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Damon West Award Winners Announced

The winners of the coveted Damon West Award for outstanding athletic performance throughtout the four years at GCHS were announced at the GCHS Varsity Sports banquet held on May 23. 

Kylie Shuff won the award for being the outstanding female athlete.  Kylie was named Girls Basketball First Team All-State and First Team All-LKC in 2017; Girls Basketball First Team All-LKC, Second Team All State, MVP Class A Girls Basketball State Championship game 2016. She scored 1,000 career points earned in four years of basketball; she never missed a practice or a game and started every game of her high school career. She has 10 earned letters (basketball, volleyball, softball and track).  two-time state qualifier in track in 2016, and 2nd Team All- LKC Volleyball in 2015. Kylie will be pursuing her academic and athletic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV.

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Trey Shuff was named Damon West Award for outstanding athletic male performance throughout four years at GCHS.  Trey was named First Team All-State Football 2016-17, First Team All-LKC Football 2016-17; All-LKC Basketball 2015-16, All-State Honorable Mention in football 2015-16; First Team All State Basketball 2017, three-time First Team All-LKC 2014-17; Honorable Mention All-LKC football 2015-16 and earned 1,000 career points in basketball. Trey shattered two school records in football, previously held by teammate Austin Ratliff,  in total yards in a single season and total touchdowns in a single season.  He has earned 8 letters and is a WV Promise Scholar.  Trey will continue his athletic and academic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV.

The Shuff twins are the children of Steve and Jesica Shuff of Glenville; grandchildren of Mike Triplett (and the late Kathy Triplett) of Glenville, and Sue Shuff (and the late Bill Shuff) of Ansted, WV.

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GCHS: Riley Fitzwater

Riley Fitzwater, a senior at Gilmer County High School, was honored at the Sports Banquet held on May 23 for being named the 2016-17 Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year in girls basketball and awarded First Team All-State Girls Basketball honors for the 2016-17 season.

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She was also First Team All State Team Captain for the 2016 girls basketball championship team.

She reached the 1,000 points career mark in her senior season. 

Riley will continue her academic and athletic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV. 

She is the daughter of Wriston and Julia Fitzwater of Stouts Mills, WV.

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GSC Class of 2017 takes part in Commencement Ceremony

Glenville State College’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 06, 2017 in the college’s Waco Center.

The Glenville State College Class of 2017 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2017 is made up of approximately 110 students who hail from throughout West Virginia and nine other states.

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr delivers his keynote address


Retiring Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr delivered the keynote address to graduates and guests. Barr, who has been at the helm of the nearly 145 year old institution since 2006, is retiring at the end of the current academic year.

In his address Barr likened himself to the spring graduates, noting that he too is preparing to make a big adjustment in his life. “I, like you, will soon depart this campus for new adventures. I’ve come to respect and love the students and faculty who make this campus come to life,” he said. Barr also compared the junction in the graduate’s lives to the single traffic light in downtown Glenville; “We approach that single stoplight one more time and ask – ‘where do we go next?’ – this is a time for us to think ahead and move forward.” President Barr also repeated a favorite line in which encouraged the students to endeavor to “make the world a little better place.”

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President Barr with Faculty Award of Excellence recipient Dr. Lloyd Bone


The title of Faculty Emeritus was bestowed upon retiring professors Dr. Milan Vavrek and Wayne de Rosset. In addition to teaching in the Department of Land Resources, Vavrek has also served as the College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 2015. de Rosset leaves the institution after 43 years of service in the Department of Language and Literature. The College’s Board of Governors also recognized Senior Vice President for Student & External Relations James W. Spears with Vice President Emeritus status and President Barr with President Emeritus status. Additionally, GSC Foundation Board Treasurer Mary Lee McPherson was presented with an honorary degree.

Eleven members of the GSC Class of 1967 returned to campus and were honored as fifty year graduates; seven of those participated in the official ceremony on Saturday. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony.

