We know it’s fall and we know traditionally our alumni would be preparing to return to Marietta to celebrate Homecoming, but this year, we want to make sure the entire campus community — including our students, faculty and staff, as well as our alumni near and far and their family units — remained safe during this time of pandemic. That’s why our Advancement Office and Office of Alumni Engagement have created a special weekend for all to enjoy from the comforts of their homes on October 16th and 17th. You can still register for the 2020 StayHOMEcoming to enjoy a wide range of alumni mixers, tours and special competitions and performances.

This year, the College honors the following Pioneers for their extraordinary accomplishments and devotion to Marietta.

2020 MCAA Award Winners

Hall of Honor

T. Grant Callery ’68

Grant Callery served on the Board of Trustees from 2003-2018 and also served a term as the Board Chair. He also co-chaired the search committee that selected Dr. Bill Ruud as the 19th President of the College. Grant served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is now retired. After graduating from Marietta, Grant went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Distinguished Alumna

Linda Showalter ’79

Linda Showalter is being honored for going above and beyond to assist David McCullough as he researched his latest book, “The Pioneers.” Showalter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Marietta College and currently serves as the Special Collections Manager.

Outstanding Young Alumnus

Eric Dowler ’07

After eight years of working as an HR Specialist and Process Improvement Analyst with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Service, Eric Dowler transitioned to be a Project Manager with Monster Government Solutions — which helps government agencies and educational institutions find, hire and develop workforces. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management and was a member of the 2006 rowing team that won the Varsity 8+ gold at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Honorary Alumnus

George Fenton

A 1971 graduate of Wesleyan University, George Fenton has been a loyal supporter of Marietta College through his financial contributions and by serving on the Board of Trustees since 1993, including five years as Chair. He is the President of the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, West Virginia, and can be seen on campus regularly attending events and taking courses in the sciences — for fun.

Honorary Alumna

Gloria Stewart

Dr. Gloria Stewart was the first Chair and Program Director of Marietta’s Physician Assistant Studies Graduate Program. She served in this role from 2001 to 2013, and also provided the College with sound, professional guidance as we have looked at the PA Program and also at other potential new programs. She is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College and served as the President of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now PAEA).

Liz Tribett Service Award

Gregg Black ’81

A successful local business owner, Gregg Black has been instrumental in promoting the Pioneer Golf Challenge that is held in Pennsylvania every summer. He also hosts countless dinners for our athletic teams, he brought back the touchdown cannon that is used after the Marietta College football team scores. Black earned a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Management from Marietta.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

I know that is normally how I end my message in each issue of the magazine. After everything we have gone through and the astonishing job we have accomplished so far this semester, it just did not seem proper to wait until the end!!

Six months ago it was hard to comprehend what the fall semester of 2020 would look like. We were coming to grips with sending everyone home, the stoppage of in-person learning and the cancellation of most, if not all of our events on campus.

We all agreed that we needed to do everything we could to make sure we could be as normal as possible for the fall semester.

Thankfully, I am surrounded by amazing, intelligent and compassionate people at Marietta College. I have tried countless times to express how proud I am of them, but I never do them justice. After our virtual graduation in May, I told our faculty and staff to enjoy some time off so they could recharge a bit.

You know what they did? They showed up the next day wanting to talk about how we were going to welcome back 1,200 students to campus for in-person learning for the fall semester. You see why we have been named a “Great College to Work For” three years running.

So, we got to work. There was an abundance of great ideas (and a few bad ones, but I’ve always said the bad suggestions help us make the good ideas that much better). We worked at it every day. Plans changed. We kept meeting. Normal work had to get done. But we never wavered in our belief that we could do it.

Now that we are back — and doing quite well, I would like to say — we are still working through the daily issues that can arise during a pandemic. We have had some students test positive for the virus and all of them have thankfully recovered and are back in class. In reality, though, our numbers have remained low and we are showing the world how this small, liberal arts college tucked away in Appalachia manages a pandemic.

Why have we been able to pull this off so effectively, while larger universities failed to mitigate the spread of the virus and had to stop in-person learning? Of course, our well-executed plan was critical, but even that would not have worked if our students had not cooperated.

Like true Pioneers, our students wanted this to work. Instead of throwing large parties with students gathered around without masks, Marietta’s student body challenged each other to do the right thing. When I asked a group of students recently why they thought the semester was going so well, the answer was eye opening.

“President Ruud, we hated having to leave campus in the spring and no one wants to be the reason why we have to go to virtual learning again.” Pretty impressive!!

This feeling is almost universal across campus. If it is not clear to you yet, we have unbelievable students who are going to become reliable and valuable employees — so if you are in a position to hire a Marietta College graduate, I encourage you to do it.

We still have about five weeks left in the fall semester, and believe me, we have been hard at work on what the spring semester will look like as well. But rest assured, we got this.

Join me this time, but let’s say it a little louder: BRING FORTH A PIONEER!!!

Bill Ruud

President and Professor of Management

Dear Editors:

Just wanted to compliment you on your latest blockbuster issue of Marietta Magazine. Chock full of information and engaging stories. Interestingly enough, Jim Byer used to play golf with my step-brother, Paul Raymond. They met independent of me when both lived in Fort Lauderdale years ago. And another interesting tidbit regarding David McCullough’s The Pioneers, I have a step-sister, Lowely Finnerty on Martha’s Vineyard, who is distantly related to Rufus Putnam. Makes you wonder how I wound up at MC some 50 years ago!

P.S. Glad to know you’re a fan of Casey Kasem …

William Husted ’67

Dear Editors:

I enrolled at Marietta College 67 years ago and have enjoyed alumni communications ever since I graduated in 1957. Reading the story about MC's 100 Greatest Athletes brought back fond and still vivid memories of the MC basketball teams during the 1953-54 and 1954-55 seasons. These teams are, WITHOUT DOUBT, two of the best in MC history and are worthy of a feature article of their own (as do the best baseball teams and crews). The 1953-54 team had the best record in history, a fantastic 21-1. They were undefeated Ohio Conference champions and were the NUMBER 1 SMALL COLLEGE TEAM IN THE NATION! Their only loss (83-72) was in their second game of the season, playing on the road against Division I school Ohio University. MC then won 19 games in a row, culminating in the final home game of the season where MC inundated Ohio U. by the score of 116-93 (the most points scored by a MC team until 2015). "The Firehouse Five" employed a full-court press for virtually the entire game (predating the famous UCLA press by a decade). MC's center was 6-foot-5 and the other starters were 5-10 to about 6-1. Statistically the team averaged 86.5 points per game. That included six games with 90 or more points and three games with 100 or more points. They allowed their opponents 71.8 points per game. Mark “Buzzy” Davis was the high scorer at 24.3 points per game, followed by Tom Green, Ron Weekley and Nick Dan, at 14.0 to 14.4 points per game. The five starters made more than 40 percent of their field goal attempts. Buzzy Davis was chosen as the most valuable player on the All-Ohio Conference team. He was named to the first team of the All-Ohio Dream team. Tom Green made second team All-Ohio Conference and both Ron Weekley and Nick Dan received honorable mention. Coach Bill Whetsell was named Coach of the Year.

The 1954-55 team had a record of 21-4. Despite three more losses, one might argue that it was just as good or even a bit better than the 1953-54 team because they played a tougher schedule. They were again the undefeated Ohio Conference champions. Three of their four losses were to Division I teams, including two close losses to Ohio University. They also beat three Division I teams. Marietta averaged an astonishing 90.32 points per game, including five games with points in the 90s and eight games where they scored more than 100 points. They twice tied their previous year’s high score of 116 points. Opponents were held to an average 77 points per game. Buzzy Davis averaged 26.0 points, followed by Ron Weekly at 20.5, Tom Green at 12.5 and Nick Dan at 10.8. Buzzy’s 624 points in a season were a College and an Ohio Conference record. For the second straight year Buzzy was named to the All-Ohio Conference and All-Ohio teams.

I am well aware of the subjectivity involved in ranking athletes in different eras. Nonetheless, I want to pay tribute to Buzzy Davis. For the vast majority of the MC family that did not have the pleasure of seeing Buzzy play, I hope to show you what a phenomenal player he was. In the article, Buzzy Davis is ranked 27th among all athletes, 23rd among male athletes and third among basketball players. I did not see Jesse DuPerow ranked 25th among all athletes (second in basketball) or A.J. Edwards ranked ninth among all athletes (first in basketball). I did know Buzzy and I saw him play in every home game during his junior and senior seasons, as well as his three games at the Hofstra Tournament during his senior season.

First, I want to say a few words about Buzzy the person. From 1953 to 1955, Marietta was slightly more than half the size it is today. There were some 750 students. It seemed as if you knew everyone on campus. A quiet, unassuming man from Cairo, West Virginia, Buzzy was the star of the basketball team and therefore (since our football team was terrible) was the “Big Man On Campus” to the students, although he never thought or acted like that. Off the court Buzzy was just another student who got along famously with his classmates. You would see him on campus wearing his blue and white letterman’s jacket. He always greeted and even kidded with fellow students. Buzzy’s college life was the stuff of fairy tales. He was the best player on the two best teams in Marietta history and he married a girl who was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. After graduation, he played in a summer league composed of NBA and college stars, some of whom would become NBA players. He held his own in this fast company. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics. He was also drafted into the U.S. Army and did not continue his basketball career after his discharge.

In 1952-53 the MC basketball team was 10-10. Sophomores Davis and Ron Weekley (the leading rebounder) were joined by a trio of freshmen, Tom Green (defender, passer and driver), Nick Dan (an excellent shooter), and Don McCool (an in-your-face defender), who were to be instrumental in MC’s future basketball success. Buzzy was high scorer at 18.05 points per game. He was named to the All-Ohio Conference first team and received honorable mention on the All-Ohio team. In the following two years the MC basketball team performed beyond anyone’s expectations. The team was superbly coached by Bill Whetsell. He maximized its performance by using a full-court press — forcing steals leading to fast breaks for easy baskets. The press was highly effective against the vast majority of teams. The starters worked as a cohesive unit with each player knowing his role and executing it well. This cohesion was maintained when the regular substitutes entered the game. Buzzy Davis was the unquestioned leader of the team. He led by example, letting his play speak for itself. He seemingly effortlessly scored, mostly from the outside, using a two-handed set shot from his chest and a similar shot started at his forehead. He did not have a jump shot — it was not common during the early 1950s. He had a quick release and a high shooting percentage. When closely guarded, he could fake the shot and drive for a lay-up. Except for single game high score, Buzzy broke every scoring record in 1953-54 and broke them again in 1954-55. He substantially increased his scoring average each year, from 8.1 points per game as a freshman to 26.0 as a senior. Buzzy scored 1,672 points at Marietta. That record stood for more than 40 years.

A.J. Edwards, Jesse DuPerow and Buzzy Davis probably are the best male players in the history of MC basketball (although one could argue for Don Whiting who, from 1915-17, holds all-time records for points and field goals in a single game and career scoring average. Other standout players are Kevin Knab, Jason Hayes and Mike Rodich). DuPerow’s career ended in 2002 and Edwards' career ended in 2017. The game has changed little in the past 20 years, but it did change significantly since Buzzy’s career ended in 1955. The three greatest changes are the introduction of the jump shot, the introduction of the 3-point shot, and the increased athleticism of the players. Each of these changes improved the game (in my opinion) and Edwards and DuPerow benefited from each of these changes.

Buzzy did not have the benefit of these changes. We cannot quantitate the effect of the jump shot or increased athleticism, but we can make a few comments. Buzzy was able to full-court press for entire games, a testament to his fitness. If we estimate that better diets and training have increased athleticism (conservatively by 5-10 percent) we can assume that Buzzy would have benefited from these fitness advances. The effectiveness of the jump shot is shown by the fact that it has almost totally replaced the set shot and the one-hand push shot. Having watched Buzzy, I have no doubt that he would have easily adopted to the jump shot and that it would have improved his game. I am just as certain that Buzzy would have taken full advantage of the 3-point shot.

Without including the differences in basketball since Buzzy played, we can compare the players on the basis of their individual statistics and their team records as shown in the table below.

