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The Marietta Effect

Raj Sharan

Raj Sharan '06

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Oral Communication

Certificate: Leadership

Current Job: Executive Producer and Sports Radio Host at 102.3/105.5 ESPN in Denver, Colo.

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Clubs/Organizations: Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, McDonough Leadership Program

Athletetics: Track and Field, Football

Favorite Professor: Mabry O’Donnell, Dan Huck, Liane Gray-Starner

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

During my first visit to the campus, while the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center was being built. The campus was, to be honest, a bit of a mess with all of the construction. For some reason, I was able to visualize what the school was going to look like once things were completed. As an athlete, I loved it. From the look of the campus to my talks with coaches, professors and a few students — I knew then Marietta was the right fit for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Boy, it’s difficult to pin down just one. My first game as a part of the football team at Don Drumm Stadium and being a part of the Track & Field team’s first meet since the program restarted stand out. My initiation into Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and coaching floor hockey to the youth at the Marietta Family YMCA were also special moments.

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

It was incredible. Even more than what I learned in the classroom, my growth as a person stands out. I had a ton of fun and developed long-lasting friendships that I will treasure forever. I was very busy, involved with school, athletics and extra-curricular activities; that helped prepare me for “the real world.” It was the perfect fit for me. I miss those days.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

A tremendous amount, I use skills I gained at Marietta College every day in my role as Executive Producer and Host at 102.3/105.5 ESPN Denver. I not only gained hands on technical experience but the leadership skills acquired through the McDonough Leadership Program assist me to this day. I would not be where I am without the lessons I learned at Marietta College.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

More and more the further away I get from my graduation date. The memories mean even more, and the knowledge proves that much more knowledgeable. I’m proud to be a Pioneer; it’s a part of me.