Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
|Cumberland Valley State Normal School, State Teachers College at Shippensburg, Shippensburg State Teachers College, Shippensburg State College|
|President||Dr. George "Jody" Harpster|
|302 full time
130 part time
|Location||Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Campus||Rural, 200 acres (810,000 m²)|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PSAC (East)|
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)|
|NRHP Reference #||85000076|
|Added to NRHP||January 11, 1985|
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly known as Ship, or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, United States, 40 miles west-southwest of Harrisburg, and 53 miles northwest of Westminster, Maryland. It is one of the 14 state universities that comprise 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 Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (or PCDE, formerly called the Office of Extended Studies) also offers a variety of courses, workshops, training sessions, continuing education, and credit and non-credit courses.
Student professional organizations
- Alpha Kappa Psi
- American Marketing Association
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Financial Management Association
- Institute of Management Accountants
- International Business
- Investment Club
- Logistics Management
- Management Information Systems
- National Association of Black Accountants
- Personal Financial Planning
- Phi Beta Lambda
- Sigma Tau Delta
- Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society
- Phi Alpha Theta - Chi Kappa chapter National History Honor Society
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. In addition to the university being recognized overall, Grove College was again recognized in the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Undergraduate Business Programs" category. The college was ranked 309 out of 655 undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
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 soft track and field programs is Seth Grove Stadium. The team name is the 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. The 2011-2012 Men's rugby club were the Men's College Division I-AA Keystone Rugby Conference Champions.
In 2013, the women's field hockey team, under the direction of coach Bertie Landes, captured the university's first ever NCAA team championship. Shippensburg (20-1) took an early lead at the 11:07 mark on the game's first penalty corner. Senior Taylor Bender entered the corner and sent a return feed from junior Lucy Kauffman into the lower right portion of the cage. With Bender's goal the Raiders were up 1-0. Senior forward Bre White then converted a penalty stroke – five minutes into sudden-death overtime against LIU Post on a chilly, windy afternoon at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University. Shippensburg's nine-member senior class – Bre White ,Katie Shoop , Carenna Neely, Taylor Bender Lauren Taylor, Danielle Proctor, Brynn Seidenstricker, Megan Jett and Brittany Jett – concluded an historic four-year run with a 75-10 record, three appearances in the NCAA Semifinals, two appearances in the NCAA Championship Game and one NCAA Championship.
- Rob Davis, former National Football League long-snapper; current Director of Player Development, Green Bay Packers
- Chris Flook, former Bermuda Olympic swimmer, 1992 Summer Olympics
- Brent Grimes, current National Football League cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ron Johnson, former National Football League defensive end, Philadelphia Eagles
- 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, Pennsylvania State Senate
- Lisa Baker, Pennsylvania State Senator, Pennsylvania State Senate
- Ray Boland, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
- Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
- Jeffrey W. Coy, former Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (2004–present)
- Ronald Crimm, Member, Kentucky House of Representatives
- Ambassador Dell L. Dailey, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
- Judge Richard Dietz, North Carolina Court of Appeals
- Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Deputy Secretary Toby Fauver, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- Clay Ford, former Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives,(1975-1976,) and the Florida House of Representatives (2007-2013)
- John Kline, U.S. Congressman from Minnesota
- Todd Platts, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Arthur Ringwalt Rupley (1868-1920), U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- 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)
- Todd Stephens, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 151st District (2010 - Current)
Entertainment and media
- Jonathon Koch, President, Asylum Entertainment
- Chris Raab a.k.a. "Raab Himself", cast member of Viva La Bam, Jackass: The Movie and regular of the CKY crew
- Spike, Host, Mojo In The Morning, IHeartMedia WKQI 95.5FM Detroit
- 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 (Retired)
- Pat Foote, US Army Brigadier General (Retired)
- General Tommy Franks, Commander of the U.S. Central Command, American occupation forces in Iraq (Retired)
- Jay Garner, Director of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq (Retired)
- John Grimes, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Department of Defense Chief Information Officer
- General David D. McKiernan, four-star general, U.S. Army Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) (Retired)
- General Dennis Reimer, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, 1995-1999
- Roger C. Schultz, Lieutenant General and Director of the Army National Guard, 1998-2005
- Andrew M. Schuster, U.S. National Guard Brigadier General (Retired)
- John W. Shannon, United States Secretary of the Army, 1984-1989, & United States Under Secretary of the Army, 1989-1993
- Herbert R. Temple, Jr., Lieutenant General and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, 1986-1990
- Lieutenant General Michael S. Tucker, Commanding General of the First United States Army
Business and education
- John Angevine, Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution
- Raymond G. Bressler, President Emeritus, The University of Rhode Island
- Michele Buck, President, The Hershey Company North America
- Robert Carter, Senior Vice President, Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales USA
- George "Jody" Harpster, Ph.D., President, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
- Sister Candace Introcaso, President, La Roche College
- Tom Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., President, Black Hills State University
- J.E. Keeny, President Emeritus of Louisiana Tech University
- Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President Emeritus of The University of Texas at San Antonio
- Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President, Stevenson University
- William and James Conway, Founders and CEOs of Mister Softee
- David Melcher, President and CEO, The Aerospace Industries Association
- John Morgan, CEO, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Asia
- Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director, State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft
- Curtis Uehlein, President, Apollo Global, Apollo Education Group
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- "Shippensburg University's new president no stranger to campus". The Patriot-News. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-23.
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- "Full text of "Alumni news bulletin"". Archive.org. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
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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.
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