City hails Bluefield State’s college status | New

BLUEFIELD — Members of the Bluefield City Council will present an official proclamation today welcoming Bluefield State’s transition from college to university status.

The presentation, which takes place at noon during the regular council meeting, is part of the week-long academic celebration, which will culminate Thursday evening at midnight when the college officially becomes a university on July 1.

Fireworks and a midnight breakfast will crown the week’s events.

On Wednesday, an Alumni Luncheon will be held at 12 noon in Downtown David at the Bluefield Arts Center at 12 noon.

“This is truly an opportunity for all of our alumni to come together and talk about the future of Bluefield State and the important role our alumni can play,” said Bluefield State President Robin Capehart.

Thursday is the big night of college celebration at the Medical Education Center, located on the old Bluefield Regional Medical Center campus, which is bustling with activity starting at 6:30 p.m.

Food trucks, midway games and hourly raffles are part of the festivities.

Music will also be provided with the Allen Smith Band playing from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Liquid Pleasure will host from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

The nation’s number one Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band will be on stage from 10:15 p.m. to midnight.

A fireworks display will be followed by a free breakfast at midnight.

Capehart said everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in the June 30 celebration.

“It’s for this whole region,” he said. “This is for anyone who loves and has a passion for Bluefield State.”

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved the designation of university status for Bluefield State on May 19, paving the way for the July 1 transition.

Bluefield State College’s board of trustees embarked on the quest for university designation three and a half years ago. Since then, Bluefield State has met all the necessary requirements to become a university, including offering a graduate program and meeting an accredited faculty standard.

Bluefield State Board of Governors Chairman Reverend Garry Moore said when the board recently approved the July 1 observance that the new status not only benefits the college, but also the community.

“It’s a great day in the life of Bluefield State University,” he said. “We are not only moving from our mission statement, but from our vision statement.”

Growth is part of that vision, he said, and “we want to keep growing, we want to keep reaching.”

Moore said no one should ever be settled and content with where they are or they will “never grow” or grow only in spurts.

“Our product is quality education,” he said, “and as long as we produce that, people will be breaking down walls trying to get here.”

Achieving college status was one of Capehart’s goals when he took the reins of Bluefield State in January 2019 as interim president, and he was named president in September 2019.

— Contact Charles Boothe at [email protected]

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