|BSC Sign Agreement to Establish Associate of Applied Science Program in Occupational Development--Child Care Practitioner||Wednesday, June 04 1997||BSC Sign Agreement to Establish Associate of Applied Science Program in Occupational Development--Child Care Practitioner||
In response to an increasing demand for qualified child care professionals, Bluefield State College has established an "Associate Degree in Occupational Development--Child Care Practitioner," in affiliation with the Child Care Development Specialist Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). Representatives of BSC, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, WV Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist, Mercer County Economic Opportunities Corporation, Princeton Community Hospital, The Council of the Southern Mountains/McDowell County Head Start, and Greenbrier County Head Start participated in an agreement-signing ceremony at the College. Dr. Betty Rader, BSC Provost, noted, "This program meets the guidelines of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. It involves 300 hours of classroom instruction and 4,000 hours of on-the-job training." The 64-credit hour program is designed for students who complete the RAP in Child Care Development Specialist and required college coursework. Dana Daugherty, State Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, added, "This AAS degree program will complement the occupational specialty classroom education and on-the-job training already available through apprenticeship programs at selected County Head Start programs by providing general studies and technical support knowledge and skills." Selected county Head Start programs have requested implementation of this degree program, citing the continuing need for better educated aides and other child care workers, Daugherty observed. Recent welfare reform legislation ensures that, as former welfare recipients enter the workplace, more child care facilities will be started to provide day care for the increasing number of small children needing such care. "Graduates of the Occupational Development--Child Care Practitioner program will provide competent, caring employees to staff these facilities," he concluded. In addition to Daugherty and Rader, other participants in the signing ceremony included Dr. Robert Moore (BSC President), Cynthia Beal (Chairperson, WV Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist), Webster Gilbreath (Program Manager/Mercer County Economic Opportunities Corporation), Willa Whittaker (Director/Princeton Community Hospital Day Care Center), Helen K. Carson, Director of Health & Education, The Council of the Southern Mountains McDowell County Head Start), and Terri Wontrobski (Director/Greenbrier County Head Start).
|Carey Woods Named New Women's Hoop Coach, Director of Intramurals at BSC||Tuesday, June 03 1997||Carey Woods Named New Women's Hoop Coach, Director of Intramurals at BSC||A highly-successful women's head basketball coach from within the West Virginia Conference is moving to Bluefield State College to succeed Tom Jessee as head coach of the Lady Blues. Carey Woods, whose Davis and Elkins Lady Senators were in the thick of the WVIAC championship battle last season, will take over a BSC program that has posted a 177-85 mark during the past nine seasons under Jessee. After coaching BSC to four WVIAC championships and NAIA national tournament appearances twice, Jessee submitted his resignation earlier this year to move to Florida, where his wife will complete her medical residency requirements after her recent graduation from the West Virginia School for Osteopathic Medicine and he will continue coaching. The Lady Blues posted a 17-win campaign last year, and return several veterans including guards Jennifer Douglas, Wendy Black, and Deneeka Burs, along with baseline players Shelley White and Leslie Roberts. Woods will also serve as BSC Director of Intramurals and head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams.|
|Advisory Committee for GCCC's Lodging Operations Program Provides Input||Monday, June 02 1997||Advisory Committee for GCCC's Lodging Operations Program Provides Input||The Curriculum Advisory Committee for the new associate degree Lodging Operations program at the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College met recently to provide input. Advisory Committee members include Rod Stoner (The Greenbrier Resort), Ashby Berkley (Pence Springs Hotel), Tootie O'Flahery (Swift Level), Leslee McCarty (Current B and B), Marlene Ferguson (State Fair of WV), John McIlhenney (Lewisburg Visitor Center), Cary Butler (Snowshoe Mountain Resort), Nan Morgan (General Lewis Inn), Cheryl Griffith, Natalie Sandell (Creek Side), Rhonda Floyd (Super 8 Motel), Cara Hefner (Pocahontas Tourism Commission), Mary Pearl Compton (WV House of Delegates), Dr. David Perkins (GCCC Director), Dr. Lessor of mat advise the College regarding courses and content, serve as a liaison with the community to share information about the program, and assist in career placement of graduates. The establishment of the Lodging Operations Program Advisory Committee represents a significant step in strengthening the quality and usefulness of the program,'" Dr. Perkins noted. "The advice we receive will benefit both program participants and lodging employees in the Greenbrier Valley."|
