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From the Dean


hope this issue of Tower Notes finds you well as we take a moment to reflect on our programs and activities. This magazine serves as our annual report. It highlights our record, while heralding the ways we study and practice leadership. This issue provides a small window into all of our activities during the 2014-2015 academic year. dr. gama Perruci While this issue draws attention to our many exciting activities, I also want to take a moment to acknowledge the wonderful work contributed by two departing members of our family. Alex Perry, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, not only taught several of our core courses in the leadership curriculum, but she also assisted us outside the classroom on many projects, including the development of a student Leadership Case Team, featured in this issue, and discussions about the development of an organizational social responsibility program. Perry accepted a position at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. This fall, we also lost another valued team member, Cristie Thomas, who transferred to the College’s Advancement Office, to serve as its Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement for regional associations and young alumni programs. We are deeply grateful to both for all of their many contributions to the Center. Many of the programs and activities featured in this issue have their “fingerprints” all over them. The “In the Spotlight” pages draw attention to several upcoming initiatives – the new Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence (EIR) Project on drone technology and the Schwartz Leader-in-Residence (LIR) Project focused on critical issues in Ohio’s education. This section also provides a review of two successfully completed projects during the last academic year – Michael Milone’s Fitzgerald EIR project on imagining the world in 25 years; and Kathleen Reddy-Smith’s LIR project on diplomacy, in collaboration with the Political Science Department and diplomats from the U.S. Department of State. These two programs, EIR and LIR, have become powerful opportunities for our students to develop their leadership skills. We are grateful for the time that our EIR and LIR devoted to the success of these projects. We recognize other achievements in this section, as well. During the 2014-15 academic year, the McDonough Center gave Mister Mac

Awards – the McDonough Award for Excellence in Leadership – to Jim Luce, Founder and C.E.O. of the James Jay Dudley Foundation, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of youth leadership development worldwide; and Brian Moynihan, C.E.O. of Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions. During the same academic year, we celebrated the news that Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella, Associate Professor of Education and Leadership, received the McCoy Award for Teaching Excellence – the most prestigious teaching award bestowed upon the full-time teaching faculty by Marietta College. As in previous issues, Tower Notes highlights the main focus areas at McDonough – Civic Engagement (e.g., the Alternative Break Programs highlighted in the “In Focus” section, the incredible productivity of the Office of Civic Engagement, the Live Healthy Kids program, the DRIVE Summer Camp, the Social Justice Speaker Series); Business Leadership (e.g., another successful Peoples Bank Business Case Competition, Leadership Q&A sessions with thoughtful business leaders); International Leadership (e.g., the incredible study-abroad experiences of our McDonough Scholars, global internship and travel opportunities for our students); and Research (e.g., undergraduate research, the Second Summer Palace Forum in Beijing, China). This year, we added a new page, Nonprofit Leadership, highlighting the great work that Nonprofits LEAD has been doing toward building nonprofit organizations’ capacity in the community. Our students have been involved in that effort through the Next Gen Program. Our alumni continue to impress us with their commitment to “Giving Back the Gift.” In this issue, we particularly note the number of graduates who are dedicating their lives to the field of education. Last year, we introduced a new section in Tower Notes, entitled “Investing in McDonough.” This year, this section features recent gifts that are strengthening the experiential education component of the leadership program. In particular, we are so grateful for the gift from Sally Evans to establish the Robert and Sally Evans Civic Engagement Internship Endowment. This endowment program will annually provide a student with a $5,000 grant to pursue a summer internship at a nonprofit organization in Marietta. This internship program will focus on programs and activities related to children in the local community. The inside page of the back cover also highlights the milestones and research accomplishments of our McDonough affiliated faculty. Through their projects and activities, we see how McDonough faculty, staff, and students are demonstrating the power of innovation, creativity and collaboration. At the conclusion of the academic year, we also welcomed four new affiliated faculty and staff into the McDonough Family. Impactful! That is the word that I hope will emerge in your mind after reading this issue. As a Center, we strive to be impactful in our students’ leadership development. In the process, we also seek to impact the campus, the local community and the world.

In Focus Alternative Break Program: Education, Service, Reflection


mentoring to prepare and support them in their role, making the experience of leading a trip not only a great practical experience in leadership, but also an opportunity for personal growth and transformation. Students who participate in alternative breaks value the connections they form both with fellow students and with the communities in which they serve. Consequently, OCE makes it a priority to organize return trips to some destinations. Returning to a service site gives students a chance to truly build relationships and invest in the community, and also benefits the host community by supporting ongoing development and sustained impact. In the 2014-15 academic year, the alternative break program sent groups back to Pine Ridge for the fourth year in a row, and to the Dominican Republic for a repeat visit. At the same time, the alternative break program seeks to constantly develop new opportunities for students. In March of 2015, OCE worked with the Office of Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion, and the McDonough Leadership Conference to create and lead a new alternative break trip at Marietta College that traced the history of the American Civil Rights movement. This trip was different from many previous alternative break experiences. While service was included as a key component, the bulk of the Civil Rights trip was spent on education and reflection activities — connecting students to each other, helping them truly understand the history of the movement, and empowering them to be advocates for justice and equality in their own communities. The trip participants presented a reflection on their experiences to a national audience during the April 2015 McDonough Leadership Conference.


n “alternative break” is a general term for a student-led trip that includes education, service and reflection. Alternative breaks began on college campuses in the late 1960s; there are now over 1,000 alternative break programs at schools across the United States. Alternative breaks at Marietta College involve students in meaningful service while providing them opportunities to learn about and experience diverse cultures, and to engage in reflection, analysis and discussion about important social issues. Alternative breaks have been part of the student experience at Marietta College for well over a decade. In the last few years, alternative breaks have been led by the McDonough Center’s Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), in partnership with Student Life, Campus Involvement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Alternative break groups have served internationally during winter break in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. During spring break — and most recently summer break — students have served in Marietta, Ohio; Parkersburg, West Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; and Birmingham, Alabama. Just since 2013, the program has involved over 86 students. Students in the alternative break program meet several times during the semester before their trip to get to know each other, learn about the history and context of the communities in which they will be serving, and collaboratively set expectations and goals for the experience. These pre-trip meetings are facilitated by a pair of student trip leaders — volunteers who apply for the chance to take a role in organizing and facilitating the trip. Student trip leaders receive extensive training and


In the Spotlight Fitzgerald EIR Project Explores Drone Technology


rones are often associated with targeting terrorists in foreign lands. However, just as with every military technology, commercial applications spawn. None is more interesting than the potential use of drone technology in package delivery. Gerard ElChaar, Co-Principal of Focused Edge Solutions, a consulting firm, is serving as the 2015-16 Fitzgerald Executive-in-ResiGerard ElChaar dence at the McDonough Center. His project is entitled “Drone Technology and the Supply Chain Industry.” Steve Orn, Co-Principal of Focused Edge Solutions, is serving as project adviser. During the 2015-2016 academic year, three groups of four students each will explore the potential and impact of drones on the transportation industry in terms of three areas: engineering and technological feasibility (Polly Clarchick ’17; Michael Ulam ’17; Aaron Smith ’18; Zach Pope ’17); law and government regulations (Maria Stickrath ’17; CJ Feipel ’17; Adam Majer ’17; Ryan Eberle ’17); and business application (Gabe Crowe ’18; Baffour Nkrumah-Ababio ’18; Celeste Prince ’18; Devin Wysni ’16). The three groups will work with an executive team at FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh in order to get first-hand experience with the complexities of the system. Students will evaluate the possibil-

ity of using drone technology and the impact it would have on current methods of delivery. ElChaar graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, PA. ElChaar relocated to the mid-Ohio Valley 14 years ago after a two-year assignment in London, where he was a Managing Director for eToys. Before that, he was employed with in Seattle, WA (during start-up), Time Inc., Berwick Industries, and Masland Industries.

