|BSC Announces Fall Semester 2008 President’s and Dean’s Lists||Wednesday, January 21 2009||BSC Announces Fall Semester 2008 President’s and Dean’s Lists||
(Bluefield)--The Bluefield State College Fall Semester 2008 President's and Dean's Lists have been announced. One hundred thirty-eight students earned President’s List recognition and an additional 247 students merited inclusion in the Dean's List.
President's List students achieved at least a 3.80 grade point average and successfully completed at least 12 Fall Semester 2008 hours. Dean's List students achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and successfully completed at least 12 Fall Semester 2008.
|Free Income Tax Preparation Offered by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at BSC||Tuesday, January 13 2009||Free Income Tax Preparation Offered by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at BSC||
(BLUEFIELD)--Free income tax preparation assistance for low income and elderly individuals will be offered again this year at Bluefield State College. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, will offer free tax preparation help, beginning on February 10, 2009 (4 p.m.-6 p.m.) at Bluefield State College.
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Volunteers alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions, helping them in the (need name). Additional information about the VITA program at BSC can be obtained by contacting Cynthia Higgins-Atwell (email@example.com) or Michelle Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or calling (276) 322-2606 to schedule an appointment.
|Great Eastern Trail Meeting Held on BSC Campus||Monday, January 12 2009||Great Eastern Trail Meeting Held on BSC Campus||
|“Festival of Cultures” at BSC on April 10 will Create Opportunity to Gain Better Understanding of the World through Music, Dance, Arts & Food||Wednesday, January 07 2009||“Festival of Cultures” at BSC on April 10 will Create Opportunity to Gain Better Understanding of the World through Music, Dance, Arts & Food||
(Bluefield)—A “Festival of Cultures” at Bluefield State College on April 10 offers a dynamic opportunity for residents of the region to join the College community and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the world. The day-long program, organized and coordinated by the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, will permit attendees to experience other cultures through music, dance, arts, lectures, and food. The festival was envisioned by Dr. Sapphire Cureg, BSC’s Director of Multicultural Affairs, whose grant award from the West Virginia Humanities Council has provided financial support essential for the ambitious celebration.
“This project has been in my thoughts for quite a while,” Dr. Cureg explained. “The idea is to utilize Bluefield State College as a venue where everyone can experience different cultures, tastes, styles and grow from these new experiences.”
The festival begins at 10 a.m. with BSC students and administrators, along with community leaders, extending a welcome to guests. Displays for vendors, food, arts & crafts, and international entertainment will be accessible in the Ned Shott Physical Education Building on campus. “Ron DeWitt, Tamarack’s artisan director, will provide an exciting array of items, all of which are the work of West Virginia’s most
At noon, the highly acclaimed “Latin Ballet of Virginia” will perform several Latin dances at the Basic Science Auditorium. The “Solazo Band,” featuring music from South America, will be next on stage. “Music and dance touch the soul of the individual, Cureg said. “These groups will manifest how their dance and music preserve and provide insights into the life and times of their cultures.”
Later that afternoon, several BSC students will offer dramatic theme-appropriate readings at the Hebert Gallery in the Harris-Jefferson Student Center.
“At least and at most, the festival aspires to show our diverse audience a really, really good time,” Cureg asserted.
The programs and performances are offered, free of charge. Food and crafts will be on sale.
“The festival will educate our students, our community, and our guests to a variety of cultures, customs, and ways of life,” Dr. Cureg summarized. “By interacting with diverse individuals and groups, people realize that although we have differences in terms of nationalities, ethnicities, race, and cultures, we are all members of the same human family and we have more similarities than differences.”
Individuals and organizations interested in learning more about the Festival of Cultures are encouraged to contact Dr. Cureg by phone (304) 327-4512 or by e-mail (email@example.com).
|BSC’s Blue Chicory Players to Present “Father, Grandfather, Coal Miner; Poet: A Tribute to Duffy Debout,” November 5-7||Wednesday, September 24 2008||BSC’s Blue Chicory Players to Present “Father, Grandfather, Coal Miner; Poet: A Tribute to Duffy Debout,” November 5-7||
(Bluefield)—Father, Grandfather, Coal Miner, Poet: A Tribute to Duffy Bebout” will be presented by Bluefield State College’s Blue Chicory Players, November 5-7 at BSC. The play is a collage of poetry woven together by transitional narratives. It was adapted for the stage by Dr. Sharon Bebout-Carr (BSC Assistant Professor of Speech and the Blue Chicory Players’ director) and Maggie Bragg.
“The performance seeks to examine the multiple facets of my father, Duffy Bebout, and his influence upon his family through the use of poetic examples,” Dr. Carr explained. “There are 17 poems in the production, and the transitional narratives represent Duffy’s children and grandchildren, particularly his daughter (me) and his granddaughter (Maggie).” Most of the poems were written by Duffy Bebout, and other poems by Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Noyes, and Ernest Lawrence Thayer are also included.
