Wednesday, December 29, 2010

SU Football Names New Head Coach

Mark Maciejewski ’92/’96M has been named head football coach at Shippensburg University, effective immediately. Maciejewski, known as ‘Mac’, has been an assistant coach with the Red Raiders for 12 seasons and will replace Rocky Rees, who announced his retirement in September.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

SU Magazine Fall 2010

Shippensburg Fall 2010 Magazine now available online.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

AOII Homecoming 2010 - Raider Nation

Dear Tau Lambda Alumnae,
It's that time of year! It's time to come together for an eventful weekend of fun and sisterhood. The Tau Lambda sisters are very eager to see everyone and enjoy each other's company. We have an exciting weekend planned out and hope everyone can visit and enjoy it with us! This year we are combining homecoming with the new fraternity on campus, Alpha Chi Rho -"Crow". This si their first year back on campus and we are looking forward to doing homecoming with them. The following is the schedule for the weekend's events:

Friday October 22: Night on the Town - Knute's Pub and Grill for Happy Hour 5 pm - 7 pm: Come meet and mingle with the lovely sisters of AOII.

Saturday October 23: Breakfast @ AOII 9 am, Tailgaiting and Raider football game 10:30 am - 5pm... Game begins at 1 pm. Pizza Dinner @ AXP 6 pm.

We hope to see everyone next weekend... please join the Facebook group "AOII-Tau Lambda Homecoming 2010" if you are attending!

Alpha Love,
Allie DiGioia
VP Chapter Development/Activities Chair/Social Chair & Homecoming Chair

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Homecoming Weekend - October 22 - 23, 2010!
Homecoming 2010 Brochure
Highlighted Activities
Friday, October 22
2pm - SHIP Alumni Volunteers @ King's Kettle Food Pantry
6pm - Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
8pm - 11pm - Alumni Party @ Knute's

Saturday, October 23
10:30am - Homecoming Parade
10:30 - 12:45pm - Tailgate Lunch
1pm - Football Game
4pm - 7pm - President's Postgame Supper

Monday, October 11, 2010

IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Looking for PALs

As you may have heard, we have a great group of New Members for Tau Lambda! We began a program last year that we are hoping to continue each semester. It is called "PAL" and stands for "Pi girl - Alum - Link". Our hope is to match alums with a New Member to (a) offer additional support for the new member and some 'wisdom of their elders' and (b) bring our alums back "in the loop" with a hope that they will remain involved and not only would you have a friendly face who is a current member - but also more of a reason to come back to SHIP for reunions, Initiation, etc. We ask that you reach out to your PAL to introduce yourself and the rest is up to you. We try to match PALS with similar hometowns or majors (another great way to network!!!) You can email your PAL, send a note, or the next time you bake a batch of cookies, send a care package to her!! It reinforces "AOII is for a Lifetime" when they see alums who are still involved and still care. We hope that it will also encourage our new sisters to join alumnae chapters upon graduation or stay involved at some capacity.

So now we are asking for your help... if you are interested in joining the PAL program, we would love to match you up with one of the New Members of Tau Lambda. Please email us at We look forward to hearing from you so we can continue this unique initiative.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday Showdown Ends in SU Heartbreak

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – SU scores 27 points in second half; plays first multiple-OT game in school history.A national television audience witnessed two prestigious PSAC institutions compete in a truly memorable showdown on Thursday evening from Farrell Stadium, as both Shippensburg and West Chester totaled 512 yards on offense in combining for 87 points.

Yet what was likely the longest game in Shippensburg University history ended in the most unfortunate of manners for the Red Raider faithful, as a blocked extra-point attempt in the second overtime gave West Chester a 44-43 victory in a contest that ended just before midnight.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SU at West Chester

Shippensburg football team will play West Chester at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 7th at West Chester in a game being broadcast live on the CBS College Sports Network. That network is available locally on Comcast Digital channel 274, and on DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network channel 152. Individuals outside the Shippensburg area who want to watch the game should consult their local listings for the network’s channel. The game can also be viewed on the Internet at

Shippensburg and West Chester are the only institutions from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and two of just 12 Division II programs in the nation to be featured this season on CBS College Sports Network that reaches approximately 32 million homes throughout the United States.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Homecoming Countdown

Homecoming is only 2 weeks away!! Are you EXCITED? Are you READY? THIS IS RAIDER NATION!! Check out the Facebook link.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week: OCTOBER 3 - 10, 2010
This week we thought we'd share some striking facts...

According to an NFPA survey, only one in four Americans have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan (PDF, 632 KB) to ensure they could escape quickly and safely.

While 66% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 35% of those have practiced it.

One-third of American households who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Eighteen to 24-year-olds are the least likely to have even developed an escape plan.

Spend some time this week creating or reviewing your own could really make a difference!!! Click here for more information: HOME ESCAPE PLAN.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall Newsletter

Check your mail!!! The Sisters of Tau Lambda have just sent out their Fall Newsletter to give as a few updates regarding the chapter - and a few features to help us get to know some of the current sisters better. In an effort to save some $$ on postage, some of you may have received it via email.

Please be sure that you have updated your contact information. If you have changed your address or email recently, let us know:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tau Lambda Updates

From Tau Lambda President, Tawny Eder:
Recruitment has just finished, the chapter had great attendance at their events and have 10 New Members. 13 of our 25 active members will be graduating this May, so these numbers are very promising for us. We also have a number of interested freshman, and are hoping to keep in touch with them through the semester and into the spring, when they can go through the new member process.

One thing that the chapter is planning is an alcohol awareness event that will be held through the Shippensburg campus. There is a committee of sisters that are in the process of setting this up and brainstorming ideas, and we plan to hold this before the end of October. So far the chapter is planning to collaborate with another sorority or fraternity and inviting the new Miss. PA (Courtney Thomas). She was a student at Shippensburg and is still close friends with a few of the chapter's sisters. Her platform is alcohol awareness, so we are trying to ask her to be a speaker at the event. We are still in the developing stages, so if you or any of the alumnae have any ideas, please do not hesitate to share these ideas.

Another thing that the chapter is planning on doing, is helping another sister with a class. One of our sisters, Amanda Moyer, is a social work major and a class that she is taking this semester is focused on planning and executing a party/event. This party/event is to bring awareness to something, and this year they are bringing awareness to disabilities, and strictly with children. Tau Lambda is very interested in being a part of this and being awareness to disabilities, and are hoping that Amanda's teacher will allow us to set up a table where we can educate people about our philanthropy, juvenile arthritis. However, we will not know until next week how the chapter can help, and participate, in this event. We are also hoping that this brings good PR to the chapter as well. This event is (tentatively) taking place on November 17th.

Those are just a few of the major things that are occuring within the chapter thus far. We also are hosting our ELC (Educational Leadership Consultant) Molly Fenton this week. She has already begun to meet with sisters and even attended one of our recruitment events! She has been a great help to the chapter thus far and we are very excited to learn more from her while she is here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Recruitmen Update

Tau Lambda is pleased to announce that they have 10 NEW MEMBERS!!! (The most for any sorority on campus!) The chapter has also met many freshman they are hoping to recruit for next semester.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

SU at West Chester

SU Red Raider Tailgating @ West Chester
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Location: Lot S2, lot next to softball field, south campus, West Chester
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm Tailgate
Kick-off: 8pm Farrell Stadium, WCU

SU Alumni Association
Join us for tailgating @ WCU! We provide the tailgate, just let us know if you’ll be there.

