Northern Honors MLK Day, Black History

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JANUARY • 2014

The Martin Luther King Jr. com-mittee, coordinated by Wheeling Jesuit University, on Jan. 19 honored President Olshinsky with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Also presented by the committee was the Rosa Parks Award.

Dr. Olshinsky and WVNCC have been long-time supporters of the MLK committee and events spon-sored by the committee to honor Martin Luther King and his vision. In addition, the college has consistently sponsored activities and events mark-ing Black History Month in February.

The recipient of the Rosa Parks award was the Rev. Marci Allen of Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling.

Allen was ordained a minister in 2002. Prior to that, she was on the board of WISE Ministries (Women In Search of Excellence) teaching, preaching, singing and ministering to women in need from 1995 to 2002. She served as a volunteer counselor for A Women’s Concern Pregnancy Center, in Wash-ington, Pa., from 2000-03 when she enrolled at Shiloh Bible Institute and graduated from Shiloh Bible Institute in 2006.

She has volunteered at Laughlin Memorial Chapel since 2000. She was volunteer choir director in 2005 teaching the youth choir and contin-ued to volunteer even after she retired from Verizon Communications in June of 2007.

In the fall of 2007, she was asked to take the position of director of pro-grams at the chapel where about 150 children attend the after-school and summer programs. She was appointed interim director in 2010 and executive director in 2011.

Gregory Gibson Kenney


Northern’s three campuses will celebrate Black His-tory Month in February via a tribute to comedian Bill Cosby, one of the most famous entertainers in the world. Pittsburgh actor Gregory Gibson Kenney will present his one-man show, “Hey, Hey, Hey: The Life of Bill Cosby,” during special Lunch & Learn sessions in Wheeling, Weirton and New Martinsville.

Northern’s president, Dr. Martin J. Olshinsky, at right, was given the Martin Luther King Jr. Award at ceremonies marking Wheeling’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Day this year. From left are the Rev. Darrell Cummings, who is chair of the WVNCC Board of Gov-ernors and who received the “Living the Dream” Human and Civil Rights Award from West Virginia’s Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission; the Rev. Marci Allen who received the Rosa Parks Award; Dr. Helen M. Faso, dean of health sciences at Wheeling Jesuit University and a long-time member of the local committee.

Northern Honors MLK Day, Black History

Gregory Gibson Kenney


All performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held at noon with a light lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Dates are Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the B&O Building auditorium on the Wheeling campus, 1704 Market St.; Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Room 242, Weirton campus, 150 Park Ave.; and Thursday, Feb. 6, Room 110, New Martinsville campus, 141 Main St. All those wishing to attend, including students and the public, should RSVP to Ida Williams, student activities program coordinator, at 304-214-8917 or by e-mail at iwilliams@wvncc. edu prior to noon on Monday, Feb. 3. Please stipulate which campus perfor-mance you wish to attend.

The program has been made possible by a grant through the Diversity for Equity program of the Higher Edu-cation Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System in West Virginia.

Kenney’s program charts the “mo-tivational, inspirational and funny journey” of Cosby “from his humble beginnings in the Philadelphia proj-ects to becoming one of the most suc-cessful and respected performers in the world.” The entertaining look de-scribes how Cosby “reached his goals through hard work, education, laugh-ter and believing his dreams.” Cosby recently announced a new chapter in his life: he is interested in beginning a new television comedy series.

Kenney is from Educate Us Produc-tions. He appeared Jan. 23 at

North-ern’s Wheeling campus for a Lunch & Learn to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. He performed as Dr. King and presented excerpts from several of King’s speeches to an appreciative audience of 89 persons.

Free of Charge

Stop in and – Get a Charge at your library! Does your cell phone need charged? Didn’t bring your charger? The libraries on each campus now have charging stations for your cell phones and other small devices. Each stand has eight charging cables (four Apple (includes iPhone5), three micro, one mini). These charge nearly 100% of devices. The charger pictured is on the Weirton campus.

Annual Friends Dinner

Dr. Mary Marockie, long-time edu-cator and volunteer in Wheeling, in West Virginia and the nation, will be honored for her service by Northern at the upcoming annual fund-raising dinner.

Dr. Marockie will be in the spotlight at the event sponsored by the Wheel-ing campus Friends of the College and the Foundation, to be held on Satur-day, March 15, at the EC.

