|BSC Student Team Named “Rookie of the Year” at Enactus Regional Championship||Tuesday, April 09 2013||BSC Student Team Named “Rookie of the Year” at Enactus Regional Championship||
(Bluefield)—A Bluefield State College student team was awarded "Rookie of the Year" honors at the recent "Enactus Regional Championship" in Atlanta, GA. The competition brought together active Enactus programs from throughout the country to one of ten regional championships.
The BSC chapter of Enactus, a community of student, academic, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress, was established last semester. Competing teams were divided into eight leagues where they were judged on criteria that considered how effectively their projects empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts with an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.
Accompanied by faculty advisor Dr. Albert Berkoh, the BSC Enactus team of Jerome Powell, Justin Joseph, Kamola Azizova, Kim Ross, Feyijimi Adegbohun, Remar Brothers, and Sean Cornelius competed against teams from the University of Florida, Morehead State University, Georgia College & State University, and Southern Adventist University. At the end of the day, the BSC team was named "Rookie of the Year" for its performance as a first-year Enactus program.
BSC Enactus team member Kamola Azizova observed, "This was an amazing event and a great opportunity for our team. With just nine members and in our first year of existence, we successfully launched three initiatives, and we were recognized for our achievement. Through our Enactus experience, we can clearly see how our hard work and effort are making a positive change in the community."
|BSC Health Services Management Program Director Co-Authors Scholarly Paper Presented at Southwest Texas Academy of Management Annual Meeting||Tuesday, April 09 2013||BSC Health Services Management Program Director Co-Authors Scholarly Paper Presented at Southwest Texas Academy of Management Annual Meeting||
(Bluefield)—A scholarly paper co-authored by Bluefield State College faculty member Dr. Peggy Johnson was presented at the recent Southwest Texas Academy of Medicine annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"The Collaboration of Not-for-Profit Hospitals and Public Health Departments to Perform Community Needs Assessments that Meet PPACA Requirements, summarized original research conducted by Dr. Johnson (Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Services Management Program at the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business) and Drs. Tina Fields and Jeff Hatala (School of Health Administration, Texas State University.
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has created an opportunity for not-for-profit hospitals and health entities to work together to implement community needs assessments," Dr. Johnson explained. PPACA requirements have served as a catalyst for bringing public health and medical professionals together, she noted. "Additionally, not-for-profit hospitals also recognize the necessity for collaboration because they now must meet PPACA requirements to maintain their tax-exempt status."
"The community health needs assessment may be a successful process that can serve not-for-profit hospitals/organizations and public health agencies to present their unique strengths and develop mechanisms to identify and meet health care needs in a community," she added.
|BSC Beckley Campus Life Span Development Class Hosts “Transforming Lives” Seminar||Tuesday, April 09 2013||BSC Beckley Campus Life Span Development Class Hosts “Transforming Lives” Seminar||
(Bluefield)—A "Transforming Lives, Every Age, Every One" Seminar presented recently at The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center featured the research of Bluefield State College Beckley Campus students. The students, members of Dr. Robert Hayes' Life Span Development Class, explored a wide range of topics related to Developmental Psychology.
"The students conducted research as if they were working with 'real world' clients like those utilizing help from the women's resource center or the homeless shelter," Dr. Hayes explained. The exercise was designed to remind students that, because all human beings are vulnerable, it is each student's responsibility to give back to others, according to Dr. Hayes.
Topics covered during the seminar included "Anorexia," "Drug Abuse & ADHD," and "Prenatal Care and Marijuana Use." Students and peers voted "OCD—Normal or Not," designed by Cassandra Patterson," and "The Effects of Play in Childhood Development," developed by Autumn Smith, as "Best Display, Overall," and "Best Presentation of Facts," respectively. Students explained their research initiatives for a steady stream of observers throughout the seminar.
The Life Span Development class explores the impact upon our lives of biological, psychological, and sociological influences. "Just 'learning the facts' is not enough," Dr. Hayes concluded. "Our goal is to educate well-rounded and dynamically educated professionals.
|BSC Health Services Management Program Director to Lead Workshop at New Frontier in Aging Conference at WVU||Tuesday, April 09 2013||BSC Health Services Management Program Director to Lead Workshop at New Frontier in Aging Conference at WVU||
(Bluefield)—Dr. Peggy Johnson, Director of Bluefield State College's Health Services Management Program will be a featured presenter at the New Frontier in Aging Conference at West Virginia University, June 6.
Dr. Johnson's topic, "Protecting the Elderly in Rural Areas During Disasters," will focus on helping those who deliver care to vulnerable older adults in rural communities during emergency and disaster situations.
"Some characteristics of older adults put them at greater risk of illness and death during many types of emergencies," Johnson noted. "Limitations like impaired mobility and diminished sensory awareness are often more prevalent in the frail elderly. Additionally, emergencies and disasters can disrupt vital support systems that older adults rely upon. This workshop will provide practical strategies for preparedness planning in rural communities."
Topics to be covered during the workshop include developing disaster plans in rural areas, building community partnerships, leveraging the influence of area agencies on aging, and using technology to plan for meeting the needs of older adults.
