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A Message from Pam Bell '71, '83, SU Alumni Association President
What happened to April? My calendar says it is May, but it is hard to believe. Hard also to realize it is the end of the school year. Commencement exercises were held May 9.

Read more from Pam Bell's monthly column.

Alumni News

SU Alumni Association Welcomes More Than 1,100 New Members

It was a beautiful, Saturday morning when Shenandoah University celebrated its 2015 commencement on the intramural field behind Brandt Student Center on May 9. Charles Gibson, one of the preeminent broadcast television journalists of his time, delivered the commencement address and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. Haiti’s Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume received the President’s Medal.

Click the image above to watch a VIDEO recap of commencement!

Congratulations to our Senior and Graduate Award Winners!

Each year, the Alumni Association presents awards to Outstanding Seniors and Graduate Students from each of the university's schools and major programs. In May, eight of these awards were presented to graduating students. Click HERE to read more, learn who some of the award winners were and see which alumni presented the awards.


Dayton Days Are Here Again

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Shenandoah's esteemed Dayton alumni gathered together once again for the annual Dayton Alumni Weekend on April 23-25. More than 140 alumni, friends and family attended events in Dayton and Winchester. The 2015 class of the Dayton Hall of Fame were inducted on Friday, during the Dayton Alumni Luncheon. Their names can be seen, along with the inaugural 2014 members' names, on a plaque hanging in the Dayton Gallery in the Brandt Student Center. Also during the luncheon, Bob Crawford (D '56), president of the Dayton Alumni Society, presented Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs Jane Pittman (B '89) with a grandfather clock for all her years of service to the Dayton alumni. "We wouldn't have a Dayton Weekend if it weren't for Jane," he said. Crawford and the rest of the Dayton Alumni Society raised money in order to surprise Pittman with this gift. They ultimately raised more than they needed, and donated the surplus to the Dayton Alumni Scholarship fund. Arthur Grant (D '53) led the Alumni Memorial Service, where alumni, faculty and staff who are no longer with us are honored and remembered.

On Saturday morning, the Nicholas Anninos Practice Room was dedicated during a ceremony featuring the first Nicholas Anninos Scholarship recipient, Brent Nicholas Redmond (C '17). "Dayton's Got Talent" was held in the Armstrong Rehearsal Room. Directed by Carl Harris (D '59), the show included performances by Harris, Crawford, Raymond Conner (D '58), Ed Barton (D '59), Norman McCorkle (D '60), Shirley Lantz Phares (D '58), Rebecca Strutt Frazier (D '59), Charlie Swank (D '60) and the Dayton Alumni Choral Society. These events filled with lifelong friends even drew some local media attention. The Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia wrote a piece about the Dayton gathering on Friday. To read the article, click HERE.

University News

Shenandoah University Athletics Unveils New Brand Identity

The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics unveiled a new graphic identity on Wednesday, April 22, at an open house hosted in the Ferrari Room of the Brandt Student Center. This new identity, created by New York City-area design firm Skye Design Studios in conjunction with a university-based committee, consists of primary, secondary and tertiary logos as well as wordmarks and a custom typeface. READ MORE

Buzzy Meets the Community During Apple Blossom

For the seventh straight year, Shenandoah University participated in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival's Grand Feature Parade with its very own float. This year, in conjunction with the implementation of the new athletics logo, the float featured a seven-foot version of our new Buzzy. Student athletes walked alongside the float and handed out pink and green beads featuring the new logo, while the new Buzzy mascot road in the truck pulling the float. Once again, we won first place in the non-professionally built category and second place overall.

Shenandoah Magazine Hot off the Press
The Spring 2015 issue of Shenandoah Magazine has been released. Click HERE to view the online version, as well as additional video content. Read about legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ residency at Shenandoah, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s visit to campus and how a music therapy alumna is applying skills to a career in special education.  

Alumni in the Spotlight

Mohlmann Officially Qualifies

Jaclyn Mohlmann (AS '13, B '15) has officially qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in selections announced Sunday by the NCAA. Mohlmann will compete on Thursday and Friday in the heptathlon on the Merrick-Pinkard Track on the campus of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. The seven-event competition begins with the 100 meter high hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters on Thursday and concludes on Friday with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters. This will be Mohlmann's fourth trip to the national championships - she qualified for both the 2014 and 2015 indoor championships in the indoor pentathlon and the 2014 outdoor championships in the heptathlon. Mohlmann qualified 12th in the 22-woman competition. Information on live stats and video will be announced later this week.

