Ohio House Designates Glenn Home as State Historic Site

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State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) applauded the passage of House Bill 279, legislation he jointly sponsored with Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), that honors the late Sen. John H. Glenn.

The bill designates Glenn’s New Concord childhood home as a state historic site through the Ohio History Connection. Known as The John & Annie Glenn Museum, the time-honored home allows the public to enjoy memorabilia and artifacts that link to the life and accomplishments of Glenn, who in 1962 became the first American to orbit the Earth and later would become a four-term United States Senator. The museum opened in May 2002.

Sen. John H. Glenn and wife Annie at the groundbreaking for The John & Annie Glenn Museum.
Sen. John H. Glenn and wife Annie at the groundbreaking for The John & Annie Glenn Museum.

“I’m proud to honor two of Ohio’s greatest heroes with the passage of this bill,” said Rep. Hill. “The John & Annie Glenn Museum is important to my district, and designating it as a State Historic Site will ensure that future generations will have the chance to connect with the history of two great Ohioans and be inspired by their legacy of public service.”

Open to the public from May to October, the home currently provides an opportunity to see how life was during 1962, the year of Glenn’s historic orbit. Previous years of the home have represented styles of the Great Depression and World War II.

The John & Annie Glenn Museum opens May 3 for the new season. Learn more about the museum and Glenn’s accomplishments.

House Bill 279 will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

Muskingum Names Michigan Native as New VP of Athletics

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Muskingum University has selected Steve Brockelbank to be the Vice President and Director of Athletics.

President Susan S. Hasseler announced the new hire in emails to faculty and students on Tuesday, Jan. 22. He succeeds Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank who retires in June.

Steve Brockelbank is the new director of athletics. He begins work April 1.
Steve Brockelbank is the new director of athletics. He begins work April 1.

Hasseler is looking forward to the leadership that Brockelbank can bring to Muskingum Athletics.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our senior leadership team. His diverse experiences in secondary and higher ed[ucation] have shaped his thoughtful and unique perspective on recruiting and developing student-athletes for a lifetime of leadership and service,” said Hasseler. “His emphasis on excellence, both on and off the field, firmly aligns with the vision we have for our athletic programs.”

Brockelbank has past experience as a coach and being an athletic administrator at both a collegiate and high school level. 

Currently, Brockelbank serves as Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Administration at Miami University. In that role he is in charge of “handling communications, broadcasting human resources, facilities management and game operations” according to Muskingum University Director of Athletics Communication Tom Caudill.

Brockelbank was first interested in Muskingum University due to it’s striving for excellence for both the institution and its students.

“Muskingum’s expanded emphasis on athletic excellence, which places a high value on the student-athlete experience, academic achievement and positioning teams for success, was extremely attractive to me,” said Brockelbank. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve, and look forward to working closely with our excellent student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff to move Muskingum’s athletic programs forward together.”

He is originally from Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Education from Spring Arbor College. He continued his education and earned a Master of Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.

Brockelbank and his wife Heidi have three children, Hayley, Madisyn, and Morgan, ranging from 15-22 years old.

Brockelbank’s first official day as the Vice President and Director of Athletics is April 1.