BSC Alumna Spotlight: Emmy Award Winner Melissia Davis

Melissia Davis, 2021 Emmy Award winner and a Bluefield State College alumna

With a 2021 Emmy award on her desk, Springville, VA native Melissia Davis has traveled to the apex of her profession.  The Bluefield State graduate (Class of 1992) says the lessons she learned from family, friends, and her years at BSC contributed substantially to her career success.

BSC Student Patrice Sterling Completes Ascendium Education Internship

Bluefield State College student Patrice Sterling--A Project Success Internship Awardee

Bluefield State College student Patrice Sterling is utilizing a Project Success paid internship to develop practical skills that benefit the College now and prepare her for success after graduation. Through an Ascendium Education grant, her Project Success internship took place in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs & Title III and the Programs’ Director, Timothy McKenzie.  

BSC Student Completes Ascendium Education grant/Project Success paid internship at South Central Educational Development

Bluefield State College student Eden Scruggs is pictured at the office of South Central Educational Development, where she recently completed a Project Success paid internship.

Bluefield State College student Eden Scruggs utilized a Project Success paid internship to develop practical skills that enhanced her career preparation and complemented her understanding of the classroom preparation she is receiving at BSC. Through an Ascendium Education grant, her Project Success internship took place at South Central Educational Development, an organization serving southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia by providing services to a diverse population, advocating for the prevention of HIV and reducing poverty.

American Criminal Justice Association Student Chapter Established at BSC

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Bluefield State College students pursuing careers in criminal justice and related fields now have a more multidimensional educational experience.  In early February, BSC Criminal Justice program faculty received notification that the American Criminal Justice Association has approved BSC’s application to establish an ACJA student chapter at the College. 

Bluefield State Establishes Sternloff Center for West Virginia Musicology

Well-known local business man, musician, and civic leader Pete Sternloff (right) is pictured with Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart during Tuesday’s announcement heralding the “Pete Sternloff Center for West Virginia Musicology at Bluefield State College.”  The Sternloff Center will archive and promote the unique, diverse history of music created and performed in southern West Virginia.

President Robin Capehart announced today a major gift that fulfills a key measure of the College’s mission to be an active partner with the regional community. The Pete Sternloff Center for West Virginia Musicology at Bluefield State College will archive and promote the unique, diverse history of music created and performed in southern West Virginia. The Center will fill a much-needed gap in the preservation of and education about music that flourished here among the cross-currents of cultures that converged when railroads arrived and the mining of coal exploded. Initial funding for the Center is a $200,000 gift from local businessman and blues musician Pete Sternloff. Additional funding will be sought from supportive individuals, foundations and grants

BSC Nursing and RadTech Students Participate in Simulation Laboratory Exercise

BSC Nursing and RadTech students in simulation lab exercise

Bluefield State College Nursing and Radiologic Technology students recently took part in a simulation laboratory exercise, utilizing an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach.  “Our simulation lab illustrates to our Nursing and RadTech students the importance of collaboration, BSC Nursing faculty member Kelli Sarver explained.  “They experienced the importance of a team effort between the two studies that produces a continuity of care for patients.”

BSC To Receive $200K COVID-Related Health Disparities Grant

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Bluefield State College will receive a nearly $200,000 grant to reduce COVID-related health disparities and promote health equity among Mercer County’s minority populations.  Dr. Albert Berkoh, the grant’s author, and the Applied Research Foundation of West Virginia at BSC recently received notification of the grant’s approval from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau of Public Health.

BSC Announces 2021 Fall Semester President’s List and Dean’s List

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The Bluefield State College 2021 Fall Semester President's and Dean's Lists have been announced. One hundred thirty students earned President's List recognition, and 223 students merited inclusion on the Dean's List.

BSC Administrator Tim McKenzie to Participate in “Leadership West Virginia” Program

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Timothy McKenzie, Bluefield State College, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs and Title III, has been chosen to take part in “Leadership West Virginia,” an innovative program that engages and mobilizes leaders to move West Virginia forward. Each year, a class of approximately 50 West Virginians is selected to participate in the program, whose focus is developing a cross-section of leaders to invest their talents into improving the business environment and quality of life throughout the state.

