Interim President Jody Harpster and Jack Roddick stand in front of the renamed planetarium.

University renames planetarium for long-serving director

Since 1971, John “Jack” M. Roddick ’47 has shared his love of the skies as director of Shippensburg University’s Dibert Planetarium. That dedication was recognized Nov. 15 when the planetarium was rededicated as the Dibert-Roddick Planetarium. roddick2

Roddick’s association with the university spans nearly 70 years beginning when he came to Shippensburg as a student. After serving in World War II, he returned to Shippensburg to complete his degree in 1947. He joined the faculty in 1955 as an assistant professor of physics and head coach of football and track.

More than 40 years after he was named planetarium director, he continues to organize group trips and public programs for the planetarium, including the very popular Christmas show.

The planetarium originally was named in memory of Roy Dibert, former chair of the physics department.


Jack Roddick addresses the crowd at the renaming ceremony.