Shippensburg University Magazine, Summer 2021

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invested in our students Our sincere thanks and appreciation to our donors whose significant gifts will have a lasting impact on future generations of Ship students. Shippensburg University and the Shippensburg University Foundation recognize these special benefactors by naming these spaces in their honor.

In the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation | Mr. and Mrs. Milton K. Morgan III Makerspace

In the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library | Kathryn Hughes Seaber Raiders Academic Center for Student-Athletes

Milton ’76 and his wife Dory were inspired to support the makerspace because they wanted to do something to benefit students whose natural curiosity leads them to understand why things are they way they are and to improve or create something better in a hands-on experience. They believe the Makerspace is the perfect place to make that happen.

Financially supporting young people so they can achieve their dreams is important to Kathy ’73. An avid supporter of athletics, she wanted to provide an area devoted to student-athletes where they can study, collaborate on group projects, and receive tutoring to enhance their personal and professional growth.

SCHOLARSHIP IMPACT Shippensburg University has been my home away from home for the past four years, but I would not have had such an incredible and life-changing Deanna Yarrish, experience senior, special education and without the childhood contributions from early education the Shippensburg University Foundation. I am the proud recipient of the Clarence Schock Foundation, the M. Roberta and Blair Keiter Memorial, and the Robert and Miriam Goodling Scholarships. These scholarships provide support to help me focus on my academic and personal successes at Ship. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, which led to my membership in Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. Within this organization, I am the membership chair, which has connected me with not only my peers and future colleagues, but also professors. My extracurricular experiences at Ship have shaped my development as a person, Raider, and future educator. Without the Shippensburg University Foundation and the generous contributions from my scholarship benefactors, I would not have had the chance to experience these opportunities, grow, and build the relationships that will support my future success—starting with a postgraduate teaching career in the grade or specialty I feel most at home. —Deanna Yarrish

In Stewart Hall | Gary and Mary Jo Grove Exhibition Hall | Clyde and Carol Cressler Promenade These two alumni couples found their life-long partners through time spent in Stewart Hall, dancing and playing ping pong. It is their love for each other and of Stewart Hall that inspired them to make significant contributions to restore Stewart Hall. Thank you to Gary ’68–’70m and Mary Jo ’69–’70m Grove, and Clyde ’65 and Carol ’66 Cressler, and the hundreds of other donors who made this restoration possible.

Shippensburg University Foundation 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: (717) 477-1377 • Fax: (717) 477-4060 Visit us on the web at Like us on F d The SU Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the official gift-receiving entity for Shippensburg University.



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A look back at 17th President Laurie A. Carter’s time at Ship.


The Women’s Center celebrates 35 years of empowerment, equity, and ending violence for all.


The university’s Center for Excellence opened in downtown Shippensburg, strengthening the campus and community connection.

ship’s log 31 HOMECOMING 2021 33 ALUMNI DAYS


FRONT COVER, HIstoric rendering of Old Main in its original state celebrates the start of the university’s 150th celebration.







from the president

A moment to reflect and celebrate U N I V E R S I T Y M A G A Z I N E VOL. 18, NO. 2 SUMMER 2021 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 Dan Greenstein, Chancellor CHARLES E. PATTERSON Interim President, Shippensburg University

Kim Garris Vice President, External Relations and Communications EDITOR IN CHIEF

Megan Silverstrim ’06 Media Relations/Social Media Manager ASSOCIATE EDITORS

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

Stephanie Swanger, Alumni Relations PHOTOGRAPHER

William J. Smith


Kimberly Hess, Creative Services Manager Shippensburg University Magazine is published three times a year for alumni, parents, friends, and associates of Shippensburg University. Portions of the magazine may be reprinted without permission if Shippensburg University Magazine is credited.

Hello fellow Raiders! I am truly honored to be appointed as the interim President of Shippensburg University. The process of transitioning to serve Shippensburg began many months ago. Colleen and I have been humbled by the outpouring of support from the Shippensburg community and heartfelt welcomes from our passionate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and new friends throughout the region. As we revel in the gradual return to pre-pandemic life, work is underway on campus to bring the Ship we all know and love back and better than ever. The fall semester promises to be a time to reflect on the moments, experiences and connections we’ve lost over the last year, but it is also a great moment of celebration. In this issue we share the exciting events planned as we kick-off Ship’s 150th celebration. And you’ll meet public history graduate students CJ Meiser and Tara Quinlivan, and hear about their work creating a historic timeline that we’ll launch on a dynamic 150th website this fall. Marking another important milestone, we look back on 35 years of the Women’s Center at Ship. What started as the student group, Network for the Equality of

Women Students (NEWS) in 1986, is now a fully staffed center, providing support and educational services to the entire campus community. Our anti-racism work continues in and out of the classroom. Learn how a student inspired faculty to make impactful changes to improve academic accessibility. We are thrilled to make our official debut in downtown Shippensburg with the opening of our Centers for Excellence. Read how in this new space, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) and the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation are creating new bridges of opportunity between the campus and downtown Shippensburg. And finally, we look back on the four impactful years of leadership provided by President Laurie A. Carter. We are grateful for her dedication and service, and I am humbled to follow in her footsteps. There is lots to catch up on and much to look forward to in the pages of this issue. Sincerely, Charles E. Patterson, PhD Interim President

For change of address, please e-mail Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to human understanding and provides equal educational, employment, and economic opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Direct requests for reasonable accommodations and other inquiries to the Office of Accessibility Resources, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299, (717) 477-1364,


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Youth camps returned to Shippensburg University this summer! Camps were open to students from second to 12th grade and offered a variety of sports, theatre, leadership and entrepreneurship. Look for the summer 2022 camp listings early next year!

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MEET THE NEW EDITOR < Megan Silverstrim joined the Office of

Communications and Marketing in 2017, after 11 years working for Cumberland County. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Ship in 2006 and will complete her master's in communications studies in December 2021.



campus Ship Programs Ranked Best in Nation


everal Shippensburg University programs were named to Study. com’s Best Bachelor’s Degree Programs. reviews hundreds of programs from across the nation and ranks them based on program quality, faculty and career resources. The top ranked programs are Supply Chain Management (#2), Marketing (#5), Journalism (#7), Business (#12), Software Engineering (#14), Finance (#23).


The John L. Grove College of Business’s online Master of Business Administration program was named a 2021 Best Online MBA Program by FORTUNE magazine. The ranking comes from the newly launched FORTUNE Education, created to help readers develop skills and advance their careers. Ship was selected from over 200 online MBA programs reviewed.


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eD signed around our focus areas to Remembe, re C lebrate, Thrive , our signature events are curated to inspire and delight our Raider family with the richness and resources of our campus and our greater Shippensburg community.



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Saturday, May 15 Shippensburg University celebrated undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students during three commencement ceremonies. At 10:00am students participated in a ceremony at Seth Grove stadium. At 1:00 and 4:oopm students were honored in a drive-in style ceremony outside of ShipRec.



As we turn the page and start a new chapter in our lives, we must always remember to choose the harder ‘right’ instead of the easier ‘wrong’. Because that—that is the Raider Way. —Stephen Washington ’21, Student Government Association president


15 degrees awarded to doctoral students 251 degrees awarded to graduate students 979 degrees awarded to undergraduate students The event recognized January, May, and August 2021 graduates and December 2020 graduates.



Alumni and Faculty Fulbrights Dr. Matthew R. Shupp ’00-03m, associate professor of counseling, and Suphawat Nambuppha ’20 received notification of Fulbright awards during the spring semester.


hupp received recommendation from the U.S. Department of State and World Learning for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. As a candidate on the roster, Shupp is eligible for placement on a variety of projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries. “I’m excited at the variety of opportunities that exist. The Fulbright Specialist Program focuses on short, intense programs in a variety of disciplines in countries all over the world. Being on the roster for four years will, hopefully, allow me at least two project opportunities in host countries,” said Shupp.

Associate professor Dr. Matthew Shupp ’00–’03m (left) and Suphawat Nambuppha ’20 (right).


DENIM DAY 3 The Women’s Center hosted Denim Day to promote safety on campus and end sexual assault. The initiative was part of the nationally recognized Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in April.



The Franklin Science Center renovation project is underway as the university is working to select an architectural firm and begin design work. Built in 1970, the facility is home to the biology, chemistry, physics and psychology departments. Construction is expected to start in early 2023 and will occur in multiple phases, including entirely new structures, the demolition of portions of the building and complete renovation of others. The project is expected to be completed by fall of 2026. This spring the competition swimming pool in Heiges Field House added branding to the 200-seat natatorium. Over the summer dining facilities around campus are undergoing several changes. In the CUB, Bento Sushi gets a face-lift and the pasta and pizza station will be renovated for the arrival of Chick-fil-A. In Lehman Library, Starbucks is getting a new look and layout. All of these facilities are expected to open with the start of the fall semester.

Nambuppha was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) through the Fulbright US Student Program for Germany during the 2021-2022 academic year. The ETA places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to assist local English teachers and serve as cultural ambassadors for the US. Having majored in international studies, with a minor in German studies, Nambuppha feels ready for the challenging but exciting year ahead. He believes his time at Ship directly prepared him for this experience. Nambuppha is Ship’s sixth student/ alumnus to receive a Fulbright through the US Student Program since 2013. The university also boasts 20 Fulbright Scholars, making Ship a State System leader in Fulbright grants.



Throughout its 150-year history, Shippensburg University has been led by a cadre of visionary leaders that have enabled the institution to gain regional and national prominence for its educational excellence, culture of shared governance, and unwavering focus on students.


Learn more about our leadership through the years at

Greek Week 2021 featured some friendly competition and philanthropy.

George Petrie Beard (1872–1875)

Dr. Albert Lindsay Rowland (1932–1945)

During the week, students raised $3,984.47 for Over the Rainbow Children’s Advocacy Center. The center, located in Franklin County, provides services and support to suspected child abuse victims and their families.

Dr. Anthony “Tony” Ceddia (1981–2005)

NEW EXHIBIT OPENS AT FASHION ARCHIVES Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum opened its newest exhibit and is excited to welcome visitors in-person. Clothed in Beauty: Recent Acquisitions of Shippensburg University Fashion Archives & Museum, features some of the most recent donations to the archives. It includes pieces worn by men, women, and children across various cultures and countries.

LAVENDER GRADUATION # On May 12, Ship celebrated Lavender Graduation. This

annual ceremony honors LGBTQIA2S+ students and acknowledges their achievements and contributions to the university. All students, including cisgender, heterosexual students, were welcome to partake in the celebration.



CHILDREN’S FAIR The annual Children’s Fair returned to Ship on April 10. Ship welcomed over 200 local children for a morning of crafts, games and a treasure hunt. The annual event is part of Ship Serves, the university’s servicelearning program, and is made possible by student, faculty, and staff volunteers.

ROTC COMMISSIONING Shippensburg University Army ROTC hosted their commissioning ceremony on May 15 at the fountain in front of Old Main. During the event, 14 cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants. The ceremony featured comments from Ltc. Michael Firmin, chair of the military science department, Major General John Andonie, and President Laurie A. Carter. The commissioning class included Andrew Bennett, Spencer Carroll, Christa Clouser, Jack Dougherty, Derrick Duncan, Katlyn Gordon, Valerie Hersh, William Lamont, Jackson Loring, Joshua Mable, Hunter Norris, Joseph Oleski, Ryan Rose, and William Stolkovich.

STEWARDSHIP WEEK StewardSHIP Week kicked off on April 17, educating and encouraging the campus community to be good stewards of the environment. The weeklong celebration included cleanup projects at Michaux State Forest and the Campus Farm, an outdoor film screening, Earth Day in the Quad and a panel discussion updating the community on the Campus Climate Commitment.

