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MEC Football Media Day Tabbed for Thursday


The Mountain East Conference will hold its 2015 Football Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, W.Va. this Thursday, August 6

Glenville, W.Va. – The Mountain East Conference will hold its 2015 Football Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, W.Va. this Thursday, August 6.

All 11 of the league’s coaches and several players will be on hand to give their thoughts on the upcoming season and the preseason conference poll will be released.

The Pioneers return 10 starters on the offensive side of the ball, led by versatile running back Rahmann Lee. Lee is third among all active Division II players with 3,884 career rushing yards and last year added 37 catches for 510 yards to complement his skill set. Junior quarterback Sean Steele also returns along with wide out Dante Absher.

The Pioneers defense only returns four starters but three of those were among the team’s top tacklers last year with James Johnson, Zach Mayes, and Spencer Steele.

The Pioneers this season will look to improve on last year’s overall record of 5-6 (5-5 MEC).

The MEC media day will get underway at 1:30 p.m. and be sure and catch all the action on Thursday’s by checking the Glenville State Athletic social media accounts, on Twitter and Facebook.

The Pioneers open up the 2015 season on the road on Saturday, September 5 at Urbana University with a 12 p.m. kickoff.

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Glenville State Announces Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Dr. Milan Vavrek

Dr. Milan Vavrek

GLENVILLE, WV-Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Milan Vavrek as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Vavrek joined the Glenville State College faculty in fall 2006 and was promoted to full professor status with tenure in 2010. He has served as chair of the Land Resources Department since July 2011 and continues an active research agenda.

A native of northern Ohio who has resided in West Virginia for nearly twenty years, Vavrek earned his baccalaureate degree at Kent State University. He then went on to earn his masters and doctorate degrees in biology from West Virginia University. Before coming to Glenville State, he was the Scott Weathersby Professor in Biological Sciences at Louisiana Tech University.

In addition to ensuring that GSC continues to offer high quality academic programs to its students while continuing to explore new programs, Vavrek says he hopes to strengthen faculty and student scholarship, whether that includes performance, artistic works, or scientific research. “We have extremely talented faculty and students at GSC, and we can offer the state and our disciplines so much more.” Moreover, he said, “I would like to encourage a stronger sense of community among our faculty and staff. We sometimes become so involved in our individual departments and lives that we lose sight of the overall campus.”

“I’m pleased and excited to have Dr. Vavrek in this new role. Having worked with him for the last nine years I know he will be an outstanding leader for Academic Affairs at Glenville State College,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

Vavrek assumed his duties on July 1, 2015 after the retirement of former GSC Provost Dr. John Peek.

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HSTA Campers Return to GSC


A HSTA camper casts a shoeprint

GLENVILLE, WV – Again this year, Glenville State College was the site of a Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) summer camp. The 2015 camp incorporated a presentation to Gilmer County Magistrate Carol Wolfe. Each group of students had to process a crime scene, analyze the evidence, and prepare a presentation regarding their evidence requesting an arrest warrant for their suspect. The presentations took place at the Gilmer County Court House.

HSTA Campers at Courthouse

Participants of the HSTA camp held at GSC before they presented to Gilmer County Magistrate Carol Wolfe

Campus organizers Kelly Treece, Dr. Kevin Evans, and Joseph Wood, all of whom are Glenville State College professors, said the event was a huge success. High school teachers from surrounding counties also contributed to the education of the sophomores involved in the camp.

Approximately 80 students were in attendance from all around central West Virginia.

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Glenville State Announces Interim Athletic Director


Glenville State College and President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce and appoint Marcal Lazenby, GSC Class of 2008, as Interim Athletic Director

Glenville, W.Va. – Glenville State College and President Dr. Peter Barr is pleased to announce and appoint Marcal Lazenby, GSC Class of 2008, as Interim Athletic Director effective July 1, 2015. He has served as Assistant Athletic Director since 2010.

In his current role as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance he has assured college, conference, and NCAA Division II athletic and academic compliance and has played a significant role in expanding athletic fundraising. He is also a member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Lazenby, who is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, came to Glenville State in 2003 where he was a member of the Pioneer Football team. He was the starting offensive guard on the 2008 WVIAC Conference Champion Football team. Also during his career he was a three time All-Conference player and an All-Region player.

