PSC BASEBALL TEAM WRAPS SEASON UP

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Take me out to the ballgame. Potomac State College baseball team is wrapping up this season with just three more games left.

Out of the 40 games played this season so far, the team has won 26. They have had 23 home runs, 1187 at bats, 266 runs, 359 hits, 80 doubles, seven triples and 221 strikeouts. The team’s batting average is .302. Their on-base percentage is .394 and their slugging percentage is .440.

Tanner Lambert, number 44, said this past season has gone well. “Looking back at where we came from, we have made big strides as a team and are currently playing the best we have all season,” Lambert said.

Lambert believes the team is competitive with Harford Community College. Harford is considered to have one of the top baseball teams in the country and went to the Junior College World Series last year. “Two weekends ago we split our doubleheader with them; proving that we can compete with some of the top teams in the country,” Lambert said. Both PSC and Harford are in Region 20.

The baseball team practices six days out of the week.

OUTSTANDING STUDENT

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Ali Barrett receiving the Outstanding Student Award by President Orlikoff. Photo by PSC Communications

Ali Barrett was named the 2017 Outstanding Student of the Year at the annual Scholars’ Wall and Recognition Day Ceremony.

The nominees for the prestigious E. William Noland Outstanding Student Award were Samuel Aloi, Samantha Hesse, Breanna Nestor, Nickolas Imes, Ali Barrett, Sarah Whiteman and Hannah Dickson.

Barrett, Dickson and Whiteman were chosen by a faculty committee to be honored on the Scholar’s Wall after reviewing their resumes and conducting an interview with each individual.

All three will share in the achievement of having their names engraved on the Duke Anthony Whitmore and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Academic Achievement Wall (Scholars’ Wall).

The wall was planned to honor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ph.D., who attended PSC and now serves as chair of Harvard’s Department of African American Studies.

Gates planned to become a physician while attending PSC. His teacher, Tony “Duke” Whitmore, changed his life by introducing the world of language and literature to Gates.

Whitmore died before the wall could be complete, so Gates honored him by adding his professor’s name beside his for the wall.

The committee also chooses a former faculty member to be honored. Kenneth F. Haines was honored this year. He dedicated 44 years of service at PSC, teaching foreign languages.

R. Ivan Pinnell, class of 1963, was chosen as the Alumni Honoree. He earned his associate degree in journalism from PSC in 1963. As a student he served as a reporter and was a member editorial board for the “Pasquino”.

GRADUATION

Graduation weekend is quickly approaching for students eager to celebrate their achievement.

A Cinco de Mayo themed dinner will be held for all graduates on May 5th at 5 p.m. in the Davis Conference Center. Graduates may invite up to two guests to accompany them. The dinner ends at 6 p.m. and is followed by graduation practice in the Church-McKee Arts Center.

Approximately 130 students will take part in graduation on May 6 at 11 a.m. in Church McKee, followed by an outside reception.

Potomac State Alumnus Kevin Bennear will speak to the graduates at commencement as well as sing the national anthem. Bennear graduated from Potomac State and then earned his bachelor’s degree in music from West Virginia University and his masters in vocal performance from University of Tennessee.  Bennear has performed with multiple operas including WVU Opera Theatre and Theatre West Virginia. Now Bennear is a Baritone vocalist for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Since 2000 Bennear has been a regular performer at the White House dinners and has performed for heads of state from around the world.

Veterans and active military graduates will wear red, white and blue cords. A photographer will take photos during graduation for students to purchase.

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

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Potomac State College students are getting ahead in their careers by completing internships and engaging in real-world work experience.

Dalton Minnigh, marketing sophomore, is interning through the Allegany County Historical Society. Minnigh writes press releases, creates flyers and plans events held at the Gordon-Roberts House in Cumberland, Maryland.

“This experience has given me so much already by showing me that I have to remain organized, focused, take initiative when necessary and not be afraid to brainstorm new ideas,” Minnigh said.

