Shippensburg University Magazine, Spring 2022

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VOLUME 19, NO. 1

life onboard

Established in the 1960s, the Academic Quad is a hub for campus activity. Each fall the Quad is adorned with US flags, placed by ROTC cadets and student veterans, in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. In the spring, an Earth Day celebration fills the area, celebrating the university’s sustainability efforts and educating the campus community.

On any given day throughout the year, you’ll find a relocated class meeting under a tree, students gathered in Adirondack chairs soaking up the sun, frisbees flying about, or elementary students from GBLUES enjoying the wide-open space.




Spring of success Spring has arrived at Ship and with it brought a lot of positive energy and the closest to pre-pandemic normal we’ve seen yet. We closed out the fall semester with our annual winter commencement celebration and returned in January, anticipating some of Ship’s signature events. We gathered as a campus community to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the annual March for Humanity. We welcomed local children to campus for the Children’s Fair and were treated to performances by our student musicians during various concerts at the Luhrs Center. We ushered in a new event, the Raider Ready Professional Dress Closet’s Professional Fashion Show and

were honored to host the 74th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. We welcomed our talented alumni to campus for several networking events with students. Ship alumni are a constant source of inspiration to our students, like Rodger Krause ’80, featured in this issue as an unlikely IRONMAN and Wanda Bankhead ’74, a community leader and dedicated alumna. Big grants with an even bigger impact to our workforce and students were a common theme this spring and our staff and faculty are ready to get to work on some exciting new projects. In this issue we also catch up with our student-athletes in winter sports and meet ROTC Cadet Renee Sahli, who


Published by Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. PENNSYLVANIA STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION Cynthia Shapira, Chair, Board of Governors Dan Greenstein, Chancellor INTERIM PRESIDENT Charles E. Patterson SENIOR ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT JoEllen Lindner EDITOR IN CHIEF Megan Silverstrim ’06 Media Relations/Digital Media Manager

Sincerely, Dr. Charles E. Patterson Interim President



is competing on a national stage as a Powerlifter. You’ll read about the SAILS Program, a partnership with the Big Spring School District supporting the transition and workforce preparedness of 18- to 21-year-old students with disabilities. We also reflect on the immense impact of the SU Foundation as they celebrate their 45th anniversary. And there is so much more good news packed in this issue. Keep turning the page, as we turn the page on another successful semester at Ship. Go Raiders!

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

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Alum overcomes paralyzing accident to compete in Kona.

Wanda Polk Bankdead ’79 talks about her Ship experience.

Nicholson is doing big things in her field as one of the first graduates of Ship’s sustainability program.

An unlikely Ironman

Getting to know Wanda

FRONT COVER: Adaptive triathlete Rodger Krause’s ’80 competitive drive inspired him to return to the world of biking after a paralyzing accident. As an adaptive triathlete, Krause uses a handcycle as he competes in IRONMAN races.

Thriving in a ‘new normal’ workforce



campus Ship joins Department of Labor and Industry funded workforce development partnership On February 7, the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier highlighted a unique initiative to provide training for emerging jobs in agribusiness. The partnership with The GIANT Company, workforce development organizations, three academic institutions, including Shippensburg University, and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Foundation is supported by a recent $250,000 Industry Partnership Grant from L&I. Ship, Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), and the Harrisburg University of Science of Technology are developing curriculum and credited education to put workers on a successful career path within agribusiness, including transportation/warehousing and manufacturing. “This collaboration of education, workforce and economic development, and


Career Fair and Fashion Show The Career Center hosted its first fashion show to kick off Career Week on campus. The event featured items from the Raider Ready Professional Dress Closet and provided students tips on what to wear to job interviews. Dressed for success, students participated in the annual Career and Internship Fair in CUB MPR.



employers ensures we will meet the needs of the region’s growing workforce,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, interim president of Shippensburg University. Patterson also announced individuals served by the program will gain access to Shippensburg University’s Career Center where they can work with a team of experts on resume and interview preparation as well as access a free professional dress closet program. “The south-central Pennsylvania region boasts a robust economic and workforce ecosystem, visible through the partnership represented here. We look forward to the important work ahead of us,” said Patterson.

Dr. Charles Patterson, interim president of Shippensburg University, speaks during a press conference at the Dixon University Center, which highlighted a workforce development project to provide training for skilled jobs in the growing agribusiness economy. Photo provided by PACast.


Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Freezes Tuition for 2022/23 Academic Year The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education voted to freeze tuition for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year. Last October, the board requested $550 million in state funding for the next fiscal year to offset the need for a tuition increase. As part of a renewed partnership between the State System and the commonwealth, the board is also seeking $201 million in direct-tostudent aid and at least $75 million of the remaining $150 million in federal funding that the General Assembly and governor have committed in order to continue the robust transformation of state-owned universities. “Pennsylvania’s economy depends on the talented and well-educated graduates from the state-owned universities, and we are focused on providing a quality and affordable public education to students of all backgrounds,” said Cindy Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors. “We are hopeful the legislature supports our funding request so we can maintain the tuition freeze. With all of the other rising costs in

our economy, working families should not have to worry about paying more for tuition at a public university.” Nearly 90,000 students attend a State System university, making it the largest producer of bachelor’s degrees in Pennsylvania. Over 88 percent of the student body resides in Pennsylvania, and 78 percent of graduates from Pennsylvania are working within the commonwealth three years after earning their degree. “Just freezing tuition is not a sustainable strategy without meaningful investment from the commonwealth,” said Greenstein. “Pennsylvania must invest in its state-owned universities if we want them to continue providing the high-quality, affordable education they were born to deliver.” Pennsylvania ranks 46th in the nation in terms of investment per student in stateowned, four-year universities, and state funding has declined 35 percent ($252

million) from 2000/01 when adjusted for inflation. The need to invest in public higher education is evident in the chronic shortage of college-educated workers. Today, six in ten jobs require a college degree or credential, but only 51 percent of Pennsylvania workers have that education. That talent gap is experienced across health care, information technology, education, and other vital industries and leaves businesses unable to hire the skilled people they need to succeed. The State System is also controlling costs, trimming $173 million in operating costs and forgoing at least $63 million through the three years of tuition freezes, all while investing $100 million in student aid from the universities. According to a study last year, State System universities contributed $4 billion in economic impact to Pennsylvania, representing $8.30 for every dollar of state funds. More than 800,000 State System alumni live in Pennsylvania, and most state-owned universities are among the largest employers in their communities.


Raider Wellness Resource Center and Recovery Resource Space opens The CUB is now home to the new Raider Wellness Resource Center and Recovery Resource Space. The center provides dedicated and centralized space to bring visibility, improve access, and promote conversations and dialogue around wellness. Students can drop in or attend planned programing, speakers, and meetings. The location includes dedicated space for those in recovery from addiction, who support recovery, who have been impacted by addiction, or those who choose to lead a substance-free lifestyle.



2021 Ship celebrates graduates with winter commencement ceremony

Shippensburg University celebrated the achievements of 371 undergraduate and graduate students during its annual winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 11 in Heiges Field House.

The ceremony featured keynote speaker Betsy Hamm ’01-’05m, CEO of Duck Donuts. For full gallery of photos, scan the QR or visit the link.






Erin Burney takes third in State System Startup Challenge

Senior management major Erin Burney took home third place and $3,000 during the annual State System Startup Challenge. The competition, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, allows students to pitch their original business plans to a panel of judges for a chance to win funds to support their start-up or expand their business. This year’s competition aired live on PCN. Burney pitched IRE Productions, a prop making company that primarily services cosplayers with high-quality and affordable pieces. Customers can select from exclusive designs of weapons, armor, and other accessories to complete a cosplay ensemble or create their own design that the company will bring to life. “Ship has really made it so amazing and pretty easy to get to this point. Every step of the way, I’ve had support. Professor Morrisette has really helped out and made sure I knew exactly what I was doing. If I had any questions I could go to him and he made sure I had all the resources at my fingertips,” said Burney. Burney is excited to make her plan a reality and Ship is proud of her accomplishment. “Erin has taken it to a new level, and we’re exceedingly proud of her and her accomplishments,” said Dr. Shelley Morrisette, associate professor of entrepreneurship.




Celebrating the legacy of Dr. King Shippensburg University celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its 34th annual March For Humanity on January 27. Hosted by Shippensburg University’s African American Organization and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, over 100 people marched through campus, united against racial injustice and discrimination.

SOPHOMORE RANGELINE DEJESUS APPOINTED TO COUNCIL OF TRUSTEES Sophomore Rangeline DeJesus (below) was appointed to the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees by Gov. Tom Wolf. DeJesus will represent her peers as the student member of the council. “Rangeline is ready and well-prepared to become the student voice on the Council of Trustees. While the entire council works to serve and advocate for students, inclusive of underrepresented students, Rangeline’s voice truly represents the diversity of our student body and their needs, interests, and priorities,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, interim president. DeJesus, a graduate of Reading High School, is a

sophomore international studies and Spanish major with a minor in political science. An active member of the campus community, she is a resident assistant and is employed by Shippensburg University Dining Services. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and served as lieutenant governor of Division 13 of Key Club. In 2019, she was honored with the Key Club’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Leadership, and in 2020 she received the Robert F. Lucas Award as a Distinguished Lieutenant Governor. “It’s an immense honor to be selected to serve as the student trustee, and I’m excited to work alongside students and the Council of Trustees,” said DeJesus. DeJesus will serve a two-year term.

around campus

In April, the Career Center, Alumni Relations, and the College of Arts and Sciences invited alumni to Stewart Hall for the College of Arts and Sciences Etiquette and Networking Event. Alumni and students chatted about possible internship and employment opportunities as well as tips and strategies on networking. Interested in sharing networking and mentoring students at future events? E-mail Alumni Relations at



spotlight on SKYLAR WALDER ’24

Hometown: Green Pond, NJ Major: Public Service Year: Sophomore


Honoring Dr. Shover Dr. Blaine Shover, retired professor of music, passed away on January 13, 2022. Shover was the conductor of the university’s Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, a position he held for 40 years. In December 2021, alumni and students gathered outside of Shover’s home to perform for their beloved conductor one more time. Memorial contributions in honor of Shover’s many years of service to Shippensburg University, its students, and musicians near and far, may be made to The Dr. Blaine F. Shover Scholarship through the Shippensburg University Foundation. (or scan the QR with the camera on your phone)

Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Skylar Walder as the newest member of the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The 20-member board establishes broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies and oversees the efficient management of the State System. She will serve a 2.5-year term and become the longestserving student board member. What is your job as a student member of the board? As a student member of the Board of Governors, I am a representative for the students, not just at Shippensburg, but for the entire State System. I am a full-voting member and have the rights and responsibilities as other board members. I, as well as two other student board members, are the voice and representation for the students. How did you feel when you learned of your appointment? At first, I had no idea what I was throwing my name into, but after the guidance from Lorie Davis, dean of students, my mentors, and peers; I gained the confidence to accept the nomination. It seemed ambitious, but I was excited to see how I could make an impact on a larger platform and learn a lot more about higher education through this position. I have to give thanks to my key people who pushed me to this position, I would drop names, but they know who they are. What are your goals as a board member? We are at a critical part of higher education. With my position, I want to ensure that the system is in a better place when my term ends. I want to ensure every students’ voice is heard and the State System understands what it is like being a college student today. What’s been the most exciting part so far? The most exciting part so far is all of the networking I have been able to do. The February quarterly meeting was held in person in Harrisburg, and I traveled down with President Patterson and had the opportunity

to meet the university presidents, other board members, representatives, and more. I had many great conversations, made those connections, and hopefully made a good first impression. Does this experience enhance your academic journey? This experience is definitely enhancing my academic experience. I just became part of the public service program, and in this program I will be able to take a deeper dive into what is going on in my outside experiences. In being both involved with my new academic program and the Board of Governors, I am able to apply the different skills and tools I gain from my professors, my peers, and mentors in my life experiences. Is there something you’d like to share with your fellow students? The State System is in a critical state at this time. There are a lot of changes happening and this is my opportunity to get the voice of students in. I want to express what students’ lives are like today and how the system can support us to be successful academically, athletically, and professionally. College is a life-changing experience, and I want students to have great experiences in and outside the classroom.

