Concord University Alumni Banquet: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of the University

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 07 2005

Concord University Alumni Banquet: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of the University

Athens, W.Va. — Ms. Rosalie Peck ’63, president of the alumni association, welcomed alumni and guests to the fall alumni banquet, an annual event held to honor alumni on Friday, October 7 in the Student Center Ballroom at Concord University.

Rev. Jim Mole ’50, provided the invocation for dinner, which was prepared by ARAMARK. The ConChords, directed by Dr. Kelly Hudson, Concord’s new director of choral activities, provided entertainment for the evening. The group performed five songs beginning with the traditional “Concord University Alma Mater,” and ending with an upbeat version of the classic “Wanting Memories.”

Next, Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley shared the successes of Concord during the past year including the beginning of construction on the Nick J. Rahall, II Technology Center; the groundbreaking for University Point, which will house an interfaith chapel, alumni center, and a museum; and the accomplishments of Concord’s athletic teams.

Beasley recognized Concord alumni who were key individuals in promoting the interfaith chapel project on campus. He displayed a collection of historical letters between two individuals, Ella Nash Rainey and Jack Johnson. Rainey was the main proponent of the chapel, and Johnson served as the treasurer of the then Concord College Interfaith Chapel Foundation, Inc.

“These represent an exchange of letters between two people over two years who were associated with the chapel foundation,” Beasley shared. “It was they, along with a handful of others, who kept that dream alive.”

Beasley concluded the banquet by recognizing the dedication and devotion of these individuals, “That was an immeasurable bequest, one of the spirit that has to do with overcoming adversity, constancy of purpose … faith that enlarges us and allows us to do things beyond the grasp of mere mortals. And, all of us, I think, owe a debt of thanks to Ella Nash Rainey, to Jack Johnson, and all of the people who kept our eyes on the prize here at Concord. It’s good all of you are a part of that tradition and Jean and I are so privileged to have shared it for over twenty years with you, it’s good to have you here this evening.”


PHOTO: Dr. Beasley holds up historical letters exchanged between alumni in their quest for the interfaith chapel.

PHOTO: Dr. Beasley recognized Colonel Stanley Smith ’51, who first attended Concord in the 30’s before serving his country during wartime.

PHOTO: The ConChords under the direction of Dr. Kelly Hudson perform at the Alumni Banquet.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Stephanie Harmon, a senior majoring in communication arts, and Jesse Call, a junior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. Their hometowns are Princeton, W.Va., and Pocahontas, Va., respectively.