|BSC Model UN Attends Intrernational Conference||Thursday, November 29 2012||BSC Model UN Attends Intrernational Conference||
Fourteen members of the Bluefield State College Model United Nations club attended the 23rd annual International American Model United Nations Convention in Chicago, Illinois, November 17-21. Approximately 2000 participants from over 125 colleges and universities took part in the simulation of United Nations committees and conference, including a mock Security Council Emergency Session from 1 a.m.-3 a.m. on the third night of the convention. The Emergency Session of the Security Council dealt with the anticipated takeover of the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the so-called M23 rebels.
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|BSC Presentation at WV Higher Ed. Technology Conference Demonstrates Technology Use to Enhance Students’ Learning Experience||Monday, November 26 2012||BSC Presentation at WV Higher Ed. Technology Conference Demonstrates Technology Use to Enhance Students’ Learning Experience||
(Bluefield)—Combining an on-site and virtual presence, Bluefield State College's Bill Bennett and Darrel Malamisura delivered a featured presentation at the recent West Virginia Higher Education Technology Conference in Morgantown. The event, sponsored by WVNET, brought together an audience of more than 200 attendees and 38 vendors.
Bennett, Interim Director/Instructional Technology Center and Extended Learning at BSC, coordinated a virtual classroom presentation at the conference, and Malamisura, Associate Professor of Business and Economics at BSC. "We demonstrated the use of life-sized video conferencing systems and the video center in conjunction to produce live video streams of the Enhanced Technology Classrooms (ETC)," Bennett explained.
"I participated from a classroom in the Cole School of Business," Malamisura added, "and I streamed a presentation to show attendees what we can do with Livestream and Smart Board, as well as how we can upload that content to Moodle. Students enjoy the option of being able to watch everything in class, either 'real time' or later. We also showed how Google Apps, specifically Hangout and Google docs can be used in a real time collaborative effort. In other words, ten different people could work on the same document at the same time from ten different locations."
The conference featured an address by former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
|BSC Student Delegation Participates in National Biomedical Research Conference||Tuesday, November 20 2012||BSC Student Delegation Participates in National Biomedical Research Conference||
(Bluefield)—Six Bluefield State College students displayed and discussed their biomedical research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Jose, CA, November 7-10.
Four of students, Sasha Richmond, Danielle Haynes, Michael Bowling, and Brandon Kirby, performed research focusing on "Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model," and "Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Under Starvation in Water." at BSC. Additionally, BSC students Aja Bayo and Mardochee Isme presented research findings emerging from their summer internship opportunities at Marshall University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
BSC sophomore Brandon Kirby was among 278 students recognized for receiving the highest scores out of 1600 presenters. Kirby, a Montcalm High School graduate and BSC sophomore, explained. "The conference marked the first time my work had been actively judged. I really enjoyed the opportunity to tell others about my research."
"The conference was very fulfilling for me. I consider the award I received as recognition of Montcalm High School, Bluefield State College, and the state of West Virginia. "The entire Biomedical Research Conference in San Jose was centered on networking," Brandon Kirby explained. "I met some great students and faculty and was really interesting to talk to some outstanding student researchers and learn from some nationally recognized experts in biomedical research. I owe this award to Dr. Belay for the opportunity to do research, my fellow students for all their help, my parents for their support, and God for making all things possible." After graduation from BSC, Kirby plans to apply for admission into an MD/PhD program.
Dr. Belay also expressed appreciation to the West Virginia Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, McNair Scholars Program, Federal Title III/BRACE Program, BSC Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and BSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for their support in conjunction with the students' participation in the Biomedical Research Conference.
|BSC Students and Faculty Attend EcoSummit 2013||Tuesday, November 20 2012||BSC Students and Faculty Attend EcoSummit 2013||
(Bluefield)—Students and faculty from Bluefield State College joined their colleagues from other Historically Black Colleges and Universities at EcoSummit, 2012 in Columbus, OH. The six-day program brought together more than 1600 of the world's leaders in ecological science to the Greater Columbus Convention.
BSC students Crystal Dillon and Loren Morris, along with Dr. Martha Eborall, Dean of the BSC School of Arts & Sciences, viewed "cutting edge" work while attending symposia and workshops on sustainability and restoration of the earth's ecosystem services. "Students experienced firsthand the global importance of ecological sustainability, took part in a field trip of their choice, and networked with world-renowned scientists and academicians," Dr. Eborall noted.