DAYS OF KINDNESS 3 Ship celebrated 17 Days of Kindness in April and May to honor the

presidency of Laurie A. Carter. Carter ushered in her time as 17th president of Shippensburg University with a similar kindness campaign as part of her inauguration. Throughout the 17 days, students, faculty, and staff signed a kindness pledge, sent notes of thanks around campus, donated blood, volunteered in the community, and joined together to create art and have a little fun. 10



Ship Earns System Grant, Joins Partnership to Create Career Pathways in Agribusiness Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has announced two partnerships involving State System universities, the private sector, and community agencies are the first recipients of #Prepared4PA grants that support the creation of innovative credentialing programs to help Pennsylvanians advance in their careers.

between the State System and major employers across Pennsylvania. This resulted in the creation of workforce assemblies in four regions of the Commonwealth, which examined the competencies leading industries need among the workforce and how higher education can develop highquality, inclusive credentials to meet demand. The initial pilots like the ones involving Millersville and Shippensburg are designed to foster partnerships in communities among employers, workforce training providers, and higher education institutions. “The State System is looking to refresh its vision for public higher education, and to that end, we’re reimagining our education and business models for the 21st century,” said Cindy Shapira, chair of the State System’s Board of Governors. “The #Prepared4PA program helps us meet that goal and our mission. Pilot programs like these can have great benefits for students, universities, and local economies essential to Pennsylvania’s success.” “The time is now for higher education, a key driver of local economies in the commonwealth, to be innovative in creating short term diverse, equitable and inclusive credentialing opportunities for individuals in Pennsylvania,” said Cynthia Pritchard, CEO of the State System Foundation. For more information on #Prepared4PA, please visit its website at


he State System Foundation will serve as a strategic thought partner and administrator for the program. Initial funding was provided by major national donors including the Lumina Foundation and Strada Education Network. Ongoing funding to support the tuition costs of students who benefit from the efforts will come from employers, government grants and philanthropy. First, an agribusiness pilot is designed to address workforce demands and the subsequent career pathways of those who work in that industry. This partnership involves Shippensburg University, the GIANT Co., Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and SCPa Works. It will create upskilling programs for current workers and serve as a model that could migrate across other industries in the Commonwealth. Second, a mental health services pilot will address demand around the growing need for diverse mental health services through a partnership among Millersville University, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, PA CareerLink of Lancaster County, Church World

Service, and Literacy & Learning Success (a program of the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon). The program will expand access to mental health certification for immigrants, refugees and bilingual citizens. Successful implementation will increase the number of bilingual mental health professionals and improve access to mental health career pathways. “While our universities continue to provide excellent residential college experiences for traditional students, we are also committed to doing our part to meet the state’s workforce needs through creative credentials like these two pilot programs,” Chancellor Dan Greenstein said. “I’m proud of the work that Millersville, Shippensburg, their community college partners and local employers are engaging in as our State System universities create innovative pathways their region’s workforces need.” The #Prepared4PA program grew out of a two-day summit in November 2019

This story was written and released by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.


On May 11 Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) hosted a cultural cookout and Donning of the Kente in front of Gilbert Hall. The event celebrated the Class of 2021 and included cultural cuisine, music and several student performances.



student snapshot

From the archives to the web HOW TWO STUDENTS BROUGHT SHIP’S 150 STORY TO LIGHT A quick Google search of the year 1871 will tell you Ulysses S. Grant was president; the United States Civil Service Commission was newly formed, and players took the field for the first professional baseball game ever played. You can find plenty of information on all these historical events, but you won’t find much on the establishment of Shippensburg University or its rich 150-year history. But applied history graduate students Tara Quinlivan and CJ Meiser ’20 have been hard at work to change that and bring Ship’s story to the web and the world. As graduate assistants, the two were tasked with telling Ship’s 150-year story by creating an interactive photo timeline for the university’s upcoming sesquicentennial celebration.


uinlivan and Meiser combed the university archives in their quest for Ship’s story all while gaining valuable experience as historians. “Archive work is a cornerstone of any historian’s job. Spending so much time researching and familiarizing myself with the layout of the archive has prepared me to do more work in the future within my field,” said Meiser. Their work included identifying around 150 historic events and images to highlight those moments. While 150 may seem like a lot, for Quinlivan it was not enough. She struggled to pick from so many incredible events and moments in Ship’s history. “Tara and CJ have completed exemplary work in the university archives—conducting research, identifying historical photos, and writing descriptive summaries for the historical timeline. They mined the archives’ collections to uncover key moments that made Shippensburg the university we know today,” said Christy Fic, associate professor and university archivist and special collections librarian. “It was exciting to have my eyes on newspapers, photos, letters, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and pamphlets from students, faculty, and alumni from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was intriguing to see how traditions and college life has changed from generation to generation,” said Quinlivan. These changes include the construction of key campus buildings, the formation of new student groups, athletic achievements, famous guests and much more. It also provides a look into how world and national events impacted the campus community over time.



Both are excited to present the final digital timeline to the Ship community and provide a peek into the people and experiences that define Ship. This includes moments of laughter and moments of loss. “Getting a glimpse of past students’ personalities through their writings was great entertainment. I even laughed out loud once in a while reading the documents. Other times, such as reading the poetry of students who died serving in World War I, were heart wrenching,” added Quinlivan.

CJ Meiser ’20 (left) and Tara Quinlivan (right).

Archive work is a cornerstone of any historian’s job. Spending so much time researching and familiarizing myself with the layout of the archive has prepared me to do more work in the future within my field. Beyond the unique student personalities and experiences, Quinlivan and Meiser were surprised by one consistency in Ship students from the very beginning, their commitment to engagement and activism has always been strong. Meiser was especially moved by an event he uncovered from 1948. The men’s basketball team was slated to play the Hagerstown junior college team in Maryland. At the time, Maryland remained a segregated school and Ship’s team included an African American teammate. When Hagerstown refused to allow him to play, the university basketball then chose not to travel without all of its players, forfeited the game and stood in solidarity with their teammate.

spotlight on TREY-ANTHONY PAUL

Hometown: Born in Brooklyn, NY; Raised in Harrisburg, PA Year: Senior Student-Athlete: Football

❘ Major: Finance major ❘

What are you doing at your Deloitte internship this summer? I will be responsible this summer for performing internal financial analysis (budgeting and forecasting), managing engagements’ billing and receivables processes, and helping managers maintain compliance with clients’ policies. I will then finish the internship off with a concluding presentation to outline my overall summer internship experience. How important is an internship for you in terms of preparing for your career? Having an internship gives you an advantage and a head start over everyone else. It puts your foot in the door and allows you to make important connections that could help further your career. How did you find this internship? I found this internship through the lovely assistance of Alix Rouby, director of internships at the Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center. Ms. Rouby has always been an amazing and useful resource for me in terms of furthering my post-grad career. Whether it be helping me tweak my resume, prepare for interviews, or simply being a special part of my support system.

“I have never spent much time looking into the school’s history and it is awesome to see the evolution into the school we love today,” said Meiser. While they’ve learned a lot about the school they love, they’ve also given back to the campus community as it reflects on its past and earned valuable skills for their careers ahead. “Tara and CJ’s contribution to this project has prepared them to work as professional historians who will need to gather and synthesize an array of information to share stories with a broad audience,” said Fic. They are hopeful the broad audience enjoys a look back at Shippensburg University as the campus community spends the next year, joining together to remember, celebrate and thrive. Check out the 150th timeline at or by scanning the QR code.

What Ship experiences, classes or clubs helped you prepare for this internship experience? The Raider Neighbor Program had a positive impact on my ability to communicate and skillfully socialize with professionals. This experience will hopefully benefit me when having to engage with and present in front of executives. What are you looking forward to in this internship? I am certainly looking forward to meeting new people and gaining more knowledge about finance and the ins and outs of corporate America. What advice would you give fellow students who are interested in an internship? My advice to anyone interested in an internship would be to really apply yourself. Highlight your strengths on your resume and during interviews. Don’t sell yourself short. Another important tip is to make an emphasis on making connections. A lot of the time it is more about who you know rather than what you know. Lastly, take notes on everything. You never know when that information can present itself as useful again.



The Climb Back



acrosse midfielder Hannah Seifried couldn’t miss the back of the net at the start of her sophomore campaign. Scoring 19 goals through six games, Seifried and the Raiders were surging. Despite a 3-3 record, the Raiders knocked off Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) foe Seton Hill and won handily against Georgian Court. They were clicking on all cylinders, and it was one of the best starts the program had produced in decades. However, that start would be short lived. In March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic made its appearance, stripping Seifried, the lacrosse team and hundreds of spring sport athletes of their championship season. “[It was] definitely devastating because we were doing very well last season and you’re all just excited to see where we can go, and then it was just taken from us,” Seifried said. “No one had any heads up.” It didn’t stop there. Transitioning into the fall semester, the pandemic continued to pour on uncertainties and concerns, and left many with questions unanswered. Fall

Hannah Seifried, the 2021 PSAC Eastern Division Lacrosse Athlete of the Year, was among the spring sport athletes who endured regular COVID testing in order to complete their season.



and winter athletics eventually fell victim, an additional eight sports being affected. Jeff Michaels, director of athletics, said that while the university strived to get student-athletes back into competition, there were still too many unknowns about the virus. The health of the studentathletes, coaches and athletics personnel was the top priority. “I think the biggest issue was, ‘can we do this in a way that we’re supporting the health and well-being of the student athlete,’” Michaels said. “So, I guess you can say that even if there was a ton of testing, you still would have the question of ‘Were you still doing things the right way?’”

The return

After nearly a full year without an official event, Raider sports burst back onto the scene February 27 with softball, cross country and swimming in competition. It was the first day of events after fall and winter sports had been canceled. Myriad factors related to COVID-19 testing had shelved sports to that point. The NCAA expected all institutions to test its athletes if championship schedules were in place, and the PSAC Board of Directors enacted those expectations as requirements. At the time, SU had symptomatic and asymptomatic nasal swab testing at the Etter Health Center; but the setup did not afford the consistent testing necessary to meet the league requirements. In the meantime, student-athletes were still permitted to practice to some capacity, working out with strength and conditioning coach Dennis Kerstetter and participating in outdoor drills. Face coverings were always required and contact was prohibited.

But the road back to game action did come with its share of hiccups. At the beginning of the spring semester, university officials implemented the Raider Rapid Results (R3) Testing Center to expand testing availability for all students. With the boost, it not only improved campus life as a whole, but it also provided student-athletes with the testing needed to return to their respective sports in a competitive setting. On a weekly basis, student-athletes received a saliva test to ensure they could compete. Eventually, most student-athletes set into a standard testing routine. “Once we got into the season, it depended on our game schedule. But for practice and stuff we were testing two, three times a week,” Seifried said. “Some tests could last a whole week or sometimes we tested three times in the week, just so we could go travel and play somewhere.” In March, university officials suspended R3 after the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the suspension of the laboratory that SU used to determine results. In response, SU transitioned its rapid testing to Etter, which still delivered symptomatic and asymptomatic nasal swab testing. “Our university made massive efforts to test for the health and well-being of all of

RAIDER SPORTS Being with them is the best time I ever have. I never take anything for granted… it’s not guaranteed. our students but it obviously had a major impact on student-athletes and made a major effort with R3, and initially with Etter to get things started,” Michaels said. “And then when there was a hiccup with the R3, there was more support from Etter.” R3 returned in April, announcing a partnership with the Pennsylvania branch of AMI labs. Officials eliminated the saliva test and administered nasal swab tests instead. “There are so many people that helped us get to that point: associate director of athletics Ashley Grimm, our sports medicine professionals, Ashley Hamilton and the staff at Etter, the R3 lab workers, and the university COVID office with the support of Chris Clarke and Jocelyn Greenaway,” Michaels said. “Their work made the spring season a reality.”

Looking back

As a freshman, Emma Flattery didn’t experience losing a season at the collegiate level, rather she lost her senior high school campaign. However, through the fall and winter, the Macomb, Michigan native and the softball crew—along with the other spring sport teams—found themselves playing a different game: The waiting game. “It was amazing because from the fall, we really weren’t sure how it was going to go,” Flattery said of having a spring season. “But after we got back here and kind of set up regulations with masks and everything, it was a blast.” The spring semester also served as the light at the end of the tunnel for SU coaches. Kerstetter—who worked firsthand with all 20 SU programs and witnessed the steady progression of sports returning since

adversity, what it means to work as a team off the field and the overwhelming desire to compete in the sport they love. For coaches, this topsy-turvy year served as a way to grow in more ways than one. It was a year that opened their eyes to new avenues. “Everything,” said Meehan on what she can take from this season for years down the road. “I think looking back at previous years, when you’re in season, your concern is your team and how we can be successful and this year there was a lot of outside newness that you had to worry about, too.” “Every day is a new day. Just because one day went one way and the other day went another, you have to be able to reset. And I think at the end of the day, the most important part is providing that energy to the team.”

the fall—said the pandemic-ridden year was unlike any season he’s been a part of. Joining the Raiders’ athletics staff Aug. 3, 2019, Kerstetter has yet to experience a full year of sports in the Cumberland Valley. “I didn’t even get a chance to enjoy any softball or baseball or track or anything like that,” Kerstetter said of spring 2020. “So, it was different in that sense. But then, holistically, for like a year, for me, it was so weird to not have football in the fall—not have basketball games going on in December.” The same goes for SU lacrosse head coach Nicole Meehan. Meehan is all too familiar with having a season come to a screeching halt, let alone after an impressive first six games. In lieu of the hardships the ongoing pandemic brought and continues to bring, Meehan said there’s a lot to recollect over the course of the year. “One hundred percent,” said Meehan when asked if this season felt more different. “It’s not just the lacrosse Xs and Os. You always have a lot of stress with that and with the gameday preparation, the practice preparation, the workload that comes with making sure you’re prepared as a coach and the players are prepared as best as they can be.” “But everything else on top of it was a lot of extra work. The constant temperature checks, the COVID testing, making sure on a COVID basis we were checking off all the boxes that we needed before we set foot out on the field and started practicing.”

Cam Strohe, Josh Herbster, and assistant coach Alison Freas pose for a selfie atop the awards stand at the 2021 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Shippensburg University.

And for Seifried—who recently garnered PSAC East Athlete of the Year and All-PSAC First Team honors for her performance on the turf— the opportunity to throw on a Raiders jersey, lace up the cleats and strap on a helmet once more is all that’s needed. “Being out there with all those girls, they make this college experience, playing with them or just playing in general, makes it 10 times better for me. Being with them is the best time I ever have,” Seifried said. “I never take anything for granted. That was also the thing that we all said going into the season. Every second you get on the field, whether you’re a starter or reliever, cherish those seconds because after college, we’re all not going to have them. But even last year showed us we don’t get them. It’s not guaranteed.”

Moving forward

It’s no secret the return of the roaring crowd at Seth Grove Stadium on a Saturday home game or the field hockey team vying for another national championship will be a welcomed sight come fall. Outside of spectators packing seats to the brim and teams making their charge at hardware, student-athletes and coaches have much to carry with them into next season including the knowledge of overcoming



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The Shippensburg men’s and women’s teams hosted and won the 2021 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in dominant fashion. It was the twelfth consecutive PSAC men’s title for the Raiders with 273 points—five points shy of its meet scoring record. The women totaled of 131 points. PSAC CHAMPIONS //

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD // SU had multiple placewinners in

fourteen events at the PSAC Championships, and posted a score higher than the combined total of second place (East Stroudsburg), third place (Slippery Rock) and fourth place (Edinboro). SU won nine events with gold medals going to freshman Stephon Brown (400 meters), freshman Drew Dailey (800 meters and 1,500 meters), freshman Chayce Macknair (10,000 meters), senior Shaquille Mitchell (triple jump), sophomore Pat Maloney (shot put), sophomore Josh Herbster (hammer), the 4x100-meter relay (Brown, freshman Mo Whittle, sophomore EJ Dorwil and freshman Eric Kirk) and the 4x400meter relay (Brown, junior Josh Booth, Dailey and graduate Charles Bowman Jr.). Dailey (far left) was named the 2021 PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete as the first Raider to ever win the 800 meters and 1,500 meters in the same season; he also ran on the victorious 4x4 relay. Herbster (left) was named the 2021 PSAC Championships Most Valuable Field Athlete for winning the hammer throw, placing sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot. The 4x100-meter relay of Brown, Whittle, Dorwil and Kirk (right) earned All-America First Team honors with a seventh-place finish of 40.96 seconds at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, extending SU’s streak to twelve consecutive years with an All-America performance. The quartet set the school record and a PSAC Championships meet record with a time of 40.56 seconds at the conference championship prelims. Eighteen athletes finished the season with USTFCCCA All-Region classifications: Booth, Bowman Jr., freshman Mason Boyd (decathlon), Brown, Dailey, Dorwil, freshman Mike Folcarelli (javelin), Herbster, sophomore Shamar Jenkins (triple jump), Kirk, Macknair, Maloney, Mitchell, freshman Kenny Rhyne (high jump), senior Alec Stimson (javelin), graduate Cam Strohe (discus and hammer), Whittle and Junior Jordan Winslow (high jump). Bowman Jr., Brown, Dailey and Maloney each earned three All-Region classifications. Dave Osanitsch (right) was named the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, giving him twenty such awards for his career spanning men’s and women’s track & field. SU scored in all but one event at the PSAC Championships and had a balanced scoring breakdown: 77 points in sprints/hurdles/relays, 75 points in throws, 63 points in mid-distance/distance, and 58 points in jumps/multis. SU also had the top-ranked regional performances in five events.

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WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD // The Raiders scored in seventeen

of the twenty-one events at the PSAC Championships, and had multiple place-winners in seven. Shippensburg won four events with gold medals going to senior Zarria Williams (long jump), freshman Lieke Black (400-meter hurdles), junior Kate Matrisciano (shot put) and to the 4x400meter relay team of senior Rachel Bruno, Black, freshman Caroline Mastria and freshman Leah Graybill. Graybill set new school records in the 100 meters (11.95 seconds) and the 200 meters (24.63 seconds) and also posted the Atlantic Region’s top time in the 400 meters (56.82 seconds). She (Top row, from left) Zarria finished as a four-time USTFCCA AllWilliams, and Lieke Black. Atlantic Region performer. (Bottom row, from left) Kate Eight athletes finished the Matrisciano, and Leah Graybill. season with USTFCCCA All-Region classifications: Black, Bruno, Graybill, junior Ariel Jones (high jump), freshman Megan Kendall (100 hurdles), Mastria, Matrisciano and Williams. Dave Osanitsch was named the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, and Doug Knol (bottom right) 4x400-meter relay team with Coach Doug Knol. was named the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Knol coached the SU sprints, hurdles, and relay event groups that contributed fifty-seven percent of the team’s scoring (75 points) at the PSAC Championships. LACROSSE // Shippensburg posted a 5-8 record and a 5-7 conference

record, finishing one spot shy of a postseason berth. The highlight was a 12-11 home overtime victory over Bloomsburg late in the season. Junior midfielder Hannah Seifried (right) was named the 2021 PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year, becoming just the third Raider in history named a Lacrosse Athlete of the Year and the first since Page Heath in 2002. Seifried, who was also named to the IWLCA Atlantic Region Second Team and the All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team, led the team in scoring with thirty-four goals and tied for the team lead with 49 draw controls. Three Raiders finished with All-PSAC honors, as junior midfielder Gabby Savarino and senior attacker Alana Cardaci were named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division Second Team. Cardaci earned her second All-PSAC honor and became the fifteenth player in school history to score one hundred goals in a career.

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Shippensburg posted a 22-18 record and a 16-16 conference record, narrowly missing a postseason berth. Sophomore first basewoman Hannah Marsteller (center) had a record-setting season that resulted in eight postseason honors, including consensus All-America honors and the 2021 Ron Lenz National Player of the Year as voted by Division II sports information directors. Marsteller led the nation with a 1.103 MEN’S SWIMMING // Shippensburg finished

second at the 2021 PSAC Championships, which were held in late April as a result of the ongoing pandemic. It is the first trophy finish for the Raiders since a second-place performance in 2009. Three men won conference championships (right): junior Matt Bochanski in the 200-yard breaststroke, redshirt-freshman JC Greenwood in the 1,650-yard freestyle, and freshman Michael Salvatori in the 400-yard IM. Junior Andrew Hale (right) was SU’s top point-getter at this year’s PSAC Championships, totaling 65 points as a result of finishing second in the 400-yard IM, third in the 200-yard IM, third in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard breaststroke. He also swam on two All-PSAC relays. Nine Raiders achieved All-PSAC honors either individually or with a relay: freshman Matthew Beard, Bochanski, Greenwood, Hale, senior Hunter Keck, junior Vin Salvatore, Salvatori, junior Trevor Woolwine and sophomore Elijah Zinn. Greenwood was a three-time All-PSAC individual performer, as he was also a runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle. Salvatori was the runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke. Tim Verge (right) was named the 2021 PSAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, marking the third time in his career he has received the award. Verge’s Raiders totaled 560 points and had twelve individual All-PSAC performances and four All-PSAC relays.

slugging percentage and set singleseason school records with 18 home runs, 64 RBIs and 128 total bases—all of which ranked her among the top five players nationally in each category. She also posted a .500 batting average, making her the seventh player in PSAC history to achieve the feat. Freshman outfielder Taylor Myers was named to the NFCA and D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team in addition to the All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team. Myers ranked third in the PSAC with 57 hits and fourth in the PSAC with 41 runs scored.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY // The Shippensburg

University men’s cross country team completed an abbreviated season during the winter that included competition in three meets and concluded with the PSAC Championships on March 20. Shippensburg finished second at the 2021 PSAC Championships, which was held as a 5K. SU had four runners achieve All-PSAC First Team finishes: sophomore Chayce Macknair (5th), sophomore Drew Dailey (9th), freshman Hayden Hunt (12th) and freshman Ian Sherlock (13th). Freshman Aiden Gonder (26th) earned All-PSAC Second Team honors.

BASEBALL // Shippensburg posted a 17-19

overall record and a 15-17 conference record, finishing fifth in the PSAC Eastern Division. The Raiders played approximately twelve less games than a typical season as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Graduate starting pitcher Kyle Lysy (right) was named to the 2021 PSAC Eastern Division Second Team. Lysy led the pitching staff with five wins, 54.1 innings pitched and a 3.48 earned-run average (ERA). He recorded multiple single-season career highs, including sixty-six strikeouts and ten starts. Senior pitcher Kiernan Higgins (right) joined the State College Spikes after the season to play in the newly-formed MLB Draft League. Higgins was a two-time PSAC Eastern Division Pitcher of the Week in 2021 who finished with seventy strikeouts in 53.1 innings. He threw a one-hit shutout at Lock Haven.


Shippensburg University women’s cross country team completed an abbreviated season during the winter that included competition in three meets and concluded with the PSAC Championships on March 20. Shippensburg finished seventh at the PSAC Championships, which was held as a 5K. Junior Kyra Gerber (right) led the Raiders with her first-ever All-PSAC First Team finish (15th place). Sophomore Isabelle Gulgert placed 22nd to earn All-PSAC Second Team honors. TENNIS // Shippensburg’s season

was limited to five conference matches as a result of the ongoing pandemic, and the Raiders posted a 1-4 record against their PSAC Eastern Division opponents. SU claimed a victory over Lock Haven and was paced in singles play by Jenna Sluymer, who won twice at the No. 2 flight. The team’s lone senior, Hannah Wieller, was honored at the team’s lone home match against Bloomsburg.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING // Shippensburg finished

junior Madison Breiner, freshman Marissa Bittner and freshman Sammy Taylor that posted an All-PSAC, third-place finish. Mari Reott (right) was named the 2021 PSAC Women’s Swimming Champion Scholar. Reott, a finance major seeking a minor in economics, maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA through 117 credits to have the distinction of the highest GPA of any competitor at this year’s PSAC Championships. She becomes the sixth Raider spanning all sports to be named a PSAC Champion Scholar.

third at the 2021 PSAC Championships, which were held in late April as a result of the ongoing pandemic. SU recorded 13 individual Top 10 finishes and had one All-PSAC relay to achieve its best finish at the conference championships in four years. Freshman Michaela Hersh (right) was SU’s top point-getter at this year’s PSAC Championships, totaling one hundred individual points as a result of finishing second in the 400-yard IM, third in the 200yard butterfly, seventh in the 200-yard IM and eighth in the 200-yard backstroke. She also swam on the 800-yard freestyle relay with



Making Education More Equitable BY KATIE (PAXSON) HAMMAKER ‘93


course syllabus is often the first piece of written communication a college student receives from a professor. Alumni may remember the syllabus as a document with a list of test dates and study topics. But Dr. Cristina Rhodes, assistant professor of English, believes a syllabus should be used to communicate much more, and can be an effective tool in making BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students feel more welcome at Shippensburg University. Rhodes is part of a new General Education Curriculum Committee’s Anti-Racism Task Force charged with finding ways to build a more racially equitable and inclusive campus. “As someone who experienced racism as a college student, I have seen the damage that it does to a student,” Rhodes said. “It can be a detriment to their learning.” The issue of racial inequality gained unexpected traction during the COVID-19 pandemic. It exposed systemic racism in housing, access to healthcare and other areas of



American culture, galvanizing the political climate and creating an opportunity to bring about real change. Ship’s campus is not immune to racism. Last spring, senior political science major Jasiah Chesley brought the issue of campus racism to the General Education Curriculum Committee and implored members to make changes to its educational offerings. “The university has a unique opportunity of possibly changing certain learned racial ideologies that some students may have been exposed to,” said Chesley. Chesley met with several faculty members, proposed his ideas and inspired new conversations. “Academic institutions can be at the forefront of this change,” Rhodes said. “Our school system is inherently built to uphold a colonial legacy. For example, schools and colleges were often constructed by slave laborers, but then they were barred from attending those schools throughout the majority of U.S. history. Just verbalizing and acknowledging this truth can be a radical change in our educational system.” So, how can a syllabus be an effective tool in achieving racial equity?

