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Muskingum hosts first athletic event on new turf field

The women's soccer team played the first home game of the season on the new North Athletic Turf Field on September 3. WHIZ-TV covered the opening athletic contest.

Vessels' '63 football streak continues

Ron Vessels '63 has attended more than 300 Fighting Muskies home football games. Read more about his story as published in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Jennings' Java gets invite to hit show 'Shark Tank'

The staff of the Muskingum student start-up company Jennings' Java attended Inc. and CNBC's iConic event in New York City this past summer, which led to an incredible opportunity. Read more about the invite to "Shark Tank" at Inc.'s website.

Ohio Senator Troy Balderson welcomes incoming students

Troy Balderson gave the address at Muskingum's 2017 Convocation ceremony. Watch the WHIZ-TV recap. The Daily Jeffersonian also listed Convocation on its 5 for Friday list.

Muskies pay it forward

Nearly 250 Muskingum first-year students volunteered in 15 off-campus service projects on August 26. The Daily Jeffersonian highlighted the morning in its print edition and website.

Engineering students adapt toys for children with disabilities

Staci Wilson and Warren Wilson spent the summer working with Associate Professor of Engineering Dr. Sandra Soto-Cabán on a new toy adaptation program on campus. The Zanesville Times Recorder spoke the with brothers and Dr. Soto-Cabán about the program.

Muskie Football opens fall camp

The Muskingum football program started its fall season training on August 14 and will host its first game of the season on September 2. WHIZ-TV spoke with Head Coach Al Logan about the team's goals.

Assistant Professor contributes to The Washington Post

Dr. Karen Dunak, assistant professor of history, wrote a piece for The Washington Post titled "How Serena Williams’s baby shower helped those who want to make America great again." Williams’s baby shower embraced a cultural nostalgia for the 1950s, and Dr. Dunak discusses how it encourages the restoration of the politics and hierarchies of the era.

President Hasseler named to bank board

Dr. Hasseler has been named to the Board of Directors at Century National Bank. The Zanesville Times Recorder featured the recent naming in its Community News and Notes.

University hosts Business After Hours

Business After HoursThe Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce held its "Business After Hours" event in the Roberta A. Smith Library on July 18. See more at the Daily Jeffersonian site.

Class of 2017 celebrates with Suzi Egli Hanna, friends from Columbus Zoo

Commencement 2017Muskingum University honored its undergraduate class of 2017 during the university’s 172nd commencement ceremony on May 6. The ceremony featured an address by wildlife conservationist, world explorer and alumna Suzi Egli Hanna, who — with the help of a sloth, penguin and a pair of cheetahs — encouraged graduates to seek ultimate joy through service to others. Read more at the Zanesville Times Recorder and the Daily Jeffersonian. See an overview at WHIZ-TV's site.

President Hasseler Inauguration in the news

President Hasseler Dr. Hasseler was officially inaugurated as the University's 21st President on April 7. Watch the recap by WHIZ-TV, and read coverage by the Zaneville Times Recorder and Daily Jeffersonian.

Dr. Scott Parazyniski visits campus

Scott ParazynskiDr. Scott E. Parazynski, a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions, physician, explorer and entrepreneur, gave the inaugural lecture in The John Glenn Distinguished Lecture Series in Earth and Planetary Sciences on April 5. View coverage by WHIZ-TV, and read more at The Columbus Dispatch and Daily Jeffersonian.

Roberta A. Smith University Library featured by OhioLINK

Muskingum's new building, the Roberta A. Smith University Library, opened during the spring semester of 2016. OhioLINK recently talked with Sheila Ellenberger, Henry S. and Katherine Evans director and distinguished librarian, to discuss what makes the library special. Read more at the OhioLINK website.

WMCO Weekend on campus March 23 to March 25, WHIZ-TV promotes event

Muskingum University’s radio station, WMCO, will host its 10th annual WMCO Weekend from March 23 to the 25 on the campus, including events that are free and open to the public. See the interview at WHIZ-TV. More information can be found at Orbit Media's website.

Muskingum University Professor contributes to Eurasia Daily Monitor

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold has articles, "Liberals and Extreme Nationalists Unite Once More in Russia," "Young Gunman With Neo-Nazi Affiliation Highlights Threats to Russian State" and "New Mass Protests Materialize Against Putin," published in the Eurasia Daily Monitor.

Last fall, Dr. Arnold discussed the hate crimes related to the 2016 Presidential Election in the article “What do the SPLC's post-election hate-incident reports mean?” published on the Christian Science Monitor website. Dr. Arnold teaches classes on comparative politics and international relations.

Zanesville Times Recorder highlights Muskie athlete, men's basketball program

Muskingum University student-athlete Rickey Wilson was featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder for his participation on the men's basketball team. Also noted is the success of the basketball program this season.

Games By Teens announces winners, showcased in local media

Games By Teens
There were three winners in the eighth annual Games By Teams contest. This computer programming competition, organized by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jay Shaffstall, was featured in the Coshocton Beacon Today. Read the article on page 10. One of the local winners was also noted in the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Ignition Program featured in local media, shares Jennings' Java story

Jennings' Java
The foundation of this new program on campus is that collaborative support can get good ideas moving. The Daily Jeffersonian and Zanesville Times Recorder give additional insight about the entrepreneurial program.

Additionally, Daniel Jennings, the entrepreneur behind Jennings' Java, was featured in Timess Recorder's Neighborhood Fare on January 16.

Media promotes and highlights A Call to Service: A Remembrance

A Call to ServiceMuskingum University Chaplain Will Mullins spoke with WHIZ-TV December 6 about the event and to shed light on the event's significance.

A Call to Service: A Remembrance was featured on WCMH-TV Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch,, and the Coshocton Tribune. The Zanesville Times Recorder shared Mullins' Homily, titled Be Still, My Soul.

Read more about the service at our news page.

President Hasseler attends Zanesville Rotary meeting, promotes community involvement

On November 15, President Hasseler spoke to the members of Rotary Club of Zanesville about the ways the institution serves the region and its community involvement. WHIZ-TV covered the event on its news program.

Muskingum University professor talks election

Brian King, associate professor of political science, spoke with WHIZ-TV to weigh in on the 2016 Presidental Election results. Dr. King also appeared on WHIZ-TV in October to explain how the election has changed his teaching this semester and to give advice on voting.

Assistant Professor provides expertise for The Crossroads magazine

Hallie Baker headshotDr. Hallie Baker, assistant professor of psychology, discusses processes for making medical care and end-of-life decisions with writer Marcia Hartman in the November 2016 Volume of The Crossroads magazine. Dr. Baker, a licensed social worker and gerontologist, says that “unfortunately most people don’t have an expressed plan until it comes down to the family having to make a choice….”

95th Homecoming celebrated on campus

Muskingum University celebrated its 95th homecoming on October 28 and 29. Director of Alumni Relations Jen Bronner spoke with WHIZ-TV about the many proud alumni who return to Muskingum to celebrate the “feeling of community and of family.” This year’s homecoming theme was “In Addition to Tradition.”

Muskingum University's 5th place ranking by U.S. News and World Report 2017 Best Colleges makes headlines

More than 200 news outlets, including WTOL and WFMJ, posted Muskingum's ranking as the 5th Place in Best Value Among Midwest Regional Universities. Visit the news page to learn more about this highest achievement since becoming a university.

Every Muskingum nursing graduate passes licensure exam

Nursing StudentsMuskingum University nursing students achieved a milestone when 100 percent of pre-licensure graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt. PR Newswire, The Daily Jeffersonian and the Zanesville Times Recorder shared this accomplishment. Read more about the program's achievement on our site.

All first-year student performance featured in local media

Uphill Both WaysThe Muskingum University Department of Communication, Media and Theatre will have a production of Uphill Both Ways, featuring a cast comprised of first-year students. The production includes 14 short plays that mix the funny, serious and absurd. The Zanesville Times Recorder provides information on the performance dates and times.

Professor of English Dr. Jane Varley's poem featured by The Poetry Foundation

A poem by Dr. Jane Varley was recently selected as "Poem of the Day" on The Poetry Foundation's website. Read more about "Packing the Car for Our Western Camping Trip" from the New Concord Leader. Go to The Poetry Foundation's website to view the poem.

Fighting Muskies football squad reclaims Shriner's Trophy at home

After a one-year hiatus, the annual Shriner's Trophy has returned to the Muskingum University campus. Read more about the victory in the New Concord Leader.

Palmer Gallery change of hours noted in local news

The Louis O. Palmer Gallery on campus has changed its hours of operation to allow better access for the community and those on campus. Read more at the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Distinguished Faculty Awards presented during Convocation

Distinguished Faculty Award recipients
Three faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service during Convocation August 30. The Zanesville Times Recorder highlights each award recipient. Read full biographies at the news page.

