Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


In 1936, Stella George Stern Perry wrote, "We wanted a fraternity that should carry on the delightful fellowships and cooperation of college days into the workaday years ahead and to do so magnaminously. Above all, we wanted a high and active special purpose to justify existence and a simple devotion to some worthy end."

Stella's wish for AOII then, remains AOII's wish for her members today: "May you have all the joy in it all, dear children, that we (founders) have had all the way! May you love one another as happily always as we four have done in a life-long fellowship without break! And may your decendants in Alpha Omicron Pi bring to you the glory that you yourselves are to us today!"

You can read more of Stella's Letter, her inspiring speech written for the Ohio Valley District Convention in 1936.

Happy Birthday, Stella!

Friday, December 4, 2009


It's that Holiday Baking Time again... and we thought we would share some favorite - but SIMPLE recipes!

(Trust us, they taste EXACTLY like the Girl Scout Thin Mints!)
Use "Dark Mint Chocolate" - these are chocolate 'bits' and can be found wherever they sell candy molds, we found them at Michael's Craft Store. Melt chocolate, using double boiler (first pan filled with water, second pan inside with chocolate. You don't want to melt the chocolate directly on the stove, this can cause it to burn.) Dip RITZ crackers into chocolate and place crackers on wax paper to dry. Voila! THIN MINTS! Easy enough???!!

Please share...

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Three towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird, including Turkey, Texas (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, Louisiana (pop. 363); and Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 270).

Macy's Christmas Parade— signifies the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy's employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television. Tony Sarg, a children's book illustrator and puppeteer, designed the first giant hot air balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927. He later created the elaborate mechanically animated window displays that grace the fa├žade of the New York store from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade.

The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country--the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.

Of course, in keeping with the spirit, we must take a moment to reflect on all we have to be THANKFUL for... and especially this year, as again we wish to thank those 37 women that took on the challenge... 25 years ago and made Tau Lambda possible... we are lucky to be a part of AOII at Shippensburg... and thank YOU for continuing to check in with us... enjoy your day!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Words to Live By

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Congratulations to our newly initiated sisters!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lobby for Greek Life

Alpha Omicron Pi is sponsoring two collegiate members to attend the annual NIC/NPC Congressional Visits April 17-21, 2010, to help gain support for the Collegiate Housing Infrastructure Act (CHIA). For the past few years, the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference have been working on an effort to make Greek housing safer and more affordable through this legislation.

These Congressional Visits allow Greek students and Alumni to visit Washington, DC and to lobby on behalf of issues facing collegiate members. Past participants have found this to be a great opportunity for networking and enhancing their knowledge of the current political environment in our nation’s Capitol and legislative affairs more broadly. Student participation is perhaps the biggest factor helping us to gain recent support in Congress for legislation important to the success of our organizations. The CHIA currently has 166 sponsors in the House of Representatives and 24 sponsors in the Senate. While this is great progress, we are still behind in making our bill a major priority for the committees of jurisdiction.

If selected, you will be asked to participate in preparation work leading up to the Congressional Visits. Click here for an application.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Jingle Bell Run - Malvern

Be there with bells on!
Jingle Bell Run
2009 Jingle Bell Run/Walk®
Malvern, PA
Sunday, December 13, 2009, Day of Registration begins at 8:00 am, Race begins at 10:00 am, General Wayne Elementary School

Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

CSP update

Taken from Charlotte Smarty Pants:
I am happy to introduce you to this week's Smarty Dad, Boris Bunich. And the timing couldn't be more perfect. Today, Charlotte Smarty Pants celebrates its second anniversary. And we wouldn't be here today, without Boris' wife and co-founding smarty, Jennifer Bunich. We are saddened by the lost of this wonderful mother, wife, friend and daughter, but her legacy lives on in Charlotte Smarty Pants, her gorgeous daughter Claire and wonderful husband Boris. We hope that you enjoy getting to know this special and oh so Smarty Dad, Boris.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a dad?
I don’t know if I can pick out just one part, so I’ll cheat and say everything. I love going into her room every morning and watching her wake up and enjoying how warm and snuggly she is when she’s still half-asleep. I love it when I go to pick her up from daycare and how she drops everything and runs toward me at full speed screaming “Daddy…Daddy… Daddy” at the top of her voice when she sees me come in. I continue to be amazed at the healing power of a kiss when she gets a “boo-boo” and I love that every time I ask her what she dreamed about when she wakes up, her answer is always “flowers, butterflies, rainbows and daddy”. I laugh when she’s telling me a story and all of a sudden pauses and says “Daddy, I lost my words” and I am astonished at how quickly all the stress and pressure of being completely responsible for her 100% of the time disappears when she sighs, thinks for a moment and says, “Daddy… I love you”.

To read more about this "Smarty Interview" please check in with CSP.

Friday, November 13, 2009

friday the 13th

Henry Ford would have hated 2009, and not just because it's been a tough year to sell cars. Ford, as the story goes, refused to do business on Friday the 13th, and this week marks the third time this year that the 13th will fall on a Friday — the most times it can happen in one year. In 2009 this applies to the months of February, March, and November. The next year to have three Friday the 13th dates will be 2015.

Fears surrounding the number 13 are as ancient as the act of counting. Primitive man had only his 10 fingers and two feet to represent units, this explanation goes, so he could count no higher than 12. What lay beyond that — 13 — was an impenetrable mystery to our prehistoric forebears, hence an object of superstition. In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in 12 months of the year, 12 signs of the zodiac, 12 hours of the clock, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles of Jesus, 12 gods of Olympus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.

Friday's bad reputation goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. It was on a Friday, supposedly, that Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden fruit, ejecting them from Paradise. Tradition also holds that the Great Flood began on a Friday; God tongue-tied the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday; the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday; and, of course, Friday was the day of the week on which Christ was crucified. It is therefore a day of penance for Christians.

But don't spend the day in the grips of paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th): If Wall Street is any indication, Friday the 13th may actually be a lucky day. The stock market, it turns out, tends to do better on Friday the 13th, rising by an average of .04 percent on each of the past 185 Friday the 13ths, according to the Bespoke Investment Group.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

honor our veterans

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

The Veterans Day National Ceremony (pictured) is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11:00 a.m., a color guard, made up of members from each of the military services, renders honors to America's war dead during a tradition-rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Take a minute today and think of our veterans...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

sesame street celebrates 40

11.10.09: Today marks the beginning of Sesame Street's 40th season... that's right, old favorites like the lady bug picnic, Mr Hooper's store, Elmo and Zoe, Maria & Gordon, Oscar the Grouch... today's special episode features first lady Michelle Obama. Take a "trip down memory lane" or catch a season preview.
40 years and still chasin' the clouds away...

Monday, November 9, 2009

news & noteworthy: ship football

The Shippensburg University football team has advanced to the Division II Football Championships for the first time in five years, earning the No. 2 seed in the Super Region One standings. The Red Raiders earned a bye and will host a game at Seth Grove Stadium on November 21.

way to go, raiders!!!
Click here to vote Rocky Rees Liberty Mutual's 2009 Coach of the Year.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shippensburg Turkey Trot

Spending Thanksgiving in Shippensburg?
Come and be part of something NEW & EXCITING!
Thursday, November 26, 8:00AM
Memorial Park/SAMS & SAHS campus
Shippensburg, PA 17257 US

The 1st Annual Shippensburg Turkey Trot
Check-in: 8:00-8:20 a.m.
Race Time: 8:30 a.m.
Course: 5K in the area of Memorial Park, Middle School & High School.

