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President Suzanne Shipley and her husband Randall Wadsworth have established a $25,000 Create the Future endowment with the Shepherd University Foundation. Funds will be used to support travel expenses for faculty conducting research abroad and students studying abroad.

Dr. Shipley introduced the fund at a special dinner October 26, 2007 celebrating her inauguration.

"Randy and I were both privileged to travel abroad during our college years and we know what a remarkable learning experience travel can offer. We are happy to make our own initial contribution of $25,000 for this purpose. May the fund grow and prosper, supporting students and faculty who might otherwise not be able to afford international travel."

Proceeds from the inaugural dinner and other individual donations have increased the endowment. In addition, the Shepherd University Foundation approved a $25,000 gift to the fund at its December 13, 2007 board meeting, bringing the fund total to more than $50,000.

Following Dr. Shipley's announcement at the dinner, Keisha Cartwright, a senior at Shepherd, spoke of her own experience traveling and living in Costa Rica through the study abroad program at Shepherd. "As part of the liberal arts program at Shepherd, we learn about the influences of other cultures on art and music. We discuss politics, economics, and history, but I never really understood the global context until I saw it with my own eyes. The trip enhanced my life immensely, and I am ecstatic that Dr. Shipley realizes the importance of study abroad and will promote it at Shepherd," she said.


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During her inauguration festivities, President Suzanne Shipley announced the $25,000 Create the Future endowed fund that she and her husband Randall Wadsworth established with the Shepherd University Foundation to promote study abroad opportunities for students and to help fund research abroad for faculty members.

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