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GSC SSS Students Beautify Campus

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2012

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV – Students who participate in the Glenville State College Student Support Services (SSS) program have recently ‘adopted’ the Dora Heflin Garden that is located in front of GSC’s Clark Hall. With this undertaking, they pressure washed the fountain, trimmed hedges, and weeded the flower beds.

During a campus beautification project sponsored by GSC Student Support Services (SSS), (L-R) Ashley Shiflett, Akheem Figgs, GSC SSS Counselor Lori Stover, Latoya Hambrick, GSC Interim SSS Director Onick Lewis, Akeem Pingshaw, and Deandre Williams pose for a picture.

“The SSS program has helped so many GSC students, and they decided they wanted to give back by beautifying their campus,” said GSC Interim SSS Director Onick Lewis.

The garden, located outside the SSS office, is named after former GSC First Lady Dora Heflin of Morgantown, West Virginia. Her late husband, Dr. Harry Heflin, was President of GSC between 1947 and 1964 and also served as WVU’s Interim President a couple times during his career. The garden’s landscaping is separated into four sections in memory of all former GSC First Ladies for their hard work and dedication to Glenville State College.

“Being part of SSS has given me many opportunities, so it felt great to give back,” said Sadie Golliher, a senior Management major from Martinsburg, West Virginia in Berkeley County.

“Since being involved in SSS, the program has helped me further my education tremendously in a friendly atmosphere,” said Ikeem Pingshaw, a sophomore Criminal Justice major from Washington, DC.

(L-R) SSS members Sadie Golliher, Kathleen Kile, Deandre Williams, and Katie Morris work together to beautify the Glenville State College campus.

SSS is a federally-funded program designed to help students succeed in college. Participants participate in educational and cultural activities that will assist them while in college. Many services provided to SSS members include individualized tutoring, peer group study sessions, supportive counseling, academic counseling, educational seminars and workshops, educational and cultural activities and trips, financial counseling, and scholarships.

Students must be either first-generation, income eligible, or have a documented learning or physical disability to apply for SSS.

For more information about GSC Student Support Services, contact Lewis at or (304) 462-6153.

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