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Featured Class Note of the Month

Paul Wissman (C ’15) graduated from basic training in December 2015 and spent the next 10 weeks at the Army School of Music.  Wissman is stationed in El Paso, Texas for his first duty station at Fort Bliss, where he will be part of the 1st Armored Division Band.

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SU Alum's Love for History and Teaching Results in High Award


By Mary Katherine Francisco ’17

Jonathan Noyalas ’01 is teaching again at his alma mater as the Hugh and Virginia McCormick Visiting Professor in Civil War History. Noyalas studied history and political science during his undergraduate studies at Shenandoah University. He is also an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. Despite being a Frackville, Pennsylvania native, his interest in Civil War history and the Shenandoah Valley brought him to Shenandoah University and its Civil War Institute.

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A Message from Becky Merriner ’01 SU Alumni Association President

Dear Alumni and Friends,

April weather came in with a tropical feel…April fool!   While the weather was chilly outside, the events for Dayton Alumni Weekend and Conservatory Alumni Reunion were hot inside!  On Friday, April 1, SU Alumni celebrated the history and tradition of the Dayton campus with a memorial service in Dayton followed by a luncheon where Dayton Alumni were inducted into the Hall of Fame as well as reunion classes were recognized.

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International Alumni: Refer a family member, friend or colleague

Shenandoah University currently is home to over 100 international students from across the globe. Their global perspective enriches campus, classrooms and student life. We are asking you to share your SU experience with an international family member, friend or colleague who is considering undergraduate or graduate studies.  All friends and family can be referred to Vanessa Ventura, Senior Coordinator for International Admissions, at She is a great resource for international students interested in programs offered, life at SU and the admission process.


Event Recaps:

2016 Conservatory Alumni Reunion

More than 175 conservatory alumni returned to campus to make new memories with former classmates and professors. We hope you had a great time celebrating retiring faculty members Thomas Albert, Mac Bozman, Philip Sargent and Robert Shafer at the "It’s 5 O'clock Somewhere" Mixer, jamming at Brewbaker's Jazz Jam Session and performing together once again at the Alumni Jazz Concert. Craig Fraedrich, Alan Baylock (C ’90), Bryan Kidd (C ’71, ’10), Robert Larson (C ’08) and Allan Wright (C ’64) conducted the performance.  After the concert, Allan Wright (C ’64) commented, “I can’t describe to you what a thrill the concert was.  I’ll remember it the rest of my life. I was so impressed and respect how much the jazz program at Shenandoah has grown.”  


A special congratulations to our Rising Star and Alumni of Excellence award winners who were recognized at the celebration luncheon. Rising Star winners include: Silvan Negrutiu (C ’13), Rachel Oneika Phillips (C ’00), Amanda R. Powell (C ’13), Jennifer M. Ravitz (C ’11) and Sarah Ruzicka King (C ’07). Alumni of Excellence winners include; Nicholas A. Collins (C ’00), Alice M. Hammel (C ’87, ’99), Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez (C ’99) and Corcoran N. Holt (C ’04). 


We look forward to seeing you again at next year's Conservatory Alumni Reunion

Save the Date: March 31-April 1, 2017

2016 Dayton Alumni Weekend

Alumni gathered on March 31 to remember the “good old days” of Shenandoah’s original campus, located in Dayton, Virginia.  A memorial service was held on Friday morning, followed by a celebration luncheon.  For the weekend, a temporary Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (1875-1960) exhibit was installed at the Dayton Heritage Museum.  A permanent display will be installed later this year.  When the festivities moved to Winchester, several alumni participated in “Dayton’s Got Talent.”

During the Dayton Society Luncheon, the following individuals were inducted into the Dayton Alumni Hall of Fame: Henry J. Black, Jr.* (faculty), Richard L. Bly ’58, Troy R. Brady* (President),L. Norman Butler ’54, Thomas L. Coffman ’47, Charlotte A. and Verne E. Collins (faculty),Ronald K. Collins ’60, Richard L. Daniel* ’56, Ellen Stouffer Fulk* ’44 and Howard L. Fulk* ’42, Wilbur E. Grant* ’60, Richard L. Keiter ’58, Thelma Mitchell King ’49, Richmond H. McCluer, Sr.* (faculty), Norman A. McCorkle ’60, John S. McIntyre, Jr. ’60, Janet Nuzum Myers ’60, Kenneth Schultz* (faculty).


Robert Shafer, Jr. Career at Shenandoah Honored


On April 16, Robert “Bob” Shafer, M.M., a Grammy Award-winning Shenandoah Conservatory artist-in-residence and professor of choral conducting, conducted his final concert, The Brahm's German Requiem, with the Conservatory Choir in a special performance featuring a chamber orchestra composed of faculty and guest artists. The performance honored the legacy of Shafer, who retires at the end of this academic year after 33 years of teaching at Shenandoah. Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory Michael Stepniak, Ed.D., presented Shafer with the first-ever Dean's Medal. Following the performance, all former Conservatory Choir alumni were invited on stage to sing Shafer's arrangement of "Oh, Shenandoah." A reception honoring Shafer and his contributions to the conservatory followed with nearly 200 alumni, colleagues and friends in attendance. A special thank you goes out to Lori Horne Pendleton (C '92, '95) and Bryan Welsh ('94) for their work planning the event and encouraging Shafer's former students to attend. (PHOTOS: Scott Spriggs)


Upcoming Events:


Shenandoah Day of Giving
Thursday, April 21

Men's Alumni Soccer Game
Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. | Shentel Stadium

Women's Alumni Soccer Game
Sunday, May 1 at 11 a.m. | Shentel Stadium

Nursing Alumni Reception & Unveiling of the Eleanor Wade Custer Portrait
Friday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. | Haplin Rotunda of the Health and Life Sciences Building

School of Pharmacy Alumni Gala with the Retirement of Dean Alan B. McKay
June 2-3



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