Shepherd University briefs

February 13, 2006

Shepherd bus tour to Philadelphia planned

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Scarborough Society of Shepherd University and the Shepherd University Foundation will sponsor a bus tour to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Friday, May 5. The bus will leave Shepherd at 8 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

A colonial-style lunch will be served at the City Tavern before proceeding to the center for a multimedia performance and access to museum exhibits. Ray Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, will accompany the tour and give an insider's talk about his work in creating the exhibits at the museum. His research helped create the exhibit of life-size bronze statues depicting the moment of the signing of the Constitution, September 1787. Dr. Smock served as the model for the Ben Franklin statue in the exhibit.

This tour is open to the public. The cost, including lunch and museum fee, is $75 per person. A firm commitment is required by March 1.


Call Phyllis Smock at 304-264-0560 for additional information or to reserve a space on the bus.

The Scarborough Society supports the continued operation and programs of the Ruth Scarborough Library on the Shepherd University campus.

Phonathon gets under way this week

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund will hold the spring phonathon tonight through Wednesday and Feb. 21 to 23 to raise money for the university and its organizations, clubs and departments.

Each year, approximately 300 students volunteer their time to call Shepherd University alumni to ask for pledges. Every dollar given to the annual fund during the phonathon supports scholarships, academic programs, faculty development, equipment purchases, the Scarborough Library and other projects to improve the quality of education at Shepherd.

Second City comedy group to perform

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University will host the Second City comedy theater group on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.

The Second City gives audiences the chance to see new comedians performing satire and cutting edge improvisation. No topic or subject matter is off-limits for the Second City. Founded in 1959, it has become the training ground for the comedy world's best and brightest including Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley and Mike Myers.

The Second City will hold a comedy improvisation workshop for Shepherd students the afternoon before its public performance of comedy sketches, which will feature an all-improv encore. Tickets to the performance are free to Shepherd students while supplies last; $5 for children under 18; $10 for senior citizens and Shepherd faculty or staff; and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the theater before the show, at the Shepherd University Student Center Information Desk, or by calling 304-876-5113.

Free piano lessons offered at school

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Music will offer free piano lessons as part of a piano pedagogy program to a select number of beginning piano students beginning this semester.

As part of the piano pedagogy class, local students will receive group and private piano lessons and perform in a recital. Shepherd music majors with an emphasis in teaching piano will teach the beginning classes under the supervision of Scott Beard, coordinator of keyboard studies.

Local students will take group lessons in an electronic piano lab, with most private lessons being taught on a Yamaha Disklavier, an upright acoustic piano that allows recording and playback.

A $25 materials fee will be required. Students wishing to take lessons should be beginners between the ages of 6 and 11. No previous keyboard or musical experience is required. Lessons will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings beginning Feb. 21. The final recital will be Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Students must have or have access to a piano or full-sized keyboard for practicing.

For more information, contact Scott Beard at 304-876-5370 or

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University women's studies program will host "Women and the Law: Emerging Issues for 2006," a roundtable discussion, on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in the Blue-Grey Room in the Student Center.

The panel will include Mary Claire Eros and Taunja Willis-Miller of Jackson and Kelly Law Firm and Sara Grove, political science professor at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. For more information contact Dr. Betty Ellzey, co-coordinator of women's studies, at

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