Thursday, February 11, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 2/11/16: Dungeons & Dragons

Shippensburg University has played host to a lot of different conferences and campus over the years. Did you know that in the '80s Shippensburg held Dungeons & Dragons camps?

This clip from the Shippensburg News Chronicle describes the details of how the Adventure Game camp was organized.

The camps were called Adventure Game camps, and were held twice a summer for one week at a time. The camp ran for 5 years before the university discontinued the program.

Adventure Game campers, 1985

The camps were open to girls and boys aged 10-17 who wanted to learn in-depth character development and playing techniques in order to become Dungeons & Dragons masters. Students' knowledge of D&D concepts was tested throughout their week at camp.

Portion of a Dungeons & Dragons test, summer 1981

Despite the popularity of the camp, it was cancelled due to controversies surrounding Dungeons & Dragons and other live action role play games. Many media reports had suggested that the games had harmful effects on the young people playing the games.

Cancellation letter for the Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp

Even though the camp only lasted 5 years, it served as a unique opportunity to bring young people together on Ship's campus for a week of fun and learning.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

Minds@Work: Student Proposals Deadline

The annual Shippensburg University student research showcase, Minds @ Work, is your opportunity to show off your research and creative work!
Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines present their research and creative work.  Last year over 400 students participated in the conference with posters, oral presentations, panel discussions, and works of art. 

  • Registration open now
  • Registration Deadline: Feburary 23, 2016
  • There is no cost to present and no cost to attend.
Student Registration Form -  Students can sign up to present a poster, deliver an oral presentation, or present a work of art. If you are signing up to deliver an oral presentation, you should first check with your department to see if they are organizing a session for students speakers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ship Resources: Swank Digital Campus Trial

Through a consortial membership Lehman Library is able to provide access this semester to a trial of Swank Digital Campus. This trial includes Swank's top 300 most popular streaming films.

To view films on a mobile device, download the free “Swank Media Player” App.  This is available through the App Store and Google Play.  The movies will be accessed through the mobile device browser and will automatically be played through the Swank App.

Licensing guidelines allow for individual or secured classroom use, public performance is strictly prohibited.

The collection includes films in a variety of genres including Drama, Crime, Comedy, Musicals, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Romance, War films, Children/Family, Adventure, Documentary, Action, Western, and more..

To access Swank Digital Campus, click here.

Please let us know what you think of this resource using the form found here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ship Resources: Business & Management Collection Trial

Lehman Library is pleased to partner with the John L. Grove College of Business to provide trial access to the Henry Stewart Talks Business & Management Collection of video lectures and case studies.

According to the HSTalks website "HSTalks provides access to world class lectures and case studies by leading experts from commerce, industry, the professions and academia, in one online resource - accessible wherever, whenever and as often as is wanted.” -

To access the Business & Management Collection, use the Databases A-Z list on the library website or click here.

There are several different search and browse features available.
For example, you can browse by lecture

or by subject

 Please remember to give us your feedback about this trial resource!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker

Alumna Ann Larrow will present “Leadership in Post-Soviet Moldova: Impressions from the Peace Corps” 

Larrow earned her master’s degree in organizational development and leadership in 2008. She later spent two years in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. 

Her talk will discuss such topics as leadership, women, and representing the U.S. in the Peace Corps.

The event is co-sponsored by the departments of sociology/anthropology and political science, the International Studies Program, and the Organizational Development & Leadership Program.
For more information contact Dr. Barbara Denison at

Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Date: Feb. 11 Place: Lehman Library 205. The talk is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Peace Corps:


As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them.

The Peace Corps' Mission

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  • To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#TBT in the Archives 2/4/16: WWII Air Raid Preparations

Even though Shippensburg University was never the target of World War II bombings, the college took all precautions necessary to ensure the safety of the student body. Throughout the war, Shippensburg used a couple of different techniques to get the word out about what to do in case of an enemy attack on campus, or elsewhere in the country.

This clip from the 1942 Campus Reflector shows that Shippensburg was helping the war effort not just by preparing students for crises, but by advertising war bonds. This war bond ad pictures Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller who left baseball from 1942-1944 to serve in the Navy.

During the war, Shippensburg would publish "Air Raid Precautions" in the student handbooks so that students would know what to do if an air raid ever did befall the campus. The university designated stations where students could go to be safe in the event that enemy bombing ever came through Shippensburg.

This section from the 1943-1944 Shippensburg State Teachers College student handbook explains how the campus was preparing for a potential attack.

To ensure that everyone on campus knew what to do and how to find the shelters, the university would hold regular training for students and faculty. This was imperative to the safety of everyone not only when they were on campus, but also when they were traveling, perhaps to areas more susceptible to enemy air attacks.

This clip from the Campus Reflector, released exactly 74 years ago, shows the importance of being prepared for enemy attacks.

The college made sure that every student had a detailed list of the locations of all the campus safety shelters. The handout also detailed what to bring to the shelter and how to act when there. If a raid were to happen, it would have been vital that everyone adhere to these rules to ensure their safety until the threat had subsided.

This is the "Air Raid Safety" handout given to students in the 1941-42 school year. It outlines all of the vital information which a student or faculty member would need to know in a time of crisis, including where to seek shelter on campus (particular corridors, locker rooms, and communal buildings such as the gym were designated as shelters).

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Art Exhibit: Anne Finucane Etchings

Lehman Library proudly presents the etchings by Anne Finucane.
Feb 4-28, 2016 Main Gallery

About Anne Finucane:
Anne's work has been featured in solo shows throughout the Cumberland Valley, in juried national competitions and in membership exhibitions with the Franklin County Art Alliance and Penn's Woods Printmakers.  Her paintings and drawings are in the permanent collections of Summit Health, F&M Trust Company and Gettysburg College, and her work was the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine in April of 2004.

More broadly, Anne Finucane has been a strong advocate for the arts in south central Pennsylvania, especially through her work with the Council for the Arts of Chambersburg and the Franklin County Art Alliance.  She has served as guest curator and juror for art shows throughout the area and as a panelist for the PA Council on the Arts.  Anne's enthusiasm, commitment and keen aesthetic sense are essential aspects of her advocacy and her art.

Please join us at "conversation with the artist" event to learn more about the technique, the process of printmaking and the art in general.

Wednesday Feb 17th at 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Library Room 106