2018 Weekend of Honors Recipients

Congratulations to the students honored at the 2018 Weekend of Honors! A full list of recipients is below. To view photos from the event, visit the Potomac State College’s Facebook post.

31st Annual Athletic Hall of Fame

Inductees

Raymond Marshall, Class of 1973

Charlisa Cummins, Class of 2005

Joe Agreste, Class of 2007

 

Female Athletes of the Year

Kadi Cosgrove

Ericka Gordon

 

Male Athletes of the Year

Zachary Musgrove

Dominic Peroni

 

Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Academic Achievement Wall

 

Faculty

Henry Falkowski, Ed.D.

Alumnus

Andrew Seymour, Ph.D.

Students

Hannah Nesselrodt

Aaron Smith

Sara Sredy

78th Annual Recognition Day Awards

 

  1. William Noland Outstanding Student                        Hannah Nesselrodt

Outstanding Sophomore Agriculture Student                        Emily Parent

Outstanding Sophomore Forestry Student                             Autumn Elliott

Don Starcher Outstanding Freshman Ag & Forestry             Sam Ferster

Maurice Powell General Chemistry Award                            Thomas Clark

Jasper Morris Organic Chemistry Award                               Alexander Bowlby

Henry Falkowski survey of Chemistry Award                       Hanna Slider

General Biology Award                                                          Seth Leedom

W.E. Michael Biology Award                                                Sara Sredy

Outstanding Senior Criminal Justice Students                       Olivia Canoy and Diana Ramirez

Mauzy-Harris History Award                                                 Christian Shockey

Outstanding Business Management Students                        Madison Martin and Gabriel Thomas

Outstanding Business Technology Student                            Sydney Ibarra

Human Anatomy and Physiology Awards                             Bradley Green, Shannon Miller, and Victoria Smith

Excellence in Journalism Award                                             Aaron Smith

Outstanding Student in Applied Calculus Award                 Samuel Di Lima

Outstanding Student in Advanced Calculus Award              Avery Claycomb

Outstanding Student in Psychology                                       Andrew Haines

Outstanding Bachelor of Computer Information Systems     Ranson Bland

Outstanding Associate of Computer Information Systems    Derrick Kroll

Keyser Rotary ‘Service Above Self’ Award                          Bethany Roberts

 

Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society

New Members

 

Molly Browning                      Malakia May

Maggie Canoy                         Skyler McKenzie

Allison Cirillo                          Paden Rightsell

Kista Crites                             Bethany Roberts

Matthew Day                          Susannah Sine

Roger Dodd                            Sara Sredy

Samuel Ferster                        Walter Sulzbach

Andrea Fox                             Zoe Sypolt

Elizabeth Little                       Maggie Waugh

 

 

PSC Softball Wins Against Westmoreland County Community College

The Potomac State College Softball game against Westmoreland County Community College was a rousing success. The girls annihilated their opponent with a final score of 9-1 in favor of PSC. The game started a little slow with no one scoring until the third inning, where the girls scored 3 runs for the next 3 innings ending it all in the fifth inning.

“Coming together as a team to win instead of playing for yourself is a victory in itself, our team strives to play as a whole and we do that very well,” said PSC softball player Lexi Trickett about their victory.

The many fans of the softball team turned up to support the girls. Frequent spectator Zane Sine explained that he never misses a game if he can help it.

“They really knocked it out of the park here today. When they started scoring they did not let up until the game was over,” said Sine.

The pitcher for this game, Kadi Cosgrove, was later awarded a student athlete award.

Printing Problem Plagues Penny-Pinching Pupils

Screen Shot 2018-04-25 at 8.44.02 AM  Free printing was a luxury offered to PSC students for the last two years; a new printing fee was introduced in the 2017 Fall semester.  This policy, introduced by the WVU Morgantown campus, has put a hindrance on some students’ abilities to get their assignments in.

    The individuals most affected by this are the students. Many students have trouble getting their assignments in due financial inability.

   Printing costs 6 cents per document and can only be paid through Mountie Bounty. The minimum amount of money you can add to your Mountie Bounty at time is $10.  This raises problems for some commuter students who often don’t even carry their student IDs. 

