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Alumni Weekend 2024

Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1


All Alumni are invited to Shippensburg University's annual Alumni Weekend. The weekend-long celebration holds something for everyone! Return to your alma mater to connect with classmates, catch up with old friends, and celebrate all that is SHIP! We look forward to welcoming you back!

View the Alumni Weekend 2024 Brochure

REGISTER to ATTEND!

Registration: 

  1. ONLINE The easiest way to register is online. You can pay immediately with a credit card or you can mail a check.

  2. MAIL: Fill out the registration form in your Alumni Weekend brochure and mail it along with payment if required.

  3. PHONE: Call Alumni Relations at (717) 477-1218 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Enjoy photos from Alumni Weekend 2023

Scroll thru the information below for the weekend activities and lodging information.

Friday, May 31


 Class of 1974 Fiftieth Class Reunion
Friday, 4:15PM –  50thHappy fiftieth! Catch up with classmates during cocktail hour. After hors d'oeuvres and drinks, your reunion dinner and 50th recognition program begins at 5:15PM. During the program you’ll receive your Golden Raider medallion, a fiftieth reunion pin and a reunion memory booklet. Dinner includes salad, sides, dessert, and entrée selection of flank steak w/mushroom cream sauce, chicken bruschetta, or cauliflower steak. Dressy casual attire. Advanced registration required. $15 for class members; $30 spouse/guest

Then stay the night and on Saturday, enjoy an array of activities including String & Sip, wedding vow renewals, a Golden Raider Lunch, ice cream social, the annual SU Night Dinner, along with reunions for teacher education alumni, SU marching band alumni, and fraternity & sorority life alumni!


Saturday, June 1

Teacher Education Department Alumni Reunion Brunch 
Saturday 10:30AM - 12Noon, CUB MPR B/C, $15

Shippensburg was the first normal school in the state dedicated to training teachers and continues to be a leader in preparing outstanding teachers. Attend the reunion brunch to connect with teacher education alumni and catch up with and hear from faculty in the department including Drs. Lynn Baynum, Gwen Brown Jackson, Alison Mellott, José Ricardo-Osorio, and Cheryl Slattery. Drs. Baynum, Brown Jackson, Mellott, Ricardo-Orosio, and Slattery will share some of the most recent accolades from the department.


GOLDEN RAIDERS Alumni Luncheon
Including Reunion Seating for the Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969
Saturday at 12:15PM, Tuscarora Room, Reisner Dining Hall, $18

This luncheon is for alumni who have celebrated their fiftieth reunions, including the newly inducted Class of 1974. Relax with classmates and enjoy a served lunch choice of Italian panini, grilled Mediterranean veggie panini or grilled chicken cobb salad served with cup of soup and dessert.


Seventh Annual All-GREEK Alumni Reunion
Saturday 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Harley Hall Lawn, $25/adults
Greek

No Matter the Letters, We’re All Greek Together
You joined ONE Greek organization as an undergrad, but gained an entire Greek FAMILY as alumni! Your friendSHIPs have grown exponentially over the years due in part to this reunion, which has fostered continual growth and strengthened the bonds of your Greek community!  There will be music by DJ Mike J & lawn games. Includes 2024 t-shirt, koozie (sponsored by Magnolia Mountain Jewelry, Michele Gegg Legge '88, Phi Sigma Sigma), stadium cup (sponsored by Wibs, Jeff England '96, Kappa Sigma), hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, soda, & water. 
Please bring camping chairs for seating. Pop-up tents permitted no larger than 10x10 in designated area.

Please note: All registrants for the Saturday afternoon Greek Reunion will receive a wristband. Wristbands MUST be worn and displayed at all times. Your wristband confirms you are registered for the Greek reunion and that you are 21 years of age or older. 


100th Anniversary of the SU Marching Band
Saturday 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Luhrs Performing Arts Center Lawn, $15/person, ($5/ages 6-12, Free/ages 5 and under)

If hearing “the Horse”, smelling fresh grass on a football field, or watching college halftime shows takes you back to your glory days with the Red Raider Marching Band, join Director Trever Famulare and others to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of SUMB at Ship. Includes hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, soda, water. Please bring camping chairs for seating. Pop-up tents permitted no larger than 10x10 in designated area.


Class of 1959 65th Reunion Dinner 
Saturday 4:30PM Social, 5:00PM Dinner, Courtyard Marriott Shippensburg, $32

For the Class of 1959 and your guest – enjoy social time and a reunion dinner. Buffet dinner includes beef burgundy, chicken marsala, scalloped potatoes, green beans, dessert, salad, rolls, iced tea & water, and coffee. Gratuity included in cost. Must register in advance. The Courtyard Marriott is located adjacent to campus.

