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GSC Team in Statewide Business Plan Finals

For Immediate Release: March 28, 2014

Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV- Two Glenville State College students are finalists in the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition. Danny and Clair Gilbert of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia will compete in the contest’s hospitality and tourism category. The brother and sister team entered Gil’s Beef Shack business idea entry as a way for them to bring Baltimore-style beef to the Mountain State.

“It was an honor to be chosen as a finalist. We are very excited to represent Glenville State College and hope to impress the judges in April,” said Danny Gilbert.

“We are genuinely excited we have made it to the finals. We are determined to put together an excellent final presentation and business plan that we hope will prove to the judges that we should be the winners for our category,” said Clair Gilbert.

Glenville State College West Virginia State Business Plan Competition finalists Danny and Clair Gilbert with motivational speaker Morris Morrison (center) who recently spoke at a workshop for the contestants

Glenville State College West Virginia State Business Plan Competition finalists Danny and Clair Gilbert with motivational speaker Morris Morrison (center) who recently spoke at a workshop for the contestants

The previous phase of the competition helped prepare the contestants for the finals. They took a three-hour online credit class about entrepreneurship through West Virginia University, attended a hands-on workshop, and received a $1 thousand stipend. They also received guidance from a professional coach throughout the process.

“I grew up in Glenville and am thrilled Danny and Clair like living here now too. The acceptance they’ve received from GSC students and the support they’ve received from their professors are wonderful. This collegiate business plan competition provides an excellent opportunity to develop Gil’s Pit Beef with help from experts turning a great idea into a reality where West Virginians will enjoy a new place to get fresh Maryland-style fast food!,” said Clair and Danny’s Mother, Kathy Gilbert, who is the GSC Assistant Coordinator of Off-Campus Programming.

In addition to the Gilberts’ Hospitality & Tourism category, there are two other categories; Lifestyle & Innovation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), which is new this year. Each of the three categories has up to five teams or individuals competing for the $10 thousand grand prize.

The final round of the competition will be held on Friday, April 4th at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The teams will have 15 minutes to present their plans and prototypes to the panel of 10 professional judges. A ten-minute question and answer session will follow. After the conclusion of all the presentations, there will be a dinner, a reception, and the awards ceremony.

Danny Gilbert is a junior business/sports management major. Clair Gilbert is a junior education/secondary English major. They are the children of Tom and Kathy Gilbert of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia. The business idea resulted from the family living several years in Maryland before relocating to West Virginia a few years ago.

For more information about the West Virginia Statewide Business Plan or the Gilberts’ progress, contact GSC Associate Professor of Vocational Business Cinda Echard at or (304) 462-6257.

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Annual GSC Literary Magazine Reading Slated


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Dustin Crutchfield
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6394

Cover of the 2014 Trillium featuring photography by GSC student Darrin Martin

Cover of the 2014 Trillium featuring photography by GSC student Darrin Martin

GLENVILLE, WV – Students, faculty, and staff in the Glenville State College Department of Language and Literature are celebrating the recent completion of the 2014 Trillium with the 11th Annual Trillium Reading. The reading will be held on Friday, April 11th at 4:00 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Multipurpose Room (315A). The reading will give the writers, poets, and artists a chance to bring their works to life in a spoken-word format. It will also include an open microphone session that will allow members of the audience to present poems, songs, or other literary works. The event is free and open to the public.

The Glenville State College student literary magazine since 1979, the Trillium contains poetry, fiction, photographs, and drawings from GSC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Free copies of the 2014 Trillium will be available at the reading, in the Department of Language and Literature located in the Heflin Administration Building, and other various locations around campus.

For more information about the Trillium reading, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jonathan Minton at or (304) 462-6322.

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GSC Student Attends AIPAC Conference in Washington D.C.


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Dustin Crutchfield
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-6394

GLENVILLE, WV – For the second year in a row, Glenville State College student Travis Nesbitt has attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in the nation’s capital. The trip, which was paid for with a scholarship that Nesbitt received from AIPAC, took place March 1st through 4th. Student leaders from colleges and universities all across the country were invited to the annual conference to attend sessions about global cultures, diversity, technology, healthcare, and government.