Registration: $15 with long sleeve T or $10 race only.
To request registration form:

All proceeds benefit The King's Kettle of Shippensburg

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
~Johannes A. Gaertner

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hungry for Lunch?

Today is the anniversary of John Montagu's birthday. It's believed that this 18th-century English noble, better known as the fourth Earl of Sandwich, wanted to eat with one hand during a 24-hour gambling bender. So, he instructed his servants to serve him his lunch meat between two pieces of bread. To celebrate the occasion, November 3 is "National Sandwich Day."

People everywhere enjoy sandwiches daily. The NRA (no, not that one--we mean the National Restaurant Association) says that after fruit, the hamburger is the second most popular lunch choice by full-time employees; 15% typically choose a hamburger for lunch. They claim it is the most popular type of sandwich in America and is offered on 75% of menus listing sandwiches, as well as being the most popular carry-out item in America. Second most popular is the chicken sandwich.

And of course, don't forget to order a Coca-Cola with that sandwich!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Founding SISTER PROFILE: Karen Allen Anthony

Please share a little about yourself: I am completely blessed to be happily married to my college sweetheart (literally…he was AOII Sweetheart the year after I graduated) John. Our two children, Jonathan (14) and Maggie (13), continue to be the lights of our lives and we live in Mechanicsburg, PA. I enjoy teaching 5th grade in the Camp Hill School District.

What was SHIP like? A fantastic, college 45 minutes from my home which was just the right amount of distance to come home when I needed but far enough to feel like I was on my own.

What differences have you seen? I’m sad to say that although I don’t visit as often as I’d like, I was fortunate to return to earn my teaching certificate in 1993. When I do visit, the new buildings and traffic patterns continue to blow me away!

What is your favorite AOII memory? My favorite collegiate memory was when John’s fraternity (Kappa Sigma) invited the sorority over for an impromptu mixer because classes had been cancelled due to snow. After we danced together the entire night, we’ve been together ever since. (Unless you count that time that he stupidly broke up with me while in the library for a 12-hour period)

My favorite alumnae memory was and still is being able to still participate in events with the wonderful members of the Harrisburg Alumnae chapter…. what an amazing group of women ranging in age from their early 20’s to their early 90’s!! Although returning to a career after being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years has interrupted my ability to join them for their monthly events, it is truly heart-warming that I can participate when I am able!

What is your most meaningful AOII moment? Having the most beautiful inside and out woman, Rosamond Bratton, be my sponsor at our founding chapter initiation performed by then international president, Ginger Banks, along side of my real life sister, Deb (Allen) Wirth ’85. It doesn’t get any more meaningful than that!!!

What were the challenges for AOII in the beginning? It was really tough standing up for our beliefs with regards to hazing and the other groups on campus weren’t very receptive to these convictions. We just kept plugging away knowing full well that as long as we stood together as one unit, we’d knock all their socks off…and we did!

What was your vision for this new sorority? Forming an involved/philanthropic organization with lasting friendships with the bonus of passing on the legacy of a fraternity/sorority that would last for years to come…thanks to the countless people who have worked so hard to keep that idea alive!

What do you remember most about your SHIP days? All the fun moments (and yes an education) with such wonderful friends and of course my early days with John. It’s amazing how songs from the 80’s can bring memories flooding back!

What funny story can you share with us? Hhmmmm…since having children, all my funny memories are about them. (Some professionals refer to it as Maternal Brain Cell Loss) I’m sure that when I read other’s stories, a whole bunch of memories will come rushing back!

What is your most proud accomplishment since college? Raising happy, healthy, responsible, caring and spirited children in a home environment that I am proud of.

What advice can you give our current sisters? Try to think of the bigger picture of life being more than just yourselves…practice random acts of kindness…remember to feed your soul….stay active and involved in all aspects of your life!

Other comments? Thanks to all those sisters who pledged after the original 36…it’s because of all of you that Tau Lambda is alive and well!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Jokes

Q. What do goblins and ghosts drink when they're hot and thirsty on Halloween? A. Ghoul-aid!!!
Q. What is a Mummie's favorite type of music? A. Wrap!!!!!
Q. What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A. A sand-witch.
Q. Where does a ghost go on Saturday night? A. Anywhere where he can boo-gie.
Q. Why did the ghost go into the bar? A. For the Boos.
Q. How can you tell a vampire likes baseball? A. Every night he turns into a bat.
Q. What do they teach in witching school? A. Spelling.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

red, red wine

Most of the fun writing for a blog is having the ability to chose a topic, (do a little research) and discuss... although most of our posts are 'random entries', we try to cover a variety of topics, somewhat pertinent to Shippensburg and AOII... but every once in awhile it's fun to go in another direction and compile our ideas... so this series, (our "best of") we will critique anything and everything that might be of interest to US... chime in!!!

So let's take a look at RED WINE! We can all be self-proclaimed connoisseurs and it's fun to research and document which wines we have tried ... drinking wine can be somewhat of a "hobby"... I enjoy attending 'wine tastings' (or holding our own) and hosting 'wine dinners' where we try to pair different wines with each course of the meal. (see, it's somewhat - dare I say - educational! lol) On a side note: I do have a simple 'rule' about wines and limit them to $10 a bottle (although I shop at Total Wine in Delaware where the products are a little less expensive) but you should be able to find all of these at least under $15 at a regular liquor store. So if you are a wine drinker and haven't yet tried these, I encourage you to check out OUR TOP 5: and of course, please add...

AVALON Cabernet Savignon from Napa Valley - Blueberry and plum nuances from the Syrah complement the dark cherry and black raspberry characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon. We found this on vacation in Avalon, NJ... this is hands-down my favorite!

ROSSO Red wine from Francis Ford Coppola California region - Made from a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sirah. The supple texture and rich, juicy flavors of plum, cherries, mocha, and strawberry jam make this wine a perfect accompaniment to any meal. I have served this often and all of our guests agree that this is a good choice.

RED TRUCK Red wine blend from Cline Cellars winery in California - Blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc for a juicy berry base the added Grenache and Mourvedre round out with licorice and spice for a full-bodied finish. Pretty cool, down to earth website admitting each truck make and model that inspired each of their wines! This was a 'neat label' wine that I picked up and it has become a favorite.

NINE x NINE Zinfandel from Central Valley, California - Full, forward aromas of black fruit, red fruit and smoke brim from the glass. Flavors are similarly full and forward; a mouthfilling melange of jammy blueberry and loganberry, accented by subtle cinnamon and nutmeg nuances. Currently a "chairman's selection" and on sale in Pennsylvania Liquor Stores for $9.99! I happened upon this one just in time for September 9th 2009!!!

MENAGE A TROIS Red from California -Three saucy grapes make up the blend. Zinfandel adds a juicy character, Merlot mellows and Cabernet adds backbone. Forward, spicy and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect trio. Besides the name being a conversation piece (although it may be a little embarassing to ask for by name!), this is a great blend.

