Bluefield University in the News


by | Dec 14, 2011

A host of Bluefield College faculty and staff recently earned a variety of professional development distinctions.

Dr. Cindy Bascom, associate professor of communication, earned BC’s 2011 Wampler Caudill Distinguished Faculty Award for her “classroom excellence,” “Christian character,” and “professional, community and church involvement.”

Dr. Scott Bryan, professor of exercise and sport science, earned his 25-year Service Award from BC at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Debbie Checchio was recently named director of financial aid. She served in the same position years ago before taking a position at Virginia Tech as a higher education policy and planning specialist.

Dr. Gerardo Cummings, associate professor of languages and director of Global Education, received an Appalachian College Association Mellon Foundation Grant to attend a Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.

Pete Dryer, head coach for men’s soccer, was promoted to athletics director. Dryer came to BC in 2010 to coach men’s soccer. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to serve as acting director of athletics, before becoming the permanent AD.

Amy Ellison, controller, graduated from the College Business Management Institute (CBMI), a continuing education program designed to provide higher education business officers an extensive study of current issues and procedures in business and financial management.

Sandra Elswick, assistant professor of mathematics, earned her 30-year Service Awards from BC at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Mark Hipes, interim director of admissions, was promoted to permanent director of admissions. Hipes also won BC’s 2011 Distinguished Staff Award for his “enthusiasm,” “wonderful leadership qualities,” and “passion for helping others.”

Amanda Jordan, admissions counselor, was promoted to director of institutional effectiveness. She spent two years recruiting traditional students before moving to institutional effectiveness.

Chip Lambert, an information technology application developer, was elected to serve on the Jenzabar EX Advisory Board (EAB). Only nine individuals from 300 Jenzabar-participating colleges are selected for the EAB. Jenzabar is an administrative database software, and as an advisor Lambert will assist the company in developing new initiatives to improve the software and the user experience.

Werner Lind’s short story “Laura’s Choice” was published by 10 Cities Project, an online ministry showcasing Christian contributions to the creative arts. Lind, an assistant professor and assistant director of Easley Library, also published a short story, titled “The Gift,” earlier this year with Trestle Press, a novel, titled Lifeblood, in 2004 with Silver Lake Publishing, along with two short stories and a number of articles and reviews in prominent periodicals over the past several years.

Dr. Rob Merritt, professor of English and faculty advisor for BC’s Honor Society, was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council.

Bryant Moxley, associate professor of music, appeared at New York’s celebrated Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Moxley led BC’s select voice ensemble, Variations, in a choral concert, which featured elite groups from the United States that were invited to perform for the event.

President David Olive was appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to the Tourist Train Development Authority. He also was elected to the board of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU). Dr. Olive also serves on the boards for the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, the Virginia College Fund, the Appalachian College Association, and the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Amanda Parks, administrative assistant for academic affairs, was promoted to assistant registrar and assessment counselor and then to registrar. Parks has been a member of the BC staff for seven years in a variety of capacities of administration.

Annette Tabor, director of major gifts, was promoted to associate vice president for institutional advancement. Tabor has worked on staff at the college since 2002.

Clay Wagner, a member of BC’s maintenance staff, earned his 30-year Service Award from the college at the close of the 2010-2011 academic year.

Laura Wamsley, assistant athletic trainer, was promoted to head athletic trainer. In her new role, she will oversee a staff of trainers who counsel student-athletes in areas of conditioning, fitness, nutrition, regeneration, and injury prevention, evaluation and treatment. Wamsley worked as BC’s assistant athletic trainer for two years.

Michele White was promoted from accounting associate to student accounts coordinator for the Business Office.

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