Ship might be nestled cozily among the farm fields of south-central Pennsylvania, but it certainly doesn’t have trouble getting its name out there. In just the first two weeks of 2016, our alumni, faculty, staff, and students have proudly represented Ship on the big screen, the small screen, in professional sports, abroad, and elsewhere.
Wes Mallicone, director of sports medicine, kicked off the New Year on the Donate Life America float in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Mallicone is a passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age nine and received a lifesaving liver transplant in 2011. He was one of twenty-four transplant recipients to represent the organization on New Year’s Day.
Green Bay Packers’ John Kuhn ’04 was named to his third Pro Bowl and recently played his fourteenth career playoff game. Kuhn has earned two Super Bowl rings, one with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 and one with the Packers in 2010, and has compiled 18 carries for 26 yards and four TDs while adding 15 receptions for 106 yards and three more scores.
Ship’s Chess Club has reported nothing but positive results from its first international competition in the Perenyi Memorial Open Chess Tournament in Budapest, Hungary. During the nine-day competition, Anthony Ciarlante got Ship’s first win, followed by Jacob Painter with two wins, and Dr. Dave Kennedy, club advisor and associate professor of mathematics, with one win. “The average player in the USA would be one of the lowest rated people in a Hungarian tournament, so wins are not easy to come by,” Kennedy said.
Cross Country Coach Steve Spence ’85 and his daughter, Neely Spence-Gracey ’12, made headlines as they continue to impress in the running world. For forty years, Olympian and marathon runner Spence has run a sub-5-minute mile. Following in her father’s footsteps, Spence-Gracey is preparing for the Boston Marathon.
Grab a ticket for Concussion and watch for Jeb Keller ’06, who landed a role as a high school football coach, and Travis Proctor ’10, who played both a wide receiver and defensive back (#30 and #82). The movie, which is about a doctor trying to raise awareness of football-related head injuries, stars Will Smith and Alec Baldwin.
And, thanks to Netflix, our famous Ship sweatshirt has made the rounds again with the promotion of the new series Fuller House. In a snapshot of the cast from the original series Full House, DJ Tanner sports a vintage Ship sweatshirt that was passed along to her from an alum who worked on the show.
Can’t wait to see what the rest of 2016 has in store! If you have a Ship spotting to share, let us know! Post it on our Facebook page, tag us @shippensburgu, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.