Campus Activities Conducted a 17-event Homecoming '97 celebration during the week of October 12-18 BSC criminal justice student was presented the West Virginia Association of Probation Officers' annual scholarship award BSC student team won the International Student Competition at the International Society of Measurement & Controls Convention in Anaheim, CA, beating teams from institutions of higher education from the United States, Canada, and Russia Conducted open house for 198 prospective students, along with their families, October 15 BSC chapter of the national service honorary Gamma Beta Phi hosted the organization's West Virginia State Convention Proceeded with work on a variety of campus improvement projects, finalizing work on campus signage and placing into operation an elevator at administration building, thereby making all campus buildings handicap accessible Work continued on the renovation/relocation project at BSC's Greenbrier Community College Center BSC Greenbrier Community College Center SGA sponsored picnic for students, faculty, and staff Conducted ongoing internal training for faculty/staff at BSC--areas covered include: Diversity and Supervisory Training, Computer Training, Customer Service, Course Development, Academic Advising, Using the Library & Internet for Research, E- Mail/Sending and Receiving Files, Banner, Stress Management, and Financial & Retirement Planning BSC's Counseling and Advising Center hosted "Pick a Major Day," designed to help students select academic majors. More than 80 students and nearly 50 area business/industry representatives took part in the program Partnership Activities BSC hosted a meeting or RBA coordinators from throughout West Virginia CONSOL, Inc. presented $5,000 gift to assist BSC's mining engineering technology program. CONSOL has now given $148,000 to BSC over the past 20 years in support of its academic programs Director of Campus Life has been voted "president- elect" of the WV Association of Student Personnel Administrators More than 20 BSC engineering technology students toured the Greater Bluefield Westside Sewage Treatment plant to study new treatment processes Another group of BSC engineering technology students took a field trip to the Mercer County Solid Waste Authority's county landfill to study state-of-the-art methods of solid waste disposal BSC business division faculty member has accepted invitation to serve as a consultant to an educational publishing firm which is revising its business law textbook BSC adjunct history instructor and coordinator of campus publications was a featured presenter at the national meeting of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans BSC Center for Economic Enhancement has presented workshops on "Grammar and Usage" and "Effective Business Writing" 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 RBA program coordinator met with students from the Greenbrier Valley who are already in the program, along with individuals interested in the program BSC Center for Economic Enhancement and Educational Outreach hosted the second 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 presented a free small business seminar, "How to Respond to a Proposal (RFP)" Center for Economic Enhancement & Educational Outreach began a customized training program on desktop publication to be taught on-site at Pemco, Inc. (Bluefield, VA) Began customized performance evaluation training for Turner Vision (Bluefield, WV). Training will continue into 1998 and will provide assistance to the company in the implementation of a new performance evaluation program Conducting training needs assessment for Triple S Manufacturing, Inc. (Beckley, WV) Developing schedule for supervisory training for EWA Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Bluefield, VA) Developing customized Statistical Process Control training program for DS Parts (Bluefield, WV) Completed initial 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 Completed planning session, attended by 35 persons, for the purpose of developing steering and curriculum committees for the Creative Retirement Center Plans have begun for BSC's observance of World AIDS Week, December 1-4. Executive director of the South Central AIDS Network has met with BSC associate professor of nursing and Director of Campus Life to coordinate plans for the event's observance at Bluefield State College BSC Center for International Understanding presented and coordinated three-week training program, "Organizational and Management of Enterprises and Regional Economic Development Organizations" for three economic development officials from Hungary BSC CIU organized and presented a three-week training program, "Rural Social Services in a Market Economy" for 14 Russian officials CIU has submitted proposals for "Public Relations" training program for Latvian official (November 15-30, 1997), and "Tariff Setting and Regulations" for 14 Russian officials (November 25- December 1, 1997) CIU has placed nine young entrepreneurs from Novgorod, Russia in fiveweek internships in a variety of businesses throughout southern West Virginia, and has also placed them with several host families, in a United States Information Agency program entitled "Community Connections") 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 Negotiations are underway to establish CIU offices in Saratov, Russia and Bombay, India. CIU is also forming a partnership with the Hungarian Enterprise Foundation in Nograd County, Hungary to promote development projects and trade between West Virginia and Hungary CIU delivered on the CIU's role in globalizing the West Virginiasouthwest Virginia economy through international and trade investment, as well as export assistance services, for delivery at the second International Economic Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia (October 8-1 0) CIU is preparing two presentations for a November, 1997 regional conference of NAFSA in Baltimore. Presentations are entitled "Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Implementing Short-term Training Programs," and "Delivering Cost-effective, Quality Short-term Technical Training Programs"