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Glenville State Lady Pioneers Ranked 19th in USA Today Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll

Women's Basketball
The Glenville State Lady Pioneer women’s basketball team is ranked 19th in the USA Today Sports Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll

Glenville, W.Va. - The Glenville State Lady Pioneer women’s basketball team has been ranked 19th in the USA Today Sports Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Pioneers found out this past Monday that they have also been ranked third in the Mountain East Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll only behind West Liberty and Charleston.

Glenville State finished the 2013-14 season ranked 13th in the USA Today Sports Women’s Basketball Poll after finishing with a 29-4 record, they won the MEC Regular Season Championship and the Conference Tournament Championship. GSC also hosted the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.

However the Lady Pioneers lost eight seniors from last year’s team but they do have several key returners and some outstanding newcomers. Keyanna Tate returns for her senior season after averaging 10.8 points per contest last year, also returning for the Lady Pioneers are senior guard Madison Martin and junior forward Briauna Nix.

The Lady Pioneers kickoff the 2014-15 season on the road at #13 Gannon University on Saturday, November 15th with tip-off schedule for 5:30 pm, be sure and check www.glenville.edu/atheltics for all Lady Pioneer Basketball news, stats, and results.

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Men’s Basketball Team Picked Fifth in MEC Preseason Poll

Men's Basketball
GSC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Stephen Dye at the MEC Basketball Media Day

Bridgeport, W.Va. - West Liberty, which played for the NCAA Division II title last season, has been picked to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference championship after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Hilltoppers garnered eight first place votes and finished with 118 points. West Liberty has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country already by Sporting News, Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times. Senior forward C.J. Hester has earned preseason All-America honors by Division II Bulletin and Basketball times.

Fairmont State, which returns 2014 MEC Freshman of the Year Thomas Wimbush, was picked to finish second with 109 points and three first-place votes. Charleston was picked to finish third with 102 points. The Golden Eagles went 21-9 last year, won the 2014 MEC Tournament and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. 

Wheeling Jesuit collected the final first-place vote and finished fourth in the poll with 89 points. Glenville State was picked fifth (75), followed by Shepherd (70), Notre Dame (56), West Virginia State (48) and UVa-Wise (38). West Virginia Wesleyan and Concord tied for 10th with 37 points, and Urbana was 12th with 13 points.

The poll was released on Monday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

The men’s basketball season begins on Friday, Nov. 15.

Mountain East Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rk. Team Points
1. West Liberty (8) 118
2. Fairmont State (3) 109
3. Charleston 102
4. Wheeling Jesuit (1) 89
5. Glenville State 75
6. Shepherd 70
7. Notre Dame 56
8. West Virginia State 48
9. UVa-Wise 38
10. West Virginia Wesleyan 37
Concord 37
12. Urbana 13
() denotes first-place votes
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Lady Pioneers Picked Third in MEC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Women's Basketball
Glenville State Lady Pioneers Head Women’s Basketball Coach Charles Marshall at the MEC Basketball Media Day

Bridgeport, W.Va. - The West Liberty Hilltoppers have been picked to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference women’s basketball championship after a vote conducted by the league,s coaches.

WLU was tabbed by the coaches to finish first earning 118 points, including eight first-place selections. The ‘Toppers, who are ranked ninth in the country by Division II Bulletin, return all five starters from last year’s squad that went 20-11 and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, West Liberty returns All-American Hillary Southworth who missed last year due to injury.

The University of Charleston was predicted to finish second with 111 points and three first-place selections. The Golden Eagles went 21-9 last year and return leading scorer Chyress Lockhart. Glenville State, winners of both the MEC regular season and tournament titles a year ago, finished third with 97 points.

Fairmont State received the final first-place vote and finished fourth with 93 points. Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish fifth with 70 points, followed by West Virginia State (68), Notre Dame (61) and Shepherd (49). Concord was tabbed ninth with 43 points, and Urbana (40), UVa-Wise (27) and West Virginia Wesleyan completed the poll.

