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A generous donation was recently presented to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation by representatives of Cotiga Development Company LP. The check presentation was made at the Williamson Campus following the Appalachian Leadership Academy induction ceremony. The donation will be used to support student scholarships.

Pictured are l-r, Vice President for Development at Southern Ronald E. Lemon; President of Cotiga Development Richard Snowden; Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Cotiga's Manager of Resources Edward Curry and Executive Assistant Charlotte Curry.

The Appalachian Leadership Academy is a partnership between Southern, Cotiga and the Appalachian Leadership Education Foundation (ALEF).


I am nominating Susan Baldwin as faculty member of the month. Susan is an excellent teacher who always puts her students first. She teaches them not only math but also life skills:

Students in her classes learn how to attend class regularly, how to participate well in class both as individuals and in small groups, how to manage time effectively, how to study, how to take notes, how to take tests successfully, and many more affective skills that entering college students frequently lack. Besides teaching math, Susan is also a master motivator; she knows how to help her students succeed.

In addition to teaching, Susan also excels in service to her department and to the institution as a whole. The other teachers in the Transitional Studies Department can always depend on her to prepare course outlines and common finals and to mentor adjunct faculty members, and Susan has served willingly on a number of governance committees during her time at Southern. Susan is one of the best advisors at Southern, and students know they can count on her to help them work out the best possible schedule. Furthermore, Susan’s sense of humor, intelligence, and kindness endear her to students, faculty, and staff members alike. Susan Baldwin would be an excellent choice for faculty member of the month.

Collaborative program between Concord University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College gives students an opportunity for four-year degree in Early Childhood Special Education

Saulsville, WV – Concord University 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 Early Childhood Special Education, the schools announced today.

Concord University will deliver the entire program beginning Fall 2011 at Southern’s Wyoming/McDowell Campus located in Saulsville. Courses in the collaborative program will be provided using flexible delivery modes including traditional on-site courses during evenings and on weekends.

A press conference and an official MOU signing ceremony was held on Thursday, November 11 at the Wyoming/McDowell Campus. 

College officials participating from Southern included President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Dr. Cindy McCoy, dean of university transfer programs, David Lord, director of the Wyoming/McDowell Campus, and Mary Hamilton, instructor.

Representatives from Concord University included President Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, Dr. John David Smith, vice president and academic dean, and Dr. Kathy Liptak, chair of the division of education.

"This collaborative agreement represents the best of how West Virginia’s higher education institutions – community and technical colleges and four-year institutions – can work together to provide quality programming to the citizens of West Virginia. It’s through this kind of collaboration and cooperation that all of our state’s residents can benefit,” Dr. Gregory F. Aloia stated.

Initial details of the curriculum and the courses required to complete the Early Childhood Special Education degree at Concord University are listed on the college web site.

“It is always a pleasure to work with the administration, faculty and staff at Concord University,” President Tomblin said. “This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern a wonderful opportunity to go further and acquire the 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.

Concord University 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. 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.

He is always going above and beyond to help those who need assistance with their computers.  Matt and his students provide a clinic every semester to offer free repairs to computers for faculty, staff and students alike.  He is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.  Matt has been working with the A+ students on a service learning project with Beth Haven Christian School.  For the past two weeks,  Matt and the students have set up 25 computers for Beth Haven.  The school couldn't express enough how appreciative they are of the student's help.Matt always goes above and beyond for the school and for the students.


-Carol Howerton

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 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

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 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.