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Kayla Tibbs Inks with GSC Lady Pioneers Basketball Team

Women's Basketball

Kayla Tibss has signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball next year with the Lady Pioneers

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College head women’s basketball coach Charles Marshall would like to welcome Kayla Tibbs to the Lady Pioneer Family, as she signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball next year at GSC. Kayla comes to us from Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA. She is the daughter of Carla Gray and Jay Gray, and she is the sister of Darius Tibbs and Morgan Gray.

Kayla has experienced a lot of success on the basketball court in her four years as a starter at Hertiage High School. As a freshman she was a major contributor for the Pride while she earned 1st team All District and 2nd team All Region honors. As a sophomore she was a member of the All District 2nd team. In her junior season she stepped into a leadership role for her team and did so with great results as she was named to the All District 1st team, All Region 1st team,  All Metro Honorable Mention and District Player of the Year. She continued her great play in her final season for Heritage when she was again selected for the All District 1st team, All Region 1st team, All Metro Honorable Mention and District Player of the Year.

To go along with her great success on the court she is also an excellent student. She has been able to keep her GPA at a high level to stay on the A & B Honor Roll through out her four years in high school. She has also been selected for the National Honor Society.

It is easy to see why Coach Marshall is excited about the addition of Kayla. When asked about Kayla, Coach Marshall said “ We are excited to add Kayla to the GSC Family. Not just as an athlete but also a student. Kayla has the ability to make a major contribution on the court from the moment she steps on campus.”

When Kayla was asked what she was most excited about for the upcoming year she answered “ I’m most excited about the grind, to get better as a person and a ball player. I’m excited to exceed.”

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Annual GSC Blue vs. White Spring Football Game

FootballGlenville, W.Va. – For the fourth year in a row the Glenville State College Pioneer Football team is partnering with the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department (GCVFD) for the Annual Spring Blue vs. White Spring Football Game which will be played Thursday, April 26 at 6:00pm at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. The game will feature the 2014 GSC Pioneer Offense against the GSC Defense.

“The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department provides vital services to our community through the efforts of volunteers. These members regularly risk their lives and take time away from their families for the benefit of our community. We wanted to take this opportunity to show them our appreciation for their dedication, and to help raise some much needed funds for them, last year we raised nearly $500.00 dollars for the GCVFD and hopefully we can do better this year,” said GSC Head Football Coach David Hutchison.

The spring game is free to the public, but the Glenville State College Football team will be collecting donations at the game that will benefit the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department.

Also the month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and during the Spring Game the GSC Pioneers football team will be showing support. The players will be wearing teal wrist bands to show their support. Also there will be an event under the shelter called the “clothesline project.” T-shirts will be hung up that have messages painted on them by survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Students are encouraged to come paint t-shirts with their own massage to support victims of those crimes.

The spring game represents the culmination of spring practice. The Pioneers return 8 starters on offense and 5 on defense from last year’s squad. In 2014 the Pioneers look to improve on the 6-5 mark of a year ago.

The Pioneers will open preseason camp on Thursday, August 9 in preparation for the 2014 season. GSC opens the 2014 season on Saturday, September 6 when they travel to MEC Conference foe Concord. Their first home contest of the 2014 season will be on Saturday, September 13 against West Liberty.

Anyone who cannot attend the spring game but would like to donate to the GCVFD may contact Coach Hutchison at or (304) 462-6230.

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Alumni Day at Glenville State College Slated for April 26th

GLENVILLE, WV – Final plans for this year’s Alumni Day on Saturday, April 26th have been made. All alumni and friends of the college are invited back to campus. Those coming back to Glenville the evening before and those living within driving distance to campus may want to take advantage of GSC’s spring band concert, under the direction of Professor Lloyd Bone, at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening, April 25th, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Glenville State College's Alumni Center

On Saturday, several activities have been scheduled for throughout the day, including a bluegrass jam session at the Alumni Center from noon until 2:00 p.m., a reunion/retirement reception for Professor Emeritus Rick Sypolt in the Land Resources Department at the Waco Center from 1:00-3:00 p.m., an Open House with tours of the new Waco Center from 1:00-4:00 p.m., a double-header baseball game at the Sue Morris Sports Complex, and a 3:00 p.m. Senior Recital in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

All activities on Saturday promise to be wonderful opportunities for everyone to socialize, reminisce, and re-establish contact with fellow alums and friends of Glenville State College that they haven’t seen in a while. The Alumni Center, open from noon until 4:30 p.m., will be headquarters for the day’s activities.

