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invested in our students SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Cooper Grove, a senior biology major, has his sights set on becoming a physician. The Dr. William E. Peightel Scholarship he received helped move him toward that goal. “This scholarship means I am able to continue my education without fear of accumulating excessive debt while here at Shippensburg,” Cooper said, adding, “I have a lot of years of schooling and payments ahead of me.” A native of Needmore, Cooper was inspired to pursue medicine because of his grandfather. When Cooper was just a toddler his grandfather nearly died from cardiac arrest. “I credit the hard work of the medical staff for giving me the opportunity to know my grandfather. He lived another 12 years, and I got to know the greatest influence and role model in my life,” said Cooper Grove ’22 Cooper. An Honors student, Cooper stepped into many leadership positions on campus including serving on the executive board for the Wood Honors College and the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi. He served as a peer mentor for first-year students housed on campus in the Biology Living Learning Community. He was president of Tri-Beta National Biology Honors Society and is a chief scribe at Meritus Medical Center. Cooper is applying to medical schools and said he “feels tremendously prepared” for this next step thanks to the education and support he received at Shippensburg.

SAVE THE DATE Join us for ShipGives, Shippensburg University Foundation’s 24-hour day of giving, on April 7 and 8, 2022. It’s an exciting day when alumni and friends from around the country, along with the campus community, come together to make a difference for students. In 2021, 1,227 Ship family members made gifts that totaled $148,901. Save the date and help us make 2022 bigger and better. And, the SU Foundation will be debuting another awesome Ship sock. Watch social media for the big reveal.








’TIS THE SEASON TO PRESERVE SHIP MEMORIES! Stewart Hall, once a gym, dormitory, recreation center, men’s day lounge, and place to learn, is restored to its former glory. It is now a home for alumni to come back to, and a place for new students to start their journey at Ship. Be part of a lasting impact on campus by purchasing a personalized brick for the Stewart Hall Pathway Home! If you already purchased a brick, consider purchasing one as a holiday gift for a recent graduate, a classmate, a parent, or in honor of a favorite professor. To purchase a brick go to or scan the QR.

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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Afro-Am Celebrates 50 Years of Service

A look back at the Afro-Am organization and the impact of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA).

A Call to Service, A Decision to Lead

Get to know Interim President Charles E. Patterson and find out his goals for Ship.

The Evolution of the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library

From the Old Main Chapel to the center of campus, take a look back at the library at Ship.

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FRONT COVER, Field Hockey and Interim President Charles Patterson celebrate the perfect season that led to a sixth national championship.

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from the president

So much to celebrate U N I V E R S I T Y M A G A Z I N E VOL. 18, NO. 3 FALL 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/Digital 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. 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,



During Homecoming 2021, we honored our alumni with the Athletics Hall of Fame Luncheon and Annual Alumni Awards Dinner. The homecoming court raised funds to support the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition and we gathered for the first time in two years at the annual post-game supper. Students have been hard at work in the classroom, in the field and in our community. In this issue you’ll learn more about the ShipComposts project. Our students are making great strides to reduce food waste and our carbon emissions on campus, but they can’t do it alone. I’m hopeful you’ll consider helping them out. You will also meet mechanical engineering student Erika Ebersole. She took the hands-on skills she learned in the labs provided through the School of Engineering and interned this summer in the High-Speed Rail Engineering Department at Amtrak. As we continue our 150th celebration, I invite you to step back in time and read

about the evolution of the library at Shippensburg University and join us in celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the African American Organization at Ship. If you missed the triumphant return to action by our studentathletes, we’ve got you covered in the Sports Shorts section. I’m beyond proud of all they accomplished in their seasons and congratulations to Ship Field Hockey on their sixth national championship. And I share a little about myself, my favorite mode of transportation around campus, and the work I aspire to inspire at Ship. Great things are happening at here and I hope you’ll visit campus soon and experience it for yourself ! Sincerely, Dr. Charles E. Patterson Interim President


The Raider Battalion celebrated 40 years at Shippensburg University on Friday, October 1, 2021. A brief ceremony at the fountain marked the milestone and cadets presented President Patterson with a commemorative plaque.

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It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of the fall 2021 semester. Reenergized, we made Ship Happen and welcomed back some of our favorite events.


LETTERS WELCOME: We encourage letters to the editor involving issues on articles or topics, the university, or those of general interest to our readership. Letters should be no longer than 400 words and may be edited for length and clarity. Please include a signature for proper attribution.


campus Shippensburg University tops US News & World Report rankings for public schools of the North


hippensburg University of Pennsylvania has once again been named a US News & World Report Best Regional University and Top Public School. In the 2022 “Best Colleges” rankings released in September, Ship is ranked 27th among Top Public Schools on the list for Regional Universities (North) and 94th on the Best Colleges list for Regional Universities (North). “I’m proud to see our university recognized by this prestigious ranking, but it comes as no surprise. It confirms

what we already know. Ship provides a quality education and is a standout in our region and the state,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, interim president of Shippensburg University. The rankings focus on several different factors including student outcomes and standardized test scores. Faculty resources including class size, faculty with highest degree in their field, and student-to-faculty ratios are also scored.









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MOVE-IN DAY 3 Ship welcomed the newest members of the campus community during Move-in Day on August 19. Faculty, staff, and students pitched in with the move and helped the new Raiders get settled.

WOMEN: Basketball (6), Cross Country (9), Field Hockey (2), Softball (3), Tennis (4), Indoor Track and Field (9), Outdoor Track and Field (14), and Volleyball (1). MEN: Baseball (14), Basketball (2), Cross Country (3), Football (10), Soccer (3), Swimming (4), Tennis (3), Indoor Track and Field (14), and Outdoor Track and Field (28).

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Shippensburg University Field Hockey team wins its sixth national championship overall and its fourth in the last five seasons. THE PERFECT SEASON The No. 1-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team scored three goals in the first eight minutes Sunday, November 21, to claim its sixth national championship in school history, defeating No. 3 West Chester by a 3-0 margin in the 2021

NCAA Division II Championship Game at Millersville University's Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium. Read the full story in Raider Sports on page 14.

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etc. 1871 Ship celebrated Diversity Week in October.

The week featured multiple community building and inclusion activities and guest speakers. Bryan Hickman ’12 shared his performance artwork, using fire to finish each of his pieces, changing the resulting work.


The Ship was introduced as the athletics logo in 1993. The university formally adopted the logo in 2008. But what is the Ship all about? The ship is a stylized version of a privateer that was commissioned by the government to serve as a raider against enemies. The unique placement of the

ship in the slightly tipped oval creates the additional motion. The use of a ship in the logo was motivated by both the connection to Edward Shippen, the town’s namesake who made his fortune in the 18th century from shipping and the Portrait of Edward IV (1729-1806), university’s popular applied Shippen Robert Feke, Philadelphia Museum of Art nickname, “Ship.” Also, the first definition for raider in Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines the term as a fast and lightly-armed ship. The intent of the custom design Shippensburg Ship is to convey a feeling of strength and forward movement as it slices through the water, sails billowing with power of the wind. It also speaks to the crew’s teamwork which is necessary for the vessel to navigate skillfully and reach its destination.

By Rev. Thomas Davidson 1856-1923 (ed.) - Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language, Public Domain,

KAUFFMAN ART GALLERY The Kauffman Gallery hosted Bitmap and Vector: An Exhibition of Images by Ship Design Students featuring select digital images by undergraduate design students. The images represent each student’s visual interpretation of a specific theme or concept.



DR. SARA GROVE TESTIFIES TO PROTECT PA’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC HEALTH Dr. Sara Grove, professor of political science and department chair, testified on the impact of invasive species and policy approaches to address the threat in Pennsylvania during a public hearing on August 24. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP) and its chair, Senator Gene Yaw, hosted the hearing. In 2019, Grove, along with assistant professor of political science Dr. Mike Moltz conducted grant funded research for the center that provided a better understanding about legislative and regulatory efforts to control invasive species, such as the spotted lanternfly, gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, hydrilla, and red canarygrass. The two not only took a closer look at how the commonwealth has historically sought to control invasive species, but they also researched national and international efforts such as those of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Their research is vital in protecting the environmental and economic health of Pennsylvania. “Invasive species have been wreaking havoc on Pennsylvania land and waterways for decades,” Sen. Yaw said. “Research published by the center in 2019 estimated a direct economic impact of $13.1 million annually to Pennsylvania agriculture because of the spotted lanternfly. That’s an estimate for the damage to one industry and economy for just one of many invasive species.” In her testimony, Grove promoted interagency cooperation, regulations for watercraft inspections, and developing a funding mechanism for early detection and rapid response. Several leaders in agriculture and natural resources from across the commonwealth joined Grove in testifying, including Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn ’80-‘81m. Shippensburg University Interim President Charles Patterson is also a member of the center’s board.


Wellington and Mukherjee honored with Women in Tech awards Dr. Carol Wellington, professor of computer science, and Dr. Sue Mukherjee, senior vice president for strategy, were honored during the annual Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania Women in Technology (WIT) Awards on September 8. WIT was created to celebrate women innovators, role models, trailblazers, and inspirations to the technology community. Mukherjee was honored with the WIT Impact–Public/Government Sector Award for her nearly two decades of work in the advancement of technology throughout Pennsylvania. Before her time at Ship, she served in the Department of Labor and Industry where she assisted with the implementation of large scale, inter-agency workforce initiatives including Pathways to Advancement, Career Gateway, PA Youth in Transition, and the Workforce Advancement Grants of Education. With the Department of Education she worked

as the state lead for the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiative. Wellington received the WIT Moxie Award as a pioneer who blazes the trail for women in technology. Wellington worked as a software engineer for several years and earned her first software patent in 1987. In 1997 she joined the faculty at Shippensburg University. Her expertise and leadership of a team of colleagues led to the formation of Shippensburg University’s School of Engineering in 2018, which

Dr. Carol Wellington (left) and Dr. Sue Mukherjee (right).

currently offers five engineering programs, three of which are ABET accredited. She helped to create the computer, software, and electrical engineering programs, which at the time were the first such programs in the state system. Wellington is a positive force in training the next generation of computer scientists and engineers.

On Saturday, September 25, the campus community recognized those who love and support Raiders through their time at Ship with the annual Parents and Family Day celebration. Parents had a chance to experience parts of their students’ life at Ship and kicked off the day with breakfast in Reisner Dining Hall. The day continued with tailgating and football at Seth Grove Stadium, an Alumni Association legacy pinning ceremony (turn to page 45 for more from the Legacy ceremony), campus tours, and crafts and activities for all ages.

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RED SEA RETURNS The return of sports at Ship caused a renewed wave of school spirit. Sophomore political science major Regina Yeung was one of many students to jump into the Red Sea! “The Red Sea is a student group on campus that organizes the student sections at athletic events to show our school pride. We go to at least one game of each sport on campus to show our support,” said Yeung. The Red Sea is not new to Ship, but it is growing. With nearly 90 members, the group is averaging 20-30 students at athletic events sporting their red Ship gear, face painting, pom-poms, and a whole lot of Ship love. “My favorite part of being in the Red Sea are the friends I’ve made through it,” explained Yeung.

This semester Yeung and her friends collaborated with different organizations including the SU Marching Band and Cheerleaders to expand the impact of their rather noticeable presence at athletic events.

“This year we organized a Pink Out to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer on Saturday, October 9 since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she explained. The Red Sea turned pink for the day during the football game at Seth Grove Stadium and invited others to join the cause and the Red Sea. Students can get involved simply by showing up and Yeung said they can expect a spirited welcome! “I love Ship because of the people and the ever-so-welcoming community. We truly are one big Ship family and I’m thankful to call a place like this home,” she said.

Yeung and friends in the Red Sea.

State System Board of Governors Approves Historic Funding Request The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education unanimously approved a measure to integrate six institutions into two new universities, the latest action in a multi-year system redesign effort to bolster student success and institutional sustainability. STATE SYSTEM NEWS The request exceeds last year’s general operating appropriation by $73 million. In combination with cost-saving measures taken over the last several years, this historic increase wo​uld put the System on an even more stable financial footing.​ “This request is vital to the future and mission of the System,” said Board of Governors Chairwoman Cynthia D. Shapira. “It reflects what our data modeling shows will be needed for the PASSHE institutions to operate effectively while remaining affordable, one of our primary goals. Fulfilling this request would send a clear signal that the Commonwealth wants to invest in every current and potential student—the future workforce that will drive Pennsylvania’s economy.” The $73 million state funding increase will enable the System to continue implementing plans for university integrations that were approved in July; to further invest in the diversity, equity and inclusion plan approved in April; and support other initiatives while reducing 10


universities’ dependence on additional budget cuts or tuition increases. The System’s 14 universities have trimmed nearly $173 million from their operating budgets since 2018, adding to the $400 million in savings achieved in the previous 18 years. This focus on financial sustainability, in combination with investment in strategic priorities, will ensure that each university continues to fulfill its mission of providing a high-quality education at the lowest possible price for years to come. In addition to the annual general fund appropriation request, the Board endorsed a proposal to direct funds to students with a twofold goal: to reduce the financial burden on students, and to ensure students have the resources to complete their degree. Keeping higher education affordable for all students has been a priority of the Board of Governors and Chancellor Dan Greenstein, and it is also essential to Pennsylvania’s future. This focus has been a center point of Greenstein’s effort to renew the System’s partnership with the

Commonwealth through the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly. “Public higher education is the keystone of Pennsylvania’s economy and one of the most reliable pathways for social mobility. We have a responsibility to our students and the Commonwealth to open this pathway even further,” Greenstein said. “We look forward to continuing our work with Commonwealth to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has access to a high-quality, low-cost education, regardless of their ZIP code, race or background.” During the meeting, Dr. Denise Pearson offered updates on the State System’s coordinated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, actions to improve campus climates, diversify the curriculum and build enabling infrastructures. Pearson also shared information about the upcoming State System DEI Summit, which will bring together experts from across the Commonwealth and the country to build upon and elevate the promising Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives across the State System. This story was written and released by Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The full version is available at

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The Luhrs Center is back and excited to announce a new season in spring 2022! With some of your favorites and many new faces, you won't want to miss a show. Check out the full season at

L u h r s C e n t e r. c o m of Irish and Celtic music around the world. The live theatrical show embodies the essence of the Public Television stars, delivering a blend of lively, fast paced and upbeat songs and renowned Irish love songs.

