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The April Employee of the Month is Kenny Bowens from Southern's Williamson Campus. Below, colleague Greta E. Bevins explains his hard work:

I would like to nominate Kenny Bowens, Maintenance Worker II- Williamson Campus, to be considered for the Employee of the MOnth.  Kenny does an exceptional job of keeping the Williamson Campus clean, well-manicured, and running smoothly.  Kenny is continually looking for new tasks to be completed to help the Williamson Campus be at its best.  He has worked diligently to complete the remodeling of the TV studio.  He will assist with any tasks that are requested of him.  Kenny is very meticulous in his job functions, and is always engaged in his work, and goes the extra mile without being asked.  Kenny always has a positive attitude with a smile on his face and is kind to everyone he comes in contact with.  Although Kenny has only worked at Southern for approximately a year, he has been an excellent asset to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. 

 - Greta E. Bevins, Student Program Advisor

Professor Vinnie Kudva has been selected as Southern's April Faculty of the month.  Read his nomination below:

I would like to nominate Vinnie Kudva for the April faculty of the month.  Vinnie is a Professor in the Business Department who goes above and beyond his regular duties as a faculty member.  He is a very active member of the Williamson Rotary Club.  Vinnie helps to provide food for the less fortunate among other generous acts.  Vinnie deserves to be the faculty of the month.

Phase 2

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has hit the ground running with Phase II of its Major Gifts Campaign with the goal of raising $7 million by the year 2015.

Phase I was ultra successful for the college as it raised $7 million in gifts will ahead of the 2010 deadline. The program was initiated in Sept., 2006 and within 18 months, the $7 million goal was reached. Because of the major gifts campaign, Southern has been able to offer such new programs as Heavy Equipment Operation, Cosmetology, Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy Technician, Mining Technology-Surface, Mining Technology-underground, Central Sterile Supply Technician, Survey Technician, Mine Management and Energy Related Technologies.

Based on the accomplishments of Phase I, a new set of priorities was established for Phase II by members of the Southern Foundation, Southern’s Board of Governors, administrators, faculty staff and students. The overwhelming success of Phase I and accomplishments of the college have established Southern as a model community and technical college in West Virginia.

Priorities of Phase II include Robust Infrastructure, instructional and emerging technology such as interactive video classrooms, hi-tech classrooms, virtual library, virtual classrooms, enhanced state of the art labs and administrative technology.

In the classroom, the college hopes to expand mine management, oil and gas management, forensic sciences, entrepreneurial studies, addiction counseling, advanced technical intelligence, leadership studies, mine technology, expand opportunities for 4-year and masters degree programs on campus, expansion of skill sets and certificates, service learning, sustainable energy and leadership institutes.

Programs to be offered at the Williamson campus include commercial vehicle maintenance, wellness studies, communication technology, mobile welding and cutting technology, heavy equipment operation, industrial maintenance, mechatronics, robotic automation technology, HVAC, paralegal, geospatial technology and faculty and energy management.

With a successful Phase II, the major gifts campaign hopes to increase the number of students receiving financial assistance from 69% to 80%, or an increase of $2000,000 in annual scholarship distribution.

An effort of this magnitude can only be successful when it is supported by businesses, the community and volunteers. Donations to the Vision 2020-Major Gifts Campaign can be given as a one-time gift or through a multiple-year pledge, Gifts may be made payable to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 2020, Mount Gay, WV 25637. Donations can also be made online via the College’s website at

Because the major gifts campaign has allowed Southern to expand at such a rapid rate by offering students more choices, it has played a vital role in Southern’s climb to become one of the country’s top community and technical colleges.

In the Washington Monthly’s article in early fall, Southern was ranked No. 14 among the nation’s top 50 community and technical colleges in the nation. It was the only community college from West Virginia listed.


Southern honored student scholarship recipients at the annual Scholarship Honor Reception on  Aprill 15, 2002.  Below are several pictures from the event.

Scholarship Reception 2012 #1

Pictured from left to right: John Walker, Terry Sammons, Samantha Carver, Anita Adkins, Kristi Carey, Whitney Hall, Shanda Copley, Kayla Baisden, Kendra Baisden, Brenna Copley, Samantha Ballard, Crystal Cole, President Tomblin, Reverend Clell Peyton.


Scholarship Receptio 2012 # 2

Pictured from left to right: John Walker, Terry Sammons Greg Howell, Kirsten Judge, Buddy May, Kevin Hutchinson, Beth Kinser, President Tomblin, Reverend Clell Peyton.


Reception #3

Pcitured from left to right: John Walker, Terry Sammons, Kathy Guy, Miranda Marcum, President Tomblin, Reverend Clell Peyton.

Kathryn Krasse is Southern's March Faculty of the Month.  Below is a colleague's nomination:

Kathryn is an associate professor in the social sciences' department.  She serves on many committees including assessment and she serves on the Faculty Senate.  Kathryn does many things besides working hard at Southern.  She helps to bring awareness to many issues in the community, such as going green and women's issues.  She and her students, each semester, gather much needed supplies for the Williamson Women's Shelter.  She goes above and beyond to help others who may not be in a situation to help themselves.  This is why Kathryn Krasse deserves to be the faculty of the month.


Teri Wells, Interim Registrar at Southern, is the March 2012 Employee of the Month.

