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Reflections from December Graduates

Muskingum University December graduates Corey Lancaster ’21, Will Ford ’21, Alex Staton ’21, and Taylor Clemons ’21 (left to right) look back on their time at Muskingum and forward to the new opportunities ahead of them.

Corey Lancaster will begin working in the state and local tax practice of Crowe, LLP in Columbus, Ohio on January 4, 2022. “My February-December 2021 internship in Muskingum’s Business Office with the University’s Vice President for Finance & Operations and Treasurer Phil Laube was very influential for me. I feel extremely well-prepared to start my new career.”  An accounting major with minors in business management and marketing, he also served as Vice President for Kappa Sigma. “I first learned about Muskingum from a friend in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. My time on campus has been the best, both in my education and the friendships I have made.”

For communication major and pre-law minor Will Ford, “Orbit Media has been the land of opportunity. I’ve held multiple positions there, including WMCO Sports Director and WMCO Programming Director. It has been an awesome experience, especially hosting President Hasseler’s monthly Muskingum on the Move show. As a commuter student from Senecaville, Ohio, one of the best things about Muskingum has been the friendly campus environment and how everyone gets to know you.” In the months ahead, he will be continuing his passions for communication and for the outdoors, covering high school sports contests for Storied Rivals and returning to The Wilds for his fourth season of leading zip line tours.

Alex Staton of Newton Falls, Ohio earned her education degree with a major in intervention specialist-mild to moderate and a minor in psychology. In December 2021, she began working as an intervention specialist at Foxfire High School in Zanesville, Ohio. “Everyone in Muskingum’s Education Department was so supportive of me. They were always there to help with anything I needed, especially planning my coursework so that I could complete my degree a semester early. I had so many great learning experiences, including special training on trauma-informed instruction.”  During her time on campus, she also enjoyed serving for two years as Vice President of the Muskingum Programming Board.

Psychology major Taylor Clemons from Athens, Ohio will begin studying for a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling at Malone University on January 10, 2022. “I started my journey at Muskingum as a special education major. It was so important for me to get in the classroom right away, because through that experience I realized that the demographic of children who I want to work with are those overcoming trauma. My counseling theory class and my internship with the Avondale Youth Center crystallized my decision and I changed my major. After completing my master’s program, I plan to work in a group home or juvenile detention facility where I can help youth with the greatest needs.”

Congratulations and best wishes to Corey, Will, Alex, Taylor, and all Muskingum December 2021 graduates!

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