Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 18, 2012

MSU staff encouraged to dust off resumes

Beckley — After a closed faculty and staff forum at Mountain State University’s Carter Hall Tuesday, Interim President Dr. Richard Sours said he encouraged employees to “dust off their resumes.”

“We will be downsizing. No lists have been made yet. We have asked employees to think about their position at MSU and ask themselves if it is an essential position. If it is not essential, I would encourage employees to dust off their resumes,” he said.

Sours said a Budget Reduction Committee will look at personnel and non-personnel aspects of the budget in an attempt to trim down.

Sours said he also let employees know of some policy updates.

Mountain State will be waiving the $5 transcription request fee for the first five transcriptions in order to facilitate the transfer process.

He said the school’s website has been updated with accreditation information in a more prominent spot and a new student section that will be updated with other policy changes soon.

He also said the school will continue to waive tuition for employees and their dependents while the school is still accredited. The school will retain its accreditation through the appeal process, which could last into the fall semester.

Dr. William White, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, said the faculty meeting with Dr. Sours was a positive one.

“Dr. Sours is probably one of the most positive people in the world and he is a good communicator. Right now faculty is still in the grieving process and we have to get through the grieving process to move forward,” he shared.

White also said that even if the school wins the appeal, the community should expect to see a different and much smaller school.

“My concern is that I don’t think the people of Beckley understand that this is a $140 million blow to our community and Beckley will never be the same. It is really frightening,” White said.

White said students are still coming to him with questions but until the school determines what a teach-out will look like, if it will last one or two semesters, many students are not able to determine if they want to transfer or stay.

Sours said there will be a student forum later this week but the time and location have not yet been announced.

The college will be offering career services and workshops for employees on a variety of job-related topics, including resume writing, networking and interviewing.

The workshops start Wednesday and will continue through July 25.

A full schedule is available under staff and faculty resources at www.mountainstate.edu.

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