Giving to BC

Dear College Community:
baseball team wins
Baseball team wins the 2009 NCCAA National Championship
East River Hall
Ribbon cutting for East River Hall

Since my arrival at Bluefield College, now ten years ago, I have been able to be part of an amazing decade of change. Together we have seen a new residence hall constructed, major facility renovations come to life, national championships won, the establishment of more than 50 new scholarships, and steady growth in alumni giving. I continue to be amazed at our alumni and friends' readiness to support the College in many and essential ways that they do!l

What inspires their fundamental support is not nostalgia for the College or a perceived obligation to it. Nor is it the desire to outdo one another's giving or even just to see their names in the President's Report. What inspires alumni and friends to give to the College is their heartfelt passion to empower students to seek their calling and to empower the College to be the finest institution it can be in facilitating those outcomes.

Once again, we have experienced a year of incredible activity and accomplishment. I encourage you to read the Fall 2009 copy of Bluefield Magazine, found on the alumni and friends landing page as the link "alumni magazine." In it you will find stories that are born out of optimism, enthusiasm, and passion. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends each ultimately converted sparks of imagination into reality. This is the only way to describe the transformational experiences our students, graduates, and College are experiencing. Henry David Thoreau once said: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." Never before has this been truer for Bluefield College.

All of the stories found in the fall edition of Bluefield Magazine and so many more are due in part to the continued support we receive from individuals, businesses, religious affiliations, and foundations. For this I say, "THANK YOU!" Your financial contributions are enabling us to transform our imagination into reality. I hope that in this new fiscal year, you will continue to join us in Capturing the Imagination.

Now more than ever, we need your gifts of optimism, enthusiasm, and passion for Bluefield College. If you can imagine it, we want to make it a reality. If you have me, you know I feel all three: optimism, enthusiasm, and passion for the Bluefield of today and the campus community we aspire to create. I, and my team, desire in the upcoming year to imagine with you our College's future together. Join us now in this boundless opportunity.

May His blessings continue to flow,

M. Ruth Blankenship
Vice President for Finance, Administration and Advancement