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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome Summer Series: New York City

As summer draws to a close, this will be the last of our series... but keep the ideas coming so we can bring it back next year!!
NEW YORK CITY: Now of course there is MUCH to do in New York... and there is definitely something for everyone... but this week we're planning a girl's weekend or couple get-away. I Love NY:

Where to stay: These are a little more, but well worth it!
Vincci Avalon - European-style boutique hotel, minutes from the Empire State Building, Penn Station, Herald Square shopping, and the heart of Manhattan's business district.
The Muse Hotel, chic, urban oasis in the theatre district within walking distance to midtown including Times Square, Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue shopping.
Where NOT to stay: yes, these options are reasonable; but not worth the frustration: Hotel Pennsylvania - conveniently located also across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, the hotel has been newly renovated within the past few years; but it's STILL an OLD hotel (small bathrooms, hot water has been known not to work... books quickly during the weekend of the Westminster Kennel show, since they allow pets... need we say more??) Milford Plaza also good location, but the rooms are VERY small (the double bed and nightstand take up pretty much the entire room) and have an older, dirty feel... I would recommend taking a sleeping bag rather than using their linens!

Unwind upon arrival: Local West: get off the train, head across the street, and enjoy a drink on this outside bar; after all, It's More Fun on a Roof. The website picture is the exact look of the bar, yes there is a view, but mostly just of MSG and the 34th Street post office!
Afternoon in the Park: The Boathouse Central Park: take a break from the city, relax, enjoy a light bite and cocktails overlooking the boats, lake and trees... you could even rent a rowboat or reserve a gondola ride.
Dinner we suggest Little Italy... no specific restaurant, we have stopped at many and every one is better than the last so you can't go wrong!!! Enjoy outdoor dining and the strolling musicians, even take in some Italian shopping.
For a nightcap: View Lounge at the Marriott Marquis: THIS is the place you go to see it all! The only revolving lounge in Manhattan, a great location to enjoy a drink and see the Big Apple at night.

And of course, if you're with the girls, there's shopping, shopping, shopping...
Any favorites of yours?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

SU Alum Events - August / September

Event: SHIP Night @ Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
Time: 6:30pm arrival, 7:00pm buffet dinner
Race Post-time: 6:45pm
Location: 777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville, PA
Alumni Hosts: Sam and Mae (Latsha) Sobczak '60
Cost: $49.00 per person.
Join us at the Hollywood Casino - dabble in some gambling, watch exciting races, enjoy good food, and just have some good old fashioned fun with great company!
Guest should plan on arriving at 6:30pm, with an Italian dinner buffet served from 7pm - 8pm. The tempting buffet will consist of chicken, seafood, vegetable lasagna, a selection of pastas, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages and many other items. Our private dining room overlooks the race track and comes equipped with plasma tv's and a bartender. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the price.
RSVP Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2009

Event: Alumni & Friends Outing at Chambersburg Country Club

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Shotgun Start : 5 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.
Location: Chambersburg Country Club
For members and your guests, join your alumni hosts Lou Minisci '91-'96M, Ph.D. and Tim Ebersole '83-'00M, along with SU President Bill and Judy Ruud for golf and dinner at Chambersburg Country Club. Join them for an exciting round of 9 holes starting at 5pm followed by a 7pm dinner with fabulous door prizes at the club.
A cart fee and per person dinner cost will be charged to your member account and will be applied to your monthly minimum. Costs and entree choices will be available early summer. Not available to golf? You may also RSVP for dinner only.
To RSVP: Please RSVP by calling 717-477-1218, or e-mail . When making your RSVP, please be prepared to let us know how many will be golfing, your guest(s), your number for dinner, and your entrée choice(s).

Event: End of Summer Alumni Social @ Cassell's Grille, Mt. Holly Springs

Date: Thursday, September 3, 2009
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cassell's Grille (on the deck), 5 W. Pine St., Mt. Holly Springs, PA
Your Alumni Host: Debbi "Juba" Chronister '89
Cost: $10.00 cover charge
Join us for this end of summer bash on the deck at Cassell's Grille! We'll have a delicious selection of hors d'oeuvres, great friends, intriguing conversation and a cash bar. Cassell's Grille proprietors are Barry, Nolan, & Annette Cassell and is located at the former location of T. Jimmy's in Mt. Holly Springs. Plan to join us.
Please RSVP by: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Cover charge payable in advance or at the door. RSVP's appreciated.
To pay by credit card, please call 717-477-1218.
Checks payable to SUAA/SU Foundation.

