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Convocation of Scholars,

Founders’ Day


at Concord

Retired Faculty & Staff: Staying Connected


Concord University Board of Governors Selects

Dr. Kendra Boggess as its Choice for Interim President Dr. Kendra Boggess

The Concord University Board of Governors (BOG) has appointed Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s interim president, contingent upon approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC.) The action was taken during the Board’s Thursday, May 2, 2013 meeting on the Athens campus. Dr. Boggess is currently serving as Concord’s interim vice president and academic dean (VPAD.) Concord University President Dr. Gregory F. Aloia announced his resignation on April 24, 2013 and has accepted the position of president of the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga. Dr. Aloia will assume his new duties in Georgia on July 1. “I am honored that the Board has shown confidence in selecting me to serve during this time of transition and I’ll do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of the office if approved by the WVHEPC,” Dr. Boggess said. “Dr. Boggess is an outstanding choice. Dr. Boggess will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the position that she has garnered as a faculty member, division chair, and interim VPAD. She has a great love for Concord and a genuine understanding of its mission. She is an excellent selection. Concord University will be well served, and I will look forward to working with her during this transition in the leadership change” said Dr. Aloia.

Calendar of Events June 6, 2013 • Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Gathering • 6:00 p.m. - Social, 7:00 p.m. - Game WV Power Baseball Game Appalachian Power Park Charleston, W.Va. June 14, 2013 • Homer K. Ball Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament • 8:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start Pipestem Resort State Park July 12-14, 2013 • Yankee Chapter Alumni Weekend New York City July 12, 2013 • CU Athletic Department Annual Golf Tournament • 7:45 a.m. – Registration 8:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start Fountain Springs Golf Course Peterstown, W.Va.

July 19, 2013 • Pine Trees Chapter Summer Picnic • 6:00 p.m. JoAnna & Ott Fredeking’s House 1518 N. Walker Street Princeton, W.Va. September 7, 2013 • North Carolina Alumni Tailgate • Concord vs. Lenoir-Rhyne College Hickory, N.C. September 7, 2013 • Pine Trees Chapter Fall Social • 6:00 p.m. Don & Pam Lane Garner’s Home 218 West Broadway Street Athens, W.Va.

September 30-October 5, 2013 • Homecoming Week October 4, 2013 • Alumni Pig Roast University Point

October 5, 2013 • Alumni Brunch 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon University Point

October 5, 2013 • Homecoming Game • Concord vs. Fairmont State University Callaghan Stadium October 26, 2013 • Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Gathering • Concord vs. University of Charleston Football Game Laidley Field Charleston, W.Va.

Inside this Issue Spring 2013

On the Cover


Convocation of Scholars,

Founders’ Day


at Concord

A trio of white dogwoods graces “The Campus Beautiful.” The trees were planted near University Point during Concord’s Earth Day celebration on April 22.

Retired Faculty & Staff: Staying Connected





Interim President

Dr. Kendra Boggess


Vice President of Advancement

Alicia Besenyei


Alumni Events


Convocation of Scholars, Founders’ Day

Alumni Director

Sarah Lively Turner '98

11 Concord University Foundation Greenbrier Dinner

President, Concord University Alumni Association, Inc.

Jessica Cook '08

Graphic Designer

Lance McDaniel '10

15 Retired Faculty & Staff: Staying Connected - Dr. David Bard

Sarah P. Dalton

19 35th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast

Project Coordinator Editorial Assistant

13 Walter Bailey Wants to ‘Better This World’ with Estate Gift to Concord

23 Faculty: Beyond the Classroom Amy Pitzer

27 Congress at Concord Concord University Office of Advancement PO Box 1000 Athens, WV, 24712 1-304-384-6311 Fax: 1-304-384-6017

29 Greek Spotlight: TKE 44 Don Christie 53 Donor Honor Roll

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CU Alumni Association, Inc.

14 CU Foundation, Inc. 33 Heritage & Horizon 39 Class Notes 45 CU Athletics

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Upcoming Events Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Gathering WV Power Baseball Game June 6, 2013 Appalachian Power Park Charleston, W.Va. 6:00 p.m. - Social, 7:00 p.m. - Game

Yankee Chapter Alumni Weekend

Pine Trees Chapter Summer Picnic

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July 19, 2013 JoAnna & Ott Fredeking’s House 1518 N. Walker Street Princeton, W.Va. 6:00 p.m.

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AlumniEvents Charleston, WV Area

Charleston Alums gather at WVIAC Basketball Tournament Alumni in the Charleston area gathered at the Charleston Civic Center on Feb. 27 for an evening of fun during the final WVIAC Basketball Tournament. While Concord’s men’s and women’s teams did not make it to Charleston for the tournament this year, the CU Advancement Office still decided to sponsor a hospitality room in order to provide alums in the area with the opportunity to get together in the name of Concord. The next alumni event in the Kanawha Valley area will be the Concord night at the WV Power game on June 6. For information on this event contact the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Chapter at charlestonalumni@mycu. or 304-419-3291.

Left to right: Justin Marlowe ’01, Alicia Besenyei, Vice President for Advancement, John Paul Blankenship ‘08, Sarah Turner ’98, Ben Bowling ‘04, Jennifer CogarBailey ‘02

Florida Destination for Phi Sigma Epsilon Brothers Several Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity brothers from the 1960s enjoyed a great weekend together in The Villages, Fla. on March 15 - 17, 2013. Michael Stein ’66 hosted the group at his residence for three days where they enjoyed various activities, dinners and a St Patrick’s Day concert at one of the restaurant/ pubs there.

Phi Sigma Epsilon

Left to right: Stella Nell, Michael Stein ’66, Donna Fertel, Jim Crawford ’68, Paula Crawford, Judy Schaab Miller ’68, Dave Nell ’67, Gary Miller ’69, Linda Roman, Jack Roman ‘66

Attention Phi Sigma Epsilon Alumni! A reunion is being planned for June 7-9, 2013 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for all Phi Sigma Epsilon alumni. The reunion is being held at the Sands Ocean Club Resort, an ocean front property on the Grand Strand. A special room rate has been arranged for the group so anyone interested in attending can contact the resort at 888-266-4375 or visit to make a reservation. For additional information regarding the reunion weekend please contact John Lecco ’79 at or 803-810-6505.

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Beckley, WV Area

Beckley & Beyond Alumni Chapter

Receives Charter

The Alumni Association welcomed its newest chapter to the fold on Thursday, April 11 as the Beckley & Beyond Alumni Chapter received its charter and became an official chapter. Alumni and their families gathered at Calacino’s Pizzeria in Beckley to enjoy some food, door prizes and live music while celebrating the chartering of the chapter. The chapter charter was presented to Chapter President, Ashley Barton ’09 by Alumni Director Sarah Turner ’98 and a set of chapter bylaws were given to Mrs. Turner to be Left to Rignt: Laura Lucas ’12, Jenni Radford Canterbury ’00, Ashley Mottesheard Barton ’09 placed on file in the Alumni and Chase Barton ‘09 Office. Additional chapter Campus Box 83, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712. officers chosen that evening were Laura Lucas ’12, Vice President; Chase Barton ‘09, Treasurer; and Jenni Anyone interested in being a part of the chapter can Canterbury ‘00, Secretary. email chapter leaders at beckleyalumni@mycu.concord. The chapter is open to all alumni living in Raleigh, edu, call the Alumni Office at 304-384-5348 or join the Summers, Greenbrier and Wyoming counties and the “Beckley & Beyond Concord University Alumni” group on southern half of Fayette County. Chapter dues are $10 Facebook. per year and can be sent to the Alumni Association at CU Employees Alumni Chapter Holds Food Drive

CU Employees

The CU Employees Alumni Chapter held a pot luck lunch and canned food drive on March 13. During the week of Spring Break, campus food services are closed so the chapter thought this would be the perfect time to share a meal with each other. “We are all very fortunate that we never have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. We know this isn’t the case for many people in our area so we wanted to collect food to donate to a local 5 • Spring 2013

food pantry in order to try and help some of these less fortunate people out,” said chapter member Scott Inghram ’03. The chapter also placed a box in the Student Center the week following Spring Break to collect donations from the rest of the campus community. All items collected were donated to the Tender Mercies Food Pantry in Princeton.

The 24th Annual


24th Annual Homer K. Memorial Scholarship T heBall Golf Tournament will be held

Friday, June 14, 2013 at Pipestem Resort State Park. Proceeds from the tournament are used to fund scholarships for Concord University students. Through the years, the event has raised more than $200,000 and funded approximately 800 scholarships for Concord students. Ball, a Lerona, W.Va. native, graduated from Concord in 1948. He served as sheriff of Mercer County, West Virginia state senator and director of the physical plant

at Concord. Ball was also an avid golfer. In 1991, the annual golf tournament benefitting Concord was named in his honor. After his passing in 2008, the tournament was renamed the Homer K. Ball Memorial Golf Tournament. Tee time for the captain’s choice tournament is 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start on Pipestem’s 18-hole course. A luncheon will follow in the picnic shelter below the golf course parking lot. The cost is $125 per person, which includes lunch, green fees, cart and tournament souvenirs.

Drawings include a chance to win golf packages, equipment and other prizes. There will be a special prize for the first hole-inone. Awards will go to the first and second place winners of the men’s and women’s teams. Longest drive and closest-to-the-pin awards will also be given. Registration deadline is Monday, June 10, 2013. Checks for registration fees may be made payable to Concord University Foundation, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 1405, Athens, WV 24712. For additional information call 304384-6311.

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ni Association, Inc. Mail to: CUAA, PO Box 1000, CampusBox 83, Athens, WV 24712. When ordering, please include your name, phone number, email address, and a street address for shipping.

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Concord University Celebrates 141st Anniversary with Convocation of Scholars, Founders’ Day


arching in to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” Concord University’s faculty assembled in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. They joined other members of the Concord family – students, staff, alumni, emeriti officers and friends of the University – for a Convocation of Scholars and Founders’ Day Celebration. 7 • Spring 2013

The gathering marked Concord’s 141st anniversary. On Feb. 28, 1872 the school received its charter from the West Virginia Legislature.

PROCLAMATION Dr. Aloia addresses the crowd

A proclamation denoting 2013 as “The Year of the Scholar” at Concord University was issued during the program. Special acknowledgement was given to Allie Irene Strasko and Evelyn Lilly Blake ’42, donors to The Allie Irene Strasko Research Trust Fund. The Keynote Address was presented by Dr. Joe Allen, chair of Concord’s Division of Natural Science. The convocation also offered a time to honor recipients of academic and service awards. Recognition was given to members of the campus community including faculty, staff and students for teaching, scholarship, creativity and service. The Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Thomas Ford, associate professor and chair of the Biology Department. The Scholarship/ Creativity Award went to Dr.

Whereas, the mission of Concord University is to provide quality, liberal arts based education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community; and, Whereas, this institution has a rich academic history through the years as Concord State Normal School, Concord State Teachers College, Concord College, and Concord University; and, Whereas, traditional students, adult learners, veterans, and international students all share the distinction of being Concord University scholars; and, Whereas, this University cultivates an environment dedicated to the scholarly pursuits of study, research, service learning, and other disciplines; and, Whereas, Concord University students distinguish themselves in academic circles on the state, regional, national, and international levels; and, Whereas, the University eagerly awaits serving future generations of scholars; Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that we do hereby proclaim 2013 as:

The Year of the Scholar at Concord University and invite and encourage the entire campus community to join in this pursuit. Dated this Twenty-Fifth day of February in the year Two Thousand Thirteen

Left: The Concord University ConChords open the ceremony; Right: The faculty processional Spring 2013 • 8

Left to right, top to bottom: Dr. Joe Allen delivers the keynote address; Dr. Mohan Pokharel (right) receives the Scholarship/Creativity Award from Dr. Aloia and Dr. Andrey Zagorchev; Dr. Aloia and SGA President Josh Hanna present a Student Service Award to Adam Pauley and Genevieve Hatcher.

