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Engineering science seniors present projects at conference

ENGINEERING SCIENCE STUDENTSFive seniors from Muskingum's Engineering Science program presented their senior research projects at the annual North Central Section Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, held April 5 at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. 

Brian Sayre and Brandon Leyda presented A Dog Leash That Won’t King Tut You.

Stephanie Metzger and Luke Weber presented Design for a Window AC Unit Using Solidworks Flow Simulation.

Wuyan Li presented, Improvement of an Automatic Gear Change System.  Li worked with Keyang He, a computer science and mathematics major.

The students were accompanied by Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Sandra Soto-Cabán and Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Emre Selvi.

The American Society for Engineering Education is committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.  Its more than 12,000 members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students and government and industry representatives who represent all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology.

IN THE PHOTO: From left to right, Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Sandra Soto-Cabán, Lucas Weber, Brandon Leyda, Brian Sayre, Stephanie Metzger, Wuyan Li and Assistant Professor of Engineering Dr. Emre Selvi.


Michael Klamo '15 presents research findings at national symposium

MICHAEL KLAMOMichael Klamo '15 has presented his research findings at the national Europe: East And West Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the University of Pittsburgh on April 11.

A junior history and political science major, Klamo's presentation was titled, Whose Land is it Anyway:  Contrasting Narratives of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Games, which made a comparison of narratives about the Gamesfrom the radical Islamist “Caucasus Emirate” and the ultranationalist “Movement Against Illegal Immigration.” 

Klamo was nominated to make the presentation by Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold.  Klamo’s work began on the project as a part of Dr. Arnold’s Russian Foreign Policy class.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event that provides undergraduate students with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills. It is open to students from all majors and institutions who have written a research paper from a social science, humanities or business perspective, focusing on the study of eastern, western or central Europe, the European Union, Russia or other countries of the former Soviet Union.


Chandrika Misra '16 earns scholarship from international student magazine

ANGERT AND MISRAMuskingum University student Chandrika Misra '16 has earned a scholarship for an essay she wrote for International Student Voice magazine. 

Chandrika, a native of New Delhi, India, is attending Muskingum to study economics, accounting and business.  Her essay, titled The Best Friend That Anybody Could Have, describes the great value of her relationship with her roommate, Rebecca Angert '16, and how Rebecca’s support and that of her family helped Chandrika feel at home at Muskingum and in the United States. Rebecca is a history and American Studies major. 

The two met first via an email that Rebecca sent to Chandrika, introducing herself as her roommate. In the essay, Chandrika recalls, “We started talking via e-mail and I felt instantly comfortable, even though we had never even met or seen each other.”

About their first-ever meeting on campus, Chandrika wrote, “After a long day of orientation, I walked into my room and there were paintings hanging everywhere and both of the beds were made up perfectly. Becca, as I now call her, and her parents had reorganized the entire room and I felt like I was home. I don’t know if I could have gone through the transition of living in India to living in America and getting used to college without that girl being by my side the entire time.” The pair are now in their second year as roommates and plan to be together for the rest of their time at Muskingum. 

International Student Voice magazine is dedicated to advocacy for international students studying in the United States, as well as for U.S. students studying abroad.  Chandrika’s essay will be published in the magazine’s April edition.

IN THE PHOTO: Rebecca Angert (left) and Chandrika Misra.


LOCAL EDUCATORS HONOREDLocal educators honored for work at National Road Elementary

National Road Elementary School Principal Michelle Jordon (left) and Muskingum University Professor of Education Dr. Linda Rogness were recently recognized by the Ohio School Boards Association for the Outstanding Student Program of the Southeast Region The innovative program was a joint science adventure development by Muskingum and the National Road Elementary as part of the 21st Century Grant. Muskingum University students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate science education methods courses worked with National Road Elementary students on hands-on experiences such as “Matter Mysteries” and “Lego Mindstorms Robots.”




Professor F. J. Wehage elected officer of international foreign language honorary

FJ WEHAGEMuskingum University Professor of German Dr. Franz-Joseph Wehage has been elected to a two-year term as first vice president of the executive board of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society.

Dr. Wehage joined the faculty at Muskingum in 1991.  He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the State University of New York – Albany. 

