|"Blue & Gold Extravaganza” on April 19 Unites Bluefield State College and Community to Support & Celebrate Academic Opportunity||Tuesday, February 05 2013||"Blue & Gold Extravaganza” on April 19 Unites Bluefield State College and Community to Support & Celebrate Academic Opportunity||
(Bluefield)—The annual Bluefield State College "Blue & Gold Extravaganza" on Friday, April 19, 2013 will bring together residents from the local and College community for a night of spirited fun and generous giving. It begins at 7 p.m. at Fincastle On The Mountain in Bluefield, VA.
Betty Carroll, Executive Director of the BSC Foundation, has directed organizational efforts for the event. "The auction proceeds will benefit the Bluefield State College Foundation's unrestricted annual fund," she observed. "This fund provides emergency loans for students, underwrites employees' participation in professional workshops, and addresses opportunities and challenges for BSC students throughout the year."
Bill Archer will again serve as auctioneer. "The auction is a great way to bring community members and BSC together for an evening of fun," Carroll continued. "At the same time, we are raising funds to help our students, staff and faculty."
Tickets purchased prior to the event cost $20 each (tickets at the door--$25), and entitle the holder to two beverages and an array of delicious offerings. "Fincastle On The Mountain" is a fantastic venue, and we look forward to a good time for all," Carroll noted.
Individuals and/or organizations interested in securing tickets are encouraged to contact Carroll (304-327-4031) or Lala Waters (304-327-4235). Tickets will also be available at the door.
|BSC and Regis College Sign Memorandum of Understanding, Creating Nuclear Medicine Educational Opportunities for BSC Students||Tuesday, February 05 2013||BSC and Regis College Sign Memorandum of Understanding, Creating Nuclear Medicine Educational Opportunities for BSC Students||
(Bluefield)—At first glance, Regis College in Boston, MA appears to be several hundred miles from Bluefield State College and Montcalm High School. However, for David Gilmore, Chair for Medical Imaging at Regis and Program Director for Nuclear Medicine, his career path would not have been possible without the foundation he received while a student at the Mercer County institutions.
Gilmore, who has been recently named the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at Regis, returned to the area recently to meet with BSC Radiologic Technology Program Director Melissa Haye and Angela Lambert, Dean of the BSC School of Nursing & Allied Health. Through a series of discussions, BSC and Regis have entered into a memorandum of understanding with intentions to create an agreement by which Bluefield State Rad. Tech students interested in obtaining licensure in nuclear medicine will be able to obtain their Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine at BSC and attend Regis in Boston for two semesters beginning in September, participate in clinical rotations at one of the Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals. BSC will become an academic affiliate of the Regis College Nuclear Medicine Technology program, allowing students to obtain their degree from BSC and have the opportunity to learn, practice, and live in Boston without the expense of New England. Students will finish their clinical rotations after a year in Boston back in southern West Virginia/southwestern Virginia.
"This process has been so exciting from the beginning," noted Melissa Haye, BSC Radiologic Technology program director. "I am always looking for new opportunities for our graduates to gain other certifications, and this was perfect. It also allows our graduates to see that someone from our area can accomplish many things with the foundation that we here at BSC provide to them. Working with David has been a joy and I look forward to a great partnership between Regis and BSC for many years to come."
"There's no way I would be where I am today without the education, training, and encouragement I received at Bluefield State College and at the local hospitals," Gilmore recounted. "When I graduated from Montcalm High School, I was faced with the question of 'what will I do with my life?' and I decided to apply for the Rad. Tech program at BSC. I encountered a great opportunity at both Bluefield Regional Medical Center and at Princeton Community Hospital that created the passion in medical imaging and opened the door to me to do rotations in nuclear medicine. For me, once I rotated in Nuclear Medicine I knew this was a career path for me."
For Gilmore, the closest nuclear medicine program at that time was at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. "I had a great mentor there who pushed me to further my education and become involve in the professional organizations", he continued. After Nuclear Medicine school, I took a job in Roanoke and finished my bachelor's degree. Being involved in the professional societies is what continued to develop my career. I started working at DuPont Pharmaceuticals in the positions of sales and Applications Specialist by which I would work with physicians how to use new radioactive materials in imaging." DuPont gave Gilmore the opportunity to finish my master's degree in education from Virginia Tech.
"That's when discussions with Bluefield State College began," he said. "Melissa Haye called and we talked about ways to create a licensing program for nuclear medicine that could be available for Bluefield State College students since the new state law requiring licensure for individuals practicing Nuclear Medicine. Roanoke Memorial Hospital had closed its nuclear medicine program and the only regional option for BSC's Rad. Tech and Radiologic Sciences graduates to pursue nuclear medicine licensure was several hours away."
Concurrently, the new president & CEO at Regis, Dr. Antoinette Hays, was receptive to the possibility of partnering with Bluefield State College. "She decided to give it a try," Gilmore stated. "Meanwhile, Dr. Lewis Jones (BSC Provost) and the stakeholders at BSC continued to work with Regis as we began to think outside the box to develop ways to help Bluefield State students get the proper educational requirements in nuclear medicine for licensure. The result—the new collaborative program between BSC and Regis."
