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GSC Students Clean Section of Little Kanawha River


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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 or (304) 462-6313.

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Archived Films Being Converted for Online Viewing


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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 or (304) 462-6163.

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GSC Veterans and Military Ball November 8th


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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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Rahmann Lee Named MEC Offensive Player of the Week

Rahmann Lee has been named the MEC Offensive Player of the Week

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Rahmann Lee (Glenville State), Jeremiah Johnson (Concord) and Griffin Yocum (West Liberty) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors.

Lee, a junior running back from Capitol Heights, Md., is the Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Pioneers to a win 41-38 over Notre Dame. Lee had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also had four catches for 100 yards against the Falcons. Lee is eighth in the country in all-purpose yards (188.0 per game) and is 10th in rushing yards (1,048).

Johnson, a freshman from Baltimore, Md., is the Defensive Player of the Week for helping keep 19th-ranked Concord’s unbeaten record intact. Johnson had four solo tackles in the game, and also provided an interception on Charleston’s final drive that preserved the win for the Mountain Lions.

Yocum, a senior from Glen Dale, W.Va., is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The punter booted four times for an average of 41.5 yards. He had two punts of over 50 yards in the game, including a long of 56 yards. Yocum leads the MEC averaging 41.7 yards per punt on the season.

Other Top Performances

Offense: Mitchel Shegos (Notre Dame) had a conference record 23 catches against Glenville State … the 23 catches are the most by any player in NCAA Division II this season … T.J. Smith (Concord) had three catches for 96 yards with a pair of scores … Dakota Conwell (West Liberty) threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards … Cooper Hibbs (Fairmont State) was 23-of-37 for 332 yards and two touchdowns … Cale Burdyshaw (Urbana) threw for 338 yards and three scores.

Defense: Emmanuel Ivey (Fairmont State) had seven tackles and broke up five passes, including two on Urbana’s final drive … Alec Wood (West Liberty) had three stops and a red zone interception … Jeff Kidder (Glenville State) notched 13 tackles and an interception … D’Gary Wallace (Urbana) had a team-high six tackles, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble … Mike Savage (West Virginia Wesleyan) had 13 tackles … George Berry (Notre Dame) had 13 tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss.

Special Teams: Kyle Kaplan (Notre Dame) connected on all five PATs … Garrett Lee (Concord) placed three punts inside the 20-yard line … Kasper Bernild (West Virginia Wesleyan) drilled a 47-yard field goal and averaged 45.8 yards per punt.

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Glenville State College: A Picturesque Campus with a Haunting Past

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Glenville, WV – A cold case, an unsolved murder, and restless spirits from the past…all of these things sound like they came straight out of a movie and not from Glenville State College. There are countless eyewitness accounts from across the GSC campus. The majority of these ‘experiences’ or ‘sightings’  happened in Clark Hall, Louis Bennett Hall, and the Administration Building.  Many say the ghost in these buildings is ‘Sis Linn.’ There have been stories about her haunting the GSC campus since at least the 1970s not only around Halloween each fall but also all year long.

Original Glenville Democrat newspaper from 1919 with news of Sarah Linn's death

Original Glenville Democrat newspaper from 1919 with news of Sarah Linn's death

Sarah Louisa Linn was born in 1853. There is little known about her life. She was the only graduate of Glenville Normal School in 1877. According to records, she specialized in teacher education. She taught classes in Glenville and Fairmont before marrying I. L. Chrisman in June of 1905 at her home where Clark Hall currently stands. After her short marriage ended, Sarah changed her name back to Linn and ran a boarding house out of her home for female students. In February of 1919, Sarah was found murdered and bludgeoned to death in her home. The assailant or assailants were never apprehended.  Some say she was killed by vandals breaking in for her prized wine that she made herself. Many say ‘Sis Linn’ still roams the campus looking for her killer.

Five years after her murder, officials from Glenville Normal School purchased her property, razed the house, and built Verona Maple Hall – a modern women’s dormitory for the time. Many said the dormitory was also haunted. After Verona Maple Hall was demolished years later, those spending time in the neighboring GSC Clark Hall began to experience paranormal activity.

