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UHC and WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control Collaborate on the Bridge Program

Background on the Bridge Program:

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation committed $25M in funding to Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to address health care disparities in cancer care and support. The Foundation partnered with the WVU Cancer Institute and the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative model of comprehensive, coordinated care to better meet the needs of lung cancer survivors and their caregivers.

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The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation committed $25M in funding to Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to address health care disparities in cancer care and support. The Foundation partnered with the WVU Cancer Institute and the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative model of comprehensive, coordinated care to better meet the needs of lung cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Pictured left is Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, vice president of oncology and post-acute care at UHC; Amber Shearer, RN, OCN, clinical navigator for lung cancer at UHC; and Sara Jane Gainor, MBA co-director of the WVU Cancer Institute Bridge Program.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to thoroughly address the issues that encompass all aspects of lung cancer survivors’ lives – physical, psychological, economic, and social,” Stephenie Kennedy, Ed.D., associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control and principal investigator for the program, said. “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in West Virginia and one of the most commonly diagnosed, accounting for more than 18% of the newly diagnosed cancer cases each year, indicating a need for such services in our state.

Bridge Clinic Expansion to UHC

WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control began implementing the Bridge Program in Morgantown in March 2017, and recently United Hospital Center has become part of the Bridge Program offering expanded services to lung cancer patients.

“It has been an exciting opportunity to be part of this project with the WVU Cancer Institute, as a gap in care has been identified for the Lung Cancer Survivors of West Virginia,“ said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, vice president of oncology and post-acute care at United Hospital Center. “While Lung Cancer survivors are the first to have the opportunity to participate in this bridge program, it is a model that can certainly be

extended to all those surviving cancer to improve quality of life after diagnosis and treatment. We are looking forward to this ongoing collaboration to improve cancer care for the many communities we serve.“

What Is the Bridge Program?

The goal of the WVU Cancer Institute and United Hospital Center’s Bridge Program is to improve the coordination of care and decrease the consequences of treatment for patients diagnosed with stage I, II, or III lung cancer after they complete treatment. Our clinics are designed to partner with the patient to provide a person-centered approach to survivorship care planning and to identify ongoing physical, social, emotional, and financial needs. We want to relieve any post-treatment issues and assist the patient to thrive beyond lung cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to our monthly clinic, the Bridge Program also works to:

  • Lower the impact of lung cancer recurrence by promoting increased surveillance, increase provider knowledge of survivorship issues through podcasts and an annual Lung Cancer Conference, and
  • Educate the community at large, through social media, and promotion of community

What is The Bridge Clinic?

The Bridge Program brings together health care professionals from multiple disciplines to create a comprehensive care plan tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

During the half-day clinic, each patient has the opportunity to meet individually with a nurse practitioner, licensed social worker, dietician, psychiatrist, physical therapist, and occupational therapist.

Those Enrolled In the Program Will:

  • Meet with multiple care providers in a half-day clinic
  • Receive a comprehensive, person-centered survivorship plan on the day of attendance
  • Meet with other survivors and their families
  • Receive information on valuable resources to survivors of lung cancer
  • Have continued assistance from a program coordinator, who will ensure the needs identified in the survivorship plan are met

In the months following the clinic, the patient can expect follow-up communication from the program coordinator and additional assessments that are completed to ensure patient satisfaction and assistance with ongoing health concerns/needs.

