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Elbert Pope and Chafin Family

Southern Foundation announces scholarship recipient...Elbert Allen Pope II of Delbarton, WV is the recipient of the H. Truman Chafin Family Scholarship for 2009-2010. Senator H. Truman Chafin (D-Mingo) made the official scholarship presentation during a recent visit to the Williamson Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Pictured l-r are Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Attorney Letitia Chafin, Allen Pope, Senator Chafin and Vice President for Development at Southern Ronald E. Lemon. Allen is a 2009 graduate of Burch High School. Upon completing his studies at Southern, he plans to transfer to West Virginia University to pursue a career in radiology.

Hornbuckle and ALA students

Believe, Achieve and Succeed...Motivational speaker Quandora Hornbuckle spoke with members of the Appalachian Leadership Academy following the Harmony 365 banquet held at the Logan Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Mrs. Hornbuckle spoke of how the success of her daughter, Alexis, has changed the history of female athletics in West Virginia. Alexis is a South Charleston High School alumnus who currently plays in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock. Quandora is also a well-known singer and founder of Annointed by God Ministries. Pictured are l-r, Seth Simon, Andrew Portzer, Krista Edwards, Eric Starr, Mrs. Hornbuckle, Ashlea Owens, Keith Coleman and Sherry Murphy. Harmony 365 events are sponsored by Southern in partnership with the Williamson Branch and the Logan Chapter of the NAACP and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

I would like to nominate Judy Curry for "Faculty of the Month".  She has been involved in starting a new Central Sterile program this year which has required a great deal of work on her part.  She has been spending long days at the college preparing new lectures for this new program in addition to fulfilling the duties required for the Surgical Technology Program and her coordinator's position.  Judy always does an excellent job in anything she undertakes and should be commended for the extra effort she is putting forth this year.

Vernon Elkins

Judy Curry

Harmony 365 Event

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in partnership with the local NAACP officially kicked off their Harmony 365 celebration during a Candlelight Vigil held on Sunday, February 21 at the Logan Street Baptist Church in Williamson. Pictured are l-r, Jada Hunter, principal at Burch High School; Coston Davis, Jr., president of the West Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches; Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; and John W. Fullen, president of the Williamson Branch, NAACP. The event also celebrated Black History Month and the NAACP Centennial.

Wyoming/McDowell County Campus Harmony Day

On February 18, 2008, the Wyoming/McDowell County Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College celebrated Harmony Day. The keynote speaker was Dr. Albert Walker, President of Bluefield State College. Harmony Day at the Campus is part of a week long celebration at Southern each February to recognize and celebrate the diversity of the communities it serves. Over 40 students, faculty, and staff attended the event.

Foundation Donation

Logan, WV - A gift of $10,000 was presented to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. by Lieutenant Governor and Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin following the annual Logan County Chamber of Commerce breakfast held at the college. The donation comes as a result of President Tomblin's recent selection as the 2009 Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award in which he received a $10,000 check to give to his favorite charity.

Senator Tomblin said he believed the money should go to support educational opportunities in southern West Virginia, which is key to a vital work force. He understands the important role of community colleges and workforce development in meeting the training needs of industries across the country.

Southern's President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin expressed her gratitude and announced the college has raised over $7 million during Phase One of the Vision 2020 fundraising campaign. This is a great accomplishment as she celebrates her 10th year as college president.

Senator Tomblin received the William M. Bulger Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award in July during the 35th Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Philadelphia.  President Tomblin is the 23rd recipient of this prestigious award which was founded in 1996.

“Senator Tomblin has a deep loyalty to the legislative institution and exemplifies the highest of legislative leadership that we have in this country,” said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound. “His personality, coupled with the longevity and variety of his public service, has combined to develop one of the state's foremost political leaders who possesses a great ability to face and overcome the state's continuing financial and economic struggles.”

The William M. Bulger Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award is presented annually to a leader who has worked to preserve and build public trust in the institution of the state legislature and whose career embodies the highest principles of leadership—integrity, compassion, vision and courage.

