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Bluefield State College’s Recent Professional Development & Community Service

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    Monday, January 30 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

Community Involvement

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at BSC completed more than 570 tax returns for area residents in 2011. The program's volunteers committed approximately 500 hours to help qualifying individuals with their federal and state tax returns.

BSC Nursing students conduct health education classes at Mercer Health Right and conducted a community Health Fair at Mercer Mall

Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing students partnered with the Abel Center to provide infant clothing, accessories, and food in an innovative program designed to reward clients' progress in developing newborn and child parenting skills, and put together personal hygiene kits and blankets for residents of the Mercer County Fellowship Home in Bluefield

BSC Student and Greek Organizations take part in numerous community-oriented activities, including:

  • "Adopt a Highway"
  • "Toys for Tots"
  • "The American Red Cross Blood Drive"
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Mercer County Humane Society

The BSC Lady Blues basketball team has provided volunteer assistance for the Mercer County Schools' Reading Bee, an area Easter Egg Hunt, and a regional Habitat for Humanity home construction project

The Bluefield State College Community Chorus performed at numerous community functions, including the “Ridge Runner” train dedication ceremony, “Evening Shade” in Bluefield, VA, and numerous Christmas concerts in Bluefield, WV and VA

The BSC Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted an international colloquium, "Coming to Terms with Cultures, Language & History in a Pluralistic Society," a performance by the Tami Tango Trio Argentine dance and music ensemble, and an International Awareness Day mini-festival "One World-Many Cultures," featuring international cuisine, artifact exhibits, and a fashion show

Bluefield State College School of Education students organized and presented a "Parent Literacy Night" at Whitethorn Primary School. In four-to-five student teams, the 24 BSC teacher candidates demonstrated literacy activities for children and their parents to use at home

BSC financial aid staff conducts annual financial aid workshops for prospective college students and their families

BSC Dean of the Virtual College has been re-elected Chair of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's Accreditation Committee

The BSC "Blue Chicory Players" present one play per semester and the BSC Jazz Ensemble presents one concert per semester for the college community, area public schools and the general public, while also offering a one-day jazz clinic for area public school student-musicians

BSC presented eight Black History Month programs for the general public and college community in February 2011

BSC Radiologic Technology students invest nearly 400 hours in volunteer service to area service organizations each year, and have provided more than 2,000 hours, total, over the past five years

The Bluefield State College Model United Nations (MUN) student team earned several "Certificates of Accomplishment" at the 2011 American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, IL

Achievements

After a year-long $6 million renovation effort, Mahood Hall, home of the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business was officially dedicated during a celebratory ceremony at Bluefield State College on December 7. With an audience that included Cole, a Bluefield business and civic leader, his family, other dignitaries and members of the BSC community, the ceremony was telecast live throughout the world via its new video-streaming capabilities.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners recently awarded Bluefield State College reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business school at Bluefield State College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

Another major renovation at BSC during 2011 involved the complete heating/air conditioning upgrade in the Basic Science Building. The College received approximately $850,000 from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well as a $750,000 loan from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Emergency Loan Fund. The Basic Science project included an HVAC upgrade and new lighting in the Auditorium and throughout each of the classrooms on the upper three floors. The original HVAC system was approximately 40 years old and the new system will yield an annual energy saving of $40,000.

The College's enrollment in Beckley has tripled since 2006. BSC has significantly expanded its course and program offerings at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver, WV, with 65 courses offered on site during the Fall 2011 semester

The new Business Information Systems baccalaureate degree program offered for the first time at Bluefield State College in 2011 provides students with an opportunity to tap into one of the information systems, one of the nation's fastest-growing and financially-rewarding fields. The program integrates business and computer science courses, preparing students for jobs with excellent starting salaries and bright futures.

Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller visited Bluefield State College in February 2011, talking to BSC students and faculty with a passion for robotics and discussing the future of robotics in a roundtable that included regional robotics-reliant businesses, educators, and community leaders

Senator Joe Manchin visited BSC to serve as keynote speaker in a regional Town Hall meeting that attracted more than 120 College students, faculty, staff, and community residents

Bluefield State College's student robotics team and "Archon," the autonomous ground vehicle the students have created, took part in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Student Ground Robotics Demonstration on the National Mall in Washington, DC

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Bluefield State College has been awarded continuing accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Inc. for the maximum eight-year period

Bluefield State College's 2011 Radiologic Technology graduates who took the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification examination achieved a 100% passage rate

Solar energy panels have been installed at Bluefield State College, as a result of a $40,000 "Energy Conservation Grant" from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Department of Energy. The award has covered the cost of a research project to promote adopting solar energy to illuminate a primary parking area at the College and to train BSC students in solar panel installation technology

Seven Bluefield State College students attended a recent U.S. State Department Foreign Policy Briefing that featured a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Bluefield State College Research and Development Corporation has received an $85,000 Minority Serving Institutions Initiative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Director of Multicultural Affairs at Bluefield State College completed the 52-hour classroom training program leading to the Certified Affirmative Action Professional (CAAP) Level I certification.

BSC's Director of Human Resources, is the State Coordinator for Region III/American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)

BSC's Vice President for Student Affairs received the "Anderson-Milam Award" at the West Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers' (WVACRAO) annual conference in Morgantown. The award recognizes the distinguished service rendered by an individual who has made significant contributions to WVACRAO.

BSC students and faculty are involved in biomedical research on a regional and national basis through the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, the WV Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence/Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence and the Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

BSC's Director of the Office of International Initiatives was be the keynote speaker at the India Center's observance of "Gandhi Day" on Saturday, October 22. He accepted an invitation to serve on The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's (HEPC) new Diversity Council.

Area Schools

Each year, Bluefield State College serves as the host site for five Mercer County Public Schools academic competitions involving local elementary and middle school students. The College provides classrooms, an auditorium, lobby, and a local liaison for the student competitions. Partner in Education—BSC works closely with students and faculty at Brushfork Elementary School, our "Partner in Education."

BSC's Model United Nations team hosts and coordinates area public school Model UN competitions each year

Each spring, BSC student teachers complete a 12-week, 360-hour internship at local public schools under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and college supervisor

The Bluefield Professional Development Schools Consortium focuses upon enhancing the preparation of teacher education candidates, enhancing instructional services to students, and providing collaborative professional development activities. Consortium member schools include Montcalm Elementary, Montcalm High, Whitethorn Elementary, Bluefield Middle, Bluewell Elementary, Princeton Primary, and Bluefield Intermediate schools and BSC.

The Bluefield State College Jazz Ensemble and guest clinicians conducted a one-day jazz clinic for area public school student musicians and their faculty in May

BSC served as one of 18 selected sites throughout the state to host the West Virginia College Goal Sunday (CGS) program on February 13, 2011, assisting area students with the college application and federal financial aid information submission processes

Five Mercer County teachers presented a workshop for Bluefield State College and Concord University students on "Everyday Math," the series recently adopted by the county

Partnerships

BSC entered into an agreement with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to expand opportunities for BSC's minority students and assist OSM in augmenting diversity and capabilities in its workforce

Bluefield State College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed Memoranda of Understanding for the delivery of a Baccalaureate Degree program in Teacher Education and in Criminal Justice

The Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART), Inc. at BSC received a $61,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration to provide education and training within the mining industry.

CART, Inc. is working with Fenner Dunlap Corporation in the development of an advanced Intelligent (Conveyor) Monitoring and Control System

Bluefield State College faculty member Roger Owensby participated in The West Virginia International Education Mission to China, a ten-day trip to explore and strengthen cultural, faculty, student, and intellectual exchange opportunities between West Virginia and Chinese institutions of higher education.

BSC hosted a Mine Rescue Competition, coordinated by the National Mine Rescue Association Welch Post 1-Smokeeaters and the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) at BSC

BSC works with five other regional institutions of higher education to host an annual job/career fair. The Spring 2011 event attracted approximately 50 employers and 300+ job candidates

BSC faculty serve on the West Virginia Commission of International Education and hold membership on the Boards of Directors of the Mercer County Academy for Adult Learning and the Regional Contracting Assistance Center

BSC faculty member serves as a Board member on the New River Watershed Round Table and as a trustee on the Bluestone Conservancy Board

BSC faculty member serves on the West Virginia HIV/AIDS planning group