On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, welcome to the campus of Shepherd University. It is a pleasure to host the 2013 meeting of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. For those of you joining us from around the United States and Canada, we are pleased to welcome you to this multi-faceted region that we call the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

You will notice a couple of interesting things about our campus in the summer. We proudly host the Contemporary American Theater Festival during the months of June and July by housing the CATF company for June and welcoming audiences to our campus for performances throughout July. The first of three phases of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) has been providing facilities for the arts, housing classrooms, studios, and the offices of the Contemporary American Theater Festival for three years, and this summer you will be part of the debut of the second phase of the CCA. With this 2013 theater season, the building comes on line with rooms housing set and costume design, sculpture, graphic design, and the 200-seat Stanley C. and Shirley A. Marinoff Theater to deliver producing director Ed Herendeen’s dynamic vision for contemporary theater experiences.

The CATF is just one example of the vital, collaborative role the arts play in the livelihood of our university and the Shepherdstown community beyond our campus borders. This year’s theme for the summer COPLAC meeting, "Creative and Performing Arts at Public Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities,” will be interwoven throughout the three-day experience of the conference. Breakout sessions highlight the transformative experience of the arts, building sustainable arts projects, and the possibilities for engagement and economic development. While at Shepherd, enjoy menus featuring a taste of West Virginia, as well as healthy options served in our new wellness center. Enjoy a three-day pass to the Wellness Center, take a walking tour of historic Shepherdstown (the oldest town in WV), hear about the congressional papers of Robert Byrd or visit a local winery. Listen to a reading from a new American play, visit our faculty art show, and hear a concert of works from the American songbook.

We believe that the many long-standing partnerships between Shepherd University and the greater community enrich our student life with a wide range of events in the arts. These partnerships enhance our students’ experience with real-world opportunities in professional theater, music, and the visual and graphic arts. Because of the vibrant arts environment at Shepherd, our liberal arts mission delivers the excitement of cutting-edge artistic experiences.

We hope you will take advantage of all that is offered by CATF, historic Shepherdstown, and the Shepherd University community.

Welcome, and enjoy your time with us!

Dr. Suzanne Shipley, President
Shepherd University