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Concord University Summer Reading 2021
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Win or Learn: The Naked Truth About Turning Every Rejection into Your Ultimate Success

by Harlan Cohen

ISBN: 978-1728223469

Please contact the Concord University Center for Academic and Career Development if you have any questions about the Summer Reading!

cacd@concord.edu 304.384.6074 Weekdays 8AM—4PM

What is Required Summer Reading?

Many colleges and universities require a summer read for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. The required read serves several purposes, including: providing a shared experience for all first-time CU students; establishing the expectation that you must read as a college student; and providing an academic experience over the summer so that you don’t stray too far from schoolwork.

How Do I Get a Copy of the Book?

You may purchase this book at the CU Bookstore. New, Used, and Rental copies are available. You may also order your book via phone by calling 304-384-5314 or online at www.concord.bkstr.com. The Bookstore will also mail this book to you, if you choose. You may also choose to order this book from a website such as Amazon.com or another reputable source. Your local library may have a copy.

Why and When?

The summer reading is required and is part of your UNIV 100 grade! We want you to begin college with a positive first experience, so please read the book and be prepared to discuss it in your UNIV 100 course. Discussion and possible assignment will take place as some point during the semester (instructor dependent). Begin college with good study habits: don’t wait until the last minute to start!
Residence Life

To the newest members of our Mountain Lion Family:

We are pleased to welcome our new students to Concord University! One meaningful part of the college experience is the learning that comes from living with others in a residence hall setting. A good deal of adjustment occurs in the transition from high school to college and from home life to residence hall life, and even from freshman to sophomore year. Concord’s Residence Life Staff members are here to help you make personal, social, and academic adjustments in as healthy a way as possible, and to make your living experience both educational and enjoyable.

We believe a residence hall is more than a place to relax between classes. Ideally, it is a vibrant and active community, the center of student life. The residence life staff encourages you to develop an awareness of the many opportunities that this special living arrangement presents daily, and challenges you to utilize this setting to increase strength in citizenship and leadership.

All unmarried students (traditional age undergraduates) who have not received prior permission to commute are required to reside on campus in the University’s residence halls as long as space is available. Permission to commute is granted only to those students who will reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in their parents’ primary place of residence within a reasonable driving distance (45 minutes or less according to MapQuest or Google Maps) from Concord University. You can find the Room Reservation Form at www.concord.edu/residence-life, or through your MyCU Account.

Additionally, Off-Campus Exception/Commuter Request Forms may be obtained at the same places. For more information on our Residence Life Program go to our webpage at www.concord.edu/ residence-life There you can find information on our facilities and staff, as well as our policies and procedures within the residence halls. There are also links to lists of items you will need to bring with you (and also leave at home) to be successful in the residence halls. This page also provides links to meal plan selection, room dimensions, and various services provided within your residence hall.

If you have any questions or concerns that are not addressed on our webpage, or you would just rather have more personal interaction, feel free to contact us via email at housing@concord.edu or via telephone at 304-384-5231 and any of our staff will be happy to help you. We look forward to helping you have a successful college experience.

Sincerely, Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life

IMPORTANT DATES

Residence Hall Move-in Days
Saturday Aug. 14 Sunday Aug. 15

Friday Nov. 19 @ 5:00pm
Residence Halls Close for Thanksgiving Break

Sunday Nov. 28
Residence Halls Re-Open

Friday Dec. 10 @ 5:00pm
Residence Halls close for Winter Break
Did You Transfer?
The initial evaluation of transfer credit will be completed on a course-by-course basis referencing the course title, course level, grade received, and/or supporting course descriptions. Courses required for the major, teaching field, area of emphasis, etc. may be initially accepted as elective credit by the Registrar’s Office but will be modified once written approval is granted by the appropriate department chair. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the necessary evaluation forms and documentation (Supporting catalog documentation and the course syllabus must be for the specific course at the time the course was completed.) to the department chair for the petition review.