Edwards’ teams had by far the best record over his four-year career. They had tremendous winning records, won by far the most games and lost the fewest. Davis’ teams were next with two winning records, one .500 record and one losing record. Their four-year total was excellent. DuPerow’s teams had one winning, one .500 season and two losing records. The four-year record was a winning one, but only three games over .500. DuPerow’s teams had 49 losses, compared to 27 for Davis’ teams and 20 for Edwards’ teams. On average, Edwards’ teams were exceptional in each of his four years, having the second, third and fourth best records in program history. Davis’ teams had the best single year record and the best record for two consecutive years. DuPerow’s team’s best year ranked seventh. In passing and with pride we should mention that the 1915-16 MC basketball team had a 17-1 record with a win over West Virginia and 2 WINS over Kentucky.

The number of games played by Edwards (105) and DuPerow (101) are fairly similar, but far more than the 86 games played by Davis. The total number of games played greatly affects the number of total points scored, which will be discussed below. Davis averaged 19.4 points per game over his career, DuPerow averaged 19.3 and Edwards averaged 11.9. DuPerow was the best scorer in his freshman and sophomore seasons and Davis was the best scorer in his junior and senior teams, in which he posted the two highest averages. His 26.0 points per game and his 235 field goals in his senior year are the highest in MC basketball history. Edwards was third-best scorer in every year.

DuPerow scored a total of 1,948 points in 101 games, compared to 1,672 points in 86 games for Davis and 1,243 points in 105 games for Edwards. If we take Davis’ total and add 291 points, the number of points he presumably would have had in 15 more games (the number of games that DuPerow played in excess of those that Davis played), the total is 1,963, slightly higher than DuPerow’s total. A look at single season scoring shows Davis with 624 points in his senior year, despite playing fewer games. DuPerow (603) and Edwards (554) also scored the most points in their senior years. Davis’ 624 points remain, after 65 years, the most points scored in a season.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to Buzzy’s other statistics — assists, rebounds, blocked shots, turnovers and steals so I cannot compare him to DuPerow or Edwards in these categories. It must be noted that both Edwards and DuPerow were excellent rebounders and shot-blockers. Alternatively, we know that Davis still holds MC records for free throws made and attempted in a season and free throws made in a career. The only other statistic that we can try to use is the three-point field-goal. Edwards and DuPerow had and used the three-point shot. Edwards made 27-of-84 three-point shots (32.1 percent). DuPerow made 118-of-339 (34.8 percent). We can approximate the effect of the 3-point shot on Buzzy’s performance. At least 50 percent of his points were on outside shots. If there had been a three-point line there is no doubt that Buzzy would have taken full advantage of it. If we conservatively assume that 775 of his points were from outside, with a 3-point shot he would have 255 more points for a total of 1,904.

Without the substantial advantages of 15 additional games played and the three-point line, Buzzy still averaged as many points as DuPerow, and outscored him in their junior and senior years. At least as important is the fact that Buzzy led the best team and the best two consecutive teams in MC basketball history, whereas DuPerow’s teams, despite his scoring, were three games under .500 in his junior and senior years. One must conclude that on performance alone, Davis matched DuPerow, and if he had the advantage of the three-point line and the extra games, he would have had an even better total point record than DuPerow. Edward’s teams had the best four consecutive year records. Every one of his teams had an exceptional record. Even so, Buzzy’s 1953-54 team had an even better record and his 1953-54 and 1954-55 teams combined had a slightly better record than any two of Edward’s teams. On an individual basis, there is no comparison. Again, even without the advantages that Buzzy did not have, his individual scoring performance was far better than that of Edwards. It should be noted that Edwards did not become a starter until his junior year and that his relatively low scoring average may well be due to the excellence of his teams.

If I had to rank the teams that these MC greats played on, I would give the edge to Edwards teams over Buzzy’s teams, with DuPerow’s teams a distant third. On individual performance, notwithstanding my prejudice, I would give Buzzy the edge over DuPerow, with Edwards third (the opposite of the ranking in the article). Combining team and individual performance, I again give the edge to Buzzy. After 65 years, his best team and his two consecutive team records remain best in MC history. His single season records for scoring average, number of field goals, total points, most free throws made and attempted, and his career record for free throws made also rank #1 AFTER 65 YEARS!!! In all probability, his best two-year scoring average and total points are also the best in history. I certainly have no wish to belittle the contributions of other MC basketball greats, but I want to ensure that the accomplishments of a legend of MC basketball are not overlooked with the passage of time. In my, admittedly biased, but data-supported opinion, Buzzy belongs in the top 10 of all MC athletes and is STILL the best MC basketball player of all time.

With warmest regards,

Don J. Brenner, Ph.D. ’57

Allow me to start out by stating the obvious, the Fall issue of Marietta, The Magazine of Marietta College is not in printed format. TP and I were hopeful — way back in March 2020 — that the Fall printed edition would be possible. This was not the case, and will likely not be the case for the Winter 2021 edition, either. Everyone at the College understands how crucial it is to be good stewards of resources while in and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and staying digital, for now, is just one of many adjustments we can make to do our part.

And though we are being mindful of spending, that does not mean we haven’t explored new ways of engaging the Marietta College community. From the start of the pandemic, it was clear to us that communicating frequently with our various audiences on what was happening on campus was important — which is why we increased our social media posts, created and shared video messages from campus, began a new podcast that features current students, employees and alumni, and also created a Parent & Family Newsletter, which is a digital piece that is emailed monthly to the families of current students.

Every office on campus has adjusted their routines and enhanced their offerings to make sure the needs of the Pioneer community are being met, including those of our alumni. While many of our Homecoming-bound Pioneers would typically be rejoicing at this time with the sight of the illustrious Exit 1 sign — signaling that Marietta College is about five minutes away — our Office of Alumni Engagement has planned a new way to enjoy the weekend. STAY HOMEcoming allows all alumni to enjoy the weekend from the comforts of their homes.

You can see and register for the many events lined up here. There are many great opportunities to reconnect with your classmates, take a tour of campus, talk about old times — and not have to wait in long drink (or restroom) lines.

This has been a long year for everyone, and it’s our hope that your Marietta Magazine allows you to sit back, catch up with what is happening at the College and think about some of your own Marietta College memories.

“I remember I got a call from President (Bill) Ruud on February 11th to tell me I was the scholarship winner. I think he was expecting me to be more excited, but I was so in shock I didn’t know what to say.”

‘I’ve been given a gift’

Music Therapy, Marietta perfect fit for 2020 McCoy Scholar

Unlike the majority of her Longwood High School classmates in Middle Island, New York, Lindsey McCoy ’24 started her college career with in-person classes this fall.

“I feel very lucky to be on campus, because most of my friends are attending colleges where they are remote-only this fall,” Lindsey says.

She also feels fortunate to be the 22nd recipient of the John G. and Jeanne B. McCoy Scholarship. The scholarship program was endowed in 1998 by John G. ’35 and Jeanne B. McCoy to promote and recognize outstanding academic ability and achievement in an incoming freshman student. The award includes tuition, fees, room and board, and is renewable for four years.

“When I applied for the scholarship, I thought I might have a chance to get it, but I knew there would be many other strong applicants,” Lindsey says. “I remember I got a call from President (Bill) Ruud on February 11th to tell me I was the scholarship winner. I think he was expecting me to be more excited, but I was so in shock I didn’t know what to say.”

Lindsey was also slightly concerned that since she shared the same last name as the scholarship that it might work against her. Despite the fact she has a grandfather who is John McCoy, she is not related to the McCoys who funded the scholarship.

“The first person I told was my co-worker at the public library,” Lindsey says. “She has been a role model for me and she kept telling me I would get it.”

One day early in the fall semester, Lindsey was lounging around with her roommate chatting about that paths they took to get to Marietta College.

Her roommate and high school friend, Kyla Andreas ’24, made up her mind early on in her senior year of high school to be a Pioneer and join the women’s lacrosse team. It took Lindsey a little longer and some persuading from her friend because she wanted to stay closer to her Long Island, New York, home.

“She would tell me about Marietta College and how she wanted me to look at it,” Lindsey says. “But I honestly never thought about going this far away from my family.”

Her interest in Marietta started to percolate a little when she learned about the Music Therapy program, so one afternoon after school she applied to Marietta and she quickly realized she was interested in the school 11 hours from home.

“When I told my mom that I thought I had found the right college for me, she asked me where it was,” Lindsey says. “When I said Ohio, she said, ‘Oh, no!’ ”

But her mom, Christine, started doing her own research and quickly realized Marietta might be a good fit for her youngest child.

“She’s my baby and my only girl and my other two children stayed at home. I told her through high school that four hours from home would be good, so if she had to get home she could,” Christine says. “We are so proud of her. The scholarship certainly sealed the deal, and we realize this will open up so many opportunities for her over the next four years.”

Christine says she and her husband, Paul, still had some concerns about Lindsey being so far away from home. But those fears quickly subsided while they moved their daughter into her residence hall room in August.

“Of course, bringing her to campus in August was bittersweet but we are so thrilled that Marietta is open and that she is able to go to school again,” Christine says. “I can honestly say that when it was time for us to leave, I didn’t cry because I felt like she really had found her second home. Everyone was so nice and my husband and I were so impressed with everything the College did to get ready for the semester so that she would be safe.”

Right now, Lindsey is focused on getting up to speed in her major. She got a bit of a jumpstart this summer by taking online guitar lessons with instructor Robert Coddington.

“Where I live, we didn’t have any programs that could prepare me for music therapy, so I’m slightly behind because I never took any music theory classes,” she says. “When I was in high school, I was thinking about studying psychology, social work and special education. But I was in every musical we had and every choir in my school, so I learned about music therapy and I realized it combined everything I wanted to do.”

She plans to take advantage of her situation, too.

“I’ve been given a gift and I’m not going to waste it,” Lindsey says. “I feel I have to do things that I may not have considered or believed I couldn’t afford before. I can’t imagine being this generous. I will never get to meet them, but the McCoys were able to think so far down the road and realize that they could help pave the path for someone’s life every single year. What amazing people to set aside that much money and be that kind-hearted.”


Catching up with past McCoy Scholars — Where are they now?”

Trent Reisberger ’03

Trent Reisberger ’03

Trent is a Financial Solutions Advisor with Merrill Lynch and lives in Burlington, North Carolina, with his wife, Erica Gill Reisberger ’01 and their three daughters — Ava Jayne, 9; and 6-year-old twins Tess Steven and Piper Tru. Trent and his wife also own two Cold Stone Creamery franchises in Burlington and Raleigh, North Carolina. “The McCoy Scholarship was a blessing that opened many doors for me. Growing up in the small town of Shadyside, Ohio, Marietta was on my wish list of schools to attend but would have been very expensive for my family. The McCoy Scholarship allowed me to attend Marietta College and receive an education I use every day and I will use the rest of my life.”

Cody Lane ’04

Cody earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and he most recently lived in the Columbus, Ohio area, while working for ASK Chemicals.

Melissa Yusko Clawson ’05

Melissa Yusko Clawson ’05

Melissa is a Chief Audit Executive for The Wendy’s Company and lives in Delaware, Ohio, with her husband, Jared, and daughter, Mackenzie. She earned a Masters in Accounting from The Ohio State University in 2006. “I feel very honored to be a McCoy Scholar, especially being the first woman. Marietta College has tremendous students with a lot of potential, and to be selected from all of the well-deserving candidates really increased my self-confidence and helped me to pursue even bigger dreams.”

Amanda Cobb Guerassio ’06

Amanda Cobb Guerassio ’06

Amanda, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, got married in 2015 to her husband, Ian, and they have a 2-year-old daughter, Adalyn. They live in Round Rock, Texas, and she has been in the Austin, Texas, area for 15 years. She runs her own branding and design business, Studio Guerassio, and her main focus is on logo and brand design. “I am so thankful to have received the McCoy Scholarship. Not only did it allow me to attend Marietta, which was my first choice school, but it allowed for an amazing study abroad experience in Australia. And since graduating and entering the adult world, I’ve realized what a HUGE blessing it is to not have student loan debt weighing me down. I likely never would have tried freelancing or starting my own business otherwise. Receiving the McCoy Scholarship definitely changed the course of my life in a significant and positive way. I wouldn’t trade my time at Marietta for anything.”

Samantha Armacost ’07

Samantha earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Marietta and remained on campus to earn a Master of International Corporate Media degree in 2009. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Harrison Potter ’08

Harrison earned two Bachelor of Science degrees — one in Mathematics and one in Physics — during his first four years at Marietta. He also earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Duke University in 2015. He returned to the College as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics from 2014-20, and in 2019 picked up a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. He left the College following the 2019-20 academic year to begin a different career.

