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Bluefield University Accepting Nominations for 5th Annual Dr. Donna Watson Goodness and Light Alumni Award

by | Sep 27, 2021

Bluefield, VA – Bluefield University is accepting nominations for the 5th Annual Dr. Donna Watson Goodness and Light Alumni Award, which will be presented as a part of Homecoming and Family Weekend on Friday, October 22, at 4 P.M. in Easley Library.

After bidding farewell to Dr. Donna Hardy Watson at the close of the 2016-2017 academic year, Bluefield University took steps to ensure that her legacy would remain by creating the Dr. Donna Watson Goodness and Light Alumni Award.

Created collaboratively by the School of Education and Social Science and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Goodness and Light Alumni Award is designed to recognize teacher education graduates who are “doing great things in our schools and classrooms.” The award is given annually to recognize an alumnus who embodies Dr. Watson’s mantra of spreading goodness and light in education.

“It’s indeed a privilege to be able to recognize the legacy of Dr. Watson by honoring a graduate from our teacher education program,” said Dr. Shellie Brown, Director of Teacher Education. “This award allows us to recognize members of our outstanding alumni base with an honor that best expresses our appreciation for their service to our schools and communities.”

Bluefield University alumni and friends are invited to attend to celebrate Dr. Watson’s contributions to Bluefield University and the presentation of the 5th annual Goodness and Light Alumni Award on Friday, October 22 at 4 P.M. in Easley Library.

You may nominate an outstanding Bluefield University alumni educator for the Goodness and Light award by submitting your nomination online by September 24 at

Rebecca Kasey, Director of Public Relations & Marketing

[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