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Conover Named Curtis Elam Professor at GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2014

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Glenville, WV—Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover has received the 2014 Curtis Elam Professor for Teaching Excellence Award.  To be eligible for consideration faculty members must be tenured or be making satisfactory progress toward tenure, have a record of scholarship and service regarding the improvement of teaching, a record of dedication to the preparation of teachers and innovation in pedagogy, and have a record of successful partnerships with the public schools to advance the teaching/learning process.

The award, which is effective for three years, also provides $5,000 per year to support additional professional development for the designated professor.

“I’m elated to receive the Curtis Elam Award for Teaching Excellence as it will allow me to pursue several academic and scholarship aspirations. This award will solidify my continued long-term research to understand life-history tradeoffs of high elevation sparrows in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, assist the formation of a collaborative project between GSC and Gilmer County High School to study the influence of feral cats on breeding songbirds native to Gilmer County, and I also hope to develop an affordable study abroad opportunity for GSC students to learn first-hand about Tropical Field Biology in Costa Rica,” said Conover.

GSC's Dr. Ross Conover in a campus biology lab with a few zoological assistants

GSC's Dr. Ross Conover in a campus biology lab with a few zoological assistants

Conover is in his sixth year at GSC. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in environmental science and wildlife from Unity College in Maine, a Master’s of Science degree in biology from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in animal ecology from Iowa State University.

In addition to his teaching duties, Conover is also a member of several professional organizations and enjoys avian related research. Most recently he completed three years of bird surveys which took place in northwestern Mississippi. That research was published in The American Midland Naturalist. He is also at the helm of the self-proclaimed ‘Little Kanawha Navy’ that has initiated cleanup efforts on sections of the Little Kanawha River in Gilmer County for the past three years.

“Being named the Curtis Elam Professor is a tremendous accomplishment because it is so highly competitive. It also shows that his peers and administrators felt he was deserving of this award. Ross already possesses enormous skills in the instruction of our students, and I’m sure that the activities he has planned for the next three years will only enhance his abilities,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr.

The late Curtis Elam, a 1949 GSC graduate, established the Curtis Elam Faculty Award as a tribute to the faculty of Glenville State College in recognition of the help and guidance they provided to him in obtaining his undergraduate degree. Elam found a home at Glenville State College where he excelled as a football player and earned a degree. After graduation, Mr. Elam, a native of Oklahoma, devoted his entire life to teaching and child advocacy.

In addition to the Teaching Excellence award, Curtis Elam’s endowment to his alma mater established a scholarship program for college students with disabilities by funding special support services for them, as well as the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame.

Conover is the fifth GSC Curtis Elam Professor. Other winners were Dr. Joe Evans (2002), Professor Emerita Dr. Sherry Jones (2005), Dr. Rico Gazal (2008), and Teresa Dody (2011). He will be officially recognized with the honor at the spring faculty and staff welcome back meeting in January.

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Pioneers Fall at Walsh, 31-23

Football

Dante Absher was the teams leading receiver as he caught seven passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns in the, 31-23 loss to Walsh

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football team dropped their second game in a row as they fell to Walsh University, 31-23, this Saturday on the road.

In the first quarter action the Pioneers saw Walsh take the opening drive 54 yards on 10 plays as the Cavaliers hit a 38 yard field goal from Michael Dudics to go up, 3-0. The Pioneers would come up short on their first possession of the game as GSC would fail on a fourth down conversion giving the ball back to Walsh.

The Cavaliers would then make the Pioneers pay. Walsh would take their next possession 71 yards on nine plays as quarterback Jason Fracassa completed a 16 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Schrock at the 1:16 minute mark of the first quarter as Walsh lead the Pioneers, 10-0.

The Pioneers would get on the scoreboard at the 4:38 minute mark of the second quarter as Tanner Wright hit a 21 yard field goal as GSC pulled within seven points, 10-3.

Late in the second quarter Walsh’s quarterback Jason Fracassa would be picked off by GSC’s cornerback DeMarcus Davis at the Walsh 32 yard line with just 32 second left till halftime. The Pioneers would then turn the Walsh turnover into points as quarterback Dante Roberts hit Dante Absher on a one yard touchdown pass as GSC tied it up at 10-10 as they headed into halftime.

In the third quarter Walsh would add seven points at the 7:35 minute mark as Aaron Male scored on a nine yard run as Pioneers fell behind, 17-10. But GSC would answer right back as Tevin Drake would score from 12 yards out as the Pioneers tied it up at 17-17.