Yes, I see the trend; I apparently really like red blends from California!

Check out some of the great wine names I found: Happy Camper, 3 Blind Moose, Mad Housewife, Running with Scissors, Bitch, Little Black Dress and... (here's where it relates to sororities!): Four SISTERS!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

around the water cooler

GREAT GAME:The Red Raiders football team in a thrilling game beat nationally-ranked Bloomsburg 28-27 this past Saturday. Bloomsburg was 8 and 0 and ranked number three in the nation before their loss to Ship. The Red Raiders scored with 46 seconds left in the game to take the lead.

Shippensburg, who was picked fifth in the preseason Eastern Division coaches poll, will play next week for the right to host the State Game when it travels to face Cheyney from O'Shields-Stevenson Stadium, kickoff 1 p.m.

Someone recently commented that they heard "SHIPPENSBURG" announced when watching Sunday Night Football... yes, it's true!
Shippensburg University Football program has had four alums compete as professional athletes in the National Football League. Shippensburg currently leads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with two active players at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season.

John Kuhn (’04) finished up his second season as a member of the Green Bay Packers, seeing an increase in playing time at the fullback position. The 2008 season marked Kuhn’s fourth in the NFL and third on an active roster. After appearing in all 16 regular season games in 2007, Kuhn became a regular face in the Packers first-team offense, appearing in 16 regular season games while making three starts. Kuhn finished the 2008-09 season with the best offensive showing of his career, becoming the first Shippensburg alum to score a touchdown in the NFL.

Brent Grimes (’05) earned a starting position at cornerback for the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons. Brent Grimes concluded his second season in the NFL as a key member of the Atlanta Falcons, the NFC South Champions. He was a starting cornerback through the first half of the season before being moved to a key part of the Falcons nickel and dime packages. On the season, he totaled 34 total tackles and six passes defended. Grimes also recorded a memorable interception and 25-yard return in an early season matchup with Kansas City.

Rob Davis ('92) announced his retirement on March 2008, ending a 12-year NFL career, the final 11 of which were with the Green Bay Packers. He currently serves the front office as the team’s director of player development. The first Red Raider to ever play in the NFL, Davis took over as the Packers’ long snapper in 1997 and played 167 games in a Green Bay uniform - the third-longest consecutive games streak in team history behind Brett Favre (255) and Forrest Gregg (187). Davis was also the first Red Raider to play in a Super Bowl as the Packers were defeated by the Denver Broncos 34-21 in Super Bowl XXXII on Jan. 25, 1998.

Ron Johnson ('03) was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 9, 2003 after spending the first four weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad. He appeared in three games that season for the NFC East champion Eagles who finished the year with a 12-4 record and lost to Carolina in the NFC Championship. He was released and signed by the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League on October 2006, but was released on February 2007 due to injury.

Pretty cool stuff, huh?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SHIP Happens (ings)

Saturday November 24th - 12:30 pm: Tailgating at Bloomsburg
Wednesday Oct 28th - Mechanicsburg 6:30 pm: Pathways to Success
Tuesday November 3rd - 7 pm: Philadelphia 76er's
Wednesday November 4th - Camp Hill 6:30 pm: Pathways to Success
Thursday Nov 5th - Harrisburg 6pm: Brews & Chews @ Troegs
Saturday November 7th - Horsham 9am-12pm: Cradles to Crayons
Saturday November 7th - Home football game: 11 am Bring your Tailgate
Friday December 11th - Washington DC: Ship Night @Kennedy Center

Monday, October 19, 2009

"excuse me while I kiss the sky..."

HOMECOMING 2009 well, here's to another GREAT weekend... Friday night AOII took over Maxi's (Craig was so glad to see us!!)... ... we had a blast at Knutes... and of course, were well represented at Wib's... the rain didn't damper our spirits and although the parade was cancelled and attendance at the game was very low, SHIP beat West Chester 24-19... hangin' out with the Pi girls, visits to the CUB and bookstore... checking out the "new and improved campus"... back to Maxi's, party at Shippen Place, Wib's (take 2)... a great time for all... can't wait to see everyone again in April!!!

Mark your calendar, Shippen Place is taking reservations for next year: October 23, 2010! (trust us, you don't want to miss it!!!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

25 Years and STILL Showing our Pride!

TOMORROW... (is only a day away!!)
Here's the "411":

FRIDAY NIGHT ~ Happy Hour at Maxie's If you ordered t-shirts, you can pick them up... Knute's Pub will be hosting an "Alumnae Party" at 8 pm... the girls will be at the Phi Delt house... then 'bar hopping' for the 21 year olds, hoping to meet up with alums...

SATURDAY ~ Eggs at AOII House at 9 am... parade begins at 10:15 and should arrive on campus around 10:45 (weather permitting)... 10:30 am - 1 pm tailgating at field with kick off at 1 pm... pizza and subs at Phi Delt around 4 pm with the girls(or Maxi's for us 'old timers')... and don't miss out on the "Greek Alum" party at Shippen Place starting at 6 pm ($5 for beer)!

IF YOU GO: The AOII house is located at 19 North Earl Street, it is the "brown" house on the corner... University Store will be open Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm and they are offering a 10% discount for all alums!... we have "AOII" buttons for alums, so look out for Coleen... and yes, there IS a Starbuck's in the library on campus! STILL IN TOWN: Tollgate, Wib's, Orky's (now a college bar), Maxie's... JUST SO YOU KNOW: Knute's is on King Street (almost across from Family Select) and is the closest thing to G-Man, since it's a 'sport's bar'... Market Cross Pub is further down King Street across from Subway but almost 'around the corner' from Maxie's... Black Horse Tavern is the bar at Shippen Place.

THIS JUST IN: Shippen Place had cancellations... and has extra rooms JUST for Friday night... if interested, call the hotel at 717-532-4141.
WEEKEND FORECAST - Friday rain with highs around 39 degrees, Saturday 36-38 degrees, rain and a chance of snow showers.

Monday, October 12, 2009


He led four expeditions to the New World, but never accomplished his original goal--to find a western ocean route to Asia. Instead, Christopher Columbus ushered in a new era in world history by opening up the Americas to exploration.

How much do you really know about Christopher Columbus and his voyage?
Columbus Day Quiz
Happy Columbus Day!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

countdown to the three day

Again, we would like to take a minute to praise three of our own who have committed to take on an awesome challenge for a good cause. They will be participating in the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Breast Cancer 3-Day . We wish them all the best with their 3-Day!

Carla Geary Diprospero will be walking in Philadelphia October 16 to 18. If you're in the area, stop by and support Carla at one of the various CHEERING STATIONS along the way: create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise - anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

Nikole Davis will spend October 23 to 25 in Atlanta for the cure. Surprise Nikole with postcard/letter, she will get while walking! MUST be postmarked by Oct 13. Breast Cancer 3-Day Post Office ATTN: NIKOLE DAVIS #370 880 Marietta Hwy. Suite 630 Roswell, GA 30075

Tara Pomponi Whisenant will participate in Tampa Bay October 30 to November 1st. To send Tara a postcard/letter, forward to: Breast Cancer 3-Day Post Office ATTN: TARA WHISENANT PO Box 40366 St. Petersburg, FL 33743, must be postmarked by Oct 20.