Brandon Crane ’09

Brandon, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in In 2013, Brandon graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine. For four years, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a general dentist — the final three years at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He is currently a general dentist with Your Smile Team in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He and his wife, Julia, have a 3-year-old daughter, Cecilia.

Grace O'Dell ’10

Grace O’Dell ’10

Grace is a Career and Academic Advisor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies – A Graduate School of Middlebury College and lives in Monterey, California, with her husband, Jason Fertig ’10. She earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees at Marietta (International Leadership Studies and Spanish) and has gone on to earn a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Education Management — both from Middlebury Institute. “I continue to be grateful for the amazing experiences that Marietta College provided. Being a McCoy Scholar allowed me to take full advantage of the academic and extracurricular opportunities before me including the McDonough Leadership Program, a full year of study abroad, a double major, multiple short-term academic trips, language studies, student clubs, numerous volunteer positions, as well as jobs on and off campus.”

Krista Carter ’11

Krista earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.

Anna Gill Bostic ’12

Anna Gill Bostic ’12

Anna is a Project Associate at DAI, an international development company based in Bethesda, Maryland. She works on two USAID-funded projects that promote economic development. Anna lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Scott, and 8-year-old stepdaughter, Brooklyn. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education and went on to earn a Master of Arts in International Development from American University and a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. “The McCoy Scholarship was an incredible gift. The financial freedom it granted me during college allowed me to be focused in the classroom and actively involved on campus, giving me opportunity to explore passions like social justice and my faith. After college, I was able to do three years of service work with community organizations in Grenada and Miami, Florida, without concern for the financial repercussions. All these things continue to shape my life direction today.”

Caleb Muller ’13

Caleb Muller ’13

Caleb is a Senior Consultant with Enterprise Service Management at The University of Melbourne in Australia. He is working part-time as he focuses on training and competing nationally for Australia in the marathon. He and his wife, Liz Williams, live in Melbourne. He also earned a Master of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. “The McCoy Scholarship was a hugely impactful foundation for me to be able to make the most out of my experience at Marietta College, allowing me to focus on academics and extracurriculars to set myself up for success once I graduated. I am incredibly grateful for how it has impacted me so far.”

Tawny Mutchler Richards ’14

Tawny left teaching to become a nanny of two children for a dual-military family. She and her husband, Zach Richards ’15, live in Clarksville, Tennessee. They are expecting their first child in November, who will join their two dogs and cat. “If it weren’t for my scholarship, I would have never been able to attend Marietta, and I’m honestly not sure what my life would look like now. I would have never spent those four wonderful years on campus learning more about who I am and what I want out of life. I would have never met my best friends and my future (at the time) husband, and may not be expecting my first child now. I may have never found the place I still call my home away from home. Marietta will always hold a special place in my heart for many reasons, and I am so grateful to the McCoy family and all of the faculty, staff and students at MC for that.”

Charlee Ottersberg ’15

Charlee Ottersberg ’15

Charlee is a Project Manager for Appficiency, which specializes in NetSuite implementations and integrations. She also continues to do freelance graphic design in her spare time. Charlee, who lives in Englewood, Colorado, with her fiancé, earned an MBA from the University of Denver. “My time at Marietta College is something I cherish and I owe my time there to being a McCoy Scholar. I am so grateful to have had the privilege to be a Pioneer thanks to the generosity of the McCoy family.”

Mollee Brown ’16

Mollee Brown ’16

Mollee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and soon after graduation she started working in marketing for a magazine before starting Nighthawk Agency, a marketing and consulting agency for ecotourism businesses around the globe. Nighthawk focuses on a very niche audience and has clients on six continents. In 2020, she also founded a nonprofit organization called The Birding Co-op, which combines birding and nature tours with community service and on-location partnerships to make ecotourism more accessible and connected worldwide. She says a huge inspiration for starting the co-op was an Alternative Winter Break experience that she got at Marietta in 2015. “I’m based in Thomas, West Virginia, but am often in other corners of the world. Being a McCoy Scholar set me on a path not just to receive a fantastic college education, but also to have the opportunities to meet the people who led me to where I am today — both personally and professionally.”

Brian Raiff ’17

Brian Raiff ’17

Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. He lives in Houston, Texas and works as a Facilities Engineer with Southwestern Energy. “Each day I try to appreciate and pass forward the opportunity the McCoy Scholarship gave me. In work and in life, Marietta College and the McCoy Scholarship affords me the opportunity to impact others through volunteering and stewardship. I am driving every day to live up to the legacy of a McCoy Scholar.”

Rosemary Raths Pinkerton ’17

Rosey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Broadcasting in three years and is now working on the production crew at WPMT-TV in York, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Sean Pinkerton, live in York with their two “loud and stinky hound dogs.” “Being a McCoy Scholar gave me the financial freedom to pursue my goals. Being a Marietta College graduate gave me the tools to achieve them.”

Emily Brown ’19

Emily earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.

Lily Riffle ’20

Lily earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering this past May and was set to move to Houma, Louisiana, as a Field Engineer Trainee with Schlumberger. However, due to COVID-19 market conditions, that start time on the position has been delayed until 2021. She is living in Hudson, Ohio, looking for other employment opportunities. “For me, the McCoy Scholarship opened the door to a world of enriching opportunities and relationships. It is what drew me to my beautiful second home at Marietta College; helped me to attain internship positions that transformed me professionally; and allowed me to fully pursue sports, campus leadership roles, and academic excellence without having to worry about work study or debt. The McCoy Scholarship is still the greatest blessing I have been given in life because of the freedom it gave me to achieve.”

Katie Kitchen ’21

Katie Kitchen ’21

Katie is majoring in both English and Political Science, while serving as the Student Body President this year. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine, Pulse, and completed a summer research project as part of the Investigative Studies Program. She is the current president of Omicron Delta Kappa, leadership honorary, and Sigma Tau Delta, an English honorary. “I am extremely grateful for the McCoy Scholarship. Being a McCoy Scholar has allowed me the opportunity to attend Marietta College and take advantage of many experiences here that I would not have otherwise been able to do. One notable experience is my time studying abroad at Cambridge Law School in England, which was partially possibly because of the financial flexibility being a McCoy Scholar has allowed me during my time on campus.”

Rowan Henderson-Bernard ’22

Rowan Henderson-Bernard ’22

Rowan is majoring in International Leadership and is working on minors in Gender Studies and Organizational Social Responsibility. She is an active member of campus and is involved in the Honors Program, United Women of Power and Scholars Community, as well as a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admission. She was also an EXCEL leader in 2019 and 2020. “Being a McCoy Scholar has meant the world to me. It has opened numerous doors and has even given me the ability to study abroad in Paris during the Spring 2019 semester. I think one of the coolest things it has done is inadvertently creating a little informal family of all the McCoy Scholars on campus. We all understand the immense honor and responsibility that we’ve been endowed with through this scholarship which has, in turn, led us to create our own little support network for each other.”

Jenna Senetra ’23

Jenna Senetra ’23

Jenna is majoring in Health Sciences and is working on a minor in Leadership. She is planning to propose her own major — Marine Sciences — in the near future, and she has tentatively planning a field station visit in the Bahamas this summer. She is a member of the women’s soccer team, MedLife, Honors Program and Equestrian Club, and is a volunteer with Pioneer Activities Council (PAC), which organizes student events on campus. She is looking forward to becoming a physician assistant and hopes to continue her schooling in the field at Marietta. “I don’t often discuss receiving the McCoy Scholarship with my friends or teammates, other than the occasional mention of how thankful I am to be able to attend college here; however, I don’t take this gift lightly. I can’t express the weight that was lifted off my shoulders when I heard the news from President Ruud and I knew I could call Marietta home for at least four years. It is more than I could have ever asked for. The extent to which MC went to provide me an education has factored into most of my decisions since arriving here last fall. I am sometimes overwhelmed by the implications of such a prestigious award and want to live up to the expectations of a McCoy Scholar.”

Studio Art major’s work selected for 2020 West Virginia Emerging Artists Exhibition

Studio Art major Leah Seaman ’21 has found success with a variety of art mediums — from winning the Proof of Concept round of the PioBiz Competition for her customized, painted apparel business to selling her commissioned paintings, winning the third round of PioBiz for her artistic business, ArtaBella, and, most recently, her pen drawings being chosen for exhibit in The Culture Center in her home state of West Virginia.

Seaman’s pen drawings are on display in the Commissioner’s Gallery of The Culture Center in Charleston, West Virginia.

The two pieces are from a four-piece series of pen drawings she created last year entitled The New Renaissance.

“I received the second-place award for my piece The New Renaissance (3), which was the drawing with multiple people in it — my parody of the statue known as the Rape of the Sabine Women,” she says.

Another work from that series was featured in The Culture Center, which is part of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, last year during a different Juried Art Exhibition. She was initially encouraged by her father to enter the first juried exhibit, and received similar encouragement from Professor Jolene Powell to submit work for the 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition.

“Being accepted into the 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition is such a wonderful affirmation and humbling honor for my journey as an artist,” Seaman says. “I take it as an indicator that I am most likely on the right track and that my work is having the impact that I’d hoped it would have on other people.”

In addition to being a Studio Art major, Seaman is also majoring in Communication as well as working with the Entrepreneurship Program to create a business plan for ArtaBella, an art company that will allow her to sell commissioned artwork in a variety of mediums and to pursue personal work that can be exhibited. Last week, she learned she will receive $7,000 in financial support by winning the third round of PioBiz, which was originally supposed to take place during the Spring 2020 semester.

“Growing up in an entrepreneurship-focused household, I was always encouraged to follow my passions, to be my own boss, and to work hard at the gifts given to me. I was always told that hard work would bear beautiful fruit. These past few years, as my work has started to pick up momentum and attention, I have started to understand just how vitally important that message can be for other young people to hear.”

Over the summer, Seaman maintained a steady stream of commissioned work and also began mentoring a group of young women, specifically artists, in her hometown of Philippi, West Virginia.

“Being able to use my life experiences as an example of what can happen if you take that first step has been a powerful reinforcement for them that it truly is possible to follow passion instead of society’s definition of practicality.”

You can see more of Leah’s art on her professional social media pages. Facebook & Instagram.


Marietta College continues to stand out

Once again, The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes Marietta as a Great College to Work For and only one of 42 institutions to earn the Honor Roll distinction — Marietta’s second time on this list.

Other recent rankings include:

U.S. News & World Report ranks Marietta eighth Best Midwestern Regional College in its 2021 annual survey — and Marietta ranks No. 3 in the Best Value Schools category for the region.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Marietta 337th out of 801 colleges and universities considered for their rankings.

Washington Monthly lists Marietta College 62nd out of 248 Baccalaureate Colleges in the U.S. in its 2020 rankings.

Petroleum Engineering Program shows off its global reach

Long before the pandemic caused many internships to be canceled and impacted summer educational opportunities, Marietta’s Dr. Ahmed Algarhy, an Assistant Professor in the Petroleum Engineering and Geology Department, began developing a way for his students — and countless others around the globe — to have access to quality educational content pertaining to the oil and gas industry online.

Algarhy proposed the plan for PioPetro, a non-profit organization based at Marietta College, to President Bill Ruud and Provost Janet Bland last year as a way to collaborate with universities, petroleum companies, and oil and gas experts to deliver digital information to college students for free. This summer, PioPetro collaborated with SPE Egypt to offer an eight-week online internship to students majoring in the petroleum engineering field. The participating students were from more than 70 countries and more than 200 universities worldwide.

The eight-week summer online internships drew more than 3,500 attendees who attended webinars, took quizzes and completed the final exam. Of those, Algarhy says 45 percent of the students passed the 70 percent threshold to earn the internship completion certificate. A second eight-week online training is planned to happen during spring (February and March 2021).

“After we completed the summer training and starting in August 2020, we run two or three short courses every month ‘free of charge’ and we serve more than 3,000 trainees every month,” Algarhy says. Each course contains four to eight webinars and quizzes plus a final exam. “The plan is to serve 25,000 trainees per year free of charge worldwide.”

To provide programming content, Algarhy is joined by Marietta College faculty, Professor Ben Ebenhack, Chris Jacobs, Leanne Price and Mary Roberts, as well as faculty and professionals from the University of Houston, The American University in Cairo, the University of Missouri Science and Technology, Future University in Egypt, and also the Society of Petroleum Engineers of North America and Egypt Section.

