Bluefield University in the News


by | Dec 17, 2010

What do skiing, snowboarding, tubing, rock-climbing, dodgeball, concerts, worship, and life on a college campus all have in common?

They’re all a part of Bluefield College’s Winter Blast, a two-day ski adventure worship weekend, January 15-16, on the beautiful BC campus and the exciting slopes of nearby Winterplace Ski Resort.

Outdoor enthusiasts, church youth groups, Christian music fans, prospective college students, and all other Bluefield College friends are invited to participate in the winter youth event that will feature Generation Next evangelist David Nasser, worship leader Andy Kirk, and the Christian rock band Fireflight.

Winter Blast will begin Saturday, January 15 with check-in at 4 p.m. on the Bluefield College campus, followed by a worship session with Kirk and Nasser at 7 p.m. Day one will conclude with a pizza party, inflatable games, and a dodgeball tournament.

Following breakfast on Sunday, January 16, participants will head to the slopes at nearby Winterplace Ski Resort for a Ski Celebration at 8:45 a.m. With 28 trails on more than 90 acres of skiable terrain, Winterplace will serve as the off-campus setting for BC’s Winter Blast. Winterplace has nine lifts, a top elevation of 3,600 feet, and a long run of more than a mile, not to mention the fact that it has the largest snowtubing park in the state of West Virginia.

After a long day on the slopes, Winter Blast guests will return to the BC campus for dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by another worship session at 7:30 p.m. with Kirk and award-winning Fireflight.

Fireflight’s debut album, “The Healing of Harms,” scored two number one singles in 2006. In 2008, the band’s sophomore release, “Unbreakable,” debuted at number 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and featured a lead single that NBC television used for prime time TV promos. In fact, three “Unbreakable” singles eventually earned number one spots on the music charts.

Since then, Fireflight has performed for ESPN’s “Winter X Games 13” and E! Entertainment’s “Style Network.” The group’s performance for Bluefield College’s Winter Blast is part of a tour to promote its third CD project, “For Those Who Wait.”

Kirk is a worship artist from Nashville, Tennessee, who travels the country leading worship services in churches, camps, and conventions. He recorded his first independent worship project at age 18 with the Jeff Deyo (formerly of Sonicflood) Band before signing a publishing deal with Brentwood Benson to not only record, but write songs with many of the most prolific songwriters in Christian music today. His much anticipated Benson debut release, “Wake Up My Soul” hit stores and radio across the nation in the spring of 2010. Kirk is also worship leader for the second-largest and most innovative church in America,

Nasser, whose ministry reaches out to the high-tech, attention-lacking culture of Generation Next, is part speaker, author, visionary, and all minister. With a passion to connect people to the living God, Nasser uses relevant methods to communicate the life-changing messages of the gospel to more than 700,000 people annually.

As one of the nation’s forefront speakers and visionaries, Nasser is also the founder of DNO Ministry, a rapidly growing mentoring and consulting organization that works extensively with Youth Specialties, Student Life, Acquire the Fire, and many other Christian ministries.

Depending on the level of the Winter Blast package preferred, fees for the weekend range from $100 (which includes concerts, meals, games and hotel) to $200 (which includes all activities and accommodations) per person. To register or for more information, visit or e-mail [email protected].

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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.

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