The Marietta Effect
Sarah Shaner ’04
Additional Education: Master of Science and Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Chicago
Current Job: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill.
Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio
Clubs/Organizations: Symphonic Band, rugby, Phi Beta Kappa
Athletics: Women’s Soccer
Favorite Professor: Ugh. I can’t really choose. All of the professors in the Chemistry Department really helped me grow intellectually during my four years at Marietta College. While a few have retired since my time at MC, Dr. Kevin Pate and Dr. Debra Egolf are still there making a difference in students’ lives. Dr. Mark Miller in the Math Department was also favorite, because it was always fun to discuss big ideas, current events, books, and even math with him.
Education Abroad: I didn’t study abroad, but I did spend a summer doing research in a lab at Columbia University in New York City the summer before my senior year. I’m very appreciative that the faculty in the Chemistry Department made sure I applied for, and was prepared for, this great opportunity.
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
I knew I wanted to attend Marietta College when I realized I didn’t have to choose between athletics and pursuing science. On top of that, I was excited to participate in the Honors Program, where I encountered and grappled with many books and ideas I likely wouldn’t have outside of a liberal arts education. I’m quite appreciative that all of these were a part of my college experience!
Favorite Marietta moment?
I think most of my favorite moments involved spending time with the great friends I made at MC. Some highlights were painting The Rock with the soccer team before a big game, and playing mud volleyball with my roommates during Doo Dah Day.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
Life was busy, but exciting, during my time at Marietta College. In addition to classes, there were always a lot of other events — intramural sports, lecture series, musical performances — going on. It was also a busy time for construction around campus. The Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, Rickey Science Center, and McCoy Hall all opened during my time at MC.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
Marietta College is where I decided I wanted to go to graduate school. I was excited about the science I was learning in my chemistry classes, and then in lab we got to see up close the instruments and methods used to actually make scientific discoveries. I’m sure my experiences with the faculty at Marietta College also strongly influenced my decision to become a professor and teach undergraduates.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
Marietta’s small size facilitates relationships between folks with different interests across campus. To me, being a Pioneer means being part of a community of friends, faculty, teammates, and classmates.