Shippensburg University Magazine, Fall 2022

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Athlete of the Year Little Red Schoolhouse Homecoming

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Fields, courts, and the track were packed this summer with campers. Camps are offered to students elementary through high school and over, and cover a variety of academic and athletic specialities. Learn more about Ship summer camps at! Cross country camp photo provided by camp coach and alumna Britta Manges ’00, Britta Manges Photography.

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THE PRESIDENT Moving forward together

We made great strides this spring and kept going this summer as we continue to make Ship Happen.

I’m excited to continue our forward motion as the 18th president of Shippensburg University. I could not be more honored to serve our students, our campus community, our alumni and community partners as we work together to secure the future of Ship. You’ll see the great work of our students, faculty, and staff as you turn the pages of this magazine.

In this issue you’ll learn more about our ever evolving student recreation program, and the important role it serves in helping students succeed. You’ll hear from Dr. Lonce Bailey, associate professor of political


science, who secured a US Department of State Grant to welcome a group of international students to campus this summer to increase mutual understanding between US citizens and other countries.

We’re finding new ways to support Pennsylvania’s workforce and I was excited to highlight these efforts at a recent event with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier. Our steadfast commitment to sustainability was honored in a big way by the US Department of Education and we announced another Fulbright Finalist.

We’re also finding innovative ways to make a Ship education more affordable and accessible to students. Read how the Mathematics Department saved Ship

students over $100,000 in classroom materials over the last year.

Take a look at our newest alumni as you scan photos from our spring commencement ceremony and look for a familiar face from our Alumni Weekend Celebration. And you’ll learn more about the meaningful ways in which alumni and friends of the university are supporting Ship students, and new ways you can support students too.

There’s so much more to read and much more to come for Ship this fall!

Go Raiders!


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of Higher Education.


Cynthia Shapira, Chair, Board of Governors

Dan Greenstein, Chancellor


Charles E. Patterson


JoEllen Lindner


Megan Silverstrim ’06

Media Relations/Digital Media Manager


Anne M. Detter Schaffner

Director of Marketing, SU Foundation

William Morgal ’07-’10m

Sports Information Director

Lori Smith ’95-’07m

Director, Alumni Relations


Stephanie Swanger, Alumni Relations


Kimberly Hess, Creative Services Manager

Jessica Kline, Senior Graphic Designer and Brand Manager


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Global Student Leaders Summer Institute

Ship welcomed a cohort of international students to campus as part of a US State Department grant.

20 Little School, Big Lessons

The Little Red Schoolhouse is impacting a whole new generation of students.

6 SPRING COMMENCEMENT 11 LUHRS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 12 RAIDER SPORTS 16 FACULTY 22 HOMECOMING 24 ALUMNI WEEKEND 26 CLASSNOTES 30 PHOTO ALBUM 32 SU FOUNDATION FRONT COVER: Built in 1865 in Newburg, the Little Red Schoolhouse was moved to Shippensburg University as a way to celebrate the history of education and is still providing lessons to students today.
Jazmin Petrantonio Athlete of the Year
A look back on the journey that led this student-athlete to the top.
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Celebrating Success With an Innovative Program that Upskills Employees

On June 22, President Charles Patterson joined Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier in a Harrisburg-area grocery store to celebrate the success of an innovative program that is upskilling employees in the agribusiness industry while they earn a paycheck.

The new program is the result of a partnership between the university, The GIANT Company, Bake Crafters, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, HACC-Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and SCPa Works, the South Central Workforce Investment Board and funding from a recent $250, 000 Industry Partnership Grant from Labor and Industry.

This workforce development initiative expands upon a leadership program previously created for The GIANT Company employees by adding more occupations and dislocated workers in the South Central Pennsylvania region as the target student.

Shippensburg University, HACC, and the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology faculty developed and delivered curriculum tailored to expand workers ability to succeed in career pathways in

agribusiness, including grocery retail, transportation/warehousing and food manufacturing.

Twenty employees, including floor, bakery, and front-end managers, human resource generalists and warehouse directors logged in via Zoom to sessions covering a range of employability and technical skills. Topics included leadership, equity, emotional intelligence, Microsoft Excel, basic accounting, merchandising, and asset protection.

The curriculum was designed to create sustainable and growth-driven business practices by increasing sales and asset protection; forecasting and increasing supply efficiencies; as well as practical techniques to become stronger and more inclusive leaders.

“The knowledge that these 20 individuals gained through this experience will serve them for the rest of their careers. A worker who possesses a skillset

that employers need is a worker who can reliably earn a competitive wage in a job they like and with an employer who treats them well. That is why the Wolf Administration is so focused on workforce development programs that build skillsets,” said Secretary Berrier.

This grant program builds on Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, through which the administration has distributed nearly $60 million statewide since 2018 to expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships and to support STEM and computer science education in hundreds of Pennsylvania schools,” Secretary Berrier said. “Workforce development is most successful when community members collaborate to develop practical solutions to collective problems.”

“At The GIANT Company, one of our team promises is to help our team members grow through new opportunities, and the certification program helps us deliver on that promise by providing a unique opportunity for our team members to build and grow their skillset,” said Jennifer Heinzen Krueger, vice president of team experience, The GIANT Company. “The retail grocery industry is ever-changing, and the skills our team members have developed through this course will undoubtedly serve them, our company, and the commonwealth as a whole. We’re proud to be a part of this exciting

Secretary of Labor and Industry Jennifer Berrier, joined by The GIANT Company and higher-education leaders, celebrates innovative program to upskill agribusiness workers, in Linglestown, PA on June 22, 2022.
President Charles Patterson expressed ”much love for my new friend Marty the robot” who photobombed the President during the event. Catch the full video by scanning the QR.

initiative spearheaded by Secretary Berrier, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation, Shippensburg University and all of the program partners.”

“As we celebrate these 20 individuals, we continue to look forward, recruiting more students and expanding our partnerships in service to the needs of our regional and state workforce,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, president of Shippensburg University. “We’ve now proven this model works, and

AROUND CAMPUS Juneteenth Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosted the annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 16 in the Hockey Rink. The afternoon featured exhibits, activities, soul food and performances by Baltimore’s best R&B dance band Ten Karat Gold, The Temple Guard Drill Team from York and others.

Shippensburg University is committed to working with our partners as we collaborate to strengthen and enhance Pennsylvania’s economic health and mobility.”

A second group of 20 to 30 students is slated to begin the program soon. The partnership is seeking other employers to join with the goal of expanding the South Central Pennsylvania ecosystem to create a more robust and skilled workforce to support a dynamic economy.


GEAR UP at Ship

On Wednesday, July 7, Shippensburg University welcomed eighth graders from the Allentown School District through the PA State GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant program. The students toured the campus, met with faculty, staff, and students, learned about the college admissions process and financial aid and engaged with the university’s Career Center.

Funded by the US Department of Education, GEAR UP provides academic, college, career and financial aid support along with teacher professional development and student and parent workshops. The grant uses a cohort model focused on current seventh grade students and will support them through their first year of college.


Erika Otthofer ’20 was named Fulbright Finalist in the Fulbright US Student Program for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) for the 2022-2023 academic year from the US Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. In March 2023 Otthofer will head to Argentina where she will assist with mentoring and instructing English teachers-in-training at a regional university.

“I look forward to experiencing Latin American culture firsthand, sharing crosscultural connections with a host community, and collaborating with Argentinian scholars

who have a passion for teaching English. I cannot wait for my grant to begin,” said Otthofer.

Otthofer was an international studies and political science major with concentrations in international politics and Latin American Studies.

Otthofer is Ship’s seventh student/ alumna to receive a Fulbright through the US Student Program since 2013. The university also boasts 20 Fulbright Scholars, making Ship the State System leader in Fulbright grants.

Last fall, Ship was named the new lead institution selected for the PA State GEAR UP grant program. Pennsylvania was one of four states in the nation selected for the latest round of funding. The seven-year grant provides approximately $3.1 million per year and $21.5 million total over the life of the grant.

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Congratulations to our spring graduates!

On Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, Shippensburg University recognized 1,031 students during its annual Commencement Ceremonies. Candidates for diplomas included 823 undergraduate and 208 graduate students from thirteen states and four countries.

“Today we celebrate education, new friendships, and our accomplishments throughout this journey,” said Roneka Jones, president of the Graduate Student Association Board during her remarks. “We take with us every experience whether good, bad, or indifferent to help guide us into our next stages.”

On the morning of May 7, sixteen ROTC cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants.

For a full gallery of photos of the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies, visit:

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Staff Awards Picnic

Kurt Dunkel ’98-’04m earned an employee recognition award during the Annual Staff Awards Luncheon in May. Dunkel was recognized as a tireless advocate for mental health and suicide prevention and for his direct impact on the well-being of students.

Several other staff members were recognized for milestones in years of service and recent retirements.

State Budget’s Historic Investment in System Universities, Students

The leadership of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) issued the following statement on the 2022-23 state budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Tom Wolf.

The 2022-23 state budget, passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Tom Wolf, invests $552.5 million in PASSHE, a $75 million increase from $477.5 million in the 202122 fiscal year. This is the largest single-year increase PASSHE has received from the state and will benefit students by allowing the State System to hold tuition flat for the fourth consecutive year, despite inflation.

Additionally, the budget provides $125 million in one-time American Rescue Plan Act funding to support System Redesign. In total, the budget invests $677.5 million in the state-owned university system and its students.

Historic Investment

44th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition

The 44th Annual Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition hosted an opening reception at Huber Art Center’s Kauffman Gallery April 23. This annual exhibit is selected by judges from outside of the Shippensburg University community and features the selected work of undergraduate students.

"We are incredibly appreciative of the governor and General Assembly for this historic investment in the 90,000 students that our PASSHE universities serve,” said Cynthia Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors. “This unprecedented additional funding recognizes that State System universities have kept their promises to the state with a redesign that is delivering positive results for our commonwealth and more opportunities for our students. The renewed strength of our partnership with state leaders and all Pennsylvanians is the result of deliberate, intentional and hard-won efforts by our faculty, staff and students.”

