Groundbreaking Held for Belmont College Health Sciences Center


St. Clairsville, OH (May 14, 2014)

Belmont College officials recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the College’s new Health Sciences Center. The new building will house all Belmont College Nursing and Health Science programs.

The Health Sciences Center will be located on the 54 acres of property that Belmont College owns between Hammond Road and State Route 331 in St. Clairsville.

The 27,648 square foot building will feature a two story overlap design with state-of-the-art classroom and science labs for biology, anatomy, and chemistry. These high-tech classrooms will enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for students to nurture collaboration and creativity.

The new building, when fully equipped, will contain:
  • Two Nursing Labs, each with a capacity of 18
  • Two Nursing Simulation Labs, each with a capacity of 18
  • Computer Lab that has a capacity of 24
  • Two Anatomy & Physiology/Biology Labs, each with a capacity of 24
  • Chemistry/Microbiology Lab with a capacity of 24
  • SMART 360 classroom with a capacity of 24
  • Three classrooms, each with a capacity of 48
  • Faculty Offices
  • Student Commons Area


"This building project represents a milestone in the development of the Belmont College campus," said Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, Belmont College President. "The impact of having these new facilities will be felt, not only by those students, who will receive their education here in the future, but also the healthcare sector, and community as well."

The first classes will be held in the building in August of 2015.

Pictured (left to right): Marianne Clouston, Instructor of Nursing; Mrs. Elizabeth Gates, Board of Trustees Chair; Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, President; Mrs. Janet Jacobs, Foundation Board Chair; and Eric Tiell, Associate Degree Nursing student.

Pictured (left to right): Marianne Clouston, Instructor of Nursing; Mrs. Elizabeth Gates, Board of Trustees Chair; Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, President; Mrs. Janet Jacobs, Foundation Board Chair; and Eric Tiell, Associate Degree Nursing student.



New Scholarship Announced at Belmont College


St. Clairsville, OH (December 19, 2013)

Belmont College is pleased to announce that five Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) students have received the Allegheny Restoration Scholarship.

This is the first year the Allegheny Restoration Scholarship has been awarded. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Belmont College students who are pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Building Preservation/Restoration.

R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development and External Affairs Scholarships at Belmont College said, “The Allegheny Restoration scholarship is a model partnership between Belmont College and the private sector. AR has hired many of our graduates, and because of these positive results and their confidence in our program, they want to help support more students who are interested in careers in the historic building trades sector.”

This year’s recipients and their hometowns are as follows:
  • Melody Cameron – Adena, Ohio
  • Kevin Finn – Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Michael Lewis - Lisbon, Ohio
  • Kierstin Lucas – Barnesville, Ohio
  • Jennifer Shinkle – Woodsfield, Ohio


Allegheny Restoration specializes in the restoration of historic structures that date as far back as the late seventeenth century. With locations in West Virginia and Ohio, the firm practices its craft all over the country. They have successfully restored structures and components of various types and sizes under the guidelines of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation. Many of these projects are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as National Historic Landmark, or both. The range of their work includes log and timber framed structures, contemporary wood, masonry types, and millwork for custom doors and windows. The company remains in the vanguard of restoration technology and has developed many of the techniques now used by others.

More scholarship details can be found online at www.belmontcollege.edu.

Dave Mertz, BPR Program Chair; Jennifer Shinkle; Michael Lewis; Blair Lee, President Allegheny Restoration; Tom, Anderson Vice President Allegheny Restoration; Melody Cameron; Kierstin Lucas; and Kevin Finn. (left to right)

Dave Mertz, BPR Program Chair; Jennifer Shinkle; Michael Lewis; Blair Lee, President Allegheny Restoration; Tom, Anderson Vice President Allegheny Restoration; Melody Cameron; Kierstin Lucas; and Kevin Finn. (left to right)



Third Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble to be held at Belmont Hills Country Club


St. Clairsville, OH (February 4, 2014)

The Belmont College Foundation invites golfers and community members to the Third Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble to be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. The event will take place at the Belmont Hills Country Club (BHCC) in St. Clairsville; lunch and registration will be from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, with a shotgun start at Noon.

“Mr. Dowler, former President of the Board, played an integral part in building the Belmont College Foundation, and his love of the college was evident to all those who knew him,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs. “We are excited to have this golf scramble, our premier community event, in Mr. Dowler’s memory as Belmont College’s way of continuing his legacy.”

