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BSC February Activities Report

Campus Activities

  • Contingent of 15 BSC students, staff, alumni, and administrators took part in "College Day at the State Legislature," meeting several legislators, promoting the State College System and BSC, attending House and Senate sessions, and utilizing an institutional display spotlighting BSC's distance learning capabilities


  • Hosted a financial aid workshop for prospective college students and their families


  • Conducted a variety of Black History Month activities, including two concerts, a large Black History Month display, and four free admission showings of movies saluting African-American contributions to education, business, and the arts


  • Proceeded with several campus improvement projects, including excavation preceding the construction of an elevator that will bring Conley Hall, the College's administrative building, into compliance with ADA regulations


  • Directed four workshops, through Student Support Services, designed to enhance students' study skills


  • First year nursing students at BSC's Beckley Campus, continued to work with their "adopted family," providing a needy Raleigh County family with clothes, food, furniture, blankets, and assistance

    Partnership Activities


  • BSC contingent traveled to West Virginia State College to discuss how the two institutions may cooperate in land grant college program development


  • BSC accounting students and faculty began ninth year of service through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, providing income tax help for area residence


  • Announced an agreement with at College of Business and Economics, whereby WVU business faculty may utilize BSC distance learning network to offer Executive MBA program to working professionals at BSC campuses in Bluefield, Lewisburg, and Beckley, beginning Fall Semester, 1997


  • BSC's Veterans Upward Bound program achieved its fiscal year goal of enrolling 128 service veterans into the program, even though the program is in only its fourth month of the fiscal year


  • BSC-TV 10, the television production and programming component of BSC, rebroadcast on the Bluefield area television cable system two Bluefield City Board of Directors meetings and the January monthly Mercer County Board of Education meeting


  • Presented one-day seminar on "Women's Health Care Issues for Nurses" through BSC Center for Economic Enhancement and Educational Outreach


  • Announced the scheduling of a two-day "Safe Babysitting" course, presented through Center for Economic Enhancement


  • BSC's Director of Campus Activities reelected to Executive Board of WV Association of Student Personnel Administrators


  • Received from the family and friends of Mrs. Savannah Scott Page (BSC class of 1919), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, BSC Alumni Association, and Links, Inc. the gift of a wheelchair for use by individuals with disabilities who visit or attend BSC


  • Completed a customized Microsoft Word training program for 15 employees of First Century Bank in Bluefield, WV. Began training for second group of employees February 27


  • Began a salary and benefits review of the telemarketing industry as part of a project to develop compensation system for Turner Vision of Bluefield, NW. This project is funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program


  • Submitted proposal for customized Microsoft Office training to DS Parts of Bluefield, WV. This program is being considered for funding through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program


  • Assigned a second student from BSC's electrical engineering technology program to work as intern at BF Goodrich Aerospace in Union, WV. The intern will prepare detailed work instructions for the firm's product line


  • Scheduled the following continuing education programs in Bluefield, Beckley, and/or Lewisburg: Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Analysis of the National Electric Code, Shop Floor Mathematics, Blueprint Reading, Engineering Economics, Business Communications, Job Search Assistance, Basic Dysrhythmias, Care of Stroke Patients, Med-Surg Certification, Critical Care Review, and Women's Health Care Issues


  • Completed "Is Training The Solution?," a free seminar sponsored by the NW Region 7 Training Network


  • Presented free seminar providing information on the at Workforce Program, in partnership with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce


  • Participated in a meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Institute, Marshall University, to review curriculum designed to develop qualified employees for manufacturing firms. Other organizations participating in this effort include: The Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development, the Mercer County Technical Education Center, and the Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technology Center


  • Continued to research the demand for a certificate program for "Gerontological Care Giving." A needs assessment and focus up for health care professions is being planned to determine if a job market would exist for those completing the certificate program


  • Participated in a meeting with Hoest-Celanese, a Pearisburg, VA plant employing more than 1,600, to discuss opportunities for adult education and workforce training


  • Scheduled the following programs as part of the Creative Retirement Center at BSC: Remembering World War 11; Social and Ethical Implications of Advanced Health Care Technology; Fifty Years of Early American Popular Music; The Life of Thomas Jefferson; The Life of Pearl Buck; Investing; Healthy Aging; and Vital American Issues


  • BSC's Center for International Understanding (CIU) continues to provide "Customized Training Assistance Programs for the United States Agency for International Development. The CIU has been awarded training programs on "Fiscal Federalism" for two groups of Bosnian officials (March 14 - April 12 and April 12 - May 10)


  • CIU is circulating a brochure outlining CIU capabilities for Customized Training Programs for international entrepreneurs and officials


  • CIU has prepared a capability statement for inclusion in an application for membership for the National Council of International Visitors, a liaison organization of US Information Agency (USIA)


  • CIU is preparing capability statement for inclusion in an application for membership in the National Council of International Visitors, a liaison organization for USIA


  • CIU has submitted proposal, "Appalachian Community Connections Project," featuring three training programs for USIA on American Business Practices, Local Governance, and the Legal Profession and the Administration of Justice in Appalachia


  • CIU Director has been selected to serve as reviewer of applications for undergraduate study abroad for the National Security Education Program, sponsored by the Pentagon


  • CIU is in process of developing an "English as a Second Language" program, offering non-credit courses for international students and professionals, to begin in the Fall Semester, 1997


  • CIU has established a self-supporting Washington, DC bureau


  • CIU is recruiting West Virginia business persons to participate in a trade mission to Russia, May 31 - June 19, 1997


  • CIU is preparing brochure, "International Trade and Investment: Export Assistance Services


  • CIU is preparing for publication the Commonwealth Novel in English, a semiannual scholarly journal circulated in 34 countries