Welcome Weekend brings new faces to campus

The class of 2020 arrived on campus August 26, and move in day was featured in WHIZ-TV news and the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Local Muskie Fellows mentioned in Zanesville news

Jessica NollArea Muskie Fellows were mentioned in the Times Recorder and in the New Concord Leader. Read the detailed list of all Muskie Fellows on our site.

Muskies participate in John and Annie Glenn Museum and Historic Site commemoration

Students scooping ice creamMuskingum University students helped serve Tom’s Ice Cream at the recent commemoration of the addition of the John & Annie Glenn Museum to the Ohio History Connection’s statewide system of more than 50 historic sites. This photo appeared in the Daily Jeffersonian.

President Susan S. Hasseler spends time with local media

Susan Hasseler Media Visits collagePresident Susan S. Hasseler continues to visit with representatives from regional media, sharing with them her commitment to educate “the whole person for the whole world.”

She was interviewed July 12 at the Zanesville Noon Rotary Club meeting by WHIZ-TV News. Videographer Karysa Kent ’15 was behind the camera as Dr. Hasseler talked about her plans for Muskingum.

She appeared on WHIZ-TV's Live at Noon news July 18 and was featured in the Daily Jeffersonian August 2.

Local news highlight new turf installation

Muskingum University's Sherman Field underwent changes this summer, and the Daily Jeffersonian and Times Recorder stopped by campus as the new turf installation was completed.

JUMPSTART and Talented and Gifted summer camps prepare school-age children for school year

Talented and GiftedAs a part of two Muskingum University Graduate and Continuing Studies intervention specialist licensure programs, graduate students worked with more than 150 school-age children this July. The camps were featured in the Daily Jeffersonian July 31.

Muskingum University in local news for hosting iBELIEVE camps

Muskingum University was a campus host for the iBELIEVE Foundation leadership camps. WHIZ-TV visited campus July 12.

Alumna filmmaker visits campus during Alumni Weekend, featured in local news

Stephanie Greegor ’98 spoke to fellow Muskies about her career in filmmaking during Alumni Weekend in June. See more as posted on the Daily Jeffersonian website.

President Anne C. Steele honored by John and Annie Glenn Historic Site

Dr. Anne Steele with Board Members and Volunteers of the John and Annie Glenn Historic SiteMuskingum University President Anne C. Steele was presented with a lifetime pass to the Historic Site, an engraved brick and a photo collage, featuring Dr. Steele and Senator Glenn, at a reception held June 6. The Daily Jeffersonian highlighted the event.

Muskingum University bowlers in local news for fourth place finish at Club Champions

Bowling Club Team PhotoThe Muskingum University Bowling Club placed fourth at the Club Collegiate National Tournament held April 9 and April 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The bowlers were featured in the 
Zanesville Times Recorder.

The team went into the tournament ranked 13th in the country. Muskingum has two members ranked in the top 25, Summer Finley and Jared Shaner, and they are on the ballot to be named All-American.

Muskingum University Council for Exceptional Children hosts Muskie Olympics, featured in local news

Students from East Muskingum Middle School and John Glenn High School came to campus April 8 for Muskie Olympics. Muskingum University's Council for Exceptional Children and student athlete volunteers ran activities such as bowling, relay races, mini golf, a Frisbee toss, and more. The event was featured in the Daily Jeffersonian and on Sunday's front page.

Ohio Rehabitation and Corrections Officials visit campus

Gary MohrGary Mohr, the Director of the Department of Ohio Rehabilitation and Corrections presented his 'State of the Agency' address at Muskingum University Wednesday, April 6. Noble County Correctional Institution Warden Tim Buchanan was also on the program, introducing 'Restored Citizens Network' members who discussed successful offender re-entry efforts in the region. Muskingum students explored employment opportunities with the department and regional correctional institutions. WHIZ-TV covered the event, held in the Thompson Theatre on campus.

WBNS-10TV’s Dom Tiberi visits Muskingum University, sheds light on distracted driving

As a part of WMCO Weekend 2016, WBNS-10TV’s Dom Tiberi spoke with high school and college students about the dangers of distracted driving. Tiberi uses Maria’s Message to reach out to the youth on this topic. You can watch the broadcast here.

Recent alumnus featured in local news at job fair

Wyatt Nelson '16 was one of the more than 150 attendees at the Job Fair held at the Zanesville Muskingum County Welcome Center March 29. WHIZ covered the event and spoke with Nelson about the fair and his future endeavors.

Director for Athletic Training Program Ken Blood addresses noon rotary for National Athletic Training Month

Ken Blood, director of athletic training program, spoke with members of Zanesville Rotary March 15. WHIZ-TV has coverage of the meeting.

Muskingum student chosen as intern for the Cambridge/Guernsey Visitors and Convention Bureau

Ashley Adams, Muskingum University sophomore, will serve as an intern at the VCB for a 10-week program ending in April. Read more about Adams and her internship as published in the Daily Jeffersonian.

Ruth Dorsey Neptune Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Yan Sun is a spotlight artist in Ohio Arts Council exhibition

Yan Sun Yan Sun, Ruth Dorsey Neptune distinguished professor of fine arts, is one of the seven artists in an Ohio Arts Council exhibition, Artists of the Winding Road A-Z. The exhibition focuses on outstanding artists of the Appalachian Ohio area. Professor Sun will hold a live portrait painting of Ohio State Senator Troy Balderson April 13 at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus.

Find more information at the Ohio Arts Council and the WOUB sites.

The Roberta A. Smith University Library featured in online news

Muskingum's Roberta A. Smith University Library is featured in the February 2016 OhioNET newletter.

The Government Publishing Office featured Muskingum’s Roberta A. Smith University Library on their official Facebook page on February 8, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Muskingum’s designation as a Federal Depository Library.

Jeff Zellers weighs in on colleges cutting tuition

Jeff ZellersMuskingum University Vice President of Enrollment Jeff Zellers offered comment in a recent Hechinger Report article about colleges cutting tuition. The article also appeared on the Money website. Zellers led Muskingum’s unprecedented tuition cut in the mid-1990s and in the article, he offers advice to schools attempting similar cuts now.

Read the article at the Hechinger Report site.

Muskingum students participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

MLK Day of Service CollageMore than 125 Muskingum University students showed support for the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18.

"The Martin Luther King Day of Service activities provide Muskingum students with opportunities to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service to a number of local nonprofit agencies in Muskingum and Guernsey counties," explains Stacey Allan, coordinator of Muskingum's Day of Service and Director of Greek Affairs.

Across Muskingum and Guernsey counties, students donated their time at a variety of locations with many different activities. Agencies and organizations included the Zanesville Animal Shelter, College Drive Presbyterian Church, Cambridge Unity Presbyterian Church, Beckett House, Zane Grey and National Road Museum, various Muskingum University facilities, and others.

Students' participation in this nationwide day of service was featured on the front page of the Daily Jeffersonian and on WHIZ-TV for their service at Christ's Table.

Director of Choral Activities Dr. Highben Receives The American Prize for Conducting

Zebulon HighbenDr. Zebulon M. Highben, assistant professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum, is the 2015 winner of The American Prize in Conducting in the College/University Chorus Division. Ensembles under his direction have performed for numerous conferences and festivals, including the Ohio Choral Directors Association, ACDA of Minnesota, and the St. Olaf College Choral Festival.

In 2016 Dr. Highben will teach and perform in South Korea as a Conducting Fellow in ACDA’s International Conductors Exchange Program, and will also lead the Muskingum Concert Choir to Washington, D.C. (February) and on a study abroad to tour Germany and the Czech Republic (May).

As a composer, Dr. Highben has received awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and was a Finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Choral Composition. To read more about Dr. Highben and The American Prize, click here.

Associate Professor of Communication Lisa Marshall featured in Ohio Magazine as Memorable Educator

Lisa MarshallDr. Lisa Marshall, associate professor of communication at Muskingum, is featured in the December 2015 edition of Ohio Magazine in an article by Frances Killea titled “Inspiring Minds.” Dr. Marshall is one of “three outstanding Ohio educators who are passionate about bringing out the best in the students they teach.” She discusses her journey as an ever-evolving educator and how she brings real-life experiences into her classroom. She is also highlighted as a Memorable Educator in the same edition of Ohio Magazine. Read more here.

Muskingum Student Donates Stem Cells

Chase MyersMuskingum Junior Chase Myers registered sample stem cells March 2015 and not long after was notified that he was a potential match. He underwent surgery and donated stem cells for a male who was in urgent need. Myers was featured in The Daily Jeffersonian. See the full length story at its site.

Professor of Sociology Steve McGuire Discusses the Psychology of Giving

Steve McGuireMuskingum Professor of Sociology Steve McGuire spoke with Evan Peter Smith of the Zanesville Times Recorder for a front-page article about local agencies – and their volunteers – preparing for the holiday season. He added insight into how volunteering can help to unite polarized communities.