Years of Service Award Recipients 5 Years of Service: Concord Service Award • Dr. Alice Allen • Dr. Andrea Campbell • Dr. David Chambers • Erin Clark ’06 • Ted Collins • Dr. Douglas Creer • Dr. Lisa Darlington ’98 • Dr. Fredrick Davidson • Nora High • Charles Lynch • Tracy McCallister Gill ’02 • Dr. Thomas Mc Kenna • Sherrie McMillian

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Mohan Pokharel, assistant professor of management and the Shott Distinguished Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Thomas Mc Kenna, associate professor of history and philosophy and Honors Program coordinator, received the Faculty Service Award. Mr. Robert Curry, trades specialist, received the Presidential Service Award. Mrs. Tammy Monk, career services director, was honored with the Non-Classified Staff Service Award. Concord University students Mr. Adam Pauley, Ms. Genevieve Hatcher and Mr. Montana Callison shared the Student Service Award honor. Numerous members of the faculty and staff were recognized for years of service to Concord University and the State of West Virginia ranging from five to 40 years of service. The awards were based on years of service as of the end of fiscal years 2011 and 2012. (Please see a list of honorees accompanying this article.) A reception followed the program in the Fine Arts Lobby.

Dr. Daniel Krider (center), recipient of the Concord & West Virginia service award for 40 years of service

• Dr. Terry Mullins • Dr. Joan Pendergast • Christopher Smallwood • Allen Smith ’05 • Alan Smothers • John Thackston • Donald Ward Jr. • Andrea Webb ’03 • Dr. Cory Williams • Dr. William Williams

10 Years of Service: Concord Service Award • Victoria Blankenship ’06 • Dr. Nancy Burton • Michael Craighead ’99 • Bill Fraley ’04 • Dr. Thomas Gambill • Dr. Michelle Gompf • Vickie Hart • Dr. Johnnie Linn • Bradly Poling • Darrick Scott • Jack Sheffler • William Sigman • Andrea Tabor ’93

15 Years of Service: Concord Service Award • Carmen Durrani • Dr. Marjie Flanigan • Sid Hatfield ’91 • Gary Hylton • Shirley Hylton • Lisa Karnes ’96 • Christy Lamb • Abe Lilly Jr. ’95 • Douglas Moore • Tara Taylor ’95

20 Years of Service: Concord & West Virginia Service Award • Kathy Ball ’88 • Dr. Charles Brichford • Bonnie Brown • Diane Grych • Dr. David Hill • James Johnson • Dr. William O’Brien • Dr. Delilah O’Haynes • Debra Moore • Dr. Susan Robinett

• Lisa Spencer • Dr. George Towers

25 Years of Service: Concord & West Virginia Service Award • Dr. Bill Deck • Roy Gum • Dr. Muhammad Islam • Bonnie Matherly • Dr. Elizabeth Roth • Elizabeth Webb ’89 30 Years of Service: Concord & West Virginia Service Award • Robert Curry • Karen Hays • William Johnson ’81 • Gary Keaton 40 Years of Service: Concord & West Virginia Service Award • Dr. Daniel Krider

DID YOU KNOW? Concord University’s mission is to provide a quality education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community. This is summed up in the words of former President J. Franklin Marsh Sr. which have become a Concord motto: “Come to Learn. Go to Serve.” For more on Concord traditions, please visit advancement/concord-pride-ourtraditions

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Concord University Foundation

Raises Funds for Student Scholarships

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n aspiring teacher told guests at the Concord University Foundation Greenbrier Dinner how scholarships have helped her reach her educational goals. Tanya Turner of Peterstown,

W.Va. was the student speaker for the scholarship fund-raiser held on Saturday, March 16 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Randy Price ’84, Concord University Foundation Board member; Alicia Carrico Price ’83; Trudy Blackwell ‘70; Frank Blackwell, Concord University Board of Governors chairman

A double major student at Concord, Turner is a member of the May 2013 graduating class. Her degrees are a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She is the recipient of several scholarships. Tanya said that thanks to scholarships she didn’t have to work full-time and was able to focus more time on her studies. This allowed her to complete her degrees at Concord in three years. Not being tied down to a job also allowed Tanya the opportunity to be involved in campus life. She has been a resident assistant and was chairperson of Rho Alpha Sigma, the resident assistant service fraternity, during the spring and fall 2012 semesters. A member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, she has been on the Dean’s List each semester. Turner shared the podium with keynote speaker Jack Furst. A philanthropist, businessman and

Dr. Todd Smith ’88 with his daughter Kate lifelong Boy Scouts of America Smith (right) and Sophie Stanley, daughter volunteer, Furst is a member of Kelli Blankenship Stanley ’99 (left) of the BSA’s National Executive Board and an officer of the National Council. He serves as team leader for developing and programming The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve located in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. Furst is a 2010 recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award for Distinguished Service to Youth, the BSA’s highest commendation. His business interests include ranching and private investments, and he lives with his family at their ranch in Argyle, Texas. The event began with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 Jack Furst, Boy Scouts of America p.m. Silver Sponsors for the Rogers Oil, Visit Southern West Greenbrier Dinner include: Greg Virginia and Concord University. and Lorraine Allen Foundation, Other contributors are: Robert Aramark, First Century Bank, and Margaret Sayre and Memorial Suellen Hodges, David and Sandy Funeral Directory. Kirby, Mountain Edge Mining, R.T.

Greater Greenbrier County

Chamber of Commerce Dinner Concord alumni attending the Greater Greenbrier County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner at the Greenbrier Resort on March 19 include, from left, Sarah Lively Turner ’98, CU Alumni Director; Ashley Mottesheard Barton ’09, Beckley & Beyond Alumni Chapter President; Chase Barton ’09; Dr. Lowell Johnson ’64; Robin Spence ’13

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Walter Bailey Wants to ‘Better This World’ With Estate Gift to Concord ttending college was manager of the A & P grocery store a long shot for Walter in Princeton some evenings and Bailey. There just Saturdays,” he continued. “I am so wasn’t enough money grateful to these folks for having in his family’s budget faith in me and giving me this to pay the expenses opportunity. I also must give credit associated with higher education. to my dear mother for helping me But the young man from Gauley from her meager household budget Bridge, W.Va. didn’t give up on his as she could. It is for this reason I dream. feel compelled to set aside funds Thanks to a combination of to help a worthy student from like sources and caring individuals circumstances that can benefit as Walter came up with the money folks have helped me…my small way and enrolled at Concord in the to hopefully help better this world.” fall of 1947 to study business As it turned out, Walter didn’t administration. graduate from Concord, That’s why he but he did meet a young is compelled to lady there who would remember Concord become his wife. University in his “I first met Phyllis will. in the gym one Friday “I feel that evening when she was God directed me working with a group to Concord,” Mr. decorating the gym for a Bailey said. “I had dance the next evening,” graduated from Walter said. “I wandered Gauley Bridge into the gym and we High School began a conversation. and spent that After a while, she looked Walter and Phyllis Bailey ’48 summer working at me and said, ‘Don’t in Baltimore. I just stand around doing came home with no plans at all. I nothing, get busy and help us.’ Until wanted to go to college but I knew she passed away, we had many my family would not be able to laughs about that incident.” financially support me for such an Mrs. Bailey, the former Phyllis endeavor. I had a friend who had Ann Coulter from Boston, received been accepted at Concord and he a bachelor’s degree from Concord suggested that I contact my high in 1948 and a master’s degree in school principal to see if he had medical social work from Simmons any ideas that would help me. He College in Boston in 1950. contacted Mr. Therin Rogers, then “After discharge from the Army the business manager at Concord and relocation to Washington, and between them they found a way D.C. I continued my major in for me to begin my college career. business administration in night Mr. Rogers sponsored a workshop school at American University and for me of working in the cafeteria graduated with a B.S. in business and my principal loaned me $50 to administration in June 1959,” Walter cover my first semester’s tuition said. thus I was off and running. In the early days of his career “I also earned spending money he worked in accounting for IBM. by working for a Mr. Fanning, the He has also managed a payroll

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department and a personnel benefits program and has been a site administrator. “Since my retirement, I have been active in several service and social organizations in the community,” he said. “For several years, I have served on the town’s Zoning Hearing Board and the board of directors of the local historical society.” Phyllis’s career as a social worker was spent in hospital and school settings. She took time away from the workforce when their two sons were young to spend time “nurturing and caring” for them according to Walter. In retirement she served as a hospital volunteer for 15 years. “Also, during this period she organized and moderated a very successful Post Polio Support group for the local tri-state (Pa., Va. & W.Va.) area,” Walter said. She also became “a very competitive” duplicate bridge player, he said. Phyllis passed away in 2011. After stops in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Rhode Island, the Baileys settled in Chambersburg, Pa.

Walter Bailey and Phyllis Ann Coulter ’48 during 1948 while both were students at Concord

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Dr. David Bard


his feature catches up with retired faculty and staff and asks them to update us about their life today while sharing some memories of their days at Concord.

What offices, committees did you serve on while at Concord? I served in nearly every elected position for the Faculty:

• Faculty Senate - 1977-2003 • President of the Faculty 1984-1986, 1989-1992 • Parliamentarian 1978-1984, 2002- 2004 • Faculty Secretary 1980-1984

I served on most of the Faculty Committees – too numerous to mention. I was the Assistant Academic Dean – 1978-1984 and Chair of Social Sciences -1997-1998. It seemed that for many years I attended some sort of meeting nearly every day! What did you teach?

I taught History – all the courses in American History from the Colonial Period through the Civil War and West Virginia History. I also taught courses in Asian History, History of Medicine, History of England and Military History. How long did you teach at Concord?

I taught from 1966 -1971 (went back to Graduate School for the Doctorate) then returned to teach full time 1974 -2005.

From 2005 through 2011, I taught sections of University 100. More than 40 years total. What did you find especially rewarding during your time at Concord?

Wow – so many things. By far the best was the satisfaction of helping students make their way through to graduation, and be a part of the process of growth and development of those fantastic students. The development of the Study Abroad Program and the 14 trips I took with students to England, Scotland, Wales and France was a major reward of my career. Being named the Faculty Merit Foundation West Virginia Professor of the Year 20012002, was a great honor. Being Dean of the West Virginia Governor’s Academy 1993-94 and receiving both a FulbrightHays and Malone Fellowship were great honors. What are some of your fondest memories of Concord? The many, many field trips (camping) that I took with my Civil War and American Revolution Classes were by far the most enjoyable time spent with students. Being involved with Concord Community Theater was very rewarding. In some capacity, I was participating in acting, directing, managing etc. I was involved in Spring 2013 • 16

23 productions, over many years. Working closely with Ron Burgher was both a learning experience and lots of fun, he was a great mentor and friend. Are you still involved in the life of the University? If so, how?

Yes, both my wife Carol and I are very much still a part of the Concord community. We take a daily walk through the campus – usually very early in the morning. I imagine many students wonder who are those old folks? We attend nearly all the “cultural” events and many of the athletic contests. For many years we have gone to all the women’s soccer games including travelling to most away games. We have both gotten our Commercial Drivers Licenses and now drive the University bus for the women’s soccer team. We especially enjoy a continuing friendship with students that don’t know me as a History Prof – but as a friend of Concord. While I miss the closeness of the classroom contact, we have really enjoyed continuing to have close contact with so many students. Where do you live now? What are some of your activities, interests as a retiree? What hobbies, projects, community service, civic organizations, are you involved in?

We live on Plymouth Street in Athens, just a short walk to campus. In addition to all our activities on campus, we enjoy our life in Athens. Carol is currently Mayor of Athens, which keeps her busy. We spend as much time as possible with our grown children and grandchildren. We visit them

in North Carolina and Tennessee, and have them here as much as they can find time in their busy lives. We both enjoy reading a wide variety of material from novels to serious stuff. We enjoy going to the movies several times a month. Hiking, golf, photography and walking in the woods are our fun times. Carol loves to garden and do “handwork.” We tolerate a herd of about 12 deer that “share” our property. How many Deans and Presidents did you work under while at Concord?

Eight Deans and the last four Presidents. What is the best athletic event you ever attended while at Concord?

There have been so many great events it is difficult to single out one. All of the soccer playoff games have been fantastic. Baseball, basketball tournament games have been great. Are you, and if so, how are you staying connected with students?

In addition to my comments about our continuing activities on campus and the athletic teams, we stay in letter contact with many former students. Facebook and the Internet has brought many back into contact – what fun.

We love hearing from former students and would love to catch up with alums if their travels ever bring them back to Athens.

