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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”.




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.


PSC Professor Eric Slivoskey Hikes Across Spain

By Molly Browning, staff writer

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Potomac State College professor Eric Slivoskey hiked for four weeks across Spain, impacting him mentally, physically and spiritually.

His journey was from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Slivoskey hiked 1,104,513 steps over a period of 27 days, which equated to 776.2 miles.

Slivoskey had originally heard about the famous trail from a colleague in 2010, and over the past five years he thought about hiking the trail.

The trail is famous and is known around the world as a religious experience.

At the end of the 2015/2016 school year, Slivoskey decided he should take the free time during the summer to go. After receiving his wife’s, blessing he was on his way.

Slivoskey prepared by watching YouTube videos, reading online blogs and posts, and studying specific guidebooks about the trail.

He also spoke with the friend who had traveled on the trail before to find out what necessities to pack and what to expect.

He stated he was nervous about not being trained enough and not having the proper gear.

“You always kind of wonder what you’re going to encounter; you just hope that you’re prepared for whatever you face,” said Slivoskey.

When he started his journey, he tried not have too many expectations and “let it be what it’s going to be.”

The trip impacted him more  than he had anticipated.  He said that when he returned home he felt as if “everything was enriched.”

He told a story of how he spoke to a Syrian refugee at a café. The refugee told Slivoskey about his family and how he didn’t know if his family was alive.

The man had been traveling by foot for almost two years.

Slivoskey said this experience changed his perspective. From that point on, if he saw someone in need he did what he could to help.

Slivoskey said one of the greatest takeaways from his experience was the realization that human beings across the world are more alike than they are different.

“People by and large are mostly the same,” said Slivoskey, “and they want the same things out of life: health, family, a dream, goals.”

Slivoskey also said that he was surprised at how far he could push himself mentally even when his body was physically exhausted.

Slivoskey pointed out that we lose sight of how much mental power we have.

Slivoskey said that if he could change anything he would have slowed down. He felt that he missed a lot of little things because he was on a time schedule.

For those who wish to embark on a journey of this size, Slivoskey gives this advice: plan ahead, train yourself, research your route, know what you need and do not need, and most importantly “just do it.”

“Don’t look for the reasons not to do it, because they are always there. I think if you go out and you get started, you will be glad you did,” Slivoskey said.

For more information on Slivoskey’s journey, visit his blog www.coachingoutofbounds.blogspot.com where he posted daily entries on the trip.

He will also be speaking on Potomac State campus in January 2017 about his experience.

Spring Break Spots to Keep You and Your Wallet Happy


By Alyssa Murray, staff writer

Spring Break (March 4-11 this academic year) is always highly anticipated and majorly expensive. Finding a fun spot to relax and enjoy yourself while also staying on a budget is not exactly the easiest thing to do. It may seem long away now, but it will be here before you know it.

College kids are typically on the strictest budgets but have the most energy to go out and have fun. So, how can we find the perfect place? This list is your new bible. Find the ideal destination for you and your friends to visit this Spring Break to relax (or not relax whatsoever) all while not breaking the bank.

The drive may take a while, but just pack your best friends into your car (Don’t forget the aux cord.) and the time will pass before you even know it. Get planning ASAP. The sooner you book hotels, the cheaper it will be.


Atlantic City, New Jersey


  1. Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This bustling ocean-side city is only about a five-hour drive from Keyser and offers tons of things to do, no matter the time of day. Spend hours surfing, shopping, enjoying the world-famous Boardwalk, fishing, etc. Don’t miss Steel Pier, a 1,000-foot pier offering plenty of amusement rides and games. It may still be a little cold part of the time you’re in town so bring warmer clothes just in case. But don’t worry, even if it’s too cold to swim, you’ll still find endless amounts of things to do no matter the temperature. Plus, if you are 21, enjoy the casinos the city has to offer.

Your best bet for cheap-yet-decent hotels would be to stay somewhere a little outside of the main drag. You’ll still be close to the attractions but won’t be spending hundreds per night. Expect to spend around $700 total for decent lodging for the entire week. It may seem like a lot but split with just four other friends and you only need to contribute $140.


Washington, D.C.

  1. Washington, D.C.

If the beach isn’t exactly how you’d like to spend your week of freedom, D.C. may be the spot for you. It’s not as rowdy as the packed beach cities will be and will still offer fun attractions and things to do in our nation’s capital. You won’t be bored in this town that is only two hours and 45 minutes from Keyser.

