Concord University Celebrating Homecoming Sept. 19-24

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 06 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. - Homecoming at Concord University is set for Sept. 19-24, 2011. The annual weeklong celebration is packed with festivities for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.

The grand finale is the football game on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Mountain Lions take on the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets at Callaghan Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Activities are scheduled throughout Homecoming Week for students. A tradition among Greek organizations and other campus groups is the annual competition for Homecoming Royalty ending with the announcement of the winners at halftime during the football game.

Theme for this year is “Comic Books.” Several contests built around the theme spotlight student creativity and talent including the Lip Sync Contest on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Main Gym of the Carter Center. Billboards reflecting the theme will also be located around campus.

During Concord’s annual Homecoming Parade, candidates and members of their organizations will display floats, banners and costumes as part of the competition. The parade is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. on Vermillion Street in Athens. Area businesses, clubs and other organizations interested in placing entries in the parade should call 304-384-6286 or email After the parade Concord homecoming tradition continues with a bonfire in the Valley.

The Career Symposium, in its third year at Concord, will be held on Friday, Sept. 23. Sponsored by Concord University’s Advancement/Career Services Office, the event will connect current students with alumni. Concord graduates will speak on a wide variety of career options and offer helpful employment tips for undergraduates. The symposium will allow students to talk with alumni and make important business connections that can be used in obtaining internships or jobs. A Career Fair will be held in conjunction with the symposium.

For more information on the Career Symposium, contact the Advancement/Career Services Office at or 304-384-5325.

Author and Concord alum Jane Congdon will be on campus Sept. 23 to sign copies of her memoir “It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me.” Her presentation is scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the President’s Room of the J. Frank Marsh Library. To learn more about Congdon and her book visit:

The annual Alumni Reception and Alumni Banquet are scheduled for Sept. 23. The reception begins at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center and the banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. State Senator Mark Wills, a Concord alum, is the featured speaker. For more information email or call 304-384-6311.

Several tailgates are planned prior to the football game on Sept. 24. Groups hosting tailgates include the Office of Advancement, Alumni Association, Office of Veterans Affairs, Parents Club, Office of Housing and Residence Life and the Mountain Lion Club.

An alumni cheerleader and mascot reception is also on the agenda for Sept. 24. For more information contact Sara Blankenship, assistant cheer coach, at or 304-384-5976.