March 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Greetings, Fellow Saluqis:

Let me begin by extending a Saluqi Salute to our very own Southwest Tennessee Community College Saluqis Men’s Basketball team and Head Coach Jerry Nichols:  Congratulations on being the 2018 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Regular Season Champions!  Also, kudos to Coach Nichols on being named the TCCAA Coach of the Year! I could not be prouder of Coach Nichols and our student athletes!  They had a stellar year with a national ranking as high as No. 18 and a 21-4 record for the regular season... Read the full article

Finance and Administration welcomes three new team members

Finance and Administration

The Finance and Administration division is proud to welcome three new team members to the Southwest family.... Read the full article

Southwest security focus of recent Pizza with the President

Macon Cove Campus Student Government Association Representative Sabrina Washington facilitates Pizza With The President at the Macon Cove Campus.

Macon Cove Campus Student Government Association Representative Sabrina Washington facilitates Pizza with the President at the Macon Cove Campus.

In the wake of the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida, President Tracy D. Hall provided an overview of the public safety training and resources available to students, faculty and staff in an emailed letter.  She and Southwest staff also provided a more detailed review of the College’s security stance and resources during a presentation at the recent Pizza with the President... Read the full article

Upward Bound students meet local professionals at Taking the Next Steps conference

Upward Bound students

12 Stones, Inc. joined forces with the Memphis chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) to present “Taking the Next Steps” Conference for Southwest Upward Bound juniors and seniors last month at the Union Avenue Campus. 12 Stones, Inc is a community non-profit organization of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church that provides workshops on career readiness and financial preparation. The conference featured successful entrepreneurs and professionals in aircraft mechanics for Fed Ex, criminal law, real estate, communications and graphic design who presented a series of workshops for the students and participated in a panel discussion... 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 February 16 and March 1, 2018... Read the full article

TSBDC hosts Lunch n’ Learn on new tax law

Jonathan Nyaku

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest Tennessee Community College recently hosted a lunch and learn session on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. The agency partnered with Memphis Consulting Group, a leading CPA firm that specializes in client accounting, tax planning, compliance and resolution. Workshop facilitator and Memphis Consulting Group Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Nyaku focused on the tax implications and opportunities for individuals and small businesses... Read the full article

Saluqi Basketball has banner year

by Keith Gentry, Sports Information Director

Saluqi Basketball

The Southwest men’s basketball team is perennially one of the top teams in not only the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference, but also in the entire National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the 2017-18 season was no exception... The Lady Saluqis also had an outstanding year under Andrea Martre who rounded out her 22nd year as head coach as the program’s all-time winningest coach with 351 wins. The Southwest women finished with a 21-8 overall record and were TCCAA regular season runner-up with a 14-4 conference record... Read the full article

Southwest faculty and staff are a hit at national ATD conference

Over a dozen Southwest faculty and staff joined more than 2,300 higher education, public policy and philanthropy leaders from across the country at DREAM 2018, Achieving the Dream’s (ATD) 14th annual conference last month to discuss innovation in higher education, how to foster student success (especially among minority and low-income populations) and to share best practices... Read the full article

African American History Month closes out with read-in

by Robert Jackson

African American History Month closes out with read-in

One-by-one, they stepped up to the microphone. Students from the diverse crowd read poetry at the African American Read-In (AARI) at the Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses and most centers, while others broke out in song or dance or a combination of all three... Read the full article

Southwest Veteran’s Affairs presents training aimed at empowerment

Marcus VanCleave

Nearly 40 Southwest students, faculty and staff attended the Veterans Empowerment Training event presented at the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses last month.  Southwest’s Office of Veterans Affairs presented the seminar to educate the campus community on resources and services available to help United States military veterans better transition into civilian life and succeed in college... Read the full article

Local engineers council honors Southwest student

Jensel Garcia (center) receives award from Willie Burley as his cousin Valencia Robles celebrates with him.

Jensel Garcia (center) receives award from Willie Burley as his cousin Valencia Robles celebrates with him.

The Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council recently honored Southwest Engineering Technology student Jensel Garcia with an achievement award as Southwest’s 2018 Featured Engineering Technology Student during the Engineers Week Banquet sponsored by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Memphis Chapter. The banquet is one of the local Engineer’s Week events that celebrates the work and contributions of Memphis area engineers and recognizes the achievements of middle school, high school and college students in the Memphis area... Read the full article

Smash-up fundraiser honors
military hero April 7th

Smashup to honor United States Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Merriweather

United States Army Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Merriweather made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty Jan. 13, 2010, in service to America. His parents Darryl and Pamela Finnie established the Smash-Up Fitness event to honor Merriweather’s service and sacrifice and to raise critical dollars to support the academic dreams of Southwest nursing students... Read the full article

Southwest honor society earns 5-Star rating


Congratulations to the Upsilon Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s honor society, for achieving the highest engagement ranking – Five Star Level—from Phi Theta Kappa International, the international honor society for two-year colleges. This is the first time in over a decade the chapter has achieved such high-level PTK recognition... Read the full article

Dates to Remember

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

  • Mar 13 - Student Success Workshop: Putting My Best Pen Forward
  • Mar 13 - Plug In To Success Workshop: Overcoming Anxiety, Testing Strategies, & Study Skills
  • Mar 13 - Spark the Dream Series: Featuring Phillip Ashley of Ashley's Chocolates
  • Mar 14 - Counseling Services: Financial Literacy Information table
  • Mar 14-15 - RAP (Regarding your Academic Progress)
  • Mar 15 - Professor and Novelist Susanna Lancaster Jackson
  • Mar 15 - Student Disability Services Self-Advocacy Training
  • Mar 16 - The Apollo Missions: A Flight Controller Reminisces with William Weppner, NASA Flight Controller
  • Mar 17 - "smART on Cooper" Art Auction/Fundraiser
  • Mar 20 - Student Success Workshop: The L.I.T. Session- Transforming Learning into Thinking
  • Mar 20-21 - Student Development and Equity & Compliance present Sex Signals Title IX Workshop
  • Mar 21 - SBDC Day
  • Mar 22 - Counseling Services: Coffee with the Counselor
  • Mar 22 - Panel Discussions: Job finding and professional skills
  • Mar 23-25, 30-31, April 1 - Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
  • Mar 26-29 - Resume Review Days
  • Mar 26-27 - Jostens Commencement Campus Ordering Event
  • Mar 27 - Student Success Workshop: Putting My Best Pen Forward
  • Mar 28 - Plug In To Success Workshop: Overcoming Anxiety, Testing Strategies, & Study Skills

Saluqi Athletics Corner

Cheer on Saluqi Athletics at the following upcoming home games

Saluqi Softball at St. Benedict Field

Saluqi Softball
  • 2 p.m./4 p.m. - Wednesday, March 14 Southeastern Illinois (DH)
  • 2 p.m./4 p.m. - Friday, March 23 Volunteer State (DH)
  • Noon/2 p.m. - Saturday, March 24 Volunteer State (DH)
  • 1 p.m./3 p.m. - Monday, March 26 Northwest Mississippi (DH)

Saluqi Baseball at USA Stadium

  • 1 p.m. - Tuesday Mar. 13 - Itawamba (DH)
  • 2 p.m. - Wednesday Mar. 21 - Mineral Area (DH)
  • TBA - Friday Mar. 23 - Volunteer State (DH)
  • Noon - Saturday Mar. 24 - Volunteer State (DH)

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Scoop Credits

  • Editor: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Contributing Writers: Daphne Thomas; Robert Jackson, Coordinator; Keith Gentry, Sports Information Director
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