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Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin was presented with a check for $500,000 from James H. "Buck" Harless, the campaign's honorary chair, during a kickoff celebration held on September 7, 2006.

The campaign has already raised $3.6 million toward a goal of $20 million by the year 2020. The announcement of the new Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies was also made to a crowd of nearly 200 people.

The academy is set to open this fall, according to Allyn Sue Barker, vice-president for Economic, Workforce and Community Development.

Logan, WV - The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation has announced the four recipients of the Pardee Resources Company scholarships for 2006, according to Ron Lemon, director of development at Southern.

The students selected and the county in which they reside are: Timothy Shane Queen, Boone County; Justina M. O'Neal, Wyoming County; Rebekah Lynn Maxwell, Logan County; and Brandon Varney, Mingo County. The full scholarship award pays for full-time tuition, books, and related educational expenses up to $2,500 during the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 at Southern.

Timothy is the son of Timmy and Jonetta Queen of Chapmanville. He is a graduate of Scott High School and is enrolled at Southern. His hobbies include all sports, camping and four-wheeling. Timothy attends the White Oak Church of Christ and is currently employed at LB&T.

Justina is the daughter of Bruce and Patricia O'Neal of Oceana, WV. She is an honor graduate of Westside High School and is enrolled at Southern. Her hobbies include all sports, reading, music and dancing.

Rebekah is the daughter of Robert W. and Shelia Maxwell of Pardee, WV. She is a graduate of Man High School where she was valedictorian. Rebekah is currently a pre-pharmacy student at Southern and plans to continue her education to become a pharmacist. She attends the Man Church of God.

Brandon is the son of Shannon Deskins of Forest Hills, Ky. and the step-son of Sam Deskins, also of Forest Hills. He is an honors graduate of Williamson High School where he also was a member of the Wolfpack football team.Brandon is majoring in Business Accounting at Southern. He is a full-time student and works part-time for a local coal company.

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

Southern offers the most affordable tuition rate in West Virginia and serves approximately 5,000 credit and non-credit students.

Charleston, WV - Pamela L. Alderman, Vice-President and Dean of Allied Health at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has been re-appointed to serve a third consecutive term as President of the West Virginia Board of Registered Professional Nurses.

Alderman was first appointed to the Board in 1999 by Governor Cecil Underwood for a five year term.  She was re-appointed in 2004 by Governor Bob Wise to a second, five year term as president.She served on the Board Education Committee prior to becoming president.

The West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses was established by the West Virginia Legislature to promote and protect public health, safety, and welfare through the regulation of registered professional nurses and dialysis technicians.  Currently, there are more than 22,000 registered professional nurses in the state.

Appointment to the five member board is by the governor, with the recommendation of the Senate from lists submitted by the West Virginia Nurses Association.

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.

Prior to employment at Southern, she worked as a staff nurse in the Emergency Room, a house supervisor, an office nurse, and a reviewer of medicare and medicaid charts.
Alderman came to Southern in 1987 as a nursing instructor.  She has served as a nursing instructor, Interim Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing, Interim Dean of the Logan Campus, Associate Vice President for Allied Health and currently serves as Administrative Vice President and Dean of Allied Health.

Under her leadership, 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.

The Allied Health programs have grown significantly since 1992, with approximately 300 students enrolled in the Associate in Applied Science and certificate programs.  Additionally, the nursing program has expanded to the Kanawha Valley and Moorefield sites.

Currently, 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.

Members of the West Virginia Legislature Interim Committee visited Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Logan Campus on August 7 and 8 as part of their three day, monthly meeting at Chief Logan State Park.

During their visit, members of the Joint Standing Committee on Technology, the Joint Standing Committee on Education and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability were welcomed to Southern by President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, who provided an overview of the college's new programs and ongoing expansion projects. Members were also provided with a tour by Director of Logan Campus Operations, Randy Skeens, which included a stop on the MEET-U, a mobile education, evaluation, and training unit.

Additional presentations were made by Vice-President and Dean of Allied Health Pamela L. Alderman; Professor/Coordinator for Nursing Barbara Donahue; Academic Lab Manager I/Allied Health Cindy Lowes; Vice-President for Economic Worforce and Community Development Allyn Sue Barker, Technical Training Specialist Dara Fann-Vargas; Chief Technology Officer Ron Hamilton; Director of Distance Learning and Computer Operations Chris Cobb; TV Production Specialist Tim Ooten; TV Production Assistant Lee Stroud and Director of Libraries II Kimberly Maynard.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Elementary Education K-6 Comprehensive Collaborative Program that will begin this fall, the schools announced today.

