Shenandoah University to Host Ebola Panel Discussion on Dec. 2

Shenandoah University will present an Ebola Panel Discussion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium, on the campus of Shenandoah University. The event is free and open to the public.

Panel members will include Health Director of the Lord Fairfax Health District Charles J. Devine, III, M.D.; Dean of the Shenandoah University School of Health Professions Tim Ford, Ph.D.; Dean of the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing Kathryn Ganske, Ph.D., RN; Shenandoah University Director of Health Services Ron Stickley, M.S., NRP; and Assistant Professor of Nursing and Nursing Lab Co-coordinator Gilda Gilbert, M.S.N., RN, CNOR.

The panel discussion will address basic disease symptoms and transmission of Ebola and the local response to Ebola by the health department. It will detail the health department’s protocol for dealing with those who travel to Ebola affected countries, as well as travelers who become ill with the disease.

The panel discussion will also outline the process of identifying, quarantining, and transporting infected patients, as well as the decontamination and cleanup process. Contact monitoring by the health department will also be addressed.

Shenandoah University’s preparedness planning and training will be outlined, as well as the university’s position as a resource to the community.

About the panelists:

Dr. Charles Devine serves as the Health Director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, a part of the Virginia Department of Health. This health district serves the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Page, as well as the City of Winchester. In this capacity he leads the county’s health departments in their efforts to assure the health and safety of the region’s citizens. He also serves as Interim Health Director for the Thomas Jefferson Health District, which serves the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson and the City of Charlottesville.

Prior to his work with the Virginia Department of Health, Devine completed a 23-year career in emergency medicine. He has served as medical director of the City of Norfolk Fire and Paramedic Department, and of the Nightingale helicopter ambulance flying from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He received the 2003 Governor’s Award as Virginia’s Outstanding Emergency Medical Services Physician.

Devine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in technical theatre and lighting design for ballet from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1979 and went on to complete training in emergency medicine. Between medical school and post-graduate training, Devine undertook externship training at Harvard Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic. His postgraduate training was at Duke University and the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. He was certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and was named a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Tim Ford has served as Shenandoah University’s dean of the School of Health Professions since July 2014. In this newly created position, Ford oversees athletic training, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies and physical therapy.

Ford previously served as interim dean of the Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP), dean of graduate studies and public health, and vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at the University of New England (UNE). He held prior positions at Montana State University and at the Harvard School of Public Health.

At Harvard, he both founded and directed the program in water and health, and at Montana State University, he served as principal investigator on the Montana IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence program — designed to build research and training infrastructure throughout the state in environmental health and infectious disease.

Ford earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Sussex University (U.K.) and a doctorate in aquatic microbiology from the University of Wales, Bangor (U.K.). He completed his postdoctoral training in environmental microbiology at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Dr. Kathryn Ganske was named dean of the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Indiana University; a Master of Nursing from George Mason University; and a Master of Arts in bioethics and a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from the University of Virginia.

Her research interests include bioethics, family caregiving and moral reasoning in nurses. Ganske has been awarded more than $1.5 million in federal and private grants. In 2010 she was named to the American Nursing Association (ANA) Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board, in 2013 named a Valley Health System Corporate Member, and in 2014 named Commissioner of Education for the Virginia Nurses Association.

Her publications include articles on moral reasoning, moral distress and ethical implications in caregiving. As an immediate past member of the ANA Ethics and Human Rights Board, she participated in the revision of the ANA Code of Ethics. In 2014, Ganske was named one of 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders at Indiana University on the occasion of the School of Nursing’s 100 year anniversary.

Mr. Ron Stickley has served as Shenandoah University’s director of Health Services for more than seven years. He is responsible for the oversight of the university’s Wilkins Wellness Center and is the incident commander for any communicable or infectious disease outbreak on any Shenandoah University campus. Stickley has 30 years of medical and pre-hospital experience. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite and Shenandoah University.

