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Hunter Lands at GSC

Glenville, W. Va. – Recruiters came from as far away as southern Florida to watch left-handed slugger John Hunter tear it up for the Sherman High Tide in 2014.

A late surge for the collegiate services of the Class A All State selection hit fever pitch as the Tide was wrapping up a Region 3 Section 3 title over Valley Fayette last month.

Just as he did as a junior, Hunter produced video game numbers that are hard to ignore. The honor student with game breaking speed on the base paths made it official on June 24 as he made the announcement official that he would be lacing up the spikes for the Division II Glenville State College baseball team.

“I am comfortable academically at GSC and Coach James Mullins and his staff made me feel at home. I just have a gut feeling that Glenville is where I need to be,” said Hunter.

Coach Mullins took over the program prior to the 2014 season.

Hunter flirted with Marshall University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Charleston, West Virginia State University and Southern Florida among others before making his decision.

On the diamond, there were no doubts as to where the 5-10 160 pound infielder was going. Generally, it was around the bases with controlled abandon while notching 52 stolen bases in 2014. Hunter had 94 swipes in his junior and senior seasons alone.

“He is the total package,” said Ravenswood High coach Wes Swain. “You talk to other coaches around the state and he is certainly on the short list of West Virginia’s best players.”

As a junior, Hunter mashed .521 with 5 HR, 9 triples, 12 doubles, 32 runs and 33 RBIs. As a senior, he hit .590 with 5 HR, 8 triples, 14 doubles, 36 runs and 40 RBIs while playing near flawless defense at first base and the outfield.

Sherman High Coach Jeremiah Pettry knows all too well how much his squad will miss the heroics of No. 2.

“John was a tremendous high school baseball player. He played with a lot of heart and love for the game. He will be a great addition to Glenville State and should be able to help them right away with his speed.”

He continued, “I coached him in sixth and seventh grade when he was just a scrawny little kid with a lot of love for baseball and again when he started high school as a freshman and grew before our eyes. You could see he was something special. He had the attitude and work ethic that separated him from the rest.”

The GSC program, still in its toddler stage, was resurrected in 2011 after a near 30-year absence from the diamond. The Sue Morris Complex is one of the more beautiful collegiate parks in West Virginia and while the NCAA Division II Pioneers have struggled early on, they have made tremendous strides since that first season back as the squad entered the new Mountain East Conference last spring and compiled a (9-33) record.

Hunter is projected as an outfielder on the next level and will have a chance to utilize his speed with the opportunity crack the starting lineup in the 2015 season as a frosh.

“I am really going to miss playing on the field that I learned and got better on,” said Hunter, whose trademark head-first slide became a staple in West Virginia prep baseball.

The Tide baseball program certainly echoes that same sentiment about John Hunter.

Story By: Phil Perry For the Coal Valley News

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Glenville State College ROTC Cadet Completes Air Assault School


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GLENVILLE, WV—Army ROTC Cadet Kyle Hartleben, a Glenville State College senior, recently graduated from the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 10-day school is a rigorous and fast-paced program that trains soldiers and ROTC cadets in aircraft orientation, sling-load operations, and rappelling techniques. As part of its program students are required to take part in a 12-mile march with their rucksack in under three hours on the morning of their graduation. Upon completion, graduates of the course will be able to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support unit operations.

Glenville State College senior ROTC Cadet Kyle Hartleben after graduating from the Sabalauski Air Assault School

Glenville State College senior ROTC Cadet Kyle Hartleben after graduating from the Sabalauski Air Assault School

Hartleben is a biology major from Hurricane (Putnam County), West Virginia. Following the training he commented, “I just want to sleep now.” In July he will be attending a nearly month-long assessment course to complete the required training to become an officer. Hartleben is undecided on what particular occupation field he will enter in the Army.

Major Charles Beirne, Assistant Professor of Military Science at Glenville State College and the Yellow Jacket Battalion Executive Officer commented, “We are extremely proud of Kyle. He has transformed into one of our battalion’s top cadets and will most likely exceed the standards at his upcoming Leadership Development Assessment Course.”

In four years, the Glenville State College ROTC program has grown to be the largest in the Yellow Jacket Battalion which includes programs at West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia University-Tech, and GSC. The GSC program alone has sent three students to the Leaders Training Course, ten students to the Leadership Development Assessment Course, one to Airborne School, one to Air Assault School, one to Thailand with the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program, and has commissioned six officers into the United States Army.