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President Barr with Student Leadership Award recipient Samuel Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia


Individual awards also were presented during the ceremony to an outstanding faculty member and graduate. Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone received the 2017 Faculty Award of Excellence and the 2017 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior biology and chemistry student Sam Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia.

“Each of you should take great pride in your success. You should leave this occasion proudly and ready—or nearly ready—to take your places in the world. At Glenville State, you have committed your time, your energies, and your passions in the successful pursuit of the knowledge and skills to be productive citizens,” said President Barr in closing comments to the graduates.

Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 14, 2017. For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, visit www.glenville.edu or contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at 304.462.4128.

GSC Holds December Commencement Ceremony

Glenville State College’s winter commencement ceremony took place on the morning of Saturday, December 10 in the college’s Waco Center.

The graduates, officially part of the Class of 2017, will complete requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management, among others. The group is made up of approximately 90 students who have completed or will complete their degree requirements in July and December 2016. The students come from several counties throughout West Virginia as well as five other states (California, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

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Dr. Bill Webb, a 1973 Glenville State College graduate, delivers the keynote address


Dr. William “Bill” Webb, a 1973 Glenville State College graduate, delivered the keynote address and was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the institution. The honorary degree is one of higher education’s most significant accolades and it serves the dual purpose of recognizing extraordinary individuals and inspiring graduating students. It is awarded to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for achievement and distinction. Webb is the founder and director of Oasis Behavioral Health Services in Barboursville, West Virginia. He was honored with the GSC Alumni Association’s Achievement Award in 2006. During his 40 year career, Webb has served as the executive director of both the Holistic Health Center and Area Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Group in Huntington, West Virginia.

Webb advised the students to be comfortable with who they are, make decisions to be happy, foster lifelong friendships, to never stop learning, practice kindness, and to keep a sense of humor.

During the ceremony a somber moment was observed as a posthumous honorary degree was presented to in memory of Dejana Ludoski, who was an international student from Belgrade, Serbia. Ludoski was on track to complete her degree requirements with the December graduating class when she tragically died in a September automobile accident.

Additionally, retiring education professor Janet K. Bailey was bestowed with the title of Faculty Emerita at the event.

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr concluded the ceremony by telling the graduates, “Each of you should take great pride in your success and leave this occasion proudly and ready, or nearly ready, to take your places in the world. Your family and friends and the faculty and staff of Glenville State College salute you.”

Spring semester classes at GSC will begin on Monday, January 09, 2017.

For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at www.glenville.edu or 304.462.6130.

Hannah Moore Receives Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship

Hannah Moore was named recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Fund.  A 2016 graduate of Gilmer County High School, Moore is attending Glenville State College to pursue a degree in Health Promotions.

The Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Fund was created at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) in 2008.  Since its inception, it has provided scholarship support to six other area students.

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Hannah Moore


Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Details:

•  Awarded to a graduating high school senior who resides in Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison, Randolph, or Ritchie Counties in WV, with preference to Gilmer or Lewis County residents.

•  Student must be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education or vocational studies full-time.

•  Selection is based on financial need; this award not intended for a student already receiving other significant scholarship support.

•  Preference may be given to a student who is a dependent of an employee associated with Wes-Jak, Inc.

•  Recipients may apply annually for renewal consideration for up to four years.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown worked side-by-side for many years as co-owners of Weston Transfer and Jack’s Septic Service of Weston, West Virginia.  Both are known throughout the community for their deep commitment to each other, to their families and their employees – whom they considered as family – and for their support of many local church, community and civic projects.

Married for 50 years, Mrs. Brown passed away in June 2015. In creating this scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Brown sought to express their appreciation to their employees, as well as to those families served by their companies by providing a way to help the area’s students with higher education costs. They hope to see their scholarship awarded to students who are hard-working and who strive to improve their lives through training or education.

“We commend Larry and Margie for their foresight and generosity in establishing this significant scholarship award and providing opportunities for local young people,” said PACF’s Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt.  “As each new scholarship is presented to a student, the Browns are helping students to improve their potential for future success.  At the same time, Mrs. Brown will be fondly remembered by many people for her dedication to the betterment of her community, its students and their educational needs through this important annual award.”

