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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that the following students have been placed on the Dean's List for the Spring 2010 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.

  • Brannon Adams 
  • Sandra Adams 
  • Kaci Addison
  • Amanda Adkins
  • Kathryn Adkins 
  • Sara Alberts 
  • William Aldridge 
  • Steven Alley 
  • Amanda Alt 
  • Chelsea Anderson 
  • Courtney Ashley 
  • Amber Atkins 
  • Roger Bailey 
  • Patrick Bailey 
  • Harold Bailey 
  • Jimi Bailey 
  • Rachael Baisden 
  • Misty Baisden 
  • Kevin Baisden 
  • Justin Baisden 
  • Kasey Baldwin 
  • Adam Ball 
  • Sara Ball 
  • Loremli Batausa 
  • Alexis Batausa 
  • Jennifer Baum 
  • Gavin Bias 
  • Danielle Bishop 
  • Gregory Bishop 
  • Sherry Blackburn 
  • Stephanie Blackburn 
  • Courtney Blackburn
  • Zackary Blackburn 
  • Samantha Blair 
  • Kelley Blankenship 
  • Emily Blankenship 
  • Kayla Booth 
  • John Botsch 
  • Stacey Bowles 
  • Matthew Bradley 
  • Maggie Bradshaw 
  • Amy Brewer 
  • Christopher Brewster 
  • Charles Brown 
  • Clarkson Browning 
  • Andrea Browning 
  • Cassie Brumfield 
  • Kaitlin Bryant 
  • April Bryant 
  • Laura Bumgarner 
  • Kassie Burgess 
  • Olivia Buzzard 
  • Donna Callaway 
  • Shawntel Canterbury 
  • Amanda Cantrell 
  • Kristi Carey 
  • Rozanna Carter 
  • Jamie Carter 
  • Kayla Chafin 
  • Heather Chapman 
  • Timothy Chapman 
  • Havilah Chowdhury 
  • Whitney Cline 
  • Toni Cline 
  • Kendra Colangelo 
  • Jennifer Cole 
  • Keith Coleman 
  • Tracy Collins 
  • Kelly Cook 
  • Noel Cooper 
  • Tammy Cooper 
  • Kendra Copley 
  • James Crigger 
  • Erick Croaff 
  • Samantha Crum 
  • Jaime Crum 
  • Adam Curry 
  • Megan Damron 
  • Roger Damron 
  • Jacqueline Daughtry 
  • Michelle Davis 
  • Bradley Davis 
  • Tyler Davis 
  • Valerie Davis 
  • Jessica Dempsey 
  • Frank Dillon 
  • Wendie Dingess 
  • Lisa Dingess 
  • Adam Dingess 
  • Zachary Dingess 
  • Tara Drake 
  • Briana Duncan 
  • Allison Eiland 
  • Mildred Endicott 
  • Zachary England 
  • Robert Evans 
  • Daniel Ewing 
  • Elizabeth Farley 
  • Sarrah Farley 
  • Bethany Farley 
  • Aaron Farley 
  • Destinee Feye 
  • Sarah Fields 
  • Danielle Fink 
  • Tammy Fleshman 
  • Jamie Fletcher 
  • Nichole Fluty 
  • Tara Frye 
  • Tiffany Furrow 
  • Barbara Gavina 
  • Cynthia Gay 
  • Carolyn Gibson 
  • Madonna Gilco 
  • Mary Gillespie 
  • Meaghan Gillespie 
  • Robert Gillman 
  • Ashley Goldie 
  • Wesley Goode 
  • Hollie Goodwin 
  • Debra Gore 
  • Autumn Grove 
  • Christina Hack 
  • Stephanie Hager 
  • Beverly Hall 
  • Tammathy Harless 
  • Savannah Harless 
  • Timothy Harless 
  • Jamie Harmon 
  • Michelle Harper 
  • Cieara Harper 
  • Michael Harvey 
  • Gordon Harvey 
  • Jennifer Harvey 
  • Megan Hatfield 
  • Karen Hatfield 
  • Amber Haugen 
  • Brittany Helsel 
  • Kristi Hensley 
  • Mariah Herman 
  • Crystal Hill 
  • Marca Hobbs 
  • Sarah Holzapfel 
  • Lisa Horn 
  • Whitney Horne 
  • Jennifer Howard 
  • Gregory Howell 
  • Kimberly Irick 
  • Jessica Jackson 
  • Maranda Jackson 
  • Whitney Jarrells 
  • Kimberly Jewell 
  • Zachary Johnson 
  • Tiffany Johnson 
  • David Johnson 
  • Kellie Johnson 
  • Hannah Johnson 
  • Ashlee Johnson 
  • Tiffanie Jowett 
  • Kandice Justice 
  • Erica Kennedy 
  • Rita Keyser 
  • Virginia Kimler 