New Schwartz Leader-in-Residence Focuses on Education




r. Stephanie Starcher ’96 credits the McDonough Leadership Program with enhancing her own management skills. Now she is sharing her own experiences as a teacher and public school administrator with Marietta College’s students as the 2015-16 Schwartz Leader-in-Residence. “I am grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the program that helped shape Stephanie Starcher my own leadership skills and mindsets,” said Starcher, who is an alumna of the Education Department and the McDonough Leadership Program. “I am a practicing educator who is extremely passionate about ensuring that all students receive quality educational services, and I hope to share this passion with those involved in the program.” Starcher, Superintendent for Fort Frye Local Schools, has served as an elementary teacher and principal, as well as an adjunct professor for several colleges and universities. In 2001, Walmart recognized her as a Teacher of the Year. Dr. Dottie Erb, Chair of Marietta’s Education Department, said Starcher epitomizes the mission of the College’s teacher education

program, which is to prepare teacher leaders. “From her initial years as a classroom teacher to her current position as superintendent, she has been instrumental as a change agent in her classroom, school, and district,” Erb said. As Leader-In-Residence, Starcher will help students identify some of Ohio’s critical issues in education that are associated with such unprecedented change, which may include, but are not limited to, school finance, standardized testing, curriculum standards, teacher evaluation, pre-service teacher preparation requirements, and school choice. As part of the project, students will investigate the historical and political development of specific critical issues in education and the related state policies and laws. Each student will be connected with a practicing teacher and administrator who can share perspectives on the critical issues from the field. In the spring of 2016, the students will use knowledge gained from their research and conversations with practitioners to make educational policy recommendations to state legislators and/or lobbyists. Starcher obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at Marietta College. She then earned a graduate degree as a Reading Specialist from Marshall University and later completed her doctoral studies in Education Administration at Ohio University.

EIR Participants Present Project Posters


he 2014-15 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence (EIR) participants successfully presented their project findings during the 2015 McDonough Leadership Conference poster sessions. Michael Milone, Executive Vice President (Retired), Rest of World, Enterprise Risk Management & Global Infant/Nutrition, H.J. Heinz Company, served as the 2014-15 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence at the McDonough Center. Lindsey Schrock ’16 served as the Fitzgerald EIR Project Coordinator. The EIR project was entitled, “Life in a Changing World,” and focused on how business, leadership and everyday life will be different 20 to 25 years from now. After extensive brainstorming and research, the EIR project participants decided to focus on a single question: How will we communicate differently in 2040? One group (Lucy Welles ’17; Caleb Hester ’16; Peter Sibicky ’15) highlighted the impact of high-tech accessories, cross-device communication and interactive technology. Another group (Monica Short ’15; Aaron Tice ’17; Yuxi Zhou ’17) focused instead on interactive ads on the go, the virtual store, and the future of the United Nations. A third group (Haley Bibbee ’17; Blake Szkoda ’16; Ally Welch ’15) explored the concept of “virtual reality” – and how it applied to illusionary devices (e.g., holograms), the future of education (e.g., holographic teachers) and the end of printed money (“your face is the credit card”). “The EIR Project gave me the opportunity to expand on what I was learning in leadership class and connect those concepts to interests that were more personal,” Welles said. “Getting to apply the Lewis Model

of Culture to ongoing developments in the field of communication was exciting and liberating.” Milone was pleased with the way their EIR project turned out. “The topic we chose for the EIR was quite unusual, ‘What will the world look like in the year 2040, 25 years from now?’ Since there is no right or wrong answer, my main goal was to get the students to be more inquisitive and open minded in their day to day lives; to make the most of their liberal arts education,” he said. “I am quite pleased with the project, because I think we achieved this objective, and the students learned a lot. I certainly did.”

Inaugural LIR Takes Participants to D.C.



athleen Reddy-Smith ’71, a retired diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, successfully completed a yearlong project as the first Schwartz Leader-in-Residence (LIR) at Marietta College. The LIR Program, named in honor of Dr. Stephen W. Schwartz (1940-2006), the founding and longtime Dean of the McDonough Center, is designed to infuse leadership across the Marietta College campus. The McDonough Center worked collaboratively with the Political Science Department to bring to campus an outstanding leader in the department’s academic area of interest. “I simply loved being back on campus and giving back to the wonderful school that educated me,” Reddy-Smith said. “The experi-

ence reminded me of one of the things that makes Marietta great – the low student-professor ratio and thus the highly personal nature of a Marietta education.” Reddy-Smith began her Leader-in-Residence service teaching strategic writing and analysis in Political Science 325 (Middle East Politics). She introduced the students to writing techniques, including brief writing and policy memorandums that added a significant layer of realworld policy-making to the class. In the spring of 2015 the students used their newly developed professional writing skills to analyze and make policy recommendations on countries outside of the Middle East. The project culminated with student presentations to region-specific policy experts in Washington, D.C. Travel expenses for the student participants was provided by the Schwartz LIR Endowment. “This was the most significant academic event that I have ever been engaged in outside of the classroom,” said Mark Schaefer, Associate Professor of Political Science and McDonough Affiliated Faculty. Schaefer served as the faculty adviser for the LIR project. “The success of this project is a testament to the hard work, dedication and focus of Kathleen Reddy-Smith. She has taken the notion of an engaged alum to a new level. I am also indebted to Paula Lewis, Administrative Coordinator, Political Science Department, and the McDonough Center for facilitating such an experience for our students and myself.”


In the Spotlight McDonough Hosts Successful National Conference




ith the theme, “Concrete Leadership: Bridging the Divide Between Theory and Practice,” the McDonough Center successfully hosted its annual undergraduate leadership conference in April 2015 – bringing to campus students, faculty and staff from 18 institutions, double the number of represented institutions compared to the previous year. The conference, which had 262 registrants, was chaired by Taylor Hanigosky ’16. The two-day event opened with the World Pac Paper Leadership Lecture Series, with Marvin Winans as the keynote speaker. A Grammy Award® winning American gospel singer, organist, pianist, composer, producer and member of the musical Winans family, Winans is also a businessman and educational administrator, all under the umbrella of the Perfecting Community Development Corporation, which includes the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, the Perfecting Community Care Center, the Amelia Agnes Transitional Home for Women, and the Jenesta McCraw Youth Activity Center. Other keynote speakers included Maka Meshveliani, Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Georgia Office, 2015 Andi Parhamovich Fellow; and Michael Templeman ’00, Director, New Initiatives - O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Aside from panel and poster presentations, the conference participants also attended a master class by Robert McManus, co-author of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2015). The conference also offered two workshops – one by Hilles Hughes, Marietta College’s Director of Career Services; and another by Ashley Wollam ’08, Director of Leadership Development at Macy’s Inc. – and informal “Leader Dialogue” sessions with special guests – Gerard ElChaar, Senior Vice President and Division President, Coldwater Creek (2005-2012); Michael Milone, Executive Vice President (Retired), H.J. Heinz Company; and Kathleen Reddy-Smith, Diplomat (Retired), U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State. The conference also included a faculty/staff reception and a bowling party for the student participants. This year, the conference also added two featured graduate presentations – Robert Reynolds, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; and Bruce Easop, Leadership Fellow, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, Princeton University. These presentations were designed to give undergraduate students an opportunity to hear cutting-edge, graduate-level research on leadership topics. The 2015 conference was made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Lead Sponsors (The Scott Theodore Leadership Conference Endowment; World Pac Paper, LLC; McDonough Corporation); Key Sponsors (Peoples Bank; Westport Innovations; Eagle Manufacturing; Alliance Industries); and Sponsors (Christy & Associates; Milone Family Charitable Trust).

Call for Proposals Please consider submitting a panel/poster presentation proposal for the next McDonough Leadership Conference (April 1-2, 2016). Conference Theme: “Leadership as Social Responsibility.” Conference Chair: Emily Drabeck ’17. For more information, please visit our website ( or scan this QR Code.

