MT. GAY, W.Va. — Each year members of the Classified Staff and Faculty of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have the opportunity to nominate colleagues for the Savas-Kostas Award. This award is presented to those who exhibit and demonstrate outstanding and distinguished service to Southern.
The Savas-Kostas family provides funding through the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation and present the award each year at Southern’s commencement exercises. The recipients are selected by members of the Savas-Kostas family based on the nominations received and the award criteria.
Financial Aid Counselor Stella Estepp and Student Program Advisor at the Boone/Lincoln Campus, Brian Carter were selected as this year’s classified staff recipients. Estepp began her career at Southern in 1998. She is dedicated to helping students at the Williamson Campus receive the financial assistance they need to attend college. Carter has the important role of assuring that students are provided with the correct educational path toward meeting their academic and career goals.
Faculty members selected are Lora Foster and Erica Farley.
Foster joined the faculty at Southern in 2012. She serves as coordinator of the Medical Assisting program. Under her direction the graduates have achieved a 100 percent passage rate on certification exams and 100 percent employment success.
Farley is a computer information technology instructor. She has served as a trainer for the National Science Foundation grant activities, and has provided professional development training for Southern employees on Governance Days.