November 2017 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dear Faculty and Staff:

We are having an outstanding semester!  Enrollment and retention rates are up 10 percent and 7 percent, respectively, as well as the number of credentials awarded earlier this year was higher by more than 20 percent.  We are truly Achieving the Dream (ATD)!

Our ATD efforts for the past 18 months have focused on strengthening our institutional capacity to better serve our students, community and business and industry partners. We began by concentrating on improving the student experience through the reorganization of our Student Affairs division and implementing what Vice President for Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner describes as a high-touch... Read the full article

Welcome aboard, new team members

Welcome Aboard, New Team Members

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

Orange the new Red and Blue on Amazon Day

Academic Affairs #Memphis Delivers Photo

Academic Affairs celebrates Amazon Day.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in Amazon Day at Southwest Oct. 18 to support Memphis’ bid to relocate a second Amazon headquarters in our fair city.

Various students and employees in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, IT and more donned Amazon orange in support of the #MemphisDelivers @ Southwest campaign.

A video was created to show the Memphis Chamber and Jeff Bezos of Amazon our Memphis and Saluqi pride! The video was well received at the Chamber with a “This is great!” coming from Chamber Director of Communications Christina Meek. The Southwest video was featured on Twitter, along with posts from businesses and organizations across Memphis. Just search #MemphisDelivers on Twitter to see the citywide campaign. Don’t forget to follow Southwest on Twitter at @SouthwestTN!

Retirements: Nell Patterson, 26 years of service

Nell Patterson

Nell Patterson, Associate Director of Financial Aid, retired Oct. 31 after more than 26 years of service to Southwest and former State Tech. She served the students of Southwest in an exemplary fashion. Her passion and dedication to the College will be sorely missed.

Southwest shows the money

Director of Child Care Centers Dr. Mary Palmer at the Early Childhood Center on the Union Avenue campus

Grant funding is more critical than ever for colleges and universities. Southwest officials and the Southwest Community College Foundation have been hard at work competing for grants and thanks to their efforts, Southwest was awarded nearly a million dollars in grant funding ... Read the full article

Compliance Carnival a hit with faculty, staff and students

Compliance Carnival

Compliance can be fun. No…really. The Equity and Compliance Department proved this when it hosted its first annual Compliance Carnival Oct. 23-26 at the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses and the Whitehaven and Maxine A. Smith centers... Read the full article

KUDOS: Shawn Boyd receives Top 40 honors

Shawn Boyd

Southwest congratulates Shawn Boyd on his selection as a Top 40 Under 40 of Urban Elite Professional. This group celebrates young professionals and awards them for serving in the community in five areas: Outstanding Citizen, Entrepreneurship, Community Advocacy, Arts and Entertainment and Education... Read the full article

KUDOS: Dr. Jacqueline Taylor named Lakin Fellow

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

Southwest congratulates Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Executive Director of Retention and Student Success, on being named one of 14 fellows who attended the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership (Lakin Institute) conference last month. “I was truly humbled to be nominated by President Hall and Vice President Faulkner,” Dr. Taylor said... Read the full article

President Hall special guest at Memphis Innovate IT

President Hall and Dr. Shirley Raines

President Hall was a special guest at the Memphis Innovate IT Conference Oct. 25 at the Halloran Theatre where she discussed the importance of diversity in STEM education with University of Memphis President Emeritus Dr. Shirley Raines.

Dr. Hall shared how Southwest provides students an excellent foundation for a career in STEM through associate degrees in applied science or continued education to pursue bachelor’s and advanced degrees. She also addressed a prevailing misconception that free tuition means free college by stressing that students still need the community’s support to overcome such financial obstacles to college as the escalating costs of textbooks, transportation and childcare.

