Dear members of the Shippensburg University family,
Welcome to Fall 2021!
It is great to have everyone return to campus for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. A special shout out to our new students. Whether this is your first year in college or you come to us from another institution as an undergraduate or graduate student, you have made a great choice in coming to Ship. For our returning students, welcome back to the campus that you know and love…and that loves you back!
While it has only been two short months since I became your interim president, my family and I have loved Shippensburg University since day one. My many meetings with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university have affirmed the enthusiasm that everyone has for the university. Ship is a truly special place with great students and passionate faculty and staff dedicated to the academic success of our students. As a servant leader for higher education, it is truly an honor to serve with you and I look forward to visiting with and working alongside all of the members of our campus community.
While we are coming back strong after 18 months of ever-changing COVID-19 mitigation measures, the pandemic does not appear ready to relent. To ensure a safe and resilient campus, we all must do our part. Please wear your masks while indoors on campus. If you are not vaccinated, please take advantage of the many vaccination clinics we are offering on campus or one of the many convenient locations in the community. Vaccination is proven to be effective at helping to control the impacts of the virus and is a critical step in preserving the Shippensburg University experience for everyone. Get more information on campus efforts to combat COVID-19 at RaiderRespect.ship.edu. I look forward to celebrating the easing of mask requirements once we see vaccination rates go up and positivity rates go down. It takes a caring community working together to accomplish this goal and you are a part of this effort.
And speaking of celebration, this year we will celebrate 150 years of excellence: The 150th anniversary of the founding of Shippensburg University. We have special events planned to commemorate 150 years of Ship, including Homecoming and a spring festival. In addition, we have a full slate of opportunities planned for students and all members of the campus community. We look forward to creating new memories that will carry us into the next 150 years. Together, we join with our 70, 000 alumni as a proud Raider family and setting a course for the university’s future. Thank you for being a part of the celebration.
Here we Raider, Set, Go, friends!