Team registration includes 18 holes of golf at BHCC, a half a cart per person, lunch, all day drinks on the course, and dinner. Prizes will be awarded for longest putt and longest drive, raffles will be held, as well as two chances to win a car with a hole-in-one.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Belmont College Thomas R. Dowler Fund which will benefit Belmont College students. The Thomas R. Dowler Fund was established for the purpose of furthering the mission of Belmont College; this fund may be used to support the students, faculty, programs, and facilities of the college, wherever the need exists.

All proceeds from the golf scramble will benefit the Belmont College Foundation, a 501C3 charity. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For sponsorship and/or participation information, please contact R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs at 740.699.3980 or rkonkoleski@belmontcollege.edu.

Pictured at the 2013 Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble (from left to right): Mrs. Linda Dowler; and R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development & External Affairs.

Pictured at the 2013 Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble (from left to right): Mrs. Linda Dowler; and R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development & External Affairs.



Hess Corporation Scholarship Awarded to Belmont College Students


St. Clairsville, OH (September 27, 2013)

Today, Belmont College officials along with the Hess Corporation, announced the recipients of the Hess Corporation Scholarship.

Hess Corporation, a leading global independent energy company, has partnered with Belmont College to award $15,000 in scholarship funding to incoming and current students enrolled full and/or part-time at Belmont College in an associate degree or certificate program. Individual awards range from $800 to $3,000.

The 2013 recipients and their hometowns are as follows:

  • Elizabeth Basich | Adena, Ohio
  • Julie Bishop | Woodsfield, Ohio
  • Melissa Clegg | Jacobsburg, Ohio
  • Netasha Grant | St. Clairsville, Ohio
  • Tim Gummerson | St. Clairsville, Ohio
  • Micah Humphrey | Barnesville, Ohio
  • Chris Moore | St. Clairsville, Ohio
  • Ben Morris | Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Stephanie Perdok | Martins Ferry, Ohio
  • Nickey Renforth | Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Kimberly Twarog | Flushing, Ohio


Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company primarily engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at www.hess.com.

(seated left to right): Kimberly Twarog; Melissa Clegg; Elizabeth Basich; Netasha Grant; (standing left to right): Tim Gummerson; Chris Moore; Andrew Keck, Hess Senior Land Negotiator; R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development and External Affairs; Stephanie Perdok; Micah Humphrey. Not pictured: Julie Bishop; Ben Morris; and Nickey Renforth.

(seated left to right): Kimberly Twarog; Melissa Clegg; Elizabeth Basich; Netasha Grant; (standing left to right): Tim Gummerson; Chris Moore; Andrew Keck, Hess Senior Land Negotiator; R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development and External Affairs; Stephanie Perdok; Micah Humphrey. Not pictured: Julie Bishop; Ben Morris; and Nickey Renforth.




Belmont College Awards AEP Scholarship


St. Clairsville, OH (September 6, 2013)

Belmont College is pleased to announce that second-year student John Toth has received the AEP Scholarship.

Toth, a resident of Wheeling, WV, is majoring in Belmont College’s Industrial Electronics program and hopes to pursue a career in the energy industry after graduation. In his first year at Belmont College he received $1,000 from the AEP scholarship and now in his second year he will receive $2,000.

To date, Belmont College has awarded more than $17,000 in scholarship monies to eligible first- and second-year students in the Industrial Electronics and Power Plant training programs through a workforce development program sponsored by AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power.

R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development and External Affairs Scholarships at Belmont College said, “Scholarship such as this one funded by AEP, help keep out of pocket tuition expenses manageable for our students and offer great opportunities to those who receive them, allowing students to achieve their educational and career goals at a reduced cost.”

To qualify for the AEP scholarship award applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.75
  • Enroll in either the Industrial Electronics or Power Plant Technology programs
  • Be an AEP Ohio customer or son or daughter of such customer with a primary residence served by AEP Ohio at the time of scholarship application and award


More scholarship details can be found online at www.belmontcollege.edu.

Pictured (left to right): Phil Lewis, AEP Manager, Distribution Systems; Jon Toth, scholarship recipient; and R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development and External Affairs.

Pictured (left to right): Phil Lewis, AEP Manager, Distribution Systems; Jon Toth, scholarship recipient; and R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development and External Affairs.




Hess Scholarship Created for Belmont College Students

Hess Corporation will provide multiple scholarships valued at up to $3,000 each to Belmont College students.