McDonough Gives Two Mister Mac Awards


uring the 2014-15 academic year, the McDonough Center gave Mister Mac Awards – the McDonough Award for Excellence in Leadership – to Jim Luce, Founder and C.E.O. of the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of youth leadership development worldwide; and to Brian Moynihan, C.E.O. of Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Luce (pictured, above left) received the Mister Mac during a campus ceremony (March 2015) in his honor. A former investment banker, Luce left Wall Street to dedicate his life to philanthropy in two areas – Orphans International Worldwide and the J. Luce Foundation. He frequently writes for the Huffington Post on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. He holds a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies from the College of Wooster. He also studied at both Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and Centro de Estudiar Colombiano-Americano in Bogotá, Colombia. Moynihan (pictured, above right) received the Mister Mac during an Economic Roundtable (ERT) luncheon (March 2015) at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. According to his bio on the bank’s website, “in his more than 20-year tenure at Bank of America, he has led each of the bank’s lines of business, including consumer/small business banking, wealth management, and corporate/investment banking.” [

html#fbid=IW0gxFQvLmX]. Moynihan holds a law degree from the Notre Dame School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in History from Brown University. The McDonough Center awards the “Mister Mac” as a way to recognize excellence in leadership. This prestigious award is named after the Mister Mac towboat, the flagship towboat of the Marmac Corporation fleet. “It is a hard-working towboat, and it leads the pack through its energy and effort,” said Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center. “A towboat moves big ideas – without necessarily drawing attention to itself.” The award is given in honor of the late Bernard P. McDonough (19031985), a self-made industrialist and entrepreneur who ran wide-ranging global business interests from his Marmac Corporation headquarters in Parkersburg, West Virginia. His generosity has inspired us to seek others who are innovators in their field and promote an exploration of new ways of thinking. Past recipients have included Robert Rubin, 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury; Anousheh Ansari, first female private space explorer and CEO, Chair and Co-Founder, Prodea Systems, Inc.; and Steven Forbes, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Business Magazine, President and CEO, Forbes Inc.

Judd Pucella Wins Prestigious Teaching Award



r. Tanya Judd Pucella, Associate Professor of Education and Leadership, received the 2014-2015 McCoy Award for Teaching Excellence – the most prestigious teaching award bestowed upon the full-time teaching faculty by Marietta College. Aside from teaching education and leadership courses, Dr. Judd Pucella also serves as the faculty adviser for the EXCEL (Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership) Workshop and the faculty coordinator for McDonough’s Teacher Leadership Certificate Program. Judd Pucella has her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Arts in Social Science Education from the University of Florida. “I enjoy the small college atmosphere at Marietta,” she said. “I attended a large institution for each of my degrees and did not get to know as many faculty and staff. At Marietta College, there is an opportunity to develop deep and lasting relationships between students and faculty that enrich the learning process in many ways.”


In the Spotlight

McDonough Scholars Receive Awards


uring the 2014-15 academic year, McDonough Scholars received many awards in recognition of their various achievements. The Center recognizes the leadership awards at the Tipton Luncheon – a special event sponsored by Drs. Jon and Martha Tipton (pictured below). A full description of these awards are found on the McDonough website ( We are grateful for the support that our donors provide, which makes it possible for the Center to recognize outstanding leadership. McDonough Scholars also excel in their various academic departments and College functions. In this issue of Tower Notes, we want to recognize their achievements beyond McDonough: McDonough Center awards presented at the Tipton Luncheon:

Drs. Jon and Martha Tipton


Carl Broughton Scholarship was created by the McDonough Foundation of Parkersburg, West Virginia, in 1996 in honor of Carl Broughton – a local entrepreneur, Life Associate Trustee of Marietta College, and a long-time supporter of leadership education. The scholarship provides $5,000 per year for up to three years (a possible total of $15,000 in scholarship award per recipient). This scholarship competition is open to rising sophomores in the McDonough Leadership Program who have a solid grade point average, are pursuing the minor in Leadership Studies or the major in International Leadership Studies, and are planning a career in business – broadly defined. Lindsey A. Arnold ’18 Amanda N. Davis ’18


Robert E. & Sally S. Evans Civic Engagement Internship Program was created as a result of the recognition of the importance of the nonprofit sector to the health of the Marietta community and the critical service role that college students may play in the region. This program recognizes the lasting legacy that Robert E. Evans established in the community through his many civic responsibilities, building on his tradition of commitment to the future of Marietta. This program awards up to $5,000 annually to a deserving leadership student who is committed to spending a summer in Marietta as an intern in a nonprofit organization working with children in K-12 age group. Kindle L. Crossley ’16

Outstanding First-Year McDonough Scholar is awarded annually to recognize first-year student(s) in the McDonough Leadership Program who has demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to the values of the McDonough Leadership Program. Student(s) receiving this award receive a $100 gift certificate from the Marietta College Bookstore. Evan P. Hensel ’18 Taryn N. Hicks ’18 Allison E. Watkins ’18 The Schwartz Internship Initiative was launched in the fall of 2006 as part of a project to honor Dr. Stephen W. Schwartz, the Center’s founder and long-time dean. Dr. Schwartz passed away in June of 2006 and the family requested that donations be made to the McDonough Center “to assist students with expenses associated with accepting summer internships with non-profit organizations.” In fulfilling this request, this initiative also will encourage McDonough Scholars to consider pursuing careers in the non-profit sector. Gene A. Neill ’16 Casey A. Peel ’16 The Jelinek International Travel Grant was created by Henry and Cathy Jelinek— graduates of Marietta College and whose daughter graduated from the McDonough Leadership Program. This scholarship is open to all McDonough Scholars pursuing the International Leadership Studies (ILS) major to assist in fulfilling their international experience requirement (internship, study abroad, service project) or to allow an ILS student to attend an international leadership conference outside the United States. The recipient of this award will receive a cash award of $2,000. Riley O. Osborn ’17

The Sherrill Cleland Prize in Leadership (Graduating Seniors) was established by the Board of Trustees upon President Sherrill Cleland’s retirement in 1989 to recognize Dr. Cleland’s efforts to instill qualities and skills of leadership as a major component of Marietta College’s educational program during his 16 years of personal leadership. It is given annually to the most outstanding of the graduating McDonough Scholars with a major in International Leadership Studies or a minor in Leadership Studies, chosen by the staff of the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business from among those nominated by students enrolled in the McDonough Leadership Program. Each year, the available prize amount is split evenly between selected recipients. C. Taylor Myers ’15 Alina R. Kielbasa ’15 Ryan D. Turnewitsch ’15 Laura R. Keating ’15 The Michael J. Conte Excellence in Leadership Award Lauren C. Morain ’16 Ohio Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award Danielle M. Chirdon ’15 Marietta College awards presented to McDonough Scholars during the 2014-15 academic year:

Adair Prize C. Taylor Myers ’15 Alpha Xi Delta Prize Shannon M. Johnston ’15 Delta Upsilon Good Citizenship Award C. Taylor Myers ’15 Hobba Chemistry Prize Kaely R. Becker ’15

Jack E. Prince Scholarship Ashley R. Jesser ’16 Emily L. Jones ’16

The Vernon E. “Dan” McGrew Scholarship: Journalism Taylor M. Hanigosky ’16

Joseph Green McMurry Scholarship Cassandra G. Crane ’16

The Walker Prize in Biochemistry Rebekah S. Wood ’15 Rebecca S. Greenstein ’15

Mark Amstutz Scholarship Emily A. Mason ’16 Michael J. Conte Educator as Leader Award Cassandra G. Crane ’16 Michael S. Dorfman Memorial Prize Austin B. Burns ’16 Outstanding Student in Chinese Kayleigh M. Fisher ’18 Outstanding Student in Spanish Allison E. Watkins ’18 The Andrea “Andi” Parhamovich ’00 Memorial Award Natalie W. Mayan ’15 The Beatrice Kremer Memorial Scholarship Hollie E. Young ’17 The Carleton Knight III Memorial Award Charlee J. Ottersberg ’15 The Chapin Prize Taylor M. Hanigosky ’16 The DeLancey Memorial Scholarship Erin N. McNulty ’16 The Ethel Guthrie Scholarship Maria E. Stickrath ’17 The Fenner-Fowler Memorial Prize C. Taylor Myers ’15 The Henry Benedict Schwartz Scholarship for French Matthew J. Bush ’17 The Jean-Jacques Rousseau Award Marissa J. Jeswald ’17 The Lewis-Riggs Scholarship Matthew J. Bush ’17 The Merrill Reeves Patterson Award Chelsea R. Smith ’15

