University News
For Immediate Release: 
May 14 2004

College Celebrates 129th Spring Commencement

Note to Editor: All hometowns are West Virginia unless noted otherwise. Candidates are presented in two lists, 1) those graduating May 15, 2004 and 2) those graduating August 6, 2004.

Athens, W.Va. – The commencement ceremony took place in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center on the campus of Concord College, Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.

Dr. Andrew Necessary and the Concord College Brass Quintet played various selections as the prelude, “Pomp and Circumstance” as the processional and “Hornpipe” (from “Water Music”) as the recessional.

Dr. Paul J. Kane provided the opening and closing meditations, and Carolyn Fluharty Cox, registrar for the College presented the diplomas to the candidates for graduation.

Dr. William J. Ofsa, professor of English, served as grand marshal and Mary Edna Beckett, associated professor of mathematics served as marshal. Dr. Ofsa introduced the speakers.

Concord President, Dr. Jerry L. Beasley: “This is the College’s 133rd year, and although we are strong, the very existence of institutions like Concord can be fragile. Many of you have worked to earn your way through college. You are a leader of tomorrow only if you choose to wait. Resources are slim but spirits are large. If you apply the lessons you learned you will make yourselves proud. Congratulations to the class of 2004!”

Dr. Beasley also recognized this year's retirees: Gene Fields is retiring from his position as manager of the physical plant, Dr. Wilbur Jones is retiring from his position as professor of chemistry, Ellen Pennington is retiring from her position in the computer center and Mary Edna Beckett will be retiring in August from her position as associate professor of mathematics.

The Honorable Jessee Guills, representing the West Virginia Senate, stated that, “Throughout my professional career, I have meet many important people, but none as important as those in front of me now. You are our future. You have been given a great opportunity to learn from great educators. Take this knowledge and use it with intelligence and honesty.”

Margaret Sayre, chair of the Concord College Board of Governors, noted, “Serving on the Board of Governors is a voluntary act that involves time with academic and fiscal matters. One of the great satisfactions is seeing you attain your degree. I hope you continue your lifelong learning.”

Chairman of the Concord College Foundation, John Jessee, said that, “With your help, the Foundation will continue to provide assistance to our students. I graduated in 1976 and we talked about the positive things we could do. Life goes by so very quickly. Take advantage of the opportunities and take risks but always do what is right.”

President of the Faculty, Dr. Charles H. Brichford: “This is a milestone placed along the side of the road. Much of the education ahead will be a lot more costly than Concord’s education.

“I want to say ‘thanks’ from the faculty. We are here to be used by those who want to learn. You are indeed on the right road.”

Dr. Beryle C. Santon, president of the Alumni Association, advised the graduating class, “In a few moments you will walk across the stage and be a Concord alumnus. Some will go to graduate school and some will work. Whatever you do and wherever you go please keep us informed. Once a Mountain Lion always a Mountain Lion!”

The valedictories to the College were: Michelle Lynn Anderson, Derrick Shawn Browning, Stephen Jason Fraley, Lori Leigh Gunno, Monika Beth McMahan and Angela Dawn Young.

Mr. Browning, who was inspired by Mother Teresa, provided the following quote from ‘Mother Teresa’s Advice for Living a Good life’: “People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you succeed, you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God, it was never between you and them anyway.”

Ms. Gunno said that: “No matter where you are in life, all it takes is a decision. A decision to try what may not be popular, but what you know is right. A decision to leave your comfort zone when you are no longer making progress in a relationship, in a classroom, or in any other area of your life. Find someone you can love like crazy, and who will love you the same way back, offer the answer that you know, but are too afraid to raise your hand and give, and yes, speak when you would rather remain silent. I debated many times on whether to stand before you today and give this speech, but here I am, almost done, and I feel better for having given it.

“Fear has the power to paralyze. If at any point you allow it to take control, you will miss out on everything life has to offer. So remember Mark Twain and his example. Face the coming years with courage, and you will have no regrets. For four years this has been our safe harbor, and the time has come to sail away.”