As PioPetro’s Director, Algarhy reached out to industry experts from multinational corporations and in higher education “to persuade them to online train students free of charge.” He also spearheaded publicity for the organization, promoting it through Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. “Also, I lead the team of administration, sessions moderators, and graphics and media teams. We got 6,500 new subscribers in PioPetro’s YouTube channel in the last few months and also got almost the same number of followers on LinkedIn during the same period of time. On Facebook, we have more than 150,000 members in the group.”

Zachary Evans, Society of Petroleum Engineers Regional Director – North America, was one of the presenters during the summer program, introducing the topic of underground storage to the participating students. He expressed gratitude to the organizers for making the “Arab Oil & Gas Academy virtual internship a reality” in a letter he sent to Ebenhack, who is the Chair of Marietta’s Petroleum Engineering and Geology Department.

“Having participated directly as a speaker in one of the sessions, I was able to witness firsthand the overwhelming amount of participation and engagement the program generated from around the globe, and as the summer progressed I was truly amazed at how many students and young professionals were able to take advantage of this program both domestically and abroad. Given the significant decrease in traditional internships and job experience brought about by the industry downturn and public health concerns, this opportunity for students to learn and network remotely, while a windfall in any year, was especially needed in 2020. The extensive nature of the program with such a diverse range of engineering and professional topics within the oil and gas industry was remarkable and I'm sure all those who participated are better off for it.”

Learn more about the PioPetro Program.

To sustain and grow this innovative program reaching Pioneers around the globe we are looking for corporate sponsorships. If your company is interested in partnering with Marietta College to have increased access to this highly-qualified pool of potential employees, please contact Josh Jacobs, Vice President for Advancement.


Center for Health and Wellness adds second full-time nurse

Emergency room nurse Kim Gandee had a special connection to the College long before becoming one of two new full-time nurses on staff in Marietta’s Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness.

“My husband is an alum (Jason ’95), so I was around MC in the mid-1990s,” she says. “I have a freshman and a senior on campus this year, so, working on campus seemed like it would be a great fit. The college has changed a lot over the years for the better. It has a great vibe and the students really are the best. I have been very impressed with all of them.”

In the past, the Center staffed only one full-time nurse to assist with student care, however, because of all the adjustments and the increased need for access to medical care that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to add a second full-time nurse. Gandee, along with Beth Casto, the former Director of Nursing for the Marietta-Belpre Health Department, began working in tandem at the start of the Fall semester helping students receive athletic physicals and allergy shots, and obtain medication refills and care during sick visits.

“We jumped right in and began taking care of our students with whatever they needed. COVID has definitely kept things interesting in the clinic,” Gandee says. “We are getting ready to offer flu clinics to the students, so we anticipate that will keep us busy through winter break. The students have been great about being proactive about their health and trying to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible.”

Though Casto is used to serving a larger geographical area, she says Marietta College is like its own community.

“The students are so kind and so willing to take our recommendations,” Casto says. “It’s been wonderful to be able to work here.”


Serving in times of need

For most people, this past spring was spent at home due to COVID-19 quarantine mandates.

For Lt. Col. Brian Gahan ’84 and fellow service members in the Illinois National Guard, the global pandemic was cause to leave their homes for nearly three months to serve on the front lines of the fight to contain the novel coronavirus.

Lt. Col. Gahan is the Medical Commander of Detachment 1, 182nd Medical Group, Peoria Air National Guard Base in Illinois. For 86 days — from March 23rd through May 15th — his team was activated and sent to Chicago.

“Together, our initial response team created and operated the first State of Illinois drive-thru Community Based Testing Center (CBTS) in Chicago,” he says. “Our team of approximately 65 Air and Army National Guard members consistently administered up to 750 tests per day to local first responders and the general public, with and without symptoms of the disease.”

During that 86-day time frame, the team administered 30,000 tests. Gahan was the officer-in-charge on the site for about 120 military personnel, and he was responsible for all actions that took place in a full day, including addressing members who had issues with family at home, sick family members, and illness, isolation and quarantine of sick and exposed troops, as well as operational needs, which included inventory and resupply, proper safety and PPE for each station, proper collection, handling and transporting of samples to testing labs, and reporting of all matters through the military chain of command.

Gahan says the Illinois National Guard forces worked alongside many different emergency response agencies, including Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Office, Chicago Fire and Police departments, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, U.S. Public Health Service, Illinois Department of Public Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FEMA and Illinois Emergency Management Agency. All Chicago media outlets provided coverage for those operations by providing regular and critical updates to the public. Their mission received support from community leaders, non-governmental organizations and local businesses.

“We set the standard for high-flow community testing and shared our operational best practices to nine other CBTS sites around Illinois,” he says. “In addition, we provided our experiences to testing operations from other states, as well as international public health and medical partners.”

Gahan says people make the mission, and many times the mission makes the people.

“We experienced a member, hospitalized and nearly taken by the disease, who fought back to recover, and get back on the line to help others,” he says. “We overcame the daily assembly line of repetition that desensitized your awareness and orientation. There were community members that continually brought food and encouragement to the team, and gave us all inspiration to keep up our best fight. There were members of local and state first responders that treated us as their own. But in the end, the special story was the people, the team, the family. Although we conducted our training as military and civilian responders, we immediately shared the purpose of our calling. Together, we were determined to stand up for those that could not stand up for themselves. It was a long, but remarkable experience.”


Moving on up

College connections still resonate after alumna named bank CFO

Not long after Peoples Bank announced that Katie Moriarty Bailey ’05 was being promoted to Chief Financial Officer, the congratulatory emails and texts started.

Some of the first messages were from former faculty members.

“It meant a lot to me that they took the time to send me a message,” Bailey says. “Ed Osborne, and Grace Johnson reached out to me. Those connections we made and the support they have shown me throughout my career is what makes Marietta College special.”

Johnson, who has helped mentor a number of students who have gone on to successful careers, is proud and not at all surprised by Bailey’s rise to CFO.

“Looking back to the days when Katie was my student, it was clear to me that one day she could rise to the position of chief financial officer of a publicly traded corporation. She demonstrated a very high degree of understanding of course material, possessed a keen sense for attention to details and was an excellent communicator,” Johnson says. “And in ways that only a small, residential liberal arts college experience can foster, personal skills she developed while a member of the women’s basketball team easily transferred to the classroom. She worked well in teams, was a good listener and served as a role model for Accounting majors younger than her. Katie joins an impressive list of Marietta College accounting majors who have risen to C-suite positions in industry, education and government.”

Bailey most recently served as Senior Vice President, Director of Finance, for Peoples Bank, since January 2019. She has been with Peoples Bank, a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: PEBO) since May 2011.

“She is a valuable member of our management team, and her appointment reflects her strong contributions to the overall financial performance of Peoples Bank for more than nine years,” says Chuck Suleryski, Peoples Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, and also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees. “She possesses a wide range of financial, accounting, audit and risk management experience, and I’m sure that she will ensure a smooth transition and help drive Peoples Bank’s long-term growth.”

Bailey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Marietta and a year later earned a Master of Accounting from The Ohio State University. She was a member of both the women’s basketball and softball teams.

“I started my career in public accounting and I always felt like the partner track wasn’t the way for me,” Bailey says. “My next thought was I wanted to be a CFO. I didn’t put a timeline on it, but I always felt that would be the top position for my career. It came earlier than I anticipated, but Chuck (Suleryski) was always transparent with me about my ability to fill this role.”

Bailey and her husband, Jamie, live in St. Marys, West Virginia, with their daughter, Lilly, 6, and son, Jase, 4.

“I can look across the river from our house and see Ohio,” she says. “I did fall in love with this area. I grew up in the Akron/Canton area and I was committed to going to Miami of Ohio. But I came on a visit to Marietta College and I just fell in love with the campus and the town. I love living here and raising my family here.”


Sticking Together

During her most forlorn time, Hannah Garofalo ’21 leaned heavily on her Marietta family

Her world was crumbling all around her. No, it was actually in a freefall and Hannah Garofalo ’21 didn’t know what to do next.

Just 16 days after finding out her junior golf season was canceled because of COVID-19, Hannah’s grandfather, Lorenzo “Larry” Garofalo, succumbed to the virus at the age of 85. At the same time, her father, Steve, was in the hospital battling the virus while on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma.

“It all happened so fast,” Hannah says. “The same week I went home (in March) my grandfather fell and wasn’t feeling well. I ended up taking him to the hospital because my dad wasn’t feeling well and he didn’t want to give anything to my grandfather.”

It wasn’t too much longer before Hannah, her mother Dianna, and her brother, Nathan, also tested positive for COVID-19.

“I had a fever and some symptoms, and I have asthma, so I had some breathing issues,” Hannah says. Her mother and brother were asymptomatic.

As her father battled for his life, Hannah became the emotional rock for the rest of her family. When she needed to speak with someone, she leaned on her second family — her Marietta College family.

One of her first calls was to Bill Ruud, Marietta College’s 19th President.

“From my first day on campus, I have had a wonderful relationship with him. He’s helped me a lot and he’s taught me a lot,” Hannah says. “During all of this, I was having a bad day and he just happened to call me, and he told me, ‘We’re here for you and whatever you need we’ll get it done.’ ”

Hannah learned how serious President Ruud was when her family was trying to have her father transferred to Cleveland Clinic.

“I told him we were running into some issues, and he said he would see what he could do,” she says. “I’m thinking, ‘What can the Marietta College President really do?’ Well, he got back to me in an hour or so and said he had spoken with some alumni and he also gave me some numbers of people to speak with.”

Her father ended up staying at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, but the offers to help meant a lot.

When Hannah’s life was disrupted, Marietta’s leader did what he does best.

“I have been in higher education for more than 40 years, and I have always prided myself on thinking about the people we interact with every day,” Ruud says. “It is the people who make Marietta College so special, and when Hannah needed her second family more than ever, it was important that we were there for her. I told her she could call me any time of day and I would be there for her.”

And he still is today.

That personal investment in every student has been a trademark of President Ruud’s since he arrived in 2016. In normal times, he provides guidance on how to improve in the classroom and mentors students with career advice. When the pandemic hit, his focus shifted on making sure students had the care and support they needed — including being the calm and reassuring voice of the College in emails, live town halls and special video messages, having the bandwidth on campus increased so local students could have reliable Wi-Fi access, ensuring that the food pantry remained open and accessible — even by mail — to students experiencing food instability, and by supporting the health center’s transition to tele-health and tele-counseling services.

Hannah continues to stop by the President’s office for a quick chat or some advice.

“When I first got back on campus, I felt like I was home,” she says. “This is where I belong, and I needed the routine of being in class.”

Hannah also spoke regularly with Dr. Jaclyn Schwieterman, Chair of Sports Medicine, and professors Lori and Art Smith. More recently, she has fostered a strong relationship with Betsy Knott, Director of the Career Center.

However, during some of her toughest nights, Hannah connected with her golf coaches — Tom Arison and Callie Witkosky.

Arison says he went from the disappointment of the spring season being cut short to realizing he still had an important job to do.

“My role of coach went from advising on the golf course, to guiding Hannah on how to handle her situation and emotions,” says Arison of one of his first recruits. “Although it was hard at times to be strong, Hannah kept her head on straight and led her family though the most difficult time she has faced in her 22 years on this earth.”

Hannah admits that she still has her ups and downs, and she hasn’t completely processed the loss of her grandfather and how close she came to losing her father. But she is forever thankful that her Marietta family was there when she needed them.

“Seriously, I wouldn’t get this anywhere else,” Hannah says. “The fact that I had all of these people making sure I was OK. The previous professors who I had checking in with me and everything President Ruud and his wife did for me are not the type of things you even consider will be part of your college experience. Thinking back on it now — and even at the time — it made me happy to be part of the Marietta College family. I will be honored and proud to donate money to Marietta College after I graduate because it has given so much to me.”


Bringing them back

Marietta takes a holistic approach to improve retention

Every morning, the Office of Admission emails the campus community the list of prospective students making official visits to Marietta College that day. The email encourages everyone to be welcoming to the visitors and always closes with, “It takes a campus to recruit a class.”

In Fall 2016, the College enrolled 245 first-time freshmen students in the Class of 2020. In Fall 2017, 165 of them returned. Ultimately, 48 percent of the original first-year freshman cohort persisted to graduate after their fourth year, with 6 percent continuing on to graduate after four years.