Ms. Gilda Gilbert is an assistant professor of nursing in the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing at Shenandoah University and serves as co-coordinator of the Nursing Skills Simulation (SIM) Lab. For nearly 30 years, Gilbert served in the perioperative nursing practice in small, medium, and large non-profit hospital settings as well as private plastic surgery practice. She has served in various roles at both Winchester Medical Center and Page Memorial Hospital and is a long-time nurse educator through various organizations.

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Student Improv Group Wins National Comedy Talent Search Contest

The Loaf, Shenandoah’s improvisational comedy group, was recently one of two winners for “The Fresh Comedy Talent Search” hosted by Febreze, Students of the World and Pivot TV.

The group’s prize was the opportunity to produce two short films featuring Febreze products that will be played on Pivot TV to a national audience. They also worked with professional comedy writer and producer, Michael Burke (Funny Or Die, Discovery Channel), and were awarded $1,000 upon completion.

The Loaf consists of 13 Shenandoah Conservatory students who are passionate about improv, sketch comedy and making people laugh. They have no coach, but instead teach themselves and bring in guests to do workshops whenever the opportunity presents itself. Many Loaf alumni are now pursuing improv comedy in Chicago, Illinois, and Buffalo, New York.

For the past two years, members of The Loaf have received second place at College Improv Tournament’s “Liberty Bell Regionals” in Philadelphia. They have also performed in multiple venues on Shenandoah University’s campus, in the community (The Alamo Drafthouse and the 2014 Thespian Convention) and throughout the eastern region (Gettysburg College, The University of Maryland, Penn State and The Adrienne Theatre in Pennsylvania).

They also have a thriving online presence and frequently self-produce short comedy videos on their YouTube page, Facebook page, Twitter (@theloafsu) and Instagram (TheLoafComedy).

Members of the 2014-15 Loaf include Ali Foley (senior, musical theatre), Kacey Willis (senior, musical theatre), Caleb Forsythe (senior, acting), Brandon Spann (senior, acting), Leslie Joelle (senior, musical theatre), Spencer Streno (junior, musical theatre), Erik Abrahamsen (junior, acting), Riley Scott (junior, acting), Bridget Doherty (sophomore, musical theatre), Freya Falkenstein (sophomore, musical theatre), Kathleed Reed (freshman, acting), Michael Kennedy (freshman, musical theatre) and Emma Benson (freshman, musical theatre).

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The University Staff Council will host an Angel Tree to help local children in need this holiday season. The council invites anyone from the Shenandoah University community to choose a name of a local child off the Angel Tree.

The Angel Tree is located in the Dayton Gallery area of the Brandt Student Center (BSC), and it will be there through Tuesday, Dec. 9. All items (unwrapped and including Angel Tree tag) must be returned to Amy Sine in the Office of Enrollment Management & Student Success (Wilkins Administration Building, Room 239) by Dec. 9.

Help the Salvation Army make a local child’s Christmas a little brighter this holiday season. Questions? Contact Sine at 540/665-4517 or

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The Office of Residence Life needs to hire a Resident Director (RD) for the spring semester. RDs must be enrolled full- or part-time at Shenandoah in a graduate program. The job requires 20 hours per week, and due to the on-call nature of this position, RDs are required to live on campus. RDs receive a $6,000 stipend, a meal plan and an on-campus apartment.

RDs serve as members of the Office of Residence Life central staff, and each is responsible for the management of a residence hall community. Although not required, previous supervisory and/or leadership experience is strongly recommended. Customer service, teamwork, problem-solving and people skills are required. RDs focus on supporting and mentoring residents, supervising a resident assistant staff, serving as conduct officers and coordinating educational out-of-classroom experiences.

For more information, contact or stop by the Office of Residence Life in Cooley Hall.

