|"James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business" Established at Bluefield State College||Friday, April 04 1997||"James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business" Established at Bluefield State College||
The "James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business" has been established at Bluefield State College. The endowed chair will provide a lasting memorial to Mr. James H. Shott, former President of the Daily Telegraph Printing Company and one of the area's outstanding business and community leaders.
Establishment of this endowed chair marks the successful completion of a fund-raising program during which $150,000 was raised. The West Virginia Eminent Scholars Endowment Trust Fund Act permits a specific chair to be established when funds from public and private sources reach $150,000, with one dollar of state funds for each four dollars in private funds raised.
"The James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business significantly augments our Business Division's ability to attract outstanding faculty and recognize excellence in business instruction," BSC President Dr. Robert Moore noted. "The endowed chair will most certainly enhance teaching in Bluefield State College's business degree programs."
The endowed chair recognizes the lifelong effort of Mr. Shott in his promotion of civic and community improvement projects. He oversaw the annual Community Christmas Tree project, which provided holiday gifts and entertainment for underprivileged area children. He also played a primary role in the creation of the Area Development Corporation, a civic project designed to attract new business and industry to Bluefield. He served as a director of the local Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Mercer County Airport Advisory Committee. Mr. Shott's efforts facilitated the establishment of the Mercer County Airport and the North Street Post Office in Bluefield.
Mr. Shott's son, John C. Shott, noted, "My father was a true entrepreneur. He was primarily responsible for starting Bluefield's first radio station (WHIS-AM in 1929), Bluefield's first FM station (WHIS-FM in 1948), Bluefield's first television station (WHIS-TV in 1955) and for bringing natural gas from Princeton to Bluefield in the early 1950's. He would most certainly endorse the purpose of this endowed chair--to encourage excellence in business instruction so that students would be better equipped to find opportunity in our free enterprise system."
The fund-raising effort for the James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business was coordinated by the BSC Office of Institutional Advancement and Planning.
|BSC Jazz Ensemble in Concert April 28||Friday, April 04 1997||BSC Jazz Ensemble in Concert April 28||
The Bluefield State College Jazz Ensemble will present its annual Spring Jazz Concert April 28, at 8 p.m., in the Basic Science Auditorium on the BSC campus. Directed for the 23rd year by William B. Caruth, Jr., the 19-piece jazz ensemble is a unique combination of area musicians dedicated to the performance of the finest arrangements, featuring the big band sound.
The concert, which is the final event in a day-long jazz festival sponsored by BSC, features performances by guest artists Jim Calabrese and Jim Williamson. Calabrese, from Statesville, NC, has played with several nationally-recognized groups, and Williamson, from Nashville, TN, has performed with such well-known performers as Boots Randolph and Reba McIntyre.
The BSC Jazz Ensemble has performed throughout the Virginias and North Carolina, including a performance at the gubernatorial inaugural ball of former Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles.
The jazz festival features performances throughout the day by area junior high and senior high school stage bands.
|BSC Lady Blues Basketball Coach Tom Jessee Resigns, New Coach Sought||Thursday, April 03 1997||BSC Lady Blues Basketball Coach Tom Jessee Resigns, New Coach Sought||
Tom Jessee, head coach of the very successful Bluefield State College "Lady Blues" basketball team for the past nine seasons, has submitted his resignation to College officials, effective June 30. Jessee and his wife, Tiffany, (both of whom are BSC graduates) are moving to Florida where she will complete her medical residency requirements after graduating from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and he intends to continue coaching.
"Tom Jessee has done a wonderful job in establishing a firm foundation for our women's basketball program," BSC President Dr. Robert Moore noted. "His teams have finished either first or second in the conference in six of his nine seasons here. We wish Tom the best in his future endeavors."
"Bluefield State College is moving forward with steps to identify and select an outstanding successor as coach of the women's basketball program in the near future," Moore said.
