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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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Create West Virginia Conference in Glenville October 26-28

Glenville, WV – Create West Virginia, the statewide grass-roots initiative stimulating Innovation Economy growth in West Virginia, and The Building Conference, West Virginia’s placemaking conference, will hold their first-ever joint conference in partnership with Glenville State College in Glenville, WV, October 26-28, 2014.

“This year’s conference will break barriers in how our state thinks about growth and prosperity,” said conference creative director Rebecca Kimmons. “We want entrepreneurs, engineers, contractors, business and community leaders and educators to think about how connecting cultures through social and technology networks can generate new opportunities for our citizens.”

This year’s joint conferences are also unique with their unprecedented participation by young people, especially college students. Glenville State College is serving as host venue and planning partner with Create West Virginia and The Building Conference to stimulate feedback and ideas from the next generation of West Virginia leaders.

“As a participant in past Create West Virginia Conferences, I’ve seen first-hand how ideas and connections are sparked at this very unique conference,” said Dr. Peter Barr, Glenville State College president. “It became obvious to me that holding this statewide training and networking conference at GSC would add new opportunities to generate an even more exciting level of innovative thinking.”

The Building Conference portion of the agenda, organized by WV GreenWorks with support from West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center, WVU College of Creative Arts, and the US Green Building Council WV focuses on the design and retrofitting of West Virginia’s buildings, communities and public places to attract and retain innovative, entrepreneurial people. “Partnering with Create WV makes it easier to bring everyone together who can and is making a difference across this state. We’re providing an expansion of Create WV’s Quality of Place track this year because so much more public discussion and cross pollination is needed on the subjects of making our building stock, public places and communities not only more attractive, but more efficient, healthier and supportive of the creativity of the people who use them,” said Sarah Halstead, WVSU Extension’s Community and Economic Development Specialist.

The Building Conference agenda at Create West Virginia offers Local Economic Development credits and points for development professionals working for the state, and with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

With support from the City of Glenville and Gilmer County, the conference will integrate nationally-recognized keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and cultural experiences into the conference.

Speaker highlights include:

•    Dr. Mark Bates is the son and grandson of Mingo County coal miners and has been involved in medical device innovation for 20 years. He holds  over 60 US issued and pending patents in the areas of stents, embolic protection, gene therapy, stem cell implantation, regenerative therapy, nanotechnology, spinal cord injury, catheter design and drug delivery. The founder of several medical start-up companies, he is CEO and founder of Nexeon MedSystems, Inc., a translational research company. He attended Marshall University, and graduated from WV State University and WVU Medical School.

•    Carla Diana is a “hybrid designer” focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. She is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program and an advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices. She is also a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.

•    Majora Carter, founder and CEO of the Majora Carter Group, is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship winner and a community revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.  She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems and one of the first and most watched TED Talk speakers.

•    Paul Garnett is a Director in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, where he focuses on promoting higher-bandwidth, more efficient and ubiquitous spectrum-based broadband connectivity. He has been instrumental in the development of TV White Space technology, which has been used to bring broadband Internet to rural areas of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Paul’s team, in partnership with WVNet, will bring this cutting-edge technology to Glenville for a special demonstration during the conference.

•    Ed O’Malley is the CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, an initiative from the Kansas Health Foundation that equips people with skills to make positive change for the common good.

•    Tom Welch of Tom Welch Consulting is an education consultant, thought leader and former “Director of Seeding Innovation” in Kentucky’s Department of Education.

Create West Virginia will continue its tradition of infusing diverse cultural and learning experiences throughout the conference. Showcasing Glenville’s legacy as a folk music and history center, renowned bluegrass and folk musicians will share music throughout the conference. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen will join Karyn Calabrese and Kate Long in a session focused on using food to stimulate economic development, create jobs, and address health and wellness issues. DC Central Kitchen leads the nation in reducing hunger with recycled food, training adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

The 2014 Placemakers Awards will also be conferred on Monday evening, October 27, celebrating high performance buildings, communities and people. The US Green Building Council will offer an overview of the new LEED Version 4 accreditation program, while statewide water quality, energy and building code experts share trends in innovation, legislation, and accountability.

Sunday afternoon’s pre-conference program will offer free sessions for community members and any visitor to Glenville. Sessions on October 26 including training workshops on using YouTube and digital content to promote your cause or business, digital communication etiquette, and developing a unique value proposition for your organization.