Credit transferred to Concord University from an in-state institution will have an additional level of evaluation based upon the Core Coursework Transfer Agreement (CCTA) - see Registrar’s website for agreement details: https://www.concord.edu/academics/registrar

Students transferring credit from an out-of-state institution of higher education will be evaluated in a similar manner and the CCTA will serve as a reference document.

Any student denied specific course credit at the department level may petition the Provost of Concord University to request a final review at the institutional level. If the appeal for course credit from an in-state institution is not granted by the Provost, the student then has the right to appeal to the Joint Recommending Committee for Transfer and Articulation at the state level. Any in-state student wishing to utilize the final appeal process at the state level may contact the Registrar’s Office for additional information and forms (registrar@concord.edu or phone 304-384-5236 or 5237).
FERPA Info Release Procedures
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that the student authorize the University prior to release of any academic record information to a third party. Students may consent to disclose educational records to third parties at their discretion. Consent is limited to particular instances, as allowed by the student and by law. To facilitate the consent process, students may complete an electronic FERPA release, granting consent to third parties. Students are encouraged to sign FERPA releases in advance for individuals who may need on-going permission, including parents; spouses; legal dependents; employers; and third-party agencies that may need financial aid or grade information. Students may rescind consent or change the type of information to be released through the same process as permitting consent. To allow the release of information electronically, students should follow the steps below:
  1. Go to the MyConcordU portal and login.

  2. Click "Your FERPA Maintenance" under Everyday Tools on the left-hand side.

  3. Complete the form, assigning a PIN number for the individuals to whom you are granting permission for release of your indicated university information. Click “Add User.”

  4. Provide the PIN number to the person(s) to whom you are allowing information access.

PLEASE NOTE: Information will not be released to an authorized individual without the person knowing the PIN. This is for your protection.
Student Accounts Office
Important Information on Installment Plans

Concord University’s Student Accounts Office is available to assist students and their families in managing their financial obligation. Payments can be made at the Student Accounts Office during regular office hours either in person or by phone. Payments can also be made online by visiting the Student Accounts Office website and selecting Online Payments. Please have the student’s Concord ID number (774xxxxxx) available when making a payment.

The Student Accounts Office is pleased to offer an installment plan to help students and parents make their education affordable. Payments can be made in monthly installments for tuition, fees, room and board.
  • The initial installment payment must be equal to or greater than 25% of the account balance after application of all financial aid.
  • A one-time, non-refundable service fee of $50 will be added to the initial installment payment.
  • The monthly installment plan requires payments to be made July through October for the fall term and December through March for the spring term.
  • The amount of tuition, fees, room and board assessed is the amount you are obligated to pay. Changes to fees and/or financial aid awards after the initial payment will be reflected in the final payment.
  • Email reminders are sent each month to the student’s MyConcordU email account prior to the payment due date.
  • The Installment agreement is valid for only one semester. A new contract must be requested each semester. Payment plans should be requested by December 6th for the spring term.
Confirmation of Attendance

Students will receive email requests to confirm attendance from the Student Accounts Office through their MyConcordU email account. Financial aid will not be released until attendance is confirmed. Please refer to the billing instructions listed on the back of the student invoice/schedule for more information.

Books

Students expecting to receive a financial aid refund may purchase textbooks, in advance of receiving the refund, through the Campus Store. The Campus Store offers three options to purchase textbooks: new, used and rental. Any amount used towards books will be charged to the student’s account and paid when the financial aid awards are released. The advance is limited to $750. Students will receive an email from the Campus Store, approximately three weeks prior to the term start date, letting you know when you begin purchasing your textbooks based on your pending financial aid refund at www.concord.bkstr.com. Please refer to the billing instructions listed on the back of the student invoice/schedule for more information.

