She considers Carlisle her hometown and has no foreign or regional accent. Without meeting in person, many mistake her full name as Sue Jata, missing that Sujata Chaudhry ’88 is a native of Bombay, India. “This is actually a humorous story I share frequently,” Chaudhry said. “I think often I surprise them when I meet them in person. It is all perception and our bias.”
It’s a question that Dr. Ben Galluzzo, associate professor of mathematics, has contemplated for some time: What is the value of undergraduate research? Generally speaking, research is a way to engage students in academic activity. It stokes curiosity, sparks creativity, explores possibilities, forges relationships, and applies theory.
Lindsey Knupp ’04 loved sports and played sports, but she never expected to be working in sports after graduating from Shippensburg University. Fortunately, whether playing or working on the field, she excelled. In fact, Knupp is so good at what she does in her roll as vice president of marketing and entertainment for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs that she earned the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year in December 2015.
Before Ship’s traditional commencement revelries geared up on May 7, a more intimate ceremony honored the achievements of a select group of graduates in Old Main Chapel. That morning, seventeen ROTC cadets—the largest class to graduate from SU—were commissioned as second lieutenants in the US Army. In the last thirty-five years, Ship has commissioned 550 cadets, joining the more than 500,000 second lieutenants who achieved the rank through the Army Reserves Officers’ Training Corps over the past century.
On a warmer-than-normal Patriot’s Day morning in Beantown, the ten-time PSAC Athlete of the Year set out to run her first marathon just two days after celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday. Gracey completed the prestigious women’s elite race at the 2016 Boston Marathon in ninth place, finishing as the top US female in the field.
Environmental issues and sustainable living are at the forefront of a global conversation. On a local level at Shippensburg University, over 7,000 potential solutions to the problem are walking around campus. Ship is taking the initiative to educate students so that they can become stewards of their communities.
When Charting the Course, Lighting the Way the Campaign for Shippensburg University kicked off in 2012, the SU Foundation asked the Shippensburg community to dream big—and you certainly did. In fact, the dreams of alumni, friends, parents, businesses, corporations, and foundations were so grand that your generosity shattered the campaign goal, generating more than 150 percent of the initial goal.
Shippensburg University and the John L. Grove College of Business are providing just the information and resources that students need to gain an edge in the business world. The Grove College’s senior-level Investment Management Program (IMP) course is one of few in the country providing students with the opportunity to manage a real-dollar investment portfolio. The program recently received a boost with the dedication of the college’s new stock trading room.
Obedience is a key concept taught in Shippen Hall—not so much to the students enrolled in teacher education, counseling, social work, and criminal justice classes, but to a different species of student. Yahtzee, a Golden Retriever, is in training to be a seeing eye dog and has made the second floor of Shippen another home, said Dr. Andrea Malmont, assistant professor of teacher education.
On Friday, November 13, the Shippensburg Universityvolleyball team, which then sat at 25-8 on the 2015 season, was in second place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division with two matches remaining in the regular season. A berth to the PSAC playoffs had been secured, and now the team had its eye set on a possible conference championship and a likely trip to the NCAA tournament.
Appreciating the past leads to a better understanding of the present, and today’s museums are dedicated to keeping the past relevant. “Right now, there’s a real transition going on in the museum world,” said Dr. Steven Burg, professor and chair of the History and Philosophy Department. “How do you really create an experience that fulfills your mission, but also gets people excited about what you’re doing?”
Today, Manal Ibrahim is completing her master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in software engineering at Ship. She’s one of 100 international students from twenty-three different countries currently earning a degree on campus, according to Mary Burnett, director of International Programs. Although their paths to Ship vary, their goals follow the same theme—a better life, a challenge, an improvement, a new experience.
The Head Start program is designed for young, at-risk children, but its impact extends beyond child development. Fifty years ago, Head Start was envisioned as a federally funded pre-school program that would break the cycle of poverty. According to the Head Start website, upwards of 33 million vulnerable children, ranging from ages birth to five, have benefitted from its comprehensive services since then. However, a visit to Shippensburg Head Start adjacent to campus quickly illustrates that the benefits of the program have a far wider reach than just those children enrolled.
Few teenagers can brag that they have encountered sharks, stingrays, and an array of other sea life as certified scuba divers.
Dr. Chris Schwilk, associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education, made this opportunity possible for teenagers with special needs earlier this year.
The stage was lit, the curtain drawn, and the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir projected through the theatre, bringing to fruition the long-awaited vision of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Years of inspiration, planning, construction, and revision led to that moment. A moment when, on December 5, 2005, staff, supporters, volunteers, performers, and patrons finally realized the gem that had been created.