A Message from Pam Bell '71, '83, SU Alumni Association President
There is so much to celebrate this month. By all indications, the second
Conservatory Alumni Reunion was a hit. Despite it beginning on the
first day of spring, we got some snow that morning.
Read more from Pam Bell's monthly column.
Alumni From Around the World Go "Back to Class" for Second Conservatory Alumni Reunion
Click HERE to view all the photos from the weekend.
The second Conservatory Alumni Reunion was held on the Shenandoah
University campus on March 20-21. Alumni came from all over the world,
including Roberta Lisonbee Szoka (C ’74)
, who traveled all the way from Kazakhstan, and Nancy Whitacre McDonnell (C ’74)
, who traveled from Qatar. They came back to visit their former stomping grounds and reconnect with old friends and teachers. The weekend started with the Jimmy Buffett-themed “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” Mixer. During the event, Wayne Wold (C ’07)
received the Conservatory Alumnus of Excellence Award for his success
as church musician, composer and professor. READ MORE
"Get Your Bloom On" with Shenandoah
Are you planning on attending the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival this year? Do so in style with our limited edition Shenandoah University Apple Blossom T-shirts. Not able to attend? You can still order a shirt! Shirts can be purchased at apexadv.com/SUBloom. Orders must be placed by Monday, April 13, to ensure receipt in time for Apple Blossom. And, don’t forget to send us a picture of yourself in your T-shirt over Apple Blossom and we’ll feature you in the next issue of the e-News!
Meet the 2015 Dayton Alumni Scholarship Recipient
The Dayton Alumni Scholarship was established in 2013 to keep the Dayton heritage alive — the 85 years of Dayton Campus history from 1875 to 1960. The alumni who graduated from the Dayton Campus were a close community as there were only a few hundred students enrolled, the classes were small and everyone knew each other. The recipient of the Dayton Alumni Scholarship must be a student currently enrolled at SU, have a GPA of at least 3.0, demonstrate financial need, and be involved in extracurricular activities and community service.
The 2015 Dayton Alumni Scholarship recipient is Brittani Dodson (N '15).
Brittani has accepted a position in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital following graduation. She hopes to go on to achieve certification as a pediatric or neonatal nurse practitioner, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. "Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to work in the medical field after growing up with a very close cousin of mine who had many health problems. Then when she passed away during my senior year of high school, I immediately knew that I wanted to become a nurse, to one day, take care of children." Read more about Brittani HERE.
Alumni in the Spotlight
Sposato Named American Council on Education Fellow
The American Council on Education, has announced that Aimé Sposato (C '85),
Shenandoah Conservatory’s associate dean for undergraduate studies and
professor of voice, has been named an ACE Fellow for the 2015-16
“I must say that I am excited about what lies ahead,” said Dr. Sposato.
“I am looking forward to returning to our campus with new ideas, a
broader network of peers, and resources that will further the mission
and vision of our campus community.” READ MORE
Meet Your Alumni Board Member: Joshua McCauley (AS ’14)
According to new alumni board member Joshua McCauley (AS ’14), Shenandoah helped him reach his career goals through the inspiration provided by professors and mentors. “They taught me that whatever I do, I need to do it with passion and joy.” McCauley is currently the youth director at Community of Faith United Methodist Church and is working towards a Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. McCauley felt called to youth-based work in part because of his mentors at Shenandoah, Dean of Spiritual Life Justin Allen and Vice President for Student Life Rhonda VanDyke Colby. READ MORE
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
|By May, Shenandoah alumni have agreed to write more than 1,200 postcards to incoming students. The Office of Admissions hopes that congratulatory postcards to students accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year will encourage them to join the Shenandoah family. You far surpassed their expectations with the number of alumni who volunteered. If you would like to write 10 or 20 postcards this spring, you can fill out a volunteer form HERE.
This year the ’Doah Dialers raised $50,653 for The Shenandoah Fund, which supports student scholarships and programming. THANK YOU to all of our wonderful alumni donors who have generously given this year!
If you have yet to make your annual alumni gift, please click HERE.
Broadcast News Legend Charles Gibson to Address Shenandoah University Class of 2015
Charles Gibson, one of the preeminent broadcast television journalists
of his time, will deliver Shenandoah University’s 2015 Commencement
address on Saturday, May 9. Gibson will also be presented with an
honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. READ MORE
|Coker Named Dean of Arts & Sciences at Shenandoah University
Jeff W. Coker, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate studies at the University of
North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Florida, has been named Shenandoah
University’s next dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Coker
will begin his new position on July 1, 2015. READ MORE
April Facebook Fans of the Month
Congratulations to the April Facebook Fans of the Month, Judy Barefoot Connelly (C '74), Marianne Zboray (C '74), Vanessa Gray Kozmon (C '74, C '75), Roberta Lisonbee Szoka (C '74) and Susan Williams Mellot (C '75).
This group of classmates reunited at the Conservatory Alumni Reunion on March 20-21 and made new memories at events such as the Friday night "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" Mixer. This photo will now be the profile picture for the SU Alumni Association Facebook Fanpage for April. Please submit your photos now to become the May Facebook Fan of the Month. Send all photos with captions to firstname.lastname@example.org.