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BSC February Activities Review

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Presented a major Black History Month series of programs, featuring a speech by former Washington, D.C. mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, a recital-drama in tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by operatic tenor Karl Gipson, chautauqua presentations in honor of Anne Spencer and Carter Woodson, the "Voices of the Revolution" display and several videos BSC Model United Nations team competed in the prestigious University of California/Berkeley Model United Nations Invitational Conference. More than 130 students attended a "Domestic Violence Workshop," coordinated by a BSC Counseling & Advising Center counselor. Program featured representatives from Stop Abusive Family Environments (S.A.F.E.) and the Bluefield Police Department Over 90 BSC students attended a "Job Search Clinic," coordinated by the College's Student Support Services and Placement Offices, along with Business Division faculty. The workshop prepared students in acquiring skills in resume preparation, job interview and presentation as they pursue career opportunities in their chosen fields Twelve BSC students and staff took part in the annual "College Day at the State Legislature," Feb. 3. BSC's institutional display featured a five-minute interactive video presentation BSC's first Medical Assisting class is preparing for a May 1998 graduation. The Medical Assisting program is offered through the collaborative efforts of BSC and the Mercer County Technical Education Center PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES Capacity audience of more than 200 attended the "Rededication of Greenbrier Hall," celebrating the relocation of the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC into a historically-significant 47,000 square foot facility in downtown Lewisburg. Governor Underwood and Congressman Rahall were featured speakers during the dedication ceremony A "Presidential Task Force on the Recruitment of Minorities" conducted its third meeting, identifying specific points of emphasis as it assists and advises the BSC president in developing additional strategies to recruit qualified minority applicants for faculty and professional vacancies at the College, and assists the institution in its ongoing effort to recruit minority students. BSC's recently-hired Director of Multicultural Affairs began work February 4, meeting with numerous community, public schools, alumni, church, and civic organizations, with a focus on recruitment of minority students, faculty, and staff, and improving community relations Business divisions of Bluefield State College, Morgan State University, West Virginia State College, and West Virginia University signed the "West Virginia & Maryland Business Education Compact," pledging to work together to enhance educational and research opportunities for students and faculty, and to increase accessibility to higher education through innovative use of technology Held initial meeting with a public relations firm which has experience in issues of diversity including minority faculty and student recruitment, and received a series of proposals from that firm Department head of electrical engineering technology presented two-day Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) System Technology workshop for faculty from institutions of higher education throughout the region, so attendees may continue to implement VLSI instruction into their curriculum BSC continued preparation to 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 Presented financial aid workshop for students and families of students planning to attend college this fall College's Director of Institutional Advancement, Planning, and the Creative Retirement Center has accepted an invitation to speak at the Elderhostel Institute Network Regional meeting in Williamsburg in mid-March Nursing faculty member is preparing to deliver presentation on "Congestive Heart Failure--Signs, Symptoms & Medication," as a Creative Retirement Center-hosted program 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. Faculty and students in the accounting program at the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC are also offering free volunteer income tax assistance in the Greenbrier Valley Center for Economic Enhancement and Occupational Skill Development began hosting weekly orientation training for Turner Vision (Bluewell, WV) and United Telesis (Bluewell, WV) Continued customized performance evaluation training for Turner Vision. The training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) provides assistance to the company in implementing a new performance evaluation program Began customized First-Line supervisory training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for EWA Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Beckley, WV), an electronics manufacturer employing approximately 35 people Began customized Process Improvement training program for Med-Response (Bluewell, WV). This program is funded through the Small Business Workforce Program Developing customized Statistical Process Control and Quality Management training program (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for DS Parts, LTD (Bluefield, WV). This program is funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program and begins in March, 1998 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 Developing a proposal for customized Microsoft Office training for First Community Bank (Bluefield, WV) BSC Center for International Understanding (CIU) was awarded contracts for training programs sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in the following areas: a) Three-week training program on Albanian Mayors Association for eight mayors from Albania, February-March 1998; b) Two-week training program on "Media Viability" for 12 international television media personnel; c) Three-week training program on Microcredit (Practice) Group for delegation from Hungary, April 5-27 CIU is preparing to submit to USAID a four-week training program proposal on "Development of Non-Government Organizations for Armenian Women," for May 1998 CIU submitted to US Information Agency long-term training programs for 1998-99, including: a) One-week training program on "Organization and Marketing for the Plastic Industry," for a Slovakian entrepreneur; b) Two-week training program on Community Development for 12 officials from Azerbaijan; c) Two-week training program on "Media Viability" for 12 television media personnel from Azerbaijan CIU has delivered to USIA the following training program proposals: a) Long-term training program for 1998-99 for "Women's Leadership Training for Central & Eastern Europe (submitted through the CIU Eastern Europe Bureau in Bratislava, Slovakia, the CIU Washington, D.C. Bureau, and the CIU at BSC) for up to 14 women leaders from 14 Eastern European countries; b) Training programs/internships on "American Business Practices," "Non-Government Organization Development," and "Presidential Management Training Initiatives for Russian Managers," along with the second year of a grant award for the USIA's Community Connections Project CIU is continuing preparations for a trade mission to Russia, May 30-June 30, 1998 CIU is defining objectives for offices in Saratov (Russia), Bombay (India), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Baku (Azerbaijan) CIU is marketing "English as a Second Language" program for international students and their spouses, and through the CIU bureaus abroad Through the Washington, D.C. bureau, CIU is negotiating relationships with foundations and development organizations in Europe for development projects and international trade CIU Director was invited to attend a briefing by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on her visit to Central Asian Republics