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GSC Football Team to Play Scrimmage at Roane County High School

The GSC Pioneer Football team will be returning to County Stadium at Roane County High School on Saturday, August 23rd for an intersquad scrimmage and a youth clinic

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College Head Football Coach David Hutchison would like to announce that the GSC Pioneer Football team will be returning to County Stadium at Roane County High School on Saturday, August 23rd for an intersquad scrimmage, following on the heels of last year’s successful inaugural event.

The day will begin with a youth clinic from 3:30-4:30 p.m., which will be conducted by GSC coaching staff and players.

The GSC intersquad scrimmage will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m.

“Last year’s event was so much fun; not only did the young kids enjoy the youth clinic but our young men really enjoyed working with them and putting on a show for everyone that showed up,” stated Hutchison.

Admission is free and both events are open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact the GSC Athletic Department at (304) 462-4102.

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Two Pioneers Earn USA College Football Preseason All-America Honors

Gary Henderson was named to the USA College Football Preseason All-America second team defense

Glenville, W.Va. - GSC’s Rahmann Lee and Gary Henderson have both earned USA College Football Presason All-American Honors.

Lee, a junior, was named to the first team offense. Last season he rushed for over 1,400 yards which was good enough to led the MEC in rushing.

Henderson, a senior, was named to the second team defense. Last season for the Pioneers he was the teams third leading tackler with 69 total tackles.

Below is a complete list of the MEC Preseason All-America selections:

First Team Offense

RB-Alex Cross (Shepherd)

RB-Rahmann Lee (Glenville State)

FB-Jonathan Hammer (Shepherd)

OL-Chris Barfield (Fairmont State)

OL-Doniel Gambrell (Notre Dame)

OL-Isaiah Shelton (Shepherd)

OL-Rustin Mayorga (Concord)

TE-Ray Brown (Notre Dame)

 Second Team Offense

Justin Johnson (Charleston)

 Second Team Defense

DL-Gary Henderson (Glenville State)

DL-Demetrius Reddick (Charleston)

DL-Rockford Stone (Charleston)

LB-Justin Avery (Charleston)

LB-Levi Barber (Shepherd)

LB-Kevin Chapple (Urbana)

LB-D’Gary Wallace (Urbana)

DB-Romell Haley (West Virginia State)

DB-Antonio Harris (West Virginia Wesleyan)

DB-Davon Marion (Concord)

 Third Team Offense

QB-Jeremy Musselman (West Virginia Wesleyan)

RB-David Hill (Urbana)

RB-Calvinaugh Jones (Concord)

RB-Jabre Lolley (Shepherd)

OL-Kyle Revis (Charleston)

OL-Hassan Ouri (Shepherd)

TE-Jon Cabral-Ramsey (West Virginia State)

 Third Team Defense

DL-Keith Ferguson (Concord)

LB-Hayden Davis (Notre Dame)

LB-Andrew Faraimo (West Liberty)

LB-Octavious Thomas (Shepherd)

LB-De’Ontre Johnson (Shepherd)

DB-Jacob Jean-Charles (Fairmont State)

DB-David McComas (Urbana)


PK-Ryan Earls (Shepherd)

PK-Andrew Ellington (Concord)

P-Griffin Yocum (West Liberty)

RS-C.J. Davis (Shepherd)

P-Andrew Huska (Concord)

 Honorable Mention

QB-Ray Russ (Notre Dame)

OL-Cody Parker (Concord)

OL-Ricardo Figueroa (West Virginia State)

WR-Dylan Potts (West Liberty)

LB-Dontray Billups (UVa-Wise)

LB-Mike Savage (West Virginia Wesleyan)

DB-Dontrewell Kelley (Shepherd

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Pioneers Place Two on BSN Releases All-MEC Preseason Squad

Glenville State College running back Rahmann Lee has been selected to the (BSN) All-MEC Preseason team

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College running back Rahmann Lee and defensive end Gary Henderson have both been selected to the (BSN) All-MEC Preseason team.

Lee, led the MEC in rushing yards per game with 127.9 yards per game. He also led the MEC in rushing yards with 1,407 yards.

Henderson, was the third leading tackler for the Pioneers last season with 69 total tackles, he also ranked ninth in the MEC in sacks with 5.5 total sacks and ranked eighth in forced fumbles with 2 last season.

