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Youth Day in Williamson

Dramatist Illene Evans portrayed Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) on Monday as Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College kicked off Harmony Week 2007 at the National Guard Armory in Williamson. Nearly 500 students from Matewan, Williamson, Riverside and Kermit enjoyed a presentation of "The Underground Railroad Life and Times" by Evans. Tubman, also known as General Moses, was a field slave who escaped in her early 20's only to return to the south many times to rescue and free fellow slaves. Evans will be performing on Wednesday, February 28 at the Logan Street First Baptist Church in Williamson beginning at 6:30p.m. The event is being sponsored by Southern in partnership with the Williamson Branch NAACP and Youth Council.

Director of Development Ronald E. Lemon; Southern President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Civil Rights Award Recipient Willene Hairston Moore; Williamson Campus Director Rita Roberson; and Williamson Branch NAACP President John W. Fullen are pictured following a reception on September 9th at the Logan Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Moore was honored for receiving the West Virginia Civil Rights Award 2007 presented to her by Governor Joe Manchin III. Southern partners with the NAACP every year to sponsor Black History Month programs and Harmony Week activities at area schools.

Carl Baisden Speaking to the Tug Valley Mine Institute

Safety, technology, and training a new generation of workers for the modern coal industry was the focus of a presentation given by Carl E. Baisden, director of the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technology at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College during Thursday night's Tug Valley Mine Institute dinner held at The Brass Tree.

Baisden, who has over 20 years experience in the coal industry, said the academy is using equipment simulators and providing hands on training to students in an effort to prepare a safer, more knowledgeable work force. He said having experienced, properly trained, drug free workers are vital to the future success of the coal industry as well as enticing a new generation into the field. "We can not afford to let another generation get away from us. We've got to tell them about career choices in the industry and that it is not the same coal mines that their grandfathers and fathers worked in," Baisden said. "There has been such a change in the industry over the past five years." Since Southern opened its mining academy in October of 2006, over 700 students have taken training classes and 15,000 hours of contact time have been logged. And the academy is continuing to grow. Baisden announced that a new Mine Training Simulator Facility is in the works for downtown Logan which will include a Mine Ergonomics Lab. "This is going to bring us to the forefront," Basiden said. A Caterpillar rock truck surface simulator is currently being used for training at the college's district office which is located beside the Logan Campus. Perry Jobe and James Bryant are the instructors.

He said the financial benefits for the coal industry will be accomplished through training, safety, and production which will increase the bottom line. Baisden is actively recruiting younger students and recently brought teachers to Arch Coal's Mountain Laurel complex for a tour. By informing teachers about new ways to mine coal and the benefits of its good paying jobs, they can share that information with their students. "I've got to entice young people to come into your industry," Baisden told members of the Tug Valley Mine Institute He said there are many good opportunities for women in today's coal industry and pointed out that his wife, Lori, a graduate of Southern, currently works in human resources at Arch Coal.

Mine training classes being offered this spring at Southern's mining academy include: Mine Foreman Leadership, Assistant Mine Foreman - Underground, Assistant Mine Foreman - Surface, EMT-M-Plus, 40-Hour Surface Mine Apprenticeship, 80-Hour Underground Mine Apprenticeship, and Surface Equipment Simulator Training. Tuition assistance is available to qualified applicants. Funding is being provided by a grant through the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information about these classes, contact Sandra Podunavac at (304) 792-7160, ext. 229.

The Tug Valley Mine Institute meeting will be broadcast later this month on Southern's Channel 17.

Pictured l-r are Allyn Sue Barker, vice-president for Economic, Workforce and Community Development at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College; Carl E. Baisden, director of Southern's Academy for Training and Energy Technology; Georgene Robertson, president of the Tug Valley Mine Institute; and Ben Hardman of Fletcher Mining Equipment.

Sam Litteral, a former resident of Chapmanville, West Virginia has been named as Chief Financial Officer for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Litteral has over twenty years of finance and accounting experience. He has four years of higher education experience during which he served as Controller/Financial Systems Reporting Officer at Concord University in Athens, WV. While at Concord, he served on the state wide prototype team to develop and implement Banner Finance for the state colleges and universities of West

"We are glad to have Sam back as a Southern employee. He worked previously in our finance department. Since that time, he has gained the financial experience in higher education that we were looking for in a CFO. I know he will be an asset to Southern," President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin stated.

Litteral's previous finance and accounting positions in private industry include serving as Manager of Accounting, Controller and Chief Financial Officer. He earned a master's degree in Business Administration and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Marshall University. Litteral also is a Certified Public Accountant.

"I am looking forward to working at Southern and being part of the growth and economic development the college brings to the areas it serves. I am impressed by the continuing growth of the beneficial programs being developed and offered at Southern," Litteral said.

His hobbies include college football, playing golf and spending time with his three grandchildren. He currently resides in Barboursville, WV with his wife Charlene.

Southern serves approximately 5,000 credit and non-credit students in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

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.