|Dr. Rogers Speaks During Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon||Wednesday, January 29 1997||Dr. Rogers Speaks During Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon||
"It was what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, but also how he said it," Bluefield State College Title III/Brace Program Director Dr. Marvin Rogers noted during his recent speech at Southwest Virginia Community College.
"We know Dr. King because of his language, and because of the cadence, intonation, and inflection of his speech," Rogers told his audience at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Series at SVCC.
"I will not say that Dr. King was a language master," Rogers continued, "but to hear his voice or read his words is to confirm beyond any doubt that he knew how to use the tool. If he had not known how to use language, we would not know him. We do not know him because he stopped to boost our car battery on a cold day. . .or because he co-signed a loan for us. . . .or because he bought us a drink somewhere. We know him because of his language."
Rogers said Dr. King spoke to both the poor and the monied classes, the illiterate and those who were scholars, royalty and common people. "He expressed his thoughts in large, easily understood 'canvases,'" the BSC administrator noted afterward. "He was a brilliant man, a thinker, conceptualizer, dreamer, motivator, and leader. He used the words of the English language with the precision of a skilled surgeon, with power, artistry, and oratorical capacity."
More than 150 Southwest Virginia Community College faculty, staff, students and residents of the region attended the ceremony.
|Dr. Olmsted's Research Recognized||Monday, January 27 1997||Dr. Olmsted's Research Recognized||
The French National Research Center (CNRS) Division of Prehistory has adopted a Bluefield State College faculty member's explanation of the calendar system used by the early Celts in France.
Dr. Garrett Olmsted, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sociology at BSC devoted three years' research into developing a system to explain the calendar used by the Celts in the first century, B.C. His findings are detailed in his book, The Gaulish Calendar, published in Gaulish Germany in 1992. French philologists (historians specializing in the study of ancient calendars) were reluctant to accept Olmsted's system until very recently, when philologist Pinault confirmed in Gnomen (a critical publication for classical ancient history) that the BSC faculty member's findings are accurate and cannot be doubted.
"The development of the Celtic calendar is significant," Olmsted explained, "because it was the most accurate calendar in predicting the location of the sun and moon until the Gregorian calendar was developed in the mid-15th century." Olmsted examined bronze fragments of the original Celt calendars, whose creation dated back to about 100 B.C. and were copied repeatedly over the next 300 years. He also utilized photographs of original calendars in his research.
"I realized that 300 symbols on the calendars indicate the bronze plate contained a calendar with a 25-year cycle, but that it developed from one with a 30-year cycle," Olmsted continued. "The 25-year calendar was five times more accurate than earlier calendars. The French were at first reluctant to accept my explanation of the calendar system. I had to publish my work in Germany. It has taken the French five years to admit that I am right."
Olmsted, who regularly speaks at national and international historical colloquia, will be a featured presenter at Harvard later this semester. His program focuses upon ancient metalsmiths and coin art.
|Financial Aid Workshop||Monday, January 27 1997||Financial Aid Workshop||
Students, and families of students who are interested in attending college this fall are invited to attend either of a pair of financial aid workshops at Bluefield State College, Feb. 10 & Feb. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening.
The free workshops will include detailed information about financial aid, financial aid forms, Pell grants, work study, student and parent loans, payment options, and merit scholarships. Additionally, BSC financial aid personnel can assist individuals in completing financial aid applications.
The financial aid workshops will be held in the Katharine B. Tierney Conference Center, Dickason Hall, on the Bluefield State College campus in Bluefield. Additional information may be obtained by calling (304) 327-4022.
