The Shippensburg University Council of Trustees met Friday morning to discuss university matters including the new general education program, first year seminar, a fall 2017 summary of sports and a change to Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School (GBLUES).
The general education program has been revised and approved by SU, and on Dec. 13, 2017, President Laurie Carter signed the proposal. The revision includes “University 101: First Year Seminar” as part of the first-year experience program. There are three coordinators for the program — history professor Steven Burg, English professor Laurie Cella and Javita Thompson, assistant director of community engagement.
“This is a major change that will better our students,” SU Provost Barbara Lyman said.
Roger Serr, vice president of student affairs, reported that the overall GPA of student athletes last semester was 2.974. Eleven of the 18 teams earned a QPA of 3.0 or higher. SU has the most ever selected students to be nominated to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference fall Top 10 squad.
“We’re more than just athletes here, we’re student athletes,” Serr said.
Carter extended her congratulations to SU student athletes. She also mentioned that there will be conversation and renegotiation between the Shippensburg Area School District and SU about a requirement for GBLUES to go from a K–5 school to a K–3 school.
“This is an exciting time at Shippensburg University,” Carter said. “We are moving forward with many new initiatives that will transform the lives of our students.”