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Gary Henderson Named MEC Defensive Player of the Week

Henderson had a game-high 15 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the day. He also helped secure the Pioneers’ victory with a sack and forced fumble on Urbana’s final possession.

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Marvin Elam (Charleston), Gary Henderson (Glenville State) and C.J. Davis (Shepherd) have been named Mountain East Conference Players of the Week.

Elam, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., earns Offensive Player of the Week honors after helping Charleston improve to 4-0 on the year with a win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame. Elam rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth-straight week with 160 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He leads the MEC with 131.0 yards rushing per game and has found the end zone eight times this year.

Henderson, a senior defensive end from St. Louis, Mo., is the Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Glenville State’s 31-28 victory over Urbana. Henderson had a game-high 15 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the day. He also helped secure the Pioneers’ victory with a sack and forced fumble on Urbana’s final possession.

Davis, a sophomore from Hagerstown, Md., is the league’s Special Team Player of the Week after helping the eleventh-ranked Rams pick up a win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Davis had a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and returned two punts for 19 yards. He also contributed an interception for the Shepherd as a defensive back. 

Other Top Performances
Offense: Brian Novak (Concord) went 15-for-21 for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 61-24 win over West Liberty … Ralph Gordon (Glenville State) had five catches for 122 yards and a pair of scores … Daniel Monroe (Fairmont State) rushed for 96 yards and a score … James Cousins (UVa-Wise) recorded seven receptions for 136 yards and had his first career TD … Matt Kinnick (West Virginia State) led all MEC quarterbacks in week four with 406 passing yards … Michael Shegos (Notre Dame) notched 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown … Cody Schroeder (Urbana) went 25-of-31 for 298 yards passing with three touchdowns in the game’s final 15 minutes … Dakota Conwell (West Liberty) was 20-of-41 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Defense: Octavius Thomas (Shepherd) led the Rams with six tackles and also returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown … Ervin Moore (Concord) had four tackles for a loss and two sacks for the Mountain Lions … Torie Wagner (Charleston) came up with an interception to go with five tackles … Trevor Malnick (Fairmont State) had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, and forced a fumble … WIlliam Merritt (West Virginia State) had a team-best 14 tackles … Zak Blair (UVa-Wise) had eight total stops (six solo) and an interception against Wofford … Onslow Williams (Notre Dame) had 10 tackles and three pass breakups for the Falcons … Marcus Schumacher (West Liberty) led the ‘Toppers with eight stops … Kevin Chapple (Urbana) tallied 10 stops (nine solo), including two for a loss, with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 
Special Teams: Bret Benes (Charleston) had two field goals, including a long of 39 yards, in UC’s win over Notre Dame … Jermeil Douse (Concord) had a 65-yard punt return in the first quarter to spark the scoring for the Mountain Lions … Griffin Yocum (West Liberty) averaged 37.6 yards per punt … Anton Vrebac (Notre Dame) averaged 36.7 yards per punt.

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GSC Announces 2014 Homecoming Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV –The Glenville State College Student Government Association and the Homecoming Committee have planned a number of activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends during the week of October 6th for GSC’s annual Homecoming celebration. This year’s theme is ‘The Rise of the Pioneer.’ Honored guests will include GSC’s former Pioneers, who will also serve collectively as Parade Marshal for the Saturday morning parade. Additionally, the Class of 1994 and Lambda Chi Alpha, Theta Xi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon members will be holding reunions.

Coronation of the Homecoming royalty will be held on Monday, October 6th at noon in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium followed by the always-popular Homecoming bingo game for students that evening.

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The Lady Pioneer Volleyball team will take on West Liberty at 7:00 p.m. in the new Waco Center on Tuesday, October 7th and a comedian, scheduled by the Student Activities office, will have students laughing later on at 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 8th the GSC Fitness Center will sponsor a ‘Glow Stick Homecoming 5K Run/Walk’ around campus beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following that, students will enjoy Black Light Roller Skating in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

Thursday, October 9th includes the perennial campus favorite with the Sandy Sowell Game Show and Homecoming Picnic from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Luanna T. Smith Amphitheater. Students will wrap up Thursday evening with the annual Homecoming Dance.