In being both involved with my new academic program and the Board of Governors, I am able to apply the different skills and tools I gain from my professors, my peers, and mentors in my life experiences.



THREE STUDENTS EARN NATIONAL LEVEL ACCOLADES Three Ship students took their work to another level recently. Courtney Graf, a junior dual early childhood education (preK4) and special education major, turned a class project into a prestigious presenting opportunity at the National Science Teaching Association National Conference (NSTA) in Houston, Texas. Regina Yeung, a sophomore political science major in the Woods Honors College, was one of only 173 students nationwide named as a Newman

Courtney Graf

Regina Yeung

Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Isabel Weaver, a senior international studies major and Spanish minor, spent the spring semester studying abroad in South Korea after earning the prestigious Freeman-Asia scholarship.

Ship named Green Ribbon School by USDE

Isabel Weaver shares a photo of Cheonan, Korea, during her study abroad experience.

Math Department awarded $1.4 million NSF grant to address math teacher shortages Ship’s Mathematics Department was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of high school math teachers in the region. The grant funds scholarships and expands partnerships with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and Hagerstown Community College (HCC). “Shippensburg University has a history of providing a strong training program for math teachers with many of them choosing to live and teach in our region. This grant will financially support students so that they require fewer student loans and can teach in high-need school districts without the burden of a large post-graduation debt load,” said Dr. Deborah Gochenaur, associate professor of mathematics. Students who receive the scholarship will be required to work for four years in a high-need school upon graduating. With transfer articulation agreements already in place with HACC and HCC, this enhanced partnership focused on


recruiting future math teachers will increase the pool of potential students. The program, led by Gochenaur, associate professor of mathematics, Dr. Johnna Barnaby, assistant professor of mathematics, and evaluator Dr. Katherine McGivney, professor of mathematics, will launch in fall 2022. The grant will support a total of thirty students over a five-year period. As they work to recruit future math teachers to the scholarship program, they also hope to help regional school districts develop a “Grow Your Own” model. The goal is for districts to “encourage their own students to pursue mathematics teaching degrees. By identifying their own students as early as middle school they will be able to build a desire in students to not only teach but also to return to their home district to teach,” said Gochenaur.

On Earth Day, Shippensburg University was named a 2022 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Ship was nominated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and was one of only four postsecondary institutions to be honored nationally in the Postsecondary Sustainability Award category. “We are so proud to be recognized through US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools designation. We want to thank all of you who have worked tirelessly on the sustainability efforts that made our application successful. This is a huge accolade that represents the collective efforts of so many staff, faculty and students, and reflects our university’s commitment to sustainability,” said Dr. Claire Jantz, professor of Geography and Earth Sciences and director of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability. This award acknowledges college or university leadership that takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability and demonstrates a commitment to a sustainable campus, health, and environmental learning. “Environmental sustainability is a way of life at Ship and a commitment we take seriously. I’m proud of the work our campus community does every day, and it is rewarding to see our efforts honored on a national scale,” said Dr. Charles E. Patterson, interim president.




A lift heavy mindset Senior Renee Sahli’s quest to stay ROTC ready lands her on the national stage of powerlifting. Figuratively speaking, Sahli carries a lot of weight on her shoulders, as she manages her schedule as a biology student, Army ROTC cadet, resident assistant, and ShipRec staff member. Literally, as president of the Strength Club and a competitive powerlifter, she carries a lot weight on her shoulders. As an ROTC cadet at Shippensburg University, Sahli was looking for ways to stay in shape in order to meet the standards of the Army physical fitness test. She joined the Strength Club at Ship, which is where her powerlifting journey began. “I started going to the gym and fell in love with lifting. The president of the club

at the time was an Olympic weightlifter and we would drive three days a week to a Cross Fit gym,” she explained. But an injury to a nerve in her neck while performing overhead squats caused her to reevaluate her training approach. That is when she discovered powerlifting. Unlike other lifting programs, powerlifting does not involve the overhead movements that might re-injure her neck. The competitive sport involves three lifts: the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. Competitions are categorized by sex, age, and bodyweight with each competitor attempting each lift up to three times. Their best lift is added to their total score

and at the end, the lifter with the highest score wins. It’s a true test of physical endurance and strength, but Sahli says the most challenging part is the mental game. “It takes a lot of heart to go to the gym four to five days a week and do two- or three-hour workouts. You must be in the right mindset to lift heavy weights, and tapping into those thoughts every gym session can be exhausting, especially if you aren’t managing your sleep and your nutrition correctly,” she explained. She lifts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, an especially daunting commitment for the cadet who is also required to attend three physical fitness sessions each week as part of ROTC. And she also stays laser focused on her nutrition and the amount of sleep she gets. “Building muscle does burn a lot of calories, but if you want the weights to get easier, you need to eat for fuel. Training puts a lot of strain on your body and is the reason I take three days off a week, because my body needs that time to recover and rebuild,” she added. Her dedication and the routine she keeps has paid off. In November 2021, she competed in two separate competitions with great results. In one, she squatted 152.5 kg (336 pounds), benched 77.5 kg (171 pounds), and deadlifted 195kg (430

In March, Sahli placed fifth out of 49 competitors, ranking in the top 8 percent of women at the competition. (Photo credit: USA Powerlifting and Shawn Watts.)




Senior social work majors make a difference in Harrisburg community

My favorite thing about powerlifting is the community. Everyone, no matter what experience level, age, weight, or gender is very supportive in and outside of the gym.

pounds). The deadlift was an all-time PR (personal record). Three weeks earlier, she qualified for Open Nationals in Las Vegas in July and took home six Pennsylvania state records and all six American records in the military category. In March 2022, she traveled to Chicago to compete at the Collegiate and Junior Nationals. She earned a podium finish and took fifth place out of 49 competitors and ranked in the top 8 percent of hundreds of women at the competition. But winning and medals aren’t even the best part of the sport according to Sahli. “My favorite thing about powerlifting is the community. Everyone, no matter what experience level, age, weight, or gender is very supportive in and outside of the gym. Whenever someone is going for a PR, everyone stops what they are doing to cheer for them. At the end of the day, everyone is there to push themselves and their friends to reach their goals,” she said.

As she prepares to depart Ship, she also prepares to commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army where she will serve as an armor officer. “I will continue to lift after I graduate,” she said. She hopes to apply for the US Army Warrior Fitness team and has several options to compete nationally over the next few months. She qualified to compete at Open Nationals, Military Nationals, and the Arnold Pro Sports Festival over the next few months. “I’m hoping to keep lifting and competing until I’m old,” she added.

As part of a group project, senior social work majors Ally Murr, Jessica Jones, Imani Bethea, and Frances Rimby were inspired to use their social work skills to make a difference in the Harrisburg community. Together, the group worked to bring awareness to the issue of poverty and began a collection to support the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Soup Kitchen. They far exceeded their initial goal of collecting 150 items to donate, instead collecting 2,543 total items. Of that total, 338 items supported cleaning and food preparation supplies for the kitchen. As the seniors collected items, they also were fine tuning the skills they will use as they graduate and begin their careers in the field. According to Murr, the project provided experience in two of the nine social work competencies defined by the Council of Social Work Education. “We are truly grateful to have had the opportunity to do this group project, with having the chance to help the less fortunate individuals within the Harrisburg area,” Murr added.

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Ship 150: A look back at women’s athletic teams Women’s athletic teams at Shippensburg University have been breaking barriers since the early 1970s. The first women’s swimming and diving team was created in the 1972-1973 academic year. In their first season, they won all but one swim meet, and the team was known for their academic excellence with all 10 swimmers averaging above a 3.5 GPA during the spring semester. In 1999, the team sent three of their swimmers to nationals. During the women’s field hockey 1976 season, they won their last eight games and continued this streak into their 1978 season going undefeated twenty-seven games in a row. Julia Meszaros Smith, fouryear starter and co-captain in the 1976 and 1977 seasons, was named MVP for helping lead her team to victory.




During the 1976-1977 academic year, the women’s lacrosse team formed. In their second season, they won all seven games making them undefeated. The women’s softball team finished their first season in 1978 with twelve wins and only two losses marking a victorious season. In 1979, women’s track and field went undefeated for their first season, launching them into immediate success. Leading into the 1980s, women’s cross country began their first intercollegiate competition season in 1980, and the women’s volleyball team went undefeated in their first season in 1981. The women’s rugby club was established on campus in 1988, and the women’s soccer team played their first intercollegiate season in 1994. During this year, women’s tennis placed first in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) for the second year in a row with women’s track and field following their second PSAC win after obtaining the title prior in 1993. Continuing into the 1990s, the women’s basketball team ended their 1996-97 season with a record of 19-3 and, in the PSAC western division, a 7-1 record. The women’s softball team won the PSAC Championship in 2003 making this their third championship win in a row.


Minds@Work returns The annual Minds@Work student research, scholarship, and creativity conference returned to its traditional in-person format for the first time in two years. The event featured the work of undergraduate and graduate students in the form of poster and oral presentations and art and musical displays.

raider rewind

In February 2022, members of the 1995-96 Shippensburg University Women’s Basketball team returned to campus to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their record-setting season as National Championship finalists.





won its 11th consecutive PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, scoring 210 points and posting a 120point margin of victory (the second largest in league history). Shippensburg became the third team in conference history to score a point in every event, joining the 2014 Raiders and the 2016 Raiders, winning eight event titles. Sophomore Drew Dailey (below) was named the 2022 PSAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the Most Valuable Athlete of the 2022 PSAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. He won PSAC championships in the mile, DMR, and 4x400meter relay and finished second in the 800. During the season, he set a new school record in the 800 meters by running 1:50.88.

(From left) Stephon Brown, Eric Kirk, and Chayce Macknair.

Sophomore Stephon Brown set a new school record in the 60-meter dash by running 6.75 seconds. He also qualified for the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships in the event, where he placed 12th in the prelims to earn All-America Second Team honors. Sophomore Eric Kirk was named the Outstanding Track Athlete of the 2022 PSAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships for winning

the 200 meters and the 4x400-meter relay and finishing second in the 60-meter dash. Redshirt freshman Chayce Macknair was named the 2022 PSAC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Rookie of the Year after winning conference championships in the 3K (8:33.45) and 5K (15:09.84). Dave Osanitsch (right, top) was named the 2022 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year and the PSAC Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year after guiding the Raiders to the PSAC title and instructing athletes who compiled 24 USTFCCCA AllAtlantic Region classifications. It is the 11th consecutive season that Osanitsch has been named the PSAC Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year. Steve Spence (above, bottom) was named the 2022 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. His mid-distance/distance runners won PSAC titles in the mile, 3K, 5K, and DMR and totaled 78 team points from five track events.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD // Shippensburg finished sixth in the team standings at the 2022 PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. SU won three conference titles: sophomore Leah Graybill (left and right, top) (400 meters), freshman Sasha Lee (right, bottom) (triple jump), and the 4x400-meter relay. The Raiders finished with seven performances that merited USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region classifications, including three for Graybill and one each for Lee, sophomore Caroline Mastria, senior Kate Matrisciano, and freshman Nicola Puggé. Graybill qualified for the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200 meters, where she placed 16th in the prelims with a time of 24.67 seconds. During the season, she ran the 200 in 24.73 seconds on a flat track surface at Bucknell, which converts to 24.36 seconds on a standard track and which stands as the Shippensburg University record in the event.