FACULTY FOCUS Rhodes encourages faculty to start by introducing themselves in a more personal way. Not just their professional background, but details like their race or ethnicity, gender pronouns, and cultural identity. Rhodes openly shares with students that she is a third generation American, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from Mexico a century ago. According to Rhodes, the syllabus should contain clear language about the intolerance of racist remarks, action, and behavior in the classroom, but also include positive messaging to encourage a sense of belonging. “It can be as simple as, ‘Dr. Rhodes values students of all backgrounds,’” she said. “If students feel they belong on campus, I believe they are more likely to stay in school.” If the syllabus features images of people, the images should include those of diverse ethnic backgrounds so that BIPOC students can see a reflection of themselves and feel more connected to a class. Course content is important to list, but faculty are encouraged to select material from a diverse range of authors and speakers that include BIPOC cultures. Academic publishing is dominated by white scholars, but diverse scholarship is available. Rhodes acknowledges this is more difficult in subjects like math and science. “For certain subjects, the only available textbooks were written by white authors,” Rhodes said. “So, we suggest talking to students about why BIPOC have been excluded, usually because they have traditionally been excluded from these fields.” Language should be welcoming and engaging, and never threatening or intimidating. “To use the words ‘automatically fail’ can be detrimental and frightening,” Rhodes said. “There still need to be standards and expectations,

A syllabus can set the tone for a student’s classroom experience.

but instead of saying ‘four missed classes equals an F’, communicate why attendance is important and offer avenues for communication if they do miss a class.” Rhodes also suggests eliminating buzz words that may confuse students, especially first-generation college students who are often BIPOC. For example, instead of “information literacy,” simply state library research. Rhodes encourages student input in establishing classroom expectations, which gives them ownership. “We discuss the rules on the first day of class,” she said. “My students go about it very seriously. For example, some think that grammar should only be worth 5 percent of their grade, but others think it should be more.” This also gives Rhodes insight on what students value and want to gain from her class. A syllabus can also list valuable resources to help students outside of class. Rhodes was approached by a student who needed emergency housing. “We do have opportunities for students to get emergency

housing, and there is a food pantry,” Rhodes said. “But, I had to research them first.” Ultimately Rhodes was able to help the student, but she regretted the delay. In addition to creating a more equitable classroom, the suggested changes can ultimately help faculty build stronger connections to students and create a more effective learning environment. A course syllabus is just one part of the process to change systemic racism, and very much an on-going process. And while Chesley knows there is still much work to be done, he is thankful for the progress made so far. “The feeling of having my ideas taken seriously, and to be put into action from the committee, I feel an extreme amount of joy, appreciation and amazement,” said Chesley. “We must recognize that as people who live in the United States, we are constantly unlearning the supremacist concepts that we have lived with for many years,” Rhodes said. “I want all students of color to feel like they belong. If I can make that happen, that’s more important to me than anything.”

As someone who experienced racism as a college student, I have seen the damage that it does to a student. It can be a detriment to their learning.

Katie (Paxson) Hammaker ‘93 is a grant writer for the United Way of the Capital Region (Harrisburg) and a freelance writer based in Mechanicsburg.



faculty briefs DR. DOUG ENSLEY, professor of mathematics, received the 2021 James P. Crawford Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching and the 2021 Distinguished Service Award from the Eastern Pennsylvania— Delaware section of the Mathematical Association of America. The selection committee cited many contributing factors including testimony of his students, his involvement in, and support of, undergraduate research and his impact in a wide variety of other areas including curriculum development, outreach, book authorship, and grant work.

DR. MICHAEL LYMAN, professor social work and gerontology, successfully applied for a sabbatical for spring 2022. He completed the sabbatical application in concert with an application for a Fulbright grant as a Canada Research Chair in Food Security at the University of Guelph. At the time of this writing, his Fulbright application made it through the first round of peer-reviewed approvals. He is awaiting final approval by the host institution in Canada, the U.S. Department of State, and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The goal of this sabbatical project is to compare one of the more prominent Canadian food pantry models to the traditional food pantry model used here in the United States.

DR. DHIMAN CHATTOPADHYAY, assistant professor of communication, journalism and media, was awarded funding from the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) in support of his study titled “Does inclusivity build trust? Examining effects of inclusive, community-centered journalism on trust in media in minority groups.” He will collaborate with Dr. Carrie Sipes, associate professor of communication, journalism and media, and WITF for the study. They will be joined by ten undergraduate students who will gain research and interview experience along the way.



Dr. Lawrence Eppard is working to change the narrative surrounding poverty in the United States. As co-author of the new book Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty, Eppard has quickly become a recognized expert on the topic, appearing on CBS’s The Open Mind and in articles on MSN, The Guardian and The Washington Post. What inspired you to write this book? There is so much information out there about every topic imaginable. To have a comprehensive understanding of any given topic, however, you need to know which information to look for, how to access it, and how to interpret it. This is challenging even for trained researchers, let alone the general public. So I just felt like it would be very useful for people to have so many of the important myths about American poverty addressed in one place.

How do we address/fix these misconceptions/myths? This book is one effort! There has been an incredible awakening in this country over the last 5-10 years or so concerning issues of racial and economic inequalities. It is incredibly encouraging. Getting reliable information out into the public discourse, keeping the conversation going on social media and in other arenas, it is really making a big difference.

What is the biggest myth about poverty in America? That’s a hard one. Most Americans would probably benefit from a deeper understanding of the relationship between race and economic disadvantage. Most African Americans are not poor, and most poor people are not Black. But African Americans are disproportionately poor, and I think if more people understood the complex forces responsible for this relationship it would benefit our society in a number of important and positive ways.

What surprised you most during your research for this book? I was shocked this book did not already exist. When I first came up with the idea I thought for sure I would find a book like this already published. Maybe there is one but I did not find it.

Other important myths are that welfare fraud is rampant—it certainly happens but most recipients do not commit fraud. Poor Americans are poor forever—a majority aren’t poor for longer than a year or two. Poverty happens to other people—it happens to most Americans. And nothing can be done to reduce poverty—government programs are responsible for dramatically lower poverty rates in a number of OECD countries.



Do you incorporate this topic into your classes? Absolutely. I teach introductory sociology courses, and poverty/social class/ inequality are a big part of that course. I also teach courses on social inequality and race in America, so there is no escaping this topic. Who do you hope reads this book? I think college students should understand the basics of this stuff before they graduate. And of course I would love for the general public to understand it as well.

Food Service Supervisor BY CASEY SAUSSAMAN ’19M

Whether you were a regular of the finer diner (Kriner), hit the CUB for pizza or gathered in Reisner with your friends, you likely had a favorite at Ship. And while the food and location were part of it, the people who make those eateries run have a loyal following too. For 33 years, Brenda Seibert, the longest serving and currently employed member of Ship Dining Services, has served the Shippensburg University campus and its students. The Fannettsburg native has worked in every dining facility on campus, but currently works in Kriner Dining Hall. Though a lot has changed in her three decades in dining, one thing remains the same: her love for the students at Ship. “I love serving all campus staff and students,” Seibert said. “I like interacting with the students because they come from all over the world, and [I] get to hear where they are from,” she says. “The different diversity that they bring to campus and food service is really neat!” After spending several months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seibert is finally back working on campus. “While I was off, what I missed the most was interacting with the students and seeing them,” she says. “I also missed seeing the campus staff and my coworkers.” Those coworkers include student workers, who Seibert spends a great deal of time with during their tenure in dining.

“I get to know them,” she says. “I enjoy seeing them when they come back after graduation to see me because I get to see what they have accomplished in life after they have graduated.” Seibert’s day-to-day contact with university students and staff has decreased in recent years. She contributes this shift to life moving at a faster pace. Despite this change, Seibert makes the most of the time she has with them. “When the students used to just eat in the dining hall, I was able to interact with them more,” says Seibert. “But now since they are on the go, I still try to make an effort to interact as much as I can and make them feel welcome to Kriner.” When Seibert began her career at Shippensburg, she “just worked in the dining hall” and spent time working in all the eateries on campus. Now, she is the food service supervisor for Kriner Hall. She opens Kriner Dining Hall, newly added Freshens, and Pizza Hut. and manages 12, and sometimes more, employees. Her work now includes more retail at the front of the house at Kriner where she is able to chat with students and ensure their dining needs are met. She looks forward to the end of COVID-19 mitigation protocols, and getting back to life as usual. This includes holding themed dinners in the dining hall, which gives more time for connection with members of campus community.



I like interacting with the students because they come from all over the world, and [I] get to hear where they are from. The different diversity that they bring to campus and food service is really neat.





making On June 30, 2021, Shippensburg University’s 17th President Laurie A. Carter departed to become president of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. The university is thankful for the vision and leadership she provided and reflects on a transformative four year journey. When Carter arrived to campus in 2017, she made one thing very clear; together, Ship was going to make waves. Waves that carried the university to great heights, broke down barriers and explored new places.

She established four university priorities to make those waves: student success, telling the university’s story, community, and quality. The priorities’ straightforwardness were matched only by their impact.

President Carter chats in the quad during her first weeks at Ship.



“We could have never imagined how these years would unfold, but I am so grateful to this community for the way in which you Putting students first

Throughout her tenure at Ship, Carter frequently posed the question to faculty and staff “is this what is best for students?” And what was best for the success of students brought exciting new things to Ship. In her first major move to improve recruitment and retention at the university, she led the creation of the first-year experience program. A collaborative effort between staff and faculty, new students at Ship are now provided additional skills, support and mentorship during the critical period of transition to college life. Through the UNIV 101 course students gain academic skills, community engagement opportunities, and an understanding of diversity and social responsibility. In an effort to increase accessibility to support services, Carter led the renovation of once-vacated Mowrey Hall into a onestop-shop, student success center. The Elnetta G. Jones University Center for Student Success and Exploratory Studies is now home to the Learning Center, Academic Engagement and Exploratory Studies Department, Academic Success/ Summer Bridge Program, Early Alert Office, International Programs/Global Education Center, First-Year Experience and Community Engagement offices. In March of 2019, Carter and the campus community celebrated the opening of the Office of Students First, Ship’s firstgeneration student support program. As a first-generation student herself, Carter understood the unique challenges and pressures first-generation students face, and



envisioned a place for Student organizations welcomed me, the way you students to receive the took part in the support they needed were willing to dig in and do town Halloween and deserved. Firstand holiday parades, generation students are fall Welcome Week the hard work that needed thriving through the introduced downtown utilization of researchprogramming, and to be done…” based programs, best each fall the university practices, campusopened the front lawn wide advocacy, and of Old Main to the resources. And one year after launching community for Treats-No-Tricks. New the program, Ship was named a First-gen light post banners even delivered Ship Forward Institution by the Center for First- pride downtown. generation Student Success. Carter supported the expansion of Her work in support of students included the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, led the the addition of an executive level chief transformation of the gateway to campus diversity officer, a State-wide Black Male with the renovation of Stewart Hall as an Symposium, renovating the home of Multialumni and welcome center, and supported Cultural Student Affairs in Gilbert Hall, new downtown initiatives like First Fridays creation of a PRIDE Center, securing of a and Trailfest. grant for a bystander intervention program, Working to further impact the and expansion of the Title IX office. community, she was named to and This students first approach to Carter’s served on the WellSpan Health Board administration resulted in a six percent of Directors, Pennsylvania Chamber increase in retention in just three years. of Commerce Board, a Millennium Student success meant Ship success. Leadership Institute steering committee and became chair of the Pennsylvania State Community Athletic Conference President’s Council. Under Carter’s direction, the university In the spring of 2021 Carter’s vision experienced new and unprecedented oppor- for expanded community partnerships tunities with the surrounding community. reached new heights as the university In small and large ways, Shippensburg officially opened its first downtown University continues integrating itself into location. The Charles H. Diller Jr. Center the very town it calls home. for Entrepreneurial Leadership and During her inauguration in 2018, she Innovation, the Mr. and Mrs. Milton K. made sure to include the Shippensburg Morgan III Makerspace and the Center for community through service opportunities Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) now during her Waves of Kindness Campaign. call 29 E. King Street home.

Telling our story

Understanding the significance of communicating and listening, Carter ushered in a wide-range of new initiatives that started many important conversations. Convos with Carter each semester and monthly video messages to campus became the norm, allowing her to share important campus news and collaborate with faculty, staff and students. Alumni were invited to be a part of Ship’s storytelling, as Carter went on the road with the “Premiering Ship” campaign. Guests were treated to an afternoon of networking, snacks and videos featuring the latest Ship news and accomplishments. Carter tasked attendees to share not only Ship’s story, but their own personal impact stories with prospective students and parents. Carter instituted various events with lawmakers, industry leaders, employers and students, once again showcasing Ship’s achievements and seeking to collaborate. By telling Ship’s story through personal interaction, strategic publications and video, the word was getting out. Ship was making waves. Even her dog Pepper got in on the action with an annual holiday message featuring his K-9 adventures.

Regional Universities. ranked seven of Ship’s programs as top in the nation and the John L. Grove College of Business was once again named as one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review®. Through the establishment of the President’s Leadership Academy, Carter provided professional development for staff and faculty to increase capacity to significantly improve the identity, culture and future success of the university. She also debuted the Presidential Medal, an annual award inspiring and recognizing excellence in staff and faculty. She spearheaded the renovation of the decommissioned Steam Plant, providing the needed room for growth for the School of Engineering. The new facility delivers the

state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on experience students require to gain the competitive edge in the workforce.

Fond Farewell

After a year of steering the mighty Ship through a global pandemic, Carter sets off thankful for her time at Ship and ready for her next adventure. “As we look ahead and sail into less tumultuous waters, my family and I are sad to leave. But, I know I leave Shippensburg University strong and ready for this new higher education landscape,” said Carter in an e-mail message to campus. The Ship community wishes President Carter good luck, calm seas and clear skies.

President Carter and her son Carter (left), husband Gary (right) and Pepper (middle).


