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CONCORD UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 2011 HOMECOMING
ATHENS, W.Va. – Victory reigned in the autumn air on “The Campus Beautiful” as Concord University celebrated Homecoming 2011 on Saturday, Sept. 24 with triumph on the football field and an afternoon of festivities.
The Mountain Lions squashed the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets 38-7. The win is the first before the home crowd for new head football coach Garin Justice. Concord is now 2-2 for the season and 2-0 in WVIAC play.
Alumni, students, faculty, staff and other friends in the Concord community packed the stands at Callaghan Stadium on a fall day just made for football. Moments of brilliant sunshine mixed with shade from the clouds and the rain stayed away.
A pre-game ceremony, prior to the 2 p.m. kickoff, honored current Mountain Lions and alumni athletes. National Track & Field Champion Shawnee Carnett received her championship ring. Carnett won the women’s 800 meter at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Outdoor National Championships in May 2011.
Her victory is Concord’s first-ever NCAA national championship, and the first in women’s track and field for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference since the conference moved from the NAIA to the NCAA in 1994. A banner saluting Carnett’s victory was unveiled during the ceremony and will be hung in the Carter Center’s main gym at Concord.
Also honored were the 2001 WVIAC Championship Baseball Team and the 2011 WVIAC Championship Baseball Team. Championship rings were presented to the 2011 team.
Concord’s 1961 Homecoming Queen Jean Wright Smith of Bellfast, Va. was recognized along with her husband, Don Smith. Fifty years ago, Don, who played football for the Mountain Lions, escorted Jean in the Homecoming ceremonies.
Alumni veterans and currently enrolled student-veterans joined the PikeView JROTC Color Guard to present the colors prior to the game. The Mountain Lion Pride Marching Band performed the national anthem and entertained with a halftime show.
Concord University’s 2011 Homecoming Royalty, crowned in the halftime coronation ceremony, are Shannan McKnight from Lochgelly, W.Va. representing Delta Zeta and Robert Vess Furey from Glen Daniel, W.Va. representing Tau Kappa Epsilon.
First runners-up are Megan Godfrey from Rock, W.Va. representing CU ELITE Dance Team and Casey Stanley from Ravenswood, W.Va. representing Chi Omega Psi. Second runners-up are Erica White from Kenna, W.Va. representing Bonner Scholars and Felix Riba from Bellaterra, Spain representing International Club.
Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia, First Lady Mary Aloia and Dr. Marjie Flanigan, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, took part in the coronation along with Concord’s 2010 Homecoming Royalty Adam Pauley and Anne Endres.
Other candidates for the 2011 crowns are: Alisha Newcomb from Grottoes, Va. representing Alpha Sigma Tau and Joshua Gelinas from Clarksville, Tenn. representing Sigma Tau Gamma; Dessa Howaniec from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. representing Alpha Sigma Alpha and Jeff Miller from Huntington, W.Va. representing Phi Sigma Phi; Tiffany Duvall-Gilbert from Volga, W.Va., representing Nu Zeta Chi and Bryan Martin from Galax, Va. representing Lambda Iota Gamma; and, Grace Hurney from Charleston, W.Va. representing Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sam Foreman from Woodlawn, Va. representing Pi Kappa Phi.
Concord University’s 2011 Homecoming Royalty are Shannan McKnight from Lochgelly, W.Va. representing Delta Zeta and Robert Vess Furey from Glen Daniel, W.Va. representing Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel