Shippensburg University Magazine, Spring 2018

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SU FOUNDATION REV. KENNETH H. SMITH ’59 GIFT Since his retirement as senior pastor from Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Philadelphia native Kenneth Smith ’59 has volunteered time and given back to organizations that mean a lot to him, including Shippensburg University. Three years ago, he joined the Historic Quad Campaign Committee that helped to secure gifts toward the restoration of Stewart Hall. “I lived in Old Main on the fourth floor next to the tower. I fondly recall my time in all of the original campus buildings,” he said. “Preserving history is important to me, so I was glad to help.” Ken, now eighty years old, gave a second gift annuity with the principal’s

balance earmarked for that restoration project. The gift annuity provides income for the rest of his life. Having survived a serious stroke in the fall of 2016, he is now able to enjoy a retirement community apartment near his childhood neighborhood. He plans to return to Shippensburg for his sixtieth reunion in 2019, and he’s hoping that through his gifts and gifts from other alumni that the Stewart Hall project can be fulfilled.


SHIP CONNECTIONS: ROBERT AND MIRIAM (MIMI) GOODLING William Schroyer ’50 wanted to create a lasting memorial for his late wife Marian ’51, whom he loved dearly. He felt that scholarships seemed a fitting tribute. In 2017, he began two scholarship endowments in Marian’s name. Marian Wilson of Newport and William Schroyer of Waynesboro met on campus. She was a pianist for the mixed chorus and he was a singer. In between classes and their jobs, they courted at the library. Marian and William spent their careers as educators. Marian taught fourth grade at New Franklin Elementary School for thirty-two years. William’s thirty-three-year career started at Antrim Township School District, and a few years later he became a counselor at Central Junior High School in Chambersburg. While they had no children of their own, William’s gift ensures that these two scholarships will make a positive difference in the lives of young people for many generations.

For more than thirty-two years, Maj. Gen. Carl H. McNair served in the US Army in key research and development, infantry, and army aviation command and staff positions. McNair culminated his military career as the deputy chief of staff for combat development and chief of staff, US Army training and doctrine command. He retired as a major general in 1987. McNair’s overseas assignments included Vietnam, Korea, and Taiwan, with combat service spanning six campaigns during the active conflict in the Republic of Vietnam from 1967-69. During that period, he flew more than 1,500 combat flying hours. He received four awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor, fifty-three air medals, and multiple other honors and service awards from the United States and allied nations. After retiring from military service, McNair spent twenty-nine years in executive leadership in US corporations, including Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd., DynCorp, and Air Methods Corporation.

McNair’s academic credentials include a BS in engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point, both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Shippensburg University while attending the Army War College in Carlisle. Citing his positive experience at Shippensburg, McNair established the Maj. Gen. Carl H. McNair Jr. ROTC Scholarship for a talented and motivated ROTC cadet at Shippensburg University. His goal is to assist cadets in preparation for a rewarding career in the US Army and the opportunity to serve their country as he has done for many years. “I encourage my fellow graduates of the Army War College/Shippensburg University master’s program and other comrades to join me in supporting our Army’s future leaders,” he said.

I encourage my fellow graduates of the Army War College/ Shippensburg University master’s program… to join me in supporting our Army’s future leaders.

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For the past five decades, United Campus Ministry has supported Ship students as they explore and grow in their faith. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail through campus sat virtually untouched for a decade. Now, the trail expansion and its new trailhead are strengthening bonds between the university and downtown communities.


Since its start as a single course, the interdisciplinary disability studies minor focused on developing a more inclusive campus environment and greater understanding of people with disabilities.


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38 FRONT COVER, a Penn Central boxcar greets visitors at the new Cumberland Valley Rail Trail trailhead off Earl and Fort streets.



VOL. 15, NO. 1 SPRING 2018 Published by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. PENNSYLVANIA STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Cynthia Shapira, Chair, Board of Governors Karen M. Whitney, Interim Chancellor

HONORING OUR VETERANS > SU’s Army ROTC Raider Battalion hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony in November with featured speaker Lt. Col. Christopher Morton, professor and chair of the Department of Military Science. ROTC battalion staffed a table in the CUB in early November to encourage the university community to write notes of appreciation to veterans, which were sent to Boulder Crest Retreat, a nonprofit supporting veterans health and wellness.

LAURIE A. CARTER President, Shippensburg University

KIM GARRIS Associate Vice President for External Affairs EDITOR IN CHIEF

Liz Kemmery ’04 Director of Creative Services ASSOCIATE EDITORS

Anne M. Detter Director of Marketing, SU Foundation William Morgal ’07-’10m, Sports Information Director Lori Smith ’95-’07m Assistant Director, University Relations CLASS NOTES EDITOR

Stephanie Swanger, University Relations PHOTOGRAPHER

William J. Smith INTERNS

Catherine Amoriello ’17, Molly Foster ’19 DESIGN AND LAYOUT

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Governor Awards $340,000 Grant to Ship Shippensburg University received Pennsylvania’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant, awarded by Governor Tom Wolf.


he College of Education and Human Services, led by grant writer Dr. Jennifer Pyles, assistant professor of teacher education, won one of only three Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grants in the state. The grant provides seed money to develop programs that strengthen early childhood

aligned with field based experiences. So we’ll be going to them in their centers, in their classrooms, and delivering instruction that’s aligned with their everyday work,” Pyles said. The grant is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education.

education. Ship will use the grant to develop a Center for Early Childhood Education that will reach out to the community. University educators also will use the grant to develop career pathways for aspiring teachers, including a teacher academy program. “The teachers in those programs will get multiple hours of coursework




Records are made to be broken. Recruiting 235 men to simultaneously self-check themselves for testicular cancer, Jason Greenspan ’17 unofficially broke the previously held Guinness World Record in November, which sat at 208. A testicular cancer survivor, Greenspan organized the Ship’s Got Balls event to educate campus on routine testicular examinations that can detect cancer early and cure it.


STUDENTS DREAMED FOR A CURE to pediatric cancer in November. “Dreaming for a cure,” the theme of Ship’s sixth annual Mini-THON, came closer to reality during the event when Mini-THON members announced that they surpassed their $10,000 goal by raising more than $13,000 for children with cancer.


CULTURES COLLIDED when Reach Out made its annual service-learning trip to the Dominican Republic in January. Ten students and three faculty members spent a week at the Pathways of Learning School in Santo Domingo. They observed the classrooms of kindergarten through fourth grade students and collaborated with teachers to instruct a social studies focused curriculum.



TRUSS NAMED VP FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT AND STUDENT SUCCESS Shippensburg University welcomed Dr. B. “Donta” Truss as its new vice president for enrollment management and student success in December. His career reflects his dedication toward strengthening institutions and improving the pathway to higher education for many, especially low-income and firstgeneration students. As an experienced administrator and educator for the past twenty years, he has served in a variety of capacities including student success, enrollment management, student affairs, institutional research, planning and effectiveness, accreditation, student retention, and admissions and recruitment. Truss has been in high-level leadership in the University System of Georgia for the last eight years. Most recently, he served as vice president for enrollment management and student retention at Albany State University. Under his leadership, the institution attained an unprecedented 66 percent increase in firsttime, first-year student enrollment. Previously, he was vice provost for student success and enrollment management and chief student affairs officer at Fort Valley State University. He led an effort that increased first-time, firstyear student enrollment by 12 percent and increased retention rates by more than 10 percent. His commitment to innovation in higher education and national best practices focuses on strategic development and implementation of academic programs, student success, enrollment, and retention. Truss is a triple graduate of Alabama State University. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law. He has received several commendations for his work, including being recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40 leader in 2004, Cuthbert Georgia Rotary President’s Award, the Silhouette Award from his alma mater Alabama State University, and several awards from the Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel.



“I began to understand the power of passion, persistence, tenacity, and treating everyone with respect, coupled with a strong work ethic, can be a formula for success. The key, however, is having a genuine passion about what you are doing.”



JOHN CLINTON, undergradtuate speaker, retired president and CEO of the Shippensburg University Foundation


“Never forget where you came from. Never be ashamed of where you came from. …That’s going to keep me humble and it’s always going to help me remember where I came from, but where I need to go.” CARLOS SUAREZ ’97m, graduate commencement speaker, state conservationist for the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service



VEREEN HONORED AS COUNSELOR EDUCATOR The North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education Supervision (NARACES) named Dr. Linwood Vereen, associate professor of counseling and college student personnel, the 2017 Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year.


ONE ROCK CREATED A RIPPLE of kindness in the fall when junior Kristin Thorpe brought The Kindness Rocks Project to Ship. Students painted inspirational phrases on rocks. Those who found the rocks were encouraged to spread the kindness by sharing photos online with the hashtag #ShipURocks, or keep the rock for long-lasting encouragement.


SPEAKING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Ship faculty and students promoted the university’s new sustainability program. With the hopes of making an impact from the ground up, members of the Geography/Earth Science Department encouraged children to get their hands dirty while learning about the benefits of recycling, growing produce, and caring for the environment through various activities.

The award is based on the individual’s contributions in one or more counseling specialty areas and their leadership in state, regional, or national organizations. It honors the memory of Marijane Fall, a counselor educator who specialized in school counseling, clinical supervision, and play therapy. Vereen had the opportunity to meet Fall during his doctoral studies when he served as the graduate student representative for the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.


In October 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the release of records related to the John F. Kennedy assassination, which occurred November 22, 1963. During the year of the assassination, Ship was making improvements in technology and transportation, as well as reacting to the death of the nation’s president. • In memory of JFK, Ship renamed the foreign exchange program to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foreign Student Program.

• In a letter to the editor of The Slate, student Tom O’Shea wrote, “Kennedy was not a martyr, superhuman being, or little god. He was a man of courage and conviction who saw a job to do, a wrong to right, and pursued it with great enthusiasm. Even you and I can do the same.”



“This award is special to me because I am one of the many people who she touched with her kindness, support, and caring spirit,” he said. “To receive this award named in her honor holds both personal and professional significance, as she is the type of person who I aspire to emulate as an educator.” Vereen received the award in October at the NARACES board meeting at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision conference in Chicago.

• The college purchased a forty-onepassenger bus to help transport athletic teams as well as classes and groups taking field trips. • After Act 465 passed, the college posted signs in the dormitories warning students about the repercussions of underage drinking.

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• The business department got its first computer—a 1620 computer rented from IBM on a permanent basis. • Nationally recognized ballerinachoreographer Anne Wilson performed at Ship. • The Slate staff received the Peking Review, a weekly magazine from China that published propaganda. • The Independent Study Committee initiated the honors program.


Clarion Inducts Carter in Hall of Fame Clarion University honored SU’s President Laurie Carter, a 1984 Clarion graduate, as one of five new members in its Sports Hall of Fame. Carter joins her sister, Taryn Carter, a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, as the first sisters in Clarion’s Hall of Fame.


would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Their contributions to the history and legacy of Golden Eagle athletics cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Wendy Snodgrass, Clarion athletic director. Carter, a two-time national qualifier, was an outstanding hurdler, athlete, and leader of the Clarion women’s track team from 1981-84 under coach Bill English. A native of Rutherford, New Jersey, and a 1980 graduate of Hackensack High, she came to Clarion in the fall of 1980 to join her sister. Carter placed second at PSACs in the 100 and 400 hurdles and qualified for the 1981 AIAW Division II National Championships. She ran 1:05.43 in the 400, setting a school record that lasted for twenty-six years, while also running a 14.5 in the 100—second only to her sister. The duo led Clarion to a fourth place finish at PSACs as a team, another school record.

In 1982, she placed second at PSACs in the 100 hurdles, third in the 400 hurdles, qualified again for the D-II nationals, and earned all PSAC honors in the 4x100 relay. She placed third at PSACs in 1983 in the 100 hurdles. A team captain for three seasons from 1982-84, she was unable to compete during the 1984 season due to injury. The Golden Eagles never lost a dual meet from 1981-83 with the Carter sisters leading the way. Carter contributed in other events in dual meets, including sprints and the long, high, and triple jumps. Carter earned her bachelor’s degree from Clarion in 1984. She received the Clarion University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Clarion’s thirtieth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will be held May 4.

Save the Date April 20, 2018

Inauguration of Laurie A. Carter 17th President of Shippensburg University

POWER IN UNITY 3 The thirty-first annual MLK March for Humanity kicked off February at Ship with the Honorable Pamela O’Berry ’90 (bottom, far right) as guest speaker. O’Berry discussed “There is Power in Unity” with guests at Old Main Chapel. The SU community also joined for a rally and march on campus.




LENDING A HELPING HAND to heroes, SU’s ROTC Raider Battalion visited the Virginia Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness in December for a service project. The battalion learned about the concept of posttraumatic growth in relation to stress caused by serving in the armed forces and also helped clean up around its facility.

FIRST SU DISSERTATION DEFENDED In February, Jolinda Wilson defended her dissertation for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program in Old Main Chapel. This is the first dissertation defended on campus as a result of the university’s first doctoral program, which launched in the summer of 2015. Wilson’s dissertation is titled “An Analysis of the Impact of the Local Effort Capacity Index on Fiscal Equity Principles in the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Formula.” According to the abstract, it focuses on the 2016 adoption of the Pennsylvania Basic

Education Funding formula and how that changed the way school districts receive money from the state for general subsidy purposes. Wilson is the chief financial and support services officer for GreencastleAntrim School District. In this role, she supports the superintendent and manages finance and administration of the $40 million public school district. She earned her BSBA in accounting from Shippensburg University and her MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University.


DEDICATING HER LIFE to helping others, Emily Hutton works as a correctional treatment specialist at the Franklin County Jail while also pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Ship. The Franklin County Commissioners honored her as employee of the month in January for helping inmates achieve success once they return to the community and for advocating for their needs.


STUDENTS GAINED three months of knowledge in three days by immersing themselves in Ship’s intensive 3 Day Startup Program for aspiring entrepreneurs. The program returned last fall, teaching participants how to build a business, create a customer base, produce prototypes, and pitch business ideas. Students then developed several business plans based on the needs and demands of local consumers.



FASHION ARCHIVES RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT The Coby Foundation, Ltd. in New York City awarded a $40,000 grant to the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University (FA&M). With the grant, procured through the Shippensburg University Foundation, FA&M can hire a professional exhibit designer for their next exhibit opening spring 2018.

“The Coby Foundation is pleased to award the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University a grant for its upcoming exhibition,‘The Fashions of Fiction from Pamela to Gatsby.’ It’s a novel approach to exhibition historical fashions and is likely to attract a new audience to its gallery. The foundation was happy to direct funds to the installation so that future exhibitions can benefit from the improvements,” said

Ward L.E. Mintz, Coby Foundation executive director. Dr. Karin Bohleke, FA&M director, co-wrote the grant with FA&M board member Colleen Callahan. According to Bohleke, this is the first grant of its kind for FA&M and the first opportunity to hire a professional exhibit designer. The exhibit opens in April. For more information, visit


Travel Series Detailed Life in Bhutan


During the international travel series last fall, Dr. Kurt Kraus, a professor of counseling, presented “Scaling the Heights of Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan.” The Counseling Department, Campus Fulbright Committee, and the International Studies Program sponsored the event.