Financial Aid Refunds

Financial aid refunds are released on a daily basis, as the financial aid awards are posted to the student’s account at BankMobile. BankMobile will send you a notice when funds are received on your behalf and a second notice when those funds have been processed based on your individually selected refund method: ACH to an existing bank account or open a VIBE checking account with BankMobile. BankMobile will send you an enrollment kit, in a bright green envelope, prior to the start of the semester. Follow the instructions to make your refund selection. All students are encouraged to make a selection even if they are not currently expecting a financial aid refund. You just never know when a new or late award could create a refund.

Parking Decals

The Student Accounts Office distributes student parking decals. To register for a parking decal, please visit www.concord.edu/parking. You will receive an email confirming your request to your MyConcordU account. A second email will be received when the decal is available to be picked up; typically, within 15 minutes. Parking decals are $25 per semester and will automatically be added to your tuition account when the decal is requested.

Student Accounts Office

Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Phone: 304-384-5212 or 304-384-5972
studentaccounts@concord.edu

More information can be found by visiting: www.concord.edu/business-office
Office of Financial Aid
Accepting Awards

Scholarships and Grants:
  • NO action required.
  • Send copies of outside/private scholarship awards or checks to the Financial Aid Office
Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans:
  • Login in to your MyCU student portal
  • Scroll down to Student Self-Service
  • Click “Financial Aid”, “Award”, “Award By Aid Year”, select year, and “Accept Award Offer”
  • First-time borrowers must complete entrance counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentaid.gov NOTE: Loans cannot be disbursed until 30 days into the semester

Federal Work-Study (if awarded):
  • Awarding does not guarantee a job. Available positions can be found at www.collegecentral.com/ concord. After you secure a job and submit the employment forms necessary, your workstudy will be accepted.
Additional Resources
  • Parent PLUS loan – Go to www.studentaid.gov and complete application (parent is borrower). Credit approval is required. If application is denied, an additional Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan will be offered to student.

Office of Financial Aid

Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: 304-384-6069
Fax: 304-384-3218
finaid@concord.edu
Financial Aid SAP Policy
Federal regulations require CU to establish and apply reasonable standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) for eligible students to receive financial assistance under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act. SAP is a federal student aid (FSA) eligibility requirement and is administered by the university in addition to the academic standards of performance required under the CU academic progress policy. The SAP policy is reviewed annually by the director of financial aid.

Students are evaluated at the end of every academic term. All students are evaluated on three standards: (1) grade point average (qualitative measure), (2) credit hour completion ratio (quantitative measure), and (3) maximum time frame. To maintain eligibility under SAP, students must meet all three standards.

CU’s SAP policy can be found on the Financial Aid webpage at https://www.concord.edu/Financial-Aid/Satisfactory-Academic-Progress.aspx.
 
Recreation & Wellness
Intramurals

Concord’s Intramural Program provides a great opportunity for those who do not have time or the abilities to play collegiate level sports to compete in organized leagues and events. Participating in Intramurals not only motivates participants to exercise through competition but helps develop and maintain a positive self image, stronger social interactive skills, enhanced physical fitness and mental health. Participants are more likely to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles that will last after graduation, and there is some evidence that participants do better academically. Sports include Beach Volleyball, Disc Golf, Flag Football, Dodgeball, Indoor Soccer, 5 on 5 Basketball, 7 on 7 Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Cornhole, Muggle Quidditch, and more. The Intramural Program also helps conduct the Greek Games.

For scores, highlights, and other great information follow us at:

Facebook: Concord University Intramurals
Instagram: @cu_intramurals
Twitter: @CUIntramurals

Fitness Center

Concord’s Fitness Center is located in North Towers. Our Fitness Center offers Matrix Equipment, exercise mats, free weights, heavy bag, speed bag, medicine balls, kettle bells, a power lifting rack, and more. It is a great place to work out between classes with your friends. Concord also invites the community to use the Fitness Center free of charge. Students, faculty, staff, and community members may also use the football field, the tennis courts, our beautiful new outdoor track located in Callaghan Stadium and both gyms located in the Carter Center when these facilities are not being utilized by varsity sports teams.
 