|Former DC Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly Kicks Off BSC's "Black History Month" Activities (w/photo)||Sunday, January 26 1997||Former DC Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly Kicks Off BSC's "Black History Month" Activities (w/photo)||Sharon Pratt Kelly Sharon Pratt Kelly, the first African American female mayor of a major American city, will speak at Bluefield State College, opening a busy calendar of "Black History Month" activities at the College. Her presentation, which is open to the public free of charge, begins at 7 p.m., February 2, in the Basic Science Auditorium on the BSC campus. Kelly defied great odds on November 6, 1990 to become the first female leader of the nation's capital, and the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a major urban city. She served as mayor of the District of Columbia from 1991-1994. Political observers credited her mayoral victory to her demonstrated commitment of more than 20 years of community involvement and activism in local and national politics. Proclaiming "YES WE WILL," Kelly promised District residents an "honest deal." She vowed to restore the city to greatness by improving the quality of life for all people. In less than four years, she moved her city dramatically close to this ideal. Kelly set the city on a sound financial path--inaugurating massive downsizing, reorganizing, automation, and training. During her term as mayor, every category of crime in the nation's capital declined. She developed public-private partnerships to effect many of her reforms. Area businesses were encouraged to use their ingenuity to help the District develop programs to serve and save the city's young, old, middle, and deprived. These partnerships helped foster more jobs and encouraged international trade ventures. The Washington Post noted, "Sharon Pratt Kelly cajoled her city to embrace reform by becoming herself the unwavering voice for change--for she believes government must be that agent of change if we, as a nation, are to be ready for the next century." She is an honors graduate of Howard University and earned a Juris doctorate from that university's law school. She is a former vice-chairman of the D.C. Law Revision Commission, and a former vice president of Potomac Electric Power Company. She was elected as Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and served in that capacity from 1985-1989. Among the national awards she has received are the following: The NAACP Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence' and the Mary McLeod Bethune-W. E. B. DuBois Award, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus. Other BSC Black History Month activities include the following: Historian/dramatist Norman Jordan will present a chautauqua performance of "Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History," February 11 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. A second chautauqua presentation, "Anne Spencer," will presented by Ms. Bruscilla Jordan February 25 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. Karl Gipson, an internationally-recognized musician and theatrical performer, will deliver "A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. The Bluefield Community Choir will present its annual Black History Month concert in the BSC Student Union, February 21 at 6 p.m, and the "Voices of the Revolution" display will be available for viewing in the Student Union during the week of February 16-20. The public is invited to all of these events, free of charge.|
|Free Income Tax Assistance Offered Through BSC Accounting Club and Club Advisors||Thursday, January 23 1997||Free Income Tax Assistance Offered Through BSC Accounting Club and Club Advisors||For the eleventh consecutive year, Bluefield State College Accounting Club students and BSC accounting faculty members will offer free tax assistance to area residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Free tax assistance will be offered on the following schedule: each Wednesday (except March 18), February 4-April 8, 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and each Thursday (except March 19), February 5-April 9 , 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in Mahood Hall, room 118, on the BSC campus. Assistance will be provided on three Saturdays (February 14, March 7, and April 4), 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Craft Memorial Library, Bluefield. According to William Goodman, BSC associate professor of accounting, "Volunteers alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions with items such as credit for the elderly and sale of residence." "Taxpayers seeking assistance should bring this year's tax package, usually received through the mail, wage and earning statements (Forms W-2) received from employers, interest statements from banks (Forms 1099), a copy of last year's federal and state tax return, if available, 1995 tax return, if available, and any other relevant information concerning income and expenses," added William Bradberry, BSC assistant professor of accounting. In 1997, BSC volunteers contributed more than 300 hours' service, assisting area residents in completing income tax returns. Bradberry and Goodman are coordinating Bluefield State's participation in this year's VITA program. "Our students enjoy the satisfaction of helping other people, and many people find this service very meaningful because it helps them to complete their tax returns in a way that's comfortable for them," Goodman concluded. Additional information may be obtained by calling Professor William Goodman, Bluefield State College, @ (304) 327-4107.|
|BSC Announces Black History Month Activities||Tuesday, January 21 1997||BSC Announces Black History Month Activities||Bluefield State College has announced a variety of Black History Month activities. Historian/dramatist Norman Jordan will present a chautauqua performance of "Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History," February 11 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. A second chautauqua presentation, "Anne Spencer," will presented by Ms. Bruscilla Jordan February 25 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. Karl Gipson, an internationally-recognized musician and theatrical performer, will deliver "A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. The Bluefield Community Choir will present its annual Black History Month concert in the BSC Student Union, February 21 at 6 p.m, and the "Voices of the Revolution" display will be available for viewing in the Student Union during the week of February 16-20. The public is invited to all of these events, free of charge.|
|William B. Bales, First Participant in BSC's||Tuesday, January 21 1997||William B. Bales, First Participant in BSC's||
William B. Bales, Senior Vice President International, Norfolk Southern Corporation, will visit the Bluefield State College Business Division, as the first participant in the College's "Executive In Residence" Program.
Bales will attend a variety of functions at BSC, and will address Business Division students and faculty during his two-day visit, January 29-30, 1997.
