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BSC Gamma Beta Phi Chapter Hosts State Convention

The Bluefield State College chapter of Gamma Beta Phi Honor and Service Society hosted the 1997 West Virginia State Convention at the Mercer County 4-H Camp, September 26-28. BSC President Dr. Robert Moore welcomed delegates to the convention. All of the West Virginia chapters of Gamma Beta Phi--Bluefield State College, Concord College, Salem-Teikyo University, and Marshall University--attended the meeting. BSC's Greenbrier Community College Center was also chartered as the fifth West Virginia chapter during the weekend's activities. BSC and Marshall received "Distinguished Chapter" awards and BSC won the scrapbook competition, advancing to the national convention competition in Nashville early next year. Betty Knighton, West Virginia Humanities Council Project Director, conducted a workshop to prepare attendees to present programs on the society's state project for 1997-98, the "National Issues Forum." Several national officers, including BSC's J.D. Carpenter (National President-Elect), Southeastern Louisiana University's Jackie Dale Thomas (National Vice President), student national officers Eric Seiss (Virginia Tech) and Susan Bassal (East Tennessee State University), and alumni representative Lisa Carpenter (Concord College). State officers elected at the meeting included President Traci Jewell (Marshall), Vice President Michelle Donaldson (Marshall), Secretary Lena Bender (Concord), Treasurer Kara Brown (Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC), Historian Debra Williby (BSC), Parliamentarian Matthew Wolfe (Concord), and Advisor Patty Carman (Marshall). The Gamma Beta Phi Society is a national collegiate honor and service and organization with 87 active chapters in 13 states, and more than 40,000 members, nationally.