The poll was released on Monday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

The women’s basketball season begins on Friday, Nov. 15.

Mountain East Conference

Mountain East Conference
Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rk. Team Points
1. West Liberty (8) 118
2. Charleston (3) 111
3. Glenville State 97
4. Fairmont State (1) 93
5. Wheeling Jesuit 70
6. West Virginia State 68
7. Notre Dame 61
8. Shepherd 49
9. Concord 43
10. Urbana 40
11. UVa-Wise 27
12. West Virginia Wesleyan 15
() denotes first-place votes
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Honors Program Continues at GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2014

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(l-r) back row: Kolby Abruzzino, Tyler Hammack, Austin Broussard, Evan Merical, Michael Pracht; front row: Hannah Roberts, Charissa Friend, Thaje Houston, Jessica Layne, Amanda Lamb, Kelly Weaver

New students in GSC's Honors Program. (l-r) back row: Kolby Abruzzino, Tyler Hammack, Austin Broussard, Evan Merical, Michael Pracht; front row: Hannah Roberts, Charissa Friend, Thaje Houston, Jessica Layne, Amanda Lamb, Kelly Weaver

GLENVILLE, WV – The Honors Program at Glenville State College, now in its second year, is growing. This year has seen the return of nine continuing students and twelve new participants.

The program, which recruits around 10 new applicants a year, is designed to offer students a space where they can study and explore academics with like-minded peers. The program has three components including a rigorous academic environment, service to the local community, and a social outlet for networking and making friends.

Students in the Honors Program are eager to be more engaged with academics. As such, they are paired with faculty mentors who help them pursue projects in their specific educational field. The students also take part in special honors classes where they get to delve deeper into academic culture. Sophomore honors courses are team taught among GSC faculty and topics covered can include philosophy, rhetoric, educational theory, analysis, art history, the sciences, and psychology. During the students’ junior and senior years, their honors classes are organized as independent study.

“Our goal is to help guide these talented students through college. As part of the program, they get to take part in the work that our excellent faculty and industry professionals are already doing. They get to see first-hand what those people actually do in their careers and disciplines, which is not only invaluable experience, but tremendously educational,” said program advisor and English professor Dr. Jonathan Minton.

Honors Program participants at Fallingwater

Honors Program participants at Fallingwater. (l-r) back row: Tyler Cooper, Morgan Allen, Dr. Jonathan Minton, Charissa Friend, Katie Stover, Tyler Hammack, Allante Watts, Brianna Caison front row: Larisa Gordon, Sarah Gillespie, Emily Walker, Dr. Art Dematteo

In addition to their scholastic endeavors, the students take part in community service projects and social events. The group recently organized a bingo night for residents at Glenville’s Genesis HealthCare rehabilitation center. With Minton and history professor Dr. Art DeMatteo, the students traveled to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania; a trip that also gave the different groups of honors students a chance to interact and become better acquainted.

First-year students in the program say they appreciate the built-in group of friends that they have immediately. “People here care about your progress and it’s easy to make friends. Certainly not like many larger schools,” said Kelly Weaver, a biology major from Weston, West Virginia. Several say that being at GSC is more than just attending college and making friends. “Being here has seemed just like a home away from home,” said Austin Broussard who is studying music education and hails from Elkview, West Virginia.

Honors Program students enjoy and create opportunities for deeper intellectual connections within their peer group too. Natural resource management major Michael Pracht organized a Chemistry 101 study session for his fellow honors students. “I think everybody that attended was happy with it, and I think it helped me get a better score on the exam,” said Pracht. “I certainly plan on organizing another session for upcoming exams and maybe for other classes.”

“Students considering becoming a part of the Honors Program shouldn’t have the misconception that there won’t be someone here that they can relate to outside of academics. Student athletes, band members, education majors, ROTC cadets – this group really is all-inclusive,” said Kolby Abruzzino who is a behavioral science major and a member of the Pioneer Baseball team.

