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Bluefield College Presents Distinguished Faculty, Staff Awards

Bluefield College honored its employees during a year-end awards ceremony, Wednesday, May 7.

July 1, 2008

     Bluefield College honored its employees during a year-end awards ceremony, Wednesday, May 7, which featured the presentation of the school's 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award, tendered to Professor Bryant Moxley, and the 2008 Distinguished Staff Award, given to Associate Vice President Ruth Blankenship.     

Moxley, assistant professor and head of the Department of Music, was recognized as the Distinguished Faculty Award winner for his "outstanding leadership," "commitment to excellence," and "creative approach to (his) work." He also was acknowledged for the meaningful ways in which he builds relationships with students, churches and the community.     

"He inspires his students ever to improve," said Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Gomez, who presented the award to Moxley. "He motivates them to give their best for God's glory. Their work under his direction has brought them unforeseen opportunities and has given us a glimpse of what Bluefield College can become."     

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Moxley played a pivotal role in the creation of BC's month-long Holocaust Symposium, which showed, Dr. Gomez said, that "Bluefield College can achieve greater academic heights than ever believed." As president of the faculty, he also was recognized for his "wisdom" and "diplomacy."     

"He has earned our trust and respect," Dr. Gomez said about Moxley's leadership as faculty president. "His willingness to search for solutions has enabled us to listen and to be heard. He helps us make music in so many ways."     

Blankenship, the Distinguished Staff Award winner, was acknowledged for her "strong Christian character" and activity within the campus community and community at-large. Described as "having a real heart for Bluefield College," she was noted for "working long hours," "attending countless meetings," and "forming connections wherever she goes."     

"She always has the college at the forefront of her thoughts" said BC President David Olive in presenting the award to Blankenship. "She is passionate in her endeavors on our behalf."     

During the 2007-2008 year, Blankenship was a driving force behind the formation of a partnership between Bluefield College and the Town of Bluefield, Virginia, to develop plans and to pursue fundraising for a new Campus and Community Center.     

"Her activities on behalf of Bluefield College benefit not only the college," Dr. Olive said, "but all people in southwest Virginia.     

Both the Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Staff Award winners were nominated and selected by their peers.     

BC's year-end honors program also included the presentation of annual employee service awards, including a 25-year Service Award to business professor Hugh Cole, whose tenure has included more than 12 years as chair of the Division of Business, a faculty advisor to Phi Beta Lambda, and roles as chair and secretary on a variety of committees.     

Dr. Wayne Massey, professor of English, received a 20-year Service Award. His tenure with BC has included many years as director of International Programs.     

Cathy Matherly, the college registrar, earned a 15-year Service Award, while 10-year Service Awards were presented to Dr. Dusty Anderson, professor of information technology; Emily Mann, accounts receivables analyst; and Dr. Kelly Walls, assistant professor of criminal justice.     

Five-years Service Awards went to Annie Blair, assistant vice president for operations; Pam Branch, director of special programs; Jessica McDaniel, director of student activities; Dr. Michelle Newton-Francis, assistant professor of criminal justice; Dr. Scott Shauf, assistant professor of Bible and Greek; Dr. Tracey Stout, assistant professor of Christian studies; and Karen Thurmer, director of human resources.     

"This is a time to celebrate the accomplishments that we have achieved collectively throughout the year," Dr. Olive told faculty and staff about the year-end awards program. "I hope you feel as much ownership for our accomplishments as I do, because without you we would not be where we are today."

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