A commitment to quality meant enhancing the value of a Ship education, the student experience and the university workforce. This focus on quality is evident as Ship climbed 22 spots to be ranked 88 on the US News and World Report Best Colleges list for



Thirty-five years ago,

Empowerment for all

the student group Network of the Equality of Women Students (NEWS), led by faculty co-chairs Marilyn Shantz and Mary Libertin, began exploring the idea of creating a space for women. It would be where women could find guidance and mentorship. At the time, most women on campus were first-generation students and in need of additional resources and NEWS envisioned a safe haven of support for students experiencing sexual harassment, assault or discrimination.

The Women’s Center celebrates an anniversary BY CASEY SAUSSAMAN ’19M

On March 3, 1986, their idea became a reality with the opening of the Women’s Center in Horton Hall. With the help of NEWS, the center brought new resources to campus including counseling services for women and programming that would start new conversations and insights to the campus community. The first event held by the Women’s Center, “Turning the Tide for Women in 1986,” featured Ellie Smeal, the president of the National Organization for Women. Early programming focused on lectures of women’s roles in music, medicine, education, human service professions, government, and business, according to Arielle Catron, director of the Women’s Center.



The Women’s Center has stayed approach aids the Women’s true to the integrity of its origin, with Center in its dedication a focus on equality, empowerment, and to social justice for all ending violence for all. marginalized groups. From the perspective of longtime Recently, the center Women’s Center volunteer and hosted an event featuring Political Science Department chair Dr. Dr. Elizabeth Rule, who Sara Grove, the role of the center on spoke on Indigenous rights Arielle Catron, director today’s campus goes hand-in-hand and inequality, attended the of the Women’s Center. with the university’s priorities of recent Rally Against Asian diversity and inclusion. Hate, and started a weekly support group for “One of the goals for Shippensburg is to students with learning differences. In the fall make certain that all students feel valued,” semester, it will screen “Belly of the Beast,” a Grove said. “You need to make certain that documentary examining forced sterilization all voices get heard, and that sometimes of incarcerated women in California. goes back to the voices that might not have “Our approach has become more broad,” a seat at the table routinely.” Catron said. “Though all students are According to its formal mission welcome to use the services of the Women’s statement, the Women’s Center is Center, we have a better understanding “dedicated to fostering a safe educational environment that is both respectful and inclusive of all members of our campus community. All women and men are welcomed and encouraged to use the Women’s Center services and resources. [The center] is guided by empathy, integrity, and open-mindedness, and a strong commitment to collaboration.” Catron said the center uses an intersectional lens to guide its programming and services. Intersectionality takes people’s experiences and identities into account to understand the prejudices they face. Using this

today of how gender expectations and sexual violence affect people of all genders, sexualities, and expressions. The Women’s Center is dedicated to anti-racism, antihomophobia, and ending misogyny.” Catron, a licensed social worker, arrived at Shippensburg University in January 2019 after serving in Widener University’s social work department. Her background includes work for the LGBT Community Center of Philadelphia and Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. “I was drawn to this position at Ship for the opportunity to promote healthy relationships and wellness for students and promote gender equity for all on campus,” Catron said. She has always worked in women’s issues, and more specifically, in domestic violence or sexual assault support. Catron believes the Women’s Center at Shippensburg conducts some of its most important work when no one is watching. Through providing confidential counseling and hosting a support group for students who experience harassment, violence, assault, or other concerns, the Women’s Center guides students to the help and support they need. “This is often the most effective way we help students stay successful at Ship.” Catron continued, “our most impactful work is rarely seen beyond our office.”

The Women’s Center has stayed true to the integrity of its origin, with a focus on

equality, empowerment, and ending violence for all.



Grove reinforced that belief, adding that the services are also available to men. “I think we oftentimes overlook the fact that there are men who are victimized as well, and the Women’s Center has always been open to supporting all students when they are someone who has felt that they have been a victim of a violent act.” Grove’s involvement in the Women’s Center dates back to 1992, when she arrived on campus after co-directing the women’s studies program at Frostburg State University. “At that point in time, we were one of the only schools in the State System that actually had a women’s center,” she said. Grove’s background became an asset to the Women’s Center, and she has worked on a number of programs. She was even a regular in the annual Vagina Monologues, a play that explores consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, reproductive health, sex, work, and more. Another area of focus for Grove is the importance of emphasizing leadership opportunities for women. “I think it is really important to have advocates such as the staff at the Women’s Center, and also the faculty who are affiliated with it, to push these young women to gain the self confidence that really matters.”

Join us!

The Women’s Center will host its 35th Anniversary Party on September 23 from 4:00–6:00pm on the Horton Hall lawn, and welcomes all to attend. More information on the Women’s Center and its upcoming events can be found online at

“I think it is really important to have advocates… to push these young women to gain the

self confidence that really matters.” She hopes the Women’s Center will continue to be a leader in the State System. Through the turmoil of the COVID19 pandemic, the center continued to host events virtually. Self-love workshops, Q&As, Pride Bingo, and the annual Take Back The Night campaign kept students connected to the work of the center. With the campus return to more reminiscent of pre-pandemic times, Catron looks forward to the ability to host some of the Women’s Center’s annual events once again. The center is set to host Sexy Bingo, to promote healthy sexuality and safer sex practices, the Tulip Planting Ceremony in recognition of Domestic



Violence Awareness Month, and Craft Café, a self-care event. These are just a few of the empowering programs used by the Women’s Center to promote its mission, and it welcomes the entire campus community. “I am very grateful to be part of the Ship community, and I am so proud of the work of the Women’s Center staff and students,” Catron boasted. As for the next 35 years, Catron hopes the Women’s Center becomes unnecessary.

“While students are still experiencing gender-based or power-based violence, we will be here to support them,” she said. “We will continue our prevention efforts, programming, and workshops until they are no longer needed.”


Shippensburg University unveiled the new downtown location for its Centers for Excellence, located at 29 E. King Street, on April 30. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked another step in Ship’s efforts to enhance the connection between the university and the local community. The new space is now the home of the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation, the Mr. and Mrs. Milton K. Morgan III Makerspace and the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS).




(Above) A plaque is placed in recognition of Charles H. Diller, Jr. (Right) From left to right, Lani Longarzo, Doreen Morgan, Milton Morgan III and Leslie Folmer Clinton.

The Diller Center works to improve awareness of entrepreneurship as a career choice for students by creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem that allows members to cooperate with and participate in the entrepreneurial projects of the campus community. Throughout the year the center hosts student competitions, guest speakers, mentorship and networking opportunities and seminars, all in the name of inspiring student entrepreneurs. Supported by Doreen and Milton Morgan III, the center includes a new makerspace aimed at enhancing the entrepreneurial experience and resources for students. The makerspace provides access to a computer lab with 3D printing, and the equipment room offers access to hand and power tools; fabrication equipment, such as laser cutter, drill press, band and hand saws; hot press for t-shirt, mug, hat and decal design, sewing machines, graphic design, and more. “We are truly grateful for the generosity of Mr. Charles Diller and Mr. Milton

“Embracing these young students is vital for their success and our community. I welcome the centers to the downtown business district and am anxious to continue conversations on additional expansions into our community.” —Kathy Coy, Mayor of Shippensburg and Mrs. Doreen Morgan. I believe their support will inspire generations of entrepreneurs who can better our community and our world, one creative idea at a time” Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, president and CEO of the Shippensburg University Foundation. For nearly two decades, CLUS has worked to foster healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities through applied research, experiential learning opportunities for students and interdisciplinary, crosssector partnerships. The new location provides the center greater integration

Ribbon cutting outside the building, from left to right, Claire Jantz, Antonia Price, Kathy Coy, Laurie Carter, Lesley Brown, Trudy Collier, Duaine Collier (cutting the ribbon), Mike Ross, John Kooti, and Tom Ormond. 30


into the region it serves. The center’s new location provides students expanded opportunities to build professional networks and skills to prepare them for their careers or further studies, all while helping to address sustainability challenges. The move downtown was not just a university initiative, but a long time hope of the greater Shippensburg community. With a renewed effort in recent years to improve the connection between the campus community and downtown, many hope this is just the beginning. “Embracing these young students is vital for their success and our community. I welcome the centers to the downtown business district and am anxious to continue conversations on additional expansions into our community,” said Shippensburg Borough Mayor Kathy Coy.

Ribbon cutting in the new Makerspace, from left to right, Leslie Folmer Clinton, Mike Ross, Laurie Carter, Doreen and Milton Morgan III (cutting the ribbon), Duaine Collier, Trudy Collier, and John Kooti.


University Alumni Awards of Distinction are presented annually to alumni in the categories of Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Young Alumni, Lifetime Achievement, Cultural Impact and Exceptional Service. A reception and dinner will be held to honor the 2021 recipients.

Food Truck Festival

Come enjoy our Homecoming festival celebration with a variety of food trucks and fun. Bring cash for food truck purchases— not all food trucks take credit cards.

Save the date and join us for a special 150th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend, Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23! We are looking forward to welcoming our alumni and friends back to campus for an in-person celebration this fall for a very special Homecoming celebration as we look back on and celebrate 150 years! From annual favorites to new additions, you will not want to miss Homecoming 2021. It is our intent to provide you with a traditional Homecoming experience, following any COVID-19 protocols recommended at the time by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the health and wellbeing of the Ship campus community. Check for updates and the event schedule. Some programming and activities are still being determined.

Alumni Welcome

Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg The Alumni Relations Office welcomes alumni returning for Homecoming. As you begin arriving for the weekend, stop in to pick up your schedule of activities, campus map, and your proud Ship alumni mementos. Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors will be in the lobby from 7:00–8:30pm handing out mementos and programs. Cash bar and lite menu items available for purchase in the lobby bar.

FRIDAY / OCTOBER 22 Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletes who have distinguished themselves later in life. Watch for the 2021 recipients to be named soon. A luncheon is held to honor the hall of fame recipients.

Alumni Awards of Distinction With over 70,000 alumni living across the country and living internationally, one can imagine the successes achieved and the impacts being made by graduates of Shippensburg University every day in their professional fields, in their lives, and in their communities. The Shippensburg

Afro-AM Homecoming Social Join the MSA Office for their annual Homecoming social from 10:00pm–2:00am. ▸

ALUMNI RELATIONS STAFF 〉 Lori Smith ’95-’07m, director; Stephanie Swanger, clerk typist ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS 〉 Tim MacBain ’03, president, educator, Upper Dublin School District; Paula Alcock ’92, president-elect, fiscal contract supervisor, PA Key; Robert Sisock ’05-’06m, immediate past president,

deputy court administrator, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts; JoAnn Baldwin ’81-’89m, educator, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School; Barb Bowker ’82, vice president marketing and membership, PSECU; Tim Bream ’87, IT compliance lead, Spark Therapeutics; Sarah Charles ’05, director of public engagement, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; Caryn Earl ’98, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture; DeAngelo Harris-Rosa ’13, trial commissioner, Philadelphia Court of Commons Pleas; Moriah Hathaway ’19, member-at-large, executive director, Pennsylvania Commission for Women; Carol Verish Houck ’99, attorney, Saxton & Stump; Johanna Jones ’92-’00m, counselor, Carlisle Area School District; Elizabeth Karper ’17, IT specialist, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); Josh Lang ’13, operations manager, Hyndman-Bedford-Richland Family Health Center; Stephen Latanishen ’12, liaison for boards and commissions, Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf; Michele Legge ’88, owner, Magnolia Heights Marketing; Holly Lubart ’99, director of government affairs, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association; Melissa Morgan ’06-’08m, legislative policy analyst, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors; Alecia Nezat-Pyne ’05-’07m, counselor, Chambersburg Area School District; Julie Perez ’91, educator, Washington County Schools, MD; Hayden Rigo ’16-’17m, deputy chief of staff, Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General; Keith Russell ’17, financial advisor, UFinancial/MassMutual; Steve Thomas ’04, member-at-large, planning director, Franklin County of Pennsylvania; Dave Thompson ’69, retired copy editor; Evan Wabrick ’12-’13m, tax manager, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co; Daniel Wise ’95, Cpl. Officer in charge, Millersburg Police Department.



HOMECOMING (CONT’D) SATURDAY / OCTOBER 23 42nd Annual SU ROTC 5K or 10K Run Register at Run starts at 9:00am. Proceeds benefit the SU Military Science Department and the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

Fashion Archives and Museum Open House

Peruse through the museum exhibit in honor of Shippensburg’s 150th anniversary. Open Friday and Saturday from 10:00am–4:00pm.