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.

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

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‘Trick or Reading’ Event Held at GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV- Members of Glenville State College’s Early Education Student Group (EESG) recently hosted a Trick or Reading Night for local children in PreK through second grades. Many local families attended the event held on Monday, October 20th and enjoyed the educational evening full of reading, activities, snacks, and costumes for children and parents.

EESG president Erica Perdue reads to local youngsters at the ‘Trick or Reading’ event the group held. Perdue got into the Halloween spirit and dressed as a Del Monte banana.

EESG president Erica Perdue reads to local youngsters at the ‘Trick or Reading’ event the group held. Perdue got into the Halloween spirit and dressed as a Del Monte banana.

“There was a wonderful turn out of children sporting their best Halloween disguises. All of the children, and parents, seemed to really enjoy themselves visiting the various activity stations. This event was organized in hopes of sparking an interest in reading by making it fun,” said GSC junior Erica Perdue. She serves as President of the EESG and is an elementary education (K-6) and early education (PreK-K) major who resides in Burnsville, West Virginia.

Local youngsters at the Trick or Reading activities took part in arts and craft projects, listened to stories, and enjoyed Halloween candy. Additionally, each child who attended received a book to take home with them. All of the events were organized by EESG members.

EESG advisers Assistant Professor of Early Education Connie Stout and Assistant Professor of Education Shelly Ratliff said, “We are proud of the GSC Early Education Student Group’s efforts in promoting engaging and hands on literacy activities for the community’s young children. All of the student members prepared interactive projects for the children to participate in at each learning center.”

In addition to the activities, many children and families who attended also donated items for the upcoming Christmas Outreach Project that the EESG is sponsoring. Items collected will be put into shoeboxes that will be prepared for children in the local community and distributed later this semester.

For more information about the EESG or to donate items for their Christmas Outreach Project, contact Stout at Connie.Stout@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6209.

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Pioneers Three Game Win Streak Comes to an End at Shepherd

Football

Gary Henderson led the Pioneers defense with nine tackles in the loss at Shepherd

Shepherdstown, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football teams three game winning streak has come to an end as the team suffered a tough road loss at Shepherd University, 37-14.

The Pioneers would take the opening possession and drive it 87 yards on nine plays as Sean Steele hit tight-end Jake Harper from 19 yards out for the touchdown as Glenville State went up, 7-0.

On Shepherds first possession they would drive it 48 yards on seven plays, but the Pioneers defense would hold them to just a field goal from 33 yards out making it, 7-3.

Shepherd would then take their first lead of the game with just seven seconds left in the first quarter as Jeff Ziemba hit Billy Brown from six yards out as the Rams took a, 10-7 lead.

The Pioneers would then suffer a big loss as quarterback Sean Steele would leave, not to return to the  game due to an ankle injury.

Shepherd would add another score right before halftime as the Rams took a 17-7 lead over the Pioneers at the half.

In the second half, it would be all Shepherd as they would add a touchdown in the third quarter and scored two more touchdowns in the fourth as the Rams held a 37-7 lead. The Pioneers however would add a late score as backup quarterback Dante Roberts hit Ralph Gordon on a 50 yard touchdown pass as the Pioneers would fall, 37-14.

Glenville State racked up 324 yards of total offense on 70 plays while Shepherd ran 53 plays for 345 total yards. The Pioneers won the time of possession as they held it for 32:38 while the Rams time of possession was 27:22.

Both teams racked up several penalties, GSC had 10 penalties for 109 yards while Shepherd had 10 penalties for 104 yards.

GSC’s running back Rahmann Lee led the Pioneers rushing attack as he rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Sean Steele went 9 for 15 for 91 yards a touchdown and an interception before leaving the game due to the ankle injury.

