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Bluefield College

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Bluefield College

3000 College Drive

Bluefield, VA 24605




Dedicated to being Virginia’s premier Christ-centered liberal arts college, preparing critical thinkers and transformational leaders to impact a changing world, Bluefield College offers a challenging, innovative academic and co-curricular experience within a climate of diverse Christian tradition.


In covenant with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the college is committed to developing students’ potential through academic excellence and the integration of faith, the liberal arts, career-oriented programs, and service to God and the global community.


Located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer baccalaureate degrees in 26 majors of study, including business, forensic science, graphic communication, criminal justice, teacher education and Christian studies, Bluefield College is noted for its classroom technology, affordability, personalized instruction, and learning settings on the mission field and in countries abroad.




South-Western Virginia, about 100 miles from Roanoke





Other interesting tidbits:

 The city of Bluefield bills itself as "America's Air-conditioned City."  They back up their boast by serving free lemonade anytime the temperature reaches 90 degrees!"


Bluefield College Earns National Award for Service!:

For the fifth year in a row, Bluefield College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll  for its exemplary efforts in 2011!



Name of Campus-Wide Center: 

The Dan MacMillan Center for Service, Mission and Ministry (DMC) 



The Dan MacMillan Center for Service, Mission and Ministry opened October 19, 2007 after the renovation of an existing house on campus into an eight-room facility.  The DMC serves as the center where Bluefield College can coordinate, focus and effectively present its commitment to developing and graduating servant leaders.


Type of Bonner Program: Bonner Leaders

Year Began: 2001

Bonner Program website: Check us out Here!



Number of Bonner Leaders

Bonners Active in AmeriCorps

Other AmeriCorps Ed Award



1 – AmeriCorps VISTA


The Bluefield College Bonner program is in it's fourth year of existence. This year our students completed over 3000 hours of service to our community! For the National Day of Service the Bonner Program Organized a day of community service for the school. We had over 50 students join us as we volunteered at a local animal shelter, a food bank, crisis pregnancy center and after school program. Our day of service was a huge success and we cannot wait to see what happens next year. For Martin Luther King, Jr. Make A Difference day we had over 40 students, faculty and staff celebrate service by volunteering at the Bland Ministry Center. 

Read Across America Day was another huge success.  The women's basketball team and men's soccer team here at Bluefield College partnered with the Bonner Leaders and went to  local elementary schools to read to the children to get them excited about reading!  For Earth Day 2012 the Bluefield College Bonners again partnered with the city of Bluefield, WV and helped to beatify our city park by picking up trash and assisting in trail maintenance.


 This year we continued with the following campus-community service projects  and are in the process of adding more projects and service opportunities each and every year. 

The service days/projects were as follows:

1.  National Day of Service and Remembrance:  Provided five various sites for students to serve at in a          day-long project.

2.  Catch-A-Star Program:  Provided Christmas gifts to children whose parents are in prison.

3.  Read Across America Day:  Read to children in grades K - 2 to promote the importance of reading

4.  Earth Day:  Tree Planting in the city park

5.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Make A Difference Day: Provided 4 sites for volunteers to serve in a day long      project.

6.   Mercer County Litter Sweep: Helped to make the county of Mercer a beautiful place by helping local      community volunteers pick up trash on local streets and highways.


Finally, many Bonners at Bluefield College, as well as students outside of the Bonner Program, have a heart for the growing number of at-risk youth in our community.  The Bonners began working with our after-school program, The Wade Center, to discuss how we can better address this specific issues that teens are dealing with today.  We want to find ways to enhance the after-school program in order to motivate the at-risk youth to consider their gifts, talents and abilities and encourage them to pursue a career through educating themselves at college and/or in the work force.  You can find out more about some of our research and planning efforts with Wade by checking out our Campus Issue Profile!



Dr. David Olive


Center Director: 

David Taylor

Email:  dtaylor@bluefield.edu

Phone: (276) 326-4206


Bonner Director:

Courtney Dutton

Email:  cedutton@bluefield.edu

Phone: (276) 326-4471 


 MORE ABOUT US (our partners, trips, structure, best or unique practices)

Bluefield College first began its relationship with the Bonner Foundation in 2001, but had to take a small leave of absence in 2005 due to a lack of funding.  However, with the arrival of President Dr. David Olive in 2007, combined with the establishment of a center for service, mission and ministry the Bonner program was rejuvenated in the Spring of 2008.  Today 10 students are enrolled in the AmeriCorps Bonner Leaders Program.  Daily, Bluefield College can see a growth in its community partners. Bluefield College is located in the heart of the Appalachian region, which provides a plethora of opportunities for students to meet poverty, agricultural and literacy needs. 


Check Out Some of Our Community Partners!

The WADE Center @ www.wadecenter.com

The Bluefield Union Mission @ www.bluefieldunionmission.net

The ABEL Crisis Pregnancy Center @ www.abelcenter.org

The Clinch Valley Community Action @ www.clinchvalleycaa.org

The Second Chance Learning Center @ www.secondchancelearning.com




During the Spring of 2008, Bluefield College had the blessed opportunity to resurrect its two-year AmeriCorps Bonner Leaders Program.  Each week, five students met to begin the process of their two-year journey.  Meetings were held on a regular basis as a way for students to blend together and share their experiences.  We invited potential community partners to meetings to help them better understand the role of the Bonner Program in the community.  In return, Community Partners shared their hearts, passions and community needs, which provided an opportunity for Bonners to explore new pathways of service.







Bluefield College Bonner Leaders 2010-2011
Bluefield College Bonner Leaders 2009-2010






Bluefield College Bonner Leaders 2008 - 2009





Bluefield College Bonner Leaders 2007-2008








Check out the Wade Center:  Bluefield College Community Partner


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