Raider Zone-—SU Tailgate

Tailgate lots open at 10:00am | Behind Seth Grove Stadium; Red and Blue Alumni Tent Tailgating must conclude and lots vacated one hour after the football game ends. Tailgate with the Alumni Association under the Red and Blue Alumni tent! Pick up your Ship alumni giveaways, register for door prizes, and enjoy complimentary hamburgers and hot dogs. Reconnect

RAIDER SPORTS TEAMS IN ACTION Volleyball vs Shepherd 7:00pm, Friday, October 22 Football vs Millersville 1:00pm, Saturday, October 23 Volleyball vs Fayetteville State 4:00pm, Saturday, October 23 with academic departments and student organizations in the tent tailgate area. Be prepared—review the tailgate policy online. • Fan Zone • Balloon designs and face painting • Inflatable racing slides • DJ Football Alumni Tent • Reconnect with teammates. Championship teams of ’76, ’81, and ’91 gather for recognition between first and second quarters near the scoreboard. Half-time Programming • SUMB Marching Band Performance • Homecoming royalty crowning

President’s Postgame Supper

Immediately after the football game, join Interim President Charles and Colleen Patterson for a casual supper on the lawn of the Martin House.

SUNDAY / OCTOBER 24 Harmonic Voices of Truth 50th Reunion Homecoming marks fifty years for the Harmonic Voices of Truth. Join us for a celebration at 11:00am on Sunday at St. Peters AME where the choir began.

Plan your Stay We are delighted to welcome you to spend the weekend in the area for Homecoming Weekend and are ready to assist you in identifying area lodging. The Courtyard by Marriott is adjacent to campus and provides the benefit of being able to walk to the tailgate area and football stadium. We recommend making reservations in advance. Visit alumni/homecoming for a list of local accommodations.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT HERSHEYPARK Shippensburg University has partnered with Hershey Entertainment and Resorts and Conley Consulting, Inc. to offer a 12-week leadership development internship at Hersheypark. The inaugural cohort of almost 200 students from colleges and universities around the country launched in May of 2021 and included 11 Shippensburg University students. Students are paid to work a variety of positions in the park during the summer season. Once a week they attend a two-tofour-hour program focusing on a variety of leadership development and personal growth topics. Students gain knowledge and skills around professional etiquette, leadership development, emotional intelligence, and communication, just to name a few. What professionals share is that internships, job shadowing, mentoring, and other experiential learning opportunities allow students to gain hands-on experience



in the field that interests them. These types of experiences show students about various career paths and whether or not they are a good fit. These opportunities also provide students with time to build connections and network with a variety of professionals in the field. As a result, students not only learn more about the career they are investigating, but they gain critical skills and often lifelong contacts that may result in a future job offer. At Shippensburg University, every student has access to experiential learning opportunities.

The university is currently working with other employer partners and small businesses to develop customized internship programs that build a student’s career readiness and workforce skills, while providing employers the opportunity to fill some short-term needs and strengthen the regional economy. If you are interested in exploring a customized internship program with Shippensburg University, please contact Lorelee Isbell, executive director of the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center and the Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education at (717) 477-7447 or e-mail at Scan the QR to meet students Lauren Bryant and Bruce Washington and learn more about their internship.


Class of 1970 and 1971

th 50 Reunion

Class of 1965 and 1966

th 55 Reunion

Class of 1960 and 1961

th 60 Reunion

Class of 1955 and 1956

th 65 Reunion

GOLDEN RAIDER ALUMNI REUNIONS Shippensburg University celebrated Alumni Weekend on June 5. This year’s event celebrated Golden Raiders from the classes of 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970 and 1971. Alumni and their guests reunited during outdoor lunch and dinner events. An official ribbon cutting for the renovated Stewart Hall re-introduced alumni to one of their favorite social spots on campus. The project was completed in 2019, but an opening ceremony and tours were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

50th Reunion Class of 1970 (above) and 1971 (below)

55th Reunion Class of 1965 (above) and 1966 (below)

60th Reunion Class of 1960 (above) and 1961 (below)

65th Reunion Class of 1955 (above) and 1956 (below)



Pushing towards the Northern Edge BY KATIE (PAXSON) HAMMAKER ’93

While icy roads are best avoided, Mike Hauser ’04 has made a career of building roads made almost exclusively of ice. Hauser is the drilling and exploration field environmental coordinator for ConocoPhillips on Alaska’s North Slope, one of the coldest and most remote places in the world. The North Slope is home to the northernmost city in the United States. It is rich in petroleum and other resources that are critical to America’s energy supply, but the extreme cold and lack of permanent infrastructure make it difficult for workers to reach the drilling sites and exploratory wells. They depend on temporary ice roads to access operations during the winter. “Once the snow starts to fall, usually in September, we use a smooth tracked tucker or rolligon to compress it,” Hauser explained. Then, ice chips are dumped on the packed snow. The ice roads must be flat, but maintain enough texture to keep them safe for driving.” (Right) Mike Hauser ’04 has lived in Alaska for almost ten years since beginning work there in 2010. A recent photo of Mike and his family.



“When the tundra reaches the required temperatures, water from nearby lakes is added,” Hauser explained. “This freezes into a solid layer and forms the road.” Optimal ground temperature to begin work on the ice roads is 23 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s not a problem on the North Slope, where the average winter temperature is 28 degrees below zero. Temperatures can dip as low as -50 degrees, or a numbing 80 below when factoring in the wind chill.

“I wear lots and lots of layers of clothing and stay inside as much as possible,” Hauser said. “If the wind is not bad, it’s bearable.” The ice roads are in use for 90 to 100 days in the winter until the spring thaw, when the roads become too slippery for travel and eventually melt. While the ice roads are temporary, Hauser’s work is year-round. Various approvals and permits from government authorities must be obtained before construction on the new season’s ice roads

SHIP’S LOG …the extreme cold and lack of permanent infrastructure make it difficult for workers to reach the drilling sites and exploratory wells. They depend on temporary ice roads to access operations during the winter.

Hauser speaks fondly of his time at Shippensburg, and the network of friends he established from running cross country, and track and field, and as a part of the Geography and Earth Science Department. He says the Geoenvironmental Studies program helped prepare him for a successful career in the environmental industry. Using his network developed at Ship, he landed his first internship/job, which ultimately led his career path up to the Arctic.

from the alumni association

Ship, the native of Exton, Pa. participated in caving, kayaking, and other expeditions with the Outdoor Club. There is no shortage of outdoors or adventure in Alaska. While hiking Denali National Park, Hauser has had “encounters” with grizzly bears. “If you make noise so that you don’t startle them, they will usually wander off,” he said. “We just need to respect that we’re in their house.”

Shippensburg University offers programs and courses in adultfriendly formats such as in the evenings, on the weekends, in a condensed schedule and/ or through distance and online education. Our Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE) is dedicated to offering you programs tailored to fit the everchanging needs of adult learners and designed to help you meet your academic, professional, and personal goals. Examples of the online, self-paced, and hybrid certificates and courses offered include: • Advanced supply chain and logistics certificate • Health care management certificate • Special education supervisory certificate • Teaching English as a second language certificate Additionally, non-credit professional development programs designed as self-paced online are offered in the business and technology fields including marketing, nonprofit management, and security awareness training and in healthcare careers. Know of someone who did not finish their undergraduate degree? Ship now offers undergraduate degree completion in both an online format (BS in Professional Studies degree completion) and in-person in Harrisburg (Bachelor of Social Work). See a full-listing of certificates, and professional and personal enrichment offerings at

Hauser has also skied cross-country to see the state’s iconic glaciers. “Some people climb the ice in the winter. I am not one of them,” he said. “I am content just to see them.” Katie (Paxson) Hammaker ’93 is a grant writer for the United Way of the Capital Region (Harrisburg) and a freelance writer based in Mechanicsburg.

Western North Slope, Alaska © ConocoPhillips Company

can begin. He spends the spring and summer months surveying the landscape and lakes, and carefully mapping routes for the next winter season’s ice roads. The goal is to ensure that local wildlife and habitats are not disturbed and that lakes and waterways are not depleted. Hauser first traveled to Alaska in 2010, assigned to complete a pipeline survey there while working for an environmental firm in New Jersey. “It’s a beautiful state, and I was attracted to the sense of adventure that it seemed to have,” Hauser said. He decided to move to Alaska the following year. But it takes planning, flexibility, and a lot of commitment to work in this type of environment. Hauser follows the “hitch” work schedule of two weeks on, two weeks off, that is common for the oilfields of the North Slope. When on, Hauser is fully immersed in his work. He typically completes 12-hour shifts seven days a week. Hauser resides with his co-workers in a company-owned camp with amenities including a sauna, theater, game rooms, and exercise facilities. On his off weeks, Hauser takes a nearly two-hour flight home to Anchorage. He spends as much time as possible with his family and enjoying the outdoors. Hauser has been cultivating a love of the outdoors since college. While attending




40s Ellen (Morgan) Piacentine ’45, Cape May, NJ, celebrated her 98th Birthday May 20. Enjoying life and her family, including five great grandchildren, she spent the fall in the Florida Keys and took a bus trip to Pittsburgh. Recently she returned to Cape May to live where she began her teaching career of 35 years.

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60s Dr. Rodney J. Ross ’62, Harrisburg, retired in 2017 after 54 years of teaching in the Harrisburg School District and the Harrisburg Area Community College. His book, Harrisburg in World War II, was published by the History Press of South Carolina in May. More information can be found in the Facebook group: “Harrisburg in World War II—Coming Soon!” Dennis E. Cromwell ’68 and wife Judy, Frederick, MD, met 53 years ago, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 2 and are planning a trip to Europe to celebrate. Dennis was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. The Cromwells are both retired from Jefferson County Schools, Charles Town, WV. They have four grandsons and one granddaughter.

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70s Cynthia M. Kratzke ’72 PhD, CHES, Las Cruces, NM, retired December 2020 from Department of Public Health Sciences, New Mexico State University. She received associate professor emerita status for meritorious

contributions and service. She led the innovative Exercise is Medicine on Campus Initiative and Chancellor Walk and, the NM Public Health Heroes Awards during National Public Health Week. She was elected treasurer serving a term on the national Board of Directors for Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN).

Kenneth C. Madden Jr. ’72, Washington, UT, announced his father, Dr. Kenneth C. Madden Sr. ’39, passed away in May 2020. Dr. Madden Sr. and Gilmore Seavers, former SU President, were good friends. In July 2020, Kenneth and his family moved from Delaware to Utah and now live in Washington, a suburb of St. George. They plan to explore the West in their twilight years. Jim R. Armstrong ’73, Lemoyne, is thrilled to welcome his great grandson, Kolton James, into the family. Nadim S. Ali ’77, Atlanta, GA, was selected as one of the 100 influential Muslims in Georgia for 2020 by the Islamic Speakers Bureau. Alfred K. Myers ’77, Elizabethtown, retired on March 5 after 38 years as a subrogation specialist from Donegal Insurance Group. George Neiderer ’78, Hanover, Retired as senior vice president Human Resources from Utz Brands. Utz Brands, Inc., manufacturers, markets, and distributes snacking products in the United States. James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, was featured as one of the most influential people in central Pennsylvania by the region’s premier business publication. The inclusion recognizes the past six years of remarkable growth by Saxton & Stump as the firm has expanded from a group of respected medical professional liability defense litigators and consultants to a full-service law firm providing legal and business services to a wide range of industries.


BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION SUMMER ON REPEAT 3 The Fabulous Five of 1961 from left to right: Anne (Sohland) Richards ’61, Ruth (Sprenkle) Hess ’61, Pearl (Spease) Wright ’61, Jane Buxton ’61, and Barbara (Flickinger) Forney ’61-’87m have gotten together every summer since 1982. The roommates reminisced about borrowing clothes, wearing out a Johnny Mathis record and socials at Stewart Hall. They are glad they all made it to their 50th reunion during Alumni Days. Sadly they lost Anne in December 2020 and now they are the Fab Four.



3 Ship grads from the 70’s recently met at the Roy Pitz Stube in Chambersburg to celebrate Deb Treon’s 70th birthday. From left to right: Roy Baldassari ’73’81m, Rick Weimer ’71, Cindy (Snyder) Weimer ’72, Deb (Conrad) Treon ’74-’81m, Norm Cannon ’70, Betsy (See) Cannon ’73, Kathie (Hunter) Baldassari ’74-’77m, Jim Henderson ’73, and Bob Treon ’70.

Donald M. Falcone ’80, San Bruno, CA, produced and played keyboards on the new Spirits Burning album, Evolution Ritual, an acoustic-based instrumental folk album featuring over 40 musicians, including violinists from King Crimson, Steeleye Span, Tangerine Dream, and Camper Van Beethoven, and wind/reed players from Van Der Graaf Generator and Soft Machine. The album was released June 4 on Noh Poetry Records. Kathy (Heckman) Goetz ’80-’06m, Fayetteville, recently published her first children’s book, Look At That

SHIP’S LOG Jennifer (Smith) Collins ’91-’93m, McKinney, TX, named director of Strategic Communications at Vizient, Inc., in Irving, Texas. Gina A. Goble ’91, North Brunswick, NJ, accepted a position in October 2020, as a school social worker for New Brunswick Public Schools, after 29 years as a classroom teacher.

