|Worsham to Speak at National Historical Group Meeting||Thursday, July 10 1997||Worsham to Speak at National Historical Group Meeting||The national meeting of the Descendants of the Veterans of the Mexican War later this year will feature as its keynote speaker James Worsham, adjunct history instructor at Bluefield State College. Worsham has conducted research for his doctoral dissertation on Capt. Sam Walker, a well-known personality during the Mexican War, and a member of the "Mounted Rifles." This annual meeting will be conducted in San Antonio, TX, where Walker is buried. Additionally, The Journal of the Mexican War will feature an article in its Fall 1997 issue, written by Worsham and based upon his research at the National Archives involving the "Mounted Rifles."|
|BSC CIU Director Invited to Participate in International Economic Conference||Thursday, July 03 1997||BSC CIU Director Invited to Participate in International Economic Conference||Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi, Director of the Center for International Understanding (CIU) at Bluefield State College, has been invited to attend and participate in the second international economic conference in the Slovak Republic. The BSC CIU Director will take part in the 1997 "Slovakia in the Lines of Force of Europe and the World" program, held under the auspices of Vladimir Meciar, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, October 8-10, 1997. The conference will be attended by leading economists from European and other countries. The BSC CIU has been very active in developing customized training programs in this region for visiting business persons, professionals, governmental workers, and entrepreneurs from Slovakia.|
|More than 400 attend BSC's First New Student Orientation Session||Thursday, July 03 1997||More than 400 attend BSC's First New Student Orientation Session||Nearly 400 students and family members took part in the first of two new student orientation sessions at Bluefield State College this summer. The day-long orientation session, June 27 welcomed students and their families to BSC. The College's admissions office coordinated the event, which included sessions on advising, class registration, student affairs, student support services, the counseling and advising center, financial library services, computer services, and campus activities. Students and their families were the guests of BSCaid, academics, library services, computer services, and campus activities. Students and their families were the guests of BSC during a cookout. BSC President Dr. Robert Moore met with parents, who also took a walking tour of the campus and participated in a program structured to answer their questions about the college experience. Bluefield State College will hold its second new student and family orientation session August 8. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office at (304) 327-4065.|
|New Signage and Directories the Latest Campus Enhancement Projects at BSC||Thursday, July 03 1997||New Signage and Directories the Latest Campus Enhancement Projects at BSC||The installation of new signage and directories on Bluefield State College's Bluefield campus mark the latest in a series of campus enhancement projects at the institution. The directory and map, located next to the Rt. 52 entrance to the campus, includes a parking space adjacent to the directory, so motorists visiting the College may view the directory without leaving their vehicles. Signs adjacent to each building on BSC's Bluefield campus note the academic programs, offices, and services available within that building. Additionally, BSC is finalizing projects in a campus enhancement program. Already, the program has seen a major improvement in BSC walkways and sidewalks, campus lighting, historical markers, two patios, flowers and shrubs, and the installation of increased lighting throughout the campus. Construction personnel are concluding installation of an elevator in Conley Hall, the BSC administration building.|
|New Student Affairs Booklet Highlights Student Services at BSC||Thursday, July 03 1997||New Student Affairs Booklet Highlights Student Services at BSC||A new "Student Affairs" booklet at Bluefield State College highlights twelve coordinated programs, designed to assist students at the College. The 16-page pocket-size booklet includes information about each program within Student Affairs, briefly describing the specific services and assistance available for potential students, current students, and graduates. It was distributed to students and families at the first of two BSC new student orientation sessions, June 27, is available, free of charge, through the Student Affairs Office, (304) 327-4068. The booklet includes a campus map and telephone directory for each program -- Admissions/Enrollment Management, Athletics, Counseling and Advising Center, Educational Opportunity Center, Financial Aid, Greenbrier Community College Center, Career Planning and Job Placement, Registrar and Records, Security, Student Support Services, and Veterans Upward Bound -- within Student Affairs.|
|BSC June Activities Report||Monday, June 30 1997||BSC June Activities Report||
|"Lunch and Learn" Seminar at BSC Features Program on Stress Management||Thursday, June 26 1997||"Lunch and Learn" Seminar at BSC Features Program on Stress Management||
Participants in the June 26 "Lunch & Learn" seminar at Bluefield State College focused upon techniques for managing stress in positive ways. Betty Blevins, (BSN, MSN) Associate Professor of Nursing at BSC, directed the program.
