FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2009
“Convocation of Scholars” at CU to Recognize Students, Faculty and Staff Activities
Athens, W.Va. – Concord University will host a series of events designed to recognize students, faculty and staff for service initiatives, scholarly activities and research. The two-day event, “Convocation of Scholars,” will be Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, and the public is invited.
Activities slated for Wednesday, April 22 in the Alexander Fine Arts Center will feature a concert and awards celebration at 6 p.m. Both the Concord University Symphonic Band and the Collegiate Singers will be performing. In addition, students, faculty and staff will be recognized.
A reception will be held in the Arthur Butcher Art Gallery at 7 p.m. where art by Concord University seniors, in a show entitled “The Best of Concord University,” will be on display.
At 8 p.m., guests are invited to attend a performance of The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance. The play features students Mike Browning from Gary, Matt Browning from Gary, Christin Walker from Egeria, John Wisman from White Oak, Greg Stamp from Boone, Tesia Muth from Welch, Jesalyn Lucas from Tampa, Fla., and Bridgett Morris from Bluefield.
“It is the goal of Concord’s theater department to provide the campus community and the community at large with the best in academic drama,” stated Thomas C. Gambill, associate professor of communication arts and theater director. “Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man offers a magnificent realization of this goal. Based on a real character and built around actual events, the play examines the amazing transformation of 19th century Englishman, John Merrick, from circus freak, to the toast of London society. The Elephant Man provides a powerful confirmation of the triumph of the human spirit to audiences of all ages.”
On Thursday, April 23, all are invited to attend the second annual Undergraduate Research Day, hosted by the Concord University McNair Scholars and psychology programs. The event will take place in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center Ballroom. Opening and welcoming remarks will be made by Dr. Rodney L. Klein, director of the McNair Scholars program, Dr. Karen Griffee, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, president of Concord University, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Poster presentations of student research will be on display from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Steven W. Gangestad, will deliver his address at 1 p.m. He is a leading researcher in evolutionary psychology and a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico.
Student paper presentations, representing majors and research topics from across the curriculum will then be delivered from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in four, one-hour blocks. Finally, a Graduate and Professional School Fair, with representatives from 17 programs, will be held concurrently from 10:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. in the Ballroom lobby.
Dr. Klein noted that: “The event not only provides the students of Concord and cooperating McNair programs the opportunity to present their research findings and share their interest and enthusiasm for research with the academic community, but is also an opportunity for all students, staff, and faculty to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the academic and research pursuits of others on our campus. All are welcome to come to any or all of the various sessions. It should be an exciting and educational day.”
President Gregory F. Aloia stated that, “The activities that are planned will allow us, as a community, to recognize the efforts of many special people in the areas of service initiatives, scholarly activities, creative endeavors, research and excellence in teaching.”
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.