“It wouldn’t be that big of deal if I could pay with coins, card or something. But I literally have no other reason to add anything to my Mountie Bounty,” said PSC sophomore Kaitie Brown. 

  The Mountie Bounty minimum seems to be an issue. While on-campus students can use their Mountie Bounty to do laundry and other necessities, commuter students don’t want to throw ten dollars into an account when they don’t even know if they’ll need to use it all to print. 

  PSC sophomore Lexi Woods used to print out PowerPoint slides to aid her in her studying, but she feels that she cannot afford to keep up her study habit with the fee in place. 

  “When you have multiple classes that all use PowerPoints, it really starts to add up, and now I just don’t print anything,” said Woods. 

  The printing fee has been felt campus-wide by students and faculty alike. Most professors have had to give up their personal office printers. Some professors have become more lenient in how they accept assignments because some students can’t afford to print.

  “I’m not sure that saving a few dollars is worth the inconvenience,” said Professor Ruth Upton.

She has had to start accepting her students’ assignments through eCampus, but she still feels that the fee is unfair for some students. 

   English Professor Steve Oberlechner has started making accommodations for students because of the fee as well. 

  “I’ve had to become more flexible on deadlines and make exceptions for some students due to financial issues,” said Oberlechner.

  Oberlechner has felt the weight of the fee in his creative writing classes where he would traditionally have students come in with a copy of their work for all of their peers. But due to the implementation of the printing fee, his students have been wanting to email their work to their peers.

“Whether it’s the author or the reader at some point someone will have to take the responsibility to print out the document,” said Oberlechner.

  Although the printing fee is seen as an inconvenience to many students and faculty, it has resolved an immense waste problem on the PSC campus.

  “Before students had to pay to print, there was a ridiculous amount of waste,” said the PSC Library Technical Assistant Nicholas Gardner. 

Gardner approves of the new printing fee. When students were able to print for free, there was an inordinate amount of wasted materials.  

   Gardner told of an occurrence where a past student tried to print out an article from the internet but could not figure out how to get the printer to work and accidentally printed out 700 pages of the document. 

   “We would throw stacks of paper away all of the time,” Gardner said. He believes that the fee has put a stop to occurrences like this by making the students print more consciously.

  The fee has also allowed for the school to have better printers for the students to use. Before, PSC had average desktop printers that one may use in their own home. When students would be printing anywhere between 30,000 and 40,000 pages of paper a month, the printers were not equipped to handle the bulk of documents that would go through them daily. This caused them to break down on a consistent basis. 

   The school now has more industrial printers that can effortlessly print in bulk and even allow students to scan documents into their emails. 

  PSC Executive Director of Campus Operations Harlan Shreve explained that the new fee makes a lot of economical sense, but the school has tried their best to help the students. He explained that free printing is offered in the computer labs for any student doing assignments, but the school thought it would be in everybody’s best interest to cut back on “frivolous printing.”

  While the change to pay-to-print can be hard, it is important to remember that this is not a new concept on the PSC campus. PSC has only offered free printing for the last two years while the coin operator in the library was broken. 

  “This whole thing is only hard because of the way that it is happening. It’s just change. Eventually people will forget the luxury and get used to how things are,” said PSC Sociology Instructor Catie Bridges. 

 

STEM Attracts Families

 

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What do dissected pigs, lasers, snakes, equines, rockets, LEGOs and drones have in common? The Mineral County STEM Festival!
Faculty, staff, students and community members volunteered to present a variety of activities on campus March 24. The festival introduced children in Kindergarten through 12 grade to science, technology, engineering and math concepts through hands-on activities. About 1,000 visitors attended the STEM Festival.

The festival included displays put together by the students, faculty and the surrounding community. The Potomac State College agriculture department had horses and goats on display for the families. The equine students were showing the kids how to tack horses and explained their daily routines in the barn. The goat farm also brought some goats to the quad for the children to interact with.

“I think it is important for kids to feel comfortable around animals and gain experience about them,” said PSC equine student Mallie Otoole.