Muskingum University Sophomore Jason Schaumleffel Elected to Tri-Valley School Board

Jason SchaumleffelJason Schaumleffel recently won a seat on the Tri-Valley School Board (Dresden, Ohio). The 20-year-old is believed to be the youngest person elected in Ohio during the November 2015 elections. At Muskingum, he is involved with various activities and organizations including his role as Sophomore Class President. Watch the WHIZ-TV coverage and more about his campaign at its site.

Penny Selock honored as Hometown Hero

Penny SelockPenny Selock, a member of the Student Life Staff, was honored November 6 as a “Hometown Hero” by the Southeastern Ohio American Red Cross. Penny is a board member of the Animal Shelter Society Inc. and volunteers as an advisor for the MU Students Against Animal Suffering, dedicated to raising awareness of animal cruelty. At the local animal shelter, she started Yappy Hour, which raised $9,000 in its first year. To read coverage of the event in the Zanesville Times Recorder, click here.

The Roberta A. Smith University Library gets coverage on its makeover and opening

Library Shelf with BooksMuskingum's newest building, the reconstructed library, was featured in local media during Homecoming weekend. Media Day was held October 20 for news outlets to preview the Roberta A. Smith University Library and to see its updates and renovations.

The day included opening words from President Anne Steele and a tour of the soon-to-be finished building led by Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans director and distinguished librarian.

The Roberta A. Smith University Library coverage appeared in The Daily Jeffersonian, Times Recorder, and WHIZ-TV.

Hansen featured on WHIZ-TV news for rural education efforts

Barbara Hansen
WHIZ-TV featured Distinguished Professor of Education Barbara Hansen, who spoke to Zanesville’s Rotary Club.  Dr. Hansen brought awareness of and discussed rural education issues and her role as director of the 2015 Rural Education National Forum being held on October 26 and 27 in Columbus.

Watch the news segment on WHIZ-TV’s site.

Also featured in the Perry County Tribune and mentioned in the Jackson County Times-Journal, Dr. Hansen received the Southeast Region President’s Award from the Ohio School Boards Association.  She was also featured in an article published on September 29 in the Daily Jeffersonian for this award.

Sun featured for his art in Columbus media

Yan SunYan Sun, Ruth Dorsey Neptune Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts, is featured as an artist on WOSU-TV’s weekly newsmagazine show, Broad & High, airing September 9, 2015 at 7:30pm.  Also featured are Laine Snyder, Executive Director at the Zanesville Museum of Art, and Liu Yongjie, an art professor at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts.

Watch a highlight of the episode at the Broad & High YouTube page.





Jim Purdy

Opening Convocation with keynote speaker Jim Purdy featured in local media

WHIZ-TV recapped this year’s convocation held September 1.  The alumnus speaker, Jim Purdy, provided words of wisdom and advice to the newest class joining the long magenta line. The station also spoke with President Anne Steele regarding the day’s events and the future of the University.  You can watch the coverage from WHIZ-TV here.

In addition, Purdy was also featured in the Times Recorder on its site.




Jason Schaumleffel ’18 gets an early start in politics

JASON SCHAUMLEFFELMuskingum University sophomore Jason Schaumleffel believes he is the youngest person in the country running for public office.  Jason, who is 19, has turned in a petition as a candidate for the Tri-Valley school board and WSYX-TV in Columbus picked up the story.  To see it, click here. WHIZ-TV in Zanesville also covered his petition filing, and to see that story, click here.





WILSON AND FLEMMINGMother-daughter graduates make the news

The Zanesville Times Reporter picked up a great story from Muskingum’s May 7 graduate commencement.  Tammy Wilson (pictured here at left) and her daughter, Teresa Fleming, both earned their master’s degrees.  Tammy earned her master of arts in teaching and Teresa received her master of arts in education.  To see the story, click here.




Three "Remarkable Women" are recognized by John and Annie Glenn Foundation

Three women associated with Muskingum University were honored by the John and Annie Glenn Foundation as the 2015 "Remarkable Women: Past, Present and Future," on February 28, on campus. Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele was recognized for her leadership, as was Danielle Crown, MU 2014 Student Senate President. The late Karen Brown, manager of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra (1978 - 1999) was remembered for her contributions. The Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian covered the event on its front page. The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, covered the event on its front page and WHIZ-TV and The Times Recorder also announced the recipients.

Students show strong support for MLK Day of Service

MLK DAY OF SERVICEApproximately 150 Muskingum students turned out to lend a hand locally to the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, held January 19.  Across Muskingum and Guernsey counties, students gave their time in a variety of locations with many different activities.   

"The Martin Luther King Day of Service activities provided Muskingum students with opportunities to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service to a number of local nonprofit agencies in Muskingum and Guernsey counties,” explained Stacey Allan, coordinator of Muskingum’s Day of Service and Director of Greek Affairs. 

The agencies where students served included:

Zanesville:  Christ’s Table, Bethel Community Center and the Zanesville Animal Shelter.
Cambridge:  Cambridge Unity Presbyterian Church.
New Concord:  New Concord Day Care, Friendship Baptist Church Preschool; College Drive Presbyterian Church, Beckett House, New Concord Methodist Church, Muskingum’s Brown Chapel and on-campus activities.
Lore City:  Lore City Methodist Church Food Distribution.

The Zanesville Times Recorder covered their efforts, and to see that story, click here.  WHIZ-TV also stopped by, and to view that story, click here

IN THE PHOTO:  From left to right, Mattie Lauroesch ’16, Chris Morgan ’17, Cambridge Mayor Tom Orr and Jessica Gutierrez ’18.

PUBLICATIONSMuskingum University faculty members frequently make contributions to a wide variety of periodicals, journals, blogs and other professional publications.  The following are a few of the most recent.  Where links are available, click on the title to see the full articles.

Assistant Professor Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold:
"Here is some fascinating new research on crime in Russia"
Washington Post, May 19, 2015 
"Propaganda Theater and the Anti-Maidan Rally in Moscow"
Eurasia Daily Monitor, February 24, 2015 


Stories from 2014 . . .

Women’s basketball scores a slam-dunk for a good cause

In their November 26 game against Mount St. Joseph, the Muskingum University women’s basketball team scored big for a great cause in support of Lions’ player Lauren Hill.  The freshman team member has inoperable brain cancer and her determination to play has drawn national attention.  The Muskies, along with Gametime Dezigns of Cambridge, presented Mount St. Joseph with a check for $10,000 for The Cure Starts Now Foundation in a pregame ceremony.   To see the story on WHIZ-TV, click here.  To read it in the Zanesville Times Recorder, click here

Ulster Club raises money for a brighter future

Muskingum’s Ulster Club is raising money in support of a brighter future for a six year-old boy.  Ryan Nichols of New Concord recently lost his mom, Keri, in a fatal car crash, and the Ulsters decided to raise $1,000 for Ryan’s future education.  To see the story on WHIZ-TV, click here.  To read the story in the Zanesville Times Recorder, click here.

Dr. Richard Arnold publishes three articles

Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold has published three articles.  In January, 2015 he will appear in a journal called PS: Political Science and Politics, with an article titled Where's the Diplomacy in Diplomacy? Using a Classic Board Game To Teach Introduction To International Relations, which outlines the use of a role-playing supplement to introductory classes using a web-based version of the game Diplomacy by Alan Calhamer. In November 14, 2014 he appeared in The Eurasia Daily Monitor with an article titled, Russia Holds First ‘Unity Day’ Celebrations in Annexed Crimea.  To see that article, click here. On January 7, 2015 he was published again in The Eurasia Daily Monitor with an article titled Vedict in Navalny Trial Attracts Some Far-Right Nationalist Support. To see that article, click here.

Small Group Communication class recognized for big effort in the community

SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION CLASSMuskingum University’s Small Group Communication class was recognized in the November 13 Zanesville Times Recorder for a successful effort to do some good in the community.  The class, taught by Associate Professor of Communication Gene Alesandrini, held a raffle at Muskingum Homecoming football game to help fund the “adoption” of ten children for Christmas through Children Services of Muskingum County.  The proceeds will also help provide toys and games in the visitation room at the center.  To see the story, click here.




Muskingum’s Center for Regional Planning helps Zanesville look into the future

Muskingum University’s Center for Regional Planning is helping the city of Zanesville with the creation of a master plan that will guide the city’s development well into the future.  The Zanesville Times Recorder interviewed Professor of Political Science Dr. Walter Huber, who is also the Center’s director, about the complexities of and need for a long view of the city’s future.  The Center has for many years helped communities in the area with a wide variety of planning projects, working with Muskingum students who gain valuable experience in the process. To see the story, click here. For a story focused on the city's master plan and Dr. Huber's work with his students and click here.

