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Stephanie Maynard Scott, a student at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, brought home a bronze medal from the recent SkillsUSA National Championships, held June 25 - 29 in Louisville, Ky. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 102 competition areas for career and technical students held earlier this spring. It is the largest skill competition in the world.

Scott, who lives in Logan, W.Va., participated in the Nurse Assisting competition, which was part of the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,300 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Southern was represented at the competition by students Kent Bevins, Stephanie Scott, Christina Blankenship, and Cypriel Nwafor.

“It’s been such an amazing experience,” Scott said. “I’m so thankful for Instructor Ashley Starkey believing in me and encouraging me, and also my two children and husband for being my motivation!”

Scott is in the accelerated Medial Assisting program on Southern’s Williamson campus. She plans on furthering her education by obtaining an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree next. “I like to think of this as only the beginning of my success,” Scott said.

Ashley Starkey, Instructor of Medical Assisting at Southern, and SkillsUSA Advisor, traveled to Louisville with Southern’s competitors. “I believe success is driven by hard work, dedication and sacrifice,” Starkey said. “I saw that in full force this week during competition. I am so thankful for the opportunity to watch as students from Southern took their knowledge and skills and put them to the ultimate test.”

When asked about Scott’s impressive win, Starkey said, “Stephanie did a tremendous job in representing Southern. Her dedication, skill knowledge and personality will take her beyond any limit as her future continues. It was truly a pleasure and honor to have her represent our Medical Assisting program and our school.”

Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, echoed Starkey: “Southern is so proud of Stephanie, and each of our students who competed at the national SkillsUSA Championships,” Gunter said. “Every competitor at the national championships vied and won at the state level, so these students have showcased their incredible talent and drive. I’m proud to say our faculty have nurtured and encouraged that in our students every step of this process.”

Rita Roberson, Southern’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, is also a SkillsUSA Advisor. “It is certainly an honor to congratulate Stephanie on her recent bronze medal win at SkillsUSA National Championships,” Roberson said. “It’s also an honor to congratulate all Southern students who participated in the state and national level competitions. Knowing our students have reached this level of excellence during their educational career at Southern brings pride to us all. Job well done students and advisors.”

During the national competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry that ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to:

Graduates of Southern’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) class of 2018 have passed the national certification exam, giving our MLT program a 100 percent pass rate.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam, referred to as the ASCP BOC, is the gold standard for laboratory professionals world-wide. In order to be eligible for the ASCP BOC exam, a candidate must be a graduate of a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, or NAACLS.

“This is outstanding, and it showcases the talent of our students and our faculty,” Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “Southern strives every day, with every class, to ensure that our students leave here with the skills a potential employer is looking for. And, without fail, our faculty make that happen.”
Southern’s Associate in Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technology program is NAACLS accredited. Southern accepts a new class of 20 students each fall, but prospective students are asked to begin the application process in January each year.

For more information on Southern’s MLT program, please contact Shirley Dardi at

Southern’s MLT Class of 2018 is pictured, front row, from left: Allison Sims, Kayla Keene, Shamia Brown, Meghan Workman, Katlyn Keene, Sarah Dameron, Tabitha Farley, Brehana Lambert; back row, from left: Kenneth Adkins, Michael Pennington, Patrick Baisden, Cory Barber, Austin Smith.

Howard E. Seufer, Jr. , Kevin G. Zachary, Eddie J. Canterbury

Mount Gay, W.Va. - The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors has elected its officers for the 2018-2019 term. The officers were approved during the Board’s June 19 regular meeting.

Mr. Howard E. Seufer, Attorney with Bowles Rice LLP of Charleston, was elected Board Chair; Mr. Kevin G. Zachary, President and CEO of Logan Regional Medical Center, was elected Vice Chair; and Logan businessman, Mr. Eddie Joe Canterbury, was elected as Secretary.

In addition to Seufer, Zachary, and Canterbury, citizen members appointed by Governor Justice include J. Chris Adkins, Latisha ‘Tish’ Marcum, Samuel Stewart, Pat Joe White, Mason ‘Ed’ White, and Wilma Zigmond. Southern's institutional members include William Alderman II (faculty representative), Timothy Ooten (classified staff representative), and Cherri M. Stroud (student representative).

"We have an outstanding Board that truly understands the mission of community colleges, and our focus on providing blended educational opportunities and training for students of all ages," Southern President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said.