  • Willard Kinder 
  • Phillip Kirk 
  • Tammy Kirk 
  • Sara LaCaria 
  • Katherine Lambert 
  • Melissa Lecik 
  • Donald Lecik 
  • Cassandra Lee 
  • Jessica Leger 
  • Rebecca Lester 
  • April Lester 
  • Joshua Lester 
  • Samantha Liebl 
  • Heather Lilly 
  • Jacob Long 
  • Christen Long 
  • Michelle Lowe 
  • Reginia Lowe 
  • Jacob Lucas 
  • Taylor Lusk 
  • Brittany Mahon 
  • Zachary Manley 
  • Cynthia Mansfield 
  • Tammie Marcum 
  • Amanda Marcum 
  • Jeri Martin 
  • Jonathan Martin 
  • Mary Mastro 
  • Ashley Matthews 
  • Linda May 
  • Justin May 
  • Dakota May 
  • Kayla Maynard 
  • Heather Maynard 
  • Amanda McDonald 
  • Carrie McGraw 
  • Joyce McKinney 
  • Randalyn McLemore 
  • Harry McMickens 
  • Hannah Meadows 
  • Susan Medlen 
  • Andrea Michael 
  • Joseph Mileto 
  • Lara Miller 
  • Jocelyn Miller 
  • Alan Miller 
  • Christopher Miller 
  • William Mills 
  • James Mitchell 
  • Henry Moore 
  • Michael Moore 
  • Joey Morgan 
  • Ted Mullins 
  • Sherri Murphy 
  • Adam Murphy 
  • Leslie Music 
  • Angel Neil 
  • Ashley Nelson 
  • Tiffany Nelson 
  • Cara New 
  • Joshua Nicholson 
  • Crystal Norman 
  • David Nunley 
  • Angelina Ojeda 
  • Laura Ooten 
  • William Osborne 
  • David Owens 
  • Ashlea Owens 
  • Bethany Pack 
  • Sonja Pack 
  • Desirae Paynter 
  • Kayla Pell 
  • Mikaleah Pennington 
  • Lyndsey Perry 
  • Nicholas Pettry 
  • Thomas Pettry 
  • Madhavi Pidaparthi 
  • James Pierce 
  • Mary Pierce 
  • Heather Powers 
  • Trisha-Ann Preece 
  • Robert Price 
  • Lisa Prince 
  • Sondra Pruitt 
  • Cody Queen 
  • Tiffany Rader 
  • Danyell Reagan 
  • Rhonda Repass 
  • Ada Roberson 
  • Charles Roberts 
  • James Robertson 
  • Jamie Robinette 
  • Charis Robinette 
  • Valerie Rodighiero 
  • Jeana Rollins 
  • Mark Runyon 
  • Sandra Runyon 
  • Kayla Sabo 
  • Natalie Salmon 
  • Crystal Sargent 
  • Heather Savage 
  • Dustin Scarberry 
  • Rachel Searls 
  • Hannah Secrist 
  • Candice Sharps 
  • Michael Shawver 
  • Hannah Shelton 
  • Stacey Sheppard 
  • Alexandria Shrum 
  • Jared Simpson 
  • Rita Skidmore 
  • Ashley Slone 
  • Pamela Smith 
  • Taylor Smith 
  • Joseph Smith 
  • Lisa Smith 
  • Brittany Smith 
  • Amanda Smith 
  • Brittney Smith 
  • Rick Smith 
  • Kristyn Smith 
  • Ruby Smith 
  • Robert Sontag 
  • Summer Spears 
  • Tyler Spears 
  • Christie Spurlock 
  • Amber Spurlock 
  • Richard Starkey 
  • Jessica Stevens 
  • Jeffrey Stevens 
  • Jessica Stewart 
  • Willard Sutherland 
  • Jeremy Thompson 
  • Judy Thompson 
  • Heather Tilley 
  • Leann Toler 
  • Kayla Tomblin 
  • Crystal Toppings 
  • Kimberly Toth 
  • Cherie Totten 
  • Brandon Townsend 
  • Joshua Trent 
  • Connie Trout 
  • Candice Vance 
  • Francesca Vance 
  • Daniel Vance 
  • Brittany Vance 
  • Ashley Vanover 
  • Joyce Varney 
  • Christina Vaughan 
  • John Venturino 
  • Kathy Vezina 
  • Brittany Vinson 
  • Tina Waldron 
  • Kerry Walker 
  • Jarrod Walls 
  • Tabitha Ward 
  • Michael Ward 
  • Carl Wehner 
  • Mike Whisenant 
  • Michael White 
  • Christina White
  • Rita White 
  • Bobby White
  • Brandon Whitt 
  • Nicholas Williams 
  • Kara Willis 
  • Mark Wood 
  • Sara Workman 
  • Sherry Workman 
  • Steven Workman 
  • Kaitlin Workman 
  • Olivia Workman 
  • Mary Workman 
  • Bruce Young 
  • William Zerrien 
  • Christopher Zeto 
PFLA Class

