May Update

Hello everybody! I hope you are all doing well. My freshman year here at Marietta college is quickly coming to a close and I want to take some of my last few days here thanking you for being a part of my journey as an Alumni Communications Ambassador.  

To fill you in on my life one last time, this year I will be spending my 6th summer at the Rodney Scout Reservation in North East, Maryland. I will be their Boatyard Director, which is going to be super fun! I will be spending my days teaching scouts kayaking, canoeing, and rowing on the Chesapeake Bay. As for this coming fall, I will be a sophomore at MC studying Global Leadership. This is going to be a big change for me, but I'm excited to see where it leads. 

Once again, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this amazing experience as an ACA. This is an opportunity that I don't think I would be able to have at another university. We have amazing alumni here at Marietta and I am thankful for you every day because if we did not have you, many of the things that we have would be very different, or non-existent. 

Before I go, I'd like to ask for your support just one more time. Gifts to the Marietta Fund are what makes having an incredible experience at MC possible — they allow us to have fun events like Doo Dah Day, hire the best professors, offer scholarships and more. Will you support students like me by making a gift, of any amount, before the end of the fiscal year, June 30th? It would mean so much to me, and it would be helping a current student in need. Give now at

Whether it is through your moral support or your donations, we are thankful for all that you do as part of The Long Blue Line. Being an ambassador was a great opportunity, and I look forward to staying in touch with all of my new friends! Have a great summer!

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April Update

Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful month of March and a nice Easter if that’s what you celebrate. 

For me, a big part of my semester has been my spring rowing season. We are now luckily able to safely travel and compete against other schools, as you can see in this month’s video. We still have our large championship regattas coming up, so wish us luck! 

Finally, this is the second-to-last video that you will be getting from me.  So, please let me know if you have any burning questions or things you’d like to see! This is also the time to send me an email if you haven’t done so yet; I’d love to get to know you!

Say hello to Michaela or make a gift in her honor.

March Update

Hello everyone! 

First, thank you to all who made the fifth annual Day of Giving a huge success! Your support of current students like me means the world.

For this update, I wanted to show you what my typical weekend looks like here at Marietta College. I start off my Saturdays with morning practice, followed by team breakfast. Then, I get some work done so I don’t have to do everything Sunday night. This Saturday, I ended my night by watching a movie with my friend. 

On Sunday, I had a bit of a later start to my day, but it was just as fulfilling as Saturday. I got to hang out with my close friends and have a nice relaxing end to the weekend and start to the week.

I hope you guys enjoyed this insight. Send me a message and let me know how you typically spend your downtime! See you next month!

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February Update

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a great start to your New Year and are working hard towards your resolutions.

This year's Day of Giving is going to be the biggest celebration yet! The campaign will kick off on Sunday, February 14 at 12:01 a.m. and continue until February 15 at 18:35 (6:35 p.m. Eastern).

Our goal is to get 1,415 Pioneers to share their love by making a gift of any amount. This is a step up from the record-breaking 1,200 donors we had last year, but I know that with your help, we can do it!

When you share your love by making a gift, you're positively impacting current students, like myself. You're also helping your class and/or Greek chapter to compete for special prizes and you could be entered into exclusive raffles!

Also, students and professors have been working hard to host some special love-themed events for you. Visit to learn more and register for free.

I hope you're staying happy and healthy, and that you'll share your #Luv4MC​ on social media and during #MCGivesLuv​. Until then, have a great month and Go Pios!

Say hello to Michaela or make a gift in her honor.

January Update

Hello everyone! 

I hope you guys all had an amazing and safe New Year though it might have been different than in past years. With the New Year comes New Year's resolutions. Mine this year is to find a good balance between academics, athletics, and my outside commitments such as scouting; all while having a fun college experience. So, what’s your New Years' resolution? Let me know!

There are two other things that I want you all to be aware of. Those things being the Fan Cut-Out Campaign and our annual Day of Giving.

Fan Cut-Out Campaign: Do you still want to support our winter season athletes while being safe at home? If you do, you can purchase a cardboard cutout of yourself,  a loved one, or even your pet so our athletes still have fans in the stands! More information can be found here:

Day of Giving: We need help spreading the word, so we are looking for advocates for our Day of Giving on February 14-15! If you're interested or would like more information, please email​.

Hope you all have an amazing month. I'm excited to hear about your New Years' resolutions!

Say hello to Michaela or make a gift in her honor.

December Update

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic holiday season or just a great end to this crazy year.

In my house, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas since those are the ways each of my parents were raised (My mom raised Jewish and my Dad raised Christian). This is always a great time of the year because I am able to dive deep into both of my family's traditions. It's quite interesting lighting the menorah with our Christmas tree glowing in the background, but I wouldn't want it any other way.

As for my plans for Christmas, we are keeping them subdued. Dinner will be with the people that live in my house. But we do plan on doing drive-by’s to all my siblings so we can exchange gifts and talk in a socially distanced setting. It will be different than usual but I'll still get to see them in some capacity which is all that matters.

Let me know how you and your family plan to spend the holiday season! Also, tell me any fun traditions that you have. I'd love to hear them! Anyway, have a happy holiday and I'll see you in the new year!

November Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a nice October and a great Halloween if you celebrated it. 

With it being November, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Thanksgiving is a time for us to remember and cherish the things we are grateful for. In this month's video, I talk about the many things I am thankful for on and off-campus such as my friends, my scouting family, and all the skills I’ve learned in life. I’m also thankful for YOU, The Long Blue Line, and the many friends and donors who have made gifts to help ensure we could stay on campus and in the classroom safely.

I want you to think about what you are thankful for, and tell me all about it! I'm also curious about how you are going to spend Thanksgiving this year during the pandemic. Will some traditions change? Or will it go on as normal? Let me know! Hope you have a great November!

Say hello to Michaela or make a gift in her honor.

October 2020: (STAY)Homecoming, Virtual Stadium Sell Out, and Connections

Hello everyone! I hope you guys have been having an amazing month.

(Stay)Homecoming 2020 is quickly approaching, and there is an abundance of activities going on that we hope you guys log on to and be a part of! One thing that affects me, in particular, is the Virtual Stadium Sell-Out campaign. You can buy a ticket for just $5 and support your favorite Pioneer team (cough, cough, women's crew...) Get your ticket here:

Next, I want to talk about connections. Whether it is a connection you've made with a professor, coach, or friend here at Marietta or a connection you've made somewhere else, cherish that connection. I know I feared not being able to connect with people when I got here since I was coming from a different background, but it turns out I've been able to make connections with ease that I will likely keep for the rest of my life.

So, reach out to one of your college buddies that you haven't talked to in a while. Or email an old professor to see how they feel about teaching currently with COVID-19 and all. There are so many things you can do to make and grow and connections, so let's do them! Have a great October everyone!

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September: An Introduction

Hello everyone!

My name is Michaela Donnelly and I will be your student ambassador this year. I am a first-year student here at Marietta College and I’m super excited to grow and be part of such a wonderful community. With having a very different-looking senior year of high school, I am happy to be back to some kind of “normal” for my first year of college. I’m so grateful to be able to have in-person classes, thanks to everything the College is doing to keep us safe. So far the transition has been smooth and I can only imagine all the good things to come!

I’m excited to get to know all of you so please don’t hesitate to reach out and introduce yourselves. Tell me why you chose to stay connected to MC, what you’re doing now, and any other fun things you may want me to know!

Say hello to Michaela or make a gift in her honor.