Wheeling campus Friends board members have selected a dinner theme to honor Dr. Marockie’s heri-tage and those in attendance will be treated to gourmet dining as prepared and served by the WVNCC Culinary Arts department and students. Theme

for the 2014 dinner is “An Evening in Tuscany” and there will be live enter-tainment, silent and live auctions and a menu that promises to capture the essence of that sunny Italian region. Nick Zervos, president of the Friends board, said, “Dr. Marockie’s dedica-tion to educadedica-tion in general and to West Virginia Northern in particular is remarkable and deserves to be rec-ognized and applauded. Please join us in honoring her, and in raising funds for the benefit of Northern’s students.” Dr. Marockie is nearing completion of her sixth year as president of the WVNCC Foundation Board of Trustees.

Chef Marian Grubor, college aca-demic division chair and Culinary Arts program director, has planned a special menu for the evening in Tuscany. The theme was a natural one for Grubor who, as a volunteer, is president of the Upper Ohio Val-ley Italian Heritage Festival. She has fashioned a meal that starts, of course, with antipasta of cold meats and pears with cheese and proceeds to zuppa (a Tuscan vegetable soup), a dish of wide pasta with light tomato sauce and a main choice of either Tuscan style pork roast or chicken roulades with sage or a vegetarian choice. The main dishes will be accompanied by a broccoli rabe with white wine sauce and roasted potatoes with herbs. Of course, as with any truly Italian meal, the insalata is served next and La Dolce Vita will be tiramisu.

The dinner activities are held in the Education Center lobby, Culinary Arts dining room and multi-purpose room. Ticket information can be obtained by calling Rana Spurlock, the college’s fund raising and develop-ment assistant, at extension 8906. Dr. Marockie, who received her doc-torate from West Virginia University

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Gregory Gibson Kenney appears as Dr. Mar-tin Luther King before a large audience Jan. 23 on the Wheeling campus.


in curriculum and instruction and psychology, has credentials that have taken her throughout the U.S. as a consultant and speaker. She has done doctoral graduate study at Ohio Uni-versity and the UniUni-versity of Michi-gan, received her master’s from WVU and her bachelor’s from the University of Charleston where she majored in education and psychology and was a summa cum laude graduate.

The honoree was director of curricu-lum and research and was interim director of the Regional Education Services Agency, RESA-6, in Wheel-ing. She was chief consultant for the Jefferson Right-to-Read Project in Parkersburg; in-service coordinator for the PACE Diagnostic Reading Clinic for which she wrote the operat-ing grant and served as psychometri-can and has taught at WVU on cam-pus for six years and for the Extension service for three years, and at Ohio University Eastern and Ohio Univer-sity, Athens, and in Glenwood School,

Charleston. In addition, Dr. Marockie served on the Dean’s Visiting Com-mittee of the WVU College of Human Resources and Education.

Dr. Marockie was instrumental in co-creating the Ohio County Tutorial Program which has been in operation for 30 years. She was the founder and impetus behind Ohio County’s award-winning Beginning Teacher Program. That program, which she developed and built, became a prototype for the statewide program. In addition, Dr. Marockie created and designed the Teach Reteach Process, a method to prevent academic failure, which was used throughout the state.

As a much sought-after speaker, she has given major presentations in 35 states and provided keynote addresses for all Center for Professional Devel-opment institutes in West Virginia. She is the only West Virginian elected to the board of the International Reading Association, with more than 100,000 members throughout the world, and served as an association presidential nominee.

Dr. Marockie was active with the Association of Teacher Educators, serving as chair of the State Council of Presidents; member, National Com-mission on Induction; and member, Blue Ribbon Commission on Re-form. She also was president of the West Virginia Association of Teacher Educators. She served as vice chair of the West Virginia State Vocational Council, an appointee of the gover-nor, as chairman of the West Virginia Advisory Council on Reading and as president of the West Virginia State Reading Association. She writes a quarterly publication for that orga-nization. She received the Citation of Merit from the West Virginia Reading Association, the highest honor be-stowed by the association.

As a consultant, she served schools and colleges in West Virginia, Penn-sylvania, Maryland, Georgia, New York, and others, and also was the researcher and writer of numerous grants and articles, serving on editori-al boards of three major publications. As a volunteer, she served as a state board officer in the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, Newcomers Club of Wheeling, American Association of University Women, Parkersburg, the YWCA of Parkersburg, and the Wheeling Jesuit University Charter Guild, and has volunteered with the Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary, Florence Crittenton Home, the United Way and as a Wheeling City Council Ward Delegate, among numerous others. She is married to Dr. Hank Marockie. They have a daughter, Felicia, who is married to Michael Fisher, and a grandson, Luke, from New York. Dr. Mary Marockie, seated, will be honored

by West Virginia Northern Community Col-lege at its annual fund-raising dinner March 15 at the college. Standing, from left, are Nick Zervos, president of the board of the Wheel-ing campus Friends of the College, and Rana Spurlock, the college’s fund raising and devel-opment assistant.