St. Clairsville, OH (August 16, 2013)

Officials with Belmont College announced today a partnership with Hess Corporation that will provide scholarship opportunities to students.

The scholarship, known as “The Hess Corporation Scholarship,” will be awarded to incoming and current students enrolled full and/or part-time at Belmont College in an associate degree or certificate program. Multiple awards, valued at up to $3,000 each, will be awarded students.

“Hess Corporation is committed to making a long-term positive impact on the communities in which we do business,” said Joaquin Martinez, Hess Operations Manager. “That is why we are proud to partner with Belmont College to offer the Hess Corporation Scholarship and aid in the education of future leaders.”

The recipient(s) will be selected by the Belmont College Scholarship Committee, in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Special considerations will be made to non-traditional students who are displaced workers returning to college in order to further their education and regain employment.

Martinez went on to say, “This scholarship will open up opportunities for students not only in the energy industry, but in other growing sectors in the economy that the energy industry impacts such as business, healthcare, public safety, and information technology.”

According to R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development and External Affairs at Belmont College, “The Hess Corporation Scholarship at Belmont College is a model partnership in which the private sector provides funding to help educate men and women gain the highly technical skills necessary to do well in the emerging local economy. This creates a positive, upward cycle in which businesses like Hess benefit and members of the local workforce benefit simultaneously.”

Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company primarily engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at www.hess.com.

More scholarship details, as well as the application and how to apply can be found online at www.belmontcollege.edu. For more information contact Jody Peeler, Associate Dean of Financial Aid, at 740.699.3825 or jpeeler@belmontcollege.edu.

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Keck, Hess Senior Land Negotiator; Glenda Harlan, Hess Social Responsibility Coordinator; R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College  Director of Development and External Affairs; Joaquin Martinez, Hess Operations Manager; and Patrick Pfouts, Hess Lease Operator.

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Keck, Hess Senior Land Negotiator; Glenda Harlan, Hess Social Responsibility Coordinator; R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development and External Affairs; Joaquin Martinez, Hess Operations Manager; and Patrick Pfouts, Hess Lease Operator.



Belmont College Receives Grant to Assist with Training in the Oil and Gas Industry

Belmont College receives $20,000 from Dominion Resources to purchase welding equipment which will be used to train students for work in the oil and gas industry.


St. Clairsville, OH (August 15, 2013)

Twelve Ohio institutions, including Belmont College in St. Clarsivlle, Ohio, received $220,000 in Dominion Foundation Higher Education Grants Tuesday during a presentation at the University of Akron’s Martin University Center. The grants focus on programs that will help prepare students for technical positions in Ohio’s growing energy production and other industries. The Dominion Foundation is the charitable arm of Dominion Resources, Dominion East Ohio’s parent company.

“Dominion East Ohio has a long and proud tradition of providing natural gas services throughout the state,” Jeff Murphy, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, noted during the presentation luncheon. “We were an active participant in the first Appalachian natural gas boom of the early 1900s and are now providing competitive reliable gathering, transportation and processing services for Ohio producers in the new, 21st century natural gas boom. Ohio’s colleges and universities also provide an essential service to the natural gas renaissance. They are equipping our area workforce to maximize the economic benefits and to ensure effective stewardship of these new energy supplies. Potentially even more significant, the talented innovators that study at Ohio’s colleges today will contribute to the growth of manufacturing, transportation and service sectors made possible by affordable, abundant local energy.”

Belmont College received $20,000 from the Dominion Resources grants which will assist with purchasing equipment that will support and build student skills in a controlled environment welding lab.

According to Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training at Belmont College, the grant will be used to purchase four TIG welders which will be installed in the College’s welding lab, which is currently being refurbished. “Our welding lab refurbishing project is now almost complete; the addition of the new welders will be installed in four of our 16 new weld booths” said Decoy. “Upon completion of the welding labs, we will have increased our ARC welding capacity by nearly 70%, giving us a total of 40 welding booths with ARC welding capabilities.”

Belmont College has offered hands-on welding training for 35 years. The welding program offers students the option of a one-year certificate or a two-year associate degree in welding technology, as well as specialized training in pipeline welding. Oftentimes graduates of the welding program seek employment in the coal or steel industry; however with the increase in pipefitters and construction in the oil and gas industry, graduates have more opportunities for immediate employment in the oil and gas industry.

The Ohio Higher Education Grants are part of nearly $1.4 million in Dominion Foundation grants the Dominion Foundation is awarding this year to colleges and primary and secondary schools in states where Dominion does business, including Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com.