MEN’S BASKETBALL // Shippensburg posted a 21-9 record, its sixth straight season with at least 20 wins under head coach Chris Fite. SU finished the season third in the PSAC Eastern Division and made it all the way to the semifinals of the 2022 PSAC Basketball Championships, where it lost to eventual conference champion Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Graduate guard Jake Biss (below and right, top) earned All-PSAC East First Team honors for the third consecutive year. Biss led the team in several categories, including points per game (16.9) and threepoint percentage (38.7), while ranking third in the PSAC in three-pointers per game (2.5). Biss finished his SU career ranked ninth all-time in points (1,484), third in three-pointers (212), and fifth in assists (391). Junior Rashon Johnson (right, bottom) also earned All-PSAC East First Team honors in his first season with Shippensburg, finishing second on the team in points per game (16.0) and rebounds per game (7.4) while leading the Raiders with nine double-doubles.

WRESTLING // Shippensburg finished the 2021-22 season with a 2-10 record in dual meets and a ninth place team finish at the 2022 NCAA Super Region 1 Championships. Redshirt junior Tyshawn White earned AllAmerica honors with a third-place finish at 125 pounds at the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championships after placing second at the NCAA Super Region 1 Championships. His third-place finish at the NCAA Championships made him the highest-placing Raider

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL // Shippensburg posted a 16-13 record and finished fourth in the PSAC Eastern Division. SU reached the first round of the 2022 PSAC Basketball Championships, losing to No. 5 seed Lock Haven. Senior guard Destiny Jefferson (above and top right) earned her third consecutive AllPSAC East First Team honor and second as a Raider. Jefferson finished fifth in the PSAC in points per game (16.9), posting double digits in 26 of 29 games, including 14 games with 20 or more points. She also led the team with 97 assists. Junior forward Lauren Pettis (above, bottom) earned her first all-conference honor with a selection to the All-PSAC East Second Team. Pettis led the Raiders in field goal percentage (57.6), finished fifth in the PSAC in blocks (45), and posted five double-doubles. All-American at 125 pounds since Jamie Thomas was the 2006 runner-up. White’s qualification for the national championships extended Shippensburg’s streak to 19 consecutive seasons with a Division II National Championships qualifier. White, who also was selected to the 2021-22 All-PSAC First Team at 125 pounds, posted an 11-2 record in his debut season with the Raiders after joining the team in January. He is the fifth Raider All-American under head coach Seth Bloomquist.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING // Shippensburg posted a sixth-place team finish and a total of 638 points at the 2022 PSAC Championships, including 40 individual scoring performances. Freshman Allie Keeling (below) was the team’s top point-scorer at the championship meet by virtue of a fifth-place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, a sixth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, an eighth-place finish in the 200yard freestyle, and a 12th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Other Raiders to score more than 50 points at the conference meet included sophomore Michaela Hersh, sophomore Alyssa Tomb, senior Madison Breiner and sophomore, Marissa Bittner.

MEN’S SWIMMING // Shippensburg posted a sixth-place team finish and a total of 274.5 points at the 2022 PSAC Championships, including 25 individual scoring performances. Senior Andrew Hale (below, right) was the team’s top point-scorer at the championship meet by virtue of a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard IM, and a 14th-place finish in the 100yard butterfly. During the regular season, senior Matt Bochanski (bottom, right) broke the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming 56.63 seconds at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational. Bochanski is set to graduate as the school-record holder in both breaststroke events. ShipAthletics ShipURaiders ShipURaiders




A labor of love becomes a national landmark This spring, the National Park Service named Shippensburg’s Locust Grove Cemetery to the National Registry of Historic Places, acknowledging it as a significant historic site that reflects two centuries of African American history and culture in south-central Pennsylvania. The moment also recognized the collaborative efforts of Dr. Steve Burg, professor of history, Ship students, and the Locust Grove Cemetery Committee. Sometime before 1834, the African American community constructed the town’s first Black church, the Richard Baker AME Church. A cemetery, located on North Queen Street also was established. Originally a slave burial ground, the location later served the community’s growing free-Black population. The African American community continued to expand rapidly in the decades before the Civil War as the town attracted both free Black families and recently freed slaves from the South. The cemetery includes the graves of twenty-six African American Civil War veterans, including John and James Shirk who served with the 54th and 55th Massachusetts regiments, as well as military veterans representing American conflicts from the Spanish American War through Vietnam. For over 100 years,



the community has held a Memorial Day program to honor those veterans. Burg determined the location was eligible for the National Registry in 2011, based on research he conducted with students. In 2019, Burg and students in the Applied History graduate program prepared a formal nomination and supporting documentation to have the site listed on the National Register. This was

Dr. Steve Burg and Locust Grove Cemetery advocates at a State Historic Preservation meeting.


Students clean headstone in Locust Grove Cemetary as part of a ShipServes project.

The Locust Grove Cemetery is one of the oldest African American cemeteries in Pennsylvania… hopefully our efforts will help to protect and preserve this site for future generations.

part of a larger collaboration including the Locust Grove Cemetery Committee, Shippensburg University, the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, and Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds—a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Pennsylvania’s African American cemeteries. “It is a blessing to receive this honor,” said Nancy Hodge, a member of the Locust Grove Cemetery Committee. “Many people have cared for the cemetery through the years, and we are grateful to everyone who has supported the cemetery and helped us to honor those buried there, especially our military veterans.” By the time the cemetery made the list, many of the students who contributed to the moment had graduated and left Ship, starting their own careers. But for one student, the moment came full circle. David Maher, the National Register Reviewer at the State Historic Preservation Office at the time, helped to shepherd the application through the complex nomination process. He was familiar with the Locust Grove Cemetery because he was one of the undergraduate students who helped research the site. He spent most of the summer of 2006 at the cemetery with Burg researching

its history and helping to repair and reset damaged tombstones. “This has been a labor of love, working with my students and colleagues across the state and with the Locust Grove Cemetery Committee members to uncover this history and to help preserve this important place,” Burg said. “ The Locust Grove Cemetery is one of the oldest African American cemeteries in Pennsylvania, and it is an amazing place to connect with over two centuries of Pennsylvania’s African American history. It took a lot of time and effort to get to this point, but hopefully our efforts will help to protect and preserve this site for future generations.” Burg actively continues these preservation efforts with ongoing cleanup and research projects. As a coordinator for the university’s First-Year Experience Program, Burg often organizes servicelearning opportunities for students at the cemetery. While cleaning the grounds and markers, students gain a unique connection to the people who made their homes in Shippensburg, as well as the contributions they made to the community.

DR. SHISHIR SHAKYA | Dr. Shishir Shakya, assistant professor of economics, had the paper, “Shale Revolution, Oil and Gas Prices, and Drilling Activities in the United States” accepted in Energy Economics journal. He and his coauthors investigate the interplay between energy prices and drilling activities in the United States and how this relationship has evolved due to the shale revolution. The paper focused on three main points: there exists significant information spillover between drilling activities and energy prices; the amount of information transmitted between drilling activities and energy prices has increased since the shale boom; and the natural gas market is an increasingly important information transmitter since the rise of unconventional oil and gas production. DR. BRIAN WENTZ | Dr. Brian Wentz, associate professor of accounting and management information systems, joined the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) to focus on the areas of accessibility and law. The USTPC is the focal point for ACM’s interaction with all branches of the US government, the computing community, and the public on policy matters related to information technology. The committee regularly educates and informs Congress, federal administration, and the courts about significant developments in the computing field and how those developments affect public policy in the United States. DR. ANDREA BARRICK | Dr. Andrea Barrick, assistant professor of Social Work and Gerontology, was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Policy Practice and Research. The journal works to inform, develop, and affect social policy through research and scholarship on policy practice, macro-social work practice, community practice, social policy, social policy analysis, the creation and administration of social policy and programs, and related topics.

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SAILS WITH DR. JACQUELYN CHOVANES Dr. Jacquelyn Chovanes, assistant professor of special education, recently developed the SAILS (Successfully Achieving Independent Living Skills) program, designed to support the transition of and provide workforce opportunities for 18- to 21-year-old students with disabilities from Big Spring School District. What is the SAILS program? The Ship SAILS program is a collaborative program operated by Big Spring School District in cooperation with Shippensburg University. Ship SAILS is a transitional program for Big Spring High School students with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have completed their high school program and are between the ages of 18 and 21 years old. What do SAILS students experience? SAILS students receive direct instruction in academic and transition-related individualized educational plan (IEP) goals three days a week for a total of two-and-a-half hours each day. Instruction is provided at Big Spring High School by certified professional staff. Direct instruction in functional living and age-appropriate social skills are provided on Shippensburg University’s campus by Ashley Gleeson, transition coordinator for Big Spring School District. In this setting, university students serve as peer mentors to the Ship SAILS students. Work experience and job skills development occur four days a week, two hours each day. Job sites are located on campus, and SAILS students are assisted by an employer and an undergraduate “job coach.” The end goal for participants in SAILS is to obtain paid employment that will further their ability to become independent adults. What inspired the creation of this program? Big Spring was experiencing an increase in the number of students who needed to continue to develop their vocational, social, and functional living skills after they had completed high school graduation requirements. As a result, many students were remaining in high school until they reached the age of 21, with little difference to their educational program. ] We looked at what we were doing with the HIRE ME! program at Ship, which provides on-campus vocational training and work experience to high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from ages 15 to 17. Big Spring educators collaborated with Shippensburg University faculty to expand the vocational aspect of the HIRE ME! program to include campus instruction, more peer support from college



students, and more freedom to experience life at Ship. Where can SAILS students work? Students in the Ship SAILS program are currently working in both paid and unpaid positions related to the individual student’s transition goals. We have a student in the SU bookstore working on stocking merchandise, pricing new merchandise, folding clothes on the sales floor, and hanging and tagging new items for the floor. A student at the SU farm is learning how to prepare for spring crops, caring for the chickens who live on the farm, and working to complete a seed guide to help guide students through the planting season. Another student is working at Reisner dining hall ensuring proper handling and cleaning of dishes and cooking materials are being followed for a healthy cafeteria for students and guests at SU. Finally, we have a student working at the Courtyard Marriot by campus and learning the basics of guest services.

Any plans to expand the program? We have heard from other local school districts who are interested in joining Big Spring in the Ship SAILS program, and we hope we can provide this opportunity to others within our community. However, at this point, we need to work on further developing the program, expanding to more job sites, and securing more staff members to support the program in its current form. Why are programs like SAILS so important? Preparing students for a successful and independent life after high school is the goal of most educators. The students in the Ship SAILS program need extra support and instruction to gather as many skills as possible in order for them to grow and become independent adults. Research shows that students with disabilities who attend postsecondary educational programs have better outcomes like paid employment, and they also learn social and life skills that lead to better quality of life. Peer mentors also benefit from participating in these programs, reporting benefits that include developing career-related experience, personal growth, and genuine friendships. One example of this authentic relationship building is that a SAILS student recently attended a volleyball game with one of the peer mentors outside of SAILS program hours.