However Walsh again would add another touchdown as the Cavaliers took a, 24-17 lead as we headed into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers again would answer as Dante Absher caught his second touchdown pass of the day from Dante Roberts, this touchdown pass coming from 16 yards out, but GSC would still be behind by one point, 24-23, after Tanner Wright’s PAT was blocked.

The Cavaliers would then take command of the game with just 4:41 left in the game as Aaron Male scored on a 43 yard touchdown run as Walsh took an eight point lead, 31-23.

The Pioneers would have another possession to try and tie it up but on first down and ten Dante Roberts would be picked off by Jamaris Brown as the Cavaliers would then hold on to the ball and run out the clock as the Pioneers fell on the road to Walsh, 31-23.

The Pioneers ran 74 total plays for 381 yards while Walsh ran 60 plays for 348 total yards.

GSC had four turnovers on the game while Walsh only turned it over twice. The Pioneers really struggled on third down as they converted just 5 of 15 while the Cavaliers went 8 of 13 on third down.

The Pioneers however went 3 for 3 in the red zone scoring.

Tevin Drake led the ground attack for the Pioneers as he rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. GSC’s outstanding running back Rahmann Lee only carried the ball once for seven yards before leaving the game due to an ankle injury, which he injured prior to the game.

Quarterback Dante Roberts, who replaced Sean Steele who is out due to an injury, threw for 241 yards as he went 20 for 39 with two touchdowns but had three costly interceptions.

Dante Absher was the teams leading receiver as he caught seven passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Kyle caught just three passes but finished with 68 yards.

Hunter McWhorter led the Pioneers defense with eight tackles while Devin Cain finished with seven tackles and one tackle-for-loss.

The Pioneers finish up the season next Saturday, November 15th when they return home to I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium as they take on West Virginia State University on Senior Day. Kick-off is set for 1:00pm.

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Historic Mother Jones Presentation Coming to GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV – Traditional storyteller Karen Vuranch is bringing history to life at Glenville State College through her portrayal of historical activist, Mary Harris, in a presentation of  ‘Mother Jones: A Presentation on the Life of Mary Harris’.  The drama, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 13th, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 315 of the Mollohan Campus Community Center, is made possible by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council and is being organized by the GSC Department of Social Science.

Karen Vuranch

Karen Vuranch

Mary Harris was a vocal and engaging early twentieth century promoter of the rights of coal mine labor through collective organization. ‘Mother Jones’ was an important personality in the fight to improve working and living conditions of miners and their families. Vuranch’s performance of Mother Jones will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the lives of miners and their families and the strength and determination of one of America’s early leaders.

Vuranch combines storytelling and drama to create an engaging presentation. From novelist Pearl S. Buck to chef Julia Child and children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder, she has been presenting historic female personalities for many years.

This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the GSC Department of Social Science at (304) 462-4124.

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Shelly Ratliff Successfully Defends Dissertation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2014

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Dr. Shelly Ratliff was congratulated by her Education Department colleagues after successfully defending her dissertation

Dr. Shelly Ratliff was congratulated by her Education Department colleagues after successfully defending her dissertation

GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Education Shelly Ratliff has wrapped up six years’ of effort on her doctoral degree and successfully defended her dissertation at Marshall University. Ratliff, who began her teaching career in Calhoun County, has been an instructor at GSC for nearly six years. Her dissertation is titled ‘A Study of Kindergarten Teachers’ Ability to Teach the Kindergarten Informational Text Standards in Fifteen West Virginia School Districts.’

“I began pursuing my doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in literacy in spring 2009.  Initially, I took course work but for the past 20 months I have been writing my dissertation and collecting data. The data collection consisted of sending surveys to kindergarten teachers, conducting telephone interviews, and doing classroom observations,” said Ratliff.

“I would like to thank the Education Department at GSC for being so supportive and encouraging me from the beginning. I also would like to credit my parents, Don, a 1972 GSC graduate, and Susie Sheets, and my family for their support and encouragement,” she continued.

Ratliff’s doctoral degree will be officially conferred at the MU graduation ceremony in December. She also is a 2002 graduate of Glenville State College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with specialties in English Education, Elementary Education, and Early Education. She received her Master’s Degree from Marshall University with a focus in Reading. She resides in Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Brooklyn.