At Muskingum, Dr. Wehage received the William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2002 and 2012.  As part of his development of the German program at Muskingum, he created study abroad opportunities at both Deggendorf University and Passau University.  He has published several books, most recently Geschaftsdeutsch: An Introduction to German Business Culture, which he co-authored with Gudrun Clay.

During his tenure as advisor of the Phi Sigma Iota chapter at Muskingum, seven of Muskingum’s graduates have been awarded scholarships since 2005, including the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship, the highest honor granted by Phi Sigma Iota.



Two students earn scholarships to attend Ohio Foreign Language Association conference

Two Muskingum University students have earned scholarships to attend the Ohio Foreign Language Association’s (OFLA) annual conference, to be held this April in Columbus.

Brittany Jackson of Gnadenhutten and Krysten O’Connell of Sarahsville, both of whom are seniors, were nominated for the Conference Attendance Scholarship by the chair of Muskingum’s World Languages Department, Dr. Jean Morris, on the basis of their academic achievements and commitment to excellence in teaching.  They were chosen for the scholarships based in part on the strength of their essays explaining why they are choosing a career in World Languages.  Both students are Spanish licensure candidates. 

The conference, titled The Times, They Are a-Changin’:  Embrace the Changes, Reap the Benefits—Teachers Helping Teachers, will allow Jackson and O’Connell to network with both current and future World Languages teachers, as well as to attend multiple conference sessions.

Both Jackson and O’Connell will graduate from Muskingum this May with degrees in Spanish and their teaching licensure and both plan to teach Spanish.  Jackson’s faculty advisors are Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Sandra Alzate and Professor of Education Dr. Joy Cowdery.  O’Connell is advised by Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Beth Butler and Dr. Cowdery.

Debate team wins state championship at OFA novice tournament and students earn honors in individual events

The Muskingum University debate team won the state championship at the Ohio Forensics Association State Novice and Interstate Individual Events Tournament, held recently at Ohio University in Athens.

Muskingum’s debate team members are Beth Ford ’17 and Carter Brown ’16.  In addition, both earned honors as Individual Parliamentary Debate Speakers, with Brown earning first place and Ford earning third place. 

In the individual events categories of competition, the following students took honors:

Ohio Forensics Association Novice Awards

Carter Brown ’16:
First place in Trithon (highest scores in three genres of individual events competition)
Second place in Rhetorical Criticism
Fifth place in Prose
Third place in Impromptu

Beth Ford ’17:
Third place  in Trithon (highest scores in three genres of individual events competition)
Sixth place in Persuasion
Second place in Poetry

Cody Pettit ’17:
Fifth place in Persuasion
Fifth place in Impromptu

Interstate Individual Events Tournament Awards

Team honors

The Muskingum team won first place sweepstakes in the Focus Division and Erica Canter ’15 and Carter Brown ’16 earned fourth place in Improvisational Duet Acting. 

Individual honors

Erica Canter ’15:
First place in Junior Varsity Prose
Fourth place in Varsity After Dinner Speaking
Fifth place in Varsity Persuasion

Jamie Graves ’15:
Second place in Junior Varsity Poetry
Fifth place in Poetry Slam

Muskingum was competing against teams from Ohio University, the University of Akron, Marietta College, Cedarville University, Heidelberg University, Miami University, Eastern Michigan University, Butler University and Ivy Tech Community College.

The director of forensics at Muskingum is Instructor of Communication Rachel Pollock. 


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AWARDDepartment of Education receives national award

Muskingum University’s Department of Education was recently honored by the International Alliance For Invitational Education (IAIE) with the Paula Helen Stanley Fidelity Award.  The department was cited for“its invitational education’s philosophy, theory and practices” and for embracing an inclusive mindset for teachers and for encouraging understanding and tolerance for individual differences. 

Pictured are Ken Wright, IAIE Director of Student Exchanges; Barbara Hansen, Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning and Distinguished Professor of Education, Muskingum University; Vicki Wilson, Chair of the National IAIE Advisory Council; Sally Butzin, President of the IAIE Board of Trustees; Linda Rogness, Professor of Education, Muskingum University ; Rae White, Professor of Education and Director of Educator Preparation Unit, Muskingum University; Ed Gwazdauskus, Director of Inviting Schools Awards.


