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Shell Scholarship Family

The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of The Shell Family Scholarship, by native Logan Countian and Huntington resident, Robert Shell, Jr., his wife Lena, mother Doris and other Shell Family members. The scholarship is being established through a major contribution of bank stock valued at more than $100,000, however, the family plans to provide additional contributions to the fund in future years. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students attending Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Shell, a successful international businessman is well known for his philanthropy and support of young people and their education. He and his family realize the financial hardship students have in attaining a college education. The Shell Family Scholarship is an opportunity for the Shell family to provide continuing support to students attending Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and serve as a stepping stone for those who wish to pursue an advanced degree at Marshall University or other four-year colleges or universities.

Robert Shell is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. In 1999, he was elected to the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was elected to the West Virginia University Business Hall of Fame and honored by the Education Alliance at their annual dinner in Charleston.

George Kostas, President of the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation stated, “We are so appreciative of the Shell family in providing this scholarship. This family certainly has not forgotten their roots and demonstrates a commitment to the citizens of the area.

New Kevin Ball Memorial Scholarship

The Logan County Deputy Association has established the Kevin Ball Memorial Scholarship at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The scholarship funds will be administered through the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation.

Graduates of Man, Chapmanville and Logan high schools will be eligible for the scholarship in May 2008. Scholarship applications will be distributed to the area high schools by Logan County deputies.

Pictured l-r, are deputies Dennis Brown, Brian Cobb, Sonya Porter, Jason Mathis, Southern's President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Burley Ferrell, Nick Booth, Joey Sheppard, and Southern's Vice President of Development Ronald E. Lemon.

General Robert "Doc" Foglesong returned home to Mingo County on December 17 to participate in a ceremony honoring the first members of the Appalachian Leadership Academy, Cotiga Chapter which has been established at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. To become a true leader, Foglesong stressed the importance of integrity and courage.

The five Williamson Campus students inducted into the leadership academy were Shannon Carbello of Delbarton, WV; Kevin Whitt of Varney, WV; Rita White of Delbarton, WV; Tiffany Razer of Williamson, WV; and Dee Dee Williams of Crum, WV. As Cotiga Chapter fellows, they will receive a full scholarship which will pay for tuition, fees and books, according to Pauline Sturgill, director of the Appalachian Leadership Academy at Southern.

President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin thanked Cotiga Development Company for being a committed partner in making this program possible. Cotiga sponsors numerous scholarships which are awarded to Tug Valley area students attending Southern.

Dr. Cindy McCoy and Karen Preece will serve as co-chairs of the Appalachian Leadership Academy, Cotiga Chapter. They will also serve as student mentors along with Rita Roberson, Mary Hamilton and Beth Deaton.

Dee Dee Williams of Crum, WV is a life long volunteer, having been involved in 4-H and FFA as a child growing up in California. Williams currently serves as the Williamson Campus Student Government Association President and Vice President of the Head Start Policy Council in Wayne County. Williams plans to complete her Associate Degree in nursing at Southern and then become an inspirational speaker for teens and young adults who drop out of school. Her goal through the Appalachian Leadership Academy is to learn the characteristics and traits needed to be a successful leader.

Shannon Lillian Carballo of Delbarton, WV has a passion for health care administration, having managed labs and emergency room admissions in North Carolina, before making West Virginia her home. Her goal is to graduate from Southern’s nursing program and become a faculty member, sharing with others her passion for the nursing profession. Carballo believes that the Appalachian Leadership Academy will help her spread her wings, allowing her to grow both personally and professionally.

Rita Faye White of Delbarton, WV is a freshman student at Southern, recently graduating from Burch High School with honors. She is a business administration major with plans to open her own mortuary business in Delbarton. White’s academic career has been centered around the different service programs that Burch High School offered and her intent through Southern’s Appalachian Leadership Academy is to gain valuable knowledge that will help her become a better leader and person now and in the future.

Kevin Michael Whitt of Varney, WV is an active member of his church and community, having first felt the call to service while volunteering in the Eagles Nest Club at Burch High School. He is working to earn a degree in elementary education with the intent of staying in Mingo County, becoming a teacher and positive role model for young children. Whitt believes that the Appalachian Leadership Academy will help him strengthen his leadership abilities, providing him with more discipline, and opening new doors that will help him to better meet the needs of those he is called to serve.

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.