Bluefield State’s fall sports have been postponed until further notice, a casualty of the ongoing toll taken by the COVID-19 virus. There will be no games, matches, meets or tournament play through the end of the calendar year for Volleyball, Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s tennis and Men’s Golf.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has mandated COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff at West Virginia colleges and universities, prior to the beginning of fall semester classes (BSC fall classes begin on Thursday, August 13, 2020). Through the collaborative efforts of QLabs; Bluestone Health Association, Inc.; and the College, COVID-19 testing for BSC students and employees will be offered free-of-charge on Monday, August 10, 2020, beginning at 8 am in the Ned Shott Gym. Before starting fall semester face-to-face classes, BSC students and employees must provide evidence that they’ve tested negative for COVID-19, through the results of the on-campus testing on August 10 or through a COVID-19 negative test conducted on or after August 5, 2020.
The Bluefield State College Class of 2020 Radiologic Technology graduates have earned a 100% first time passage rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ Certification exam. The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Bluefield State College now offers West Virginia in-state tuition for all high school graduates from Tazewell, Bland, and Wythe counties. Pell-eligible students from these counties could utilize their Pell grants, meaning they’ll pay zero dollars tuition for their first two semesters at BSC.
A forward-facing School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and a School of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences highlight the exciting academic reorganizational initiatives now available at Bluefield State College. The creation of both new academic schools permits BSC to offer students even more dynamic degree programs that provide advanced instruction and research opportunities.
International students at US higher education institutions that are planning to offer only online/remote learning during the 2020-21 academic year are encouraged to apply immediately for admission to Bluefield State College (BSC). “Over 60 percent of the courses we are offering this fall will be delivered face-to-face, while maintaining social distancing and taking all safety precautions,” stated BSC Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Ted. A. Lewis.
The Bluefield State College 2020 Spring Semester President’s and Dean’s Lists have been announced. One hundred forty-six students earned President’s List recognition and an additional 224 students merited inclusion in the Dean’s List.
The Bluefield State College community is deeply saddened to receive news that W. Paul Cole, Jr. passed away on June 28, 2020. Bluefield State College President Robin Capehart and BSC Board of Governors’ chair Garry Moore have issued statements of condolence to the Cole family and statements of tribute to recognize and honor the life and legacy of Mr. Cole.
Recognizing that Bluefield Regional Medical Center will close in just a few weeks, Bluefield State College has partnered with Bluefield Regional Medical Center to provide resume workshops free of charge for BRMC employees impacted by the closure.
Juneteenth Day message from Dr. Guy Sims, BSC VP/Student Affairs
The 7th annual 2020 Agora, A Celebration of Creative Expression is now available for viewing at https://www.bluefieldstate.edu/agora/virtual-agora-2020. Agora, A Celebration of Creative Expression is BSC Humanities Department’s annual event that selects first and second place winners among high school and BSC students’ submissions of original poetry, short stories, skits/one-act plays, personal essays, art (water color and oil paintings, pencil sketches), music compositions, photography, and sculpture.
The persistence and academic achievements of Bluefield State College’s Class of 2020 will be celebrated during the College’s 2020 Commencement Exercises, June 12-13 at Mitchell Stadium.
Nearly 300 Bluefield State College graduates will be awarded degrees during two ceremonies, June 12 and June 13, at Mitchell Stadium.
An esteemed scientific journal has published a biomedical research article developed and written by Bluefield State College students and a BSC faculty member. The article in PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed open access publication, involved the collaborative biomedical research efforts of seven current and former Bluefield State College students.
Mother and Daughter Are Class of 2020 BSC School of Nursing Graduates
The Bluefield State College chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Teacher Education Honor Society inducted 8 new members during a recent virtual ceremony. Each year, BSC’s School of Education faculty nominate outstanding teacher candidates based on their demonstrated commitment to scholarship, leadership, and stewardship.
Bluefield State College will receive $68,000 for renovating Hatter Hall, the BSC Alumni House, on the campus of the College. The grant award was announced by the National Park Service (NPS) as part of a $7.7 million grant to 18 projects in 12 states for preservation of historic structures on campuses at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Bluefield State College will receive $1.685 million in additional funding to help ensure learning continues during the coronavirus national emergency. These funds are in addition to Federal Cares Act Funds received earlier by BSC—monies used to launch the Bluefield State College Emergency Relief program for students.
The $1.685 million that BSC will receive was part of a nearly $1.4 billion in additional CARES Act Relief Funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities, and institutions serving low-income students.
Bluefield State College has established a task force to permit the College to resume operations safely and effectively prior to the start of Fall Semester classes in August. BSC President Robin Capehart announced the creation of the “B-State’s Back” Task Force today (April 29).
Bluefield State College student Milica Knezevic has sought and embraced challenges and opportunities throughout her life. As she’s entered the final few weeks prior to her graduation from BSC, she received confirmation of her admission into the prestigious MBA program at Duquesne University, and she has landed a graduate research assistantship position.
BSC Manufactures and Delivers N95 Replica Masks For Bluefield Regional Medical Center and Princeton Community Hospital