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Be a part of Marietta’s 175 celebration

So you have heard Marietta College is celebrating its 175th anniversary, but you are not sure how to get involved. Are you feeling left out?

Well, you shouldn’t.

As part of the College’s yearlong festivity one activity should fit into the plans of any alumni this fall. On Friday, Aug. 28, Marietta College is conducting a Pioneer Pride day and asking everyone to "Wear Your Marietta T-shirt." While this is an on-campus activity, we are also asking all alumni and friends of Marietta College to do the same on this day as a show of support.

We’d also like to ask you to have a photo taken of you in your Marietta shirt at work, on vacation or around the house on Aug. 28. Send us the photo at with your mailing address. As an incentive, the first five people not on campus to submit a snapshot will receive a free Marietta College 175th T-shirt.

The College has also partnered with and its founder Jason Sadler on this date. As part of the deal, Sadler will wear a Marietta College T-shirt all day on Aug. 28. He will make appearances around the Web on sites like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and the live-streaming site, promoting the College’s 175th anniversary.

So now you can get involved. It’s easy! Just wear any Marietta College shirt on Aug. 28, get your photo taken wherever you are that day and send it in to be part of a special photo gallery that will be part of our 175 Web site. We will also feature some of these photos in the January issue of Trailblazer.



Marietta College Poised to Open 175th Anniversary Celebration

As the countdown to the open of another semester and academic year continues, excitement is growing at the prospect of the College observing the 175th anniversary of its charter in 1835. The planning process, initially begun at the request of President Scott in the fall of 2007, has moved forward and the announcement of the upcoming schedule of activities and opportunities for Pioneers to join in celebrating the institution’s rich history and tradition is due in August.

Among those items already in place are appropriate decoration of campus and community to help raise awareness of the College’s anniversary, a mini–grant program to assist members of the campus community in creating programs and displays, a noted Lincoln scholar as keynote speaker at Founders Day, and a 175th anniversary theme to many existing events including Football Alumni Day and Homecoming Weekend.

One of the most exciting initiatives is the opportunity for Pioneers to show their collective school spirit worldwide on a special day reserved just for the wearing of the Navy Blue and White. Details will be coming along shortly so plan to dig out your favorite Marietta College t-shirt, sweatshirt or ballcap and pitch in to show Pioneer pride around the globe!

However you choose to mark this milestone in the history of the College, we hope that you will be able to find an opportunity to join in what promises to be a very special celebration during the 2009-10 academic year.

For more information, you may contact Hub Burton, chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee in the Office of Alumni Relations at or 1-800-274-4704.


Marietta College's 175 Anniversary

On Feb. 14, 1835, the Marietta Collegiate Institute and Western Teachers Seminary received a charter from the state of Ohio, which allowed Marietta College to confer degrees upon its graduates. With origins that pre-date the 19th century, Marietta College is one of 37 Revolutionary Colleges in the U.S.

Starting as a single building in the heart of Marietta, this liberal arts college has grown and prospered under the auspices of great leaders, talented educators, devoted alumni and a great community.

By 1850, the stately Erwin Tower was constructed. These days, the building serves education and psychology majors. Similar to the building boom of 2007-2009, when Marietta dedicated both the Legacy Library and the Anderson Hancock Planetarium, the campus of 1905-06 celebrated the opening of three new buildings—Andrews Hall, the Library (now Irvine Administration Building) and a new heating building (now used as part of the petroleum and geology department). All three of these centenarians are still in use today.

A member of the honorary society Phi Beta Kappa since 1860, Marietta College's reputation for providing a contemporary liberal arts education has attracted students from all across the U.S. and from many countries. With key programs that include petroleum engineering, leadership, the China Program, and the sciences, students can choose from 38 majors and eight minor programs. Students can also pursue graduate degrees in four specialties, including the graduate physician assistant studies program.

Some notable Marietta College graduates include Charles Gates Dawes, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.S. Vice President, retired NASA astronaut and surgeon Dr. Story Musgrave, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Richard Krause, clergyman and humanitarian Col. Dean Hess, former Ohio Gov. C. William O'Neill, and scientist Bernice Eddy Wooley.