Muskingum College

Muskingum College

Infobox University
name=Muskingum College
motto="Omni, Trinum, Perfectum"(Latin: "All perfect things are three-sided")

image_size = 330 px
caption = Muskingum College's academic quad
type=Private, Liberal Arts
president=Dr. Anne C. Steele
city=New Concord
faculty= 114
campus=Rural, 225 acres (910,000 m²)
endowment= $55,000,000
nickname= Fighting Muskies
colors = Black & Magenta
free_label = Athletics
free = NCAA Division III / Ohio Athletic Conference
affiliations = Presbyterian Church (USA)
publication= [ Black & Magenta
website= []

Muskingum College is a selective, private four-year liberal arts college located in New Concord, Ohio, approximately sixty miles east of the state capital of Columbus. Founded in 1837, Muskingum College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), although since the 1960s the school's religious nature has significantly diminished. School colors are black and magenta and the school's mascot is the “Fighting Muskie” (the muskellunge, the largest member of the pike family). The school's motto is "Omni, Trinum, Perfectum", Latin for "all perfect things are three-sided" a reference to both the Christian Trinity and Muskingum's mission to develop their students' minds, bodies and souls. Collectively the school's alumni are referred to as the "Long Magenta Line" and students (both past and present) are known simply as "Muskies". New Concord, Ohio is located in far eastern Muskingum County, OH, which derives its name from the Muskingum River. Hence the often misspelled and mispronounced Delaware Indian word "Muskingum" (translation- "village on the river bank" and/or "glare of an elk's eye"- there's a dispute) was used in naming the school.

Approximately 1,700 undergraduate students are currently enrolled at Muskingum, choosing from more than 40 academic majors. New programs have recently been launched in digital media design, criminal justice, engineering, and a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program is coming soon. Graduate programs are also offered in education and management information systems and technology. Muskingum is nationally known for its innovative PLUS program, a service which assists students with learning disabilities cope, adjust, and ultimately succeed in a higher learning environment.

Muskingum's campus consists of 21 major buildings, a football stadium and a small lake, which all sit atop 225 acres of rolling hills overlooking New Concord. The beauty of the campus was recently captured in "A Song of the Seasons: Paintings by Jianmin Dou" by Donna Edsall and Yan Sun (2003). Scenery on campus is especially breathtaking during the fall as the leaves change.

Mission statement

"The mission of Muskingum College is to offer quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences in the setting of a residential, coeducational, church-related college and in the context of a caring community where individual fulfillment is encouraged and human dignity is respected. Its primary purpose is to develop—intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically—whole persons, by fostering critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth, so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying and socially responsible lives." []


Muskingum has been constantly accredited by the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools since 1919. "The school up on the hills", as it is sometimes called by locals, offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees at the undergraduate level, and recently began offering Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching graduate degrees. The school offers 44 academic majors along with a large number of minors, 9 pre-professional programs (including pre-law and pre-medicine) and teaching licensure, all of which must be pursued within a strong liberal arts curriculum, known at Muskingum as the "Liberal Arts Essentials" (LAEs) (see below). Among Muskingum's strongest undergraduate academic programs are its science division, math program, education department, and journalism program. Muskingum is often proclaimed as a "best value" in education, by combining strong academics with low tuition, by "U.S. News & World Report" and similar publications. In their 2008 "America's Best College's" guide, "U.S. News & World Report" ranked Muskingum the "31st Best Master's Level University" in the Midwest academically. [] and the "4th Best Value" among Midwest Master's Level Universities [] .

As a liberal arts college, all Muskingum undergraduates must complete a broad curriculum known as the "Liberal Arts Essentials" (LAEs). The LAEs consists of two general parts: I) Core Requirements and II) Area Requirements:

I. LAE Core Requirements

(15-22 credit hours)

A. Writing
-All students must successfully take English 121: General Composition and two other specially designated writing courses (one of which must be above the 300 level.
B. Speaking
-All students must successfully take Speech Communication 200: Fundamentals of Speech Communication
C. Math
-All students must successfully take one math course at or above the 100 level.
D. Achieving Wellness
-All students must successfully take Physical Education 101: Concepts of Wellness and two other physical education courses

II. LAE Area Requirements

(35-37 credit hours)

A. Understanding Religion & Ethics
-All students must take two courses in this subject area.
B. Scientific Understanding
-All students must take two courses in this subject area.
C. Cultural Understanding
-All students must take two courses in this subject area.
D. The Western Heritage
-All students must take three courses in this subject area.
E. The American Experience
-All students must take one course in this subject area.