SU senior Frank Grumbine earned the William Pencak Award in November for his excellence in undergraduate research and writing about Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history. The award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical Association and was named in honor of the late William Pencak, an editor of Pennsylvania History and a Penn State professor. Grumbine’s paper discussed Hurricane Agnes’ impact on Central Pennsylvania, suggesting that the storm was not merely a natural disaster, but a watershed event in state and national flood management policy, said Dr. Steve Burg, professor of history and department chair. “He spent countless hours researching through original papers and documents at the Pennsylvania State Archives and the State Library of Pennsylvania,” Burg said. “This was more than a great paper—it was an important piece of original historical and policy scholarship.” The award includes a certificate, $150, and the publication of Grumbine’s paper in Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. Grumbine also will be invited to speak at the upcoming association conference. “Winning the Pencak Award symbolizes many years of doubt and determination, defeat and success, and finally confirms that my goals are never out of reach,” Grumbine said.


raus has traveled to the tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan three times since 2008, and one of his three visits was as a Fulbright Scholar in spring 2015. The Fulbright Program is an American scholarship program that increases international understanding by providing grants to students, scholars, or professors so that they may participate in an international educational exchange. Located high in the Himalayan Mountains, Bhutan has been called the happiest country on earth due to its fast growing gross domestic product and strong sense of cultural identity. During his presentation, Kraus shared stories from his time in Bhutan and answered several questions that pertained to Bhutan’s connection to Westerners, including why Westerners should care about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness.



calendar of cultural events A complete calendar of events is available at

H. RIC LUHRS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER For more information, and to order tickets, visit, or call the Luhrs Center Box Office at (717) 477-SHOW (7469).

READING Bachelor Girl, Dr. Kim Van Alkemade April 16, 6:30–8:30pm, Old Main Chapel

EXHIBITS Kauffman Gallery, Huber Art Center. For more information, call (717) 477-1530.

Senior Exhibit I March 27–April 6 Senior Exhibit II April 10–20 SU Student Art Exhibit April 28–May 9

The Luhrs Center Gala provides an opportunity to catch up with friends over food and drinks. This year, enjoy a special stand-up performance with Jay Leno. The gala is hosted in the Orrstown Bank second floor lobby of the Luhrs Center. To become a qualifying Circle of Friends donor and take part in this celebration, contact the Shippensburg University Foundation at (717) 477-1377.

The Fashions of Fiction from Pamela to Gatsby Through April 2019

Jay Leno

The Easter Sky March 20 Special Event April 17

The Shippensburg University Band is comprised of non-music majors dedicated to the performance of exemplary traditional and contemporary wind band literature. They frequently represent the university during on-campus performances and concert tours each spring. Join us for an afternoon of music directed by Trever R. Famulare, assistant professor and chair of SU’s Music and Theatre Arts Department.

March 24 ❘ 6:00-7:30pm

Please note, tickets to Jay Leno are not included with your Gala admission and are sold separately.

Dibert-Roddick Planetarium, Franklin Science Center, 7:30pm, $1, children 50¢. For reservations and information, e-mail

April 8 | 3:00pm | Free

Luhrs Circle of Friends Gala

Fashion Archives and Museum. For more information, call (717) 477-1239.


Shippensburg University Spring Band Concert

March 24 ❘ 8:00pm ❘ $105-$79 Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, bestselling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist… it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” An indefatigable performer, Leno loves to test his humor live on audiences across the nation. The Towne Singers, from Chambersburg, will open for Leno.

The Doo Wop Project April 14 ❘ 8:00pm ❘ $34-$20

From bop to pop, The Doo Wop Project is the evolution of a sound. These five charismatic, triple threat Broadway stars and a hot five-piece band tear it up with their music, dancing, and showmanship. They pair classic Doo Wop songs with the fresh sounds of contemporary pop stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Maroon 5.


April 19 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $55-$39

SUMMER CAMPS Ship offers a variety of youth summer programs designed to improve athletic skill, provide academic enrichment, and explore new activities. Check out the great camps offered this year! Visit or call (717) 477-1256 for more information or to register.



STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

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Shippensburg University– Community Orchestra Spring Concert

Peppa Pig Live!

Music to Celebrate Earth Day April 22 ❘ 3:00pm ❘ Free

Brand new live show! Peppa Pig—the number one family show of 2016—is back with an action-packed live show featuring life-size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and more in a singing and dancing adventure. Purchase a Peppa Pig’s Surprise Party Pass for an additional $80 (while supplies last). Both children and adults are required to purchase a Party Pass.

The Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra will feature dynamic young flutist Emma Resmini in its upcoming concert. Resmini has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and was Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today. She will perform Carl Reineke’s flute concerto. The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Mark Hartman, associate professor in SU’s Music and Theatre Arts Department, will perform pieces to remember Earth Day, Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, selections from Star Wars, and Copland’s famous “Hoedown.”

Brian Regan

April 27 ❘ 8:00pm ❘ $55–$39 Brian Regan presents the perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality. Setting a comedic standard of excellence, he made history at Radio City Music Hall in 2015 with the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. He first appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1995, joining the show more than any other comedian. Brian Regan Live has sold more than 150,000 copies and consistently charts in iTunes Top Ten Comedy Albums.

Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series

Peppa Pig’s Surprise! May 12 ❘ 6:00pm ❘ $43.50–$23.50

July 8 ❘ 3:00pm July 12 ❘ 7:00pm July 15 ❘ 3:00pm

Additio This annual celebration of details tonal symphonic performances announcedbe will take your breath this sprin g! away with the sound, excitement, and skill of the performers at the Luhrs Center. Details on soloists, conductor, ticket prices, and repertoire will be announced in the spring. The Shippensburg Festival Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. The orchestra provides regional audiences with top-quality professional orchestral performances. The Shippensburg Festival Chorus includes twenty-six professional singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. The festival is directed by Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University.

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Resurrection— A Journey Tribute

June 2 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $34–$20 ALUMNI WEEKEND

Resurrection—A Journey Tribute faithfully recreates the experience of a 1980s Journey concert. Featuring some of America’s top musicians, the show transports audiences back to the glorious age of arena rock. Relive those glory days of rock with hits like “Any Way You Want It,” “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” With a combination of incredible musicianship and stage presence, the show has earned nationwide acclaim.

Robert Trevino (above), the guest conductor for all concerts, has emerged as one of the most exciting American conductors performing today. He is proud to be the incoming music director of the Basque National Orchestra. He has served as associate conductor at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and was associate conductor to the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. Maestro Trevino returns for his sixth season with the Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series.

The Piano Guys May 3 ❘ 8:00pm ❘ $100–$70 The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation with their successful series of self-made music videos, including the popular ten-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” The Guys’ original blend of classical music and pop led to their self-titled debut album, which was released in 2012. They recently released their Uncharted album.



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Building Self Confidence and Safe Spaces BY MOLLY FOSTER ’19


enior Trent Bauer’s dedication to academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities has led to numerous honors and substantial leadership positions during his undergraduate career at Ship. While Bauer cherishes the recognition he’s received for his efforts, that’s not what he considers his biggest accomplishment. Surrounded by supportive Ship students and faculty, Bauer developed a newfound confidence. During his sophomore year, Bauer said he came out as gay. “For years I was so afraid of what people would think about me if I came out. I was so hard on myself,” he said. “I didn’t realize the overwhelming support that I was actually surrounded by.” While Bauer said he was hesitant to vocalize and take pride in his sexuality, the decision to do so became a blessing that multiplied as he began sharing bits of his struggle with other SU students who were in the same position. Bauer attributes his altruism to his parents. He also found inspiration through his lifelong role model, Ellen DeGeneres, and her spirit of generosity. Because of his involvement on campus, he developed a close-knit support system and the confidence to value himself for the person

he is—both critical factors in his decision to come out. Ship recruited Bauer to play basketball, which he did through his sophomore year, then he decided to pursue a leadership role in student government. Bauer also participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Multicultural Student Affairs, and SU New Student Orientation. For his involvement and leadership at SU, he received the Outstanding Sophomore Award at the 2015 Student Life Awards. Building off his success at Ship, Bauer focused on providing a voice and security to other LGBTQ students on campus. He believed that coming out as LGBTQ should not be a decision rooted in fear, and with that in mind, he proposed a plan for an LGBTQ resource center on campus. “A resource center for the LGBTQ community is an idea that SU had for

If you want to see something change, change it. (Above, left) Trent Bauer was recruited to play men’s basketball at Ship. (Above, right) For his contributions to Ship’s LGBTQ community, Ellen DeGeneres awarded Trent $10,000 when he visited the show. (Right) After basketball, Trent got involved with Ship’s Student Government Association. 14


many years,” Bauer said. Serving as a pioneer in the LGBTQ resource center’s development, he has conducted surveys on campus to determine what resources SU needs. While the center is still in the developmental stage, what once was a mere idea has materialized into a not-so-distant reality because of Bauer’s efforts. “Being someone who was questioning who they were as a person—both sexually and as a student—I want the center to be

a safe place where students can go and feel like they belong.” Bauer compared the end product to the Women’s Center on campus, which works to advance gender equality through education and assists women who are victims of violence. The LGBTQ resource center will provide an inclusive space to meet, along with guidance on LGBTQ-related matters and same-sex education, since it is typically bypassed in high school sex education. Similar to the outreach of the Women’s

Center, the LGBTQ resource center will focus on the needs of LGBTQ students at SU, but will be a resource that the entire campus community can use. “The center will also be able to help all students who may have questions like how to deal with a gay roommate or even parents who want to know how to bring up sexuality with their child,” he said. One of Bauer’s friends wanted to highlight the positive work he’s accomplished. She wrote a letter to Bauer’s role model detailing the charitable work he has done for the LGBTQ community at Ship. While attending a recording of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in October, DeGeneres recognized Bauer’s generosity toward the LGBTQ community when she invited Bauer on stage to award him $10,000. Touched by his endeavors, DeGeneres presented the hefty check as a part of the One Million Acts of Good project. “It’s actually kind of funny,” Bauer said. “I completely blacked out what was happening. Being in the same room as someone you looked up to your whole life and having them recognize you, it was definitely a life changing experience to say the least.” Bauer will use part of the money DeGeneres presented him to pay off his student bills, and the rest he will invest into creating an LGBTQ scholarship at SU. Since his appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bauer has received words of encouragement via social media from people around the globe. He now realizes that what he is doing matters and is progressively making a positive impact on the larger LGBTQ community. “There are so many supportive people out there,” he said. “I have received 2,100 messages on social media thanking me for what I am doing.” After graduating from SU in the spring, Bauer said he will look into graduate schools. He plans to stay involved in the center’s development in whatever way he can and continue to make strides toward a lasting impact on the LGBTQ community. “I really hope that this shows if any student is passionate about something, to pursue it wholeheartedly. If you want to see something change, change it.” Molly Foster ’19 is an intern for SU Magazine.

spotlight on EVAN COURTNEY ’19 Hometown: Elizabethtown ❘ Major: Exercise Science with Coaching and Biology minors ❘ Year: Junior

What is Kronum? Kronum is a relatively new sport. It’s kind of a mixture between soccer, basketball, and handball (and combines) different aspects from a different part of each of the sports. It’s a ten-on-ten team game played on a circular field with four nets. The nets have a chamber, like in soccer, and they also have three rings above the chamber. Depending on where you are on the field determines the point value. …There are three twelve-minute periods, and whoever has the highest score at the end of the three periods wins the game. How did the Kronum Club get started at Ship? Two guys who founded the club actually played the sport in high school. The sport originated out of (Philadelphia) and the owner started to implement it in some of the local high schools in the area. They had played each other in high school and found out they came to college together and decided to start up the Kronum College League. That was about four years ago. When were you first introduced to Kronum? I was introduced my freshman year. One of my best friends from high school came here a year before I did, and he started playing on the team. So, when I got to Ship, he told me to come out, try it out, and I did, and I loved it. Now I’m the club president and also the director of the College League. What attracted you to it? In high school I was just an all-around athletic kid. I played three different sports, and this is kind of the combined aspects of three sports that I enjoyed playing. I just liked the intensity of it (and) liked the aspect of the game. What are your duties as club president? I oversee the club and make sure everything is running smoothly. I also have a say in how the league is being run as club president. We all discuss how we’re going to run each season together. I work with my executive board to do things like set up practice, come up with different drills for the team to improve, and management stuff. When is Kronum in season? Our season starts in September and then runs until mid-November when we have our championship tournament. Over the winter, we have a tournament for fun. That’s when all the alumni can come back and play with us and all the people from the professional league can come back and play with us. The spring is really more for our newer guys. We just have tournaments for fun and it’s to get our new guys experience so they’re good to go for the following season. What are your goals for this year’s season? Last season, we actually won the College League Championship, so this year we’re looking to make a run for a back-to-back title for that. Who would be good at Kronum? Anybody athletic in general. If you can throw a ball, if you can kick a ball, you’ll be good. In Kronum you can shoot the ball like in soccer or you can throw the ball like baseball or football so there’s always something for anybody in Kronum.





The overarching goal for Shippensburg Field Hockey in 2017 was attainable, but also unprecedented. The Raiders planned to defend their national championship. BY BILL MORGAL ’06-‘10m



o do that, a veteran squad had to transition. Hall of Fame Head Coach Bertie Landes announced her retirement after the season, and Tara Zollinger arrived in February as head coach. “The first time I met them on my interview (players) asked me, ‘We want to win a national championship again; are you going to help us get there?’” Zollinger said. “When I took over, I said, ‘It’s going to be really hard, and there are going to be ups and downs.’ They knew that we needed to make changes, but at the same time, be able to keep the traditions and keep the culture they worked so hard for three years to create.” As predicted, there were plenty of bumps and challenges along the way. But the end result was everything that the Raiders desired. On a cold, grey November Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky, Shippensburg posted a 4-1 victory over number one seed LIU Post to claim the NCAA Division II National Championship. The Raiders struck early, and then often—blitzing the Pioneers with a series of offensive strikes. Senior Madison Scarr, the SU Student Government Association president, scored on the first shot of the game less than ten minutes in with a redirect at the edge of the goal. Shippensburg scored three times in the second half, beginning with a penalty stroke converted by freshman Jazmin Petrantonio, a recruit from Argentina who was named the 2017 Atlantic Region Player of the Year. LIU Post, in search of offense, pulled their goalie in favor of a kicking back with 12:40 remaining. But the Raiders added goals down the stretch by senior Brooke Sheibley and sophomore Rosalia Cappadora to clinch the win. “This is surreal,” Zollinger said after the game. “It’s amazing, and I am so proud of our senior leadership and our young ones who came on. We had a vision, and we had a goal, and every single day at practice we knew what our vision was. We knew what our goal was, and today we got it done, and it’s an amazing feeling.” Of that veteran leadership, Shippensburg boasted eleven seniors in 2017. The class finished with a 65-17 record, three NCAA Championship appearances, and back-to-back national championships. “Since our senior class is so big, there were always different opinions and feelings going around the team. But we really have one goal, and every game we’re always on the same page with the game plan and how we’re going to execute it,” senior captain Kylie Huffman said.