The Mountain East Conference preseason poll will be released on Friday, Aug. 8. The 2014 football season starts with Fairmont State against Notre Dame College on Thursday, Sept. 4, with the rest of the league in action on Saturday, Sept. 6.

BSN MEC 2014 Preseason All Conference Football Team
Pos Name College Year
QB Jeremy Musselman WV Wesleyan SR
QB Ray Russ Notre Dame SR
RB Allen Cross Shepherd JR
RB Rahmann Lee Glenville State JR
FB Jonathan Hammer Shepherd JR
ATH John Knox Charleston JR
TE Ray Brown Notre Dame SR
WR Connor Arlia WV Wesleyan JR
WR Tiko Henderson Concord JR
WR Dylan Potts West Libety SR
OL Doniel Gambrell Notre Dame SR
OL Justin Johnson Charleston JR
OL Rustin Mayorga Concord SR
OL Isaiah shelton Shepherd SR
OL Chris Barfield Fairmont State SR
DL Gary Henderson Glenville State SR
DL Demetrius Reddick Charleston SR
DL Rockford Stone Charleston SR
DL Derrick Bavol Notre Dame JR
LB Levi Barber Shepherd SR
LB D’Gary Wallace Urbana JR
LB Kevin Chapple Urbana SO
LB Andre Faraimo West Liberty JR
S Ike Gibson Charleston SR
S Davon Marion Concord SR
CB Romell Haley West Virginia State JR
CB Antonio Harris WV Weselayan JR
PK Ryan Earls Shepherd JR
PK Andrew Ellington Concord SO
P Andrew Huska Concord SO
KR CJ Davis Shepherd SO

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Glenville State Names Kristen Tunno as new Head Softball Coach

Glenville State College has named Kristen Tunno as the new Head Softball Coach of the Lady Pioneers

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College and Director of Athletics Janet Bailey would like to announce the hiring of new Head Softball Coach Kristen Tunno.

“I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to become a part of the Pioneer family here at Glenville State. I am excited to begin promoting the vision and future of Pioneer Softball. I cannot wait to get started,” stated Tunno.

She comes to Glenville State College after serving as an assistant softball coach at Davis & Elkins. During her time at D&E she helped lead them to an overall record of 80-105 from 2011 to 2014.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports & Business Administration from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2011 and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at American Public University.

Before beginning her coaching career she had an outstanding playing career at IUP. She was a four year starter for the Crimson Hawks and was part of an NCAA Division II bid to the World Series. Additionally, the Crimson Hawks were named PSAC Conference Champions and NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional Champions.

Tunno was a three-time All-PSAC Central first team selection in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She was a member of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region team in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Tunno ranks second at IUP in career batting average hitting .370 and ranks second in career hits with 192. She is also listed in the top ten in a number of other IUP career records, including seventh in games played (165), fourth in at bats (519), seventh in runs batted in (88), and sixth in doubles (30).

A native of Seaford, Virginia, Tunno graduated from Grafton High School in 2007 where she was named first team all-state in both softball and volleyball.

“I think that Kristen brings all the tools and skills to lead our Glenville State Lady Pioneer Softball team,” said Bailey.

Tunno replaces Mandy Sansbury who took the head softball position at the University of Mount Olive.

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2014 GSC Pioneer Football Kickoff Bash

Glenville, W.Va. – With the 2014 Pioneer football season rapidly approaching, Glenville State College Head Football Coach David Hutchison would like to announce the official start of the football preseason camp with the 1st Annual Glenville State Pioneer Football Kickoff Bash on Friday, August 8th. The bash is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to help the program’s budget and scholarships. The Football Kickoff Bash will be held at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium.

There are 500 tickets available for $100 each. With every ticket you have a chance to win over 50 cash prizes including a grand prize of $3,000. You do not have to be present at the bash to win. GSC players and coaches will be on hand at this fun and exciting event. Tickets went on sale June 1st and are going quickly. There will be music, food, and other entertainment as the start of the 2014 Pioneer football season is celebrated.