Academic majors

*Christian Education
*Computer Science
*Digital Media Design
*Earth Science
*Education: Early Childhood
*Education: Middle Childhood
*Education: Special Education
*Engineering Science
*Health Education
*Physical Education
*Political Science
*Religion & Philosophy
*Speech Communication

Interdisciplinary majors

*American Studies
*Child and Family Studies
*Conservation Science
*Criminal Justice
*Digital Media Design
*Environmental Science
*International Affairs
*International Business
*Molecular Biology
*Public Affairs

Pre-professional programs

*Christian Ministry
*Medical Technology
*Physical Therapy
*Veterinary Medicine


* 1827- The National Road (now U.S. 40) is laid through what is now New Concord, roughly following what had been the primitive roadway known as Zane's Trace
* 1828- The village of New Concord, Ohio is established by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians
* July 9, 1836- First recorded meeting of the "Friends of Education" in New Concord, led by New Concord residents Samuel Willson and Benjamin Waddle
* March 18, 1837- The Ohio General Assembly authorizes the creation of a college in New Concord, OH after being petitioned by the "Friends of Education" committee
* April 24, 1837- Muskingum College opens, first classes held
* June 14, 1837- First meeting of the Muskingum College Board of Trustees
* 1838- Original Paul Hall completed, Muskingum College's first structure
* 1839- Muskingum issues its first two degrees to Jacob Fisher and James B. Forsythe
* 1851- Paul Hall rebuilt after a fire nearly destroys the entire building
* 1854- Muskingum admits first female students and becomes a coeducational institution
* 1873- Third Paul Hall completed
* 1885- Muskingum assumes the charter, library and alumni roles of Ohio Central College in Iberia, OH
* 1899- Johnson Hall, Muskingum's second building is completed
* 1902- The campus newspaper, "Black & Magenta", is first published as a monthly magazine
* 1904- John Knox Montgomery, Sr., the "Father of Muskingum College" becomes Muskingum's 13th president
* 1906- First volume of the "Musoljan", Muskingum's annual yearbook, is published
* 1909- Stag Club established.
* 1911- Having outgrown Paul & Johnson Halls, Dr. Montgomery plans for future expansion on a quadrangle created in the rolling hills toward the northwest. Fill dirt is used to level the ground of the new quad.
* 1912- First building on the new quad, Brown Chapel, is completed and dedicated.
* 1914- F.A.D. organization established
* 1922- M.A.C.E. organization established
* 1922- Muskingum's first dormitory opens, later to be named Patton Hall
* 1923- President Montgomery announces the "Million for Muskingum" fundraising campaign. He hopes to build new academic buildings with revenues raised from both nearby Cambridge, OH and Zanesville, OH. Enough revenues are raised in Cambridge, resulting in Cambridge Hall in 1929, but the funds for Zanesville Hall never materialize.
* 1927- Kianu organization founded
* 1927- Muskingum assumes the charter, library and alumni roles of Franklin College in New Athens, OH
* 1930- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: Beta Lambda Chapter Founded.
* 1931- John Knox Montgomery, Sr. dies
* 1932- Robert N. Montgomery, John Knox Montgomery's third son, becomes the 14th president of M.C.
* 1948- Ulster Club established
* 1958- The United Presbyterian Church of North America (UPCNA) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) merge together by signing a historic agreement in Brown Chapel.
* February 20, 1962- New Concord native John Glenn becomes the first American to ever orbit the earth on the spacecraft Friendship 7
* March 3, 1962- John Glenn returns home to New Concord and Muskingum College in a nationally televised homecoming parade
* 1962- Robert N. Montgomery resigns from the presidency, ending 58 years of the Montgomery family's reign over the campus
* April 21, 1983- Alumnus John Glenn announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party's 1984 Presidential nomination from Muskingum's campus with national media attention
* November 19, 1989- Two Muskingum College students were killed and five injured when the Muskingum women's basketball team's van was hit by a semi on the interstate during a snow storm
* 1995- President Sam Speck's "The Campaign for Muskingum" program ends, having raised $37 million for facility improvements, $2 million more than anticipated.
* 1996- Muskingum gains national recognition when it substantially reduces its tuition fees in a move counter to national trends
* February 20, 1997- U.S. Senator (D-OH) John Glenn announces his plans not to seek reelection from Brown Chapel to a national televised audience
* October 29, 1998- Alumnus John Glenn returns to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery at the age of 77. Reaction from Muskingum College and New Concord is nationally televised
* May 20, 2001- Muskingum's women's softball team captures the NCAA Division III National Champtionship, the school's first national title
* October 22, 2004- Caldwell Hall is completed, the first new academic structure build on Muskingum's campus in 33 years (Boyd Science Center- 1971)
* October 22, 2004- "The Long Magenta Line:...The Campaign for Muskingum College" was launched, an inituative to raise $55 million for new facilities and improvements for the campus
* April 21, 2006- Ground was broken on the new Chess Center on Muskingum's campus

