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GSC Baseball and Softball Teams Partner for Pioneer Project

Baseball & Softball

The Glenville State College Baseball and Softball teams have partnered up for what they are calling 'The Pioneer Project.'

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State College Baseball and Softball teams have partnered up for what they are calling ‘The Pioneer Project.’

The Pioneer Project is designed to put forth 1,500 hours bettering the Glenville community while teaching student-athletes the value of making a difference. “As we better our programs from a win and loss perspective, and raise our respective grade point averages in the classroom, we believe teaching our student-athletes to give back in the community will give our program complete purpose,” stated Head Baseball Coach Jimmy Mullins.

Together, the two teams plan to read to elementary school students, speak at area schools, keep roads clean by picking up trash, plant flowers throughout Glenville and surrounding communities, and donate to the underprivileged.

“We plan on putting these service hours back into our communities during the 2015-16 academic year. We want to use this as a resource to better our community and to teach our college athletes the value of making a difference,” said Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno.

For more information or to share community service ideas/requests, contact Mullins by e-mail at or at (304) 462-6239.

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Red Cross Blood Drive Coming to GSC August 24


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Blood Drive FlyerGLENVILLE, WV – Staff and students in the Glenville State College Student Support Services organization are helping to sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, August 24 from noon until 5:30 p.m. The drive will take place in the Mollohan Campus Community Center third floor ballroom.

Interested donors can visit and enter ‘glenvillestate’ or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

You can also e-mail GSC Student Support Services Teacher/Counselor Spencer Darden at for more information.

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Pioneer Football Camp Update – Defense


James Johnson is the team’s leading tackler from a year ago as he returns for his senior season

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team is entering their second week of camp and with that we are going to dive in and take a closer look at the Pioneer Defense.

Starting up front in the trenches with the defensive line, GSC returns defensive tackle Alex Robinson. Robinson had 16 total tackles a year ago and added 2.5 tackles for loss. Also upfront they return Demetrius Lofton; last season he finished with 24 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and two sacks. Defensive ends Wesley Marsh and Jevon Webster return this season as well. Webster finished last season with 22 total tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks.

Ian Andrews also returns at defensive end. He has missed the last two seasons due to injury but will look to make a big impact this year with his return. Other newcomers that will look to have an impact this season are: Rashaun Searles, Marshall transfer Austin Hill, Cal Pa. transfer Anthony McPoyle, along with freshmen: Prince Thomas, Antione Williams, and Keshaan Cuffee.

At linebacker Glenville State returns James Johnson. Johnson is the team’s leading tackler from a year ago as he racked up 84 total tackles and had 2.5 tackles for loss. Johnson was also a MEC All-Conference Player and was named to the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American Second Team. Fitz Mofor also returns at middle linebacker. He played in only two games last season as a freshman due to an injury. However in those two games had had three tackles, one tackle for loss, and a sack. He will look to have an outstanding year.

Also at linebacker the Pioneers will call on Marcus Umu, Wes Lane, Derek Clem, and Anthony Vazquez to add depth as well as newcomers in transfer Quintavius Twine and freshmen Troy Brown and Michael Cherry.

The defensive backs for the Pioneers will look to be much improved from a year ago. Markeith Dews and Brandon Absher will look to lock down the starting cornerback position. Both have had game experience and both had a great spring last year.

At the safety position Zach Mayes returns; Mayes had 65 total tackles last year and an interception. Andre Dalton also will move over from the cornerback position to a safety position with Earon Settles. Settles had a great freshman campaign and will look to have another standout year. Newcomers Marvon Brooks, Daylon Cason, and Leonard McConico along with several others will also look to get playing time in.

In the upcoming week we will dive into the Pioneers special teams.

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Event to Feature GSC Marching Band


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GSC Marching Band

The Glenville State College Marching Band will perform at the Glenville Presbyterian Church's Band Bash

GLENVILLE, WV – The Glenville State College ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band will have a feature performance at the Glenville Presbyterian Church ‘Band Bash’ coming up on Friday, August 21. The event will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with the band performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the band performance there will be food, an inflatable whale bounce, yard games, books, and more – all for free and open to the public.

The band began using the field adjacent to the Presbyterian Church for their pre-season camp three years ago which has led to a successful partnership. “We could not have held these camps without the Glenville Presbyterian Church, Pastor Kinney, and their many hard working members. They’ve been incredible providing us with both a location and meals. They are truly a blessing and are hugely appreciated,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone. Bone is the marching band director and also serves as the college’s Fine Arts Department Chair.

The Glenville Presbyterian Church is located at 1172 WV Highway 5, about one mile from the stoplight toward Grantsville just past the Gilmer County Fire Department. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring a lawn chair to better enjoy the outdoor festivities.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, August 23.

Band Bash FlyerThe Marching Band performs a halftime show at Morris Stadium during every home football contest. They will entertain football fans on Thursday, September 10 when the Pioneers take on the WV Wesleyan Bobcats during the first home game of the 2015 season.

For more information about the ‘Band Bash’ event contact Pastor Karen Kinney at (304) 462-7239.

