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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently announced the appointment of a new Board of Governors member. Kevin Hill, MPAS, PA-C of Foster, West Virginia was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to the board. Hill is the Executive Director of Medical Affairs for Boone Memorial Hospital and is an adjunct faculty member of the physician assistant program at the University of Charleston. Hill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mountain State University and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. Hill is actively involved with numerous community committees. Some of those include serving as Provider Champion for the West Virginia Stroke Care Pilot Project, Field Faculty / Student Preceptor for West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnership, a member of the State Trauma Advisory Committee, and a member of the Boone County Ambulance Authority Board of Directors. The 12-member Board of Governors is the governing body of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Of the 12 members, nine are citizen members appointed by the Governor, and three are institutional members elected by the constituent group they represent faculty, classified staff, and student body. Members of the Board of Governors work cooperatively with the college president and administration to establish institutional governance and strategic planning.
Think that just because Fall classes have already started it’s too late to start college this year? Wrong! Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is offering a new eight-week session of classes beginning October 10th and there’s plenty here to get you started on your way to a new career! This schedule gives you the flexibility of many online courses allowing you to start your journey on your time in the comfort of your own home. Classes being offered include: Document Processing II / Medical Administrative Proc. I / Special Topics In History / Medical Terminology / First Aid / CPR / Comm. Skills for HC Profession / Intro to Customer Service / Essentials of Human System for HC Prof / General Psychology / Early Childhood Health, Safety, Nutrition / Speech Fundamentals. With more than 40 programs, Southern proudly offers academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Assistant Professor History/Sociology, Brandon Kirk, will be featured in an upcoming edition of The New Yorker magazine. Kirk was interviewed for his expertise in local history. The publication will be available on newsstands October 3rd. Kirk also recently attended the Lewisburg Literary Festival with a delegation of authors and publishers. The two day event featured renowned authors who found inspiration for their writing in the land and people of West Virginia. Kirk was on hand to sign and promote his published works. Kirk is a scholar on Appalachian feuds and Southern violence. He possesses an M.A. degree in history from Marshall University and has written more than fifty articles on Appalachian-themed topics for regional newspapers and books. His new projects include constructing a sequel to Blood in West Virginia, researching slavery and post-war life for freedmen in western Virginia and compiling a manuscript that details John Hartford’s final years.
Twin Falls State Park will be the site for the 4th Annual Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic on Thursday, October 6, 2016. All proceeds of this tournament go to the Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to deserving Wyoming County residents who want to pursue their education at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. For more information contact
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will go tobacco-free on July 1, 2017. The policy will take effect on all campuses and sites. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted on Southern property. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas where employees, students and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products. “We are committed to the health and safety of our employees and students,” said Dr. Robert E. Gunter, President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. “We believe that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and establishing our entire campus as tobacco-free firmly supports that belief.” On average, 11 West Virginians die each day from smoking, and tobacco is the cause of more than one of every five deaths in the state and is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity. The US Surgeon General has confirmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors. The college will offer employees Smoking Cessation and Stress management classes to assist with the transition. “Reducing the harmful effects of smoking has led to our decision for establishing smoke free campuses,” Gunter added.
The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership will conduct a seminar, Environmental Compliance and Permitting for Air, Water and Waste in the State of West Virginia. This one day course is designed to inform and guide participants to a better understanding of the required permits by the WVDEP and EPA for West Virginia businesses and manufacturers in air, water and waste. Upon completion of this class participants should have a clear understanding of the appropriate regulations applicable to their facility, understand the permit process, develop and implement a compliant SWPPP/GPP, SPCC plan, and/or a Spill Prevention Response Plans, (SPRP). Those already having a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan/Ground Water Protection Plan, or Spill Pollution Control and Countermeasures plan will have a clear understanding of the requirements and possible violations when plans are not properly maintained. The seminar will be held October 26, 2016 from 9am- 4pm on the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. For more information contact or 724-710-0863. This 6 hour seminar is being conducted in coordination with WVU-Industrial Extension and the WVDEP with Dr. Terry L. Polen, DM, PE, QEP, Ombudsman from the WVDEP.
The Williamson Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will open its doors to welcome the public to the annual Community Appreciation Day on Sunday, September 18th,2016 from 1pm until 3pm. For nearly 20 years, Southern has hosted the event in conjunction with the King Coal Festival. According to Rita Roberson, Director of Campus Operations/Williamson, “this is a way to thank the community for being a part of Southern”. Those attending will be entertained by local musicians and share a traditional dinner of pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, sauerkraut and wieners, desert and drinks.
Jimmy Welch, Executive Director of the Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation, Inc. recently presented a contribution to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation. The Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation Scholarship program grants scholarships annually to students on the Wyoming Campus. Pictured are Jim Sizemore, President of Pioneer Community Bank and a Board member of The Credit Bureau of the Virginias Foundation; David Lord, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Wyoming Campus Director; Ron Lemon, Vice President for Development at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Mr. Welch.
The Faculty Convocation is the first celebratory gathering that opens each new academic year at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The annual event occurs during the first week of the fall semester and features guest speakers, special presentations and activities related to educational directives. The event is designed to welcome all returning and new faculty to campus, to provide updates on major developments at Southern over the summer and to offer a compelling presentation program to start the academic year. This year’s theme, “In It to Win It”, reflected a gameshow style presentation to enhance the excitement of sharing ideas. The day started with ‘auditions’ resulting in earning a nametag. The group was then welcomed by the ‘host’ Dr. Jack Dilbeck, Vice-president for Academic Affairs who also shared his thoughts for the academic year and Chris Gray was on hand to discuss textbooks before the ‘pick a curtain’ breakout sessions were to begin. Following the ‘intermission’ the Fabulous Faculty Showcase began. Several members of the faculty gave presentations on a variety of subjects. Some of which included: “Rediscovering your Love of Teaching’, Will Alderman, Associate Professor of Speech Communications led a roundtable discussion with participants sharing how they decided teaching was their passion. Institutional Technology Coordinator and associate professor, Matt Payne guided faculty through a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ using gamification to create virtual world building to bring life to course content. Other faculty members making presentations were: Abby Michellini, Toni Redmiles, Lisa Redmiles, Anne Cline, Rebecca Farris, Nicole Vineyard, Martha Maynard, Chuck Puckett, Kim Hensley and Susan Baldwin. The day concluded with a grand prize. The faculty voted for the favorite presentation of the day. The winner of the Big Yellow Bird was (drumroll please!) Assistant Professor in Education Nicole Vineyard for her ‘Be in Kahoots with Students’ presentation. Vineyard explored the new interactive technology for the classroom. This app allows students to use any smart device to participate in real time surveys and quizzes. The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation sponsored the hospitality for this event.