Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Break

Tues   Nov 25        7:30 am-10:00 pm
Wed   Nov 26        7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Thur   Nov 27        Closed
Fri      Nov 28        Closed
Sat     Nov 29        Closed
Sun    Nov 30        4:00 pm-1:00 am

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Exhibit! The Impact of WWI @ Ship

Archives & Special Collections' new exhibit, The Impact of World War I on Shippensburg Campus, is now on display on the upper level of Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. We encourage you to check out the exhibit in the display cases at the top of the stairs the next time you visit the library!

Sheila Joy, Archives & Special Collections Graduate Assistant, curated the exhibit. Below, in a special library blog guest appearance, Sheila describes her experience researching and designing the exhibit. Archives & Special Collections thanks Sheila for her hard work! The exhibit will be on display through the Spring 2015 semester.


The United States' entrance into World War I in 1917 affected colleges and universities in many different ways. Commemoration of the war's centennial is currently underway across the country. Archives & Special Collections has just unveiled a new exhibit that examines the impact of the war on Shippensburg University (then Cumberland Valley State Normal School) and its students.

Early research of secondary sources offered a general atmosphere of the campus upon entrance into WWI: food conservation, a Red Cross chapter, changes in curriculum, and enrollment issues. Further research in the archives led me to excellent primary sources that revealed more intimate details: letters written by soldiers and President Ezra Lehman, newspaper clippings, photographs, and program documents.

From these materials I was able to interpret the impact of the war on different levels. President Lehman created effective recruitment strategies that kept enrollment up despite the loss of students. Letters from former students and newspaper clippings allowed soldiers' voices to tell their personal story and how it contributed to the overall picture of war in America. Photographs, yearbooks, and program documents revealed how students still enrolled at CVSNS maintained their day-to-day lives despite living amidst world war.

My goal with this exhibit was to provide a glance into how life operated for students at Shippensburg during America's involvement in WWI. Some young men enlisted and became soldiers, while other young men and women helped out through the Red Cross or left school to work for the war effort. Student activities such as the Halloween dance and Thanksgiving play went on as scheduled. I hope that my interpretation of the research I have gathered illustrates what life would have been like on campus nearly a century ago.

~Sheila Joy, Archives & Special Collections Graduate Assistant

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Learning from Ugandan Models of Education

A display of photographs and artifacts from Uganda will begin on Nov 17, 2014 t0 Dec 4th, 2014 in the library lower lobby.  A special presentation by Katie Frain will be held in the library room 106 on November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 7 pm

Katherine Frain (Katie), a senior in elementary education major at Shippensburg University, took part in a four-week trip to Uganda during the summer 2014 to study the models of education in the African country.  She will share her learning experience through a display of artifacts and photographs taken during her study trip.

Dr. Margarita Rose, professor and chair of the economics department at King's College, led a team of 12 educators and college students during summer 2014 to study models of education in Uganda, Africa. The trip was called "Learning from Ugandan" and was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Program.

Disabilities Cultural Connections

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is sponsoring a Disabilities Cultural Connections program
 – Monday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm in McLean 2 Hall MPR 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

Data from Census Bureau: Facts for Features

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.


19.6 million

Number of military veterans in the United States in 2013.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey

1.6 million

Number of female veterans in the United States in 2013.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey


Percent of veterans in 2013 who were black. Additionally, 79.3 percent were non-Hispanic white; 1.4 percent were Asian; 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 1.2 percent were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.)
Source: 2013 American Community Survey


Percent of veterans in 2013 who were Hispanic.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey

9.3 million

Number of veterans 65 years and older in 2013. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.6 million were younger than 35.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Native American Cultural Connections

The Office of Housing and Residence Life is sponsoring a Native American Cultural Connections program
 – Monday, November 3 @ 8:00 pm in Presidents Hall MPR 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November is National Novel Writing Month

Come join the Ezra Lehman Library to celebrate the month of empowering diverse voices, supporting young writers and building creative-writing climate on campus. November 6th at 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Room 106.

"Not So Fast, NaNoWriMo!"

In response to National Novel Writing Month, in which people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, English professor and novelist Dr. Kim van Alkemade offers a more realist picture of the process based on her own experience writing and revising a novel over 6 years.  She will read a chapter from her novel "Orphan # 8" and discuss the process of research, drafting, revision, pitching and rewriting that led to its publication.  NaNoWriMo is a great place to start, but it takes more than a month  to write a novel.