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Jack Johnston is one of 13 BSC

graduates at ABB’s Bland, Virginia
facility, which produced $163 million
in sales last year (story on page 6).
March 2005
A Message from the President
As you read this, West Shortly after the November election, he created an
Virginia has just welcomed to education transition team designed to delineate how the
office its 34th governor, Joe state’s public education systems could receive the support
Manchin, and expanded stu- and flexibility needed to thrive and thereby benefit our res-
dent housing moves daily idents and our business/industry sector.
toward becoming a reality. Bluefield State College’s demonstrated excellence in
Certainly, these are exciting “making education possible” and developing graduates
times at this proud and pro- ready for careers in technology-reliant fields has posi-
gressive institution of higher tioned BSC to fill a most important, timely role. We join
Albert L. Walker education. the Governor in looking forward to the future.
President Governor Manchin has Additionally, this issue of the “Blue & Gold” contains
already expressed his interest exciting news about an initiative that will provide expand-
in, and support of, Bluefield State College. Several ed opportunity for out-of-region residents to come to the
months ago, he graciously invited me to Charleston, where College. As we seek to grow and develop dynamic new
he discussed issues related to West Virginia. He also invit- programs of study, the need to attract students from a
ed my input into how Bluefield State College could serve much broader region is vitally important. Very soon, our
as a key participant in the economic revitalization of the students will have a variety of options for residing in hous-
state. ing near the College.
During the gubernatorial campaign last year, he visited Your interest in BSC is invaluable as we move ahead.
BSC’s Bluefield campus. Soon thereafter, he promoted Our success is realized only through your support. Thank
our College’s career-focused educational programs. you very much!

From the Bluefield State College Board of Governors

John Barnes, Chairperson
As chairman of Bluefield State retired recently as President of enrollment, a much larger region from
College’s Board of Governors, I have NRCTC), Dr. Blanks, each member of which to recruit students, and eco-
had the privilege of witnessing several the NRCTC Board of Advisors, staff nomic development opportunities for
significant recent accomplishments of and student body, and members of the the College and the area.
the institution. All hold tremendous Bluefield State College staff involved I am also encouraged by the will-
promise for the future of the College. in the accreditation effort are to be ingness of Bluefield State College to
On January 24, 2005 Dr. Felica commended for their outstanding make a positive difference in the com-
Blanks (chair of the accreditation work. We have just received official munities served by the College. BSC
effort for New River Community and word on the NRCTC accreditation ini- students and accounting faculty are
Technical College) Interim President tiative from the Higher Learning currently providing volunteer income
of NRCTC, Carolyn Sizemore, Mr. Commission. tax assistance for area students, and
Ted Knight (chair of the NRCTC On another positive note, the College employees assisted in raising
Board of Advisors), and I traveled to Bluefield State College Research and funds for tsunami victims, the Ronald
Chicago for a meeting with the Development Corporation and the McDonald House, and Operation Iraqi
Higher Learning Commission of the City of Bluefield recently announced Freedom.
North Central Association of Colleges that a 158-room student housing com- The future looks very promising for
and Schools. We were gratified to plex will be available for occupancy Bluefield State College. I speak for
obtain feedback from this accrediting by BSC students entering or returning the entire Board when I say, “Thank
body regarding the NRCTC Self- to classes in the fall. This complex you for your support and interest. We
Study and the recommendations of the and the housing that is currently avail- look forward to serving you in the
HLC/NCA team that conducted a site able for BSC students throughout the months and years to come.”
visit last November. Dr. Perkins (who community can mean increased

Spring Semester Has Begun - Enrollment Management Update
ing. The spring period is crucial in ing students who have personal or
gaining early commitments from financial problems that are interfering
scholarship students, as numerous with school, and other personal inter-
schools are vying for the limited num- vention activities.
ber who reside in our area. Our ability The final Fall 2004 enrollment of
to identify these students and to make 1869 reflects a 6.8% increase over
early offers is critical to this effort. Fall 2003 enrollment of 1750*.
Retention efforts include review- The retention rate of first-time,
ing non-attendance reports for the full-time students from the Fall 2003
John Cardwell undecided students who are advised semester to the Fall 2004 semester
Executive Director of through the Advising Center, counsel- was 64%.
Enrollment Management

Campus life is in full swing for Enrollment - Bluefield State College

the spring semester and students are Spring 2004 and 2005 - Second Day of Classes
enrolled and attending classes. The
Campus Spring 2004 Spring 2005 Difference
primary emphasis for Enrollment
Management continues to be recruit-
Bluefield 1512 1558 +36
ing students for the next school year
Beckley 90 112 +22
and retaining the students that we cur-
Lewisburg 88 84 -4
rently have. Our changing mission
Nicholas County 3 9 +6
has created the need to revise our
Strategic Enrollment Plan and to focus
on a broader geographical area in our Total 1693 1763 +70
In recruitment, the spring re-visits Final & Projected 1793 1875 +82
to the area high schools are continu- Enrollments

Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton to Deliver

BSC’s 2005 Commencement Address
cology, and maternal-fetal medicine the heights of academic excellence in
and a life member of the New York our own lives and the lives of her
Academy of Medicine. grandchildren,” Dr. Thornton noted.
Her book, “The Ditchdigger’s Dr. Thornton is a strong advo-
Daughters” was nominated for a cate for women’s health issues, and is
Pulitzer Prize and is now in its 12th a spokesperson for the American
printing. The book is a family biogra- College of Obstetricians and
phy and tribute to her parents. It was Gynecologists, as well as the March
condensed in The Reader’s Digest and of Dimes. She has appeared on “The
Dr. Yvonne Thornton adapted into a world premiere movie Oprah Winfrey Show”, the “TODAY
that was nominated for the “Peabody Show”, and “Good Morning
Dr. Yvonne Thornton, a well Award” and the “Cable AME Award America”.
known physician and author, will be for Best Picture.” Her late mother Her academic appearances as a
the featured speaker at Bluefield State was a student at BSC (then known as keynote speaker have included The
College’s 108th Commencement “Bluefield State Teachers College”). Hockaday School, The Seven Hills
Exercises, May 14, 2005 at the “Bluefield State fomented my moth- School, Edinboro University of
Brushfork Armory. er’s love of education and teaching-a Pennsylvania, Texas Women’s
Dr. Thornton is a double-Board love of learning that was instilled in University, Berkeley College, and
Certified specialist in obstetrics, gyne- her daughters so that we could reach Cornell and Harvard Universities.

Dr. Felica Wooten Blanks Named Interim President of
New River Community and Technical College
Perkins. Self-Study, I developed a true appreci-
Blanks is co-founder and ation for NRCTC, its mission, stu-
President of the BSC Research and dents, employees, and the residents of
Development Corporation, Executive its service area.”
Director of Institutional Development Blanks also expressed apprecia-
and Advancement at the College, and tion for the leadership provided by Dr.
Executive Director of the BSC Perkins, who served as Director, then
Foundation. She earned a Doctor of Provost of the Greenbrier Community
Dr. Felica B. Wooten Blanks Philosophy in Educational Leadership College Center and President of New
and Policy Studies from Virginia River Community and Technical
The Bluefield State College Tech, and she holds a Master’s College. He echoed his endorsement
Board of Governors has selected Dr. Degree in Education from Marshall for her. In addressing NRCTC stu-
Felica B. Wooten Blanks to serve as University. dents, employees, and supporters, he
Interim President of New River “These are exciting times for said “Give your best to Interim
Community and Technical College. New River Community and Technical President Dr. Felica Blanks. She’s
Dr. Blanks, chair of the Self-Study College,” she observed. “The College knowledgeable, experienced, ener-
process to achieve initial accreditation will continue to grow in the months getic, and fully committed to the
for NRCTC, accepted the appointment and years ahead to meet the need for College’s success. With your help,
during the BSC Board’s December career-relevant, affordable higher edu- she, all of you, and consequently the
2004 meeting, following the retire- cation throughout this region. By College, will be successful. Aim
ment of NRCTC President Dr. David serving as chair of the accreditation high, strive mightily, achieve greatly.”

Bluefield State College’s Commitment to

Improving Our Community, State, and Region
8 BSC students and accounting faculty donated 517 hours and provided income tax preparation help for 345 area
residents in 2004. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at BSC's Bluefield campus helped resi
dents complete 305 federal returns and 314 state returns. The VITA program has been offered through BSC for
more than 20 years.
8 BSC's Baccalaureate Nursing (BSN students and faculty) administered more than 1100 flu vaccinations, in con-
junction with Bluefield Regional Medical Center, in one day.
8 BSN program participants conducted weekly health education classes at Mercer Health Right and the West
Virginia Manor throughout the Fall 2004 Semester
8 During the Spring 2005 Semester, BSC BSN students will collaborate with School Nurses throughout the region
to develop and implement health education classes for public school students, faculty, and parents.
8 BSC Radiologic Technology students (class of 2004) committed 440 hours of volunteer work during their final
year in the program. Area agencies assisted include the American Red Cross, VA Medical Center, Bluefield
Regional Medical Center, Welch Community Hospital, Rainelle Volunteer Fire Department (flood clean up),
Assisted Living Homes (The Havens & Ridgeview, Brock Hughes Free Clinic (Wytheville) and the Monroe
County Health Center
8 In an initiative coordinated by the BSC Campus Corner Bookstore, College employees worked with the Bluefield
Salvation Army, adopting 50 "angels" and providing Christmas gifts for each "adopted" child.
8 The BSC chapter of Phi Sigma Phi fraternity took part in numerous initiatives, including the Muscular Dystrophy
Association Labor Day Telethon, the "Adopt a Highway" and "Toys for Tots" programs, the American Red Cross
Blood Drive, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the American Wildlife Foundation, and the fraternity's national charity-
Ronald McDonald House.

