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Director's Welcome

Hello students! For our current students: we hope your spring semester is going well. For our incoming students: welcome! We look forward to meeting and working with you over the next month. Our summer orientation leaders have been chosen and they are all very excited to work with you over the next few months. Feel free to call our office or email us if you have any questions regarding summer orientation.


Donna Gross, Director of New Student Orientation

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Orientation Office
Shippensburg University
210 Old Main
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
Voice: 717-477-1164
FAX: 717-477-4007


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NameMary Butler

Mary Butler


Exercise Science

Graduation Year (of College)


Extra-Curricular Activities

Circle K Service Club, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Shippensburg Women's Rugby, Intramural Basketball, Volleyball, and Street Hockey

Favorite Quote

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." - Nelson Mandela

Why did you choose Shippensburg?  

I chose Ship because of their highly recommended Exercise Science program. Faculty knew just how to handle my passion for physical therapy and this feeling made me certain that I was in the right place. I also chose Ship because if its beautiful campus, it gave me just enough room to spread out and be a part of my education.

What is your favorite thing Ship has to offer?

My favorite thing that Ship has to offer is the abundance of opportunities to work with faculty on student lead research. At this university it is something that is really stressed and encouraged. This not only allows divergent learning, of taking concepts and setting them loose in real live scenarios, but it sets up great networking with faculty that could be helpful in the future. This is something that my professors say that they did not have at their respective universities.

If you could give any one piece of advice to incoming students, what would it be? 

To an incoming Ship Raider: take control of your time here, you have the power to really mold and shape your experience and there are countless people ready and willing to help you meet your goals as a professional.