school.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I really cannot pin down one moment, as there are so many memorable moments. Any time I spent with my fraternity brothers and in the Greek community are some of my favorite memories.

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

My freshman year was the beginning of the Iraq War. There was a great deal of debate and turmoil over this, which made campus very interesting. Also, we had a very heated presidential election in 2004, which brought all candidates and their running mates to the area, allowing us to go hear their stump speeches. Lastly, we made it through two floods, which will always live in my memories of Marietta College.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College gave me the foundation to be able to succeed at my next level of education — law school. Through Marietta College’s academic programs, I was able to transition seamlessly to law school, which had a large impact on my success in law school, translating to a very successful career as a litigator.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being an active and contributing member in your community and society.

 


 

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.

 


 

Ben Reese

Ben Reese '13

Major: Economics and Political Science

Minor: Leadership Studies, Honors Program

Additional Education: University of Michigan Law School (Class of 2016)

Current Job: Summer law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (2014).

Hometown: Marietta, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Forensics & Pi Kappa Delta, Band (Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble), Model UN, Moot Court, College Students for Common Sense

Favorite Professor: I honestly can’t pick one. I was going to list them, but since it was pretty much becoming a list of all the professors in several departments, I figured this was the simplest answer. All of my professors went so far above and beyond to help, encourage and get to know me that I would feel terrible singling one out above the others.

Education Abroad: Cambridge, UK (Summer 2012) at Emmanuel College of the University of Cambridge

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

As a local student, my original impulse was to get as far away from Marietta (the town) as possible. Taking classes through the PSEO program and my experience participating in several admission events changed my mind.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Winning first place alongside my debate partner (Nyssa Wilkerson) at the first annual James & Mabry O’Donnell Debate Tournament and celebrating with the team/alumni afterwards.

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

Busy. Engaging. And Fun. That could probably describe the life of a Marietta College student in any time period, but especially during the last few years while I was a student and, from what I hear, today. There are so many opportunities to be had and activities to be involved with and Marietta students tend to want to participate in all of them. I certainly sacrificed my share of sleep, but I can honestly say that it was worth every minute because the best thing about Marietta is that just as much education happens outside the classroom as inside it.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I don’t think I could list all of the ways I have used the education and experiences I had at Marietta College even in the brief time since I graduated. Whether it is using the critical thinking and problem solving skills I gained from a liberal arts education and close interactions with professors to complete Legal Writing assignments and law school exams, or using the public speaking skills I developed through speech and debate to advance to the elimination rounds of the first-year Oral Advocacy competition, Marietta College is what prepared me to handle the challenges of law school.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means daring to take advantage of every opportunity that you find, giving your whole self to whatever you do, and making a difference wherever you go.

 


 

Britanny Saunier

Britanny Saunier '09

Major: Political Science

Minor: Psychology

Additional Education: Masters in Public Administration, American University School of Public Affairs

Current Job: Project and Development Associate (Partnership for Food Safety Education)

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio

Athletics: Women’s Tennis

Favorite Professor: Mike Tager

Education Abroad: One semester in London, UK

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

I visited Marietta College my senior year of high school. It wasn’t at the top of my list until after I visited. I fell in love with the charm of the school and was impressed by the rigor of Marietta’s academic programs. I knew immediately I had to get in.

Favorite Marietta moment?

It is hard to pinpoint one favorite memory because there are so many! I loved being a Resident Assistant and chatting with people and my friends on the regular. There were many conversations and silly antics!

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

Hectic but fun! I was consumed with classes, tennis, work, friends and extracurricular activities. Even though I was constantly busy, it was so much fun and I rarely wanted to go home.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College has had a significant impact on my career. My current job requires me to build relationships and to think strategically and critically. Marietta College showed me how to build relationships with people by encouraging group projects and activities, as well as instilled an instinct for critical and strategic thinking through its rigorous academic programs. Marietta College demanded a high-performance level of its students and for that I am thankful.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

A Pio is a kind and sincere person with the ability to critically think and have positive impacts. It means the world to be a Pioneer. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 


 

Lindsay Shuba

Lindsay Shuba '05

Major: Political Science and Business Management

Minor: Leadership Studies

Current Job: Regional Political Director for National Association of Realtors

Hometown: Derry, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa sorority, College Union Board, Student Senate, College Republicans

Favorite Professor: Jackie DeLaat

Education Abroad: Australia (May 2003); Washington, D.C. (Spring 2004)

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

What cemented my belief that this was the school for me was reflecting at the end of my freshman year. I’d made so many close friends — most of whom I still keep in close contact with. Now, I can’t even imagine trading those relationships for the opportunity to attend undergraduate studies anywhere else.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Going Greek and joining Sigma Kappa! Greek Life has so much to offer at Marietta — socially, scholastically and philanthropically. I enjoyed it so much that I still serve locally on the George Washington University Sigma Kappa advisory board.