College Retirees Honored
During Special Ceremonies

Dr. David Perkins Kathy Epperly Vivian Sidote

During the past two months, three various times as Assistant Director, two years.
Bluefield State College employees then Director/Assistant Provost of the Vivian Sidote (BSC Class of
have been honored on the occasion of Greenbrier Community College 1994) marked 35 years as an employ-
their retirements. Receptions and cer- Center, then Provost and President of ee in West Virginia higher education
tificates of appreciation were present- NRCTC. in 2004, with the last 32 of those
ed to Dr. David Perkins, Ms. Kathy Kathy Epperly arrived at BSC as years spent at BSC. She held a vari-
Epperly, and Ms. Vivian Sidote as a Student Support Services counselor ety of positions, including Secretary,
they completed their careers at BSC. in January 1993. Six months later, Administrative Secretary, Executive
Dr. Perkins, the President of New she accepted the position of Student Secretary, and Administrative
River Community and Technical Support Services Director and served Assistant to the President.
College, submitted his resignation at the College in that capacity for more At each reception ceremony, the
the end of 2004. The popular than 11 years. Additionally, she was College community expressed its
NRCTC leader compiled an impres- the College’s Interim Vice President appreciation for the retirees’ dedica-
sive and diverse portfolio, serving at for Student Affairs for approximately tion, service, and insight.

In Memoriam
The Bluefield State College was deeply
saddened to learn of the deaths of James W.
Davis on January 8, 2005 and Ruby S. Carlton
on February 3, 2005.
Davis was an Associate Professor of
Europe Trip
Technical Mathematics and Technical Physics at
Bluefield State College for many years and was 8 nights at $2299
awarded the distinction of “faculty emeritus” by
James W. Davis July 18 - July 27, 2005
the College. He also taught math and science
for 30 years at Matoaka High School and held
several offices with the Ruritan and Kiwanis Deposit Deadline
Clubs. May 1, 2005
Additionally, Professor Davis was a past
president of the Lashmeet Public Service
District. Contact John White
Ms. Ruby S. Carlton was the Secretary for
the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences (304) 327-4157
for several years.
Ruby S. Carlton

BSC Graduates Play Key Role
in Productivity of Regional Business
Less than 30 miles from Virginia are exported outside of US trained workforce for other businesses
Bluefield in a small community nes- borders. “It is not uncommon for me throughout this area.”
tled in the southwest Appalachian to receive documentation in Spanish, In addition to Horton and
mountains of the Virginia’s, a “baker’s French, Chinese, or Korean,” Johnston, BSC grads at ABB’s Bland,
dozen” Bluefield State College gradu- Johnston added. “Regardless of the Virginia facility include Tommy
ates filled key roles in helping their final destination, the physics of a Nunn (Marketing Strategic Leader),
operation generate more than $63 mil- design remain the same. The BSC Johnathan Wright (I.S. System
lion in shipments last year. ABB’s Electrical Engineering Technology Hardware Manager), Senior Design
local facility custom designs and man- program has the right combination of Engineers William Pauley, Rob
ufactures open wound, cast, and resi- classes for this type of work in the Brizendine, and Rickie Kinder,
bloc transformers utilizing BSC electrical power industry.” Hobert Phillips (Design Engineer),
alumni in management, engineering, Noting that the BSC alumni in Todd Sigmon (Senior System
marketing, drafting, hardware, and ABB’s workforce cover a quarter-cen- Manager), Senior Drafting
software positions. tury of graduating classes (1978- Technicians John Morgan and Chris
“Because of the degree programs 2002), Rush Horton, Engineering Adams, Joe Hassan (I.S. Analyst)
in engineering technology at Bluefield Manager (BSC Class of 1993) and Michael Mitchell (Marketing
State, ABB has been able to train its stressed the consistently relevant edu- Coordinator).
technical leaders and support employ- cation and training that engineering “Bluefield State College is this
ment throughout the region,” noted technology and computer science stu- facility’s leading provider for profes-
Jack Johnston, Senior Design dents receive in the engineering tech- sional expertise,” Johnston noted.
Engineer and a member of the BSC nology programs at Bluefield State. “One-half of our design engineers and
class of 1989. “The 2-plus-2 arrange- “It’s vitally important to have a well- computer experts are BSC graduates.
ment (where a student can earn a spe- trained workforce, especially in an The College has a strong and proven
cific associate degree, then seamlessly industry like ours where things are track record with ABB and the
transfer credits into a four-year degree growing increasingly dependent upon College is one of the reasons we look
program) made it possible for many the latest developments in technolo- forward to a strong future.”
of us to complete bachelor’s degrees gy,” Horton stated. “Bluefield State
from BSC.” provides a great opportunity for our
ABB operates in over 100 coun- employees to get the training they Cover: Jack Johnson stands beside
tries worldwide and approximately need to advance. I’m also confident one of the transformers produced at
20% all shipments from Bland, the College has developed a well ABB’s Bland, Virginia facility.

CART’s “Scorpion-fox”
Takes Shape
The chassis for “Scorpion-fox” (pictured right) the
Team CART at Bluefield State College robotic vehicle that
will compete in the Defense Advanced Research Project
Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge in the Mojave Desert,
has been developed by Dwaine Jungen of Preferred Chassis
Fabrication, Inc.
Team CART is working to design a technology-packed
vehicle tough enough to endure the course’s rugged terrain
and smart enough to navigate without human assistance for
more than 140 miles.

