Bluefield University in the News


by | Oct 18, 2016

Bluefield College will honor five of its distinguished graduates during an Alumni Awards Dinner, Saturday, October 22.

As part of Homecoming 2016, the traditional Alumni Awards Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the campus quad and will feature a dance following the awards ceremony.



Among the graduates to be honored: Rev. Jack Marcom (’62) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who will be inducted into the Distinguished Hall of Graduates; Sheriff Brian Hieatt (’99) of Tazewell, Virginia, who will be named Alumnus of the Year; Justin Hamm (’01) of Bluefield, West Virginia, who will receive a Distinguished Young Alumnus award; Rev. Rod Hale (’60) of Richmond, Virginia, who will receive the Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award; and Fred Phillips (’88) of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, who will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.



Rev. Marcom is a retired minister who served more than 40 years as a pastor and 30 years as a military chaplain. He now serves as a chaplain for the THEOS ministry at Fredericksburg Baptist Church and is a member of the Bluefield College Board of Trustees and the school’s campaign planning committee. The winner of BC’s Primitivo Delgado Christian Service Award in 2007, Rev. Marcom has shown guidance and governance for the college with originality and moral strength of character, and has spent countless hours working tirelessly to further the mission of Bluefield College.



Hieatt is the Sheriff of Tazewell County in Virginia. He holds many statewide honors and was one of 45 members of a statewide taskforce appointed by the governor of Virginia on School and Campus Safety. In addition, Hieatt has served as a school resource officer and an officer for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE).



Hamm is currently the president of Belt Tech, Inc. and HP Auto, LLC in Bluefield. He was featured in The State Journal’s 2016 class of “Generation Next: 40 Under 40,” a program designed to “highlight the incredible things professionals under age 40 are doing throughout the state of West Virginia.” Hamm is also dedicated to serving the community in which he lives. He is a member of various city and civic committees to help identify and find solutions for local problems. He also serves on Bluefield’s Planning Commission and is a director with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce.



Rev. Hale retired after serving 30 years with the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) in Richmond. Prior to his service with the BGAV, he was a minister of music and youth at Cosby Memorial Church in Richmond, pastor of College Hill Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a deacon at Huguenot Road Church in Richmond. Rev. Hale received the Virginia Distinguished Christian Educator Award in 1996 and is listed in Outstanding Young Men in America and Who’s Who in Religion.



Phillips played on four Bluefield College men’s basketball teams that played in the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) National Tournament and compiled a 105-47 win-loss record from 1983 to 1987. He was also a member of the NLCAA All-American team in 1988, which allowed him to play competitively in Russia, Norway and Sweden. His love for sports and basketball has continued after BC as he has been the recreation director for the Town of Richlands, Virginia, head coach for girls’ basketball at Richlands High School, and now head coach for boys’ basketball at Richlands.



Supporters interested in attending the Alumni Awards Dinner should visit to register or for more information, or contact the BC Alumni Office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4208.

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