|BSC Employee Recognition Program Salutes Outstanding Performance||Friday, May 04 2012||BSC Employee Recognition Program Salutes Outstanding Performance||
(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College Foundation's "Outstanding Classified Employee" awards for 2012 were presented to Joyce Brown (Administrative Assistant) and Paul Rutherford (Director of Purchasing) during the annual "BSC Employees Recognition Program" program at Fincastle Country Club. Both honorees received a plaque and BSC Foundation monetary award of $500 at the ceremony. BSC Interim President Dr. Thomas Blevins and the College's Human Resources Director Christina Brogdon made the presentations.
During the ceremony, Classified Emeritus status was awarded to Mr. Ralph Patsel; Faculty Emeritus status was awarded to Dr. Betty Rader, Deborrah Pittman, Frank Hart, John Sage, and Dr. Jim Voelker, and; Administrator Emeritus status was awarded to Dr. Betty Rader, Dr. James O'Hara, Wanda Moore, and (posthumously) to Dr. William Brothers.
The College also recognized this year's retirees, including Dr. Frank Ball, Frank Hart, Jenay Leedy, Lydia Milam, Dr. Howard Wade, and Dr. Garrett Olmsted. The Endowed Greg Shrewsberry Staff Leadership Service Award was presented to Michele Noe and the Endowed William B. Goodman Faculty Service Leadership Award was presented to Julie Orr.
Additionally, employees were recognized upon the completion of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to BSC.
|BSC Earth Day Expo Attracts Exhibitors and Attendees||Friday, May 04 2012||BSC Earth Day Expo Attracts Exhibitors and Attendees||
(Bluefield)—A wide variety of exhibits and a steady stream of visitors highlighted Bluefield State College's Earth Day observance, coordinated by the BSC campus organization—The EnviroMentalists.
Topics covered during the program included "House Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement," "Carbon Footprints," "Earth Day History," "Watershed and Stream Pollution," "Recycling," "Effects of Plastic Bags on the Environment," "Environmental Classic Books," and "Study Abroad" opportunities.
"There was an educational dynamic in a fun-based setting throughout the observance," noted Dr. Martha Eborall, BSC Professor of Biology and one of the faculty advisors for the EnviroMentalists. "Participants registered for eco-friendly door prizes, received free Earth Day t-shirts from the BSC Coalition Against Tobacco, took part in an Earth Day Jeopardy game, and had the option of assisting with a fund-raising initiative for Heifer International and more. BSC's Blue Wave Café offered a vegetarian menu for lunch.
Tractor Supply provided young chickens for a display, and educational materials were furnished by the National Committee for the New River and the New River Watershed Roundtable. Cole Chevrolet placed a Chevrolet Volt electric car on display. A watershed model exhibit was available through the Bluestone Conservatory, and the BSC School of Arts & Sciences and EnviroMentalists supplied free reusable bags. Jim Phillips, a naturalist at Pipestem Resort State Park, educated participants about eagle conservation. BSC's Phi Sigma Zeta sorority staffed an informational booth on air pollution and BSC's library displayed books on the environment. Mel Saunders from the City of Bluefield's Recycling Program was also on hand to detail recycling opportunities.
"We are grateful to everyone who took part in the day's activities," Dr. Eborall added, "and we are very appreciative of the work of Joan Buchanan (Director of Student Activities), the volunteer assistance from the students in my Environmental Science class and the financial support from community businesses."
|BSC’s Regional Technology Conference Makes “The Virtual Connection”||Friday, May 04 2012||BSC’s Regional Technology Conference Makes “The Virtual Connection”||
Bluefield)--Several area educators attended the first Bluefield State College Regional Technology Conference, April 25-27 at BSC. The conference, “Making the Virtual Connection” provided an opportunity to consider how the latest educational technology can be used in the classroom.
Dr. John Burton, Professor in Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech, discussed his experiences in working with disadvantaged children and he detailed the future of technology and its application to help these students.
“The conference was structured to balance information sharing, targeted learning activities and collaboration with colleagues,” observed Audrey Biggs, Interim Director/BSC’s Virtual College.
Nancy Adam-Turner, BSC Staff Librarian, added, “Participants also explored examples of projects and best practices utilized at other institutions.”