For more information about the Glenville State College Army ROTC program, contact GSC’s Senior Military Science Instructor Sergeant First Class Daniel Webb, at or (304) 462-6285.

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Three Honored as Emeriti Faculty at GSC


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Glenville State College's newest emeriti faculty Dr. Sherry Jones, Dr. Michael Smith, and Dr. Kathy Butler

Glenville State College's newest emeriti faculty Dr. Sherry Jones, Dr. Michael Smith, and Dr. Kathy Butler

GLENVILLE, WV—Three Glenville State College professors were recognized recently as emeriti faculty; joining 32 other GSC professors who share the title. The honors were bestowed upon Dr. Kathy Butler, Dr. Sherry Jones, and Dr. Michael Smith at the 140th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Emeritus status is an honorary title that may be awarded to a nominated faculty member or administrator for extended meritorious service. In addition to having made lasting and positive contributions to the college, the honoree must also have completed ten years of service at GSC, be distinguished in teaching and service, and have the recommendation of their respective departments’ faculty and the Faculty Senate.

A permanent plaque with the names of all emeriti faculty is displayed in Glenville State College’s Heflin Administration Building.

Dr. Kathy Butler

Dr. Butler began teaching at Glenville State College in 1989, eventually becoming a tenured Professor of Education. She was serving as GSC’s Provost and Senior Vice President when she left in 2010 to fill the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs position at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in Charleston.

The announcement that she was being honored as a faculty emerita was a surprise to Butler. “I did not know that I was receiving the recognition until President Barr introduced the platform party members. The award of the prestigious Professor Emeritus designation is an honor that I will always cherish,” she said.

Butler says that serving as an administrator at Glenville State College prepared her well for the work that she encountered as Vice Chancellor. She also believes that her time as a faculty member at GSC also provided an additional perspective that has served her well when advocating for faculty and the faculty perspective on issues. As she put it, “I don’t think there is any replacement for campus-based experience for a statewide administrator.”

Organizing and preparing for a review by the Higher Learning Commission in 2003 tops Butler’s list of memorable experiences at GSC. “It had been a tough time for GSC in the few years prior to that accreditation review but with the help of everyone at the college, we were able to receive a 10 year unconditional accreditation approval…unheard of at that time! I was able to work with many, many wonderful people to accomplish that feat and I was so proud to be a part of the Glenville family, a family that pulled together to accomplish the impossible,” said Butler.

“I taught for 10 years as a GSC teacher education faculty member before stepping into administration. My greatest joys came from teaching students though. While at Glenville, I served in a lot of roles and I thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. There’s nothing I would change,” said Butler. “I never dreamed that I would be the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the state of West Virginia! Not in my wildest dreams! But God has been so good to me and has opened so many doors that I feel privileged and blessed to have been able to serve in this capacity as well. Thank you to Glenville State for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to teach and learn from some great mentors!” she added.

Dr. Sherry Jones

Dr. Jones, a 1975 GSC graduate, has been an instructor at Glenville State College for the past twenty-six years. “It has been an honor to teach at GSC. When I graduated from GSC, it never crossed my mind that I might one day become a professor. In fact, it was one of my GSC business professors, Ernie Smith, who called me when there was a job opening and asked if I would be interested in applying. At the time, I was teaching at Gilmer County High School and had recently finished my Master’s degree. GSC and Gilmer County are home to me, and the people I work with are like family. When you care about a place and its people, the personal investment keeps you interested and motivated to do the best job you can,” said Jones.

She says that she will certainly miss her students and colleagues after retiring this summer. “Thankfully, I will continue teaching part-time under GSC’s post-retirement program, so I hope to continue contributing and giving back to the college,” said Jones

In addition to being a graduate herself, Jones has a long list of family members who have attended, worked, and taught at GSC. Her great grandmother, Esta Shiflet, was a cook in the former Kanawha Hall in the 1920s, her grandmother, Irene Shiflet Langford, helped in the kitchen/dining hall in Kanawha Hall in the late 20s, her grandfather, Claude Woofter, worked in the maintenance department in the 50s and 60s, and her great uncle, Beryl Langford, was the college Registrar from 1962-1973.

