|BSC Employee’s Photography Featured at Art Exhibit in Blacksburg||Wednesday, September 12 2012||BSC Employee’s Photography Featured at Art Exhibit in Blacksburg||
(Bluefield)—Local artist H. Scott Pitt is showing a collection of his photography at The Art Gallery at Mish Mish in Blacksburg, VA through September 26. Still Fragile is a continuation of photographs that explore the extreme close-up view of wear, tear, and decay on buildings and man-made structures.
"What I have found in these little worlds of rot and wear are amazing landscapes and seascapes," Pitt explained. "This show is a mix of new and archived works that represent two years of seeking and highlighting the beauty that is often over looked in our daily surroundings. Through the photography, digital enhancement, and mixed media techniques I am attempting to change a viewer's perceptions and the emotional impact of their surroundings." Mish Mish is located at 125 N. Main St., Blacksburg, VA.
Pitt is an Educational Outreach Counselor with Student Support Services at Bluefield State College. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Studio Art. He has worked in acrylics, mixed media, photography, and pen and ink for the past 19 years.
|Brian Delp Memorial 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk Will Be Held at BSC, September 25 Update||Tuesday, September 11 2012||Brian Delp Memorial 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk Will Be Held at BSC, September 25 Update||
(Bluefield)—Ten years ago, Bluefield State College student Brian Delp lost his life while assisting a stranded motorist. On Tuesday, September 25, the seventh annual "Brian Delp Memorial 5K Run and Walk" will be held at Bluefield State College, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is designed to raise funds for the "Humanitarian Athletic Award," a scholarship in memory of Delp, who was a very active student leader and athlete during his years at BSC.
Entry fee is $15, in advance and $20 on the day of the race. Entry fee for walkers is $10 (no late fee). The format includes several age groups, and each participant receives a t-shirt. Additional information can be obtained online by visiting the Bluefield State College home page (bluefieldstate.edu), or by contacting Vonda Wilson, BSC Cross Country Coach and Athletic Department Administrative Secretary, at (304) 327-4208/e-mail, email@example.com
"Brian was an exceptional person," noted BSC athletic director Terry Brown. "He was a humanitarian, a leader, and an excellent student-athlete, and a Bonner Scholar. Brian was voted 'Mr. BSC' in 2000 and again in 2002. He held membership in the Student Government Association, Greek Council, and Student Ambassadors organization." Additionally, Brian was a combat medic with a Sergeant (combat medic) in the West Virginia Army National Guard, a civilian EMT, and a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
The Brian A. Delp Humanitarian Athletic Award is presented in the form of two $250 scholarships (one award for a male student-athlete and one for a female student-athlete) per academic year. One of the scholarships is funded on an annual basis by local educators Tom and Janie Farmer. Scholarship applicants must be BSC student-athletes, two-year letter winners, and they must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, according to Brown.
|BSC Welcomes Eight New Faculty Members for 2012-13 Academic Year||Monday, September 10 2012||BSC Welcomes Eight New Faculty Members for 2012-13 Academic Year||
(Bluefield)—Eight new faculty members have joined Bluefield State College for the 2012-13 year. The new faculty members include Assistant Professors Dr. Colin Cavell (Political Science), Dr. Sean Connolly (English), Dr. Peggy Johnson (Health Services Management), and Dr. Robert Lowinger (Psychology); Visiting Assistant Professors Dr. Michael Buseman (History) and Ms. Janet Lilly (Nursing), and Minority Teaching Fellows in Arts and Sciences Ms. Janet Boyd and Mr. Lacie Watson.
Additionally, Dr. Martha Eborall (Biology) has been appointed Interim Dean/School of Arts & Sciences.
