Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thirty-One Fundraiser EXTENDED

With the new year fast approaching, let’s help the AOII- Tau Lambda sisters out!! Thirty-One Gifts offers a wide array of products to organize your home, life, and keep you looking stylish and trendy at the same time. As you know, our sisters are trying to raise money to get our chapter back up and running, and they need your help! From now until January 15th, please visit to view a catalog and do a little shopping. All of the proceeds will be donated by Tricia Kohler, Thirty One-Independent Consultant and Alpha Delta class (Spring 1998), to the Tau Lambda chapter.

Whether you’re looking for style, organization, the perfect giftable item — or a little bit of everything — you’ve come to the right place! Thirty-One has something for everyone….including... the men in your life!!

And…our Thermal Totes are on sale!!! The Thermal Tote (item no. 3000 in 19 patterns) is $10 and our NEW Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote (item no. 3785 in 5 patterns) is just $15. If you have any questions along the way or prefer not to place your order online, please do not hesitate to call Tricia at 717-645-5795 or email

Thank you again for supporting our sisters at Tau Lambda!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thirty-One Fundraiser

The holidays are around the corner and what better way to get a jump start on your shopping then to do it from the comfort of your home and support the Tau Lambda chapter of AOII along the way. As you know, our sisters are trying to raise money to get our chapter back up and running, and they need our help! Thirty-One Gifts offers a wide array of products to organize your home, life, and keep you looking stylish and trendy at the same time. From November 23rd to December 5th, please visit to view a catalog and do a little shopping. All of the proceeds will be donated by Tricia Kohler, Thirty One-Independent Consultant and Alpha Delta class (Spring 1998), to the Tau Lambda chapter.

Whether you’re looking for style, organization, the perfect giftable item — or a little bit of everything — you’ve come to the right place! Thirty-One has something for everyone….including the men in your life!!

Placing an online order is easy!

1. Visit
2. Click on “My Events”;
3. Click on “Shop Now” next to Tau Lambda Fundraiser
4. Click on “Shop Now” when the event pulls up
5. Browse through the different categories and add items to your cart
6. Securely check out and finalize your order with a credit card payment

(NOTE: your credit card will not be charged until the fundraiser is closed out on December 5th)

And…for every $31 you spend, add an All-In-One Organizer, Cinch Sac, Flat Iron Case, Soft Wallet, or Zip-Up Pencil Pouch for just $5! Spend $31, get 1 item for $5…Spend $62, get 2 items for $5 each…Spend $93, get 3 items for $5 each…etc.

And…for each order that comes in, your name will be put in a hat to receive an Organizing Utility Tote!

Want to increase your chances in winning this amazing product? Here’s a few ways how:
Place a $50 order (before S&H/tax) and receive 3 additional entries!!
Place a $100 order (before S&H/tax) and receive 5 additional entries!!
Place a $250 order (before S&H/tax) and receive 10 additional entries!!

Contact Tricia to book your very own Thirty-One party in January, February, or March, and receive 7 additional entries!!

Contact Tricia to learn more about becoming a Thirty-One Independent Consultant and enroll prior to December 5th, and receive 15 additional entries!!

Your order will be shipped directly to you and arrive in time for the holidays!

If you have any questions along the way or prefer not to place your order directly through Tricia, please do not hesitate to call @ 717-645-5795 or email

Thank you again for supporting our sisters of Tau Lambda!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Please help... Booksource

From Alyssa Dugan
I was hoping some of my sisters and alumni could help me out with something.

I graduated from Ship in May, and was hired as a 1st grade teacher the weekend before school started. I am currently in a competition trying to win a complete classroom library makeover. If I win, my classroom would receive 500 books, shelving, and an organization system (baskets etc). There are only 34 entries so it is extremely attainable! Everything is by public can only vote 1 time per email address, but you can use multiple email addresses if you have them.

Just click on the link below, and vote for Entry #8, Alyssa Dugan, York Haven Elementary School. It would mean the absolute world to me to have your support and help!

Thanks in advance!
Alpha love, Alyssa ♥

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bernice Brown

Bernice "Bernie" Joan Brown
Bernice "Bernie" Joan Brown, 75, Mount Joy, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Gerald "Jerry" Brown and recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Born in Lititz, she was the daughter of the late Lillian Getz. Bernie was a graduate of the former Lititz High School, Millersville State Teachers College, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Nursing. She was employed at Lancaster General Hospital in the O.R. for 25 years before retiring in 1998. After retirement she worked part-time in the pharmacy of Weis Markets and was also a volunteer at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Bernie was an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown and served as a teacher for the Pathfinders program. She was active in the Four Seasons Community and enjoyed scrapbooking, billiards, playing bridge, reading and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Kelly wife of Martin Murphy of Mount Joy, Beth (Metzger) wife of Troy Conrad of Mechanicsburg, Conny Brown of Lancaster, Holly (Metzger) Ford companion of Joseph Riddles of Elizabethtown; and six grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her memorial service at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, North Spruce and Oak Sts., Elizabethtown, on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. There will be a time of visitation with the family on Saturday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernie's memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr., Lancaster PA 17603. To send the family on-line condolences, please visit:

Heilig Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Mount Joy, PA

Friday, November 11, 2011

Initiation Weekend

For those alums who are able to join this weekend's INITIATION:

Friday, 6:30 pm - Dauphin Humanities Center 207
Transition Ceremony for New Members
Dress is Badge Attire

Saturday, 1:00 pm - Old Main Chapel (2nd Floor in Old Main)
Initiation Ritual
Officer Installation Ritual
Pot Luck Lunch (Chapter is Providing, but you can feel free to bring something if you wish, but not necessary)
Dress is Ritual Whites (with black shoes)

Congratulations to our newly initiated sisters!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness

The sisters of AOII along with Kappa Beta Gamma will be selling bracelets Saturday November 5th at the SHIP Football game.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tau Lambda Launches new Website

Be sure to check it out: Tau Lambda website. Great job, girls!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

27th Year


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Living the Ritual

Time to stop blaming the media and start living the ritual
By Leadership Consultant
In such a short history, fraternities have evolved immensely and have experienced a vast shift in cultural identity. Many would suggest the only constant among all this change has been the values we say we represent, but are we sure about that?

Over the past few months, I have questioned what fraternities actually represent; not by what we say, but what we do. This question demanded that I take a closer and more detailed look, so I decided to follow “fraternity” via Google’s alert system for the past month and see what was being reported on the Greek life I love so much. To say the least, I was beyond disappointed.

Turns out, there has been a lot of negative coverage on fraternities lately. It seems as though the media is relentless in their pursuit to find any and all negative byproducts of this system. I can hardly blame them; no more than I can blame the media for those actions being made in the first place.

Too often, we jump to the same tired defense, arguing that the media fails to report all the good we do. But is the good we do good enough? Have we reached a point where we truly believe that six community service hours justifies the mental distress of an 18 year old? Do we think raising 6,000 dollars can replace a life?

Like it or not, these horrible acts are committed. And yes, they will always be the only aspect of fraternity reported by the media. But is pointing out the good we do even an appropriate response? It’s like we just accept this behavior as a necessary evil to all the good we do. I just can’t bring myself to believe that.

Instead of fighting against what is reported, let’s give the media nothing to report. We say we hold ourselves to a “higher standard” yet too often there is a report of alleged hazing or sexual assault by a fraternity member. Look, we will never be able to control what is reported, but the one thing we can control is our actions. Let’s stop playing into the stereotypes that we created.

I guess what I’m asking is at what point will we truly do what we say we do, without exception. Reaching that point includes everyone in the community. Regardless what you think your level of guilt is in all of this, if you’re not doing something to actively stop those who are, you’re not doing anything to help our cause either. Remember, the next time you turn your eye to what you think is minor hazing, it was that same bystander behavior that led to the death of an 18 year old being the top story on

Are we so far off the beaten path that we can’t come back to the pure state that we once were? Are we so concerned with fulfilling social norms that we dismiss the very reason we exist as an organization? Is the type of man that our fraternities originally sought even relevant anymore?

If you are looking for an answer, I don’t have them. Sorry. What I do know is that I took a vow to my organization, promising to be a better man and to make a difference. I’m committed to this vow. I commit to never giving up on our high ideals. I truly believe in Fraternity.

I’d like to challenge the fraternity men who continue to dismiss the values by which they vowed to live: I challenge you to start living to our high standards and stop making those men doing the right thing defend your actions with their own. I challenge you to stop giving the media stories to report. I challenge you to earn your place in this Greek life I love so much.

Monday, September 12, 2011

AOII & Alums: BET ON US!

As you know, there have been some recent challenges facing Tau Lambda. We are pleased to say that we are on the right path and are making strides toward many improvements. We couldn't have done it without our alumnae! This year our Chapter has chosen to pair up with an organization that is responsible for helping us, always supporting us, and a group that we truly appreciate: our ALUMS! We invite to join us September 30th - October 2nd for Shippensburg University's Homecoming Weekend (Theme: What happens in Ship...). AOII & Alums: Bet on Us!

