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BSC Beckley Campus Life Span Development Class Hosts “Transforming Lives” Seminar

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    Tuesday, April 09 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—A "Transforming Lives, Every Age, Every One" Seminar presented recently at The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center featured the research of Bluefield State College Beckley Campus students. The students, members of Dr. Robert Hayes' Life Span Development Class, explored a wide range of topics related to Developmental Psychology.

"The students conducted research as if they were working with 'real world' clients like those utilizing help from the women's resource center or the homeless shelter," Dr. Hayes explained. The exercise was designed to remind students that, because all human beings are vulnerable, it is each student's responsibility to give back to others, according to Dr. Hayes.

Topics covered during the seminar included "Anorexia," "Drug Abuse & ADHD," and "Prenatal Care and Marijuana Use." Students and peers voted "OCD—Normal or Not," designed by Cassandra Patterson," and "The Effects of Play in Childhood Development," developed by Autumn Smith, as "Best Display, Overall," and "Best Presentation of Facts," respectively. Students explained their research initiatives for a steady stream of observers throughout the seminar.

The Life Span Development class explores the impact upon our lives of biological, psychological, and sociological influences. "Just 'learning the facts' is not enough," Dr. Hayes concluded. "Our goal is to educate well-rounded and dynamically educated professionals.