Meet Your Admission Counselor
We hope you find what you need within these pages, but if not, please feel free to contact us.
Our Admission offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Selected Saturdays (September–April only).
Office of Admission
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH 43762
L to R: Zack Vayda, Alex Blankenship, Marcy Ritzert, Jake Burnett, Gary Atkins, Luke Tacosik, Dani Crown
Admission Office Counselors
Director of Admission
Marcy coordinates the outreach efforts for the Admission Office.
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.
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.
Associate Director of Admission
Jake works with all transfer students.
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.
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.
Assistant Director of Admission
What are your most-prized possessions?
My music collection: vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital – I value it all (though, I surely prefer the seek/find process for the non-digital). My high school years were all about soul and funk; college radio in the early 80's exposed me to punk (and post-punk), new wave, reggae and world music, and electronic and industrial music (among others); and working in an independent record store in a university town from 1990-95 only poured gas on the flames. Twenty years later, they're still burning. Oh, and my mountain bikes: I have two Specialized Stumpjumpers – one set up for road riding, and the other for off-road use, because, as the saying goes, the fun begins where the pavement ends!
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 a half-hour south of town; a week, the Jefferson National Forest and the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains 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!
Assistant Director of Admission
Favorite childhood memory:
Lucky for me, I grew up in a small town that allowed me to be surrounded by friends and family my entire life. All my favorite memories include my older sister, Courtney, singing in the car, dancing in the kitchen, playing in the swimming pool, and campouts in the living room.
What is your most prized possession:
My necklace that has my grandma’s finger print on it.
What do you love best about working at Muskingum:
I love that every single day I continue to have connections with students, staff, and faculty at the place that shaped my life. I love getting to see the transformations our students make from prospective to graduate. I’m sure I’m biased, but there is truly no other place like Muskingum.