The Rev. Carl A. Grimm Memorial Award Clarissa Brooke Stanley ’17 The Study Abroad Grant Kara S. Goolman ’16

William M. Sheppard Scholarship Laura R. Keating ’15 New Members of Phi Beta Kappa Gretchen L. Miller ’15 Chelsea R. Smith ’15 Ryan D. Turnewitsch ’15 Margaret J. Watt ’15 Rebekah S. Wood ’15 Charlee O. Ottersburg ’15 New Members of Omicron Delta Kappa Kelly A. Cecora ’15 Shannon M. Johnston ’15 Hayley E. Montgomery ’15 C. Taylor Myers ’15 Monica D. Short ’15 Jennafer L. Skoglund ’15 Ryan D. Turnewitsch ’15 Margaret J. Watt ’15

Jewett Prize is given annually to the two members of the graduating class whose orations, in competition with others, are judged most excellent in composition and delivery. These two students deliver their award-winning orations at Commencement. C. Taylor Myers ’15 (pictured above, first-place recipient with his oration, entitled “Lessons Learned as a Pioneer”) Eric A. Miranda-Marin ’15 (second-place recipient)

William Bay Irvine Medal was established by Student Senate on behalf of the student body. It is awarded annually at Commencement to the outstanding student of the senior class. The recipient is selected on the basis of the degree and extent of involvement in student participating activities, and loyalty and service to Marietta College. Ryan D. Turnewitsch ’15


The Modern Language Travel Award: French Marissa J. Jeswald ’17

William Bruce Blackburn Memorial Prize Megan A. Hendrich ’17


Civic Engagement Impact of Service with OCE



he Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) connected nearly half of Marietta College’s student body with local, regional, and national nonprofits through community service and other volunteer-based initiatives throughout the 2014-15 academic year. OCE developed and implemented over 30 programs that connected students to the local, national and international communities through direct service, educational opportunities and social justice dialogues. In implementing these programs, OCE partnered with 40 local community partners in the mid-Ohio Valley – including organizations in Parkersburg, Belpre, Williamstown and Marietta – as well as with partners throughout the country and the world through alternative breaks. Participating students not only gained experience and connections through their service, but also reflected critically on a variety of issues. Programming through the OCE has focused on different issue areas, including criminal justice, racial inequality, women in leadership, environmental sustainability, nutrition and food access, arts and culture, economic development, community development, and youth education. All of this programming, along with individual volunteering coordinated through the Office of Civic Engagement, also leverages financial benefits for both campus and community. This year, Marietta College students provided $130,377.80 worth of work in our local community, using the national value of volunteer time of $23.07/hr. Marietta College received six grants this year for projects implemented by OCE, leveraging over $100,000 to support community service projects, develop the capacity of local nonprofits, and offer programs that promote civic and community engagement among both college students and community members.


Strengthening Community Partnerships


ommunity service is a key component of the McDonough Leadership program, as well as a core value of Marietta College. In the Office of Civic Engagement’s (OCE) welcome to incoming first-year McDonough Scholars, staff describe community service as the “lab” where leadership students put their skills, theory, and ideas into practice. Therefore, community partners – the wide network of nonprofit organiza- Students work with Community Partners to implement many service projects throughout the year. tions throughout our area that a new searchable blog (, where all Marietta host student volunteers – have an important role to play in supporting College students can explore the volunteer opportunities available and enriching the student experience. through the OCE. With this in mind, the Office of Civic Engagement launched a Community partners attended volunteer management workshops refreshed focus on developing and strengthening community partnerand networking sessions, facilitated by OCE Staff and sponsored by ships with local nonprofits in 2014. Based on feedback from students, Nonprofits LEAD. Workshop participants walked away with a five-step faculty, and nonprofit personnel, OCE developed a Community Partrubric for developing volunteers into advocates for a nonprofit’s misner Handbook, which was provided to the nearly 40 local nonprofits sion. One community partner shared that they would like to see all who engage with Marietta College student volunteers through OCE nonprofit personnel access the workshop, and that they hope to see the programs. The handbook includes resources such as a template for deprogram offered again. OCE staff heeded that advice and are already veloping a volunteer orientation program, a how-to guide for creating looking forward to another year of offering resources to and strengthvolunteer job descriptions, and a list of things to consider when evaluening relationships with our community partners. ating an organization’s capacity to effectively invest in their volunteers. OCE also created a listing for each Community Partner organization on

Local Schools Continue to Live Healthy


The Office of Civic Engagement is pleased to welcome back Marietta College alum Ricci Davis ’14 for a second year as the Live Healthy Kids Coordinator for the 2015-16 academic year. The Live Healthy Kids program – supported through Hunger Solutions Mid-Ohio Valley (www. and implemented by OCE in partnership with the COMCorps AmeriCorps team based at Ohio University in Athens – offers free weekly lessons in cooking, nutrition and health to second grade classes throughout Washington County. Live Healthy Kids teaches children about the importance of healthy, balanced eating by presenting fun, hands-on cooking and tasting activities. Marietta College students serve as food educators and classroom assistants in the program through paid positions, volunteer positions, and a service-learning course partnership with Professor Jaclyn Schwieterman of the Athletic Training Department. In her first year as coordinator, AmeriCorps member Davis focused on tailoring the program to the needs of local classrooms, including adding more exercise and general health education components to the lessons, and building partnerships with other local organizations working to address food insecurity and child nutrition.


Civic Engagement Students Explore Entrepreneurship at DRIVE Summer Camp


rom June 22nd through June 27th, 2015, the McDonough Center became an innovation hub, a prototype laboratory, an art studio and a small business resource center for a group of 17 motivated, creative, young entrepreneurs at the first annual Dreams + Resources + Innovation + Vision = Entrepreneurship (DRIVE) Camp. The six-day camp developed entrepreneurial skills, problem-solving, creativity, and confidence in students from grades 7 through 12 from Marietta and surrounding areas. Director of Civic Engagement Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, in the role of DRIVE Camp Director, recruited and facilitated a diverse group of Marietta College faculty and staff, local educators, artists, business owners, professionals, consultants, community members and college students to help implement the pilot program. Rising senior Daley Buckwell ’16 served as the DRIVE Student Coordinator, assisting in the development and planning of the camp curriculum and taking the lead on much of the programming with campers throughout the week. DRIVE campers had the opportunity to participate in teambuilding challenges, attend workshops on branding, design thinking, networking, and visit several sites in the local community to learn about innovative businesses and projects. Visits included trips to Whit’s Custard, REsolve Studios, and Pickering Associates. Students also traveled to Cleveland to attend the weekly 1 Million Cups program, which promotes and supports entrepreneurs in many major cities throughout the United States. Camper teams worked with professionals from WV Social Media Consultants LLC, Clutch MOV, Marietta Community Foundation, Marietta and Beyond, and the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Marietta to learn about marketing, explore locally available resources, and develop their plans and pitches. Camp staff served as “coaches,” helping the camper teams develop presentations and prototypes of their new products or services. Campers presented those products and services to an enthusiastic audience of family and community members at the camp’s closing event and reception on Saturday in the McDonough Auditorium. The variety of ideas pitched was a testament to the students’ creativity and included: an inclusive afterschool arts

education program, a volunteer-run store to support development of a local homeless shelter, a series of online videos and kits aimed at doomsday “preppers,” a customizable shoe, and a low-cost hydroponic growing system marketed to local restaurants and businesses. DRIVE Camp at Marietta College is a partnership between the Office of Civic Engagement and the Office of Academic Affairs. It has been developed and funded as part of the Ohio Young Entrepreneurs Consortium (YEC) – a partnership among school districts, career and technical centers, higher education institutions, and business and community partners in a 12-county service area. Funded by a $13.6 million Ohio Department of Education Straight A Grant, YEC is a multi-year initiative to create an innovative model for community engagement and increasing the flow of young entrepreneurs in Ohio. After a successful pilot, plans are already in development for the 2016 DRIVE session, which will aim to work with even more aspiring young entrepreneurs.


