|BSC/Community Singers to Present Patriotic Musical Program July 1 at War Memorial Building in Princeton||Tuesday, June 26 2012||BSC/Community Singers to Present Patriotic Musical Program July 1 at War Memorial Building in Princeton||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College/Community Singers will present the musical program "Those Who Served," celebrating America's freedom, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 2012 at the War Memorial Building in Princeton. The BSC/Community Singers is comprised of residents from Mercer and Tazewell Counties.
The program will feature a variety of songs, including "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee Greenwood; Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," and "America, the Beautiful." Of special interest will be the hymns of the Armed Services groups—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. "The program is a special activity of the Choir and Bluefield State College to honor those who have served to guarantee our life of freedom in America," observed Don Kensinger, the Choir Director.
There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. The War Memorial museum will also be open to the public.
|New River and Bluefield State Collaborate to Provide Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education||Tuesday, June 12 2012||New River and Bluefield State Collaborate to Provide Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education||
(BECKLEY, W. VA.)— Bluefield State College (BSC) and New River Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Elementary Education Collaborative Program. The agreement was signed by Dr. Tom Blevins, president of BSC, and Dr. Ted D. Spring, president of New River, on Monday, June 11, according to a joint announcement from the schools.
The agreement will provide New River students a seamless transfer into School of Education at Bluefield State and will allow them to complete their coursework for the bachelor's degree close to home.
"Bluefield State College and New River have a long history of cooperation in the interest of our students," Spring commented. This agreement underscores our continuing efforts to remove barriers for students seeking a high quality, low cost education in our region. New River graduates can transfer anywhere. This opportunity allows them to stay right here in southeastern West Virginia to continue their education."
Beginning with the fall semester of 2012, Bluefield State College will deliver one to four courses per semester, as needed, to students in the Collaborative Program on weekends, weekdays, or evenings via traditional on-site courses and/or distance learning technologies. New River will provide appropriate classrooms for delivery of these courses, if needed. BSC will deliver the program at New River's Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg and at the Public Higher Education Center in Beaver.
"Because West Virginia now has an active community college system, it is incumbent upon baccalaureate colleges to make reciprocity agreements with local community colleges and to expand their outreach," Blevins said. "We are very happy with the efforts of Dr. Lucie Refsland with New River and BSC, and Dr. Betsy Steenken, interim dean of the School of Education, BSC, and we believe that this agreement with New River Community and Technical College is the beginning of an excellent relationship. We hope to move forward with other program articulations in the near future."
Bluefield State College is a member institution of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
New River Community and Technical College is a member institution of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. New River serves nine counties in southeast and south central West Virginia from locations in Beckley, Lewisburg, Ghent, Princeton and Summersville. Administrative offices are located in Beckley.
|Virginia Western Community College and Bluefield State College Sign Articulation Agreement for Business Programs||Wednesday, June 06 2012||Virginia Western Community College and Bluefield State College Sign Articulation Agreement for Business Programs||
In addition to guaranteed admission, high-achieving transfer students will receive in-state tuition
ROANOKE — Virginia Western Community College and Bluefield State College signed an articulation agreement today that will result in a seamless and cost-effective transition between the two institutions for students majoring in business programs.
Virginia Western students completing their Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degrees in accounting and business management, and in business management with specializations in human resource management or marketing; or their Associate of Science (A.S.) in business administration will be guaranteed admission in those Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs at Bluefield State's W. Paul Cole Jr. School of Business. As part of the agreement, Bluefield State will offer scholarships for Virginia Western students earning a 3.0 grade-point average so they will be able to attend the West Virginia college at the in-state tuition rate.
"This agreement is a natural fit because it brings together two colleges that hold accreditations by the Council for Business Schools and Programs, providing students a clear route to careers in business," said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, president of Virginia Western. "Bluefield State's close proximity to our region and the possibility of in-state tuition means we will continue to provide affordability and accessibility to higher education for our students."
Bluefield State has also established a Metro tuition and fees rate for students from nearby locations in Virginia. Virginia Western graduates will be eligible for this reduced tuition as long as the meet program admission guidelines and earn a 2.0-2.99 grade-point average.
In addition to classroom instruction, Bluefield State offers numerous online classes with livestreaming. Students can see everything the professor does in class, including the use of multiple advance technologies. This will allow Virginia Western graduates to overcome some the challenges related to the colleges' distance from each other.
