FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2014
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College students are receiving first-hand knowledge of what they are studying in the classroom and about the careers they plan to pursue after graduation. GSC behavioral science majors, who are also members of the GSC Behavioral Science Club, recently visited Sharpe Hospital in Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia. The facility’s Director of Volunteer Services Jane Merritt gave them a tour while they were there.
“I enjoy anytime I have the opportunity to show people what we do here at Sharpe Hospital. The students from GSC who visited were very interested and had a lot of good questions. I hope they went away with a better understanding of how we help people. Some were even interested in employment and volunteering opportunities,” said Merritt.
“This was a great opportunity for students to learn more about mental health services in our area and discover opportunities for volunteering, internships, and job possibilities,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Social Work Ida Mills.
“After touring Sharpe Hospital with the other GSC Behavioral Science club members, I feel hopeful concerning the availability of local employment for students majoring in the area. I can make a difference as a mental health volunteer right now even before starting a career in the field,” said sophomore behavioral science major Heather Coleman of Wharton (Boone County), West Virginia.
Other GSC students who also participated in the field trip include: senior behavioral science major Mary Stansberry of Smithville (Ritchie County), West Virginia; senior behavioral science major Jacqueline Hashman of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia; senior behavioral science major Ezekiel Bonnet of Coxs Mills (Gilmer County), West Virginia; senior behavioral science major Asa Witte of Coxs Mills (Gilmer County), West Virginia; senior behavioral science major Sara Marks of Sutton (Braxton County), West Virginia; and Braxton County High School sophomore Kylea Summers of Sutton (Braxton County), West Virginia who is Marks’ cousin and plans to study behavioral science in college.
Mills says the students were very enthusiastic about the trip and are planning some activities to help and encourage Sharpe Hospital patients in the future. For more information about the GSC Behavioral Science Club or the college’s behavioral science degree program, contact Mills at Ida.Mills@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6278.