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Davisson Brothers Band to Headline First Concert at GSC Waco Center

by Drew Moody

Davisson Brothers Band lead singer, Donnie Davisson, was upbeat Sunday evening as he and the band drove through Nashville.

“We love Glenville and Gilmer County. We’re excited to be there,” referring to their upcoming August 30 concert at Glenville State College’s Waco Center.

He said the band’s been traveling all over the country the past few weeks “just having a blast.” Most of the day was spent writing songs for their new album.

“It’s great to have a facility like that in the hills of West Virginia. They really did it right,” Davisson said of the new Waco Center.

The Clarksburg-based group’s blending of country, southern rock and bluegrass has secured a large regional fan-base. Members include Donnie and his brother Chris Davisson on slide and lead guitar, cousin Sammy Davisson on bass, and long-time friend Aaron Regester on drums.

Davisson Brothers Waco Concert poster

The band heard about the Waco Center opening and recently contacted GSC physical plant director Tom Ratliff requesting a tour of the facility. Ratliff said the band was pretty impressed and wanted to be the first group to play a concert there. The rest will soon be history.

The Davisson Brothers will be joined on stage by former WVU running back and pro football player, Owen Schmitt. Schmitt and the band co-own Schmitt’s Saloon and Davisson Brothers Music Hall in Morgantown, WV. The saloon is a combination bar, restaurant and music venue booking a variety of performers each month.

The group’s first nationally released single will hit the radio airwaves next month. And TV producers are reportedly interested in the band becoming the focus of a new reality show, according to an article published last month in “Connect Bridgeport” online.

The August 30 Waco Center concert will begin with the band meeting fans and signing autographs from 6-6:45 p.m. Music is scheduled to start at 7. Students with an I.D. (from any school) will be admitted free of charge. Otherwise, the cover change is $10.

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Pioneers Take Part in ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ for ALS Awareness

For Immediate Release: August 21, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College students and staff are joining the likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, former president George W. Bush, Reba McEntire, Kermit the Frog, and countless other Americans in a recent social media sensation – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The challenge, which picked up steam earlier in the summer with the aim of raising awareness of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, and then nominating others to do the same. People can either accept the challenge, make a donation to an ALS charity of their choice, or do both.

So far dozens of current students, alumni, and staff have taken up the icy challenge.

Jesse Alborano, Tyler Cooper, Conner Ferguson, GSC Student Activities Director Jodi Ocheltree, Jamie Nutter, and Daniel Jackson taking part in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge.' The students are all members of the GSC Greek fraternity Sigma Omega Beta.

Jesse Alborano, Tyler Cooper, Conner Ferguson, GSC Student Activities Director Jodi Ocheltree, Jamie Nutter, and Daniel Jackson taking part in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge.' The students are all members of the GSC Greek fraternity Sigma Omega Beta.

Among them was GSC’s Student Activities Director Jodi Ocheltree. “After a student nominated me and one of our Greek organizations, we decided it would be fun to challenge the other student organizations on campus. We want everyone to get involved for this good cause,” said Ocheltree.

GSC psychology major and Cleveland, Ohio native, John Royce, recently got called out to take part as well. “I was nominated by my fellow resident assistant and Pioneer baseball teammate Justin Lewis,” said Royce. “The fact that I was a part of this movement and was able to help raise awareness is great. This is something that I’ll be able to look back on and tell my kids that I was involved in. And the ice water part wasn’t really that bad.”

Since the end of July the ALS Association estimates that over $40 million has been raised, due largely in part to the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death. There is no cure and only one drug approved by the FDA that modestly extends survival. Veterans are approximately twice as likely be diagnosed with the disease. For more information visit the ALS Association website at

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GSC Professor Authors Book on Religion and Spirituality


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GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College Professor of Psychology, Dr. Fred Walborn, has written a book titled ‘Religion in Personality Theory’ published by Academic Press.

Walborn said, “Religion and spirituality are important facets of many people’s lives, however, psychology books have devoted limited discussion to how, when, and why religion and spirituality can be essential to peoples’ personality development and lives.” Walborn has been teaching at GSC for a decade. Prior to coming to GSC he worked as a clinical psychologist and administrator in the field of psychology.

Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn with his book, 'Religion in Personality Theory'

Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn with his book, 'Religion in Personality Theory'

“I wrote this book because there are so few psychological texts that summarize the religious and spiritual writings of the classic psychologists. Each chapter of the book concludes with a review of the empirical literature in regard to the specific psychologists’ theoretical writings. Even though the various theorists wrote on specific areas of religion and spirituality (e.g., altruism or prejudice), there has been a need for a comprehensive theory. I concluded the book with my proposal for a comprehensive, integrative, developmental, and psychosocial theory on religion and spirituality.

Two preeminent scholars, who have written numerous books and research articles on religion and spirituality, endorsed the text.

Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr. summarized, “Walborn has written an excellent text that explores the degree to which classical personality theorists were personally influenced by and focused upon religion in developing their personality theories…. The author’s own comprehensive theory of religion and spirituality creatively integrates the positive contributions of the classical personality theorist to the contemporary psychology of religion.”

Dr. Raymond F. Paloutzian commended the fair approach of the text, “This book is exceptionally well balanced, carefully crafted so that all ideas are clearly and even-handedly on the table to be freely examined by all. Walborn is honest, refreshingly has no between-the-lines agenda on a topic that has great bias potential, and discusses in straight-talk those issues about religiousness that are on students’ minds but not typically discussed by psychologists….Walborn also presents an “integrative/comprehensive” theory of spirituality and religion that pulls pieces of the disparate approaches together in application of the ideas where they are most relevant across the lifespan. The book is not a mere documentary on theories; it is instead an introduction to them with the addition of a research message rooted in the latest empirical literature. How to better let students see how research derives from theory, and that theory is forward moving and modified by the evidence?”

Walborn earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. He received his Master’s in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and his Master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University. In 1986, Walborn wrote a graduate-level textbook for psychotherapists titled ‘Process Variables.’  Walborn, who resides in Glenville, received the GSC Faculty Award of Excellence in 2011. During four of the past five summers, he has taught psychology classes aboard U.S. Navy ships.

‘Religion in Personality Theory’ is dedicated to Walborn’s parents. In the book’s preface he acknowledges the Glenville State College community for their support of the endeavor. The book is available at or through

For more information about the book, contact Walborn at or call (304) 462-6279.

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Men’s Cross Country Team Picked to Finish Ninth in MEC Preseason Poll

Men's Cross Country

Bridgeport, W.Va. – The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals have been picked by the coaches in the Mountain East Conference to win the 2014 men’s cross country conference title.

The Cardinals finished with 78 points and were picked first on six ballots. WJU won the inaugural MEC title in 2013, but graduated its top runner in Luke Holubeck. However, the team brings back its next two runners in Patrick Stanton and Joe Molek, who finished second and third at last year’s conference championship behind Holubeck.

West Virginia Wesleyan finished second in the poll with 72 points and three first-place votes. The Bobcats have three first team All-MEC selections returning, including the league’s Freshman of the Year in Wes Stowers.

Concord was third with 64 points and had the other first-place vote. Notre Dame College was picked fourth with 50 points, followed by Charleston, competing in its first season in men’s cross country, was fifth with 46 points. UVa-Wise was sixth (38), followed by West Liberty (36), Fairmont State (26), Urbana (20) and Glenville State (20).

The 2014 season gets underway on Sept. 6.

