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


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



Henry Falkowski, Ed.D.


Andrew Seymour, Ph.D.


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



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. 


Classic Westerns Return To Site of Keyser Theatre


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The classic film “High Noon” returns to the silver screen at the site of the former Keyser Theatre where, over half a century ago, audiences gathered to enjoy it.

This dramatic showing is just one of several cinematic selections that are being studied in a course on the American western film genre at Potomac State College.

The course consists of both a classroom portion on campus and a cinema portion in the restored theatre at The Indie On Main, Keyser’s budding destination for art and film enthusiasts.

“The western is the story we tell ourselves about America,” said the instructor, professor Richard Hunt, “This film is a morality play; it’s about duty, honor and community.”

The other films being explored in the course are:


This selection represents the genre that remained popular all throughout the twentieth century and starred famous actors such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Grace Kelly, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood.

The students not only immerse themselves in the history of American filmography, but also the history of Keyser itself. The renovated theatre retains the architecture from when it was first constructed in 1939 and served the residents of Keyser as the town’s sole movie theater until it closed its doors in 1977.

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Now, the building has been refurbished and reinvented as much more. In June of 2017, Stephen Settmiti purchased the venue and transformed it into The Indie On Main.

“When I saw the old Keyser movie house for sale, I decided to go headlong into reopening it as a mixed arts venue,” Settmiti said. His goal is to create an environment where students can get involved and experiment with the arts.

Students who are interested in the visual arts may wish to take advantage of The Indie’s studio space and art classes; musicians and entertainers can perform in front of an audience on open-mic nights every Thursday; and fans of cinematography can enjoy cult classic films on the weekends. More information on events taking place at The Indie On Main can be found at the venue’s website or Facebook.

PSC Fly-Fishing Course Coming Back this Spring



Students and community members will get the opportunity to learn the aspects of fly-fishing in PSC’s returning Spring course. Photo by The New York Times.

By Levi Linn


Students and members of the community can take a course that isn’t about hitting the books — it’s about learning how to fly fish. Potomac State College’s Introduction to Fly-Fishing course returns this spring.
Professor Tom Sydow is co-teaching with Charlie Laffey who has extensive knowledge of the Savage River watershed and regional Brook Trout streams. “He’s like a walking encyclopedia,” said Sydow regarding his colleague.
In this course, students will gain all the tools and knowledge they need to pursue this unique hobby. Students will learn about the equipment used, knot tying, entomology (the study of insects), how to read the water and on-stream tactics. All equipment for this course will be provided by the instructors.
“I’m always excited,” said Sydow when asked how he felt about the class starting soon. Sydow has been fly-fishing for almost 30 years and still enjoys it. “It means spring’s here.”
Sydow describes fly-fishing as far more advanced than regular fishing. It’s more difficult but more rewarding and far more interactive as opposed to sitting and waiting for a fish to bite. “Students will be interested because it’s an entirely different style of fishing than most people are used to,” said Sydow, “It’s interesting and takes a lot of skill.”
As for teaching with his colleague Laffey, Sydow can’t wait to get started. “It’s always fun with Laffey,” said Sydow, “We’re both easy going and very enthusiastic about teaching this subject.” Sydow and Laffey have fished together for years.
The fly-fishing class starts on March 8, with meetings every other Thursday in Science Hall 120 from 5-8 p.m. The cost is $99, and the course fills up quickly. The course is open to both students and the public, and registration is available on the PSC website. For more information on the course, contact
Sydow at Tom.Sydow@mail.wvu.edu

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.

Upton’s Mantra: Breathe Deep, Seek Peace


Ruth Upton, cancer survivor. Photo by Aaron Smith


Ruth Upton has many titles. She is an education professor, a wife, a mother and a grandmother to name a few. However, the most inspiring title is cancer survivor.

In the spring semester of 2015, Upton was diagnosed with breast cancer. She started her chemotherapy treatment in the summer, after her spring classes ended. Upton said she would not have been able to teach her classes during chemotherapy treatments because the side effects from chemo were rough.

She received her radiation treatments during the fall semester of 2015. Her appointments were early in the morning, so she could still teach her afternoon classes.

Upton said she is uncertain if facing cancer changed her outlook on life as much as it reinforced the lesson she learned throughout her life: you should live for today and never take anything for granted.

Upton’s husband Frank was a big help. When she got the diagnosis, he said, “We will get through this.” Frank took her to all of her appointments (except two), always stayed positive and cared for both Upton and their household. Upton said, “I don’t think I could have had anyone better to be there with me. He was always strong.”

She had radiation at the same time as a friend and said that it was nice to have someone there with her who completely understood what was going on. Upton also had support from her students. After her diagnosis, students in her classes helped teach lessons for the remainder of the semester. The students had different assignments and worked together as a team to get things accomplished.

She is much more understanding now of students who have health issues. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the number one human need is to take care of yourself. Ruth said she reminds her students of this often. Upton said, “You can’t take care of your business and get your work done if you don’t take care of yourself first.”

When asked how she managed her daily life tasks, Ruth said, “You just do what you have to do, and help others along the way.”

Upton serves as advisor for PSC Serves You club. The club completes community service projects in Keyser and the surrounding areas. Upton also participates in Relay for Life.

Upton’s advice to anyone with cancer is, “Don’t be devastated by a diagnosis of cancer because it is amazing how far they have come with treatment and making you as comfortable as they can during treatment. The folks who do the care for the patients are amazingly kind and thoughtful folks.”

Potomac State Catamounts Boys’ Basketball Ends With A 17-7 Record

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Written by Aleeya Mayo

The Potomac State Catamounts boys’ basketball team ended their 2016-2017 regular season with a 17-7 record. With a total of 24 games, the team put up an impressive number of 1,592points this season, averaging about 66 points per game. At home, they won 9 games and only lost 1; the Catamounts definitely fed off their home court advantage. They won 8 games away, but they unfortunately lost 5, bringing in the end of their season with a clear sweep of more wins than losses.

The high point holder of the season, Justin Milstead, finished with a whopping 291 points.

“I feel as though we did a pretty good job this year, especially us being mostly all freshman on the team,” Milstaed said. The Catamounts highest point game this season was at The Community College of Beaver, where they put up 117 points.

The Catamounts will enter a tournament during spring break.