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GSC Administrative Archives - Pearl Pickens (1899-1978)

Pearl Pickens

Pearl Pickens. 1899-1978.

This collection includes a scrapbook ca. 1925-1976 of program materials. These collected program materials include plays, skits, recitations, poems, jokes and other miscellaneous materials Miss Pickens used for school, church and other organizational programs. Also includes several items used in a program for Valentine's Day along with the sheet music used for one song and some GSC memorabilia such as the Glenville Normal School song.

Pearl Pickens (1899-1978), Educator. (from Glenville Democrat, July 13, 1978)

Miss Pearl Pickens was born March 9, 1899 to Calvin Curry and Ida Stalnaker Pickens. Miss Pickens received a Short Course Certificate from Glenville Normal School, and a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and High School Principal's Certificate from West Virginia University. During her working career, she taught elementary school and high school, was a high school principal and an English teacher at Glenville State College. In 1947, she became the first Dean of Women at Glenville State College, a post she held until 1964. Pickens Hall dormitory was dedicated in her name in 1974. At one time or another, Miss Pickens was president of the Woman's Club of Glenville, the GSC Alumni Association, the Gilmer County Retired School Employees and the Senior Citizens of Gilmer County. She served 40 years as secretary of the Jobs Temple Organization, was a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenville and lent her skills to the betterment of the community in any way she could. The GSC Alumni Association recognized her contributions to the college and the community by awarding her the Outstanding Service Award in 1974.

As a student, a teacher, and Dean of Women, Miss Pickens involvement with the development of Pearl Pickens, 1955 Glenville State College is unmatched. Her dual role as community member with strong local background and as teacher and administrative official with the college helped to make GSC the college of choice for many central West Virginia high school graduates. Most of the college students came from Gilmer County and the nearby counties of Calhoun, Braxton, Lewis, and Wirt. As the scrapbook shows, her role as program planner for many organizations was one she took seriously, gathering and saving material for plays, skits, and monologues typical for her time.