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(cont’d Class of 2016) Laura Settles (B.S., Applied Science). “I’m in my fourth year of dental school at WVU, graduating in May!” James Tate (B.S., Psychology). US Army Engineer. Section Officer in Charge of Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Assistance Support Element (CASE). Arron Umberger (B.A., Social Sciences). Masters, Ed. S.,Radford University. School psychologist, Wayne County (NC) Public Schools. “Might go for the Ph.D. one day, but I’m tired of research for now.” 2015 Samantha Dillow (B.A., Regents Bachelor of Arts). Masters, Education Counseling, Lindsey Wilson College. Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor at Cumberland Mountain Service Board. Giby Dotson (B.S., Health Services Management). “I work as a Public Benefits Advocate for Patient Matters contracted through WVU Medicine Hospitals. The Health Services Management program is great for anyone wanting to go into the business side of the healthcare field.” Mark Gillenwater (B.S., Electrical Engineering). Electrical Engineer, Coperion Corp. Katherine Hahn (A.S., Nursing). “I’m an RN at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery on their medical/surgi- cal floor.” Ariel Hodges (B.A., Social Sciences). MSW, Concord University, 2019. Harry Seams (B.S., Criminal Justice Administration). Security officer at Allied Universal. 28 BLUE AND GOLD 2014 Matthew Curry (B.A., Social Sciences). Owner, Princeton Appraisals and Estate Sales. “I’m now studying for my M.B.A. in Healthcare Management with the goal of starting a home care agency in Virginia and North Carolina.” Jennifer Hill Kiblinger (B.A., Regents Bachelor of Arts). “I am at Lifeline Addictions Specialists employed as a substance abuse counselor. I was accepted by Liberty University for their doctorate program.” 2013 Samantha Black (B.S., Elementary Education). Cole Chevrolet Teacher of the Year. Read more here. Christopher Compton (B.A., Social Sciences). “Counselor at Southern Highlands crisis unit for now. Graduate school is pending.” Alex Ledgerwood (B.A., Humanities). “I completed my MA in Literature and working on my Ph.D. I joined the faculty at Pensacola State College in Florida in 2018.” 2011 Suleyman Njie (B.A., Social Sciences). Ph.D, Virginia Tech. “I have been at the United States Government Accountability Office for a year and a half. I have spent most of that time…investigating the nexus between the Small Business Administration and Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Our team of researchers and analysts published a preliminary report and testified on the Hill. Last November we published the report. As a result, Congress is expected to draft legislation to make sure our recommendations are enacted across all federal agencies.” 2008 Sarah Spencer (nee Wikle) (A.D, B.S., Nursing). MSN, Marshall University. Family Nurse Practitioner. Author, “Vibrational Alignment” (Balboa Press, 2020). See related article here. 2000 Blake Percival (B.A., Regents Bachelor of Arts). West Virginia Police Academy, 1994. Montgomery (AL) Police Academy, 1998. Licensed investigator, Minnesota Board of Private Detective and Protective Agent Services, 2008. Magistrate, Alabama Judicial College, 2013. Author, “Holding On To Integrity And Paying The Price – A Whistleblower’s Story.” (Published 2020.) See related article here. 1990 Jeff Mullins (B.S., Business Administration). Inducted into the Cole Business School Hall of Fame. Read more here. Julie Orr (B.S., Nursing). M.S.N. Family Nursing Practioner, Marshall University. 30-year Bluefield State faculty member. Presented to West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine: “Nurse-Physician Relationships: Are We Still Playing The Game?” 1984 Rennie Wilson (B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering). MBA, Old Dominion University, 1994. Director Mechanical Field Operations, Norfolk Southern Corp. 1977 Loressa Cole (A. S., Nursing). B.S., Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University. M.B.A., Averett University. D., Ed., Nursing Practice, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Cole was named Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” She is CEO of ANA Enterprise. See related article here. 1974 Glen “Steve” Bourne (A.S., Mining Engineering Tech; B.S., Business Administration). MS, Radford University. Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Inducted into the Cole Business School Hall of Fame. Read more here. 1938 Irma Blake Thompson (B.S., Education). Passed away at her home in Buena Vista, VA. Read more here. If you have some news you want to share, simply email to: alumniaffairs@bluefieldstate.edu. Want to be a Class Reporter? If you’d like to help out, send an email to Dr. Deirdre Guyton, Director of Alumni Affairs at dguyton@bluefieldstate.edu. We’ll ask your classmates to send their notes to you. Then pass them along to us for publication. It’s a great way to stay in touch and on top of all the great things Big Blues are doing around the country. WINTER 2020 29