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The Marietta Effect

Sundstrom Craig

Craig Sundstrom '07

Major: Political Science

Certificate: Leadership Studies

Additional Education: Juris Doctor, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Current Job: Deputy Secretary of Energy(Office of the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment)

Hometown: Mentor, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta, College Union Board, Student Alumni Association, Concert Choir

Athletics: Soccer

Favorite Professor: Dr. Dan Monek

Education Abroad: Leadership in the Mediterranean, summer study abroad experience through the McDonough Leadership Program (Italy, Egypt, Greece)

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

I knew Marietta was the college for me during my first campus visit. It was clear early on that I would be able to jump right into campus life shortly after moving-in. Fraternity life, athletics, and other opportunities for student leadership were accessible to all students, which was a major motivating factor for me.

Favorite Marietta moment?

The week the rivers rose and flooded both the College and the city is particularly memorable. The College closed, students were evacuated, and many local homes and businesses were badly damaged as a result. Though the cost to the area was significant, the week provided me and some of my closest friends the opportunity to give back to the school and surrounding community by helping with the clean-up effort. We worked hard that week but we played hard too, and made some timeless memories in the midst of a disaster.

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

Life at Marietta during my time there was defined by the close-knit community and fun. We experienced highs and lows and various challenges, just like all college students do, but I consistently found that I was surrounded by people that were committed to making the best of every situation.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College provided the foundation for my career on many levels. Not only did my time there force me to grow individually by exposing me to new ideas and varying viewpoints, Marietta provided a constructive environment to test my leadership and collaboration skills. Marietta College is also the place that steered me in the direction of a career in law and public policy. Campus opportunities for servant leadership cemented my desire to enter public service. One particular class, Energy 101 with Dr. Ben Thomas, touched on all aspects of the energy industry and was a catalyst for my professional focus on energy and environmental issues.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

When I think of being a Marietta College Pioneer, I think of shared tradition. Being a Pioneer means that I am connected to a respected institution, its successful alumni, and most importantly, a community. Marietta College has a rich tradition and it is good to know that I will always be a part of it.