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The next meeting of Stammtisch, Shepherd University’s German conversation group, will be held on Tuesday, April 17th, at 4:00 p.m. Stammtisch will meet at the Blue Moon. All are welcome, regardless of language ability (beginners to native speakers). For more information, contact Dr. Eva Suárez (

Along with Dr. Hanrahan, six of our students—the largest group ever from Shepherd!—attended and presented critical and creative work at this year’s international convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. The students were Olivia Barrett, Gabrielle Hersey, Michaela Keyser, Kylie Krummel, Brianna Maguire, and Claudia McCarron. Brianna and Kylie even received cash prizes for their work! This year’s convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our very own Dr. Christy Wenger, Associate Professor of English and Director of Rhetoric and Composition, has been selected as a “Generation Next:  40 under 40 in WV” for the State Journal in Charleston. Way to go Christy!

Katie Quinnelly, a Creative Writing student who graduated in 2017, just won a chapbook contest sponsored by Eggtooth Editions. Katie’s work, Sparrow Pie, will be available for purchase in May of this year. For more information, visit this site. Congratulations Katie!