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GSC Forest Technology Students Help at Bulltown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2014

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Members of the GSC group who recently helped removed trees at Bulltown campground. (l-r) Tiffany Jarrett, Mr. Tom Snyder, Holly Crider, Joshua Kaplan, Christina Hensley, Casey Brown, Danial Finney, Dr. Brian Perkins, Andrew Bailes, and Kyle Troutman

Members of the GSC group who recently helped removed trees at Bulltown campground. (l-r) Tiffany Jarrett, Mr. Tom Snyder, Holly Crider, Joshua Kaplan, Christina Hensley, Casey Brown, Danial Finney, Dr. Brian Perkins, Andrew Bailes, and Kyle Troutman

GLENVILLE, WV – Students, faculty, and staff in the Timber Harvesting Techniques class at Glenville State College recently performed community service by removing declining white ash trees at Burnsville Lake’s Bulltown Campground. The class was invited to conduct the work by Benjamin Coulter who is a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a graduate of the Forest Technology and Natural Resource Management programs at GSC.

“This community service was a great experience for the students. It allowed them to utilize their forestry skills that they have developed in our program. They also saw the effect that the Emerald Ash Borer is having on our ash trees throughout the state,” said Assistant Professor of Forestry Dr. Brian Perkins.

The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native invasive beetle that kills white ash trees and other native ash species. It was first discovered in West Virginia in Fayette County in 2007 and has since spread to numerous counties. While removing the white ash trees at the campground, students learned about internship opportunities with the Corps of Engineers.

“I am proud to be an alumnus of Glenville State College and I greatly appreciate the group from the Timber Harvesting Techniques class for coming out to remove the white ash trees from the campground,” said Coulter who graduated with degrees from GSC in 2007 and 2011.

“Our trip to the Bulltown campground was a very good learning opportunity. It provided excellent hands-on experience for safe timber harvesting techniques and work practices. Plus the class got to speak with a Corps of Engineers representative who gave us a lot of great information about internships and future job opportunities,” said Casey Brown who is a GSC junior and a forest technology and natural resource management major from Valley Fork, West Virginia.

For more information about the Department of Land Resources at GSC, contact (304) 462-4135.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. Walsh University – Game Ten

Football

Game Central: Glenville State vs. Walsh University – Game Ten

Glenville, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football teams three game winning streak has come to an end as the team suffered a tough road loss at Shepherd University, 37-14.

The Pioneers would take the opening possession and drive it 87 yards on nine plays as Sean Steele hit tight-end Jake Harper from 19 yards out for the touchdown as Glenville State went up, 7-0.

On Shepherds first possession they would drive it 48 yards on seven plays, but the Pioneers defense would hold them to just a field goal from 33 yards out making it, 7-3.

In the second half, it would be all Shepherd as they would add a touchdown in the third quarter and scored two more touchdowns in the fourth as the Rams held a 37-7 lead. The Pioneers however would add a late score as backup quarterback Dante Roberts hit Ralph Gordon on a 50 yard touchdown pass as the Pioneers would fall, 37-14.

GSC’s running back Rahmann Lee led the Pioneers rushing attack as he rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Sean Steele went 9 for 15 for 91 yards a touchdown and an interception before leaving the game due to the ankle injury.

Backup quarterback Dante Roberts went 17 for 27 for 183 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Dante Absher was the team’s leading receiver as he caught nine passes for 78 yards while Ralph Gordon caught six balls for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Gary Henderson led the Pioneers defense with nine tackles on the day while James Johnson chipped in with six tackles.

The Walsh Cavaliers come into the game after snapping a  seven-game road losing streak as they scored 21 fourth quarter points as they defeated Northern Michigan University (2-7, 1-7) by a final score of, 27-24, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Last year the Pioneers defeated Walsh, 33-21, at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. Saturday’s match-up between the Pioneers and Cavaliers starts at 11:00am.

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Interactive Murder Mystery at GSC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV—The Glenville State College theatre group is finalizing its fall production of ‘Mandate for Murder,’ which will take place for one night only on Thursday, November 13th in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

‘Mandate for Murder,’ an interactive murder mystery that centers on political corruption and murder, is under the direction of junior English major Lindsey “Luna” Acree from Ripley (Jackson County), West Virginia. Throughout the play the audience will help solve the mystery of a political aide who was stabbed to death at a party.

“This has been a very positive experience for me. When Dennis Wemm, GSC’s Professor of Communication and theater director, mentioned that there was going to be a student-directed play, I jumped at the opportunity. This has become a great learning experience and has given me a better appreciation for directors and the work they do,” said Acree.

Admission for this one-night-only performance is $3. For more information or to reserve tickets early, contact Wemm at Dennis.Wemm@glenville.edu or by calling (304) 462-6323.