Social Justice Speaker Series Promotes Dialogue on Campus



he Social Justice Speaker Series was a new program launched in January 2015, born out of a collaboration between the offices of Civic Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community Living. The program invites both faculty and community speakers to share their perspectives and knowledge on an issue within their area of expertise or experience. The goal of the series is to create space on campus to discuss a variety of social-justice topics – inviting students, faculty, staff and community members at each event to critically reflect on the issue presented and engage in open and thoughtful dialogue across differences. The program launched on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a presen-

tation by Dr. Jamie Moshin on difference, power, and privilege in the U.S. today, with a focus on investigating the question of whether we truly live in a “post-race” society. The 2015 series also included a panel on marriage equality, a discussion of ethics in healthcare, and reflections on the importance of empowering local youth. The upcoming fall 2015 series includes programs on food insecurity with Dr. Alicia Doerflinger, sexual violence with Dr. Mary Barnas, gentrification with Dr. Thomas LaSalvia, and a community panel including a variety of perspectives on the role of faith in social justice.

Nonprofits LEAD Secures Funding for Program Development and Continuation


n an exciting development for both the Office of Civic Engagement and the regional nonprofit community, the Marietta Community Foundation, Our Community’s Foundation, the McDonough Foundation, and the Sisters Health Foundation (formerly the Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund) have all come together to fund Nonprofits LEAD for 2015 through 2017. The Ross Foundation has joined the funders’ collaboration to fund the program from 2015-16. Marietta Community Foundation President and CEO Heather Allender called the cooperative funding arrangement an “amazing opportunity for the local funders

to collaborate on a project in the community.” This new funding structure also means a new program model. It is an exciting continuation of work started in 2008 by Marietta College and the Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund, with the completion of Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella’s regional nonprofit capacity building study. Building on the findings of that study, and the work that has been done in response, Nonprofits LEAD will pilot a new, intensive, cohortbased capacity building program for a group of local organizations beginning in October 2015. Under the leadership of Program Director Heather Eichner, the new program will focus on

moving participating organizations measurably forward in key capacity areas over the course of nine months through a combination of workshops, peer mentoring, leadership development and organizational coaching support. With this new initiative, Nonprofits LEAD will be building on five years of experience locally and ongoing research on best practices nationally. Nonprofits LEAD seeks to develop innovative strategies for working with nonprofit organizations in the mid-Ohio Valley to strengthen their organizations and support their missions.

Preparing the Next Generation to Lead


organizations to see how the complexities of running an organization translate into each organization meeting its mission. Each semester, the students complete a project on behalf of their organization. In their first semester, they assess their organization’s capacity and complete a SWOT analysis. In the second semester, they write a grant, proposing a project that will build their organization’s capacity. In their final semester, students identify, create and implement an independent service-learning project with their organization. Next Gen students have cited the program for its effectiveness in better preparing them to work in the nonprofit sector, understand the complexities of running an organization, experience the power of networking and teamwork, utilize their passions to make a difference, and be an active and involved community member.

Next Gen student Megan Hoag ’15 explains her proposal to implement a board retreat for her organization.


onprofits LEAD works to further Marietta College’s mission of providing a strong foundation for a lifetime of leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving through implementing programs that engage students in supporting and strengthening the nonprofit sector in the mid-Ohio Valley. One example of how Marietta College and the nonprofit sector can collaborate to better prepare our students for their future, as well as strengthen nonprofits, is the Next Generation: Nonprofit Leadership and Board Governance (Next Gen) program. This academic program brings together students from across disciplines who are interested in being on a nonprofit board and helping run an organization. Nonprofit organizations are actively seeking board members who can bring new ideas, experiences, skills, and passions to the organizational leadership. Marietta College students are looking for experiential education opportunities that engage their passions and talents while offering them a chance to learn, grow and lead. Next Gen fulfills both of these needs. Not only the students, but also the nonprofit organizations they help lead, must apply to be accepted into the program. The program, now in its fifth year, had a record number of student applications this past academic year. The 2014-15 cohort was made up of 13 students ranging from freshman to junior class ranking. They came from a variety of majors including International Leadership Studies, Political Science, Business Management, Biochemistry, English, Environmental Science and Petroleum Engineering. They served as board members with 11 different nonprofits in Marietta and Parkersburg. Students attended weekly classes for three semesters to learn about nonprofit management, board governance and philanthropy. Students also attended board and committee meetings, board retreats and organizational events. Students in the cohort also volunteered with their


Business Leadership ERT and McDonough Co-Host Leadership Q&A Sessions Every year, in partnership with the Economic Roundtable (ERT) of the Ohio Valley, the McDonough Center co-sponsors Leadership Q&A sessions on campus. This event is informal and allows students to meet senior business leaders and engage in a dialogue about their professional experiences in diverse fields. During the 2014-15 academic year, we hosted three sessions: Brian Moynihan is the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America. According to his bio on the bank’s website, he “leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world . . . . Under his stewardship as CEO, the company has simplified its operations, built capital and liquidity to its highest levels, and developed a straightforward business model providing core financial services to customers and clients.” [ our-story/brian-moynihan.html#fbid=IW0gxFQvLmX] Moynihan holds a law degree from the Notre Dame School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in History from Brown University. Mike Milone retired from Heinz in 2012 after 32 years of service. Heinz Chairman, President, and CEO William R. Johnson said in a March 2012 press release announcing Milone’s retirement, “Under his strong leadership, Rest of World and Global Infant/Nutrition have become key growth areas for Heinz. Mike has been an outstanding leader for Heinz for over three decades and was a key contributor to our recent acquisition of Quero, our first major business in Brazil. Mike has skillfully led the growth of our business in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.” Milone holds a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate Division. The ERT was formed in 1982 by a group of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of this organization is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic and social issues. Each year, several outstanding speakers are brought to the mid-Ohio Valley to speak to the membership.

Joshua Hall is an Associate Professor of Economics at West Virginia University and Co-Director of the Center for Free Enterprise within the College of Business. He earned his bachelor and master degrees in Economics from Ohio University and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2007. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College and an Economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Hall is currently serving as the President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In addition to being a co-author on the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report, he is author of over 100 academic journal articles, book chapters and scholarly studies. His most recent edited book is Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics.

Mount Union Wins Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition




ongratulations to the University of Mount Union team for winning the 2015 Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition. Peoples Bank, in partnership with the McDonough Center, offered the competition on the Marietta College campus. Besides Mount Union, which entered two teams in the competition, the 2015 participants also included Ashland University, Marietta College, Marshall University, The Ohio State University (two teams) and Ohio Valley University. The competition took place at McDonough, during which each team presented its business case response to a select group of Peoples’ executives. After an initial presentation by each team, Peoples and Marietta College hosted a luncheon at which four finalists were announced. The finalists then competed in the afternoon for the $1,500 prize. The Undergraduate Business Case Competition serves as an opportu-

nity for students to invest time and effort competing with peers to provide a solution to a real-world business scenario. Aside from the competition experience, participants also get to interact with business leaders in the financial services industry and receive immediate and valuable feedback on the results of their work. Peoples is a community bank with offices in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, and is committed to investment in our communities through educational development and outreach. Peoples also hopes that this competition allows its bank leaders to acquaint themselves with potential candidates for employment.

McDonough Scholar Interns at IPG


ileen Walsh ’16, a junior Psychology major with minors in Economics and Leadership Studies, interned this past summer in New York City for IPG, a global leader in marketing solutions with 48,000 employees. She worked in the Leadership Development Office with a Leadership alumna, Saira Khan ’08, an applied organizational psychologist. Eileen was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Robert Evans Internship Endowment. This annual program, administered by the College’s Career Center, offers one stipend of $5,000 to a student (rising junior or senior in any undergraduate major, with a minimum GPA of 3.0) who participates in an approved internship at a for-profit organization, specifically a major national or global organization. “My internship with Interpublic Group in New York was an absolutely invaluable experience for me,” Walsh said. “In just three months, I was able to gain new research and

communication skills while learning the ropes of a professional workplace. I became familiar with what it means to be a leadership develop-

ment specialist at a large global holding company, and it was there that I found something I could be truly passionate about.”