Southwest shakes it out for national earthquake drill

Southwest shakes it out for national earthquake drill

On October 19, Southwest Tennessee Community College participated in the Great Central U. S. Shake Out, the region’s largest earthquake drill ever! All colleges and universities were encouraged to participate. When an earthquake hits, seconds count if lives are to be saved. This was our chance to practice and demonstrate how prepared we are to protect ourselves, Southwest Police Services Director Lezley A. Webb said... Read the full article

Retirements: William G. Bill Turner Jr., 38 years of service

William G. Turner Jr

William G. Bill Turner Jr., Associate Professor of Mathematics, retired in September after more than 38 years of outstanding service to Southwest and Shelby State. Congratulations, Bill!

Spread the word about Southwest

Community is Our Middle Name

Southwest has a new video entitled Community is our Middle Name that shares the community college mission and Southwest’s impact. The video features President Tracy D. Hall, Associate Professor and Business & Technologies Department Chair Dr. Wesley Fox and local leaders. Take a peek and share the video with your social media friends. Help spread the word about the great work that is going on at Southwest!

KUDOS: Phi Theta Kappa wins Spirit Award

Phi Theta Kappa and Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Three cheers for Phi Theta Kappa!! Actually, it only took one cheer for the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter at Southwest to win the Phi Theta Kappa Tennessee Regional Spirit Award at the summer regional Honors in Action Institute. The Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is a student-led honor society that is distinguished by its four hallmarks of Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Fellowship. See the video here.

Pizza with the President

Dr. Hall meets with students at Pizza with the President

President Tracy D. Hall chats with students at Pizza with the President Sept. 27 at the Maxine Smith Campus. President Hall fielded questions from students in attendance and those watching via simulcast at the Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses, and at the Gill and Whitehaven centers. Major topics of discussion included faculty evaluation procedures and updates on the establishment of a Veteran’s Affairs center where VP Jacqueline Faulkner advised students that Student Affairs is evaluating two possible sites at the Macon Cove campus.

Pizza with the President is hosted at one campus location each semester and is streamed live to other campuses for questions.

College launches Commit to Complete

Commit to Complete

Southwest honor students are leading the charge in the Commit to Complete (C2C) campaign to encourage their fellow students to commit to complete their degree or credential. The campaign kicks off Nov. 7-16 when students are encouraged to... Read the full article

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 Women's Basketball Team

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

November 7
Lady Saluqis vs. Blue Mountain, 4:00 p.m.
Saluqis vs. Bethel, 6 p.m.

November 10
Lady Saluqis vs. Chattanooga State Community College, 5:30 p.m.
Saluqis vs. Chattanooga State Community College, 7:30 p.m.

November 11
Lady Saluqis vs. Cleveland State Community College, 2 p.m.
Saluqis vs. Cleveland State Community College, 4 p.m.

November 29
Saluqis vs. Rhodes College, 5:30 p.m.

December 9
Lady Saluqis vs. Coahoma Community College, 3:30 p.m.
Saluqis vs. Holmes Community College, 5:30 p.m.

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.

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team


Veterans Greet and Meet
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Farris Building Breezeway
Macon Campus

Empowerment Training presented by Veterans Affairs
10 a.m.-11 a.m. Bert Bornblum Art Gallery, Macon Cove Campus REGISTER HERE
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. M Building Auditorium, Union Avenue Campus REGISTER HERE
Faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the transitional challenges military veterans face today and the empowering resources available to help student veterans succeed on campus.
Facilitator: Marcus VanCleave, Veteran Education Coordinator - Tennessee Department of Veterans Services – West Tennessee

Veterans Flag Raising Ceremony
9 a.m.
Union Avenue Campus
Veterans Appreciation Luncheon
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Nabors Gymnasium
Macon Campus

Campus Day
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Macon Campus
Meet fellow students, learn about your major and enjoy food and fun. REGISTER HERE

Thanksgiving Holiday (CAMPUS CLOSED)

Holiday Open House
3-4:30 p.m.
Meeting Rooms A,B & C
Macon Cove Campus
President Tracy D. Hall invites faculty and staff to this event.

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

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