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The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation recently held their Annual Board Meeting.

The meeting was opened by Southern Foundation President George Kostas. Vice President Eddie Canterbury detailed the financial position. Election of new officers and the review of amended and approved policies were a focus of the business portion of the meeting.

First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin provided the Major Gifts Campaign update.

“We have awarded a record number of scholarships to students in Logan and all surrounding counties,” said Vice President for Development Ron Lemon. “The Southern Foundation is vital to the success of our students receiving these scholarships.”

The Appalachian Leadership Academy held its 2013 Induction of Cotiga Fellows on December 10, 2012.

Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation President, General (Ret.) Robert H. Foglesong, welcomed and encouraged students on the academic challenge they have accepted.

Recent graduates shared their stories and introduced the new class.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, in cooperation with Cotiga Development Company, sponsors  the Appalachian Leadership Academy. The mission of the Appalachian Leadership Academy is to identify Southern students with outstanding character and prepare them with the leadership and diversity skills needed to serve as engaged, conscientious citizens as they enter the business, political, and academic world.

The event was held on the Williamson Campus.

 

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently awarded nearly 100 students with scholarships.

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Johnny Bell

Boone Campus Maintenance Worker I, Johnny Bell is being recognized as the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, December Classified Staff of the Month. 

Bell joined the staff of Southern in 2010. He is responsible for the day to day upkeep of the Boone Campus, but is quick to add that he is ‘ready to help in any capacity’. According to employees he really means it. Always ready to accommodate the requests of students and instructors, he has also been known to make sure coffee is warm and ready for those putting in a late evening.

Bell states that the key to being successful at his job is the fact that he likes the people and enjoys working at Southern.

In his spare time Bell enjoys playing music at local churches. He plays several instruments including the piano, guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

He resides in Big Ugly, WV with his wife of 32 years Rebecca.  They have two children; one a surgical technician at Logan Regional and one the manager for the new Candlewood Suites in Logan, WV.

Bell says he was, “very surprised” to be named for this recognition. “I never expected it.”

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.

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