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

The small, close-knit campus dynamic of Marietta exposed everyone to a little bit of everything in the best possible way. Greek Life, Athletics and Leadership were all thriving. And I can’t forget the dust — from seemingly unending construction/renovation of campus facilities or from the severe floods that swallowed downtown/parts of campus.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

It gave me the opportunity to experience Washington, D.C., via the Washington Semester program, and the unwavering guidance of a demanding yet caring advisor. I still remember my advisor saying, “I could really see you working at a non-profit in DC” and laughing (more than 10 years ago!). Thanks to Dr. DeLaat’s foresight, guidance, and the network of Marietta College political science alumni, that’s right where I am.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Quite simply, quality over quantity. Being a Pio is being a proud contributor to the tradition of excellence that our students, faculty, and alumni have exemplified time and time again.

 


 

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith '07

Major: Political Science

Minor: Advertising & Public Relations

Additional Education: Masters in Political Science (University of Florida, 2009) and Juris Doctorate (Capital University, 2012)

Current Job: Public Defender for the State of West Virginia’s 10th Judicial Court

Hometown: Meadow Bridge, W.Va.

Clubs/Organizations: Model UN

Favorite Professor: Dr. Dan Monek

Education Abroad: My advisor the late Dr. Jackie DeLaat and all of the Political Science Department

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

I knew Marietta was right for me at Freshman Matriculation and Orientation. I felt welcomed and supported by the College community and met friends during those days that remained over my four years at Marietta.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Midnight Breakfasts and Senior Week

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

Life at Marietta was busy, challenging, but most importantly inspiring. I was never lacking for reading, writing or assigned projects, but I had the best professors I could imagine. They pushed me to my very best and were truly invested in my success. Being at a small school also meant I had friends in every class and around every corner. There was always someone to meet for dinner, catch a movie with, or study for finals with.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta prepared me for my graduate education and career by teaching me how to research and write at an advanced level along with providing academic challenges that forced me to develop disciplined study habits. My professors at Marietta treated me with such respect that I was never afraid to ask a question or challenge an idea inside or outside of class. As a result I have been extremely comfortable approaching others and continuing to learn throughout my career.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means I had a strong foundation for my future education and career. I know what it means to work hard but to feel a part of a community and want it to thrive. I know that I will have a lifetime of support, from attending alumni events, returning to campus for Homecoming, and keeping in contact with friends and professors.

 


 

Sundstrom Craig

Craig Sundstrom '07

Major: Political Science

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Juris Doctor, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Current Job: Deputy Secretary of Energy(Office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment)

Hometown: Mentor, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta, College Union Board, Student Alumni Association, Concert Choir

Athletics: Soccer

Favorite Professor: Dr. Dan Monek

Education Abroad: Leadership in the Mediterranean, summer study abroad experience through the McDonough Leadership Program (Italy, Egypt, Greece)

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

I knew Marietta was the college for me during my first campus visit. It was clear early on that I would be able to jump right into campus life shortly after moving-in. Fraternity life, athletics, and other opportunities for student leadership were accessible to all students, which was a major motivating factor for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

The week the rivers rose and flooded both the College and the city is particularly memorable. The College closed, students were evacuated, and many local homes and businesses were badly damaged as a result. Though the cost to the area was significant, the week provided me and some of my closest friends the opportunity to give back to the school and surrounding community by helping with the clean-up effort. We worked hard that week but we played hard too, and made some timeless memories in the midst of a disaster.

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

Life at Marietta during my time there was defined by the close-knit community and fun. We experienced highs and lows and various challenges, just like all college students do, but I consistently found that I was surrounded by people that were committed to making the best of every situation.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College provided the foundation for my career on many levels. Not only did my time there force me to grow individually by exposing me to new ideas and varying viewpoints, Marietta provided a constructive environment to test my leadership and collaboration skills. Marietta College is also the place that steered me in the direction of a career in law and public policy. Campus opportunities for servant leadership cemented my desire to enter public service. One particular class, Energy 101 with Dr. Ben Thomas, touched on all aspects of the energy industry and was a catalyst for my professional focus on energy and environmental issues.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

When I think of being a Marietta College Pioneer, I think of shared tradition. Being a Pioneer means that I am connected to a respected institution, its successful alumni, and most importantly, a community. Marietta College has a rich tradition and it is good to know that I will always be a part of it.

 


 

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.