Women's History Month
Muskie Women of the Week
Learning Consultant Coordinator
Katrina has been a Learning Consultant in the PLUS Program for over 30 years and has supported many students. She also currently serves as an FYS instructor and is an expert problem-solver in identifying solutions to students’ needs. Over the years, Katrina has had a huge impact on the success of many Muskie students!
Check out what Katrina has to say about her role at Muskingum and celebrating Women’s History below:
Field of Study/Background/Role: “I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree of Arts from Ohio University in Political Science and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Supreme Court decisions and Legal Theory. This is my 31st year at Muskingum. My current role on campus includes: Learning Consultant Coordinator in the PLUS Program, First Year Seminar Instructor and Academic Advisor. All of these roles allow me to assist students in finding their path and being successful. I also have the pleasure to meet and recruit new Muskies to Muskingum as part of the interview process. I work closely with parents, faculty, and other constituents on campus as we partner for the whole student. I have also served the University as the Coordinator of the At-Risk Program known as the Learning Strategies and Resource Program.”
Significance of Women’s History: “I believe Women’s History Month is an opportunity to showcase all women and their valuable contributions to society. This could be a woman in a professional setting as well as the hard-working stay-at-home mom. Women are impactful individuals with much to share with those around them. Being recognized as a woman who contributes in many ways is both empowering and uplifting to women everywhere. Women can become anything they put their minds to!”
Fun Fact: “I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with my husband and three children - one of whom is a current Muskie! In my retirement years, I would love to learn to play the piano.”
Katrina, thank you for all you do to pour into our students and campus community. We truly appreciate your dedication to student success. Happy Women’s History Month!
Dr. Sandra Soto-Caban
Associate Professor of Engineering, Department Chair
Dr. Sandra Soto-Caban has been a member of the Muskingum community for 13 years and currently serves as Associate Professor of Engineering and the Chair of the Physics and Engineering department. Dr. Soto-Caban completed her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. She joined Muskingum University in 2008 as the first engineering faculty member of the newly created Engineering Science program. Since then, she has collaborated in the development of new courses, curricular changes, advising, and accreditation requirements.
Check out what Dr. Soto-Caban has to say about her role at Muskingum and celebrating Women’s History below:
Field of Study/Background/Role: “I completed my bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. I worked in the field for a few years and I taught Electrical Engineering courses for 5 years at higher education institutions in Puerto Rico before moving to Michigan to complete my doctoral degree. I completed my PhD in Electrical Engineering in the field of Electromagnetics at Michigan State University.”
Significance of Women’s History: “It is important to honor the stories of women pioneers and heroes for their contributions and participation in the history of the United States and the world. For a long time, the contribution of women has been erased or ignored. It's time to rewrite history, and by highlighting the women who have made a difference in history, a world of possibilities opens up to young women.”
Fun Fact: “I’m a first-generation college student, Mother of two Muskies (Class of 2016). I also have a Buckeye daughter 😊 My native language is Spanish and I didn’t speak English well before moving to the US. I’m a cat person. I have four beautiful cats and a dog.”
On behalf of our campus community, the Office of Diversity, Access, & Inclusion would like to thank you for your significant contributions to our campus and to the field of engineering, you are truly appreciated! Happy women’s History Month!
Senior – Criminal Justice and Sociology
Cieanna is a senior from Pickerington, OH. She will graduate this spring with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Cieanna is actively involved on campus serving as the President of student organization, Sisters of Hue, a member of Black Student Union, and Service Chair for her sorority, Chi Alpha Nu. Cieanna is also a member of the Muskie Ambassadors for Diversity, Access, & Inclusion.
Check out what Cieanna has to say about being a student at Muskingum and Celebrating Women’s History below:
Field of Study/Background: “I am graduating this May 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. In the future, I hope to work for Child Protective Services.
Significance of Women’s History: “Women have the right to be in a position of power such as Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris! She gives hope to future generations that anything is possible.”
“One philosophy that I follow comes from a song by Beyoncé called “Flawless”. The lines are as follows:”
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: "You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man"
(Ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Fun Fact: “I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and my cat, Flower.”