The public is also invited to join building owners, designers, architects, engineers, energy efficiency experts and planners for a free community design session focused on a portion of downtown Glenville. Facilitated by West Virginia chapters of the US Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects, this event will offer valuable information to all community leaders, planners and building owners on best practices for revitalization of buildings and public spaces for efficiency, lower operational costs and beautification.

A variety of attendance options are available, ranging from one-day passes to full-conference participation in both Create West Virginia and The Building Conference. All registration offers and pricing, along with the full conference agenda and speaker lineup can be found at Questions or sponsorship inquiries can be forwarded to

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Pioneers Dominate UVa-Wise on the Road


Fullback Billy Perkins caught two passes for 13 yards and a touchdown in the Pioneers 35-9 win over UVa-Wise

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team scored on their first two offensive possessions of the ball game and never looked back as the Pioneers would dominate the UVa-Wise Cavaliers on the road 35-9.

Rahmann Lee would score on a one yard touchdown run, his 10th of the season, and Sean Steele would hit Lee for an 84 yard touchdown pitch and catch as the Pioneers would take a 14-0 lead after the first quarter of play.

The Pioneers would add to their lead in the second quarter at the 10:36 minute mark as Steele hit fullback Billy Perkins on a five yard touchdown pass, his first touchdown catch of his career, as GSC claimed a 21-0 lead.

UVa-Wise would get on the score board in at the 4:00 minute mark of the second quarter as Von Purvis scored from one yard out as the Cavaliers cut the Pioneers lead to 14 points, 21-7.

However the Pioneers would add another touchdown right before halftime as Sean Steele hit Dante Absher from five yards out as Glenville State took a 28-7 lead into the half.

In the third quarter UVa-Wise would force a Pioneers safety as the Cavaliers blocked a punt attempt by Tanner Wright in the endzone as Wright would fall on it making it, 28-9.

In the fourth quarter GSC would put the game away as Sean Steele hit Ralph Gordon on a 23 yard touchdown pass, Steele’s fourth touchdown pass of the game, as the Pioneers would be victorious on the road at UVa-Wise, 35-9.

The Pioneers ran 64 total plays for 403 total yards of offense while UVa-Wise ran 75 plays but for only 200 total yards of offense. Both team played a clean game as GSC only had three penalties for 25 yards while the Cavaliers had five penalties for 30 yards.

GSC was three for four in the red-zone while the Cavaliers went one for two.

Rahmann Lee continued to put up monster numbers as he rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Sean Steele went 14 for 28 for 244 yards and four touchdowns, his favorite target was Dante Absher as he caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Also for GSC wideout Ralph Gordon caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

The Pioneers defense was led by linebacker Jordan Kesson as he had 10 total tackles while defensive end Gary Henderson also finished the game with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Defensive lineman Hunter McWhorter finished with seven tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss.

UVa-Wise was led by running back Von Purvis as he rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

The Pioneers return home to I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium next Saturday, October 25th when Notre Dame College travels to Glenville.

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GSC Hosts College Fair and Gear-Up Program Friday

More than 400 high school students spent the day at Glenville State
College Friday participaing in a multi-college fair and WV GEAR-UP

Fifty colleges from throughout WV and surrounding states sent
representatives to the college fair, designed for juniors and seniors from
Braxton, Lewis and Gilmer Counties.

In addition, 200 GEAR-UP students from Clay, Roane, Webster and Wirt
counties visited the GSC campus for morning tours. Both groups of students
joined for lunch, followed by a GEAR-UP presentation in the Fine Arts Center..

West Virginia GEAR UP helps students pursue their dreams of earning a college
diploma or skillset certificate. For more information about GEAR-UP visit its
website at

For more information about Glenville State College visit its website at Anyone interested in attending GSC should
contact the enrollment / admissions office at 304-462-6130 or

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GSC’s Homecoming Court Announced


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2014 Homecoming Court

(l-r) Freshman Princess Rachel Clutter, Junior Prince & 2014-15 Pioneer Mascot Robert Hensley, Junior Princess Tia LeMaster, Senior Prince Joseph Overbaugh, Senior Princess Chelsey Dorsey, King John Royce, Queen KayDee Mansheim, Senior Prince Kalleone Moret, Senior Princess Caitlin Gwinn, Sophomore Prince Tyler Cooper, Sophomore Princess Allegra Davis (not pictured: Freshman Prince Trey Abbott); Court Attendants (in front) include Jackson King, Hailey Adkins, Aubrey Adkins, and Christian Walters

GLENVILLE, WV – In accordance with tradition, the 2014 Glenville State College Homecoming Court was announced at the annual Coronation Ceremony on Monday, October 6th, and then presided over all of the following week’s events; including the homecoming dance, picnic, pep rally, parade, and Saturday football game.

