You Glenville State College alumni, your families and friends are in for a big treat on this year's Alumni Day! Those who accepted the college's invitation to come back to the campus on this Sat., Apr. 26 should be happy alumni with what you are seeing. More importantly, you should be proud of your alma mater, in that a lot of progress has been made over the past year.
In addition to the regularly scheduled activities, on this Saturday you will have the rare opportunity to be the first Alumni Day visitors to be able to see the newest campus addition Ñ the large and impressive WACO Center. The new facility, which is principally a 3,000-seat sports and special events arena, will also house a new and advanced area medical center, as well as being the new home of the college's nationally renowned Land Resources & Surveying Division.
Being a $25 million construction project, it was made possible by many generous Glenville State College alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, and area citizens and businesspeople, but primarily by the visionary I. L. and Sue Morris family. WACO is the longstanding name of the Morris family's Oil & Gas Industry business in Glenville.
To be among the first alumni and general public to walk through this new facility, from 1-to-4 p.m. has been set aside on Saturday to view the new complex on Mineral Road next to the football stadium.
The WACO Center will certainly vault GSC into being the most advanced higher educational institution in West Virginia's state college system. Hence, you won't want to miss this opportunity to be among the first alumni and general public groups to walk through it.
In addition to this new sight, you'll notice that many of the regular Alumni Day activities will be taking place, as well. These include GSC Pioneer games, the open Alumni Center from 12:00 noon until 4:30 p.m., and ending with the annual meet and greet social to be held in the Alan Mollohan Campus Community Center from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., followed by the Alumni Awards Banquet. Reservations are required for those wishing to attend the banquet. For more information or to make reservations, contact Debra Nagy in the Alumni office at 304-462-4122, or at: 1-866-239-0285.
All activities on this Saturday promise to be wonderful opportunities for everyone to socialize, reminisce and re-establish contact with fellow alums and friends of Glenville State College that they haven't seen in a while. And, as noted above, the Alumni Center will be headquarters for the day's activities with registration (tickets, name tags, etc.) and social time for everyone throughout the afternoon.
The College Bookstore will be open from 1 p.m.-to- 5 p.m. on Sat. for everyone to have an opportunity to shop for GSC souvenirs and the Robert F. Kidd Library will be open during these hours, too.
In the main, we editors believe that you alumni, your families and friends will enjoy this special day more than any of the previous ones. If your "Pioneer Pride" doesn't show itself by the day's end, you must have been too dazzled by all of the new school spirit on campus to have realized the importance of what you were seeing.
The yearly Earth Day, which took place on this ast Tues., Apr. 22, signals to all of us that April is the time of year for our annual cleanups, both at home and throughout the county.
We editors wish that enthusiasm could be generated among our people, businesses and schools for celebrating this year's Earth Day Week by having a comprehensive and thorough home and countywide cleanup.
Sadly and nonsensically, some people have been throwing their trash onto the highways and letting the winter's heavy (and ugly) objects, which they are in the process of discarding (we take it), lay in full public view in their front yards. Now is the right time for "Spring Housecleaning," or, more specifically, to pick up the trash on the highways in front of one's property, to clean up the front, side and back yards, and to fix-up and paint-up one's home. All of this can be accomplished within a couple of weekends, if we just put our minds and backs to the job.
It's hard to tell who is littering the highways, but we suspect that it is mainly Gilmer Countians, who use these roads daily. As a result, it would be good for the parents and school teachers to instruct our youngsters on the importance of not trashing our beautiful county. This would be a good and useful start.
Earth Day Week 2014 needs to be remembered in Gilmer County for making our county clean and litter free ... and a beautiful asset to our Mother Earth!