2014 MEC Men’s Cross Country
Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (6) 78
2. West Virginia Wesleyan (3) 72
3. Concord (1) 64
4. Notre Dame 50
5. Charleston 46
6. UVa-Wise 38
7. West Liberty 36
8. Fairmont State 26
9. (t) Urbana 20
9. (t) Glenville State 20
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team
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Lady Pioneers Picked Ninth in MEC Preseason Cross Country Poll

Women's Cross Country

Bridgeport, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats have been picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference champions after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

WVWC finished with a maximum of 100 points in the poll after being picked to finish first on 10 ballots. The Bobcats dominated the 2013 MEC Championship with five runners in the top 10, and all of those runners are slated to return, including MEC Freshman and Runner of the Year Naomi Underwood.

Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish second with 89 points and received the other first-place vote. The Cards will need to replace their top three finishers at the MEC Championship last year.

Charleston was picked to finish third with 75 points, narrowly in front of West Liberty in fourth with 73 points. Concord was tabbed to finish fifth, followed by Fairmont State (54), Notre Dame (51) and UVa-Wise (40). Urbana and Glenville State tied for ninth with 28 points, and West Virginia State rounded out the poll with 11 points.

2014 MEC Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. West Virginia Wesleyan (10) 100
2. Wheeling Jesuit (1) 89
3. Charleston 75
4. West Liberty 73
5. Concord 56
6. Fairmont State 54
7. Notre Dame 51
8. UVa-Wise 40
9.(t) Urbana 28
9. (t) Glenville State 28
11.  West Virginia State 11
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team
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Lady Pioneers Volleyball Team Picked 12th in Preseason Poll

The Glenville State Lady Pioneers Volleyball team was picked 12th in the MEC Preseason Poll

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Wheeling Jesuit was overwhelmingly picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference in volleyball in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Cardinals received a maximum of 121 points that included 11 first-place votes. WJU went 38-6 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals where it lost to the eventual national champion Concordia. Makenzie Ripley, a first team All-MEC performer last season, returns along with the league’s Freshman of the Year Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki, a second team All-MEC performer. WJU is ranked 17th in the initial American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.

Fairmont State was picked to finish second with 108 points and received the other first-place vote. The Falcons graduated two first team all-conference selections, but bring back two others in libero Tiff Smathers and setter Tabbie Bias. FSU was runner-up to Wheeling Jesuit in the regular season and at the conference tournament in 2013.

Charleston, under first year head coach Jenna Brown, finished third with 93 points, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (89) and Shepherd (85). Concord checked in at sixth with 61 points, in front of West Liberty (59) and West Virginia State (51). Urbana was ninth with 48 points, Notre Dame and UVa-Wise tied for 10th with 31 points, and Glenville State completed the poll with 15 points.

The 2014 regular season gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 4.

2014 MEC Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (11) 121
2. Fairmont State 108
3. Charleston 93
4. West Virginia Wesleyan 89
5. Shepherd 85
6. Concord 61
7. West Liberty 59
8. West Virginia State 51
9. Urbana 48
10. (t) UVa-Wise 31
10. (t) Notre Dame 31
12. Glenville State 15
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team
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Move-In Day at GSC


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GSC Instructor of Mathematics Ashely Haddox (left) and senior criminal justice major Garrett Rinehart (right) help a new student move into Goodwin Hall

GSC Instructor of Mathematics Ashely Haddox (left) and senior criminal justice major Garrett Rinehart (right) help a new student move into Goodwin Hall

GLENVILLE, WV – Approximately 350 freshmen arrived on campus at Glenville State College on Friday, August 15th for the 2014 fall term. Glenville State College’s class of 2018 is made up of students from throughout West Virginia, nine other states, and the District of Columbia.

Orientation and social events were provided to the new Pioneers throughout the weekend to ease the transition into student life at GSC.

Cameron Fowler and his mother Lana Bragg came from Summersville on Friday morning to start his Pioneer experience. Fowler credited the many helpers who were on hand to help him move into Goodwin Hall. His mom also was positive about the next step in her son’s life. “I’m so proud to see him starting college,” she said.

Faculty and staff continued the time-honored tradition of assisting the new students to move-in. “Move-In Day can be overwhelming for new students and their families. We all enjoy this opportunity to help our Pioneers in any way that we can; more importantly, we make our faces known and get to know some of the class of 2018,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Trae Sprague.

