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BSC Faculty Member Enriches Classroom Instruction with Business/Industry Perspective

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    Wednesday, October 05 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

sturgill_gina(Bluefield)—Students in Gina Sturgill's first class this semester at Bluefield State College were greeted by a faculty member with a practical understanding of accounting. Sturgill, who joined the BSC faculty as a Visiting Professor of Accounting, has developed a teaching perspective based on her experience in business and in the classroom as she works with students.

"I really enjoy the process of working with students," she explained during a recent break between classes at the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business. "I strive to explain and bring examples that can strengthen our students' understanding of the material."

Sturgill has taught on either an adjunct or fulltime faculty basis for nearly 30 years. The Beckley resident taught as a tenured associate professor at Concord University for12 years before she returned to industry in 2004. "After several years, the company for which I was working was sold, so I returned to teaching," she recounted.

She taught college courses online until earlier this year, when she learned of the accounting faculty opportunity at BSC, and she's now teaching three courses on the College's Bluefield campus and one at BSC's location in the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver.

While she enjoys playing piano, cooking, and walking, her passion is teaching. "The students at Bluefield State are attentive and pleasant," she observed. "They really want to learn and that desire promotes a positive teaching environment. I really care about my students' success, in the classroom and thereafter."