Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
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|Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania|
|President||Dr. William Ruud|
|Academic staff||302 full time
130 part time
|Location||Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Campus||Rural, 200 acres (810,000 m²)|
|Former names||Cumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg State Teachers College|
|Affiliations||NCAA D-II; PSAC|
Cumberland Valley State Normal School Historic District
|Location:||Roughly bounded by N. Prince St., Stewart, Old Main, Gilbert and Henderson Drs., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania|
|Area:||7 acres (2.8 ha)|
|Added to NRHP:||January 11, 1985|
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly known as Ship, or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles (64 km) west-southwest of Harrisburg. It is one of the 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS).
The commonwealth legislated the State Normal School for "the education and training of teachers" in the seventh district (7 counties) to be in Shippensburg, and in 1871 the cornerstone was laid for the 212 ft (65 m) building designated the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. In 1917 the school was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
On June 4, 1926, the school was authorized to grant the bachelor of science in education degree in elementary and junior high education. The school received a charter on October 12, 1926, making it the first normal school in Pennsylvania to become a state teachers college. On June 3, 1927, the State Council of Education authorized the school to change its name to the State Teachers College at Shippensburg.
The business education curriculum was approved on December 3, 1937. On December 8, 1939, Shippensburg State Teachers College became the first teachers college in Pennsylvania and the fourth in the United States to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and (Secondary) Schools.
The State Council of Education approved graduate work leading to the master of education degree on January 7, 1959. On January 8, 1960, the name change to Shippensburg State College was authorized.
The arts and sciences curriculum was authorized by the State Council of Education on April 18, 1962, and the bachelor of science in business administration degree program was initiated on September 1, 1967.
On November 12, 1982, the governor of the Commonwealth signed Senate Bill 506 establishing the State System of Higher Education. Shippensburg State College was designated Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 1983.
- 52 undergraduate programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the John L. Grove College of Business.
- 8 pre-professional programs are offered, including pre-vet and pre-med in addition to 7 affiliate programs whereby students can earn combined undergraduate and graduate degrees through accelerated programs. Shippensburg is known for the educational department.
- 17 programs are offered by the School of Graduate Studies and 3 Post Master's Programs.
- Shippensburg is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, AACSB International, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers, and Council for Exceptional Children.
- Arts and Sciences
- Education and Human Services
- John L. Grove College of Business
- School of Academic Programs and Services
- School of Graduate Studies
The Division of Extended Studies also offers a variety of courses, workshops, training sessions, continuing education, and credit and non-credit courses.
The U.S. News & World Report again ranked Shippensburg University among the top public universities in the North in its book "America's Best Colleges 2012."  In the annual rankings, Shippensburg is tied for 82nd among all institutions in the North region and 21st for public schools. It was named one of the 100 best values among public colleges in "Kiplinger's Personal Finance". Shippensburg's John L. Grove College of Business has maintained an AACSB accreditation since 1981.
The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library provides Web access to: its holdings, the holdings of the State Library and 24 other academic libraries, a variety of full text databases, electronic books, and Internet sites. The library collection includes over 2 million items, including bound volumes, micro-form pieces, periodicals, audiovisual titles, government documents, and University archives. The Information and Computing Technologies Center maintains a campus network with a number of computer labs for student use. Each student at SU receives an email account and access to the Internet. At the end of the 2009 school year, the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library first floor was completely renovated with new work stations, computers, and a new look.
Shippensburg University is an NCAA Division II school and one of fourteen schools to compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The school maintains intercollegiate programs for baseball, basketball (Men & Women), cross country (Men & Women), field hockey, football, lacrosse (Men & Women), soccer (Men & Women), softball, track & field (Men & Women), swimming (Men & Women), tennis (Women), volleyball (Women) and wrestling. Several club sports, such as rugby (Men & Women), Ultimate Frisbee and the inline hockey team, also participate in independent leagues. The home venue of the university's football and track and field programs is Seth Grove Stadium. The team name is the Red Raiders, and the mascot is "Big Red," a red-tail hawk wearing a pirates hat. The team colors are blue and red.
Shippensburg University has won several regional and national athletic championships. The Dixon trophy is awarded to the top athletic program in the 16 university Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Shippensburg has won the trophy seven times, the most by any PSAC member. Their titles came in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2011. The women's rugby club won intercollegiate Division II national titles in 2008 and 2009.
Notable alumni 
- Clyde Barnhart, former Major League Baseball player
- Rob Davis, former National Football League long-snapper; current Director of Player Development, Green Bay Packers
- Brent Grimes, current National Football League cornerback for the Miami Dolphins
- Ron Johnson, former National Football League defensive end, Philadelphia Eagles
- Ethan Kilmer, (attended) retired National Football League safety, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals
- John Kuhn, current National Football League fullback, Green Bay Packers
- Steve Spence, former United States Olympic Long Distance Runner, 1992 Summer Olympics; Bronze Medalist, 1991 IAAF World Championships in Athletics
- Richard Alloway, Pennsylvania State Senator
- Lisa Baker, Pennsylvania State Senator
- Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
- Jeffrey W. Coy, former Pennsylvania State Representative; Commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (current)
- Ambassador Dell L. Dailey, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
- Clay Ford, Member, Florida House of Representatives
- John Kline, U.S. Congressman from Minnesota
- Todd Platts, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Arthur Ringwalt Rupley (1868-1920), U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania (1913-1915)
- Andrew A. Serafini, Member, Maryland House of Delegates
- Jeanne Shaheen, first woman to be elected Governor of New Hampshire (1997 - 2003) and U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (2009-present)
- Don Falcone, musician and producer
- Chris Raab a.k.a. "Raab Himself", cast member of Viva La Bam, Jackass: The Movie and regular of the CKY crew
- John N. Abrams, former Commanding General of the United States Army’s Training and Doctrine Command
- Lieutenant General George R. Christmas, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
- Pat Foote, retired US Army Brigadier General
- General Tommy Franks, former Commander-in-Chief of American occupation forces in Iraq
- Jay Garner, former Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq
- John Grimes, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Department of Defense Chief Information Officer
- General David D. McKiernan, four-star general in the U.S. Army currently serving as commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe
- Dennis Reimer, Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1995 to 1999
- Roger C. Schultz, Lieutenant General and Director of the Army National Guard, 1998-2005
- Andrew M. Schuster, retired U.S. National Guard Brigadier General
- John W. Shannon, former United States Secretary of the Army & United States Under Secretary of the Army
- Herbert R. Temple, Jr., Lieutenant General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, 1986-1990
- Maj. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, NATO; former Deputy Commanding General of Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- Sister Candace Introcaso, President, La Roche College
- J.E. Keeny, president emeritus of Louisiana Tech University
- Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President, Stevenson University
- William E. McCracken, CEO, CA Technologies
- As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- The Star and Sentinel (Google News Archive). June 16, 1871 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=a1wmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Pv8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=6083%2C6059074
|url=missing title (help). "The counties of Cumberland, Adams, Fulton, Franklin, Bedford, Huntingdon and Blair comprise the Seventh Normal School district of the State. The Normal School for this district is being built at Shippensburg and will be known as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. The building is 212 feet long and over 150 feet wide." (Bedford, Blair, Fulton, and Huntingdon became the Fifteenth district in 1895.)
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- "U.S. News rankings".
- "AACSB accreditation".
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- "National Small College Rugby Organization: Brackets & Results". Retrieved 2009-08-29.
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