Presidents of Muskingum College

* (1837-1838/1st president) Benjamin Waddle, DD
* (1838-1846/2nd president) Samuel Wilson
* (1846-1848/3rd president) David A. Wallace, DD, LLD
* (1848-1849/4th president) John Milligan
* (1849-1851/5th president) Samuel G. Irvine, DD
* (1851-1855/6th president) Samuel McArthur
* (1855-1858/7th president) Benjamin Waddle, DD
* (1859-1860) James P. Lytle, DD (pro tem)
* (1860-1861) H.P. McClurkin, DD (pro tem)
* (1861-1864/8th president) L.B. Shryock
* (1865-1879/9th president) David Paul, DD
* (1879-1886/10th president) F.M. Spencer, DD
* (1886-1887) Thomas Hosack Paden, Ph.D. (pro tem)
* (1887-1892/11th president) J.D. Irons, DD, LLD
* (1892-1893) D.K. McKight, DD (pro tem)
* (1893-1902/12th president) Jesse Johnson, DD
* (1902-1903) Chester J. Marshall, AM (pro tem)
* (1903-1904) Leonard J. Graham, AM (pro tem)
* (1904-1931/13th president) John Knox Montgomery, DD, LLD
* (1931-1932) John Knox Montgomery, Jr., LLD (acting president)
* (1932-1962/14th president) Robert N. Montgomery, BA, ThM, DD, LDD
* (1962-1964/15th president) Glenn Lowery McConagha, Ph.D.
* (1964-1965) William P. Miller, BA, BS, MEd, DEd (acting president)
* (1965-1970/16th president) Harry S. Manley, BA, LLB, Ph.D.
* (1970-1971) William P. Miller, BA, BS, MEd, DEd (acting president)
* (1971-1975/17th president) William P. Miller, BA, BS, MEd, DEd
* (1975-1978/18th president) John A. Brown, LLD, LHD, LittD, LLD
* (1978-1978) Russell S. Hutchison, BS, DD, BD, ThM, Ph.D. (acting president)
* (1978-1987/19th president) Arthur J. DeJong, BA, BD, MTh, STD
* (1987-1988) Samuel W. Speck, Jr., BA, MA, Ph.D. (interim president)
* (1988-1999/20th president) Samuel W. Speck, Jr., BA, MA, Ph.D.
* (1999-2000) David R. Skeen, BS, MA, Ph.D. (interim president)
* (2000-present/21st president) Anne C. Steele, BA, MS, EdD

Campus academic buildings

Most of Muskingum's academic buildings are clustered around a traditional quad near the southern part of the campus. The quad is bordered by Montgomery Hall and the College Library to the south, Caldwell Hall, Cambridge Hall and the Student/Faculty Center to the west, the Recreation Center and John Glenn Gym to the north and Boyd Science Center to the east. Brown Chapel sits on the southeastern corner of the quad.

*Paul Hall (1873) is the oldest building on Muskingum's campus. Two previous versions of this building burnt down early in the school's history. This third structure is named for Dr. David Paul, president of the College from 1865 to 1879. The building, which currently houses the music department, is registered as a National Historic Site.

*Johnson Hall (1899) is named for Dr. Jesse Johnson, Muskingum's president from 1883 to 1902. Renovated in 1977, it contains art studios, the Louis Palmer Gallery and a 160 seat proscenium thrust theater.