“This investment is great news for current and prospective students and creates a much better chance that Pennsylvania businesses will have the educated workforce they need to compete and succeed,” said PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein. “With this investment, the State System universities will fully move forward with the most impactful phase of our redesign—expanding opportunities and improving outcomes for all our students, including reaching students who have been historically underserved by universities and colleges generally.”

One-Time American Rescue Plan Act Funding

“As an engine of workforce development, PASSHE universities are redesigning to help fill the shortage of well-educated workers that businesses need,” said Shapira. “We greatly appreciate the governor and General Assembly appropriating $125 million in one-time federal funds to support the redesign. This investment will help these state-owned universities equip themselves to serve more students even better and expand credential programs for those who are looking to reskill or upskill. We are proud of our mission to provide a high-quality education to middle- and lowincome students and set them on a career path for good jobs in their own state.”

The renewed strength of our partnership with state leaders and all Pennsylvanians is the result of deliberate, intentional and hard-won efforts by our faculty, staff and students.

around campus

The Great Hall in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) is a great place to study, catch up with friends or find the latest and greatest events around campus. The CUB is home to various student organizations, delicious dining options, the bookstore, and so much more!

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Hometown: Ardmore, PA ❘ Major: Management ❘ Year: Senior Senior Khalilh Jackson realized a childhood dream this summer and took a step toward career success with an internship with Schroders, an international asset management firm in New York City.

How did you connect with this internship? I connected with this internship through the Career Center at first in the spring of 2020. But due to COVID-19, internships were halted. Fast forward to fall 2021, members of the John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board came back and visited Ship. One of the board members, Lee Gardella ’89, spoke to the Investment Club about working in private equity at Schroders. After the meeting, I had the chance to network with Lee and it ended up leading to an internship offer.

What are you doing in your internship?

I interned for the marketing team that is a department under the distribution team. During my internship, Schroders had me focusing on small individual projects, networking internally and externally, and learning the different sides of the company. I also got to work with associates and interns from other countries too. It was a great experience both at the company and in NYC. Is this a valuable learning experience so far? This internship was one of the greatest professional experiences I have had yet. I

got to learn more about an international company every day, how it functions at a departmental level, how the culture is in the office of one of the largest cities in the United States, and so much more. I had the opportunity to network around the company and even got to talk to other NYC interns that I ran into just walking around the area. Overall, the experience exceeded all expectations.

Best part so far? That’s a hard one. There were many memorable experiences I have had with Schroders and outside of Schroders. However, visiting the Financial District sticks out to me more than anything. As a child, I grew up watching movies filmed on Wall Street imagining what a life in finance entailed.

Seeing Wall Street and the skyscrapers in person, I now understand why it is known as the city’s buzzing financial heart. My love for business grew looking at investment bankers and consultants pass me by in expensive suits making deals on the phone. Just taking a step back and living in the moment my heart pounded with excitement and love. Knowing I belong here and this is where I was destined to be.

How’s life in NYC? Life in NYC is different from anything I have experienced before. It has always been a dream of mine to work


The Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University (FA&M) is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit “Celebrating Creative Hands—Yesterday and Today.” The exhibit features textiles and historical clothing spun, woven, knitted, embroidered and crocheted by hand from the 18th to 21st centuries. The FA&M partnered with the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild to showcase their work and items from the FA&M collection.

“This exhibit combines their creations and examples of the same techniques from the historic examples drawn from the collection of the Fashion Archives and Museum. This exciting partnership is the FA&M’s first foray into the fiber arts community, and it will definitely not be the last,” said FA&M Director Dr. Karin Bohleke.

The exhibit is open through November 22, 2022.

in the big city and I have finally gained that opportunity. To the environment, social scene, and culture of the city, it has all been a great time. It was also great to be around interns of other large companies because I got to hear about their individual experiences as well. Not to mention that people are not lying when they say that this city never sleeps.

Any great networking opportunities?

At Schroders, I had countless amounts of opportunities to network. I walked around any time and met new people both inside and outside the office. The opportunity to network and meet people from all facets of life is a great advantage because in meeting so many professionals, I’ve received a plethora of unique advice.

What’s been the most surprising experience so far? One of the greatest experiences that I had during my time this summer was the opportunity to go to Chicago for the National Association of Security Professionals (NASP) conference. Not only was this my first experience flying, but it was also my first time in Chicago. My objective while attending the conference was to network with other young professionals as well as learn more about new trends in the changing economic environment. During the conference, I was exposed to new companies and began to envision what my future career may look like.


Luhrs rocks this season with exciting events

After easing back into live performances in the 2021-22 season, Luhrs Center has a robust full season of exciting events for 2022-23, that started with a Labor Day Weekend season opener, One Night of Queen by Gary Mullen and the Works. We are excited to bring more excellent music to the region with performances from Three Dog Night (Oct. 13), Kansas (Nov. 3), America (Jan. 12) and country artists Martina McBride (Dec. 2), and Travis Tritt (April 1).

Broadway fans can see two wonderful musicals on national tour this season, the beloved theatrical masterpiece Fiddler on the Roof (Nov. 10) and the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia (Feb. 8).

Enjoy a delightful range of holiday experiences, including the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine’s The Nutcracker (Nov. 8), Lightwire Theatre’s A Very Electric Christmas (Nov. 26), The Raleigh Ringers (Dec. 3), Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Dec. 7) and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (Dec. 11).

PBS viewers may recognize The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute (Oct. 28) from their Emmy-Award winning PBS special portraying the Beatles—now you can have the next best thing to a live Beatles experience! Ireland with Michael Live! (March 19) features the acclaimed tenor of Riverdance fame Michael Londra in a magical evening of Irish music and champion Irish dancers against the backdrop of stunning footage of Ireland.

Introduce children to the delights of live performance with family-friendly productions including the national phenomenon Baby Shark Live: Splash Tour 2022 (Nov. 5) and Mutts Gone Nuts (Feb. 19), a production where comedy and canines collide.

Speaking of comedy, you won’t want to miss Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer (Nov. 12), a self-described “deep-rooted family guy with hardcore blue-collar roots”

In February, make a Valentine feel extra special with The Doo Wop Project (Feb.



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2), and The Greatest Love of All starring Belinda Davids—A Tribute to Whitney Houston (Feb. 4), an acclaimed stage show described as “mind-blowingly spot on”. Don’t miss free performances with the Shippensburg University Brass Ensemble (Nov. 13) and the Shippensburg University Community Orchestra & Concert Choir (Nov. 20) presenting the classical masterwork Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Dr. Mark Hartmann

We will rock you this season at Luhrs Center! Check out the full line-up at:


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Jazmin Petrantonio named 2022 Division II Honda Athlete of the Year

Jazmin Petrantonio ’22 was named the 2022 Division II Honda Athlete of the Year by the Executive Director Chris Voelz of The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda on June 27. The award was voted on by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the CWSA program and honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for their superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.

A two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Player of the Year (2021 and 2018), Petrantonio is the first Raider to receive this award and just the fourth player from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) to be honored. She was celebrated during a live telecast on CBS Sports Network at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles.

“It’s really hard for me to put into words the way I feel,” Petrantonio said. “It is a huge honor to receive this

award, but that’s not adequate to reflect the way I feel. It is one of those things that nobody prepares you for, because only a select few athletes even get the chance to be recognized as a finalist, and that’s what makes this award so special.”

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Petrantonio, an international management and accounting major, led the nation in goals per game (1.85), points per game (4.2), goals (37) and points (84). She also totaled 10 assists. Petrantonio scored or assisted in 19 of SU’s

Petrantonio (center) stands with other nominees. Petrantonio celebrates during the championship game against West Chester University.

20 games this season; the only game in which she did not record a point was in the national semifinal.

“Never in a million years could I have thought that a student-athlete at Shippensburg, a small town in Pennsylvania, who plays a sport that is still emerging in popularity in the United States, would’ve been in this category,” added Petrantonio.

A two-time NFHCA National Player of the Year (2018, 2021), she is the third Raider to be named the NFHCA National Player of the Year and the second Raider to earn it twice. Bre White won the award in 2012 and 2013, and Kristina Taylor was SU’s inaugural recipient in 2010.

In the 2021 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament, Petrantonio helped Shippensburg to its sixth national championship (fifth NCAA national championship) and its fourth in the last five seasons. She scored the second goal in the National Championship Game victory over West Chester University and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 NCAA Division II National Championships.

Petrantonio concluded her historic career with 106 career goals, third-most in NCAA Division II history. In her 79 career games with the Raiders, Petrantonio totaled

248 career points (106 goals, 36 assists) and 29 game-winning goals. She also finished her career as the leading scorer in the history of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships, having scored

She continues to make us proud, representing the very best of her sport, her fellow student-athletes and her alma mater. It’s been an honor to watch her success as a student-athlete and campus leader and to now earn this recognition on a national level.

10 career goals in eight career NCAA Tournament games.

“We are proud of her accomplishments on the field, off the field, and within our Shippensburg community. As a trailblazer on the field, Jazmin elevated the game while she competed with passion and respect. Off the field, Jazmin was a dedicated student and was involved with many university organizations. She is hard-working, passionate, committed and extremely deserving of this recognition for all that she has done as an athlete and student,” said head field hockey coach Tara Zollinger.

“On behalf of the entire Shippensburg University community, I congratulate Jazmin on this amazing achievement,” said Dr. Charles Patterson, Shippensburg University President. “She continues to make us proud, representing the very best of her sport, her fellow student-athletes and her alma mater. It’s been an honor to watch her success as a student-athlete and campus leader and to now earn this recognition on a national level.”

Thursday’s announcement brings Petrantonio’s postseason awards total to 13. Petrantonio was previously selected to the NFHCA All-American First Team and the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) First Team. She was named the NFHCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year, the PSAC Athlete of the Year, the PSAC Tournament MVP, the NCAA Tournament MVP and was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, the NFHCA All-Academic Team, the NFHCA Senior Team, 2021-22 Academic All-District 2® At-Large Team, and 202122 Academic All-American® At-Large Third Team.

