Alumni group honors 3 for volunteer efforts

July 03, 2005

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Three people have received the 2005 Exceptional Service Award presented by the Shippensburg University General Alumni Association.

The recipients are John M. "Mac" and Shirley Aichele and Jack Roddick.

The annual award from the association is presented to individuals who through personal effort or involvement have helped the university in a significant and exemplary way. It is the highest volunteer recognition presented by the association.

The Aicheles have been longtime supporters of the university. Mac Aichele is a 1943 graduate of Shippensburg and Shirley Aichele received master's degrees in 1966 and 1968.

Mac Aichele has been president of the Shippensburg University Foundation Board of Directors for 10 years. During that time, he was on the steering committee for two successful capital campaigns, including the current Navigating into the Future.


The Aicheles were the 1990-91 National Annual Fund co-chairs.

More recently, they have devoted time to recruiting additional volunteers for the foundation's various needs and, by example, have influenced others to support the university, according to a release from the school.

Mac Aichele retired as president of the Milton Hershey School and Shirley Aichele spent more than 20 years as an educator in the Hershey area.

Roddick has had a personal connection with the university since he was a student prior to graduating in 1947. He later became a faculty member in the physics department and also served as an athletic coach.

After coaching football for nine years, he volunteered to shoot the team's coaching films. He has done so for 39 years, missing only one season due to a broken leg sustained while filming the last pre-season game, the school said.

He also coached track for 19 years. He retired from teaching at the university in 1989.

Roddick probably is best known as the director of the Dibert Planetarium in Franklin Science Center, a post he has held since 1970. The regular schedule of shows during the academic year is complemented with special shows for various groups and organizations. Last year, he hosted more than 60 special shows.

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