New bachelor's degree in petroleum geology announced

Muskingum University has announced a new major in petroleum geology, adding to current majors in geology, environmental science, conservation science and earth science. Muskingum also offers minors in earth science and geology.

“Graduates of this new program will be needed to fill jobs within the growing oil and gas industry or in governmental agencies,” said Dr. Stephen R.Van Horn, associate professor of geology at Muskingum. Graduates might also choose to pursue a graduate degree, Dr. Van Horn explained.

The new major builds upon the strengths of Muskingum’s current geology department. Courses in Introduction to Well Logging, Sedimentary Petrology, Petroleum Geology and Subsurface Geology have been added to the existing curriculum to create this new academic offering.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employment for geoscientists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. “The need for energy, environmental protection and responsible land and resource management is projected to spur demand for geoscientists in the future,” according to the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Three students are finalists in business case competition

Three Muskingum University students were finalists in the 2014 People’s Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition, held recently as part of this year’s McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College.

Competing for Muskingum were Eric Coen ’15,  Nate Caplan ’15 and Andrew Tornes ’14.  As a team, they were challenged to analyze a financial services case study and present their solutions to conference attendees and a panel of judges. The case they studied involved People’s Bank and how it should approach a hypothetical acquisition of Cincinnati Savings Bank.

The students’ advisor is Instructor of Business Kristine C. Pray.

Seven schools competed, including Muskingum, Marietta, Ashland University, the University of Mt. Union, Marshall University, the University of Charleston and Ohio Valley University

The McDonough Leadership Center at Marietta College, and its annual conference, focus on the importance of leadership studies as a way of preparing its students for a life of purpose and engagement in the spirit of intellectual exploration, scholarship, self-reflection and personal leadership development.

Summer Fellow Megan Duke '14 published in mathematics journal

DAQUILA AND DUKEMuskingum University senior Megan Duke has had the research findings she produced as a part of the university’s Summer Fellows program published in the highly regarded Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal.

A senior mathematics major from Weirton, West Virginia, Duke published an article titled A Non-geometric Switch Toggling Problem.   Her research focused on when and how any system of switches can be transformed from one initial configuration to another configuration by always changing a fixed number of switches in any one step.  This is important research in the context of genetic toggle switches and how they can be used to predict the conditions necessary for gene bi-stability in gene-regulatory networks such as E-coli or feline leukemia. 

Duke conducted her research as a part of the university’s Summer Fellows program, which allows selected students to work closely and intensively with the university’s faculty on specific areas of research.  That research project must be chosen for inclusion in the program by the university’s vice president of academic affairs and the university’s president.  Professor of Mathematics Dr. Richard Daquila worked with Duke on the research and also serves as her faculty advisor. 

To be published in the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal, articles must be submitted to a panel of referees and then selected by the publication’s editor-in-chief.  The Journal is devoted entirely to papers written by undergraduates students on topics related to mathematics. Although the authors need not be undergraduates at the time of submission or publication, the work must have been completed before graduation. The publication is sponsored by the mathematics department at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. 

In addition, Duke was invited to present her findings at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) fall meeting, held at Cleveland State University.  The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. Its members include university, college and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists, statisticians and many others in academia, government, business and industry.  Duke’s presentation was one of only a few to be given by an undergraduate student. 

Duke will graduate from Muskingum in May with a degree in mathematics and a teaching license.  She plans to teach mathematics and is also applying for a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship grant that would allow her to both teach and attend graduate school. 

IN THE PHOTO: Dr. Richard Daquila and Megan Duke.

Women’s soccer team earns 2013 NSCAA Gold Award

The women's soccer team was one of only 26 teams in the country to be honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the prestigious NSCAA Ethics/Sportsmanship Gold Award for 2013. The Gold Award is regarded as one of the most difficult awards to earn from the NSCAA.

The Muskingum women were the only team from the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) to achieve the Gold Award, which encompasses all National Collegiate Athletic Association divisions, all National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics divisions and all National Junior College Athletic Association divisions.

Muskingum, under the guidance of Head Coach Mary Beth Caudill, who also serves as president of the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association, has been honored with either the Gold or Silver Award in 12 of the last 15 years.To be recognized with the Gold Award, a team cannot receive any Red Cards or Yellow Cards during the season.

The 2013 season was a memorable one for the team, as they set the school record for best start in program history, set the mark for longest unbeaten streak at home and notched their most wins since 2001.

