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BLUEFIELD STATE A Message from the President

across the stage, receive their diplomas

COLLEGE and move forward into the next chapter
of their lives.
At the same time, the College pro-
BOARD OF GOVERNORS ceeded with work to complete its institu-
tional accreditation self-study and a 2011
James J. Palmer, III, Esq.
Chair visit from a Higher Learning
Mr. Larry Ratliff Commission/North Central Association
Vice Chair team. Bluefield State College has met
Dr. Lyn Guy Dr. Albert L. Walker the rigorous standards to earn and main-
Norris Kantor, Esq. President tain institutional accreditation since the
Larry Morhous, Esq. early 1950s, and we are committed to the
Mr. Sylvester Myers task of excellence required to sustain
Gloria Stephens, Esq. Summer is a wonderful time for accreditation in the future.
Ms. Anne L. Taylor
reflection and advancement in higher Additionally, we recently received
Ms. Angela Lambert
Faculty Representative education. As this issue of the Blue & the outstanding news that the Bachelor
Ms. Lisa Neel Gold goes to press, we are able to look of Science in Nursing Program has
Classified Staff Representative back fondly upon the College’s mid-May earned a ten-year continuing accredita-
Mr. Craig Caldwell commencement exercises. It was a joy- tion from the Commission on Collegiate
Student Representative ous time as 375 graduates, along with Nursing Education.
their families and friends, celebrated this Certainly, recent economic develop-
milestone in their lives. Our returning ments on a national, state, and local level
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF alumni rekindled fond memories of their have impacted Bluefield State College.
years as undergraduates, as well. Importantly, the same spirit of resiliency
Dr. Albert Walker
President As May gave way to mid-summer, that has served the “College on the
Dr. Don Smith BSC welcomed the first of two groups of Terraced Hills” so well through its 114
Vice President for Academic new students during a one-day orienta- year history has, throughout this chal-
Affairs and Provost tion session. It was my pleasure to wel- lenging period, proven invaluable once
Ms. Shelia Johnson come these bright, ambitious students again.
Vice President for Financial and and their families to campus and look As a result, with your help and
Administrative Affairs forward to a time in the not-to-distant insight, we are “Making Education
Mr. John Cardwell future when these students would walk Possible” for this and future generations.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Thomas E. Blevins
Dean of the Virtual College and
Information Technology and the
School of Teacher Education;
Professor, English/Education Board of Governors’ News
Dr. Tracey Anderson
Director of Institutional
by James J. Palmer, III, Esq., Chair
Research and Effectiveness BSC faculty and staff, I saw faces beam-
Dr. Sapphire Cureg ing with pride. Our most recent gradu-
Director of Multicultural Affairs ates walked across the stage, exchanged
Ms. Karen Harvey firm handshakes with platform guests,
Director of Institutional and returned to their seats with a diploma
Advancement & Planning in hand and opportunity there for the tak-
Mr. Jim Nelson
Assistant to the President/
Director, Institutional/Media
Bluefield State College has made
Relations education possible for students from this
James J. Palmer, III, Esq. region for nearly 120 years and our grad-
Chair uates have made a difference--in the
region, the state, the nation, and the
BLUE AND GOLD Each spring during the College’s world. It’s not an overstatement to say
that many of our students would not have
A publication for alumni and friends of commencement, I am reminded of
Bluefield State College's very worthwhile had the chance to pursue their college
Bluefield State College.
purpose. This year was no different. As degrees if not for Bluefield State College.
I scanned the capacity audience of stu- That’s the reason that the members
This project is underwritten by the dents, their families and friends, and (continued on page 4)
Federal Title III/BRACE Program.
375 Degrees Awarded During BSC's 2009 Commencement
Three hundred seventy-five Gregory Michaelson were selected
(375) degrees were conferred during to receive “Brian Delp Service
Bluefield State College’s 112th com- Leadership Awards.”
mencement exercises at the Nine members of the BSC Class
Brushfork Armory, May 16. of 1959 returned to their alma mater
Approximately 3000 people attended to participate in the program on the
the program. golden anniversary of their gradua-
Mr. Sylvester Myers, a BSC tion. BSC Alumni Association
alumnus, delivered the commence- President Dr. Joseph Lewis also
ment address. His autobiography, administered the alumni oath to all
From Coal Fields, to Oil Fields and members of the graduating class of
Dr. Bernadette Dragich and Dr. Albert Walker present
Beyond: A Life in Pursuit of All I BSC Foundation Outstanding Faculty Awards to
Could Be, is an inspirational tale of Professors Roger Owensby and Carol Cofer.
his rags to riches journey from a
childhood in a McDowell County coal dents also received greetings from
camp to the presidency of his internation- Bluefield State College President Dr.
ally known Albert Walker, BSC Board of Governors’
construction chair Norris Kantor, BSC Alumni
cost-estimat- Association President Dr. Joseph F.
ing manage- Lewis, BSC Student Government
ment firm with President Jonathan Murray, Faculty
offices at four Senate Chair Dr. Bernadette Dragich, and
locations in Staff Council Chair Lisa Neel.
the United Three students with perfect 4.0 grade
States. point averages shared the distinction of Jody Burton
class valedictorian. They included Brian Delp Service
Sylvester Myers Miranda Linkous (B.A. in Humanities) Leadership Award Recipient
the grim news
Commencement Speaker about unem- from Bluefield, West Virginia, Gregory
ployment and Michaelson (B.S. in Civil Engineering
layoffs, there Technology) from Bluefield, West
are jobs to be found in today’s economy,” Virginia, and Kimberly Reed (B.S. in
Myers told the BSC Class of ’09. He Computer Science) from Peterstown, West
cited the federal government, health care, Virginia.
and education as areas where employment Carol Cofer, Professor of Nursing,
opportunities were good. “Every field and Roger Owensby, Assistant Professor
will present opportunities to those individ- and Department Head/Mining
uals who have skills, personality, passion, Engineering Technology, were named the
and perseverance,” he added. “Bluefield State College Foundation Gregory Michaelson
The audience of family members and Outstanding Faculty Award” recipients for Brian Delp Service
friends of graduates and community resi- 2009, and BSC seniors Jodie Burton and Leadership Award Recipient

