About Academic Day
At the beginning of each academic year, Academic Day is our first opportunity to interact with incoming first year and transfer students as a whole. The day and its organizers past and present remain dedicated to setting the keel, and hoisting the main sail as our newest students chart their course for a successful academic career. Academic Day provides us an opportunity to introduce students into the academic community in a way that reflects the positive values, missions, and challenges associated with living and learning at Shippensburg University. It is important that students begin to understand that this isn't just another first day of school, but it is their first day on the job of their future. It is a day we need to ask students to consider their own values, their own goals, and their own roles in navigating their intellectual journeys aboard the Ship.
The Academic Day 2011 program has several goals: 1) to improve the connectedness of all components of our academic community (faculty, staff, current students and new students); 2) to foster an increased sense of civility and civic responsibility in the technology age; 3) to define the roles and responsibilities of students here at Shippensburg and in the global world of the 21rst century; 4) to promote professionalism and behaviors that enable our students to succeed here at Shippensburg and beyond, and 5) to encourage students to develop skills to use their voice and make constructive choices to enhance their personal goals for the future.
We recognize and celebrate the successes and vitality of our campus this past academic year. Yet, we always recognize that we can do better when we collectively work together to make good things happen and solve problems that face us. This coming academic year, we have a lot of work to do, and we look to our entire learning community composed not only of faculty and staff, but also you, our newest students, to help us move forward by keeping the wind in our sails regardless if there is smooth or rough water ahead.
We value your wisdom, your diversity, your vision, and your positive support. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. José Ricardo (Modern Languages) or Dr. Sean Cornell (Geography-Earth Science) and let us know.