To reserve a ticket, call GSC’s Cashier’s Office at (304) 462-6190. Be sure to mention the Football Bash, and provide your information. A football staff member will contact you afterward so you can receive your ticket. If you would like to pay by check, make it payable to ‘Glenville State Football’ and mail to: GSC Athletic Department, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351. Remember there are only 500 tickets being sold.

Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Prize drawings will begin at 5:00 p.m. Additional admission may be purchased for $20 per person.

Prizes include: one $3,000 grand prize, one $1,500 second place prize, one $1,000 third place prize, one $500 fourth place prize, four $250 fifth place prizes, ten $100 sixth place prizes, twenty $50 seventh place prizes, and twenty $25 eighth place prizes. There will also be a silent auction and other door prizes available at the event.

For more information contact Dave McEntire at (304) 462-6225.

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High Adventure Takes GSC Students Across Mountain State


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GSC students during a rock climb outing in the NRG with the High Adventure Program

GSC students during a rock climb outing in the NRG with the High Adventure Program

GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College students are continuing to explore the great outdoors by participating in the GSC High Adventure Program. Through excursions that take place throughout the academic year, the High Adventure Program allows students to take part in fun and exciting recreational outings.

“The GSC High Adventure program makes outdoor activities much more accessible for students here at GSC.
Not only do they offer a significantly lower fee than if students were to go on their own, but they also organize the trip so that students do not need to spend precious time trying to find venues on their own. The program allows students to get out and experience things that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to experience. This adds some excitement and recess from typically stressful schedules and introduces a new world of entertainment that is often neglected in today’s society,” said GSC senior business major Cory Ash of Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia.

The trips and activities currently scheduled for the fall 2014 semester are: whitewater rafting down the New River on August 31st, whitewater rafting on the Gauley River on September 14th, rock climbing in the New River Gorge (NRG) on September 28th, a backpacking trip on October 5th, horseback riding on October 12th, a leaf peeper hike through the NRG on October 19th, mountain biking trip on October 26th, NRG bridge walk on November 9th, paintball at Scary Creek on November 16th, and a ski trip to Snowshoe Resort on December 7th.

“I always promote our High Adventure Program when I’m on the road talking with prospective students, and they love hearing about some of our unique opportunities. Since our campus is located in central West Virginia, we have easy access to a large number of great outdoor activities. The program has had a positive effect on enrollment here at our college,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley.

High Adventure outings are open to all GSC students, faculty, and staff. The activities are geared toward beginners so no experience is necessary.  The trips include fees which cover lessons, transportation, permits, rentals, and guide services when required. GSC High Adventure Program staff provide the equipment needed for the activities or rent necessary gear for the trip.

“We have a bunch of great activities all over this amazing state of ours this semester. Students will have opportunities to enjoy some world class recreation and learn more about West Virginia,” said GSC Director of High Adventure Dave Bernier.

For more information or to suggest a trip in your area, contact Bernier at or (304) 462-6440.

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GSC Career Services Counselor Receives Award


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Joanna DiStefano

Joanna DiStefano

GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College Career Services Counselor, Joanna DiStefano, has been recognized by Creighton University where she was recently awarded a Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from their School of Law. She received the Maurine Hamilton Award for Outstanding Graduate Woman of 2014. The annual award is given to a female graduate who portrays the characteristics that Maurine Murdock Hamilton believed in; academic excellence, leadership, and service. Hamilton served as the Dean of Women at Creighton University from 1950-1964.

For part of her final exit project, DiStefano created a general studies course that will be offered as a pilot program at Glenville State College for the fall 2014 term to help students who are undecided in what area they should major. She has also developed and proposed a conflict analysis course that would instill negotiation skills and academic success in students.

“I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Maurine Hamilton Award. I am also so very grateful that I was able to complete my practicum here at GSC. This is a wonderful place with a distinctive mission that emphasizes leadership and community.  I now have an amazing opportunity to teach this new course as a pilot GSC 100 (the freshman general education requirement at GSC) class this fall, and I eagerly anticipate all the possibilities for innovation and growth that this will bring,” said DiStefano.

“This award is further evidence of the commitment of Joanna and the Glenville State staff generally to professional development that enhances the quality of the instruction and services the College offers its students,” said GSC Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. John Peek.

For more information about the pilot course or other academic resources at Glenville State College, contact DiStefano at or (304) 462-6151.

