Greetings from Muskingum President Sue Hasseler
January 2017
2017 is off to a great start here at Muskingum!  Our Spring semester is now in full swing, as our students returned to campus and began their new classes on Monday, January 9. 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our students began their semester in outreach to our neighbors by participating in the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 16.  They volunteered throughout Muskingum and Guernsey counties at food banks, community centers, church-based service ministries, and other non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in our surrounding communities.


By bringing together students, faculty, and alumni experts, our new Entrepreneurial Ignition Program is helping students develop their business ideas and launch new ventures. 

One of its first start-ups - Jennings' Java Artisan Coffee Roasters, founded by Daniel Jennings '19 to provide fresh-roasted premium hand-picked beans to coffee-lovers on campus and in New Concord - was recently featured in the  Times-Recorder . The President's Office is now serving Jennings' Java Artisan Coffee and can attest to its exceptional quality!  
The entrepreneurial program was created by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jay Shaffstall, Associate Professor of Digital Media Design Tom German, and Associate Professor of Business Gary Golden.
Our 7-week intensive TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Summer Program has been recognized with the 2016 Rose Duhon-Sells Multicultural Program Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education.  Muskingum's program prepares licensed teachers to meet the needs of English language learners during summer education camps provided to immigrant students from six school districts. Congratulations to Muskingum's Nancy Brown Rothwell Distinguished Professor of Education Dr. Joy Cowdery - who coordinates our TESOL teacher preparation program and spearheaded the creation of the summer camps - and to everyone involved with this critical educational effort.  The University, TESOL Program, and Dr. Cowdery were further honored by the Ohio Senate upon receiving this important award.


We are excited to announce another new way for you to enjoy live action Muskie sports. All home athletic HD broadcasts which stream on will also be simulcast live on the Fighting Muskies
Facebook page .  Visit for the complete schedule of broadcasts.  The current winter season features men's and women's basketball and men's wrestling contests.


More than 200 Muskies watched the recently-released film Hidden Figures at a private screening in Zanesville on January 23.  The film tells the story of three pioneering African-American women mathematicians -  Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson - who served NASA as "human computers" during the early 1960s.  John Glenn and his 1962 orbit of the earth figure prominently in the film, as Katherine Johnson was responsible for the calculations that led to his historic flight.
We have been enjoying gatherings with alumni and friends in various places across the nation, including the wonderful group from Naples, Florida pictured here.  We have additional receptions for alumni and friends planned around our spring Concert Choir Tour including:  

~ Thursday February 2 in the Cleveland, Ohio area:
6:00 p.m. reception,  7:30 p.m. concert
Rocky River Presbyterian Church
21750 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

~ Friday March 3 in the Chicago, Illinois area:
6:00 p.m. reception,  7:30 p.m. concert
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
205 N Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068
RSVP to let us know if you are coming!

The Concert Choir's Spring 2017 Tour will also features public performances on:
~ Sunday, February 26, 10:30 a.m., College Drive Presbyterian Church, New Concord, Ohio (worship)
~ Sunday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Dublin, Ohio (concert)
~ Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton, Ohio (concert)
~ Sunday, March 5, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m., Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois (worship)
~ Sunday, March 5, 7:00 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rockford, Illinois (concert)
~ Monday, March 6, 7:00 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Wooster, Ohio (concert)
~ Sunday, March 12, 7:00 p.m, Brown Chapel, Muskingum University (concert)

If you know of high school students who might be interested in Muskingum University, please invite them to attend one of these concerts! 
Contact us for more information about the Concert Choir. 
We are excited about the many ways Muskingum continues to carry out its fine tradition of excellence and dynamic service! We hope to talk with you soon at one of the upcoming events on and off campus in the weeks ahead.

With warmest wishes in this cold season (at least in Ohio), 
President Sue Hasseler
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