RAIDER SPORTS Passion and hard work were evident all season long, especially through the determination of junior team member Megan Hart. Diagnosed with leukemia in September, SU rallied around its teammate and adopted the mantra of #HartStrong during her recovery. “Meg’s our biggest motivator. When we found out about her diagnosis, we had a team meeting and we talked about what we needed to do to support her,” Zollinger said. “Then also we talked about from here on out, every single game is for Meg. We talked about getting a game ball to be able to give her, and we wanted to be able to write every single date of every single win that we have on that ball to be able to give to her. She’s been such a motivation for us.” Despite the many layers of adversity, and the myriad trials and tribulations that a season can provide, Shippensburg stood firm in wanting to accomplish its main goal. And, when it came down to it, they did just that. “It was a give and take, but in the end, we had trust in each other,” Zollinger said. “We knew what our vision was, and we knew what needed to be done to make that vision happen.”

Just having faith in each other and knowing that we work together well is how we got there. “We really brought that in with the underclassmen to make sure they understand how Ship Hockey operates.” Huffman said the coaching staff provided positive change. “They brought new ideas and new trends starting in hockey to our world, especially with our scouting report. That was a whole new thing that we saw, and I think that just excelled our hockey even more. So, I’m really happy about where we are right now.” Defensively, the Raiders allowed eight shots or less to all three of their opponents in the NCAA Tournament, a feat it accomplished just six times all year entering the postseason. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Ally Mooney, an All-Tournament Team selection, finished with twelve saves over the course of the NCAA Playoffs. “With the new coaching staff, we definitely changed up our tactics on the field here and there, but I think we came together as a defensive unit and really supported each other,” Mooney said. “I think just having faith in each other and knowing that we work together well is how we got there.” The victory also resulted in Zollinger becoming the first person to win an NCAA Division II National Championship in her first year as a collegiate head coach. “I have a really great group of athletes who were willing to work incredibly hard,” she said. “Whatever division or whatever level you are playing at, whenever you have people who are willing to work and set their

mind on something, it’s a coach’s dream. I am so excited. It’s amazing that our senior leadership was able to get it done two years in a row and make this dream for our university. I am so excited about where we have yet to go, but these women and the legacy they left, it’s incredible.” In terms of legacies, the victory also is a continuation of the #FlyHigh22 tradition that became a fundamental foundation of the field hockey squad as it plays in memory of Amanda Strous. “Going into this game, this was the last field Amanda (Strous) played on her senior year,” Sheibley said. “So, knowing that, I knew that I had to lay it all out, I had to support my teammates, and I knew my teammates were going to support me whenever things weren’t going my way.”

Bill Morgal ’06-’10m is SU’s sports information director.

(Top left) Ship celebrates a goal scored by Jazmin Petrantonio in the NCAA Championship game vs. LIU Post. The Raiders, playing the season under the #HartStrong mantra, won its third NCAA Championship in school history. (Below) Emily Barnard, 2017 PSAC Player of the Year, possesses the ball during the National Championship game.



sport shorts Shippensburg won its second consecutive NCAA national championship and third in school history, defeating LIU Post 4-1 in the title game after a 2-1 semifinal win over East Stroudsburg and a 6-1 quarterfinal win over Stonehill. FIELD HOCKEY //

Freshman Jazmin Petrantonio was named the 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year and the 2017 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Freshman of the Year. She led the PSAC with twelve assists and set the NCAA Division II single-game assists record by assisting on all six of Shippensburg’s goals in a 6-1 win over Millersville on September 12. Senior Emily Barnard was named the 2017 PSAC Field Hockey Athlete of the Year after leading the PSAC and finishing fifth in the nation with

(Top) Brittney Randolph, Tara Zollinger, and Jordan Page. (Bottom) Jazmin Petrantonio.

Jazmin Petrantonio Emily Barnard

VOLLEYBALL // Shippensburg went 21-12 and made its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six years. Sophomore middle hitter Samantha Webber was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) AllRegion Team, the D2CCA All-Region Second Team, and the All-PSAC First Team after leading the team (ninth in the PSAC) in hitting percentage (.293) while ranking second in kills (377) and blocks (82). Setter Emily Hangen was named the 2017 PSAC Freshman of the Year and earned All-PSAC Second Team and AVCA Honorable mention recognition after ranking second in the PSAC in assists per set (10.5). Junior outside hitter Morgan DeFloria was named to the All-PSAC Second Team and the NCAA Atlantic Region All-Tournament Team. She became the ninth player in school history to record 1,000 kills in a career during the season.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY // Shippensburg won

twenty goals. Barnard, Petrantonio, and senior midfielder Brooke Sheibley were named to the 2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division II AllAmerican Team. SU had five All-PSAC players. Barnard and Petrantonio were named to the AllPSAC First Team, while Sheibley, senior forward Mary Spisak, and sophomore defender Mikayla Cheney earned All-PSAC Second Team honors. Head Coach Tara Zollinger, along with assistants Jordan Page and Brittney Randolph, were named the 2017 NFHCA Division II Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year and Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year.

Brooke Sheibley

the 2017 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the 2017 PSAC Championships before finishing tenth at the NCAA National Championships. Steve Spence was named the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and the PSAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. He instructed a talented group of Raiders that includes two different Athletes of the Year: senior Alex Balla (2017 All-American and PSAC Athlete of the Year) and sophomore Rob Moser (2017 Atlantic Region Champion and USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year). At the PSAC Championships, four Raiders earned All-PSAC First Team honors:

Mary Spisak

Mikayla Cheney

Balla (second), senior Calvin Conrad-Kline (fifth), sophomore Rob Moser (seventh), and junior Sean Weidner (eighth). Senior Harrison Schettler (sixteenth) earned All-PSAC Second Team honors. At the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships, five men earned All-Atlantic Region honors: Moser (first), Balla (third), Conrad-Kline (fifth), junior Dominic Stroh (tenth), and Weidner (sixteenth). Moser became the first Raider in thirty-seven years to win a regional championship. Balla, the only men’s cross country runner from the PSAC to earn AllAmerica honors this season, also was named to the PSAC Fall Top Ten squad. He is a dual major in marketing and entrepreneurship and holds a cumulative GPA of 3.77.

(From left) Samantha Webber, Emily Hangen, and Morgan DeFloria.

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(Top row, from left) Alex Balla, Rob Moser, and Calvin Conrad-Kline. (Bottom row, from left) Sean Weidner, Harrison Schettler, and Dominic Stroh.

MEN’S SOCCER // Shippensburg posted a 7-8-2 overall record and 5-6 conference record to finish seventh in the PSAC, just shy of a postseason berth. Junior forward Cole Kropnick (top, left) was named to the All-PSAC Second Team, D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team, and the United Soccer Coaches (USC) AllAtlantic Region Third Team after finishing the regular season as one of just five players in the conference to score double-digit goals. Senior defender Jan Striewe (bottom, left) was named to the All-PSAC Second Team and D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team after scoring five goals and helping anchor a defense that held opponents to one goal or less in seven matches. WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY // Shippensburg

qualified for its tenth consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships race after placing second at both the 2017 NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and the 2017 PSAC Championships. SU finished twentyninth overall at nationals. SU had five women achieve All-PSAC honors: senior Bryanna Dissinger (ninth), sophomore Lydia Cagle (twelfth), junior Jackie Kinkead (nineteenth), senior Lizzie Manickas (twentieth), and senior Emily Kachik (twenty-ninth). At the Regional Championships, SU had three All-Region runners: Kinkead (tenth), Dissinger (thirteenth), and Manickas (twenty-third).

(Top, from left) Bryanna Dissinger, Lydia Cagle, and Jackie Kinkead. (Right) Lizzie Manickas and Emily Kachik.

WOMEN’S SOCCER // Shippensburg finished with a 6-11-1 overall record and 5-10 conference record this season under head coach Rob Fulton. On October 15, Fulton earned his 100th career victory as the Raider head coach with a 3-0 win at Millersville. He has totaled 101 victories in his twelve SU seasons. Sophomore Izzy Weigel (right) was named to the All-PSAC Third Team after finishing the season as one of just six players in the conference to score nine or more goals. Her nine goals were the most by a Raider since 2009.

Shippensburg finished with 10-2 record and made its sixth NCAA postseason appearance in school history. Head Coach Mark ‘Mac’ Maciejewski was named the 2017 AFCA Division II Region 1 Coach of the Year and the 2017 PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year for leading SU to its fifth ten-win season in school history and first NCAA playoff berth in five years.


Ten players earned All-PSAC East honors, with redshirt freshman wide receiver Winston Eubanks being named the 2017 PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year. Eubanks is one of seven Raiders named to the All-PSAC East First Team along with senior quarterback Ryan Zapoticky, senior defensive back Kevin Taylor II, junior safety Richard Sheler, junior linebacker Tyler Emge, and junior defensive ends Richard Nase and Dakota Thompson. SU had three All-PSAC Second Team honorees: senior running back Cole Chiappialle, junior

center Alec Petrillo, and sophomore guard Zach Warren. Zapoticky and graduate running back Colin McDermott were named Academic All-Americans. McDermott, a First Team selection, is studying toward his MBA after graduating with a 3.71 cumulative GPA. Zapoticky, a Second Team selection, graduated magna cum laude in December with a cumulative GPA of 3.69 and a degree in biology (pre-med concentration). He also was named to the PSAC Fall Top Ten squad. Chiappialle earned Academic AllDistrict honors.

(Top, from left) Ryan Zapoticky, Kevin Taylor II, Richard Sheler, and Tyler Emge. (Middle, from left) Richard Nase, Dakota Thompson, Cole Chiappialle, and Alec Petrillo. (Bottom, from left) Zach Warren and Colin McDermott. (Right) Winston Eubanks. SPRING 2018 19

An Advocate FOR



he world of science education is in the midst of a major renovation, and Shippensburg University’s Dr. Christine Royce is one of the leaders of this initiative. Royce, who has been a professor at Ship since 2002, was selected as president of the National Science Teachers Association for the next three years. “The theme for my presidency with NSTA will be associated with being an advocate for science education, and ultimately that includes STEM education,” Royce said. “I will be involved with the promotion of STEM into the integration of content areas with science educators, and collaboration with technology, all while utilizing engineering and mathematics.” STEM—or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—is a hands-on, collaborative, problem-solving approach in education. “We have many areas where STEM is already being incorporated at Shippensburg University,” Royce said. She believes this interdisciplinary work will enhance students’ learning and teaching abilities. The students’ varied backgrounds lead to robust conversations that



promote STEM. “The business students are bringing perspective where STEM fits into the business world while the science and mathematics students are bringing perspective on what is coming content-wise and what is found in the laboratories.” Royce first became interested in science at an early age. She fell in love with nature while in Girl Scouts and became infatuated with earth and space science in school. “Science was the natural fit, because I have always been interested,” she said. She brought that curiosity and fascination to her classes, sparking a love of the subject matter in her students. Royce believes her passion and new appointment with NSTA will greatly impact Ship students now and in the future. “At Shippensburg, I have the opportunity to bring more experiences I will have while visiting different groups across the United States back to the students at our


university. Our students will get a broader view of what other schools are doing rather than just having a localized view. This will cause Ship students to have the opportunity to hear and understand different initiatives across the United States.” Royce knows this will help Ship students connect with their own students on a higher level. “Anytime we can involve students in expanding their knowledge and interact and engage in content-area subjects with STEM, I think that is a good thing.” She already has witnessed the implementation and use of the STEM program within public education. “I think with the public school side of it, we need to not focus so much on the outcome of a test and worry about students’ grades. We need to focus on how students are learning the information. Students need to learn the content and also apply it as they set their sights on the future.”

STEM also is being used more often during after-school and summer programs at all levels of education. Royce believes this is an integral part of developing the problem-solving mentality for students. “We spend lots of time, energy, and money in our country promoting afterschool and summer programs for students. STEM is finding a place in the extracurricular vein as well. This will only help develop our students.” Royce said a key for Ship students is to have a passion for what and who they chose to teach. “Find an area that you want to teach in terms of grade level and subject. Always keep in mind you teach students first and foremost. You can help students develop a love of learning in that content area with your enthusiasm and passion. “Students at Ship will benefit by thinking about what they are doing in their classrooms in a broader perspective. The faculty is also incorporating real-life applications of the content in their coursework. Students are then able to start to see where information they need to learn for a test becomes very useful for the future.” There is no doubt Royce’s promotion of STEM will have a major impact on education today and in the future.

Royce stressed that students will only improve their chances of success and happiness with their careers by utilizing a hands-on, problem-solving approach. “Not all students are going to desire to go to a four-year liberal arts institution. Post-baccalaureate training at career and technology centers have programs that are preparing students for areas in trade, all of which involve STEM anymore. “We, as educators, know we have to prepare students to begin to grasp opportunities, think critically, use design-thinking approaches, integrate concepts together, and work collaboratively as a team. All of those things fall under what STEM is doing as we look toward the future.”

John Walsh ’01 is a language arts teacher in northeast Pennsylvania.

Anytime we can involve students in expanding their knowledge and interact and engage in contentarea subjects with STEM… [it’s] a good thing.

Science education happens many places outside of the classroom. Dr. Christine Royce participated in the March for Science in Washington, DC, took students to apply their education in the field, and gave presentations at various venues.




faculty briefs

DR. ALISON FEENEY Dr. Alison Feeney, professor of geography/earth science, explored Pennsylvania’s lucrative craft beer industry and its connection to local geography for her latest research. Her upcoming book, For the Love of Beer: Pennsylvania’s Breweries, covers everything from the history of beer to uniquely named brews to the ways breweries have revitalized neighborhoods and main streets. What inspired this? It started with a student project. We were looking at local sediment here. All the early settlers made their own beer, wine, whiskey, cider. They didn’t drink the water, even though it was good, but that was based upon European traditions. They’d all drink (alcohol)—men, women, and children. That’s where (the research) started, how it was prolific, and yet we have such weird laws today. …To me, that was just an interesting question. …Then it was actually a request from the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation. They saw that people who donate to environmental causes enjoy craft beer, and so they wanted to target that audience. They wanted to do photo shoots or events at breweries, so they asked me to map all the current ones. At that point, we had 150 in the state in 2014. Where is Pennsylvania as far as number of craft breweries in the country? We are now first. We’ve overtaken California. Just in the last month, they’ve really taken off in production. How do breweries highlight our history and heritage? Almost every brewery has renovated an old place, and almost all of them have renovated vacant places, so they are really contributing to renovating towns. I’ve been in ones that have been vacant forty or fifty years. You go to York down back alleys where (crime was happening) and they now have vibrant businesses and cleaned them up. …When they redo it, they often research the local history. Even if it’s just reuse of the building, a lot of them have done the renovations themselves and are really proud of their work.

