Interim President Jody Harpster and Jack Roddick stand in front of the renamed planetarium.
renames planetarium for long-serving director
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.
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
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.