Shippensburg University Magazine, Summer 2023

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Best of the best A Better Good On Solid Ground SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY

life onboard

Housing at Ship has changed a lot through the decades. Decorating your room, spending time with friends, and a little friendly competition are all shared experiences. From the halls of Old Main and Horton to the suite style options offered today, life at Ship has, and always will be about community. Kiefer, Harley, Lackhove, McClean, McCune, Seavers, Naugle, or Mowrey. Which one did you call home at Ship?

Bird’s eye view of south campus housing taken in fall 2022 and original 2013 rendering (inset).

Did you know Ship is ranked #3 in college housing in Pennsylvania by Student reviews say the housing “feels like home,” and are “the nicest residence halls you’ll find.” Upgrades are happening in residence halls across campus. See page 10 for more details.

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FROM THE PRESIDENT A summer of service and success

It might be summer break, but the campus is still abuzz with activity as we prepare for the fall semester. Many students have been hard at work, engaged in faculty led research, gaining practical experience as interns, and serving their communities in meaningful ways.

Senior and early childhood education major, José Lopez, even started and is operating his own non-profit. In this issue, you’ll read about his organization, Books of Hope, and how he’s inspiring the next generation of readers. You’ll also get a peek into how this magazine is created through the words of junior English major Rena Charles, who spent her summer as a Shippensburg University magazine intern.


Our work in the community is expanding each year, as the Growing Edges Community Clinic opened a second location in Shippensburg. This non-profit educational and counseling clinic provides mental health services within our local community and schools. You’ll hear from faculty and graduate students as they share the value the clinic brings to educational experience at Ship and the individuals it serves.

We take a look back at the recordbreaking careers of two of our studentathletes, Ariel Jones and Hannah Marsteller. Meet Dr. Arelys Madero, associate professor of Criminal Justice, and learn more about what inspires her research in victimology.

Look for familiar faces in the recap of our Alumni Weekend Celebration, mark your calendar for our 2023 Homecoming



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Cynthia Shapira, Chair, Board of Governors

Dan Greenstein, Chancellor PRESIDENT

Charles E. Patterson


Megan Luft


Megan Silverstrim ’06

Director of Communications and Marketing


Anne M. Detter Schaffner

Director of Marketing, SU Foundation

William Morgal ’07-’10m

Sports Information Director

Lori Smith ’95-’07m

Director, Alumni Relations


Stephanie Swanger, Alumni Relations


Kimberly Hess, Creative Services Manager

Jessica Kline, Senior Graphic Designer and Brand Manager

Andrew Miller, Sports Information Assistant/ Digital Media Management Specialist

Celebration, and check out our preview of events.

And make sure you read this issue front to back, because—if you haven’t heard yet— a secondary mascot was announced this spring and well, sHIP Happens on the back cover.



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All-American Raiders

Two paths to greatness converged this past spring for a pair of once-in-alifetime Raider greats.

22 Finding Hope in Books

Senior José Lopez spreads joy of reading as founder of Books of Hope, placing new and gently used books in community hubs that support youth and the love of learning.

26 Growing Professionals, Growing Community University graduate and doctoral students at the Growing Edges Community Clinic fill critical needs in the community.





FRONT COVER: We celebrated our first outdoor commencement since 2019 and everyone was full of smiles for the big event.

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Students and faculty attend National Meeting of the American Chemical Society

This spring, students and faculty from the Chemistry Department attended the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis.


In February, the Office of Inclusion, Belonging, and Social Equity celebrated Black History Month with Ship alumna Maria James-Thiaw ’96. Maria read poetry from her most recent publication, Count Each Breath, met with students, answered questions, and signed copies of her book.

James-Thiaw is an author of four poetry collections and has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including “Black Lives Have Always Mattered,” “Cutthroat Journal of the Arts,” and “Essential Voices: A COVID 19 Anthology.” Poems from her play, “Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project,” won the Art of Protest Award from Penn State University’s Center for American Literary Studies in 2018. She is a “recovering educator” and the founder of Reclaim Artist Collective, an organization that brings her American Griot Project programming to marginalized communities.

Seniors Jordan Scalia and Bret Watson took second place in the ACS Division of Agriculture and Food Chemistry poster competition with their project entitled “Maintenance of a Kombucha Starter Preparation.”

Participating in the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society and placing in a poster competition is a highly prestigious achievement for undergraduate students, especially in the field of chemistry. The American Chemical Society is the largest scientific society in the world, with over 150,000 members, and is highly regarded for its contributions to the advancement of the chemical sciences.

Chemistry students pose for a conference photo op. (Above) Seniors Jordan Scalia and Bret Watson with their project. (Left) Professors Robin McCann and Jeb Kegerreis.
It really speaks to the kind of work that we do here because we’re not those big name schools. The work that’s being done, though, is on par with those big schools. —Dr. Jeb Kegerreis
James-Thiaw shares a signed copy of her newest publication.


Fairy tales and fables

Shippensburg University hosted it’s annual Children’s Fair on March 25 in Heiges Field House. Local children were treated to a day of games, crafts, prizes, and special star gazing shows in the planetarium in the Franklin Science Center. Over 800 people attended this year’s fair, which is made possible by staff, student, and faculty volunteers.

Inaugural Business Summit

On April 18, Shippensburg University hosted its first South Central PA Regional Business Summit.

Open to regional businesses of all sizes, the day provided opportunities to share knowledge, identify areas of continued or expanded partnerships, and collaborate to grow the regional workforce and economic development in the region. The event was sponsored by Ship’s Office of


Student Keystone Media Awards

The Slate, Shippensburg University’s award-winning, student-run news outlet, was selected for five Student Keystone Media Awards in the 2023 DII competition. Winners included Allyson Ritchey, Paige Shope, Monika Lewis, and a secondplace win for The Slate website, credited to The Slate staff.

The Student Keystone Media Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers. Entries were evaluated based on subject matter, presentation, and effectiveness.

Workforce Development, Small Business Development Center, Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation, Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Shippensburg Borough, and Glow Getters Studio.

Adventures in entrepreneurship

The Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation hosted an Adventures in Entrepreneurship series in the spring, featuring three alumni. Executive Associate to the President Scott Brown ’11–’20m, President of CSL Materials

Chad Lesher ’94 (pictured left), and CEO and founder of PourMyBeer Josh Goodman ’92 shared their personal stories of entrepreneurship and engaged with students in hopes of inspiring future entrepreneurs.

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Congratulations class of 2023!

On Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, Shippensburg University recognized 921 students during its annual commencement ceremonies.

Debbie Orso ’00-’04m (top) was the featured speaker at the graduate commencement ceremony. Amey Scrignoli ’90-’13m provided inspiring words during the undergraduate ceremony.

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

LeaderSHIP, mentorSHIP, friendSHIP, scholarSHIP, and now, goodSHIP—take all of those things with you and go make SHIP HAPPEN.
—President Patterson
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Tuition remains unchanged for the fifth straight year

The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) voted unanimously to freeze tuition at PASSHE universities, including Shippensburg University, for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.

With the decision, tuition for in-state undergraduate students—nearly 90% of whom are Pennsylvania residents—will be flat for six consecutive years (2018/19–2023/24 academic years). If tuition had kept pace with inflation since 2018, it would be 21 percent higher today.

“We are committed to providing an affordable and superior education at Shippensburg University. Our students are our top priority, and this freeze in tuition demonstrates our commitment to access and affordability for all students. We are grateful for the General Assembly and Governor Josh Shapiro and their continued support of our mission,” said Dr. Charles


On April 18, Ship hosted its annual Minds@Work Student Research conference. Over 75 students presented in panel discussions and poster presentations on topics ranging from coastal mangrove migration to the effects of exercise on mood and stress. Minds@Work offers Ship students the chance to present their research, scholarly, and creative works to the campus community and general public.

E. Patterson, president of Shippensburg University.

The state budget passed by the House and Senate would provide an increase of $33 million, or 6 percent, to PASSHE universities. With that level of investment, in the last two years the state has increased funding by $108 million, or nearly 23 percent, with PASSHE receiving $585.6 million in 2023-24, up from $477.5 million in 2021-22.

“PASSHE is proud of our partnership with the state, which helps Pennsylvania’s students get the education and skills for the most in-demand jobs at the lowest cost,” said Chancellor Dan Greenstein. “Higher education is changing, and State System

universities are continuing to evolve to meet the new needs of students, employers, and Pennsylvania’s economy. Together with the state, we are strengthening the pipeline of talented and skilled people from the classroom to the workforce and providing value to students as they gain the knowledge to build successful careers close to home.”

Shippensburg University is a major contributor to Pennsylvania’s workforce and is actively increasing the number of graduates into the high-demand careers of healthcare, STEM, education, and business. The university provides unique experiential learning opportunities for students in these fields including Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, the only public elementary lab school in the state, the Milton and Doreen Morgan School of Engineering, the Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading Room, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, and more.



Hometown: Mechanicsburg ❘ Major: English ❘ Year: Junior

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Junior English major Rena Charles was looking for an opportunity to expand her writing skills when she arrived at Shippensburg University’s Office of Communications and Marketing. She shared her resume, writing samples, and a dedication to improving her craft. She spent her summer writing and editing for the magazine team and hopes to one day write for a fitness, fashion, or beauty magazine.

What inspired you to apply for the magazine internship? After the winter break this year, I was determined to find an internship that met my interests of writing, editing, and publishing. I was hoping to find an internship at a magazine, but I wasn’t sure where to look. My internship advisor, Dr. Kungl, recommended this internship at the Shippensburg Magazine, and the description of my roles was exactly what I had been looking for.

What all goes into writing a story? So far, I have written two long form stories during this internship, and I am currently working on another article for the next magazine. My first article was about Growing Edges Community Clinic, which is a community based mental health clinic that started in Shippen Hall and has just added a new location in town. This story is very meaningful to me, because it is the first article that I have written for my career, and it is also the article where I learned the process of writing for a magazine.

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned? The most valuable lesson I have learned in my internship is how to conduct an


interview and how to come up with interview questions. I have also gained experience in how to turn my notes I collected into stories.

How have your classes prepared you for your internship? My classes have prepared me for this internship by helping me gain more time management and organization skills, as well as meeting deadlines.

What has surprised you the most about your internship? This internship has helped me to discover opportunities and organizations that I didn’t know about. For example, I was not familiar with Growing Edges Community Clinic when I started. When I went to their open house for their new location on 21 North Prince Street, I met so many people and learned all about the various organizations in the new location that benefits the community.

What made you want to be a writer? When I was younger, my dad, who had been a reporter and is a writer, would write stories with me and has always encouraged my love for writing. When I took a creative writing class my senior year of high school, I really enjoyed it and my parents encouraged me to pursue a career in creative writing.

As a student, what do you love most about Ship? What I love most about Ship is Phi Sigma Pi, the National Honors Fraternity that I belong to. Through this organization, I have been able to meet so many supportive and driven people who have helped me to grow in my education as well as a person.


Shippensburg University was once again named in the Military Friendly® Schools Awards 2023-2024. This designation was determined using public date sources and response from a proprietary survey. Over 1,800 schools participated in the survey with only 530 schools earning the awards in Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels.

Final ratings are determined by combining an institution’s survey responses and government/agency public data sources within a logicbased assessment, measuring ability to meet thresholds for retention, graduation, job placement, repayment, persistence, and loan default rates for all students and specifically, for student veterans.

According to Military Friendly® the designation sets a “standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.”

Shippensburg University earned the Silver designation in the small public school category.

Fashion Archives and Museum opens new exhibit

The Fashion Archives and Museum opened its newest exhibit (Re)shaping the Body, on April 6. The exhibit explores body modifying underwear and optical illusion tailoring to alter the shape of the human body to match the fashion ideal of different decades.

Corsets, bustles, cages, and more are on display, as well as fully mounted garments to showcase how the body was built up, altered or reduced over different centuries. The exhibit runs through November 21.

President’s Leadership Academy

The 2022-23 cohort of the President’s Leadership Academy spent the academic year engaging with campus leaders, meeting community partners, and exploring innovative strategies to support the university’s mission. Congratulations to Trever Famulare, Nicole Jepsen, Andrew Vassallo, Arelys Madero, Melanie Reed, Megan Silverstrim, Emily Javitt, Alexandra Karlheim, Megan Luft, David Wildermuth, Sean Cornell, Jody Burdge, Kimberly Rockwell, and Timothy Paules.

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around campus

Ship hosted its annual Earth Day celebration on April 27 as part of StewardSHIP week. The Quad was full of faculty, staff, and students showcasing the sustainability efforts at Ship and beyond. Students from GBLUES got their hands dirty with various activities and projects in hopes of inspiring environmental stewardship in the next generation!



