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Marietta College to add Engineering Leadership Certificate Program

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 14:48

Recognizing the market demand for leaders in the engineering world, Marietta College will begin offering an Engineering Leadership Certificate Program starting in the fall of 2014.

The College’s Curriculum Committee approved the new certificate program in October.

“While we expect our engineers to have technical expertise in their field, we also know from our alumni that they will face many leadership challenges after they graduate,” said Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough Center for Leadership and Business. “Through this new certificate program, Marietta College is building on its strengths in Petroleum Engineering and Leadership in order to offer a cutting-edge opportunity for our students.”

Perruci said only a few undergraduate programs in the country offer this type of curricular combination.

“Most of these programs are at the graduate level. We are very excited that our students will be able to develop their leadership skills while going through our undergraduate engineering program,” he said.

Perruci said students in the program will take 16 credit hours in courses like Engineering Reasoning, Global Leadership and Economic Analysis and Investment Decision Methods. The students will also be required to complete 50 hours of community service.

“In a larger sense, this certificate allows students to see the connections between their studies and their work after graduation. Graduates will be prepared to enter the engineering profession as agents of change with a grounding in specific, identifiable leadership skills that fit well with their training,” Perruci said. “The certificate also promotes a greater degree of collaboration between the Petroleum Engineering major and Leadership. Beyond the logistics of accommodating more students, we also see this new certificate as a new initiative that will bring further distinction to Marietta College.”


Categories: 2013HeadlinesLeadershipDepartments: Petro

MC Thanks Campaign

Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:06

Marietta College is pleased to announce that students involved with the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business and Student Senate have organized the first MC Thanks Campaign, which is an opportunity for the student body to say thank you to any faculty or staff member.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, representatives from McDonough Student Advisory Council and Student Senate will man booths across campus until Sunday, Nov. 24 to collect the letters and distribute more templates for students to write more letters.

The stations will be located at: 

Wednesday (Nov. 20)
Upper Gilman 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lower Gilman Cafeteria 5-7 p.m.
Library Cafe 8PM-10PM

Thursday (Nov. 21)
Upper Gilman 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Izzy's 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lower Gilman Cafeteria 5-7 p.m.
Library Cafe 8-10 p.m.

Friday (Nov. 22)
Upper Gilman 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Izzy's 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Harrison Awning Outside (lobby if bad weather) 2-4 p.m.
Lower Gilman Cafeteria 5-7 p.m.

Sunday (Nov. 24)
Lower Gilman Cafeteria 5-6:30 p.m.
Izzy's 5:30-7 p.m.

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Petroleum major selected as 2013 McCoy Scholar

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 14:04

Before Brian Raiff ’17 (Galena, Ohio) even stepped foot into a Marietta College classroom he was already making a positive impression.

While participating in the EXCEL Leadership orientation in August, Raiff started volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Marietta. He enjoyed it so much he has become a regular volunteer each week.

“We went there to help move some furniture around during EXCEL and I realized this was a place I wanted to keep helping,” Raiff says. “I now help the young students with their homework and other school related assignments.”

Once classes began on Aug. 26, Raiff didn’t stop looking for extracurricular opportunities.

His get-after-it attitude is just one of the many reasons Raiff became the 15th McCoy Scholar. At 18 and only a few weeks into in college career, Raiff has already visited the Career Center to get tips on his resume and do some mock interviews.

“Brian rose to the top of a fantastic scholarship pool that included students from 43 states,” says Jason Turley, Dean of Admission. “In addition to a stellar academic career that included 13 AP classes, Brian’s performance at the Pioneer Scholars competition made him a perfect candidate for the John G. and Jeanne B. McCoy Scholarship.”

Endowed by alumnus John G. ’35 and Jeanne B. McCoy in 1998, the McCoy Scholarship Program promotes and recognizes outstanding academic ability and achievement by an incoming freshman student. As long as the student maintains a strong academic performance, the scholarship is renewed each year.

Early on his college search, Marietta College wasn’t on Raiff’s radar. He was interested in engineering and his top choices were Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve, Ohio State and Cincinnati. Then his father, Mark, mentioned Marietta’s Petroleum Engineering major.

“My dad did a lot of research and then we talked about the rare combination of petroleum engineering and liberal arts, and I became more interested in Marietta,” Raiff says. “I am very pleased with the program. It is extremely structured and they have a plan for you from the first day. They also provide the students with a lot of support, like a peer mentor, to answer questions and other things.”

Raiff says he misses his father’s cooking, private bathrooms and his mother (Katie) doing his laundry, but the transition to college life has been fairly smooth.