GSC Assistant Professor of Early Education and Director of Field Experiences Connie Stout- O’Dell had an ‘experience’ in Clark Hall. “It was just before the summer session started, and I was in my office on the top mezzanine,” Stout said. She was grading papers when she heard a horrible noise. “It sounded like metal chairs being thrown around and as if people were moving metal desks,” Stout explained. She said that the noise lasted for ten to twelve minutes. “I thought it was the secretary moving things around downstairs,” Stout said. She stopped grading papers and thought for a moment. “It was weird though because the noise sounded like it was coming from downstairs, upstairs, and the space behind the offices.” So she decided to go downstairs to see what was going on. Before she got to mezzanine two, she thought to herself, “What if this is Sis Linn?” Just as she had that thought, the noises stopped and there was complete silence. She left and found the secretary who had been out of the building for over an hour. Stout had been in the building alone.

GSC Associate Professor of Education and Dean of Teacher Education Dr. Kevin Cain was working late one evening alone in Clark Hall. He was in his office on the second floor when something peculiar happened. “I heard metal chains dragging on the floor and then a door closed; the door sounded like a prison door closing,” Cain said. He then took his work home with him and left the building for the evening. “After that, I started taking my work home all the time!” Cain exclaimed.

GSC Director of Residence Life Jerry Burkhammer said that on Halloween night one year, he was standing outside of the former dorms at Louis Bennett Hall with a security officer and saw a couple of students playing with a Ouija board when one of them started yelling. He asked what was going on, and they said they asked the board to whom it was talking. They said the board spelled out ‘Sis Linn,’ and she said that she was in Clark Hall at 12:00. “It was four minutes until midnight,” Burkhammer said, “so we decided to walk up to Clark Hall to see if anything was happening.  At the stroke of twelve, a light came on in Clark Hall on the second level. We saw a woman hanging by a noose in the window. The officer and I ran upstairs, and when we got to the door, the light went out. We opened the door, nothing was there, and everything was in order,” Burkhammer said, “It is strange and unexplainable; the clock tower chimes thirteen times on Halloween night at midnight. It does this every year.”

Burkhammer said that when LBH was the men’s dormitory, there were strange occurrences five years in a row. These occurrences happened in room 225 on the first night freshmen stayed in the dorms. A former student said he was awakened during his first night in the room and saw a lady in white at the foot of the bed who spoke to him. Louis Bennett Hall rooms are now used as offices and faculty and staff still report unexplained noises and sightings.  Many employees say they often hear someone running back and forth on the fourth floor.

Next door to Louis Bennett Hall is the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building, the building with GSC’s historic clock tower. GSC Campus Service Worker Ellen Minney has had many unexplainable encounters through her years working in the building. “I get anxious every time I am in the basement of AB. I constantly look over my shoulder and work quickly to get out,” said Minney. While emptying trash cans throughout the building, she has heard her keys in the door begin to jingle, but they stopped moving before she got back to them. Lights will also go on and off on occasion. She is always the first and only one in the building during these incidents. Once, she was working and heard a voice whisper, ‘What are you doing here?’ in her ear. She replied, “You know I am here every morning!” A co-worker of Minney’s also reports being pinched by the ghost of Sis Linn.

Minney has also had an encounter with a spirit in Clark Hall. “I was working with my supervisor and another worker waxing floors. When we left the empty building, all of the lights had been turned off and the doors were locked. After we got outside, we turned around to the same building with every light on,” said Minney. Her daughter, Sonya Hartshorn, a 2010 GSC graduate, has had a Clark Hall encounter also.  “I was a student worker in the GSC Business Department and had to deliver an assignment to a class when a professor was absent. While waiting on the students in the empty classroom, I saw the blinds start to sway. I assumed it was from the air conditioning. Then, an eerie feeling came over me, and the vertical blinds began to open and close and then move as if someone was running their fingers through them. I recalled my mother’s stories of Sis Linn, and I ran out of the room. I gave the students their assignment in the hall and never went into Clark Hall alone again,” said Hartshorn.

