McDonough Study Abroad: Thailand and Cambodia

Every year, the McDonough Center takes a group of students to a different part of the world to study an aspect of leadership through different cultural lenses. This year, Dr. David Brown from the Biology Department and Dr. Robert McManus from the McDonough Center (pictured above, left to right) led a group to Thailand and Cambodia to study the traditions, religion, and history of Southeast Asia and a Buddhist approach to leadership.

Leaders in Action

According to a recent report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), "Employers considering new college graduates for job openings are looking for leaders who can work as part of a team and communicate effectively." By participating in the McDonough Leadership Program, McDonough Scholars develop the top attributes cited in NACE's report (Figure 1; right). Our students are always looking for ways to learn and grow as leaders. Here are some recent examples from the Marietta College website and other sources:

Ian Luttrell '18 (Sports Management Major; Minor in Leadership Studies) - reflects on what initially drew him to Marietta College.

Rosey Raths '18 (Advertising/Public Relations Major; Certificate in Leadership Studies) - named a McCoy Scholar. The award includes tuition, fees, room, board and a computer, and is renewable for four years.

Brian Raiff '17 (Petroleum Engineering Major; Engineering Leadership Certificate) - selected as a McCoy Scholar.

Eileen Walsh '16 (Psychology Major; Minor in Leadership Studies) - had a summer Leadership Development internship with a global marketing company based out of Manhattan, New York.

Kara Goolman '16 (International Leadership Studies Major; Minor in French) - co-authored an article in The Christian Science Monitor as part of an internship at the Center for Clean Energy Innovation in Washington, D.C.

Taylor Hanigosky ’16 (Journalism Major; Certificate in Leadership Studies) - received the Evans Internship Award ($5,000) to spend the summer as an intern in a newspaper in Ghana, West Africa.

Gene Neill '16 (Human Resources Management and Communication double Major; Minor in Leadership Studies) - is interviewed for "Marietta College Today" television program.

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 19, 2016 - Wednesday, August 24, 2016
McDonough Center
Marietta College

The EXCEL (Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership) Workshop is a five-day event that welcomes the new cohort of McDonough Scholars into the McDonough Leadership Program. The event is organized and run by upper-class (EXCEL leaders).
"We are going to have an amazing Workshop this year and create a memorable experience for Cohort 30 as they begin their journey at Marietta College as part of the McDonough family," said Riley Osborn '17 (Cohort 27) EXCEL Coordinator.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Marietta, Ohio

Join us for the next Make a Difference Day -- a national day of service first organized by USA WEEKEND magazine in 1992 and later joined by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Saturday, November 5, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

Every year, the McDonough Center takes a group of students to the Global Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA), the premier professional organization in our field. All McDonough Scholars are eligible to join the delegation. To learn more about the conference, you can visit the ILA website. To learn more about the McDonough delegation, please send an email to

Friday, January 6, 2017
McDonough Center
Marietta, Ohio

We are now accepting proposals for the next McDonough Leadership Conference to be held at Marietta College on March 31-April 1, 2017. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, January 6, 2017. For more information about the conference theme and submission guidelines, please visit our conference page; or send inquiry to

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Willis '70: Next EIR Appointed

Pat Willis ’70, who led a statewide organization in Georgia that provides research, communication, and advocacy for issues related to children and families, has been named the 2016-2017 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence (EIR) at the McDonough Center. Willis’ topic for her year as the EIR is “Beyond Altruism: The Economic, Social and Civic Impact of Nonprofit Organizations on the Mid-Ohio Valley.”

Visiting Scholar from China

Dr. Yingjie Luo is serving this semester as a Visiting Scholar at the McDonough Center. He is a professor at the University of International Relations in Beijing, China. While at McDonough, Dr. Luo is working with a group of students on a research project focused on the future of U.S.-China-Russia relations.

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