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Dr. Anne Cline is Southern's September 2012 Faculty of the Month. Read her nomination below:

I would like to nominate Dr. Anne Cline for faculty of the month.  Anne is a true asset to our institution as she brings an exceptional level of expertise from the University of Columbia and the University of Chicago.  Southern couldn't ask of a more dedicated and inspiring professor.   I continually hear positive comments from students when they enter my classes telling me of how passionate she is in regards to her field of study.  She is enthusiastic, dependable, and willing to do whatever it takes to grab and hold students interest in the sciences.  Dr. Cline is extremely outgoing and is willing to share her knowledge when and wherever she is asked.  Dr. Cline has rearranged her schedule to meet the needs of students and the Head Start Program, and she has gone out of her way to put together a tutoring schedule to ensure student success.  Her love for education is noticeable every moment she is seen working with students on classroom projects in the hallways.  Above all this, Dr. Cline is funny, interesting, and a pleasure to work with.  

Dr. Cline is worth so much to Southern that allowing her the honor of being Faculty of the Month is an understatement.  She is an essential part of the faculty at Southern, and I truly wish her the best throughout her career.  I know that Southern wouldn't be the same without her.  

Thank you, Dr. Cline. You are an inspiration to us all.

David Ermold

Southern Partners With Shanxi Province and WVU

Charleston, WV - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical recently partnered with WVU and the Shanxi Province of China.  This partnership will allow Southern's Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies to provide training to Shanxi Province miners.

Pictured from left to right: WVU President Clements, Southern President/First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, and Li Zhengwen. 

Alpha Natural Resources returned to Southern's mine training Center with Ginny the Rescue Dog for further practice and training. Ginny is the only Mine Rescue Dog in the world today. Pictured Above- Ginny the Rescue Dog and Carl Baisden, Director for the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies.

See more photos of Ginny in action at Southern's Facebook Page.

Credit Bureau of Virginia Donates to Southern

Credit Bureau of Virginias recently presented a check to Southern for $4000

Jo Lynn Lacek is Southern's Classified Staff Employee of the Month for August 2012.  Read her nomination letter below.

I would like to take this opportunity to nominate Jo Lynn Lacek as our classified staff employee of the month. There are many great things to be said about this employee. She is dedicated to the welfare of all Southern students as well as her fellow employees.

Mrs. Lacek works tirelessly with students to provide them with the best experience Southern has to offer. She also maintains a great knowledge of her position as Student Advisor.  Her smiling face and wonderful attitude when dealing with students and coworkers make her an asset to be treasured.

Teresa Wayman/ Student Services Specialist
Wyoming/McDowell Campus

Naomi Blankenship

Naomi Blankenship is June's Classified Staff Employee of the Month. Read her nomination below:

"I would like to nominate Naomi Blankenship as the Classified Staff Employee of the Month.  Naomi is always willing to lend a hand with events going on here at the college.  She volunteers her time every year to help with the Southern Samaritans and encourages her fellow employees to participate as well.  She is always friendly, smiling and goes out of her way to help students, faculty and employees who visit the Harless Library.  She sends out campus wide emails to keep employees informed about the latest offerings of the Library, as well as activities taking place within the community.  Naomi just recently donated a large assortment of greeting cards to our Hallmark Committee.  She donated the cards out of the goodness of her heart, not expecting any recognition or acknowledgement.  Employees like Naomi Blankenship make Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College a great place to work."


-Carol J. Jobe

I would like to nominate Darrell Mitchem for Employee of the Month.  Darrell's official title is TV Production Assistant, and he works on the Williamson Campus. He operates Southern's Channel 17, playing the Video programs and creating the "billboard" message system that you see on the channel.  He also assists the Media/TV Department with videotaping, both on location and studio recordings.  He edits the video programs for Channel 17 and for broadcast TV.  Darrell is sort of one of those "hidden" employees.  You don't see him often, but the work he does sure is known.  He makes sure everything runs smoothly for Southern's channel.  If you've never watched it, you need to.  It's very professionally done.  Once you've heard Darrell's voice, you know it.  He lends his voice to Southern's radio commercials and he is commonly known as "the voice of Southern."  With all that said, he's a nice guy doing a great job at Southern.  What more do you need!

Logan, WV – The Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 slate of officers, as elected unanimously on June 19 during its regular Board meeting.  Mr. Thomas A. Heywood, Attorney, Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love of Charleston was elected as Board Chair; Ms. Wilma J. Zigmond, Superintendent of Logan County Schools, was elected as Vice Chair; and Logan businessman, Mr. Glenn T. Yost, was elected as Secretary. 

President Tomblin thanked Chairman Sammons for his outstanding leadership of the Board over the past two years, and for generously giving of his time and talent in support of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  Mr. Sammons’ term as Board Chair has concluded, but he will continue to serve as a valued member of the Board.  President Tomblin read a proposed resolution honoring Mr. Sammons for this service and dedication to the College and Board of Governors.  The resolution was unanimously approved by the Board and will become a part of the official meeting minutes.

Mr. Sammons thanked President Tomblin and the Board for their support, and noted the strength of the College’s leadership and forecast a bright future for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The 12-member Board of Governors is the governing body of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.  Of the 12 members, nine are citizen members appointed by the Governor, and three are institutional members elected by the constituent group they represent ? faculty, classified staff, and student body.  Members of the Board of Governors work cooperatively with the college president and administration to establish institutional governance and strategic planning.

In addition to Heywood, Zigmond, and Yost, citizen members appointed by the Governor include Linda Q. Akers, Kevin Fowler, Shelly Huffman, Jada Hunter, George Kostas, and Terry Sammons.  Southern's institutional members include George Morrison (faculty representative), Debbie Dingess (classified staff representative), and Eileen Aranas (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.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College operates four campuses and one site located in Boone, Logan, Lincoln, Mingo, 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 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.

George Trimble

Southern's May Faculty of the Month is George Trimble. George Trimble has dedicated more than 25 years at Southern providing students with a quality education in English.  He has been instrumental in the development of programs like Fastrack and Track 12. He has served as Senate Chair along with many other committees over the years.  His dedication to student success is only one of many reasons I believe George should be the May Faculty of the Month.