Mr. Fraley told his fellow graduates, “In a poem, Linda Pastan wrote, ‘If death if everywhere we look, at least let's marry it to beauty.’ We do this today. We marry the beauty of idealized education and the realization of potential to the death inherent in the real world, which coerces many into sacrificing their virtues like burning effigies. Remember the beauty of this ceremony because it begins to fade tomorrow unless you make a decision to live morally and justly. While many have surely ignored my comments or have naively brushed them aside, everyone will find themselves confronted by a difficult choice where the answer isn't a regurgitated formula or petty classroom morality. What will happen when the degree doesn't help? I will persevere through God. I pray everyone else here today has as firm a foundation as I.

“I will close with a quote by Albert Camus, ‘Nothing is given to men, and the little they can conquer is paid for with unjust deaths.’ But man's greatness lies elsewhere. It lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition. And if his condition is unjust, he has only one way of overcoming it, which is to be just himself. We can consider ourselves successful if we achieve this existential credo. Whether you find me in a barrel or in a mansion, you can trust that I have followed this dictum. I have done what is necessary. Will you?”

Ms. Young said, “I am the mother of three with one on the way. I stand here today to thank family, friends, instructors and fellow students who helped me. Congratulations and may God bless you.”

The following were candidates for graduation for May 15 (August 6 candidates will follow):

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CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION, MAY 15, 2004

HONOR CANDIDATES

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Michelle Lynn Anderson

George Adrianov Atanassov*

Iordan Todorov Atanassov

Brandy Lee Bagar

Derrick Shawn Browning

Dimitar Marinov Dimitrov

Christina Renee Duncan

Erin Beth Ellison Hunt

Melissa Lynn Farmer

Stephen Jason Fraley

Lori Leigh Gunno

Ian Travis Lovejoy

Monika Beth McMahan

Kristen Tenea Mills

Angela Dawn Young

Umaru M Zubairu

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Radostina M Angelova

Petranka Ivanova Badova*

Kendra Waddell Blake

Crystal Michele Bradley

Sheila Kay Callaway

Teresa Suzanne Clark

Ayan De

Peggy Lynn Huffman

Christopher James Kast

Jennifer DeLise Lake

Lorri Deidra Lambert

Michael Patrick McMillion

Ami Rebecca Meadows

Mary Lynn Misch

Deepak Narasimhan

Michelle Dawn Shafer

Cheryl Lynn Stovall

Miroslav Karolinov Stoyanov

Nicole Elizabeth Thomas

CUM LAUDE

Daniel J Aguire II

Heather Marie Arnott

Melinda Gail Honaker Bailey

Rebecca Kathleen Banaszak

Joellyn Bolen

Teresa Gwen Brooks-Walls

Kristen Nicole Collins

John Dylan Davis

Paula Annet Dunn

Christy Lynn Elliott

Kirsten Margaret Hatten

Jennifer R Humphreys

Andrew Clayton Hunt

Angel Rena Johnson

Christy Lynn Laxton

David Jeff Lyons

Jesse Benjamin Miller

Nancy B Miller

Stephan Vilenov Mitchev

Gina Marie Mounts

Toni Renee Muncy

Thyra Ginaiu Nelson

Victoria Elizabeth Reed Pauley

Jennifer Ellen Persinger

Sarah Beth Pettry

Stephanie Dawn Plass

Amanda Jo Preston

Shenna Danielle Russell

Holly Nichole Smith

Jason Lee Spencer

Kara L Stephens

Sarah Marie Sumrall

Susan Blaine Terry

Kara Joann Tilton

Nusrah Wali

Pamela Nicole Duba Wriston

WITH HONORS IN MAJOR SUBJECT

Liza Luann Abel

Saheed Akinkuolie

Regina Lynn Dilley

Erika Dawn Lilly

Eliot Hunter Maier

Randolph Murphy

Robert Keith Sexton

Janie Blythe Slaydon

Nancy Jo Snyder

*denotes December 2003 graduates.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