SU Red Raider Football Complimentary Tailgate @ West Chester

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010
Location: Lot S2, lot next to softball field, south campus, West Chester
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm Tailgate
Tailgate hosted by the SU Athletics Dept. and alum Bob Batley '85 of West Chester and owner of Stadium Grille.
Kick-off: 8pm Farrell Stadium, WCU

Be our guest and help us prepare by letting us know you'll join our tailgate! Football tickets may be purchased at the stadium gates. West Chester Campus Map

RSVP to or 717-477-1218.


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Alpha Omicron Pi Supports of National Hazing Prevention Week

Brentwood – In honor of National Hazing Prevention Week, Alpha Omicron Pi is encouraging all of our chapters to participate in showing their campus and community that we are against hazing. This week, September 20-24, 2010, is National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) and is supported by

Chapters are encouraged to support all hazing prevention events on their campus as well as discuss hazing prevention within their own chapter. Alpha Omicron Pi has a Policy Regarding Hazing which reaffirms our position that hazing in any form is absolutely prohibited. The policy further states that “Hazing is not in conformity with the Rituals of Alpha Omicron Pi nor does it project an image of sisterhood and fraternal love.” Visit the AOII Hazing Hotline to learn how to anonymously report hazing.

“We want to encourage our chapters to show their campuses that Alpha Omicron Pi will not tolerate hazing,” said Barb Zipperian, International President. “We need to speak out against this behavior and these horrible traditions not only this week, but every day of every week.”

Alpha Omicron Pi was founded in 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. AOII has over 141,000 initiated members in 188 collegiate chapters and over 135 alumnae chapters across the United States and Canada. Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women’s fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the fraternity and community.

For more information go to or AOII's educational website Fulfilling_the_Promise

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Anniversary, Tau Lambda

26 years of sisterhood...
estabilshed September 15th, 1984 at Shippensburg University

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ship 9-11 Memorial Event

Shippensburg University will honor the men and women who lost their lives in the War on Terror at the 2010 September 11th Memorial Event.

The event is sponsored by the Student Veterans of America (SVA), an organization whose main focus is to ensure the well being of veterans as they make the transition from military to college life. Shippensburg’s newly-founded SVA is one of 300 chapters nationwide. It’s estimated the university has between 300 and 400 veterans as students.

The event is part of the SVA’s “Military Appreciation Week.” During the week of Sept. 6, the organization will place 6,500 flags in front of Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, approximately one for every service member who died in the War on Terror. The flags are donated by the Shippensburg VFW.

The memorial event begins at 9:11 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of Lehman Library. Speakers will include Major General Gregg F. Martin, commandant of the United States Army War College; Cumberland County Commissioner Barbara Cross, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel; Dr. Denny Terrell, Shippensburg University’s vice president of administration and finance and a retired Air Force brigadier general; and James Powers, Pennsylvania’s Director of Homeland Security. University music groups will also perform with the Shippensburg VFW and American Legions color guard and rifle units also participating.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

SU Alumni Happenings - September Events

SHIP 9 & Dine at Chambersburg Country Club
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Golf: 5 p.m.; Dinner: 7 p.m.
Location: Chambersburg Country Club, 3646 Scotland Rd., Chambersburg
Cost: Members $40 charge to account; Non-members $50
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. Dinner entrée choice includes chicken and shrimp over penne pasta, single crab cake or petite filet mignon. Salad and dessert are included.
To RSVP: Please RSVP by Sept. 15 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.

SHIP Alumni Social, DC
Date: Thursday,September 23, 2010
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gordon Biersch, 900 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Join us for SU Night @ Gordon Biersch! Unwind after a long day at work with good company. Let us know you'll be there - RSVP to or phone (717) 477-1218 by September 20.

Brews & Chews: Tasting @ Appalachian Brewing Co.
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA
Cost: $16.00 adults
Come out & Learn your beverage ABC's @ Appalachian Brewing Co.! Quench your thirst while learning from an ABC Brewmaster. Our evening will begin with a private tour of the brewery and ending in the Gallery for our SHIP Tasting session. Everyone will receive a 6 - 5oz samples and includes a buffet selection of delicious hors d'oeuvres. Plan to join fellow alumni, your hosts, and the ABC Brewmaster. Hope to see you there! For our planning, along with the brewery, RSVP's are needed in advance. Please RSVP by: Monday, September 13.

Alumni Hayride with Cookout
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 2:14pm - 4:15pm (Plan to arrive at 1:45pm)
Location: McCurdy's Tree Farm, 127 Chestnut Rd., Dillsburg
Cost: $9.00
Join us for a hayride through the tree farm, enjoy the changing leaves and the country atmosphere. Then we’ll spend the rest of our time by our SHIP toasty campfire, roasting marshmallows and making smores. (Bring your own long roasting sticks). Also included is the KIDZ ZONE featuring the 40’ Mc-Tube Slide and Bale Climb. Please RSVP by: September 20, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Game begins 1 pm at Seth Grove Stadium, Field Dedication Ceremony before game, T-shirt giveaway to first 1.500 students...

Monday, August 23, 2010


Shippensburg University recognizes that athletic events are an important component of the University experience. Game day activities also enhance social interaction and build community. Thus the following guidelines are designed to clarify individual responsibilities so that everyone may enjoy being on campus.

• Picnicking involves the consumption of food without any use of alcohol at the event.
• Tailgating within the context of this policy incorporates the use of alcohol in the picnicking activity.

1. Tailgates and picnicking will be permitted only in designated areas beginning 2 ½ hours before start of the game and up to 1 hour after game has ended.

2. Alcohol consumption is prohibited during the third and fourth quarters of the game. NON-ALCOHOLIC picnicking activity may occur during the course of the game, although attendance at the game is encouraged.

3. Tailgating is intended for small groups and it must involve picnic or food activity.

4. The possession and consumption of alcohol is permitted but only within the constraints of the law. Those violating any laws or policies are subject to removal from the tailgating/picnicking areas and/or possible criminal and university judicial sanctions.

5. Alcoholic beverages must be dispensed in cans, plastic bottles, or containers made of Styrofoam, plastic, etc. No glass bottles or glass containers are permitted. No common sources of alcohol are allowed. All drinking paraphernalia and drinking games of any sort are prohibited.

6. The use of charcoal grills is not permitted.

7. Individual vehicle owners are responsible for the proper disposal of litter in available receptacles or for its removal and subsequent disposal.

8. The University Police will monitor tailgate activity and enforce any laws which are violated.

9. Shippensburg University is not responsible for any damage or theft of property incurred while tailgating.

Shippensburg University is a smoke free environment.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


OCTOBER 22nd & 23rd: RAIDER NATION: Anchored by Tradition

Highlighted Activities
Friday, October 22
2pm - SHIP Alumni Volunteers @ King's Kettle Food Pantry
6pm - Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner
8pm - 11pm - Alumni Party @ Knute's

Saturday, October 23
9am - 10k Run
9:30am - College of Business Reunion
10:30am - Homecoming Parade
10:30 - 12:45pm - Tailgate Lunch
11am - Marching Band Reunion
1pm - Football Game
4pm - President's Postgame Supper
8pm - The Charlie Daniel's Band @ the Luhrs Performing Arts Center

Homecoming brochure
If you have not already done so, rooms may be available Shippen Place.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Shippensburg Corn Festival

DateSaturday, August 28, 2010
Time:10am - 11:30m
Location: Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce, 53 W. King St. (outside courtyard)
Alumni Hosts: Linda Gerber Basler '64-'89M, Pam Martin Bucher '97, Bill Naugle '81

Take a break from shopping and join fellow alumni for ice cold drinks and fruit while you stroll the streets and visit with all the vendors throughout the day. Stop in at the Chamber of Commerce and visit us in the shaded courtyard for a refreshing beverage. In case of inclement weather, we'll be inside the chamber.

