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Back-to-Back Champs The Bluefield State Women's Basketball team defeated the #1 seed, Lincoln University, on their home court 72-70 in overtime. The Lady Blues have won the 2015 ECAC DII Championship. The Lady Blues have repeated as ECAC DII Champions (2015 and 2014).
Regional Technology Conference The second Biennial Regional Technology Conference at Bluefield State College, March 30-31, 2015, will expand on the themes of digital literacy and diversity.
Southern Technical Conference The one-day conference considers a variety of aspects within the civil engineering industry, and six professional development hours are available for those participating in the entire conference.
Congratulations Cody Wickline, Former BSC Nursing Student  
Commencement 2015  
Jerolee White    Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9:00a.m.  
29th Annual Klingensmith Cup   The 29th Annual Klingensmith Cup Golf Tournament will be played on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Bastian, Virginia.
Free Income Tax Assistance Free income tax preparation assistance for low-to moderate income individuals, the unemployed, older individuals, and students will be offered again this year at Bluefield State College (BSC).

Facilities Master Plan Bluefield State College's Campus Facilities Master Plan as submitted to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in March 2015.
School of Nursing & Allied Health   The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers degrees in nursing and radiologic technology. Programs offered include: baccalaureate and associate degrees in nursing, baccalaureate in radiologic sciences, and the associate degree in radiologic technology.

The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business The School of Business at Bluefield State College offers a variety of programs. Students in the four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration program must complete the requirements of two specializations chosen from: accounting, management, marketing, or computer science.

School of Engineering Technology & Computer Science The engineering technology programs offer associate and baccalaureate degrees in a variety of technological fields. Associate degrees may be earned in architectural, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering technology.

School of Education The School of Education offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education (K-6) or Early/Middle Education. The program prepares graduates to teach at the Elementary (K-6) grade level and/or the Middle School (5-9) grade level in one of four required areas of specialization: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, General Science, and Social Studies.

School of Engineering Technology & Computer Science Students graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science are prepared for positions as systems analysts, software designers, network professionals, and webmasters depending on the education path taken.

School of Arts & Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences offers courses in art, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, English, French, geography, geology, history, humanities, journalism, mathematics, music, natural science, physical science, physics, political science, psychology, social science, sociology, Spanish, and speech.

Bluefield State College Bluefield State College was established as a black teachers college by an act of the West Virginia Legislature in 1895 and was integrated after 1954. By the 1960's the College had a comprehensive four-year program of teacher education, arts and sciences, and engineering technology. Gradually a variety of two-year technical programs evolved in response to local needs.

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March 13 2015

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College's new Master Plan was unanimously approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission on Friday, the final step required in order to embark on some very exciting projects that will place BSC in a strong position for the future, according to Dr. Marsh...
March 13 2015

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College will host its second annual Graduate Fair, March 24, in the Harris-Jefferson Student Center. The program, which is presented for BSC students preparing to graduate and for the College's recent graduates, begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with lunch at noon. The prog...
March 10 2015

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College students can "get on the road to financial literacy" because the BB&T Bank Bus will take to the road to visit BSC, March 25-26. The Bank Bus, equipped with 11 internet-ready computers, will bring financial education resources to campus, 10 am-2 pm each day, in th...
29th Annual Klingensmith Cup Golf Tournament, May 18
March 09 2015

(Bluefield)—The 29th annual Klingensmith Cup Golf Tournament will be played on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Bastian, Virginia. This annual event is sponsored by Bluefield State College's School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science. All BSC constituents are invited...
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Bluefield State College
Board of Governors
February 17, 2005

Members Present: Mr. John Barnes, Dr. Louis Aikens, Dr. Frank Ball, Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr.. Jack Caffrey, Mr. Edward Knight, Mr. Jack Stafford, Mr. Kevin Pruitt 

Members Absent: The Reverend Garry Moore, Dr. Lyn Guy, Mr. Norris, Mr. Jeff Forlines    Mr. Norris Kantor

Guests/Staff:  Dr. Albert Walker, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Mr. John Cardwell, Dr. Tom Blevins, Mr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Mindy Maher, Dr. Shekhar Pradhan, Dr. Don Smith, Mr. Lionel Craddock, and Dr. Jim Voelker and students.

Board Chairman Mr. John Barnes called the meeting to order at 6:55 p.m.

Approval of December 16 and February 4 Minutes

Mr. Barnes asked for any additions or corrections to the minutes of the December 16 and February 4 Board of Governors meetings. Dr. Frank Ball indicated that he was listed as both present and absent on the December 16 minutes.  A motion was made and seconded (LAikens/KPruitt) to approve the minutes with corrections.  Motion carried.

Mr. Stafford added that he did not attend the February 4 BOG meeting but would like the record to state that he supported the resolution regarding residential housing.   

Financial and Administrative Affairs

Ms. Shelia Johnson reported that the purchase of property in Summersville using bond money is complete.  She indicated that a request has been made for a refund on the release.

