About Feature 1

Psychology


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.

 


 

Liv Holiday

Liv Holiday '11

Major: Psychology

Minor: Communications

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

Current Job: Therapist, L&P Services

Hometown: McConnelsville, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Psychology Club, Alpha Xi Delta

Athletetics: Track and Field

Favorite Professor: Tom Perry

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

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

Favorite Marietta moment?

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

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

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

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

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

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

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

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

 


 

Amanda Stacy

Amanda J. Stacy ’07

Major: Psychology

Minor: Business Management and Environmental Studies

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Psychology, Marietta College (2008); Juris Doctor; Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law (2011)

Current Job: Associate Attorney at Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP

Hometown: Marietta, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: President – Pre-Law Society; Treasurer – Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society); Vice-President – Pre-Law Society

Current Clubs/Organizations: Ohio State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (Columbus Chapter) American Bar Association, American Agricultural Law Association, Ohio Agricultural Council, the Agricultural Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Columbus Young Professionals

Athletics: Track & Field

Favorite Professor: I know I cannot choose just one professor. In the Psychology Department our professors were more like our family — Dr. Mark Sibicky, Dr. Ryan May and Dr. Mary Barnes, and sadly Dr. Jennifer McCabe is now a professor at Goucher College. I’m sure the new professors in that department are just as great!

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

Growing up in Marietta, I always knew that Marietta College was a great school, but I always assumed I wanted to leave my hometown to go to school. Once I started looking at other schools, I quickly realized that nothing compared to this great College that was practically in my back yard.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Is it really possible to choose just one moment to be my favorite from four years at Marietta College? I was fortunate enough in 2007 to take the J-Term psychology class “Cruising with Good and Evil,” which led to being a teaching assistant in 2008 for the same class. You cannot beat a week of class on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

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

To put it simply, my life at Marietta College was great. My peers became more like family to me, and several years later, many of them are still like family to me. My professors cared about me and wanted me to succeed; I was not just a number to them. Anytime I was having a bad day, someone was there to pick me right back up. And one of the many wonderful parts about a campus like Marietta College is that there is always someone you know close by to laugh with, to lend you a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on, to encourage you to succeed, or to be there for any other reason you may need. I am not convinced that I could have had a similar experience anywhere else.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College had a huge impact on my career. I am an attorney and speak to clients, opposing counsel, court officials and numerous other people on a daily basis. The small class sizes and involved professors built my confidence and took me out of my comfort zone enough with all the group projects, interactions with my peers and professors, and presentations in front of classes, and even once presenting to the Board of Trustees, to positively impact my career. Even before beginning my career, Marietta College helped me manage and survive law school and passing the bar exam in order to begin my career. Although I did not take any Leadership classes at Marietta College, I still feel like my experiences have enabled me to be a leader.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer and part of The Long Blue Line means that you are part of a family and a tradition. It never fails that anytime I am traveling outside of Ohio and I have anything on that says Marietta College, I will hear comments like “My cousin went there,” “My friend went there,” “That’s a really good school,” “I wish I would have gone there,” “Don’t they have a good baseball team?” The alumni of Marietta College know how great Marietta College is, but it is always flattering to hear people who are not alumni comment on its excellence.