While reservations are not necessary, they are appreciated by August 18, 2010 to help us prepare. RSVP to or 717-477-1218.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Friendship Day

There are good ships,
and there are wood ships,
The ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships, are friendships,
And may they always be.

- Irish toast

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SU Bus Trip to NYC

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Pickup Locations: 6am Carlisle Plaza Mall & 7am Harrisburg East Mall
Cost: $49.50

Seats are limited. Time in city is 11am - 6:15pm. Reserve early to guarantee your spot! Please RSVP by: Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Call 717-477-1218 or

Saturday, July 10, 2010

SU Alum Assoc: Phillies Watch Party

SHIP Alumni Association Phillies Game Watch Party, Philadelphia, PA
Date: Thursday, August 5, 2010
Time: Party begins @ 6pm
Location: McFadden's Ballpark, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $10.00 cover charge

Bring your friends and join us for a Phillies Viewing Party! The party begins @ 6pm, with gametime at 7:05pm. We'll provide a buffet of ballpark fare from 6pm - 8pm that includes hot dogs, chicken fingers, french fries, soft pretzels, popcorn , chips and unlimited soft drinks. Discounted bar drinks include $3 domestics and $3 well drinks.

Please RSVP by: Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 4th BBQ

More than 66 million of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It's probably safe to assume a large number of these events took place on the Fourth. Although we do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you can almost count on traditional favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods come from:

There's a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas. The Lone Star State is the leader in the production of cattle and calves.
The chicken on your barbecue grill probably came from one of the top broiler-producing states: Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi.
The lettuce in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of USA lettuce production.
Fresh tomatoes in your salad most likely came from Florida or California, which, combined, produced more than two-thirds of U.S. tomatoes. The ketchup on your hamburger or hot dog probably came from California, which accounted for 95 percent of processed tomato production last year.
As to potato salad or potato chips or fries, Idaho and Washington produces about one-half of the nation's spuds.
For dessert, six states — California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana — combined to produce about 80 percent of watermelons last year.

What's your BBQ menu today???

Monday, June 28, 2010

Job Networking

A great idea was sent to us... it may be tough right now for new and recent grads to find solid jobs...

Jennifer Sinclair's company has openings all over the country for entry level positions with great opportunity for promotion. She would love to help get a Pi a job (being the only Ship grad in her DC office!)... Here is the link:

If anyone else has 'insight' into possible job opportunities, please share... what a great way to help a sister out!!!
Thanks so much, Jennifer!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Grandma's Household Cures

Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade or Powerade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly
-- even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Balm for broken blisters...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine... a powerful antiseptic

White vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Friday, June 25, 2010

SHIP at the SHORE 2010

Date:Monday, August 2, 2010
Time3pm - 5pm
LocationFager's Island Restaurant, 201 60th St., OC, MD
Cover charge: $15.00 per person.

Take a break from the beach and join fellow alumni and friends for a late afternoon alumni party! Buffet style appetizers provided with a cash bar.

Please RSVP by: Friday, July 23, 2010 to or 717-477-1218

Cover charge payable in advance or at the door. For more, check out: SHIP at the SHORE.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The History of Father's Day

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.

Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Famous Flag People

Betsy Ross was a seamstress who made clothes for George Washington. In June, 1776, Washington approached her to make the country's first flag and the rest is history. Elizabeth Betsy Griscom Ross attended a private Quaker school as a child where she was taught reading, writing, and most likely sewing. She later went on to become an upholsterer who in Colonial times performed jobs beyond sofa making and repairs. .Betsy would often tell her children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends of the fateful day when three members of a secret committee from the Continental Congress came to call upon her. Those representatives, George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross, asked her to sew the first flag. This meeting occurred in her home some time late in May 1776. George Washington was then the head of the Continental Army. Robert Morris, an owner of vast amounts of land, was perhaps the wealthiest citizen in the Colonies. Colonel George Ross was a respected Philadelphian and also the uncle of her late husband, John Ross.

Naturally, Betsy Ross already knew George Ross as she had married his nephew. Furthermore, Betsy was also acquainted with the great General Washington. Not only did they both worship at Christ Church in Philadelphia, but Betsy's pew was next to George and Martha Washington's pew. Her daughter recalled, "That she was previously well acquainted with Washington, and that he had often been in her house in friendly visits, as well as on business. That she had embroidered ruffles for his shirt bosoms and cuffs, and that it was partly owing to his friendship for her that she was chosen to make the flag."

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, seeking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag. "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

Happy Flag Day... wave your flag proudly today!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Join SU Alums at Reading Phillies

Reading Phillies Baseball Game & Picnic
Friday July 23, 2010
Picnic Buffet: 6:00pm - 8:30pm, 3rd Base Picnic Area
Game Time: 7:05p.m
Location: First Energy Stadium, Reading, PA
Cost: $26.00/person; Children ages 4 and under are free.

Join fellow alumni for a night out with the Phillies! Evening highlights include happy hour at 5pm with drink specials and a live band, and fireworks after the game. Seating is in the 3rd base picnic area.

Picnic buffet includes BBQ ribs and chicken, hot dogs, baked ziti, BBQ sandwiches, mac & cheese, corn on the cob, pasta salad, potato salad, chips, pretzels, fruit cup, cookies, lemonade, iced tea, and Pepsi products, Wine, spirits, and beer are available for purchase.

To RSVP or for more info:

Monday, June 7, 2010

"New CUB" project begins

Taken from Members of the Shippensburg University community broke ground May 21 to officially begin expansion of the Ceddia Union Building.

The project includes renovation of the nearly 80,000 square feet of the existing building and construction of an additional nearly 57,000 square feet of space. When finished in December 2011, it will include expanded dining services, a convenience store, the University Bookstore and student programming and lounge spaces.

Another SU "landmark" that will be unrecognizable - new and improved!!

If you plan to visit: Due to the CUB renovations, The University Store will be temporarily in three different locations. Textbooks are in McLean residence hall lounge, clothing is on the first floor of the CUB and everything else is in the "SHIP Shack" located out side of McLean.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June: National Rose Month

June is National Rose Month... and is offering 25% off anything over $29... perfect reason to send roses "just because"!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Some Sound Advice

The end of the year is marked by graduations at many different levels, whether kindergarten, grade school, high school or even college... we thought it appropriate to share some ideas about what it means to "grow up":

Paul Harvey Writes:
We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.

I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.

I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.

I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.

It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.

I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.

I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.

When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.

I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.

On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.

If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.

I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.

I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy\girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.

May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.

I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.

I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.

May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.

I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hanukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.

These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


by Elaine Goodale

For stately trees in rich array,
For sunlight all the happy day,
For blossoms radiant and rare,
For skies when daylight closes,
For joyous, clear, outpouring song
From birds that all the green wood throng,
For all things young, and bright, and fair,
We praise thee, Month of Roses!