Dr. Myron Anderson, Associate Professor/Education Technology at Metropolitan (CO) State University, focused on the use of technology to advance diversity during his presentation at the conference. He observed, “The information received at the conference gave attendees theoretical and practical information to solve technological issues and apply technologies in their classrooms or at their institutions. This conference took a macro look at technology and provided a platform for the larger discussion of how can we use technology to advance our higher education mission.”
|More Than 350 BSC Students Will Graduate During the College’s 115th Commencement Exercises, May 12||Friday, May 04 2012||More Than 350 BSC Students Will Graduate During the College’s 115th Commencement Exercises, May 12||
(Bluefield)—More than 350 Bluefield State College students will graduate during the College's 115th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12 at the Brushfork Armory. Brigadier General Robert L. Stephens, Jr. (US Army Retired) will deliver the keynote address.
General Stephens retired from the Army after more than 30 years, during which he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Award, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon his retirement from the Army in 1993, he was appointed to the post of Director of Personnel for the State of West Virginia. He currently serves as Vice President for External Relations and Executive Assistant to the President at Clayton State University. He is a two-time recipient of the "Distinguished West Virginian Award," and he is a member and past chair of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia State University Foundation. General Stephens was born in Welch, WV and is a graduate of West Virginia State University.
The valedictorian of the Class of 2012 is Jason Farmer (4.0 grade point average/Baccalaureate—Radiologic Technology) and co-salutatorians (3.91 GPA) are Pamela Hanna (Baccalaureate—Education) and Gerald James (Baccalaureate--Regents Bachelor of Arts).
Members of the Bluefield State College Class of 1962 will also be recognized at the Commencement Exercises upon the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Bluefield State College. The Brian Delp Service Leadership Award and the BSC Foundation Outstanding Faculty Award will also be presented during the program.
|BSC Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society for Freshmen, Inducts 19 Students & Two Honorary Members||Monday, April 16 2012||BSC Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society for Freshmen, Inducts 19 Students & Two Honorary Members||
(Bluefield)— The Bluefield State College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for freshmen, inducted 19 students and two BSC employees into the Society during a recent ceremony at the College. This achievement places these students in the top two percent of all freshmen at Bluefield State.
Student inductees, by hometown, included: Ansted, WV (Thomas McVey); Ballard, WV (Kayla Bragg); Beckley, WV (Jon Wray); Bluefield, VA (Jonathan Kinder); Bluefield, WV (Melissa Blevins, Matthew Davidson, Kayla Hazelwood); Fairdale, WV (Brooklyn Paige Pettry); Fayetteville, WV (Ashley Evanne Lively); Maybeury, WV (Katie Perdue); Mount Lookout, WV (Tricia Dawn Backus; Princeton, WV (Jordan Adkins, Jessica Dawn Davis, Shawn Settles, Brianna Michelle Sims, Sarah Webber, Johanna Yongque); Tazewell, VA (James Dawson, Ashley Hancock).
Honorary Phi Eta Sigma inductees, Class of 2012, included Dr. Jan Czarnecki (Associate Professor of English) and Mr. Tom Cook (Associate Dean/Information Technology Center and Interim Chief Technology/Information Officer).
Phi Eta Sigma member Cory Evans (Fincastle, VA) was awarded the annual Phi Eta Sigma Academic Achievement Scholarship Award, which carries a $1,000 scholarship. Cory is a rising senior majoring in Computer Science.
|BSC Student Team Earns Top Score in International Business Simulation Competition||Friday, April 13 2012||BSC Student Team Earns Top Score in International Business Simulation Competition||
(Bluefield)—A four-student team from Bluefield State College earned a "Global Top 100" ranking in GLO-BUS, an international business strategy competition earlier this month. BSC students Lidia Larkin, Larry Lowry, Hassan Alromaih and Garcia Hanna posted a score that tied them for the best overall performance of the week, worldwide, for the second consecutive week.
GLO-BUS is a completely online exercise where teams of students run a digital camera company in head-to-head competition students. Company operations parallel those of actual digital camera companies. Just as in the "real world," companies compete in a global market arena, selling cameras in four geographic regions—Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
"Our students were co-managers, making decisions related to research & development, component usage, camera performance, product line breadth, work force compensation, outsourcing, pricing, corporate citizenship, social responsibility, and more," noted Darrel Malamisura, BSC Associate Professor of Business and Economics. "The challenge is to craft and execute a competitive strategy that results in solid brand image, maintain a viable presence in the global marketplace, and produce good financial performance."
GLO-BUS ranks teams based on four measures—overall score, earnings per share, return on equity, and stock price. The experience is designed to strengthen students' preparation for a career in business and management.
|The 26thAnnual Klingensmith Cup Invitational Golf Tournament||Thursday, April 12 2012||The 26thAnnual Klingensmith Cup Invitational Golf Tournament||
The 26th Annual Klingensmith Cup Invitational Golf Tournament will be played on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Bastian, Virginia. This tournament is sponsored by Bluefield State College’s School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science. All BSC constituents are invited to join in the fun with BSC Engineering Technology and Computer Science graduates and employers. This tournament allows participants to demonstrate their golf skills and provides a unique setting to renew old acquaintances and network with others who share common interests.