BSC Employees Recognized for Milestone Years of Service at State Ceremony

Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi (left), Bluefield State College Professor of English and Director of the Office of International Initiatives, and Dr. Angela Lambert (center), Dean/Bluefield State College School of the School of Nursing and Allied Health, are pictured with Matt Turner, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration/WV Higher Education Policy Commission during the recent Public Service Recognition Week ceremony in Charleston.  Dr. Jamkhandi received a certificate of recognition for his 35 years of servi

Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi (Bluefield State College Professor of English and Director of the Office of International Initiatives) and Dr. Angela Lambert (Dean/BSC School of the School of Nursing and Allied Health), were among a group of West Virginia public employees recognized for their careers of service.  The December 14 ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston was part of Public Service Recognition Week.

Bluefield State College Approved to Offer MBA Program, Spring 2022

W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business, Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College is celebrating another historic “first,” with Friday’s decision by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) to approve the College’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.  “Today’s decision by the Commission empowers Bluefield State College to launch the first graduate degree program in the College’s 126-year history,” noted BSC President Robin Capehart.  “By offering a graduate program, Bluefield State can now begin the process for pursuing university status.”

BSC Representatives Participate in Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference

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Dr. Michelle Taylor and Mr. Scott Pitt were key contributors to a diversity workforce panel discussion during the annual “Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference,” sponsored by the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia. For the second consecutive year, Dr. Taylor (Department Chair & Associate Professor of Business at BSC’s W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business) moderated the panel discussion and Pitt (Educational Outreach Counselor/BSC Academic Success Center, BSC Safe Zone Initiatives Director and LGBTQ advocate) was a featured panelist.

BSC Receives American Water "Inclusion and Diversity Grant"

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Bluefield State College is receiving an American Water “Inclusion and Diversity Grant” to support an implement a “Cultural Histories of Affrilachian People Event Series.”  BSC was one of 13 organizations across West Virginia to receive awards from American Water and its subsidiaries, including West Virginia American Water.  The awards provide support to organizations seeking to develop and implement programs, training, and community-related projects that focus upon promoting and fostering inclusion and diversity in communities across West Virginia.

Bluefield State President Robin Capehart Delivers “Address to the Campus”

Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart

Bluefield State President Robin Capehart Delivers “Address to the Campus”

Kimball Elementary Fifth-Grade Students Make Field Trip to Bluefield State College

Fifth grade students from Kimball Elementary learned about academic programs, visited the Robertson Library, and enjoyed lunch in the Harris-Jefferson Student Center during a recent field trip to Bluefield State College.

Nearly 30 Kimball Elementary School students visited Bluefield State College this week, during a morning-long program that gave the fifth graders a taste of college life.

BSC Engineering Technology Industry Advisory Board Established

Nearly a dozen selected industry leaders joined 30 Bluefield State College Engineering Technology students, faculty and administrators for the first meeting of Bluefield State College’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB), November 16.

Nearly a dozen selected industry leaders joined 30 Bluefield State College Engineering Technology students, faculty and administrators for the first meeting of Bluefield State College’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB), November 16.  The new IAB will provide insight as the Engineering Technology programs’ curricula become even more precisely tuned to develop graduates that meet the skilled workforce needs in the field.

NCAA Announces Student-Athlete Certification Process Infractions at BSC

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The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions announced today that Bluefield State College had failed to monitor the student-athlete certification process.  This announcement follows Bluefield State College’s discovery and self-reporting of infractions to the NCAA, and BSC’s cooperation with the NCAA throughout the process.  The NCAA Committee on Infractions recognized BSC’s swift action to reorganize its compliance department and proactively secure an outside entity to conduct a compliance audit. 

BSC student Kashif Alston selected to be Gamma Beta Phi Society Regional Senator

BSC student Kashif Alston, Gamma Beta Phi Society Regional Senator

Bluefield State College student Kashif Alston has been selected as one of eight students from throughout the nation to serve as a Gamma Beta Phi Society Regional Senator for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Retired BSC Engineering Technology Dean Frank Hart Receives ABET’s Highest Honor

Former BSC Dean Frank Hart Receives ABET's Highest Honor

Frank Hart, whose service to Bluefield State College spanned six decades, has been selected to receive ABET’s (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) most prestigious honor—the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award. According to ABET’s website, the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award “honors an individual whose rare commitment and enduring impact has made ABET a better organization.”  The award is ABET’s highest honor. 

Bluefield State College Receives $10,000 from the Ellucian Foundation to Support Students In Need 

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Bluefield State College was selected as a 2021 Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship recipient through the Ellucian Foundation. The PATH Scholarship program provides grants to higher education institutions to support students facing economic hardship. Bluefield State College received $10,000 which was distributed to 18 students to help with their academic expenses.