Concord Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Picnic and Performance Gazebo
Athens, W.Va. – “It is here—finally!” announced Marshall S. Campbell to a small group of Concord University supporters who braved the rain on Wednesday, May 6 at the 1:30 p.m. dedication ceremony for the Concord Picnic and Performance Gazebo. Campbell is director of the Student Center and student activities and advisor to Concord University’s Student Government Association (SGA).
“The class of 2005 had the original idea for a picnic shelter in the valley (behind the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center) and gifted monies for the project,” he stated. “The SGAs of subsequent classes worked with Concord administrators on the design, financing, location and construction of the gazebo. Now that the structure is complete, picnic tables and other items will be added to make it fully functional.”
Jonathan “Wes” Prince, president for Concord’s SGA for 2008-2009 spoke next, saying, “I’m lucky to be president at a time when the gazebo was completed!” He then thanked former SGA presidents including Jessica Cook (2007-2008), Sean Noland (2006-2007), Jared Tice (2005-2006), and D.J. Boland (2004-2005).
President Emeritus Jerry L. Beasley thanked organizers for inviting him to the ceremony, and said: “The 2005 SGA made the original commitment of $25,000 for the project, and I want to thank all of the SGA presidents for keeping their eye on the ball the past several years to ensure that the project was completed. Moreover, I want to thank Jim Cannon (vice president for business and finance who recently retired). Had it not been for his stewardship, in that college resources were able supplement what SGA had available, this project would not have happened. I also want to thank E.T. Boggess Architects. One of the expectations was that whatever went here would fit esthetically with the campus and environment, and I think they did a masterful job of matching architectural elements. My hope is that there will be many pleasurable hours spent not only beneath but around the gazebo that brings the college together in good fellowship.”
President Gregory F. Aloia thanked President Emeritus Beasley and retired Vice President for Business and Finance Jim Cannon, the institution’s administration and student body, and the architects and builders for ensuring that the facility could be completed, by saying, “I know it is the best of both worlds when we get the students and the administration to find a way to invest resources in a facility that will benefit the students and the community as a whole. This architecture compliments “the campus beautiful.” Students and groups will host barbeques, homecoming events, musical performances and other functions at the gazebo and these activities will become beautiful memories. It has exceeded everyone’s expectations!”
Mr. Campbell concluded the remarks portion of the dedication ceremony by thanking Adam Sarver and Rusty Sarver of Main Street Builders. They attended Concord and it meant a lot to them, according to Campbell, to construct the gazebo because they played basketball at Concord, and they had a lot of fond memories of the campus and the people who attended the institution.
In conclusion, retired Vice President for Business and Finance Jim Cannon, SGA President Jonathan “Wes” Prince, President Emeritus Jerry L. Beasley, and President Gregory F. Aloia cut the ribbon in celebration of the completion of the gazebo, which stands near the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center on Concord’s campus.
The gazebo was designed by Todd Boggess of E.T. Boggess Architects, Inc., of Princeton. It was constructed by Main Street Builders, also of Princeton. Main Street Builders is owned by Adam Sarver and Rusty Sarver.
PHOTO: Retired Vice President for Business and Finance Jim Cannon, SGA President Jonathan “Wes” Prince, President Emeritus Jerry L. Beasley, and President Gregory F. Aloia cut the ribbon in celebration of the completion of the gazebo near the student center on Concord’s campus.
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