“I learned a lot about different aspects of other cultures. It was really interesting to hear the perspectives that other students from across the U.S. have,” said Nesbitt. “I made many new friends and connections who found my life in West Virginia to be as interesting as I did of theirs in their hometowns.”

GSC junior Travis Nesbitt with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin during his visit to Washington D.C.

GSC junior Travis Nesbitt with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin during his visit to Washington D.C.

While in D.C., Nesbitt took time out of his schedule to visit with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.). “I had the honor to introduce Senator Manchin at GSC’s graduation ceremony in 2012 (when Manchin delivered the keynote address) so it was great to see him again and to visit Mr. McKinley’s office for the first time,” said Nesbitt.

Capping off the experience was an opportunity that Nesbitt didn’t quite expect. He was recently informed that he has been selected to take part in the Campus Allies Mission to Israel trip this summer. The nearly two-week trip is paid for by the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation which aims to educate and train students and young professionals. “I was blown away when I got word that I was being invited to go to Israel this summer. I thought I learned a lot at the conference in D.C., but this experience will certainly be one that is once-in-a-lifetime,” said Nesbitt.

Looking ahead, he hopes to be able to work with the AIPAC to develop some brochures and resources to share what he has learned with students on campus. “It’s important for students to keep up with current events and realize just how globally connected we are,” said Nesbitt.

Nesbitt is a junior criminal justice major at Glenville State College. He has been involved in GSC’s Student Government Association for three years with two of those being as president. Nesbitt is also in the GSC Army ROTC program and is on track to become a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant upon his graduation. He has also been a member of the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department since 2008. He is the son of Linda and Jim Tinney and is originally from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia.

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GSC Football Presents FREE Kids Camp


Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team along with head football coach David Hutchison would like to announce that they will be hosting a FREE kid’s camp on Sunday, April 13th.

The instructional camp is free to age’s pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade and will be held at the I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. The camp will run from 3:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

It will be a fun filled afternoon with GSC football players and coaches. We hope to see you there!

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Softball Game at Fairmont State Cancelled

SoftballGlenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State softball game at Fairmont State that was scheduled for Saturday, March 29th has been canccelled due to weather.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Glenville State Football Releases 2014 Schedule

Glenville State College athletic officials and Head Football coach David Hutchison have released the schedule for the 2014 football season

Glenville, WV - Glenville State College athletic officials and Head Football coach David Hutchison have released the schedule for the 2014 football season.  The 11 game schedule includes five home games and six road contests.

“The 2014 schedule is a very challenging but exciting schedule.” “However I believe that my coaching staff along with our players are excited and ready for the challenge” stated Head Coach David Hutchison.

The Pioneers open up the 2014 season on the road Saturday, September 6th as they travel to Athens, West Virginia to take on Mountain East Conference foe Concord. Glenville State did not play Concord last season.

In week two GSC will return home as they host West Liberty Saturday, September 13th.  Last season the Pioneers were defeated by the Hilltoppers 16-13.

Week three takes the Pioneers back on the road as they travel to Fairmont State in the annual Battle of the Bit on Saturday, September 20th.  The Pioneers won last season 31-14.

Week four GSC returns home to host Urbana on Saturday, September 27th. GSC fell to Urbana last season on the road 12-9. 

The Pioneers then travel to West Virginia Wesleyan on October 4th in week five of the season. The Pioneers defeated the Bobcats last year by a final of 35-32.

Saturday, October 11th GSC returns home as they host the University of Charleston for a match up with the Golden Eagles which is also the annual GSC Homecoming event. The Pioneers fell to the Golden Eagles last season 17-10.

On Saturday, October 18th Glenville State travels to the University of Virginia at Wise. The Pioneers defeated UVa-Wise last season at home 49-7. 