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GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students


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New GSC students chat with community members about services available to them during last year's Campus and Community Picnic

New GSC students chat with community members about services available to them during last year's Campus and Community Picnic

GLENVILLE, WV – On Friday, August 15th, new students will be welcomed to Glenville State College (GSC) for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Students will use Friday and the weekend to become acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 18th.

To help the new students learn about the Glenville community—including local businesses, churches, and other groups that might interest them—GSC is hosting a Campus Picnic & Community Fair.

The event will take place on Saturday, August 16th beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn near GSC’s Clark Hall. Representatives from community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce themselves to the new students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information. The annual event is an opportunity to show new GSC Pioneers what the community has to offer them.

“This is a very exciting time in the lives of these students, and we are giving local residents the chance to introduce themselves and their organizations to them. We are more than excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Ocheltree.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Friday, August 8th. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Ocheltree at or (304) 462-6416.

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Glenville State College Recognizes Nine Outstanding Alumni


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GLENVILLE, WV – Alumni and friends of Glenville State College gathered on campus for Alumni Day on Saturday, April 27th where they enjoyed tours of the new Waco Center, lots of bluegrass music on the back lawn of the Alumni Center, and the evening’s alumni awards banquet where the prestigious Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to Rich Heffelfinger.

Rich Heffelfinger

Rich Heffelfinger

Heffelfinger was born in Troy, Ohio, graduated from high school, and then made West Virginia his home. He attended Glenville State College where he played football and graduated with honors in 1980 with a degree in education. He was introduced to the oil and gas industry during college in the form of summer employment, which then led to a lifetime career.

His first oil and gas job was with I.L. Morris Well Service in Glenville where he was introduced to people in the industry. The following summer he worked for Eastern American Energy, also in Glenville, which led to an almost 20 year career with the company. He held many titles during his time with Eastern American, finally serving as President in Charleston, West Virginia. Heffelfinger left Eastern American Energy in 2000 to join Rubin Resources as an owner and Executive Vice President and is still there today.

Service to the industry and community has been an important part of his life. Heffelfinger has been elected and served four terms on the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) Board of Directors, twice serving as president. He was honored by IOGAWV in 2006 with the Gunslinger Award for his distinguished service to the association and industry. In 2013 he was named Oil and Gas Man of the Year by the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival.

Heffelfinger has also served on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, Energize West Virginia, Capital State Bank, The Greater Kanawha Valley YMCA where he served two years as Chairman, Glenville State College Foundation Board, and Glenville State College Board of Governors where he is currently serving as Chairman.

He and his wife Twila reside in Charleston and have three children, Heather, Brock, and Blake, and one grandson, Casset Earl.

GSC Alumni Association President John Hoover (left) with Alumni Achievement Award recipient Kim Wilson

GSC Alumni Association President John Hoover (left) with Alumni Achievement Award recipient Kim Wilson

Kim Wilson, Class of 1974, received the Alumni Achievement Award for being named the 2014 South Carolina High School Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators in December 2013.

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, he is principal at R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston, South Carolina.

During Wilson’s four years as principal at R.B. Stall golf, rugby, and swim teams have been added, fine arts program have tripled, and the number of school clubs has increased from five to 65. Under his guidance, an emphasis has been placed on improving academic assistance and professional development for instructors. The additional activities and tutoring opportunities are ways to keep students engaged at the school. Wilson’s school also partnered with the Boeing plant in North Carolina to offer an aerospace program which ties into college classes.

As the South Carolina principal winner, based on school improvement and achievement, Wilson will advance to the national competition in October 2014 in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Glenville State College, Wilson holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Marshall University, a Master of Science in Physical Education from Marshall, and a Specialist in Education degree from the Citadel.

Wilson’s wife Betsy is also a Parkersburg native. They have one son, Wesley.

Glenville State College Community Service Award recipient Mack Samples steps forward as fellow musician Buddy Griffin (left) and GSC Alumni Association President John Hoover (right) congratulate him

Glenville State College Community Service Award recipient Mack Samples steps forward as fellow musician Buddy Griffin (left) and GSC Alumni Association President John Hoover (right) congratulate him

Mack Samples of Duck, West Virginia was presented with the Community Service Award.

