President's Convocation - 2010 By Lydia Freeman | September 10, 2010 | RSS This year, at Bluefield College's annual President's Convocation, new students were welcomed, new staff introduced, and the campus was challenged to work towards their goals. President David Olive spoke, welcoming the class of 2014 and encouraging them to learn from the experiences they would have at Bluefield College. “This is a time where each one of you can expand knowledge and deepen the academic journey,” Olive said. “Challenges and difficulties will come, but I urge you to take these opportunities to grow. Seek the vibrancy of the moment; seek opportunities for growth and new life.” Julie Johnson, the chair of the board of trustees, followed Olive with a list of exciting opportunities that continue to unfold at BC. She also urged the students to make the most of their four years at the school. Johnson reminded the student body that God would provide each of them with opportunities. She referenced Isaiah 40, and used the passage to remind the student body that placing their hope in God would allow them to soar. “We may be rams, but let us take time to soar like eagles,” Johnson said. Dr. Robert Shippey, vice president for academic affairs and enrollment manager, invited all students to come by Academic Affairs. Shippey also encouraged students to stay dedicated to their studies and regularly attend classes. “Studies have shown that grades are affected by the amount of classes you attend,” said Shippey. “It important that each of you covenant with me to go to class.” Shippey also asked the students to make an effort to make sure at least one of their professors knew them by name Dr. Donna Watson presented the convocation address. The title of her message was “Begin At the End,” and she mixed humor with scripture to deliver her point. The scripture was from Philippians 3, where Paul, the author, talks about striving for the goal that God has called him too. Watson used this to remind the students that while school can be difficult, it will be easier to reach the goal if they are focused on where they hope to end up. “No one ever practices to practice,” Watson said. “No athlete says 'I'm going to practice so I can be the best practicer!' Instead they practice so they can have the best team possible.” Sara Beamer, the vice president for finance and administration, introduced BC's four new faculty members: Dr. Gerado Cummings, professor of Spanish and director of global education, Dr. Emily Lambert, assistant professor of Biology, Dr. Charles Priest, instructor of instrumental music, and Dr. Jason St. Pierre, assistant professor of Biology. Beamer expressed excitement and gratitude at having them as a part of the BC faculty. Emily Sears, the student government association president, was introduced and told the students about SGA. Sears said the SGA was a clean slate and called for students in every class to become part of student government. The ceremony ended with Shippey leading the student body, faculty, staff and trustees in a commitment to the campus community and academic excellence.