A calling together of the campus community
The College of Wooster officially launched its 154th academic year with an annual Convocation on Aug. 17, 2023, celebrating the start of the new year and the final leg of the Wooster journey for members of the Class of 2024. President Anne E. McCall, beginning her term this year as Wooster’s 13th president, invited the community to come together for a year of new beginnings. Read more about the Convocation ceremony here and view an archived livestream below. A copy of President McCall’s Convocation address is available to read online here.
The Convocation encompasses many of our convocation traditions, including seniors marching in their graduation robes as well as faculty processing, and also new traditions that seek to welcome everyone.
Watch the Livestream
The program included brief comments from staff, faculty, and students as well as our Chaplain Rev. Erin Guzmán, President Anne McCall, and Dean for Faculty Development, Christa Craven, who will welcomed our new colleagues and lead us in celebration of those who have recently been promoted to new roles.
Student, faculty, and staff speakers included:
- Jaylin Hudson ’24, president of Scot Council
- Carrie Buckwalter ’24, president of Model United Nations
- Matt Mariola, professor and chair of environmental studies
- Krista Martin, assistant director of academic advising, and chair of Staff Committee
2023 Convocation Speakers
Carrie Buckwalter ’24 is a political science and psychology major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
As one of the inaugural winners of the College’s Model UN Leadership Award merit scholarship, Carrie has been closely involved in Model UN since her first semester at Wooster. She has been a key part of the team’s award-winning performances at the American Model UN in Chicago and the National Model UN in New York, including guiding the team as Head Delegate last semester when Wooster’s representation of Ukraine was recognized with an Outstanding Delegation award, which is the highest ranking a team can achieve. After serving as Vice President of the team last year, Carrie was selected by her peers to be the Model UN President this year, a role that she will perform this semester alongside mentoring students on the UN as the Teaching Apprentice in Professor Kent Kille’s United Nations System course.
For the past year, she also has served as head Voter Engagement Intern for our campus get-out-the-vote efforts.
In addition, she spends time volunteering through the O’huddle Service House and is a Peer Health Educator.
Carrie’s Independent Study will look at how the Dark Triad personality traits (Machiavellianism, Psychopathy and Narcissism) affect conspiratorial belief and political engagement.
After Wooster, she is hoping to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Jaylin Hudson ’24 is a business economics major, urban studies minor, and entrepreneurship pathway student from College Park, Georgia.
Jaylin is the first Black president of Scot Council. He also belongs to the Black Students Association, Black Women’s Organization, and Latinas Unidas student-led organizations on campus.
Jaylin recently completed a summer internship and the Advancing Black Pathways early career program at JP Morgan.
Through our social entrepreneurship program, Jaylin developed a business plan for The Wilderness Center to help them enhance engagement through their educational programming for children. On campus, he is a Peer Mentor and Post Office Assistant.
In his free time, Jaylin enjoys spending time in his hammock, painting, cooking, and playing tennis.
For his Independent Study, he would like to explore the Impact of reducing borrowing costs in entrepreneurship to reduce the racial wealth gap between White and Black families.
Post Wooster, Jaylin will be working full-time as a Financial Advisory Development Tract (FADT) Analyst at JP Morgan Chase in Westerville, OH, while also working to earn an MBA in Finance and a series of Finra licenses.
He would also love to travel to Paris and Jamaica.
Matt Mariola is a professor and chair of the environmental studies program.
Professor Mariola began his teaching career at The College of Wooster in 2008. He earned a Ph.D. in rural sociology from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from The College of Wooster.
Professor teaches a variety of courses covering topics in environmental science and sustainability, including:
Environment & Society
From Farm to Table
Waste & the Environment
Experiments in Everyday Life
His research interests explore the worldwide movement by small family farmers and peasant farming communities to transition away from industrialized, input-intensive, export-oriented agricultural practices and (back) towards more ecological, low-input, and locally-oriented farm systems. This work has connected him to Amish farmers in Ohio, as well as farmers in Thailand and southern Chile, as he seeks to understand the social forces that propel and impede these changes.
Other research topics of interest include local food cooperatives, biological pesticides, and campus gardens as learning sites.
At Wooster, he supervises the campus learning garden behind Ruth Williams Hall of Science.
Krista Martin is Assistant Director of Academic Advising in APEX.
Much of her time during the academic year is dedicated to working individually with students on academic planning, but she also works with her APEX colleagues on programs and initiatives to promote student retention and academic success.
Krista trains and supervises a group of 24 Peer Mentors, who are embedded in First Year Seminar classes and work through the academic year to support first year students.
She is a member of the ARCH orientation leadership team and is integrally involved in the training of the student ARCHers.
Krista has been at the College of Wooster for 12 years.
She is currently co-chair of Staff Committee, an elected group that advocates for college staff and fosters communication with college administration, faculty, students, and the Board of Trustees.