Sandra Wynn, Director of the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing Program, has been appointed to the West Virginia Center for Nursing’s Board of Directors. Wynn, whose appointment was made by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, is the Center for Nursing’s Board representative from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
Bluefield State College has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the McGee Foundation to provide needs-based scholarships to West Virginia residents. At BSC, The McGee Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to as many as 20 incoming, first generation students per academic year for up to eight consecutive fall/spring semesters. The McGee Community Scholars program will serve students with entrepreneurial and leadership potential far beyond what can be measured in the classroom.
The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia has selected Bluefield State College faculty member Dr. Michael Smith as one of five finalists for the West Virginia’s 2020 Professor of the Year"
The Bluefield State College 2020 Fall Semester President’s and Dean’s Lists have been announced. One hundred forty-one students earned President’s List recognition and an additional 231 students merited inclusion in the Dean’s List.
The Collegiate Recovery Program support students inside and outside the classroom and provide space and support for recovery meetings.
The city of Wheeling entered into a memorandum of understanding with Bluefield State College on Tuesday for the use of property on the former Ohio Valley Medical Center campus, which the city acquired last year. According to the memorandum, Bluefield State College is looking to use a portion of property on the former hospital campus as a newly established engineering and manufacturing center for training of engineering professionals.
Forty Bluefield State College employees were administered the COVID-19 vaccine on December 31. Pictured are Edward Alexander (seated), the first BSC employee to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, administered by Bluefield State Nursing faculty member Sheila Gates, R.N. following BSC’s receipt of the first doses.
The Board of Directors of Princeton Community Hospital and the Board of Governors of Bluefield State College have agreed that Bluefield State will acquire ownership of the Bluefield Regional Medical Center to expand its Health Science programs, while Princeton Community Hospital maintains its Emergency Division and related medical services at the facility.
Bluefield State College employees and students responded to the Salvation Army Princeton/Bluefield's annual Angel Tree appeal. Through the response of BSC students and employees, 87 "Christmas angels" will receive gift bags of presents this year through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
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.