Samples is a 1964 GSC graduate and a widely-known square dance caller. He works tirelessly to promote and preserve Appalachian folk culture in song and dance by unselfishly giving his time to teach square dancing. He is also active in traditional music and continues a busy schedule with the Samples Brothers Band who tours the festival circuit. They have three CDs.

He and his wife Thelma (Wilson) Samples ’64 are enthusiastic square dancers. He was presented with the Vandalia Award during the Vandalia Festival in 2003. The award is the state’s highest for preservation of traditional life in West Virginia. As a result, he was featured on the cover of the Spring 2004 edition of Goldenseal magazine.

Samples placed first in the old time banjo contest and fifth in the fiddle contest at the Vandalia Festival in 2006 and is very active in the West Virginia State Folk Festival. In addition to being a talented artist, musician, and educator, Samples is also a novelist. He has written nine books, the most recent entitled 32 Shots: The 1894 Shootout at Boggs, West Virginia. The book is a historical novel about one of West Virginia’s most notorious shootouts which took place in the small town of Boggs in Webster County.

The Samples’ have two children, Tracy and Grayson, who are both graduates of GSC, and two grandchildren.

Edward McKown

Edward McKown

The family of Professor Edward P. McKown was presented with the Posthumous Award in recognition of his distinguished career and his dedication to Glenville State College.

A music teacher for 45 years, McKown taught students from kindergarten through graduate school. He was a master teacher of the Orff Schulwerk approach and a highly regarded clinician on state and national levels.

McKown, Class of 1961, received his master’s degree from Marshall University and was founding director of the Parkersburg South High School Band. He also directed the Fayetteville High School Band and the Parkersburg High School Big Red Band. His love of the theater led him to direct, produce, and star in several productions on his favorite stage with the Parkersburg Actors Guild.

He returned to his alma mater in 1979 as an assistant professor of music and worked at GSC until 1994.

McKown, who died October 19, 2013, was preceded in death by his wife, former GSC Alumni Director Linda (Lambiotte) McKown ’62 in 1989, their infant son Greg, two sisters, Lou Lilly and Helen Wade, and two brothers, Charles and Jack.

Surviving family members include four brothers: Robert ’72 of Fayetteville, Ted of Ocala, Florida, Paul ’59 of Charleston, and Frank of Naples, Florida. He is further survived by his twin sister Marty Booth of Vienna and godson Kevin Carr ’91 of Alexandria, Virginia.

Phil and Kathie Tharp were recently recognized as Outstanding Teachers

Phil and Kathie Tharp were recently recognized as Outstanding Teachers

Phil ‘75 and Kathie (Fox) Tharp ‘74 have distinguished themselves in the field of education and, as such, were recognized together as Outstanding Public School Teachers.

Kathie holds teaching certifications in Elementary Education, Middle School Education 5-8, and Art Education NK-12. During her 40 year career she taught elementary art, eighth grade physical science, sixth through eighth grade art and computer art, and high school Art I, Photo I, 3-D Design I and II, Honors 3-D III, and Honors Independent Studies in 3-D Design. Her teaching career also led her to Australia where she taught two grade levels. She currently teaches at Crosby High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

She holds numerous state and national awards and has presented at the National Art Education Association national conferences in 2005 (Boston) and 2010 (Seattle).

Phil has over 21 years of science teaching experience of which 18 months was spent teaching in Australia, ten years at Parkersburg High School, and four years at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

In 1991 he was selected as one of four core teachers to form a new Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia. Starting with 70 students, the school now has 727 students and was ranked by Newsweek in the top twenty elite public high schools in the United States.

Phil was the science curriculum specialist at the school up until his appointment as Coordinator of Administration in 1997. He is a past director of the Summer Residential Governor’s School for NASA Langley and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

He holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration from West Virginia University and has taken postgraduate courses in research design, administration, and coursework in gifted education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He recently rotated off of a three-year term on the Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted.

The Tharps have two children and five grandchildren.

Alumni Association President John Hoover (left) with Outstanding Young Alumnus Matt Cogar

Alumni Association President John Hoover (left) with Outstanding Young Alumnus Matt Cogar

Matt Cogar, Class of 2010, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He has been recognized both nationally and internationally and brought much recognition to his alma mater by finishing in second place at the Stihl Timbersports Series World Championship that was held in Stuttgart, Germany in October 2013. Leading up to the World Championship, Cogar had won the United States Professional Championship competition that was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in June 2013. He was the youngest champion the series had seen since it began in 1985.