For blue, blue skies of summer calm,
For fragrant odors breathing balm,
For quiet, cooling shades where oft
The weary head reposes,
For brooklets babbling thro' the fields
Where Earth her choicest treasures yields,
For all things tender, sweet and soft,
We love thee, Month of Roses!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

SU Events - Hagerstown Suns

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010
Picnic Buffet: 6:05pm - 7:30pm, Picnic Patio
Game Time: 7:05p.m
Location: Municipal Stadium, 274 E Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown, MD
Cost: $12.00/person; Children ages 3 and under are free.

Join fellow alumni for a night out with the Suns! Everyone receives a Suns souvenir hat and evening highlights include fireworks after the game.

Our group will have a reserved section in the picnic patio along the 3rd base line as well as general admission tickets. After the picnic buffet, feel free to watch the game from the picnic area or from your general admission seats. Picnic buffet includes hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken breasts, corn on the cob, chips, soda and water.

RSVP by July 12, 2010.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

SU Events - Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game

Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2010
Game Time: 1:35pm
Location: Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD
Cost: $16.00/person; (savings of over $5/ticket) Seats located in lower reserve section.

Join the SHIP alumni group and watch the competition between two local teams first hand! Baltimore Orioles take on the Washington Nationals during interleague play at Camden Yards.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

SU 2010 Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend, always the first full weekend in June, is when the campus comes alive with activity as hundreds of alumni, friends and families return to campus. Reconnect with friends, build pride.

ArtSHIP: Shippensburg's Art, Wine and Brew Festival is set for Saturday, June 5 from 12pm - 5pm. Join us over Alumni Weekend to enjoy local artists, wines and craft brews.

A few highlighted events during the weekend include:
SHIP Party - Friday night @ Black Horse Tavern From 3:30pm – 6pm, Lite snacks provided with a cash bar.

Pubs & Grubs Tour – Friday night, departs StoneRidge Commons and loops thru town 8:30pm – 12:30am. Transportation and mugs provided! Bus stops at Wibs, Black Horse Tavern, Knute’s, Market Cross, Maxie’s and Hot Point.

Alumni Hospitality Suite – Friday & Saturday nights in the StoneRidge common area. 21 and older. Lite snacks & beverages provided.
Class of 1960 – 50th Year Reunion – Welcome back!

SU Night Dinner – Saturday night. All you can eat crabs, chicken and more! Registration/tickets required in advance.

Little Anthony & The Imperials @ The Luhrs Performing Arts Center – Saturday night. Purchase tickets at or 717-477-SHOW

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Become a "FAN" of Shippensburg

Are you on Facebook? Then Fan us!
The Alum Assoc been doing a great job sharing the SUAA/alumni happenings on our Fan page. It is an awesome way to keep our alumni and the Ship community in the know.

The Challenge
There is a challenge set forth to have the page hit 500 Fans by Alumni Weekend (less than a month!). We are currently at 256. Use the "suggest to friends" link from our fan page to get your friends, family, sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, other alumni, and anyone else to fan us(or “like” as it has been renamed)!

Spread the word:!/ShippensburgAlumni

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Online Store Up and Running AGAIN

You asked for it... so the online store is available again - until May 30th so be sure to place your orders now!!! New to the store: boy's "Future AOII Sweetheart" and a more fitted women's tee. Be sure to check out the sweatshirt - it's a fav during these 'cold May days'!!! and the baseball hat, perfect for the beach! Password is still "ship". HAPPY SHOPPING!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ship Happenings - Alumni Association

Wok 'N Walk Chinatown Tour with Chef Joseph Poon
Saturday May 22, 2010 3 pm $49/person all inclusive (kid friendly pricing - 1/2 off ages 6 thru 12) - Philadelphia, PA
Your tour will include a Tai Chi demonstration, a Chinese vegetable carving lesson and walking tour of Philadelphia's Chinatown community including stops at a fortune cookie factory, a Chinese herbal medicine shop, a Chinese place of worship, a Chinese bakery, an Asian grocery store, a fish market and more. (Stops vary depending upon timing) Upon completion of the two-hour tour, Chef Joseph Poon's staff will serve a full dinner.

Alumi Volunteer Day at the Greater Berks Food Bank
Saturday June 19, 2010 from 9 am - 11 am - Reading, PA
Please provide your time and join fellow Ship Alumni along with your friends and family at this volunteer service project. Ship Alumni are volunteering at the Greater Berks Food Bank and we'll be starting at 9am. We will pack food totes that are delivered to low income senior citizens. This project is part of a federally-supported program known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
For more info check out:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Congratulations, Graduates!

Brisk winds May 8 didn't deter more than 900 seniors from participating in the Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, and it didn't deter a record crowd of friends and family from attending the program in Seth Grove Stadium.

Approximately 10,000 people jammed the stadium seating, stood along the track and watched from outside the stadium as the graduates received their diploma covers.

Guest speaker was U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, junior senator from New Hampshire and a 1969 Shippensburg alumna. Kyler Ford, senior class president, also spoke on behalf of the graduates.

In a special presentation, local business and civic leader Kenneth R. Shoemaker was named an honorary Shippensburg University Alumnus. The award was presented by Wendy McCrory Rotz, president of the Shippensburg University Alumni Association, on behalf of the association for Shoemaker's long-time support of the university. Shoemaker currently is a member of the university's Council of Trustees.

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Before I Was a MOM...

I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
Before I was a Mom -
I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom -
I had never been puked on - Pooped on - Spit on - Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests...or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life
so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrating Mexican heritage. It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle Of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

How do WE celebrate??? With nachos and margaritas! Raise your Corona and have a toast!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

National Teacher Day

The NEA gives a history of National Teacher Day The origins of Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. NEA along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) local lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day for that year only. NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind." ~Khalil Gibran

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tau Lambda Collegiate/Alumnae Support

It has been decided to create a facebook group for current sisters in administrative positions, and alum who want to be actively involved with the sisters to help recapture the essence of AOII. It came to the attention of several of us during the AOII 25th Anniversary, that the present sisters need help. Ritual was lost and no longer being performed, membership is down, there is probation and charter problems, and the loss of the president's gavel and ring were a few signs they need some help.

I ask you to consider joining this group. We would like to invest some time to AOII and repay the sorority for the qualities it instilled in us that make us the women we are today. By joining this group, you are commiting to (or attempting to) make a chapter meeting during the upcoming school year and actively communicate with sisters to better the sorority.

Please ask to be invited to join, or search the facebook groups for Shippensburg AOII Tau Lambda Collegiate/Alumnae Support Group and request to join. It will be a great way for us to communicate with the current sisters and find out how to best assist them.

We would have a meeting in September to allow us all to organize our involvement for this upcoming 2010-2011 school year. I am delighted to be able to send this message to you and look forward to meeting with you and current sisters to better Shippensburg AOII!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Letter from AOII International President

April 1,2010

Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi
Tawny Eder, Chapter President
19 North Earl Street
Shippensburg, PA 17257-1203

Dear Sisters of Tau Lambda Chapter,

On behalf of the Executive Board and our International Headquarters Staff, it is my pleasure to send warmest regards to Tau Lambda Chapter on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of your installation as a collegiate chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. This is a special milestone, and we are delighted to share in your celebration.

Since your founding on September 15, 1984, Tau Lambda Chapter has initiated 553 women into the sisterhood of Alpha Omicron Pi. Our Ritual is the foundation of our collegiate and alumnae chapters and will certainly continue to be the shining light of Tau Lambda Chapter for many years to come.

Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary, and best wishes for continued success at Shippensburg University.


Barb Zipperian
International President

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Students' Relay for Life raises $36,000

Taken from Shippensburg University site:
More than 600 students and others turned out for Shippensburg University's student Relay for Life, raising $36,000 to help battle cancer and to support programs for cancer patients.

Megan Veazey, a senior biology/secondary education major from Easton, said this year's event "really came together," raising $6,000 more than last year despite the dip in the economy. "The people at Ship definitely came out for the event," she said. According to Veazey, the total amount raised won't be known until the end of August, since participants host other fundraisers over the summer.

Veazey first got involved with the event her freshman year, taking on more responsibility each year and was the chair of the whole event this year. "It's a 12-hour walk symbolizing 12 hours in the life of a cancer patient," she said. "It symbolizes the struggles they go through."

Veazey said this year's event included 59 teams of three to 30 members walking to raise money. The recent event ran from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday in the ShipRec Center.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Thanks for the Memories

... and now, back to reality! Hope everyone had a safe trip home and recovered from a FUN weekend!

Hmmm... how can we recap:
Friday - beautiful day for a drive to Ship! That night, Black Horse Tavern was sereneded by "A-O-II" songs to officially start our party!... we enjoyed meeting some new friends and catching up with old ones... light apps in the "garden room", a few drinks, and stories were flying!!!! Pi girls were able to join us (those who weren't at Relay) and 'late night', Pizza Man tasted better than ever!

Saturday we participated in a touching ceremony and 3 of our founding sisters (TL, Lisa & Karen) were presented with their 25th Anniversary pins... lunch at the AOII house (which looks great, a fresh coat of paint on the walls - and some new (old) composites hanging in the house! thanks to Jody)... a quick trip to the bookstore (with a coupon, of course!) and a stop at Knute's Happy Hour proved Saturday a DAY OF FUN!

The Conference Center hosted "PI DINNER" and made it an evening to remember. We were touched by Linda's phenomenal video, Tawny read a congratulatory letter from our International President, Emilee filled us in on Greek Life at Ship, two founding sisters (sisters Deb & Karen) received a standing "O" and we honored the past CAs. Dean Bob's surprise "AOII Shippensburg 25 year" tees were awesome, and he asked the girls to wear them today, to mark today as the beginning of ANOTHER 25 years for AOII on campus!

We ditched the heels, re-grouped at Shippen Place, then climed aboard 'THE BUS' to visit Craig. He was glad to have a "Maxi's full of AOIIs" and later we made the pilgrimage to a crowded Wib's (Moms in the House!)... but all we wanted to do is dance! The "wheels on the bus" took some of us back to Orky's and we called it a night.

THANK YOU to everyone for coming together: Gayle Fitzpatrick, VP AOII - for making the trip to Ship... the banquet committee, The AOII sisters for their hospitality... Linda for the copies of the videos... Emilee for her ongoing support and Dean Bob for the great t-shirts... and Thank you to our TAU LAMBDA ALUMS!!!! . . . WE ROCK :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

... where would we be without LOVE

An active AOII would be one that lives out the gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity that we hold so dear. - Barbara Zipperian

Faith. When we think of our Faith in AOII, most of us recall our Initiation. We had the opportunity to renew our “Faith” this weekend as we participated in Ritual. Let’s take that Faith back 25 years. The Faith of Theresa Levenduski and 36 others, known as our founding sisters. They knew their task at hand, they pursued, and because of their Faith that they could create an organization with high standards and ideals, we have been brought together. Thank you to our “Faithful Founders” for joining us this weekend…: Deb Allen Wirth, Karen Allen Anthony, Lisa Ford Copenhaver, and Theresa Levenduski!

Hope. 25 years ago, a special group of women had Hope. A group of friends from Shippensburg talked about forming a sorority unlike the others. They decided that AOII met their standards. They succeeded during their ‘trial period’ and were given a charter, meaning they were recognized by our International group as well as by the campus. With that Hope, they knew they wanted their era to continue… they welcomed more additions to their group… they knew their union would be strong in years to come; there was Hope for a future. Our Hope for AOII is our current sisters. The past few years, the chapter has been working to improve many areas: they have been closely monitoring and improving their grades, they have increased membership and are one of the 3 largest sororities on campus, and their hope for next semester is to increase their philanthropic activities and fundraising efforts. We see Hope and a bright future for AOII… In light of recent events, they have a lot MORE to hope for! My response to the current sisters is a Hope they can put the past behind, but make certain to learn from mistakes made… and we'll ALL HOPE for another 25 YEARS!

… And the greatest of these… We know what Charity means; there are so many causes, quite honestly it’s hard to keep track! The Charity that is AOII is one that is often not recognized. It is the little things we do and how we fulfill the promises we made. There is one job in AOII that is probably the least recognized and demands a great deal of Charity. That is the position of Chapter Adviser. This alumnae is a liaison between our Inernational organization and the Chapter. (So now you understand the challenges!) We took the time to honor a few of our past Chapter Advisers who were with us this weekend.

As a collegiate, my generation was spoiled. Deb Allen Wirth served as our Adviser, and looking back we realize how well things ran. We were given directives from one of the “sources” (our founding sisters) and the result was a strong chapter, adhering to all of the expectations set by AOII as well as our predecessors. As well as Chapter Adviser, Deb was also an active member of the Greater Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter for many years.

Heather Bigler Swartz later took on the task of Adviser. She was the Chapter President when I was initiated and I saw firsthand how Heather can be an exceptional leader and inspiration. Seeing Heather on campus, you wanted to BE an AOII. She has a true “team spirit” that is contagious, And a serious side that makes Ritual read by her something special. I am certain that she was a great match in this role.

Another personal note, the next Adviser was one of my pledge class sisters. Knowing her organization, attention to detail and ability to relate to others I have heard how much the chapter enjoyed their time with Beth Metzger Conrad. She is an active member of the Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter, and has given me a lot insight. I had never appreciated how much involvement is required of a good Chapter Adviser.

Karen Weigel, also a Harrisburg Alumnae, currently serves this position. I have the pleasure of working with Karen’s for the past 3 years and have seen some of the ‘behind the scenes’ within the organization. She volunteered to this group to fill in a gap, when the Chapter was going thru a difficult time of transition. She was there to help Tau Lambda get back on their feet. When you hear that AOII is for a lifetime and that we’re all in this together, this rings true since Karen has become a very important asset to Tau Lambda.

Thaank you to Karen, Deb, Heather and Beth... and all who served as one of our many Alumnae Advisers.

You have heard many alumnae remain active after graduation. Alumnae chapters can benefit in so many ways, one of which is to support the collegiate chapters. Our "partner" for Tau Lambda has always been the Harrisburg Alums. Over the years we have celebrated many Founder’s Days together, attended ceremonies, and they have offered constant support. We are proud to point out that the current Harrisburg Alumnae President is one of our own, Danette Gabner Swartley and we appreciate her and the other Harrisburg alums who were able to join in our celebration this past weekend.