Coaches, trainers and athletes cool off for a good cause

Muskingum’s athletic department took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on August 25, just after noon on the Quad.  Coaches, athletes and trainers all took the plunge, and challenged their colleagues at other OAC schools to do the same.  To date, the challenge has raised millions of dollars for ALS research.  The Zanesville Times Recorder was there and got some amazing mid-splash photos.  To see the story, click here.  For the coverage on MUFightingMuskies, Muskingum’s YouTube channel for sports, click here

Zanesville Times Recorder
checks out new library construction progress

Construction on Muskingum’s new Roberta A. Smith Library is continuing on schedule, and Kate Snyder of the Zanesville Times Recorder visited campus to do a feature story for the paper.  She interviewed Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, the Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and Distinguished Librarian, and Kevin Wagner, senior director of facilities and physical plant.  To see the story, click here.  To view live images of the work in progress, visit our homepage.

21st Century Collaboration project featured in Zanesville Times Recorder

Muskingum University’s 21st Century Collaboration project was featured in the April 9 issue of The Zanesville Times Recorder.  The partnership between Muskingum and the National Road Elementary School encourages grade school students’ interest in science and robotics.  The project is headed up by Professor of Education Linda Rogness. 

Dr. Richard Arnold publishes two articles on developments in Russia and provides insights into violence in Ukraine

Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold has published two articles on the turmoil surrounding Russia.  The first, In Response to Ukraine, Russian Domestic Repression, appears on the Jamestown Foundation’s website (click here to read it).  The second, Vladimir Putin's Allies In The European Far Right is on the foundation’s blog.  To read that piece, click here.

Earlier this year, he wrote an op-ed piece for the February 23 edition of The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian on the turmoil in the Ukraine.  To see the op-ed, click here.  Dr. Arnold is widely regarded as an authority on Soviet politics and Russia’s relationships with the rest of the world. 

Dr. Stephen Van Horn featured in Gas and Oil magazine on new petroleum geology major

Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn was featured in the February, 2014 issue of Gas and Oil magazine as part of Muskingum’s announcement of a new bachelor’s program in petroleum geology.  The new degree program keys in on the need for professionals in the field of oil and gas exploration.  To see the story, click here.

Zanesville Times Recorder
digs into new petroleum geology major

The announcement of Muskingum’s new petroleum geology major caught the eye of  Zanesville Times Recorder reporter Brian Gadd.  He interviewed Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn about how the new program will fill an important niche in a burgeoning industry.

Education professor interviewed by Youngtown television station

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Rhonda Talford Knight recently spoke at Youngstown’s East High School for a workshop presented by the “My Voice Ohio” initiative. Dr. Knight spoke about the impact of culture on teaching and learning, explaining that the student population of Ohio is more diverse than the teacher trainee profile. WYTV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Youngstown, covered the presentation and also interviewed Dr. Knight.

Local media goes global with Muskingum’s international students

Muskingum University international students enrich the culture of the university and the community, according to John Lowe, a reporter for the Cambridge, Ohio, Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian. Muskingum staff members Valerie Smith, director of international student services and special programs; Meri Linn McCollum, director of international admission and immigration services; and Brittany House, area coordinator and international student coordinator; all weighed in on the discussion. The article appeared in the January 5, 2014 New Concord Leader and the January 7, 2014, Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian.

Stories from 2013 . . .

Terry Wallace appears in Steubenville Herald-Star as guest columnist

Muskingum University Lecturer and Research Advisor Terry Wallace appeared in the Steubenville Herald-Star’s December 8 issue, writing about the consequences of what he describes as the federal government’s “critical mass.”  To see the column, click here.

Ron Vessels ’63 calls his final time-out after 58 years

The Zanesville Times Recorder recently featured Ron Vessels ’63 for the end of an era in Muskingum and John Glenn High School football, as he relinquished his duties after 58 years of service as game clock operation for both teams.  A familiar face on campus and around town, he attended, without a break, 275 Muskingum football home games dating back to 1953. That number rose to 276 after Muskingum’s final home game on November 16. He is retired from teaching social studies and is a member of Muskingum University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Muskingum well-represented at first Rural Education Forum

Muskingum University was well-represented at the first Rural Educational National Forum in Columbus, held October 31 to November 1. The event was chaired by Dr. Barbara Hansen, Muskingum’s Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning, and Distinguished Professor of Education. Dr. Rae White, director of Muskingum’s Educator Preparation Unit and professor of education, presented at the event. Muskingum University students were also in attendance.

A highlight of the event was an address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “In today’s world, rural schools must be more globally connected than ever before and prepare students for a rapidly changing economy at home. They will produce the next generation of leaders in rural America, who will sustain and possibly reinvent their local economies,” said Duncan.

The forum was the first rural-specific event co-hosted by the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids. The purpose was to bring leaders and practitioners together to advance conversations about rural education and long-term prosperity. In an effort to encourage regional attendance and leverage other successful rural work, the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids also partnered with the Kentucky and Tennessee Departments of Education to host this event.

To see coverage of the event from the Columbus Dispatch, click here.

Magazine chronicles the fascinating history of Muskingum’s world-class herbarium

Now and Then magazine’s November issue records the complex historical events that led Muskingum to have a world-class herbarium, located in Boyd Science Center.  The article features some insights from Jason Larson ’02, who curates the collection of more than 28,000 plant samples. 

Cambridge newspaper spotlights new Palmer Gallery

The opening of the new Louis O. Palmer Art Gallery, dedicated on October 11, drew some attention from The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian.  The new facility is the final keystone of Muskingum’s Studio Arts Complex. It is located between historic Paul Hall – home to the two-dimensional art program – and the Ruth and John Neptune Center – home to the three-dimensional art program. To see what appeared, click here.

Muskingum hosts well-attended education conference and WHIZ-TV pays a visit

Muskingum University hosted an education conference on September 27 and 28, featuring renowned differentiated learning and teaching expert Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson as keynote speaker.  More than 400 people attended, and WHIZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Zanesville, covered it. To see the story, click here.

Bill Pattison conducts marathon interview with The Daily Jeffersonian

Lecturer in Chemistry and Chemistry Laboratory Manager Bill Pattison has been a marathon runner for 43 years, but Stacy Mathews of The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian managed to slow him down long enough to talk about it in the paper’s September 22 edition.


AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LOVEWOSU’s All Sides features new book by Dr. Karen Dunak

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Karen Dunak was featured on WOSU Radio’s All Sides for her new book, As Long As We Both Shall Love, which centers on the history of American weddings in the post-World War II era.





Vice President of Enrollment Jeff Zellers interviewed by Inside Higher Ed

Jeff Zellers was interviewed recently by Inside Higher Ed on recent tuition cuts at private colleges and their potential impact on the cost of higher education.  Muskingum cut its tuition in 1996 and Zellers is considered an authority on the subject. 

Dr. Brian King discusses crisis in Syria

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Brian King spent some time with the Zanesville Times Recorder reporter Brian Gadd discussing the volatile and complex crisis in Syria.

Class of 2017 gets a warm welcome from WHIZ-TV

WHIZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Zanesville, was on hand August 27 for Muskingum’s Convocation, featuring an address by 1995 alumnus Prashant Gupta.  To see the story, click here

Move-in weekend 2013 gets a visit from the Zanesville Times Recorder

The Zanesville Times Recorder stopped by on August 23 to pay a visit during the start of move-in weekend.  Reporter Hannah Sparling focused on the sense of community that results when upper-class students help the first-year students tote their stuff into the residence halls and get settled in.  Among others, Sparling spoke with Blake Nesselroad ’15, the son of Janet Nesselroad, who is coordinator of student accounts at Muskingum, and Senior Director of Admission Beth DaLonzo.  To read the story, click here.

Assistant director of public relations named Public Servant of the Year

Rod Lang, Muskingum’s assistant director of public relations, was named the Village of New Concord’s Public Servant of the Year. He was chosen for the award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Celebrate New Concord, a summer entertainment series sponsored by the village, now in its 13th year.  Lang was nominated for the award by New Concord Mayor Greg Adams ’81 and Professor Emeritus of Education Dr. Steve Kokovich ’63, who is a long-time member of New Concord’s Village Council. 

Dr. Richard Arnold offers insights on the lives of the Boston bombing suspects

Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold was interviewed by John Lowe of the Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian to talk about the backgrounds of the Boston bombing suspects and issues of self-radicalization.  Dr. Arnold was able to offer unique insights because he is an expert on ethnic conflict and Chechnya.  To see a clip of the story, click here.

Pre-Law Society hosts major event

Muskingum University's newly-formed Pre-Law Society recently hosted the Ohioans to Stop Executions and Witness to Innocence Tour. Two men who had been wrongly convicted of crimes spoke to a packed Brown Chapel. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Stacey K. Parker organized the event.  To see the story in the Zanesville Times Recorder, click here.


