News from Shepherd University

April 04, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Underpass bid awarded

C. William Hetzer Inc. of Hagerstown has been awarded the bid for the W.Va. 480 pedestrian underpass project at Shepherd University, the university said in a news release.

The W.Va. 480 underpass project is being undertaken by Shepherd University this spring and summer in an effort to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow on W.Va. 480/Duke Street.

The project features an underpass connecting East Campus and West Campus which will eliminate pedestrian crossings on W.Va. 480 by raising the road and creating a pedestrian walkway underneath.


The location of the pedestrian underpass is approximately 25 yards northeast of the existing pedestrian crosswalk. The underpass is slated to be ready for pedestrian use in August.

For more information about the project, visit

Shepherd University hosts 10th annual Relay for Life

Shepherd University hosted the 10th annual Relay for Life on Friday.

Relay For Life helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

To date, Shepherd has raised $74,000 of its $80,000 goal, which event organizer Holly Frye, assistant vice president for student affairs (community engagement), said she is determined to raise by the Aug. 1 deadline.

Shepherd President Suzanne Shipley received the South Atlantic Region 2011 Relay for Life Collegiate President of the Year award, and Frye was recognized for 10 years of leadership by the American Cancer Society.

“I never would have dreamed 10 years ago after raising $5,000 with 50 people that we would have raised $500,000 10 years later,” Frye said. “I’m always amazed at the number of community members and alumni that come back. It’s awesome.”

Marshall Moneymaker, of For 3 Sisters, spoke at the Fight Back Ceremony and had a special dance with Frye.

This year, there were 958 participants and 69 teams. This year’s top fundraising teams were Hope Riders, who raised $8,778; the women’s soccer team, who raised $3,993; and Sigma Alpha Iota Winchester Alumnae, who raised $3,727.

Top participants included Anne Miller, who raised $2,313; Nancy Strite, $2,242; and Carol Boyd, $1,160.

This year’s sponsors include Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Fargo Insurance Group, Pepsi, Prettyman Broadcasting, Shepherd University Dining Services, Shepherd University Wellness Center, and River and Trail Outfitters.

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