Greetings from Muskingum President Sue Hasseler
June 2017
As summer begins here at Muskingum, we are excited to welcome Muskies from near and far for Alumni Weekend this month and for events at fun locations throughout the summer!  

Begin your alumni weekend on Friday this year by choosing from a Golf Outing at Eagle Sticks, a Tour of the Wilds, a Campus Canvas painting class, a Creative Writing Seminar, or an Herb Gardening Workshop. Then gather from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for the Art of Fine Wine featuring New Concord's award-winning Terra Cotta Vineyards and head to the tent on the Quad at 6:00 p.m. for our traditional Welcome Dinner and Campus Illumination.

On Saturday morning, Alumni Convocation begins at 9:30 a.m. to recognize the 50th Reunion Class of 1967 and the 2017 Distinguished Service Award honorees. We are very pleased to announce that this year's awards will be presented to Bill P. Lovejoy '51, Ben O. Shaver '50, and Jim R. Woolard '64. Congratulations!

At 12:30 p.m. please join me for the Alumni Banquet to celebrate all alumni. I'm looking forward to seeing the room filled with Black and Magenta Pride and to sharing news of the University with you! Afterward, complete your day with class meetings and photographs, Alumni Choir Rehearsal, a Muskingum Society Reception (by invitation) and a Picnic Dinner on the Quad.
The weekend concludes on Sunday morning with 9:30 a.m. Worship at College Drive Presbyterian Church and the traditional 11:00 a.m. Farewell Brunch.

If you haven't already registered to attend, please visit our Alumni page! 
I hope you will also consider joining your fellow Muskies for the following events. For more information, email or call the Alumni Office at 740-826-8131.
  • Muskie Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Friday, July 14, Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Enjoy a reception from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Heinz Hall's Encore Lounge followed by the 8:00 p.m. performance of "The Music of John Williams." 
  •  Muskie Night at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Wednesday, July 19.
  • Muskie Night at the Cleveland Indians baseball game, originally scheduled for May 25, has been postponed until Monday, July 24 due to a rainout. Although the event was sold out, a limited number of additional tickets may become available for the new date; let us know if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for tickets. 
  • Muskie Night at the Cincinnati Reds baseball game, Friday, August 4. 
  • Muskie Night at the Columbus Clippers baseball game, Friday, August 18.

In mid-May, the Ohio Athletic Conference announced its final All-OAC and All-Academic OAC awards for 2016-2017 spring sports. Our Muskies collected 3 All-OAC honors in Women's Track & Field and in Softball, 2 in Baseball, and 1 each in Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Men's Lacrosse, and Women's Lacrosse. Muskie All-Academic OAC honors totaled 6 in Softball, 5 in Men's Track & Field, 3 in Women's Track & Field, 2 in Women's Lacrosse, and 1 each in Baseball, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Golf, and Women's Tennis. Congratulations to all! 
Congratulations to Tom German, Associate Professor of Media Design, who has been chosen as one of six faculty members nationally to participate in the 2017-18 Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media Program. Professor German will spend several weeks this summer in residence at the Scripps Washington Bureau in Washington, D.C. The program is offered through the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
With great appreciation, the University conferred Faculty Emeriti status on the following faculty members who retired from active teaching at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year: Sheila J. Ellenberger, who served the University for 27 years and retired as the Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director of the Library and Distinguished Librarian; Jeffrey D. Harman, who served for 33 years and retired as Professor of Communication and Director of Broadcasting; Ronald N. Lauck, who served for 31 years and retired as Associate Professor of Communication; and Jean A. Morris, who served for 23 years and retired as Associate Professor of French.

We also extend our great appreciation to the following staff members who retired during 2016-2017: Dr. Eileen Henry, Executive Director of the PLUS program, after 14 years of service; Coach Jim Kaser '74, Assistant Football Coach, Strength Coordinator, and Lecturer, after 18 years of service; Janice McCloud '09G, Director of Public Relations, after 23 years of service; Kathy Smith, Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Department, after 45 years of service; and Jeff Zellers '74, Vice President of Enrollment and Institutional Research Services, after 35 years of service.

These faculty and staff members have had a powerful impact on the University and on our students.  Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Muskingum!

Our Muskie preview days are bringing members of the incoming Class of 2021 to campus this summer. It is exciting to see our newest students begin their orientation and their lifelong connection to Muskingum! There is still time for you to connect us with a prospective student for this Fall of 2017 (or beyond) by visiting our Recruit a Muskie link.

The 2016-2017 fundraising year ends on June 30. If you have already given this year, thank you! If you have not yet had an opportunity to help us meet our Annual Fund goal, please support our students by making your gift online or by calling 866-687-5431 before the end of the month. If you become part of our new Muskingum Society before June 17, you can also enjoy the first Alumni Weekend Muskingum Society Reception at the President's Residence. Visit the Muskingum Society page for more information.
I hope you are having a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you at Alumni Weekend!

President Sue Hasseler
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