Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Graduation Day

Winter undergraduate commencement rescheduled for Feb. 27: The Winter Commencement program that was postponed due to severe winter weather is re-scheduled for this Saturday, February 27 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The speaker for both ceremonies is local TV reporter Chuck Rhodes.

Rhodes, after 35 years of forecasting weather at WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, ended his forecasting career in May and began working as a feature reporter noted for his "Out & About" series that focuses on interesting people and programs in the region. A native of Lewistown, he served four years in the United States Navy until his discharge in 1970. He attended Shippensburg University where he met his wife of 37 years, Carol, a 1971 Shippensburg graduate. He later earned a degree in radio-television broadcasting from the Pennsylvania State University.

The University acknowledges that the cancellation of the December 19 program was a disappointment, and hope this special ceremony will provide graduates with an opportunity to share their achievements with their family and friends.

BEST WISHES, GRADS.. have a wonderful upcoming weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Relay for Life 2010

We have recently discovered that Ship's Relay for Life will be held during our "Alum Weekend"!!! This 12-hour "relay" is held at the Shippensburg University Rec Center beginning at 6 pm Friday April 23rd until 6 am Saturday April 24th. During this time, each organization has at least one team member "walk" the track as their pledge to the American Cancer Society.

AOII has created a team to join in this fight and they could really use our support! To make a donation and help them reach their $1,500 goal, click on: Relay for Life... and those of us in town for the reunion will be sure to stop by during that time to cheer them on!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. "Gras" is French for fat and "Mardi" is French for Tuesday.

The annual festivities start on January 6, the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, when the three kings are supposed to have visited the Christ Child, and build to a climax on Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which always occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday. The parties and parades will continue until Lent begins at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in New Orleans. It is scheduled to occur 46 days before Easter. Since the actual date Easter occurs on changes yearly, Mardi Gras can happen on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9. For two centuries it has been an annual event in New Orleans, except during the two World Wars.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

some say love

Some say love it is a river
that drowns the tender reed
Some say love it is a razer
that leaves your soul to blead

Some say love it is a hunger
an endless aching need
I say love it is a flower
and you it's only seed

It's the heart afraid of breaking
that never learns to dance
It's the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
who cannot seem to give
and the soul afraid of dying
that never learns to live

When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been too long
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
far beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun's love
in the spring
becomes the rose

-Bette Midler

Happy Valentine's Day, Sisters! Wishing you all the happiness of love...

Friday, February 12, 2010

With Glowing Hearts: Feb 12 - 28, 2010

That's right... the 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS are here!!! See it all from Vancouver...

HIGHLIGHTS: Ben Mulroney, Tamara Taggart and Fred Ewanuick will host the nightly Victory Ceremonies concerts in Vancouver and Whistler during the 2010 Winter Games.

Nightly concerts include headliners such as All American Rejects, DEVO, Feist, Usher, Our Lady Peace, and The Fray performing. Victory Ceremonies held in Vancouver inside BC Place will feature Nelly Furtado, Barenaked Ladies, Loverboy, and Hedley, performing as part of the VANCOUVER 2010 CONCERT SERIES, PRESENTED BY BELL.

California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be a torchbearer on Friday in the run-up to the 2010 Winter Games Opening Ceremony. He will hand the flame to Sebastian Coe, the head of the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee, while Canadan singing star Michael Buble will be the final runner on Thursday.

Click here to get the hottest Olympic item this year... the "red mittens".

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Saints Came Marchin' In...

... and broke TV records:
This year New Orleans has even more reason to celebrate with their The 2009 NFL season concluded with another record as Super Bowl XLIV reached a total audience of 153.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history according to Nielsen Media Research. The Colts-Saints championship game topped the previous mark of 151.6 million total viewers set last year (Cardinals-Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII). Super Bowls account for the 19 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience.

Most-Watched TV Programs, Total Viewers
Super Bowl XLIV (Colts-Saints), 2/7/10 153.4 million
Super Bowl XLIII (Cardinals-Steelers), 2/1/09 151.6 million
Super Bowl XLII (Giants-Patriots), 2/3/08 148.3 million
Super Bowl XXXVIII (Patriots-Panthers), 2/1/04 144.4 million
Super Bowl XL (Steelers-Seahawks), 2/5/06 141.4 million
******Source: NFL, Nielsen Media Research

In addition, a record average of 106.5 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIV – topping the previous mark of 106 million for the series finale of M*A*S*H in 1983 and an eight percent increase over last year’s Super Bowl (98.7 million viewers).

Super Bowl XLIV earned a 45.0 household rating marking the highest-rated Super Bowl in 14 years (46.0 rating for Cowboys-Steelers in Super Bowl XXX, January 1996) and a seven percent increase over last year’s 42.0.

... and we thought people just watched it for the commercials!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Today is National Wear RED Day

American Heart Association
Help spread the word that the little choices women make every day are the ones that matter most. The stairs or the elevator? Baked or fried? Too many women die each year because they don't know heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Share the facts that heart disease is largely preventable and even the small, personal choices women make can help them live, not die. Our Hearts. Our Choice.

Look out for RED... since Go Red For Women launched in 2004, cities have turned their landmarks red to help raise awareness in the fight against heart disease. Some of these locations have included Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, state capitol buildings, Pike Place Market in Seattle and more.

As a national sponsor of the campaign, Macy's is offering an extra 20% off!

Come on: "Girl in RED, girl in white, AOII...!" (You know the rest!!!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

It's Smarty Hug-Your-Girlfriends Day!

Taken from Charlotte Smarty Pants
by Jen P:

1,000 posts ago we still had our beloved
Jen B in our lives. Another year has gone by without her, but not a day has gone by without thinking of her. This pink & green movement that we all created together will forever be in her honor. And we couldn't be more proud of what Charlotte & Triad Smarty Pants have become. We started as one tiny little blog between two Smarty girlfriends and with the love and support of our Charlotte and Triad communities, we continue to thrive year after year.

So on this 4th day of February, we ask all of you to celebrate the special girlfriends in your life and tell them how much they really mean to you. Clear your calendar and go to lunch or grab a glass (or bottle in my case!) of wine and take it all in. You never know when things can turn on a dime and you may not get that chance.

So true, my Smarty friends! I raise my glass to you, our Smarty community, and lift it up to all of the great women in our lives. And don't forget to email this post to all of your Smarty girlfriends! We miss you, Jen!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Verdict is in: MORE WINTER...

Yes, the infamous "Punxsutawney PHIL" has spoke... and he DID see his shadow, which for us means MORE WINTER!

Happy Groundhog Day.