Classes began on August 20, 2012.
|BSC Student’s Energy & Imagination Provide Foundation for Writing a Fantasy Novel||Wednesday, August 29 2012||BSC Student’s Energy & Imagination Provide Foundation for Writing a Fantasy Novel||
(Bluefield)—Perhaps there's something special in the water in Coalwood, West Virginia. Coalwood native Homer Hickham's autobiographical Rocket Boys became a best-seller and provided the substance for the hit movie, "October Sky." Now Daniel Caton, a Bluefield State College student whose experiences and active imagination provided the foundation upon which he has written a fantasy novel, Luke Brackins and the Rune to Midgard, which has been published and is available at Barnes & Noble bookstores.
|BSC’s Dr. Tesfaye Belay Receives Energy Conservation Grant from Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Dept of Energy||Thursday, August 09 2012||BSC’s Dr. Tesfaye Belay Receives Energy Conservation Grant from Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Dept of Energy||
(Bluefield)—Dr. Tesfaye Belay, a faculty member at Bluefield State College, was selected to receive a $100,000 "Energy Conservation Grant" from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Dept of Energy. The grant will cover the cost of a research project to promote adopting solar energy to illuminate a primary parking area at the College, train BSC students in solar panel installation technology, illustrate how an energy conservation program can benefit students, administration and community, and partner with local high schools to advance STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) education through a student pipeline establishment.
In the administration of the research project, Dr. Belay will be joined by Professors Roy Pruett and Dr. Anthony Woart of BSC. Professor Pruett will lead the selection of qualified engineering students to participate in solar panel utilization and oversee the proper implementation of all installation procedures of the solar panel process. Dr. Woart will work in collaboration with Dr. Belay and Professor Pruett, while also serving as a liaison between the college and local high schools. He will reach out to administrators and recruit students from the local high schools to enroll at BSC. "Establishing partnerships with area high schools will aid in the preparation and enhancement of post-high school education," Dr. Belay observed. Activities in support of this goal include conducting student orientations on STEM fields in high school campuses, and establishing a summer program experience beyond the summer visit to Bluefield State College.
This marks the second grant that Dr. Belay has received from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Department of Energy.
|BSC Board of Governors selects Dr. Marsha Krotseng to be BSC's President||Tuesday, August 07 2012||BSC Board of Governors selects Dr. Marsha Krotseng to be BSC's President||
The Board of Governors announced today that Dr. Marsha Krotseng has been selected to be Bluefield State College's 13th President. The Board's decision has been forwarded to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for confirmation at HEPC's August 10, 2012 meeting.
Dr. Krotseng was selected from a field of nearly 50 applicants. She is currently the Vice Chancellor, Strategic Planning/Executive Director, College Technical Education Council, North Dakota University System. She has also served as Associate Vice President & Chief Planning Officer at Valdosta State University and Vice Provost/Executive Assistant to the President at West Liberty State College and Assistant Professor at The University of Mississippi. Her career in higher education has spanned 25 years.
|Two BSC Faculty Members Publish a Scientific Article in the Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection||Tuesday, August 07 2012||Two BSC Faculty Members Publish a Scientific Article in the Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection||
(Bluefield)—A scientific article written by Bluefield State College faculty members Dr. Tesfaye Belay and Dr. Anthony Woart has been published in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection (Elsevier Publishing Company).
Dr. Belay, an Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Woart, Professor and Director of the Minority Health Institute, collaborated the initiative--a scientific study of Chlamydia Infection.
Entitled the "Cold-induced Stress Increases the Intensity of Chlamydia Genital Infection in Mice" the article detailed findings of the study. "The data obtained in the animal study may aid to understand the infection mechanisms and give insights to control or prevent the spread of chlamydia infection in humans by developing a vaccine," Dr. Belay stated.
This article is part of Dr. Belay's current research project in the BSC School of Arts and Sciences at Bluefield State College. The project focuses on stress, immune system and Chlamydia genital infection. To date, he has authored and co-authored 25 scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals. The research project has been supported by funding from National Institute of Health through a partnership with the West Virginia–IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE).