Our ideals: Faith, Hope, and Charity… but where would we be without LOVE? I LOVE that we were able to celebrate 25 years! I LOVE being an AOII, meeting new friends, and the bonds we formed. I LOVE that Shippensburg is the type of place that, no matter how long you’ve been away, still has a sense of coming home. (Even if you don't recognize most of the campus!) And I LOVE that so many joined us for this milestone weekend!!! . . . For those who missed it, there's always next year...
Alpha Love,
Coleen Murphy Fickes

Saturday, April 24, 2010

AOII / SU Trivia

1. Who was the first new member of AOII, graduating in 1898?

2. What was the first sorority on Shippensburg’s campus?

3. At what college was AOII founded?

4. Who was the first president of Tau Lambda?

5. Which AOII founder was known as an educator and politician?

6. In 1939, Shippensburg University became the first of this type of college in Pennsylvania.

7. What is the official rose of AOII?

8. What is the sub motto of “Tau Lambda”?

9. What is AOII’s magazine and what does it mean?

10. The AOII Centennial Celebration was held at what hotel in
New York City in 1997?

11. What is the name of the Library on Shippensburg University campus?

12. Which AOII founder was known to write stories and poems?

13. What does the CUB stand for… and what was it’s old name?

14. What does “RT&J” stand for?

15. What is the official color of AOII? (not red!)

16. What does our badge spell?

17. The first “unofficial” AOII house was located on King Street above a business. It is now a furniture store; what type of business was it when AOII sisters rented Apartments A thru G?

18. Which AOII founder was the only to have children?

19. Where was the second AOII chapter founded?

20. Which AOII founder pioneered expanding AOII into Canada?

21. NPC was formed in 1902 and AOII was the 12th sorority to join in 1905. What does NPC stand for?

22. Over the years many “over 21” sisters have frequented Maxi’s. What is the owner’s name? Can you name any sisters who bartended there????

23. The current Fire Chief of Vigilant Hose Co #1 in Shippensburg has a connection to AOII. Why?

24. The panda is the official “mascot” of AOII. What is the local mascot that Tau Lambda recognizes?

25. The current sisters recently sent out a newsletter to all alums with a note asking us to brew a cup of tea, sit down and recall fond memories of our time as a Shippensburg AOII. What type of tea bag did they include?

1. Ann Richardson Hall
2. Alpha Sigma
3. Barnard College
4. Michele Little
5. Jessie Wallace Hughan
6. Teacher’s College
7. Jacqueminot
8. Trust & Loyalty
9. “To Dragma” – The Sheaf
10. Marriot Marquis
11. Ezra Lehman
12. Stella George Stern Perry
13. Ceddia Union Building (Cumerberland Union Building)
14. Rituals, Traditions & Jewelry Committee
15. Cardinal
16. L-O-V-E
17. Gym
18. Helen St. Clair Mullen
19. Sophie Newcomb College – New Orleans
20. Elizabeth Heywood Wyman
21. National Panhellenic Conference
22. Craig… Heather, Joellen, Carolyne
23. He was a past AOII SWEETHEART
24. Tiger
25. Red Rose

Friday, April 23, 2010

25 Years and we ROCKED them all!!!

A few reminders:
- don't forget your badge
- alumnae do not need to wear white to the ceremony; "badge attire": no jeans or sneakers
- we could use "sweet treats" or sides for the luncheon
- no alcohol should be brought into the AOII house
- dress or dress pants would be appropriate for dinner Saturday night (we have some special guests joining that evening)
- there will be a "shuttle" taking everyone to/from campus for the dinner and will run until 11:30 pm
- drive safely and we can't wait to see you!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


New Way of Living
For the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010, the world is in greater peril than ever, but there is also unprecedented opportunity to build a new future. Earth Day has the power to bring about historic advances in climate policy, renewable energy and green jobs and catalyze millions who make personal commitments to sustainability - A Billion Acts of Green™ – mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps in our homes, our schools and our businesses that add up to an enormous collective action.

Earth Day 40 is a pivotal opportunity for people, corporations, and governments to join together to create a global green economy. Our coordinated efforts now will be recognized by future generations as a turning point.

It’s a nearly unbelievable fact: Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. Toxins like radon, carbon monoxide, mold, and gasoline shuffled in on shoes are all culprits. But another guilty party? Yep, cleaning products. According to the Clean Water Fund, the average U.S. household uses 40 pounds each year of harmful cleaning products, which can cause allergies, headaches, and more.

Ironically, cleaning products aren’t required to disclose their ingredients, but those big, bold “danger”, “warning” and “caution” labels might say enough. To be safe, why not switch to a couple eco-friendly grime-busters this spring? Thanks to the boom in “green” living, there are now a number of great products on the market.

Check out "Oceans", the new Disney movie to hit theatres today!

Monday, April 19, 2010

An Irish Prayer

May God give you...
For every storm,
a rainbow,
For every tear,
a smile,
For every care,
a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh,
a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


ONE WEEK!!! So what do you need to know???

- The girls will be participating in the Relay For Life at the Ship Rec Center from 6 pm Friday to 6 am Saturday so if you get in to town early, be sure to stop by and cheer them on! And it's not too late to donate to their team, using the link above.

- University store will be open Friday 7:45 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday 10 am - 3 pm. They have agreed to provide us with 10% off coupons that can be used during these two days, you will receive when you check in to the hotel and we'll have them on hand at all events.

- DON'T FORGET YOUR BADGE! Dress code for the Saturday morning ceremony is 'badge attire' which means no jeans or sneakers. Alums do not need to wear all white :)

- SWEET TREATS: If anyone is willing we would appreciate items for Saturday's luncheon. We will be providing deli trays, chips and pretzels and beverages... but would appreciate desserts or other sides. OR you could just bring a treat for the girls at the house!

- Dress for Saturday's dinner is that of a "semi-formal"... dress pants or a dress would be appropriate.

- It's NOT too late... if you can join us, please be sure to let us know. We know plans change, things come up, and there are many last-minute decisions... We may even still have rooms available at Shippen Place!

- THANK YOU for your response, your donations, and all of your support... we have over 60 alums who will participating in our weekend activities!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Announcement on AOII website

Taken from AOII Website:
Congratulations NY/NJ Metro, Lambda Sigma and Tau Lambda!

The NY/NJ Metro Alumnae Chapter was installed on April 13, 1985 and will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on April 14th. A special engraved brick for the AOII Brick Walkway was purchased for the chapter by AOII Fraternity and Karen Galehan, AOII Vice President will be in attendance to present this gift.

On April 17th-18th, the sisters of Lambda Sigma will celebrate their 75th anniversary. The Lambda Sigma Chapter was installed at the University of Georgia on April 27, 1936. International President, Barb Zipperian, will be in attendance for a presentation to recognize the anniversary. An engraved brick for the AOII Brick Walkway was purchased for the chapter by AOII Fraternity to honor this event.

Tau Lambda Chapter at Shippensburg University will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on April 24, 2010. The chapter was installed on September 15, 1984. AOII Fraternity purchased engraved brick for the AOII Brick Walkway for the chapter in honor of this milestone. AOII Vice President, Gayle Fitzpatrick, will join the chapter for their celebration.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shippen Place Hotel

We would like to take a minute to thank our friends at Shippen Place for always being so accommodating... hopefully you reserved your room, because when we say "AOII will be IN THE HOUSE", well, we mean it! Our group booked 27 of the 57 rooms April 24th and the hotel is now SOLD OUT!

So if you were able to get a reservation at the hotel, here is a little bit about what to expect... and some fun facts about the location! If you haven't yet called, you may be able to get on a waiting list... or try to buddy-up!

