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).

Muskingum University
Office of Admission

260 Stadium Drive
PO Box 1837
New Concord, OH 43762-1837
Phone: 740-826-8137
Fax: 740-826-8100

Admission Staff

From left to right
Top: Jake Burnett, Jordan Raugh, Theresa Hogue, Kelly Campbell

Bottom: Zoey Stenson, Hunter Bennett, Marcy Ritzert, Alexandria Fraley, Gary Atkins

Counselor Territory Map

Admission Office Counselors


Marcy Ritzert

Vice President for Enrollment
B.A., M.A., The University of Akron

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.



Jake Burnett

Director of Admission
B.A., Muskingum University

Favorite Activity? Hanging out with my kids! I have 3 boys, all who love the outdoors. We enjoy campouts, hikes, and just playing together.

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.


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Gary Atkins

Assistant Director of Admission
B.S., VA Tech

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!


Hunter Bennett

Hunter Bennett

Campus Experience Coordinator
B.A., Ohio University




Jordan Raugh

Senior Admission Counselor
B.A., Muskingum University

Who inspires you? My mom, without question. She sacrificed a lot and worked tremendously hard to put 3 kids through college and helped my brothers and I get to where we are now.
What is your favorite Muskingum memory? My senior year, Dr. Hattingh and Dr. Dunak took a few History majors on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. My favorite part of the entire trip was getting to talk to Dr. Hattingh on the drive up to Canton about everything, from how transfers in soccer worked to talking about his time traveling the world, especially in South America. It was just an all around awesome experience.
How has Muskingum impacted your life? I met my future wife my junior year at Muskingum. 7 of the 10 people in our wedding party were Muskingum grads. Jenn and I got our dog while we were both students at Muskingum. My brother, Jon, transferred to and graduated from Muskingum. A large majority of the important people in my life are there because I went to Muskingum University.

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Alexandria Fraley

Admission Counselor / Transfer Coordinator
B.A., Muskingum University

Who inspires you? My brother. He is intelligent, funny, and my go-to person for all questions. Looking up to him throughout my life has been a great joy, learning what to do - and what not to do, ha-ha. I am deeply grateful to have an older brother who is fearless in his decisions and persistent in his goals.
What is your favorite Muskingum memory? Where do I begin? I would say that my favorite memory was every day in the History Suite. It was nice to relax with the professors and learn more about them. I also loved the chance to ask last-minute questions and to catch up with friends that I didn’t have a class with that semester. Muskingum truly is a family. My family. 

Zoey Stenson

Zoey Stenson

Admission Counselor
B.A., Muskingum University

 Who inspires you? My parents! Both of them have worked so hard to give me opportunities to expand my education, hobbies, and passions, and they have both taught me so much, especially generosity, selflessness, and kindness. They always go out of their way for others, and that is something that I now try to do. 

What is your favorite Muskingum memory? One of my favorite memories from being a student at Muskingum was all the opportunities to explore different interests. I got to take a wide variety of classes and joined all sorts of clubs like Student Senate and a sorority. These experiences really made my time at Muskingum so incredible, I always had so much fun organizing Brewed Awakenings and Homecoming events, I loved to help make the campus a fun and welcoming place to be!

How has Muskingum impacted your life? My whole path changed at Muskingum when I declared a major in History. I was looking for direction, and the History faculty helped me find my way. I learned so much about the world around me, and about myself. I got to enjoy so many out of the classroom experiences, build an incredible network, and find new passions. I really found myself and worked to understand my values and what I wanted in life during my time at Muskingum, and especially as a History Major. Being a Muskie has also granted me lifelong friendships, a wealth of knowledge, and so many useful skills. I am so proud to be a part of the Long Magenta Line, and I am even more happy that I now get to share the great things that Muskingum has to offer with others!

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