Executive Director of Admissions Dr. Megan Luft has worked in higher education for over sixteen years and is passionate about helping students. She shares what inspires her work, the challenges she faces, and how the Ship community can help spread the word that Ship is it!


What is your job at Ship? Being Big Red’s biggest fan! Kidding, but I love that bird. I believe I am here to help my team (Admissions) guide students through the admissions process and provide the best service to our prospective students. I believe in helping our future students through what can be a difficult and stressful decision process. What do I really think I do? Help you realize your dreams and make Ship it for you! How did you land in this type of work? Sixteen years ago, I was working in retail at a national chain as the store manager. I thought it was time to go back to college and get my degree to advance. I am not a traditional student that went to college right out of high school. Just wasn’t something anyone pushed on me. At 25, I started at an online college. While starting the admissions process, my admissions counselor told me that the school was opening a branch in Harrisburg, and I sounded like a perfect fit to be an admissions counselor. I figured if I sold clothes, I could sell college degrees. That is how I fell backward into admissions. But, after I saw a student I enrolled in college walk across the stage at graduation (before I even finished my undergraduate), I was hooked and realized the impact I could have. Now six universities and over 5,000 students I personally enrolled, three degrees and two certificates later, I am back at Ship doing what I love for a university I truly love and believe in! What is your favorite part of your job? Knowing the impact I am having on our future students. Whether it is the day I sign

their acceptance letter, meet them in person at an event, or watch them walk across the stage at graduation, I love every moment of it! What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the world of admissions and what students want in a school? Students are smart, savvy consumers who are very much invested in their future, the path they want, and seeing a return on their investment. I know that seems strange, but years ago students just went back to school to get that degree because it meant a better job or a raise. Now students know what they want, and it is my job to help my team help them find that best fit. What is the biggest challenge your team faces? What is the biggest change is also the biggest challenge. Our prospective student know they have so many choices—we need to show them why Ship is it! We aren’t the right school for everyone, but we are the right school for those who want to grow, be a part of a great community, and find career success at an affordable rate. How can the Ship community help your efforts? We are ALL recruiters! My team might be going out to speak and represent us at fairs and high schools, but that swag you wear as proud alumni, faculty, or staff makes us all marketers and recruiters. When someone asks you about Shippensburg University, talk about it! Share what you do here, how great of a community we have, your amazing Ship experience, and offer to get them in touch with someone in admissions.



What do you tell students considering Ship? We care, and we’ll do everything within our power to help you achieve the best college experience possible. And Ship is financially smart for your future. What is your favorite thing about Ship? Besides Big Red, it really is how much the staff and faculty care about our students— past, present, and future. I returned to Ship for that reason!

Now six universities and over 5,000 students I personally enrolled, three degrees and two certificates later, I am back at Ship doing what I love for a university I truly love and believe in!




“If he can do it, so can I,” Rodger Krause ’80 said half jokingly throughout the interview. He said it lightly with a chuckle, but he also meant it. That simple sentence wasn’t just Rodger’s competitive nature talking, it was a reflection of his determination to survive and succeed after a biking accident changed his life in a split second. And it’s what led him to an unlikely IRONMAN victory in Kona, Hawaii, at 61 years old. Rodger always was competitive. A high school swimmer and golfer, he described himself as a versatile and well-rounded athlete. While attending Shippensburg, he played golf for the university. He loved the sport but found his success became 22


stagnant. “I kept playing golf in college, but I wasn’t improving, and it was frustrating,” he said. “In the meantime, I started to run, swim, and bike.” Bob Krause ’82, Rodger’s brother, was living in Baltimore at the time and began training for triathlons. Bob took Rodger on

a bike ride, and Rodger fell in love with the feeling of the wind on his back. “I thought, if Bob can do this, so can I.” The agility, speed, and endurance hooked him. Rodger was made for triathlons. He began racing and made friends through the sport.

It was coming together. He was swimming, biking, and running. He began competing again… eventually earning first place in the Got the Nerve Sprint Triathlon in the adaptive athlete division.

The editor-in-chief of Triathlete recently described the sport as a love/hate relationship, something that hit home for Rodger. Kelly O’Mara wrote, “Some days I don’t want to do the workout or talk to any other triathletes. Some days it’s a drag. But

there are more days when it’s amazing, and fun, and I love it and get to do all these sports. And, sometimes, when I’m nailing a workout and in the zone, there isn’t anything I’d rather be doing.” It’s a mentality that Rodger couldn’t escape, even when a biking accident nearly took his life. On an unseasonably warm and sunny December day in 1999, Rodger went for a ride. He hugged the white line on the right side of the road. But the joy of that leisurely ride changed in an instant. “A car driving on the other side came right toward me,” he said. Rodger was forced to swerve out of the way. The near collision left Rodger in a ditch, barely able to move. He had flown over the handlebars into a tuck position. Thankfully, a woman baking Christmas cookies in a nearby home saw the incident from her kitchen window and called 911. He was transported to the local hospital, then flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Rodger survived, but learned that he had a T-12 spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the belly button down. The accident stole his mobility and ignited a series of professional and personal changes in his life. The gravity of the situation is not lost on Rodger, but now at 63 years old, he’s overcome it. The accident was a turning point, but not an end. In many ways, it was the beginning of something bigger. After the accident, Rodger completed months of rehab to re-learn how to do daily tasks. He also began aqua therapy. Although he returned home wheelchair bound, he started swimming for exercise. Rodger assumed his days of biking and running were over. But several years later, a local connection sparked a new chapter in his story. At church, Rodger met the father of Chris Kaag, a former US Marine, adaptive athlete, and founder of IM ABLE. Kaag

lived in the area and his organization worked to “remove obstacles that prevent people affected by cognitive or physical challenges from being physically active.” Rodger connected with Kaag, and Kaag lent him a handcycle—a vehicle similar to a bike that is powered by arms instead of legs. “I was smitten. I caught the bug again,” Rodger said. He worked at it continuously to improve. Once he excelled with the handcycle, Kaag introduced Rodger to a lightweight pushchair that allowed him to replicate running. It was coming together. He was swimming, biking, and running. He began competing again through IM ABLE, first by swimming in a sprint triathlon, then in a run-bike-run event, and eventually earning first place in the Got the Nerve Sprint Triathlon in the adaptive athlete division. In 2017, he ran into an old friend. Kevin Moore, Esq., ’89. “Although we were both raised in Reading, I am younger than Rodger and did not meet him until 1999, just a few months before his tragic accident,” Moore said. “He later trained me for my first triathlon from his wheelchair.” Moore shared with Rodger that he recently completed the very scenic, but very hilly, IRONMAN Lake Placid—a full 140.6 miles consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. Rodger’s reaction? “If Kevin Moore can do it, I can do it!” “Most adaptive triathletes don’t bother registering for Lake Placid. It’s widely known as the hardest IRONMAN in North America,” Moore said. “Rodger trained hard in 2017 for IRONMAN Lake Placid, mostly by himself. He didn’t even hesitate to ride his handcycle along the same stretch of road where he was left for dead.” Despite the immense time investment to train, Rodger didn’t make the bike cutoff and was pulled from the course. “I got over it,” he said. “I saw I really had to improve.” SPRING 2022


So he reached out to Mark Sortino, a US Naval Academy graduate who specializes in training para athletes. Rodger hired Sortino as his coach, and they got to work. He said Sortino introduced new ways to prepare and focused on different training zones. In 2018, Rodger returned to Lake Placid. He knew it went better. He was the only adaptive athlete to complete the full course, and Moore said the crowd went wild at the finish. Hours later, he discovered he missed the cutoff by just 8 minutes. “I knew I was getting faster, training harder, and my bike skills and time was improving,” he said. So of course, Rodger doubled down on the challenge and set his eyes on Lubboc, Texas, the North American Handcycle Division Championship for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. It’s the Superbowl of triathlons, Moore said. “I had to win,” Rodger said. His brother and Moore came to support him. “Rodger and I have competed in triathlons together as a relay and as solo competitors. We have also attended races where only one of us was competing. In triathlon, which is a very solitary sport, it is really valuable to the athlete to have a cheering section.” Moore said Rodger led the swim, had a great lead on the bike, and crushed the run with his pushchair. This time, in the brutal Texas heat on June 30, 2019, Rodger became the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Handcycle Division champion. Next, Rodger headed to Kona with Bob and Moore once again supporting him. “The second oldest guy competing was twenty years younger than me,” he said. He swam through the choppy waters of the Pacific Ocean, rode in scorching heat through the lava fields of the Big Island, and finished a marathon-distance run with his pushchair. At 61 years old, Rodger completed the full IRONMAN World Championships at 13:48:44, edging out nearly 300 ablebodied triathletes. “Rodger is humble and quietly confident in his abilities,” Moore said. “Nothing, I mean, NOTHING, intimidates him.” Once the peak of COVID subsided and races returned, Rodger again competed 24


(From left) Bob Krause '82, Rodger Krause '80, and Kevin Moore '89 in Kona, Hawaii, celebrating Rodger's successful completion of the IRONMAN World Championships.

Rodger is humble and quietly confident in his abilities. Nothing, I mean, NOTHING, intimidates him.

in Lubboc and won. Although the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships was canceled, he is scheduled to compete this October at 64 years old. “We all have those days we don’t feel like exercising, we’re not motivated, and we find something else to do,” Rodger said. “But there are other days when you’re on

a bike, hitting those power meters, and it’s the greatest feeling in the world.” After the accident, Rodger wasn’t sure what would happen. He said it took a while to figure things out and eventually get on the bike again. He credits his brother, Moore, Kaag, and Sortino for helping him through it. Moore is amazed by Rodger’s achievements as he pushed through adversity to accomplish things others only dream about. However, you’d never know about those challenges. When Rodger is asked about all that he has overcome to get to where he is today, he simply shifts the conversation to his hopes for the next big race. But he did offer this: “If you ever feel like you’re down, keep your chin up. Life is good. It’s not as bad as it might seem.” Liz Kemmery ’04 is the director of communications and marketing at the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. Prior to her role with PFMA, she served as director of creative services at Ship and was editor in chief of the university magazine.


KNOW WANDA When Wanda Polk Bankhead ’79 talks about her Ship experience, she is quick to talk about all of the people she got to know along the way. In fact, she even breaks out in song about it. “You know that song, ‘Getting to know you, getting to know all about you’? That’s what college is all about. It’s a process. It’s a growth mode. It’s the beauty of getting to know different people,” she explained. And forty years later, she’s still getting to know different people as a dedicated alumna. In 1975, after Milford Pittman ’65-’71m, assistant dean of admissions at Shippensburg University, visited her high school, Bankhead decided to apply to Ship. “I came for my interview with my parents, and I loved it,” she said. As a student, in the then ACT 101 program (now the Academic Success Program), Bankhead quickly became engaged on campus as a behavioral management major in the College of Business, an active member of the Afro-Am organization, and Delta Sigma Theta. All of these experiences connected her with different people who impacted her in their own unique ways. When asked about her favorite professor, she couldn’t pick just one. “I loved all of my professors and my experiences with them,” she said. But one person at Ship did stand out for Bankhead and that was Dr. Elnetta Jones, the retired dean who oversaw a variety of

academic support programs including ACT 101. Jones passed away in 2016, but her legacy lives on with alumni like Bankhead. “She really got to know you and who you were as a person,” Bankhead said. Bankhead even remembered a moment when she realized just how well Jones knew her. Shortly after hearing the news that a family friend had passed away, Jones casually passed Bankhead walking across campus one afternoon. She later appeared at Bankhead’s dormitory door looking concerned.

