Welcome to Bluefield at 100! Bluefield College is celebrating 100 years and has undergone a name change! Each week, in honor of this milestone, The Confusing Middle will shine the spotlight on an individual who spent time at Bluefield University, giving them a chance to fill us all in on where they are and how they’ve been doing since the college years. I hope you’ll join us back here every week as we get reacquainted with some old friends!
This week we’re hearing from Jaimie Lomasney!
- What have you been up to since your time in Bluefield?
Well I graduated in 2006 and since then I have gotten married and had three kids. I’ve worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation as well as Virginia state parks and now I am a stay at home mom.
- Where are you living now? For how long?
I live in Covington, Virginia and have been in this house for 11 years. It’s an old farmhouse on 22 acres. We have two bottle-fed calves, two dogs, four goats, one sheep, and what seems like a Partridge in a pear tree!
- Did you pursue any education after college? If so, what degrees have you obtained?
No, no education after college. I did some training with my job at Virginia state parks with some photography and Photoshop type training through the local college but no more degrees or anything.
- Where did you earn your first “grown-up” paycheck?
First grown-up paycheck was from VDOT working as the public relations specialist in the Stanton district in Virginia. It was very exciting and very fast paced at times and I loved it but I wanted to move closer to home so I traded that in for Virginia state parks.
- Who is your current employer and what is your job title?
Current employer is myself ha ha I actually opened a photography business when I became a stay at home mom so that I could have something extra on the side that I can do as a creative outlet and also help pull in some extra income when it was needed but truly as a hobby for me.
- What are your hobbies? What do you end up doing in your spare time?
So I do love photography as I mentioned above that’s a good hobby. Things in my spare time now (as if I have any because of the three kids that I have) lol, but I love the outdoors, we (my husband and kids) go hiking as a family in the fall. Currently we are into farming and raising animals on our farm. That takes up a lot of time as we do have to bottle-feed our two cows. I enjoy being active in our church I know that’s not really a hobby by any sort but I’m either involved in sports with my kids or involved with our youth group with our church as a youth leader or involved in some sort of photography or videography outlet to add to our families YouTube channel or to our churches advertising publications in some way.
- Have you done much traveling? Where have you visited?
My husband and I love to travel. We love to go on cruises especially to the Caribbean. The southern Caribbean is our favorite especially Antigua. We have also been to Alaska. And most recently we went to the Grand Canyon this past spring for our 15 year anniversary which was amazing and breathtaking and God‘s beauty is awesome. We’ve also been to Key West in 2020.
- Are you married? If so, who is your spouse?
Yes I am married to Nic Lomasney.
- How did you and your spouse meet?
So I actually met Nic in school and we went to eighth grade together. We actually rode the school bus together and I could not stand him whatsoever I thought he picked on me and was really annoying. It wasn’t until high school that I was truly interested in him and we officially started dating when I was a junior in high school and dated for two years in high school and then we both went to Bluefield College and dated all four years at Bluefield. I graduated in May 2006 and we got married in June 2006.
- Do you have children? What are their names/ages?
Yes, we have three children currently and the oldest is Kensington which we call her Kensi for short and she’s 11 and then there’s Larkin and she is our middle child she is eight and then Hatcher is our youngest and he is five. We are currently adopting our fourth child and are at the very end process of that. We should be bringing him home in 2022. And he is also five years old just like his brother Hatcher.
- What was your favorite class at Bluefield?
My favorite class at Bluefield was probably ceramics with Walter Shroyer. That was really fun because I liked art and being creative in making stuff and I still have a lot of the art pieces that I made in college decorating my walls and decorating my home. My other favorite class was a journalism class and one of the projects we actually got to work with the criminal justice department and do an interview on a case and they had to play the role of the police officers and we had to play the role of the media and ask questions and investigate the case to write a story about the case and I thought that was really interesting and neat to be able to role-play and do that and that was with Mimi Merritt.
- Which teachers influenced your life and made a lasting impression? Why?
Definitely Mimi Merritt I enjoyed her communications and journalism classes that I took throughout all four years of my time at Bluefield college. Then Cindy Bascom really my last year at the college she made an impact on my time at Bluefield, and of course Mickey Pellillo was also a big influence in my communications/English department classes. All three ladies had a very big impression on me and I enjoyed what I got and learned from each of them.
- What was your major and/or minor?
My major was communications with a concentration in print journalism and mass media.
- What did you want to be when you “grew up?”
It wasn’t until I took a public relations class that I truly wanted to go into public relations and do that for a living. I really enjoyed that class tremendously with Mimi Merritt and that made kind of my finalization or my decision about what career I wanted to pursue as an adult.
- What was your funniest moment in college?
