Become a “Dream Builder”

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 18 2007

CONTACT: Loretta Young, Executive Director, Concord University Foundation
1-304-384-5257, > Alumni & Donors

Become a “Dream Builder”

Athens, W.Va. – With the support of the Wilkes family in Beckley and the Erickson Foundation, funding for University Point, the facility at Concord University that will house the Wilkes Family Chapel and Museum and the Erickson Alumni Center, is nearing time for construction bids to be let.

The project is enthusiastically supported by Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley, and his wife, Jean. He encouraged support for the project by saying: “After announcing my plans to retire from the presidency of Concord University on June 30, 2008, Jean and I have reflected on the inexpressible joy the past 23 years have brought us. The opportunity to do college work in an area one calls home is rare indeed in a profession that often requires moving about the country.

“I am proud of our work, but as you know there is one project that remains unfinished – a dream deferred. I ask you now for your support in ensuring an interfaith chapel becomes a reality. Our fundraising efforts are in the final stages for University Point, the much anticipated facility that will be home to the Wilkes Family Interfaith Chapel and Museum and the Erickson Alumni Center.

“Today, with the construction goal clearly in sight, Jean and I invite you to join us in bringing this long-anticipated project to fruition. Your gifts will help to ensure that University Point is truly a dream realized.

“Construction bids will be requested as soon as working drawings from the architects are received,” he concluded.

Concord University Foundation Executive Director, Ms. Loretta Young, charged with coordinating fundraising efforts, noted opportunities for alumni, friends, and supporters for the project: “Now is the time for us to enlist the support of our alumni and friends for naming opportunities for this beautiful facility. We have established a ‘Dream Builders Club,’ where alumni and friends can make a contribution of $1,000—each “Dream Builder” will be recognized on our “Dream Builders” wall in the new facility. We want to show our appreciation for those who will help us realize the dream of Dr. Beasley and countless others. We want to reach a goal of 300 ‘Dream Builders.’

“We are also inviting alumni and friends to sponsor a seat in the Wilkes Family Chapel for a gift of $300. Our goal is to sponsor all the seats in the Chapel—all 130 of them—and, provide recognition in the form of a brass plaque on the seat. The seats will be specially designed for our chapel.

“These projects will allow our alumni and friends opportunities to support this project and receive due recognition for their efforts. Moreover, the ‘dream’ will be realized!” she concluded.

Additional information on the project is available at > Alumni & Donors.

For information on supporting this project, contact Ms. Loretta Young, or 1-304-384-5257.


PHOTO: University Point at Concord University will be situated across the road from the Science Building (architectural concept).