Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio
BS Education, Early Childhood Ed. and Childhood Development
June | 1994
Marietta College has been a source of growth and life long friendships. My undergraduate years on the Campus of Marietta were filled with academic enriching experiences with unique small group instruction. My social life was active, fun, and enhanced with membership in the Alpha Xi Delta | Beta Xi Chapter of our sorority. I worked all through my undergraduate studies as an Academic Tutor, Swim Instructor, and Lifeguard at both The Marietta, Ohio YMCA & The Betsy Mills Club. I was also a Campus Tour Guide. I had big shoes to fill as I followed in my brother Brian's footsteps. He was legendary with community involvement and journalism. My parents served as Parent Advocates of the Northeastern Chapter of College Advocates. There was a sense of pressure to uphold the family reputation. When my parents dropped me off at the Student Center before they left, a professor welcomed me to Marietta College and waved to my parents as they drove off. This turned out to be my favorite professor, Doc Hartel. I followed the advice, Doc Hartel gave me shortly after my parents left. I was walking out the door after a meet and greet. I heard Doc Hartel call out, "Hey, Rothenberg." He came over and said, "You're brother wrote me this letter to watch over his little sister." He pulls out this note in my brothers handwriting. "Look, you're brother is worried about you with regard to The Jewish High Holidays. I set you up to meet "The Bloom's", so you have a place to go. (Both were PhD's in mathematics and profs on campus.) The holidays are coming up and he wants you to meet them ahead of time."
I can still hear his voice in this unique Southern draw accented with a casual sophisticated delivery, "Miss Rothenberg, don't you worry about filling in your brothers' old shoes down here." "We miss 'em, but that boy is worried about you!" "You need to prove to that boy you are fine without his help!" "Put your own spin in your own shoes, and you'll be just fine." I had the best four years of my life there. I am the youngest of four children. I have three older brothers. The only girl in the family, yes. My brother Brian and I are still close, but we miss our Doc Hartel. He passed away a few years ago. I've never tried to fill anybody's shoes. An invaluable piece of advice Doc gave me in 1990 as a freshmen. Since then, I put my own spin in my own shoes... Yeah, Marietta College is special like that. I just celebrated my 20th Reunion last year.