KayDee Mansheim, a senior from Ripley, West Virginia who is majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in behavioral disorders, was crowned queen. Mansheim is the daughter of Tim and Sheila Mansheim. In addition to participating in GSC’s Pioneers for a Cause group, she also is a front desk worker in Goodwin Hall and works at a local daycare center. After completing her degree, she plans to work in an area that will allow her the opportunity to help children in difficult situations.

John Royce, a senior from Cleveland, Ohio who is majoring in psychology, was crowned king. He is the son of Carol Royce and serves as the Student Government Association secretary. He also is a member of Pioneers for a Cause, the Behavioral Science Club, GSC’s Pioneer Baseball team, and serves as a Resident Assistant. After completing his degree at GSC, he plans to obtain a master’s degree in criminal justice and work in probation at the federal level.

Senior Princesses included Chelsea Dorsey and Caitlin Gwinn. Dorsey, the daughter of Sara Legg of Summersville, West Virginia, is a music education major, a member of the National Association for Music Education, Kappa Delta Pi, GSC’s Marching Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and is a Resident Assistant. She plans to live in Alaska and teach middle school music. Gwinn, the daughter of Tommy and Doris Gwinn of Summersville, West Virginia, is a psychology major and participates in community service activities at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg and with Boy Scout organizations. Her goal is to become a medical officer in the WV National Guard.  She also wants to pursue a master’s degree in social work and do therapy for young children.
Senior Princes included Kalleone Moret and Joseph Overbaugh. Moret, from Roanoke, Virginia, is a business management major, a member of the Pioneer Men’s Basketball team, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After completing his degree from GSC, he plans to obtain his master’s degree in business administration. Overbaugh is the son of James and Ada Overbaugh of Mt. Zion, West Virginia. He is majoring in chemistry and physics education and is a member of Chi Beta Phi, the American Chemical Society, and GSC’s Student Government Association. He also is a Hidden Promise Scholar and an Energy Express Mentor. After graduation, he intends to teach in West Virginia and become active in his community.

Junior royalty includes Princess Tia LeMaster and Prince Robert Hensley. LeMaster, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, is the daughter of Mary and Jeff LeMaster. She is a biology and chemistry major, member of GSC’s Lady Pioneer Softball team, Chi Beta Phi, and is a Hidden Promise Mentor. She plans to attend physician’s assistant school and earn her master’s degree to become a pediatric physician’s assistant. Hensley, from Dundalk, Maryland, also serves as GSC’s 2014-15 Pioneer Mascot. He is a math education major and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, Student Support Services, and participates in theater.

Sophomore royalty includes Princess Allegra Davis and Prince Tyler Cooper. Davis, from Salem, West Virginia, is the daughter of Jennifer Coban. She is a psychology/sociology major, participates in theater, and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, Student Support Services, GSC’s Student Government Association, and is a Hidden Promise Scholar.  Cooper, of Bridgewater, Virginia, is the son of Don and Teresa Cooper. He is a criminal justice major and serves as the secretary for Sigma Omega Beta, is the treasurer of the Pioneer Shooting Club, and is a part of the GSC Honors Program. He intends to work in the federal criminal justice system after graduation.

Freshmen royalty includes Princess Rachel Clutter and Prince Trey Abbott. Clutter, of Webster Springs, West Virginia, is the daughter of George and Kelley Clutter. She is an early education major, a member of Alpha Theta Xi, and an Americorps member. Her future goal is to become the best teacher she can be and impact her students in a positive way. Abbott is the son of David and Kelly Abbott of Kenna, West Virginia. He is a forestry and environmental science major, member of the Glenville Environmental Club, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild. He also enjoys Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, weight-lifting, Army ROTC, and is the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troup 419. He plans to become a forester for Alpha Coal and build a log cabin home utilizing his forestry skills.

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GSC Announces First Winter Commencement Will Be December 13th


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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College will conduct its first full winter commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in GSC’s Fine Arts Center Auditorium.  In the past, students who completed their degree requirements at the end of the fall term were honored at a recognition ceremony in December and were then encouraged to return to GSC the following May to participate in the formal commencement.

The December ceremony makes participation much easier for students who, in many cases would have difficulty attending a spring event due to graduate pursuits or employment constraints.

Students on track to graduate in December have been notified. Tickets are not necessary for guests to attend and the Fine Arts Center is handicap accessible. More information will become available as plans are finalized.

For more information students can call (304) 462-4122.

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