The College Bookstore will be open from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday for everyone to have an opportunity to find that special GSC souvenir and the Robert F. Kidd Library will be open during these hours as well. The perimeter doors of campus buildings will be unlocked during the afternoon, encouraging alums to tour the facilities and reminisce.

The annual meet and greet social time for banquet attendees will be held in the pre-function area of the Alan B. Mollohan Campus Community Center from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by the alumni banquet at 6:00 p.m. in the ballroom. The evening’s banquet spotlight will be on the Alumni Association’s guests of honor: Alumnus of the Year Rich Heffelfinger ’80, Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Kim Wilson ’75, Community Service Award Honoree Mack Samples ’64, Outstanding Public School Educator Awards Phil Tharp ’75 and Kathy (Fox) Tharp ’74, Outstanding Young Alumna Maggie Beth (Smith) Ponton ’06, and Outstanding Young Alumnus Matt Cogar ’10. The spotlight will also be upon the family of Professor Ed McKown ’61 as he is honored posthumously.

Alumna Margaret (Miller) Goodwin ’51 will host a social time at the Alumni Center following the evening’s banquet and Rumble on the Hill will be held that night in the Physical Education Building’s Jesse Lilly Gymnasium.

For planning purposes, prior reservations at $20.00 each are required for banquet attendees. Contact the Glenville State College Alumni Office at (304) 462-4122, local, or (866) 239-0285, toll free, for more information about Alumni Day activities and to make your banquet reservation(s).

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National Program Coming to GSC to Benefit Local Youth

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2014
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV- A student internship at Glenville State College brings a national program to a local elementary school. GSC is partnering with non-profit organization Vision Shared to bring the Lemonade Day project to Glenville Elementary School.

“Lemonade Day is a fun, exciting way to teach kids about entrepreneurship using something as simple as a lemonade stand. Our local elementary students that are involved have been very creative and innovative in planning their lemonade and stands,” said GSC Associate Professor of Vocational Business Cinda Echard.

Lemonade Day is a non-profit national event that educates youth in elementary and middle school about entrepreneurial skills. Lemonade Day is backed by the West Virginia Department of Education. 2012 GSC graduate Matthew Thompson, CNP of St. Albans (Kanawha County), West Virginia works for Vision Shared and is the Lemonade Day Program Director.

“Lemonade Day is the premiere program for teaching youth entrepreneurship available today. Students that participate learn valuable life lessons including goal setting, creating a budget, and leadership. These kids are truly the entrepreneurs of tomorrow! Being an alum of GSC, I’m honored to be working along with their business department students to reach the children of Gilmer County. Lemonade Day is a culmination of the lessons I learned as a Business Administration – Marketing major with a Nonprofit Management minor,” said Thompson.

The project is a series of fourteen different lessons that educate children about basic skills and knowledge needed to start, operate, and maintain a business of their own. The lessons range from accounting and marketing to making healthy lemonade and building a stand. Each class is responsible for obtaining supplies needed to build their own stands.

GSC senior marketing and sport management major Megan Burkhammer of Cox’s Mills (Gilmer County), West Virginia is using the event to obtain credit for her marketing internship. The college’s Lemonade Day advisors are Echard and GSC Career Services Counselor Joanna DiStefano. Being the main contact for Glenville’s Lemonade Day, Burkhammer has arranged every detail such as preparing for and holding meetings, recruiting GSC students to volunteer, and planning the Lemonade Day event.

“It’s been a rewarding experience to be able to watch the children learn, be creative, and incorporate the lessons they have learned from Lemonade Day into their regular school lessons. Each class has a unique stand and theme, and I cannot wait to see how all of them come together and turn out on Lemonade Day,” said Burkhammer.

“I am looking forward to being able to actually sell the lemonade and learn how to make our own version of lemonade on Lemonade Day. This has been a fun experience,” said Glenville Elementary School 6th grade student Jaycie Johnson.

