Performing piano music is not simply playing notes on a page. It’s getting into the composer’s head, learning their inspiration, understanding that a section of music should sound like water, or that the piece must evoke the same emotions as the poetry that influenced it, said Dr. Margaret Lucia, professor of music and theatre arts.
“Nothing in life is free.” Lakeyshia Crummel ’06 often heard this phrase from her single mother who worked three jobs to keep the family going. “One thing I never heard from my mom is that it’s OK to ask for help.” Crummel learned that lesson firsthand and today offers assistance to those who need it through her role as director of development at Brethren Housing Authority (BHA) in Harrisburg.
Growing up in a small, blue collar town, Bill Rothermel’s mother shared stories about walking with him in the stroller when he was two- or three-years-old to the local shoe factory as the workers ended their day. Rothermel would amaze those around him by naming the make and model of cars that passed by.
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.