Shepherd University briefs

October 10, 2005

Shepherd receives social work grant

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The social work program at Shepherd University has received a $146,105 grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). With this award the Department of Social Work has secured more than $1.1 million in outside support for the mission and goals of the university and the department.

The grant, funded through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, has three primary functions. First, the funding supports five social work students with tuition assistance during their undergraduate education.

This year's recipients are Lisa Peltier, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; Tabitha Funk, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Lynn Luckeroth, Martinsburg; Cassie Helmick, Purgitsville, W.Va.; and Dana O'Brien, Strasburg, Va.

Once the students complete their field instruction with DHHR as a child protective service worker intern and graduate, they are hired as protective service or foster care social workers. During the 13 years this program has existed, nearly 40 Shepherd graduates have been trained in child welfare.


Second, the grant provides funds for ongoing training for DHHR staff and supervisors throughout the 15-county region of eastern West Virginia.

Third, additional training is provided by Amy Hampton, regional child welfare trainer, who provides a series of workshops for potential foster parents at several sites in the eastern region of the state.

Dance company to perform Oct. 18

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd will host contemporary dance company BodyVox on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.

BodyVox entertains audiences with breathtaking physicality, striking imagery, and humor. The co-founder and artistic directors, Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, launched their dream of a dance ensemble in 1997. Since then BodyVox has created five critically-acclaimed productions which they have presented throughout the U.S. and internationally. The company collaborates with composers, filmmakers, musicians, set designers, and artists to create breathtaking multimedia shows that are both thought provoking and entertaining.

Hampton and Roland each have won an Emmy Award, and they choreographed and performed together at the 1998 Academy Awards Show. BodyVox's choreography has also been featured in music videos by artists such as Sting, U2, and David Bowie.

Tickets cost $15 for the general public; $10 for senior citizens, Shepherd faculty/staff or Jefferson County public school employees; $5 for kids younger than 18; and free to Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID card while supplies last. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 304-876-5497.

Off-Broadway hit on stage this month

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Theater Department will present the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway hit "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" in the Sara Cree Studio Theater this month.

Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Ed Herendeen, the play tells the story of Angel Cruz, a fast-talking street kid in jail caught between his good lawyer, who wants him to do wrong, and his bad cellmate, who wants him to do right. This gritty, powerful prison drama asks whether there is forgiveness for murder. The production examines faith, values, sanity and the role of justice.

Shepherd junior Peter Mendez portrays Angel and sophomore Chris Boykin portrays Lucius Jenkins, a notorious serial killer in protective custody next to Angel. Local actor Brad Toole portrays Valdez, a sadistic prison guard, and Martinsburg, W.Va., attorney Bridget Cohee plays Mary Jane Hanrahan, a cynical public defender who risks her career to help Angel. Shepherd student La Brell Guy rounds out the cast in the role of Charlie D'Amico, a kindhearted prison guard.

Production dates for Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train include the pay-what-you-can preview Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.; Oct. 19 to 22 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 23 matinee at 2 p.m.; and Oct. 26 to 29 at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission; $8 faculty/staff; and $4 for students with a valid Rambler Card. Seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 304-876-5127.

School vocal ensembles to perform

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Chamber Singers, the Music Department's select vocal ensemble, and the Camerata Singers, the all-women's choir, will collaborate to present music by Benjamin Britten on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.

The highlight of this concert will be a performance of Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," sung by candlelight and accompanied by harp. The Chamber Singers will begin with movements from the William Byrd "Mass for Four Voices," and then present another side of Britten with "Choral Dances from Gloriana," in homage to queens Elizabeth I and II. Both ensembles will end with rousing spirituals by William Dawson.

This concert marks the premiere performance at Shepherd University by conductor Erik Reid Jones, the director of choral and vocal activities.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for faculty and children 18 and under. For information and to order tickets, call 304-876-5555.

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