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Susan Baldwin

Susan Baldwin is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, December Faculty Member of the Month.

Baldwin graduated from WVU and Marshall University. She holds a MS degree in Secondary Education and Math.

Baldwin joined the faculty in August 2000 as an instructor in Transitional Studies. She works with   students to  improve their math skills and to prepare for college. ”Student counseling in all aspects of life is a huge part of this   job “, Baldwin said.  She considers her greatest accomplishments to be convincing students to continue on with their education plans even when they were ready to quit. She attributes her success to the fact that she ‘loves (her) job’.

Baldwin serves on various committees at Southern and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church Choir. 

Her hobbies include reading and the Mountaineers.

Baldwin and her husband, Bud, have three children; Rob, an Environmental Engineer; Beth, a senior at WVU and Will, a student at Southern.

President Tomblin Reads to Students

First Lady/President  of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recently visited Brookview Elementary School in Foster, WV.  During her visit, Tomblin read several classic children’s stories to the Pre-K classes.

Pre-K teacher, Sherry Kerns invited Tomblin. “The children enjoyed her visit”, Kerns said. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate reading in our schools.”

Tomblin often participates in these types of events and advocates the importance. “By focusing our efforts on our youngest learners, we have the ability to teach them crucial skills that lay the ground work for all their future academic and career endeavors,” Tomblin said.

Southern Samaritans take their annual shopping trip

Southern employees spent an afternoon sharing the holiday spirit! A group of Southern employees known as, ‘Southern Samaritans’, coordinated their annual shopping trip. The group provides Christmas gifts for the local nursing homes. “Some of these people never get visitors or presents at any other time”, said Naomi Blankenship. “I think it’s a wonderful program and it reaches out to those who truly need it”, she added. Forty-one nursing home residents will benefit.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces the Radiologic Technology program received 100% pass rate on the national registry exam. 

The coordinator for the program is Eva Hallis and the faculty member is Russell Saunders.  “Eva and Russell do an excellent job, said Dr. Pamela Alderman, Dean Career and Technical Programs. “ They are committed to the college and to the profession of Radiologic Technology.”

This recognition continues the high success rates from the Applied Science Programs. It was recently announced that seven other programs received 100% pass rates on board exams. “These programs continue to excel,” said First Lady/President Joanne Jaegar Tomblin. “We are proud of the achievements of these students and our outstanding faculty and staff.”

“Students receive an exceptional education at Southern.  Graduates of the program have filled radiologic technology positions throughout the country,”  added Alderman. “This is a testament to the quality of program we have at Southern.”

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.

Students who graduated from seven programs in Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Department of Allied Health and Nursing passed state licensure examinations at a rate of 100 percent this past spring and summer.

Graduates from the school’s Central Sterile Supply, Electrocardiography, Medical Laboratory Assistant (1-year certificate), Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Salon Management/Cosmetology and Respiratory Care Technology(2-year associates degree) have all pass national and/or state licensure/certification exams and are  eligible to practice their chosen profession.

“Exams are national, so this puts Southern in the highest ranking for each program. This is an excellent accomplishment for the students, faculty and institution,” said Dr. Pamela Alderman, Dean Career and Technical Programs. “The staff does an outstanding job providing the education to prepare these students for success in their careers,” she added.

Programs are staffed by: Dental Hygiene, Dr. Lisa Haddox-Heston, Coordinator and Andrea Brown, Faculty; Medical Laboratory Technology, Vernon Elkins, Coordinator and Shirley Spriggs Dardi, Faculty; Respiratory Care Technology,  Steven Hall, Coordinator and Stephanie Daniels, Faculty; Salon Management/Cosmetology, Melissa Adkins, Instructional Specialist and Irma Colegrove, Instructional Specialist; Central Sterile Supply,  Judy Curry, Coordinator and Meloney McRoberts, Faculty; Electrocardiography,  Katherine Deskins, Coordinator and Cyndee Lowes, Faculty; Medical Laboratory Assistant,  Vernon Elkins, Coordinator and Shirley Spriggs Dardi, Faculty.

Alyce Patterson-Diaz serves as Department Chair for these programs.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates from the Applied Science Programs this year,” said First Lady/President, Joanne Jaegar Tomblin. “Having our programs record a 100 percent pass rate on their board exams is quite an accomplishment. We believe this level of success can be attributed to quality program curriculum, proactive faculty and excellent facilities.”

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.

Erica Farely

Erica Farley is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, November Faculty Member of the Month.

Farley graduated from Southern and Marshall University. She holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology.

Farley joined the faculty in August 2007. She teaches students about computers and how to use certain programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel , PowerPoint and Access. She defines her responsibilities as “being available to students anytime they need assistance.”

She states that the best part of her job is working with the students.  “I love to see how some students go from having little or no knowledge of computers to a student who feels confident when using a computer,” she said. “I also love meeting new people each semester and getting to know a little about them.”

Farley serves on the C&I committee at Southern.

She is a member of Whitman Free Will Baptist Church where she assists teaching the Nursery class. She also serves as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and on the Community Day committee. 

Her hobbies include spending time with her children and sports, especially watching her son play.

Farley lives in Chapmanville with her husband of 10 years and their son and daughter.

“I was surprised and honored to be named Faculty Member of the Month,” Farley said.

Boone Campus Program Assistant I, Debra Johnson is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, November Classified Staff of the Month. 

A graduate of Southern, Johnson received her AS in Business Accounting and General Business. Johnson joined the staff of Southern in May 1986. She works as cashier and has responsibilities in the bookstore.

Johnson states that the key to being successful for 26 years is the knowledge of her job, the ability to multitask and keeping a sense of humor. In her spare time Johnson teaches Sunday School and does crafts. She has been married to her husband Robert for 23 years. They have 4 children and 15 grandchildren.

Johnson says she was, “very surprised” to be named for this recognition.

Steve Lacek

Assistant Professor and Transitional Studies Department Chair at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently received the 2012 Outstanding Contributor Award presented by the West Virginia Community College Association during a state conference held at Canaan Valley, WV.

This award is given to employees representing each community college who have made a substantial contribution and significant impact on the operations of their institution.

Lacek 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.

Lacek has recently assumed a leadership role as the Co-Coordinator of Southern’s Self Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

“Since joining our faculty he has proven to be an excellent educator and wonderful asset to our college,” said First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

He has been generous with his time serving on numerous committees at Southern.  Lacek is past Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, Co-Chair Southern Enrollment Management Advising Sub Committee, Chair Southern Assessment Committee and was recently named Faculty of the Month.

Lacek was the 2011 recipient of the Savas-Kostas Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence. The Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence is presented annually to honor outstanding faculty 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.

He was also selected to be a participant in the President’s Future Leaders’ Academy.

He is a member of the National Association of Developmental Educators and serves on the WVCTCS Developmental Education Task Force Sub Committee on Assessment.

Lacek states that he strives to make learning ‘fun and take the mystery out of mathematics ’. He encourages students to go further in their education beyond their immediate goal.

"Steve Lacek has demonstrated a passion for connecting with students as a teacher and mentor,” added Tomblin.

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.
 
He resides in Beckley, WV with his wife, Josie and son, Jude. 

Tomblin commends Lacek’s selection, “Steve has embraced the definition of college educator and is an extraordinary asset to Southern. He is certainly deserving of this honor.”

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.

Guest in Class

Boone campus history instructor Brandon Kirk recently hosted guest speaker, Boone County Circuit Clerk Sue Ann Zickefoose.

She is pictured with the class.

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