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Speeding Gadney Warnings Issued for Speeding, Unsigned Registration, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Huffman Cited for Cell phone while driving and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration College Street
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Alarm investigation Huffman All doors were secure contacted key holder Sheridan Street
Driving while Suspended Huffman Cited Walnut Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland plaza
Welfare Check Huffman Vehicle Left the area prior to my arrival US WY 33 E
MVC Huffman Vehicle left the area prior to my arrival phone pole minimal damage contacted phone company Mineral Road
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Sycamore Road
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted GCSD/WVSP with an Escaped inmate. Suspect located. FCI Gilmer
Serve Warrants Huffman Suspect arrested for WV Parole Board Center Street
Wrongful Occupation Huffman Served with Wrongful Occupation Center Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Dog Barking Complaint Huffman Owners warned about the dog barking advised if the problem continued they could be cited S. Lewis Street
Trash Complaint Huffman No One home red tagged door for trash S. Lewis Street
Non Active Domestic Huffman Referred to WVSP due to being out of City Kanawha Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Garrett/Gadney Assisted WVSP and GCSD serving DVPO and making an arrest Kanawha Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone While Driving Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Huffman Cited Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited College Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Failure to stop for stop sign Gadney Cited for Stop Sign Violation and Expired Registration Fairground Road
Stop Sign violation Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration card River Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Tree in roadway Huffman Tree fell on power lines and was blocking roadway Mon Power contacted Pine Street
Shots fired Huffman No Shots were fired sound was tree falling onto power lines Pine Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Expired MVI Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Expired MVI Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Active domestic Gadney All Verbal parties were separated E. Main Street
Shoplifting Huffman Cited Go Mart
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Powell Street
Battery on a School Employee Huffman Investigation Started Gilmer Co High
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Seatbelt, Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Driving without headlights Garrett Warning College Street
Illegal lighting Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Reckless driver Garrett Negative Contact WV HWY 5 E
Threats Garrett Caller advised didn’t want to file charges just wanted to let someone know Howard Street
Suicide Gadney Male Subject pronounced DOS Center Street
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited for Speeding and failure to produce operators N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
No MVI Gadney Cited for No MVI and Warnings issued for No Proof of Registration and Defective Equipment Fairground Road
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Linn Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Serve Warrants Huffman Suspect arrested and transported to CRJ Magistrate Court
Threats Huffman Suspect left the scene prior to my arrival.  No Direct Threats were made to individuals at the restaurant.  Suspect was later located and advised he was not allowed to be on the property or would be arrested for Trespassing Corner Stone
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Gilmer Elementary
Trash Complaint Huffman Warning Issued and was told that he had to have all the trash cleaned up or would be cited N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman No Report Completed subjects exchanged information Foodland
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Active Domestic Huffman/Garrett All verbal, no physical contact parties were separated Walnut Street
Large Altercation Huffman Altercation with approximately 30 people involved, fight was broken up and EMS made a transport to the hospital, attempted to locate suspects Powell Street/Go Mart
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Driving without headlights Gadney Cited E. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Red ribbon Week Presentation Huffman Assisted with a Drug awareness presentation Gilmer Elementary
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS with a referral Glenville
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Gilmer Co High
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Seatbelt, warnings Issued for Unsigned registration and failure to change address W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Active Domestic Huffman All Verbal parties separated E. Main  St
Reckless Driver Garrett Negative contact with the vehicle W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
MVC Garrett Accident Report Completed High St
MVC Gadney Accident Report Completed W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Conrad Motel
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Expired MVI Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited Mineral Road
Improper Registration Gadney Cited for Improper Registration and No Proof of Registration Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Mineral Road
Cell phone while Driving Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited Mineral Road
Assist Another Agency Gadney Assisted WVSP with active Domestic Wabash Ave
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Improper Lighting Gadney Suspect arrested for DUI W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration College Street
Active Domestic Huffman 1 male and 1 female arrested for Domestic Battery Charges Mountaineer Mart
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Conrad Motel

GSC to Open National Search for New Volleyball Coach

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After spending two seasons as Head Coach for the Lady Pioneer Volleyball Team, James Mercer announced Thursday that he would be stepping down effective immediately.

Mercer finishes his time at GSC with a record of 1-56 and 0-31 in the Mountain East Conference.

The Lady Pioneers graduated only one senior in 2017 and return 16 players in Bailey Brawner, Jezaray Clark-Casto, Ai Miyazaki, Madison Gargus, and Allison Parski, to name a few.

“Glenville State thanks Coach Mercer and we wish him the best of luck in the future,“ said Rusty Vineyard, GSC’s Vice President of Student Life and Athletics. Vineyard added that a national search to fill the head volleyball coach position will begin as soon as possible.

UHC Celebrates World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD), Tuesday, November 14, was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. This year’s theme is Women and Diabetes.

“Women and girls are important in the adoption of healthy lifestyles to improve the health and well-being of future generations,” said Patti Cook, RN, BSN, diabetes education coordinator at United Hospital Center. “Women are typically the gatekeepers of household nutrition and lifestyle habits; therefore, women have the potential to drive prevention.”

