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Founded in 1913, W.W. McDonald Land Company, Inc., a land and natural resource company located in Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties, recently presented the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation with a sizeable gift to support the Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign at Southern. The donation will support many initiatives at Southern including scholarships, program development and technology advancements.

"We are so appreciative of our partnership with McDonald Land Company. This gift will allow the Foundation to continue its mission to support our students and implement new programs," said President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

Pictured are l-r, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President; David Scott, Foundation Executive Board Member; Phyllis Osenton, Foundation Executive Board Member; Eddie Canterbury, Foundation Vice President; Glen Yost, W.W. McDonald Land Company, Inc. President; George Kostas, Foundation President; Elizabeth Kostas, Foundation Secretary; Mark Mareske, Foundation Treasurer; and Ronald E. Lemon, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Vice President for Development.

Dr. Harry Langley

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College today announced that Dr. Harry M. Langley has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services. Langley joins Southern from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA, where he served as Associate Provost for Student Retention and Success and University Coordinator for Assessment of Student Learning.

His appointment began in July.

"Dr. Langley will bring tremendous value as an accomplished professor and administrator to the college, and we are pleased to appoint him to this vital role," said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. "I am confident that he will provide effective leadership for our faculty, staff and students with a robust long-range vision for our academic and student services programs."

At California University of Pennsylvania, Langley is credited for his implementation of ‘University College’, a first-year experience for all new students and was recognized for his leadership role inimproving student retention, success and persistence to graduation. He also initiated the University’s Tech Prep Program and assisted with the School-to-Work initiative.

Langley is known as a teacher scholar. He has been honored with a professor of the year award and received a Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Fellowship. An often published and sought after speaker, Langley focuses on student success and faculty development as topics.

Langley served for almost two decades as a member of the Faculty Professional Development Council of the State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania and was recognized by the Faculty Professional Development Committee, California University of Pennsylvania, for his support and significant contributions to faculty professional development.

Dr. Langley also served as Dean of the College for a private two-year institution in North Carolina and as a division chair for a public two-year college in the University System of Georgia.

Langley earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas.  He then earned a master’s degree in Entomology and a doctorate in Zoology from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

Dr. Langley has also served as a lay minister for 22 years.

“I am impressed with the vision of President Tomblin and the College Community for Southern and the commitment of all to the success of our students,” said Langley.  “I pray that I may be of service as the College continues to move to its next level of excellence in meeting the needs of those in its service area. “

Dr. Langley resides with his wife, Diana, near Chapmanville, on Hubert Hill Road.

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 www.southernwv.edu or call 1-866-SWCTC1.

 

 

I would like to nominate Eva Hallis for Faculty of the Month.

Eva is a very conscientious and hard working faculty member and coordinator who consistently works diligently month after month toward maintaining and improving the Radiologic Technology program.

Because of her persistence and attention to detail, she was recently able to get the RT program accredited for the maximum 8 years.  Eva is a valuable asset to the RT program and Southern.

Vernon Elkins
Professor / Coordinator for MLT

Osenton family scholarship

Osenton Family Scholarship supports students attending Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Community leaders Owen and Phyllis Osenton recently donated a sizable gift to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation to support college scholarships for Man High School students. The Osentons, along with son, Reggie Osenton and daughter, Elizabeth Osenton Lord are all Man High School graduates.

"Phyllis and Owen have a true passion for education and they exhibit this by providing many scholarships to talented students at Man High School. We are blessed and sincerely thank them for their support and friendship for students in the Man area," said Southern Foundation President George Kostas.

Pictured l-r, front row are Southern Foundation member Mark Mareske; Foundation Accountant Crystal Hensley; Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Southern Foundation member Elizabeth Kostas; Southern Foundation President George Kostas; Southern Foundation member Phyllis Osenton; and Southern Foundation Vice-President Eddie Canterbury.

Pictured l-r, back row are Southern Foundation Liason Ronald E. Lemon and Southern Foundation members David "Scotty" Scott and Clell Peyton.

To learn more about scholarships available at Southern, visit the college's web site at www.southernwv.edu.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces its 2010/2011 Board of Governors officers.

Terry R. Sammons, Attorney, Sammons Law Offices of Gilbert, was elected as Chair of the Board; Thomas A. Heywood, Attorney, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love of Charleston is serving as Vice Chair; and Wilma Zigmond, Superintendent of Logan County Schools was elected as Secretary.

Southern's Board of Governors is comprised of 12 members; nine citizen members appointed by the Governor and three institutional members elected by the faculty, student body and classified staff.

In addition to Sammons, Heywood and Zigmond, citizen members appointed by the Governor include L

 

inda Q. Akers, Kevin Fowler, Shelly Huffman, Jada Hunter, George Kostas and Glenn Yost. Southern's institutional members are George Morrison (faculty representative), Debbie Dingess (classified staff representative) and Kimberly Irick (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," President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin stated.

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

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College 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 www.southernwv.edu and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.

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

Logan, WV - The recipients of the Shell Family Scholarships for the Fall 2010/Spring 2011 academic year are being announced by Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The Shell Family Scholarships were established in partnership with the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation in 2008, according to Vice-President for Development and Southern Foundation Liaison Ronald E. Lemon.

