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 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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Registration for SU’s 12 annual Business Symposium is now open

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A Shenandoah University (SU) news release reports that the school’s 12 annual Business Symposium will be held Nov. 12 starting at 8 a.m..

The symposium’s keynote speaker is acclaimed host of the show Shake Tank host Daymond John who will share his Five Shark Points to success.

Human behavior and strategic advisor Amilya Antonetti will also speak and share how Brilliance is Born out of Conflict.

The symposium will also offer multiple business breakout sessions focused on a wide range of topics to help navigate changing business landscapes.

Early registration is recommended which can be done by clicking here.

More information is available at or by calling (540) 665-4572.

Registration is required and will include a continental breakfast, boxed lunch, door prizes and happy hour.

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News Maker President Tracy Fitzsimmons on SU recent successes

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Shenandoah University (SU) has had a number of accomplishments to celebrate in the past year.

In part one of our News Maker segment with SU President Tracy Fitzsimmons Ph.D we talk about her selection as one of the 500 top Educators in Virginia.

That designation comes from the editors of Virginia Business Magazine.

In part two of our talk with President Fitzsimmons we will talk about still more accolades for the University.

We will also talk about a celebration scheduled at the campus to celebrate not just SU but the community it serves.

News maker segments air at 8:30 a.m. weekdays with the full interviews in the noon hour each weekday.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Click here for Tracy’s interview.

If you know of someone making a difference in the community or an event coming up call (540) 635-4121 and ask for Scott so we can make you a News Maker.

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SU welcomes new students

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Approximately 1,100 residential students are moving into Shenandoah University’s residence halls this week.

This is one of the University’s largest incoming classes of new students ever.

Final numbers will be confirmed after the October census at the school.

The current trend is showing total enrollment for 2021 to be approaching 4,000 students.

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SU updates their COVID protocols

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There is an app available to help navigate all Shenandoah University (SU) COVID-19 protocols.

The Shenandoah Go App will keep you up to date on important information as well as allow you to fill out symptom checks, report positive test and vaccination status.

The app has been simplified for easier use on any device.

SU’s new COVID protocols start today Aug. 18 and will last through at least Sept. 15.

Until at least Sept. 15 all students, staff, faculty and visitors will be required to wear mask while indoors regardless of their vaccination status.

No matter your vaccination status mask will also be required on school transportation as well.

Non vaccinated faculty, students and staff will have to submit to a weekly COVID-19 test.

SU is constantly monitoring COVID-19 data with any needed changes posted on the Shenandoah Go App.

Currently 96% of all benefited employees and 87% of full-time graduate and undergraduate students have submitted proof of vaccination.

If you have proof and haven’t yet you are encouraged to submit your verification of vaccination today Aug. 18.

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Shenandoah University tickets go strictly digital

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Shenandoah University football tickets went on sale yesterday for both game day and season tickets.

The University announced that ticket sales will be all digital and cashless this year.

You will need to purchase tickets online prior to arriving as there will be no cash transactions on site.

Visit or for tickets and more information.

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SU wants a marching band and director

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Shenandoah University’s (SU) first ever marching band hopes to debut in the fall of 2022.

The University is looking for approximately 100 members from its entire student body to be a part of the band.

The school is conducting a nationwide search for a band director with hopes of assembling a color guard as well.

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