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Annual GSC Literary Magazine Reading Scheduled - 04.28.17

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Students, faculty, and staff in the Glenville State College Department of Language and Literature are celebrating the recent completion of the 2017 Trillium with the 14th Annual Trillium Reading to be held on Friday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Multipurpose Room (315A).

The reading, which will give the writers, poets, and artists a chance to bring their works to life in a spoken-word format, also will include an open microphone session to allow members of the audience to present poems, songs, or other literary works. The event is free and open to the public.

The Trillium, Glenville State College’s student literary magazine since 1979, contains poetry, fiction, photographs, and drawings from GSC students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Free copies of the 2017 Trillium will be available at the reading, in the Department of Language and Literature located in the Heflin Administration Building, and other various locations around campus.

For more information about the Trillium reading, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jonathan Minton at or 304.462.6322.

GSC Land Resources Department Planning Annual Golf Tournament

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Planning is underway for the 19th Annual Glenville State College Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, April 28 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Bel Meadow Golf Club in Clarksburg, West Virginia, will again be used to enhance student learning within GSC’s Natural Resource Management programs.

Funds received from the golf tournament will help provide extra tools and equipment for students studying environmental, forestry, land surveying, land management, and other natural resource management programs at GSC.

Multiple prizes are available, including two hole-in-one prizes of $10,000 cash and a STIHL Homeowner’s Package (package consists of a MS170 Chainsaw with 16-inch bar, BG 86 Handheld Blower, and FS70R Trimmer) and a closest second shot prize of a STIHL MS251 Chainsaw. The top three teams will receive cash awards and trophies including $400 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Prizes also will be awarded for Closest to Pin, Log Driver Champion, Longest Putt, and Longest Drive.

Participants can enter the scramble golf outing for an entry fee of $80 per person or $320 per team of four. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch. Organizations and individuals are also welcome to sponsor a hole, starting at $100. Sponsors will be recognized in a GSC Department of Land Resources newsletter and will have the name of the person or organization displayed during the event. Checks can be made payable to GSC Land Resources Fundraiser and sent to Glenville State College Department of Land Resources, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

For more information and to register, contact the Land Resources Department at 304.462.6370.

WV International Film Festival

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The West Virginia International Film Festival returns to Charleston this week with a collection of films, shorts and documentaries from around the world, but also with local roots.

The spring festival officially kicks off Friday with West Virginia native Jon Matthews’ documentary “Opioid, Inc.” at the Underground Cinema at Taylor Books.

The festival will continue through Sunday, April 30.

Films will be shown at the Capitol Theater on Summers Street as well as at the new Underground Cinema.

Tickets to the films are $9 for adults and $5 for students. The WVIFF also offers a six-pack of tickets for $36.

For more information, call 304.395.6688 or visit the WVIFF online at

Here are the films that will be shown:

“Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print” (Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers from across the American South and Southern India tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer.” (From IMDB)

“Toni Erdmann” (Comedy/Drama, Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Romania) Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use

“A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard-working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.” (From IMDB)

“Tanna” (Drama/Romance, Australia) Unrated

“Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.” (From IMDB)

“The Salesman” (Drama/Thriller, Iran/France) Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody image

“While both participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife’s traumatized objections.” (From IMDB)

“Opioid, Inc.” (Short/Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“Who fueled the pill mills? How did West Virginia become the nation’s leader in overdose deaths? Opioid Inc. explores the link between prescription drug distributors and the opioid epidemic.” (From West Virginia native Jon Matthews)

“My Life as a Zucchini” (Animation/Comedy, Switzerland/France) Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material

“After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.” (From IMDB)

“Meadow Bridge” (Drama/Comedy, U.S.) Unrated

“Meadow Bridge is a coming-of-age story that follows Darcy, a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in a small West Virginia town in the late 1990s. It’s a story about growing up on the edge of poverty and possibility — about trying to reach out into the bigger world, while wrestling with where you’re from.” (From IMDB)

