Advancement & Planning
|Jerolee White 5K Run Entry Form||
|The Endowed Brian A. Delp Service Award||
Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 recipient of the Brian A. Delp Service Award, which is presented at Commencement. The award recognizes a senior graduating with a baccalaureate degree who demonstrates the leadership and commitment to community service that Brian displayed. An outstanding student-athlete, Brian was struck by a car and killed while helping a stranded motorist shortly before he was scheduled to graduate from Bluefield State College in 2001. Dr. Donald Caudill created this endowment to preserve his memory.
|Scholarship Recognition Dinner||
The 2011 Scholarship Recognition Dinner was held on Thursday, October 20, at 6 pm at Fincastle Country Club in Bluefield, Virginia.
A tribute to the generous donors whose gifts enable our students to pursue a college education, the annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner also provides scholarship recipients the opportunity to meet and thank the individuals who are making a difference in their lives.
Three students address the guests each year, speaking about how the scholarship support they receive has affected them. Featured speakers have included donors Dr. Don Caudill, Foundation President John Rinehart, Dean of the School of Education Tom Blevins, and alumnus Case Mitchell, a lead engineer at GE Fanuc.
The Scholarship Recognition Dinner demonstrates what philanthropy is all about – helping our fellow human beings grow and achieve more than we could alone. As Foundation President John Rinehart said, he's like the turtle on the fencepost: "Someone had to help me get there."
The keynote is always gratitude, from donors whose success was encouraged by individuals they'd never met, from students who realize a person is giving something up so they can get an education, and from the faculty and staff of Bluefield State College who remember why we do what we do, and why it is so worthwhile.
An estate gift is often the largest and most important gift that an individual can make. It establishes a legacy, the mark a person leaves on this world.
A testamentary gift of $15,000 from the estate of Lola Lavender Mack provided the initial funding of the Bluefield State Foundation, which was established in February, 1969. Mrs. Mack's gift and her years of service to Bluefield State College – both as an alumna and faculty member – were recognized in a ceremony on May 15, 2009 that inaugurated the Foundation's planned giving society, The Pillars.
Her nephew, Thomas Mack, and his sister, Grace Toler, spoke briefly about their aunt at the ceremony and accepted a charter member pin on her behalf.
Estate gifts, most of which are made through wills such as Mrs. Mack's, often are the gifts of a lifetime: the greatest gift an individual ever makes. They also typically provide the largest contributions that nonprofit organizations receive. When these gifts are used to create an endowment, they establish a firm financial base that assures the organization's ability to endure and fulfill its mission.
At the Bluefield State Foundation, we believe in the importance of expressing gratitude to those who wish to remember the College and our students in this way. We want to say, "Thank you," to our donors while they are still with us. It is a sad fact that recipient organizations cannot personally thank donors for estate gifts unless they are notified prior to the donor's passing. If you have included the College or Foundation in your estate – or if you would like information on how to do so – please call 304-327-4031.
Members of The Pillars
Thomas G. and Nancy Blevins Bodnar
|Jerolee White 5K Run||
Mae Jerolee White was an alumna and faculty member at Bluefield State College. She entered the health care profession as a nurse's aide at the Bluefield Sanitarium in the 1960s. While raising her children, she worked as the secretary and office manager of Dr. J. Brookins Taylor on Ramsey Street. She was a grandmother when she went to Bluefield State College to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She subsequently earned a Master of Science of Nursing and, at age 70, completed all the requirements including the National Certification Exam for a Family Nurse Practitioner's Certificate. From that time until her own health problems intervened, she worked in the Dialysis Unit at Bluefield Regional Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Mohammed Sekkarie.
When she passed away, friends and family started a scholarship endowment fund in her memory in 2007. The Mae Jerolee White Scholarship for Nursing students is given to a non-traditional student, a West Virginia resident from a rural county with a minimum GPA of 3.0, in the second or subsequent year of the Nursing program.
Contributions to the fund did not meet the $5,000 threshold for award established by the Bluefield State Foundation. In 2011, School of Nursing and Allied Health faculty and staff hosted the first Jerolee White 5K Run. Held in May, the effort was led by Susan Nunley and Sandy Wynn, assistant professors of Nursing.
The Nursing faculty, students and alumni did a fantastic job bringing in 5K sponsorships and participants. Not only did they create a well-attended event enjoyed by the community at large, they carried the Jerolee White Scholarship well over the endowment threshold, raising over $4,400.
We anticipate that the Jerolee White 5K Run will become a springtime tradition on the Bluefield State campus and in the community, raising funds to assist Nursing students for perpetuity.
|Blue & Gold Extravaganza||
The annual Bluefield State College "Blue & Gold Extravaganza" on Friday, April 19, 2013 will bring together residents from the local and College community for a night of spirited fun and generous giving. It begins at 7 p.m. at Fincastle On The Mountain in Bluefield, VA.
Betty Carroll, Executive Director of the BSC Foundation, has directed organizational efforts for the event. "The auction proceeds will benefit the Bluefield State College Foundation's unrestricted annual fund," she observed. "This fund provides emergency loans for students, underwrites employees' participation in professional workshops, and addresses opportunities and challenges for BSC students throughout the year."
Bill Archer will again serve as auctioneer. "The auction is a great way to bring community members and BSC together for an evening of fun," Carroll continued. "At the same time, we are raising funds to help our students, staff and faculty."