|BSC Department of Nursing Co-Sponsors Ned Shott Cancer Conference||Monday, June 02 1997||BSC Department of Nursing Co-Sponsors Ned Shott Cancer Conference||The Bluefield State College Department of Nursing is one of five co-sponsors of the Ned Shott Cancer Conference, June 14, at Fincastle Country Club. The Ned Shott Cancer Conference is a resource for management of cancer patients. The conference is designed to update healthcare professionals on breast and lung cancers, management of cancer pain, Internet medical resources, and ways to improve the cancer patient's quality of life. Other sponsors include the American Cancer Society, Bluefield Regional Medical Center, and Community Hospices of America, Inc.--The Virginias. Planning committee members included Dr. Charles Olmsted (chairman), Dr. Joel Schor (vice-chair), Sherry Kincaid (ACS), Sherry M. Ciccolini (ACS), Vicki Webb (Community Hospices of America), Beth Pritchett (MSN-Bluefield State College), June Shott (BRMC), Patricia Worsham (CME coordinator), and Jay Valeyko (vice president). Advance registration is due by June 6, 1997. Additional information may be obtained by calling (304) 327-8770.|
|Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Chartered, New Initiatees Inducted, at Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC||Monday, June 02 1997||Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Chartered, New Initiatees Inducted, at Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC||Nine students have been inducted into the Beta Zeta Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College. The Beta Zeta Epsilon chapter was chartered and new chapter members inducted during a ceremony at Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, May 4. Initiates include: David Christian, Kathleen Ewing, Karen Poe, and Todd Scott (Lewisburg); Diana Greene and William Renn, II (Ronceverte); Jeffery Russell (Rupert); Lucy Bell (Maxwelton); and Charlotte Barbe (Quinwood). Michael Palm, Director/Student Support Services at GCCC, and Dr. Lucie Refsland, Associate Professor of Mathematics, are chapter advisors. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society has been recognizing student academic achievement in two-year colleges for 75 years, with chapters in all 50 states and in Canada. During Sunday's chartering/initiation ceremonies, Brady Surles, Phi Theta Kappa's regional coordinator (West Virginia/Virginia) presented the charter to Dr. David Perkins, Director of the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC.|
|May Activities Report||Friday, May 30 1997||May Activities Report||
|GCCC Summer Session, First Term, Begins May 27||Monday, May 19 1997||GCCC Summer Session, First Term, Begins May 27||
General Registration for the the first Summer Session at the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College will be conducted May 27-28 (8 a.m.- 4 p.m.). Classes begin May 27, and a May 28 deadline has been established for registration and payment of fees.
The first summer session ends June 26. Additional information and Summer 1997 schedules may be obtained by contacting the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC at (304) 645-3303.
|BSC Education Majors Participate in Program to Promote Lifetime Readers||Friday, May 16 1997||BSC Education Majors Participate in Program to Promote Lifetime Readers||
As part of the "The Reading Process," an education course at Bluefield State College, 30 students majoring in education recently participated in the "Yes! We Read Together" program, sponsored by the West Virginia State Reading Council. The program is a statewide, three-year campaign, in conjunction with the West Virginia Reading Association, dedicated to promoting lifetime readers.
Through this project, BSC students promoted literacy in a five-county region, investing approximately 300 hours' effort in work with 30 children (ages 6-12). Mitzi Litton, adjunct instructor for the course, noted, "Research has shown that a balanced reading program in which both oral and silent reading are practiced in school and out of school develops independent strategies and skills, as well as a love of reading."
