Greetings from Muskingum President Sue Hasseler
April/May 2017

Throughout April and early May, we held many meaningful celebrations at Muskingum, from Inauguration Week through Commencement, when our Class of 2017 became the newest members of our Long Magenta Line. They will now follow their calling beyond our University, serving others and making their impact on the world, just as you have done. 
The week leading up to the Inaugural Convocation was full of wonderful performances by our students in the Spring Musical Pippin, the community worship service Rhythms of the Spirit: Faith, Learning and Service, and the Student Honors Recital. Our students shared their creative art works during the Senior Art Show Opening and we all enjoyed Student Appreciation Day in the Quad Center together.     
A standing-room-only crowd was inspired by the inaugural lecture of the J ohn Glenn Distinguished Lecture Series in Earth and Planetary Sciences on Wednesday, April 5. Dr. Scott E. Parazynski, a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions, physician, explorer, and entrepreneur, described his STS-95 crewmate John Glenn as "an American patriot and personal hero of mine," and provided firsthand insights into the frontiers of space, world exploration, and technology development. The new annual lecture series was established and endowed by Bill Lovejoy '51 and his late wife Martha Johnson Lovejoy '52.

The Student Scholarship Showcase highlighted our 
students' original research achievements, featuring 36 poster presentations and filling the lobbies and atria of Boyd Science Center and Caldwell Hall. Nineteen majors were represented, including biology, chemistry, physics, nursing, athletic training, education, business, communication, political science, and psychology.

was honored by the presence of our campus community members, trustees, alumni, friends, and guests who gathered on Friday, April 7 for the Inaugural Convocation. It was so very meaningful that our nineteenth and twentieth Presidents - Samuel W. Speck, Jr. '59 and President Emerita Anne C. Steele -participated in the ceremony led by Chair of the Board of Trustees Hal Burlingame '62. Together we celebrated Muskingum's long-standing history of community engagement, service, and exploration and looked toward a future where we will continue to create outstanding new opportunities and experiences for our students. We have only just begun to write the next chapter in Muskingum's story - and in the stories our students will write upon the world!  
Inauguration Week ended on Saturday, April 8 with a community service project at the New Concord Area Pool, a community festival held on our campus, and the 5th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta on our campus lake.

Visit our Inauguration page to view our photo album of events from throughout the week and to watch the broadcast of the Inauguration Ceremony.  
Mary Hetrick Kaufmann '87 was the featured speaker for our 
25th Graduate Commencement on May 4. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for her impact on others in the worlds of business, education, and community service. Our graduates received Post-master's Educational Specialist, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology degrees during the ceremony in Brown Chapel.
Wildlife conservationist, global explorer, and media personality Suzi Egli Hanna '69 was the keynote speaker for our 172nd Undergraduate Commencement
on May 6. She shared the inspiration behind her work with the assistance of animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo, including a penguin, a sloth, and two cheetahs. Suzi was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for her lifelong commitment to educating others about the animal world, impacting wildlife conservation on every continent, and providing humanitarian support to the remote mountain villages of Rwanda.

To watch the broadcasts of the Baccalaureate and Undergraduate ceremonies, visit our Commencement page.
We celebrated our 2016-17 Fighting Muskie student-athletes at the second annual Golden Hook Awards. The Muskingum Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which represents all 21 varsity sports at the University, honored individual athletes and teams in 12 categories for their accomplishments throughout the year.  The annual Muskingum Athletic Department  Awards were also presented during the event. To read more, visit the Golden Hook page on 
The Muskies were proud to host two OAC Championship Events this spring. The two-day Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Johnson Family Track in McConagha Stadium showcased our state-of-the-art track facilities to top student-athletes. Senior Julie Fobes finished third in the 5,000-meter run and second in the 10,000-meter run, and senior Tristen Wiles finished third in the javelin. The Muskies also hosted the OAC Men's Golf Championships at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio, in a three-day tournament featuring the top 40 golfers in the league. Senior Luke Janci finished tied for 12th to lead the Muskies.
It was wonderful to see mulitple generations of Muskies represented - and hear many great Muskie stories exchanged -  during the 2017 Annual Legacy Luncheon. Our current legacy students were joined on campus by their families, the Alumni Council, and members of the Board of Trustees for the April 8 event. 
The first  Muskie Preview Day for members of the incoming Class of 2021 was held on April 21. Our newest Muskies completed a variety of orientation tasks and began to meet their new classmates. The Preview Days will continue throughout the summer, as we prepare for the Fall 2017 semester. You can help us recruit new Muskies at any time by visiting our  Recruit a Muskie  link.
Did you know that Graduate and Continuing Studies offers a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year for teachers, coaches, nurses and business people?  Our Accelerated Summer Programs for Educators are starting soon. We offer credentials for intervention specialists, in gifted education, for educational leaders, and in TESOL - Teaching English as a Second Language. The highly desirable reading endorsement is available fully online, and many of our programs are available at different locations across the region including Columbus, Cleveland, and Akron/Canton. Visit the  GCS page   or call 740-826-8038 for more information.
I hope you will make plans to join us on campus for Alumni Weekend on June 16, 17, and 18. New this year on Friday, enjoy a golf outing, a tour of the Wilds, one of several on-campus creative seminars, and a wine-tasting event before the traditional Welcome Dinner and Campus Illumination.  Saturday and Sunday are filled with more of your favorite Alumni Weekend events and plenty of opportunities to catch up with your classmates and learn more about Muskingum today. Visit our Alumni  page and click Register for more details.
Our 2016-2017 academic year has ended and the end of the University's fundraising year is not far behind. You can make your gift to this year's Annual Fund - the cornerstone of the support we provide to our students - online or by calling 866-687-5431. When you become part of our new Muskingum Society , you can enjoy a special President's Residence reception during Alumni Weekend and other upcoming Muskingum Society events. Your gift helps us educate the whole student for the whole world - and our students give back through their impact on others. 
What a wonderful academic year we have had together during 2016-2017! Congratulations to all of our Class of 2017 graduates and our returning classes for a job well done! I'm looking forward to celebrating with our reunion classes during Alumni Weekend in June and to greeting our newest Muskies on campus throughout the summer. 
President Sue Hasseler
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