Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Session A Library Hours - May 22 to June 30

Welcome back for Ship Summer Session A!

Summer Session A Library Hours are as follows:
Monday   7:30am – 4:00pm
Tuesday   7:30am – 4:00pm
Wednesday   7:30am – 4:00pm
Thursday   7:30am – 4:00pm
Friday   7:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed

With one holiday exception:
Monday, May 29   Closed for Memorial Day

Breaking news: the last week of Summer A will have extended hours:
Sunday, June 25 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, June 26   7:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday, June 27   7:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 28   7:30am – 8:00pm
Thursday, June 29   7:30am – 8:00pm
Friday, June 30   7:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday   Closed

Check the Library Calendar for other dates! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Congratulations 2017 Spring Grads!

 to our 2017 Spring Graduates!

You have burned the midnight oil, completed your studies, and are on your way! We've enjoyed helping you here in the library and we look forward to seeing your future success!

Several of you have worked with us in the library and while we're sad to see you go, we're looking forward to hearing about your future success!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Library Intersession Hours - May 13 through May 21

Welcome to Intersession, the library will be open as follows:

Saturday, May 13, 2016Closed
Sunday, May 14, 2016Closed
Monday, May 15, 20168:00-4:00
Tuesday, May 16, 20168:00-4:00
Wednesday, May 17, 20168:00-4:00
Thursday, May 18, 20168:00-4:00
Friday, May 19, 20168:00-4:00
Saturday, May 20, 2016Closed
Sunday, May 21, 2016Closed

Enjoy your time out of class!
Check the Library Calendar for other dates! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fall Registration Opportunity

Attention Students who have not yet registered for the Fall 2017 semester:

If you have not registered for the Fall 2017 semester now is the time! Ship is re-opening registration starting Finals Week Monday at 8am through Finals Week Wednesday at 4pm.

If you have a hold that is blocking you from registering, those holds will be temporarily suspended (Monday 8am to Wednesday 4pm) so you can register.

Finals Week, of course, is not the best time to be thinking about registering - however, it is important that you register for your Fall classes now. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled over the summer.

Remember that Schedule Adjustment will re-open on August 1st - but you really should register for classes before the end of Finals (for best availability).

See your advisor ot College Dean for more information!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

#TBT in the Archives 5/4/17: May Day

Celebrating the end of winter, the blooming of flowers, warm temperatures, and summer is nothing new. At Shippensburg in 2017, students flock to the red and blue lawn chairs scattered across campus, enjoy meals outside, and up their runs or cycling sessions outside.

Past students at Shippensburg also marked the coming of spring and summer, but with a bit more pomp and celebration. The annual May Day festivities included dancing, royalty, theater, and festivities on campus until the mid-1950s.

May Day Queen and her court, c. late 1940s.

Traditionally, May Day has been celebrated with a variety of activities. Children gather flowers to keep or bestow on others in celebration of spring, and May Poles are decorated with colorful streamers, which are wrapped around the pole by dancers.

Child attendants were regular members of Cumberland Valley State Normal School's May Day celebrations.

At Shippensburg, May Day also included the crowning of a May Queen (a senior woman) and her court of attendants (two from each class). With the exception of a few years, May Day was an annual campus event from the early 1900s until the 1950s. By the 1930s, celebrations included dramatic presentations, often of Shakespeare plays, and entire programs of dance related to the year's theme.

This Shippensburg State Teachers College May Day program features a print of a dancing girl celebrating nature.

In 1936, May Day was held in the SSTC Shakespeare Amphitheater, located generally where the Little Red Schoolhouse is today. The Campus Reflector reported the event was the first for the newly constructed outdoor gathering space and featured three Shakespeare plays as part of the festivities.

Dances during the 1920 May Day Fete.

In 1946, the theme of May Day was "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and dances punctuated the acts of the play's presentation. In 1951, the theme was "Una Fiesta Mexicana," and dances were based on aspects of Mexican history.

Program for 1951's "Una Fiesta Mexicana."

Though May Day festivities ended in the 1950s, spring celebrations at Shippensburg have not, though they've taken different forms over the past 60 years.

Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections has plenty of photos and information about historic May Day programs as well as other spring celebrations on campus. To find out more, schedule an appointment at

Campus Reflector, April 8, 1936
Class Files, 1933, 1934, 1946, 1951-1954, Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections, Shippensburg, PA.
Record Group 30, Box 4, May Day file and May Day fete file, Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections, Shippensburg, PA.