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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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Create WV Conference to be Held in Glenville and at GSC


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

GLENVILLE, WV—Create West Virginia officials say their annual event is coming to Glenville and Glenville State College. Create West Virginia’s next annual conference is scheduled from October 25th through October 28th.

Create West Virginia Co-Founder Jeff James stated, “We are very excited about being welcomed to Glenville and know that our conference here in late October will be an amazing success with the support of GSC President Dr. Peter Barr, the Gilmer County Commission, Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick, various economic development and cultural entities, the local school system, and the community at large. This will be the first time that the conference will be held in affiliation with a higher education institution, and we are especially honored to be the inaugural conference of the stunning new 27-million dollar Waco Center.”

“I know I speak for the entire community when I say that we believe Glenville is one of the most positively changed small towns in West Virginia, and we intend to collectively make this the best Create West Virginia conference ever,” said GSC President Barr.

“Glenville was chosen as the host of the 7th Annual Create West Virginia conference due to the cooperative, innovative partnership between Glenville State College and the Glenville and Gilmer County communities, the efforts to improve downtown Glenville, the entrepreneurial activities of local students, and the vast cultural and intellectual resources of Glenville State College,” James added.

GSC President Peter Barr receives plaque from Jeff James

Create West Virginia Co-Director Jeff James (left) presents a plaque to Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr (right) as a token of appreciation for his support of the conference coming to Glenville and GSC in October

Following the announcement at the GSC Board of Governors meeting held on February 12th, James presented Barr with a plaque. “In recognition of his leadership and passion for Glenville State College, Glenville, Gilmer County, the entire central West Virginia region, and Create West Virginia, we are pleased to present this memento of our appreciation,” James stated.

Of the presentation, Dr. Barr said, “I’m truly surprised and touched that Create West Virginia graciously presented me with this thoughtful present which I will truly treasure. It was an honor to speak at last year’s highly successful conference in Richwood, West Virginia.”

The plaque itself is a clear acrylic rendering of an expansive feature article chronicling Dr. Barr’s life. It was written by Sandy Wells and published in the Charleston Gazette on January 5, 2014. The headline of the article, which included many pictures, was: ‘Visionary Leader Energizes Glenville State.’ The link to the article can be found by clicking here.

Create WV is a non-profit, grass-roots organization that helps West Virginians embrace opportunities for jobs and quality of life in the growing ‘Innovation Economy.’ This year’s conference will attract hundreds of leaders and innovators from around the state and will bring in speakers and facilitators from across the country to engage in roundtable discussions addressing growth opportunities in West Virginia on multiple fronts.

For more information on the Create WV conference, contact James at Additional information about Dr. Barr’s plaque and the Create WV conference can also be obtained by calling the GSC Public Relations Department at (304) 462-4115.

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Pioneers Split with Hilltoppers


Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State College baseball team finished their four game series with the West Liberty University Hilltoppers on Sunday, March 23rd at the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

In the third game of the series West Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Pioneers as they scored a run in the top of the fourth off of a balk and later scored in the top of the fifth after a sacrifice fly.

GSC would try and cut into the Hilltoppers lead but would have three-up and three-out in the bottom of the sixth and three-up and three-out in the bottom of the seventh as they fell to West Liberty, 2-0.

Tucker Abruzzino went 1 for 3 and Justin Lewis finished 1 for 2.

Jonathan Murphy pitched the whole game as he allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 5 batters.

In the fourth game, West Liberty would take a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

The Pioneers would later cut the Hilltoppers lead to one, 2-1, in the bottom of the third after Chris Longdo scored off of a RBI by Heath Swisher.

GSC would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Chris Longdo hit a 2 RBI single scoring Ethan Szabo and Alex Mace, making it 3-2 Pioneers.

However West Liberty would come right back in the top of the fifth and re-take the lead 5-3 over GSC.

The Pioneers would add one run in the bottom of the fifth to pull within one, 5-4.

West Liberty would again add to their lead in the top of the seventh as they scored one run to make it 6-4. However the Pioneers would not be finished as they would score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull off the win, 7-6. Alex Mace would drive in the winning run for the Pioneers.

Khalfani Mar’Na went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI’s while Alex Mace went 2 for 4 with the winning RBI and scored a run.

Colby Vanoy picked up the win as he struck out 1 batter.

The Pioneers return to action Wednesday, March 26th when they travel to Fairmont State for a double header. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.

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Pioneers Drop Double Header to West Liberty


Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer Baseball team took on West Liberty on Saturday, March 22nd in a double header at the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

In the first game Brock McClung would get the start on the mound for GSC and would get off to a great start as he had a no hitter heading into the top of the third inning. However West Liberty would get their bats swinging as they took a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning.

Then the Pioneers would cut West Liberty’s lead to one, 2-1, after Tucker Abruzzino hit a single as John Orsborn crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth.

But in the top of the sixth inning West Liberty would add five runs as they took a 7-1 lead over the Pioneers.

GSC would add another run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Ethan Szabo hit a sacrifice fly scoring Khalfani Marna making it 7-2, West Liberty.

