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Krista Huffman

Krista Huffman ’08

Major: Advertising & Public Relations

Additional Education: Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education Administration, Arizona State University

Current Job: Assistant Director of Marketing-Athletics, University of Alabama

Hometown: Woodsfield, Ohio

Athletics: Softball

Favorite Professor: Lori Smith

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

I spent my first semester of college at the University of Akron, but knew right away that a smaller institution was going to be the right fit for me. I transferred to Marietta to play softball and also major in Advertising & Public Relations because I knew the marketing/advertising field was an interest of mine.

Favorite Marietta moment?

My favorite MC moments were spent on the softball field, on the bus to away games and down in Florida with the team playing softball.

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

Life at Marietta College was hectic, exciting and fun all at the same time. I met a lot of great people during my time and was able to make life-long friends. Most days were spent on the practice field or in the classroom, but I also made sure to find time to spend with family and friends. I always lived off-campus during my four years, so my connection with the student body wasn’t strong, but my connection with my teammates and coaches were outstanding.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

Marietta College had a great impact on my career because it is such a well-respected institution not only in Ohio, but also across the country. I studied Advertising & Public Relations and I believe the class mixed with our mandatory internship experience was a true launching point for my career. I have been working in sports for seven years and it all started with an internship during my junior year when I worked for the Akron Aeros Minor League baseball team. I didn’t have any previous experience working in sports, but the hiring manager had heard of Marietta College and the type of students they produce so he gave me a shot at an interview. I guess the rest is history.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Marietta Pioneer in my mind is something with great pride and respect. The institution, professors and people you interact with on a daily basis are first class and true leaders in the eyes of higher education. I was privileged to have the opportunity to represent Marietta Softball as a student-athlete and because of that I will always feel connected to the college and program. I have and will always be proud to be a Marietta Pioneer.