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Fifty-six runners and walkers took part in BC’s Eighth Annual Jason Elswick Memorial Scholarship 5K Challenge, September 19, with Josh Wolfe of Pearisburg, Virginia, earning the overall best time of the day at 20:19. Sponsored by David and Pam Elswick of Tazewell, Virginia, the event is designed to pay tribute to their son, Jason, who died in a car accident in October 2005 while a student at BC. The 5K also generates funds for the Elswick Scholarship, which provides assistance to students seeking a degree in math education just like Jason. Read more at bluefield.edu/elswick15 .

Bluefield College has been ranked among the Top Tier Colleges in the South in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges: 2016.” Only 74 colleges in the South region made U.S. News’ Top Tier list. Bluefield ranked 49th among the Top Tier schools out of nearly 100 evaluated from 12 Southern states based on its strong scores in the areas of small class sizes, graduation rates, financial aid packages, and limited debt of graduates. Read more at bluefield.edu/usnews .

Four Chinese students spent part of the fall 2015 semester at Bluefield College to learn more about the American way of life while sharing their knowledge of the people, culture, history and language of the People’s Republic with BC students. Their visit was part of the college’s ongoing academic and cultural exchange with Jiangsu Second Normal University in Nanjing, China, that brings Chinese students to BC every fall and sends Bluefield students to China each spring. Read more at bluefield.edu/chinafall15 .

Harman Chapel’s auditorium has a brand new look, thanks to the completion of a quarter-million-dollar renovation project on the facility this past fall, which included the installation of new flooring, new seating, a new high definition video system, new stage lighting, automation software, and a concert level audio system. The project also included a fresh coat of interior paint. Read more details and view more photos at bluefield.edu/newharman .


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