|Bluefield State College Model UN Participates in 2013 American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, Illinois||Wednesday, December 04 2013||Bluefield State College Model UN Participates in 2013 American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, Illinois||
The Bluefield State College Model United Nations team participated in the 2013 American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago, Illinois from November 23-26. This year, the BSC Model UN team represented the Republic of Namibia, a sub-Saharan country which achieved its independence in 1990 and which sits astride the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent to Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Representing the BSC Model UN team this year were Dennis Whitlow, Permanent Representative and member of the General Assembly Third Committee and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; Amy Pritt, member of the General Assembly Second Committee and the General Assembly Third Committee; Devante Webb, member of the General Assembly First Committee and the General Assembly Fourth Committee; Samuel Dennah, Jr., member of the General Assembly First Committee and member of the General Assembly Plenary (Concurrent); and James Irvin, member of the General Assembly Fourth Committee and the General Assembly Plenary (Concurrent).
An intense debate ensued in the General Assembly Plenary over the issue of consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa by 2015. A resolution written and proposed by BSC's delegate representing Namibia, Samuel Dennah, Jr., served as a vehicle for a subsequent modified resolution which eventually received majority support and was passed. As well, Mr. Dennah was responsible for the successful passing of another resolution in committee. Likewise, three resolutions supported by BSC delegate James Irvin, representing the country of Namibia, were passed successfully in the General Assembly Fourth Committee, each dealing with the peaceful uses of outer space. These five successful resolutions went on for consideration before the final Plenary committee with three of them passing—one from Mr. Dennah and two from Mr. Irvin. Given that the Plenary final committee only passed five total resolutions, it is notable that three of them were either sponsored or co-sponsored by BSC delegates Samuel Dennah, Jr. or James Irvin.
With over 1,450 participants from over 97 colleges and universities fielding teams in this year's Conference, Professor Brian Endless of Loyola University of Chicago, who started the AMUN Conferences 24 years ago, said that this was the biggest turnout since the recession of 2008-2009.
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers served as the venue for the Conference, and the weather was especially cold this year in the windy city, though with only a little snow on Monday, November 25th. A number of graduate school and law school recruiters were present, as usual, to entice delegates into their programs.
For additional information, contact BSC Model UN Director Colin S. Cavell, Ph.D. at email@example.com or 304-327-4034.
|National Gamma Beta Phi Society Executive Director Delivers Featured Address at BSC Gamma Chapter Fall Induction Ceremony||Tuesday, December 03 2013||National Gamma Beta Phi Society Executive Director Delivers Featured Address at BSC Gamma Chapter Fall Induction Ceremony||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College chapter of Gamma Beta Phi, a national coeducational honor and service society, held its Fall 2013 new member induction ceremony recently at the College. Jimmy McNutt, Gamma's National Executive Director, was the keynote speaker, addressing attendees that included 12 new BSC chapter inductees. This year's ceremony focused upon the importance of community service, with an emphasis on the core beliefs of the Society—Scholarship, Character, and Service.
The BSC scholars inducted into the 2013 class of Gamma Beta Phi included: Morgan Farley, Charles Gibson, Makenzie Long, Courtney Marcus, Maggie Miller, Vicki Starling, Kayla York, James Kyle Bowling, William E. Gearhart, Jr., Maryann Alice Jordan, Jerry Perdue, and Felicia Dawn Redden.
To be selected for membership into Gamma Beta Phi, a student must be in the top 20 percent of his or her class and be committed to excellence in education, to good character, and to service.
|Community Foundation of the Virginias Presents Campus Enhancement Gift to Bluefield State College||Wednesday, November 20 2013||Community Foundation of the Virginias Presents Campus Enhancement Gift to Bluefield State College||
|BSC Receives $10K Grant to Help Adult Students Complete Journey to Graduation||Friday, November 15 2013||BSC Receives $10K Grant to Help Adult Students Complete Journey to Graduation||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College has received a $10,000 grant to launch a program focused upon helping adult learners graduate from college. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's (HEPC) statewide "Degree Now" program announced the award recently.
BSC's grant, titled the "Adult Scholars' Program," will identify and reach the target audience of adult learners who have earned at least 67 hours of college credit with at least a 2.5 grade point average. "The program will offer a foundational summer course that assists these adult learners' transition back into college, and strategies to create a sense of belonging and community with other adult learners who share the same challenges and dreams," noted Dr. Sarita Rhonemus, BSC's Director of Outreach Programs.
The proposal also addresses obstacles like financial challenges, lack of career goals, and strategies for handling multiple life responsibilities while attending college—primary factors cited by adult students as reasons for discontinuing their journey toward a college degree.
"College access and degree attainment are truly 'life changers' for the adult students we currently serve and for those we hope to serve," added Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC President. "The Adult Scholars' Program will expand the opportunity for these very deserving adult students to learn, graduate, and succeed. Thanks to this wonderful support from HEPC's "Degree Now," adult students will have access to additional resources at Bluefield State to help them successfully complete their college degree."