I nominate Teri Wells.  I have known Teri both as a co worker and as a supervisor.  She excels at both.  Teri is a caring person and a natural born leader.  She treats everyone she encounters with respect and courtesy.  In my many years at Southern, I've had the privilege of working for several supervisors and am honored to know Teri in this role.  Teri focuses on the solution to a problem carrying it through to the end without casting blame.  Teri has the best interest of this College and our Classified Staff at heart.  Through she keeps a low profile resulting in not receiving the credit due her, she is always going the extra mile to aid Classified Staff in matters that effect them so that they are represented in the best possible way on issues that concern them. She always has southern students in her heart and soul even when she juggles the demands of a family and career.  Her love of God and church are wonderful attributes to add to her name.  My got is cast for Teri Wells.  She is unselfish, kind, smart, respectful, energetic, and above all; trustworthy.

- Juanita Topping

Administrators from both schools sign agreement

West Virginia is heading one step closer to the goal of significantly increasing the number of adults who hold college degrees with a new partnership between West Virginia University and West Virginia’s community colleges.

Today (Jan. 26), WVU President Jim Clements and James Skidmore, chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, signed an agreement to allow students who begin at their local community colleges to finish their bachelor’s degrees online through WVU.

“There is a state and national movement to increase the number of college-educated adults by 2020,” Clements said. “This partnership advances West Virginia’s commitment toward achieving that goal.

“For more than 10 years, WVU has been expanding our online programs to serve students directly in their communities. This partnership will create a seamless path for thousands of adults who have one or more associate’s degrees but were not able to access a bachelor’s degree close to home.”

Skidmore said this access is a key to furthering the number of those with bachelor’s degrees.

“One of the goals of our state is to increase the number of our citizens with college credentials,” Skidmore said. “This effort between West Virginia University and our 10 community and technical colleges will assist the state in reaching that goal. Additional educational opportunities should have no barriers.

“This partnership provides a pathway to the baccalaureate degree and eliminates any transfer barriers. I want to express my gratitude to President Clements and Dr. Sue Day-Perroots and all 10 of our community and technical colleges for their commitment to this initiative.”

Community college transfers are not new but what is unique about this “B.A. Pathway” initiative is that it allows students, particularly adults, the option of staying in their communities and finishing their degree online. Students can transfer up to 72 credits to WVU and design their own multidisciplinary studies degree by choosing three minors instead of one major. A capstone course unites the minors with a culminating project.

WVU Extended Learning offers 15 online minors that have been packaged into multiple career-oriented tracks. These include business applications, liberal arts, promotion and publicity, and sports studies. For example, a student interested in business could choose minors in business administration, entrepreneurship, and public relations. Some students who have more than one associate’s degree and years of professional experience may also opt for the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

The minors that can be combined in the pathway include advertising, business administration, child development, communication studies, entrepreneurship, family and youth, fashion merchandising, health promotion, history, infant and toddler, professional writing and editing, public relations, religious studies, sport communication, and sport and exercise psychology.

“The Multidisciplinary Studies degree allows a student to select minors that reflect their interests as well as the economic opportunities in their community,” said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of WVU Extended Learning. “Life and Work continue as they pursue their degree online.”

This spring, nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in online classes at WVU.

Last year, WVU piloted the program with selected community colleges. This statewide agreement advances the state goal for improving college degree completion by increasing access to college courses; providing more effective transfer systems and degree articulation; and effective use of institutional resources.

For details about the program, visit

Carol Jobe

Carol Jobe gives a whole new meaning to the word dedication.

Coordinator of payroll, Mrs. Jobe has been named employee of the month at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

When it comes to being dedicated to her work, Jobe is at an entirely new level.

In December, while all of the employees at Southern were concerned about Christmas, her husband, Perry, was in CAMC Memorial Hospital having six heart by-passes, a valve replacement and a valve repair. Although frantic over her husband’s health, Jobe stayed the course  and did her job.

During her husband’s dangerous surgery and his very long stay in ICU, Jobe somehow thought of the Southern employees and wanted to make sure  they would be paid for the holiday season.

Jobe had her personal lap-top with her and tried to work from the hospital waiting room. For some unknown reason she could not connect. She was in search of a local library or anywhere she could use a computer to process the payroll. By some miracle, Chris Cobb ,computer operations director at the college, happened by and he offered her a computer in the basement of the hospital to work on payroll.

Jobe worked diligently to get the payroll completed so that Southern employees would not miss a payday at Christmas time.

“Carol should be Employee of the Month, and for that matter, for the year,” Suzette Felty wrote in her nomination letter . ”She should be honored for her strength, persistence and commitment to us.”

Samantha Baisden, who also nominated Jobe for the honor, said, “I don’t think I could do what she did during her troubled times. She definitely should be Employee of the Month.”

Carol said her husband is improving after the long ordeal.

Anna James

Anna James, professor of English on the Logan campus, has been named faculty of the month at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Anna is enthusiastic, dedicated, and willing to take on any extra project that comes her way. This is her third semester at Southern and in those three semesters she has seen much change: change in her home campus, change in department chair, change in curriculum and delivery methods. She always greets these changes with a positive attitude.

Students love her,  they always have great things to say about how she is willing to work with them and how she makes her classes fun and meaningful.