“We could not be more excited for Jazmin, our field hockey program, the athletics department, and the university,” said Carrie Michaels, senior associate director of Athletics and senior woman administrator. “This is such a tremendous honor, and we are fortunate to share this experience with this outstanding student and athlete. What a testament to her excellence. We have been in awe of her prowess on the field since she began her journey at SU and have truly enjoyed her as a person.”

Petrantonio poses with her banner as Athlete of the Year.
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SOFTBALL // Shippensburg posted a 32-20 overall record, including an 11-5 record in PSAC Eastern Division games, to rank second in the division standings and qualify for the PSAC Tournament for the first time since 2019. SU also qualified for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament for the first time since 2014, earning the right to serve as one of two host sites. The Raiders went 1-2 in the PSAC Tournament and 1-2 in the NCAA Tournament.

Junior first basewoman Hannah Marsteller was named the PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Year and outfielder Katelyn Minney was named the PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year to highlight four all-conference honorees. Sophomore shortstop Alyssa Nehlen and freshman pitcher Alicia Ball joined Minney on the All-PSAC Eastern Division Second Team.

Senior second basewoman Morgan DeFeo was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2® Softball Team; during the season she tied an NCAA single-game record with six hits and six runs in a single game at Glenville State.

Marsteller capped another historic season with 12 postseason awards spanning athletics and academics. She repeated as the D2CCA Ron Lenz Player of the Year, becoming only the fourth player in history to win the award multiple times and only the third to do so in back-to-back seasons. Marsteller, the Atlantic Region Player of the Year, was one of the finalists for the 2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA

Division II Player of the Year award and earned consensus All-America First Team and AllAtlantic Region First Team honors from the NFCA and D2CCA. Academically, Marsteller was named to the CoSIDA Academic AllAmerica® Softball First Team and All-District 2® Softball Team and received a selection on the PSAC Spring Top 10 squad.

In 52 games, Marsteller hit .521 with 17 home runs, 61 RBIs, 13 doubles, 54 runs, 154 total bases, a .588 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .933 slugging percentage. She led the nation in batting average and on-base percentage, ranked fourth in slugging percentage, third in hits, sixth in total bases and tied for eighth in home runs. She began the season on a 27-game hitting streak, which resulted in a PSAC record 37-game hit streak when including the final 10 games of 2021. With one season still to play, Marsteller has already set SU’s career records for home runs (47) and RBIs (190).

BASEBALL // Shippensburg posted a 26-23 overall record, including a 16-8 record in PSAC Eastern Division games, to rank third in the division standings and qualify for the PSAC Tournament for the first time in four seasons.

Five Raiders were named to the All-PSAC Eastern Division Teams, with sophomore second baseman Joe Barbera earning First Team honors. Senior third baseman Justin Darden, sophomore relief pitcher Jackson LoBianco, senior outfielder Ben Werkheiser and junior starting pitcher Nick Zegna earned Second Team honors. In addition, Zegna was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region Second Team, D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team and earned honorable mention from the NCBWA. Zegna set a school record this season with a league-best 102.1 innings pitched and ranked fourth in singleseason school history with 103 strikeouts. He was among the PSAC’s Top 5 pitchers in both strikeouts and ERA (2.37).

Matt Jones (above) earned his first PSAC Eastern Division Coach of the Year award and his second overall from the PSAC, having been named the Western Division Coach of the Year in 2008. The Raiders overcame a 7-17 start by winning 18 of their next 21 games, including a winning streak of 10 straight games, to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

WOMEN’S TENNIS // Shippensburg posted a 3-13 overall record, including a 2-5 record in PSAC Eastern Division matches, to rank sixth in the division standings. Senior Jenna Sluymer (right) was named to the 2021-22 All-PSAC Second Team singles squad, becoming the first Raider to be named to the allconference team in tennis since 2011. Sluymer played primarily at No. 1 singles and had a 6-2 spring record, going 4-2 in PSAC East play. She totaled the most wins by an SU player in seven years and was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® At-Large Second Team, becoming the first dual-sport athlete in school history to receive the honor.

(From left) Hannah Marsteller, Katelyn Minney, Alyssa Nehlen, Alicia Ball, and Morgan DeFeo. (Top row, from left) Joe Barbera, Justin Darden, and Jackson LoBianco.
(Second row) Ben Werkheiser and Nick Zegna.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD // Shippensburg finished third in the team standings at the 2022 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. SU won one conference title, as the quartet of senior Adriana Baxter, sophomore Sara McKean, freshman Kayla Dalhouse and sophomore Leah Graybill (below) won the 4x100-meter relay in a school-record time of 46.80 seconds. The Raiders had seven All-PSAC (Top 3) event finishes, including four by Graybill (second in 200, third in 400, third in 4x4 relay, first in 4x1 relay). Graybill was also recognized with a selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2® Team.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD // Shippensburg won its 13th consecutive PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, extending a league-record streak. SU won 10-of-21 events and totaled a team score of 200 points, marking only the sixth time in league history that a team has scored 200 or more points at a conference meet.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE // Shippensburg totaled a 4-13 overall record, including a 2-10 record in PSAC Eastern Division matches, to rank sixth in the division standings. Senior midfielder Hannah Seifried was named to the IWLCA Atlantic Region Second Team and All-PSAC Eastern Division First Team after leading the Raiders with 51 goals and ranking sixth in the PSAC with 3.0 goals per game. Seifried not only led the Raiders in goals, but she led the team in draw controls (82), caused turnovers (24) and groundballs (47), and had at least one point, one groundball and one draw control in every game. Senior Jena MacDonald graduated having set the school’s career record with 104 assists. Graduate forward Alana Cardaci graduated with 152 career goals, fifth-most in SU history. Senior Gabby Savarino graduated with 135 career draw controls, fifthmost in SU history.

SU also swept the major awards at the conference championships. Dave Osanitsch was named the 2022 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year and the 2022 PSAC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year. It is the fifth time that Osanitsch has been honored regionally and the 12th consecutive season that Osanitsch has been named the PSAC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year.

Senior Aaron Arp Jr. was named the PSAC Championships Outstanding Track Athlete after winning the PSAC title in the 400 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifier of 47.03 seconds and running on the victorious 4x100 and 4x400meter relays. Junior Pat Maloney was named the PSAC Championships Outstanding Field Athlete after winning the discus with a personal

best and NCAA provisional qualifier (173 feet), placing sixth in the shot put and seventh in the hammer throw. Sophomore Stephon Brown was named the PSAC Championships Most Valuable Athlete after competing in four events and winning four PSAC championships. Individually, Brown won PSAC titles in the 100 meters (10.52) and 200 meters (new personal best of 21.32) in addition to roles on the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Arp and sophomore Drew Dailey represented the Raiders at the NCAA National Championships, competing in the 400 meters and 800 meters respectively. Dailey shattered his school record in the 800 meters during the season by running a time of 1:48.67. Junior Chayce Macknair was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Second Team, while Dailey and Brown were selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2® Team.

(Top row, from left) Aaron Arp Jr., Pat Maloney, and Stephon Brown. (Second row) Drew Dailey and Chayce Macknair. (From left) Aaron Arp Jr., Pat Maloney, and Stephon Brown, and Coach Osanitsch display their PSAC awards. ShipAthletics ShipURaiders ShipURaiders FALL 2022 15
(From left) Hannah Seifried (also below), Jena MacDonald, Alana Cardaci, and Gabby Savarino.

It all adds up

With the rising cost of mathematics text books and online access codes, the Mathematics Department put in hundreds of hours into developing an alternative that has saved Ship students well over $100,000 in course materials since the spring of 2021. The growing cost of materials isn’t an entirely new challenge, and the Math Department has worked for years to create lower cost alternatives for students. From online trial periods, unbound versions of book and online homework interfaces, all of their solutions were temporary.

“Prices always seem to shoot back up after a few years. We also explored several alternative online systems, but found them to be rather buggy, challenging for students to use or difficult to use for assessment,” explained Dr. Kimberly Presser, professor of Mathematics.

Motivated to help students and find a lasting solution, the department worked to implement a department and course-wide plan using free Open Education Resources (OERs) and a platform for online homework called MyOpenMath under the leadership of Dr. Doug Ensley.

According to Presser, MyOpenMath is a free online platform that can be used as an independent course

management system. Faculty can share documents, e-texts, videos, helpful links and a gradebook. The time intensive part is with creating the question libraries that allow students to practice their skills and get automatic feedback.

“To have high quality assessments with randomization, create answers, help videos, hints and visualizations, it took a large amount of time and coding,” said Presser. In addition to Ensley and Presser, the bulk of the work being used in the department was developed by Dr. Lance Bryant, Dr. Johnna Goble, Dr. James Hamblin, Dr. Grant Innerst, Dr. Marc Renault, and Dr. Paul Taylor.

In these courses students can borrow a text, read a reserve copy or purchase a used copy, but do not need to worry about costly access codes… often the most expensive part.


Some faculty in the department culled large databanks of MyOpenMath questions for editing while others worked to create help videos or graphical interfaces. Hundreds of person-hours later, the platform has now transformed how the Mathematics Department does business. The work requires much more than simply entering in equations, graphs and charts. It requires extensive coding to properly support the complicated problems and questions displayed for students.

“We had started this work and intended to slowly roll it out across the curriculum. However, after we all began to learn the interface and work to build a robust Ship library of resources, we moved to implement the changes much more broadly,” explained Presser.

To date, the department has adopted a free complete open-source format for College Algebra, Precalculus and Calculus I, II and III, the courses most impactful for STEM majors and impacting over 1,000 students. Faculty are also using the MyOpenMath platform as a free online assessment tool for Math for Liberal Studies, Fundamentals of Mathematics I, Discrete Mathematics, Elemental Linear Algebra, Introduction to Abstract Algebra, Differential Equations and Number Theory and Cryptography. In these courses students can borrow a text, read a reserve copy or purchase a used copy, but do not need to worry about costly access codes.

