I hope you’re ready to “Live. Love. Bloom.” with Winchester and Shenandoah University during the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, as events are taking place today through May 7.
This year’s Bloom features all of the classics, including the Firefighters’ and Grand Feature parades and the coronation of Queen Shenandoah. We’re also hosting plenty of on-campus events at SU, including the Blossom CAN & Club Carnival, the Bloomin’ BBQ Picnic and Blossom Bash.
While I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy Apple Blossom festivities, you’re expected to act responsibly and represent Shenandoah University in the best way possible.
During Apple Blossom week, you’ll make choices about alcohol, drugs and your behavior. Please remember to follow the university’s Code of Conduct and local and state laws, and to model good citizenship.
If you need help for yourself or others, the Department of Campus Safety (DCS) is available around the clock; please call 540-678-4444 for assistance. If you notice a student who is displaying behaviors that may get in the way of a student’s ability to be successful in the university environment, please fill out the Student of Concern form. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
It is important for each of us to ensure the safety of our campus community and the Winchester community at large. This is not a time to do harm to yourself or someone else, or to put at risk your good academic standing or career prospects. I hope you make wonderful memories during this year’s Apple Blossom Festival — but please do so responsibly.
Shenandoah University is a caring community, so please look out for one another. We are counting on you to make good decisions and to be ready to return to class on Monday, May 8.
All of us at Shenandoah want to see you end the semester happily and in good health. And for those of you preparing to graduate, we want you to be able to participate fully in your commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 20.
Thank you for continuing to uphold the character and values of Shenandoah University. Let’s keep up the great work!
Dr. Sue O’Driscoll
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students