Friday, October 9, 2009

don't come empty handed

let us start with the "thought": it doesn't hurt to ask; the worst they can say is no. anyway, we throw a LOT of stuff out there to you... and we ask for a LOT of favors... maybe there's something that you agree with or are willing to help out with, and we really appreciate the support... but if you're not interested, that's fine... it was worth a try!

that being said, if you're planning on attending homecoming, feel free to bring something for the girls... you know: sweets, frozen dishes, snacks, even 'supplies'... hey; what college student doesn't love getting free goodies??!!! and if you haven't been back in awhile, it will give you more reason to be sure you stop by to see the house!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lungstrong 2009

Taken from Charlotte Smarty Pants:
9 days and counting…next Saturday, October 17th Team Charlotte Smarty Pants will be participating in Lungstrong 2009, a 15K run and 5K run/walk in Cornelius (Lake Norman). As most of you have read previously, Lungstrong supports lung cancer awareness and benefits LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to funding lung cancer research. You Smarties are all fully aware of how near & dear Charlotte Smarty Pants is to us and many of you know the history and evolution of CSP. For most of us at CSP our involvement came at the expense of having lost co-chief founding mommy, Jennifer Lisman Bunich, to non-smoking lung cancer in February 2008. Jen was 36-years-old at the time and left behind a beautiful 2 1/2-yr-old daughter and husband of 4 years. Jen had never smoked a day in her life, and in fact, died without knowing her diagnosis or that she was even terminally ill.
TO DONATE: To help Team Charlotte Smarty Pants as we wage our fight against lung cancer and remember those affected, click here to donate and follow the steps. Select any team member to donate to, it all counts towards our team goal.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

become a "PAL"

We are starting a new program that we are excited about.
It's called "PAL", which stands for "PI & ALUM LINK.

We are VERY pleased to announce that this semester, AOII will have EIGHT (8) New Members!!! (they will be one of the largest classes on campus!) Through this program, we will pair each of these eight new sisters with an alumnae to act as their "special friend".

We are asking that you as the PAL alum to offer support... either send them a quick e-mail once in awhile, maybe even a care package or letter (does anyone even send mail anymore?!?) and help to guide them thru their experience as an AOII collegiate. For us as alumnae, it will give us a "LINK" back to Tau Lambda... , more of a reason to go back to SHIP (how cool would it be to witness your PAL's Initiation - or even Induction into Alumnae Status!?!?!?) and someone we can check in on when we're in town.

For the collegiate, it will show them that they ARE making a lifetime committment... that we stand true to the belief that we WEREN'T AOII's, we ARE AOII's!!! We prove that we have always been a strong group, we have over 400 of us and we are re-connected and stronger than ever!!! We can then help when the time comes to transition our PAL into a Tau Lambda Alumnae.

We will be going thru the list of New Members and try to match them up: an alum from their hometown, someone that may have had the same major or that has experience in their field. If you are interested in volunteering, e-mail us at OR "add a comment". We will be sending out e-mails to a few to ask you to participate, and if you are interested, that's great; if not, maybe next time. And we will ask again next semester and hope this program will succeed and grow!

PLEASE consider being a PAL!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

on the road

show your SHIP spirit... these plates can be ordered in PA and MD.

Shippensburg Alumni Programs

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Stay Smart: Don't Get Burned!

OCTOBER 4th - 10th, 2009:
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years.

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze, the most devastating forest fire in American history was the Peshtigo Fire. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended. Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area. Within an hour, the entire town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin had been destroyed.

Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they'd been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.

What can YOU do???
replace the batteries in your smoke detectors... print out this Fire Inspection Checklist... be sure your home is fire-safe by hunting for hazards... and stop by your local fire company... we are always looking for volunteers... and not just those interested in fighting fires!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Think Pink

October is the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with each year being pinker than the last. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about increasing the awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection.

Always the 4th Monday in October, this year Pink Ribbon Day is Monday, 26th October.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Founding SISTER PROFILE: Deborah Allen Wirth

Please share a little about yourself: I live in Mechanicsburg PA with my husband, Bill, and two children, Chelsey and Mitch. My husband was a high school friend of my brother's whom I had secretly admired from afar. Ten years later, we "remet" each other in my brother's apartment. That evening, I joined my brother and Bill for a night out. A few years later, we were married. Our children are in high school now and are involved in many activities. Chelsey plays the mirimba in the marching band and indoor percussion. She sings in the choir of her church and also plays the bells. During the fall she enjoys playing soccer for our recreation league. She is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. Mitch, on the other hand, is a huge Pittsburgh Steeler supporter. (As you can imagine, football season is a very interesting time in our family.) Mitch also plays soccer and also enjoys playing golf, baseball and tennis. Recently, Mitch went on a missions trip to Honduras. It was a life-changing event for him. He enjoys singing and acting, and plays in the school's orchestra. Both kids have taken piano lessons since kindergarten. Speaking of kindergarten, I will be starting my 25th year of teaching (first through third grade) and feel truly blessed that teaching is one of God's callings for my life. Everyday has been filled with smiles, surprises, and celebrations. I am also an instructor for the Bureau of Education and Research (BER) and do independent consulting seminars. I have authored "35 Independent Math Learning Centers" - a teaching resource published by Scholastic.

What was SHIP like? What differences have you seen? SHIP is an amazing college. It offered so much diversity and choices for activities in which one could get involved. Of course, being an elementary education major, I absolutely loved the fact that the lab school was on campus. It made the coursework authentic. I believe SHIP is a top-notch university for education and recommend it highly. Obvious differences include the growth within the campus. It's amazing to see all the new buildings and all the state-of-the-art equipment. My daughter plans to become a special education teacher. Mitch has always wanted to be in the science field, but has recently talked about becoming a middle school life science teacher. If either or both decide to definitely major in the education field, I certainly hope they consider SHIP as an option for college.

What is your favorite AOII memory? My most favorite AOII memory is of Rosamond Bratton. Rosamond was the initiation sponsor for my (blood and AOII) sister Karen and me when Tau Lambda was first founded on the Shippensburg campus. Our relationship continued for many years, and the three of us developed such a deep bond of friendship and love. Karen and I, along with our (then) toddler children, would visit Rosamond frequently when she moved to a nursing care facility in Elizabethtown. The six of us would walk Rosamond around town in her wheelchair. She loved getting outdoors. She loved everything about life. I am reminded of her often as I view the tender flower in painting she gave to me so many years ago - her gentleness, her grace, her glow, her beauty. Rosamond was our angel on Earth and has inspired us both so very, very much. Rosamond was the epitome of AOTT's legacy.

What is your most meaningful AOII moment? My most meaningful AOII moment was being initiated with my (blood) sister, Karen Allen Anthony. It was fun being a legacy right off the bat! Karen and I have always shared a special bond. Having AOII be a part of that during our college and alum years was icing on the cake.

What were the challenges for AOII in the beginning? The biggest challenge for AOII was gaining acceptance from the other fraternities and sororities on campus. It didn't seem to take too long for the relationships to develop, however. Another challenge I remember is when we had to determine the offices and roles within the sorority.

