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University Point

"University Point," incorporating the Erickson Alumni Center, Wilkes Interfaith Chapel and museum and John and Lucia Pais Family Fellowship Hall, has taken its place alongside the venerable buildings lining the front drive of campus and serves the students, faculty, and staff of Concord University, as well as the greater Concord community.

NAMING OPPORTUNITIES

Naming opportunities are still available for those who wish to memorialize a loved one, honor a family member, or recognize an organization. Plaques and other permanent markers will be used to identify your support.

For more information, please contact the Advancement Hotline, 1-304-384-6311 or advancement@concord.edu

WILKES INTERFAITH CHAPEL AND MUSEUM


The chapel serves as a tribute to the spirit and character of the people of this region and will provide an uplifting experience for all who enter its doors. The museum features a collection of carnival glass that belonged to the late Grace Wilkes, as well as items from Betty and Joan Wilkes’ personal collections.

THE WILKES FAMILY

Betty J. Wilkes and Joan Wilkes, affectionately known as the Wilkes sisters, have dedicated their lives to education, faith, community and Concord. Betty retired from a distinguished career as a public school teacher in 1981 after 43 years of teaching in the Raleigh County public schools and Joan Wilkes retired in 1980 after 42 years of teaching in the same county.

ERICKSON ALUMNI CENTER

The alumni center provides the University an opportunity to encourage stronger relations with the University's 17,000+ alumni and friends.

CHARLES O. ERICKSON
A lifelong resident of West Virginia, Charlie Erickson was born in Northfork, McDowell County, in 1913, and became a highly respected business and community leader during his life. Although he never finished high school, having dropped out in sixth grade to work at his father's bakery, Erickson's propensity for hard work and his entrepreneurial initiative more than compensated for his lack of formal education.

Erickson operated his own laundry and bathhouse before he was elected mayor of Man, West Virginia, in 1942. During his tenure as mayor, Erickson was drawn to the television industry and devised the idea for a cable television system in Logan County, West Virginia. At the time, cable television was a fledgling business and no bank was willing to risk capital on such a new concept, so Erickson was forced to found his new company with his own funds. Using surplus U.S. Army cable, he quickly built a profitable business that supplied television to homes in the rural hills and hollows of the county. After more than thirty years in the industry, Erickson sold his cable system in 1982 and retired.

After Erickson's retirement, his dedication to charitable endeavors expanded greatly with the creation of the Erickson Foundation, dedicated to furthering higher education in West Virginia. Although the Foundation's primary focus was higher education, both the Mayo Clinic and Camden Clark Medical Center benefited from Erickson's generosity. Both organizations received gifts that allowed them to establish facilities for cancer victims. In addition, Erickson helped decide the future of sports at Parkersburg High School by contributing $300,000 for renovation of their sports facilities and donating 18 acres of land for a new stadium.

In terms of higher education, Erickson's unique focus was establishing alumni centers for the universities and colleges of West Virginia. According to Erickson, "Do you know of anything that is better than an alumni center, which will go on for years and years to come and help the universities?" All told, the Erickson Foundation has sponsored eleven alumni centers across West Virginia. All of these centers bear Erickson's name. His son, Charles F. Erickson continued that family commitment until his passing in 2013. The work of the Erickson family continues today through Laurie Erickson’s leadership of the Erickson Foundation.

Last updated on Dec 17, 2014. Originally created on Dec 30, 2008. Report incorrect information.