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 the student body. Members of the Board of Governors work cooperatively with the college president and administration to establish institutional governance and strategic planning.

Southern is a member institution of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Mount Gay, W.Va. - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been recognized as a Purple Heart College, and now has a Purple Heart parking spot reserved for wounded combat veterans on its Logan campus.

Charles Baisden, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 733, presented a plaque of appreciation to Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter, in recognition of Southern’s support of military members, including veterans and their families.

“Our community has always taken great pride in our military veterans, and our college family wanted to have something tangible that would show our appreciation,” Dr. Gunter said. “Our armed forces have literally risked or given their lives to provide us the freedoms and rights we enjoy today, and this is a small gesture of our enormous gratitude to them, and to everyone who has answered the call for our country.”

Southern now joins a small list of other colleges or universities in West Virginia that have this distinction, including Marshall University, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use, and was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by George Washington in 1782. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, and awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

The organization now known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced its Spring 2018 Dean’s List. A total of 356 students from Southern – comprising Southern’s campuses at Boone/Lincoln; Logan; Williamson; and Wyoming/McDowell – earned the distinction, having been enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the semester, and having earned a grade point average of at least 3.25 for the semester.

“Our students are rarely only students – they are usually balancing their responsibilities and studies here with the responsibilities they carry in their personal lives and jobs,” Dr. Robert Gunter, Southern’s president, said. “These students are exemplary and have maintained high standards and academic excellence. They are an example to their fellow students, and all of us.”

A complete list of students, by campus, follows:

Boone/Lincoln (54 students):
Adkins, Brittney Lee, Branchland, W.Va.
Adkins, Kayla Branchland, W.Va
Adkins, Preston, West Hamlin, W.Va
Armstrong, Whitney, Ashford, W.Va.
Atkins, Makayla B., West Hamlin, W.Va.
Bailey, Lexie Nicole, Madison, W.Va.
Baldwin, Christina Nicole, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Bateman, Trina M. Man, W.Va.
Bender, Amanda Dawn, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Bourne, Cheyenne L., Wharton, W.Va.
Brogan, Alexander C., Hamlin, W.Va.
Browning, Nancy Louise, Man, W.Va.
Cook, Easton R., Madison, W.Va.
Cooper, Taylor D., Branchland, W.Va.
Craddock, Cassie Lynn, Hewett, W.Va.
Craddock, Kaila C., Sod, W.Va.
Crouse, Logan P., Wharton, W.Va.
Dyer, Jacob, Hamlin, W.Va.
Ferrell, Briana K., Hewett, W.Va.
Ferrell, Melanie K., Van, W.Va.
Frye, Emilee Brooke, Branchland, W.Va.
Gearhart, Erica Danielle, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Gedraitis, Michael Anthony, Whitesville, W.Va.
Godbey, Timothy Ray, Danville, W.Va.
Halstead, Blake H., Foster, W.Va.
Halstead, Paige E., Peytona, W.Va.
Hill, Payton M., Madison, W.Va.
Hughes, Katelyn M., Madison, W.Va.
Jarrells, Misty Dawn, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Kovalkevich, Chelsea Nadine, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Laws, Tammy S., Foster, W.Va.
Leary, William B., Madison, W.Va.
McCoy, Latasha Faith, Big Creek, W.Va.
Merlin, Teena A., Alum Creek, W.Va.
Merritt, Shaylee O., Wharton, W.Va.
Miller, Kelly, Sweetland, W.Va.
Mills, Danny A., Yolyn, W.Va.
Mullins, Emily Whitney-Rae, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Nichols, Latasha D., Crum, W.Va.
Parker, Heidi, Branchland, W.Va.
Parsons, Megan Danielle, Ranger, W.Va.
Pate, Megan, Harts, W.Va.
Pridemore, Brooklyn N., Madison, W.Va.
Priestley, Brianna G., Sumerco, W.Va.
Queen, Lakeisha D., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Ramsey, Nathan A., Madison, W.Va.
Sauls, Anthony Jay, Seth, W.Va.
Shafer, Keely Dawn, Racine, W.Va.
Stewart, Jacob T., Gordon, W.Va.
Tackett, Chawndala N., Wharton, W.Va.
Vanater, Tifany L., Comfort, W.Va.
Vannatter, Julie Catherine, Harts, W.Va.
Workman, Chelsea R., Madison, W.Va.
Workman, Kendra A., Danville, W.Va.