To learn more about this important scholarship and other scholarships available through the PACF, please visit www.pacfwv.com or call 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 nonprofit 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 340 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 www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Gilmer County Residents Graduated from GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV—Sixteen students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

  • Hope L. Bossert of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.

  • Andrew B. Butcher of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Land Surveying Technology.

  • Elisabeth A. Coombs of Cedarville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Health Promotion and Psychology.

  • David A. Finley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in English.

  • Robert A. Hensley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Math (5-adult).

  • Jeremy D. Jenkins of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Camden L. Kinder of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting.

  • Ian L. Morris of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management.

  • Emily E. Ramezan of Sand Fork graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Nonprofit Leadership, Health Promotion, and Chemistry.

  • Annetta L. Snyder of Stouts Mills graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in English (5-adult).

  • Taylor C. Somerville of Linn received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Valeri M. Sprouse of Glenville graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership.

  • Abigal L. Stalnaker of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6).

  • Mistie R. Stracher of Tanner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science in Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Mathematics.

  • Curtis R. Sutphin of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Music (PreK-adult) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Music.

  • Tyler N. Wilson of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in Military Science.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia. The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

GSC: A Special Graduation Ceremony

GLENVILLE, WV – Olive Smith’s graduation from Glenville State College this May will be a day that she remembers fondly for years to come. The 86 years young graduate was to receive her Regents Bachelor of Arts degree along with the rest of the Glenville State College spring graduating class. Smith, although still active, opted not to make the three hour trip to the GSC Waco Center for the ceremony.

Not wanting her to miss out on her graduation, the college asked Dennis Pounds, Vice President for College Advancement, to make the trip to Smith’s home in Groveport, Ohio and make a personal graduation ceremony for her the following Monday, May 9. Having brought the gown, mortar board, and tassel as well as the coveted diploma, all of the pomp, if not all of the circumstance was present.

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GSC’s Dennis Pounds presents Olive Smith with her diploma


The diploma presentation came about because Smith’s daughter, Cassie Kartman, inquired with GSC’s Registrar’s Office as to why her mother didn’t receive her diploma.

Glenville State College was offering classes in the 1980’s through Parkersburg Community College (PCC), as it was known at the time, and Smith was alternating between taking classes from GSC and PCC in those years. She left college in 1989, just hours short of the degree she was pursuing.

After some research, the Registrar’s Office staff determined that Smith was qualified for a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree and was eligible to participate in the May 7 Commencement Ceremony with the Class of 2016. The non-traditional RBA program is sponsored by West Virginia higher education institutions and examines academic background, life experiences, educational ambitions, career goals, and life objectives that are unique to each individual student.

“Education is important; the things I learned in college were lifesaving. It expanded my horizons and a lot of the courses that I took meant a lot to me,” said Smith.

“Glenville State College congratulates Mrs. Smith for receiving this degree and counts her among our many proud graduates. Betsy and I send our well wishes to Olive and her family and hope they enjoyed the personal ceremony that Mr. Pounds brought to Groveport,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr.

Taylor Bridge Dedication in Troy, WV

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On Friday, June 17, Senator Kent Leonhardt, Delegate Roger Handshaw and U.S. Army Col John Hess dedicated the bridge crossing Leading Creek in Troy, WV in memory of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert D. Taylor, “Taylor”.  Attending the ceremony were many of Taylor’s classmates, family, and friends.  All of his friends called him Taylor.

Taylor graduated from Gilmer County High School in 1981 and went on to enlist in the U.S. Army.  Taylor loved to go fast and fly high and he got to fulfill the dream by flying Cobra Helicopters for the U.S. Army. 

Officer Taylor was aboard an AH-1 Cobra Helicopter assigned to the 5th Bn, 501st Aviation Regiment U.S. Army patrolling the Korean demilitarized zone between South and North Korea and was killed on November 13, 1991. 