“Julieta” (Drama/Romance, Spain) Rated R for some sexuality/nudity

“After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.” (From IMDB)

“I Am Not Your Negro” (Documentary, France/U.S.) Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity

“In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, ‘Remember This House.’ The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.” (From IMDB)

“Death by a Thousand Cuts” (Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“In ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts,’ the brutal murder of a Dominican park ranger becomes the metaphor for increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.” (From IMDB)

“Ann Braden: Southern Patriot” (Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“‘Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006)’ is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed as a white southerner who was eloquent and prophetic by Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ Ostracized as a red, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice activists.” (From IMDB)

“American Fango” (Comedy/Drama/Romance, U.S./Italy)Unrated

“A coming-to-New-York love story about an Italian actor who comes to New York City from Rome, and through a series of misadventures becomes romantically involved with several beautiful women. Sidetracked in Los Angeles, he is ultimately transformed by the power of true love … and the realization that he is really a New Yorker at heart!” (From IMDB)

Film Festival Schedule

Friday, April 21

6:10 p.m. “Opioid Inc” With director Jon Matthews (Underground Cinema)

Saturday, April 22

5 p.m. “My Life As A Zucchini” (Underground Cinema)

Sunday, April 23

2:30 p.m. “Julieta” (Underground Cinema)

5 p.m. “Tanna” (Underground Cinema) (Alley entrance only)

Monday, April 24

6:45 p.m. “Toni Erdmann” (Capitol Theater)

7:30 p.m. “I Am Not Your Negro” (Underground Cinema)

Tuesday, April 25

6:45 p.m. “Toni Erdmann” (Underground Cinema)

7 p.m. “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print” (Capitol Theater)

Wednesday, April 26

7 p.m. “Julieta” (Capitol Theater)

7:30 p.m. “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” with co-director Mimi Pickering (Underground Cinema)

Thursday, April 27

7 p.m. “I Am Not Your Negro” (Capitol Theater)

7:30 p.m. “The Salesman” (Underground Cinema)

Friday, April 28

6 p.m. “American Fango” with screenwriter Brittany McComas (Capitol Theater)

8:45 p.m. “The Salesman” (Capitol Theater)

Saturday, April 29

4 p.m. “The Salesman” (Underground Cinema)

6:10 p.m. “Meadowbridge” with director Tijah Bumgarner (Capitol Theater)

8:55 p.m. “Tanna” (Capitol Theater)

Sunday, April 30

2:35 p.m. “I Am Not Your Negro” (Capitol Theater)

5:30 p.m. “Death By A Thousand Cuts” (Capitol Theater)

3 p.m. “My Life As A Zucchini” (Underground Cinema)

5 p.m. “American Fango” (Underground Cinema) (Alley entrance only)

Water Aerobics Being Held at GSC

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Glenville State College is hosting Water Aerobics classes on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for the remainder of the spring semester.

The classes are being held at the GSC Pool in the Health and Physical Education building.

The classes are free for GSC faculty, staff, and students; the cost for community members is $3.

The class allows people of all ages, from 10-80+ years of age, to explore the benefits of weightlessness and low-impact fitness.

For more information, contact class instructor Kathy Gilbert at 304.462.6124.

Spring Art As Therapy Workshop #2: Stained Glass Class - 05.02.17

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Give Local MOV Fast Approaching - 05.02.17

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With $150,000+ in matching funds and prizes available to distribute, the PACF’s Give Local MOV campaign aims to raise at least $300,000 for 42 local nonprofits!  On Tuesday, May 02nd from 12:00am - 11:59pm, you can multiply the impact of your gift to your favorite nonprofits working right here in in the Little Kanawha Area!   Your donations on May 2nd through enable your favorite nonprofits to earn significant matching funds and cash prizes. 

Give Local MOV is powered by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) which provides the secure online giving platform, underwrites campaign costs, and provides education for its nonprofit partners.  Many generous community supporters are supplying the critical matching funds that encourage giving.  In addition to the matching funds, hourly cash prizes sponsored by various local businesses reward nonprofits whose supporters contribute throughout the day.  