VIRTUALLY REUNITED 3 On September 12, 2020, the

Shippensburg University Madrigal Singers held their 13th reunion via ZOOM. Top row, from left to right: Judy (Shugart) Davis ’74, Rick Smiley ’72-’75m (host), Marilyn (Bean) Rogers ’73, and Sam Miller ’75. Second row: Tom ’76 and Michelle Vranich, Patty (Stinson) Kugler ’74-’79m, Joel ’74 and Vicki Cunningham, and Jeff Schuck ’73. Third row: Brenda Kiser ’71-’72m, Carol (Shingara) Bernard, Jim Zeigler ’73, and Bonnie (Leese) Raubenstine ’72-’75m. Bottom row: Kathy Baylor ’72-’82m, Dave Minges ’74, Kay (Barefoot) Dull ’72-’93m, and Jim Dull ’72-’80m.

Cloud. The book is sold on Amazon, Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble. Elaine (Pennington) Stanko ’81, Reading, senior counsel at Saxton & Stump Lawyers and Consultants is a banking and financial services attorney with more than 30 years of experience in commercial and consumer financing. In her practice, she represents lenders and borrowers, including community banks, with loan origination, negotiation and closing, and is experienced with Small Business Administration (SBA) governmentsecured loans and economic development financing. Dr. Barbara DavisPyles ’86, Everson, WA, is celebrating the release of her third picture book. CliFF the Failed Troll (Warning: There Be Pirates in This Book!) is a sweet and silly story about appreciating who we are and knowing there’s a place where we fit in the world. William F. Cook ’88, Mechanicsburg, retired after 22 years as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and also retired as a Lt. Col. from the United States Marines Corps Reserves after 28 years of service. Bill is now the chief security officer for Organic Remedies in Carlisle, PA.

Todd Regar ’88, Mechanicsburg, was appointed vice president of marketing at Fromm, an independent electrical distributor in the MidAtlantic Region. In his role, he will oversee the development of strategic growth initiatives, branding, and corporate communications. Kelly Zabriskie ’88, Philadelphia, vice president of Infection Control at Jefferson Health, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Thomas Jefferson University.

90s Heather (Watts) Claycomb ’90, Hamilton, New Zealand, owned and managed her own public relations agency, HMC, for 17 years in Hamilton, New Zealand. In May the firm was named Public Relations Consultancy of the Year by the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand.

Sean P. Simonton ’91, Christiansburg, VA, was awarded a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May. His dissertation was titled “A Phenomenological Study Analyzing Contemporary Models of Bible Storying in Selected Evangelical Churches in the United States.” David D. Fish ’93, Bentonville, AR, released The Customer Experience Field Guide: A Practical Manual for Getting Things Done is a step-bystep practical guide to set up a CX initiative from scratch or to overhaul an underperforming program. The guide walks you through setting up provisional governance, creating personae, conducting journey mapping, developing and implementing metrics, and setting up a complete system to drive meaningful and enduring organization change. Available on Amazon. Christine D. Johnson ’93, Summerville, SC, was selected for a two-person art exhibit in August at the Park Circle Gallery, North Charleston, SC. Visit her online gallery at

John G. Watson ’93, West Chester, named chief financial officer at SageLife, a Springfield-based owner and operator of active lifestyle, retirement and supportive senior living communities. Wayne E. Motts ’94m, Orrtanna, was appointed by The Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation as the new president to lead the operations of the national preservation and education organization. The Gettysburg Foundation owns and operates the LEED Gold-certified Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Michael B. Schneider ’94, Freehold, NJ, was appointed secretary of the County Police Chiefs Association for the fourth year in a row. Jason M. Bowman ’95, Staunton, VA, met his life goal of retiring by age 50 after a 20-year career in financial services. Rebecca A. Lock ’95, Williamsport, was named managing editor of The Juniata Sentinel in May. Previously she was city editor at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and assistant news editor at the Shamokin News-Item. Jennifer Vanderau ’95-’00m, Waynesboro, recently selfpublished two books compiling columns from the animal shelter. Available on Amazon and

Erin E. Connors ’90, Springfield, VA, was promoted to the position of senior media relations manager at the American Psychiatric Association. Erin works directly with journalists from around the world covering mental health stories. She has been with the APA for ten years. Kelli (Brunner) Gift ’90, Mechanicsburg, Central Penn Business Journal selected Gift, managing member, PaySmart Payroll Services, as a 2021 Women of Influence honoree.

BEACH REUNION 3 Friends from the 80’s had a reunion in Bethany Beach, Delaware. From left to right, Joanne (Kimmel) Rennie ’80, Honoria Fowler, Elaine (Pennington) Stanko ’81, Kathy Sweeney ’80, Krystal (Kahley) Knepp ’80, Becky (Myers) Tom ’80, Nancy (Noel) Piel ’80, and Valerie Kime-Trujillo ’80.



started his career as a high school educator and football coach. Prior to his appointment, Mark served as assistant superintendent for secondary education and support services at Nazareth Area School District. Mark will begin his service on July 1.

REMEMBERING RAM 3 Ram Nalla ’89m passed away in

May 2020 due to COVID-19 and his friends and family couldn’t hold a proper service for him. His family and Ship friends came back to campus to celebrate his life. Friends and family pictured in the photo are: Milind Deshpande ’89m, Gautam Gogineni ’91m, Ashutosh Saraf ’92m, Fazal Davood ’89m, Jayesh Mehta ’90m, Raghavendra Ramakrishna ’91m, Pramod Bollampally ’94m, Shailesh Verma ’93m, Padmavathi Gogineni ’91m, Keerti Bollampally ’94m, Nihara Davood along with Ram’s wife, Rukmini and daughter, Aishu.

Terrance E. Wallace ’98, Northumberland, Weis Markets appointed Terry to vice president of Supply Chain and Logistics. In this new role he will oversee all aspects of the grocer’s supply chain and distribution activities across its 1.3 million square foot distribution center in Milton. Gerald Dincher ’99 and wife Nathalie, Hope Mills, NC, welcomed a daughter, Violet, in December 2020. She joins big brother Leo. Natrice Johnson ’99, Philadelphia, is celebrating her 10th anniversary as owner/director of Candy’s Kids Learning Academy, LLC. The academy participates in the Keystone Stars program which has allowed them to educate and care for over 300 children in a highquality multi-site organization.



Deadra (Pascoe) Clewell ’96, Nazareth, successfully defended oral dissertation on May 12 earning a PhD in Psychology.

EDUCATION–The annual Women’s History Month event aimed to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate Latina and multicultural women breaking down barriers and emerging in leadership positions nationwide.

2020, this group of friends from the class of 1990, started participating in regularly scheduled Zoom calls. In October, to celebrate their 30th class reunion, they met in a cabin in central PA. They all agree that time and good friends are two things that become more valuable the older you get! From left to right: Unsil (Oh) Potkul ’90, Susan (Sherr) Miller ’90, Lara (Moles) Luzi ’90, Kim (Sloan) Musser ’90, Leigh Ann (Weakland) Weaver ’90, Jill Witmer Webber ’90, Lori Thew Steele ’90’98m, Danielle (Babacz) Matteo ’90, and Shelly (Latuch) Zarefoss ’90.

Nancy Cubano ’98, Philadelphia, employed by the Independence Charter School, was selected among more than 100 women to receive The AL DÍA Women of Merit in


sisters from the class of 1992 vacationed together and reminisced about the amazing memories of Ship! Megan (Naughton) Peart ’92, Krista (Witmer) Jenkins ’92, Megan (Nielsen) Krot ’92, Marcie (Sullivan) Baetcke ’92-’93m, Meg (Oberman) Cotton ’92, Carolyn Malloy-Mitrecic ’92, Beth (Joyce) Collins ’92, Lisa (Mundy) Brillhart ’92, Renee (Olszewski) Esham ’92, Kim (Brogley) Sheck ’92, and Nancy Knitter ’92.

Mark Madson ’98, Nazareth, is the newly appointed superintendent at Parkland School District in Allentown. He is a former Raider Football team member and


Carol (Verish) Houck ’99, Harrisburg, joined Saxton & Stump as a real estate attorney. Bringing nearly 20 years of experience supporting clients with matters involving real estate, corporate and business law, and banking and financial services. Houck will be a key part of the firm’s growing real estate practice, advising buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants on the purchase, sale, leasing and development of real estate. She will also be representing lenders and borrowers in commercial finance transactions.

including the subjects of selfportraiture, environment, emotions, and state of being. The same piece is in the Kauffman Gallery exhibit, Creativity in Captivity; responses to COVID-19, an online exhibit open until November 1. Gregory M. Stahl ’00, New Port Richey, FL, was recognized as LPL Financial’s Top Financial Advisor, Chairman’s Club. This elite award is presented to less than 5 percent of the firm’s more than 17,000 financial advisors nationwide. Stahl serves as senior vice president, wealth advisor at BT Wealth Advisors,Tampa. Stahl offers more than ten years of investment advisory and wealth management experience. Jennifer (DeMarr) Walton ’00, Sterling, VA, recently celebrated her third anniversary at NAIOP as digital media manager. Stephen T. Lezinski ’01, Washington DC, promoted to senior associate at Barton & Loguidice. Barton & Loguidice is a northeast regional engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm. Lezinski is a member of the firm’s Solid Waste Practice Area and serves as branch manager for the Annapolis office. Elizabeth “Betsy” (LaCoe) Hamm ’01’05m, Harrisburg, was named CEO of Duck Donuts. Hamm was previously the chief operating officer. After NewSpring, a family of private equity strategies, completed the acquisition of Duck Donuts. Russ DiGilio, founder and original CEO, stepped down and named Betsy to succeed him.

00s Britta (Smith) Manges ’00, Pittsburgh, PA, awarded third place for her artwork, Respite, in the Visions of Self at the first annual show of the Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision group of Yosemite Sierra Artists. The show features over 100 female artists from ten countries, with work

MYRTLE VACATION 3 Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Michael S. Mattes ’21, and Gail (DeWald) Jones ’94 vacationing in North Myrtle Beach summer of 2020.

SHIP’S LOG Patrick Velekei ’01, Reading, named managing partner at Velekei Giles Financial Group. Mary-Leah Albano ’02, Courtland Ontario, Canada, celebrated her ten year anniversary in naturopathic practice. Sean E. Crager ’02, Dillsburg, is now the executive vice president of Sales and Business Development with LingaTech, Inc., a small, minority owned, disadvantaged business located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. LingaTech’s primary practices include software development, data management and analytics, geospatial technologies, and staffing services. Sean departed a 15+ year career from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where his most recent role was the chief technology officer in the Office of Administration. Daniel L. Strayer ’03, Manchester, England, recently became the digital marketing manager for Think Design Agency, Whitefield, Manchester, UK. Dan will oversee search engine optimization and other related digital marketing strategies for a range of UK and global clients in the B2B, B2C, public sector and charity sectors. Walt Bair ’05 and wife Steph, Ephrata, welcomed a son, Jack Robert, on February 24. Brent S. Carothers ’05, McMurray, accepted a new career opportunity as associate vice president, head of Budget & Financial Planning at Carnegie Mellon University. Joshua E. Hoffman ’06, Lititz, was named as Alvernia University’s new chief financial officer.

Emily (McLaughlin) Goodine ’07’12m, Waynesboro, graduated from Shippensburg University with a doctorate in Educational Leadership, EdD. John D. Poniske ’08m, Waynesboro, recently published his first novel, Snakebit: Prelude to War, first in a series of 15 on the Civil War. John holds a MA and BA in history and taught history in a high school setting. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle.

10s Ryan E. Bocklage ’10, York, promoted to Major US Army. He is currently attending Command and General Staff College, Bocklage has served tours in Afghanistan and Bahrain. His next assignment will be the 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, GA. Anne Greenawalt ’11m, New Cumberland, released her novel, THE SHOT, it’s available to purchase as an e-book on Amazon. “When Sam discovers the government-mandated vaccinations to protect against bio warfare are actually a plot to control the world’s population, she risks her life and family to expose the government’s secret.” Nichole (Baker) Davis ’11 and husband Anthony, Shippensburg, welcomed their second son, Copely Blaine, on April 27. He joins big brother Daxton, 2½.

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ALUMNI CO-WORKERS 3 Ship alumni that work at Daniel Boone Primary Center in Berks County. From left to right: Tracy (Ward) Berry ’93, Joan (Krayeski) Reigner ’89, Erin (Siegle) Holman ’02, Melissa (McLean) Dramby ’98, Greg Herbst (attended but transferred), and Jennifer (Keller) Clouser ’00.

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Gina (Bryson) Witte ’15-18m and husband Jon ’13 of Carlisle, welcomed a daughter, Nora, on February 6.

Travis ’11 and Caley (Tate) ’10 Smith, Madisonville, KY, moved in June for Travis to start a new job as plant manager for BID Group. They are very excited for this new opportunity for their family. Lauren Bauer ’12, Chicago, IL, celebrating seven years of living in Chicago and co-president of Bucktown Arts Fest, a non-profit art festival.

