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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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October 19, 2006

Present:  Dr. Louis Aikens, Mr. Jack Caffrey, Mr. Norris Kantor, Ms. Anne Crowe, The Reverend James Palmer III, Dr. Norman Mirsky
Absent: The Reverend Garry Moore, Mr. Jeffrey Forlines, Dr. Lyn Guy, Mr. Daniel Frost, Mr. Kevin Pruitt, Mr. Jack Stafford
Guests: Dr. Albert Walker, Mr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Tom Blevins, Dr. Don Smith, Ms. Shelia Johnson, Mr. David Lord, Dr. Tracey Anderson, Ms. Anita Barilla, Mr. Gerald James, Ms. Dedriell Taylor, Mr. Dennis Johnson, Mr. Roger Workman, Dr. Jim Voelker and several students from the BSC State and Local Government class

Call to Order
 Chairman Norris Kantor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. at the Upper-Classman II and informed the group that the minutes could not be approved or decisions made until the group had a quorum. He welcomed Dr. Jim Voelker’s State and Local Government class to the meeting and explained how the Board of Governors works.
President’s Report – Dr. Albert Walker
- Dr. Walker reported that BSC participated with Concord University and the Princeton and Bluefield Rotary Clubs to donate dictionaries to third graders at Mercer School in Princeton earlier this week. Every third grader at the school received a dictionary encyclopedia. This project will provide every third grader in Mercer County with a dictionary.
- The deadline for applications for the Director of Development has passed and a committee will be selected to review applications and conduct interviews of candidates for the position. Members of the BSC Foundation Board will serve on the selection committee.
- Dr. Walker reported to the group that he has been appointed to the Mercer County Board of Advisors for BB&T Bank and has been informed that BSC will be receiving grant funding from the BB&T Foundation from a proposal written by Mr. Gerald James. At this time the amount of the grant is unknown.
- Dr. Walker called the group’s attention to the revised organizational chart and explained that as departmental changes are made the chart will continue to change. The major change at this time is in the Development office.
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
In the absence of Mr. Cardwell, Dr. Walker gave a brief report on enrollment:
- Student enrollment is up 5% with a larger than usual traditional student enrollment.  The availability of student housing has helped to make this increase possible. The border county initiative has been very successful and enrollment for the spring is expected to be up significantly. The enrollment goal for the spring is 2000 students. The present headcount is 1,845 with 1,775 students paid. Last year the total headcount was 1,720.
- Offering 200 distance learning courses. Persons with special needs can benefit from these courses.
- BSC Athletic Director has announced that a Soccer Club will be started in the spring. Several students have expressed interest. This organization will be made up of volunteers with uniforms being donated. If a BSC team is organized there will be both male and female teams.
Financial and Administrative Affairs – Ms. Shelia Johnson
- Ms. Johnson called the group’s attention to a list of services which are currently outsourced for the institution and the reasons for such outsourcing.
- Campus Facilities Projects –
 • One of the Basic Science building elevators is completed and in use while  repairs for the  second elevator are in progress. Both should be in full operation by  November.
 • Roofing projects – two roofing projects are in progress – the PE building and the  Basic Science building. Ms. Johnson discussed various problems encountered.
 • ADA parking lot project – from the Library lot to the far side of Hatter Hall.  Access to Conley and Hatter Hall will be greatly improved. There will be 69  additional parking places as a result of this project.
 • Entrance, signage, and tunnel corrections – in a 2002 survey one of the lead  problems identified was the need to improve the appearance of the campus. Ms.  Johnson reviewed the progress of these projects.
Dr. Aikens inquired concerning the outsourcing list and asked if there was a list available for NRCTC and BSC outsourcing information.
Academic Affairs – Dr. Don Smith
- Dr. Smith called the attention of the group to the reports by Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi concerning the International Initiatives and the references to the ESL (English as a Second Language). He discussed the benefit of offering these courses at BSC to international students who now must attend the ESL classes through Virginia Tech in order to enroll at BSC. Discussion followed. 
Institutional Research and Effectiveness – Dr. Tracey Anderson
- Peer review and selection process – Dr. Anderson discussed the peer list provided by HEPC which was prepared by MGT of America, Inc. Each institution will select 15 peer institutions. Dr. Anderson explained that three institutions listed appeared both on the old peer list and the list compiled by MGT and will automatically be placed on the peer list, leaving 12 for the institution to select. The recommendations are to be submitted to HEPC by October 24 and Dr. Anderson asked the Board for administrative authority to make the selections based on the criteria most beneficial for the institution. Discussion followed.
Virtual College and Technology – Dr. Thomas Blevins
- Distance Learning Courses and Related Activities – Dr. Blevins discussed the various modalities used for distance learning courses. He discussed the benefits to students and how BSC compares with other institutions in regard to distance learning. He informed the group that the interactive video is live and connects all campuses. Due to the technology available to students there are 63 students taking complete degree programs online. Dr. Mirsky discussed the concern of some instructors that some classes are being taught only online, adding that students would like to have the opportunity for those courses in the classroom also. Dr. Blevins will research and work with Academic Affairs to make all courses taught by distance learning also available in the classroom.
- Dr. Blevins informed the group that the BSC Internet Radio Station has been very successful. The station has a link on the BSC website.
- Dr. Blevins discussed the progress of the wireless project and informed the group that all academic buildings now have wireless access.
- Marshall University’s Nursing Masters program runs from the interactive video in the electronic classroom.
 Human Resources – Mr. David Lord
- Mr. Lord discussed the comments received concerning the by-laws distributed at the last meeting. Since a quorum was not obtained, there will be another month for comments to be received.
- Policy on Presidential Appointment and Evaluation – Mr. Lord reviewed comments and informed the group that this policy will be included as an action item at November’s BOG meeting.
- Two additional policies have been presented to the College Council and will be presented to the BOG in November for approval for a 30 day comment period.
Upper-Classman Presentation – Mr. Dennis Johnson
 Mr. Johnson reviewed some marketing efforts and played a television advertisement that ran recently. He invited all in attendance to walk through the facility to view the progress made in the past year.  Mr. Johnson discussed the benefit of marketing the College to students in a wider geographic area with the availability of student housing.  Discussion followed.
 Dr. Mirsky asked that the group consider canceling the December BOG meeting. Chairman Kantor agreed to consider this request at the November meeting.
Next Meeting Date – November 16, 2006
  With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Anita Barilla

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