Students and Muskingum community celebrate “John Glenn Friendship 7 Day” in Ohio
Muskingum University, the State of Ohio, The Ohio State University and the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic orbit of the Earth on February 20
which has been designated as “John Glenn Friendship 7 Day.”
To mark the day, students and alumni from
Muskingum and OSU participated in “Join Forces for Service” on February
17, in honor of John and Annie Glenn’s commitment to giving back to
The United States Congress awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal to John Glenn last November. This is our
country’s highest civilian award. Senator Glenn served in the U.S.
Senate, representing Ohio, for 24 years and in 1998, at the age of 77,
he returned to orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
Senator Glenn’s careers in the space program, in
the military, in business, and in politics have not diminished his
involvement with his alma mater. Senator Glenn is an active member of
Muskingum’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Annie Castor Glenn ’42, is
an emeritus trustee. Senator Glenn was named a Distinguished Alumni
Professor in Public Affairs at Muskingum in 1998, the same year in which
Annie was named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow in Speech Communication.
In addition to “Joining Forces for Service,” the following activities took place:
Orbit Media (Orbit TV and WMCO) offered
commemorative programming. In 1998, Muskingum’s student radio station
became “The Orbit” as part of a student-initiated action that marked the
Senator’s return to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
Muskingum’s Library is highlighting Senator Glenn’s career with a special display that will be in place until the end of March.
In the photo: More than 50 Muskingum University students ready to depart for Columbus to participate in "Join Forces for Service Day."
In the bottom photo: Alumni taking part were: Left to
right, back row: Alumni Director Jen Schultice Bronner ’97. Marjie
Burlingame Hancock ’91 and Stephanie Falter Wood ’93. Left to right,
front row: Mary Scott ’65, Ruth Backstrom Brown ’52, Bob Brown ’52 and
Elizabeth Hancock, daughter of Marjie Hancock.