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Muskingum University

Muskingum University's academic quad
Motto Omni, Trinum, Perfectum (Latin: "All perfect things are three-sided")
Established 1837
Type Private, Liberal Arts
Endowment $55,000,000
President Dr. Anne C. Steele
Faculty 114
Undergraduates 1,700
Postgraduates 1,300
Location New Concord, OH, USA
Campus Rural, 225 acres (910,000 m²)
Athletics NCAA Division III / Ohio Athletic Conference
Colors Black & Magenta             
Nickname Fighting Muskies
Affiliations Presbyterian Church (USA)

Muskingum University is a private four-year comprehensive college with a strong liberal arts tradition located in New Concord, Ohio, approximately sixty miles east of the state capital of Columbus. Founded in 1837, Muskingum College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), although since the 1960s the school's religious nature has significantly diminished. School colors are black and magenta and the school's mascot is the “Fighting Muskie” (the muskellunge, the largest member of the pike family). The school's motto is "Omni, Trinum, Perfectum", Latin for "all perfect things are three-sided" a reference to both the Christian Trinity and Muskingum's mission to develop their students' minds, bodies and souls. Collectively the school's alumni are referred to as the "Long Magenta Line" and students (both past and present) are known simply as "Muskies". New Concord, Ohio is located in far eastern Muskingum County, OH, which derives its name from the Muskingum River. Hence the often misspelled and mispronounced Delaware Indian word Muskingum (translation- "village on the river bank" and/or "glare of an elk's eye"- there's a dispute) was used in naming the school. In June 2009, Muskingum College President Anne Steele announced that the institution's name would be changed to "Muskingum University".

Approximately 1,700 undergraduate students are currently enrolled at Muskingum, choosing from more than 40 academic majors. New programs have recently been launched in digital media design, criminal justice, engineering, and a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program is coming soon. Graduate programs are also offered in education and management information systems and technology. Muskingum is nationally known for its innovative PLUS program, a service which assists students with learning disabilities cope, adjust, and ultimately succeed in a higher learning environment.

Muskingum's campus consists of 21 major buildings, a football stadium and a small lake, which all sit atop 225 acres (0.91 km2) of rolling hills overlooking New Concord. The beauty of the campus was recently captured in "A Song of the Seasons: Paintings by Jianmin Dou" by Donna Edsall and Yan Sun (2003). Scenery on campus is especially breathtaking during the fall as the leaves change.


Mission statement

"The mission of Muskingum College is to offer quality academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences in the setting of a residential, coeducational, church-related college and in the context of a caring community where individual fulfillment is encouraged and human dignity is respected. Its primary purpose is to develop—intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically—whole persons, by fostering critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth, so that they may lead vocationally productive, personally satisfying and socially responsible lives."[1]

Muskingum College's Brown Chapel


Muskingum has been constantly accredited by the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools since 1919. "The school up on the hills", as it is sometimes called by locals, offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees at the undergraduate level, and recently began offering Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching graduate degrees. The school offers 44 academic majors along with a large number of minors, 9 pre-professional programs (including pre-law and pre-medicine) and teaching licensure, all of which must be pursued within a strong liberal arts curriculum, known at Muskingum as the "Liberal Arts Essentials" (LAEs) (see below). Among Muskingum's strongest undergraduate academic programs are its science division, math program, education department, and journalism program. Muskingum is often proclaimed as a "best value" in education, by combining strong academics with low tuition, by U.S. News & World Report and similar publications. In their 2008 America's Best College's guide, U.S. News & World Report ranked Muskingum the "31st Best Master's Level University" in the Midwest academically.[2] and the "4th Best Value" among Midwest Master's Level Universities [3].

