Blue and Gold Blue and Gold Winter Edition 2020 - Page 4
When the “Bluefield Colored Institute” was
created by an act of the West Virginia
legislature in 1895, it also appropriated
money to buy land, construct a building, hire
a president, faculty and staff.
How much money? $8,000.
It was enough to buy four acres of land,
build Mahood Hall and hire Hamilton Hatter
as the first “administrator” and Miss Mary
Booze as his assistant. (As an African
American, Hatter was not allowed to be
The Institute would not see another dime of
state money for six years.
But through extraordinary leadership,
courage and just plain hard work, the school
got started. Its initial class was forty, 20 boys
and 20 girls.
Why am I bothering you with dusty old
Because 125 years later, you are the living
legacy to the tenacity and resilience that has
defined our college since its birth.
Robin Capehart, President
Chances are you may be the first in your
family to attend college.
The first to earn a diploma.
c o r n e r President Capehart will share news about
BLUE AND GOLD
The first to enter a career path that could
take you far from Bluefield and family.
If so, my guess is your tenacity and
resilience got tested many times along the
More than 90% of our students receive
financial aid; many receive aid packages that
pay for their entire tuition and related
Many of you already worked jobs and raised
families as well.
To get your Bluefield State degree you
needed, and received, assistance.
That, too, is part of our BSC DNA; hands up,
not hands out.
As you go forward with your life and career,
I’m asking you to be one of those Blues
extending a hand up to those who follow.
This anniversary year is our chance to look
back – and look forward.
Bluefield State is growing. With added
enrollment. With upgraded facilities. And,
soon, new dormitories.
Here’s your chance to help us take the next
steps towards our next anniversary.
If you know how important your BSC
experience was to you, then you’ll know how
important it is to those coming after you.
It doesn’t matter how much you give.
That you want to help is far more important.
Finally, I’d like to hear from you. Tell me
what being a Blue has meant to you.
Here’s my personal email address:
We’ve come a long, long way from 1895.
Let’s see how much farther we can go.
Bluefield State with you in each issue. You succeeded.
As important, he wants to hear from you.
Share a memory from your years here.
Tell him what you’re up to now. And forever you are part of the proud
family of “Blues” who now number more
But you didn’t do it alone.