SHIPPENSBURG (Oct. 21) — Shippensburg University students, faculty and staff joined the larger community last Thursday at Shippensburg Station unity rally.
Organizers planned the unity rally as a time for all the communities of Shippensburg to come together as one and allow for a moment of reflection and sharing.
Student Government Association President Aven Bittinger welcomed the crowd of nearly 100. Together, those gathered bowed their heads in prayer with the comforting words of Rev. Jane Bye and shook the hands of strangers with the encouragement from Professor Stephanie Jirard.
Borough Mayor Kathy Coy and Township Supervisor Steve Oldt offered words of encouragement. They made a commitment to a safe community for all.
SU Trustee Andrew Alosi affirmed Ship’s stance “against any and all forms of violence, prejudice, bigotry and hate whether on or off campus. It is not welcome here ever.” Alosi is a lifelong Shippensburg community member and Ship alumnus.
As the event concluded, Shippensburg University President Laurie A. Carter tasked the entire community to refocus and be a part of SU’s and the community’s bright future.
“Live out our Ship values in all that you do, living them out in our community and as an example to the world beyond,” she said. “This is hard work, but the work that may well make the biggest difference in our world.”
The event concluded with refreshments and a time for community fellowship.