June 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


From President Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

We have had an outstanding year. More Southwest Tennessee Community College students earned associate degrees this year than last year and more and more are transferring to universities to continue their studies. And still, many other students are moving directly into the workforce, qualified to compete for the jobs they desire.

These successes could not be possible without your hard work and dedication. In turn, Southwest is committed to investing in employee development, compensation and success... Read the full article


AACC appoints President Hall to economic and workforce development commission

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

The American Association of Community Colleges announced recently that it has appointed Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall to serve on its Commission on Economic and Workforce Development... 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: Business and Technologies Secretary Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor, Division of Business and Technologies Secretary

Karen Taylor, Division of Business and Technologies Secretary

Congratulations to the Employee of the Month, Division of Business and Technologies Secretary Karen Taylor!

Taylor became secretary in 1993, though she began her employment at Southwest 27 years ago. Taylor reports to Dean Robin Cole and oversees the scheduling of appointments between students, staff and faculty, assists with reports and is the liaison for interdepartmental communications... Read the full article


HR CORNER: Tennessee adopts new worker’s compensation injury claim reporting guidelines

By Iliana Ricelli, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Tennessee Treasury Department Division of Claims and Risk Management has adopted a new incentive program to encourage state agencies to report in a more timely manner employee injuries that may give rise to a workers’ compensation claim. The new policy requires all state agencies to report work-related injuries that occur on the job within three working days or face a fine of $500 for each late or unreported claim... Read the full article


Ordering paper just got easier

By Mike Neal, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration

Staples is known for the easy button. We are going to put that motto to the test when we transform our paper ordering system.

Beginning July 1, 2019, all copy paper, along with other paper supplies, will be ordered from Staples, Inc. using the normal office supply ordering procedure. Simply place your order in SciQuest as you normally would and Staples will do the rest... Read the full article


State announces incentive program to encourage timely reporting of automobile accidents

By Jonathan Welden, Physical Plant Director

State employees involved in a motor vehicle accident while on the job will be required to report the incident within 24 hours beginning July 1... Read the full article


Adjuncts saluted at awards dinner

Language and Literature Department adjuncts Kimberly Bell-Burke and LaTonya Pratcher were pretty in pink and all smiles during the appreciation dinner for adjunct instructors.

Language and Literature Department adjuncts Kimberly Bell-Burke and LaTonya Pratcher were pretty in pink and all smiles during the appreciation dinner for adjunct instructors.

When Dr. Christie Rodgers began teaching remedial reading as an adjunct at Southwest last fall, there were times when she felt lost or had questions about how things worked at the College. But no matter what the issue, she could always count on getting her questions answered, advice, or help from her mentor, English instructor Melissa Reyna in the Languages and Literature Department. She says having a mentor eased her transition at Southwest and made her feel both welcomed and appreciated. Coming in to a new school or organization or a new job can be incredibly exciting, Rodgers said... Read the full article


Men’s Huddle prepares high school males for college life and beyond

Men’s Huddle mentors David Aquilar-Vazquez (second from left), Ron Claxton (fourth from left) and Samuel Hennings (at right) meet with Hillcrest High School students for a session on leadership.

Men’s Huddle mentors David Aquilar-Vazquez (second from left), Ron Claxton (fourth from left) and Samuel Hennings (at right) meet with Hillcrest High School students for a session on leadership.

Miriam Webster’s Dictionary offers three definitions for the noun “huddle” – a close-packed group; meeting or conference; and a brief gathering of football players assembled to receive instructions from a quarterback.  These same definitions are the very essence of Men’s Huddle, a newly formed peer mentoring group for high school juniors and seniors... Read the full article


Freshman Josue Flores finds a home in America at Southwest

First-year student Josue Flores embraced the <q>Southwest way</q> thanks to the support he received from Student Development and the many activities offered on campus that helped him grow as a leader.

Josue Flores embraced the Southwest way thanks to the support he received from Student Development and the many activities offered on campus that helped him grow as a leader. The El Salvador native and Cordova High School graduate is pursuing a degree in criminal justice and recently applied for citizenship.