Big changes ahead

Shippensburg University is in the detailed design phase of the Franklin Science Center renovation. This process will take approximately six- to seven-months. Once this is completed a three- to four-month review process and document preparation will occur and lead to the bid process. The goal is to start construction in August 2024 and complete it by January 2027.

Franklin Science Center, built in 1970, is home to the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology. With STEM jobs projected to grow over 9 percent in Pennsylvania, the renovated facility will allow the university to better serve STEM students, support and showcase faculty and student research, and provide the state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories to provide students with the ready to work skills they need.

Residence halls will get a refresh over the next few years with new flooring, paint, and lounge furniture. Naugle Hall was completed this summer.

The two lower floors of Henderson Gymnasium were renovated over the summer as part of a planned project to update the locker room facilities. The locker rooms, storage areas, and adjoining spaces were remodeled for use by field hockey, lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, tennis, visiting teams, coaches and officials, and sports medicine.

Architecture firm Weber Murphy Fox designed the renovation and Caliber Construction completed the work. The work will be finalized for use in the fall semester.

Originally known as Alumni Gym, Henderson Gymnasium was built in 1937. The facility is named for Esther Henderson, who served as a faculty member, coach, and administrator at Shippensburg University for 25 years, first from 1926-36 and again from 1946-1961.

New cement and a fresh coat of paint have been applied to the equipment room inside Henderson Gymnasium. The building, which houses the locker rooms for softball, field hockey and several other women’s sports, is undergoing renovation this summer.


Women’s Rugby Football Club receives national honors

The seven members of the university Women’s Rugby Football Club were named Scholastic All-Americans by National Collegiate Rugby. Maya Bennett, Laci Hoover, Hailey Johnson, Hannah Kretzing, Megan Lee, Emma Schappell, and Rylie Traxler were honored on the list of only 238 students from across the nation for achieving a 3.5 GPA or above during their season. The club implemented study halls this semester with the goal of enhancing their academic performance.

This season, the team competed in the National Collegiate Rugby Division II 7s Championship and placed 11th in the nation.

Ship Family Day

Save the date! Sail together with us this fall during our Ship Family Day on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Enjoy games, activities, and crafts for the whole family. Alumni parents, grandparents, and aunts/uncles of currently enrolled students are invited to attend the Legacy Pinning Ceremony (see page 39 for more information).

Full schedule and registration to be announced soon!

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Making memories at Luhrs Center

Coming into its eighteenth year of operation, our beautiful 1500-seat venue has hosted hundreds of stellar performances, bringing people together to experience a diverse array of music, comedy, dance, musical theater, and more! The 2023-24 season promises more opportunities to make great memories with family and friends at the Luhrs Center.

This August and September the season launches with country stars Clay Walker (August 12), The Oak Ridge Boys (August 19) and Tanya Tucker (September 15). As we roll into fall, the only authorized tribute to the Eagles, Hotel California (September 8) is a sure sellout, along with The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA (October 6), and The Sixties Show (October 21), the “greatest 1960s show on earth” featuring former band members of The Who, Bob Dylan, and NBC TV’s Saturday Night Live band playing the hits of the ’60s in a multi-media, high energy, full-scale production powerfully dramatized by a combination of time-travel special effects, narration, ’60s audio, newsreel footage, and a terrific light show! Then in November, fans of funk and soul music won’t want to miss the groovy groove of Tower of Power (November 3).

There is laughter to be had at Luhrs Center this year with “every comedian’s favorite comedian” Brian Regan (September 10), the One-Man Star Wars® Trilogy® (October 26) by comic actor Charlie Ross, who speed acts his way through three Star Wars movies (providing his own sound effects), and the very popular Teachers Comedy Tour (November 9).

Shippensburg University students, community members, and faculty showcase their talents with SU Music Department events by the Shippensburg Brass Ensemble (October 29) and the Shippensburg Community Orchestra which will present a special afternoon of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach (November 19) in a concert that showcases some of Ship’s faculty talent. These SU Music Department events are free and open to the public.

In November, the Luhrs Center welcomes Multi-GRAMMY® award winning band and Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago (November 10), hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era.” Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.

Tower of Power, November 3 One-Man Star Wars® Trilogy®, October 26 Bored Teachers Comedy Tour, November 9
Chicago, November 10

Luhrs Center offers the full spectrum of holiday experiences this year. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine returns with the perennial holiday favorite, The Nutcracker (November 5). If you have family in town over Thanksgiving, you’ll want to get tickets early for Rudoph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (November 22), based on the classic TV special and sure to be a family favorite. There is a holiday show for everyone this year, with In the

More events, including national tours of Broadway musicals HAIRSPRAY (January On Your Feet: The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan (February 20) can be found at

Though Luhrs Center has a great line-up of shows, and the venue has easy parking and great acoustics, what really makes our venue great is the people. From our friendly staff to our amazing corps of over a hundred volunteer ushers (with many former Ship students and faculty among them), the people of Luhrs Center want to ensure the patrons a great evening out when they visit. We hope to see you making your own fun-filled memories this season at Luhrs Center!

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475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg, PA Hours of Operation 10:00am–4:00pm, Monday through Friday Show days: Two hours before curtain through intermission. The
box office is closed on holidays.
Terry Fator, December 14 Hairspray, January 25
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On Your Feet, February 20

Paths to greatness converge for two Raider All-Americans

Two paths to greatness converged this past spring for a pair of once-in-a-lifetime Raider greats.

Within the span of one semester, Ariel Jones and Hannah Marsteller wrote memorable final chapters to their record-setting collegiate careers, leaving them forever linked to one another and to Shippensburg University.

Jones, a senior on the women’s basketball team, became the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s (PSAC) all-time leading scorer (2,806 points) and the fourth-leading scorer in the history of Division II while leading her team to its first NCAA Tournament victory in 21 seasons.

At the same time, Marsteller—a graduate softball player—was setting records of her own on the diamond, and the Raiders’ all-time home run queen (62 career home runs) eventually lifted her squad to a PSAC Championship—the team’s first conference title since 2005.

The softball team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic Region’s No. 2 seed and reached the Atlantic Region final after posting NCAA wins over Davis & Elkins and Kutztown. They finished with 34 wins, their most since 2014.

“When I first came to Ship, I never in my wildest dreams expected to be where I am at the end of my career,” stated Marsteller. “My goal my entire life was to play college softball and leave an everlasting impact.”

The women’s basketball team recorded 25 wins, their most in a single season in 22 years—dating back to the 2000-01 team that went 28-5 and reached the NCAA Final Four.

“When I first came to Ship, I was very nervous because I knew how competitive it was going to be,” Jones admitted. “I came in with 10 other freshmen and I knew I needed to make an impact right away. I never expected to break all the records I did, or accomplish all of the things I did, but I definitely had big goals for myself. I know the work that I put in to get where I am, and I know that it didn’t ‘just happen.’”

Both student-athletes saw individual success from the day they stepped on campus. Jones started every game in her first collegiate season and averaged 21.8 points per game. Marsteller hit 10 home runs and drove in 46 runs as a freshman.

But over the course of their respective SU careers, each encountered some bumps along the road. Both had a season axed due to COVID-19, while Jones also overcame a 7-21 season as a freshman and an injury that cut short her 2021-22 campaign after just two games.

The growth of their respective programs, as well as the historic team success in their final season, made it all worthwhile.

Ariel Jones is the all-time leading scorer for SU women’s basketball (2,806 points).
The records are something I will cherish forever but the help of my coaches and teammates is something that I will never forget.

“From the first day I stepped on to that field to the very last, I saw the culture, accountability, and expectations of the program change for the better,” Marsteller said. “I am so grateful to have been a part of that growth. I am so proud of every team I have been on throughout the years because we all worked towards the same collective goal.”

“I knew that if we all bought in to the things [Head Coach Kristy Trn] was teaching us and we continued to put the work in, our time would come!” Jones said. “I’m so proud of my team and am so lucky to have been surrounded by a group of girls who were so supportive and fun and loving. I can’t thank them enough for the huge part they played in everything that we and I accomplished. The trust that the coaches had for me was unbelievable and I hope they know it was reciprocated.”

All told, Jones and Marsteller account for 37 individual single-game, season and career records at Shippensburg.

This season alone, Jones broke the alltime PSAC single-game scoring record (51 points), the PSAC career scoring record, the NCAA Division II career free-throws made record (850) and the PSAC singleseason scoring record (795 points) while earning 2023 WBCA and D2CCA AllAmerica honors. She finished her Raider career with program records for points, field goals (853), and free throws.

Marsteller owns more than ten career hitting records. In addition to the home run mark, the first baseman is the alltime program leader in hits (282), runs scored (195), slugging percentage (.857), on-base percentage (.516), doubles (62), runs batted in (249), and total bases (550).

Marsteller wrapped up her record-shattering career with her third straight PSAC East Softball Athlete of the Year recognition— becoming the only SU softball player to win more than one PSAC Athlete of the Year honor. Additionally, the two-time Ron Lenz NCAA Division II Player of the Year became the first Raider in 17

years to be named a three-time NFCA and D2CCA All-American.

“I am very proud to have earned those records through hard work and determination and to represent Shippensburg softball through those records, but those records are just statistics in my eyes,” Marsteller noted. “My true goal in my college career was to leave a lasting impact on my teammates and Shippensburg softball. I wanted to learn to be a great leader and guide my team on the right path to success.”

“The records are something I will cherish forever, but the help of my coaches and teammates is something that I will never forget. None of it would have been possible [without them].” Jones added.

Undoubtedly, Jones’ and Marsteller’s exploits and accomplishments will live long in the record books, nor will they soon forget their journey at Ship.

“I learned so much about myself and the person I was meant to become,” Marsteller said. “I met some amazing people, created connections for my future, and learned how to be a great leader. But most importantly I chose the school of my dreams that felt like home to me. It is where I met my best friends, got my degree, and played the sport that I loved. I do not regret a single thing of my experience.”

She continued, “What I will remember most is the people that came into my life and made a positive impact on who I am. I will also remember all the lessons learned from being a student-athlete. Every good and bad experience allowed me to grow as a person and grow towards my professional career.”

Jones echoed similar sentiments.

“Coming into Ship I had many ups and downs, but it has taught me so many lessons that will stick with me forever. I truly can’t thank Ship enough for helping me to grow up from a kid fresh out of high school to the young adult I am today. I met so many great people and not just through sports. I can honestly say I’ve created such amazing relationships with my professors that helped me get to where I am today and helped me become the first person in my family to graduate! They were really the best six years of my life.”

Hannah Marsteller is SU softball’s career hits (282) and home runs (62) leader.
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From the first day I stepped on to that field to the very last, I saw the culture, accountability, and expectations of the program change for the better. I am so grateful to have been a part of that growth.


MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD // Shippensburg won its twelfth consecutive PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championship, scoring 165 points, winning five of the seventeen events, and scoring ten or more points in eight events overall.

Sophomore Ian Sherlock (right) was named the 2023 PSAC Indoor Championships Most Valuable Track Athlete after winning the 3,000 meters and finishing second in the mile. Sophomore Mason Boyd broke the all-time PSAC record in the heptathlon with 5,162 points, surpassing the 2010 mark of Raider Hall of Famer Donnie Graybill.

Junior Drew Dailey (below, left) broke the PSAC Championships meet record in the 800 meters with a victorious time of 1:52.23. Earlier in the season, Dailey broke the all-time PSAC record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.49 at Boston’s Valentine Invitational. Dailey was the lone Raider to compete at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships, placing 14th in the 800.

Dave Osanitsch was named the 2023 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, and Steve Spence was named the 2023 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year. It marks the eighth Men’s Regional Indoor Coach of the Year award for Osanitsch and third in-a-row. Spence, the assistant coach for mid-distance/distance, instructed Dailey, Sherlock, 5K conference champion Hayden Hunt, and a squad that totaled 76 points in five events at the PSAC Championships. Shippensburg was also the recipient of the 2023 PSAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year award.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD // Shippensburg won its ninth PSAC Indoor Track & Field Championship and first since 2018, scoring 111 points, winning three events, scoring in fourteen of the seventeen events, and registering five or more points in ten events.

Junior Sara McKean (right) was named the 2023 PSAC Indoor Championships Most Valuable Field Athlete for her win in the long jump, a performance that qualified her for the NCAA National Indoor Championships. Sophomore Nicola Puggé won the pentathlon, and the 4x400-meter relay of Alyssa Wert, Leah Graybill, Aliyah Serrano, and Caroline Mastria concluded the meet with a victory in 3:57.60.