As a liberal arts college, all Muskingum undergraduates must complete a broad curriculum known as the "Liberal Arts Essentials" (LAEs). The LAEs consists of two general parts: I) Core Requirements and II) Area Requirements:


I. LAE Core Requirements

(15-22 credit hours)

A. Writing
-All students must successfully take English 121: General Composition and two other specially designated writing courses (one of which must be above the 300 level.
B. Speaking
-All students must successfully take Speech Communication 200: Fundamentals of Speech Communication
C. Math
-All students must successfully take one math course at or above the 100 level.
D. Achieving Wellness
-All students must successfully take Physical Education 101: Concepts of Wellness and two other physical education courses

II. LAE Area Requirements

(35-37 credit hours)

A. Understanding Religion & Ethics
-All students must take two courses in this subject area.
B. Scientific Understanding
-All students must take two courses in this subject area.
C. Cultural Understanding
-All students must take two courses in this subject area.
D. The Western Heritage
-All students must take three courses in this subject area.
E. The American Experience
-All students must take one course in this subject area.


Muskingum's campus lake and surrounding hills

Academic majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Christian Education
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media Design
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education: Early Childhood
  • Education: Middle Childhood
  • Education: Special Education
  • Engineering Science
  • English
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
Caldwell Hall was dedicated in 2004
  • Nursing*
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication
  • Theatre

Interdisciplinary majors

  • American Studies
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Conservation Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Media Design
  • Environmental Science
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
Johnson Hall, Muskingum's second building, sits on top a hill near the main campus entrance
  • Journalism
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Public Affairs
  • Self-Designed

Pre-professional programs

  • Christian Ministry
  • Dentistry
  • Law
  • Medical Technology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine


  • 1827- The National Road (now U.S. 40) is laid through what is now New Concord, roughly following what had been the primitive roadway known as Zane's Trace
  • 1828- The village of New Concord, Ohio is established by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians
  • July 9, 1836- First recorded meeting of the "Friends of Education" in New Concord, led by New Concord residents Samuel Willson and Benjamin Waddle
  • March 18, 1837- The Ohio General Assembly authorizes the creation of a college in New Concord, OH after being petitioned by the "Friends of Education" committee
  • April 24, 1837- Muskingum College opens, first classes held
  • June 14, 1837- First meeting of the Muskingum College Board of Trustees
  • 1838- Original Paul Hall completed, Muskingum College's first structure
  • 1839- Muskingum issues its first two degrees to Jacob Fisher and James B. Forsythe
  • 1851- Paul Hall rebuilt after a fire nearly destroys the entire building
  • 1854- Muskingum admits first female students and becomes a coeducational institution
  • 1873- Third Paul Hall completed
  • 1885- Muskingum assumes the charter, library and alumni roles of Ohio Central College in Iberia, OH
  • 1899- Johnson Hall, Muskingum's second building is completed
  • 1902- The campus newspaper, Black & Magenta, is first published as a monthly magazine
  • 1904- John Knox Montgomery, Sr., the "Father of Muskingum College" becomes Muskingum's 13th president
  • 1906- First volume of the Musoljan, Muskingum's annual yearbook, is published
  • 1909- Stag Club established.
  • 1911- Having outgrown Paul & Johnson Halls, Dr. Montgomery plans for future expansion on a quadrangle created in the rolling hills toward the northwest. Fill dirt is used to level the ground of the new quad.
  • 1912- First building on the new quad, Brown Chapel, is completed and dedicated.
  • 1914- F.A.D. organization established
  • 1917-1918- Delta Gamma Theta organization founded
  • 1922- M.A.C.E. organization established
  • 1922- Muskingum's first dormitory opens, later to be named Patton Hall
  • 1923- President Montgomery announces the "Million for Muskingum" fundraising campaign. He hopes to build new academic buildings with revenues raised from both nearby Cambridge, OH and Zanesville, OH. Enough revenues are raised in Cambridge, resulting in Cambridge Hall in 1929, but the funds for Zanesville Hall never materialize.
  • 1927- Chi Alpha Nu (Kianu) organization founded
  • 1927- Muskingum assumes the charter, library and alumni roles of Franklin College in New Athens, OH
  • 1930- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: Beta Lambda Chapter Founded.
  • 1931- John Knox Montgomery, Sr. dies
  • 1932- Robert N. Montgomery, John Knox Montgomery's third son, becomes the 14th president of M.C.
  • 1948- Ulster Club established
  • 1958- The United Presbyterian Church of North America (UPCNA) and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) merge together by signing a historic agreement in Brown Chapel.
  • February 20, 1962- New Concord native John Glenn becomes the first American to ever orbit the earth on the spacecraft Friendship 7
  • March 3, 1962- John Glenn returns home to New Concord and Muskingum College in a nationally televised homecoming parade
  • 1962- Robert N. Montgomery resigns from the presidency, ending 58 years of the Montgomery family's reign over the campus
  • April 21, 1983- Alumnus John Glenn announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party's 1984 Presidential nomination from John Glenn High School with national media attention
  • November 19, 1989- Two Muskingum College students were killed and five injured when the Muskingum women's basketball team's van was hit by a semi on the interstate during a snow storm
  • 1995- President Sam Speck's "The Campaign for Muskingum" program ends, having raised $37 million for facility improvements, $2 million more than anticipated.
  • 1996- Muskingum gains national recognition when it substantially reduces its tuition fees in a move counter to national trends
  • February 20, 1997- U.S. Senator (D-OH) John Glenn announces his plans not to seek reelection from Brown Chapel to a national televised audience
  • October 29, 1998- Alumnus John Glenn returns to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery at the age of 77. Reaction from Muskingum College and New Concord is nationally televised
  • May 20, 2001- Muskingum's women's softball team captures the NCAA Division III National Championship, the school's first national title
  • October 22, 2004- Caldwell Hall is completed, the first new academic structure build on Muskingum's campus in 33 years (Boyd Science Center- 1971)
  • October 22, 2004- "The Long Magenta Line:...The Campaign for Muskingum College" was launched, an inituative to raise $55 million for new facilities and improvements for the campus
  • April 21, 2006- Ground was broken on the new Chess Center on Muskingum's campus

