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Brenda and Stephen Gabler

Brenda Albert met Stephen Gabler at then Shippensburg State College’s campus in the mid-1970s. A 1973 graduate of Cedar Crest High School of Lebanon County, Brenda was active in student organizations on campus and was elected president of the SSC Class of 1977.  Following the completion of her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1977, within four years she also finished her master’s degree at SU in 1981. For 33.5 years until her retirement in 2011, Brenda helped to prepare hundreds of young students while teaching grades 1-5 at Big Spring School District.

Steve received a B.S. degree in Biology in 1975 at then Shippensburg State College and went on to serve the community and region in various ways. During his days as a student, Steve worked for the Dispatch Center of the Vigilance Fire Company in Shippensburg. Following graduation, he worked for a year as full-time Civil Defense Director in the local Communications Center. Two subsequent positions took him to Harrisburg, PA, where he audited welfare recipients for the Auditor General’s Office and later served as an administrative assistant for the Department of Community Affairs. A life-long resident of Shippensburg, Steve continued to serve the community through the fire company. With his knowledge of safety and emergency operations, Steve had also worked as full-time director of safety for Shippensburg University for more than eight years. In December 1986, Steve and his father bought a beverage business in downtown Shippensburg, which Steve has managed on a full-time basis along with managing rental properties.
Knowing the importance of early childhood education, Brenda along with Steve decided to create this named endowment to provide scholarship aid to deserving students who intend to pursue an elementary education degree and become elementary teachers. 
Scholarships associated with Brenda and Stephen Gabler
  • Brenda M. Gabler Scholarship for Elementary Education