Shenandoah Celebrates Homecoming 2016


Homecoming 2016 and Family Weekend literally “blew us all away.” While the weather was a bit blustery on Saturday, we wrapped up the weekend on Sunday with a clear fall day.

Throughout the weekend, alumni connected with former professors, classmates and friends, met current students, and played in alumni athletic games, all on a campus beginning to show signs of a classic Shenandoah Valley autumn. The university celebrated the official groundbreaking for the Athletics & Events Center next to Shentel Stadium, making this Homecoming a bit more special for Hornet athletes past, present and future.

The weekend epitomized both the season and the family spirit so integral to the Shenandoah University experience, with plenty of activities – everything from the annual Alumni Celebration Dinner to the Old Town Crawl, and even Shenandoah’s version of “Jeopardy!” hosted by the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at the Football Tailgate Party. The Environmental Studies Department also chose this festive weekend to commemorate its 25th anniversary, and Shenandoah Conservatory shared its creative energy, offering up the Fall Dance Concert and Bach-Handel Festival.

This video provides just a taste of this year’s Homecoming fun. For those who were here, I hope watching is a great way to relive it all. If you didn’t make it this year, take a look, and we’ll hope to see you next year!





Alumni Speaker Series: Gretchen Chomas ’07, ’10

Gretchen Chomas ’07, ’10 was the first speaker of Shenandoah Alumni Association’s LiveStream Alumni Speaker Series. On Friday, Oct. 21, Chomas addressed 150 Going Global First-Year Seminar students. She spoke about her experience as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) worker and how we are all part of a larger global community. During Homecoming, Chomas also received 2016 Distinguished Alumni for Service to the Community. She stated, “Service is not summed up in a few accomplishments, but more how I choose to live my life. Service doesn’t have to mean you have time and money; it can be as simple as sharing a link on your Facebook page with resources, or holding the door for someone.”


After her visit back to campus for Homecoming, Chomas committed to make it a habit of contacting one long lost friend every week. Homecoming made Chomas realize that she made great friends and some of the best memories during college. The Office of Alumni Affairs challenges you to do the same thing! Reconnect with your old classmates and professors and don’t wait until next Homecoming to do it!

View a recording of the LiveStream >                                                                                                                                                            


Justin T. Chafin Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Justin T. Chafin Memorial Scholarship Fund is established in memory of Justin T. Chafin (P ’15) to be awarded to a student in the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy on the basis of financial need, good character and academic ability.

Shenandoah University expresses its sincere appreciation to the family of Justin T. Chafin for establishing this named endowment in memory of their beloved son and brother.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship, visit the SU Giving page and select the "Justin T. Chafin Memorial Scholarship" option under "Gift Designation."

For more information, please contact Greeley Myers, Assistant Vice President for Advancement, at (540) 665-4936 or

 Successful Alumni Profile: Jessica Blood ’09

“Everyday I make music with students!” Jessica Blood ’09, former member of the Shenandoah Chorus, Conservatory Choir and the Chamber Choir, is the music teacher and Chorus and Percussion Ensemble Director for Loudoun County Public Schools. 

Blood chose Shenandoah Conservatory for its reputation and intimate classroom size. She loved the small classes that allowed her to form relationships with her peers and professors, the education classes that gave her perspective as an educator and the ensembles that challenged her as a musician.

Read more here >

 Featured Class News of the Month

Future Hornet, Noah Silas Perrin, was born on May 2 at 4:32 a.m. to parents Charles Perrin (AS ’15) and Ashlee Keeler (AS ’15). Noah was born at the Winchester Medical Center and weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz.

Read more alumni news HERE

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

Dear Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Friends,


Autumn is here and one of the best places to see colorful autumn leaves is SU’s campus.  While on campus last weekend attending the many Homecoming activities and events, I thought “wow,” SU really is picturesque. It wasn’t just the foliage that made me think it was so beautiful, but also the buildings such as Roni's Roost, the second house in The Village, named after Roni Flett Wilkins. Roni’s Roost was dedicated on Friday.  


 Upcoming Events: 

  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

 Homecoming 2017 - Save the Date!
October 13-15, 2017


Event Recap: 

Fifth Annual Pharmacy Alumni Roundtable
The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and the SU Alumni Association held their annual Career Roundtable on Oct. 13.  Four outstanding pharmacy alumni came to campus and discussed their careers with current students.  Panelists included Prince Adarkwah (P ’11), Natalie Yeakle Logsdon (P ’11), Lt. Katelyn Miller Overstreet (P ’12) and Kamran Saljuki (P ’12).  A recorded stream of the roundtable can be viewed here.  

Nursing Alumni Panel
The Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing and the SU Alumni Association held a Nursing Alumni Panel on Oct. 6. Several outstanding nursing alumni discussed their careers with current students. Panelists included Rebecca Barr (N ’15), Kristen Bruhn (N ’14), Lauren Flores (N ’16), Kathryn French (N ’14), Matthew Geide (N ’16), Colleen Gordon (N ’16), Nora Ingersoll (N ’15), Priyanka Kathrotiya (N ’16), Suzi Kinsella (N ’14), Stephanie McGovern (N ’15) and Jordan Tanner (N ’13).

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