You know that song, ‘Getting to know you, getting to know all about you’? That’s what college is all about. It’s a process. It’s a growth mode. It’s the beauty of getting to know different people.

“She asked ‘Wanda, I had to come check on you. Are you ok?’ She knew me so well she noticed I was upset, just by walking past me,” said Bankhead. With the support of Jones, faculty, staff, and her fellow students, Bankhead graduated and found a career in the insurance industry. She dedicated thirtyone years serving in various leadership roles with Allstate Insurance. She raised three sons, retired to Middletown, Delaware, with her husband Charlie, and is now the proud grandmother of four grandsons. She also dedicates her time to service as a volunteer in various community and church organizations, a priority she said was instilled in at her at Ship. “Giving back was something that was fostered in me as a student. We didn’t just go to class, we served,” she said. And that commitment to service always leads her back to Ship. “Dr. Jones would have us come back to speak to students and share our stories. I’ve also served on the Alumni Board, was the president in 2004, and I now serve on the SU Foundation Board of Governors,” she said. She loves to reunite with her Delta Sigma Theta sisters and return for the HOPE Diversity Scholarship event, Alumni Weekend, and Homecoming. She’s especially proud of the ACT 101/Academic Success Program Scholarship she helped Jerome Dean ’82 establish. And she is still getting to know people at Ship as she shares her story with students, connects with alumni at events, and visits her favorite spots on campus. “I have the same feeling every time when I see the exit for Shippensburg University. I get this wonderful feeling, and I always want to drive past Old Main. There’s something about that, and that feeling never goes away,” she said. (or scan the QR with the camera on your phone)




All Alumni are invited to Ship’s annual ALUMNI WEEKEND, a celebration that offers something for everyone! Return to your alma mater to connect with classmates, catch up with old friends, and celebrate all that is Ship! We look forward to welcoming you back! Alumni should register in advance for all activities.


Class of 1972, Class Reunion Arrive at Stewart Hall at 4:15pm Friday, June 3 to browse through the renovated building and catch up with classmates at an hors d’oeuvre and cocktail reception. A reunion dinner and 50th recognition program immediately follows. On Saturday, enjoy activities like plant and sip, a Golden Raider Lunch, the ice cream social, and the annual SU Night Dinner.



Golden Raiders Alumni Luncheon Saturday, June 4 • 12:30pm

All Golden Raiders, including the newly inducted Class of 1972, are invited to a Golden Raider Luncheon. Seating is assigned by class.

Milestone Reunions 70th Class of 1952 65th Class of 1957 60th Class of 1962 55th Class of 1967


Return to your alma mater on Saturday, June 4 for the Golden Raider Lunch. All classes will be seated together. Then head over to Stewart Hall for an afternoon ice cream social. Class of ’62 , refer to your class letter regarding meeting at 11:00am with your class president, Rodger McCormick.

Break out your letters to celebrate Greek life at Ship with the 2022 Greek Alumni Games! Join the “Greek Reunion— Shippensburg University” group on Facebook to stay current with reunion planning. Reconnect with friends, enjoy the DJ, and partake in or watch the games. Enjoy hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, soda, and water. First 300 registrants receive a 2022 Greek Reunion t-shirt, koozie sponsored by Magnolia Mountain Jewelry-Michele (Gegg) Legge ’88, Phi Sigma Sigma, and mug sponsored by Wibs-Jeff England ’96, Kappa Sigma. The fun will continue into the evening as we shake, rattle, and roll at the closing ceremonies with more games at Casino Night from 8:00pm–11:00pm in Stewart Hall. Check-in on Friday for the First Friday Celebration and the annual Pubs and Grubs Tour.

Fifth Annual Greek Life Alumni Reunion Saturday, June 4 • 1:00pm–4:00pm Harley Hall Lawn

ALUMNI RELATIONS STAFF | Lori Smith ’95-’07m, director; Stephanie Swanger, clerk typist ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Tim MacBain ’03, president, educator, Upper Dublin School District; Paula Alcock ’92, president-elect, fiscal contract supervisor, PA Key; Robert Sisock ’05-’06m, immediate past president, deputy court administrator, Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts; JoAnn Baldwin ’81-’89m, educator, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School; Barb Bowker ’82, chief member experience officer, PSECU; Tim Bream ’87, IT compliance lead, Spark Therapeutics; Sarah Charles ’05, director of public engagement, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; Caryn Earl ’98, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture; DeAngelo Harris-Rosa ’13, trial commissioner, Philadelphia Court of Commons Pleas; Moriah Hathaway ’19, member-at-large, executive director, Pennsylvania Commission for Women; Carol Verish Houck ’99, attorney, Saxton & Stump; Johanna Jones ’92-’00m, retired school counselor; Elizabeth Karper ’17, IT specialist, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); Josh Lang ’13, town administrator, Town of Lanesborough; Michele Legge ’88, owner, Magnolia Heights Marketing; Holly Lubart ’99, government affairs consultant, News Media Alliance; Melissa Morgan ’06-’08m, assistant state director, NFIB; Alecia Nezat-Pyne ’05-’07m, counselor, Chambersburg Area School District; Julie Perez ’91, educator, Washington County Schools, MD; Keith Russell ’17, financial advisor, UFinancial/MassMutual; Steve Thomas ’04, memberat-large, planning director, Franklin County of Pennsylvania; Dave Thompson ’69, retired copy editor; Evan Wabrick ’12-’13m, tax manager, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co; Daniel Wise ’95, Cpl. Officer in charge, Millersburg Police Department.





Reunion for the Classes of 2017–2021

Friday, June 3

Saturday, June 4 • 3:00pm–5:00pm

New this year! Reunion Zero is for alumni who have not yet reached their five-year reunion. Enjoy lawn games, informal networking, and reconnect with classmates. Includes a BBQ cookout with beer, wine, soda, and water.


Reconnect and Recharge at the Alumni Board of Directors Reunion Saturday, June 4 • 10:30am–Noon

Our community of board members is just that—a community. In addition to catching up, hear from our current board president, executive board, and Interim President Charles Patterson about exciting projects, initiatives, and how to reengage and stay involved.

Tours Friday, June 3 • Fashion Archives and Museum Exhibit, 12:30pm–2:30pm • Pubs and Grubs Downtown Tour, 7:00pm–Midnight

All Weekend • Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum • Rail Trail Sculpture Path

• Finance and Estate Planning Seminar, 8:00am–3:00pm (turn to page 36 for more information) • First Friday Celebration with food trucks, live music, and artisan market, 4:30pm–8:00pm • ShipConnects Network Hour and Business Card Exchange, 6:00pm • Raider Lounge, 7:00pm–Midnight

Saturday, June 4 • Rise and Shine Breakfast, 9:30am • History Harvest and Ship Stories, 9:00am–Noon • Plant and Sip, 10:00am • Ice Cream Social, 2:30pm–4:00pm • SU Night Dinner, 5:15pm • NEW! Casino Game Night, 8:00pm–11:00pm Shake, rattle, and roll in Stewart Hall— it’s Casino Night with lots to do! So join the fun, and bring your lucky charm too. We’ll have blackjack, roulette, craps, and more. Includes bar, light snacks, play money for games, and prizes. Ages 21 and older. ID required for beverages.

Lodging On campus lodging is provided in Harley Hall. All rooms include twin beds, linens, and towels. Three-room types available (1 bedroom, sleeps 2; 2 bedroom, sleeps 2; 2 bedroom, sleeps 4). Register early, as there are a limited number of four-person suites available. Reunion groups are lodged near one another. Visit for a list of off-campus lodging options. Descriptions and associated fees may be found online at

Forever Motown Saturday, June 4 • 7:30pm Luhrs Performing Arts Center Tickets required ($20, $30, $35, and $45)

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Thriving in a ‘new normal’ in the workforce Kate Nicholson ’21 works remote for a new tech startup as one of Ship’s first sustainability program graduates. Nicholson was one of the first graduates of Shippensburg University’s sustainability program, and she’s already doing big things in her field. Introduced in 2017, the program was created to meet a forecasted 6.8 percent growth of jobs in the field of sustainability. With many of those jobs in the Franklin, Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, and York counties, Ship is well positioned to fill this need in the region and beyond. Now working for Ursa Space Systems as an imagery technician, Nicholson is part of a team providing satellite intelligence that allows businesses and government entities to order customized data and analytics in order to make informed decisions within their organizations. “Simply put, with Ursa’s focus on global monitoring and security, as well as the more recent addition of advanced maritime monitoring, Ursa Space Systems’ goal is to improve global transparency in economics, environmental sectors, and beyond,” Nicholson explained. Kate Nicholson ’21 and team at Ursa Space Systems.



She gets to work on an array of projects and is currently assisting with the creation of geospatial land-water masks that can be used in a wide variety of work by employees across the Ursa team. Diving into a new perspective on earth sciences that she had never considered during her time at Ship, she was unsure if she was qualified for the job at first. She quickly realized she was up to the task and attributes much of her career success to the faculty support and experiences she experienced at Ship. “Not only did they challenge myself and my classmates to simultaneously learn the content and develop our soft skills, they also provided a support system to students that created a comfortable and safe space to ask questions and not be afraid to trip and fall along the way. In providing that safe environment, it allowed me to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable and taking chances,” she said. Nicholson gained an unexpected but valuable lesson her senior year at Ship during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a rapid

transition to virtual learning, she gained the ability to adjust to any situation; traits she said are highly valued in a company like hers. “What I have quickly learned is that many people wear many hats in tech startup companies, and this requires a great deal of flexibility across the company. Currently, Ursa has about seventy-five employees and is rapidly growing to keep up with customer demands and expansion of services being offered, which is allowing individual employees to dedicate their focus to a less extensive list of tasks. Still, during this rapid growth, development, and transition period, a great deal of flexibility is necessary,” she said. Virtual learning also required her to independently time and task manage, skills that translate well into her remote work with Ursa. “We had to be more accountable for our time management, more resourceful in our problem solving, and more resilient in taking on academic and professional challenges outside of a physical classroom. As a remote employee, the ever-changing need for assistance on various projects across various teams can oftentimes be accompanied by muddled communication. Luckily, this was something that I was already all too familiar with from completing my senior year remotely,” she said. With many companies transitioning to remote and hybrid work models, Nicholson certainly has a glass half full perspective of the dramatic change she encountered her senior year at the start of the pandemic. “My professors in the GEO-ESS department could not have done a better job in preparing me for professional life in our ‘new normal’ workforce,” she said. Offered through Ship’s Geography/Earth Science Department, the sustainability program combines the concepts of sustainability and technical skills of geotechnology and geographic information systems. Graduates of this program pursue careers in all levels of government in planning, environmental conservation, resource management, and community development.


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1940s Romaine (Sheibley) Shearer ’43, Duncannon, celebrated her 102nd birthday in September. She resides in her own apartment and staying current on local and national news and has many “young” friends.


family ties to Ship. Her grandfather Dean Bergstresser graduated from the Cumberland Valley Normal School and her aunt, Ruth Bergstresser Zendt ’33 graduated from Shippensburg State Teacher’s College and taught for 50 years. Ruth was a 1982 PA Teacher of the year finalist. Louise’s uncle, Dean Bergstresser ’41, was inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming 1994 when he was recognized for his records in baseball and football. Richard L. McCarthy ’63, Bethesda, MD, looking forward to exploring the Hawaiian Islands in 2022.