Shaniece Jackson ’16, an exercise science major, was announced as an assistant athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles. “It’s really an honor and a dream come true to be the first Black female athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles,” Jackson said. “I want to continue serving as a role model, mentor, and inspiration for other females and people of color and letting them know they can achieve anything they put their minds to.”

Michael A. Coyne ’12, New Oxford, selected to join Baltimore County 911’s class of new recruits. Upon successful completion of training Michael will be serving Baltimore County, MD by fielding incoming 911 calls and dispatching emergency services to respond to those calls.

Hayden G. Rigo ’16-’17m, named deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General.

Cody R. Demmel ’14, Center Valley, has earned certified financial planner™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Demmel is a financial advisor for Morton Brown Family Wealth.

Kyle J. Slusser ’17m, Carlisle, principal of Mooreland Elementary School in the Carlisle Area School District.

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Tara (Jordan) Wabrick ’14m and husband Evan ’12’13m, Shiremanstown, welcomed a son, Logan Michael, on

Joseph T. Bandru ’14 married Afton Fonzo on October 30, 2020. The couple lives in Taylor and are expecting their first child in December. Angel Golphin ’15, Lebanon, is one of 11 new members to join the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. Angel earned her BSBA in 2015 with a concentration in human resource management and is a talent acquisition consultant with TE Connectivity. Samantha Rimbey ’15 married Derek H. Rebuck ’15 in September 2020. The couple lives in Clarksburg, MD.


Isaiah Banks ’17, Glenside, is currently in his second year of Lock Haven’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and is a fatherhood case manager in West Philadelphia.

Alexia Christian ’18, Shippensburg, released her third Pop/Rock album, For Singles Only! It’s available on iTunes, Spotify and CD format. Laura A. Weikel ’18, Mechanicsburg, has artwork, Distraction, in the Kauffman Gallery exhibit, Creativity in Captivity; responses to COVID19, an online exhibit open until November 1.

In Memoriam Dr. Kenneth C. Madden Sr. ’39 Helen (Konhaus) Rowland ’43 Rose (Contino) Hunter ’46 Ethel (Myers) Wolfgang ’48 Joan (Oiler) Brehm ’53-’76m Suzanne (Guss) Heckert ’53 Calvin E. Roland ’53 Clifford E. Berkstresser ’54 Glenda (Leeper) Biecher ’55 Gary D. Rupert ’55 Gilbert Lee Greenawalt ’56 Dorothy (Ehlman) Moser ’56 Kail C. Rion ’56 William M. Scheetz ’56-’67m William “Ben” Walker ’57-’69m Patricia (Sherman) Gutshall ’58-’87m Fred Eugene Rhodes ’58


SHOWING SPIRIT 3 Teacher Spirit Week at Emory Markle

Middle School in the South Western School District Ship grads. From left to right: Kari (Weaver) Irvin ’06, Amy (Humble) Kauffman ’95, Heather (Motter) Waybright ’99-’04m, Chris Stetter ’99, Julie (Brown) Lubold ’15, and Kimberly Porter ’79. Robert D. Vokes ’58 Richard E. Gerth ’59 Wanda (McMillen) Harris ’59 Beverly (Cutshall) Miller ’59 Marie (Wursch) Bailey ’60-’65m Donald L. Hair ’60 Loretta (Donaldson) Lauffer ’60 Delores M. Straw ’60 Richard L. Shelleman ’61-’67m Richard D. Leedy ’62 Sara (Maxell) Bailey-Yohe ’63 Gary E. Kraybill ’64 Kathleen (Miller) Gribble ’65 Raymond A. Mohn ’65 Carroll G. Granger ’66-’69m Mary Ann (Adams) Zimmerman ’66-’68m Karen (Campbell) Linta ’67 Donna (Pugh) Metz ’67 Richard K. Putt ’68-’76m Elizabeth (Kilian) Angus ’69 Linda (Osmond) Eliason ’69 Barbara (Shermeyer) Miller ’69-’71m Sara (Creeger) Custer ’70m William C. Kralik ’70 Donna T. Mottilla ’70,’75M,’76m Craig B. Gerhart ’71-’76m Emily J. Kormanski ’72m Peter M. Nesbella ’72m Linda (Cohick) Amtsfield ’73 Patricia (Armstrong) Bateman ’73 Wanda B. Hackman ’73 Edward V. Moran Jr. ’73 Norma (Perlis) Jablon ’74m Edward T. Mennona ’74m Peter M. Selan ’74 Mary (Craig) Anderson ’75m John W. Appleby III ’75 Llyle J. Barker Jr. ’75m John J. Donatucci ’75m David P. Kreider ’75 Arlene (Morrissey) Miller ’75m Linda K. Reeder ’75 Gary B. Williamson ’76 Philip Kaluponov ’77 Marianne (Poellot) Cowling ’78m Barbara Schmit ’78 Allan H. Thomas III ’78 Eunice (Miller) Boden ’79m


Collins ’94m, Colette Shaw ’92m, and Becky Shaw ’88m graduated from Ship’s Counseling/College Student Personnel program and have followed careers in higher education administration. Since there are no in-person professional conferences this spring, they got together on Zoom to compare notes about work, family and the world. Kathy is the VP for student affairs, University of Rhode Island, Colette the dean of students at Franklin & Marshall College, and Becky is associate dean of students at Smith College. Col. William E. Wilson ’79 Daryl B. Girton ’81m David M. Weir ’81m Vicci (Williams) Williamson ’81 Patricia (Krichten) Goodling ’82 Christopher C. Ray ’82 Emily (Tarr) Clemmer ’83m Maj. Paul T. Doherty ’83m Edward B. Reilly Jr. ’83 Constance (Downey) Shover ’83 Col. Richard G. Chapman Jr. ’85m Teresa (Snyder)Fraker ’85-’90m Stanford C. Moist ’86m Lawrence B. Royer ’86m Carol (Page) Smith ’87 Lorene (Zehr) Martin ’89 Ram C. Nalla ’89m Jeanne K. Marshall ’90M Lee A. Varner ’90 Julie (Berger) Overcash ’98 Bryan Gosnell ’04 Julia K. Wise ’17


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b-f The alumni board of directors manned five pick-up sites for alumni to pick-up their ChocolateSHIP cookies and goody bags while talking to a board director. b Melissa (Wilbur) Morgan ’06-’08m takes a selfie with Bobby Sisock ’05-’06m and son in Enola; c Steve Thomas ’04 and daughter man the pick-up table outside Old Main; d Tim MacBain ’03 (center) was the alumni host in Harleysville; e THANK YOU a choco-lot for supporting our cookie sale! We sold 720 cookies! We hope everyone enjoyed their goody bags. f Tim Bream ’87 met with alumni in Coatesville; and not pictured, Julie (Ritchey) Perez ’91 hosted the Williamsport, MD pick-up. g Julie (Ritchey) Perez ’91 and Karen (Kuch) Wertz ’92, Sigma Delta sorority sisters stop for a photo with the Sigma Delta brick outside Stewart Hall during the ribbon cutting on June 5. h-i The Alumni Association sponsored a pay it forward day on campus and surprised students with free beverages at Starbucks and Dunkin’. We love promoting the Alumni Association to students on campus! j The Ship experience is more than four years, it lasts a lifetime! To celebrate graduation, the Alumni Relations Office invited graduating seniors to a Senior BBQ with the alumni crew. Congratulations and welcome to the Alumni Association to our newest alumni! 1)-1$ On June 5, in lieu of a full Alumni Weekend 2021, several alumni returned to Shippensburg to rekindle friendships and memories. SAVE the DATE for the Alumni Weekend we all love in 2022—June 3-4, 2022. 1) A group of alumni check out the new-to-them Maxie’s Brewhouse; 1! Dawn (Buller) Kothe ’93, Sherri Blum ’90, Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Sherry (Cooper) Mowery ’93, Jennifer (Guri) McCormick ’95, Krista (Rife) Gonzalez ’96-’00m, Julie (Ritchey) Perez ’91, and Karen (Kuch) Wertz ’92; 1@ Debbi Juba ’89, Rebecca (Mickey) Moyer ’88-’89m, and Randi (Devor) Reinish ’93; 1# Dawn (Buller) Kothe ’93, Sherri Blum ’90, and Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92; 1$ Jill (Ibberson) Williamson ’88, Robin (Kubinak) Driskill ’88, and Jennifer Truskey ’88.


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Paying it Forward… a Scholarship Story Marie McDonald ’97 and her husband David Cziraky recently established the McDonald Cziraky Women’s Basketball Scholarship, but the story behind this scholarship began when Marie was a student-athlete at Ship.

Marie reminisced, “The moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was the place for me. I always felt supported as a student-athlete. Our basketball team was fortunate to have played for the NCAA Division II title my junior year, and the way the community—the campus community as well as the community at large—supported our basketball program, created lifetime memories for my teammates and me.” While a student at Ship, Marie was awarded the Gwendolyn Baker Scholar Athlete Award. “Being a scholarship recipient myself, I am grateful for the opportunity a scholarship has afforded me, and I want to provide an opportunity for others to benefit from having a scholarship,” Marie said. When asked what inspired her to establish her own scholarship she said, “Dick Stone. I was inspired by his and his wife’s Mary’s interest in our program and by his generosity. There’s a reason why I asked to be there when his scholarship was first awarded—I wanted to share in the celebration, knowing that I aspired to someday do the same thing.” Marie and her husband hope that their gift provides an opportunity for female student-athletes to concentrate on their studies, their leadership growth, and their athletic development, in lieu of being concerned with the stress that comes with financing their education. “It is a thrill to think that in some way, I may influence the advancement of future leaders. Scholarships financed my entire undergraduate degree, so I am acutely aware of how important they are to students. I am already looking forward to meeting our scholarship’s recipients.”

How the story began…

In the spring semester of Dr. Richard D. Stone’s first year at Ship, Marie McDonald took his senior capstone marketing class. “One day she came to my office to inform me she was on the women’s basketball team and gave me a schedule of the classes she would miss because of away games.” As a new professor he didn’t think he had time to attend any games, but knowing Marie, he made an effort to go. At the first game, he

Pictured left to right: Jessica D. (Bobiak) Dean ’97, Logan (Snyder) Grudi ’17 (scholarship recipient), Dr. Richard D. Stone, Marie McDonald ’97, and Deborah L. (Dawson) Mandell ’97.

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found out that two other students in his classes, Jess Bobiak and Deb Dawson, were also on the team. After the three graduated, Stone continued to attend games. Inspired by these athletes, he began making gifts in support of the team. At one game, Stone recalled, “I overheard the late Jeane Eschenmann say that one of the athletes had her scholarship. I thought, ‘Wow! What a great way to have a special player to root for.’” In 2010, the SU Foundation featured the newly established Dr. Richard D. Stone Women’s Basketball Scholarship in SU Magazine. After Marie read the story, she contacted Dr. Stone and said she wanted to be there when the scholarship was first awarded. Reflecting back, Stone said, “I got the idea of inviting Jess and Deb to attend the annual Women’s Basketball Banquet too. I have done that every year since.”

Inspired by this story or your own to start a scholarship? Please contact the SU Foundation. Shippensburg University Foundation 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: (717) 477-1377 • Fax: (717) 477-4060 Visit us on the web at Like us on F d The SU Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the official gift-receiving entity for Shippensburg University.



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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, DAUPHIN HIGHLANDS GOLF COURSE Schedule: 1:30pm shotgun start; dinner immediately following golf Cost: $100 per player A special thank you to our beverage sponsor Appalachian Brewing Company! A variety of sponsorships are available to promote your organization that also include golf and special perks. Visit or call (717) 477-1218. The Alumni Golf Tournament supports the Alumni Legacy Scholarship which provides up to eight scholarships with two new scholarships annually to incoming students with a legacy family relationship.

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Kate will discuss her book, Girls of Brackenhill, share a sneak peek at her new release, The Spires, share insight on writing fiction and publishing, sign books and answer questions. Kate will also have her soon to be released book on hand for a buy it before it's released opportunity. Visit the event calendar under for more information and to register.

Ship Legacy Pinning Program: Raider Pride, Pass it on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10:30AM Be a part of a Ship tradition which honors the past and present and celebrates your family legacy at Ship! Shippensburg alumni parents, grandparents, and aunts/uncles of currently enrolled students are invited to attend the Legacy Pinning Ceremony with the President and the Alumni Association Board of Directors to welcome current students into the Ship family. Attire is casual. The pinning ceremony takes place annually during Parents and Family Weekend. Students may attend the ceremony with their alumni family members at any point during their time at Shippensburg. While many families participate in the ceremony during their student’s freshman year, families may choose to participate any year, including their senior year. Register to attend at and click on Alumni Events Calendar. The Shippensburg University Legacy Program was designed to recognize the commitment of its alumni to their alma mater who support and encourage their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and siblings to consider Shippensburg University for their higher education.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:00PM Join New York Times bestselling author, Kate Moretti, Class of 2000, Neil Connelly, professor of English, and Colleen Patterson, Shippensburg University’s First Lady.

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