JOHN AND ANNIE GLENNMuskingum alumni John and Annie Glenn mark 70 years together

April 6, 2013, marks the 70th wedding anniversary of Muskingum alumni John and Annie Glenn, a life together that began as children in New Concord.  The Columbus Dispatch featured their long journey together, and to see that story, click here.  Photo from the Dispatch web site.





KRISTEN BATTAGLIAZanesville Times Recorder highlights the remarkable life of  Kirsten Battaglia ’12

Kirsten Battaglia ’12 has crafted a wonderful life and college career, despite being born blind.  The Spanish and international affairs major graduated in May, looking forward to going to law school.  She's pictured here, rehearsing with the Wind Ensemble. To read her incredible story in the Zanesville Times Recorder, and to view or purchase this and other photos, click here.



Three with Muskingum ties honored at Remarkable Women luncheon

The Remarkable Women luncheon held March 16 at the John and Annie Glenn Historic Site honored three outstanding women with ties to Muskingum, past and present.  Recognized were Muskingum alumna Annie Castor Glenn, legendary head softball coach the late Donna Newberry, and current student Kirsten Battaglia, who will graduate in May, summa cum laude, despite being blind.

RIDER MAGAZINEDr. Vivian Wagner chronicles motorcycle trip to Florida

Associate Professor of Journalism Dr. Vivian Wagner published a story in the April, 2013 edition of Rider magazine about her solo motorcycle trip from New Concord to Daytona, Florida.




Kevin Wagner shines some light on Muskingum’s foray into solar energy

Director of Facilities Kevin Wagner was interviewed by The Zanesville Times Recorder on Muskingum’s first solar energy installation, which will provide energy to the Recreation Center.  To see the story, video and photos, click here.

Janet Heeter-Bass discusses career prospects for 2013 graduating students

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Janet Heeter-Bass was interviewed for  a Zanesville Times Recorder story on career and job prospects facing graduating students in today’s economy.  In the story, she noted the high value that a liberal arts education can have in helping students making those important decisions.  To see the story, click here.

Dr. Paul Szalay carries his teaching into the community

Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paul Szalay was featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder for his volunteer work with students in grades three through five, to help the enjoy science as much as he always has.  He volunteers with the New Concord Area Arts and Recreation District’s Wonders of the World program.  He was also included in the paper's March 1 Things Worth Mentioning column, which periodically highlights bright spots in the commnity.

Stories from 2012 . . .

DR. BRIAN KINGDr. Brian King breaks down the issues of a broken federal budget

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Brian King published an op-ed piece in the February 5, 2013, Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian about the trouble facing Congress and the President in resolving the troubled federal budget process.  Dr. King, who is chair of the political science department, has become a regular contributor to the Jeffersonian.  To see this piece, click here

To hear his election-season interview with Minnesota Public Radio interview, click here.

To see his previous op-eds in the Jeffersonian, click here.  


HARSHA ABEYARATNEDaily and Sunday Jeffersonian features Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne's musical journey to Carnegie Hall

Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne was featured in the November 19 edition of The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian for as he prepared for his December 14 performance at Weill Recital Hall at New York's famed Carnegie Hall. To read the story, click here.






Nursing students featured for helping out during national “Make A Difference Day”

A group of Muskingum University’s nursing students visited Beckett House in New Concord to brighten the day of some of the residents at the senior living facility and The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian stopped by.  To see the photo from the paper, click here


BIL KERRIGANMultiple media get to the core of Bil Kerrigan’s new book on Johnny Appleseed

WOUB Public Media, the National Public Radio affiliate in Athens, Ohio, the Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian and all have given some attention to Professor of History Dr. Bil Kerrigan’s just released book, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard:  A Cultural History

To see the story in the Jeffersonian, click here.
To hear the interview on, click here.






CollegeClasses.comBe the Change
program at Muskingum featured on education news site

Muskingum’s Be the Change program, which is geared toward helping minority students succeed in college, is featured on the web site,  The site, in partnership with Google, features a broad range of education news.  To see the story, click here



Black and Magenta covers memorandum signing with Education Bureau of Lanzhou, China

The Back and Magenta covered the recent signing of a memorandum between President Anne C. Steele and the General Director of the Lanzhou Education Bureau in China.  The signing was a formal means of solidifying the partnership between Muskingum University and Lanzhou’s educational system.


Dr. Sheila Ellenberger featured on National Public Radio affiliate WOUB-FM

Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, Muskingum University’s Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and Distinguished Librarian, was featured in an interview on WOUB-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Athens, Ohio.  She talked to the station about the Daughter of the American Revolution’s recent donation of a valuable set of reference books for the Muskingum Library.  To see the story, click here.  To read more about it on Muskingum’s news archive, click here.  


SAMANTHA REISSStudents featured for their efforts as tutors, future teachers

Three Muskingum University students were featured in The Zanesville Times Recorder for their tutoring work with elementary school students as a part of the Zanesville Civic League After School Program.  Andre Nichols ’14, Taylor Little ’16 and Samantha Reiss ’15 were interviewed. The photo, with Samantha Reiss '16 on the right, is from the Times Recorder, and is available for purchase there.






Dr. David Tabachnick offers comment on 2012 presidential election

Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. David Tabachnick was one of four people asked by The Columbus Dispatch to comment on the 2012 presidential election.  Dr. Tabachnick was interviewed while Vice President Joe Biden made a swing through southern Ohio.  To see the story, click here

Chi Alpha Nu gets the spotlight for community service projects

The Kianus were featured in the August 27 edition of The Zanesville Times Recorder for both kicking off the 2012-2013 with a service project to help out Zanesville’s Eastside Ministries and for the sorority’s long history of lending a hand when it’s needed. 

Dr. Bil Kerrigan featured for his Mystic summer

Dr. Bil Kerrigan, the Arthur C. Cole and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American History, spent an extremely hands-on five weeks in Mystic, Connecticut this summer, and his experience was featured in The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian.  He was there as a Frank C. Munson Fellow in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty.  To see the article, click here.



GLENN BIRTHDAYJohn and Annie Glenn visit New Concord for John’s 91st birthday

Muskingum alumnus and trustee John Glenn ’43 came home to New Concord recently to mark his 91st birthday, and a large crowd joined he and his wife and fellow alumna, Annie, for the big event.   The John and Annie Glenn Historic Site hosted, which gave the couple of 70 years a chance to reminisce in the senator’s boyhood home, which houses the museum.  The Zanesville Times Recorder stopped by, and this photo is courtesy of the paper's Chris Crook. 



WOUB Public Media features Muskingum’s First Step program

Dr. Eileen Henry, executive director of Muskingum’s PLUS Program talks about the First Step program with Bethany Venable of WOUB Public Media, Athens, Ohio. First Step offers students with ADHD or ADD the opportunity have a trial run at their college experience and to get a handle on skills needed for college. This year’s experience includes creating a video diary. “The video diary will help students analyze and adjust through the experience of being a college student,” said Dr. Henry. To read the story, click here.

New Muskies off to a great start with a coach's dream

Incoming first-year Muskingum students (and recent Zanesville High School graduates) Casedy Goins, Tyler Wood, Josh Blair, and Chandre Franklin are featured in the June 24 Zanesville Times Recorder in an article titled A Coach’s Dream.  This year, all 19 ZHS graduating football players are moving forward in life and academics, with help from the Life Plan program, started by ZHS coaches. Mentoring, career counseling, and guidance are hallmarks of the program. Muskingum Head Football Coach Al Logan is mentioned in the piece which was written by writer Brandon Hannahs.

Dr. Brian King gives a local angle to national politics

Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Brian King appeared in the June 12 edition of The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian with an op-ed piece on the race for the presidency.  In it, he discusses the importance of presidential politics on a local level and how local values can affect the candidates themselves.  To see the clipping from the paper, click here.

Graduate and undergraduate commencement exercises draw media attention

Muskingum University held its graduate commencement exercises on May 3 and its undergraduate baccalaureate and commencement on May 5. The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian covered both, and WHIZ-TV stopped by at undergraduate commencement. To read more about the five distinguished alumni who delivered addresses, click here.

JOHN GLENNJohn Glenn ’43 receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Muskingum University alumnus and trustee John Glenn ’43 has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with 12 other recipients. 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and is, along with the Congressional Gold Medal, bestowed by an act of the United .States Congress.

Glenn received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2011. 

President Obama presented the awards in a White House ceremony on May 29, 2012.



