FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2014
For more Information:
Bob Henry Baber
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
GLENVILLE, WV—Two more Glenville State College Hidden Promise Scholars have completed the program which is now in more than forty West Virginia counties as well as two other states. Aaron Parsons and Christopher Baber were recognized recently at a semi-annual campus dinner which was attended by more than one hundred current HPS program participants along with campus faculty and staff.
The two new graduates addressed their peers following a speech by Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr who started the signature program in 2007. Barr stated, “In the United States, 25 percent of the population are college graduates, but in central West Virginia, that figure is only 10 percent. The GSC Hidden Promise Consortium seeks to address this issue and our two graduates tonight, plus the many of you in attendance, are a testament to the program’s—and your—success. A college degree brings global recognition, but as our Hidden Promise Scholars, you have special opportunities and responsibilities to reach your full potential and to lead by example and deed.”
A native of Walton in Roane County, West Virginia who graduated in December with a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice, Parsons stated, “The GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program pushed me from my comfort zone in so many ways. For example, visiting the 9/11 Memorial Site was one of the most intense emotional experiences of my life as something inside me changed forever, and I felt a powerful kinship with my fellow Americans. I am so grateful to have had the unique advantages that ‘Hidden Promise’ has afforded me.”
Baber, a Craigsville West Virginia native from Nicholas County, West Virginia graduated from GSC in December with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education, also hit on the theme of potential, motivation, and persistence. “Work hard and study hard. Don’t settle for Bs and Cs, but strive for As,” said Baber. The music education major plans to use his degree to teach music in West Virginia while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education. Baber is the first music major to complete the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program.
Parsons majored in criminal justice and was a member of the GSC Crime Scene Investigation Team that placed second in 2012 and took top honors in 2013. He was a member of the GSC Fishing Team and also helped to organize the club baseball team which ultimately returned as a varsity sport after being absent from GSC since 1983. Parsons plans to explore a career in the criminal justice field preferably with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.
For more information on the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact Program Director Teresa Sterns at Teresa.Sterns@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6100.