February 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

My Fellow Saluqis,

Preliminary data indicate spring enrollment is up over last spring ever so slightly in full-time enrollment equivalency (FTE), making two consecutive spring semesters of FTE enrollment gains.  Although the actual headcount of students on campus dipped by about 20 students over last spring, the numbers are encouraging. This exciting trend reverses years of decline, a clear indication we are headed in the right direction. The increase in FTE means more students are taking more credit hours, which means they will walk across the commencement stage faster—an enrollment trend that directly and positively impacts our state funding levels.  We want our students to not only persist, but also insist on achieving their dream of a college credential on time and I am proud of the work we are doing to help them reach this auspicious goal... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, Anita Brackin
Associate Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development

Southwest named Anita Brackin associate vice president of Workforce and Economic Development and Continuing Education Feb. 2. Brackin returns to Southwest to manage the development and implementation of workforce development, continuing education and personal and professional development programs to drive the College’s workforce alignment and economic development initiatives. She also is responsible for engaging and developing collaborative partnerships with state and federal workforce and economic development organizations, as well as private sector organizations, community agencies, secondary and post-secondary partners and other groups... Read the full article


KUDOS: Dr. Donald Fisher to receive McWherter Leadership Award

The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) recently announced Donald C. Fisher, Ph.D., Executive Director/CEO of Mid-South Quality/Productivity Center (MSQPC), will receive the 2018 Ned R. McWherter Leadership Award Feb. 21 at the 2018 Excellence in Tennessee Awards banquet in Franklin, Tennessee. MSQPC was founded through the leadership of the Memphis Regional Chamber (now Greater Memphis Chamber) and State Technical Institute at Memphis (now Southwest) and funded through a Tennessee Board of Regents grant to establish TBR’s only Center of Emphasis in Quality and Productivity in the state.... 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 Jan. 15-31, 2018... Read the full article


Claude Hinds and his “WONDER”-ful experience

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Stevie Wonder and Claude Hinds.

SCOOP recently spoke with Southwest student and professional musician Claude Hinds about his career success and recent experience with the legendary Stevie Wonder.  

How did you meet or begin working with Wonder?
I met Stevie Wonder here in Memphis, TN while I was working with the Garry Goin band.  Stax legend David Porter was honoring his label mate, William Bell, and Stevie was... Read the full article


STAFF KUDOS: Nikita Ashford-Ashworth named Maxine Smith Fellow

Nikita Ashford-Ashworth

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) this past fall named Nikita Ashford-Ashworth, Director of Advising and Academic Support at Southwest, a 2017-2018 Maxine Smith Fellow.  Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall nominated Ashford-Ashworth. “Ms. Ashford-Ashworth, through her exceptional leadership in Student Development, is helping Southwest meet its mission of cultivating student success,” Dr. Hall said.  “She is a passionate student advocate that Southwest students can count on to mentor and advise them as they persist to their goals... Read the full article


Works of adjunct English faculty Hayes and Black recently published

Student Disability Services Open House

Paula Hayes

KUDOS to adjunct Instructor of English Paula Hayes who recently had her creative nonfiction piece “Spun City” about the closing of iconic East Memphis record store Spin City published in the Memphis Flyer.

Also, enjoy “Reversals”, a creative piece about the environment penned by adjunct Instructor of English Stephen Black that was recently published in the online journal The Hopper. Congratulations, Stephen!


Todd Blankenbeckler assumes Digital Learning director post

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Todd Blankenbeckler

20-year Southwest veteran staff and faculty member Todd Blankenbeckler has been tapped to serve as the College’s director of Digital Learning. In this role, Blankenbeckler will provide leadership and support to what has been traditionally known as Distance Education, including support of Desire2Learn (D2L) or PAWS; online, hybrid and web assisted courses; Instructional Technology and the TN eCampus program... Read the full article

KUDOS: Malinda Wade marks final year at helm of Carter G. Woodson Award ceremony

Malinda Wade (l) and Dr. Tracy Hall (r) congratulate Woodson Award recipient Ruby O’Gray

Malinda Wade thanks faculty and staff for their support over the years.