He expressed excitement and a strong sense of purpose in taking the job, saying that his main priorities will be to provide the ultimate environment for student-athlete success and bring GSC alumni and fans together. “GSC has a rich and vibrant athletic culture, and I want GSC Athletics to continue to excel in every aspect,” he said. “It’s time for us to capture the aura, tradition, and passion of the Glenville State family in order to provide the necessary resources for our student-athletes to excel on and off the fields and courts.”

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree he began working at his alma mater in 2009 as an Assistant to the President.

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GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students


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GLENVILLE, WV – On Friday, August 14, new students will be welcomed to Glenville State College (GSC) for the 2015-2016 academic school year. Students will use Friday and the weekend to become acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 17.

Campus & Community Picnic

New GSC students chat with community organizations, business owners, and church parishioners at last year's Campus & Community Picnic

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 15 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’s so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Friday, August 7. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Walters at or (304) 462-6416.

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Tuttle and McWhorter Named MEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Finalists

Glenville State's Paige Tuttle and Hunter McWhorter have been named finalists for MEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

Bridgeport, W.Va. – The Mountain East Conference today announced the 12 female and 12 male finalists for the league’s inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Each institution in the MEC selected one female and one male as finalists for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding academic and athletic performance for the previous academic year. Each finalist will receive a plaque. The criteria to be nominated are: (1) a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average; (2) participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests in a MEC-sponsored sport; (3) minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

The female finalists are: Sarah Akers (Concord University, Soccer), Hailey Garrett (Fairmont State University, Basketball), Paige Tuttle (Glenville State College, Basketball), Lauren Langenderfer (Notre Dame College, Basketball), Georgia Karr (Shepherd University, Lacrosse), Nichole Perry (University of Charleston, Basketball), Taylor Gianangeli (Urbana University, Soccer), Karly Allen (UVa-Wise, Volleyball), Lauren Howard (West Liberty University, Tennis), Sydney Kaplan (West Virginia State, Softball), Jessica Hong (West Virginia Wesleyan, Soccer), Andrea Thobe (Wheeling Jesuit).

The male finalists are: Cade Rogers (Concord University, Football), David Bannister (Fairmont State University, Tennis), Hunter McWhorter (Glenville State College, Football), Mitchell Shegos (Notre Dame College, Football), Steven Lesko (Shepherd University, Tennis), Conor Branson (University of Charleston, Soccer), Taylor Cayot (Urbana University, Football), Bill Steven (UVa-Wise, Baseball), C.J. Hester (West Liberty University, Basketball), Dennis Gardeck (West Virginia State, Football), Tanner McGrew (West Virginia Wesleyan, Basketball), Tyler Zahnon (Wheeling Jesuit, Track & Field).

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year is determined by a vote of the administrators in the Mountain East Conference and the league office. The female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced Tuesday, July 21, and the male winner will be announced Wednesday, July 22.

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GSC Pioneer Football One Day Elite Camp Rescheduled


The GSC Football “ONE DAY ELITE CAMP” has been rescheduled. Please contact Eric Smith at for more information

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer Football ” One Day Elite Camp” has been rescheduled. For more information please contact Assistnat Football Coach Eric Smith at (304) 462-6232 or emial him at .

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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GSC Running Back Rahmann Lee Named to the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American First Team


Dante Absher has been named to the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American Honorable Mention team

Glenville, W.Va. – Glenville State’s senior running back Rahmann Lee has been named to the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American First Team Offense.

Lee ranked first in the MEC in All Purpose Yards with 1,639, ranked second in the MEC in Scoring with 14 total touchdowns and ranked second in Rushing with 1,120.

Lee also was ranked nationally in several categories, he ranks 13th in All Purpose Yards in Division II, ranks 29th in the nation in Scoring and ranks 42nd in Division II in Rushing Yards.

Lee, is also only 185 rushing yards away from breaking Glenville State College’s All-Time Career Rushing Record which was set back in 2008 by Jerry Seymour.

On the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American Second Team the Pioneers had senior offensive lineman Leon Hill and linebacker James Johnson. Hill, is a huge offensive lineman, he stands at 6’6″ and weighs 320 pounds a great force for the Pioneers upfront. Johnson was second in tackles for the Pioneers last season with 84 on the year.

Also for the Pioneers wide receiver Dante Absher, running back Tevin Drake, and offensive lineman Jonathan Dupree have all be named to the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American Honorable Mention list.