Ameicorps sent representatives from the Americorps Forrest Service and the Americorps Fish and Wildlife to teach the community about non-native invasive species. The point of their booth was to help educate the public on how to identify non-native invasive species and help reduce their spread and the harm that these species can cause to the environment.

“The earlier that children are informed the earlier they can get involved,” said Americorps Forest Service worker Haley Hutchins.

The Mary F. Shipper library had many classic displays, such as the virtual reality glasses that have been a hit at past STEM festivals. The families were allowed to put on the VR glasses and then they were read a story while being shown images through the glasses that went along with the story. A brand new drone display was also being shown in the library. David Miller of the PSC library was educating the public on drone safety and the importance of drones in the future of our society. The children were also allowed to fly the drones through an obstacle course that the library put up.

The sciences were very popular at the STEM festival. Professor of Biology Dr. Gerald Wilcox was showing off the difference between healthy lungs and a smoker’s lungs using real pig lungs. He used the pig lungs to show how smoking can discolor a person’s lungs. There were also dissected fetal pigs being shown to the children. They were even allowed to look through their organs.

“I was sad because they were dead, but I learned that their hearts are really small,” said seven-year-old Juniper Judy.

The Potomac Valley Chapter of the Mountain State Valley Council for the Blind sent representatives to the festival to educate people on technologies that allow for blind people to live independently. These technologies include the “Brail Note” that allows for blind people to type and the “Seeing Eye” application that allows for blind people to read through the cameras on their phone.

There were a lot of engineering presentations on display. The PSC engineering department had a gokart that they built on the quad for families to drive. Orbital ATK was present to teach children about the anatomy of rockets by letting them make their own rockets out of paper and launching them using a using an air bellow. The community robotics team “Rambunctious Robots” was showing off the robots that they built. These robots included a tank, one that used pressure sensors to push off of surfaces and one that is programmed to give high fives.

West Virginia University sophomore Olivia Young was present on behalf of the Science Public Outreach Team, a team founded by NASA and Greenbank Observatory, to educate on space and radio waves. She was running an exhibit that was showing how meteors strike the earth.

“I think it is important for kids to take an interest in science early because as we get older science becomes less about discovery and more about memorization. And it is important to keep that passion in discovery because it really goes a long way,” said Young.

Stoplight to be Stationed on State Street Should Secure Strolling Students’ Safety this September

 

 

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  “I used to have friends who’d call and ask me to help them cross the street,” said Steffan Chapman, a PSC student. 

  For some PSC students, crossing 220 from Catamount Place is difficult due to the lack of a stoplight or crosswalk. The closest crosswalk is on St. Cloud Street, a block from Fort Ave.

  Recent events at West Virginia University Morgantown campus have revealed the urgency and importance for proper student traffic safety. On February 1, 2018 Leah Berhanu, a WVU student, was hit at the intersection of Morrill Way and Patterson Drive near Evansdale Campus entrance. Berhanu was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

What is PSC doing to prevent this? 

To prevent an accident like the one in Morgantown, the city of Keyser and PSC administration have plans to place a stoplight at the bottom of State street. This light will create a safer, more convenient place for students to cross. Discussion of the stop light began nearly two years ago under former campus president Dr. Colelli, said PSC Chief of Police Brian Kerling. 

  Construction of the light will be completed no later than the end of September 2018, according to West Virginia Division of Highways’ Kenneth Clohan who oversees the placement of stoplights and other road signs in seven WV districts. Until the light is in place, PSC drivers and pedestrians can take precautions to remain safe.

What can drivers and pedestrians do until light is installed?

“Actually pay attention,” said Kerling when giving advice to drivers and pedestrians on campus.  Kerling emphasizes that both drivers and pedestrians need to be completely aware of their surroundings.

Kerling said he was on Campus Drive recently in the patrol car, and a female was walking in the middle of the road. She had her face down, looking at her cell phone. The female headed straight towards the patrol car, and Kerling had to come to a complete stop before she walked into his vehicle. Kerling encourages pedestrians to use the sidewalks and look up from their phones. 

