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Volume XI
and Gold
No. 4 2006
A Message from the President
Board of Governors For 111 years, Bluefield State College has fulfilled
Norris Kantor, Esq. a noble purpose--creating opportunities for our gradu-
ates through the education they receive here. Indeed,
Mr. Jeffrey Forlines
Vice Chair many of our students receive offers from
Dr. Louis Aikens business/industry organizations even before they gradu-
Mr. John "Jack" E. Caffrey ate. That’s because these entities recognize that the
Ms. Anne Crowe academic preparation provided here is demanding,
Dr. Lyn Guy
The Reverend Garry D. Moore, Sr. focused, and relevant. BSC graduates are well pre-
Mr. James J. Palmer, III pared, and they are a valued addition to any workforce.
Mr. Jack D. Stafford Albert L. Walker Recently, the College received some very good
Dr. Norman Mirsky President
news, again validating the strength of our curriculum
Faculty Representative
and programs. Our enrollment has increased nearly 5%
Mr. Daniel L. Frost
Classified Staff Representative over year ago, same semester totals. The enrollment gain comes at a time when
Mr. Kevin Pruitt this region’s high school graduating classes are shrinking and many institutions of
Student Representative higher education are not enjoying enrollment increases. Thus, our growth is partic-
ularly encouraging.
In addition to the quality of our faculty, the strength of our academic programs,
Administrative Staff and the collective commitment of our employees and graduates to support stu-
Dr. Albert Walker
dents’ success, there are other very important reasons more and more students are
Dr. Don Smith selecting BSC.
Interim Vice President for Now, students can choose from a variety of attractive, affordable housing
Academic Affairs and Provost options. In recent months, the campus has undergone numerous enhancements-
Ms. Shelia Johnson adding to our information-delivering capability, parking capacity, facility mainte-
Vice President for Financial and
Administrative Affairs nance and improvement, and aesthetics. We’re a picturesque College with a tradi-
Mr. John Cardwell tion-rich history and we’re a friendly, student-oriented community. We genuinely
Vice President for Student care about our students and we’re grateful for their trust, as expressed by their
Affairs enrollment at this College.
Dr. Thomas E. Blevins
Dean of the Virtual College and
Information Technology and the Board of Governors News
School of Teacher Education;
Professor, English/Education by Norris Kantor, Esq., Chair
Dr. Tracey Anderson Responding both to the legislatively mandated
Director of Institutional
Research and Effectiveness
changes within West Virginia’s public higher education
Mr. David Lord systems and to the opportunities that have emerged
Director of Human Resources from those changes, transformation has become a
Mr. Jim Nelson watchword at Bluefield State College.
Assistant to the President/
The Bluefield State College Board of Governors
Director, Institutional/Media
Relations has encouraged the College to improve accessibility to
Ms. Dedriell Taylor its course offerings through an expanded evening class
Interim Director of Multicultural schedule, along with a growth in the number of online
Affairs Norris Kantor
courses that are available. The College has responded-
with 1,061 students enrolled in more than 60 online
courses during the Fall 2006 Semester. Indeed, more
than 60 students are now taking complete degree programs online.
Blue and Gold Earlier this year, the Board approved an initiative (subsequently implemented
A quarterly publication for alumni by the College) that offers the in-state resident tuition rate to out-of-state students
and friends of Bluefield State
College. This project is underwritten
residing in counties that are contiguous to West Virginia’s borders. Despite a
by the Federal Title III/BRACE steady decline in the size of regional high school graduation classes, I am happy
Program. to report that preliminary figures show that Bluefield State College’s enrollment
(continued on page 3)


Bluefield State College Brings its Nationally Accredited
Teacher Education Program to Beckley
Bluefield State College’s entire core courses are available online join fine institutions including
teacher education program is now through either BSC or NRCTC, he Concord University and Appalachian
available in the greater Beckley added. Bible College in offering our teacher
region. The program has held Blevins observed that a projected education program in Beckley,” he
National Council for Accreditation of decline in the number of elementary said. “There will always be a need
Teacher Education (NCATE) accredi- education teachers in the field will for well prepared teachers who are
tation since 1991. enhance career prospects within the passionate about their profession, and
Dr. Thomas Blevins, Dean/BSC profession for program graduates. there’s room in the Beckley market
School of Education, noted, “Elementary school teachers who are for each of our institution’s pro-
“Bluefield State College is offering all ‘baby boomers’ will be retiring in grams.”
courses specific to its education pro- greater numbers in the next few Additional information concern-
gram, and all 100-level and 200-level years,” he explained, “and students ing the BSC teacher education pro-
courses needed to meet degree earning degrees through BSC’s gram in Beckley can be obtained by
requirements are offered by New teacher education program will be contacting Dr. Blevins at 304-327-
River Community and Technical prepared to enter the profession and, 4059 or
College. This arrangement provides if they choose, continue their studies or Dr. Elisabeth Steenken/Director of
easy accessibility to the program for in an education specialization for Teacher Education at BSC, 304-327-
students residing in the Beckley area.” which there are teacher shortages.” 4176 or
Additionally, many of the program’s “We are gratified to be able to