Presidents of Muskingum College

  • (1837-1838/1st president) Benjamin Waddle, DD
Montgomery Hall, Muskingum's main administrative building
  • (1838-1846/2nd president) Samuel Wilson
  • (1846-1848/3rd president) David A. Wallace, DD, LLD
  • (1848-1849/4th president) John Milligan
  • (1849-1851/5th president) Samuel G. Irvine, DD
  • (1851-1855/6th president) Samuel McArthur
  • (1855-1858/7th president) Benjamin Waddle, DD
  • (1859-1860) James P. Lytle, DD (pro tem)
  • (1860-1861) H.P. McClurkin, DD (pro tem)
  • (1861-1864/8th president) L.B. Shryock
  • (1865-1879/9th president) David Paul, DD
  • (1879-1886/10th president) F.M. Spencer, DD
  • (1886-1887) Thomas Hosack Paden, Ph.D. (pro tem)
  • (1887-1892/11th president) J.D. Irons, DD, LLD
  • (1892-1893) D.K. McKight, DD (pro tem)
  • (1893-1902/12th president) Jesse Johnson, DD
  • (1902-1903) Chester J. Marshall, AM (pro tem)
  • (1903-1904) Leonard J. Graham, AM (pro tem)
  • (1904-1931/13th president) John Knox Montgomery, DD, LLD
  • (1931-1932) John Knox Montgomery, Jr., LLD (acting president)
  • (1932-1962/14th president) Robert N. Montgomery, BA, ThM, DD, LDD
  • (1962-1964/15th president) Glenn Lowery McConagha, Ph.D.
  • (1964-1965) William P. Miller, BA, BS, MEd, DEd (acting president)
  • (1965-1970/16th president) Harry S. Manley, BA, LLB, Ph.D.
  • (1970-1971) William P. Miller, BA, BS, MEd, DEd (acting president)
  • (1971-1975/17th president) William P. Miller, BA, BS, MEd, DEd
  • (1975-1978/18th president) John A. Brown, LLD, LHD, LittD, LLD
  • (1978-1978) Russell S. Hutchison, BS, DD, BD, ThM, Ph.D. (acting president)
  • (1978-1987/19th president) Arthur J. DeJong, BA, BD, MTh, STD
  • (1987-1988) Samuel W. Speck, Jr., BA, MA, Ph.D. (interim president)
  • (1988-1999/20th president) Samuel W. Speck, Jr., BA, MA, Ph.D.
  • (1999-2000) David R. Skeen, BS, MA, Ph.D. (interim president)
  • (2000-present/21st president) Anne C. Steele, BA, MS, EdD


Campus academic buildings

Most of Muskingum's academic buildings are clustered around a traditional quad near the southern part of the campus. The quad is bordered by Montgomery Hall and the College Library to the south, Caldwell Hall, Cambridge Hall and the Student/Faculty Center to the west, the Recreation Center and John Glenn Gym to the north and Boyd Science Center to the east. Brown Chapel sits on the southeastern corner of the quad.

