We are so pleased to have you here on campus! Finally! We were glad to welcome our newest students who join the classes of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Although Academic Day 2009 and Fall Welcome Week are over, your journey at Ship has just begun. We look forward to having you in our classes this year, and challenging you for the next four years. We even look forward to writing those recommendations to support you on your journeys beyond Ship.
Throughout the welcome week, we hope each of you made progress toward becoming an integral part of the Ship family, whether by meeting new students and friends, meeting faculty, staff and administrators, or just learning about the programs and opportunities that are here for you! Please take the opportunity to remember some of what you experienced on Academic Day and throughout the week’s programs. We have provided a number of video segments and pictures from various programs here on the website, so please take a look! Also, please remember we are open to your feedback, and we hope you will let us know what you thought about Academic Day 2009. It is important that we continue to improve our programs to better help you.
If you have been astute to the world around us, you understand that the economic climate is not favorable for students who graduated from college in 2009! It is likely that students who graduate in 2010 will also face stiff competition when they enter the job market. In light of this, if you took anything away from your experiences during this Academic Day, we hope that you recognize that you are in the best place you can be. Shippensburg faculty, staff, and administrators are dedicated to helping you develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge base that will help you overcome these tuff challenges as you enter the job force. Throughout your Ship adventure you will be presented with numerous opportunities for growth and development in and out of the classroom. We encourage you to make choices, even the hard ones, that will benefit you and your ability to compete for the career you dream of. We know it’s possible, and we know you all can do it! The choice, however, is yours! Remember, "finis origine pendet”… "the end depends on the beginning." (Roman Poet Manlius)
Best wishes for a great 2009-2010 academic year!
Academic Day Committee