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The next meeting of Shepherd University’s Stammtisch will take place on Wednesday, October 13th, at 5:00 p.m. at The Mecklenburg Inn. Stammtisch is a gathering of German speakers who meet periodically for conversation and socializing. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to native speakers. For more information, please contact Dr. Eva-María Suárez Büdenbender (

On Tuesday, October 12th, our very own Dr. Heidi Hanrahan will be presenting a talk on George Eliot’s novel, Middlemarch. The event is part of The Scarborough Society’s Art and Lecture Series and will be held in the Scarborough Library Reading Room. Like Shepherd, Middlemarch is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The event is free and open to the public, and it will begin at 5:00 p.m. There will also be a reception after Dr. Hanrahan’s talk. Attendees will be required to follow the University’s masking policy.

On Saturday, October 9th, members of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, joined representatives from a couple of other Shepherd organizations in a tree-planting initiative. The trees were planted at Tabler Farm under a cooperative arrangement with Cacapon Institute to start a native food forest. Dr. Heidi Hanrahan from the Department of English and Modern Languages and faculty from the Department of Environmental and Physical Sciences also took part. Additional events, like another tree planting and an open house, are in the planning stages, so stayed tuned!