Thursday 9/29- Sisterhood at 26 Richard Ave. @ 7:00 p.m.
-making banners and signs for the weekend!

Friday 9/30- University Grille @ 7:00 p.m.
-we will be meeting in our room we always reserve to hang out and kick off the weekend!

Saturday 10/1-tailgating begins at 10:30 at Seth Grove Stadium
-we will have a tent like we did last year behind the field, so look for us! -the football game starts at 2! -bring your spirit!
-6:30-- Pizza & Potluck! @ Shippensburg Township Park on Britton Road -we will be ordering pizza, and we ask everyone bring a yummy side dish!

We are so excited to spend time with our Alumni and to have a 'fabulous' weekend!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

SU Update: Homecoming

Shippensburg University Alumni Association
Homecoming Weekend is early this year – just around the corner at the end of this month! Below are highlights of activities during the weekend. Hope you’ll consider joining us in SHIP.

HOMECOMING WEEKEND 2011 – September 30 and October 1

Join us this fall when the campus comes alive with activity! All members of the SU Alumni Association are welcome to participate in the Homecoming festivities. Bring the family. Hope to see you!

Tailgate Information
Tailgating may begin at 10:30 AM Saturday morning behind Seth Grove Stadium. We encourage you to tailgate with us or bring your own. For $5 you may purchase a wristband for access to the Red & Blue Alumni Tent where we will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, chips, and soft beverages. Individuals may also tailgate behind the stadium from their vehicles or with the various organizations and groups set-up behind the stadium. Please review the Tailgate Policy for Homecoming Game Day Tailgating as well as RV tailgating.

AccommodationsOn-campus lodging is not available during Homecoming. We provide this list of area lodging as a resource to campus visitors.

Campus MapHas it been awhile since you've been back to campus? Hopefully, you'll find this campus map useful.

What Happened in SHIP...Stayed in SHIP

An exhibit of SU Artifacts from the 1870's to the Present. Take a trip down memory lane and educate yourself on our historic past! An exhibit of old photos, sports/athletic equipment and historical items will be on display in the CUB Raider Lounge on Friday, Sept. 30 from 10am - 8pm and on Saturday, October 1 from 10am - 5pm. Stop by and take a look at our great University's past.

Volunteer Service & PhilanthropyOn Friday, members of the SU Alumni Association board of directors will be volunteering at the King's Kettle food bank in Shippensburg. All are welcome to join them. Additionally, each year the SU Student Homecoming Committee chooses a philanthropy to receive a donation consisting of the proceeds from homecoming events and various fundraising activities. This year’s committee has selected the Shippensburg Public Library Capital Campaign to be the 2011 SU Homecoming Philanthropy project. They have recognized the Shippensburg Public Library as an essential component of the Shippensburg Community and would like to help improve the services offered to the entire Shippensburg Community.

Friday, September 30 Highlights
SU Alumni Association Annual Service Project
10th Anniversary of the Applied History Graduate Program ($)
SU Artifacts Exhibit, 10am - 8pm
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner ($)
SU Alumni Association SHIP Party, 8:00 - 11::00 PM, Shipwreck Pub
Spirit Rally, Heiges Field House, 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 1 Highlights 32nd Annual SU Army ROTC 10K Run, 9:00 AM ($)
2nd Annual Grove College of Business Reunion, Grove Forum, 9:30 AM
Five Decades of Champions Reception, ShipRec, 10:00 AM

SU Artifacts Exhibit, 10am - 5pm
Tailgate Lunch, behind Set Grove Stadium, 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM ($5)
Marching Band Reunion, Student Rec Pavilion, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ($8)
Red Raiders Football Game vs. Kutztown, 2:00 PM ($)
President's Post-Game Supper, Martin House Lawn, 5:00 PM ($10)
Gordon Lightfoot, Luhrs Performing Arts Center, 8:00 PM ($)
**($) indicates a charge for this event.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SU Alum Events

Georgetown Food Tour Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Tour Begins @ 4:00 pm (please allow approximately 3 hours)
Location: Departs from 28th & M ST. NW, Georgetown
Cost: $65.00/person (Seated for all dishes, 2 wine tastings, & beer/iced tea at 1st two restaurants. Ages 21 and older)

The Georgetown Food Tour will guide us thru the historic yet chic charm of Georgetown, an area that pre-dated Washington D.C. Experience 250+ years of history and enjoy flavors closely connected to the Northwest D.C. neighborhood. The Food Tour will bring together progressive, high-end cuisine, with long-standing D.C. favorites. From restaurants and shops dating before prohibition to swanky hotspots, this tour brings together some of the best the area has to offer. We’ll finish our journey by crossing the C&O Canal and enjoy a sweet ending at a bakery that originated as a printing house.

Eating a light brunch before the tour rather than lunch is recommended. The dishes you'll try throughout the tour are both small meals and traditional tastings. Dinner will not be needed after the tour. Tour departs from 28th & M St. NW at 4pm and lasts approximately 3 hours.

SHIP Alumni Volunteer Night @ Caitlin's Smiles, Harrisburg Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Caitlin's Smiles, 3303 N 6th St., Harrisburg, PA (across from Channel 21 bldg)
Your Alumni Hosts: Carmen Morales '86-'89M and Jolene Goodman Leisure '02
Please provide your time and join fellow Ship Alumni along with your friends and family (ages elementary school and up) at this volunteer service project. Ship Alumni are volunteering at Caitlin's Smiles from 6pm - 8pm.

What we will do: No craftiness required. We will be putting together arts and crafts kits so they may be delivered to children in area hospitals. Volunteers are encouraged to bring coloring books and/or crayons (8 - 24 count) and sandwich or snack-size ziplock bags.

About Caitlin's Smiles: They provide patients with "Bag of Smiles" packages. They package and deliver arts and crafts kits to children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Caitlin's Smiles reaches children in hospitals throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio and Washington D.C. For more information, you may visit their website at:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homecoming Countdown

Ship Homecoming

September 30 and October 1
Join us this fall when the campus comes alive with activity! All members of the SU Alumni Association are welcome to participate in the Homecoming festivities. Bring the family. Hope to see you!

Tailgate Information Tailgating may begin at 10:30 AM Saturday morning behind Seth Grove Stadium. We encourage you to tailgate with us or bring your own. For $5 you may purchase a wristband for acccess to the Red & Blue Alumni Tent where we will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, chips, and soft beverages. Individuals may also tailgate behind the stadium from their vehicles or with the various organizations and groups set-up behind the stadium.

Friday, September 30 Highlights
SU Alumni Association Annual Service Project
10th Anniversary of the Applied History Gradaute Program ($)
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner ($)
SU Alumni Association SHIP Party, 8:00 - 11::00 PM, Shipwreck Pub
Spirit Rally, Heiges Field House, 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 1 Highlights 32nd Annual SU Army ROTC 10K Run, 9:00 AM ($)
2nd Annual Grove College of Business Reunion, Grove Forum, 9:30 AM
Five Decades of Champions Reception, ShipRec, 10:00 AM
Tailgate Lunch, behind Set Grove Stadium, 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM ($5)
Marching Band Reunion, Student Rec Pavilion, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ($8)
Red Raiders Football Game vs. Kutztown, 2:00 PM ($)
President's Post-Game Supper, Martin House Lawn, 5:00 PM ($10)
Gordon Lightfoot, Luhrs Performing Arts Center, 8:00 PM ($)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thursday Night Football at Knute's

The Shippensburg University athletics department has announced the creation of "Thursday Night Football with Coach Mac" - a weekly community event to be held 6:30 - 8 p.m. from Knute's Pub and Grill in which fans and community members can interact with SU's head coach.

The event is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 1 and be held on successive Thursdays through the end of the season.

Each week, fans will have the opportunity to meet with SU head football coach Mark "Mac" Maciejewski '92/'96M to not only discuss the previous week's opponent, but to also talk about the game on tap for the upcoming weekend.

Visit for more information.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rain Greets 1,750 new students moving into SU

Taken from Public Opinion:
With rain as their welcome, an estimated 1,750 new students moved onto Shippensburg University campus Thursday.

Members from several of the university's student organizations, including the football team, helped unload many cars filled with supplies and moved the students' belongings into residence halls.

New students were regularly greeted with a smile and the question, "Do you need any help?" at Mowrey Hall, where Ashley Jarvis, a senior psychology student, and her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, were working to get students into their rooms.

Jarvis said the Shippensburg chapter was happy to assist the freshmen.

"We're out to help and be social," she said. "It's really cool that everyone is working together."

Established students weren't the only ones doing some heavy lifting Thursday. University President William N. Ruud and the School's Association of Pennsylvania State College and Universities Faculty members also broke a sweat.