“I was lucky with the EXCEL week. The model they use keeps you so busy that you don’t have time to think about home,” he says. “EXCEL was a lot of fun and then I just hit the ground running. When classes started there was no big change.”

Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough, says Raiff’s involvement in Leadership and the campus has been a positive experience.

“I’m really excited to have Brian as a new student at Marietta College. He brings maturity, energy and a genuine interest in his own intellectual development,” Perruci says. “As a McDonough Scholar, he has already shown that he cares deeply about serving others and will make a difference in our community.”

Raiff says he knew he wanted to be part of the College community even before he earned the scholarship, which includes tuition, fees, room, board and a computer, and is renewable for four years. But there was still some pressure to get a full ride to somewhere.

“Both my brother and sister got full rides to Ohio State, so they were set,” he says. So far my parents have three out of the four on full rides.” His sister Allie, 15, still has time to earn her full-tuition scholarship.

While Raiff acknowledges the financial relief that comes with winning the McCoy Scholarship, it also justified many of the choices he made during his time at Olentangy High School.

“There is a realization that all of the hard work really amounted to something,” he says. “I never wanted to be the stereotypical student studying on Saturday night. I want to be knowledgeable but also social. I knew when I came here that no one would really know me, and I wanted to get my name out there for the right reasons.”

So far he’s excelling at that as well.


Categories: 2013Special FeaturesLeadershipDepartments: Petro

College expects 300 volunteers for annual Make a Difference Day

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 09:43

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Marietta College will once again be part of a worldwide mission to improve the lives of others in Make a Difference Day, the largest day of community service in the nation.

Make a Difference Day will be coordinated by the McDonough Center’s Office of Civic Engagement, now led by new director Maribeth Saleem-Tanner. This will be her first time experiencing Make a Difference Day. Saleem-Tanner has organized other national days of service in the past, but says this one is unique because of its “scale and scope” —more than 300 volunteers will be sent to 20 different service sites.

“I think sometimes people imagine that you really have to convince or cajole students to volunteer and get involved, but that hasn’t been my experience at Marietta at all,” Saleem-Tanner said. “Students want to be engaged, and seeing their desire to be out in the community is exciting.”

In addition to the OCE, several student organizations have planned projects for Saturday, including Alpha Tao Omega, Cross Country and the Psychology Club. Twelve of the 20 projects have been planned by members of the newest cohort of students in the McDonough Leadership Program through the LEAD 101 classes.

Megan Hendrich ’17 (Ravenna, Ohio) belongs to one of the LEAD 101 groups whose duty is to help organize the Ely Chapman Foundation annual book drive. In addition to helping organize the hundreds of books that will be given away, Hendrich said her group will act as leaders for the 60 volunteers that will be helping. She hopes the experience will help her hone her skills in leading large groups of people.

Additionally, Hendrich said she is glad to have the opportunity to help Alice Chapman, founder of the Ely Chapman Foundation.

“If Alice didn’t have us, the job would take a lot longer,” Hendrich said. “It’s always nice to help the community.”

The OCE has several lasting partnerships with other community organizations that appreciate the extra help. One of these is the Wood County Habitat for Humanity, where students will come to build housing for underprivileged families.

Habitat’s Executive Director Alvin Phillips said he is excited to work with the students and plans to talk to them about the holistic, long-term impact of their service. Phillips said he wants them to leave “with a feeling of accomplishment” and know that their help really does impact what Habitat for Humanity does.

“Marietta College has always been a really good partner with us,” he said. “We’re glad that we can help them and they can help us.”

Saleem-Tanner hopes that Make a Difference Day is just the beginning of a legacy of service for the students involved.

“One of the most impressive aspects of Marietta College is the commitment of it and its students to participate in the world beyond the campus,” she said. “To me, Make a Difference Day is a way to truly put that commitment into action.”

Students wanting to volunteer for Make a Difference Day can check in at the Kremer Amphitheatre at 8 a.m. Saturday to be assigned a service site. The OCE will be giving away T-shirts to the first 400 volunteers.


Categories: 2013HeadlinesStudent NewsCommunity NewsLeadershipDepartments: Civic Engagement

Economic Roundtable starts another season of speakers on Nov. 4

Tue, 10/15/2013 - 09:10

Amity Shlaes, Director of the Economic Project at the Bush Center, is the first speaker in the 2013-14 Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley season.

Shlaes will speak about “Go to Jail, Don’t Pass Go: Why Business is Like a Monopoly Game, What the Great Depression Can Tell Us About Our Challenges Today,” starting around noon, Monday, Nov. 4, at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna, W.Va.