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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The World Diabetes Day campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic. United Hospital Center employees decided to form a circle in show of support to women with diabetes in North Central West Virginia.

There are currently more than 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries. Socioeconomic inequalities expose women to the main risk factors of diabetes, including poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and harmful use of alcohol.

Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes. Without pre-conception planning, type 1 and type 2 diabetes can result in a significantly higher risk of maternal and child mortality and morbidity.

Approximately one in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes (GDM), a severe and neglected threat to maternal and child health. Many women with GDM experience pregnancy related complications including high blood pressure, large birth weight babies and obstructed labor. A significant number of women with GDM also go on to develop type 2 diabetes resulting in further healthcare complications and costs.

Stigmatization and discrimination faced by people with diabetes are particularly pronounced for girls and women, who carry a double burden of discrimination because of their health status and the inequalities perpetrated in male dominated societies. These inequalities can discourage girls and women from seeking diagnosis and treatment, preventing them from achieving positive health outcomes.

“Women, as mothers, have a huge influence over the long-term health status of their children,” said Cook. “Research has shown that when mothers are granted greater control over resources, they allocate more to food, children’s health and nutrition, as well as education.”

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before January 14, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Billy B. Burke Marjorie H. Burke 2679 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Edna N. West Larry W. West 1115 4th Street
New Martinsville, WV 26155
William Pal Conrad Sheriff Larry Gerwig 10 Howard Street
Glenville WV 26351
Richard Tietz Charles Robertson 45 Allen Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
L. Lynn Marks Iris McCartney 1109 White Oak Run Road
Walker, WV 26180

Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : November 16, 2017

Glenville City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

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October 02, 2017
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Huffman, Dean and Taylor present. Councilman Fisher was absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

Public Comments


A. Approval of Minutes – September 04, 2017

The minutes from the September 04, 2017, meeting were reviewed. One correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports


The City is currently at 25.75% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 25.75% and expenditures at 24.14%. Council had allocated $3500 from Coal Severance for this fiscal year and we have now exceeded this amount. Council agreed to continue taking the waste management and Mayor’s training expenses out of this fund at this time, but will begin taking the bookkeeper’s fee from treasurer’s office line item. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted the large tree was cut down in the Camden Flats alleyway on Whiting Avenue and removed.

Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He stated they would be participating in the drug take back program scheduled for October 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Officer Gadney received the Perseverance Award at the Academy. Congratulations to the new officer.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick stated there were a couple of small service line water leaks on 3rd and Sheridan.


Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

- Set Halloween Date:  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to hold Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 28, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


- October 12th West Virginia Municipal League Board of Directors Meeting:  Mayor Fitzpatrick requested approval to attend the Municipal League Board of Directors meeting in Bridgeport on October 12 and receive reimbursement for mileage. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to reimburse mayor for travel expenses to attend the Municipal League BOD meeting in Bridgeport on October 12. Councilwoman Huffman seconded the motion. Motion passed.


- Reminder: The person in charge of activities in the City Square must be on hand to remove trash, turn off lights, have individuals available to direct traffic or get in touch with a police officer.  Requested a designated person be in charge when activities are held at City Park.


- Reminder: GCHS Parade will be on the 6th of October beginning at 5:00. Streets will be closed at 4:00 p.m.


- Audit completed:  The audit is complete and the City received the best rating. There was one issue with the Coal Severance that will come out in the report which should be received in approximately one month.


- Judge’s training:  Mayor and City Clerk will attend mandatory Municipal Judge training Nov 2nd and 3rd and requested approval to attend and receive room and travel reimbursement. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve travel reimbursement for mayor and city clerk to attend annual municipal judge training in Charleston. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


- Road Bond Resolution:  Roads to Prosperity road bond will repair existing roadways creating jobs and economic development with election scheduled this Saturday, October 7. Mayor read the resolution to council and signed.


