October 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

Sociology-Criminology Alum Shares Marching 110 Memories

Alumni band members with instruments as they make their way down Court Street in Athens Ohio during the 2000 reunion. Stacie has turned back to look behind her as she stands with her trombone at the ready with young daughter at her side.

Stacie and Kate Ansel at Homecoming in Athens in 2000.

Stacie (Saunders) Ansel ’92 was excited about getting back to Athens this year for Homecoming!

After graduating with her B.A. in Sociology-Criminology from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, Ansel continued working in the retail job that helped her get through college.

Then she landed a position as a social worker with a children’s agency in Ohio, and through that job met her husband, also a Bobcat, Arthur “Cory” Ansel, who graduated from the Scripps College of Communication in 1992 with a degree in Organization Communication.

Stacie Ansel

Stacie Ansel

Stacie Ansel’s education at OHIO prepared her to be open to the different experiences people have had and how that impacts their lives. Her internship with the women’s alcohol recovery program helped her truly appreciate that meeting a person in the middle of his or her life’s story means you cannot judge the person or his or her circumstance in that moment.

She was fortunate that her education enabled her to take a test to become licensed as a social worker, her job for almost 10 years. Her favorite role during those years was working with older adults through a home health services agency. One of her children is named for a patient Ansel cared for during that time!

The Ansels have three daughters, a junior at OHIO and twins in middle school. They moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 2016 for Cory’s job as Global Kitchen Applications Manager with Diversey.

Ansel shares her memories as a member of the Marching 110 on Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center Blog. Eldest daughter, Kate, is an intern at the center.

Did you always know you wanted to go to OHIO?

Nope. I never knew anything about OHIO until I went and saw the marching band at Ohio Theater. I had applied to a private religious school in Wheeling, W.Va., and I also applied to Ohio State University.

Why did you join the Marching 110?

Once I saw them play at the Ohio Theater I knew that I would never be happy if I didn’t try to be in it. Seeing them was so awesome, I’d never seen anything like them before. When I went to high school we were a show band and it was almost like they were a rock band in 110 uniforms. They were having so much fun and sounded unbelievable, I knew I had to be a part of it.

What was/is your favorite part about being in the Marching 110?

It was and still is a group where you never lose touch, even if you only see them once a year for Homecoming. Everyone has your back when you’re in the band and it wasn’t easy to be in the band, but I knew these people were behind me no matter what.

Read more Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center Blog.

Ansel’s favorite Socciarelli line, “If you’re on time, you’re late!” has stayed with her and been passed on to her daughters as “we don’t do late!”

She is glad that all three of her daughters have enjoyed their own band experience.

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