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Jennifer Lantz, transitional education mathematics instructor, recently premiered Mathalicious, a project she did with her Math 86 class on the New Martinsville campus.

During the semester the class learns about fractions and percentages. Later, circle graphs were covered. This project combined those concepts, and the students got to choose a pack a candy (Skittles, M&Ms, Starburst.) Before they could eat the candy they had to determine the percentage of red candies in the pack, blue candies, brown, etc. Then they had to make a circle on Excel using their candy data.


ArtsLink Starts New Year

ArtsLink, the arts council of Wet-zel and Tyler counties for which WVNCC is a major sponsor, kicked off its 13th year with the annual meet-ing on Jan. 13 at the Francis Creative Arts Center in New Martinsville. New Martinsville Campus Dean Larry Tackett and Dean of Community Relations Bob DeFrancis continue to serve on the board while Miranda Stokes, a former Northern employee and daughter of faculty member Charleen Stokes, was elected president of the board.

All board meetings are open to the public. Regular board meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month except December, January and July.

More information about ArtsLink is available at the website,, by emailing or by calling 304-455-2278.

Welcome Back!

The students enjoyed pizza during their first week back to college in Jan-uary. Thanks to Student Activities for sponsoring this event and for showing our students that they are important to us. This event was just one of the first week’s welcome back activities planned by Student Activities. CAB member Ariel Monroe provided chips and drinks to go along with the pizza and she took the opportunity to talk with as many of the students as pos-sible about participating in CAB and Student Government. It was a great start to the semester.

Mechatronics at the New

Martinsville Campus

Thanks to the hard work of Ina Robin-son, interim counselor; Larry Tackett, dean, and Mike Koon, vice president of workforce development, the New Martinsville campus will be offering some of the Mechatronics courses beginning in February. These courses were set up to help the displaced workers from Ormet who lost their jobs when the plant closed in October 2013. This group of new students will begin classes in print reading, basic electricity, workplace safety and tech-nical math.

Because of this opportunity, the cam-pus is welcoming two new adjunct instructors, Dana Indermuhle and By-ron Lehew, who will be teaching the Mechatronics classes. Jennifer Lantz, transitional education math instruc-tor, added a section of technical math as well.

6th Semi-Annual Biology Symposium

The 6th Semi-Annual Biology Symposium was held Dec. 4 and topics presented during this event are those which the students have chosen and researched for their final project in Dr. Sherri Buerdsell’s Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiol-ogy classes.

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Nursing students, from left, Misty Childress, Stacey Leichliter and Kari Dinardo, look at one of the projects.

From left, Ariel Monroe, CAB member; Samantha Hawkins , Steve Carroll and Heidi Watterson enjoy the pizza during Welcome Back festivities.





Student Christmas Party – Mega Game Show

There were big winners at this year’s Mega Game Show with Don Chamberlain and Louis Nickolas. The student lounge was packed with students who eagerly awaited their turn to try to win a spot to go into the Money Machine. Even some of our faculty and staff got involved with the fun and excitement! This event was sponsored by Student Activities.

Everyone who came to watch or play enjoyed the antics of Don and Louis as they tested their knowl-edge of Christmas trivia. Those who got to get into the Money Machine were cheered on by their friends as they tried to catch as much of the money as they could before it flew past them; they realized that it is really harder to do this than it looks and the winners got to keep the money they collected.

Don Chamberlain, left, and Louis Nickolas, right, meet the winners, from left, Katelyn Tennant, Kathy Hicks and Patricia Wright.

Katelyn Tennant in the cube.

The New Martinsville

Christmas Parade

It was a cold night, but all had a great time riding the WVNCC float and walking alongside handing out candy to the chil-dren. The New Martinsville campus had lots of compliments on our beautiful float, and of course, the Thundering Chicken. Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to show the community that WVNCC is a proud member of the New Martinsville community.


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Tis’ the Season... for Christmas Memories! Good times were had by all during this year’s Christmas Party. Bottom left: Christmas Game Show winners Thomas Bowman and Alayne Orison show off their prizes with the hosts of the show Louis Nickolas and Don Chamberlain. Middle: Jeffrey Yoklic grins happily after winning almost $200 in the Cash Cube! Bottom right: From left, Lisa Soly, JP Felekey (Thundering Chicken 1), student Lita Burton and Mark Moore (Thundering Chicken 2) proudly show off the first place float trophy won in the Weirton Christmas Parade. Lita and JP are student senator. All rode on the float.

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Ida Williams prepares to take hand sanitizers donated by the Weirton nursing students to assist Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. Ida and an SGA representative will travel to the Charleston campus that was re-cently impacted by the chemical contamination to deliver the supplies.





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