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Shepherd's Common Reading Program to host dinner and panel, October 3

ISSUED: 21 September 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Common Reading Program to host dinner and panel, October 3)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Department of Nursing and the Common Reading Program will present a panel "Vulnerable Populations: Helping Them Navigate the Healthcare System" Wednesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. in the Erma Ora Byrd Auditorium. Prior to the panel, a special dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. in Shepherd's Dining Hall in celebration of the Common Reading. A menu featuring foods of Southern Maryland will be featured and the Shepherd Jazz Band will perform.

Panel members will include Dr. Rev. Ed Grove, pastor of Greensburg United Methodist Church and Mt. Wesley United Methodist Church; Tina Burns, director of professional recruitment at the Shenandoah Valley Medical System; and Dava White, R.N. in special populations at Shenandoah Valley Medical System.

This year's Common Reading, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, is the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951 and whose cells (called HeLa) were taken without her permission by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital. HeLa cells have been and are still being used in science and medicine in the study of cancer and AIDS, vaccinations for polio and HPV, and testing on cells during space missions. The Lacks family never received information or compensation for the use of Henrietta's cells and are unable to afford healthcare today.

The panel, which is free and open to the public, is worth two contact hours through Shepherd's Department of Nursing Education, an approved provider of continuing education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, provider number WV 2001-0343RN. The cost of the meal is free for students on the meal plan and $8 for the general public. Menu items will include peanut soup, Virginia baked ham, trout, crab cakes, collard greens, Hoppin' John, and peanut butter pie.

For more information on these events, contact Judi McIntyre at 304-876-5396 or visit


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