Dr. Ruud, who had been up since 7 a.m. moving in new arrivals, said that move-in day is not just a freshman affair.

"It's a family effort," he said.

Providing a helping hand is another way of making students feel welcome, Ruud said.

"If not for the students, the rest of us would not be here," he said. (We try to) treat them better than the Hilton or the Hyatt."

Students were given their move-in time based on their ZIP code, making what could have been a hectic day run more efficiently. That didn't go unnoticed by some parents.

Diane Brunner, mother of freshman Will Brunner, said that the moving in at Shippensburg was a much better experience then she has had in the past with other schools.

"When we moved my daughter in, it was just chaos," she said. "I give (this move-in) a 10. It's been very smooth compared to others we have done."

Even though the Sellersville mom said she will miss her son, he won't be by himself at the university.

"Three little boys I carpooled to preschool are going here. They didn't plan it, it was a coincidence," she said. "One of them is (my son's) roommate.

Brunner said having his friends on campus is a plus.

"It makes it a lot better," he said.

Classes for the fall semester begin Monday.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tau Lambda Re-dedication

We are extremely excited to announce this past weekend the sisters of Tau Lambda participated in our re-dedication ceremony. We hope to have a lot of new news for you soon, including updates from our sisters as well as announcement of the new Alum Advisory Committee. Congratulations, girls... we are looking forward to a bright new semester!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Some Cool Links

Alpha Omicron Pi, Tau Lambda Chapter, Shippensburg University has a new facebook group.. be sure to check it out!!!

Want to hear more about what's going on in the AOII World??? Visit the AOII Suitcase Diaries for updates.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Registration: AOII Northeast Weekend

Registration for the AOII Northeast Weekend is Now Open!!

We're delighted to share with you that registration is now open for the AOII Northeast Weekend! The event will be held in King of Prussia, PA (in the Philadelphia area) the weekend of October 22-23.

Click here to access the registration form. Remember to register early to take advantage of our early registration rates!

Be sure to become a Facebook fan to be the first to know additional weekend details, like programming topics, speakers and other fun stuff.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Fairfield Inn
258 Mall Boulevard King of Prussia, PA USA
Phone: 1-610-337-0700
Ask For: Alpha Omicron Pi Regional Weekend
$99/night for 1 room with 2 double beds, sleeps 4 (required for collegians)
Rate available until the room block sells out, so book early!

*** Please note that programming will begin on Saturday, October 22, at 9:00 a.m. We will break at 4:00 pm for dinner/shopping (the largest mall on the east coast is across the street from our hotel!). We will reconvene for a sisterhood activity at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, October 23, programming will begin at 9:00 am, and we will adjourn our weekend by 1:00 pm. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for our official agenda and program schedule. ***

The Northeast Weekend Planning Committee

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ship Construction

Shippensburg University has begun a construction project to rebuild nine dormitories for a total of $200 million.

Started Thursday, phase one of the project will include razing and constructing three residence halls, two on the north side of the campus and one on the south side. Construction will include changes in roads and parking on the campus.

The project is managed by the Shippensburg University Student Services Inc., an independent nonprofit organization acting as the voice for the student community and functioning separately from the university will construct the nine-residence hall initiative, with the total project slated to be completed in 2015, for a total housing availability for 2,975 students.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Housing Project to begin at University

One of the largest, if not the largest, single construction project at Shippensburg University begins Aug. 4 and will end in 2015 with all new residence halls for on-campus students. The project also means changes in roads and parking on campus that will affect members of the campus community as well as visitors.

“Shippensburg University strives to provide our students with the academic and support services they need to reach their dreams,” said President Bill Ruud. “These new residence halls will further enhance our nationally-recognized excellence by providing students with additional out-of-class experiences that will help them academically and personally. When the buildings are complete, students will have outstanding facilities in which they will live and, as importantly, learn. We're excited about this opportunity to meet the needs of our students.”;

Phase one of the three-phase project will include construction of three residence halls, two on the north side of campus and one on the south side. The student-approved project is under the direction of Shippensburg University Student Services Inc. (SUSSI), an independent 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that serves as the voice for the student community and is separate and distinct from the university. SUSSI is the project owner and is responsible for financing and construction.

The overall project includes razing all but one of the current residence halls and constructing all new residence halls in semi-suite and full-suite arrangements. It is being developed by Campus Apartments, one of the nation’s largest developers, owners and managers of student housing. Cost of the initial phase is approximately $70 million with total project cost estimated to be more than $ 200 million.

In 2007 a comprehensive housing plan was prepared as part of the university’s facilities master plan. The university currently has seven traditional residence halls and one suite-style facility. These facilities were built between 1959 and 1976. In addition it leases an apartment building adjacent to campus from the Shippensburg University Foundation. All these residence facilities can house a total of 2,715 students.

When the three-phase project is completed in summer 2015, total capacity will be 2,975 students, an increase of 260 over current capacity.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

President Ruud's Budget Message

Dear Ship Family:
As we begin the 2011-12 academic year, I want to share updated information with you on our current budget situation. While the situation is better than we anticipated, it still poses serious challenges to all members of the campus community.

Earlier this year, the proposed state budget included a 54 percent funding cut for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and, subsequently, Shippensburg University. Throughout the budget process, information was shared with legislators, the Office of the Governor, our alumni and friends, the entire Ship community, and others on what such a drastic cut would mean to PASSHE, its students and the citizens of the Commonwealth we serve. The final budget that was approved and signed cut 18 percent from PASSHE's appropriation.

On June 30, 2011, PASSHE's Board of Governors (BOG) approved a $436 tuition increase (7.5 percent) for 2011-12. This increase brings in-state annual tuition to $6,240, a rate that remains among the lowest rate of all four-year colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, and well below the national average for public institutions.

Even with this increase, we must cut more than $4.6 million from the 2011-12 budget. This painful reduction is in addition to more than $20 million we have already cut since the 2003-04 academic year. These reductions include cuts in equipment funding, overtime, elimination of vacant positions, and leaving additional positions vacant. All cuts to date were made throughout the university and have been done in cooperation with all members of the campus community. We will continue that philosophy as we make this year's cuts, but these reductions come with serious consequences.

We have been able to save costs in personnel through attrition or not filling vacancies, especially in the physical plant where staff associates continue to do their excellent work despite having a vacancy rate of nearly 20 percent. It does mean, however, that some needed maintenance work will be postponed and difficult decisions will be made about work priorities.

At top left is a link to a more detailed draft of where we plan to make cuts or, in some cases, have been able to increase revenue through innovative entrepreneurial efforts in several areas. This draft is not final and I welcome, as always, suggestions for other savings. Also at top left is a link to the budget presentation made to the BOG In June.

In spite of the difficulty of the budget process and our numerous cuts, Shippensburg remains an outstanding university that provides a quality education to its students. These budget cuts will not change that as we continue on our road to success. I appreciate the hard work and extra effort by all of you in the Ship family.

This environment is one in which we are likely to find ourselves for the next few years. As we move forward, we must work hard to continue to transform Shippensburg so that we have better long-term planning for both appropriations and tuition, equal footing with our other colleagues in Pennsylvania for procurement and construction regulations, and more innovative and creative entrepreneurial ways to generate resources for ourselves.

We will need to work hard these next few years in continuing to excel at the job we do best - student success!!! We also must continue the open dialogue and conversation as to how we can continue to control our own destiny and truly make Shippensburg University the "Flagship" institution of PASSHE in Pennsylvania.

Monday, July 25, 2011

FALL 2011 AOII Northeast Weekend

Save the Date!
Fall 2011 Northeast Weekend

Who: All AOIIs living in the Northeast

What: The 3rd Annual Northeast AOII Weekend

When: October 22nd & October 23rd

Where: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA

Fairfield Inn
258 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA
610) 337-0700
Ask for "Alpha Omicron Pi Regional Weekend"

Education Sessions:
King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Hall
170 Allendale Road
King of Prussia, PA
Sessions will be 9:00-4pm on Saturday
and 9:00am- Noon on Sunday

Tell Us What You Think!

Take our survey to provide feedback on what educational topics and activities you would like to see. (

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for more updates!

Have questions or interested in getting more involved?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Alumnae Advisory Committee

Hello Alumnae Advisory Committee Members,

Happy summer from the Network 1 team! I work with the Tau Lambda chapter at Shippensburg University. As you know over the past year, Tau Lambda chapter has been faced with a variety of challenges, and are now embarking on a new and exciting opportunity: rebuilding the chapter and ensuring success on Shippensburg’s campus.

We truly appreciate your continued support of the Tau Lambda chapter. In an effort to build a successful Tau Lambda chapter, the Network team will be conducting an alumnae advisory committee review for current AAC members. If you are interested in serving as an AAC member for this upcoming year, we ask that you submit a new application. We look forward to working with a dynamic group of alumnae women, dedicated to seeing this chapter succeed.