Fitness Center Hours: Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday through Friday: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Track & Gyms Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm; 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For the most current information and announcements, follow us on Facebook at Concord University Recreation & Wellness.
Academic Resources
Every student at Concord University has a faculty academic advisor. These are additional academic resources to help ensure student success

Center for Academic and Career Development

The Center for Academic and Career Development at Concord University is a place for students to come for assistance with coursework, advising, financial aid, or other reasons. We are a one-stop-shop and are here to help! In fact, we LOVE to help students.

If you are struggling in one—or all—of your courses…The CACD has many resources to help you with your coursework, including:
  • Concord Essay Center- Students can upload their papers for review to the Concord Essay Center. Our peer tutors provide feedback to help students improve their writing skills.
  • Khan Academy- A free online resource with thousands of videos with instruction on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice at your own pace. www.khanacademy.org.
  • Academic Coaching- free one-on-one assistance with study skills, organized study groups, mentor program;
  • Drop In Tutoring- Our group of peer tutors are available to help with your classes! With both in-person and virtual options, the schedule is sent out via email and posted on the website at the beginning of the semester. No appointment needed!
The CACD collaborates with students individually to help define and achieve their academic, personal, and career goals.

Stop by the CACD office in the Student Center, Suite 1 (ground floor), call 304-384-6074, or email cacd@concord.edu. We would love to help you in any way we can!

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRiO grant program that helps students meet the challenges of academic life. All TRiO programs have the same goals—to make college education more attainable and to increase the likelihood of a student’s success.

Each year the Concord SSS program serves and helps 200 qualified students with many things including (but not limited to) finding their way around campus, assigning a peer mentor, registering for classes, tutoring, counseling for academic or social problems, choosing a career, and helping with financial aid and financial literacy.

All participants must meet the qualifying criteria of either being firstgeneration, low income, or having a documented physical or learning disability. To apply for SSS you must completion an application. Apply online here!

The SSS staff desires to make sure that every one of our students has the support to successfully navigate college. Our goal is to provide academic and support services until graduation.

Stop by the SSS office in the Student Center, Room 202, call 304-384-6088, or email support@concord.edu!

Beckley students can check with the Beckley office (304-384-5614) or the ASC for resources.
 

 

From the Office of Public Safety
Rahall Technology Center
Non-Emergency Number 304-384-5357
Emergency Number: 911
cupd@concord.edu

Public Safety Officers patrol all campus areas and buildings daily. Uniformed foot and vehicle patrols are utilized, and the University police vehicle is well marked for easy identification by all persons. All Public Safety Officers carry a handheld radio while on duty. The Concord University Office of Public Safety exists to help maintain the safety and welfare of all members of the University community. If students observe a suspicious incident or person, or are the victim of a crime, they should immediately notify Public Safety.

Emergency telephones are located behind Marsh Hall, Beasley Center, Parking Lot #19 and Parking Lot #13. Emergency telephones can be identified by the flashing blue light and will provide the user with a direct link to Public Safety or 911 at the press of a button. In case of an on-campus emergency, call 911.

