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BSC Robotics Participates in SWVA Economic Forum at UVA College at Wise


Several student members of the Bluefield State College 2018 World IGVC champion robotics team and team advisor & BSC faculty member Joseph Hazelwood, took part in the recent Southwest Virginia Economic Forum at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, VA.
Pictured are BSC robotics team student members (dark blue shirts) are detailing the capabilities of their intelligent ground vehicle to members of the Ridgeview High School robotics team.

Bluefield State College Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi Announces Scholarship Winners


The Gamma Beta Phi Society awards student members, in good standing, with national scholarships each academic year. It was announced recently that three Bluefield State College students were awarded three different scholarships.
The BSC Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi Society awarded three scholarships to chapter members.  Pictured is Alyssa Hunt, winner of the W.R. Russ and Margaret McCauley scholarship for community service, leadership, academic excellence, and strength of character.

MINE SAFETY EVENT AT BSC FOCUSES ON RESCUE SKILLS


Eleven of our region’s mine rescue teams competed at Bluefield State College (BSC) for its 13th annual mine rescue competition. For the second year in a row, the Wellmore Energy Red team took first place in the contest, Contura Energy Southern WV finished in second place, and the Buchanan Minerals Black team finished in third place.
Eleven mine rescue teams competed at BSC during the 13th annual mine rescue competition

BSC News Bits, Bytes, and Teasers, week ending May 17


A summary of Bluefield State College news, achievements, events, and activities, as well as events scheduled for the near future.
Mahood Hall, home of the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business at twilight

BSC President Speaks at Beckley Rotary Club


Bluefield State College Interim President Robin Capehart was the featured speaker at the May 14 meeting of the Beckley Rotary Club.
Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart was the program speaker at the May 14 meeting of the Beckley Rotary Club.

BSC Library Renamed To Honor Alumnus William B. Robertson


Moments after he delivered an inspiring commencement address to Bluefield State College’s 2019 graduating class, BSC alumnus William B. Robertson was honored.  College President Robin Capehart announced that the Bluefield State Library has been named the “William B. Robertson Library” to honor the graduation speaker, whose career included service in the administrations of five United States Presidents.
At Bluefield State College’s 2019 Commencement, BSC President Robin Capehart (right) announced that the College Library has been renamed in honor of BSC alumnus William B. Robertson (center).  The Bluefield State College Board of Governors, whose chairman, the Reverend Garry D. Moore is pictured (left) with Mr. Robertson and President Capehart, voted unanimously to rename the library to honor Mr. Robertson.

Humphrey Fellow Visiting BSC in Collaboration with College’s Office of International Initiatives


Humphrey Fellow Dr. Kouame Remi Oussou of Alassane Ouattara University-Bouake, Côte d’Ivore, where he is Assistant Professor of Sociology and coordinator of career services, will engage in job shadowing Dr. Sudhakar R Jamkhandi, Coordinator of Bluefield State College’s Office of International Initiatives, May 1 – June 7, 2019 to learn strategies and activities to recruit, integrate, and retain international students and internationalize his institution’s academic curriculum.
Humphrey Fellow Dr. Kouame Remi Oussou of Alassane Ouattara University-Bouake, Côte d’Ivore

Alliance for the Development of Southern West Virginia Meets at Bluefield State College


Bluefield State College’s W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business hosted a meeting of the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia’s Entrepreneurship Working Group.
Alliance for the Development of Southern West Virginia Meets at Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College Signs 50th Academic Articulation Agreement With Education Partners


The recently signed articulation agreement in Criminal Justice between Bluefield State College and the McDowell County Career and Technical Center marked a milestone for BSC.  The College now has 50 active articulation agreements with regional community colleges and county high school career and technical centers.
Bluefield State College Signs 50th Academic Articulation Agreement With Education Partner

BSC Criminal Justice Program Holds 28th annual Mock Trial Competition in Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler’s Courtroom


The Bluefield State College Criminal Justice program recently conducted its 28th annual Mock Trial competition in the courtroom of Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler. This year’s competition marked the first time the BSC mock trial event has been held in Judge Sadler’s courtroom.

Bluefield State College Criminal Justice program students in Professor Mike Lilly’s “Criminal Procedures and Evidence” class are pictured as they participated in a recent mock trial competition in the courtroom of Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler (standing center-second row).  This year’s competition was the 28th annual BSC CJ mock trial to take place at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Bluefield State College’s Raenel Crenshaw Receives “2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award”


Bluefield State College student-athlete Raenel Crenshaw was presented the “2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award” during the College’s recent athletics banquet. The magazine “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” sponsors the award to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field.
Raenel Crenshaw (center), a standout scholar-athlete at Bluefield State College, was presented the “2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award,” sponsored by the magazine “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” during the College’s recent athletics banquet. Ms. Crenshaw is pictured with Dr. Guy Sims (left), Assistant to the President/BSC Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Title III, and Andrea “Omi” Oakes, BSC Head Women’s Volleyball Coach.