*The Little Theater (1900) was constructed for physical education purposes and remodeled in 1943 for theatrical use, and is currently in use as classroom space primarily in the fine arts.

*Brown Chapel (1912) is a multi-purpose building which serves the College as a church, chapel, auditorium and classroom. The Chapel was named for J.M. Brown, a benefactor of the College and long-time member of the school's board of trustees.

*Montgomery Hall (1921) is the administrative hub of the campus, containing administrative and faculty offices and classrooms. The building is named for Dr. John Knox Montgomery Sr., president of Muskingum from 1904 until 1931, and the unofficial "Father of Muskingum College".

*Cambridge Hall (1929) was built largely with funds contributed by citizens of nearby Cambridge, OH. Along with classrooms, the business, English, political science, psychology, sociology, history departments.

*John Glenn Gym (1935) was named in 1962 in honor of the distinguished astronaut-senator graduate. It houses two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, recreation and intramural equipment and coaches' offices.

*The College Library (1960) holds more than 215,000 volumes.

*The Student/Faculty Center (1960) includes the campus center, snack bar, mailroom, bookstore, and meeting rooms. It also houses the Student Life Office, the Office of Career Services, Internships and Leadership Development, Student Senate, Student Activities, Counciling and Special Events.

*Boyd Science Center (1971) is a four-floor building housing the biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, modern languages, computer science and physics departments.

*Recreation Center (1986) is a four-story building holding a 2,800 seat gym, dance rooms, racquetball courts, weight room, athletic training room and locker rooms. The "Rec" Center also houses the physical education department and the athletic department.

*Caldwell Hall (2004) a 32,000 ft. sq., state-of-the-art facility houses Muskingum’s speech, journalism and theatre programs, and graphic arts initiative. This 21st century instructional space features multi-media classrooms, computer-aided design laboratory, lecture hall, seminar rooms, exhibit hall, radio and television studios, a 250-seat theatre, recital hall and cinema, costume & set design laboratories, tech support areas and an experimental theatre/rehearsal hall.

*Chess Center (expected to open 2008) a 23,000 ft. sq., state-of-the-art campus center. featuring a three-level forum where students will gather, socialize, study, work, & work out. The innovative design of this new building will also "bridge" the east and west hills of the campus.

*New Music Complex (forthcoming)- Plans are currently being developed for a new music complex and welcome center near the Manse on or near College Drive.

Campus residence halls

The majority of students live in the residence halls that are clustered atop two hills overlooking the football field, the lake and the Hollow. Kelley, Patton and Finney Halls make up the East Residence Area. The West Residence Area comprises Moore, Memorial and Thomas Halls.

*Patton Hall (1922) recently reopened after major renovations. Named for Emma Patton Montgomery, it houses 120 students.

*Memorial Hall (1951) was built as a memorial to Muskingum alumni who served in World War II. The building accommodates 125 students.

*Kelley Hall (1956), with a capacity of 236 students, is named for Ruth Kelley Montgomery.

*Moore Hall (1958), housing more than 100 students, is named for the late Paul M. Moore of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, a longtime member of the board of trustees and a benefactor of the College.

*Finney Hall (1961), named for the late Harold P. Finney of Cleveland, a college benefactor and former chairman of the board of trustees, houses 130 students.

*Thomas Hall (1961), accommodating 150 students, is named for the late Roger Crile Thomas and his brother, Paul M. Thomas, of Phoenix, Arizona.

*Student Townhouses (1998) accommodates up to 78 students, reserved for upperclassmen.

Greek housing

There are 11 living areas for Greek Life on campus. Each of the men's clubs (STAG, Ulster, and M.A.C.E.) and fraternities (ΦΜΑ (Sinfonia) and Phi Kappa Tau (ΦΚΤ)), have their own houses. The local women's social club F.A.D, as well as the national sorority ΘΦΑ live in lounges, located within Patton Hall, while the local ΛХΩ, the local ΔΓΘ, and national sorority AΣA have their own program houses. The Chi Alpha Nu club is the only women's club to have a house off campus. The program houses along Lakeside Drive cover a wide range of themes. Several of the houses are based on language programs: the French House, German House, and Spanish House. There are also two Christian ministry houses: the Lighthouse (women) and the REAL House (men).


