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.”

Landau Eugene Murphy Returns to Keyser


The lights dim as the audience sits quietly in anticipation. The band swiftly rushes to their seats to prepare their instruments. Suddenly, the saxophone starts to play as Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. energetically takes the stage to do what he loves.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Murphy returned to Potomac State College for a third year to sing for the students and citizens of Keyser. As a native of Logan, West Virginia Murphy rose to fame after winning the sixth season of “America’s Got Talent.”  After his big win, Murphy secured a one-year contract to headline at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Murphy kicked off the concert with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.” The audience couldn’t stay in their seats as he sang other jazz classics. Murphy was very good at interacting with the audience. He was always quick with a joke between each of his songs.

Murphy ensured that each member of his band was given credit throughout the concert. He even gave them time to perform solos.

Murphy was joined on stage by the music group LCB (Leonard, Coleman and Blunt.) The band consists of Glenn Leonard (former singer for The Temptations,) Joe Coleman (former lead singer for The Platters) and Joe Blunt (former lead singer for The Drifters.)   The members of LCB are lifelong friends who decided to put together their band after retiring from their respective former groups. The musical trio performed many Motown classics.

“The show was really good. It’s not the type of music I’d normally listen to, but I think I might give it a try,” said PSC student Joshua Rubin.

Potomac State College Runner Smashes Record

emily pylesEmily Pyles plans to beat the 5k record next.

by Staff and Christopher Hackney

Potomac State College runner Emily Pyles beat the previous women’s 6K time by nearly five minutes at the Frostburg race at Maplehurst.

  The WVU-PSC Catamount cross country team is looking to continue rolling through the 2017 slate after finishing third and seventh in the Barbour County Skirmish and the Westmoreland CCC Invitational respectively, although they had failed to place in the Shenandoah University Invitational. At press time, the team is headed to the Hood College Invitational.

  The Catamount cross country team consists of an all-freshman team of Kole Bennett of McHenry, Maryland, Joshua Kincaid of Parsons, West Virginia and Shane Yutzy of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. The Catamounts are led by first-year head coach Kurtis Wildman. 

SGA Encourages Student Involvement at PSC

IMG-0821-2Student Government Association President James Beall plans to initiate more student involvement through a new Snapchat account and other on- campus activities.

Leadership skills, opportunities to make a change and a glowing resumé are just a few reasons students should be involved in their campus Student Government Association, explained Dr. Edward Brown, advisor of the SGA.

Students especially interested in public service or politics can find many learning experiences through participation. Brown explained that many students who were a part of SGA in the past go into these career fields.

Being involved in the SGA also looks great on a resumé and can lead to opportunities for receiving glowing recommendation letters from administrators.  Brown included that, “The leadership qualities that one develops as an SGA member last a lifetime.”

One more commonly unknown incentive of the student government is that each position receives a stipend for their services. The president and vice president receive $300 per semester and all other positions receive $150 per semester.

Potomac State College held the annual SGA elections on Sept. 12 and 13. There were 82 voters at this year’s election, up very little from the 77 participants last year. The duties held by the SGA aren’t always well known by the students of PSC.

Some of the duties include serving on planning and search committees for the college and hosting events for the college. For example, each year the SGA throws a homecoming dance and last semester SGA held a Valentine’s Day dance.

The SGA also plays a large role in the involvement of other clubs on campus. When campus clubs and organizations request funds, the request is sent to the SGA for approval. This is a large responsibility of the SGA. Without funds, many clubs could not function.

The SGA students are also the eyes, ears and voice of the general student population. “It makes you aware of things that are going on around campus,” 2017 President James Beall explained, “[Things] that are important that most people wouldn’t know.”  Students involved in their campus government have the power and opportunity to make changes to the campus to better the student body’s experience.

Beall explained that one of his goals as president is to make PSC more fun and make it easier to have a good time on campus. He plans to do this by initiating more involvement with the students.

The SGA recently made a Snapchat account for students to see events happening on the campus and/or receive informational alerts.

Lastly, Brown leaves a tip to anyone who is unsure they should get involved: “Do not underestimate your power. Many great things throughout history have been started by one, or just a handful, of people.”