Blevins noted, "Stress is something we have to encounter. We can't escape it. In fact," she added, "some stress moves us forward and causes us to grow. However, we don't want stress to overwhelm us."
She reviewed symptoms and external manifestations of stress, and told seminar participants that stress can accelerate the onset of physical problems like coronary heart disease. "Additionally," she said, "our immune systems don't work as well when we are stressed." She noted that one study indicated that laughter can be a stress-reducer and can enhance the efficiency of the body's immune system.
Seminar attendees took part in a series of relaxation techniques and stress relievers. The seminar was co-sponsored by the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and Bluefield State.
|BSC and BC Host Leadership Weekend||Thursday, June 26 1997||BSC and BC Host Leadership Weekend||
The Bluefield State College Campus Life Office and Bluefield College recently served as host sites for "Leadership Weekend 1997," a three-day retreat designed to cultivate and enhance leadership skills among students and staff at participating institutions of higher education.
Mark Smith, founder and president of Piftsburgh-based Penn-Mark Communications, discussed the importance and styles of leadership for college students. Marie Carter, special assistant to State College System Chancellor Dr. Clifford Trump," conducted sessions on "Lead the Leaders" and "Women in Leadership." Kat Stevens, Crisis Coordinator and Student Affairs Counselor at Fairmont State College, reviewed the program "Ethics and Morality in Leadership."
BSC presenters included Dr. Louis Barsi (Vice President of Student Affairs), Betty Fox (1996-97 SGA President), J.D. Carpenter (Director of Campus Life), Pat Wimmer (Program Assistant and Off-Campus Housing Coordinator/Campus Life), and Brianna Plum (Student Program Advisor Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC).
|BSC's Michael Jones Chairs Advisory Council of Students to State College System||Thursday, June 26 1997||BSC's Michael Jones Chairs Advisory Council of Students to State College System||
Michael Jones, a Bluefield State College accounting major, has been elected chairman of the Advisory Council of Students (ACS) to the State College System of West Virginia. A former resident of the McDowell County community of Isaban, Jones was elected to the post at the June 9 ACS meeting in Charleston.
As the ACS chair, Jones will hold a voting seat on the State College System Board of Directors. "I will get input from the ACS representatives at other Colleges in the State College System, and from Bluefield State, so I may represent the views of students on a statewide basis at Board meetings," he commented.
The 20-year old Jones is one of the youngest chairs in ACS history. ACS' major issues for the 1997-98 academic year include the availability of financial aid, maintaining lines of communication with state legislators, continuing improvements in campus access for student with disabilities, and improving awareness of ACS among students throughout the nine-college State College System.
A Princeton High School graduate, Jones sees the '97-'98 academic year as one filled with opportunity. "I'm excited about being in a position to serve the students of the state, bringing their views and priorities to the Board of Directors," he said.
|BSC Receives Approval to Offer New Degree Program in "Aquaculture"||Tuesday, June 24 1997||BSC Receives Approval to Offer New Degree Program in "Aquaculture"||
Bluefield State College has received approval from the State College System of West Virginia to offer an associate degree program in aquaculture (fish farming), beginning with the Fall 1997 Semester.
The aquaculture program, which will be taught through BSC's Beckley Campus with aquaculture-specific courses to be offered on site at Minaqua's Lillybrook operation, is the first of its kind in West Virginia.
The restricted enrollment, two-year program is designed to cultivate graduates' "skills in technology, critical thinking, computer literacy and communication necessary in aquaculture." Aquaculture has been identified as an emerging industry with excellent employment prospects within southern and southeast West Virginia, according to results of research into employment opportunities within the industry.
"The future of aquaculture in the United States is bright and expansion is expected to continue," noted Aquaculture Magazine Buyer's Guide 1996. "The demand for aquaculture products will continue to remain high because the wild fish harvest has reached its limit and aquaculture is the only means of producing the supply of products needed by the consumer."
BSC and the West Virginia Department of Education have been involved in a cooperative relationship since the initial stages of the aquaculture program's planning and development. Representatives from the aquaculture industry have also been involved as partners in the planning process. The aquaculture program will be administered as a degree program of the Division of Engineering Technology and Computer Science.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the BSC Office of Admissions at (304) 327-4065.
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