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.
Many of us over the last year and a half, relied on food delivery, no-contact pickup and fast food. While customers began to feel more comfortable eating out as COVID-19 restrictions loosened, restaurants found themselves without enough staff to accommodate the long-awaited rush back to the normality of pre-pandemic days.
Dear Fellow Ship Raiders,
Hello and Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year. My name is Riley Brown and I am proud to serve as your Student Government president. To the class of 2025, welcome. We are glad you are joining our Ship Family. To our returning upperclassmen, welcome back to what will be an awesome year!
First year students arrived at Shippensburg University during Welcome Week to start the fall semester. SU provided four days of activities to help first-year students become familiar with campus before the semester started.
Lounges furnished with a handful of couches, plexiglass dividers separating the outside world from workers, half-filled classrooms that felt hollow and smiles that could only be seen in the eyes of masked faces. This is what the Shippensburg University campus looked like to keep its faculty, staff and students safe as they returned for the fall 2020 semester.