PSC Journalism Student Accepted To Write for The Odyssey Online

Journalism major Rebecca Helsley is writing for The Odyssey Online. Photo provided by Rebecca Helsley.

By Rebecca Helsley

I was accepted to write articles for The WVU Odyssey Online Community, a friendly community for anyone who wants to be a writer. Articles get online publication, which looks good on your resumé for future jobs.

To be accepted, I applied online, and I didn’t have to submit an article. A few weeks later, I received a phone call from the Managing Editor, Tori, asking a few questions about why I would be helpful to The Odyssey Online’s WVU Community. Once the interview was over, I received an email to set up my account to write articles.

My first article is called ‘Open When You Graduate.’ It’s an open letter to any graduating student whether they are graduating from high school, college or even grad school.

I give advice in the article encouraging others to continue their studies, whether they are going to expand their education or go straight into the work force.

My second published article is a poem entitled ‘To The “Best Friend” That I Once Knew.’ The poem is about my best friend who was always there for me, and  I was always there for her.

One day she decided to stop talking to me and stop being my best friend altogether. It hurt a lot when I tried to reach out to her. After that, she was never there for me when I needed her, but I was always there for her when she needed me.

In the article, I wrote: “I decided to move on as well, to where I ought to be. When you found someone new, I also found someone, too.” We both learned how to move on from each other. To some people, your high school friends don’t always stick around. We all go our own separate ways.

My full articles can be read on my profile at The Odyssey Online.

Students interested in writing for The Odyssey Online’s WVU Community can apply at any time on the website. On the website, click “Create,” then apply.

Student Mixes Original Music

Snapchat-1870740327Seth O’Neill making his own music. Photo Provided by: Seth O’Neill

Potomac State College student Seth O’Neill has been mixing his own music in his free time. He mainly creates Downtempo, Low Fidelity and Trip-Hop music. O’Neill tries to make mellow sounds for all of his followers to enjoy.

“Mixing music involves a lot of repeatedly listening to the same thing over and over trying to get it right. Adjusting to the frequencies, volumes and adding distortions to a sound to get it right,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill started working on music when he was in middle school. He was introduced to Soundation, a website that allows users access to free loops. A loop is a beat that continuously repeats.

O’Neill draws a lot of his inspiration from listening to bands such as Gorrilaz, Daft Punk and Deadmau5.   

  Although he was really into mixing music, O’Neill failed to master any musical concepts until this year.

At the beginning of the year, he was able to break through the learning curve and attract some attention to his music.

“In September, I was interviewed for the first time on Free Music Archive. It is a website that is all about posting curated artist’s songs for free creative commons use in any media, which was cool. I never expected to attract this much attention to be interviewed in such a short amount of time,” said O’Neill.

You can also check out his music at his Bandcamp: his SoundCloud:

His music is also posted on other commercial platforms. You would be able to find his songs on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

O’Neill would like to make music professionally if his career takes off. O’Neill believes that a job in the marketing field might be a good use of the skills he has learned.

Wherever O’Neill may end up in the future, he knows that he will still have a blast mixing his own music.

Equine Club Brings Back Trophies

Amanda Weist and Tory Layton showed weanling mare PSCSmoothSummerDaze and brought two trophies and ribbons back from the PQHA Nittany Classic and Futurity in Centre Hill, Pennsylvania.

Weist was champion in the Vickie Zipperline Memorial Weanling Filly Futurity class.  Layton was champion in the Okie Wyatt Memorial Non-Pro Weanling Filly class.

“Our goals are to increase our participation in our Spring show and give students the opportunity to learn about the equine industry through tours, shows and conventions,” said Equine Studies Instructor Jared Miller.

Potomac State College’s Equestrian Department and Equine Club hosted two horse shows last month as a part of their four-show Catamount Series.

The September shows saw an increase in participation from folks in the surrounding area.

In addition to upcoming shows, the club will be assisting with the Agriculture and Forestry Club’s Haunted Barn on Oct. 26-28 at PSC’s Upper Farm.

The Haunted Barn will be open from 8-10 p.m. on Thursday and 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5, $3 ages 10 and younger.