"I received an excellent education from Bluefield State College and it prepared me very well for my future," Gilmore added. "I am example of the fact that you don't have to be from a wealthy background to succeed. There are opportunities for all of us, and this program will provide opportunities for some deserving students from Bluefield State." Gilmore is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
|BSC Faculty Member’s Scholarly Research Finds Print in Two National Publications||Monday, February 04 2013||BSC Faculty Member’s Scholarly Research Finds Print in Two National Publications||(Bluefield)— A Bluefield State College faculty member's research encompassing more than three years' study involving college students perceptions of drug and alcohol problems has been published.
Dr. Robert Lowinger's research initiative, entitled "College Students' Perceptions of Severity and Willingness to Seek Psychological Help for Alcohol Problems" was published in the College Student Journal, December 2012 issue. "This research yielded several interesting findings," noted Dr. Lowinger, BSC Assistant Professor of Psychology. "In the past, drugs and alcohol problems have been linked together. However, our research pointed to the fact that students see drugs as a serious problem, but often view alcohol problems as 'not a big deal.'"
Additionally, Dr. Lowinger's research summary, "The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD in New York City Transit Workers: A Preliminary Evaluation," was published in the December 2012 issue of North American Journal of Psychology. It examines the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy, whereby false beliefs and misperceptions held by an individual, when challenged constructively, can help to correct behavior that had been based on those false beliefs.
|BSC Receives $12K Scholarship Gift from “Annie and Willie Foundation”||Friday, February 01 2013||BSC Receives $12K Scholarship Gift from “Annie and Willie Foundation”||
(Bluefield)—A $12,000 gift from the "Annie and Willie Foundation" will provide scholarship opportunities for two Bluefield State College students, according to Betty Carroll, BSC's Director of Institutional Advancement and Planning.
The Foundation will fund two two-year scholarships of $3,000 per year per scholarship. One general scholarship will be awarded, with the other scholarship to be presented to a physically-challenged, mobility-impaired, or re-entry student.
"Scholarship gifts are so important to our students," noted Carroll. "BSC's students depend on scholarship help to begin, then to remain in school and graduate. The scholarship support from the Annie and Willie Foundation will make a significant difference for the students who receive the scholarships."
Bluefield State College recently received scholarship funds from the Winston-Salem, NC-based Annie & Willie Foundation. Students will be notified of the process and timeline for submitting scholarship applications, according to Carroll.
|Family Literacy Night at the Wade Center||Thursday, January 31 2013||Family Literacy Night at the Wade Center||
Jessica McDaniel, Director of the Wade Center emphasized the contribution of the BSC students to the night's success, adding that it was a great opportunity for parents and families to participate in their children's learning.
Becky Peery, principal of Memorial, also said that it was an excellent opportunity for parents, students, BSC future teachers and the community to collaborate. She added that presentations were designed to enrich and benefit students with engaging hands-on activities.
Family Literacy Night has become an annual event in which area schools and BSC senior education students collaborate to increase literacy awareness for students and their families.
|Concord University and Bluefield State College Collaborating on Efficiency Strategies||Wednesday, January 30 2013||Concord University and Bluefield State College Collaborating on Efficiency Strategies|
|Black History Month Events Announced at Bluefield State College||Wednesday, January 30 2013||Black History Month Events Announced at Bluefield State College|
|United Way Now Taking Appointments for Volunteers Income Tax Assistance||Wednesday, January 23 2013||United Way Now Taking Appointments for Volunteers Income Tax Assistance||
The United Way of the Virginias is partnering with Bluefield State College and Concord University students to provide FREE volunteer income tax assistance. The site at Concord University will open Tuesday, February 5th and will be located in the library. The Bluefield State College site will open Thursday, February 7th and will be located in The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business. The United Way will also be offering the service at other locations around Mercer County, including at its NEW office located inside First Community Bank on Federal Street in Bluefield, WV. The service is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Beginning, January 23rd, appointments can be made by contacting the United Way of the Virginias at 304-323-3300 Monday through Friday between 9am and 2pm. If you receive a recording please leave a message and allow at least 2 business days for your call to be returned.
|Bluefield State College Spring 2013 General Registration Extended thru January 22||Thursday, January 17 2013||Bluefield State College Spring 2013 General Registration Extended thru January 22||
NOTICE:: BSC Spring Semester General Registgration has been extended through Tuesday, January 22, 2013. (Updated January 17, 2013)
|BSC Announces Dean's and President's Lists for Fall 2012 Semester||Tuesday, January 15 2013||BSC Announces Dean's and President's Lists for Fall 2012 Semester||
(Bluefield)—One hundred forty-one Bluefield State College students earned "President's List" recognition, and 268 students received "Dean's List" honors for their academic performance during the Fall 2012 Semester.
To be eligible for the "President's List," a student must be degree-seeking, carry a minimum of 12 semester hours and earn a grade point average for the semester of 3.8 or better. "Dean's List" students must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours and earn a grade point average for the semester of 3.25 or better.
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