Dr. Chad H. + " " + Bennett

Dr. Chad H. Bennett

Program Director

Wright Hall 134 
(717) 477-1134

Dr. Chad Bennett is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator, advisor, and coach.  He has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on developmental education, first-year programming, student leadership, and program management.  He has over 13 years of experience working in academic and student support. Dr. Bennett is a recent recipient of the Shippensburg University Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST) Teaching Innovations in Pedagogy and Scholarship Award (TIPS Teaching Award) and the 2015 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award.  Additionally, he has been the chair of the Department of Academic Services at Ship for over four years.

Prior to working at Shippensburg University, Dr. Bennett served as the director of a youth shelter in Harrisburg, Pa, while also playing a stint of professional soccer in the USL. He is currently a member of the National Association of Developmental Education and Act 101 Directors group and has been published in the monograph for the Educational Leadership Development Conference at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, England.

Dr. Bennett received his undergraduate and masters degrees in psychology from Shippensburg University and his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through Duquesne University in 2009.  He enjoys the outdoors participating in various activities and sports, working on home improvements, listening to a wide variety of music, but most especially spending time with his family.


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Rebecca Harris

Associate Director

Wright Hall
(717) 477-1134

Ms. Rebecca Lee Harris earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and her Master's degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University. Ms. Harris is currently working towards her Doctoral degree in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvannia. Ms. Harris has presented at conferences on the local, state, and national level, most recently at the 33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in 2014 and the National Association of Developmental Education in 2018. Her research interest areas include first-year students, first-generation students, academic advising, and summer bridge programs.

"The circumstances of your life have uniquely qualified you to make a contribution. If you do not make that contribution, no one can." -Rabbi Harold Kushner

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Curtis Spencer

Transition and Outreach Counselor

131 Wright Hall
(717) 477-1013

Mr. Curtis L. Spencer, is a graduate of Towson University (B.S. Psychology) and received his M.S. in Counseling & College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University.

Mr. Spencer has an extensive background in Residence Life and Leadership Development.  Mr. Spencer became better acquainted with the Academic Success Program while completing a Clinical Field placement with the program in the summer of 2013. He then transitioned into the role of Transition & Outreach Counselor permanently in December of 2015.  

Mr. Spencer attributes his love for student development to his wonderful experience in various student activities as an undergraduate, and his countless memorable experiences as a young professional working in Residence Life. He enjoys academic coaching, counseling, leadership development, and assisting students with their career and holistic development.

Mr. Spencer is a classically trained musician (cello), singer, and songwriter and has studied music since the age of 11.  Mr. Spencer is currently  pursuing a Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interest include access and equity, first-year experience, men of color initiatives, and the retention and persistence of students of color in higher education.

“Criticism is a small price to pay for doing work that you love and think matters”

-Brene Brown


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Melissa Knouse

Instructor and Academic Advisor
Wright Hall 135
(717) 477-1134

Professor Knouse earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Millersville University and then pursued her Master's from Shippensburg University, where she earned a Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Upon graduation, she coordinated the Office of Academic Support for Student-Athletes before taking a faculty position in the College of Business where she was an adjunct faculty member teaching Foundations of Business Administration for one year. She is also piloted the Early Alert Program which provided early intervention to Shippensburg University students to assist in reaching their educational and professional goals. Currently, Melissa is a faculty member in the Department of Academic Services teaching in the Academic Success Program along with advising students in the Advising Center for Exploratory Students. Prior to working at Shippensburg University, Professor Knouse worked with children with Autism and advised students at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Her favorite activities include spending time with her 1-year-old twins, boating on Lake Raystown with her husband, and spoiling her dog Tyson.


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Danielle Surotchak

ASP Secretary

Wright Hall
(717) 477-1134




Emma + " " + Fickel

Emma Fickel

Academic Coach

Wright Hall 123
(717) 477-1134

Hi all, I'm Emma and I am in my second year of grad school here at Shippensburg University working towards my masters in School Counseling.  I graduated from Clarion University in 2014, with a Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitative Services with a concentration in Developmental Disabilities and a minor in Psychology.  I also played basketball for the Golden Eagles for 4 years on a scholarship.  Basketball has always been a part of my life, and while starting my Master's I also had the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the Raiders!

“True strength is when you have a lot to cry about, but you choose to smile and take another step forward” 

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Marie Sanjurjo

Academic Coach

Wright Hall 127
(717) 477-1134

Ms. Marie Sanjurjo, received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of West Georgia. In her undergraduate years, she served as President to the Latino Cultural Society and Parliamentarian of Women of Diversity. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling and College Student Personnel. Her favorite food is chicken wings and anything Italian. She loves diversity and culture and has hopes to do more traveling in the future. Her passion lies in helping others discover their life paths and encouraging students to live up to their potential.

