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Diana Jividen is Southerns May 2013 Faculty of the Month

Diana Jividen is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, May Faculty Member of the Month.
Jividen graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s from West Virginia University.
She started her job at Southern April 1, 2005 (April Fool’s Day). She joined the transitional studies department and remains there, teaching – English EN099 Beginning Composition and EN090 Reading Composition.
Jividen describes her responsibilities as, showing students respect, exposing them to proper grammar, to eliminate “ain’t” from their vocabulary and to show them how important reading is to their life and well-being.
She sponsors the honor society, Chi Alpha Epsilon, and exclaims it to be a wonderful experience. “The society recognizes the hard work the students who qualify have done and is important to the students and their parents”, she said.
She says she enjoys working with the students and ‘loves to watch them mature and grow wiser in their college years.’
Jividen serves on a subcommittee of the Enrollment Management Committee and was recently elected as a representative for the Williamson Campus in the Senate.
Her summer plans are to visit her son in Los Angeles, daughter in Pittsburgh and her sister in Myrtle Beach.

New Online Textbook Store

To grow their spirit store and provide more textbook options, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College moved their textbooks online to MBS Direct.

April 3, 2013 (Columbia, Mo.) – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College provides options and opportunities for students at all levels. And it was time they had a textbook program as flexible as they were.

“There is a lot of overhead in a textbook program, from housing the inventory to dealing with old editions. There are much better ways we can use those resources,” said Samuel Litteral, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Southern. “We’ve worked with MBS for years on our buybacks, so we know they are a very service-oriented company. With MBS Direct, students can buy their course materials any time, from anywhere, and they have more options, such as rental and digital.”

Through their online bookstore, students only need to go to one place to get all the materials for their classes. MBS Direct provides money-saving options with competitive new book prices, the largest inventory of used books and guaranteed buyback so students know upfront what to expect when they sell back at the end of the term. With a 24/7 contact center, students can call, email or chat with an MBS Direct representative whenever they have a question.

For more than 20 years, MBS Direct has been helping schools get textbooks to their students all over the world. More than 900 higher-education institutions and K-12 schools rely on MBS Direct’s technology, service and partnerships to get the right books to their students right on time. Direct Digital, MBS Direct’s digital platform, brings learning off the printed page with embedded resources, note sharing and text-to-speech capabilities. Faculty get reporting features not possible with traditional textbooks and students get the flexibility to read books on whatever device and platform they already have.

The new store is located at

Major General James A. Hoyer, The Adjutant General of West Virginia to Address Students at Commencement

Logan, WV- Major General James A. Hoyer, Adjutant General of West Virginia will address the 2013 graduating class of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on May 4, 2013. Commencement Exercises will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater in downtown Logan. The public is invited to attend and also view the event via the worldwide web at

Hoyer assumed the duties as The Adjutant General, West Virginia, Joint Forces Headquarters -West Virginia (JFHQ-WV) on 1 February 2011. As the Adjutant General, State of West Virginia, he provides command guidance and vision to the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard of more than 6,000 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen. He provides the overall supervision of the day to day operations and management of the readiness, fiscal, personnel, equipment and real property resources of the agency.

General Hoyer received his Bachelor degree from the University of Charleston and was commissioned in 1983 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at West Virginia State University. He began his military career in the West Virginia Army National Guard as a Cavalry Officer. He attended the Special Forces Officer Qualification Course and spent over fourteen years with the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). General Hoyer led the development of the West Virginia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, the Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC) and the Center for National Response (CNR) which is a national level operational and training capability/facility for critical infrastructure protection and consequence response. His most recent assignment was as the Director, Joint Staff, JFHQ-WV.

Southern provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit or call 1-866-SWCTC1.