5th Annual Career Symposium

Part Of Homecoming Weekend Activities Homecoming Weekend 2013 gets underway on Friday, Oct. 4 with the 5th Annual Career Symposium. Alums are invited to participate in this opportunity to share first-hand career knowledge with current CU students. And, it’s 17 • Spring 2013

a great way to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances Activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Athens campus. Registration is now open for this fall’s Career Symposium. Go to Under Alumni & Donors, click on 2013 Career Symposium Registration. Complete the form and submit if you’d like to register as a participant or if you’d like us to contact you with more information about the event.

The CUAA would like to recognize the following alumni who have joined the Association as Lifetime Members over the past year: Charles Autrey ‘91

Gordon Harvey ‘62

Carl Azzara ‘54

Benjamin Lafferty ‘00

Vincent Cali ‘70

Bradley Lane ‘02

Jessica Cook ‘08

Joann Lonker ‘64

R.B. “Ben” Crawford ‘58

Steve Lonker ‘63

Robert Deeds ‘80

John Matherly ‘69

Kimberly Enochs ‘87

Larry Mazey ‘76

JoAnna Fredeking ‘73

Rita Minick ‘75

Deborah Gore Gillespie ‘74

C. Kay Monohan ‘65

Victor Grigoraci ‘64

Brace Mullett ‘98

Charles L. Hall ‘62

Fern White Thorn ‘65

Thanks to each and every one of these alumni for making such an outstanding commitment to Concord and to the CUAA! For information on joining as a Lifetime Member please contact the Alumni Office at 1-304-384-5348 or

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Our 2013 Grand Groundhog watcher, Lou Stoker

Concord Charlie Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter


Bramwell Mayor Lou Stoker Honored at Groundhog Day Breakfast

snowy blast of winter set the stage for Concord Charlie’s yearly weather predication at Concord University’s 35th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast held Friday morning, Feb. 1, in

Athens. “ ‘Charlie has reported he saw his shadow,’ ” Alicia Besenyei, Concord’s vice president of advancement, told the audience in the Student Center Ballroom quoting a text from Dr. Gregory Aloia, the University’s president.

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Concord University’s 2013 Grand Groundhog Watcher Lou Stoker, second from left, is honored at the 35th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast. Also shown from left are Dana Cochran, Stoker’s daughter; Alicia Besenyei, Concord University vice president of advancement; and Sarah Turner ‘98, Concord University alumni director. Photos by Sterling Snyder Concord University Student

“I hope you enjoy the cold weather this morning,” Besenyei said, “because you’re going to get six more weeks of it.” According to Groundhog Day tradition, if the groundhog sees his shadow the morning of Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected. An early spring will be on the way if he doesn’t see his shadow. Wanting to get a head start among groundhog weather prognosticators, Concord Charlie decided to make his 2013 prediction the day prior to the official Groundhog Day observance. Charlie has a standing appointment with the University’s President each year to offer his predictions and insights on the duration of winter. The President relays the forecast to the breakfast guests. “I am currently in Concord Charlie’s burrow,” Dr. Aloia said in his text. “He is using his new computer software to make his prognostication.” After fulfilling his duties as Charlie’s spokesperson, Dr. Aloia attended a meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in Charleston, W.Va. and was unable to attend the breakfast.

Along with showcasing Charlie’s announcement, the popular breakfast also honors an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia with the title Grand Groundhog Watcher. This year’s recipient is Bramwell, W.Va. Mayor Louise “Lou” Dawson Stoker. A lifelong resident of Bramwell, Stoker is a consummate volunteer, professional, artist, friend, neighbor and community leader. She has an extensive list of community, county, state and regional service to her credit. In her remarks, Stoker called on the breakfast guests to savor “magic moments” as she recalled

special times in her own life like the “birth of a child” and “running across the mountaintops in summer.” “Being invited and being here is a magic moment for me,” she said. Stoker concluded with issuing a charge to the audience. “Do not be afraid of your shadow because the groundhog who is afraid of his shadow and goes back into his burrow, he does not experience six weeks of magic moments,” she said. “Think what you’d miss.” Lou grew up listening to stories of friends and family about the people, places and events that impacted the southern West Virginia coalfields. She translated that interest and knowledge into

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oral and written histories and an archival collection of documents and photographs unique to the region. Her monograph, “Bramwell: A Century of Coal and Currency,” tells the story of the early coal pioneers in Bramwell. Lou also co-authored “Bramwell: A Town of Millionaires,” a book of photos and stories from private and public archives that illustrates the diversity of the area’s early immigrants. She has contributed stories to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Princeton Times, Hearthstone Magazine and other journals and has won writing awards in the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest and the National Federation of Press Women annual awards contest. Stoker has dedicated her gifts of teaching and storytelling to

schoolchildren and those visiting this area to learn about local history. She served as tour director for the Bramwell Millionaire Garden Club, the organization responsible for initiating public home tours in Bramwell. An accomplished playwright and actress, she is affiliated with Summit Players community theatre and performs one-woman interpretations of historical figures for regional groups and events. Her plays, “Bramwell 100,” written for the town’s centennial celebration in 1983, and “Magic of Coal,” were chosen to represent West Virginia at the Southeast Theater Festival. She has served with numerous boards including the West Virginia Association of Museums, West Virginia Preservation Alliance, West Virginia Supreme Court of

Appeals Fatality Review Team, Pam’s Place, Mercer County Sexual Assault Response Team Victim Advocate, The Bramwell Foundation, Historic Pocahontas, Inc. and Mercer County Tourist Train Authority and has assisted with projects at the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. As Bramwell’s mayor, Stoker spearheaded planning and fundraising for a community playground and restoration of the Pence Hotel and Bramwell Theatre. Her work with the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Authority has made possible the location of its newest trailhead, the Pocahontas Trail, in Bramwell. The breakfast, originally planned to begin at 8 a.m., was delayed two hours due to Concord University being on the inclement weather schedule.

Groundhog Day

International Perspective This article is by Nastassia Yachmianiova, an intern in Concord University’s Office of Advancement. She is from Belarus.

majority of international at Concord T hestudents are familiar with the

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Groundhog Day thanks to the “Groundhog Day” movie directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot. The movie was set in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and portrayed its main hero - Punxsutawney Phil. I think this movie caused a lot of misunderstandings for Concord’s international community because it was really hard to believe that we have our own groundhog whose name is Charlie. The other side of the coin

is the folklore background and deep historical origins of the holiday. According to Groundhog Day tradition, if it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow when he emerges from his burrow the morning of February 2nd, the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Spring with warm weather will come earlier if it is cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow. For me, and I am sure for lots of students, it is hard to rely on groundhog’s weather prediction. At the same time different countries all over the globe have their own traditions and beliefs.

A similar custom is celebrated among Orthodox Christians in Serbia on February 15 during the feast of celebration of Sretenje or the Meeting of the Lord. It is believed that on this day the bear will awake from winter dormancy, and if in this sleepy state he sees his own shadow, it will get scared and go back to sleep for an additional forty days, thus prolonging the winter. If it is sunny on Sretenje, it is the sign that the winter is not over yet. If it is cloudy, it is a good sign that the winter is about to end. On the 27th of June Germany celebrates “Siebenschläfertag” (Seven Sleepers Day). If it rains that day, the rest of summer is supposed to be rainy. In the United Kingdom, July 15 is known as St. Swithun’s day. It was traditionally believed if it rained on that day, it would rain for the next 40 days and nights. Today very few people observe the weather this day. I was honored to be present during the Groundhog breakfast the morning of February 1st (that was actually one day earlier than the official Groundhog Day observance) at Concord University. It was great to plunge into that atmosphere and to observe, and to listen to various speeches, and to wait for Dr. Aloia’s report (each year Charlie has a standing appointment with Concord’s President to predict the duration of winter. The President relays the forecast to the breakfast guests). I cannot but mention the great speakers like Lou Stoker, John Fazio with his students, and Dr. Susan Williams. This year’s Grand Groundhog Watcher was Bramwell Mayor Louise “Lou” Dawson Stoker. Extremely talented and artistic, this lady turned her speech into a theatre play. She proved

that our life is made of “magic moments” and we should cherish them. Lou Stoker also recalled her own “magic moments” as the “birth of a child” or “running across the mountaintops in summer.” Now the Bramwell Mayor can add one more moment, because “being invited and being here is a magic moment for me,” she said. Lou Stoker finished her speech saying, “Do not be afraid of your shadow because the groundhog who is afraid of his shadow and goes back into his burrow, he does not experience six weeks of magic moments. Think what you would miss.” “It is a wonderful social event in such a small community as Athens, W.Va. that welcomes all the people who are willing to come, entertains them, gives a unique opportunity to meet outstanding local people, and socialize.” - Nastassia Yachmianiova

The Division of Business presented the results of a very unusual research about Groundhog predictions and the Stock Market. The report “Animal Spirits and the Groundhog Effect: Assessing the Impact Upon Stock Prices” by John Fazio and his students Jeremiah Nelson and Hanh Tran analyzed possibilities of market changes depending on the groundhog’s predictions. Jeremiah Nelson says that groundhog enthusiasts observe 75-90 percent accuracy in Phil’s prediction. Skeptics on the other hand say that he is right only about 35-39 percent. Concord Charlie has predicted that we will get six more weeks of winter, so we will be able to apply the data of this interesting research and see if it really

influences the stock market. Dr. Susan Williams gave hope to McDowell County with a special presentation. Her students in the Cultural Tourism class are developing and implementing into life a business plan on how to renew the Houston Company Store in Kimball and attract tourists. Moreover, Dr. Williams pointed out that West Virginia should not be embarrassed of its coal history because it is something we should be proud of and we should tell future generations about the history of the state, about the role of coal in West Virginia, and about its present. On behalf of playwright Jean Battlo, McArts director in Kimball, Dr. Williams presented a coal figurine – a symbol of West Virginian heritage. (McArts is a community arts organization located in McDowell County.) As a former Concord Grand Groundhog Watcher, Battlo wanted to give something memorable for the University. Closer to the end of the Groundhog Breakfast Alicia Besenyei, vice president of advancement, received the text message from Dr. Gregory Aloia, the University’s president saying, “I am currently in Concord Charlie’s burrow. He is using his new computer software to make his prognostication. Charlie has reported he saw his shadow.” “I hope you enjoy the cold weather this morning,” Besenyei said, “because you are going to get six more weeks of it.” In conclusion I would like to mention that it is a wonderful social event in such a small community as Athens, W.Va. that welcomes all the people who are willing to come, entertains them, gives a unique opportunity to meet outstanding local people, and socialize.

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Faculty: Beyond the Classroom ‘Three Rivers’ Expands Opportunities for Professor,

CU Grad to Discuss History and West Virginia Wildlife ost days will find Dr. Jonathan are the National Park Service, the Berkey teaching history on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Concord University’s Athens West Virginia Division of Natural campus. And, just several Resources and the Department of miles away, CU alum Jim Phillips is Agriculture. These organizations are discussing West Virginia wildlife charged with protecting portions of with visitors at Pipestem Resort the New, Bluestone and Gauley and State Park’s Nature Center. the lands through which they flow. The historian and naturalist Concord University had the honor stepped out of their day-to-day of hosting the community premiere routines and stepped in front of “Three Rivers: The Bluestone, of the camera as experts on the Gauley and New” on Feb. 27, 2013 West Virginia Public Broadcasting in the main theatre of the Alexander documentary “Three Rivers: The Fine Arts Center. Both Berkey and Bluestone, Gauley and New.” Phillips attended the event as special With nearly a hundred miles guests. The documentary premiered overseen by the National on WVPBS on Sunday Park Service, sections March 3 at 8 p.m. and 11 of these three streams, p.m. flowing through Dr. Berkey is southern West Virginia, chairperson of Concord’s constitute the largest Division of Social federally protected Sciences and associate system of rivers, east of professor of history the Mississippi. “I talked about “Three Rivers” several aspects of examines the historical West Virginia history Dr. Jonathan Berkey and ongoing relationship in the documentary, between man and nature from the Europeans’ in the region and serves as both a early explorations of what is now travelogue and an examination of southern West Virginia up to the efforts to improve the environment, Civil War,” he said. “I talked briefly while promoting economic growth about the importance of water to through tourism. early settlers in the region, the Award-winning WVPBS religious affiliation of early settlers, documentarian Russ Barbour and some of the challenges faced produced the 90-minute by Confederate veterans when they documentary. returned to their homes in a new Assisting WVPBS with the project state (West Virginia) after the war.”