Marie wants incoming students to always remember the following quote:

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Jasmine Henderson

Jasmine Henderson graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration in 2011. She is pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her passion for education led her to help others.. She has worked at the Multicultural Student Affairs office, interned at the Women's Center, joined Student Alumni Ambassadors and numerous groups on campus, prior to becoming a graduate student. Jasmine also has experience Academic Advising at a community college. Jasmine loves Mexican food, spending time with family, and traveling. Her advice to incoming students is to remember the end goal. Create short term and long term goals to help you get through college. Also, get involved on campus.


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Charles (Chuck) Davis

Academic Coach

Charles "Chuck" Davis graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 2007. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership & Development Higher Education Structure and Policy. This is Chuck's first year as an Academic Coach. Chuck has worked in the Mental Health and Chemical Dependency fields for almost 10 years. He is also an Assistant basketball coach for the Shippensburg University Men's Basketball Team. Chuck believes in helping anyone and everyone he encounters to be productive members of society.


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Tiara Smith

Academic Coach

Tiara Smith is currently in her first year of grad school here at Shippensburg University. She is in the Organizational Development and Leadership Master of Science program with a concentration in Leadership In Society. Tiara recently graduated from Shippensburg University in May 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. She enjoys creating art, reading and writing poetry, and playing the piano.

Tiara is passionate about helping students develop the skills and abilities necessary to have a successful college career, and leaves this quote for them all:

“If at first you do not succeed, try, try again. Do not give up to easily, persistence pays off in the end.” -Thomas H. Palmer


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Steven Wertz

Peer Leader

Steven is from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania and is majoring in English at Ship. He is also a member of the Disability Awareness Club.




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Cody Elliott

Peer Leader

Cody is a sophomore at Shippensburg University and is currently pursuing a major in Accounting. He is a Peer Leader in the Academic Success Program for the Summer of 2017. He is also very involved on campus as a leader in the Multicultural Student Affairs program as a member of the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. program. In the future he wishes to obtain a job in the Accounting field and become very involved in the community in which he lives in. 


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Raymond Cwenar

Peer Leader

Raymond is currently working on his degree in Social Work with a minor in Disability Studies. He is a member of the Kappa Delta Phi fraternity and works at the CUB in the Tech Crew Department. He also plays intramural soccer and is a big fan of DC comics.




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Bria Stevenson

Peer Leader

Bria is a junior Marketing major with an Exercise Science minor from Philadelphia, PA. She is the Staff Development Chair of the Activities Program Board, the Public Relations Chair of Elite Modeling Troupe within the Multicultural Student Affairs, a tour guide for the Admissions Office, and the manager for the Women's Basketball Team. Bria's dream career is to become a Sports Agent. Bria chose to work with ASP so that she can help students see that their dreams are achievable with hard work. 


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Shakir Alexander-Noah

Peer Leader

Shakir Alexander - Noah is a senior, first-generation college student, and Social Work major. He is from West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an executive board member of the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. and the secretary of the African Student Association. Shakir is also a member of the New Student Orientation team and the manager of the Entertainment Crew in the Ceddia Union Building. Shakir's advice to the new students is to come into college with an open mind, and to explore the resources that the university has to offer.  

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Alijah Munoz

Peer Leader

Alijah Muñoz is entering her Sophomore year as a Business Entrepreneurship major. She was enrolled to Shippensburg University through the Summer Bridge Program, Summer 2016. Through this program, Alijah gained a better sense of accountability, getting out of her comfort zone and study and time management skills. During this program, she also grew a close relationships with the ASP faculty and staff, bringing her back Summer 2017 as a Peer Leader for Group C. She intends on returning next summer to continue expanding my leadership skills.

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Brandon Christmas-Lindsey

Peer Leader

Brandon Christmas-Lindsey is a senior a studying Sociology. Here at the university Brandon is very active. He was the parent director for student summer and fall orientation team, the marketing manager for our student union, a mentor for the Emerging Scholars program, and the chair and facilitator of the Multicultural Student Affairs' BROTHERS organization. He is also on the undergraduate academic appeal board for the University. Whether it's advice or just giving a helping hand; Brandon believes engaging with his peers on both an academic and social level can make a difference in the Ship community. Brandon was Shippensburg University's 2016 Homecoming King because of his hard work, patience, and the love he has for our campus. 


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Najiyah Roberts

Peer Leader

Najiyah Roberts is a senior here at Shippensburg University who is working towards becoming a lawyer and who will be graduating with her bachelor's degree in English. From there she hopes to attend graduate school and extend her studies. She came through the Academic Success Program in 2014 and has learned many vital tools in order to succeed through her years in higher education. Here at the University, Najiyah has been apart of PRSSA and Multicultural Student Affairs. As a peer leader for Group E, she hopes to be a positive resource for her students and an example that anyone can make it through college with faith and perseverance.