Class Valedictorians Class of 1959 -- (Left-to-right) Gloria Williams Stewart,

(Left-to-right) Kimberly Reed, Gregory Michaelson Selba Meadows Boyd and Gaynell Hairston Gunn, (standing,
and Miranda Linkous l-to-r) Warner Baxter, Sidney Lewis, Rev. Alvin Clay, Sr.,
John H. Neal, Dr. Raleigh Hairston and Thomas W. Lee.
BSC Student Team Finishes Third Board of
Overall, During 2009 Intelligent Ground Governors’ News
Vehicle Vehicle Competition continued from page 2
“Anassa V,” an autonomous ground race.” It was extremely encouraging, of your Board of Governors have commit-
vehicle developed, designed, pro- Riggins noted, to see the BSC robot do so ted themselves to serve. The dedication
grammed, and created by Bluefield State well against vehicles developed by teams of the BSC Board, a commitment to
College students, contended for another of students representing major universities strengthening the College and community,
world championship and finished third, and graduate programs. “We placed third are central to our purpose. As we entered
overall, during the recent “2009 in Autonomous, fourth in Land a new fiscal year in July, we saw the
Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition Navigation, and third overall (Lesko departure of several wonderful Board
(IGVC) Autonomous Challenge” at Award).” members whose terms here had expired.
Oakland University, Michigan. The four- “We encountered some challenges, We owe each a significant debt of grati-
day competition attracted 52 entries from like a thunderstorm at the wrong time, tude.
institutions of higher education in the U.S. interruptions in electrical power, and the At the same time, we welcomed to
and abroad. constant threat of rain, but our students the Board several new members, each
The BSC student team included worked through them,” Riggins contin- with a perspective and skill set that will
Justin Milam, Matthew Duncan, Chris ued. “Anassa held first place for about complement our ability to govern the
Thompson, Saleh Alobaishi, Justin three hours during the final day of the institution. We look forward to the new
Pennington, Louis McAllister, and Toni competition. I’m extremely proud of this year.
Villanueva. “Our students did an outstand- year's BSC team. Our students performed Throughout the process, we encour-
ing job,” observed Dr. Robert Riggins, very well in a pressure-filled situation.” age the involvement of the College’s
BSC Professor of Electrical Engineering “The fact that Bluefield State College alumni and friends. Your support and
Technology. “They came really close to was the smallest school in the competition input are essential to the growth and focus
winning championships in both the and was one of only a very few colleges of the school. Thanks for your help in
autonomous and the navigation chal- or universities there without an engineer- times past. We will need your wisdom
lenges. Out of 52 robots from around the ing graduate school makes our perform- and assistance even more as Bluefield
world, ours was one of three that compet- ance even more meaningful,” Riggins State College moves forward into a prom-
ed 'neck and neck’ in the autonomous concluded. ising, but challenging, future.

BSC's Model United

BSC’s “Anassa V” in Action
Nations Program Sponsors
Worldwide Travel
Join us for a Christmas holiday trip to Cairo,
Egypt (three nights) and cruise the Nile (four nights),
December 28, 2009-January 6, 2010 for $2,800.
We’re also planning a May 30, 2010-June 6,
2010 student-led trip, Washington, DC to Amsterdam
for $1,790.
Other trips include a June 17, 2010 trip to
London, Budapest (four nights) and Prague (four
nights) for $2,990 and a July 15, 2010 trip from Los
Bluefield State College students (left-to-right) Justin Angeles to Australia (18 days) for $4,890.
Pennington, Matthew Duncan, Chris Thompson, and Salah Additional information can be obtained by con-
Alobaishi watch their autonomous vehicle, "Anassa V," tacting John White, Assistant Professor/Social
as it negotiates the "Autonomous Challenge" qualifying Science and BSC Model UN Program Advisor, at
course during the 2009 IGVC championships while
an IGVC official (right) observes. or call 304-327-4157.

BSC Baccalaureate Nursing Program Receives
Maximum Continuing Accreditation from Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education
Bluefield State College’s “Our program meets the needs of working and Dean/School of Nursing & Allied
Baccalaureate Nursing (BSN) program RNs with a design that utilizes ‘blended Health). The program was first accredited
has been granted continuing national learning,’ combining face-to-face instruc- by the National League for Nursing in
accreditation by the Commission on tion and online courses.” 1992 and has attained and maintained
Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a continuing national accreditation by the
national accrediting agency recognized by ABOUT THE BSC BSN PROGRAM Commission on Collegiate Nursing
the U.S. Department of Education. The Education since 1999. The BSC BSN
BSC program received continuing accred- For nearly 20 years, the BSC program is offered in both Bluefield and
itation for the maximum ten-year period, Baccalaureate Nursing Program has pro- Beckley.
through the year 2019. CCNE, as the vided learning opportunities for acquiring
only national accrediting agency to focus the knowledge base and skills to practice BSC BSN PROGRAM TO BE OFFERED
exclusively on baccalaureate, masters, and nursing at the professional level. A broad ONLINE IN THE FUTURE
doctoral education programs in nursing perspective of nursing practices is pre-
education, ensures the quality and integri- sented in relation to management, leader- “Because of its success on a regional
ty of higher-education degree programs ship, values and ethics, critical analysis, level, the BSC Baccalaureate Nursing
preparing effective nursing professionals. research, and the application of the nurs- Program is preparing to seek Higher
“CCNE accreditation means the BSC ing process to families and other groups in Learning Commission approval to provide
BSN program meets the highest standards the communities. the entire degree program online,” Dr.
and meets the needs of students, equip- Program faculty include Beth Rader stated. “Once approval is obtained,
ping our graduates to provide high quality Pritchett (Associate Professor & Program this program will be available throughout
nursing care to the people of this region,” Director), Betty Nash (Associate the United States.”
noted program director Beth Pritchett. Professor), and Dr. Betty Rader (Professor

BSC Nursing Students Discover "E-Fish-ent" Way

to Provide Pet Therapy for Residents at the Maples
Residents at The Maples in then implement change to address that
Bluefield have a new “big need. The process requires students
screen” entertainment system--a to utilize all of the knowledge and
55-gallon aquarium--courtesy of skills they’ve acquired throughout
two energetic and innovative stu- their BSN program experience.”
dents in Bluefield State College’s Bailey and Clay, who purchased the
Bachelor of Science in Nursing aquarium, expressed appreciation to
(BSN) program. To fulfill a Personal Touch Fish Store, the
course requirement, senior BSN Healing Hands Club at BSC, local
students Erica Bailey and Billy attorney Mark Wills, and anonymous
Clay conducted a needs assess- donors for their support of the project.
ment for a “change project” that Residents at The Maples attended a
could improve the quality of life BSC Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) brief “unveiling ceremony” recently,
at The Maples, then decided upon students Erica Bailey (left) and when they saw the aquarium for the
the aquarium as a unique type of Billy Clay recently presented a first time. It is located adjacent to the
55-gallon aquarium to The Maples.
“pet therapy.” central dining area, in a portion of the
“We conducted quite a bit of facility that's frequented by residents
research into pet therapy programs,” Clay, maintenance resource.” and guests throughout the day.
an Oceana High School graduate, said. The BSC students are part of a senior The aquarium has generated quite a
“Pet therapy helps increase residents’ BSN cohort involved in community proj- bit of positive response, according to
receptivity to socializing, and it combats ects, as a requirement in the program’s Drema Keaton, The Maples’ activities
feelings of loneliness and depression.” senior practicum course, according to pro- director. “The residents love it,” she said.
“The aquarium gives residents a col- gram director Beth Pritchett. “Students “Some have already given names to the
orful, uplifting point of focus,” added are involved in a variety of projects, all of goldfish. It’s a positive, fun activity and it
Bailey, a graduate of Iaeger High School. which are designed to improve a targeted gives them a feeling of 'being connect-
“It can help decrease their blood pressure, population’s quality of life,” she noted. ed.’”
relieve stress, and it's a low risk, low “They conduct an assessment of need,