The New Frontier in Aging Conference is sponsored by the WVU Division of Social Work.
|BSC RASP Forges Relationship with Elizabeth City State University Counterpart||Monday, April 08 2013||BSC RASP Forges Relationship with Elizabeth City State University Counterpart||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP) staff members Lisa Saunders and Julie Kalk traveled on April 5 to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in Elizabeth City, NC to observe operations in the highly successful ECSU Office of Sponsored Programs. The BSC delegation was welcomed by ECSU Director of Sponsored Programs Patricia Gibbs and her staff.
The BSC representatives were introduced to how the major components of grant application and management—pre-award services, post-award services, and compliance—are handled at ECSU, after which they met with each of the ECSU sub-units to discuss details.
"It was an opportunity for me to confirm that the issues we have in RASP are universal and to learn some techniques for dealing with those issues," said Saunders. "It was also nice to see that they have been able to grow their office from 2-3 staff and $1.5 million in grants to 10-11 staff and $15 million in grants in the last decade."
ECSU was chosen as a mentor institution because of a broad overlap in mission and activities between it and BSC. Both ECSU and BSC are Historically Black Colleges & Universities that identify themselves as teaching institutions and serve similarly-sized communities. ECSU is a past recipient and BSC a current recipient of the National Institutes of Health Extramural Associates Research and Development Award (EARDA), which is intended to strengthen sponsored programs infrastructure.
Additionally, Dr. Kalk and Dr. Tesfaye Belay are participating in the ECSU Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) which uses technology and critical thinking to improve student outcomes in science and engineering courses. A delegation from ECSU MSEIP will be visiting BSC on April 19 to provide training in the use of a Smart Board that was purchased for BSC through the program.
"We hope that establishing strong ties with ECSU in a range of areas will make both institutions stronger," noted Kalk. "If the reception and acceptance we experienced at ECSU is indicative of future events, this relationship is bound to be a success."
|Psychology Careers Information Session to be Presented at Bluefield State College, May 2||Friday, April 05 2013||Psychology Careers Information Session to be Presented at Bluefield State College, May 2||
(Bluefield)—An information session focusing upon career options in psychology will be presented at Bluefield State College on May 2, 4 p.m. in Room 106/Basic Science Building on the BSC campus.
|BSC Beckley Campus Coordinator’s Scholarly Article Published in the Virginia English Journal||Thursday, April 04 2013||BSC Beckley Campus Coordinator’s Scholarly Article Published in the Virginia English Journal||
(Bluefield)—A scholarly article written by Dr. Robin Ware, Bluefield State College Beckley Campus Coordinator, has been published in the Virginia English Journal.
The article, “Living, Learning, Teaching (with) Language: An Idiolectical Autobiography of a Lawn Guylander,” was published in the Virginia English Journal’s Vol. 62, Number 2. “One of the greatest achievements in academia, after receiving one’s doctorate, is getting an article published in a peer-reviewed journal,” Dr. Ware noted. “I wrote this autobiography about how some people react when hearing my ‘Lawn Guyland/Long Island’ accent. I hope that this essay will help non-New Yorkers be kinder to those of us who are out of our element!”
The Virginia English Journal is the Virginia Association of Teachers of English refereed journal. It is published twice each year, and contains articles of interest to teachers of English, those who teach teachers of English, and others concerned with the teaching of English.
|BSC Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society for Freshmen, Inducts 29 Students & One Honorary Member||Thursday, April 04 2013||BSC Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society for Freshmen, Inducts 29 Students & One Honorary Member||
(Bluefield)— The Bluefield State College chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for freshmen, inducted 29 students 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.
The induction ceremony was conducted by Past Chapter Advisor John Cardwell, retired Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment, as well as Past Chapter co-advisor Ralph Patsel and Chapter Advisor Carolyn Kirby.
|25th Annual Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at BSC Attracts 284 Job Seekers and 79 Employers||Friday, March 29 2013||25th Annual Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at BSC Attracts 284 Job Seekers and 79 Employers||
"This year's event attracted a large contingent of job seekers, as well as a sizeable group of 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 Fair brings employment networking 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 future prospective employers." The 2013 Fair also saw a welcome increase in the number of graduate and professional schools that attended and provided admissions information for candidates seeking advanced degrees.
Each attendee taking part in the Employment & Recruitment Fair received a vendors' map, noting the location of each recruiting organization, as well as the academic areas of emphasis sought by each recruiting organization.
Harrison observed that several former students who met with prospective employers at prior Fairs returned this year in the role of recruiters for the organizations with which they are now employed. "This year's event will be remembered as one of the best we've ever hosted at Bluefield State College, and it has set the bar very high for next year's Employment & Recruitment Fair, which will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014."
|BSC “enactus” Student Organization to Present Job Readiness Workshop, April 5||Thursday, March 28 2013||BSC “enactus” Student Organization to Present Job Readiness Workshop, April 5||
(Bluefield)—A "Job Readiness Workshop" will be presented by the Bluefield State College "enactus" student organization, April 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 309, Mahood Hall, W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business on the BSC campus.
Topics to be covered include resume building, business cards, cover letters, LinkedIn Profiles, and a session on interviewing skills. A community of student, academic, and business leaders, the BSC chapter of enactus has conducted several initiatives during the current academic year with an emphasis upon using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress.
Interested individuals are encouraged to call (304) 952-9861 for additional information.
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