Area High School Seniors Participating In Concord’s Transition-to-College Pre-Game Event

ATHENS, W.Va. – Students at six area high schools will learn about navigating their initial days and weeks at college during Concord University’s Transition-to-College Pre-Game event on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021. The Zoom activity will be held from 8:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

Concord’s Center for Academic & Career Development received a West Virginia GEAR UP/West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) grant to fund the event.

This opportunity is geared toward seniors and will focus on how to transition to college. Concord alum Richard Jarrell, who will serve as the guest speaker, is partnering to present the event along with GEAR UP and the WVHEPC. Mr. Jarrell graduated from Concord in 1984 and is the owner/operator of Chick-Fil-A Beckley. He will talk with the students about the grit and resilience it takes to succeed in college.

Concord representatives scheduled to participate include Dr. Kathryn Liptak, Associate Provost and Interim Dean of the College of Professional and Liberal Studies; Ms. Tammy Brown, Director of Financial Aid; Ms. Vickie Blankenship, Business Manager; Ms. Kristen O’Sullivan, Director of Student Support Services; and, Ms. Maria Harer, GEAR UP Coordinator, who will emcee the event.

Approximately 400 seniors are expected to participate from the following high schools: Summers County, Princeton, Bluefield, Montcalm, Westside and Wyoming East.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.


Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement                                   
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

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