For more information about Belmont College’s welding program contact Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training at 740.699.3867 or visit www.belmontcollege.edu.

Pictured (from left to right; front to back): Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations; Judy Sandstead, Belmont College Director of Program Development, Belmont College; Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training, Belmont College; Edward Mowrer Operations Manager, Energy Institute, Belmont College; R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development and External Affairs, Belmont College.

Pictured (from left to right; front to back): Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations; Judy Sandstead, Belmont College Director of Program Development, Belmont College; Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training, Belmont College; Edward Mowrer Operations Manager, Energy Institute, Belmont College; R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development and External Affairs, Belmont College.



Belmont College Child Development Center Awarded PNC Foundation Grant to Purchase iPads for Preschoolers

St. Clairsville, OH (July 19, 2013) – The PNC Foundation, has presented the Belmont College Foundation with a grant in support of the Cindy L. Jones Child Development Center at Belmont College to enable the purchase of 10 iPads that will support and expand financial education for the children in the Preschool and Toddler Program at the Development Center. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its 10-year, $100 million bilingual program in early childhood education.

“We are very appreciative of PNC’s generosity,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs at Belmont College. “This grant provides is a wonderful resource to get families talking about financial concepts while also supporting the content for a solid foundation of learning.”

The iPads will be used to offer lessons in money, math, literacy, and technology designed to meet the Ohio Department of Education Content Standards and leverage the Early Learning Content Standards that are preparing children from birth through school age for success in school and life. Teachers at the center will use the iPads to introduce the children to financial concepts through interactive resources offered by PNC and the State Treasurer of Ohio.

“PNC recognizes the role kindergarten readiness plays in the wellbeing of local children, their families and ultimately our economy,” said Janet Jacobs, PNC Regional Manager, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “By preparing our youngest citizens for educational success, we help build a solid foundation for the future of this region.”

“The Child Development Center offers quality, hands-on learning that is not only important to the children but also to the families in our communities that are attending the college to further their education in the hopes of attaining prosperity in the future,” said Nancy Haynes, Director of Child Care Services. “The donation of these iPads will be instrumental to helping our students receive hands-on lessons that will increase student engagement in money through math, English, language arts, social studies, and technology.”





Belmont College Foundation Board Hosts Second Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble

St. Clairsville, OH (May 24, 2013) – With 22 teams participating, the Belmont College Foundation’s Second Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble was deemed a success.

The event took place at the Belmont Hills Country Club on May 20 with a shotgun start at noon after a moment of silence in honor of Mr. Thomas R. Dowler.

The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Belmont College Thomas R. Dowler Fund which will benefit Belmont College students. This fund was established to further the mission of Belmont College and may be used to support the students, faculty, programs, and facilities of Belmont, wherever the need exists.

“Mr. Dowler, former President of the Foundation Board, played an integral part in building the Belmont College Foundation, and his love of the College was evident to all those who knew him,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs. “We are excited to have this golf scramble, our premier community event, in Mr. Dowler’s memory as the College’s way of continuing his legacy. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who assisted with the event.”

Major sponsors of the Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble were as follows: Banker & White; Doan Ford; PNC; Project BEST; Sam’s Club; Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Wheeling District; St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary; Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council; and Whiteside.






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Help us celebrate Tom Dowler’s legacy of dedication to Belmont College by playing in the Second Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic, benefiting the Thomas R. Dowler Fund.

All proceeds from the scramble will directly benefit the Thomas R. Dowler Fund, which supports the students, faculty, programs, and facilities of Belmont College.

For sponsorship or participation information, please contact R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs by calling 740.699.3980 or emailing rkonkoleski@belmontcollege.edu.

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Belmont College Honors Marshall Piccin at Lab Dedication Ceremony

St. Clairsville, OH (August 24, 2012) – Belmont College has had many dedicated faculty members who have made an impact on their students, the College, and its many alumni over the years. The late Marshall J. Piccin is one such individual who sparked unfaltering enthusiasm for his students and the College.

In recognition of Mr. Piccin’s distinguished service to Belmont College and through the generosity of the Piccin family and friends, a ceremony was held on Thursday, August 23 in the ATIC (Applied Technology & Innovation Center) to dedicate one of the electronics labs in his memory.

