Dayton and Conservatory Alumni Reunions Were a Huge Success! 

The annual Dayton Alumni Weekend recognized graduates who studied on the Dayton, Virginia campus prior to Shenandoah’s move to Winchester in 1960. The reunion began on March 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a permanent Shenandoah College & Shenandoah Conservatory of Music exhibit at the Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia. A Memorial Service was held on Friday morning, followed by the Dayton Society Luncheon. Gordon “Sonny” Bayles ’57 led the Memorial Service at the former Evangelical United Brethren Church and over 100 guests enjoyed the luncheon. During the luncheon deserving alumni like Donald Black ’50 and Constance Via ’49 were inducted into the Dayton Alumni Hall of Fame. Afterwards, alumni showcased their musical ability and told tall tales of Shenandoah’s history at “Dayton’s Got Talent.”

To see full photo album for the weekend, click here.

The fourth Conservatory Alumni Reunion, held March 31 and April 1, kicked off with a casual “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” mixer Friday afternoon and was followed by a Jazz Jam Session. The next day was full of events beginning with the Celebration Luncheon, where Dean Michael Stepniak gave a “State of the Conservatory” Address and Ruann Newcomer George ’67, ’81 and Janet Morris Gray ’67, ’81 were recognized for celebrating their 50th reunion. The Rising Star Award was presented to Stephanie L. Dorrycott ’09; David McCormick ’01, ’03, ’09 and Dan Merceruio ’06. The Alumni of Excellence Award was presented to Jack Landis Ay ’74, Erica Gionfriddo ’06 and Jeremiah Shaw ’11. After the luncheon, alumni joined current students for their favorite classics in choral and orchestral reading session. To end the reunion with a bang, nearly 200 students and alumni attended the “Ira Lindberg Harris Lip-Sync for your Life,” a fundraiser for the scholarship in Ira’s name!

To see full photo album for the weekend, click here.

Alumnus Supports SU In the Workplace!

Don Krudop (C ’75, C ’92, C ’03) has filled his office at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia with everything Shenandoah. The proud alumnus has a flag, window sticker and photos of our beautiful campus as his screensaver and hanging on the wall. If you promote SU in the workplace, we want to know about it! Please send us a picture of you with your SU swag at   

Shenandoah University and Inova Partnership

Shenandoah and Inova Health System announced April 3 a collaborative partnership to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals with an emphasis on population health, pharmacogenomics, and other new healthcare technologies. To learn more about the partnership, click here for an article from Virginia Business or read the press release here.

Successful Alumni Profile: Liam Rogers ’13, English

For Liam Rogers ’13, it was the personal connections that drew him to SU. He credits the professors he met here with shaping him into “a better writer and a more empathetic and thoughtful human being.” He was originally introduced to Shenandoah through a high school classmate, who was already a Hornet, and family members who lived in Winchester. Rogers chose Shenandoah in the hopes that he would be able to take some conservatory classes in addition to his degree classes, but it was the professors in his English program who left a lasting impression.

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Featured Class News of the Month

David Apple (C ’89) and co-workers of the Howard County Public School System talked with current students on April 8 about the ins and outs of being a music teacher in Howard County, Maryland. During the presentation, they also set up a mock interview with two students and gave helpful tips for the job interview process. Earlier in the day, the students learned about first-year teachers, Miranda Beard (C ’16), Tierney McDermott (C ’16) and Jonathan Mills (C ’16) experiences as recent graduates. 



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 April Message from Becky Merriner ’01 


Dear Alumni and Friends,

On March 30, 2017, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for a permanent exhibit on Shenandoah College & Shenandoah Conservatory of Music at the Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia. This exhibit focuses on the people, places, music and life of the Dayton campus during the first 85 years of our history, 1875 - 1960. The exhibit includes a touchscreen with music and stories told by Dayton alumni, a reproduction of the original campus sign, artifacts commemorating the Dayton years and a photo montage. We invite you to tour the museum and see a part of your history!

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Volunteers Needed to Contact Accepted Students!

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!

Check Out These Limited Edition Apple Blossom T-shirts! 

Attend the 90th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in style wearing our limited edition 1920s-themed Shenandoah Apple Blossom T-shirt. Our online store is open until April 24th and the shirt will be shipped directly to you! Not able to attend? You can still order a shirt! To order your shirt click HERE!

Don't forget to send us a picture of yourself wearing your T-shirt at the Apple Blossom Festival at!

 Upcoming Events: 

Swarm the Park at Kings Dominion - Save the Date!

June 17, 2017

Homecoming 2017 - Save the Date!

October 13-15, 2017

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