Reconnect with Old Friends and Former Faculty!
Following last year’s Conservatory Alumni Reunion, we listened to your thoughts and are working to make this year even better! Many of you noted your favorite part of the weekend was seeing old friends and former faculty. On Saturday, March 21, we will once again have the “Back to Class” Meet & Greet for you to socialize and reminisce. Immediately following that will be the new event for this year, reading sessions! The choral session will be led by Jim Laster and David Stutzenberger, while the instrumental session will be led by Stephen Johnston, Scott Nelson and Tim Robblee.
Registration Opens in 1 Week!
Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for updates as we get closer to the event. An email will be sent once registration opens next week. To see who else is coming, join the Facebook Event Page HERE.
Join Us in New York City!
To honor the anniversary of the untimely death of alumnus Ira Lindberg Harris ’10, alumni in NYC are performing a concert at 54 Below on Friday, Feb. 27. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at the 48 Lounge from 9 - 11 p.m. before moving to 54 Below. The concert will begin at approximately 11:30 p.m. Ira was a 2010 musical theatre graduate of Shenandoah. He was an incredible man who loved his craft, his school, his friends and his family. He loved many, and was loved by more. After he graduated, he didn't stop working. From one show to another, contract to contract, Ira spun his web of loved ones. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who knew Ira that wasn't inspired by him in some way. Tragically, on Feb. 27, 2012, Ira passed away. Since his passing, his parents, Ronn Harris ’72 and Novella West-Harris ’75, and Shenandoah have created a scholarship in his name that will go to an incoming Musical Theatre freshman each year. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Ira Lindberg Harris Scholarship Fund. Alumni organizing the event include Jessie Hooker ’10, Jenna Pinchbeck ’11 and Joey Chancey ’07. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the Facebook event HERE.
Shenandoah Celebrates its Sweethearts!
Over 1,000 graduates met their Sweetheart at Shenandoah University. Their love stories are deeply woven throughout SU's history -- and we would love to hear yours! Are you and your significant other Shenandoah Sweethearts? Click here to tell us your Sweetheart story.
A Message from Pam Bell '71, '83 President, SU Alumni Association
My pristine, white 2015 calendar is quickly filling up with SU committee meetings and events. It’s good to look forward to something. There was so much to do during the holiday season and then the activities drew to a halt. Plus, the weather has kept me close to home. The U.S. Navy Concert Band performance at John Handley High School on Jan. 10 was enjoyable. It was part of the 37th International Saxophone Symposium hosted by Shenandoah. I had no idea of the many different sounds a saxophone could make until the guest artists performed their avant-garde compositions. The announcement that Wynton Marsalis is on campus this month was most exciting. I’m hoping to get the chance to meet him in person or hear the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra perform the premiere of his “Blues Symphony.” I’ve been a fan forever and meeting Mr. Marsalis only a few months after meeting Yo-Yo Ma is like a dream. READ MORE
As an SU alum, are you interested in writing congratulatory postcards to our accepted students for the 2015-2016 academic year? If so, please fill out this FORM. Postcards (including postage), student addresses and sample messages will be sent to you and you can help SU recruit students!
Shenandoah University to Participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
On Monday, Jan. 19, the Shenandoah University community will join individuals across America in the nationwide effort that is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. “In keeping with the national holiday, we will celebrate this as a day ON, not a day off,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Adrienne Bloss, Ph.D. “I am proud that on MLK Day, the Shenandoah University community will be able to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and take part in the national call to service.” While the university will be open that day, classes are cancelled so that faculty and students may engage in some form of community service activity in recognition of the day. University offices are encouraged to provide flexibility for staff to participate in such activities as well. READ MORE
- Alumni in the Spotlight -
Alumna Dedicates Herself to Service
Since joining the Girl Scouts in elementary school,Gretchen Chomas ’07, ’10 has maintained a desire to give back. Now, an AmeriCorps VISTA leader in Spokane, Washington, Chomas has made helping others her career. “National service is something I deeply believe in,” said Chomas. “It’s kind of an alternative to going into the military as a way to serve your country. It’s a way to give back to your community in a very meaningful way.” While at Shenandoah, one of her favorite things was the service opportunities available, such as mission trips. Chomas visited the Gulf Coast as part of service trips following Hurricane Katrina several times during her undergraduate career at SU. She recalls Jeff Davis ’79, facilities project manager in the Physical Plant Office, teaching her and the other students how to hang drywall while rebuilding homes. READ MORE
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Shenandoah fosters an environment of compassion and service among its students and alumni. We know that many of you have continued to follow these ideals long after leaving campus, and we would like to make note of it. Let us know what kind of service work you participate in by emailing email@example.com or filling out an Info Update Form HERE.
Congratulations to the December 2014 Outstanding Graduate Award Recipients!
In December, the schools and programs celebrating graduation ceremonies each selected a student to receive the Shenandoah University Alumni Association's Outstanding Graduate Awards.
