Shepherdstown briefs

December 12, 2005

Shepherd debaters take first place

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Debate and Forensics Team took first place in the CFA Tournament at Shepherd Oct. 21 and 22.

Shepherd won more than 23 trophies and accumulated a team total of 156 points.

Shepherd's top performers include:

  • Ben Adducchio of Fairmont, W.Va., received third place, pentathlon; first place, persuasive speaking; third place, dynamic duo; sixth place, prose; and was a semifinalist in parliamentary debate.

  • Nick Keresztury of Morgantown, W.Va., received first place, pentathlon; third place, single dramatic interpretation; third place, programmed oral interpretation; sixth place, dramatic duo; and was a semifinalist in parliamentary debate.

  • Kate Alexander of Waynesboro, Pa., received first place, communications analysis; second place, pentathlon; fifth place, single dramatic interpretation; sixth place, programmed oral interpretation; and third place, dramatic duo.

  • Brittany Young of Inwood, W.Va., received fifth place, pentathlon; third place, communication analysis; second place, after-dinner speaking; and sixth place, dramatic duo.

  • Mandy Kaler of Jefferson, Md., received second place in communications analysis and informative speaking.

  • Ashley Young of Inwood received fifth place, communications analysis.

Teams from West Chester University, Cedar Crest College, Fairmont State University, Bridgewater College, Bloomsburg University, Cumberland College, Ursinus College, Alderson-Broaddus College, Lock Haven University, Brookdale College, Lord Fairfax and Randolph-Macon College participated in the debate.


Masterworks Chorale seeking singers

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Masterworks Chorale is seeking singers to perform Mendelssohn's masterwork 'Elijah.' People with singing experience who are at least in high school are welcome to join.

The concert will be Sunday, May 7, at 8 p.m. Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 9.

The work tells the story of Elijah of the Old Testament through solo music such as "It is Enough," and chorale pieces like the well-known "He, Watching Over Israel." Performing with a full orchestra, the Masterworks Chorale will be joined by professional soloists from the University of Maryland and small ensembles from the Master Singers of Virginia. More than 100 men and women are participating.

For more information and to schedule a brief audition, contact Professor Erik Reid Jones at or at 304-876-5371.

Associate professor awarded top paper

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Kevin Williams, associate professor of communications and chair of the Department of Communications at Shepherd University, was awarded top paper at the National Communication Association annual conference Nov. 17 to 20 in Boston.

His paper titled "Visual Communication's A-Visual Foundation" received the top paper award in the visual communication division. A second paper, "From Rationalization to Incantation: A Semiotic Phenomenology of Advertising," placed in the top three papers in its category. Williams presented a third paper on phenomenology and aesthetics as part of a panel discussion. Research is judged in several categories and all judges must hold a Ph.D.

The National Communication Association is the largest communication association in the United States, with members from institutions in all 50 states and some international colleges and universities. Research submissions are open to all scholars. This year's conference was attended by more than 5,400 scholars.

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