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Glenville State Lady Pioneers Ranked 19th in USA Today Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll

Women's Basketball
The Glenville State Lady Pioneer women’s basketball team is ranked 19th in the USA Today Sports Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll

Glenville, W.Va. - The Glenville State Lady Pioneer women’s basketball team has been ranked 19th in the USA Today Sports Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll.

The Lady Pioneers found out this past Monday that they have also been ranked third in the Mountain East Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll only behind West Liberty and Charleston.

Glenville State finished the 2013-14 season ranked 13th in the USA Today Sports Women’s Basketball Poll after finishing with a 29-4 record, they won the MEC Regular Season Championship and the Conference Tournament Championship. GSC also hosted the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.

However the Lady Pioneers lost eight seniors from last year’s team but they do have several key returners and some outstanding newcomers. Keyanna Tate returns for her senior season after averaging 10.8 points per contest last year, also returning for the Lady Pioneers are senior guard Madison Martin and junior forward Briauna Nix.

The Lady Pioneers kickoff the 2014-15 season on the road at #13 Gannon University on Saturday, November 15th with tip-off schedule for 5:30 pm, be sure and check www.glenville.edu/atheltics for all Lady Pioneer Basketball news, stats, and results.

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Men’s Basketball Team Picked Fifth in MEC Preseason Poll

Men's Basketball
GSC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Stephen Dye at the MEC Basketball Media Day

Bridgeport, W.Va. - West Liberty, which played for the NCAA Division II title last season, has been picked to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference championship after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Hilltoppers garnered eight first place votes and finished with 118 points. West Liberty has been ranked as the No. 1 team in the country already by Sporting News, Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times. Senior forward C.J. Hester has earned preseason All-America honors by Division II Bulletin and Basketball times.

Fairmont State, which returns 2014 MEC Freshman of the Year Thomas Wimbush, was picked to finish second with 109 points and three first-place votes. Charleston was picked to finish third with 102 points. The Golden Eagles went 21-9 last year, won the 2014 MEC Tournament and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. 

Wheeling Jesuit collected the final first-place vote and finished fourth in the poll with 89 points. Glenville State was picked fifth (75), followed by Shepherd (70), Notre Dame (56), West Virginia State (48) and UVa-Wise (38). West Virginia Wesleyan and Concord tied for 10th with 37 points, and Urbana was 12th with 13 points.

The poll was released on Monday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

The men’s basketball season begins on Friday, Nov. 15.

Mountain East Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rk. Team Points
1. West Liberty (8) 118
2. Fairmont State (3) 109
3. Charleston 102
4. Wheeling Jesuit (1) 89
5. Glenville State 75
6. Shepherd 70
7. Notre Dame 56
8. West Virginia State 48
9. UVa-Wise 38
10. West Virginia Wesleyan 37
Concord 37
12. Urbana 13
() denotes first-place votes
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Lady Pioneers Picked Third in MEC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Women's Basketball
Glenville State Lady Pioneers Head Women’s Basketball Coach Charles Marshall at the MEC Basketball Media Day

Bridgeport, W.Va. - The West Liberty Hilltoppers have been picked to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference women’s basketball championship after a vote conducted by the league,s coaches.

WLU was tabbed by the coaches to finish first earning 118 points, including eight first-place selections. The ‘Toppers, who are ranked ninth in the country by Division II Bulletin, return all five starters from last year’s squad that went 20-11 and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, West Liberty returns All-American Hillary Southworth who missed last year due to injury.

The University of Charleston was predicted to finish second with 111 points and three first-place selections. The Golden Eagles went 21-9 last year and return leading scorer Chyress Lockhart. Glenville State, winners of both the MEC regular season and tournament titles a year ago, finished third with 97 points.

Fairmont State received the final first-place vote and finished fourth with 93 points. Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish fifth with 70 points, followed by West Virginia State (68), Notre Dame (61) and Shepherd (49). Concord was tabbed ninth with 43 points, and Urbana (40), UVa-Wise (27) and West Virginia Wesleyan completed the poll.

The poll was released on Monday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

The women’s basketball season begins on Friday, Nov. 15.

Mountain East Conference

Mountain East Conference
Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rk. Team Points
1. West Liberty (8) 118
2. Charleston (3) 111
3. Glenville State 97
4. Fairmont State (1) 93
5. Wheeling Jesuit 70
6. West Virginia State 68
7. Notre Dame 61
8. Shepherd 49
9. Concord 43
10. Urbana 40
11. UVa-Wise 27
12. West Virginia Wesleyan 15
() denotes first-place votes
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