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The bridge being dedicated in his memory crosses Leading Creek served as the state road access to the community where the Taylor family lived. The bridge is just east of the community of Troy on WV Highway 47 on the road formerly known as Spruce Run Road now named as Hemlock Run Road.

When Taylor lived on “Spruce Run” there was an old steel truss bridge. The bridge was replaced in 2010 with a new concrete span that meets today engineering and safety standards and was designed by Tim Hermansdorfer, project managed by Chris Williams and Kelly Kees and Project Supervisor was Gary Butler of the WV Department of Highways.

Construction on the bridge was done by Kenton Meadows Construction of Gassaway, WV.

Delegate Handshaw talked about the quality work District 7 DOH employees had done in Gilmer County and the need for more resources to maintain the aging infrastructure.

“Safe roads and bridges are important to West Virginia’s economy and the State needs to continue to invest resources to address maintenance and improve road surfaces.” 

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Senator Leonhardt said “We had a great turn out of family, friends and classmates to help remember Taylor’s service to our country. I appreciate the Lewis County Honor Guard, students from Leading Creek School and others that participated in honoring Taylor.  It is important that we remember those that gave their lives for our freedom and those that are still serving and fighting to keep this world a safer place. We must not take our freedom for granted”.

Senator Leonhardt presented Robert Taylor’s mom, Alice Taylor, and brother, Richard, with a memorial sign and closed his remarks by saying, “Let this simple sign remind us of the sacrifice of the Taylor family, but all the families whose son and daughters gave their lives so that we may enjoy our freedoms.  We can never repay the this debt of sacrifice but we must try by being a country worthy of the sacrifice.” 

UHC School of Radiologic Technology Graduation

Bridgeport, WV — United Hospital Center School of Radiologic recently conducted Commencement Exercises for the 2016 graduates. Diplomas were presented to ten students from Program Director, Rose Trupo and Clinical Instructors, Jane Bray, B.S., R.T. and Lisa Knight, R.T. on Saturday, May 14 at the Bridgeport High School Auditorium. 

Ashley Vincent, R.T. (R) served as guest speaker for the Radiologic Technology commencement, while the class address was delivered by Kylie Plybon and Bethany Allman.  Special presentations included Radiography Clinical Excellence Award presented to graduate, Trevor Shepler; the Radiography Academic Excellence Award presented to graduate Allie Gregory and the Laurie D’Anselmi Technologist of the Year award to Micala Myers, R.T. (R), staff technologist at UHC.

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Rising senior radiologic technology students were recognized during the commencement and the recipients of two scholarships were also announced.  Micah Ford of Weston received the Marsha K. Snively Memorial Scholarship from Ed Snively.  Allison Lovins of Pineville, WV received the Robert M. Timmons Memorial Scholarship from the 2015 recipient, Katy Brugnoli.

Graduates of the School of Radiologic Technology include Bethany Allman, daughter of Mike and Melissa Allman of Clarksburg;  Katy Brugnoli of Richwood, daughter of Gary and Karen Brugnoli; Kristin Burnside, wife of Paul Burnside and daughter of Kevin and Terry Hutson, all of Salem; Alexandria Gregory of Simpson, daughter of Hollis and Liz Gregory;  Bridget McClain, daughter of Barry and Brenda McClain of Shinnston;  Kylie Plybon, daughter of Mark and Joanne Plybon of Mount Clare;  Trevor Shepler, son of Daryl and Alisa Shepler of Ritchie County; Katelyne Smith, daughter of Jody and Jennifer Smith of Middlebourne; and Shay Yonaley of Sistersville, daughter of Brad and Julie Yonaley.  All will be employed by United Hospital Center as (part-time) staff radiographers, while Brugnoli and McClain will be entering the UHC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, and Smith will continue her education at WVU Hospital Nuclear Imaging Program.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors

A Senior Appreciation Ceremony was held at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center on May 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. A reception with cake and punch was held for the 2016 seniors, post graduates, high school equivalency graduates and their guests, prior to the awards program.