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Filming “Three Rivers” on the New River near Sandstone, W.Va.

Berkey believes the future along the Gauley, Bluestone and New rivers depends on how the region’s people view and relate to their environment and the diverse flora and fauna residing here today. “Our identity,” he says, “is tied up in this landscape, in this environment and it’s up to us to try to preserve that, what is left, because it really does define who we are; it defines our history and if we’re careful and we do things right, it will define our future in a positive way, as well.” “The experience of filming ‘Three Rivers’ was an enjoyable one,” he said. “On a weekend last spring, I drove to Pipestem State Park to meet with Russ Barbour, the film’s producer. We spent a few minutes discussing where to film, and settled on the cabin at the Nature Center. I was especially comfortable with this location because I often go there with my children. “Russ had given me some topics to think about beforehand, so when we started filming he simply asked me to speak about some of them,” he said. Berkey didn’t see the completed project until the community

premiere. “My first time seeing the film was at the Concord premiere, though Russ did send me a copy of the script, so I had read where I would appear in the film before I actually saw it. Seeing the product on the ‘big screen’ was wonderful, and I really enjoyed being able to watch it for the first time with

Jim Phillips ’80

Russ, members of the Concord community, and my family,” he said. “I was especially pleased and humbled to have the last word on the documentary.” Berkey said that participating in the project enhances his work as a professor. “Being part of a documentary helps to reinforce and strengthen my role as an educator. Being involved in projects like this re-energizes me, and I try to carry that enthusiasm back to the classroom,” he said. “Many of the topics I touched upon in the film are expanded in my West Virginia history classes at Concord,” he said. “Documentaries like this one allow me to hone my skills at presenting ideas to varied audiences. The documentary also allowed me to show what

historians do: interpret evidence and communicate findings to a broader audience.” This isn’t the first time Berkey has appeared in a documentary. “I made a brief appearance in a documentary series called ‘Civil Warriors.’ I was in episode 2, ‘Free at Last.’ It aired on the National Geographic Channel in April 2011,” he said. “I discussed how Confederate civilians in Unionoccupied Winchester, Virginia tried to aid the Confederate cause. My part was filmed on location in Winchester.” And, another production with Barbour is in the works. “Russ is working on a documentary about West Virginia statehood for the 150th anniversary, and he asked me (along with my Concord colleague Keith Lilly ’93) to serve as a consultant on the script,” he said. Phillips graduated from Concord in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in education with concentrations in biology and general sciences. He is park naturalist at Pipestem through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. He says the region offers the essentials for both man and nature to flourish, adding that “if you’re gonna have wildlife and a good variety of wildlife, you need to provide them with the basics and the basics would be food, water, shelter, a place to live and a place to raise their families.” His contribution to “Three Rivers” focused on the Bluestone. As a naturalist, Phillips said his topics included “a variety of things… some

plants, some animals, seasons here in the Appalachians.” Filming took place at the Pipestem State Park Nature Center, where he works, and at Bluestone State Park. Scenes in the film show him surrounded by schoolchildren, discussing nature, a familiar and favorite activity of his. Some of his behind-the-scenes work involved catching insect larvae and amphibians for what he called “critter in the hand” shots. Phillips, who grew up nearby, said contributing to the documentary allowed him to expand his audience when it comes to talking about a place near and dear to his heart. “It’s an area I really have great interest in, respect for and a great love of,” he said. He said he valued being “able to share the story of the natural and cultural history of the area along the Bluestone…with a lot more people.” His audience continues to expand. WVPBS has posted the documentary on YouTube. The link to “Three Rivers” is: watch?v=_6G_T3Regdk DVDs of the production are being distributed in West Virginia. “We’re in the process of distributing a complete copy to every school and every library in the state,” Shawn Patterson, director of communications for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, said. For more information about “Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New” contact Patterson at or 304556-4900. Spring 2013 • 24

CU in NYC Alumni Weekend

Ju l y 12- 14 , 20 13

The Concord University Advancement Office is sponsoring a weekend in New York City that is open to all Concord alumni & friends. The schedule for the weekend will be as follows:

F riday, J u l y 12

• Early morning departure for NYC via charter bus from the Princeton, W.Va. area • Arrive in NYC Friday afternoon • Friday evening reception and dinner at one of NYC’s best restaurants • Dinner will be finished early enough for those interested to attend a Broadway show that night

Satu rd ay, J u l y 13

• Featured activity is a 1 p.m. baseball game between the NY Yankees and the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium

Su n da y, J u l y 14

• Mid-day departure from NYC back to West Virginia, arriving back in Princeton late Sunday night

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$550 cost per person for current CUAA members / $600 for non-members *Package cost includes transportation, two nights lodging in a double occupancy room at the New York Marriott East Side and the Friday evening reception and dinner. Tickets to the Yankee game can be reserved for an additional $20 each.

Dinner and room packages are available for alumni who wish to make their own travel arrangements. A $200 deposit is required by June 7 in order to reserve a spot with the full balance due by July 5. Spots are limited so contact the Alumni Office at 1-304-384-5348 or to reserve your spot today!

At Concord lawn I strode with an unlimited an uncertain undeclared future The grass was green and the days bright. (The Campus Beautiful)

At Concord Lawn

In Concord halls I found friends made choices some good some bad

by Sante “Sonny ” Boninsegna ’89

On Concord nights I should have danced extra slept less kissed more pretty girls What seems like yesterday is instead decades past The grass greener now Of Concord College for good for bad My life was made

Attention All

Honors Program Alumni! If you were a member of the Honors Program during your time at Concord, we need to hear from you. The Honors Program is working on gathering updated information from all graduates of the Honors Program. If you were a part of

this, please contact Dr. Thomas Mc Kenna, coordinator of the Honors Program, at so that he can verify your information. Thanks in advance for your response!


August 17, 2012 © Sante Boninsegna, Jr. Concord College Class of 1989

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Congressional Forums Focus on

Veterans Issues, Mine Safety, Manufacturing and Tourism

U.S. lawmakers T hree representing West

Virginia held forums at Concord University this spring. Congressman Nick J. Rahall cohosted a community meeting on March 18 for the Third District Accelerator program. Senator Jay Rockefeller convened a roundtable conversation on mine safety on March 27. Senator Joe Manchin brought his “Commonsense Solutions” Tour to campus on April 1 and held a panel discussion with Concord student veterans.

Concord University is a partner in the Third District Accelerator along with Marshall University, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), the Natural Capital Investment Fund and TechConnect West Virginia.

CU student veterans participate in panel discussion

During the gathering at Concord, leaders from a 10-county region across southern West Virginia discussed this new opportunity to accelerate growth in advanced manufacturing and tourism. Congressman Rahall offered the keynote address in the Wilkes Family Chapel at University Point during the opening session which began at 10 a.m. A roundtable discussion followed in the John and Lucia Pais Family Fellowship Hall. Dr. Roy Ramthun, Concord University professor of recreation and tourism management, was among the panelists. Participants for Senator Rockefeller’s afternoon roundtable at the Rahall Technology Center included representatives of the United Mine Workers of America, the coal industry, government regulators, the private sector, higher education and an Upper Big Branch family member. Referring to the “culture of mining” in West Virginia, the Senator called for a comprehensive approach to making mines safer – one that includes stronger laws, safety training and the development of new safety technologies. Senator Manchin applauded Concord’s efforts in easing the transition for veterans from military service to campus life as students. He said the University “goes above and beyond the call…to integrate veterans” pointing out how Concord takes “extra effort making them feel special.” Manchin and eight of Concord’s student veterans spoke candidly about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), access to medical care and educational benefits and other veterans’ issues. CU student veterans participating in the discussion were: Dave Reeves,

Senator Rockefeller

Congressman Rahall

Senator Manchin

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Tau Kappa Epsilon Greek life is an important part of the college experience for many Concord students. Bonds that are formed between brothers and sisters remain strong and continue to thrive as students become alumni. “Greek Spotlight” is a new feature dedicated to CU’s fraternities and sororities. Look for it in upcoming issues of the “Alumni Magazine.”

Kappa Epsilon was T au founded nationally on Jan.

10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University on the principle that men are welcomed “not for wealth, rank, or honor, but for personal worth and character.” The chapter at Concord was founded on May 12, 1963. The current chapter stands strong at 38 men from all over the country and one from Japan! During the Spring 2013 semester, they raised over $2000 for charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Also, the chapter has completed over 1,600 hours of community service.

A TKE paddle from 1964

1963 For information on chapter activities please “Like” the TKE

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The founding TKE chapter at Concord


Homecoming 2013 50th Anniversary Celebration Friday, October 4 • Alumni Pig Roast—University Point on campus—6 pm • Homecoming Lip Sync Competition—Carter Center on campus—8 pm

The TKEs bury a time capsule near the front lawn of Concord’s campus. The capsule is set to be reopened in 2022.

Saturday, October 5

• Dedication Ceremony—TKE time capsule site on campus—10:30 am

• Football Game Tailgate—Callaghan Stadium parking lot—12 noon Sunday, October 6

• Golf Outing—Pipestem State Park—10 am

For details on the weekend contact the Alumni Office at 1-304-384-5348 or


TKEs return to campus in 2003 to plant a tree over their time capsule

Featured Philanthropy 2013

The current Concord TKEs

The Iota Xi chapter of TKE sponsors a Polar Bear Plunge every year to raise money for the charities they support. This tradition began in 2003.

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Radio Broadcasting Program & Facility Benefiting from WV Broadcasters Association Foundation Gift

Jessica Lilly Doty ’07, center, adjunct instructor and Radio WVCU advisor at Concord University, and Dr. Charles Becker, Concord’s vice president for business and finance, accept a donation presented by Charity Yates Holman ’99 on behalf of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association Foundation.


contribution from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association Foundation to Concord University will be used to upgrade Concord’s radio broadcasting program and facility.

A check presentation ceremony for the $8,000 gift was held in the Erickson Alumni Lounge at University Point on Concord’s Athens campus Thursday, April 11. Making the presentation on behalf of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association Foundation was Charity Holman, local sales manager for WVVA-TV. Jessica Lilly Doty ’07, adjunct instructor and Radio WVCU advisor at Concord, and Dr. Charles Becker, Concord’s vice president for business and finance, accepted the check for the University. Doty, who is also southern West Virginia bureau chief for WVPBS, explained how the gift will be used. “We have really high hopes at Concord University Radio WVCU. We’re hoping to land a low power FM license and our first priority is taking this money to use for purchasing equipment such as an antenna to make that a reality, but there’s also other things in the actual station that could use some upgrading, more recording devices

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and things like that but basically Doty is responsible for pursuing the facilities and new equipment,” and securing the funding from she said. the West Virginia Broadcasters Doty says there are also plans Association Foundation. to expand the program with “The radio programming here remote broadcasts and sports is really driven by the students. play-by-play. My work is driven by the students. “It’s a way that will help us to I have a great group of students continue moving forward and now. They’ve pushed because improve the facilities,” she said. they really want this. They want “Technology is changing on a daily to be on the FM dial. They want to sometimes hourly basis and this reach out to the community more. helps us to really stay up to speed They’ve pushed me to look in and move forward and reach out more places to try and help make to the community.” that happen,” she said. “On behalf of Concord we are Doty invites new listeners to certainly grateful to the West tune in to WVCU. “You can listen Virginia Broadcasters Association and even watch our student Foundation for the generous gift,” produced radio shows at wvcu. Becker said. “Certainly this will be that streams online very beneficial to the students as 24/7,” she said. “We also have a they pursue their education and daily newscast that our students ultimately their careers whether produce that you can hear at it leads to radio broadcasting or noon.” wherever it may take them.” You can find out more on Concord University Facebook at offers a Bachelor of Arts in concordradio Communication Arts with an emphasis in broadcasting and journalism, public relations and theatre. “If they (students) take radio broadcasting classes, they do have an opportunity to produce their own shows,” Doty said. “We also have opportunities for hands-on experience in news reporting WVCU D.J. Wesley “Wes Mac” McKinney and collecting music.” participates in the check presentation press conference.