Logan Campus (207 students):
Adams, Bethany R., Breeden, W.Va.
Adams, Donald Matthew, Peach Creek, W.Va.
Adkins, Ashley Lynn, Man, W.Va.
Adkins, Irene D., West Logan, W.Va.
Adkins, Joseph Ray, Verdunville, W.Va.
Adkins, Kenneth Brian, Cyclone, W.Va.
Bailey, Kirkland R., Man, W.Va.
Baisden, Edna Rose, Logan, W.Va.
Baisden, Emily G., Lenore, W.Va.
Baisden, Patrick Kyle, Dingess, W.Va.
Balentine, Shelbee L., Holden, W.Va.
Barber, Cory Allen, Omar, W.Va.
Beavers, Jeremiah T., Lorado, W.Va.
Bell, Allison E., Whitman, W.Va.
Bentley, Benjamin, Gilbert, W.Va.
Berry, Alex B., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Berry, Cynthia M., Pecks Mill, W.Va.
Bias, Amanda J., Foster, W.Va.
Bias, Andrew Lee, Pecks Mill, W.Va.
Blankenship, Chaz D., Gilbert, W.Va.
Blevins, Jacob Aaron, Pecks Mill, W.Va.
Booth, Hunter B., Man, W.Va.
Boothe, Sarah H., Cyclone, W.Va.
Bourne, Jordan Tyler, Man, W.Va.
Bowen, Stephanie Hope, Verdunville, W.Va.
Bradley, John Elbert, Clothier, W.Va.
Brewer, Austin Q., Kermit, W.Va.
Brooks, Rebecca Lynn, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Brooks, Teresa M., Oceana, W.Va.
Brown, Shamia Rae, Ridgeview, W.Va.
Browning, Allyson Brooke, Logan, W.Va.
Browning, Kristin M., Logan, W.Va.
Browning, Lisa Karen, Harts, W.Va.
Browning, Meagan B., Man, W.Va.
Bryant, Bethany D., Stollings, W.Va.
Burnette, Chase M., Whitman, W.Va.
Busick, Ryan K., Omar, W.Va.
Carr, Ericka Faith, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Carter, Taylor LaShae, Man, W.Va.
Chafin, Kayla, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Chapman, Matthew T., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Cline, Tiffani G., Gilbert, W.Va.
Codispoti, Cameron Mark, Holden, W.Va.
Collins, Cody, Mallory, W.Va.
Collins, Rikki R., Gilbert, W.Va.
Compton, Lisa M., Isaban, W.Va.
Conley, Dakota James, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Cooper, Kayla L., Mount Gay, W.Va.
Copley, Autum Brooke, Man, W.Va.
Corbett, Melissa Ann, Logan, W.Va.
Crum, Adriana A., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Dameron, Sarah Elizabeth, Switzer, W.Va.
Damron, Kionna Lynn, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Davis, McKinsey Blaine, Clear Fork, W.Va.
Dawson, Lorissa M., Harts, W.Va.
DeFlumeri, Terri Y., Amherstdale, W.Va.
Dingess, Melissa K., Lake, W.Va.
Dotson, Mark A., Ransom, Ky.
Dress, Teena Loraine, Mount Gay, W.Va.
Elia, Nicholas B., Lenore, W.Va.
Elliott, Joshua Patrick, Logan, W.Va.
Ellis, Hannah B., Stollings, W.Va.
Ellis, Tiffany Daniell, Bruno, W.Va.
Ellison, Kyra Danielle, Cyclone, W.Va.
Evans, Joshua Earl, Delbarton, W.Va.
Farley, Ashley M., Harts, W.Va.
Farley, Tabitha Laine, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Farmer, Jeremy D., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Fields, Meagan Ruth, Logan, W.Va.
France, Corey P., Logan, W.Va.
Frye, Oscar, Switzer, W.Va.
Gibson, Autumn C., Omar, W.Va.
Gibson, Jordan Earl, Verner, W.Va.
Goins, John Michael, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Goodman, Megan E., Man, W.Va.
Green, Nathan A., Holden, W.Va.
Grigg, Lois A., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Grimmett, Crystal Gail, Accoville, W.Va.
Hall, Cierra, Mt. Gay, W.Va.
Hargis, Amanda M., Panther, W.Va.
Harvey, Tara L., Holden, W.Va.
Hatfield, Casey L., Baisden, W.Va.
Hayes, Haleigh G., Gordon, W.Va.
Heath, Allison P., Gilbert, W.Va.
Herndon, Theresa M., Danville, W.Va.
Hodge, Rita Ann, Kermit, W.Va.
Holbrook, Shonta A., Ragland, W.Va.
Holt, Joanne E., Williamson, W.Va.
Hudson, Kana D., Charleston, W.Va.
Jarrells, Benjamin Michael, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Jewell, Shaylan L., Logan, W.Va.
Johnson, Andy Elijah, Holden, W.Va.
Johnson, Randal, Morrisvale, W.Va.
Johnson, Scotty Allen, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Justice, Chase Eugene, Baisden, W.Va.
Justice, Megan M., Man, W.Va.
Keene, Katlyn Paige, Williamson, W.Va.
Keene, Kayla Dawn, Williamson, W.Va.
Kilgore, Bernie Richard, Accoville, W.Va.
Kitchen, Jeffery, Naugatuck, W.Va.