- Approve $500.00 Street Signs:  Mayor has ordered street signs and requested council approve payment of the invoice in the amount of $513. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the payment of the invoice for street signs. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


- Office Computer:  The City Clerk’s office computer needs to be replaced and we can purchase a new computer and monitor estimated less than $500. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the purchase of a new computer for the main office. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


- Rosie the Riveter Information:  Ruby Coberly is recognized as one of the Rosie the Riveters nationwide. She and her son, Gary, have a bell that they want to donate but we need to purchase the cradle (approx. $200) and the pole matching our existing poles in the park (approx. $2500). GCEDA has agreed to match funds. Mayor requested the City contribute $500 and we could use line items Parks and Recreation and Fairs and Festivals. This bell will be permanent and would be used to start the Folk Festival, homecoming parades, and other events in the City. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to pledge $500 towards the purchase of the pole and cradle using line items 900 ($250) and 903 ($250). Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


- Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that the County Commission would raise the City fee from $750 to $825 a month. There was a large percent increase in Dispatch calls with no increase in fees for many years.

III. Unfinished Business


IV. New Business


V. Other Business to come before Council

Councilwoman Huffman noted the Fire Department is requesting permission to host the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 02, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. with the streets blocked off at 4:00 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve the Fire Department’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed. Dave Corcoran requested permission to hold the annual Veteran’s Parade on Saturday, November 04, at 11:00 a.m. with streets closed at 10:00 a.m. He requested Mayor Fitzpatrick provide the welcome message. The parade route will begin at the City Park and end at the Historical Society where the rest of the program will take place. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the Veteran’s Parade on November 04 at 11:00 a.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. It was noted that a 5K run will be held earlier that morning with the streets closed at 9:00 a.m. but should not conflict with the Veteran’s Parade.

VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be November 06, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.


GSC President Pellett arrived following a meeting to meet City Council members and talk briefly about renovations scheduled to take place including the fitness center currently underway and plans to renovate the old Conrad Motel. He also noted that Mayor Fitzpatrick would be honored at the next football game as part of their Halftime Heroes that honors people in the community and on campus for their work and support. He discussed a partnership with the City and working to increase enrollment and retention of students. Mr. Corcoran suggested the GSC music program might provide concerts at the City Park to be open to the community. Councilwoman Dean suggested that GSC set up an alumni tent at the Little Pioneer football games.

Pellett Officially Becomes GSC’s 24th President

On Friday, November 11 Glenville State College installed Dr. Tracy L. Pellett as its twenty-fourth President. With the installation of a new president comes a formal ceremony, an inauguration.

This inauguration was attended by an academic procession of delegates from other colleges and universities, former GSC Presidents, government leaders, emeriti faculty, current faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

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Glenville State College Board of Governors Chairman Greg Smith (right) presents
Dr. Tracy L. Pellett with the College’s Presidential Medallion during the Inauguration Ceremony

During the ceremony representatives from the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, West Virginia State Senate and House of Delegates, City of Glenville, West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission, the Mountain East Conference, and GSC’s Board of Governors, Alumni Association, and Foundation were on hand to welcome Dr. Pellett in addition to remarks on behalf of faculty, staff, and students.

Following the formal investiture where Dr. Pellett was presented with the College Mace and Presidential Medallion as symbols of the presidency, he delivered a brief address.

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“To the most important people, the true future of this campus, and the group I am most honored to serve – our students – I say that I pledge my focus to you and I thank you for your support. While no one would argue the importance of students to a college campus, it is clear that in higher education our behaviors have not always supported this tenet. As states have continued to defund and disinvest in higher education, institutions have similarly raised tuition and fees to a rate that is disproportionate to that even subtracted from state funding. Glenville State was not immune to that behavior as it raised tuition the last ten years, becoming one of the most expensive institutions in West Virginia. There has been no greater time in our history where higher education and the dream of a more prosperous future has become more unattainable than today…and a major obstacle is the cost associated with going to college. Moving forward it will be critical that Glenville State play a central role in creating value and securing futures through affordable educational opportunities for all West Virginians. We must demonstrate that we are accountable, that we are worthy stewards of the people’s trust and money, and that we are committed to the awesome fiduciary responsibility of using the resources given to us to achieve the greatest public good…which is an educated citizenry,” Pellett said.

Pellett began serving as Glenville State College’s President on July 01, 2017 and came to GSC from the College of Coastal Georgia where he was serving as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Note: Last name is pronounced [PAH-lay]

Patterson Named as New Coordinator of Emeritus Club at Wesleyan

Molly Patterson has been named the new Emeritus Club Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan College, effective November 01.  Patterson will also continue to serve her current role as Coordinator of Stewardship in addition to her new duties.

