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Office of Academic Community Outreach sponsors two May events

The Office of Academic Community Outreach sponsored a seminar about obtaining a debt-free college education on May 23. Adam Stewart, United Brokerage Services, Inc. senior financial advisor, and Amanda Vance Giangola, United financial advisor, offered alternatives to save for college and minimize student loan debt. The seminar offered information about when to start saving for college and what kinds of investment vehicles are available.

On May 18, eight student leaders from Shepherd made a presentation at a special assembly at Martinsburg High School about the importance of attending college and their experiences at Shepherd.

The high school students heard from Paige Palmer, Amaris Jalil, Sneha Reddy, Brianna Hester, Tess Hyre, Samuel Brown, Kelsey Chaney, and Martinsburg High alumnus Da’Shawn Long about the opportunities the university offers, including the debate team, scientific research, fraternities and sororities, student government, the Med Step program, and athletics. The Shepherd students represented a variety of majors, including education, nursing, political science, recreation and sport studies, international studies, computer science, communication, biology, and pre-med.

Dr. Virginia Hicks, assistant provost for academic community outreach, said her office hopes to involve students from other majors during future visits to area high schools.

Pictured, (l. to r.) are Shepherd’s assistant provost for academic community outreach Dr. Virginia Hicks, Sneha Reddy, Amaris Jalil, Paige Palmer, Kelsey Chaney, Martinsburg High School principal Trent Sherman, Brianna Hester, Samuel Brown, Tess Hyre, Da’Shawn Long, and Barbara Kandalis, assistant to Hicks.