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MUD FORK — Steven Lacek, Assistant Professor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently received the 2012 Outstanding Contributor Award presented by the West Virginia Community College Association during a state conference held at Canaan Valley.

This award is given to employees representing each community college who have made a substantial contribution and significant impact on the operations of their institution.

Lacek began his career at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the fall of 1997 as a part time lab manager on the Wyoming Campus. After several semesters he left the state but returned in 2004 as an Instructional Specialist for the Transitional Studies Department eventually leading to his current position.

Lacek has recently assumed a leadership role as the Co-Coordinator of Southern’s Self Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

“Since joining our faculty he has proven to be an excellent educator and wonderful asset to our college,” said First Lady/President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.

He has been generous with his time serving on numerous committees at Southern. Lacek is past Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, Co-Chair Southern Enrollment Management Advising Sub Committee, Chair Southern Assessment Committee and was recently named Faculty of the Month.

Lacek was the 2011 recipient of the Savas-Kostas Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence. The Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence is presented annually to honor outstanding faculty members of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have made significant contributions to the College, community, or to improve education in southern West Virginia. Evidence of qualities befitting a recipient of the Savas-Kostas Award for Excellence includes integrity, professionalism, selflessness, commitment, and cooperation.

He was also selected to be a participant in the President’s Future Leaders’ Academy.

He is a member of the National Association of Developmental Educators and serves on the WVCTCS Developmental Education Task Force Sub Committee on Assessment.

Lacek states that he strives to make learning ‘fun and take the mystery out of mathematics ’. He encourages students to go further in their education beyond their immediate goal.

“Steve Lacek has demonstrated a passion for connecting with students as a teacher and mentor,” added Tomblin.

Lacek earned his bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Concord University and Master of Arts in Mathematics from Marshall University.

He resides in Beckley with his wife, Josie, and son, Jude.

Tomblin commends Lacek’s selection, “Steve has embraced the definition of college educator and is an extraordinary asset to Southern. He is certainly deserving of this honor.”

Southern 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.

For further information visit www.southernwv.edu or call 1-866-SWCTC1.

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