What was your vision for this new sorority? The vision I had for this new sorority was to encourage a sisterhood that had its foundation in trust and friendship - something I felt could be hampered with hazing rituals. I truly appreciated the "fresh" perspective that AOII offered to college women.

What do you remember most about your SHIP days? When I think about my SHIP days, I smile. It is truly breathtaking to me to drive into campus and see the beauty that it holds. Although my memory continues to fade, thinking of SHIP blankets me with warmth and fondness. Being at SHIP was a wonderfully exciting time for me. It was the place where I truly spread my wings.

What funny story can you share with us? During my freshman year, there was another girl (I'll refer to her as Mary) who had the same exact schedule/classes I did. She, too, was in elementary education. Although Mary did extremely well academically, many times, she lacked common sense as evidenced by the following vignette: Mary and I were in the same dorm (Kieffer Hall), same wing, but different floors. Upon exiting out the same doorway as the fire alarm was sounding, she says to me, "Oh, did you have a fire drill too?" Scary to know she's a kindergarten teacher isn't it??????

What is your most proud accomplishment since college? My most proud accomplishment is one I share with my entire family. A little over three years ago, our entire family was baptized together at the Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church. It was truly a surreal moment that Easter Sunday morning when the four of us affirmed our love for Jesus Christ. We have become a much more spiritual family and enjoy the presence of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit working within our lives.

What advice can you give our current sisters? Allow yourself to take some time to sit quietly, count your blessings, and relish the relationships you have developed.

Other comments? A fun tidbit ... this coming up school year, I will have a student from Shippensburg do her observations in my classroom for her profession semester. The following school year, she will student teach with me. This is nothing unusual as I have had several student teachers from Shippensburg and other colleges. However, this Shippensburg senior is a former second grade student of mine! How strange it feels to have come to this point in my career!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Since its inception in 1996, Lee National Denim Day has adhered to a simple philosophy: one day, one cause, one cure®. In 13 years, that philosophy has become a mantra for millions and has made an impact Lee Jeans never dreamed possible.

It all started when several Lee Jeans employees realized that each of them, in one form or another, had been touched by breast cancer. An everyday conversation sparked an idea and led to the creation of Lee National Denim Day, which has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers nationwide for breast cancer.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SU Community Food Expo

Thirteen area vendors will bring the feel of a farmer's market to campus Oct. 1 when Shippensburg University hosts its first Community Food Expo from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Chad Kimmel, associate professor of sociology and organizer of the event, called it "a celebration of local food and local issues. I wanted to bring together local farmers who are producing some of the healthiest and best tasting food around."

The free expo will take place in the street hockey pavilion located at the rear of campus across from the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Looking for some great HAUNTS??

As Halloween is approaching, here is a listing of some local 'haunts':

Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride
HAYRIDE: 20 minute hayride throught haunted forest at Arasapha Farms... over 50 actors creep out or fly over to scare. Rated one of the top 13 haunted attractions in the United States by Hauntworld Magazine, and USA Today and the Travel Chanel... also at this attraction - Bates MOTEL: up close and personal (not intended for children under 8)and a Haunted CORNMAZE. The entire event is wildly successful, one of the consistently most heavily attended haunted attractions in the country, and ranks highly on top ten national haunt lists every year. The combination of a wooded farm location in a major market(Philadelphia), big effects, major sets, unique scares and pure adrenaline makes it an all time fan favorite. Open October 2 thru 4, then runs every night (weather permitting) October 9th until November 1st. Open 6:30 pm daily until 9:30 weeknights or 10:30 pm weekends. If you go and enjoy it, VOTE here to rank them #1!
Yes, this one is OUR favorite!!!

Field of Screams featuring Haunted Hayride, Frightmare Asylum, Den of Darkness, and Little Screamers, a non-scary hayride. Located in Mountville, PA. Near Reading, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Carlisle, Harrisburg, Allentown.

Halloween Park A York County haunted house in in Central Pennsylvania (PA), York, York Haven, Strinestown, PA open every Friday thru Sunday September 18th thru October 31st.

Jason's Woods located in Lancaster PA with 9 hair-raising attractions including Hayride, Barn of Terror, Pirate's Revenge 3D, Mystery Maze, Macabre Museum, Pitch Black, Psycho Circus, Escape From OZ & Lost in Jason's Woods

Bedlam in the Boro - in Lineboro, Maryland MD near Baltimore, Westminister, Hanover, Gettysburg, & Frederick - open every Friday and Saturday October 9th thru 31st, this production is the work of Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department and features a hayride, House of Horror, and the Bedlam Bypass - a non-scary ride for all ages... attraction also features food and games.

Shocktoberfest - in Reading (Sinking Springs), near Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley. Featuring Prison of the Dead, Club Shock - ghoul nightclub, the Biohazard Hayride and 3-D Toxic Asylum.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Look Familiar???

Do you know what this is??? If you CAN'T identify this building, then IT'S TIME TO GO BACK!!! There's so many additions and improvements to the Shippensburg campus, REISNER dining hall (pictured) is only one of them... but if you haven't been here lately, please come visit... Homecoming 2009 is that perfect opportunity!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009


A phys psych professor at CCNY had the following fun trivia for his class about this amazing fruit:

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it.
Never, put your banana in the refrig!!! Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to b eat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power
: Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

Want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Spill the Beans" - SHIP

5th Annual Black Bean Cook-off
Held September 26, 2009, 11am-3pm
Ticket admission price includes full chicken dinner
Location: Green space on 696 / Earl Street near SU campus
Cash prizes!
"Spill the Beans" is a charitable fundraising event held annually in Shippensburg, PA. Participants in the event include college fraternities and sororities, individuals, and local businesses or other organizations.

100% of the profits will be distributed to support the projects of these largely volunteer, non-profit groups: Downtown Organizations Investing Together (D.O.I.T.) and The Shippensburg Area Boys and Girls Club

Entertainment: This year's event will feature a DJ, children's games, the Little Miss Bean Queen contest, and more!

Monday, September 21, 2009

2 New Looks on SU Campus

By ROXANN MILLER Senior correspondent, Public Opinion:
Shippensburg University celebrated the official reopening of two of its facilities --Ezra Lehman Memorial Library & Reisner Dining Hall --with ribbon-cutting ceremonies Saturday. With the $1.5 million project complete, the first floor of the 40-year-old library has been transformed into a 24,000-square-foot library-learning center.

Rick Ruth, vice president of information technologies and services at SU, told faculty, trustees, students and other local dignitaries at the ribbon cutting that today's library is very different from the library of the past. "Gone are card catalogs -- replaced by computer access terminals. Gone are typewriters -- replaced by computer labs and network printers. Gone are paper notebooks, pencils and pens -- replaced by laptops, notebook computers, net books and smart cell phones," Ruth said.

"Today's library is not the dull silent or motionless place of the past. It has color. Discussions are going on, and it is abuzz with activity. You will find posters, poetry, movable furnishings, group study rooms and, of course, a Starbucks," Ruth said.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Reisner Dining Hall (pictured), SU President Bill Ruud bragged about the world-class dining available on the SU campus. "This is truly a changed facility. It is modernized and it has responded to the new desires and needs of students," Ruud said, referring to the honorable mention that Reisner received from University Business Magazine. The $17 million project was completed ahead of schedule in May.

