Passing It Forward

Anne Shaner

Anne Shaner

One of Anne Shaner's most memorable experiences at Iowa State University was serving as chairperson of the annual cherry pie sale. It was a full operation to manage students baking thousands of small pies made from scratch. "You had cherries — that came in 5-gallon cans — that you had to cook and thicken for the filling and then place in tart shells made in Friley Hall," explained Shaner, a 1957 graduate.

The cherry pie sale began in 1920 to raise money for the home economics club. That first year, students sold 2,000 pies, which required 80 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of shortening, 30 gallons of cherries, 60 pounds of sugar, 15 pounds of cornstarch and 166 bricks of ice cream. In the '50s, Shaner's team sold 7,000 pies.

Overseeing the student-run sale was good practice for her upcoming career.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in institution management — a precursor to the hospitality management program — the Iowa native headed to Rochester, New York, for a year-long internship at the Eastman Kodak plant, where she helped serve 35,000 meals a day to the employees of the film and camera company.

It was former Iowa State University instructor Carolyn Cason who helped Shaner land her first job assisting in food service management at Rice University. "My large quantity cookery teacher had gone to Rice University at the end of my junior year," Shaner explained. "She called me and asked if I would like to work for her."

Shaner met her husband, Gary, at Rice, where he was working on his chemical engineering degree and serving as a member of the Navy ROTC. After the couple married, they lived in Guam for three years, started a family and eventually moved back to Iowa, where Anne became a consulting dietitian for assisted living and skilled-care facilities.

Throughout the years, she has treasured the memories and friendships she made at Iowa State. "College is the time in your life when those experiences are important," Shaner said, whether they are cultivated in the classroom or while making thousands of cherry pies.

She wants to help nurture meaningful experiences for current and future Iowa State students — a goal she is accomplishing through two types of scholarships.

The Anne Shaner Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Award provides scholarships to current students accepted into Iowa State's hospitality management program. She has also established a gift through her will to endow the Anne Shaner Internship Scholarship for students participating in an unpaid internship or student teaching.

For Shaner, giving back to her alma mater is like passing food around the dinner table — there is a time when you receive and a time when you pass it forward. "Iowa State gave me a good education, and now I can help give to someone else."

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