Robert Shell, Jr., a successful international businessman and leader, is well known for his philanthropy and support of young people throughout the world. He and his family have always maintained an interest in education, but more importantly realize the financial hardship students have in attaining a college education.

“The Shell Family Scholarship is an opportunity for our family to provide continuing support of higher education to the citizens of southern West Virginia, and hopefully be a stepping stone for others to follow,” said Shell.

Shell is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. In 1999, he was elected to the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame. In 2002, Shell was elected to the West Virginia University Hall of Fame, and on December 4, 2007 he was honored by the Education Alliance.

The Shell Family Scholarship recipients for 2010/2011 are as follows:

Chelsey Workman is a 2010 graduate of Logan High School where she was active in many school clubs and organizations. Workman was Miss Logan County in 2009 and assisted in hosting the Logan County Fireman's Ball and the Matt Patterson Toy Drive. Chelsey lives at Omar, WV and is currently employed at Shoe Show.

Her plans are to earn a degree in education at Southern and then transfer to Marshall University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in education.

Michael "Bryce" Dalton is a 2010 graduate of Logan High School where he participated in basketball, baseball, and golf. He was a member of the French Club, Prayer Club, Teens Against Alcohol and Drugs and the Future Christian Athletes. He is the son of Mike and Lori Dalton of Chapmanville, WV. Bryce is currently employed with the Logan County Commission.

Upon completion of his studies at Southern, he plans to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at Marshall University.

For more information concerning the Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, contact Mr. Lemon at 304.896.7425 or by email at ronl@southern.wvnet.edu.

Students interested in applying for the Shell Family Scholarship can obtain an application by going to Southern’s website at www.southernwv.edu.

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.

I would like to nominate Melissa Kirk for Faculty of the Month.  This is her 8th year here at Southern.  She is very good with computers and assists the staff frequently with any technical problems.  She works with the first year nursing students in electing officers and oversees all the fundraising (which has been phenomenal since she took it over).  Missy is an assistant professor and has served on various committees. She helped to implement a new approach to Psychiatric Nursing-learning disorders through movies.  She also worked with students to make videos of various nursing skills when we had no videos in the library that taught those necessary skills.  Missy goes above and beyond.  She is very active with the students and is definitely an advocate for them.  She is always willing to help and it is my pleasure to work so closely with her.

Shelba Long
Associate Professor

The 2010 Employee of the Year at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is Garnet Bolen, a campus service worker at the Williamson Campus. President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin presented her with the "Star" award along with a check for $200 following an employee luncheon held at the Logan Campus.

"Garnet is always thinking of ways to improve the surroundings of the college to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Her attention to detail exceeds the job description; and she always is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty," President Tomblin said.

Garnet is a 1971 graduate of the former Magnolia High School, which is now Matewan High School. She began her career at Southern in 1979 as a cook. Garnet comes from a large family and is the youngest of 10 children. She is an active member of the Living Water Church in Williamson where she helps with child care services.

Junior Nursing

Logan, WV - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in partnership with the West Virginia Center for Nursing hosted the first Junior Nursing Academy June 14-16 at the Logan Campus. The mission of the West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy is to inspire middle school students to pursue a professional nursing career. The focus of the event was to show the students the exciting opportunities and rewards that nursing has to offer and to help establish an educational path that will lead to a professional career in nursing.

Sixteen students from southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky participated in the three day academy where they learned about careers in nursing and allied health while also receiving valuable training. Students were provided information regarding educational pathways and programs offered at Southern. This is only the third academy of its kind to be held in West Virginia.

The students earned Certificates of Completion in First Aid and CPR training provided by Southern's nursing instructors, according to Pamela L. Alderman, dean for career and technical programs. During their three days, students also participated in job shadowing at Logan Regional Medical Center and Williamson Memorial Hospital.

"We would like to thank both hospitals for allowing these students to tour their facility and interact with staff and patients. It was an opportunity of a lifetime. Our staff did an excellent job in organizing this program, " Alderman said.

Students participating were: Megan Topping, Beth Haven; Megan Conley, Beth Haven; Hannah Browning, Beth Haven; Hannah Williamson, Belfry Middle School; Madison Cochran, Belfry Middle School; Mika Paige Bailey, Burch High School; Jacob Browning, Beth Haven; Alexis Blankenship, Beth Haven; Aleyiah Lester, Logan Middle School; Michael Chapman, Logan Middle School; Austin Powers, Williamson Christian School; Abby Dotson, Williamson Christian School; Jenny Sammons, Williamson Christian School; Whitlea Alderman, Chapmanville Regional High School; Molli Ferguson, Burch Elementary; and Nathaniel Wood, Logan Middle School.

Southern's Junior Nursing Academy was coordinated by Shelba Long, RN, MSN, C-FNP. She was assisted by Heather Drake, RN; Sheliah Elkins, RN, MSN; and Melissa Kirk, RN, MSN. Everyone enjoyed having the students on campus, as well as parents and family members who were present for an awards ceremony held on Wednesday.

Due to the success of this year's program, Southern plans to host another Junior Nursing Academy next year, Long said.
 
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College 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 www.southernwv.edu and the toll free number is 1-866-798-2821.
 
Southern 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.

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