Sis Linn isn’t the only spirit that is known to roam GSC.  Pickens Hall has its share of stories as well. Reports claim that in several rooms of Scott Wing in the former student residence hall, you can hear someone playing with marbles and marbles rolling across the ceiling. You can also hear people moving furniture on the floor above, even the top floor. Marlon Henry, GSC Special Assistant to the President, has had a few encounters with the spirit known as ‘Marble Boy.’

One night while on a ghost tour of campus with Hidden Promise Scholars, the group thought they would try and communicate with any spirits via the infamous ‘flashlight test.’ Henry asked if there were spirits present and there was a response of yes. They then proceeded to ask if it was Sis Linn and received no response. The group then asked if it was Marble Boy and got an immediate answer of yes. Henry recalls his first encounter with the ghost child during his time as a GSC student. According to Henry, he was asleep in his room when the TV suddenly turned on to a loud snowy screen. In an attempt to find his TV remote he turned on the bedside lamp and there, in front of his door, stood a small boy. After a few seconds, the figure backed through the door. Henry followed to look in the hallway for the boy, but he was nowhere to be found.

Glenville State College is a beautiful campus with a possible past lurking in the shadows. Even after numerous experiences over the years, most people are not afraid.  “Whatever or whomever it is, it is not something that wants to hurt you,” said now retired Instructor of Developmental Mathematics Bill Bonnett, “It’s just something or someone or some people wanting to let their presence be known.”

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Pioneers Win a Thriller over Notre Dame


Dante Absher was the Pioneers leading receiver as he caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Pioneers 41-38 win over Notre Dame

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.

After a thrilling first half of action and both offenses scoring points at will the Pioneers would head into halftime up by 10 points over the Falcons, who upset #8 Shepherd last week, 27-17.

However Notre Dame would come out in the third quarter and score 14 straight points to take a 31-27 lead.

On the Pioneers next offensive possession they would stall and give the ball back to Notre Dame. But GSC’s defensive end Gary Henderson would make a great play as he batted the pass, from Notre Dame’s quarterback Ray Russ, up into the air and then picked it off as he took it 52 yards to the end-zone as the Pioneers took a, 34-31 lead.

Then Notre Dame would answer and re-take the lead, 38-34, with 13:02 left to play in the game as Ray Russ hit Kyle Perkins from five yards out.

Again the Glenville State offense would put together a great drive as they drove 57 yards in just three plays as they re-took the lead, 41-38, the score coming from Rahmann Lee from 26 yards out.

The Notre Dame Falcons would then miss a 35 yard field goal with 8:41 left to play.

However, on the Pioneers next possession they would be forced to punt as Notre Dame got another chance with 5:08 left to play, but on a first and 10 defensive back Zack Mayes would make a great play as he intercepted Ray Russ at the Pioneers 17 yard line.

The Pioneers would then try and run out the clock but two costly penalties would ended up giving the ball back to Notre Dame for one final drive with just 46 seconds left to play.

Notre Dame would then drive all the way down to the Pioneers 29 yard line with no timeouts left. The Falcons would attempt to go for it on a fourth and 17 but the pass would be broken up by Gray Henderson as the Pioneers held onto the exciting victory, 41-38.

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.

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Boyd Senior Recital Planned


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Laiken BoydGLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College Bluegrass music major Laiken Boyd will perform her senior recital on Friday, October 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The recital is free to attend and open to the public.

Boyd, from Cameron, West Virginia, has focused primarily on the bluegrass fiddle while at GSC.  However, she also has taken courses in bluegrass guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and vocal applied lessons and plans to demonstrate a little bit of each of those at her recital.

“It has been a great experience for me as a musician to learn and grow here at GSC. I couldn’t ask for a friendlier, or more professional, learning environment. I have learned so much about being a bluegrass musician throughout my time with the bluegrass band here. After I graduate this fall I plan on attending Appalachian State University for a Masters’ in Appalachian Studies. Glenville State has given me the means to confidently pursue this next step in my education,” said Boyd.