Shlaes is the author of Coolidge (2013) and The Forgotten Man (2007), a national bestseller that National Review called “the finest history of the Great Depression ever written.” She authored The Greedy Hand (1999), a U.S. national bestseller on America’s experience with its tax code. She is also the author of Germany: The Empire Within (1991), a book about German national identity.

For the past five years, Shlaes has taught the economics of the 1930s in the MBA program at New York University. Until 2000, Shlaes was member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, specializing in economics. Over the years she has published in the Bloomberg NewsNational ReviewForbes, the New RepublicForeign Affairs, the American Spectator, the Suddeutsche ZeitungDie Zeit and the New York Times.

Shlaes will also conduct a Leadership Q&A on the Marietta College campus at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. This event is free and open to the public in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

Three more speakers are scheduled for the season, including one more in 2013 — James P. Meil on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Marietta Country Club.

Meil is the Vice President and Chief Economist for the Eaton Corp., and he has been recognized as a leading economist in the industry for more then 25 years. He is responsible for forecasting economic conditions and primary markets for Eaton, a $16 billion global diversified power management company.

He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic IndicatorsConsensus EconomicsUSA Today (recognized among their “Top 10 Forecasters”) and The Wall Street Journal (achieving first-place on a 50-forecaster panel). Meil served as a Director of the National Association of Business Economists.

Prior to Eaton, Meil was a consultant with Chase Econometrics and with Burroughs Corp. He holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago. 

On the schedule in 2014 are Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics at Boston University, on Feb. 6 at the Marietta Country Club, and Robert J. Tyler Jr., Director of Finance and CFO for the Pittsburgh Steelers, on March 6 at the Parkersburg Country Club.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a group of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of the Economic Roundtable is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Since its inception, the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley has presented the Ohio Valley with more than 160 distinguished speakers who have enlightened and informed ERT members with their fascinating discussion on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues. 

The ERT’s speaker series is open to its members only. The ERT’s membership is open to all interested individuals at $35 a year. To join ERT, please contact David Mead at or call him at (740) 376-4632. You may find more information on ERT at


categories: 2013HeadlinesCommunity NewsLeadershipDepartments: B&E

McDonough selects 8 students to serve as N.Y. Times Leadership Fellows

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 07:51

The concept is simple: better-informed leaders make better decisions.

This is the premise behind The New York Times’ Leadership Fellows Program, which began during the 2012-13 academic year. One year later and Marietta College’s McDonough Center for Leadership and Business is one of only a handful of institutions around the U.S. to be part of it.

“The Leadership Fellows will play a key role in promoting the debate of current issues on campus,” says Dr. Gama Perruci, Dean of McDonough. “They will work with me to organize events that will bring together students interested in discussing topics of national/global prominence. Leadership Fellows also will advise the McDonough faculty/staff on the use of The New York Times in the McDonough Leadership Program.”

Through a competitive process, McDonough selected eight students to serve as Fellows in 2013-14. The group has been meeting regularly, as well as inviting others from across campus to share ideas.

“As the very first Leadership Fellows to partner with The New York Times on campus, we are all full of excitement to commence hosting events and creating discourse about global and domestic news,” says Alina Kielbasa ’15 (Austintown, Ohio), one of eight Fellows. “My hope for this program is that our eagerness to try innovative ways of extending news to campus will continue on with the fellows to follow in upcoming years. I want this to be a program that transcends my time here and collaborates with other organizations that have a purpose similar to ours.”

The other students selected to represent Marietta are Megan Bache ’17 (Westland, Mich.), Erin McNulty ’16 (Little Hocking, Ohio), Sydney Maltese ’14 (Massillon, Ohio), Gene Neill ’16 (Vincent, Ohio), Monica Short ’15 (Woodstock, Md.), Jenna Skoglund ’15 (Westerville, Ohio) and Blake Szkoda ’16 (East Hampton, Conn.).

Starting in the fall of 2012, The New York Times launched a pilot Leadership Fellows Program at Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership. The success of this pilot led the newspaper to seek out other institutions interested in the program for this fall.

The students have yet to announce any programming, but the team is confident it will be a successful year. 

The New York Times Fellows have great projects in the works and they have the potential to improve our campus in ways that we cannot yet imagine,” Neill says. “From distributing information to programming, we are really trying to get the word out to students on campus in a fun and educational way.”


Categories: 2013Special FeaturesLeadership

New program means waking early to provide community service

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:39

While most of Marietta College slept in last Saturday, even early-morning hours and pouring rain did not stop 18 dedicated students from participating in the College’s first-ever Super Saturday of Service.