Graybill (below, right) earned All-America First Team honors with a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA Championships, posting a non-converted personal best time of 23.90 seconds. She finishes the season with school records in the 60 meters (7.55 seconds) and the 200 meters (23.80 seconds, converted from 24.17 seconds at Bucknell). McKean joined Graybill at nationals; she placed eighteenth in the long jump.

Dave Osanitsch was named the 2023 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year, and Shippensburg was also the recipient of the 2023 PSAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year award. It is the sixth Women’s Indoor Region Coach of the Year award for Osanitsch. The Raiders totaled 10 All-Region performances.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING // Shippensburg posted an eighth-place team finish and a total of 526 points at the 2023 PSAC Championships. Junior Michaela Hersh was the team’s top point-scorer at the championship meet by virtue of her fifth-place finish in the 400-yard IM, sixth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, ninth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, and 12th-place finish in the 200yard IM. Other Raiders to contribute to more than 50 points at the conference meet were junior Alyssa Tomb, junior Marissa Bittner, and sophomore Allie Keeling. Bittner, sophomore Lauren Croll, Hersh, and Tomb earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic AllDistrict honors for their combined efforts in the pool and in the classroom.

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(Top row, from left) Michaela Hersh, Alyssa Tomb, Marissa Bittner, and Allie Keeling. (Bottom row) Lauren Croll.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL // Shippensburg posted a 25-7 overall record, finishing as co-champions of the PSAC Eastern Division. SU not only reached the PSAC Semifinals, but also achieved its first NCAA Tournament win in 21 years. The 25 victories were the most in a single season in 22 years.

Senior Ariel Jones cemented herself as one of the most accomplished players in NCAA Division II history. She ranked second in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.8 points per game on her way to 2023 WBCA and D2CCA All-America honors. Jones became a two-time PSAC East Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Year and was tabbed an All-PSAC East First Team guard for the fourth time. She was also named to the 2022-23 NCAA Atlantic Region All-Tournament Team. Senior forward Lauren Pettis (top right) was named Second Team All-PSAC after averaging nearly a doubledouble. She also joined Jones as a member of the 1,000-point club, becoming just the 25th Raider to reach that milestone. Additionally, sophomore forward Abbie Miller was named to the 2022-23 Division II Academic All-District Team®. Head coach Kristy Trn earned her 400th career victory Feb. 22 at Shepherd.

WRESTLING // Shippensburg finished with a 9-9 record in dual meets and an eighth-place team finish at the 2023 NCAA Super Region 1 Championships—the Raiders’ nine dual meet victories marked their most since the 2016-17 season.

Graduate Avery Shay earned All-America honors, finishing eighth on the 157-pound podium at the 2023 NCAA Division II National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shay won three matches at nationals, knocking off the national No. 7 seed in the process, and is the sixth All-American under head coach Seth Bloomquist. Shay finished second in his weight class at the 2023 Super Region One Tournament, while senior Danny Scheib placed third at 285 pounds to qualify for nationals. The duo marked the 20th consecutive season that Shippensburg has sent at least one wrestler to the NCAA Championships, and the first time the Raiders sent more than one wrestler since 2015-16. Both Shay and Scheib were tabbed PSAC Wrestling Third Team AllConference following the season. Freshman Trey Shoemaker, one of 16 newcomers on the SU roster, placed fifth at regionals, while graduate Al Miscovich finished sixth.

Shoemaker led the Raiders with 20 wins and 15 falls during his promising rookie campaign. Bloomquist marked his 100th career dual meet win in exciting fashion when the Raiders came from behind to edge conference foe Seton Hill, 25-24, January 11 at home.

MEN’S BASKETBALL // Shippensburg posted a 19-11 record, finishing as co-champions of the PSAC Eastern Division. SU earned the No. 1 seed for the PSAC Tournament and defeated Lock Haven in the quarterfinals before falling to nationally-ranked Mercyhurst.

Senior Carlos Carter was named the PSAC Eastern Division Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Year after finishing second in the conference in scoring at 18.4 points per game. Graduate forward Dom Sleva was chosen as the PSAC East Men’s Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Year after pulling down a PSAC-leading 12.0 boards per contest. His 9.3 defensive rebounds per game placed him second in Division II and represented a new program record. He also finished tied for the top spot in Division II with sixteen double-doubles. Additionally, Carter and Sleva were named to the All-PSAC First Team, while redshirt-senior guard Rashon Johnson received All-PSAC Second Team honors. Head Coach Chris Fite was tabbed PSAC East Coach of the Year.

MEN’S SWIMMING // Shippensburg posted a sixth-place team finish at the 2023 PSAC Championships. Graduate Andrew Hale was once again the team’s top point-scorer at the championship meet; he placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke, ninth in the 200yard breaststroke, and 12th in the 200-yard IM. Junior Michael Salvatori placed seventh in the 200-yard backstroke, 10th in the 400yard IM and 15th in the 500-yard freestyle. Sophomores David Johnson, Zaidian Van Orden, Nathan VanNatter, and senior Elijah Zinn earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District® honors.

Coach Chris Leese, Danny Scheib, Head Coach Seth Bloomquist, and Avery Shay. Head Coach Seth Bloomquist and Avery Shay. (From left) Ariel Jones, Lauren Pettis, and Abbie Miller. Head coach Kristy Trn celebrated her 400th career win. Carlos Carter, Head Coach Chris Fite, and Dom Sleva.
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(Top row, from left) Andrew Hale, Michael Salvatori, and David Johnson. (Bottom row) Zaidian Van Orden, Nathan VanNatter, and Elijah Zinn.





// Shippensburg won its fourteenth consecutive PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, scoring 176 points, winning six events, and scoring ten or more points in nine events.

Sophomore multi Mason Boyd (right) was named the 2023 PSAC Outdoor Championships Most Valuable Athlete; he won the decathlon with a score of 6,648 points (just six points off his school record) and anchored the victorious 4x400meter relay. Freshman Ryan Wolfe won the 5K, junior Hayden Hunt won the 10K, sophomore Ian Sherlock won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, graduate Josh Herbster won the hammer throw, and the 4x400-meter relay concluded the meet victorious.

Herbster (right) and senior Pat Maloney represented the Raiders at the 2023 NCAA National Championships. Herbster earned All-America First Team honors in the hammer throw with a seventhplace finish, tying Caleb Bartlett’s school record with his personal-best mark of 204 feet, 2 inches. Maloney earned All-America Second Team honors with a ninth-place finish in the discus.

Dave Osanitsch was named the 2023 USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year. It marks the third consecutive year and the sixth time overall he has received the award.

Junior Nathan Harding, Herbster, Hunt, PSAC Champion Scholar senior Chayce Macknair, and graduate Matt Wehrle earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District® honors for their combined athletic and academic efforts.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD // Shippensburg finished second in the team standings at the 2023 PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and won six events. Sophomore Sasha Lee (right) won the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump, Sara McKean (above) won the long jump, sophomore Nicola Puggé won the heptathlon, and the Raiders won both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay. Sophomore Aliyah Serrano, McKean, junior Kayla Dalhouse, and junior Leah Graybill completed the 4x100meter relay in 46.33 seconds to set the alltime PSAC record in the event.

At the NCAA National Championships, Graybill and McKean each earned All-America Second Team honors with ninth-place finishes in the 200 meters and long jump respectively. Dalhouse, graduate Kyra Gerber, Graybill, McKean, and Puggé earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District® honors for their combined efforts in the pool and in the classroom.

(Top row, from left) Nathan Harding, Josh Herbster, and Hayden Hunt. (Bottom row) Chayce Macknair and Matt Wehrle. Men’s PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Champions Women’s PSAC Outdoor Track & Field Second Place (Top row, from left) Sasha Lee, Kayla Dalhouse, and Kyra Gerber. (Bottom row) Leah Graybill, Sara McKean, and Nicola Puggé. Josh Herbster
Pat Maloney

SOFTBALL // Shippensburg posted a 34-20 record in 2023, capturing its first PSAC Championship trophy since the 2005 season.

PSAC Freshman of the Year and All-PSAC First Team shortstop Caitlyn Martell (right) and All-PSAC Second Team catcher junior Morgan Lindsay each slammed four home runs to help the Raiders to a perfect 5-0 run in the PSAC Tournament. Freshman pitcher and AllPSAC Second Team selection Kaira Zamadics picked up the win in the championship game and Martell was named the 2023 PSAC Tournament MVP.

After earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic Region’s No. 2 seed, the Raiders defeated No. 7 seed Davis & Elkins to mark the team’s second consecutive season with an NCAA win. The Raiders continued their postseason run with a win over No. 6 seed Kutztown before falling

to regional hosts and No. 3 seed Charleston in the regional final.

Graduate first baseman Hannah Marsteller went 16-for-30 with a .533 batting average during the 2023 postseason. “Mars” wrapped her record-shattering career with the Raiders with her third straight PSAC East Softball Athlete of the Year and All-PSAC First Team recognition. She also became the first Raider in seventeen seasons to be named a three-time NFCA and D2CCA All-American after posting a .457 batting average with seventeen doubles, three triples, fifteen home runs, and fifty-nine RBI during the 2023 season.

Marsteller, Martell and junior outfielder Taylor Myers were named 2023 D2CAA AllAtlantic Region, and junior second baseman Alyssa Nehlen earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District® honors.

BASEBALL // Shippensburg posted a 27-25 overall record, including a 12-12 record in PSAC Eastern Division games. The Raiders qualified for their second-straight PSAC Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017. Five different Raiders earned weekly recognition, highlighted by a three-home run, seven-RBI game by graduate outfielder Justin Byler (below) that garnered him PSAC Athlete of the Week and NCBWA Atlantic Region Hitter of the Week honors.

Three Raiders were named to the AllPSAC Team, with Byler tabbed as an All-PSAC Second Team outfielder after leading the club in hits (67) and doubles (15). Freshman infielder Mike Heckman earned a spot on the All-PSAC Second Team as a utility player following a stellar rookie season. His .347 batting average and .431 on-base percentage led all qualified Raider hitters. Senior Austen LaBarre was chosen to the All-PSAC Second Team as a relief pitcher after racking up nine saves. Additionally, Heckman and LaBarre were each named to the 2023 NCBWA AllAtlantic Region squad, while Heckman was named to the 2023 D2CCA All-Atlantic Region Second Team. Five Raiders—junior Andrew Chronister, sophomore Bryce Herb, junior Gabe Stotler, junior Morgan Wyatt, and LaBarre— were recognized on the 2023 Division II Academic All District Team®

WOMEN’S LACROSSE // Shippensburg totaled a 2-15 overall record, including a 1-11 record in PSAC Eastern Division matches, to tie for sixth in the division standings. Graduate midfielder Hannah Seifried (below), sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Vosburg, and sophomore attacker Sara Vosburg earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Academic All-District® honors for their combined efforts on the field and in the classroom. Seifried, a fifth-year senior, graduated with her MBA in May. The 2021 PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the

Year and two-time IWLCA All-Region honoree finished her career ranked second in school history with 251 draw controls, fifth in school history with 130 goals and tenth in school history with 116 groundballs. Kayla Vosburg played every minute in goal this season and ranked fourth in the PSAC in saves per game (10.47). Sara Vosburg led the team with 33 goals and 40 points and ranked third on the team with 32 draw controls.

WOMEN’S TENNIS // Shippensburg posted a 3-9 overall record, including a 2-5 record in PSAC Eastern Division matches, to rank sixth in the division standings. Junior Brighid Cantwell (right) finished with a 5-2 record in the spring at No. 4 singles and 3-2 against PSAC East opponents to serve as the team’s pacesetter in victories. Cantwell teamed up with sophomore Kendall Winters for three victories in doubles matches.

Caitlyn Martell, Morgan Lindsay, Kaira Zamadics, and Hannah Marsteller. (From left) Hannah Seifried, Kayla Vosburg, and Sara Vosburg.
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(From left) Justin Byler, Mike Heckman, and Austin LaBarre.


DR. IAN LANGELLA and DR. DAVID HWANG, professors of Supply Chain Management, had their paper, “An alternative food pantry responds to the pandemic: A case study on service redesign” published in the Operations Management Education Review. They focused their case study on the food pantry, Shippensburg Produce and Outreach, and they hope that the study will lead to more collaboration between universities and their local food banks.

DR. ALLISON CAREY, professor of Sociology and Anthropology, co-edited Disability in the Time of the Pandemic, the 13th Volume of Research in Social Science and Disability. Dr. Carey co-edited the volume along with Dr. Green from the University of South Florida and Dr. Mauldin from the University of Connecticut. In this volume, authors from various science backgrounds research the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disabilities.