• Homecoming Parade followed by Bonfire in the Valley - 6:OO p.m.


• Career Symposium • Alumni Pig Roast - 6:OO p.m. • Homecoming Lip Sync at the Carter Center Gym - 8:OO p.m.


• Fraternity & Sorority Gatherings • Mimosa Brunch—10:30 a.m. • Lion’s Den Tailgate—Opens at 12:00 noon • Kickoff vs. Fairmont State

Tau Kappa Epsilon will be having activities all weekend to commemorate their 50th anniversary of coming to campus. Activities include a Friday night gathering, plaque presentation Saturday morning and a golf outing on Sunday. Contact alumni@ for details on the celebration. For a complete schedule of events please visit

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Heritage & Horizon Philanthropist Evelyn Lilly Blake ’42 Inspired by Studies in Botany on ‘The Campus Beautiful’ s a major contributor to The Allie Irene Strasko Research Trust Fund at Concord University, Evelyn Lilly Blake ’42 is helping Concord University students and professors learn more about the natural world. The fund supports research and study in science. Mrs. Blake’s lifelong love for nature took root as a biology major at Concord. She was especially inspired by a botany course she took from Dr. Meade McNeill. “My roommate and I both thought he looked Mrs. Blake with a friend in 1958 like Fred MacMurray and we both liked him in the movies,” she said. “His wife’s name was Beulah and she used to pack a picnic lunch and he’d take the whole lab out and we’d find all kinds of things in the water and in the wilds,” she said. “He was wonderful. He knew every plant around there. He knew it by common names, by botanical names. We just loved him. He’d asked us as we went along what everything was.” Evelyn and her roommate, Ruth, made an interesting botanical discovery on a trip to Ruth’s home in Pax, W.Va. one weekend. “We found a flower and 33 • Spring 2013

we happened to have our botany with us …we carried it everywhere…we were dedicated by that time and we were in McNeill’s class,” Evelyn said. “We keyed it and we took it back to him because the way we keyed it, it didn’t grow there. We found it on a roadside.” Evelyn said that when Dr. McNeill looked at the flower, he exclaimed, “ ‘You are right! Not only did you find something new for the whole area, but you actually keyed it properly.’ ” “Like we wouldn’t have,” she said fondly remembering the conversation. While Evelyn’s ability to identify plants impressed her botany instructor, her talents as a seamstress caught the attention of her art professor Laura Ann Sarvay. “I liked art so I took her class and she saw some of my work (sewing),” she said. Sarvay liked what she saw and hired Evelyn as her seamstress. Her interest in art led to a minor in the subject. Evelyn continued to sew while she was pursuing her master’s degree at Virginia Tech. She started work on a wool quilt then, but put it aside when she didn’t have time to devote to the project. She says she picked it back up several years ago and this time she finished the project. The quilt recently hung in a museum in Atlanta. Music is another of Mrs.

Heritage & Horizon

Drummer Evelyn as a band member

Blake’s interests. Along with her donation to further science research at Concord, she also helped with the purchase of new band uniforms several years ago. The marching band, like biology, had an important role in Evelyn’s Concord days. She played the snare drum in the Concord band. Prior to playing for the college group, she performed with the Shady Spring High School band in Beaver, W.Va. Evelyn’s appreciation and concern for the environment was shared by her late husband, Oscar Blake. Mr. Blake was an architectural engineer and a professor at Virginia Tech where he also received his master’s degree. The Blakes resided in the Roanoke, Va. area for over six decades. Mrs. Blake continued this legacy with the donation of 222 acres of pristine forest land, located north of Blacksburg, Va., to The Nature Conservancy for establishment of a nature preserve. The Oscar Jennings and Evelyn Lilly Blake Preserve contains a large area of calcareous forest that is very rare. Mrs. Blake, whose career days included teaching, is retired and currently living in Daleville, Va.

CU Upward Bound Graduate Felicia Stover

Selected to Attend Summer Program for Women in Mathematics


elicia Stover, a Concord University Upward Bound graduate, is one of 16 women selected to attend the 2013 Summer Program for Women in Mathematics at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A senior at Concord University, Felicia is majoring in Mathematics Comprehensive with a minor in Statistics. She is a 2010 graduate of Summers County High School where she participated in Concord University’s Upward Bound Program. Felicia will take four mathematics classes during the summer program in addition to learning about mathematical software and mathematical writing and proof

techniques. “The program will give me sufficient information to make an informed decision about graduate school and careers in mathematics,” she said. Applicants for the Summer Program for Women in Mathematics must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and an undergraduate woman at a U.S. university or college, who is completing her junior year or equivalent and have mathematical experience beyond the typical first courses in calculus and linear algebra. Each of the 16 women selected will receive a travel allowance, campus room and board, and a stipend of $1,750. The program will offer a

number of seminars led by active research mathematicians with the assistance of graduate students. The seminars will be organized to enable the students to obtain a deep understanding of basic concepts in several areas of mathematics, to learn how to do independent work, and to gain experience in expressing mathematical ideas orally and in writing. There will be panel discussions on graduate schools, career opportunities, and the job market. Weekly field trips will be organized to facilities of mathematical interest around the Washington, D.C. area.

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Heritage & Horizon Jatin Atre ’02 Finds Friendship And Community as International Student – and Valedictorian – at Concord


atin Atre has “fond memories” of his days at Concord. As an international student from Pune, India, he remembers the friendship and hospitality extended by the school and the community. “Concord has made a massive impact on my life,” he said. “But, colleges to me are not the classrooms and football fields, it is all the donors who contributed to giving international students scholarships, it is all the friends who invited them for Thanksgiving dinners, and it is the community that made them feel at home – thousands of miles away. Almost heaven, sounds like it.” That enriching environment, along with Jatin’s dedication to academic excellence, led him to the top at Concord and he graduated as one of five valedictorians for the Class of 2002. Other honors at Concord included being named the Outstanding Communication Student for two years and making the Dean’s List each semester. Along with his bachelor’s degree from Concord, Jatin has also received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Jatin was part of “The Concordian” staff at Concord. “I had the opportunity to launch the first web-based edition of the newspaper,” he said. “I was the designer and webmaster for many semesters.” “I also had the opportunity to teach an adjunct course in digital media for my final three semesters there,” he said recalling the somewhat unconventional studentinstructor dynamic. “Class discipline was difficult to maintain as most of ‘my students,’ were the same folks I would hang out with after class!” Jatin was also a member of the International Students Club. “I had the opportunity to be involved with specifically raising funds for victims of an earthquake that had hit South Asia, when I was in school,” he said. “It was a great team effort, with students from so many countries participating. But, what made the real difference was how the community, both in the college and town of Athens showed their generous support for people so far away.” From the perspective of an international student at Concord, Jatin says he has many special memories. Pulling from all those recollections, he has decided to share what he calls a “light one and a serious one.” “In my first week at Concord, I was supposed to

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attend a lecture by Dr. Ron Burgher. The lecture was to be held in the main auditorium,” he recalls. “Since it was a large auditorium, and parts of it were dark, certain seats were tagged or marked, and everyone was told to sit in ‘marked’ seats only. I thought I had followed instructions, but another student came and sat next to me in a non-marked seat. Dr. Burgher bellowed from the stage, ‘You Indian. Get-up Indian, get-up Indian…’ I was mortified and began walking back and forth stepping over other students’ toes. The person next to me also did the same, while everyone else stared. Dr. Burgher continued, ‘Not you, not you….’ Anyway, I sat back down, knowing very little about what had just happened. Talk about good first impressions.”

“Concord has made a massive impact on my life. But, colleges to me are not the classrooms and football fields, it is all the donors who contributed to giving international students scholarships, it is all the friends who invited them for Thanksgiving dinners, and it is the community that made them feel at home – thousands of miles away. Almost heaven, sounds like it.” Jatin Atre ’02

“The next day I saw Dr. Burgher in the hallway and he said, ‘You are the guy from my class yesterday…do you know what happened?’ I said that I had no idea. He explained, ‘Well… the guy sitting next to you was wearing a Cleveland Indians cap. So I yelled – “Get-up

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Jatin Atre ’02 and his wife Shruti Indian, get-up Indian… I had never thought, a real Indian kid would get up and start moving around!” ’ We have been close friends ever since,” Jatin said. “On a serious note, right after 9/11 it was a tense and troubled time all over the country,” he said. “I remember in the middle of all those horrific events, I got a call from a friend, Dwane Muncy’s father from Cucumber, W.Va. Dwane’s father had called to say, ‘Even though you are from India, someone on the street may not know the difference, and do something unfortunate to you because everything is so tense. I think you should come and spend the week here at our place so that you are safe.’ ” “In the middle of all that, I could not believe that Earl Dwane Muncy in McDowell County had first thought of making sure that the Indian kid was safe. That’s really

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West Virginia to me. We need more people like Earl Dwane Muncy,” he said. Jatin is currently employed as a director at APT, a technology firm based in Washington, D.C. “At APT, I started out consulting large companies, such as Victoria’s Secret, PNC Bank, etc. on how they should make investments in marketing, merchandising, capital expenditure and operations. It was great to consult many of these leading companies to find out which of their new ideas work, which ones don’t and which ones need to be fine-tuned,” he said. “Now, I’m more often focused on marketing and developing new opportunities for APT,” Jatin said. “I joined the company in 2006 and it has been a fun ride. APT has grown to having over 200 associates, in four offices across the U.S., Europe, and Asia.” He and his wife, Shruti, live in Washington, D.C. Jatin considers himself a lighthearted individual, a trait he enjoys sharing with Shruti. “Shruti and I met in 2007 and on our first date discussed serious topics, such as Paris Hilton’s dog, Tinkerbell (Jatin says Shruti loves dogs), the increase/ decrease of bling in rap music, and why Britney Spears and Kevin Federline should have stuck it out,” he said. “Our marriage continues to be based on strong fundamentals of meaningful conversations about pop culture.” Joking aside, Jatin says, “Shruti and I are active supporters of Children International and the D.C. Cancer Network.” and we will highlight those answers in the following issue. Make sure to include your name and class year with your response. Here’s the question for the next issue:

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Alums Share Enthusiasm For Geography

Catherine White Selen ’06 and Linda Poff ’76 at the 2013 West Virginia Geographic Bee

times she participated in the West Both Virginia Geographic Bee,

Catherine White Selen had a case of the nerves. But the jitters aside, what’s most important is her ongoing love of geography and the respect and admiration she has for the teacher who inspired her enthusiasm for the subject and continues to mentor her today.

Catherine participated in her first state bee in 1992. “I was the first fifth grader from Straley Elementary School to go, and I was 11,” she said. Her teacher at the Princeton, W.Va. school was Linda Poff, a 1976 graduate of Concord. Along with teaching the fifth grade at Straley, Poff also coordinated the geographic bee there. Ms. Poff describes young Catherine as “a conscientious student in every academic area.” “When I asked for students interested in participating in the school geographic bee, she was one of many students who participated,” Ms. Poff said. “She went from

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participant to being the school’s champion, and being one of the first female champions! She qualified to be a representative in the state bee held in Charleston at that time. I was proud of her significant accomplishments that lead her to the state geographic bee.” “The bee was held at the Charleston Civic Center and I was so nervous I couldn’t have answered correctly if they asked me what the capital of West Virginia was!” Catherine said. “I didn’t do well at all, but of course, Ms. Poff was so supportive and proud of me for just being there. It was a wonderful experience, and the goody bags and prizes were great!” “I think most teachers would agree with me that the greatest reward as a teacher is observing, or witnessing your students’ accomplishments, no matter how small or how significant,” Ms. Poff said. “In fact, there is no reward that compares!” On April 5 of this year, Catherine stepped across the border into the other side of the competition when the West Virginia Geographic Bee was held at Concord University. “I was a student assistant scorekeeper in one of the preliminary rooms and also a scorekeeper for the tie breaker and final rounds,” she explained. “I was still very nervous!” she said. “I tried to make the children feel relaxed and I told the kids in my room, ‘No matter how nervous you are, all you can do is your best, so

try to relax and enjoy being here.’ When I went, I was just too nervous to enjoy it, so I tried to help the kids make the most of their experience, and be proud of themselves.” Catherine, who received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Concord in 2006, was back on campus completing a second bachelor’s degree – this time in geography. “This geography degree will mean a great deal to me and I am more proud of coming back and getting it than any other license or diploma to date,” she said. “Concord has an excellent geography program, and I have been able to take classes part-time and complete my geography degree in one year. I have learned a great deal in that short time and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be here again… it has definitely refined my world view and given me skills to build on.” “The best part of being on the other side (of the competition) was working with Ms. Poff,” Catherine said. Ms. Poff, who is now an adjunct instructor in geography at Concord, received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education grades 1-8 with a specialization in health and physical education from Concord. She has also earned two master’s degrees - an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Salem University, and an M.S. from Concord University in education with a specialization in geography. She is coordinator of the West Virginia Geographic Bee. “Years passed and once again I was fortunate to have Catherine as a student enrolled in my physical geography class at Concord University,” Ms. Poff said.

