Concord University Employing Good Faith Efforts to Accommodate Full House

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 13 2009

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

Concord University Employing Good Faith Efforts to Accommodate Full House

Athens, W.Va. - Due to the popularity of Concord University and ongoing retention efforts, the need for on-campus housing continues to expand and university administrators are accommodating the full house.

“The University is making a good faith effort to accommodate students with the priority being on access to education and not denying students the opportunity to realize their dreams,” Concord University President Dr. Gregory F. Aloia said.
Concord University is implementing a modification to policy which will allow more juniors and seniors the option of living off-campus instead of in university housing. On campus, living space is being expanded with the reopening of five units in the college courts and by acquiring three modular units which will be fully functional by the end of the semester. And, students who are assigned to triple rooms will see an adjustment to the cost of living in the residence halls.

President Aloia said that the University’s long-term strategic plan calls for an increase in housing units.
Additionally, Concord University’s Office of Residence Life and Housing is acting as a clearing house for students looking for off-campus housing opportunities.

In addition to accommodating increased housing needs, the University is also involved in an ongoing effort to enhance student life on campus.

Residence hall lounges are being renovated thanks to a fund-raiser held during the opening of the Fall 2008 semester. Through “Trading Spaces”, Dr. Aloia stayed in a dormitory room and several students moved into his home for the first week of school. Pledges from the exchange were used for the renovations. Improvements to the lounge in Wilson Hall are 100 percent complete and are 90 percent complete in North and South towers and Sarvey Hall. The lounge in Wilson Hall will be completed in the near future.

Additional improvements on the Concord University campus in the last few years include completing a state-of-the-art fitness center in 2008; adding $735,000 worth of new furnishings in North and South towers in the Summer of 2007; and, completing the ALEF house in 2009. The 2009-2010 school year will offer an increase in dining hall flex dollars for students.
In the area of student well-being the development of a 360-degree security camera system is in progress and will be completed during the coming academic year. The creation of the Athens-Concord substation for Princeton Fire and Rescue makes emergency care immediately available to all faculty, staff and students on campus.

“These improvements reflect the ongoing efforts of the University to create a better living environment for the students,” President Aloia said.


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