Are their certain trends with brewery names? A lot of them fall into different categories, usually historic people like St. Benjamin’s, or the natural environment, like some sort of river or Appalachia, or Molly Pitcher with local culture. How is the state able to sustain all these breweries? They’re all doing really well. People keep saying the bubble is going to burst, but honestly, most of these breweries are opening second locations. How many breweries does the book cover? Pennsylvania has about 300 breweries, and I highlight about 112 of them. So of those 112, that’s where I’d like a little blank coaster or some sort of graphic where people could write in if they went to it, when they went to it, what they drank. It’s about agritourism and how people want that learning experience. That’s what the book’s intended to do, to provide a little bit of knowledge about where they’re going. What do you want people to get out of this book? Hopefully an appreciation for craft beer. There’s a whole culture to it. It’s very much a part of Pennsylvania’s history, and the people who are in the industry today are working so hard to develop an artisan product. I hope that people understand the past to appreciate the current industry, and hopefully go and try something new.

PROFESSOR STEPHANIE JIRARD, professor of criminal justice, presented on disrupting the “school-to-prison” pipeline at the Susquehanna Conference of United Methodist Women in October. She also signed a contract with SAGE Publishing for a second edition of her textbook, Criminal Law and Procedure: A Courtroom Approach. DR. SHANNON MORTIMORE-SMITH, assistant professor of English, and DR. TOM CROCHUNIS, professor of English, mentored four students—Amber J. Pound, Sarah Markel, Heather Ritter, and Chris Carragher—who presented at the inaugural “Future is Now—PA” roundtable session at the PCTELA conference in Pittsburgh in October. Featuring the work of English education students from across the state, the session included West Chester and Slippery Rock University students and was facilitated and attended by Pennsylvania educators. DR. CHERYL A. SLATTERY, associate professor of teacher education, held a breakout session at the Southern Regional Conference of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association at Millersville University in November. Her presentation was titled “Culturally Alert Teachers: Getting to Know the Tangible and Intangible Categories of Culture.” The conference theme was Inclusion and Diversity. DR. KIM VAN ALKEMADE, professor of English, recently published her second novel Bachelor Girl. The book was inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant. Van Alkemade will hold a reading and book signing on campus from 6:30–8:30pm on April 16 at Ship. Her first novel, Orphan #8, was a New York Times best-seller.

Imagine what you thought he would be like when no one else was around—concerned for your smallest feelings, gently humorous, making things seem alright no matter how bad, and entirely focused on you, only you, no one but you. —An excerpt from the poem, “How to Survive Your Father’s Death,” by Dr. Thomas Crochunis, associate professor of English, which was published in the November 2017 issue of English Journal (vol. 107, no. 2).



Professor of Military Science BY CATHERINE AMORIELLO ’17

It’s safe to say Lt. Col. Chris Morton, professor of military science, is one of the most well-traveled people on Ship’s campus. Having a father serving in the US Army, Morton got an early taste of military life as a self-proclaimed Army brat. He later graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2000. The Oklahoma native’s military career took him to places such as Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, Washington, DC, South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2016, Morton settled down in Pennsylvania as the chair of the Military Science Department at Ship.


What is your favorite part about working at Ship? I think my favorite part of the job is interacting with the students. …I get the opportunity to sort of give back because you get all these opportunities and you just want to be able to give them back to someone else so that they will do a better job than you did. I think because of how important it is, the things we do, it’s really important for us to get it right. So, if I have a little bit of opportunity in my little corner of the world to influence a couple students who are going to be lieutenants to do better than I did, then that’s just a fantastic opportunity.

…the things we do, it’s really important for us to get it right.

What do you do in your free time? I’m married with two kids, so I love hanging out with family. My kids do sports… my oldest does cross country, both of them swim, (and) they do track and field, so hanging out and doing stuff with the boys. I’m into country music. …I like to hunt, so I’m in the right state, obviously. Although, I am a rabid Oklahoma Sooners football fan, so if the Sooners are on TV, that’s usually where I am, in front of the TV watching them. If you could meet anyone, who would it be? I think I would go meet Bobby Stoops. He just retired as the head football coach of the Sooners and I would just love to sit and talk with him about football. That would be really cool. What was the last movie you saw in a movie theater? The last movie I saw in a movie theater was Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I was born in the year the first Star Wars came out, and my dad is a big sci-fi fan, so I’ve kind of always been a sci-fi (fan). I think Star Wars is best viewed in a movie theater. And my kids love it. They think it’s cool, so we took them to the movie. What’s your biggest pet peeve? It seems like a lot of times these days people can’t just have a discussion without it turning into a really angry disagreement. It’s OK to have a talk about something. I’m like, “Man, did you really have to turn this into something bigger than it is?” What’s your current favorite television series? I started watching The Good Doctor. It’s pretty neat because I think it’s interesting to see how, on the one hand, he’s got some disabilities, but he’s really good at medicine, so he’s able to overcome those things because he’s so good at everything else.



Can you speak a foreign language? I speak a little bit of German. I’m not like Angela Merkel, but I can have a conversation about what we’re having for dinner and things like that. I lived there when I was a kid. My dad was stationed in Germany, so I guess I lived there for about three years. I took it there, obviously, and took it in high school and in college. I know enough to make my kids think I’m fluent. Sheetz or Wawa? Oh, Wawa for sure. I’ve had Sheetz sandwiches but (when we go to our ROTC headquarters in New Jersey) I will not eat until I get to Jersey so I can eat a Wawa hoagie. Gotta get the chicken salad with bacon. If you could have any super power, what would it be? I would fly. (My son) claims that super speed is better than flying, and it’s not. It’s just not. Where is the coolest place you’ve been? Have you ever been to Disney World? You know the princess’ castle, right? Well that castle was modeled after a palace in southern Germany called Neuschwanstein. So, there’s actually a palace that the princess castle is modeled after, and it’s absolutely gorgeous in the Bavarian Alps. Catherine Amoriello ’17 is an intern for SU Magazine.




uring her junior year at Ship, Amy Grey ’03 received an alarming call from home informing her that her father was gravely ill. She immediately reached out to her friends at United Campus Ministry (UCM) for help and comfort.

Rev. Jan Bye, campus minister, rushed to Grey’s side. “Jan was there for me. She called the hospital to get answers. She even called my boyfriend, who was at work, to tell him.” Several days later, Bye even drove Grey to her father’s funeral outside of Philadelphia when her family was unable to get her.

UCM is an interdenominational campus ministry that provides opportunities for Ship students to develop spiritually and grow in their faith. Ship is the last university in Pennsylvania's State System of Education with UCM. As the minister for UCM, Bye coordinates religious life and spiritual support services on campus. UCM will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary at Ship this spring. Bye has been with UCM for nearly half its existence. An ordained United Methodist minister, she moved to Shippensburg from Ohio with her husband and young son in 1994 to take the position. BY KATIE (PAXSON) HAMMAKER ’93

Faith AND Fellowship FOR



“It’s been a privilege to do this job. Spiritual development is an important part of a student’s overall development, just as important as academics.” “The relationship between campus ministry and the university has been an extraordinary one,” said Dr. Jody Harpster ’74m, past president. As the former vice president of Student Affairs, Harpster worked closely with Bye and served as the university’s liaison to UCM. Bye describes UCM, originally known as the Campus Interfaith Association, as a clearing ground for students of various faiths. She works to connect them with appropriate resources to meet their spiritual needs while they are on campus. Students of numerous faiths are represented at UCM— Lutherans, Methodists, Muslims, and Presbyterians, to name a few. “Our main goal is to be welcoming of anybody and everybody,” said junior Zach Miller, “especially people who feel like they don’t fit in anywhere else.” “UCM is my family away from family,” said graduate student Austin Wisser ’17. “It’s nice to be around other students who share my beliefs and values.” “Some of my greatest relationships and fondest memories were made through UCM,” Rachel (Varner) Smith ’98 said. “What drew me in was the ability to make close connections with other students, local churches, and the community.” Bye maintains a resource center with the names of local clergy and places of worship. She even makes introductions and matches students who wish to visit a specific church, so they can attend together. “We really like students to explore what’s available in the community,” she said. “We believe that broadening the resources for students will help them succeed.”

Exploring Faith UCM offers many on-campus options for spiritual growth. “Worship services are on Sunday afternoons so the college students can sleep in,” Wisser said. Students can attend a grilled cheese and bible study every Wednesday at the campus spiritual center. “There is something comforting about faith, friends, and a warm and melted cheese sandwich,” Bill Connor ’04-’05m said.



• APRIL 7 • 11:00am

UCM will hold a worship service in the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center, followed by lunch, to honor fifty years of serving the Shippensburg University campus and students. To attend, call or e-mail Rev. Jan Bye at (717) 477-1672 or

(Top) During the annual UCM alternative spring break trip, students volunteer for projects in Louisiana. (Center) The SU Foundation dedicated the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center and Interfaith Chapel in 2001. (Bottom) Alumni couples had the opportunity to renew their marriage vows at the spiritual center during past Alumni Weekend events.


j Founded March 28, 1968

Originally named Campus Interfaith Association



“It beats ramen noodles and easy mac and cheese any day.” Food is a common theme for UCM activities. Bye hosts an informal dinner gathering at Kriner Dining Hall on Mondays for any students who wish to join her. While free food is a popular way to draw students in, the lack of it is a valid problem for some. UCM recognizes this need and maintains a food pantry that is open to any students who need it. It is stocked with donated soup, pasta, peanut butter, and other canned, non-perishable items. “It started when the state budget held up student loans,” Bye said. “Many students lacked money for meals until their loans came through. Also, some of our international students must stay over breaks, and the dining hall is not open.” UCM also organizes numerous social events each semester. Game nights, volleyball, hayrides, trips to the movies, and hikes on nearby trails provide quality fellowship time. Participation in UCM is, of course, by choice. Some parents call or approach Bye and ask her to direct their son or daughter to a church. Bye will reach out to these stu-

dents, but only if the student has granted permission through a form in the new student packets. “I can invite students, but I am not here to harass them,” she said. “Students are adults, and they can make their own decisions.” Some students just want to learn about faith. “This is a safe zone where they can ask questions and explore their faith. Students can have conversations with others in a loving and respectful manner.” One way that Bye helps students learn is through Questions of Faith, a weekly discussion group that explores social and political issues from the perspective of different faiths. “Some students are very conservative, some more liberal, but they care and respect each other as they explore their faith,” she said. “We wanted to understand and learn about our faith,” Smith said. “Some students stray from their faith during college, but I developed a sense of belief and what I wanted for my life moving forward.” Smith met her husband, Michael ’00, at Questions of Faith. She said they did not always agree on the issues, but they did agree that when they got married after col-

lege, they wanted Bye to perform the wedding ceremony. Many of Bye’s former UCM students have honored her with this request. Bye estimates that she has performed at least 100 weddings for UCM alumni during her time at Ship. She also has performed at least ten faculty weddings.

Support System UCM’s spiritual support and counseling services are available to students and the campus at large. “UCM provided all of our students, faculty, staff, and administration with spiritual support as we needed it,” said Tony Ceddia, president emeritus. “They helped in many crisis situations over the years—a death or an accident. We were grateful for the support we received.” Bye responds to more than just crisis situations. For some college students, the pressure of living away from home for the first time or the anxiety of breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend can prompt them to seek help. “A lot of students, for many different reasons, choose not to utilize the campus counseling services when they need help,” Harpster said. “Some of those students are more comfortable seeking that support from UCM.” “Ship staff and faculty cannot offer spiritual resources to students because we are a state school, but they can support UCM’s services and send those students to us,” Bye said.

Spring Break, UCM Style UCM hosts an annual service trip to Louisiana during spring break in March. Ship students join with others from across the country to perform service work, and in some years, relief following a natural disaster. During service trips to Vietnam, members of UCM helped with the construction of a school, health clinic, and homes.

o First Campus Minister hired December 1, 1968



University offers office space starting in 1973

Incorporated United November 1994 Ministries in Higher Education dissolved in 1996

(Left) In Louisiana, students have provided disaster relief, repaired homes, and completed projects for residents with disabilities. (Below) The service-learning trips UCM organized for Vietnam are “powerful” and “impactful,” students said.

“It’s about broadening the students’ understanding of God’s creation,” Bye said. In the past, students have repaired a leaky roof, constructed a home access ramp for a wheelchair user, and distributed emergency relief kits to residents. Last year, Wisser painted an “under the sea” themed wall mural to brighten up a domestic violence shelter. “It was so hot and humid that the paint started to run. The mural ended up looking like a Salvador Dali painting,” Wisser joked. UCM also hosts periodic mission trips to Vietnam, a place that is special to Bye. She adopted her daughter from Vietnam, which inspired the destination for future mission work. “I was involved in three trips to Vietnam,” Connor said. “It was powerful to be part of such an impactful program, and develop an understanding that I am part of something much bigger than just myself.” Ship students have assisted in the construction of a school, a health clinic, and multiple homes in Vietnam. Closer to home, UCM serves the community year-round. Students participate in numerous projects like stocking shelves at King’s Kettle food pantry and building homes through Habitat for Humanity. Each fall, students “adopt” migrant workers from nearby apple orchards, delivering warm clothing, blankets, and food.

Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center and Interfaith Chapel in 2001, located just off of Adams Drive. The center houses UCM’s offices and provides meeting and program space for several campus ministry groups. “The spiritual center makes Shippensburg University special,” Ceddia said. “Many students see the spiritual aspect of their lives as important, like the nourishment they receive from the center.” The spiritual center is perhaps best known for its chapel. The chapel is intentionally devoid of religious symbolism and contains a movable altar to accommodate groups of any faith for worship, memorial services, and other religious events. The chapel is available for weddings, but the bride or groom must be a Ship student, alumnus, or an employee of the university or SU Foundation. The spiritual center has hosted about a dozen weddings since it opened. Another focal point of the spiritual center is a meditation room, which is a sacred space used by many students for quiet prayer and reflection. The spiritual center is open daily Sunday through Friday and on Saturdays for special events during the school year. “It is hard to imagine life at Ship without UCM,” Connor said. “UCM was the cornerstone of my Ship experience outside of the classroom. “In today’s digital, fast-paced world, I hope that Ship students are still taking the time to get involved in campus ministries and understand the importance of building personal friendships that will last a lifetime.”

