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The 2018 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University is Karen Spears Zacharias. Zacharias grew up in a military family but spent most of her childhood in the hills of Appalachia.

During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting is partnering with Shepherd University next week to co-host a free screening of “Recovery Boys” – a feature documentary film directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

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A five-year contract extension has been approved for West Virginia State University's president.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports President Anthony L. Jenkins' new contract goes into effect July 1 and ends in 2023. The contract was approved Friday by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. He was first hired on a two-year contract in July 2016.

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Generation West Virginia’s local Eastern Panhandle chapter hosted a panel discussion at Shepherd University Thursday night with four young locals who decided to stay in West Virginia to build their careers.

Monte Cater (left) is retiring as head football coach in spring 2018. Ernie McCook (right) has been named to replace him.
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Monte Cater is retiring as Shepherd University’s head football coach after 31 seasons. Shepherd became an NCAA Division II school in the mid-90s, not long after Cater began his career at the school in 1987.

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Shepherd University hosted an event Monday exploring the possibility of more efficient ways for universities, industry, government, and scientific researchers to work together to combat the opioid epidemic. And a recent public opinion survey indicates West Virginians want to see the state be a leader on this issue.

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Author Wiley Cash is the 2017 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University. His newest novel The Last Ballad will be released October 3. Cash sat down with reporter Liz McCormick to discuss his latest work, which centers on union leader and balladeer Ella May Wiggins, who died during the Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina in 1929.

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If you live in the Shepherdstown area and are a fan of NPR and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, you now have a new way to listen!

NPR's "Morning Edition" and "Mountain Stage" can now be heard on Shepherd University's radio station, 89.7 FM WSHC, thanks to an agreement between Shepherd and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB).

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Shepherd University has launched its newest college – a College of Business. According to the Higher Education Policy Commission, it’s the fifth college of business offered at a higher education institution in West Virginia.

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Hundreds of protesters gathered across the street from the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown Thursday morning as the United States Democratic Senators held their annual retreat inside.

On Thursday morning, Harpers Ferry resident Cheryl Kemp joined some 250 people gathered outside the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. She says she came out because she wants the senators to know they have her support.

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A West Virginia-led team of researchers may have found a way to control the spread of rapidly growing cancers, including melanoma. The findings were published last month in the online  journal Laboratory Investigation and suggest new combinations of therapies may be more effective in treating fast-growing cancers than current practices.

An Interview with Author Charles Frazier

Nov 17, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear author Charles Frazier, this year’s Appalachian Heritage Writer in residence at Shepherd University.  He wrote “Cold Mountain” that was made into a movie in 2003.  

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Award-winning author Charles Frazier is 2016's Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence at Shepherd University. Frazier was born in Asheville, North Carolina and spent time as a teacher before he published his first novel, Cold Mountain, in 1997.

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The new president of Shepherd University is partnering with West Virginia University to continue her cancer cell research, and she’s allowing students to watch her work as it’s happening.

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Shepherd University is partnering with Berkeley County Schools and the Martinsburg Police Department to help combat opioid addiction. A new initiative hopes to identify basic causes of drug abuse in at-risk families.

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As the toll from the addiction crisis rises, some sixty government bodies around the Ohio Valley are suing companies that make or distribute opioid painkillers. It’s a trend that recalls the legal strategy that led to the landmark tobacco industry settlement. Aaron Payne reports on the search for a legal remedy to the epidemic.

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What would you do if an active shooter entered your building?

 

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We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics?

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

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The West Virginia Channel will broadcast an energy symposium this weekend that was part of the inauguration of Shepherd University President Mary J.C. Hendrix.

The symposium was held earlier this spring, and it brought together leaders in renewable energy fields to discuss ways a university like Shepherd can strengthen opportunities for West Virginia students to find careers in energy.

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Shepherd University was awarded almost $50,000 in federal grant money to expand its study abroad program.

Charles Nieman is the Director of International Affairs at Shepherd University. He says this grant from the U.S. Department of State will enhance the school’s study abroad program, switching it from part-time to full-time.

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights were the topic of a public forum Tuesday morning at Shepherd University. Speakers at the event said West Virginia has come far in accepting LGBT people but not far enough.

Dozens of community members, Shepherd faculty, students, and alumni attended the discussion Tuesday on LGBT rights.

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Shepherd University may be opening its doors to a music and theater study abroad opportunity in Cuba.

Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival are hosting Norge Espinosa Mendoza this week – a well-known poet, playwright, actor, and LGBT activist from Cuba.

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For the first time in its 144-year history, Shepherd University is being led by a Shepherd graduate.

Mary Hendrix got her Bachelor of Science in pre-med and biology from Shepherd in 1974.

She went on to receive her Ph.D. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to train at Harvard Medical School.

Governor Tomblin's Furlough Bill Explained

May 23, 2016

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra explains Governor Tomblin’s proposal to furlough state employees just in case lawmakers don’t pass a spending plan by June 30.  Also, Liz McCormick introduces us to the new President of Shepherd University, Dr. Mary Hendrix.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The exhibit titled, "Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian," is a two-year, traveling exhibit featuring the life and legacy of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

Jody Brumage, the archivist and office manager at Shepherd University’s Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, says this is the first narrative presentation of Byrd’s life and career since his passing in 2010.

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Shepherd University is teaming up with a wind farm in Greenbrier County to teach students about renewable energies through an internship program.

Shepherd University held a symposium on renewable energy Friday as part of the inauguration of the school’s 16th president, Dr. Mary Hendrix. The symposium featured three speakers Hendrix referred to as “all-star experts” in energy.

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Saturday afternoon marks a historic day for Shepherd University and its football team. The Shepherd Rams will face off against Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II National Championship.

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Jury deliberations have begun in the trial of a former Shepherd University administrator accused of making unauthorized purchases with a state-issued card.

Fifty-year-old Elizabeth "Libby" Shanton of Martinsburg is charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and 53 counts of misuse of a state-issued purchasing card.

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Backup quarterback Connor Jessop threw two touchdown passes and Shepherd survived a last-minute two-point conversion attempt to hold off Grand Valley State 34-32 in a Division II semifinal on Saturday.

Shepherd advances to Kansas City Dec. 19 for the NCAA Division II national championship to face the winner of the West Georgia-Northwest Missouri State semifinal.

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The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

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