Spring has Sprung

Spring is teeming with activity and life! Despite the wintry weather that greeted us at the start of spring semester, that activity and life certainly was evident with the work of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Shippensburg University. 

We celebrated success in many ways at the start of the new year. Our field hockey team won its third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship in December, the fourth championship win in five years. These ladies lived up to their theme—relentless pursuit—on the field and on campus!

Dr. Laurie Carter addresses Shippensburg’s newest graduates during winter commencement.

Dr. Laurie Carter addresses Shippensburg’s newest graduates during winter commencement.

Celebrating the field hockey team’s third consecutive national championship.

Celebrating the field hockey team’s third consecutive national championship.

Our university earned several notable grants, thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff, including a $70,000 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board grant to boost Pennsylvania workers for the growing brewed and malt beverage industry, a $60,000 PASmart grant to develop an Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program, and $18,000 from Gov. Tom Wolf to continue the fight to end sexual assault. We also were named a bicycle friendly university by the League of American Bicyclists. 

This issue of the magazine highlights the continued ways we work with our community. Members of the Shippensburg University Resource Coalition share on page 26 how their organization has grown and responded to community needs, while also creating educational opportunities for our students. In a different way, our Art and Design Department launched an impressive New York City exhibit in Kauffman Gallery for the university and community. The exhibit and related events provided a unique chance to experience talent from one of the art capitals of the world on our own campus.

We welcome five new members to our Council of Trustees on page 8, and congratulate our winter graduates! 

With warmer weather on the way, there is plenty of activity to look forward to. I hope to see you on campus this spring!

President Laurie A. Carter