Jessee's Lady Blues won four WVIAC championships and his teams reached the NAIA National Tournament in 1985 and '93. He coached the Lady Blues to a record of 177-85, including a 136-47 mark in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference. He was named NAIA District 28/WVIAC "Coach of the Year" in 1989. BSC placed 29 players on all-conference teams, and two on NAIA All-American teams during his nine year coaching career at BSC. He is the all-time winningest coach in the history of BSC women's basketball and his four-year players achieved a 99% graduation rate and placed one student-athlete on the Academic All-American team (1992). Jessee also chaired the WVIAC Women's Coaches' Association in 1990-91.
|BSC March Activities Review||Monday, March 31 1997||BSC March Activities Review||
|BSC Baseball Preview, 1997||Friday, March 28 1997||BSC Baseball Preview, 1997||
A year ago, Bluefield State;s baseball Big Blues missed the conference playoffs by just one game. This year, they look to a strong starting rotation to lift them into the WVIAC playoff picture.
Veteran coach Geoff Hunter, after returning from the team's traditional Florida spring trip, assessed the 1997 Big Blues as "better than we were a year ago at this point." The team lost outfielders Dylan Daquilla and Gary Dove, pitchers Josh King and Ronnie Phillips, and second baseman Chris Krondon from last year's team, which finished 8-12 in the conference.
"One of our strengths should be our starting pitching. We have quality and depth on the mound, and our pitching should make us competitive," Hunter said. Keith Bryant anchors the staff. "He's a power pitcher, probably the best here since Eddie Luers (1992)," the coach observed. "There is some major league interest in Keith because he has great ability and an outstanding work ethic."
Freshman Jason Houck, whose complete game effort lifted the Blues to a win over Pfeiffer College earlier this month, also figures to log several innings. "Jason is a very intelligent pitcher who figures to get better as he gains experience," Hunter added.
Matt Vestal and Shawn Sparks are position players who will take their turns on the hill for spot starts. Both are effective, seasoned players, according to their coach. Freshmen Charlie McLain and Danny Crouse will also get a look on the mound, with sophomores Jeremy Truman and Jeff Walker providing the middle relief. "We're still looking for someone who is comfortable in the role of closer," Hunter said.
Cory Wolfe and Jason Bachover will split time behind the plate. "Cory is a little better offensively, and Jason is a capable defensive catcher," the coach said. At first, Mike Fowler returns. The former Big Creek star blasted nine batting practice homers out of Bowen Field during a recent workout. Team captain Ryan Scott, the club's only senior, is back at second base. "Ryan is a very dependable contact hitter. We'll probably hit him second or third in the batting order," Hunter projected. Shortstop Matt Vestal "has really shown improved range and arm strength," the coach said.
The remainder of the infield finds Damien Jackson, an outstanding athlete, at third base, with Shawn Sparks providing versatility as a utility infielder.
Centerfielder John Ford returns after a very good freshman campaign. "He's a good hitter at the top of the order and is a settling influence in the field," Hunter said. Former Mount View standout Jamie Bailey will start in right and split time with Backover and Wolfe behind the plate. "Jamie is a line drive hitter with home run power," the coach observed. In a platoon arrangement, Kent Edwards, Jared Willingham, Steve Mazon, and Jason Simpkins will see time in leftfield.
"We played some outstanding competition during our southern trip, and we hope it will pay dividends during the conference season," Hunter concluded. BSC plays at home Monday and Wednesday with WVIAC doubleheaders at Bowen Field against West Virginia Wesleyan and Concord, respectively.
|BSC Nursing Students Deliver Smiles to Westwood||Friday, March 28 1997||BSC Nursing Students Deliver Smiles to Westwood||
Putting on their "happy faces," a group of Bluefield State College associate degree nursing students visited Westwood Health Care Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to present a skit for the residents.
Dressed as clowns, second year nursing students Carla Hatfield and Misty Lusk, along with helper Veronica Poynter, produced and delivered the sketch as a patient education project. "We're here to show that nurses do more than give pills and shots," Hatfield said. "We want the residents to see that nurses are compassionate. Our program is designed to be entertaining and humorous, because there is a significant physical and psychosocial benefit from laughter."