Tomblin served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1974-1978 and then in the Senate from 1980-2004. During that time, he served as the Senate majority whip and chairman and later as president of the Senate. In fact, Tomblin is the longest serving Senate president in West Virginia's history. In addition to be involved in various committee, he has also served on the executive committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF) first honored William M. Bulger, former president of the Massachusetts State Senate, for his distinguished career in public service and particularly for his commitment to protecting and strengthening the institution of the state legislature. That event was the catalyst for the annual Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award.

Pictured are l-r, Southern's Vice President for Development Ronald E. Lemon, Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Foundation President George Kostas, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, Foundation Vice-President Eddie Canterbury, and Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone).

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin is pleased to announce that the following students have been placed on the Dean's List for the Fall 2009 semester.  This honor recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.25 or higher in at least twelve semester hours of academic work.  Congratulations on your outstanding academic achievement and best wishes for continued success.

Shawna Adams
Sandra Adams
Nickolas Adams
Kaci Addison
Andrea Adkins
Travis Adkins
Amanda Adkins
Kathryn Adkins
Derek Adkins
Shari Adkins
Sara Alberts
William Aldridge
Steven Alley
Chelsea Anderson
Courtney Ashley
Christopher Atha
Roger Bailey
Harold Bailey
Jimi Bailey
Jeremy Bailey
Tressie Bailey
Patrick Bailey
Rachael Baisden
Chad Baisden
Brian Baisden
Justin Baisden
Kasey Baldwin
Alexis Batausa
Jennifer Baum
Aleshia Beckett
Patrick Beddow
Jessica Bell
Gavin Bias
Gregory Bishop
Zackary Blackburn
Steven Blackburn
Tera Blackburn
Stephanie Blackburn
Courtney Blackburn
Samantha Blair
Kelsey Blankenship
Donna Blankenship
John Botsch
Stacey Bowles
Megan Bowling
Alayne Bowman
Matthew Bradley
Natalie Branham
Shawnee Branham
Devin Brightwell
Brandon Brown
Brenden Brown
Joshua Brown
Barry Browning
Alissa Browning
Jordan Browning
Andrea Browning
Clarkson Browning
Eric Burton
Derek Buzzard
Ashley Byrd
Brandy Calloway
Amanda Cantrell
Shannon Carballo
Kristi Carey
Sarah Carey
Matthew Carter
Katelyn Carter
Isaiah Carter
Barrett Centers
Timothy Chapman
Criste Chapman
Amanda Chapman
Michael Charles
Amanda Chittenden-Blevins
Havilah Chowdhury
Freda Cochran
Kendra Colangelo
Katelynn Colegrove
Courtney Colegrove
Amanda Conley
Erin Cook
Kelly Cook
Tammy Cooper
Noel Cooper
Jessica Cooper
James Crigger
Erick Croaff
Denise Crum
Jaime Crum
Amber Crum
James Cumbridge
Kelli Curry
Megan Damron
Jaclyn Daniels
Courtney Daniels
Bradley Davis
Rachel Day
Shawn Deer
Whitney Dempsey
Stephanie Dempsey
Renetta Deskins
Diana Dillon
Frank Dillon
Wendie Dingess
Lisa Dingess
Brittany Dolin
Christina Dolin
Angela Dotson
Brett Dunlap
Courtney Ellis
Zachary England
Daniel Ewing
Sarrah Farley
Johnny Farley
