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Mike Cress

Michael Cress '10

Major: English

Minor: Adolescent/Young Adult Education (7-12 teaching license)

Additional Education: Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where I am pursuing an Ed.M through the School Leadership Program, as well as Principal Licensure.

Current Job: Administrative Intern at Joseph Browne Middle School in Chelsea, MA

Hometown: Atlantic City, N.J.

Clubs/Organizations: College Union Board, College Democrats, Erwin Knights Education Association

Athletics: Men's Rowing

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bev Hogue — I appreciated her balance of being extremely knowledgeable and yet so down to earth.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I had Favorite Marietta moment?

Delivering one of the two Jewett commencement speeches at the graduation of the Class of 2010. As the first person from my family to graduate college, it meant Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

In one word, exhilarating. My years at Marietta truly helped me transform from What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

A profound one; I believe the versatility of my liberal arts education helped my thinking evolve while never allowing me to become complacent within What does it mean to be

To me, being



Peter Frantz

Peter Richard Frantz '09

Major: English

Minor: Religion

Additional Education: Master of Divinity, Ashland Theological Seminary, and TEFL Certification

Current Job: English teacher with Teach Overseas, and teaching at the English language school, American Culture, in Kütahya, Turkey.

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio.

Clubs/Organizations: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ultimate Frisbee, Drama

Athletics: Intramural Football and Softball

Favorite Professor: Dr. Bev Hogue

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

The first time I visited I found myself quickly attached to the school. It had a very beautiful and intimate campus that I looked forward to exploring and enjoying. At the time I was also very drawn to the fields of English and Journalism, and noted that Marietta College had exceptional faculty in both programs.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I especially enjoyed going to the Sternwheel Festival during the first month of school each year. I remember always gathering a group of friends, walking down to the festival, grabbing some food from the vendors, and watching the fireworks out on the grass by the Ohio River. There was so much joking and laughing. And because it was during the first month of school each year, the festival was the perfect venue for getting to know some of the new students. This was where so many of my good friendships began to take shape!

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I truly enjoyed the freedom of living away from home. And it was easy to acclimate to independent living at Marietta College because of the community that the school provided. My professors did not distance themselves from me, but seemed interested in getting to know me and helping me learn who I was and where I was going. Because the campus was small, I would always see someone I knew on my way to class — whether a professor, a classmate or someone I knew from the office. I truly felt like I belonged at Marietta.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

The most important lesson I learned at Marietta College was that I am a leader. I can stand up and act on behalf of important causes or I can let someone else worry about them. But, because I have been given a unique perspective on the world, a voice to call out hypocrisy and injustice, and hands and feet that can transform ideas into tangible realities, sitting back and doing nothing is wasteful! There is a leader in all of us. Marietta College helped acquaint me with the leader within myself, and show me how he was capable of making a positive impact in the community. My career has greatly benefited from this training, as I have gone places and done things I would have never dreamed of doing before. I have been gifted by God. And because of that, I am obligated to share those gifts with a world that needs them.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means blazing your own trail and paving the way for others in the process. Given the quality of the programs and the tightknit community at Marietta College, every one of us develops as a Pioneer and blazes that new trail. Being a Pioneer means having both passion and compassion, being brave and yet humble, and fulfilling your potential.



Keira Hambrick

Keira M. Hambrick ’09

Major: Biology and English (concentration in Creative Writing/Poetry)

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Literature & Environment Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, 2011

Current Job: Academic Support Coordinator, Marietta College

Hometown: Princeton, W.Va.

Clubs/Organizations: Biology Club, Sigma Tau Delta, Honors Program, Beta Beta Beta, MENSA

Favorite Professor: I find it very difficult to choose just one. Some of the best classes I ever had were with (in no particular order) Dr. Kevin Pate in Chemistry, Dr. Janie Rees-Miller in Linguistics, Dr. Dave McShaffrey in Biology, and the entire English department.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I can’t think of a single, specific moment that I knew, but within my first three semesters I began to realize that my presence on campus mattered to people. I never felt like “just a number.” Faculty and staff knew me by name, and other students asked for my help as a writing tutor and biology tutor. I also worked for the Biology department as a laboratory preparation assistant/teaching assistant and I worked for the Art and Theater departments. I know that, had I gone to a larger school, I would not have had the same opportunities to make connections all across campus. I’ve always been interested in a wide variety of topics, and that curiosity was encouraged at MC.

Favorite Marietta moment?

After I presented my English capstone project to the whole department, Dr. (Carolyn) Hares-Stryker beamed at me and said I would make a great teacher. I realized at that moment that my entire education had kind of blossomed all at once. Almost all of my courses, from Communications to Zoology, included at least one presentation assignment, and I had learned a wide variety of research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. Being a double major with one foot in the sciences and the other in the humanities prepared me to really understand the needs of my audience. I remember feeling like I had “cracked the code” because that presentation felt as easy, fun, and natural to me as the Biology capstone presentation I did a week later. That moment was my favorite because it showed me how much I had learned and how much I was capable of achieving.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