Currently the department is working to bring Applied Statistics and Applied Calculus into the fold with open education resources and the MyOpenMath platform.

This cost savings is expected to impact an additional 400 students each semester.

Mathematics faculty teach across the entire curriculum, so it was vital the department maintain consistency in multisection courses. To accomplish this, it was especially important that the project be a team effort.

“It was important to get as many people involved, so the transitioning away from the comfort of a paid system went smoother,” explained Presser.

The added benefit of the departmentwide effort was the speed at which the questions libraries for students could grow. For example, the calculus library boasts over 1,400 new questions for students to practice.

Even students helped to contribute to the system by reporting any glitches or discrepancies in the questions. When reported, faculty can make corrections or adjustments quickly themselves, rather than having to wait for a vendor, as they would have had to do with past paid platforms. In Presser’s classes she notes that computer science students even benefited from understanding and at times weighing in on the coding in the backend of the platform.

Presser said students who have paid for access codes in the past are extremely appreciative of the change to the free platform. But many students are unaware of the savings because they had textbook and access code resources funded by their school districts. Either way, the investment in time by the dedicated faculty in Mathematics department is paying off and the savings continue to add up.



RAHMAN, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department, presented to the Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference (AMS). AMS is a premier international conference for the marketing field where scholars from around the globe present their recent academic work. They attempt to offer a more in-depth understanding of the flow experience (state of mind) during video gaming consumption and relationship to customer outcomes. Their research will bring insights to video game developers who also seek to strategically implement new product development mechanisms, to successfully innovate engaging, customer-oriented videogames.

DR. ALLISON CAREY’s book, Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities, won the Outstanding Publication Award from the Disability & Society section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). This is her first national book award. It also won a regional award—the Scholarly Achievement Award from the North Central Sociological Association last year.

DR. JAYLEEN GALARZA, Department of Social Work and Gerontology, is the winner of the 2022 American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. Galarza was honored at the AASECT’s 2022 virtual conference on June 3.

DR. VICKI FAIRBANKS TAYLOR was awarded the Management Teaching Review’s “Best Pedagogical Contribution Award” for the paper she co-authored “Improving Academic Literacy in the Management Classroom: Are Your Students Lost in Translation?” The award recognizes an article published in MTR that enhances teaching and learning in the classroom by way of innovation, creativity, and practicality all while being recognized as an approach that will have a broad appeal and maintain a high level of usefulness and impact in the future.

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Members of the Mathematics Department gathered in a classroom.


In the spring of 2022, Shippensburg University was awarded a $189,000 grant from the US State Department through the Meridian Group to deliver a summer program for international students from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Russia. Dr. Lonce Bailey (right), associate professor of political science, led the program and shared the value of this unique opportunity and his hopes for future programs at Ship.

What is the scope and purpose of this grant?

The grant comes from Washington DC based non-profit Meridian International. It is funded by the US State Department who gives a larger award to Meridian to run a cluster of these programs. This program is on civil engagement so its focus is to help expand participants’ understanding of how people engage and positively contribute to their communities and how to develop the skills to contribute to their communities in their home countries. Overall, these programs are designed to increase mutual understanding between citizens of the US and other countries.

What inspired you to pursue this grant?

It was a chance to get the university involved in cultural exchanges with international audiences and involved with the efforts of the US State Department to increase understanding between the US and other countries. It is also a chance to provide international experiences to our students (who helped staff the program) and give new opportunities to campus faculty who will be working with the program.

What did these students experience in the program? Students lived on campus, and attended academic sessions and skills workshops. They also visited cultural sites around the region, and family homes in the area. They engaged in a series of community service projects as part of their work on civic engagement.

What is your favorite experience with the students this summer? Working with them on their community service projects. They did several projects in the Shippensburg area including working with the Shippensburg Produce Outreach where they helped prepare and distribute food to over 200 families. Their enthusiasm and hard work along with their observations were interesting and inspiring. It always makes me realize that people are much more connected and similar than different. We also did a river clean up on the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry were we removed more than 60 tires from the river by canoe. And we went to a Harrisburg Senators game!

What have you gained from this experience? Even though this experience is a tremendous amount of work, it is really a rejuvenating experience for me. I learned so much about students and about the outside perspective on US culture, society, and politics. It really informs and influences my teaching of Ship students and my research work. Engaging, for several weeks, with the outside perspective of my country always gives me new insight into the variety of dynamics of American society. What has been the response from the students? On a daily basis I had students come up to me and tell me how this has changed their lives and their view of the US. The impact is real and past experiences are such that I know we will be working with and communicating with this group for years to come. Several are checking in to finding a way to come here to graduate school, others are making travel plans to come back some day. They really connect to everything -- the classes, the training sessions, the cultural visits, the community service projects. I’m so impressed by how immersed they have become. And, most importantly, they love the dining hall food and Sheetz!

Do you see this potentially becoming a regular program at Ship? That is the hope. Developing this first project will give us a great opportunity to work with similar programs in the future. There are dozens and dozens of these types of programs and building on our success and experience will ideally lead to the goal of making this a regular program that the university and broader community can be a part of.


MELISSA HAZARD Director of Recreation

Melissa Hazard grew up with a love for sports. As an exercise science student at Gettysburg College she worked in the campus recreation office and the idea of her future career started to take shape. After earning her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, she landed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she helped open a new recreation center. Today she leads a robust and ever evolving recreation program at Shippensburg University.

Q/How long have you been at Ship? This summer I celebrated 14 years at Ship. With the opening of Ship Rec in March 2008, the assistant director of recreation position was created to support the new facility. I was so excited to be the first person in this position. I have always felt very lucky to be here from the beginning of Ship Rec, and to have a role in developing and expanding programs and services. I assumed the role of director of recreation in the summer of 2021.

What do you oversee as the director of recreation? We offer 10 - 15 group fitness classes per week. Intramural activities operate four to five nights per week with league offerings and special events such as tournaments and drop-in events (600 participants annually). I provide oversight to student leaders of 14 club sport programs (450 participants annually). The ShipShare bike lending service operates from the department, allowing the campus community to check out a bike for three hours with their SU ID (400 bike rentals per semester). We also offer an equipment lending service for the campus community that includes sports equipment and related supplies.

Facility management of all indoor and outdoor varsity and recreational facilities is a significant piece of my position. This includes logistics and coordination of facility staffing, access management, event and programming scheduling and set-ups, facility and equipment maintenance, and more. The outdoor recreational space on campus is the Student Rec Complex, with softball fields, multipurpose spaces, basketball courts, sand courts, a half-mile walking path, two picnic pavilions, a street hockey rink, and a nine-hole disc golf course.

I am responsible for the coordination and processing of facility requests for all indoor and outdoor varsity athletic facilities on campus including the Seth Grove Stadium Complex, Heiges Field House, Robb Sports Complex, and Henderson Gym.

How many students serve as support staff for your department? Student employees are so vital to everything we do. With approximately 60-70 student employees in the department, we are one of the largest employers of students on campus. In a given week during the academic year, our student employees staff approximately 120 hours of facility operations, and approximately 46 hours of program oversight or instruction. I am so proud of our student employment positions because they are a wonderful opportunity to prepare students with life-long skills.

What’s the difference between club sports and intramurals?

Club sport programming provides an opportunity for more formal individual and team play throughout the academic year. These programs are student organizations recognized by the Student Government Association who compete against outside clubs and institutions in sports-related activities. Current programs include

bass fishing, boxing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, In-Motion Dance Troupe, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s rugby, strength club, men’s and women’s ultimate frisbee, and men’s volleyball.

Intramurals are a more informal way for students to compete in team sports and are a great fit for those students looking for athletic competition without a major time commitment. We also offer tournaments and drop-in intramural events for those students looking for a quick, one-day event such as home run derbies, wiffleball tournaments, and yard games.

What is your favorite thing about your work at Ship? I have two answers to this question. The students are the energy in everything the department does. As hard as it can be to say goodbye to students each year to graduation, it has always been a joy to watch them grow during their time at Ship, and not only our student employees, but the program participants and facility users you connect with on a daily basis.

Second, I am in awe of my colleagues in Student Affairs. Particularly enduring the challenges of COVID over the past several years and figuring out new ways to support students. The role of the division on campus and our connection to students is special, and I am so proud of the team and the work we do.

Why is recreation so important for students? Opportunities outside of the classroom are critical for student success and recreation supports this mission in so many ways. Our programs and services promote the development of skills for lifelong physical and mental health, team and community building, leadership development, communication and time management, and stress reduction. Just the opportunity to play and have fun in a positive environment provides a healthy outlet for our students. With so many diverse student interests and abilities, the scope of our facilities, programs, and services, allows students to explore a variety of indoor and outdoor opportunities, for a variety of fitness and skill levels, around complex student schedules and availability.

What is your favorite spot-on campus? Obviously Ship Rec feels like home to me after all of these years, but I absolutely love being outdoors. I often walk the rail trail or the path at the Student Rec Complex, just try to get outside during lunch, or catch an outdoor varsity game. The outdoors does wonders for my mental health.


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Little School, Big Lessons

Originally known as the Mount Jackson School (or Potato Point), the Little Red Schoolhouse (LRS) was built in 1865 along a tract of farmland in Hopewell Township, about eight miles north of campus. It operated as a one-room schoolhouse until 1954. Over the course of its 89 years in operation, children ages 5 to 21 studied reading, grammar, arithmetic, geography, history, music and art. One teacher taught all ages and topics and at times acted as a bus driver, school nurse, and janitor.

Today, the school sits along Route 696, nestled under a group of trees behind Horton Hall. Samuel Myers of Newburg donated the school to the alumni of Shippensburg State College. The 1968-69 Loyalty Fund Drive by the General Alumni Association then raised $25,000 to dismantle and reconstruct the schoolhouse on campus. Brick by brick, and with original furnishings and an old potbelly stove, the Little Red Schoolhouse was completed and dedicated on May 9, 1970, preserving an important phase in the history of education.