"Because West Virginia now has an active community college system, it is incumbent upon baccalaureate colleges to make reciprocity agreements with local community colleges and to expand their outreach," said Dr. Tom Blevins, president of Bluefield State. "We are very happy with the efforts of Dr. Steve Bourne (Dean of the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business) and we believe that this agreement with Virginia Western Community College is the beginning of an excellent relationship."
ABOUT VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
With more than 13,000 students on the college's main campus in Southwest Roanoke City, to our satellite locations at the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Downtown Roanoke, Greenfield Education & Training Center in Daleville, and the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount, Virginia Western Community College is committed to providing affordable, accessible, and quality educational opportunities and workforce training to meet individual, community, and global needs. To learn more, visit www.virginiawestern.edu.
ABOUT BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
Bluefield State College provides an affordable, accessible education to a diverse student body. The College features strong, career-focused programs of study that are designed to equip graduates for solid, fulfilling careers. Fourteen different degree programs hold program-specific national accreditation, and the College is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Approximately 2,000 students attend BSC and many utilize the opportunity to take classes through a variety of distance learning modalities. To learn more, visit bluefieldstate.edu.
|BSC Announces 2012 Spring Semester President's and Dean's Lists||Wednesday, June 06 2012||BSC Announces 2012 Spring Semester President's and Dean's Lists||
(Bluefield)— The Bluefield State College 2012 Spring Semester President's and Dean's Lists have been announced. One hundred forty-six students earned President's recognition, and an additional 268 students merited inclusion in the Dean's List.
President's List students achieved at least a 3.80 grade point average and successfully completed at least 12 Spring Semester 2012 hours. Dean's List students achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and successfully completed at least 12 Spring Semester 2012 hours.
|BSC Hosts Five Mercer County School's Academic Competitions During 2011-12 School Year||Monday, June 04 2012||BSC Hosts Five Mercer County School's Academic Competitions During 2011-12 School Year||
(Bluefield)—A collaborative effort involving Mercer County Schools and Bluefield State College has provided elementary and middle school students opportunities for academic competition within the larger context of a visit to a college campus.
As the school year draws to a close, many of the best and brightest students in the Mercer County School system traveled to BSC to compete for titles in Spelling Bee, Math Field Day, Reading Bee, and two Battle of the Books events.
Dr. Thomas Blevins, Bluefield State College Interim President, was grateful for opportunity provided to BSC to serve as a host site for these programs. "These teachers and students, along with their families, bring a lot of excitement to the campus," he noted. "Learning is a lifelong endeavor, and these young men and women are well on their way to success in their studies and in their careers."
Dr. Deborah Akers, Mercer County Schools Superintendent, added, "Bluefield State College provides us an excellent venue for programs and competitions, and also gives our students a glimpse of a college campus and campus life."
Most of the competitions begin and end in the auditorium of the Basic Science Building, with multiple classrooms utilized to host preliminary rounds of the events.
|BSC Teacher Education Program Students Presents their Work||Monday, May 07 2012||BSC Teacher Education Program Students Presents their Work||
|BSC Employee Recognition Program Salutes Outstanding Performance||Friday, May 04 2012||BSC Employee Recognition Program Salutes Outstanding Performance||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College Foundation's "Outstanding Classified Employee" awards for 2012 were presented to Joyce Brown (Administrative Assistant) and Paul Rutherford (Director of Purchasing) during the annual "BSC Employees Recognition Program" program at Fincastle Country Club. Both honorees received a plaque and BSC Foundation monetary award of $500 at the ceremony. BSC Interim President Dr. Thomas Blevins and the College's Human Resources Director Christina Brogdon made the presentations.
During the ceremony, Classified Emeritus status was awarded to Mr. Ralph Patsel; Faculty Emeritus status was awarded to Dr. Betty Rader, Deborrah Pittman, Frank Hart, John Sage, and Dr. Jim Voelker, and; Administrator Emeritus status was awarded to Dr. Betty Rader, Dr. James O'Hara, Wanda Moore, and (posthumously) to Dr. William Brothers.
The College also recognized this year's retirees, including Dr. Frank Ball, Frank Hart, Jenay Leedy, Lydia Milam, Dr. Howard Wade, and Dr. Garrett Olmsted. The Endowed Greg Shrewsberry Staff Leadership Service Award was presented to Michele Noe and the Endowed William B. Goodman Faculty Service Leadership Award was presented to Julie Orr.