April 2013 Faculty of the Month
Regina Bias is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, April Faculty Member of the Month.
Bias graduated from Marshall University for ADN, BSN, then attended  Bellarmine College for Master’s in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration.  She continued her education at West Virginia University receiving a Post Master’s Certificate in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. 
Bias joined the nursing faculty in August 1997. She teaches second year nursing students, and is team leader for courses clinical, advisors, and preparing for the NCLEX.
She defines her role as “being able to get that light of understanding in their eyes and I know that I have done my job and maybe they can become good nurses.”
Bias serves on several committees at Southern such as the Academic Affairs, Math rubric, and has served as Pinning Chair for Nursing  for the past  8 years.            
Her community activities include Scouting, Cub Scout Day camp Director, help with the sporting program, Church, and Director of Merit Badge College at Southern.
Her hobbies include spending time with her children and sports, especially watching her son play.
Bias and her husband Terry have one son.
“Southern is a great place to work, because I have been blessed to work with great people and wonderful students,” Bias said.
April 2013 Classified Staff Employee of the Month
Business Office Accounting Clerk, Henrietta McClellan is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, April Classified Staff Employee of the Month.               
McClellan joined the staff of Southern as Business Office Cashier in July 1992. She then became responsible for the switchboard and information desk. She not only answers the phones, but greets students and visitors. She offers directions to those in need, processes all incoming and outgoing mail, and helps in the business office when needed.
McClellan says she is a “people person and that helps with this job”, she said. This attitude was a reason for her nomination. Her nomination form stated, “It takes a special person to maintain a genuine, welcoming smile while working in a high-traffic area, serving countless customers who stop by her desk.”
“I have really enjoyed working here at Southern for the past twenty-plus years.  There are many wonderful people here and I cherish the friendships I have made while working here, not only with other employees, but also with the students.  If I ever retire I will be taking some wonderful memories with me,” she said.
McClellan and her husband of 35 years  Jerry, have a son, daughter, step-son and five grandchildren.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been awarded a $892,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation to be used to develop a career pathway program for students enrolled in engineering and mining programs. The grant will also enhance professional development for faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. “We are exhilarated about realizing our vision,” said First Lady/President Joanne Jaegar Tomblin. “This grant validates the college’s planning and hard work in connecting with the changing global culture.” Southern will receive the funding over three years for its ‘Comprehensive Career Pathways and Programs in Coal Mining’ project. “The grant will allow us to expand our program and course offerings with a special focus on mining technology.” Tomblin said. “It will also help us strengthen our existing online offerings and develop more online courses especially the development STEM courses.” NSF Grants are highly competitive, placing Southern in a select group of recipients. Tomblin offered praise for the experienced and celebrated members of the Grant Committee. Members are Dr. Pamela Alderman, Carol Howerton, Bill Alderman, Alyce Patterson-Diaz, Guy Lowes and Mindy Saunders. “At Southern we stay connected with area business and provide quality academic and workforce development programs to meet the need,” said Tomblin. “We are committed to exceptional teaching, and to educating students who will change lives and make an impact in their community.” Southern provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit or call 1-866-SWCTC1.

Kimberly Hensley and Steven Lacek have been awarded the President’s Award by First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

Tomblin announced the recipients during the annual President’s Awards Ceremony.

The President’s Award was established by President Tomblin to recognize an outstanding college employee who demonstrates a commitment to the college and is dedicated to making the community a better place.

Hensley, an Associate Professor of Biology in the Natural Sciences Department, believes in the empowerment of education, and helping her students discover their ‘aha’ moment.   “I strive to help my students shape their future and find a path to their goals,” said Hensley.

Hensley is a graduate of Williamson High School and attended Marshall University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s in Environmental Science.  She has been a full time professor at Southern since 2001.

She maintains a very busy schedule at Southern and is active in the community, serving as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader and is an instructor for the Merit Badge College for the Boy Scouts. She also tutors and helps with science education on the secondary level.

Fellow recipient, Steven Lacek, Assistant Professor / Department Chair for Transitional Studies began his career at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the fall of 1997 as a part time lab manager on the Wyoming Campus. After several semesters he left the state but returned in 2004 as an Instructional Specialist for the Transitional Studies Department eventually leading to his current position.

He recently assumed a leadership role as the Co-Coordinator of Southern’s Self Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, leading to his recognition as Southern’s Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education.

He was the 2011 recipient of the Savas-Kostas Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence and was selected to be a participant in the President’s Future Leaders’ Academy. Lacek is a member of the National Association of Developmental Educators and serves on the WVCTCS Developmental Education Task Force Sub Committee on Assessment.

Lacek earned his bachelor's degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Concord University and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Marshall University.

“At the heart of any great educational institution, are those talented and passionate individuals who devote their time, enlightening and mentoring students for the future,” said Tomblin. “Kim and Steve are two such individuals.”

First semester Appalachian Leadership Academy students recently presented their plan for making Williamson a bicycle friendly community to the Williamson Town Council. Pictured are Kayla Colegrove and Jennifer Ray speaking to the Williamson Town Council about the health benefits of bicycling. The presentation also included the economic benefits of cycling and a recommendation to create an advisory board.
Veteran Club Meeting
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College hosted the first Veterans Club meeting on March 6th. Speakers for the meeting were Veteran Matt Lewis and Accredited Financial Counselor, Rosa Lea McNeal. The club will meet the first Wednesday of each month in the Veterans Lounge on the Logan Campus. For more information contact Tim Ooten at 304-896-7354 or