Mini-Grant Program, Perspectives Photo Series highlight 175th Anniversary Celebration in October

Once the community kick-off and global Pioneer Pride Day spiked excitement for the Marietta College campus in August, it’s easy to wonder what the 175th anniversary celebration could do for an encore come October.

The answer is two-fold and includes campus-wide initiatives that have invited participation and widespread appreciation for the history and tradition of the institution.

An innovative mini-grant program designed to encourage anniversary celebration participation from all facets of the College community has yielded seven very special projects that will enliven the observance of the Marietta milestone throughout the rest of the year.

Sponsored by the Division of Advancement, a resource pool of $5,000 was provided as an incentive to invite proposals for commemorative activities and events. More than a dozen submissions were put forward with final recommendations for funding coming from the President’s 175th Anniversary Committee.

Among those projects approved were an initiative to coordinate College graduates in a national service effort and the invitation for a special signature lecture from a member of the Marietta faculty. Other concepts that will move forward include the preservation of the draft and manuscript of the College’s first valedictorian, oral histories from graduates of the 1950s, student readings, photo displays for Homecoming and alumni events and a knowledge-building exercise that depends upon dozens of barking toy dogs to spark attention for and awareness of the anniversary.

“We were pleased with the variety of ideas and events proposed as well as the fact that all campus constituencies—faculty, staff, and students—submitted proposals,” said Mini-Grant Coordinator, Cathy Brown. “The number and quality of the submissions challenged the 175th Anniversary Committee’s decision making when we had to rank them in order to choose the winners based on the amount of grant funds available.  There was consensus among the committee members that we chose the activities that would best represent the spirit of the 175th Celebration on campus, in the community, and in the region.”

The signature faculty lecture, “Looking Forward — Writing Back”  student readings and “Marietta Time Machine” photo exhibit are all set to take place by the end of the fall semester. For details on time and location, please visit

As part of the Perspectives Series, historic images of Marietta College have also been mounted and hanged in four campus buildings. Faculty, staff, students and visitors alike will be interested to view photographs that capture a variety of eras from the institution’s past. Exhibits in Andrews Hall, Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, the Legacy Library and Thomas Hall. Informative captions enhance the experience designed to foster recognition of just what a special history the College has enjoyed since its original charter in 1835.

The Perspectives Series photo galleries will remain in place for the remainder of the academic year.