Summer Matters. #MyShipSummer

The official start of summer just kicked off, but summer break at Ship is nearly half over. And you’ve all been busy!

It should be no surprise—a Ship education doesn’t end in May. From the moment that finals ended, our faculty, students, and staff continued their academic and professional development. Students and faculty dove into summer research, a new term began with students in some courses traveling overseas and others completing high-impact field work, students began internships locally and around the globe, and faculty and staff attended workshops and conferences.

Dr. Chris Schwilk already was in Jamaica while students wrapped up finals and seniors prepared for commencement. A dozen special education majors from Ship met Schwilk in Westmoreland, Jamaica, to do service-learning work for a week in the Llandilo School of special education. “The students took the information from their courses and put it to work immediately in a community that had never heard of these methods,” he said. Ship students also held a drive to collect supplies for the severely under-resourced school.

Several summer courses included a study abroad component. Dr. Christine Royce joined the MBA Europe trip, which included stops at the Museum of Communism, the BMW motorcycle plant, and the Holocaust Museum; a bike tour in Paris, an overview of European Parliament; and a walking tour of Prague. Dr. Pablo Delis, professor of biology, held part of his Natural History of Costa Rica class in Costa Rico to teach students firsthand about its history and culture. Junior Sandra Kimborowicz, an international management major, took a political science course with Dr. Niel Brasher that started in Belgium and covered seven countries in total, plus Vatican City. “This course definitely changed my view on a lot of things,” Kimborowicz said. “We feel like the world revolves around us, but it’s so much more. We have to rely on each other.”

Dr. Barbara Denison, associate professor and chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, completed research on early Christianity in Iceland, while Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history and philosophy, discussed his new book Beyond Rust with WITF Smart Talk host Scott LeMar.

Several classes also are being held at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station on Wallops Island, Virginia. Dr. Nathan Thomas, associate professor of biology, held a three-week Coastal Ornithology course with students who focused on field techniques and identification. Dr. Sean Cornell’s Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Society class is scheduled there in July.

Three dozen faculty and students are tackling research projects through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, exploring topics across disciplines.

It might be a bit quieter on campus in the summer, but there’s still plenty of activity going on in the Ship community.

Share your summer experiences with us! Post to our Facebook page or tag us @shippensburgu on Twitter or @shippensburgniv on Instagram and use #MyShipSummer.