Her uncle, Lyndall Jones, graduated from GSC in 1964 and returned to GSC’s 2014 graduation ceremony to participate as a 50 Year Graduate. Her aunt, Judy Woofter Jones, graduated from GSC in 1966.

Her mother, Betty Langford Woofter (’52), brother, Kent Woofter (’84), husband, David L. Jones (’77), and aunt have all taught with their GSC degrees. Her nephew, Adam Jones, and a niece, Melissa Jones, are both recent GSC graduates and are currently teaching in West Virginia schools.

Jones’ two sons also graduated from GSC; Christopher Jones in 2000 and Cason Jones in 2003. Additionally, she and her husband have several cousins who graduated from GSC.

In her time here, Jones says that many of her best memories center on times of laughter with students and colleagues. “When we were just chatting and enjoying life and discussing the funny things that happen to us on life’s journey, those times stand out. And a note or a ‘thank you’ from a student or colleague would have to share a place at the top of the list of good memories. It really makes all the hard work worthwhile when you have a student who takes the time to let you know you have helped him or her in some way,” said Jones.

Jones has served as Business Department Chair, was a Faculty Marshal, and was the recipient of the Curtis Elam Professor of Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 and was presented with the Faculty Award of Excellence in 2010.

She also worked with several on-campus committees and, most recently, had an article published in the California State University Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT). The March 2013 issue of JOLT featured her research paper on the learning equity between online and traditional classroom mathematics courses.

In her retirement, Jones hopes to travel and spend time with her seven grandsons and the rest of her family.

Dr. Michael Smith

Dr. Smith has been a professor at Glenville State College in the Social Science Department for twenty years. He says that, for him, GSC has been both convenient and simply a good place to teach.

“GSC was convenient for me because my primary residence has been in Marietta, Ohio. There are not a lot of teaching positions for political scientists and the job here was close to Marietta, as these things go,” said Smith. He also appreciates GSC’s strong commitment to teaching and its dedication to educating the sorts of students it has traditionally served.

Additionally, he says his department has consisted of dedicated teachers who were good colleagues who he respected and with whom he enjoyed working.

Smith says that he will miss teaching and interacting with students. Particularly, he adds, those he got to know more closely during his independent study courses where he was able to see them learn and grow more than in a standard class.

When thinking back on his years at GSC, he recalls several fond memories. “When I arrived in 1994 there was a lot of joking at the first department meeting I attended. There have been a lot of good times since then. That first impression was positive and welcoming and proved a good predictor of things to come.”

“We had a non-traditional student who participated in the Frasure-Singleton Legislative Internship Program. As a result of the connections she made there she was invited to attend the bill signing for the welfare reform bill in 1996, and ended up in the picture on the cover of Time magazine.”

“Also, I think of the graduation ceremony this year. A lot of students graduated who I particularly enjoyed having in class; some years there were only one or two. This was a bumper crop. For me it was going out on a high note.”

During his time at GSC, Smith served as the Social Science Department Chair, was the Faculty Senate president, and participated in various campus committees focused on curriculum, faculty development, internationalization, and assessment.

As he puts it, “Virtually all of this work involved group effort. What we accomplished, and I think that we accomplished a lot, involved the contributions of many faculty and staff.”

In his retirement Smith plans to travel, visit family and friends, and do some writing.

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Two GSC Students Elected to Public Office


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GLENVILLE, WV-Conner Ferguson, a Gilmer County native, and Brianna McClain, a Lewis County native, are both students at Glenville State College who are getting involved in local politics at a young age. The pair were elected to the Democratic Executive Committees of their respective counties in the recent statewide election on May 13, 2014.

As filing day approached both students were in the midst of their midterm exams, so it was a huge decision for them to step up and take on another task. Both Ferguson and McClain ran unopposed in their districts, but were still willing to take on the task of a political campaign.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at a campaign fundraiser with GSC sophomore Conner Ferguson

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at a campaign fundraiser with GSC sophomore Conner Ferguson

Ferguson, a GSC sophomore marketing major and Gilmer County’s newly elected executive committee member out of the Dekalb-Troy district, said, “I’ve been around politics for many years; I joined the Young Democrats Club at Gilmer County High School and eventually became the President of the organization. I decided that it was time to get off the side lines and run for office myself!”

