Student Projects Orient Visitors and Interpret Nature at Cool Spring

Just in time for fall colors, a new trail publication and information panels greet visitors to Shenandoah University’s River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield in Clarke County, Virginia. Undergraduate students in Shenandoah’s Environmental Studies Program developed them as service-learning projects.

The property’s paved paths are open for walking, bicycling, hiking and nature study. Each summer, more than two dozen great blue heron families raise their young in a “rookery” of nests clustered in the tops of riverside trees. Bald eagles, beavers, rare bur oak trees and red-winged blackbirds also find homes at the river campus.

These and other features of the property are explained on the new kiosk sign panels and in “Discover Nature at Cool Spring. A Trail Guide for Families.” The kiosk is located where trails begin next to the property’s parking lot. Trail guides are available at the kiosk.

The printed trail guide leads visitors along a paved 1.2-mile route with nine stops. These stops include a riverside view, rocky slope, bat roosting boxes, pond and the heron rookery.

Ten undergraduates in Shenandoah University’s Environmental Studies Program developed the trail guide and information panels. Cool Spring Site Manager Gene Lewis and staff member Ben Sawyer assisted by moving and refurbishing the kiosk.

The property is located east of Berryville, Virginia, on the former Virginia National Golf Course. Visitors can reach the river campus by turning left immediately after crossing the Shenandoah River on Route 7.  From there, Parker Lane leads approximately two miles to the parking lot below the clubhouse.

The River Campus at Cool Spring Battlefield is open daily to visitors for from dawn to dusk. Among the available activities are hiking, bird watching, running and nature study. No restrooms or other facilities are provided, but more than seven miles of paved paths and three miles of mowed pathways through the meadows offer access through the property. Three interpretive signs explain the Battle of Cool Spring, which took place on July 18, 1864.

The Shenandoah University students’ project began in April 2014 as part of a senior-level course entitled Community and Regional Studies. Taught in alternate years by Woodward Bousquet, Ph.D., professor of environmental studies and biology at Shenandoah, the course includes a month-long service-learning project designed to challenge students to meet local needs by applying what they have learned in previous courses.

Since the course’s inception in 1995, its students have helped protect the Abrams Creek Wetlands, developed the Winchester & Frederick County—Naturally! brochure, prepared interpretive signs for the Redbud Run Greenway, and promoted linear parks in the Shenandoah Valley region.

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Looking for a good deal on Shenandoah University apparel and other items? Stop by the campus bookstore in the lower level of the Brandt Student Center today, Oct. 21, or tomorrow, Oct. 22, or go online for 25% off of a great number of items.

Sale items include: hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants (men’s, women’s and kids), blankets, select tailgate merchandise (tents; tables; tent accessories, including side panels, party pennants and pole caddys; coolers; rally towels; foam fingers; paper party supplies; and seating), writing instruments (highlighters, markers, pencil cases, pencils, pens, erasers, lead refills and pencil sharpeners), backpacks, totes, fashion bags, tech accessories, earbuds and an additional 25% off clearance (including clearance computers).

Questions? Contact Bookstore Manager Brandi Rutz at

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The Employee Benefits Fair, set for Tuesday, Oct. 28, showcases all the great benefits Shenandoah University offers to its employees. Stop by the Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for employees to ask questions about benefits, and get answers from representatives of the benefit providers.

The Benefits Fair is also the beginning of the Open Enrollment, which runs from Tuesday, Oct. 28, to Friday, Nov 28. Special informational sessions are scheduled throughout the day. Read more here. Contact Kim McDonald, Human Resources and Benefits Manager Kim McDonald at 540/542-6267 or

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Institutional Computing will upgrade the Self Service application server beginning at noon on Thursday, Oct. 23. While the upgrade takes place, you will not be able to install software on your Mac using the Self Service application. It is expected that the upgrade will be complete and Self Service back online by 5 p.m.