Mutts Gone Nuts

March 20 ❘ 1:00pm and 4:00pm ❘ $20 ($15 for students 17 and under)

The Stylistics 3 Little River Band with Firefall 3

February 11 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $45–$85 Little River Band (LRB) garnered huge chart success with multi-platinum albums and chart-topping hits in the 70s and 80s. Fans nostalgic for such tunes as “Reminiscing” or “Lady” can join us to hear the current incarnation for a night of fantastic music, memories, and more.

March 4 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $39–$49 Rhythm and Blues legends The Stylistics are one of the most successful soul groups ever with 12 straight Top Ten hits in the early 70s including: “You Are Everything,” “Betcha by Golly Wow,” “I’m Stone in Love with You,” “Break up to Make Up,” “Let’s Put it All Together,” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” That famous Philly Soul sound is still groovin’ today as The Stylistics celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Celtic Thunder Ireland March 10 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $49–$89 Celtic Thunder Ireland is a brand-new revue show that revisits their most popular Irish and Celtic songs of the past decade and celebrates the influence

The Southern Fried Chicks: “Cage-Free Comedy Tour” 3 February 12 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $25–$45

Join Etta May and the Southern Fried Chicks for a night of funny, clean standup comedy! The all-new tour features new Chicks, new stories, and more fun and laughter, making for a show to remember! Life and love in the USA have never been funnier as when these top headliners take the stage. Think Blue Collar Comedy Tour with better hair and a bigger attitude!

Come see the highest jumping dog in the world and her amazing canine cohorts in an all-star revue of doggie derring-do. They’ll have you at WOOF! Imagine nine of the world’s most talented fourlegged performers in an uproariously funny, comedy dog spectacular and you get Mutts Gone Nuts!

Jeff Allen: “The America I Grew Up In” Tour April 28 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $25–$45

Jeff Allen combines clean, hilarious humor like no other comedian working today. He regularly appears on television, radio, and venues across the country. With over 140 million video views, Jeff Allen is the world’s funniest, most inspiring comedian! In his new tour, The America I Grew Up In, Jeff ’s sidesplitting comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life, the ups and downs of marriage, the challenge of raising children, the bliss of the empty nest (followed by the unexpected returns to said nest), and the joys of being a grandparent.

An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth March 24 ❘ 7:30pm ❘ $79–$119 Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004.

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student snapshot

Inspired to Take Action with Enactus Senior marketing major Brooke Meyers was inspired to bring big change to her community when she joined Enactus at Shippensburg University. She didn’t realize that change would be 1,100 tons big.


eyers attended her first Enactus meeting as a requirement for a class, but found the group so welcoming she decided to officially get involved. Enactus, a student chapter of the global non-profit, combines the words entrepreneurial, action and us, and that’s exactly what the club is all about. “The main focus of Enactus is to develop solutions to community problems that can be sustainable. Our group has several projects in the works currently that are making our campus and community a better place,” said Meyers. Meyers’ admits environmental advocacy was never really her thing before arriving at Ship, but that quickly changed as she watched the amount of food tossed in trash cans in the dining halls. “It seemed like such a waste to me. We have another Enactus project called ‘People Over Profit.’ We collect leftover food from our dining hall and then we donate to the local churches in Shippensburg. I kept thinking about how much waste we could reduce if we composted everything else that was leftover. Truthfully, joining Enactus is what really sparked my interest and love for the environment,” said Meyers. During the summer and fall of 2021, Meyers, Andrew Hare, junior supply chain management major, and their fellow Enactus members decided to officially find a solution for the nearly 22 tons of food waste created by the campus community each month.



Their idea led to a partnership with the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS), SU Campus Farm and Shippensburg Produce and Outreach. With the creation of ShipComposts, they hoped to bridge issues related to food waste, food insecurity, and soil health. Meyers, along with fellow project lead Hare, worked with CLUS to apply for a grant to fund the infrastructure and equipment needed to start composting on campus. Their efforts paid off when at the start of the fall 2021 semester they received a $25,000 community improvement grant from the GIANT Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to launch their student-led composting project. The university was one of only 42 applicants from across the state selected to receive funding. Beyond reducing campus carbon emissions, the goal is to create a compost program to help the SU Farm continue to thrive and provide fresh produce to Shippensburg Produce and Outreach, a community initiative delivering produce to food insecure families. The hope is to sell any additional compost to local farms,

This club has greatly enhanced my educational experience here at Ship… I feel as if I’m always trying to come up with new ways to market our projects and get students pumped about composting and recycling.

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creating financial support for the project long term. With the grant award, the project is making progress, but Meyers and her team, along with the student group Green League, are working to raise awareness and additional funds to purchase a tractor and fulfill other needs that will make ShipComposts a long-term success. “Having equipment that allows us to gather, turn, mix, and otherwise aerate the lawn and food wastes (often called browns and greens), will allow us to keep the microbiome community within the compost healthy and doing their work to break down the materials to produce a healthy, finished compost,” said Dr. Sean Cornell, associate professor of geography

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and earth science, CLUS And she credits Enactus for the affiliate scholar, and SU ShipComposts project! for pushing her out of her Farm faculty advisor. comfort zone and into Throughout this project discovering new ways and many others, Brooke to become active in her is gaining real world community. The club has marketing experience she offered great networking knows will be valuable once opportunities with faculty, she graduates. students and members of “This club has greatly enhanced my the local community. Meyers is looking educational experience here at Ship. forward to graduation this spring but is I feel as if I’m constantly taking what committed to her work with Enactus and I’m learning in my business courses and hopes to inspire future students to do their applying it to my projects in Enactus. I feel part to better the Ship community. as if I’m always trying to come up with new ways to market our projects and get * This project was funded by the GIANT students pumped about composting and Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful recycling,” said Meyers. Healing the Planet grant program.

spotlight on ERIKA EBERSOLE ’22

Hometown: Knoxville, MD Major: Mechanical Engineering, Wood Honors College Year: Senior Where did you intern this summer? I interned at Amtrak, in the High-Speed Rail (HSR) Engineering department. One of my jobs was to help test the new Acela 21 trainsets, which are due to start revenue service in the spring of 2022. I helped with static testing of the systems (like smoke detectors and alarms), physical properties such as the coupler (in case the train needs to be towed), as well as dynamic testing, like getting the train to 160 miles per hour with certain power isolations in the possibility of faults during a run. I also shadowed service engineers and helped with troubleshooting and getting data downloads from the old Acela trains.

How important was the internship as you prepare to launch your career? Before landing this opportunity, I had no clue what path I wanted to go down with my degree. A degree in mechanical engineering can lead to so many places; I knew I loved design, but I also enjoy working hands-on with equipment. I have learned so much about troubleshooting and creating solutions from problems that have never been seen before. I have loved every minute of working on the trains, being able to test and work with them out on the

maintenance floor. Not only did this opportunity give me valuable machinery skills, but it also helped me decide what kind of work I enjoy doing. With everything that I have learned and am still continuing to learn about the railroad, my career is only just starting.

How did you get connected to this internship? Before he passed away in 2016, my dad worked for Amtrak for almost 30 years. During quarantine for COVID, I was going to a local park to work out, and there were a set of train tracks right beside the tennis courts. I have ridden trains all over the East Coast, and I was reminded of how much they interested me. I knew Amtrak has numerous opportunities for engineering, so I decided I would apply for an internship to see if I enjoyed working on trains as much as I enjoy riding on them.

Some of the machinery I have used during my labs, like a lathe and milling machine, are what they use to cut the wheels at Amtrak. My engineering classes also helped with my ability to write up reports. A large part of this internship required both written and oral communication skills, and my classes have prepared me for both. What is your favorite thing about Ship? My favorite thing about Ship is the fact that you can get so involved, even in your first years here. I have been a part of so many clubs and activities on campus in my almost four years here, and I have met so many amazing people, both students, faculty, and staff. Anyone can get involved so easily, and once you do, it’s so easy to network and find yourself being offered amazing opportunities.

How did Ship help you prepare for this internship? The career center did an amazing job helping me refine my resume before I applied. I also used their mock interview for engineering. From the engineering side of things, the labs I have completed in my classes offered me great opportunities to talk about my skillsets during my interview. FALL 2021


A Perfect Season



n November 5, 2019, the Shippensburg University Field Hockey lost a quarterfinal game in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament to Millersville, 2-1, to end a disappointing season with a 12-6 record. Two years later, after a pandemic and a lost season, 13 players from the 2019 team joined forces with 16 newcomers to complete Shippensburg’s first undefeated season since 1977—a 20-0 campaign in which the Raiders won their sixth national championship in school history by defeating West Chester, 3-0. Shippensburg has now won five NCAA Division II National Championships (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021), tied with Lock Haven for the second-most, in addition to its 1979 AIAW Division III National Championship. Perhaps most impressively, Shippensburg has now won 11 consecutive games in the

NCAA Tournament dating back to 2016, including eight straight under fifth-year head coach Tara Zollinger. “I’d like to congratulate our team, and our leadership group from our senior class who made a decision at the end of our last season (2019) that they were going to do everything in their power to make the adjustments that we needed to make to bring the national championship home to Shippensburg,” Zollinger said. The historic victory made Shippensburg the first team to win a Division II National Championship with an undefeated record since 2010 (Massachusetts Lowell, 24-0) and the first team to win the PSAC Championship and the NCAA Division II

National Championship in the same season since the 2015 East Stroudsburg Warriors. “One game at a time has been a mantra of this program since the 2016 Championship season,” Zollinger said. “That was something that one of the alums, Taylor Fisher, established, and it’s just been passed down from team to team. This team is going to focus on the game in front of us, because that’s the most important game. I know everybody knew what our record was, but we weren’t talking about it. We weren’t focusing on it. We were focusing on what we needed to do, and what adjustments we needed to make in order to play the game that was right in front of us.” Shippensburg’s offense was dynamic, as it led the nation in goals (99, second-most in single-season history) and assists (66). Seniors Jazmin Petrantonio and Jenna Sluymer highlighted the scoring by ranking 1-2 in the nation with 37 and 24 goals respectively. Petrantonio’s 37 goals shattered

One game at a time has been a mantra of this program since the 2016 Championship season.

Raider fans packed the stands in support of the team.



RAIDER SPORTS ABOUT THE RAIDERS Shippensburg is 16-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and has won five NCAA Division II national titles: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021. Tara Zollinger is 8-0 in the NCAA Tournament during her tenure and has guided the Raiders to the 2017, 2018 and 2021 titles. Bertie Landes guided the Raiders to the 2013 and 2016 titles. Shippensburg’s first national championship in school history came in 1979, when Jane Goss’s Raiders claimed the AIAW Division III national championship to complete a 16-2-3 season that included a school-record 14 shutouts. Shippensburg managed to defeat rival West Chester in all four of the team’s matchups in 2021, outscoring the Golden Rams by a combined score of 14-4. SU also claimed the 2021 PSAC Championship with a 3-1 home victory over West Chester. Overall, the 2021 campaign is Shippensburg’s fifth undefeated season from 1960-present (also 5-0-3 in 1971, 7-0 in 1968, 5-0-1 in 1967, 11-0-2 in 1977).

the SU single-season record and are the fifth most in a single-season in NCAA Division II history. Shippensburg’s defense was just as integral to its national championship, as it led the nation in goals against average (0.60). The Raiders finished the season with 12 shutouts and allowed only 12 goals in their 20 games. Only six teams scored goals against Shippensburg in 2021, and only three of those teams scored multiple goals in a game. In the final 14 games of the season, no opponent scored more than one goal in a game against the Raiders. Zollinger said: “There was a moment when the senior class refocused and all came together and decided, ‘We’re going to make changes.’ It was something that Jaz said in a circle that we had. She said we’re either going to all win together, or we’re all going to lose together. I think the leadership of the senior class is truly why the team reached that mindset.” Petrantonio, one of the most gifted players to ever suit up in a Shippensburg uniform in any sport, completed her career with 106 goals—third-most in NCAA Division II history. For her, however, the individual accomplishments pale in comparison to the three national championships that she won in her career. “We have the best of the best at Shippensburg, and it doesn’t get any better

than that,” Petrantonio said. “And when I got older, I wanted to be part of a dynasty. I wanted to be part of something bigger. It all came full circle, and the team comes first. This comes first before any of the 37 goals or any accolades. This comes first because at the end of the day, we all were on this trophy, and I put my part into this work. So this is for all of us.” Shippensburg’s 12-person senior class includes players who debuted in either 2017 or 2018. Dating back to the start of the 2017 season, Shippensburg’s seniors combined to post a 68-14 record and claim multiple national championships. The class is comprised of Wink, Petrantonio, Sluymer, Sarah Womer, Adrienne McGarrigle, Anna Gruber, Jody Boyer, Kalah Williams, Meg Thompson, Maddie Reuther, Lauren Loperfido, and graduate transfer Tori Albright. “To see who they have grown into and the relationships that they built, I know that at the end of the day, they’re going to have each other no matter what,” Zollinger said of her seniors. “And it’s really, really special. This senior class will always hold a really special place in my heart professionally and personally, and I’m so grateful to be someone in their corner for the rest of their lives, too.”

◂ Petrantonio graduates having scored more goals than any other player in the history of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships: totaling 10 in eight career NCAA Tournament games.

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who set the all-time PSAC indoor record in the mile and the distance medley relay. His crowning achievement was serving as the anchor leg of the 2011 distance medley relay that won an indoor national championship, and one day later placing second in the 5K at the indoor national championships. In cross country, Beegle was a three-time All-PSAC and three-time AllRegion runner. He is the sixth athlete in school history to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, completing his graduate degree from Shippensburg in 2013. He currently serves as the senior correctional programs specialist for the Northeast Regional Office in Philadelphia.

