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Letter from the chair of the Marietta College Alumni Association Board of Directors


Paula King Pitasky '96

Dear Fellow Pioneers,

Where did the summer go?

Somehow, it's almost the start of the fall semester and ready or not, it's time for our Class of 2016 to begin its journey to becoming members of The Long Blue Line.

These freshmen will encounter significant change stepping onto campus in August the likes of which the previous eleven graduating classes did not see and that is a new president to greet them come move-in day. I was honored to be among the very first of Marietta College's alumni to welcome Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bruno to our campus community shortly after the appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees and am very excited by their arrival. It could not have been easy to find just the right individuals to continue the good work of Dr. Scott, but I believe we are most fortunate in doing just that and having them elect to join us in facing the challenges ahead.

Welcome also to no fewer than six new members of your MCAA Board. We're delighted to join with Tim Bennett '85, Frank Fleischer '71, Rob Johnson '05, Tia Knowlton Lane '98, Jennifer Roach Offenberger '86, and Jazmyn Barrow Stover '06 as they begin their important service to you and their alma mater. Their expertise and interests will serve us all well in the years to come.

We are especially fortunate to have such wonderful colleagues with us as your Alumni Association moves forward with an ambitious agenda. Even as we complete our important directory project, it's time to consider such initiatives as our first alumni attitude study since 2004, implementation of regional associations, unveiling new young alumni programs, introducing a dynamic, cutting edge professional resource called CareerShift and collaborating with Student Life for delivery of the exciting Senior Year Experience in the brand new Harrison Hall.

There's lots to work on and lots to do and see when you return to your alma mater for Homecoming on October 12-14. Each and every Pioneer is invited to attend the inauguration of Dr. Bruno on Friday afternoon AND meet him along with Diane on Saturday during an all new Marietta on the Mall. This celebration of all things Navy Blue and White features our awards ceremony and highlights our College World Series champs and other successful spring student-athletes.

Watch for your brochure later on this summer or during what's left of it!

Go Pioneers!

Paula King Pitasky '96
MCAA Board of Directors