Regional Accreditors Praise BSC's Assessment Program
grams: Humanities, Social Science, have been made in the overall assess-
Applied Science, Regents Bachelor of ment program. There is evidence of
Arts, and Liberal Studies. improved leadership and coordination
As an indicator of its commit- of assessment activities. … The
ment to assessment, the College hired College’s revamped focus on assess-
a full-time assessment director, Dr, ing student learning is impressive.
Mindy Maher, to work with faculty, The evidence presented suggests that
administrators, staff, and students to a thorough reorganization has
increase understanding of assessment, occurred and that the entire campus
Dr. Mindy Maher to plan and implement of assessment community is involved in the various
Director of Institutional
activities, and to write BSC’s monitor- processes of assessment.”
Research and Assessment
ing report (in addition to other respon- As a result of this successful
sibilities). evaluation, BSC is not required to
In February 2002, BSC under- In January 2005, BSC received a submit any additional reports and the
went evaluation for continued accredi- successful evaluation from the HLC next comprehensive evaluation is
tation by the Higher Learning concerning its monitoring report. The scheduled for 2012. For more infor-
Commission (HLC) of the North evaluation stated: mation on BSC’s assessment program
Central Association of Colleges and “While focusing its attention on or to read our monitoring report,
Schools. After the evaluation, the improvements in specific program please visit BSC’s assessment website
College was directed to submit a two- areas, as required by the Commission, at
year monitoring report on the assess- the evidence provided in the Report ment/index.html.
ment of student learning in five pro- suggests strongly that improvements

BSC Celebrates Black History Month

Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, a well-known participant in the popular NBC hit
show “The Apprentice,” spoke at Bluefield State College on February 2 in conjunction with
the College's celebration of Black History Month. Her lecture, “An Analysis of 'The
Apprentice,” attracted an audience of more than 200.
A capacity audience gathered at the Harris-Jefferson Student Center on February 5,
during a Minorities on the Move special function. The program recognized six regional
African-American leaders, Ms. Sandra Wade, Ms. Pauline Thornton, Ms. Harriette S. Wright,
Mr. Anthony “Tony” Webster, Jr., The Honorable Clif Moore, and Bishop Clarence E. Moore.
Omarosa Manigault BSC Assistant Professor of English and Speech Dr. Tamara Meade was the featured
speaker during a February 15 Commemorative Stamp Ceremony honoring Marian Anderson,
after which the College community celebrated the 110th anniversary of the passage of Senate
Bill 122, the 1985 legislation that authorized the creation of BSC.
West Virginia State University administrator Don Gresby delivered the program, “Students’ Rights and
Responsibilities” during a February 16 program and on February 17 (11 a.m.), the BSC Associate Degree Nursing stu-
dents’ program “Black Nurses: Unknown Heroines”.
On February 22, regional author/speaker Joan Browning discussed “Whites’ Contribution to Black History,” on
February 23, singer/musician “Lea” presented a concert, and on February 27, a “Chitterling Strut/Soul Food Fest” was
held in the Hebert Gallery.

Bluefield State College
Lithographs Set

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Five Bluefield State College edu- NLNAC at Eastern Maine College” at an international educators’
cators have been selected for inclu- Community College in Bangor, conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in
sion in the 2004 edition of Who’s Maine. November.
Who Among American’s Teachers. BSC School of Business faculty Carolyn Sizemore, completed an
BSC educators honored include members Susan Mann and Dr. Ed.S. degree in Leadership Studies
Carolyn Turner Kirby, Interim Elaine Scott attended a recent from Marshall University Graduate
Director/Student Support Services; “Professors Institute” seminar at School in December 2004. She is
Dr. Tamara L. Meade, Associate Georgetown University. The seminar writing her dissertation on the Effects
Professor of English; Dr. Patrick focused upon the expanding role of of Precollege Developmental
Muldoon, Associate Professor of interactive and direct marketing in Education Programs on Student
Chemistry; Roger Owensby (Class of business, industry, and education. Success and Retention Rates in
1979), Assistant Professor and Dr. Tamara Meade, Assistant Community Colleges (in partial ful-
Department Head of Mining Professor of English and Speech at fillment toward an Ed.D. in Higher
Engineering Technology, and; Dr. Bluefield State College, conducted an Education Administration with a
Anthony Woart, Associate Professor in-service sessions designed to help minor cognate in College Training).
Sociology and Director of the faculty analyze and improve their Dr. John Snead (Class of 1985),
Minority Health Institute. teaching methods and she worked as a Professor of Business, has been elect-
Dr. Thomas Blevins (Class of consultant for Paul D. Camp ed to the Board of Directors of
1971), Dean of the Technology and Community College (Franklin, Princeton Community Hospital for a
Virtual College, completed an accred- Virginia) in January. five-year term.
itation visit to Gardner-Webb The article “Harvesting the Land, An article written by Shelia
University in November. He also Reaching the Sky,” written by Dr. Hallman-Warner, Assistant
attended the Association for Garrett Olmsted, Professor of Social Professor of Criminal Justice
Educational Communications and Sciences, has been published in the Administration/BSC was published in
Technology (AECT) national conven- Fall 2004 issue of “Western New York a recent issue of “CPO Family,” a
tion in Chicago where he served on Heritage” magazine. The article doc- quarterly publication of the
the Accreditation Committee and uments the life of Dr. Olmsted’s Correctional Police Officers
received training in reviewing univer- grandfather, Charles Morgan Olmsted, Foundation. The article “Forging a
sity technology program folios for one of the pioneers of aviation. Also, Great Relationship--Bluefield State
NCATE/AECT national recognition. Dr. Olmsted’s analysis of “Celtic Criminal Justice Club and CPOF”
Bluefield State College faculty Religion” has been selected as the detailed the collaborative process by
Dr. Steve Bourne (Class of 1974) and exclusive source for information on which the BSC student organization
Professor Shelia Hallman-Warner that subject at the website became involved in CPOF initiatives
presented one of the best-attended “”. that assist families in times of crisis.
workshops at the recent American Deborrah A. Pittman, Professor Sandy Wynn, Assistant Professor
Correctional Association (ACA) and Department Chair of Computer of Nursing, was elected president of
national conference in Chicago, IL. Science, received the “Rehabilitant of the Women’s Ministries Department
The three-day conference attracted the Year” award for 2004 for the state of First Assembly of God in
more than 3000 corrections profes- of West Virginia. Princeton, West Virginia for 2005.
sionals, including wardens, superin- Dr. Elaine Scott, Visiting
tendents, and commissioners. Associate Professor of Business/ BSC’s
Dr. Bernadette Dragich, Bluefield State College and Bruce
Professor of Nursing, will be a partic- Sneidman, Associate Professor of
ipant in a group presenting Asthma Professional Office Systems Exercises
101 for the WV Lung Association at Technology/New River Community
the 2005 Spring Continuing Education and Technical College, collaborated to Saturday, May 14, 2005
Conference for social workers in produce an award-winning paper,
10 a.m.
Charleston, West Virginia. She con- entitled “Analysis of Student
ducted a program evaluation for the Satisfaction with Bluefield State Brushfork Armory

