Dear Bluefield Alumni and Friends:
Homecomings are great, whether gathering with family, church members or college friends. If you missed this fall’s Homecoming, you missed out on a grand gathering and celebration. There’s no better time to return to campus and visit with former classmates and friends than a fall Homecoming. We’re already planning for Homecoming 2014, and we hope you will do the same.
At Homecoming, we remembered the legendary performance of Pete Young, “Mr. Touchdown USA.” In 1933, Pete led the nation in scoring, as he amassed 128 points. His achievements on the field led Rudy Vallee to write the song “Hooray for Mr. Touchdown USA” honoring Pete. After receiving fame as a football player, Pete went on to become a Methodist minister. His children were in attendance at this year’s Homecoming football game and signed an agreement creating an endowed scholarship in their father’s memory to benefit future generations of football players who plan on going into full-time ministry after graduation. Read more about Pete Young and the scholarship in this issue of the magazine. This is a great legacy gift for a great purpose — ensuring educational funds for future students.
The start of this fall semester also got a boost from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for our superb general education core. We are one of just 22 liberal arts-oriented colleges and universities in the U.S. (out of 1,100) with an “A” rating from the ACTA, joining the ranks of Baylor University, the United States Air Force Academy, Pepperdine University and other prestigious schools. The rating is so impressive that only two colleges in Virginia, public or private, have received the honor. The recognition is great affirmation of the quality general education core our faculty has created for preparing our students with a broad foundation of education to help them think critically and communicate effectively as they embark on their vocational callings.
To round out highlights of the fall semester, work continues on the dental project, which is critical to our region. The new School of Dental Medicine will be uniquely positioned as not only an educational and clinical institution at The Bluestone, but also an active member of the community in elementary and secondary schools, community health centers, and other settings to affect positive changes to the oral health of the citizens of the region. We welcome to the BC family Dr. Frank Serio, the inaugural dean of the new school, about whom you will read more in the pages that follow.
As I have stated before, we have much for which to be thankful. Great things are happening! Bluefield College has been a meaningful part in the lives of many students, and with your engagement the college will be for generations to come. Consider yourself invited; come join us on the journey and be a part of the story!
Partnering with you in faithful service,
David W. Olive