The dining facility expanded from 51,000 square feet to 59,000 square feet in order to move the cooking areas into the serving areas, add more student seating and create a more inviting dining experience. Three large televisions, a Bose sound system, and bistro-style seating has added to the dining experience, according to university officials.

For ALL SU happenings: news and noteworthy events, check in with us!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

3 Day Team: We DREAM

We are pleased to announce yet another one of our own who has made this worthwhile committment to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day! Kudos to all of you who are accepting this challenge and participating... let's show our sisters some support! If anyone else out there is also participating or would like to share your cause, be sure to drop us a line!

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I have taken on an incredible challenge. On October 30 I'll be walking 60 miles over the course of three days, camping out at night with thousands of other women and men taking this journey with me.

It's for an event called the Breast Cancer 3-Day, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Every advancement in breast cancer research, treatment, education and prevention in the last 25 years has been touched by a Komen for the Cure grant. They are working hard to build a future without breast cancer, and I plan on raising $2300 to help bring us closer to that goal.

Please consider making a donation. You can donate online at Please also ask your employer if they will double your donation with a matching gift. Thank you to those who have already made a donation!

Without a cure, one in eight women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer. That's why I'm walking in the 3-Day. Because everyone deserves a lifetime.

Just follow the link below to visit my personal fundraising webpage and make a donation. If you don't want to donate online, please download and print a donation form and mail it to the address on the form. Or you can call 800.996.3DAY to donate over the phone. I would like to reach my fundraising goal by [date], so don't delay!

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and thank you for your support.

Tara Whisenant
Team We DREAM (Do Remember, Everybody, And More)
P.S. Don't wait - donate today!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

you say it's your BIRTHDAY...

There's no excuse NOT to celebrate!!! Check out these freebees for your big day... (most require online registration prior to your birthday and many restaurants will send you coupons to redeem).

Applebees - free dessert
Baskin Robbins - FREE 2.5 oz ice cream scoop and a coupon for $3.00 off of an ice cream cake for your birthday!
California Pizza Kitchen - free kids meal the month of birthday
Coldstone Creamery - free ice cream creation on your birthday
Dennys - free meal
Joe's Crab Shack - free cake
Maggiano's - sign up for discount coupon
Melting Pot - free chocolate fondue for 2 w/purchase of entree for 2
Olive Garden - discount offers
Perkins - email offers on your birthday and anniversary
Red Robin - free burger
Ruby Tuesdays - free handcrafted burger
Shady Maple Buffet in Lancaster County - free dinner on your birthday (If your birthday falls on a Sunday...they are Amish and are not open on Sunday’s... your free dinner is on Monday.)
Spaghetti Warehouse - free spaghetti dinner
Uno's Chicago Grill - free entree

Friday, September 18, 2009

Greek Move-In

Greek Move-In: Fraternities and sororities help freshman on campus move into their dorms...

What a great looking group...
doesn't this make you proud??!

Great job, girls!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

SHIPstock 2009

2 pm - 2nd Annual SU Homecoming Service Project - 30 Fayette Street
Join SU Alum Board at King's Kettle Food Pantry... help stock their shelves for the holidays. Donations greatly appreciated
6 pm - Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner
Inductees: Stephanie Arnold '98, Gary R. Best '97, Richard T. Diggs '75, George Hrubovcka '57 posthumously, Pamela Nee '98, Donald Thorn '61, Donald Miller honorary.
8 -11 pm Alumni Party - Knutes Pub & Grille SU alums, cash bar, door prizes
8 pm -Homecoming Celebration Spirit Rally - Heiges Field House

8am- 1pm Alumni Hospitality Room - CUB Lounge
Enjoy coffee, tea, juice and pastries and visit with other alums in the CUB lounge. Starbucks open 9 am - 4 pm in Lehman Library.
9 am- 30th Annual Army ROTC 10K Run
10:15 am Homecoming Parade
Grab a seat to witness the "SHIP" spirit... parade will go thru town at 10:15 am and arrive on campus approximately 10:45 am.
10:30am - 12:45pm - Tailgate at the Red&Blue Alumni Tent
Lunch $10/person includes all the pre-game favorites
1pm - Red Raiders vs. West Chester Golden Rams football game
$6/adult Cheer on the Red Raiders... halftime events feature SU Marching Band performance and the crowning of 2009 Homecoming King and Queen.
4 pm - President's Postgame Supper
$10/person President Bill Ruud and his wife Judy invite you to picnic supper at their house following the game.
8 pm- AMERICA performs at Luhr's Performing Arts Center
for tickets, visit

University Store Offering 10% discount for alumni all weekend.
Open Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Live in Shippensburg? Help the community get in the Homecoming spirit by participating in the House Decorating Contest October 12 - 17.
For more info:
To find out WHO will be there... join our "Shippensburg University AOII Alumnae" group on facebook and view the event "Homecoming 2009", there is also an "all Greek event"... feel free to forward it to other Ship alums!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HAPPY 25th, TAU LAMBDA! greek greek greek graphics
On the day we celebrate Tau Lambda's charter, we thought it appropriate to salute Theresa Levenduski and our founding sisters:

Geri Adams
Deb Allen
Karen Allen
Jan Brzozowsky
Jennifer Clark
Allison Coltrane
Donna Cope
Holly Coryell
Sharon Detweiler
Patty Dougherty
Deb Eichenser
Lisa Ford
Jean King
Virginia Kinzler
Kathy Laite
Jane Lawler
Stacey Leh
Michele Little
Marilyn Manderbach
Jill McLaughlin
Bonnie Mead
Denise Munsell
Ann O'Brien
Mandy Poeta
Lynn Ramond
Carol Rauschmayer
Christine Renner
Susan Seaman
Diane Shaeffer-Rankin
Pam Simon
Linda Temoyan
Marie Thurell
Sue Tracy
Christine Trayer
Lora Vittone
Lori Weachter

Thank you all for your dedication and hard work to bring AOII to Shippensburg University! This will kick off our Sister Profile: Founding Sisters which will give us a chance to get to know them as we count down to our 25th Celebration Weekend... Be sure to check back the first of each month for our "featured founder"!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

is there anybody out there???

if you are an avid reader of the blog and enjoy one of our posts or have some ideas, please let us know... feel free to comment, add suggestion or direction... we'd love to hear from you... go ahead, chime in!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grandparent's Day

It is only right and fitting that one day of the year is set aside to honor our grandparents. It is time to celebrate those special people in our lives.

National Grandparent's Day originated in 1978. Then President Jimmy Carter declared it to be the first Sunday after Labor Day.

If you can, enjoy the day with them - or at least give them a call.

Friday, September 11, 2009

one good deed

When we ask our parents or grandparents, they can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when JFK was shot; most of us recall being at school watching the gloomy day when the Challenger set off for space... or when the Gulf War began. But it is unfortunate that 9/11 means something to all of us... and so many of us know someone or their family directly affected by that horriffic day.

A few organizations took it upon themselves to make a positive out of this most disturbing of days... and with the help of the late Senator Ted Kennedy as the co-signer of the bill, President Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which established 9/11 as a NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE.