Meet BSC SGA President Montoya Kemp
and in the community.” Dr. Howard Wade, and I decided to major
After spending much of his childhood in sociology,” the BSC SGA President
in the Bahamas and Miami, Kemp gradu- stated. “I was also encouraged by (BSC
ated from high school in 1995. “I Model United Nations advisor) John
enrolled in an internship program to White to join the MUN program. That’s
become a firefighter in Miami-Dade when I grew more interested in SGA.”
County,” he recounted. “However, I His schedule is extremely active and
injured my back in a motorcycle accident combines his career goals with his aca-
and couldn’t complete my training.” demic interests. “I work with Rescare, a
He moved to Atlanta and worked in program to help supportive living for indi-
Montoya Kemp the public relations office for a popular viduals with developmental or other dis-
SGA President record company. “Later, I received a call abilities,” he said. Currently, he assists
from my sister, who had retired from the two adults in their home environment,
Like most Bluefield State College Air Force and then had enlisted in the regularly pulling eight-hour shifts. “I’m
students, Montoya Kemp is a commuter Army,” he explained. “She was stationed able to put my education to work in the
student. However, his trip to BSC has with the 304th in Bluefield, West Virginia real world.”
been a little longer than most. It began in and was getting ready for deployment to At the same time, he’s at the point of
the Bahamas and South Florida and Iraq. She asked me to take care of her an active SGA with an ambitious, service-
included stops in several major cities, son while she left for Fort Hood for train- oriented mission. “SGA at Bluefield State
including Atlanta. His wealth of life ing, then shipped out to Iraq, and that’s is basically a group of students who care
experiences has provided the preparation how I came to Bluefield.” about what happens to their fellow stu-
for his responsibilities as the College's Once in Nature’s Air Conditioned dents,” he noted. “We seek to give stu-
new Student Government Association City, Kemp began to make the adjustment dents a ‘voice’ and we want to work with
president. to a smaller community lifestyle. “After others to bring about positive change on
“My life story is a lot like an adven- living in several large cities, it was quite a campus and in the community.”
ture,” he noted while preparing for an change,” he said. “I heard about Bluefield Kemp expressed appreciation to out-
afternoon meeting on the BSC campus. State College, visited the campus, and going SGA President Jonathan Murray
“When I arrived in Bluefield, I didn’t see liked it.” and the SGA senators who served in
myself being involved with SGA, but the After enrolling in a communications- 2008-09. “They set the bar very high.
more I learned about student government, based program, he changed his career We want to continue their quest for excel-
the more I realized that SGA can be a plans and academic major. “I met some lence.”
facilitator and a cohesive force on campus great faculty like Dr. Anthony Woart and

A “Banner” Year at BSC

Banners like these, which flank the Easley and Dr. Martin Luther King Bridges adjacent to the
Bluefield State College campus, are a visible, attractive reminder of the College's collaboration with
the community. They were mounted by the City of Bluefield following a series of activities involving
the City and BSC. BSC students and faculty painted the King Bridge, provided more than 500 hours’
of volunteer effort to assist area residents in completing their income tax returns, and conducted free
health education classes at the Wade Center and at Mercer Health Right.
BSC student service and Greek organizations took part in numerous community-oriented activities
including “Adopt a Highway,” Red Cross blood drives, Read Aloud programs in public schools, and
‘Toys for Tots.” Our students designed computer software for use by several organizations, including
the Mercer County Humane Society, Bluefield Union Mission, and Wade Center.
A more detailed list of BSC’s community service activities can be viewed online at:

BSC School of Business Student Earns Elite Ranking in
International Business Simulation Competition
A Bluefield State College student fin- learned in my pursuit of a degree in man-
ished among the upper 7% of all compet- agement and marketing. I was able to
ing teams during the recent “Capstone develop an expanded spread sheet that
Challenge,” a global online business sim- helped in the tracking processes of the
ulation competition undertaken this year business simulation. As a result, I could
by more than 940 graduate and undergrad- expedite some decisions and make projec-
uate student teams worldwide. tions that really helped throughout the
Competing as an individual against competition.”
multiple student teams from throughout “Bob’s success came against a field
the world, BSC student Bob Brown fin- that included teams comprised of graduate
ished 57th overall. His finishing position students as well as undergraduate students
ranked ahead of all 36 teams from West BSC student Bob Brown received from large universities,” noted Dr. Steve
Virginia University, and he placed higher elite status recognition in the Bourne, BSC Professor of Business. “His
than any other entering team from the Capstone Challenge business score surpassed that of teams from the
simulation competition.
entire state. University of Indiana, Vanderbilt
Brown, who is also the Assistant the competition…measuring myself University, the University of Notre Dame,
Director of Human Resources at Flowers against others,” he said. “The Capstone and the University of Wisconsin, to name
Bakery, enjoyed the experience. “I liked Challenge drew upon everything I’ve a few.”

Nearly 400 Attend Bluefield State College's First

New Student Orientation Program of the Summer
A record number of students and fam- feedback received
ily members attended the first of this sum- from this session,”
mer's two new and transfer student orien- noted John
tation programs at Bluefield State College Cardwell, BSC Vice
in June. The event is designed to help President for Student
students complete the enrollment process, Affairs. “By taking
work with advisors to complete their fall part in orientation,
semester class schedules, and gain greater students have signif-
comfort and familiarity with the campus. icantly increased the
Additional programming was presented likelihood that they
for students’ family members. will succeed in col-
Approximately 170 students and lege and achieve
more than 200 family members participat- their academic and
ed in the first orientation session. career goals.”
“We are extremely encouraged by the Students met A capacity audience participated in the College's
June 19 new student orientation program.

