December 2017 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The holiday season is here. This is a special time of year when we spend cherished moments with family and friends, reflect on the previous year and look forward to the new one.

As I reflect on my second year as president, I am thankful for your support and hard work. So many faculty and staff have boarded the Achieving the Dream train and we are moving down the tracks quickly to our destination of an even better Southwest. We have accomplished much and have so much more to do. However, I am confident that together we can reach our lofty goals, continue to chart a new path for Southwest and hold steadfast to our commitment to student success.

Thank you for an outstanding 2017. Have a happy and safe holiday season and best wishes for a new year filled with achievement and fulfillment.

Happy Holidays and warm regards,

Tracy D. Hall Signature

Holiday Open House 2017

Dr. Tracy D. Hall greeted faculty and staff at the annual Holiday Open House

Dr. Tracy D. Hall greeted and hugged guests as they arrived to the Holiday Open House.

Dr. Tracy D. Hall greeted faculty and staff at the annual Holiday Open House before highlighting some of the successes the college has achieved over the past year, including increases in enrollment, retention and credentials awarded. She thanked the Southwest family for their hard work and efforts in making Southwest “The Best Choice.” Guests dined on scrumptious pasta, carved meats, fresh fruits and veggies, and delectable desserts prepared by Chef Steven Leake and his team of talented culinary art students. Valetta Brinson, Assistant Professor of Communications Graphics and Fine Arts, provided the musical entertainment by singing and serving as the party’s deejay. Enjoy the Holiday Open House photo album.

KUDOS: National publication features Lakin Fellow Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

National magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education covered the recent Lakin Institute in its December issue. Executive Director of Retention and Student Success Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, a Lakin Fellow who attended the 2017 Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership in Baltimore, Maryland this past October, is featured. Dr. Taylor shares her journey of discovering her life’s work in higher education and speaks fondly of Southwest’s mission of empowerment and transformation through education: “I saw that Southwest was a great opportunity to return to the community college and be a part of leveling the playing field for students who start out in community college, just like I did.” Kudos, Dr. Taylor! Enjoy the entire Diverse Issues article here.

Retiree Roberta S. Wilson, RN presented lifetime achievement award

Nurse Wilson enters vital data while working on mannequin while at Southwest.

Nurse Wilson enters vital data while working on a mannequin at Southwest.

Congratulations to Roberta S. Wilson, RN, the former learning enhancement coordinator in Southwest’s nursing department on being named the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Read more about Wilson’s honor.

Southwest interns impact local business

Career Services Coordinator Courtney Ward and Director Brenda Williams tour Advanced Industry Support (AIS) facility with AIS President John Andreucitti.Williams, Ward and Andreucitti visit with Southwest student intern Nick Weakley.

Career Services launched a new paid intern program this fall forming relationships with several local employers looking to hire Southwest talent.

Computer Information Technology major Richard Rogers is interning at SergeIT and Nick Weakley at Advanced Industry Support. When Career Services Intern Coordinator Cortney Ward and Director Brenda Williams visited student Nick Weakley at his intern site. John Andreucitti, Advanced Industry Support president, provided them with a company history and facility tour. Read the full article.

Southwest welcomes Tennessee’s only ambulance simulator

ambulance simulator

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is proud to have a new, state-of-the-art ambulance simulator that provides students a unique learning experience.

The only one of its kind in the state of Tennessee, the simulator mimics real-life patient care on the go, down to the rocking motion felt while an ambulance whizzes in and out of traffic in route to a medical facility...Read the full article

KUDOS: Ron Wells elected Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education president

Ron Wells

Dr. Anita Ricker, passes the gavel and the presidency of TACHE to Ron Wells.

Ron Wells, Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Director of the Millington Center, was elected president of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education (TACHE) last month at its 49th annual conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The theme of the 2017 conference was “All Shook Up”, a reference to Elvis, of course, but also to Tennessee’s initiatives to include workforce development in education at all levels, from elementary to post-secondary. Speakers included Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Chancellor Flora Tydings, TBR Assistant Vice Chancellor of Economic and Community Development Nathan Garrett and the final keynote speaker Rudy Kalis... Read the full article

Welcome aboard, new team members

Southwest Tennessee Community College is proud to welcome the following faculty and staff to the Southwest family between Nov. 16, 2017 and Dec. 1, 2017... Read the full article

Career Services presents overview of services

Career Services Presenting

During the fall semester, the Career Services team presented to over 600 students in 27 classes to provide an overview of available services. The team highlighted career exploration and assessment tools such as Career Coach, Kuder Career Planning, and MemphisWorks to assist students in choosing a career path.