He and his family were recently interviewed by Brian Williams on the nationally syndicated ABC news network.

He has been competing in the Stihl Timbersports Series for four years and the second place finish at the U.S. competition propelled him to be a member of the team that traveled to the World Championship competition in Stuttgart, Germany.

Most recently, Cogar won the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Pro Championship for the second straight year. His win, in addition to having the designation of the best lumberjack athlete in the country, came with a brand new truck. He will represent the U.S. team at the World Championship again this year in Austria in November.

Cogar currently works for Gander Mountain. He and his wife, Emma (Bailey) Cogar ’10, reside in Charleston.

Outstanding Young Alumna Award recipient Maggie Beth Ponton with GSC Professor Emeritus Harry Rich (left) and GSC Alumni Association President John Hoover (right)

Outstanding Young Alumna Award recipient Maggie Beth Ponton with GSC Professor Emeritus Harry Rich (left) and GSC Alumni Association President John Hoover (right)

Maggie Beth (Smith) Ponton ’06 received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award. She is currently in her eighth year as General Music teacher at Hedgesville Middle School in Hedgesville, West Virginia.

She currently serves as director for the HMS Handbell & Choir Chime Ensembles. The groups have performed at several venues including New York City and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

She also serves on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council for Berkeley County.

A native of Beckley, Ponton holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Salem International University. She became a Nationally Board Certified music teacher in 2011 and has completed Orff Levels I & II from the University of Kentucky.

She was recently recognized by the WV Society for General Music and the WV Music Educators Association as the 2013 West Virginia General Music Teacher of the Year. She was also a top five finalist for the Berkeley County Teacher of the Year.

When she is not playing flute for the community or singing in her church choir, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Tony.

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GSC Yearbook and Campus Newspaper Archives Now Online


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GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College’s Robert F. Kidd Library staff recently finished digitally archiving the long-time campus newspaper, The Glenville Mercury as well the college yearbook, the Kanawhachen.

The Mercury was published regularly from 1929 until September 2001. Through the years many things were reported within the pages of the Mercury, such as visits to campus by Amelia Earhart in 1936 and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1939. The Phoenix, the current school newspaper, began publication in 2005.

“Some of the most interesting and unique material in the Mercury revolves around local legend, superstitions, ghost stories, and historical events. Another interesting part of the paper is the old advertisements for local services,” said GSC Library Associate and Archivist Jason Gum.

The Kanawhachen has been in print off and on for over a century, first beginning in 1911. The yearbook was so named due to the importance of the Little Kanawha River for transportation to and from the rest of central West Virginia during the early years of GSC. Kanawha, from the river, and the diminutive ‘-chen’ meaning little in German. Like most yearbooks, it chronicled campus life with photos, polls, and humorous quips. Both publications were mostly produced by students enrolled in GSC’s journalism class.

Until recently, the papers and yearbooks could only be viewed in person at the library. As with many older paper documents, the files were fragile and had to be handled with care.

“The years upon years of use and deterioration made me realize that, if these materials were going to survive much longer, something had to be done immediately. Each time some of the oldest issues were used, pieces of history were turning to dust, never to be seen again. Now, the original works can be preserved and treated as artifacts while the accessibility and search ability of the content has actually increased beyond what previous generations who created this treasure trove could have ever imagined,” said Gum.

GSC Archivist Jason Gum digitizes an issue of the Mercury

GSC Archivist Jason Gum digitizes an issue of the Mercury

The process of digitalization began with a machine called the Book Drive Pro. It uses two digital cameras to take high-resolution images and then optical character recognition software makes the text on the pages word-searchable.

That means every word that was typed into the pages of the Mercury and the Kanawhachen can now be searched for specific topics or people in a compilation of over 100 years’ of Glenville State College history. Gum says the digitization process took about four years for all issues of both documents and that GSC saved between 10 and 20 thousand dollars by doing the process in-house.

To view either publication, click here and choose either ‘Kanawhachen Yearbook’ or ‘Mercury’ from the menu.

For more information about the GSC Archives, contact Gum at or (304) 462-6163.

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