Service,” and online class opportunities.

with academic advi- A second orientation session was pre-
sors, as well as rep- sented in July. “Bluefield State is the
resentatives from most affordable public baccalaureate col-
Student Support lege or university in West Virginia, our
Services, financial graduates enjoy successful careers, and
aid, student affairs, our recently established border-county
and health services. tuition provides many out-of-state stu-
They also received dents with substantial tuition savings,”
training in college Cardwell added. Interested individuals
services, including are encouraged to contact the BSC
“Smart Thinking,” Admissions Office by phone at 304-327-
career planning and 4065 or e-mail bscadmit@bluefield
These students were among the 170 who
placement, “Degree
attended summer orientation activities at BSC.
Works,” “Web Self-

Spotlight on the Bluefield State College
School of Arts & Sciences
by Dr. Tamara Ferguson, DeanOver the summer, many of the “Imagine That.”
school’s faculty met with Dr. Tracy Director, Dr. Sharon Carr, is now
Anderson and me to map the school’s cur- planning the shows for fall semester.
ricula. This process resulted in clearly The school is also exploring articulation
stated programmatic learning outcomes agreements with the Greenbrier campus of
and identified assessments which will New River Community and Technical
result in stronger data for program College and with Southern West Virginia
improvement. Community and Technical College to ease
The school also began offering class- the transfer process and encourage com-
es at Stevens Correctional Facility to munity college students to pursue a four
Dr. Tamara Ferguson inmates interested in earning college cred- year degree.
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences it. We are happy to assist the prison in
preparing its inmates to
2008-2009 was a productive year for re-enter society as pro-
the School of Arts and Science. The fol- ductive citizens, and
lowing minors were added to the curricu- we support their efforts
lum: Communication Arts, African to rehabilitate those
American Studies, Environmental who are incarcerated.
Science, and International Studies. The Hopefully, many of
International Studies minor will be offered these individuals will
in collaboration with Concord University. see that they can be
In addition, the Pre-Pharmacy, Pre- successful and will
Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre- continue working
Medicine programs were added to the towards a degree.
school's program offerings. The curricu- During the fall and
lum was also updated with an expanded spring semesters, the
two semester sequence for Anatomy and school's Blue Chicory
Physiology and Environmental Science Players presented two
The cast (above) of "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black"
classes to meet the science general educa- plays, “To Be Young, presented three performances during the
tion requirements. Gifted, and Black” and 2008-09 academic year.

Twenty-Seven Students Welcomed into

BSC's Emerging Scholars Program
The highly successful “Emerging older),” Cardwell added, “and we’re semester. Program participants can also
Scholars Program” at Bluefield State extremely impressed by their commitment take a computer class and an orientation
College entered its tenth year of operation and desire to learn.” The Emerging course for college credit. Additionally, the
recently. Twenty-seven students are Scholars program (ESP) focuses upon BSC Student Support Services staff con-
enrolled in the six-week program which is assisting individuals with either a GED or duct workshops to enhance the life man-
designed to increase students’ awareness a high school diploma and a desire to pur- agement skills instruction received by the
that a college education is possible for sue a college education. students. “During the approaching aca-
them and that they can succeed in college, ESP coordinator Carolyn Kirby calls demic year, Student Support Services staff
according to John Cardwell, BSC’s Vice the BSC program “one of the most will serve as advisors for students in the
President for Student Affairs. The tuition- rewarding of my professional career. I Emerging Scholars program, providing
free program concentrates upon stimulat- look forward to continually improving the academic, career, and personal counsel-
ing the interest of prospective college stu- services that we provide to our students,” ing,” Cardwell observed.
dents, providing information about college she added. “A key to the program's success has
life and helping those students achieve Emerging Scholars participants been the commitment of the faculty and
their educational goals. receive individualized instruction in math, staff, who have given up a summer to
“We work with a variety of students- English, and reading, designed to prepare work with those in the program,” he
some traditional (18-24 years of age) and them to successfully complete college- added. Students in the program meet four
some nontraditional (25 years of age and level math and English in the Fall 2009 times each week, through the end of July.

BSC Launches Inaugural “Study Abroad” Program
Their classrooms included a rain for- enced a visual feast of tropical flowers things in nature. There was a certain
est, a pineapple plantation, and a tropical and butterflies during a butterfly garden amount of effort, time, and expense
wildlife sanctuary. The experience was visit. Tours of pineapple, banana, and cof- involved in preparing for our study abroad
unforgettable. Bluefield State College fee plantations familiarized the students trip, but the experience was certainly
students Crystal Richardson and Pamela with the agriculture of Costa Rica. worth the effort.”
Parsons recently joined faculty “Dr. Eborall’s enthusi-
member Dr. Martha Eborall for asm and persistence were keys
a ten-day tour of Costa Rica— to creating this study abroad
BSC’s first ever Study Abroad milestone at Bluefield State
program, and they’ve become College,” noted Dr. Sudhakar
enthusiastic advocates for future Jamkhandi, Director/Office of
study abroad initiatives at the International Initiatives at BSC.
College. “She and Lee Donnell, an
“As an undergraduate, I adjunct faculty member who
took part in an international teaches Spanish at BSC, col-
internship to Zambia and laborated to arrange this study
Zimbabwe, and I wanted our abroad initiative.”
students to have the same type Since their return, the
of opportunity,” Dr. Eborall BSC contingent has conducted
related. “When I designed the meetings for other BSC stu-
course, “Ecology of Costa Bluefield State College’s first Study Abroad program provided dents and faculty, explaining
Rica,” students were given the students an opportunity to experience the culture and the details and exploring the
option of a study abroad experi- ecology of Costa Rica. Pictured (left-to-right) in the midst opportunities created through
ence.” of a forest in Costa Rica are Dr. Martha Eborall study abroad experiences.
(BSC Professor of Biology) and BSC
During their trip, students Several of Dr. Eborall’s col-
students Pamela Parsons and Crystal Richardson.
hiked the Escalonia Cloud leagues are now beginning to
Forest Trail to the Poás Volcano. They “This trip gave deeper meaning to consider offering study abroad programs,
explored the upper rainforest canopy via everything we studied,” Richardson according to Dr. Jamkhandi.
aerial tram, suspension bridges, and observed. “I am an environmental sci- “Several goals have emerged,” he
canopy zip lines. Cruising the rivers and ences major, and because of the trip I continued. “We want to encourage more
canals of Tortuguero National Park and have been able to establish contacts with faculty to design and implement study
the Caño Negro wildlife refuge, the stu- representatives at Tortuguero Park. I hope abroad programs, and we hope more stu-
dents observed wildlife such as caimans, to return there to volunteer with sea turtle dents will participate in these programs.
howler monkeys, toucans, and water- rescue efforts in the future.” Additionally, we want to augment our
walking lizards. The students visited the For Parsons, a Social Science major, knowledge of other cultures through trav-
Green Turtle Research Station and walked the trip encouraged her to take time to el and language study and, just as impor-
along the Atlantic turtle nesting beaches, observe, learn from, and appreciate things tant, learn to accept and appreciate other
where they learned about sea turtle con- around her. “We were able to live ‘it,’ cultures.”
servation efforts. They travelled from the instead of read about ‘it,’” she said. “I Additional information about BSC’s
Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast, wit- witnessed the colors of the country, I felt study abroad activities can be obtained by
nessing Costa Rica’s incredible biodiver- the heat, and I met the people of Costa contacting Dr. Jamkhandi (304-327-4036,
sity in a variety of ecozones. They experi- Rica. As a result, I now pay attention to