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From the left, President Patterson, Byan Beegle ’11-’13m, Donald Graybill ’11, Joy Motter Weikert ’93-’97m, Jill Motter Stoner ’93-’97m, Doug Knol ’91, Doug Seidenstricker ’96, and Brenna Eck Hill ’04.

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The university also welcomed back to campus the inductees from the 2020 class. From the left, President Patterson, Gayle Kuntzmann ’10, Mary Dell Fuller ’10-’15m, Mike Harris ’09, and Lauren Beckley ’10.



Bryan Beegle ’11-’13m, a graduate of Gettysburg Area High School, is a national champion and an AllAmerican distance runner who became the first men’s track and field athlete in school history to become both a multiple All-American and multiple Academic All-American. In track and field, Beegle was a 16-time PSAC place-winner, an 11-time All-PSAC finisher and a six-time PSAC Champion

Brenna Eck Hill ’04, a graduate of Williamsport High School, is an AllAmerican softball player who played catcher and designated player and graduated with the second-most RBIs in school history (126). A career .313 hitter, Hill totaled 189 hits and was a three-time All-PSAC Performer and a two-time NFCA AllRegion performer who started 206 of the team’s 207 games in a four-year run in which the Raiders went 147-60 and won back-toback PSAC and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships. Over the course of 206 career starts, Hill hit .313 with 15 homers, 126 RBIs, 47 doubles, 88 walks, 291 total bases and 110 runs scored. Her 47 doubles ranked third in school history at the time of her graduation. After graduating

RAIDER SPORTS from Shippensburg, Hill earned a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology from Temple in 2007 and later earned her PhD in human physiology from Penn State University in 2013. She currently works as a biology professor at Penn State Harrisburg.

Donald Graybill ’11 MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD Donald “Donny” Graybill ’11, a graduate of Cocalico High School, is the only Raider to ever earn All-America honors in an indoor or outdoor multis competition, having placed fifth in the heptathlon at the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. He is a two-time PSAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, having won the award as a junior and senior, and he still holds the all-time PSAC indoor record for the heptathlon (5,092 points). Overall, Graybill was a nine-time PSAC outdoor place-winner, which includes a PSAC title in the decathlon as a junior. Graybill was a sports medicine student worker for three years at Shippensburg, a duty he maintained while competing in track and field. After graduating in 2011, Graybill received his commission as an Officer in the US Navy. He is currently serving as the supply officer onboard USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), stationed out of Norfolk, VA.

Jill Motter Stoner ’93-’97m TENNIS Jill Motter Stoner ’93-’97m, a graduate of Biglerville High School, ranks second all-time in career tennis match victories with 132 wins spanning singles and doubles from 1989-93. A threetime All-PSAC

performer, Stoner is tied for the school record for doubles victories in a single season, an achievement she set as a freshman when she paired with Marci Staherski for 19 wins in 1989-90. In her final three seasons, Stoner, along with her twin sister Joy, competed in three consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships. She won three PSAC Championships (No. 5 singles in 1989, No. 2 singles in 1990, No. 1 doubles in 1992) and was a three-time PSAC runner-up. For the last 17 years, Stoner has taught mathematics at Gettysburg Area Middle School.

Joy Motter Weikert ’93-’97m TENNIS Joy Motter Weikert ’93-’97m, a graduate of Biglerville High School, holds the school record for career tennis match victories (136), spanning singles and doubles from 1989-93. As a freshman, she set the school record for the most single-season singles victories from dual meets, winning 16 times in 1989-90. To cap her SU career, Weikert was named to the prestigious GTE Academic All-America At-Large Second Team and was named the 1993 PSAC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year as a senior. She won three PSAC Championships and was a four-time PSAC

runner-up who went 32-0 spanning singles and doubles in the fall of her senior season. For the last 22 years, Weikert has worked in the Conewago Valley School District as a seventh and eighth grade mathematics teacher at New Oxford Middle School.

Doug Seidenstricker ’96 FOOTBALL Doug Seidenstricker ’96, a graduate of South Western High School, capped off a tremendous Raider football career as a senior in 1994 with Associated Press (AP) Little All-America First Team honors, making him at the time one of three football All-Americans in school history. A two-time All-PSAC safety, Seidenstricker graduated as one of the Top 10 tacklers in school history with 352. In his standout senior season, Seidenstricker led the team with a career-high seven interceptions, which tied for the third-most in SU singleseason history, and with a career-high 5.0 sacks. It is the only known occurrence in school history in which a player led the team in both interceptions and sacks in the same season. Seidenstricker currently serves as the general manager of Old Mill Brewpub in South Carolina and has also formed an LLC called Rock Restoration, a construction business that restores homes.

Doug Knol ’91 TRACK AND FIELD, HONORARY INDUCTEE Doug Knol ’91 was selected as an honorary inductee. Knol is in his 29th season as an assistant coach with the Shippensburg University track and field teams. The team’s sprints and hurdles coach, Knol is the most decorated assistant coach in the history of PSAC Track and Field. A five-time USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Knol has contributed to 51 PSAC team championships and has mentored 29 NCAA Division II AllAmericans in sprints, hurdles or relays. His athletes have won more than 100 conference championships in sprints and hurdles and relays and broken 24 school records and six conference records during his tenure. Through the entirety of his coaching career, Knol has worked full time as a mathematics and advanced mathematics teacher in the Big Spring School District. FALL 2021


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FIELD HOCKEY // Shippensburg went 20-0 and

Shippensburg went 9-2, its best record since 2017, to mark the seventh time in school history that the Raiders have won nine or more games in a season. SU finished the season ranked No. 8 in the Super Region One rankings and its only two losses came at the hands of the region’s Top 2 teams. SU posted a 6-0 record at home, marking the first undefeated season at Seth Grove Stadium since 2012 and just the second this century. FOOTBALL //

SU had two players earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors: quarterback Brycen Mussina and defensive back Trey Paul. Mussina, a geoenvironmental studies major, held a 3.66 GPA at the time of his award. Paul, now a two-time honoree, is a finance major with a 3.77 GPA. Six players earned AllPSAC East honors: freshman kicker Jaxson Montross (left) was named to the First Team, while redshirtjunior David Balint III, Paul, freshman Ian Sheehan, sophomore Jacoby Sherard and redshirt-junior Josh Zacher were named to the All-PSAC East Second Team. Montross set a school record in the season opener by kicking a 50-yard field goal—the longest in SU history.


Shippensburg University senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator (SWA) Carrie Michaels has been named vice chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council, effective September 1. Michaels, the 2018 Women Leaders in College Sports NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year, will serve her term as the vice chair through Aug. 31, 2022. Her term on the NCAA Division II Management Council began in 2020 and lasts through Jan. 31, 2024. The Division II Management Council is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Division II.

(Top row, from left) Brycen Mussina, Trey Paul and Jaxson Montross. (Second row, from left) David Balint III, Ian Sheehan and Jacoby Sherard. (Bottom) Josh Zacher.

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turf installation projects at two of Shippensburg University’s athletic venues—Robb Field (softball, below) and Fairchild Field (baseball). Both venues are having their grass fields removed and replaced with new Astroturf surfaces. Extensive drainage work, trenching and other repairs will also be completed at each facility. The goal is for construction to be completed at each facility by January. | G ShipAthletics | Ö ShipURaiders | e ShipURaiders 18


won its sixth national championship in school history after defeating West Chester 3-0 in the 2021 NCAA Division II Championship game. The Raiders posted their first undefeated season since 1977 and became the first team since Massachusetts Lowell (24-0) in 2010 to win an NCAA Division II national championships with an undefeated record. SU is also the first team since East Stroudsburg in 2015 to win the PSAC Championship and the NCAA Championship in the same season, as the Raiders hosted the 2021 PSAC Tournament and defeated West Chester in the championship game, 3-1, to achieve its second conference championship title in school history. Shippensburg had eight players earn AllPSAC classifications, including Athlete of the Year senior Jazmin Petrantonio (above), Defensive Athlete of the Year graduate Caitlyn Wink, and Coach of the Year Tara Zollinger (right). Petrantonio, Wink and senior Jenna Sluymer were named to the First Team, graduate Tori Albright, graduate Sarah Womer and freshman Lindsay Tripodo were named to the Second Team, and senior Adrienne McGarrigle and freshman Valu Paul were named to the Third Team. Petrantonio set a single-season school record with 37 goals, the fifth-most in a season in NCAA Division II history. She completed her career with 106 career goals, the third-most in NCAA Division II history.

(Top row, from left) Jazmin Petrantoni, Jenna Sluymer, and Sarah Womer. (Second row, from left) Tori Albright, Sarah Womer, and Lindsay Tripodo. (Bottom) Adrienne McGarrigle and Valu Paul.


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finished fourth at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and second at the PSAC Championships. Junior Chayce Macknair (left) became just the second Raider to ever win the PSAC men’s individual cross country championship, claiming the 8K conference title with a time of 25:47 at Kutztown. Macknair and sophomore Hayden Hunt qualified for individual competition at the NCAA National Championships by virtue of their ninth and tenth-place finishes. A total of six runners earned All-PSAC classifications, including First Team honors for Macknair, Hunt (fifth place) and sophomore Aiden VOLLEYBALL // Shippensburg went

13-16 overall and 6-8 in divisional matches, finishing fifth in the PSAC Eastern Division. SU was 9-4 at home but just 4-12 away from home. Freshman outside hitter Emily Gardner (top right) and junior middle Rachel Verhoef (bottom right) were named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division Second Team. Gardner led the team with 270 kills and 31 aces while Verhoef led the team with 73 blocks. LACROSSE // Brooke Sabol was

hired as the head women’s lacrosse coach on Monday, November 15. Sabol arrives at Shippensburg after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall. With the Diplomats, Sabol’s coaching emphases were with the defense and draws. F&M posted a 46-11 record over the last four seasons, including a 2021 Centennial Conference Championship, three NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the NCAA Elite Eight. A native of Landgrove, Vermont, Sabol’s coaching career began in 2017 as an assistant at York College, where she worked on a staff that directed the Spartans to their most successful season in program history: 16 wins and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. She is a 2016 graduate of Wheaton College, where she majored in psychology.

Gonder (13th place) and Second Team honors for junior Kevin Wagner (25th place), redshirt-freshman Jacob Mavretic (27th place) and sophomore Ian Sherlock (29th place).

(Top row, from left) Hayden Hunt, Aiden Gonder, and Kevin Wagner. (Bottom) Jacob Mavretic and Ian Sherlock.

Shippensburg finished ninth at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships and 10th at the PSAC Championships. Senior Kyra Gerber (right) and junior Isabelle Gulgert achieve All-Region classifications from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) by virtue of their 16th and 21st-place finishes respectively at the regional championships. Gerber (14th place) and graduate Lyndsey Payne (17th place) earned All-PSAC classifications. Gerber finishes her career as a three-time All-PSAC finisher, while Gulgert has now earned back-to-back All-Region honors.

(From left) Kyra Gerber, Isabelle Gulgert, and Lyndsey Payne.

WOMEN’S SOCCER // Shippensburg

went 5-11-2 overall and 5-9-2 in PSAC Eastern Division matches. Senior K.K. O’Donnell (top right and below) was named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team and sophomore goalkeeper Kendra Barlow (bottom right) was named to the Second Team. O’Donnell, a two-time All-PSAC honoree, became the first Raider to earn First Team honors at forward since Katie Leverentz in 2010. She led the team with six goals and 15 points and ranked second in assists with three. On Senior Day, a 3-1 victory over No. 20-ranked West Chester, O’Donnell scored twice. Barlow is the third goalkeeper in SU history to earn All-PSAC honors; she totaled 107 saves (tied for third-most in the PSAC) and an .843 save percentage.

MEN’S SOCCER // Shippensburg went 4-10-3

overall and 2-10 in PSAC Eastern Division matches. Sophomore Seth Crabbe (above) became the third SU forward in the last 11 years to be named to an All-PSAC First Team, earning top divisional honors after leading the Raiders with seven goals, sixteen points and six multi-point matches. It is the second consecutive season he has led the team in goals. FALL 2021


Raising Raider Dr. Allison Watts has a rather unique student in her classroom this year. His name is Raider, and he’s not here for the internationally accredited business program. The black Labrador retriever attending class each day with Watts is a Seeing Eye puppy.


atts, an associate professor of management in the John L. Grove College of Business, decided to try her hand at raising puppies for Seeing Eye, Inc., the oldest guide dog school in the country, after speaking with fellow Seeing Eye puppy raiser Dr. Andrea Malmont, associate professor of teacher education. Malmont is currently raising her 13th puppy, Kinley, who will return to The Seeing Eye early next year for her formal training. Two raised puppies later, Watts wanted to take on a third puppy and this time she wanted to get the campus and her students involved. Her previous dogs were named before they arrived, but she knew the organization allows donors to sponsor and name a puppy. Malmont started the fundraiser to name a puppy Raider, and the goal was for students to help raise the remaining funds.

“[Dr. Watts] came up with the idea for a project for a small group in our Strategic Implementation class. The goal was to raise $5,000 for the dog to be named in honor of Shippensburg University,” Jonathan Klinedinst ’19 said. The campaign efforts started with a group of students in the fall of 2019. They did not reach the $5,000 goal that semester so the campaign continued for Watts’ students in the spring of 2020. As students transitioned to remote learning during that semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to get creative and a lot of the fundraising occurred online. “We were already online. We had a GoFundMe and a Facebook page. The students told me ‘we have to do Instagram,’” said Watts. Odie, the puppy she was raising at that time, was featured in the Instagram account. According to Watts the organization names all puppies in each new litter with names starting with the same letter. They cycle through the alphabet, with around 500 dogs named each year. After the funds were raised, Watts waited for the arrival of the “R” litter with the hopes of naming a puppy Raider.

It was impactful to see Dr. Watts with Odie and being able to know that he would be making a difference in someone’s life and knowing that us raising money for Raider would make the same impact.