Participating nonprofits are initially assigned a share of the matching funds, then, donors who contribute online will have their gifts matched 1:1 up to the allotted share.  Should any organizations not claim their full allocation of matching funds after the 24 hours, the PACF then proportionately allocates the remaining funds among nonprofits that exceeded their initial share.  Our region’s nonprofits address many important issues that affect our community; this is a once-a-year opportunity to help them in a big way!

Participating from Little Kanawha Area:

  • Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc.:  Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. is dedicated to improving the health quality of life of all people in their service area through an innovative delivery system of services and education.
  • Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund:  The PACF’s The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate created the Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund to support the charitable needs of Gilmer County.  Grants from the fund are awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.
  • Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund:  Formed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate Advisory Board, this fund provides grant making resources to Calhoun and Wirt counties.  Grants from the fund are awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.

Visit today to see the full list of sponsors and learn more about all the participating nonprofits.   Then, return to the website on Tuesday, May 02nd to make your online donation.  For more details, contact PACF’s Development and Communications Officer, Julie Boyce at 304.428.4438.

About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit or call 304.428.4438.

Award-Winning Local Artists to Show at Glenville State College - 04.06.217 > 05.05.17

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The Spears Gallery at Glenville State College Fine Arts Center will be the location of Venerations, featuring local fine artists Derek Overfield and Lauren Adams.

The exhibit will be open to the public Thursday, April 06 through Friday, May 05, 2017, with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on April 06.

Venerations will showcase the powerful and expressive figures of Derek Overfield and the fluid landscape-inspired paintings of Lauren Adams.

Overfield is a West Virginia-raised artist who has been showing in galleries across West Virginia and the East Coast since 2004. For Overfield, figurative art has been a major part of his life, immersing himself in comic book art before he could even read. “My work brings with it a bold and heroic presence - an experience best appreciated in person - asserting the primal yet divine nature of mankind, the potent and strange force of humanity,” he says.

He received his bachelors in Fine Arts/Graphic Design from Fairmont State University where he began to work from live models under the guidance of acclaimed painter, Lynn Boggess. Since then, his work has been shown in numerous competitions and exhibitions. In 2011, Overfield received an Award of Excellence from the West Virginia Juried Exhibition. He also represented West Virginia in the first ‘Figure50’ competition and his work will be featured in a drawing instruction book, Drawn From Life by Helen Birch, which is releasing this July.

Lauren Adams is a graduate of both Fairmont State University and West Virginia University, where she holds an Interdisciplinary BA in Studio Art and French and a BFA in Visual Art. Adams also trained under the guidance of Boggess during her time at Fairmont State where she began her love of art and art history and made it a priority to seek out as much she could by visiting world-class museums in New York, London, and Paris.

Adams has been featured with West Elm, HGTV, Elements of Style, and Kelly Market, as well as collaborating with designers and brands such as Crate & Barrel. Additionally, she creates custom paintings for clients and has works in both national and international collections. She is affiliated with Julie Wynne Jones of Atlanta, Wizzie Broach of Norfolk, and the Capital Artist Collective of Washington DC. In 2009, Adams won Best of Show at the Emerging Artists of West Virginia show at the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston, West Virginia in which her art is now part of their permanent collection.

“My work feels like an adventure - a vibrant, joyous adventure through paint,” she said.

Venerations will be open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and one hour before all GSC Fine Arts events until May 05. The artists will be present at the opening reception on April 06.

For more information, contact GSC Assistant Professor of Art Christopher Cosner at or 304.462.6349.

Electronics Recycling - 05.06.17

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Revival at Harmony United Methodist Church - May 05-07, 2015

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Gilmer Farm Show Ramp Dinner - 05.07.17

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at the Phil Osborne residence, 3758 Jones Run Road, Lumberport, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - 05.15.17

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