In Memoriam Cover Story

Former BSC Employee BSC Night at the Orioles
Montoya Kemp (standing/center), Bluefield State College
The Bluefield State College com-
Student Government President, and Betsy Plumley (kneel-
munity was saddened by news of the
ing) BSC SGA Vice President, are flanked by the Baby Bird
death of Ms. Marion L. Hawthorne,
(the Bluefield Orioles’ mascot) and Big Blue (the BSC mas-
an employee at BSC for 12 years.
cot) during “BSC Night at the Ballpark,” July 13. The event
Ms. Hawthorne, who accepted a posi-
at Bowen Field in Bluefield attracted nearly 3,000 fans and
tion in the College’s maintenance
department on October 1, 1972,
served the institution through
Marion L. Hawthorne October, 1984.

BSC Faculty Land Research Grants
Dr. Tesfaye grant funding from WV-INBRE to pro- Minority
Belay mote basic biomedical research and Health
(Associate strengthen the infrastructure for biomed- Institute),
Professor of ical research within the BSC School of noted, “I am
Biology, Arts and Sciences. pleased that
Bluefield State Dr. Belay has also been selected to BSC will be
College) has receive a $20,000 research grant from the able to offer
received a NASA West Virginia Experimental these services
$99,000 grant Program under the collaborative research to our students
Dr. Tesfaye Belay subaward from program between Marshall University and and the college Dr. Anthony Woart
the West Bluefield State College. This collaborative community as
Virginia-Idea research work will be performed in the a whole. The
Network for Biomedical Excellence (WV- labs of Dr. Belay at BSC and Dr. Hongwei BSC Suicide Prevention Program is
INBRE) to sustain and expand biomedical Yu at Marshall University. designed to accomplish several vitally
research at BSC. A grant to support the Bluefield State important goals. These include develop-
Bluefield State College is among the College campus suicide prevention pro- ing and implementing a sustainable stu-
selected institutions of higher education in gram has been awarded to the College. dent support network for a campus-based
the State of West Virginia who have part- The grant, totaling $10,000, was presented suicide prevention, awareness, and train-
nership with WV-INBRE to enhance their to BSC by the Morehouse School of ing program, as well as an increase in stu-
capacity for educating and training their Medicine Psychiatry/ Cork Institute dents' awareness and utilization of cam-
faculty and students in biomedical HBCU Center of Excellence. As author pus-based suicide preventive services.”
research. During the past three years, Dr. of the grant, Dr. Anthony Woart (BSC
Belay has received more than $160,000 in Professor of Sociology and Director,

CART at Bluefield State College and Fenner Dunlop Receive

"Innovation Award" at SWVTC's Annual Awards Banquet
By developing a “smart sys- technology permits belt operators
tem” that anticipates failures and to plan repairs rather than just react
pinpoints problem locations with- to failures, saving business owners
in a conveyor belt system, Fenner a substantial amount of money by
Dunlop and the Center for preventing unscheduled down-time
Applied Research & Technology due to unanticipated belt breakage.
(CART) at Bluefield State “Conveyor belt systems are prima-
College were named recipients of rily utilized in this region by the
the “Innovation Award” at the coal industry,” explained Bruce
recent Southwestern Virginia Mutter, CART CEO. “A single
Technology Council’s (SWVTC) broken belt can result in a produc-
10th annual gala, tech expo and tion loss of more than $250,000 per
awards ceremony. Lyn day.”
McDermid, Senior VP and Chief At the Bluestone Business and
Information Officer for Dominion CART and Fenner Dunlop recently received an Technology Park, Fenner Dunlop
Resources, was the featured "Innovation Award" for their collaborative success and CART are working together on
in developing a "smart" conveyor belt system.
speaker at this year’s program the product manufacturing process
Pictured at their facility in the Bluestone Business
hosted by Virginia Highlands and Technology Park are (left-to-right) Mick Twigger,
and they anticipate the start of pro-
Community College. Senior Electrical Engineer, Fenner Dunlop, John duction later this summer. Fenner
CART and Fenner Dunlop Browning, CART, Inc., Bruce V. Mutter, CART, Inc., Dunlop has received approximately
have collaborated for several James Craig, Fenner Dunlop, Brett Butler, CART, INC. 50 orders prior to product comple-
months at their location in the Applied Research Assistant(ARA), Mark Myers, tion, and a full scale belt is in place
Bluestone Business and Electrical Engineer, Fenner Dunlop, and Heather at their facility, while the technolo-
Technology Park to develop the Williams, CART, Inc. gy continues to be refined and aug-
smart conveyor belt system. The mented on a daily basis.