If you need assistance with a software installation during the outage, please contact the Help Desk at 540/665-5555 or You may also monitor the IC Help Desk Facebook page for status updates.

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Freshman Sara Eadie completed her fall season for the Shenandoah University women’s golf team with a 17th place finish on Oct. 20, at the Bridgewater College Invitational.

Playing for the second straight day on the Mountain and Lake nines at Lakeview Golf Club, Eadie improved by five strokes on Oct. 20, to card a 101 over the par-72, 5805-yard layout.

She maintained her 17th place position in the 23-woman event.

Randolph-Macon‘s Olivia Bowling won the tournament with a three-over-par 75.

Host Bridgewater, with a two-day 633 total, won the team tourney by 23 strokes over R-MC.

Shenandoah opens its spring season on Monday, March 9, at the TaylorMade Invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University at Dataw Island, South Carolina. The Shenandoah men will compete at Dataw in their own event at the same time as the women’s tourney.

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The athletic department will celebrate Homecoming 2014 with many home events this week.

Volleyball (13-10, 3-5 ODAC): The volleyball team steps out of conference on Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a 7 p.m. matchup against Hood College. The Hornets have won three straight non-conference contests and are looking to rebound after dropping a pair of ODAC contests this weekend.

Senior Rachel Gross paces the Hornets with 183 kills with junior Allie Pieper adding 170 and freshman Elizabeth Lamont 145.

Following this contest, the Hornets are on the road for ODAC contests at Randolph on Friday, Oct. 24, and Lynchburg on Saturday, Oct. 25. Shenandoah also plays Catholic on Oct. 25 as part of a tri-match.

Football (4-2, 2-1 ODAC): The football team, fresh off of a 24-14 ODAC win at Catholic on Oct. 18, welcomes in No. 24/25 Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, Oct. 25, in a 1 p.m. ODAC contest.

Hampden-Sydney is the league’s top scoring offense at 46.3 points per game. Quarterback Nash Nance, the 2013 ODAC offensive Player of the Year, has thrown for 1793 yards and 19 touchdowns on 127 completions in 190 attempts.

Women’s Soccer (5-9-1, 5-3 ODAC): The women’s soccer completes its regular season this week with a Wednesday, Oct. 22, contest at Hollins, and a Friday, Oct. 24, home game versus Roanoke.

Coach Liz Pike’s team is currently in fifth place in the league standings and will clinch that spot with wins in these final two contests.

Hollins, at 0-13 overall and 0-9 in the ODAC, is searching for its first win of the season, while Roanoke is a half-game behind Shenandoah with a 9-6 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the league. 

Men’s Soccer (4-10-1, 1-6-1 ODAC): Thanks to its 1-1 tie at Guilford on Oct. 18, the men’s soccer team is guaranteed to finish with its best ODAC record since joining the league three seasons ago.

The Hornets play at Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday, Oct. 22, before hosting Hampden-Sydney on Saturday, Oct. 25, in penultimate home game of the year.

H-SC comes into the game with an 8-5-1 overall record and 4-3-1 ODAC mark. 

Field Hockey (9-6, 4-2 ODAC): Despite two losses last week, the field hockey team remains in position to earn a first-round bye at the upcoming ODAC Tournament.

The Hornets have just one game this week – at home on Saturday, Oct. 25 versus Roanoke following the football game.

Roanoke is 1.5 games back of Shenandoah in the league standings with a 2-3 ODAC record – the Maroons are also 7-8 overall and play W&L on Wednesday, Oct. 22, ahead of the Shenandoah contest.

All games this week feature live stats and video streaming.

Alumni Games:

Sunday is alumni game day with baseball, football, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis holding events on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Check out the university’s Homecoming page for more information.

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The Center for Public Service and Scholarship has partnered with a representative from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) to find young women who may be interested in volunteering for the Young Leaders Program (YLP).