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The annual Shenandoah Christmas Market is the perfect place to find truly unique gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. Talented students and employees who make art, baked goods, clothes, crafts, jewelry and other cool stuff will sell their products Monday, Dec. 1, through Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Brandt Student Center main hallway. The Shenandoah Salvage Co. will offer its free merchandise at the market, too.

Students and employees will sell their wares at different times, so stop by often or check the Student Life Facebook page for updates.

If you have hand-made products to sell, contact for details.

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Institutional Computing (IC) is assessing what campus technology needs will be over the next two years. Shenandoah University employees are asked to fill out this short Employee Technology Request Form no later than Tuesday, Dec. 23.

Please keep in mind that all university computers are on a four-year replacement cycle, so there is no need to request replacement computers. Also, all faculty software requests must be submitted through the Information & Technology Committee’s New Teaching Software Request, not through this request form.

Please be aware that all requests must be approved by your supervisor or budget officer and are subject to funding approval. Questions? Contact the IC Help Desk at or 540/665-5555.

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Junior Danielle Burris has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for Division III women’s soccer in selections by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Burris, a midfielder, was named as a third team Academic All-America in voting conducted earlier this fall by CoSIDA.

She is the 15th student-athlete in Shenandoah University history to be named Academic All-America and the second from the women’s soccer program.

Shenandoah has had at least one student-athlete earn Academic All-America honors for the past nine years.

Burris is a 3.98 student as a kinesiology/pre-physical therapy major, and earlier this month she was named as the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s soccer in addition to earning third team All-ODAC accolades.

A Cooksville, Maryland native, Burris is also a candidate for NSCAA Academic honors.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are voted on in one of eight national districts by CoSIDA members with first team All-District honorees moving on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Off the field, Burris is involved in Habitat for Humanity, Hungry Hearts and Salvation Army, the Alpha Chi National College and Alpha Lambda Delta Academic honor societies, the Health and Life Sciences Club, and she serves as a reading mentor at Quarles Elementary School.

She joins Dr. Renee Summerson, ’09, ’11 D.PT as Academic All-Americans from the Shenandoah women’s soccer program.

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On Nov. 17, Shenandoah employees received an email from This email account is managed by Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Title IX Coordinator Ashley Wisniewski.

The message – with subject line “Employee Sexual Misconduct Training” – includes a link to a “Consent & Respect” training module.

All faculty and staff: please take 20 minutes to complete the training before Friday, Dec. 19. Even though some information may not be new to you, the training is a requirement of the recently enacted Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, which clarifies minimum standards for institutions of higher education regarding disciplinary procedures covering domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. (The content deals with assault and may be triggering to some people.) Learn more at Campus SaVE Act. Questions about training, sexual misconduct or Title IX at Shenandoah? Contact Wisniewski at

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The [Not Just] Women’s Center (NJWC) invites you to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and the end of the fall semester by donating your new or gently used bras via the Cups of Cheers Fundraiser. The bras will be donated to “Free the Girls,” an organization that focuses its heart on helping to end sex trafficking.

Through this organization, the women of Mozambique and beyond sell these donated bras, which allows them to earn three to five times the minimum wage and gives them greater opportunities.

When you go home for Thanksgiving Break, you are encouraged to bring your bras back to donate. All cup sizes are welcome. Drop off your bras at the Brandt Student Center (BSC) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

After you donate your bras, continue the celebration by going to Sweet Frog between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to support the NJWC. Remember, support comes in all shapes and [cup] sizes! For more information, contact NJWC peer mentors Katie Moss at; Cortney Gensemer at; or Ellen Sena at

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The Shenandoah Outdoor & Adventure Recreation (SOAR) Spring Break trip through Appalachia takes eight lucky students on an amazing journey with stops in western North Carolina and northern Georgia. Cost is $150 per person and includes transportation, lodging, and breakfast and dinner each day. Participants only pay for lunches, snacks and incidentals along the way.

The trip is Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, March 15. Space is limited, so sign up and make your payment soon. Find a complete trip itinerary at SOAR Spring Break Trip. Questions? Contact

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