DR. ANA MORANA, professor of Global Languages and Culture, presented a paper about “Los desafíos de la narrativa de Samanta Schweblin” at the beginning of March. This took place at the XXXII Congresso International de Literatura y Estudios Hispanicos in Colombia.

DR. JOSEPH ZUME, professor of geography and earth science, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program. In 2018, he began research on the impacts of on-site septic systems on the quality of shallow groundwater at coastal locations with the University of Cape Coast in Ghana as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. That fellowship pairs African-born scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research development, and graduate training and mentoring. With the IRES grant he’ll add some new scholars to his research. He will introduce students to unique experiential learning opportunities with critical water quality conditions in a developing country context and hopes to enhance their interdisciplinary, problem-solving and collaboration skills.

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Dr. Arelys Madero, associate professor of Criminal Justice, was born and raised in Venezuela and came to the United States to pursue a graduate degree with the dream of teaching at the college level in her home country.

When she completed a master’s and doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati, her plans to return home changed as the sociopolitical situation in Venezuela deteriorated and she did not feel safe to return. With an opportunity to teach at Northern Kentucky University, she continued to chase her dream of teaching, just in a new location. Five years ago, she and her husband joined the faculty at Shippensburg University. The United States is now home to her family including daughters, Sofia (3-years old) and Amaia (7-years old) and she’s thankful to have her dream job in her new home.

What inspired you to go into the field of criminal justice? I have always been intrigued by the causes of deviant and criminal behavior. Right after graduating from college, I took a job at a state prison in my home country of Venezuela, and that experience showed me that I did not enjoy working with inmates. It wasn’t until years later, during my PhD, that I found my true passion for the study of victims. Criminal justice has so many career options but what they all have in common is that we can help people in the moments of their lives when they need it the most. That is what I find most inspiring with this job.

What is your research area of interest and what do you teach? My main area of research is victimology, the study of victims of crime. It’s different than traditional criminal justice which tends to focus more on the offender. At the undergraduate level, I teach our Victimology course and the Race, Ethnicity, and Crime course. At the graduate level I teach Advanced Criminology Theory, Research Methods, and Quantitative Analysis.

What is your current research project? My most recent project is a collaboration with colleagues from various universities where we investigate the use of trigger warnings in the college classroom. Trigger warnings are verbal or written notices alerting to the unique nature of course content that can be traumatic or sensitive. Faculty may decide to provide suitable accommodations to students who are triggered by certain trauma-related topics, but not all faculty do that. There is controversy regarding the use

of trigger warnings because some critics argue that we must expose college students to content, no matter how sensitive that content. It has been interesting to learn through this project that trigger warnings are quite common among criminal justice and criminology faculty.

Are there any common misconceptions about criminal justice that you hope to correct or change? Some people think that criminal justice is for students interested in going into law enforcement. But the reality is that there are so many career opportunities, and many do not entail working with perpetrators of crime. That is the biggest misconception I have been seeking to change. Anyone who knows a victim of crime can understand the importance of providing victims and survivors with support systems. I want the younger generations to know that they can fulfill their passion for human service through a career in victimology or victim services.

What’s your favorite part of teaching? When students begin to make connections between ideas, theories, or concepts on their own. When they start having those “aha” moments. When they start seeing the relevance of what we teach them in places outside the classroom. To me, that’s the true measure of an education that makes a practical impact.

You recently completed the university’s President’s Leadership Academy (PLA). How did that experience impact you? Completing the PLA was a fantastic opportunity for me personally and professionally. Not only was I able to meet new colleagues across units and departments in the university, but I gained a deeper understanding of how the university operates. Teaching faculty like myself are often so immersed in their courses and their students that they do not know much outside their own departments. I learned about the challenges we face as a university, but also the significant potential we have. There is so much good happening at Ship! PLA gave me tools and connections to support the university for years to come.


TAMMY GARRETT Dining Services

For 26 years Tammy Garrett has been a familiar face with Shippensburg University’s Dining Services. But for so many, she’s also an unexpected support system, a source of encouragement, and unforgettable point of connection in the Shippensburg University community. She was happy to share her Ship story and what inspires her work at the university.

Q/How has your job in dining evolved over the years? I started working in the Office of Dining Services in August of 1997. I spent 2 1/2 years as an office assistant and cashier in the faculty dining room, went to the Catering department for over seven years, and then on to Kriner Dining Hall working at Sub Generation. I spent two semesters in Century Café, and I’ve been at Dunkin’ since they opened in August of 2014. I’ve really been all over Ship Dining!!

What is your favorite part of your job? Of course, my favorite part of my job is the students—offering customer service in the best way I can to make them feel welcome and help them to succeed. I know student life can be tough at times. I want them to know that I care about them and whatever kind of day they are having. In return they are very respectful and keep me feeling young with a very special bond!

You seem to go above and beyond in your work by attending student events. What inspires you to do this? person and I enjoy all types of activities and the arts. When students invite me to their events, I like to support them and it’s always fun and amazing to see the talent and courage that they display! I have been a judge for Lip Sync, Ship’s Got Talent, Mocktails, The Greek Banner Contest, and last year’s Homecoming Parade “Best Float.” What an honor—and again, so much fun!

How do you remember everyone’s name? amazed that I can remember names, but I see them so often at Dunkin’—some students and staff order twice a day! I know it feels good to be welcomed personally, but there are times I may call someone the wrong name, butcher the spelling, or mispronounce it. Usually this makes them laugh, or I’ll get an occasional eye roll, but either way, that’s just part of the day!

How important is Ship to your family?

I grew up in Shippensburg and lived at the Jersey Shore for 12 years where I met my husband, George. We’ve lived here for 34 years. I take pride in our town and the university really is the crown jewel. What a blessing to live and work here. All three of my boys worked in the dining halls during high school and two of them during college. Our family is still very connected to Ship. My oldest son George IV is a 2011 alumnus. He’s a photographer, married, and living in Pittsburgh, returning for Homecoming and an occasional special event. My daughter-in-law,

Dannon Bishopp-Garrett and her mom, Dodie Bishopp are both alumni as well, and both teachers. Her dad, Steve Bishopp, is an alumnus and a police officer in Dallas, Texas. Her younger brother Cody will be starting at Ship this fall. My niece, Lauren Garrett, is an alumna and professor of accounting. Our family can be seen wearing Ship gear across the country!

Do you have a favorite Ship memory? I have so many wonderful memories of my time here at Ship. Twenty-six years have gone by so fast. It’s great to see the students out and about and even catching up with them on vacations, dinners, and especially on social media. It’s great to keep in touch! Kindness is easy here at Ship. Students, staff, and faculty are great to work with and serve—my job is very rewarding!!

Over the years, appreciation for Tammy has even been shared on social media:

It’s a good day when Tammy at Dunkin’ at Ship tells you you did a great job at your concert last night ♥

Tammy wasn’t at Dunkin’ this morning… needless to say, my day is thrown off.

Tammy from Dunkin’ knows Caleigh’s name and order AHAHAHA EVERYTIME WE GO… “Good morning Caleigh,


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This spring Tammy was recognized for her 25 years of service.

Finding Hope Booksin

Five years, 23,000 books, and 25 states.

That’s the impact of Books of Hope, a non-profit organization started by senior special education and early childhood education major José Lopez.

“We’re dedicated to spreading the joy of reading by providing new and gently used books to children in hospitals, daycare centers, churches, and other community hubs that support our youth. Our mission is to ‘overcome the bad to create a better good,’” explained Lopez.

Lopez’s inspiration for the organization came from his own personal experiences in a hospital setting. Born prematurely, Lopez spent many months in the hospital. As he got older, his mom shared many stories of the dedicated nurses in the hospital who would read to him during their shifts. Later in life he witnessed his niece undergo surgery for a brain tumor and watched first-hand how small gifts like books can bring hope to children.

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The Power of Giving

It should be no surprise when asked what his favorite book was as a child that Lopez quickly answers with The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. The book tells the story of a tree’s selfless love for a boy and conveys the importance of giving.

“It’s vitally important to get books into the hands of young children because they serve as powerful tools for inspiration and personal growth,” said Lopez.

But the impact of Books of Hope is much larger and backed by years of practice and research.

According to Dr. Lynn Baynum, chair of the Teacher Education Department, research indicates students who read often become better readers and are typically stronger students in the classroom.

“With the mission of supporting readers, Books of Hope provides access to reading materials that are not simply connected to classroom lessons. Fundamentally, the distribution of books provides hope for students’ academic engagement and motivates them to see themselves as active readers,” said Baynum.

“Books open up new worlds, sparking imagination, curiosity, and a love for learning. They introduce children to diverse perspectives, cultures, and ideas, fostering empathy, understanding, and acceptance. By promoting literacy from an early age, we equip children with the essential skills and knowledge they need to navigate the world, succeed academically, and achieve their full potential,” added Lopez.

Lopez believes books also provide solace, escape, and companionship during challenging moments, like prolonged hospital stays or other moments of adversity.

And Lopez himself has had to overcome moments of adversity through his journey with Books of Hope. Adjustments were needed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of the children in hospitals they serve. They paused direct book donations in response,

but continued to grow the reach of Books of Home by forging a new partnership with the Albert Gallatin Area School District. Lopez provided the students with resources and guidance that empowered them to begin their own book collection for families, community members, and businesses in their area.

“Together, we initiated a pilot program aimed at introducing high school students to the importance of philanthropy,” said Lopez.

The biggest challenge according to Lopez though is maintaining consistent support and oversight to deliver on the goals he’s set. He is actively building a community of individuals who share his passion as he works to establish a board of directors. By expanding the organization and onboarding a committed team, Lopez hopes to further expand his reach nationwide.

Despite these hurdles, Lopez is inspired to continue his forward momentum as he experiences the results of his work.

“The greatest reward comes from hearing firsthand the impact our donations have on children and their families. We receive heartfelt notes and updates from

“Books open up new worlds, sparking imagination, curiosity, and a love for learning. They introduce children to diverse perspectives, cultures, and ideas, fostering empathy, understanding, and acceptance.”
Lopez and others delivering books to an area hospital.

families, sharing how our books brought joy, comfort, and a sense of hope to their lives. These stories remind me of the immense value of selfless service and the transformative power of a simple act of kindness,” Lopez added.

The Power of Leading

As Lopez leads this community initiative, he’s also finding meaningful ways to lead at Ship as he prepares for his career as a teacher.

“As the coordinator of the Teacher Educations Department’s Peer Teacher Leader, José collaborates with his department peers to consider and recommend ways to improve the Teacher Education Department,” explained Baynum.

Lopez was part of a recommendation to update the look and feel of the second floor of Shippen Hall, home of the Teacher Education Department. By creating the look of an elementary or middle school setting, department classrooms allow students to feel submersed in their future

work setting. Decorated with different academic themes and motivational posters, Baynum said the spaces also create a sense of wellness and belonging.

It was this kind of nurturing classroom environment that Lopez said inspired him to become a teacher.

“I felt valued and supported, which instilled in me a love of learning and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Lopez.

As he further reflects on his path to becoming a teacher, it is a teacher and a story book that comes to his mind.

“One teacher who stands out is my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Snowberger. Her advice to always remember The Little Engine That Could, and its perseverance in the face of challenges, continues to inspire me in my journey as an educator and founder of Books of Hope,” said Lopez.

As Lopez prepares to graduate in the next year, he’s excited for what’s next. Through his teaching career he hopes to connect with others who are passionate about the Books of Hope cause and see future chapters launched across the country.   Learn more about Books of Hope and how to donate at

…The Little Engine That Could, and its perseverance in the face of challenges, continues to inspire me in my journey as an educator and founder of Books of Hope.”
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Lopez reads to a student in the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School.

Growing Professionals, Growing Community


From 10 clients at the start of the year to over 100, Growing Edges Community Clinic is living up to its name and is continuing to grow its mental health services. Shippensburg University Counseling Department graduate students working there are growing their careers, too.

The clinic is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, according to Dr. Ford Brooks, professor of Counselor Education, who has been a part of Growing Edges Community Clinic since its opening in 2008. Today, the clinic is helping to fill a critical need within the greater Shippensburg community.

“Due to the pandemic, there was a large need for mental health services, and, due to this need, people had to be put on six-month waiting lists for counseling and were not able to receive the care that they needed,” said Brooks.

The 14 counselors working at the clinic are graduate and doctoral students who are putting their training to work as they prepare for their future careers.

According to Kelly Dryzal, a doctoral student and clinical supervisor at the clinic, “there is a mental health crisis that makes it extremely hard for people to get mental health services.”

According to a May 17, 2023, media release from Governor Josh Shapiro’s Office, more than 40 percent of Pennsylvania students reported symptoms of depression in 2021. Shapiro has prioritized investments in mental health resources for schools and universities.