Kitchen, Kaitlyn, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Lambert, Brehana Maye, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Lancaster, Briana M., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Lee, Abigail Rose, Mount Gay, W.Va.
Lefevers, Hannah M., Justice, W.Va.
Lester, McKenzie H., Hanover, W.Va.
Lewis, Jarrod Alan, Omar, W.Va.
Loggins, Suzanna P., Verdunville, W.Va.
Lovejoy, James A., Julian, W.Va.
Lucas, Addisyn Q., Stone, Ky.
Lucas, Adrianna J., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Lusk, Kayla Breanna, Oceana, W.Va.
Lyall, Joshua K., Mallory, W.Va.
Marcum, Kari Alexis, Harts, W.Va.
Marcum, Michele J., Verdunville, W.Va.
Marcum, Tiarra P., Chapmanville, W.Va.
May, Kierra L., Logan, W.Va.
May, Nathaniel M., Gilbert, W.Va.
Maynard, Heather E., Inez, Ky.
Maynard, Morgan Taylor, Lenore, W.Va.
Maynard, Stephanie, Whitman, W.Va.
Mccloud, Douglas, Chapmanville, W.Va.
McCoy, Kendra D., Delbarton, W.Va.
Meade, Susan, Logan, W.Va.
Meeks, Mary E., West Logan, W.Va.
Messer, Kitawna P., Switzer, W.Va.
Miller, Tara Lynn, Henlawson, W.Va.
Mills, Dustin D., Williamson, W.Va.
Milum, Allyson P., Williamson, W.Va.
Morrison, Daisy I., Verdunville, W.Va.
Mosley, Hanna C., West Logan, W.Va.
Mosley, Shyann Amber, Amherstdale, W.Va.
Mullins, Caleigh L., Yawkey, W.Va.
Napier, Justin, Man, W.Va.
Napier, Taylor M., Omar, W.Va.
Nelson, Aaron, Logan, W.Va.
Nelson, Madison P., Omar, W.Va.
Nelson, Michael Edward, Logan, W.Va.
Nelson, Samantha, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Nester, Bobby, Man, W.Va.
Newsome, Amber Faith, Dingess, W.Va.
Nichols, Cameron T., Crum, W.Va.
O'Dell, Arissa L., Logan, W.Va.
Ojeda, Richard N., Holden, W.Va.
Ooten, Austin C., Holden, W.Va.
Osborne, Emily O., Cyclone, W.Va.
Osborne, Jamie L., Lenore, W.Va.
Osborne, Sara Ann, Iaeger, W.Va.
Pack, Timothy, Delbarton, W.Va.
Parker, Angela D., Logan, W.Va.
Payne, Jared V., Ashford, W.Va.
Paynter, Thomas K., Oceana, W.Va.
Pennington, Michael G., Dingess, W.Va.
Perry, Jennifer A., Omar, W.Va.
Plummer, Katlyn M., Gilbert, W.Va.
Porter, Alvis C., Holden, W.Va.
Price, Caleb S., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Price, Garrett L., Madison, W.Va.
Prince, Kimberly D., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Prince-Lacek, Jo Lynn, Beckley, W.Va.
Quinn, Autumn B., Logan, W.Va.
Quinn, Paul Joseph, Logan, W.Va.
Rice, Charlena, Logan, W.Va.
Richardson, Barry J., Kermit, W.Va.
Robertson, Angela Lynn, Davin, W.Va.
Robinson, Maggie B., Lenore, W.Va.
Robinson, Ryleigh E., Madison, W.Va.
Runyon, Melissa S., Delbarton, W.Va.
Russell, Robert M., Harts, W.Va.
Saunders, Casey, Mullens, W.Va.
Schultz, Anna Marie, Madison, W.Va.
Short, Cassie Jane, Man, W.Va.
Simpson, Samantha Joy, Whitman, W.Va.
Sims, Allison C., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Sizemore, Kalenia Fayth, Justice, W.Va.
Sizemore, Kayla Janel, Chapmanville, W.Va.
Smith, Austin Jacob, Holden, W.Va.
Smith, Charles D., Ethel, W.Va.
Smith, Donna Kaitlyn, Hanover, W.Va.
Smith, Jessica L., North Matewan, W.Va.
Smith, Justina M., Ethel, W.Va.
Smith, Sarah R., Isaban, W.Va.
Smith, Shaila D., Madison, W.Va.
Spaulding, Laura F., Dingess, W.Va.
Spaulding, Tierra Michelle, Lyburn, W.Va.
Sperry, Tisha L., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Spry, Tori Denise, Verdunville, W.Va.
Stanley, Austin B., Pineville, W.Va.
Stanley, Corey J., Davin, W.Va.
Stevenson, Jocelyn K., Lorado, W.Va.
Summers, Courtney Brooke, Logan, W.Va.
Thompson, Tanya Cherie, Mount Gay, W.Va.
Townsend, Natasha D., Logan, W.Va.
Townsend, Olivia K., Sarah Ann, W.Va.
Vance, Emilie Jane, Kistler, W.Va.
Vance, Kimberly Beth, Lenore, W.Va.
Vance, Lindsey Jewell, Delbarton, W.Va.
Vance, Nancy Kay, Accoville, W.Va.
Vannatter, Codi A., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Wallace, Anthony Chester, Cross Lanes, W.Va.
White, Justin K., Williamson, W.Va.
Whitten, Cassidy Hope, Oceana, W.Va.
Williams, Kimberly D., Holden, W.Va.
Wilson, Rachelle K., Cyclone, W.Va.
Wooten, Amber R., Madison, W.Va.
Workman, Andrew M., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Workman, Meghan Faith, Jeffrey, W.Va.

