Omicron Delta Kapp donates to New Concord Food Pantry
The Muskingum University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society, donated $580 to the New Concord Food Pantry. Chapter members raised the money during the fall semester by volunteering to do yard work and household chores in the community in exchange for donations. The pantry, located at College Drive Presbyterian Church, typically helps approximately 150 families a month, and anticipates a greater need in December. Pictured are Reverend Anne Weirich (left), pastor of the church, and Molly Canfield '15, president of the Muskingum chapter of ODK.
Speech team earns honors in back-to-back tournaments and qualifies ten for national competition
The Muskingum University speech team earned second place team sweepstakes honors at two consecutive speech tournaments and qualified ten team members for national competition. The honors came during the fall semester at the Falcon Classic Birds of a Feather Swing Tournament, held at Bowling Green State University, and the Whopper Xtravaganza Tournament, held on Muskingum’s campus.
At the Falcon tournament, Muskingum earned second place team honors in the Limited Entry division.
Erica Canter '15 placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking (ADS) with her original humorous speech titled Can’t Turn it Off: The Risks of Comedy, earning a total of 10 team sweepstakes points in her combined events of ADS and Poetry.
Jamie Graves '15, competing as a novice in Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking and Programmed Oral Interpretation, placed fourth in Poetry and sixth in Dramatic Interpretation, earning a total of 9 team sweepstakes points.
Jaliah Oglesby '18 competed as a novice in four events: Prose Interpretation, Programmed Oral Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking and Informative Speaking, winning sixth place in Novice Impromptu and fifth place in Novice Informative with her original speech titled Girl’s Got Hair: A Socio-economic History of Hair Extensions in the U.S. She earned 13 team sweepstakes points, and was named Muskingum’s Most Valuable Speaker for that tournament.
At the Whopper tournament, the following students qualified for the Public Communication Speech and Debate League national tournament and gave the team 54 sweepstakes points:
Carter Brown '16 placed second in the category of Whoppers and sixth in Improvisational Duo.
Darrell Briggs '18 placed fourth in the category of Current Events.
Canter placed second in Stand Up Comedy and sixth in Improvisational Duo.
Graves, earned fifth place in Poetry Slam and seventh place in Improvisational Duo.
Marty Kurtz '17 placed fourth in Poetry Slam.
Oglesby earned third place in TED Talks and fifth place in Story Slam.
Aaron Perkins '15 earned third place in Stand Up Comedy, fourth place in Audition Monologues and sixth place in Poetry Slam.
Cody Pettit '15 earned second place in Editorial Impromptu and seventh place in Improvisational Duo.
Kaylee Piatt '18 won third place in Audition Monologue.
Kayla Rausch '16 earned fourth place in Radio Broadcasting.
Jason Schaumleffel '18 earned second place in Current Events and TED Talks.
Rachel Schlarb '18 won fourth place in TED Talks and fifth place in Whoppers.
Stephen Fondriest '15 and Matt Allen '15 won fourth place in Improvisational Duo.
The director of forensics at Muskingum is Instructor of Communication Rachel Pollock.
Science students present papers at American Chemical Society conference
Five Muskingum University students presented three research papers at the American Chemical Society’s Central Regional meeting, held during the fall semester in Pittsburgh.
Seniors Kelli Brock, Heidi Landis, Tony Moore, Matt Allen and Cameron Godfrey presented the following papers:
Ferrocene as a Bio-Fuel Additive: Ferrocene’s Effects on the Thermodynamic Properties of Corn Oil by Landis, Allen, Brock, Paul Cristofari of Hyeres, France, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Louis Zook-Gerdau and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ray Rataiczak.
Water Quality Study of the Salt Creek Watershed by Brock and Dr. Zook-Gerdau.
Methods For Grafting Short Polymeric Units onto Kraft Lignin by Godfrey, Deborah Carroll, a senior chemistry major from New London; Kunyu Zheng ’14 of Lanzhou, China and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Eric Schurter.
Muskingum faculty members accompanying the students were Dr. Schurter, Dr. Zook- Gerdau, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Deepa Perera and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paul Szalay.
