ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University student affairs staff members were recognized at the West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators (WVASPA) and the WVTRIO 2015 joint annual conference held Nov. 4 and 5 at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.
WVASPA is the state student affairs organization and WVTRIO are federally funded college opportunity programs.
Dr. Marjie Flanigan, Concord University Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, received the Stella Cooksey Distinguished Service Award at the conference. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement over an extended period of time in the student affairs profession.
During the award presentation, Candice Stadler, WVASPA’s immediate past president, read excerpts of the nomination letter calling Flanigan a selfless leader, a tireless student advocate, and an encouraging mentor.
Other Concord staff recognized include Dr. Sarah Beasley and Mr. Steve Jarvis, who were on the conference planning committee. Beasley, Concord’s Director of Retention, chaired the committee and was installed as president of WVASPA.
Jarvis, program specialist with Concord’s Academic Success Center, was elected as a member-at-large. Beasley, Jarvis, and Eric Lopez, CU graduate assistant, also presented a conference session entitled “Redesigning a One-Stop Shop on a Shoestring Budget: Low-Cost, High Impact Practices.”
More than 80 individuals from campuses across the state attended the first ever WVASPA/WVTRIO joint conference.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Jennifer Bloom, national appreciative advising expert, and WVU President Emeritus David Hardesty, who spoke about the characteristics of effective organizations.