Concord College Honors Those Who Support Scholarships
Athens, W.Va. - Concord College hosted its first annual Donor Appreciation Banquet, Thursday April 18, in the College Center Ballroom.
Vice President for Development, J. Douglas Machesney, welcomed 200 guests to the dinner held in honor of those who have funded scholarships. Donors were given the opportunity to meet the scholarship recipients and learn about their educational goals and aspirations.
"We are recognizing you for your contribution to the success of Concord College," stated Dr. Machesney in his introductory remarks.
Two Concord students and two Concord alumni shared their experiences with the guests.
Sarah Bennett from Shady Spring, WV, and recipient of the College’s Presidential Scholarship, talked about her appreciation for the faculty at Concord. "They know me, and offer to help whenever I need it. They are very supportive.
"The most important thing about scholarships is what we will do with our education after our graduation. That is when you will know whether or not you have made a good investment in me!" she chuckled. "Scholarships take the pressure off of students and allow us to focus on the course work.
"I visited Harvard University recently. The people at Harvard have a sincere respect for me as a Concord student."
Jatin Atre from Pune, India, and recipient of the Marsh Scholarship, said, "You believed in us and trusted in us. I thank you for allowing us to dream."
Concord alumnus David A. Barnette from Charleston, WV, a partner in the Jackson & Kelley Law firm, and graduate of the class of 1974: "The benefits of scholarships go beyond bricks and mortar. They go to people. I hope we will continue the effort to invest in education. Concord gave me a great opportunity. All of us thank you for making that effort."
Princeton businessman Earl Goodwin, class of 1973, talked about retired accounting professor Harry Finkelman, who taught at the college for 33 years. Goodwin shared personal insights about Finkelman’s successful teaching methods by showing the audience the "Harry Finkelman calculator," a bound ledger book that students in today’s classes may be unfamiliar with. "If you (students) think you have it hard today," stated Goodwin, "you should have had to keep up with Finkelman, who could add faster in his head than you could with a calculator!"
Concord College President Jerry Beasley: "This is the first time that we have had an occasion specifically to thank the supporters of Concord College and this event represents a dream that we have. A dream that a dialog will occur among generations of people who share a common commitment to education as a means of transforming lives. The significance of this evening relates to something not often discussed in an academic community, something that is inherent to our long-term success—the spirit and love and relationships that exist between the students and alumni of Concord College. You have seen how students have honored professors by establishing scholarships in their name, professors like Harry Finkelman and George Moore, who had a deep and abiding respect for the teaching profession.
Education, particularly in this place, does change lives for the better."