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GSC Professor Recently Published in Ecology Journal


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Dr. Ross Conover holding a Dickcissel (Spiza americana) | Photo credit S. Dinsmore

Dr. Ross Conover holding a Dickcissel (Spiza americana) | Photo credit S. Dinsmore

GLENVILLE, WV-Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover recently published a scientific manuscript in The American Midland Naturalist on ‘Effects of Set-aside Conservation Practices on Bird Community Structure within an Intensive Agricultural Landscape.’

The American Midland Naturalist publishes scientific research conducted throughout North America. This journal is among the most frequently cited sources in journals of botany, general ecology, mammalogy, zoology, behavior, vegetation, wildlife management, parasitology, ornithology, aquatic biology, and other disciplines.

Conover’s article summarizes three years of bird surveys which highlight the importance of establishing diverse vegetation patches. Through his research and studies he determined that the patches of vegetation should be located in areas within intensive agricultural landscapes to enhance farmland bird abundance and diversity.

“I found this research to be particularly enjoyable because our results were readily incorporated into wildlife management decisions at the federal level and will drive future protocols in how we establish wildlife habitats in agricultural landscapes,” said Conover.

His studies took place in northwestern Mississippi on cotton and soybean farms and highlighted the importance of these set-aside habitats for bird species including Northern Bobwhite, Dickcissel, Mourning Dove, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Meadowlark.

For more information about the research manuscript or the Glenville State College biology program contact Conover at or (304) 462-6313.

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Pioneers Suffer Road Loss at the Hands of WV Wesleyan


Rahmann Lee had an outstanding game on the ground as he rushed for a game high 152 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns in the Pioneers 38-35 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan

Buckhannon, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team scored the first seven points of the ball game to take a 7-0 lead over Mountain East Conference rival West Virginia Wesleyan, however the Pioneers  would fall short as the Bobcats would hold onto the victory, 38-35.

The Pioneers headed into halftime down four points as the Bobcats claimed a 24-20 lead.

In the third quarter, the Bobcats would add to their lead as they would take the opening possession 77 yards on 11 plays as backup quarterback Tyler Bolen hit Zach Schademan on a five yard touchdown pass making it, 31-20.

But Glenville State would answer right back on their next drive in only nine seconds as Rahmann Lee would score on a 59 yard touchdown run pulling the Pioneers within four, 31-27 as we headed into the fourth quarter.

West Virginia Wesleyan would score at the 5:37 minute mark of the fourth as Boylen hit Dylan Davis for a 31 yard touchdown pass as the Bobcats extended their lead back to 11 points, 38-27.

GSC again would answer back as Lee scored on a four yard run, his second of the day, making it 38-33. The Pioneers would go for the two point conversion and get it as they made it a three point game, 38-35 with under 3:30 to play.

The Pioneers would then attempt the onside kick but the Bobcats would recover and run out the clock and take the 38-35 victory.

The Pioneers racked up over 230 rushing yards on the ground while the defense only allowed the Bobcats 136 rushing yards.

Glenville State had 416 total yards of offense on 61 plays while West Virginia Wesleyan had 460 yards of offense on 80 plays. The Pioneers only had five penalties for 28 yards while the Bobcats had nine penalties for 70 yards.

Rahmann Lee had an outstanding game on the ground as he rushed for a game high 152 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns while Tevin Drake rushed for 86 yards.

Sean Steele went 10 for 21 for 181 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Steele’s favorite target was Tevin Drake as he caught three passes for a team high 94 yards. Darren Holbrook caught one pass for 17 and a touchdown, his first touchdown catch of his career.

James Johnson led the Pioneer defense as he had 12 total tackles while Devin Cain chipped in with nine tackles on the day.

The Bobcats were led by backup quarterback Tyler Bolan, after Jeremy Musselman left the game due to a shoulder injury.  Bolan went 18 for 25 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Schademan caught a game high 10 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Glenville State returns to action this Saturday, October 11th when they host the University of Charleston for  Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 1:30PM.

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GSC Announces 2014 Homecoming Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV –The Glenville State College Student Government Association and the Homecoming Committee have planned a number of activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends during the week of October 6th for GSC’s annual Homecoming celebration. This year’s theme is ‘The Rise of the Pioneer.’ Honored guests will include GSC’s former Pioneers, who will also serve collectively as Parade Marshal for the Saturday morning parade. Additionally, the Class of 1994 and Lambda Chi Alpha, Theta Xi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon members will be holding reunions.

Coronation of the Homecoming royalty will be held on Monday, October 6th at noon in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium followed by the always-popular Homecoming bingo game for students that evening.