Williamson Campus (71 students):
Arledge, Brandon Tyler, Pinsonfork, Ky.
Barker, Mercy V., Red Jacket, W.Va.
Barker, Rebecca Darlene, Huddy, Ky.
Belcher, Myosha Tennille, Delbarton, W.Va.
Blackburn, Nicholas Adam, Belfry, Ky.
Blalock, Jared, Chattaroy, W.Va.
Blankenship, Abigale, Williamson, W.Va.
Blankenship, Christina, Lenore, W.Va.
Blevins, Caleb F., Belfry, Ky.
Burgett, Madison B., Williamson, W.Va.
Cantrell, Casara R., Gilbert, W.Va.
Casey, Deonna D., Logan, W.Va.
Collins, Adriana, Matewan, W.Va.
Collins, Ambroshia LeeAnn, Ransom, Ky.
Collins, Caleb Gage, Red Jacket, W.Va.
Crum, Christin N., Chattaroy, W.Va.
Daniels, Brittany, McCarr, Ky.
Davis, Austin C., Williamson, W.Va.
Davis, Christian L., Forest Hills, Ky.
Dotson, Larry, Phelps, Ky.
Earnest, Scotty Deane, Belfry, Ky.
Fields, Keegan D., Forest Hills, Ky.
Fields, Morgan J., Williamson, W.Va.
Fraley, Cierra Cheyanne, South Williamson, Ky.
Gravely, Michelle R., Williamson, W.Va.
Hankins, Jason M., South Williamson, Ky.
Hanshaw, Allison Paige, Delbarton, W.Va.
Harmon, Stephanie, Delbarton, W.Va.
Hatfield, Alexandria M., Delbarton, W.Va.
Hatfield, Rhonda Lea, Delbarton, W.Va.
Haynes, Hayley Shawnee, Lenore, W.Va.
Hinkle, Austin T., Delbarton, W.Va.
Hodges, Brandon A., Chapmanville, W.Va.
Horn, Briana Gabrielle, Inez, Ky.
Howard, Jeremy L., Kermit, W.Va.
Hundley, Andrew H., Lenore, W.Va.
Hurley, Tylina, Belfry, Ky.
Jackson, Ashley N., Delbarton, W.Va.
Johnson, Nicholas, Sidney, Ky.
Lester, Hunter C., Gilbert, W.Va.
Lester, Jennifer M., Delbarton, W.Va.
May, Ronald L., Delbarton, W.Va.
McCoy, Courtney R., Inez, Ky.
McCoy, Kaitlyn Danielle, Inez, Ky.
Messer, Michael J, Delbarton, W.Va.
Messer, Shauna, Kermit, W.Va.
Mingo, Kentrell, Belfry, Ky.
Mollett, Margaret B., Kermit, W.Va.
Mullins, Rebekah L., Williamson, W.Va.
Napier, Summer Briana, Omar, W.Va.
Neal, Marcie R., North Matewan, W.Va.
Owens, Taylor, Baisden, W.Va.
Parsley, Taylor H., Naugatuck, W.Va.
Preece, Kristy, Delbarton, W.Va.
Roer, David J., Williamson, W.Va.
Salmons, Donald G., Kermit, W.Va.
Sammons, Ashley D. Matewan, W.Va.
Smith, Danielle Bree'Ann, Williamson, W.Va.
Soltesz, Lance David, Williamson, W.Va.
Sparks, Angela K., Belfry, Ky.
Stroud, Cherri M., Burnwell, Ky.
Thornsbury, Taylor, Matewan, W.Va.
Toler, Shawn J., Hatfield, Ky.
Trent, Christina Mackenzie, Gilbert, W.Va.
Varney, Donald A., Williamson, W.Va.
Wellman, John M., Williamson, W.Va.
Wilhite, Melissa Ann, Pikeville, Ky.
Williamson, Sarah E., Williamson, W.Va.
Williamson, Tyra P., Kermit, W.Va.
Yates, Kyra J., Lenore, W.Va.
Yates, Zoe, Williamson, W.Va.

