September 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


From President Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Time to shine for community colleges

Welcome to another school year.  I look forward to continuing our momentum as we drive toward reaching our Focus 2020 goals.

As I look to the coming year, I am inspired by the overarching imperative before us: to increase the social mobility of every student who chooses Southwest to pursue their academic goals and life dreams. Whatever their major or career aspiration—emergency medical technician, accounting, communication or other pursuit—when our students complete their course of study, they earn nearly $12,000 more a year with an associate degree or in excess of $5,000 in additional income with a certificate.  I envision us achieving this noble goal not only by broadening our students’ knowledge and technical skills base, but also by sharpening their critical thinking, communication and social skills... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

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


EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: International Studies Program Coordinator Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller, International Studies Program

Jessica Miller, International Studies Program

Congratulations to August's Employee of the Month, International Studies Program Coordinator Jessica Miller!

Miller was selected and nominated by fellow employees for always putting students first and for providing quality, life-changing study abroad experiences to students in the International Studies Program.

“It’s nice to get recognized with an award,” said Miller. “I eat, breathe and sleep my job – it’s my passion. The students often let me know how much they appreciate their trips abroad, but it’s great to be acknowledged by the College for being the best we can be in our department.”... Read the full article


Financial and administrative services implements new time-keeping policy

By Iliana Ricelli, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

The financial and administrative services division has implemented a new time-keeping policy in accordance with the established system-wide policies and guidelines of the Tennessee Board of Regents. This policy is intended to promote the efficient processing of payroll and comply with applicable federal, state and local wage and hour laws. Accurate and timely recording and reporting of time worked is essential to all employees and for the college to remain in compliance with the numerous laws and regulations that govern how Southwest conducts business. Timekeeping records constitute the basis for payment of wages and college-authorized paid leave practices (annual, sick, or compensatory leaves)... Read the full article


CAREER SERVICES CORNER: Southwest co-interns graduate into full-time positions

Brian Crutcher assembles products at his desk at Kele.

Brian Crutcher assembles products at his desk at Kele.

Career Services Corner spotlights student interns, employment opportunities, new partnerships, special events and other career-related news.

Congratulations to Brian Crutcher and Michael Howell who were hired into full-time positions at Kele after participating in the Career Services Paid Internship Program. Kele, a large supplier of building automation products such as actuators, dampers, alarms, and control valves is headquartered in Memphis, approximately six miles Northeast of the Southwest's Macon Cove Campus. The company's estimated annual revenue is $44M and employs approximately 120 employees... Read the full article


International Studies recruiting for committee and Danish exchange program

International Studies Committee

Southwest's International Studies (IS) Department is currently seeking members for the 2019-2020 International Studies Committee. Members meet monthly with IS staff to discuss strategies for various programs like the Study Aboard Program and plan special events... Read the full article


Ambassadors spread Southwest message to church group seeking job help

Southwest Community Relations Ambassador Ron Wells told the Career Transitions Group at Bellevue Baptist Church that you are never too old to go back to college.

Southwest Community Relations Ambassador Ron Wells at Bellevue Baptist Church's Career Transitions group.

A group of Southwest community relations ambassadors shared the mission of Southwest and the College's many available career training programs at Bellevue Baptist Church's Career Transitions group on July 18.

The group consists of older adults who are either unemployed, under-employed, or are looking to change careers. One of the attendees, Jan Fulenwider, is a bookkeeper who has experience using QuickBook and payroll, but is looking for full-time work. “I’d like to get back in to accounting,” Fulenwider said. Matt Younger, who recently earned his MBA degree and worked in retail management for eight years, is also looking for something full-time. “I’ve been doing real estate, but I need something with some steady income,” Younger said... Read the full article


Medical District launches new Mud Island shuttle

The Groove shuttle will take students and medical professionals from Mud Island and St. Jude to and from the Medical District during peak commuter hours.

The Groove shuttle will transport students and medical professionals from Mud Island and St. Jude Research Children's Hospital to and from the Medical District.

Southwest students and employees who live around Mud Island and St. Jude have a new commuting option that will allow them to leave their car home and instead take a free shuttle to the Medical District. The Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) has launched a pilot commuter shuttle called “the Groove” running between Mud Island and the Medical District. The Groove shuttle is free for employees and students of participating medical and educational institutions with valid identification cards and is open to the public at standard MATA fare prices... Read the full article


Parking decal application goes online

Applying for or renewing your Southwest parking permit has never been easier.