Board of Governors
Continued from page 2
has GROWN by 5%. The border Community and Technical College. Thus, we are seeking additional fund-
county tuition initiative has played a This reclassification of students from ing from the State Legislature, and
major role in that growth. BSC to NRCTC has resulted in a $1.3 your support for this endeavor is most
Bluefield State College continues million reduction in the amount of appreciated. We look forward to
to rank among the most academically federal Title III funding Bluefield working with you in the months and
respected institutions of higher educa- State College will receive this year. years ahead.
tion in the state, with 14 nationally
accredited programs of study, consis- B.S.C.A.A. Elects New Officers
tently high state licensure passage
rates for our nursing and radiologic The Bluefield State College Alumni Association, Inc. held its election of
technology graduates, and success in officers during the weekend of October 6-7, 2006. Officers were
national and international competi- installed by Mr. Frank Parks during a ceremony on the campus of the
tions involving our engineering tech- College. Officers will serve two-year terms, beginning on January 1,
nology students. And our students, 2007.
faculty, and staff are making a posi-
tive difference in the lives of others, President Joseph F. Lewis
as documented in this issue of the 1st Vice-President Mildred H. Washington
Blue and Gold. 2nd Vice-President Carl P. Boyd
Your Board is grateful for your Recording Secretary Gloria P. Stanford
support, input, and interest. It is also Corresponding Secretary Deirdre Guyton
important to note that a reduction in Financial Secretary Thomas H. Mack
the total number of students enrolled Treasurer King Harvey, Jr.
at Bluefield State has come about Sergeant-at-Arms R.D. Clemons
because of legislatively mandated Chaplain Ora P. Johnson
changes that created New River Immediate Past President Louis L. Aikens


“Meet BSC” DVD Produced - - Available On-Line
A new seven-minute DVD, “Meet the BSC home page,” added Dawn is the most affordable of all public,
BSC,” provides a fast-moving, Surbaugh, Admissions Counselor four year colleges and universities in
informative look at Bluefield State Senior, “and students can receive a West Virginia,” observed John
College. Designed for prospective free copy by contacting us at Cardwell, Vice President for Student
students, the video was produced this Affairs. “It’s 11.4% lower than the
summer by Motion Masters, a well average tuition among these colleges,
known multimedia organization. “Meet BSC” Video and it represents an even greater sav-
“Our goal,” noted Kenny Mandeville, ings when compared to regional pri-
BSC’s Director of Admissions, “is to “Our goal is to deliver infor- vate, accredited four-year college
deliver information about the College tuition levels,” he explained.
mation about the College to
to students in an interesting, dynamic “We have 14 nationally accredited
students in an interesting, programs of study, and each of our
The DVD features current BSC dynamic format.” programs is designed to prepare stu-
students, recent graduates, and faculty, dents for a fulfilling, productive
and provides video and interviews of Kenny Mandeville career where opportunities exist
BSC classrooms, laboratories, tv and Director of Admissions regionally and nationally,” Cardwell
radio studios, athletics, and student continued. “We’re excited because
life. Additionally, students can gain we’ve just become much more afford-
insight about degree programs at the” able for many out-of-state students
College, along with career opportuni- Additionally, Bluefield State’s in- who might have wanted to come here,
ties. state tuition for the 2006-07 year but hesitated in the past because of
“The video is available online at ($3,649 per year/$1,824.50/semester) the cost.”

BSC Takes Part in National Initiative to Salute America’s

Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Following U.S. House of it will state the value that HBCUs according to the White House
Representatives passage of a resolu- have,” Greene noted. Initiative on HBCUs conference regis-
tion to make the week of September “For some time, Congress and the tration brochure. Each president since
10, 2006, National Historically Black President have supported HBCUs and has issued an executive order on
Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) this continues to go on because it is HBCUs.
week, Bluefield State College joined important that HBCUs are recognized President Bush signed the execu-
more than 100 fellow HBCUs in for their economic and educational tive order in 2002. This year, he
saluting the educational opportunities role for the future,” said Greene, a issued a proclamation during HBCU
created by member institutions. “The HBCU graduate of Virginia Union Week.
resolution gave HBCUs a chance to University.
recognize their institutions’ accom- During HBCU Week, the White
plishments in education and in their House Initiative on HBCUs held a Cover Photo
communities,” noted Dr. Albert National HBCU Week Conference on
Walker, President/Bluefield State September 10-16 and on the first day, Autumn leaves provided a
College. Congress’s Resolution was issued and colorful background for BSC
Charles Greene, executive direc- a proclamation was made by the student Sarah Wellman
tor of the White House Initiative on President honoring HBCUs. (sophomore, Princeton, West
Historically Black Colleges and Former President Jimmy Carter Virginia), pictured beside
Universities, says the resolution is signed an executive order in 1980 to one of the College’s histori-
important. The difference this time is establish a federal program aimed at cal markers in front of
the resolution will be permanent. “It’s overcoming the effects of discrimina-
Conley Hall during a sunny
an annual occurrence, but it is an tion while supporting HBCUs’ mis-
early November afternoon.
important part of the initiative… and sion in providing quality education,


BSC Active in New River Clean Up Project

Justin Nichols (photo on left), Richard Sizemore (photo on right, left of canoe), and Travis Arehart were among a large
number of Bluefield State College students who joined more than 200 volunteers during the “New River Clean Up Project,”
on September 23. Dr. Michael Smith, Associate Dean/School of Arts and Sciences at BSC, who chairs a New River
Watershed Roundtable (NRWR) committee, coordinated this region’s river clean up initiative in the Foster Falls area.
tive on September 23 at Foster Falls, according to Smith.
This region’s portion of the oldest
near the Shot Tower and I-77. More The NRWR clean up initiative
river in North America received a
than one million people visit the park was part of the “Adopt-A-Stream”
makeover, courtesy of an effort coor-
each year, and the greatest number program, and took place at the same
dinated by a Bluefield State College
come through Foster Falls. time as the “Clean Sweep North
faculty member and involved a team
“The New River is such a beauti- Carolina” effort that has already
of more than 200 volunteers that
ful river and it’s enjoyed by many, enhanced the New River from Boone,
included several BSC students.
many people,” Smith said. “Every NC to the North Carolina/Virginia
Dr. Michael Smith, Associate
organization and individual involved state line. “We hope to make this an
Dean/School of Arts and Sciences at
in this clean up rendered very positive annual activity,” Smith said. “There
BSC, chairs a New River Watershed
and meaningful assistance in an eco- are also clean up efforts planned
Roundtable (NRWR) committee
logically important community serv- along the New River in the
focused upon cleaning up the New
ice project.” The New River has been Blacksburg and Radford areas.
River. The BSC community joined
littered with all types of debris and Ultimately, this can grow into some-
interested participants from through-
trash, including tires, bottles, cans, thing that can restore the entire New
out the region in this one-day initia-
and refrigerators, in recent years, River system.”