  • Paul Hall (1873) is the oldest building on Muskingum's campus. Two previous versions of this building burnt down early in the school's history. This third structure is named for Dr. David Paul, president of the College from 1865 to 1879. The building, which currently houses the music department, is registered as a National Historic Site.
Muskingum's first structure, Paul Hall sits behind a grove of trees on a hilltop. In front of the building is a large rock that was inscribed when the school first began with the statement "In God We Trust/Muskingum College/1837"
  • Johnson Hall (1899) is named for Dr. Jesse Johnson, Muskingum's president from 1883 to 1902. Renovated in 1977, it contains art studios, the Louis Palmer Gallery and a 160 seat proscenium thrust theater.
  • The Little Theater (1900) was constructed for physical education purposes and remodeled in 1943 for theatrical use, and is currently in use as classroom space primarily in the fine arts.
  • Brown Chapel (1912) is a multi-purpose building which serves the College as a church, chapel, auditorium and classroom. The Chapel was named for J.M. Brown, a benefactor of the College and long-time member of the school's board of trustees.
  • Montgomery Hall (1921) is the administrative hub of the campus, containing administrative and faculty offices and classrooms. The building is named for Dr. John Knox Montgomery Sr., president of Muskingum from 1904 until 1931, and the unofficial "Father of Muskingum College".
  • Cambridge Hall (1929) was built largely with funds contributed by citizens of nearby Cambridge, OH. Along with classrooms, the business, English, political science, psychology, sociology, history departments.
Muskingum's Cambridge Hall, building through donations from residents of nearby Cambridge, OH
  • John Glenn Gym (1935) was named in 1962 in honor of the distinguished astronaut-senator graduate. It houses two gymnasiums, a swimming pool, recreation and intramural equipment and coaches' offices.
  • The College Library (1960) holds more than 215,000 volumes.
  • The Student/Faculty Center (1960) includes the campus center, snack bar, mailroom, bookstore, and meeting rooms. It also houses the Student Life Office, the Office of Career Services, Internships and Leadership Development, Student Senate, Student Activities, Counciling and Special Events.
  • Boyd Science Center (1971) is a four-floor building housing the biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, modern languages, computer science and physics departments.
Muskingum's Boyd Science Center
  • Recreation Center (1986) is a four-story building holding a 2,800 seat gym, dance rooms, racquetball courts, weight room, athletic training room and locker rooms. The "Rec" Center also houses the physical education department and the athletic department.
  • Caldwell Hall (2004) a 32,000 ft (9,800 m). sq., state-of-the-art facility houses Muskingum’s speech, journalism and theatre programs, and graphic arts initiative. This 21st century instructional space features multi-media classrooms, computer-aided design laboratory, lecture hall, seminar rooms, exhibit hall, radio and television studios, a 250-seat theatre, recital hall and cinema, costume & set design laboratories, tech support areas and an experimental theatre/rehearsal hall.
  • Chess Center (2008) a 23,000 ft (7,000 m). sq., state-of-the-art campus center. featuring a three-level forum where students gather, socialize, study, work, & work out. The innovative design of this new building also "bridges" the east and west hills of the campus.
  • The Neptune Center (2008) This new building is home for our Art Department’s program in ceramics, sculpture, and other three-dimensional creative work. The Neptune Center provides our students and faculty with spacious state-of-the-art facilities for design and fabrication of ceramics, metals, wood and other malleable materials.
  • New Music Complex (forthcoming)- Plans are currently being developed for a new music complex and welcome center near the Manse on or near College Drive.