Furthermore, Coach Caudill won her 100th career game at Marietta College on October 15 to become just the ninth women's soccer coach in OAC history to achieve that milestone.

Muskingum will receive the award at the annual NSCAA Convention on January 16 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Omicron Delta Kappa gives back to the community

ODKThe Muskingum University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) recently made a donation of more than $600 to the New Concord Food Pantry in an effort to give back to the community.

The chapter raised money by doing yard work in the New Concord area in exchange for donations, including raking leaves and other general cleanup projects.   More than 30 chapter members helped, along with 11 Muskingum faculty members, who worked together at a total of 11 homes. 

The food pantry, located at College Drive Presbyterian Church in New Concord, typically distributes 4,000 pounds of food per month to those in need. 

ODK is the national leadership honor society founded on the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors and that outstanding students, faculty and administration members should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

Muskingum University senior Megan Duke is the chapter president and the faculty advisor is Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay. 

IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Lindsay Mullen, chapter vice president; Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, the chapter’s faculty advisor; Megan Duke, chapter president; Reverend Anne Weirich, pastor of the College Drive Presbyterian Church; and Karen Sidwell, chapter  treasurer.  

Student-broadcasters earn state and national honors

Muskingum University’s student-broadcasters earned both state and national recognition for their work on the university’s two stations, WMCO-90.7 FM radio and WMCO-TV, which operate under the banner of Orbit Media. 

OCA AWARDSOverall broadcast operations for both stations earned the “Ohio's Distinguished Student Organization” award, granted by the Ohio Communication Association (OCA). The award was presented at the OCA annual convention held recently in Marietta. Student-broadcasters accepting the award on behalf of the station were Joe Lemasters, Kaylee Lukacena, Kayla Rausch and Jessica White.  WMCO was nominated for the award by Muskingum alumnus Doug Switzer ’79, who was on the WMCO staff as a student.  He was motivated to make the nomination after he visited campus during WMCO’s 50th anniversary celebration and was impressed with what he saw.  He also was on hand in Marietta to present the award.



CBI FINALISTSAt the national level, Mark Danner and Luke Carmichael were finalists at the College Broadcasters, Incorporated (CBI) National Student Electronic Media Convention, held recently in San Antonio, Texas.  They were recognized for their work on a Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement in CBI’s National Student Production Awards.  The two were named finalists in a field of more than 700 submissions from 100 college and university broadcasting organizations.

Muskingum University’s Obit Media currently has a total of 32 students on staff.  They are advised by Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Harman and Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Lisa Marshall.  Mark Bohach serves as broadcast engineer. 

TOP PHOTO: Muskingum University Orbit Media student-broadcasters were named “Student Organization of the Year” by the Ohio Communications Association at its annual meeting, held recently in Marietta.  Accepting the award were, from the left to right, Jessica White, Kaylee Lukecena, Kayla Rausch, Joe Lemasters, Muskingum alumnus Doug Switzer ’79 (who made the award nomination) and Muskingum Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Harman.

BOTTOM PHOTO: WMCO had two finalists in the College Broadcasters Incorporated National Student Production Awards.  Mark Danner and Luke Carmichael, seen here left to right, were finalists for their Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement out of 700 entrants from 100 colleges and universities nationwide. 

Muskingum well-represented at first Rural Education Forum

Muskingum University was well-represented at the first Rural Educational National Forum, held this fall in Columbus. The event was chaired by Dr. Barbara Hansen, Muskingum’s Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning, and Distinguished Professor of Education. Dr. Rae White, director of Muskingum’s Educator Preparation Unit and professor of education, presented at the event. Muskingum University students were also in attendance.

A highlight of the event was an address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “In today’s world, rural schools must be more globally connected than ever before and prepare students for a rapidly changing economy at home. They will produce the next generation of leaders in rural America, who will sustain and possibly reinvent their local economies,” said Duncan.

The forum was the first rural-specific event co-hosted by the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids. The purpose was to bring leaders and practitioners together to advance conversations about rural education and long-term prosperity. In an effort to encourage regional attendance and leverage other successful rural work, the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids also partnered with the Kentucky and Tennessee Departments of Education to host this event.

To see coverage of the event from the Columbus Dispatch, click here.

