Shippensburg University recently hired a new Director for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. Manuel Ruiz has worked in higher education for 20 years, and before coming to SU, worked at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
Shippensburg University is home to a diverse population of people among its students, staff, faculty and administrators. While the local community may not be the most diverse place on earth, the university has worked to carve out welcoming spaces for those in our campus community.
Angela Merkel leaving as Germany’s chancellor is like “losing the most powerful woman in the world as of the elections on Sunday,” according to Sara Grove, a political science professor at Shippensburg University. This was just one of the points of the “Post-Merkel Germany: Thoughts on German Politics, History, and Culture During the German Election” discussion that took place on Sept. 29, at Orndoff Theatre in the Ceddia Union Building.
At Shippensburg University, homecoming is a significant event to many members of the SU family. Alumni are able to connect with current students’ excitement and school spirit, and some students are able to showcase their love for Shippensburg in a larger way. The Homecoming Royalty title is both an honor and a staple for the season, and for these students, a place on the Homecoming Court is much more than just a nomination.
Five weeks into the semester, uncertainty and rumors about how COVID-19 is affecting Shippensburg University have spread rapidly. Questions about moving to online instruction, how COVID-19 cases are calculated by the school and support students in quarantine are receiving are circling campus.
Last semester, demonstrators from Key of David Christian Center, located near Philadelphia, came to Shippensburg University holding signs with derogatory words about women, non-Christians and the LGBTQ community. Friday, the group showed up again, demonstrating on the lawn outside of Grove Hall.
If you’ve been to Washington, D.C., you’ve likely also been to the Smithsonian museums. These museums showcase the colorful history of our country and our world. From science and ancient animals to the military and great works of art, the Smithsonian museums are a way society preserves American values and identity.
Shippensburg University is going through a very transitional time. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is in the middle of redesign, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world and the U.S. has been going through social and political upheaval over the last few years.
Despite this, the world still turns, and the SU community is faced with another change. In March 2021, Laurie Carter, then SU President, announced she would be leaving the university in the summer. Charles Patterson, then president of Mansfield University, would take her place as the interim president while the search for a new president began.
Denise Collazo, a social justice activist, led a Zoom panel for Shippensburg University students on Aug. 31. The panel taught students how they can remain healthy and protect their mental wellbeing while they are fighting for change.