Over the years the building has hosted local school field trips and Ship students, but in 2019 a group of faculty from the Applied History Program and Teacher Education Department envisioned a bigger future for the space.

“We wanted to create a learning lab environment, similar to the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum. We noticed lot of the skills public historians use are similar to skills used by teachers,” said Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, professor of history.

According to Dieterich-Ward, these skills center around the creation of classroom lesson plans that integrate historic sites and field trips as well as an opportunity for public historians and teachers to study and experience the history of education in America.

As they started to explore the new potential for the 157-year-old school, they discovered several upgrades needed to occur to not only support their effort, but also continue to preserve the structure and it’s contents. Without temperature control and proper storage, the thousands of textbooks and documents inside were in need of extensive preservation work.

It’s off the beaten path and by far Ship’s smallest academic building. It’s older than the university itself, but stands as a testament of the founding purpose of Shippensburg University. It’s the Little Red Schoolhouse, and it’s been re-imagined to fill the needs of today’s students, while still telling the stories of students long ago.

Over the next year university facilities staff worked to clean out the school as students in the applied history program put their skills to work removing mold from old books and documents. A new coat of paint and a climate control system was added followed by the installation of period-appropriate shelving. Wardrobes were installed to properly story books, documents and historic items.

Madison Casper ’16 (right), a US history teacher at the West Perry High School is a prime example of the modern day educational opportunities the Little Red Schoolhouse offers to students.

She decided to pursue a degree in applied history in hopes of bringing the strong connection between public education and museums/public works to her classroom. The Little Red Schoolhouse allowed her and fellow graduate student Tony Manetta (right) to gain realworld experience as interns assigned to the project.

“I began culminating a World War I lesson plan that became the inspiration for implementing a pilot program with fifth graders in Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School. Tony and I then built upon that and established a successful field trip at the schoolhouse, leading a hands-on learning experience that was well received from the students,” said Casper.

Casper also worked to create curriculum for all grade levels that allows for the creation of more lesson plans for students and teachers to experience the Little Red Schoolhouse.

“My favorite part was applying archival materials and reviving the books back within the schoolhouse. It is a pretty neat feeling when you realize you are working with the same materials that were once a staple within the schoolhouse, and seeing students’ reactions to the materials makes the program even more worthwhile,” explained Casper.

Manetta views the school as a symbol of progress in American education.

“It all represents a paradigm shift in America’s stance on education for all. Prior to the one-room schoolhouse system, education was almost exclusively for the wealthy. Our current educational system was built on the foundation created in the Little Red Schoolhouse,” explained Manetta. He feels the space helps teacher education students better understand the present if they have a way to appreciate the

past. Additionally, it allows applied history students a chance to work in an additional museum space right on campus. At the Little Red Schoolhouse, Ship students can experience the people and systems that were the foundation of education.

During a summer course Casper, Manetta and students from teacher education collaborated to research the history of the LRS and other schoolhouses, created lesson plans for specific eras and explored state standards that applied to the content they were creating.

“When the Cumberland Valley State Normal School (eventually SU) was founded in 1871, the LRS was six-years old. The LRS, and schools like it, were in dire need of teachers qualified to teach a wide variety of subjects to the rural students that were so important to the future of Pennsylvania. SU was originally founded to train teachers to teach in the LRS and schools just like it around Pennsylvania,” said Manetta.

Along the way they discovered amazing connections between the past and modern day Shippensburg University. According to Manetta, a plaque in the LRS displays a list of past teachers, many of who attended the Cumberland Valley State Normal School for their teacher training. One of the teachers, Ruth Shuman Heberlig ’23 is the grandmother of Ship staff member Janice Allen.

“Chalmer Means, who taught in the LRS prior to 1921, is the second great-grandfather of a current GBLUES fifth grader. Madison is teaching students in the LRS like her predecessors did over one hundred years go. The connections to the history are simply fascinating,” said Manetta.

Casper said the experience has reignited her passion for connecting historical landmarks and content to younger generations.

“It is crucial that educators persist in addressing the importance of past events to historical landmarks, as they truly are the best way to relate to students and in turn enhance their perception of the past. I’m hoping to continue this interest by collaborating with future educators and explaining the importance of continuing this critical relationship between museums and instruction,” said Casper.

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Left: GBLUES students visit the Little Red Schoolhouse. Top: A plaque in the Schoolhouse honors past teachers. Bottom: Students learn classic games.



Thursday, October 13, Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15

We are looking forward to welcoming our alumni and friends to campus to celebrate VIVA LAS SHIP Homecoming 2022!

Check for the full event schedule, registration and updates.


Three Dog Night


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Athletic Hall of Fame Awards



The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletes who have distinguished themselves later in life. A 12:30pm luncheon will be held to honor the hall of fame recipients. We’ll be recognizing Bethany (Long) Corio ’09-’10m, soccer/lacrosse, Sarah (Costa) Ragusa ’05, softball, Alton Richards ’05, track and field, Alyssa (Kilgore) Sage ’04, volleyball/track and field, Stephen Schelander ’12, cross country/track and field, and honorary inductees Dr. Jody Harpster ’74m and Dr. Roger Serr Purchase tickets to attend.

Alumni Awards of Distinction


With over 73,000 alumni living across the country and internationally, one can imagine the successes achieved and the impacts made by graduates of Shippensburg University in their professional fields, and in their communities. The Shippensburg University Alumni Awards of Distinction

ALUMNI RELATIONS STAFF | Lori Smith ’95-’07m, director; Stephanie Swanger, clerk typist

are presented annually to alumni. The 2022 Alumni Awards of Distinction will be presented to:

Exceptional Service: Wanda (Polk) Bankhead ’80

Outstanding Young Alumni:

Justin Birckbichler ’13

Margaret (Dameron) Christenson ’05

Alston Ellis ’03-’07m

Cultural Impact: COL (R) Ingrid Ava Parker ’93

Distinguished Alumni: Barrie Ann (McBride) George ’88-’89m

Robert Lieblein ’84

Barbara (King) Walters-Phillips ’71

Lifetime Achievement: Ruth E. (Perry) Hodge ’72m

A. Stephen Rosa ’75

A 5:00pm reception and 6:00pm dinner will honor the 2022 recipients. Please join us in celebrating our 2022 award recipients. Purchase tickets online or call the Office of Alumni Relations.

ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Paula Alcock ’92, president, fiscal contract supervisor, PA Key; Steve Thomas ’04, president-elect, planning director, Franklin County of PA; Tim MacBain ’03, immediate past president, educator, Upper Dublin School District; JoAnn Baldwin ’81-’89m, educator, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School; Aven Bittinger ’20-’21m, research analyst, PA House Democratic Caucus; Mark Bodenhorn ’83, director marketing, Carlisle Events; Barb Bowker ’82, chief member experience officer, PSECU; Tim Bream ’87, IT compliance lead, Spark Therapeutics; Sarah Charles ’05, director of public engagement, PA Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; Caryn Earl ’98, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture; Adam Friscia ’18-‘21m, member executive, PA Chamber of Business and Industry; DeAngelo HarrisRosa ’13, trial commissioner, Philadelphia Court of Commons Pleas; Moriah Hathaway ’19, exec. member-at-large, executive director, PA Commission for Women; Carol Verish Houck ’99, attorney, Saxton & Stump; Johanna Jones ’92-’00m, retired counselor, Carlisle Area School District; Elizabeth Karper ’17, IT specialist, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); Liz Kemmery ’04, director communication, PA Food Merchants Association; Josh Lang ’13, town administrator, Town of Lanesborough, MA; Michele Legge ’88, owner, Magnolia Heights Marketing; Holly Lubart ’99, government affairs consultant, NewsMedia Alliance; Melissa Morgan ’06-’08m, exec. member-at-large, assistant state director, National Federation of Independent Businesses; Alecia Nezat-Pyne ’05-’07

m, counselor, Chambersburg Area School District; Julie Perez ’91, educator, Washington County Schools, MD; Hayden Rigo ’16-’17m, deputy chief of staff, PA Dept of the Auditor General; Keith Russell ’17, financial advisor, UFinancial/MassMutual; Dave Thompson ’69, retired copy editor; Evan Wabrick ’12-’13m, tax manager, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co

Food Truck Festival

6:00pm–8:00pm • SHIPYARD

Students and alumni, enjoy a variety of food trucks between 6:00pm–8:00pm in the ShipYard (the lawn in front of Gilbert and Horton Halls). Bring cash for food truck purchases/wristbands.

Divine Nine Fraternity and Sorority Alumni Reunion


Nine historically Black Greek letter organizations make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Collectively, these organizations are referred to as “The Divine Nine.” Members of the service fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta; and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho are invited to reunion together Friday evening. Enjoy catching up with friends and hear from President Patterson.

Comedy Night

9:00pm–11:00pm • MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM

Are you ready to laugh the night away? We have two comedy acts planned that are sure to entertain! Our night of laughs is open to students and alumni.

Afro-AM Homecoming Social

10:00pm–2:00am • CEDDIA UNION BUILDING (CUB)

“The AM” invites you to stop by the CUB for “The Silent Party”. Get your headsets and tune in to one of 3 DJ’s playing R&B, Latino/Caribbean, and Hip Hop. Admission is free to Alumni who register. Register online.


43rd Annual SU ROTC 5K or 10K Run


Proceeds benefit the SU Military Science Department and the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

Homecoming PARADE

10:00am • DOWNTOWN

After a 12-year hiatus, the Homecoming Parade is back! The parade steps off at 10:00am at the intersection of Fayette and King Streets. Watch along King Street and join the viewing party outside the Clarion Inn & Suites/University Grille. Board the parade bus on campus or at the Courtyard by Marriott for a free ride downtown to the viewing party!

• Board at the CUB at 9:10am or 9:45am

• Board at Harley Hall at 9:15am or 9:50am

• Board at the Courtyard by Marriott at 9:25am

Parade bus picks back up outside the Clarion Inn & Suites at 10:40am and 11:15am to return you to campus and the Marriott. Seeking parade entries! Alumni are encouraged to enter! Get your friend group together, clubs and organizations too! Enter a walking unit, or decorate a car/truck. Don’t miss the fun. Register online.

