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BSC November Activities Report

Campus Activities BSC's Greenbrier Community College Center announced schedule for relocation of facility to the renovated Greenbrier College for Women building in downtown Lewisburg in time for Spring 1998 Semester classes College announced World AIDS Week activities, December 1-4, including health fair, dramatic presentation, AIDS quilt display, and educational puppet show Prepared for the speech at BSC December 9 by Governor Underwood, who will visit the College's Bluefield campus in response to an invitation extended by students in a BSC marketing class BSC Radiologic Technology student team finished second in statewide West Virginia Society or Radiologic Technologists' Student Bowl competition Campus Activities' calendars received two national awards at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) conference in Toledo, OH Nationally-recognized speaker on the power and effect of nonverbal communication presented a program, arranged by BSC Student Support Services, for BSC students, staff, and the community Promoted the BSC Jazz Ensemble's Winter Concert, December 8 BSC chapter of Phi Eta Sigma freshman honorary inducted five new student members Partnership Activities A "Presidential Task Force on the Recruitment of Minorities" was established to assist and advise the BSC President in developing additional strategies to develop additional strategies to identify and recruit qualified minority applicants for faculty and professional vacancies at the College 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 BSC was one of 50 institutions of higher education to be selected to participate in the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) "electronic campus," through which students from across the multi-state region can take courses at scores of colleges and universities Chair of Division of Engineering Technology and Computer Science participated in the International Mine Surveying Conference in Perth, Australia Director of Instructional Technology presented programs on distance learning to the "League for Innovation in Community Colleges Conference" in Atlanta, and to the West Virginia Community College Association's annual meeting in Flatwoods, WV BSC was awarded a "Teacher Training Grant" from Microsoft, through which BSC and four area public schools will utilize Microsoft software for one year to train public school teachers in Microsoft applications Telecast throughout Bluefield-area cable system two Bluefield City Board of Directors' meetings and the monthly Mercer County Board of Education meeting BSC Center for Economic Enhancement and Educational Outreach hosted the third of five "Travel and Adventure Series" film narratives, "Czech/Slovakia--Land of Beauty and Change," 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 Developing a schedule for supervisory training for EWA Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Beckley, WV) to begin in December Developing customized Microsoft Office and database management training for Tabor Machine Company (Bluefield, WV) Developing customized Statistical Process Control training program for DS Parts (Bluefield, WV) to begin in January Providing beginning and advanced customized training in Microsoft Office for employees at First Century Bank (Bluefield, WV) Providing diversity/supervisory management training, stress management training, and computer training as part of ongoing interval training for faculty and staff at Bluefield State College Sponsored seminar "How to Respond to a Government Request For Proposal (RFP)" for local businesses. Sixteen individuals, representing seven organizations and businesses, attended the seminar Completed a "Business Writing Seminar" for 18 employees from four local firms Participated in the development of a "Bluefield Youth Leadership Program" for the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Hosted cultural enrichment presentation at the Creative Retirement Center Promoted plans for BSC's observance of World AIDS Week, December 1-4. South Central AIDS Network and BSC are collaborating on the four-day program, which includes health fair, dramatic presentation, AIDS quilt display, and educational puppet show BSC Center for International Understanding is currently conducting customized training programs sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, including: a) "Public Relations," for a Latvian PR official, administered for USAID by World Learning, Washington, D.C.; b) "Tariff Setting and Regulations" for 16 Russian state and local government officials, in conjunction with "IP3" of Washington, D.C. and administered by the Academy for Educational Development; c) "Appalachian Community ConnectionsÓ project for nine Russian entrepreneurs from Novgorod, participating in five-week internships at area businesses BSC CIU is preparing for submission to USIA the following long-term training programs for 1998: a) "Women's Leadership Training" through CIU-NIS offices in Saratov, Russia for as many as 10 women from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova; b) U.S.-based internships for Russian journalists and media managers CIU is defining objectives and activities of its offices in Saratov, Russia and Bombay, India, and is forming a partnership with a Slovakian firm to implement development projects and promote international trade between West Virginia and Eastern Europe CIU is continuing preparations for a trade mission to Russia, May 30-June 30, 1998 CIU is marketing "English as a Second Language" program for international students and their spouses Negotiating relationships through the Washington, D.C. Bureau of CIU with foundations and development organizations in Europe for development projects and international trade CIU Director gave two presentations at the NAFSA Regional Conference in Baltimore (Nov. 14-15): "Problems Posed by Cultural Constructs of International Trainees," and "From the Philosophical to the Practical--Designing Cost-Effective Short-Term Technical Assistance Training Programs CIU Director has accepted appointment to the "Visiting Committee" of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy (Beckley, WV) by the Assistant Secretary for Mine Health & Safety, U.S. Department of Labor