For Monday, Dec. 9:
All campuses will open at 10 a.m.
All campuses will open at 10 a.m.
Shenandoah University is part of a consortium of Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) institutions entering into a landmark agreement with Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary.
The agreement guarantees admission for graduates of Richard Bland College into a number of CICV colleges and universities. Richard Bland College, an extension of the College of William and Mary located in Petersburg, Va., is the first two-year college that is not a community college to partner with the CICV, and its students must graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA and with an Associate in Art or an Associate in Science degree to participate in the program.
“Shenandoah University has partnered with Richard Bland College for a number of years to provide this type of transfer agreement, but bringing more private colleges and universities into the fold creates greater opportunities for student success,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success Clarresa Morton, Ph.D.
“This umbrella agreement brings a heightened awareness that Virginia’s private higher education institutions are a wonderful option for Richard Bland College students to finish their education. These students are accustomed to a close, high-touch environment, and at a Virginia private institution, they’ll continue that experience,” Dr. Morton said.
Shenandoah University joined Averett University, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph-Macon College and Virginia Union University in crafting this umbrella Guaranteed Transfer Agreement. Additional CICV colleges also are expected to participate in the agreement in the near future. The agreement will help students throughout Virginia achieve their educational goals at the college of their choice in a seamless and affordable manner.
These institutions signed this unprecedented agreement to assure that Richard Bland College graduates will be accepted as junior-level students at their institutions, thus creating a visible and viable pathway to their four-year degrees. This public/private partnership in higher education is historic for the state of Virginia, and creates another important—and affordable—educational pathway for our citizens.
“At Richard Bland College, we strive to provide our students with advancement opportunities at every phase of their journey,” said President of Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D. “The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia is a distinguished group of institutions. With this agreement in place, attractive new transfer options are available to our students.”
“Richard Bland College provides students with the academic foundation they need to be successful in future endeavors,” said CICV President Robert Lambeth. “We are honored to partner with Richard Bland College and look forward to sharing in the success of future students.”
Prepare for Final Exams Week and Winter Break by taking take an hour on Sunday to center, reflect and breathe. Students, employees and their families are invited to a special University Chapel @ Noon Christmas Service in Goodson Chapel/Recital Hall.
Celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons with beautiful music by the Harambee gospel choir, a theatrical interpretation of the Christmas story, Holy Communion and a message from the Rev. Justin Allen, dean of Spiritual Life.
If you are able to bring donations for UMCOR health kits destined for the Philippines, contact [email protected] for a list of the exact items needed.
The six-part Buddhist altar created by the World Views in Art: The Indian Subcontinent First-Year Seminar (FYS) class will be installed for the last time on campus on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the prayer room of Goodson Chapel/Recital Hall. Class members will write a reflection and final essay during the time block, and spend time in quiet meditation. Shenandoah University community members are invited to take a few minutes and stop by to enjoy the haven of peace and quiet.
The altar was previously installed at various times and locations around campus during the month of October. It was constructed in the Tibetan tradition. The installation of the altar is meant to elicit comments, meditations and ideas from passersby and from other FYS classes that stop by and contribute. The group hopes this project will bring a multitude of faiths and ethnicities to embrace peace.
“The purpose of the FYS Buddha Altar Project is to instill in ourselves, our classmates, our faculty and the Shenandoah University community a sense of calm, meditation, transcendence of self and devotion to others, in the tradition of the Buddha and his teachings and in the line of the contemporary neighborhood peace project in Chicago, Ten Thousand Ripples,” said Dr. Kiefer. Read more here.
In order to spread some holiday cheer and lift spirits before finals, the Shenandoah University Northern Virginia Campus (NVC) created a poem asking all students, faculty and staff to help decorate the NVC Merry Give-mas Tree. All participants were asked to share what they are thankful for, words of good actions and intentions, or any kind thoughts they had by writing on a paper ornament and placing it on the tree. There’s still time left, so be sure to participate when you’re at NVC!
The poem reads as follows:
‘Twas the week before exams,
And all through the halls,
Students were studying
Hoping their brains wouldn’t stall!
Their noses were nestled
Diligently in their books,
Until they heard a shuffle
And they all took a look.
NVC had been showered
With holiday cheer.
Students’ hearts were filled with love,
And they smiled ear to ear.
But there was something new,
Something different than before.
This tree was not decorated as usual.
It was covered with kindness, caring, compassion, and much, much more!
Students covered the tree with good actions
Sharing ideas, thankfulness, and love,
As I mentioned.
Soon they forgot their worries,
No longer holding their fears.
It feels good to give back, to thank one another,
And remember – break is so near!!!
