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Professor Sara Rosenstock can’t help but to geek out as she gives a tour of the new Deem Design Center in Hermann Fine Arts Center.

“If I could make stuff all day, this is where you’d find me,” says the McCoy Professor of Graphic Design. Made possible by a donation from Patrick ’66 and Alison Deem and the Don ’81 and Leslie Straub Ritter ’84 Gift Match Program, the College’s newest makerspace, located on the third floor of Hermann, is a wonderland for students and employees looking to make creative projects. The center contains a Glowforge Pro laser cutter; a Cricut Maker, a heat press (for fabric heat transfer) and a mug press (for custom mug graphics); a wire and coil binding machine; and large- and small-format printers. The College also has a makerspace in the Physics Department that is equipped with a 3D printer, tools and electronics equipment.

Marietta College professor Sara Rosenstock loads material into a laser etching machine

Marietta College Faculty Sara Rosenstock watches a laser etch a design

A student draws in the Deem Design Center

Patrick Deem, who earned degrees in Accounting and Economics from Marietta and also a law degree from West Virginia University, was approached by the College’s Advancement Office two years ago to support a project. The Deems live in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and their adult children, Patrick Jr. and Megan, live in New York City and work in the business sector.

“My wife and I have always had a love for the [arts], and also, our son was involved at the time with a 3D-printing manufacturing business,” Patrick Deem says.

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A collection of laser cut and etched objects