Patterson began her tenure at Wesleyan in August 1996 as the Advancement Assistant in the Advancement Office.  Through the years, she has served as Campaign Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement.  A native of Cleveland, OH, she graduated from business college and was employed by Price Waterhouse before relocating to Upshur County.  Prior to the College, Patterson worked at First Community Bank as a bank teller and a customer service representative.

Patterson is excited to take on the duties this new role entails, citing friendship and fellowship as her main goals.

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“The purpose of the Club is to promote friendship and fellowship to our older alumni,” Patterson stated.  “I want to coordinate with the Club’s officers to help ensure our alumni feel welcome when they return to their ‘Home Among the Hills.’”

It was just over two decades ago that Patterson joined Wesleyan’s Advancement Office, so she feels as though she has been a part of the team for a long time.

“I feel like I have grown up with many of our alumni since I have been here numerous years,” she said.  “In the last 20 years, I have made meaningful friendships with many of the folks who have moved into the Emeritus Club.  I am looking forward to visiting with ones I know and introducing myself to the ones I do not.  I am truly honored to work at Wesleyan and am grateful to the mentors and colleagues I have had along the way.”

Patterson resides in Buckhannon with her husband, Kevin.  They have two sons, Christopher ’08 and wife Samantha of Morgantown, WV, and Casey and wife Kaitlin of San Antonio, TX, and three grandchildren: Lain, Tucker, and Eleanor.

The Emeritus Club was organized in 1961 and is open to anyone who attended or graduated from Wesleyan 50 or more years ago, regardless of whether a degree was obtained.  To become a member or receive additional information, please contact Patterson at or 304.473.8540.

GSC Professor Serves on Local Broadband Committee

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Rural users have a lower likelihood to have access to a high-speed internet connection according to several recent polls. One local organization is looking to change that.

The Clay-Calhoun-Roane Broadband Development Committee is aiming to help bring affordable, available, and reliable broadband services to the area. This investment in infrastructure can lead to expansions in business and entrepreneurship, broader educational opportunities, better access to tele-commuting and tele-medicine options, and much more.

Serving on the Committee and representing Calhoun County is Glenville State College’s Associate Professor of Physical Science Larry Baker. He, along with others from the county, are working with the Calhoun County Commission to try and make progress toward broadband expansion.

“GSC hopes to release two college degree programs that are 100% online in the near future. It is important our local service area has the bandwidth and access needed to access these courses and obtain a college degree,” said Baker. “GSC has been a leader in pushing for high speed internet access to our local service areas and acting in the best interest of students in the development and implementation of its academic programs and student support services,” he continued.

If you’re interested in helping the committee establish better broadband service in Calhoun County, Clay County or Roane County please visit or visit us on Facebook at

Commissioner Leonhardt to Present Award to Student Ag Innovation Winner

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On Friday, November 17th, Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt will award $500 to the winner of the West Virginia Agriculture Student Innovation Challenge. The six finalists were chosen during a competition held at Eastern Community and Technical College Thursday, November 02nd. The finals will be held at the Marshall Memorial Student Center. This is the first year for the event.

“Innovations in agriculture are changing the way we think about farming. West Virginia has an opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientist and farmers that will change the way we eat,” said Commissioner Leonhardt. “Events like this are vital to our state’s and country’s future.”  

As part of the competition held on November 2nd, students in grades 7 through 12 were challenged to develop creative strategies to address pressing issues and problems facing agriculture. Each team submitted an application which was scored by a panel of judges from across the state. The top applications were then notified and the teams were asked to develop a pitch for their innovation. Twenty-six teams presented to a panel of judges who then selected winners from six categories.