The Northern Virginia Campus
On Friday, Dec. 6, the Faculty Senate will host an end of semester Faculty Colloquium at 3:30 p.m. and Faculty Club at 4:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the George Washington Hotel (103 E. Piccadilly Street, Winchester), and faculty are invited to attend one or both of these events.
Faculty Colloquium, held in the George Washington Hotel Heritage Room, will feature “The Mockingbird Project: Theater, History, Literature, and Social Justice.” Assistant Professor of Theatre and Acting J.J. Ruscella and Professor of History Warren Hofstra will discuss a collaborative project that joins faculty, students and members of the community through theatre, drama, history, scholarship and fiction with a concern for social issues, the humanities and contemporary life.
Faculty Club, held in the George Washington Hotel Bar, will celebrate the end of the semester and the holiday season. Light hors d’oeuvres are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Questions about these events or future colloquium presenters? Contact Assistant Professor of English Michelle Brown at [email protected].
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) student mentors assist faculty members by serving as advisers to first-year students on the transition into university life and as academic tutors in one of the Going Global First-Year Seminar sections in the fall 2014. Each mentor acts as a liaison between the student and instructor and helps to build a “Class of 2018” community.
Student mentors must attend all classes of their assigned course during the fall 2014 term (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.), and assist the instructor to develop and maintain academic interest and enthusiasm. Student mentors also support the instructor in designing and delivering out-of-class learning experiences, are available for student consultation outside of class hours, and lead at least three class discussions or exercises on topics approved by the mentor and instructor.
To apply, you must be a sophomore, junior or senior with an overall GPA of at least a “B.” You must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. Student mentors must complete mandatory training in social transition and academic tutoring techniques on a weekend during the spring 2014 semester.
Student FYS mentors will receive a $1,050 stipend, an iPad for the fall 2014 semester and all required books for the assigned section. The three-part application includes: letters of recommendation from at least two faculty members (if you have been an FYS mentor before, one letter must be from your FYS professor); a one-page letter addressed to the FYS committee explaining why you want to be a student mentor and what qualifies for you for the position; and a creative, one-minute iMovie that demonstrates what makes you awesome and unique.
Application materials are due by Friday, Jan. 31, and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All recommendation letters and application letters should be emailed to Jo Strader at [email protected] or submitted in person in Henkel Hall, Room 206. iMovies should be submitted on a jump drive or disc with your name on it, or include a YouTube link to your iMovie.
The list of mentors will be announced no later than February 2014. For more information on application guidelines, contact Director of General Education/Going Global First-Year Seminar Amy Sarch, Ph.D., at [email protected] or 540/542-6534. The recommendation letter form will be available online by Friday, Dec. 13. This form is also available by contacting Sarch.
The Shenandoah University Dayton Alumni, those who graduated from Shenandoah in 1960 or before, have announced a new scholarship for current Shenandoah University students. To qualify, applicants should be of junior or senior status, hold a 3.0 GPA, have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, and be active in campus clubs and organizations.
The application form for the 2013-14 Dayton Alumni Scholarship is now available online. Click here and return the completed form to the Office of Alumni Affairs or [email protected] no later than Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Only one student will be selected for the first scholarship. The first award will be announced for the spring 2014 semester and the award will be considered part of the student’s financial aid package. Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 540/665-4538.
Ninety-eight years. A lifetime of service to his state and his nation. With his passing on July 30, Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., a Shenandoah trustee emeritus, left a lasting mark on Shenandoah University, the Commonwealth and the United States.
The university community mourns this longtime friend and leader whose legacy helped shape
the direction and philosophy of Shenandoah from its arrival in Winchester in 1960. In 1984, Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business was named for the senator, who will be remembered as an individual dedicated to the enrichment of all those around him.
“He put others before himself, truly caring for those with whom he came into contact,” said President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. “As a result, he has left behind thousands of people who feel blessed to have considered him a good friend.
“As a university, we are indebted to Senator Byrd and the Byrd family for years of support, counsel and friendship,” said President Fitzsimmons. “The senator’s contributions to the university are innumerable, and his 30 years of service on our board of trustees, coupled with his academic and political insight, provided a unique perspective to our university community.”
Senator Byrd followed his father, the Honorable Harry F. Byrd, Sr., into public service, forming a father-son combination hailed as one of the most influential in 20th century Virginia.
Following distinguished service in the Senate of Virginia from 1948 to 1965, Senator Byrd succeeded his father in the U.S. Senate in November 1965. He retired in 1983.
Senator Byrd’s family tradition of fiscal conservatism, unquestioned integrity and distaste for political expediency deeply infused the philosophy of Shenandoah University and its Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business. While his influence on the political life of Virginia is long-lasting, his legacy to the university and to the business school that bears his name remains even more profound.
In the days following the passing of Senator Byrd, a great number of Shenandoah University community members, past and present, reflected on the man who meant so much to the university.
