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Concord University Celebrating Homecoming

CONTACT: Greg Quick
Concord University
Interim Vice President for Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
Office: (304) 384-5318 -

Concord University Celebrating Homecoming

Athens, W.Va. - Concord University will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 12-18, 2009. The annual event features a packed agenda for students, alumni and other Concord University family and friends.
“Homecoming is a time to re-affirm that which is Concord! A time to celebrate, reminisce, and cheer on the Mountain Lions!” Greg Quick, Concord University interim vice president for advancement, said.

Special recognition of all Concord graduating classes ending in the number “nine” highlights festivities for 2009.
“This year we are honoring the ‘nines,’” Kati Whittaker, advancement office/executive director of the Concord University Alumni Association, said. “Concord graduates from 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 are in for a special treat.
“During the Homecoming Social and Dinner on Friday, Oct. 16, the respective ‘nine’ classes will have designated seating for the evening. Classmates can be grouped together at tables providing an opportunity to reminisce and catch up,” she said. “Reunion football teams from 1959 and 1984 are also encouraged to attend the social and dinner.”

The social and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the band No Strings Attached. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are suggested and may be made, along with on-line payment, by visiting and clicking on the Homecoming billboard, then the Homecoming schedule link. They may also be made by email at or by calling 304-384-5348 or 304-384-6311.
The “nines” will also be gathering at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 17 when the Mountain Lions take on the Seton Hill Griffins. Kickoff is 4 p.m.

“Our celebration of the ‘nines’ will continue as we tailgate in the parking lot directly in front of the football field,” Whittaker said.
She said the alumni, family and friends tailgate, including tables for the “nines”, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Emeralds. Mountain Lion reunion football teams from 1959 and 1984 and All-Americans will be introduced during pre-game activities. Face painting and a bounce obstacle course and other children’s games will be available for young Mountain Lions fans.

Dedication of the renovated football locker room will be held on Oct. 17 at 11:50 a.m. in the Carter Center. A cheerleading and mascot reunion will also be held on Oct. 17 with a meet and greet at 1:30 p.m. in the Carter Center. To register, or for more information, contact Concord Assistant Cheer Coach Sara Blankenship at, or call 304-384-5976.
Activities are scheduled throughout Homecoming Week for students. A tradition among Greek organizations and other campus groups is the annual competition for Homecoming King and Queen ending with the coronation at halftime during the football game.

Theme for this year is “Musical Icons.” Several contests built around the theme spotlight student creativity and talent including the Lip Sync Contest on Friday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. in the Main Gym of Carter Center. Billboards reflecting the theme will also be located around campus.

During Concord’s annual Homecoming Parade, candidates and members of their respective organizations will display floats, banners and costumes as part of the competition. The parade is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. on Vermillion Street in Athens. Businesses, clubs and other organizations interested in placing entries in the parade should contact Whittaker at 304-384-5348 or

After the parade a bonfire will be held in the Valley at 6:45 p.m. followed by a Student Dance at 10 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Additional activities on Friday, Oct. 16 include the Homecoming Golf Classic beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Pipestem Resort State Park. For more information contact Anita Conner at 304-384-5347 or register on-line by visiting and clicking on the Homecoming billboard, then the Homecoming schedule link.

New to this year’s Homecoming line-up is the Alumni Career Symposium on Oct. 16. Sponsored by Concord University’s Advancement/Career Services Office, the event will connect current students with alumni. Throughout the day, Concord graduates will go into different classes for panel presentations. The symposium will allow students to talk with alumni and make important business connections that can be used in obtaining internships or jobs.

For more information on the Alumni Career Symposium, contact the Advancement/Career Services Office at 304-384-5325 or The symposium’s schedule will be posted on

The All-Greek Luncheon will be held at 12 noon on Oct. 17 in the Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $5. Sorority teas and fraternity gatherings will also be held on Oct. 17.

Homecoming activities continue on Sunday, Oct. 18 with a men’s soccer match-up between Concord and Wheeling Jesuit at 1 p.m. at Anderson Field.

“Take advantage of on-line registration for all homecoming events at, as well as, show your CU pride and pay your Concord University Alumni Association dues on-line before homecoming to be entered in a special drawing for a $100 bookstore gift-certificate,” Quick said.

Dues may be paid on-line by visiting, clicking on the Alumni & Donors button, then clicking on the Membership button, then on the Pay Your Dues button.

For more information on Homecoming 2009 events, e-mail advancement or call the Advancement Hotline at 304-384-6311. A schedule of events can be found on Concord’s webpage,, by clicking on the Homecoming 2009 billboard.


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