The Pioneers then come home to battle Notre Dame College Saturday, October 25th. GSC defeated Notre Dame on the road last year 20-16. 

On Saturday, November 1st GSC will travel to Shepherd University. Last season the Rams won 45-19 over the Pioneers. Shepherd also won the Mountain East Conference Championship last season.

On Saturday, November 8th the Pioneers travel to Walsh University for their only non-conference game of the 2014 season.  The Cavaliers fell to the Pioneers last season 33-21.

The last game of the regular season the Pioneers host the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets on Saturday, November 15th. Last season the Pioneers defeated the Yellow Jackets on the road, 17-12.

“It is nice to have our schedule completed so now we can focus our time on our off-season program, getting our players right in the classroom as well as making improvements on the field during the spring, as we get ready for the 2014 season,” Hutchison finished with.

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Baseball Postponed

The Glenville State vs. Fairmont State baseball double header on Tuesday has been postponed due to weather

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State vs. Fairmont State baseball double header has been postponed due to weather. The games will now be played on Thursday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at the Bridgeport Recreation Complex.

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Glenville State College Receives Internationalization Technology Award

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2014

For more information:
Contact: Ginnie Titterton
(202) 939-9365
David Doyle
(518) 320-1311

SUNY COIL conference administrators and award recipients

(L-R) Christian Bond (Sales & Client Relationship Manager, Asahi Net International, Inc.), Nancy L. Zimpher (Chancellor, The State University of New York), Patti McGill Peterson (Presidential Advisor for Global Initiatives, American Council on Education), Jon Rubin (Director, SUNY COIL Center), Jon M. Young (Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Fayetteville State University), Scott A. Chadwick (Provost, Xavier University), and John M. Peek (Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Glenville State College)

New York, NY – Officials from ACE and the State University of New York Collaborative Online International Learning (SUNY COIL) Center have announced the winners of an inaugural internationalization online learning award. The Advancing Internationalization Through Collaborative Online International Learning awards, which recognize emerging initiatives, are the second set of honors to be bestowed by ACE and SUNY this month as part of an Asahi Net International (ANI)-sponsored program that aims to recognize and promote the use of technology to enhance institutional internationalization and global competence among students at U.S. colleges and universities. The Leaders in Internationalization Through Technology awards, which recognize established programs, were presented on March 10, 2014 at ACE’s 96th Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The winners were honored on March 21, 2014 at SUNY’s 6th annual Collaborative Online International Learning Conference in New York City. Glenville State College (West Virginia) Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. John M. Peek accepted the award for GSC. Xavier University (Ohio) Provost Scott A. Chadwick and Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jon M. Young were also on hand to accept their schools’ awards.

Dr. John Peek speaking at the 6th COIL Conference

Dr. John Peek speaking at the 6th COIL Conference

“We are pleased to partner with the SUNY COIL Center and Asahi Net International on these awards, which will help Glenville State College, Xavier University, and Fayetteville State University harness technology to offer their students excellent opportunities for international learning,” said Patti McGill Peterson, ACE’s presidential advisor for global initiatives. “Not every student has the opportunity to study abroad, but the types of innovative approaches the SUNY COIL Center brings to the table, alongside other on-campus internationalization efforts, will ultimately aid higher education institutions in bringing the wider world into the classroom.”

“The SUNY COIL Center is a pioneering institute that has vastly expanded our capacity for online learning and enabled us to provide students a globally-rich higher education experience without requiring study abroad,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By bringing the unique opportunity of COIL to students, college campuses and partnering institutions are enhancing the value of the degrees and programs they offer.”

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GSC Alumnus John Bird Receives Prestigious Forestry Achievement Award


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

GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College alumnus John Bird has received the Graduate Forestry Technician Achievement Award of the Council of Eastern Forestry Technician Schools. The presentation was recently made by GSC Land Resources Professor Emeritus Rick Sypolt.

Bird received the honor due to his extraordinary work in reducing arson in West Virginia especially in southern West Virginia. “This truly is one of the most gratifying moments of my profession—returning here where my career started—to receive this award,” said Bird.