As a reminder, if you wish to apply for an alumnae advisory committee role, you would oversee the operations of one or more officers. You would need to participate in offered trainings throughout the year, familiarize yourself with current manuals, procedures and policies, communicate regularly and collaborate with the Network team, and attend monthly AAC meetings. Each adviser should plan on attending LC and chapter meetings as necessary for your officer and on a rotational basis with the other advisers. The time commitment varies with the offices advised and your needs. Many communications can be via phone or email.

If you are interested in learning more about this meaningful and important opportunity to interact with the chapter, please fill out the attached form and scan/e-mail it to me by August 10th. A team of volunteers and staff will be visiting Shippensburg the weekend of August 19-21 where we will meet with interested AAC candidates and provide basic AAC training. If there are any questions I can answer for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

I hope to hear from you soon!

If you wish to volunteer, please email us at and we can forward your information.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Homecoming 2011

Homecoming 2011: WHAT HAPPENS IN SHIP...
Are you READY for Homecoming 2011? The Homecoming Committee proudly presents Homecoming 2011: WHAT HAPPENS IN SHIP… This year's Homecoming is September 28 - October 1.

While this year's theme is a nod to Las Vegas, it also has a deeper meaning. Ship is a destination--a place where someone can be anything or anyone they want to be. Time flies, and students are only here for a short time. But in just a few short years they pack in a lifetime's worth of amazing times and fond memories. The experiences they have and the connections they make will last a lifetime. What happens here does not stay here. Students carry it with them forever. And just like any memorable ride, most people can't wait to go back!

Get excited because all of your favorite events are returning--Battle of the Campus, Lip Sync, Spirit Rally, and of course, the big game on Saturday. We also have a few new surprises in store for you. So mark your calendars! September 28 - October 1!!! Get Ready for a week of fun events, relive some of your favorite SHIP moments, and let everyone know that WHAT HAPPENS IN SHIP… won't happen anywhere else!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Back in Business...

June 20, 2011

Dear Tau Lambda Alumna,

On May 25, 2011, all Tau Lambda alumnae were notified of the Executive Board's decision to withdrawal the chapter charter and hold it in trust at International Headquarters. Over the past 12 weeks, the chapter has been through an extensive appeal process to regain their charter.

An appeal hearing for Tau Lambda's closure took place on April 28, 2011, which upheld the Executive Board's decision to remove Tau Lambda's Charter.

The chapter appealed the decisoin to the Constitution Interpretation & Revisions Committee (CIRC), pursuant to Title II, Article XIV, Secion 4 of the Bylaws of Alpha Omicron Pi. The CIRC review revealed inconsistencies in how probation terms were delivered and the timing of the delivery. As a redult, Tau Lambda has not been in a valid proabtionary status since Spring 2009.

Article XIV, Section 1 states: When a collegiate chapter fails to comply with the conditions stipulated by the Executive Board for termination of chapter probation, the collegiate chapter charter shall be surrendered to teh Fraternity to be held in trust at the International Headquarters until such time as restoration occurs.

As such, removal of Tau Lambda's charter is not valid at this time.

Losing a collegiate chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi sit one of the worst tragedies that can befall our Fraternity, and so this finding gives us all an opportunity to refocus efforts towards building a strong and positive fraternal experience for Tau Lambda members and also towards serving the Shippensburg and surrounding communities. The panel trusts that the alumnae of Tau Lambda Chapter and local alumnae of Alpha Omicron Pi will wort together with body, brain, spirit and substance to enure Tau Lambda chapter's success on the Shippensburg campus and in Alpha Omicron Pi.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dear Daddy,

In all the things I try to do,
I want to do them just like you.

I’m watching every move you make
And trying to take each step you take.

Although right now I’m sort of small,
When I’m with you I feel ten feet tall.

Like you I want to be brave and smart,
‘Cause I love you Daddy, with all my heart.

When I grow older, I’ll be so glad
If I grow up to be

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer Events With SHIP Alumni Assoc

SHIP 9 & Dine at Chambersburg County Club
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Golf: 5:00 PM; Dinner: 7:00 PM
Cost: Members $40 charge to account; Non-members $50

Join your alumni hosts Lou Minisci ’91-’96M and Tim Ebersole ’83-’00M, along with SU President Bill and Judy Ruud for golf and dinner. Dinner entrĂ©e choice includes chicken and shrimp over penne pasta, single crab cake or petite filet mignon. Salad and dessert are included. Please RSVP to or 717-477-1218 by July 5.


SHIP @ the Shore, Ocean City, MD
Date: Monday, July 25, 2011
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Fager’s Island Restaurant, 201 60th St., OC, MD
Cover Charge: $15.00/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 to or 717-477-1218 by July 18.


QVC Studio Tour & After Party, West Chester
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011
Tour Begins @ 4:00 PM (Please allow approximately 1 hour)
Location: QVC Studio Park, 1200 Wilson Dr., West Chester
Cost: $6.00/person; RSVP to

Enter the fantastic world of electronic retailing! Join us on a guided tour through this state of the art broadcasting facility. We'll get to see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air and delivered to millions of QVC customers. We'll have views into the studio including the spectacular views from the Observation Deck. Maybe we'll even catch a glimpse of a favorite host or guest.

After Party @ Stadium Grille, West Chester
Location: 104 Turner Lane, West Chester
Proprietor & Alumni Host: Bob Batley ‘85
Time: 5:30 PM

Stadium Grille is located just 3 miles from the QVC Studios. After the tour, join the SHIP group for a bite to eat or drink. The Stadium Grille is BYOB so bring your favorite or purchase from the beverage store right next door.
Not attending the QVC Tour? - No problem - Meet us at Stadium Grille for the After Tour Party at 5:30 PM. As always, friends and family are welcome!

Please RSVP to or 717-477-1218 by August 8. Checks may be made payable to SUAA/SU Foundation or call for credit card payment.


Alumni Hospitality Tent @ the Corn Festival, Shippensburg
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Location: Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce, 53 W. King St. (outside courtyard)
**The Chamber is located across the street from the Post Office.

Take a break from shopping and join fellow alumni for ice cold drinks and more 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 19 to help us prepare. RSVP to or 717-477-1218

Monday, June 6, 2011

New News, GOOD News!!!

June 5, 2011


Dear Tau Lambda Chapter Members,

The Constitution Interpretation and Revision Committee (CIRC) are in receipt of your petition dated May 11, 2011. Having met all of the requirements for appeal, CIRC undertook the review process as outlined in the Governing Documents of Alpha Omicron Pi. This involved reviewing the record and the opinion to determine the sufficiency of the procedures employed in reaching the determination and the correctness of the findings under AOII’s Constitution and Bylaws. This review is for procedure only and does not mean that CIRC agrees or disagrees with the panel’s decision.

During the review process, CIRC looked at your appeal point by point. While your points may have validity, CIRC determined that none of them had the merit to remand the panel’s decision under corrected procedures.

However, CIRC is remanding this back to the Panel for review and action. Part of the CIRC process is to review the record and the opinion to determine the sufficiency of the procedures. This includes the actions leading up to the closure and appeal. Part of that process is the notification of the chapter of their probation.
Under bylaws, Article XIII, Section 3. Notification. It states that the probation shall be delivered by hand or certified mail only when school is in regular session (not during summer school). The notice shall contain the reasons for probation, the terms and conditions of probation and notice of the chapter’s right of hearing and appeal. It appears that in April 2009 a notification of the probation and the probation terms were sent via e-mail, but a formal letter was never given to Tau Lambda in person or by certified mail.

Further under bylaws Article XIII, Section 6. Termination of Probation. Any change in status of probation shall be sent via certified mail. The first probation extension dated June 2010 was never formally done with a letter via certified mail (or otherwise), although new probation terms were presented during Leadership Institute 2010.

And finally, the second probation extension dated January 2011 was not delivered via certified mail even though it was in written format. As such, because the notifications were improper, the chapter is not on any probation with Alpha Omicron Pi at this time.

As a result of the above, the Constitution Interpretation and Revision Committee remand the opinion under corrected procedures back to the Panel. As Tau Lambda is not on any probation with Alpha Omicron Pi at this time, the panel should find that the chapter charter cannot be withdrawn and held in trust for failure to meet the terms of probation. The chapter may be placed on probation when classes start in the fall.

The status of the withdrawal of your charter is now back in the hands of the panel and you should expect another opinion from them I a timely manner.

If you have any questions regarding this decision or its consequences, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

On behalf of CIRC

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Letter Received

HQ has confirmed they received the below appeal letter. They have advised that we will receive a decision in about two weeks. At that time, we will decide how to proceed accordingly. Please continue to check back!!...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Copy of 2nd Appeal Letter Sent to HQ

May 11, 2011

Alpha Omicron Pi International Headquarters
5390 Virginia Way
Brentwood, TN 37027

To the Members of the Constitution Interpretation and Revision Committee,

Please allow this letter to serve as notice that the sisters of Tau Lambda wish to appeal the Panel’s decision to remove our charter.