Students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have completed the associate degree may enter the collaborative program. Faculty from Marshall‚College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will deliver the remaining two years of courses to students in the program at Southern‚ Williamson campus.

This agreement renews and affirms the strong cooperative relationship that has existed between Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. For residents of southern West Virginia it increases the access and opportunity to complete bachelor and professional degrees locally. I anticipate that this agreement, which is the first between President (Joanne Jaeger) Tomblin and me, is the beginning of what will become a series of such agreements between our institutions.

Tomblin said Marshall and Southern have worked closely on projects before.

It is always a pleasure to work with Dr. Stephen Kopp and the administration, faculty and staff at Marshall University, Tomblin said. This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College an opportunity to acquire the baccalaureate degree in elementary education without leaving the area. In addition, courses will be delivered in a non-traditional format so students will have more flexibility in attaining a degree.

We look forward to starting yet another great chapter in our history as well as helping students from our region become successful.

Marshall COEHS dean Rosalyn Templeton said courses will be offered this fall for five hours on Friday and six hours on Saturday, and tentatively will run four weekends. When one course ends, another begins, she said. Four Marshall faculty members will be teaching the following courses:

- CI 301, teaching elementary school mathematics;<br />
- CI 350, instructional technology and computing;
- CI 360, elementary social studies methods;
- CI 448, integrated science methods for elementary education

I really feel it is wonderful for students in southern West Virginia to have the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree in elementary education, Templeton said. We're going to try to deliver it in the format that each cohort desires.

Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, agreed with both presidents that Marshall and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have a rich history.

This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia, Denman said. are pleased and proud to continue our collaborative relationship with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Southern student Tina Browning of Whitman, said the new program is perfect for her schedule because it will allow her to stay close to home and be with her young son while earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Browning is an example of the type of student that community and technical college's serve. She graduated from Logan High School in 2001,  then married and started a family. But due to the untimely death of her husband, decided to attend Southern and earn an associate's degree. She will enroll in Marshall's program this fall.

Southern students who enter the collaborative program must apply for and meet the College of Education and Human Services requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, which includes successful passage of the Praxis I Examination-PPST, an overall GPA of 2.7 or better and completion of ED 218 with accompanying ED 275 Level I Clinical Experience.

Templeton said about 50 students are ready to enter the final two years of courses Marshall is offering.

Registrar Roy Simmons was named Southern's 2006 Employee of the Year and was presented with a trophy by President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin during the Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony held May 5 in the Savas Kostas Theater on the Logan Campus. Roy has been employed at Southern for eight years.

Logan, WV - Cotiga Development Company recently established four scholarships following a generous donation to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation. The scholarships are named for key company representatives including John V. Ramey, Stuart Wood (founder of Cotiga), Edward Randolph Wood and Richard D. Wood, II.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses conducted a successful accreditation site visit in April at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The board periodically surveys all nursing education programs accredited by the board, including all satellite sites of any program. The last visit to Southern by the Board of Nursing was in 1999. An official report of the 2006 accreditation visit will be made in June following the board meeting. The nursing program at Southern is nationally accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The last NLNAC site visit occurred in 2002 and the program received the maximum length of accreditation, 8 years, without any recommendations or concerns. "This visit by the Board of Nursing was excellent. Nursing Coordinator Barbara Donahue, faculty, staff and students are to be commended," stated Pamela L. Alderman, administrative vice-president and dean of allied health. "Without the support of President Joanne Tomblin and Executive Vice President Merle Dempsey this program would not be as successful."

Madison, WV - A donation to the Carrie Ann Scott Memorial Scholarship was recently made to the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation by members of the Madison Middle School Student Council. Monies were raised by the council during a spaghetti dinner held at the school.

The Carrie Ann Scott Memorial Scholarship was established in her honor by the family. She was a teacher at the Madison Middle School.

Southern representatives Randy Skeens, Logan Campus manager and Ronald E. Lemon, director for development, received the donation on behalf of the college  The scholarship funds are administered through Southern's Foundation.

Skeens was the guest speaker at the Hour of Honor banquet on April 11th which recognized 6th , 7th , and 8th grade  honor students at Madison Middle School. The event was attended by over 500 parents, faculty, students, and representatives of the Boone County Schools Superintendent's office.