DOMINICK WILLIAMSDominick Williams ’17 returns a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and national media attention

First-year defensive back Dominick Williams put McConagha Stadium in the national spotlight on October 26 when he returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown against Heidelberg University.  His big run has been named Play of the Week by (click here) and has been featured on ESPNU, (click here) FoxSports 1,'s Extra Mustard, USA Today (click here), Yahoo Sports (click here), (click here) and (click here).

The highlight went viral on YouTube (click here) drawing nearly 500,000 views.




Two art students accepted into juried exhibition

MANDHU HETwo Muskingum University students have had their work accepted into the 2013 Southeastern Ohio Watermedia Society’s juried art exhibition, titled Living Water.

Mandahu He received a merit award for his painting, Early Autumn, and Chenxuan Zhang was accepted into the exhibition for her work, Dream of the Sea.  Both created their pieces this semester as a part of a painting class with Yan Sun, who is the Ruth Dorsey Neptune Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts.

The exhibition is on display at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, now through December 31. 



Area media learn about new University Center from President Steele

UNIVERSITY CENTERPresident Anne C. Steele sat down with reporters from WHIZ-TV, the Zanesville Times Recorder and The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian to talk about plans for Muskingum’s new University Center.  Also in attendance were Jim Wilson,  vice president of business and finance; Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, the Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and Distinguished Librarian; and Kevin Wagner, senior director of facilities and physical plant. To read more about the project in the latest issue of the Muskingum Update, click here.

To read the story in the Zanesville paper, click here.
To see the story on WHIZ-TV, click here.
To view the story in the Jeffersonian, click here




Muskingum University signs agreement with Lanzhou University

LANZHOU AGREEMENTMuskingum University President Anne C. Steele (left) and  Lanzhou University President Professor Wang Cheng recently signed a “3+1” agreement with Lanzhou University, under which Chinese students will spent three years at Lanzhou and one year at Muskingum. 

Also on hand were Muskingum’s Director of International Admission and Immigration Services Operations, Coordinator of Study Abroad Program and the English Support Program Coordinator Meri Linn McCollum, Muskingum’s Vice President of Enrollment Jeff Zellers, Muskingum’s Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs Hong Yin, Lanzhou’s Director of the Office of Financial Affairs Ma Chunying, Lanzhou’s Director of the Office of Financial Affairs Prof. Xu Pengfei, Director of Lanzhou University’s Second Hospital Professor Li Yumin, Muskingum’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Janet Heeter-Bass, Director of Lanzhou’s International Office Professor Wang Yuhua, Muskingum Professor of Art Yan Sun and the Deputy Section Chief of Lanzhou’s International Office Teng Guofeng. 



Dr. Karen Dunak publishes new book on the history of weddings in postwar America

DUNAK BOOKAssistant Professor of History Dr. Karen Dunak has just published a new book, As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America

Dr. Dunak’s book establishes that the evolution of the American white wedding emerges from our nation’s tendency towards privacy and the individual, as well as the increasingly egalitarian relationships between men and women in the decades following World War II.

Blending cultural analysis of film, fiction and advertising, as well as personal views expressed in letters, diaries, essays and oral histories, Dr. Dunak engages ways in which the modern wedding emblemizes a diverse and consumerist culture and aims to reveal a continuing debate about the power of peer culture, media and the marketplace in America.

Dr. Dunak joined the faculty in 2010.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at American University and both her master’s and doctoral degrees at Indiana University.  As a historian, she specializes in post-World War II United States history, with a particular interest in topics related to women and gender, youth culture, media and celebrity.

Published by New York University Press, the book is available form Amazon and from the publisher at 

Convocation features address by 1995 alumnus Prashant Gupta

MR. GUPTAMuskingum University held its Convocation on August 27, featuring an address by 1995 alumnus Prashant Gupta.

In his address, Mr. Gupta told the students, “Never again will you be in a place with so much diversity.  The next four years will be among the richest of your lives.  There are more possibilities here than you can imagine.  Take advantage of as many of them as you can.”

Mr. Gupta is the chief financial officer of LAMB Partners, a Forbes 400 family enterprise, and partner and chief financial officer of DSC Quantitative Group, a privately-held financial services firm providing quantitative alternative investments solutions to institutions, investment advisors, family enterprises and individuals. He oversees all investment, accounting, and taxation matters for both Chicago-based entities.

