|Center for Applied Research and Technology Receives $50K USDA Grant to Assist Technology-based Business Development in WV||Thursday, October 11 2012||Center for Applied Research and Technology Receives $50K USDA Grant to Assist Technology-based Business Development in WV||
(Bluefield)—The Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) at Bluefield State College has been awarded a $50,000 Rural Business Opportunity Grant to provide technical assistance for improving the success rate of technology-based entrepreneurial business development in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding was announced by WV State Director Bobby Lewis and U.S. Representative Nick Rahall.
"The grant will provide technical assistance that helps technology-based small businesses and entrepreneurs to turn their product and service ideas or research into an actual working prototype." CART CEO Bruce Mutter said. Rapid prototyping leads to business development, resulting in greater access to capital and increased, quality employment opportunities for West Virginia citizens, he observed.
Approximately 90% of West Virginia businesses have 20 or fewer employees, and federal statistics indicate that small business owners are essential to the state's economy. "Although West Virginia is making strides in utilizing technology in business and industry, it continues to face challenges in growing its technology industries and transitioning its economy to one that is based on innovation," Mutter explained.
"This CART project will benefit the economic development of rural southern West Virginia on several fronts that include: substantively increasing salaries for a small number of technology-based jobs, providing new employment opportunities arising from new technology-based businesses, and strengthening the diversification of several regional businesses," he summarized.
|Dr. Robert Lowinger Combines Career and Academic Experiences to Develop Robust Research Initiatives||Monday, October 08 2012||Dr. Robert Lowinger Combines Career and Academic Experiences to Develop Robust Research Initiatives||
(Bluefield)—Combining his experience in both public administration and education, Dr. Robert Lowinger has undertaken a pair of research initiatives whose results will be published later this year in professional journals. Lowinger, who joined the Bluefield State College faculty this semester as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, will also discuss his research at the Bluefield State College Faculty Research Symposium later this semester.
|Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Reopening of BSC Swimming Pool Following Renovation||Wednesday, October 03 2012||Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Reopening of BSC Swimming Pool Following Renovation||
BSC Director/Campus Activities Joan Buchanan, BSC President Marsha Krotseng, and John Shott spoke during the program, which was followed by a cookout for BSC students and community members.
“We are excited about the recreational opportunities now available at the pool,” noted Louis Belt, BSC Director of Intramurals and Wellness programs. The pool is currently used for intramural competition, including water volleyball, water polo, and water basketball. BSC employees can use the pool for a lap swimming program and for health and wellness activities, and swimming meets with six racing lanes and six new starter blocks. “We have also hosted some pool parties for individuals and community groups,” Belt added.
“The College is very appreciative of the support provided by the Shott Foundation,” Dr. Krotseng added. “The pool is an outstanding resource for the campus and community.”
Individuals and organizations seeking additional information about pool usage, party reservations and fees, or classes are encouraged to contact Louis Belt by email (email@example.com) or by phone (304-327-4430).
|BSC Receives Mini-Grant to Strengthen High-Risk Alcohol Use Prevention and Create Student Internship Opportunities||Tuesday, October 02 2012||BSC Receives Mini-Grant to Strengthen High-Risk Alcohol Use Prevention and Create Student Internship Opportunities||
(Bluefield)—A grant to support Bluefield State College efforts to prevent high-risk alcohol use while concurrently providing internship opportunities in behavioral health for three BSC students has been approved. The grant, totaling $7500, will be awarded to the College by the Morehouse School of Medicine Psychiatry/Cork Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence.
As author of the grant, Dr. Anthony Woart (BSC Professor of Sociology and Director of the Minority Health Institute, noted, "I am pleased that BSC will be able to provide these services to our students. I am also particularly pleased that the grant will underwrite internship opportunities in Behavioral Health for three of our students."
The Morehouse School of Medicine Psychiatry/Cork HBCU Center for Excellence had previously awarded BSC a $10,000 grant to implement a campus suicide prevention program.
|Dr. Lewis Jones to Deliver BSC’s 2012 Founder’s Day Speech, October 13||Tuesday, October 02 2012||Dr. Lewis Jones to Deliver BSC’s 2012 Founder’s Day Speech, October 13||
(Bluefield)—Dr. Lewis Jones, Bluefield State College Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, will deliver BSC's 2012 Founder's Day speech. His presentation will be a highlight of BSC's Founder's Day Luncheon, which begins at noon on Saturday, October 13 in the Harris-Jefferson Student Center cafeteria.
Dr. Jones has extensive academic administrative experience that includes service as Director of Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Dean of Faculty at institutions of higher education. His teaching experience includes service as Professor/School of Education (Mankato State University and Central Connecticut University) and Professor (tenured)/Graduate School of Education (California State University).
The BSC Provost holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis and Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa. He received a Master's degree in American History from North Carolina Central University and a Baccalaureate degree in Social Science from St. Paul's College.
Additional information regarding BSC's Founder's Day program can be obtained by contacting Ms. Deirdre Guyton, Director of Alumni Affairs (304-327-4569).
Bluefield State College's 2012 Homecoming celebration continues on Monday, October 15 with an 11:30 a.m. cookout at the Harris-Jefferson Student Center, during which Homecoming candidates will be introduced and Dr. Marsha Krotseng (BSC's new president) will meet and greet attendees. A 6 p.m. Homecoming parade will also be held later that day. Other events and activities will be conducted throughout the week, with the Homecoming Coronation taking place at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 19 at David's @ the Club. The Homecoming Dance will follow at the same location.
