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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.

 


 

Kimmy Keesler

Kim Keesler ’12

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Psychology

Additional Education: Currently in graduate school at the University of Florida for Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (Go Gators! And Pios!)

Current Employer: Was employed for two years at The Cleveland Clinic

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa

Athletics: Track and Field

Favorite Professor: Too many to choose just one!

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

I think I knew right away. I remember walking around the campus on my visits and thinking how pretty it was and how much I really liked it there. I also remember how much my dad liked it, which to me meant I was making the right decision. I applied to eight schools and Marietta was just the one that always stuck out the most to me. It definitely hit me though when I got to campus and got involved. From that point on I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else. Marietta quickly became my home away from home and to this day I still refer to it as home. (And two years later I still tear-up every time I leave).

Favorite Marietta moment?

This is the hardest question to answer because they were all my favorites. Being an athlete and a member of a sorority meant I got to experience so many great events that it’s hard to pick just one, or even a few. I’ll pick one of my happiest moments. My sophomore year during my outdoor conference meet for track I set the school record for the pole vault and automatically qualified for nationals. Although I didn’t place well at nationals or even pole vault again after that, I still felt like I had the support of the entire school behind me at the time. People I barely even knew would come up to me and tell me congrats or wish me luck and it was just such a great feeling. It’s nice to think that even though I might not have been a total stand-out athlete, that I at least made my mark on Marietta because it sure left its mark on me.

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

Life was tough sometimes due to all the things I was balancing but it was never bad. The main reason for this was the support of my professors, coaches and fellow students. Marietta has such a great support system that no matter what time of day it was, there was always someone who could make you feel better or make you smile if you were having a bad day. Tough schedules aside, life was always so much fun at Marietta. There are constantly activities to take place in, sporting events to go to or just a beautiful downtown area to visit. Life was so good at Marietta that I actually never wanted to go home for breaks and always hurried back as soon as I could.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I can’t even begin to explain how much Marietta prepared me for life after graduation. You don’t often realize how great your education was until you meet other people your age who didn’t have that experience. They might not have the education you have despite having the same major or they might not have the same technical skills you did. Every now and then at my job I would stop and think ‘Wow, I am very lucky that I attended Marietta!’ The same thing happens to me now in graduate school. I feel fully prepared for all my classes (despite graduating two years ago) and I feel like I have Marietta to thank for this. Marietta made me into the person I am today and prepared me to be self-sufficient and successful no matter where life takes me.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means forever being part of The Long Blue Line. From the time you arrive on campus until your last day, you are a Pioneer. It means being proud of where you came from and always supporting other Pioneers whether it be in times of great tragedy or times of great joy. Being a Pioneer means bleeding navy blue and white, wherever you go and always knowing that you have a ‘home’ to come back to.

 


 

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.

 


 

Connor Walters

Sydney Maltese ’14

Major: Organizational Communication/Public Relations

Minors: Psychology, Leadership Studies

Current Job: Jesuit Volunteer at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Shake America, the Newman Community, MC Interfaith Association, Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Kappa Delta, Lambda Pi Eta

Athletics: Women’s Rowing

Favorite Professor: It’s impossible to break, 20-way tie for my favorite!

Education Abroad: Spring of 2013 in Italy with Athena Abroad’s January Term and Three Cities programs — Florence, Tuscania, Rome and Venice.

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

I knew the first day that I set foot on the campus. The sun was shining, the flowers were in bloom, and everything was falling into place. It was pure intuition, but it was right.

Favorite Marietta moment?

One of my favorite moments was leading the very first Shake America retreat, UMOJA 2012. I remember sitting in a circle of incredibly passionate, aware, engaged students and marveling at the fact that Marietta had connected me with such inspiring individuals who were just as emphatic about working toward social justice as I was.

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

Marietta was home and family, to say the least. I was surrounded by people who constantly challenged me, changed me, and gave me the space and stimulation I needed to grow.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

I wouldn’t be where I am now if Dr. Bob Pastoor hadn’t mentioned that I should apply for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps around this time last year. Having professors that understood my passions and interests was key in establishing the connections that led to my current career as an immigrant and refugee advocate. I wouldn’t have forged the connections I have at Chautauqua Institution in New York without the encouragement and networking of Dr. Joan Price, who both encouraged my writing and challenged me to pursue more. Through my summer positions at Chautauqua, I began working in interfaith dialogue, and am now working directly in intercultural dialogue every day. I wouldn’t be able to do my job half as well if it weren’t for classes in intercultural communication and social justice taught by Jamie Moshin and Arielle Jennings, respectively. And my education from the McDonough Leadership Program is invaluable every day as I work on a broad scale toward leading sustainable change in a multicultural workplace.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To be a Pioneer means, both figuratively and literally, to forge fearlessly ahead into the unknown. Marietta is founded in the rich history of this ideal, and we carry that spirit forward into the work we do in the world. During my time at Marietta, I was encouraged to engage in outreach to the broader community and to become a pioneer in the world of nonprofits and social justice. My Marietta family equipped me with the tools I needed to forge fearlessly ahead.

 


 

Ian Boley

Megan D. Mason ’13

Majors: Psychology

Minor: Communication Studies

Additional Education: I am in the process of applying for graduate school for the Fall 2015 academic year.

Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: I was involved in many organizations, but the one that still impacts me today is the Chi Omega Fraternity.