Six finalists:

•   Plants Systems - Hayden Kestner - Sherrard Middle School (Ohio County)

•   Animal Systems - Ryan Anderson and Johnny Slattman - South Harrison High School (Harrison County)

•   Environmental and Natural Resources – Ivy Ward, Catie Walton, Cole Anderegg and Nathaniel Bailey - Buckhannon-Upshur High School (Upshur County)

•   Power, Structural and Technical – Levi Hamrick and Colby Grose - Clay County High School (Clay County)

•   Food Products and Processing – Clarissa Keiffer - Clay County High School (Clay County)

•   Agribusiness Systems – Abigail Schoonover, Leighvi Cummings and Shayna Bennett - Clay County High School (Clay County)


The West Virginia Agriculture Innovation Challenge was created by the West Virginia Agricultural Catalyst team which includes: Eastern WV Community & Technical College, the Robert C Byrd Institute, the WV Department of Education and the WV Department of Agriculture.

Jeanette Riffle: Cold Snap

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It got down to 18 degrees one night here in the valley at Shock, and the wind chill felt colder than that. I was sure thankful for the sunshine by afternoon, the next day, because we got a call from Spencer Walmart that my ring was in. It had to be sent off and resized. I got a new ring and we went out for Chinese for our 55th anniversary back October 27th.  The ring was back in a couple weeks. We have had wind and rain and a hard frost and now almost all the leaves are gone off trees. I wondered what the new pup would think of cold weather as he was born in summer time but he is sleeping on a warm doggie bed in the garage with the big dog.  When we lived out of state and would come home in winter, I remember how good that big gas stove felt in the living room at the Shock log cabin.  I would get a chair up to the front of the fireplace where a gas stove had been installed and set there to get warm.  When they got the gas lines in this area, that eliminated the back breaking chore of chopping wood for the fire place. I grew up with gas stoves on the floor of every room except the living room and kitchen. It is cold but I am so thankful that my outdoor allergens have been frozen down.

I have included a picture of the new pup. He has a bark like the big lab, now, and is starting to bark at intruders. Last night, he came out of the garage and barked a couple times at deer. He is Border Collie/Lab mix but he looks more like a lab. He likes to come inside once a week for a bath.

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Last Sunday, there were 104 people at Rosedale Baptist Church. God has called another preacher and he preached his second sermon at our church. We had a full house that morning. I didn’t know that he was going to be there, and I was up at the organ playing music before church and people just kept pouring in the church door. Some, I knew and some, I didn’t. I was trying to figure out what was going on and got my fingers on the wrong keys and had to watch my hands. That happens sometimes. Directly, I saw the parents, Jimmy and Jeannie Moss and saw their son, Nathaniel, and he was all dressed up in a shirt and tie. I knew then that he was going to preach. Nathaniel Moss announced recently at his home church of Mt. Carmel, that he was being called to preach. He preached his first sermon there and then our pastor got him over to Rosedale, the following Sunday.  He did great. I would be nervous with a big crowd like that, but he did a good job. Now, we have two new preachers in the association.……my nephew, Stewart Fitzwater, and Nathaniel Moss. God bless them both!

Until next time, stay warm and stay well. God bless!

Pat’s Chat

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My mom, Allegra McNemar Wiant, was born on this day in 1912, but lived only long enough to be a wonderful mother to her four children and to see all of her ten grandchildren, barely.  The last one, Angela Wiant, was born in 1967 and mom died September 29, 1967.  She was only 51!  I still miss her.  She is resting until the great resurrection morning when Jesus comes.  I am glad that is what the Bible teaches – that death is a sleep.  Jesus called it that.  We all need to do as the ancient Bereans did, who, according to Acts 17:11, “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  If we believed this, there would be no one fooled by the apparent appearance of one of our dead loved ones, no fear of ghosts of departed souls.  I say, I am glad because I would not like her to see the state of the world as it is now, only evil continually, or the problems in her family.  That would not be Heaven for her who refused to listen to very much of the world news.  No, she is resting in peace and will be resurrected in the first resurrection, at the last trump, just as the Bible says.  There was an old country song that said, “I’d like to be standing at Mother’s grave, when Jesus comes in His power.”  I would like to do that.

Not everyone agrees with me on this and it is good to remember that millions are where they are, as to religious denomination, through the accident of birth or association rather than through study or conviction.  I think we all need to recognize that others are as honest as we are—and as anxious for the light of God’s truth.  But opportunities differ for everyone, and surroundings are not often the same.  We must not attempt to judge human hearts.  God alone can do this.  If you disagree with someone’s views, don’t argue.  Just search it out for yourself.  The internet makes it easy to look up differing views, but only the Bible, not other writings, will give you God’s Word alone, which is the true light.

