Success Bell inSPIRES Richmond Students
Staffers for Bluefield College's inSPIRE degree completion program say a "success bell" placed in the Richmond Regional Office is a great example of 'out-of-the box' thinking that is motivating not only office workers, but also Richmond inSPIRE students.
May 8, 2012
"Whenever there is a success," said Dr. Larry Sinsabaugh, associate vice president for inSPIRE, "such as a new applicant or inquiry committing to being a student, or a person passing a CLEP or DSST test, or some other success, that person gets to ring the 'success bell.'"
The bell, he said, is motivational. In the middle of serious endeavors, it is "whimsical and uplifting, and it celebrates achievement."
Taking a CLEP or DSST test is usually an anxious situation for most test takers, said Dr. Kenneth Newman, former instructor of organizational management and development and now administrative assistant and test administrator for the Richmond Office. "Almost everyone gets some delight from ringing the bell when the exam is passed," he added. "And, when the bell sounds, everyone in the office stops work, albeit briefly, and applauds. The success bell has sent more people out of the office with a smile on their face than any other congratulatory response."
The success bell sounds when new programs get started, when an applicant says "yes, I will attend Bluefield College," when tests are passed, or whenever anyone successfully achieves a task.
"The Richmond Center is always looking for opportunities to celebrate success," said Dr. Sinsabaugh.