Campus residence halls

The majority of students live in the residence halls that are clustered atop two hills overlooking the football field, the lake and the Hollow. Kelley, Patton and Finney Halls make up the East Residence Area. The West Residence Area comprises Moore, Memorial and Thomas Halls.

  • Patton Hall (1922) recently reopened after major renovations. Named for Emma Patton Montgomery, it houses 120 students.
  • Memorial Hall (1951) was built as a memorial to Muskingum alumni who served in World War II. The building accommodates 125 students.
  • Kelley Hall (1956), with a capacity of 236 students, is named for Ruth Kelley Montgomery.
  • Moore Hall (1958), housing more than 100 students, is named for the late Paul M. Moore of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, a longtime member of the board of trustees and a benefactor of the College.
  • Finney Hall (1961), named for the late Harold P. Finney of Cleveland, a college benefactor and former chairman of the board of trustees, houses 130 students.
  • Thomas Hall (1961), accommodating 150 students, is named for the late Roger Crile Thomas and his brother, Paul M. Thomas, of Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Student Townhouses (1998) accommodates up to 78 students, reserved for upperclassmen.

Greek housing

There are 11 living areas for Greek Life on campus. Each of the men's clubs (STAG, Ulster, and M.A.C.E.) and fraternities (ΦΜΑ (Sinfonia) and Phi Kappa Tau (ΦΚΤ)), have their own houses. The local women's social club F.A.D, as well as the national sorority ΘΦΑ live in lounges, located within Patton Hall, while the local ΛХΩ, the local ΔΓΘ, and national sorority AΣA have their own program houses. The Chi Alpha Nu club is the only women's club to have a house off campus. The program houses along Lakeside Drive cover a wide range of themes. Several of the houses are based on language programs: the French House, German House, and Spanish House. There are also two Christian ministry houses: the Lighthouse (women) and the REAL House (men).


A sculpture on Muskingum's Quad often referred to as the "pregnant kangaroo"
  1. School Colors - Black and Magenta. The school officially made these the school's colors during the 1894-95 academic year. Legend has it that the color magenta was inspired years ago by a ribbon on a much admired hat of a lady faculty member.
  2. Muskie "Hello!" - It is tradition that students, administrators and faculty members greet each individual they see on campus with a cheerful "Hi!" Because the campus is small, students quickly become familiar with virtually everyone on campus.
  3. College Seal - Another respected tradition at Muskingum is that of never stepping on the college seal which is inlaid in the floor of the main entrance to Montgomery Hall. Legend has it that breaking this taboo results in the violator failing their next examination.
  4. Spoon-holder - According to campus lore, sweethearts who kiss three times on the Spoon-holder, a small gazebo on the shore of the college lake, will someday marry.
  5. Illumination Nights - the campus is illuminated on Commencement Weekend and Alumni Weekend, when the entire campus is lit with Japanese lanterns.
  6. Chapel... the campus community gathers for worship in Brown Chapel on Thursdays at 11 a.m. No classes are scheduled during this hour in order that a time for reflection and renewal might be observed.
  7. Alumni Weekend - occurs annually, usually in mid-June. Hundreds of Muskingum College alumni converge on campus for class reunions, the president's state of the college address and the alumni banquet.
  8. United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America - the precursor to the current Presbyterian Church (USA), was established during merger talks between the United Presbyterian Church of North America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in Muskingum College's Brown Chapel in 1958.
  9. Bob Jones, Sr. - ,the founder of Bob Jones University, was awarded an honorary degree by Muskingum in 1921. In less than a decade Jones would establish his controversial fundamentalist Christian school
  10. Ghost of Patton Hall - Patton Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a female student who hanged herself on the third floor. This spector, whom people call Denise, enjoys locking and unlocking doors, leaving residents presents, and turning off and on lights. Some have claimed they have seen her noose when looking into a third story window from Lakeside Drive.

