“Initially, I was somewhat homesick and wanted to go home every weekend. Now, I hate the summer because I hate being away from school. Marietta College quickly developed into my home and a place I always want to be.”



Time flies when you’re having fun, and now I’m a senior. This year flew by, and although it’s hard to believe, this is my last update as an ambassador. Being able to connect with so many members of The Long Blue Line through this program has made me more aware of how support from alumni factored into my decision to attend Marietta.

I have learned so much about how to be successful after graduation by connecting with alumni, and I am very grateful to have made these connections. They factored into some decisions I made regarding my internship and grad school, and this proves the importance of networking.

Thank you so much for following my story and for supporting me and my fellow students, as your support has been incredible. Before I go, I'd like to ask for your support just one more time. The College recently launched the Pioneer Support Fund to provide direct support to students who may need emergency funds for medical bills, car repairs, groceries, rent, or other unexpected expenses. 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 directly helping a current student in need. Click here to give now

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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Although the world is not at its best due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we are all staying strong and positive through these new times. Everything at home is not perfect, but we have to make the best out of every situation. I am getting a great education and loving the opportunity to catch up on lost family time. My professors continue to adapt to our home situation, as they understand everybody’s is very different.

One faculty member who has made this transition really easy is Professor Judy Ruud. Our Media Law class has worked as a team to discuss new methods of doing previous assignments that were done during our face-to-face meetings. Professor Ruud has been extremely understanding, as our content hasn’t changed, but our methods of getting the knowledge have altered.

The Long Blue Line is strong, and we’ll all get through this together. The support, whether it be offering words of encouragement, donating online, tuning into live Q&A sessions and giving positive feedback, or whatever it be, has been unforgettable. I am grateful for it all; stay safe and healthy!

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With the growth of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ohio and across the United States, Marietta College has had to adjust, with the rest of the world, to combat this pandemic. Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has worked together to evaluate this situation and ordered for all Ohio colleges and universities to end all face-to-face scenarios.

This means that Marietta College has transitioned to online-only classes for the rest of the semester and spring football has been canceled. Going into my senior year, these changes almost seem unbelievable, but these precautions are necessary to protect the health of the overall college.

As for my classes, we are using the program Zoom, which allows us to virtually meet face-to-face with our professors and classmates. Our college community has done an amazing job of adjusting to this situation. Although it is unfortunate, I understand the severity of the situations and precautions we had to take to prevent what’s happening around the world from happening here. I am blessed that none of my friends or family have shown signs of the virus, and I hope The Long Blue Line remains to be in excellent standing. Remain safe and healthy, and don’t underestimate the coronavirus. Best wishes!

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February is a busy month here at Marietta College. We got a chance to reconnect with some of the best of the best when it comes to Marietta College athletes, starting with Winter Weekend 2020. This year’s inductees are Doug Huffman ’92 (baseball), Alan Varrasso ’96 (football), Jen Tinkler ’97 (softball), Mike Eisenberg ’07 (baseball) and Amanda Carraher ’09 (tennis/basketball).

I got to be more personally involved in these festivities, as I attended the Hall of Fame Banquet, going to the Men’s and Women’s basketball doubleheader, and escorting Jen Tinkler at halftime. I felt as though I was around excellence as I witnessed so many Marietta College greats. Also, getting to witness a team, in the 1989 women’s soccer team, come back together to be recognized made me realize how special the people around me are now.

Following that week was Founder’s Day on February 14th, which was also Valentine’s Day. We set a new one-day giving record. Over 1,200 participants from The Long Blue Line showed their love for the college with a gift. It’s amazing to see how caring and giving our community is, as we were able to raise over $192,000 for the college.

I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great line of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and I am forever grateful for all of the support we continue to receive. Thank you, Long Blue Line!

Say hello to Robert or make a gift in his honor.

January: Hello 2020!


MC recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by canceling classes and hosting a Day of Service. MLK represented a cause bigger than himself, and our campus community recognizes the importance of giving back to a greater cause than ourselves. 

As we celebrate the power of a community coming together, I’m reminded of our 20/20 goal: to have 20% of our alumni donate by the end of the fiscal year – June 30, 2020. We're currently just under half-way there, sitting at 9.5%. I know how appreciative this community would be if we were able to reach our goal, so I'd like to thank those who have given already, it means so much to all of us!

