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December 23, 2007

Shepherd University senior Robert Dusing has been awarded the La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, Voiture Locale 1356, Charles Town, W.Va., Nursing Scholarship.

"When we started the scholarship in 1953," said Charles Printz, charter member of Voiture 1356, "the nursing program at Shepherd had just started and needed some support. We were happy to provide some help to needystudents."

Dusing, an Inwood, W.Va., native, hopes to work as a psychiatric nurse in an area hospital when he graduates in the spring.

"I decided on this profession after spending a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms and with relatives who were patients. I got an opportunity to see and talk with hospital workers and decided that I wanted to pursue a career where I could help others. This scholarship has meant a lot in helping me with my education."

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Dusing lives in Inwood with his wife, Shannon.

"We are delighted to have this connection with the younger generation," said Michael Austin, chef de gare of the local 40 and 8 chapter. "As an organization, we like to support young people who see their careers as more than just a job and as a higher mission to benefit others."

Translated as the Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses, the organization's titles and symbols reflect its World War I origins. American servicemen in France were transported to the battlefront on narrow-gauge French railroads (chemin de fer) inside boxcars (voitures) that were half the size of American boxcars. Each French boxcar was stenciled with a "40/8," denoting its capacity to hold either 40 men or eight horses.

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

The following area students graduated from Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C., at the fall commencement ceremony Dec. 15:

Donald Kavanagh, Hagerstown, Bachelor of Science

Stephanie Koontz, Frederick, Md., B.S.

Paul Carney, Frederick, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Taylor Woolard, Ijamsville, Md., Bachelor of Arts in Education

Sheena Superson, Mount Airy, Md., B.S.

These area students were named to the dean's list at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., for the fall 2007 quarter:

Brennan Michael Kelley of Hagerstown, a film and television major

Aja Elise Moore-Young of Hagerstown, a sequential art major

Ryan Patrick Timm of Middletown, Md., a graphic design major.

Kara Brodhead of Frederick, Md., was named to the dean's list for the fall 2007 quarter at DePaul University, Chicago.

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