GSC graduate Joseph Pettit (’76) returns to the Robert F. Kidd Library for a showing of his artwork again this year. Stop by throughout the day on Friday, October 10th to see his paintings. Also on Friday the Men’s Pioneer Basketball team will sponsor the Homecoming Golf Tribute Tournament at the Glenville Golf Club. Registration begins at the golf course at 12:00 p.m. For more information about the golf tournament contact Head Coach Stephen Dye at (304) 462-6228.

Friday evening the Pioneer Athletic Club will hold its annual Pioneer Steak Grill “Grillin & Chillin” fundraiser beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. Starting at 7:00 p.m. back on campus in the Amphitheater will be the Chili Cook Off progressing into the Pep Rally and Spirit Competition which start at 8:00 p.m.

The week culminates on Saturday, October 11th with the Homecoming Parade in downtown Glenville starting at 10:00 a.m. All GSC alumni are then invited to enjoy a tailgate picnic in the Morris Stadium parking area beginning at 11:00 a.m. Alumni are also encouraged to sit in the special alumni seating area during the game.

Returning Lambda Chi’s, Theta Xi’s, and TKE’s will have special tailgate tents in close proximity to the larger alumni tent in which to visit and reminisce on Saturday.  Additionally there will be an opportunity that day for alumni and friends to see the college’s newest building, the Waco Center, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and for a short time after the game.

Pregame activities including recognition of the Homecoming Court, Montrose and Williams Award Presentations, and the ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band Pregame Show that will take place at 1:00 p.m. Game kickoff between the GSC Pioneers and the University of Charleston Golden Eagles happens at 1:30 p.m. Returning Pioneers will be honored during halftime of the game, followed by the Marching Band’s halftime show.

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will close out Homecoming Week with their annual concert featuring Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press. Follow the sounds of fiddle and banjo to the Fine Arts Center Auditorium to hear the concert which begins at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information call (304) 462-6340.

For more information about Homecoming activities contact the GSC Alumni Office at (304) 462-4122.

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GSC Theatre Presents ‘Rumors’ by Neil Simon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV—The Glenville State College Theatre group is preparing to stage ‘Rumors’ by Neil Simon on Thursday, October 2nd, Friday, October 3rd, and Saturday, October 4th. The production will take place in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free for GSC students with a valid ID and $5 for all others.

The play, which centers around four couples at a party where their hostess is nowhere to be found, the cook is missing, and the husband has been shot through the earlobe, is not your classic ‘whodunit.’ “What could have been a standard murder mystery becomes a comedy, as each couple thinks the worst: was it an accident? Attempted murder? Attempted suicide? Why are the missing women missing? And what could go wrong after this? Who is having an affair, and with whom? The action builds as the complications grow ever more complicated,” said GSC Professor of Communications and Theatre Director Dennis Wemm.

Cast members include: Lindsey “Luna” Acree from Ripley (Jackson County), West Virginia, Eric Jones from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia, Mary Lewis from Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia, Andrew Mattox from Pineville (Wyoming County), West Virginia, Matthew Goins Arnett (Raleigh County), West Virginia, Victoria Guillory from Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia, Tyler Hammack from Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia, Katie Miller from Gassaway (Braxton County), West Virginia, and Neysa Brown from Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia.

Because of language and adult situations, ‘Rumors’ is recommended for older teens and adults. For more information, contact Wemm at or (304) 462-6323.

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GSC Alumnus to Hold Homecoming Art Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2014

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Joseph Pettit, GSC Alumnus (’76), will be presenting his oil paintings in front of the GSC RFK Library on Friday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Pettit, GSC Alumnus (’76), will be presenting his oil paintings in front of the GSC RFK Library on Friday, October 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

GLENVILLE, WV—Oil paintings by Joseph Pettit will be on display in front of the Glenville State College Robert F. Kidd Library on Friday, October 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Additionally, there will be a drawing at the end of the event for a chance to win one of his paintings. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy the artwork.

“We are excited that Joe will be showing his paintings in front of the library again this year. Homecoming is a great time for current and former students to see the talents of this GSC grad. I am looking forward to his new collection,” said GSC Staff Librarian Virginia Yeager.

