|BSC Receives Grant to Establish Transitional Studies Emporium||Tuesday, March 12 2013||BSC Receives Grant to Establish Transitional Studies Emporium||
Initiative Will Provide Essential Help During Students' Freshman Year
|BSC Students Combine Lego Bricks with Technology in “Lunabotics” Workshop||Monday, March 04 2013||BSC Students Combine Lego Bricks with Technology in “Lunabotics” Workshop||
(Bluefield)—"Science and math can be fun." That's the message Bluefield State College students Sasha Richmond and Samuel Dennah hope to deliver to area middle school and high school students in the months to come. The BSC students returned recently from a "Lunabotics" workshop sponsored by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
"We joined a group of students from WVU in a one-day workshop that focused on how to design and build robots with Lego toy building bricks and install on-board computers, then remotely program and control these 'lunabots' to start, stop, and steer around obstacles," Richmond explained.
"It was a very motivational experience," Dennah added. The BSC senior Health Services Management major from Liberia, observed, "We found ways to increase middle school and high school students' appetite for STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) education. Hopefully, they will consider entering STEM-based careers."
"The lunabots can help us show kids that science is not boring," Richmond said. "Students can experience 'hands on' learning. After we receive lunabotics certification, we hope to teach kids and mentor them to encourage STEM learning."
Dennah and Richmond, a junior Applied Science/Pre-Med specialization major, are members of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), which was established at Bluefield State College several years ago to provide African-American students majoring in NASA-related activities with opportunities for leadership development through a comprehensive program based in leadership theory and practice.
Dr. Felica Wooten-Williams, ELI executive director, invited Emerging Leaders Institute members to consider the Lunabotics workshop opportunity. Richmond and Dennah volunteered. They will now have the opportunity to travel to the Kennedy Space Center with the WVU team for NASA's annual Lunabotics Mining Competition in May.
|25th Annual Spring Employment and Recruitment Fair at BSC, March 27||Monday, March 04 2013||25th Annual Spring Employment and Recruitment Fair at BSC, March 27||
(Bluefield)—Recruiters from dozens of local and regional organizations are expected to participate in the 25th annual Spring Employment and Recruitment Fair at Bluefield State College on March 27th. The event will be held in the Ned Shott Gymnasium on the BSC campus, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m.
"Last year's event attracted more than 300 job and graduate school seekers, as well as 74 employers and recruiters, and that's particularly encouraging because of the challenges faced by business and industry in today's economy," noted Tom Harrison, BSC's Director of Career Services. "The Employment and Recruitment Fair brings employment opportunities to students approaching graduation, along with recent graduates. It also provides a laboratory-type learning experience for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who get to meet and talk to prospective employers."
Each individual taking part in the Employment and Recruitment Fair receives a vendors' map, noting the location of each recruiting organization, as well as the academic areas of emphasis sought by each recruiting organization.
Additional information about this year's Employment and Recruitment Fair can be obtained by contacting Tom Harrison by telephone (304-327-4011) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|BSC Students Present Biomedical Research at Annual Undergraduate Research Day at State Capitol||Monday, March 04 2013||BSC Students Present Biomedical Research at Annual Undergraduate Research Day at State Capitol||
(Bluefield)--The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recently showcased research conducted by undergraduate students and recognized faculty members from colleges and universities across West Virginia. The student presentations and awards ceremony were held at the State Capitol as part of the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Day.
In the morning, 100 undergraduate students from 15 higher education institutions presented research in the Upper Rotunda of the State Capitol and discussed their work with legislators and other state officials. Bluefield State College students Michael Bowling, Danielle Haynes, Brandon Kirby, and Yamilee Valmur participated in the program, spotlighting their work in biomedical research.
In the afternoon, Secretary of Education and the Arts Kay Goodwin, the Commission's Chancellor Paul Hill, and the Commission's Director of Research Programs Jan Taylor presented grant awards from West Virginia's Research Challenge Fund and Research Trust Fund, also known as "Bucks for Brains," at the Culture Center.
Governor Tomblin applauded the student research presentations and faculty research grants. "We, as a state, must continue to focus on economic development opportunities that develop and maintain a culture of innovation leading to further creation of high-skill, high-wage jobs for today's students and tomorrow's workforce," said Governor Tomblin.
Undergraduate Research Day is an annual event held at the State Capitol to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of research that is being conducted by faculty and students across the state's higher education system. Sponsors include the Commission's Division of Science and Research; Marshall University including the Expansion of STEM Doctoral Education Program; Marshall Health; and West Virginia University including the Office of Graduate Education and Life.
|Getting to Know Your Smartphone — A Workshop for Beginners, March 12||Friday, March 01 2013||Getting to Know Your Smartphone — A Workshop for Beginners, March 12||
(Bluefield)--Is my phone a smartphone? What is an "app" and how do I download them? If you've asked any of these questions you are not alone.
With the rapid progression of mobile technology in recent years, it's easy to feel left behind. That's why the tech gurus at WVVA and Bluefield State College are partnering in an effort to provide answers to all your cellphone-related questions and demonstrate some of the many ways your new high-tech gadgets can be useful in everyday life – besides making phone calls, of course!
The "Getting to Know Your Smartphone Beginners Workshop" is a free program for anyone interested in learning more about the ever-changing world of mobile communication. Simply bring your questions – and your phone -- to the Tierney Conference Room, Room 441/Dickason Hall on the campus of Bluefield State College on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. for a fun and informative evening.