It’s widely known that the funnel for college-bound students in the U.S. is shrinking, which means recruiting efforts must be met with an even greater amount of energy from the campus community toward retaining students in order to help them reach the Commencement platform. That’s the ultimate goal.

“Retention is a very specific term that measures the Fall-to-Fall enrollment of the true first-year cohort,” says Dr. Suzanne Walker, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Communication. “So, students who matriculate as first-time students in one Fall and who come back the following Fall is how retention is measured. After that, we talk it about in terms of persistence. For the federal government, first-year Fall to sophomore-year Fall is retention, and then how students return junior year to graduation is ‘persistence.’ ”

In a normal year, recruiting and retaining students takes an immense amount of work. During a pandemic year, Marietta College went decidedly all in to help ensure that students could return to campus and have the tools in place to facilitate a successful academic year.

“This was truly the unknown,” says Emily Schuck, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and member of the College’s Retention Task Force. “We had to focus and think, ‘What do we need to do to get them back here and to get them back here safely?’ Once the decision was made that we were coming back for face-to-face learning, I think we all just had this shot of hope that yes, they are going to come back because we know the students love it here and, for the most part, want to be here. We had to make a plan to get them here, and then deal with any of their other issues once they got back.”

For the Fall 2019 semester, the Retention Task Force targeted 80 percent freshmen to sophomore retention.

“Last year, we reached 79.4 percent, so we were close,” Walker says. “But then the pandemic hit, so we weren’t sure if we would kiss that number goodbye.”

Prior to the College having down retention years — particularly in 2015-16 when there was a Reduction in Force (RIF) and campus morale was down — Walker says the average retention was at 75 percent.

“I thought I would be happy if this year would reach that average because not having face-to-face contacts with our students those last few months (of Spring semester) and the sudden shift to online learning, there were so many possibilities for disengagement. The whole part of not having fall sports — and when you consider that 60 percent of our student population plays a sport — that’s huge.”

When she learned the final tally for the Fall 2020 semester was 77.4 percent, she was thrilled.

Walker began teaching in the Communication Department at Marietta in 1999, and quickly found herself splitting time in the classroom with another new role: Director of First-Year Experience. With that change came conversations about retention, comprehensive programs and success measures.

“When I got here, we didn’t have the Academic Resource Center,” she says. “It was still the mindset of, ‘Look to your right, look to your left,’ and with pride, people are saying, ‘Next year, one of you, maybe two aren’t going to be here.’ And that was sort of a prideful thing because ‘We’re so rigorous and some of you are going to wash out.’ Thank goodness that higher education has moved past that and it’s more about having students ‘Look to your right, look to your left — what do you do for each other to help ensure that both people on either side and you are back next fall?’”

Long before COVID-19 caused Marietta College students to complete their Spring 2020 semesters remotely, the Retention Task Force — which consists of Schuck, Walker, Vice President for Student Life Richard Danford, and Senior Vice President for Administrative and Finance and Chief Financial Officer Michele Marra — was leading the charge to bring those classes back for Fall semester.

The group formed out of a recommendation from Foundations of Excellence, which was the quality initiative offered through the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. The College partnered with that organization — co-founded by John Gardner ’65, who is Chair and Chief Executive Officer — in late 2013 in preparation for the accreditation cycle in 2015.

“Our focus back then was all about creating a more comprehensive first-year program to better support our students toward success and to help them retain and to persist to graduation,” Walker says. “There were about 180 recommendations that came out of that, large and small, and one of the policy recommendations was the creation of a retention task force or group that would have folks at a high enough level where we could implement policy change.”

In addition to looking at environmental issues that impact retention, the group also examines if there are policies in place at Marietta that create barriers for students that keep them from being retained and being successful.

“Obviously, we are looking at how our transfer students and our Spring admits are doing — it’s holistic in terms of the programming that we do,” Walker says, “but actual measurements and reporting, we go back to the federal definition of retention, which is much narrower.”

William Clark, the College’s first Director of Institutional Research, reports Marietta’s IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) to the National Center for Education Statistics/U.S. Department of Education.

“The role of Institutional Research is to organize, and interpret data so as to facilitate informed decision making, and so that information becomes part of the College’s collective memory,” Clark says. “Without disciplined practice, information is never organized in a manner that allows meaningful inferences over time and is eventually lost — either physically or virtually as data systems are retired. Institutional Research also drives adoption of best practice in measurement, assessment, and data inference, so that stakeholders throughout the College realize their goals with any endeavor that concerns collection and use of data.”

Going beyond the numbers

Chasten Coleman ’23 laughs when asked about what activities and organizations he is involved in on campus.

“It’s probably faster if I tell you what I’m not involved in,” says the Marketing and Theatre major, who is also pursuing a minor in Coaching and is a member of the Track and Field and Cross Country teams. “I don’t like a lot of down time. I’ve always been a go, go, go type of person. I wasn’t expecting to be as involved on campus but I was expecting to be very involved.”

The Yadkinville, North Carolina, native visited campus numerous times before making his decision to attend Marietta.

“I picked Marietta because of the small size of the campus and also the close-knit community because I come from a small town,” he says. “But Marietta also gives me the opportunity to make close personal connections while still being a double major and minor and an athlete.”

As most of his classmates, teammates and friends left in March to finish the semester at home, Coleman remained on campus — and knew he would come back to Marietta for his sophomore year, as well, especially if the campus re-opened to everyone for in-person learning.

“Definitely,” he says. “I would say that is one of the main reasons why people came back, especially during a pandemic. I actually know that we admitted a student at Marietta College who is from New York and she’s actually the only student from her high school taking in-person classes this fall. Just the fact that we are in-person and we’re not going online, that’s the big reason why people came back. I know a lot of my friends said, ‘If we’re going to be online, I’ll do a year at a community college and then come back when we’re in person.’ ”

Assistant Professor of Sport Management Rick Smith agrees, particularly with student-athletes returning.

“If our conference or if our school or if our state would have said, ‘No sports for the full academic year of fall and spring,’ I think we would have seen a significant hit in numbers,” Smith says. “But because we have successfully opened up, have stayed open, laid out plans for a successful practice session in the fall, and are playing sports, as of right now, in the spring, I think that’s kept everyone here. If spring gets cancelled, I’m a little nervous. I’ve said publicly, hats off to everyone who has helped re-open this campus — all of us, especially our leadership, because I have family, friends who work at other schools that aren’t on campus right now. Hats off to all of us for doing it right.”

Providing the tools to succeed

With consistent data coming in and sound recommendations from the Foundations of Excellence review, there has been a shift from reaching a freshman class headcount to how the College can support the success of those students throughout all four years at Marietta.

Three areas that were identified early on that needed addressed were recruitment, the quality of the campus experience and persistence. Recruitment looked at what types of students were being admitted and succeeding.

“One of the interesting things that you’ll find is that the group of students that we retain best are those solid B students,” Walker says. “It’s not the highest scoring students or the lowest scoring students, it’s those solid B students that we retain best. The mind shift was that it’s not just about the numbers, we have to make the number, but if we’re going to recruit a certain type of student, we need to have the support systems in place at Marietta College to help them be successful.”

One of those resources, the Academic Resource Center, celebrated its 20th year on campus during the 2019-2020 academic year. The ARC offers academic success advising, free subject-specific and writing tutoring, and disability services. It also assists with the PioPREP (Prepare, Read, Engage, Persist) Academy, which is a summer program designed to help students who may need extra preparation for college before officially beginning their freshman year. The head start also allows staff to introduce the students to the various services on campus.

“We introduce resources when the stakes are low — when they’re not stressing out and not failing,” says Amanda Haney-Cech, who is the Director of the ARC. “We also introduce them to Student Financial Services, so they know where they can go for financial aid help and recognize them as friendly faces.”

Once the Spring 2020 semester ended, the Retention Task Force and supporting working groups kicked into high gear. Schuck’s office prepared and sent out students’ financial aid packages early so students weren’t stuck wondering if they could afford to return.

“And not just that, we’re doing a lot more kitchen table counseling and trying to make ourselves available in multiple formats — whether it’s through Zoom or face-to-face — to talk about things like the FAFSA, and the changes that have happened year-to-year,” Schuck says. “It’s really about being a resource and not just being the office that deals with money. We are here to answer questions and to make the award letter more understandable.”

Student experience is also improved when the majority of the offices they need to engage with moved to the same floor in Irvine to create a one-stop shop environment where students can meet with Financial Aid, Records and Student Employment.

Subgroups such as COMPASS (Committee On Motivation, Persistence And Student Success) and the CARE (Campus Awareness, Response and Evaluation) Team, which is a crisis response team, have played active roles in answering recurring or pop-up issues that students may have over the course of their undergraduate years — and those groups are informed by the Beacon Survey, a software platform that offers location services showing the various offices students have visited and the frequency in visits, as well as class attendance notification to show if a student is consistently missing class.

“COMPASS becomes the boots on the ground when we need to do outreach to students,” Walker says. “…The CARE Team comes into play when we are notified by Beacon or from someone outside of Beacon about a student who is in obvious crisis.”

Walker gave an example of a student who was “blowing up Beacon” and not responding to outreach. Multiple members are called in to respond so the student has immediate access to financial aid matters, and help with academic problems, mental health services or other issues.

“This was an Honors student, doing well, first generation but the student was missing class and not responding to people,” Walker says. “So, our freshman (Resident Director) had her (Resident Advisor) go get the student, walk to my office, and by the end of a 40-minute session and several phone calls, we’re not going to lose that student, who now has a way out of the hole they’re in.”

Schuck, who teaches two Pio 102 courses, says the culture of campus is familiarity — it’s about getting to know the student’s story and how to help them reach their goals.

“It’s not just about the first census,” Schuck says, “it’s about the last census and making sure that we are producing well-educated students who can contribute to society. I read an article that talked about higher education as a private good — will the students do well once they graduate — but shifting the mindset that higher education is a public good. It’s about educating a society so we have members who can contribute and be prosperous and make living wages.”

Coleman’s plan remains to stay active on campus, continue to compete for the Pioneers, earn his two degrees and a minor, and then enter the world of work in a career that involves marketing and theatre, and allows him time to also continue helping grow his sport. He says he never had a doubt that he would complete his undergraduate experience at Marietta, but adds that there are some improvements that still could be made at the College to help support student success.

“The one thing that I’ve noticed is the response times between offices are, for lack of a better term, lacking,” he says. “I know people get a lot of emails, but I’m the type of person that, if I get an email that needs a response, my response time is no more than 10 hours. I may not have the answer, but I let them know that I’ve seen it and that I’ve responded. Also, when you get someone new working on campus — like in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or in the Office of Community Living — the student leaders on campus need to be made aware so they can inform students who is in that office and that they should stop in and say hello.”

When asked about their idea of retention success, both Walker and Schuck had the same, ready answer.

“We could easily give you the names of 10 or 20 students that, when they walk across the stage at graduation,” Schuck says, “that’s what retention success is — they made it and we know their stories and we know the time and the effort that everyone has put into them and now they’re walking across that stage.”

Walker adds that the student’s success is supported by these various groups who, instead of throwing up their hands when a barrier pops up, they are prepared to step in and guide the student.

“If you listen during Commencement, there will be larger applause from certain people in the room because we know what it took to get that person across the stage, and it’s such a triumph and such a success,” Walker says. “Every year, we add something different that helps more students get on that next stage — that’s the mission.”


Play Ball?

Student-athletes, coaches still figuring out how to practice, play during a pandemic

Plastic was draped over the net and the typical in-practice banter between teammates was muffled a bit by facemasks, but Marietta College volleyball was back on the court — approximately six weeks later than normal.

“We can make excuses about how things are different and a little harder or we can decide to get better through it. Let’s go get better,” Marietta coach Kristy Newman reminds her 18 student-athletes.

Wyatt Saxton ’21, who would typically be outside running through scenic trails for cross country, recently lined up next to his roommate (and teammate) Van Knipp ’21 on the indoor track to compete in a virtual race with colleges and universities across the U.S. “It was fun, but also strange because we didn’t find out how we did until later in the week when the rest of the results were posted,” he says.

Practices for both men’s and women’s soccer are starting to look normal, even though they spent the first two weeks completing drills that required proper physically distancing. And, until recently, the football team had been running multiple practices that were broken into small groups of no more than 40 players, and they just started scrimmaging and tackling in October.