GSC’s Lemonade Day will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at Glenville Elementary School from 1:15 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Two fourth grade classes along with all fifth and sixth graders will create one lemonade stand for each class.

GSC student volunteers and Lemonade Day advisors spent four weeks in Glenville Elementary teaching lessons from the workbook provided by the Lemonade Day organization. Each participant receives a lemon yellow draw-string backpack with their workbook of lessons.

Burkhammer obtained ten event sponsorships from local businesses including: Waco Oil & Gas, Gil-Co Faith Pharmacy, Smith Land Surveying, Shelly DeMarino Attorney at Law, State Farm Insurance Agent Dan Smith, Frame’s Oil Field Services, McDonalds, United Bank, Ratliff and Ratliff Insurance, and the Glenville Pathfinder/Democrat newspaper. Each class made a pitch to a loan board in order to receive this money and purchase needed supplies such as lemons, sugar, or stand materials.

Echard concluded, “I invite everyone to come see these entrepreneurs at work and refresh yourself with some lemonade on April 29th at Glenville Elementary.”

For more information about the Lemonade Day project contact Echard at or (304) 462-6257, or DiStefano at or (304) 462-6151, or Thompson at or (304) 757-4840.

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Pioneers Split Double Header with Fairmont State


Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer baseball team split a double header with the Fairmont State University Fighting Falcons on Wednesday afternoon.

In the first game of the double header the Pioneers would strike first in the bottom of the first inning as Tucker Abruzzino hit a two RBI single scoring Justin Lewis and Heath Swisher as Glenville State took a 2-0 lead.

The Pioneers would add to their lead in the bottom of the second inning as Heath Swisher hit an RBI single scoring Randy Bougher and later Ethan Szabo hit an RBI double scoring Justin Lewis. Then Abruzzino hit another two RBI double as Heath Swisher and Ethan Szabo both scored, and after an error Zach Sanford also crossed the plate as Glenville State took a 7-0 lead over the Fighting Falcons.

The Pioneers would add another run in the bottom of the third inning as GSC would go up 8-0 over Fairmont State.

Fairmont State would score two runs in the top of the fifth inning as the Fighting Falcons cut the Pioneers lead to six, 8-2.

The Pioneers would score three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as they took an 11-2 lead over Fairmont State. The Pioneers would hold that large lead as they would defeat Fairmont State in the first game, 11-2.

The Pioneers would finish the game with 11 hits while Fairmont State only had 6 hits in the game.

Tucker Abruzzino went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI’s while Ethan Szabo went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI‘s and scored a run.

Justin Oney pitched all seven innings allowing only 2 runs, walked a batter, and struck out 2 batters.

In the second game, Glenville State would take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Ethan Szabo hit a three run RBI double scoring Justin Lewis, Heath Swisher, and Khalfani Mar’Na. Later Alex Mace hit an RBI single scoring Ethan Szabo.

Fairmont State would tie it up at 4-4 after a big second inning. The Fighting Falcons would take their first lead in the top of the third inning as they scored one run as they went up 5-4 over the Pioneers.

GSC would tie it up at 5-5 in the bottom of the third inning after Zach Sanford scored off of an RBI by Alex Mace.

However Fairmont State would retake the lead in the top of the fourth as they scored two more runs to take a 7-5 lead over the Pioneers.

In the bottom of the fourth Randy Bougher would hit a solo homerun as GSC pulled within one, 7-6.

The Pioneers would then tie it up, 7-7, in the bottom of the seventh inning after Heath Swisher scored on a Fairmont State error as we headed to extra innings.

Fairmont State would take an 8-7 lead in the top of the eleventh inning and would go on the defeat the Pioneers in the second game.

Ethan Szabo went 1 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and scored a run while Alex Mace went 1 for 5 with 2 RBI’s.

Chris Knapp pitched seven innings allowing 7 runs, walked 6 batters, and had one strike out.

The Pioneers return to action Friday, April 19th when UVA-Wise travels to Glenville. Game time is set for 1:00pm.

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Fourth Annual GSC Pioneer Showcase April 22nd


Contact: Bob Henry Baber
Public Relations Specialist
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6390


GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College’s annual Pioneer Creative Arts and Research Forum Showcase will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd  in the Mollohan Campus Community Center.  The showcase allows full-time students to present class and individual projects across all disciplines in a juried setting.  Participants’ posters can be viewed from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. with refreshments served until noon. The free event is open to the public.

