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Alumni Recognition Programs

Outstanding Alumna Of The Year Award

2023-24 Recipient:

Berniece Collis ’77

The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award is an opportunity to recognize an alumnus for their dedication and volunteer commitments that have significantly enhanced the goals and mission of Shepherd University and the Shepherd University Alumni Association. The award recipient will have given of themselves for the enrichment of others, the University, and the betterment of the community.

Nominations are taken throughout the year and are chosen by a selection committee during the annual June SUAA Board of Directors meeting. The recipient is then notified and honored during Homecoming Weekend.

Full list of past award recipients

Outstanding Alumnus/A Nomination Online Form 
To be considered for the 2024-2025 year, nominations must be received by June 1! All nominations received after that point will be considered for the 2025-2026 year. You can also DOWNLOAD a paper nomination form to be mailed in.

Shepherd University’s Finest Under 40

The Finest Under 40 award recognizes young alumni who are leading the way in business, research, leadership, community, artistic, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors. Each year, awardees are chosen by the Alumni Association board of directors based on nomination packets received that detail professional expertise and achievements, as well as dedication to charitable and community projects. 

2023-24 Class:

William Kramer ’05, Ben Deuell ’08, Ashley Batten ’11, Chelsea Zbikowski ’15

Full list of past award recipients

SU Finest Under 40 Nomination Online Form
To be considered for the 2024-2025 year, nominations must be received by June 1! All nominations received after that point will be considered for the 2025-2026 year. You can also DOWNLOAD a paper nomination form to be mailed in.

With any questions please contact:

Katie Swayne, Director of Alumni Affairs

By Phone                                                  By E-mail:

304-876-5524                                           kswayne@shepherd.edu