Greetings from Muskingum President Sue Hasseler
September 2017
Welcome to the new academic year! Our Fall 2017 semester is off to a great start, with new and returning students, faculty, and staff bringing their enthusiasm and energy to the exciting learning experiences that define a Muskingum education.
The Class of 2021 kicked off their time at Muskingum with a fun-filled Welcome Weekend which acclimated them to their new campus and college life.  This year's events featured a Day of Service when members of our new class engaged with our neighbors and completed volunteer projects at more than 15 locations throughout New Concord, Zanesville, Cambridge, and surrounding areas. 
We formally began the academic year with our traditional Opening Convocation
ceremony. This year's keynote speaker, Ohio State Senator Troy Balderson, encouraged the class to embrace new challenges: "In today's world, a college degree will reveal countless doors of opportunity to you as you move forward in life.  But a Muskingum University education is special - it will teach you how to open those doors, how to walk through them, and how to keep them open for others." Now in his second term, Senator Balderson represents Ohio's 20th District. He attended Muskingum as well as The Ohio State University.

The University's highest faculty honors were presented during the Opening Convocation ceremony:
  • Associate Professor of English Dr. Amanda Adams received the William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship
  • Professor of Theatre Dr. Diane Rao received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn received the Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award.
For the second year in row, 100% of our 2017 Nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Exam for registered nurses on their first attempt. Very few nursing programs in the country achieve this goal in any given year, and we are exceptionally proud of our students and faculty for repeating this milestone! Our nursing program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and offers both the pre-licensure BSN degree program  and an online RN-to-BSN degree-completion option.
One of our newest academic programs on campus, the Athletic Training Program, has received initial accreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Our first group of Athletic Training graduates, from the Class of 2017, will sit for their national licensure this fall. Students in this highly competitive program must complete challenging coursework and a series of clinical experience rotations with Muskie athletic teams and regional school districts and healthcare providers.  
Congratulations to Joshua Keyes '17, who
has signed a two-year professional contract to play basketball for CS Cruza Sport Braila in Braila, Romania. Keyes helped lead the Muskies to the OAC Tournament Final Four in his senior season.
Our Women's Volleyball team is off to a fantastic 11-1 start, including a dominating performance at the DePauw Invitational with 4 straight set wins. Visit to learn more and follow all of our fall sports, including football, soccer, cross country, golf, tennis, and volleyball.
Homecoming 2017: Living the Legacy is coming up soon on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14. Come join us in celebrating the ties that bind Muskies together and discover how today's students experience the Muskie legacy. Visit our alumni page for a schedule of events and more information. 
With admission recruiting season for the Class of 2022 in full swing, now is the perfect time to 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 on September 7, 2018. Visit our
Muskingum Society page for more information. Make your commitment by October 14, 2017 to join us for a special Muskingum Society reception during this year's Homecoming Weekend.
I wish you all the best in this fall season. I hope to greet many of you at Homecoming!

President Sue Hasseler 
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