Talking about remembering my mom, Thursday evening, November 09, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a wonderful get-together to honor our veterans.  Without advertisement we had nearly 60 people attend and 18 of them were veterans, including one female who reported 18 years of service.  Thanks to Mike and Sandi Stutler of Weston, and his sisters and other members of our church, we had plenty of good food.  The organization of it all came mostly from Sandi and Mike Stutler.  It has been almost a yearly celebration at our church, but Sandi’s organizational skills helped create a wonderful occasion.  Folks from Highland Adventist Academy of Elkins led us in the pledge to the flag, the national anthem, and God Bless America to set the tone for the service.  After dinner each veteran told us something about his or her memories of their service in the different branches of our armed forces. I only wish we had recorded the many interesting stories that each of them shared with us.  One veteran was unable to attend although he was ready to go but I didn’t pick him up as I had promised to do!  I felt so sad about that.  (I had tried to call him several times to see if we could leave earlier and got no answer because, as I learned later, his phone was being charged, so I went on without him).  He says we will do better next year because it will be the actual 100th anniversary of the Armistice and we’ll remember that.  Wikipedia tells us “Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.”  So I am praying that Alvin J. “A.J” Duke will attend for certain next year.

Veterans who attended, in the order that they signed my paper:

Al Tucker, USAF, Retired,

Jim LeVos, MASH Unit,

Terry N. Gould, (Failed to write branch of service),

Donald Canterbury, USN,

Richard Whiting, Army 101st Airborne 187th INF,

Charles A. Howell, Army,

Gene Hornbeck, Army,

Jack Marteney, Marine,

Fred Seeley, Army,

Jerry Heckert, Air Force,

John Simons, USAF,

Susan Bradley, Army

Rev. Paul J. Ours, Army

Michael Stutler, USN

Benny Shifflett, M.O.P.H. Comm Ch 1118 Clarksburg

George Erwin, U.S.M.C.

H. Ford Carver, U.S.M.C.

Gary Wolford, Marine

Alvin J. Duke, Air Force


GSC President, Dr. Tracy Pellett’s Inauguration

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Friday was a monumental day for the community of Glenville and Glenville State College, as the institution’s 24th president, Dr. Tracy Pellett, was inaugurated.

Pellett has served as president of Glenville State College since July, filling the position after Dr. Peter Barr, and was thrilled to be recognized by staff, faculty and state leaders upon his inauguration.

“This is a great moment because this is a time, I think, of natural renewal for the college in the way of a new president taking the helm,” he said. “What’s great is, that it gives the campus and the community a chance to really see the vision in terms of where the president is trying to head the institution.”

Pellett previously served at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia and at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Since moving to West Virginia, he says he has fallen in love with the qualities that originally attracted him to Glenville State.

“This is a very close-knit family,” Pellett said. “This is a place that puts students first, and the faculty and the staff are just at another level that I have not seen in 30 years in higher education in terms of really going above and beyond to support the students that are here.

“It’s got beautiful, updated facilities, which is always a plus for the students and the faculty and us as administrators, but it’s got a direction and a heart that’s really focused, again, on students first and really helping them wherever they’re at in their educational journey to be able to be a success,” he said. “So we take students wherever they may be, wherever they might be defficient or really excelling and we take them to a whole nother level, and that’s the thing that I think I love most about Glenville.”

In addition to those qualities, Pellett said he thinks Glenville State is a great institution in the way that it serves the students in terms of rural, first-generation and needs-based students.

“We have a very unique mission in West Virginia,” he said. “We embrace that mission, and in fact, I think we’re going to be doing some things that lead the state, and in fact this region and country, in the way that higher education is supporting students and putting students first by being good stewards of the money that we receive from the state and the students themselves, and really holding the line on the cost of college so we can increase the accessibility of more students getting to college and finishing.

Pellett received recognition nearly immediately after taking his position of president at Glenville State College, upon announcing that the institution would not be raising the cost of tuition, as other colleges and universities throughout the state were doing.