Lauren Farris
Destinee Feye
Alicia Fields
Elizabeth Fields
Danielle Fink
Justin Fleming
Amanda Fletcher
Brian Ford
Sarah Fowler
Delberta Fowler
Heather Freeman
Amber Gallagher
Susan Garrett
Barbara Gavina
Charlie Gibbs
Madonna Gilco
Mary Gillespie
Meaghan Gillespie
Hollie Goodwin
Debra Gore
Autumn Grove
Stephanie Hager
Katelynn Hagy
Richard Hall
Beverly Hall
Sandra Hammonds
Savannah Harless
Tammathy Harless
Cieara Harper
Lauren Hart
Carrie Hawkins
Brittany Helsel
Elizabeth Hensley
Mariah Herman
Michael Hignite
Crystal Hill
Elisabeth Hitchcock
Marca Hobbs
Sarah Hoffman
Christopher Holstein
Sarah Holzapfel
Lisa Horn
Whitney Horne
Jennifer Howard
Kimberly Irick
Kaitlynn Jewell
Zachary Johnson
Tiffany Johnson
Elston Johnson
Tiffanie Jowett
Rita Keyser
Virginia Kimler
Elisha Kinder
Jennifer Kinder
Rosemary King
Angela Kinser
Phillip Kirk
Sara LaCaria
Donald Lecik
Melissa Lecik
Cassandra Lee
Kacie Legg
Debra Lester
Rebecca Lester
Joshua Lester
Heather Lilly
Morgan Logan
Jacob Long
Samuel Lovejoy
Linda Lovins
Joshua Mahon
Michael Mallory
Zachary Manley
Kayla Marcum
Tammie Marcum
Karen Marcum
Laken Marine
Chassidy Marine
Jeri Martin
Jenelle Martin
Lauren Massey
Mary Mastro
Dakota May
Linda May
Sarah May
Daniel Mayhew
Kristi McCoy
Amanda McDonald
Carrie McGraw
Tanya McKinney
Joyce McKinney
Susan Medlen
Calah Messer
Kelli Messer
Andrea Michael
Joseph Mileto
Jerrica Miller
Lara Miller
Jacob Miller
Emily Miller
Christopher Miller
Brittany Miller
Stephanie Miller
James Mitchell
Glenda Mitchell
Jeanne Modley
Adam Morgan
Joey Morgan  II
Todd Mowery
Ted Mullins
Sherri Murphy
Adam Murphy
Kayla Neace
Angel Neil
James Nelson
Kellie Nelson
Amy Newsome
Shannon Orso
William Osborne
Sara Osborne
Barbara Perkins
Sonja Pack
Kari Parsley
Megan Pauley
Mikaleah Pennington
Nicholas Pettry
Thomas Pettry
John Peyton
Madhavi Pidaparthi
James Pierce
Jessica Plymale
Sarah Podunavac
Aaron Porter
Trisha-Ann Preece
Tiffany Rader
Keisha Ratcliff
April Reed
Kimberlee Richardson
Ada Roberson
Charis Robinette
Jamie Robinette
Andrea Robinette
William Robinson
Vanessa Robinson
Chris Rolen
Jeana Rollins
Teresa Rose
Kayla Rose
Kelli Rozzell
Sandra Runyon
Samantha Sabo
Natalie Salmon
Michael Sansom
Heather Sheppard
Donise Sheppard
Justin Simpkins
Jared Simpson
Sandra Slone
Megan Smith
Joseph Smith
Brittney Smith
Kristyn Smith
Ruby Smith
Amanda Smith
Amelia Smith
Taylor Smith
Robert Sontag
Sara Spaulding
Tyler Spears
Amanda Spry
Amber Spurlock
Natosha Stacy
Richard Starkey
Zachary Staten
Jeffrey Stevens
Dixie Stewart
Sarah Stollings
Brianna Stollings
Matthew Tackett
Jeremy Thompson
Meghan Thompson
Judy Thompson
Whitney Tincher
Leann Toler
Crystal Toppings
Kimberly Toth
Brandon Townsend
Andrea Townsend
Joshua Trent
Candice Vance
Amanda Vance
Betty Vance
John Vance
Joyce Varney
Christina Vaughan
John Venturino
Tina Waldron
Kelli Walker-Pack
Jarrod Walls
James Ward
Carl Wehner
Steven Wellman
Mike Whisenant
Rita White
Brandon Whitt
Sheila Whitt
Nicholas Williams
Kara Willis
Mark Wood
Kaitlin Workman
Sherry Workman
Jessica Workman
Chelsea Wyant
Jason Young
Christopher Zeto

Southern operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates. The college's web site is and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.

