Bluefield University in the News

FREEMAN WINS REGIONAL HONORS AWARD

by | May 17, 2011

Bluefield College junior Lydia Freeman recently represented BC at the 2011 Virginias Collegiate Honors Council Conference, where she was one of just five honor students from across Virginia and West Virginia to earn a Best Individual Presentation Award.

Established more than 20 years ago, the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) combines universities, colleges and community colleges throughout Virginia and West Virginia to support and enhance programs and activities to meet the needs of exceptionally talented and motivated students.

Hosted by Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, the VCHC Conference is designed to provide a forum for the honor students to share information, offer presentations, and compete for awards.

Freeman, who majors in both English and communications at Bluefield College, competed in an oral presentation session against honor students from across the two Virginias, including scholars from large state universities, like George Mason and Marymount.

“I was really nervous until I got there,” said Freeman. “I realized these people are pretty smart, but I felt confident. I was nervous because my subject matter was so different from everyone else’s. I was scared because it wasn’t conventional.”

Freeman’s award-winning presentation, “The Nature of the Soul,” was an exposition on creative non-fiction, “a very different genre that most people don’t even have a clue about,” said Freeman.

“What creative non-fiction does is it takes first person essays you write in freshman composition, but it adds a deeper level to them,” she said about her presentation. “You might write a story about going to Disney World, but really you’re talking about God. You pay very close attention to the language, so it’s almost poetic.”

Freeman presented her entire essay by memory, which she said added to the quality of her exposition. She also said the memorization helped her answer questions from the judges panel, “because I knew every sentence that was in my paper.”

“I wrote something that matters, and all I want to do with my life is be a writer,” said Freeman. “It was really cool to get recognition for something that I had written. It was original work. It wasn’t like I did well on a research paper and got an A, but I wrote something that mattered to people and that was very rewarding.”

A native of Bristol, Virginia, Freeman is editor of BC’s student newspaper, a blogger for the college’s website, a work study for Admissions, a tutor for the Writing Center, and a member of the Student Union Board and Honor Code Committee. She is also the recipient of the college’s 2011 Communications Award and the 2011 Colley Rampage Award. In addition, she is a creative media intern and a freelance writer for a local newspaper.

“Bluefield College students are just as competitive and intellectually responsible as any student from any college competing at these conferences,” said Dr. Rob Merritt, director of the Honors Program at BC. “Lydia is a prime example of this fact.”

During the VCHC Conference, Dr. Merritt also was honored. He was elected to serve on the VCHC Executive Committee, representing four-year private colleges.

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