Dozens of students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed the life story of a local legend at the 30th Carter G. Woodson Award ceremony earlier this month.

Ruby O’Gray took the audience on a journey through her eclectic life and love affair with theatre. She encouraged the students to pursue their dreams and to never give up... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, Darryl Hill
Marketing and Communications Director

Darryl Hill

Communications, Marketing & Community Relations is pleased to welcome Darryl Hill as the new director of marketing and communications. In this role, Hill will lead and implement integrated marketing and communication plans for Southwest and serve as the primary contact for the College’s marketing initiatives... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS:  AACC selects Dr. Amy Waddell for distinguished faculty award

Dr. Amy Waddell

Congratulations to Professor of Natural Sciences Amy Waddell, Ph.D. on her selection to receive the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) at the national conference this April in Dallas, TX... Read the full article


FACULTY NEWS: Dr. Jennifer Townes named teaching academy director

Dr. Jennifer Townes

Dr. Jennifer Townes is the new director of Southwest’s Teaching Academy. She most recently served Southwest as a full-time faculty member teaching reading support courses in the Language and Literature Department. In her new role, Dr. Townes will provide leadership and support to what has been traditionally known as the Center of Emphasis for Teaching and Technology. “I look forward to working with faculty, department chairs and deans to transform the Center of Emphasis,” Dr. Townes says... Read the full article


Veterans Empowerment Training is Feb. 28

Southwest faculty and staff are invited to learn more about the transitional challenges military veterans face and the empowering resources the College and community have to offer at the Veterans Empowerment Training seminar Feb. 28 on the Macon Cove campus 10-11 a.m. and the Union Avenue campus 2-3 p.m.  “We want to continue to improve our veterans affairs on campus,” VA Coordinator in the Office of Veterans Affairs Tonya Birdsong said.  “The goal of the training is to enhance faculty and staff’s understanding of military culture and veterans’ unique  needs as they return to civilian life and higher education environments.”

Veteran Education Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Veteran Services-West Tennessee Marcus VanCleave will facilitate the one-hour sessions.   Enroll online for the Macon Cove campus session or the Union Avenue campus session. The sessions are offered through the Distance Education & Instruction Technology Department. Contact Birdsong at tbirdsong@southwest.tn.edu for more information.


The Lady Saluqis are red hot!

#23 Quinlan Hughes attacks the paint.

#23 Quinlan Hughes attacks the paint

The Lady Saluqis women’s basketball team, winner of six of its last seven games, has an 18-6 overall record and is in second place in TCCAA conference play at 11-3. With only four games left in the regular season, the players hit the road this week at Chattanooga State (February 23) and Cleveland State (February 24) and have make-up home games against Columbia State (February 26) and Jackson State (February 27) in the Verties Sails Gymnasium.

The Lady Saluqis are led by sophomores Atitiana "Titi" Vincent, the team's top scorer at 12.3 points per game, Quilian "Q" Hughes and Dominicka Skrocka, who are tied for second with 11.3 scoring averages, top rebounder Orlandra "LaLa" Humphries and point guard Brenda Fields, the team leader in assists who posted a rare "triple-double" with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Volunteer State last week.


Saluqi Athletics Corner

Cheer on Saluqi Athletics at the following upcoming home games

Saluqi Softball at St. Benedict Field

Saluqi Softball
  • 1 p.m./3 p.m. - Wednesday, Feb. 21 Northwest Mississippi (DH)
  • 1 p.m./3 p.m. - Wednesday, Feb. 28 Mississippi Delta (DH)

Saluqi Baseball at USA Stadium

  • Noon - Saturday Mar. 3 - Dyersburg State (DH)

Saluqi Basketball

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

Monday, February 26
5:30 p.m., Men vs. Columbia State
7:30 p.m., Women vs. Columbia State

Tuesday, February 27
2 p.m., Men vs. Jackson State
4 p.m., Women vs. Jackson State

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team

Southwest hosts TN Achieves mentor breakfast

Dr. Hall addresses the attendees

Mentoring plays a significant role in student success, which is why TN Achieves held an appreciation breakfast at the Macon Cove campus earlier this month to thank citizens who committed to mentor TN Promise students in the Memphis metro area... Read the full article


SERT members undergo CPR training

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SERT Team member Elizabeth Golden simulates proper infant CPR technique.

