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Concord University Launches International Initiative During Convocation of Scholars/Founder's Day Celebration
Athens, W.Va. - Concord University officially launched “The Year of the International Initiative” during the Convocation of Scholars and Founders’ Day Celebration on Monday, March 1, 2010. The program began at 5 p.m. in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.
Dr. Joseph T. Manzo, chairman of Concord’s Council on International Initiatives, read a proclamation calling on the campus community “to provide opportunities abroad for Concord students, expand opportunities for Concord faculty and diversify and increase the international student population on campus.”
The event was a celebration of Concord University’s 138th anniversary. On Feb. 28, 1872 Concord received its charter from the West Virginia Legislature.
“We are assembled on this anniversary of Concord’s founding to salute the mission of this institution…a calling to educate…to pursue scholarly endeavors…and to serve,” Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia said. “We are inspired and challenged by the words of one of our late presidents Dr. Joseph Franklin Marsh, Sr. who captured the essence of our mandate ‘Come to Learn. Go to Serve.’”
An honorary doctorate was awarded to Dr. M. L. Swarankar, a renowned physician, scholar and humanitarian from Jaipur, India. Dr. Swarankar is chairman and managing trustee of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Jaipur. In December 2009, Dr. Darla Wise and four Concord students participated in a one-week medical shadowing at the facility.
Dr. Swarankar is known for a life of service based on the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. As a symbol of friendship, he presented a bronze bust of Gandhi to Concord during the ceremony.
The convocation offered a time to honor recipients of academic and service awards. Concord University Professor of Mathematics Emerita Mary Edna Beckett received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to her alma mater and the community of Athens.
Faculty awards include: Recognition of Teaching, Dr. Lauri Reidmiller, Division of Fine Arts; Recognition of Scholarship/Creativity, Dr. He-Boong Kwon, Division of Business; and, Recognition of Service, Mr. Kevin Bennington, Division of Fine Arts. The Staff Presidential Service Award was presented to Ms. Sarah Dalton, Advancement Office. The Student Service Award went to Ms. Carly Stout, a biology major.
Photo 1: Concord University Professor of Mathematics Emerita Mary Edna Beckett receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia during the Convocation of Scholars and Founders’ Day Celebration on Monday, March 1, 2010.
Photo 2: Dr. M. L. Swarankar of Jaipur, India, left, receives an honorary doctorate from Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia during the Convocation of Scholars and Founders’ Day Celebration on Monday, March 1, 2010.
Photo 3: Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia, left, and Dr. Joseph T. Manzo, chairman of Concord’s Council on International Initiatives, officially launch “The Year of the International Initiative” at Concord. The proclamation was made during the Convocation of Scholars and Founders’ Day Celebration on Monday, March 1, 2010.