Welcome to the world of Division III college athletics during a pandemic.

“It is different and we have adjusted to all of the changes and are living up to the expectations to keep everyone safe while we get sports rolling again,” says Larry Hiser, who has been Marietta College’s Director of Athletics since 2008. “Our coaches have done a wonderful job of wearing their masks, having the players wear their masks and then building up to full competition. … This spring we are hoping we can play 50 percent of the fall schedule, 75 percent of the winter schedule and 100 percent of the spring schedule.”

As of now, all OAC varsity athletics should occur during the spring semester starting with the winter sports (basketball and indoor track & field at Marietta) in January 2021. Lacrosse will likely begin in February, followed by the fall and spring sports in March. However, the OAC has not released any schedules other than the updated fall calendars starting in March.

“We started practicing on October 1st and we would love nothing more than to play a few games in November and December,” says veteran men’s basketball coach Jon VanderWal. “Of course, that’s not the OAC’s plan right now and whatever the presidents feel is the best course of action is what we will do.”

COVID-19’s impact on athletics goes back to March 2020 when NCAA spring sports were canceled. While Division I programs are competing — albeit with different schedules and some postponements because of a spike in positive cases — all of the Division II and III conferences postponed fall athletics.

Hiser has been grappling with the uncertainties surrounding athletics for seven months and he still does not have all of the answers.

“I call it trying to think your way out of a box and you can’t see any cracks to work on and widen and to pry open,” he says. “It seems like every seam is sealed. It just feels like you aren’t going anywhere. Educationally speaking, the College is moving forward and the students are getting their education. But athletically speaking, we want to play.”

In April, President Bill Ruud asked each division of campus to create a recovery task force with the goal of developing a return to campus plan for the fall semester. Hiser heads up a group that includes coaches (VanderWal and Jenn Castle), athletic training staff (Kurt Wile and Dr. Jaclyn Schwieterman) and athletic administrators (Dash McNeal and Jeff Schaly).

“Our task force has been meeting twice a week, so that’s what really helps us troubleshoot and see the ramifications of each decision,” Hiser says. “We have really looked at everything thoroughly about whether or not we could do it. We had a lot of positive discussions and a lot of anxiety riddled discussions where the reality was hard to say. I took the broader view, but I had a lot of people helping me.”

Hiser’s task force continues to meet because guidelines from the NCAA, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the local health department are constantly changing. It is because of their planning that Marietta’s athletes have been able to practice this semester.

Every team is adjusting to the new normal — in their own way.

Before official practices could start, many of the men’s soccer players would meet at Marietta Field regularly to participate in informal gatherings. Coach Joe Bergin says the field is where they are used to being that time of year, so it was natural for them to congregate there.

“At this time of year, we are usually knee-deep into a season and right now we are not even into what we would consider a normal practice,” he says. “We’re all missing games, but the fact that we can have a ball out on the field and do a more normal practice is a good thing.”

Bergin’s squad is scheduled to play nine games this spring and the Pioneers open the season at home against Ohio Northern on March 14th.

While Marietta’s fall coaches all agree that they would prefer to be playing a typical schedule in September, October and November, they are going to take advantage of the extra time they are getting with the student-athletes during practices.

“The guys are handling things well. These are unusual times and we’re just trying to figure out a way to improve this team and get ahead for the future,” says Marietta football coach Andy Waddle. “We’re taking advantage of whatever they are giving us right now. We started out in groups of 10 and worked on some strength and conditioning. Now we are working on stuff on the field. We’re still in smaller groups, and we’re hoping to be able to continue to get better because we’re in smaller groups.

“One of the big advantages we have right now is we really get to spend time with those guys who are out there in that group.”

Football will play a four-game conference schedule over five weeks on Friday nights starting March 19th against Baldwin Wallace. The conference has been split into two divisions and the Pioneers are grouped with BW, John Carroll, Mount Union and Muskingum in the East Division. On April 16th, the top seeds from each division will play for the OAC championship. The same

Format will be used for the two-seeds and so on down the standings.

With 34 players on the roster, women’s soccer coach Sean Kaighin has scheduled “high-energy” scrimmages on every Friday in October.

“We have to make the best of the situation, and I have the roster to do it,” he says. “We’ve told the players that we are going to focus on the technical aspects during the week, but on Friday we want them to get out there and compete against each other. This is college soccer and we need them to bring it every day.”

The biggest adjustment for Embrey Roberts ’21 was the lack of urgency at the start of the semester.

“Since it is my fourth year, I was accustomed to coming in early and getting acclimated. It’s when you do your heavy training,” she says. “This year, we hardly did anything the first couple of weeks. … But I am really excited to scrimmage again. This fall kind of feels like a normal spring when the practices you are doing is related to fitness, ball work and improving your skills.”

Like the men’s program, Marietta’s women’s soccer team plays nine conference games and opens against Ohio Northern on March 14th but the Pioneers travel to Ada.

“It’s going to be different playing in the spring, but we will be ready if we get the opportunity,” Roberts says.

Volleyball is scheduled to play only OAC opponents starting at Ohio Northern on March 12th. Each matchup will be a doubleheader, so that each team will play 18 regular season games. The top four teams will advance to the semifinals on April 13th and the championship is on April 16th.

Senior volleyball player April Davis ’21 says out-of-conference games are like practice that help prepare the Pioneers for conference volleyball matches, so she is excited about the new schedule.

“If we had to choose any games to play, I would 100 percent choose to play our conference rivals,” she says. “It is a light at the end of the tunnel, even though it’s going to be a short season.”

The early practices have been eye-opening for Newman.

“They have been frustrated because they are not as good as they were in November,” she says. “You can’t just go in the backyard and do everything you need to do in volleyball. They’re knocking the rust off, so I’ve been talking about being patient. I’ve also told them, ‘give yourself some grace and give your teammates some grace.’ ”

Newman is also optimistic about her squad’s chances this season.

“We are close to being in the upper echelon of the OAC,” she says. “We’ve brought in a lot of talented players, and I think we can do that again next year. So, I’m excited to see how we do this spring but I also think the players we have now realize the fall 2021 season could really be our breakout season.”

Cross country is the only fall sport that is not getting a do-over in the spring because of the conflicts with indoor and outdoor track & field.

“I was against running cross country alongside indoor track & field because, to me, it ruins both sports,” says Jason Davis, who coaches cross country and track & field.

Instead of preparing for cross country, Marietta is focused on track & field — and having some fun.

“I told them we could choose to be negative or choose to be optimistic,” Jason Davis says. “I’m excited that we are being optimistic. We actually get a better training cycle, so we are trying to do some interesting things as well. We have turned Fridays into game day, so we are playing Ultimate Frisbee and sand volleyball. Once it became clear how athletics would be a part of the fall semester, I figured we had to figure out a way to have some fun.”


B&E alumnus names scholarship for mentor Dr. Michele Hilden Willard

When Arnie J. Civins ’71 arrived at Marietta College in August of 1967, he was riddled with anxiety. Hailing from a blue-collar Jewish family in New Jersey, he had a relatively sheltered childhood under the watchful eyes of his parents and extended family.

“My grandfather lived with us,” he says. “I went from essentially having someone telling me what to do all the time, to being suddenly on my own in a small Ohio town.”

To top it off, his father — a veteran and war hero — dropped him off at the Newark airport with the admonishment: “Don’t flunk out. You’ll end up in Vietnam.”

“I was a wreck!” Civins remembers. “I had a terrible time adjusting — socially, academically — I was scared to death.”

To channel his anxiety, Civins spent nearly every waking hour in the Dawes Library, memorizing his textbooks verbatim. In class, he would answer every question with everything he knew. Until he met Dr. Michele Hilden Willard.

“In 1967, we were both new to the College,” Civins says. “It was her first teaching assignment and I was in one of the first Political Science courses she ever taught. I remember when she returned our first midterm exam; she told me: ‘You know what you are talking about, but you didn’t answer the question!’ ”

She took the young Civins under her wing and, over time, helped him through his uncertainty.

“She basically saved me,” he says. “She had a lot of empathy for that scared freshman who was so unsure of himself in this new environment. She was willing to put in extra time with me to make sure I succeeded. I took every class of hers I could, and the friends I made were in those classes as well.”

These days, Civins is a partner at the accounting firm Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP, where he has a specialized expertise in the entertainment industry and serves as an advisor to many individuals in the literary, theatrical, film and music worlds. With Willard’s mentorship, he graduated cum laude from Marietta College, and the two continued to stay in touch, with Civins looking her up whenever he was in the area.

Dr. Michele Hilden Willard

Willard taught Political Science at Marietta College from 1967 to 1981. While a member of the faculty, she served as an academic advisor to many students, who like Civins would credit her with their success in their education and careers.

In 1984, she earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University. She practiced law in Marietta and often provided pro bono services to Southeastern Ohio Legal Services. She particularly championed victims of domestic abuse, and children and adults with disabilities. She passed away in October 2013.

“I always said to myself, if I ever could do it, I wanted to fund a scholarship in her name,” Civins says. “She was a special person. She was kind, she was intelligent, she was well-spoken — I can’t say enough good things about her. She was a living saint, in my opinion.”

The Michele Hilden Willard Scholarship will support students of Political Science at Marietta College, beginning in Fall 2021. Civins established the endowed fund with an initial cash gift, blending that gift with additional funds to be released from a beneficiary designation at his passing. He plans to continue contributing to the scholarship during his lifetime though, and encourages other classmates to join him.

“It is wonderful to work with an alum like Arnie on a scholarship like this that will grow with the endowment and support our students in perpetuity,” says Doug Evans, Director of Major Gifts at Marietta. “This gift is proof of the impact our faculty members make in and outside the classroom, and it certainly speaks to the legacy of Dr. Willard.”

Besides funding the scholarship, Civins has supported other priorities at Marietta College through the years, including The Marietta Fund and the Department of Business and Economics. He has been active in the Marietta College Alumni Association (MCAA), volunteered to represent Marietta at his local high schools, visited campus to speak to current students in the accounting program and hired Marietta students as interns at Citrin Cooperman.

“I’ve always wanted to be self-sufficient,” he says. “And I always try to give back more than I’ve been given. I considered Marietta College because I didn’t want to be lost in a maze at a larger school, but I chose to come here because they gave me the best financial aid. It was perfect for me. Marietta was small and intimate, I found professors who cared, and that changed my life.”

To contribute to the Michele Hilden Willard Scholarship with a cash and/or an estate gift, please contact Marietta College Director of Major Gifts Doug Evans at (740) 376-4402 or at Doug.Evans@marietta.edu. Individuals who include Marietta in their estate planning are honored as members of the Legacy Society and celebrated at a special dinner event each year.


Lifelong friendship inspires gift of rowing fleet

It was an inspired, spontaneous moment.

In their summer planning for the fall, with the likelihood of being limited to single rowing shells due to pandemic mitigation, Marietta’s head rowing coaches, Greg Myhr and Abby Klicker ’13 were working out a plan to get a fleet of singles to Marietta which, hopefully, would allow the rowers to continue training should the fall racing schedule be cancelled.

As fate would have it, alumnus rower Brent Haney ’76 happened to be on the phone with Myhr about some other rowing-related topics when the coach mentioned in the conversation that he was presenting the financial plan to the College leadership the next day. The coaches had found a top flight boat manufacturer, FluidDesign, that offered a program to lease a fleet of singles that would be available for fall rowing.

“My wife, Christine, and I were listening to Greg’s plan on speakerphone,” Haney says. “And we knew it was going to be a tough sell to the College with the financial impact of COVID-19 on the institution, and it would also detract from the rowing endowment established by Jeff Hugel ’77 that we were trying to grow.”

The couple looked at each other, and each knew what the other was thinking.

“We told Greg that we wanted to fund the fleet,” Haney says.

“I was floored,” Myhr says. “Brent mentioned how much he personally had gotten out of small boats rowing when he was in high school, and then in the next sentence said he and Christine would like to cover the cost of the boats and oars — dedicating the fleet in memory of his friend and teammate Garth Griffin (class of 1976), who passed this January.”

“Garth was my closest friend, and I’m sure Christine would say he was one of her closest friends as well,” Haney says. “We both thought, ‘what better tribute could we make in his honor?’ ”

By mid-August, the Garth Griffin Small Boats Fleet — 18 singles and 2 doubles built by FluidDesign Composites, along with 18 sets of Concept 2 sculling oars — had a new home at the Lindamood-Van Voorhis Boathouse.

