sarah Shaner

Sarah Shaner '04

Major: Chemistry

Minor: Mathematics

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.



Lindsey Romick

Lindsey Romick-Rosendale '07

Major: Chemistry

Additional Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Miami University

Current Job: Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Director of the Metabolomics Core Facility at CCHMC

Hometown: Hannibal, Ohio

Clubs/Organizations: Chemistry Club

Athletics: Varsity Softball

Favorite Professor: Dr. Debbie Egolf

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

I was actually a transfer student. I attended James Madison University with a softball scholarship, but wanted to transfer closer to home and somewhere that valued academics above athletics. I found the best of both worlds when I met softball coach Jeanne Arbuckle and the Chemistry Department faculty members.

Favorite Marietta moment?

I have so many wonderful memories that I can't simply choose one. I enjoyed many days/nights studying in Rickey Science Center with classmates that became friends and have countless memories from my years playing softball at Marietta College.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

I spent my mornings and afternoons attending classes and my late afternoons and evenings practicing/playing softball. I had little free time, but I don't think that I would have changed a thing.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

My experiences as an undergraduate studying Chemistry led me to pursue a doctorate in the field. The professors in the Chemistry Department provided me with the fundamentals that I needed to be successful as both a graduate student and now as a faculty member.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

I never really thought about how lucky I was to be a part of The Long Blue Line while I was at Marietta. It wasn't until I graduated that I realized that I was truly part of something special. To be a Pioneer is to be confident in all that you do and to believe that you are unstoppable in your own right. As a chemist and cancer biologist, I conduct my scientific research under the motto "Go big or go home" and that mindset stems from my experiences at Marietta College. To be a Pioneer is to strive for greatness in your professional and personal endeavors, and to push the envelope and always be willing to think outside of the box.