WHIZ covers Robert Owen Jones final performance

Muskingum University Professor of Music Robert Owen Jones will retire at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, and WHIZ-TV in Zanesville stopped by to cover his final performance with the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers on April 29.  To see the story, click here

Students help their younger peers cope with the challenges of bullying

Muskingum University’s Community Action Learning in Forensics and C.A.S.S./M.I.N.D. programs have teamed up to mentor and tutor at-risk students in grades 4-12 on how to deal with bullying.  WHIZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Zanesville, featured the program, which meets weekly at the John McIntire Library.  To see the story, click here

Muskingum students, faculty, collaborate with much younger peers on science projects

Thanks to the innovative teaching of Professor of Education Dr. Linda Rogness, some Zanesville elementary school students have been learning to build surprisingly sophisticated robots, working in teams with some of Dr. Rogness’s graduate students. The Zanesville Times Recorder recently paid a visit to National Road Elementary School, where the results of the teamwork were on display. WHiIZ-TV also stopped by, and to see that story, click here.

Softball team's season aspirations featured in Zanesville newspaper

The Zanesville Times Recorder featured the softball team in a February 27 article about the prospects for their 2012 season. The team traveled to the Rebel games in Florida on March 4, and home action started on March 15 against Malone University.

WMCO goes global and gets some media attention

The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian ran a February 26 feature story in its Horizons edition on Muskingum University radio, WMCO-90.7, and its move to live streaming on the web. The story recounted the station's 50th anniversary and the fact that anyone, anywhere with a web connection, can now listen to the station.

Alumnus John Glenn reflects on 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking launch into space

Muskingum University alumnus John Glenn sat down with the Zanesville Times Recorder and television station WBNS to reflect on his history-making trip into space, 50 years ago on February 20.  That date has been set as John Glenn Friendship 7 Day in Ohio. 

Josh Boyer '00 featured in Zanesville Times Recorder and Newark Advocate

Josh Boyer, a former Muskingum football standout and current New England Patriots defensive backs coach, was featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder and The Newark Advocate in stories about Boyer's contributions to the Patriots' success as they prepare for Super Bowl XLVI, his family and his career at Muskingum.

New Concord featured in Zanesville Times Recorder

The Village of New Concord was featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder as part of the series the paper is doing on unique communities in the area.  Prominent in the story was long-time mayor and Muskingum alumnus Greg Adams ’81. 

Dr. Tom German helps readers tune in on the impact of television

Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design Dr. Tom German helped Zanesville Times Recorder readers understand the role television can play in viewers’ lives.  He provided significant insights in reporter Holly Richards story, titled Be wary of the tube: TV watching can be a health hazard.

LEN THOMASLen Thomas ’52 shares a lifetime of music with a lucky audience in Coshocton

Len Thomas was featured in the Zanesville Times Recorder for a recent performance and workshop  in Coshocton, where he shared a lifetime of musical experiences with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.  Thomas, who last year received Muskingum’s Distinguished Service Award, performed with the Pennsylvanians from 1971 until Waring’s death in 1984.  To read more about Thomas, click here.




Stories from 2011 . . .

ODK CHAPTERMuskingum ODK chapter lends a hand to those in need

The Muskingum University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa recently got some attention for donating $522 to the New Concord Food Pantry by raking leaves in the community. To see the story in the Daily Jeffersonian, click here.





JOHN GLENNJohn H. Glenn receives Congressional Gold Medal

Muskingum University alumnus and trustee John Glenn was one of four Americans to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award, which is held by only 100 or so Americans, was presented to the former U.S. Senator and astronaut in a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda. Glenn, along with Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, are the first veterans of the space program to receive the award. To see of list of recipients on the House of Representatives' web site, click here.





Jeff Zellers writes guest blog on CNBC

Vice President of Enrollment Jeff Zellers has a guest blog on CNBC’s web site, where he discusses the challenges facing those trying to pay for a college education. In it, he offers insight on President Obama’s proposed solutions, and whether or not there is something to be learned from funding solutions in Australia. To see his blog, click here.

Student redistricting project presented to Zanesville City Council

The Zanesville City Council has sought the input of Muskingum’s Center for Regional Planning, as a part of the city’s efforts to begin discussions about redistricting, following  the results of the 2010 census.  Directed by Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Walter Huber, students working in the Center are providing basic data so the city can begin its work. 

Jeff Zellers adds clarity to the complexities of college graduation rates

Vice President for Enrollment Jeff Zellers was among those who were interviewed for a Zanesville Times Recorder story on college graduation rates. In the article, he made the important point that truly accurate tracking of what happens to a student who leaves a school before he or she graduates is a difficult issue for every institution.

Class of 2015 gets a warm welcome from the media

Muskingum held its Convocation on August 30, opening its 175th year, and the media was on hand for the big day. The Zanesville Times Recorder's Brian Gadd did a story featuring several new students, and WHIZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate, talked to the speaker, Beverly J. Coen, a 1968 Muskingum alumna. To see the WHIZ story and video, click here.

Daily Jeffersonian
marks 2011 move-in day

The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian photographer Karley Rose paid a visit to campus August 26 to catch some incoming students in the middle of their big day as they moved into their new homes-away-from-home on campus.

Canton Repository
tackles the story of a great Muskingum football career

Alex Thomas, a senior student-athlete and middle linebacker for Muskingum, was featured in an August 11 story in The Canton Repository. Named Muskingum's defensive MVP for the last two seasons, Thomas has 187 career tackles and is only 33 away from moving into the top 10 on Muskingum’s all-time list. Reporter Mike Popovich also talked to Head Coach Al Logan, who credited Thomas with a strong work eithic and an outstanding instinct forthe game. Thomas and his coach were interviewed at the Ohio Athletiic Conference media preview day, held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. To read the Repository story, click here.

To catch up on all of Muskingum's sports news on the Muskies YouTube Channel, click here.

Beth DaLonzo discusses private college attendance in Ohio

Beth DaLonzo, senior director of admission and financial services at Muskingum, weighed in on a discussion about the number of Ohio students attending private colleges and universities in the state. The article, written by Jessica Alaimo of and appearing on the front page of the August 8 Zanesville Times Recorder, noted that Muskingum has seen an increase in the percentage of incoming students from Ohio, partly due to recruiting efforts and to Muskingum’s efforts to meet students’ financial aid needs. C. Todd Jones, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and University of Ohio is also quoted in the article, which mentions Denison University and The College of Wooster.

Professor's lecutre attracts media in Spain

Muskingum University Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Beth Butler presented a lecture at a conference held recently in Salamanca, Spain, and her insights were featured in the Spanish newspaper Todo Castilla y Leon. Dr. Butler’s lecture focused on the work of Spanish author Jordi Sierra i Fabra and his novel, Las Chicas de Alambre (Wire Thin Girls), which is an adolescent novel of the “novela negra” genre that centers on the issue of anorexia in the fashion industry.

ONN-TV features Professor Jane Varley on Ohio’s Woman segment

Associate Professor of English Dr. Jane Varley was featured recently on a segment of ONN-TV’s Ohio’s Woman.  Reporter Arica Robbins interviewed Dr. Varley about her work on the late Head Softball Coach Donna Newberry’s autobiography, You Must Play to Win! A Coach’s Journey from the Pit to the Pinnacle

WHIZ-TV taps political science faculty for insights on the future of the war on terror

The death of Osama Bin Laden and its impact on the war on terror led WHIZ-TV to seek insights from two Muskingum University faculty members.  Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Brian King offered his views on how America and Americans are likely to respond,  and Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard Arnold gave a more global perspective. 

Premiere performance of new composition a highlight of Walter Hall dedication

The April 15 dedication of Otto and Fran Walter Hall featured the premiere of a new musical composition by Brian E. Paulis, Muskingum’s adjunct assistant professor of composition and music technology.  The piece was commissioned by David Turrill, Muskingum’s assistant professor of music, who directs  the university’s Wind Ensemble, which performed the new music for the first time at the dedication.  Brian is a resident of Canton, Ohio, and his work was featured in The Canton Repository. To read the story, click here.  

Media hears rave reviews about Otto and Fran Walter Hall

Reporters from The Zanesville Times Recorder, The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian and WHIZ-TV got a guided tour of Otto and Fran Walter Hall just prior to its April 15 dedication.  During the walk-around, they heard rave reviews about the dramatic new facility from students and faculty alike.  To see the WHIZ story, click here.

Dr. Stephen Van Horn offers insight into disaster in Japan

Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn offered some insight into the catastrophic earthquakes in Japan.  In an interview with NBC-affiliate WHIZ-TV, he explained the natural forces and mechanics that led to overwhelming damage from the quake and the tsunami that followed.  See the whole story.

Dr. Brian King gives local news a global view

In mid-February, the Zanesville Times Recorder tapped Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Brian King to demystify the impact of rapidly changing developments in Egypt.  In the article, Dr. King weighed in on what the changes mean both in Egypt and around the world.  A few weeks later, WHIZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Zanesville, asked him to clarify the importance of the turmoil in Libya. Read the WHIZ story.

