February 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

The Community's College

Many hands make light work is an old adage that applies whether you are working on a small household project or redesigning, reinventing and resetting one of the largest community colleges in the state of Tennessee.  Community is one of our Focus 2020 Strategic Plan focus areas, along with students and excellence... Read the full article

Southwest opens its doors to Vatterott and L’Ecole Culinaire students

Dr. Robin Cole, President Tracy D. Hall, and Vice President of Student Services Jacqueline Faulkner address students from Vatterott and L’Ecole Culinaire in the Bert Bornblum Library auditorium Dec. 20.

Dr. Robin Cole, President Tracy D. Hall, and Vice President of Student Services Jacqueline Faulkner address students from Vatterott and L’Ecole Culinaire in the Bert Bornblum Library auditorium Dec. 20.

The news hit all the local media outlets and left many Memphians in dismay. Vatterott Educational Centers Inc. announced it was closing for good Dec. 17.  The nationwide closure was immediate, displacing both students and faculty at two proprietary colleges in Memphis—Vatterot and its culinary school, L’Ecole Culinaire... Read the full article

HR Corner: Human Resources to host inaugural pre-retirement seminar

The Office of Human Resources hosts its very first Pre-Retirement Seminar later this month. The event is by invitation only for employees who are retirement-eligible. Eligible employees should have received an invitation via email from the Office of Human Resources... Read the full article

Welcome aboard, new team members

(L-R): New hires Demetria Anderson, Kenneth Moten, Sohely Perven and Ursula Jones

Southwest Tennessee Community College proudly welcomes the following staff to the Southwest family... Read the full article

Don’t miss the Lunch and Learn series

The Office of Human Resources will offer a series of Lunch and Learn sessions designed to equip employees with the knowledge and skills they need to grow in their careers. All Southwest employees are eligible to attend the informal one-hour, noon-time sessions listed below. Be sure to bring a lunch and beverage... Read the full article

Mental Health Corner: The social media cleanse: Can you do it?

by Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Julia Rhea

Social media is a global network of connectivity that has become an addicting emotional trigger for some users.  Like most things, it has its pros and cons. One of the positive attributes of social media is that it assists people in staying connected to those who are not in close proximity. Instead of having to call grandma or grandpa to update them on life’s happenings, one can update family and friends simultaneously by using a social media platform... Read the full article

CCAMPIS child care centers are an affordable, convenient option

Did you know that student-parents can apply every semester for their children to attend Southwest’s Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program? CCAMPIS is a convenient option for parents of children 2½ to 5-years-old in need of affordable day care... Read the full article

Farewell: Retiree Sandra Murrell

Sandra Murrell

Southwest joins the Department of Mathematics in mourning the loss of beloved retired mathematics professor, Sandra Murrell, who passed away Dec. 13, 2018. 

Murrell retired from the mathematics department in 2016 after 40 years of teaching. Prior to joining Southwest, she was an educator with Memphis City Schools for 12 years... Read the full article

THEC presents the Harold Love Awards

Nominations due March 1, 2019

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) seeks nominations for the 2019 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award, a THEC program that recognizes dedicated public service by individuals in the higher education sector... Read the full article

M.O.S.T. counselor Sherman Robinson wins inaugural Employee of the Month Award

Sherman Robinson

The lifeblood of any organization is its people. At no place is that more true than at Southwest where the student experience relies on the commitment that our support and professional staffs have for our mission to transform lives and increasing the educational level of our community. In an effort to recognize this commitment, the Professional Administrative Staff Organization (PASO) and Support Staff Organization (SSO) have created an Employee of the Month Award... Read the full article

Tennessee Reconnectors share student experiences at inaugural roundtable

A packed room of students listen to Dr. Jacqueline Taylor at the Tennessee Reconnectors inaugural roundtable at the Bert Bornblum Library.

A packed room of students listen to Dr. Jacqueline Taylor at the Tennessee Reconnectors inaugural roundtable at the Bert Bornblum Library.

More than 50 new and current Tennessee Reconnectors gathered for the first time for a roundtable discussion Jan. 12 at the Bert Bornblum Library. The students were invited by Southwest’s Tennessee Reconnect Committee to discuss their concerns about the Reconnect process, their college experience so far, and the types of support services available... Read the full article

Female Southwest employees take advantage of self-defense training

English Instructor Tiffany Parish Akin follows through with Officer Merritt’s instructions on how to perform the “kick to the groin” self-defense technique at the R.A.D. Systems training for female employees.

English Instructor Tiffany Parish Akin follows through with Officer Merritt’s instructions on how to perform the “kick to the groin” self-defense technique at the R.A.D. Systems training for female employees.