Although contradictory, we found the letter provided by the Panel useful. We made numerous attempts to reach out to anyone who could assist in educating the us on the actual infractions and probationary periods, which resulted in the Chapter’s charter revocation, including our Network Specialists, Network Directors, and even Meghan Granito – the Assistant Director of Chapter Services. The Panel’s letter was the only time we have been able to identify the specific issues the Chapter faced or any sort of timeline reflective of the relevant infractions in question. Ironically, the Panel believed the AAC should have communicated the probationary terms to the Chapter. Although, when AOII was asked, AOII did not provide the necessary information to our AAC so they could have better assisted the Chapter.

Our Chapter, and the AAC were also not made aware of the potential ramifications. The current Network Specialist, Kelly O'Dwyer-Manuel visited the Chapter for Officer Transition, at which she time met with our officers, and held a meeting with our AAC in November 2010. If the Chapter was truly in jeopardy, we feel she should have made mention at that time. There were new members of AAC present for their first meeting, who were not aware of the probation or probationary terms or the ramifications of the Chapter’s status. It would have been helpful for her to sit down with all the Sisters and explain the seriousness of the situation, including the possible repercussions. It was not until March 2011 when planning our Alumnae Reunion Weekend that she alluded to our AAC the fact that Tau Lambda could be in serious trouble.

We continue to be unaware of any previous infractions, and we believe that those incidents in the past did not lead to the Panel or the Executive Board’s decision. Since the letter only lists five issues since April 2010, we are forced to believe these are the only factors were taken into consideration. It would seem unfair for the Panel or Executive Board to make such an important decision based in a past bias or judge based on other reasons not fully disclosed.

The incidents noted in the letter seem harsh to warrant such extreme measures as to remove a charter. The letter stated that Shippensburg “is struggling with problems involving alcohol and hazing. This is something that Tau Lambda has been challenged with as well.” The only issues identified in the Panel’s findings were those related to alcohol. It is not documented that Tau Lambda has a concern of hazing; therefore, we believe it is unfair to make the assumption that hazing took place.

The Panel’s recommendations to Headquarters to re-evaluate procedures regarding the process of placing chapters on monitoring terms supports our assertion that there is a lack of communication for which AOII is responsible. We believe that the Chapter was not properly guided, informed, or given tools to assist and help them overcome the challenges they faced.

We wish to address each issue and tell why we believe that the harsh decision of removal is not supported.

1. The first incident where alcohol was found in the AOII house was April 16-19, 2010 by a Network Volunteer. The alcohol belonged to a recent graduate and measures were taken including dis-associating one sister with the Chapter. This situation was handled accordingly and was the action of one person, rather than the entire group.
2. Possible recruitment infractions regarding Facebook invitations sent in September 9, 2011 is an issue our AAC was not aware. We ask what type of awareness regarding social network was provided by AOII? We all live in a society overtaken by technology and online security is an ongoing concern. College women can be potential targets of stalking, bullying, and identity theft. Our organization should foresee these risks and address them to all collegiate chapters.
3. The reference to “Bid Day” is vague, thus another incident where our AAC was not properly made aware.
4. We believe the November 11 alcohol incident was noted as isolated, therefore it should not have had any weight when determining the future of the entire Chapter.
5. We understand, and agree that, the February 19 alcohol violation is severe. There can be no negligence made for this situation and the Chapter should by all means be charged for noncompliance of the Standards of AOII and Shippensburg University. The Chapter should be held accountable for the poor judgment portrayed in this situation. There should be a strict plan set forth for Tau Lambda, as the Chapter should be made aware that failure to comply, at that time, should result in the removal of their charter.

Due to the lack of support the Chapter received, and because two of these are isolated issues, the last violation is the real concern. Revoking the charter based on the one issue seems to be Headquarters giving up on Tau Lambda. We would like to propose the Chapter be responsible to provide alcohol awareness programs for the entire campus, set Risk Management guidelines for all members in order to keep their current status, and setting a zero tolerance for alcohol. These improvements would benefit not only the Chapter, but Shippensburg University and Greek Life as well.

We have appointed a committee led by Alyssa Morgan, with the help of Emily Wiker, and Keleigh Neyhart. These sisters will ensure that the Chapter stays focused and they will be used as liaisons between AOII, Shippensburg, our Alumnae, and the AAC. These women have committed they would be responsible for implementing our action plan and providing feedback along the way.

We have a strong AAC of 12 members, who hold regular meetings via conference call, communicate with the Chapter and advisees on a regular basis. They have attended our weekly Chapter meetings and made a strong presence at all of our events. We do not feel that it is an issue many of them live more than 40 minutes away. With current means of communication including cell phones, laptops, email, and easy access to video conferencing, it is easy for us to reach out to them and they can be notified of situations as soon as they arise. We know we have a strong group of alumnae and AAC. The Panel noted this in their letter. The outpouring of support we have received from Sisters and Alumna shows the passion we all have for the Tau Lambda Chapter.

Rather than AOII consider opening new chapters, please do all you can to help the current ones. We already have a group of over 400 Sisters and Alumnae from Shippensburg who show a strong commitment to AOII.

Oftentimes, when faced with a difficult situation, it is important to take a step back, re-analyze, and ask yourself what you did to help or what you would have done differently? We understand there are some issues that Tau Lambda needs to be responsible for, but we are doing all we can to make amends. We encourage AOII to take a more active role in helping and improving the Tau Lambda Chapter. The Shippensburg AOII organization made mistakes. We hope AOII can take an honest look and ask how they have helped… and ask what could they do to make it better?

Fraternally Yours,

The Sisters of Tau Lambda Alpha Omicron Pi Chapter
Shippensburg University

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Just to give you an update... as you have seen, we were denied the first appeal. We had a chance to appeal that decision. A letter has been submitted to HQ again asking them to reconsider. We assume it may be a few weeks until we hear back. As soon as we do, we'll keep you posted. We will decide at that time how to proceed.
Tau Lambda Forever :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Social Network Warning


After tossing her books on the sofa, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged on under her screen name ByAngel213. She checked her Buddy List and saw GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message:

Hi. I'm glad you are on! I thought someone was following me home today. It was really weird!

LOL You watch too much TV. Why would someone be following you?
Don't you live in a safe neighborhood?

Of course I do. LOL I guess it was my imagination cuz' I didn't see anybody when I looked out.

Unless you gave your name out on-line. You haven't done that have you?

Of course not. I'm not stupid you know.

Did you have a softball game after school today?

Yes and we won!!

That's great! Who did you play?

We played the Hornets. LOL. Their uniforms are so gross! They look like bees. LOL

What is your team called?

We are the Canton Cats. We have tiger paws on our uniforms. They are really cool.

Did you pitch?

No I play second base.. I got to go. My homework has to be done before my parents get home. I don't want them mad at me. Bye!

Catch you later. Bye

Meanwhile.......GoTo123 went to the member menu and began to search for her profile. When it came up, he highlighted it and printed it out. He took out a pen and began to write down what he knew about Angel so far.

Her name: Shannon
Birthday: Jan. 3, 1985
Age: 13
State where she lived: North Carolina

Hobbies: softball, chorus, skating and going to the mall. Besides this information, he knew she lived in Canton because she had just told him. He knew she stayed by herself until 6:30 p.m. every afternoon until her parents came home from work.
He knew she played softball on Thursday afternoons on the school team, and the team was named the Canton Cats. Her favorite number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she was in the eighth grade at the Canton Junior High School She had told him all this in the conversations they had on-line. He had enough information to find her now.

Shannon didn't tell her parents about the incident on the way home from the ballpark that day. She didn't want them to make a scene and stop her from walking home from the softball games. Parents were always overreacting and hers were the worst. It made her wish she was not an only child. Maybe if she had brothers and sisters, her parents wouldn't be so overprotective.

By Thursday, Shannon had forgotten about the footsteps following her.

Her game was in full swing when suddenly she felt someone staring at her. It was then that the memory came back. She glanced up from her second base position to see a man watching her closely.

He was leaning against the fence behind first base and he smiled when she looked at him. He didn't look scary and she quickly dismissed the sudden fear she had felt.

After the game, he sat on a bleacher while she talked to the coach. She noticed his smile once again as she walked past him. He nodded and she smiled back. He noticed her name on the back of her shirt. He knew he had found her.

Quietly, he walked a safe distance behind her. It was only a few blocks to Shannon 's home, and once he saw where she lived he quickly returned to the park to get his car.

Now he had to wait. He decided to get a bite to eat until the time came to go to Shannon 's house. He drove to a fast food restaurant and sat there until time to make his move.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room.

"Shannon, come here," her father called. He sounded upset and she couldn't imagine why. She went into the room to see the man from the ballpark sitting on the sofa.

"Sit down," her father began, "this man has just told us a most interesting story about you.

