Faculty and Staff Awards honors employees’ outstanding performance

President Tracy D. Hall presents Academic Support Center Assistant Director Thomas Cole the 2019 President’s Award.

President Tracy D. Hall presents the 2019 President's Award to Academic Support Center Assistant Director Thomas Cole.

Employees and their families packed the Verties Sails Gymnasium April 26 for Southwest’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.  It was a festive affair emceed by Stan Bell, one of Memphis’ most beloved radio personalities, who brought laughter and excitement to the occasion.

Before the honorees walked the red carpet to retrieve their awards, Southwest President Tracy D. Hall highlighted the outstanding performance of faculty and staff. “Southwest is soaring thanks to all your hard work,” she said.  “Our enrollment numbers are up and our College revenue is increasing.”

Hall reported that the number of students earning an Associate Degree is up 13% and that more students are moving on to 4-year institutions.  Regarding the increase in revenue, Hall said the College plans to reinvest in the faculty, staff and students by onboarding new equipment, facilities renovations and professional development. “This is all a part of our Big Audacious Goal to Redesign, Reinvent, and Reset Southwest!” Hall said.  “I also wish to thank our Master of Ceremonies Stan Bell for bringing fun and flair to our celebratory occasion. We are a hard-working institution, yet we know how to have fun.”

Special thanks to the Underground band for their lively entertainment and The Taste at Southwest for serving a delicious feast for everyone.

Please see photos of award winners below.


Congratulations to our milestone achievers and distinguished faculty and staff on your awards of excellence!

2018-2019 Faculty and Staff Award Recipients

President's Award - Thomas Cole
Support Staff Professional Growth Award - Bridget Johnson
Support Staff Service Award - Brian Stuckey
Support Staff Employee of the Year - LaShonna Jackson
Kenneth W. Mathis Environmental Service Award - Janis Smith
Professional Administrative Support Leadership Award - Ronald Claxton
Professional Administrative Support Service Award - Missy Street
Director of Police Services/Public Safety Award - Carlos Watts
Police Services/Public Safety Southwest Emergency Response Team Award - Ayana Churchill,
Police Services/Public Safety Southwest Emergency Response Team Award - Brian Stuckey
Southwest Emergency Response Team Appreciation Award - Ayana Churchill
Southwest Emergency Response Team Appreciation Award - Brian Stuckey
Faculty Leadership Award - Dustin Williams
Faculty Instruction and Curriculum Development Award - Joanitha Barnes
Faculty Service to the College Award - Doug Branch
Faculty Professional Growth and Development Award - Tiffany Akin Parish
Farris Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award - Eddie Baker
Finance and Administrative Services Excellence Award - L. Angela “LA” Webb
Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Services Award for Outstanding Service - Marcellus Buchanan
Chief Information Officer/Information Technology Services Award for Outstanding Service- Ravalika Thuti
Student Services & Enrollment Management Vice President’s Award for Excellence - Mary Moulder
Student Services Student Services & Enrollment Management Vice President’s Award for Excellence - Phyllis Ridley
Academic Affairs Vice President's Award for Excellence - Lane Roberts


Emcee Stan Bell

Emcee Stan Bell

LaShunna Jackson beams with her Support Staff Employee of the Year award.

LaShunna Jackson beams with her Support Staff Employee of the Year award.

Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Sindy Abadie (right) presents Instructor and Academic Affairs newsletter editor Lane Roberts the Academic Affairs Vice President's Award for Excellence.

Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Sindy Abadie (right) presents Instructor and Academic Affairs newsletter editor Lane Roberts the Academic Affairs Vice President's Award for Excellence.

Southwest Police Chief Angela Webb and fellow Southwest Police leadership present Officer Carlos Watts (center, right), the Director of Police Services/Public Safety Award.

Southwest Police Chief Angela Webb and fellow Southwest Police leadership present Officer Carlos Watts (center, right), the Director of Police Services/Public Safety Award.

Vice President for Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner presents the Student Service and Enrollment Management Award to Mary Molder.

Vice President for Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner presents the Student Service and Enrollment Management Award to Mary Molder.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Neal presents Police Chief Angela Webb the Finance and Administrative Services Excellence Award.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Neal presents Police Chief Angela Webb the Finance and Administrative Services Excellence Award.

PASO President Edward Ashworth (right) presents Ron Claxton the Professional Administrative Support Leadership Award.

PASO President Edward Ashworth (right) presents Ron Claxton the Professional Administrative Support Leadership Award.

Dustin Williams, Faculty Leadership Award recipient.

Dustin Williams, Faculty Leadership Award recipient.

Attendees pack Verties Sails Gymnasium for the 2019 Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.

Attendees pack Verties Sails Gymnasium for the 2019 Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.

President Tracy D. Hall poses with members of the Underground band.  The group added an elegant touch to the event by playing classic hits and theme music throughout the ceremony.

President Tracy D. Hall poses with members of the Underground band. The group added an elegant touch to the event by playing classic hits and theme music throughout the ceremony.


Service Awards

45 YEARS

William Ross


40 YEARS

Velvet McCallum
Carolyn Qualls


35 YEARS

Annie Garvin
Marguerite Jackson-Jones
Elizabeth Lawrence


30 YEARS

Lisa Hadley


25 YEARS

Frances Bullock
Levi Frazier
Barbara Helton
LaShonna Jackson
Vivian Stewart
William Weppner


20 YEARS

Nikita Ashford-Ashworth
Mickey Beloate
Todd Blankenbeckler
Richard Cockrill
Connie Herron
Trena Jefferson
Tonjua Tillman
Beverly Vance
Patricia Ward
Rosalyn Williams

15 YEARS

Korrick Brown
Teresa Calloway
Debra Hannah
Djuna Hilton
Robert Jackson
Steven Leake
Lisa Loden
Rose McNeil


10 YEARS

Amanda Banker
Valetta Brinson
Annette Fournet
James Grozier
Oyama Hampton
Terrence Johnston
Janice Morganfield
Cortez Nunley
Joyce Stallion
Leslie Taylor
Patrick Washington
Stewart White
Betty Williams

5 YEARS

Raquel Adams
Onnie Anderson
Charles Baker
Maurice Boyland
Shannon Brown
James Gillespie
Cheryl Green
Lesa Halfacre
Tammy Hoyle-Rush
Nikki Jackson
Roy Martin
Lashelle McCarley
Thomas Midgley
Jeffery Oliver
Alexander Paulus
Angela Powell
Melissa Reyna
Renardo Robinson
Tara Scott-Smith
Rory Thomas
Teresa White
Marilyn Wilburn
Elinda Wilson