Raider arrived to Watts in April 2021. His arrival was extra special as Raider is a bit of a Ship dog legacy. Raider is the grandson of Skiba, a Seeing Eye puppy that frequented campus years ago and was raised by Malmont. If you follow Raider on Instagram, you’ll see he is everywhere and that is the whole point behind Watts’ work. “We’re socializing them. We’re not really training them. So my goal is to take him as many places possible,” Watts explained. Those places include church, the doctor’s office, and of course, campus. Raider helped cheer on Raiders at volleyball matches, swim practice, football games and at the recent field hockey national championship. He’s a regular in Grove Hall, in the Quad and he’s even been known to hang out with Big Red. The are some restrictions on where he can visit while he’s a puppy, like planes and busy grocery stores. The goal is for the dogs to become confident in any situation they may face in their work. “To me, this is sort of a perfect environment. There are over 5,000 people on this campus. Mostly young people, but we also have faculty and staff, different sizes, different races, and that is helpful,” she said. But the socialization process means a little extra work and time for Watts. “Everything takes longer,” Watts said laughing. Five-minute walks across campus last a bit longer, as Raider makes frequent


stops for breaks and to I teach here and I like to on Instagram! meet and greet everyone he @ShipRaiderpup_tse think I help students, but encounters. this person’s life will be Though she takes Raider better because of the dog,” everywhere on campus, she said Watts. is mindful not everyone Most of the students who has the same comfort level helped Watts raise funds with dogs. She polls her to name Raider graduated students before the start of before his arrival, but the the semester and so far, all students have meaning of the experience still resonates welcomed Raider. with them as well. “I have had students who are afraid of “It was impactful to see Dr. Watts with dogs. And to some degree, this has helped Odie and being able to know that he would them,” she added. be making a difference in someone’s life With many students missing their own and knowing that us raising money for dogs, or just struggling with the stress of Raider would make the same impact.” said the semester, Raider is often a bright spot in Madison Hoffman ’20. their days. In fact, she knows many students Klinedinst and Hoffman are hopeful don’t know her name, but they know Raider. Watts will continue engaging students in “So many students will say ‘Oh my god, projects like this for as long as she works today was horrible and he just made my with the Seeing Eye, Inc. day.’” Watts added. “I’m debating. I’ve gotten a lot out of it. The only real challenge she faces is But it’s work.” Watts said. saying goodbye to the dogs once they move The program will engage with Watts on to their formal training. when Raider is around the nine-month Raider will stay with Watts until the mark, asking if she wants to raise another summer or fall of 2022 and will then begin dog. If Raider is successful in his training, his formal training before going to work. she will likely take on a new puppy. If he Watts’ first Seeing Eye puppy, Herman, is not, Raider will become her pet and was paired with a woman similar in age to continue to bring joy to campus. Watts who has thrived with the support of Contributing to this article, Ariana Tomb ’22 is a service dogs since a very young age. “This senior English major. might be one of the first times where I can say I absolutely helped a person. Yes, Raider doesn’t miss much around here. He even traveled to watch Ship Field Hockey’s championship win.

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faculty briefs DR. JERRY CARBO | As president of the National Work Place Bullying Coaltion, Dr. Jerry Carbo, professor of management and marketing, put the Dignity at Work Act forward in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He, along with many members of the NWBC and its allies, testified in support of the bill. He testified as an expert in preventing workplace bullying. In RI, they testified in front of the entire House and in MA, the testimony was in front of the joint Senate and House Labor Committee. The City Council of Boston endorsed the legislation on August 18, 2021. DR. SCOTT DRZYZGA | Drzyzga, professor of geography and earth science, was recently elected vice president of the PASSHE GIS Consortium. He represents the consortium on the Pennsylvania State Geospatial Coordinating Board (GeoBoard) and serves on the GeoBoard’s Geodesy Working Group and its Elevation & Lidar Working Group. The GeoBoard provides advice and recommendations to the governor and the public on geospatial issues, policies, and technologies. DR. ARELYS MADERO AND DR. CARLOS ROJAS | Assistant professors of criminal justice, Madero and Rojas are board members (secretary and treasurer respectively) of the newly created Criminology Consortium (CrimCon). Crimcon is the first international criminology and criminal justice conference of its kind that is held completely online and free of charge to attendees and presenters offering a diverse group of sessions, speakers, and roundtables covering a variety of topics within criminal justice and criminology including policing, courts, corrections, victimology, technology in CJ, student learning, and more. CrimCon 2021 “Innovations in Criminal Justice and Criminology: Moving Forward from a Pandemic” was offered virtually from October 18-22. Visit for a complete list of

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As the university archivist, Christy Fic, is an expert on the history of Shippensburg University, but her research interests extend beyond the borders of campus to the history of travel products and marketing. This research introduced her to the Pop Culture Association. The professional organization is comprised of scholars and enthusiasts who study various aspects of pop culture. How did you get involved with PCA? I first presented at the annual conference in 2018. The PCA appealed to me because it has a lively Travel and Tourism section. My research in that area has focused on the history of travel products and marketing. I wanted to connect with others interested in studying travel and tourism, and since PCA welcomes scholarship from across disciplines, it felt like a venue where I could learn multiple perspectives. Pop culture is often viewed as a lower form of culture. Why is it important to study pop culture? Pop culture plays a large role in how Americans spend their leisure time and create individual and group identities. I think that, without critical analysis, many of the experiences that make up our lives would be lost to the ephemeral nature of pop culture. What is your new role in the association? PCA is divided into subject areas. These areas are diverse, but all share a common connection to pop culture. I was appointed chair of the Travel and Tourism area. What will you do in this role? As a subject area chair, I am responsible for soliciting proposals for the annual conference, organizing panel sessions, and communicating with presenters. What is your favorite travel experience? I would love to say it was something really profound, somewhere exotic, but honestly it was Walt Disney World. My family went all the time when I was a kid. We belonged to the Disney Vacation Club

(a Disney time share), we had our favorite restaurants and traditions about how we approached the trips. Creating rituals as a family really made those vacations special to me, particularly as I get older. I can’t get those times back where it’s just me, my brother, and my parents. What is number one on your travel bucket list? I’ve always wanted to go to Hungary. My grandmother was raised there and being Hungarian-American was an important part of my identity growing up. What is a fascinating trend you’ve discovered in your travel research? My favorite, and weirdest, thing I’ve found was when I was doing research for my paper on travel guides from the 1990s and they focused heavily on safety, how women could protect themselves from bad actors while traveling. A common recommendation was to invent a fake husband—either have a story to share when strangers come on to you, or wear a fake wedding ring or carry pictures of your married friend’s family to show you have someone waiting for you back home. But one travel guide really went above and beyond by suggesting a product called the Safe-T-Man, a life-size, inflatable male that appears to be 180 pounds and six feet tall. I think this is an extreme example of how even when women were being empowered to go out and see the world, they were still being told that they needed a man to protect them. Even if he’s inflatable.

Photographic Specialist On the pages of this magazine, on the web and on social media, the story of Shippensburg University has been told through the lens of university photographer Bill Smith. Commencements, celebrity guests, championship celebrations, students, faculty, staff and alumni, he’s captured it all in his nearly 25 years. As he prepares to depart for retirement, we asked Smith to reflect on his time at Ship. Thank you, Bill for all you have contributed to this magazine each issue and all that you have done for the university.


What is your favorite part about your work as university photographer? I have the opportunity to work with almost every department on campus. I enjoy capturing images that can be used to promote the university and show various aspects of the campus. Capturing images of students in the many activities they are involved in on campus, from classrooms, special events, and athletic events. How has your work at Ship changed in 23 years? When I first started at Ship in August 1998, I found myself back in the darkroom processing black and white film and printing prints. I had just left The Sentinel in Carlisle where I worked for nearly 20 years, most of that time as their chief photographer. We were looking at purchasing digital cameras there when I left, so shortly after coming to Ship I suggested purchasing a digital camera. Around 2000 we purchased our first digital camera. In our department turn-around time on pictures can be critical. What is the most memorable moment you’ve caught on camera? Since my career at Ship spanned over 23 years it is very difficult to pin point one particular moment. It was enjoyable to be able to capture our field hockey teams win four NCAA Championships in 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2021. I missed one because I was just coming off my initial cancer treatment in 2016. I also was able to document Neely Spence win the Women’s Cross Country Championship on a snow covered course in 2010. The first flag display in the Quad on the first anniversary of September 11 attack was very memorable.

normally see. In the days of film cameras, it was even more challenging because I would only use three or four rolls of film at an event. That is about 100-140 pictures. So you would have to make every click of the shutter count. With digital cameras you can take a lot more pictures and just trash the bad ones. Favorite time of the year on campus? I like every season. Spring is always nice because you start seeing more students on campus after a cold winter. Instead of just going to class and back to the rooms after class, they begin spending more time outside in the spring. There are also more events outside. Unfortunately, the campus itself looks best after the end of the spring semester because the leaves start coming out and the grass turns green. Winter is nice just to walk around campus when there is snow on the ground and take scenic pictures. Favorite location to photograph? I have taken pictures probably everywhere on campus. The time of day and type of day usually dictates where I may choose to take pictures. One particular location will not work well every time. The Quad works well and the area around Old Main works well with the old buildings, fountain, and mature trees.



What will you miss the most? After working at Ship for over 23 years, I can honestly say I still am ready to get up in the morning and come to work. I really enjoy my job. Some days are more stressful and packed more than others, but that’s all right. I have enjoyed getting to know and work with so many people around this campus, including faculty, staff, coaches, and studentathletes. Of course I have had the opportunity to work with some great coworkers in my division who were so supportive during my challenging health issues over the past six years. What is next in retirement? The Lord only knows. I honestly mean that. I have no specific plans right now expect to devote more time to my wife and family. I am scheduled to retire on December 17 and that marks the six year anniversary since I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. The Lord has seen me through a lot over the past six years. I often wondered if I would ever see retirement. But God is good!!

What changes have you noticed at Ship over the years? The most obvious change on campus are the new residence halls and the demolition of several of the old dorms. The Luhrs Performing Arts Center was built during my time at Ship. The recent renovation of Stewart Hall is beautiful. What is the most challenging part of your job? I don’t know if it was necessarily challenging, but the variety of hours can be demanding. I work a lot of evenings and weekends. That was probably more challenging for my wife and children than it was for me. Coming from a newspaper background, I was somewhat used to that. I did like the fact when I came to Ship I actually got holidays off. That rarely happened at the newspaper. What is your favorite annual event to photograph? Again, it is difficult to narrow it down to just one event because I really enjoyed so many. I did enjoy Alumni Weekends because I had the opportunity to hear some stories about life on campus from the alumni when they attended Ship. I really enjoy covering sporting events. Trying to capture images that show action, emotion or a perspective the fan in the stands would not

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Shippensburg University’s African American Organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. But the real cause for celebration comes from each student participant who succeeded, in college and in life, and has changed our world as capable leaders and bridge-builders.


Afro-American Student Organization forms



African American Organization


The organization, originally known as Afro Am, provides a vital source of social, academic, and cultural support for African American students on campus. “We should celebrate African-Americans and all people of color,” said Diane L. Jefferson ’76, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. “We’ve been here and contributing to campus. We’ve added to the history of this mighty Ship.” African American students have been part of the Shippensburg community since its inception. A rise in activism on campus in the 1960s, reflecting societal changes of the time, led to dialogue between students and administration about race relations. From this, the African American Organization was created in 1971. “Afro Am was one of the biggest bridges on campus for students of color,” said Jerome Dean ’82. “You could talk, relax, and just be yourself with no pressure.” Dean, a first-generation college student, entered through Shippensburg’s ACT 101 Program, now the Academic Success Summer Bridge Program, to help underprepared students transition to college life. The rural, predominantly white institution was quite a shift from his suburban

Philadelphia hometown. At the time, there were about 250 students of color on the campus of 4,600. Dean said that he acclimated well to campus but admits that he encountered subtle forms of racism throughout his four years. Usually in the way of inappropriate comments in class or students who refused to share the dormitory restroom with him. That’s what led Dean to the African American Organization where he found strength and comfort. He attended monthly meetings and social events held by the organization. They would talk about relevant racial and other news issues of the day, campus events, classes, professors, or any other topics of choice. “It was really more or less just a family sitting down together to dinner and discussing things,” Dean said. “The lessons and mentors this group provided was so important. I looked up to the upperclassmen and learned from them.” Dean also credits the late Dr. Elnetta Jones, a campus administrator, and the professors who fought hard for students of color. “They wanted us to


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Marva "Chit" Bradley, first African American voted homecoming queen


Zeta Phi Beta local chapter forms

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succeed,” he said. “I did not truly realize their influence until many years later.” Jefferson, also a first-generation college student and ACT 101 alumna, said she had no problem as a person of color on a predominantly white campus. She was the only African American in her high school class, and the first African American in her county to attend college. But the campus was not prepared for her and other students of color in the early 1970s. “Some students and faculty were not sure that we had what it takes to succeed,” Jefferson said. “We proved them wrong.” The African American Organization, then in its infancy, provided a strong foundation for Jefferson. “I don’t know what we would have done without them,” she said. “We gained support and could just breathe.” Jefferson additionally sang with the Harmonic Voices of Truth gospel choir, which she described as her spiritual reinforcement. “Many of us were involved in a church at home. Choir was a refuge for us.”

A Safe Place for All Students

The African American Organization continues to thrive and serve an important role on campus. It now falls under the umbrella of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), established in 1989 by former President Anthony Ceddia. First and foremost, MSA’s mission is to retain and graduate students. MSA also strives to educate students about diversity and to build future leaders, not just for the workforce, but culturally competent leaders who can work with others of all backgrounds. “We are now on a global stage,” Jefferson said. “I don’t think we can afford not to be culturally aware and engaged.”