"Before starting their student teaching experience, the BSC student participants were given the opportunity to understand the joys of reading to, and with, elementary age children," Litton said. The young children read stories of their own choice, then created and illustrated their own stories. Some made complete books or journals of their works. BSC education majors participating in the program included: Rebecca Bandy, Amee Barrett, Mark Beggs, Linda Britton, Michelle Carosi, Jackie Colobro, Robin Davis, Sharon Davis, Heather Farley, Mellissa Ferrell, Mona Finney, Christy Gleason, James Gray, Brandice Hatfield, Donna Henkel, Mark Jenkins, Ollena Keene, Samantha Keene, Barbara Lane, Charla Maynard, Jody Neal, Mary Rice, Kacey Rohrer, Beki Sharpe, Edwin Stress, Ellen Williams, Shonda Wilson, Kristin Winfrey, and Melissa Wolfe.
|BSC Students Gain "Hands-On" Experience in International Engineering Technology Competition||Wednesday, May 14 1997||BSC Students Gain "Hands-On" Experience in International Engineering Technology Competition||
Recently, members of the student section/International Society (ISA) for Measurement and Control at Bluefield State College traveled to Chicago to compete with student teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, and Latin America in a day-long international student competition.
BSC's electrical engineering technology students were also involved in seminars designed to provide the opportunity to put their skills to the test. Seminars included a conduit seminar and hands-on tube bending seminar, along with a glass tower demonstration.
BSC's student section team competed in the ISA Bowl, during which they answered questions on basic and advanced instrumentation and control theory and practice. The ISA Practical competition gave students two instrumentation and control exercises developed by local industry professionals.
BSC associate professor of electrical engineering technology Roy Pruett, Student Section Advisor for the Bluefield chapter, noted the BSC team finished fourth in the international competition. "Our students gained hands-on experience from the competition and also had the opportunity to meet exhibitors and potential job contacts in the future," he said. BSC students attending the Chicago program, and team members, included: Sonny Ciampanella, Kenneth Holt, Bryon Bishop, Mike Simmons, Jason Osborne, James Pruett, and Shannon Bowling.
|232 Students Receive Degrees During Associate Commencement at Bluefield State College||Saturday, May 10 1997||232 Students Receive Degrees During Associate Commencement at Bluefield State College||
Two hundred thirty-two Bluefield State College students received degrees during the Associate Degree portion of the 100th Commencement Exercises at Bluefield State College's Ned Shott Gymnasium Friday night on the BSC campus.
Jeffery Forlines, a BSC graduate and President & CEO, First Century Bank-Wytheville & Fort Chiswell, VA, delivered the Commencement Address. He told the capacity audience of 1997 graduates, their families, and their friends, "I have gained an appreciation for the rich tradition belonging to Bluefield State College. I ask you to be proud of the education you have received from Bluefield State College. I was prepared beyond my expectation."
Forlines challenged graduates to assist others seeking a college education, to believe in community, and to choose mentors who can help them along life's way. "Finally, I challenge you to understand the value of your reputation," he said. "Please ensure that, when people speak of your defining moments, the words 'integrity, value, fairness, vision, and respect' are used."
BSC President Dr. Robert Moore extended congratulations to the graduates, their families, and friends. He told the graduates, "We are confident that the contributions you will make to your region, society, and to those around you will enhance the lives of those you touch."
The Baccalaureate portion of BSC's Commencement Exercises will take place at 10 a.m. today at the Ned Shott Gym. Two hundred thirty-four students will receive degrees. The 466 graduates of BSC's class of '97 join the ranks of BSC alumni, now numbering more than 14,000.
Bluefield attorney J. Franklin Long, also a BSC graduate, will deliver Saturday's Baccalaureate Commencement Address.
Members of the BSC class of 1947 will be honored during the Baccalaureate Commencement upon the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the College.
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