Tracy Fitzsimmons Elevates The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yesterday afternoon, Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but she put her own personal twist on what has become a national phenomenon. Called out by the Shenandoah football team, a handful of resident assistants and a Shenandoah alum, Tracy was doused with ice water and plans to donate money to the ALS Association.

She then challenged the entire Shenandoah University student body and college and university students across the country to take the next year and donate their money, time and talents to the charity of their choice.

“People have a lot of bad things to say about your generation,” said Fitzsimmons. “They say you’re lazy and they say you don’t care, and all you want to do is focus on technology; and I know from spending every day with college students that that’s not true. So I call you out and I challenge you to spend this year doing whatever you can… to focus on the charity of your choice.”

A large majority of the Shenandoah University Athletics Department, including Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp and all fall men’s and women’s teams have completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, as well as a great number of students, faculty and staff across campus; the men’s basketball team plans to complete the challenge this morning, Aug. 20. Shenandoah University community members should take some time to share their ice bucket challenge videos via #suibc. Click here to see videos as they’re shared.

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The next Full Staff Meeting begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 21, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. All staff members are encouraged to attend.

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Captain Doug Watson of the Winchester Police Department will present an Active Shooter seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Halpin-Harrison Hall, Stimpson Auditorium. This seminar is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, requires an RSVP.

Active shootings in schools, malls, office buildings and in residential settings are unpredictable and becoming all too common. Attendees will learn how to respond before, during and after an active shooter incident.

This presentation is for all members of the university and local communities who wish to learn more about active shooter incidents and what individuals can do to prepare themselves if an event were to happen in the workplace, school or other public area.

The presentation will cover prior incidents and some information may be sensitive to citizens who attend. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Amy Stotlemyer at 540/545-4722 or

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Shenandoah University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Lindsey Lutz announced her 2014 recruiting class on Aug. 20.

Lutz, preparing for her seventh season at the helm of the program, is adding 17 women to her 2015 squad.

These 17 women hail from 10 different states, including the program’s first-ever players from California, Connecticut and Ohio, to add to the nine returnees off of last year’s 11-7 team that finished second in the ODAC regular season race.

Lutz expects to welcome 26 women to her first non-traditional practice this fall.

Eight women from this group earned at least one all-conference nod during their prep careers with five players: Tucker HackettCortney GensemerPeyton KrevonickMaddie Thomas and Abby Zorrilla earning some type of major award.

Maryland and Pennsylvania tie for top honors with four players each while two are Virginia natives. Single players from Delaware, New York and Colorado round out the class.

“This is the largest recruiting class that we have been able to bring in,” Lutz said. “We lost a great deal of talent off of our 2014 team and I know that these young women are prepared to step up to this challenge and be successful.” 

The 2015 season begins on Tuesday, Feb. 17, with a non-league game against Mary Washington.

Complete roster

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Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced on Aug. 19, that the department will hold its annual Football Kick-off reception next Monday, Aug. 25, at Piccadilly’s Public House.

Open to all Shenandoah University Athletics Association (SUAA) members, season ticket holders, 2014 Cash Party sponsors/attendees and interested fans, the reception begins at 7:30 p.m. in the second floor banquet room at Piccadilly’s.

Following a social hour, head football coach Scott Yoder will speak about the upcoming season and do a brief question-and-answer session. 

The head coaches of the Hornets additional fall sports: Andy MarroccoLiz PikeAshley Smeltzer-KraftCorbin Sutton and Jaime Terenzi, will also be on hand to meet the crowd.

Interested guests should contact Donna Cates at or 540/665-4566 to confirm their attendance at the event.

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The Shenandoah University community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Hornet Central (located on the second floor of the Wilkins Administration Building) on Friday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hornet Central is your one-stop center for registration and financial services! Come and find out what Hornet Central is all about, hear from President Tracy Fitzsimmons shortly after 10 a.m. and get your picture with Buzzy between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Refreshments are provided. Questions? Call 540/665-4514 or

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Auditions for Shenandoah Singers will take place on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. in Ruebush Hall, Room 128. All Shenandoah students are invited to audition. Students will sing individually and within a group as well as sight read. Prepared selections are not required.

Shenandoah Singers is a dynamic vocal group that performs an eclectic repertoire of a cappella jazz, pop and world music. Designed for students interested in studying repertoire drawn from the popular music tradition, this vocal chamber group consists of a select ensemble of nine to 13 singers.

For additional information, contact Director of Music Education and Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey Marlatt at

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Three Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse student-athletes have been honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for academic achievement in selections announced on Aug. 19, by the organization.

Samantha Sisson ’14, as well as rising seniors Liz Bereit and Emily Kogler were all named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for their performances in the classroom for the 2013-14 academic year.

The three women are among 738 women’s lacrosse players nationwide to receive the honor and are three of 363 that were recognized in Division III.

The IWLCA honors all juniors and seniors that have achieved at least a 3.50 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Sisson, who is now a graduate student in athletic training at Shenandoah, graduated with a 3.80 cumulative GPA after posting a perfect 4.0 this past spring.

Sisson is a four-time, first team All-league selection and finished her four years at Shenandoah as the program’s all-time leading scorer.

Bereit is a three-time All-league honoree who matched Sisson’s 4.0 in the spring 2014 semester and boasts a 3.88 cumulative GPA as a sports management major.

Bereit is currently fourth all-time in scoring at Shenandoah with 115 goals and 57 assists for 172 points. She is just seven points away from the No. 3 spot on the all-time list.

Kogler, a criminal justice major with a 3.59 GPA, was a member of the ODAC All-Sportsmanship team this past spring. She started all 18 games as a defender and was tied for fifth (with Sisson) in groundballs with 26.

Complete list

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Shenandoah University Head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Coach Andy Marrocco announced the recruiting classes for his indoor and outdoor programs on Aug. 19.

Marrocco and assistant coach Justin Potter brought in a total of 22 student-athletes into the four programs (men’s and women’s indoor, men’s and women’s outdoor) for the 2014-15 season.

The programs have nearly doubled in size from 2013-14.

Twelve of the 22 total are Virginia natives, including five of the nine women.

Three of these: Erin Chilcott, Alaina Combs and Taylor White, are local products. Chilcott graduated from James Wood H.S., Combs from Sherando and White from Handley.

Three of the remaining four women hail from Maryland with the final student-athlete coming to Shenandoah from New Jersey.

In addition to the seven Virginia natives, five additional states are represented on the men’s side. New Jersey, with two student-athletes, leads the way, while Delaware, Maryland, Texas and West Virginia have one athlete each.

“This is the first class of recruits that I had full-time help in bringing in,” said Marrocco, who is starting ninth year at Shenandoah. “This is a perfect way to start our second decade of existence. Combined with our cross country recruits, I believe these student-athletes have the potential to lead us to multiple ODAC championships.”

The indoor season begins on Saturday, Dec. 6, and runs through Sunday, March 1. The outdoor schedule is slated to begin Saturday, March 7.

Men’s Roster | Women’s Roster

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The Shenandoah University Field Hockey team opened its 2014 season on Aug. 18, by holding a pair of practices and performing its #IceBucketChallenge.

Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft, who was named ODAC Coach of the Year last fall after leading her Hornets to a runner-up finish in the regular season race, welcomed 22 women to her first practice.

Following a lunch break, the team had a second two-hour practice and then performed its #ALSIceBucketChallenge.

The team, which was called out by Smeltzer-Kraft and AD Doug Zipp, in turn called out the Roanoke field hockey team as well as FAR Dr. Andrea Smith.

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