What a year 2015 was at Ship! The new year kicked off with new leadership as Dr. Jody Harpster '74M was officially named SU's sixteenth president on January 22. Also in January, the university announced its first doctoral degree program, a doctorate in Educational Leadership, in partnership with Millersville University.
The university again received national recognition by US News & World Report and was named "Readers' Choice" in the annual "Simply the Best" issue of Harrisburg Magazine. Several programs also earned national recognition, including the John L. Grove College of Business and its MBA program, as well as the Department of Criminal Justice.
We celebrated the achievements of students and faculty who received prestigious awards, including Lavell Simpkins '15, who was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow; Dr. Luis Melara, associate professor of mathematics, who became the fourteenth SU faculty member to receive a Fulbright grant; students in SU's Investment Management Program, who claimed first place at the Quinnipiac University Global Asset Management Education Forum; field hockey player Lucy Kauffman '15, who was named the female 2015 Walter Byers Scholar by the National Collegiate Athletic Association; and Colin Brackin '16, who was named the national ROTC Cadet of the Year. The women's volleyball team earned the 2015 PSAC Volleyball Championship.
In April, more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their research at the annual Minds@Work Conference.
During both spring and winter commencements, we congratulated nearly 1,300 students who earned their degrees and officially became Ship alumni.
In August, about 1,750 freshmen and transfer students made Ship their second home. Many of them started their college careers by volunteering for the community during Welcome Week activities.
We welcomed grads, family, new students, and friends to campus during Alumni Weekend, Parents and Family Weekend, Welcome Week, and Homecoming.
In October, we celebrated as Dr. Harpster officially was inaugurated as president.
During the Steelers vs. Bengals game on November 1, the Ship family cheered on the SU Marching Band as they played the pre-game and halftime shows at Heinz Field. Also in November, Ship signed an agreement with universities in Germany and Sweden to expand international educational experiences.
To kick off the New Year, Wes Mallicone, director of sports medicine, will represent the Gift of Life Donor Program on its float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.
It was a busy year at Ship! We are proud of all the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends who helped make 2015 so phenomenal. Cheers to another great year ahead!