My four years at Marietta were some of the busiest years of my life. Balancing all of my academic, personal, and work-related commitments was challenging, to say the least, but I figured it out and had a lot of fun along the way. I really pushed myself when I was a student here, and I’m glad I did because I don’t think I’ll ever have another opportunity to do and learn so many different things at one time.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Since graduating from Marietta, I’ve worked as a grant writer for non-profits, a web content developer, a professional editor, a college composition teacher, an auctioneer, the lead of a historical research team, a copywriter for a major vitamin company, and now I manage all of the ARC tutoring services at Marietta College. When I was a student, people always asked me “what on earth do you think you’re going to do with degrees in biology and writing?” My answer? Anything. Everything. My education from Marietta did not prepare me to do just one job. The skills I acquired are flexible and transferable to anything I want to do. In today’s job market, it’s highly unlikely that any employee will have the same career for 50 years. For some people with purely vocational educations, that’s a really scary prospect. But I’m not afraid because I have a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that will always be relevant.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

I think being a Pioneer means choosing to leave your comfort zone and expose yourself to challenges. Being a Pioneer means pursuing your interests — even if they don’t seem like they fit one particular “major” — and learning everything you can. As a Pioneer, I learned how to find the rewards in challenging situations, I learned to be excited by the unknown, and I developed a lifelong passion for learning new things.



Lindsey Kudaroski

Lindsey Kudaroski '14

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Minor: English

Additional Education: Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication (degree in progress)

Current Job: Graduate Assistant at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Hometown: Washington, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Xi Delta, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Collegiate Journalists, The Marcolian, Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honorary, Alpha Delta Sigma Advertising Honorary

Favorite Professor: Without a question, my favorite college professor was Dr. Jane Dailey. Jane served as my academic adviser, PRSSA adviser, and personal mentor during my time at Marietta College. She always encouraged me to pursue big things and taught me to “dwell in possibility.” Her impact on my life has been enormous, and I know that she will keep teaching me important lessons despite the fact that I’m no longer in her classroom.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I came to Marietta College for my first official college tour during my junior year of high school, and it always stayed in the back of my mind as I continued my college search. After participating in the Pioneer Scholars competition, I was offered an amazing scholarship to attend Marietta, and from there, everything fell into place. I think that deep down I always knew I was meant to be here.

Favorite Marietta moment?

It’s virtually impossible for me to choose just one favorite moment, but I will say that many of my best memories at Marietta College happened while I was spending time with Joyce Pennington, the media department’s administrative assistant. Joyce has worked at Marietta College for 35 years, and she’s one of the most fun, caring people I’ve ever met. I visited her every day and always knew she would be there to provide a laugh or a hug when I needed one.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I’ll always remember how much energy and momentum I felt on campus during my time at Marietta. My classmates and friends were all so engaged in both the classroom and the campus community, and I truly believe that we pushed one another to become better people than we were when we started college. My class, the Class of 2014, was an extraordinary group of men and women who accomplished amazing things and will continue to achieve excellence in all they do.

Personally, my life at Marietta was a busy one. I balanced my college courses, sorority life, and campus leadership, while still having a social life. This was not always easy, but I’m thankful that I had so many opportunities to be involved in college. Mastering the art of managing my time is probably one of the most valuable lessons I learned.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College provided me with just the right blend of academic rigor and professional development, not only preparing me for the challenges of graduate coursework, but also for my future career in public relations. Because of my involvement in the media studies department, especially with the Public Relations Student Society of America, I had opportunities to complete four different internships as a student.

As a senior at Marietta, I had to make the difficult choice between pursuing a master’s degree and launching my public relations career. Though I had some prospects for jobs during my last semester at college, I knew that graduate school was the right choice for me. I believe that the close relationships I formed with my professors and the work I did as a student helped me to land my assistantship at the University of Georgia, and having a background of professional experience will help me to land a public relations job once I’ve completed my master’s degree.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

To me, being a Pioneer means telling yourself that you aren’t able to accomplish something and then doing it anyway. Throughout my time in college, I achieved things I never dreamed were possible because I was encouraged by my professors and friends to try.



Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller '04

Major: English and History

Certificate: Leadership

Additional Education: Master’s degree, English, The Ohio State University (2006)

Current Job: English instructor, Gillette College

Hometown: Gillette, Wyo.

Clubs/Organizations: Chi Omega, Student Senate, Forensics team, McSAC

Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Alpha Theta

Favorite Professor: It’s impossible to pick just one! Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker, Dr. Mabry O’Donnell, Dr. James O’Donnell and Dr. Kathryn McDaniel

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

When I visited campus, I sat in on Dr. (Mabry) O’Donnell’s honors speech class, and Dr. O and the students made it Favorite Marietta moment?

There are so many! But Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Life at Marietta was so engaging. Both inside and outside the classroom, I experienced incredibly intellectual exchanges with some of the most brilliant minds I have ever met. When walking to class, it was impossible not to be stopped by several friends.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

My education at Marietta College taught me how to think on my feet, how to articulate an argument, and how to present myself successfully in public. I work as an English professor now, and I use those skills daily.

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Hannah Ratliff

Hannah Ratliff '14

Major: English, History

Current Job: Junior Content Editor at Boostability, Inc.

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Clubs/Organizations: Women’s Choir, Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA), Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pulse Literary Magazine, Marietta College Writing Center, Special Collections Intern

Favorite Professor: A two-way tie between Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker and Dr. Katy McDaniel

Education Abroad: Six-week study abroad internship in New Zealand.

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

The first time I visited Marietta College with my mother — she was pointing out things she remembered from her time at MC and I just felt so at home.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Handing the final draft of my history capstone paper.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Life was always something new and exciting with friends and professors.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta definitely prepared me for the real world, and Hilles (Hughes) and Caitlin (Jones) in the Career Center helped me discover the career options for my majors, network, and hone my interview skills.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

It means being a part of a huge, caring, fun community.



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