"This program and Mr. Bales' visit represent a unique opportunity for our Division to utilize the service of a key industry executive and to show all of our students how real business operates," noted Michael Lilly, chair/BSC Division of Business & Law Enforcement.
Bales was named Norfolk Southern Corporation's Senior Vice President International on Oct. 1, 1995, with offices at headquarters in Roanoke, VA. In addition, he is Director and Vice President of Lamberts Point Barge Company, and Vice President of Norfolk Southern's wholly-owned mineral resource companies, Pocahontas Land Corporation and Pocahontas Development Corporation, as well as a number of additional wholly-owned subsidiaries of Norfolk Southern Corporation.
He also serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Bituminous Coal Research, Inc. a non-profit corporation fostering and promoting the utilization of coal and its products, and of related equipment by means of study, research, education, and other efforts.
He has traveled extensively throughout the world, meeting with coal customers in Japan, Korea, eastern and western Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, and China. Bales has been a guest speaker at coal/energy and transportation conferences in Japan, France, Canada, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, and Great Britain.
|"Pleasure of Herbs" Workshop Rescheduled||Thursday, January 16 1997||"Pleasure of Herbs" Workshop Rescheduled||
An entertaining, informational seminar, the "Pleasure of Herbs," will be presented at Bluefield State College's Tierney Conference Center, January 24, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The seminar is sponsored by BSC's Creative Retirement Center, and is open to the public, free of charge. It was originally scheduled for January 10, but was rescheduled because of inclement weather on that date.
Georganna Calfee, a onetime nationally accredited NCSGC flower show judge, will present the program. An experienced gardener, Calfee grows and uses around 100 varieties of herbs at her family's home near Bluefield.
"There are many definitions for classifying something as an herb," she notes. "My criteria is that the plant gives something back and asks very little of me. If I can throw it in a pot or drink it in a tea, that's good reason for growing it. But if the plant is only beautiful, that's okay, too."
"There are many ways to look at an herb garden," she adds. "Tantalizing, memorable flavors grab the cook's attention. The homemaker glories in the colorful bundles of herbs drying in the shed. The fragrances of future potpourri blends tickle the nose. The kitchen cosmetologist dreams of rosemary hair rinse, chamomile soap and rose lotions, and the herbal medicine cabinet can be filled with salves and oils for all kinds of ailments. Almost everything we touch has some kind of herbal connection.
In the two-hour seminar, participants can make the "herbal connection" while exploring herbs. Topics include planning and planting an herb garden, along with a discussion of the usefulness of herbs in cooking, cosmetics, and medicine. Resource material for gardeners and nongardeners will be available.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Bluefield State College Center for Economic Enhancement & Educational Outreach at (304) 327-4071.
|Financial Aid Applications Deadline||Thursday, January 16 1997||Financial Aid Applications Deadline||
Students seeking college federal financial aid for the 1997-98 academic year should pick up financial aid applications now and mail them by February 15, according to Bluefield State College Financial Aid Director Thomas Ilse.
"The state deadline for filing is actually March 1," Ilse noted, "but that's the same deadline that has been established by the Federal Student Aid Programs center for receiving applications to be considered for the 1997-98 academic year. To be considered, applications must be received by the Federal Student Aid Programs by March 1. Practically speaking, to minimize any problems that may arise by waiting too late to file, applicants should plan to complete and mail their financial aid applications by mid-February."
"Free Applications for Federal Student Aid" are available in the BSC Financial Aid Office in Conley Hall.
|Civil War Course Offered at BSC||Tuesday, January 14 1997||Civil War Course Offered at BSC||
A Civil War course at Bluefield State College recently included area reenactors who appeared before the class in full Confederate and Union uniforms, complete with all of their field equipment. Members of the area 2nd Virginia Cavalry participated.
Course instructor James Worsham, who had formerly presented similar living history programs when he worked with the National Park Service, said the correctly-unformed and equipped visitors were highly knowledgeable, and were a definite asset to the class. "Many college instructors have a great wealth of ideological knowledge of the Civil War," Worsham noted, "but many have little understanding of the everyday life of the soldier."
"While wars are fought over political conflicts, it is the story of courage of the men who fought in these wars that is our most valuable legacy," he continued. "What these men and their families endured are a reflection of American values. These Americans on both sides were willing to suffer to defend a cause which they valued more than their lives."
A military historian, Worsham has completed coursework for his doctorate in American History at Middle Tennessee State University.
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