Louise (Bergstresser) Kelleher ’60 (middle), Carlisle, entered Shippensburg State Teacher’s College in 1956 along with William “Bill” Hubler ’60-’66m (right). Through Bill, Louise met Dennis Kelleher ’59 (left). Louise and Den started dating and were married in 1957. They each taught 31 years in the Carlisle School District, Den in the math department and Louise in kindergarten. They celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in 2021 and Bill and his wife Barb came over to celebrate with them. Louise had

Philip G. Reaser ’64, Fort Wayne, IN, retired on August 31, 2021 after 61 years on-air as a radio disc jockey and twice named Radio Personality of the Year by Billboard Magazine. H. Richard Eschenmann II ’68’72m, Palmyra, After 30 years of working on behalf of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) in the positions of business manager, tabulator, chief judge, and chairman of the DCA Championship Contest Committee, Dick was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020-2021. DCA is the governing body of competitive

all-age drum and bugle corps in the United States. Thomas E. Gusler ’68-’69m, Carlisle, retired from Clarion University in 2003, continues to travel to major storm sites to volunteer with recovery efforts. Tom has deployed from his home to about 40 locations in the eastern half of the U.S. and has many warm memories of working side by side with homeowners and other volunteers after tornados, hurricanes, and fires impacted communities.

1970s Dr. Frances (Ruscavage) Carothers-Devlin ’72-’76m, Carlisle, Fran’s article, “Susan Ritner’s Commonplace Book: Poetry of the Heart,” has been published in Cumberland County History (2021, Volume 38), a publication of the Cumberland County Historical Society and the Hamilton Library. Fran earned her doctorate in educational administration from Temple University in 1997. Mildred (Butler) Hammond ’72m, Kearneysville, WV, after retiring as a librarian Hammond attended Clown College in Lacrosse, WI and became a professional clown. She has been clowning for 26 years. Thomas A. Kotay ’72, Annville, published his first in a series of children’s books, Meet Boo Boo Kitty! by Dorrance Publishing. The series of books are all true, heart-warming, Christian-based stories about the life and times of Macey and Boo Boo ( Edward J. Dodson ’73, Cherry Hill, NJ, Teaching history and political economy over Zoom for the Henry George School of Social Science located in New York City. Lectures and courses are offered free of charge, but registration is required.

Kay (Everhart) Piotrowski ’74, San Dimas, CA, retired after 33 years at Shull Elementary, with 26 years as the librarian. Shull

Elementary School honored her by naming the walkway outside the library after her. (photo) L-R: Robyn (Piotrowski) Booth (daughter), Jesse Booth (grandson), Kay and Bob Piotrowski ’73.

James “Scuff” Neff ’74, Chesapeake, VA, would have graduated in 1967 but after several fun-filled and rather unproductive years Scuff enlisted in the Navy where he became an air traffic controller. Meeting his wife, Heidi, of 51 years in the Navy they developed a “wander-lust” for travel. After his enlistment he returned to Ship to finish his degree using the GI Bill and reentered the Navy via Aviation Officer Candidate School in January 1974. Earning his commission, he became a Naval Flight Officer and flew in the E-2C Hawkeye. Retiring after 26 years of service and with the rank of Captain in 1996 the Neff’s have enjoyed completing their goal of visiting all 50 states, all 7 continents and 115 countries. Linda (Rathkey) Stine ’75 and husband Gerald “Jerry” Stine ’74, on January 8 the couple celebrated 50 years since they went out on a blind date to a KapSig party at Shippensburg State College. Susan (Clark) Mazza ’77, Fredericksburg, retired September 2021 after working at the State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg for 21 years. Christine Picklo (’77) and Lisa Thomasco (’82) met on a local golf league and discovered their Ship connection when sporting Ship colors during a golf tournament in southeast Connecticut. Bettie (Banks) Stammerjohn ’77, Martins Ferry, OH, retired on October 29 after 15 years as executive director of the Community Foundation of Greene County in Waynesburg. The Reverend David A. Stammerjohn ’77, Martins Ferry, OH, Retired November 1, 2021 after 39 years most recently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Martin Ferry, OH and formerly Laboratory Presbyterian Church of Washington, PA and First Presbyterian Church of Masontown and Palmer Church, Adah, PA.



1980s Michael J. Rieker ’80m, Holtwood, Auto racing aficionado and bibliophile, donated his automotive racing library to the Simeone Automotive Foundation Library. He didn’t want to break it up and sell it piecemeal; rather, hoped it would stay intact for decades. (photo) Michael with Dr. Fred Simeone at the Simeone Automotive Museum. Anne (Deeter) Gallaher ’81, Camp Hill, Founder and CEO of Deeter Gallaher Group LLC, was recognized for her continuous contributions to the community by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce by receiving the 2021 Les Ginanni Business and Community Connection Award. Anne also accepted two Keystone Awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for Overall Public Relations Program and for Digital Public Relations with Anne Carnathan ‘87, president and CEO for Universal Media Inc., for their Grit & Gravitas podcast. Harry V. Phillips ’83, Traverse City, MI, retired after 41 years of service to the United States. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army through the Shippensburg ROTC program in May 1983. He served as an enlisted solider and officer for over 25 years. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2006. In 2007 he joined the federal civil service and worked for the US Army War College before joining the FBI in 2009 as a supervisory intelligence analyst. He worked national security and criminal programs for the FBI’s Philadelphia and Detroit Field Offices. He also spent time at the FBI Academy supervising new intelligence analyst trainees attending the FBI’s Basic Field Training Course. He was the FBI’s intelligence liaison at the Pennsylvania and Michigan state fusion centers. He is retiring with his wife Mary (Nell) ’82 in Michigan. In retirement Harry plans to volunteer and focus on writing poetry and short stories. David H. Cowperthwait ’86m, Clarence, NY, joined the executive team as executive vice president, chief supply chain officer. Tasked with leading Rich’s transformation into a digitally-driven supply chain organization, leveraging the company’s global infrastructure, technology and people. 30

A group of Ship friends from the class of 1990, started participating in regularly scheduled Zoom calls during COVID-19. The Zoom calls continue and in October 2021, most of the group met in a cabin in central PA. Front row, Jill (Witmer) Webber ’90, Lori (Thew) Steele ’90-’98m, and Shelly (Latuch) Zarefoss ’90. Second row, Kim (Sloan) Musser ’90, Leigh Ann (Weakland) Weaver ’90, Lara (Moles) Luzi ’90, and Unsil (Oh) Potkul ’90.

Amy (Poust) Leddy ’86-’88m, State College, retired on August 18, 2021 from Penn State after 32 years. During these years Amy served as career counselor, health professions advisor and area coordinator of Residence Life. Andrea D. Britton ’87, Delta, retired in July 2021 after 33 years working for the US Army as a federal civilian. Jeffrey R. Ernst ’87-’93m, Carlisle, promoted to chief lending officer at Members 1st. Jodie (Kramer) Wolfe ’88, Shippensburg, released her eighth book, Protecting Annie, on November 12. Jodie creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers, and COMPEL Training. Learn more at Richard F. Conwell ’89, Pittsburgh, recently elected to the Tri State Section of the PGA of America Board of Directors. Patrick K. Lower ’89, Abingdon, VA, retired from the Virginia State Police as a master trooper with 29 years of service on January 1.

1990s Julie (Payne) Cimino ’91, Galeton, completed second BS degree in accounting at Mansfield University in August 2021. Marci Mowery ’92m, Camp Hill, recently received the Karl Mason Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals and the Mira Lloyd Dock Conservationist of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. These awards recognized Marci’s 30 career in conservation. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and chairwoman of the National Association of State Park Foundations Board of Directors. Dr. Khalid Mumin ’95, Reading, PA Superintentdent of the Year and superintendent at Lower Merion School District was the featured keynote speaker at the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN in December 2021.


PRworks, a public relations firm led and staffed by a team of Ship alumni, was recently honored with three awards by the Public Relations Society of America’s Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Jason Kirsch ’95, Keri (Kochenour) Oram ’11 and Carly (Erisman) Grazette ’19 earned a Keystone Award for a media relations campaign for the play The Hand That Holds The Quill; a Keystone Award for a corporate branding project for Voce, a nonprofit human services agency; and a Silver Keystone Award for newsletter communications for BJE Poultry, a nationally-recognized poultry business.

Matthew Earl ’97, Chambersburg, obtained a Master of Education in higher education from Wilmington University in January. Recently joined Stanford University as a financial support specialist. Michael N. Urrunaga ’98, Kensington, CT, promoted to program director at ESPN Radio with oversight of content creation for night-time and overnight programming on the national network.


Anna Umbreit ’02-’04m and husband James, Richmond, VA, welcomed their first child, Tristan Alexander, born December 15, 2021. Ronald L. Schott Jr. ’04, Mountain Grove, MO, On April 23, 2021 Ron, a 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, officially became a newspaper owner when he purchased the Wright County Journal, a weekly publication located in Mountain Grove, Missouri. Though an official ‘04 grad, Schott attended Ship from 1996-2000 and was known mostly for his dedicated work with SUTV. Sheena Baker ’05, Chambersburg, communications coordinator for Franklin County Government. Samantha N. Messina ’05-’10m married Kenny Batchelor on November 14, 2021. The couple lives in Gettysburg.

Heather (Seich) Spence ’00, Alexandria, VA, received the Heavy Construction Contractors Association’s (HCCA) Stuart McCuin Award for Outstanding Member of the Year. Spence was recognized for her involvement, providing exemplary service to HCCA, and helping advance its mission of making a positive impact on the construction industry and the economy in Northern Virginia.

Kelly McGettigan ’05 married Matthew Combs ’07 on August 28, 2021 in Kitty Hawk, NC surrounded by all their Ship friends Rachel (Bruno) Mleczko ’08-’11m, Kelly (McGettigan) Combs ’05, Matt

Ship friends that met as freshmen in 1990 gathered to celebrate their friendship and their 50th birthdays at the Magic Kingdom. From left to right, Cynthia (Palmer) Piper ’94, Jacqueline (Cook) Klunk ’94, Karen (Hartman) McDevitt ’94, Rebecca (Stockburger) Rice ’94, Lisa (Giordano) Wilson ’94, and Crystal (Ruth) Martin ’94-’07M.

Combs ’07, Stefanie (Banko) McGuire ’04, Kevin McGuire, Heather (Dino) Laughman ’08, Megan (Stratton) Garrison ’06, Sheena Baker ’05, Lisa (Beisel) Farrell ’05, Caitlin (Heaney) West ’06, Jason Mleczko ’07, Matt Garrison ’06, Jon Naff ’07, Brendan West ’06, Alan Wadsworth ’07-’19m. The couple lives in Glenolden. Megan B. Miller ’06, Philadelphia, national director of sales for a $1 billion hotel management company of over 150 hotels domestically. Keeping women in the workforce as a crucial element in her professional development she has launched a podcast, “Putting Attention to Intention.” The podcast encourages women in the workforce to take control of their lives. Daniel B. Surma ’06, Frederick, MD, joined PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network) as the vice president of Finance for the nonprofit television network. Lindsay (Johnston) Wertman ’06, Enola, appointed president of IGI Global Publishing House a leading international academic publisher of business, computer science, education, environmental, and social science research. Brendan West ’06, Scranton, promoted to senior managing editor at Penn Foster. Brandi (Bolton) Moiyallah ’07, Bear, DE, graduated in July 2020 with her master’s in public health management and administration from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Kirk H. Brunstetter ’08, Washington DC, advanced in rank to chief petty officer (E7) of the United States Coast Guard in October 2021 and has also been accepted into the graduate degree program related to his rating. Kirk resides in DC with his wife, Christiana (Theobald) Brunstetter ’09. They both work at Coast Guard Headquarters and are looking forward to where the Coast Guard will take them next.