Raider Zone-SU Tailgate


Tailgate with the Alumni Association! Pick up your Ship alumni swag, register for door prizes, and enjoy complementary hamburgers and hot dogs. Reconnect with academic departments and student organizations in the tent tailgate area. Be prepared—review the tailgate policy online. Tailgating must conclude and lots vacated two hours after the football game ends.

• Fan Zone

• Balloon twisting and face painting


• Photo Booth Fun 10:30am–2:30pm

—includes a picture strip!

Football vs. Kutztown


Half-time Programming

• SUMB Marching Band Performance

• Homecoming royalty crowning

President’s Postgame Supper

4:00pm–6:00pm • SHIPYARD

(Rain location: Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall)

Immediately after the football game, join President Patterson and First Lady Colleen for a casual supper at the ShipYard (the lawn in front of Gilbert and Horton Halls).

Divine Nine Memorial Service


Doors open at 5:00pm; service at 5:30pm.

Homecoming Step Show


Doors open at 6:30pm; Show at 7:30pm. Stepping is an expression of African American (NPHC) and Multicultural Greeks (MGC) culture. It is synchronized movements and chants reminiscent of drill teams. It is a demonstration of tradition and pride for each sorority and fraternity.

MSA Alumni Reception


Join MSA for an evening of old school and new school vibes. Enjoy dancing, food, and refreshments. Donations of $10.00 will be accepted, but not required. Register online.


Impact Fellowship/HVT Worship Service


Join Impact Fellowship/Harmonic Voices of Truth for a Homecoming Service. Experience the Praise and Worship Service featuring The Harmonic Voices of Truth Gospel Choir.


We are delighted to welcome you to spend the weekend in the area and are ready to assist you in identifying lodging. The Courtyard by Marriott is adjacent to campus and provides the benefit of being able to walk to the tailgate area and football stadium. Shippensburg hotels include: Best Western, 125 Walnut Bottom Road; Clarion Hotel and Suites, 32 E. King Street; Courtyard by Marriott, 503 Newburg Road; and, Holiday Inn Express, 120 Walnut Bottom Road.

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Shippensburg University celebrated Alumni Weekend on June 3-4. This year’s event celebrated the milestone fiftieth reunion for the Class of 1972, an Alumni Board of Directors reunion, a housing and residence life alumni reunion, the annual Golden Raiders reunion luncheon for all classes who have already celebrated their fiftieth, and a fifth annual Greek Life alumni reunion.

Favorite activities, like the pubs and grubs downtown tour, the ice cream social, and the SU Night were held again for all alumni. A Casino Game Night was added to the Saturday night schedule held inside Stewart Hall. Plan to join us in 2023 on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.

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Ruth (Strausser) Burry ’58, Limerick, moved to brand-new beautiful senior living facility in Limerick and is enjoying spending time with her eleven grandchildren.

Richard K. Ocker ’59,’64m-’73m, Carlisle, finished second in the 100m dash at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. He competed in the 80+ age group. Dick just completed his 63rd year of coaching track and field.


William D. Boyer ’61 and wife Mary Ann, Bowie, MD, recently welcomed their fifth great grandson, Theodore, joining Nicholas, Harper, Charles, and Francis.

Fred R. Bailor Jr, ’63, Easton, MD, is currently working on the family tree as the default genealogist for the Bailor family.

Lois (Debliss) Newell ’65, Edina, MN, “Thanks to Shippensburg University for educating me to be the best teacher I was. The lab school is very important to the students in being able to observe the appropriate curriculum for each student’s development.”


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William E. Minsker ’68-’73M, Linglestown, is enjoying his accommodations in the FAR north of Finland in his own igloo. Bill’s expedition north of the Arctic Circle included a husky dog sled expedition and Northern Lights viewing.

Valerie (French) Carpenter ’73, The Villages, FL, joined the US Navy in November 1977 and retired in September 2005 with the rank of Captain (O-6). She was in the first group of women officers assigned to sea duty in late 1980s onboard the USS Puget Sound (AD-38) and was the first woman department head as the Combat Systems Office onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN69). She successfully implemented the Navy’s Enterprise Resource Planning program and managed its five-year budget of +$2 billion dollars. After retirement she and her

husband started a full-service travel agency, Sanzia Travel, affiliated with Cruise Brothers in February 2018. Carpenter is active in the Tri-County Women Veterans group.

Dean E. Hale ’75, Eugene, OR, retired after 42 years of international social work with Holt International Children’s Services. He got bored and is now providing part-time medical social work services for Fresenius Medical Care.

These Theta Kappa sorority sisters met in 1978 when they pledged and have remained close friends ever since. In April they met up in Savannah, GA. From left to right: Patti Atkins ’78, Nancy (Hamilton) Collins ’78, and Maureen (Meacham) Balderston ’78

Alpha Sigma Tau sisters continue to celebrate their many years of friendship and sisterhood by getting together at least once a year. In January they gathered in Disney World from left to right: Midge (Fry) Durkin ’76, Pam (Rinda) Elters ’76, Patti (Roche) Ames ’78, Jeanne (Reid) Alley ’77, Joyce (Brownmiller) Krol ’77, Jane (Garrow) Buchanan ’78, Karen (Hake) Bates ’78, and Maureen Sylvester Ambler.

Kenneth Shur ’75-’82m, Carlisle, celebrated the completion of his eighth consecutive Boston Marathon finish with Phi Sigma Epsilon/Kappa brothers. Fifty years of friendship from left to right: Jim Cochran ’74-’86m, Ken, Dennis Royer ’75, and Bill Morrow ’76 Gari (Garwood) Brindle ’76, Bradenton, FL, is very happily retired and living in Florida where she travels, trains her dogs, and sings a cappella music with a chorus and quartet.

Joe Carothers ’76 crossed paths with Officer Edgar “JR” Ellis ’93 from the Chartiers Township Police Department and when they discovered both were alumni from Shippensburg University, a bond was formed. They reunited recently proudly wearing Ship attire in the greater Pittsburgh area.

James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, was named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Power 30” list for law and lobbyists. Saxton is the CEO at Saxton & Stump, the chair of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation and Mitigation Group, and has been practicing in central Pennsylvania for more than 30 years.

Frederic C. Shipley ’79-’81m, Lewisberry, and his spouse Debbie celebrated their 33rd year of teaching ballroom dance to thousands of people in the Harrisburg area.


Susan Ingram ’81, Glen Mills, is the founder of Walk Her Home Club, a national nonprofit partnering with high school and college students to create events to raise awareness about human trafficking and funds to support safe houses for survivors in the US. Visit


Leanne L. Litwin ’81, Philadelphia, was elected to a 10-year term as judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County on September 2, 2021, and was sworn in and assumed office on January 3.

Doug Harbach ’82, Chambersburg, director of Communications, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, was recognized for his dedicated support to the department and students. Harbach was honored with the Donna Cauffiel Industry Recognition Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s School of Hospitality. Harbach serves on the Council of Trustees at Shippensburg, and previously served as Alumni Association Board president.

Joseph P. Vescio ’83, Rehoboth Beach, DE, retired in August 2021 after working for 38 years in the environmental field—first as a consultant for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, and then as a national program coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jimese (Pendergraft)

Sherrill ’84, Springfield, VA, was inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL), as part of the class of 2021. The CWCL honors attorneys and judges, with over 20 years of experience, who have distinguished themselves in the field of workers’ compensation and have proven to their peers that they possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards. In addition to serving as a deputy commissioner, Sherrill is also a certified mediator and mediator mentor.

Esther J. Mummert ’85m, Glassboro, NJ, retired from Rowan University after working in Residence Life and academic advising for 37 years.

Paul D. Sellers ’85, Winter Garden, FL, is still very happy that he became a Kappa Sigma brother, and a cheerleader for Shippensburg University.

Deborah (Fraunfelter) Bowman ’86, Harrisburg, chief financial officer/chief operating officer at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz has been honored by Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) as a graduate of the Executive Leadership Series Class of 2022.

Heather (Baldwin)

Allison ’87, Mountoursville, recently retired as a workforce development consultant for Pennsylvania College of Technology and is now the campus and community ambassador for West Pharmaceutical Services.

Dr. Michael R. Smith ’87m, Waynesboro, is covering the war in Ukraine for Religion Unplugged. Dr. Smith also teaches full time at LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Lisa Kampf ’89, New York, NY, named vice president of Investor Relations at Super Group, the parent company of Betway, a leading online sports betting and gaming business, and Spin, the multi-brand online casino.

Mark MacDonald ’89, Newton, MA, and the Acacia spring 1985 class recently gathered at Shippensburg making it 34 straight years that they have made time to get together since graduation.

Tia (Haag) Scott ’89, Camp Hill, named senior associate with Gannett Fleming. Scott is the director of Accounting.


Stephanie Cole ’90, Mechanicsburg, special assistant to the Secretary of Aging created a program that brings together Pennsylvania undergraduate and graduate students and older adults who are receiving services from the Department of Aging. The program partners students with older adults recruited by local area agencies on aging and provides service-learning credits to the students. Governor Tom Wolf honored Cole with the Governor’s Award for Excellence for going above and beyond in her duties to serve older adults in the commonwealth.

Shea Delmar ’90, Newtown Square, was promoted to vice president at Valuation Research Corporation.

Kelli (Brunner) Gift ’90, Mechanicsburg, managing member of PaySmart Payroll Services was honored as the Business Woman of the Year at the annual Central PA Business Women’s Forum.

Patricia (Wallace) Sibbach ’90 and husband Bryan ’90, Marysville, opened Perry Strength & Fitness Center in Shermansdale in December.

Dr. Lynette (Widney) Stehr ’90’98m, Gaithersburg, MD, was inducted into the ABS Group Global Government Services Hall of Fame in March.

Mireille (Morgan) Cottle ’91, Elizabethtown, was named senior executive of People and Culture at Little League International.

