New 4-H Office in Glenville

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation are busy with upgrades and improvements to our facilities ever growing further use for our customers.

This will be the new home of the WVU 4-H office .

We were able to purchase one of the double wide from Gilmer County Board of Education this past September.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for the purchase .

Help to make this project possible are the fine young men and women from Gilmer County’s High School Ag-Mechanics class under the direction of Mr. Nick Cox.

They started digging the footers last week and we hope to pour concrete on Tuesday .

Again thank you to both entity’s for your support for our community recreation center for without groups as yours we would have to dig a little harder to make this happen in the time frame given.

Thank you
Darrel Ramsey/Director

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Former Glenville State Professors, Staff Members Return to Campus

Glenville State College recently welcomed former employees back to campus for a Retirees Luncheon. The event provides a chance to recognize those who have devoted years of work to ensure the success of the college and build the culture of caring that makes GSC so unique.

Nearly every office and academic department across campus had representation from the group that assembled to reminisce and share memories. Many of the former professors and staff members who attended are also Glenville State College graduates.

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Some of the retired Glenville State College employees and their guests who returned to campus for a luncheon

Those in attendance include: Rick Accord, Professor Emerita Janet Bailey, Professor Emeritus Ralph Bame, Bill Bonnett, Carla Conley, Dr. John Curran, Arleta Davis, Sherry de Rosset, Professor Emeritus Wayne de Rosset, Professor Emeritus Dr. Joe Evans, Ray Fitts, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gary Gillespie, Debi Jenkins, Layne Jenkins, Garry Kight, Professor Emerita Yvonne King, Wilda Kuhl, Karen Lay, Brenda McCartney, Professor Emeritus Charles Scott, Professor Emeritus Rick Sypolt, Professor Emerita Dr. Barbra Tedford, and Ginny Yeager.

“I’ve said before that we stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before us here at Glenville State, and when you talk to our retirees it is easy to see the origins of the greatness and best this institution has exhibited. These folks carried on the traditions that they learned from their predecessors and then in turn passed it on to our current workforce. Their caring and thoughtful nature illustrates what our graduates have said for years, that Glenville State College feels like a home away from home. I think that is a true testament to the work of our former faculty and staff. It was a privilege to be able to host and have them back on campus for lunch and fellowship,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 25, 2017 – 4:30 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. by Vice President, Norma Hurley.


Members present: Norma Hurley, Dave Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent. Others present: Nasia Butcher and Becky Minigh.


Becky Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Mrs. Hurley informed the board that she had a request to run the Excess Levy election in November 2017. She distributed a draft Class II publication, as required by law, to board members along with the Election Calendar and other information pertaining to the excess levy election. After much discussion, the Board decided to gather additional information and further discuss the topic at the October 09, 2017 regular board meeting.


Mike Triplett moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m. Carl Armour seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

APPROVED: October 09, 2017

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 25, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 6:02 PM by Vice President, Norma Hurley.


Members present: Norma Hurley, Dave Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent.

Others present: Nasia Butcher, Becky Minigh, Joe Frashure, Colin Sprouse, Dan Minney, Caitlyn Walker, Amos Walker, Darrel Ramsey and Joe Spradling.


Darrel Ramsey led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Nasia Butcher Darrel Ramsey At this time, Carl Armour made a motion to extend the time for the double-wide trailer to be relocated to the Gilmer County Recreation Center, now located at the former Normantown Elementary site, to December 31, 2017. Motion passed 4-0.

CONSENT AGENDA Dave Ramezan moved that the Minutes of September 11, 2017, Volunteers and the Treasurer’s Report be approved. There were no Student Transfers or Out-of-State Field Trips. Mike Triplett seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.


There was no reports.


Approval of Bus Purchase- Mr. Frashure explained the number of busses in Gilmer County’s bus fleet and condition of them. He also explained the funds to purchase a new bus. On a Motion by Mike Triplet and a second by Dave Ramezan, the board voted to approve Mr. Frashure’s request to purchase an additional bus. Motion passed 4-0.


