More than 150 Bluefield State College students, faculty, and staff took part in a recent Open House, hosted by the College's Student Support Services (SSS) director and staff. The BSC Student Affairs Office underwrote the cost of the meal, staff brought homemade deserts, and Bluefield Beverage donated soft drinks. "Early during the fall semester each year, we like to offer an open house so that students in the Student Support Services program can interact with faculty, staff, and administrators," program director Kathy Epperly noted. "This event helps students in the program to become better acquainted with those faculty, staff, and others who can help them in their academic pursuits." Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program that provides educational assistance, professional counseling, and cultural enrichment activities to income-eligible, learning/physically disabled and/or first-generation college students. It is the goal of the program to increase the academic performance, retention, and graduation rates of project participants. This semester, the SSS program at BSC is serving 265 students.