The "Service Learning" project is a component of the "Introduction to Community Health Nursing" course, taught by BSC assistant professor of nursing S. Kay Thompson. The project is designed to encourage community involvement through the use of "therapeutic self," with students volunteering in a variety of community-based organizations.
"Misty, Veronica, and Carla were very creative in their approach in use of therapeutic self," Thompson noted. "A clown routine put a big smile on the faces of many residents at Westwood. Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine."
|BSC Officials Serve on NASPA||Tuesday, March 25 1997||BSC Officials Serve on NASPA||
Bluefield State College's Dean of Student Services and the College's Campus Activities Director have been selected to serve on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region II Advisory Board.
Dr. Louis Barsi, Dean of Student Services at BSC was named to the Region II advisory board as a member "at large." BSC Campus Activities Director J.D. Carpenter is the Region II Newsletter Editor. He is also the Newsletter Editor of the West Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators. They join Fairmont State's Ken Kelly as West Virginia's three representatives on the NASPA Region II Advisory Board.
NASPA is an association for student affairs administrators in higher education. They are committed to providing student affairs professionals and their institutions with high quality professional development programs and guidance on issues affecting student affairs and higher education, including compliance with federal regulations, public policies on alcohol and campus safety, disability issues, student learning outcomes, and counseling.
|Educational Opportunity Center Program Update at GCCC||Tuesday, March 25 1997||Educational Opportunity Center Program Update at GCCC||
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College, and at BSC's campuses in Bluefield and Beckley, is a federally-funded program guaranteeing access to higher education for educationally and economically disadvantaged persons. It provides information about financial and academic assistance for those persons pursuing postsecondary education, and furnishes assistance in completing forms for admission and for financial aid.
The EOC is a federally funded outreach program designed to assist adults in their pursuit of an education. The program, which is in its third year of operation at BSC, involves assisting adults to set long-range and short-term goals as they gain confidence and self-esteem.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Judith Stennett, EOC counselor at the Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC, @ (304) 645-3343.
|Kids Kollege '97 Scheduled||Tuesday, March 25 1997||Kids Kollege '97 Scheduled||
"Kids Kollege," a one-week summer enrichment program for children (grades 1-5) enters its third season at Bluefield State College later this year. Officials from the BSC Center for Economic Enhancement have announced that Kids Kollege will be conducted July 28-August 1.
Kids Kollege provides students with the opportunity to pursue a particular area of interest or build skills in another area, during a relaxing, fun learning experience.
This year the Center will expand the program to include lunch and an afternoon session, with crafts, physical education programs, and recreation. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per class, and preregistration is necessary.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the BSC Center for Economic Enhancement at (304) 327-4071.
|Veterans Upward Bound Program -||Tuesday, March 25 1997||Veterans Upward Bound Program -||
The Veterans Upward Bound program, with offices at Bluefield State College's Greenbrier Community College Center (as well as sites at BSC campuses in Bluefield and Beckley) provides a variety of services for service veterans.
Among the services offered through VUB are career and academic counseling and testing, short-term refresher courses in computers, math, sciences, grammar and composition, and assistance in completing college entrance applications, SAT/ACT applications, and financial aid forms. Veterans Upward Bound services are free to qualifying service veterans in the program and the program pays a monthly stipend to help offset expenses for eligible veterans.
John Diaz, BSC VUB counselor at the Greenbrier Community College Center, notes, "The Veterans Upward Bound program gives service veterans the opportunity to continue their education and/or pursue their individual educational goals. We give veterans who are first generation college students and/or low income individuals an opportunity to improve their lives. Often, they haven't had the financial means or the role model to assist them in pursuing additional education."
Diaz stresses there is no pressure in VUB courses. "They are academic refresher courses that prepare veterans to go to college," he said. "Our instructors understand the veterans who take part in the program. Our students are older than normal college-going students, and often have handled difficult life circumstances and personal issues."
Individuals interested in additional information may contact Diaz at the Greenbrier Community College Center at (304) 645-6123.
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