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BSC September Activities Report

Campus Activities Announced a 17-event Homecoming '97 schedule of activities for the week of October 12-18 Director of Campus Life presented "Team Building Workshops" for State College System Central Office personnel Scheduled and promoted open house for prospective students and families of prospective students, Oct. 15 151 new BSC students took advantage of a new Student Support Services' peer mentoring program, matching those students with upperclassmen, based on shared academic or hobby interests 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 BSC student named recipient of $5,000 Smith Underwood Teacher Scholarship Preparing schedule of ongoing internal training for faculty/staff at BSC--areas covered include: Diversity & Supervisory Training, Computer Training, Customer Service, Course Development, Academic Advising, Using the Library & Internet for Research, E-Mail/Sending & Receiving Files, Banner, Stress Management, and Financial & Retirement Planning Partnership Activities BSC associate degree program in general studies is now available completely via distance learning. As a participant in "Going the Distance," a national PBS initiative for delivery of degree programs through distance learning, BSC will offer at least 10 telecourses a year at campuses in Bluefield, Beckley, and Lewisburg Director of Instructional Technology has been named to the "Governor's Information and Technology Council" BSC associate professor of anthropology was a featured presenter at the September Harvard University "Metals in Antiquity" Conference More than 20 BSC civil engineering technology students toured Platnick Steel & Manufacturing (Bluefield, VA) to view processes involved in steel fabrication Another group of 20 BSC civil engineering technology students took part in a field trip to the Westside Sewage Treatment Plant (Bluefield, VA) 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 adjunct history instructor and coordinator of campus publications accepted an invitation to be a featured presenter at the national meeting of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans BSC students, faculty, and staff attended the Shott Lecture Series speech by U.S. Senator Dan Quayle at Bluefield College 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's new associate degree aquaculture program BSC students majoring in elementary education received special recognition from the West Virginia Reading Association for their commitment of nearly 1,000 hours' volunteer work, reading to area public school students (grades 1-6) BSC Center for Economic Enhancement & Main Street Bluefield collaborated to bring to Bluefield the program manager for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center--a free service to area small business owners BSC Center for Economic Enhancement & Educational Outreach hosted the first of five "Travel & Adventure Series" 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 Center for Economic Enhancement & Educational Outreach continued development of a customized training program on desktop publication to be taught on-site at Pemco, Inc. (Bluefield, VA) Provided operational support for the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Bluefield Coal Show, one of the largest events of its type in the nation Completed proposal for customized training and technical assistance for Microsoft Office for employees of Tabor Machine Company (Bluefield, WV). Training will be provided on-site and at computer labs in BSC's Bluefield campus Completed proposal for customized performance evaluation training for Turner Vision (Bluefield, WV) Completed proposal for supervisory training for EWA Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Bluefield, VA) Developing customized Statistical Process Control training program for DS Parts (Bluefield, WV) Conducting training needs assessment for Triple S Manufacturing, Inc. (Beckley, WV) Providing skill assessment and testing for potential new employees of Federal News Service Agency (Bluefield, WV) Developing advanced customized training in Microsoft Office for employees at First Century Bank (Bluefield, WV). Will also provide beginning training for new employees at First Century Bank Sponsoring seminar on ÒHow to Respond to a Government RSP' for local businesses BSC Center for International Understanding is currently conducting (Sept. 14-Oct. 3, 1997) a training program, "Organizational and Management of Enterprises and Regional Economic Development Organizations" for three economic development officials from Hungary BSC CIU has been awarded a training program, "Rural Social Services in a Market Economy" for 14 Russian officials (Oct. 8-30) CIU has submitted proposals for "Public Relations" training program for Latvian official, and "Community Development--NGO Participation" for 16 Russian NGO leaders CIU is negotiating to establish offices in Saratov, Russia and Bombay, India, and is also forming partnership with the Hungarian Enterprise Foundation in Nograd County, Hungary to promote development projects and trade between West Virginia and Hungary "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 CIU is negotiating relationships, through its Washington D.C. Bureau, with foundations and development organizations in Europe for development projects and international trade CIU is preparing to deliver a presentation on the CIU's role in globalizing the West Virginia-southwest Virginia economy through international and trade investment, as well as export assistance services, for delivery at the second International Economic Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia (Oct. 8-10)