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Old School is New Again at Shippensburg University

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  • Perry County Man Gets Charge Out of Commute

    Perry County Man Gets Charge Out of Commute

    Perry County Man Gets Charge Out of Commute

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:09:35 GMT
    On the outside, it looks like any other pickup truck, until you look under the cargo cover."We have twelve 200 amp hour sealed lead acid batteries," explained Gary Nye, pointing to a truck bed full of batteries, wired in series. It's the power source foran electric motor in what was once a gasoline engine vehicle.Nye said he was inspired to make the power conversion every time he filled the gas tank of his SUV. He saw it as a way to save on his daily commute between Landisburg and Carlisle"I ...More >>
    On the outside, it looks like any other pickup truck, until you look under the cargo cover."We have twelve 200 amp hour sealed lead acid batteries," explained Gary Nye, pointing to a truck bed full of batteries, wired in series. It's the power source foran electric motor in what was once a gasoline engine vehicle.Nye said he was inspired to make the power conversion every time he filled the gas tank of his SUV. He saw it as a way to save on his daily commute between Landisburg and Carlisle"I ...More >>
  • Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

    Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

    Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:20:20 GMT
    At Farmer's Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, it was a summer school like none other. Nine days of learning about and flying glider planes. A unique chance for 16 Civil Air Patrol cadets to expand their abilities in aeronautics and in life.James Linker, Director, Civil Air Patrol Northeast Region,said the participants learn critical thinking skills that carry over into any walk of life."Primarily, it's an aviation exercise," said Linker, "but it's a great skill-building exercise too."Before, d...More >>
    At Farmer's Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, it was a summer school like none other. Nine days of learning about and flying glider planes. A unique chance for 16 Civil Air Patrol cadets to expand their abilities in aeronautics and in life.James Linker, Director, Civil Air Patrol Northeast Region,said the participants learn critical thinking skills that carry over into any walk of life."Primarily, it's an aviation exercise," said Linker, "but it's a great skill-building exercise too."Before, d...More >>
  • Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

    Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

    Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:08:08 GMT
    For five days at the end of June, it was all things Autoharp at Little Buffalo State Park near Newport."We have people from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and from almost every state," said Neal Walters, Director of the 24th Annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering.Throughout the festival, workshops focused on playing techniques geared for all talent levels for the multi-stringed instrument from the zither family. There was even a seminar on how to play in front of an audience.Worksho...More >>
    For five days at the end of June, it was all things Autoharp at Little Buffalo State Park near Newport."We have people from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and from almost every state," said Neal Walters, Director of the 24th Annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering.Throughout the festival, workshops focused on playing techniques geared for all talent levels for the multi-stringed instrument from the zither family. There was even a seminar on how to play in front of an audience.Worksho...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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