This seven-year campaign was led by one exceptional nonprofit, MyGoodDeed. This group is asking for all Americans to help create a legacy that honors September 11 victims and acknowledge those who rose to service in response to the attacks on America by just doing something nice! Pledge to perform "ONE GOOD DEED" during this week. Either help a neighbor, family member, volunteer, engage in a charitable activity or begin a project for your community. You may post your deed or obtain ideas for new ones... visit: OR if you have ideas of what WE as a GROUP could do, PLEASE SHARE!!!

Also happening: This Friday there will be a star-supported evening tribute launched by President Obama and First Lady Michelle to the 9/11 community, giving free tickets for the "United We Serve" event to the volunteers. Speakers include NY Governor David Paterson and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, others participating in the event will be late-night host Jimmy Fallon, the Harlem Boys & Girls Choir, The Roots, and Anjulie.

And of course, remember to display your AMERICAN FLAGS!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


It's 9-9-09... and many are dressing to the nines!
So why not get in on the act?
After all, you're unlikely to experience another single-digit date in your lifetime. The next one won't roll around for 92 years -- until 1/1/2101.

Those who like to play with numbers will have a field day on 09/09/09.
The date falls on a Wednesday in September, both of which have 9 letters.
September 9 also is the 252nd day of the year. 2+5+2
In addition, if you multiply a single-digit number by 9, the resulting two digits add up to 9. Consider: 8x9

Take me out to the ballgame
The number 9 abounds here. There are 9 innings (before extra innings), 9 players at a time on a team, 90 feet between bases and nine strikes per inning, 27 (9+9+9) outs per team in a regular-length game and 9 was the uniform number of Ted Williams.

Tweet away ...
Republicans are asking Twitter users to log on at 9 p.m. ET for what is being billed as the "largest Twitter tea party ever."

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day

Hopefully you all have the chance to sit back and relax today... as summer draws to a close &everyone prepares to go back to school...enjoy the day!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Pathway to Success Alum Workshop

SU Alumni Association: Pathways to Success Alumni Career Workshop Series
Don’t miss it! Perfect for those that need to network for job searching and excellent for anyone who wants to help advance their career or for their own professional development. Attend one or attend all of these free sessions held at Employer worksites. If you can’t join us in person, you can participate remotely from your home or office.

All workshops are held from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
For workshop descriptions and additional information, go to or visit our on-line brochure. To register, contact the University Relations office at or 717-477-1218. Please register at least 5 days prior to the workshop.

September 23, 2009: Teamwork & Ethics in a Multi-Generational Workplace
Presenter: Bert Wendeln ’89, President, The Carlisle Group
Location: Murata Business Center, 453 Lincoln Street , Carlisle, PA 17013

October 28, 2009: Maximize Yourself: High Impact Ways to Promote Yourself for Advancement Opportunities
Presenter: Dave Hargrave, District Marketing Manager, Federated Insurance
Location: Federated Insurance, 1100 Bent Creek Blvd. 2nd floor, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

November 4, 2009: Finance 101 - the Basics Every Manager Should Know about Budgets
Presenter: Frank L. Rankin ‘80, Partner, CLTC, Special Care Planner, Investment Advisor Representative, Wienken & Associates
Location: Wienken & Associates, 100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 201, Camp Hill, PA 17011

January 27, 2010: Demystifying the Language of Business
Presenter: Jason Kirsch '95, Vice President/Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Metro Bank
Location: Metro Bank, 3801 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA 17111

February 24, 2010: Customer Service – Dealing with “problem” Internal and External Customers
Presenter: Scott Martin, Branch Manager, ABF Freight System, Inc.
Location: ABF Freight Systems, Inc., 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17013

March 24, 2010 (Round table discussion): What’s the RIGHT Price? Who KNOWS! Setting your price for products and services
Facilitator: Jeff Snyder ‘88, Sales Manager, Wagman Metal Products, Inc.
Location: Wagman Metal Products, Inc., 400 South Albemarle Street, York PA 17403

March 31, 2010: Engaged Employees: The Impact to You and Your Organization’s Bottom Line
Presenter: James P. Shellenberger ’01, Audit Manager, McKonly & Asbury
Location: McKonly & Asbury, 415 Fallowfield Road Camp Hill, PA 17011

April 6, 2010: Interview For Success!
No matter where you went to school, no matter what your GPA is, no matter who you know--if you are unable to interview successfully, you won't get the job. This class is designed to help you successfully interview and get the job you want.
Presenter: Matt Swanger ’04, Human Resource Generalist & Karen Carmack, SVP Human Resource Manager, SPHR, F&M Trust
Location: F&M Trust, 20 South Main Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201

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Thursday, September 3, 2009


As we welcome the new school year, we thought it would be fun to give you an idea of what was going on 25 years ago as our TL founders began THEIR year at Ship... Where Were You???:

- Ronald Reagan was president of the United States(defeated Walter F. Mondale for re-election.)
- Terms of Endearment named Academy Awards "Best Picture of the Year".
- Winter Olympics were held in Sarjevo and Summer in Los Angeles.
- 1984 was a leap year.
- The space shuttle Discovery completed it's maiden voyage.
- 36 of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians form Band Aid, record "Do They Know It's Christmas", to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
- It was the Chinese Year of the Rat.
- Over 250 years after their deaths, William Penn and his wife Hannah Callowhill Penn were made Honorary Citizens of the United States.
- Vanessa Lynn Williams became the first Miss America to resign her crown after nude photos appeared in "Penthouse" magazine.
- Bobby Ewing found himself in the crossfire as a rival tries to gun down his brother J.R. on the season finale of Dallas.
- "Every Breath You Take" by the Police won Song of the Year and Culture Club named Best New Artist.
- Other top songs: Madonna "Like a Virgin", Kenny Loggins "Footloose", Tina Turner "What's Love Got to Do With It", Prince "When Doves Cry".
- Clara Peller was featured in the "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's for the first time.
- Apple Computer launched its Apple Macintosh with its famous half-time Super Bowl commercial.
- Michael Jackson's hair caught fire filming a Pepsi commercial.
- TV Premiers included: The Cosby Show, Who's the Boss?, Miami Vice.
- We said good bye to shows:Capt Kangaroo,Fantasy Island,Happy Days.
- International President Ginger Banks initiated Tau Lambda.

What do YOU remember from the year? Please share!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Join the Raiders Pack

Your child can join the Raiders Pack! The program was established to support Raiders football on the field and in the stands. Membership is open to children ages 5 – 12. For $10, each member will receive a t-shirt and free admission to home football games when accompanied by a paying adult.

Members of the Raiders Pack will lead the Raiders out onto the field prior to each kick-off and a section of seats will be reserved to watch the game. Supervision of Raiders Pack members in the reserved seating area will be provided from the start of the game until halftime. Information is available on-line at under HIGHLIGHTS, e-mail or call 717-477-1218 for details.