At the Growing Edges Community Clinic, 50-minute sessions are available virtually and in-person to the community of Shippensburg. They offer individual counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples counseling, family therapy, and counseling for sexual and gender identity, abuse, neglect, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting, and relationships.

Neysa Thomas, a graduate student working at Growing Edges Community


Clinic, said that “it is great to see the people that I am in the classroom with take the next step and have clients. We’re a great team.” Thomas leads “Healthy Decisions,” weekly day-long group counseling sessions at Shippensburg, Boiling Springs, and Big Spring middle schools for “high-risk” students.

Younger children are graduate student Roshon Jackson’s favorite group of clients. Along with counseling younger children through the school districts as well as in the clinic, Jackson said he sees “clients who are dealing with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, dealing with

complex grief, and haven't processed their grief for over 10 years.”

Brooks said the purpose of the clinic is to “serve the community’s needs,” as many individuals struggle to get help due to lack insurance and growing frustration over long waiting lists for care.

The clinic, Jackson said, “gives adults a chance for counseling without the difficulties of wait lists and insurance, offering strictly free services.” Jackson helps community members “work through depression and anxiety.”

Grant support has been key to the success of Growing Edges. In 2020, Shippensburg University, along with Lock Haven, East Stroudsburg, and Edinboro Universities were awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Child Development and Early Learning grant for $5.9 million for the creation of the Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization.

With the support of the grant, Growing Edges provides no-cost, virtual counseling support services to students enrolled in the Professional Development Organization. The purpose of this partnership is to enhance the selfcare practices of educators.

In 2023, the clinic was awarded a grant from WellSpan Health to support their efforts of expanding the clinic to offer more days and times for clients to receive services and open a second location. Through a partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, Growing Edges opened a second location in a building owned by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 21 North Prince Street. The location saw its first

About Growing Edges Community Center

The Growing Edges Community Center is a cost-free community counseling clinic available to residents of the Shippensburg area and surrounding communities.


• Individual counseling for children, adolescents, and adults

• Couples counseling

• Play therapy for children

• Family therapy

• Approximately 50-minute sessions


• Advanced graduate students in Shippensburg University’s master’s program in counseling.

• Student counselors are supervised weekly by licensed professional counselor faculty members.

clients in May and on June 30 officially opened with an open house celebration.

The new location is “comfortable and cozy,” according to Dryzal and features toys, books, and games, essential tools for working with elementary and middle school-aged children.

At this location, clients also have easy access to additional resources. The Circle of Love Community Outreach Program offers clothing, personal care items, and other basic living essentials for those in need. The St. Andrew’s Community Garden and Food Distribution Site offers fresh produce and food distribution for food insecure individuals in the community.

The most important feature of the new clinic though is its accessible location. According to Dryzal some clients may be uncomfortable going to campus for services, as they are not familiar with the space.

“Comfort sends the message that our client’s needs are important to us,” added Dryzal.

That comfort is important as well, as the clinic staff work to overcome the negative stigma that sometimes surrounds mental health in Pennsylvania.

“It’s gotten better, but we still have a ways to go. It is also very important to make sure that mental health care professionals are getting support and care, too,” added Dryzal.

And Growing Edges is just that, a supportive and caring learning environment for student mental health professionals, growing professionals and growing communities.

Rena Charles ’25 is an intern for SU Magazine. Dr. Ford Brooks stands with Neysa Thomas (right).
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The community garden provides fresh produce to food insecure families.


Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4

We are looking forward to welcoming our alumni and friends to campus to celebrate Ship THROUGH

THE DECADES at Shippensburg University Homecoming 2023!

Check homecoming for updates and the event schedule. While programming and activities are still being determined, several activities are highlighted below. Please be sure to monitor the webpage and your inbox for updates to the Homecoming schedule. *Remember, some activities require advanced registration, and others your advanced RSVP will help us prepare.


Athletic Hall of Fame

Awards Luncheon


The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletes who have distinguished themselves later in life. A 12:30pm luncheon will honor the hall of fame recipients. We’ll be recognizing Matt Gillette ’13 (men’s cross country/track and field), Steve Meissner ’91 (men’s swimming), Neely Spence Gracey ’12 (women’s cross country/ track and field), Kristina (Taylor) Kulp ’13 (field hockey), Kelley (Tiesi) Key ’20 (softball), and Zach Zulli ’13 (football). Purchase tickets to attend by calling the Office of Athletics at (717) 477-1711.

Divine Nine Alumni President’s Chat

4:00pm, Susquehanna Room (Inside Reisner Dining Hall)

Nine historically Black Greek letter organizations make up the National Pen-Hellenic Council. Collectively, these organizations are referred to as “The Divine Nine.” Members of the fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Iota Phi Theta; and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho are invited to reunion together for a chat with the president. Register online or call the Office of Alumni Relations.

Alumni Awards of Distinction

5:00pm reception, 5:30pm dinner

The Shippensburg University Alumni

Awards of Distinction are presented annually to alumni in the categories of Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Young Alumni, Lifetime Achievement, and Cultural Impact and Exceptional Service. The 2023 Alumni Awards of Distinction will be presented to:

Distinguished Alumni:

Elizabeth (LaCoe) Hamm ’01-’05m

Dr. Rita Sterner-Hine ’89-’90m

Steven Mentzer ’88

Amey (Fisher) Sgrignoli ’90-’14m

Outstanding Young Alumni: Dr. Matthew Kerch ’06-’08m

John Yackovich, Jr. ’08

Lifetime Achievement: Thomas Moriarty ’65-’81m

Exceptional Service: Marvin Worthy ’87-’89m

Cultural Impact: Dr. Felicia Brown-Haywood ’85m

A 5:00pm reception and 5:30pm dinner will be held to honor the 2023 recipients. Join us in celebrating our 2023 award recipients. Purchase tickets on-line or call the Office of Alumni Relations at (717) 477-1218.

Food Truck Festival

6:00–8:00pm, Cumberland Dr. Students and alumni, enjoy our Homecoming festival celebration between 6:00–8:00pm with a variety of food trucks. Stay for the Pep Rally at 7:30pm outside in the CUB amphitheater.

director, PA Commission for Women; Paula Alcock ’92, immediate past president, fiscal contract supervisor, PA Key; Andrea Addison ’77-’79m, adult probation officer, Dauphin County; JoAnn Baldwin ’81-’89m, executive member-at-large, educator, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School; Aven Bittinger ’20-’21m, executive member-at-large, research analyst, PA House Democratic Caucus; Sarah Charles ’05, director of public engagement, PA Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; Monica Chisholm ’82, retired school social worker; Johanna Cook ’92-’00m, counselor, General Education Services LLC; Caryn Earl ’98, director, Bureau of Food Distribution, Department of Agriculture; Adam Friscia ’18’21m, executive manager, business development, and government relations, Saxton & Stump; Barrie Ann George ’88-’89m, vice president development and communications, Safe Harbour, Inc.; Dominic Giovanniello ’17, attorney, Mette, Evans, and Woodside; Elizabeth Karper ’17, IT specialist, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP); Liz Kemmery ’04, digital managing editor, Welcome.US; Dawn Kothe ’93, administrative coordinator, Main Line Endoscopy Centers; Michele Legge ’88, media buyer, West Shore Home; Holly Lubart ’99, government affairs consultant, NewsMedia Alliance; Taylor Mason ’17-’18m, outreach archivist, PA House of Representatives; Melissa Morgan ’06-’08m, assistant state director, National Federation of Independent Businesses; Kelly Myers ’06-’10m, senior policy analyst, Loudoun County Office Emergency Management; Alecia Nezat-Pyne ’05-’07m, high school counselor, Commonwealth Charter Academy; Julie Perez ’91, educator, Washington County Schools, MD; Keith Russell ’17, financial advisor, UFinancial/MassMutual; Dave Thompson ’69, retired copy editor; Evan Wabrick ’12-’13m, associate manager, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co; George Wise ’83, retired special education teacher.

ALUMNI RELATIONS STAFF | Lori Smith ’95-’07m, director; Stephanie Swanger, clerk typist ALUMNI BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Steve Thomas ’04-’23m, president, planning director, Franklin County of PA; Moriah Hathaway ’19, president-elect, executive

Tower of Power

7:30pm, Tickets $39–$69

For over 55 years, Tower of Power has delivered the best in funk and soul music. Traveling the world, they have enjoyed hit singles on their own and backed legendary artists including Otis Redding, Elton John, Santana, The Grateful Dead, John Lee Hooker, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others. Purchase your tickets at or call the box office at (717) 477-7469.

Friday Flow in the AM

9:00PM, Gilbert Hall

Stop by Gilbert Hall beginning at 9:00pm and reminisce with friends while you enjoy good music, food and conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.

Silent Party

10:00pm–2:00am, Henderson Gym

Pick up your headsets and tune in to one of three DJs playing R&B, Latino/Caribbean, and Hip Hop. Hosted by The AM.


President’s Pregame Brunch

9:30–11:30am, Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall

In lieu of a postgame supper this year, join President Charles and First Lady Colleen Patterson to start your day with our pregame brunch. Parade arrives on campus at 10:30am, so fuel up for the day, then walk outside and watch the parade pass by on Cumberland Drive. Your RSVP for this event helps us prepare for seating and catering.

Homecoming Parade

10:00am, Downtown

The parade steps off in town at 10:00am on King Street and enters campus from Prince Street at approximately 10:30am. The parade will travel on Adams Drive to Cumberland Drive and disband after passing the Ceddia Union Building (CUB).

Bring a blanket or chair and grab a seat to watch the student and alumni entries compete for prizes with the ’23 theme, Through the Decades!

Seeking parade entries! Parade units are not just for student organizations—alumni are encouraged to enter! Join in the fun and get your group together. Enter a walking unit or decorate a car/truck. Register online. Multicultural Alumni Memorial Service

11:30am, Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center

Join in honoring our multicultural alumni who have passed away. Service hosted by the Divine Nine Alumni Committee.

Fashion Archives and Museum Exhibit

Noon–2:00pm, 501 N. Earl Street

Featuring (Re)Shaping the Body, an undergarment exhibit that explores how infrastructure determines the shape of the body and fashionable clothing.

Raider Zone–SU Tailgate

Tailgate lots open at 10:00am (behind Seth Grove Stadium)

Pick up Ship alumni giveaways, register for door prizes, and enjoy complementary hamburgers and hot dogs at the Alumni tent. In the pedestrian tailgate lot, reconnect with academic departments, faculty, and student organizations in this tent only tailgate area. Be prepared—review the tailgate policy online. Check the homecoming webpage for up-to-date information on parking on campus, including access to the Raider Fan Zone.

• Face painting—11:00am–1:00pm

• Arcade-style photo booth—


• Dunk tank—10:30am–2:30pm

Donate for a cause and purchase your ball to try to dunk the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity. (Located in the pedestrian tailgate lot, near the end goal post, closest to Route 696.)

Half-time Programming

• SU Marching Band performance

• Homecoming royalty crowning

• Raiders Club tuition raffle

Post-Game Programming

Stay immediately after the game to catch the full postgame SU Marching Band performance.

Homecoming Step Show

7:30pm, Memorial Auditorium (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Join the Multicultural Student Affairs team as student step groups take to the stage.

Alumni Old School Party

8:00pm–12:00am, Stewart Hall

DJ Mike J is bringing Old School to Ship when we Ship Through the Decades one last time. Hosted by the Divine Nine Multicultural Alumni Committee, cel-e-brate good times with friends while listening to tunes and dancing the night away to sounds from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. $10 cover.

Remember to TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK one hour before calling it a night!


Harmonic Voices of Truth Worship Service

10:00am, St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church, 38 Stewart Place

The Nutcracker

3:00pm, Tickets $49–$79

The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones. And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by enjoying the timeless classic, The Nutcracker? The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine is a renowned team that brings this beloved fairy tale to life with breathtaking performances. Purchase your tickets at or call the box office at (717) 477-7469.


Friday, November 3

Men’s Soccer vs Lock Haven 4:00pm

Saturday, November 4

Football vs Lock Haven 1:00pm

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Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, 2023

It was a weekend full of reunions, memories, and friendship as we gathered for the annual Alumni Weekend Celebration. We celebrated the Class of 1973’s 50th reunion during the Golden Raider dinner on June 2.


Ship alumni gathered for the annual Greek games, a Communication/ Journalism reunion, an ice cream social, SU Night, and so much more! Alumni were also greeted by Big Red and a new face to Ship, Shippo the Hippo. Check the back cover for more information on Ship’s new second mate!

Plan to join us in 2024 on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.

