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BSC August Activities Report

Campus Activities Nearly 500 students and families participated in two new student orientation sessions at Bluefield State College (August 8 and June 27) Conducted Fall 1997 Semester general registration at BSC campuses and sites in Bluefield, Beckley, Lewisburg, and Welch BSC Beckley Campus second year nursing students conducted a program to welcome first year nursing students into the program, and provide encouragement, assistance, and support for new nursing students More than 70 area children took part in third annual Kids Kollege, a one-week summer enrichment program designed to enhance student learning in a fun environment Proceeded with work on a variety of campus improvement projects, finalizing work on campus signage and installation of elevator at administration building Work continued on the renovation/relocation project at BSC's Greenbrier Community College Center Partnership Activities BSC Division Chair of Engineering Technology and Computer Science was installed as Vice Chair of Operations for Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). He will be in charge of all ABET accreditation visits BSC Director of Instructional Technology has accepted invitations to be a featured presenter at West Virginia Community College Association annual conference (November 6) to discuss delivering distance learning and using the electronic classroom, as well as presentation at League for Innovation in Community College Technology Conference in Atlanta, GA (October 14) to present program, "Designing and Delivering Distance Learning Instruction through IPSI" Director of Instructional Technology has been named to the "Governor's Information and Technology Council" BSC will participate, with its distance learning classrooms at College campuses in Bluefield, Beckley, and Lewisburg, in a "Distance Learning Event," September 4. The event, involving eight institutions of higher education throughout West Virginia, demonstrates how the new Interactive Video Network (IViN) permits two-way, real-time audio and video links between sites BSC began work as one of four West Virginia public higher education institutions to participate in a distance learning project, "The Electronic Common Market," implemented by the Southern Region Education Board BSC student section team prepared to travel to Anaheim, CA to take part in ISA Bowl, International Society for Measurement & Control competition involving electrical engineering technology students from institutions of higher education throughout the world. Last year, the BSC student section team finished fourth in the world in this competition. BSC Director of Campus Activities has been named national president-elect of Gamma Beta Phi, honor and service society Telecast throughout Bluefield-area cable system two Bluefield City Board of Directors' meetings and the monthly Mercer County Board of Education meeting Produced and broadcast two 15-minute video features on BSC-TV, spotlighting Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer and BSC student who has received national attention as a poet Nursing faculty member was a featured presenter at the fifth annual Associate Degree of Nursing Faculty Development Conference in Dayton, OH, August 7-8 BSC Center for Economic Enhancement and Educational Outreach began promotion of "Travel & Adventure Series," a series of film narratives hosted by BSC and presented as a public service in partnership with First Century Bank, AAA-The Bluefield Automobile Club, Bluefield Regional Wellness Center, and Bluefield Regional Medical Center BSC Director of Human Resources was recertified by the Society for Human Resource Management BSC Center for International Understanding has been awarded the contract for a training program, "Organizational and Management of Enterprises and Regional Economic Development Organizations" for three economic development officials from Hungary (September 14 - October 3, 1997) BSC CIU has begun negotiations to establish offices in Saratov, Russia and Bombay, India to serve as export assistance centers CIU is disseminating international bids to West Virginia companies CIU is negotiating relationships through its Washington, DC bureau with foundations and development organizations in Europe for development projects and international trade "English as a Second Language Program," has been initiated through CIU, to begin offering noncredit courses for international students and their spouses, beginning in 1998 CIU is continuing preparations for a trade mission to Russia, May 30-June 30, 1998 BSC Center for Economic Enhancement and Educational Outreach completed a customized Microsoft Office training program for DS Parts (Bluefield, WV) Completed customized National Electric Code training program for employees of American Electric Power (Bluefield, WV and Beckley, WV) Completed presentations on new compensation plan for all employees and management at Turner Vision (Bluefield, WV). This project has been funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program. A proposal is now being prepared for training and technical assistance in performing effective performance evaluations and integrating performance evaluations with the new compensation system Developing a customized training program (desktop publishing) that will be taught on-site at Pemco, Inc. (Bluefield, VA) Developing a proposal for customized training and technical assistance for Microsoft Office that will be provided both on site and at BSC Bluefield campus computer labs for employees of Tabor Machine Company (Bluefield, WV) Completed "Effective Business Writing and Grammar" seminars for 18 employees from Acme Supermarkets (Tazewell, VA), MAPCO (Bluefield, WV) and First Century Bank (Bluefield, WV) Concluded presentation of Real Estate Appraisers' continuing education course for 11 students Conducted "Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits" seminar for 10 students from colleges and universities in West Virginia. This program was funded through a grant written by the BSC department head of electrical engineering technology Developing a customized supervisory training program for EWA (Beckley, WV)