The Marietta Effect
M. Tyson Brown '06
Major: Environmental Studies and Political Science
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.