“The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business has lost a great friend in the passing of its namesake,” said Dean and Professor of Management Miles Davis, Ph.D. “Senator Byrd was a champion
of civic and financial responsibility, as well as higher education. His largess is legendary, especially regarding Shenandoah University and its business school. I had the opportunity to interact with Senator Byrd on numerous occasions. Whether in public or the privacy of his home, he was always gracious and always wanted to know what was occurring at the business school.
“The programs have continued to grow and evolve even as Senator Byrd himself grew and evolved in his thinking over the long years of his life,” said Dean Davis. “We respectfully mourn his passing and celebrate the life he led and his everlasting contributions.”
According to Shenandoah University President Emeritus James A. Davis, Ph.D., Senator Byrd was the financial conscience of the university and helped shape a strong financial future for the institution.
“His willingness to allow the business school to carry his name opened many avenues of support and strength for the university, and his loyal support for the expansion of educational opportunity for area students and citizens was exemplary,” said President Emeritus Davis. “Senator Byrd’s role model of civility and public service for students and area citizens was unmatched by any other public servant. He shared with me his personal ethic and loyalty often and inspired me to higher goals and levels of responsibility for serving future generations.”
“During my eight years serving as the dean of the business school, I had the special opportunity and privilege to visit Senator Byrd many times both at his office and in his home,” said Dean Emeritus W. Randy Boxx, Ph.D. “When I arrived in Winchester, the first person outside the university community that I went to see was the senator. We hit it off immediately, thus establishing a close and warm friendship. Over the years, I received many thoughtful handwritten letters offering statements of gratitude or advice. These remain with me today. He was a man of integrity and a gentle giant with strong convictions and principles. I will deeply miss Senator Byrd.”
“Senator Byrd always seemed to know what my needs were before I did,” said Dean Emeritus Stanley Harrison. “Any time he had something extra to give, he made sure that our needs in the business school were met. He, along with his sons, Tom and Harry III, were on the business school advisory board and gave excellent support throughout the years. Senator Byrd was always a gentleman, and he always welcomed you with a smile. He was a statesman second to none.”
Mary Thomas ’08 set her sights on becoming an accountant in her senior year of high school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in accounting from Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, then worked in Winchester for a few years before landing her dream job as an accountant with NASDAQ OMX Group in Rockville, Md., in 2012. She says she knew back in 2004, when she first came to campus, that the Byrd School would prepare her to achieve her professional goal.
“During my senior year of high school, I took my very first accounting class,” said Thomas. “It was during that class that I discovered I wanted to be an accountant. At the time, I didn’t know what I had to do to meet this goal, but I knew that when I went to college I would study accounting and find a way to land a job in this field.”
Thomas originally learned about Shenandoah through another passion — dance. She danced throughout elementary school and high school, where one of her dance instructors, alumna Catherine Bacha ’02, encouraged her to join the dance team at Shenandoah.
Bacha shared her own experiences at Shenandoah, and when Thomas heard about the great opportunities she could experience at the Byrd School, she realized she had found the place where she wanted to spend the next four years of her life.
“It made me want to visit campus, and then when I got accepted, there was no question as to where I was going to go,” said Thomas.
Thomas loves her fast-paced job and can’t imagine herself anywhere else. She works on the general ledger team that supports accounting and finance, accounts payable and accounts receivable departments during monthly, quarterly and yearly closings.
“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” Thomas remarked. “I love it here!”
Thomas’ journey to NASDAQ, however, wasn’t an easy one. The faculty at the Byrd School challenged her each and every day, yet she attributes her success to one-on-one time with her professors, especially her academic adviser, the late L. Mark Tyree, M.B.A., Ed.D.
“Shenandoah’s professors were always willing to help me and make sure I understood the material,” Thomas said.
After graduating from Shenandoah in 2008, she completed a master’s degree in 2011. As she pursued her dream, she drew strength and inspiration from her mother, a breast cancer survivor, who suffered a heart attack while Thomas was in high school. Focusing on her mother’s strength helped Thomas persevere through tough times.
“Mom gave me a lot of strength to know that if I’m going through something, I’m able to push through it, because I know that she did,” said Thomas.
Thomas’ mother supports her daughter and brags to all her friends about her work at NASDAQ.
“If it wasn’t for Shenandoah, I wouldn’t be where I am now,” said Thomas. “It’s where I earned my degree. It’s also where I learned many of the things I’m doing in my job now.”
Thomas plans to continue in her career with NASDAQ, but she is flexible about remaining at the Rockville facility or moving to its headquarters in New York City.
“In accounting, you support every department. I want to learn as much as I can and take whatever opportunities become available. I definitely plan on staying at NASDAQ for as long as they’ll have me.”