Michelle Lynn Anderson, Oak Hill

Melinda Gail Bailey, Arnett

Kendra Elizabeth Blake, Princeton

Stacey LeAnn Blake, Hilltop

Heather Angeline Blankenship, Pipestem

Benjamin Ray Bowling, Oak Hill

Sheila Kay Callaway, Beaver

Kristen Nicole Collins, Rock Creek

Regina Lynn Dilley, Princeton

Rebecca Ann Fraley, Summersville

William Tee Fraley, Summersville

Marcy Suzanne Godfrey, Beckley

Danielle Lena Hamon, Prosperity

Kirsten Margaret Hatten, Prichard

Heather Renee Hodges, Bluefield

Jamie Lynn Hoskins, Beckley

Emily Elaine Huddle, Princeton

Peggy Lynn Huffman, Kopperston

Angel Rena Johnson, West Hamlin

Crystal Lea Jude, Athens

Eric James Lester, Simon

David Jeff Lyons, Jesse

Andrea Hope Marino, Princeton

Bradley Allen Mawyer, Galax, Virginia

Monika Beth McMahan, Daniels

Ami Rebecca Meadows, Princeton

Chastity Danielle Miller, Meadow Bridge

Nancy B Miller, Sinks Grove

Mary Lynn Misch, Beckley

Gina Marie Mounts, Gilbert

Kristin Faith Ohlinger, Mason

Victoria Elizabeth Reed Pauley, Princeton

Jennifer Ellen Persinger, Princeton

Sarah Beth Pettry, Sundial

Jessica J Rodes, Pipestem

Tammy Yvonne Runion, Beaver

Shenna Danielle Russell, Marion, Virginia

Allison Weaver Schaeffer, Cool Ridge

Janie Blythe Slaydon, Ridgeway, Virginia

Holly Nichole Smith, Tazewell, Virginia

Nancy Jo Snyder, Coal City

Kristen Nicole Stafford, Kopperston

Jamie Renee Stewart, Clear Fork

Clarissa Lynne Sutton, Ghent

John Jeffrey Tabor Jr, Beckley

Teresa Gwen Walls, Beckley

Jason Ward White, Princeton

Pamela Nicole Wriston, Scarbro

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Adam Alvin Acord, Athens

Matthew David Adams, Princeton

Joshua David Aliveto, Roanoke, Virginia

Julian Ray Arbaugh, Shady Springs

Brandy Lee Bagar, Bluefield

Rebecca Kathleen Banaszak, Liberty Township, Ohio

Christina Dawn Bays, Fayetteville

Heather Denise Berry, Shady Spring

Joellynn Bolen, Beaver

Jonathan Carrington Bolt, Princeton

Jason Alan Bowlick, Bluefield

John Perry Bowyer, Beckley

Joshua Michael Bradley, Peterstown

Carla Sue Brown, Pilgrims Knob, Virginia

Teresa Suzanne Clark, Madison

Alisha Dawn Cook, Jumping Branch

Ronald Brian Crouse, Princeton

Robert Dean Cyphers, Raysal

Regina Lynn Dilley, Princeton

Christina Renee Duncan, Dallas, North Carolina

Amanda Dawn Ellison, Hinton

Melissa Lynn Farmer, Princeton

Peter M Formato Jr, Princeton

Stephen Jason Fraley, New Haven

David Robert Gaiser, Radcliff, Ohio

Kentaro Hashizume, Athens

Daniel Alan Hudgins Jr, Pineville

Leigh Ann Humphrey, Bluefield

George Thomas Humphrey Jr, Bluefield

Andrew Clayton Hunt, Burton

Kelly Lynn James, Athens

Lura Leigh Kahle, Bluefield

Christopher James Kast, Athens

Holley Michele Kimbrell, Beaver

Jennifer Delise Lake, Athens

Crista Lee Lilly, Hinton

Ian Travis Lovejoy, Charleston

Michael Patrick McMillion, Beckley

Kristen Tenea Mills, Coal City

Tomomi Murata, Tokyo, Japan

Kyra Annita Narain, Hollis, New York

Candace Marie Nelson, Herndon

Misty Dawn Odham, Bradley

Tonya Angelina Payne, Athens

Elizabeth Ann Phillips, Vienna

Brendan Earl Douglas Reed, Charleston, South Carolina

Robert Keith Sexton, Perry, Iowa

Tara Nicole Shleser, Beaver

Jason Lee Spencer, Beaver

Cheryl Lynn Stovall, Sophia

Leann Michelle Toler, Crab Orchard

Nusrah Mohammed Wali, Sokoto, Nigeria

Teresa Gwen Walls, Beckley

Angela Dawn Young, White Oak

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Katherine L Arenz, Pineville