For more photos from this year’s Alumni Weekend, visit

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and have updated news delivered directly to your inbox. Your alumni e-newsletter is delivered every other Thursday and typically includes:

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Help us ensure the e-newsletter gets delivered to your inbox. Update your alumni record at the link below or simply drop us an e-mail at asking us to update your alumni record including your e-mail and/or mailing address.

CAREER CORNER Job shadowing is BACK

Experience is the best teacher! Take advantage of job shadowing and connect with a business professional to gain some valuable insight and knowledge.

A job shadow consists of “shadowing” an alum/employer during a typical workday to develop career-related knowledge and skills. Participants must be over 18 years of age and able to provide their own transportation to the site. The length of time for the job shadow is determined by the job shadow host. The purpose of shadowing is to allow the student to gather career related information, expand networking connections, build interviewing skills, and become aware of trends in the field.

As a job shadow host, organizations can identify potential interns or job candidates by allowing the employer to examine the student’s interests, skills, and abilities, while helping to introduce students to professional-level work activities.

Students: Get connected by calling (717) 477-1484 or e-mailing

Employers: Scan the QR code below, call (717) 477-1484, or e-mail to learn more about becoming a job shadow host.


Alumni Association President, Steve Thomas ’04-’23m Steve is planning director for Franklin County. He is an alum of the SU Marching Band and earned his degree in History in 2004. Steve just completed requirements for a master’s degree in public administration. Steve is married to Lisa ’04 whom he met in the marching band.


Moriah Hathaway ’19, President-Elect Moriah is the executive director for the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Women. A first generation college student, Moriah is an alum of the Wood Honors College where she also serves on the Wood Honor College Advisory Board. She is a member of Kappa Delta Phi NAS sorority and is married to Bailey Welch ’18.

Paula (Biesecker) Alcock ’92, Immediate

Past President Paula is a fiscal contract supervisor at PA Key. She is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.

JoAnn Baldwin ’81-’89m Joann is a third grade teacher at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Harrisburg. She is an alum of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Harmonic Voices of Truth.

Aven Bittinger ’20-’21m Aven is an assistant research manager for the PA House Democratic Caucus. He was president of the Student Government Association, a first-generation student, and a resident assistant. Aven is also a twin—his brother Jared is also a ’20-’21m alum.

Meet your newly elected directors that join the twenty-six member Alumni Board of Directors:

Barrie Ann George ’88-’89m

Vice President for Development and Communications at Safe Harbour, Inc., Carlisle Dominic Giovanniello ’17

Attorney at Mette, Evans, and Woodside, Harrisburg

Dawn (Buller) Kothe ‘93

Administrative Coordinator for Main Line Endoscopy, Pottstown

Taylor Mason ’17-’18m

Outreach Archivist at the PA House of Representatives, Lancaster

Kelly (Higgins) Myers ’06-’10m

Senior Policy Analyst for Loudoun County VA Office of Emergency Management, Warrenton, VA



Joan (Nason) Knoll ’50, formerly of Canonsburg, has moved to a wonderful and caring, senior living facility in New Wilmington and is enjoying time there with new friends and time with family living nearby.


TELL US YOUR LATEST accomplishments and milestones by submitting your news to Classnotes. Alumni news, which is compiled from your submissions and previously published materials, is arranged in the magazine alphabetically within each class year. Submissions are published as space and deadlines allow.

Edward E. Tyson ’59, Center Valley, celebrated his 90th birthday last summer with family. Pictured from left to right are his grandson Dean Harrison ’17, daughter Gretchen (Tyson) Harrison ’88, and son-inlaw David F. Harrison ’87


Robert J. McCloskey ’61-67m, Harrisburg, received the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Dauphin High School. After retiring from teaching at Central Dauphin for 41 years, he has continued to substitute teach at CD and Milton Hershey for the past 20 years. McCloskey is also a historic artist and owns a successful art gallery at Millworks in Harrisburg with his wife and daughter.

Connie (Clark) Walker ’64, Pensacola, FL, is enjoying retirement, playing fiddle music with her husband, local groups, and online. She dances with long-time Pensacola Scottish Country Dancers.

In Memoriam is published as a separate column. Please note, Classnotes may take up to six months to appear as a result of the publication schedule. Please limit submissions to 100 words or less. Photo submissions are welcome and are published as space permits. Please submit original, high-resolution photos (300 dpi).

There are three ways to submit information. For standard mail, complete the ‘Signal Us’ form on page 35. We look forward to hearing from you!

Disclaimer: Shippensburg University and its Alumni Association are neither responsible nor liable for the accuracy of information submitted to Classnotes. Shippensburg University reserves the right to edit or remove submissions as appropriate.

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Jim R. Lyter ’69, Lebanon, celebrated 25 years of marriage on October 11, 2022 to his second wife, Bunny. Together they share nine children, including an adopted sixteen-year-old.


Charles Bolash ’70 and Carol (McElwee) Bolash ’68, Mableton, GA, shared this shirt their granddaughter found in a thrift store in Stockholm.

named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s “Power 100” list in 2021, 2022, and 2023 as one of the region’s top professional, political, and economic leaders who hold positions that give them the ability to shape our communities and influence our quality of life. He also made CPBJ’s “Power 30” list for law and lobbyists for the last three years as well. He is rated AV Preeminent by the MartindaleHubbell rating service and has been named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list from 2016 to 2023.


Eleanor (Donald) Alspaugh ’80, Carlisle, authored and published her first children’s book after watching her granddaughter’s experiences following her father’s deployment. The book entitled, When D is For Deployed, provides encouragement to children in connecting with their parents when facing a deployment. A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, a veterans’ service organization.

Alspaugh also authored The Heart of a Soldier, sharing her father, Sergeant George Donald’s, World War II letters, his thoughts, training and combat experiences, serving in General Patton’s “Super Sixth.”

The Lunch Bunch started in 1996 with six guys from the classes of ’54 and ’55. The first lunch was held at the Lyndon Diner in Manheim. The group has maintained friendships after graduation. They meet eight months out of the year, rotating locations between 14 different restaurants. In 2016, the Lunch Bunch grew to 37 people. These alumni represent eight counties in Pennsylvania, one county in Maryland, and one in Virginia. The original six members were: Darrell Winters ’55, Al Mauer ’55, Gerald Haugh ’54, Richard Shewell ’54, Ray Reber ’55, and Donald Tribit ’55

Kenneth L. Shur ’75-’82m, Carlisle, completed his ninth consecutive Boston Marathon. Over those nine years, Shur has raised over $100,000 for innovative cancer research for Dana Farber. Dr. Richard W. Leeman ’77, Concord, NC, published To Reach the Nation’s Ear, A History of African American Public Speaking by The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

James W. Saxton ’79, Lititz, Shareholder and CEO at Saxton & Stump, has made the list for his 12th consecutive year and 13th year overall in the practice area of civil litigation: defense. He is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Litigation, Medical Device and Technology, Investigations and Criminal Defense and Risk Management and Quality Assurance Groups. Saxton was

Kathleen (Pillion) Jones ’80, Landisville, retired after 30 years from Arnold Printing. Jones was a social accountant who merged her financial expertise with a positive attitude, making her a vital part of the Arnold team. She was always there to help others and played an important role in shaping the organization to what it is today.

Thomas R. Benjey ’81m, Carlisle, wrote the first complete history of the legendary Carlisle Indian School football team, Gridiron Gypsies: How the Carlisle Indians

Shaped Modern Football

Dale E. Benner ’82, York, retired from Truist Bank in September 2021 after a 38-year banking career, including 8 mergers.

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Annual Reunion for the 1981 graduates and members of the Shippensburg pom-pom squad gathered in Cape May, NJ, in June of 2022. Pictured from left to right are Mary Lee (Grady) Harpel ’81, Mary (Garson) Hoffman ’81, Lori (Haar) Krouse ’81, and Maureen (Tierney) Vogel ’81

Sharon (Angus) Brubaker’s ’83, North East, MD, latest book, Tides of Blue, is a finalist in the National Excellence in Romantic Fiction Award (NERFA) sponsored by First Coast Writers for Best First Book.

Jennifer (Mowery) Stambaugh ’83, Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, was honored as Teacher of the Year at Tuckerton Elementary School for the 2022-23 school year where she has worked since 2007. Craig Stambaugh ’84 earned his doctorate (EdD) in organizational leadership in the spring 2021 from American College of Education. He currently serves as an assistant vice president for Student Affairs at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, where he has worked in various capacities over the past 32 years. While at Ship, both served as RAs and Craig earned baseball All-America honors.

Joseph M. Sullivan, Jr ’84, Harrisburg, retired after 21 years with the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA).

Tracy Boak ’86, New York, NY, was the recipient of American Bar Association’s Outstanding Lawyer award for distinguished service as outside counsel to nonprofit organizations. She is a Partner at Perlman & Perlman LLP.

These 1981 graduates, have remained friends over the years. They started out as roommates in Harley Hall, in 1977. They gathered in October 2022 in Cape May and Avalon, NJ to honor the memory of their late roommate, Patty (Jackson) Gonoude ’81, who passed away on August 14, 2022.

Pictured from left to right are Mary (Malischewski) Ashing ’81, Lori (Haar) Krouse ’81, Tami (Pollack) Coulter ’81, Chris Kirchner ’81, and Carol (Lehman) Venet ’81.

Thomas J. Dougherty ’86m, Harrisburg, retired July 28 from the Commonwealth of PA Board of Probation and Parole after 37 years of service to the citizens of the commonwealth.

Eric B. Wendler ’87, Frederick, MD, director of business development at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, graduated from Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Executive Leadership Series class of 2023. The Executive Leadership Series is designed for executives seeking to raise their profiles, gain insights to the issues and challenges of the Capital Region and partake in behind-the-scenes tours, networking, and business and community collaborations.

Bradley K. Brown ’88, Taneytown, MD, officially retired and is enjoying life with his new wife, Holly, and their two dogs, Roscoe and Gunnar. Brown served 27 years with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in various capacities such as supervisor of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, supervisor of Sex Offender Registry, and supervisor of Patrol Division.

Barrie Ann (McBride) George ’88-’89m, Carlisle, was selected as the inaugural recipient of Leadership Cumberland’s Denver Award. The Denver Award is in honor of the late Denver Tuckey, one of Leadership Cumberland’s founding members. The award is presented for distinguished contributions to numerous not-for-profit organizations through their career and/or volunteer work. She was selected for her contributions to the non-profit sector throughout her 30-year career, as well as her extensive volunteerism throughout the community.

Michael S. Welker ’89-’95m, Harrisburg, retired on October 3, 2022 as interim director of Treatment from Dauphin County Prison after 32 years of service. On October 31, 2022, he began a new career as the assistant court crier at the Pennsylvania Superior Court (Middle District).


Todd R. Hurley ’90, Perkasie, has made a career change after 38 years in community banking and joined Bucks County Real Estate Sales and Investment Agency, the Tom Smeland Team, as a real estate agent.

Randall V. Querry ’90, New Market, MD, has been selected as one of 53 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 30th class. This statewide professional development program is an eightmonth, hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital issues. Querry is the American Association for Laboratory accreditation director of government relations.

W. Scott White ’90, Eric Wendler ’87 and Rob Diehl ’87 got together in St. Pete Beach, FL, on March 12 for a quick spring break weekend trip.

Ruth (McCraw) Burke ’87-’89m, Dallas, TX, associate head of school at Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD), was honored by the Episcopal School of Dallas Parents’ Association for a generous gift of $2 million to further the academic excellence of ESD students by endowing the Associate Head of School Position as part of the ESD 2030 strategic plan. By endowing the position, the Parents’ Association is ensuring they will have strong leadership for generations to come. The gift also affirms the important role that Burke has had at ESD. Burke has served at ESD since 1997 and oversees admissions, communications, community culture, and strategic initiatives.

Marc Hagemeier ’88m, Port Saint Lucie, FL, retired after 37 years as a college sports information freelance photographer, with the last 16 years at Bucknell University. He is now spending time between his house in Florida and his house in Spain. “It’s been an unbelievable 37-year odyssey that I will never forget.”

Lisa (Umbenhauer) Novsak ’88, Cape May Courthouse, NJ, retired from her 33-year career in education with the Middle Township School District. Novsak is looking forward to traveling the United States with her husband Steve in their fifth wheel. She enjoys spending time with her daughters Lauren and Maribeth. She keeps busy working with the local theater companies designing costumes and is on the production team for Miss NJ Education Foundation.

Kenneth Jaworowski ’91, Princeton Junction, NJ, senior staff editor at The New York Times, recently sold his debut novel to Henry Holt & Co. Small Town Sins is a gripping Rust Belt thriller that captures the characters of a down-and-out Pennsylvania town, revealing their troubled pasts and the crimes that could cost them their lives.