Your stay at the hotel
Shippen Place offers free off-street parking, free high-speed Internet access, free local phone calls, complimentary continental breakfast buffet from 7 am - 10 am on weekends, room service is available, and hotel guests are allowed access to Shippensburg Fitness Center. Black Horse Tavern, a full service bar and restaurant, is located off the lobby in the hotel and will host our Friday night Meet-n-Greet from 7 pm - 9 pm.

A little history
The Shippen Place Hotel and Black Horse Restaurant and Lounge at 32 E. King St., have taken historical names for the business, and the land on which the building is located has an interesting part. Shippen Place comes from the land of Edward Shippen who settled and founded Shippensburg. The Black Horse takes its name from the Black Horse Tavern which was located at the present site of the Shippensburg Public Library.

The site
On the corner of Apple Alley and East King Street stood the Penn Mar Grocery Store, started in 1914 by John Long. In 1924, John Malamos bought the place and in 1925 opened the Sugar Bowl Confectionery. Shortly after World War II, the name was changed to the Sugar Bowl Restaurant. In 1975, Mowery's Tile Service took the place of the Sugar Bowl. Kyner's Hardware, at 38 E. King St., opened in January of 1976. Roth's Furniture Store was there from 1931 to 1975. The Roths had bought the furniture store from C. Bruce Berry, who owned it from 1914 to 1931. Heckman's Electrical Service was located at 36 E. King St. from 1971 until at least 1988. In the 1960s and 1970s, 34 E. King St. was owned by David and Dorothy Eagle, who ran a barber shop in the '70s. Jay Dee Department Store opened in 1970 at 30 and 32 E. King St., and was in operation until at least 1988. Before that, Kirssin's Department Store was in operation at that location for 60 years.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


We are hoping to have a head count by the end of this week; so if you have not already done so, please send your RSVP:
$10 - Meet-n-Greet Friday Night
$5 - Happy Hour at Knute's Saturday
$45 - Red Rose Banquet
Make check payable to "Tau Lambda Alumnae" and mail to Coleen Fickes 1731 Middletown Road Glen Mills, PA 19342. You may also include any donation you wish to make to Relay for Life or to the chapter.
For additional information please refer to our earlier posts including back to our plans. We hope you can make it!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last Day for T-shirts!

Don't forget to order your tee, sweatshirt, or coffee cup!!! The online store will close March 31st: Chose to view your school store, and log in under Shippensburg using the password ship.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our Friends at CSP

Updates from our friends at Charlotte Smarty Pants:
From website author to TV!!! Watch co-founder Jennifer Plym's interview on Charlotte Today, where she promotes some of the site's great finds.

Support the annual Hope Floats Duck Race on April 18. Become a member of our team and support KinderMourn by adopting your ducks today. Click here to join Team CSP/ Jen Bunich! One little yellow rubber ducky can teach us amazing things about the power of hope. For grieving children and bereaved parents in the Charlotte area, these adorable ducks and the Hope Floats Duck Race offer a lifeline...the assurance that no one is turned away from KinderMourn because of an inability to pay for counseling services they receive after the devastating death of a loved one. For thousands of families in need, a duck offers hope, KinderMourn offers hope, your support offers hope.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Send Your Pictures

Anyone remember Captain Noah???!! (I think it might just be a "Philly-thing"... but I keep wanting to sing that song with this request:
"Send your pictures to dear Linda Montella"... imagine it to the tune of: "Send your pictures to dear-ol'Captain Noah"!

ANYWHOOO.... we are looking for PICTURES!!!
If you have a lot you could send them on a CD or thumb drive... or Linda has a scanner... she can return anything that you send to her. Please include names of everyone in the pictures. Email them to her at or mail to Linda Montella-Carter 210 Station Drive Forked River, NJ 08731.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Crate & Barrel contest - OleMiss grad

An AOII Alumna needs your vote for a Crate and Barrel contest! Here is an email from their CNS about a member from our Nu Beta Chapter. Please read through this touching story and help a sister out!

I am emailing all of you to ask for your help. I am an AOII alumna from Ole Miss (pledge class '04) and I am asking for help on behalf of my college roommate/sorority sister/best friend.

We lived in the dorm together our freshmen year and both pledged AOII. Everything was great..but Krystal kept getting this excruciating pain in her jaw..after dozens of tests, scans, and doctors she was told that she had Hodgkin's lymphoma. Of course, we were all devastated and worried about if she would live! Well, after surgery more bad news followed and turns out she also had another form of cancer that was by her brain stem- it was an inoperable tumor. This cancer was in stage 4. She and her Mom moved to Nashville and she underwent chemo and radiation there. She was in remission and the cancer has come back one time and just when she thought everything would be back to normal (relatively)- her Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her mother died this past August and it has been very hard on the family. While her Mom was dying they found out her 17 year old sister was pregnant- so now she's helping raise the baby. But, Krystal has managed to pull through all of this and be an optimistic rock for her family!!

She graduated last May with an Associates in Dental Hygiene (with a 4.0- not kidding) and now has her dream job at a Pediatric Dental Office. Through all of this, her boyfriend Nick stood by her side. They've been together almost seven years but because of everything and all of the expenses it hasn't been realistic to get married.

Okay, here's where I need help.. Krystal has entered the "Ultimate Wedding Contest" through Crate and Barrel and she needs ALOT more votes. This is more than just a silly contest- she DESERVES this! I would give anything for her to win this. She is only 24 and has been through more than most people ever will in their lives. This would be a dream come true for her! She's even been on the front page of our local newspaper in Olive Branch, MS. ( I attached a link to the article)

I'm asking you to please forward to the link below to the Crate and Barrel "Ultimate Wedding Contest" and this email- to your chapter. If Krystal is in the top 50 votes wise- then a panel will decide who wins! (If they don't pick her they're crazy!) Please help and forward this to as many people as you can.

Click on Crate and Barrel Contest to vote... : Newspaper article.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

April Weekend - FAQ's

Visit, under school chose Shippensburg and the password is ship.

We are offering "25 Years and we rocked them all" t-shirts either long or short sleeve, with the "AOII est. 1984" on the front... all in red writing and shirt color options are white, grey, or pink.

For those of us with daughters: "I became a legacy the second I was born" either long or short sleeve, with the SHIPPENSBURG AOII (polka dots) on the back. Color choices pink or white.

Thru the online store, we also have a zip-sweatshirt with the "AOII est. 1984" on the front in white and pants (no imprint) to match... baseball hat, coffee mug, picture frame, and panda picture.

If you are attending the weekend:
Friday night Meet-n-Greet $10/person
Saturday Happy Hour $5/person
Red Rose Banquet $45/per alum

Please send your check made payable to "TAU LAMBDA ALUMNAE" to:
Coleen Fickes
1731 Middletown Road
Glen Mills PA 19342

Saturday's ceremony will be "badge attire" (no jeans or sneakers)... and alums do not need to wear white.
For the banquet, we are going with a semi-formal type theme, so a dress or dress pants would be appropriate.

The cost of the dinner includes the buffet, room rental, minimal decorations, and the shuttle bus that will transport everyone to/from campus then run until 11:30 pm that night. The alums are incurring these costs so the current sisters may attend at a discounted price.

