“Canopy of Color” Surrounds Alumni and Homecoming Activities at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 14 2001

“Canopy of Color” Surrounds Alumni and Homecoming Activities at Concord

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College Alumni Association President Suellen Hodges welcomed alumni, friends and students to homecoming activities at Concord at the annual alumni banquet, Friday, October 12, in the College Center Ballroom.

“There is a canopy of color here, and there is a comfort in watching the seasons change in ‘Four Seasons Country,’” stated Hodges.

Jerry Beasley, president of Concord since 1985, joined Hodges in welcoming college friends and supporters.

Beasley then introduced featured speaker, The Honorable Mary Pearl Geyer Compton, who graduated from Concord in 1959, and has championed education and health care as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. She represents Monroe County in the West Virginia House of Delegates and is the chairperson of the Health and Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.

“Mary Pearl Compton is a tireless champion for the people is this area,” announced Beasley. “She is well prepared, pays attention and is as tough as nails. Moreover, she carries the flag of Concord College at the statehouse.”

Delegate Compton talked about American opportunities, the freedoms we enjoy, and the recent events of September 11. “I want to salute Concord College and the people who administer, the faculty who educate, and the students who attend and are the recipients of our collective efforts of protecting the values of our nation.”

“Our freedom was birthed by immigrants, and our enemy comes from the ravines of ignorance.

“As a result of 21 years of war, an entire generation of Afghan children is growing up without an education. A United Nations representative depicts the bleakest prospect for the nation of Afghanistan. In the United States, we focused on the three ‘R’s’ and the leaders of Afghanistan are focusing on 3 ‘T’s’—Taliban, terror and torture.”

Athletic Hall of Fame: Class of 2001

Retired Coach Georgia Swan Kelley introduced the first of the three inductees into the College’s athletic hall of fame.

MARCIA BRUMBACH participated in women’s basketball, field hockey, volleyball, track and field, swimming, and softball. Brumbach played every woman’s sport available at the College before women’s sports were recognized by WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), and was named “Outstanding Woman Sports Athlete” at Concord (1971). Brumbach is from Boyertown, Pa.

Concord Coach Steve Cox introduced Julius Lockett.

JULIUS LOCKETT participated in basketball from 1986 through 1990. Lockett remains the second-highest scorer in Concord’s history and the sixth highest rebounder. He was named All-WVIAC in 1988, 1989, and 1990. In addition he was honored with a place on the All-WVIAC tournament team in 1989 and 1990 and recognized as MVP (most valuable player) in 1989. Lockett graduated in 1991 and is from Clarksburg, W.Va.

And, Coach Patricia Hardin introduced Janet Foster Gora.

JANET FOSTER GORA participated in women’s basketball, softball, and volleyball. Gora was named Academic All-American in all three sports. She was First Team All-WVIAC in each as well. She graduated summa cum laude in 1985, and lives in Milford, Ohio.
Special Recognition

Concord Alumni Association Yankee Chapter representative Robert J. Gallione Jr., class of 1968, presented a special plaque of appreciation to Concord College President Jerry Beasley and his wife Jean. Gallione thanked the president and his wife for maintaining the high standards that Concord was recently recognized for in the US News & World Report’s 2002 College Rankings where Concord was ranked number one in academic reputation among public four-year colleges in the south.

Saturday’s Activities

The College’s student organizations held a wide variety of activities the week preceding the football game against West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, October 13, and the announcement of the homecoming king and queen at halftime.

The College’s Homecoming 2001 king and queen were:

Lee Ann Shrewsberry from Josephine, W.Va., who represented Alpha Sigma Alpha. She is the daughter of Randy and Vickie Shrewsberry and is a senior majoring in athletic training and sports management. She was escorted by Dusty Harmon from Pineville, W.Va., who is the son of Joyce and Mathew Harmon. He is a senior majoring in communication arts. His sponsoring organization was Mu Xi Phi.

Other homecoming candidates for 2001 were:

Rob-Roy Lee Mace from Elizabeth, W.Va., who represented Tau Kappa Epsilon. He is the son of Roy Lee and Sandy Mace. He is a junior majoring in math with a minor in computer science and statistics. He escorted Ramona Price from South Charleston, W.Va. She is the daughter of Deetina Price and is a sophomore majoring in business. Her sponsoring organization was Alpha Sigma Tau.

Shamela Ann Hale from Kimball, W.Va., who represented the Black Student Union. She is the daughter of Teresa Reed and is an elementary education major. Her escort was Ryan D. Smith. Smith, from Welch, W.Va., is the son of Robin and Carrie Smith. He is a sophomore majoring in English with a journalism emphasis. His sponsoring organization was the International Club.

Emily Myers of Poca, W.Va., who represented Delta Zeta. She is the daughter of Larry and LaMarr Myers, and is a senior majoring in communication arts with a concentration in public relations. She is the president of Delta Zeta. She was escorted by Scott Inghram from Charleston, W.Va. Scott is the son of James Inghram and Terry Butler, and is a senior majoring in sociology and a Bonner Scholar. His sponsoring organization was Pi Kappa Phi.

Stacy Thomas of Richwood, W.Va., who represented Sigma Sigma Sigma. is the daughter of Robert and Diana Williams and is a senior majoring in travel industry management. She is also a Bonner Scholar. She was escorted by Robert Michael, from Princeton, West Virginia, who is a senior majoring in political science, history, and philosophy. His sponsoring organization was Sigma Tau Gamma.

Addie Brewer from Pineville, W.Va., represented Bonner Scholars. She is the daughter of Jeff and Crystal Brewer. She is a junior majoring in social work. She was escorted by Andrew Meador from Ghent, W.Va., who is the son of Michael L. Meador. His sponsoring organization was the Student Activities Committee.


Photo 1: The Honorable Mary Pearl Compton

Photo 2: Jean Beasley, Jerry Beasley,
Robert J. Gallione Jr.

Photo3: Marcia Brumbach

Photo4: Janet Gora

Photo 5: Julius Lockett

Photo 6: Concord College Homecoming Queen Lee Ann Shrewsberry and King Dusty Harmon