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2017 Joseph P. McMurran Society Dinner

Members of the Joseph P. McMurran Society pose for a group photo before dinner.

During a brief program, new member Elizabeth S. “Betty” Lowe ’52 was welcomed into the McMurran Society by President Mary J. C. Hendrix ’74 and Chris Colbert ’95, vice president of the Shepherd University Foundation.

The evening kicked off with a brief program during which President Hendrix commended society members for their optimism and forward-thinking, charitable investment decisions, and inspiring loyalty to Shepherd University.

Monica Lingenfelter, EVP of the Shepherd University Foundation, also commended members and their guests for their ongoing commitment to higher education.

Chris Colbert spoke on behalf of the Foundation and personally recognized those society members in attendance.

Jack and Pat Egle stood with other society members during Chris Colbert’s recognition.

Guests were treated to a performance by Shepherd University music major and Foundation scholar Lucia Valentine, who recently released her debut album featuring ten original songs.

Lucia Valentine is the recipient of the James and Katherine Moler Scholarship, a general academic award for WV residents. Lucia is a native of Shepherdstown and graduated from Jefferson High School, where she was a member of the Pop Singers.

Guests were captivated by the aspiring singer/songwriter’s performance of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On,” as well as an original song called “Magic.” Pictured here is McMurran Society member Carol Durand.

Society members Thomas Banks (front) and Bill Lingenfelter enjoy Lucia’s performance.

During his remarks, Chris Colbert recognized Betty Lowe as the newest member of the McMurran Society and presented her with a commemorative gift.

All society members are presented with a framed McMurran Society medallion as a commemorative gift.

Prior to the program, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception upon arrival. Pictured (l. to r.): Daniele Jackson, Holly Frye, Diana Collins, and MaryAnn Morgan.

Holly Frye, Shepherd’s assistant vice president for Student Affairs, greets guest Daniele Jackson with a hug.

Colleen Nolan, dean of Shepherd University’s School of Science and Mathematics

Betty Lowe attended the dinner with her grandson, Brant McGarry Lowe and his fiance, Brittany Burch. They’re seen here chatting with society member Tom Banks.

Brant Lowe chats with Tom Banks.

Society member Sue Mentzer-Blair greets fellow member Barbara Humes and her guest, Vic Marchand.

President Hendrix chats with Shepherdstown mayaor Jim Auxer prior to the dinner.

President Mary Hendrix and Mayor Jim Auxer

Guests enjoyed a reception prior to the program and meal.

President Mary Hendrix greets Holly Frye and her mother, MaryAnn Morgan.

President Hendrix chats with Betty Lowe and her grandson, Brant, and his fiance, Brittany.

Guests listen to remarks by Monica Lingenfelter during the program.

Held in the beautiful bi-level atrium of Erma Ora Byrd Hall with its stunning views of Shepherd’s east campus, the elegant event featured a four-course dinner exclusively prepared by Shepherd University Catering.