PSC’s 5 Core Values

 Jennifer-Orlikoff-PSC.jpg In a soon-to-be released video, Campus President Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff describes five core values for a successful campus community.

1. Service

  Orlikoff shares the importance of being service oriented. She expressed that “we create a welcoming campus community” with an above and beyond attitude to help others.

 2. Curiosity

  Curiosity encourages one to ask questions and to seek new knowledge. It also embraces problem-solving and critical thinking. “Curiosity is my favorite core value.” 

 3. Respect

   “We respect each other. We respect each other’s ideas and opinions. We respect each other’s background and cultural heritage. With respect, we have a united and inclusive campus.”

 4. Accountability

  This core value stresses the need for responsibility. “Probably the most difficult one, but it is so important to the smooth functioning of the campus.”

 5. Appreciation

  Appreciation is important to embrace and encourage. “With appreciation, we find joy in each other, we celebrate each other’s accomplishments, and we recognize the value that everyone brings to this campus.”

Candlelight Vigil held on campus to remember Las Vegas Shooting Victims

 

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 A candlelight vigil was held on The Quad to honor the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Dr. Edward Brown also spoke on the importance of reaching out to our government and using our voices as Americans to help stop these tragedies from happening again.

Freedom of Speech: Why is it so important?

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  “Freedom of speech doesn’t always mean you’ll walk away with a smile,” Criminal Justice Professor Nicklaus Goff explained at the educational presentation given on Constitution Day to spread awareness on the importance of freedom of speech. Goff and History Professor Cassandra Pritts gave the presentation in Church Mckee Arts Center. 

  Goff touched upon some controversial topics that our First Amendment does protect us from. These topics included things like the disputed football player kneeling during the national anthem, the Charlottesville Nazi protesters, and the burning of an American flag. 

 Pritts gave a brief explanation of the history of the First Amendment and Founding Fathers. “History is rich in importance.  By studying history, we understand how we have been shaped by the past and how to apply historical knowledge and analysis to the issues facing us in the present,” Pritts stated.   

  After the history introduction, Goff gave an elaborate clarification of how the First Amendment protects our freedom rights.

  Goff then went into further detail telling each audience member what that First Amendment protects and doesn’t protect. Goff was highly involved with the listeners by asking them questions and allowing them to answer with the microphone. When mentioning the controversial issues, the crowd stirred and expressed their disdain for disrespecting symbols like the American flag or kneeling during the national anthem.

  Goff explained that every member of the audience had the right to feel the way they did, but they couldn’t stop an American citizen from kneeling, burning a flag or other acts that may seem disrespectful. Thanks to the First Amendment.

  However, in his final points, Goff encouraged the audience to also exercise their right to freedom of speech. If they disagreed with someone it is their responsibility to go out and make their voices heard.  “Patriotism is exercising your rights,” he explained.

Humans of Potomac State

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Photo By: Zoe Sypolt

“I moved here from Maryland in 2010, and I have been in love with the mountains ever since. I came to Potomac State to stay close to home, which allowed me to keep working at my job. I currently work at Spring Valley Farm and Orchard, and I enjoy it more and more each day. There is nothing better than being outside in God’s creation and watching the bounty of your labor come to life. When I’m not working, you’ll find me modifying one of my two vehicles. Building a project by yourself that is truly your own is an awesome and fulfilling experience. I graduate in December and look forward to using what I’ve learned from Potomac State College in my future endeavors at Spring Valley.”

Interview by: Zoe Sypolt, Contributing Writer

Humans Of Potomac State

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Photo By: Cody Brazil

“I am originally from Morgantown. I came here because I just wanted a little change of scenery. A lot of people who grew up in Morgantown end up going to college there, and end up living there for the rest of their lives. I do plan on graduating from WVU, but I wanted to experience something a little bit different first. I do miss it though. It gets really quiet here on the weekends. I’ve even started going home almost every weekend because I would just be sitting in my dorm. But I’ve made some good friends while I’ve been here, so it hasn’t been all bad.”

Interview by: Cody Brazil, Editor

Humans of Potomac State

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“I’m originally from Washington D.C.

I like Potomac State okay, but the campus can be a little boring. It was more of my mom and grandma’s decision for me to come here; I wanted to go to Florida Memorial University. I’m majoring in criminal justice and am interested in becoming a police officer in Washington D.C. after I graduate. My ultimate goal in the career path would be to either eventually be the chief-of-police or maybe a lieutenant. I just really want to help people.”

Interview by: Cody Brazil, Editor

Humans of Potomac State

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  “I was homeschooled before college. I can’t say I loved it, but I did get to sleep in later than my friends, so I did enjoy that. I never really wished I went to a traditional school either because I was allowed to go to dances and other events. I think I want to be an astronaut when I’m done with school. I think it would be great to just float around in space and listen to music. I’m a huge fan of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies if you couldn’t tell. Right now I’m majoring in general education, but I think I’ll switch to aerospace engineering when I transfer to Morgantown.”

Interview by: Cody Brazil, Editor