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The McDonough Student Advisory Council (McSAC)

Hannah Davis '16 (Cohort 26) Elected to Serve as the 2014-2015 McSAC Chair

The McDonough Center is pleased to introduce Hannah Davis ’16 (Cohort 26) as the 2014-2015 McDonough Student Body President. Davis, a junior Environmental Studies major and Leadership Studies minor, was elected by the McDonough student body as the 2014-2015 Chair of the McDonough Student Advisory Council (McSAC).

Through her first two years at Marietta College, Davis has had a broad impact both on Marietta College’s campus and within the community, and her involvements have demonstrated Davis’ genuine passion for service. She is the founder and president of Pioneers in Hardhats, a student organization that partners with the Washington County and Wood County Habitat for Humanity chapters and weekly builds around the Marietta/Parkersburg area. She is also a board member for the Wood County Habitat chapter through her participation in the Office of Civic Engagement’s Next Generation program. Davis has served as a Community Service Day leader, a peer mentor, the Fundraising Chair for the College Democrats, and was a participant in the 2013 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service trip to New Orleans.

This past spring, Davis founded and coordinated the Alternative Spring Break in Marietta. The trip included service projects with Marietta Mainstreet, Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club of Wood County, and the Marietta YMCA. As Davis noted, “We were able to explore the history of Marietta, get to know some of the shop owners of the downtown area, and we really helped out the community. All of the participants really enjoyed the trip.”

Planning the ASB trip was not Davis’ only major undertaking last year however; she also partnered with the Office of Civic Engagement and the MC Cross Country Team to organize Caitlin’s Run, a memorial 5k in honor of Caitlin Yager that united nearly two hundred students, faculty, and community members for a race that will long be remembered in the college community.

Davis will bring her rich experience, hard work ethic, and heart for service to the McDonough Center as she leads McSAC and the McDonough student body throughout the coming academic year. She says, “As I prepare to become the Chair of McSAC, I envision making the values of the McDonough program well-known as well as bringing all four cohorts closer together.”

All of us in the McDonough Center are excited to work with Davis and wish her the very best in the year ahead.



The 2013-2014 McDonough Student Advisory Council:

McSAC serves as a critical link between the McDonough student body and the Center’s dean. This Council seeks feedback from leadership students and advises the dean on a regular basis. The dean, in consultation with the McDonough faculty and staff, appoints the McSAC chair – usually a rising senior who has distinguished himself/herself as a “leader among leaders.”

The other Council members are selected through an election process. The Council chair seeks nominations from each cohort, and the leadership students vote for representatives from their respective classes. McDonough Scholars can nominate themselves or others whom they feel would best represent their collective interests. The nominees appear on the ballot, and the top two vote recipients from each cohort become members of the Council. The next two vote recipients become “alternates,” in case the elected members are unable to fulfill their obligations for any reason. Council members, including the chair, serve for a full academic year.

Participation in this Council gives McDonough Scholars an opportunity to practice critical leadership skills (teamwork, planning, problem solving, strategic thinking, decision-making). They also gain valuable insights into leadership in a democratic society. While experience on this Council certainly adds value to a student’s resume, the McDonough faculty and staff see this Council as an opportunity for the students to participate in the Center’s decision-making process. Therefore, the Council’s duties and responsibilities have to be carried out with commitment and integrity.


McSAC Members (2013-2014)

Ryan Turnewitsch '15

Senior Class (Cohort 24)
Emily Lorek
Brett Notarius

Junior Class (Cohort 25)
Keenan Hamilton
Alexis O'Hair

Sophomore Class (Cohort 26)
Eileen Walsh
Gene Neill

Freshman Class (Cohort 27)
Megan Hendrich
Emily Drabeck

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