New or returning students and employees can now complete a parking permit decal form online on Southwest’s website. All students and employees are required to register their vehicles with Police Services/Public Safety every year at the beginning of the Fall Semester... Read the full article


CULINARY CORNER WITH CHEF STEVEN LEAKE

Chef Steven Leake

Chef Steven Leake

Scoop’s Culinary Corner with Chef Steven Leake features award-winning chef and Southwest culinary and hospitality management instructor Steven Leake, who also is a television star.  Enjoy his cooking segments on the number one morning show in Memphis, WREG TV’s Live@9... Read the full article


College celebrates new school year at Fall Convocation

Southwest President Dr. Tracy Hall outlines her “Big Audacious Goal” for 2019-2020.

Southwest President Dr. Tracy Hall outlines her “Big Audacious Goal” for 2019-2020.

With enrollment, retention, and graduation rates all on the rise and a narrowing of achievement gaps between White students and minority students, President Dr. Tracy D. Hall says it is time for Southwest to move from ‘what’ to ‘why.’... Read the full article


New Student Orientation draws over 1,300 high school grads to campus

Southwest ambassadors field questions about their academic experience at Southwest.

Southwest ambassadors field questions about their academic experience at Southwest.

Student ambassadors had a busy summer greeting more than 1,300 new students at 11 New Student Orientation (NSO) events this June, July, and August on the Union Avenue and Macon Cove Campuses, and at the Whitehaven and Maxine A. Smith Centers.  Administration, staff, and student leaders welcomed students to the Saluqi family and answered questions about registration, financial aid, advising, and how to access the many support services the college offers.  Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services Dr. Shanita Brown said the events are a good way for new students to meet people, hear from current students about their experience, and sit down with academic advisors who will help them plan their class schedule

... Read the full article


A+ Boot Camp prepares students for CompTIA certification

Brenda Phillips, assistant professor of networking, reviews some sample questions on the CompTIA certification test with Zachary Paulson during an A+ hardware boot camp held this summer at the Macon Cove Campus.

Brenda Phillips, assistant professor of networking, reviews sample questions on the CompTIA certification test with Zachary Paulson during the A+ hardware boot camp.

Zachary Paulson was inspired to enroll at Southwest and major in cyber defense after watching a television show called Mr. Robot.

The series follows a character named Elliott Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night, who has social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. He is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known as Mr. Robot, played by actor Christian Slater, to join a group of “hacktivists... Read the full article


Tennessee Achieves summer institute continues to grow at Whitehaven

Students in the Tennessee Achieves summer institute at the Whitehaven Center work on an English assignment taught by instructor Brice Wilson.

Students in the Tennessee Achieves summer institute at the Whitehaven Center work on an English assignment taught by instructor Brice Wilson.

Jerrod Bowlton figured that taking college classes in the summer would help fight off “summer melt” and give him a head start on earning some college credits when he enrolls at Southwest as a freshman in the fall... Read the full article


Eureka program shows young girls the benefit of careers in STEM

8th graders Ximena Villa of White Station Middle School and Adysun Jones of Kate Bond Middle School studied STEM lessons with the help of facilitator Rahni Stuwart during Eureka Summer Camp at the Union Avenue Campus

Eighth-graders Ximena Villa of White Station Middle School and Adysun Jones of Kate Bond Middle School studied STEM lessons with the help of facilitator Rahni Stuwart during Eureka Summer Camp at the Union Avenue Campus

Snakes. Solving an art heist using forensic science. DNA models made out of candy. A contest to see who could build the tallest bridge, maze, or tower using common household products. Biology classes for college credit. And a trip to the Medical District to learn about careers in health sciences. Those were just a few of the activities that Southwest helped facilitate this summer through an ongoing partnership with Girls Inc. of Memphis.

This year marked the fifth year that Southwest has partnered with the youth development agency as part of their Eureka Summer Camp Program, but was the first time the program was held on the Union Avenue Campus. Past camps were held at the Maxine A. Smith Center. Eureka is a five-year program designed to inspire girls ages 12 to 18 to pursue academic and career interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields... Read the full article


Youth explore EMT careers at Shelby County summer rally

Southwest EMT instructors Craig Quinn and Rachel Trigg at the Shelby County Summer Youth Firefighter and Emergency Services Rally.

Southwest EMT instructors Craig Quinn and Rachel Trigg at the Shelby County Summer Youth Firefighter and Emergency Services Rally.