Additional information regarding BSC's 2012 Homecoming Celebration can be obtained by contacting Ms. Joan Buchanan, Director of Student Activities (304-327-4186).
|Credit Management Seminar at BSC Attracts More Than 100 Attendees||Monday, October 01 2012||Credit Management Seminar at BSC Attracts More Than 100 Attendees||
(Bluefield)—More than 100 area high school and Bluefield State College students attended a "Credit Management Seminar," September 26 at the College. Financial instructor Keva Sturdevant delivered a high-energy, practical sense program to attendees.
"Students need to understand how to gain and exercise control of their financial destiny," Sturdevant said. "Without an understanding of basics like a credit score, timely payment of bills, etc., uninformed students are vulnerable to making mistakes that can negatively impact their careers and their future."
The seminar was sponsored by the Emerging Leaders Institute, Campus Ministries, the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development, Inc., and Experian.
|BSC Students Participate in Summer Research Internship at Virginia Tech||Monday, September 24 2012||BSC Students Participate in Summer Research Internship at Virginia Tech||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College students Musa Nyassi (left) and Baboucarr Bless Jagne (right) invested ten weeks of intensive study this summer as participants in the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) at Virginia Tech. The BSC students, both from The Gambia, took part in the MAOP's Summer Research Internship, working with a Virginia Tech faculty member in a mentor/protégé relationship to design, conduct, and present a scholarly research paper.
|BSC Student Completes Summer Research Internship at VCU||Friday, September 14 2012||BSC Student Completes Summer Research Internship at VCU||
(Bluefield)—Aja Bayo found big opportunities at a smaller college, Bluefield State. The BSC senior recently completed a three month summer research internship at Virginia Commonwealth University and is on target to graduate next May, then attend medical school.
"I am from The Gambia in West Africa," she said during a break between classes. "My family wanted me to go to school in New York, but I had friends and family who had attended and graduated from Bluefield State College and they highly recommended the College. When I arrived here in 2009, I really liked the smaller community pace at BSC and the research opportunities available here."
Bayo, a pre-med major, took a "Methods in Microbiology Research" class from Dr. Tesfaye Belay, and she enjoyed the experience. "Dr. Belay told me about the research internship opportunities, I applied for three and chose the three month internship at VCU.
Arriving at Virginia Commonwealth shortly after BSC's 2011-12 academic year ended last May, Bayo was mentored by VCU Medical School Biophysics faculty member Dr. Roland Pittman. "The purpose of my research was to determine if alginate beads loaded with angiogenic agents would provide an effective drug delivery system for their administration to the chorio-allantoic membrane (CAM) preparation. My research dealt with determining the effectiveness of this approach in delivering relatively small molecules (~200-500 Da), such as angiogenic agents, to the CAM tissue.
"The summer research internship was a wonderful experience," she continued. "I interacted with students from other colleges and universities as we studied and conducted research together. "The faculty at Bluefield State College, particularly Dr. Belay (Biology) and Dr. Julie Kalk (Physics) prepared me very well for the internship."
The BSC senior will take the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), and then apply for admission into medical school. "I have dreamed of attending medical school for many years, then becoming a pediatrician or family practice physician and returning to The Gambia," she stated.
|BSC Nursing Faculty Member Betty Nash to be Honored at University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing “NightinGala”||Thursday, September 13 2012||BSC Nursing Faculty Member Betty Nash to be Honored at University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing “NightinGala”||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College faculty member Betty Nash will be among 40 graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing to be honored at its 2012 NightinGala celebration, September 21. The NightinGala will recognize 40 UT College of Nursing alumni for "Excellence in nursing and health care, Leadership in advancing the nursing profession, and Innovation in professional nursing.
Nash, associate professor in Bluefield State College's Baccalaureate Nursing Program, is also a staff nurse in both the Intensive Care Unit/Cardiac Care Unit and the Radiology Department/Special Procedures at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. She is also a contributing author to several nursing and health care publications, and serves as a reviewer for additional nursing education publications. She holds certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse, Clinical Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor., Basic Life Support Instructor Trainer, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor. She is active in a variety of community service and volunteer initiatives and she has served as a guest lecturer on several health-related topics.
Dr. Bill Bass, a former UT faculty member, author, and founder of the Forensics Anthropology Center, will be the keynote speaker.
|“College Application & Exploration Week” at BSC Gives Adult Learners Opportunity to Explore and Apply for College Programs throughout West Virginia||Thursday, September 13 2012||“College Application & Exploration Week” at BSC Gives Adult Learners Opportunity to Explore and Apply for College Programs throughout West Virginia||
(Bluefield)—More than one-half of all jobs in West Virginia will require some form of education and training after high school, but only 26% of West Virginians have earned a two-year or four-year college degree. Additionally, college graduates are much less likely to be unemployed, even when the economy is in a downturn. This points to one simple fact—the more you learn, the more you'll earn. That's why Bluefield State College is participating in the 2012 West Virginia College Application and Exploration Week, October 1-5.
Bluefield State College will host free-of-charge workshops designed to help adult learners explore and apply for college programs throughout West Virginia. These workshops will take place daily during the 2012 West Virginia College Application and Exploration Week, October 1-5, 2012 in Conley Hall—rooms 303 & 316, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.
College Application and Exploration Week is an opportunity for adults to learn more about their options for education and training beyond high school. During the workshops, attendees can explore certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend and explore college programs throughout West Virginia. For additional information contact Dr. Sarita Rhonemus by phone (304-327-4096) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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