Obviously, the museums must be mentioned. Be sure to check out the Museum of Natural History and the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Botanical Gardens and the National Zoo are also great places to spend the day. Catch a concert at the Fillmore or the Verizon Center, visit the iconic Washington Monument, try to see the president outside of the White House, or check out the countless art galleries scattered in the city. The Renwick Gallery and the Zenith Gallery are must-sees. You might even get to see the famous Cherry Blossoms. The greatest part? Almost all of these attractions are free.

Lodging won’t be too expensive if you stay in a city right outside of DC and catch the metro in. You can find places for about $650 per week, only $158 for you if you bring three more friends.



Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


  1. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Bad news first: This Smokey Mountain city is seven hours away from Keyser. Good news: it’s worth the drive. Are you a thrill-seeker? Yes? Keep reading. Pigeon Forge has almost everything you can imagine to get your adrenaline pumping, all tucked away in Tennessee mountains. You can bungee jump, race go-karts, try the alpine coaster, indoor skydive, zip line, the list goes on and on.

Be surrounded by the beautiful Smokey Mountains and have a blast. Lodging here can be extremely cheap if you enjoy camping. Tent camp for as little as $24 a night or upgrade to a cabin for only $58 per night so you can save your money for the tons of attractions.

UPDATE (November 30, 2016):  This area is currently experiencing wild fires. Call in advance to see what attractions are open.


New York, New York


  1. New York, New York

I know what you’re thinking: “Wasn’t this supposed to be a list of places we can afford?” But, hear me out. New sites like Airbnb.com make staying in NYC actually affordable on a budget for pretty much the first time ever. If you’re willing to share most of the apartment with the owners while still having your own private room, this trip is completely doable.

Although obviously a little pricier than the other places, you can find an amazing spot to stay for as little as $800 for the whole week. Split that with just three of your friends and you pay $200 to stay in NYC for an entire week. Start saving now so you can stroll Central Park, visit the top of the Empire State Building, and of course see Times Square and its Naked Cowboy.

This would be a trip you’d never forget. Just imagine the Instagram pictures you’ll snap of the sparkling city lights at night. And it’s only five hours from Keyser. Time to get packing.


Panama City Beach, Floria



       5.  Panama City Beach, Florida

This is the mecca of spring break destinations. Yes, it’s far away, a little over 14 hours away to be exact. But let’s face it: it’s worth it. Make a road trip out of it, take turns driving, create a road trip playlist, and hit the road. Leave early Saturday morning around 6 a.m. and you’ll be there by 9 p.m. Yeah, a whole day of driving isn’t necessarily the most fun thing, but it’s worth it for a week in the warm weather and Florida sun.

Prepare to do lots of partying and be social. You’ll have the opportunity to meet thousands of other college kids from around the world in town for the same reason you are. Mingle, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, go clubbing at night, shop at the hundreds of stores, or enjoy a day at the waterpark. I guarantee you’ll not be bored for a single minute in this city during Spring Break.

Budget about $550-$600 to stay for a week in a condo. The more friends you bring, the less money you’ll spend. Go on, invite everyone.


These five different spots offer different activities.  Enjoy a week at the beach, in the woods, adventuring, thrill-seeking, or shopping in the city. Get planning now, start saving your money, invite all your friends and get excited for spring break. It will be here before you know it!


McNeill’s Rangers: Remembering the Past

McNeill’s Raid: Remembering the Past with the Present

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Photo courtesy of Potomac State College

Written by Trevor Kesner, contributing writer

Blast from the past comes to Grace United Methodist Church with a presentation by local retired professor Jim Hoey (pictured third from the left) and Gary Clites. Professor Jim Hoey paints the picture of a man and his crew going through the familiar sights of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The presentation was given on behalf of the Mineral County Historical Society. The two speakers gave their presentation with much fervor. Their love of history and their research shined through with elaboration on important points and concise delivery. The presentation was content heavy, covering travel routes and giving in depth information for each important figure in history. Amidst this storm of information, the two presenters still found time to sprinkle in trivia. For instance, it was mentioned that future presidents McKinley and Hayes were present near Cumberland at the time of McNeill’s raid. Anyway, the most daring part of McNeill’s career was the primary focus.