Instructors Craig Quinn and Rachel Trigg from Southwest’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program reached out to nearly two hundred young adults at Shelby County’s Summer Youth Firefighter and Emergency Services Rally held July 5 at the Shelby County Fire Department headquarters. Quinn and Trigg handed out brochures and answered questions from prospective students about the benefits of enrolling in the program. “This event is a prime opportunity to talk to students about Southwest and our EMT program,” Quinn said. “I know these kids are young, but it’s never too early to start learning about higher education and what Southwest has to offer”... Read the full article


LaunchCode class graduates 38 coders

by Suzanne Gibson, Director of Community Programs and Engagement

First-time Memphis LaunchCode graduates

First-time Memphis LaunchCode graduates

Excitement was high as 38 graduates of LaunchCode LC101 crossed the stage on July 24 to receive their certificates deeming them professional computer coders.  This free, intensive 20-week program kicked off in February through partnerships between LaunchCode, Launch Tennessee and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

“Teaming up with LaunchCode was a natural partnership for Southwest,” President Tracy D. Hall said. “The program is designed to empower students to pursue a new career and compete at a high level for technology-based jobs, an outcome that is central to our mission at the college.”... Read the full article


SBA regional administrator emboldens minority entrepreneurs at federal contract summit

Ashley Bell, regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Business Development Agency, explained how the 8(a) program can help economically disadvantaged business owners.

Ashley Bell, regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Business Development Agency, explained how the 8(a) program can help economically disadvantaged business owners.

Alfred Washington thought four years of college went by fast. But that was nothing compared to how fast nine years flew by as a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program that helps minority-owned businesses earn government contracts. Washington, who is president and CEO of Top Notch Security, started in the program in 2005 and attained his first government contract in 2009. “My first 8(a) contract was with Homeland Security,” Washington said. “That contract jumpstarted my business.”... Read the full article


Memphis hosts sixth annual Save a Life Walk Sept. 14

Neda Walk for Eating Disorders, Ocerton Park September 14

Southwest Instructor of English Susanna Jackson extends a personal invitation to all to join her for the sixth annual Save a Life Walk to help fight eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) will host the walk at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Overton Park in Memphis. The NEDA Walk started in 2009 and is the largest eating disorder event in the nation now held in 95 cities nationwide. Each year over 20,000 people participate in the walks. The walks raise money to fund eating disorders education, prevention, and support, as well as advocacy and research initiatives. It is estimated that over 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder in their lifetime... Read the full article


Love should not hurt: The Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Summit

By Dr. J. Gayle Beck, University of Memphis Professor of Psychology and Athena Project Coordinator and Dr. Osborne Burks, Southwest Tennessee Community College's Chair of the Department of Allied Health

Did you know domestic violence is a silent epidemic in our community?  Estimates suggest that one in three women will experience violence and abuse at the hands of their romantic partner at some point in their lives.  Often, children witness this, which leads to the ‘cycle of violence’ – they grow up to become abusers and/or victims of domestic violence.  Breaking the cycle of violence will require a concerted effort from everyone in our communities to say ‘no more’... Read the full article


Southwest officially opens new Somerville location

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and The University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Keith Carver cut the ribbon during a ceremony celebrating the opening of the college’s seventh location inside the UT Martin Somerville Center.

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and The University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Keith Carver cut the ribbon during a ceremony celebrating the opening of Southwest’s seventh location inside the UT Martin Somerville Center.

Building on its mission to offer access to an affordable college education to students and residents of Fayette County, Southwest proudly showed off its newest location during a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 13 at The University of Tennessee at Martin Somerville Center. The site is Southwest’s seventh location in the region and will allow Fayette County residents the convenience of completing community college coursework without commuting to Memphis... Read the full article


President’s inaugural Leadership Retreat addresses social mobility and equity

 
President Tracy D. Hall and keynote speaker Dr. Sidney P. Malone at the President’s inaugural retreat at the National Civil Rights Museum.

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and keynote speaker Dr. Sidney P. Malone at the President’s inaugural retreat at the National Civil Rights Museum.

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall opened her inaugural President’s Leadership Retreat at the National Civil Rights Museum June 28 with a moral imperative: to confront the challenges and opportunities Southwest students face through the lens of social mobility and equity... Read the full article


STAFF KUDOS: Dr. Jacqueline Taylor selected for inaugural THEC Leadership and Innovation Fellows program

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, associate vice president for retention and student success, selected as one of 15 members invited to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Leadership and Innovation Fellows program.

The program is designed to develop the next generation of executive leaders who hold positions of responsibility for their institution’s overall performance and sustainability... Read the full article


MPLOY summer interns learn job skills and the ins and out of higher education

MPLOY students were rewarded with end-of-the-year certificates of accomplishment. Four interns have chosen to enroll at Southwest in the fall.

MPLOY students were rewarded with end-of-the-year certificates of accomplishment. Four interns have chosen to enroll at Southwest in the fall.

A youth summer internship program is turning out to be a good recruitment tool for Southwest. For the fifth year in a row, Southwest hosted a group of interns from Memphis at the Macon Cove Campus as part of the MPLOY Youth Summer Experience. Students worked in various departments on campus in entry level positions where they learned soft job skills while also being exposed to the ins and out of how higher education works... Read the full article


STAFF KUDOS: Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett appointed to Lakeland School Board

Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett is Lakeland School Board’s new commissioner

Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett is Lakeland School Board’s new commissioner.

Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett has added a new title to go along with an already busy and impressive academic resume – school board member.
Burnett was appointed to the Lakeland School Board by the Lakeland Board of Commissioners on June 26. He will serve the remaining 4-year term of Geoff Hicks, who moved from Lakeland in May and whose term expires in 2020. The Lakeland School Board consists of five elected commissioners who help set policy for the school system... Read the full article


Southwest welcomes new athletic director

Roger Ogden, Director of Athletics

Roger Ogden, Director of Athletics

Roger Ogden is the new director of athletics. Ogden will oversee the College's five-sport intercollegiate program which includes baseball, softball, women's soccer and men's and women's basketball. The Saluqis also compete in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Ogden takes over for executive assistant to the president for government relations, Sherman Greer, the departing director of athletics who held the position since 2012... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER

Lady Saluqi soccer team looks to build on TCCAA runner-up finish

Womens Soccer Logo

Coming off a much improved season finishing as runner-up in both the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) regular season and the conference tournament, the Southwest women's soccer team looks to build on that success in 2019.

Top sophomore returnees for the Lady Saluqis this fall are centerback Anna Trotter and midfielder Thaina Aparecida de Paula, both of whom made first team All-TCCAA as freshmen. "Anna was one of the top players in our conference last year, if not the best overall player," said Head Coach Brandon VanCleave. "She brought leadership to the team and a never give up attitude that really took us to the next level defensively. We look forward to another productive season from Anna who will help lead one of the best defensive back lines in the conference." According to VanCleave, Aparecida de Paula was the most skilled player in the conference last season. “We look for Thaina to continue her creativity on the ball to help us create many goal scoring opportunities.”... 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


Important Dates

September 10

Accessibility Training Series - Session 1: Accessible Instructional Material: TBR Standards


September 11

TILT Community of Practice: Assignment Redesign


September 12

Better, Together!


September 14

Neda Walk for eating disorders


September 15

Musical Performance Announcement

Two faculty members of the Communication, Graphic and Fine Arts Department, Dr. Sharon Momany and Valetta Brinson, will participate in a musical salute to Black religious composers Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church. The performance will also feature a special salute to Memphis music by W. C. Handy. For additional information, please contact Dr. Momany at 901-682-4832.


September 19

Better, Together!


September 25

TILT Community of Practice: Assessment of redesigned assignment


September 26

Live Off Beale

  • 7-830 p.m.
  • Union Avenue Campus Theatre

Musical benefit for Southwest’s music students featuring Memphis Community Voices, a new choral ensemble founded and directed by Department of Communications, Graphics and Fine Arts Professor Charles Pender. The ensemble will perform spirituals and hymns arranged by Dr. Pender. The event features classical, blues, jazz and gospel music selections performed by Southwest students and Memphis musicians and singers including violinist Tammy Holt, trumpeter Johnny Yancey, alto saxophonist Dr. Alvin McKinney and tenor Winston Merriweather. Southwest’s own Dane Mull, a piano major, will play works from Chopin and Gershwin. Proceeds raised from the event will go directly towards music scholarships for deserving Southwest students.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online at https://tinyurl.com/yygx9yka
Donations are welcome.


September 27

Domestic Violence Summit


Accessibility vs. Accommodations


September 28

Saluqi Soccer vs. Southwestern Illinois Community College

(All games at St. George's High School, 1880 Wolf River Blvd, Collierville, TN 38017)

  • 6 p.m.


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