While in that organization he had the opportunity to meet many state lawmakers and even got to work with Senator Joe Manchin’s campaigns for Governor and United States Senator and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s campaigns. Ferguson also serves as the Publicity Director of GSC’s Student Government Association, is a Brother in the fraternity Sigma Omega Beta, a member of Greek Council, and is a member of Pioneers for a Cause.

GSC sophomore Brianna McClain with Delegate Meshea Poore (D-Kanawha County) at Lewis County’s Meet Your Candidate night

GSC sophomore Brianna McClain with Delegate Meshea Poore (D-Kanawha County) at Lewis County’s Meet Your Candidate night

McClain, a GSC sophomore computer and information systems major and Lewis County Freemans Creek district executive committee member said, “My past involvements have made me the person that I am today, being involved with the community is my heart and soul! I can’t get away from it, it’s everything to me! Helping others and watching the community grow in different organizations can really show one the right path in life!”

McClain is also very active in her community and on campus. She is involved in the Weston Rotary Club, Lewis County’s Democratic Women’s group, and the Alum Bridge Neighborhood Watch Program. She also works at Foster Feed in Weston and is very active in the Hidden Promise Consortium at GSC.

“I think it is an excellent example of how Glenville State College has leaders in the student body that are being true pioneers, not just on the campus, but also in our communities. These students will become lifelong leaders, and that is the kind of student and individual that Glenville State College wants to help provide to our communities,” said GSC’s Dean of Student Life Duane Chapman.

Both students will formally take office on July 1, 2014.

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Swimming Lessons Being Held at GSC


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GLENVILLE, WV – Swimming lessons soon will be held at Glenville State College for local residents.

Sign-ups will take place Tuesday, June 17th, Wednesday, June 18th, and Thursday, June 19th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the GSC Pool, located in the basement of the Physical Education Building. Student swimming abilities will be tested during sign-ups.

Lessons are geared toward anyone ages four to 12 years of age. However, teens and adults are welcome to sign up as well.

The weekly lessons will begin on Monday, June 23rd and will take place Monday through Thursday, with Friday as a make-up day. Lessons last between 30 to 45 minutes each and will occur between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Group instruction is $40 per student, semi-private classes are $50 dollars per student, and private lessons are $100 dollars per student. Each consists of four lessons.

Glenville State College Pool

Glenville State College Pool

“We are happy to offer swimming lessons to area youth again and to provide this service to our local communities,” said GSC Aquatics Manager Jennifer Wenner. “Students can also download the American Red Cross ‘Swim App’ – it’s a great companion to the Red Cross ‘Learn-to-Swim Program.’ It also helps keep swimmers motivated and gives water safety information,” she continued.

For more information on the swimming lessons, contact Wenner at or at (304) 462-6436.

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GSC ROTC Cadets Participate in Battle of Bulltown Staff Ride


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Kanawha Area Park Ranger Tommy Smith (center) briefs Battle of Bulltown Staff Ride participants

Kanawha Area Park Ranger Tommy Smith (center) briefs Battle of Bulltown Staff Ride participants

Napier, WV — Members of the Glenville State College Army ROTC program recently took part in a ‘Staff Ride’ at the Bulltown Historic Area located in Braxton County, West Virginia. Bulltown was the site of an 1863 Civil War battle. A Staff Ride is an opportunity for members of a military organization to study historic operations and apply current principles, while fostering a sense of camaraderie with their brethren of the past. During the field phase of the event, participants travel to the site and apply their military knowledge to what they have learned from research conducted in earlier phases.

“The strategic and tactical actions before, during, and after the Battle of Bulltown provide valuable lessons to today’s military personnel,” said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kanawha Area Park Ranger Tommy Smith, Ph.D.

The Battle of Bulltown on October 13, 1863 was a significant victory for Federal forces garrisoned at the Bulltown Fort. Union troops there were under the command of Captain William H. Mattingly of Parkersburg. The Federals, in a defensive position, had only a fraction of the force of the Confederates and resisted repeated advances from Confederate forces throughout the day. Even though Mattingly suffered a critical thigh wound, the Federals suffered no casualties. Due to Mattingly’s resolve, Confederate commander Colonel William L. ‘Mudwall’ Jackson, cousin to the famous ‘Stonewall,’ was stymied in his efforts to cut the Federal lines of communication from the eastern and western armies of the Union. This battle was the last significant offensive by Confederates in West Virginia.