#School Colors - Black and Magenta. The school officially made these the school's colors during the 1894-95 academic year. Legend has it that the color magenta was inspired years ago by a ribbon on a much admired hat of a lady faculty member.
#Muskie "Hi!" - It is tradition that students, administrators and faculty members greet each individual they see on campus with a cheerful "Hi!" Because the campus is small, students quickly become familiar with virtually everyone on campus.
#College Seal - Another respected tradition at Muskingum is that of never stepping on the college seal which is inlaid in the floor of the main entrance to Montgomery Hall. Legend has it that breaking this taboo results in the violator failing their next examination.
#Spoon-holder - According to campus lore, sweethearts who kiss three times on the Spoon-holder, a small gazebo on the shore of the college lake, will someday marry.
#Illumination Nights - the campus is illuminated on Commencement Weekend and Alumni Weekend, when the entire campus is lit with Japanese laterns.
#Chapel... the campus community gathers for worship in Brown Chapel on Thursdays at 11 a.m. No classes are scheduled during this hour in order that a time for reflection and renewal might be observed.
#Alumni Weekend - occurs annually, usually in mid-June. Hundreds of Muskingum College alumni converge on campus for class reunions, the president's state of the college address and the alumni banquet.
#United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America - the precursor to the current Presbyterian Church (USA), was established during merger talks between the United Presbyterian Church of North America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in Muskingum College's Brown Chapel in 1958.
#Bob Jones, Sr. - ,the founder of Bob Jones University, was awarded an honorary degree by Muskingum in 1921. In less than a decade Jones would establish his controversial fundamentalist Christian school
#Ghost of Patton Hall - Patton Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a female student who hanged herself on the third floor. This spector, whom people call Denise, enjoys locking and unlocking doors, leaving residents presents, and turning off and on lights. Some have claimed they have seen her noose when looking into a third story window from Lakeside Drive.

Notable alumni

Collectively, Muskingum's alumni are referred to as the "Long Magenta Line" and the school's graduates do tend to achieve great things. For example, studies show that over 40% of Muskingum graduates have started schooling towards an advanced degree within five years of graduation [] . As with all schools, however, some of Muskingum's alumni stand out.

Muskingum College's favorite son is former astronaut and U.S. senator John Glenn, who graduated with a bachelor of science in 1962, the same year he became the first American to orbit the Earth (Glenn also has an honorary degree from Muskingum from 1961, but the B.S. he earned in 1962 is an earned degree). In 1983, John Glenn launched his White House bid from the Muskingum College quad in the heart of the campus. Glenn also announced his retirement from the United States Senate in Brown Chapel on live national television in 1997. Upon his retirement, Glenn donated his archives to the Ohio State University, with special conditions that Muskingum students would benefit from the collection at anytime. Muskingum received national media attention once again in 1998, when a 77 year old Glenn returned to space abord the Space Shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest person ever in space.

Government and politics

* John Glenn (class of 1962), Democratic U.S. Senator from Ohio (1975-1999), 1984 Democratic Presidential Nominnee
* Annie Glenn (class of 1941), wife of former U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn and civic leader
* Samuel Speck (class of 1959), Harvard Ph.D., Associate Director of FEMA during Reagan Administration, and 20th President of Muskingum College
* President Warren G. Harding, via Muskingum's assumption of Ohio Central College
* Robert M. Warner (class of 1949), Sixth Archivist of the United States
* C. Ellis Moore (class of 1907), Republican U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1919-1933
* Robert T. Secrest (class of 1926), Democratic U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1933-1967
* Charles J. Pilliod, Jr. (class of 1941), United States Ambassador to Mexico, 1986-1989
* Earl R. Lewis (class of 1911), former Republican U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1939-40 and 1943-48
* Martha C. Moore (class of 1940), former Chairwomen of the Ohio Republican Party, Vice-Chairwomen of the Ohio Republican Party for 44 years, longest serving member of the Republican National Committee in its history (35 years) and inductee to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.
* C. William Fischer, Jr. (class of 1953), former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education, former Deputy Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, former Deputy Administrator U.S. Department of Energy, and former Vice President of Finance for the University of Colorado
* Francis Scott McBride (class of 1895), leader of prohibition and longtime National Superintendent of the U.S. Anti-Saloon League
* Sean Logan (class of 1988), current Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, former Columbiana County, OH Commissioner
* Joe Secrest (class of 1970), current President of the Ohio Controlling Board in the State Office of Management and Budget, Guernsey County, OH Commissioner
* Donald L. Mason,(class of 1979), Mayor of Zanesville 1984-1991, Ohio Dept. Of Natural Resources 1991-1998, Ohio Public Utilities Commissioner 1998-2008