Yes; we would appreciate if any 'volunteers' would be willing to make a dish or dessert for Saturday's luncheon at the house.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring, and that means free water ice at Rita’s. Stop by any Rita’s today from noon to 10 pm to score your free 10 oz cup of your favorite sweet, sweet water ice. Rita’s is dishing out a new, bright yellow “Peeps” ice, flavored like those delicious, marshmallow candies. To find a location near you click here.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Lilly Pulitzer has created a limited edition print to benefit World Wildlife Fund, the leading conservation organization. This print will be sold in various styles in the Spring line. We all know pandas are cute… but did you also know they are among the world's most threatened animals?

For 45 years the World Wildlife Fund has worked towards the protection of endangered species, and the panda has been the logo for WWF since it was founded in 1961. In protecting everything that LILLY LOVES, they had to turn to the most well-known PROTECTORS out there. Lilly has designed a print that is bound to be a collector’s item… black and white Lilly pandas intermingled with the WWF logo panda… many with hot pink flowers tucked behind their ears.

Did you know that the Giant Panda is the rarest member of the bear family and among the world’s MOST threatened animals.

Could be the perfect outfit for our April weekend...LOL

Thursday, March 18, 2010

And now, back to our plans...

Sisters, As you know, this year celebrates Tau Lambda’s 25th Anniversary! We have a great weekend planned and hope you will join us. We ask that you send your response by Friday April 9, 2010. Details for payment info below...

A few notes: due to constraints between the University and Headquarters, we are unable to serve alcohol at the banquet; however we will meet for Happy Hour prior to the dinner and we have the rest of the night to enjoy ourselves… we even have a driver!!!! The money we are requesting for the banquet will cover the shuttle bus, decorations (minimal), as well as the room rental. We are incurring this cost so the current sisters will be able to attend the evening at a discount.

We are collecting for Relay For Life, a campus-wide event to benefit the American Cancer Society, which the chapter will participate. We are also asking that you consider making a donation to Tau Lambda to offset the cost of the event for current sisters even more and to raise money for the upkeep of their chapter house. Any amount is greatly appreciated…even if you are unable to join us, please consider showing your support.

FRIDAY April 23rd, 2010:
Relay for Life
6 pm – 6 am @ Saturday SHIP Rec Center
Stop by and cheer for AOII as the campus participates in this 12-hour event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“Meet-n-Greet” at Black Horse Tavern
7 pm – 9 pm @ 32 East King Street located inside Shippen Place Hotel
Our first “meeting place”… we will have light appetizers and a cash bar as we catch up.

SATURDAY April 24th, 2010:
25th Anniversary Ceremony
11 am – 12 pm @Messiah United Methodist Church – 30 South Penn
During this special ceremony we will “renew” our AOII vows and honor our founding sisters who now celebrate 25 years with AOII! Dress for the ceremony is badge attire (no jeans or sneakers) - more a "business casual"... alums do not need to wear all white.

Luncheon at AOII House
12 pm – 2 pm @ 19 North Earl Street
Tour the newest AOII house and meet the current sisters! Light lunch will be served. We would love volunteers to make dishes or desserts.

Happy Hour - Knute’s Pub & Grill
3 pm – 5:30 pm @ 15 West King Street
We will have an area reserved for Hors D’oeuvres and cash bar.

Red Rose Banquet Dinner
6 pm – 8 pm @ 500 Newburg Road at the Conference Center on Shippensburg Campus
Join us “formal style” as we officially celebrate our chapter. “Taste of Italy” buffet includes: Soft drinks, Salad, Chicken Romano Freschetta, Grilled Flank Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans with Coffee, Tea, Biscotti and Cannoli for dessert. We suggest a "semi-formal" dress (ie. black dress LOL... no need for "prom gowns"!haha but dress or dress pants appropriate... after all, we will be going "out on the town" afterward!)

We have reserved a shuttle that will transport everyone to the Conference Center. Pick up will begin at 5:30 pm from 3 locations: Shippen Place Hotel, AOII House, and Knute’s Pub. This will then pick up after dinner and service will be available until 11:30 pm Saturday, it will “loop” around town stopping at all the “hot spots”!

Rooms are blocked at Shippen Place Hotel (717) 532-4141 under “AOII” for $79/night.

Please RSVP by April 9th... include your name (including maiden), address, email, and pledge class or initiation year.

Meet-n-Greet Friday night $10/person
Saturday Happy Hour at Knute's $5/person
Saturday Red Rose Banquet $45/person
You may include doations for Relay for Life or Tau Lambda, please specify.

Make checks payable to "Tau Lambda Alumnae"
Mail your payment to:
Coleen Fickes
1731 Middletown Road
Glen Mills PA 19342

Also be sure to check out our online store to purchase your t-shirts and other apparel: Select school - Shippensburg and use the password ship.

Any questions feel free to contact

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

being IRISH means...

you swear very well
you think you sing very well
you have no idea how to make a long story short
much of your food was boiled
you're strangely poetic after a few beers
you're poetic a lot
you don't know the words but that doesn't stop you from singing
"Irish Stew" is the euphemism for "boiled leftovers from the fridge"
you're not nearly as funny as you think you are, but what you lack in talent, you make up for in frequency
there wasn't a huge difference between your last wake and your last kegger
you are, or know someone, named "Murph"
if you don't know Murph, then you know "Flah"
you are genetically incapable of keeping a secret
your parents were on a first name basis with everyone at the local emergency room


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

T-Shirt Sales!!!

We are pleased to present an online store... for sale is our "25 YEAR" t-shirts with the slogan that everyone voted: 25 years and we rocked them all!... Those of us with daughters may be interested in our "I became a legacy the second I was born" tee, which is available in pink or white with red and white lettering. We also have a picture frame, coffee mug, sweats.

Check it out:
On the left, select: "School/Company Stores" and click on "Online Store Login". In the middle of the page, "Click here to login to your personal store", then select "Shippensburg University" and the password is ship.
Orders may be placed until March 31st so we will recieve by April 21st.

Thank you to Sheila Dragon for making this all possible!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ship Happenings - Alumni Association

Hershey Bears Hockey & Dinner
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Dinner: 5:30p.m., in Cocoa's Den & Power Play over-looking the ice.
Game: 7:00p.m., seats in section 102 & 125
Location: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.
Cost: $57.00/adult; $34.50/children
Come out and join us to watch the Hershey Bears host the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Dinner is served in the private dining rooms of Cocoa's Den & Power Play overlooking the ice and includes a delicious buffet menu of salad, oven-baked stuffed chicken, sides, the ever popular peanut butter pie, and non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn to enjoy during the game - all with great seats!

Alumni Social at The Field House - Philadelphia, PA
Thursday March 25th, 2010 from 5 pm - 8 pm $10 cover charge
Dr. Jody Harpster '74M and Dr. Tony Winter '76 will be guest bartending. Come on out for a fun social evening and support Shippensburg while enjoying the company of friends and fellow alumni. Slippery Rock University alumni will be joining us as well! Hors d'oeuvres and door prizes throughout the night. Cash bar available with special drink prices of $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 mixed drinks. Help us prepare and let us know you'll be there - RSVP to or phone (717) 477-1218 by March 17. **Parking is available at Elite Parking on 11th & Filbert at a rate of $6.00 for guests. Bring your ticket to the social for validation.

Marian Anderson Award Gala, The Kimmel Center - Philadelphia
Tuesday April 6th at 8:30 pm $57/ticket
Secure your tickets at a great group discount and enjoy what is sure to be an exceptional performance. This year's honoree is Bill Cosby.

RSVP to these events: