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May Activities Report

Campus Activities

  • Held second annual BSC "Employee Recognition Day," announcing recipients of two BSC Foundation "Outstanding Classified Staff Awards," two BSC "Classified Staff Emeritus Awards," one "Administrator Emeritus Award," and numerous individual awards and certificates of recognition to faculty, staff, and administrators


  • BSC graduates J. Franklin Long, a Bluefield attorney, and Jeffery Forlines, an area bank president, delivered commencement addresses at the 1997 Baccalaureate and Associate graduation exercises. 465 degrees were conferred during the two commencement programs


  • Presented honorary Doctorate of Humanities to area philanthropist Mrs. June Oblinger Shott, during 1997 Baccalaureate Graduation Exercises


  • Presented the "BSC Foundation Outstanding Faculty Award" for 1997 to Ms. Sheila Parks, associate professor of nursing, and an active member of numerous HIV/AIDS education and other health-focused organizations


  • Nine students were inducted into the BSC Greenbrier Community College Center chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, which recognizes students' academic achievements at two-year colleges


  • Twenty-one graduates of the BSC Radiologic Technology program were recognized during a luncheon in their honor on BSC's Bluefield campus


  • Six students were inducted into the 1997 class of the BSC chapter of Phi Eta Sigma national honor society for freshmen


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


  • Several BSC staff supervisory personnel attended a training seminar on grievances, conducted by two members of the State Attorney General's staff


  • Six BSC employees attended the workshop/seminar, "How to Manage Multiple Projects, Meet Deadlines, and Achieve Objectives"


  • Began BSC's first Summer Session, May 27


  • Prepared for two Summer 1997 orientation sessions for new students and their families

    Partnership Activities


  • BSC organized, directed, and hosted a two-day national distance learning conference, during which six nationally recognized speakers delivered specialized programs for more than 70 educators in attendance


  • BSC-TV services produced a 12-minute video for the Mercer County Economic Development Authority's presentation at a statewide economic development program in Charleston


  • Two Bluefield State College nursing faculty members were featured presenters at a recent one day statewide workshop for home health nurses in Flatwoods. The program was presented by the West Virginia Council of Home Health Agencies, Inc., and the West Virginia Diabetes Control Program


  • Thirty students majoring in education promoted literacy in a five county region, through the "Yes, We Read -Together" program


  • Two criminal justice students and one faculty member were extended special recognition by the Princeton Police Department for their assistance with the department's in-service training program


  • Several Mercer County public school business educators visited BSC's Business Division to receive hands-on training in the use of current computer technology and software


  • History faculty member selected to participate as a Coolidge Fellow in the 1997 Association for Religion & Intellectual Life Colloquium at Columbia University


  • BSC-TV 1 0 rebroadcast on the Bluefield-area television cable system two Bluefield City Board of Directors' meetings and the May monthly Mercer County Board of Education meeting


  • Hosted the fifth Travel & Adventure Series travelogue of the 1997 season, in partnership with four Bluefield-area business & professional organizations


  • Through BSC's Creative Retirement Center, completed the program "Financial Investing,' with approximately 30 persons attending


  • BSC Center for Economic Enhancement & Educational Outreach continued customized Microsoft Word training program for second group of employees from DS Parts (Bluefield, WV). This project is being funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program


  • Center for Economic Enhancement developed customized Autocad 13 training program for Pemco, Inc. (Bluefield, VA)


  • Developed customized National Electric Code continuing education class for employees of American Electric Power (Beckley, WV & Bluefield, WV)


  • Assisted Turner Vision (Bluefield, WV) in implementation of a compensation and performance evaluation system. The system was designed in a project funded by the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program and will result in a more clearly defined human resources development for the firm, which has more than 400 employees


  • Met with representatives of Hubbard Farms, Inc. (Lewisburg), owner of the British United Turkeys of America (BUTA) to discuss a variety of workforce development assistance opportunities for its employees. Have scheduled meeting with the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program to explore whether any state training assistance is available for the firm, which has more than 200 employees from West Virginia's Greenbrier Valley


  • Participated in the 1997 Business Show (Beckley), sponsored by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, and finalized plans to participate in the 1997 Appalachian Hardwood Expo (Bluefield), sponsored by the Princeton/Mercer County Chamber of Commerce


  • Completed proposal for The Dean Company (Princeton, WV) to assist this manufacturer of quality wood veneer products in the development of job descriptions for 39 positions


  • Developing a training plan for Med Response, a home health care agency (Bluefield, WV, Bluewell, WV, & Welch, WV), following completion of a training needs assessment conducted by the College


  • Participated in the 1997 WV Main Street Awards Banquet, as a member of the Bluefield Main Street delegation


  • Completed Autocad 14 teleconference for 20 representatives of five local companies


  • Completed a continuing education class for real estate appraisers to prepare them for the USPAP examination


  • Hosted National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review for nurses from Bluefield Regional Medical Center


  • Director of the Center for International Understanding (CIU) at BSC was panelist during two programs at the National Association for Foreign Student Advisors Association of International Educators Conference in Canada, May 20-23


  • BSC CIU coordinated "Customized Technical Assistance Programs for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on "Fiscal Federalism" for a second group of Bosnian officials (April 12-May 10), and "AIDS Related Non-Government Organizations" for a Rumanian representative


  • CIU has been awarded customized training program contract on "Effective Local Governments and Media Relations for Ogre, Latvia's mayor and press secretary, as well as contract to deliver, by USAID-Academy for Educational Development, a training program for 16 Russian participants on Rural Social Services in a Market Economy


  • Circulated brochures about CIU and CIU's customized training programs on "Regional Economic Development and Diversification through Privatization, Entrepreneurism, and Democratization"


  • CIU continued to disseminate bids for contracts from international companies to WV businesses


  • CIU planning for "International Pavilion" during Princeton "Summerfest," June 20-22