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The Williamson Branch of the NAACP celebrated its 60th birthday with a ceremony held on Saturday, December 1st at Williamson High School. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, announced the college's commitment to become a Diamond Level Sponsor of the NAACP. She also announced the establishment of the Willene Moore, Woman of Inspiration Scholarship, which will be awarded each year to a Williamson area student.

The evening's keynote speaker was James Tolbert past president of the West Virginia NAACP. He recently retired after serving for 21 years. The Williamson Branch was established on December 8, 1947 and was led by the late Bishop D.R. Perkins. John W. Fullen serves as the current president.

Williamson Branch of NAACP Turns 60


Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will become the fifth institution of higher learning to join the partnership of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, founded by Mingo County's own General (Ret) Robert H.Foglesong, USAF. Southern is in the process of establishing a leadership chapter, in cooperation with Cotiga Development Company, to be launched this fall at the Williamson Campus. The mission is to recruit and educate young men and women who are academically qualified, exhibit a strong work ethic, and demonstrate leadership qualities, but who would otherwise find college unattainable. Those students selected as Fellows will have the opportunity to develop into skilled citizens and future leaders by focusing on character, leadership and technical excellence. General Foglesong, a Williamson native, established the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation in the fall of 2006. Current chapters exist at Marshall, Shepherd, Concord and Mississippi State universities. Southern is the first community and technical college to become an ALEF partner. "We are proud to join General Foglesong in his efforts to invest in future leaders of southern West Virginia. Our goal is to provide opportunities to those who demonstrate leadership skills but may not have The finances to attend college. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for any student, no matter their background or financial status. Southern is committed to making this academy a win-win for everyone involved," said Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, president of Southern. In order to apply for the leadership academy, students must be planning to enroll at Southern in the spring 2008. Following applications and an interview process, if selected, the student will receive a full scholarship to pay for tuition, fees and books. To learn more, students and their families are invited to stop by the Williamson Campus on November 15th from noon to 1 p.m and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to coordinator Pauline Sturgill. Heading up the Appalachian Leadership Academy, Cotiga Chapter will be Dr. Cindy McCoy, dean of university transfer at Southern. Students selected for the leadership academy will also benefit from:

  • College counseling, academic support, and retention services.
  • Leadership through Service Program.
  • Internships and career development workshops.
  • Parent support services and advisory groups.
  • Grants and scholarships to financially challenged young men and women.
  • Leadership curriculum under the direction of General Foglesong.

As a Four-Star General, Foglesong is an accomplished leader and seasoned professional whose career in leadership has spanned nearly 33 years. His 33 - plus years serving in the United States Air Force has extended work in leadership and character development, education, training, and management in the United States and Europe. His superb people skills and success in team building promise a strong, successful leader for the ALEF organization. General Foglesong stated this in regard to his early foundation, "Character first is the top core value in the organization I have served for the past 33 years - a fundamental value my parents taught me when I was a young boy in rural Appalachia and caring teachers and mentors reinforced every day at school and in my community‚" Pictured are l-r, Southern's Appalachian Leadership Academy planning committee members Mary Hamilton, Beth Deaton, Pamela Scaggs, Dr. Cindy McCoy, Pauline Sturgill, Dee Kapourales, and Rita Roberson. Photo by Cindy Crigger.

Robert C. Byrd

U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd made an appearance in Raleigh County on October 8th for the dedication of the new Erma Byrd Center located at Beaver, WV. The educational center, which serves eight public colleges and universities, was named after Byrd's late wife. The new facility is the first building to be dedicated as part of the Public Higher Education Center which is located on a 33 acre campus near Beckley.

During Byrd's comments, he reflected on many events while encouraging our current leaders to continue to innovate and execute so West Virginia can compete in the global marketplace. Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, spoke on behalf of the eight presidential partners. By staying on top of technological developments, the center will produce a relevant work force an important prerequisite to economic growth, Tomblin stated. “We will serve as a catalyst to attract business and industry to the area.

Community Appreciation Day 2007

Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recognized retired radio personality George Warren during Community Appreciation Day 2007 activities held on September 16th at the Williamson Campus. The community was served a free dinner of pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes and dessert as the 35th Annual King Coal Festival wrapped up a weekend of events.

