Leaf through the 1899 edition of the Mariettana, Marietta College’s student yearbook, and it’s not only a trip through yesteryear, but also a reminder of the special bond between that traditional, end-of-year rite of passage and ongoing connection graduates carry for the rest of their lives.
“Interestingly enough, included in the yearbook is an alumni directory of all members of The Long Blue Line that the College and editors could account for,” notes Hub Burton, Associate Vice President for Alumni and College Relations. “Just goes to show that more than a hundred years ago, our predecessors realized even then the importance of maintaining that lifelong connection in whatever venue or format worked best.”
That’s also the reason why your Marietta College Alumni Association has taken on publication of the upcoming Class of 2014 edition of the Mariettana. Strengthening the relationship between the institution and its graduates is never more important than in preparation for departure and the yearbook is an important element in that process.
Faced with either finding an office or organization willing to take on management of the yearbook or exploring either sending it online or discontinuing it altogether, the College turned to an Alumni Relations Office that readily understood the need for continuing the publication’s tradition.
“The alma mater, Navy Blue and White, the Messiah, the Mariettana…,” said Burton. “There are just some things that aren’t going to go quietly and the yearbook happens to be one of those traditions that means a great deal not only to those who treasure it in the years to come, but also by those who dedicate themselves to its publication.”
Managing the student volunteers who will work on the publication all year long is Alumni Relations Assistant Director, Aleece Dye ’10. With a strong background in print projects, she is ideally suited to guide the effort.
“The students who are part of the Mariettana staff have experienced the excitement first hand of yearbooks arriving on campus,” says Dye. “Everyone gathers around to leaf through its pages, and relive memories with friends from the past year. They're proud to be part of a team working to preserve that tradition.”
Dye expresses, “Encapsulating all that takes place in an academic year at Marietta College isn't an easy task, especially when you only have 170 pages or so in which to do it, but they are rising to the challenge with hard work, dedication, creativity, and are gaining a newfound appreciation for what it means to stay connected to the College as future members of the Long Blue Line.”
The 2014 edition of the Mariettana is due for distribution next summer.