“Furthermore, our paths crossed again not as teacher/student, but as both students in a graduate class taught by Dr. Joseph Manzo. “The fall of 2012, I saw Catherine at a local restaurant and asked her if she would be interested in helping with the state geographic bee. Never hesitating, she agreed and continued to tell me she was making geography one of her majors in college,” she said. “Observing, or witnessing your student’s accomplishments at any age is the ultimate reward for a teacher!” Ms. Poff said. “I am more than proud of Catherine’s accomplishments, and her love for geography, her eagerness to spread the enthusiasm that flows in her veins for the subject is what creates a ‘glow’ in my life as a teacher!” Catherine is quick to reciprocate the praise. “Ms. Poff has such an enthusiasm for life and for learning. From a young age, she helped me recognize that there was an area of

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study that came naturally for me,” she said. “She encouraged me to learn about other people and places. It is because of Ms. Poff that I can easily describe to someone what a plateau or isthmus or peninsula is. Because of her I know how to use a map and find my location based on longitude and latitude.” And, Catherine is also eager to talk about her love for geography. “Geography helps me understand where I am and how that relates to the world around me. I never feel quite right unless I can find where I am on a map,” she said. “Geography encompasses cultures, languages, and religions that are different from mine, and I know I can’t really understand myself unless I understand people who are different from me. “I remember in Ms. Poff’s class at Straley, we listened to the song, “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys. We picked out all the places we recognized like, Aruba, Jamaica

and Bermuda, and found them on a map. We also learned of new places like Key Largo. We learned how far away from these places we were and what kind of life people lived there,” she said. “Geography is in every day little things like the ice cream, Rainforest Crunch by Ben and Jerry’s that has Brazil nuts in it. By investigating the ingredients of ice cream, and taking a closer look at how far away places can influence me, I learned how important rainforests are and a way that farmers in Brazil can support their families,” she said. “To this day, I still enjoy looking for and learning from little things like that, and that makes me love geography,” Catherine said. “Geography isn’t like math, I don’t have to figure it out. I use my knowledge of geography as a tool to help me figure things out and help me to relate to the world. I don’t learn geography, I learn from it.”

State Geographic Bee The 2013 West Virginia Geographic Bee was held on the campus of Concord University Friday, April 5. Approximately 75 students from cities and towns across The Mountain State competed for the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the 25th annual National Geographic Bee set for May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. This is the third year the state event has been held on “The Campus Beautiful.” Andrew Christy, a 7th grader from St. Francis Central Catholic School in Morgantown, won first place. This is the second championship in the annual event for Christy. He won the West Virginia Geographic Bee last year at Concord. The state bees are the second level of the annual National Geographic Bee. The first level began last November with contests

in nearly 11,000 U.S. schools, in which millions of students participated. While youngsters competed at Concord on April 5, other students in grades four through eight participated in state bees across the United States and U.S. territories that same day. Winners of these state competitions advanced to the national event. National Geographic developed the National Geographic Bee in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Along with celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Bee this year, the Society is also observing its 125th year in 2013. The top 10 national finalists for 2013 along with last year’s top 10 will be eligible for selection for the three-person team to represent the United States at the National

This year’s winner, Andrew Christy

Geographic World Championship in July 2013, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visit geobee for additional information on the National Geographic Bee. Visitors to the site can hone their geography skills with the GeoBee Challenge game.

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Class Notes Achievements Mary Frances Staten Hash ‘69 has joined New River Community and Technical College in Beckley, W.Va. as director of the medical assisting program. She had directed the program at Mountain State University since 1995 and had served as faculty prior to being named director. She also served as lead facilitator for all medical assisting and medical coding and billing classes at MSU. Hash has a master’s in business education from Marshall University. Susan Anderson Martin ’74 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Roman Catholic diocese of Rockville Centre for recognition of her 30 years of service as Director of Faith Formation in religious education. She and her husband are proud of their two college graduate children and will soon welcome their first grandchild. Thomas G. Wilson ‘79 recently retired after 30 years with the Virginia Tech Upward Bound and Talent Search programs. The last 15 of those years he spent as the program’s director. Prior to working at Virginia Tech he served as band director, choir director, and general music teacher with the Highland County, Virginia public schools. He continues to serve as choir director at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Va. Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe ’87 was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year at the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce 2013 Annual Dinner. Jolliffe has served as CEO of the WV State Fair Event Center since 2004. She began working at the fair during her senior year of high school and later served as Assistant Manager and Coordinator of Sales and Marketing from 1989 to 2003. She served as Executive Director of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce between stints at the Fair. In addition to her degree from Concord, Jolliffe also has a master’s degree from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She has served on the Boards of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber and CVB, as well as the Advisory Boards of BB&T and WVNS-TV. Her leadership abilities have been recognized on the national and international levels as she was elected Chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

Deborah West ’95 assumed the role of director of institutional assessments and outcomes at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. in August Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe ’87 2012. In addition to her degree from Concord, West also has her master’s degree from Marshall University in school guidance and counseling. She served for 15 years in the public education system as a school guidance counselor and principal. West oversees VCOM’s accreditation and state licensure process, but her primary role is to use college outcomes to evaluate the success of the mission of the College.

Deborah West ’95

Jamie McGraw Hutteman ’98 was named National Teacher of the Week by Carney, Sandoe & Associates in April. Hutteman teaches middle school theater and communication arts at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N.C.

Jennifer Ellison Howard ’99 had her book, “The Healing Heart” e-published in January on and Jennifer self-published a children’s book called “Lucy and the Land of Lost Socks” in 2009. Jennifer and her husband, Chris Howard ’97 currently reside in Peterstown, W.Va. with their daughter.

Joseph Jenkins ‘01 has joined Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins to expand the firm’s environmental practice and services. He was senior counsel for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. During the 2011 Legislative session, he was counsel to the state Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Jenkins earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Matthew Stull ’01 has been promoted to Senior Vice President - Chief Financial Officer of First Sentinel Bank. Stull is based at the bank’s operation center in Cedar Bluff, Va. He and his wife Jennifer live in Princeton, W.Va. with their two children. Jonathan R. Ellis ‘02 was recently promoted to membership at Steptoe & Johnson. He practices in the areas of mine safety law and the defense of mine operators and other energy clients in civil litigation against claims of wrongful death, deliberate intent, personal injury and breach of contract. He earned his law degree from Washington & Lee University. He is a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, the West Virginia Coal Association, and the 39 • Spring 2013

Class Notes Kentucky Coal Association. He joined the firm in 2006.

Christy McGinnis ’04 has accepted a position as a Business Services Officer in the Commercial Banking Department of BB&T Bank in Charleston, W.Va. Christy joined BB&T in June 2004 as a Relationship Banker. In the spring of 2005, she became the WV Central Region’s BB&T @Work Sales Officer. During her six year tenure as an @Work officer, she was a frequent quarterly Sterling winner, and was also the 2008 Annual Sterling recipient for BB&T @Work. In June 2011, Christy was promoted to Merchant Sales Consultant for the WV Central Region. She has been certified by the Bank’s UCP Program as a BB&T@Work Officer and a Merchant Services Officer. She currently serves as a Commissioner of the Dunbar Police Department Civil Service Commission, is a member of the Concord University Business Advisory Board, and serves as an officer for the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Association for Concord University. Patrick Michael Farry ’06 was recently sworn in as the newest police officer for the city of St. Albans, W.Va. For the last four years he worked for the South Charleston Police Department, serving as a patrolman and a detective in the street crimes unit. Melissa Workman ’07 was named the WVVA and Cole Chevy Teacher of the Month for February 2013. Workman is the third grade teacher at Melrose Elementary School in Princeton.

Victoria Faulkner ‘12 was accepted for the fall semester of 2012 and is attending Appalachian State University’s Graduate School in the Exercise Science Master’s Program. She was also awarded the NC Tuition scholarship based on academics for the Spring 2013 semester.


Catherine Staten ’12 and Daniel Puckett ’08 exchanged wedding vows on July 28, 2012, at the First Christian Church in Princeton, W.Va. Puckett also has his Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from the Appalachian College of Pharmacy. The couple resides in Christiansburg, Va.


Catherine Staten ’12 & Daniel Puckett ’08

Michelle Kaczynski Carlson ’00 and her husband Eric welcomed their first child, Grant Victor, on Feb. 22, 2013. Grant weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz.

Laura Benjamin Friess ’00 and her husband Jay welcomed a daughter, Ruby Eleanor, on Nov. 27, 2012. Ruby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long.

Grant Victor Carlson


Mary Lee (Robertson) Mockler ’43: Feb. 3, 2013. Born in Davy, W.Va., Mary was the daughter of Victor H. and Lillie H. (Robinett) Robertson. Mary lived in Worcester, Mass. and taught Physical Education at Chandler Junior High School for many years before retiring. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, John. She leaves a daughter, Nancy A. Mattson and her husband Russell; a son, John V. Mockler and his wife Caroline; seven grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Elva Arbutus Smith “Bo” Harris Burns ’50: April 9, 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Concord and a Masters of Education degree from Georgia State University. She was employed with the Atlanta Public School System at Ragsdale Elementary teaching first grade and later for Fulton County as a long-term substitute. Burns was a lifelong teacher who loved working with

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Class Notes children. She enjoyed writing children’s books and poetry, gardening, traveling, and playing bridge. Burns was a member of the Community Christian Church in Fayetteville, Ga., and Christian Women’s Fellowship of the Christian Church in Vero Beach, Fla. She is survived by a daughter, son, three brothers, four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

LTC (Ret.) Virgil Everett Moore, Jr. ’51: Feb. 24, 2013. Born March 21, 1928 in Gauley Bridge, W.Va., he was the son of the late Virgil Everett Moore, Sr. and Lora Edith Greer Moore of Hinton, W.Va. Known affectionately as “Moe” by his friends and family, he graduated from Hinton High School in 1946 and was a member of the Hinton High School Football Hall of Fame. He spent 29 years in the US Army serving in Korea and Vietnam. Upon his return from Korea, he received a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Tech in 1966. From 1962-1965 he was Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Virginia Tech. Following his professorship at Virginia Tech, he was deployed to Germany as Assistant Chief of Staff for Maintenance and Support Commands from 1965-1969. From 1969-1971, LTC Moore was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. as Project Management Officer in the Army Material Command where he validated programs involving research, development, and procurement of munitions and mobility equipment to meet worldwide requirements. In 1971, LTC Moore assumed Command of the Radford Army Ammunitions plant in Radford, Va. As commander of the Radford Arsenal he was responsible for the safety of over 7,000 government and contract personnel. He enhanced modernization of the Radford Arsenal with improvements in operational readiness in the event of Virgil Everett Moore, Jr. ’51 national mobilization. He was an honor graduate of the United States Command and General Staff College in 1973. LTC Moore served as Chief of the Logistics and Surface Mobility Branch in the Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., from 1973-1977. Military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross. After retiring from the US Army in 1978, “Moe” moved to Princeton and taught business management courses at Concord for seven years. He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America, Hinton Post No. 4500 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Princeton Chapter No. 31 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the Mercer County Veterans Council and the Tazewell Virginia Camp No. 1573 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He served for many years as an income tax consultant in the AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program. “Moe” was a member of Carr Memorial United Methodist Church and was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, six grandchildren, his brother and a longtime companion.