The annual accolade is given to someone who has made significant contributions to the field of forestry and to technical education. The award has been bestowed since 1995. GSC has had eight winners out of fifty-five overall and has garnered nearly fifteen percent of the total awards given. Bird is the first from the school’s alumni to be so-named since 2007.

GSC alumnus John Bird and his arson-investigating bloodhound sidekick Jessup

GSC alumnus John Bird and his arson-investigating bloodhound sidekick Jessup

“We at Glenville State College are very proud of Bird’s many accomplishments. His arson investigations have contributed greatly to the development of our state and to improving its image in California, Wyoming, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona, to name but a few. Also, his training of bloodhound investigation units in other states has brought positive recognition to both West Virginia and GSC,” said Sypolt.

Standing faithfully by Bird’s side as he received his certificate was Jessup, the second bloodhound he’s trained and donated to the state. When Bird began investigating arson cases in 1998, Mingo County was enduring up to 80 arson cases a year. That number was down to three last year thanks to his efforts.

“I’m awfully proud of Jessup for the work she does in helping me apprehend arsonists who commit cowardly acts generally done in remote areas usually accessible only with four-wheelers. Prevention education has also put a big dent in arson. Jessup makes quite an impression on young people when we visit schools. Ideally, of course, I’d like to put both of us out of business,” Bird stated.

Bird graduated from GSC in 1997 with an Associate’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Forest Technology. He also completed the GSC Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in 2012. Bird was an instructor for the West Virginia Police Canine Association from 2011 until 2012, and he continues to be employed by the West Virginia Division of Forestry’s Investigation Agency. Byrd resides in Milton (Cabell County), West Virginia.

For more information about Bird and his award as well as the GSC Land Resources Department and Forestry Program, contact Sypolt at or call (304) 462-6371.

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Glenville State College Students Participate in Research Day at Capitol

Undergraduate Research Day Participants from GSC

Undergraduate Research Day participants from Glenville State College Judith Urbanic, Morgan Scarpellini, Adrian Patterson, and Aesha Peters with West Virginia House of Delegates Member Brent Boggs (D-Braxton). Photo by Perry Bennett | WV House Photographer

GLENVILLE, WV—Four Glenville State College students have given scientific presentations at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Day at the West Virginia State Capitol Rotunda.  The annual event was held on January 30th and is sponsored by the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

‘How To Tell If Your Honey Bee Is Depressed’ findings were presented by GSC psychology junior Judith Urbanic.  “Undergraduate Research Day was undoubtedly one of my favorite events.  I seldom have the opportunity to present to a non-scientific audience. The opportunity to speak with a variety of students and legislators from different backgrounds was both challenging and rewarding.  Also, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I enjoyed getting to speak to all the students from other higher education institutions about their interesting research.  Considering the size of GSC, we were very well represented amongst the thirteen schools present,” said Urbanic, who resides in Chloe (Calhoun County), West Virginia.  Urbanic’s project advisor was GSC Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Alan M. Daniel.

GSC biology senior Morgan Scarpellini of Hamlin (Lincoln County), West Virginia studied the effects of warming water temperatures and its impact on the bleaching of coral reefs.  “Coral has a symbiotic relationship with algae.  If that balance is lost, they bleach and usually die.  My project was done right here in West Virginia substituting anemones for coral,” said Scarpellini.

GSC biology senior Aesha Peters from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands stated, “It was great to see students recognized for their efforts by legislators. Seeing other projects and experiments was inspirational and furthered my drive to eventually become a pediatrician,” said Peters.

Both Scarpellini and Peters were advised by GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer.

GSC natural resource management senior Adrian Patterson of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia conducted preliminary research indicating that parenting birds visited their nests fewer times when simulated cats were present.  “An understanding of these effects may assist songbird conservation efforts and free-ranging cat management strategies throughout North America,” said Patterson whose work was overseen by GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Ross Connover.

For more information about the students’ projects, contact GSC Science and Mathematics Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris at or call (304) 462-6305.

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