Thursday, March 26, 2015

Financial Literacy Program & Money Smart Week @ Lehman Library

April 19-25 is Money Smart Week!
Want to retire early? You can if you plan early!

Celebrate Money Smart Week with our Financial Literacy Program during the month of April. Lehman Library will present “Become Money Smart” an exhibit in the Library Gallery. Visit us in the library main gallery and learn how to become money smart and learn about basic financial planning.  Dr. James Benton, Associate Professor, Accounting/MIS department, will give a special talk and workshop on financial planning on Wednesday April 22nd Noon- 1:00 pm in Lehman Library room 205. 

#TBT in the Archives 3/26/15

Women's basketball team, 1910
In honor of March Madness, and the last week of Women's History Month, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss the history of women's basketball here at Ship for this installment of Throwback Thursday. The origin of basketball in the United States goes back to 1891 when James Naismith developed a game to hold the attention of a rowdy gym class at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. Senda Berenson is credited with introducing the sport to women, believing that there was no reason women could not play the game. Basketball quickly spread across the country in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, making its way to Shippensburg (then the Cumberland Valley State Normal School [CVSNS]) in 1903.

According to the Normal School Herald from January of that year, "the game teems with excitement and sport, and great enthusiasm has been shown by both boys and girls." A basketball section highlighting players, scores, and schedules began to regularly appear in January and April issues thereafter, the Herald proclaiming that "basketball is the game at Normal during the winter months." Although the Herald primarily concentrated on men's basketball, recaps of women's games do appear such as in the April 1903 issue when CVSNS played their first game against the Girls' Varsity at Dickinson College, losing 6-4. A week later CVSNS made up for their loss, defeating Dickinson 6-2.

The emergence of women's involvement in basketball at CVSNS and across the country reflects a larger theme about women's roles that began to shift in the late nineteenth century. The mid-nineteenth century Victorian ideals that placed women in the roles of mother and wife began to dissipate as women entered professions such as teaching and social work. Athletics became an integral part of the new model of American womanhood. At CVSNS, the Herald noted that "the girls were by no means inferior to the boys in their love of the sport." The image above is the earliest photographic record of a women's basketball team at CVSNS. The young man in the photo was the team's leader. Note that the uniforms reflect the era's ideals of modesty, as women had  to "cover up" on the court. While athletics did offer new opportunities for women, athleticism had to be balanced with the social norms of the era.

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.

Grundy, Pamela and Susan Shackelford. Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women's Basketball. New York: The New Press, 2005. 

Normal School Herald 7, no. 2, January 1903, University Archives & Special Collections, Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, Shippensburg, PA.

Normal School Herald 7, no. 3, April 1903, University Archives & Special Collections, Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, Shippensburg, PA.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Library Research Award--Win $$

Apply for the Library Student Research Award!

Ezra Lehman Memorial Library will present the 2015 Library Research Award to the undergraduate student researcher who writes the best literature review as a part of her or his research with a faculty mentor. The Library will present a $500 first prize award and a $300 honorable mention award.

Undergraduate students conducting research under the guidance of a faculty mentor are eligible to apply. All literature reviews must be a minimum of 3 pages long and should be prepared with proper citation and style format appropriate to the discipline. Completed literature reviews must be submitted to Dr. Kirk Moll ( by April 17th at noon. Awards will be presented at the Kirkland/Spizuoco Memorial Science Lecture on April 22 at 7:30pm in the Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

For more information regarding application procedures, please visit

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Did You Know: Streaming Music from Library's Databases

Did you know you if you enjoy music you can listen to any genres from classical to jazz to pop-rock and more from one of  library’s databases “Naxos MusicLibrary  

The world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 86,240 CDs with more than 1,256,900 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 3/19/15

Ship students walking across campus, 1968
In honor of Women's History Month, this week Archives & Special Collections would like to explore the social changes that occurred on Shippensburg's campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s. While Shippensburg State College students did not participate in many of the radical movements and protests that occurred at larger universities, there was a gradual change in social norms at the local level.

On March 19, 1970, the Student Senate unanimously abolished Shippensburg State College's dress code. Until this date, the campus dress code, which was outlined in the student handbook, required students to appear in the "high standard of dress." Men and women were required to dress conservatively everywhere on campus except in residence halls and during athletic events. White t-shirts, bermuda and short-shorts, sweatshirts and other "casual" wear were deemed innapropriate. Although the dress code pertained to both women and men, there were stricter regulations for women such as the "no slacks" rule. Dresses and skirts were considered appropriate for women and one alumna recalls that women had to wear trench coats to cover up their slacks if they happened to be wearing them in the wrong place. In the winter time, ladies kept warm by wearing knee socks and tights--these regulations seem unimaginable by today's standards.

The Cumberland yearbooks provide a visual depiction of the transformation that took place on campus after 1970, showing the evolution of the change in campus culture. Female students ditched skirts and knee socks for shorts and slacks, which became more prevalent in the mid-late 1970s. By the 1980s, the casual wear that permeates college campuses today essentially became the norm. The photograph above from 1968 shows two female students walking on campus in slacks and bermuda shorts. We do not know where these women were walking to and from, but the textbooks in their hands indicate they could have been studying. Or maybe these women were "radicals," displaying their disagreement with the campus dress code. Evidence such as this reminds us that we need to question our sources. Although the dress code was still on the books in 1968, clearly these regulations were not always followed in practice.

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.