The first class of the President's Future Leaders Academy completed on May 20 at the Chief Logan Conference Center during a special ceremony with the Administration from Southern.

Pictured- Back Row: David Lord, Steve Lacek, Teri Wells, Martha Maynard, Crystal Hensley, Stella Estep, Chad Scott, Tim Owens, Linda Workman, Pauline Sturgill, Ronald E. Lemon; Second Row: Cindy Crigger, Jennifer Dove, Melissa Creakman, Sandra Kay Podunavac, Dianna Toler, Velva Pennington, Debbie Dingess, Shirley Spriggs,Jackie Whitley, Vicky Evans, Kelli Cline, President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Front Row: Scott Prichard, Mary Hamilton, Ann Cline, Mindy Saunders, Kim Hensley , Gordon Hensley

Retiring Employees

President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recently recognized the following college retirees for their many years of service and dedication: Dr. Merle Demspey (23 years); Christine Browning (26 years); Dr. F. Dean Lucas (40 years); Barbara Donahue ( 22 years); and Rose Hale (30 years). Other retirees not available when photo was taken include: Deborah Fields (25 years); Albert Prater (31 years); and Billy Hatfield (34 years).

I would like to nominate Andrea Brown for faculty of the month. She has been working diligently for the passed months to prepare for the Nursing and Allied Health Pinning ceremony which will take place in May. A committee was formed to organize this event, with Andrea being named chairperson. The major portion of the preparation has fallen into her lap. I'm sure no one realizes the work that goes into something like this. I know I surely didn't. You have to arrange for a photographer and schedule times with each program that doesn't interfere with class and clinicals, collect photos from each group for the video, while trying to maintain fairness and equality to each group, prepare the Program with all the correct student, faculty and administrative information and get it to the printer on time, decide upon awards to be given out, arrange for someone to sing the national anthem, and many other things to numerous to mention. This does not include the organization that will be required the night of the ceremony to ensure that all goes smoothly. On top of all this, Andrea has also done a wonderful job in her teaching and clinical roles with the students. She is the mother of two young daughters and that is a full time job in itself. I think Andrea has done a tremendous job thus far and I really want to commend her and thank her for all her hard work.

Shirley Spriggs

Southern and Bluefield State College collaborate for agreeent in Criminal Justice

Saulsville, WV – Bluefield State College and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the delivery of a Baccalaureate Degree program in Criminal Justice effective July 1, 2010, the schools announced today. Bluefield State College will deliver the entire program beginning this fall at Southern’s Wyoming/McDowell Campus located in Saulsville. Courses in the collaborative program will be provided using flexible delivery modes includ- ing traditional on-site courses during evenings and on weekends.

A press conference and an MOU signing ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 14 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wyoming/McDowell Campus. A reception will follow and the public is invited to attend.

College officials participating from Southern include President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Vice President for Academic Affairs Katie Smith-Cox, Dr. Cindy McCoy, dean of university transfer programs, and Dr. Charles Wood, department chair for social sciences. Representatives from Bluefield State College include President Dr. Albert Walker, Dr. Don Smith, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Professor Mike Lilly, criminal justice program director.