Pettit began painting 17 years ago. He spent two years in the Army and then graduated from GSC in 1976. Pettit taught school for 10 years, worked at a saw mill for 25 years, and is now retired. He currently resides in Sutton (Braxton County), West Virginia.

In the event of adverse weather, the show will be moved inside to the first floor of the library. For more information, contact Yeager at or (304) 462-6164.

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Women’s Golf Places Eighth at OVU Fall Invite

Women's Golf

Raven Fatool placed 16th at the OVU Fall Invite with a score of 166

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State College Lady Pioneer women’s golf team placed eighth, with a two round score of 712, at the Ohio Valley University Fall Invite.

Raven Fatool led the Lady Pioneers as she finished the two day tournament with a score of 166 as she placed overall 16th. Cami Roberts finished 28th overall with a score of 175 while Megan Little shot a 182 as she finished in 36th.

Also for GSC Maggie Lilly placed 41st with a score of 189 and Hannah Stout finished 43rd as she shot a 191.

The Lady Pioneers return to action on October 12th when they travel to Glade Springs Resort for the Mountain East Conference Championship.

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Pioneers Victorious over Urbana 31-28


Wideout Ralph Gordon had a fabulous game as he caught five passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers 31-28 win over Urbana

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer Football team picked up their first victory of the 2014 season today as they defeated the Urbana University Blue Knights at Morris Stadium by a final score of, 31-28.

Urbana would strike first as running back David Hill scored on a one yard run at the 9:23 minute mark of the first quarter as the Blue Knights went up, 7-0.

At the 1:24 minute mark of the first quarter quarterback Sean Steele hit wideout Dante Absher on a 20 yard touchdown pass as the Pioneers tied the game at 7-7.

Glenville State would then score the next 17 points as the Pioneers took a 24-7 lead into halftime.

In the second half the Pioneers would add another score at the 5:01 minute mark of the third quarter as Steele hit Ralph Gordon for a 77 yard touchdown pass as GSC went up, 31-7.

However Urbana would not be counted out as Quarterback Cody Schroeder hit Karim Jones Jr. on a five touchdown pass as Urbana made it, 31-14, just as the third quarter ended.

The Blue Knights would then add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull with three points, 31-28.

The Pioneers would then get the ball back with only 4:06 left to play in the game however the drive would stall and Urbana would have one last possession.

Urbana would then drive the ball down to the Pioneers 25 yard line with under 1:30 left to play however on the Blue Knights third play of the drive defensive end Gray Henderson would cause a fumble as Jevon Webster recovered the ball for the Pioneers as GSC held onto the win, 31-28.

The Pioneers defense caused five fumbles on the day and also had an interception despite giving up 524 yards of offense to Urbana. The Pioneers only had four penalties for 36 yards while Urbana finished with six penalties for 43 yards.

Tevin Drake led the rushing attack as he rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries. Rahmann Lee carried the ball 18 times for 41 yards.

Sean Steele had a good game throwing the ball as he went 17 for 29 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Wideout Ralph Gordon had a fabulous game as he caught five passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Dante Absher caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

On defense Gary Henderson finished with 9.5 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Jeff Kidder finished with eight total tackles, a fumble recovery, and three pass breakups.

The Blue Knights were led by quarterback Cody Schroeder as he went 25 for 31 for 298 yards and three touchdowns. However Schroeder was sacked three times on the day. Karim Jones Jr. was Urbana’s leading receiver as he caught 13 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Kevin Chapple led the Blue Knights defense with 9.5 total tackles.

The Pioneers hit the road next Saturday, October 4th as they travel to Buckhannon, West Virginia to take on the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. Game-time is set for 12:00pm.

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Piano Recital featuring Anita White Scheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2014

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Anita White

Anita White

GLENVILLE, WV – Anita White, Glenville State College Adjunct Instructor of Piano and Department Accompanist will hold her annual piano recital in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Monday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. The recital, featuring gospel music in a classical style, is free and open to the public.

“I have a passion for hymns in the style of the masters such as Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. I have been blessed with a talent that I wish to pass on to others. Please join me for a wonderful hour of classical music,” said White.