Jazzy coverage for new music group at Muskingum

The Muskingum University Faculty and Friends Jazz Group received some big coverage in the Zanesville Times Recorder and the Coshocton Tribune.  The group, founded by trumpeter and music faculty member Don Kason, features a mix of faculty members and first-class musicians playing a wide range of jazz favorites.

YOU MUST PLAY TO WIN!Dr. Jane Varley reflects on work with the late Donna Newberry on coach’s autobiography

Associate Professor of English Dr. Jane Varley was interviewed in the January 31 issue of The Zanesville Times Recorder about her work with the late Donna Newberry on the legendary coach’s autobiography, You Must Play to Win!  A Coach’s Journey from the Pit to the Pinnacle


Physics professor shines light on changes to astrological signs

Muskingum Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. William R. Wilson was tapped recently to explain the change in astrological signs for an article in The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian.  In the article, he managed to put some complex galactic activity into terms people could actually understand.

Muskingum’s Jim Burson featured speaker at Christian athletes breakfast

Former head basketball coach Jim Burson was the featured speaker at this year’s Muskingum Christian Athlete Leadership Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their leadership on and off the field of play.  This year’s winners included two Muskingum students, Katie Sidwell ’13 and Michael Halko ’11.  To see the story on WHIZ-TV, click here

Head Basketball Coach Gene Ford '74 receives hometown honor

Muskingum University Head Basketball Gene Ford ’74 recently added another accolade to a long and storied career. The basketball court at Cambridge High School is now the Gene Ford Gymnasium, recognizing Coach Ford’s stellar career there. Prior to his arrival at Muskingum, he coached there for 25 years, where he compiled a record of 400-183 and led his teams to 18 sectional titles, eight district crowns, five regional titles and five state tournament appearances.

Stories from 2010 . . .

Drs. Huber and King talk strategy with Zanesville paper

Dr. Walter Huber and Dr. Brian King, both of Muskingum's political science department, recently did an interview with the Zanesville Times Recorder campaign strategies and what candidates consider when choosing those strategies.

Dr. Brian King sheds some light on the dark side of political ads

Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Brian King did an interview with WHIZ-TV's Brittany Shannon recently regarding the glut of negative political advertising on televesion and its impact on voters' decisions. To see the story, click here.

Convocation welcomes Class of 2014

WHIZ-TV, The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian and The Zanesville Times Recorder all paid a visit to Muskingum's Convocation, held August 31 at the Recreation Center. To see the WHIZ story, click here.

MOVE-IN DAYZanesville newspaper features move-in day at Muskingum

The August 28 edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder featured a story on move-in day at Muskingum.  Reporter Holly Richards roamed around the dorms with Senior Director of Admission and Financial Services Beth DaLonzo and talked with several students and parents about the big day. Photo courtesy of the Zanesville Times Recorder.




"Non-traditional” Muskies make the news

The May 16 Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian featured a full-page story on non-traditional students at Muskingum and the paths each is following to success. Three students were highlighted, as well as Vice President for Enrollment Jeff Zellers.

Media tunes in on professor’s new Fiddle book

Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music, a new book by Assistant Professor of Journalism Dr. Vivian Wagner, got the attention of multiple media outlets. During the interviews, Dr. Wagner talked about her emotional and musical journey with the violin, and even played a tune or two. See the WHIZ-TV story.

Zanesville newspaper turns to Muskingum professor for election expertise

The Zanesville Times Recorder interviewed Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Walter Huber to get his take on the upcoming Ohio primaries and the mood of voters as the national election approaches in November.

Professor of Art described as "local treasure"

Yan Sun, professor of art at Muskingum, was called a “local treasure” in an April 9 front page article in the Zanesville Times Recorder. Sun’s life, both in China and in the United States, is outlined. That life includes a number of years in “re-education” during China’s cultural revolution. Most recently, The New Concord artist has donated a painting to the Zanesville Concert Association for auction.

Washington Post
highlights Scott Greenawalt ’98

Former Muskie Scott Greenawalt ’98 was singled out as the strength behind the Kansas State basketball team in a recent Washington Post article. Greenawalt is the team’s strength and condition coach, and is known for a tough, military style team discipline that pays off. To see the story, log on to and register to enter the archives.

Transcontinental meeting covered in The Daily Jeffersonian

Two groups of Muskingum University students had up-close meetings with a delegation traveling in the United States from Russia.  A Post-Soviet Politics class and the university’s Model United Nations chapter met with a delegation involved with a variety of social and political groups in Russia.  The meetings were facilitated by Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Richard A. Arnold.

Muskingum receives high marks from aspiring young students

Muskingum University received high marks from a group of Central Elementary School fifth graders who visited several campuses in the area. The Coshocton Tribune tagged along, and some of the students compliments for Muskingum are quoted in the article.

Student’s election to council featured in Zanesville paper

The election of Jordan Stewart ’13 to New Concord Village council was featured in a recent edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder. He decided to run for the position after a year of attending council meetings and becoming interested in the issues the Village faces in its day-to-day operations.

Beth Dalonzo helps students get started on big decisions

Senior Director of Admission Beth Dalonzo was interviewed by the Zanesville Times Recorder when it covered an annual College Night event held recently for high school students who are facing big decisions about their future education.

Veterans’ support group featured in Zanesville newspaper

The Muskingum University Veterans’ Support Group was the subject of a feature story in a recent edition of the Zanesville Times Recorder. The group is headed by John Sidwell, Muskingum’s assistant to the registrar, who is a retired Marine.

Campus diversity the subject of Zanesville Times Recorder feature

The importance of diversity among students on college campuses was the focus of a February 28 feature in the Zanesville Times Recorder.  Among those interviewed was Muskingum University Vice President for Enrollment Jeff Zellers and Landel Shakespeare ’12, who is a resident assistant in Moore Hall and has been a member of Muskingum’s Student Multicultural Affairs group.

AMY BELL GOODEN '02Financial aid staff assists at “College Goal Sunday” event

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Amy Bell Gooden ’02 is pictured on the front page of the February 15 Zanesville Times Recorder as she assists Lauren Mainini in filling out the online FAFSA form during the annual “Ohio College Goal Sunday,” a program that offers financial aid help for regional families. Photo by Kerri McMullen, for the Times Recorder.

Jackie Vascura, director of career services, offers job hunting tips

Jackie Vascura, director of Muskingum’s career services office, offered tips to recent and soon-to-be graduates on a special WHIZ-TV series on job hunting. The segment aired on February 16. Students Adria LeMasters ’10 and Kacey Factor ’11 were also featured, discussing the value of their internship experiences. Vascura recommends networking, interning, and creating a concise resume. Read the whole story.

Carol Wilcox-Jones featured in Daily Jeffersonian

The February 14 edition of The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian featured Assistant Professor of Music Carol Wilcox-Jones in its A day in the life of . . . series. The article highlighted Carol’s busy schedule in the music department, as artist-in-residence, music theatre coordinator and director of an annual summer music camp for high school students.

President Anne C. Steele among those honored at MLK Day Prayer Breakfast

Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele was among those honored for their support of aspiring students at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund Prayer Breakfast, held January 18 in Zanesville and covered by the Times Recorder WHIZ-TV. The event was held to grant scholarships to area students in recognition of their academic excellence.

Stories from 2009 . . .

LADY MUSKIESLady Muskies featured in The Daily Jeffersonian

The women's basketball team was featured in the December 13 issue of Cambridge, Ohio's newspaper, The Daily Jeffersonian, for their efforts to bring some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate. This year, they brightened the holidays for 65 children in the greater Muskingum County area.






Dr. Zook-Gerdau and Dr. Ingold discuss climate change summit with WHIZ-TV

Professor of Biology Dr. Danny Ingold, the Homer Anderson Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences; and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau weighed in on the United Nations’ Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen on WHIZ-TV’s December 9 evening news broadcasts. “I think that we have to take a lead role in dealing with climate change because other countries are not going to want to have big changes in their economy and in their energy usage if the U.S., which is one of the largest consumers, is not willing to be on board,” said Dr. Zook-Gerdau. Dr. Ingold added that “If we don’t start addressing this problem (global warming) now, it will affect our children in the future.” Read the whole story.

Faculty members discuss 2012 “end-of-time” rumors with The Daily Jeffersonian

Two Muskingum University professors discussed “what’s behind the ‘2012’ frenzy” with Daily Jeffersonian reporter John
Lowe in the Cambridge, Ohio newspaper’s November 20 issue. Professor of American Religious History Dr. Rick Nutt explained that stories of the end of the world have persisted for thousands of years. Professor Emeriti of History Dr. Lorle Porter called the frenzy “ludicrous…..they are trying to read a prediction of the future out of this."