Christine (McDonald) Eister ’92m, Camp Hill, recently started a new position with Shippensburg University as a library technician. Happy to continue to work for PASSHE after 18 years at the Office of the Chancellor/Dixon University Center.

Sharon (Reimet) Schaefer ’92, earned a Doctorate in Education from Neumann University in Aston this spring. She is currently the director of curriculum and instruction (K-12) at Manheim Township School District in Lancaster. Schaefer also serves as an advisory board member to Shippensburg’s College of Education and Human Services. Sharon and her husband Mark ’91 have three sons and reside in Lititz.

Dr. Marisol (Sicairos) Craig ’96’00m, was appointed assistant superintendent of Harrisburg School District.

Jeffrey A. Stone ’96-’98m, Pottsville, recently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley campus. Megan Reilly ’99 married Patrick Quinlan on February 22, 2022 at 2:22pm. The couple lives in Forked River, NJ.


Chuck W. Prendiville ’01, Silver Spring, MD, previously worked for Comcast and Tesla, is now working in the video game industry with Bethesda Softworks who was recently purchased by Microsoft. Kristy Savage ’02, Hatfield, recently became the manager of non-clinical writing and documentation management at Cerevel Therapeutics. Savage will oversee drug submissions to regulatory agencies.

Tobias A. Harkleroad ’03, Bowie, MD, moved on from 13 years of service as the founding principal of Saint Francis International School in Silver Spring, MD, to become the director of campaigns for Franciscan Action Network, a DC based social justice advocacy organization. Toby earned a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell and has also started studying for a doctorate in educational ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary.

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A group of alumni friends from the class of 1994 gathered in Trumansburg, NY to celebrate their 50th birthdays in the Cayuga Lake region. From left to right: Julie (Yocom) Zachesky ’94, Dawn (Conner) Lloyd ’94, Robin (Root) Dermigny ’94, Leslie (Underkoffler) Gates ’94, Alecia (Gibson) Muhlbauer ’94, Michele (Matash) Fuessinger ’94, Ang (Wagner) Anspach ’94, and Sue Eiler ’94. They have been friends since freshman year (1990) and are still making memories.

Kelly (Laughlin) Rafferty ’03, Dilliner, as an assistant coach at Mapletown Jr/Sr High School, Rafferty helped lead the girl’s volleyball team to their first ever section championship. The team went undefeated in section play and made it to the second round of WPIAL playoffs.

Danielle (Kozich) Gross ’04, Etters, was named to City & State’s “Above & Beyond” list of 40 ground breaking women of Pennsylvania.

Tunisia (Lacy) Lumpkin ’05, Baltimore, MD, received her PhD on May 25, 2022, from the Language Literacy and Culture program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dr. Lacy-Lumpkin studied Black men’s perceptions of Black women’s hair. She plans to expand her Black hair and body politics research by analyzing lived experiences of Black men and women through scholarship and media platforms.

Natalie (Bombatch)

Samuel ’06-’11m and husband Ron of Windber, welcomed a son, Wyatt, on July 7, 2021.

Eliza F. Hanft ’07, Hummelstown, stepdaughter, Katelyn, will be attending Ship in the fall of 2022 as a legacy student! Katelyn will be majoring in computer science.

Kaitlyn E. D’Annibale ’08, Annapolis, MD, graduated from Temple University with a doctorate in athletic training.

Elana DiPietro ’09 married David Lauff in October 2021 and will be expecting their first child October 2022. The couple live in Pittsburgh.

Amber (Gift) Kemmerling ’09 surprised her mom, Mary Finucane ’08 with a brick she purchased from the SU Foundation in front of Stewart Hall.

Alyssa (Stoneroad) Laudenslager ’10 and husband Colby ’09, Halifax, welcomed twins, Harper Layne and Hayes Maverick on November 5, 2020. They join big brother Asher Cole, 4.

Sarah P. Holloway ’12, Harrisburg, joined the firm Saxton & Stump. Holloway previously served as legal counsel to the Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where she played a key role drafting and analyzing legislative policy as well as advising House members on state and federal law, especially concerning taxation and fiscal policy. As a member of the Regulatory and Government Affairs team, she will assist clients with advocacy, analysis, research and other government relation matters involving federal, state, and local regulatory bodies and rules.

Briana Miller ’12 married Nicholas Rolshausen on August 4, 2021. The couple lives in Mount Carmel.

Nathan J. Neil ’12’22m, Chambersburg, received the Emerging Business Leader of the Year award at Cumberland Valley Business Alliance. The award is aimed to highlight and celebrate the contributions of a young leader, under the age of 40, who is impacting their profession and positively shaping the future of the community.

Reginald L. Hefner ’13-’15, Chambersburg, after receiving a master’s degree in teaching Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) from Middlebury College and being accepted for an MA program in French at Middlebury College, was appointed as a lecturer for French at York College of Pennsylvania. He previously earned a BA in Russian language & literature and a BA in Chinese at University of Maryland at College Park.

Ashley M. Hershey ’13-’16m, New Oxford, was recently announced as a Woman to Watch through Central Penn

Business Journal’s 2022 Women of Influence Awards. Hershey was promoted to senior manager in the Hanover office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz.

Robert Kohl ’13, West Chester, graduated in December 2021 from West Chester University with an MBA. Mackenzie Bender ’14, Mountville, after five years with Spooky Nook, Bender was promoted to corporate director of Marketing and Sponsorships. She oversees both departments at the PA locations, as well as the soon-to-be open Ohio location.

Rachel Haupt ’14 married Nicholas Hessert ’12 in December 2021. Ship alumni in attendance left to right: Allison (Herr) Schrom ’14, Eric Bologa ’15, Caitlin (Stuetz) Brimmer ’13, Blake Stahl ’14, Timothy Latham ’15, Peter Shuey ’14, Kristin (Keiser) Morris ’14, Rachel Newcomer ’14, Lindsay (Harlow) Simon ’14, Natalie (Herr) Garman ’17. The couple lives in Williamsport.

Rachel Little ’14, Waynesboro, graduated in May with a Master of Science in HR Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Jacob S. Davidson ’15-’18m, Gaithersburg, MD, accepted a new position as academic advisor and outreach coordinator at University of Maryland. Overseeing the academic advising for all current and prospective students working with the University of Maryland’s Bachelor of Science in Information Science program at UMD at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.


Ryan Carpenter ’10m, Arlington, VA, welcomed a son, Finn, to the family. Andrea was recently promoted to assistant dean of Career Services at American University’s Kogod School of Business.

(Rainville) Carpenter ’11m and husband Upper Perkiomen Middle School teachers wearing their Ship gear for College T-Shirt Day. From left to right: Lisa Colapietro ’99, Kristyn (Gallagher) Sparacino ’01, Pam (Hanna) Fehnel ’03, Mia Rowan ’19, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity gathered over 28 brothers and their spouses to spend an extended weekend at Holly Shores Camping Resort in Cape May, NJ in May.
Delta Zeta held a reunion weekend in Lititz with 88 sisters in attendance including two founding sisters.

Alan G. Ennis ’17’18m, Camp Hill, promoted from senior staff accountant to supervisor in the Camp Hill office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz.

Rebecca (Gross) Frye ’17-’18m, Dover, promoted to senior internal accountant in the Camp Hill office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz.

Delaney (Sandberg) Thomas ’17 and husband Bret ’17, Dallas, GA, welcomed a daughter, Brinnley Ruth, on June 25.

Moriah Hathaway ’19 and wife Bailey Welch ’18, Middletown, welcomed a son, Emerson Crago, on May 13.

Michael P. McCartney ’19’20M, Mercersburg, was promoted to supervisor at SEK, CPA’s and Advisors Hagerstown, MD office. Mike provides tax and accounting services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Eric Miller ’19, Shippensburg, accepted his dream job at a local radio station Red 102.3 as the on air/promotions director.

