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Christine Holmes, '16

Christine HolmesSophomore Christine Holmes of Austintown, Ohio will graduate in 2016 with majors in Journalism and English.

Christine was initially attracted to Muskingum because of the genuine friendliness of those she met through the admission process. “I knew I would be very comfortable on the beautiful campus and still be challenged academically,” she adds.

Christine is heavily involved in Orbit Media, which includes Orbit TV, the campus radio station, WMCO, and the Black and Magenta. She is a member of the golf team and president of Rotaract Club as well as World Vision, and she participates in Cru.

Not only is Christine the president of Rotaract; she is also one of the club’s founding members! She explains: “Rotaract is the college extension of Rotary International. Muskingum’s chapter was chartered this spring (2014) and we are sponsored by Zanesville Daybreak Rotary. In high school I was involved in Interact club, the high school equivalent of Rotaract. I loved serving my community and networking with Rotarians. One of my goals before I came to campus was to get a Rotaract club started at Muskingum, so when Amy [Gooden, of Student Financial Services] emailed students about the creation of the club, I was very excited to be a part of it. I have been president since the beginning of the semester when the club was started.”

With Christine at the helm, Rotaract is working on a number of service projects, including a pop tab collection on campus to benefit Ronald McDonald House; a trip to Miracle League in Zanesville to help the organization prepare the facility for the upcoming baseball season (Miracle League is a national organization that allows children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities play baseball); volunteering at Christ’s Table, a soup kitchen in Zanesville; and participating in Let’s Pick It Up, New Concord.

Christine adds, “Another, larger project we are attempting to coordinate involves working on making the Hollow a fun place for students to hang out and have bonfires. We want to build picnic tables, seating, a fire and barbecue pit, and a shelter in place of the old cabin. It’s a project we would like to get other groups on campus involved with so right now I am working on putting a group together of several campus leaders to meet with Janet Heeter Bass and Kevin Wagner to begin planning the project.”

Christine couldn’t be happier as a Muskie: “My experience at Muskingum has been everything I’ve expected and more. I found my Muskie family right from the start. Even though I’m over two hours away from home, I know I have a solid group of people at Muskingum that care about me and would do anything for me. It allows my parents to relax, knowing I’m in good hands, and for me to explore my horizons knowing my parents aren’t worried about me. My professors go above and beyond what they’re expected. They’ve done everything in their power to ensure that I’m receiving the best education possible. They even let me hang around their offices, asking countless questions!”