IN THE PHOTO: From left to right, Seniors Kelli Brock, Heidi Landis, Cameron Godfrey, Matt Allen and Tony Moore.
Student-broadcasters ranked nationally in College Broadcasters competition
Muskingum University’s Orbit TV ranked in the top four student media outlets in the nation at the College Broadcasters, Incorporated annual National Student Electronic Media Convention, held during the fall semester in Seattle.
Orbit TV had two national finalists in the category of National Student Production Awards. Luke’s Tech Corner was a finalist in the category of Best Vodcast and The Muskie Daily Special Edition: Bomb Threat Update was a finalist in the category of Best Television Special Broadcast. Nationally, there were 800 entries in 24 categories of competition.
The team for the two productions was Christine Holmes ’16, Kayla Rausch ’16, Haley Ellis ’15, Luke Carmichael ’15 and Amanda Mlikan ’13..
IN THE PHOTO: From left to right: Christine Holmes ’16, Amanda Mlikan ’13, Kayla Rausch ’16, Haley Ellis ’15, and Luke Carmichael ’15.
Students present research at Fall Research and Internship Forum
Students from both the Science Division and other academic disciplines presented their research and internship findings at the university’s annual Fall Research and Internship Forum, held during the fall semester.
Students presented their findings in a poster format that is typically associated with professional presentations in the sciences. The following students made presentations:
Jennifer Hastings ’16, Connor Hann ’16, Allie Leggett ’15, Sarah Landuyt ’17, Morgenna Zuby ’17, Jonathan Raugh ’16 and Devin Perry ’17 presented A Comparison of Grassland Birdpoint-Count Data on Two Regions of a Reclaimed Surface Mine (The Wilds) in Southeastern Ohio for the Biology Department.
Hayley Glaze ’15 and Bo-wen Deng ’15 presented Survey of Amphibian Distribution on a 26-Hectare Plot Surrounded by Reclaimed Surface Mine Land for the Environmental Science Program. They were advised by Dr. Danny Ingold, who is Muskingum’s Homer A. Anderson Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences.
Sarah Homan ’15 presented Rural Action Internship at Huff Run Watershed for the Geology Department.
Aliyah Byron ’16 presented Presence of CBL in Neurons and Astrocytes for the Neuroscience Program. She collaborated on the project with Kaitlyn Hassenfeild, Erica Carey, Robert E. McCullumsmith and Jenifer McGuire of the University of Cincinnati.
Sean Lally ’15 presented Continuous Improvement of Factory Performance and Reliability for the Department of Physics and Engineering.
Kelli Brock ’15, a 2014 Summer Muskie Fellow, presented A Continued Study on the Impact of Implement Conservation Practices on the Salt Creek Watershed in Muskingum County, Ohio for the Department of Chemistry. She was advised by Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau and worked with Nicole Hafer and Lisa Crock of the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District.
Taylor Maurer ’15 presented Occupational Therapy Observation Hours at Aultman Hospital and Concorde Kids for the Biology Department.
Sarah E. Francino ’16 presented An Internship at Fern Hollow Nature Center for the Biology Department.
Elizabeth Hartman ’16 representing the Departments of English and Political Science; Christine Holmes ’16, representing the Department of English and Journalism; and Michael Klamo ’15, representing the Departments of History and Political Science, presented Muskie Fellow Program at the Muskingum County Business Incubator.
Deborah N. Carrol ’15 and Cameron J. Godfrey ’15 presented Methods for Grafting Short Polymeric Units onto Kraft Lignin for the Department of Chemistry.
Rebecca Keeley ’15 presented Internship at the Williamstown Animal Hospital, West Virginia for the Biology Department.
Nicholas Bulinski ’16 presented Artificial Intelligence Capable of Deducing Hidden Elements in Gaming Structures for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Alexandra Leggett ’15 presented Butterfly Diversity of Butterfly Habitats at The Wilds, Cumberland, Ohio for the Conservation Science Program.
Matthew Allen ’15 presented Characterization of Various Surface-Level Oil Shale Samples for the Chemistry Department.
