FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2013
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Glenville State College
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Glenville, WV—The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) sponsors Higher Education Day every year during the legislative session. The annual event is designed to salute West Virginia’s higher education institutions and to inform students, policymakers, and the public about post-secondary educational opportunities in West Virginia. Higher Education Day 2013 was hosted by Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Mr. James Skidmore, Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education; and Mr. Ben Exley, IV, Executive Director of the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities Inc.
West Virginia’s Higher Education Day 2013 was held at the State Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, March 21st. Representatives from more than thirty of the state’s colleges and universities set up displays in the upper rotunda of the West Virginia State Capitol Building promoting their institutions. Faculty, staff, students, and administrators from each institution manned their booths by handing out information, talking with the public, and visiting with members of the West Virginia Legislature.
The display for Glenville State College included a promotional literature explaining GSC programs and fields of study that are available as well as photographs of the campus. GSC faculty and staff attending the event were: GSC President Dr. Peter Barr, Executive Assistant to the President and Hidden Promise Scholar Program Director Teresa Sterns, GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Program Coordinators Whitney Stalnaker and Stacy Adkins, and GSC Director of Alumni Affairs and Special Assistant to the President Debbie Nagy.
GSC Hidden Promise Scholars met with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin during Higher Education Day. Pictured left to right: Gabriella Brown, GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Coordinator Whitney Stalnaker, Allegra Davis, GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Coordinator Stacy Adkins, Ethan Epling, First Lady Joanne Jeager Tomblin, Scott Ashley, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Dillon Hovorka, Ashley Lambey, Tyler Fourtney, Autumn Harkins, and Jacob Yocum.
Glenville Sate College was also represented by nine GSC Hidden Promise Scholars: freshman Business Administration major Scott Ashley of Clendenin (Roane County), junior Education major Gabriella Brown of Arnoldsburg (Calhoun County), freshman Education major Allegra Davis of Salem (Doddridge County), junior Natural Resource Management major Ethan Epling of Spencer (Roane County), freshman History/Political Science major Tyler Fortney of Elkins (Randolph County), sophomore Education major Autumn Harkins of Grantsville (Calhoun County), freshman Education major Dillon Hovorka of Marlinton (Pocahontas County), freshman General Studies major Ashley Lambey of Clay (Clay County), and freshman Education major Jacob Yocum of Elkins (Randolph County). The students met Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and had their picture taken with him. They were also acknowledged during the session of the West Virginia House of Delegates by House Majority Leader Brent Boggs (D-Braxton County) of the 34th district.
Approximately one-hundred and fifty West Virginia GEAR UP high school students were also in attendance with displays highlighting a variety of initiatives and events held over the past year to assist students in planning, applying, and paying for education and training beyond high school.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presented Hill, Skidmore, Exley, and the college and university presidents with a proclamation declaring March 21, 2013 as Higher Education Day. Similar ceremonies were held in the state’s House Chamber and the Senate Chamber.