  WVU released a list of tips to pedestrians and drivers on how to stay safe on the streets. For pedestrians, WVU encourages students to obey all traffic signals, make eye contact with drivers, show your intentions of crossing and always assume a car won’t stop for you. The safe use of cell phone usage was emphasized within the tips.

  A study conducted by the National Safety Council in 2015 shows that cell phone usage while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. It also showed that one out of every four car accidents is caused by texting and driving.

In 2015 alone, 3,477

total deaths and 391,000 injuries were due to distracted driving in the U.S.

Source: DMV.com

  “When someone else is driving and they are checking their phone, eating or fidgeting with the radio, I tend to feel very nervous and uncomfortable,” said PSC freshman Mariah Boyce.   

  “I’m sometimes tempted to smack their phone out of their hand,” said Katie Shreve, PSC freshman, “it makes me cautious to ride with them again.”

  Most drivers will acknowledge that texting or being distracted while driving is dangerous. According to AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% of those students admit to doing it anyway. “To be honest, I eat, text and talk on the phone while I drive,” admits one PSC student who wishes to remain anonymous. 

  WVU campus administrators are working to protect their students and prevent any more tragic accidents. Kerling stated that last school year signs instructing pedestrians to use side walks were placed on State Street. 

   In Morgantown, University Police recently placed portable signs at busy intersections where accidents have occurred. Morgantown campus’ SGA also held two safety walks near busy intersections to identify where areas may need additional safety measures for pedestrians. “We recognize that all these immediate actions are not permanent,” said Rob Alsop, WVU vice president for strategic initiatives in a WVU press release, “but long-term solutions will take time to investigate and then implement appropriately.”

Hannah Nesselrodt Named Outstanding Student of the Year

Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff presents Hannah Nesselrodt Outstanding Student of the Year award.

 Hannah Nesselrodt earned the 2018 E. William Noland Outstanding Student of the Year Award.  She received a cash award and her name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Administrative Building.  

  Five students were nominated for this prestigious award: Nesseltrodt, Aaron Smith, Sara Sredy, Alexander Bowlby and Andrew Haines. 

  Nesselrodt, Smith and Sredy’s names were selected to be inscribed on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.

  Nesselrodt, a Petersburg resident, is a biology major with the goal of attending the WVU School of Medicine. She is a member of the Rotaract Club, Life Science Club, Campus Crusade for Christ Club, Catamounts Against Cancer Club, and Cross Impact Club. She is an active member of the Petersburg Church of God where she volunteers as a video/music technician, counselor for the Petersburg Regional Junior Youth Camp, assistant counselor for Regional Senior Youth Camp, and a facilitator for church fundraisers. She has been a patient care assistant at Grant Memorial Hospital.

  Aaron Smith, a journalism major from Romney, serves as the editor of the “Pasquino” college newspaper. He is the founder and manager of POParazzi, a popculture and entertainment website. He is a published author of two young-adult fantasy novels. He volunteers with the Hampshire County Committee on Aging, The Embassy Theatre and the Hampshire County Development Authority. He is featured in the Allegany Magazine’s “40 under 40” edition.

    Sara Sredy, from Somerset, Pennsylvania, is a biology major. Through Messiah Lutheran Church, she volunteers in a variety of activities. She also volunteers with Interact Club, Somerset County Mobile Food Bank, Somerset Hospital Giving Tree Project, Patriot Manor Nursing Home and Somerset County Humane Society. At PSC, she is Life Science Club Secretary, Catamounts Against Cancer vice president, and a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and Cross Impact.

  Alexander Bowlby is a pre-pharmacy major from Maysville. He is a math and science tutor at the Academic Success Center, raised money for the Christmas Angel charity program with the Life Science Club, and prepared the sets for West Virginia Theater East.

  Andrew Haines, from Springfield, is a psychology major. Through his involvement at Springfield Assembly of God, he volunteers with the youth group, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and summer camp.

(L-R) Sara Sredy, Hannah Nesselrodt, and Aaron Smith’s names were selected to be inscribed on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates Jr. Academic Achievement Wall.