Available August 1 at all booksellers.

Shannon (Shaffer) Kurta ’91, Elizabethtown, accepted a new position as director of finance and Administration for United Way Pennsylvania in January.

Mischelle (Beatty) Moyer ’91, Camp Hill, was named CEO of Project SHARE of Carlisle, PA.

Lambda Chi Alpha celebrated with two generations from the 1980s and 2010s from Shippensburg University at Sun Outdoors Cape May Campground.

Darlene (Shilling) Gordon ’92, Robert Winemiller ’90-’95m, Jon Diffenderfer ’91m, Lorissa (Souder) Winemiller’91, Victoria (Householder) Sponsler ’91, Donnie Gordon ’91, and Chris Smartt ’89 all gathered at the home of Donnie and Darlene in Big Cove Tannery, PA, on April 29.

Jennifer Guri ’95 married David Lenig on November 1, 2022. The couple live in New Cumberland.

Michelle (Lyter) Holler ’95, was appointed to a one-year term as president of the Federation of Business and Professional Women of PA.

The Reverend Candace (Reed) Arnold ’98, Chambersburg, retired June 30 as an ordained United Methodist minister.

Jeremy S. Diller ’98, Los Angeles, CA, celebrated the April 28 premiere of Citadel. Diller is an assistant editor for the series which premieres on Amazon Prime.

Kristen (Cook) Streightiff ’98, Huntingdon, was appointed as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment 6-12 with the Mount Union Area School District.

Matthew D. Binder ’99m, Lancaster, was recognized by the National Eagle Scout Association as a Distinguished Eagle Scout on April 30.


Alexis (Them) Brubaker ’02, Freeville, NY, is the director for compliance and privacy for Cornell University. Brubaker’s brother Theodore “Teddy” Them ’08, Charleston, SC, is a professor of geology at the College of Charleston. Ship has had a huge influence on their success.

Michelle (Geyer) Chopper ’02, New Freedom, recently joined the Dalio Family Office to pursue other opportunities in the private and philanthropic areas after nearly 20 years in public accounting.

Jeffery A. Kuhns ’04m, Millerstown, was appointed as the new superintendent of West Perry School District on January 23.

Kristine (Fedysky) MacDonald ’05, Horseheads, NY, earned an EdD from Drexel University in educational leadership and administration, November 2017. MacDonald is Director of CTIE, director of Online Programs, EITA officer at SUNY Corning Community College.

Megan B. Miller ’06, Medford, NJ, intentional living expert, has become an international bestselling author with her co-collaborated book launch: Voices of the 21st Century Women Transforming the World. Discover powerful stories of trailblazing women who have braved it all to educate, guide, and inspire others to step into their purpose. Signed copies are available at

Gerald Huesken Jr. ’07, Elizabethtown, completed his first semester as a faculty adjunct at Penn State–Harrisburg teaching in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Teacher Education.


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Recent News for Classnotes

Heather (Seich) Spence ’00, Alexandria, VA, recently joined Cooper Carry as marketing manager.

Cooper Carry is a leading design firm providing architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design, sustainability consulting, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, lighting design, and branding services. In her role, she is responsible for collaborating with principals and business development leaders to facilitate and implement marketing strategies for the Washington, DC, and New York City offices.

Tom Phillips ’07, Eagleville, launched a retail website in 2021 that has had a huge social presence,, tanner for the boys.

(The photo from the last issue was regretfully cropped to the wrong person. We have republished in correction.)

Thomas Konen ’08, Palmyra, was promoted to director of District Operations at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Mail: Alumni Relations Shippensburg University 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299


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Lauren (Messich) Rose ’08, Easton, MD, received the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators in her region. Rose teaches environmental and aquatic science at Easton High School in MD.

Alison (Maurice) Beach ’09 and husband Tyler ’08, Carlisle, welcomed a baby boy, Alan, in July 2022.


Kristen Beddia ’10-’15m, Mechanicsville, VA, welcomed a baby boy, Alessio Beddia Fox, in November 2022.

Christopher S. Gray ’10, Washington, DC, has been selected by Maverick PAC, the premier national network for conservative young professionals, as one of their 2023 Future40 honorees and was recognized at Mavericks Annual Conference in June. The Future40 recognizes conservative young professionals across the country who embody the next generation of leadership in the public and private sectors.

Kelly (Morgan) Robinson ’10 and husband Tom, York, welcomed their second son, Hudson, on December 28, 2022. Hudson joins big brother Noah, 5.

Samantha (Spicer) Bennett ’11, Chambersburg, welcomed her first child, Kensington Grace Bennett, on October 1, 2022.

Christine Anderton ’12m, Reading, was named quality assurance supervisor for Berks County Probation and Parole, Juvenile Probation, in December of 2022. Anderton also joined the Berks County Emergency Response Team as a hostage negotiator in 2018 and was promoted to assistant team leader of the Hostage Negotiation Element in March of 2022. In August of 2022 Anderton was hired as an adjunct instructor for Criminal Justice at Penn State–Berks. She has also started her PhD in criminal justice from Liberty University in May.

Lara (Graham) Hahn ’13 and husband Brian ’13, Waynesboro, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Malcolm, in May.

Ashley (Elder) Hershey ’13-’16m, New Oxford, senior manager at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) graduated from the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Hanover program.

Kristen (Kennedy) Storrick ’13m and husband Christopher ’02-’19m welcomed their son, Harrison Von, on April 9. The couple lives in Carlisle.

Justin M. Eberly ’14, Mechanicsburg, was recognized by the New Birth of Freedom Council with the Silver Beaver Award on Saturday, May 6 at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception at Camp Tuckahoe. The Silver Beaver Award is a council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America and is the highest award that a local council can present to one of its volunteers. Eberly currently serves as the chartered organization representative for Pack and Troop 333, chartered to the Monroe Fire Company in Mechanicsburg. He also serves as the district chair for Pioneer District and is a member of the Council’s Executive Board.

(Retired) Colonel John P. Maietta ’14m, Mechanicsburg, retired from a lifelong public relations career in 2010. He operated a successful freelance business in the Harrisburg area, while simultaneously serving as a public affairs officer with the Pennsylvania National Guard. Starting in 2002, he completed numerous active-duty assignments with the US Army, including longterm deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Germany, and Iraq. In 2014 he received a master’s degree in applied history from Shippensburg University. He later taught introductory courses in world history at Shippensburg and York College of Pennsylvania. His popular presentations on history and culture have been featured at many libraries, retirement centers, and other venues throughout the region. Jose R. Nunez ’14, Pottstown, departed Swarthmore College to join Ursinus College as a major gift officer.



School who are colleagues and friends share their college pride! From left to right, front row: Victoria Helfrick ’22, Bailey Slusser ’19, Lana Kindlin ’12m, and Alecia NezatPyne ’05-’07m. Second row: Jessica Ornoski ’22, Erica (Martinez) Ault ’17, Desiree (Boone) Benshoff ’02-’14m, and Christina (Gaudio) Chapman ’13-’19m. Third row: Karissa Lewis ’22, Brooke Powell ’22, Brad Ocker ’98-’04m, and Erin (Longfellow) Harris ’16-’17m. Fourth row: Becky Foote ’04, Jennifer Michael ’06m, Jamie (Gross) Weyant ’01-’07m, Beth Yosler ’14, Alex Serrano ’10-’12m. Fifth row: Donnie Miller ’00-’04M, Doug Deardorff ’89, and Alexis (McDonald) Weaver ’17-’22m. Not pictured: Karen Fisher ’12, Heidi (Coccagna) Minnier ’01, Makenzie Ocker ’18, Vince Bove ’13, Andrea (Lehman) Moore ’96, Chad Zimmerman ’02’09m, Olympia Statum ’02-’11m, Victorian (Sherman) Sinn ’14, Emily (Hess) Lemons ’22m, Kelley Martin ’93-’94m, Nicole Jacobs-Soper ’08-’14m, Shelby Sellers ’17, Benjamin Bonner ’18m, Heidi (Deppen) Buffington ’93, Matt Snyder ’04, Christa Newton ’05, Calvin Frantz ’17m, Donna Heisey ’98, and Marcus Elbel ’14

Chelsey Seger ’14, Cockeysville, MD, graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 2018 and was sworn into the Maryland Bar on December 2018. In February 2019, she became a Baltimore City prosecutor. She worked at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for five years and left to practice criminal defense. After gaining experience in the Circuit Court Jury Trial Unit, she was an associate attorney at Turnbull Brockmeyer Law Group, rated Top 100 Maryland Lawyers. She left for a position with Charles L. Waechter. Seger is on track to become a partner and will have her own firm within the next five years.

Samuel L. Frushour ’15m, Rockville, MD, was promoted to strategic communications manager at Montgomery County Government. Heidi Freeland-Trail ’15m and husband Joe welcomed a son, Rory, in December 2022. The couple live in York and have a daughter, Rowan, who is 5. Freeland-Trail is an HR business partner at CSC Global. Jonathan Turner ’15m married Chelsea Hoffman on November 18, 2022 in Lancaster. The couple live in St. Clair Shores, MI.

alumni at Area Senior High

Donna Benner ’16m, York, retired as vice president of Operations at Industrial Supply Association in December 2022.

Breanna Worthing ’18 married Christopher Windbeck ’18 on June 4, 2022, on their 9-acre farm in Chambersburg. Breanna earned her BSN degree from Wilkes University in 2019 and works in the ICU at UPMC Carlisle. Christopher is a quality field specialist for DHL Supply Chain in Carlisle.

Sandra S. Dillmuth ’64

Bruce D. Crawshaw ’65m

William W. Focht ’66m

Neal M. Bert ’67-’69m

Gary W. Cooper ’67m

Sue (Romesberg) Fitzsimmons ’67

Lawrence L. Shenk ’67m

Donald W. Bair ’68m

Connie M. Boyd ’68

Merle G. Cordell ’68m

Robert D. Eiler ’68

Kerry Miller ’16 married Derek Shade ’13 on October 29, 2022 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie. In addition to the bride and groom, there were 18 other Ship graduates from the classes of 1984 to 2017. The couple reside in Collegeville.

Kailee A. Hirschbock ’17-’18m, Oley, joined Boyer & Ritter in 2020 and provides audits, employee benefit plan audits, and tax services for a variety of clients and industry groups. Before joining Boyer & Ritter, she worked in a York area firm and assisted businesses with federal COVID-19 relief programs.


Margaret (Gardner) Houser ’68

Elizabeth (Schwinger) Maffett ’68

Ronald E. Olmstead ’68m

Richard E. Hawkins ’69m

Richard L. Michael ’69

Diane (Barton) Sandnes ’69

Donald C. Snare ’69-’75m

Earle R. Wolfe Jr ’69

Suzanne (Weigand) Ackerman ’70

Brenda (Kerstetter) Benner ’70-’72m

Grace Penney ’20 married Jonathan Klinedinst ’19 on April 8 surrounded by all their Ship friends. The couple live in New Cumberland.

Aaron Mason ’23, MarLin, joined Boyer & Ritter in the firm’s Chambersburg office, after interning this spring. Mason also served as a volunteer income tax assistant for Shippensburg, where he assisted members of the community, and as treasurer for the Future Business Leaders of America’s Shippensburg chapter.

Brooke Ready ’17 married Alan Ennis ’17-’18m on January 28 in Elizabethtown. They met on move-in day their freshman year and had all their Ship friends at the wedding. The couple live in Camp Hill.

Alexander A. Davis ’18, Harrisburg, was promoted to marketing strategist at Synapse Marketing Solutions.

Adam A. Friscia ’18’21m, Carlisle, joined Saxton & Stump as executive manager of business development and government relations.

Allison Wilson ’17, Harrisburg, joined Boyer & Ritter as an intern in 2016 before taking a full-time position in 2018. She is experienced in conducting compliance audits as well as System and Organization Control (SOC) audits. Wilson works frequently with not-for-profit organizations and manufacturing businesses.

