The Marietta Effect
Cody Clemens '13
Major: Organizational Communication & Public Relations
Minor: Health Communication
Certificate: Leadership Studies
Additional Education: Master of Arts in Corporate Communication, Duquesne University (2015)
Current Job: Graduate Research Assistant, Duquesne University
Hometown: Malta, Ohio
Clubs/Organizations: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Student Alumni Association, Intramural Soccer & Volleyball, Student Senate, McDonough Leadership Scholar, Public Relations Student Society of America, EXCEL Leader, Forensics and Debate, Pi Kappa Delta, Lambda Pi Eta, Order of Omega, Residence Life
Favorite Professor: Dr. Alane Sanders, Dr. Tomeka Robinson, and Dr. Liane Gray-Starner
Education Abroad: Costa Rica for three weeks in May of 2011 and Brazil for 2 ½ weeks in May 2013.
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
During the spring semester of my senior year in high school, I made the decision to attend Marietta College. The decision was not one that I took lightly, but after many months of weighing out the pros and cons, talking it over with friends, family, and current students; I knew Marietta was the best fit for me. I was attracted to Marietta because of the small classroom sizes, interpersonal connections with faculty and staff, as well as, the many opportunities to get involved on campus.
Favorite Marietta moment?
I actually have two favorite Marietta moments. Both of my Marietta moments would have to be when my fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, brought home the Hugh Shields Award in the spring of 2012 and the spring of 2013. The Hugh Shields Award is given to the top 10 Delta Tau Delta chapters in the nation. There are approximately 136 Delta Tau Delta chapters currently nationwide. Winners are selected by a committee who reviews the Fraternity Awards and Accreditation Report (F.A.A.R) that all chapters submit to nationals every year by Nov. 1. When we won the Hugh Shields Award the first time, every member of our chapter was so involved with the materials submitted in the F.A.A.R. and then to go on and win the award two years in a row, was not only a huge accomplishment, but my favorite Marietta memory as well.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
Life at Marietta College was phenomenal. I was a student who tried to take advantage of everything that Marietta College had to offer during my four years on campus. There were always a plethora of activities and organizations to get involved in, as well as, domestic and international trips. Students were always so friendly and Marietta was definitely a home away from home for me; it was almost like another family to me. The friends and the memories I was able to make there are still cherished and will never be forgotten.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
Marietta College had a huge impact on my career, both past and present. I was formerly an Executive Team Leader of Logistics at Target in Pittsburgh, Pa., and it was through an opportunity put on by the Marietta College Career Center that I landed that opportunity. Also, through my coursework at Marietta College and the student administrative roles I held while on campus, I gained a lot of useful experience that contributes to my success in my current position as a graduate research assistant at Duquesne University. I would not be where I am today without the help from my peers, the faculty, and staff at Marietta College. Former professors at Marietta have also inspired me to want to obtain a Ph.D. in my future.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
To me, to be a Pioneer means to be a student, a leader, a team player, a teacher, a motivator, and most importantly a mentor. One thing I have learned in life is that nothing is ever handed directly to you; Marietta provides several networking, academic, and professional opportunities for students to get out there and take advantage of. Marietta also does a fantastic job of turning young and developing leaders into influential student teachers and peer mentors. Having the ability to not only learn academic materials and life skills is one thing, but being able to teach those skills and influence others is another and that is something that Marietta College truly does well.