For more information about the Marching Band or other Fine Arts Department programs and events, contact Bone at (304) 462-6340.

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Brief History of Jazz Presentation Happening at Historical Society Meeting


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GLENVILLE, WV – Jason Barr, Assistant Professor of Music at Glenville State College, will again hold a free performance at the Gilmer County Historical Society on Thursday, August 20 at a joint meeting with the Calhoun County Society. Barr’s appearance at the meeting will provide the audience with a brief musical history of jazz. He performed a similar show at one of their meetings last year.

“I’ll be providing historical perspective of jazz and playing some examples of the styles. From Dixieland and its Louisiana roots to current jazz influences in hip hop, I think listeners will get a good overview again this year,” said Barr.

Jason Barr

Jason Barr

Barr teaches woodwind students and directs the Woodwind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo in addition to teaching Music Theory and giving private saxophone lessons at GSC. He has fifteen years of experience as part of the house band for the Myrtle Beach House of Blues.

The Gilmer County Historical Society Annex where the meeting will take place is located at 302 East Main Street in downtown Glenville. The musical performance, which is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m., will follow a covered dish luncheon that will begin at 12:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Gilmer County Historical Society, contact Dot Frey at (304) 462-4295.

For more information about any of Barrs’ courses at GSC, contact him at (304) 462-6350.

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Orientation Weekend for New Students Ushers in Fall Semester at GSC


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GLENVILLE, WV – Over 300 freshmen arrived on campus at Glenville State College on Friday, August 14 for the 2015 fall term. Glenville State College’s class of 2019 is made up of students from throughout West Virginia, fourteen other states, and the District of Columbia.

Orientation and social events were provided to the new Pioneers throughout the weekend to ease the transition into student life at GSC.

New students move in at Goodwin Hall

Professors Dwight Heaster, Tara Cosco, and Jeremy Keene help a new student in the process of moving into Goodwin Hall

Faculty, staff, and returning students continued the time-honored tradition of assisting the new students to move-in. “Move-In Day can be overwhelming for new students and their families. We all enjoy this opportunity to help our Pioneers in any way that we can; more importantly, we make our faces known and get to know some of the new students,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Trae Sprague.

Parents and families of the new Pioneers also had an opportunity to meet GSC President and Mrs. Barr when they held a session for parents to inform them about what GSC offers students and the unique point-of-view of the presidential couple. “You can make a difference in their successes – they won’t always tell you that – but you can,” Betsy Barr told parents. “We feel that Glenville State is a very caring community and we’re glad that you and your student chose us,” continued President Barr.

Browsing at the Campus & Community Fair

New students browse community information tables set up by businesses, organizations, and local churches at the Campus & Community Fair

On Saturday, August 15 a Pioneer Picnic & Community Fair allowed community businesses, churches, and organizations to set up displays to introduce and promote themselves to the new students. The event also was an opportunity for the new Pioneers to learn what the community has to offer them during their time at Glenville State College.

Upperclassmen returned to campus on Sunday, and fall semester classes started at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17.

Students may still register at GSC until Friday, August 21. For more information, contact the GSC Office of Admissions at or call (304) 462-6130 or toll free at (800) 924-2010.

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Lloyd Bone Receives Doctorate


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Bone Family

Dr. Bone with his wife Susan and their sons (l-r) Tobias, Phineas, and Casey

GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Music and Department of Fine Arts Chair Lloyd Bone has just wrapped up work on his doctorate. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Euphonium Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His doctorate also included cognate areas in conducting, low brass pedagogy, and university band directing.

After teaching on the public and private level in Cincinnati and performing around the United States with various groups for four years, Bone began the doctoral program at CCM. During the first part of the doctorate he completed three years of intense coursework, taught private lessons across Cincinnati, and conducted adjunct tuba and euphonium lessons and ensemble at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

“I thank God as this is considered one of the most challenging music doctorates in the world from one of the top music schools in the world. I could not have done this without the help and support of so many people especially including my wife Susan, my three boys Casey, Tobias, and Phineas, President Barr and his wife Betsy, Rob Freeman (former GSC President), Dr. Kathy Butler (former GSC Provost and Senior Vice President), GSC Dean of Students Duane Chapman, and Teresa Dody (fellow Fine Arts Department faculty),” said Bone.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and during his time there was the principle euphonium player for the world famous Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. Bone went on to be accepted into CCM where he completed his Masters of Music in Euphonium Performance. While at CCM, he was selected into numerous international solo competitions and made the finals for several of the premiere military bands in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Bone at ceremony

Dr. Bone receiving his doctoral hood

During his eleven years at Glenville State College Bone has directed the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band, published the world’s first guide book for the euphonium, led several groups of GSC students around the world to meetings of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and was nominated for a Music Educator Award by the Grammy Foundation®. Now entering his eighth year as Fine Arts Department chair at GSC and having completed the doctoral program, Dr. Bone says he looks forward to focusing his efforts on some new personal and departmental projects.

