Shepherd University briefs

September 10, 2007

Passport Application Day set for Sept. 19

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Study Abroad Office and the Martinsburg Post Office will hold a Passport Application Day Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center's Rumsey Room.

Students, faculty, staff and the general public can apply for passports. TLC Photography will be present to provide passport pictures for $10 plus tax (cash or check; Rambler Cards are not accepted). Those seeking new passports or renewals will require two photos.

New passport applicants will need a valid state driver's license, birth certificate with raised seal and two checks (no cash or credit cards accepted). The total cost is $97.

Renewing applicants will need a valid state driver's license, current passport expired within the last 15 years or about to expire, and one check (no cash or credit cards accepted). The passport renewal fee is $67.


Please do not fill out your checks beforehand.

Due to a high volume of requests, passports are taking about 12 weeks to process.

For more information about passport regulations or to download forms, go to

For more information, contact Ann Henriksson at 304-876-5412 or send e-mail to

Hip-hop, break dancing being performed Friday

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd will open the 2007-08 season with the hip-hop and break-dance company Illstyle and Peace Productions on Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater.

Illstyle's current work, Same Spirit, Different Movement, promotes unity, peace, love and respect with a mixture of acrobatics and urban flavor that celebrates old-school hip-hop. The group combines ballet and modern dance with tap and hip-hop. The show includes a blend of locking, breaking, popping and tap, along with Illstyle's own DJ and MC/beatboxer.

Illstyle will present free classes and workshops Wednesday and Thursday in the community. For more information, contact Racheal Meads at

Tickets are free to Shepherd students while supplies last; the cost is $5 for those younger than 18; $10 for senior citizens, Shepherd staff and Board of Education employees; and $15 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the Shepherd University Student Center Information Desk, or with MasterCard, Visa or Discover by calling 304-876-5113.

Civil War tours offered

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's George Tyler Moore Center will offer a limited number of seats on two Civil War tours.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the group will tour Civil War Baltimore, including a tour of the USS Constellation and Fort McHenry. On Monday, Nov. 5, the tour will cover the Gettysburg Campaign, including all three days of the battle.

The tours are part of the Civil War, 1850-1865 course offered this semester by Shepherd and taught by Mark Snell, director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War.

The cost for each tour is $40. The fee includes transportation to and from Shepherdstown on an air-conditioned, restroom-equipped bus and a full-day, expert-guided tour. Lunch is not included, but a lunch stop will be made.

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 304-876-5429 for more information or to reserve a space.

Gala raises $17,100 for Scarborough Library

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The sixth annual Scarborough Society Gala, held Aug. 17 at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, raised $17,100 to support the activities of the Shepherd University Scarborough Library. Close to 250 invited guests attended the black-tie event. The theme was "In the Garden," based on a trilogy by best-selling author Nora Roberts.

The presenting sponsors for the event were BB&T Wealth Management, represented by Rod and Lynn Frye, and Jefferson Security Bank, represented by Steve and Kathy Morris.

The 180-member Scarborough Society, sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation, was chartered in the spring of 2002 as a friends-of-the-library organization to support and strengthen the Shepherd University library system. In addition to increasing the bound collections, funds raised by the society assist in acquiring, maintaining, and updating the technology necessary to operate a 21st-century library and provide a scholarship for a student library intern.

University named a Best Southeastern College

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - For the third year in a row, Shepherd University has been named a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review.

Shepherd is one of 146 schools receiving a Best in the Southeast designation on The Princeton Review Web site (www. A total of 654 schools nationwide are featured.

According to the Princeton Review, the colleges selected represent "an inclusive mix of colleges: large and small, public and private, all-male and all-female, historically black colleges and universities, science and technology-focused institutions, nontraditional colleges, highly selective colleges and those with virtually open-door admissions, great buys and the wildly expensive."

Each college chosen had to meet the standards of The Princeton Review for academic excellence within its region. The listing features an overview of Shepherd University, including admissions, financial aid, student body, academics, campus life, and programs offered, as well as student comments.

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