Wyoming/McDowell campus (24 students):
Adkins, Katlyn Kaleen, Pineville, W.Va.
Akers, Morgan Irene, Pineville, W.Va.
Aliff, Thomas Edward, Clearfork, W.Va.
Allen, Jason C., Jesse, W.Va.
Blevins, Santerra Mariea, Avondale, W.Va.
Boyce, Kelsey A., Pineville, W.Va.
Cook, Jarred C., Lynco, W.Va.
Dorado, Kristie, Pineville, W.Va.
Gibson, Joshua, Cyclone, W.Va.
Hatfield, Chessie B., Welch, W.Va.
Hatfield, Tamara N., Oceana, W.Va.
Lafferty, Hayley Sue, Glen Rogers, W.Va.
Lester, Ashton Faith, Hanover, W.Va.
May, Gabriel Tracy, Gilbert, W.Va.
McMillion, Kendra Lou, Ravencliff, W.Va.
Miller, Mason S., Brenton, W.Va.
Mills, Kaitlyn D., Mullens, W.Va.
Morgan, Hannah G., Matheny, W.Va.
Riffe, Ciera D., Ikes Fork, W.Va.
Shell, Melinda Grace, Welch, W.Va.
Tolliver, Hannah R., Mullens, W.Va.
Walker, Lakyn Brooke, Oceana, W.Va.
Walker, Winona S., Oceana, W.Va.
Wilkins, Ramone J., Keystone, W.Va.

