Education briefs

August 25, 2008

Shepherd gets solar lighting

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Foundation announced the gift of solar lighting from Thomas R. Shepherd and family of Stow, Mass., in memory of Henry Shepherd, a longtime resident of Shepherdstown and Thomas Shepherd's brother.

The lights, valued at $25,000, provided through the Fieldstone Foundation, recently were installed on Shepherd's West Campus.

The lights are produced by SolarOne Solutions of Framingham, Mass. Similar lights have been installed on several university campuses and include grid-independent operating, energy efficient LED light source, state-of-the-art SO-Bright controls and carbon-free operating to offset an estimated 1.4 tons of greenhouse gasses per year.

Henry Shepherd died July 4, 2007, at his Shepherdstown home.

Teacher training workshop set

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences will hold a teacher training workshop for Washington-area high school math teachers on Columbus Day, Oct. 13.

The all-day workshop is open to teachers from the District, Maryland and Virginia. It will provide real-life math applications, along with an abbreviated syllabus and Web site modules. It takes place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 266 Woodley Road, NW from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the organization's annual meeting.


The luncheon speaker will be Evan Glazer, principal of Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va.

Registration for the workshop costs $25, and covers the day of activities, as well as take-away materials, meals and snacks. Limited scholarships are available.

The program is co-sponsored by the Whiz Kids Foundation.

Information is available at and by calling 1-800-4INFORMs.

Book given to new Shepherd students

SHEPHERDSTOWN,W.Va. - Shepherd University's Common Reading program has selected "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi for the 2008-09 school year.

"Persepolis" has been given to all first-year students, and faculty and staff members who plan to use the book in their classes. Themes from the book will be used to develop programs such as concerts, movies, panel discussions, faculty forums and art exhibits that will enhance community on campus.

"Persepolis" is a memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Common Reading programs exist at many colleges and universities, providing an academic experience that connects students with their peers and instructors. The Shepherdstown community will be involved through the One Book, One Community program, which promotes a critical engagement of ideas and appreciation of the text through discussion between students, faculty, staff and the community.

More information can be obtained at

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