Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shippensburg University seal.png
Established1871
TypePublic
EndowmentUS$27.9 million[1]
PresidentDr. George "Jody" Harpster (interim) [2]
Academic staff302 full time
130 part time
Undergraduates6,942 full-time
Postgraduates1,311 full-time
LocationShippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
CampusRural, 200 acres (810,000 m²)
Former namesCumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg State Teachers College
NicknameRaiders
Mascot"Big Red"
AffiliationsNCAA Division II; PSAC
Websitewww.ship.edu

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Logo.gif

Cumberland Valley State Normal School Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by N. Prince St., Stewart, Old Main, Gilbert and Henderson Drs., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Area7 acres (2.8 ha)
Built1870
Architectural stylevaries
Governing bodyState
NRHP Reference #85000076[3]
Added to NRHPJanuary 11, 1985
 
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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shippensburg University seal.png
Established1871
TypePublic
EndowmentUS$27.9 million[1]
PresidentDr. George "Jody" Harpster (interim) [2]
Academic staff302 full time
130 part time
Undergraduates6,942 full-time
Postgraduates1,311 full-time
LocationShippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
CampusRural, 200 acres (810,000 m²)
Former namesCumberland Valley State Normal School, Shippensburg State Teachers College
NicknameRaiders
Mascot"Big Red"
AffiliationsNCAA Division II; PSAC
Websitewww.ship.edu

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Logo.gif

Cumberland Valley State Normal School Historic District
LocationRoughly bounded by N. Prince St., Stewart, Old Main, Gilbert and Henderson Drs., Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
Area7 acres (2.8 ha)
Built1870
Architectural stylevaries
Governing bodyState
NRHP Reference #85000076[3]
Added to NRHPJanuary 11, 1985

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. 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).

History[edit]

Old Main

The commonwealth legislated the State Normal School for "the education and training of teachers" in the seventh district (7 counties) to be in Shippensburg,[4] and in 1871 the cornerstone was laid[5] for the 212 ft (65 m) building[5] designated the Cumberland Valley State Normal School.[6] In 1917 the school was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

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.[7]

Academics[edit]

Colleges[edit]

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[edit]

Rankings[edit]

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." [8] 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.[9] 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).[10]

Lehman Library

Library[edit]

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.

Athletics[edit]

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.[11] The women's rugby club won intercollegiate Division II national titles in 2008 and 2009.[12] The 2011-2012 Men's rugby club were the Men's College Division I-AA Keystone Rugby Conference Champions.[13] [14] In 2013, the Women's Field Hockey Team,under the direction of coach Bertie Landes,captured the university's first ever NCAA team championship. [15]

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Government[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Military[edit]

Literature[edit]

Business and education[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Shippensburg University's executive vice president named interim president". The Patriot-News. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "School Laws of Pennsylvania, with Appendix - Pennsylvania, Its, Pennsylvania. Dept. of Education, Pennsylvania. Dept. of Public Instruction - Google Boeken". Books.google.com. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  5. ^ a b "Full text of "Alumni news bulletin"". Archive.org. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  6. ^ 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.)
  7. ^ "Cumberland Valley State Normal School Historic District". archiplanet.org/. 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  8. ^ "U.S. News rankings". 
  9. ^ "AACSB accreditation". 
  10. ^ http://www.ship.edu/News/Ranking/
  11. ^ "About Shippensburg Athletics". Shippensburg University. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  12. ^ "National Small College Rugby Organization: Brackets & Results". Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  13. ^ http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-di-college/2722-ship-sinks-st-joes-for-epru-crown.html
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keystone-Rugby-Conference/423658297674606?sk=info
  15. ^ http://shipraiders.com/news/2013/11/24/FH_1124131515.aspx
  16. ^ "Clay Ford's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 40°03′40″N 77°31′19″W / 40.061°N 77.522°W / 40.061; -77.522