Dr. Martin Luther King Program implemented



MSA also provides a safe space where all students can be heard. “My job is to help students give voice to their feelings and hurt, and to attempt to make others aware of the issue, and design ways to address it,” Jefferson said. In addition to the African American Organization, MSA provides oversight to the chartered Asian-American and Latino Organizations, African Student Association, Multi-Ethnic Student Association, and Harmonic Voices of Truth, also celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Racism persists in our society and the campus community is not immune. Jefferson sees it as most pervasive in the residence halls, and usually involves the use of inappropriate and offensive language.. Senior Alycia LaLuz has witnessed this behavior, both spoken and written, in the residence halls as a resident advisor. Like offensive messages left on a resident’s door. “I think subtle racism is actually more dangerous,” she said. “We can’t call people out and correct racism if we can’t identify the offender.” “You will almost certainly experience some adversity as a student of color,” said Kapri Brown ’11-’15m, assistant to the director of Multicultural Student Affairs. As a first-year student at Ship, Brown was mentored by older MSA students. She said that made all the difference in keeping her enrolled. MSA involvement also challenged Brown, an introvert, to step outside of her comfort zone and find her voice. She especially learned to speak up against injustices suffered by other MSA groups and members. “We supported each other. We weren’t all people of color, but we were all people who were facing a struggle.”


Dr. Anthony Ceddia (university president) created the Office of Minority Student Affairs (MSA)

Melissa Morgan and members of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. as students (top) and reunited at Homecoming (bottom).

“MSA really is a place for anyone, black, white, purple, or pink,” Brown said. “We have a ‘whatever it takes’ mentality and model, because not every student’s needs are the same.” For Melissa Wilbur Morgan ’06-’08m, who is part Native American, ethnicity was not her primary concern when she arrived on campus. “As a first-generation college student, I was very nervous about my ability to excel in or even to pass college.” Morgan grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania where her ethnicity was never an issue, but Shippensburg was different. “People asked, ‘What are you?’ Not in a bad way, but I was not used to being asked that all the time.” Morgan did not personally experience racism on campus, but she witnessed the use of inappropriate comments. “It’s part of the reason I felt more comfortable at MSA, amongst people from all different backgrounds.” Morgan had a friend in the Latino Student Organization who encouraged her to join. “I am not Latina, but this is where I felt like I fit in.” Morgan began attending MSA meetings and events. The meetings were


Latino students invited to become a chartered MSA organization

“MSA really is a place for anyone, black, white, purple, or pink. We have a ‘whatever it takes’ mentality and model, because not every student’s needs are the same.” informational, but they also served as “mental health check-ins,” according to Morgan. “People could share if they were having an issue on campus. Mrs. Di would refer us to services and personnel for help.” Students did not always have to ask for help. “Ms. Di just knew if something was wrong with someone, and she had this way of pulling it out of them,” Morgan said. “We don’t know how she did it.” Jefferson, or “Ms. Di” as she is affectionately known to most, has been called the heart of the MSA. She has been at the head of MSA since its inception. That’s her official job description. Unofficially, Jefferson has served as an advocate, mentor, teacher, and friend to countless students. Jefferson is also known to freely dispense hugs. Many students, faculty and staff alike have been comforted and found their way through a difficult day with help from one of Ms. Di’s hugs. “I can only hope to make an impact on students like Ms. Di has made on me,” said La Luz, who hopes to become a college professor someday. “You learn to love Ship because you’ve connected with it, and you’re connected because of people like Ms. Di,” Morgan said.

Learning By Experience

MSA offers numerous activities and events throughout the school year. Most are student organized and led, a fact that Jefferson takes pride in. “Ms. Di helped, but she made us do the work,” Morgan said. “And she held us accountable. If we did not show up for a commitment, she would follow up even if it meant calling a student early on a Saturday morning.” “Ms. Di would challenge us, for example to make a public speech or presentation,” Morgan continued. “She would make us get up and do it.” It’s a skill that is critical in Morgan’s work today as a government relations specialist. PEERS (Promoting Excellence through Establishing Relationships for Success), a well-known program, helps first-year students acclimate to college life. The REAL (Rigorous Expectations of All Leaders) Institute teaches students leadership skills through hands-on experience. Cultural festivals such as the Latino Explosion, Pride Fest, Diversity Festival, Soulful Saturday Black History Celebration, and Asian New Year Extravaganza publicly honor diverse and underrepresented groups of people. In Living Color, a theatrical group, performs plays that were inspired by reallife experiences. Students then facilitate dialogue with audience members. LaLuz discovered MSA through her participation in the Heritage Dancers Company. The group uses studentdirected classical, jazz and modern dance performances to educate campus and the community about cultural uniqueness.

Building Bridges prepares students to facilitate discussions on diversity in the classroom. Each One, Reach One, Teach One, a hallmark of MSA, provides service-learning opportunities. Projects include the African American and Latino Youth Summits, The Haiti Project, Roots African Village Project, and the STEP (Striving to Educate People Program) tutoring initiative. Most MSA events are free and open to the public.

Giving Back

For many MSA alumni, participation does not end with graduation. They retain strong ties to the organization and are more than happy to give back. When asked to speak at a Latino Conference hosted by MSA, Morgan said yes without hesitation. Dean, recently retired from a distinguished career as an auditor for the IRS and federal agent with the Environmental Protection Agency, remains active with the SU Foundation Board and as a mentor with the College of Business. “I love talking to students and giving back,” Dean said. “Education is a gamechanger. That’s what I tell young people.”

Get Involved

For more information on MSA or to get involved in MSA-sponsored events, visit or call (717) 477-1616. Katie (Paxson) Hammaker ‘93 is a grant writer for the United Way of the Capital Region (Harrisburg) and a freelance writer based in Mechanicsburg.


Name officially changed to The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

Students join together for the annual March for Humanity.

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Charles E. Patterson describes himself as a servant leader. It’s a leadership style he says means “never saying no” to serving and willingly supporting the needs of those he leads.




So when he was asked to consider the interim presidency at Shippensburg University he said “yes” to a new opportunity to serve and lead. His own educational journey is where he discovered his desire to serve. After earning a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Mississippi State University, Patterson pursued his PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. As a graduate student at UT Southwestern, he got his first real taste of higher education administration on the selection committee for new graduate students and the campus housing committee. While he still had a passion for science, he quickly realized his career path was not that of a PhD level researcher. “Administration allowed me to invest in the success of others. It was through this work that I really kind of found my calling,” he said. That calling led him to a position at Baylor University, where he officially

launched his career in higher education as the assistant director of sponsored programs. From Baylor he headed to Georgia Southern University as a vice president for research and economic development and chair of the university’s Research and Service Foundation, Inc. In 2015, he was named interim president of Georgia Southwestern State University. Two years later he was selected as the senior advisor for outreach at the US Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. The next stop on his journey in service landed him not far from Shippensburg University. Just 170 miles north of Ship, Patterson was named president of the State System’s Mansfield University. Under his leadership, Mansfield ended a nine-year decline by achieving consecutive enrollment increases while also increasing first-year retention from 73 percent to 78.1 percent,

even during the pandemic. Patterson established campus-shared governance and effective organizational models that brought together various constituencies to work toward university strategies and achievement. Inspired by his extensive experience and ability to get results, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, in collaboration with the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees, announced the selection of Patterson as interim president of Shippensburg University. In July, Patterson arrived at Ship with his wife Colleen and their son, Aidan. From day one he offered a new level of accessibility that is a key component of his servant leadership style. With active profiles on Twitter and Instagram, he shares his life with followers, champions the work of faculty, students and alumni, and playfully banters with his followers and first lady Colleen. When he ventured into the world of social media as a president, he wanted to make sure his followers knew it was him managing the accounts, not his staff. “What you see is what you get,” he explained.

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Patterson Fast Facts Through social media Patterson says he gains a crucial level of connectivity. A connectivity he expands upon by giving out his cell phone number to students. He did it once on a whim and now it’s a signature practice. “I wanted them to know they could reach out to me if they had the simplest questions or were having the hardest time,” he added. He finds most students are respectful and just text to say hello and check in. The sharing of his number during a recent open house netted 73 text messages from future Raiders. He answered all 73. “It takes all of 30 minutes,” and he feels it can make a big difference in the student experience. His drive to connect with those he serves extends far beyond students as Patterson is working hard to engage with faculty and staff. For him, this means providing opportunities to collaborate and listen. President’s Cabinet meetings are now available through live streaming for the entire Ship community to watch. It’s his hope everyone will take part in the meetings. He views everyone as a stakeholder in Ship’s success and is working diligently to empower all members of the campus community to bring their ideas to the table.

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“If I can make faculty, staff, and students successful through my leadership—making sure they have the resources they need— that’s where I want to serve,” said Patterson. The relationships he forges with those who support the university are a priority as well. He is quick to highlight the important work of the Shippensburg University Foundation, alumni, and others who generously give of their talents and gifts. He says it is important they “have trust and faith that the funds that they give in support of the university are used in a way to further enhance the reputation and strengthen the institution.”

If I can make faculty, staff, and students successful through my leadership—making sure they have the resources they need— that’s where I want to serve.



As he works with all Ship stakeholders his goals for Ship are clear. “I hope to ensure that Ship really becomes the flagship it deserves to be, of this region and the System. We’ve got great faculty and great students. We’re in one of the few regions in the state with continued growth. There is potential to differentiate here,” he said. With his optimism and hope comes the reality that Ship and higher education across the nation face great challenges in terms of financial sustainability. Pennsylvania currently ranks 48th in the nation for state investment in higher education. Serving Ship by advocating for increased funding is a vital part of his work as is finding new ways to fund Ship’s mission.

As first lady Colleen Patterson packed for her move to Ship she realized it was time for a few items in her closet to find a new home.

The Pattersons catch up in Reisner Dining Hall.

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“As an enrollment driven institution, because of the state funding model, and with enrollment decline, we are trying to deploy strategies that keep higher education affordable while maintaining costs. It’s a real challenge,” he said. But he says he is up for the challenge and inspired to serve by the great potential he sees at Ship.

A family affair

As Patterson brings a fresh perspective to Ship, he himself has gained a new perspective on higher education. He is now the father of a college student. His son, Aidan, is a first-year student at the university, living in Kieffer Hall. “It’s a different side of higher ed you don’t see unless you’re a parent,” he said. He attended orientation with Aidan in June and did his best to fly under the radar. “I spoke to Admissions to tell them I was coming, but I just wanted to come and be dad. This was the only time I was going to experience this and I wanted to be there for him,” he explained. Together, Patterson, Aidan, and Colleen experienced the standard first time in college moments, from orientation, to move in, and buying books. All events that look quite different through the lens of a parent of a student. And while Aidan doesn’t have far to walk to come home on the weekends, mom and dad are giving him space to find his own path at Ship. So much space, that it

took 67 days for Colleen to run into Aidan walking across campus. A bittersweet moment she shared on Twitter. But Colleen is busy at Ship as well, serving the campus community just like Patterson. You can frequently find her at athletic events, chatting with students, volunteering with campus service projects, or even stepping in to help when Patterson’s schedule becomes a bit hectic. In November she took the stage at the Luhrs Center to welcome future Raiders and their families during an open house. Patterson is thankful for their collaborative dynamic, but jokes that they tend to create more work for each other. “In reality, she pushes me to do more and do better. And I push her. It’s a complementary relationship, but not one that minimizes work,” Patterson said laughing. While there is a lot of work to be done, both find fun where they can with their new community. You can find Patterson playing with the family dogs, Oliver and Sweetie, in the front yard of the Martin House or you might catch the couple cruising around on Patterson’s Ducati motorcycle. “There’s a high level of engagement at Ship that I’m excited about. The level of engagement we have fosters a sense of belonging,” he said. Called to serve Ship, and inspired to lead, it’s clear Patterson is where he belongs.

“Everybody gets to a point where we have clothes we never wear. Charles even asked me ‘do you really need that many pairs of black pants,’” said Patterson. Looking for a good home for her clothes and excited to become a part of her new community at Shippensburg University, Patterson discovered the Raider Ready Professional Dress Closet (RRPDC). Managed by the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center, in collaboration with the Women Leaders of the College of Business, the closet offers free wardrobe options for students as they prepare for interviews, internships, and career fairs. The goal is to provide students with the confidence and attire they need to be successful as professionals. The donated and gently used clothing items are available for all undergraduate and graduate students at Ship. Patterson, eager to connect and work with students, spent a day in the closet with students as they prepared for Ship’s annual fall career fair. A former fashion student herself, Patterson felt right at home helping students find the right fit. From sport coats to dresses, shoes, belts, and everything in between, the students dressed for success with her. Students were thankful for her donations and help. A few days after, she even got to see a pair of her pants in action as a student announced, “I’m wearing your pants and I love them!” The rewarding experience leaves her excited to work in the closet again and go through a few more boxes in the attic of the Martin House. She is hopeful that faculty, staff, alumni, and community members will consider donating to this worthy project. “It is a great asset for the university and I’m excited to continue to support it,” she added. Ready to clean out your closet and donate? Learn more at career/professional_ dress_closet.

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The evolution of the




Albert Einstein once said “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” Thousands of Shippensburg University students have found the answers they seek through resources in the library, but not always in the same location. The library and reading room of the Cumberland Valley State Normal School opened in the Old Main Chapel in 1873. It contained over two hundred volumes donated by publishers and government agencies, with residents in the Shippensburg community contributing the most. By the end of the first year, the collection of books and periodicals doubled in size. With Chapel renovations in 1902 a new library was built to the rear of the Chapel. The space featured stained glass windows, oak tables and chairs and of course, more books. Two decades later a librarian was employed by the school and tasked with maintaining a perfectly quiet space. By 1930 the collection increased to 10,000 volumes and a second librarian was hired to assist students with research. An emphasis on the importance of the library led to the creation of a Library Methods course, formalizing the schools commitment to research. While the emphasis on the library and its collection continued to grow, then President Ezra Lehman recognized the space was not large enough to meet the needs

of the expanding student population. Now known as the Shippensburg State Teachers College, the school, still under the leadership of Lehman, developed plans for a new library building. Lehman would not see his plans fulfilled. He died unexpectedly in 1931, a year before the building, which is now the Huber Art Center, was completed. On November 12, 1932 the school, under the leadership of President Jesse S. Heiges, opened what would be the first, but not the last Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. The new space housed 16,000 volumes with six newspapers and over 150 periodicals. It included seating for 200 students, with the lower level committed to reading and studying and the balcony floors set aside for upper class students. Books were stored on open stacks and organized by the Dewey Decimal system and found using a card catalog. Overdue books resulted in a one-cent a day fine. In 1961 a new and larger space was needed once again and planning, led by librarians Alma Winston and Clara Bragg, began. This would be the library that would

carry and sustain research at what would become Shippensburg University. After an official ground breaking ceremony in 1966, the new Lehman Library was constructed in the center of campus, featuring it as the focal point of academic activity. Four times larger than the previous building it included air conditioning and a modular design to make the space more flexible. Winston, predicting the importance of future technology, made sure the design included electric outlets for future computers. The building also featured space for the University Archives and rare book collection.