Backup quarterback Dante Roberts went 17 for 27 for 183 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Dante Absher was the teams leading receiver as he caught nine passes for 78 yards while Ralph Gordon caught six balls for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Gary Henderson led the Pioneers defense with nine tackles on the day while James Johnson chipped in with six tackles.

Shepherd was led by quarterback Jeff Ziemba as he went 16 for 24 for 197 yards two touchdowns and an interception.

On defense, James Gupton led the Rams as he finished with eight tackles. Gupton also had an interception that he took 61 yards to the end-zone. De’Ontre Johnson chipped in with seven tackles and he also had an interception that he took 58 yards for the score.

The Pioneers are now 4-5(4-5) on the season, they are on the road again next Saturday as they travel to Walsh University with kickoff set for 11:00 am.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. Shepherd University – Game Nine

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. Shepherd University – Game Nine

Glenville, W.Va. - The Glenville State Pioneer football team racked up 588 yards of total offense as they held on to a thrilling victory, 41-38, over the Notre Dame College Falcons at Morris Stadium.

Between the Pioneers offense and the Falcons offense there was 1,152 total yards of offense in the game.

GSC running back Rahmann Lee rushed for a game high 121 yards and two touchdowns while Tevin Drake rushed for 69 yards on 13 carriers.

Quarterback Sean Steele threw for 392 yards, a career high, as he went 20 for 26 with two touchdowns. Dante Absher was the Pioneers leading receiver as he caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Rahmann Lee also caught four passes for 100 yards on the day.

On defense the Pioneers were led by Spencer Steele as he had a team high 13 total tackles. Jeff Kidder finished the day with 13 total tackles and an interception while Gary Henderson chipped in with 11 tackles and an interception.

Notre Dame was led by quarterback Ray Russ as he threw for 438 yards as he went 49 for 67 with five touchdowns but had three costly interceptions. Russ’s favorite target was Mitchel Shegos as he had a career day as he caught 23 passes for 160 yards.

The Pioneers improve to 4-4 (4-4) on the season and in conference play. They return to action next Saturday, November 1st when they travel to Shepherd University with kickoff starting at 12pm.

This week the Pioneers travel to Shepherd to take on the Rams. Shepherd comes into the matchup after having a bye last week.

Last Years the Pioneers fell at home to Shepherd 45-19.

Rahmann Lee is ranked 8th in All Purpose Yards in the country and 10th in Rushing Yards.

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GSC Students Clean Section of Little Kanawha River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV – Students from Dr. Ross Conover’s Ecology and Field Biology class, and other Glenville State College volunteers, spent nine wet hours hauling trash out of the Little Kanawha River recently. Members of the self-proclaimed ‘Little Kanawha Navy’ removed trash and debris from this section of the river last year as well.

“I was leery about cleaning this same stretch of river that we so thoroughly cleaned 12 months ago because I didn’t think we’d find much, but we actually pulled out even more trash than last year!” said Conover who serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology at GSC. Some of the removed items included: 73 tires, bicycles, gas tanks, pool liners, plastic and metal pipes and tubing, various car parts, trash cans, fiberglass items, aluminum cans and plastic bottles, a computer, numerous pieces of rusted metal, a vacuum cleaner, plastic fan, inner tubes, a 55 gallon steel drum, and numerous other items.

While cleaning, the class saw River Otter slides, ate some native Paw Paws and observed Belted Kingfishers, freshwater snails and clams, crayfish, and other wildlife species.

Little Kanawha River cleanup participants: (l-r) Dr. Ross Conover, Steven Miller, Justin Stark, Broc Benner, Chad Ingram, Jonathan Rhodes, Maren Wentzel, Brock McClung, Brandon Collins, Seth Doss, Adam Ramsey

Little Kanawha River cleanup participants: (l-r) Dr. Ross Conover, Steven Miller, Justin Stark, Broc Benner, Chad Ingram, Jonathan Rhodes, Maren Wentzel, Brock McClung, Brandon Collins, Seth Doss, Adam Ramsey

Students who assisted with the effort included: Brock McClung of Point Pleasant, Adam Ramsey of Burnsville, Seth Doss of Marlinton, Maren Wentzel and Justin Stark from Weston, Steven Miller of Tioga, Brandon Collins of Winfield, Jonathan Rhodes of Le Roy, and Chad Ingram of Moundsville.