Michelle Imlay ’06, ’14 received the Outstanding Graduate Award for the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing. Imlay first joined the School of Nursing as an accelerated second-degree student. After completing her BSN in 2006, she soon decided to return to SU for a master’s degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is currently a captain in the U.S. Army. She was most recently deployed to Fort Dix, New Jersey where she worked to prepare soldiers for mobilization to support Ebola victims in Liberia. Her goals include supporting mental health rights for veterans, especially female veterans. Alumni board member Kate Kenefick ’12 presented the award.
Amanda Brooks ’14 received the Outstanding Graduate Award for the Physician Assistant Studies Program. Brooks served her class by fostering communication within the class and program, encouraging positive energy and academic excellence, and leading by example. In her application essay, she discussed her insights into under-served populations — abroad and domestic. She pledged to “spend my life dedicated to the care of others” and “practice compassionate care” while helping to “meet the need for cost-efficient, accessible healthcare for an expanding population.” She expressed a love for preventative medicine with goals of educating patients by forming personal connections. Last year’s recipient, Jessica Gandhi ’13, presented the award.
Carissa Worm ’14 received the Outstanding Graduate Award for the Occupational Therapy Program. Worm was considered a leader in her class, a constant contributor to the division and someone the faculty believes will shape the profession in years to come. Alumni Board President Pam Bell ’71, ’83 presented the award.
Meet Your Alumni Board Member: Sarah Green Donahue ’08, ’10
“Shenandoah offered me a streamlined undergraduate to graduate program that I could complete in six instead of seven years. I was able to receive an outstanding education in both areas of study and begin my career with the prestige of graduating from a top-notch program! SU has continued to allow me to progress toward career goals and be a part of the community by returning to assist with the program in Northern Virginia,” said new alumni board member, Sarah Green Donahue ’08, ’10. After graduating from Shenandoah, Donahue worked as a physical therapist at Winchester Medical Center for two years. Since 2012, she has been employed at BioMechanic Physical Therapy in Landsdowne, Virginia. She is also an adjunct lab instructor for SU's Northern Virginia Physical Therapy program. READ MORE
Paul Delmerico ’88 Receives Service to the University Award
(Pictured above: Kari Reed ’08, Paul Delmerico ’88, Miranda Delmerico and Miles Davis, dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business)
Paul E. Delmerico ’88 has remained an involved alumnus since he completed his MBA in 1988. He is chair of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business Advisory Board and for the last two years, served as chair for the annual Business Symposium. Under his direction, attendance at the symposium has increased and he has brought in a number of world-renowned speakers. His work has led to more visibility for the university and the School of Business. On several occasions, Delmerico has served as a guest lecturer for the Business School and in 2013, participated in SU’s Future Search Conference. Delmerico has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the University of Bridgeport. He joined Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Inc. when he moved to Winchester in 1982. While there, he earned more than 30 patent citations for new products. Since 2004, Delmerico has been a partner and general manager at SpecialMade Goods & Services, Inc., a value added distributor and product development company. Delmerico plays an active part in the Winchester community, too, as chair of the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Hospice. To read about all of the 2014 award recipients click HERE.
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Nominate an SU Graduate for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Each year during Homecoming Weekend, the Alumni Association honors alumni whose success and involvement make us all proud. The Distinguished Alumni awards presented are:
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Young Career Achievement Award
• Professional Achievement Award
• Service to the Community Award
• Service to the University Award
To nominate an alum for an honor, click HERE. The deadline for 2015 nominations is January 31, 2015.
The ’Doah Dialers will be calling you soon!
Each semester the 'Doah Dialers enjoy great conversations with our graduates. These current students are anxious to speak with you and hear the exciting things you have been doing since you were a student at Shenandoah. Be generous when they ask for your support, these funds benefit their current SU experience! Phones will begin ringing Feb. 2. Pick up the phone and speak with a current SU student!
If you would like to make your gift online instead of receiving a call, please click HERE.
Estela Lajthia '11 was overjoyed that her parents, Ernest and Atlije, were able to make their first visit to the U.S. from their home in Tirana, Albania. They toured campus and especially enjoyed the Heath & Life Sciences Building and Dunn School of Pharmacy. During their six-week visit, they took trips to Washington, D.C., Miami and New York City. They will return in May for Estela's graduation from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy. Estela's brother, Orgest, is a medical student at Georgetown University.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacy held its mid-year meeting Dec. 7-11, 2014 in Anaheim, California. Shenandoah's School of Pharmacy once again hosted an alumni reception which drew in more than 60 alumni, faculty and students.
Santa Claus took some time off before Christmas to visit one of our esteemed Dayton alums, Owen Larrick ’38, in Woodstock, Virginia.
January Facebook Fans of the Month
Congratulations to the January Facebook Fans of the Month, Megan Blickenstaff ’13 and Kelly McGaughey ’10.
The two physical therapy alums spent three amazing days working with children at the Adventure Amputee Camp at Wintergreen Resort in early January. This photo will now be the profile picture for the SU Alumni Association Facebook Fanpage for January. Please submit your photos now to become the February Facebook Fan of the Month. Send all photos with captions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NYC Alumni Concert
February 27, 2015
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March 20-21, 2015
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Apple Blossom Parade
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