Students heard lectures and panel discussions led by some of the nation's leaders in the field of sustainability, including Harvard's E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond, and Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute.
"These students now have a better understanding of the interconnected nature of our ecosystems," added Bernice Cage, Public Information and Diversity Manager for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, a sponsor of EcoSummit 2012. "The world is diverse, our population is diverse, and it's important for a diverse student population to be part of the sustainability conversation.
The students' costs associated with attending EcoSummit 2012 were underwritten by Limited Brands, Inc. In all, 23 students from HBCU member institutions Bluefield State College, Claflin University, Miles College and Spelman College attended EcoSummit 2012.
|BSC Welcomes New Institutional Advancement Director Betty Carroll||Monday, November 19 2012||BSC Welcomes New Institutional Advancement Director Betty Carroll||
(Bluefield)—A passion for helping students and community prompted Betty Carroll to seek the position of Director/Institutional Advancement and Planning at Bluefield State College. About one month ago, she joined BSC and she's been working at a brisk pace to contact alumni and community residents.
Carroll, a North Tazewell, VA resident, worked in the Institutional Advancement office at Bluefield College for 13 years, most recently as Director of Annual Giving. "I'm excited about the opportunity at Bluefield State College. There are lots of ways for our alumni to help BSC students, many of whom are first generation college students. For alumni who had a great educational experience at BSC and is now employed in their chosen fields, supporting scholarship opportunities helps them to 'give forward' and assist another generation of students to attend and graduate from Bluefield State."
"Business and community also have a love for this College," she continued. "We share the same community. Bluefield State College's students, employees, events, and programs help to enrich the quality of life for the entire region."
She also stressed the growing importance of private support in the life of the College. "As state funding for higher education in West Virginia continues to decline, support from alumni and businesses becomes increasingly important to sustaining the quality of education at all public colleges, including Bluefield State," she observed.
"Additionally, there are tax advantages for donors who give to the College before the end of the year. Our office has several programs that can help individuals and businesses wishing to take advantage of these end-of-year deductions and, at the same time, help our students. Many students depend on scholarship help to begin, then to remain in school and graduate. Scholarship support can make the difference between dropping out of college and graduating." Additional information can be obtained by contacting Carroll by phone (304-327-4031) or e-mail (email@example.com).
BSC's Office of Institutional Advancement and Planning is located in Conley Hall, Room 309.
|BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students Attend “Light the Night Alzheimer’s Awareness Program at Princeton Health Care Center||Tuesday, November 13 2012||BSC Associate Degree Nursing Students Attend “Light the Night Alzheimer’s Awareness Program at Princeton Health Care Center||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College's first year Associate Degree Nursing students helped to "Light the Night" during an Alzheimer's Awareness program at Princeton Health Care Center on Thursday evening, November 8. The 14th annual "Light the Night Alzheimer's Awareness Program" included poetry, musical selections, and a moment of silence in memory of Alzheimer's victims, before concluding with a luminary display on the Princeton Health Care Center campus.
"The program was particularly meaningful for students in the 'Nursing Care of the Older Adult Class,' taught by Dr. (Bernadette) Dragich (BSC Professor of Nursing)," observed Sandra Wynn, BSC Associate Degree Nursing Program Director. "Students learned more about Alzheimer's and gained insight as caregivers asked questions about taking care of their loved ones who have Alzheimer's."
Kaarmin Ford, outreach coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association of West Virginia, was the keynote speaker. A welcome was extended to attendees by Roger Topping, Princeton Health Care Center Administrator and a member of the Bluefield State College Board of Governors
|BSC Student Puts Academic Skills to Work, Lands Grant Award for Princeton Business||Tuesday, November 13 2012||BSC Student Puts Academic Skills to Work, Lands Grant Award for Princeton Business||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College student Jerome Powell applied the instruction and knowledge he received in the classroom in a "living laboratory." He composed and submitted an application for a Sam's Club "Step Up for Small Business" grant and he received notification recently that the grant has been selected for a $1500 award.
|BSC Baseball Team “Pitches In” to Help Bluefield First Church of the||Friday, November 09 2012||BSC Baseball Team “Pitches In” to Help Bluefield First Church of the||
More than 20 BSC baseball players and Coach Geoff Hunter invested their Saturday in cleaning the sanctuary, cleaning light fixtures and replacing light bulbs, painting walls in the Family Life Center, and sprucing up Sunday School rooms.