Absher, led the Pioneers in receiving with 854 yards on 57 catches and scored six touchdowns. Drake, was second in rushing for Glenville State with 842 yards and scored four touchdowns. Dupree, is a great leader on the offensive line and plays a big role in helping the rushing and passing offense.

USA College Football’s 26th Annual Division II Preseason All-American Teams represents outstanding student/athletes who have been nominated and selected by members of football writers associations, head coaches, sports information directors and the staffs of Lindy’s Sports and USA College Football. Every player listed on these teams, including honorable mention status, are eligible to participate in the NCAA-compliant 2016 USA College Football Bowl that was established in 1995, absorbed the D-II Cactus Bowl in 2011 and will be played on January, 18 2016.

Congratulations to these Pioneers and good luck on the upcoming 2015 season.

USA College Football DII Preseason All-American Teams Full List


Jonathan Dupree has been named to the USA College Football DII Preseason All-American Honorable Mention team

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GSC Student Brings New Color to Campus


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GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College is seeing some new landscape work thanks to Criminal Justice major Stephanie Giffin of Mineral Wells (Wood County), West Virginia.

“I have always had an interest in landscaping and gardening and I’m excited to combine my interests with the chance to add some color and inviting looks to GSC’s campus,” said Giffin.

Goodwin Hall Landscaping

GSC students Jade Spencer (left) and Stephanie Giffin (right) take a break from their landscaping work atop a giant stack of bagged mulch

In a recent conversation with GSC Residence Hall Director Jerry Burkhammer, Giffin volunteered her skills to help update the planter in front of Goodwin Hall, the main residence hall on campus. Lowes of Parkersburg donated flowers and potting soil in response to a request made by Burkhammer and Giffin. Since then, she has been working to spruce up the landscaping by removing some old plantings and even creating a new Pioneer blue flower box in the shape of the Glenville ‘G.’ Giffin became certified in landscaping through a horticulture and gardening class during her time at Parkerburg South High School.

“One day we were discussing ways to improve the looks on campus when Stephanie mentioned that she could do landscaping. She then drafted a plan, on her own, which was approved by the campus Physical Plant. Stephanie has been hard at work since picking up the supplies from Lowes. I am very excited and proud of her,” said Burkhammer.

To add the finishing touches Giffin and fellow student Jade Spencer recently spread new mulch throughout the updated planter.

Continuing into the summer Burkhammer hopes to work with Giffin and other volunteers to update the landscaping for Pioneer Village as well.

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GSC Courses to be Offered this Fall at BCHS


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Off-Campus Fall GSC Courses at BCHSGLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College is continuing its tradition of offering a wide array of evening classes in Braxton County to accommodate students who might have difficulty making it to the GSC campus to take classes during the day. Several weekly evening Glenville State College courses are scheduled to be held this Fall at Braxton County High School in the Braxton County Center.

Class offerings include: Survey of American Literature I (Mondays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), Principles of Macroeconomics (Mondays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), The Financial System and Economy (Mondays 6:45-9:15 p.m.), Principles of Sociology (Mondays 6:45-9:15 p.m.), Critical Reading and Writing I (Tuesdays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), United States History to 1877 (Tuesdays 6:45-9:15 p.m.), Labor Management Relations (Tuesdays 6:45-9:15 p.m.), Earth Science with Lab (Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), College Algebra (Wednesdays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), Principles of Marketing (Wednesdays 6:45-9:15 p.m.), Public Speaking (Thursdays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), Principles of Accounting II (Thursdays 4:00-6:30 p.m.), and Computing Concepts (Thursdays 6:45-9:15 p.m.). Classes will begin on Monday, August 17.

“We are very pleased that we will be offering off-campus courses again this semester at the Braxton County Center. These classes certainly make it easier for more people to take advantage of the educational opportunities of Glenville State College,” said Assistant Coordinator of Off-Campus Programming Kathy Gilbert.

Hefner Scholarships are available to cover the tuition and fees of two courses for qualifying students. To qualify, you must be an adult resident of Braxton County who graduated from high school at least three years ago. BCHS juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may also enroll for these courses at a discounted dual credit rate. Students are responsible for textbook costs.

All who are interested in furthering their education are encouraged to enroll in these classes. There will be an Open House at the Braxton County Center on Monday, August 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the BCHS Commons Area where you can register and have questions answered. For more information or to register now, contact or call (304) 462-6124.

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