Logan, WV - The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation has selected the four recipients of the Pardee Resources Company scholarships for 2007, according to Ronald E. Lemon, vice-president of development.

The students selected and the county in which they reside are: Elston Johnson, Logan County; Amie Hylton, Wyoming County; Suzana Vance, Boone County; and Max Mounts, Mingo County.The full scholarship award pays for full-time tuition, books, and related educational expenses up to $2,500 during the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 semester at Southern.

"We are very pleased with the students selected to receive the 2007/2008 Pardee scholarships. Through educational partnerships, like this one with Pardee Resources, we are able to assist many students, including the non-traditional student, with their efforts in obtaining a degree," Lemon stated.

Pardee Resources Company owns and manages land holdings in central and southern West Virginia.

Ted Williams, student services specialist at the Williamson Campus, was recognized as the 2007 Employee of the Year by President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin during Southern's Employee Recognition Awards and Reception held on May 4th in the Savas-Kostas Theater at the Logan Campus. Ted has been an employee at Southern for nearly 26 years.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recently awarded the 2007 President's Award to Administrative Vice-President and Dean of Allied Health Pamela L. Alderman. The presentation was made during All College Day held at the Logan Campus.

The President's Award was established to recognize an outstanding college employee that demonstrates a commitment to the college and is dedicated to making the community a better place.

When presenting the 2007 award, President Tomblin said, "This year's recipient is a leader, not only at Southern but also the state. She is respected by her colleagues and those in her profession, and is a model for her faculty and students. I can not remember a time that this individual, when asked to assist, create, write, or do whatever it takes to get a job accomplished, did not step up to the plate."

Alderman graduated from Southern in 1977 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing and an Associate in Arts in General Studies. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1987 from West Virginia University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing in 1990 from WVU.

Alderman began her career at Southern in 1987 as a nursing instructor and has served in many leadership roles. Under her guidance, all six Allied Health programs now hold national accreditation. The medical laboratory technology program has been recognized in the top 2% nationwide, the surgical technology program is ranked in the top 10% nationwide and the nursing program is highly recognized both in the state and the region.

Alderman was recently re-appointed to serve a third consecutive term as President of the West Virginia Board of Registered Professional Nurses. She served on the Board Education Committee prior to becoming president.

Alderman serves as a founding member of the West Virginia Center for Nursing Board of Directors, appointed by Governor Joe Manchin in 2005.  She serves on the nominations committee for the National Organization for Associate Degree Nurses and the Southern Regional Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing. She is a member of the National League for Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the West Virginia Nurses Association, the Nursing Education Foundation of West Virginia, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Logan Chapter #60 Order of the Eastern Star, assistant leader Junior Girl Scout Troop 4754 and serves on various committees at Southern

She resides in Chapmanville with her husband, Bill. They have two children, Will and Whitlea. The Aldermans enjoy spending time with their granddaughter, Jorgia.

The Kimberly Pierce Memorial Scholarship Fund recently received a $600 gift from The Dance Studios, Inc. Owner Dena Wigal presented the check to Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The Kimberly Pierce Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 and is awarded to a graduating senior at Logan High School.

This year's recipient is Jessica Nicole McNeely of Switzer, WV.

Pictured are l-r, Vice-President of Development Ronald E. Lemon, Southern Foundation member Phyllis Osenton, Wigel, President Tomblin, Jim and Calisa Pierce, and Logan Campus Director of Operations Randy Skeens.

Cotiga Donation

Cotiga Development Company recently gave a generous financial gift to the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation. The gift will be used to increase the number of scholarships. Southern's President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said that she is very appreciative of Cotiga's ongoing support which has made it possible for numerous, non-traditional students from the Tug Valley area to attend college.

In recent years, there has been an increase in non-traditional students attending college for technical skills training and career changes.

Pictured are l-r, Southern Foundation member Nancy Ramey; Cotiga Manager of Resources, Edward L. Curry; President Tomblin; and
Vice-President of Development Ronald E. Lemon.