The Culinary Arts/ProStart program prepared the refreshments and the Networking Technologies along with Law & Public Safety students prepared a multimedia show for the reception. The theme for this year was “Humble and Kind”.

Bryan Sterns, director of the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center welcomed seniors and their guests. Jordyn Gregory, FBLA secretary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Faculty Senate President and Welding instructor, Carl Collins introduced the faculty members and their students. Faculty members along with Brittany Stout of Pierpont Community & Technical College presented students with Tech Prep Honor Cords and CGCC souvenirs. 

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Adult Education Graduates
Instructor Linda Jones, Matthew McCumbers, Alec Richards


Linda Jones, Adult Education instructor, presented her 2016 high school equivalency graduates:  Tina Davis, Matthew McCumbers, Alec Richards and Jessica Stump.  Mrs. Jones announced the Adult Education Student of the Year was Matthew McCumbers.

Shirley Hupp, National Technical Honor Society advisor, and Administrative Council Member Dr. Carl Armour inducted the following students into NTHS: Karissa Bill, Austin Blystone, Tea Boatright, Alayna Butler, Andrea Frymier, Jordyn Gregory, Analysse Petty, Chris Thornton, Alya Young and Samantha Young.  New inductees were presented with their honor cords, tassels, pins and diploma seals. Also they received a packet with a certificate, letter of recommendation and scholarship information. Returning members were also recognized and they were: Jacob Frashure, Kassy Hickman, Makahla Morris, Ethan Settle and Skylar Summers.

Faithful and perfect attendance certificates were presented by Bryan Sterns, and Gilmer County High School Principal Nasia Butcher. The following students missed 5 or less days at the Career Center during the 2015-16 school year:  Tea Boatright, Austin Blystone, Christian Hash, Haley Knotts, Maranda King, Malachi McCumbers, Makahla Morris, Analysse Petty, Brody Springer, James Stump, Isaac Sprouse, Doug Wood and Jessica Smith. Michael Garcia and Alex White both received a perfect attendance certificate.

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National Technical Honor Society Induction
Front Row: Advisor Shirley Hupp, Andrea Frymier, Tea Boatright,
Jordyn Gregory, Ayla Young, Kassy Hickman
Back Row: Chris Thornton, Skylar Summers, Alayna Butler, Austin Blystone,
amantha Young, Makahla Morris, Jacob Frashure


The Ronald Blankenship Academic Achievement Awards are given to those students achieving platinum level on the WIN Career Readiness System.  Bryan Sterns and Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Timothy Woodward presented certificates of achievement to the following students:  Austin Blystone, Jayden Cantu, Thomas Eakle, Aubrey Freeby, Michael Garcia, Jordyn Gregory, Christian Hash, Maranda King, Brooklyn Knicely, Alexis Loudin, Malachi McCumbers, Mitchell McKown, Makahla Morris, Dakota Moss, Dylan Neal, Adrea Peggs, Analysse Petty, Amber Prusack, Erin Ramsey, Destiny Riccota, Alec Richards, Dylan Snider, Isaac Sprouse, Dustin Stump and Baylee Swisher.

The 886 Foundation, Chapter 4 of Grantsville sponsored a $500 scholarship this year for a Calhoun County senior completing the Health Occupations or Law & Public Safety program. This year’s recipient was Mitchell McKown, a two-completer of the Law & Public Safety program. 886 Foundation members Gary Knight, Graham Knight, Kayla and Lucas Morford presented the scholarship.

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Ronald Blankenship Academic Achievement Awards
L to R: Timothy Woodward, Amber Prusack, Jordyn Gregory, Jayden Cantu,
Austin Blystone, Baylee Swisher, Alexis Loudin, Isaac Sprouse, Erin Ramsey,
Michael Garcia, Malachi McCumbers, Destiny RIccota, Dylan Snider,
Mitchell McKown, Maranda King, Bryan Sterns


Mr. Mike Whipkey with the assistance of Mr. James Snyder, automotive technology instructor, presented the Micheal P. Whipkey, II Memorial Automotive Scholarship of a $250 Craftsman gift card for a tool set and certificate to Doug Allen Wood. Doug is the son of Doug and Kaira Wood of Normantown, WV.