YLP is a network of college students and young professionals who volunteer with Girl Scouts in underserved communities. Young Leaders help girls build courage, confidence, and character in a variety of ways, including leading a sampler troop for six to eight weeks; training as a high adventure volunteer; training in a particular badge topic; volunteering at events throughout the year.

Young Leaders are highly motivated, responsible, and want to mentor girls in underserved communities. Girl Scout participants are interested in making friends. They’re ready to explore respect and responsibility, eager to be part of a group, and in need of positive young adult role models. Are you ready to lead? Stop by the recruitment table in the Brandt Student Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to learn more and express your interest. Questions? Email

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The Homecoming Tailgate Party is this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium. Local band “Don’t Look Down” will perform, and there will be a cornhole tournament and mechanical bull! Visa gift cards will go to the students and alumni who are able to stay on the bull the longest.

Walk-ins are welcome; tickets at the gate are $18 for general admission. For Shenandoah University students, the cost is $7 or one swipe for those with meal plans. That gets you two drink tickets, access to the buffet of classic tailgate favorites and admission into the football game.

Be sure to check out the university’s calendar of events for the full list of events. If you plan to attend any events hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs, you’re welcome to show up the day of the event; however, if possible, please register at to indicate you’ll be attending.

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Be informed about Ebola and our campus community

Dear Colleagues
The Ebola crisis in West Africa is grave, and the disease is an increasing concern worldwide as there are now confirmed cases in Germany, Norway, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Shenandoah University wants the campus community to be well-informed regarding Ebola, its impact in the world and the university’s protocol for handling contagious diseases.


Personal hygiene helps prevent the spread of most communicable diseases. The only way a person can get Ebola is through direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease. You cannot get Ebola through:

• casual contact with someone who has no symptoms of the disease

• air or water

• food in the U.S.


Shenandoah University Director of Health Services Ron Stickley has been monitoring the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since its initial outbreak in March 2014 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has developed a procedure to handle anyone who presents with symptoms of the virus at the Wilkins Wellness Center. His staff has been trained regarding changes in assessments of ill students, staff and faculty who may have traveled outside of the United States or specific areas where there are confirmed cases of Ebola.


Mr. Stickley is also in contact with local emergency responders, the Winchester Medical Center and the Lord Fairfax Health District. Additionally, Shenandoah University has engaged leadership from its health professions schools to help assess risks and protocols.


According to the university’s Center for International Programs, no Global Citizenship Project (GCP) or Global Experiential Learning (GEL) trips will be traveling to or transferring through any of the affected areas.


University administrators and additional members of the Shenandoah community are trained in Incident Command System (ICS), a standardized, on-scene, all-hazard approach to incident management developed by FEMA as mandated by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. The use of ICS provides standardization through consistent terminology and established organizational structures. This week, administrators and staff met again to develop an Ebola exposure plan using the Incident Command System.


The Wilkins Wellness Center and Center for International Programs will continue to closely monitor news from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Students and their families may find this CDC site particularly helpful: Advice for Colleges, Universities and Students About Ebola This site has been reviewed by Shenandoah to ensure the university’s practices align with it.


Shenandoah University is prepared for any eventuality.


If you have questions or concerns:

Please contact Director of Health Services Ron Stickley at

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No one should walk alone late at night – on campus or elsewhere – but sometimes it’s unavoidable. You can use SafeWalk on the LiveSafe app, and your friends can help you be safer even when they aren’t with you physically. Download the free app and connect to Shenandoah University via the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

SafeWalk lets you invite friends to monitor your location on a map in real-time while they chat with you along the way. If trouble comes up, 911 is just a tap away. Watch SafeWalk in action here.

Find the free LiveSafe app in the App Store or Google Play. Then, search for Shenandoah University. Follow the directions to enter required information. Questions? Contact DPS Sergeant Kelcey Webster at 540/665-4614 or

Shenandoah University is one of three private colleges in Virginia to acquire LiveSafe as part of an 18-month, grant-funded pilot project of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).

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