“The addition of the Garth Griffin Small Boats Fleet immediately sets us apart from the other programs in our conference,” Klicker says.

“Top of the line equipment,” Myhr says, “and the envy of every rowing program in the country. Pretty stunning.”

Since the boats have arrived, it has been no surprise that many former rowing alums, including Bob Dufour ’76 and Fred Elliott ’76, have contributed to the fleet — and others have given generously to support the Marietta rowing endowment in celebration of the program’s 150th anniversary.

Jeff Hugel’s unprecedented endowment gift in 2019 has inspired many Marietta alumni to support the program,” Haney says. “Our goal is to raise $5 million by the Dad Vail Regatta in 2021.”

According to the coaches, not only have the singles been invaluable in allowing the athletes to train and race while maintaining physical distancing, they are also important to a rower’s individual development.

“Just like basketball players will work alone or one-on-one to improve a certain part of their game,” Haney says, “rowing in singles helps the athletes to work on their technique and endurance without having to match pace with other rowers.”

Klicker agrees.

“Even under normal circumstances, singles are a fantastic tool,” she says. “Already, I can see the women improving technically. The singles highlight each athlete’s efficiency on the water and give them a clear understanding of how they stack up against their teammates. Every day has a level of competition.”

Fred Elliott ’76. Garth Griffin ’76, Brent Haney ’76 and Bob Dufour ’76 reconnected in 2009 during a dinner at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.
Named for 1972-1973 Marietta rower, Garth Griffin, the fleet is also particularly special as a culmination of a lifelong friendship between four oarsmen — Griffin, Haney, Fred Elliott ’76 and Bob Dufour ’76 — that began decades earlier on the Muskingum River.

Prior to coming to Marietta, Elliott and Griffin were roommates and teammates at Kent School in Connecticut, where, they won the 1972 Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-the Thames during their senior year — the pinnacle achievement of high school rowing to this day.

According to Elliott, their boat’s dream was shattered when, a week before the race, one of their strongest rowers had to bow out with a heart-related condition. Suddenly, the attention focused on the spare, who happened to be Garth.

“Our coach and all of us never thought Garth would need to row,” Elliott says. “He hadn’t done any training for weeks; he was named our spare because he was well-liked by all as the Commodore (Captain) of the team and the stroke of the 2nd Varsity. Suddenly, he was thrust into the four seat of a crew that had been undefeated, had won the Stotesbury Cup and New England Championships and was the top seed at Henley among all international entries.

“I often think about the position he was in … the pressure,” he continues. “And it says so much about his character that he didn’t flinch. You could tell he was going to do his best job, and he did and we won the Princess Elizabeth Cup by a ‘deck’ in the finals.”

Less than a year later, Elliott and Griffin would win the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta as members of the Marietta Freshman Heavyweight 8 –– this time accompanied by Haney. While Dufour was also a freshman, he was elevated to the Varsity Lightweight crew, who also won Dad Vail Gold that year.

“With those accomplishments, there is no one who ever had a better year in rowing than Garth and Fred,” Haney says.

“He’d tell people: ‘I never lost a race with Freddy,’” Elliott says. “And it was true. I was so proud of the person he’d become along the way.”

Although Griffin left Marietta College after his freshman year, the friends agree that he blossomed during that one year as a Pioneer. Starting off shy and introverted, he gained confidence and transformed into an outgoing and energetic person.

“Without question, Garth took off as an individual at Marietta College,” Elliott says. “He had a great year, he found himself and he was that person the rest of his life … warm, caring, generous and fun-loving.”

“At Marietta, Garth and I hit it off when we first shook hands,” Dufour says. “We went everywhere together.

“That spring, we came back to school early because we knew we wouldn’t be able to drink once the rowing season started,” Dufour recounts. “One of those nights, we were walking back from town and decided it would be a good idea to steal a bench from the Sigma Kappa house and deliver it to the TKE’s, just to start a little good-natured trouble.

“We were walking through the middle of campus with the bench, when suddenly a security officer came walking around the corner. Without a thought we both sat down on the bench,” he says. “We ended up having a 10-minute conversation with the officer before he finally moved along and we got out of there — leaving the bench right there by the flag pole.”

After the 1973 season, Griffin moved to Shelter Island, New York, where his parents had relocated, eventually earning a degree in business and public management from Southampton College, where he graduated magna cum laude. While in college, Griffin started the Shelter Island School volleyball program, an action that would set the stage for his life’s work as an active, caring member of the Shelter Island community.

“Garth really found his calling at Shelter Island,” says Haney, who joined Griffin in buying property there in 2015. “He held a lot of different positions on the island. You name it, he was involved.”

In addition to coaching volleyball, Griffin also coached the golf team. He started his own painting company, became a fireman, served as a policeman and was named director of the island’s recreation department in 1981, a position he held until he retired in 2017. He volunteered as an EMT, and was also known to drive the bus for seniors, so they could go on shopping excursions or attend other events.

“He became the unofficial Mayor of Shelter Island,” Elliott says.

Through the years, the four men remained fast friends, finding time each year to get together, participating in each other’s weddings and serving as Godparents to each other’s children. When they turned 60, they went on a bucket-list trip to England to attend the Henley Regatta.

“We ended up getting tickets to Wimbledon and the opportunity to watch the finish line of the England stage of the Tour de France from the broadcast booth on the mall at Buckingham Palace,” Dufour says. “It was an incredible experience.”

Griffin passed away suddenly in January this year, and the friends are still feeling the loss.

“I can’t believe he’s gone,” Dufour says. “He was the most amazing friend. No matter how much time elapsed between get-togethers or conversations, whenever we got together it was like we had just seen each other yesterday. It was a big hug and we started where we left off.”

“We could be away from each other for six months and get together, and nobody would miss a beat,” Elliott says.

Klicker, who has two Dad Vail wins to her credit as a Marietta oarswoman, had a similar experience.

“There is something truly special about a friend who was also your teammate,” she says. “Through the long hours of training, through the losses and the wins and everything in between, you build a high level of trust. While I don’t see my friends from the team very often, we are there for each other — never missing the big moments in each other's lives.”

“It is nice when you win,” says Haney, musing on the friends’ early successes on the water. “But when you make lifelong friends to re-live those moments with, there is truly nothing better.”

The Marietta College community will have an opportunity to see the Garth Griffin Small Boats Fleet in action during Stay HOMEcoming 2020 on Saturday, October 17. The MC Intramural Sculling Championship, featuring beginning rowers from the faculty, staff and student body will take place at 8:00 a.m., followed by class races with the current men’s and women’s teams at 9:00 a.m.

Alumni volunteers have organized a fundraising campaign to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the rowing program. If you would like to learn more or are interest in adding a gift or legacy intention to the rowing endowment to support the excellence of the program for the next 150 years and beyond, please click here.


Using Zoom to relive the glory days

Coming back to campus to celebrate his class’ Golden Reunion in 2017 gave Harris Leventhal ’67 an idea: he wanted to start meeting with the brothers from his Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity via this live-video software not too many people had heard of at the time, Zoom.

He began reaching out to brothers from his era at Marietta, and soon the group began meeting bi-weekly.

“When we first started, it was just storytelling about things we did back when we were there,” says Leventhal, who teaches biology at a community college in Philadelphia. “After that, we started talking about what we’re doing and those who are gone; and now, it’s basically we’re talking about our families and more about current events — just like a bunch of guys if they were sitting around a table at the country club talking.”

One of those guys, Steve Lieberman ’64, whose brothers, William Lieberman ’68 and Edward Lieberman ’73 also attended Marietta and were members of the fraternity, says the bi-weekly reunions have brought back many fond and long-forgotten memories of the College.

“Reconnecting — it can be very difficult,” Lieberman says. “I’ve reached a point in age — I’m going to be 78 in a couple of weeks — and you know, your mortality faces you and you start thinking about the good times you had in life. And the thought of a lot of people who were important to me through the years came rushing back via this Zoom meeting. It’s been a lot of fun contacting guys and reminiscing.”

Among Lieberman’s memories are Dean John Sandt, Dean of Men and a Professor of Mathematics who was short and had a bit of a Southern accent, and the time a student used the bricks that were meant to build the new Dawes Library to brick up the entrance to Gilman Dining Hall, and when the two cement lions in front of the Washington County Courthouse ended up on campus. “I still have no idea how they pulled that off.”

Lieberman says he wanted to share his story with fellow alumni who may be able to start their own Zoom reunions and reconnect their fond memories with the people who helped create them.

Leventhal recalls choosing Marietta College while he was on spring break during his senior year at a preparatory school in New Jersey. One of his teachers attended Marietta on the G.I. Bill after World War II and spoke highly of it.

“I was spring vacationing my senior year, and my roommate and I made the rounds of all the colleges — Dickinson, Denison, OU, University of Denver — and when I drove to Marietta and I parked right across from The Pit. And, of course, the street was bricks and the town was beautiful. As soon as I got out the car, people were coming over to me. They saw my Pennsylvania license plates, asked where are you from, how are you doing, it just had a very warm feeling and it had a very New England feeling to me also. That’s why I chose it. I felt very comfortable there. I met my best friend (Elliott Goldberg ’67) there and we’ve been talking and seeing each other for 53 years.”

Leventhal says the TEP brothers often talk of current events, but also reminisce and reflect on the people at Marietta College who meant a great deal to their development.

“We had great professors,” Leventhal says. “This was one of the [topics] we had last week. We talked about which professors really made a difference that we could look back 50 years later and say, this person really caused me to do this or do that, was a definite part of their education that they remember.”

During their Zoom reunions, Leventhal says up to 16 brothers could be “on the call” ranging from the class of 1963 to 1973.

“At any given meeting, we have one person in Arizona, one in California, several in Miami, a person in Maine,” Leventhal says, “so we’re spread across the country but still we can come together.”


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Dr. Lauren Thompson ’07

Friendly Enemies — Soldier Fraternization throughout the American Civil War, by Dr. Lauren Thompson ’07

Dr. Lauren Thompson wrote a book on American Civil War soldiers that was recently published by the University of Nebraska Press. Fraternization was a recurring event in the life of a common Civil War soldier.

“Interactions between Union and Confederate soldiers transpired during the Peninsula, Vicksburg, and Petersburg campaigns, across the Rappahannock and Chattahoochee Rivers, and during burial truces from Manassas to Nashville. But, why would any soldier want to be friendly with his enemy? When citizen soldiers experienced unthinkable hardships, they coped by carving out spaces of fraternity, reprieve, and survival. For some men, it was a way to get a warm cup of coffee or a plug of tobacco during a sleepless shift on picket duty. Others used it as a way to gain information about the war by acquiring enemy papers. Most significantly, soldiers arranged ceasefires and truces to limit constant fire in the trenches. Fraternization highlights soldiers’ ability to shed sectional differences and identify with one another’s mutual circumstances. Because it was exclusively between white soldiers, fraternization was the prototype for sectional reunion after the war — one that avoided debates over causation, honored soldiers’ shared sacrifice, and promoted white male supremacy. An in-depth analysis of fraternization demonstrates how Union and Confederate soldiers worked together to limit bloodshed amidst the bloodiest war in American History.”

Thompson, who is an Assistant Professor of History and Director of Ethnic and Gender Studies at McKendree University, says the book is available through the publisher’s website. She shared a Discount Code — 6AS20 — so readers can receive a 40 percent publisher’s discount.

The Lighting Supervisor’s Toolkit, by Jason E. Weber ’07

The Lighting Supervisor’s Toolkit guides readers through the Lighting Supervisor’s production process with an emphasis on the importance of the collaborative nature of the role.

Lifting the veil on a process regularly learned on the job, this book offers a deeper understanding of the role of Lighting Supervisor and how to take lighting designs from dreams to reality. Readers will learn to communicate with designers, analyze drawings, plan installations, document decisions, supervise crews, and innovate outside-the-box solutions.

Providing guidance for technically focused individuals seeking deeper understanding of the profession, The Lighting Supervisor’s Toolkit is ideal for students and professional technicians looking to take on important leadership roles in theatrical and entertainment lighting.

The book will be published in December 2020 by Routledge and is available for pre-order on Amazon) and the publisher’s website.

