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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College student Shane Blackburn has been elected to serve as student representative to the institutions Board of Governors. A native of Pike County, Ky and a 2011 graduate of Belfry High School, Blackburn is enrolled in the Mechatronics program, Blackburn will and graduate in May 2017 with an Associate in Applied Science and Certificate in Electro-Mechanical Instrumentation. He plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management and continue with a career in Robotic Surgery. Blackburn serves with the WV Army National Guard as an Infantryman. He has traveled the world as a missionary and served in Uganda, Nicaragua, Honduras and New Orleans. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College 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.
West Virginia Executive Magazine reached out to each of the Mountain State’s higher education presidents to acquire their unique perspective on the challenges facing our state, where we are heading, how education needs to evolve to prepare the work force of tomorrow and what role education will play in helping move the Mountain State forward. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College president, Dr. Robert E. Gunter is featured in the article. To view Dr. Gunters remarks visit .
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College professor, Carol Howerton, has been appointed to serve on the National Science Foundation grant review committee. Howerton serves as the current NSF Grant Coordinator at Southern, as well as Distance Education Coordinator. Her past work with the NSF lead to the development of a statewide Information Technology Program. Howerton appointment began with a nomination by a Program Officer based on her work with National Science Foundation grants over the years. She currently serves as Principal Investigator on her second award and previously served as a panelist in 2002. Panelists must have proven excellence in education, technical expertise, grants background, and/or government experiences. Howerton will serve on the 2016 award cycle. As part of the panel she will read assigned proposals and prepare written reports to serve as either primary or secondary panelist. On proposals assigned as primary panelist she will provide a summary of the project and lead a panel discussion, prepare a panel summary and rating for each proposal. On those as a secondary panelist she will provide written pre-review and participate in discussions to assist with final summary. The panel provides ratings for each proposal that provide guidance and input on funding for the grant cycle or feedback to help grant writers revise and improve projects for resubmission. NSF depends upon the reviewer community for nearly 240,000 reviews per year and each panel member will have anywhere from 15-20 specific proposals depending on the program needs. “It’s a great opportunity to network and work closely with so many other educators, grant personnel, and National Science Foundation staff,” Howerton said. “You also get to see innovations that other colleges across the country are planning and implementing and future trends in the industry.” National Science Foundation grants are among the most competitive grants to obtain. “I’ve worked with some great grant writers and assisted in the development of NSF grants but mostly involved on the implementation side. There is so much that goes into writing strong proposals and I'll gain a lot of insight and first-hand information on National Science Foundation guidelines and expectations beyond what I've already experienced along with new strategies to use and problems to avoid for future grants,” she added. Howertons appointment will last through the current grant cycle. For more information on the programs supported by the NSF Grants at Southern visit online at
Several students from Abigail Michelini’s English 101A class are featured contributors on Orion Magazine's "Place Where You Live" map website. The students participated in a writing challenge describing their hometown. The students and their hometowns include Rodney Cline, Glen Fork; Zach Harper, Brenton; Jeffrey Brown, Ramey Addition and Christian Adkins, Mullens. To view the entries follow the link:
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College honored faculty and staff for their military service during a special program presented at the annual holiday meal on Governance Day. The presentation included the group pledging allegiance and singing a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem. Manager of Business & Auxiliary Services, Chris Gray presented the history of Veterans Day and President Dr. Robert E. Gunter shared his personal experience growing up in a military family. Dr. Gunter then welcomed all veterans to join him at the podium for recognition. Those pictured are: Matt Lewis, Will Smith, Jack Dilbeck, Leslie Goldie, Johnny Bell, Christopher Ward, Dr. Gunter, Shane Blackburn, Steven White and Ricky Ellis.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that it has again earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. “Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is honored to once again be included in this prestigious list. Southern is proud to be recognized for the work we do to help veterans and active-military acquire a college education,” said Dr. Robert E. Gunter, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.” For more information about Southern’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Southern’s website at Southern will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Frien dly® Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on .
Members of the English faculty at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will present readings at the upcoming Bare Branch Writers event hosted by Step by Step. Darrell Hugueley, Anna Dickson James, Abigail Michelini and Lillie Teeters You are invited to spend an afternoon immersed in a creative environment surrounded by diverse folks at The Hot Cup in Logan on November 12, 2016 beginning at 2pm. Readers will present from different genres, which could include poetry, fiction, screen plays or creative nonfiction. Lillie Teters will also conduct a writer’s workshop. An open mic session and acoustic music will also be featured during the event. For more information, call Kandi Workman @ 304.946.7211
The Broadway smash, hit movie and cult classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors, comes alive in the Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center on the Logan campus of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The musical will be presented Friday, Nov. 11th, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 13th at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18th at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20th at 2 p.m. Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman and starring Jack Nicholson. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, and “Suddenly, Seymour”. The Aracoma Story Inc. is offering a $2 discount for employees and students for their Saturday evening performance on November 12th at 7:00 p.m. The discount is for employees and students. Employees and students must present their Southern I.D. to get the discount. The discount is only for the employee or student. Family members attending with them will pay the full price.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Wyoming/McDowell Campus will be hosting the The National Coal Heritage Traveling Exhibit "Architects & Architecture of the Coalfields" art exhibit during the month of November. The National Coal Heritage Area Authority has developed a traveling exhibit that explores the buildings and communities that were developed as a result of the building boom during the growth of the coal fields. The exhibit examines the company housing and company stores of the region as well as looking at the downtowns developed and the public buildings built to serve communities. This exhibit is designed to highlight the work of Hassell Hicks and Alexander Mahood, prominent coalfield architects, but also share examples of other interesting and well-designed buildings within the region. The exhibit will be on display at Southern from November 1st through the 30th. The public is invited to stop by the Wyoming/McDowell campus. For more information, contact Linda Hawkins of - 304.465.3720