September 2016


 Discovering the Science of Motion


Last summer, young visitors to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum got their dance moves on with the creative instruction of artisan in resident, Erin Puskar ’15, ’16. During her three-month residency, Puskar offered a series of mini lessons for youth, focusing on movement and targeted to ignite creativity, spark curiosity and inspire learning. She is the seventh artisan in residence at the Discovery Museum, but the first to focus her lessons on movement.


Preaching to the Choir

A degree from Shenandoah can take you anywhere...even if your dream is to become a saxophone-playing priest! James O'Reilly graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors in Music Performance. A classical saxophone player, O'Reilly is now in seminary studying to be a priest, melding his love of music with his commitment to God. Watch a short video on O’Reilly’s journey from musician to priest.

View video here > 

Successful Alumni Profile: Alex Bruening ’06

Alex Bruening (HP ’06) knew that getting into a strong Physician Assistant program would be essential to his success. After interviewing with several PA programs, he decided that SU’s program – among the strongest and most advanced he had seen – would be a perfect fit. The natural beauty of the Shenandoah Valley didn’t hurt either!

Read more here >

 Featured Class News of the Month

President Tracy Fitzsimmons thanked Donna Larrick Heishman (D '61) and her sister, Doris Larrick Robinson, for their generous contributions to the Elizabeth V. and Owen W. Larrick Scholarship named for their parents. Owen, Class of 1938, passed away last year. Heishman and Robinson live in Florida.

Read more alumni news HERE

Want to see yourself in upcoming publications? 
Alumni News!

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

Dear Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends,


This is a busy month! My husband, Jay, and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in Italy and, of course, I had to have my picture taken in SU apparel.  I am proud to be counted among the alumni of Shenandoah University, especially when I see all that SU is doing.   On Tuesday, Sept. 6, The Learning Channel (TLC) aired an episode of its television show, "Cake Boss," that included the creation of a Steinway cake.  

Read more here >

 Where in the Country are Our SU Alumni? 

 Shenandoah University has nearly 20,000 alumni with degrees. See how many live where you live!


Upcoming Events: 

 Homecoming 2016!
October 21-23, 2016 

SU Habitat Build Day
November 15, 2016

Dayton Alumni Reunion 2017 - Save the Date!
March 30 - April 1, 2017

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

Event Recap: 


Cake Boss Premier Party

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. On Tuesday, Sept. 6, The Learning Channel (TLC) aired an episode of its television show, “Cake Boss,” featuring the creation of our piano cake. If you were not able to catch the episode live, certain cable providers will allow you to watch the episode on the TLC website for free or you can download the episode from Amazon for $2. Our episode is “Wine and Waltzes,” season 12, episode 5.

Caruthers House Housewarming & Dedication

The university dedicated Caruthers House, the first building at The Village, and revealed the name of the apartment-style housing community's second house as Roni’s Roost at a Sept. 16 ceremony. Roni’s Roost is named for Roni Flett Wilkins, whose husband, James R. Wilkins Jr., surprised her with the name at the event. James R. Wilkins Jr. has served on the Board of Trustees since 1990. A dedication and housewarming for Roni’s Roost is set for Oct. 21. The Caruthers House dedication honored Preston and the late Jeanne Caruthers, both longtime supporters of Shenandoah and higher education in Virginia. Click here for more about the Caruthers dedication event and The Village.

SU Office of Alumni Affairs  |  1460 University Drive  |  Winchester, VA 22601
(800) 786-4802  |   | Contact Us