Funniest moment I guess looking back now, I was a Bonner leader at Bluefield and worked for a woman in the community to help clean up Bluefield and it was part of the beautification process. So one day I was helping her pull weeds from a property and I had volleyball practice that evening. As we were finishing up the work she told me that she hoped I knew what poison ivy looks like because the area that we were pulling weeds from had poison ivy and of course I had had no idea there was poison ivy there. So that night I broke out in a huge rash up and down my arms and had to go to volleyball practice and had to wrap my arms in compression sleeves to be able to practice and it was really funny and very embarrassing so that would probably answer the next question as well. Then we had a volleyball tournament that weekend and it wasn’t until we got home on Sunday that I had to go to the emergency room and get a shot in my hip to get rid of the poison ivy because it had gotten really bad.
- What was your most embarrassing moment?
- What was the dumbest thing you did in college? Was it worth it?
I’m not sure. I’m sure there is what I am but I can’t think of anything right now and even if I did I don’t know that I’d want to share that lol.
- What is your most vivid memory from Bluefield College?
Our senior year I was student government president and we planned a homecoming spirit week event and it was full of dress up days and a pep rally against all the freshman and sophomore junior senior classes at Bluefield and then it ended with a huge bonfire in the lower field. The weird thing is we needed things to burn or I should say wood to burn in our bonfire and they had a ton of extra yearbooks that they wanted to get rid of and someone in charge said that we could burn the yearbooks. It was really weird and we felt really bad for doing that but whoever was in charge put them all in there for us to burn as kindling.
- Was there ever something you wanted to do during your college days but never did?
Honestly no. I enjoyed college. I played soccer my first two years and switched to volleyball my second two years. I was editor of the student newspaper and on the student government and president my senior year. I got to study abroad in London, England for a semester which was amazing my sophomore year. I felt like my college years were pretty full.
- What was your go-to during Late Night in the Shott Hall dining room?
Definitely mozzarella sticks was my go to for a late night.
- Did you play any sports?
Yes I played soccer my first two years and volleyball my junior and senior year.
- How about intramurals?
I did not play intramurals.
- Did you pledge with a fraternity or sorority?
I started to pledge Alpha Delta but felt like my schedule was pretty busy and so I backed out and didn’t fully pledge.
- Were you involved in any other extracurriculars (theater, yearbook, clubs, etc.)?
I did student government and was secretary and then president. I also wrote for the student newspaper.
- What on-campus events did you enjoy participating in or attending?
Mud Pig Day was always a huge day that was fun at the end of the year. My senior year I was able to take a lot of the pictures for that day for the public relations office and that was a lot of fun.
- Did you jump into the mud pit on Mud Pig Day?
Honestly I think the first year I jumped in the mud pit but after that I didn’t.
- Did you have a work-study job on campus?
I did have a work study in the mailing office to mail out information to potential students and I did that for about a year. Then I worked in the public relations office with Chris Shoemaker and helped out there.
- Did you have a job off campus?
I did not have a job off-campus.
- Which dorm did you live in? Or did you commute?
My first year I lived in Rish hall and then my second year first semester I lived in Rish hall. The second semester of my sophomore year I did an overseas program in London, England with Bluefield. Then my last two years I lived in New Hall.
- Tell us your craziest roommate story…
I actually only had a roommate my freshman year. I remember Megan Chilton was my roommate and she used to tell me that I always looked very grumpy in the mornings and she thought I was always mad at her because of my scary face LOL but I was never mad just not a morning person and I’m still not to this day ha ha.
- Which classmate influenced you the most?
Megan Chilton was a good classmate I liked her very much and she was always a good Christian influence on me and Kelly Bittler was a senior when I was a freshman and I looked up to her a lot. I had a lot of seniors that I could say that about as well. I also enjoyed Layci Clifford who was my suite-mate in New Hall my junior year.
- What personal experiences since college would you like to share?
My husband and I attend Covington Bible Church where we are serving as leaders for kids first through sixth grade. We have been small group leaders over the last several years since we’ve been at Covington Bible Church.
- What plans do you have for the next 10 years?
Honestly I don’t know what the next 10 years holds but I just want to make sure that I serve God and live for him. I want to make sure that my kids see who God is in my life and that I can be a good role model to them and that I could teach them how to love and serve God as well and to try and disciple my kids as best I can. I want to do the best I can to tell others about Jesus and who he is to me.
- Give us a quote to live by…
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Philippians 3:14
I want to thank Jaimie for taking time to answer all these questions and for sharing with us this week! Come back next week when another Bluefield survivor takes the hot seat!
And if you spent time at Bluefield College and want to participate, please reach out to me at email@example.com and I will send you the full list of questions! Until next time, GO RAMS!