Tuesday, September 30, 2008


OCTOBER 24 - 26th, 2008

Humanitarian Awards Luncheon
Friday: 12 pm - Ceddia Union Building
This year's recipients are Rev. Janice Bye, United Campus Minister and Dr. David Lovett '77-'83M, assoc. vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

1st Annual SU Service Project
Friday 2pm King's Kettle, Fayette St.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
Friday: 6pm - Student Rec. Ctr.
Inductees are Richard Dyer '84, Jeffrey Fickes '91, Ellen Banick Kellar '94, Melissa Nash Mertz '95, David Miller '82, Laurie Gibble Mumma '92, Larry Rhone '61-'72M, Lisa Rice Rudisill '92, and Jeffrey Taylor '84-'88M. Honorary inductee is David Smith.

Spirit Rally
Friday 8:15pm Heiges Field House

Alumni Party @ Knute's Pub & Grill
Friday: 8 - 11pm
Let's get this party started! Bring your friends to kick off the 2008 Homecoming celebration. Hors d'oeuvres &cash bar with door prizes.

Alumni Hospitality Room
CUB Lounges Friday, 8am - 1pm
Enjoy coffee, tea, juice and pastries while visiting with other alumni.

Homecoming Parade
Saturday: 10:15am
Show your Raider spirit! Bring a chair or blanket to see some of the most school-spirit students and alumni of all time. The parade will leave the community center at 10:15am and arrive on campus around 10:45am.

Tailgate Lunch at the Red & Blue Alumni Tent
Saturday: 10am - 12:15pm., behind Seth Grove Stadium
Why hassle with bringing all your own food and drinks when you can tailgate with us? Relax and let us do the work! Tailgate lunch: hot dogs, shredded beef barbecue, fried chicken, baked beans, sauerkraut, chili, potato salad, chips, pretzels, brownies, coffee, hot cocoa, sodas, water.
Former Green Bay Packer Rob Davis '92 will be available from 11:30am -12:15pm and will sign autographs. Tickets are required.

Football Game Kick-Off vs. Bloomsburg
Saturday: 12:30pm

Alumni Party @ Wib's
Saturday: 12:30pm
Relive your college days for an afternoon football party at Wib's. Pizza and light refreshments with a cash bar. Door prizes will be handed out as the Red Raiders take on the Huskies on closed circuit TV .

President's Postgame Supper & Martin House 100th Birthday
Saturday: 3:30pm Martin House Lawn
President Bill Ruud and his wife Judy invite you to picnic at their house following the game. Menu includes boneless chicken breast,hot dogs, hamburgers,Italian sausage,chicken corn and vegetable soup,an assortment of vegetables,salads, breads,desserts,non-alcoholic beverages.

Saturday: 8pm Luhrs Performing Arts Center

Alumni Party @ Market Cross Pub
Saturday: 8:30 - 11:30pm
Continue the Homecoming celebration with SU alumni and friends for a postgame party with faculty and administrators. Hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and cash bar provided with door prizes throughout the evening.

University Bookstore
CUB 1st Floor Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm / Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Take home a few items with your special 10% discount

Starbucks Open
Lehman Library Saturday, 9am - 4pm / Friday 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

For more information on Homecoming Weekend, please contact
University Relations at (717) 477-1218 or email: alumni@ship.edu
Homecoming 2008 Chair: Carol Henicle '66

That should cover it... all you need to know about this year's events... are you planning on attending? Let us know... hope to see you there...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Red Raider Tailgating at Kutztown
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008
Tailgate Party: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Wiesenberger Alumni Center - 15197 Kutztown Rd (Main St)
Kick-off: 1:05 p.m., University Field, KU
Cost: $5.00/person (n/c Raider members)

Red Raider Tailgating at West Chester
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008
Tailgate Party: 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Lot S2, lot next to softball field, South Campus, WCU
Kick-off: 2:05 p.m., Farrell Stadium, KU
Cost: $5.00/person (n/c for Raider Club members)

Enjoy tailgating before every home game:
September 27 - Millersville 1 pm game
October 4 - CW Post 1 pm game
October 25 - Bloomsburg HOMECOMING 12:30 pm game More info later
November 1 - Cheyney 1 pm game
*(Prior to the last home game, there will be a dedication of the new Student Recreation Center - or "SHIP REC" as they refer to it... this is a state of the art facility including raquetball/squash courts, cardio equipment, basketball courts, and an indoor track for the students. To christen the Ship Rec, they will break a champagne bottle on the corner of the building (((significant of how a boat is christened!!)))
Last game November 8 - at California

Monday, September 15, 2008

SU: Dear old Red and Blue

In the dear old Cumberland Valley
'Neath the glowing sky
Proudly stands our Alma Mater
On a hilltop high.

My husband and I attended an event this past weekend at Ship... it was interesting to see a different side of the university. It was the president's recognition dinner where they gave an update of how much Shippensburg Foundation had raised over the past year, their hopes for the upcoming year, and how any contributions have benefitted the school. Dr. Ruud recently explained, " No matter whether you are a current member of the campus, a recent alumnus or retiree..., your Ship has changed and is continuing to change - all with our students in mind."

Yes, here's my "Rah-Rah SU"... and what better timing: the Annual Fund will begin this week so if you've updated your info thru the university, you can expect a phone call asking for donations. Okay, that was my warning: but remember~ we had to make these calls as part of our community service hours, and it was fun to talk to those OLD people!!!

Back to the event and on a positive note: we were reintroduced to President Bill Ruud, we ran into Jerome Dean, the current Alumnae Association President, and I spoke with Ellen, who was our Panhellenic Advisor when I attended Ship. Dr. Blaine Shover and the Madrigal singers performed for the group, and Dr. Shover smiled and said that when he ran into people that evening, their response was all the same: "You're still here???" (I admit, I remember him, I had him for Intro to Music... TWICE!!! but that's a whole different story!)

Here's my favorite part of the evening: we sat down at a table with two elder women and a gentleman. (The couple was husband and wife.) They asked if we went to Ship and I explained I graduated in 93 and my husband in 91... the one lady joked that those numbers sounded more like their ages than graduation years!!! Throughout dinner, we were entertained by their stories of Ship... how the women lived in Horton Hall and the men lived in Old Main... that they would meet in the Old Main dining room for dinner (dressed, of course), how they had to sign out if they went anywhere for the evening (the one lady laughingly said she that they were so strict, she felt like she had more freedom at home!) These women were two of about eight alums from the Class of 1958 who escorted the Class of 2008 at graduation... they were also honored this summer at Alumnae Days for their 50 year anniversary!

You hear stories of how you make lasting friendships in college... "they" say to enjoy it because it is a special time in your life... as you move on, everyone experiences different yet exciting times as they start their own families, are rewarded by their careers, etc. - but it's still fun to reminisce with old college friends... and it's so inspiring to see women like this... that have maintained their special friendships for over 50 years! They were brought together by one thing we also all have in common...
Isn't SHIP great???!!! See you at Homecoming!

Swell the chorus ever louder
We'll be true to you
Hail to thee our Alma Mater
Dear old Red and Blue


Along the lines of beginning to raise money for "THE" event (celebrating our 25th Anniversary next year), Tara Pomponi Whisenant has set up a wonderful fundraiser for us. She is an independent consultant for Pampered Chef.
Hey, we can all get a head start on our holiday shopping... after all, there are only 86 shopping days until Christmas!!! :)
To check out these great items please visit: http://www.pamperedchef.biz/tarawhisenant
Click on "order products" - lower left-hand corner... Under Option 1 - type "Tau Lambda Alum"... Order products... The event will run until 12/5/08... and when you place an order, be sure you choose to have the products shipped directly to yourself.
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Taken from
Charlotte Smarty Pants

by Jen P:

On this special day, I remember my best bud, Jen Bunich and wish her a happy, happy birthday up there! Not a day goes by when I don't think of her and miss her dearly. When I reflect back on how Charlotte Smarty Pants has evolved, I can't help but ache in my heart wishing she was here with us enjoying this special ride. She would be so proud of us. And you, our CSP readers, for all of the incredible support you have given us whether it be through a comment on a post, a Smarty Mom nomination, a referral to your friends, or just living Smarty. Trust me, she sees it all. So on this day, I'm reaching out to our Smarty friend, Keely Lane, Captain of the Jen Bunich Team for Lungstrong. On February 4, 2008, CSP was forever changed when we lost Jen to non-smokers lung cancer. The entire Charlotte community was shocked by the intensity of this disease. We have decided to direct our philanthropic efforts to LungStrong in Jen's name. Meet Keely:

"Dear Smarty Moms & Friends,
I'm here to tell you about a topic that should scare the Smarty Pants right off of you! Did you know that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women? Let me say that again....lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Additionally......it kills more women each year than ALL gynecological cancers COMBINED. Yes...more than breast, ovarian, uterine, etc. COMBINED. This fact was brought to light in a most unfortunate way when we lost our amazing friend and Co-Founder of CharlotteSmartyPants.com, Jen Bunich. When Jen died suddenly from stage 4 lung cancer, with very few symptoms, we were beyond shocked.

Why IS lung cancer such a killer? Well....there is a 'smoking' stigma associated with the disease. People think that lung cancer is caused by smoking, and since smoking is a choice the federal government has been unwilling to fund research for a disease that they think can be prevented. But the fact is....just as many non-smokers as smokers are getting lung cancer. Because there has been so little funding for research for lung cancer, there is no early detection system in place; therefore by the time people realize they have lung cancer it is often too late because the cancer has already metastasized. Think about it.....we have pap spears to detect uterine cancer, mammograms for breast cancer, colonoscopies for colon cancer, skin screenings for skin cancer and so on...but what is there for lung cancer - NOTHING!! It is time to take a stand and raise money for research to create an early detection system and treatments for lung cancer.

Charlotte Smarty Pants is joining forces with LungStrong - a local organization putting on a race at Lake Norman on October 18th, 2008. Funds raised from this race will go to Lungevity - a research organization out of Chicago, as well as Presbyterian Hospital's Cancer Ward. This will be the second year of this event and we plan to continue this effort each year and even take the LungStrong organization to a national level. As a Smarty Friend, I call on each of you to join the Jen Bunich Team in honor and remembrance of our friend. I've set a goal of $25,000. Yes...it's a hefty goal, but with your help we can reach it. You do NOT have to be a runner - you can walk, volunteer or even make a simple donation.

Jen left such a mark on this world as an amazing mom, wife, daughter, friend, and co-worker - let's now let her lead us to a new level of awareness of lung cancer. In her name and honor, I'd like to see an early detection system and a CURE!
Your Smarty Friend and Jen Bunich Team Captain - Keely"

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

End of Summer - AOII flip flops

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