“The size and scope of the showcase has been increasing every year since its inception three years ago and successfully highlights GSC’s diverse academic work.   The event gives students the opportunity to present and discuss creative and intellectual work with their peers in a setting outside the classroom and to elevate their work to a more rigorous academic arena. This year, I am especially pleased that every department is being represented making it a true venue for displaying the impressive and diverse talent of both our students and faculty,” says GSC Associate Professor of English Dr. Jonathan Minton.

Departments being represented this year are Criminal Justice, Education, Fine Arts, Land Resources, Language and Literature, and Science and Mathematics.  In order to qualify for the showcase, students had to submit formal abstracts in two categories: Research Abstracts (Humanities and Social Science) and Creative Arts (Visual Arts and Literary Performance).

After brief introductory remarks by GSC President Dr. Peter Barr at noon, there will be two faculty presentations.  GSC Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dr. Carmine Grieco will present ‘Alternative Therapy and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes’ followed by GSC Student Support Services Counselor Ashley Hopkins who will give a powerpoint on ‘Student Perceptions of Appalachian Literature and Culture.’

From 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m., thirty-six short presentations will be given by students and/or faculty representing research and creative projects on a wide range of psychological, scientific, artistic, musical, business, criminal justice, environmental. literary, spiritual, and educational topics. “This showcase will certainly be a smorgasbord of scholarly delights sure to please intellectual palates,” adds Minton. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony and cash prizes awarded at 4:30 by a panel of GSC faculty judges.

For more information about the event, contact Minton at or call (304) 462-6322.

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Softball Games Cancelled

SoftballGlenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State College softball game that was schedule for today at Davis & Elkins has been cancelled due to rain.

Check back at for a makeup date.

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Gibbons Receives 2014 Barr Award


For more information:
Dustin Crutchfield
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6394

GLENVILLE, WV – Dr. Megan Gibbons, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Glenville State College, has been selected to receive the 2014 Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award.

The recipient of the award may use the funds to further his or her professional growth and development. The award is rotated annually between faculty and staff. The funds must be used within eighteen months of being awarded.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr and Betsy Barr and with 2014 Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award recipient Dr. Megan Gibbons (center).

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr and Betsy Barr and with 2014 Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award recipient Dr. Megan Gibbons (center).

Gibbons plans to use the award to attend the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference in San Diego this coming May. With West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission placing emphasis on expanding internationalization in curriculum, this conference will provide resources and workshops and allow her insight into transforming not only her courses, but to assist other professors at Glenville State College in doing the same.

“Upon learning I had received the award, I was very grateful and excited. NAFSA is the Association of International Educators and is well-known for its leadership in all areas of internationalization. As a member of GSC’s International Committee and as Project Coordinator for our two pilot courses featuring collaborative online international learning, I felt it would be important for me to attend NAFSA’s annual conference in order to stay current with trends and best practices related to internationalization. What I learn at the NAFSA conference will be extremely useful in my work here at Glenville State to internationalize the curriculum, since it is my hope that someday all GSC students will have at least one academic global learning experience before they graduate,” said Gibbons.

GSC was recently selected as one of three institutions in the country to receive financial support and technical training from the State University of New York Collaborative Online International Learning American Council on Education Award. With that announcement, Gibbons will be working in concert with GSC Associate Professor of History Dr. Mike Gherke and with two professors from the University of Oviedo in Spain in order to explore the shared cultural and historical connections between the Appalachian and Asturian regions.

Asturian immigrants settled in Central West Virginia in the early twentieth century, maintaining their language and traditions while simultaneously adjusting to life in Appalachia. All students enrolled in these courses will increase their cultural knowledge. Additionally, those in Dr. Gherke’s course will focus on the immigrant experience whereas those in Dr. Gibbons’ course will hone language skills by practicing with native speakers.

“Our intent in funding this award was to expand the opportunities for our staff and faculty to grow professionally in a way that will benefit all of us here at Glenville State.  Dr. Gibbons’ selection will certainly meet that goal, and Betsy and I congratulate her for her insight in the expansion of our international footprint in this exciting venture,” said President Barr.

