Bluefield College Employees Earn Professional Distinctions 11-09

November 5, 2009 | RSS

Jason Gillespie, head coach for men's basketball, bid farewell to Bluefield College in June after four extremely successful seasons, which included 23 wins a year, three straight National Tournament appearances, two conference titles, and two Coach of the Year awards. The BC mentor accepted a new position as head men's basketball coach and athletics director for Cincinnati Christian University.


Dr. Mike Henry, instructor of management and leadership, and Dr. Brian Williams, instructor of behavioral science, both won the school's 2009 Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Leadership Awards in June as the outstanding faculty members from the degree-completion program. Dr. Henry, who teaches on the main campus and throughout southwest Virginia, was recognized for his "charismatic, kind and compassionate" personality, while Dr. Williams, an instructor in Hampton, Virginia, was acknowledged for his "superior mastery of the subjects" and his "genuine care and concern for students."


Ann Looney, academic coordinator for degree-completion students, completed a professional development program in leadership this past summer with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. Following the multi-week program, she received recognition for "outstanding leadership skills, attributes, and participation in the program."


Dr. Marsha Mead, assistant professor of psychology, co-presented a poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association in Washington, DC, in July. The presentation, "Counselors' Use and Opinions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," earned the "Best Poster Presentation" award during the conference awards luncheon.


Mickey Pellillo, assistant professor of English, and Walter Shroyer, professor of art, were awarded a $10,000 grant in November 2009 by the Appalachian College Association to develop a course on "Hiking and Exploring the Appalachian Trail:  A Journey in Self-Discovery."


Shroyer also participated in an art show entitled "Clinch River Artisan Trail," at the Appalachian Arts Center in Richlands, Virginia, for five weeks in October and November. At the same time, he presented his work at the 30th Annual Roanoke (VA) City Art Show, sponsored by the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, the Roanoke Arts Commission, and the City of Roanoke and featuring artists from the Blue Ridge region. In addition, he was invited to be a featured artist at the Perspective Gallery Holiday Art Show at 2nd Floor Squires at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg during the months of November and December.


Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, associate professor of management and leadership and psychology, was promoted in August to associate vice president for degree completion programs (DCP) and director of the school's Richmond Degree Completion Center after three years of teaching and developing curricula, during which time he earned the Caudill Award as the outstanding faculty member from the DCP.


Dr. Wayne Massey, professor of English, used a sabbatical during the 2008-2009 academic year to write a textbook entitled "Understanding Grammar," which published in September. The book presents an accurate account of grammatical forms and offers readers an opportunity to come to a more realistic understanding of, and appreciation for, the English language. Copies are available for sale in the BC Bookstore.