“I decided to serve because I realized I hadn’t done as much as I wanted to do before I graduate,” says Simon Sanders ’15 (Cleveland, Ohio). “I didn’t want to be here four years and not do anything.”

Each Super Saturday of Service is an opportunity for any student on campus to volunteer for a local nonprofit. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and the first 25 students to register receive free T-shirts. This project was pioneered by the Office of Civic Engagement as a response to students desiring more campus-wide service opportunities.

“Students requested to engage in service projects where they could meet community members, develop friendships and contribute to making a difference in our community,” says Civic Engagement Coordinator Cristie Thomas. “The Office of Civic Engagement staff was thrilled to learn about this.”

Although 18 students was less than Thomas hoped for the first service day, she remains optimistic about the program.

“It’s not about the numbers; it’s about the impact,” she says.

On Saturday, Aug. 31, students volunteered at the Marietta Family YMCA, where they served diligently by cleaning windows, stripping wood floors, sanitizing gym equipment, and scrubbing the lines of the pool floor. One student even served with her foot in a cast.

“People walked by saying, ‘good job’ and ‘thank you’,” Sanders says. “It’s satisfying to know that they appreciate my efforts.”

Last Saturday was Sanders’ first time volunteering in the Marietta community. He plans to do all of the Super Saturdays of Service this semester.

“After today, I’d rather do this than sleep in,” he says.

YMCA CEO Suzy Zumwalde ’89 was very grateful for the assistance and explained just how important it was to the organization.

“We are one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Marietta and have hundreds of people coming through our doors every day,” Zumwalde says. “A clean facility is so important! Having the students help with some of our annual cleaning projects allowed us to complete tasks that otherwise we would not have been able to complete.”

Despite the positive feedback from community members, the OCE staff believes that their service is not complete unless students take the opportunity to think critically about the work they performed.

“If you don’t do service with reflection, you’re doing more harm than good,” Thomas told the group of volunteers.

As students participated in a period of reflection following their work, Thomas encouraged the students to extend their mindsets of service into their daily lives and “live justice.”

“It’s not just about what you’re doing in the moment — it’s so much larger than ourselves,” Thomas says.  

Sept. 26, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23 are the remaining Super Saturdays of Service for the fall semester. Students interested in participating may register at 8:30 a.m. in the Great Room of Andrews Hall on those dates.


Categories: 2013Special FeaturesStudent NewsLeadershipDepartments: Civic Engagement

Campus urged to wear orange for hunger

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 12:42

Hunger Solutions for the Mid-Ohio Valley is urging people to wear orange on Thursday, Sept. 5, as part of a nationwide effort to increase awareness about hunger in our communities during Hunger Action Month. Hunger affects one in six people across the United States and one in four in Ohio. Orange is the color of hunger and a great way to show support.

Hunger Solutions for the Mid-Ohio Valley is a nonprofit entity created by a task force formed by the Memorial Health System, People’s Bank and Marietta College to address hunger locally about a year ago.

“Orange is the color of hunger,” said Memorial Health System president & CEO Scott Cantley. “And we are calling on our local community to do what they can to bring attention to and help eliminate hunger in our region.” 

People’s Bank president & CEO Chuck Sulerzyski said, “We are asking people to wear orange, tie orange ribbons on their doors, light up their porches with orange lights, share information and color their social media sites with orange. There are lots of creative ways to show support.”

“In addition, people can give of their time, donate food or donate funds at our local food pantries,” said Dr. Joseph Bruno, President, Marietta College. “Our goal is to mobilize our community, to join a national movement, and to take action against hunger.”

Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich announced she will lead a fundraising drive for Hunger Action Month that will run August 24 – September 11. The drive will be a statewide effort to support the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and its 12 regional member food banks. During the campaign, volunteers will be delivering door-to-door information and encouraging neighbors to make monetary and food donations.

Hunger Solutions was recently the recipient of the Broughton Ice Cream Social, which raised over $14,000 and will be used in several of the nonprofit group’s initiatives. “We’re expanding our Live Healthy Kids program which sends food educators into second-grade classrooms to teach them about proper nutrition,” says Cantley. “We’re looking at a purchasing program for food pantries through the Southeast Ohio Food Bank which serves 10 counties in our region, and other ways to ensure our local pantries have a steady supply of food.”

For more information on Hunger Action Month, visit

The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region.  We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community.  We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for health needs of our communities in the future. You can learn more by visiting

Peoples Bank:  Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial services holding company with $1.9 billion in total assets, 47 locations and 43 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust solutions through its subsidiaries - Peoples Bank, National Association and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples' common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market® under the symbol "PEBO", and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly-traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at

Marietta College:  Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,430 full-time students. The College offers 44 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s best by


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