Globetrotting student featured in The Newark Advocate

Caitlin Ecker ’10 who graduated on May 8, was featured in The Newark Advocate for her student teaching assignment with the French Teaching Assistantship Program sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and Cultural Services. She was the first Muskingum University student to be chosen for the assignment.

Charter Convocation receives excellent media coverage

Muskingum University held its Charter Convocation August 25 in the Recreation Center, its first as a university. The event featured an address by 1962 alumnus and Board of Trustees Chair Harold W. Burlingame. To see the WHIZ coverage the day received, click here.

New name for Muskingum

Muskingum's change from college to university drew strong media attention. The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian, The Zanesville Times Recorder, WHIZ-TV and numerous radio stations all ran stories, each of which quoted President Anne C. Steele as saying, “The enduring characteristics of the institution we cherish and our tradition of educational excellence continue to be the hallmarks of Muskingum,” and that Muskingum’s extensive growth in graduate and professional programs made the change a natural next step.

Not-so-lazy days of summer for teachers in school

The Wheeling Intelligencer featured the now-common idea of teachers attending school during the summers, when their students don’t have to. The article cited the extensive summer programs offered at Muskingum University, and two of the teachers who are taking advantage of those programs to renew certifications or earn special teaching endorsements. Read the whole story.

Dr. Eric Law weighs in on mysterious "turtle rock"

Dr. Eric Law, associate professor of geology, was featured in an article on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website. Dr. Law weighed in on a debate regarding a 220-pound sandstone rock that resembles the head of a turtle. Law is confident that someone carved the rock while others believe that the odd boulder was probably shaped by nature.

“The most significant feature is something I interpreted as a tool mark. They are shown at a well-protected location and are not easily destroyed by weather or erosion processes,” Law said. Dr. Law plans to present a paper on the turtle rock in this October at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Portland, Oregon.

Otto and Fran Walter Hall featured in The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian

When construction began on Otto and Fran Walter Hall in 2009, The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian featured it in a story, including an interview with President Anne C. Steele.

Chess Center dedication receives excellent media coverage

The October 17, 2009, dedication of the Walter K. Chess Center drew a large crowd of alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students, as well as significant media coverage. Both The Daily Jeffersonian and the Zanesville Times Recorder covered the historic day on campus. Earlier this year, both papers, as well as WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, were also treated to a preview of the new facility with a tour conducted by President Anne C. Steele.


MUSKINGUM COLLEGEStudents and faculty create a new history of Muskingum College

Muskingum College, a new pictorial history, was released in the fall of 2009, and the Zanesville Times Recorder featured the effort in a front page article. Authored by Associate Professor of History Dr. Bil Kerrigan and two of his students, Heather Giffen ’09 and Ryan Worbs ’10, the book features hundreds of photographs, with captions researched and written by Worbs and Giffen.

The project, which took more than a year to complete, was particularly important to Giffen, who is a fifth generation Muskie. “I have a deep history with the institution and the town,” Giffen said, “This was meaningful to research. Now that I'm a graduating senior, it means even more.”

The story was also picked up on WHIZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Zanesville. Read the whole story.


Stories from 2008 . . .

Dr. Bil Kerrigan named Person of the Year by The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian

Dr. Bil KerriganAssociate Professor of History Dr. Bil Kerrigan was named one of three 2008 Persons of the Year by The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian newspaper.

Each December, the newspaper’s editorial staff reflects on the past year, thinking back on those whose contributions have helped make the community better. Dr. Kerrigan was chosen for his leadership on a variety of important community projects, as well as his efforts to preserve the regions’ history.

Photo courtesy of The Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian.

Center for Child Development wins Three-Star Award and some media attention

Muskingum's Center for Child Development received a Three-Star Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the agency’s highest honor for excellence in a child care and education. The story appeared in both The Daily Jeffersonian and the Zanesville Times Recorder.  

Cherie Bronkar featured for her literacy efforts in Madagascar

Cherie Bronkar, head of user services at the library, was featured in an article in the Zanesville Times Recorder for her efforts to bring a public library to the people of Madagascar. Her goal is to gain funding for what will be called the Malagasy People’s Library, and she has engaged both regional and national sources of help.

Muskingum's U.S. D.O.E. grant draws a media crowd

Muskingum was the only private college in Ohio to receive a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help train highly qualified teachers of students with disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional disturbances and mental retardation. An August 4 press conference to announce the grant was covered by The Zanesville Times Recorder, The Daily Jeffersonian and WHIZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Zanesville.

Stories from 2007 . . .

Student-firefighters featured in The Columbus Dispatch

DISPATCHMuskingum students Matt Hamsher, Josh DeWinter and Zach Rudy were featured in a 2007 Columbus Dispatch story on college students who also serve their communities as firefighters. The three are a part of the New Concord Fire Department, and in the article, Fire Chief Brent Gates spoke highly of their impact on his department. The story was then picked up by the Associated Press and has appeared in a wide variety of print and electronic media outlets across Ohio. To read the story, click here.

Dr. Amy Santas featured for her efforts in cancer research

The Daily Jeffersonian (Cambridge) ran a front page story on Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Santas and the cancer research she and some of her students are conducting at Muskingum. The story also chronicles her migration to Muskingum from a major west coast institution, and covers the support for her work that she has received from the Muskingum.

Vice President of Enrollment Jeff Zellers interviewed by The Columbus Dispatch

DISPATCHThe impact of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s proposed cuts to the Ohio Student Choice Grant was the subject of a story in The Columbus Dispatch.  Jeff Zellers, vice president of enrollment at Muskingum, was interviewed for the story, along with other senior level administrators at other Ohio colleges, to discuss the possible consequences of the proposed cuts. 

President Anne C. Steele interviewed by The New York Times

NYTPresident Anne C. Steele was interviewed by The New York Times in 2006 for an article written by Jonathan Glater and Alan Finder that surveyed the impact of tuition strategies at colleges and universities.  Muskingum is considered the institution that successfully pioneered tuition reduction strategy, and the article cites the positive results that strategy produced at Muskingm. To access the article, click here to check the newspaper's archives.

Dr. Paul Reichardt featured in article on helping students make important decisions

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Reichardt was featured in a front-page article in the Zanesville Times Recorder. The article focused on what colleges are doing to help students make some of their most difficult academic and career decisions.  In his interview with reporter Holly Richards, Dr. Reichardt cited the many personalized services Muskingum offers, including the first-year seminar class and other, one-on-one consultations the students have at their disposal.   

Stories from 2006 . . .

Dr. Eileen Henry interviewed by National Public Radio affiliate WOUB regarding nationally recognized PLUS Program and "First Step"

WOUBDr. Eileen Henry, executive director of the Center for Advancement of Learning, was interviewed by National Public Radio affiliate station WOUB in Athens, Ohio. She spoke with their news director, Fred Kight, about First Step, a summer camp designed to improve the academic skills of persons with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

The Center for the Advancement of Learning has provided academic support to Muskingum students for more than two decades. "Participants in First Step develop a better understanding of their unique learning styles, as well as plans for improving their opportunities for academic success," Dr. Henry said.

Muskingum's nationally-recognized PLUS program was also mentioned in the interview. The program offers comprehensive academic support services for students with specific learning disabilities. Those services include tutoring by qualified professionals, advice regarding the number and mix of courses, and group study opportunities.

Beacon Journal
notes biology professor’s work at The Wilds

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Danny Ingold was interviewed by The Akron Beacon Journal for a story on the importance of reclaimed mining land as a new habitat for certain bird populations.  The article focused on his work at The Wilds, a 10,000 acre reclamation project that is home to a major animal habitat and research facility.  Dr. Ingold has been conducting research at The Wilds with Muskingum students as a part of classroom experiences during the regular academic year and as a continuing study during Muskingum's Summer Fellows program.   The story was picked up by the Associated Press and distributed to throughout Ohio.

Geology professor featured in The Columbus Dispatch and on Associated Press radio

Dr. Stephen Van Horn with PRSAssistant Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn was featured in an article in The Columbus Dispatch titled New interactive teaching technique clicks with students. The story describes Dr. Van Horn’s use of a Personal Response System (PRS) in his Introduction to Geology class. Muskingum is one of only a few institutions in the country that are using this system as a part a research project based at the University of Akron.

The system allows students to answer multiple choice questions through the use of a remote device that transmits their answers to a PowerPoint screen. The PRS then calculates and displays to what extent the answers were correct. Dr. Van Horn uses this measurement to stimulate class discussion and give the students a chance to better understand the material they are studying and, if necessary, reassess their answers.

In the article, students from the class give rave reviews to both the device and Dr. Van Horn’s effective use of it.

This same story was also picked up by the Associated Press, and ran on its national radio feed the day after it appeared in the Dispatch. It has also appeared on a news service provided by the Ohio Board of Regents.

In the photo: Dr. Stephen Van Horn teaches using the Personal Response System.