Current Occupation: Adult Protective Services Social Worker for the State of West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources.

Favorite Professor: I enjoyed (almost) every professor I had at Marietta. Each provided me guidance, support, advice, and a laugh every day. Because of this, I cannot say I had one favorite professor.

Education Abroad: I studied abroad with CIS Abroad in Perugia, Italy from January to April 2012.

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

I knew Marietta College was right from the first day I visited, which was the summer of my freshmen year of high school! Marietta College felt safe, welcoming, and homey to me — everything I wanted in my “home away from home.” I knew immediately that I was going to attend Marietta College. Thankfully it worked out!

Favorite Marietta moment?

Without question my favorite moment, or experience, at Marietta College was my four months in Italy. It has been two years since I studied abroad, but I will never forget the terrifying, yet best decision I’ve made thus far in my life. Other than that, spending time with my friends and Chi Omega sisters made my college career. Without them I would not be who I am today.

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

My life was a chaotic mess when I was at Marietta. I have no idea how I did it, but I was always doing something; be it homework, going to classes, being a Resident Assistant, working two other part time jobs, attending meetings, conducting meetings, relaxing with friends, or attending events sponsored by Marietta. I was extremely busy at all times, but I loved and enjoyed every single minute of it.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College will allow you to make mistakes, challenge your beliefs, and ultimately, help you figure out what you want to do for your future career. That is exactly what Marietta College did for me. My intention was to major in business because that was what my family told me. And of course, family knows best, right? Well, I decided to take Psychology 101 my freshman year and I fell in love with it! I had no clue what I was going to do with a major in psychology, but I knew I wanted to help people — forget about boring business stuff (no offense business majors)! So I continued to take psychology courses and declared Psychology as my major my sophomore year, but not before going through about four different majors that dealt with helping the public!

Today I am a social worker. I am challenged daily with the public, my coworkers, and myself. Of course there are days that are better than others, but when I know I impacted someone’s life for the better, there is no greater feeling. I love my career and I have Marietta College to thank.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means you are willing to develop, strengthen, and accept yourself; that you are willing to help friends, your Marietta College community, and your surrounding community. A Pioneer isn’t afraid to voice their opinion and make change happen. Being a Pioneer means you will always have the strength of Marietta College and its alumni behind you, no matter what year you are currently in, or how long ago you graduated. Being a Pioneer means pride, love, and acceptance of all.

 


 

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.

 


 

Same Thomas

Samantha Thomas ’13

Majors: Psychology

Additional Education: Florida Teacher Certification

Hometown: Sheffield Lake, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Student Senate, Pangaea International Club, Chi Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Community Service Day Leader, Hunger and Homelessness Week

Current Occupation: Second grade teacher, Palm Beach (Fla.) County School District

Athletics: Ultimate Frisbee and intramurals

Favorite Professor: I would have to change this question to favorite people, only because it is so hard to pick just one! My favorites are everyone in the Office of Civic Engagement and McDonough, the wonderful Upper Gilman staff, Dr. Richard Danford, and Dr. Mark Sibicky in the Psychology Department.

Education Abroad: Semester at Sea, 14 countries for 4 ½ months

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

The cobblestone streets and the winding Ohio River that greeted me when I first arrived in Marietta were already a different setting compared to some of the other college towns I had visited… And the moment I stepped onto campus, I was enveloped with that feeling of “home.” I knew that I wasn't going to be just a number there. When I was visiting larger schools, I didn’t get nearly enough guidance and support from the admissions staff as I did at Marietta. They truly cared that I found where I would fit, and that happened to be at Marietta.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Every moment I spent at Marietta is now a treasured memory. It’s the small moments that truly make your time well-spent anywhere, so learn to cherish them…

  • I loved the family that the Honors Program can give you living in Russell First Floor as a freshman.
  • Those long nights spent at the library with close friends, and the relaxing weekends spent unwinding.
  • My freshmen year, I became close with a lot of the international students, and they threw me a surprise birthday party.
  • Being the first Program Coordinator for Live Healthy Kids, and helping to start a promising program for the kids in the Marietta Community.
  • Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

    Going to Marietta College isn’t just belonging to the College itself. You are able to enmesh yourself in the community as well. Through service projects, visiting the businesses on Front Street, and just strolling the neighborhoods, you really learn what COMMUNITY is. Even your classes have a sense of community; your professors all become mentors, and the small class sizes allow you to engage in your coursework at a higher level. If you want a family support system at college, Marietta will always be the right choice.

    What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

    Marietta College propelled me into directions that I never would have dreamed of, or even had the opportunity had I went to a larger school. The opportunities are endless, and the small campus really allows you to connect to faculty and staff on a more personal level. I had hands-on experience in leading groups and programs, and it allowed me to grow into an even better, and more marketable person. Whatever you want to do, let it be known to even just one faculty or staff member, and they will help you make it happen! I discovered what AmeriCorps was at Marietta through the Office of Civic Engagement, and AmeriCorps led me into the current position I have right now.

    What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

    Being a Pioneer means blazing your own trail, and discovering what passions instill a fire in you, and drive you onward. Pioneers learn to develop a purpose and head towards it full speed, no matter how many turns or challenges can obstruct the path. It also means connecting with fellow Pioneers around you who are blazing their own trails. You develop a sense of pride in being part of the Pioneer family, and that feeling will never leave you.