“Bluefield State College is excited and gratified to partner with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical Col- lege in the delivery of a baccalaureate degree program in criminal justice. This Memorandum of Understanding permits students throughout southern and southwestern West Virginia to benefit from the enhanced access to a program with outstanding career potential,” Dr. Walker said. “It also enables Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and BSC to maximize resources to the benefit of all parties involved--students, faculty, staff, and the regions we serve.” Initial details of the curriculum for the criminal justice option at Southern and of the courses required to complete the Criminal Justice B.S. degree at Bluefield State College are listed on the colleges’ web sites.

“It is always a pleasure to work with the administration, faculty and staff at Bluefield State College,” President Tomblin said. “This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern a wonderful opportu- nity to acquire the criminal justice baccalaureate degree. In addition, courses will be delivered in a format that will allow students to have more flexibility in attaining a degree. We look forward to starting yet another chapter in Southern’s 40- year history as well as helping students from our region become successful.”

This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia.

Bluefield State College is a member institution of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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.

Pictured l-r, are front row, Dr. Don Smith, vice president for academic affairs at Bluefield State College and President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Second row, l-r, Mike Lilly, professor of criminal justice administration & program director/criminal justice at Bluefield; former Supreme Court Justice and former Senate President Warren McGraw; Dr. Charles Wood, department chair for social sciences at Southern: Katie Smith-Cox, vice president for academic affairs at Southern; and Senator Richard Browning. Back row, l-r, Delegate Daniel Hall; Kenny Cauley, warden of the Federal Correctional Institution/McDowell; Dr. Cindy McCoy, dean of university transfer programs at Southern; and David Lord, director of operations for the Wyoming/McDowell Campus of Southern

2010 President Award Winners

And the winners are...Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recently announced the recipients of the 2010 President's Award. This year's recipients are Pauline Sturgill, director of community and leadership development; Dr. F. Dean Lucas, professor; and Dr. Merle Dempsey, executive vice-president. The President's Award was established in 2002 to recognize an outstanding college employee. This year, three employees were presented the prestigious "Eagle" award following an employee luncheon held at the Logan Campus. Both Dr. Lucas and Dr. Dempsey will be retiring later this year. "All three of these employees go above and beyond the call, at work and in the community. They have demonstrated a commitment to making Southern an outstanding educational choice for students. I want to congratulate them on a job well done and for demonstrating what it takes to be a true leader," President Tomblin remarked.

LOGAN, W.Va. -- First Lady Gayle Manchin, will address the 2010 graduating class of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin announced today.

Manchin will address graduates and guests at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Coalfield Jamboree located in downtown Logan.

Nearly 300 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas this spring, according to Prudence Barker, dean for enrollment services and registrar.

The ceremony will be webcast at www.southernwv.edu.

First Lady Gayle Manchin biography:

Gayle Conelly grew up in Beckley, WV, the only child of Carl and Lucille Conelly. Active in her community, she graduated with high honors from Woodrow Wilson High School. She attended West Virginia University, where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and Education and a Master of Arts in Reading. In 1999, she completed a second master's specialization in Educational Technology Leadership from Salem International University.

While at WVU, Gayle met and married Joe Manchin, III; upon graduation, they moved to Fairmont, WV, where they resided and worked for over thirty years. They have been married for 40 years and are the proud parents of Heather Manchin Bresch, Joseph Manchin IV, and Brooke Conelly Manchin. Now they are experiencing the wonders of being a Nana and Dadoo for their six beautiful grandchildren; Joey V, Kelsey, Madeline, Sophie, Chloe, and Jack.

As an educator, Gayle worked in Marion County Schools. She also served on the faculty of Fairmont State University and was the Director of the college's first Community Service Learning Program. In addition, she was actively involved in her children's activities, and community advocacy.

After moving to Charleston in 2001, Gayle became the West Virginia Director of the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Program, which served twenty counties. Believing in the opportunities of connecting programs, Gayle, under the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, implemented the WV PASS (West Virginia Partnerships to Assure Student Success) initiative.