Candi Fitzwater is a fourth-year business student. To help complete her major, she is a teaching assistant for Mr. Stone to earn credit in an upper division elective. Fitzwater helps grade tests, makes copies, takes notes and goes over homework problems with the class.

“Being a TA has shown me that everyone learns differently and at a different speed; you have to try different methods so everyone can understand,” Fitzwater said.

Kyley Foster, elementary education sophomore, has completed the 60 internship hours to get into Education 200. She also spent three weeks with a fifth grade class and another six months with kindergarten at Keyser Primary School. Foster worked one-on-one with students, helped grade papers, answered questions and taught brief lessons. These internships have helped Foster decide that teaching is the right path for her.

“I definitely think internships are an excellent way to help with a career,” Foster said.

Cody Brazil is a freshman journalism major and hopes to either be an investigative reporter or a public relations representative.

Brazil was able to learn about different strategies and techniques in the classroom, but it wasn’t until he landed a job at Keyser’s newspaper, “The Mineral Daily News-Tribune,” that he realized the importance of applying these skills.

Brazil wanted to appear professional, so he did not check the spelling of names on his first story. When he turned in his article, someone’s name had been misspelled. “Luckily, it happened at a small job I do on the side for the experience. An opportunity that I feel everyone should be able to have. I implore you all to go out and find opportunities to make mistakes,” Brazil said.

Alyssa Murray is also a freshman journalism major and hopes to become a photojournalist. The biggest lesson she learned while working for the Keyser paper was the importance of deadlines.

“If you work really hard on a story, but you turn it in late, it doesn’t matter. Your work won’t be seen because they won’t run it,” Murray said.

Amber Butcher, journalism professor, encourages her students to complete two to four internships before graduating.

STUDENTS DELIVER 38 GOATS

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“AHHHH,” the baby goats scream like humans for food. Two Potomac State College students, Kindra Carr and Jacob Dayton, take care of their “kids.”

Carr and Dayton help out during the goats’ “kidding season,” which is the term for when the goats give birth. During the last kidding season, Carr and Dayton delivered 38 goats in 22 hours by themselves.

“It was a tough weekend, but it is by far my favorite memory,” Dayton said.

During this kidding season, a goat named Daisy was born. Daisy was the smallest of the four goats born to her mother and wasn’t expected to survive due to her inability to keep her formula down. To keep her alive, Carr had to tube the formula into her stomach.

“It’s difficult to tube a goat, if you’re not careful you can accidentally tube the formula into their lungs instead of their stomach,” Carr said.

Carr covers the night shift and Dayton takes the morning; they both handle the same tasks on the farm. On a regular day at the farm, Carr and Dayton will feed and water the goats during their shifts. They also give the goats vaccinations. Other duties around the farm include checking on the pigs and working in the greenhouse.

Working on the farm has made PSC feel more like home for Carr who grew up working on her family’s farm.

Dayton enjoys working on the farm because it provides him with a needed break from campus. After dealing with people and classes all day, he feels that it is nice to be able to escape to the farm.

“Sometimes I get along better with goats than I do with people,” Dayton said.

 

NASA SPEAKER

 

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Ed Buckbee spoke at the Davis Conference Center about his days in NASA. Photo by Derek Artimez

Ed Buckbee, a Potomac State College alumnus, described how space pioneers took America to the moon and back to 122 guests at the Davis Conference Center. A journalism and business management major, Buckbee completed his degree at WVU. His colorful NASA career includes attending lunches of Alan Shepard and John Glenn, writing and producing television documentaries and starting the first space artifacts program in conjunction with the National Air and Space Museum.

 

AUDIO INTERVIEW

 

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Luke Corbin enjoying a day of fishing. Photo by Tommy Barrett

Luke Corbin broke his neck after diving into an above ground pool. Not realizing the extent of his injury, Corbin spent 11 days riding roller coasters and completing his daily tasks. A chiropractor visit led to an MRI. Test results indicated a broken neck.

 

To hear more about his story check out the audio interview below: