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BSC January Activities Review

Campus Activities BSC's Greenbrier Community College Center began Spring Semester 1998 classes in its new location--a renovated, historically significant, 47,000 square foot facility in downtown Lewisburg BSC showed a modest enrollment increase over year-ago figures for Spring Semester 1998 Announced six major Black History Month programs for February, including speeches and presentations by former Washington, DC mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly and Dr. Karl Gipson Received two financial gifts (for scholarship support and the College's endowment fund) from Kwik Kafe Company BSC student received awards from two national poetry organizations Partnership Activities A "Presidential Task Force on the Recruitment of Minorities" conducted its second meeting, and the BSC President announced the creation of a new administrative position, the "Director of Multicultural Affairs" The State College System Board of Directors gave favorable acceptance to BSC's Strategic Plan update, and noted the College was making satisfactory progress toward realizing the goals established in its Strategic Plan The State College System Board of Directors and its Executive Committee accepted a visiting team's positive evaluation of the BSC President's performance BSC proceeded with positive discussions with members of the Raleigh County business, education, and professional communities toward exploring avenues to expand the community and technical college and baccalaureate educational opportunities within Raleigh County from a public college perspective BSC will serve as the host site for a three-day racial reconciliation conference (May 15-17), involving leaders from this region and its churches Telecast throughout Bluefield-area cable system two Bluefield City Board of Directors' meetings and the monthly Mercer County Board of Education meeting BSC's Veterans Upward Bound Program experienced unprecedented growth, with 158 military veterans enrolling in VUB's next 12-week refresher course. VUB expanded its services, offering a new refresher course in biology, and purchased additional lap top computers for its "mobile computer lab" Assistant Professor of English had two articles published in international scholarly publications Associate Professor of Nursing was notified that her abstract has been accepted for presentation at the 16th annual International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference in Orlando, FL For the eleventh consecutive year, BSC Accounting Club students and accounting faculty are providing free tax assistance to area residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program Continued preparations for participation in the State College System's "College Day" program at the State Legislature, February 3 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, on behalf of West Virginia residents of the Muslim faith, delivered the opening prayer at the January 21 session of the West Virginia House of Delegates Scheduled a February financial aid workshop for students preparing to attend college, and for families of those students Entered into a site participation agreement with Hospitality TV Network whereby the College will assist as an HTV teleconference site by providing facilities to assist HTV in conducting its satellite downlink services for teleconferences of HTV's customers Director of Center for Economic Enhancement and Occupational Skill Development began term as President of Main Street Bluefield (a downtown Bluefield revitalization program) Continued customized performance evaluation training for Turner Vision (Bluefield, WV). The training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) extends into 1998 and provides assistance to the company in implementing a new performance evaluation program Began supervisory training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for EWA Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Beckley, WV), an electronics manufacturer Continued customized Microsoft Office and database management training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for Tabor Machine Company (Bluefield, WV) Developing customized Statistical Process Control training program (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for DS Parts (Bluefield, WV) Developing a customized process improvement training program (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for Med-Response (Bluewell, WV) to begin in February Conducted organizational diagnostic (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for Triple S Manufacturing Corporation (Beckley, WV). Also assisted in placement of BSC engineering technology students as engineering apprentices for the company Coordinating development of a workplace education program for B.F. Goodrich Aerospace (Union, WV). This project will involve assisting the company with evaluation of different alternatives for testing the basic skills of its employees with respect to the jobs they perform, along with developing instruction to meet this need Toured the Lillybrook Hatchery for Minaqua, Inc. (Sophia, WV). Also working with BSC's aquaculture program director to assist in discussions and collaborative efforts involving various aquaculture constituent groups Met with representatives of Invest in America, and gave them a tour of BSC facilities that could be utilized to meet many of their workforce development needs BSC Center for International Understanding (CIU) submitted for review by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) a two-week training program on community development for 12 community development leaders from Azerbaijan for projected implementation in February 1998 CIU submitted to USAID in January 1998: a) Two three-week training proposals on media viability for television station managers for TV administrative personnel from Azerbaijan and Georgia; b) Two-week training program proposal for Slovakian industrialist on organizational structure, marketing, and growth of polyurethane products companies CIU submitted to USIA long-term training programs for 1998-99, including: a) Women's Leadership Training through the CIU Russia NIS Bureau in Saratov, Russia, the CIU Washington, D.C. Bureau, and the CIU office at BSC for up to 12 women from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, and; b) U.S. based internships for Russian journalists and media managers CIU is continuing preparations for a trade mission to Russia, May 30-June 30, 1998 Negotiating relationships through the Washington, D.C. Bureau of CIU with foundations and development organizations in Europe for development projects and international trade