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Matthew Hott, '07

Matthew Hott, '07On Matthew Hott’s first visit to Muskingum, his family was pulled over by a campus police officer. At face value, it doesn’t seem like the most auspicious beginning, but the story deserves a bit more explanation.

Hott, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, was returning home from another college visit when his mom noticed the sign for Muskingum off of Interstate 70. They took the exit and were driving around campus when a campus police officer stopped them in Fraternity Circle to ask what they were doing. Once he understood, the campus officer took the family on a driving tour of campus, stopping at various places to explain different parts of campus.

Hott enrolled and graduated in December 2007 with a major in communications. Following graduation, he worked at a television and radio station in New York State. He then decided to attend Ohio University for his Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. He is now a Speech and Language Pathologist for Fairfield City Schools and he works in home health care. He recently cofounded SpeechScience.org, a web site where parents, clinicians and school personnel can find evidence-based information in the field of speech pathology and communication disorders. Hott is also involved in the Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association and coaches bowling at St. Xavier High School.

Hott decided to make the jump from TV and radio to speech pathology because he knew several people who were involved in the field.

Speaking of how his experiences at Muskingum prepared him for live after college, Hott says, “At Muskingum, I was highly involved in radio and TV. I learned to lead and to be part of a team. The experiences and lessons from [the faculty in the Communication, Media and Theatre Department] helped me grow to understand leadership and how to be creative. Being […] a program director for a college radio station or directing a play gave me the confidence I needed to enter the job field at 22 and take over a live broadcast or, as a fourth-year clinician, to step into leadership positions at the state level for my current career.”

Hott met his wife at Muskingum and has remained close to many friends from Muskingum, including several who are godparents two the couple’s two sons. He adds, “Some [Muskie friends] I get to see monthly or close to it, others live a bit farther away but the bonds we built at Muskingum […] are as strong as family.”

Hott adds that his only regret from his time at Muskingum is that he graduated a semester early and didn’t stay for his eighth semester. He recounted some of the life-changing experiences he had at Muskingum: “Because of Muskingum, I went on a trip to NYC, I interacted with students from across the globe. I got to do a radio interview with my best friend while he was in Germany. I was able to interview a rock star and call three years of Muskingum baseball games. I could sit in the BOC and see John Glenn visiting the campus or walk next door and talk to Dr. Hilton about her Holocaust class.”