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Shippensburg University

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, commonly known as Ship, or SU, is a public university located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 40 miles west-southwest of Harrisburg, and 53 miles northwest of Westminster, Maryland



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College History


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[5] 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. Luhrs Performing Art Center was completed in Fall of 2005. 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. In 1985, many of the original historic buildings of the campus, including Old Main, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a regional state-supported institution. It is part of the State System of Higher Education of Pennsylvania, which is made up of 14 universities located in various geographic regions throughout the Commonwealth. Founded in 1871, Shippensburg University serves the educational, social, and cultural needs of students primarily from south central Pennsylvania. The university enrolls students from throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic region, the United States, and various foreign countries as well. Shippensburg is a comprehensive university offering bachelor's and master's degree programs in the colleges of arts and sciences, business, and education and human services. The curricula are organized to enable students both to develop their intellectual abilities and to obtain professional training in a variety of fields. The foundation of the undergraduate curriculum is a required core of courses in the arts and sciences. These courses prepare students to think logically, read critically, write clearly, and verbalize ideas in a succinct and articulate manner; they also broaden students' knowledge of the world, past and present. The university's primary commitment is to student learning and personal development through effective and innovative teaching and a wide variety of high-quality out-of-class experiences. The ultimate goal is to have students develop to their utmost the intellectual, personal, and social capabilities they need to perform as competent citizens prepared to embark on a career immediately upon graduation or after advanced study. The personal attention given each student at Shippensburg is reflective of the strong sense of community that exists on campus and the centrality of students within it. The university encourages and supports activities which give students many opportunities to apply the theories and methods learned in the classroom to real or practical situations, such as faculty-student research and student internships. Student life programs and activities complement the academic mission and further assist students in their personal, social, and ethical development. Committed to public service and community-centered in its relationships to the region, the university works closely and collaboratively with other organizations at institutional, programmatic and individual levels to develop common goals, share resources and invest cooperatively in the future of the region.



Athletics 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 Government Richard Alloway, Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Baker, Pennsylvania State Senator 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 Pennsylvania State Representative; Commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (current) Ambassador Dell L. Dailey, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State Clay Ford (Class of 1986, Public Administration)- member of both the Arkansas (1975-1976) and the Florida House of Representatives (2007-2013) from Pulaski and Santa Rosa counties, respectively 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) Entertainment 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 Military 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, 1995-1999 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 Literature Dean Koontz, author & New York Times Best Seller Business and education Michele Buck, President of The Hershey Company, North America Sister Candace Introcaso, President, La Roche College J.E. Keeny, President Emeritus of Louisiana Tech University Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, President Emeritus of The University of Texas at San Antonio Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales, Sony Music Entertainment Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President, Stevenson University David F. Melcher, CEO and President of Exelis Inc. William E. McCracken, CEO, CA Technologies



Rural, 200 Acres (810,000 M�)