Congregations of the German Reformed Church in the United States, by the Rev. Richard Taylor ’65

The Rev. Richard H. Taylor's most recent book, “Congregations of the German Reformed Church in the United States,” has recently been released. It includes a directory of more than 4,000 churches that were part of that Church, most of which are now part of the United Church of Christ. It also includes a history focusing on social and organizational aspects of the denomination’s history. Coming in at more than 700 pages, this is his 11th book, the eighth in the format of a directory of churches.

Contact information: 29 Abbey Rd., Easton, PA, 18040; 610-438-3771;

pilgrimrht@rcn.com; rhtpublishing.com

Boundaries, by Margaret Powers Milardo ’66

Margaret Powers Milardo ’66’s third novel, “Boundaries,” was recently published by Evening Street Press. It is available now. While the book is fiction, Milardo says Marietta College is the setting for much of it.


Anson D. Longaker ’44 (Delta Upsilon) of Crystal Lake, Illinois (2/6/2020). Survivors include a daughter, Jane E. Longaker Levy ’66.

Frank S. Klugh ’45 (Lambda Chi Alpha) of Clayton, Ohio (6/28/2020).

Marvin E. Hall ’47 of Canton, Ohio (3/5/2020).

Kenneth D. Simmons ’48 of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania (2/24/2020).

Eleanor M. Greeker Gardali ’49 (Sigma Kappa) of Gainesville, Texas (2/4/2020).

Sally H. Griffiths Pesce ’49 (Chi Omega) of Houston, Texas (3/10/2020). Survivors include daughters Janet E. Pesce Dunphy ’81 and Carolyn A. Pesce ’77, a son-in-law, Christopher C. Dunphy ’81, and a grandson, Victor R. Dunphy ’10.

Arnold R. Schwartz ’49 of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania (3/31/2020).

L. Edward Thomas ’49 of Cincinnati, Ohio (4/18/2020). Survivors include his wife, Patricia G. Graham Thomas ’50.


John William Becker ’50 (Alpha Tau Omega) of Longboat Key, Florida (7/28/2020).

Wilbur A. Morgan ’50 (Lambda Chi Alpha) of Lafayette, New Jersey (7/31/2020).

Ralph S. Weaver ’50 (Delta Upsilon) of University Park, Florida (9/15/2020). Survivors include a son, Robb S. Weaver ’78.

William S. Blevins ’51 (Delta Upsilon) of Hamilton, Ohio (8/24/2020).

Mary R. Kestermeiser Bruch ’51 (Chi Omega, Phi Beta Kappa) of Hamilton, Virginia (6/5/2020).

Donald R. Lantz ’51 of Parkersburg, West Virginia (8/2/2020).

Frank D. Smith Jr. ’51 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Lumberton, New Jersey (7/6/2020). Survivors include his wife, Judith L. Little Smith ’50; a son, Frank D. Smith III ’79; and a daughter, Deborah A. Smith ’76.

John R. Young ’51 (Delta Upsilon) of Atlanta, Georgia (3/31/2020).

H. Smoot Fahlgren ’52 (Alpha Tau Omega) of Parkersburg, West Virginia (5/22/2020). Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca A. Fahlgren Graff ’78.

John S. Miller ’52 of Commerce, Oklahoma (4/18/2020).

Jack L. Mulligan ’52 of Charlotte, North Carolina (1/28/2020).

Kurt A. Dettmers ’53 (Delta Upsilon) of Kingwood, Texas (12/22/2019).

Richard F. Schaub ’53 of Somerville, New Jersey (5/12/2020).

Edwin C. Woodruff ’53 (Delta Upsilon) of Cedar Park, Texas (3/9/2020).

Marion V. Anthony Edwards ’54 (Chi Omega) of Saint Michaels, Maryland (5/10/2020). Survivors include a daughter, Joanne E. Edwards Duggan ’81, and a son-on-law, Michael P. Duggan ’80.

Eve C. McDavid Mullins ’54 (Sigma Kappa) of New York, New York (11/5/2019). Survivors include a daughter, Kathy A. DeMay Mullins ’75.

John W. Rosenlieb ’54 of Exton, Pennsylvania (4/17/2020).

Ronald Vogelbach ’54 (Delta Upsilon) of North Fort Myers, Florida (6/13/2020. Survivors include a son, William D. Vogelbach ’81.

William E. Baitinger ’55 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of West Lafayette, Indiana (3/17/2020).

Robert F. Goreth ’55 (Delta Upsilon) of Danville, California (4/25/2020).

David L. Hall ’55 of Marietta, Ohio (4/16/2020).

Dortha L. Harper White ’55 (Alpha Xi Delta) of Vienna, West Virginia (4/20/2020).

Frances S. Jackson Armstrong ’56 of Midland, Texas (4/4/2020).

Carl W. Kaufman ’56 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Medford, New Jersey (4/12/2020). Survivors include his wife, Carolyn J. Kaufman Williams ’57.

Eve Karin G. Kraepelien Pohlo ’56 (Sigma Kappa) of Northridge, California (6/24/2020).

Marialice Stuck Cruse ’57 (Sigma Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa) of Avon Lake, Ohio (4/6/2020). Survivors include a son, William C. Cruse ’84.

James N. Moon ’57 of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania (7/25/2020).

Kenneth W. Wall ’57 (Alpha Tau Omega) of Marietta, Ohio (4/18/2020). Survivors include a daughter, Patricia A. Wall Stetson ’86.

Margaret A. Bird ’58 (Sigma Kappa) of Huntington, West Virginia (9/17/2020).

David F. Finch ’58 (Delta Upsilon) of Parkersburg, West Virginia (7/11/2020). Survivors include his wife, Shirley H. Finch ’93.


Richard A. Arieda ’60 of Trumbull, Connecticut (5/31/2020).

Nunzio V. Chelli ’60 (Lambda Chi Alpha) of West Hartford, Connecticut (3/24/2020).

Linda A. Ingols Dole ’60 (Chi Omega, Phi Beta Kappa) of Houston, Texas (8/5/2020).

Lloyd P. Drake ’60 of McConnelsville, Ohio (9/7/2020).

David G. Lambert ’60 (Alpha Tau Omega) of Washington Township, Ohio (1/16/2020).

Barbara Sloan Snyder ’60 (Chi Omega) of Aiken, South Carolina (7/15/2020).

James R. Freeman ’61 of Ripley, Ohio (1/2/2020).

Charles E. Myers ’61 of Ligonier, Pennsylvania (9/21/2020). Survivors include a son, Charles E. Myers ’88.

Robert R. Rankin Sr. ’61 of Nicholasville, Kentucky (4/30/2020).

Ronald K. Runkle ’61 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Charlotte, North Carolina (6/3/2020). Survivors include his wife, Jean A. Nilsson Runkle ’63.

David L. Fitzgerald ’62 (Lambda Chi Alpha) of Mashpee, Massachusetts (8/2/2020).

Nancy E. Olsen Ross ’62 (Alpha Sigma Tau) of Kingston, Rhode Island (6/14/2020).

Stephen J. Suor ’62 (Tau Kappa Epsilon) of Issaquah, Washington (3/1/20). Survivors include his wife, Judith Kurtz Suor ’62.

Glen H. Carpenter ’63 of Belpre, Ohio (6/24/2020).

Richard J. Vargo ’63 (Alpha Tau Omega) of Lodi, California (1/20/2020).

Carl C. Heinrich ’64 (Delta Upsilon) of Reno, Ohio (3/18/2020). Survivors include his wife, Judith A. Cole Heinrich ’66.

Edmund C. Higgins ’64 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Guilford, Connecticut (9/13/2020).

John A. Weisser Jr. ’64 (Associate Trustee, Delta Upsilon) of Jupiter, Florida (3/3/2020).

Ronald J. Beaton ’65 of Columbus, Ohio (2/1/20).

Doris Austin Krasik ’65 of Dublin, Ohio (5/31/2020).

Barbara F. Lane ’65 (Chi Omega, Phi Beta Kappa) of Parker, Colorado (3/23/2020). Survivors include a cousin, Rebecca A. Gasior Booth ’99.

Frank Dito ’66 of Tucson, Arizona (10/3/2019).

Richard J. Frankel ’67 (Tau Kappa Epsilon) of Gallatin, Tennessee (1/23/2020).

Daniel A. Silver ’67 (Tau Epsilon Phi) of Wethersfield, Connecticut (5/6/2020).

Lawrence S. Brick ’68 (Tau Kappa Epsilon) of West Hartford, Connecticut (6/17/2020).

William M. Stevens III ’68 of Barnesville, Maryland (1/21/2020).

Glenn M. Collings ’69 (Tau Epsilon Phi) of Olympia, Washington (8/27/2020).


Robert G. Target ’70 (Delta Upsilon) of Cocoa Beach, Florida (4/24/2020). Survivors include his wife, Nanci M. Roten Target ’70.

Wendy A. Barry Cook ’71 (Alpha Sigma Tau) of Lowell, Ohio (10/4/20). Survivors include her husband, Dennis O. Cook ’79, and a brother Edwin K. Barry ’75.

Frank C. Fila ’71 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Louisville, Tennessee (5/10/2020).

Elsie Hall Kaiser ’71 (Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Beta Kappa) pf Eugene, Oregon (6/25/2020).

Alexander M. Pagnani ’71 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Fort Myers, Florida (4/13/2020).

Mark A. Roller ’72 of Kennebunkport, Maine (2/1/2020). Survivors include his wife, Gail L. MacDonald Roller ’72.

Dale I. Winters ’72 (Alpha Sigma Phi) of Marietta, Ohio (9/30/2020).

Cathleen A. Reilly Romine ’73 of Spotsylvania, Virginia (4/2/2020). Survivors include her husband, John H. Romine ’73.

Larry M. Westfall ’75 of Hurricane, West Virginia (7/26/2020).

Howard I. Greenblatt ’76 (Tau Epsilon Phi) of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania (4/18/2020).

Garth H. Griffin ’76 (Delta Upsilon) of Shelter Island, New York (1/27/2020).

Margaret A. McKinney Weinlein ’76 (Alpha Xi Delta) of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (1/7/2020).

Eleanor F. Feeney Paolino ’77 of Sea Isle City, New Jersey (1/27/2020).

Jon E. Hall ’78 (Lambda Chi Alpha) of Freedom, Pennsylvania (2/17/2020). Survivors include his daughter, Ashley K. Hall Rector ’07.


Ann Marie Priscilla Palmisano ’81 (Alpha Xi Delta) of Farmington, Connecticut (9/18/2020). Survivors include a sister, Barbara L. Priscilla Wolf ’71; a niece, Kelly A. Wolf ’98; and a brother-in-law, Andrew H. Wolf ’71.

Janet Zonker Reed ’84 (Sigma Kappa) of Woodsfield, Ohio (2/2/2020).


James A. Roberts ’92 of Marietta, Ohio (7/7/2020). Survivors include his wife, Lou Ann Siegel Roberts ’03; and a daughter, Embrey Roberts ’21.


Daniel J. Dowling ’02 of Silver Spring, Maryland (1/7/2020).

Billy Ray Dunn (Emeritus Professor of Education) of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (7/31/2020).

We can’t be here together, but we can still cheer together!

This time of year, we would normally see thousands of fans cheering for our student athletes at Marietta Field, Don Drumm Stadium, on the river, or at the golf course. Intercollegiate competition may be postponed, but our Pioneers are still working hard, and we don’t have to be there in person to continue to cheer them on.

This (STAY)Homecoming, we invite alumni, students, families, staff and fans to show their support for the Pioneers and help us virtually sell out Don Drumm Stadium by making a gift. Every $5 increment will count as one ticket sold toward a special online game as we hope to fill all 5,000 seats!

Show your support for your favorite team or a specific athlete this Homecoming and we’ll celebrate the Pioneer spirit together. All of our teams are competing, and the team that fills the most seats by noon on Saturday, October 17 will win an additional $1,000 prize for their program, thanks to a generous challenge grant from an alumnus.

Want to have an even larger impact? The "Virtual Team Captain" who inspires the most fans by sharing the campaign with their network will also be awarded $500 to distribute to the team of their choice. Contact Senior Director of Annual Giving Kathryn Gloor at kathryn.gloor@marietta.edu to learn more or become a Captain, and keep an eye on your email so you don’t miss the invitation to our special, live-streamed Homecoming games you can attend from the comfort of your own home.