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BSC’s Faculty & Staff Accomplishments
Dr. Tom Blevins (1971) Dean of the Iowa Asian Alliance, Iowa Asian Alliance Teachers Seminar at North Bend State
Virtual College & Technology and the Board, and Governor’s Asian and Pacific Park from June 22-25, 2009.
School of Education at Bluefield State Islander Advisory Council. She continues Dr. Tamara Ferguson, Dean of
College and Director of Instructional to provide her voice and energy on issues School of Arts and Sciences/Associate
Technology Planning & Coordination with surrounding the Asian-American experi- Professor of English, was granted faculty
the WV Higher Education Policy ence, particularly the assimilation of new tenure status.
Commission, has been appointed to the immigrants and refugees in Iowa. Melissa Hayes, Director/Assistant
National Council for Accreditation of BSC faculty members collaborated on Professor of Radiologic Technology, was
Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of two scholarly papers that were presented appointed to the Glenwood Park Board of
Program Reviewers (BOPR). Dr. Blevins at the 2009 American Society of Directors by the Mercer County
was also recently named to the Higher Engineering Education Annual Commission. She was also elected
Learning Commission’s Accreditation Conference and Exposition in Austin, Secretary to the West Virginia Medical
Review Council. As a member of the Texas. Frank Hart (Dean/School of Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of
Accreditation Review Council, Blevins Engineering Technology & Computer Examiners for the 2009-10 year and will
will be part of the Commission’s decision- Science) and Bruce Mutter (1986) serve on the ethics committee (and as the
making processes, and will serve on (CEO/Chair, Center for Applied Research educator on the board).
Readers Panels and Review Committees. & Technology-CART) presented a paper Carolyn Jamkhandi (2000),
Dr. Blevins was also elected to a four-year describing collaboration opportunities Administrative Associate/School of Arts
term as a member of the Bluefield (WV) with local industry arising from CART’s & Sciences, has earned five professional
City Board of Directors. operations at BSC. Roger Owensby training certificates through online classes
Dr. Warren Burch was promoted (1979) (Associate Professor and offered by Hewlett Packard and has com-
from Associate Professor of Mathematics Department Head/Mining Engineering pleted three additional non-certificate
to Professor of Mathematics. Technology) and Mike Plumley (1986) training programs.
Dr. Sapphire Cureg, Director of (Adjunct Professor/Mining Engineering Carolyn Kirby, Student Services
Multicultural Affairs, was recently hon- Technology) worked in collaboration with Specialist, received the “Flame Award”
ored during the first annual Commission Hart and Mutter to produce and present from the Student Government Association
on the Status of Iowans of Asian and the paper, “Development of a Web-Based this spring.
Pacific Islander (CAPI) Heritage ceremo- Course in Miner Safety Training.” Michelle Noe, Accounting Assistant
ny at the Iowa State Capitol Building. Dr. Pat Hilton (Professor of I, received an Associate of Science degree
Dr. Cureg received the 2009 “Leadership Education) and Dr. Elisabeth Steenken in General Business from New River
Award,” along with other former members (Director of Teacher Education and Community & Technical College on
of the Asian American Council Board, Associate Professor) attended the Great (continued on page 12)

BSC “Employee Appreciation Program” Recognizes College

Faculty and Staff for Performance and Service
The Bluefield State College Lori Dials, Bryan Edwards, Vanessa
Foundation’s “Outstanding Godfrey, Ray Guy, Larry Hamlin,
Classified Employee” awards for Ronald Patterson, and Elisabeth
2009 were presented to Lisa Neel Steenken; Ten Years: Fred Hardee,
(Purchasing Assistant III, Staff Lisa Neel, Tony Papa, and Suzanne
Council chair) and Kathy Kessinger Soucier; Fifteen Years: Shelia
(Accountant) during the annual Hallman-Warner, Kathy Kessinger,
“BSC Employees Appreciation Day” Susan Shrader, and Danny Thomas;
program at the College. Both hon- Twenty Years: Lydia Milam, Betty
orees received a plaque and BSC The Bluefield State College Foundation's “Outstanding Nash, Bruce Mutter, and John Snead;
Foundation monetary award of $500 Classified Employee” awards for 2009 were presented Twenty-five Years: Anita Davis,
at the ceremony. BSC President Dr. to Lisa Neel (Purchasing Assistant III, Staff Council Deborah Halsey-Hunter, Frances
Albert Walker made the presenta- chair) and Kathy Kessinger (Accountant) Jones, and Andrew Kulchar; Thirty
tions. during the annual “BSC Employees Appreciation Day” Years: William Aldridge and James
During the ceremony, Faculty program at the College. Harrison; and Thirty-five Years:
Emeritus status was awarded posthu- Bob Vicars.
mously to the late Professor William upon the completion of five, 10, 15, 20,
Goodman, and Classified Emeritus status 25, 30, and 35 years of service to BSC.
was awarded to Ms. Remona Finney. BSC Employee Years of Service
Additionally, employees were recognized Awards, 2009: Five Years: Wally Adkins,

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BSC’s Faculty & Staff Accomplishments
BSC To Offer
continued from page 11
May 15, 2009. She is pursuing a English and Associate Dean/School of Yellow Ribbon
degree in business administration at BSC. Arts & Sciences, was among the fisher-
Roger Owensby (1979) (Associate men featured in the article, “Smallmouth G.I. Benefits to
Professor & Department Head/Mining
Engineering Technology) has been induct-
Heaven,” published in the July 2009 edi-
tion of Virginia Wildlife magazine.
Military Veterans
ed into the West Virginia Bowling Hall of Dr. Howard Wade, Associate
Fame. Professor of History, was the BSC Student
Ms. Susan Nunley was promoted Student Government Association’s
from Nursing Instructor to Assistant “Faculty Member of the Year, 2008-
Professor of Nursing. 2009.”
Vickie Jane Richardson, Gene A. Wyatt, Jr. (1979), an
Programmer II in the library, received an adjunct instructor in mathematics, has
Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science been selected for inclusion in “Who’s
from Bluefield State College on May 16, Who Among America’s Teachers.” He
2009. has also been invited to join the
Dr. Michael Smith, Professor of Mathematical Association of America.
Bluefield State College recently
received approval from the
BSC Students & Faculty Member Take Department of Veteran Affairs and
Part in American Society for West Virginia's Governor Joe
Manchin to participate in the Yellow
Microbiology General Meeting Ribbon Program, a provision of the
Post 9/11 Veterans Education
Bluefield State College students Amanda Cochran, Elisha Martin, Kayla Fazio,
Tanise Montgomery and BSC faculty member Dr. Tesfaye Belay represented the Assistance Act of 2008. Bluefield
College at the annual General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology in State is among hundreds of colleges
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 17-21. The American Society for Microbiology is the and universities across the country
oldest and largest single life science organization in the United States, with more that are taking part in this enhanced
43,000 members from all around the world. education program.
“This is the first student The Yellow Ribbon Program
group from BSC to partici- allows for institutions of higher
pate in this prestigious scien- learning to provide tuition assistance
tific society of individuals for expenses that exceed the highest
interested in the microbio- public "IN STATE" undergraduate
logical sciences,” noted Dr. tuition rate. "This is great news for
Belay, BSC Associate out of state post 9/11 veterans who
Professor of Biology. “At wish to attend Bluefield State
the general meeting, the stu- College and take full advantage of
dents exchanged information the many programs offered. “We
with other microbiologists look forward to meeting and work-
and gained insight across a ing with military veterans who can
variety of scientific disci- benefit from this program,” noted
plines. The students also Megan Mohn, BSC’s Associate
A BSC delegation including (left-to-right) Dr. visited several exhibit booths Registrar. “We are proud to be a
Tesfaye Belay and BSC students Tanise and learned more about part of this historical initiative.”
Montgomery, Kayla Fazio, Elisha Martin, and Mohn noted that funds are also
cutting-edge technology and
Amanda Cochran participated in the recent available to dependents and spouses
annual General Meeting of the American
laboratory supplies for their
research.” of veterans and other federal tuition
Society for Microbiology. assistance programs.
The research works are
being supported by grants awarded to Dr. Belay by the West Virginia IdeA Network of For more information about the
Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) and NASA WV EPSCoR. new GI Bill, contact Mohn at (304)
“The students and the School of Arts and Sciences at Bluefield State College are 327-4064 or mmohn@blue
most appreciative for the support of the Office of the Vice President/Student Affairs and or visit
Enrollment Management, the School of Arts and Sciences, NASA WV EPSCoR, Ms.
Erica Martin, Mr. Doug Cochran, and Dr. Amin for financial support and making it pos-
sible to attend the conference,” Dr. Belay said.

