It’s a win-win witnessing graduate school students move on to work professionally in their careers. The Shippensburg Raiders Sports Information Office, under the direction and mentorship of Sports Information Director, Bill Morgal, shows us time and time again the testament to the value of a Shippensburg University education in shaping future professionals.
Pearllan Cipriano, ’23 Masters in Strategic Communication, Moves to Bard College in NY
While at Ship, Cipriano functioned as the primary contact for field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s tennis and softball, while remaining a secondary contact for the remaining Raider sports. Her work also included event management, statistics, hiring and training of student workers, and oversight of social media. She also served several months as Ship’s primary photographer, documenting important campus events and taking faculty and staff headshots.
Some highlights of her time at Shippensburg included being the primary contact for the 2021 field hockey team that went undefeated and won its sixth national championship in school history and also the 2022 team that finished as national runners-up. She also worked with the softball team that won the 2023 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship and went onto the 2023 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Softball Championships.
In September 2022, Cipriano was named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program Class of 2022-23. The year before, she was selected as one of six recipients of a 2022 NCAA Inclusion College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Convention grant.
A native of Taunton, England, Cipriano earned three undergraduate degrees from Emmanuel University: a bachelor of science in pre-law in 2019 and bachelors of science in criminal justice and history in 2021. She graduated with her master’s in strategic communication in 2023 from Shippensburg.
“It is a very gratifying feeling to know that our former students are out there making a difference in the field! Our goal in sports information is simply to try to provide a positive learning experience at which they can apply their skills while also being a part of a positive collaboration to assist the university through promotion and publicity. I’m hopeful that Shippensburg was able to play at least a small part in their flourishing careers!” — Bill Morgal, Sports Information Director
Patrick Ramsdale, Moves to Bloomsburg University
Patrick served as a graduate assistant in the Shippensburg University sports information office for the 2022-23 academic year.
Ramsdale was the contact for the soccer, basketball and baseball teams while serving as a secondary contact for all 20 of SU’s intercollegiate athletic sports. He held multiple roles in the office, including tasks like writing post-game recaps, video editing, digital production, and in-game statistics.
He worked for more than two years as a student employee in the SU sports information office before being elevated to the role of graduate assistant in August 2022. Among his duties as a student worker included live-event production for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Digital Network, videography, digital production, written content including player bios, scoreboard operation and statistics.
During his time as an undergraduate student at Shippensburg, Ramsdale was especially active for four years with Shippensburg University Television (SUTV). Ramsdale held a variety of roles with the organization including a term as the station’s general manager in addition to roles as the news director and sports director. Ramsdale has been a part of SUTV productions that have been nominated for three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards.
A native of Tannersville and an alumnus of Pocono Mountain East High School, Ramsdale earned his undergraduate degree in communication/journalism with a concentration in electronic media from Shippensburg in May 2022. He will receive his master’s degree in strategic communications in December.
Erin Gibbons, Lead Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at East Stroudsburg
Erin worked as a graduate assistant for a year in the Shippensburg University sports information office, and played three seasons for the Raiders (2019-23) and a pair at Mansfield (2017-19). She also served as an AAU coach for the NEPA Elite and My Sky Elite.
“I am really excited to be a part of this program and the ESU family,” said Gibbons. “I can’t wait to be on the sidelines with Coach Del Preore and share my knowledge and experience with the team as a former player in the PSAC.”
As a two-year starter for the Mounties, Gibbons played in 53 games and made 49 starts. She averaged 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.5 minutes per game. After transferring to Shippensburg following her sophomore campaign, Gibbons served as a team captain for two seasons, helped the Raiders capture a pair of PSAC East Division championships as well as advance to the NCAA Atlantic Regional semifinals in 2022-23. Gibbons finished her five-year career with 841 points, 294 rebounds, 200 assists and 95 steals.
Gibbons graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Shippensburg in May 2022 and will receive her master’s degree in strategic communications in December.