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Community Invited to Participate in GSC Homecoming Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 1, 2015

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Homecoming Parade

Students toss candy during last year's Homecoming parade

GLENVILLE, WV – Local community groups, classic car owners, businesses, marching bands, and others are invited to participate in the 2015 Glenville State College Homecoming Parade. The parade will begin on Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Glenville. The theme for this year’s GSC Homecoming is ‘GSC ♥’s the 90′s’ which celebrates the movies, fashion, TV, music, and more from the 1990s.

Participants should go to and fill out the Parade Entry Form. Entry forms should be submitted by Tuesday, September 22. For more information call (304) 462-6400.

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Game Central: Glenville State at Urbana – Game One


Game One: Glenville State at Urbana – 12:00 p.m.

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team will take the field this Saturday, September 5 for their first game of the 2015 season as they travel to Urbana, Ohio and a matchup with the Urbana University Blue Knights.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Pioneer open up the season on the road (2012 at Carson Newman, 2013 at VMI, 2014 at Concord, and 2015 at Urbana). However the Pioneers are 0-3 when starting the season on the road as they look to change that on September, 5 at Urbana.

The Pioneers return 10 offensive starters from a year ago with the likes of running back’s Rahmann Lee and Tevin Drake, quarterback Sean Steele, wideout Dante Absher, and offensive linemen in Jonathan Dupree, Anthony Gartrell, Leon Hill, and Richard Sloan.

Rahmann Lee is only 185 yards away from breaking GSC’s All-Time Career Rushing Yardage (set in 2008 by Jerry Seymour).

Quarterback Sean Steele completed 60% of his passes last season, the last time a GSC quarterback did that was in 2005 with Joey Conrad completing 65% of his passes.

However the Pioneers have just four returning starters on defense, but three of those were among the team’s top tacklers last season in James Johnson (84 tackles), Zach Mayes (65 tackles) and Spencer Steele (61 tackles).

Several newcomers on the defensive side will have to step up with the likes of: Austin Hill, Anthony McPoyle, Fitz Mofor, Markeith Dews, and others.

The Pioneers defeated Urbana 31-28 last season but fell at Urbana in 2013 by a score of 12-9.

In last year’s matchup Lee only managed 41 yards on 18 carries against the Blue Knights, however Sean Steele threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

The Pioneer defense allowed 542 total yards with 144 yards on the ground and 380 yards through the air, but the Pioneer did manage to get Urbana to have six turnovers, five fumbles and one interception.

The Pioneers will look to open up the 2015 season with a road win over the Blue Knights.

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GSC Announces 2015 Homecoming Schedule


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Glenville State College
Public Relations Department
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Glenville State College Homecoming PageGLENVILLE, 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 September 21 for GSC’s annual Homecoming celebration. This year’s theme is ‘GSC ♥’s the 90’s’ – which celebrates the entertainment, fashion, and more from the 1990s. Honored guests will include GSC’s former Student Body Presidents, who will also serve collectively as Parade Marshal for the Saturday morning parade. Additionally, all alumni are encouraged to attend the alumni tailgate before the football game on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, September 21 includes the Homecoming Picnic from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Luanna T. Smith Amphitheater with the crowning of the Homecoming royalty at noon. That evening there will be a 5K run/walk through campus and the community followed by the always-popular Homecoming bingo game for students that evening.

Members of the Student Government Association will give away free popcorn in the Rusty Musket from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22. The Lady Pioneer Volleyball team also will take on Walsh University at 6:00 p.m. in the Waco Center and a hypnotist, scheduled by the Student Activities office, will mesmerize students later on at 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 23 the Homecoming activities continue with a campus-wide scavenger hunt beginning at 4:00 p.m. that will lead into 90’s Game Night hosted by SGA at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24 includes the perennial campus favorite with the Sandy Sowell Game Show from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Rusty Musket. 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. Visitors can stop by throughout the day on Friday, September 25 to see his paintings. Also on Friday, the Lady Pioneer Softball team will sponsor a Homecoming Golf Tournament at the Glenville Golf Club. Registration begins at the golf course at 10:00 a.m. For more information about the golf tournament contact Head Coach Kristen Tunno at (304) 462-6229.

Friday evening the Pioneer Athletic Club will hold its annual Pioneer Steak Grill ‘Grillin & Chillin’ fundraiser beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Glenville Golf Club. Starting at 7:00 p.m. back on the main campus in the Amphitheater will be the campus Chili Cook-Off progressing into the Pep Rally and Spirit Competition which start at 8:00 p.m.

The week culminates on Saturday, September 26 with the Homecoming Parade in downtown Glenville starting at 10:00 a.m. Parade entry forms are available on the homecoming page of the GSC website. All GSC alumni are then invited to enjoy a tailgate picnic in the Morris Stadium parking area beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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.

