The Emerging Leaders Institute of Bluefield State College recently delivered over 470 nonperishable food items to the Bluefield Union Mission.
Local elementary school students and their parents enjoyed an entertaining and educational Dr. Seuss-themed program recently through the collaborative efforts Bluefield State College and Brushfork Elementary School. The event, “All the Places You’ll Go,” marked the return of the programs between BSC and Brushfork Elementary, the College’s education partner in the Bluefield State Consortium Professional Development Schools.
Bluefield State College’s Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) students will benefit significantly through the addition of “real world” test equipment, courtesy of American Electric Power (AEP) and its operating companies, Appalachian Power and Kentucky Power.
The scientific research of Bluefield State College students Dakota Parnell and Jesse Orell received special recognition from judges during the recent Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC) program in Charleston, WV. Their project was selected as “First Runner Up” in the “Biological and Biochemical Sciences Category” at the annual event.
The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) student organization at Bluefield State College recently presented “Original Roots,” an original presentation that highlighted many underappreciated and underpublicized facts about the history of Blacks in America. “The presentation was developed to increase awareness of, and appreciation for, Black History,” noted Linda Trigg, BSC faculty member and ELI Director. The students researched and developed the presentation, then presented the program and a question-answer session afterward.”
On February 25-26, 2021, four BSC students—David Buss, Clayton Chenard, Carly Helton, and Lisa Rasnick—and one faculty member, Dr. Colin S. Cavell, attended the 12th Annual U.S. State Department Foreign Policy Conference. Though normally held at the U.S. State Department in the Truman Building in Washington, D.C., due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s conference was held online. This year’s theme was “Building Leadership for the Diplomats of Tomorrow.”
The research of three Bluefield State College students will be included in the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol, March 5. The event, which is typically held at the West Virginia State Capitol Building, will take place virtually this year with opportunities for viewers to interact with student presenters.
Sandra Wynn, Director of the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing Program, has been appointed to the West Virginia Center for Nursing’s Board of Directors. Wynn, whose appointment was made by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, is the Center for Nursing’s Board representative from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
Bluefield State College has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the McGee Foundation to provide needs-based scholarships to West Virginia residents. At BSC, The McGee Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to as many as 20 incoming, first generation students per academic year for up to eight consecutive fall/spring semesters. The McGee Community Scholars program will serve students with entrepreneurial and leadership potential far beyond what can be measured in the classroom.
The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia has selected Bluefield State College faculty member Dr. Michael Smith as one of five finalists for the West Virginia’s 2020 Professor of the Year"
The Bluefield State College 2020 Fall Semester President’s and Dean’s Lists have been announced. One hundred forty-one students earned President’s List recognition and an additional 231 students merited inclusion in the Dean’s List.
The Collegiate Recovery Program support students inside and outside the classroom and provide space and support for recovery meetings.
The city of Wheeling entered into a memorandum of understanding with Bluefield State College on Tuesday for the use of property on the former Ohio Valley Medical Center campus, which the city acquired last year. According to the memorandum, Bluefield State College is looking to use a portion of property on the former hospital campus as a newly established engineering and manufacturing center for training of engineering professionals.
Forty Bluefield State College employees were administered the COVID-19 vaccine on December 31. Pictured are Edward Alexander (seated), the first BSC employee to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, administered by Bluefield State Nursing faculty member Sheila Gates, R.N. following BSC’s receipt of the first doses.
The Board of Directors of Princeton Community Hospital and the Board of Governors of Bluefield State College have agreed that Bluefield State will acquire ownership of the Bluefield Regional Medical Center to expand its Health Science programs, while Princeton Community Hospital maintains its Emergency Division and related medical services at the facility.
Bluefield State College employees and students responded to the Salvation Army Princeton/Bluefield's annual Angel Tree appeal. Through the response of BSC students and employees, 87 "Christmas angels" will receive gift bags of presents this year through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Two Bluefield State College employees played meaningful roles in the recent Small Communities, Big Solutions Conference, sponsored by the Alliance for Economic Development for Southern West Virginia. Dr. Michelle Taylor (Department Chair & Associate Professor of Business at BSC’s W. Paul Cole School of Business) moderated the Diversity and Inclusion panel discussion, a featured event during the Conference’s third day. Panelists included Scott Pitt, BSC Safe Zone Initiatives’ Director and LGBT advocate (Educational Outreach Counselor/BSC’s Academic Success Center); Jamecia Jones, Director of Black Lives Matter West Virginia; and Aaron Preece, Access Technology Information Specialist at the American Federation for the Blind.
National Rural Health Day, celebrated today (November 19, 2020), holds special significance for Bluefield State College. Today, we salute the efforts of everyone serving the health needs of an estimated 57 million people in rural settings across the country.
A few months ago, 22-year old Luke Phillips had decided not to register as a candidate for a seat on the Cedar Bluff, Virginia Town Council. But after receiving encouragement from others he decided to throw his hat into the ring as a write-in candidate for Town Council and, on November 3 he was elected to serve as the town’s mayor. In the process, he became the youngest person to be elected mayor of a Virginia town or city in at least the past 50 years, and perhaps in the state’s history. “I’m really excited by the opportunity to serve the people here,” Phillips, a student at Bluefield State College, said. “I love Cedar Bluff. It’s a great community. Folks get along without a lot of drama and it’s just a wonderful place to live.”
Local recreational, athletic, and community activities received timely support through the creation of the Bluefield Regional Sports Authority, following Monday’s approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) involving the City of Bluefield and Bluefield State College.