The tournament format is set-up as a 4-person “captain’s choice” event and play begins with a shotgun start at 8AM. After your round, enjoy an excellent picnic lunch and the awarding of prizes and trophies. Entry fee is $50/golfer or $200/team. The entry fee is used to purchase prizes, pay for lunch and drinks, and golfing privileges. You are also invited to purchase a K Cup sponsorship for $100. This entitles you to a sponsor sign at one of the holes on the course and provides support to School of Engineering Technology and Computer Science.
Make checks payable to Bluefield State College Foundation. Receipts are provided. Please mail your check with your teaming preferences to:
Bluefield State College Foundation
The deadline for entry is May 7, 2012
We encourage participants to enter this tournament as four-person teams, if possible. Individual golfer will be grouped into teams of four as required to fit the tournament format. If you are a single entrant and have playing partner preferences, please identify them when sending in your entry fee.
Please respond as soon as possible to Elizabeth Pruett (email@example.com) if you plan to participate. Guests are also welcome.
Lance Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the tournament chair. Feel free to contact Lance about tournament questions. We look forward to another great tournament.
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MEMBERS: Elizabeth Pruett, Joe Kowaleski, David Jones Stevie Steele, Don Shillingburg, Patrick Dove
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|BSC Student Team Wins Surveying Competition at Regional Civil Engineering Conference||Wednesday, April 11 2012||BSC Student Team Wins Surveying Competition at Regional Civil Engineering Conference||
(Bluefield)—A Bluefield State College student team won the "Surveying Category" competition at the recent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Virginia Conference on the campus of Virginia Tech. The BSC ASCE student chapter defeated teams representing 13 other institutions of higher education from Virginia, West Virginia, and the Washington, DC area.
"The competition enabled our students to showcase their knowledge and skills on an equal platform against much larger schools," observed BSC ASCE faculty advisor, Kerry Stauffer (Associate Professor/Civil Engineering Technology). Other colleges and universities participating in the conference included Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, George Mason University, George Washington University, Catholic University, Howard University, West Virginia University, Marshall University, Fairmont State University.
The BSC ASCE student chapter was represented by 15 students, who participated in Mini-Golf Design and Concrete Bowling categories in addition to the Surveying competition. "The ASCE competition allows BSC students to network with other college students having the same academic interests," noted Brandon Huffman, President of the BSC ASCE student chapter, "and it provides a great opportunity to apply what we learned in the classroom."
"There's no doubt that Bluefield State College students can compete with graduates from any university," Professor Stauffer continued. "Our students are making a positive difference in the engineering workforce and in the communities in which they live."
|BSC Educator Presents Session at Virginia State Reading Association Conference||Thursday, April 05 2012||BSC Educator Presents Session at Virginia State Reading Association Conference||
(Bluefield)— Dr. Shelia Sargent-Martin, Interim-Co-Director of Teacher Education/Bluefield State College School of Education, attended the recent Virginia State Reading Association Conference, "Blast Into 21st Century Literacies."
The Richmond, VA-based conference was sponsored by the Virginia State Reading Association and featured presentations relevant to literacy education. During the preconference institute Dr. Sargent-Martin and Donna Savage, Old Dominion University, presented Preparing the 21st Century Student for the Digital Age: Integrating Digital Literacy into Current Classroom Practice. The presentation focused on media literacy including finding, using, creating and sharing information through various digital media formats.
Additional conference sessions included teaching the dimensions of reading, best practices in literacy instruction, developing instructional leadership, planning assessment and accountability, closing the achievement gap, and enhancing the quality of reading instruction.
Nationally recognized keynote speakers addressed problems in reading education, national standards, and differentiation. The conference provides an opportunity to promote literacy, collaborate and provide professional development to educators.
|Bluefield State College Jazz Ensemble’s 43rd Annual Spring Concert May 7||Thursday, April 05 2012||Bluefield State College Jazz Ensemble’s 43rd Annual Spring Concert May 7||
(Bluefield)--The Bluefield State College Jazz Ensemble will present its annual Spring Concert on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium on the BSC campus. The Jazz Ensemble is a unique combination of area musicians dedicated to the performance of the finest arrangements featuring the big band sound.
There is no admission charge, and the public is encouraged to attend. Additional information can be obtained by contacting: email@example.com
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