Blue and Gold - Fall 2021 | Winter 2022 Volume 2 - Issue 2 - Page 11

Renaissance !

The Rebirth of a Residential Campus

By July 1st the anticipation was palpable . At the end of the month , something would happen that hadn ’ t happened at Bluefield State in more than a half century : the arrival of students to live on campus .
These students , more than 80 of them , were special and also something the College hadn ’ t seen in more than forty years : football players .
At the end of the month , something would happen that hadn ’ t happened at Bluefield State in more than a half century : the arrival of students to live on campus .
In 2019 President Robin Capehart announced that Bluefield State would again become a vibrant residential campus .
He then announced a year later that returning football would be part of an audacious expansion of the athletics program .
One of those would have been a monumental undertaking for a small college . Two was unheard of .
Then , between those two announcements and July 29th -- Move-In Day -- the world changed . Not just the Big Blue world , the whole world .
The COVID pandemic changed plans , caused delays , threatened Bluefield State ’ s ability to stay open and keep students on track toward much-needed degrees .
It compounded relentlessly all the details needed to transform a sleepy commuter school back to a vibrant campus .
Through it all a dedicated team of administrators worked tirelessly to make the arrival and welcome of students and parents go seamlessly . There were countless meetings covering everything from converting a hospital to a dormitory to COVID protocols .
On the pages that follow , you will see how this transformation unfolded .
The COVID pandemic changed plans , caused delays , threatened Bluefield State ’ s ability to stay open , keep students on track toward much-needed degrees .
From the first students to the first football game to the first Week of Homecoming , you will see something special – a campus , an HBCU campus , returning to life .
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