Ms. Johnson also referred to a handout with information on proposed legislation regarding the division of assets with NRCTC.  Next months meeting will address some of these issues.  Mr. Barnes requested to discuss this issue beforehand due to some unused property in Greenbrier County.  Mr. Frost asked whether the Summersville property would remain with BSC, and Ms. Johnson responded that this property was purchased primarily from bond money from the state, not BSC.  Ms. Johnson also explained that the Greenbrier campus was funded by multiple sources, including the BSC and Greenbrier Foundations.  Ms. Johnson indicated that she would obtain more information on the decision-making process beyond HEPC and CTCC.  Dr. Ball suggested that the BOG should schedule a separate meeting to discuss this issue.

Finally, Ms. Johnson referred to a handout with information regarding Governor Manchins budget for fiscal year 2006.

Presentation of Audit Report

Ms. Shelia Johnson introduced Chris Dewiss of Suttle & Stalnaker, CPA.  Mr. Dewiss reviewed key aspects of BSCs audited financial statement, including the following:

1. BSC received an unqualified opinion from its independent audit report.
2. Due to new standards required by GASB, the Foundation was included in the audit.
3. In comparison to the previous year, BSC has increased tuition and fees, contracts and grants, and operating costs.
4. In comparison to the previous year, BSC has increased total liabilities and total assets.
5. Another change for next year will be the split with NRCTC.
6. There were no findings on compliance or internal control.

Mr. Frost asked how much money the College made.  Mr. Dewitt indicated that on page 17, the report states that BSCs net assets were approximately 1.2 million, which was an increase over the prior year.

Dr. Aikens asked Mr. Dewitt to comment on the recommendations made by Suttle and Stalnaker.  Mr. Dewitt stated that they are required to provide recommendation on how to improve operations.  He reviewed these recommendation from his letter dated November 17.

New River Community & Technical College

Dr. Walker stated that Dr. Blanks is ill and was not able to attend the meeting.  Mr. Knight was asked to report for NRCTC.  Mr. Knight stated that NRCTCs advisory board has been abolished according to law and that they are waiting for approval by the Secretary of State of its appointed members to the governing board.  Mr. Knight clarified that Mr. Barnes will serve on NRCTCs board as a non-voting member, just as Mr. Knight will serve on BSCs board as a non-voting member.

Enrollment Management

Mr. Cardwell explained that BSC is approximately 20 students ahead of last spring.  He is working with marketing students to develop brochures and marketing ideas to expand recruiting.  He emphasized the need for strategic enrollment growth and the need to increase the number of upperclassmen, which would allow for growth without many additional resources.

Mr. Cardwell stated that BSC experienced a 6.8% increase in enrollment over the past fall and that BSCs retention rate is 64% from Fall 2003 to Fall 2004, which is an increase over the prior year.  Mr. Cardwell reported that he is working on a required freshman orientation class.

Mr. Frost inquired about how we could accommodate more students without increasing the number of courses offered and the number of faculty.  Dr. Walker responded that we would need to increase the number of faculty and investigate more weekend and electronically offered classes.  He also stated that our largest need will be in the General Education core courses.  Mr. Cardwell re-stated the desire to draw more upperclassmen and transfer students.

Mr. Cardwell also reported that we enrolled 175 first-time freshmen in Fall 2004.  Our entering students ACT scores had increased to an average of 19.4 and the high school GPA average was 3.26.  Additionally, BSCs default rate has decreased to 8.7%. 

Presidents Report

Dr. Walker referred to an article from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on Senate Bill 169, which would allow BSC to provide graduate courses.  Mr. Stafford asked why the board had previously discussed the addition of an MBA program, if we dont have authority to offer graduate courses.  Dr. Walker explained that we are only in the planning phase with the MBA program.  Dr. Walker further explained that BSC is showing its support for this legislation.

Dr. Walker delivered a PowerPoint presentation on the activities and events that had taken place at BSC since the last meeting of the Board.


Mr. Barnes invited BOG members to attend a meeting to finalize the agreement on the Greenbrier library project.  Mr. Stafford and other board members questioned why they did not receive specific information on the prior meeting in order to attend.  Mr. Barnes explained that it was his understanding that all BOG members would be invited and provided with information on the meeting.  He further explained that another meeting of the sub-committee would be scheduled to discuss the contract and that he would like the board members to attend.

Dr. Aikens requested a clarification of the relationship between BSC and its Foundation.  Mr. Barnes explained that the Foundation is an independently functioning, tax exempt body.  Dr. Walker further explained that the development of the Foundation is also one of our Title III activities.  Although the Foundation has no employees, Title III and the Research and Development Corporation does have college employees which assist with the development of the Foundation.

Executive Session

A motion was made and seconded (Laikens/KPruitt) to go into Executive Session.


Mr. Barnes asked if there was any further business.  Dr. Walker stated that President Bush is recommending an increase in Title III funding and in research funds for small four-year colleges.

Next meeting date

The next meeting of the Board of Governors will take place at 6:45 p.m., March 17, 2005.


A motion was made and seconded (LAikens/DFrost) to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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