President Capehart Delivers “State of the University Address”

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“Accept the challenge.”  That’s the oft-repeated phrase that provided the central theme for Bluefield State President Robin Capehart’s recent “State of the University Address” to the BSU community.

BSU Faculty Member Dr. Jeffrey Yeager’s Thesis Cited in the Steinbeck Review

Dr. Jeffrey Yeager, Bluefield State University

Students in Dr. Jeffrey Yeager’s American and World Literature classes at Bluefield State University will benefit from their faculty member’s expertise into the life and works of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist John Steinbeck.  An excerpt from Yeager’s master’s thesis, which was published in the journal the Steinbeck Review

B-State Student Awarded IBTTA Scholarship

Patrice Sterling, a B-State student, has been awarded an International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Foundation scholarship

Bluefield State University student Patrice Sterling has received one of five $5,000 scholarships from the International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Foundation.  Of the five IBTTA scholarships, one was allocated for a student attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). 

Garry Moore Becomes First Chancellor in BSU History

Garry Moore, Bluefield State University Chancellor

Garry Moore has observed and participated in the life of Bluefield State for most of his life.  As Pastor of Scott Street Baptist Church and as former mayor and member of the City of Bluefield Board of Directors, he thoroughly understands that the future of Bluefield and Bluefield State are “hard wire” connected. After serving for many years as a member and chair of Bluefield State’s Board of Governors, Moore and Bluefield State are making history once again.  He is now the first Chancellor in the 127-year history of the school.

Bluefield State University Student Peyton Whitt Recognized as BSU’s “Top Engineering Technology Freshman”

Bluefield State University student Peyton Whitt, Bluefield State University’s “Top Engineering Technology Freshman.

Peyton Whitt has been selected as Bluefield State University’s top Engineering Technology Freshman for the 2021-2022 Academic Year as the recipient of the “Claude B. Dalton Scholarship.”  He is a Mechanical Engineering Technology major and has a 4.0 cumulative GPA.  Whitt, a Peterstown, WV resident, is a James Monroe High School graduate. 

WV Governor Praises Establishment of Pocahontas Land Coal Producers Endowed Professorship

WV Governor Jim Justice salutes the establishment of the Pocahontas Land Coal Producers Endowed Professorship.  The goal—to re-establish the Mining Engineering Technology program at Bluefield State University.  Warrior Met Coal Company COO Jack Richardson, a 1984 Bluefield State Mining Engineering Technology graduate, was a featured speaker at the event.

During a program attended by WV Governor Jim Justice and many coal industry leaders, Pocahontas Land and Bluefield State University announced that they’ve partnered to establish the Pocahontas Land Coal Producers Endowed Professorship.  The goal—to re-establish the Mining Engineering Technology program at BSU. Warrior Met Coal Company COO Jack Richardson, a 1984 Bluefield State Mining Engineering Technology graduate, was a featured speaker at the program.  Richardson began his career as one of the first Bluefield State’s Mining Engineering grads to be hired by Consol.  His success opened the door of opportunity for many BSU Engineering graduates.

Bluefield State University’s MBA Program Underway

Dr. Jerry Wood, Director of the Bluefield State University Business Administration Program at the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business, discusses course content with MBA students in the program.

The W. Paul Cole Jr., College of Business at Bluefield State University welcomes Dr. Jerry Wood the new Director of the BSU Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program.  “Dr. Wood is an experienced, and highly respected leader and MBA Director.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and a growth mindset that will assist in propelling the W. Paul Cole Jr., College of Business at Bluefield State University into the future,” noted Karen Grogan, Interim Dean, Cole School of Business.

Innovation Academy Internship Elevates BSU Student Patrice Sterling’s Career Aspirations

Bluefield State University student Patrice Sterling, Microsoft/Cyborg Mobile Innovation Academy Internship Participant

Bluefield State University sophomore Patrice Sterling took full advantage of her intensive seven-week summer internship working with professional engineer.  Sterling, a Kingston, Jamaica resident and Computer Science major, was one of only 104 students chosen from more than 2000 applicants to take part in the New Technologists Innovation Academy. 

Betty Nash Selected as Bluefield State University “Faculty of the Year, 2021-’22” Recipient

Betty Nash--BSU Faculty of the Year Recipient, with Dr. Ted Lewis, Bluefield State Provost

Bluefield State University's Betty M. Nash (right), is BSU's 2021-2022 “Faculty of the Year” Recipient.

Project Success Spotlight: Bluefield State University student Kadi Ruble-Varney

Bluefield State University student Kadi Ruble-Varney, Project Success Internship at Oakvale Elementary School

Bluefield State University student Kadi Ruble-Varney thoroughly enjoyed her Project Success paid internship this summer at Oakvale Elementary School. A BSU junior majoring in Elementary Education, worked with teachers and students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade as they prepare for the coming academic year.