Christian Kenneth Hash received the Melissa Gayle Oshoway Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship for $1000. This scholarship was presented by Mr. and Mrs. John Oshoway, Mr. Rue Brannon, and Mrs. Patty Cain. Christian is the grandson of Timothy and Mary Templon of Grantsville, WV.

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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center $100 Scholarship Award
Bryan Sterns, Alayna Butler, Lisa Moore


Each year the Career Center presents a $100 scholarship award to graduating students who plan to pursue a career in their field of study or continue their studies.  Bryan Sterns and CGCC Secretary, Lisa Moore recognized this year’s recipient:  Alayna Brooke Butler. Alayna is the daughter of Kim Butler of Glenville, WV. She has completed the patient care technician program in Health Occupations. Alayna plans to attend West Virginia University at Parkersburg and earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

Brittany Stout of Peirpont Community & Technical College awarded a $1000 scholarship to Cassi Marie Dobbins for studies in nursing. Cassi is the daughter of Melinda Lamb of Grantsville, WV.

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886 Foundation $500 Scholarship
Gary Knight, Mitchell McKown, Kayla & Lucas Morford, Graham Knight


Outstanding CTE Students were announced and given a $100 award.  They were Phillip Michael Garcia, Automotive Technology; Tea Shae Boatright, Business Technology: Christopher Lee Thornton, Carpentry; Alexander Michael White, Networking Technologies; and postgraduate student, Jacob Travis Frashure, Networking Technologies. Also, Jacob was recognized for receiving a gold medal at the WV SkillsUSA Competition in Kingwood, WV in April. He will be traveling to Louisville, KY to compete in the National SkillsUSA Competition this June.

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Pierpont Community & Technical College $1000 Scholarship
Brittany Stout, Cassi Dobbins, Shirley Hupp


The Earl J. Gainer Career and Technical Education Student of the Year Award was established in 1990 to pay tribute to Mr. Gainer and to honor the student who best exemplifies career and technical excellence.  In selecting the recipient of this honor, the committee attempts to award an individual who demonstrates the same outstanding qualities possessed and utilized by Mr. Gainer. 

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Micheal P. Whipkey, II Memorial Automotive Scholarship
Jim Snyder, Mike Whipkey, Doug Wood




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Earl J. Gainer Career and Technical Student of the Year Award
Bryan Sterns, Analysse Petty


CGCC Director Bryan Sterns presented a certificate, commemorative clock, and $500 scholarship to Analysse Nikole Petty.  Annie is the niece of Danielle Cottrill of Normantown, WV.  She is a graduating senior from Gilmer County High School. While attending CGCC, Annie successfully completed the patient care technician program in Health Occupations, the ProStart/Culinary Arts program, and the Option Pathway program. Annie’s honors include: 4th place at WV SkillsUSA Competition in commercial baking and 1st place in the student division of the Blennerhassett Gingerbread House Contest. Annie plans to pursue her nursing career while in the US Navy.

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GSC Class of 2016 Receives Diplomas

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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College’s 142nd Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 7 in the college’s Waco Center.

The Glenville State College Class of 2016 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2016 is made up of approximately 120 students who completed their degree requirements in May 2016. The grads hail from throughout West Virginia, ten other states, and Washington D.C.

Glenville State College graduate and longtime Professor of Physical Science Dr. J. Joe Evans delivered the keynote address to graduates and guests. Evans, who has been an instructor at his alma mater for 46 years, has elected to retire at the end of this academic year.

Evans and two other retiring professors, Dr. D. Charles ‘Chuck’ Batson and Dr. Nancy Zane, were bestowed with the title of Emeriti Faculty at the event. Additionally, 26 members of the GSC Class of 1966 returned to campus and were honored as fifty year graduates. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony.

