Light Receives Friedl Award

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 06 2001

Light Receives Friedl Award

Athens, W.Va. - Dr. Danette B. Light, Professor of Sociology at Concord College, was named the recipient of the Friedl Award in a ceremony taking place in Athens on May 8, 2001.

The Friedl Award is given by the Student Government Association to a faculty member who is selected by the student body to be an excellent teacher and is actively involved with students outside the classroom. The award is named for former football and basketball coach and physical education instructor Joseph Friedl, Sr., who served a 25-year tenure at Concord College. He authored A History of Education in McDowell County, West Virginia, which was originally done as a thesis project at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Friedl was born in Michigan, but raised in Gary, West Virginia, and passed away in 1983. The award carries a monetary prize provided from a fund established by the Friedl family and managed by the Concord College Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Friedl’s widow, Sallie Harlan Friedl, lives in Athens and regularly attends ceremonies for the presentation of the award to Concord faculty.

Dr. Light, who was presented the award by SGA President Scott Maxwell, said, “I appreciate the award because it was given by students here at Concord. I love my job and think the students at Concord are the greatest in the world.”

Dr. Light and her husband Darrin, a contractor, recently traveled to Trelanny, Jamaica, with Concord College’s Bonner Scholars—students who earn scholarships for community service work. The Lights and the 12 students built a house for a Jamaican family as part of the Bonner students’ participation in Habitat for Humanity, an international, non-profit organization that is aimed at providing homes for those who would otherwise have no adequate housing.

“It was the most fulfilling experience of my life,” she said of the Bonner trip.

Dr. Light, a native of Lawrence County, Arkansas, holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Institute of Technology in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Darrin and two sons, Cody and Hunter, on a farm in Giles County, Virginia. She has been a professor of sociology at Concord for the last three years.


Photo: SGA President Scott Maxwell presents the Friedl Award to Dr. Danette Light.

Concord College Notes: The communication arts department produces the College’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the public relations/marketing department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in communication arts with an emphasis in broadcasting and journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.