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Upcoming Events

Business Symposium
March 19, 2015

Conservatory Alumni Reunion
March 20-21, 2015

2005 USA South Championship Alumni Recognition Day
March 21, 2015

Dayton Alumni Weekend
April 23-25, 2015

 Soccer Alumni Game
April 26, 2015

Softball Alumni Game
April 26, 2015

Apple Blossom Parade
May 2, 2015

May 9, 2015

October 2-4, 2015

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A Message from Pam Bell '71, '83, SU Alumni Association President

For the first time in a long time, I went to work this morning without wearing snow boots. That’s the thing about March. It can be fickle — blizzard one day, 60 degrees the next. How wonderful that spring is on the way.

Read more from Pam Bell's monthly column.

The second Conservatory Alumni Reunion is fast approaching! The weekend begins with the “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere Mixer” on Friday. Come dressed in your best Jimmy Buffett gear! Also on Friday, alumnus Wayne Wold ’07 will receive the Conservatory Alumnus of Excellence award.

Saturday is full of new events! Professor of Piano Elizabeth Temple, who is retiring after 52 years of service to Shenandoah, will be recognized at the Conservatory Celebration Luncheon. Be sure to attend one of the two Reading Sessions! The choral session will be led by Jim Laster and David Stutzenberger, while the instrumental session will be led by Don Black '50 and Stephen Johnston.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the students I worked with many years ago as well as having the chance to read through some choral pieces that we performed,” said Laster. Black echoed that sentiment stating, “It is always wonderful to see former students when they return to campus for any reason. I look forward to this reading session as an especially joyful way to mix friendship and music in a fun way.”

Things wrap up Saturday night with the Conservatory Alumni Reception. This is your chance to explore the new Health & Life Sciences Building while getting to know the current student members of Alpha Psi Omega, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota and Sigma Delta Rho.

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More than 100 alumni and friends gathered at 54 Below in New York City on Feb. 27 to honor the anniversary of the untimely death of alumnus Ira Lindberg Harris ’10 at the second annual Shenandoah Conservatory Alumni Concert. The event was organized by Joey Chancey ’07, Jessie Hooker ’10 and Jenna Pinchbeck ’11, and made possible with assistance from the Office of Alumni Affairs. Part of the proceeds from the event go towards the Ira Lindberg Harris Scholarship Fund, established in his memory. The scholarship is awarded each year to a worthy musical theatre student at Shenandoah University. Please continue the legacy of giving back that Ira exemplified every day through his kindness and art.

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Alumni in the Spotlight

Alumnus Publishes Book Looking at How Technology Has Changed Music Composition

On March 2, alumnus Robert Raines ’03 released his first book, titled “Composition in the Digital World: Conversations with 21st Century American Composers.” Featuring interviews with 28 composers, the book explores the impact of digital technology on the creative process. “So much has changed in the last 15-20 years, especially with technology — computers and digital recording — that I knew that would have significant impact on the way that composers write their music and create their music." A composer himself, Raines was also interested in showing how varied and diverse the community of American composers has become. READ MORE

Meet Your Alumni Board Member: Kate Kenefick 12

Choosing to go back to college was the easy decision; choosing the right college was a different story. I knew I wanted to obtain a degree in nursing, but trying to find the right nursing program was difficult because of the multitude of programs. I wanted a school that was small and had professors and staff that were willing to help the students to succeed. I sought after a school where the professors and staff were approachable and encouraged their students to have a voice. I found all these requirements within Shenandoah University. READ MORE

Khaled Alshaibani ’11 Receives Young Career Achievement Award

Khaled Alshaibani ’11 is a program manager for Elm Company, an I.T. company in Saudi Arabia. He manages the details of project development. One project, the Nafethah Tawasul Project, enables communication between prisoners in detention centers and their loved ones by transforming traditional services to modern electronic ones. He worked with the Ministry of Interior Service Centers to streamline its system, reduce service time and ease the process to meet His Royal Highness Minister of Interior. To read more about Alshaibani, and all the 2014 award recipients click HERE.

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University News

Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre Founding Director Harold Herman Announces Retirement
Shenandoah Conservatory Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre Harold “Hal” Herman, founder and producing artistic director of Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT), has announced his retirement. Long-time SSMT Music Director Thomas Albert has been named artistic director. READ MORE

Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business To Host Seventh Annual Business Symposium
Shenandoah University will host its Seventh Annual Business Symposium on Thursday, March 19. The theme of this year’s Business Symposium is “Passport to Success: A Global Perspective.” The event is designed to inspire and educate attendees from for-profit and nonprofit organizations. READ MORE

Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Studies Program Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Edition of ‘Best Graduate Schools’
Shenandoah University’s Physician Assistant Studies Program is again ranked among the best in the nation in the health disciplines category, rising from 22nd to 16th out of 141 ranked programs. READ MORE

Photos of the Month

On March 2, the Career Services department held a Minority Etiquette Dinner in the Clement Board Room of Allen Dining Hall on the Shenandoah campus. Students who identify as a minority got the opportunity to meet minority alumni and learn business dinner etiquette tips from Fritz Polite, assistant professor of sports management for the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business. Alumni in attendance included Ernest Chambers ’92, Fredrica Dooley-Brown ’11, Maurice Goodwin ’14, Bethany Galipeau-Konate ’09, ’14; Souleymane Konate ’09, ’12; Golder ’92 and Christine Stiefel ’92, ’99 O’Neill; Karen Kennedy Schultz ’79, ’86 and Lawrence Webb ’97.

Joel Puckett ’99 visited campus on Feb. 16, to speak to Shenandoah Conservatory new music students and work with the Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble on his flute concerto, “Shadow of Sirius.” The piece was performed on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Armstrong Concert Hall and featured Professor of Flute Jonathan Snowden. Puckett was recently commissioned by the Minnesota Opera to compose an opera based on the White Sox baseball scandal that will premiere in the Minnesota Opera’s 2018-19 season. The opera is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. (PHOTO: Lee Graff)

On Feb. 23, a panel of four Shenandoah University alumni from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy spoke to current pharmacy students about fellowship and career opportunities in the field. They noted that fellowships provide extra training and research opportunities to accelerate learning and career opportunities. The panel, led by Director of Postgraduate Education and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Mark Johnson, was comprised of Solomon Adams ’13, Austin Combest ’09, Keith Fairall ’13 and Rachel Comer ’14. (PHOTOS: Office of Marketing & Communications)

March Facebook Fans of the Month

Congratulations to the March Facebook Fans of the Month, Timothy Doak ’13 and the GCP Fiji group.

This year, one of the Global Citizenship Project’s destinations was Fiji. Upon arrival, the group, made up of SU students and staff members, met Doak who is living and working in Fiji as a Peace Corps volunteer. This photo will now be the profile picture for the SU Alumni Association Facebook Fanpage for March. Please submit your photos now to become the April Facebook Fan of the Month. Send all photos with captions to


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