Honors Students at Concord Win Academic Prizes

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 01 2004

Honors Students at Concord Win Academic Prizes

Athens, W.Va. – Brandy Bagar, from Bluefield, W.Va., won the top prize at the Region V Alpha Chi spring meeting at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., for her paper, “Misplaced Men of Shakespeare.” Brandy won a $1,000 graduate school fellowship. She plans on attending Marshall University in the fall. Region V includes Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia.

Alpha Chi was founded on February 22, 1922, and presently has chapters on over 350 college and university campuses in the United States. Only five institutions of higher education in West Virginia have been granted Alpha Chi chapters, with Concord, Bluefield State College and West Liberty State College having been granted chapters in the West Virginia higher education system. Concord College was granted a chapter of Alpha Chi in 1969.

William Seth Cooper from Falling Waters, W.Va., was the co-winner of the Howard Davis Scholarship for his paper, “A Gay Liberation Theology: Liberating Sex,” delivered at the College of William and Mary for the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) spring conference. Seth won a $500 scholarship to attend the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in New Orleans on November 10, 2004. Seth was also elected to the VCHC’s executive committee as the four-year public school student representative, a position he will share with Cody Ford of West Virginia University.

The Virginias Collegiate Honors Council, now more than ten years old, joins Virginia and West Virginia universities, colleges, and community colleges in supporting and enhancing programs and activities to meet the needs of exceptionally talented and motivated students. The mission of VCHC is to: provide a forum for sharing information about honors programs, provide students with greater opportunities for intercollegiate honors programs activities, collaborate with regional and national organizations which have similar goals, encourage articulation between two- and four-year honors programs, and increase public and private awareness of and fiscal commitment to honors programs and projects.

“The motto of the Honors Program at Concord is, ‘the best get better,’” stated Dr. Carol Manzione, honors program coordinator and assistant professor of history. “These two students embody that motto.”

For more information about the Honors Program at Concord, contact Dr. Manzione, 1-304-384-5262 or manzionc@concord.edu.