Emergency #'s

  • ADA/504 Compliance Issues Office of Disability Services – 304-384-6086
  • Athens Medical Center: 304-384-7325
  • Athens Police: 304-384-3525
  • Athens Fire Department: 911/304-384-7333
  • Career Counseling: 304-384-5325 or 304-384-6311
  • Concord University Counseling Center: 304-384-5290 or 304-384-6087
  • Concord University Emergency Police Line: 911
  • Concord University Office of Public Safety non-emergency: 304-384-5357
  • Concord University Student Center: 304-384-5310
  • Concord University Switchboard/Lost and Found/Information Desk: 304-384-5246
    • 8:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday – Fall & Spring Semester
    • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Summer terms
  • County Emergency Dispatch: 911
  • CVS Pharmacy: 304-384-7851
  • Director of Housing and Residence Life: 304-384-5231 (office); 304-384-4212 (home)
  • Mercer County Health Department Clinic: 304- 384-8851
  • Mercer County Sheriff: 304-487-8362
  • Princeton Community Hospital: 304-487-7000
  • S.A.F.E. (Victims’ Advocate): 304-324-7820; (Beeper): 304-320-2547
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (8:00 am – 4:30 pm): 304-384-5231; (Night Emergency) 304-384-5378
  • Southern Highlands Crisis Counseling Line: 1-800-615-0122 or 304-425-0122
  • Suicide Hotline (Jed Foundation): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • WV Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222
  • WV State Fire Marshal: 1-800-233-FIRE(3473) or 1-304-558-2191
  • WV State Police: 304-425-2101
  • Women’s Resource Center: 1-304-255-2559 (Confidential Reporting Resources)

Evacuation Procedures Structural Fires

  • Know at least two escape routes.
  • When exiting a room close the door behind you.
  • If the hallway is filled with smoke, drop low to the ground, cover your nose and mouth with a damp cloth, if possible, and crawl quickly to the nearest exit. If the smoke is overwhelming or fills the entire hallway, return to and remain in your room, and follow the procedures in the section below this one.
  • Pull the closest fire alarm on your way out.
  • Never use the elevator during a fire alarm; always use the stairs.
  • Only take personal items (e.g., cellphone, purses, etc.)
  • Always ask someone requiring additional assistance how you can help before attempting any emergency evacuation assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • Walk calmly but quickly to the nearest emergency exit.
  • Proceed to the designated Emergency Assembly Area as instructed by Emergency Personnel.
  • Faculty in active classes conduct a headcount of students while in EAA.
  • Never reenter a building for any reason; wait until you get the “all clear” from the CUPD, University staff member, (ie housing, maintenance, etc.) or fire department.
  • If you are not able to get out due to thick smoke and fire, you will need to “shelter in place”
  • If you are able, move to a room with an outside window.
  • Call 911 if possible and let them know where you are trapped.
  • Block the cracks around the door to prevent smoke from coming in.
  • Stay by a window where rescuers can see you; rescue in large buildings may take some time.

Response to Active Shooter

  • If in a room, lock down and collect information. If possible evacuate, if not, attempt to further secure the room and remain out of sight.
  • If outside, move off campus and continue away from the threat and campus until you feel safe. Remain off campus until Emergency Personnel have advised you it is safe to return.
  • Do not use your vehicle. This will result in a traffic jam, keeping you from getting off campus and slow Emergency Personnel’s response time.
  • If you are in the immediate area, contact 911 with information, (location, and if possible description of shooter, number of shooters, if more than one).
  • Attend a Run, Hide, Fight Class for Active Shooter. Contact the University Police Department to schedule a class.

Shelter in Place Hazardous (HAZMAT) Release

  • If advised to shelter for a HAZMAT incident, immediately seek shelter in nearest facility.
  • Close and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any opening to the outside.
  • If possible, move to an interior room above ground floor with fewest windows and vents.
  • Do not leave the building until authorized by public safety officials.

Inclement Weather

  • Refer to handbook for updated information about University policy relating to Inclement weather.

How You will be Notified CUAlert

  • Text Messaging. Concord University faculty, staff and students may sign up via https://apps.concord.edu/cualerts/ to receive emergency notifications via text message.
  • E-mail. An email will be sent out to all Concord email accounts. You can also sign up for an off campus email via the website https://apps.concord.edu/cualerts/.
  • Phone Call. If you do not have text messaging on your phone the system will call you on your cellphone and read you the text message that went out. Signup is on https://apps.concord.edu/cualerts/.
  • Twitter. Follow us on twitter as cualert.
  • Concord Home Page. The home page (www.concord.edu) is updated immediately as information is available.
  • Residence Life. University Residences have procedures for alerting people in individual halls via their resident assistants, phones, and signage.
  • Local Media. The University works with the news media, radio, TV, newpapers, and Internet to help spread the word.