Shannon sat back.. How could he tell her parents anything? She had never seen him before today!

"Do you know who I am, Shannon ?" the man asked.

"No," Shannon answered.

"I am a police officer and your online friend, GoTo123."

Shannon was stunned. "That's impossible! GoTo is a kid my age! He's 14. And he lives in Michigan !"

The man smiled. "I know I told you all that, but it wasn't true. You see, Shannon , there are people on-line who pretend to be kids; I was one of them. But while others do it to injure kids and hurt them, I belong to a group of parents who do it to protect kids from predators. I came here to find you to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to people on-line. You told me enough about yourself to make it easy for me to find you. You named the school you went to, the name of your ball team and the position you played. The number and name on your jersey just made finding you a breeze."

Shannon was stunned. "You mean you don't live in Michigan ?"

He laughed. "No, I live in Raleigh It made you feel safe to think I was so far away, didn't it?"

She nodded.

"I had a friend whose daughter was like you. Only she wasn't as lucky. The guy found her and murdered her while she was home alone. Kids are taught not to tell anyone when they are alone, yet they do it all the time on-line. The wrong people trick you into giving out information a little here and there on-line. Before you know it, you have told them enough for them to find you without even realizing you have done it. I hope you've learned a lesson from this and won't do it again. Tell others about this so they will be safe too?"

"It's a promise!"

That night Shannon and her Dad and Mom all knelt down together and thanked God for protecting Shannon from what could have been a tragic situation..

SU Alum Summer Events Reminder

Shippensburg University Alumni Association
SHIP Summer Events for Philadelphia Area Alumni

Historic Philadelphia: Tippler’s Tour – Colonial Style Pub Crawl, Philadelphia
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tour Begins @ 5:30 PM (Please allow approximately 2 ½ hours)
Cost: $30.00/person (Ages 21 and older)

Join us for this very fun tavern tour of Colonial & modern day watering holes. Our Colonial host/hostess will share historical facts about the traditions of drinking and lead us in Colonial drinking songs & toasts. Included is a drink and snacks at each of our four stops: Society Hill Hotel Restaurant, National Mechanics, Triumph Brewery, and the historical City Tavern. You'll be sure to have an entertaining, while educational, night as our tour guide entertains us with songs and stories of the drinking traditions from Colonial times. The tour departs from the Historic Philadelphia Center on 6th & Chestnut. Arrival information will be sent with reservation confirmation.

Please RSVP to or 717-477-1218 by May 16. Checks may be made payable to SUAA/SU Foundation or call for credit card payment.


QVC Studio Tour & After Party, West Chester
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011
Tour Begins @ 4:00 PM (Please allow approximately 1 hour)
Location: QVC Studio Park, 1200 Wilson Dr., West Chester
Cost: $6.00/person; RSVP to

Enter the fantastic world of electronic retailing! Join us on a guided tour through this state of the art broadcasting facility. We'll get to see and experience how QVC products are sourced, tested, brought to life on air and delivered to millions of QVC customers. We'll have views into the studio including the spectacular views from the Observation Deck. Maybe we'll even catch a glimpse of a favorite host or guest.

After Party @ Stadium Grille, West Chester
Location: 104 Turner Lane, West Chester
Proprietor & Alumni Host: Bob Batley ‘85
Time: 5:30 PM

Stadium Grille is located just 3 miles from the QVC Studios. After the tour, join the SHIP group for a bite to eat or drink. The Stadium Grille is BYOB so bring your favorite or purchase from the beverage store right next door.
Not attending the QVC Tour? - No problem - Meet us at Stadium Grille for the After Tour Party at 5:30 PM. As always, friends and family are welcome!

Please RSVP to or 717-477-1218 by August 8. Checks may be made payable to SUAA/SU Foundation or call for credit card payment.


Alumni Weekend 2011!
FriendSHIP: Old Friends & New Beginnings
ALUMNI WEEKEND 2011: June 3, 4, and 5

Join us this summer when the campus comes alive with activity! A few highlighted activities include the 50th reunion celebration, ArtSHIP: Shippensburg’s Art, Wine & Festival featuring wineries, microbreweries, live music, art demonstrations, and food vendors; the popular Pubs & Grubs Tour to visit local haunts, reunion/award dinner, alumni hospitality suites, on-site overnight accommodations and the 23rd Annual Alumni Golf Outing. Check out all the information on-line: Alumni Weekend 2011!

Saturday, May 7, 2011


We posted this song 2 years ago for the Kentucky Derby so it may look familiar to our loyal followers. The song was taken from Dan Fogelberg and we used this one - Lisman's version - for Spring Rush 1992. This year the song seems appropriate, as we have been making a RUN to keep the rose of Tau Lambda going. We still have some fight in us and we will continue to do what we can. But as you sit back, sing "My Old Kentucky Home", sip a mojito and sport the big hat... take a moment to yourself and reflect on our RUN FOR THE ROSES... and TAU LAMBDA FOREVER!

Off to college to be on your own
Walkin' 'round campus on wobbly knees, with sisters beside you to help you along
You'll soon be a-gro'in up strong.
All your childhood friendships and best friends through school
The memories that you shared, the love through and through-
Could never prepare you for what lies ahead; the run for the roses so red
Sister to sister, it's born in the blood;
The beauty of a rose, the growth of the bud.
It's moving, it's exciting, And it's something unknown that drives you and carries you home.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Appeal Decision

May 3, 2011
Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi
Shippensburg University
19 North Earl Street
Shippensburg, PA 17257-1203

Dear Sisters,
The panel for your chapter closure hearing on April 28, 2011, has reached a decision. During the proceedings, we heard from 22 advisers, volunteers, chapter members and community members who shared views on your case. We also read the extensive information provided, including the 51 letters advocating for your chapter and the signed petition.

After hearing and reviewing all of the evidence, the panel determined to uphold the Executive Board decision to remove Tau Lambda’s Charter.
This was a very difficult decision, particularly with your passion and commitment to our Fraternity. You should be commended for the progress you made in the areas of Ritual, Philanthropy, Scholarship and Recruitment. Alumnae and AAC members cited many examples of how far you have come as a sisterhood, and those gifts will last you a lifetime.

However, a chapter cannot be successful without serious commitment to Risk Management and Standards. It was clear through our interviews that the current culture of the Shippensburg campus, and in particular the Greek Community, is struggling with problems involving alcohol and hazing. This is something Tau Lambda has been challenged with as well.

From April 2010 to the present, the following incidents took place with the chapter which put the chapter and AOII in a negative light:
1) April 16-19 2010: Alcohol was discovered in the AOII house by a Network Volunteer.
2) September 9, 2010: Fraternity/Sorority Adviser contacted AOII about recruitment infractions involving Facebook invitations and parties taking place before school starts.
3) Bid Day: Two alumnae brought alcohol into the AOII house and many chapter members did not cooperate with ELC to address the issue
4) November 11: Alcohol incident involving a new member (which later was determined to be an isolated incident)
5) February 19: Alcohol violation occurs at an AOII house party where the Chapter President and VP-Standards were in attendance.

Your chapter was allowed multiple probation periods over 5 years to help overcome this campus culture and develop a strong AOII chapter. This may not have been in the best interest of the chapter, since it was shared in the interviews that the chapter as a whole didn’t understand what probation meant nor what the consequences would be. Considering that several sororities were on status with the University or their Headquarters at the time of the hearing, it can reinforce the idea that there are no consequences for being in a probationary status on this campus. Even so, based on the outpouring of support, the panel considered alternatives to closing, including conducting a membership review to keep members who could best reflect AOII values. However, it would take more supervision at the local level by alumnae, and all but one AAC member lives more than 40 minutes away. In addition, issues were noted with lack of communication between the AAC, LC and the chapter body regarding probation terms and potential ramifications. This is something the AAC should have ensured took place as officers changed from year to year.

Combining the lack of local alum support with a campus environment that is struggling with risk management, the panel could not in good conscience recommend an extension of the Probation Terms. The current decision is in the best interest of the safety of our current members and reflects consistency in AOII’s approach to risk management across the Fraternity.

As a result of the panel proceedings, we recommend Headquarters re-evaluate current procedures on placing chapters on monitoring and probation for better engagement of chapters:
- Communication delivering the terms should include language that states the ramifications for failure to meet the terms, whether it is escalation to probationary status or (if on probation) that the chapter could be closed.
- If Probation notification cannot be conducted in person, consider sending an e-mail to all members in the chapter to ensure notification.
- Networks could consider hosting a conference call with chapter members to answer questions about Monitoring Status, Probation Status or the terms.

Within 14 days following receipt of this letter, you may appeal in writing the decision of the panel to the Constitution Interpretation and Revision Committee. The appeal is in default after 14 days and the action of the panel stands pursuant to Title II, Article XIV, Section 4 of the Bylaws of Alpha Omicron Pi.