Dr. Ervin Griffin, Sr. Accepts

Presidency at Halifax Community College
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. (class of 1971) has been chosen to be the president of
Halifax Community College in Weldon, North Carolina. Griffin had served as president
of West Virginia State Community and Technical College for the past six years.
Under his presidency, WVSCTC received maximum accreditation (five years) from
the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in April 2004, enroll-
ment (fulltime equivalency) increased by 111%, and the College added numerous new
degree programs in response to business/industry needs.
Griffin earned a baccalaureate degree from Bluefield State College, a master’s degree
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. from Western Illinois University, and a doctorate from Virginia Tech. He also completed
postdoctoral studies in College Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the
Millennium Leadership Institute, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
“I have been wonderfully blessed by the people who have helped me throughout my career,” Griffin said. “I
have particularly fond memories of several instructors at Bluefield State College. They instilled in me an understand-
ing of the benefit of hard work and perseverance.”


BSC Students Develop Campaign Proposal to Market
Rish Equipment’s Komatsu Dozers and Excavators
Three weeks into the guide during their
semester, Bluefield State three-week preparation
College students in the period, the students
“Integrated Marketing learned the value of a
Communications” class teamwork approach to
expected to have ad- marketing. Then, they
vanced through seven presented their propos-
chapters in their textbook. als to Nester, who sub-
Instead, they were finaliz- sequently presented
ing marketing plans the students’ work to
designed to help Rish Jay Mullen, Rish VP
Equipment increase sales of Sales.
of massive heavy equip- “The students came
ment for construction up with some great
industry giant Komatsu. BSC students in this semester’s “Integrated Marketing Communications” class ideas,” Nester said.
recently developed and presented marketing plans designed to help Rish
The students’ proposals Equipment increase sales. Students include (seated, left-to-right) Alethia Gore,
“They have a true
have been approved by Adizatou Maiga, Jennifer Bennett, Andrea Browning, Whitney Morris (stand- grasp of marketing,
Rish officials and will ing, l-to-r) Aaron Starling, Montoya Kemp, Alan Felts, Nicole Redmond, Andy and their suggestions
now be presented to Peery, Phillip Taylor, Adam Fulford, Matthew Burdette, Josh Westmoreland, provide a practical
Komatsu, International Kerry Harper, and Libby Shafer (not pictured—J.V. Flanagan, Katrina Hall, approach to getting the
and Joshua Hart).
executives. ‘biggest bang’ for our
Lee Nester, (class of ing the primary decision makers. We advertising buck.”
2004) a current Rish Equipment wanted to show current and potential “Our students really embraced
employee, approached Dr. Elaine customers that they were important.” this project,” noted Mann. “This chal-
Scott (Dean/BSC School of Business) To achieve that goal, the team didn’t lenge demanded a great amount of
at the start of the fall 2006 semester, used radio or television advertising. time and effort, but it gave our stu-
seeking marketing students’ input in “We used functional marketing tools, dents a dynamic ‘real world’ experi-
developing and implementing adver- hard hats and similar items to give to ence that is invaluable. It was a
tising strategies that would increase customers. We developed a new logo rewarding, energizing experience.”
sales of Komatsu bulldozers and exca- that stressed branding, image, and
vators by 5%. The challenge was local awareness. We proposed adver- BSC Named One of
handed to Susan Mann, marketing tising at FedEx Field (home of the “America’s Best
instructor, who pitched the opportuni- Washington Redskins of the NFL),
ty to her “Integrated Marketing and we pitched the concept of a golf Colleges” for 7th
Class.” “The students saw this as an tournament for current, past, and
awesome opportunity to put together potential customers,” he added.
Straight Year
real, tangible marketing strategies that The bulldozer team took a differ- For the seventh consecutive
would be pitched to a major manufac- ent tact. “We understood that the coal year, Bluefield State College has
turer,” she said. industry, particularly in West Virginia, been selected as one of “America’s
After the class was divided into was a very important market,” Best Colleges” by US News & World
two teams—one to develop a cam- recounted Alan Felts “That’s why we Report. The publication bases its
paign for marketing excavators and used a more regional media mix— annual selection of America’s out-
another to market bulldozers—the stu- Metro News, West Virginia Media, standing institutions of higher educa-
dent teams were told to plan their pro- and advertising on special events like tion on a variety of factors, including
posals based on $96,000 budgets. Josh NCAA basketball’s ‘March Madness’ academic programs, faculty qualifi-
Westmoreland, a member of the exca- telecasts, the Super Bowl telecast, and cations, students’ success, support,
vator team, detailed his group’s focus. promos during the ‘We Are Marshall’ etc. BSC was listed among the “Best
“Excavators are not mass marketed,” movie.” Colleges/Comprehensive” in the
he explained. “We keyed in on reach- Using the course textbook as a nation.


