Events of the Spring 2017
Drs. Mitaut and Ragone had their annual service-learning trip in Haiti this January 2017. For the consecutive year and under the auspices of the French Program, a double seminar with service-learning in the island nation was offered over the winter break, with courses taught in French or in English. At the present, the endeavor is the completion of a dispensary for the village of Gros Mangle. Four students as well as Mr. Jonas Celius, the Haitian facilitator for the project, helped with the construction. The goal of thyear was to raise the roof of the building and level the terrain around it. Mission accomplished!!
Events of Fall 2016
Dr. Ragone led a group of seven Freshmen in an Academic Day service-learning activity on August 27th. The group welcomed fifteen children attending the Migrant Workers Education Program in Chambersburg, PA. The director of the program, Mr. Eric Mandell, accompanied the children with Ms. Ilona Burd, Shippensburg alumna presently working with Mr. Mandell. Also present was Ms. Bianca Garcia, Spanish major, who helped with the event.
After the welcoming on campus, a question and answer session followed, introducing the visitors to Shippensburg University. Dr. George Pomeroy, Professor of the Geography/Earth Science department, took then the group to Burd Run, where he explained to everyone to the ecology of streams and the conservation efforts done in Burd Run. This presentation was fascinating to all.
After a picnic lunch on the lawn in front of Rowland Hall, the group went on a tour of campus--useful for both the visitors and the freshmen! The day concluded with a visit at the Corn Festival to see the arts and crafts and enjoy some music.
Thank you to all who volunteered, helped and participated!!
Events of Spring 2016
Dr. Lesman served as interpreter and faculty advisor to the Honors Program's "Reach Out" Service Learning initiative during a weeklong trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in January. Working with the Caminos de la Enseñanza school, students led pedagogical workshops, taught English and Science lessons, took a group of children on a trip to the zoo, and learned about Dominican history and culture. The students raise funds year-round to fund the trip and purchase school supplies. To learn more about the program and how to get involved, visit
In January 2016, Dr. Ragone, with the help of Mr. Jonas Celius, led a group in Haiti to continue with Project Gros-Mangles. The goal of this trip was to raise the walls of the future dispensary. GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!! Thanks to the efforts of the very dedicated students (Fallon Finnegan, Angela Davis Nana Sime, Ali Mowers, Laura Hilliard and Andrew Hutchinson) and despite the very rough conditions, the dispensary is on its way to be a reality!
Interested? Contact Drs. Mitaut (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ragone (email@example.com)
Events of Fall 2015
On August 22, 2015 a nice group of dedicated SU students (Kaitlyn Andrews, Abbie Bugh, Halima Gbaguidi, Lara John, Samantha Justice, Cheryl Marisa Ngauss), as well as two students from the Shippensburg High school Honor Society (Audrey Goates and Emily Kennedy), volunteered their French skills for
the “French Children’s Activities” program at the Shippensburg Public Library. Sysha Irot, Director of Youth Programs for Cumberland Valley, was our kind host and she rallied another wonderful Francophile, Lisa Turchi, to the project. This was a new program designed to introduce local children of all ages to
language activities, with a double objective: increase literacy (as reading skills transfer over from English to French and vice versa) and develop familiarity with a foreign language (French in this instance). It is our hope to continue these activities throughout the semester on a weekly basis. The
children who came were delightful and demonstrated a great deal of flexibility as they colored, sang, counted, played and listened to stories, all in French. Thank you to all who participated, volunteers, parents and children alike! We look forward to future play and fun activities in French!
Audrey Goates showing colors and Samantha Justice reading about how
animals in French. animals sound in French.
Amy Diehl and Halima Gbaguidi showing Marisa Ngauss and Lara John reading
how to say one’s name in French La Chenille qui avait très faim,
and a few other phrases. the French version of Eric Carle’s
The Hungry Caterpillar.
Emily Kennedy and Kaitlyn Andrews engaging in play activities in French.
Children from the Migrant Education Program were sponsored again by Dr. Ragone for a visit on campus, as she had done in 2013 and 2014. The purpose of the visit is to show these children what higher education has to offer and let them know how to get to university. This year the children, originally from Peru, Mexico and Haiti, received first information about Shippensburg University. They visited then the studios of SUTV were there were shown how to produce movies. This activity was a success thanks to Dr. Kim Garris and her students in Communications/Journalism who wecomed the visitors. A picnic on the lawn by the Modern Languages Department followed. The day concluded with a visit to the football field were a scrimmage game was taking place.
Thank you too to Freshmen Jordan Hagy and Mary Flicker who were part of the welcoming team!
The Modern Languages Department faculty is heavily involved in Service-learning projects and invites you to join them whenever you can. Two projects are in the works for the Spring 2013 semester, one in the Dominican Republic and the other in Haiti. Here are some photos of activities that took place in the Fall 2012 for Academic Day and were made possible thanks to the participation of incoming freshman.
Since 2011, Dr. Lesman has worked with Reach Out: The Shippensburg University Honors Program's Literacy and Leadership Initiative in the Dominican Republic. Each year, students and faculty travel to Santo Domingo to implement new curricular ideas and work with teachers and students at the school. In 2013, the group supplemented their work at the Dominican school with a visit to a batey where Haitian migrants live, a tour of a university that specializes in teacher education, and an exploration of historical sites in Santo Domingo.
Dr. Blandine Mitaut
“Parlez-vous français?Literacy in the 21st Century: English and Beyond”
The project took place in the context of the Franklin County Literacy Council Literacy Carnival organized each year in the Chambersburg Mall.
Dr. José Ricardo
Beautifying the Chambersburg Hispanic-American Center
A group of majors and minors in Spanish and Spanish Education helped improve CHAC new quarters.
Dr. Agnès Ragone
A Future at Shippensburg
Twelve children in the Migrant Worker Educational Program in Franklin County spent the day at Shippensburg and received information about the University. The children visited the University Planetarium and cheered at a soccer scrimage game.