‘Same Bricks, Different Stories’

Marietta College celebrates homecoming, introducing newer programs

Marietta College homecoming is in full swing this weekend with events ranging from music to showcasing sports, new academic programs, and ways for alumni across the globe to stay involved locally.

Two newer programs hoping to catch the eyes of both alumni and local residents are music therapy and environmental engineering.

“The theme for homecoming is ‘Same Bricks, Different Stories,’ and that’s right in line with what we coach our students and clients to think through,” said Racquel Ravaglioli, director of music therapy. “Our music therapy students are going to be playing in the amphitheater on the mall and inviting any alumnus with a guitar to join us to jam on the blues and tell us their stories and memories of campus.”

The blues structure, she said, not only plays to the institution’s Navy blue and white color scheme, but to the therapeutic technique taught in the program to aid in social and emotional connection.

“In this iteration, we’re inviting that storytelling to happen on those same bricks,” she said. “We’re inviting that soul, that feeling.”

Meanwhile, the newest program between the bricks of the Christy Mall and Fourth Street will be engaging alumni in the next evolution of the school’s STEM programming.

“The wonderful thing is the alumni are already coming to us and wanting to serve on our advisory board as we build this program,” said Environmental Engineer Juan Carlos Ramirez Dorronsoro. “We’re building synergy off of the environmental studies program, the resource management and the already-accredited petroleum engineering Marietta College is known for, but filling a vacuum in this tri-state area as the next logical step with all of the academic engineering infrastructure in place.”

Both Ravaglioli and Dorronsoro, said they hope their programs are noted not only by the undergraduate students taking classes but that their impact locally is taken into consideration.

“We’re already hosting sessions with the local veteran service commission weekly and have students in the field at Ewing School and Harmar Place,” Ravaglioli said of the music therapy program, now in its second year. “And many of our students in the major are from local schools here.”

Dorronsoro said he hopes to engage more local and approachable dialogue surrounding environmental science.

“I call this the program for the human being, every single human being has the capability to solve environmental problems with everyday decisions,” he explained, noting an upcoming STEM day on campus Oct. 19.

But for the weekend, both professors will join in the festivities, which spill over not only to Don Drumm Stadium but downtown as Marietta welcomes home to its same bricks, some old stories.

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