August 2016


 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Announced 


Each year during Homecoming Weekend, the Alumni Association presents five Distinguished Alumni Awards to individuals whose success and involvement make us all proud.

A formal presentation to honor all 2016 Shenandoah Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be made during the Alumni Celebration Dinner on Friday, Oct. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ferrari Room of the Brandt Student Center. To register for the dinner, visit  

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Shenandoah to Make Appearance on TLC Show, "Cake Boss"

Last September, Shenandoah University celebrated Shenandoah Conservatory becoming an All-Steinway School with a life-sized Steinway Model B cake handcrafted by the "Cake Boss," a.k.a. Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, The Learning Channel (TLC) will air an episode of its television show, "Cake Boss," that includes the creation of this Steinway cake. It could be five minutes of fame, or it could be 15 – aren't you interested in finding out which one it will be? 

Celebrate the completion of the university's All-Steinway initiative one more time during a pizza, popcorn bar and cake viewing party on Sept. 6! The event will be held in the Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room; doors open at 8 p.m. A short program will begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the episode. Can’t make it to the viewing party? Be sure to tune in to TLC at 9 p.m. on Sept. 6!

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Homecoming Registration is Open


Homecoming Weekend 2016 begins October 21! We hope you are planning to join your fellow classmates and friends for a few days full of exciting activities. Please click the Register button above to view a complete listing of events and to register. Join the Homecoming Facebook page now!

 Featured Class News of the Month


Marilee Pittman Clemons (AS '12, P '16) received her white coat at The Ohio State University on July 29. Clemons is completing a PGY1 community care residency at OSU. 

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A Message from Becky Merriner ’01, SU Alumni Association President

Dear Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends,

On August 6, several Alumni Association Board Members (Ruth Unhoch Wenzel ’88, ’90, ’98; Bryan Newman ’99, ’04; Bobby Spiers ’69; Carolyn Boyles Nesselroade ’56 and her husband, John; Pam Bell ’71, ’83; Bob Crawford ’56; Stephanie Unhoch Cross ’92, ’94; Jane Danchisen Pittman ’89 and of course, me) took a day trip to Dayton to learn more about Shenandoah University’s roots.  Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music was located in Dayton, Virginia from 1875 to 1960.  Bob Crawford ’56 was our personal tour guide.  Bob provided us first-hand accounts of many of the activities as well as what and who was located in the various buildings.  


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 Successful Alumnus Profile: Daniel Cooper ’13


“My experience in the Environmental Studies program at Shenandoah went far beyond just the theories and hypotheses that are taught in the classroom,” states Daniel Cooper ’13. “Dr. Bousquet and Dr. Kincaid had us out in the field, letting us learn real-world techniques and procedures. These experiences were very valuable when it came to applying for positions. As an entry level applicant, I had some skills and experiences that were usually only seen on professional resumes.”


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Help a Flood-Damaged WV Library Rebuild with Book Donations


With just one new or gently used book, you can help a West Virginia public library rebuild its collection, the entirety of which was lost in this summer’s devastating floods.

Director of the Children’s Literature Program and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Karen Huff, Ed.D., who has family in the flood-affected area, brought the plight of Rainelle Public Library in Rainelle, West Virginia, to the university’s attention after seeing a photo of its flood-destroyed books. Dr. Huff has contacted Rainelle librarian Debbie Goddard, who said the library needs new books, especially nonfiction children’s titles, as well as books geared toward the needs of flood victims, such as home repair, remediating mold and handling stress. Many of the senior citizen patrons also enjoy Christian fiction titles.

Book collection bins for the Rainelle Public Library are located at Smith Library and the Health Professions Building Library. Collections will be taken through Tuesday, Nov. 1.


Upcoming Events: 


SU on TLC Show, "Cake Boss"
September 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Caruthers House Dedication and Housewarming
September 16, 2016 at 3:15 p.m.

Homecoming 2016!
October 21-23, 2016 

SU Habitat Build Day
November 15, 2016

Conservatory Alumni Reunion 2017 Save the Date!
March 31- April 1 2017


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