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The Lady Pioneer Volleyball team will take on West Liberty at 7:00 p.m. in the new Waco Center on Tuesday, October 7th and a comedian, scheduled by the Student Activities office, will have students laughing later on at 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 8th the GSC Fitness Center will sponsor a ‘Glow Stick Homecoming 5K Run/Walk’ around campus beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following that, students will enjoy Black Light Roller Skating in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

Thursday, October 9th includes the perennial campus favorite with the Sandy Sowell Game Show and Homecoming Picnic from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Luanna T. Smith Amphitheater. Students will wrap up Thursday evening with the annual Homecoming Dance.

GSC graduate Joseph Pettit (’76) returns to the Robert F. Kidd Library for a showing of his artwork again this year. Stop by throughout the day on Friday, October 10th to see his paintings. Also on Friday the Men’s Pioneer Basketball team will sponsor the Homecoming Golf Tribute Tournament at the Glenville Golf Club. Registration begins at the golf course at 12:00 p.m. For more information about the golf tournament contact Head Coach Stephen Dye at (304) 462-6228.

Friday evening the Pioneer Athletic Club will hold its annual Pioneer Steak Grill “Grillin & Chillin” fundraiser beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. Starting at 7:00 p.m. back on campus in the Amphitheater will be the Chili Cook Off progressing into the Pep Rally and Spirit Competition which start at 8:00 p.m.

The week culminates on Saturday, October 11th with the Homecoming Parade in downtown Glenville starting at 10:00 a.m. All GSC alumni are then invited to enjoy a tailgate picnic in the Morris Stadium parking area beginning at 11:00 a.m. Alumni are also encouraged to sit in the special alumni seating area during the game.

Returning Lambda Chi’s, Theta Xi’s, and TKE’s will have special tailgate tents in close proximity to the larger alumni tent in which to visit and reminisce on Saturday.  Additionally there will be an opportunity that day for alumni and friends to see the college’s newest building, the Waco Center, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and for a short time after the game.

Pregame activities including recognition of the Homecoming Court, Montrose and Williams Award Presentations, and the ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band Pregame Show that will take place at 1:00 p.m. Game kickoff between the GSC Pioneers and the University of Charleston Golden Eagles happens at 1:30 p.m. Returning Pioneers will be honored during halftime of the game, followed by the Marching Band’s halftime show.

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will close out Homecoming Week with their annual concert featuring Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press. Follow the sounds of fiddle and banjo to the Fine Arts Center Auditorium to hear the concert which begins at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information call (304) 462-6340.

For more information about Homecoming activities contact the GSC Alumni Office at (304) 462-4122.

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Cast of GSC Play Waltzes Through the Insanity of “Rumors”

“Rumors,” a comedy written by Neil Simon, could qualify as a glimpse into
almost anyone’s idea of a brief visit to Purgatory. Or, the evening’s
cascading consequence of events may be a slice of life amongst friends
who share surprises well off the map of their plans.

Rumors' Clair and Chris

Clair (Mary Lewis), left, and Chris (Lindsey Acree) are good friends, but soon grow tired of the conflicts and disagreements opting to share a few drinks instead.

The plan was to attend a 10th anniversary celebration in an upscale
neighborhood.  Those intentions headed​ south as a pistol shot opens the first act of the play.
What follows is a comedic romp through friendships, troubled relationships,
accusations, a car accident, a shooting and an unexpected visit by the police.

Director, Dennis Wemm, said the play was a process of discovery for

Rumors' Lenny and Ken

Lenny (Andrew Mattox), left, and Ken (Eric W. Jones) debate over the best way to deal with their unexpected surprise.

One persistent underlying question in the script, Wemm said, is “When
is it OK to tell a white lie to get you past the next crisis in your life — and
when shouldn’t you do that.”

Rumors' Glenn and Cassie

Glenn (Tyler Hammack), left, and his wife, Cassie (Katie Miller) have an ongoing argument which escalates throughout the evening.

“Rumors” opened at GSC’s administration building auditorium Monday
evening. Two additional performances will be held Friday and Saturday night.
Curtain time is 7 p.m.  Due to mature content and language it is recommended
no one under 16 attend the production.

Admission is $5; no charge for students.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. West Virginia Wesleyan – Game Five

Football  Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State held off a late Urbana rally to claim its first victory of the season, 31-28, on Saturday afternoon at Morris Stadium.

The Pioneers (1-3, 1-3) led 31-7 late in the third quarter after Ralph Gordon hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from Sean Steele. However, Urbana rattled off 21-straight points to get to within three points with still four minutes off the clock. The Blue Knights had one last chance and worked the ball to the Glenville State 25-yard line before Gary Henderson registered a sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Pioneers that allowed them to run out the final 1:14 in the game.

