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Shenandoah Conservatory Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theater and Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (SSMT) Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Harold "Hal" Herman, B.A., Passed Away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

"Hal's passing is not just a loss for our university community, but also one for theatre-lovers throughout the region," said Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. "He will be missed by every person who had the pleasure to work with or learn from him.  His legacy, through SSMT, is secure.  At this time, our condolences go out to Hal's family and all those who loved him.  This is a sad day for Shenandoah."

To read more about Herman, submit fond memories of Herman or contribute to Shenandoah University endowments that honor Hal, please click HERE


Volunteers Needed to Contact Accepted Student!

The SU Admitted Student Congratulatory Postcard Campaign is a program where Alumni send our admitted students a postcard congratulating them on their acceptance to SU.  It is personal touches like these postcards, that help to set SU apart from other institutions when high schools seniors are making their final college decisions.  

Please fill out this FORM if you are interested in assisting the Office of Admissions with this project.  Postcards (including postage), student addresses and sample messages will be sent to you and you can help SU recruit students!


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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.  

Also, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is offering Shenandoah Sweethearts a sweet heart of a deal for the month of February.  Purchase 2 movie tickets, 2 drinks and 1 popcorn for $25. If you would like to take advantage of this deal, email the Office of Alumni Affairs at or call Tina Stowell at (540) 665-4375.   




- Alumni News -


   A Message from Becky Merriner '01 
SU Alumni Association President 

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a great holiday season and are finding your New Year off to a good start.  

Join me in making a resolution to have Shenandoah as a priority this year. The university is doing marvelous things and you can be a part of them.  

Read more from Becky Merriner's monthly column.



- Alumni in the Spotlight -

Charles Swank: A Lifetime of Music Celebrated with Dayton Alumni Hall of Fame Honor

By Mary Katherine Francisco ’17

large rehearsal room in Armstrong Hall filled with cheers and applause when a smiling Charles “Charlie” Swank ’60 played two songs at once. His former classmates roared with laughter as Swank lightheartedly concluded, “My right hand went south, and my left hand went north.” 

Carl Harris ’59, Swank’s classmate and director of the Dayton Alumni Choir, introduced his friend a few songs into the performance. Harris reminded the audience at the Dayton Alumni Reunion’s “Dayton’s Got Talent” event that Swank is a very capable organist and was the accompanist for The Troubadours in the 1950s. “Dayton’s Got Talent” was held in April and allowed alumni to both relive their college days and perform for old friends.

Swank, who is legally blind and doesn’t use modern technology designed for visually impaired pianists, was inducted into the Dayton Alumni Hall of Fame for his rare talent and rich career. Swank has accompanied a variety of famous artists including David Allan Coe, Lynn Anderson, The Judds  and The Statler Brothers. He also spent a decade with the Churchmen Quartet gospel group before leaving in the early 1970s.

To read more, click HERE.  



Meet Your Alumni Board Member: 
Tamiya Do'zia-Earley ’06

From a young age, Tamiya Do’zia-Earley ’06 has had a love for dance.  She states, “I have been passionate about dance since I began dance lessons as a young girl.  The arts are something that have always stuck with me as such an important part of human expression.”

Do’zia-Earley was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia where she began her dance training at age seven.  At 15, she was accepted into the Richmond City Dance Troupe, where she had the opportunity to study, perform and compete with the troupe all across the country.  

Click here to read more about Do'zia-Earley.



January Facebook Fan of the Month

Current student and lacrosse player, Bradley Farr, enjoyed his Christmas Holiday by vacationing with his family in Aruba.  Depicted in this picture, Farr is taking a break from snorkeling with the turtles and starfish to enjoy a thrilling plunge into the ocean.  

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





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