The paper is can be found online through establishing a personal account http://www.sciencedirect.com/science.
|Dr. Marsha Krotseng Named Bluefield State College’s 13th President||Tuesday, August 07 2012||Dr. Marsha Krotseng Named Bluefield State College’s 13th President||
(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Board of Governors has selected Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng to become the 13th president of the College. BSC Board of Governors Chair James Palmer made the announcement today (Wednesday) following a thorough nationwide presidential search process that attracted nearly 50 applicants.
Dr. Krotseng is currently the Vice Chancellor, Strategic Planning/Executive Director, College Technical Education Council, North Dakota University System. She has also served as Associate Vice President & Chief Planning Officer at Valdosta State University, Vice Provost/Executive Assistant to the President at West Liberty State College, and Assistant Professor at The University of Mississippi. Her career in higher education has spanned 25 years, including seven years as Director of Research and Information Systems at the State College and University Systems of West Virginia.
"I am deeply honored by the decision of the Board of Governors and am both thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to lead this historic campus as its 13th President," Dr. Krotseng stated. "I would like to thank Chairman Palmer and the members of the Board for placing their confidence in me. It will be a privilege to work with the campus, community, and state to advance Bluefield State College to new heights."
'It's exciting that my professional journey has led me back to West Virginia," she continued. "I look forward to meeting and engaging with Bluefield State's dedicated students, faculty, staff, and alumni and to working closely with the Board of Governors, Chancellor Hill, the Higher Education Policy Commission, community leaders, and state policymakers to fulfill the College's vision."
The BSC Board of Governors' decision has been forwarded to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission for confirmation at HEPC's August 10, 2012 meeting.
She becomes the first woman to serve as president in the 117-year history of the College. "I am committed to Bluefield State's core values – excellence, community, diversity, and growth – and will work to extend the College's recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally," Dr. Krotseng said. "I have always made it a point to be highly visible and approachable on campus, and my husband and I look forward to continuing that tradition at Bluefield State College."
|BSC Students Participate in 2012 WV-INBRE Summer Research Symposium||Monday, August 06 2012||BSC Students Participate in 2012 WV-INBRE Summer Research Symposium||
(Bluefield)—Nine Bluefield State College students and a BSC faculty member participated in the 2012 annual West Virginia-Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Symposium at West Virginia University.
BSC students Yamilee Valmyr, Elisha Martin, Angela Wiker, Danielle Haynes, Michael Bowling, Sasha Richmond and Brandon Kirby developed posters detailing the research they conducted under the supervision of Dr. Tesfaye Belay (BSC Associate Professor of Biology. Their research involved two concurrent investigations—"Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model" and "Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Under Starvation in Water."
Additionally, BSC students Mardochee Isme and Kimberly Harding presented findings emerging from their summer research internship opportunities at Marshall University and West Virginia University, respectively. Ms. Isme was also chosen as one of the summer internship students to speak about her summer research at Marshall University.
"Each researcher prepared by reading scientific literature, selecting a topic, formulating hypotheses, designing and carrying out experiments, then presenting a poster," Dr. Belay explained "These students made significant contributions to advancing the research conducted in our laboratory. The opportunity for me to become a mentor for these student researchers was a very rewarding experience."
Three summer research internships were funded by the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. "Our students are very grateful for the support of WV-INBRE and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium that resulted in summer jobs in research training," Belay continued. "This is the largest group of BSC students ever to receive summer employment through these research opportunities."
|Credit Bureau of the Virginias Makes Scholarship Donation to Bluefield State College||Monday, August 06 2012||Credit Bureau of the Virginias Makes Scholarship Donation to Bluefield State College||
(Bluefield)—The Credit Bureau of the Virginias recently presented an $8,000 check to Bluefield State College to provide scholarship assistance for BSC students.
Jimmy Welch, Executive Director/Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation, presented the scholarship donation to John Cardwell/Bluefield State College Vice President for Student Affairs during a brief ceremony at the College.
"We are extremely grateful for the continuing support of the Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation," Cardwell noted. "It creates higher education opportunities for many deserving students."
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