Bluefield State College student Desmand Freeman, a standout in the classroom and on the basketball court, is actively involved in the Ascendium Education/Project Success paid internship program at the College.
Partnering with technology giant IBM, Bluefield State College is now offering training and certification in data science. BSC is among the first institutions of higher education in the world to provide students the opportunity to earn IBM badge certification, according to Dr. Bill Bennett, Computer Science Department Chair at Bluefield State. Through IBM’s involvement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, our students can access valuable resources, including free faculty training software, courseware, and guest lectures,” added Dr. Tamara Ferguson, Dean of the BSC School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. BSC students can earn IBM training and badge certification in critically important fields like data science, cloud computing, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.”
Tosin (John) Falasinnu and his sister, Yemisi (Josephine) Falasinnu are proud Bluefield State College alumni. Following their graduation several years ago, they have enjoyed productive and fulfilling careers. Tosin is a Manager, iPhone Product Quality, at Apple, Inc. and Josephine is a registered nurse. Both now live and work in San Jose, California. They’ve pledged $100,000 to help other students in their academic pursuits at Bluefield State College.
Bluefield State College Nursing student Emily Martin is in select company. The second-year student at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is one of only ten students in America to receive a 2021 Aya Healthcare Future Travel Nurse Scholarship.
Melissa Smith is the embodiment of “passing it forward.” The 2011 Bluefield State College Imaging Science graduate has been named the North Carolina Community College 2022 “Excellence in Teaching” award recipient.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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”
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.