A Permanent Home Almost since UCM’s inception, its offices have been housed on campus at various locations provided by the university. But the organization lacked a permanent home. In the late 1980s, President Emeritus Gilmore Seavers approached Ceddia with a solution and a potential significant benefactor. The late Lee Hippensteele ’48, who served on the UCM Board of Directors, had a passion for campus ministry. “Mr. Hippensteele was a man of great faith,” Harpster said. “He believed that we all benefit from having a solid religious foundation in our lives, and he wanted to make that available to all students.” Because Shippensburg University is state owned, no religious buildings can be constructed on campus. So, Hippensteele purchased eighteen acres of private land directly adjacent to campus, and donated it to the SU Foundation with the stipulation that it be used for a spiritual center. The foundation embarked on a successful capital campaign and dedicated the

å 2001— Spiritual Center office space was completed

501(C)(3) status— Spring 2007





The rails that physically divided the town of

Shippensburg nearly one hundred years ago are now strengthening the connection between the university and downtown communities as plans surrounding the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail steam ahead.



For years, a sign at the edge of campus proclaimed the trail was under development. Graduating classes for more than a decade wondered if plans to enhance the old “goat path” would ever come to fruition. When Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward started teaching history at Ship, he had the same thought. “I love rail trails and have studied them a lot,” he said. “We moved here in 2006,

(Opposite page) Last April, the university and community celebrated the addition of a new bridge and paved trail extension from Shippensburg Township Park through campus. Walkers, runners, and bikers enjoyed the trail as part of the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council Race, Run, Ride, and Ramble fundraiser. (Right) The university community helps maintain the trail.

and one of the first things I noticed was the ‘trail under development’ sign. Year after year, the sign never changed, and I wondered what the deal was.” The forces that derailed the trail were complicated, but not impossible to overcome. The Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council (CVRTC), which owned the stretch of trail through campus, needed funding and a solid partner, namely the university, Dieterich-Ward said. Once that happened, the trail development was on a fast track. Over the past year, the CVRTC celebrated the opening of a new bridge over Foglesonger Road, a paved expansion through campus, the addition of a comfort station at the trailhead off Earl Street, and the acquisition and relocation of an original Penn Central boxcar. On April 21, the university and several downtown partners will host TrailFest, a combined race and BrewFest held at the newly established trailhead off Earl Street. The community event will cap off a week of activities surrounding President Laurie Carter’s inauguration on April 20. Organizers are excited that this most recent partnership between the university, the CVRTC, and downtown organizations will revitalize town and create future opportunities. “I feel like we have a movement right now, and we can really make a difference,” Dieterich-Ward said.

Chugging Along For nearly twenty years, the CVRTC has developed the former Cumberland Valley Railroad into an eleven-mile, multipurpose recreation trail. The section through Shippensburg Township Park was completed in 2006, but the stretch through campus sat relatively untouched.

…for so long, we were just trying to keep the grass from getting too tall. Now the trail is through campus, and campus seems more excited about it. To make that vision a reality, the rail trail had to be visible and easily accessible. Dieterich-Ward heard the Shippensburg Rotary Club wanted to build a comfort station, so he joined Rotary to help. “I could see how all the pieces were fitting together,” he said. “I wanted to help with building the comfort station and use my university connections.” Last fall, Shippensburg Township and the Shippensburg Rotary Club jointly funded the comfort station located at the new CVRT parking area at the corner of Fort and Earl streets. The multi-use event and performance space will continue to evolve with upgraded parking, a Pennsylvania Railroad signal, a performance stage, and more. “The Rotary Club of Shippensburg is very proud of our collaborative effort with Shippensburg Township, the CVRTC, and Shippensburg University,” said Gary Davis, Rotary president. “We have been meeting for two years now, and Rotarians have donated over 200 volunteer hours to the comfort station project. Our hope is that the entire community will continue to work together for the betterment of the greater Shippensburg area.” No longer sidelined by its previous stumbling blocks, it seemed the CVRT was moving full speed ahead. Now it just needed a statement piece.

Dr. Paul Taylor, associate professor of mathematics, used the trail with his wife and started attending CVRTC meetings about ten years ago. “At the time I joined, the trail from Shippensburg Township Park to Newville was completed, and we were trying to keep it maintained,” he said. “We owned the stretch through Ship’s campus, but didn’t have the money to improve it.” About five years ago, the CVRTC received a grant to complete the trail on Ship’s campus, Taylor said. After dealing with a few practical issues, they started clearing out the trail in 2016. Last spring, the CVRTC, university, and local partners worked to install a new bridge over Fogelsonger Road and pave the mile of trail through campus. “It’s very exciting to think that for so long, we were just trying to keep the grass from getting too tall. Now the trail is through campus, and campus seems more excited about it,” Taylor said. Dieterich-Ward, who also sits on the CVRTC, was thrilled to have the trail extended, but envisioned more. “It was time for me to give back and lend support to the trail. I knew the trail was finally getting built through campus, but I wanted to make sure community needs were being met, not just recreational needs.” He pictured the project as an urban trail going through the heart of the community.



Dream Train Hidden in the trees at the end of Queen Street near the old Hoffman Mills building was a railroad enthusiast’s dream—an abandoned, uniquely green Penn Central boxcar. “All of us railroad enthusiasts had known it was back there,” said Jim Stanton ’00, a member of the Conrail Historical Society. “In the winter when you’d hike the trail you could see it. It was a jungle back there. …It was hard to get pictures of it, but it was neat to see a relic.” It’s not unusual for railroad enthusiasts also to be photographers, Stanton said. When the plant was scrapped in 2016, he was certain it was the end of the line for its neighboring boxcar. So, he grabbed his camera. “I photographed it as much as possible, so that when it became tin cans and razor blades, there was a historical record.” Coincidentally, Stanton and Taylor are neighbors. Stanton knew Taylor served on the CVRTC, so he mentioned the boxcar, suggesting it could serve as a welcome center off Britton Road. “Paul said, ‘I need to introduce you to a guy. Allen.’ He knew things I didn’t know. Allen’s the dynamo, but he needed to find the people who could make the right things happen.”

Dieterich-Ward received the news from Taylor. “I went over immediately and was blown away by (the boxcar). It was abandoned for thirty years, but was structurally sound. I was just amazed it wasn’t torn down.” Relocating the boxcar next to the Rotary Club’s comfort station would provide that eye-catching addition to the trail and create another tourist attraction in the community. It was just a matter of making it happen. Fortunately, Stanton said Dave’s Truck Repair in Chambersburg fit the bill. “We found someone local, talented, and sympathetic to the price.” As the boxcar traveled down Richard Avenue to its new home off of Earl Street, another piece of the puzzle came together. Out of curiosity one night, Jim Tabler ’10 wandered over to the site. Having formerly worked railroad maintenance, he volunteered to build a track panel to display the boxcar. Now relocated and preparing for renovations, Stanton said the boxcar is situated in Foreman’s Triangle for the perfect photo op. “Lots of people remember the Penn Central green running through town. It’s a unique color green, so when it went by, it caught your eye.”

Educational Opportunities Beyond recreation and entertainment, the extended Cumberland Valley Rail Trail provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience through their courses. The Shippensburg Station boxcar museum gave students from Dr. Steve Burg’s fall history class a chance to consider how that exhibit might take shape. “For them to think about how to create historical context, how to connect the university and downtown, this was just a fantastic opportunity,” Burg said. “To be able to add that layer of history on is just perfection.” Senior Tyler Newcomer said the class received a budget and focused on why the public would want to visit the railroad museum. He liked the challenge of determining how to make the Cumberland Valley Railroad relevant to tourists by connecting broader themes. Each group also considered exhibit design, with his group preferring a more exposed, industrial look. “It felt good knowing that maybe my work, or the collective class work, might be used for this project,” he said.

Rotating exhibit space is planned for the mini-museum so that future classes might contribute to the project. Burg’s class also worked to develop historic wayside markers for a walking tour. As part of Dr. Laurie Cella’s Introduction to Technical Writing course, senior Kayla Morales brought the Little Free Library project to the trail. The nationwide free book exchange program strives to provide access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. “I was inspired by the organization’s efforts in trying to instill a love of reading in all neighborhoods all over the world, and I felt that reading was a great way to unify the Shippensburg community,” Morales said. When Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward asked Professor Steve Dolbin if he would provide art along the trail, Dolbin realized it was a perfect project for his Basic Sculpture class. Each fall, Dolbin assigns students an environmental installation piece, which they typically completed in their hometown. Of the two Basic Sculpture classes last fall, students completed eight pieces along the trail. The Cumberland Valley Rails-toTrails Council loved it, Dolbin said, and he’s now working on concrete pads to regularly display these pieces along the trail. “We need to build bonds with the community. It not only shows how much we love the community, but it’s something everyone can come together to support.” The rail trail and boxcar projects created opportunities for student involvement, such as environmental art installations and researching the history of the Cumberland Valley Railroad for a local walking tour.



Shippensburg Station Two things are needed to create an authentic community development, according to Dieterich-Ward—outdoor recreation and a connection to where you are. Adjacent to the trail, the boxcar provided a perfect opportunity to develop an accessible mini-museum that told the story of the Cumberland Valley Railroad. These new developments—the rail trail extension, comfort station, boxcar museum, and performance space—collectively were renamed Shippensburg Station. For Tiffany Weaver ’09-’12m, the director of the Shippensburg Historical Society and one of Dieterich-Ward’s former students, this was a gift. “When Allen asked if I wanted to be involved, I said, ‘Yes, please!’ I think this is a really cool space for the community. It’s really cool to see this brought on as Shippensburg Station and provide more of a connection between the university and community.” Thanks to a $71,000 grant through the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, Weaver and Christi Fic ’15m, university archivist, are developing forty feet of exhibit space in a boxcar. The grant, provided to the CVRTC, covered renovating the boxcar’s exterior, preparing the interior for the exhibits, and purchasing materials like display cases. Weaver and Fic picture the space as mostly permanent exhibits with a theater area on one side and a place for children’s educational programming at the other. “We really want to tell the story of the railroad in the Cumberland Valley, especially how it interacted with citizens on a day-to-day basis,” Weaver said. “It’s about their lives, the university, jobs, and the area in general—anything that makes that personal connection and makes it as inclusive as possible.” Stanton said people have told stories about the different railroads, but no one has put the whole story of the Cumberland Valley Railroad together like this. “There weren’t many places served by three rail-

The daylong event will kick off with the Race, Run, Ride, and Ramble. The Brewfest will feature more than twenty breweries as well as a few wineries, and live music from local bands. “People will come out for a community event. They come for the beer, the art, or the music, and this is a combination of all of them,” he said. Stanton is excited. He knows not everyone geeks out over railroad history like he does. That’s why all the pieces of this project are equally important. “The boxcar might be what gets someone to get out of their car, maybe even stay there. But the music, the trailhead, the event space, the restrooms, a place to picnic… that’s the beauty of Allen’s master plan. It will never be just one thing. It gives people reasons to come back.” And although the journey can be stressful, Dieterich-Ward said the rewards are sweet. “It has been so gratifying to find out people’s passions and put it all together in the thing we’re calling Shippensburg Station. …If we care about our community we can make it a better place.”

roads,” he said. “The whole story has never been told in one place.” At the end of March, Weaver and Fic will invite the public to an open house to view the space and learn more about their plans in hopes that people see their vision and share their railroad artifacts with the museum.

Celebrating with TrailFest Countless pieces have come together— some by design, others by chance—over the last few years to create what is now Shippensburg Station. April’s TrailFest celebrates the latest trail expansions and community partnerships. TrailFest couples the CVRTC’s twelfth annual Race, Run, Ride, and Ramble event with the Shippensburg Historical Society’s second annual BrewFest. It might actually be easier to continue to host these events separately, said Mitch Burrows ’17, owner of University Grille and Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce board member. “But, to do it at this location that is more centralized for the university and downtown makes it a broader effort for everyone to be involved,” he said. “This is a lot of people’s vision… We want one overall community—the university and the local community as one.”

(Opposite page, top) As the statement piece for the new trailhead, Dave’s Truck Repair of Chambersburg moves the boxcar down Richard Avenue to its new home off Fort and Earl streets. (Right) The boxcar is placed on its new rail platform.






or some college students, taking on a minor is required. Others simply want to use a minor to help them find their career sweet spot. But the students enrolled in the disability studies program at Shippensburg University aren’t just taking a minor—they’re part of a movement. “The minor was always conceived as being very interdisciplinary, and not from a biomedical model, but from a social-cultural model of thinking about how do societies think about disability, what do they define as disability, how does that change across time and place, what kinds of policies are created and what are the implications of those for the real lives of people with disabilities,” said Dr. Allison Carey, sociology professor and disability studies minor director. The program, now celebrating five years, started with one course. “There was no way for students to get that specialty across the university or even to recognize it. So the project started with just an honors interdisciplinary class,” Carey said. The 18-credit minor is now one of the biggest on campus, and it grew quickly. “We started really working on bringing in speakers to raise awareness around disability and as a path for student careers, but also the campus philosophy that this was part of multiculturalism, that this was part of diversity, and then we started working on the minor,” she said. Before the program sheet was drawn up, the push for inclusiveness on campus already was in motion. From an Introduction to Exceptionalities class prior to the minor’s creation about seven years ago, the award-winning student group, People





DISABILITY STUDIES I have made friendships I probably would have never made and met people I probably would have never met if I didn’t just take time to open my eyes and just learn. Involved Equally (PIE), was born. Students have since created the Disability Awareness Club, which won an award last year for enhancing diversity. During weekly PIE meetings, adults with developmental disabilities come onto campus and participate in various activities. “It gives me a different view of people, especially with people with disabilities,” said Tori Bender, PIE’s vice president. “I have made friendships I probably would have never made and met people I probably would have never met if I didn’t just take time to open my eyes and just learn.” Bender, a social work major and disability studies minor, also is a job coach for high

school students with disabilities. The junior credits PIE with sparking her interest in taking Introduction to Disability Studies in the first place. “It honestly changed the way I thought about everything.” Bender is just one of many success stories within the minor. Students with majors in all three of Ship’s colleges are taking on disability studies and getting involved with groups like PIE. Faculty created a Disability Studies Steering Committee to incorporate related curriculum in many departments, a movement Carey insists can only benefit from more growth.