“And Glenville State is going to continue down that road of lowering tuition, of lowering overall cost associated with going to college, just simply because we’ve gotten to a point in history where colleges have raised tuition, states have disinvested from higher education,” he said. “We need, I think, as an institution, as Glenville State, to take the lead of the state and say that we are going to continue to lower the tuition, particularly if the state will hold the line in terms of its appropriation, its investment in us, it will give us a chance to be able to lower that tuition for students, and that’s where we’re headed.

“We know we’re leading in that way, and we’re going to continue to lead, regardless of what our peers end up doing.”

However, keeping college tuition affordable isn’t Pellett’s only goal as the 24th president of Glenville State College.

“First and foremost, we’ve got to focus and continue to focus on academic quality and in providing degrees that are very career and employer focused. We’re adding new degrees, and also decreasing degrees that frankly aren’t as relevant, don’t have student demand and don’t have employer demand,” he said. “We’re really focusing those resources now on those degrees like nursing, that we’re hoping to start in the fall of 2018 or spring of 2019 in terms of being more responsive to what the state’s needs are and what the region’s needs are in terms of employer demand.”

~~  Brittany Murray ~~

GSC Theater Performing A Christmas Carol

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Students in Glenville State College’s Theater program will be performing ‘A Christmas Carol’ as their second full show of the fall 2017 semester. The performance will run for three evenings, Tuesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 16, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

The holiday classic follows Charles Dickens’ familiar story but in an uncluttered and original way. The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, and how a visit from his former business partner changes him into a kinder man.

The ensemble cast includes Logan Saho as Ebenezer Scrooge, John Chambers as Bob Cratchit, Eric Jones as Fred and Marley, Katie Miller as Sarah, Erica Butler as Wilhelmina, Heather Salisbury as Barbara,  Grace Yu as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Chase Rakes as Fezziwig and Joe, Hannah Curfman as Mrs. Fezziwig, Stephen Boyer as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Joshua Smith as Peter Cratchit, Victoria Guillory as Mrs. Cratchit, Shelby Riffle as Martha Cratchit, Cassius Dotson as Eliza Cratchit, Annalyse Petty as Emma Cratchit, Angeles Burgess as Mrs. Dilber, Mazie Elliott as Sukey, Megan Sturm as Caroline, Shiann Smith as Fan, and Preston Allison as Dick and Topper.

The play will be presented in the President’s Auditorium in the Heflin Administration Building. Admission is free for GSC students and $3.00 for general admission. The play is suitable for all ages.

UHC’s Radiologic Technology Program Receives Top Honors

United Hospital Center’s Radiologic Technology Program received top honors at the annual West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists Conference held at Canaan Valley Resort recently. UHC’s students received first place out of 18 teams competing in the student quiz bowl and second place in the research paper competition.

These senior-level students competed against many other West Virginia radiology school programs, such as Bluefield State College, Ohio Valley Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, University of Charleston-Beckley, University of Charleston, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia University.

For the research paper category, Lauren Wickenhofer was awarded second place for her paper titled “P.E.T. Imaging of the Methamphetamine-Addicted Brain.” In the quiz bowl portion, Wickenhofer, Patrick Ball and Spencer Shriver were awarded first place.

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Lauren Wickenhofer, was awarded second place for her paper titled “P.E.T. Imaging of the Methamphetamine—Addicted Brain” in the research paper category. Lauren Wickenhofer, Patrick Ball and Spencer Shriver were awarded first place in the quiz bowl competition. Pictured left: Lauren Wickenhofer, Patrick Ball (standing), and Spencer Shriver.

United Hospital Center Inc. offers a well-structured and comprehensive 24-month program in radiologic technology designed to prepare individuals for professional practice in this healthcare specialty. Students are scheduled for clinical and didactic assignments on five days each week including minimal weekend and evening shift assignments during the two-year training period.

Unlike other radiologic technology programs, students enrolled in the program also benefit from partnerships with area healthcare providers for clinical assignments at United Hospital Center, Fairmont Regional Medical Center, Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. Experiences in various clinical setting enables students to gain knowledge using a wide variety of imaging systems under the supervision of a diverse population of registered radiologic technologists, each possessing unique skills and depth of experience.

Additional program information may be found at or by contacting the program director 681.342.1871 or .

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