Previously, Mr. Gupta was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, where he specialized in hedge funds, mutual funds and broker-deals, including serving in an international jurisdiction and overseeing more than 100 hedge funds, varying in size from start-ups to multi-billion dollar funds.

Mr. Gupta earned his bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Muskingum, with majors in economics, accounting, and German, and a minor in computer science.  His name is inscribed on the university’s Montgomery Hall honor roll plaques, in recognition of his achieving top five percent class standing in each of his four years at Muskingum.  He earned his master of science degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.

He and his wife, Jennifer Pingledis, a 1996 Muskingum alumna, reside in Wilmette, Illinois.  They are the parents of Elainia, Erenia, Mira, and Nikhil.

Awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service granted at Convocation

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY FACULTY AWARDSAt Muskingum University's Convocation, held August 27 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. Read the whole story.

IN THE PHOTO: Award recipients are, from the left to right, Dr. Larry Normansell, Dr. William Kerrigan, Dr. Shelley Amstutz Szalay and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James Callaghan, who presented the awards. 









The new Louis O. Palmer Gallery, dedicated on October 11, is the final keystone of Muskingum’s Studio Arts Complex. It is located between historic Paul Hall – home to the two-dimensional art program – and the Ruth and John Neptune Center – home to the three-dimensional art program.

The Palmer Gallery is a teaching gallery designed to showcase the work of Muskingum students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists.  It features a central gallery, auxiliary spaces to support events, and environmentally-friendly solar panels to help support its electricity consumption.

The Palmer Gallery was built through the generosity of Muskingum alumni and named in honor and memory of Louis Orton Palmer III (1915-1997), Muskingum Professor of Art from 1956-1981.


LOUIS O. PALMERProfessor Louis O. Palmer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College, with a major in speech and a minor in romantic languages and English.  He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Chicago, and completed further studies in music at the American Academy in Fontainebleau, France, where his teachers included the noted composers Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger. 

During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in North Africa and Italy as a band master and liaison to the French Army.  Prior to joining Muskingum, Professor Palmer taught at Lake Forest College and in Italy, and served as music critic for the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago broadcast station WFMT, and for the national music magazine Musical America.

A larger-than-life personality, he was known as Il Professore across campus and in town.  In the words of Ann G. Wilmoth ’67:  “the Caribinieri cape and Borsalino hat, the ring and the dog, he would live without not a one of them.” She noted that “in the years between 1956 and 1981 more Muskingum students were taught by Louis Palmer than by any other single professor, perhaps in all of Muskingum’s history.”

His charge, as recalled by Ms. Wilmoth – “Look up, look at the world around you; There is beauty everywhere; all you need do is look for it” –became an inspiration for his students and an enduring legacy of his teaching. For gallery hours and a complete schedule of events, click here.

Nick Gallagher named as Muskingum’s first men's lacrosse coach

NICK GALLAGHERMuskingum University has named Nick Gallagher as its first-ever men's lacrosse head coach.

Gallagher arrives at Muskingum after being an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since 2010, Gallagher has assisted in all day-to-day operations of the Mule program and served as the offensive coordinator, goalie coach, face-off coach and man-down coach. Under Gallagher’s tutelage, nine Mule players were named all-conference and the team achieved three victories over nationally-ranked opponents.

"Muskingum is excited to announce that Nick Gallagher has been hired as its first men’s lacrosse coach,” said Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank. “Nick’s experience and deep knowledge of the sport, coupled with his enthusiasm make him a perfect fit at Muskingum. I’m looking forward to Nick building a successful men’s lacrosse program."

Prior to Muhlenberg, Gallagher was the assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He aided in managing the squad to its longest winning streak in school history and assisted in all operations of the NCAA Division III program.

"I’m overwhelmed with excitement and very grateful to be given the opportunity to build Muskingum’s men’s lacrosse program,” said Gallagher. “I think we have a great opportunity to recruit some outstanding student-athletes who will help showcase Muskingum and set the foundation for a national-caliber program."

Gallagher played collegiate lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a four-year letterwinner and captain. He helped lead the Battling Bishops to the 2005 North Coast Athletic Conference championship and to four NCAA Tournament appearances. Gallagher ended his tenure as a three-time all-league honoree. Gallagher graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a concentration in sports management.