Friday, May 31

Luhrs Performing Arts Center Tour, Friday 1:30PM
Join us for a unique behind-the-scenes view of the performing arts center! Highlights include: history of the Luhrs Center, architectural and construction highlights, audio/visual equipment highlights, a visit to the Grove Theatre, stage, green room, VIP dressing rooms, offices, and control booth. Please allot 45 minutes.


Pubs and Grubs Downtown Tour, Friday, 7:00PM - Midnight. Departs from Harley Hall and the Marriott, $10
Purchase your wristband for the bus to visit old haunts and see what’s new. Bus runs on a continuous loop and departs Harley Hall at 7:00PM, followed by pick-ups at the Marriott & Clarion Hotel. Drop-off at the Marriott by request until midnight. Driver’s license required for pub entry.


Twilight Tour of Campus, Friday, 7:45PM, 8:15PM, and 8:45PM, Departs from Stewart Hall; Enjoy a golf cart ride across campus. Cart limited to 7 people per tour.

 

Friday & Saturday

Behind the Scenes Tour of Old Main (Tunnel, Fourth Floor, and Cupola), Friday 2PM and Saturday 10AM, $75**Each tour limited to eight people only! Proceeds support services and programming for alumni.

Get in on this exclusive tour that not many get to see! Take a narrated tour thru the university’s underground tunnel. Your walk thru this eerie tunnel takes you from the former steam plant (engineering school) underground and up into the basement of Old Main. Then proceed up to the locked off fourth floor of Old Main which used to serve as dorms rooms. This exclusive tour then climbs the steps to the first floor landing inside the cupola bell tower. **This is a walking tour. A small section of the tunnel is only four feet in height - must be able to crouch walk. Steps required to the 1st floor landing inside the cupola are similar to a captains ladder (narrow and steep).


Take a walk on the Rail Trail Sculpture Path
The paved walkway starts at the intersection of Earl & Fort Streets, better known as the grass triangle down the hill from Old Main. On your stroll, read about the sculptures along the trail created by Professor Steve Dolbin’s sculpture classes. Then walk thru the restored boxcars, part of the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum and Conrail Historical Society Museum at the Shippensburg Station. **The trailhead and museum are accessible via a short walk down the paved walkway from Old Main. Parking is available across the street from the museum. 


Cumberland Valley Railroad & Conrail Historical Society Museums
Open Dawn to Dusk – Shippensburg StationBuilt in restored boxcars, tour the museums located at the intersection of Earl and Fort Streets. The boxcars feature professionally-curated exhibits. Learn more about the area’s rich railroad history!

Friday, May 31

Finance and Estate Planning Seminar, Friday, 8:00AM - 3:30PM, Conference Center at Shippensburg University, John E. Clinton Building, 500 Newburg Road 
Live Well. Leave Well. Plan with a Purpose
Thinking about your family and if you have an estate plan? This seminar is for you! Join the Shippensburg University Foundation for a complimentary, no-obligation financial and estate planning seminar on estate plans, healthcare, how tax laws may impact your taxes, investments, cyber security, and retirement planning. Final topics may vary. Complimentary light breakfast & lunch provided. For more information, call (717) 477-1377 or visit www.sufoundation.org.  


Reisner Buffet Lunch Open, 11:30AM - 1:00PM, $11.25/person Grab lunch on campus. Cash and card accepted at the door.


Pubs

Pubs and Grubs Downtown Tour, 7:00PM - Midnight. 
Departs from Harley Hall and the Marriott, $10.
Purchase your wristband for the bus to visit old haunts and see what’s new. Bus runs on a continuous loop and departs Harley Hall at 7:00PM, followed by pick-ups at the Marriott & Clarion Hotel. Drop-off at the Marriott by request until midnight. Driver’s license required for pub entry.


Saturday, June 1

Rise & Shine Breakfast, Saturday, Stewart Hall, $15
Hot buffet breakfast is open between 8:30AM – 10AM. Fuel up for the day. Includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, & fruit. *Update - Please note, breakfast is inside Stewart Hall.


String & Sip, Saturday 9:30AM, CUB, $30
Enjoy mimosas/OJ & danishes as Cindy from The Woods in Three Square leads our DIY string art project. Project is on blue stained 7x10” board – see image. Please allow 60 – 90 minutes and register in advance

                    artistic map of Pennsylvania


SHIP Letters Dedication, Saturday, 9:30AM, Outside Stewart Hall
Special thanks to the generosity of the Class of 1973, the SHIP letters will be a centerpiece and will allow alumni, students, and perspective students to take photos and memorialize their visit with the iconic SHIP letters. Attend and grab your photo with the SHIP letters!