GSC ROTC Cadet Eric Plummer (center, in hat) in a replica Civil War Era Union Uniform

GSC ROTC Cadet Eric Plummer (center, in hat) in a replica Civil War Era Union Uniform

Eric Plummer of Bluefield, West Virginia is a recent GSC graduate who participated in the Staff Ride. He is now a U.S. Army Second Lieutenant stationed at Fort Knox and said of the Ride, “It was a very informative experience and told the story of our forefathers that fought in the Civil War. I think that more people should go and experience Bulltown or similar events to gain a better knowledge and appreciation for our state history.”

Joining GSC ROTC cadets in this first Bulltown Staff Ride were students from West Virginia State University and Marshall University’s ROTC programs. After the day’s events, Smith stated, “The Army Corps of Engineers was proud to offer this first-ever Staff Ride for many of the state’s ROTC staff and cadets. The participants added much to the historic interpretation of this battle. We hope more military personnel will follow their lead and visit Bulltown.”

For more information about this event or the Glenville State College ROTC program, contact Sergeant First Class Daniel Webb at or (304) 462-6285 or Major Charles Beirne at or (304) 462-6287.

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GSC’s Lamar Mallory Signs with the Albury-Wodonga Bandits

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Glenville State College’s Lamar Malloy has signed to play for the Albury-Wodonga Bandits in Australia.

Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State’s Lamar Malloy has signed to play for the Albury-Wodonga Bandits in Australia.

The Bandits are a part of the SEABL (South East Australian Basketball League) in the ABA.

Albury won the SEABL Championship in 2012 and has started slowly this year due to injuries, but look for Lamar to give them some new life as they start to make a playoff run at the end of the summer.

Lamar posted 18.9ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2stg and shot a remarkable 68.1% from the field during his senior year at Glenville State. He also led Glenville State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and earned all-conference first team and Division II Atlantic Region second team selections.

Lamar averaged 19.0ppg and 9.3rpg in the Portsmouth Showcase presented by Eurobasket.

Lamar will arrive in Albury on Saturday, June 14th and will suit up to play in Saturday night’s game against the number one team in Geelong.

Mallory is expected to give them an athletic presence at both ends of the court.

Coach Brad Chalmers said he thought the Ohio native would be an explosive talent.

“Lamar is an extremely athletic player who can play both big man positions comfortably,” Chalmers said.

“He’s an excellent offensive threat from various positions.

“He can also create off the dribble and is an aggressive finisher and offensive rebou-nder.

“Most pleasingly though is the fact that he also fits our main criteria of being a willing defensive presence who gives us some much needed agility and rim protection.

“In the short-term, we think he will help the team to continue to win games in an extremely even competition.”

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GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble on International Stage Again


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(L-R) Derrick Lowe, Chris Baber, Bobby Davis, Brooke Gladfelter, Ethan Hacker, GSC Assistant Professor of Music Lloyd Bone, Renee Ritenour, Jon Reid, Brittany Lott, Josh White, Ben Stingo, Ryan Deems, Seth Stemple, and Erin Bush (not pictured Leon Hart)

(L-R) Derrick Lowe, Chris Baber, Bobby Davis, Brooke Gladfelter, Ethan Hacker, GSC Assistant Professor of Music Lloyd Bone, Renee Ritenour, Jon Reid, Brittany Lott, Josh White, Ben Stingo, Ryan Deems, Seth Stemple, and Erin Bush (not pictured Leon Hart)

GLENVILLE,WV—The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd E. Bone Jr., was recently invited to perform at the 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium (ITEC) Conference at Indiana University.  Glenville State College’s group was one of only 45 tuba and euphonium ensembles from around the world that were invited to perform.  As a display of its talent GSC’s ensemble performed the first known operetta for a tuba and euphonium ensemble for the 2014 conference.

The operetta was an original work composed and arranged by a GSC student and a recent alumnus Seth Stemple and Ryan Deems.  It showcased students’ dual talents as several of them had singing roles in addition to playing. “We tried to include as many styles of music as we could in the time allotted for our performance,” said Stemple.

“This was a highly prestigious invite as the ITEC is the largest low brass conference in the world and took place at the largest music school anywhere. We are part of a group that includes ensembles from many of the top music schools around the globe. It is a testament to the high quality of the GSC Department of Fine Arts,” said Bone.

