Two Bluefield State College employees played meaningful roles in the recent Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference, sponsored by the Alliance for Economic Development for Southern West Virginia. Dr. Michelle Taylor (Department Chair & Associate Professor of Business at BSC’s W. Paul Cole School of Business) moderated the Diversity and Inclusion panel discussion, a featured event during the Conference’s third day. Panelists included Scott Pitt, BSC Safe Zone Initiatives’ Director and LGBT advocate (Educational Outreach Counselor/BSC’s Academic Success Center); Jamecia Jones, Director of Black Lives Matter West Virginia; and Aaron Preece, Access Technology Information Specialist at the American Federation for the Blind.
National Rural Health Day, celebrated today (November 19, 2020), holds special significance for Bluefield State College. Today, we salute the efforts of everyone serving the health needs of an estimated 57 million people in rural settings across the country.
A few months ago, 22-year old Luke Phillips had decided not to register as a candidate for a seat on the Cedar Bluff, Virginia Town Council. But after receiving encouragement from others he decided to throw his hat into the ring as a write-in candidate for Town Council and, on November 3 he was elected to serve as the town’s mayor. In the process, he became the youngest person to be elected mayor of a Virginia town or city in at least the past 50 years, and perhaps in the state’s history. “I’m really excited by the opportunity to serve the people here,” Phillips, a student at Bluefield State College, said. “I love Cedar Bluff. It’s a great community. Folks get along without a lot of drama and it’s just a wonderful place to live.”
Local recreational, athletic, and community activities received timely support through the creation of the Bluefield Regional Sports Authority, following Monday’s approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving the City of Bluefield and Bluefield State College.
STEM/STEAM Day, November 8, is a day worth celebrating at Bluefield State College. The special day recognizes that children benefit significantly when they have strong science, technology, engineering, and math skills. These subjects push society forward, and these programs help to find fun and engaging ways to teach them to students, which is worth commemorating.
Bluefield State College’s Bluefield campus is now a WiFi hotspot for southern West Virginia public school students who may not otherwise have internet access. The “Kids Connect Initiative” offered by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s office was developed to expand broadband internet availability. The Kids Connect WiFi hotspot on BSC’s campus is the parking lot adjacent to the June O. Shott Sportsplex and baseball field, adjacent to Dickason Hall.
Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan Dr. Saeeda Khanum who is currently engaged in research at Harvard University will deliver virtual presentations about Diversity and Inclusion in Pakistan, Abnormal Psychology in the context of Pakistan, and Improving Children’s Math Performance through Evidence Based Training as part of BSC Office of International Initiatives’ Windows on the World Series.
Bluefield State College faculty member Dr. Rodney Montague, a Professor of History, is the College’s “Faculty of the Year, 2019-2020” award recipient. The Faculty of the Year is selected by the BSC faculty in recognition of the honoree’s contributions to student learning inside and the classroom as well as their contributions to academic and community initiatives.
Diversified Energy Corporation Donates Real Estate to Bluefield State College. The property, adjacent to Heritage Village, will be used for student parking
Bluefield State College has responded to COVID-19-related challenges to its traditional approach to recruiting students by focusing more on the needs of each student, according to Dr. Anthony Underwood, the College’s Chief Enrollment Officer. He participated in an “experts panel” for the Appalachian Region Federal Student Aid virtual partner conference in September. He subsequently detailed how BSC has adapted its recruitment and admission philosophy and practice in the October issue of Friday Finds, the monthly newsletter of the Appalachian Education and Workforce Network.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA-10 certification training will be offered at Bluefield State College, in a three session course, November 5, November 12, and November 19. BSC Electrical Engineering Technology faculty member Joseph Hazelwood, a certified OSHA 10/30 instructor, will teach the course, which will be conducted in Dickason Hall, room 209, 5:30 pm-9 pm each session at a cost of $85 per participant.
Priority Registration for 2021 Spring Semester classes will be offered to eligible Bluefield State College student-military veterans on Friday, October 16, 9 am-noon, in the Tierney Conference Room, Dickason Hall, on the College’s Bluefield campus.
Bluefield State College has entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Higher Institute of Advanced Technology and Management (ISTAMA) in Douala, Cameroon
Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart has announced that the Hon. Brent D. Benjamin, whose career as a distinguished jurist and attorney spans over 35 years, has accepted appointment as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at BSC.
Bluefield State College Digital Librarian Dr. Nancy Adam-Turner is the lead author in a peer-reviewed chapter that has been included in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL), an annual internationally circulated scholarly publication.
Bluefield State College is a “top 15” public college in the South and is the highest ranked public college in West Virginia, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” September 14, 2020 edition. Each year, U.S. News provides several categories of numerical rankings and lists.
Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart’s “State of the College” address today provided BSC students, employees, the College’s Board of Governors, members of campus leadership, alumni, benefactors and B-State supporters with a summary of the institution’s achievements, aspirations, and challenges.
Princeton Community Hospital and Bluefield State College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that affirms their commitment to explore opportunities for repurposing the Princeton Community Hospital/BRMC facilities. The collaboration would create the opportunity for BSC to utilize current excess capacity at the former Bluefield Regional Medical Center facility to provide educational training for high demand health care professionals. PCH Chief Executive Officer Jeff Lilley and BSC President Robin Capehart signed the MOU during a news conference and agreement signing ceremony at PCH/BRMC on Tuesday.
Bluefield State College has received COVID-19 test results from 794 individuals (664 people who tested on campus on August 10 and 130 people who submitted their test results, individually, to the BSC Health Center). Of that number, six have tested positive for the virus. That represents 0.75 percent (three-fourths of one percent). “Each person testing positive has been contacted by the Bluefield State College Health Center,” noted Dr. Ted Lewis, BSC Provost. “They have been instructed to self-quarantine for at least 14 days. If they are exhibiting no COVID-19 symptoms after that period, they can be re-tested. If that test yields a negative result, they can return to campus.”
Bluefield State College announced today the addition of 12 new sports to its athletics department for the 2021-2022 school year. These will join the ten existing sports to become a robust program for more than 400 student-athletes. Leading the way is the return of Division II football, for the first time since1980.