* Jack Hanna (class of 1969), former Columbus Zoo director and television personality
* Agnes Moorehead (class of 1923), Emmy Award-winning actress ("Bewitched")
* Robert W. Patin, Jr. (class of 1964), President and COO of Big Idea Productions, the makers of Veggie Tales


* David Budbill (class of 1962), American poet, author and playwright


* William Rainey Harper (class of 1870), first President, University of Chicago
* Richard Pipes (class of 1944), Professor of History Emeritus, Harvard University
* William Oxley Thompson (class of 1870), President, of The Ohio State University and Miami University


* Philip Caldwell (class of 1940), retired CEO of Ford Motor Company
* William Dentzer (class of 1951), founding Chairman and CEO of the Depository Trust Corporation
* Walter Young (class of 1966), retired CEO of Champion Enterprises, Inc.
* Robert W. Patin, Jr. (class of 1964), former president of Puritan Life Insurance Company and former president and CEO of CNA Financial Corporation
* Jacqueline Dudek Woods (class of 1969), first women president of a major utility company- Ameritech Ohio
* Hal Burlingame (class of 1962), former president of human resources for AT&T & a senior executive advisor for AT&T Wireless
* J. Stark Thompson (class of 1963), former President and CEO of Life Technologies, Inc.


* Jim Heacock (class of 1970), defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Ohio State University
* Bill "Cannonball" Cooper (class of 1961), former running back for the San Francisco 49ers and inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame
* Edgar "Ed" Sherman (class of 1936), legendary Muskingum head football coach for 22 years and College Football Hall of Fame inductee
* Jim Burson (class of 1963), legendary Muskingum head basketball coach for 39 years and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His 542-416 record also ranks in the top 10 of all-time in division III and currently top 5 among division III coaches. Coach Burson was OAC Coach of the Year six times. He coached seven All-Americans and 68 All OAC players. Furthermore his teams won three OAC regular season titles (1973, 1974, and 1976), three OAC Tournament Championships (1977, 1988 and 1990), and went to the NCAA Div. III Tournament five times (1977, 1981, 1983, 1988, and 1990).
* Jen Segner-Filtz (class of 2000), as a pitcher for the softball Muskies, she finished her career with several NCAA Division III records including wins in a single season (40 in 2000). Currently, she is second in career pitching wins (117).
* Mandy Carnes (class of 2004) is the NCAA Division III softball leader in home runs in a career (59) as well as home runs in a season (24 in 2002).
* Erica Hoyt (class of 2006) finished her career pitching for the Muskingum softball team as winningest pitcher (120) in NCAA Division III history (passing fellow Muskie alumnae Jen Segner-Filtz), as well as holding the second and third spots for most pitching victories in a single season (38 in 2004 and 37 in 2005), respectively.


* Nikhil Deogun (class of 1991), Deputy Chief of the Washington Bureau of the Wall Street Journal
* Beverly Schuch (class of 1971), former Emmy and Peabody award winning host of CNN's show Pinnacle for 14 years


* John Glenn (class of 1962), first man to orbit the earth, oldest man ever in space
* John Kohl, Ph.D. (class of 1963), Harvard Smithsonian Senior Astrophysicist, former NASA scientist
* Niki Wenger, Ph.D. (class of 1962), former NASA astronaut

Lecture Series

Every year Muskingum brings individuals of significance from the academic, scientific, political and cultural realms to give guest lectures. Several endowments exist to help fund these lecture series. Previous speakers have included: Ernest Boyer, Mike Farrell, Linda Chavez, Zev Kedam, Ralph Nader, Clarence Page, Susan Rook, Claudine Schneider, Richard Thornburgh, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Weiss, Juan Williams, Edward O. Wilson and John Glenn.