We were impressed by the sincere and candid comments made to the panel. Out of this unfortunate situation, there are opportunities for all members and volunteers involved to reflect on our Ritual and embrace the lifelong benefits AOII offers. We hope to see AOII return to Shippensburg in the future when the environment can better support our Tau Lambda Chapter.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Teacher's Day

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William A. Ward

Friday, April 29, 2011

Hearing Continues

Due to technical difficulties, the panel was unable to speak to everyone on the agenda. They had asked about 5 participants to be available Sunday night to continue the appeal hearing.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hearing Tonight

The hearing will be held tonight. Since this procss is new to most of us, here is how it will work: there is a panel of three members who have agreed to the day, time and location of the hearing (this one via conference call). One person on the panel was nominated by the Chapter, and AOII has appointed the other two. The hearing will begin at 8pm.

The notice for the call was sent to the Chapter and members of the AAC, anyone wishing to be heard has been added to the agenda. We also reached out to a few others who have agreed to speak on behalf of the Chapter. Although we cannot name individuals, the panel will hear from about 25 participants. Each participant will be called, introduced, and will have 3 minutes to make a statement. After their comments, the participant will be asked to drop the call, as all remarks will remain confidential. The only individuals on the call are one faciliataor and the three panel members. The panel will have seven days to render a decision.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Password Disabled

At this time we have decided to turn off the password protection. Moving forward if we use this for further communication that should only be viewed between Tau Lambda, we may chose again to protect. But for now we're hoping this will just make it easier for you to quickly continue to check in...

Thursday, April 14, 2011


And let your best be your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide,
let him know it's flood also.
For what is your friend taht you should
seek him with hours to kill?
For it is his to fill your need,
but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship
let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures
For in the dew of little things the
heart finds its morning and is refreshed...

K. Gibran

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekly Update

Unfortunately, we do not have much to report at this time... but wanted to let you know where we stand.

The Alumnae Induction scheduled for this Saturday with the Harrisburg Alumnae has been cancelled. The chapter has been advised that during the appeal, the sisters are unable to participate.

The chapter had also made arrangements to volunteer at the Kitchen Kettle in Shippensburg; however they were not needed last night, they are hoping to make this an ongoing offer.

Tau Lambda has appointed one person to represent us on the 'board'. We are waiting to hear from AOII Nationals the two people they have decided on. At that point, we will have a 'point person' we can communicate thru. We are also waiting to hear from HQ our request of a detail of the charges we are faced.

We hope that next week we can proceed and determine more of our plan.
Thanks for checking in!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Back on Track

Yesterday the chapter held a meeting with members of the AAC. Six members (Karen, Heather, Sheila, Jen, Christi and Coleen) were in attendance and Karen Wenner was conferenced in. After introductions, we asked the girls to all share their concerns/ideas helping us to move forward in our task of getting back our charter. It was an informative, productive and much needed gathering.

The chapter will be volunteering at the Kitchen Kettle Tuesday evening in Shippensburg and has organized a canned food drive. They will deliver the canned food donations tomorrow night.

Saturday they wil be attending the Alumnae Induction hosted by the Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter, all alums are welcome to attend.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Once a Raider, Always a Red Raider

This weekend the football team held their annual Spring Game. This was the first game for Mark "Mac" Maciejewski as new Head Coach. Also in attendance was NFL player Brent Grimes. Video

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Alumnae Induction with Harrisburg Alums

Please join us...
Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter will be hosting Tau Lambda:
Saturday April 16th at 3pm
Leap Research, Jaycee Avenue Harrisburg PA

We would really appreciate any alumnae attendance!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Little Princess Playhouse at SU

The Little Princess Playhouse at Shippensburg University returns from another successful season with a spring double feature on campus.

The playhouse, sponsored by the university’s Department of Music and Theatre Arts, will opens its 2011 spring season with a fairy tale double-feature of both “Cinderella” and “The Dancing Princesses” at 10 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. April 9 and April 16.

Admission is $3 and tickets are available at the door. Visitors are reminded that seating is limited. Parking is free and visitors should park in the Memorial Auditorium lot and walk to Stewart Hall.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekly Update

Good Morning,
Here is where we are: the chapter sent the petition and letters to AOII In'tl this past week. They also submitted a proposal of activities they wish to participate over the next few weeks.

Tuesday April 11th - 5pm - 6:30pm volunteer at SOUP KITCHEN in Shippensburg

Saturday April 17th - 3pm Ritual and Alumnae Induction Ceremony with Harrisburg Alumnae The event will be held in Camp Hill, and we will keep you posted on the final details but please mark your calendar, we could really use alumnae support here!

Saturday April 24th - 5K Run for Haiti @ Shippensburg The chapter has offered to help organizer Heather Swartz with the event, the start and finish line is on campus.

They also hope to continue weekly meetings and will be holding one this Sunday afternoon. Many members of the AAC will be present.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

from Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter:
Mark your calendars!

We have a late request from the AAC & Members of Tau Lambda Chapter to get together next Saturday, April 16. This will replace our mini-golf tournament end of the month.

They have asked the alumnae chapter to do the ritual for alumnae status.

Location and time are not firm yet. Plan on approximately 3pm in the Camp Hill area.

We are asking that alumnae bring snacks (cookies, crackers, cheese, dip, fruit, chips, etc.).

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Senior Spotlight

In my recent (unfortunate) visit to Ship, I picked up The Slate and was glad to see a familiar face... thought I'd share:

Taken from The SLATE
Published: 03/22/2011
By: Melissa Mumaw

Senior Spotlight: Morgan Smedley
With graduation around the corner, seniors are finishing up the semester with last minute projects and enjoying their final months at Shippensburg.

Morgan Smedley is a senior at Shippensburg University who not only has her class load, but works at Volvo Construction company, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and is the secretary for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Smedley is majoring in management with a concentration in Human Resources, and has been working at Volvo for the past nine months, along with all of her other extracurricular activities.

Smedley is very driven when it comes to work and she takes it very seriously. Some of her duties at Volvo include setting up interviews, interviewing with supervisors, helping with company events, assisting with employee orientation, keeping track of people when they need salary increases and making personnel files. She does a lot for the company and has had to do many different tasks giving her experience in her field.

“I feel that working at Volvo has really prepared me for the real world after graduation. I have learned a lot working there and have grown as a person,” Smedley said.

With everything that Smedley has been involved in, she was able to become more responsible and manage her time. She is applying for jobs now and hopes to live somewhere in Philadelphia. With her experience and determination she is sure to become a successful woman.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

help with hand and heart

Are you an active member
The kind who would be missed,
Or are you just content that
Your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings
And mingle with the flock,
Or do you stay away
And criticize and knock?
Do you take an active part
To help the work along,
Or are you satisfied to be
The kind who "just belongs"?

Do you ever work on committees
To see there is no trick,
Or leave the work to just a few
And talk about the clique?
So come to meetings often,
And help with hand and heart;
Don't be just a member
But take an active part!
Think this over, sister,
You know right from wrong.
Are you an active member,
Or do you just belong?

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's FRIDAY...

Good Morning, not much new to report... last call for your letters, if you haven't already sent them in, the chapter will be gathering them tomorrow and will send out a very large package on Monday.

Another quick note regarding some questions that have been flying around... the chapter has secured all our belongings at the house. At this time we wish to keep everything in tact until we hear the outcome of the appeal. (It's not over yet!!!) They are conscious that there are many sentimental items in the house.

The AAC will be holding another conference call Monday night so we will keep you posted.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


We had an AAC conference call last night. The current Chapter president was in attendance. I expressed everyone's concerns about losing our historical possessions that belong to all of us. The girls have taken everything down and are taking an inventory and putting everything under lock and key. Heather has offered storage space, if needed to keep everything safe.

Please let me know if you have any questions or additional concerns.

In addition if you intend to send a letter of support please send it in ASAP. We are trying to send them out in bulk this week. Please email your letter to Samantha Saverio at

Alpha Love,

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Wednesday

I am committed to giving you as much information as we can and keep you up to date on our progress - so I will try to post as often as possible... please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, etc.

The AAC held a conference call last night to discuss our action plan. The online petition is going well and we have extended the letter writing campaign. Please have your letters sent in by Saturday (this will give us a little more time - - we know the weekdays become hectic with work, families, etc).

We discussed a proposed "calendar" of events during the appeal process which the chapter will submit for approval by Headquarters. They are requesting to hold one meeting a week (possibly late Sunday afternoons), a philanthropic event, one Ritual ceremony and to assist in a 5K Run to benefit Haiti on Saturday April 23rd at Shippensburg. We are expecting all sisters to attend these events and it would be wonderful if we could have support from alums. Assuming these events are approved, PLEASE tentatively clear your calendar and try to make at least one of these events. Once we receive approval, we will give you the specifics and set up dates, times, locations, etc.