BSC News Bits, Bytes, and Teasers, week ending May 4


BSC News Bits, Bytes, and Teasers, week ending May , a summary of recent events of note at Bluefield State College, as well as programs/activities scheduled for the coming weeks.
BSC Criminal Justice students participate in a mock trial in the courtroom of Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler

Maya Angelou PCS Students Visit Bluefield State College


Eleven students from the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC visited Bluefield State College today in an initiative designed to encourage and assist them in the pursuit of a college education at BSC.
-Eleven students from the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC visited Bluefield State College campus. Pictured (foreground) is Dr. Jo-Ann Robinson, BSC VP for Admissions & Enrollment Management, who spoke to the students before their tour of campus.

BSC President Delivers Program at Princeton Rotary Club


Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart told members of the Princeton Rotary Club that higher education needs to be nimble. "We don't want to change for the sake of change, but we want to be able to change for the sake of improvement," he told Rotarians at their April 26 weekly meeting.
Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart speaks to the Princeton Rotary Club at the organization's April 26 meeting.

Retired BSC Educator Awarded “Faculty Emeritus” Designation


Roger Owensby, whose career as a faculty member at Bluefield State College spanned 41 years, was awarded the designation of Faculty Emeritus during the College's 2019 Employee Recognition Celebration.
Retired Bluefield State College educator Roger Owensby (right) was awarded 'Faculty Emeritus' designation during BSC's 2019 Employee Recognition & Retiree Celebration program. He is pictured with Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart.

BSC Donates Surplus Furniture and Equipment to Bluefield High School


Bluefield State College has recently donated several pieces of surplus furniture and equipment to Bluefield High School, assisting BHS in upgrades in multiple classrooms and one laboratory.  Paul Rutherford, BSC’s Director of Purchasing, collaborated with Bluefield High School Principal Michael Collins and Don Jones, BHS Assistant Principal during the process.
Pictured (left-to-right) are Paul Rutherford (Bluefield State College Purchasing Director), Michael Collins (BHS Principal), and Don Jones (BHS Assistant Principal).  BSC recently donated from the College’s surplus inventory several chairs, desks, and laboratory stools that are now used to replace equipment in multiple classrooms and one laboratory.

Emerging Leaders Institute's Annual Food Drive Benefits Bluefield Union Mission


For the fifth consecutive year, the Emerging Leaders Institute student organization at Bluefield State College conducted a highly productive food drive. This year's drive resulted in the collection of more than 800 nonperishable food items that were delivered to the Bluefield Union Mission on April 22.
The Emerging Leaders Institute student organization at Bluefield State College recently conducted a highly productive food drive, delivering 800 nonperishable food items to the Bluefield Union Mission.  Emerging Leaders Institute student members (left-to-right) Tanner Sims, Teyon Henry, Robert Brown, Bassy Sissoko, Shawn Duhon, Adrianne Montgomery, and Raenel Crenshaw joined ELI director Linda P. Trigg in delivering the food.

State Senator Chandler Swope Speaks at BSC


West Virginia Senator Chandler Swope, founder and past president of Swope Construction Company, discussed "Writing Professional Articles" during a presentation to BSC students and faculty.
Bluefield State College. Senator Swope (left) is pictured receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Dr. Ted Lewis (BSC Provost) prior to his program.

Dr. James Walters Elected President of the WV Academy of Science; Eleven BSC students present and discuss their research at WVAS annual meeting


Dr. James Walters has been elected President of the West Virginias Academy of Science.  Dr. Walters, Assistant Professor of Biology at Bluefield State College, was chosen by the Academy at its 94th annual meeting, March 30, 2019 at West Liberty University.  At this year’s WVAS conference, Dr. Walters, Dr. Tesfaye Belay (BSC Associate Professor of Biology), and Dr. Young Kim (BSC Associate Professor of Chemistry) were joined by 11 BSC students, who presented and discussed research they are currently conducting at Bluefield State College.
Bluefield State College faculty members Dr. James Walters, Dr. Tesfaye Belay, and Dr. Young Kim and 11 BSC students attended the recent 2019 West Virginia Academy of Science annual conference at West Liberty University.  Pictured at the conference (left to right) are Dr. Walters, Heather Price, Amber Hartwell, Syed Ali, Stephanie Bryant, Dr. Belay, Kiersten Phillips, Ryan Nelson, Whitney Dotson, Gezelle Brown, Jesse Orell, Tyler Goins, Jordan Smith, and Dr. Kim.  The BSC students presented and discussed res

BSC President Speaks at Bluefield, VA Rotary Club


     Bluefield State College Interim President Robin Capehart told Bluefield Virginia Rotarians, "Bluefield State wants to be everybody's learning company and focus on what we do well--we teach people."
Robin Capehart, Bluefield State College Interim President, was the program speaker at the April 18 meeting of the Bluefield, VA Rotary Club at Fincastle Country Club