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May 8, 2011
Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of the PBS NewsHour, will deliver the commencement address at Shepherd University’s 138th graduation ceremony on Saturday. Lehrer also will be awarded an honorary doctorate. As of Wednesday, 678 students have applied for graduation, according to Valerie Owens, executive director of university communications at Shepherd. Also to be honored during Shepherd’s commencement will be Tia and Robert A. (Bob) McMillan, who will be presented the President’s Award for their service to Shepherd and the community.
April 20, 2012
Shepherd University junior graphic design major Adam Ritchey, of Greencastle, Pa., won the Poster Clash event at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Md., on Friday, March 30. The nationwide contest is hosted by the Blue Ridge American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Poster Clash. Melissa Scotton, assistant professor in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, said she assigned the poster clash project to her Professional Practices I students as a fun project while they work on preparing their portfolios for sophomore portfolio review.
April 15, 2012
Shepherd University and the Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education will host a workshop “Bullying Prevention: Making Our Schools a Safe Place to Learn” for middle and secondary educators, administrators, social workers, parents, and the community on Saturday, May 19.    The workshop will feature nationally known expert Dorothy Espelage, a professor of child development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the...
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | October 11, 2011
Shepherd University's nursing education program enrolls 30 to 40 nursing students every semester. Starting this year, academically, socially and economically disadvantaged students might be able to finish the difficult four-year nursing degree programs because of a $1 million federal grant. Shepherd's nursing education center in Erma Ora Byrd Hall opened in 2007 at a cost of $10 million. It has the capacity for 60 students each semester, but only between 30 and 40 students enroll, said Sharon K. Mailey, director of Shepherd's nursing education department.
May 12, 2013
Nathan James Arch of Hagerstown  was among 16 Shepherd University students named McMurran Scholars, the university's highest academic honor. An academic convocation was held April 19 to honor the new McMurran inductees. McMurran Scholars must complete a minimum of 92 semester hours, maintain at least a 3.8 grade-point average, complete two consecutive semesters of study at Shepherd and be nominated by at least three faculty members. Nominees must then be approved by the faculty at large.
September 18, 2012
Classes at Shepherd University were suspended for more than two hours Tuesday due to a power outage, the university announced. Power was restored by about 1:30 p.m. University offices remained open. Hedgesville (W.Va.) Elementary School also lost power, causing students to be dismissed at 11 a.m. Afternoon prekindergarten was canceled at the school, according to Leah Daniel, spokeswoman for Berkeley County (W.Va.) Schools. Power was restored to the school at 2:10 p.m., after utility workers replaced a utility pole that caught on fire, Daniel said.
June 6, 2013
Beth Thomas of Sharpsburg has been named coordinator of the Regents Bachelor of Arts program at Shepherd University's Martinsburg Center. In her role as coordinator, Thomas will work with Martinsburg Center students completing their bachelor's degree through the RBA program. The credit-for-work-experience program assesses credit for experience through a portfolio review process and assists adult learners in selecting a program of study tailored to their career goals. “Beth Thomas brings a wealth of experience to this new position,” Jim Klein, director of the Martinsburg Center, said in a news release.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | August 27, 2012
Environmental studies classmates Nicole Love and Jesse Jewell were walking toward Scarborough Library Monday afternoon, the first day of classes for Shepherd University's 2012 fall semester. Both are entering their senior year. Love, from Fort Ashby, W.Va., and Jewell, of Frederick, Md., are studying resource management and aquatic science, respectively. More than 4,400 Shepherd students, residential and commuters, freshmen and returnees, jammed the sidewalks, buildings and classrooms Monday as they oriented or reoriented themselves to campus life.
October 26, 2012
Shepherd University police are investigating a reported armed robbery Thursday night on the college's east campus, university spokesman Tim Haines said Friday. The campus community was alerted of the reported incident at 8:03 p.m. and advised to use caution. A possible suspect in the reported incident was described to as a tall male who was wearing a white bandana, black pants and a hoodie, Haines said.
April 11, 2012
Shepherd University will hold a public forum on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Hall auditorium for the purpose of receiving comments regarding the University's consideration for blasting to be utilized in the W.Va. 480 pedestrian underpass project, specifically in the area of the project detour through property owned by the Bavarian Inn. Shepherd University has an easement through a formal, written grant of conveyance from the Bavarian Inn to the University to complete this project.
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