Debra Myers, DNP: A Thoroughly Shenandoah Nurse

Debra Myers (N ’93, ’98, ’00, ’12) is a dynamo, plain and simple. As the coordinator of two facilities located at the Heart and Vascular Center at Winchester Medical Center, she helped WMC’s parent organization, Valley Health, avoid $8 million in potential costs between 2010 and 2013, during which time she was in the process of earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Shenandoah’s Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing. READ MORE

Alumna Receives Prestigious Award

In 2014, Shenandoah University alumna Lori Riley (EH ’00, ’05) received the James D. Mullins Leadership Award, which acknowledges the Virginia State Reading Association’s Administrator of the Year. The James D. Mullins Leadership Award honors an individual who has been a member of a local reading council and has held an administrative position for a minimum of three years. Riley, who began her career in education as a Fairfax County teacher, decided to become a reading specialist after attending a signature event held annually by Shenandoah’s School of Education & Human Development (SEHD). READ MORE

Meet Your Alumni Board Member: Aysha Malik14

“Shenandoah gave me the foundation for success. I developed my work ethic, my student mentality and my positive attitude there which have helped me grow quickly in my business,” states new alumni board member, Aysha Malik ’14. “Shenandoah gave me so many experiences and memories that money can never buy, but giving back in my opinion is more about paying it forward. I had the best four years of my life at SU because I learned so much and grew so much, and it's so important to pass that on to others for the future!” Malik’s area of study at Shenandoah was Mass Communications. READ MORE

Thank You for Your Continued Support!

By May, Shenandoah alumni have written 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. Special thanks to Marsha Blosser Barley (C '77, '82), Bob Beery (C '69), Gail Nuri Hollinger (N '66) and JoEllen Fulk Smith (AS '69) who wrote upwards of 80 postcards a piece. If you would like to write 10 or 20 postcards this spring, you can fill out a volunteer form HERE.

Thank you to the more than 30 graduates that made their first donation to Shenandoah University! Your donation shows that you are thankful for your time here, the faculty that have invested in you, the staff that have supported you and the friends you will keep for a lifetime. The Shenandoah Fund supports the student experience through scholarships, updated facilities, and student activities. Participation counts! A gift of any amount by June 30th increases our participation percentage and shows future students that you valued your time at SU. If you have yet to make your annual alumni gift, please click HERE.

Photos of the Month

Alumni from softball and men's and women's soccer got together in April to reminisce and try their skills against the current Hornet teams during the annual Spring Alumni Games. 

Andrew Allison (AS '12, P '16) and Gina Ayers (P '16), recipients of the Eugene V. White Scholarship in Pharmacy, met with Laura LaFontaine White (AS '70) and Patricia White to learn about the extraordinary life of their husband and father. In 1960, Eugene V. White introduced the patient-oriented office practice of pharmacy concept, the focus of which was the development of the patient medication profile record. Monitoring and consulting on the patient’s drug utilization allowed the role of the pharmacist to shift from a focus on dispensing a product to a focus on patient services related to identifying, resolving, or preventing drug-related problems, hence the birth of the “clinical pharmacy/pharmaceutical care movement." Pictured above left (L to R) are Allison, LaFontaine White, Ayers, White and Jane Pittman (B '89), associate vice president for Alumni Affairs. Pictured above right, scholarship recipient Fang Fang Wu (P '16) with LaFontaine White.

May Facebook Fans of the Month

Congratulations to the May Facebook Fans of the Month, Jordan Healey (N ’15) and Mike Bentley (HP ’15).

Healey graduated on May 9 from the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing with her BSN. Bentley will graduate in December with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. These SU sweethearts met on a GCP trip in 2014 and plan to wed in June 2016. This photo will now be the profile picture for the SU Alumni Association Facebook Fanpage for May. Please submit your photos now to become the June Facebook Fan of the Month. Send all photos with captions to

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