Alyssa L. Pantalone ’11, Carlisle, promoted from supervisor to manager at the Camp Hill office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz. Lauren P. Bauer ’12, Chicago, IL, recently joined Atlassian as a recruiter. Sara B. Brensinger ’12, Gettysburg, head rugby coach at Gettysburg College. Neely (Spence) Gracey ’12, Lafayette, CO, published a book Breakthrough Women’s Running: Dream Big and Train Smart. After graduation, she began her business Get Running Coaching and now, nine years later, her passion as a coach to help female runners chase big goals has come to an all-new level of excitement with the upcoming release of the book. She is thrilled to bring her experience from both an athlete and coach perspective together in these pages that will provide a road map for women runners everywhere. You can find the book on Amazon.

2010s Lindsay A. Berkstresser ’10, Harrisburg, has been elected chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Section for 2021-2022. Stephanie (Kazanas) Berry ’10m, Mount Juliet, TN, recently tenured and promoted to associate professor at Tennessee Technological University. She serves in the role of interim-chairperson in the Department of Counseling and Psychology. Jessica (Barkley) Lorance ’10, Nipomo, CA, recently promoted to homeless management information system program manager for the County of San Luis Obispo, CA. Jessica was also nominated for San Luis Obispo County Woman of the Year 2021. Caley (Tate) Smith ’10, Madisonville, KY, started a new job as a news reporter for The Messenger newspaper. The Messenger is a daily paper serving Hopkins County and Dawson Springs.

Richelle Groff ’12 married Evan Zeiders ’14 on September 18, 2021 in Lancaster. Ship alumni in attendance Front row, Cassidy Hershey, Ashley (Elder) Hershey ’13-’16m, Anne (Whiteley) Ness ’11, Lauren Gyurisin ’12, Kyle Wevodau ’07-’12m, Evan Zeiders ’14, Richelle (Groff) Zeiders ’12, Catherine Putz ’10, Samantha (Feaster) Marshall ’12, Lauren Broadbelt, Jessica (Durofchalk) Irwin ’13, Joshua Broadbelt ’09. Back row, Douglas McNeillie ’79, Nicholas Battiste ’71-’79m, David Ness ’10, Christopher Gray ’10, Jonathan Gray ’07, Zachary Hall ’12, Zachary Flaharty ’13, Kyle Irwin ’13, Jonathan Marshall ’10, James Stanat ’11-’17m, Sheri (Lehman) Stanat. Also attending the wedding but didn’t make the photo, Joshua Broshkevitch ’11-’20m, James McAteer ’74,’80m–’01m, and Patricia McAteer ‘75m-’93m. The couple lives in McSherrystown.

Scott A. Henry ’12’13m, Mount Joy, promoted from manager to senior manager at the Camp Hill office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz. Henry specializes in providing audit and review services to governmental and nonprofit organizations. Matthew Walderon ’12m, Mechanicsburg, In March of 2021 Walderon was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania’s delegate to the Coastal States Organization. Joseph T. Perkins ’13 and wife Brittney, Hanover, welcomed a daughter, Abigail, on November 3, 2021. She joins big brother Daniel. Joseph was promoted to multimedia services manager at Johns Hopkins University. Jacqueline (Maguire) Campbell ’14 and husband Daniel S. Campbell ’14, Carlisle, welcomed a daughter, Molly Sullivan on June 11, 2021. She joins big sister Hannah. Cody R. Demmel ’14, Center Valley, CFP® has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Cody is a financial advisor with Morton Brown Family Wealth in Allentown. Claire Galligan Holahan ’14, New Orleans, LA, had her essay “I’m Waiting for Hurricane Ida with COVID-19” published in The Atlantic in August 2021. Holahan is the marketing manager/senior copywriter for JB Communications in Metarie, LA where she manages a team of three marketing associates. Joseph R. Bucher ’15-’19m, Mechanicsburg, named assistant principal of Winding Creek Elementary in Cumberland Valley School District in August 2021. Bucher also won his bid for reelection to the Mechanicsburg Borough Council for the next four years. Heidi Freeland-Trail ’15m, Etters, obtained her SHRM-CP and made a career transition to Human Resources as an HR Business Partner for CSC Global.



Alpha Sigma Tau sorority sisters at their annual reunion in Atlantic City in September 2021. From left to right, Christine (Tucci) Steger ’04, Kathy (Szlachtianchyn) Dixon, Katie (Gromacki) Broskey ’05, Kristen Brinkman ’04, Lauren Frick ’03, Lauren (Dietz) Wirth, Dana (Artsma) Pietraccini ’04, Megan McCormick ’04, Morghan (Pratt) Terry ’04, Danielle (Hinderliter) Smith ’06, and Kaileigh (Rostis) Colwell ’04. Concert Choir and Madrigal alumni gathered outside the home of Dr. Blaine Shover in December to honor him by singing holiday tunes and favorite choir songs. Back row, from left to right, Jeremy Gruver ‘02, Jessica Rave-Higginbotham ’06, Courtney (Cordell) Orr ‘03-’06m, Jeremiah Orr ‘03, Amber (Hongell) Sheffler ‘03. Front row, from left to right, Stacey (Dorr) Bollinger ‘04-’06m, Hollie (Hinderer) Smith ’06, and Eva (Lynn) Jennings ‘03.

Kyle B. Bushong ’16-’17m, Lancaster, promoted from senior staff accountant to supervisor at the Camp Hill office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz. Bushong provides audit services to governments and nonprofit organizations. Stephanie F. (Arcadia) Cairo ’17, Frederick, MD, recently switched careers from Alzheimer’s research to higher education research. She completed her master’s degree and married Patrick Cairo. Stephanie is enrolled in a data visualization certificate at the University of Washington. Manal El Harrak ’17m, Carlisle, was named to Central Penn Business Journal’s Power 30 for Healthcare. She serves as CEO for Sadler Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Carlisle serving Cumberland and Perry counties that provides comprehensive community-based primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services.


Editor at 6abc Action News. She has had a successful career at FOX29 for four years and eight months, and even took home an Emmy® for her work on a breaking news broadcast this year. She is excited for this next chapter in her career. Dr. Michael Paris ’21m, New Oxford, was elected chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Podiatry. Paris has served on the board since 2014. He is the senior partner of Hillside Foot and Ankle Associates, a podiatry practice with office in Hanover, Mechanicsburg and Camp Hill. Bradley J. Schoeller ’21, Chambersburg, enrolled in Doctor of Pharmacy program at West Virginia University.

In Memoriam

Miranda Wallace ’17 married Marc Bollinger ’16 in the fall of 2021. “They were shipmates from the start”. The couple welcomed their baby boy, Whit, in 2019. The couple live in Mifflinburg. Kevin W. Bushong ’19, Lancaster, promoted from staff accountant to senior staff accountant the Hanover office of Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz.

2020s Jacob S. Pollock ’20, Stafford, VA, earned his CPA license certification in the state of Virginia and promoted to senior accountant at Watts Group, Inc. a public accounting firm located outside of Washington, DC. Kerriann McGuire ’21, Philadelphia, a communication/journalism - broadcast media major, is moving on from FOX29 News in Philadelphia, to be an Assignment


Eloise (Cohen) Engelson ’46 Irvin Frederick Brubaker ’48 Carolyn (Frey) Kenworthy ’48 Delores (Deshong) Henry ’49 Kenneth E. Dapp ’52 John W. Holbert ’53 Nancy (Ogden) Westerdahl ’53 Naomi (Burkholder) Helman ’54-’70m Donald K. Tribit ’55 Harry A. Baumgardner Jr. ’56 Orr N. Brenneman ’56-’66m Anna (Harbach) Deon ’57 John A. Pringle ’57 Betty Joan (Rice) Reed ’57-’65m Joan (Alesi) Claypool ’58 Thomas W. Jackson ’58 Albert Timms ’58 Jacqueline (Hovis) Barlup ’59 David L. Danner ’59-’67m Kay (Keener) Benson ’60 Harry S. Blessing ’60 R. James Breighner ’60 Beverly (Gaal) Rensch ’60 Del F. Weimer ’60 Arthur C. Wise ’60 Donald L. Jones ’61-’67m Marlin A. Yohn ’61-’66m John C. Goshorn ’62 Joan (Spangenberg) Lawhead ’62’65m Carol (Smith) Miller ’62 Jeryl C. Miller ’62 Ann (Yeager) Jablonski ’63 L. Daniel Mauger ’63 Carlyn J. Forlizzi ’64-’69m William J. Fry ’64-’69m Jacob W. Kipp ’64 Helen Faye (Roach) Marchant ’64 Darell F. Brehm ’65

Jane (Perrone) Bazzano ’66 Berkley H. Laite ’66 Thomas C. McGee ’66 Richard K. Nickle ’66-’68m Edwin A. Resser ’66m Rachel (Robinson) Bair ’67 John C. Martin Jr. ’67 Judith (Ruhl) Shearer ’67m Dennis L. Weiser ’67 Ruth (Pelton) Deppen ’68 Daniel E. Pittinger ’68 Larry K. Reddig ’68 Louis W. Trager ’68-’69m Marie (Klinger) Andrews ’69 Charles A. Culbertson ’69 George E. Hohenshilt Jr ’69-’72m Dennis L. Miller ’69 Anna L. Swindell ’69 Gordon D. Davies ’70-’73m Stephen R. Donley ’70 Stephen L. Monn ’70 Anthony P. Scarcia ’70-’72m Virginia (Costopoulos) Schmitt ’70’81m Col. Henry H. Berke Jr. ’71m Dennis R. Goodling ’71 Thomas A. Kessinger ’71 Mary G. McKinney ’71m George J. Shemanski ’71m Russel M. Sutton ’71m Betty (Myers) Valentine ’71m Nondis L. Chesnut ’72m Janice (Johnson) Harper ’72m Brenda (Goodling) Hied ’72-’78m Maudine (Flowers) Lackey ’72 Barry M. Pottorff ’72m Elizabeth (McCoy) Boggs ’73 Kathleen (Quirk) Geoghegan ’73m Gregory J. Koch ’73 Carol (Ilyes) Stough ’73 Christine (Oleksa) Eshelman ’74 Lary D. Estricher ’74-’86m Jayne Warren ’74-’78m Sandra (Billman) Haag ’75 Thomas P. Lichtenwalner ’75 Raymond E. Sobieski ’76 Ronald L. Varner ’76m Tony B. Noble ’79 Frank M. Petre III ’79m William M. Porter ’79 John F. Griest ’80-’83m Theresa (Frampton) Kuerschner ’80 Scott E. Schneck ’80 Daivd M. Zuzack ’80 David L. Jones ’81 Patricia A. Ruth ’81 David M. Cauffman ’82 Hugh A. Wiesman ’82m Cynthia (Hinnah) Altice ’83 Lt. Col. Joe S. Johnson ’84m

Richard R. Malmsheimer ’84m Michael D. Stone ’84m Eileen (Flanagan) Wood ’84 Rodney C. Berger ’85 Roberta M. (Wiseman) Schroll ’85 Thomas E. Readdy ’86 Robert W. Seitzinger ’86 Joyce T. Bright ’88m Stephanie (Boles) Piper ’88 September L. Shue ’88 Kimberly (Webber) Shatzer ’89 James M. Steward ’89m

Rachel L. Wool ’90 Kathleen A. Torpy ’91m Angela G. Adams ’92-’97m Heather (Bigler) Swartz ’92 Frederick A. Gantz ’93m Dennis W. Sweigart ’93 Erik Daniel Geib ’95 Ryan R. Fredericks ’04 Jenna (Atchison) Kelley ’09 Nathan H. Sorresso ’14 Anastasia R. Goerl ’17


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Ship Career Connection Ship’s online system for job seekers. Included are full-time, entry-level and experienced-level positions. In addition, Ship Career Connection gives you access to a comprehensive calendar of career events on campus. Resources include: upcoming career fairs, job postings, online mock interview practice, and employer networking events.

