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Scottish Heritage Award Recipients at St. Andrews

Laurinburg, NC, March 06, 2009 --( Three people who have contributed greatly to Scottish Heritage will be honored during the annual Scottish Heritage Awards Banquet hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Friday, March 20.

Dr. Philip D. Smith Jr. will receive the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award while Betty Holmes and Pinny Geffert will jointly receive the Flora MacDonald Award.

The awards banquet is one of several Scottish-related events for the weekend. Other events include the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium, a free concert featuring the St. Andrews Pipe Band and folk singer Isla St. Clair, and the annual Kirkin of the Tartans worship service at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

All interested are invited to attend.

Dr. Philip D. Smith, Jr. will receive the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award. A retired professor emeritus of Languages and Linguistics at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, he received many awards for service to the University.

Betty Holmes is a native of Decatur, Ga., growing up in Asheville. She obtained her undergraduate and M.A. degrees at Florida State University. Her professional experience was in five academic libraries including positions at Mexico City College, University of Texas, and University of Florida Law Library prior to coming to St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1966.

Pinny Geffert is a native of Flossmoor, Ill., and resided on Argyle Avenue, surrounded by golf courses there in her youth. Perhaps this was a sign of things to come in her future which would be related to Scottish heritage. She attended Indiana University and received a B.S. in Medical Technology, following that career track in clinics, hospitals, and research labs for over 15 years.

She was instrumental in the creation of the first Scottish Heritage Center, was a member of the steering committee for the “Our Scottish Heritage” Symposium” that was founded in 1989, and was also a founder of the Laurinburg-Oban Sister City Committee. She resides in Laurinburg and remains active in numerous community organizations.

For a schedule of events and registration information, please visit or call the Scottish Heritage Center at (910) 277-5236.


About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews Online. St. Andrews was formed by the merger on Aug. 29, 1958, of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to

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