A few members of the AAC will be contacting Emilee Danielson (Director of Greek Life at Ship) to set up a meeting. One of the steps we need to take toward restoring the chapter is ensuring we have support from the University.

Karen Weigel and Christi Scheel are gathering information showing the history and past offenses of the chapter. We believe there is a lot we do not know about that led to this decision, so we are trying to piece together a timeline of incidents. If you have any information, we would really appreciate your input. You can email us at

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Good Morning

Thank you for checking in... as stated earlier, this is our best form of communication so I will do my best to keep you updated as I hear more information. First of all, thank you all for acting quickly and signing the Online Petition... we currently have 331 signatures - and the girls have paper petitions, so we are on the way to reaching our goal. Please encourage ALL your friends, family, etc. to sign.

Letter writing campaign - due tomorrow... we would really appreciate it if you take a moment to submit your thoughts, email to:

Monday, March 28, 2011

How you can help

Here is what we know. There were sisters at the house in February and the police responded to a noise violation. At that time, they found alcohol and a few sisters were cited for underage drinking - however no fines were given. This was not the only incident over the past 4 or 5 years, but this was the final occurrence that prompted AOII to take action. We are trying to piece together the previous incidents, as the chapter has been on probation since at least 2007 but we do not yet have details from all of the other investigations (we believe most of the incidents involved alcohol). If you have any information we could really use your help! Please contact us at - and please let me know if you wish for any of the information to be kept confidential.

We appreciate the outpouring of support... at this time, we are asking that you sign the on-line petition (link below) - it's a cool site and takes a few seconds... and join in the "letter writing" campaign due Wednesday March 30th (see details below).

Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions. I will also be checking our gmail, if you have any other thoughts or ideas.

The following updates are from Christi Scheel.
We are on our way to moving forward towards the appeals process. Here are a few orders of business that we need to address:

1. We need to get a copy of the “charges” that will need to be addressed at the hearing, as this will be necessary to prepare the presentation & defense for Chapter’s appeal hearing. Without knowing the exact “reasons” for the revocation of the charter, it is near impossible to know what to focus on when meeting with the current members. We have included a request in our letter requesting the appeal, but any information you may have would be helpful.

2. We have prepared a formal letter to be sent in accordance with the Bylaws stating that the chapter has unanimously decided to appeal.

3. The Collegiate Members will be conducting a petition of their peers on campus over the next week to gain show AOII HQ the support for the Chapter. We are requesting the same from our Alumnae. Here is the link to our online petition

4. We are conducting a letter writing campaign. All collegiate members will be writing a letter to AOII HQ expressing what AOII has meant to them throughout their collegiate experience. New Members (who were in the midst of associating when this happened & who have expressed sincere loyalty to our Sisterhood) will be writing letters on why they chose AOII and why they continue to want to become initiated sisters. As Alumnae we too should write a letter to AOII HQ expressing what AOII means to you and how the Tau Lambda chapter has enriched your life through your collegiate life through today, ultimately asking them to restore the Charter for the Chapter. Alum should include any willingness to work directly with the chapter to lift it up to the level AOII expects from its collegiate Chapters & Members. Letters should be submitted via email to Samantha Saverio - . If you have a relationship with any of the staff (academic, administrative or otherwise) of the university, you are encouraged to reach out to those contacts and ask them for their support by writing a letter & signing our online petition. Please provide letters to Sam by Wednesday, March 30, so they may be all mailed together to AOII HQ on March 31. The collegiate members will be collecting letters from other Greek organizations and any other supporters they can entice to actively show support (e.g., professors, academic advisors, etc.). They are also asking their parents to write letters of support.

5. CALL TO ACTION – Are any of our Alum Attorneys or have husbands who are Attorneys that are willing to provide Pro Bono assistance to us in this fight to restore the charter. There maybe a few items we need legal assistance with moving forward and any help we can obtain would be greatly appreciated!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tau Lambda Update

Tau Lambda Alumnae~
As some of you may have already heard, our charter has been revoked; however the chapter has voted to appeal the decision. We still have a lot of questions regarding how to proceed and what the next steps will be. We do know this will be a long, difficult process and can use support; although at this time we don't know specifically how or what is needed.

Attached are 2 letters explaining, from Chapter Adviser Karen Weigel and from Allie Digioia the current Chapter President.

All current sisters have been given alumnae status (assuming they are in good standing). The chapter's belongings (paddles, composites, etc.) will remain secure at the house for the time being. We are asking that everyone use caution when discussing these issues, specifically to refrain from any postings on facebook since the appeal will lead to a panel "hearing". ((As we all know, much of what is posted online may become 'publicly' viewed - - for example, if you "like" AOII, then "AOII" can view your comments or discussions.))

The chapter is doing all they can to remain positive and well-composed during this time, not pointing fingers or placing blame... but rather sticking together.
We will keep you posted as we know more.

Alpha Love,
Coleen Murphy Fickes
(Alumnae Relations Adviser)

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KAREN WEIGEL - Chapter Adviser

Sorry, it took me this long to let those of you who were not able to attend yesterday know what the outcome of the meeting was. Thanks to Christi Scheel, Coleen Fickes and Heather Swartz for joining myself and the chapter. I know the rest of you were there in spirit.

Present from the fraternity were Gayle Fitzpatrick, Executive Board Vice President, Amber Countis, Network 1 Director, Jen Thompson, Network 1 Collegiate Finance Specialist and Kay Welch, Network 1 Alumnae Specialist.

The chapter charter has been revoked. As of yesterday the chapter at Shippensburg no longer exists. Each of you as an alumnae of Tau Lambda chapter should be receiving a letter in the mail within the next 2 days (they were sent on Friday) informing you of this.

Ladies, this isn't over. The chapter is planning on appealing the decision. I sent you previously a copy of the Governing Documents with specific sections indicated. The process that needs to be followed is in the following: Bylaws, Title II, Collegiate Chapters, Article XIV, Withdrawal of a Collegiate Chapter Charter. They have already selected a member to represent the chapter on the hearing panel, and the certified letter will be sent tomorrow morning.

The women are going to be meeting this evening at 7:30 at the house to come up with a formalized plan of action.

The incident that occurred in February was the catalyze for the closing of the chapter but they have stated that the closure is based not on just this one incident but on the fact that since 2007 there have been a number of incidents. I believe that it is in our best interest to be as prepared as possible to defend these charges and to separate a number of these charges from the current members of the chapter.

One thing the women may need is some financial support as they no longer have access to their chapter checking account. Also, if the chapter does ultimately close, we need reliable storage for composites and paddles for the time when the chapter is re-chartered.

If any of you know any of the details surrounding the initial incident that occurred in either the Fall of 2006 or Spring of 2007, we could use that information.

I am currently compiling e-mails/documentation/etc, that I have since I became chapter adviser and I will be putting my thoughts together. Any thing that you have that you would like to add about any thing that may have occurred at the chapter over the last 4 years would be appreciated.

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ALLIE DIGIOIA - Chapter President
-----Original Message-----
From: Digioia, Alexandra []
Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2011 2:54 PM
To: Fickes, Coleen

Hello Everyone,

First I would like to say how much I appreciate the support from our Alumni. We appreciate you reaching out and being there as our support system not just yesterday but always. We recognize and honor the hard work and efforts you have done you all have done in the past 25 years. I want to send a special thank you to Karen, Coleen, Christi, and Heather for being there with us yesterday. That meant a lot for you all to attend and stand by our sides the entire day. I just wanted to say even though the outcome of yesterday was not what we wanted, we handled ourselves and the situation very well. I appreciate the efforts and questions those of you asked nationals, they were very impressed with how serious we are about this. As of now we are expelled from campus, BUT we have voted to appeal this decision. We are going to need to put forth a lot of effort and hard work to make this work. As said yesterday, we are meeting tonight at the house at 7:30pm.

Alyssa Dugan typed a formal letter to the executive board asking for an appeal and hearing. It will be proofread and sent out by Monday. We have 14 days from yesterday to send this letter in and we are doing this as soon as possible.

Tonight we will be discussing ideas and reorganizing our chapter with a detailed and thorough action plan involving positive attributes, accomplishments, awards, recognition, leadership skills, and other academic, clubs, organization recognitions outside of Alpha Omicron Pi. Here is a list of what we are focusing on within the chapter. We need to come up with ways to improve and take action as well for the future and how we will meet these goals:
-Risk Management/Standards
-House Rules
-New Member Process

We are going to split up in our comimittees tonight I have attatched a list in case you do not know or forget and I will assign the Beta Zetas a committee tonight as well. I have also attatched the goals we had stated before this semester began.

If you have any questions/concerns/comments/ideas please bring them all to the meeting tonight we will be outlining our ideas on the chalk board in the living room.
Also if you would like to review the governing documents, bylaws, standards. Please use the officer library on the AOII website. I will provide a copy of these tonight to pass around and go through.

Thank you all and I will see you tonight.

Thursday, March 24, 2011