The 1st Annual Essay Contest for Non-Traditional Student Week

Monday, Nov. 4, marked the beginning of Non-Traditional Student Week.

Non-traditional students were asked ““What does pursuing an education from Shippensburg University mean to you as a non-traditional student?” and had the opportunity to write an essay to answer the question.

The essay contest and student week was sponsored by the Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO). The first place winner will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card and the second place winner will receive a $10 Sheetz gift card. All essays had to be between 750 and 1000 words.

The deadline originally set for 8:00pm Thursday evening was extended until Friday, Nov. 8. The winners will be announced and will be presented with their awards on Wednesday, November 20th. They will be presented at 11:00am in the NTSO lounge in the CUB room 209. The first place essay will be posted to the NTSO site or the dean of students’ NTS site. Through the site, people will have access to the essay if they wish to read it.

In honor of Non-Traditional Student Week many other events took place all over campus. On Monday, November 4th, an evening of bowling was arranged. Students, friends and family members met at the CUB and 5 p.m., where transportation was provided to the bowling alley. The cost was $5 a person.

On Tuesday, November 5th, students were invited to the Orndorff theatre to watch “Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith” with popcorn and drinks. The movie stars Cybill Shepherd, Corri English and Pat Crawford Brown. It is about a non-traditional student that goes back to school to earn her degree. The movie was shown from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. students had the opportunity to stop by the NTSO info table in the CUB Great Hall. At 5:00 p.m., Wednesday Wing Night was held at the University Grille on King Street. The cost was $5 and students were invited to join the NTSO the first Wednesday of every month for wing night.

Samuel Hudson, Vice President of the Non-Traditional Student Organization said, “I would say that for the most part Non-Traditional Student week was successful. It is our hope that this week was able to raise awareness of the NTSO and let non-traditional students know that we are here and that we can be a support system for them.”

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