In Memoriam

Warren E. Hassinger ’50

Clarence R. Hibbs ’50

Charles F. Burnheimer ’54

Louise (Magaro) Burnheimer ’54

Nancy (Graf) Gutshall ’54

Joan (Wilson) Hample ’54

Wanda (Engle) Kling ’54

Richard D. Shewell ’54

James M. Bowling ’55

George D. Bressler ’55

William E. Moyer ’57

Christine (McLamb) Appleberry ’59-’76m

John W. Sites, Jr ’59

Sylvia Yordy ’59

W. Donald Diehl ’60

Charlotte (Dirocco) Cubbler ’61

Charles L. Dell ’63

James E. Miller ’63

Barbara (Baughman) Peters ’64-’69m

Judith A. Sponaugle ’64

Anne (Gillis) Gotwals ’65

Warren C. Martin Jr. ’65

Judith (Diehl) Culbertson ’67

Francis DeLancey ’67-’69m

Barbara (Adams) Brehm ’68-’74m

Richard C. Kern Jr. ’68

Kenneth M. Ray Jr. ’69

Rodney I. Richesson ’70

Elaine (Greenberg) Spencer ’70-’71m

Dawn (Seese) Biancotti ’71-’74m

Sandra (Williams) Gardner ’71-’79m

Col. Frederick E. Garman ’71m

Thomas M. Kostelac ’71m

Maj. Gen. (Retired) Carl H. McNair Jr. ’71m

Betty (Miller) Scott ’71m

Susan (Breon) Nale Serena ’71

Curtis L. Houtz ’72

William G. McCracken Jr ’72

Teresa (Johnston) Nitchman ’72

Frances (Haines) Playfoot ’72m

Robert W. Gillard ’73m

Yvonne (Charles) Smith ’74

Col. William R. Pinkston Jr. ’75m

Yvonne (Davis) Taylor ’76-’90m

Thomas M. Allwein ’77

David L. Fleming ’77m

John A. Shea ’77

Ronald E. Brown ’78-’81m

Christina M. Harrison ’78m

Col. Eulin L. Stevens ’78m

Richard A. Skae ’79

Patricia Appleby ’80m

Margaret Conry ’80m

Donald P. Peiffer, Jr ’80m

Keith J. White ’80

Peter A. Genuardi ’81m

David R. Henderson ’81m

Teri (Wagner) O’Donnell ’82

Sue Barbetta ’83m

Sandra (Trexler) Kirkpatrick ’84m

Jeanette (Watson) Ray ’84

Wendie (Keil) Makoujy ’85

Kelly (Miller) King ’87

Mary Margaret Orr ’87m

Rickey J. Kratzer ’88

Harry Reese Boyer II ’90

Brian L. Carson ’90

Margaret O. Leed ’90

Joan (Morgan) Johnson ’94m

Stacey M. Smith ’94

Matthew S. Musser ’96

Jodi (Young) Smith ’96

John Becker ’97

Donna (Kintz) Parks ’97

David J. Hutchinson ’04

Erin M. Walker ’07

Daniel C. Lee ’15


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b-d The Office of Alumni Relations hosted a senior send-off celebration with a champagne toast for the Class of 2022 inside Stewart Hall. e Fourteen alumni from Greek Life were invited to campus to spend a networking evening with over fifty students in Greek life. If you would like to volunteer for similar networking activities on campus, please e-mail f-1@ Just under 100 alumni joined us for a Ship Night at Appalachian Brewing Company in Mechanicsburg. Pictured include: f Jason Kirsch ’95, Jill (Ibberson) Williamson ’88, Jennifer Truskey ’88, and Mark Bodenhorn ’84; g Lori (Wyland) Stollar ’85, Barb (Sloand) Bowker ’82, Kathy (Sloand) Ludwig ’84; h Andrew ’12 and Rashell (Haynes) ’13 Ward, Jason ’14, and Brandy (Lautsbaugh) ’14-’16m Brady; i President Charles Patterson jumps in for a picture. j Bobby Sisock ’05-’06m with Steve Thomas ’04; 1) Dustin Yom, Rob Klock ’89, Clyde ’91 and Tricia (Farrell) ’89 Tinner, Rebecca (Mickey) Moyer ’88-’89m, Debbi Juba ’89, and Michele (Gegg) Legge ’88; 1! Brooke Ready ’17, Alan Ennis ’17-’18m, and Cody Gehman ’15; 1@ Alumni Board of Directors, past and present, with President Charles Patterson, Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Bobby Sisock ’05-’06m, Keith Russell ’17, Steve Thomas ’04, Patterson, Michele (Gegg) Legge ’88, Johanna (Williams) Jones ’92-’00 Ponnett ‘93. 1#-1% 1# Alumni living in the Tampa, FL area gathered for a Ship Night at The Living Room in Dunedin. Special thank you to Megan (Bonner) Criscillo ’89 for hosting!; 1$ McKensi Washabaugh ’19-’21m, Rick ’76, and Meta (Stauffer) ’77 Palmer; 1% Larry Bryan ’77, Jeff ’91, and Brenda (Mickey) ’92 DeLiberty.

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Homecoming Weekend

Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15

Make plans to join us Friday for a day of awards, celebrating the 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and the 2022 Alumni Awards of Distinction recipients. Then Saturday, enjoy a NEW Homecoming 2022 parade and partake in tailgating before the Raiders vs. Kutztown football game. See page 22 for more details and online at

Alumni Weekend 2023

Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2023

Details on reunions and activities will be released January 2023. Registration, including on-campus lodging in a residence hall, will open March/April 2023. Secure your off-campus accommodations early. Hotels do sell out. Visit admissions/visit/lodging for area lodging options.

DID YOU KNOW? Tap into your Shippensburg University network!

ShipConnects is Shippensburg University’s official networking and mentoring community.

Ship Connects provides meaningful opportunities to give back and unite the Ship community around the world—one connection at a time. Alumni self select ways to engage with the Ship community through mentorship, job shadowing, industry insight, or professional development. Ship Connects enables connections, networking and mentoring by giving advice to student(s) and fellow alumni who aspire to be where you are.

We need YOUR help to create a meaningful network community for our students, our alumni, and our faculty. Use the summer months to create your alumni profile so we can offer a wide range of resources to students and faculty all year long starting with the fall semester.

It’s easy to join and create your alumni profile! Go online to Join via e-mail or use your LinkedIn profile to help pre-populate your alumni profile.

ShippensburgU ShippensburgU ShippensburgU ShippensburgAlumni SHIP_ALUMNI #ShipIsIt #ShipHappens Continue the conversation with Ship and our more than 30,000 friends online. We’ll be looking for your contribution. Who knows— your Ship-related posts, tweets, and pics could be shared in Ship Magazine!
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Scholarships open a world of possibilities for Ship students

Scholarships are a vital part of recruiting and retaining the most talented and deserving Shippensburg University students. Feeling inspired by the McArthur family or Rob Lieblein stories? Contact the SU Foundation if you are interested in establishing a scholarship in memory of a loved one, or in honor of your time at Ship and the great foundation it provided for a successful career.

The Robert J. Lieblein College of Business Scholarship

Rob Lieblein graduated from Shippensburg University in December 1983 with a degree in accounting and mathematics/computer science. Rob was hired by KPMG and enjoyed a successful career there for next 13 years. Always having a desire to be an entrepreneur, Rob left KPMG and started a business with his good friend, John Zentgraf ’80.

Over the years Rob and John acquired several companies, and at the same time started a consulting and investment banking firm that ultimately became focused in the insurance industry. Over time, Rob focused all his efforts on the consulting and investment banking in the insurance industry, which led Rob to be recognized throughout the country as one of the leading investment bankers in the insurance distribution industry. To follow his dream of entrepreneurship, Rob started his own financial services firm by merging 24 of his clients from across the nation to create one of the largest financial services firms in the country. On January 1, 2017, the Alera Group was formed and five years later was one of the top 15 financial services firms in

the country with over $1 billion in revenue and 3,500 plus employees in over 150 offices across the country.

While Shippensburg created a tremendous academic opportunity for Rob, the experience was beyond academics, and really helped to shape Rob’s personal and professional life. Rob joined Acacia Fraternity his freshman year and those experiences and relationships still exist today.

Giving back to Shippensburg has always been a goal for Rob so other students can experience being part of the Shippensburg University family. Rob is excited to establish the Robert J. Lieblein College of Business Scholarship to help deserving students live the Shippensburg University experience. Rob will meet his first scholarship recipient during the 2022-2023 school year.

part memorial fund and part honorary fund celebrating members of the Ship family.

In memory of William “Bill” Gerard McArthur ’95: Bill McArthur graduated from Shippensburg University in 1995 and later received an MBA from Indiana University. Bill had an exceptional technical mind and was a compassionate leader serving in executive IT leadership roles at Scientific Games Inc, the Sands Corporation, and Resorts World, Las Vegas. Bill loved to travel and shared this love with his wife Stacey. Bill had an overall love of life and was known for his sense of humor. Bill was an incredible husband, father, brother, son, and friend.

In honor of William “Bill” George McArthur: Initially, Bill was hired at Shippensburg State College to teach just one term, but during that time fell in love with the area and his colleagues. He worked at Shippensburg for 27 years until his retirement in 1996. When the Shippensburg Mathematics department started a program in Computer Science, Bill began teaching computer science and computer programming. During his tenure at Shippensburg University, Bill coached the Shippensburg University computer programming team for about ten years. The team competed in regional competitions and won the PA state college championship multiple times under his leadership.

The McArthur Family Scholarship

The McArthur Family Scholarship supports well-deserving students enrolled in the School of Engineering (including the Computer Science Department). It is

In honor of Catherine “Cathy” Marie McArthur ’76m: Cathy received her BS in Secondary Education from West Chester State College, becoming the first female in her family to receive a college degree. She earned her master’s degree in 1976 from Shippensburg State College. Over the years she taught at various schools throughout Pennsylvania and Florida. Cathy began her teaching career in Plymouth Whitemarsh High School where she taught English for three years. Cathy then moved to State College, PA while her husband, Bill McArthur, was completing his PhD. She moved to Shippensburg in 1969 when Bill began teaching at Shippensburg State College. Cathy was active in the Shippensburg community and was a member of the Shippensburg Public Library Board.

Rob Lieblein ’83 The McArthur family at commencement in 1995.
Shippensburg was a life changing experience for me. From the educational environment that allowed me to be successful in various career opportunities to the life-long friends I met to this day continue to be my best friends. The experience was amazing and I want others to have the same opportunity as I did.
—Robert Lieblein ’83

Ship students need your help

The Student Emergency Fund was established, with donor contributions, to assist undergraduate students who have immediate financial needs that directly affect their ability to continue their education at Ship.

The fund is a supplemental financial resource when students are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses due to times of crisis such as illness or death of a family member, medical emergency, or job loss. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other financial resources. Grants from the fund do not need to be repaid. The fund is open to all students with priority given to students with the highest financial need. A maximum amount of $500 may be requested each academic semester.

Since its inception in November of 2020, 116 grants have been awarded to students in need for a total of $52,021.

• Tuition: 51 grants for a total of $26,641

• Housing: 25 grants for a total of $12,000

• Textbooks: 28 grants for a total of $9,923

• Food: Nine grants for a total of $1,875

• Other assistance: Three grants for a total of $1,582 The need is great...students continue to need assistance. Every dollar makes a difference.

A special thank you to the Class of 1972. They designated their 50th Class Reunion Giving to the Student Emergency Fund—raising a total of $16,795.

A special thank you to William Focht ’66m who, in 2020, established the Ruth Ann ’67 and William W. Focht Student Support Endowment as a loving, permanent memorial to his wife Ruth Ann’s wonderful, caring life. The fund will assist undergraduate students who have immediate financial needs that affect

their ability to continue their educational progress at Shippensburg University. It is Bill’s hope that the financial assistance from this endowment will help Shippensburg University students achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams. GeneralDonationForm

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The Class of 1972 presented a check to the Student Emergency Fund at Alumni Days this May. William Focht ’66m
I have been trying to chip away at my tuition balance, but my campus jobs and other income are not enough to subsidize the remainder of the semester. I’ve been having a hard time figuring out how I’m going to pay off my bill, while trying to save enough for food and basic necessities.
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