That integration allowed Holly Harrar ’16 to zero in on her career aspirations and pursue her passions at the same time. For her, the topic of disability always has been personal. “(My cousin) was the same age as me and battled juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Her fingers and joints were so inflamed there were days she could barely move. Those were on days where her condition was the worst. On others, she attended preschool with me, played for hours in the yard, and had a laugh that could turn someone’s day around. In October 2005, she passed away from complications with a new medication. From that point on, I found ways to provide kids just like Courtney with opportunities to thrive. It’s also why I decided to become a disability studies minor,” Harrar said. A communication/journalism major, Harrar didn’t think twice about declaring a minor in disability studies when the time came. Her growing knowledge of disability studies and her involvement with SUTV formed the two-pronged approach to combining her communication capabilities and her desire to tell the world about the disability community. “Once enrolled in a few courses, my curiosity began to grow. I started asking questions about my life as a typical college student and if someone with a disability, who otherwise is just like me, can go to college. I was naive to the fact that they can and they have been across the country for years. Why didn’t I know about it? Immediately, I wanted to share this with my professors, peers, and as much of Shippensburg University that I could. So I did some

(Above) Dancing at a People Involved Equally (PIE) social event. (Below, from left) Holly Harrar (right) and her cousin, who inspired her to pursue a disability studies minor at Ship; Harrar at George Mason University producing a documentary on its disability studies program; Harrar with an Emmy® for her documentary.

with a high school student with a physical disability that limited his mobility. “Although he could do everything for himself, except get around the school the same as everyone else, he was a fullyfunctioning high school sophomore but sat alone at lunch. After my first day working with him, I decided it would be the last time I would let him eat lunch alone. I sat with him, talked about sports, his pets, and how annoying last night’s homework was. Sometimes, a simple conversation is all it takes to realize someone with a disability isn’t all that different from you.” That realization is a point students in the minor and groups like PIE and the Disability Awareness Club hope everyone can understand. Students in these groups interact with people with disabilities, something they might not have done before. That’s

research and decided the best way I could do this is by finding a college or university with a program for students with disabilities and ask if I could bring my camera and document how they run their program,” she said. George Mason University allowed Harrar to do her project. The story aired on SUTV and later earned an Emmy®. “The biggest reward came from the disability studies professors who gave me the inspiration, knowledge, and guidance to spread the message of opportunity for people with disabilities. I am forever grateful,” she said. Harrar is now a reporter for Blue Ridge Communications TV-11, covering northern Lancaster County, where she always looks for ways to give viewers a better idea of the disability community. Prior to landing that job, she had the opportunity to work as a one-on-one aide



why events like inclusive basketball—a no labels, no hierarchy, no judgement event— give students and participants a chance to simply be united. “It’s easy to stay away when you’re not forcing yourself to be involved, but once you are, you’re like, this is fun. It’s not intimidating; it’s not scary,” Bender said. Students like Harrar and Bender may not have found themselves in a position to better understand disability had they not come to Ship. “There aren’t that many disability studies programs yet, so we’re very cutting edge in that regard,” said Carey, who was vice president of the Society for Disability Studies and chair of the disability section of the American Sociological Association. Although the program is only five years old, other schools have taken notice of Ship’s practices. Carey said both the University of South Florida and Millersville University have reached out to her about the minor’s introductory course, which involves a student panel where some students talk publicly about their disability experiences for the first time. “We are one of the few programs that has taken the liberal arts basis of disability studies really seriously and made it across all three colleges. And we have great faculty,” Carey said.

“For example, Dr. Marita Flagler has worked on writing disability law in Albania, considering how the Americans with Disabilities Act might work in a country like Albania.” Carey, her colleagues, and eager students have furthered the discussion on disabilities over the past five years and will continue to do so in the future. At Ship, the disability studies program has proven that higher education is not limited to the opening of one’s mind, but can involve the opening of one’s heart. “The disability studies minor taught me about patience in that no two people are the same, nor are two people with disabilities the same. I was able to learn new ways to interact with people with disabilities everywhere I went. This ultimately changed my day-to-day interactions with all people for the better,” Harrar said. The program, once an aspiration that began as a lone class, has blossomed into a continuous conversation. It has been integral in students, faculty, and staff alike, taking a hard look at accessibility on campus. Their work has resulted in tangible changes, such as the addition of ramps and an increase in accessibility-related signage. “The buildings and grounds folks took our suggestions so seriously. Shippensburg met the requirements of the ADA, but the

requirements of the ADA don’t necessarily create an inclusive, welcoming campus,” Carey said. Accessibility continues to be a focal point because of classwork in the minor. Students have taken on related capstone projects and created surveys to report the findings back to the university, resulting in policy change in the Office of Disability Services. The program is designed so that students in any field of study can connect disability with their major. “If you’re in business, you can think about human resources and disability or disability as a market. If you’re in criminal justice, the majority of people in the criminal justice system, adults and juveniles, have some kind of disability label. If you’re in education, certainly disability is going to be relevant. In exercise science, you’re dealing with physicality. Whatever specialty you’re in, disability will likely be very relevant for you,” Carey said. While great work has been completed over the past five years, the remaining work is not lost on the faculty and students. That mindset will continue the push to meet the demand for sign language on campus. It will continue the conversation about building a program for students with intellectual disabilities to attend higher education. The pioneers of the program continually look to expand it, both internally and externally. “It gives students a valued skillset that’s a little different than what other students are getting, but also, students often want a sense that they’re improving the world,” Carey said. “And I think disability studies helps give them that sense that they’re participating in something, that the culture is changing. It’s improving in this aspect and they can be a part of that because there’s still so much work to be done. There’s still so much stigma and exclusion. So, to be kind of on the front end of that, I think students find that exciting.” Chris Eckstine ’14 is SU’s digital content producer.

Ship student members of People Involved Equally (PIE) provide social opportunities and peer support for community members with developmental disabilities.





and the annual SU Night. Return your Reunion Survey and Information sheet so you are included in the 1968 Fiftieth Class Reunion Yearbook.


ALL-GRΣΣK ALUMNI REUNION Celebrate Greek life at Ship! An AllGreek Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Harley Hall, featuring Greek displays in Harley’s multipurpose room. Live music under the tent includes the Greek band, NC17, with band members Eric Bailey ’94-’98m (vocals), Mike Handshew ’95 (drums), Dan Kohansby ’92 (bass), and Eric Willhide ’92 (guitar). Enjoy lawn games and refreshments. All registrants receive a 2018 Greek Reunion t-shirt and koozie. After the reunion, get dinner with friends and come back to Harley for the Saturday night Raider Jam with a DJ. The Greek Reunion memorabilia room will reopen Saturday night after SU Night from 8:00 to 11:00pm.


Forget Facebook! Catch up with your friends in person. Alumni Weekend has something for everyone. Return to your alma mater to connect with classmates, catch up with old friends, and celebrate all that is Ship. We look forward to welcoming you back! WHAT TO EXPECT—It’s a full schedule, starting with the thirtieth annual Alumni Weekend Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 31, at the Carlisle Country Club. Tee off the weekend by golfing with us. Shotgun start is at 1:00pm. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes cart, driving range, lunch, dinner, and prizes. Sponsorships and phantom golfers are available. Proceeds from the outing benefit the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship. Contact the Alumni Relations Office at (717) 477-1218 to receive a sponsorship and/or phantom golfer form.

CLASS OF 1968 REUNION Celebrate your fiftieth reunion as a Golden Raider. Your recognition kicks off at 2:30pm on Friday, June 1, 196 8 2 018 in the Orrstown Bank Lobby (second floor) of the Luhrs Center. The Golden Raider medallion presentation begins at 3:00pm. The recognition is followed by hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The cocktail reception is complimentary for class members and guests; the recognition dinner is complimentary for class members only. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott with a special rate (refer to your class letter for details). On Saturday, enjoy the activities offered, including Pastries with Professors, a Golden Raider lunch, an ice cream social,



Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary reunion of Sigma Delta during Alumni Weekend 2018 with a special mimosa brunch just for Sigma Delta sisters. Register at under Alumni Weekend. For questions or information, contact Sigma Delta sisters Wendy (McCrory) Rotz ’81-’83m,, (814) 880-6816; or Jen (Moul) Bowman ’96,, (443) 956-0488.

UNIVERSITY RELATIONS STAFF 〉 Lorie Davis ’98m, director; Lauren Hill, coordinator, alumni events; Lori Smith ’95-’07m, director; Stephanie Swanger, clerk typist. ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS 〉

Doug Harbach ’82, president, director of communications, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board; Mark Bodenhorn ’84, president-elect, director of marketing, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center; Scott Hershberger ’07, past-president, director of tourism, Visit Pittsburgh; Paula Alcock ’92, program coordinator, Early Childhood Training Institute at PSU Harrisburg; Wesley Bridge ’68-’74m, retired accountant; Joe Carothers ’76, director sales/marketing, Checon PMC; Lynne Daley ’83-’84m, senior vice president business solutions, Bank of America; Jodie Driver ’00, director of business development, VWR Avantor; Caryn Earl ’98, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture; Alida Ellis ’04, social worker/foster care specialist, The Bair Foundation; Katie Hammaker ’93, director of development/marketing, Susquehanna Chorale; Rachel Jarabeck ’98 director, marketing/ communications, Atlas Management Resources; Jennifer Klinger ’05, manager, talent/sourcing, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts; Holly Lubart ’99, director of government affairs, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Assoc.; Kathy Luisi ’88, director relationship and association affairs, GeoBlue; Tim MacBain ’03, educator, Upper Dublin School District; Kenneth Minefield ’87, intake supervisor, Allegheny County Child, Youth, and Families; Nathan Neil ’12, COO, Purple Deck Media, Inc.; Mark Parker ’00, co-anchor, ABC 27; Luke Perry ’14, medical student, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Stephanie Ponnett ’93, administrative support coordinator, PSU Harrisburg; Robert Sisock ’05-’06m, deputy court administrator, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts; Kenneth Stank ’13, account executive, JFC Staffing; Dave Thompson ’69, retired copy editor; Carol Verish ’99, attorney, Schiffman, Sheridan & Brown, P.C.; Daniel Wise ’95, Cpl. Officer in charge, Millersburg Police Department; Lisa Woods ’05-’13m, operations administrator behavioral health, WellSpan Health


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BY MAIL Send completed forms to: Alumni Relations 1871 Old Main Dr. Shippensburg, PA 17257 *If you did not receive a brochure/ registration form in the mail, request one at (717) 477-1218, e-mail, or visit to print out your own.

SERVICE WITH THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are rocking the red and blue on campus during a board of directors meeting. Pictured, from left (front) Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Bobby Sisock ’05-’06m, Doug Harbach ’82, president, and Mark Bodenhorn ’84, presidentelect; (middle) Lynne (Highsmith) Daley ’83-’84m, Joe Carothers ’76, Rachel (Thomas) Jarabeck ’98, Holly (Oughton) Lubart ’99, Katie (Paxson) Hammaker ’93, and Tim MacBain ’03; (back row) Dave Thompson ’69, Scott Hershberger ’07, immediate past-president, Caryn (Long) Earl ’98, Lisa (Wherley) Woods ’05-’13m, Kathy Luisi ’88, and Luke Perry ’14. Not pictured: Wesley Bridge ’68-’74m, Jodie (Vanderman) Driver ’00, Alida (Macon) Ellis ’04, Jennifer (Mull) Klinger ’05, Kenneth Minefield ’87, Nathan Neil ’12, Mike Parker ’00, Stephanie (Jacobs) Ponnett ’93, Kenneth Stank ’13, Carol Verish ’99, and Daniel Wise ’93. Want to be more active in the Alumni Association? Have a great idea you want to share? Interested in being an alumni board member? Reach out! The Alumni Board of Directors would love to hear from you. Officers of the board may be reached via e-mail: President Doug Harbach,; President-elect Mark Bodenhorn,; Immediate Past-president Scott Hershberger,

HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE ALUMNI REUNION Join Jody Harpster ’74m, Barry McClanahan, and others for a picnic cookout from noon to 3:00pm at Kieffer Hall. Take a tour of the residence hall and campus at 3:30pm. Missing your dorm room? You can stay the night on campus!

GOLDEN RAIDERS ALUMNI LUNCHEON All Golden Raiders, including the newly inducted Class of 1968, are invited to a Golden Raider Luncheon at noon on Saturday in the Tuscarora Room.


1 Luhrs Performing Arts Center Tour 12:30pm, backstage tour n Pubs and Grubs Downtown Tour 7:30pm, midnight bus loops from Harley Hall to downtown pubs and Marriott n




1 Finance and Estate Planning Seminar 8:00am–2:30pm n Alumni Weekend Kick-off Social @ The Courtyard Marriott 4:30–6:00pm


SATURDAY, June 2 n Pastries with Professors 9:30am n Craft and Sip 10:30am n Fashion Archives and Museum Tour 1:30pm, exhibit explores the role of clothing and character in some of literature’s finest works n Ice Cream Social 2:00–3:30pm n SU Night Dinner 5:15pm n Raider Jam 8:00pm–Midnight

SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW RESURRECTION— A JOURNEY TRIBUTE SATURDAY, June 2, 7:30pm Luhrs Performing Arts Center, $34-$20 For more information, see page 13, or visit

BY PHONE (717) 477-1218 REGISTRATION INFORMATION—Event details and any associated costs will be available online in March, as well as in the Alumni Weekend brochure. Even if the events you choose do not require a fee, you should complete a registration form to guarantee your place and to help provide accurate attendance counts. Pre-registration helps us to prepare your tickets and registration packet upon your arrival. VIEW THE ALUMNI WEEKEND BROCHURE ONLINE—If you have questions regarding Alumni Weekend 2018, call the Alumni Relations Office at (717) 477-1218 or e-mail



LODGING There are two on-campus housing options provided in Harley or Kieffer halls for $40 per person, per night. All rooms include twin beds, linens, and towels. Three room types are available (two person, one bedroom; two person, two bedroom; four person, two bedroom). Register early, as there are a limited number of four-person suites available. Reunion groups are lodged near one another. Additional lodging adjacent to campus includes the Courtyard by Marriott, located next to the Conference Center. For a list of lodging options, visit Full details are listed in the Alumni Weekend brochure and online at



Jason’s Woods and Field of Screams as well as in major theme parks such as Six Flags, Busch Gardens, and Kings Dominion. Cameron recently discovered a new application for his work through the escape room craze. Having built sets for his clients, he decided to open his own. “It’s a great combination of the set design and props.” Steel Key Escape Room in Chambersburg is a cold case adventure game set in a remote cabin. Groups of two to ten people are challenged to solve a twenty-year-old murder by scavenging around for clues and making connections before police release the suspect. Cameron said it took about two months to produce a strong storyline and mood. “It’s been a nice change from just producing a product,” he said. “We put people in an immersive experience.” The escape room has been a hit with varied audiences, he said. He feels people enjoy the engaging, physical adventure game. “People are so technology-based—on their phone, on the computer—this gets you out of there to physically do something.” Based on the success of their first venture, Cameron said they are creating a second escape room this spring that features a viral outbreak in an underground bunker. Players must find the anecdote to stop the outbreak.