In speaking about Mr. Piccin, Belmont College President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski said, “This dedication is a culmination of Marshall’s heritage to Belmont College. During his more than forty year involvement it was evident that he loved this College and the students. As I reflect on Marshall’s tenure with Belmont, he had more longevity with the College than any other employee as he began working here in 1971, very close to the inception of Belmont College. His name and contributions should be remembered forever.”

Mr. Piccin worked at Belmont College in many capacities. He served as a faculty member; program chair; Assistant Dean of Engineering Technologies; and was an active member of the Belmont College Board of Trustees where he served as Vice Chair. Mr. Piccin was recognized by his colleagues as a supportive, benevolent, and compassionate leader; in 2006 he was named Dean Emeritus and received the College’s Heritage Tree Award, he was also named Trustee Emeritus in 2011.

“Marshall’s dedication to the College, its faculty and staff, and its students was evident to all who knew him,” said Marcia Bedway, Board of Trustee Member and Foundation Board Vice Chair. “As a member of the faculty and as Dean, Marshall left his legacy of caring for students and their futures. He was integral in the design of the ATIC addition to the building that we stand in today. As a Trustee on the College Board, Marshall has left his legacy of leadership and stewardship. Many of the changes and improvements that are occurring at the College even today are manifestations of plans laid over many years; plans which Marshall helped create.”

Mr. Piccin’s family was in attendance at the dedication and his children; Joseph Piccin and Karen Krajcovic spoke during the ceremony. “We would like to thank Belmont College for nurturing our dad’s career,” said Karen. “We are saddened that he is not here with us to share this special honor; he would be humbled.”

Ms. Bedway went on to say, “Marshall’s love of the College was also evident through his support of the Belmont College Foundation. Through the generosity of his family and friends the Marshall J. Piccin Memorial Fund, was created. Through this fund, equipment and program improvements will continue to be made in the Engineering Department.” During future College annual campaigns, donors will have the ability to designate their gift to the Marshall J. Piccin Memorial Fund.



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Belmont College Student Recipient of Belmont Savings Bank Scholarship

St. Clairsville, OH (August 31, 2012) – Awarding students based on academic quality is a priority at Belmont College. Many scholarships are awarded each year based on a student’s ability to achieve success in the classroom.

Beth Feller, from Bellaire, Ohio is one such student, as she has been awarded the Belmont Savings Bank Scholarship.

Feller is a second-year student pursuing a degree in accounting; her anticipated graduation date is June 2013. She presently works as the Securities Processing Coordinator at a local bank in their Trust Operations Department. After graduation Feller would like to advance her career in banking and is considering continuing on to a four-year institution to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Feller is also a member Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. “I believe I made an excellent decision in continuing my education at Belmont College,” said Feller. “I am sincerely thankful to Belmont Savings Bank for making this scholarship available to me. Their generosity will allow me to pay for books and tuition for the upcoming semester.”

To be eligible for the Belmont Savings Bank Scholarship, applicants must be second-year students at Belmont College with at least 45 credit hours and be enrolled in a two-year business program Students must also be currently working in financial services, or planning a career in this industry.

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Belmont College Foundation Board Hosts Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble

St. Clairsville, OH (May 24, 2012) – With 25 teams participating, the Belmont College Foundation’s inaugural Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble was deemed a success.

The event took place at the Belmont Hills Country Club (BHCC) on May 21 with a shotgun start at Noon; Mrs. Linda Dowler began the tournament with a ceremonial first drive.

The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Belmont College Thomas R. Dowler Fund which will benefit Belmont College students. This Fund was established for the purpose of furthering the mission of Belmont College and may be used to support the students, faculty, programs, and facilities of Belmont, wherever the need exists.

“Mr. Dowler, former President of the Board, played an integral part in building the Belmont College Foundation, and his love of the College was evident to all those who knew him,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs. “We are excited to have this golf scramble, our premier community event, in Mr. Dowler’s memory as the College’s way of continuing his legacy. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers who assisted with the event.”

“I had the pleasure of serving with Tom on several boards; he was a good friend and strong leader,” said Belmont College Foundation Board Member John Timko. “I have a lot of great memories of our time together at Belmont Hills County Club. This tournament is a great tribute to his legacy and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Major sponsors of the Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble were as follows: Banker & White; Doan Ford; First Financial Partners; Harvey Goodman Realtor; PNC; Sam’s Club; St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary; and Whiteside.



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Belmont College to Build Health Sciences Center

St. Clairsville, OH (April 10, 2012) – Belmont College has commenced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences building. The new building will be located on the 54 acres of property that Belmont College owns between Hammond Road and State Route 331 in St. Clairsville.