Wedding Vow Renewals, Saturday, 10:45AM, Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center 
Reaffirm your love for one another with this special blessing ceremony for married couples - complete with champagne and cake. Register in advance. (All attire appropriate). Allow approximately 45 minutes.


Ice Cream Social, Saturday, 2:00PM - 3:30PM, CUB
Enjoy an ice cream with friends.


SU Night Dinner, Saturday, 5:15PM, Student Recreation Pavilion, $25/adult, $15/ages 6-12, Free/ages 5 and under
Join President Charles Patterson and First Lady Colleen for a crab, shrimp, chicken, and rib dinner (vegetarian option will be available). Registration is required, and tickets will be mailed to you. Dinner is held outside and dress is casual. Food cannot leave the premises. Limited number of tickets may also be purchased day of event. 


Alumni DJ Dance Party, Saturday 7:30PM-11:00PM, Stewart Hall, $10 cover
This is the ultimate DJ party for alumni to come together and celebrate. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to show off your moves on the dance floor. ‘New School Party’ meets ‘Old School Party’. Don’t miss this epic night of music, dancing & good vibes. Includes beer, wine, soda, water, and lite snacks. VIP Table Service (6 available) includes reserved preferred seating for up to 8 people w/table service. $50/table. DJ will take requests for $1/song. Proceeds support services & programming for alumni.

Basic lodging is conveniently located on campus for $45/person/night. Three-room types available (2-person 1BR, 1BA; 2-person 2BR, 1BA; 4-person 2BR, 2BA). Wheelchair accessible rooms available upon request. All rooms include twin beds. **NOTE: You must bring linens, blanket, pillow, towels & toiletries.

On-campus lodging is highly convenient (no need to drive), no amenities.

Please visit www.ship.edu/visit/lodging for a list of off-campus lodging options. For answers to your questions, contact us at alumni@ship.edu or (717) 477-1218 to speak with an alumni representative.

Requests for campus lodging will close Monday May, 20 at 12:00 Noon.

Register by Monday, May 20.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Advanced registrations are needed for all meals served to ensure adequate seating.
  • Requests for on-campus lodging made after May 20 may not be able to be accommodated.
  • Refunds for on-campus lodging, meals, and activities are not able to be processed after May 20 due to our financial commitments.

Registration Information. While some activities are complimentary, many have associated costs to attend. Even if events you choose do not require a fee, you should still complete a registration form to guarantee your place at the events of your choice and so we have accurate attendance counts. Pre-registration allows us to have your tickets and registration packet ready for your arrival.

Online Registration When registering online for events requiring payment, we accept venmo, paypal, or credit/debit cards. These payments are powered by PayPal. You do not need to create a PayPal account to process your online payment. You may also register online and elect to send payment (mail a check or call the Alumni Office to process your credit card over the phone). Alternatively, we will always take your registration over the phone at 717-477-1218 Monday - Friday 8AM - 4PM.

Registration Hours. Main registration is located in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) second floor (Cumberland Dr. entrance). Hours: Friday, 11AM - 5PM and Saturday 8:30AM - 1:00PM. If you have lodging on campus and arrive Friday after 5:00PM, you may pick up your keys/tickets from our staff at Harley Hall between 5:30–7:30PM. After 7:30PM Friday and after 1:30PM Saturday, please check-in with Campus Police to pick up your room keys. 

Notes on registration:

  • Class of 1974 (50th) - if arriving after 3:30PM, registration packets may be picked up at the cocktail hour on Friday.
  • If ONLY attending the GREEK Alumni Reunion, you may proceed directly to the reunion registration table outside Harley Hall for your wristband. No need to go to registration in the CUB.
  • If ONLY attending the SUMB Alumni Reunion, you may proceed directly to the reunion registration table outside the Luhrs Center for your wristband. No need to go to registration in the CUB.

University Bookstore - CUB Lower Level
Hours: Open Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM; Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM; Closed Sunday; Alumni Discount: Pick up your 20% off a single apparel or gift item COUPON at the registration desk.

Big Red's Cupboard & Raider Ready Professional Dress Closet (RRPDC)
Big Red’s Cupboard, our very own on-campus food pantry, is up and running but we need some help getting our shelves stocked for our students. Bring unopened and non-expired items for drop-off at the CUB Info Desk.

The RRPDC offers wardrobe options to all students as they prepare for interviews, internships, job shadow programs, and career/job fairs. Bring your gently used, professional clothing items, such as suits, dress pants, dress skirts, dress shirts and blouses, - there is an immediate need for small sizes, and neckties and bowties. Deposit clothing items in the designated bins outside the Career Center in the CUB room 108.