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April 2022

Shepherd University’s Stammtisch group will be gathering this coming Friday, April 1st, at the home of frequent participant Daan Vreugdenhil here in Shepherdstown. Stammtisch is a conversation group for those interested in German language and the culture of the German-speaking peoples. It is open to faculty, staff, students, and community members. Everybody’s welcome to attend, from native speakers to those just learning the language. For more information or to get the address for Daan’s house, please contact Dr. Rachel Krantz (

The Rude Mechanicals, Shepherd University’s medieval and renaissance performance troupe, is proud to present William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The performances will run from April 1st to April 10th. All performances will be held in Reynolds Hall. On April 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, and 9th, the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. On April 3rd and 10th, the performances will begin at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free for Shepherd University students, faculty, and staff. Other students will be charged $3 per ticket, and the general admission price is $10. For more information, contact Dr. Betty Ellzey ( or 304 876-5208) or check out this flyer.

March 2022

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players, under the direction of Dr. Betty Ellzey, performed Joseph’s Wedding, a sixteenth-century Spanish play, at the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday, March 4th, as part of the conference’s Performance Series. Joseph’s Wedding, an auto sacramental, is a play that combines religious themes with comedy and social messages about religious tolerance. Shepherd University students who performed include L Harvey, an English major; Dakota DiMarino, an environmental science major; Victoria Fairchild, a photography/computer imagery major; Sadé Herring, a sociology major; Olyvia Thompson, a secondary education major; Julie Bowen, a secondary education major; and William Prudnick, a chemistry major.

February 2022

Shepherd University’s Stammtisch group gathered on Friday, February 25th, at the home of one of the frequent participants, Daan Vreugdenhil. Stammtisch is a German conversation group that is open to everyone, from native speakers to those just learning the language. The current plans are for the group to meet on Friday, March 11th; Friday, April 1st; and Friday, April 15th. The upcoming meeting on March 11th will be at 5:00 p.m. and will take place at Alma Bea’s restaurant in Shepherdstown (202 E. Washington Street). For more information, contact Dr. Rachel Krantz (

The Rude Mechanicals will perform the sixteenth-century Spanish play, Joseph’s Wedding, in an English translation at the 2022 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Betty Ellzey, Chair of the Department, will be taking the troupe down to Florida March 2nd through the 6th. English majors and minors in the cast are L Harvey, William Prudnick, and Olyvia Thompson. Break a leg and enjoy the beach everybody!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Sigma Tau Delta is teaming up with Students for Reproductive Rights and will be handing out roses with romantic and erotic poems attached. Take one for yourself! Give one to your crush! Give one to your best friend! Make a stranger’s day! Each poem will be labeled—romantic, sexual, or otherwise—to avoid giving the wrong poem to the wrong person. Members of ΣΤΔ will be handing out poems in a variety of places, including the Rams Den and the library, and leaving some roses for the taking in academic buildings. In the Rams Den, ΣΤΔ and Students for Reproductive Rights will also be giving out cupcakes, so make sure to drop by before they’re all gone! Finally, the organizations could use everybody’s help now. Faculty, friends, colleagues, and community members are encouraged to send romantic, sexual, wholesome, and/or friendly poetry to for use in the Valentine’s Day event.

January 2022

Shepherd senior English major Emily Keefer has published her first novel, The Stars on Vita Felice Court. The book’s main character, Val Beckley, is facing what many teenagers experience—a yearning to escape her small hometown, which just happens to be in West Virginia. Emily’s novel grew out of a project she started in one of Dr. Carrie Messenger’s creative writing courses, and it has been published by Köehler Books. In addition to her fiction writing, Emily is a local columnist and full-time reporter; she has published over 250 bylined articles and written several feature sections in The Journal of Martinsburg, Around the Panhandle Magazine, and Country Connections/Jefferson Magazine. Emily plans to graduate this May. The Department of English and Modern Languages congratulates her on this milestone. Way to go, Emily! As Emerson said to Whitman, we “greet you at the beginning of a great career.”

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