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From the Office of Institutional Advancement
by Karen Harvey, Director of Institutional Advancement
Foundation Secretary Connie
Saunders noted posthumous recognition
of estate gifts from Othello Maria Harris-
Jefferson, Billy G. Moore, Daniel S.
Stevens, Katharine Tierney, and Bertha
Underwood at The Pillars inauguration
ceremony. It is a sad fact that recipient
organizations cannot personally thank
donors for estate gifts unless they are noti-
Karen Harvey fied prior to the donor’s passing.
Director of Institutional Happily, some BSC alumni and
Advancement & Planning employees have made their estate inten-
tions known. At The Pillars ceremony, Mrs. Grace Toler and Mr. Thomas
Foundation Treasurer Elizabeth Pruett Mack participated in "The Pillars"
The Bluefield State College gave charter member pins to Carl and ceremony, in which their aunt, the
Foundation was established 40 years ago Selba B. Boyd and Deborrah Pittman, the late Mrs. Lola Mack, was honored.
to “foster and promote the growth, Computer Science department head.
progress and general welfare of Bluefield Unable to attend were alumni Thomas G.
State College” (Articles of Incorporation, and Nancy Blevins Bodnar and BSC
February 6, 1969). A testamentary gift of employee Ralph Patsel.
$15,000 from the estate of Lola Lavender Estate gifts, most of which are made

Lola Mack was Valedictorian of the Class of 1929

at Bluefield State Teachers College. The College
immediately hired her, and she served as presi-
dent of the Women’s Grand Worthy Counselors
of Calanthe of West Virginia for 33 years. An
entrepreneur, Mrs. Mack owned real estate and
other properties in Bluefield and Charleston,
Mrs. Selba Boyd and her husband, Mr.
West Virginia, and established the Excelsior Carl Boyd were also recognized as
Cosmetic Company. She passed away in 1965. charter members of "The Pillars" for
their commitment of an estate gift to
the BSC Foundation.
Mack provided the initial funding of the through wills such as Mrs. Mack’s, often
Foundation. Mrs. Mack’s gift and her are the gifts of a lifetime: the greatest gift
years of service to Bluefield State College an individual ever makes. They also typi-
- both as an alumna and faculty member - cally provide the largest contributions that
were recognized in a ceremony on May nonprofit organizations receive. When
15, 2009 inaugurating the Foundation’s these gifts are used to create an endow-
planned giving society, The Pillars. ment, they establish a firm financial base
I am indebted to her nephew, Thomas that assures the organization’s ability to
Mack, for making me aware of a publica- endure and fulfill its mission.
tion, Lola Mack’s Philanthropy, which We are grateful to the donors men-
details the achievements of her life and tioned here and hope that others who have
the origins of the BSC Foundation. The included the Bluefield State College
document had not survived several moves Foundation in their estate plans will let us
of the Office of Institutional Advancement know so that we can personally express
and Planning, but copies are now on file. our thanks to them. Deborrah Pittman was honored as
Mr. Mack and his sister, Grace Toler, Karen Harvey can be reached at 304- a charter member of "The Pillars"
spoke briefly about their aunt at the cere- 327-4031 or for her commitment of an estate
mony and accepted a charter member pin gift to the BSC Foundation.
on her behalf.

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From the Office of Alumni Affairs
by Deirdre Guyton, Director of Alumni Affairs
and his wife who are both alumni. As was to rain. Her mother was Miss BSC in
always, I meet people from another sec- 1942 and graduated from the institution in
tion of the business world. 1944. Needless to say I had
On Saturday, I was to meet an enjoyable evening repre-
another person Dr. Carolyn senting the institution and
W. Meyers, President of talking with Dr. Meyers.
Norfolk State University who The third weekend was
was in town to speak at the even better! I was so excited
Mountain State Bar about seeing and meeting
Deirdre Guyton Association's Banquet. She some of the 50 year graduates
Director of Alumni spoke of her grandfather, for the first time. It is always
Affairs Julius Tonsler and her moth- exciting to put a name with
er Eva Tonsler Winstead, the face. But it even more
May is always an exciting month for graduates of Bluefield State exciting seeing students that I
me. Winding down from a successful College. Now mind you, Mr. come in contact with, on
school year and meeting so many intrigu- Tonsler is a graduate of the occasion, march in and later
ing people from the 50 year class. And no 30’s but as a child watching become members of an presti-
matter where you are or what you are my brother play football at Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers gious club---ALUMNI!
doing, there is always someone you meet Bluefield High School, I Congratulations to each of
Norfolk State University
who has a “tie” to Bluefield State College. would always see him in his you. I hope that each of you
We are so rich with history. baseball cap attending the games. I will become involved with the institution-
The first weekend in the month I had chuckled when I went to escort Dr. giving back to the institution-whether it is
the opportunity to attend an informal Meyers to the event and saw that she was monetary or volunteering take pride in the
social at the home of a prominent attorney carrying her baseball cap-just in case it institution you attended.

John Lewis Washington was honored for Desert Inn Restaurant. From 1962-64 Reunion in Columbus, at each event,
in April as “Person of the Month” at St. he worked as a Parole Officer. In 1966, he Bluefieldians were greeted by “Big
Phillip’s Church for his many years of became Chief of the After Care Section in John’s” smiling face. In years past, he has
active participation. “Big the central office of Ohio served as National Fund Raiser Chairman
John:”or the “Big Un” as Department of Youth and Mid-West Regional Director, and co-
he is affectionately known Services. He later became Chair of the National Reunion. Locally he
was born August 21 in Chief of Institutions for has served as President, Vice President
Roanoke, Virginia where Ohio. He retired in 1988. and Treasurer of the Columbus Chapter.
he grew up and completed After retiring, John
his elementary and second- could and did devote more Special thanks to Mrs. Lillian Holly
ary education. He began of his time and talent to St. and Justine Jackson for their
his formal education at Philips serving on Vestry as assistance in this section of the journal.
Bluefield State College, a Junior Warden as well as
majoring in secondary edu- the Stewardship
cation, played football for John Lewis Washington Committee. He chaired the
the Big Blues and joined Capital Campaign Fund Alumni Weekend
Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Inc. He contin- and has faithfully served on BBQ’s, Fish
ued his educational pursuit at Howard Fry’s, and Easter Breakfast and Food
September 25-27, 2009
University, earning a Master’s Degree in Pantry projects for years. Tentative plans are being made
1966. John was passionate about ending John and his wife Mildred, also an for a good time. If you are inter-
segregation so while in D.C. he took part active alumnus, reside in Pickerington ested in assisting, please email
in the “March on Capital Hill” in support where he served on the City Council. As me dguyton@blue
of the Civil Rights “March” in Selma, involved as they have been, raising their or call 304-327-
Alabama.” families, the Alumni Association has 4569. Also, the website is up
John has had some interesting experi- always been a part of their lives. Last and running. I would enjoy your
ences! In 1961 he worked as a meat cutter summer as we celebrated our 18th comments.

