Royals ban sunflower seeds and peanuts

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The Winchester Royals of the Valley Baseball League made the difficult but necessary decision to ban sunflower seeds and peanuts from Bridgeforth Field.

The concessions stand removed those products and fans cannot bring their own.

The team made the decision to stay compliant in their agreement with Shenandoah University to use the newly renovated stadium and turf field.

SU had asked the Royals to keep the field in the same or better condition from when they started the season which includes keeping the surface clean of any peanut or sunflower seed shells.

Those shells can burrow into the surface over time and cause issues with the drainage system and lead to the growth of mold.

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SU president wins Virginia Business Women in Leadership Award

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Shenandoah University President Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons is a recipient of the 2022 Virginia Business Women in Leadership Awards.

She will be featured on the cover of the Virginia Business July ’22 issue.

Dr. Fitzsimmons was awarded in the large business category and selected from more than 300 nominees.

She was chosen based on her overall career accomplishments, mentoring work with women and girls, and community engagement.

Dr. Fitzsimmons is the first female president in SU history as well as the vice-chair for Shentel’s board of directors, secretary of the Loudoun Education Foundation, and member of the GO Virginia Region 8 Council.

Reflecting on the award, Dr. Fitzsimmons said, “I am honored to have been included among such an inspiring group of women leaders. But more importantly, I am mindful that this award is really about the strength, creativity and vision of the whole SU community.”

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SU joins the Common Application

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Students interested in applying to Shenandoah University will soon be able to do so using the Common Application.

The Common App is a not-for-profit member organization that helps universities, students, counselors, and advisors streamline the application process.

Joining the Common App will also help expose SU to more students who may not have previously considered the school.

Over 1 million applicants use the Common App each year.

A third of those are the first in their family to attend college.

In addition to the application system, students will also have access to a mobile app, virtual mentors, counseling resources, 24/7 technical support, financial aid, and scholarship information.

The Common App also has a separate application designed for transfer and adult students.

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SU holds commencement and honors President Zelenskyy

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A Shenandoah University (SU) press release show’s the plan for the commencement ceremony along with plans to honor Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy.

SU will see 1,337 students graduate this Saturday May 21 at the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center beginning at 10 a.m..

The ceremony will be streamed on SU’s Facebook page as well.

Attendees of the ceremony will not be required to wear masks or show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.

However the school is asking attendees to take responsibility for their own health.

If you are experiencing signs or showing symptoms of COVID-19 you are asked to not attend.

During the ceremony SU will award Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

SU is one of 20 American Colleges and Universities offering President Zelenskyy an honorary degree to honor he and the Ukrainian people.

The degree is to honor President Zelenskyy’s ability to motivate the collective courage of his citizens and the broader world the defense of freedom and democracy.

SU went on to add a number of Zelenskyy facts in their announcement including:

Zelenskyy was sworn in as the sixth president of Ukraine on May 20, 2019. A former actor, comedian, and award-winning television and film producer.

Zelenskyy stepped onto the political stage as an anti-corruption figure at the beginning of 2019, and was elected president in a landslide victory in April of that year.

Since that time, Zelenskyy has guided Ukraine through the dissolution of Ukraine’s Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada), the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic recession.

Now the President and his people struggle in the ongoing, full-scale Russian invasion that began in February 2022.

Zelenskyy became the face of Ukrainian resistance during the Russian invasion.

His leadership during the conflict has garnered international acclaim.

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SU hosts Out of the Darkness Walk

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Shenandoah University is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host the Out of the Darkness Walk.

The Walks take place at schools around the country and are designed to engage students in the fight to prevent suicide and raise money for the cause.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people ages 15-24.

SU has risen to the occasion so far by nearly doubling their original goal.

Help them keep the momentum by donating or joining a team before the start of the opening ceremonies at 10 am.

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Gardening in the Valley Symposium

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association is hosting the Gardening in the Valley Educational Symposium at Shenandoah University’s Henkel Hall today from 8 am to 4 pm.

The symposium will feature guest speakers on topics like attracting pollinators,natural remedies in pet health care, educational public gardens, and more.

Tickets are still available for purchase and all proceeds benefit their scholarship fund.

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Two new events added to SABF schedule

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An email from Brenna Taylor of Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival (SABF) announced two new events added to the 2022 festival.

Apr. 24 Shenandoah University will host the inaugural Esports Tournament from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Participants must be 13 years of age to enter the competition with cash and gaming prizes to be awarded.

Spectators are welcome to attend the event as well.

A Veterans Dinner has also been added to the SABF schedule.

That event will be held Apr. 26 at the Millwood Station Events Center at 5 p.m..

Tickets and information for all SABF events is available at

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Winchester Bridal Expo returns

The Winchester Bridal Expo returns on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm at the Wilkins Athletics and Events Center on the campus of Shenandoah University.

The Expo has been the Valley’s premier bridal show since 1986 with everything a wedding might need under one roof.

Vendors specializing in every step of the process from tasting samples to the reception will be on hand.

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Student Soloist & Symphony Orchestra Concert


The winners of the 2021/2022 student soloist competition will be accompanied by the symphony

orchestra for a concert at Armstrong Concert Hall. Representing from across the vocal/choral, keyboard

and instrumental divisions.  The concert will take place on February 19 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available

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SU will live stream Officer’s service tomorrow 2/9

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A social media post from Shenandoah University (SU) announced that Goodson Chapel-Recital Hall will be open to all tomorrow Feb. 9.

This is for all to view the livestream of the joint memorial service of former SU employee J.J. Jefferson and John Painter.

The service will honor the two Officers shot in the line of duty at Bridgewater College.

The service is also open to the public at James Madison University (JMU) according to a social post.

The service will be held at JMU’S Atlantic Union Bank Center tomorrow Feb. 9 starting at 11 a.m..

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