Bluefield College Employees Earn Professional Distinctions 07-08 July 1, 2008 | RSS A host of Bluefield College faculty and staff earned a variety of professional development distinctions during the spring 2008 semester. Dr. Dusty Anderson, professor of information technology, and Mimi Merritt, instructor of communications, each received fellowships from the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation to attend a three-week summer seminar, entitled "Human Nature: Ethical Implications of Biological, Cultural, and Technological Transformation and the Globalization of American Literary Studies." Dr. Anderson also received a Mellon Fellowship in association with the Appalachian College Association to fund the expenses of a seminar in Salzburg, Austria, entitled, "Innovation in Knowledge-Based Economies: Accelerating the Benefits." Dr. Don Caudill, professor of Business, wrote an article in association with colleagues from Belmont University, entitled "Determining Attributes of Successful Acts of the Nashville Music Industry." The article was featured in the spring 2008 issue of the Business Journal for Entrepreneurs. Dr. Caudill also was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. Dr. Kim Farmer, associate professor of criminal justice, attended the annual Christian Pre-Law Advisors Conference at Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She chaperoned two Bluefield College criminal justice students, Zachary Smith and Ashlea Canning, who received a scholarship to participate in the trip. Dr. Barbara Hudson, assistant professor of music, was recognized in two areas this past semester. First, she performed in a benefit conference, hosted by Virginia Tech and sponsored by the Highlands Chapter of the Virginia Music Teachers National Association. She also conducted a workshop on the Alexander Technique for students and faculty at Radford University. Michelle Newton-Francis, assistant professor of criminal justice, made two presentations defending her dissertation for a Ph.D. in sociology from American University. She made one presentation before the Eastern Sociological Society in New York and the other at the April meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Richmond. Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, instructor of management and leadership and behavior science, co-authored two articles that appeared in an issue of the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. The articles were titled "An Icon for Career Development Theory and Practice: Dr. Samuel H. Osipow," and "The Vocational Expert: Present and Future Practices." Betty Carroll, an administrative assistant for the Office of Institutional Advancement, was promoted to director of annual giving. During her eight years at Bluefield College, she has worked closely in all phases of the Advancement Office. Amanda Grose was promoted to researcher and assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement. Grose graduated from Bluefield College, and while a student she was a work-study in the Advancement Office and an advisor to the Business Club. Jim Grandfield, a part-time instructor of criminal justice in Bluefield's adult degree-completion program, was promoted to public defender in Suffolk, Virginia's Public Defender's Office. He was formerly a senior assistant public defender in Portsmouth, Virginia.