During his high school career at Dublin Scioto, Gallagher was a four-year starter and captain who earned All-American honors in 2004. He guided the team to the 2003 Division I Ohio State Championship and to runner-up positions in 2001 and 2004. Gallagher’s outstanding play was recognized by being a three-time All-Ohio and three-time All-Midwest honoree.

For the 2013-14 year, Muskingum will field a team that will compete at the junior varsity level, in preparation for the NCAA Division III competition the following year. The teams will play their home games on the ProGrass Turf on Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium.

Rachel Cibulas named as Muskingum's first women's lacrosse coach

RACHEL CIBULASMuskingum University has named Rachel Cibulas as its first-ever women's lacrosse head coach.

Cibulas arrives at Muskingum after a highly successful two-year stint as head women’s lacrosse coach at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. During her tenure at Adrian, Cibulas guided the Bulldogs to a 34-6 record, two league championships and two appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

“Muskingum is thrilled to have Rachel Cibulas as its first women’s lacrosse coach,” said Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank. “Rachel brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and a proven track record of success to the university. I’m looking forward to her building the program and competing on a national level.”

At Adrain, Cibulas coached 15 conference players of the week, 13 players honored with all-league accolades, five players who were named IWLCA All-Region and coached one All-American, Stacey Birlson, who was invited to play in the North-South All-Star game. Cibulas’ peers recognized her excellence on the sidelines by naming her the 2012 MWLC Coach of the Year.

“I’m very excited and thankful to be given the opportunity to start the women’s lacrosse program at Muskingum,” said Cibulas. “I’m looking forward to creating a culture and an environment that everybody can be proud of. Muskingum has a proud academic and athletic history, and that’s a great foundation to build a team.”

Prior to Adrian, Cibulas served as the head coach at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. She was in charge of all facets of the first-year program.

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native coached a pair of teams in her hometown as assistant coach at Bethel Park High School in 2010 and as head coach of the Intrepid Girls Lacrosse Club from May 2009 to August 2010. While at Bethel Park, Cibulas helped the team to a four-win improvement, going 10-6 in 2010. The squad also made its first-ever WPIAL playoff appearance and Cibulas coached three all-sectional players.

Cibulas joined Slippery Rock University in June 2008 after leaving the Bulldog program. She was in charge of goalkeeping and defensive units for The Rock and coached two all-league student athletes.

Cibulas played collegiately at Robert Morris University (Pa.) and was a letterwinner for the Colonials for two years. She was named team captain for both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons and was the first female player to sign a National Letter of Intent for the Colonial lacrosse program. Her grandfather, Joseph, played professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

She graduated from Robert Morris University in May 2007 with a bachelor of science in business administration. She completed her master of science in sport management from Slippery Rock University in May 2010. She is also a registered athletic administrator through the N.I.A.A.A.

For the 2013-14 year, Muskingum will field a team that will compete at the junior varsity level, in preparation for the NCAA Division III competition the following year. The teams will play their home games on the ProGrass Turf on Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium.

Students and faculty collaborate on research for 2013 Summer Muskie Fellows program

Several students were accepted into the 2013 Summer Muskie Fellows program. The program allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the pursuit of specific and challenging areas of research that the students study during the regular school year. Read the whole story.

Stories from 2012 - 2013 . . .

Undergraduate commencement features address by Wiley W. Souba ’75 and baccalaureate speech by Myron E. Moorehead II ’58

Muskingum University held its undergraduate commencement exercises on May 11, featuring an address by 1975 alumnus Dr. Wiley W. Souba.  The baccalaureate address was delivered by 1958 alumnus Dr. Myron E. Moorehead II.  Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of science in nursing degrees were conferred. Read the whole story.

Master’s degrees granted at 2013 graduate commencement, with address by D. Tom McCalmont ’76

Muskingum University granted master’s degrees at its graduate commencement exercises, held May 9 in Brown Chapel on the campus. The address was delivered by 1976 alumnus D. Tom McCalmont. Degrees conferred were the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology.  Read the whole story.

