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Stephen Fondriest, '15

Stephen Fondriest, '15Stephen Fondriest, from Norwalk, Ohio, graduated this May. The recent graduate has been accepted to Ohio Northern University’s Claude W. Pettit College of Law.

Fondriest, who majored in political science, chose Muskingum because “it felt like home” – even from his very first visit as a junior in high school.

As a student, Fondriest was highly involved in student government, religious life and Greek life. He was a member of Student Senate for three years; CRU and a men’s Bible study for four years; and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a men’s music fraternity, for two years. Fondriest held leadership roles in CRU and his Bible study, and he led worship at CRU and in Chapel during his tenure as well.

Fondriest says that “Muskingum surpassed my expectations. I just expected a school that would give me an education, but I have received so much more – things that I am proud to put on my résumé.

In addition to the organizations where Fondriest was both a member and a leader, he also sat on the Community Standards Board and Board of Trustees meetings, and conducted field experience in regional planning with Dr. Walter Huber.

Fondriest continues to feel the sense of “home” that he experienced when he first visited Muskingum – following his recent acceptance into law school, he received congratulatory messages and well wishes from many of his professors – even some he’d only had for one semester.

For high school students currently in the midst of their college search, Fondriest advises, “Don't rank schools based on the name. Every college is different and you have to find the school with the right atmosphere for you. I would personally recommend Muskingum to anyone, it is a great campus that you can make as big or as small as you want it to be."