Heather Marie Arnott, Hurricane

Carol A Bays, Fayetteville

Kendra Elizabeth Blake, Princeton

David Jonathon Blue, Princeton

Debra Sue Chase, Elkins

John Dylan Davis, Sophia

Ayan De, Calcutta, India

Matthew Daniel Dillon, Crab Orchard

Renee Diane Gagnier, Roanoke, Virginia

Jennifer Rose Humphreys, Ballard

Justin William Jeffries, Hinton

Vasil Nikolaev Lalov, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sarah Beth Land, Princeton

Andrea Hope Marino, Princeton

Stephan Vilenov Mitchev, Varna, Bulgaria

Toni Renee Muncy, Princeton

Deepak Narasimhan, Athens

Tonya Angelina Payne, Athens

Amanda Jo Preston, Fort Gay

Patricia Silva, Fortaleza-Ce, Brazil

Miroslav Karolinov Stoyanov, Athens

Sarah Marie Sumrall, Oviedo, Florida

Ashley Brooke Tredway, Beckley

Sanae Yamashita, Tokyo, Japan

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Matthew David Adams, Princeton

Saheed Akinkuolie, Abidjanoi, Nigeria

Radostina Angelova, Varna, Bulgaria

Iordan Todorov Atanassov, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria

Jacob Charles Blankenship, Athens

Crystal Michele Bradley, Peterstown

Derrick Shawn Browning, Pineville

James B Cahill, Princeton

Angela Michelle Cline, Ikes Fork

Timothy Mark Coleman, Bedford, Virginia

Ayan De, Calcutta, India

Larry Eugene DeMasi, Keyser

Dimitar Marinov Dimitrov, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Allen James Duncan III, Blue Ridge, Virginia

Paula Annet Dunn, Flat Top

Christy Lynn Elliott, Princeton

Heather Lee-Ann Elliott, Princeton

Lori Jo Elliott, Beckley

Fred Dustin Ferrell, Charleston

Anna Perez Fick, Alderson

Roger D Fraley II, Rock Creek

Stephen Jason Fraley, New Haven

Lori Leigh Gunno, St. Albans

Matthew Paul Jozik, Martinsburg

Makiko Kono, Shizuoka, Japan

Christy Lynn Laxton, Pineville

Jodi Lynn Lovelace-Patrick, Beckley

Amanda Beth Lusk, Princeton

Eliot Hunter Maier, Charleston

Christopher Nicholas Mann, Athens

Thyra Ginatu Nelson, Athens

Jarrod Dale Ogden, Mechanicsville, Virginia

Courtney Leigh Patton, Beckley

Andrew William Ray, Athens

Kelly Lyn Rohrer, California, Maryland

Sathappan Santhanam, Tamil Nadu, India

Michelle Dawn Shafer, Ronceverte

Kimberlee Renee Shutt, Princeton

Wesley Thomas Stanton, Bluefield

Kara Leigh Stephens, Charlton Heights

Susan Blaine Terry, Princeton

Nicole Elizabeth Thomas, Hamilton, Ohio

Joshua Alan Wise, Huntington

Jessica Rae Wolfe, Princeton

Umaru Mustaha Zubairu, Minna, Nigeria

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Rochelle Dawn Atkins, Sophia

David Michael Hess, Crab Orchard

Lorri Deidra Lambert, Rocky Gap, Virginia

Stephanie Dawn Plass, Princeton

Kara Joann Tilton, Charleston

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RECREATION AND TOURISM

Liza Luann Abel, Buchannon

Jerri D Beverly, Premier

Jordan Michael Cox, South Charleston

Erika Dawn Lilly, Nimitz

Randolph Murphy, MacArthur

Tara Nicole Shleser, Beaver

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Dawn Rena Barker, Cincinnati, Ohio

Anga Leah McCarus, Daniels

Erin Summer McKenzie, Summersville

Jesse Benjamin Miller, Jumping Branch

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Dimitar Marinov Dimitrov, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Christopher Ryan Hill, Princeton

James William Pettry, Beckley

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION ARTS

Daniel Joseph Aguire II, Northfork

Gregory Wayne Brown, Cool Ridge

Joel Isaac Richardson, Princeton

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

David Robert Land, Princeton

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ATHLETIC TRAINING

Carol Louise Bonnes, Ballyclare, Ireland

Rebecca Nikole Harvey, Princeton

Christina M Reed, Sissonsville

Heather Leigh Scott, Bluefield

Ashley Brooke Sisk, Crab Orchard

Dewayne Ardell Smith, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Sandra Bethany Smith, Athens