Anna Lou Snidow ’51: March 11, 2013. Born July 25, 1930 in Princeton, W.Va. she was the daughter of the late Waldo Emerson Ballard and Myrtle Ballard. Anna Lou was a former chemist at the Celanese Corporation and then taught chemistry for Mercer County Schools at Matoaka in the 1950s. She returned to the school system in 1982 following the death of her husband. Anna Lou retired from the Mercer County School System last teaching at PikeView High School. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Princeton. She is survived by her son, Dr. Robert L. Snidow, Jr. and his wife Sheila of Princeton and three grandchildren. Ronald Edward Hood Sr. ’52: Feb. 22, 2013. Born June 2, 1928 in Big Stone Gap, Va., he was the son of the late William Hood and the late Catherine Barrow Hood. He spent most of his youth in the coal regions of southern West Virginia, settling in Mt. Hope as a teen. While at Concord, he played in a popular local jazz band and met his future wife, Barbara Lilly Hood ‘53, from Bluefield. He and Barbara were married shortly after he joined the United States Marine Corps. Ron was well known in coal related circles and spent the majority of his career in sales of underground power equipment for the Ohio Brass Company. He retired in the early 1990s when he and Barbara, a retired teacher, moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to enjoy both the coastal weather and the golf. Survivors include his son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and grandson. Eugene Cook ’59: Dec. 21, 2012. Born Oct. 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Hugh M. and Martha Toler Cook. Eugene attended Baileysville High School before attending Concord and was an educator for 34 years. During that time, he served as a teacher and basketball coach at Reedy Creek, Long Branch, Huff Consolidated and Baileysville elementary schools. He had been retired for 32 years. He had a love for bluegrass music and started his own group, The Faithful Few. He was a local and national member of the Beta Sigma and Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternities. He is survived by his wife, daughter, grandson, niece, two great nieces, and a number of special friends. 41 • Spring 2013

Class Notes Kathleen Ferguson Thompson ’64: March 14, 2013. Kathleen was born in Camp Creek, Mercer County, W.Va. and was the daughter of the late David Lawrence Ferguson and Fern Glen Martin Ferguson Roseblock. Kathleen graduated from Stoco High School before attending Concord. She taught English grammar, literature, reading, composition and research at Stoco Junior High School, Stoco High School and Independence High School for 24 years. Students considered her tough but fair; friends and family knew her as a woman of boundless generosity, great intellectual curiosity and great spirit. Those close to her knew when they needed help Kathleen would offer it before they asked. Her other interests included reading, music, painting and duplicate bridge. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Kathleen Ferguson Thompson ’64

Clarence Edward Blankenship ’67: Jan. 25, 2013. Born April 14, 1937, on Beech Hill in War, W.Va., he was the son of the late John Morgan and Ida Mae Asbury Blankenship. He was a resident of War the greater part of his life and was a graduate of Big Creek High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and he was a lifetime member of the Blinded Veterans Association. He is survived by his wife, one son, six daughters, one grandson, three brothers and four sisters.

Billy Joe Keatley ’68: Feb. 2, 2013. He was born Nov. 18, 1945 in Princeton, W.Va. and was the son of the late John Lacy and Sally B. Keatley. He was a member of the Concord United Methodist Church in Athens, W.Va. In addition to his degree from Concord, Billy Joe also earned his master’s degree plus 30 hours in school administration. He served as a teacher and vice principal in the Mercer County School system for 35 years. Billy Joe’s career began at Central Junior High School in Bluefield. He also served at Princeton Junior High, Bluefield High, Athens High, Princeton High and Montcalm High School. He retired in November, 2003. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren, a niece and three brothers-in-law.

Everette K. Bailey Jr. ’70: Jan. 17, 2013. Everette was born July 10, 1947, in Princeton, W.Va. and was the son of the late Everette K. Bailey Sr. and Ruth Mastin Bailey. He retired from the West Virginia Division of Highways, as The Human Billy Joe Keatley ’68 Resources Manager, after 33 years of service. Everette was committed to his community, church, civic groups, 4-H organizations and organized sports programs for children of all ages. He had been a 4-H leader in Mercer County for more than 40 years, he was a West Virginia 4-H All-Star, had served as a camp counselor for the county program as well as the state program. For many years, Everette volunteered at the West Virginia State Fair, supporting all phases of 4-H programs. Everette was an outstanding member of the Princeton Jaycees where he had served as President, and later served as regional Vice President for the State of West Virginia. Everette received numerous awards on both the local and state levels. He was honored by the West Virginia Jaycees as being named a JCI Senator, the highest award a Jaycee can receive. He was also very active in the Mercer County Jr. Miss Program and the West Virginia Jr. Miss Program. Everette had been honored to serve many times as a judge on the state level throughout the Eastern United States. Everette K. Bailey Jr. ’70 Everette was also a member of Princeton Elks Lodge. He was active with the Princeton City Football League, Mercer County Soccer League, and Greater Princeton Little League program, helping to establish its current location at Gardner. Everette loved people, especially young people. This was reflected in his commitment to the Soccer Program at Princeton Senior High School where he established the program and coached for 15 years. He was honored during his tenure to serve as coach of the Southern All-Star team for West Virginia. He will long be remembered as the voice of the Princeton Tigers basketball teams for girls and boys. Everette, along with his wife, was awarded The Distinguished Service Award by The West Virginia Athletic Directors Association. Everette was a lifetime member of the Princeton Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an Elder and a member of the church choir for over 40 years. Everette was actively involved in the life of the City of Princeton. He had served as chairman for the Parks and Recreation Board for the City, and was currently serving as a member of the Princeton Zoning Board. He was a familiar face for many graduating students from Princeton Senior High School working directly with his wife Carol on Project Graduation. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Carol Butler Bailey ‘70, two children, Jeffery W. Bailey and wife Barbara of Morgantown, W.Va. and Heather Bailey and her fiancé Michael Treolo of Athens, W.Va., three grandsons, a brother and sister-in-law. Spring 2013 • 42

Class Notes Gregory John Pels ’72: Feb. 14, 2013. Greg was born in Phillipsburg, N.J. on April 28, 1949. After graduating from Concord, Greg went on to get his master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Virginia Tech in 1975. He spent his career as administrative faculty at the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies and served as Director of Continuing Education at the UVA Richmond Center until he retired in 2004. He was then employed by the Virginia Department of Education until 2009. Greg was an accomplished photographer and had many of his images published in Virginia Wildlife magazine. Greg is survived by his wife, Emily Gernhardt Pels ’73, his daughter Kristin, son Scott, his parents, his sister and her family, his granddaughter and his extended family. Daniel Ray Dodrill ’79: March 21, 2013. Born Dec. 10, 1955, in Princeton, W.Va. he was the son of Charles M. Dodrill of Princeton and the late Opal Turner Dodrill. Daniel graduated from Princeton High School in 1973 and after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Concord he then attended East Tennessee State University and received a master’s degree from a university in Maryland. Daniel was the former Director for the Commission on Aging in Princeton. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked until his retirement with the Inspector General concerning the HUD programs. He is survived by his father, two children and a sister and brother-in-law. Derek J. Cohenour ‘03: March 29, 2013. Born Dec. 10, 1980, Derek was originally from Smoot, W.Va. and was the son of the late James E. and Carrell L. Cohenour. He was employed by the West Virginia Medical Institute as an Information Technology Specialist. Derek attended the Poca United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Violet, his daughters, Lilly Virginia and Lila Grace, a brother and sister-in-law as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Amber Lovell Knowles ’07: Feb. 14, 2013. Amber was born Feb. 8, 1979 in Princeton, W.Va. She was the daughter of Robert Allen Lovell and Judy Coleen Ford Lovell. Amber graduated from Princeton Senior High School in 1997, and received her teaching degree from Concord. Amber’s courageous battle with cancer did not preclude her from being a good wife and a great mother. She enjoyed Zumba with her friends, baking deserts and cheesecakes, going to the beach and she loved her family. In addition to her parents, Amber is survived by her husband, two children, her sister and a number of extended family members and friends. Amber Lovell Knowles ’07

Judy Carol Jones Sanders: April 29, 2013. Born Sept. 10, 1950 in Bluefield, W.Va., Judy was the daughter of Bessie Helen Woolridge Jones of Princeton, W.Va., and the late James Sherwood Jones. Judy graduated from Princeton High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Bluefield State College. She earned her L.P.N. certificate and had worked at Princeton Health Care Facility for several years. A resident of Princeton, she was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church near Princeton and a program coordinator with Concord’s Student Support Services. Judy was devoted to her family and loved her grandchild. She will be lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Lisa Marie Sanders Karnes and husband Bill, and Amy Marie Sanders Prichard; the one who held the key to her heart, her grandson, Dylan Sanders; her mother, Helen Jones; and brother, Allen Jones and wife Dona, all of Princeton. Judy Sanders

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Donald Paul Christie, husband, father, grandfather (best known as “Coach”) of Princeton, W.Va., was born the eldest son of the late Paul and Elizabeth Christie of Salem, W.Va. Coach Christie was a 1948 graduate of Scott High School, Madison, W.Va., a 1952 graduate of Salem College, and received his master’s degree in 1960 from West Virginia University. After four years in the United States Air Force as a jet pilot, he attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 1956 he began his teaching and coaching career at Salem High School, Salem, W.Va., where he taught mathematics and coached boys’ basketball, football and baseball. He went on to teach mathematics and coach basketball at Salem College from 1960 to 1977. He coached numerous All-WVIAC players including AllAmerican and National Player of the Year Archie Talley. He was inducted into the Salem College Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1977 he went to Concord College where he coached men’s basketball, was Assistant Director of Admissions and taught mathematics for 12 years.

He concluded his professional career as Concord University Director of Athletics from 1989-1998. Coach Christie was inducted into the Concord University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. His accomplishments as a basketball coach include 387 wins which is 3rd in WVIAC history and coaching two WVIAC tournament championship teams in 1979 and 1989. At Concord he coached six AllWVIAC players including Will Johnson, Tracy Poindexter, David Darnell, Julius Lockett, Todd Lusk and Ron Ward. He is considered to be one of the outstanding gentlemen of college athletics in WVIAC history. He will be remembered as a kind and generous mentor, coach and friend by his former players, fellow coaches, and students. Coach Christie is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jean Brown Christie whom he married May 8, 1953. Surviving also are their two daughters, Judy Hoover and her fiancé Terry Gainer, and Jennifer Callahan and Rick Callahan; five grandchildren; brother David and his wife Cheryl; son-in-law Warren McCrory; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Dr. Joe Beckett

Named West Virginia Athletic Training Educator of the Year he 2013 Annual Sports Medicine Conference of the West Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association (WVATA) brought approximately 90 athletic training faculty members, physicians and other medical professionals and students to Concord University March 22 and 23. This is the first year “The Campus Beautiful” has hosted the event and organizers are pleased

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with the outcome. Conference coordinator and host Dr. Joe Beckett said the quality of the speakers and the student presentations were especially noteworthy. Beckett is professor and director of Concord University’s Athletic Training Education Program. Along with organizing the conference, Beckett also received a special honor at the event by being voted as the West Virginia Athletic Training Educator of the Year. “Dr. Beckett has devoted 23 of his 32 years in higher education to establishing, creating, developing, organizing and growing both quantitatively and qualitatively ATEPs in West Virginia,” his nomination materials state. The nomination goes on to say that Beckett’s commitment to students is demonstrated by, among other things, the “great deal of time (he spends) communicating with and mentoring students about leadership qualities, professional aspiration and ambition, and ways that students can positively impact the athletic training profession.” “Anytime your colleagues select

Above - Front row, left to right: Casey Gerber, Alison Hall, Dr. Joe Beckett, Kara Broughman, Sami Spertzel, Meghan Kinkead, Erin Asbury, Samantha Clement, Kat Naglee Back row, left to right: Kyle Schneider, Britnee Gibson, Brent Roark, Naythen Mooney, Shila Allman, Tiffany Kobordo, Stephen Baldwin, Brooke Bowling, Tyler Farrar Photo by Concord University student Sterling Snyder

you for this, you are very honored,” he said. Beckett, who is a 1976 graduate of Bluefield High School, was joined at the conference by other local presenters and BHS alums. “The local folks all had outstanding presentations,” he said. They include Dr. Dan Martin, chair of the graduate athletic training program at West Virginia Wesleyan College; Mike Goforth, head athletic trainer at Virginia Tech; Dr. Philip Branson, Princeton physician who sees many of the orthopaedic injuries sustained by Concord student-athletes; and, Dr. James Kyle ’74, clinical professor and medical director of the Concord ATEP and lead team physician for