Exploiting people’s fears is Riley Cameron’s specialty. The 2009 Ship grad makes a living off a unique combination of his love for special effects, his art degree, and a technical background. “I had always done special effects from an early age. I was always interested in Halloween,” he said. Cameron owns Nevermore Productions, a company that develops custom animatronics and set design for nearly every theme park and haunted house attraction in the US as well as many abroad. He’s also applied his talents to the newly opened Steel Key Escape Room in Chambersburg, which leads players through an immersive cold case murder mystery with Hollywood-quality sets. After tinkering with special effects for haunted houses in high school and college, Cameron realized he found a way to entertain and make a paycheck through his passion. “People were enjoying it, and I could make this a career. I wasn’t just making creatures, I was playing on fears people already had.” During his senior year at Ship, he scraped together enough money to be a vendor at the TransWorld’s Halloween and Attractions Show, a special effects trade show held each March in St. Louis. His gamble to attend paid off, and his products were well received. “Animatronic characters always drew me in. I have a very heavy hammer and nail background and then art with technical painting and sculpting. This enabled me to

use both aspects of what I liked,” he said. “One of my props was a three- to fourfoot spider with realistic motions. Not that there weren’t spiders already, but I figured out how to do it better.” Every year, Cameron attends the show with four or five new products, takes orders, then fulfills them with his team over the summer. He avoids trends or cheesy characters and sticks with what he knows will indefinitely be a hit—spiders, snakes, creepy mannequins, or dolls. He also offers set design and construction. His products and sets are regularly used at local attractions like

(Above) Fear is Riley Cameron’s specialty, as he uses his artistic talent and technical background to create products and sets for Halloween attractions and theme parks. (Left) Cameron’s latest venture is the Steel Key Escape room in Chambersburg.



for a start-up company. The job prepared her to start her own business. Deller’s close connection to other Ship alumni also has helped grow her business. Deller was a member of the campus Christian Fellowship group. Several former members have provided encouragement and financial contributions toward her fundraising projects. Steep Adventures’ pilot trip was a sixday, 334-mile bike ride from Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh in July 2016. The trip raised $2,200 for Humankind’s efforts to provide clean drinking water around the world.

Steep Adventures, Substantial Rewards Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014 was a great adventure for Michelle Deller ’96, but the biggest thrill was knowing that her efforts would provide clean drinking water for nearby villages. BY KATIE (PAXSON) HAMMAKER ’93


hat trip inspired Deller to develop Steep Adventures, a Lancaster-based company that organizes adventure challenge trips throughout the United States and around the world. Deller is not a typical travel agent. Her trips combine adventure with the opportunity to raise money for various humanitarian organizations and projects. “I’ve always been an explorer by nature, always wanted to try new things. All of our participants have a love for adventure. But the idea of tying something good to it, that’s what gives the trip purpose.” Deller and a group of twenty-four men and women raised $100,000 through the Kilimanjaro climb. The money was donated to Compassion International, which



enabled the organization to build two wells and sanitation facilities in two villages in Tanzania. From that trip, she launched Steep Adventures in January 2017. A sociology major at Ship, she previously worked as an administrative director

I’ve always been an explorer by nature, always wanted to try new things… But the idea of tying something good to it, that’s what gives the trip purpose.

In October 2017, Deller took a group of nine adventurers from Lancaster-based Eastern Mennonite Missions to Peru, where they hiked for sixty-one miles around Ausangate Mountain. At 20,945 feet, it is the highest peak in that region of Peru. The hikers crossed four mountain passes of over 16,000 feet. A highlight of the trek came on day three, when the hikers reached the Rainbow Mountains. Its peaks are naturally covered in beautiful bands of color. Several participants described the climb as one of the hardest things they had ever done. Altitude sickness and unpredictable weather made the trek even more challenging. “We saw snow, sleet, hail, rain, sun, and clouds, sometimes all in one day.” According to Deller, for most trekkers the best part of the trip came at the end when they visited PROMESA, the Peruvian school they had worked to support. “When possible, I try to arrange interaction with the people who will benefit from the money raised. This creates a connection and makes the trip more personal,” she said. “The students were so grateful. They held an assembly to honor and thank us.”

The adventurers raised $58,000 for PROMESA. The funds will help finance the construction of a new road and bridge to the rural, mountainside village where construction of the new, larger school will begin. Steep Adventures treks range from mild to more challenging. A low challenge trip, according to Steep Adventures, could include hikes of up to six miles on rolling hills instead of mountains. A high challenge trip might include bike rides of up to seventy miles daily for multiple days, over mountains with elevations of up to 14,000 feet. Some adventures combine multiple sports, like kayaking and hiking. Deller will customize challenges based on a client’s request. She’s up for just about anything. “Trekking a volcano in Guatemala, or biking the villages of Vietnam, I’m willing to try it.” Due to the physically-challenging nature and potential risk, adventure trips are for adults only. Deller maintains an intense training regimen to keep physically prepared for trips, and highly encourages clients to do the same. “It depends on the grade of challenge as to the physical training required,” she said. “For Peru, I suggested a twelve-week calendar of running, weights, swimming, and cardio activity such as hiking and biking.” Once the trip and fundraising project are planned, both team and individual fundraising goals are set. Participants then raise the funds from friends, family, coworkers, and others. Plans are underway for a return trip to Peru as well as trips to Chile and Nepal, each raising funds for a different cause. “It is my hope that Steep Adventures will connect adventure and mission in a way that changes lives forever,” she said. For more information, visit

Photo credit: Melita Carnahan


When possible, I try to arrange interaction with the people who will benefit from the money raised. This creates a connection and makes the trip more personal.

Katie (Paxson) Hammaker ’93 is the director of development and marketing for the Susquehanna Chorale and is a freelance writer based in Mechanicsburg.

By bike or by foot, Michelle Deller has accomplished some amazing feats and raised money for charity through her company Steep Adventures. (Opposite page, top) Deller at the “top of the hill” on Ausangate Mountain in Peru; (opposite page, below) biking the C&O Canal for the Humankind Fundraiser. (This page) Images from the Ausangate Mountains, including the current PROMESA school that benefited from the trek.



CLASSNOTES Tell us your latest accomplishments and

milestones by submitting your news to Classnotes. Alumni news, which is compiled from your submissions and previously published materials, is arranged in the magazine alphabetically within each class year. In Memoriam is published as a separate column. Please note, Classnotes may take up to six months to appear as a result of the publication schedule. Photo submissions are welcome and are published as space permits. Please submit original, high-resolution photos (300 dpi). There are four ways to submit information—complete the “Signal Us” form on page 43. We look forward to hearing from you!

OLD FRIENDS MEET AGAIN 3 Richard “Dick” Ocker ’59-’64m-’73m and James Feather ’53 had the pleasure of reconnecting after more than sixty years. They first met when seated at the same table at the Shippensburg University Foundation benefactor dinner held at the West Shore Country Club. In 1953, Feather was appointed the first coach of Boiling Springs’ newly formed track team, of which Ocker was an athlete.

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Robert P. Winters ’58-’65m-’68m, Carlisle, received PSBA Plaques for twenty-five years of service as school board director at South Middleton School District and a plaque for fifteen years of service as school board director for Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School.

career includes work in higher education, economic development, and magazine and newspaper publishing. She retired as director of development and alumni relations at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and is now consulting, specializing in philanthropy and economic development. CFRE International has again named her a certified fundraising executive.


70s Dr. Pamela (Guyler) Cappetta ’71, Williamsburg, Virginia, received an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. The award recognizes Cappetta’s distinguished career since 1985 as a therapist and mindfulness teacher in Williamsburg.


Russell K. Brown ’76, Lakeland, Florida, retired August 31, 2017, from Manheim Auctions after forty years of service, most recently serving as the senior director of credit and collections.



Lynne (Heckman) Hammann ’68, Wellsboro, wrote a proposal, “Concept Mapping; A GPS (Guide, Promote, Support) Tool for Self-Regulated Learning,” that was accepted for the fortyseventh annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. The annual conference is held in October. It is an opportunity for higher education professors to share their teaching and learning styles to foster student growth and learn from each other.

Stephen H. Beck ’75, New Freedom, vacationed in Bailey Island, Maine, last August with Shippensburg family and their Shippensburg corn hole game. (From left) Beck, adjunct instructor in the Geography/Earth Science Department, Sally Beck, Lauren (Beck) Willson ’07, son Graydon, and husband Greg.

G. Warren Elliott ’76-’77m, Chambersburg, recently was sworn into his third term as Pennsylvania’s only citizen representative to the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. Elliott was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf and selected by US Secretary of Commerce Donald

Robert A. Piotrowski ’73, San Dimas, California, is pictured with his granddaughter showing their Ship pride in California.

Patti (Bussard) Adami ’74 and Terri (Bussard) Simons ’72, celebrated Patti’s sixty-fifth birthday at Terri’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The sisters roomed together at Ship and have been best friends ever since. Margaret (Uhrich) Taylor ’74, Erie, retired from Pennsylvania State University in 2016 with more than thirty years experience in philanthropy, economic development, and marketing. Her


FORTY YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP AND MARRIAGE 3 Three couples met at Ship in the early 1970s and have remained friends. They recently reconnected in Nashville. (From left) Roy Baldassari ’73-’81m and wife Kathie (Hunter) Baldassari ’74’77m, Bob Treon ’70 and wife Deb (Conrad) Treon ’74-’81m, and Rod Huff ’71 and wife Lisa.

SHIP’S LOG Ross. He also was unanimously reelected to the position of vice chairman. Elliott serves as chairman of the Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee. He wrote Making Your Life in the Outdoors. He serves as Pennsylvania’s citizen representative to the Chesapeake Bay Commission, as a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commissioner, president of Cardinal Crossings, Inc., and is chairman of the board of F&M Trust Company. Linda K. Mansfield ’78, Indianapolis, Indiana, published three books of fictional short stories to conclude her Two Good Feet series, which she started in 2015. Twelve Stories for Spring, Twelve Stories for Summer, and Twelve Stories for Fall are written for teens through seniors. Her goal was to provide enjoyable, quick reads for busy lives. James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, CEO and co-founder of Saxton & Stump, sponsored the red carpet premiere of the movie Same Kind of Different As Me, starring Academy Award nominees Greg Kinnear and Djimon Honunsou and Academy Award winners Renee Zellweger and Jon Voight. More than 1,000 guests were invited to attend the premiere in October at both Penn Cinema in Lititz and Regal Cinemas in Lancaster. Guests walked the red carpet and watched an inspiring film while raising awareness for the efforts of the Water Street Mission to provide food, shelter, and other emergency assistance to members of the Lancaster community.


Gen. Tommy R. Franks ’85m, recently had the honor of Crockett Elementary School in Midland, Texas, officially being renamed General Tommy Franks Elementary during a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 24. Theodora A. Loupos-Augustino ’86, Bethlehem, a reading/language arts teacher at Nitschmann Middle School in the Bethlehem Area School District, received the Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust award with recognition in the Bernie Cohen Award for excellence in teaching at the middle school level. Andrea (Catlin) Williamson ’86, Bowie, Maryland, earned her Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the American Military University. Dr. Daniel G. Brown ’87, Seattle, Washington, was appointed director of the school of Environmental and Forest Sciences in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington in Seattle. Jeffrey A. Conrad ’88, Lititz, was elected judge on the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. He began serving on January 2 as the fifty-fifth presiding judge in Lancaster County.

90s Todd R. Hurley ’90, Perkasie, the Penn Community Bank executive vice president, chief relationship officer, was appointed to the Lower Bucks Family YMCA’s board of directors.

FLYING SOUTH 3 A group of Delta Rho sisters held their annual winter getaway in Delray Beach, Florida. Sisters also will attend the fiftieth anniversary of Delta Rho’s founder day this April in Shippensburg. (Back row, from left) Stephanie (Groves) Brown, Kelli (Frace) Siehl ’86, Janice (Hollander) Sears ’86, Kristiann “Kristi” (Hammonds) Wasson ’87, and Deborah “Debbie” (Soriano) Mahler ’87; (front row, from left) Joni Caperelli ’86, Danielle (Douple) Chamberlain ’86, and Eileen (McHale) Perpiglia ’87. Delta Rho Alumni—Join your sisters for your fiftieth founding anniversary on Saturday, April 21. Approximately 175 sisters plan to attend, from Alaska to Germany and many places in between. A cocktail reception will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott (adjacent to campus) the evening of April 21. Cost is $40. Ask for the Delta Rho room rate if staying at the Courtyard by Marriott. To RSVP for the cocktail reception, and for more information, contact your Delta Rho sister Vicki (Weaver) Deal at or (717) 490-2747.

Brian J. Vitellaro ’97 married Erin Taylor on September 27, 2017. The couple lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a production director for iHeartMedia’s radio station in Austin.

Ruth M. Missfeldt ’81, Ambler, is a volunteer at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, a historical site operated by Montgomery County. As a marketing consultant, she uses the library research skills she learned as a student in the library science program at Shippensburg. Ward J. Clem ’85m, Hagerstown, Maryland, retired after thirtyseven-plus years with the State of Maryland. For most of his career, he was a professional counselor with the Department of Public Safety, providing mental health counseling services to the adult prison population. He also served as a site supervisor for the Shippensburg University Counseling Department, and for the last several years provided supervision to master level student interns as they completed their practicums and field experiences. He is active in his union and is executive vice president for AFT Healthcare-MD.

00s Catharine (Sieber) Kohansby ’92 and husband Daniel Kohansby ’92 are excited to have their daughter Rachel as the third generation to call Shippensburg University home. Rachel’s grandparents, Mary Anna (Cox) Sieber ’69 and Robert Sieber ’67 are proud Ship alumni as well. Michael H. Clough ’95, Shippensburg, is Northeastern DC manager for Viega, LLC, which offers products for commercial and residential projects such as drinking water, gas, and heating applications. Daniel W. Dengel ’95-’99m and husband Rafael Nunez, Glenside, welcomed a daughter, Savannah Violet, this past summer.

Lisa (Durdock) Eisenhooth ’95, Palmyra, owner of Eisenhooth State Farm Agency, co-sponsored the Palmyra High School Homecoming game with Travis Finkenbinder ’97 and wife Rebecca (Quinter) Finkenbinder ’97, owners of Finkenbinder Funeral Homes. Pictured (from left) are the next generation of Raiders: Cael, Cade, Cole, Jonathan, and Nathan. Jeffrey A. Stone ’96-’98m, Pottsville, joined Penn State Lehigh Valley as an assistant professor of information sciences and technology. He was senior instructor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Schuylkill.

LeeAnne (Reed) Stump ’03, Dillsburg, was named chief financial officer by Morefield Communications, a full-service communications technology company. She will report directly to Morefield’s president, and will be responsible for the financial strategy of the company, accounts payable and receivable, billing and collections, purchasing, human resources, and information systems. Karen (Skripkunis) Vino ’03, Tamaqua, was accepted into Wilkes-Barre Leadership’s Impact Class of 2018. She won a Partners in Education mini-grant with a fellow kindergarten team to create Makerspaces within the three classrooms.



Matt Krupp ’04, Harrisburg, was elected Dauphin County Prothonotary in November 2017. Krupp is a 2008 graduate of Widener Law School and a partner in the law firm of DeSantis Krupp, LLC.

Conflict in Contemporary Verbatim Theatre: A Practice-as-Researchled Investigation into the Role of the Playwright.” Beck teaches at Goldsmiths and her essay titled “Going Outside the Wire: Service Members as Documentary Subjects in Black Watch and Re-Entry” was included in Performance in a Militarized Culture, published by Routledge in September 2017. Kevin L. Feeser ’06, and wife Cori, East Berlin, welcomed a daughter, Taylor Lynn, on December 5, 2017.