Former EIR Publishes Business Book 40 countries on client projects during his business career. “My mind has no borders and I am comfortable working anywhere with anyone as I adapt to new cultures and working situations easily, in fact I thrive on it,” Peterson said.



obert E. Peterson, the 2006-07 Executivein-Residence at McDonough, recently published a book, entitled Make It Happen! The book focuses on how Japanese companies need to elevate marketing as a core function to succeed outside Japan. In his book dedication, Peterson mentions Marietta College, noting his appreciation for “everything I learned as a student and continued to experience there as an Executive-

in-Residence.” As an EIR at McDonough, Peterson led an experiential project involving competing teams that selected local companies, studied them, developed a marketing communications strategic plan and produced a communication program. Peterson is a 1976 graduate of Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media. His consulting activities are scattered across Europe, Japan and North America. He has recently worked with Toyota Motor Corporation, Dentsu Inc., Ishida Taiseisha Co. (ITP) and Automotive Marketing Consultants (AMCI). Peterson began his professional career as a sales representative in Procter & Gamble’s Paper Products Division in New York City. He moved to the advertising business and worked on a number of oral care, hair care and household cleaning national brands at leading New York advertising agencies prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi New York in 1981. During his tenure at Saatchi, Peterson lived in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Brussels. Peterson also lived in Manila and Mexico City as a consequence of his father’s career with General Electric. Peterson considers himself a global nomad and has visited more than


International Leadership McDonough Scholars Share Their Study-Abroad Experiences



s communications technology expands along with the number of students interested in studying abroad, the McDonough Center offers the McDonough Worldwide Blogging Program for the Leadership students. During their junior year, many McDonough Scholars choose to study abroad as part of the experiential requirement for the major in International Leadership Studies and the minor in Leadership Studies. While abroad, they participate in this program, which encourages leadership students to reflect on their study-abroad experiences through blogging. For students who are studying abroad in the spring semester, blog-


ging also becomes an opportunity to exchange ideas with students taking sophomore-level LEAD 203 (Global Leadership). LEAD 203 students are required to follow at least one of the blogs and write comments during the spring semester. Through their study-abroad experiences, McDonough Scholars are able to expand the LEAD 203 students’ global perspectives, while developing their own critical-thinking skills. Below are excerpts from three McDonough Scholars’ blogs who studied abroad during the spring 2015 semester and shared their insights with the LEAD 203 students. You can access their full blog postings through the McDonough website (

Florence, Italy

Galway, Ireland

Cannes, France

Lindsey Schrock ’16 (double major in Theatre and Communication Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies), reflecting on an Intercultural Communication class: “My professor added, ‘The Italians . . . don’t want you to wear your culture like a stereotypical sleeve, but be respectful of the culture, remain true to yourself, and show them that you are a genuine person interested in their culture and you have something to offer as well.’ Italy is undergoing changes with immigration and tourism. The globalizing world is coming in on Italy, and while they may not know what to do with that now, they are certainly adjusting. It is interesting to witness and experience firsthand, and every time I face a challenge because of where I come from and the fact that I am something new for them, I want to feel proud rather than ashamed. I respect their culture and heritage, and want to immerse myself in it and appreciate it, not destroy or tarnish it. And slowly, but surely, they are realizing that.”

Rachel Thompson ’17 (Petroleum Engineering major, combined with the Engineering Leadership Certificate): “Most importantly, being away from my loved ones has made me realize all over how important they are to me. I have always been really focused on my own goals, set high standards for myself, and considered myself very independent. Traveling abroad with my friends has been fantastic, but I often caught myself wishing my mom was there to appreciate an artwork with me or that my dad would be able to awe at the beauty of the Ring of Kerry. But all of this is part of the process – I studied abroad to explore on my own and take a self-journey. Through this adventure, I have finally figured out that even if I don’t get my dream job or that 4.0 doesn’t work out for a semester, I still have people that love me and everything will turn out fine. I know this all seems pretty cliché, but it’s an idea I have really struggled with before I studied abroad. Stepping back from all the pressure I normally put on myself has been life-changing for me.”

Kara Goolman ’16 (International Leadership Studies major, with a minor in French): “For anyone looking to study abroad and comparing different companies, I would recommend looking into what excursions and activities they offer. All of these trips with AIFS have greatly added to the value and depth of my experience in Cannes. I cannot over-emphasize how important it is to travel while studying abroad. What’s great about Europe is that independent travel on the weekend is easy and affordable. Every Friday there are several people from our group packing up to spend a few days in Paris, Milan, Dublin, Barcelona or Berlin. In the U.S. you could fly for an hour and be in the same state. In Europe, you can land in a new country with a radically different culture with its own language, food, dress, etc. As for myself, I’m very excited to be spending our upcoming Spring Break exploring Amsterdam, Cologne and Barcelona.”

Students Explore Leadership and Conservation


n May 2015, we partnered with the leadership program at Christopher Newport University and took a group of leadership students from both institutions to Costa Rica and Belize to study conservation within the context of leadership. Through this trip, we studied the ways leaders work with followers within their culture to achieve the goal of ecological conservation and sustainability. Robert McManus, McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership and Communication, and David Brown, McDonough Affiliated Faculty from the Biology Department, led the trip. Guest professor Benjamin W. Redekop, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Chair of the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University, traveled with us. He is the author of Leadership for Environmental Sustainability, the main textbook that was used as part of the course. This trip was part of a three-credit hour course (LEAD 350: Leadership Study Abroad). It fulfilled the General Education requirement for Marietta College students. It can also be counted as an elective for the Certificate and Minor in Leadership Studies, as well as the international experiential education requirement for the International Leadership Studies Major. “One of the strengths of this trip was that we had students from two leadership programs that had never met before and they were able to take the course and share different perspectives,” Brown said. The students met with leaders from The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and local environmentalists. They also swam a coastal reef, hiked through rainforests and visited Mayan ruins. In addition, the group performed a service project focused on environmental conservation and conducted surveys of locals in Monteverde and La Fortuan, Costa Rica, about their attitudes toward the environment. The survey is part of a multi-year study. “The students did a great job collecting survey data on the trip, and I am looking forward to the research papers that they will be turning in based on their research topic and data from the survey that was conducted,” Brown said.

Upcoming Leadership Study Abroad Trip: Thailand and Cambodia the Chiang Mai Night Market, an elephant camp, a meditation retreat, the Thai Cultural Center, Angkor Wat, the Killing Fields, and a service stay at a Hill Tribe Village. Robert McManus, McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership and Communication, and David Brown, McDonough Affiliated Professor from the Biology Department, will lead the trip. For more information, please contact Brown ( Estimated Cost: $3,600 (includes all travel expenses).


Join us for the next McDonough Leadership Study Abroad trip, which will study the traditions, religion and history of Southeast Asia and a Buddhist approach to leadership. As preparation for this trip, participants can take LEAD 350 (Leadership Study Abroad: Leadership in Southeast Asia) in the spring semester of 2016. The trip will follow in May through early June. Students can participate in the trip without registering for the class in the spring. This trip is open to all Marietta College students. Some of the planned excursions include the Royal Palace in Bangkok,


Research Kielbasa Interviews Tuvalu Prime Minister for Honors Thesis




lina Kielbasa ’15 (International Leadership Studies major) successfully completed her Honors Thesis, entitled “Leadership and Climate Change: A Case Study of Tuvalu.” As part of this research project, Kielbasa interviewed the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga (photo above). The purpose of her research was to discover and analyze the Tuvaluan perspective on climate change and leadership. There were two main research questions that went into the creation of the survey distributed in Tuvalu: (1) What the Tuvaluan people perceive are the environmental problems of Tuvalu, (2) Who the Tuvaluan people perceive are responsible for those problems. The data were collected in Funafuti, Tuvalu, through interviews and 124 survey responses. “Tuvaluans are incredibly concerned about climate change and that they perceive they will need to relocate from their country within 80 years due to sea level rise,” Kielbasa said. “The interviews suggested that their small low-lying coral atoll islands are facing four main environmental issues: coastal erosion, water scarcity, waste management and climate change awareness.” Kielbasa used Rian Satterwhite’s Deep Systems Leadership Theory to describe the Tuvaluan’s relationships between the individual, their systems and the environment. She met Satterwhite at the McDonough Leadership Conference on campus and decided to use his theory. Robert McManus, McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership and Communication, served as her Honors Research Thesis adviser.