“Team CART” at BSC Qualifies for Entry into
’07 DARPA “Urban Challenge”
“Team CART” at Bluefield State around a variety of terrain challenges. more than hold our own with the best
College has just received notification Team CART (Center for Applied industrial and academic organizations
that it has been accepted for entry into Research and Technology) has always in the competition. In fact, the
the Defense Applied Research included Bluefield State College stu- Scorpion-fox project legacy continues
Projects Agency (DARPA) 2007 dents from several academic disci- under Track A. Additionally, the
Urban Challenge. Team CART is the plines, along with Dr. Robert Riggins Grand Challenge was an inspiring
only West Virginia-based applicant to (BSC Professor of Electrical ‘real world’ applied research experi-
qualify for entry. The Department of Engineering Technology) and CART, ence for our students and helped them
Defense-sponsored Urban Challenge Inc. Vice-President Operations and visualize the limitless potential for
competition is the sequel to DARPA’s team leader, Bruce Mutter. “This time their future careers in engineering
2005 “Grand Challenge,” and will around, our vehicle is named the technology.”
again feature autonomous ground “Elise-fox” and is built around Lotus The Urban Challenge will present
vehicles that will independently navi- car platforms by a team composed of a highly complex and demanding trial
gate through and around a variety of College faculty, local research associ- that will put this field of robotic vehi-
terrain and traffic challenges. ates, and industrial engineers, students cles to the test, according to event
In all, there were 78 organizers. The Urban
teams accepted into Track B Challenge will feature
of the competition, joining fully autonomous ground
11 Track A entrants. Teams vehicles conducting sim-
that have qualified to com- ulated military supply
pete in the Urban Challenge missions safely and
fall into one of two tracks. effectively in a mock
Track-A teams were selected urban area. In the final
from proposals submitted to event, on November 3,
DARPA and will receive up 2007 robotic vehicles
to $1 million in technology will attempt to complete
development funds. Track B a 60-mile course through
was an open enrollment traffic in less than six
opportunity; teams do not hours, operating under
receive any funds from “Team CART” poses with “Elise-fox” the autonomous ground their own computer-
DARPA but compete equally vehicle it is producing for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. based control. To suc-
with Track A teams to quali- ceed, vehicles must obey
fy for the final event. and alumni, and international consult- traffic laws while merging into mov-
A year ago, an autonomous ant expertise from the automotive and ing traffic, navigate traffic circles,
ground vehicle (“Scorpion-fox”) out- image processing communities,” negotiate busy intersections, and
fitted by Team CART of BSC, work- Mutter said. avoid obstacles.
ing alongside Preferred Chassis The 2007 DARPA Urban DARPA’s Urban Challenge has
Fabrication, Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, Challenge will take place in a yet to been successful in attracting enthusi-
advanced through six rounds of quali- be disclosed urban setting in the west- asts from around the world to develop
fying in the DARPA event, progress- ern United States, adding another autonomous vehicle technology that
ing from the original field of more dimension to the event. “We’re cer- will some day protect the lives of
than 200 entrants, reaching the final tainly excited about the opportunities American men and women on the bat-
48 team level and moving to within presented by the Urban Challenge and tlefield. Operation of autonomous
one round of earning a spot in the our chances to meet them,” noted vehicles in the Urban Challenge will
Grand Challenge, a 200-mile race Mutter. “At the Grand Challenge, we test the ability of robots to operate
through a rugged desert and mountain lacked the financial resources of many safely and effectively in populated
course that tested the vehicles’ ability DARPA teams, but we were able to areas.
to independently navigate through and combine ingenuity and creativity to


Spotlight on the BSC School of Nursing and Allied Health
by Dr. Betty Rader, Dean, School of Nursing and Allied Health
ogist then enter the bachelor’s pro- practice certification as Nurse
gram while they continue to work. Practitioners or Clinical Nurse
COMMUNITY SERVICE. . . . Specialists. For the past three years,
The Associate Degree in Nursing the Bluefield State College
(ADN) program is offered at BSC Foundation’s “Outstanding Faculty
campuses in Bluefield and Beckley, Award” recipient has come from the
and at both locations, students are School of Nursing and Allied Health.
extremely involved in community Additionally, many faculty members
service projects. Each year, Beckley hold membership on boards of exam-
Dr. Betty Rader
campus ADN students present a iners and/or accreditation bodies.
Health Promotion Fair and a Breast ADDITIONALLY. . . .
Each year’s graduating class from Cancer Expo. Bluefield campus ADN During the 2006 spring semester,
the Bluefield State College School of students, during the 2005-06 year, col- the “George M. Cruise Nursing
Nursing and Allied Health continues lected more than 2,000 pairs of white Conference” brought to this region a
to enhance the School’s tradition of socks that were sent to Hurricane nationally recognized health care
excellence and service. The three Katrina victims who suffer from dia- speaker, Barb Bancroft. She
programs--Associate Degree in betes. Earlier this year, Bluefield addressed a capacity audience of
Nursing, Bachelor of Science in State College nursing students collab- health care professionals at the local
Nursing, and Radiologic Technology-- orated with an interdisciplinary team conference, sponsored by the School
have achieved national accreditation to develop and present an afternoon- of Nursing and Allied Health.
by satisfying the high standards of long workshop designed to help area As West Virginia seeks to offset a
quality required by those accrediting children and their families combat statewide shortage of nurses and
bodies. childhood obesity. school nurses, the School of Nursing
As evidence of the caliber of Our baccalaureate nursing stu- and Allied Health continues to be a
career-appropriate education delivered dents have painted, tiled, and com- vital part of the solution. The School
within the School, the Associate pletely renovated a classroom at the Nurse program is delivered via dis-
Degree class of 2005 achieved a Wade Center in Bluefield. The room tance education to several remote
92.54% passage rate on the National now serves as a community education counties in the state, and a significant
Council Licensure Examination-RN, classroom in which our BSN students percentage of ADN, BSN and
and the Radiologic Technology class present health-related workshops and Radiologic Technology students
of 2005 achieved a 100% passage rate programs. accept employment in West Virginia
on the American Registry of During the 2005-06 year, students after they graduate.
Radiographic Technographers’ certifi- in the BSC Radiologic Technology IN SUMMARY. . . .
cation exam. Both passage rates program invested more than 400 Health care takes place in a
exceeded state and national norms. hours of volunteer work in a variety dynamic social and professional envi-
Additionally, graduates enjoy a 100% of community service activities. They ronment with constantly changing
job placement rate. In fact, most stu- helped organizations including hospi- needs. As a state and regional leader
dents have job offers as soon as they tals, schools, fire departments, the in nursing and allied health education,
graduate. Red Cross, and assisted living facili- the Bluefield State College School of
Earlier this year, the School began ties. Students must work at least 20 Nursing and Allied Health is commit-
offering a new bachelor’s degree pro- hours in a volunteer capacity in a pro- ted to anticipating and responding to
gram in Radiologic Sciences. This is gram or initiative that is either health those changing needs. The School
West Virginia’s first “two-plus-two” care-related or college-related. draws upon the insight and experience
bachelor’s program in Radiologic OUR FACULTY. . . . of its students, faculty, and alumni to
Sciences. It permits students who The diversity and experience of build upon its foundation of excel-
complete the School’s associate pro- our faculty contribute to the rich tap- lence in teaching, practice, and public
gram in Radiologic Technology to estry of our students’ academic expe- service.
take the licensure examination and rience. Over 60% of the faculty with-
begin working as a radiologic technol- in the School have earned advanced


