University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jun 15 2004

Media Advisory: Two Events at Concord, Monday, June 28-Congressman Rahall to Provide Keynote Speech at Technology Center Groundbreaking Ceremony, and Electronic Town Hall Meeting

Athens, W.Va. – Concord College will be hosting a groundbreaking and naming ceremony for a technology center that has received support from Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, II, and the State of West Virginia.

The ceremony will commence at 11:30 a.m., Monday, June 28, in the valley near White Hall, the same day as the “Electronic Town Hall Meeting” sponsored by the Nick J. Rahall, II, High Technology Corridors Program and hosted by Congressman Rahall, also at Concord.

The technology center project at Concord College is slated to renovate and replace an out-of-service building on the Concord campus, and will be named the Nick Joe Rahall, II Technology Center (shortened to Rahall Center).

The center is designed to provide a central location in Southern West Virginia where cutting edge electronic technologies will be available to Concord faculty and students, already established local businesses, and to start-up companies which locate in the area.

The keynote speaker will be Congressman Nick Joe Rahall, II, of Beckley, who represents the Third Congressional District of West Virginia. First elected in 1976, he is currently serving his 14th term. Mr. Rahall is the 20th most senior member of the House of Representatives and is the Dean of the West Virginia Delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Confirmed speakers for the groundbreaking ceremony include Congressman Rahall; Governor Bob Wise, R. W. “Buz” Wilkinson, chairman of the Shott Foundation in Bluefield; Bill Baker of the West Virginia Jobs Foundation in Beckley and Margaret Sayre, chair of the Concord College Board of Governors. Concord President Jerry Beasley will serve as emcee for the brief ceremony.

Confirmed speakers or guests for the Electronic Town Hall Meeting, beginning at 12:45 p.m. in the “McNair” Room (A-320), Marsh Hall, include: Hilda Legg, Director, Rural Utilities Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Bobby Lewis, Director of Community Development for the West Virginia Development Office and Mary Hunt-Lieving with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Special parking will be available for dignitaries and the media in the “Sarvay” parking lot, signage will direct guests.

For more information about the technology center, log on to, click on “Administration/Staff” then “Projects.”

For more information on the groundbreaking ceremony, contact Loretta Young, associate vice president for development, 1-304-384-5257 or

For more information about the Electronic Town Hall Meeting, log on to, then click on “Work Force Development Conference Registration.”


CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the College on campus.