Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 5, 2014

BSC celebrates partnerships with new Rad Tech lab

BLUEFIELD — The administration, faculty, staff and students of Bluefield State College celebrated the opening of a state-of-the-art radiological technology lab, featuring a fully functional, energized $100,000 examination suite, a memorandum of understanding with Regis College in Weston, Mass., and it’s long-standing partnership with the city of Bluefield during a joint college and community Business After Hours event Friday evening.

“We’re here for you and we’re here for the students,” Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC president, said to a crowd of community and college leaders gathered in the Rad Tech classroom. “We’re here tonight celebrating our partnership with the community.”

Shortly after the formal presentation, Krotseng continued her observations about the many ways that the college and the community work together as partners. “Bluefield State has been a major asset of this community since 1895,” she said. “This event today is part of the joint community and college business after hours, and we decided to hold the ribbon cutting of our new Rad Tech facility as part of the event.”

The fully operational radiological technology equipment in the lab is an unusual sight in a small college setting, but the opportunities for students extend well beyond that. BSC alumnus, David Gilmore, a Montcalm native, is associate dean of Regis College. Gilmore and Melissa Haye, BSC Rad Tech program director, worked together to provide BSC students with an opportunity to study in Massachusetts at some of the top teaching hospitals in New England.

Gilmore was visiting family in the area and was able to attend the ceremony on campus. “I never miss the opportunity to tell people about Bluefield State,” Gilmore said. “When I was in Copenhagen and was sitting beside the Queen of Denmark, I was thinking: ‘I’m from Montcalm, W.Va.,” he said.

“This is a great day!” Marc Meachum, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce said after the ceremony. “This is a great addition!” The chamber is the host of the Business After Hours program.

“There’s a sense of excitement, enthusiasm and energy here in the community and on campus,” Krotseng said. “We see a lot of enthusiasm among the students.”

Sheila Johnson, chief financial officer of BSC said that the Rad Tech lab is part of a $2.9 million renovation program in the engineering, health sciences and science programs at the college.

“The completion of this phase of the project finishes the work at Dickason Hall,” Johnson said. “Now we move to the Basic Sciences Building where we’ll make $1.8 million in improvements. It’s a big enhancement to the programs here.”

Krotseng said that BSC touches about every part of the community and the community is part of the college. “People see our students working in the community whether its our nursing students fulfilling their community service component or our basketball team helping Habitat for Humanity,” she said. “It’s a partnership worth celebrating.”

The setting for the Business After Hours shifted to the Bluefield Arts Center for part two of the celebration.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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