And that’s as close as GSC would get as West Liberty would take game one of the double header, 7-2.

GSC finished the game with five hits while West Liberty finished with six hits. The Pioneers also committed three errors in the ball game.

Tucker Abruzzino went 2 for 3 with an RBI while Ethan Szabo went 1 for 2 with a RBI.

Brock McClung pitched three innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, and walked 4 batters.

In the second game of the double header West Liberty would strike first as they took a 1-0 lead over GSC in the top of the first inning.

However West Liberty would then extend their lead in the top of the second inning as they added three more runs as they took a 4-0 lead over the Pioneers.

West Liberty would continue their good play as they added another run in the top of the third inning, taking a 5-0 lead.

The Pioneers would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third after John Orsborn hit a single scoring John Royce, as GSC cut West Liberty’s lead to four, 5-1.

GSC would then add two more runs as they pulled within two, 3-5, heading into the top of the sixth inning.

However West Liberty would finish the game strong and claim a 8-4 win over the Pioneers.

Jonathan Orsborn went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s while Randy Baugher went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run.

Justin Oney pitched 5 innings allowing 7 hits, 6 runs, and struck out 2 batters.

The Pioneers return to action Sunday, March 23rd when they take on West Liberty again as they finish their four game series. Game time is 1:00 pm.

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GSC Accounting Students Offering Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2014
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV
(304) 462-6391

Glenville, WV-Glenville State College accounting students are again providing assistance to taxpayers who need help filing their basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns. The free service is available to students, faculty, staff, and local residents. There are two options available to qualifying taxpayers this year: MyFreeTaxes and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Free-File.

The GSC Department of Business Accounting 399 class partners annually with the Internal Revenue Service. Two senior accounting majors (Ashlee Henry of Powhatan, Ohio and Amy Lanham of Mt. Nebo in Nicholas County, West Virginia) are IRS certified and are helping taxpayers under the supervision of GSC Associate Professor of Business and Accounting/Cheryl McKinney, CPA.

Pictured from left to right: Glenville State College Associate Professor of Business and Accounting Cheryl McKinney, CPA supervises accounting student Ashlee Henry as she helps GSC student Robert Rogers file his income tax returns

Pictured from left to right: Glenville State College Associate Professor of Business and Accounting Cheryl McKinney, CPA supervises accounting student Ashlee Henry as she helps GSC student Robert Rogers file his income tax returns

McKinney said, “We are pleased to have assisted many campus and community folks for more than eighteen years as part of the IRS VITA program. We look forward to helping them again each year.”

A new option at the GSC site this year is MyFreeTaxes, which is an easy, fast, and secure federal and state tax filing site powered by H&R Block software. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers with a combined household income of $58 thousand or less to self-prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns free of charge by visiting and following the easy steps.

Taxpayers who prefer to have a trained volunteer assist in the tax filing process or have questions about using MyFreeTaxes can stop by the GSC VITA Free-File site. It is located in the GSC Heflin Administration Building Ernie Smith Computer Lab Room 309B. The site is open from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 15th, and no appointment is necessary.

Taxpayers may choose the TurboTax, H&R Block, FileYourTaxes, or Tax Act programs based upon eligibility criteria. Once an account is created at the GSC VITA site, it may be accessed from anywhere. One distinguishing characteristic of VITA Free-File is that taxpayers may electronically file both federal and state returns at no charge. If accessed directly without first acquiring an account through the on-campus VITA Free-File site or the MyFreeTaxes online portal, there will be a charge for the state return.

Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance from the GSC VITA Free-File site and accounting students should bring: copies of their 2012 tax returns, wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), any other relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/ direct payment if desired.

Students who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees should each bring a copy of their Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school that lists tuition and fees paid and scholarships received. Those who cannot locate that document may request a duplicate copy or find it on their EdNet accounts. Students should also retain receipts for other course-related expenses such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for the courses at eligible educational institutions.

For more information about the GSC VITA Free File or MyFreeTaxes program, contact McKinney at or (304) 462-6263.

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Pioneers Fall to West Liberty

Men's Basketball

Donte Morales scored a game high 24 points in the Pioneer 88-72 loss to West Liberty

East Stroudsburg, Pa. - The Glenville State Pioneers fell to the West  Liberty Hilltoppers in the first round of the NCAA DII Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon, 88-72.

West Liberty jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first 10 minutes and led by as many as 22 points in the second half, however Glenville refused to give up and mounted a late comeback that closed the gap to 43-36 with a minute left in the half. But West Liberty would hit a three-pointer and head into the locker room with a 46-36 lead at halftime.

In the second half GSC stayed right with the Hilltoppers, but West Liberty would make a a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach as GSC fell, 88-72.

Harris, the 2014 Atlantic Region Player of the Year, led WLU with 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals. Dyer finished with 15 points while Hester added 13 points and seven boards and Bonifant chipped in with 13 points.

Morales led all scorers with 24 points for the Pioneers, who also got 16 points from Lamar Mallory.

The Pioneers had a great season as they finished with a 18-11 record and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

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