Awards Given at Annual Alumni and Athletic Banquet
Athens, W.Va. – Master of Ceremonies, Steve Cox, welcomed guests to the annual alumni and athletics banquet held in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Ballroom and recognized presidents emeriti Dr. Jerry Beasley and Dr. Joseph F. Marsh. Then, he introduced those at the head table including President and Mrs. Gregory Aloia, Professor Emeriti Harry Finkelman, Registrar Carolyn Cox, Athletic Director and Football Head Coach Greg Quick and Vice President for Student Affairs John David Smith.
Dr. Aloia stated that: “This is my first homecoming, and what impressed my wife and me were the ways individuals talked, with reverence, about the traditions and legacy of this institution. From Dr. Marsh to Dr. Beasley, I’ve heard many wonderful stories that contribute to the culture of Concord. I am humbled by this opportunity.”
Three awards were given by the Concord University Alumni Association by President of the Association, Dr. John David Smith.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS (An alumnus who has achieved notable accomplishments in his or her career and community).
Tom Joyce, class of 1964, from Lake Mary, Fla., was honored as Outstanding Alumnus. He has held a number of executive positions for General Motors in sales regions all across the United States, including Texas, Ohio, Florida, Boston, New Jersey, and New York. Most notably, Mr. Joyce was General Motor’s overseas sales director while in Tokyo, Japan, and was responsible for the importation and sale of GM vehicles in Japan and other Asian countries. Mr. Joyce graduated from Concord with a bachelor’s degree in business. In May 2006, he was elected to the Concord University Foundation Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the Mountain Lion Club. For several years he has successfully organized an Athletics golf outing and social for Concord alumni in Florida.
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR (Someone who has made outstanding contributions to the Alumni Association and University.)
Rosalie Stover Peck, class of 1963, from Athens was recognized as Alumnus of the Year. Peck earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She is the immediate past president of the Concord University Alumni Association as well as current director of the Writing Center at Concord. She also serves as instructor of journalism and English. She has been an advisor to The Concordian (student newspaper) and was instrumental in establishing an intern program for journalism students. She and husband, Jerry, have owned and operated the Trading Journal and Deli-Mart businesses in Athens for over 30 years. In addition, she taught at Clear Fork High School, was employed as a production supervisor for Stouffer Foods Corporation in Cleveland and taught English, home economics, and journalism at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. Ms. Peck was unable to attend.
GOLDEN ALUMNUS (An alumnus who has contributed greatly to the Association and/or University for 25 years or more.)
Suellen Ferrell Hodges, class of 1959, from Roanoke, Va., was recognized as Golden Alumnus. Hodges is a former president of the Concord University Alumni Association. She is an Athens native, and her parents, 'Doc’ and Ann Ferrell owned the Sweet Shop and later the Green Tree Restaurant. She was co-valedictorian, class president, and a cheerleader during her high school years. While at Concord, Suellen was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, a cheerleader, Miss Concord in 1958, and May Pole Dancer in 1958. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and balanced work and family while raising three children. Jim and Suellen Hodges are the proud parents of daughter Keller and sons Christian and Kevin. She recently retired from Retired Persons Service in August 2008 as the manager of customer services and accounts receivable.
Seven were inducted into the Concord University Athletic Hall of Fame including, Mr. Marvin Williams, Ms. Katrina Street, Mr. Tracy Poindexter, Mr. Kevin McClung, Mr. David Lipscomp, Ms. Katrina Daniels and Mr. Steven Brinkley.
Mr. Marvin Williams from Fairmont was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He served as head football coach from 1983 to 1988 and as assistant football coach from 1977 to 1981. He was Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1987. His overall record was 31-12 and his team won WVIAC championships in 1984 and 1987. He was unable to attend.
Mr. Tracy Poindexter from Altavista, Va., was honored posthumously. He played basketball from 1981 to 1983 and was on all-tournament teams for three years. During his career he scored 1,674 points in 69 games averaging 24.2 points per game. He received the Galperin Award for being the leading scorer in 1982 and 1983.
Ms. Katrina Street from Princeton played volleyball from 1986 to 1989 and basketball from 1990 to 1991. She was selected as a member of the “first team” in the WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and she was selected in 1987 and 1989 to serve on the WVIAC all-tournament team. She holds the record for solo career blocks (336), and single season blocks (129), single season digs (756) and single season kills in 1982-1983.
Mr. Kevin McClung from Cincinnati, Ohio, played baseball at Concord from 1999 to 2002. His earned run average (ERA) was 1.77 his sophomore year, which was the fourth best in the nation. His overall record of 25-6 stands as the second best of all time at Concord. He received WVIAC honors in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and was recognized as a member of the all-regional team in 2000 and 2001.
Mr. David Lipscomb from Roderfield played football from 1974 to 1977 and was on playoff teams each year. The team earned WVIAC championships in 1976 and 1977. His career yards totaled 2,819 and he earned 158 points during his career. He was the offensive player MVP (most valuable player) in the Coal Bowl in 1976, and he earned honorable mention on the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) all-American team in 1976 and 1977.
Ms. Katrina Daniels from Matheny played basketball from 1989 to 1993. She is the second leading scorer in Concord’s history and received all-conference honorable mention recognition in 1990-1991 and second team all-conference recognition in 1991-1992. She was third in the nation in three-point shooting in 1992-1993 and the best in the WVIAC. She received first team all-conference honors and was selected as the Concord University athlete of the week three times.
Mr. Steven Brinkley from Columbus, Ohio, played football from 1976 to 1979. He played on WVIAC championship teams in 1976, 1977 and 1978. He played in the Coal Bowl championships in 1978 and 1979 and earned recognition as the defensive MVP in the Coal Bowl 1978. He was selected as the WVIAC defensive player of the year in 1979.
“We are glad to recognize both the alumni and student athletes who achieved while at Concord,” Greg Quick said.
Harry Finkelman concluded the evening's presentations with his amusing description of parts of his life. He was “manufactured” in Poland and delivered in America he noted with a chuckle and said that his parents immigrated while his mother was pregnant. He continued to talk about his memories of athletics and scholarship at City College in New York, as well as describing his favorite teacher who turned his life around. He served time in the Army where he had opportunities to teach. Finkelman was also a CPA who taught at Concord.
The 2008 homecoming committee was chaired by Lethea Smith. Mary Edna Beckett served as chair of the awards committee and Nell Jeffries served as chair of the nominating committee.
Cox noted that the table arrangements, constructed of clay, were made by the Concord University art department. Proceeds from the sale of the table arrangements supported the Art Society at Concord.
PHOTO: John David Smith presents Tom Joyce, class of 1964, from Lake Mary, Fla., with a plaque, honoring him as Outstanding Alumnus.
PHOTO: Suellen Ferrell Hodges, class of 1959, from Roanoke, Va., was recognized as Golden Alumnus (also pictured are Jim Hodges to Ms. Hodges left, and John David Smith to Ms. Hodges right).
PHOTO: Ms. Katrina Street from Princeton
PHOTO: Mr. Kevin McClung from Cincinnati, Ohio
PHOTO: Mr. David Lipscomb from Roderfield
PHOTO: Ms. Katrina Daniels from Matheny
PHOTO: Mr. Steven Brinkley from Columbus, Ohio
PHOTO: Mr. Harry Finkelman