“Understanding Advanced Directives” Classes Offered by
BSC Baccalaureate Nursing Students at BRMC and PCH
Advanced Directives—written and BSC. This program will benefit ment that is kept at the hospital in the
documents that express an individ- the community by alerting them to the event they would require treatment at
ual’s wishes regarding organ donation, importance of having their end-of- life BRMC.”
medical power of attorney, living wishes spelled out in a legal docu- At BRMC, a student team that
wills, and end-of-life deci- included Aleah Clark, Ben
sions permit a person’s Wilson, Marie Green, Katie
requests to be observed during Coffey, Teresa Scott, Cammie
life’s most difficult times. Williams, Billy Davis, Chastity
Bluefield State College Walker, Tammy Sauls, and
Baccalaureate Nursing stu- Merrilee Carson explained
dents recently “team taught” organ donation, “Physician
the program “Understanding Orders for Scope of
Advanced Directives” at Treatment,” the West Virginia
Bluefield Regional Medical “Do Not Resuscitate Act,”
Center and Princeton Living Wills, Medical Power of
Community Hospital. Student Attorney, and related advanced
teams later repeated their pres- directives. “Our students
entation at BRMC and PCH detailed how Advanced
for three more weeks. A team of Bluefield State College students presented a Directives ensure that you
series of Advanced Directives classes at Bluefield
Tim Harclerode, BRMC’s Regional Medical Center and Princeton Community know the options and choose
Vice President/Patient Care Hospital. Team members pictured during their initial what’s best for you and your
Services, observed, “We are presentation at BRMC include (left-to-right) Aleah Clark, family, then put it in writing”
very pleased to have a good Ben Wilson, Marie Green, Katie Coffey, Teresa Scott, explained Betty Blevins, BSC
Cammie Williams, Billy Davis, Chastity Walker, Tammy
working relationship with the Associate Professor of Nursing.
Sauls, and Merrilee Carson.
nursing faculty and students

BSC Nursing Students Help Develop and Present Childhood

Obesity Workshop for Area Youth at the Wade Center
With childhood obesity Virginia School of Osteopathic
reaching epidemic levels in Medicine (WVSOM) and a
West Virginia, two Bluefield medical school residency stu-
State College nursing students dent for an intensive three
recently collaborated with an week initiative, coordinated by
interdisciplinary team to the South Eastern (West
develop and present an after- Virginia) Area Health
noon-long workshop designed Education Center (SE AHEC).
to help area children and their “The team studied nutrition
families combat this growing and overweight issues with
problem. More than 30 area children, then put together
elementary and secondary intervention strategies that
school students participated in would be educational, fun, and
the program at the Wade effective for the children in-
Center in Bluefield. Billy Clay (standing/left), a Bluefield State College volved,” explained Dr.
second year nursing student, and Justin Jeffries (stand-
Bobbie Lilly and Billy ing/right) a student at the WV School of Osteopathic Bernadette Dragich, BSC
Clay, second-year nursing stu- Medicine, help public school students understand the Professor of Nursing. This
dents at BSC, joined medical importance of the “food pyramid” during a recent interfacing of students
students from the West Childhood Obesity workshop at the Wade Center in (continued on page 10)


Rahall Designates Bluefield State College As Southern
Anchor For Connected Technologies Corridor Program
U.S. Representative Nick a synergy between local
J. Rahall recently announced government, higher educa-
that the Bluefield Technology tion and the business com-
Transfer and Community munity. This will stimulate
Development Center, operated economic, educational, and
by the Bluefield State College research success in the
Research and Development Bluefield State College
Corporation, has been select- service area,” Dr. Albert
ed to serve as the Southern Walker, BSC President,
Anchor point for the said.
Connected Technologies The Connected
Corridors (CTC) program. Technologies Corridors
The Congressman made the Program materialized from
official designation during a Rahall’s desire to harness
ceremony at the Bluefield U.S. Congressman Nick J. Rahall (right) recently
the technological resources
State College Research and announced that BSC will have a primary role in of southern West Virginia to
Development Building. delivering high-tech services in this region. He is optimize the potential for
“This is an exciting devel- pictured with Dr. Albert Walker (left) and Norris Kantor. the region’s economic
opment for the CTC program optical carrier with high transmission future. The seed funding for
and I commend Bluefield State speeds. This, coupled with the this start-up economic development
College for its dedication to bringing planned optical carrier being run initiative is being provided by the
the latest technological opportunities through Tazewell, Mercer and Bland Benedum Foundation, Verizon West
to businesses in our area,” Rahall counties, provides companies in the Virginia and Frontier Communica-
said. The Technology Transfer and area with a tremendous level of access tions.
Community Development Center and competitive advantage. The Connected Technologies
houses a small business incubator, “The designation of this facility Corridors Program is a collaborative
space for light industrial activities and represents a significant step by effort of several economic develop-
office space for companies locating in Bluefield State College, the Bluefield ment-focused organizations. The new
Bluefield. The facility has conference State College Research and technology organization is governed
rooms, an auditorium, and training Development Corporation, the by a Board of Directors comprised of
rooms. To assist companies needing Connected Technologies Corridors, individuals from each of these locally
broadband high-speed Internet access, the I-77 High Technology Corridor based economic and community
the facility has direct access to an and several other partners in creating development entities.