Saluqi Athletics Corner

Cheer on your men’s and women’s Saluqi basketball teams during the following home games in the Verties Sails Gymnasium on the Union Avenue Campus:

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team

December 15
Saluqis vs. Missouri State-West Plains Community College, 5:30 p.m.

December 28
Lady Saluqi Classic, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.

December 29
Lady Saluqi Classic, noon & 2 p.m.

January 4
Lady Saluqis vs. ASU Mid-South, 2 p.m.

January 6
Lady Saluqis vs. Coastal Alabama, 2 p.m.
Saluqis vs. Coastal Alabama, 4 p.m.

January 12
Saluqis vs. Columbia State, 5:30 p.m.
Lady Saluqis vs. Columbia State, 7:30 p.m.

January 13
Saluqis vs. Jackson State, 2 p.m.
Lady Saluqis vs. Jackson State, 4 p.m.

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

Geisewite named associate dean of Faculty Support

Ashley Geisewite

The Faculty Support Division named Ashley Geisewite as the new associate dean of Faculty Support Dec. 1.  As associate dean, Geisewite will provide leadership to supporting each of the College’s sites and centers and to developing evening, weekend and accelerated academic program offerings... Read the full article

Levi Frazier’s biographical drama on stage in Poland

Southwest professor and Memphis playwright Levi Frazier's biographical drama, For Our Freedom and Yours, played on a Łódź, Poland stage during the Ira Aldridge Symposium last month. The play about the renowned 19th-century African-American actor and activist Ira Aldridge, who left America to find fame in Europe, debuted at Southwest Theater May 27, 2015. The play ran from May 27-28 and was an officially sanctioned 2015 Memphis In May event... Read the full article

Attendees at the Ira Aldridge Symposium in Poland include Southwest adjunct professor Deborah Frazier (second row, center), associate professor Levi Frazier (third row, center), retired professor Evelyn Little (fourth row, second from right) and technical director Carl Slappy (front row, far right).  Another familiar face is Ted Lang (fourth row, left of Levi) who played Isaac the bartender on the hit 1970s TV show <q>The Love Boat</q>.</em>

Attendees at the Ira Aldridge Symposium in Poland include Southwest adjunct professor Deborah Frazier (second row, center), associate professor Levi Frazier (third row, center), retired professor Evelyn Little (fourth row, second from right) and technical director Carl Slappy (front row, far right). Another familiar face is Ted Lang (fourth row, left of Levi) who played Isaac the bartender on the hit 1970s TV show The Love Boat.

TRIBUTE: Dorothy Blue-Franklin

Nell Patterson

Dorothy Blue-Franklin went to her eternal resting place November 28, 2017, after more than 33 years of service to Southwest Tennessee Community College. Dorothy was best known for her unquestionable contributions as the coordinator in the Academic Support Center. She began her educational journey as a student at Shelby State Community College where she earned an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from Saint Lee University and later studied accounting at DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management. Mrs. Blue-Franklin will be remembered for her keen sense of humor and the encouragement she offered to those who embraced the Academic Support Center. She will be sorely missed by faculty, staff and students, alike.


DECEMBER 19 & 20
Be a Victor, Not a Victim, Self-defense training, hosted by Southwest Police Services/Public Safety
Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building, ABC Room
5 – 9 p.m.

DECEMBER 24 - JAN 1, 2018
Holiday Break (CAMPUS CLOSED)

JAN 9-10, 2018
International Student Orientation, Testing and Advising
Macon Cove Campus, Academic Building, Wing C, Room 193
See the event page for times

JAN 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Day (College Closed)

JAN 26-28, 2018
Some Day For A Crown (Theater Show)
Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Room 113 (Theater)
See the event page for times

Regulators land hard on student loan debt relief scams

student loan debt scams

Student loans are the second largest kind of debt in the U.S., exceeded only by mortgages. Over 42 million Americans of all ages have student loan debt totaling more than $1.4 trillion. The average 2016 graduate owes $37,000. Default rates are at an all-time high, with about 8 million borrowers having stopped making payments altogether... Read the full article

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