Richard Moore ’15 presented Thermodynamic Investigation of Marcellus Shale for the Chemistry Department.
Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau earns Conservation Educator of the Year award from Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District
Muskingum University Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau was named the 2014 Conservation Educator of the Year by the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District.
The award was instituted in 1984 and aims to create an awareness and appreciation of the value of conservation education and to stimulate efforts by teachers to advance the wise use, protection and enhancement of the nation’s soil, water and related resources. Each year, one Muskingum County educator is honored.
Dr. Zook-Gerdau has been working with the District for more than 10 years in its monitoring program for the Salt Creek Watershed. Along with her students, Dr. Zook-Gerdau and the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District worked to establish a baseline for water quality in the Salt Creek Watershed, as well as to monitor changes to that quality. Water samples were gathered at multiple sites which were initially tested by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Through her efforts, Muskingum University then acquired the equipment necessary to do the testing to Ohio EPA standards at Muskingum University.
In 2013, Dr. Zook-Gerdau wrote a proposal for Muskingum’s Summer Fellows program to provide a Muskingum student as an intern to the District. That student, Amanda Preslicka, provided a wide range of services, including the development of additional water sampling sites. After her graduation from Muskingum last year, Preslicka went on to be accepted to graduate school with a full scholarship. In 2014, Dr. Zook-Gerdau made arrangements to provide two more student interns so the water sampling work could continue and be expanded.
Dr. Zook-Gerdau was nominated for the award by Nicole Hafer, the District’s Education/Wildlife Specialist. In her nomination letter Hafer said, “We are proud of the relationship we have with Muskingum University and recognize this partnership would not be possible without the help of Dr. Zook-Gerdau. She has helped the District continue the Salt Creek Watershed project, supplied us with wonderful student interns and provided advice and assistance to improve several programs.”
Dr. Zook-Gerdau joined the faculty at Muskingum in 2002 and currently is an advisor for the University’s Environmental Science program. Her scholarly interests include analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and environmental chemistry. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Iowa and performed fuel cell research as a post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory before becoming an educator.
Dr. Barb Hansen chairs national conference, Rural Strong: Collaborating, Innovation and Revitalizing for Rural Prosperity
Muskingum University Distinguished Professor of Education Dr. Barbara A. Hansen chaired a national conference, Rural Strong: Collaborating, Innovating and Revitalizing for Rural Prosperity, held this fall at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus. The event was hosted by Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education.
Among the keynote speakers at the event were U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Former Governors Jim Geringer (Wyoming), Bev Perdue (North Carolina), Bob Taft (Ohio); and Bob Wise (West Virginia) and Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys: A Memoir (adapted into the movie, October Sky).
"This two-day event was designed to inspire individual potential and possibilities by sharing examples from powerful rural schools and education leaders who are linked to prosperous rural communities,” said Dr. Hansen, the Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning at Muskingum University since 2005.
The East Muskingum Local School District in New Concord was represented by Jill Johnson, Steve Brooks, Adams Brenner, Gail Requardt and Anne Troendly who spoke on the Ohio Appalachian Collaboration, A Road to Success – Transforming Rural Education.
Executive Director of Battelle for Kids Dr. Jim Mahoney and Ohio State Superintendent Richard Ross greeted attendees, as well as presented. Participants from 12 states attended.
Speech and Debate team places third at Kentucky tournament
The Muskingum University speech and debate team earned third place in team sweepstakes at the Bluegrass Invitational Forensics Tournament, held this fall at the University of Kentucky. More than 20 teams from across the country competed at the event.
Contributing to the win in the individual events categories were the following students:
Jamie Graves '15 placed second in Programmed Oral Interpretation and also competed in Prose. In addition, she was named Muskingum’s Most Valuable Speaker of the tournament.
Jaliah Oglesby '18 earned third place in Programmed Oral Interpretation and also competed in Prose Interpretation.
Cody Petit '15 competed in Prose, Persuasive Speaking and Parliamentary Debate.
Jason Schaumleffel '18 competed in Extemporaneous Speaking and Parliamentary Debate.
In debate, the team of Schaumleffel and Pettit earned 12 combined team sweepstakes points with a quarterfinal win against Grove City.