$825K Grant Awarded to Bluefield State College Research and
Development Corporation to Address Health Disparities for
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
An $825,000 grant from the disparities of minorities, particularly Shekhar Pradhan, Professor and
National Institute of Health (NIH) has African-Americans, for the EXPORT Director/Sponsored Programs at BSC,
been awarded to Bluefield State Center: 1) conducting basic and will serve as Director of Outreach
College will underwrite the establish- behavioral/social science research to Core, working with the Principal
ment of an EXPORT Center to reduce facilitate health promotion and early Investigator to ensure efficient opera-
the burden of health disparities expe- detection of diseases; 2) collecting tion of the Outreach and Information
rienced by racial minorities, particu- and disseminating information con- Dissemination component of the
larly the African-American popula- cerning health status of minorities; 3) Center. Dr. Pradhan, Vice President
tion, in West Virginia. The Center collaborating with local organizations and Chief Operating Officer of the
will be an extension of the Minority as well as community leaders in oper- BSC Research and Development
Health Institute at BSC. ating projects designed to reduce the Corporation, will assist in developing
Dr. Anthony Woart, Principal burdens of health disparities among operational protocol and assessment
Investigator for the grant and a mem- the African-American populations of instruments for this component of the
ber of the BSC faculty, noted, “This West Virginia, and; 4) engaging in Center.
grant provides a comprehensive outreach activities focused upon The grant provides for a partner-
approach for addressing the health improving access to health care ship between BSC and Marshall
disparities experienced by minorities among West Virginia’s African- University. “There is strong institu-
living in this region. It includes out- American population. These goals are tional and community backing for the
reach and information dissemination, consistent with the goals of the project,” Dr. Woart stated. “We are
administrative, training and research Minority Health Institute. grateful for this very significant
components.” The grant is a project of the expression of support from the
The three-year grant establishes Bluefield State College Research and National Institute of Health.”
the following goals to address health Development Corporation. Dr.

Is it Really Necessary to Teach Diversity?

Dr. Raphael Heaggans, Director of Multicultural Affairs
In my years of being an advocate for multiculturalism, I have had several conversations
of intellectual exchange on the question, “Is it really necessary to teach diversity?”
Emphatically, it is necessary. Even when a school population has a predominance of stu-
dents, faculty, and staff belonging to one constituent group, discussing and analyzing the
benefits of diversity are needed. United States schools were created to perpetuate its culture
and society. In that sense, if schools are to function to help our society to continue to exist,
and simultaneously teach children the knowledge that has been cultivated in their country,
then it does not make a difference where students are or what their gender or ethnicity is.
Teachers are obligated to teach students multiculturalism because it is the foundation of
Dr. Ralphael Heaggans the United States. This country was created based on diversity; it exists based on diversity;
Director of and even if it did not have any future at all, it is grounded in diversity. Our mainstream cul-
Multicultural Affairs ture is a synergy of the contributions of multiple ethnic groups and cultures from the early
beginnings of this great country to today. It is why I am committed to teach Bluefield State
College students the multicultural truth about their legacy as citizens of the United States; multiculturalism has been a
part of United States’ life from its very conception; through diverse programs, lectures, and events, I will continue to
work to spread multicultural truth. Let us join together and participate in the various multicultural events that will be
held on campus months to come.

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A Message from Doris J. Payne
Chairperson, BSC Alumni House Advisory Council
Bluefield State College Alumni Association, Inc.