SHIPPENSBURG'S BOOK WALK OF 1968 Declared a “college holiday,” classes were cancelled on May 15, 1968 and many student and faculty volunteers helped transport books from the old library (today the Hubert Art Center) to the current building, the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. Administrators thoughtfully planned out the big move and student volunteers were instructed to meet at certain times throughout the day. Over 75,000 books were transported in just one day. Today the library houses about 360,000 books—quite an upgrade!

The modern library

Fast forward to 2021, and the Lehman Library remains in the center of campus, with the library’s juvenile collection at home in the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School Library directly across the Quad. It looks relatively the same from the outside, but inside, much has changed. The library’s collection grew rapidly over five decades and continues to grow.

The new library building was dedicated in President Lehman's honor during the 1931-1932 academic year. The 1932 edition of the Cumberland yearbook included this page about the dedication. Today, this building is home to Huber Arts Center.

Librarian Alma Winton (1935-1970) surveys the construction of Ezra Lehman Memorial Library in the mid-1960s.

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“During our last survey we had just over 360,000 print books, serial back files, and other paper materials, and many more items available in eBook databases and collections,” said Dr. Michelle Foreman, dean of Libraries. The amount of sound has increased as well. “Perfectly quiet” is no longer the goal. According to Foreman the layout of the library now provides more space for collaborative work, as it is a popular gathering spot for group work. And the building that once banned liquids including bottles of ink, now allows beverages purchased at Starbucks, located in the storefront of the library. Beyond Starbucks, in 2019, the library welcomed the Kathryn Hughes Seaber Raider Academic Center for Student Athletes to its first floor. The center provides support for the academic well being of nearly 500 student-athletes. The purpose of the library and the service it provides has changed drastically over time. Instead of one librarian serving the entire student population, a team of specialized faculty, staff and

Card catalogs have been replaced by computers and smart devices.

student employees provide direct support to students seven days a week during academic terms. Laptops and computers are available for student use and unlike a few decades ago, they are at the center of library activity. “Certainly, more research is done electronically today than many years ago. It is the norm for current students, but alumni from decades ago always reflect on how different the research process is from when they looked everything up in print and took notes by hand or photocopied pages,” said Foreman. This research has always been at the forefront of the library’s purpose, but in a

(Above) In May of 1968, students walked outside the Lehman Library with ribbons down the sidewalk for the rededication . (Below) Lehman Library as it appears today.

digital world full of instant information, Foreman says the library’s role in traditional research has shifted. No longer just focused on procuring, preserving and providing information, they now are helping students understand how to process the information they uncover. According to Foreman, the library is focused on developing students’ information literacy and “the capacity to find the right sources for their needs and to be able to critically evaluate and utilize those sources.” While research has and always will be at the core of the Lehman Library’s mission, Foreman is quick to remind patrons that the library is also a space to read for pleasure, or find a quiet moment. “In the lower level where the popular titles collection is housed, there are some nice soft furniture pieces and you are surrounded by exciting possibilities to read for pleasure. On the top level, for quiet nooks, I like some of the individual tables that are located around the walls of the room, particularly the ones that are tucked into the window-wells. At those tables students can work in privacy with a lovely view of the outdoors,” she said. Three moves and hundreds of thousands of publications later, students at Ship know where they can go to find answers, Lehman Library. Have a special memory of the library you want to share? Head to and share it with us! History of the library at Shippensburg University was provided by Karen Daniel, past university archivist.




Honoring our Alumni

With over 72,000 alumni living across the country and living internationally, the successes and contributions of graduates of Shippensburg University in their professional fields, lives, and communities are countless. The Shippensburg University Alumni Awards are presented annually to alumni in the categories of Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Young Alumni, Lifetime Achievement, Cultural Impact, and Exceptional Service. 2021 ALUMNI AWARDS OF DISTINCTION For 2021, we recognize eight alumni. Congratulations to Shippensburg University’s 2021 alumni award honorees.

From left to right, Steve Dolbin ’83, Dr. Elizabeth (Welsh) Robison ’85, Chad Lesher ’94, Deanna (Bridge) Najera ’14m, Dr. Neal R. Dando ’79, Rochelle D. Plummer ’12m, David Weisgerber ’81, and Dr. Ivy Buchan ’09m.

Distinguished Alumni: In recognition of distinguished achievement in one’s field of endeavor for the benefit of the community and society.

Steven M. Dolbin ’83 earned a Bachelor of Arts in art in 1983. In 1988, he earned an MFA from the Pratt Institute in NYC. A professor and former chairperson of the Art and Design Department at SU, Steve is a recognized artist and educator who has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Britain. He is a founder of the area’s first environmental organizations—The Middle Spring Water

Shed and The Rail Trail Sculpture Path. He is the creator of Shippensburg’s “New Year’s Anchor” and many sculptures on campus, including the “Touch Stone” in Seth Grove Stadium, “Creative Tools” at the Luhrs Elementary School and “Victory” the greyhound sculpture at Shippensburg Area High School. As department chair, he founded the art education major and spearheaded the construction of the new Huber Art Center. Chad Lesher ’94 graduated in 1994 with a BSBA and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the College of Business’s international honor society and the Boxing Club. He’s self-employed as the president of CSL Materials, in Frisco, TX. Lesher was the youngest regional manager in the 40-year history at Carlisle SynTec when promoted in 2001. After managing three different areas of the United States

for Carlisle, he started CSL Materials in 2011 as an independent rep agency for commercial roofing products covering North Texas and Oklahoma. He later added the territory of Arkansas in 2012. He started CSL West in 2014 with an office in Colorado, later adding Western Tennessee and Northern Mississippi in November 2019 to the CSL Materials territory. CSL is the largest construction material rep group in the United States representing over 10 different manufacturers. Outside of the CSL business, he started and sold an escape room business (Escape Hunt Dallas 2016-2019). Lesher resides in Frisco with his wife Heaven, and has three children Austin, Maddie, and Elizabeth. Dr. Elizabeth (Welsh) Robison ’85 is the superintendent of schools for Pocono Mountain School District, the largest school district in Monroe County, PA. Since she assumed the role of superintendent in 2011, Robison is credited with resolving a $23 million budget gap, which was achieved without increasing local property taxes. She is also credited with working with her school board to reduce

Distinguished Alumni recipient Steve Dolbin ’83 (left photo) and Chad Lesher ’94 (right photo) were joined by family to share in their awards.

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, retired school counselor; Elizabeth Karper ’17, IT specialist, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); Josh Lang ’13, organizational development consultant; 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, assistant state director, NFIB; 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.

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local property taxes by 12 mills over the past five years while continuing to maintain and improve upon the outstanding educational opportunities for students of all abilities. Robison graduated from Shippensburg University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in education with a concentration in elementary education and a minor in reading. She continued her education and received her Master of Education from Bloomsburg University and PhD in educational administration from Marywood University in 2004. Outstanding Young Alumni: Forty-years-old or younger, in recognition of outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor for the benefit of the community and society.

Dr. Ivy Buchan ’09m started Helix Strategies five years ago. Her team helps organizations develop strategic solutions to fundraising and leadership challenges. Buchan earned a PhD from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in administration and leadership studies in the nonprofit sector. She is a National and State Licensed Consultant and an AFP master trainer. She also co-founded two nonprofits, edited three nonprofit textbooks, and serves on several community boards including as the chair of the United Way of the Capital Region’s Bridges Society. One of her proudest career moments was winning the 2018 Central Penn Business Journal’s “Women of Influence Community Achievement Award.” Buchan is a 2009 master’s graduate of the Criminal Justice Department at Shippensburg University. Deanna (Bridge) Najera ’14m graduated from Shippensburg in 2014 with an MS in clinical mental health counseling. She earned a Bachelor of Science in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Maryland, and a master’s in physician assistant (PA) studies from Chatham University. Deanna is a PA and splits her time between the emergency department at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, the Carroll County Health 36


President Patterson presented the awards. In the top photo, Dr. Neal R. Dando ’79 receives his Lifetime Achievement Award, bottom left, Deanna Najera ’14m for Outstanding Young Alumni, and bottom right, David Weisgerber ’81 for Exceptional Service Award.

Department in the reproductive health program and on an as-needed basis as a psychiatric provider for Shippensburg University, Gettysburg College and True North Wellness Services. She is the immediate past president of the Maryland Academy of PAs, and is currently a director at large on the American Academy of PAs Board of Directors. Cultural Impact: In recognition of the direct impact on diversity and cultural experiences of students on campus.

Rochelle D. Plummer ’12m began her professional career at Shippensburg University in January of 2019 as the inaugural director for Students First, a program that serves first-generation students. In this role, she established and led the newly opened Center for Emerging Scholars. In August 2019, she was appointed executive director for Student Retention. In July, Plummer was named

associate vice president for Academic Success at King’s College. She is a graduate of the organizational development and leadership program at Shippensburg, where she earned a Master of Science in 2012. She also has a Master of Arts in English from Wilson College and begins her dissertation process in the spring of 2022 for her doctorate in administration and leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Lifetime Achievement: In recognition of life-long career achievement.

Dr. Neal R. Dando ’79 graduated from Shippensburg University with dual majors in biology and chemistry. He continued his studies to receive a master’s degree and PhD in chemistry. Retired from Alcoa as a senior technical specialist after 30 years, he was granted 13 patents, holds 65 external refereed publications, co-invented/ developed four commercial products,

SHIP’S LOG and presented at 15 invited seminars. Dando is the 2021 president for The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a non-profit educational organization based in Pennsylvania that organizes an annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. Exceptional Service: To recognize and thank outstanding persons who have given unselfishly of their time and efforts for the betterment of Shippensburg University.

David Weisgerber ’81 has dedicated over 15 years of his life volunteering at Shippensburg University. He has served as a devoted member of the College of Arts and Science Advisory Board since 2006 and currently serves as chair emeritus on the Annual Fund Leadership Team at the Shippensburg University Foundation. He served as a campaign volunteer for the Lighting the Way capital campaign from 2013-2017, then served as National Annual Fund Chair from 2018-2020 where he devoted generously of both his time and treasure. He generously supports the men’s and women’s track and field team as well as the College of Arts and Science on an ongoing basis. He also spends time engaging fellow classmates and bringing them on board to the Annual Fund Leadership team encouraging alumni to devote both time and treasure for the betterment of Shippensburg University. David graduated in 1981 earning a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law in 1984. He recently retired after 35 years of practicing law in Maryland, primarily as a criminal defense attorney. Expanded bios of the 2021 honorees are online at awards. To nominate an individual for recognition, visit


CAREER CENTER—ALUMNI CONNECTIONS The Career Center offers great ways for alumni to connect with the university and support students in building their career readiness skills outside of the classroom. Check out the following options! As alumni you can:

• Have your resume/cover letter reviewed. • Prepare for an interview by meeting with our professional staff. • Become a mentor for current Ship students. ( • Donate professional clothing to the Raider Ready Professional Dress Closet. ( • Participate in a variety of workshops and panel discussions around career development and readiness.

As employers you can:

• Post your job openings on our Career Connection portal. ( • Host on campus recruitment activities. ( • Host an internship. ( • Participate in a job shadow program. • Become a Career Center sponsor. • Participate in a variety of workshops and panel discussions around career development and readiness.

We would love to hear from you! Please contact the center director, Victoria Kerr, at or (717) 477-1484 to talk about what next steps work best for you.


from the alumni association You can further your career goals with a Leadership Graduate Certificate. This certificate is for working professionals who wish to advance their leadership skills, excel in their careers, jump-start their graduate-level learning, or become a more effective leader in the workforce.

You will learn core theories of leadership and followership, practice leadership competencies, and form an understanding of how change happens in organizations based on how leadership affects change. To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the graduate certificate application. Learn more at

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Back and better than ever for Homecoming 2021! A little rain didn’t get

in the way as Ship celebrated 150 years of excellence. The weekend featured the ROTC 5k/10k, a 150th exhibit at the Fashion Archives and Museum, a 38-7 victory over Millersville, the traditional President’s Postgame Supper, and more. Junior Abdulomar Tucker and senior Hayley Anderson were crowned Homecoming royalty and the entire court raised $14,100 for the Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition. If you missed the fun, we hope you’ll visit campus and catch up with us soon—or next year, Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 for Homecoming 2022!

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CLASSNOTES Tell us your latest accomplishments and milestones by

submitting your news to Classnotes. Alumni news, which is compiled from your submissions and previously published materials, is arranged in the magazine alphabetically within each class year. Submissions are published as space and deadlines allow. In Memoriam is published as a separate column. Please note, Classnotes may take up to six months to appear as a result of the publication schedule. Please limit submissions to 100 words or less. Photo submissions are welcome and are published as space permits. Please submit original, high-resolution photos (300 dpi). There are three ways to submit information. For standard mail, complete the ‘Signal Us’ form on page 43. We look forward to hearing from you! Disclaimer: Shippensburg University and its Alumni Association are neither responsible nor liable for the accuracy of information submitted to Classnotes. Shippensburg University reserves the right to edit or remove submissions as appropriate.

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50s Elizabeth (Hall) Swartz ’55, Aurora, CO, retired teacher now working in a veterinarian’s clinic saving animals for adoption. Richard K. Ocker ’59,’64m-’73m, Carlisle, won the 100-meter dash in the PA State Keystone Games in July in Hazleton. He is the Sprint Coach at Messiah University and will be entering his 63rd year as a track coach.

through their heartaches, joys and transformations into lovely young women. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Dennis E. Newkirk ’69, Captain Cook, HI, retired after 45 years from owning and operating his plant nursery businesses, thirty years in Hawaii with tropical landscape plants and fruit tree nursery.