BSC Nursing Students

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permitted them to take strengths from addressing “Nutrition and Childhood Association vice president) and her
each discipline to promote better care Obesity.” “My section focused upon team-teaching partner Kate Leffel
for all clients. nutrition education,” Clay said. “The (from WVSOM) focused upon help-
The initial planning meeting took children heard about calories—what ing the children learn a fun-based
place at Princeton Community they are, how they affect our bodies, physical activity that could burn calo-
Hospital in September. Clay (who is the amount of calories needed daily, ries and replace the students’ seden-
also president of the BSC Student where to locate calorie information on tary lifestyle. “We demonstrated the
Nurses Association) collaborated with labels, and the consequence of taking ‘Dance, Dance, Revolution’ program,
Justin Jeffries, a WV School of in too many calories while not exer- then gave the children an opportunity
Osteopathic Medicine student, to cising regularly.” to try it,” Lilly recounted.
develop intervention strategies Lilly (BSC Student Nurses


BSC’s Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Dr. Thomas Blevins, (1971) Dr. Tammy Ferguson, Dean/ Opportunity/Higher Education
Dean of the BSC Virtual College and School of Arts and Sciences, has been Conference Planning Committee and
Information Technology and the elected President of the Tazewell the West Virginia Job Evaluation
School of Teacher Education, and (Virginia) Farmer’s Market. She Planning Committee. He also attend-
Professor, English/ Education, will be seeks funding and coordinates opera- ed the statewide EEO Conference in
attending the Association for tions of the open-air market, which September.
Educational Communications and provides area farmers with an oppor- Debbie Pittman, Professor/
Technology (AECT) conference in tunity to sell their produce each Department Head of Computer
Dallas. He has been named Chair of Saturday, June-October. Science for the School of Engineering
the Accreditation Committee of Dr. Lyn Guy, member of the Technology and Computer Science,
AECT. The purpose of the BSC’s Board of Governors and has been elected President, District IV
Accreditation Committee is to be the Superintendent of Monroe County Consumer Advisory Committee, West
liaison between AECT and NCATE, (WV) Schools, has been selected to Virginia Division of Rehabilitative
the National Association for the join the Eastern States Consortium for Services. She also earned “I-net+
Accreditation of Teacher Education. Learning and School System Certification” in July, 2006.
In addition, he is an NCATE Board of Excellence. Guy is one of seven Dr. Elaine Scott, Dean/Professor
Examiner Chair and chaired a visit to superintendents in the eastern United of Marketing for the School of
Alcorn State University in Mississippi States invited to participate in the Business, presented a paper,
in November. consortium. “Relationship Marketing Strategies in
Dr. Bernadette Dragich, Jennifer Humphries, (2003) a Funeral Home Service Practice,” at
Professor of Nursing, will deliver a Instructional Designer, earned the 2006 International Business and
professional presentation at the West “WebCT CE 4.1 Professional Economics Research Conference.
Virginia Prevention Resource Development Certification” and “Web Dr. Howard Wade, Associate
Network’s 2006 Share the Vision Development Professional Professor of History, received the
Conference in November. Her topic is Certification” earlier this year. Distinguished Alumnus Award for
“Drug Endangered Children: What David Lord, Director of Human 2006 at the 35th Annual Gathering for
the Pediatric Health Care Provider Resources, is a member of the West Kimball High School.
Needs to Know.” Virginia State Equal Employment

BSC Greek Council Brightens “Welcome to Bluefield”

Signage and Landscape
The Bluefield State College Greek
Council is working with the City of
Bluefield to assist in maintaining
and beautifying the “Welcome to
Bluefield” sign and landscape just
north of the College on US Rt. 52.
Representatives of each Greek
organization have invested hours
in landscaping, removing weeds,
gardening, and enhancing the sign.
Pictured (left-to-right) at the
Welcome sign are BSC students
Mychal Guyton (Greek Council Vice
President), Annie Curto (Greek
Council Sergeant At Arms),
NaTausha Lipscomb (Greek
Council Liaison), and Chris Majors
(Greek Council President), as well
as Roy Grimes (Greek Council


BSC Hosts Annual WV Criminal Justice Educators
Association Conference in November
More than 75 faculty and stu- dent-centered activities, including to BSC) that participated in the con-
dents attended the 10th annual West competitions in oral presentation, ference were: Marshall University,
Virginia Criminal Justice Educators poster, and research paper categories. WVU-Parkersburg, West Virginia
Association (WVCJEA) fall confer- There was also a job fair with several State University, New River
ence at Bluefield State College. The criminal justice agencies from this Community and Technical College,
1.5 day event was held on November region, and the West Virginia Civil Wheeling Jesuit University, Fairmont
10-11, and was coordinated locally by Support Team demonstrated how it State University, and Mountain State
Mike Lilly, Associate Professor and responds to an emergency situation.” University. “Bluefield State College
Program Director of Criminal Justice The conference included a has been a member institution in
Administration at BSC. keynote speaker, as well as opportuni- WVCJEA for 15 years,” Lilly added.
Lilly, who is WVCJEA first vice ties for students currently enrolled in, “The fall conference is a focal point
president, said local law enforcement or potentially interested in, criminal of our organization each year and
personnel also attended the event, justice/criminal justice administration Bluefield State College derived sever-
whose theme this year was “The New to gain insight into the opportunities al benefits from serving as the host
Face of Crime in the 21st Century.” and challenges in the field. for this year’s program.”
“We had a productive conference,” Among the West Virginia institu-
Lilly noted. “There were several stu- tions of higher education (in addition