“A Dream Becomes A Reality”

The Spotlight is On




Dr. Thomas Blevins, ’71

Life Member, B.S.C.A.A., Inc.
Contributor of $1,000 to Hatter Hall
Purchases of an Hatter Hall Replica
Ad in the Alumni House Journal

Our Thanks to
BSC Administrators, Faculty and Staff
10 Contributors = $2,762
60 Active Chapter Members

Give Now! Chapter Amount No. Give Now!

Greater Kanawha Valley 14,000 5
**Greater Cleveland 6,250 10
**Metro-Detroit 4,470 6
Columbus 5,000 9
Philadelphia 4,450 9
Washington, D.C. 3,025 6
Mercer 2,450 5
Baltimore 1,600 3
Cincinnati 1,600 3
Roanoke 1,100 2
Dayton/Springfield 375 2
**Special Recognition is Given to These Two
Chapters for Gifts of an Additional $1,000 each.

Be Counted in Project 2000

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UPDATE: Replicas of Hatter Hall/Alumni House
An architectural miniature
Designed by - Hatter Hall Advisory Council
Bluefield State College Alumni Association, Inc.

Produced by - Shelia’s, Inc.

Charleston, South Carolina

Project Director - Ruth Payne Brown, Ph.D.

“When I looked at my replica, I thought of the beautiful days I spent at BSC. The historical information inscribed on the back
was great. I placed this with my other valuable collectibles, such as my ‘elephants’ representing Delta Sigma Theta.”
Argyle Pride Wade, Retired Principal
Detroit, Michigan

“The replica of Hatter Hall is placed in a special place in my home. It represents the good times I had at Bluefield State. It brings
back my days on the basketball court, the race track and the gridiron.”
Frederick Parks, President
Greater Cleveland Chapter, B.S.C.A.A., Inc.

“I join the alumni in embracing the replica of Hatter Hall as a great memento of the heritage of this institution. It typifies the
origination of Bluefield State College. The restoration and the renovation serves to perpetuate the history. I am pleased to add
this architectural miniature to my collection.”
Mr. John Barnes, Chair
Board of Governors, Bluefield State College

“I was quite impressed with my replica of Hatter Hall. I was a guest at the Open House Celebration of the former presidents’
home. I am also familiar with the artistry of Shelia’s Inc. The Hatter Hall Council designed an excellent representation of the
building. My plan is to share your replica with my alma mater’s (Morgan State University) Alumni Association as a fund-rais-
Brenda Bowe Johnson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

“The replica of Hatter Hall is a visual reminder of our college’s distinctive history and it gives me a feeling of satiety.”
Dr. Raphael Heaggans
Director, Multicultural Affairs, Bluefield State College

“I’m excited, as an alumna, to be part of the restoration of Hatter Hall and to be a supporter of Hatter Hall’s contributions to the
history of our institution. As I look at the Hatter Hall replica on my desk, I can reflect on my own efforts on our college campus
to secure the best opportunities in higher education. I hope to give back to the Institution through the lives I touch as a staff
member and mentor.”
Joan Bange Buchanan, MS
‘Coordinator of Student Activities, Bluefield State College

Fund-Raising Project Goal - 100 by April 15, 2005

Two Names Added to the Owners Scroll
Argyle Wade - Detroit, Michigan ---- James Ratcliff, Jr. - Bluefield, Virginia

Time is Running Out

Please mail your check ($100 contribution) made payable to “BSC Foundation/Alumni House”
and write “Replica of Hatter Hall” in the memo section and then mail to:
Ray Guy, Fiscal Manager, BSC Foundation, Bluefield State College, 219 Rock Street, Bluefield, WV 24701

Reverence for the Past Ensures the Future

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BSC Selected to be Tom Joyner Foundation
“College of the Month”
It is our pleasure to parlayed his Chicago-to-Dallas
inform you that The Tom daily “fly jock” radio show
Joyner Foundation has select- into national syndication,
ed Bluefield State College as reaching an audience of more
the School of the Month for than eight million listeners
May, 2005! weekly. The show can be
The School of the Month heard in more than 110 mar-
Program exists to provide kets across the country and
support to historically black overseas. We encourage you
colleges and universities to help us take advantage of
across the nation. Since its this wonderful opportunity to
creation, The Tom Joyner showcase Big Blue Pride on a
Foundation has awarded national stage.
more than $5 million to Make your checks
deserving students enrolled at Tom Joyner (center) and BSC’s Dedrielle Taylor (left) payable to: BSC/TJF-HBCU
these institutions. As the and Deirdre Guyton, BSC Class of 1990, (right) dis- of the Month and mail to:
Tom Joyner School of the cuss scholarship opportunities that will result from Bluefield State College
Month, Bluefield State BSC’s selection as a Tom Joyner Foundation Foundation, 219 Rock Street,
College will derive the fol- “College of the Month.” Bluefield, WV 24701
lowing benefits: Attn: The Bluefield State
”Gain national expo- HBCUs that have participated in College/Tom Joyner
sure, thereby enhancing our student this program previously have benefit- Foundation Campaign.
recruitment efforts. ed from support ranging anywhere For more information, contact
”Attract new corporate partners from $100,000 to $600,000. BSC’s Bluefield State College at 304-327-
that will have a lasting financial goal is to raise a minimum of 4569. As always, we thank you for
impact for BSC. $300,000. With your assistance, we your support of Bluefield State
”Provide critically needed schol- can achieve positive results. College!
arship funds for our students. Over the years, Tom Joyner has

