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May 07, 2007

Hillyard named Outstanding Alumnus

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Alumni Association will present Paul W. "Soupy" Hillyard Jr., of Winchester, Va., with the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award during Shepherd University's 134th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19.

The award is given annually to a person who has been a member of the Shepherd alumni body for a minimum of 15 years, and who has an exemplary record of service to Shepherd University and to the community.

Hillyard retired from Winchester Public Schools in 1990 after 30 years of service. He began his teaching career as a physical education teacher and coach at John Handley High School. From 1974 to 1990, he served as assistant principal of Daniel Morgan Middle School. He also served as president of the Winchester Education Association.

Hillyard received his undergraduate degree in education from Shepherd in 1958, a master's from West Virginia University in 1971, and an education administrative certificate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1976.


A charter member of Shepherd's Ram Gridiron Club, a football booster club, Hillyard has served on the board of directors of the Shepherd University Alumni Association since 2000. He was inducted into Shepherd's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997 for his role as a two-way offensive and defensive player on the football team from 1954-57.

Baczuk awarded Kiwanis scholarship

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University sophomore Jessica Baczuk has been named the recipient of the Kiwanis Club of Charles Town Scholarship. She will receive $1,000 for the 2007-08 school year, and was recently recognized for her award at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club.

Baczuk, a graduate of Lewis County High School in Weston, W.Va., is majoring in environmental science.

The Kiwanis Club provides funds for annual scholarships at Shepherd University.

For more information about the scholarship or how to create a scholarship fund, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.

Presentation to focus on Islamic women

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Dr. Helen Johnstone, assistant professor of nursing at Shepherd University, will present "Behind the Veil" Wednesday at noon in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium.

"Behind the Veil" provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of women of the Islamic faith. The presentation emphasizes similarities and differences in women and girls living in Bangladesh, and women and girls living in Western societies.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

CATF play reading set for Thursday

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Scarborough Society annual meeting, program and reception will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium.

The meeting will feature Tonya Beckman Ross, a professional actress, reading from a play to be presented in the upcoming Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) season.

CATF Director Ed Herendeen will discuss all the plays that will be presented during this year's festival. Those interested in learning more about the Scarborough Society and its membership are invited to attend the meeting and program.

Ross will read from the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie," adapted by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner. The play is based on the diaries of Rachel Corrie, a young woman from Washington state who lost her life in Gaza while seeking understanding in one of the most chaotic and controversial regions of the world.

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