Individual awards also were presented during the ceremony to an outstanding faculty member and graduate. Professor of English Dr. Nancy Zane received the 2016 Faculty Award of Excellence while the 2016 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior biology student Emily Ramezan of Glenville, West Virginia.

“Each of you should take great pride in your success. You should leave this occasion proudly and ready—or nearly ready—to take your places in the world. At Glenville State, you have committed your time, your energies, and your passions in the successful pursuit of the knowledge and skills to be productive citizens,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr in comments to the graduates.

Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 22, 2016. For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at www.glenville.edu or 304.462.4128.

Commencement Ceremony is May 07, 2016 at GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV – The 142nd Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 07 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the college’s Waco Center.

The GSC class of 2016 will walk across the graduation stage to receive their degrees in a variety of programs including business, education, land resources, criminal justice, science, music, and more. The grads hail from throughout West Virginia, ten other states, Washington D.C., and Serbia.

Glenville State College graduate and longtime Professor of Physical Science Dr. J. Joe Evans will deliver the keynote address to graduates and guests. Evans, who has been an instructor at his alma mater for 46 years, has elected to retire at the end of this academic year.

In recognition of an ongoing tradition at Glenville State College, alumni who graduated fifty years ago have been invited back to campus to join the current graduates at the ceremony. Members of the class of 1966 will be recognized as ’50 Year Graduates’ during the event.

Graduates are permitted to bring as many guests with them as they like and no tickets are required. The GSC Bookstore will have a satellite location open at the Waco Center with a selection of items for sale before and after the ceremony.

For more information about the Commencement Ceremony, click here or contact 304.462.4115.

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

GLENVILLE, WV—Eighteen students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and are eligible to participate in GSC’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 07, 2016.

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Ben Neal, Casey Burdette, Robert Hensley, William Alderman, Ben Stingo, Chelsea Hines, Annetta Snyder, Curtis Sutphin,
Samantha Fulks, Joseph Overbaugh, Julia Stull, Cody Carnefix, Rachel Morris, Sarah Cody, Dancey Howes, Melissa Jones,
Abigail Stalnaker, Carlee Scott, Erica PerdueBen Neal, Casey Burdette, Robert Hensley, William Alderman, Ben Stingo,
Chelsea Hines, Annetta Snyder, Curtis Sutphin, Samantha Fulks, Joseph Overbaugh, Julia Stull, Cody Carnefix, Rachel Morris,
Sarah Cody, Dancey Howes, Melissa Jones, Abigail Stalnaker, Carlee Scott, Erica Perdue


William Alderman completed his student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Gilmer County High School with Natalie White and Kelly Barr. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Joseph Wood were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Eric and Diane Alderman of Looneyville, West Virginia.


Casey Burdette completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Clay County Middle School with Jerry Frame and Brittany McGowen Dolly. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC Supervisor. He is the son of Jimmy and Kristi Burdette of Clay, West Virginia and the grandson of Nancy and Jacke Cottrell of Newton, West Virginia.


Cody Carnefix completed his student teaching in English Education (5-adult) and Social Studies (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Michelle Raines and Lindsay Bush. Dr. Melody Wise and Donald Sheets were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Darren and Allison Carnefix of Liberty, West Virginia.


Sarah Cody completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Caterorial Education (K-6) at Sand Fork Elementary School and Glenville Elementary School with Leslie Campbell and Julie Perrin. Dr. Tara Cosco and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Kim and Joel Hypes of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband Johnathan in Summersville, West Virginia. Cody was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


Samantha Fulks completed her student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Gilmer County High School with Terry Jones and Rick Kinder. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Joseph Wood were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Herald ‘Glen’ and Trevia Fulks (Jr.) of Millstone, West Virginia.


Robert Hensley completed his student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Brittany Duelley and Tracy Ferguson. Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were his GSC Supervisors. He is the son of Carol Hensley of Dundalk, Maryland and currently resides with his wife Allegra in Glenville, West Virginia.