Approval to permit 6th graders to move up to middle school basketball, GCHS - On a motion by Dave Ramezan, approval to permit 6th graders to move up to middle school basketball was given. Carl Armour seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.
Lease Agreement with Northside Chevrolet for Driver’s Education Vehicle - A lease agreement for $1.00 with Northside Chevrolet for the driver’s education vehicle was approved on a motion by Mike Triplett and a second by Dave Ramezan. 4-0.


Norma Hurley moved to approve the Professional portion of the personnel agenda as presented by the Superintendent. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 4-0. Lindsey A. Kimble - Sub Teacher, 2017-2018 Lois Stewart - Sub Teacher, 2017-2018 Shannon Wine – Sub Teacher, 2017-2018 Jennifer Sager – Resignation, Music, Theatre, Band Director, eff. 09.11.17 Shannon Wine – Academic Coach, Grad 20/20, Credit Recovery, SAT Coordinator, eff Approval to post the following positions: Academic Coach, Graduation 20/20, Credit Recovery, SAT Coordinator, GCHS, 2017-2018, Asst. Principal, Gilmer Co. Elementary School, 2017-2018, and Music, Theatre, Band Director, GCHS, 2017-2018.


Norma Hurley inquired of Caitlyn Walker and her School Service Personnel Representative, Joe Spradling, whether or not they would like to discuss the personnel matter concerning Caitlyn in executive session or in public. They elected to discuss it in public. At 7:00 p.m., and after much discussion, Norma Hurley moved to enter into executive session to discuss the service personnel issue. Motion was seconded by Dave Ramezan. 4-0. At 7:22 p.m. the board returned from executive session on a motion by Mike Triplett and second by Dave Ramezan. 4-0. At this time, Norma Hurley made a motion to allow Caitlyn Walker, Payroll Supervisor, to return to work on September 26, 2017 under her current probationary contract, with the conditions that she will be evaluated by the Superintendent in collaboration with the Personnel Director, Judy Stalnaker, and that they will clearly advise her of her duties that she will perform. Dave Ramezan seconded the motion. Motion passed 4-0.


The Superintendent had no updates at this time.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

The next Regular Meeting of the Board will be October 09, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

APPROVED: October 09, 2017

Halftime Heroes Honored at GSC Football Game

Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett and Vice President for Student Life and Athletics, Rusty Vineyard, honored three individuals through GSC’s ‘Half-time Heroes’ initiative during the Pioneer Football game on Saturday, October 7. Cheryl McKinney, Richard Turner, and Dennis Fitzpatrick were recognized and thanked for their efforts on campus, in the community, and in GSC’s service area. Half-time Heroes are individuals who bring recognition to GSC through their dedication and civic duties, which enhances the overall image of Glenville State College.

“I am proud to recognize these three Pioneers as a small token of our appreciation for all of their hard work. One of the best parts of being President at Glenville State College is having the opportunity to work with such great faculty, staff, community leaders, alumni, and donors. The individuals we’ll be honoring as Half-time Heroes work tirelessly to make this campus and our community better places,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

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(l-r) Rusty Vineyard, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Richard Turner, Cheryl McKinney, and President Pellett

McKinney is a resident of Glenville, West Virginia and has worked at Glenville State College for 34 years where she serves as an Associate Professor of Business and Chair of the Department of Business. McKinney is a tenured accounting professor, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She also performs with the student and alumni members of GSC’s Percussion Ensemble which is directed by her husband John, GSC class of 1973 and GSC Associate Professor of Music. Additionally, she was recently elected President of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Turner is a resident of Normantown, West Virginia and has worked at Glenville State College for 17 years. He serves as a Maintenance Worker in the college’s Physical Plant and is known for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. Turner does his job with pride and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure a job well done. He was recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year in 2014.