“The support of President and Mrs. Barr for faculty and staff to pursue professional development opportunities such as these is critical to maintaining standards of excellence, and I am honored to be able to represent the college at NAFSA thanks to the generosity of the Barrs,” concluded Gibbons.

Gibbons is originally from Western Massachusetts but has lived throughout the United States and also in Italy, Panama, and Spain. She earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literature from Boston University. Gibbons is currently in her third year at GSC and in addition to teaching all levels of Spanish, she also serves as the study abroad advisor.

Previous recipients of the Barr Award were: GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer (2010), Administrative Secretary for the GSC Athletic Department and Title IX Coordinator/Senior Women’s Administrator Amanda Frymier (2011), Associate Professor of Business Cheryl Fleming McKinney, CPA (2012), and Registrar’s Office Certification Analyst Denise Ellyson (2013).

The next Barr Award will be presented in January 2015 to a selected staff applicant. A committee comprised of two faculty members and two staff representatives reviews all applications and selects the awardee.

For more information about the Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award, contact Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of GSC Foundation and Chairman of the Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award Selection Committee Denny Pounds at or (304) 462-6381.

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Premium Night and Easter Brunch Scheduled at GSC


For more information:
Dustin Crutchfield
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6394

GLENVILLE, WV – The staff at Glenville State College’s Mollohan’s Restaurant are preparing to host two special meals. The public is invited to both April’s Premium Night on Thursday, April 17th from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. and the annual Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Premium Night dinner menu includes barbequed ribs, beer braised brats, fried breaded ravioli, roasted potatoes, baked beans, corn on the cob, steak chili with cornbread, a made-to-order chicken wing station, cole slaw, macaroni salad, tomato cucumber salad, potato salad, full salad bar, and sweet dinner rolls. Desserts include chocolate layer cake, white chocolate raspberry bread pudding, apple pie, and assorted cookies.

Costs for the April Premium Night are $13.15 for guests, $12.15 for seniors, $12.00 for faculty and staff using flex dollars, $9.85 for students using flex dollars, and $6.50 for children under 12.

The Easter Brunch menu will include Easter ham, chicken picatta, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, a waffle station, made-to-order omelets, dinner rolls, full salad bar, fresh fruit, carrot cake, and other assorted desserts.

Costs for Easter Brunch are $9.50 for guests, $8.50 for seniors and students using flex dollars, $4.75 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under age five.

Reservations for either meal can be made by calling the GSC Dining Services Office at (304) 462-6360. If leaving a voicemail for reservations please include your name, the number of guests in your party, time you’ll be attending, and a call-back number.

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Register Now For GSC Land Resources Golf Tournament


For more information:
Bob Henry Baber
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390

GLENVILLE, WV— The 16th Annual Glenville State College Land Resources Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 2nd at the eighteen-hole Bel Meadow Country Club near Clarksburg.  The event will start with a buffet lunch at 11:00 a.m., and participants will tee off at 12:00 p.m.

Land Resources golf tournament

A player tees off at a previous GSC Land Resources Golf Tournament

The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $80 per person or $320 per team.  The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch. The first place team wins $400, second place wins $300, and third place wins $200. There will be two hole- in-one prizes: $10,000 cash and a 420 Honda Rancher Four-Wheeler. There will also be a STIHL MS290 Chain Saw for the ‘closest second shot’ as well as skill prizes for categories including closest to the pin, log driver champion, longest putt, and longest drive.  Non-golfers may also contribute to the tournament by becoming hole sponsors for $100 each.

“The golf tournament is an enjoyable afternoon of fun that contributes to the education of GSC natural resource management students. These students will support and lead the oil and gas, coal, forestry, surveying, and environmental industries in our state. Please join us,” said Dr. Milan Vavrek, GSC Professor of Natural Resource Management and Land Resources Department Chair.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the GSC Land Resource Department and its environmental, forestry, landman, and land surveying programs. The money raised will be used to purchase equipment that the department’s annual operating budget does not allow. The number of students in these programs normally reaches 140 each year. Last year’s event raised over $6,000 that was utilized to purchase the latest GPS, GIS, and CADD Technologies for the academic department.

For more information, to register to play, or to sponsor a hole, contact Ashley Reed, Department of Land Resources Administrative Secretary, at or call (304) 462-6370.

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