UIR, Marietta College Co-Host Second Summer Palace Forum


he University of International Relations (UIR) and Marietta College co-hosted the second Summer Palace Forum on June 27-28, 2015, in Beijing, China. The event brought together higher education and business leaders in a conversation about critical issues facing China. This year’s theme focused on “Serving Society through Innovative Education and Creative Value: Talent Cultivation and Development for International Organizations.” Marietta College’s McDonough Leadership Center and the China Institute invited and worked with the American speakers, while UIR invited other speakers from China, Asia and Europe. The two-day forum was held on the campus of UIR in Beijing. The Marietta College delegation included: • President Joseph Bruno; topic: “Entrepreneurship at Marietta College” • Mark Miller, Interim Provost (Spring 2015); topic: Innovative Education: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Preparing Leaders for Global Engagement in the Twenty-First Century.” • Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center; topic: “Serving Society Through Innovative Education: The McDonough Model of Undergraduate Leadership Development.” • Michael Milone, the 2014-15 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence at the McDonough Center and retired Executive Vice President from Heinz Company; topic: “Leadership and Innovation.” • Kathleen Reddy-Smith, the 2014-15 Schwartz Leader-in-Residence at Marietta College and retired diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State; topic: “Be a Leader: Think Sharp and Write Brief.” • Andy Zelleke, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; topic: “Empathy, Innovation and Value Creation.” UIR and Marietta College co-hosted the first Summer Palace Forum in 2013. The success of that event prompted officials from both institutions to convene a second forum in Beijing.

Michael Milone (left), Kathleen Reddy-Smith (center) and Wei Dan (right) participated in the two-day Summer Palace Forum..

Case Team Finalists in ILA Competition


he McDonough Leadership Case Team was selected as one of the three finalists during the 2014 Undergraduate Leadership Case Competition at the International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference in San Diego, California. Fifteen undergraduate leadership programs from all over the country participated in the competition. The team members included Austin Burns ’16, Emily Drabeck ’17, Gene Neill ’16 and Riley Osborn ’17. They had great coaches - Alex Perry and Maribeth Saleem-Tanner. The ILA is the premier organization in the Leadership Studies field, bringing together scholars, educators and practitioners. The ILA case competition takes place annually during the association’s Global Conference. The competition, which includes an undergraduate and a graduate division, has two phases. First, all teams present a poster in front of conference attendees. Based on the poster presentation, three finalists from each division are invited to present a PowerPoint before a panel of judges. The topic for the 2014 competition focused on U.S. Immigration Policy. McDonough faculty and staff coach the team and travel with them to the competition venue. Every year, students are invited to join the team.

The McDonough Team is already practicing their case-competition skills in preparation for the 2016 ILA Leadership Case Competition, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

The McDonough Model Highlighted in Leadership Book


followers, common goal and the environmental context. In Part II, they look at the fifth component – the cultural context. This section of the book pays particular attention to different cultural perspectives on leadership – Western, Latin American, African, Buddhist, Taoist and Islamic. In Part III, they explore three possible answers to the “Leadership for What?” question – for personal leadership development, to develop others and to contribute to the Greater Good. The book is designed to be a resource for undergraduate and graduate leadership students, as well as leaders in a wide variety of professional fields.


arietta College’s Office of Academic Affairs hosted a reception in the spring to celebrate the publication of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2015), by Robert McManus, McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership and Communication, and Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center. The book is based on the Five Components of Leadership Model, which they developed through their teaching in the McDonough Leadership Program. The book is divided into three parts. In Part I, McManus and Perruci focus on the first four components of the model – leaders,


Alumni News Leadership for What?

Jennifer DeSantis ’15

Christina Johns ’13


cDonough Scholars often hear this question (“Leadership for What?”) as they progress through the core courses and service projects in the community. The main message in this question is our desire that our graduates pursue a “life track” that will give them a sense of meaning and purpose. Many of our graduates find their calling in the educational field – broadly defined. Here are some recent examples of new challenges and opportunities: •Chris Hale ’03 began in fall 2015 his first year as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama; he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University in 2013. He is also the recipient of the 2014 American Political Science Association Aaron Wildavsky Award for Best Dissertation in Religion and Politics. •Kyle Yoho ’12 has been named the Education Director at The Castle Historic House Museum in Marietta, Ohio. He has a Master’s degree in Public/Applied History from Wright State University (2014). •Christina Johns ’13was recognized as the LEP (Limited English Proficient)’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. She teaches LEP Middle School math at the I CAN Schools in the Cleveland area. Johns pursued the

Jenna Skoglund ’15

Teacher Leadership Certificate track at McDonough. •Angela Sipes ’14 accepted a position as a research assistant at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in the Anesthesiology Department. She previously served as an Eighth and Ninth Grade science teacher at Mosaica Education, Inc., in Columbus. •Emily Lorek ’14 completed her first year of graduate coursework at the University of Montana and accepted the invitation for a Peace Corps position in Costa Rica. She is working as a Youth in Development Coordinator. As she said in her latest blog post on the McDonough website, “Education and service have been my passion for a long time, and the opportunity to combine my two passions into Peace Corps has been a thrilling journey.” •Jenna Skoglund ’15 is in her first year as a teacher in Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School in the Columbus area. Skoglund pursued the Teacher Leadership Certificate track at McDonough. •Jennifer DeSantis ’15 is in her first year as an intervention specialist at Darbydale Elementary in Darbydale, Ohio. DeSantis pursued the Teacher Leadership Certificate track at McDonough.


Cohort 15 – Ten-Year Outcomes Assessment Report


The McDonough Center issued this past summer an outcomes assessment report with an analysis of Cohort 15, which graduated in May of 2005. Here are the highlights from that report: • Life tracks (percentage of the respondents pursuing specific fields): Business (63.33 percent); Education (10 percent); Health (10 percent); Nonprofit (3.33 percent); Public Sector (6.66 percent); and Energy (6.66 percent). • 83.33 percent of the graduates are still in their undergraduate field of study.

• 43.33 percent have graduate degrees. Overall, we are pleased with the work that Cohort 15 has done since graduation. The members of Cohort 15 are impacting many lives through their work in critical fields – science, healthcare, banking, human resources, marketing and management, to name a few. They are living the mission (“Giving Back the Gift”) in meaningful ways.

Marietta College Alumni Association (MCAA)’s 2014 Outstanding Young Alumna


egan Schreck Yunn ’06 is the founder of Beverly’s Birthdays, a nonprofit organization providing birthday celebrations for at-risk and homeless children in the Pittsburgh area. This award is presented to a Marietta College graduate from the past 15 years or less, who has made significant accomplishments in business or professional life and/or who has rendered outstanding service to the College or the MCAA. While volunteering at an afterschool program in Pittsburgh, Yunn encountered a girl named Beverly and tried to encourage her to use the word, “accustomed,” in a sentence. Seeking to provide a prompt, Yunn said, “Beverly, at a birthday party, people are accustomed to eating what?” Beverly, twelve years old, responded, “I have never had a birthday party or a birthday cake.” Inspired to action by the response, Yunn founded her own organization to provide birthday celebrations for homeless youth in the Pittsburgh Region. In June of 2011, Yunn submitted her idea to the “BE BIG in Your Community Contest,” a signature component of the ongoing Clifford The Big Red Dog “BE BIG!” campaign sponsored by American Family Insurance. Her proposal was selected as a first place winner out of over 1,000 entries in the nation. Beverly’s Birthdays received a starter grant to help make Yunn’s dream a reality and deliver joy and cheer to those who otherwise might not realize the celebration of such an incredibly important milestone – a birthday.