Karen DeBaldo ’13 receives highest award from international foreign language honor society

Karen DeBaldo ’13 received the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship, the highest honor granted by Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society.  DeBaldo, a German and education major who graduated on May 11, was the second student at Muskingum to earn the Church scholarship, which is granted to only one student in the United States. Read the whole story.

Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture features Dr. Sarah McBeth ’04 and presentations of student research findings

The Science Division held its annual Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture on April 25, delivered by alumna Dr. Sarah McBeth ’04.  Her presentation, titled AIDS is Problematic: And Other Things I've Learned Since College, focused on the challenges facing those in the developing world who need treatment for HIV and AIDS, as compared to the options available in the developed world.

Following the Anderson Lecture, students from the Science Division made poster presentations of their research findings. The Science Division includes the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science. Their work was judged by the division’s faculty and three prize winners and one honorable mentions were named. Read the whole story.

Senior Science Division students present research findings at Bradford Colloquium

Senior Science Division students presented their research findings at the annual James Bradford Colloquium, held April 22 in Boyd Science Center. The colloquium is the culmination of research conducted by seniors from the division’s biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology departments, as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.

Their presentations were made to their student peers and the Science Division faculty. The faculty then chose the top three presenters. Read the whole story.

Four students place second in business case competition

Four Muskingum University students placed second in the 2013 Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition, held recently as part of this year’s McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College. Read the whole story.

Dr. Barb Hansen honored for international work in invitational learning; Education Department receives grant for research study

DR. BARB HANSENDr. Barb Hansen, Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning and Distinguished Professor of Education at Muskingum University, was recently recognized for her leadership in the International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE) , receiving the William Stafford Leadership Award. It is the highest award presented by the organization. Read the whole story.








Professors donate their latest book to university library

BOOK DONATIONProfessor of Art Yan Sun and his wife, Assistant Professor of Art Hong Yin, have donated a book they co-authored to the university’s library. Read the whole story.





Two students present paper at educators’ conference

Two Muskingum University students and Professor of Education Dr. Rae White presented a paper at the Appalachia From An Assets Perspective Conference held on the campus of Shawnee State University. Read the whole story.

Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne performs at Carnegie Hall

DR. HARSHA ABEYARATNEAssociate Professor of Music Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall last December. The performance was his New York solo debut, and featured Robert Muczynski’s Third Piano Sonata and Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz. Read the whole story.

To read a feature from The Daily Jeffersonian on Dr. Abeyaratne's preparation for the performance and his career in music, click here.






Dr. William Kerrigan publishes book on Johnny Appleseed

JOHNNY APPLESEEDProfessor of American History Dr. William Kerrigan published a new book, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard A Cultural History. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, the book is available from the Muskingum University bookstore and from Amazon.   It illuminates the meaning of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman’s life and the environmental and cultural significance of the plant he propagated. Read the whole story.




Student-broadcasters named finalists in national competition

ORBIT MEDIAMuskingum University’s radio and television stations had three projects that were finalists in the College Broadcasters, Incorporated (CBI) national competition.  Both WMCO, the university’s radio station, and Orbit TV, the television station, were named. Read the whole story.







Library receives donation of valuable reference books from the Daughters of the American Revolution

DAR DONATION TO LIBRARYThe Muskingum University Library accepted the donation of a valuable set of reference books from the Cambridge chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Read the whole story.

IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Mary Davis, Mary Lou Eagleson, president of the Anna Asbury Stone Chapter of the DAR in Cambridge; Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, Muskingum University’s Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and Distinguished Librarian; and Bernice Litt.






Librarian Nicole Arnold receives OPAL service award

NICOLE ARNOLDReference librarian Nicole Arnold received a service award from the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL), a consortium of 24 private college and university libraries in Ohio.

In presenting the award, OPAL cited Arnold’s work in the development of LibGuides, a system of creating research guides and sharing information, and her management of an OPAL digitization pilot project.  Currently, she is on the group’s Information Literacy Task Force and is chair of the OPAL Users Services Committee.

Arnold joined the staff of the Muskingum Library in 2008.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and both her master’s degree and her master of library science degree from Indiana University.    

The OPAL consortium offers more than one million titles and three million individual items to the patrons of 24 Ohio academic libraries. All are also members of OhioLINK, a statewide initiative offering a shared union of database and the reciprocal borrowing of over 46 million items amongst 87 libraries in the state.



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