The director of forensics at Muskingum is Instructor of Communication Rachel Pollock.
Two students selected for Southeast Ohio Watermedia Society Exhibition, with one chosen as best of show
Artworks by two Muskingum University students were selected to appear in the Southeast Ohio Watermedia Society Annual Exhibition, titled Expressions.
Mandahu He '17 was selected for a painting titled Landscape of New Concord and that work was named Best of Show. Jiajin Lan '18 was selected for the exhibition for two works titled Reflection of Summer and Impression of Autumn. Both students graduated from Lanzhou High School #53, considered the best art school in Lazhou City, China.
The Southeast Ohio Watermedia Society Annual Exhibition is a juried competition, which had more than 40 entries in 2014. The artists’ works were judged by Christopher Leeper, president of the Watermedia Society. IN THE PHOTO: Mandahu He (left), and Jiajin Lan.
Muskingum University Professor of Art Ken McCollum was both an exhibitor and a presenter at the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics competition, the largest Best of Show prize competition in the Western Hemisphere, and currently is an exihibitor at the 70th Annual Ohio Annual Exhibition.
Professor of Art Ken McCollum is exhibitor and presenter for international Zanesville Prize competition and exhibitor at 70th Ohio Annual exhibition
McCollum showed 10 pieces at the Zanesville competition’s exhibition at the Seilers’ Studio and Gallery.
The porcelain ceramic art work McCollum creates tends to communicate the importance of image to American society. His pieces often narrate a different story using several repetitive symbols and the title of each piece is often incorporated into the design. Although humorous in appearance initially, the serious nature of the subject is discovered through close inspection.
McCollum also made a presentation on his ceramics techniques at the Zanesville show. Participants at both sessions were invited to join him in practicing his techniques, with an emphasis on stencils, sgraffito, underglazes and engobes.
McCollum is also an exhibitor at the 70th Ohio Annual Exhibition, being held at the Zanesville Museum of Art, 620 Military Road in Zanesville, now through January 3, 2015.
The juried competition is open to all Ohio artists, and was formerly the museum’s May Show. The current competition was renamed and expanded to include all Ohio artists in all media to better represent the broad array of high-quality work being created by artists across the state. The juror for this year’s competition is Edward Pauley, director of the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University in Athens.
McCollum’s entry into the Ohio Annual competition is a ceramic jardinere titled Good Morning Vietnam. The two-part theme of the piece encompasses the complex questions that surrounded the country’s involvement in Vietnam and marks the role of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division in the war. Known as “The Big Red One,” the 1st Infantry is the Army’s oldest continuously-serving division and saw heavy combat in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.
McCollum joined the Muskingum University faculty in 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree in ceramics from Phillips University, a master’s degree in sculpture from West Texas State University and master of fine arts degree with a concentration in ceramic arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Jason Schaumleffel '18 earns top honors at speech tournament
Muskingum University first-year student Jason Schaumleffel earned top honors at the Audrey Cunningham Forensics 500 Tournament, held this fall in Indianapolis.
Schaumleffel, a computer science and political science major, won in the category of extemporaneous speaking, which requires the student to prepare and present a speech on a specific topic in a strictly controlled amount of time.
The tournament was attended by more than a dozen colleges and universities from five states.
Also representing the Muskingum team were Jaliah Oglesby '18, a business management and marketing major, who competed in prose interpretation; and Cody Petit '15, a political science and communication major, who competed in prose and persuasive speaking.
The director of forensics at Muskingum is Instructor of Communication Rachel Pollock.
Muskingum University sophomore Robert Lee Fields III was the recipient of a 2014 United Parcel Service (UPS) scholarship. Fields, a business management and health administration major from Akron, was one of approximately 30 students in the state to receive the honor.
Robert Lee Fields III '17 awarded scholarship from United Parcel Service Foundation
The annual scholarship is awarded by the UPS Foundation through its UPS Educational Endowment Fund. In Ohio, the scholarship awards are made through a partnership of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO), of which Muskingum University is a member, and the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This year, the CIC has granted approximately $1.5 million in UPS scholarship support nationwide. The awards are based on a student’s academic performance and financial need.
Awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service granted at Convocation
At Muskingum University's Convocation, held August 26 on the campus, three faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The awards were presented by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James E. Callaghan.
The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Associate Professor of Communication Eugene L. Alesandrini. This award is named in honor of an alumnus whose career combined teaching, ministry and service as president of Miami University and The Ohio State University.
In recognizing Professor Alesandrini, Dr. Callaghan said, “Professor Alesandrini is one of those natural-born teachers – the kind of person that cares about young people, wants then to succeed, and gives them the tools and the knowledge it takes to make them succeed.”
Professor Alesandrini joined the faculty in 1987. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and his master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.
The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship was granted to Associate Professor of Religion Dr. Peter W. Gosnell. This award is named for an alumnus who was a renowned scholar, educator and the founder and first president of the University of Chicago.
Of his scholarship, Dr. Callaghan noted the publication of Dr. Gosnell’s critically acclaimed new book, The Ethical Vision of the Bible: Learning Good from Knowing God, and said, “Dr. Gosnell’s book is attracting the spotlight, and its warm glow is reflecting very well upon Muskingum University. Dr. Gosnell’s book is not only the result of the scholar in the library, but also the teacher in the classroom, because he honed his material there.”
Dr. Gosnell joined the faculty at Muskingum in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, his master of divinity degree and his master of theology degree from Western Seminary and his doctoral degree from the University of Sheffield.
The Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award was bestowed upon Associate Professor of History Dr. Thomas E. McGrath. It is named in honor of a Muskingum faculty member and administrator who served the university with devotion and distinction for four decades.
Citing Dr. McGrath’s achievements at the university, Dr. Callaghan said, “Dr. McGrath’s attention to detail, his unwavering commitment to including multiple voices and his willingness to discuss and handle people’s questions and concerns must be recognized.”
Dr. McGrath joined the Muskingum faculty in 2002. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree and his doctoral degree from Cornell University.
IN THE PHOTO: From left to right, Dr. Thomas E. McGrath, Eugene L. Alesandrini, Dr. Peter W. Gosnell and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James E. Callaghan.
Convocation features address by 1986 alumnus William W. Goetz ’86
Muskingum University held its Convocation on August 26, featuring an address by 1986 alumnus William W. Goetz.
In his address, Mr. Goetz told the students, “My best advice to you is simply to show up. Show up for your classes, show up for events on campus and show up to support your friends. If you truly engage during your time here, you will benefit richly from it.”
William (Bill) Goetz is senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sysco Corporation. A Fortune 500 company with annual sales of $44 billion, Sysco is the global leader in providing food products and foodservice equipment and supplies to restaurant, hospitality, educational, and healthcare facilities.
Mr. Goetz earned his bachelor of arts degree from Muskingum in business and economics, with a minor in speech. Immediately following his graduation, he began his career as a management trainee at Cintas Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company which provides corporate identity, uniform, safety, and first aid programs to the service and manufacturing industries.
He progressed through a series of roles with increasing responsibility at Cintas, becoming an officer of the company in 1997. In 2003, he joined ECOLAB Corporation – a water, hygiene, and energy technologies business service provider – to serve as vice president – corporate marketing and vice president – International marketing. He returned to Cintas in 2006 as vice president – marketing and merchandising and in 2008 was named president and chief operations officer – global accounts and strategic markets. He helped lead Cintas to record annual sales of $4 billion before joining Sysco in 2012.
Mr. Goetz and his wife Joellen reside in Houston, Texas, and are the parents of Cooper, Emma, and James.
Coaches, trainers and athletes cool off for a good cause
Muskingum’s athletic department took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on August 25, just after noon on the Quad. Coaches, athletes and trainers all took the plunge, and challenged their colleagues at other OAC schools to do the same. To date, the challenge has raised millions of dollars for ALS research. The Zanesville Times Recorder was there and got some amazing mid-splash photos. To see the story, click here. For the coverage on MUFightingMuskies, Muskingum’s YouTube channel for sports, click here.
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