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Commentary: Former Slater reflects on first homecoming as alumna

I only ever attended homecoming events for Slate coverage during my undergraduate years. The campus comes alive with school spirit and camaraderie, with alumni from near and far making the trip back to the Cumberland Valley. These events were not only important to our campus community but were always fun story assignments. But now as a few-months-old alumna, I returned to Shippensburg University and saw the events from a different perspective.

Your World Today Commentary: looks back at a year of reporting

We returned to the newsroom in August after a months-long physical hiatus caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. While some of us remained remote, we worked together to continue our mission of serving the Shippensburg University community with vital news, information and entertainment. This year was like no other and was difficult at times. But the difficulty offered us an opportunity to grow. Our Sports Section adapted from game recaps to feature-focused content, telling a variety of sto

Carter reflects on time and experience at SU

Shippensburg University is preparing to say “goodbye” to its 17th president, Laurie Carter. Carter is departing the university at the end of June to take on the president position at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She began her tenure at SU in 2017, arriving at the same time as the class of 2021. Carter sat down with graduating Slate editor-in-chief Hannah Pollock on May 3 to reflect on her time at SU. Prior to her April 20, 2018, inauguration, Carter and SU hosted the “17 Days o

SGA/SUSSI budget saves student activity fee increase, reduces most student group budgets 6%

Shippensburg University students will not see a rise in student activity fees for the 2021-22 academic year, but almost all student group organizations will experience a minimum of a 6% reduction in budget allocations for next year. The SU Student Government Association (SGA) approved these measures, along with the entire 2021-22 fiscal year SU Student Services, Inc. (SUSSI) Budget during its meeting April 22. SU President Laurie Carter approved the budget prior to the meeting. SGA Vice Presid

Your World Today Commentary: Thank you and (almost) goodbye

My time at Shippensburg University is quickly wrapping up. With graduation looming and only one more print edition of The Slate hitting newsstands next week, I am about to leave the place I called home for the past three-and-a-half years. I find myself sitting and reflecting as I begin to write the final lines in this chapter of my life. I want to thank my mentor during my senior year of high school, H. James “Jim” Wolf of The Chronicle in southern Lancaster County. Jim served as my first inter

PASSHE freezes tuition for 3rd consecutive year

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors has voted to keep in-state tuition frozen for a third year in a row, according to an April 15 PASSHE press release. The unanimous vote will keep in-state tuition at $7,716 for the 2021-22 academic year and the PASSHE student technology fee will stay at $487, the press release said. “A quality education and an affordable one go hand-in-hand at our universities. Students deserve our full support as they continue focu

Carter asks PASSHE to address council of trustees diversity

In one of her final Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors meetings, Shippensburg University President Laurie Carter asked for “a request” from her state system colleagues. To diversify each university's council of trustees so they are more representative of the students they serve. Near the end of Thursday’s meeting, the board recognized Carter for her contributions to the system through her time at SU. Carter thanked her colleagues for their support, friend

Campus leaders react to Patterson appointment

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors appointed Charles Patterson as Shippensburg University’s interim president Thursday. Patterson is the current Mansfield University president. The news broke across campus in waves, from those attending the board of governors meeting, to those who found out in an email from current SU president, Laurie Carter. Carter will depart from the university in late June to take on the same role at Lawrence University in Wiscons

Patterson talks with SU student media

Shippensburg University Interim President Charles Patterson spoke with SU student media hours after his appointment on Thursday. Patterson will take over leadership at the end of June when current president Laurie Carter departs for Lawrence University in Wisconsin. He currently serves as president at SU’s Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) sister school Mansfield University. Mansfield University is in the northeast integration process with Bloomsburg and Lock Haven univers

Your World Today Commentary: An eventful Board of Governors meeting for SU

I spent all day Thursday covering the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors’ meeting. Most students have no desire to sit through the hours-long meeting, but this particular meeting’s agenda was quite eventful for students — Shippensburg University students specifically. The board appointed current Mansfield University President Charles Patterson as our interim president after SU President Laurie Carter departs the university this summer. PASSHE board offici

Patterson named interim SU president

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors appointed current Mansfield University President Charles Patterson as the interim president of Shippensburg University Thursday. Patterson will fill the role on an interim basis after Laurie Carter, SU’s 17th president, departs the university this summer. Carter, who has been at the helm since August 2017, announced on March 4 that she will leave SU this summer to take the same position at Lawrence University in Apple

PASSHE appoints Shippensburg University interim president

Meet Dr. Charles Patterson, current Mansfield University president, who will transition into the Shippensburg University interim president position in late June. Read more about Patterson: https://www.theslateonline.com/article/2021/04/patterson-named-interim-su-president Website: https://www.theslateonline.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSlate/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShipUSlate Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shipuslate/

PASSHE appoints Shippensburg University interim president

Meet Dr. Charles Patterson, current Mansfield University president, who will transition into the Shippensburg University interim president position in late June. Read more about Patterson: https://www.theslateonline.com/article/2021/04/patterson-named-interim-su-president Website: https://www.theslateonline.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSlate/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShipUSlate Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shipuslate/

WSYC delivers listeners entertainment in pandemic

Editor’s note: Interviews for this story were conducted in fall 2020. When Shippensburg University moved classes online due to the COVID-19 coronavirus last spring, many on-campus groups lost access to offices and had to cancel events. Members of WSYC (We Serve Your Community) 88.7 FM, the student-run radio station, lost access to their station in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB). The station’s general manager, adviser and other officials could not gain access to the studio. “It was just the s

PASSHE to appoint interim president

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Board of Governors is scheduled to appoint Shippensburg University’s interim president at its meeting Thursday. In the public meeting agenda, which is available online at passhe.edu, PASSHE officials list the business under No. 13, “Board Consideration.” The board will appoint the university’s interim president and will also issue a resolution honoring current SU President Laurie Carter. Carter announced on March 4 that she will depar

What does a campus look like when faculty members are gone?

Editor’s note: The interviews for this story were conducted in fall 2020. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is undergoing a system redesign to increase the financial longevity of its schools. With this initiative, comes tough decisions from school administrators to determine how to meet directives and goals set by PASSHE officials. One way officials are trying to increase financial sustainability is through retrenchment. Retrenchment is when letters are sent to faculty

Career Center continues mission amid pandemic

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the work of the Shippensburg University Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center (CMPDC). The CMPDC, located in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) on the first floor in room 108. It offers career-related resources for SU students and alumni. After SU officials implemented new rules to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the CMPDC had to modify some delivery styles of its programming to ensure studen

Your World Today Commentary: Sharing our ‘PASSHE stories’ helps advocate

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) officials and advocates designated last week (April 5) as PASSHE Advocacy Week. Current students and alumni shared their stories of how the state-funded system of higher education opened doors for their lives and careers. Officials encouraged this to further advocate for funding and assistance from the state legislature. So, I figured I would share my own “PASSHE Story.” When I was a kid, I knew I would eventually attend college. The poten
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