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ShipConnects The Career Center, in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, is pleased to offer ShipConnects—a networking platform just for the SU community. You can connect with other alumni for career discussions, advice, and new contacts. Filter to search the network on industry, major, location, and more. The platform also gives alumni the chance to share their expertise with students and other graduates.


Mail: Alumni Relations Shippensburg University 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299 E-mail: SPRING 2022


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photo album f b-g Alumni took advantage of stopping in the Ship hospitality suite to get warm and grab a cookie and hot cocoa at IceFest in Chambersburg. Pictured b Hannah Pollock ’21; c Chase Slenker ’23 and Tim Steinhart ’21; d Drew Alosi ’06, chair, Council of Trustees and Doug Harbach ’82, Council of Trustees welcome alumni; e Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Alumni Association president-elect with Colleen and Charles Patterson, interim president; f Jennifer Warren ’19 and Kristina Everetts ’13-‘14m; g Charles and Colleen Patterson with the family of Steve ’04 and Lisa (Hawbaker) Thomas ’04. h-1! Ship Day in Raleigh was hosted at the home of Mike and Robin (Kubinak) Driskill ’88-‘89m, followed by a walking pub tour of downtown. Pictured h Charles Patterson with Mandi Kahl ’11, Kasey Cunningham ’11, and Rachel (Flores) Mwombela ’11-‘13m; i Mike Driskill, center with, Anna Weber ’19, Dom Condomitti ’19, Ian Kubinak ’17, and Deanna Brunner ’17; j Thank you to Mike and Robin for hosting at their home. 1) Delta Zeta alumni in attendance include Casey Mican ’14, Robin Driskill ’88-‘89m, Kasey Cunningham ’11, Mandi Kahl ’11, Gabrielle Manganiello ’17, Brittani Procknow ’14, and Kathy (Karbel) Phillips ’84; 1! Jill (Jamison) Brimhall ’83 and Lisa (Baum) Betts ’92. 1@-1# Jeff Snyder ’88 (3rd from left), founding partner, Valtec Group LLC and Julie Fitchet ’06 (2nd from right), owner, president and CEO of American Micro Industries, Inc. served as alumni judges for ShipTank, Ship’s own version of ABC’s Shark Tank.

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ALUMNI ON THE ROAD For registration or additional information, visit, e-mail, or call (717) 477-1218.

LEBANON Alumni Golf Tournament Friday, September 23 • Iron Valley Golf Course Shotgun start 1:00pm; dinner and prizes immediately following golf Cost: $100 per player The largest fundraiser for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, proceeds are used to fund two new scholarships every year for incoming freshmen with a legacy relationship. You can help by playing a round of golf and/or showing your support through a sponsorship, including being a phantom golfer if unable to participate. Owners and operators Jon Byler ’97 and Kathy ’97 (Hallowell) Byler, along with COO, Jeff Harper ’85, look forward to welcoming their fellow alumni and friends to Iron Valley. Ranked the #8 course you can play in Pennsylvania by Golf Magazine, the course was designed by world renowned architect, P.B. Dye, and offers natural terrain, expansive vistas, and extreme elevation changes. Iron Valley Golf Club provides a genuinely great test of golf and Jon, Kathy, Jeff, and our Alumni Relations Office team looks forward to seeing you!

SHIPPENSBURG Alumni Weekend 2022 Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 Please see page 26 for more information or visit

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Saturday, September 17, 10:30am Be a part of a Ship tradition which honors the past and present and celebrates your family legacy at Ship! Shippensburg alumni parents, grandparents, and aunts/ uncles of currently enrolled students are invited to attend the Legacy Pinning Ceremony with the President and the Alumni Association Board of Directors to welcome current students into the Ship family. Attire is casual. The pinning ceremony takes place annually during Parents and Family Weekend. The Shippensburg University Legacy Program was designed to recognize the commitment of its alumni to their alma mater who support and encourage their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins, and siblings to consider Shippensburg University for their higher education.

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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, partake in tailgating prior to the football matchup of the Raiders vs. Kutztown.

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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save the date 2022 Estate Planning Seminar Live well. Leave well. Plan with a purpose. Friday, June 3 8:00am–3:00pm Conference Center at Shippensburg University, John E. Clinton Building Join the Shippensburg University Foundation for a complimentary, no-obligation estate planning seminar. This year’s keynote speaker is Keith W. Luke, president and chief executive officer, Commonfund Securities, Inc. who will be sharing his thoughts on current economic and market challenges. Seminar topics include legal and tax matters, financial planning, cyber security, and healthcare: • Individual income tax update and tax planning for the future • Retirement strategies • Diversifying your estate to provide stability • Understanding wills, trusts, and powers of attorney • Benefits of charitable gift annuities and charitable IRA rollovers • Leaving a legacy while minimizing taxes • ID theft and ID fraud— protecting your credentials and other digital assets • How American healthcare has changed along with traditional Medicare and long-term care A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is required to attend. View speakers and topics, and register online at

The Shippensburg University Foundation celebrates milestone anniversary While Shippensburg University continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary this academic year, 2022 marks a significant milestone in the history of the Shippensburg University Foundation—our 45th anniversary. The Shippensburg State College Foundation was established on April 27, 1977, changing its name to the Shippensburg University Foundation in 1984 to reflect the name change of the University. The SU Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, who not only provide policy direction but also support the SU Foundation with annual gifts and make significant contributions during major campaigns and other times. The SU Foundation also has a long history of regional business leaders as volunteer board chairs—Richard Rife, president and CEO, Capital Blue Cross; John L. Grove, chairman and CEO of JLG Industries; John M. “Mac” Aichele, president, Milton Hershey School; and our current chair, Joel Zullinger, Esq., Zullinger-Davis-Trinh PC. During these 45 years, the SU Foundation has impacted every aspect of the campus and community. The board and professional staff have made this impact with integrity, collaboration, fiscal responsibility, and a passion to help students, faculty, and the region succeed. Just look around the campus and you can see the impact of the SU Foundation and its donors in the restoration of Old Main, Shippen Hall, Stewart Hall, and the construction of the Mathematics/Computer Science Center, Grove Hall, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, and adjacent to campus, the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center, and Interfaith Chapel. Annually, the SU Foundation provides direct support to students in the form of scholarships and awards. In 2021, that support totaled $1.9 million compared to $8,093 in 1981. The generosity of the Ship community has made all of this possible. Through this magazine, we continue to feature scholarship benefactors and members of the campus community who are making an impact. In this issue, we share the story of Ship’s beloved late swimming coach Dr. Donnie Miller and the scholarship fund he and his wife, Linda, established to provide scholarships for members of the swimming team. Plus, read about the Ship marching band scholarship in Mr. Ken ’65 and Mrs. Ginny Gill and their honor of band director, Trever Famulare scholarship recipients at the 2022 Spirit of in honor of his twenty-years of leading Generosity Scholarship Dinner held in March. Ship students and the band. Our university must remain strong and vital for our region and for the students we want to serve for the next 150 years. Likewise, our foundation must also be able to support the needs of students and faculty through private charitable dollars. Thank you for your generosity over the past 45 years. Together we will continue to make an impact for many years to come.



Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton ’82 President and CEO Shippensburg University Foundation

Honoring Coach Donnie Miller Dr. Donald N. “Donnie” Miller, II, passed away in the fall of 2021. The Dr. Donnie Miller Swimming Scholarship was established in 2006 by Donnie and his wife Linda Jo. In 2021, after Donnie’s passing, the scholarship, at the request of their children, was renamed the Dr. Donnie and Linda Jo Miller Swimming Scholarship because of Linda’s long-time support of Donnie’s coaching career.

Donnie arrived at Shippensburg as the assistant football coach in 1969. From 1969-2005, he was a professor in the Health and Physical Education Department. In 1973, he became the head coach and founder of the Shippensburg Aquatic Club. He was the head coach of the women’s swimming team from 1972-1975 and the head coach of the men’s swimming team from 1972 to 1992. While Donnie was coaching, he earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Level 5 Certification (highest level in college coaching of swimming), was a four-time PSAC Coach of the Year, recorded 236 wins, and a winning percentage of .771. His swimmers and divers were PSAC State Champions more than 50 times, with 25+ state records. They won 13 individual events at the Division II National Swimming Championships and set five national records at the DII National Swim Championships. His men’s team won the PSAC Championships twice, placed in the top 10 in the nation eight times and placed in the top four in the nation two times (1989 and 1991). He guided Ship to Top 5 national finishes in each of his last four seasons.

After Donnie retired from coaching in 1992, then Shippensburg University president, Dr. Anthony Ceddia, at the request of swimming and diving alumni, named the competition pool located in Heiges Field House the Donald N. Miller Pool. Donnie was inducted in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, South Central Chapter, and in 2009 he was inducted in the Shippensburg University Hall of Fame. Under Dr. Miller’s leadership, more than 70 Shippensburg University swimmers and divers earned All-American honors through their performances at the Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships. If you would like to honor Coach Miller for his many years of service to Shippensburg University Athletics, please consider making a gift in his memory. (or scan the QR with the camera on your phone)

LOVE THE SU MARCHING BAND? HELP MAKE THIS SCHOLARSHIP A REALITY The SUMB FAMily Legacy Scholarship fund is being established as a way to recognize Trever Famulare (FAM) for his 20th season with the Shippensburg University Marching Band and to celebrate the family legacy at Shippensburg University. Since his first season in 2001, Trever has helped to shape the SU Band program into what it is today—a passionate group of performers who are Ship proud and always bring energy to the home field. Trevor is an integral part of the band family serving as a leader, mentor, and friend to hundreds of SU students, alumni, and community members alike. When fully funded, this scholarship will celebrate the FAMily Legacy of Ship and the SUMB. It will be presented annually to a three- or four-year member of SUMB who demonstrates the FAMily spirit with a preference to legacy members of the SUMB. If would like to honor Trever Famulare or just love the energy the band brings to events—please consider making a gift today. (or scan the QR with the camera on your phone)

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ACCOLADES AND DISTINCTIONS Shippensburg University has recently earned a wide array of accolades in 2022. #65 Best Master’s Degree in Pennsylvania (University HQ) #78 Best Bachelor’s Degree in Pennsylvania (University HQ) Nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges list (The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition) Insight into Diversity: Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award #4 Best Housing in PA ( Top 10% nationwide as a “Best Value” school for a Bachelor’s degree (College Factual) #742/2,576 Best Overall Quality (National) #1/6 Best Juvenile Corrections Schools (National) #2/11 Best Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Pennsylvania #2/14 Best Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Schools in Pennsylvania #5/39 Best Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs Bachelor’s Degree Schools #8/51 Best Early Childhood Education Schools in Pennsylvania Top Military Friendly School (Viqtory Media) Best On Campus MBA (Princeton Review) Best Online MBA (Fortune magazine) US News & World Report rankings #27 Top Public Schools Best College and Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans Best Value Schools Best Online MBA Programs

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