Stop! Get back! Stay away from me! These fighting words were loudly vocalized by a roomful of female employees in Nabors Gymnasium in training for their certification in rape aggression defense. The Office of Police Services/Public Safety offered the nine-hour certification course in R.A.D. (Rape, Aggression, Defense) Systems to Southwest female employees at the Macon Campus, Jan. 9 and 10 ... Read the full article

ALUMNI KUDOS: Deborah Reed elected Tennessee Democratic Party secretary

Deborah Reed

Congratulations to former Southwest employee and alumna Deborah Reed on her recent appointment as Tennessee Democratic Party secretary. Reed won her party’s endorsement with a unanimous vote during the Party’s biennial election of officers Jan. 12 in Nashville.  She also was re-elected to a second four-year term to the State Executive Committee representing Senate District 32, Tipton and northeast Shelby counties ... Read the full article

Southwest and Greater Memphis Chamber launch new global logistics course

If you’ve ever had a package delivered to your doorstep, chances are you never thought twice about how it arrived.  Americans love the convenience of shopping on-line – in fact, today, ecommerce has become a billion-dollar industry fueling the profits of both small businesses and global corporations... Read the full article

Workforce Development and Continuing Education facilitators prepare for spring semester

Facilitators attend continuing education training Jan. 11.

Facilitators attend continuing education training Jan. 11.

The Department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education hosted a training for new and current continuing education facilitators Jan. 11 in preparation for spring semester courses. Corporate Training and Continuing Education Program Manager Kathy Simpson provided the instructors an overview the College’s policies and procedures, course schedule, and an introduction on marketing their courses... Read the full article

Imagination play pits historical figures in literary rivalry

Imagination is a tragicomedy written by Associate Professor of Communications, Graphics and Fine Arts Levi Frazier Jr.  The play centers around two historical figures who meet one another in a passionate cat-and-mouse encounter– Phyllis Wheatley, America’s first published African-American female poet and intellectually gifted women of letters, and Alexander Pushkin, one of Russia’s greatest poets and a playboy... Read the full article

Southwest to host 26th National African American Read-In Feb. 25

Set your watches (or cell phones) for noon Feb. 25, the designated time Southwest will celebrate the 26th National African American Read-In. The Read-In will take place at the Union Ave. and Macon Cove campuses, and the Whitehaven, Gill and Maxine Smith centers... Read the full article

Saluqi Corner

Saluqi Athletics scores big in spring competition

The Lady Saluqis softball team opens the 2019 season sweeping Mississippi Delta Community College by scores of 9-1 and 15-7, Sophomore Mattie King was the winning pitcher in the second game while freshman Destiny Upton relieved in both games, allowing no hits in four innings.... The Lady Saluqis basketball team, currently 10-8 overall and in third place in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) with a 6-5 record, are led by sophomore forward Takya Bennett, who is among the conference leaders in several statistical categories... The men’s basketball team also is 10-8 overall, and in fourth place in the TCCAA with a 7-5 record. Freshman forward Cedric Henderson Jr. leads the team with an 18.1 scoring average, which ranks fourth in the TCCAA... Read the full article

Southwest: In the News

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

Tips on how to avoid abusive tax return preparers

By Randy Hutchinson, President of the BBB
(Reprinted from The Jackson Sun)

I’m already seeing signs on the roadside for tax return preparation services. Setting aside what the method of advertising might suggest about the company, some may be legitimate and some not.

The IRS defines an “abusive return preparer” as one who files false returns claiming, for example... Read the full article

Important Dates

February 10

A Tribute to Composers of Negro Spiritual and Art Songs

In celebration of Black History Month, Communications, Graphics and Fine Arts Associate Professor and soprano Valetta Brinson will perform a vocal recital accompanied by adjunct faculty Dr. Sharon Momany. All are invited to attend the free recital.

The program contains a variety of religious music by black composers:

  • Black spirituals by W.C. Handy including his well-known composition, “Vesuvius”
  • Dave Ragland’s “I Believe,” based upon writing found on a wall in a German concentration camp, and "Martin Luther King Jr."
  • An arrangement of "Magnificat" by Ernestine Robinson
  • Familiar standards such as "Give Me Jesus" and "Ride On, King Jesus"

Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church
1508 South White Station Road
Memphis, TN  38117

 A reception will be held following the recital in the church’s narthex.

February 13, 2019

High Definition X-ray Imaging Equipment Open House Exhibition

  • 10 am -5 pm
  • Radiologic Technology Laboratory, Union Avenue Campus, Allied Health Building, Room 231

February 15–17 and 22–24, 2019

A play by Southwest professor Levi Frazier Jr.

  • Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Theater (Room 113)
  • Friday Dates are 12:30 p.m., Saturday dates are 7 p.m., and Sunday dates are 3 p.m.
  • An augmented reality presentation of the works of Wheatley and Pushkin will be on exhibit at the Bert Bornblum and Parrish libraries prior to and during the run of the show
  • Free performance; Open to the public

February Baseball

• Saluqi Baseball (Several Home Dates)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

• Men/Women Saluqis Basketball vs. Cleveland State C.C.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

• Pizza with the President

For all college events, please view our student calendar and special events calendar.

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