“Dad was a coal miner and a poet,” Dr. Carr observed. “He was not one thing more than he was the other, nor did he see a conflict in his twinned identity. He really believed that poetry was as necessary to being human as breathing was to existing. He imparted to me the desire to transmit his passion for the written and spoken word to others. This is the way I honor his memory. . . .by sharing his passion for poetry with others. I want our students and the community to embrace poetry as a balm for their souls and as a necessary ingredient in a life well lived.”
The Blue Chicory Players’ performances will be offered on November 5, 2009 beginning at 10 a.m., followed by 7:30 p.m. performances on November 6-7.
Admission is $5.00 for community members. All area students are admitted free of charge with a valid student I.D.
|“History of the Far East” Among Three New History Courses to Be Taught at BSC During Spring 2010 Semester||Tuesday, September 23 2008||“History of the Far East” Among Three New History Courses to Be Taught at BSC During Spring 2010 Semester||
(Bluefield)—A “History of the Far East” will be among three additions to the Spring 2010 Semester courses that will be offered at Bluefield State College. Dr. David Haus will teach the three-hour course, which will explore the history of China, Japan, India, and the Middle East, 1800-present. The course will augment the International Studies program at the College.
He will also teach two new online courses during the spring. “The first course focuses upon World War II,” he continued. “It’s more than a history of the war. We will discuss the causes of the war, how countries dealt with mobilization, and how they’ve fared during the aftermath of WW II.”
The second new online course—“Representative Personalities of the 20th Century—uses biographies of key figures as a strategy for teaching 20th Century world history, according to Haus. “I have chosen pairs of leaders with opposing points of view, for example—Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin—to examine significant world events,” he explained.
|Worsham to Discuss Mexican War Hero at National Meeting||Saturday, September 22 2007||Worsham to Discuss Mexican War Hero at National Meeting||James Worsham, Coordinator of Campus Publications and an adjunct history instructor and at Bluefield State College, will be a featured presenter at the national meeting of the Descendants of the Mexican War Veterans. According to Worsham, who is working on his dissertation on Walker, "Sam Walker was an outstanding cavalry officer who early in the Mexican War earned national recognition for his heroism. In fact, a New York play featuring Sam Walker as its main character was written at the time." The famous Mexican War figure is best known, Worsham added, as "Walker, Texas Ranger." He came to Texas in the early 1840s, before the Mexican War and served along with such legendary Rangers as Jack Hays," Worsham continued. "Walker proved himself in numerous encounters with the Comanche and Mexican Bandits." He rose from the rank of private to lieutenant colonel. Through a quirk of nature, the massive shipment of horses for the eight companies of Riflemen were almost all lost at sea in a storm, Worsham said. Six of the eight companies would therefore serve on foot during the war. "Walker, who was delayed in Maryland recruiting men for his company, was determined that his company would be mounted, and he cut through Army red tape to arrange the purchase and personal delivery of over 100 horses for his men," Worsham said. To historians, Walker's second accomplishment is better known. At a time when most U.S. Army soldiers fought with single-shot, flintlock muskets and pistols, Walker was determined that his men would have better weapons. Having already gained experience as a Ranger with Sam Colt's new five-shot revolver, Walker went to Colt for more revolvers. Colt, on the verge of bankruptcy, had sold his factory and had retained only his patent. Walker personally visited President James Polk and arranged an Army contract for a newly designed revolver for his men. Colt subcontracted the manufacture of the new pistols, to be co-designed by Sam Walker. As a result, Walker saved Colt from oblivion and simultaneously set in motion a plan to provide his men with the first six-shot Army issued revolver--the equivalent of a .44 magnum--one of today's most powerful rifles. As a soldier in saddle, Walker would see combat in Mexico. He led his men against many marauding guerrillas who harassed American supply trains from the coast. His last battle, however, would be against regular troops. It would also be the last battle fought by Mexican General Santa Anna, who had earlier massacred many defenders of the Alamo. In Huamantla, Walker led his men well in advance of American foot troops as he and his company engaged Santa Anna's troops in battle. Greatly outnumbered, Walker's troops fought courageously with high losses until the arrival of the infantry. As the battle seemed nearly over, Walker was fatally shot. His body was temporarily buried in Mexico, but was later moved to Texas, where he is buried near the Alamo. On October 12, Nancy Bouvier of Upper Marlboro, MD and a descendant of Walker's brother will travel to Texas to participate in a memorial ceremony, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Walker's death. She will place a handful of Maryland earth from the Walker homestead on his grave. Worsham requests that any members of the Walker family who have additional information on Sam Walker to contact him at (304) 327-4187 or (540) 322-3574.|
