As Marietta College prepares to bid farewell to another class of graduating seniors, President Joseph W. Bruno is pleased to honor employees who have reached a milestone in service, as well as the six individuals who are retiring.
Bobby Souders ’15 (Winter Park, Fla.) kept it cool as a small group of fourth graders sidled their desks around his.
As the 10-year-olds chatted up a storm about the brightly colored liquids and two forms of salt he set out before him, the biochemistry major patiently waited for a brief pause in their conversations before he began directing them in their experiments.
“We’ve been learning about chemical changes and physical changes,” says Dr. Kevin Pate, who brought five Marietta College students to 1978 and 2006 alumna Nan Welch’s fourth-grade science class at Washington School as part of the MC2 program. Kaely Becker ’15 (Brunswick, Ohio), Derek Howe ’15 (Marietta, Ohio), Brandon Stewart ’15 (Delaware, Ohio), Ryan Turnewitsch ’15 (St. Clairsville, Ohio), Rebekah Wood ’15 (Pleasant City, Ohio) and Sounders have volunteered to help Pate with these events on numerous occasions during the past two years.
Mollee Brown ’16 (Fairmont, W.Va.) is a born and reared farm girl.
She grew up on a farm in Fairmont, W.Va., raising Simmental cattle and competes in national livestock contests in places as far as Montana and Texas.
“I am called Farmer Brown a lot,” she says. “(Competing has) just has opened up so many doors and given me so many new connections and I guess just a bigger outlook on where agriculture is going and what the industry has to offer for the people in it. In West Virginia, there are not many people that do what I do with cattle especially on the scale that I do. Opening up to that, and seeing different parts of the country and how it’s different in other areas and how people make it work to fit where they’re at and what they have. It’s really inspired me to keep going in that, there’s so much future in that and how important that role is.”