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BSC Contingent Participates in "Higher Education Day at the State Legislature"

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    Monday, February 13 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Eight Bluefield State College students took part in the recent “Higher Education Day at the State Legislature” program at the State Capitol.  Pictured (left-to-right) are State Senators Truman Chafin and John Pat Fanning, BSC faculty member Mike Lilly, BSC students Andreas Panzer, Davit Sakvarelidze, Elvin Gulmuradov, Kamola Azizova, Jahangir Najafov, Ivan Peremitin, Fares Dabbaghieh, and Christiano Melo, BSC President Thomas Blevins, and State Senator Mark Wills.

(Bluefield)—A contingent of Bluefield State College students, faculty, staff, and administrators participated in the annual "Higher Education Day at the State Legislature," February 10. The BSC delegation made the trip to Charleston to meet state legislators, attend a State Senate session, and discuss issues of importance and concern to the College. The BSC students also attended the Higher Education Day Proclamation ceremony in the Governor's Reception Room and met Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Tomblin.

The BSC contingent included eight international students: Andreas Panzer (Germany), Kamola Azizova (Uzbekistan), Elvin Gulmuradov (Azerbaijan), Ivan Peremitin (Kazakhstan), Jahangir Najafov (Azerbaijan), Christiano Melo (Brazil), Davit Sakvarelidze (Georgia), and Fares Dabbaghieh (Syria).

BSC President Dr. Thomas Blevins took part in Higher Education Resolution presentations in the Governor's Reception Room, the House, and the Senate.

"The Higher Education Day program is a valuable experience," noted Dr. Blevins. "It provides an opportunity for all colleges and universities in West Virginia to showcase their programs of excellence while seeking legislative support to continue fulfilling their individual missions."