|Peer Mentoring Program at BSC Gives New Students Help and Support||Friday, September 11 1998||Peer Mentoring Program at BSC Gives New Students Help and Support||One hundred fifty-one new students at Bluefield State College are taking advantage of a new program, designed to make their entry into higher education a positive experience. A "peer mentor' program matches these students with upperclassmen, based on a shared academic or hobby interest. Then, as the semester begins, these new students have someone to talk to--about a variety of challenges and concerns. The idea for the program was first expressed by BSC Student Support Services (SSS) Director Kathy Epperly, and was implemented through the effort of SSS counselor Ewanna Wiley. "A lot of freshmen need help, particularly early in the semester," Wiley observed. "The peer mentor program gives these students someone on campus who can answer questions or refer the students to the proper office so their concerns can be addressed." The peer mentor program's services were detailed for new BSC students during two summer orientations, and the program was implemented in August. "We're encouraged that 151 new students have signed up," Wiley continued. "Our mentors are returning students who have earned good grades and have demonstrated a willingness to take part in campus life. They represent a variety of academic majors and college organizations, and they've taken part in mentor-training workshops." Points of emphasis in the peer mentor program include assisting new students in use of the college catalog, and instruction in how they may utilize academic advising services the college provides. "The mentors sent 'get-acquainted' letters to their 'mentees' this summer," Wiley added. "We're hopeful even more new students will take advantage of the program. Typically, the need for help from the mentor diminishes as the new student gains confidence during the semester. However, a friendly assist from a fellow student early in a semester can go a long way in helping a new student enjoy a successful start in college." The peer mentor program provides network opportunities for new students, Wiley summarized. "Our mentors are a very willing and helpful resource we already have on site," she said.|
|BSC February Activities Review||Friday, February 27 1998||BSC February Activities Review||CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Presented a major Black History Month series of programs, featuring a speech by former Washington, D.C. mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, a recital-drama in tribute to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by operatic tenor Karl Gipson, chautauqua presentations in honor of Anne Spencer and Carter Woodson, the "Voices of the Revolution" display and several videos BSC Model United Nations team competed in the prestigious University of California/Berkeley Model United Nations Invitational Conference. More than 130 students attended a "Domestic Violence Workshop," coordinated by a BSC Counseling & Advising Center counselor. Program featured representatives from Stop Abusive Family Environments (S.A.F.E.) and the Bluefield Police Department Over 90 BSC students attended a "Job Search Clinic," coordinated by the College's Student Support Services and Placement Offices, along with Business Division faculty. The workshop prepared students in acquiring skills in resume preparation, job interview and presentation as they pursue career opportunities in their chosen fields Twelve BSC students and staff took part in the annual "College Day at the State Legislature," Feb. 3. BSC's institutional display featured a five-minute interactive video presentation BSC's first Medical Assisting class is preparing for a May 1998 graduation. The Medical Assisting program is offered through the collaborative efforts of BSC and the Mercer County Technical Education Center PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES Capacity audience of more than 200 attended the "Rededication of Greenbrier Hall," celebrating the relocation of the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC into a historically-significant 47,000 square foot facility in downtown Lewisburg. Governor Underwood and Congressman Rahall were featured speakers during the dedication ceremony A "Presidential Task Force on the Recruitment of Minorities" conducted its third meeting, identifying specific points of emphasis as it assists and advises the BSC president in developing additional strategies to recruit qualified minority applicants for faculty and professional vacancies at the College, and assists the institution in its ongoing effort to recruit minority students. BSC's recently-hired Director of Multicultural Affairs began work February 4, meeting with numerous community, public schools, alumni, church, and civic organizations, with a focus on recruitment of minority students, faculty, and staff, and improving community relations Business divisions of Bluefield State College, Morgan State University, West Virginia State College, and West Virginia University signed the "West Virginia & Maryland Business Education Compact," pledging to work together to enhance educational and research opportunities for students and faculty, and to increase accessibility to higher education through innovative use of technology Held initial meeting with a public relations firm which has experience in issues of diversity including minority faculty and student recruitment, and received a series of proposals from that firm Department head of electrical engineering technology presented two-day Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) System Technology workshop for faculty from institutions of higher education throughout the region, so attendees may continue to implement VLSI instruction into their curriculum BSC continued preparation to serve as the host site for a three-day racial reconciliation conference (May 15-17), involving leaders from this region and its churches Telecast throughout Bluefield-area cable system two Bluefield City Board of Directors' meetings and the monthly Mercer County Board of Education meeting Presented financial aid workshop for students and families of students planning to attend college this fall College's Director of Institutional Advancement, Planning, and the Creative Retirement Center has accepted an invitation to speak at the Elderhostel Institute Network Regional meeting in Williamsburg in mid-March Nursing faculty member is preparing to deliver presentation on "Congestive Heart Failure--Signs, Symptoms & Medication," as a Creative Retirement Center-hosted program For the eleventh consecutive year, BSC Accounting Club students and accounting faculty are providing free tax assistance