Chelsea Hines completed her student teaching in Health and Physical Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County High School and Glenville Elementary School with Amy Chapman and Diane Sharpes. Janet Bailey and Donald Sheets were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Tim and Leann Kerns of Jane Lew, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband Robert and son Parker in Weston, West Virginia.


Dancey Howes completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Categorical Education (K-6) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Lora Chapman and Melissa Wood. Dr. Shelly Ratliff and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Mark and Kennetha Howes of Hacker Valley, West Virginia.


Melissa Jones completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County Middle School and Braxton County High School with Judith Boyce and Sharon Desper. Dr. Melody Wise and Frances Fry were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Roger Hypes and Marie Pierson of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides in Summersville, West Virginia with her significant other Allen Walton and her son Ben.


Benjamin Neal completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Liberty High School with John Bugby and Tom Day. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC Supervisors. He is the son of Timothy and Patricia Neal of Mount Nebo, West Virginia.


Rachel Morris completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with Nicole Moyers and Tamera Moore. Connie Stout O’Dell and Don Sheets were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Bill and Kendi Morris of Bidwell, Ohio and is engaged to Aaron Parsons of Harrisville, West Virginia.


Joseph Overbaugh completed his student teaching in General Science (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Braxton County Middle School with Shawn Crow and Jenny Miller. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC Supervisor. He is the son of James and Ada Overbaugh of Mount Zion, West Virginia.


Erica Perdue completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Burnsville Elementary School with Patty Montgomery and Joyce Stump. Frances Fry was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Eric and Vicky Perdue of Clay, West Virginia. She currently resides in Burnsville, West Virginia with her fiancée Lucas Smith.


Annetta Snyder completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County Middle School and Braxton County High School with James King and Janis Collins. Her GSC Supervisors were Frances Fry and Dr. Melody Wise. She is the daughter of Mike and Charlene Snyder of Stouts Mills, West Virginia. She currently resides with her son Sebastian in Stouts Mills.


Abigail Stalnaker completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with Leigh Kinder, Teresa Skinner, and Amber Frashure. Dr. Shelly Ratliff, Connie Stout O’Dell, and Don Sheets were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of David and Judy Stalnaker of Glenville, West Virginia.


Benjamin Stingo completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Glenville, Sand Fork, and Normantown Elementary Schools with Logan Rhodes and Judy Leggett. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Kevin and Elizabeth Stingo of Buckhannon, West Virginia.


Julia Stull completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Summersville Elementary School with Jill Sweeney and Erin Thomas. Frances Fry was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Diana Barnett of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides with her children Bryer and Ellie Stull and Kenneth Sales Jr. in Summersville, West Virginia.


Curtis Sutphin completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Roanoke Elementary School, and Leading Creek Elementary with Jermiah Smallridge, Garrett Friend, and Whitney Ballard. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC Supervisors. He is a native of Van, West Virginia. 


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.


For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

Rev. Dr. Randy Flanagan ’76 to Present Baccalaureate Message

Rev. Dr. Randy Flanagan ’76 will present the message at the Baccalaureate ceremony during West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Commencement week.  The service will be at a new time this year, starting at 5 p.m. in Wesley Chapel on Friday, May 06, 2016.

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The Rev. Dr. Flanagan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Bible and religion from Wesleyan in 1976, his Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1979, and his Doctorate of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1986.  He has served as an appointed pastor for the past 43 years serving six rural churches in the Adrian Charge; at Palatine First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Palatine, IL; King’s Way UMC in Elkins, WV; Elkins Easy UM Charge in Elkins, WV; St. Mary’s UMC in Beckley, WV; and Simpson UMC in Moundsville, WV.

The Rev. Dr. Flanagan also served as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the West Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC, as well as lead pastor at both Christ Church UMC in Charleston, WV and Wesley UMC in Morgantown, WV, his current position.

He is married to wife Janet L. (McCloud) ’76, with whom he has a daughter, Kathryn.

For more information on this year’s Commencement, please visit www.wvwc.edu/alumni/commencement.

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