Event: Lunch with President Bill Ruud @ The Abbey at the Harp & Fiddle, York, PA

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Abbey at the Harp & Fiddle, 110 N. George St., York
Join Shippensburg University President Bill Ruud and fellow alumni for a complimentary lunch. Enjoy the selection of sandwiches & chips along with great conversation. President Ruud will share information regarding the University's Master Plan and take time for Q & A beginning at 12pm. Please plan to join us.
Please RSVP by: Monday, September 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009


By Ashley H: taken from Charlotte Smarty Pants
Yes, it's still 108 degrees in the shade but Fall is just around the corner and with it comes Lungstrong, a signature fundraising event for CSP. This Run/Walk 15K/5K supports lung cancer awareness and benefits LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding lung cancer research. LUNGevity Foundation is the pioneer in lung cancer research and is the leading private provider of research funding for the #1 cancer killer. Yes, it's gravely true, lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the U.S...more than breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers COMBINED. Yet, it is the least funded cancer for research. Approximately 50% of the people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.

There are the startling statistics and then there are the individuals that comprise them, and when lung cancer claims one of your own you fight back with all you got. Such is the case with the Charlotte Smarty Pants family. In February 2008 (a mere 3 months after launching this site) lung cancer claimed the life of our beloved co-chief founder, Jen B., who never smoked a day in her life. This is the event we get behind in a Smarty big way in memory of her. It's so important to raise money for research so a cure can be found and not another life is lost to this unforgiving disease. For Jen B. and for others in our Smarty family. PLEASE consider joining OR DONATING to Team Charlotte Smarty Pants for Lungstrong 2009!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Welcome Summer Series: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Nothing says summertime like going to the OLD BALL GAME! This Wednesday we're checking out some ball parks:
To see the 2008 World Series Champions, Philadelphia Phillies Citizen's Bank Park is a great place to watch the game! We know, we must consider our "OTHER" PA fans: Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.

The minor league parks offer an evening of entertainment with the little ones in mind:
Reading Phillies visit the picnic area or pool pavilion with fireworks after Thursday,Friday,AND Saturday night games.
Wilmington Blue Rocks offers TWOriffic Tuesdays: $26 includes 2 box seats, 2 hot dogs, 2 sodas, 2 scorecards, and 2 baseballs. Also checkout their Bailout '09, where 9 games have been designated as "discounted nights" with $5 tickets,$1 hot dogs,.50 scorecards, hats just $2.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs check out the newest Coca-Cola park, with fireworks after every Friday night game, kids run the bases Sundays.
Harrisburg Senators promotes Wednesdays Cheap Gets Cheaper: select games, fans can buy half off General Admission tickets are $2.50 for adults and $1.50 youth / senior tickets.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Recruitment Update

Alumnae: Do you know a Ship student you wish to nominate to become one of us?? See details below how YOU can help make that happen!

For many of our collegiate chapters, recruitment success is highly dependent on the receipt of Membership Information Forms from AOII alumnae. All alumnae in good standing with the Fraternity are encouraged to participate in the process that benefits both the chapter and the potential new member. While only collegiate members have the privilege of selecting new members of our fraternity, an alumna’s roll is also essential. Information provided by alumnae ensures that all potential new members are given serious consideration for membership. Alpha Omicron Pi strongly encourages the pledging of verified legacies whenever possible so submitting a Legacy Information Form is also crucial.

Please click here to download the MIF. All submissions are due 9/5.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Welcome Summer Series: Arboretums, Gardens and FREE National Parks

Looking for some outdoor fun this Wednesday?
In the Philly area, nature takes a "boug" at Tyler Arboretum and their Totally Terrific Treehouses which runs through September 27, 2009. The exhibit began last year with 17 houses; this year they've been cut down to 10 and each one is more interactive and just bigger and better! It's a great 'morning field trip' (there's not enough to do to spend the entire day)... pack a picnic lunch and be sure to visit the Butterfly House which is along the walking trail. Open 9 am daily, admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3 and older.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY "BACK TO NATURE" EXPERIENCES: Go out on a limb... and get a bird's eye view of the Tree Adventure at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Nature's Castles can be seen at Longwood Gardens... once there, be sure to check out Fountains & Fireworks, Family Firefly Nights, and the Bees Bats and Bugs exhibit. OR Come outside and Play at the Camden Children's Garden.

The NATIONAL PARK SERVICE is offering a "Fee FREE Weekend" August 15-16, 2009. Here is a list of parks that you can easily take public transportation to from your Amtrak station.

Adams National Historic Park
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Nauset Light, Eastham

Independence / Liberty Bell National Historic Park
Edgar Alan Poe National Historic Site

Catle Clinton National Monument
Governors Island National Memorial
Status of Liberty / Ellis Island National Monument

Fort McHenry National Memorial and Historic Shrine
Clara Barton National Historic Site

Capitol Hill Parks
Constitution Gardens
National Capital Parks
White House

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August 2nd: Happy Friendship Day

The Miracle of Friendship
by Anonymous

There is a Miracle called Friendship
that dwells within the heart
and you don't know how it happens
or when it even starts.

But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift
and you realize that
is God's most precious gift.

Have a great day, friends!