70s Gale (Romesberg) Hay ’70, Berlin, substituted in the local school district until COVID hit in 2020. Happily married for 51 years, she is the proud parent of three adult children and nine grandchildren. The two oldest grandsons are engineering majors at Penn State. Peggy (Carpenter) King ’70, Southampton, NJ, retired from Burlington County Library and moved to Leisure Towne, an active adult community. Anthony Casale ’71, Skillman, NJ, has been named chairman and CEO of smartworks a global market research, marketing and strategic planning company headquartered in Princeton, NJ. A communications graduate, he was a reporter and editor at several newspapers becoming managing editor of the Times Union in Rochester, NJ after which he became a founding editor of USA Today, where he was the night national editor. He is a twotime Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the Robert F., Kennedy Foundation national award for Excellence in Journalism. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and The George Washington University studying for an MBA in marketing and strategic planning. He has previously served as CEO of Integrated Marketing Services and corporate Director of Research for Gannett Co. Inc. In New York City. At Shippensburg, he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Cynthia (Rock) Dlugolecki ’71, Mechanicsburg, celebrates the September production of her latest play with music, The Hand That Holds the Quill, at Central Pennsylvania College in Summerdale. It is also being performed in September at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. David R. Leaman ’73m and wife Joyce (Schwartz) Leaman ’70’73m, Waynesboro, co-authored and published a book, Giving Encouragement For The Deserts of Life. They were the first couple to graduate from the masters counseling program in 1973. Vicky (Reisinger) Burkholder ’74’85m, Lititz, new book releases from The Wild Rose Press. One on November 3, The Gingerbread Lodge, a light Christmas romance novella and the second in January 2022, Lost Among the Stars, a science fiction book. David E. Hess ’74, Harrisburg, was presented with the Fox Calhoun Award in October. Hess is the former Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection and was involved in the passage of every major piece of environmental legislation in PA over a 20-year span, including those addressing watershed restoration, brownfields, municipal waste, recycling, hazardous site cleanup, safe drinking water and radiation protection.

60s Albert A. Mason, Jr. ’61, Shippensburg, visited Lesher’s Sunflower Farm in Chambersburg with his family. Al recently celebrated his 86th birthday. William E. Minsker ’68-’73m, Linglestown, was appointed by the Dauphin County Commissioners to create and coordinate the county’s activities for the America 250 semiquincentennial during all of 2026. Dorothy (Brewer) Powell ’68, Fresno, CA, published a new book The Sunday Van Club, a story of how one principal’s love and faith brings a sense of community and security to nine Hmong child refugees in a strange new world. The book leads you



Barbara (Umstead) Hamilton ’75, Susan (Carroll) Wright ’75 and Debra (Vogelsong) Soutner ’75 are three classmates and forever friends from the class of 1975. The ladies met on campus for a photo opportunity with the brick they collectively purchased cementing their forever friendship into the pathway outside Stewart Hall.


SEPTEMBER REUNION 3 The Madrigal’s had their reunion

in memorial auditorium on 9/11 this year. The had their picture taken on the steps of Stewart Hall before they had dinner at a pavilion on campus. Pictured are: Eddie (Reeder) Adams ’73, Carol Bernard, David Clugston ’73, Joel Cunningham ’74 and Vicki Cunningham, Judy (Shughart) Davis ’74, James Dull ’72-’80m and Kay (Barefoot) Dull ’72-’93m, Patty (Stinson) Kugler ’74-’79m, Dave Minges ’74, Bonnie (Leese) Raubenstine ’72-’75m, Marilyn (Bean) Rogers ’73, Jeff Schuck ’73, Phil Shuman ’71,’73m-’81m, Bill Summerhill ’73, Tom Vranich ’76, Jim Zeigler ’73 not pictured is Leslie (Eschenmann) Shuman ’69-’72m accompanist.

SHIP’S LOG recently celebrated her 42nd #1 single from artists including Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Lee Ann Womack, Lainey Wilson and Craig Morgan.

RED ROCK AND ROLL 3 Eight Sigma Pi brothers from

the 70’s met in St. George, Utah for the Red Rock and Roll Golf Tour. This is the 22nd year these brothers got together for their annual golf outing. From left to right, Dave Leonard ’72, Bob Pulcini ’73, Rick Weimer ’71, Jim Henderson ’73, Ted Wolicki, Bob Treon ’70, Darryl Reber ’73, and Roy Baldassari ’73-’81m.

chairs to execute that strategy while maintaining the firm’s business discipline.

80s Judy (Cuffaro) Arnold ’85, Doylestown, January 2020 joined start-up marketing consulting and creative services agency, NKST.


A group of friends from the class of 1979 who met on the second floor of Harley, reunited in Harrisburg this summer. From left to right, Cindy (Mahler) Sells ’79, Barbara (Gault) Huff ’79, Mary (Clarke) Brown ’79, Jodi Duckett ’79, and Barbara (Reed) McMullin ’79-’88m. Gary U. Seidner ’75, Pembroke, NH, met SU baseball players playing in NECBL in Keene, NH. From left to right, Ju’Juan Lacewell-Cason, Ben Werkheiser, Gary, and Kaleb Sophy. James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, recognized for his work in litigation— heath care; medical malpractice lawdefendants. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for seven consecutive years. Saxton is the CEO of Saxton & Stump and has represented doctors, hospitals and other healthcare professionals in state and federal courts for over 30 years. He provides the strategic vision for the firm and works closely with managers and department

Michael L. Straley ’86, Greencastle, published The CALLing, a poignant story of unfathomable loss, personal courage, and an inspired mission to honor their daughter through service to others. A former newspaper journalist who became a communications/marketing/fundraising executive after teaming up with his wife, Robin, to create the Leah’s Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2019 in memory of their beloved daughter, Leah Renee. He and Robin share Leah’s story of addiction and theirs as grieving parents to women in recovery and with parents who are struggling over the loss of a loved one. Their candid stories and the presentation of a purple Leah’s Legacy bag help with the healing process. It’s their way of providing necessities, cheer and love to those who are in a sober-living environment. Lee (Lilli) Adams ’87, Falling Waters, WV, is celebrating her 20-year work anniversary as a record promoter at Broken Bow Records/BMG out of Nashville TN. In 2007, she was promoted to VP of Promotion, and was named one of Country Aircheck’s Power 31 radio airplay generators the last 5 years. She

Michael R. Smith ’87m, Waynesboro, recently became the research fellow at LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania. Smith conducts research on Christianity and media and writes for Religion Unplugged. Smith was part of a writing team that won third place for best story in national competition sponsored by Religion News Association, the association of religion reporters. Marc Hagemeier ’88m, a photographer for 37 years and sixteen years at Bucknell University as the Athletic Department photographer, purchased a house in Carlisle. Rebuilt in 45 days, they now have a house with a yard and a barn. Thomas Nixon ’88-’92m, Aston, recently appointed to the Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee for a four-year term. Inaugural appointment to the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. John L. Lewis Political Bootcamp.

90s LeeAnn DiPeppe ’91, married Larry H. Court, Jr. on a cruise ship, the Carnival Dream, in Port Canaveral, FL, surrounded by family and friends, including the bride’s brother and sister-in-law, Jason DiPeppe ’96 and Joanna (Katz) DiPeppe ’96. Stuart Singer ’91-’98m, Attleboro, MA, director of performance psychology with the Washington Mystics, served as a panelist to discuss the question ‘Can practicing kindness toward yourself and others benefit your mental health?’ Stu has worked as the sports psychology and performance consultant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the WNBA’s 2019 World Champion Washington Mystics. He served an integral role in helping the Mystics win their first WNBA Championship in team history. He also provides team trainings, clinics, and consultation with coaches on how to develop healthy and effective mental performance fundamentals for their athletes. Kathleen H. Floyd ’93m, married Paul Pehoviak on October 24, 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. The couple lives in Ashland, MA. Kathy retired after nearly 30 years

in education, most as a school counselor, first in Derry Township and finishing at Shrewsbury High School in Massachusetts. They will be taking a trip in September to Alaska, the final frontier. Robert W. Wilhelm ’93, New Market, MD, recently assigned as the re-entry coordinator at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center in Frederick, Maryland. Greg Cohen ’94, Adria, Italy. Upon recent completion of sixyear Atlantis exploration tour at Zetetic Exploration Pursuits, was promoted to chief of extraterrestrial origin connections, responsible for compiling under water geographical survey data with archeological and hieroglyphic artifacts to advance space and time wormhole theory plausibility. Gregory Day ’94-’21m, Hummelstown, obtained a Master of Science in criminal justice from Shippensburg University in August. Brittany (Smith) Decker ’94, St. Petersburg, FL, moved to paradise in August 2020. Now a mom to ten—three dogs, three cats, three kids and a husband. Breast cancer survivor and blessed beyond measure! Theresa (Bixler) Pinamonti ’94, Camp Hill, retired after 23 years as a first-grade teacher at St. Theresa Catholic School in New Cumberland. Tiffanie (Nale) Burger ’96, Thompsontown, installed as the president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW/ PA) on June 12, and will serve in this role until June 2022. The organization’s goal is to promote full participation, equity, and economic self-sufficiency for America’s working women and the vision is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Jason M. Harshbarger ’96, Mechanicsburg, is serving as the CFO of GolfBack— launched with his business partners in 2020, GolfBack is an online booking engine and marketing platform for golf courses which provides a direct relationship with the golfer. GolfBackSolutions. com Lynn (Baronsky) Israel ’96, Gambrills, MD, obtained a Master of Business Administration from Western Governor’s University. FALL 2021


Amy Dufner ’07 married Luke Maletsky on October 30, 2020 celebrating the best day in their lives in a backyard wedding due to COVID. The couple lives in Gilbertsville and are expecting a baby in January 2022.

DELTA RHO GETAWAY 3 The annual Delta Rho Ship

sorority sister’s trip was to take place in November 2020 but was moved to April 2021 due to COVID-19. This year’s reunion to Tybee Island, GA, included a personal chef one night and an En Blanc theme. Back row, Janice (Hollander) Sears ’86, Stephanie Groves Brown ‘86, Danielle (Douple) Chamberlain ’86, Maureen Mankowich, and Joni Caperelli ’87. Front row, Eileen (McHale) Perpiglia ’87, Debbie (Soriano) Mahler ’87, and Kristi (Hammonds) Wasson ‘87. Nadine T. Johnson ’96, Ladson, SC, author and middle grade math teacher just launched the website (IWrite for her ninth book entitled I Write Rhymes. This is a contemporary, middle grade novel about an eighth-grade poet, Moses Jackson, learns his family structure will be changing, and his anger leads him to make a bad decision. He is forced to move to a new school where he encounters racism for the first time. Writing poetry helps Moses to cope, but the unjust treatment from his teacher pushes him to the edge. Moses must learn to love himself and his new extended family. He also has to decide if he should speak up about how his teacher treats him at the risk of getting kicked out of school. Dee (Walter) Kruleski ’96m, Shermans Dale, retired as a biology professor from HACC in August. Rob Kuhns ’96, Auburn, PA, named chief financial officer at TopBuild. Rob earned his BSBA in Accounting in 1996.

Consulting partners closely with clients, understanding their business needs and taking a hands-on approach to delivering strategic, tactical and operational services. Darryl R. Hamm ’04, Harrisburg, awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) highest honor, President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Hamm is the current vice chair and public member of the Pennsylvania State Architects Licensure Board and the first individual from Pennsylvania and the third public member to receive this honor. Christopher Sorge ’05, Mt. Holly Springs, co-owner of Wolfberry LLC. Security is at the forefront of everyone’s mind—that is why they designed the framework around universal adaptation to any blockchain network that accepts smart contracts. is a pro type framework for decentralized applications that will revolutionize the way Internet of things are designed and implemented.

00s Karen (Wurst) Gerhart ’01, Lebanon, recently hired as the finance manager for the Borough of Ephrata. Kristen (Lucas) Evans ’03, Harrisburg, managing director at Granite HR Consulting. Evans is passionate about connecting human resources efforts to strategic initiatives that drive business growth. Granite HR 42

Brendan West ’06, Scranton, (Center), and Jason Mleczko ’07, East Berlin, (right), were part of a three-man team that cycled the Great Allegheny Passage over a weekend in June. The trio rode approximately 100 miles from Cumberland, MD, to Pittsburgh.


Ronald C. Vogel ’07 and wife Shelby, Malvern, welcomed their third child, Conor Augustus born August 24. He joins big sister Erika 4, and big brother Adler 2. Dr. Matthew T. McKeague ’08M, Lock Haven, Lock Haven University announced the winners of the 2021 Faculty Awards. McKeague is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award. Joseph A. Brubaker ’09-’12m, Raeford, NC, appointed in April to the National Constitution Center’s Teacher Advisory Council: taking part in developing new educational programs, teaching through Scholar Exchanges, and testing new projects for the NCC website. He has also assisted with the professional development and resources updates for the Center. Mr. Brubaker is entering his last year of the beginning teacher program. In late June, he became a resident of Raeford, North Carolina and enjoys sitting by the lake of his recently purchased home. Andrea (Weeks) Hartman ’09 and husband Paul ’07, Mechanicsburg, welcomed a daughter, Julianna Faith, born June 9. She joins big brother Jacob 3. Sarah (Leahey) Palazzi ’09 and husband AJ, Duncansville, welcomed a son, Dominic Leahey, on June 1. Sarah earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020. She was recognized as elementary educator of the year 2020-2021 and Blair County twenty under forty 2020-2021.