 

CUAlerts – The Concord University Emergency Alert System
CUAlerts provides notifications regarding campus Closures, Delays, and Emergencies. You have been automatically subscribed to this service with the creation of your new Concord account. You can manage your subscription and notification settings by visiting CUAlerts at https://www.concord.edu/cualerts, and logging in using the MyConcordU option. You may also encourage family and friends to sign up for notifications using the Direct Login option at the URL above.

By default, your campus email address is subscribed to both the Campus Emergency and Campus Non-Emergency alert groups.  We recommend you log in to manage your alert settings and add your cell phone number for SMS alerts.  Optionally you may add additional email addresses or add your cell number for voice alerts. 

In addition to receiving emergency alerts via email, SMS, and voice, Concord University will push alerts out to the campus website at https://www.concord.edu, to the CUAlerts page at https://www.concord.edu/cualerts, and to Twitter under the handle @CUAlerts.

Contact the CU Technology Help Desk at 304-384-5291 for more information. The Emergency Alert System is provided as a free service to our Concord University community.
Dining Options

Meal Plan Options

On Campus Options

Residential students may choose from any of the three meal plan options below. Each meal plan comes with meal swipes that can be used in Libby Alvis Dining Hall and Flex Dollars that can be used at all dining locations!
  • The Mountain Lion: 19 meals/week + Flex/semester
  • The Concord: 12 meals/week + Flex/semester
  • The Athens: 7 meals/week + Flex/semester
Students have a set number of meals for the Dining Hall and a set amount of Flex Dollars for use at the food court. The number of meals a student has each week resets every Thursday morning.

Off Campus Options

Commuter students may purchase any of the three block meal plan options to be used in Libby Alvis Dining Hall and/or any amount of Flex Dollars for use in the Dining Hall and Food Court. Simply swipe your Student ID at the register when you visit the dining hall!
  • 60 block meals
  • 40 block meals
  • 20 block meals
Flex Dollars represent a declining balance of money that is loaded to your Student ID Card. In this way, your Student ID Card acts as a debit card. Also, when you pay with Flex Dollars, you don’t pay tax! Flex Dollars and block meal plans may be purchased at any time during the school year. Prices and times are subject to change.

Hours of Operation

Libby Alvis Dining Hall:
Monday – Friday:
  • Breakfast 7:15 am - 9:30 am
  • Continental 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Lunch 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Light Lunch 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Dinner (Sun-Thu) 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Dinner (Friday) 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday:
  • Brunch 10:30 am -1:30 pm
  • Dinner 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunday:
  • Brunch 10:30 am -1:30 pm
  • Dinner 4:00 pm -7:00 pm
Wingspan: (New Restaurants Coming Soon!)
  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Subway:
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 am -10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 5:00 pm -10:30 pm
Subway:
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 am -10:30 pm
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday: 5:00 pm -10:30 pm

Dining Highlights

www.concord.campusdish.com
The Concord Dining website is a great resource to answer any of your questions. Daily menus for the Libby Alvis Dining Hall are provided online, as well as the nutritional information for all menu items.
Mobile Nutrition App Available for your phone!! Search Campusdish in your app store!

Also, check out our website for dining news and events, information on how to eat well, sustainability, and our catering department. Always stay informed!

Questions?

Please direct all questions about the pricing of residential meal plans to the Concord University Business Office: Phone: 304-384-5212
Monday – Friday 8:30 am-3:30 pm

All other questions about dining can be directed to:
Randy Keaton
Food Service Director – Concord Dining
Phone: 304–384-5433
Email: keaton-randy@aramark.com
Student Center – Second Floor

Always stay connected with us on Instagram! @concorddining