The Ship Experience is More Than Four Years
IT LASTS A LIFETIME!
Once a Raider, always a Raider. That's the spirit of the Shippensburg University Alumni Association.
Today, the SU Alumni Association network encompasses more than 65,000 alumni. Because they know the university best, alumni are a vital part of the campus community and serve an important role in Shippensburg's continued success.
“Shippensburg University feels like more than just a school—it feels like home. And I feel honored to attend the same school as my family."
That's how freshman Hannah Famulare feels about following in the footsteps of family members who graduated from Ship and creating a tradition for future generations.
The Shippensburg University Legacy Program is designed to recognize the commitment of its alumni to their alma mater by supporting and encouraging their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and siblings to consider Ship for their higher education. A legacy student is defined as an individual whose parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle received a degree from Ship.
Legacy families make a choice to continue a family tradition by attending Ship, and the Alumni Relations Office takes pride in recognizing the growing number of families who have committed to making Ship a part of their history and future.
“Ship means family to me, both actual family and the lifelong friends I made there,” said Michael McKernan ’82, who married Amy (Bennett) ’84 and was joined at Ship by his three brothers, George ’81M, Patrick ’87—who is married to Christine (Geise) ’86—and Matthew ’93.
Tim Bream ’87 shared that he had no real target in mind when he first started exploring colleges, even though his father Frank attended Ship in the late 1950s and his uncle Larry graduated in 1980. But after visiting campus, he felt a level of comfort and quickly realized Ship was for him. Ship also was it for Tim’s twin brother, Thomas ’87. And Tim’s Ship legacy continues through his son, Josh, who moved to campus in August as a member of the Class of 2020.
“I never pressured him to choose Ship, but when he made his final decision I can honestly say I felt a sense of pride in him selecting my alma mater. When I dropped him off for the start of his freshman year, I felt like I had come home,” Tim said. “A lot has changed since I attended Ship, but the core values of the university along with the strong academic programs and extracurricular opportunities have not. I look forward to making many visits to the campus over the next five years as my sons finish out their education at Ship.”
Tim’s youngest son, Nathaniel, is looking to start his journey at Ship in the fall of 2017. “To me, Ship means family. It means Raider pride. It means a solid education at an affordable price. I and many members of my family could have gone anywhere for a college education. We chose Ship! We are proud of the legacy that our family has built with Shippensburg University, and we look forward to many more generations of the Bream family making Ship their choice for a college education.”
The family legacy of Neil Ecker ’87-’94M goes back to the Cumberland Valley State Normal School days with his great-uncle Harry M. Taylor, whose name happens to appear on a plaque on campus, along with Neil’s grandfather, Harold Taylor. Harry was killed in World War I in 1918, and Harold, after graduating from the Normal School with a teaching degree, went on to teach in a one-room school house. Neil’s first visit to campus was with his brother-in-law Wayne Bushey ’79-’86M. He was introduced to the marching band and fell in love with the size of the campus. With his wife Christine (Trayer) ’86, their two sons Owen ’14 and Nicholas ’16 also chose to attend Ship and joined the marching band.
“I am very proud of my roots to the university going back to its early time as Cumberland Valley State Normal School. My connection is unique. Obviously, in our family history, Ship means a lot, but it’s also the place where my wife and I met and fell in love.”
Alana ’15 and Hannah ’20 spent a great deal of time on campus growing up as the daughters of Marybeth ’05M and Trever Famulare, who is SU Marching Band director and assistant professor in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts. Alana and Hannah attended Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School on campus and found that Ship was a great fit for them, particularly with its Red Raider Marching Band.
Hannah said, “Shippensburg University contributed greatly to my childhood memories. I am happy to say that those memories will not end with my childhood. Now, being an undergraduate student at Ship, I am moving into a new chapter of adulthood that will supply new memories to last a lifetime. By the time I graduate in 2020, I will have had twenty years of Shippensburg University memories with years of memories to follow. Ship is a major part of my life, and I don’t know who I would be without it.”
To set the program in motion, the first legacy reception was held in September as part of the Parents and Family Celebration. Legacy families attended a reception hosted by the Alumni Relations Office and were joined by President Jody Harpster ’74M. Exclusive benefits and events are designed for legacy families, including special seating at commencement, a legacy welcome breakfast for newly admitted legacies, and receptions during the Parents and Family Celebration and commencement.
Please let us know if you are part of a Ship legacy family. Call the Alumni Relations Office at (717) 477-1218, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete the Legacy Form online at www.ship.edu/alumni. Visit www.ship.edu/Alumni/Legacy/LegacyProgram for additional benefits and updates.
Our legacy families are very important to us. Build your Ship Heritage: Make a Shippensburg University education part of your family tradition. To all the legacies, thank you for making Ship part of your family!