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BC Employees Earn Distinctions: June 2012

A host of Bluefield College faculty and staff earned a variety of professional development distinctions during the spring 2012 semester.

Chris Shoemaker

June 1, 2012

Faculty-pic-Bascom, Cindy - Cindy Bascom

Dr. Cindy Bascom

Faculty-pic-Farmer, Kimberly - Kimberly Farmer

Dr. Kim Farmer

Faculty-pic-Hudson, Barbara - Barbara Hudson

Dr. Barbara Hudson
Faculty-pic-Kinney, Thomas - Thomas Kinney
Dr. Tom Kinney

Faculty-pic-Merrit, Rob - Rob Merrit

Dr. Rob Merritt

Faculty-pic-Shroyer, Walter - Walter Shroyer

Walter Shroyer

Dr. Cindy Bascom, professor of communication, was selected by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) to participate in a Latin American Studies Professional Development Tour in May 2012. Designed to provide professors with an opportunity for experiential learning of the political, economic, social, and religions realities of Latin America, the tour took Dr. Bascom to Costa Rica and Cuba for fieldtrips, homestays, community immersion, and other cross-cultural educational ventures.

 

Paula Beasley, Easley Library circulation supervisor, was promoted in April 2012 to reference and electronic resources librarian. A 1993 BC alumna, Beasley also has worked as served manager of an educational materials company, a secondary school library media specialist, a college library technical services clerk, and a pre-school teacher.

 

Dr. Kim Farmer, professor of criminal justice, led a group of criminal justice students to Matewan, West Virginia, in March to tour the site of the historic Matewan Massacre. The annual trip is part of a senior seminar class, which includes the reading of a book about the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency and its involvement in a shootout with coal miners in May 1920.

 

Dr. Barbara Hudson, associate professor of music, served as a judge for the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions and Spring Conference at George Mason University in March. Dr. Hudson also offered a presentation on The Alexander Technique in March for the Highlands Chapter of the Virginia Music Teachers Association.

 

Crystal Kieloch, director of academic support services, earned a master of arts degree in literature from Union Institute and University in May. In addition to her duties in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), she teaches a writing tutoring internship and a rhetoric class for the English Department and a memoir writing course for the Fine Arts Community School.

 

Dr. Thomas Kinney, associate professor of history, offered a presentation titled ╥Looking Back at Horse-Drawn Commercial Vehicles╙ at the Third International Carriage Symposium in Colonial Williamsburg in January. He also published the same work in ╥World on Wheels╙ and published the article ╥High Gloss: The Birth of Modern Paint╙ in ╥Timeline,╙ an award-winning quarterly magazine of history and culture.

 

Werner Lind, assistant director of library services, was awarded a grant in March to attend the National Conference of the Association of Christian Librarians. Lind also was recognized in May for 20 years of service to Bluefield College. In addition to his work in the library, Lind teaches advanced honor studies, writes scholarly articles, and publishes short stories and novels.

 

Dr. Rob Merritt, professor of English, published a book of poetry in April 2012 titled The Language of Longing. A collection of poems about perseverance, travels, and the things that matter most in life, The Language of Longing is a testament to the old adage that "the journey is more important than the destination." This spring's publication is Dr. Merritt's second in the past two years. He also published a poetry collection called Landscape Architects in the spring of 2010.

 

Lisa Moxley, instructor of music, was elected in March to a two-year term as certification chair for the Virginia Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of the National Association of Music Teachers. Moxley has been a nationally certified teacher of music for three years and a member of BC╒s music faculty for 12 years.

 

Charles Reese and Rebecca McCoy-Reese, both assistant professors of theater, directed the musical Oliver! for the Christian Youth Theatre of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in February. They also directed the Easter Pageant for Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, in April, and are currently workin on a drama titled Merry Wives of Windsor for the Appalachian Shakespeare Project.

 

Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, associate vice president for inSPIRE programs, completed editing in April of the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis for the American Board of Vocational Experts. Dr. Sinsabaugh has served as co-editor and editor of the Journal for the past five years.

 

Walter Shroyer, professor of art, led a group of six BC students on mission in March to Romania, where they painted an 83-foot mural in a school for Gypsy children and shared their faith through art projects and instruction.

 

Dr. Donna Watson, associate professor of education, led six BC student teachers to a Teachers of Promise Conference in Richmond, Virginia, in March. As chair of the Division of Education, Dr. Watson also developed a new special education curriculum for the college that was approved by the Virginia Department of Education in April.

 

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