“This river cleanup is a little something we can do to help the environment around Glenville. Although it was a ton of hard work and took a whole day, it is something we can look back on and feel good about for a long time,” said Doss.

“I had a lot of fun floating the river and picking up trash even though it ended up being a lot of work. After seeing the amount of trash that we gathered it definitely puts into perspective how much we need to work on preserving the environment. I’ll no longer leave cans in the back of my truck, giving them the chance to blow out,” said Collins.

“All in all it was a fun and rewarding day; getting to be on the river with everyone, seeing all of the wildlife, and cleaning up a pretty area,” said Wentzel.

“It is especially rewarding to know that many nonnative objects have been removed from the river, and that plant, animals, and forms of aquatic life are able to begin utilizing their habitat with less disruption,” said Ramsey.

Their cleanup effort was supported again this year by Mountain State Waste, which donated a dumpster and professional services. The Glenville State College High Adventure Program and Boy Scout Troop 39 of Grantsville, West Virginia donated canoes. Scout Leader Larry Baker, who is also an Associate Professor of Physical Science at GSC, helped facilitate the use of the troop’s canoes.

For more information, contact Conover at Ross.Conover@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6313.

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Archived Films Being Converted for Online Viewing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV – Thanks in part to a West Virginia Humanities Council grant, staffers in the Glenville State College Archives have been working to digitize several old 8- and 16-mm films.

Work on the project of converting the films mostly progressed over the summer with workers continuing to add to the varied collection. The materials have included footage from Glenville State College football games from the 1960s through 1980s, mid-century homecoming parades, pre-WV State Folk Festival Gilmer County music festivals, documentaries regarding local culture, and more.

Many of the 16-mm reels already in the Archives’ holdings were collected by former GSC First Ladies Irene Powell and Sandy Freeman. GSC Library Associate and Archivist Jason Gum stated that the majority of the collection features past football games and were actually discovered recently. “These more recent reels were found in the back of a storage trailer that was being torn down for construction of the Waco Center. [GSC's Athletic Director] Janet Bailey is always mindful when she sees such things and called me to look the materials over. These were probably going to end up in a dumpster, but we’ve now been able to add them to our collection while also making them widely accessible,” said Gum.

Gum explains that on average there is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour of labor dedicated to each film. So far nearly 200 reels of film have been converted – with nearly as many hours devoted to the project.

Several of the newly digital files have been uploaded to the GSC website and are viewable via YouTube. To see the films, click here.

According to Gum, the Glenville State College Archives, which is housed in the Robert F. Kidd Library, is always looking for additional historical audio/visual materials that relate to the institution.

For more information about this project, other items in GSC’s Archives, or to learn more about having relevant items archived, contact Gum at Jason.Gum@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6163.

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GSC Veterans and Military Ball November 8th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2014

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Glenville, WV – Members of the Glenville State College Student Veterans Association invite everyone to this year’s Veterans and Military Ball on Saturday, November 8th. The ball’s organizers emphasized that attendees do not have to be in the military nor be a veteran to attend. Rather, the ball is an opportunity for community members, students, and faculty to show their support for our veterans while enjoying a fun evening together.

This year’s theme is ‘Remembering Those Who Served in Korea.’ Tickets for the evening are $25 each and include cocktails, dinner, and live music. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m. in GSC’s Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. The dance floor will open at 8:00 p.m. Dress is semi-formal. All are encouraged to make their reservation by Monday, November 3rd at (304) 462-6056.

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