Pregame activities including recognition of the Homecoming Court, Montrose and Williams Award presentations, and the ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band Pregame Show will take place at 1:00 p.m. Game kickoff between the GSC Pioneers and the UVA Wise Cavilers is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Returning Student Body Presidents will be honored during halftime of the game, followed by the Marching Band’s halftime show.

For more information about Homecoming activities click here or call (304) 462-6100.

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GSC Volleyball Picked 12th in MEC Preseason Poll


The Glenville State Lady Pioneers volleyball team has been picked 12th in the MEC Preseason Poll

Bridgeport, W.Va. – Wheeling Jesuit has been picked by the coaches in the Mountain East Conference to win its third-straight league title in volleyball.

The Cardinals finished atop the poll with 121 points and 11 first-place votes. WJU, which has yet to lose a MEC match in the regular or postseason, returns several key players from last year’s Elite Eight squad, including the reigning MEC Player of the Year Andrea Thobe. Wheeling Jesuit also enters the 2015 season ranked ninth in the country in the AVCA preseason poll.

Fairmont State, the league’s runner-up in each of the last two seasons, is picked to finish second behind WJU with 103 points and had the remaining first-place vote. Shepherd is picked third with 92 points, followed by Urbana (82) and West Liberty (70). Concord and West Virginia Wesleyan tied for sixth in the poll with 60 points, with Charleston (58), UVa-Wise (56) and Notre Dame (54) narrowly behind. West Virginia State (25) and Glenville State (11) rounded out the poll.

2015 MEC Volleyball
Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (11) 121
2. Fairmont State (1) 103
3. Shepherd 92
4. Urbana 82
5. West Liberty 70
T6. Concord 60
T6. West Virginia Wesleyan 60
8. Charleston 58
9. UVa-Wise 56
10. Notre Dame 54
11. West Virginia State 25
12. Glenville State 11
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team

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Pioneer Football Camp Update – Special Teams


Quin Thornton who missed last season due to an injury will look to have a big impact in the punt return and kick return game in 2015

Glenville, W.Va. – With the 2015 Pioneer Football Camp almost over, today we are going to take a deeper look into the Pioneer Special Teams.

The Pioneers returns two kickers from a year ago. Junior kicker Tanner Wright was 9 of 13 on field goals last season with his longest coming from 37 yards out. Tanner also had several punts last season and will look to fill both roles this season.

Sophomore punter Tyler Czajkowsji had 18 punts in 2014 and a punting average of 32.7. His longest punt last year was 46 yards and he also placed two punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. Tyler will look to compete for both positions. Freshman Chandler Carrera will also look to add depth at the kicking positions.

Ralph Gordon is back again this year as a punt returner for the Pioneers; last season he had nine returns for 72 yards. Also returning punts will be Quin Thornton who missed last season due to an injury.

Eric Kyle returns as a kick returner for GSC. He led the team last year in kick return yards with 462 yards on 18 returns. Ralph Gordon had 251 kick return yards on 12 returns last year and Quin Thornton will also look to return kicks this season.

Jonathan Dupree and Aaron Roberts will share the long snapping duties while Tyler Czajkowsji will take care of the holding duties.

The Pioneers open up the 2015 season on the road Saturday, September 5th at 12:00 p.m. as they travel to Urbana University in a matchup with the Blue Knights.

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Community Members Invited to BAD Buildings Discussion at GSC


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GLENVILLE, WV – The Glenville State College Land Resources Department will play host to a presentation on the implementation of a Brownfields, Abandoned, & Dilapidated (BAD) Buildings Model. The event will take place on Thursday, August 27 at 12:15 p.m. in room 227-228 of GSC’s Waco Center.

The BAD Buildings Model is part of a program through the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center which provides technical assistance and site analysis tools to help communities develop and enhance local abandoned/dilapidated buildings programs they may already have in place. The discussion at this meeting will show how this model provides a step-by-step plan for local volunteers and elected officials to begin making improvements to their communities.

BAD Buildings FlyerCenter officials define ‘BAD Buildings’ as structures and properties which are vacant, uninhabited and in a state of disrepair, whose owner is taking no active steps to bring the property back into functional use.

Presenters at the event will be Patrick Kirby, Director, and Luke Elser, Project Manager, from the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center.

The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers, which includes offices at Marshall University and West Virginia University, were created in 2005 by the West Virginia Legislature to empower communities to plan and implement brownfields redevelopment projects. Brownfield sites are defined as properties on which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The two centers promote economic development and environmental and public health protection through innovative redevelopment of brownfield sites. The centers also promote and coordinate the development of brownfield property by providing training and technical assistance, facilitating site preparation efforts, engaging community involvement, as well as by helping communities with grant writing and leveraging project funding.