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Taking Safety to a New Level

Dr. James Kyle ’74, Dr. Joe Beckett, and CU Athletic Director Kevin Garrett

Dr. James Kyle ’74, lead team physician for the Mountain Lions, is working to make athletics safer not only for CU teams but for younger student athletes in West Virginia’s southern counties as well. His initiative revolves around “Game Day Medical Time-Out,” an emergency care plan that takes a proactive approach to safety on the playing field. Kyle is regional medical director for Region I with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public the Mountain Lions. Kyle moderated a session on “Game Day Medical Time-Out,” an initiative he has introduced aimed at making high school athletics safer. Other topics presented at the conference include: trends in concussion management; should injured athletes play; examination and management of neck injuries; exercise collapse in sickle cell trait; sports trauma in cheerleading; update on the status of athletic training coverage at West Virginia’s secondary schools; examination of the aging athlete; functional foot evaluation and gait analysis; and emerging and alternative

Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. He is also a clinical professor and medical director of Concord’s Athletic Training Education Program. Kyle promoted Medical TimeOut at the 2013 Annual Sports Medicine Conference of the West Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association (WVATA) held March 22 and 23 at Concord. The plan consists of a checklist that coaches, emergency medical service personnel (EMS), athletic trainers and team physicians, techniques in treating athletes and returning them to play. In a video message to conference attendees, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. addressed the risk for concussions faced by athletes. “As athletic trainers, you are on the front lines when it comes to protecting our student athletes from injuries including a specific injury… concussions,” Rockefeller said. “As you know our young people are at risk for concussions each time they play a sport whether it’s football, soccer, cheerleading, baseball or basketball.” “Recently, we have learned more information about the risks and dangers of concussions in sports,”

school administrators and law enforcement representatives go over in a meeting 30 minutes prior to the start of an athletic contest. Among the items discussed are the availability of equipment and procedures and ways of communicating in the event of an emergency. Kyle is spearheading the effort in the southern West Virginia counties of Region I and plans to implement Medical Time-Out at Mountain Lion football games during the 2013 season. he said. Rockefeller is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. “I held a hearing on concussions and the market of sports equipment recently, where experts discussed important facts about what concussions are and what can be done to protect athletes,” he said. “Your job as an athletic trainer can be challenging when an athlete who has been injured but wants to get back in the game,” he said. “If a concussion is suspected, I’m glad to know that you follow the phrase ‘When in doubt, sit it out.’ ” “Safety should always be the top priority,” Rockefeller said. Concord University athletic

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Dr. Beckett with President Aloia

training faculty and 19 CU students enrolled in the program attended the 2013 conference. This year’s event marked the second time that Concord students have successfully performed at the state conference. Of the four students accepted for oral presentations at the WVATA Conference, Concord had one of these students. Brent Roark with his research “Clavicle Fracture in a Football Player” placed second

in the student oral presentations competition. Roark, a junior athletic training major, is a resident of Princeton, W.Va. “I am proud to be part of this conference, it broadens my research prospective and gives a chance to meet professionals in athletic training,” Roark said. “It is also a good opportunity for students, future athletic trainers, to prepare for their careers.” Additionally, four Concord

Labuschagne named WVIAC Player of the Year, Johnson Coach of the Year

strokes at the league championship tournament in October. Leading the charge to the WVIAC championship on the course was Labuschagne, who took home medalist honors at the event after shooting a three-round total of 220 (+4). Labuschagne also finished second at the WVIAC Central Regional, tied for fourth at the WVIAC Northern Regional and 19th at the WVIAC Northern Regional. He is the fourth golfer in Mountain Lion history to be named WVIAC Player of the Year. Joining Labuschagne on the AllWVIAC first team was Evan Muscari, who placed in the top-five of all three WVIAC regionals as well as taking fifth place at the conference


Concord University men’s golf coach Will Johnson was named West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year, Stefan Labuschagne was tabbed the WVIAC Player of the Year and three other Mountain Lions earned AllWVIAC honors. The announcement was made by the league on April 3, 2013. The Coach of the Year honor is the first of Johnson’s career. He earned the distinction after guiding the Mountain Lions to the program’s sixth conference title when CU defeated the field by 16

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students had poster presentations. They are Samantha Clement with “Nasal Bone Fracture in a Baseball Player,” Meghan Kinkead with “Distal Radius Fracture in a Soccer Athlete,” Britnee Gibson with “Spondylolisthesis and Spondylolysis: Treatment and Rehabilitation,” and Erin Bowling with “Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Rehabilitation.” The CU quiz bowl team also fared well. Members of the team, along with Clement and Gibson, are Erin Asbury and Kat Naglee. Concord’s ATEP is one of an elite group of accredited programs in the United States. In 2009 Concord received a prestigious 10-year award of continuing national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Beckett said awards are usually for five years with some programs receiving seven-year accreditation.

Nastassia Yachmianiova, an intern in Concord University’s Office of Advancement, assisted in writing this article. She is from Belarus.

championships. The highlight of Muscari’s season so far has been shooting a -8 to win the WVIAC Central Regional title. Nathaniel Begley and Matt Morgan were also recognized by the conference for their play this year. Begley garnered second team All-WVIAC accolades while Morgan received honorable mention allconference recognition. Begley placed third at the league championships while Morgan placed second at the WVIAC Northern Regional and seventh at the WVIAC Central Regional.

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Career Stats: 70 Games, 57 Goals, 18 Assists, 132 Points

totaled 57 goals and 18 assists for a total of 132 points. She is CU’s all-time leader in points and goals while ranking tied for third in assists. Nortcliffe scored 21 goals in a season twice and ranked fifth in the nation in goals per game (1.3) as a junior in 2009. Her outstanding play led Concord to a 45-30-2 record in her time in Athens. CU’s .584 winning percentage in Nortcliffe’s career is the second-best four-year run in the program’s short 15-year history. The Wakefield, England native led Concord to back-to-back trips to the WVIAC Tournament finals in 2008 and 2009. Her post Concord career has led Nortcliffe to coaching and back onto the field while she works towards her master’s degree in marketing at Durham University in England. “I spent a year coaching at the college level (ages 16-18) last season and at the moment I am coaching in primary schools,” Nortcliffe said. “I find coaching very rewarding and it helps to look at football from a different perspective, a coach’s one. I think it has helped me improve as a player. “I still play football for Durham University in the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sport) Premier North Division, it is the top league for women’s football in the BUCS program. We have finished our regular season and are currently in the national playoffs.”

Arguably the most prolific women’s soccer player in Concord history, Gemma Nortcliffe starred for the Mountain Lions from 200710. In 70 career games, Nortcliffe, who was a four-time All-WVIAC and two-time all-region selection,

1. What was your most memorable moment from your Concord athletic experience? Getting to two conference finals in 2008 & 2009 (unfortunately losing in both!)

Gemma Nortcliffe

Years Played: 2007-2010

Coach(es) played for: Steve Barrett (2007) / Carol Bonnes (2008-10) Position(s): Forward

Hometown / High School: Wakefield, England / Kettlethorpe

Honors: All-WVIAC (4x), All-Region (2x)

Following is an interview with Nortcliffe conducted by Concord head coach Stefani Workman.

2. How has your athletic experience influenced your life? Playing soccer has had the biggest impact on my life because without it I would never have studied at Concord or even in the USA. It is also part of the reason why I am currently attending Durham University. 3. What was the toughest part about being a student-athlete? I think balancing time between school work and being the best athlete you can be is difficult at times. I am fortunate to still be a student athlete and at times I still find it tough managing my time effectively, but being a student athlete also gives you an outlet outside of school/university.


The Concord women’s soccer team has had just one losing season in the last 11 years?

4. Outside of athletics, what was the best thing about Concord during your time on campus? I made some great friends while I was at Concord from all over the world and I am lucky enough to still be in contact with many of them. I think the great thing about Concord is the small school atmosphere on campus.

5. What advice you would give current Concord student-athletes? Make the most of every opportunity you get and try to savor your time as a student-athlete. Everyone told me my four years would fly and they really did. Enjoy your time as a student athlete because it will be gone in a flash. Spring 2013 • 48

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Osborne Honored by WBCA Victory Club for 200th Career Victory Concord University women’s basketball coach Kenny Osborne was one of 52 coaches honored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 2013 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club. The RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Victory Club Award is presented annually to each WBCA-member head coach who achieves career wins of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more, in 100-victory increments, during the current season. Osborne earned his 200th career victory when the Mountain Lions defeated Seton Hill University 8570 on Jan. 26, 2013. In his 14-year NCAA coaching career, Osborne is

202-195. For the last 13 seasons, Osborne has been in charge of the Concord women’s program and has compiled a 190-180 record with the Mountain Lions. He began his women’s basketball coaching career at Glenville State in 1997-98, going 1215. Osborne currently ranks sixth in career wins among the 15 active coaches in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Members of the 2013 Victory Club were formally recognized during the third annual WBCA Awards Show, held Monday, April 8, in New Orleans. The event was part of the WBCA National Convention and was held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®. Kenny Osborne

ATHLETICS FUNDRAISER Annual Athletics Golf Tournament Set for July 12 at Fountain Springs The CU Athletic Department is holding its annual Golf Tournament on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Fountain Springs Golf Course in Peterstown, W.Va. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and the shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. The tournament helps support Mountain Lion Athletics and gives participants the chance to enjoy a day of fun and golf with Concord staff, alumni and friends. Cost for a four person team

is $400. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 each. For more information call the Concord University Athletic Department at 304-384-5440.

Event sponsored by Appalachian Eye Care


Gard Kristiansen is Concord men’s soccer alltime leader in points scored with 106 (47 goals / 12 assists)?

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discontinued. He went on to assist the women’s team before graduating in 2006. Since leaving Concord, Underwood coached at Marshall and the University of Montana before accepting his current role with Nebraska. 1. What are you doing now? Assistant soccer coach at the University of Nebraska.

Peter Underwood

Years Played: 2002 (Program was dropped after Underwood’s freshman season)

Other Roles at Concord: Student Assistant with the women’s soccer team (2003-06) Coach(es) played for: Steve Barrett Position(s): Left Wing

Former men’s soccer standout and current University of Nebraska women’s soccer assistant coach Peter Underwood played for Concord in 2002 before the program was

2. What was your most memorable moment from your Concord athletic experience? The day that we were told that men’s soccer was being discontinued at Concord. It was news that was really hard to take, but eventually kickstarted a career in coaching for me. I then gained a lot of experience under Head Coach Steve Barrett that has led me to the position I am in today.

3. How has your athletic experience influenced your life? I have been fortunate to make a career in athletics. The experiences you have as both a player and a coach help you to become better at what you do each day. 4. What was the toughest part about being a student-athlete? I enjoyed every moment of being a student-athlete at Concord. I actually found it tougher to be a regular student after the soccer program

was cut, because I wasn’t able to play soccer all the time. When you get to do something you love every day, all of the niggling injuries, fatigue, busy schedule, and other stresses seem insignificant when compared with the rewards of being an athlete.

5. Outside of athletics, what was the best thing about Concord during your time on campus? I was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity during my time at Concord. After the soccer program was discontinued, that was one of the only things that kept me at Concord. I had a really fantastic group of friends that I have remained close to ever since. I consider myself fortunate to have been involved with that group, and always look forward to seeing them.

6. What advice you would give current Concord student-athletes? As mentioned earlier, all of the stresses of college athletics become insignificant when compared to the joys of doing something you love. I would advise all athletes at Concord to remember why they play their sport in the first place, and just enjoy every moment they have. I believe that you can only achieve your full potential in any sport when you really love the game, and it is also important to realize that you may not have much longer to play it.

International Programs spotlighted on the web Check out the web page for Concord University’s International Programs. The site includes information on International Admissions, English as a Second Language, the International Center and more. Go to:

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