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October 09, 2006

Stealey receives $1,000 award

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - John E. Stealey III, professor of history at Shepherd, received $1,000 from the Shepherd University Foundation in honor of his recognition as Distinguished Professor of History by the University.

He is the second recipient of the award, which is presented to faculty members in acknowledgement of outstanding teaching and scholarly research and writing.

A member of Shepherd's faculty since 1969, Stealey is a well-known scholar in many areas of American economic history. He was the editor of the Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society for 24 years and served as the Society's president from 1980-2000. He also served as the committee chair for the WVU libraries and is a member of the Agricultural History Society, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, South Historical Association and the Virginia Historical Society.

Vocal Competition slated for Saturday

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Music will host its annual Vocal Competition Saturday in the Frank Center Theater. The preliminary auditions will begin at 9:30 a.m.


Finalists will be announced at 1:30 p.m., followed by the finalists' recitals. The competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate excellent potential as endorsed by their high school teachers, church choir directors or private instructors.

Competitors will perform art songs and arias from memory for a panel of judges. Competition winners will be announced immediately following the recital.

Brad Stoller, an Alexander Technique instructor, will work with the vocal students on body awareness and relaxation as it relates to auditions and performances.

Competition judges include Dr. Erik Reid Jones, director of vocal studies at Shepherd University, and Alexandra Christoforakis and Brooke Evers, Shepherd vocal professors. Other judges include Eric Lamp, a Shepherd graduate and Broadway performer; Elisabeth Turchi, the 1992 vocal competition first-place winner; Georgiann Toole, director of the Antietam Women's Ensemble; Jan Aaland, instructor of voice at Hood College; Deborah Keffer, who sings with the New York City Opera Company; and Bonnie Kunkel of Germantown, Md. Barbara Buck Stegner is the chairwoman of the competition.

The event is free and open to the public.

Shep-or-Treat set for Oct. 25

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's Residence Life Department will host the sixth annual Shep-or-Treat Halloween event Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m.

All faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to bring their children (ages 14 and younger) for a fun night of festivities in the residence halls and Student Center.

Shep-or-Treat is a campuswide community service event through which the students and Residence Life staff plan and coordinate Halloween activities all over campus. Events include a carnival, trick-or-treating, scary stories, trick-or-treat bag decorating, scary photos and a haunted house. Campus residence halls, the Student Government Association, and other student and Greek organizations work together to make this a free evening of fun for all.

To help support Shep-or-Treat, donations of candy are being accepted. To volunteer or for more information, call 304-876-5172.

Alternative Energy Odyssey is Thursday

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Environmental Studies Institute will hold an Alternative Energy Odyssey Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Frank Center.

The event will highlight new vehicle technologies that address energy savings. The morning session will be comprised of professional presentations covering alternative fuel and energy sources, new vehicle technologies and an update on West Virginia state initiatives. The catered luncheon workshop will offer a roundtable discussion and networking with sustainable energy professionals. Afternoon workshops will allow attendees to gain experience in biodiesel production, greasecar conversion, hybrid and alternative vehicle demos, and solar and wind power demos.

Conference activities are free for students and the general public.

To register, send e-mail to The first 100 registrants will receive a free catered lunch. For more information, go to

New scholarship established

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Foundation has announced the creation of a scholarship by the Eastern Panhandle Federal Executive Association of West Virginia (EPFEA).

The EPFEA Public Service Scholarship Fund will be available to eligible students approved by the Shepherd University Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee. Students chosen to receive the award will be required to submit a one-page essay about the importance of public service.

The EPFEA is chartered through the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. A major objective of the association is to foster coordination of governmental activity and mutual understanding among the various federal agencies. It has helped establish a strong relationship between local federal offices and Shepherd University through internships and cooperative programs.

For more information about the scholarship or about creating a scholarship, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.

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