Notable alumni

Collectively, Muskingum's alumni are referred to as the "Long Magenta Line". Muskingum College's favorite son is former astronaut and U.S. senator John Glenn, who graduated with a bachelor of science in 1962, the same year he became the first American to orbit the Earth (Glenn also has an honorary degree from Muskingum from 1961, but the B.S. he earned in 1962 is an earned degree). In 1983, John Glenn launched his White House bid from the Muskingum College quad in the heart of the campus. Glenn also announced his retirement from the United States Senate in Brown Chapel on live national television in 1997. Upon his retirement, Glenn donated his archives to the Ohio State University, with special conditions that Muskingum students would benefit from the collection at anytime. Muskingum received national media attention once again in 1998, when a 77 year old Glenn returned to space abord the Space Shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest person ever in space.

Government and politics



  • David Budbill (class of 1962), American poet, author and playwright



Muskingum's Caldwell Hall was named after alumnus Philip Caldwell and his wife Betsey


  • Jim Heacock (class of 1970), defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Ohio State University
  • Bill "Cannonball" Cooper (class of 1961), former running back for the San Francisco 49ers and inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Edgar "Ed" Sherman (class of 1936), legendary Muskingum head football coach for 22 years and College Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Jim Burson (class of 1963), legendary Muskingum head basketball coach for 39 years and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His 542-416 record also ranks in the top 10 of all-time in division III and currently top 5 among division III coaches. Coach Burson was OAC Coach of the Year six times. He coached seven All-Americans and 68 All OAC players. Furthermore his teams won three OAC regular season titles (1973, 1974, and 1976), three OAC Tournament Championships (1977, 1988 and 1990), and went to the NCAA Div. III Tournament five times (1977, 1981, 1983, 1988, and 1990).
  • Jen Segner-Filtz (class of 2000), as a pitcher for the softball Muskies, she finished her career with several NCAA Division III records including wins in a single season (40 in 2000). Currently, she is second in career pitching wins (117). Member of the Chi Alpha Nu Sorority.
  • Mandy Carnes (class of 2004) is the NCAA Division III softball leader in home runs in a career (59) as well as home runs in a season (24 in 2002), she was a member of the Delta Gamma Theta Sorority.
  • Erica Hoyt (class of 2006) finished her career pitching for the Muskingum softball team as winningest pitcher (120) in NCAA Division III history (passing fellow Muskie alumnae Jen Segner-Filtz), as well as holding the second and third spots for most pitching victories in a single season (38 in 2004 and 37 in 2005), respectively.



  • John Glenn (class of 1962), first man to orbit the earth, oldest man ever in space. Also a member of the Stag Club
  • John Kohl, Ph.D. (class of 1963), Harvard Smithsonian Senior Astrophysicist, former NASA scientist
  • Niki Wenger, Ph.D. (class of 1962), former NASA astronaut

Lecture Series

Every year Muskingum brings individuals of significance from the academic, scientific, political and cultural realms to give guest lectures. Several endowments exist to help fund these lecture series. Previous speakers have included: Ernest Boyer, Mike Farrell, Linda Chavez, Zev Kedam, Ralph Nader, Clarence Page, Susan Rook, Claudine Schneider, Richard Thornburgh, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Weiss, Juan Williams, Edward O. Wilson and John Glenn.

Muskingum's Alma Mater

College Drive Presbyterian Church

All hail, Muskingum, glorious Alma Mater
They loyal children come to do thee honor,
Life more abundant thou to us hast given,
Hail, Alma Mater, Hail.

All hail, Muskingum, glorious Alma Mater,
Thou who has guided our yourth triumphant,
Into the life where knowledge still is holy,
Hail, Alma Mater, Hail.

All hail, Muskingum, glorious Alma Mater
To thee we pledge our loyal devotion,
God's care surround thee through the endless ages,
Hail, Alma Mater, Hail.

Muskingum's Fight Song

Brown Chapel, the first structure built on the quad

Fight on Muskingum, Fight, Fight, Fight
Fight for your college, with all your might
Victory will be
For dear old M.C.
Fight with all your might for your school
Cheer every student, cheer, cheer, cheer
Cheer for your college dear
When this game is o'er
We'll have a great big score
Fight on Muskingum, Fight!