PSC and Keyser Focus on Building a Community

The Indie on Main is providing cultural experiences including art shows and theatre performances for the city and campus community. Photo courtesy of The Indie on Main

   The first day of your college life begins, and you’re excited. As you head to your first class, you’re greeted by unfamiliar faces and quickly find yourself given an intense workload that’s entirely your responsibility.

   You’re living with a stranger, missing your old bed, pulling all-nighters and finding it hard to make friends in what little spare time you have. It’s easy to get overwhelmed during your college experience. Potomac State College is working to make sure that students stay happy through it all.

   One of these steps involved looking at students who decided to leave the campus. PSC surveyed students in 2016 and 2017; in both years, the surveys revealed approximately 20 percent of students surveyed who left experienced emotional problems, and 20 percent also indicated they felt alone or isolated. 

   In 2016, 35 percent of students surveyed said they were dissatisfied with social life on campus, a number that dropped to 9 percent in 2017.

   Pennsylvania-born student Aleeya Mayo said that the social life was one of the reasons she left PSC. 

   Mayo said she missed city life and being close to home. “Potomac State compared to Philly is like a completely different world. In the city I had all of my friends and family, about a million places to shop and eat, but at PSC I didn’t have that,” she said. 

   Counselor Kristin Morton had advice for students facing homesickness and emotional problems. “ Understand that homesickness is a very normal feeling when adjusting to a brand-new environment and does not mean that there’s anything negative about the new place or one’s ability to fit in there,” she said. 

“I definitely got homesick a lot, but something that helped with the distance was just applying myself to my school work 100 percent.”

 – Aleeya Mayo

   “The best way to move through homesickness is to get involved in your new environment.  The more engaged one is in building his/her new life, the quicker the feelings of homesickness will pass.” 

   Morton offered a reminder that Counseling Services is “always ready to listen” to students dealing with any issues.

   Combatting these feelings of homesickness are a high priority for the school. Alumni Relations Coordinator Derek Artimez believes PSC is capable of building a welcoming community that retains students through student life and academics that engage students. 

   “If we succeed in building a true community, then this will feel like a second home to students, relieving some of the strains of homesickness,” he said. 

   Dean of Students William Letrent has been working to offer activities students will enjoy. Surveys have been used to gauge student interest in various activities. 

   Letrent talked about changes coming in the fall that should help students get involved before classes even start. The fall semester’s Welcome Week will be focused more on team-building exercises and less on academia that some students found “boring.” 

   Students will be grouped with classmates from their WVUe class, in the hopes that students will see familiar faces as classmates on the first day of the semester. 

   Part of WVUe classes include encouraging students to participate in activities on campus.

 “We are looking at many ways to help students persist from one semester to the next until they complete a degree,” Campus President Orlikoff said.  

   “This includes academic support, advising and mentorship by faculty, student activities, financial assistance, welcoming facilities and an overall positive campus climate. We want students to feel they belong and are a part of the campus community so they want to stay and complete their degrees.  With a degree in hand, students are in a great place to launch into their future.”

   Making the area more college-friendly is something the city of Keyser is working towards as well. Stephen Settimi runs the Indie on Main, an art house designed to give local artists a venue to share their works with the public. 

   The Indie has worked with PSC in developing a script-writing opportunity for aspiring playwrights and has created a non-profit aimed at providing scholarships to students for the arts.

   Settimi said the Indie offers students “an exposure to the visual and performing arts that they might normally find in a city area.”

   Settimi added that students who want more things to do in the area need to get out, participate and make their voices be heard. 

   “There are lots of cultural and social groups in the area. They’re always looking for ideas,” he said. 

   Settimi and other local businesses try to give customers what they want to see, but in return participation is required. 

   He remarked that the Indie has shown numerous films, from classics to recent releases, but attendance has made it hard to justify the licensing fee. 

   The Indie now offers a “BYOM” – Bring Your Own Movie – where anyone can come in and stream what they’d like to see in a private theatre among friends. He added that the Indie tries to support anyone who comes in with a good idea. “We welcome people to come in and say we want to do this. Generally the answer is yes.”