Fitzpatrick, GSC Class of 1973, is a resident of Glenville, West Virginia and served in various capacities at Glenville State College for over twelve years before retiring in 2011. These positions included stints as Athletic Director and Head Coach of the Lady Pioneer Basketball Team. Fitzpatrick is currently serving as the Mayor of Glenville and has been since 2013. His current term runs through mid-2019.

“Alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are vital to the success of Glenville State. We know that this campus has great people and it is my hope that, through initiatives like these, that everyone understands how important they are to us. The recognition of good deeds and outstanding work is something that we should all do more frequently,” Pellett added.

The college also recognized area first responders during the game.

Wayne de Rosset to Serve as GSC Homecoming Parade Marshal

Glenville State College Professor Emeritus Wayne de Rosset will be serving as parade marshal during GSC’s homecoming parade on Saturday, October 21.

Professor de Rosset, who served as long time department chair for the college’s Department of Language and Literature, retired in May of this year after 43 years of teaching excellence and dedicated service to the institution.

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Sherry and Wayne de Rosset

During his tenure, he taught Surveys of British Literature, the British Novel, Children’s Literature, Adolescent Literature, and various seminars including Victorian Poetry and the Gothic Novel.

A beloved mentor to so many of GSC’s alumni, de Rosset was known for his outstanding rapport with his students. He received the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 1990, the College’s Faculty Award of Excellence in 2004, and was named the Faculty Merit Foundation’s West Virginia 2004-2005 Professor of the Year in 2005.

Always active in campus events, de Rosset served as Chief Faculty Marshal during fall convocations and in both spring and winter commencements for many years. He was also the College’s announcer at football games, homecoming coronations, and parades for decades.

Professor de Rosset’s wife Sherry, who is also a GSC retiree, will be accompanying him in the parade. Their son Dylan graduated from Glenville State College in 2003, and their daughter Brittany graduated in 2008.

Dr. Jim Davisson Speaks at GCHS

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Dr. Jim Davisson, psychologist with Minnie Healthcare Systems in Glenville, spoke to all students at GCHS about the very sensitive issue of suicide.

Dr. Davisson spoke about the warning signs and the mental health resources that are available at the local and regional level. 

Dr. Davisson’s talk was in compliance with Jamie’s Law, which requires that information about suicide prevention be presented to all students in middle and high schools in West Virginia. 

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 10.09.17

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, October 09, 2017 – 6:00 PM





      A. Minutes: September 25, 2017- Reg. & Special Meetings

      B. Student Transfers

      C. Field Trips (out-of-state)

      D. Volunteers

      E. Treasurer’s Report

      F. Professional Leave Requests


      A. Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center- September 19, 2017



      A. Approval of Financial Statements

      B. CEFP Annual Review



      A. Other



The next Board Meeting will be on October 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Changes Announced to GSC’s College Advancement Team

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After 10 years at the helm, Mr. Dennis Pounds will be departing today as Glenville State College’s Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of the GSC Foundation. Pounds had been in the position since 2007.

“I greatly appreciate the work Denny has completed over the past ten years here at Glenville State and wish him and his family well in the years ahead. He will always be a true Pioneer and his efforts in improving student scholarships and support is to be lauded,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

David Hutchison has been asked to assume the position of Interim Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of the GSC Foundation, pending a national search for a permanent replacement. Hutchison has been serving as an Assistant Vice President for College Advancement since January 2017.

GCHS Receives New Driver Ed Car

GCHS driver’s education students have a vehicle for use for the 2017-18 school year. 

Northside Automotive Group has donated a red Chrysler 200 for GCHS students to hone their driving skills. 

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Pictured left to right are GCHS Principal Mrs. Nasia Butcher,
driver’s education teacher Mr. Joe Brannon and Mr. Richard Bostic of Northside. 

“We are grateful to Mr. Tim Harris, general manager,  Jesse Norton and Richard Bostic for working with us on securing this vehicle.  We look forward to a long relationship with Northside,“ said Mrs. Butcher.

GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing

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On Tuesday, October 17 the authors of Glenville State College’s recent history book, titled Preserving and Responding, will hold a signing event with the text. The authors, Jason Gum and Dustin Crutchfield, will be on hand at the signing event which will take place concurrently from 4:00-6:00 p.m. during the opening reception of the art exhibit in GSC’s Fine Arts Center Gallery.

Later in the week on Saturday, October 21, the authors will again have the books available from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the alumni tailgate before GSC’s Homecoming football game.

The book is a companion to Nelson Wells’ and Charles Holt’s Lighthouse on the Hill, which chronicled the College’s history from 1872 through 1997. Throughout the over 100 pages of the book, the tenures of five different college presidents are detailed including major projects, initiatives, challenges, and more. The text contains several noteworthy listings including inductees into the College’s Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame, former Board of Governors members, past Pioneer mascots, emeriti faculty, and more. The book begins with a timeline which provides readers with a ‘quick history’ of the institution from its founding in 1872 through the subsequent 125 years.

The authors worked over several months to complete the history book project. Gum, the Staff Librarian and Archivist in the Robert F. Kidd Library, and Crutchfield, a Public Relations Specialist in GSC’s Marketing Department, are both Glenville State College graduates. Gum also holds a Master of Information Science degree from the University of North Texas. Crutchfield is currently in the process of completing a master’s degree from the West Virginia University Reed College of Media.

Copies of Preserving and Responding will be available for purchase at both signings for $20.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

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Growth Is Possible, If WV Embraces Its Strengths

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West Virginians deserve lives as soaring and as strong as the mountains that surround us. They deserve the economic security, stellar education and first-rate health care that would allow them to approach life’s starting line on an even footing with all Americans.

For 150 years, West Virginia University has worked to give them access to those essentials. Now, our land-grant mission to advance education, health care and prosperity has become an urgent duty. Our state is facing a crisis — actually, several interlocking crises, from economic stagnation to a devastating opiate epidemic to vast educational and health disparities.

Over the past few months, traversing West Virginia as I do every summer, I saw again that West Virginians share one unwavering quality: We love our state. And we want to move it forward.

To do so, we must overcome three major obstacles.

First, our state suffers from what I have called negative elitism. We in West Virginia have believed our own bad press for so long that we have made negativity into our reality, thus generating even more bad press.

Second, we lack intestinal fortitude. Moving in a new direction might upset the apple cart, and we fear losing or bruising any apples. But fretting over a dwindling harvest makes it impossible to plant new seeds.

Finally, the fear of failure inhibits our willingness to try. But, in a crisis, failure is not as perilous as inaction. In the bleak atmosphere of 1932, presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt urged, “Above all, try something.”

At West Virginia University, we are doing just that.

This year, West Virginia University partnered with the State Department of Commerce and Marshall University to commission the McKinsey & Company in a search for a fresh look at our problems and ways to solve them. Only private dollars, rather than state appropriations, funded this effort.

Together, we have blazed a path that we call West Virginia Forward. And it has three objectives:

  • Reinforcing the foundation that supports economic growth, including our infrastructure, talent base and business climate;
  • Identifying potential sectors in which West Virginia can grow to diversify our economy;
  • And helping partners around the state navigate these new pathways toward our shared destination: a prosperous West Virginia.

Our state has many robust industries that we can grow — such as aerospace maintenance, automotive parts manufacturing and metals manufacturing.

We also have sectors that are growing more slowly here than nationally, but where we can succeed is by differentiating ourselves from the competition. One such area is downstream oil and gas manufacturing, specifically in carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics and fine chemicals.

New sectors that the state can capture that promise high growth are cybersecurity, cloud services and data centers, and higher-end tourism.

For example, we are already working to support storage facilities that are critical for attracting petrochemical and related industries to the area. The West Virginia University Energy Institute is playing an important role in that effort.

Another obvious target for development is tourism. We have a beautiful state with tremendous opportunities for visitors to discover and explore. West Virginia Forward gives us data-based solutions for increasing tourism in all our state’s varied regions.

