Greetings from Muskingum President Sue Hasseler
November 2017
Autumn's arrival on our New Concord campus has brought a stunning change of leaves and seasons, exciting news for our future, and continued celebrations of Muskie accomplishments.
Following a nationwide search, Muskingum has selected Dr. Nancy J. Evangelista as the  University's first provost . She will serve as the chief academic affairs and student affairs officer for the University beginning in January 2018. Dr. Evangelista is currently Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Alfred University in Alfred, New York.

Patton Dining Hall, the largest dining space on campus, is slated for a  top-to-bottom redesign including new food stations and meal options and expanded comfortable gathering spaces. The renovation plans were inspired by student feedback and the revamped hall will open in fall 2018.
On October 13-14, 2017, Muskies gathered on campus to celebrate Homecoming festivities including the Varsity Revue, Muskie Fun Run, Alumni Social, and Reunion celebrations for the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, and 2017. The annual Collage Concert featured the jazz and wind ensembles, choirs, and more.
Five new members were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of the Homecoming football game against Baldwin Wallace. Congratulations to:
Shawn Douglass '04
Rudy Gerlach '56
Bill Hockaday '01
Dan Hughes '77
and Cara Thompson '04!

During the annual M Club Breakfast, Athletic Director Larry Shank announced he will retire  at the en d of the current academic year, after 16 years leading the Fighting Muskies and more than 40 years of service to intercollegiate athletics. Congratulations, Larry, and thank you for all that you have done for Muskingum!
With the holiday season just around the corner, our annual Campus Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. on the Quad.
You are welcome to join us for the tree lighting and our upcoming musical performances!
Handel's Messiah - University Choirs & SEOSO, 
Sunday, November 19, 7:00 p.m., Brown Chapel 
Holiday Pops - SEOSO, Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.,
Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville 
Home for the Holidays - Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers & More, Saturday, December 2, 7:00 p.m., Brown Chapel
Advent-Christmas Vespers - Concert Choir & More, Saturday, December 9, 7:00 p.m., College Drive Presbyterian Church
The Muskingum Forensics Team is off to a great start in their competition season. Senior Jaliah Oglesby took first place in Open Poetry during the University of Kentucky tournament and first place in Open Programmed Oral interpretation during the "Heart of it All" Ohio Forensics Association tournament at John Carroll University. Every member of the team brought home an award in each event they entered during the John Carroll Tournament.   
Muskingum was well-represented at the recent National Forum to Advance Rural Education sponsored by the national non-profit organization Batelle for Kids. Professor of Education Rae White and Senior Director of Admission Beth DaLonzo served on a panel alongside Batelle for Kids representatives, and our eight Ohio Appalachian Teacher Fellows attended the conference and supported the panel session. 
Associate Professor of Business Gary Golden began a weekly column for Inc. magazine this fall. His first article featured Muskie student entrepreneurial company Jennings Java.
The following faculty members have recently published their work in textbooks, anthologies, and journals:  Richard Arnold (Political Science), Whitney Bevill (French), Melissa Conroy (Religion), Karen Dunak (History), Zebulon Highben (Music), Ana Kehrberg (Psychology), Stacy Parker (Criminal Justice), Sandra Schroer (Sociology), Yan Sun (Art), Jane Varley (English), FJ Wehage (German), and Jane Wells (English).  
Congratulations to all!
Plan to join us on April 15, 2018 for a magical Sunset Dinner Cruise in St. Pete Beach, Florida, sponsored by Maureen McCauley Johnson '64 and her brother W. Keith McCauley, friend of the University. Save the date now and watch for further details!
The Shades of Ireland Tour, departing on October 22, 2018, will be an unforgettable 13-day travel experience to Northern Ireland with Muskingum alumni and friends. Visit the trip site for complete details .
Beginning in January 2018, you will hear from our new alumni directory partner PCI with details on how to confirm or change your contact information, so you can easily connect with your friends and classmates!
Join the Muskingum University Alumni Book Club! Sign up to become a member of our new virtual book club and connect with fellow Muskies through our private online book discussion forum.    
Our new Living Library program kicked off in early October when Jim Heacock '70, former Ohio State football coach, was available at the Library for "checkout" by our current Muskies! Jim visited with multiple small groups of students, sharing his career experiences and life lessons. The Living Library program will continue each month to connect our students directly with alumni from a broad range of careers and backgrounds.
Help extend the Long Magenta Line! Do you know a prospective student who would be a great fit for Muskingum? Visit our  Recruit a Muskie  page to make the connection.

With your generous support, Muskingum's legacy and traditions come alive each day in new generations of students. You can make your annual gift  online  or by calling 866-687-5431. Every gift counts and helps us educate the whole student for the whole world! 
There is still time to become a charter member of the Muskingum Society by committing to an annual gift of $1000 or more. Charter members will be permanently recognized on campus and receive invitations to special events throughout the year, including a private gala with Jack and Suzi Hanna at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on September 7, 2018. Visit our  Muskingum Society
 page for more information.  

Throughout this month, our student volunteers will be holding a Thank-a-Thon to let University supporters know how much your gifts mean to them and the deep impact your generosity has on their lives as students and on their dreams for the future.
In this season in which we celebrate the many blessings in our lives, I would like to share my deep appreciation with you. I am so grateful for the many powerful connections and lovely traditions that we share as a University community. I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

President Sue Hasseler 
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