The Health Sciences building project will cost approximately $9.1 million; $6 million has been secured by Belmont College through House Bill 482, Capital Appropriations Bill for the higher education system of Ohio. The College will need an additional $3.1 million to reach the full amount required for design, site preparation, and construction.

“We are currently exploring a development strategy which includes funding support from corporate partnerships and the private sector, as well as other state and federal funding sources to acquire the additional funds needed,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs. “The Health Sciences building is the first step in implementing the Belmont College capital plan. The administrative team at the College will immediately begin the planning and design process with an established timeline for completion.”

Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski, Belmont College President, expressed his sincere appreciation to state law makers, “The College recognizes that this building project would not have been possible without support from legislators: Ohio House of Representatives - Jack Cera, Al Landis, Andy Thompson, and Ohio Senators Lou Gentile and Troy Balderson. “They believe in the vision we have for Belmont College and their dedication to realizing that vision is to be applauded.” The full Ohio House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the proposed two-year, $1.7 billion capital appropriations bill (HB 482) in a bipartisan 93-2 vote on March 22.

Additionally, the capital bill passed the full Senate on March 28 by a unanimous 33-0 vote and was sent to Governor John R. Kasich’s office, where he signed the bill into law on April 3rd. The bill contains the recommendations of the Ohio Higher Education Funding collaborative that was endorsed by every public college president in Ohio and with the Governor’s signature will become effective in 90 days.

With the additional space, the Health Sciences building will accommodate all Allied Health programs including: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), Medical Assisting, and Mental Health Technologies. The Allied Health programs represent a significant portion of Belmont’s enrollment and therefore a Health Sciences building is a priority among the College’s facility needs. The new building will house state-of-the-art classroom and science labs for biology, anatomy, and chemistry that will enhance the learning environment and provide opportunities for students to nurture collaboration and creativity.

"This building project represents a milestone in the development of the Belmont College campus," said Bukowski, "We are pleased that the Board of Regents and the State of Ohio have decided to invest in the future of our College, our faculty, and our students. The impact of having these new facilities will be felt, not only by those students who will receive their education here in the future, but also the healthcare sector, and community as well."

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First Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble to be held at Belmont Hills Country Club

St. Clairsville, OH (March 21, 2012) – The Belmont College Foundation invites golfers and community members to the First Annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble to be held on Monday, May 21, 2012. The event will take place at the Belmont Hills Country Club (BHCC) in St. Clairsville; lunch and registration will be from 11:00 a.m. – Noon, with a shotgun start at Noon.

“Mr. Dowler, former President of the Board, played an integral part in building the Belmont College Foundation, and his love of the College was evident to all those who knew him,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs. “We are excited to have this golf scramble, our premier community event, in Mr. Dowler’s memory as the College’s way of continuing his legacy.” Team registration includes 18 holes of golf at BHCC, a half a cart per person, lunch, all day drinks on the course, and dinner. Prizes will be awarded for longest putt and longest drive, raffles will be held, as well as 2 chances to win a car with a hole in one.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Belmont College Thomas R. Dowler Fund which will benefit Belmont College students. The Thomas R. Dowler Fund was established for the purpose of furthering the mission of Belmont College; this Fund may be used to support the students, faculty, programs, and facilities of Belmont, wherever the need exists. “I had the pleasure of serving with Tom on several boards; he was a good friend and strong leader,” said Belmont College Foundation Board Member John Timko. “I have a lot of great memories of our time together at Belmont Hills County Club. This tournament is a great tribute to his legacy and I am proud to be a part of it.” All proceeds from the golf scramble will benefit the Belmont College Foundation, a 501c3 charity. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For sponsorship and/or participation information, contact R.J. Konkoleski, Belmont College Director of Development & External Affairs at 740.699.3980.

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Belmont College Receives Grant Funds from the PNC Foundation

St. Clairsville, OH (March 19, 2012) –The PNC Foundation has presented the Belmont College Foundation with a $2,000 award in support of the College’s mission which is to provide affordable higher education for students in a learner-centered environment, as well as to impart community leadership that promotes programs for economic development, career advancement, workforce development and community education that is responsive to local business and industry.

“We are very appreciative of the generosity from the PNC Foundation,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development & External Affairs at Belmont College. “These funds will be instrumental in advancing the College’s commitment to creating innovative programs and expanding our existing programs for the benefit of all Belmont College students.”

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