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Shepherd to name Learning Commons in honor of Howard N. Carper, Jr. on October 5

ISSUED: 1 October 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd to name Learning Commons in honor of Howard N. Carper, Jr. on October 5)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University will host a dedication ceremony of the new Learning Commons to be named in honor of the late Dr. Howard N. Carper, Jr., vice president emeritus for academic affairs, on Monday, October 5 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will formally dedicate the Howard N. Carper, Jr. Learning Commons located in the Scarborough Library, first floor.

The Learning Commons houses the Academic Support Center, Center for Teaching and Learning, First-Year Experience and Common Reading Program, Instructional Technology, and the Regents Bachelor of Arts Program offices. As Shepherd's academic leader from 1984 until his retirement in 1993, Dr. Carper played a pivotal role in the development of many new academic disciplines, including nursing, communications, and computer programming and information sciences. He also led the faculty to establish the Academic Honors Program in 1987.

Dr. Carper, who died in December 2008, was a Shepherd alumnus, class of 1952. He had an academic career at Shepherd that spanned 36 years. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of physical science in 1957. By 1977 he had earned the rank of professor and department chair. In 1975, he was named the first coordinator of the new Regents Bachelor of Arts degree, serving continuously in this role until his retirement. Dr. Carper also was elected faculty representative to the Shepherd College Board of Advisors and later to the statewide Advisory Council of Faculty.

Dr. Carper was named academic dean in 1984 and he became the vice president for academic affairs in 1989, the first person to hold that title. During his career at Shepherd, he served on nearly every campus committee, including co-chair of the Centennial Observance and dedication of the Frank Arts Center. He also served as president of the Alumni Association and as a board member of the Shepherd Foundation.

In 1985, he was named Shepherd's Outstanding Alumnus. The University recognized his lifelong contributions by awarding him the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters in 1993. He and his wife, Jean, also a Shepherd graduate, endowed a scholarship in memory of his parents. When Dr. Carper retired, the Shepherd Foundation endowed the Howard N. Carper, Jr. Scholarship with gifts from the Alumni Association, family, friends, and colleagues. Shepherd students will receive Carper family scholarships for generations.


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