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December 23, 2015 -
January 3, 2016

Conservatory Alumni
April 1-2, 2016

Dayton Alumni Weekend
March 31-April 2, 2016

Apple Blossom Parade
April 30, 2016

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June 4, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

~From the Office of Alumni Affairs

- Alumni News -

   A Message from Becky Merriner '01 SU Alumni Association President 

November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives.  I am thankful for so many things, including SU and You!

Read more from Becky Merriner's monthly column.

Fourth Annual Pharmacy Alumni Roundtable

The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and the SU Alumni Association held their annual Career Roundtable on November 5.  Four outstanding pharmacy alumni came to campus and discussed their careers with current students.  Alumni Board member Katelyn Miller Sanders ’11 moderated the panel at the Winchester Medical Center Campus and Dean Alan McKay moderated at the Northern Virginia Campus. Panelists included LCDR Beth Carr, Pharm.D. ’08; Jason Foote, Pharm.D. ’08; Adam Stratton, Pharm.D. ’08; and Geoffrey Twigg, Pharm.D., BCACP, CDE ’06.




- Alumni in the Spotlight -

Meet Your Alumni Board Member: David J. Apple ’89

“Shenandoah helped me to reach my career goals by giving me the tools and experience necessary to succeed in the classroom and in performance in various musical ensembles,” states David J. Apple ’89.  When asked why he was interested in getting involved again with his alma mater, Apple replied that, “it is not getting involved again, but rather getting involved more!”

Apple decided to pursue music education at Shenandoah University in no small part due to the vast exposure to diverse forms of music he received while growing up in western Pennsylvania.  Living in an area where band, drama, music and the arts were appreciated and supported, Apple saw how his music teachers had fun, all while working hard and maintaining a high commitment to excellence in every performance.  Click here to read more about Apple.



Master Dance Classes with Shanon Castle ’08

Shanon Castle ’08 recently returned to Shenandoah to teach several master level dance classes.  In high school, Castle was very active in ballet and it was actually one of her dance teachers who suggested she consider attending Shenandoah University.  After visiting the campus, meeting some of the teachers and auditioning for the program, she knew that Shenandoah “just felt right.”


One of Castle’s favorite memories as a SU student was performing Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the university’s first Christmas Gala.   She remembers, “It was one of my favorite moments ever.  Dad came down to see it…it was Christmassy and happy and the band played, everyone in the pit played, and there was a chorus behind the dancers.  It was just a very cool experience.” Click here to read more about Castle.  


SU Alumna Presents at International Convention

by Mary Katherine Francisco ’17 

Allie Hope King ’13 rekindled an academic love at Shenandoah University, and now she’s drawing international accolades for her work in that field. King co-authored an internationally recognized paper, which was inspired by a Shenandoah introductory course in Conservation Analysis. The paper, “PGC: A Multimodal Floor-Capturing Mechanism in Multi-party Social Interactions” focuses on how people interact with each other in various settings. In June 2015, King presented her paper at the “Revisiting Participation: Language and Bodies in Interaction” convention at the University of Basel in Switzerland.

“My co-author, Carolyn Dunn, could not attend the conference, so I presented for both of us,” said King. “I am excited because many of the researchers I’ve been studying in my courses were in attendance, including Charles Goodwin. It's a great opportunity to not only share your work, but to also receive feedback, to hear about similar work, and to see the amazing things going on in the field of conversation and discourse analysis. Gallivanting around Europe as a result was an awesome plus.”


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*Photo" John Westervelt


Homecoming 2015 Recap 

Even rain couldn’t dampen Shenandoah’s 2015 Homecoming Weekend!

The festivities kicked off with the Pit Party on Friday night.  “The Pit” was a former hot spot for Shenandoah students.  In our modern-day tribute to The Pit, alumni and current students gathered to share stories, eat traditional “Pit” food, including s’mores and Enrico’s pizza, and enjoy live music from the band “Jumptown,” featuring alumnus Paul Shoremount ’75.  

The weekend continued with Saturday’s Celebration Luncheon.  During the luncheon, the reunion classes of 1965, 1970, 1975 and 1990 were recognized.  In addition, five alumni were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards including, Duncan Holmes ’70, recipient of the Service to Community Award; Kerry Ann Peterson ’05, ’07, ’11, recipient of the Young Career Achievement Award; Ronald K. Collins ’60, recipient of the Service to the University Award; Yuling Huang-Davie ’93, recipient of the Professional Achievement Award; and James R. Meredith ’74, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Next on the Homecoming lineup was the tailgate.  Moved into the Brandt Student Center due to the rain, the halls were packed with school spirit.  Students and alumni crowded in line to get their Hornet “war paint” (face paint and temporary Hornet tattoos), take pictures in the SU “photo booth,” eat traditional tailgate food and crown the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen.  In particular, there was an outpouring of students to see Shenandoah’s very own Tess Marshall, performing with the band “Clyde Frog.”  The band performed many cover songs as well as a few of the band’s originals including a crowd favorite, “Harlem Girl.”  The floor of the student center shook with the enthusiasm of the students, alumni and music as the festivities soared into overdrive!

Following the tailgate, the activities moved onto the football field where the Hornets took on the Eagles of Bridgewater College.  Although the Hornets played well, the Eagles proved to be a tough adversary.  Let’s just say the final outcome of the game served to reinforce the idea that Hornets are not fair weather fans, in any sense of the definition.

The night concluded with the Old Town Pub Crawl.  Furnished with SU colored rain ponchos, the alumni and current students didn’t let the rain stop them from participating in the Crawl and earning a well-deserved “I survived the Old Town Crawl” t-shirt.  When conversing about the night festivities and the havoc the rain brought to the weekend, one couple commented “We got a babysitter for this! There was no way we were going to miss it!”

Homecoming 2015 is a true testament to the fact that Shenandoah University’s school spirit is 100% waterproof!  The Office of Alumni Affairs thanks everyone who participated in Homecoming and helped to make this year another memorable year.

- SU Christmas Gifts Available -


SU Pins

This pin is just $15 and supports Shenandoah's Student Nurses Association (SNA). Pins come in gold and silver tone. Contact Janice Smith at if you'd like to order one.


Coffee Table Book

This hardback SU Coffee Table Book is full of photos of the history of your alma mater and would be a great addition to your home or as a gift. The cost of this book is the cost of postage ($5). Please fill out this FORM to receive your copy. 



Would you like to honor a current student, alum, faculty or staff member by making their name an everlasting part of the SU legacy? Click HERE to purchase a brick that will be placed outside Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. 



Charlie Swank CD

Dayton alumnus Charlie Swank ’60 has three CDs available for purchase. Each CD is $17, and all proceeds benefit the Dayton Alumni Scholarship Fund, at Swank’s request. Swank  was the accompanist for The Troubadours and performed during Dayton's Got Talent in April. For more information, or to purchase a CD, contact Jessica Savoie at or (540) 665-5574.



Video of the Month


The campus community gathered around Shenandoah Conservatory for the All-Steinway School announcement. Crowds gathered as the anticipation grew around a life size Steinway B CAKE delivered by the Cake Boss! 


November Facebook Fan of the Month


Congratulations to the November Facebook Fans of the Month, Anne Popp Lewis ’06, ’92, ’11 and Lawrence L. Webb ’97. Lewis and Webb recently attended a Shenandoah University football game and rocked their navy SU jackets!

Please submit your photos now to become the December Facebook Fan of the Month. Send all photos with captions to

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