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Homecoming events planned September 27-29

ISSUED: 19 September 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University is welcoming alumni back during Homecoming, September 27-29. The university will honor the 2018-19 Outstanding Alumna of the Year, Francine Phillips, and will recognize four Finest Under 40 alumni.

Phillips, a 1982 graduate and managing public defender at the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office, is being recognized for her dedication and volunteer commitments that have significantly enhanced the goals and mission of Shepherd and the Shepherd University Alumni Association.

Phillips’ service to Shepherd includes her leadership in aiding numerous students in the sociology/criminal justice areas with obtaining internships in the local legal community and her supervision of student interns who have worked in the public defender’s office. Phillips has served on the Alumni Association’s board of directors since 2011, during which time she has been supportive of student-based activities and currently serves as board secretary. She served as an adjunct or full-time faculty member at Shepherd for more than 30 years.

Phillips, who serves on the Shepherdstown Board of Appeals, has been a member of the Shepherdstown Town Council and Shepherdstown Planning Commission. She served on the board of directors of the Shenandoah Women’s Center and has served as the treasurer and membership coordinator of the Eastern Panhandle Criminal Defense Lawyers since 2004.

The Alumni Association has developed a new annual program, Finest Under 40, to recognize young alumni who are leading the way in business, research, leadership, community, artistic, educational, and philanthropic endeavors. The alumni are chosen by a selection committee based on their professional expertise and achievements, as well as dedication to charitable and community projects.

This year’s inaugural class of Finest Under 40 honorees are Jennifer Seely Flora, Shepherd’s director of student engagement; Tamia Hardy, the 2017 Miss West Virginia; Brandon Dennison, founder of Coalfield Development Corporation; and Liz McCormick, Eastern Panhandle reporter/producer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Homecoming events open to the public include:

Friday, September 28

Saturday, September 29

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