Coming up quickly is Marietta College’s 4th Annual Day of Giving on Founder’s Day, February 14th. This Valentine’s Day is a great time to show some love to your alma mater! You don’t have to wait, though – share why you have #Luv4MC on social media or send it to me and we'll transcribe it on a blue heart to be displayed on campus. Then make your gift on the big day and share it using #MCGivesLuv. Also, keep an eye out for live updates from me and the other Ambassadors that day on Facebook as we celebrate the love from The Long Blue Line!

There’s no better time to make the world a better place. I'm trying to do my part, and I hope you will too. See you on February 14th!

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December: End of Fall 2019 Semester


This semester flew by! It felt as though football season hadn’t even happened. Now it’s finals week, almost Christmas, and almost my birthday (Christmas Eve).

Looking back on the semester, I will say it was a successful one. Football season went well, although we didn’t finish as great as we hoped record-wise, we took many strides necessary to keep our program in a positive direction. As for my classes, I was able to finish with above a 3.5 GPA, which has remained my goal throughout all of my schoolings. My friends and I were able to make more unforgettable memories, and with a new wave of freshmen coming in, I was able to build some new great relationships.

At the same time, I am looking forward to getting home and seeing my family. With football season starting early in the semester, I barely had an opportunity to go home aside from Thanksgiving break. I love the feel of the holiday season, as we get a chance to remember the true meaning of Christmas and the true value of the people around us.

I hope you get to experience the greatness of the season, and I want to thank you for your continued support of Marietta College, as it will never go unrecognized. Your year-end donation would be greatly appreciated, as our campus population continues to thrive because of people like you that are so giving to our college.

Have a great holiday, from all of us at MC!

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November: Thanksgiving


As an educated population, we tend to forget that these privileges are not given to many; in fact, according to a study from Harvard and the Asian Development Bank, only 6.7% of the world’s population has a college degree. Especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am sure to recognize how great my opportunity actually is to attend such a wonderful college. I have developed friendships I could only dream of with my peers, both in the classroom and on the football field. I have been given incredible opportunities to be involved, network, and develop professionally necessary skill sets, thanks to my caring professors. Marietta College has given me a chance to develop into the man I was raised to become, and I am forever grateful for that.

Furthermore, my family means the world to me. I have become more family-oriented as I grow older. Friendships come and go at times, but family is always there. My mother, father, and grandmother work day-and-night to ensure that I am able to survive college with as little difficulties as they can impact. My job is to make the most of these opportunities so I can one day pay them back for everything they have done to get me to the top. My brothers are the most supportive, entertaining bunch I could ask for, and for that reason, I am forever grateful that my family is as loving as they are.

Say hello to Robert or make a gift in his honor.

October: Remembering Homecoming


Homecoming was a fun-filled weekend, to say the least. I finally got the opportunity to put names with faces as I attended events full of successful Marietta College graduates. It was amazing to finally get to recognize first-hand how impactful a degree from MC can be. Many events, such as the Adkins Society Reception, dinner with the 1969 football team, and All Alumni & Friends Welcome were great for our campus, as many people proudly represented Marietta College.

The football team fell to Heidelberg University, but we look to follow-up in week 6 with a victory over Wilmington College. Our heads are up high, as we know the great accomplishments we can still complete as a team. On the other hand, the support was amazing, as the Long Blue Line showed up and helped support our team in ways one could only dream of.

Midterms are near, but the exciting yet informative weekend helped clear some thoughts. As always, I appreciate the continued support of the Long Blue Line, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

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An Introduction


My name is Robert Nelson and I am one of Marietta College’s new Ambassadors.

I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (McKees Rocks), and discovered this great school by being recruited for football. I am a strategic communications major, the head editor-in-chief of the Marcolian and a member of the American Advertising Federation.

You can find me on the field as #87; I play wide receiver. I love being a part of a football program that continues to improve and show growth in some form and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead. I’m blessed to be at a school that is so dedicated to success and I’m excited to share my story with you!

Welcome Robert or make a gift in his honor. Learn more about his fellow Ambassadors, Bella, Ashley and Orv.