to area residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Faculty and students in the accounting program at the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC are also offering free volunteer income tax assistance in the Greenbrier Valley Center for Economic Enhancement and Occupational Skill Development began hosting weekly orientation training for Turner Vision (Bluewell, WV) and United Telesis (Bluewell, WV) Continued customized performance evaluation training for Turner Vision. The training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) provides assistance to the company in implementing a new performance evaluation program Began customized First-Line supervisory training (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for EWA Manufacturing Services, Inc. (Beckley, WV), an electronics manufacturer employing approximately 35 people Began customized Process Improvement training program for Med-Response (Bluewell, WV). This program is funded through the Small Business Workforce Program Developing customized Statistical Process Control and Quality Management training program (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for DS Parts, LTD (Bluefield, WV). This program is funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program and begins in March, 1998 Conducted organizational diagnostic (funded through the Governor's Guaranteed Workforce Program) for Triple S Manufacturing Corporation (Beckley, WV). Also assisted in placement of BSC engineering technology students as engineering apprentices for the company Coordinating development of a workplace education program for B.F. Goodrich Aerospace (Union, WV). This project will involve assisting the company with evaluation of different alternatives for testing the basic skills of its employees with respect to the jobs they perform, along with developing instruction to meet this need Developing a proposal for customized Microsoft Office training for First Community Bank (Bluefield, WV) BSC Center for International Understanding (CIU) was awarded contracts for training programs sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development in the following areas: a) Three-week training program on Albanian Mayors Association for eight mayors from Albania, February-March 1998; b) Two-week training program on "Media Viability" for 12 international television media personnel; c) Three-week training program on Microcredit (Practice) Group for delegation from Hungary, April 5-27 CIU is preparing to submit to USAID a four-week training program proposal on "Development of Non-Government Organizations for Armenian Women," for May 1998 CIU submitted to US Information Agency long-term training programs for 1998-99, including: a) One-week training program on "Organization and Marketing for the Plastic Industry," for a Slovakian entrepreneur; b) Two-week training program on Community Development for 12 officials from Azerbaijan; c) Two-week training program on "Media Viability" for 12 television media personnel from Azerbaijan CIU has delivered to USIA the following training program proposals: a) Long-term training program for 1998-99 for "Women's Leadership Training for Central & Eastern Europe (submitted through the CIU Eastern Europe Bureau in Bratislava, Slovakia, the CIU Washington, D.C. Bureau, and the CIU at BSC) for up to 14 women leaders from 14 Eastern European countries; b) Training programs/internships on "American Business Practices," "Non-Government Organization Development," and "Presidential Management Training Initiatives for Russian Managers," along with the second year of a grant award for the USIA's Community Connections Project CIU is continuing preparations for a trade mission to Russia, May 30-June 30, 1998 CIU is defining objectives for offices in Saratov (Russia), Bombay (India), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Baku (Azerbaijan) CIU is marketing "English as a Second Language" program for international students and their spouses, and through the CIU bureaus abroad Through the Washington, D.C. bureau, CIU is negotiating relationships with foundations and development organizations in Europe for development projects and international trade CIU Director was invited to attend a briefing by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on her visit to Central Asian Republics|
|BSC Black History Month Features Musical Tribute to "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," February 23 (w/photo)||Tuesday, February 24 1998||BSC Black History Month Features Musical Tribute to "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," February 23 (w/photo)||Karl Gipson (third from left) presented a dramatic recital, "Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," as a featured activity in Bluefield State College's observance of "Black History Month." He is pictured with BSC President Dr. Robert Moore (left), Ms. Jackie Bratton (second from left), BSC Black History Month display coordinator, and Dr. Marvin Rogers (right), Director of the Federal Title III/BRACE program at BSC. Karl Gipson, an internationally recognized theatrical performer and singer, presented "A Dramatic Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Narration and Song," February 23, as a featured activity in Bluefield State College's Black History Month program. Gipson, whose musical background includes study at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts, the University of Vienna, and Hunter College in New York City, has appeared in numerous movies and documentaries. His program at BSC included a tapestry of music and narration, highlighting the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "My presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been developed to pay tribute to the life and achievements of this great American who fought nonviolently the wrongs and injustices of our time," Gipson noted. Francis Conlon, who has served as an official accompanist for the National Opera Institute Auditions and the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition, provided piano accompaniment for Gipson's presentation.|
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