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- Alumni in the Spotlight -

Doug Van Sant ’97 Captures the World

During a typical workday, most people do not find themselves taking pictures from atop a 65-foot catamaran, but for Doug Van Sant ’97, this is just another day at the office. Van Sant is a co-owner of aLIVE Coverage, one of the most booked and successful festival photography teams in the world.

Originally, Van Sant decided to attend Shenandoah and pursue a degree in percussion. He was attracted to the university because he saw it as not just a conservatory, but also a school that was growing and developing in many areas. Van Sant’s foresight to attend a diverse university, not just one focused on music, was realized when he decided to change his major to mass communications.


To read more, click HERE.  




Meet Your Alumni Board Member: 
Carolyn Boyles Nesselroade ’56 

Carolyn Boyles Nesselroade ’56, fondly remembers her time as a student at Shenandoah’s original campus, located in Dayton, Virginia.  “Shenandoah was just what I needed.  It provided a small, accepting, supportive group as well as the opportunity to get out on my own.”  She believes her time at Shenandoah helped to foster her love of learning and set her on a successful career path.  

After graduating, Nesselroade was a teacher’s aid until she was hired by Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development to coordinate a longitudinal research project on cognitive aging.  Through the experience, she discovered that she enjoyed working with older adults.  This motivated her to learn more about the aging process. 

Click HERE to read more about Carolyn Boyles Nesselroade ’56


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Celebrate the Careers of Two Outstanding Faculty Members

Join us for the closing performance of "City of Angels," Dr. Tom Albert's final production as Music Director at Shenandoah Conservatory and one of Mac Bozman's final shows as the Scenic and Lighting Designer.  The show begins at 2:30 p.m.  A reception in Glaize Studio Theatre will follow the performance at approximately 5:30.

To purchase tickets to the performance, visit Shenandoah Conservatory's Website.  

To RSVP for the reception, please register below.  



Registration is now open! 


- Alumni News -

Weathering the Storm

On January 22, Winter Storm Jonas started dumping snow on the Shenandoah Valley.  By the time the storm was done,  Shenandoah University had accumulations totaling 30+ inches.   See how fellow alumni spent their snow days!





  A Message from Becky Merriner '01 
SU Alumni Association President 

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As I look out my window and once again see a coating of white snow, I can’t help but think that since Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on February 2 we will have an early spring.  Well, I can hardly wait!  I should have known that when we were wearing shorts on Christmas Day, we would get a blast of winter in January and did we ever…three feet of snow on January 23!

Read more from Becky Merriner's monthly column.



Photo of the Month

In January, Kyle Feldman ’11, ’14 traveled to Puerto Lopez, Ecuador with the student-led organization SUPT (Shenandoah University Physical Therapy) Thrive.  The group works to send students abroad during holidays to provide physical therapy care to developing countries in need.  Feldman is one of the original founders of SUPT Thrive Program and this is the first time he has returned for a trip after graduating.  If you would like to learn more about SUPT Thrive and the trip to Ecuador, visit Feldman’s blog.  (Feldman is pictured on the left).

If you would like to be featured as the March Alumni Photo of the Month, send your photo with a short caption to  




- University News -

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!


A Shenandoah Serenade (And Love Story)

Shenandoah is a place where generations of couples have met and fallen in love, married and started their happily-ever-afters. But one of the most recent couples to pledge their troth at the university did so in a pretty big, delightful way, complete with a serenade and string quartet. So, we felt we should share their story in honor of Valentine’s Day and all Shenandoah sweethearts, past and present.

To read more about A Shenandoah Serenade, click HERE


The Business of Show Business

Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director Phylicia Rashad, a household name as a result of her role as Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show,” braved Winter Storm Jonas on January 25 to travel to Winchester to speak to a crowd of about 300 campus and local community members as a Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business Distinguished Lecture Series guest speaker.

Click Here to read more


Shenandoah University to Display Works of Local Artist Jim Costello

The works of Jim Costello, a local artist based in Strasburg, Virginia, will be displayed in the rotunda of Shenandoah University’s Health & Life Sciences Building (HLSB) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day from Saturday, April 2, through Sunday, April 10. An artist’s reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

To read more, click HERE.  






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