Bluefield University in the News


by | Dec 20, 2010

Ninety Bluefield College seniors accepted diplomas during the school’s 19th Annual Winter Commencement, Saturday, December 18.

More than 500 friends and family filled BC’s Harman Chapel to celebrate with the graduates in a ceremony that featured not only the presentation of diplomas, but also the presentation of a Distinguished Faculty Award and remarks from John G. Rocovich, Jr., director and chairman of the Board of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).

Bluefield College President David Olive welcomed the capacity crowd to the traditional winter ceremony. Dr. Olive spoke about the school’s mission to integrate faith and learning. He challenged the seniors to live out their faith. His hope, he said, is that as they leave Bluefield College, they do so with a sense of calling.

“Our hope is that through your studies at Bluefield you have not only been prepared for a career or profession,” he said, “but also for a meaningful life — one grounded in faith and in service to others.”

Julie Johnson, BC’s chair of the Board of Trustees, offered similar greetings to the seniors. She spoke of the appropriateness of a graduation ceremony during the Christmas season, “a season of anticipation and hope, much like the time of graduation.” She also encouraged the graduates to “stay involved with your alma mater.”

The Winter Commencement program also included the presentation of the school’s Wampler-Caudill Distinguished Faculty Award to the “most influential instructor in the inSPIRE degree-completion program.”

Dr. Ross Duncan, an adjunct instructor of management, won the winter 2010 award for his “classroom excellence” and “Christian character.”

“He is a student advocate,” said Dr. Olive. “He has been a longtime, energetic supporter of our inSPIRE program.”

Rocovich, who was instrumental in the development and financing of VCOM in Blacksburg, Virginia, provided the Commencement address. An attorney by trade, he challenged the graduates to continue learning.

“As a college graduate, you are among the most educated people in the world,” Rocovich said, “but if you’re learning ends today, then your minds will grow dull. Be intellectually curious. Set goals to learn something new every day.”

Rocovich also encouraged the seniors to “find something you like to do so well that you would do it for nothing.” Above all, he said, work not to leave your own footprint on life, but work for an even greater cause.

“Only one life will soon be past,” said Rocovich, “and only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Alumni President Dan Agee formally inducted the winter class of 2010 into the BC Alumni Association. In his traditional charge to the graduates, he spoke of the “common thread called Bluefield College” that now binds the new graduates with those from years past.

President Olive, Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Shippey, Faculty President Robert Boozer, and Registrar Cathy Matherly conferred the 90 degrees. Candidates for graduation for winter 2010 included:

Preston Benjamin King, Elkview, West Virginia

Felicia D. Marmo, Manahawkin, New Jersey

Charles Matthew Snodgrass, Emory, Virginia

Hannah Elizabeth Brooks, Bristol, Virginia

Travis Dale Brown, Wirtz, Virginia

Kendra Heimerich, Hopewell, Virginia

Emma E. Mahon, Woodbridge, Virginia

BreAnna MyShoun Keesee McGhee, Atkins, Virginia

Jeremiah McMillian, Roanoke, Virginia

Michelle Lynn Neel, Tazewell, Virginia

Misty Lynn Neel, Radford, Virginia

Lauren Elizabeth Moore, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Courtney Lee Robertson, Dry Fork, Virginia

Brittany Ellen Sebring, Chesapeake, Virginia

Amanda Marie Warren, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Alyssa Erin Weddle, Laurel Fork, Virginia

Jamie Welch Akers, Dublin, Virginia

Chadwick W. Amburgey, Courtland, Virginia

Amy Beth Johnson Anders, Bland, Virginia

Jennifer Marie Baldwin, Crewe, Virginia

David M. Beckner, Midlothian, Virginia

Karla A. Benson, Spotsylvania, Virginia

Michael Berry, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Kimberly D. Bramlett, Christiansburg, Virginia

Christopher L. Branch, Tazewell, Virginia

Janie Marie Brock, Richmond, Virginia

Erin Ashworth Brown, Richlands, Virginia

Kecia LaShaun Brown, Baltimore, Maryland

Ralph Brown, Sr., Charlottesville, Virginia

Richard Wayne Burton, Fairlawn, Virginia

Carmella Thomas Carter, Radford City, Virginia

John S. Carter, Richmond, Virginia

Richard Allen Childers, Mechanicsville, Virginia

LaToya Ann Cook, Lawrenceville, Virginia

Martha Spencer Cox, Christiansburg, Virginia

Randy L. Dailey, Richmond, Virginia

Stacy Wietfeldt Dallas, Danville, Virginia

Gilbert Frazier Davis, Dublin, Virginia

Susan Chaffins Davis, Tazewell, Virginia

Sunni V. Dunford, Pulaski, Virginia

Rachel Durst Baldwin, Richmond, Virginia

Michelle T. Eubank, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Myrtle E. Evans, Prince Edward, Virginia

Bryan Pratt Frazier, Peterstown, West Virginia

James E. Frazier, Hiwassee, Virginia

Tina L. Harding, Chesterfield, Virginia

Marcy A. Hernandez, Roanoke, Virginia

Cheri L. Hess, North Tazewell, Virginia

Megan Lee Hess, Bellspring, Virginia

Melissa Renea Hodge, Salem, Virginia

Nancy Stacy Hodges, Bluefield, Virginia

Paul W. Holland, Richmond, Virginia

Pauline Frances Horton, Hillsville, Virginia

Corlette Jacinta James, Richmond, Virginia

Kevin Douglas Jones, Stephens City, Virginia

MaShonda D. Kennerson, Lawrenceville, Virginia

Jeremy Lavin, Charlottesville, Virginia

Deborah Karen Linkous, Bluefield, West Virginia

Kawanda Tamika Manning, Richmond, Virginia

Della Marsh, Fluvanna, Virginia

Tracey Denise Mason, Matoaca, Virginia

Kimberly L. Matthews, Radford, Virginia

Jolanda E. Mungo, Zuni, Virginia

Tara Dawn Havens Nelson, Woodstock, Virginia

Terresa F. Odum, Fincastle, Virginia

Jeffrey Robert Orth, Richmond, Virginia

Rosalind Parker, Portsmouth, Virginia

Susan Parker Pedigo, Dublin, Virginia

Bill Perry, Jr., Grundy, Virginia

Delia G. Porter, Galax, Virginia

Debbie Quach, Richmond, Virginia

Helene A. Quick, Chesapeake, Virginia

Lawrence H. Reinhold, Portsmouth, Virginia

Jackie I. Rivens, Wytheville, Virginia

Janet L. Robertson, Richmond, Virginia

Kathy Lanette Rodgers, Brooklyn, New York

Joyce Ann Sanders, Midlothian, Virginia

Spencer Travis Scroggins, Chesapeake, Virginia

Debora Denise Shaw, Richmond, Virginia

Edward Scott Shepperson, Henrico, Virginia

Donna Spangler, Floyd, Virginia

Amy J. Stiltner, Crab Orchard, Virginia

Rebecca L. Stout, Martinsville, Virginia

JoAnna ReNee Thomas, Lawrenceville, Virginia

Matthew Alexander Thomas, Richlands, Virginia

Bill Jake Turner, Jr., Tazewell, Virginia

Brenda Hill Watson, Christiansburg, Virginia

Debbie L. Whorley, Roanoke, Virginia

Janet Mabry Williams, Pulaski, Virginia

Marjorie Williams, Dundas, Virginia.

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