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Muskingum University
Office of Admission
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH 43762

PH: 740-826-8137
Toll-Free: 800-752-6082
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Gary Atkins David Snider Muriel Black Chelsea Roberts Jake Burnett Ohio by Counties

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Meet the Staff

BDBeth DaLonzo

Senior Director of Admission
& Student Financial Services

Best way to contact me: e-mail
B.A., Muskingum University

Beth joined the staff in 2001, and oversees the Admission and Student Financial Service Offices in her role as Senior Director.



Q & A:
1. What do you like best about working at MU?

The people –  I love getting to know our students and interacting with them every day; they are always teaching me something! Our faculty and staff are the best in the business.  I can’t imagine working with a more caring, sharing and giving group of people.

2. Fondest childhood memory?

I grew up an only child in a small town in Eastern Ohio, and was blessed with a wonderful extended family and many dear friends who loved me, believed in me and supported me every day of my life growing up.  And today! My memories are of walking to school with friends, playing outside until the street lights came on, riding bikes every day all summer long and sitting down to dinner every night with my mom and dad.  Just like on 70’s TV shows!


MRMarcy Ritzert

Associate Director of Admission

Best way to contact me: e-mail
B.A., M.A., The University of Akron

Marcy has served the Muskingum Admission Staff since 2004, and works with students applying to the PLUS Program.

Q & A:
1. What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?

Although I love my job helping students get admitted to Muskingum University, there’s a ton of other stuff that keeps me busy at home!  I have two gardens that take up a lot of my time in the summer. I also have two dogs, chickens and honeybee hives. I am never bored at home – there is always something that needs to be done!  I also love to cook and travel.

2. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?

I love the outdoors, and the most adventurous thing I’ve done is taking up backpacking with my husband several years ago. We’ve seen some amazingly beautiful scenery and I’ve accomplished physical things I’ve never thought possible. We love our country’s National Parks, but there are also many other areas that we’ve visited. Any backcountry trip is open for discussion

GGary Atkins

Assistant Director of Admission

Best way to contact me: e-mail
B.S., VA Tech

Gary has served the Muskingum Admission Staff since 2000, and works with students from NW Ohio, SW Ohio, Southern Ohio, and SE Ohio along the river, upstream to Jefferson County.



Q & A:
1. What are your most-prized possessions?

Probably my music collection. Vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital--I value it all (though I surely prefer the seek/find process for the non-digital). High school provided a foundation of funk, college radio sent me off the deep-end in the early 80's, working in a record store kept me broke for the first-half of the 90's, and I never made it back to normal. Favorite genre: "Other".  Oh, and my bikes: I have two Specialized Stumpjumpers--one set up for road riding (strictly for exercise), and the other for strictly off-road use (because the fun really begins where the pavement ends).

2. What are your "go-to" nature destinations?

If I had an hour, it would be a walk around the New Concord Reservoir with my dog, Woody; a day, the AEP Recreation Lands to the south; a week, the Jefferson National Forest in my beloved homeland of SW Virginia; a month, the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho (specifically, the Kelly Forks area, near the Montana border). Great--now I'm daydreaming, and worthless for the rest of the afternoon!


Jake Burnett

Associate Director of Admission

Best way to contact me: e-mail
B.A., Muskingum University

Jake has served the Muskingum Admission staff since 2006, and works with prospective first-year students from Ashland, Stark, and Wayne counties. Jake also works with all transfer students.

Q & A:
1. Favorite Activity: Every summer, I try to take a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. There's not much I'd rather do than paddle through those lakes and rivers, camping out and catching fish for dinner.

2. Best thing about Muskingum: During my sophomore year here at Muskingum, I met my future wife. We've been married since 2006 and I can't imagine a better life than what we have shared here in this community. Muskingum truly is a special place.

MBMuriel Black

Admission Counselor

Best way to contact me: Email
B.A., Muskingum University

Muriel joined the Muskingum Admission Staff in 2014, and works with students from Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Knox, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, and Tuscarawas counties.

Q & A:
1. What do you most look forward to on a typical day?

I can’t wait to see my husband, and our pup, Roxy, when I come home. When I walk in the door, she’s one of those dogs that acts like she hasn’t seen you in years. She’s the most loving dog I’ve ever been around.

2. Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

It’s between the Jennifers: Jennifer Lawrence or Jennifer Garner. Everyone knows you can’t go wrong with Katniss from Hunger Games, but Jennifer Lawrence has such a simple and timeless elegance that you can’t ignore. I’ll make my decision when someone wants to make a movie about me.

DSDavid Snider

Admission Counselor

Best way to contact me: E-mail
B.A., Muskingum University

David joined the Muskingum Admission staff in 2012, and works with students from Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Richland, Union, and Wyandot counties.


Q & A:

1: What's your favorite sports memory?

Well, I'm a Cleveland fan (Go Browns!), so I don't have a lot to choose from. Kidding aside, I'm a golfer, and seeing Jack Nicklaus play in his final round at the Memorial Tournament was awesome! To see a living legend play in his own tournament for the last time was an experience I won't forget!

2: What's your "15 seconds of fame"?

I once made it on the ESPN "Top 10." Unfortunately, it wasn't because I was doing anything athletic. I was on the official stat crew for the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament when Brittney Griner threw down a dunk. Front row seats meant I made the clip that was on TV!

CRChelsea Roberts

Admission Counselor
Best way to contact me: E-mail
B.A., Muskingum University

Chelsea joined the Muskingum Admission staff in 2013, and works with students from Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull counties in Ohio. Chelsea also works with prospective first-year students from outside of Ohio.


Q & A:
1. If I was a flavor of ice cream, what flavor would I be?

Vanilla, because you can dress it up with any kind of topping and it will always work!

2. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy crafts I find on Pinterest (most have turned out well if I do say so myself), ride horses (I have since I could walk), play with my bulldog, Oliver (he is a handful and a half), and shopping (buying all things Magenta!).

MLCMeri Linn McCollum

Director of International Admission & Immigration Services Operations, Coordinator of Study Abroad, English Support Program Coordinator

Best way to contact me: e-mail
B.A., University of West Florida
M.A., University of Massachusetts-Boston

Meri Linn has served the Muskingum Admission Staff since 2007 and Study Abroad since 2005. She works with international admissions,immigration services, study abroad, and the English Support Program.


The 2014-15 MU Admission Team

(L-R: Muriel, Jake, Gary, Beth, Marcy, David, Chelsea)