Allison Mercer stumbled upon Dogs on Deployment (DOD) through Instagram. The nonprofit organization connects military members who are deployed or have service commitments with volunteers who will board and care for their pets. Knowing that this concern had prevented her own husband from getting a dog, Mercer immediately reached out to get involved.
While in graduate school, Dr. Matthew Shupp ’00-’03m recognized an alarming trend in the field of student affairs in higher education. Within three to five years, 50 percent of new hires weren’t just changing jobs—they were leaving the field altogether. Shupp said research indicates that this trend has continued.
Some children idolize professional athletes and movie stars while growing up. Senior Yvette Betancourt’s heroes included Mohandas Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other activists who promoted peace and positive social change. So when Betancourt, of Brodheadsville, received a brochure about Shippensburg University’s Martin Luther King Mentor Program, she was intrigued.
The same characteristics that attracted Jennifer (Roach) Haughie ’94-’99m to Ship as an undergraduate drew her back home to work on campus last fall. Now, as associate vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions, she extols Ship’s virtues to prospective students in hopes that they will come aboard for an equally positive experience.
The learning process, and how that varies for different people, has always fascinated Sherry Hillyard, director of Disability Services. Her career began taking shape in the 1980s, when learning differences and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder gained greater awareness and the theory of multiple intelligences emerged.