Bluefield University in the News


by | Apr 7, 2019

Bluefield College welcomes the community to visit the annual Appalachian Festival on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the quad area of the campus.

Bluefield College welcomes the community to visit the annual Appalachian Festival on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the quad area of the campus. This festival celebrates the history, people, music, food and traditions of Appalachia and the culture and influence of coal.

The college’s “Celebration of Appalachia” started in the fall of 2011 as a series of lectures, concerts, exhibits, discussions, movies, theatre, tours, festivals, and other educational and entertaining events that were designed to honor the Appalachian heritage. The Appalachian Festival was added in the spring of 2012 to further celebrate the history, culture, people, and traditions of Appalachia with live music, arts, crafts, cuisine, literature, and discourse.

The marquee event, the Appalachian Festival on April 13, features local musicians, including bagpiper Gavin Scott of the Virginia State Police Honor Guard, The Butcher Family Band, Paul Catron, Lanny Lindamood, Ron and Rory Mullennex, Steve Kruger, and the Bland County Old Time String Band, among others. The schedule of musicians is as follows:

10:00 – Opening, Piper

10-10:30 Bland Co. Old Time String Band

10:30-11 Jim Lloyd

11-11:30 Casey Lewis

11:30-12 Butcher Family

12-12:45 DANCE- Steve Kruger, Rory Mullennex

12:45-1:15 Kay Justice

1:15-1:45 Paul Catron, Lanny Lindamood

1:45-2:15 Kay Justice

2:15-2:45 Steve Kruger, Rory Mullennex

2:45-3:15 Ron Mullennex

3:15-4 DANCE – Steve Kruger, Rory Mullennex, Ron Mullennex

4:00–Bagpipe closing – Senior Trooper Gavin Scott

The festival features artists, crafters, woodcarvers, cooks, storytellers, authors and dozens of vendors and talents.The Appalachian Festival also includes the announcement of the winners of the Fifth Annual Nora Lockett Memorial Appalachian Writing Contest.

Other events as part of the Celebration of Appalachia include the art show of Lois Stephens who is a local artist who focuses on painting the harmony found in her home, Southwest Virginia and is the latest artist featured in the first-floor Lansdell art gallery until April 12.

“It’s important to have events like this at Bluefield College because it strengthens our connection with the community,” said the festival director Charles Reese. “It’s a chance for us to say, ‘come to our campus, celebrate who we are.’ I think it is important to celebrate Appalachia because it is who we are as an area. It’s our roots.”

The Appalachian Festival on April 13 is free and open to the public except for purchases from vendors.

Bluefield University

[email protected]276.326.4212

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor

Our team is here for you! How can we help?

This form requires credentials in order to request information.