BSC Faculty Emeritus Honoree Celebrates

100th Birthday
Club’s “Citizen of the Year Award” (1993). She was also
selected to receive the West Virginia Womens
Commission’s “Celebrate Women Award” (2000).
She and her husband, the late William B. Robertson,
moved to this region in 1932 after graduating from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After earning a
master’s degree in English and Spanish from Cornell
University, Mrs. Robertson embarked on a career in edu-
cation in 1955, when the couple’s youngest son was in
second grade. She established the “Foreign Language in
Elementary School” program at Athens Elementary
School, later starting the Spanish program at Athens High
While she was teaching a night class at Bluefield
Elizabeth “Betty” Roberston recently celebrated her State College in 1967, former BSC president Dr. Wendell
100th birthday. She is pictured with the late William Hardway approached her regarding a fulltime faculty
Caruth, Jr. during a conversation a few years ago. Both
opportunity at the College. She joined the faculty, teach-
are BSC Faculty Emeritus honorees.
ing at BSC until she was 65. She continued to serve after
Elizabeth “Betty” Robertson, who received “Faculty her retirement as a teacher in the first Developmental
Emeritus” status at Bluefield State College in 1975, cele- Learning Laboratory at BSC in the fall 1971 semester.
brated her 100th birthday on October 14. The Town of Her book, “Rhymes for Today from a Friend of
Athens officially declared Saturday, October 14 “Betty Mother Goose, for Kids and Parents,” was published four
Robertson Day” as family, friends, former students, and years ago. Her family includes three sons--Dr. Philip
educators extended their best wishes to the lifetime Robertson and his wife (Carolyn) of Princeton, West
teacher and community leader. Virginia; William “Pro” Robertson and his wife (Katie) of
She is a previous recipient of the Town of Athens’ Athens, West Virginia, and; Dr. Kenny Robertson and his
“Elder Citizen Award” (1998) and the Athens Garden wife (Dorothy) of Williamsburg, Virginia.


BSC Alumni Association 2006 Reunion Highlights
Reunions bring back memories of old college days, “You know-days” when Miss BSC was crowned and still looking
good or, when Mildred H. Washington (’55, Ms. Alumni 2004) crowned Sherlyn McCoy Ms. Alumni 2006. Whatever
the occasion, reuniting with classmates, mingling with the frat and sorors or even reminiscing wth friends, Atlanta was
the place to be in July!

Just in case you weren't there, here are a few photos of what you missed in Atlanta and a chance to plan for the
Columbus, Ohio reunion in 2008.
-- Deirdre Guyton, Director of Alumni Affairs

Pictures submitted by
Deirdre Guyton
Director of Alumni Affairs


BSC Hosts “Music of Coalfields”
Audio and Video Exhibit
The “Music of the Coalfields” legendary Duke Ellington in concert Exhibit is sponsored by the United
resonated throughout Bluefield State at the Bluefield Auditorium, and Mine Workers of America, the
College’s Hebert Gallery during the numerous other musical greats. Regional Coal Heritage Authority, and
fall semester. Joan Buchanan (BSC’s The Music of the Coalfield the WV Humanities Council.
Student Services Specialist),
directed the College’s effort to serve
as a month-long host site for the
exhibit, which included two large dis-
plays and a music centerpiece upon
which visitors could select (in juke-
box style) and listen to their favorite
“The exhibit features a vintage
photograph collection of many of
Southern West Virginia’s most impor-
tant musicians,” Buchanan explained.
“The exhibit affirms Bluefield’s
importance as a musical center during
the mid-20th Century.” It includes
photos of former BSC student Maceo
Pinkard, who composed “Sweet
Georgia Brown,” along with Bluefield Joan Buchanan (BSC Student Services Specialist) welcomed
musical promoter Ralph Weinberg, the guests to the “Music of the Coalfields” exhibit in the
Hebert Gallery/Harris-Jefferson Student Center, at the College.

BSC Student Team Designs Software Program to Streamline

Bluefield Union Mission’s Service Capacity
For 75 years, the Bluefield Union Mission has been a pillar of com-
munity service—a lighthouse for area residents in need. While the
Mission could benefit from state-of-the-art accounting software for its
financial bookkeeping, the pen and paper record-keeping system
employed by the Mission for its daily log and client files in the 1930s is
still in use today. That’s why a team of Bluefield State College students
has designed a computer software program that will streamline the
Mission’s client record-keeping system while concurrently increasing its
capacity for service.
The BSC team of Dwayne Kimbleton, Keith Solademi, Tabatha
Pack, and Glen Ciborowski, students in Dr. Lynn Adams’ senior-year
Software Engineering course, spent several months analyzing the
Mission’s operation to identify challenges that could be addressed
through a customized software program. Then the student team
designed, refined, and implemented the program.
“By selecting real organizations with real needs, training students to
work in teams, and designing and implementing complete software pro-
The BSC student team of (standing left-to-right)
Tabatha Pack, Glen Ciborowski, grams, we accomplish at least two clear purposes,” Dr. Adams said.
Dwayne Kimbleton, and (seated) “First, the students are better trained to enter the workforce. Second, the
Keith Solademi collaborated to design community benefits by obtaining real working computer programs that
a software program customized to meet the help them improve their efficiency and productivity. This approach also
needs of the Bluefield Union Mission.
produces a more interesting and motivational learning environment.”


