In the Spring 2015 Issue

This edition of Marietta, The Magazine of Marietta College, features the events that culminated in the success of the 2014-15 season for men’s basketball — from the hiring of Head Coach Jon VanderWal in 2007 to the offense threat that this year’s team posed to their opponents.

For the first time in program history, the team reached the NCAA Division III Elite 8, and solidified the Marietta community’s fandom.

VanderWal and his players reflect on the magic of the season and express their gratitude for the fans that remained faithful as the team rebuilt what it meant to be a Pioneer.

Also in this edition, news of a giant leaving the classroom after 38 years. Dr. Bob Chase has been the face of the Petroleum Engineering and Geology Department since 1970. He will remain in the Marietta community and help the new chair settle into the department and make the industry contacts that Chase has made during his tenure. He will also work to connect students with vital internships that will help them secure jobs post-graduation.

This edition has plenty of interesting stories about students, staff and alumni. If you would like to share your story idea or class note, please send an email to or mail it, along with your contact information, to:

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