For Immediate Release: November 28, 2012
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – The holiday season has officially begun at Glenville State College. GSC President Dr. Peter Barr along with local children lit the official campus Christmas tree at the annual GSC Tree Lighting Ceremony. Many spectators from both GSC and the Glenville community attended the event on Monday, November 26th.
“My wife Betsy started this tradition when we came to Glenville in 2006. It has been exciting to see more and more kids each year at the tree lighting. We love to see the kids in the community grow up and lose their fear of telling Santa Claus their biggest wishes,” said Barr.
“Our GSC family members along with the Glenville community joined Santa and Mrs. Claus on the third floor of the GSC Mollohan Campus Community Center following the ceremony for refreshments, photos, and fun for the kids,” said Betsy Barr.
“My daughter, father, and I enjoyed the tree lighting ceremony. One of the highlights of our holiday season is getting to spend time with our GSC family and the community. My daughter, Brooklyn, looks forward to Santa’s visit every year at GSC. I appreciate GSC providing so many activities to involve the community! The family atmosphere at GSC is one of the biggest reasons why I love teaching here,” said GSC Instructor of Education Shelly Ratliff of Glenville, West Virginia (Gilmer County).
“This was our third year at the event as a family. We appreciate Dr. and Mrs. Barr going out of their way to provide family-friendly activities for the campus and community. It is always great to participate in the free entertainment and enrichment that the college provides (the kid’s room at the library, conversational Spanish classes, movie nights, and of course, holiday festivities). The kids always love seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus and receiving free candy, while we love taking home their pictures to watch them grow from year to year,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Alan Daniel.
“My husband, daughter, and I had a great time at the tree lighting ceremony and the activities that followed. My daughter, Anna, was thrilled with the inflatable train and the books that were given out,” said Tiffany Tomey of Linn, West Virginia (Gilmer County). Tomey is a GSC sophomore Art major with concentration in Graphic and Digital Design.
“We’ve only missed one tree lighting at GSC, and that is when I had my daughter Kayleigh. We all enjoy it so much; it’s a family tradition. My son Dustin is no longer scared to sit on Santa’s lap, and Kayleigh even sat on Mrs. Claus’ lap,” said Jennifer Harper of Glenville, West Virginia (Gilmer County).
The event was free and open to the public. The tree is located in the Luanna T. Smith Amphitheatre and will be decorated with ‘Pioneer blue’ lights and ornaments through the beginning of the new year.