During Saturday’s 46th Commencement Ceremony, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College graduated the largest number of veterans and/or veteran dependents – a spouse or child – in the school’s history. During the Spring 2018 semester, 49 veterans and/or their dependents were enrolled at Southern.

“They may not realize they are entitled to certain programs and benefits,” Ricky Ellis, Southern’s Veterans Coordinator, said. “For instance, you may be entitled to medical and vision coverage. If you have earned a Purple Heart, you can attend school – any school – for free. You may also be eligible for assistance programs, such as Transition and Care Management, which helps veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

Southern’s Logan Campus houses a Veterans’ Club that meets monthly. There is also a Military Student Success Center, formerly the Veterans’ Lounge, where veterans and/or their family members can relax, study, or have quiet time.

If you are a veteran or a veteran’s dependent, and you are interested in enrolling at Southern, please contact Ricky Ellis at, or give him a call at 304-896-7433.

2018 Savas-Kostas Award Winners

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced the recipients of its 2018 Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence during the college’s 46th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The faculty award winners are Leslie T. Goldie and Brandon Kirk; the staff award winners are Chris Gray and Susan Wolford. Leslie “Les” Goldie is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Southern, and a West Virginia State Police Sergeant. He restructured Southern’s Criminal Justice program to offer students a fully online Associate Degree, allowing students more flexibility in balancing their studies, personal lives, and work schedules. Goldie also serves on Southern’s Facilities and Safety Committee and Crisis Management Team. He is a Logan County native and a Logan High School graduate. Goldie earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies from Marshall University. He lives in Logan with his wife, Amy.

Brandon Kirk is an Assistant Professor of History at Southern, having earned a Master of Arts in History from Marshall University. Coming from a family of educators, Kirk is a dedicated faculty member, and serves as Coordinator for Board of Governors degree program. He is a published author, having written the book "Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy" in 2014. Kirk, who resides in Harts, W.Va., has been a member of Southern’s faculty since 2010.

One of Southern’s Staff Award winners, Chris Gray, has been on Southern’s team since 1996. Gray serves as the Manager for Business and Auxiliary Services, overseeing Southern’s Business Office, online bookstore, and the snack bar contractors on Southern’s Williamson campus. Gray also serves as Chair of the Classified Staff Council, and the staff representative to the West Virginia Advisory Council of Classified Employees. He is the Chair of the Strategic Planning and Financial Review Committee, and recently coordinated the development of Southern’s Strategic Planning process. Gray is a native of Welch, W.Va., and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Marshall University. He currently resides in Williamson, W.Va.

Administrative Associate Susan Wolford, the other Staff Award winner, has been a dedicated Southern employee since 1988. Wolford is known for her customer service skills, and her tireless work with department chairs, coordinators, faculty, staff, and students. She has been instrumental in helping make Southern’s Allied Health and Nursing programs among the best in the state and nation. Wolford is a graduate of Logan High School, and holds an Associate Degree in Executive Secretarial Science from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. She earned her Regents Bachelor of Arts from Bluefield State College. She resides at Henlawson, W.Va. with her husband, Larry.

The Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence is presented annually to honor two outstanding faculty and two outstanding staff members of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have made significant contributions to the College, community, or to improve education in southern West Virginia. Evidence of qualities befitting a recipient of the Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence includes integrity, professionalism, selflessness, commitment, and cooperation. The outstanding faculty awards were established in 1982 as a permanent endowment by Logan businessman, Nick Savas, for the purpose of recognizing the outstanding contributions of faculty at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the communities we serve. These awards are in the amount of one thousand dollars each. The awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of staff were initiated in 1996 by George and Elizabeth Savas-Kostas. These awards are in the amount of five hundred dollars each.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Chawndala Tackett has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year college students.

Tackett was honored along with 19 other students from across West Virginia during a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. The West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS), along with First Lady Cathy Justice, honored each student individually for their academic success, determination, and commitment to their communities.

Tackett will graduate from Southern on Saturday, May 12, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management.

“Chawndala’s induction into Phi Theta Kappa is a tremendous honor, and she represents the best of our students,” Southern President, Dr. Robert Gunter, said. “I couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments and her recognition.”

Phi Theta Kappa is a premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as both scholars and leaders. The honor society is made up of more than 3.2 million members with nearly 1,300 chapters in nine countries.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President, Dr. Robert E. Gunter, has named Rita Roberson as the college’s new Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

“Moving into the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement will give me the opportunity to work closely with all of the communities in Southern’s service district,” Roberson said. “I look forward to working and partnering with schools, businesses and individuals in our effort to provide an education to all.”

Roberson began her educational career at Southern. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Marshall University, and then her Master of Arts in Counseling, with an emphasis in Community Agency, from Marshall University Graduate College.
She has been employed by Southern since 1985, and has most recently served as the Williamson Campus Director.

“Rita has brought huge levels of innovation to the college and most recently celebrated her latest success as the Southern Champion for our First Annual Southern Telethon hosted at Southern’s Williamson campus this past Sunday,” Dr. Gunter said. “I look forward to having her as part of my Executive Team and working with her to expand the Vision 2020 initiative by seeking additional donors to the College Foundation.”