Cameron Fowler and Lana Bragg at GSC's Move-In Day

Cameron Fowler and Lana Bragg at GSC's Move-In Day

Parents and families of the new Pioneers also had an opportunity to meet GSC President and Mrs. Barr when they held a session for parents to inform them about what GSC offers students and the unique point-of-view of the presidential couple. “You can make a difference in their successes – they won’t always tell you that – but you can,” Betsy Barr told parents. “We feel that Glenville State is a very caring community and we’re glad that you and your student chose us,” continued President Barr.

On Sunday, August 18th a Pioneer Picnic & Community Fair allowed community businesses, churches, and organizations to set up displays to introduce and promote themselves to the new students. The event also was an opportunity for the new Pioneers to learn what the community has to offer them during their time at Glenville State College.

Upperclassmen returned to campus on Sunday, and fall semester classes started at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18th.

Students may still register at GSC until Friday, August 22nd. For more information, contact the GSC Office of Admissions at or call (304) 462-6130 or toll free at (800) 924-2010.

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GSC Bluegrass Band Featured in National Magazine


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GSC Bluegrass Band Featured in National Magazine

GLENVILLE, WV- The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band was recently showcased in the July 2014 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. This nearly 50 year old publication circulates across the nation and is dedicated to preserving the culture and instilling traditions of the music.

The three page article, written by reporter Lee Cable, focused on how Glenville State College became the first institution in the world to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Bluegrass and Traditional Music. The article also followed students throughout their 2013 annual fall concert.

GSC Bluegrass Program Director Megan Darby holding the issue of Bluegrass Unlimited featuring the article ‘Bluegrass Goes To College.’

GSC Bluegrass Program Director Megan Darby holding the issue of Bluegrass Unlimited featuring the article ‘Bluegrass Goes To College.’

“BU is perhaps one of the best means of communication, publicity, and promotion in professional bluegrass music. I am glad that Lee was able to attend our annual fall concert last year, and was willing to share his point of view with other bluegrass musicians and supporters. This article reaches bluegrass lovers nationwide, and I am very proud of our reputation. The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band strives to keep the music traditional by performing around the United States,” said GSC Bluegrass Program Director Megan Darby.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming bluegrass concert which is scheduled during Homecoming Day 2014 on Saturday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium. This year’s concert will feature Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press as guest performers.

Traditional music fans will know Osborne and his band from his sixty-plus years in the industry, performances at the Grand Ole Opry, and hit songs like ‘Rocky Top,’ ‘Ruby,’ and ‘I’ve Seen it All.’ The October 2014 concert with Bobby Osborne and the GSC Bluegrass Band promises to be a show that you won’t want to miss.

For more information about the Bluegrass and Traditional Music Program at Glenville State College or to learn about attending the concert, contact Megan Darby at or (304) 462-6347.

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GSC Partners with Shentel to Give Students Fastest Internet in the State


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GLENVILLE, WV – In anticipation of the upcoming school year Glenville State College and Shentel, a Virginia-based cable and internet service provider, have announced a new partnership through which the broadband company will provide high quality cable and internet services to the institution.

Students will now have access to a 500MB internet service circuit supporting 10mbps per student from the bulk internet service. GSC’s Information Technology Officer Jason Phares said, “This speed and capacity gives Glenville State College a faster internet speed than any of the other colleges in the state. Today’s students expect to be able to connect easily to the internet and download quickly.  We know they are going to be excited when they experience this incredible upgrade.”

Included in Shentel’s cable offerings will be a 68-channel TV lineup and the college will receive a dedicated cable channel exclusively for its use. That channel will transport college-generated content to communities throughout the region where Shentel is the local provider. Shentel also has connected GSC’s new Waco Center and Morris Stadium to allow real-time television coverage of football and basketball games as well as other sports and events.