The Adult Scholars' Program will be launched at Bluefield State College during June 2014, and applications will be accepted during the Spring 2014 semester. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Rhonemus at 304-327-4096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ACES Art & Graphics Design Contest Rules are Announced||Wednesday, November 13 2013||ACES Art & Graphics Design Contest Rules are Announced||
Recently, The National Collegiate Athletic Association awarded an ACES (Alcohol Choices Education for Students) grant to Bluefield State College to develop an alcohol education campaign led by student athletes and other student, staff and faculty leaders for the benefit of all BSC students, faculty, staff and alumni.
As part of this campaign, the ACES Marketing Committee will be accepting entries for selection of a design that will be used as the primary image used for the ACES program. Other images will be selected as well to be used on flyers and other materials that will be developed to promote this campaign and its events. The contest is open to all Faculty, Staff and Students.
All submissions should be in no later than December 2, 2013 by 12:00 pm and should either be emailed to Kim Reed at email@example.com or delivered to Dickason Hall, room 123B. The ACES Marketing Committee will select winners before the end of this semester.
This is a new and very important program for the BSC Community and we hope to see many participants show us their artistic abilities.
If you have any questions, call Kim Reed at 304-327-4114.
|“Sabika Bingo” Program November 15 to Raise Scholarship Funds for Bluefield State College Students||Friday, November 01 2013||“Sabika Bingo” Program November 15 to Raise Scholarship Funds for Bluefield State College Students||
(Bluefield)—It's a "jewel" of an idea. A "Sabika Bingo" night, November 15 at Bluefield State College, will raise scholarship funds for BSC students. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Hebert Gallery/Harris-Jefferson Student Center on the College's campus, with doors opening at 5 p.m.
Attendees will compete for more than $2,000 worth of the very popular Sabika Jewelry throughout the evening's bingo contests, door prizes and raffles. Tickets ($20 for 20 games/2nd set for $10). Funds raised will be deposited in a recently established scholarship program that helps students who need special financial assistance to complete their final year of college and graduate. The "Krotseng Challenge" program provides a dollar-for-dollar match to funds raised to assist students who are nearing the completion of their degree requirements while facing financial and life challenges that threaten to interrupt or derail their academic pursuits.
"Funds for student scholarships and ultimately student success have a large impact upon our students, especially in these economic times," noted Shelia Johnson, BSC's Vice President of Financial & Administrative Affairs. "The campus community has already invested time and effort to set the stage for a successful bingo program, and with the various prizes we have for this event, it will be another great day for BSC."
Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng, BSC President, and her husband, Mr. Lee Krotseng, have donated $10,000 for initiatives that emphasize increasing students' degree completion, including the Big Blue Scholars Program, advising awards, and seed funds toward the "Go for Graduation" endowed scholarship, explained Betty Carroll, BSC's Director of Institutional Advancement and Planning. "Dr. and Mr. Krotseng are also challenging BSC alumni, faculty, staff, and local community to match their $10,000 gift by the College's May 17, 2014 commencement. If that amount is matched, Dr. and Mr. Krotseng will make another $10,000 matching gift.
|Bluefield State College Model UN Releases “Welcome to BSC Model UN” PowerPoint Presentation||Tuesday, October 29 2013||Bluefield State College Model UN Releases “Welcome to BSC Model UN” PowerPoint Presentation||
The Bluefield State College Model UN has released a PowerPoint Presentation (PPP) entitled "Welcome to BSC Model UN" to help explain what Model United Nations is and to invite students to join the BSC Model UN team. The PPP is 42 minutes long and is automatically self-advancing, as well as programmed to play in a continuous loop until manually stopped. The PPP explains the genesis and purpose of the United Nations, created after WWII; the founding documents, including the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the history of the Model UN; the primary activities of the BSC Model UN, including participating in the American Model UN International Conference every November in Chicago, hosting the BSC Model UN Conference on the BSC campus every December, and either participating in a Model UN Conference in New York City in the Spring or another similar conference or visiting the UN Headquarters in New York City. Texts, Course Content, and Learning Outcomes are also described. Regional high school Model UN directors will be receiving copies of the "Welcome to BSC Model UN" PPP shortly along with their invitations to participate in this year's BSC Model UN Conference on the BSC campus on December 17th and 18th, 2013.
All are invited to view the "Welcome to BSC Model UN" at the following link: http://webservices.bluefieldstate.edu/Presentations/Welcome%20to%20BSC%20Model%20UN%20final%20showtime%20loop.mp4
For further information, contact BSC Model UN Director Colin S. Cavell, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-327-4034.
|BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students in Beckley Participate in Community-Connected Initiatives||Monday, October 28 2013||BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students in Beckley Participate in Community-Connected Initiatives||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver have augmented their classroom experience with a guest speaker and a pair of community services initiatives during October.
