The Bluefield State University Alumni Association recently presented a monetary donation to support the University’s Student Food Pantry. Pictured (left-to-right) at the presentation ceremony are Marviene Johnson (Financial Secretary, BSUAA-Mercer County Chapter), Marie Cheeks (Secretary, BSUAA-Mercer County Chapter), Dr. Deirdre Guyton (BSU Director of Alumni Affairs), Terry Thompson (President, BSUAA-Mercer County Chapter), Gabe Nesmith (BSU Student Government Association President), Jayden Hearn (BSU SGA Treasurer), Angie Wassum (BSUAA-Mercer County member), and Betty Nash (BSU SGA Faculty Advisor). The Bluefield State University Alumni Association (BSUAA) recently provided timely support for the Bluefield State Student Food Pantry. Through the BSU monetary donation, nonperishable food items were purchased, expanding the Food Pantry’s capacity to help the University’s students. The Food Pantry, established by the BSUAA Mercer County Chapter several years ago, is one of several Alumni Association projects to support Bluefield State University students and the community. “We assist the Bluefield Union Mission, Mercer County Humane Society, Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center, WVVA’s winter coat drive, and the L.E.A.D. program,” noted Terry Thompson, President of the BSUAA’s Mercer County Chapter. Additionally, BSUAA members help Bluefield State University’s students during “move-In day” before the start of each academic year, as well as mid-term dinner, midnight breakfast before final exams, student engagement fairs, and commencement. Each year, the BSU Alumni Association also donates $10,000 to the University.