#doodah @mariettacollege @mariettapioneer April 20

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Marietta College

Location: Marietta OH

One of the things that makes college life interesting is traditions, rituals, and special events that you might not find on every campus. In 1974 Marietta College introduced an event called Doo Dah Day. In 2013 the event was cancelled. Tomorrow it is back.

Photo of Marietta College campus.


Marietta is a river town situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Marietta is part of a much larger Mid-Ohio Valley metropolitan area that includes nearby Parkersburg, W.Va.

Marietta College is one of America’s 37 “Revolutionary Colleges,” institutions with origins reaching back to the 18th century. Originally founded as the Muskingum Academy in 1797.

Back to Doo Dah Day.

The first Doo Dah Day included a myriad of events such as a demonstration of bow tying with the president, a hayride, music, beer and pie eating. Later years introduced new hallmark events such as mud volleyball and sumo wrestling as well.

Doo Dah Day’s original purpose was to mark the celebration of the arrival of spring and allows students to take a break from their studies to celebrate being a Marietta College Pioneer.


Activities for Marietta’s 2017 Doo Dah Day will include carnival games, a throwback dance party, cookout, pie-eating contest, field games and the hot air balloon. Sponsored events will include Pio-Dome hosted by the Pioneer Activities Council, which includes bubble soccer, archery tag, a free-fall jump, and a Wipeout inspired inflatable.





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