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GSC Honors Program Launched

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 10, 2014

For more information:
Bob Henry Baber
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6390

Glenville State College Honors Program students (left to right) Tyler Cooper, Brianna Caison, Kayla Lowers, Sarah Gillespie, Larisa Gordon, and Katie Stover enjoy a recent Pittsburg cultural trip to see 'The Nutcracker'

Glenville State College Honors Program students (left to right) Tyler Cooper, Brianna Caison, Kayla Lowers, Sarah Gillespie, Larisa Gordon, and Katie Stover enjoy a recent Pittsburg cultural trip to see 'The Nutcracker'

GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College’s new honors program is off to a good start with ten students recruited from nine West Virginia counties and with majors ranging from land resources to English to education. The purpose of the GSC Honors Program is to join pioneering students with distinguished faculty to create innovative work that matters.

“It is our hope that GSC honors students will experience what academics and professionals such as scientists, artists, writers, publishers, designers, computer programmers, historians, mathematicians, and marketing directors actually do in their careers and disciplines.  We also expect them to be innovative, independent scholars who will emerge to be leaders on campus, in their academic fields, and in the community at large,” said GSC Honors Program Coordinator Dr. Jonathan Minton.

While the program is housed in a rural setting, its participants are engaged with academic cultures well beyond their classrooms in central West Virginia. Through special classes and workshops, independent research, and a variety of off-campus activities, GSC honors students are given an academically stimulating environment with both peer and team-taught seminars led by an interdisciplinary cadre of faculty mentors, guest lecturers, and visiting faculty who are constantly encouraging and challenging students.

Freshman land resources major Jonathan Jerden of Jane Lew (Lewis County), West Virginia) said, “The honors program at Glenville State College is giving me a deeper understanding of what I am doing in college and equally as important, why I am doing it.”

Freshman biology major Brianna Caison of Martinsburg (Berkeley County), West Virginia has a different perspective. “When we all meet together, it’s a great way to relax, learn, have a good laugh, and examine everything that is happening on campus, in the community, and in the world,” said Caison.

The first class of GSC Honors Program students recently experienced the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg where they explored the 2013 International Art Exhibition, a showcase of major artworks from around the world. The program participants returned to Pennsylvania in December to watch the Pittsburg Ballet Company perform the Nutcracker Suite.

“The world needs pioneers of the mind – artists, scientists, philosophers, scholars, business leaders, and innovative thinkers of all kinds. With its resilient spirit, rich traditions, and accomplished faculty, Glenville State College is the perfect place to begin this journey. We hope to continue recruiting individuals who exhibit exceptional academic skills and have an intellectual spark.  We highly encourage high schools students who are searching for a challenge and the opportunity to learn more, experience more, achieve more, and have fun doing so, to apply for this exceptional program,” said Minton, who is also a GSC Associate Professor of English and an accomplished poet.

Incoming students with ACT composite scores of 24 or higher and high school cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or better are eligible for the GSC Honors Program. Scholarships starting at $750 per semester and special housing accommodations are given to successful applicants.  Requirements include enrolling in honors seminars, engaging in independent research, participating in community service projects, and attending extra-curricular campus events.

For more information about the GSC Honors Program, contact Minton at or (304) 462-6322.

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