RECOGNIZED: Weirton campus Dean Mike Koon has been cited as West Virginia Northern Community College's outstanding contributor to community college education for 2012.
Koon, who also is vice president of workforce development at Northern, received the award during the joint annual conference of the West Virginia Community College Association and the West Virginia Association for Developmental Education held Oct. 25-27 at Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center in Davis.
"During the past year Mike took the lead in a significant number of initiatives involving technical programs while also running the Weirton campus," Martin J. Olshinsky, Northern's president, said.
Koon helped formulate the pipefitter helper training program, the deckhand training classes and courses in welding. He also assisted with the college's new mechatronics program, already begun at Weirton and being readied for the Wheeling campus. Koon's vision for the Future program in partnership with ArcelorMittal Steel Corp. in Weirton and with a new licensed practical nurse to registered nurse transition program for locally laid off LPNs has seen success on the Weirton campus.
Koon's workforce development work has included partnerships with Williams Lea, the global leader in corporate information solutions; Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, international law firm; Cabela's; CertainTeed, Marshall County wallboard manufacturing company; and table gaming classes for Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center and Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort, Chester.
Koon started at the Weirton campus in 1975 as an instructor of biology and was the Weirton campus dean from 1985-92.
From 1992-94, he served as chairman, Science/Math/Technology Division, and in 1994 he was named vice president of economic and workforce development.
He has served as interim president and interim vice president of academic affairs.
DENTIST TRAINED: Dr. John Basil, a Wellsburg dentist, is one of the less than 300 dental practitioners worldwide to train in and practice the advanced techniques of bioesthetics.
This new model of dentistry was discovered more than 20 years ago by dentist and biologist Robert L. Lee. His observations and subsequent measurements became the foundation for today's bioesthetic dentistry, which follows nature's ideal to re-create teeth and bites that will support health for the life of the patient, according to officials.
The traditional dental practice has primarily been based on treating disease symptoms instead of their causes, and problems such as cracked teeth, gum disease, neck pain and severe headaches, as well as cosmetic repairs, have been considered separate issues.
This approach to dentistry is taught by OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry.
Dentists travel from all over the world to participate in the post-doctoral program that is delivered in four-levels requiring nearly three years to complete.
HONORED: Freddie Allen of Steubenville was named employee of the month for October at Eastern Gateway Community College.
Allen has worked in the maintenance department since December 2003. Prior to joining the college he was a foreman at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel and worked at BSI in Robinson Township.
Allen served in the U.S. Army from 1959-63.
FUNDRAISER: Members of the Richmond chapter of Modern Woodmen of America staged a spaghetti dinner recently to help raise money for Harrison County 4-H. The event raised $1,500, which included a $750 match from the organization's Matching Fund Program. The money will be used to support 4-H opportunities for the youth of Harrison County.
The Matching Fund Program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show their support for a community cause, organization or individual in need by holding fundraisers. The home office will then match the amount raised, up to $2,500. These fundraising projects contribute more than $6.5 million to community needs nationwide each year.