The Thursday event at GSC is open to the public, free of cost, and will include light refreshments at 12:00 p.m.

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Lady Pioneers Picked 10th in MEC Cross Country Poll

Cross Country

The GSC Lady Pioneers have been picked to finish 10th in the MEC Preseason Poll

Bridgeport, W.Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan has been picked by a vote of the league coaches to win its third Mountain East Conference Women’s Cross Country championship in the last three years.

The Bobcats finished atop the poll with 98 points had had nine first-place votes. WVWC has a host of All-MEC returners coming back this fall including Ali Cunningham, Rachel Pinto, Sydney Pineault, Kaylee Williams and Baylee Summers.

Wheeling Jesuit, which will be led by the 2014 MEC Freshman and Runner of the Year Kelsey Chambers, finished second in the poll with 91 points and one first-place vote. Charleston was picked to finish third with 78 points, followed by West Liberty (64), Fairmont State (59) and Notre Dame (58). Concord (55) was picked seventh and had one first-place vote, followed by UVa-Wise (41), Urbana (28), Glenville State (22) and West Virginia State (11).

The 2015 MEC men’s and women’s cross country championships will be held Sat., Oct. 24, at the Bridgeport Recreation Complex.

2015 MEC Women’s Cross Country
Preseason Poll
1. West Virginia Wesleyan (9) 98
2. Wheeling Jesuit (1) 91
3. Charleston 78
4. West Liberty 64
5. Fairmont State 59
6. Notre Dame 58
7. Concord (1) 55
8. UVa-Wise 41
9. Urbana 28
10. Glenville State 22
11. West Virginia State 11
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team
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Retired Glenville State AD a True Pioneer

Tom and Janet Bailey

Former Glenville State Athletic Director Janet Bailey with her husband Tom | Courtesy Photo

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Reproduced Courtesy of the Sunday Gazette-Mail

By Courtney Hessler
For the Sunday Gazette-Mail

Former Glenville State athletic director Janet Bailey will be the first to tell you that at a young age she was just a girl from Peachtree with a dream.

As she begins a partial retirement, rather than take credit for her accomplishments, she gives it to those who have surrounded her throughout her prosperous life.

Click here to read the whole story.

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Pioneers Picked Ninth in MEC Cross Country Poll

Cross Country

The GSC Pioneers Cross Country team was picked ninth in the MEC Preseason Poll

Bridgeport, W.Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit top the Mountain East Conference Men’s Cross Country preseason poll. The Bobcats and Cardinals each finished with 75 points and four first-place votes in the vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

WVWC and WJU have each won a MEC title in the first two years of the league with the Bobcats claiming the title a season ago. Wesleyan brings back first team All-MEC runners Brody Born and Matt Dearth, while Wheeling Jesuit returns a pair of standout sophomores in Colin Radabaugh and Albert Schrimp.

Concord was picked to finish third with 62 points, followed by Charleston and UVa-Wise in a tie for fourth with 52 points. West Liberty and Notre Dame tied for sixth with 39 points, and Fairmont State (29), Glenville State (15) and Urbana (12) rounded out the poll.

The 2015 MEC men’s and women’s cross country championships will be held Sat., Oct. 24, at the Bridgeport Recreation Complex.

2015 MEC Men’s Cross Country
Preseason Poll
T1. West Virginia Wesleyan 75
T1. Wheeling Jesuit 75
3. Concord 62
T4. Charleston 52
T4. UVa-Wise 52
T6. West Liberty 39
T6. Notre Dame 39
8. Fairmont State 29
9. Glenville State 15
10. Urbana 12
() Indicates first place votes
* Coaches not able to vote for own team
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GSC Baseball and Softball Teams Partner for Pioneer Project

Baseball & Softball

The Glenville State College Baseball and Softball teams have partnered up for what they are calling 'The Pioneer Project.'

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State College Baseball and Softball teams have partnered up for what they are calling ‘The Pioneer Project.’

The Pioneer Project is designed to put forth 1,500 hours bettering the Glenville community while teaching student-athletes the value of making a difference. “As we better our programs from a win and loss perspective, and raise our respective grade point averages in the classroom, we believe teaching our student-athletes to give back in the community will give our program complete purpose,” stated Head Baseball Coach Jimmy Mullins.

Together, the two teams plan to read to elementary school students, speak at area schools, keep roads clean by picking up trash, plant flowers throughout Glenville and surrounding communities, and donate to the underprivileged.

“We plan on putting these service hours back into our communities during the 2015-16 academic year. We want to use this as a resource to better our community and to teach our college athletes the value of making a difference,” said Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno.

For more information or to share community service ideas/requests, contact Mullins by e-mail at or at (304) 462-6239.

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