“Laiken has been a true asset to the bluegrass program at Glenville State College, and we all hate to see her go so quickly. I am really proud of the musician that she has become. I have no doubts that she will be successful in pursuing her Master’s at Appalachian State. If you enjoy good old-time and traditional bluegrass music, you don’t want to miss this Senior Recital,” said GSC Bluegrass Music Program Director Megan Darby.

For more information about the recital or the GSC Bluegrass Degree Program, contact Darby at or (304) 462-6347.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. Notre Dame College – Game Eight


Game Central: Glenville State vs. Notre Dame College - Game Eight

Glenville, W.Va. - The Pioneers went on the road and took care of business as they defeated UVa-Wise 35-9 this past Saturday. This week GSC returns home as Norte Dame College travels to Glenville with kickoff at 1:00pm.

Rahmann Lee rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and Sean Steele threw for four touchdowns to lead Glenville State past UVa-Wise, 35-9, at Carl Smith Stadium.

Glenville State, winners of three of its last four, improved to 3-4 overall and 3-4 in the MEC. UVa-Wise dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-6 inside the league.

Lee carried the ball 22 times and averaged 7.1 yards per carry for the Pioneers. Steele was 14-of-28 for 244 yards and hit four different receivers for his touchdown passes.

Gary Henderson led the Glenville State defense with 10 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Jordan Kesson added eight solo stops and a tackle for a loss.

Jeremy Eubank was 17-of-27 for 102 yards for the Cavs. Von Purvis had 70 yards rushing on 17 carries and a touchdown. UVa-Wise struggled on third downs converting on just 5-of-19 attempts. Zack Blair led UVa-Wise with nine tackles, including a game-high three for a loss.

Rahmann Lee is also just 378 yards from becoming GSC All-Time Leading Rusher.

Notre Dame comes into the match-up after defeating #8 Shepherd this past Saturday, 35-34.

Notre Dame (5-2, 5-1) was led by quarterback Ray Russ who threw for 459 yards on 22-of-44 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Falcons rushed for just 34 yards in the game.

Last year’s match-up between the Pioneers and Falcons was a good one. GSC walked away with a 20-16 road win. Lee rushed for 88 yards in the win and had two touchdowns while Notre Dame QB Ray Russ threw for 155 yards and a touchdown.

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GSC Graphics & Digital Media Program gets 3D Printer


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GLENVILLE, WV – The Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College is keeping pace with technological trends with the addition of a 3D printer to its Graphics and Digital Media program. Assistant Professor of Art Chris Cosner announced recently that the program was able to acquire a fifth generation MakerBot Replicator printer through funding from the Glenville State College Foundation.

GSC's new MakerBot Replicator 3D printer and some test prints that have already been produced

GSC's new MakerBot Replicator 3D printer and some test prints that have already been produced

The new printer has an area of about 10 inches by 8 inches by 6 inches in which items can be created. The printer is capable of a myriad of outputs by layering polylactic acid (PLA) filaments onto a moveable platform. The filaments are deposited from a nozzle which is similar to a printer head on a traditional ink jet printer.

“We’ll be able to use the printer for rapid prototyping, visualization, manufacturing, and many other things,” said Cosner. He adds that students in the program will be able to use the 3D printer for design visualization, introduction to print-on-demand manufacturing, creative and artistic uses, design projects, and 3D modeling and printing techniques. “This new printer has the potential to be used on campus for everything from research projects to replacement parts,” he added.

Close-up view of some test prints by GSC's new 3D printer

Close-up view of some test prints by GSC's new 3D printer

Students and faculty in the program have already made several test prints and are hoping to begin making their own original designs soon. The 3D printer joins a high-end Epson Stylus Pro 4900 large format professional 2D printer that was already in the arsenal of tools available to students in the program. It is used by the photography class as an important tool to demonstrate printing, proofing, and color reproduction techniques.

For more information about the 3D printer or the Graphics and Digital Media Program at GSC, contact Cosner at or (304) 462-6349.

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