Alumni Updates
Manager in the Office of Business
Alumni Updates 1970s Affairs at WVSOM.
Requested Leroy M. Counts (1975) was
Cynthia Leigh Higgins (1997)
If you have received awards, pro- married Jeffrey A. Atwell on August
selected as War Annex’s 2005-2006 3, 2006. She is employed as the
motions, accomplishments, recog- Teacher of the Year. He was also
nition, have married or recently Vice President - Internal Audit and
selected as McDowell County’s Compliance with First Community
welcomed an addition to your Middle School Teacher of the Year
family, please let us know. Bank, N.A.
for 2005-2006 and won the Freida Nasser Isleem (1991) received
Riley Award and was named the University of North Carolina’s
Mail your news to: McDowell County’s Teacher of the
Karen Gordon 2006 Student Undergraduate
Year for 2005-2006. He is a music Teaching Award. He is a lecturer in
College and Media Relations specialist for War Annex and Big
Bluefield State College Asian studies for the UNC at Chapel
Creek High School. Hill, North Carolina.
219 Rock Street Ann Jackson Farmer (1877) is
Bluefield, WV 24701 Clifton Riffe (1991) and his wife,
the standards-based math instructor Jennifer Whitaker Riffe (1993)
or FAX to 304-327-4581or e-mail for fifth grade students at the received bachelor’s degrees from
Bluefield Intermediate School. Mountain State University in 2006.
Richard Lindamood (1978) held Kimberly A. Weatherly, C-FNP
1930s an artist’s exhibit at Bluefield State (1996) is a Family Nurse Practioner
College in October. at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Avicia H. Thorpe (1933) was
Anthony C. Perry (1970) has
one of 10 African-American Danville,
been named Director of Raw
Virginia residents
featured in
Materials Planning, Procurement and 2000s
Distribution for AK Steel, Middletown, Jeremy Ball (2003) is Informa-
“Mapping Local
Ohio. tion Systems Specialist for New
William M. “Bill” White (1970) RIver Community and Technical
Danville, Virginia,
is the Dean of the Mountain State College in Beckley, West Virginia.
1945-1975,”a photo
University School of Leadership and Melissa D. Buzzo (2006) mar-
and oral history
Professional Development in ried David S. Gates (2002) on
exhibit featuring the journey to civil
Beckley, West Virginia. He is the August 26, 2006. She is employed
rights in Danville. The exhibit was on
founder and CEO for The Manage- by Princeton Community Hospital
display at the Carter G. Woodson
ment Development Group, Inc. and he is employed by Verizon
Institute at the University of Virginia
(MDG), a multimillion dollar California Communications in Bluefield,
earlier this year. Among the other
corporation that specialized in organ- Virginia.
nine honorees featured in the exhibit
ization development consulting for Scott Britton (2000) married
are seven of Mrs. Thorpe’s former
Fortune 100 corporations. Amanda Englas (2001) on August
students and two of her former co-
Lynn Whitteker (1978) is CEO 12, 2006.
workers. Mrs. Thorpe was a faculty
of Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Christina M. Mitchell (2005)
member and head of the Language
married Jeremy S. Flanigan on July
Arts Department at John M. Lang-
1980s 1, 2006. She is currently enrolled in
ston High School for 33 years (1933-
the nursing program at Mountain
1966). Recently, a scholarship was Dr. Lorenzo Pence (1981) is State University.
established in Mrs. Thorpe’s honor Associate Dean for Graduate
by the John M. Langston High Medical Education for the West
School Joint Class Reunion, 1937- Virginia Osteopathic School of In Memoriam
1973. She celebrated her 98th birth- Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, Nedra T. Bailey
day on April 16, 2006. West Virginia. Adam Thomas Chambers
Alvis “Jack” Gaither
John Hyatt Kibler
1940s 1990s Jeremy J. Mancuso
Barbara Bragg (1995) has been Earlie Moon
Eunice Burrell Fleming (1944)
appointed to serve on the West Michael T. Scarbro
was inducted into the Mt. Hope High
Virginia School of Osteopathic Cynthia Clemons Strassin
School Alumni Association Hall of
Medicine’s (WVSOM) Board of Laquetta Gaye Swanson
Fame for her contributions to the
Governors. She is the Business Beatrice C. Taylor


BSC Cheerleading Squad Wins Five Awards at
National Cheerleaders Association Camp, then
Receives Bid to National Championship
It’s worth cheering about! The Bluefield
State College cheerleading squad won several
awards during the recent National Cheerleaders
Association (NCA) Cheerleading Camp in
Myrtle Beach, SC. The BSC squad, which
helped to direct a very well attended cheerlead-
ing clinic for area public school cheerleaders
this summer, was selected from all NCAA
Division II teams in the competition to receive
the “Most Improved” trophy, the “Spirit Stick,”
and three superior ribbons, according to Beth
Jones, who coordinated the College’s participa-
tion in the event.
“While at the camp, we had the opportunity
to learn and perfect floor cheers, crowd cheers,
and stunts,” noted Carey Flanagan, a BSC squad
member. “We were able to cheer with cheer-
leading squads from Army, the University of
South Carolina, the University of Georgia,
Some Members of the 2006-2007 BSC Cheerleading Squad Kennesaw State University, and Grambling State
First Row, left-to-right: Nicole Hall, Candace Faw;
Second Row, left-to-right: Carey Flanagan, Tonya Hamiliton;
The BSC cheerleading squad also received
Third Row, left-to-right: Daniel McClain, Mike Cline an invitation to participate in the NCAA college
national championship to be held in Daytona,

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