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Old School is New Again at Shippensburg University

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  • Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:31:46 GMT
    It's certainly a unique way to break the ice between incoming freshmen and the faculty at Shippensburg University. A just for fun soccer match.Or, as PA announcer Stephanie Jirard, a Criminal Justice professor, put it: "The geriatric ward against the new generation!"The game has become a tradition at SU, organized seven years ago by the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.Human Communications Studies Professor Dr. Kara Laskowski, public r...More >>
    It's certainly a unique way to break the ice between incoming freshmen and the faculty at Shippensburg University. A just for fun soccer match.Or, as PA announcer Stephanie Jirard, a Criminal Justice professor, put it: "The geriatric ward against the new generation!"The game has become a tradition at SU, organized seven years ago by the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.Human Communications Studies Professor Dr. Kara Laskowski, public r...More >>
  • Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:16:25 GMT
    It's only a one mile journey in distance, but it covers nearly two centuries in time."People come to enjoy the river," said Don Lebo, as he guided another load of vehicles onto the Roaring Bull V. "They come to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the wildlife."Lebo should know. He's been at the helm of the Roaring Bull V and the Falcon III ferry boats for 25 years.The 20 minute trip across the Susquehanna River dates back to the early 1800's when the Millersburg Ferry system first became official....More >>
    It's only a one mile journey in distance, but it covers nearly two centuries in time."People come to enjoy the river," said Don Lebo, as he guided another load of vehicles onto the Roaring Bull V. "They come to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the wildlife."Lebo should know. He's been at the helm of the Roaring Bull V and the Falcon III ferry boats for 25 years.The 20 minute trip across the Susquehanna River dates back to the early 1800's when the Millersburg Ferry system first became official....More >>
  • Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:59:44 GMT
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>

It has the look of a well-planned museum, but it's open only one weekend a year. It's the story of Shippensburg University told through memorabilia. It's a hands-on look at campus life dating back to its early days as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. It's a collection started twenty-three years ago by Associate Dean of students, Robert Smith.

"Every day new things come in. I probably get 4 to 5 pieces every week," said Smith.

The collection now includes more than three-thousand items gathered from flea markets, yard sales, e-bay and alumni. It's a nostalgia treasure for past and present students.

"It's just like memory lane," said Smith. When some of them walk in here they say 'Oh my God. I had that. I remember that.' Or, if they were in a fraternity or sorority. They love looking at the old pictures, reminiscing about friends. If they were on one of the sports teams, it's kind of nice to come back to look at the pictures and look at the artifacts that we have."

Famous alumni are featured all throughout the display, including best selling author Dean Koontz, U-S Army General Tommy Franks, and pro football stars John Kuhn, Rob Davis and Brent Grimes. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder, Clyde "Pooch" Barnhart, who played in the 1925 World Series, is also highlighted. Many visitors, like Shippensburg Senior Marquita Johnson, say they'd like to see the homecoming weekend display become a permanent part of the campus.

"That would be a good idea," said Johnson. Because I like going into a library and you see the old pictures. It gives you this feeling that, oh, there's history here."

Senior Jonathan Ballard-Baker agrees. "I think the collection is amazing. I just looked through it briefly between classes and there's a lot of history here."

And new to the display this year is a memorial to long time Associate Director of Athletics, Jane Goss, who guided the 1979 field hockey team to a national championship.

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