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1/23/2009 —

Penn State Brandywine kicked off the New Year with two new additions to its student affairs office. The newly appointed director of student affairs, Matthew Shupp, describes himself as being passionate about students and their experiences. He joined the team in January after serving as acting director of student life for more than two years at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP).

“I was extremely excited for the opportunity to join Penn State University,” said Shupp when he learned of his new position. “My previous institution was much larger than Brandywine and I think Brandywine presents a more intimate setting to work with students.

 “I think my position will bring a renewed energy and sense of excitement to student affairs.”

Shupp said he has many plans for keeping the momentum going in the campus’ student affairs office, but is also looking to move it to the next level. He hopes to enhance programs and create additional opportunities that will provide a holistic experience for students.

“Anyone that speaks with me will quickly find out that I have a passion for students and provide meaningful experiences for them on campus,” Shupp said.

He earned a doctorate in education in 2007 from Widener University, master of science degree in counseling in 2003, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 2000 from Shippensburg University. In addition to his previous position, Shupp served as assistant director of student life at CCP for a number of years, and held student affairs-related positions at The Restaurant School and Shippensburg University.

(Matthew Shupp and Ronika Money)

Ronika Money joined the campus as coordinator for student services and involvement. She is charged with supporting the mission statement of the department and helping students achieve their personal and professional goals through programming, leadership, and service opportunities. She is responsible for major events coordination—specifically contracts, advertisement, and artist contact—, is adviser to the Council of Club Presidents as well the Student Programming Board, and serves as a community service resource.

Prior to arriving at Brandywine, Money served as a resident director at West Chester University for two years. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Delaware State University and a master of arts degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

When Money learned of her new position, she was excited. “I found the campus community to be welcoming and genuine,” she said.


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