"I have been a pastor for 34 years at churches in five states, and I have never before seen college students come out and give so richly of their time in service to help a community of faith," observed The Reverend Gary Jakes, pastor of the church. "It was enriching and encouraging to see so many young men devoted to the task. They were polite and respectful and they really worked. I told them at lunch that they had blessed us with their presence and their willingness to help."
"We were honored to help Reverend Jakes and the good folks at the Bluefield First Church of the Nazarene," observed Geoff Hunter, BSC's baseball coach. "Jane Richardson from BSC communicated to Robert Haggerty, one of our student-athletes, that there was a need at the church that we might be able to help with. Although we haven't made a habit of advertising it over the years, our baseball program has a long history of community service."
"When Jane reached out to us, we were more than happy to 'step up to the plate' and lend a hand," the BSC coach continued. "Since we have always maintained our baseball field on campus, our kids are not afraid of a little work. The time we spent together that Saturday morning proved to be a great team-building event for us. We feel like we benefitted from the experience just as much as the First Church of the Nazarene did. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and would like to thank the congregation for feeding all of us after the chores were done."
|BSC School of Arts and Sciences Received a Smart Board through Collaboration with Elizabeth City State University||Friday, November 02 2012||BSC School of Arts and Sciences Received a Smart Board through Collaboration with Elizabeth City State University||
(Bluefield)--Bluefield State College has established a research collaboration with Elizabeth City (North Carolina) State University (ECSU) to participate in the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The ultimate objective of the program is to infuse Critical Thinking (CT) as a tool in learning and teaching. "It is believed that CT efforts could help to bridge the gap between prepared and underprepared students and promote improved student learning outcomes," explained Dr. Tesfaye Belay, BSC Associate Professor of Biology. "The collaboration is exemplified by the participation of faculty members from 14 institutions in training workshops."
Following Dr. Belay's five-day MSEIP workshop at ECSU last summer, the BSC School of Arts and Sciences received a smart blackboard and accessories worth $8000. The smart blackboard is already installed in a Basic Science Building classroom and will be available in early November. All BSC faculty members may use the faculty in teaching their courses through scheduling and receiving the permission from the office of the Dean of School of Arts and Sciences. All faculty members utilizing the smart blackboard will write a report detailing their experience in its use and its effectiveness in the teaching process. Dr. Belay will compile and submit to MSEIP a progress report, aggregating the faculty members' individual reports on the use and impact of the smart blackboard.
Each summer, the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program will present a workshop at selected institutions of higher education among the 14 MSEIP colleges and universities. Dr. Julie Kalk, BSC Assistant Professor of Physics, has been selected to join the MSEIP collaborative project involving ECSU and BSC. Dr. Kalk and Dr. Belay will attend a workshop hosted by Dillard University in New Orleans, LA next May. After each summer's training workshop, Dr. Kalk and Dr. Belay will infuse CT into their respective courses of physics and biology to measure, appraise, and then provide evidence of CT infusion/effort in a report to the MSEIP every semester.
Following the second summer workshop, it is anticipated that another smart blackboard will be offered to BSC in 2013, according to Dr. Belay. The infusion of CT has been already implemented in his General Biology 101 online course. "Bluefield State College students are more motivated and prepared to study and learn about biology through the incorporation of CT assignments online," he concluded.
|BSC To Host Special Program to Honor America’s Military Veterans, November 12||Friday, November 02 2012||BSC To Host Special Program to Honor America’s Military Veterans, November 12||
(Bluefield)— A special program to honor our nation's military veterans will be held at Bluefield State College on Monday, November 12, 2012. The program begins with an 8:30 a.m. breakfast in the Harris-Jefferson Student Center cafeteria. The breakfast will be free of charge for all military veterans and active duty members of the U.S. military.
Following breakfast, the program continues at 9:30 a.m. with Bluefield State College alumnus William David Easterling, Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman, USN, serving as the featured speaker. Weather permitting, Senior Chief Easterling's speech and the Veterans Day program will take place at the Veterans Memorial, adjacent to the Student Center. In the event of inclement weather, the program and speech will take place in the Student Center.
During Senior Chief Easterling's 28 years of Naval service, he has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) and numerous campaign and unit level awards.
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