In addition to her current duties as West Virginia's First Lady, the Governor has appointed her to serve as a member of the State Board of Education and as a Commissioner on the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service. In addition, the Governor has also appointed her as the Chair of the Governor's Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, and the West Virginia Citizen's Council on Children and Families, and as
a Co-Chair on the Governor's 21st Century Jobs Cabinet. She is as a partner on the WV Partnership to Promote Community Well Being Commission, serves as the Nominating Chair of The Education Alliance, is a past president of the Vandalia Rotary Club of Charleston, and a new member of the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council.

Beverly Slone is very deserving of being honored as Faculty of the Month.  She is a wonderful teacher, she is very involved in community service, and she goes to great lengths to give extra help to anyone who needs it.  First of all, she is a wonderful teacher.  Bev is always prepared for class and always enthusiastic and energetic with her students.  When I observe her, I always see her commitment to teaching a difficult subject in the best way possible.  As a math teacher, she spends untold amounts of time preparing overhead transparencies with math problems, for instance, so that she can work them with her students as examples.  She has also developed math games to reinforce important concepts.  Next, Bev engages in a significant amount of community service, both related and unrelated to her field.  She helps with scouting events and also participates in school and county Coal Fair and social studies fair scoring.   Finally, Bev goes out of her way to help others.  For example, one weekend, a Marshall instructor was teaching a class at Williamson Campus.  She had difficulty finding a classroom with computers that was open, and when she did, she did not know the login information to get her students on the college network; she also did not have the necessary information to use the multimedia projector.  I called Bev at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning for the login information and also gave the instructor Bev's home phone number in case of future problems.  Naturally, before Bev started her own plans for the day, she went to campus to make sure the Marshall faculty member had what she needed.  These examples are just a few of the great many that I could cite as evidence that Bev Slone is a terrific asset to Southern.

Signees take a picture at the agreement proceedings.

Collaborative program between WVU Tech and Southern gives students an opportunity for four-year degree in accounting

Logan, WV - West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Accounting Comprehensive Collaborative Program effective July 1, 2010, the schools announced today.

Students wishing to pursue an Accounting Bachelor of Science degree offered by the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences and who have successfully completed the first two years of required accounting work at Southern, may enter the collaborative program at WVU Tech beginning this fall.

College officials participating in the agreement signing ceremony were West Virginia University Institute of Technology College Provost, Dr. Scott M. Hurst and the Dean of the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Stephen W. Brown. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College representatives included President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Vice President for Academic Affairs Cathy L. Smith-Cox, Pamela L. Alderman, dean for career and technical programs along with Dr. Gail Hall, department chair for business. The MOU agreement signing ceremony took place at Southern's Logan Campus.

"I commend President Tomblin and the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College faculty and staff for their open-minded collaboration with Tech to expand educational opportunities to Southern West Virginia. This program demonstrates how technology and collaboration among institutions can provide greater access to higher education. I am personally thankful to President Tomblin and her staff for the opportunity to participate in a venture that educationally impacts the area in which I was born and raised and still consider home," Dr. Hurst said.

Students entering the accounting program will have the opportunity to complete upper level program requirements (300-400 level) primarily through online courses. They will also benefit from reduced paperwork ordinarily associated with transfers making it a seamless admissions process, Smith-Cox explained.

"It is always a pleasure to work with Dr. Hurst and the administration, faculty and staff at WVU Tech," President Tomblin said. "This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern a wonderful opportunity to acquire the baccalaureate degree in accounting. In addition, courses will be delivered in a non-traditional format so students will have more flexibility in attaining a degree. We look forward to starting yet another chapter in Southern's 40-year history as well as helping students from our region become successful."

Initial details of the curriculum for the Accounting option at Southern and of the courses required to complete the Accounting B.S. degree at WVU Tech are listed on the colleges' web sites.

"WVU Tech is appreciative of the opportunity to work with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College to offer an on-line baccalaureate degree in Accounting to graduates of Southern's associate degree program. I am pleased that both institutions have worked closely together over the past year to make the transfer of credits easy and that students from Southern will be able to advance their accounting education through distance learning from WVU Tech." said Dr. Brown.

This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia.

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.

Pictured l-r, are front row, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and West Virginia University Institute of Technology College Provost, Dr. Scott M. Hurst. Back row l-r, Dr. Gail Hall, department chair for business at Southern; Pamela L. Alderman, dean for career and technical programs; Cathy L. Smith-Cox, vice president for academic afairs; and WVU Tech Dean of the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Stephen W. Brown.

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