White earned her bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. She has many years of experience as a piano recitalist, organ recitalist, and a teacher of music theory, voice, piano, organ, and related subjects. White has taught, directed, and been accompanist at numerous churches and public schools. The Gassaway, West Virginia native also has been involved in the planning and performing of many community and church cantatas and oratorios.

For more information, contact the GSC Department of Fine Arts at (304) 462-6340.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. Urbana – Game Four

The Glenville State Pioneers return home this weekend, Saturday, September 27th, to I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium to take on Mountain East Conference foe Urbana University. Kickoff is set for 1PM.

Glenville, W.Va. - The Glenville State Pioneers return home this weekend Saturday, September 27th to I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium to take on Mountain East Conference foe Urbana University. Kickoff is set for 1PM. 

Last week the Pioneers fell on the road to Fairmont State University, 36-40. FSU scored the first 24 points in the game, but a Lee 52-yard touchdown run and a Drake 14-yard TD reception cut the Pioneer deficit to 24-14 at the break. The Falcons then got a touchdown and a safety to start the third quarter to make it 33-14 before GSC mounted a rally. The Pioneers would eventually cut the lead to 40-36 with 3:29 to go after Dante Roberts scored from four yards out, and would get the ball back at their own 45. However, a false start penalty and a sack by FSU’s Trevor Malnick derailed the Pioneers comeback and Fairmont State held on for the win.    

The Pioneers racked up 544 total yards of offense on 71 plays while the GSC defense allowed Fairmont State a total of 435 yards. Penalties killed the Pioneers as they racked up 15 penalties for 145 yards. 

Rahmann Lee had another fabulous day as he rushed for 220 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. With Lee’s great day he now has over 3,000 rushing yards in his Pioneer career and is third All-Time in Career Rushing Yards.

Lee is fourth in Rushing Yards with 3,212, third in Rushing Yards per Game with 128.5, and second in All Purpose Yards per Game with 157.12 in NCAA Division II. 

Urbana comes into the matchup after falling to 11th ranked Shepherd, 42-7. Urbana only had 212 yards of total offense in the game. The Blue Knights also committed 10 penalties for a whopping 115 yards. 

Last year the Pioneers fell to Urbana on the road, 9-12. The Pioneers defense held quarterback D.J. Mendenhall, who was the MEC Offensive Player of the Year, to his lowest passing total of the year (176 yards). However the Urbana defense held Rahmann Lee to just 70 yards rushing.

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Bastin Work Featured in GSC Fine Arts Gallery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2014

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Artist Ernie Bastin

Artist Ernie Bastin

GLENVILLE, WV— The photography of artist Ernie Bastin will be featured in an upcoming exhibit in the Glenville State College Spears Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will be on display Monday, September 22nd through Friday, October 17th with a reception to meet the artist on Tuesday, September 30th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Bastin was born in Lackawanna, New York but moved to Clarksburg, West Virginia when he was only four months old. Upon graduating high school, his mother gave him a camera as a graduation present which sparked an interest in photography that remains to this day. After high school, Bastin graduated from the Naval School of Music. Following his time in the Navy, he earned a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois. He went on to teach trumpet and jazz at Ohio University until his retirement after 41 years.

“With digital photography, the photographer as improviser gives the photograph an added personal dimension. In both music and photography this added dimension reveals something about the improviser. With the advent of high resolution digital photography, filtering possibilities available through computer software as well as traditional techniques, the photographer, as improviser, is free to enhance the photograph,” said Bastin.

For more information, contact GSC Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director Liza Brenner at or (304) 462-6346.

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GSC Chamber Singers to Perform Fall Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2014

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Glenville, WV—The Glenville State College Chamber Singers will be performing on Friday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

“This is a concert highlighting the GSC Chamber Singers. It is a select group of vocalists that are presenting group and solo works from the musical theatre genre. Many of our singers are soloists and will be singing pieces from famous musicals,” said Assistant Director of Music & Choir Director Teresa Dody.

The singers will present music from popular performances such as ‘Rent,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Hair,’ ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Man of La Mancha,’ ‘The Secret Garden,’ and several others.

Admission is $10.00 and includes food during the intermission. All proceeds will go to pay for student travel expenses to choral conferences in Charleston, West Virginia and Salt Lake City, Utah.

For more information, contact Dody at or (304) 462-6345.

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