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Modern location on McNeill’s Raid in Cumberland (from Google Maps)

>>>Timeline of the Civil War and McNeill’s Raid


The rangers braved the Union front to capture Union Army Generals Crook and Kelly. As McNeill’s rangers were not officially considered a part of the Confederate Army. They were not respected as soldiers, so any treatment that prisoners of wars would get was not a luxury allowed to them. They would be killed if captured.

Jesse McNeill and his rangers were a partisan force during the Civil War. They were referred to as bushwackers, a term for one who enacts guerilla warfare or fights in a battle of attrition.  Their primary goal was to disrupt Union activities on the east coast. This was presented to the audience through the use of a multi-media presentation. Maps of West Virginia were used in reference to locations where McNeill’s Rangers would have traveled through. The band of 63 men traveled through Frankfort Road to Old Furnace with Crook and Kelly in tow. More information can be read about McNeill’s Rangers here.

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McNeill and his Rangers by John Paul Strain

The event was packed with a precious information that people should not forget. The way the speakers went about it certainly resonated with the audience. The Mineral County Historical Society seeks to hold more events later on in the year. This event was free and the public can attend any special presentations that may be held in the future.


(Painting above by John Paul Strain)


(Jim Hoey picture by PSC Communications)


Strong Armed Robbery


Photo by Courtney Smith

Richard A. Smith, aka Champ, a retired Potomac State College employee who spends a few hours a day in the Underground playing pool with students, was robbed in front of the Underground of the Student Union Saturday, April 9. In 1992, he was recognized for holding the record for longest employment at PSC with 47 years of service.

Smith started his career at PSC in the kitchen after graduating high school in 1945. He worked for 13 cents an hour in the back before moving to the Student Union in 1963. He then became the custodian of the administration building. Finally, he became part of the security staff in 1977, a position he held until he retired.

Smith was named the recipient of the 1992 Distinguished Service Award at PSC from the Alumni Association and still holds an excellent rapport with students, one of the reasons why this comes as such a surprise.

Anonymous sources say that they saw two men in ski masks outside of the Underground push Smith down and run off with his wallet.

On the afternoon Champ was attacked, four police agencies in the area responded to the incident. No arrests have been made.

Students are concerned about safety and emergency communication. “Texts should be immediate and detailed,” said Zoe Lay. “I did not understand what was happening from what the text read.”

The text sent to PSC Students said, “(Strong Armed Robbery) Near Student Union. Suspects 2 blk males wearing blk jackets and ski masks. Seen going north on Quad Be alert, call 911.” No other information followed.

Campus Police Chief Brian Kerling addressed some of the concerns about

safety on campus. He states that although the campus has cameras, “none were pointed in the area where Champ was attacked.” Campus PD is working toward acquiring more cameras to benefit the community.

Kerling recommends several ways to keep safe. Students with smart phones can download and install the LIVESAFE application, provided free to all students. The app gives a direct connection to the Campus Police Department as well as the Mineral County Dispatch and customized circles of individuals.

Kerling also recommends students avoid dark areas, travel in groups if at all possible, and if they see something, say something-even if it seems mundane.

Bosley added to Scholars’ Wall

David Bosley, Ph.D. (Class of 1946), a former resident of Keyser, was recognized by the Alumni Association

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at Potomac State College of West Virginia University during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 24, with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall (Scholars’ Wall), which was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly achievements of students, alumni and faculty.

After attending Potomac State from 1944 – 1946, Dr. Bosley continued his education at WVU where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. While in college, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the U.S.

Before working on his Ph.D., Dr. Bosley taught one year each at Elk Garden and Ridgeley High Schools, both of which are in West Virginia.

After earning his doctorate in physical chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Bosley began working for DuPont Corporation, but was drafted into the Quarter Master Core where he served for two years in textile research at the rank of SP3.

Bosley was then reemployed by DuPont as a research associate in the textile fiber department for 38 years before retiring in 1978. During this time he also published several articles about the physical properties of fiber. Dr. Bosley has strong connections to Potomac State. His father, Thomas, attended PSC when it was a Preparatory Branch of WVU, as did four of his brothers, one sister and one of his children.

Dr. Bosley currently resides in Grifton, N.C., where he previously served as mayor for 12 years.