Tevin Drake led the rushing attack as he rushed for 84 yards on 17 carries. Rahmann Lee carried the ball 18 times for 41 yards. Sean Steele had a good game throwing the ball as he went 17 for 29 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Wideout Ralph Gordon had a fabulous game as he caught five passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Dante Absher caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

On defense Gary Henderson finished with 9.5 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Jeff Kidder finished with eight total tackles, a fumble recovery, and three pass breakups.

The Blue Knights were led by quarterback Cody Schroeder as he went 25 for 31 for 298 yards and three touchdowns. However Schroeder was sacked three times on the day. Karim Jones Jr. was Urbana’s leading receiver as he caught 13 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Chapple led the Blue Knights defense with 9.5 total tackles.

This week the Pioneers travel to West Virginia Wesleyan as they take on the Bobcats in a Mountain East Conference matchup. Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm.

West Virginia Wesleyan is coming off a 56-7 loss at the hands of #11 Shepherd. Shepherd scored 56 consecutive points in the win after Wesleyan scored the first seven points.

The Rams held West Virginia Wesleyan (1-3, 1-3) to just 158 yards of total offense and just 2.5 yards per play.

Jeremy Musselman was held to just 12-of-25 passing for 112 yards and was picked off three times.

Last year in 2013 the Pioneers defeated the Bobcats 35-32 at Morris Stadium. The Pioneers only had 288 yards of total offense while the Bobcats finished with 429 yards. Rahmann Lee rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown in the win.

Bobcats quarterback Jeremy Musselman threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns in the loss. 

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GSC to Host Annual Fall Open House


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Glenville, WV – Plans are underway for the Glenville State College Fall 2014 Pioneer Preview to take place on Saturday, October 25th. This open house event is held for prospective students and their families to tour the campus and learn about GSC academic degree programs and student services.

“We are thrilled to show off our campus and the new Waco Center to prospective students.  This is a great opportunity for our future Pioneers to get a feel of campus life,” said GSC Supervisor for Enrollment Ashley Weir.

Admissions staff members and GSC Pioneer Robert Hensley (top) were on hand at a recent open house to welcome prospective students

Admissions staff members and GSC Pioneer Robert Hensley (top) were on hand at a recent open house to welcome prospective students

The day’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and light breakfast in the Heflin Administration Building.  The admissions staff and other GSC personnel then kick off the day’s presentations at 9:00 a.m. discussing topics such as Financial Aid, Student Life, and the ROTC program.  Campus tours will be conducted starting at 10:00 a.m. followed by an academic department fair in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom at 11:00 a.m.  After a 12:00 p.m. break for lunch students and their guests are then invited to join fans at Morris Stadium as the Pioneer football team takes on Notre Dame of Cleveland at 1:00 p.m.

For more information about the Fall 2014 Pioneer Preview or Glenville State College, contact the GSC Admissions Office at (304) 462-6130 or (800) 924-2010.

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Gary Henderson Named MEC Defensive Player of the Week

Henderson had a game-high 15 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the day. He also helped secure the Pioneers’ victory with a sack and forced fumble on Urbana’s final possession.

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Marvin Elam (Charleston), Gary Henderson (Glenville State) and C.J. Davis (Shepherd) have been named Mountain East Conference Players of the Week.

Elam, a sophomore from Lawrenceville, Ga., earns Offensive Player of the Week honors after helping Charleston improve to 4-0 on the year with a win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame. Elam rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth-straight week with 160 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He leads the MEC with 131.0 yards rushing per game and has found the end zone eight times this year.

Henderson, a senior defensive end from St. Louis, Mo., is the Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Glenville State’s 31-28 victory over Urbana. Henderson had a game-high 15 total tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the day. He also helped secure the Pioneers’ victory with a sack and forced fumble on Urbana’s final possession.

Davis, a sophomore from Hagerstown, Md., is the league’s Special Team Player of the Week after helping the eleventh-ranked Rams pick up a win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Davis had a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and returned two punts for 19 yards. He also contributed an interception for the Shepherd as a defensive back. 

Other Top Performances
Offense: Brian Novak (Concord) went 15-for-21 for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 61-24 win over West Liberty … Ralph Gordon (Glenville State) had five catches for 122 yards and a pair of scores … Daniel Monroe (Fairmont State) rushed for 96 yards and a score … James Cousins (UVa-Wise) recorded seven receptions for 136 yards and had his first career TD … Matt Kinnick (West Virginia State) led all MEC quarterbacks in week four with 406 passing yards … Michael Shegos (Notre Dame) notched 10 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown … Cody Schroeder (Urbana) went 25-of-31 for 298 yards passing with three touchdowns in the game’s final 15 minutes … Dakota Conwell (West Liberty) was 20-of-41 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Defense: Octavius Thomas (Shepherd) led the Rams with six tackles and also returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown … Ervin Moore (Concord) had four tackles for a loss and two sacks for the Mountain Lions … Torie Wagner (Charleston) came up with an interception to go with five tackles … Trevor Malnick (Fairmont State) had seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, and forced a fumble … WIlliam Merritt (West Virginia State) had a team-best 14 tackles … Zak Blair (UVa-Wise) had eight total stops (six solo) and an interception against Wofford … Onslow Williams (Notre Dame) had 10 tackles and three pass breakups for the Falcons … Marcus Schumacher (West Liberty) led the ‘Toppers with eight stops … Kevin Chapple (Urbana) tallied 10 stops (nine solo), including two for a loss, with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. 
Special Teams: Bret Benes (Charleston) had two field goals, including a long of 39 yards, in UC’s win over Notre Dame … Jermeil Douse (Concord) had a 65-yard punt return in the first quarter to spark the scoring for the Mountain Lions … Griffin Yocum (West Liberty) averaged 37.6 yards per punt … Anton Vrebac (Notre Dame) averaged 36.7 yards per punt.

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GSC Theatre Presents ‘Rumors’ by Neil Simon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV—The Glenville State College Theatre group is preparing to stage ‘Rumors’ by Neil Simon on Thursday, October 2nd, Friday, October 3rd, and Saturday, October 4th. The production will take place in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free for GSC students with a valid ID and $5 for all others.

The play, which centers around four couples at a party where their hostess is nowhere to be found, the cook is missing, and the husband has been shot through the earlobe, is not your classic ‘whodunit.’ “What could have been a standard murder mystery becomes a comedy, as each couple thinks the worst: was it an accident? Attempted murder? Attempted suicide? Why are the missing women missing? And what could go wrong after this? Who is having an affair, and with whom? The action builds as the complications grow ever more complicated,” said GSC Professor of Communications and Theatre Director Dennis Wemm.

Cast members include: Lindsey “Luna” Acree from Ripley (Jackson County), West Virginia, Eric Jones from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia, Mary Lewis from Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia, Andrew Mattox from Pineville (Wyoming County), West Virginia, Matthew Goins Arnett (Raleigh County), West Virginia, Victoria Guillory from Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia, Tyler Hammack from Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia, Katie Miller from Gassaway (Braxton County), West Virginia, and Neysa Brown from Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia.

Because of language and adult situations, ‘Rumors’ is recommended for older teens and adults. For more information, contact Wemm at or (304) 462-6323.

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GSC Alumnus to Hold Homecoming Art Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2014

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Joseph Pettit, GSC Alumnus (’76), will be presenting his oil paintings in front of the GSC RFK Library on Friday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Pettit, GSC Alumnus (’76), will be presenting his oil paintings in front of the GSC RFK Library on Friday, October 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

GLENVILLE, WV—Oil paintings by Joseph Pettit will be on display in front of the Glenville State College Robert F. Kidd Library on Friday, October 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Additionally, there will be a drawing at the end of the event for a chance to win one of his paintings. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy the artwork.

“We are excited that Joe will be showing his paintings in front of the library again this year. Homecoming is a great time for current and former students to see the talents of this GSC grad. I am looking forward to his new collection,” said GSC Staff Librarian Virginia Yeager.

Pettit began painting 17 years ago. He spent two years in the Army and then graduated from GSC in 1976. Pettit taught school for 10 years, worked at a saw mill for 25 years, and is now retired. He currently resides in Sutton (Braxton County), West Virginia.

In the event of adverse weather, the show will be moved inside to the first floor of the library. For more information, contact Yeager at or (304) 462-6164.

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Women’s Golf Places Eighth at OVU Fall Invite

Women's Golf

Raven Fatool placed 16th at the OVU Fall Invite with a score of 166

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State College Lady Pioneer women’s golf team placed eighth, with a two round score of 712, at the Ohio Valley University Fall Invite.

Raven Fatool led the Lady Pioneers as she finished the two day tournament with a score of 166 as she placed overall 16th. Cami Roberts finished 28th overall with a score of 175 while Megan Little shot a 182 as she finished in 36th.

Also for GSC Maggie Lilly placed 41st with a score of 189 and Hannah Stout finished 43rd as she shot a 191.

The Lady Pioneers return to action on October 12th when they travel to Glade Springs Resort for the Mountain East Conference Championship.

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