Thursday, May 7, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 5/7/15

Class of 1905 in their graduation gowns

It's our last Throwback Thursday of the semester! We hope you've enjoyed the Ship stories we've shared with you over the past several months!

As graduation season is upon us, we'd like to send you off into the summer months with a couple of tidbits about the institution's first graduating class.

Degrees were first awarded at the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1874. The 24 students in this first graduating class all studied elementary education.

To all of our students who are graduating at the end of this week, congratulations! You are joining a long line of successful Shippensburg graduates and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? Our Throwback Thursday series will return in the fall. If you need to reach Archives & Special Collections over the summer, please contact us via e-mail: .

Thursday, April 30, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 4/30/15

Did you know that the famous beat poet Allen Ginsberg visited Ship's campus twice in the '80s? As today is the last day of National Poetry Month, we thought we would use this Throwback Thursday to highlight Ginsberg's visits and interviews with students. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) was a renowned American poet of the Beat Generation and counterculture of the 1950s and 60s. Hist most famous work, "Howl," is a critique of American capitalism, repression, and subjugation with the opening line: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."

Ginsberg's first trip to Ship was in 1981. He gave an interview for the student literary magazine the Reflector. The Reflector's faculty advisor at the time was John Taggart, a professor of English and poet who was a contemporary of Ginsberg's. In the interview, Ginsberg told the students about his writing and editing process, specifically focusing on "Howl." As a practicing Buddhist, he also discussed meditation and how he incorporated this practice into his writing style. Ginsberg went on to talk about his friendship with Bob Dylan--when they met, how they worked together, and also how he loved Bob Dylan's music. Lastly, Ginsberg discussed his teaching position and relationship with students at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired private liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado. Ginsberg returned to Ship again in the fall of 1989 and he gave another interview for the Reflector while on his way to campus from the Harrisburg airport. In this interview he went into more detail about Naropa University, the structure of "Howl," his influences--Jack Kerouac and T.S. Eliot-- and reflected on his past works.

Want to read Allen Ginsberg's Reflector interviews in full, or learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Visit Archives & Special Collections during our open research hours, or contact us via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

"Ginsberg, Allen." Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 602-606. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Rosenthal, Bob. "Ginsberg, Allen (1926-1997). World Poets. Ed. Ron Padgett. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000. 381-391. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cookies & Milk Night @ Lehman Library

Come join in for something sweet during finals' week!

Monday May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm.

President Jody Harpster will be in Lehman Library with cookies and drinks for you!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 4/23/15

Since yesterday was Earth Day, we decided to look back at the history of environmentalism on Ship's campus for this week's "Throwback Thursday." Concern for the environment in the United States dates back to the early 1900s, as seen in Theodore Roosevelt's focus on preserving national parks and landscapes. Environmental activism emerged in the 1960s alongside the civil and women's rights movements. Earth Day was declared a holiday on April 22, 1970, marking the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.

One way Ship students expressed environmental awareness in 1970 was through publications such as the underground newspaper the Shippensburg Free Press. Although this paper was only published for a limited time in the early 1970s, it focused on hot-button issues of the day such as the Vietnam War, abortion, race, drugs, alcohol, ecology, and pollution. The two images above are brochures from the time period, advocating for a call to action, specifically against air pollution. Ship's student newspaper the Slate also premiered a new column, "Up in the Air (and in the Streams)" in the April 8, 1970 issue that printed information and opinions concerning the environment. Pessimistic predictions of the future were even included, such as that in a decade people living in cities would have to wear gas masks because the air quality would be so bad! Today a heightened sense of environmental stewardship on campus remains with the single-stream recycling program and annual Earth Day celebration.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Visit Archives & Special Collections during our open research hours, or contact us via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Program: Become Money Smart, 4.22.2015

Financial Literacy Program: Become Money Smart

Wednesday April 22nd Noon - 1:00 pm in Lehman Library room 205

Dr. James Benton, Associate Professor, Accounting/MIS department, will give a talk and workshop on financial planning.

Money Smart Week, April 19-25, 2015

Money Smart Week®, created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Lehman Library is hosting a "Become Money Smart" exhibit through April and sponsoring a financial planning program on Wednesday 4/22 at Noon

The Federal Government has also put together an informational web portal about financial planning:'s My Money Five

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy National Haiku Day, 4.17.2015

Happy National Haiku Day!

haiku are easy,
But sometimes they don't make sense,

~ Rolf Nelson haiku

Feel free to leave a Library Related Haiku in the comments; here's one to start your creative juices flowing:

can you help me please,
I need a specific book,
it is blue, with words.

~ anonymous haiku,
on an Iredell County Public Library witeboard