MINI REUNION 3 Kristine (Poulos) Shreffler ’92-’99, Chambersburg, held a mini SU reunion with (from left) Michele (Rasberry) Barndollar ’92, Krista (Miller) Ober ’93, Kristin (Snyder) Schlegel ’93, Carin Bennicoff ’92, Kris (Poulos) Shreffler ’92-’99 and Tami (Gemmel) Cunningham ’92.

Randi Hoopes Rosenfeld ’05, Millstone Township, New Jersey, has been named vice president, publishing at Macy’s in New York City. Randi and her husband Jared Rosenfeld ’04 live in New Jersey with their three children. Sarah E. Beck ’06, Waynesboro, was awarded a PhD in media and communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, on December 18, 2016. Her dissertation was titled, “Appropriating Narratives of

Jacquelyn (Shrader) Gutshall ’06 and husband David B. Gutshall ’04, Chester Springs, welcomed a son, Ryan Thomas, on October 24, 2017. He joins big sister Emma Kate, 2. David is the director of sales for Accela, and Jackie is the marketing program manager for Bentley Systems. Matthew Kerch ’06-’08m, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, earned his Doctorate of Education at the University of Alabama in August 2017. Stephanie (Hempele) Kocher ’06, Easton, was elected to one of the four available positions of the Wilson School Board in West Lawn.


from the alumni association The Alumni Office frequently receives requests to locate alumni from a specific career field or area of expertise to talk with students or to share their story. You can help the university by expanding our alumni resource list.

MEETING AT THE MUSEUM 3 During a recent gathering at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, the Ship History Department was well represented. (From left) Wayne Motts ’94m, Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh ’89-’93m, Jon Price ’91-’93m, and Beau Zack, a student in the graduate Applied History program.



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Ashley (Hess) Maurer ’06 and husband John Maurer ’06, Elizabethtown, welcomed a son, Carson Robert, on September 8, 2017.

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Ashley (Shearer) Arndt ’07 and husband Michael Arndt ’06, Downingtown, welcomed a daughter, Reagan Elaine, on December 27, 2017. She joins big brothers Jackson and Luke. Eric B. Wishnie ’07, Monterey, California, graduated in December 2017 with an MS in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from Naval Postgraduate School. Wishnie will be stationed at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey. Kathleen Ballew ’09 married Brenden Snyder on September 8, 2017. The couple lives in Frederick, Maryland. Joseph A. Brubaker ’09-’12m, Rockingham, NC, began a new career teaching seventh grade social studies at Richmond County Schools.


Caley E. Tate ’10 married Travis M. Smith ’11 on October 7, 2017. The couple lives in Glen Mills. (From left) Ryan ’11 and Heather Newswanger ’17m, Scotty Norris ’11, Jennifer Krug ’10, Alexis Briggs ’10, Ashley Ruth ’10, Caley

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Eudora C. Linde ’10, Fuquay Varina, NC, was on Wheel of Fortune Nov. 28, 2017. (Tate) Smith ’10, Travis Smith ’11, Jillian Cook ’10, Matt Strauss ’09, and Casey and Chad Miller ’12. Katelyn R. Waegener ’11, Bloomsbury, New Jersey, joined the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP as an associate. She concentrates her law practice in the areas of casualty and premises liability, product liability, commercial motor vehicle companies, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation, and employment relations. Evan M. Wabrick ’12-’13m, Shiremanstown, was promoted to supervisor at the Carlisle office at Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC.

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ALUMNI IN BUSINESS 3 Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC gathered at the Shippensburg University Conference Center with some of the firm’s alumni. (From left) Steven Lubart ’96, Sharon Moats ’94, Joel Flinchbaugh ’87, Todd Bard ’99, Bradley Kearns ’87, Victoria Ohm ’15-’16m, Jaimie Kaufman ’08, Ryan Leppo ’15, Evan Wabrick ’12-’13m, Justin Keech ’13-’14m, Daryl Staley ’12-’13m, Robert Greening ’16, and Luke Martin ’90.

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He works with medical practices, construction, manufacturing, retail and distribution, real estate, and individual clients. Benjamin R. Tigyer ’13 married Kelly Winstead on October 7, 2017. The couple lives in Carlisle. He accepted a new position as R&D chemist at Carlisle Construction Materials. Kay E. Tipton ’14, Harrisburg, is Saxton & Stump’s patient safety and risk mitigation advisor and is the 2018 president for the Pennsylvania Association for Healthcare Risk Management. She also is a member of the ASHRM and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety. In December, she presented a continuing education webinar, Risk Management Strategies for Deposition Preparation of a Health Care Provider, discussing strategies to assist health care providers to prepare for a deposition or trail testimony using the 4Cs. Chrysoula Mowery ’16 married Jeremy Post ’08 on June 4, 2016. The couple lives in Chambersburg.

In Memoriam Virginia (Cuzzolina) Costlow ’40

Ronald F. Madeira ’60

Imogene (Yearick) Miller ’43

Donald H. Doebler Sr. ’62-’66m

Catherine (Herman) Wolfe ’43

David M. Troup ’62

Niles L. Gross ’47

Jacob D. Brown Jr. ’63-’66m

Phyllis (Drucker) Sichel ’47

Barbara (Miller) Hardy ’64

Elizabeth (Webber) Gratz ’49

Judith (Shorb) Hempt ’65

Donald S. Wetzel ’50

Kenneth L. Rebok ’65

Robert G. Foster ’52

Charles M. Wingerd ’65

Regina (Hess) Rice ’53

Guy Marino Jr. ’66m

Carl I. Sinner ’53

Jean (Scheller) Hollyday ’67m

Gloria (Thompson) Rojahn ’54

Charles K. Bassett ’68m

Robert L. Shuman ’54

Susan E. Houghton ’68-’70m

John A. Judge ’55

Frederick H. Johnson Jr. ’68m

Pauline (Stake) Farner ’56

Charles W. Morgan ’69-’73m

Robert R. Ecker ’58

Ronald L. Smith ’69

Royal C. Johnson II ’58

Lanny H. Tewell ’72

Kenneth C. Washinger ’58

Col. Lloyd N. Cosby ’74m

Chester L. Dillen ’59 Richenda “Ricki” (Hauer) Fackler ’59 Glenn L. Garner ’59 Martin E. Gingerich ’59 Lloyd J. Sheaffer ’59 Norma Jean Strassburger ’59

RECONNECTING WHILE CAMPING 3 Sig Tau’s reunited in Central Pennsylvania for their annual campout. (Front row, from left) Andrew “Spike” Martin, Joe Beahan, Brian McDonald, Matt Axtell ’89, Steve Cotton ’92, Brent Bernd ’90, and Tim Kleppick ’90; (back row, from left) Barry Collins ’89, Brian Duffy ’91, Tom “Cecil” Kelly ’90, Kevin Litwinko ’90, Mark Todd ’90, Kevin McAdams ’88, Walt Deininger ’90, and Bob Wannamaker.


Virginia Gutshall (Thompson) Arter ’60-’69m


Jean A. Elliott ’74m Susan J. Foster ’74 Joseph J. Kroepil, Jr. ’74-’91m Jean A. Luty ’74m Robert T. Fortney ’75 Col. James P. Holley ’75m

Carroll J. Rhodes ’75m Lt. Col. Gerald J. Rosie ’75m Carl F. DiMarco ’76m Beverly A. Justice ’76 Col. Walter A. Ratcliff ’76m Col. Thomas H. Miller ’77m Col (Ret) Ralph T. Tierno Jr. ’77m Col. (Ret) Raymond A. Kolin ’79m Richard A. Suplee ’79 Douglas A. Glessner ’82 Michael J. Breslin III ’84m Dortha V. Truax Chamberlin ’84 Joan (Farmer) Fulghum ’84m Albert Richard DeFilippi ’85m David S. Swartz ’86m Col. Harold F. Alvord ’87m Arthur D. Shotts ’90m Donna R. Finafrock ’91m Shawn D. Ambrose ’92 George J. Ellis ’93m William W. Wolfe Jr. ’98 Julie (Ferrari) McKain ’04m Andrew M. Ackelsberg ’14 Sarah (Hessen) Eyd ’15

SHIP RUGBY REUNION 3 In June, Steve McLaughlin ’87 organized two days of golf at Apple Run and Glen Mills golf clubs, located in Chester County, with a party/sleepover at his home to celebrate the thirtieth rugby reunion. Teammates and friends spent time catching up and reliving college memories. (From left) Luke Mulholland ’88, Jeff Chillot ’88-’90m, Marty Noone ’87-’88m, Richard “Hags” Hagerty ’87, John Wysocki ’87, Kevin Moore ’89, Steve McLaughlin ’87, and Rich Staas ’87.





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b-e Several students used their fall break to attend a job shadowing day with alumni. b Kathy Luisi ’88 (far right) hosted students at GeoBlue. c ABC27’s Mike Parker ’00 brought Brianna Fowler on the road with him. d Sonia Haynes ’79, US Department of Health and Human Services, spent the day with Darlene Ruiz. e Darnell Ware (middle) shadowed the Hon. Richard A. Lewis, president judge, Court of Common Pleas, and Robert Sisock ’05-‘06m (right), deputy court administrator. F Ready, set, explore! Dr. JR Stewart, professor of biology, led a guided hike in Pine Grove Furnace State Park for Ship alumni, their families, and some furry friends. Alumni wrapped up the fun and informative hike with Ship smores. G-H December kicked off with Ship Ladies Night Out and Ugly Sweater Contest. g Our Ship alumnae know how to rock those ugly sweaters! h Trish Tinner ’89 (left) with Cheryl Slattery, associate professor of teacher education. I It was Food Truck Friday on August 25 at Midstate Distillery in Harrisburg when Ship alumni took over the distillery for a private event. Joining the Alumni Association were (from left) Jason Kirsch ’95, Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92 with spouse Rob, Johanna (Williams) Jones ’92-‘00m, Caryn (Long) Earl ’98, and Stephanie (Jacobs) Ponnett ’93. j-1) Ship Connects in DC! Ship students had the opportunity to take a bus to Arlington, Virginia, to meet with alumni living and working in Washington, DC. 1) Rachel Glick ’07, department of justice (second from left) talks with Ship students. 1! Tanya Brown ’88 (far right) spends time with her son, Joshua Brown, and her niece, Hannah Pollock, both Class of 2021, at the annual Legacy Reception at Family Day. 1@ Ship alumni enjoy patio time at the Ship Yappy Hour at Gearhouse Brewing in Chambersburg.





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There’s a special place in our hearts for our #ShipMates. We hope you shared the love with our special Ship Valentines, featuring your favorite people and places on campus!

WINTER WONDERLAND Ship set some record highs in February, but not before getting a few good snow days in January. Time to say “sayonara” to the winter weather and prepare to welcome spring.

FOND MEMORIES Although it’s sad to say goodbye, it’s heartwarming to know Ship’s faculty inspire students every day.

Sharing #SustainableShip The Center for Land Use and Sustainability shared their expertise with visitors at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January. Hope you stopped by and said hello!


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THE HERR STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP Broadening world views one student at a time

Dr. Edwin Herr’s parents valued education but could not afford to pay for his college education because of the Great Depression. That didn’t stop Ed from forging ahead. He applied to Shippensburg State Teachers College and appreciated that he was accepted. As a first-generation college student, he worked hard to pay for tuition. He worked in the dining hall during the school year and on construction projects during the summer. Ed graduated from Shippensburg State Teachers College in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in business education. He furthered his education at Teachers College of Columbia University, where he earned three degrees and met the love Dr. Edwin and Patricia Herr of his life, Patricia, while she was studying for her master’s degree. He spent many years working in education as a teacher, counselor, professor, and researcher. Throughout his exceptional career, he received numerous professional honors. He authored or coauthored more than 300 articles and book chapters, as well as thirty-one books and monographs. He was a visiting professor in more than fifteen nations, traveling across Europe, Africa, and Asia. His wife, Pat, said, “Ed took advantage of opportunities to meet and work with many people from various cultures and countries—always exchanging ideas and learning about daily life, economic procedures, and influences on various countries and their people, and our own global future.” Ed and Patricia faithfully supported Shippensburg University through the SU Foundation for many years. In 2001, they established a scholarship to support students studying abroad. Their family and many members of the campus community also contributed to this scholarship over the years. Ed had a designation in his will to provide additional funding for their scholarship. After his passing in 2016, Pat and their son, Chris, decided that Pat would use the Charitable IRA Rollover opportunity as a way to fulfill Ed’s wishes and grow their scholarship fund. Since its establishment in 2001, the Herr Study Abroad Scholarship has provided support for more than fifteen students to study all over the world. The Herrs hope their scholarship recipients will gain an inside view of how other countries, people, and economies are different, and that they will start a scholarship of their own when they are financially able. If you have been inspired by the Herrs’ story and are interested in establishing a scholarship through a Charitable IRA Rollover, call the SU Foundation at (717) 477-1377. Visit to learn about other planned giving opportunities.


Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to our organization. Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year. Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions. Make a gift that is not subject to the 50 percent deduction limits on charitable gifts. Help support students at Shippensburg University.

Please note: Individual financial circumstances will vary. The above information does not constitute legal or tax advice. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your attorney or estate advisor.

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Egg-citing Adult Egg Hunt

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 5:00-7:00PM Accountants, your hard work this season has been taxing! Celebrate the end of tax season with us at the Federal Taphouse in Camp Hill. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar in our reserved space with alumni and friends. You may even get a guest appearance from your favorite Ship accounting faculty!

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2:00-4:00PM; $15 Don’t let the kids have all the fun this season! Join us for our Egg-citing Adult Egg Hunt at Broad Mountain Vineyard in Halifax with proprietor and host Derrick Michael ’03. Alumni and friends can enjoy a glass of wine or cider at Broad Mountain Vineyard while hunting for eggs hidden among the vines. Prizes include candy, wine/ cider vouchers, three baskets of Ship gear, and more. Conclude the day with Derrick as he educates our group on his vineyard operations. RSVP required.


Ship Volunteer Day @ the Greater Berks Food Bank SATURDAY, JULY 28, 9:00-11:00AM Bring your family (ages twelve and up) and join our Ship Day of Service. The food bank is located at 117 Morgan Drive (on Route 724) in Sinking Spring. We’ll pack boxes of food that will be distributed to local shelters. Fifty volunteers are needed.



THIRTIETH ANNUAL ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT THURSDAY, MAY 31 $100/PERSON Kick off Alumni Weekend and join us for our annual golf tournament. Includes lunch, dinner, cart, and great prizes. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.

Ship Night @ the Harrisburg Senators


SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 6:00PM Meet Ship alumni and friends on City Island when we invite prospective students to learn about the Ship family. President Laurie Carter will throw out the first pitch. Stay tuned for more details.

Forget Facebook! Reconnect with friends and alumni in person. See page 35 for more details on special reunions and activities.



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