Mackenzie Zahler '13
Randolph-Macon College student Mackenzie Zahler ’13 has always
loved art history.
“Art History Professor Evie Terrono is one of my favorite professors at R-MC,” says
Zahler. “It was in her Women in the Arts class that I fell in love with art history.
Our class trips to Washington, D.C., during which we toured museums, were extremely
informative. I have learned a lot from her.”
Zahler will soon have the opportunity to put her passion to good use. An
arts management major and art history
minor, she recently accepted a job at the Cultural Arts Center in Glen Allen, Virginia.
“In spring 2013, I participated in an internship
at the Cultural Arts Center,” says Zahler. “It was a wonderful experience and allowed
me to utilize the skills I learned at R-MC. At the end of the internship, I was
offered a full-time job.” Zahler secured her internship with the help of R-MC Art
Professor Sally Dunn.
“I am so grateful for this experience, and I’m thankful to Professor Dunn, who was
instrumental in helping me find the ideal placement,” says Zahler. “Professor Ed
Showalter, the director of the Bassett Internship
Program, also helped by mentoring me and providing me with business and
marketing skills that I will use throughout my career.”
At Home at R-MC
Zahler transferred to R-MC after
realizing that a bigger school couldn’t offer what she needed most: a close-knit
community and small class sizes. At the encouragement of her grandfather, Dr.
Hall Gibbons Canter ’50, Zahler toured
the R-MC campus and immediately liked what she saw.
“I was impressed by the warm and friendly reception I received,” she says. “The
campus is beautiful, and the faculty and staff were extremely helpful with my transfer
and adjustment to a new environment.”
A Family Affair
In addition to her grandfather, Zahler has many other family members who have close
connections with Randolph-Macon College.
Mahood Hardy, her great-grandfather, graduated in 1922. Her great-uncle,
J. Earl Moreland, was president of R-MC from 1939-1967. Zahler’s great-uncle
Noland Canter is a member of the Class of 1944, and her cousin Clare
Cotton graduated in 1948. In addition, Zahler’s cousin Porter Hardy
III graduated in 1965, and her cousin John Fossett III
graduated in 1981. Thomas Zahler ’16, her brother, is the newest
family member to join the Yellow Jacket community.
“My grandfather taught me the Alma Mater when I received my acceptance letter from
R-MC, and we have fun singing it together," says Zahler. “We are definitely a Randolph-Macon
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in internships in the U.S. and around the
globe. The Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify
their interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps students lead the pack when competing for jobs and top
graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career coaches, alumni and
staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.