“We’re delighted to be working with Glenville State College by providing their student body with advanced technology resources to support their college experience,” said Shentel Vice President of Cable Tom Whitaker. “This commitment is a great example of Shentel fulfilling its mission as a premier rural broadband provider,” he added.

New and returning Pioneers will have the chance to put the technology to good use beginning Friday, August 15th. That day marks the beginning of Move-In Weekend at GSC and classes officially begin on Monday, August 18th. Shentel representatives will be on hand during the weekend to answer any student questions.

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GSC Football Team Announces New Staff Members

Glenville State College Head Football coach David Hutchison would like to announce his new staff members for the 2014 football season

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College Head Football coach David Hutchison would like to announce his new staff members for the 2014 football season.

“We are very excited to welcome these new coaches into the Glenville family. They bring a great mixture of excitement, experience, and enthusiasm. It is nice to have Jon, Terry, and Jermell already family with Glenville all having excellent careers here. Tim and Chris are two exceptional coaches with a lot of coaching experience,” stated GSC Head Football Coach David Hutchison. 

Tim McGuire comes to GSC as the new defensive backs coach for the Pioneers. A native of Omaha, Neb., he comes to GSC after serving as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for Southeast Missouri State University. In 2005 McGuire was the defensive coordinator at St. Norbert College after having a 12-year stint at Indiana State.  He was the Sycamores defensive coordinator from 1993-97 and head coach from 1998-2004. ISU’s defensive units registered three shutouts and held opponents under 10 points on 10 occasions during McGuire’s tenure.  Coach McGuire also was the head coach at Morningside College in Iowa (1981-82) and worked as assistant at Navy, Northern Illinois, Kansas State and Nebraska-Omaha.   McGuire played offensive guard at Nebraska from 1971-74. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Nebraska and master’s degree in Physical Education from Nebraska-Omaha. McGuire is a member of the American Football Coaches Association.

Chris Royal enters his first season on the Pioneer football staff as the new wide receivers coach. Chris is originally from Reston, Virginia. He graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor Degree of Arts. Chris was a four year member of the Marshall University football team where he played defensive back for the Thundering Herd. Coach Royal has over six years of coaching experience; some other schools he has coached at are Marshall University, Saint Louis University, University of Maryland, and South Lakes High School. Chris also played football professional, he was invited to the NFL’s Washington Redskins Minicamp and later played in the Arena Football League for seven years.

Jon Rasnick enters his first year on the GSC Pioneer Football Staff as the offensive line coach.  Jon is from Orange, Virginia where he attended Orange County High School. During his high school career Rasnick was named Honorable Mention All-District his junior year and was named All-District Region One his senior year. After high school Rasnick attended Glenville State College from 2009 to 2013 where he was a four year starter for the Pioneer Football team. Jon had a great career while at GSC, his sophomore year he was named to the WVIAC Honorable Mention Team, junior year he was named to the WVIAC All-Conference First Team, and during his senior year he was named to the MEC All-Conference First Team and was elected to the Don Henson Football Gazette Super Region One Third Team. Jon graduated from Glenville State with a Degree in Health Education and Physical Education.

Jermell Corbitt comes to GSC as the new running backs coach.  Jermell is a native of Naples, Florida. He is a former GSC Quarterback and played from 2008-2010. Jermell spent last fall (2013) as the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at Glenville State, he also spent last spring (2014) as the Head Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Coach at GSC. He graduated from GSC in with a Sport Management Degree. 

Terry Reese enters his first season as a defensive backs coach. Reese is originally from Washington D.C., he is a former four year starter at strong safety for GSC from 2008 to 2013. Reese had an outstanding career for the Pioneers. He was named twice to the WVIAC All-Conference Teams and was also named twice to the MEC All-Conference Teams. Reese racked up 298 total tackles in his career and finished with four interceptions.

The Pioneers open up the 2014 season on the road Saturday, September 6th against Concord University at 1:00pm. Their first home game is Saturday, September 13th against West Liberty at 1:00pm.  

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