HOME GAMES: Played at Seth Grove Stadium begin at 1 pm, SHIP Alumni Association will hold "Bring your Own Tailgate" from 11 am - 12:30 pm for each of these games... be sure to join them:
September 12 - Lock Haven *PARENTS WEEKEND
September 19 - East Stroudsburg
October 10 - Kutztown
October 17 - West Chester *HOMECOMING
November 7 - California (PA)

September 5 at Edinboro
September 26 at Millersbille
October 3 at C.W. Post (Brookville, NY)
October 24 at Bloomsburg: SU Alum Association will host TAILGATING from 12:30pm - 2pm with Kick-off at 2:30pm
October 31 at Cheyney

Watch Raider sports streaming live or replay them whenever you choose. Mediasite is available approximately 30 minutes before the game begins. Mac users must first install Flip4Mac on their computer to view this stream--

Monday, August 31, 2009

SHIP Open House - Alums Needed!

Greetings SHIP Alum... WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Alumni Admissions Program helps maintain our tradition of academic excellence by encouraging academically talented students to apply and attend Shippensburg University. As a member of the Alumni Admissions Program you will serve as an Alumni Admissions Representative (AAR) and provide students with the “personal attention” and “encouragement” that can make the difference between a student choosing SHIP or another institution. Providing your perspective as an alumnus is the most important component to the success of this program, and is an invaluable element that helps the University reach and possibly exceed its overall undergraduate enrollment goals.

This year we are planning an on campus event during our Prospective Student Open House. We invite all interested alums to come to campus for a day of fun and learning. The event will be held on September 19, 2009 and will begin promptly at 8:00am. The morning will be filled up by meeting and greeting with parents, students, faculty, and of course, The Admissions Staff. There will be much information shared and the day will conclude with a free lunch at the newly renovated Reisner Dining Hall and a brief “What to expect as an AAR” session. Optional campus tours provided.

If you are interested in becoming an AAR, please reply to informing of your interest. We are hoping to have an accurate count of interested Alums by Wednesday, September 9, 2009. Your prompt response would be much appreciated.

This message was sent via email from:
Joseph A. Luna, III
Assistant Dean of Admissions -Office of Admissions
1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, Pa 17257
717-477-1123 x3367 717-477-4016 fax

Sunday, August 30, 2009

SU Alum Assoc Updates

Upcoming events for our alumni in SouthCentral PA
SHIP Social @ Cassell’s Grille (on the deck) in Mt. Holly Springs, hosted by Debbi Juba Chronister ‘89 – Sept. 3
Lunch with President Bill Ruud @ York Blue Moon Restaurant – Sept. 23
SAVE THE DATE: Homecoming Weekend 2009 – October 16-17
SHIP Tailgating @ Bloomsburg University – October 24
Brews & Chews – Tasting @ Troegs Brewing Co., Harrisburg hosted by Matt Krupp ’04 and Nick Johnson ’04 – Nov. 5

Upcoming events for our alumni in the Philadelphia, PA area
Tour @ Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia – Sept. 26
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston – Just announced – Nov. 3
SHIP Volunteer Day @ Cradles to Crayons, Horsham – Nov. 7
Please Touch Museum @ Memorial Hall – Jan. 31
SHIP Alumni Social & Guest Bartender @ The Field House – March 25

Upcoming events for our alumni VA/D.C.
Wine Tasting @ Doukenie Winery, Hillsboro, VA – Oct. 3
Kennedy Center Jazz Concert, DC – Dec. 11

Visit us on-line and see our full calendar of alumni activities.
A year to connect & re-connect: The SU Alumni Association Annual Report is available on-line. Feel free to browse at your convenience.
To correspond with us, please e-mail or phone
(717) 477-1218. You may update your address or e-mail on-line by using our on-line update form. Follow me on Twitter!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

50 Years of Greek Life at SU

University celebrates 50 years of Greek life on campus
Fifty years ago, two small groups of men and women at what was then- Shippensburg State Teachers College began a legacy that continues today when they formed the first fraternity and sorority on campus.

In 1959, five women formed Alpha Sigma sorority (now Kappa Delta Phi) and about 15 men formed Tau Kappa Epsilon. They are celebrating their golden anniversary this year and the university is also celebrating the Greek system that now includes about 500 members, or about seven percent of the university’s undergraduate student population.

“Fraternity and sorority life teaches students the value of forming relationships, developing integrity, demonstrating responsibility, showing respect, contributing service, and exhibiting leadership,” said Dr. Roger Serr, vice president for student affairs.

According to Emilee Danielson, director of fraternity and sorority life, the celebration, “50 years of Fraternity & Sorority Life,” is more than just a list of the currently recognized organizations, “it’s 50 years of brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Additional activities are being planned for Homecoming in October. Danielson is also working with each group’s advisors and alumni to plan other highlights including planting of a Greek garden on campus, burying a Greek time capsule, organizing a campus or community wide “Greek Clean” road clean up and a Greek Education Series that will feature workshops aimed at meeting the different needs of Greek students.

“Fraternity and sorority life is as important to Ship as it was in 1959,” said Danielson. “As long as there are colleges and universities there will be fraternities and sororities. They are an essential part of American higher education culture.”

Thursday, August 27, 2009

BOOK CLUB: The Kissing Hand

"Chester Racoon stood at the edge of the forest and cried.
'I don't want to go to school,' he told his mother. 'I want to stay home with you. I want to play with my friends. And play with my toys. And read my books. And swing on my swing. Please may I stay home with you?"...

Story by Audrey Penn: A perfect first day story. This is a story about a little raccoon ready to start school. He talks about his fears to his mother, fears that most children have before beginning school. His mother comes up with a wonderful solution to help her little raccoon remember that she loves him and is thinking about him, even when she isn't with him.

This story is read before bedtime as part of our 'night before the first day of school tradition'... hope everyone has a great first day...

Friday, August 21, 2009

SHIP Happenings - Fall Kick-Off 2009

Quick update: What's going on at SHIP right now???

RAIDER RALLY Shippensburg University will hold its annual athletics Raider Rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 in downtown Shippensburg. This free event will include a majority of the university's athletes and cheerleaders along with prominent businesses in the local community. Participants can win great prizes at the festivities. Current and former university athletes and coaches will attend for autographs and pictures. Several local sponsors are offering sales, providing giveaways and holding contests, including a hot dog eating contest at Knute's, a dollar food menu at the Black Horse Tavern and a blue and red candle sale at the East Meets West emporium.

Lady Raider Field Hockey The Shippensburg University field hockey program will host its annual alumni game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 at Robb Sports Complex. The alumni game will have the even graduation years against the odd graduation years, followed by the 2009 squad playing a Blue & Red game.

FALL WELCOME WEEK:August 27th - 30th ~ Orientation for all freshman and transfer students... during this time, they "set sail" for their SHIP experience.

Opening game August 29th: 105th season for Red Raiders Football... game at Shepherd College in West Virginia, 1 pm kick-off.

Chapter Workshop Saturday August 29th from 9am to 5pm: Brooke Groenert (Assistant Director of Chapter Services) and Jen Thompson (Membership Development Administrator) will be traveling to Shippensburg to conduct a chapter workshop. After multiple policy violations last year and unsuccessful attempts to change they are planning an all chapter workshop to educate the entire chapter on AOII policy and procedure and what is necessary to be an active Alpha Omicron Pi Chapter. Advisers are encouraged to attend.