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Pioneer Football Camp Update – Offense


Running back Rahmann Lee will look to have another standout year for GSC

Glenville, W.Va. – With the first week of the 2015 Pioneer Football Camp almost over we are going to take a closer look at the Pioneers and the offensive side of the ball.

The Pioneers return 10 out of 11 starters from a year ago with junior quarterback Sean Steele, senior running backs Rahmann Lee and Tevin Drake, as well as wideout Dante Absher, and four starting offensive linemen.

Running back Rahmann Lee will look to have another standout year for GSC. Lee is third among all active Division II players with 3,884 career rushing yards and last year added 37 catches for 510 yards to complement his skill set. He also ranked first in the MEC in All Purpose Yards with 1,639, ranked second in the MEC in Scoring with 14 total touchdowns, and ranked second in Rushing with 1,120 yards last season.

He is also only 185 rushing yards away from breaking Glenville State College’s All-Time Career Rushing Record which was set back in 2008 by Jerry Seymour. Lee was a MEC First Team All-Conference Player a season ago and was a First Team USA College Football All-American.

Along with Lee is senior running back Tevin Drake. Drake was the team’s second leading rusher last season with 842 yards and scored four touchdowns. Drake also was a MEC All-Conference player and a preseason All-American. Also competing for time at running back is sophomore Isiah Scott. Scott played in 10 games last season as a freshman and rushed for 108 yards.

Junior quarterback Sean Steele also returns and will look to continue where he left off last season. Steele suffered an ankle injury late in the season which caused him to miss the last two games. He completed 60 percent of his passes going 144 for 240, racked up 2,146 yards through the air, and threw 19 touchdowns to only five interceptions.

At wideout junior Dante Absher returns along with Ralph Gordon, Damon Lapkin, Eric Kyle, SMU transfer Jeremy Brown, newcomer Kareen Watson, and tight end Jake Harper. Absher was the team’s leading receiver a year ago as he hauled in 57 passes for 854 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also was a MEC All-Conference player a year ago and was a preseason All-American Candidate.

Gordon was the team’s third leading receiver a year ago as he caught 29 passes for 470 yards and found the endzone six times. Tight end Jake Harper had 161 yards last year while Damon Lampkin had 159 yards and Eric Kyle had 190 yards. Newcomers Jeremy Brown and Kareen Watson will add two more weapons on the outside for quarterback Sean Steele.

Upfront the Pioneers return four seniors in tackle Leon Hill, guard Anthony Gartrell, center Jonathan Dupree, and tackle Richard Sloan. Hill is a huge offensive lineman standing at 6’6″ and weighing in at 320 pounds. He was a MEC All-Conference player last year and was a preseason All-American.

Dupree is an All-Conference player and preseason All-American. He is also a three year starter and is the leader upfront. Sloan is a four year starter and has played almost every position upfront. He gives great effort and will be a leader on the line and in the trenches for the Pioneers this season. Gartrell is a two year starter that is very athletic and versatile. He is the type of athlete that can be plugged in at any position upfront.

Next week we will dive into the defensive side of the ball and take a look at the returners as well as some newcomers.

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Service of Blessing Held at GSC


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GLENVILLE, WV – An ecumenical ‘Blessing of the College’ event took place on Wednesday, August 13 at Glenville State College. Students, faculty, and staff were in attendance for the service that aimed to offer a time of reflection and prayer for the upcoming school year.

Service of Blessing for GSC

Rev. Mark James, Rev. Karen Kinney, and Rev. Joshua Stevens

The event was organized by the GSC Wesley Foundation and pastors of Glenville area churches. Reverend Mark James from Trinity United Methodist Church, Reverend Karen Kinney from Glenville Presbyterian Church, and Reverend Joshua Stevens from Good Shepherd Catholic Church were present to offer blessings for the fall semester. Other church leaders who were unable to attend sent greetings in their absence.

James also spoke of his role in coordinating the Wesley Foundation at Glenville State College and how it can provide a spiritual outlet for students who seek it.

For more information about the Wesley Foundation at GSC or other places of worship in Glenville, contact James at (304) 462-6067.

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Pioneers Golf Team Picked 10th in MEC Preseason Poll

Men's Golf

The Glenville State men's golf team was picked 10th in the MEC Preseason Poll

Bridgeport, W.Va. – The University of Charleston has been selected by a vote of the league’s coaches to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference Men’s Golf championship.

The Golden Eagles, who have advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last two seasons, finished with 116 points and had seven first-place votes. UC will be led by All-Atlantic Region players Thibault Carmingnano and Viktor Pustwo.

West Liberty finished second in the poll with 111 points and was picked first on four ballots. The Hilltoppers also return a pair of all-region players in Matt Iceton and Cory Hoshor. Iceton was the 2014-15 MEC Player of the Year.

Two-time defending champion Concord was tabbed third with 91 points and had the remaining first-place vote, narrowly edging out Shepherd with 90 points. Notre Dame was picked fifth (82), followed by Fairmont State (67), West Virginia Wesleyan (59), Wheeling Jesuit (53) and Urbana (51). Glenville State (32), UVa-Wise (29) and West Virginia State (11) completed the poll.

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