Hannah Marshall ’16
When Hannah Marshall was in high school, her grandfather took her and her cousins to show off his beloved alma mater. Hannah fell in love with the campus and its gorgeous lawns, the character of the buildings, and the fact that it was close to her home and family.
After three visits and an inspiring lunch with a current student, Hannah made her decision to spend the next four years at Ursinus just like her grandfather, Dr. William Cochran ’47.
But Hannah started her own remarkable legacy. Her impact on Ursinus is one that will last for years to come. Not only did she participate in sustainability projects, but she kept them going despite several challenges that would have ended the projects had she not stepped up.
Despite a full schedule, Hannah took on a leadership role and organized sustainability-themed events. She represented Ursinus at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. There, she realized that not all campuses have students interested in making a difference, such as the committed Sustainability Fellows.
Hannah encouraged fellow students to think in a more eco-friendly manner by working alongside Residence Life to provide “mock energy bills” to each Main Street house so that the residents could get a clear picture of their energy use on a monthly basis and adjust their green lifestyles. As a UC Green fellow she moved in early before each fall semester to help others make their transition back to school more sustainable. She worked with her environmental capstone classmates creating a stewardship plan for Hunsberger Woods.
In addition to her academic studies and her responsibilities with the Sustainability Office, Hannah was an active member of the Ursinus theater community, rising to go-to stage manager for both student-run and main stage Ursinus shows, and as President of Breakaway Student Productions. All of her hard work for the theater department helped earn her The Rachel Blunt Memorial Award at graduation.
Always the educator, she is pursuing a master’s degree in education and plans to student teach this spring. She will have Ursinus role models.
“The best thing about the Ursinus community is that there are individuals to help you through a situation by providing the tough questions and support while you try to figure out an answer as well as being there for you day in and day out,” she says.
No doubt she will share her love of Ursinus with her family, as her grandfather did with her.