BSC ADN Beckley students in their first semester took part in a health fair for Raleigh General Hospital’s “Senior Friends” on October 16. Students rotated among responsibilities that included greeting & registration, blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, administering more than 200 flu vaccines. “Until this event, these students’ learning has taken place in the nursing lab, so this was their first ‘hands on’ patient care experience,” noted Deborah Tonelli, BSC ADN Assistant Professor of Nursing. “It was gratifying to see these new students set aside some initial hesitation as they gained confidence and began interacting with patients.”
On October 17, third semester BSC ADN students were treated to a guest speaker, Angela Reedy, RN Case Manager from Raleigh General Hospital. Reedy discussed the role of case management in the hospital setting, stressing the importance of nursing documentation in patient care. She also addressed the need for providing resources to patients upon their discharge from the hospital and discussed the importance of documentation to the financial reimbursement process for the facility.
Later that day, first and second-year ADN students from Beckley participated in McNurses Night at the Beckley Plaza-area McDonald’s Restaurant. Students provided blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, and information on healthy nutrition choices. “A few students even worked alongside McDonald’s employees behind the counter,” Tonelli added.
“McDonald’s owner Myra Harper and her staff are always very receptive about working with our students to provide community service and educational opportunities,” Tonelli said. Students were given a percentage of the sales by McDonald’s to help underwrite costs associated with the BSC ADN students’ pinning ceremonies.
|BSC Celebrates Transitional Studies Emporium with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Open House||Tuesday, October 22 2013||BSC Celebrates Transitional Studies Emporium with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Open House||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College community celebrated the opening of a new “Transitional Studies Emporium (TSE)” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house in the Basic Science Building, October 18. The Emporium “represents a bold advance in developmental education,” according to Dr. Sean Connolly (Director of the BSC Department of Transitional Studies).
The Emporium is a centerpiece in the College’s Developmental Renovation Plan that was launched at the start of the Fall 2013 Semester. With the increasing emphasis placed upon developmental education by the U.S. Department of Education and on the state level by the Higher Education Policy Commission, BSC has partnered with Complete College America and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to fund the facility. Grant funding has underwritten the state-of-the-art technology in the Emporium’s lab, technology training for developmental education instructors, and conference travel for professional developmental education.
Jessica Thompson, Instructor of Developmental Mathematics and TSE Coordinator and Dr. Jan Czarnecki, Coordinator of Developmental English, and the BSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have played important roles in delivering the services provided through the Emporium.
“The new technologies provided both in the lab and in our course curricula are able to strategically target student needs in developmental English and mathematics by using computer-assisted instruction that individualizes student lesson planning,” Connolly added.
The Emporium also nurtures a feeling of community among students, which should help with retaining students during the vitally important period from freshman to sophomore year. “Bluefield State College has set a standard for developmental education programming and instruction,” Connolly observed. “Our Transitional Studies lab is not merely a learning facility, but is a symbol of the swift and strong advances the College has made to address the educational needs of our students, our region, and our country.”
Dr. Connolly also expressed appreciation to the Title III program and to Shelia Johnson, the College’s Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs, for their support of the Developmental Studies Emporium.
|Recording Artist John Ellison Returns to Southern WV to Deliver “Some Kind of Wonderful” Program at Bluefield State, Oct. 23||Tuesday, October 15 2013||Recording Artist John Ellison Returns to Southern WV to Deliver “Some Kind of Wonderful” Program at Bluefield State, Oct. 23||
(Bluefield)—When he visits Bluefield State College later this month, John Ellison will be returning to the area of his youth. Ellison, who wrote and recorded “Some Kind of Wonderful,” a song that has been played more than 4 million times on radio since he introduced it in the 1960s, will deliver two programs at BSC’s Basic Science Auditorium, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., October 23. Both programs are open to the public, free of charge.
Recently honored with a “Because of You” award at the 2013 Miners’ Celebration in Beckley, Ellison was born and raised in the coal mining community of Landgraff in McDowell County. He moved to Rochester, NY, eventually joined the R&B group the “Soul Brothers Six,” and recorded “Some Kind of Wonderful. Since his introduction of the song in 1967, it has been recorded by approximately 60 artists, including Grand Funk Railroad.
“I never dreamed it would have the effect it has had on popular music,” Ellison noted. “The lyrics are simple and relatable. Maybe that’s why so many people admire it.”
During his presentations at BSC, Ellison will talk about his youth, growing up in West Virginia coal country in a home with no running water, scarce food, and hand-me-down clothes. He’ll also talk about the importance of holding onto a dream, never giving up, and realizing that faith, focus, and hard work are the keys that can help anyone succeed.
Ellison will sing his signature song, along with other original songs that salute the hard working coal miners of the state.
“John Ellison’s message is tremendously inspirational and his music is unforgettable,” observed Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC’s president. “We hope the community takes advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet John and be inspired by his story.” In addition to the free admission programs at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at BSC, there will be a reception after Ellison’s 7 p.m. performance, during which members of the audience will have an opportunity to talk with him.
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