“Child Abuse, Child Advocacy & Mandate Reporters” Program August 29 at Bluefield State University

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Local attorney Raeann Osborne will be a featured presenter at an August 29 program, “Child Abuse, Child Advocacy & Mandate Reporters,” at Bluefield State University.  The program, which begins at 1:30 pm in the Basic Science Auditorium on BSU’s campus, is open to the public.

Project Success Internship Feature: B-State Student Michael Acheampong

Michael Acheampong    Ascendium Project Success Internship BSU

Bluefield State University student Michael Acheampong’s career goal is to work as a software engineer.  Acheampong, originally from Kumasi, Ghana, completed a BSU Project Success paid internship as an Information Technology technician in the BSU Computer Science Department.

Bluefield State University Receives Reaffirmation of Institutional Accreditation

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Bluefield State University has received formal notification that it has received full reaffirmation of accreditation from the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In taking this action, the IAC considered materials from the most recent evaluation findings

New Teacher Certification Accelerates Path to Licensure at Bluefield State

The Bluefield State Alternative Teacher Certification program is low cost, involves completing only two online courses, is self-paced, and can be completed in a single semester.  It provides certification that can be used throughout West Virginia and provides a way to address the statewide teacher shortage in a timely fashion.

Bluefield State University’s Alternative Teacher Certification program provides an accelerated pathway for aspiring teachers to earn a teaching license and launch their careers in education.

Wyoming County Career and Technical Center/BSC Articulation Agreement Summary

A new Articulation Agreement involving Bluefield State College, the Wyoming County Board of Education, and the Wyoming County Career and Technical Center, permits qualifying students to earn 14 hours of college credit while completing the Center’s Law Enforcement, Corrections and Security Cluster.  Pictured at the agreement's signing ceremony are (left-to-right) Mike Johnson (Law and Public Safety Instructor/Wyoming County Career and Technical Center), Ms. Stacey Lusk (Principal/Wyoming County Career and Te

Wyoming County Career and Technical Center (WCCTC) students now can earn 14 college credits while completing specific courses at the Center, then move seamlessly into the Bluefield State College Criminal Justice program.  Through a recently approved Articulation Agreement including BSC, the Wyoming County Board of Education, and the Wyoming County Career and Technical Center, qualifying Wyoming County CTC students who have completed the Center’s Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Cluster can transfer a semester’s worth of college credit into Bluefield State’s Criminal Justice degree program.

Dr Ted Lewis Addresses AACC Annual Conference

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Dr. Ted Lewis recently addressed a national audience of college administrators at the annual American Association of Community Colleges Conference in New York City.  His topic — “How Bluefield State College Increased Enrollment During a Pandemic.” Lewis’s address was at the invitation of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, an organization of which he is past board chair.

Raleigh County Academy of Careers & Technology Students Benefit from Articulation Agreement with BSC

A new Articulation Agreement involving Bluefield State College, Raleigh County Public Schools, and the Raleigh County Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT) permits qualifying students to earn 14 hours of college credit while completing the Academy's Law Enforcement, Corrections and Security Cluster

Raleigh County Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT) students now can earn 14 college credits while completing specific courses at the Academy, then move seamlessly into the Bluefield State College Criminal Justice program. . 

Bluefield State College Class of 2022 Saluted During 125th Commencement Exercises

Degrees were awarded to nearly 240 students at Bluefield State Colleges 2022 Commencement Exercises.

The 239 students in the Bluefield State College Class of 2022 had the opportunity to experience and celebrate the milestone achievement of their graduation during the College’s 125th Commencement program on April 30 at Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield.

BSC Student Team Takes Part in Nine College ASCE Competition

A Bluefield State College student team earned a top two finish in the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Virginia Conference Student Symposium and Competition at Virginia Military Institute BSC ASCE student chapter team members included (left-to-right) Daniel Cooper, Billy Harvey, Luke Van Blaricom, Elijah Meeks, and (not pictured) Jordan Atwell.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at Bluefield State College recently participated in the ASCE Virginia’s Conference Student Symposium and Competition at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA.  Bluefield State College students placed second in the Surveying category.

BSC Faculty Member a Panelist for #WVSolutions Seekers Conference

Dr. Michelle Taylor, Department Chair & Associate Professor of Business at BSC’s W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business

More than 200 students from southern West Virginia high schools, colleges and training and training programs participated in the second virtual #WVSolutions Seekers Student Leadership Conference.  Bluefield State College faculty member Dr. Michelle Taylor joined other professional panelists as they described how students can enjoy successful and fulfilling careers in West Virginia.