Wollam Gives Back Through His Leadership Expertise


As a McDonough Scholar, Wollam helped rebrand the leadership orientation into its current workshop format. In fact, he was the one who came up with the EXCEL acronym and served as the student coordinator of the first rebranded EXCEL Workshop in August 2007. Before the rebranding, the McDonough Center offered an orientation week that introduced the students to the leadership program. While the two formats were similar, the EXCEL Workshop became a much more focused event, which has been consistently rated high by the participants.


shley Wollam ’08 has been busy “Giving Back the Gift” through recent projects with the McDonough Center. Wollam, Director of Leadership Development at Macy’s, Inc., delivered a workshop entitled “Advancing Your Leadership Journey,” during the 2015 McDonough Leadership Conference. As stated in the conference program, this workshop helped participants focus on “how to navigate their leadership journey more intentionally and effectively.” Participants explored “what it means to develop as a leader, envision where they wish their journey to take them, and equip themselves with tools for advancing their leadership journey.” In August, Wollam returned to campus and offered a training session for the student leaders involved in the EXCEL (Experience Civic Engagement and Leadership) Workshop, a five-day event designed to introduce the new cohort of McDonough Scholars to the leadership program. Following the training session for the EXCEL Leaders, Wollam served as the alumni keynote speaker during the workshop’s opening ceremony.


Investing in McDonough Gifts Strengthen Experiential Education Initiatives in Leadership This section in Tower Notes is designed to highlight how McDonough’s supporters are making a difference on campus and beyond. In this issue, we highlight how recent gifts have strengthened the Center’s ability to support experiential education initiatives.


t McDonough, we provide a comprehensive program that combines both curricular and co-curricular opportunities for the leadership students. While McDonough Scholars take core courses as part of their academic tracks, we also emphasize the importance of “action” – developing their understanding of leadership through practice outside the classroom. During the 2014-15 academic year, McDonough established a Leadership Experiential Education Fund (LEEF) to provide grants for leadership students interested in one of the five areas in Experiential Education – internships, study abroad, undergraduate research conference attendance, and service projects. Support for this initiative has been strong, and we are so grateful for the many donors who have stepped up. In particular, we would like to highlight the following gifts:


• The Robert and Sally Evans Endowment for a Summer Civic Engagement Internship: Through a gift from Mrs. Sally Evans, we will be able to offer, in perpetuity, a summer internship for a leadership student committed to working on a children-related project at a nonprofit organization in the Marietta area. The endowment will provide the funds to cover the student’s living expenses, plus a $2,000 stipend. This gift allowed us to support Kindle Crossley ’16, a Psychology major, who interned this past summer at EVE, Inc. (Pictured: Sally Evans, right; Crossley, center; Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, Director of Civic Engagement)


• Experiential Education in the STEM Field: Through a gift from Dick and Sally Uhde, we have been able to award grants for leadership students majoring in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) areas. This gift allowed us to support Megan Bache ’17, a Biochemistry major, who participated in the McDonough Center’s “Leadership and Conservation” study-abroad trip to Central America. • Experiential Education in the Law Field: Through a gift from Brendon Riccobene, President and COO of the McDonough Corporation, the McDonough Center was able to provide a travel grant to Maria Stickrath ’17, a Political Science major, who attended summer law-

school classes at the University of Cambridge in England. This program is part of an initiative led by the University of Richmond Law School and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. • The Jelinek International Travel Grant: Through an annual gift from Henry and Cathy Jelinek, long-time supporters of the McDonough Center, we are able to provide a travel grant to a student in the International Leadership Studies major. This year, Riley Osborn ’17 received the Jelinek grant, which was used to sponsor her attendance of the International Leadership Association’s Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain (October 2015). • Conference Participation Grants: Gifts, such as the one from John Gardner (President) and Betsey Barefoot (Senior Scholar) of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, have given us the resources to send students to events at other campuses, including the annual U.S. Naval Academy’s Leadership Conference. We hope you will consider contributing to our Leadership Experiential Education Fund. To give, please visit the Marietta College website (www. and click on the “Give” button. Please designate your gift to “McDonough Center – LEEF.”

McDonough Affiliated Faculty and Staff News Bill Bauer

Congratulations to Bill Bauer, McCoy Associate Professor of Education and McDonough Affiliated Faculty, on his appointment to the Board of Directors of the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation – a high impact, New York-based nonprofit organization supporting leadership development at a global level. The online stated mission of the Foundation is “to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGO’s that support them, particularly in the fields of the Arts, Education and Orphan Care.” (

Mark Sibicky

Mark Sibicky, McCoy Professor of Psychology and McDonough Affiliated Faculty, has been appointed as the next William Van Law Plankey Professor at Marietta College. The Plankey Professorship endowment provides faculty with resources to assist in their research projects with undergraduate students. He began his term in this position at the start of the 2015-16 academic year. Sibicky is an experimental psychologist with a focus on social psychology. His research interests include understanding helping behavior and cooperation. He is also interested in social cognition, particularly how people categorize, perceive and stigmatize others. Recently, he and his students have been researching people’s attitudes toward free will and how these beliefs may influence their perceptions of themselves and others.

Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer, McCoy Associate Professor of Political Science and McDonough Affiliated Faculty, received the Innovative Teaching Award from Marietta College during Founders’ Day celebrations in February 2015. The award was given in recognition of the work that he did collaboratively with Kathleen Reddy-Smith, the 2014-15 Schwartz Leader-in-Residence. In addition, Schaefer also published a book, entitled The Formation of the BRICS and its Implication for the United States: Emerging Together, published by Palgrave-Pivot. The work was co-authored with John Poffenbarger, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Luding Tong

Luding Tong, Associate Professor of Chinese and McDonough Affiliated Faculty, and Helen Xu, Visiting Scholar from the University of International Relations in Beijing, China, co-authored a book, entitled Emotional Appeals and Advertising Strategies in Modern China (Beijing: The University of International Relations, Publishing House). In addition, Tong received the Outstanding Research Award from Marietta College for the paper, “‘The Young and the Restless’: Grappling with the Young Chinese Consumer Mindset.” The paper also earned her an award from the 2014 Global Conference on Business and Finance, held in Hawaii, sponsored by The Institute for Business and Finance Research. Tong’s article was later published in Review of Business & Finance Studies, a highly selective peer-reviewed journal in the discipline.

New McDonough Affiliated Faculty and Staff


e are pleased to welcome four new members to the list of McDonough Affiliated Faculty and Staff: Linda Roesch, Instructional Technologist; Laura Pytlik, Academic Coordinator, Petroleum Engineering; Jackie Khorassani, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Business & Economics Department; and Greg Delemeester, Professor of Economics. McDonough Affiliated Faculty and Staff contribute to the Center in many different ways. The key element is a sustained active participation in the life of the Center. The level of commitment, however, varies based on the faculty/staff availability and interests. There are two ways to become a McDonough Affiliated Faculty

and Staff. First, the faculty/staff may express interest through a self-nomination to the Dean of the McDonough Center. Second, the McDonough faculty and staff may forward a nomination to the McDonough Dean. Once a nomination is received, the Dean will bring the faculty/staff name to the McDonough faculty and staff during one of the Center’s regular monthly staff meetings. The McDonough faculty and staff discuss and then vote on the nomination. There are no limits or restrictions as to the number of nominations that the Center will consider during a staff meeting. Once appointed as a McDonough Affiliated Faculty/Staff, the designation will be held throughout their tenure/employment at the College.

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Tower notes fall 2015  

Marietta College's 2015 issue of Tower Notes

Tower notes fall 2015  

Marietta College's 2015 issue of Tower Notes