Alumni Spotlight

Fashion Design Equipment Room Named in Honor of Alumna Shirley Turpin

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Shirley Turpin and her daughters.

On May 12, 2015, the Harper College Educational Foundation recognized the Turpin family with the naming of the Turpin Fashion Design Equipment Room in honor of Shirley L. Turpin in Building H. Shirley Turpin was also presented with a Harper College Alumni Achievement Award for Lifelong Learning.

The Turpin family has been involved and attended Harper College spanning over an almost fifty year period. Shirley Turpin started at Harper College in 1968 where she received a degree in fashion design. She continued to take classes in theatre, art and speech for the next 20 years.

Following in Shirley’s footsteps all three of Shirley and Howard Turpin’s children (Robin, Carron and Laurie) attended and graduated from Harper College. In addition Howard was an adjunct marketing professor. Through their passion for education and ongoing generosity in supporting student success, the Turpin Family established the Shirley L. and Howard A. Turpin Scholarship for Dreamers. This scholarship allows students who have dreams for the future, regardless of age, to receive support to achieve their goals.