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Emily Sollenberger Dobbins, '06

Emily Sollenberger Dobbins, '06“I pretty much made my decision on the drive home that day.”

Coming from a small high school in a small town, Emily Sollenberger Dobbins, ’06, knew she wanted to find a school with small class sizes and a good art program. Upon visiting Muskingum, she felt welcomed and could picture herself fitting in well on campus. Dobbins double majored in art and business.

 After graduating, Dobbins worked at Don Drumm Studios in Akron and Terra Gallery in Columbus. She decided to attend grad school and moved to Savannah, Georgia in 2009 to obtain her MA in Arts and Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2010 she moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she worked four a nonprofit gallery for four years. In 2014, she transitioned to her current job as the Development Director of Baltimore Clayworks, a nonprofit ceramic arts organization.

 Dobbins says, “Since Muskingum was a small school, you really had a great opportunity to interact and learn from your professors, fellow students and faculty – it was really community-oriented. I think by having experiences beyond the classroom, such getting involved with clubs, sorority, school events and volunteering in the community, I had the opportunity to work together with other Muskies to create or impact something bigger. I learned from others, while learning more about myself along the way.

“This has certainly carried on into my professional and personal life. Working at a mission-driven nonprofit organization, I'm rewarded by just seeing the good coming out of the programs and stories from individuals impacted by the work we do as a whole. Similarly, I've been involved with the Junior League of Baltimore, where I'm part of a fantastic group of women who are making an impact in the Baltimore community through leadership and volunteerism opportunities. In both aspects, I continue to grow as a person because of the good work being done around me - and directly relates to people wanting to do good, and be good.”

Dobbins values the lifelong friendships she made at Muskingum. Although she doesn’t live near her Muskie friends, she regularly talks to them on the phone and texts them. She says, “Living out of state now, it's hard to get together on a regular basis – but, when we do it's just like we're right back at the Kianu [sorority] House.”

To college seniors, Dobbins says, “It's hard to imagine life after Muskingum – it was a great time, right!? You may not have everything figured out right now, but know that you will.

“Embrace those who helped you get to where you are, keep them as your support network and rely on them when you need them. And, be that person to the friends you've made at Muskingum. Your friendships and connections you made will always be there – and they may just grow even stronger than you thought.”