FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2021
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Glenville State College
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GLENVILLE, WV - Four Glenville State College (GSC) Land Resources students have been inducted into the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools (CEFTS) Honor Society. The students include Heather Moore, Lexi Pletcher, Marc Radcliff, and Katlyne Rollyson. Aside from their Associate of Science degrees in Forest Technology, all four are also working on their Bachelor of Science degrees in Natural Resource Management with majors in Forest Technology.
Each year, CEFTS inducts forest technology students who maintain a 3.3 grade point average in their forestry courses and at least a 3.0 average overall into the CEFTS Honor Society.
Moore, a junior from Duck, West Virginia, chose Glenville State’s program because she wanted to learn how to conserve and manage the beautiful forests of the Mountain State. “Glenville State College came highly recommended. The forestry courses at Glenville State College have allowed me to obtain hands-on learning experiences that I can apply in my future as a forester,” she said.
After graduation, Moore says she hopes to gain employment as a land management forester.
Pletcher, a junior from Sutton, West Virginia, came to Glenville State because she was looking for a degree that would allow her to find a career where she wouldn’t have to work inside all the time. “I’ve always heard good things about the forestry program at this school, and I really like the small class sizes and hands-on learning. This program has helped me acquire useful skills and knowledge on forestry and natural resource management that will help me find a good career in the future,” Pletcher said.
After graduation, Pletcher plans to work for a government agency, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Forest Service.
Radcliff, a sophomore from Elkview, West Virginia, heard about GSC through a camp he attended in high school. “I first heard about Glenville’s forestry program while attending the Ted Harriman Forest Industries Camp back in high school. Many of the people running the camp were retired foresters who spoke nothing but praise for Glenville’s land resource department. What really got my attention from it was how they said the program was really hands-on, going out into the field while being alongside a traditional class setting. All my life I’ve enjoyed being outside in nature, and having a degree in natural resource management would allow me to find a carrier that enables me to be outside and hopefully not be chained to a desk,” he said.
Radcliff adds that he is honored and thankful for the professors who helped him meet the requirements for entering the Honor Society.
After graduation he plans to go into wildland firefighting – something Glenville State students receive training for – before ultimately settling in West Virginia. He adds that with his degree and experience, he feels confident that he can enter any agency or field that he might enjoy.
Rollyson, a junior from Sandyville, West Virginia, says she chose the program at GSC because of the topics covered and the professors. “This program is really a little bit of everything, and I know that I could do almost anything I want with it. The courses I have taken here are hands-on. You go out, you walk, you operate equipment, you get dirty, and you learn. My classes have taught me a great deal not only in the realm of knowledge but also in experience. Any career I go into in the future, I know I will be prepared for,” she said.
Rollyson says that being inducted into the Honor Society was a great surprise. “Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “It is a big deal to me that I received this award, because it helps me see that my hard work is paying off. It is an honor to receive an award such as this.”
“I commend these hard-working students on achieving excellent grades during their forestry program. The knowledge and skills that they have acquired will serve them well in their careers,” said Dr. Brian Perkins, Associate Professor of Forestry.
According to CEFTS, the primary purposes of the Honor Society are to promote and recognize high standards of scholarship, leadership, and character among forest technology students, to encourage and foster high ethical standards of technical forestry and professional positions held by forest technology students, to assemble a group of outstanding students who by scholastic accomplishment, service and high character have been recognized for these traits and are capable of recognizing these traits in others, to promote the art and science of technical forestry, and to render service and cooperate with the student bodies and the agricultural and natural resource divisions of the respective institutions.
For more information about the programs of the Department of Land Resources at Glenville State College, contact the Department of Land Resources at Land.Resources@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6370.