Karen Rutherford, BSC Grad, Named Mercer County

“Teacher of the Year”
Karen Rutherford (BSC class of 1993) was recently honored as Mercer
County’s “Teacher of the Year.” An English and reading teacher at Montcalm
High School, Rutherford expressed appreciation to BSC for its role in her success.
“Many of the faculty members at Bluefield State, particularly (the late) Dr.
Phyllis Thompson, went the extra mile to teach, support, and encourage me during
my time as a student,” she noted. “BSC and Montcalm are living proof that ‘big-
ger’ is not necessarily ‘better.’ It meant so much to me to win the 'Teacher of the
Year' award at the high school I had attended as a student several years earlier.”
Rutherford looks at her students as members of her extended family.
“Teaching is about relationships and relationships give meaning,” she explained.
“I treat these students as if they are mine. Their successes are my successes.”
Karen Rutherford
BSC Class of 1993

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Alumni Updates
Elena Romeo (1975) is director Community Development Institute
of Palm Springs Public Library in East in Charleston, West Virginia and
Alumni Updates Palm Springs, Florida. She earned a was one of 20 to graduate from the
Master of Science degree in Library Institute. The initiative was sanc-
Requested Science at the University of tioned by the International
If you have received awards, pro- Tennessee. Community Development Council to
motions, accomplishments, recog- enhance skill in “grassroots” econom-
nition, have married or recently 1980s ic development and capacity building.
welcomed an addition to your Samantha Craig (1988) has Jarvis is Director of the Amherst
family, please let us know. been selected as an Associated County (VA) Department of
Press Photographer of the Month for Economic Development.
Mail your news to November. She has had prints pub- Jim Patton (1998) passed the
Karen Gordon lished in “At the Yard”, “ESPN the examination to become a Certified
College and Media Relations Magazine”, and “Baseball America”. Fraud Examiner. He was promoted
Bluefield State College Brian Wetzel (1985) is the PGA to Senior Associate at Brown
219 Rock Street Golf Professional at Twin Falls Edwards & Co. LLP in Bluefield,
Bluefield, WV 24701 Resort State Park in Mullens, West West Virginia.
by FAX to 304-327-4581or by e- Virginia. Elizabeth Rasi Toby (1999) and
mail to kgordon@bluefield 1990s Rick Toby announces the birth of
Kimberly M. Akers (1999) mar- their daughter, Victoria Elaine, born
ried Matthew P. Collins (2002) on on November 16, 2004. She
July 17, 2004. She is employed by received the President’s Club Award
St. Luke’s Hospital in the Health for 2004 as the top pharmaceutical
1960s Information Management sales representative in the nation for
Julia Iona Green George (1964) Department. He is employed by Reliant.
was selected for inclusion in the Sears as an assistant store manager 2000s
eighth edition of Who’s Who Among in Beckley, West Virginia. Corey D. Clark (2000) married
American Teachers, 2004. She is a Robert Davis (1992) and his Melissa J. Hubbard on September 4,
teacher at Mannheim American wife, Angie, announce the birth of 2004. He is owner/operator of
Middle School in Germany. twins, William Daniel and Bradley Wheels LTD and X-treme Motor
King Harvey, Jr. (1961) was Dare born December 30, 2004 at Sports in Princeton, West Virginia.
honored at the 10th annual Dr. Martin Piedmont Women's Medical Center, Eric S. Collier (2000) married
Luther King, Jr. Banquet of the Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is Casey Marie Siner on November 13,
Southern Christian Leadership employed as District Manager for 2004. He is employed by FKI
Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Wal-Mart in Rock Hill, South Logistex Industries Incorporated in
The North Lake Community re-elect- Carolina. Cincinnati, Ohio, as a senior applica-
ed King to his tenth consecutive year Jeffery B. Fields (1999) is the tions manager.
as their President and re-elected him new Assistant Dean at Patrick Henry Kevin M. Gordon (2000)
president of the North Lake Swim Community College in Martinsville, received the President’s Service
Club, Inc. for the seventh consecu- Virginia. Award in the Process Instruments
tive year. The Deacon and James E. Hill (1996) is Division of Thermo Electron
Deaconess Auxiliary of the Virginia employed by Pocahontas Land Corporation. He is a Field Service
State Baptist Convention re-elected Corporation as a GIS Technician. Engineer.
King as Treasurer. Also, the Ryan “Cisco” Jackson (1998) Matthew L. Harvey (2001) grad-
Bluefield State College Alumni graduated from uated from the Appalachian School
Association elected King as the the West of Law in May 2004. He is an asso-
treasurer for the National Office. Virginia State ciate attorney at Brewster, Morhous,
Police Cameron, Caruth, Kersey & Stafford,
1970s Academy in PLLC in Bluefield, West Virginia
J. Franklin Long (1973) April 2004. He Kimberly Long (2002) is the
received the “Living the Dream” is employed assistant general manager and spe-
award from former West Virginia with the cialty leasing manager for Hanes
Governor Bob Wise at the Dr. Martin Princeton Detachment. Mall in Winston-Salem, North
Luther King Jr., Holiday Dennis L. Jarvis II (1995) was Carolina.
Commission’s awards luncheon. among 70 participants in the recent (continued on page 15)