We all love our state. We love its beauty. But when using the metrics through which the outside world judges, the quality of life in West Virginia has been comparatively lower than other states. This limits our ability to attract talent.

That is why a big part of West Virginia Forward will involve working with partners across the state to improve housing availability, road conditions, access to broadband, access to clean water and the health of our citizens.

Our biggest opportunity is also what I have always described as our biggest asset: our people. The people of West Virginia are loyal and hard working.

However, circumstances such as a mismatch between labor supply and demand, the opioid crisis and large waves of out-migration have left that asset in short supply.

If we can create jobs and the space where businesses can thrive, West Virginians will come home. I cannot count the number of West Virginians I have met who would love nothing more than to return to their native state. We must work together to bring them home.

We can do this by building our future talent pool, especially in STEM areas, and expanding vocational training. We need to improve the health and skill of our existing workforce to attract employers, and we need to engage our universities’ alumni to reach out to the talent we have lost.

In this pivotal moment, we must embrace our strengths and tackle our problems in the firm faith that we can make a difference.

Our forebears showed resilience when, as a brutal civil war raged, they created a new state.

In today’s often-contentious atmosphere, we can embrace resilience by applying ourselves to the cause we share.

With our road map in hand, we can proceed in the right direction.

And with true Mountaineer daring, we can move West Virginia forward.

~~  Gordon Gee is president of West Virginia University.  ~~

Magistrate Carol Wolfe Speaks to Students at GCHS

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Gilmer County Magistrate Carol Wolfe spoke with students in socials 9-12 classes at Gilmer County High School as part of Constitution Day activities. 

Magistrate Wolfe was the guest in Mr. McKinley Buckley and Mr. Jacob Yocum’s classes. 

She explained her role as a magistrate, rights guaranteed under the law, and the importance of due process. 

She took questions from the students and teachers and explained how the law has changed in her tenure as Magistrate.  S

he also cautioned students about the use of social media and the importance of ensuring that it is used correctly.

GSC Holds Annual Constitution Day Program

The Glenville State College Department of Social Science held its annual Constitution Day program and essay contest on Thursday, September 21. The event was to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 and was sponsored by the Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honor Society, and the Alpha Xi Omega fraternity. Several GSC employees spoke to those in attendance, including Financial Aid Manager Stephany Harper, who discussed the importance of voting and explained how to register to vote, and Department of Business Administrative Secretary Sara Rollins, who spoke about recycling initiatives on campus and how a little help can go a long way.

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(l-r) Constitution Day essay contest participants Jacob Price, Teddy Richardson, and Lucas Bonnett

The theme for this year’s essay contest and keynote address was, ‘The Constitution and Service to our Country.’ Three students received awards for their essays: Teddy Richardson, who won first place, and Jacob Price and Lucas Bonnett, who were both runners-up. Dan Chandler, who was the 9th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the West Virginia National Guard and Membership Chairman of the American Legion Department of West Virginia, delivered the keynote address. Chandler spoke about his many years of service, war-time experiences, and his domestic work for the Unites States Air Force. He stressed the importance of the First Amendment that grants Americans the right of free speech, and that there are four words that only 318 million people can say: ‘I am an American!’

Department of Social Sciences Chair Dr. Art DeMatteo, who has helped organize the Constitution Day program for the past thirteen years, was pleased at the large turnout. “This event is more enjoyable every year. I am particularly thankful to Donnie Lambert for all his hard work,” he said. DeMatteo also distributed pocket Constitutions and oversaw the drawing for a variety of unique door prizes.

After the ceremony, Chandler joined Lambert, GSC senior and Pi Gamma Mu President, 3rd District Commander Charlie Straley, and Glenville Post 42 Adjutant Chester Shoales as they helped two attendees of the event sign up to be members of the American Legion.

Any student, faculty, or staff member who is currently serving or who honorably served in the United States Armed Forces is eligible to join the American Legion. If you wish to join, stop by the Student Veterans Association office in the Mollohan Campus Community Center for more information or call 304.462.6056.

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