Members of the Southwest Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently underwent CPR training. The four-hour session was facilitated by Racheal Trigg, Southwest instructor in Emergency Medical Technology. The small class of eight allowed each individual to practice performing life-saving maneuvers for adults, young children and even infants... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, Aquila Phillips Executive Administrative Assistant to President Tracy D. Hall

Aquila Phillips joined the Southwest Tennessee Community College family Jan. 16 as President Tracy D. Hall’s new executive administrative assistant. She manages the president’s calendar and works closely with the president to ensure her day goes smoothly... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS:  Susanna L. Jackson publishes first novel

The Growing Rock

Instructor of English Susanna L. Jackson can now add published author to her resume with the release of her first novel The Growing Rock (Harvard Square Editions, 2017) published under the nom de plume Susanna Lancaster.  The Growing Rock takes the reader on a journey into The Great Depression era in American history as it weaves the story of 14-year-old Caroline who struggles to keep a promise to her father and look after the women in the family when hard times force her father to leave their cotton farm... Read the full article


Mandatory Title IX training due by Feb. 23

The deadline to complete mandatory Title IX training is quickly approaching. All Southwest Tennessee Community College faculty and staff are required to complete the training by FEBRUARY 23.... Read the full article


Saluqi Baseball rebuilds under new coach

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2018 Saluqi Baseball Team Photo

Coming off a 15-44 (8-19 in conference) 2017 season, returning just 51 percent of the at bats and just 21 percent of innings pitched on the mound, and losing heavy hitting catchers in Tampa Bay Rays draft pick Andrew Miller and Faulkner University signee Rusber Estrada, the Saluqis will look to rebuild in a big way headed into the future with new leadership. Erik Schoenrock was named head coach of Southwest Tennessee baseball team last July. He comes to the Saluqis from Nicholls State University where he was an assistant coach for the 2016-2017 season... Read the full article


Saluqis ranked 19th nationwide

#24 Trey Dawkins slams the ball home

#24 Trey Dawkins slams the ball home

Southwest Tennessee Community College Saluqis are ranked No. 19 in the nation according to the National Junior College Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Poll Committee rankings released Feb. 13. The Saluqis are 19-3. Go Saluqis!


Dates to Remember

Details about the events below can be found on the student events calendar.

  • Feb 20 - Student Success Workshop: Discovering My Learning Style
  • Feb 21 - Student Success Workshop: Math and Reading Café
  • Feb 22 - Counseling Services: Coffee with the Counselor
  • Feb 23 - Safe Zone training
  • Feb 26 - African-American Read-In
  • Feb 26 - Campus Activity Board Poetry Event
  • Feb 26 - African-American Read-In
  • Feb 27 - Student Disability Services Self-Advocacy Training
  • Feb 28 - Pizza with the President

News Roundup

Links to the latest online news reports on community college trends, Tennessee Board of Regents coverage and more... Read the full roundup


In Memorial: Ben Watson

Memphis journalism lost a stellar veteran recently in the passing of television broadcast journalist and former Southwest adjunct instructor Ben Watson. Watson taught TV production at Southwest from 2006 to 2017 and worked as a reporter and anchor at WMC TV News 5 for 30 years. Watson joined WMC as a general assignment reporter in 1986, eventually moving to the anchor desk.

Ben Watson

Southwest computer lab technician Eric Perry worked with Watson in the media studio on the Union Avenue Campus where his class was held. “Watson enjoyed working with the students as they learned camera techniques and production and they were crazy about him,” he said. “He was a great guy and always gracious,” Perry added. Watson was a graduate of Central Michigan University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

Beware of Airbnb scams

The BBB has warned consumers for years about phony rental listings on Craigslist. Crooks copy rental listings from other sites and post them on Craigslist at a very attractive price. When a prospective tenant responds to the ad, he’s told the seller is out of the country and that the keys will be sent to him once he wires the money for a deposit. He wires the money; he gets no keys... Read the full article



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