Muskingum's Alma Mater

"All hail, Muskingum, glorious Alma Mater
"They loyal children come to do thee honor,
"Life more abundant thou to us hast given,
"Hail, Alma Mater, Hail.

"All hail, Muskingum, glorious Alma Mater,
"Thou who has guided our yourth triumphant,
"Into the life where knowledge still is holy,
"Hail, Alma Mater, Hail.

"All hail, Muskingum, glorious Alma Mater
"To thee we pledge our loyal devotion,
"God's care surround thee through the endless ages,
"Hail, Alma Mater, Hail.

Muskingum's Fight Song

"Fight on Muskingum, Fight, Fight, Fight
"Fight for your college, with all your might
"Victory will be
"For dear old M.C.
"Fight with all your might for your school
"Cheer every student, cheer, cheer, cheer
"Cheer for your college dear
"When this game is o'er
"We'll have a great big score
"Fight on Muskingum, Fight!

Muskingum athletics

Muskingum competes athletically in the NCAA as a Division III school and as one of the first and longest affiliated members of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). M.C.'s teams compete under the moniker, the "Fighting Muskies". The school's main athletic rival is fellow OAC competitor the Marietta College Pioneers (which ironically was originally called the "Muskingum Academy" when established in 1797). Muskingum fields teams in American football, women's volleyball, baseball, women's softball, wrestling and men's and women's indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, tennis, cross country and golf.Muskingum has won 79 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships, since the school joined the conference in 1923:
*Baseball Championship (1952)
*Men's Basketball Regular Season Championships (1972-73, 1973-74, 1950-51)
*Men's Basketball Tournament Championships (1989-90, 1987-88, 1976-77, 1936-37, 1927-28, 1926-27, 1925-26)
*Women's Basketball Regular Season Championships (1992-93, 1988-89)
*Women's Basketball Tournament Championships (1990-91, 1988-89, 1984-85)
*Men's Cross Country Championships (1961, 1928, 1927)
*Football Championships (1966, 1965, 1960, 1955, 1950, 1949, 1939, 1931, 1930, 1929, 1927, 1926)
*Men's Golf Championships (1987, 1978)
*Softball Regular Season Championships (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998)
*Softball Tournament Championships (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986)
*Women's Indoor Track Championship (1987)
*Women's Outdoor Track Championships (1987, 1986, 1985)
*Volleyball Regular Season Championships (1999, 1998, 1991, 1989, 1988)
*Volleyball Tournament Championships (2002, 1999, 1998, 1992, 1988)
*Wrestling Championships (2000, 1979)
*Women's All-Sport OAC Championships (1989-90, 1988-89, 1985-86)

During the period between 1925- 1970 Muskingum was known as a football powerhouse in the OAC, led by college football Hall of Famer Edgar Sherman, first as a player and then as head coach. The Muskies even represented the OAC in two Grantland Rice Bowls (1964 & 1966) and won 12 OAC football champtionships during that forty-five year period. Through the years the M.C. men's basketball team has also seen success, having won 3 regular season OAC championships and 7 OAC tournament championships. In more recent years, the Muskingum women's softball teams have achieved considerable success, winning EVERY OAC regular season championship since 1998 and the NCAA Division III national championship in 2001. Muskingum's softball coach Donna Newberry holds the record for the most victories in NCAA Division III history.


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*"Muskingum College 2004 Alumni Directory" (2004) Chesapeake, VA: Beranard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.

*Edsall, Donna and Yan Sun (2003) "A Song of the Seasons: Paintings by Jianmin Dou". Arbor Hill Press.

*2007-2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Directory & Records Book

*Davis, Dan (Sunday, March 18, 2007) "Muskie Traditions, Curiosities Uncovered," The Daily Jeffersonian. Cambridge, Ohio. Section C: Pages C-1 & C8.

*Official NCAA Softball Record Book, available online at

External links

*Muskingum College's Official Website []
*Muskingum's Campus Newspaper []
*Muskingum's Campus Bookstore []
*Muskingum's Radio Station "The Orbit" 90.7 FM []
*Ohio Athletic Conference Website []
*John Glenn Museum []
*MACE Club []
*Kianu Club []
*Stag Club []
*Ulster Club []
*FAD Club []
*Beta Delta Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity []
*College Drive Presbyterian Church []
*Village of New Concord, OH []

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