In Memoriam

Audrey (Arnold) Miller ’51

Kenton H. Broyles ’53-’66m

Anthony L. Chapparone ’53

Dorothy (Andrews) Clever ’54

Janet A. Martin ’54

Barbara (Hoover) Scheetz ’54

Marylou (Anderson) Rhodes ’55

Nancy (Cable) Weagley ’55

Jacqueline (Strohecker) Jacoby ’57

John D. Parson ’58

Robert P. Winters ’58-’65m,’68m

Robert L. Hartz ’59-’67m

Natalie Nardecchia ’59-’66m

Larry E. Snyder ’59

Rosemary (Fritsch) Tillisch ’60-’83m

Robert H. Tillisch ’60

Howard D. Peterman ’61

Carol (Morehouse) Wilson ’61

Charles F. Heidel ’62

Kenneth E. Nelson ’62

Jane (Mellott) Carl ’63

Raymond A. Etters ’63-’72m

Charlotte M. Morocco ’63

Dianne (Potchak) Bowen ’70

H. Eugene Bayer ’70

Joyce (Kemp) Feightner ’70

Priscilla (Mason) McCliment ’70m

Marjorie (Shaffer) Rohrbeck ’70m

Kathrina (Williams) Warren ’70

William G. Greenwald ’71-’78m

Col. Robert B. Lander ’71m

Gerald R. Long ’71m

Anne (Robb) Miller ’71m

Jeanette J. Schoonover ’71m

Kenneth R. Baker ’72m

Virginia E. Briddes ’72

Carl E. Deaner, Jr ’72-’75m

Allan B. Garnes ’72

Kenneth W. Wenger ’72-’76m

Norman G. Clyne Jr. ’73m

Ida C. Forbis ’73m

Genevieve B. Peters ’73m

Major General Robert J. Sunell ’73m

Donald J. Zeigler ’73

Patricia G. Flynn ’74m

Col. Murl D. Munger ’74m-’81m

Thomas E. Breit ’75m

Roberta (Pufko) Graney ’75

John G. Grimes ’75m

Richard R. Jones ’75

Frederick B. Lane ’75m

John B. Layne ’75m

Kenneth E. Schaublin ’75

Greta J. Stork ’75

Margaret (Carter) Gunter ’76

Sister Candace M. Introcaso ’76

Kenneth L. Morrison ’76m

Rhonda (Ort) Seigle ’76

Trudy (Hoffman) Ensminger ’77m

William G. Henne ’77m

Col. Donald W. Blascak ’78m

Gregory M. Pogorzelski ’78m

John C. Duffey ’79

Susan (Fink) Gonzalez ’79

Susan S. Mills ’79

Patricia (Bitting) Oswalt ’79

James L. Randecker ’79m

Michael S. Brenneman ’80

Jennifer L. Florentino ’80

Gail (Hess) Groh ’80

Charles K. Calnon ’81m

Patricia (Jackson) Gonoude ’81

Sandra (Poole) Carter ’82

Kelli (Parson) Cross ’82-’92m

Jon S. King ’82

Dean R. Shradley ’82m

Col. Thomas P. Leavitt ’83m

Col. Robert A. Holden ’84m

James R. Lauritsen ’84m

Peter Robert Zucconi ’84m

Jane (Cunnion) Gamble ’87

Col. Joseph R. Holzbauer ’88m

Michelle (Geubtner) Florian ’89

Annette (Offutt) Brennan ’90

Lisa (Reisinger) Myers ’90

Diane L. Graeff ’91

Brenda (Firestone) Schmidt ’92m

Caron (Johnson) Barshay ’93

Robyn Buseman ’93m

Jeffrey A. Kita ’94

Elizabeth A. Clippinger ’95

Benjamin J. Shearer ’98

LaDawnna E. Clancy ’99m

Shawn M. Rowe ’01

Jennifer A. Hoagland ’02m

Jason A. Green ’03

Carrie E. Knerr ’05

Sonja F. Payne ’05-’19m

Robert T. Cron Jr. ’08

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➊-➌ 1-3 The First Annual Football Reunion was held during the Spring Football Game with over 100 alumni in attendance. The day included breakfast with the team, a locker room tour, the spring game, a tailgate BBQ, and happy hour at Wibs. ➊ At the breakfast with the team, Coach Mac presents a signed football to recognize the achievements on the field to the oldest returning alum and 1986 Athletic Hall of Fame recipient, Bill Cockley ’53.

➋ The catered tailgate BBQ included retired sports information director and honorary hall of famer John Alosi ’94m, Leroy Galloway ’75, retired associate dean Dr. Tony Winter ’76, Johnny Seigle, and Jesse Mroczka ’73; ➌ Joe Brown ’82, Fran Masciantonio ’82, Steve Gironda ’89, Tony Winter ’76, and Tom Sloan ’84. ➍-➏ Over seventy alumni enjoyed an evening in Waynesboro at Rough Edges Brewing learning about the interesting upcycles incorporated and hearing from President Patterson. ➍ Jeremy ’01 and Andrea (Higgins) Bowersox ’02; ➎ David Mackley ’99’07m, Rough Edges owner Wes Phebus, Bill ’88, and Karin Kohler; ➏ Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors at Rough Edges include Steve Thomas ’04-’23m, Dave Thompson ’69, Caryn (Long) Earl ’98, Julie (Ritchey) Perez ’91, and Andrea (Davis) Addison ’77-’79m ➐-➒ Tin Cannon Brewing Co. in Gainesville, VA co-owners Marcy (Hoover) Hilkert ’91 and her husband John invited alumni for a Ship Day and shared how the brewery was started. ➐ President Charles and First Lady Colleen Patterson with Marcy and John Hilkert; ➑ Scott Fear ’89, Kelly and Ken ’89 Hostetter with President Patterson; ➒ Monica (Rubino) Reynolds ’99 and Jon Moats ’10. ➓ Kerry Pepper ’91, Sigma Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha alumni Eric Wendler ’87, Jason Lenox ’97, and Brad Garfinkle ’93 were on campus for a Student and Alumni Networking Event in Stewart Hall for students in Fraternity and Sorority Life. ⓫-⓬ Konstantine Pappas ’92, owner of Rookies Craft Burger Bar in Harrisburg, hosted approximately 100 alumni for a Ship Night in Harrisburg including ⓫ Mary (Blymire) Bower ’11 and Joe ’07m; ⓬ Bailey Welch ’18 and Alumni Association Board of Directors Carol Verish Houck ’99, Moriah Hathaway ’19 holding Emerson, JoAnn Baldwin ’81-’89m, and Lori (Taylor) Smith ’95-’07m, alumni director. ⓭-⓮ Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to get warm with a cup of cocoa and cookies at the annual Alumni Hospitality Suite at IceFest in Chambersburg including ⓭ Charles Jones ’96 and family; ⓮ President Charles and First Lady Colleen Patterson with Doug Harbach ’82, chair, SU Council of Trustees, Beth (Rotz) ’82, and Dennis ’82 Mattern.

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LEBANON Alumni Golf Tournament at Iron Valley Golf Course

Friday, September 22, shotgun start 1:00pm; dinner and prizes immediately following golf. Cost: $100 per player The largest fundraiser for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Alumni Association with proceeds funding two new scholarships every year for incoming first-year students with a legacy relationship and the general alumni association. Held at the fourstar rated Iron Valley Golf Course with owners and operators Jon ’97 and Kathy ’97 (Hallowell) Byler, along with director of operations, Jeff Harper ’85. For details, visit:

SHIPPENSBURG Ship Legacy Pinning Program— Raider Pride, Pass it On

Saturday, September 23, 10:30am

Be a part of a Ship tradition that 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. Register at:

Homecoming Weekend 2023






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Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4

Make plans to join us Friday for a day of awards celebrating the 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and the 2023 Alumni Awards of Distinction recipients. Saturday, enjoy the Homecoming 2023 parade and partake in tailgating prior to the football game versus Lock Haven. See page 28 for more details.

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Scholarship Offers Students a Bright Future

Amey Sgrignoli ’90-’13m is impressed by Shippensburg students she meets through her service on the John L. Grove College of Business Advisory Board. These students inspired Sgrignoli, CEO of Belco Community Credit Union, to establish the Bright Future College of Business Scholarship.

“These students are so innovative and driven,” said Sgrignoli. “This generation has an entrepreneurial spirit that allows them to chart career paths for themselves that may not have existed just a few years ago.” Sgrignoli earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the college in 1990 and her Master of Science in organizational development and leadership in 2013.

Through her board service, she learned that many SU students are first generation, meaning they are the first in their immediate family to attend college.

“That motivated me to help the next generation to realize their dreams. These are deserving, hard-working students who are trying to do better for themselves and their families, and who can benefit from good mentors and financial support.”

The Bright Future Scholarship is for first-year students enrolled in the John L. Grove College of Business who demonstrate financial need as well as leadership, initiative, self-reliance, and an interest in volunteer community service.

“Volunteer work is a great way for students to develop leadership skills and build a business network in a nonthreatening environment,” she said.

“Community involvement is an integral part of my personal and professional life,”

Sgrignoli explained. She describes herself as a servant leader and adds that Belco is “a non-profit credit union that exists to help people achieve financial success.” The Harrisburg-based credit union serves seven counties in central Pennsylvania.

Sgrignoli said she believes the faculty at Shippensburg demonstrate these same values. “Faculty members are very caring. For them, it is not just about advancing the university; it is more about helping students attain lifelong dreams and financial sustainability through education.”

She challenges other Shippensburg alumni to find a way to give back to the university by helping current students. “The help doesn’t have to be financial. Alumni can contribute time to the university by participating in on-campus alumni volunteer activities, like being involved in advisory boards or acting as a coach or mentor to a student to help them with professional development and networking skills.”

Her guarantee to fellow alumni is “that you will get so much more back than you give when you see the success of the students and know you had a part in it.”

THANK YOU FOR 24 HOURS OF GIVING SHIPGIVES $176,378 raised to support SHIP students! THANK
YOU Ship Family for celebrating 24 hours of making an impact for Ship students! Your support made this a record-breaking year for ShipGives! Ship alumni from every class spanning 1955 through 2026 made gifts in support of Ship students. Your gifts, all 1,335 of them, make a difference in the lives of SHIP students every day. Thank you!
These are deserving, hard-working students who are trying to do better for themselves and their families and who can benefit from good mentors and financial support.
—Amey Sgrignoli ’90-’13m

Opportunities Abound

In March, the SU Foundation held its 30th Annual Spirit of Generosity Scholarship Dinner. This event is an opportunity for benefactors and scholarship recipients to meet face-to-face. Each year, several scholarship recipients are asked to share their stories. One of the speakers was Courtney Graf ’23, an early childhood and special education dual major. Here is her story—in her own words. 4444

When I think back on my time at Shippensburg University, one word comes to mind…opportunity. For me, Ship has been a place where opportunities to learn, grow, and discover myself as a young professional have been endless. I participated in volunteer work, attended field experiences in surrounding school districts, and became a leader in clubs within the Teacher Education Department. These opportunities have contributed to my growing passion to become an educator. I also had an opportunity to work at the Bartos Child and Family Center, the SU Foundation’s on-campus childcare facility. The center as well as the neighboring Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School were my sole reason for committing to Ship.

One of the greatest opportunities during my undergraduate years was designing and conducting an academic research project. My research, funded through an SU Foundation research grant, focused on makerspace, a trial-and-error, and projectbased teaching strategy based in the areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math). My research focused on qualitatively assessing the impact that makerspace has on knowledge retention, motivation, engagement, and the acquisition of life skills in kindergarten through 12th-grade traditional and special education students. The success of my research ultimately landed me independent presentations at the 2022 National Science Teacher Association Conference and the 2022 Shippensburg University Minds@

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FREE Tax Planning Webinar

Navigating 2023 and 2024 Taxes

Thursday, November 9 7:00–8:00pm

The Navigating 2023 and 2024 Taxes webinar will feature a review of current and proposed tax laws and their potential impact on you. Featured speakers for this complimentary tax information overview are alumni Evan Wabrick ’12-’13m, CpA, mBA, and Daryl Staley ’12’13m, CPA, MBA, members of the firm Smith Elliott Kearns, CPA and Advisors.

Work Student Research Conference as well as a co-presentation at the 2021 International Association of Laboratory Schools Conference. I have also co-authored a scholarly journal article that is now published in the spring 2022 International Association of Laboratory Schools Journal. These experiences have transformed my career and taught me skills in professionalism, communication, and determination that I will carry with me. After graduation, I plan to work as an elementary special education teacher as well as attend Purdue University online to obtain a master’s in educational studies: applied behavior analysis. My dream is to one day be an instructor at the post-secondary level because I have the power to change the world for generations to come, one student and one teacher at a time.

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For me, Ship has been a place where opportunities to learn, grow, and discover myself as a young professional have been endless.
—Courtney Graf ’23
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He’s back!

Shippo the Hippo is the new first mate to Big Red, the captain of our Raider Ship.

Shippo was the runner up during the 2005 mascot madness competition. Urban legend has it that Shippo actually won the faceoff with Big Red.

After an epic April Fool’s joke in which President Charles Patterson proclaimed Shippo as the rightful winner—and a lot of positive feedback—Shippo was officially named the university’s secondary mascot in May.

Be on the lookout for Big Red AND Shippo at Homecoming this fall!

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