GSC's Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble

GSC's Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble

GSC’s ensemble consisted of: Brittany Lott from Cabins (Grant County), Leon Hart from Parkersburg (Wood County), Seth Stemple from Fairmont (Mairon County), Josh White from Saint Marys (Pleasants County), Jon Reid from Clear Creek (Raleigh County), Ben Stingo from Adrian (Upshur County), Ethan Hacker from Exchange (Braxton County), Derrick Lowe from Chapmanville (Logan County), Brooke Gladfelter from Buffalo (Putnam County), Bobby Davis from Oak Hill (Fayette County), Erin Bush from Mineral Wells (Wood County), Renee Ritenour from Kearneysville (Jefferson County), Ryan Deems, a May 2011 graduate, from Bridgeport (Harrison County), and Chris Baber, a December 2013 graduate, from Craigsville (Nicholas County).

This not the first prestigious invitation for the group. They previously performed at the ITEC in 2012 in Austria, in 2010 in Arizona, and in 2008 in Ohio. The group also played at the 2007 United States Army Band Competition. Additionally, they were twice invited to perform at the West Virginia Music Education Association State Conference.

“I never thought attending GSC would give me the chance to perform on a national stage, let alone share that stage with world-class musicians,” said Stemple. “The event was very well organized and was a wonderful experience,” he added.

For more information on the GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble or other Fine Arts Department programs, contact Department Secretary Sheri Skidmore at or (304) 462-6340.

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Incoming Freshmen Invited to Register at GSC


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GLENVILLE, WV—Incoming Glenville State College freshmen, who will be members of the Class of 2018, are invited to complete their course registrations on Saturday, June 21st at GSC’s Registration Day.

The day’s activities begin at 9:00 a.m. with a check in and continental breakfast in the Land Resources Area of GSC’s new Waco Center followed by a brief welcome and class registration until 11:30 a.m. Representatives from GSC’s Financial Aid Office will be on hand during the morning to answer questions and tours of the newly opened Waco Center will be available throughout the day.

“Registration Day is a fantastic event for our new students to receive academic advising and prepare their fall schedules. Our goal is to get them familiar with their new home for the next four years. We are excited to welcome the Class of 2018 into the new Waco Center and show everyone the changes on our dynamic campus,” said GSC Director of Admissions Ashley Weir.

After the event, students and their families are invited to enjoy the Annual West Virginia State Folk Festival in downtown Glenville. The Folk Festival has celebrated Appalachian history and culture for over 50 years. Festivities run from Thursday, June 19th through Sunday, June 22nd.

For more information, contact or (800) 924-2010.

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New GSC Pioneer Mascot Named

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New Pioneer Mascot for 2014-2015 school year, Robert ‘Goat’ Hensley

New Pioneer Mascot for 2014-2015 school year, Robert ‘Goat’ Hensley

GLENVILLE, WV—Robert ‘Goat’ Hensley, a junior from Dundalk, Maryland, has been named the Glenville State College Pioneer Mascot for the 2014-2015 school year.

“I am very excited to be the new mascot, this is a great honor for me and I cannot wait to get out there and get the crowds motivated while continuing pioneer traditions and possibly coming up with some new ones,” said Hensley.

During his time at GSC Hensley has become the President of the GSC Science Fiction & Fantasy Guild, played the lead in a GSC Theatre production as well as several other acting roles, and has become a tutor for the GSC Student Support Services. Out of all of these though, Hensley says that his greatest accomplishment is the amount of friends that he has made while attending Glenville State College.

“I am so excited to have Robert as our Pioneer for the 2014-15 school year here at Glenville State College. His energy and involvement on campus are actually what the campus and community need. From clubs to plays to concerts to football games you always see him in attendance. He truly is a Pioneer,” said Dean of Student Life Duane Chapman.

As the GSC Pioneer, Hensley will attend GSC football and basketball games, tournaments, and other school events. The Pioneer is charged with working with GSC students, faculty, and staff to positively promote and support the college. The official uniform of the GSC Pioneer mascot is a set of buckskins, a coonskin hat, and a musket. Hensley becomes the 75th student to portray the Pioneer Mascot since the tradition began during the 1933-34 school year.

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