Interested participants must pre-register for the event at either Room 200/Conley Hall on the BSC campus, or at WVVA Studios any weekday during normal business hours.
Refreshments will be served.
|BSC Students Participate in enactus United States Partner Summit in NYC||Friday, February 22 2013||BSC Students Participate in enactus United States Partner Summit in NYC||
Bluefield State College students Justin Joseph (left) and Jerome Powell returned recently from the "enactus United States Partner Summit" at the Time Life Building in New York City. The BSC students were among only 35 enactus students selected from thousands of nominees to attend the two-day event that brings together members of the enactus National Advisory Board and administrative leaders from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Powell and Joseph met presidents, CEOs, CFOs, and Human Resource Directors from firms including Time Life, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, J.P. Morgan, Walmart Central, Bic, Hershey, Grow America, and Nielson.
"The entire experience was amazing," Powell noted. "We met and networked with business leaders in a variety of settings. They got to know us and we got to know them.
"My lasting impression of the enactus Partner Summit is that it underscores what enactus can do for students," Joseph added. "Now we have a greater appreciation for what it takes to be a business professional."
While at the enactus Partner Summit, Powell received an internship offer from Wells Fargo and Joseph was offered a regional sales position by PitMotorLTD.
"enactus" is a community of student, academic, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress.
|Dr. Belay Presented During Faculty Colloquium||Thursday, February 21 2013||Dr. Belay Presented During Faculty Colloquium||
Dr. Tesfaye Belay, Bluefield State College Associate Professor of Biology, presented a summary of his research involving the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, during a BSC Faculty Colloquium on February 20. The bacterium is known to survive in the water supply of several space missions, and is one of many potential health threats to space travelers during flights. Dr. Belay also reviewed several BSC student-led biomedical and solar energy research initiatives that have occurred at the College during the past eight years.
|Procrastination Zone Workshop was held by Scott Pitt, BSC Educational Outreach Counselor||Thursday, February 21 2013||Procrastination Zone Workshop was held by Scott Pitt, BSC Educational Outreach Counselor||
Scott Pitt (standing), Bluefield State College Educational Outreach Counselor, presented a "Procrastination Zone" workshop, during which BSC students learned to recognize the signs of procrastination, what causes a lack of motivation for addressing a project, and strategies to counteract procrastination. The workshop was one of several presented through the Student Support Services program each semester at BSC with an emphasis on helping students succeed.
|The 27th Annual Klingensmith Cup Invitation Golf Tournament||Wednesday, February 20 2013||The 27th Annual Klingensmith Cup Invitation Golf Tournament||
The 27th Annual Klingensmith Cup Golf Tournament will be played on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Bastian, Virginia. This annual event 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 ET and CS graduates and employers. This tournament allows participants to demonstrate their golf skills and provides a unique setting to renew old acquaintances and to network with others having 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. When play is completed, be prepared for an excellent picnic lunch and the awarding of prizes and trophies.
Entry fee is $50 per participant or $200 per team. The entry fee is used to purchase prizes, pay for lunch, beverages, and golfing privileges. You are also invited to purchase a K Cup sponsorship for $100. This entitles you to sponsor sign at one of the holes 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:
Ms. Betty Carroll, Director
The deadline for entry is May 8, 2013. We encourage participants to enter this tourna¬ment as four-person teams if possible. Singles will be grouped into teams of four as required to fit the tournament format. If you are a single entrant but have playing partner preferences, please identify them when sending in your entry fee.
Lance Morgan (email@example.com) is the tournament chair. Feel free to contact Lance about tournament questions. We look forward to another great tournament.
KLINGENSMITH CUP COMMITTEE
|BSC Enters The Home Depot "Retool Your School" Campus Enhancement Grant Competition||Thursday, February 14 2013||BSC Enters The Home Depot "Retool Your School" Campus Enhancement Grant Competition||
(Bluefield)— After winning one of The Home Depot "Retool Your School" campus enhancement grants for 2010, Bluefield State College is once again asking for your vote. BSC has submitted three grants for consideration in The Home Depot "Retool Your School" 2013 competition, and votes are being received in support of the grant application through April 15, 2013.
More than 90 Historically Black Colleges and Universities submitted proposals in last year's competition and more are expected to compete in this year's event. Selection of the winning grants will be based in part on the merit of each grant, and in part on the votes cast for each participating institution of higher education.
One vote per day per computer is permitted. The website for online voting is: http://retoolyourschool.com/ or voters can cast online votes by visiting the Bluefield State College website at http://bluefieldstate.edu
BSC's Major Project ($50,000) grant application involves the development of a series of instructional "How-to" videos related to utilizing material from The Home Depot for gardening, ecology, and outdoor projects. These videos will be developed while projects like tree and flower planting, environmentally friendly gardening, and patio construction are taking place on campus. The Campus Pride Project ($25,000) grant application focuses upon the installation of campus lighting, including solar and battery powered lights in and around campus buildings, to line sidewalks, etc., and the Minor Project ($10,000) grant application concentrates upon landscaping projects at selected locations throughout the campus.
"We are asking our students, employees, alumni, and friends throughout the region to consider taking a moment each day to cast their vote in support of these grants," noted Shelia Johnson, BSC's Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs. "Your daily vote for Bluefield State College could make the difference!"
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