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BSC Student Contingent Attends U.S. State Department Foreign Policy Briefing

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    Monday, March 14 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—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 program attracted students from 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and occurred at a particularly active period in world events.

“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” observed BSC faculty member and group chaperone Roger Owensby.  “The State Department representatives talked to students about careers in international diplomacy, noting that opportunities will grow as a large number of their staff approach retirement in the next few years.”

BSC students Matt Adkins, Amanda Blevins, Kelly Pawlowski, Erica Meade, Gregory Allen, Sean Mullins, and Saul Njie listened as Secretary Clinton discussed social media as a tool to extend diplomacy, citing recent examples of technology’s use to promote change in the Middle East.  Each speaker encouraged students to develop fluency in multiple languages.

The Bluefield State College student contingent also toured downtown Washington, and visited the Aerospace Museum, the Museum of Natural Science, and the American History Museum. “Our students had the opportunity to witness history and visit the ‘seat of power,’” Owensby added.  In all, more than 300 students participated in the program.