Spotlight on: Matthew Kennell

Matthew Kennell has earned a reputation for being kind and supportive. Here's why:

Matthew Kennell attends every Pioneer sporting event that he can fit into his schedule. 


"Sports are fun and they bring people together," said Kennell. "I often just gather the guys on my floor and go - I think it's important to support my fellow students." 

Kennell, a junior varsity basketball athlete, is majoring in Business Administration and Sport Management. He says his dream job would be to work as an athletic director. 

"I've really enjoyed my major and my professors," said the Hartville native and Lake High School grad. "Mark Bankert and Frank Alexander have been willing to help me even outside of the classroom with internship advice, making career connections, pointing me to outside resources, that kind of thing. They've been great!" 

In addition to working for Admissions this summer, Kennell is a Game Day intern for the Akron RubberDucks, where he's getting a taste of what it's like to work for a professional sports organization as he rotates through ticketing, promotions & marketing, merchandise, etc. 

Kennell lives in DeVol Hall, and his favorite traditions are Midnight Madness (a charity event hosted by the Malone men's basketball teams) and Airband. He also serves as the Co-Director of Spiritual Formation on Student Senate. 

A legacy student, Matthew's father Gregory Kennell graduated in 1990 and several other family members have attended Malone, so Matthew grew up hearing about Malone.  

"I'm looking forward to my last two years—I can't believe I'm halfway through college already," Kennell said. "I'm learning to savor every minute and keep growing as a leader."