Muskingum athletics

Muskingum competes athletically in the NCAA as a Division III school and as one of the first and longest affiliated members of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). M.C.'s teams compete under the moniker, the "Fighting Muskies". The school's main athletic rival is fellow OAC competitor the Marietta College Pioneers (which ironically was originally called the "Muskingum Academy" when established in 1797). Muskingum fields teams in American football, women's volleyball, baseball, women's softball, wrestling and men's and women's indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, tennis, cross country and golf. Muskingum has won 79 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships, since the school joined the conference in 1923:

  • Baseball Championship (1952)
  • Men's Basketball Regular Season Championships (1972-73, 1973-74, 1950-51)
  • Men's Basketball Tournament Championships (1989-90, 1987-88, 1976-77, 1936-37, 1927-28, 1926-27, 1925-26)
  • Women's Basketball Regular Season Championships (1992-93, 1988-89)
  • Women's Basketball Tournament Championships (1990-91, 1988-89, 1984-85)
  • Men's Cross Country Championships (1961, 1928, 1927)
  • Football Championships (1975, 1966, 1965, 1960, 1955, 1950, 1949, 1939, 1931, 1930, 1929, 1927, 1926)
  • Men's Golf Championships (1987, 1978)
  • Softball Regular Season Championships (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998)
  • Softball Tournament Championships (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1995, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986)
  • Women's Indoor Track Championship (1987)
  • Women's Outdoor Track Championships (1987, 1986, 1985)
  • Volleyball Regular Season Championships (1999, 1998, 1991, 1989, 1988)
  • Volleyball Tournament Championships (2002, 1999, 1998, 1992, 1988)
  • Wrestling Championships (2000, 1979)
  • Women's All-Sport OAC Championships (1989-90, 1988-89, 1985-86)
  • Mens Undefeated OAC Track Champions Coach Ed Sherman and Rex B. Hoon OAC discuss OAC record holder for 11 years 3 sport Varsity Athlete Letter and ALL OHIO Football Junior Year Defensive Tackle, also instituted at Green Hills HS the spread offense undefeated ranked 10 th in Ohio high schools before class divisions
  • Mens Soccer OAC Tournamnet 2008
John Glenn Gym

During the period between 1925- 1970 Muskingum was known as a football powerhouse in the OAC, led by college football Hall of Famer Edgar Sherman, first as a player and then as head coach. The Muskies even represented the OAC in two Grantland Rice Bowls (1964 & 1966) and won 12 OAC football championships during that forty-five year period. Through the years the M.C. men's basketball team has also seen success, having won 3 regular season OAC championships and 7 OAC tournament championships. In more recent years, the Muskingum women's softball teams have achieved considerable success, winning EVERY OAC regular season championship since 1998 and the NCAA Division III national championship in 2001. Muskingum's softball coach Donna Newberry holds the record for the most victories in NCAA Division III history.


  • Fisk, William L. (1978) A History of Muskingum College. New Concord: Muskingum College.
  • Porter, Lorie (2001) "John Glenn's New Concord". Arcadia Publishing.
  • Miller, R.J. (2006) A Christian Educator: John Knox Montgomery, President of Muskingum College 1904-1931. Kessinger Publishing, LLC.
  • Muskingum College 2004 Alumni Directory (2004) Chesapeake, VA: Beranard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Edsall, Donna and Yan Sun (2003) A Song of the Seasons: Paintings by Jianmin Dou. Arbor Hill Press.
  • 2007-2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Directory & Records Book
  • Davis, Dan (Sunday, March 18, 2007) "Muskie Traditions, Curiosities Uncovered," The Daily Jeffersonian. Cambridge, Ohio. Section C: Pages C-1 & C8.

External links

Muskingum's Student Faculty Center
  • Muskingum College's Official Website [4]
  • Muskingum's Campus Newspaper [5]
  • Muskingum's Campus Bookstore [6]
  • Muskingum's Radio Station "The Orbit" 90.7 FM [7]
  • Ohio Athletic Conference Website [8]
  • John Glenn Museum [9]
  • MACE Club [10]
  • Kianu Club [11]
  • Stag Club [12]
  • Ulster Club [13]
  • FAD Club [14]
  • Beta Delta Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity [15]
  • Beta Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia [16]
  • College Drive Presbyterian Church [17]
  • Village of New Concord, OH [18]


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