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCES

Cheryle Ann Boggs, Hillsboro

Erin Beth Ellison-Hunt, Delbarton

Melissa Lynn Farmer, Princeton

Aaron Michael Hill, Meadow Bridge

Troy R Huffman, Kegley

Edward L Moore Jr, Princeton

REGENTS BACHELOR OF ARTS

Sharon Sue Layfield Allen, Buchannon

Tsutomu Arai, Hyogo, Japan

Hoda Bleik Bizri, Princeton

Steven M Brinkley, Colombus, Ohio

Vincent Brown, Bluefield

Dusty Lynn Crum, Kermit

Justin Matthew Holcomb, Bickmore

Adrian Curtis Kimble, Tallmansville

Thomas Eugene Lester, Princeton

Beverly James Maxwell, Spanishburg

Teresa Lynn Morgan, McGraws

Amanda Ross Revels, Traphill, North Carolina

Keyode Omar Rogers, Martinsville, Virginia

Billie Jean Shields, Coolridge

Dorothy Marie Smith, Roanoke, Virginia

Lisa Marie Wilkins, Wytheville, Virginia

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CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION, AUGUST 6, 2004

HONOR CANDIDATES

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Scott William George

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Harshit Agarwal

Garrick Robert Burdette

Carol Signe Jackson

Wendy Dawn Morgan

Abigail Lynne Osorio

CUM LAUDE

Richard Alan Addair Jr

David Joseph Bumgarner

Erin Dale Wimer

CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION, AUGUST 6, 2004

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Melissa Ann Buckland, Hinton

David Joseph Bumgarner, Beckley

Garrick Robert Burdette, Princeton

Brian Joseph Cooper, Hinton

Jay Holden Deal, Beckley

Neal Curtis Hamilton, Athens

Mary Ellen Lambert, Corinne

Wendy Dawn Morgan, North Spring

Allison Renee Page, Centreville, Virginia

Eryn Danielle Roles, Hagerstown, Maryland

Vanessa Nicole Snead, Stuardsville, Virginia

Jessica Nicole Taylor, Glen White

Kimberly Jill White, South Charleston

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Darshan H Baldev, Athens

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Richard Alan Addair, Avondale

Harshit Agarwal, Calcutta, India

Dipika Ben, Bluefield, Virginia

Angela L Bever, Fenwick

Kristopher M Byus, Danville

Eric Joseph Fessler, Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Fumika Nakamura, Saitama, Japan

Abigail Lynne Osorio, Beckley

Heather Lynn Quick, Bluefield

Jake Kyle Saunders, Blue Ridge, Virginia

Richa Srivastava, Calcutta, India

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Franklin Monroe Bowles Jr, Talcott

Melissa Bennett Carr, Lashmeet

Melissa Erin Clemons, Lewisburg

Kassi Jo Farris, Beckley

Maggie Lynn Harless, Madison

Carol Signe Jackson, Hinton

Cassandra Ann Morton, Beckley

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Betty Jean Wiseman, Princeton

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Joseph Anthony Lawston, Manassas, Virginia

Phillip Edward Pratt, Ringgold, Virginia

Travis Preston, Martinsville, Virginia

Andrew Bartlett White, New Brunswick, Canada

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION ARTS

Latonia Marie Turner, Marion, Virginia

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RECREATION AND TOURISM

Scott William George, Fayetteville

Zachariah Patrick Graybill, Blue Ridge, Virginia

Erin Leigh Porreca, Beaver

Melanie Dawn Shrader, Pipestem

Jessica Lynn Walls, Bruceton Mills

Kimberly Jill White, South Charleston

Erin Dale Wimer, Hillsboro

April Lyn Wyrick, Princeton

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCES

Marcus Vincent Ervin, Bluefield

REGENTS BACHELOR OF ARTS

Jason Eugene Banks, Whitesville

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PHOTO: The valedictories to the College were (left to right): Michelle Lynn Anderson, Derrick Shawn Browning, Stephen Jason Fraley, Lori Leigh Gunno, Monika Beth McMahan and Angela Dawn Young.

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