Tappah Dinnall ’11, Brunswick, MD, published his first book in February, Sensible: The Measure of Difference, which is quickly becoming a catalyst for people with sharply differing political views to establish common ground for discussing social issues. The book allows for tough topics, including elements of Critical Race Theory, while still demonstrating compliance with legislation that ban “racist concepts.” Emily (Davis) Pass ’11, Camp Hill, joined Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz as marketing assistant in the Camp Hill office. Lindsey (Billotte) Miller ’12 and husband Evan ’13, West Chester, welcomed a son, Hayden, born in September. Gregory A. Blocker ’13-’16m, Lancaster, manager at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) was honored as a 2021 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Young Leader Award Recipient during the PICPA Leadership Conference in September. Kelly K. Donnelly ’13, Camp Hill, opened a small business in New Cumberland, Retro & Rad. The store features a healthy dose of nostalgia from the 80s and 90s. Enjoy vintage toys, action figures, games, VHS, cassette tapes, clothes, video games, a few newer collectables, and more. “Free Toy Weekend” each month for customers to take one for themselves and their kids with no purchase necessary so everyone can enjoy the feeling of getting a new toy even if they can’t afford it.

Nicole Bicksler ’10, Stuarts Draft, VA, new position as a digital content writer for EZMarketing. James M. D’Annibale ’10, Shippensburg, promoted to director of Library Services and Educational Technology at Wilson College. Colleen (Toomey) Walker ’10 and husband Crandon, York, welcomed a son, Titan Ray, born November 9, 2020. He joins big brother Declan Daniel, 3.

Brandon Engle ’13 Married Rachel Engleman in June 2020 in a small ceremony because of the pandemic. In June 2021 they finally celebrated their wedding with family and friends. Front Brandon Engle ’13 and wife Rachel, middle

SHIP’S LOG (left to right): Devin Miller ’13, Alana (Famulare) Miller ’15, Lucy Davis ’15, Sheri Stanat, James Stanat ’11’17m and son Noah Back (left to right): Andrew Campbell ’15, Emilie Troupe, Zach Gause ’14, Samantha (Feaster) Marshall ’12, Jonathan Marshall ’10. Jose Nunez ’14, Pottstown, joined Swarthmore College as their new associate director of Athletics Fundraising. Victoria (Ohm) Fiorino ’15-’16m, Glen Rock, promoted to tax manager at SEK, CPA’s and Advisors in the Hanover office. With more than six years of experience, Victoria primarily focuses on providing tax compliance, SALT (state and local tax), and tax planning services to closely held businesses and individuals. She works with clients in various industries, including construction, healthcare, professional services, and restaurants. Victoria serves on the firm’s SALT Committee and is a QuickBooks Certified Online ProAdvisor.

Corrine Urland ’16 married Brandon Duelley ’15-’17m on August 14 in Mount Joy/Manheim. A huge group of Ship alumni/ friends helped to celebrate. The couple lives in Stevensville, MD.

Jeremy Flick ’16, Manheim, has been releasing original pop-rap music over the past several years and his latest single, “Dangerous” is out now. His third full studio album will be released in February 2022.

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Mary Erdman ’18 married Ryan Scheib ’19 in June 2021. The couple lives in Leola. The couple met through the biology living-learning community.


Michael P. McCartney ’19-’20m, Mercersburg, promoted to senior associate at SEK, CPA’s and Advisors in the Hagerstown, MD office. Michael provides tax services for individuals, business clients, and nonprofit organizations. He is currently working toward earning his CPA designation.

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Sarah A. Berg ’21, Newville, joined Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) as a staff accountant on the Nonprofit Audit team in the Camp Hill office. Connor Shoop ’21, Fayetteville, joined Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) as a staff accountant on the For-Profit Audit team in the Camp Hill office.

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WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 3 Congratulations on the

nominations of Kaitlin Capriccio ’12, Dr. Sue Mukherjee ’09m, and Dr. Carol Wellington. The Women in Technology Awards are presented by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania.

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In Memoriam Ada (Hallibaugh) Painter ’41 Marjorie (Keck) Hanks ’43 Raymond W. Lemaster, Jr. ’50 Joseph F. McCloskey ’52 James R. Geyer ’53 Martha (Coble) Showers ’53 Delphine (Pettenati) Guanciale ’54 J. Lee Hockersmith ’55-’64m Donald R. Gutshall ’57 Wilbur J. Kling ’57 Charles A. Manning ’58-’66m Jay T. Upperman ’58 Katie (Haas) Wilson ’58 Jean (Pytcher) Pinci ’60-’75m Doris (Frye) Reed ’60 Ellen (Ashford) Gallagher ’61 Donna (Rynard) Burkholder ’62-’92m Joan (Spangenberg) Lawhead ’62’65m Ray A. Young ’62 Donald E. Rohrbaugh ’63 James J. Saylor ’63 Robert T. Crumling III ’64 Dorothy (Matesevac) Landis ’64-’68m William B. Rumberger ’65m Rollin P. Rissinger Jr ’66 Jeffrey L. Breighner ’67-’74m Sally Ann (McElwain) Smith ’67 Charles L. Crouse ’68 Michael E. Salmon ’68-’80m Lucy (Kerr) Harper ’69-’72m William H. Lutz ’69m Mary Ann (Moyer) Kulp Payne ’69-’71m Marie (Meholic) Joswick ’70

Denton L. McCleary ’70-’78m Robert W. Beuley ’71m Gerald E. Brown ’71m Joan L. Naylor ’71m Mary (Kayser) Osmanski ’71-’75m Freda M. DeHoff ’72m Anne (Means) Hockersmith ’72 Joyce E. Clough ’73-’77m Ira M. Resnick ’73 Franklin T. Rimpfel ’73m Debra (Trumbauer) Ginder ’75 Beverly (Wilson) Shobe ’75m Joan K. Cloos ’76m Rick Fritz ’76 Col. Carl E. Kincheloe ’76m Gary C. Stump ’76 Col. Richard C. Martin ’77m Ronald D. Ocker ’77 Thomas M. Bowes ’79m Rev. Louis W. Ruoff ’79 Leola B. Weist ’79m Col. Fred W. Greene III ’80m Grace (Rosenberry) Miller ’80-’84m Sheri (Salyards) Duchak ’88 Michele (King) Hassinger ’88m Robert A. Howard Jr. ’88m David M. Weller ’90m Scott L. Ravert ’91 Brian L. Sensenig ’91-’92m Thomas J. Wright ’92m Brett E. Ball ’98m Tanya (Stauffer) Whiteman ’99m Scott Laird ’03 Bryan Gosnell ’04 Rachel Kennedy Wright ’04m Ryan S. Schoenleber ’16

WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 3 Congratulations to these three

amazing alumnae, recognized as 2020 Women of Excellence by the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. Dr. Ivy Buchan ‘09m, April Snyder ‘03, and Megan Peterson ‘13m (pictured left to right) were honored August 19 at the West Shore Country Club. The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Excellence Awards event was postponed from 2020. 44


b b Vincent Champion ’96, of Champion Law, and c Wanda Bankhead ’80, retired manager at Allstate Insurance, along with alumni from varying industries talked with students at a Black Alumni and Student Networking Night. This network night is part of a Black Alumni Network that maintains and promotes black alumni participation through social and professional programs and events. It connects alumni with students offering advice and mentorship on how to best navigate the rigors of college and life. d Kate Moretti ’00, New York Times bestselling author of seven novels and a novella, was on campus to discuss her book Girls of Brackenhill and share a sneak peek at her new release, The Spires. Kate, an alumna of Alpha Phi, had much love and support during her book talk with current Alpha Phi Sorority members in attendance, along with Alpha Phi alumnae Caryn (Long) Earl ’98, Rachel (Thomas) Jarabeck ’98, and Holly (Oughton) Lubart ‘99. e Mary Jo (Kreider) Grove ’69-‘70m and Carol (Kreider) Wagman ’71-‘73m were in attendance marking the first alumni event held inside the Gary and Mary Jo Grove Exhibition Hall. f Students Megan Gardenhour, Hannah Cornell, and Autumn Jones represented The Reflector editorial staff at the meet and greet with Moretti. They learned Moretti’s take on writing fiction and publishing. g Lee Adams ’87 shows off signed copies of Moretti’s two most recent books. h Mike Parker ’00, Carol (Verish) Houck ’99, and Artie Tafoya of Appalachian Brewing Company (2021 Beverage Sponsor) enjoyed an afternoon of golf at the 2021 SU Alumni Association Golf Tournament. i Volunteers play a huge role in the annual outing. Seated are Mary Jo Grove ’69-‘70m, Michele (Gegg) Legge ’88, Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Jody Harpster ‘74m, former SU President; standing, Josh Bream ’20, Carolyn Salazar, SU Foundation, and Stephanie Swanger, Alumni Relations. Want to be a volunteer next year? E-mail alumni@ship. edu. j Rosanna and Mike ’99 Lindquist, Bobby Sisock ’05-‘06m, immediate past-president of the Alumni Association, and Toni Marchowsky ’05-‘06m, SU Trustee enjoyed not only golf, but catching up with alumni. The Alumni Relations office held their annual Legacy Pinning Program in September on Parents and Family Day. We ♥ our Ship Legacy Families. Earning their pin included 1) Brett White ’03 and daughter Allison; 1! Sue (Jacobs) Dehoff ’89 pinning daughter Rachel; 1@ Joy (Damaska) Weaver ’95 and daughter Madison; and 1# Connie (Weaver) Maslanik ’82-‘87m, grandmother to Meghan Molosky, and Katherine (Maslanik) Stoudnour ’03, aunt to Meghan. 1$ The Alumni Relations Office hosted “ The Lunch Bunch’ in Stewart Hall in recognition of their 25th year of ‘lunching’ together. Organized by Ray Reber ‘55, alumni from the mid-50’s through 1960 gather for lunch the third Tuesday of every month. Pictured with Ray (far left) are Donna and Jerome ‘Diz’ ’58 Leamer and Ginny (Weills) Schucht ’60.




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Memorial Scholarships

When someone very special to you impacts your life, or makes positives changes in their community, it is natural to want to honor their life. Establishing a scholarship or other memorial fund through the SU Foundation is a great way to honor someone. A Shippensburg University education is the gift that lasts a lifetime. A memorial scholarship provides a meaningful way for family, friends, or coworkers to honor that special person while carrying their legacy forward for future generations of Ship students. Here are just two of the many memorial scholarships established in honor of loved ones. Please contact the SU Foundation if you are interested in establishing a memorial scholarship.

Dr. Donna T. Mottilla Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Mottilla passed away on June 7, 2021, after a short and valiant fight against brain cancer. Her wishes were to make an enduring impact for students of the John L. Grove College of Business. The Dr. Donna T. Mottilla Memorial Scholarship was established by her son, Brendan Barclay, according to her wishes. Her love of teaching and her service to the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University will always be remembered. Shippensburg University played a significant role in the life of Dr. Donna Mottilla. As a student at Shippensburg State College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Public Administration. After earning a Doctorate of Business Administration from Kent State University, she returned to Shippensburg University to join the faculty in the fall of 1983. Dr. Mottilla’s teaching career at Ship spanned nearly 15 years, ending when she was selected to serve as the university’s acting associate provost. The following year she was appointed interim dean of the John L. Grove College of Business. Dr. Mottilla’s accomplishments at Ship included three degrees, multiple teaching awards, authorship of multiple professional papers, AACSB accreditation of the John L. Grove College of Business, and the nickname “Mottilla the Hun,” a play on the name Attila the Hun. Dr. Mottilla’s nickname was given by her students to the professor who graded harshly but fair, providing them an opportunity to better prepare themselves for the world off campus. Following her career at Ship, Dr. Mottilla went on to become the dean of the Colleges of Business at Christopher Newport University in Virginia and Gannon University in Pennsylvania. To make a gift to this scholarship go to SUFMottillaScholarship.

Edward Christian Ruth Memorial Scholarship

Edward Ruth was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, but grew up in the small town of Schellsburg in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Ed’s identity as a kind-hearted, accepting, empathetic person, and tirelessly hard worker was representative of where he grew up. His education at Shippensburg University offered him the opportunity to grow personally and set him on a path to success that he found later in life as a certified financial advisor. At Shippensburg, Ed was an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. He was an avid basketball player and tireless competitor in everything he did. One thing was a given with Ed—no one would ever outwork him. Though he never returned to live in Bedford County after graduating from Shippensburg University in 2000, he credited his family, faith, and hometown for who he became as a person. Ed was loved by all and impacted many lives before his sudden passing on October 19, 2020, at age 43. His care and support for his family was unparalleled. He gave the greatest gifts to all who knew him, whether it was a gift of his time, his heart, or birthday and Christmas gifts to his niece and nephew. Now his family and friends have come together to establish this scholarship in his memory which will provide Bedford County students with an opportunity to find success and themselves through an education at Shippensburg University. The Edward Christian Ruth Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time for the fall of 2021 to a student from Bedford County. To make a gift to this scholarship go to SUFRuthScholarship.

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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te Alumni Weekend 2022 ◂ Save the da FRIDAY, JUNE 3 AND SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Highlighted alumni reunions include: Class of 1972 50th Class Reunion—Celebrate your fifty-year reunion as a Golden Raider. Members of the Class of 1972 are invited to participate in special activities, including a class recognition and cocktail reception on Friday, June 3. Class of 1967 55th Class Reunion Class of 1962 60th Class Reunion Class of 1957 65th Class Reunion Class of 1952 70th Class Reunion —The reunion classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, and 1967 are invited back to celebrate milestone reunions at the annual Golden Raider Luncheon on Saturday, June 4. Fifth Annual Greek Alumni Reunion—Reach out to your fraternity brothers and sorority sisters, break out your letters and get ready to celebrate

Greek life at Ship. We missed everyone in 2020 and 2021, and we’re ready to welcome you back for a do-over of the fifth annual All Greek Reunion. Make plans now.

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Reunion Zero/Reunion for the Classes of 2017– 2022—New this year! Reunion Zero is for alumni who have not yet reached their five-year reunion. Golden Raiders Alumni Luncheon—All Golden Raiders, including the newly inducted Class of 1972, are invited to a Golden Raider Luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 4. REGISTRATION OPENS IN THE SPRING. Stay tuned for details on the weekend activities. The Ship Experience is more than four years—it lasts a lifetime!

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