Additionally, employees were recognized upon the completion of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to BSC.
|BSC Earth Day Expo Attracts Exhibitors and Attendees||Friday, May 04 2012||BSC Earth Day Expo Attracts Exhibitors and Attendees||
(Bluefield)—A wide variety of exhibits and a steady stream of visitors highlighted Bluefield State College's Earth Day observance, coordinated by the BSC campus organization—The EnviroMentalists.
Topics covered during the program included "House Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement," "Carbon Footprints," "Earth Day History," "Watershed and Stream Pollution," "Recycling," "Effects of Plastic Bags on the Environment," "Environmental Classic Books," and "Study Abroad" opportunities.
"There was an educational dynamic in a fun-based setting throughout the observance," noted Dr. Martha Eborall, BSC Professor of Biology and one of the faculty advisors for the EnviroMentalists. "Participants registered for eco-friendly door prizes, received free Earth Day t-shirts from the BSC Coalition Against Tobacco, took part in an Earth Day Jeopardy game, and had the option of assisting with a fund-raising initiative for Heifer International and more. BSC's Blue Wave Café offered a vegetarian menu for lunch.
Tractor Supply provided young chickens for a display, and educational materials were furnished by the National Committee for the New River and the New River Watershed Roundtable. Cole Chevrolet placed a Chevrolet Volt electric car on display. A watershed model exhibit was available through the Bluestone Conservatory, and the BSC School of Arts & Sciences and EnviroMentalists supplied free reusable bags. Jim Phillips, a naturalist at Pipestem Resort State Park, educated participants about eagle conservation. BSC's Phi Sigma Zeta sorority staffed an informational booth on air pollution and BSC's library displayed books on the environment. Mel Saunders from the City of Bluefield's Recycling Program was also on hand to detail recycling opportunities.
"We are grateful to everyone who took part in the day's activities," Dr. Eborall added, "and we are very appreciative of the work of Joan Buchanan (Director of Student Activities), the volunteer assistance from the students in my Environmental Science class and the financial support from community businesses."
|BSC’s Regional Technology Conference Makes “The Virtual Connection”||Friday, May 04 2012||BSC’s Regional Technology Conference Makes “The Virtual Connection”||
Bluefield)--Several area educators attended the first Bluefield State College Regional Technology Conference, April 25-27 at BSC. The conference, “Making the Virtual Connection” provided an opportunity to consider how the latest educational technology can be used in the classroom.
Dr. John Burton, Professor in Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech, discussed his experiences in working with disadvantaged children and he detailed the future of technology and its application to help these students.
“The conference was structured to balance information sharing, targeted learning activities and collaboration with colleagues,” observed Audrey Biggs, Interim Director/BSC’s Virtual College.
Nancy Adam-Turner, BSC Staff Librarian, added, “Participants also explored examples of projects and best practices utilized at other institutions.”
Dr. Myron Anderson, Associate Professor/Education Technology at Metropolitan (CO) State University, focused on the use of technology to advance diversity during his presentation at the conference. He observed, “The information received at the conference gave attendees theoretical and practical information to solve technological issues and apply technologies in their classrooms or at their institutions. This conference took a macro look at technology and provided a platform for the larger discussion of how can we use technology to advance our higher education mission.”
|More Than 350 BSC Students Will Graduate During the College’s 115th Commencement Exercises, May 12||Friday, May 04 2012||More Than 350 BSC Students Will Graduate During the College’s 115th Commencement Exercises, May 12||
(Bluefield)—More than 350 Bluefield State College students will graduate during the College's 115th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12 at the Brushfork Armory. Brigadier General Robert L. Stephens, Jr. (US Army Retired) will deliver the keynote address.
General Stephens retired from the Army after more than 30 years, during which he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Award, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon his retirement from the Army in 1993, he was appointed to the post of Director of Personnel for the State of West Virginia. He currently serves as Vice President for External Relations and Executive Assistant to the President at Clayton State University. He is a two-time recipient of the "Distinguished West Virginian Award," and he is a member and past chair of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State University Foundation. General Stephens was born in Welch, WV and is a graduate of West Virginia State University.
The valedictorian of the Class of 2012 is Jason Farmer (4.0 grade point average/Baccalaureate—Radiologic Technology) and co-salutatorians (3.91 GPA) are Pamela Hanna (Baccalaureate—Education) and Gerald James (Baccalaureate--Regents Bachelor of Arts).
Members of the Bluefield State College Class of 1962 will also be recognized at the Commencement Exercises upon the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Bluefield State College. The Brian Delp Service Leadership Award and the BSC Foundation Outstanding Faculty Award will also be presented during the program.
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