Tickets purchased prior to the event cost $20 each (tickets at the door--$25), and entitle the holder to two beverages and an array of delicious offerings. "Fincastle On The Mountain" is a fantastic venue, and we look forward to a good time for all," Carroll noted.
Individuals and/or organizations interested in securing tickets are encouraged to contact Carroll (304-327-4031) or Lala Waters (304-327-4235). Tickets will also be available at the door.
Bluefield State College has named its School of Business in honor of William Paul Cole, Jr., a business and civic leader. The financial support of Cole’s sons—Bill, Charlie, and Tom—and the matching support of the Shott Foundation has enabled the College to obtain state funding that will result in a complete makeover of Mahood Hall, the home for the BSC business school.
During a recent ceremony at Bluefield State College, BSC President Albert Walker noted, “In the Caribbean, every house has a name. From this date forward, Mahood Hall will be the home of the ‘William Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business.’”
“We recognize and appreciate that Paul Cole has established a legacy of excellence in the business and civic communities,” added Dr. Steve Bourne, Dean of the College’s School of Business. “With the generosity of the Cole family and the Shott Foundation, we will now be as advanced technologically as any academic structure in southern West Virginia.”
Mahood Hall renovations will provide a new roof, elevator, and extensive lighting improvements. All windows will be replaced and study/lounge areas will be enhanced. A new HVAC system will provide a comfortable learning environment. The building, already wireless, will be equipped with new technologies that will permit instructors to broadcast and communicate with similarly equipped classrooms anywhere in the world in “real time.” The building will also feature electronic classrooms and Smart Boards—interactive whiteboards that combine the simplicity of a traditional whiteboard with the power of a computer. New computers will be installed in laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices.”
Karen Harvey, former Executive Director of the BSC Foundation, approached Cole’s sons with the opportunity to name the School of Business after their father and they responded, providing the largest private gift to date in the history of the College. “We are honored that the area’s premier entrepreneurial family – with the sixth generation entering the businesses – will be associated with the School of Business at Bluefield State College,” she said. “It’s also a great responsibility to live up to the standards the Cole family has espoused in business, community service and philanthropy.”
Cole’s sons Tom and Bill attended the ceremony and spoke briefly. Charlie Cole was unable to attend, after having undergone surgery shortly before the naming ceremony. “I’d like to thank the Shott Foundation and Bluefield State College for bringing us this opportunity,” Tom Cole stated. “We couldn’t have asked for a better mentor in business and in life than my father. My mother taught me compassion. My dad has been an inspiration to me. . . .as my best friend.”
“Dad’s a smart guy and he also has ‘common sense’ smarts,” Bill Cole added. “I am thrilled to be a part of this endeavor. It is an honor that is befitting our father.”
The naming of the School of Business honors Cole, a Beaver High School graduate who received a business degree at Davidson College and later earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He established an automobile empire in this region that his sons have taken over and expanded. Cole served as Bluefield’s mayor for 13 years, the longest such service in the City’s history. He is also a former president of the Bluefield Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and several professional organizations.
“I’d like to thank Carol, my wonderful wife of 56 years,” the honoree commented. “She has better ideas than I do. I’d also like to thank my three sons. I am extremely proud of all of them. I hope this School will continue to grow in its service to the community and the College.”
“This is the first School at Bluefield State College to be named,” Dr. Bourne observed at the ceremony’s conclusion. “When you put a name like Paul Cole’s name on a building, you have a lot to live up to. We will work to live up to that name every day.”
|Postage Stamp Contest||
Entries for the 2012 Official Bluefield State College Postage Stamp Contest will be accepted through Friday, March 30. The contest is open to all BSC faculty, staff, students, friends and alumni. Send a disk to the Office of Advancement & Planning, 3rd Floor, Conley Hall. A panel of faculty and staff will make the final selection, which will be announced at Commencement. Below are the winning stamps from the previous years.
|9th Annual Brian A. Delp 5K Memorial Run and Walk||
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.
The Brian A. Delp Humanitarian Athletic Award is given to a rising junior who exemplifies the character and commitment to Bluefield State College that Brian held. His college experience transformed him from a shy boy into an outgoing, enthusiastic participant in athletics, service and academics.
Brian Aaron Delp was a student athlete at Bluefield State College who was a three-year letterman in Men’s Cross Country and a strong motivator of young student-athletes and his teammates. He was actively involved in community service and campus activities including: Student Government Association, Student Athletic Advisory Committee (President), Bonners Scholars, Greek Council, Alpha Pi Omega, Student Employment, Program Board, Ambassadors, and Habitat for Humanity. Brian was named Mr. BSC in 2000 and 2002. He served as a medic in the West Virginia National Guard and was scheduled for deployment in Iraq.
In November 2002 – one month before he intended to graduate with a degree in Business Administration – Brian was fatally struck by a car on Route 460 while helping a stranded motorist. His parents, Samuel and Carla Delp, established the Brian A. Delp Humanitarian Athletic Scholarship in his memory to support current and future generations of student athletes at Bluefield State College.
The Brian A. Delp 5K Memorial Run/Walk was created in 2006 by the Bluefield State College Student Athletic Advisory Committee, of which Brian had been president. This award is a tribute to the example he set and a way of preserving his memory.
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