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The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will hold auditions for Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy Hecuba on Wednesday, May 23rd, and Thursday, May 24th, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., in Reynolds Hall, on the Shepherd University campus. Shepherd University students have the option to earn 3 academic credits for acting or participating behind the scenes. There are roles (large and small) for all genders and all levels of experience. In addition to actors, tech crew, musicians, dancers, visual artists, video artists, and costume designers are needed. Community members over 16 are also welcome to audition. For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey (304 876-5208,

The departmental faculty, Mrs. Brenda Feltner, and Dean Dow Benedict gathered at Domestic on May 2nd to celebrate the career of Dr. Jim Lewin and to wish him well in retirement. After more than twenty years teaching composition, world literature, English literature, Shakespeare, and journalism, Dr. Lewin is deciding to move on to a new phase in his life. Maybe his next act should be fortune-telling? Dr. Lewin taught a seminar on the works of Bob Dylan the year before Dylan was awarded a Nobel prize in literature. You’re going to be missed, Jim!