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From the Desk of Dr. Louis Aikens
President, Bluefield State College Alumni Association, Inc.
For many, many years, the Bluefield State College Alumni Association has opened
the door of educational opportunity at BSC by providing scholarships to deserving stu-
dents. In recent years, Alumni Association support has grown to a point where, during
the Fall 2004 Semester, a dozen scholars have entered into or continued their pursuit of a
college degree through BSCAA scholarships.
As I write this column, it is extremely gratifying to note that the 12 students who are
current recipients of Alumni Association scholarships compiled a composite academic
grade point average of 3.25 during the fall semester. Almost all have earned either
Dean’s List or President's List recognition for their achievement. Additionally, these stu-
Dr. Louis Aikens dents’ majors span the breadth of Bluefield State College’s degree programs--from
Applied Sciences and Business to Civil Engineering Technology and Radiologic
As you can see, the involvement of Bluefield State College graduates through the Alumni Association DOES
make a significant difference in the lives of the College’s current students and in the growth of our alma mater. To
the members of the Association, I express my heartfelt thanks for helping to make the academic goals of these stu-
dents a reality. To Bluefield State College graduates who have not yet joined the Association, Scholarship Committee
Chairman Ergie Smith and I extend a most sincere invitation to join YOUR College’s Alumni Association. In doing
so, you will make college possible for many, many students. At the same time, your insight, talent, and energy is
vitally needed and welcomed as the Alumni Association seeks to continue its role of service and support for our
College “on the terraced hills.”

Alumni Updates continued from page 14

The Reverend James H. Redd, employed by Pocahontas Land Former
Jr. (2003) married Teresa A. Smith on Corporation as the Database
November 6, 2004. He is employed
by Volvo in Dublin, Virginia and
Christopher Watson (2000) is
Big Blues
serves as a pastor of Lovely Zion current attending Trinity Law School in
Missionary Baptist Church in Kimball, Santana, California to continue his Athletes
West Virginia. graduate work.
Christopher S. Riffe (2004) mar-
ried Amanda M. Mitchem on
Randa L. Wood (2004) married
Matthew L. Bowman on August 14,
News Flash
September 25, 2004. He is employed 2004. She is employed by Princeton
by Frye Regional Medical Center in Community Hospital in Princeton, Plans are being made for a
Hickory, North Carolina. West Virginia. reunion of former Bluefield
Shannon "Smoove" Smith State College student-athletes.
(2003) held his first art exhibit viewing
at the Hebert Gallery of the In Memoriam The reunion will be held at the
Harris-Jefferson Student Center at Edna Motley Buchanan Ramada Inn, New Carrollton,
Bluefield State College from February Jerry Thomas Burton Maryland, June 24-26, 2005.
1-28. A special artist's reception was Anthony Wallace Fine Additional information can be
held on February 9. Jerry Wayne Hall
obtained by contacting Frank
James R. “Bo” Stephenson Judith Ann Casey Jessee
(2001) married Rhyan B. Meade on Patricia Marie Prince Parks (class of 1955), 4228
September 18, 2004. He is employed Garnett William Taylor Kinmount Rd., Lanham, MD
as a department manager at Lowe’s Vernon Leon Thompson 20606 (phone 301-459-4509,
of Princeton, West Virginia. Kimberly Belcher Webb fax 301-459-7405).
Jennifer L. Villanueva (2003) is

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19th Annual Klingensmith Cup Invitational Golf Tournament
The 19th annual Klingensmith Cup Golf Tournament will be played on Monday May 16, 2005 at the Wolf Creek
Golf Course in Bastian, Virginia. This annual event is sponsored by Bluefield State College’s School of Engineering
Technology and Computer Science. All BSC faculty, students, and employees are invited to join in the fun with the
many BSC graduates who will participate in this event. This tournament allows participants to demonstrate their golf
skills and provides a unique setting to renew old acquaintances and to network with others having common interests.
The tournament format is set-up as a 4-golfer “captain’s choice” event and play begins with a shotgun start at 8
a.m. When play is completed, there will be a barbecue lunch and the awarding of prizes and trophies for the winners.
Most prizes are awarded through drawing numbers from a golf cap.


To enter, please send a check for $30, (students $10), and your PGA handicap or your estimated 18-hole score to:
Robert Faulds, Tournament Chair, HC 71, Box 416, Princeton, WV 24740.
The $30 entry fee is used to purchase prizes and to pay for lunch and drinks. Cart and greens fees are not includ-
ed in the entry fee and are to be paid directly to Wolf Creek Golf Club on tournament day. For this tournament, Wolf
Creek offers us a special low rate of $22 per person, covering cart and green fees charges. We encourage participants
to enter this tournament as four-golfer teams if possible. Singles will be grouped into teams of four as required to fit
the tournament format. If you are a single entrant but have playing partner preferences, please note when sending in
your entry fee.
Please respond to Robert Faulds by May 9th if you plan to participate. Guests are welcome. You can contact Mr.
Faulds via e-mail at:
We are looking forward to another great tournament and hope to see you there.

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Bluefield, WV 24701
219 Rock Street
Bluefield, WV 24701
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