Congratulations Cieanna on being selected as a March Muskie Woman of the Week and thank you for all you do to contribute to our campus community! Happy Women’s History Month!
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice
Samantha specializes in police dispositional behavior of youth and restorative justice legislation. Samantha began teaching at Muskingum University in the fall of 2020 and students have enjoyed taking her courses and her style of instruction.
Check out what Samantha has to say about her role at Muskingum and celebrating Women’s History below:
Field of Study/Background/University Role: “I specialize in police dispositional behavior of youth and restorative justice legislation. Currently, I am analyzing the impact of prison rehabilitation and treatment programs on institutional youth gang violence and misconduct.”
Significance of Women’s History: “Women’s History Month commemorates the important contribution and accomplishments of women around the world. Their courage, resilience, and innovation serve as a positive role model for us and the next generation to empower and continue to strive for equality for all.”
Fun Fact: “One of my favorite quotes is by former First Lady Michelle Obama, “Don’t ever underestimate the impact you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own.””
On behalf of our campus community, the Office of Diversity, Access, & Inclusion would like to thank you for your significant contributions to the Department of Criminal Justice, student body, and campus. You are truly appreciated and again, Welcome to Muskingum University – we are proud to call you a Muskie.
Happy Women’s History Month!
Asst. Professor of Library Science – Reference-Instruction Librarian
Linda holds a BA in Education from Ohio University and a Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh. Linda has been a librarian for 19 years and employed at Muskingum University for the past 8 years. Linda serves the university in a variety of capacities. In addition to her responsibilities as a librarian, she has also played a central role in the NetVUE Advising group (including ePortfolio implementation), teaches FYS, and serves as an academic coach. she recently served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Bethel Community Center in Zanesville.
Check out what Linda has to say about her role at Muskingum and celebrating Women’s History below:
Field of Study/Background/University Role: “I have been a librarian for 19 years. I am loving my added role as advisor and Academic Coach. It allows me to help students develop and reach their goals and potential, which always warms my heart.”
Significance of Women’s History: “I believe that Women’s History Month is a wonderful way to highlight the amazing contributions women have made in this country. I know that I can do the things I do because of the efforts of women who have gone before me. I am also excited about the futures ahead of the next generations of women. We now have a woman in one of the most powerful offices in the world. My grandmother would not even have thought that would ever happen. If we continue to lift each other up, there is no limit to where we will be in the future!”
Fun Fact: “In my "spare time," I am involved in community theater in Zanesville. Who knew that playing pretend as an adult would be so much fun? My goal is to play a really HORRIBLE character. I seem I am always asked to play gentler roles and I look forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and playing the "bad guy" for once!”
On behalf of our campus community, the Office of Diversity, Access, & Inclusion would like to thank you for your significant contributions to our library, student body, and campus community. You are truly appreciated. Happy Women’s History Month!
Senior - History Major
Zoey Stenson is a Senior History major with minors in Art, Marketing, and Gender Studies. She has completed all 4 years of her undergraduate education at Muskingum University. Zoey is involved in a number of co-curricular activities to include Student Senate President, Women in Politics, and President of her sorority Chi Alpha Nu.
Check out what Zoey has to say about being a student at Muskingum and celebrating Women’s History below:
Field of Study/Background: “I am a History major and I plan to work in my County Treasurer’s Office until I get a position in history or activism, preferably in Columbus or Washington, DC.”
Significance of Women’s History: “Women's History Month is so important to me because, like other cultural heritage months, it gives specific time to celebrate, highlight, and commemorate voices which had been hidden for so long. It brings awareness to women's issues, it brings women of all kinds together, and empowers women to rise together and celebrate our similarities and differences.”
Fun Fact: “I am a Muskingum Legacy! What I love most about being a student at Muskingum is all of the connections and memories I make and being able to see my progress and growth from freshman year as Muskingum has shaped me into a better human!”
Congratulations Zoey on being selected as a March Muskie Woman of the Week and thank you for all you do to contribute to our campus community! Happy Women’s History Month!