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Sam Crawford

Sam Crawford '11

Major: Finance and Sports Management

Current Job: Sales Professional, BSN Sports

Hometown: Granville, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Sports Management Internship Group

Favorite Professor: Debbie Lazorik and Jim Falter

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

After my very first visit to campus, I had a pretty good feeling Marietta College was where I would end up.

Favorite Marietta moment?

When I learned Marietta College was going to start a Sports Management major the spring before my senior year.

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

Life was challenging while attending MC. The professors pushed you to limits you didn’t think you were capable of, but in the end it made you a more well-rounded and confident person. The friends I made along the way definitely added enjoyment to my college experience.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Earning my degree from Marietta College opened up many doors upon graduation. I started a summer internship after graduation, and once the internship was completed I started looking for more permanent jobs. I had shadowed a speaker from the Sports Management Internship group my senior year, and it turned out he was looking to fill a position around the time my internship was completed.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means distinguishing yourself in a crowd. There is a sense of pride you carry to be a part of The Long Blue Line, but you know the hard work and dedication needed to be successful in whatever venture you pursue.



Mike daugherty

Mike Daugherty '09

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: Sports Management and Art

Additional Education: Master of Arts, Syracuse University

Current Job/Employer: Digital Media Solutions Planner, Electronic Arts

Hometown: Cambridge, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Sports Information Department, The Marcolian, Career Center, AAF, College Union Board

Athletics: Football

Favorite Professor: Dr. Mike Taylor

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

This definitely developed over the years. Marietta was convenient at the start. Through the course of developing what would remain deep friendships in Marietta Hall freshman year, there’s something innately gratifying in recognizing through the years Marietta was the perfect place for me in those four years. Further developing impactful relationships with faculty/staff as an upperclassmen, and finding a “home” in Marietta besides just that of the campus grid, MC developed into my favorite blue jeans! I look back, and fate is a cheesy way to describe it, but MC wound up being a highly coveted chapter in my life, shaping who I am today — an experience/choice I could never think of writing another way.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta instilled in me the notion to take/and create what I wanted out of any experience — to take advantage of the freedom to make the most of the resources at my disposal. Much of getting everything there is to be had out of an experience is forging and uncovering what’s not necessarily clearly outlined in the curriculum/syllabus/guidebook/job description.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To lead — whether that is formally, or by example. Being a Pioneer is inspiring those around you to be “Pioneers” in their own right. It’s easy to go through the motions, or punch a clock. To be a Pioneer is to not settle — to take the road less traveled, be curious, explore, ask questions, uncover, and blaze your own path you’ll leave behind.



Lauren Franko

Lauren Franko ’13

Majors: Organizational Communication/Public Relations

Certificate: Sports Management

Current Job: Account Coordinator at WhiteSpace Creative

Hometown: Broadview Heights, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Up ’til Dawn, Sigma Kappa, PRSSA, Peer Mentor, Orientation Leader, Greek Council

Favorite Professor: Liane Gray-Starner, Tomeka Robinson, Suzanne Walker, Alane Sanders, Jamie Moshin… basically the entire COMM department!

Education Abroad: Manhattan through Marist in Manhattan program for one semester

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

On one of my visits to Marietta, I got a chance to tour the Mass Media building and meet some of the professors from the Communication and Mass Media departments. I instantly felt at home and knew that these people were here to help me succeed and that I would be more than just a number in their class.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite Marietta moment is really a bunch of moments. I loved nothing more than going to the boy’s basketball games with all of my friends and cheering on our team! The atmosphere, the team, the students, it was a great combination that provided me with many memories I will cherish forever.

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

My time at Marietta was always very busy. I was extremely involved in many organizations on campus, and it provided me with opportunities to meet and make friends with any number of people from different walks of life.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta prepared me not only through class, but the organizations I was a part of, and the relationships I formed to be successful in the job force. I was taught to think critically, always work my hardest, and to believe that I could reach any goal I set for myself.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer is being strong. Being a Pioneer is being part of a family that spans generations. Being a Pioneer is Sunday mornings at Gilman. Being a Pioneer is Saturday afternoon football games and Tuesday night basketball games. Being a Pioneer is ruining your shoes on the Mall cobblestone. Being a Pioneer is being great friends with your classmates as well as your professors. Being a Pioneer is the best choice I have ever made in my life.



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