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Alumni Updates
Kim Long Barnes (2002) and her
Alumni Updates 1990s husband, Steve, announce the birth of
Requested Todd Day (1996)
their second son, Asher Easton, born
If you have received awards, pro- May 3, 2009. Kim is employed as a
is the Vice Chairman Contract Manager for the Concessions &
motions, accomplishments, recog- of Corte & Fort
nition, have married or recently Property Development Department with
Chiswell Construction the Metropolitan Washington Airports
welcomed an addition to your fam- Company, Inc. He
ily, please let us know. Mail your Authority (Dulles International Airport)
was formerly the town Julie Mandeville Fleming (2002) is
news to: manager for the Town
Karen Gordon
Todd Day a Case Manager for the Harris Law
of Bluefield Firm-Nevada Injury Lawyers in Las
Bluefield State College (Virginia).
219 Rock Street Vegas, Nevada.
Jennifer Douglas (1998) is the Kevin M. Gordon (2000) received
Bluefield, WV 24701 Director of the West Virginia Courtesy
or FAX to 304-327-4581or e-mail the Customer Allegiance Star Award and
Patrol. is an Applications Engineer for Thermo Roy Scott Lester (1993) was Fisher Scientific of San Diego,
recently promoted to assistant engineer- California.
ing manager at SUMITOMO. Jared Shrewsbury (2006) is Field
1960s Kevin Long (1999) is a Tech
Service Specialist II for Ricoh Business
Service Representative for Joy Mining
Machinery, Duffield, Virginia.
Solutions in Winston-Salem, North
Betty Crews Graves (1960) will be Carolina.
participating in the Senior Olympics in Kyle Lovern (1993) recently had
Reno, Nevada and San Francisco, his first book pub-
California in the summer of 2009. She is lished, Appalachian
a retired Fairfax County Virginia teacher. Case Study: UFO
Sightings, Alien
Encounters and
1980s Unexplained
Phenomena. His sec- Kyle Lovern
ond book, a sequel,
Rachel J. King-Rozzel, RN (1988) In Memoriam
will come out later this
employed by Fresenius Medical Care of
North America
year. He is a former radio and newspaper BSC Students and Alumni
journalist and currently is a free lance
(Dialysis), is the Acute Nancy Louise Payne Anderson
Care Coordinator of Oma Marie Barnett
Mike Watson (1993) was promoted Clarence Oliver Baumgardner
six Acute Dialysis
from assistant town manager to town Jason Dwight Bowling
Units (Bluefield
manager for the Town of Bluefield Thomas Joe Catron
Regional Medical
(Virginia). Roger Childers
Center, Princeton
Rachel J. Community Hospital, Dorcus Hess Claytor, Jr.
Princeton Health 2000s Deborah Jade “Dee” Cooke
Joyce Pickett Havens
South Rehabilitation, Beckley
William Howard “Willie” Jarvis
Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley Amy Hall Cowan (2001) received a Roy Jennings, Jr.
Veterans Administration Hospital and master’s degree in special education Conwell Jones
Greenbrier Medical Center (opening from North Carolina Central University John Ambrose Jones
August 2009). in May 2008 with Magna Cum Laude Betty Lou Mabe
Carolyn Stuart (1988 & 1990) honors. She is a special education Desdemona Henderson Martin
holds a Master of Arts in Counseling teacher at C. W. Stafford Middle School Levi Moorman
from Marshall University and received a in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Alice Hubbard Pannell
Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Melissa Leedy Cumbo (2002) and Thurman Whitt Perdue
Virginia Tech in September, 2008. She her husband, Kenneth, announce the Mary Ann Green Smith
serves as the Director of Counseling at birth of twin sons, Colton Gunnar and Lyle Landon “Lannie” Stike, Jr.
Halifax Community College in Weldon, Caleb Bear, born May 7, 2009. Melissa Judy Wells
North Carolina. is employed by CNX Gas. Ruby Childress Woosley

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BSC Radiologic Technology Graduating Class of 2009
Achieves 100% Passage Rate on Certification Examination
by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Bluefield State College’s 2009 Radiologic Technology grad- Krystal Scott, Andrea Sears, Amanda Shupe, Amanda Stewart,
uates have achieved a 100% passage rate on the certification Samantha Williams, and Gracie Wooldridge.
examination by the American Registry of Radiologic The students were honored at a pinning ceremony in May.
Technologists. The outstanding clinical award went to Rebecca Bradley and the
The BSC Radiologic Technology program is accredited by outstanding academic award was presented to Caroline Blevins.
the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic The JRCERT Certificates of Excellence determined by the facul-
Technology (JRCERT). JRCERT is recognized by the U.S. ty to be the students who most closely fit the description of the
Department of Education as the national agency for the accredi- professional and ethical technologist were awarded to PrezLee
tation of educational programs for the radiographer and radiation Dalton and Caroline Blevins. All students received their radio-
therapist, and is responsible for all accreditation actions. logic technology pin at this ceremony.
BSC’s 2009 RadTech graduates who passed the certification Faculty include: Melissa Haye (program director), Angela
examination include: Trista Bailey, Caroline Blevins, Rebecca Lambert (clinical coordinator), Vanessa Godfrey (didactic
Bradley, Rachelle Coburn, PrezLee Dalton, Ashley Duncan, instructor), Robin Gibson (PCH Clinical Instructor), Richard
Adam Finley, Lloyd Fitzgerald, Ashleigh Freeman, Kendra Gibson (BRMC Clinical Instructor), Amy Bennett (BARH
Harman, Evan Harris, Jamie Haynes, Heather Kincaid, Cassie Clinical Instructor), and Jennifer Shelton (VA Clinical
Manning, Stephanie McGlothlin, Michele Merrill, Laura Peery, Instructor).

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