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

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College conducted an induction ceremony on December 17th for its 2009 Appalachian Leadership Academy fellows.

The six students will receive a full scholarship to attend Southern and up to $500 for books. Mingo County native, Retired General Robert "Doc" Foglesong, USAF was the guest speaker during the induction ceremony held at The Brass Tree. Southern's leadership program is made possible through the continued support of Cotiga Development Company and the college's Foundation.

Pictured are, back row l-r, 2008 Appalachian Leadership Fellows Kevin Whitt, Rita White, and Shannon Carballo, Southern's President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Cotiga Development Resource Manager Eddie Curry, his wife Charlotte Curry and ALA Director Pauline Sturgill. Front row l-r, 2009 Appalachian Leadership Academy Fellows Joyce Varney, Kimberly Irick, Shelley Rose, Michelle Ford, Whitney Dempsey and Anita Copley.

Bill Cook, Campus Director of Southern's Boone/Lincoln Campus

Danville, WV - William H. "Bill" Cook has been named as the new Director of Campus Operations for the Boone/Lincoln Campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Cooks joins Southern after holding a position for 10 years as the Town Manager and Community Center Director for the Town of Danville.

He is a lifetime resident of Madison and is actively involved in community, church and civic activities.

President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin stated, "Bill Cook is a perfect fit for the Boone/Lincoln Campus. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a commitment to education and serving the students in the region. We are all looking forward to working with him, as he brings new visibility and vision to Southern."

Cook was Scott High School's Most Valuable Baseball Player in 1972 and Captain under Coach Robert P. School. After graduation he attended West Virginia State College until he chose a coal-mining career. Bill worked in mining for 25 years. During that time he served as United Mine Workers local Representative, Safety Committeeman and Vice President of Local 1889 for over 15 years.

After deciding to leave the mining industry, he enrolled in college and studied business and communication at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. He also worked as a recruiter to encourage laid off coal miners to train for new careers.

"I am so pleased to be part of Southern's vision for higher education and community involvement. We will continue to shine the light for our community and seek avenues to shine even brighter," Cook said.

He has served for two years on the Boone County HSTA Board of Directors. He was the Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA) field representative and the liaison for over 125 unemployed coal miners. He was a motivational spokesperson for the program and has made presentations at over 100 civic clubs, churches and public forums.

In addition to serving as the Town Manager and Community Center Director for the Town of Danville, Cook was the FEMA Flood Coordinator for Danville and managed all aspects of the town. In 2003 he was appointed by the Mayor of Danville to serve as the municipal court judge, which he did for three years. Cook created and coordinated the Danville Summer Celebration and the Danville Senior Citizens Day.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Boone County Community and Economic Development Corporation. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Boone Memorial Hospital's Home Health Care (LHC). He is a recipient of the Earl Ray Tomblin Citizen of the Year Award that is granted to outstanding citizens for community involvement.

In 2006, Attorney General Darrell McGraw appointed Cook to the West Virginia Attorney General's Citizens Advisory Committee; a position he has held for the last three years.

Cook has been actively involved in church activities for 32 years. He has served as a deacon, lay preacher, Sunday School teacher and held many church offices. He is a member of the Madison Baptist Church. He formed a gospel group "Living Water" and traveled extensively in the area for over 15 years.

He enjoys fishing, tennis, reading, singing, song writing and has a passion for the history of Hank Williams.Bill is a dedicated family man and has been married to Sheliah for 34 years. His wife is the Human Resources Director and Administrative Assistant for Boone Memorial Hospital. They have one daughter, Crystal Rogers.

Cook can be reached at the Boone/Lincoln Campus by calling (304) 307-0716 or email at

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College offers many degree and certificate programs in its Career and Technical Division, including Allied Health, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Mine Management, and Survey Technology. The University Transfer Division offers degrees that prepare students to transfer into upper division programs at four year colleges and universities. Southern operates four campuses and two sites located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Kentucky students residing in Pike, Martin, Boyd and Lawrence counties are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

The college's web site is and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.