If there is such a thing as a model Saluqi, then Josue Flores may be the very picture of one. Flores came to Southwest in the fall of 2017 from Cordova High School as a Tennessee Promise student and has truly embraced the Southwest way.... Read the full article


New Student Orientation takes show on the road with NSO On the Go

Incoming Southwest students Trazette McAdams and Isis Small had their financial aid questions answered and class schedules finalized during NSO to Go at Hamilton High School.

Incoming Southwest students Trazette McAdams and Isis Small had their financial aid questions answered and class schedules finalized during NSO On the Go at Hamilton High School.

When you serve a diverse student population, sometimes you have to try new a new approach. In an area where 93.3 percent of students who attend Shelby County Schools are on free or reduced lunch, things others take for granted like getting in a car and driving to Southwest, may not be an option... Read the full article


Germantown Hospital ER chief pursues Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Dr. Cassandra Howard chats with Mid-South Quality Production Center Executive Director Donn Fisher during her Lean Six Sigma class.

Dr. Cassandra Howard chats with Mid-South Quality Production Center Executive Director Donn Fisher during her Lean Six Sigma class.

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center welcomed a distinguished participant to its Lean Six Sigma program for Black Belt Certification... Read the full article


CULINARY CORNER WITH CHEF STEVEN LEAKE

Chef Steven Leake

Scoop debuted Culinary Corner with Chef Steven Leake this past May featuring 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


Fuel for Finals reboots for Spring Semester

By Brenda Rayner, Saluqi Success Pathway Coach

A student at the Whitehaven Center writes an encouraging message to classmates on the interactive Wishing Well during Fuel for Finals.

A student at the Whitehaven Center writes an encouraging message to classmates on the interactive Wishing Well during Fuel for Finals.

The Saluqi Success Pathway program teamed up with Student Development to host Fuel for Finals at the Whitehaven and Maxine A. Smith centers during semester finals, April 29 - May 2. The center’s directors requested the popular event which is quickly becoming a tradition during finals week. The four-day event encourages and supports students studying for and taking finals by providing free breakfast, lunch and an interactive Wishing Well for positive affirmations. Fuel for Finals debuted during the 2018 fall semester at the SSP Hubs on the Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses... Read the full article


From the editor-in-chief

Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations

Daphne J. Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations

We hope you have enjoyed reading the myriad of stories in this year’s SCOOP as much as we have enjoyed publishing them. We have had a great year and are excited about the coming school year.

We plan to cover student and faculty news more robustly and continue to publish features on campus events and activities... Read the full article


International Studies seeks faculty, staff advisors to choose Spring 2020 trips

Southwest students in the study abroad program travelled to Greece (pictured above), Italy, Denmark, Peru and South Africa in 2019 as part of their studies.

Southwest students in the study abroad program travelled to Greece (pictured above), Italy, Denmark, Peru and South Africa in Spring 2019.

The International Studies Department is looking for faculty and staff to serve as proposal committee members who will choose the 2020 student travel destinations... Read the full article


Summer Institute explores ways to close student achievement gaps

Dr. Tia McNair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities discusses how community colleges need to be “student-ready” to meet the needs of the diverse populations they serve to boost achievement.

Dr. Tia McNair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities discusses how community colleges need to be “student-ready” to meet the needs of the diverse populations they serve to boost achievement

The Division of Faculty Support held its 17th annual Summer Institute for faculty and staff at the Macon Cove Campus, May 20-23. The Institute featured a week-long lineup of sessions about new ways to help Southwest students succeed. This year’s conference was organized around the theme of addressing achievement disparities by creating a culture of equity to improve student success, especially among African-American students... Read the full article


Macon Cove Campus ambulance simulator adds real life feel to EMT training

Emergency Medical Technician students at the Macon Cove Campus show off their newly acquired ambulance simulator.

Emergency Medical Technician students at the Macon Cove Campus show off the new ambulance simulator.

Rachel Trigg used to set up chairs inside her classroom to simulate where the benches would be inside of an ambulance. Another student would sit in a chair holding a pie plate for a steering wheel driving the “ambulance.” And in drills, Trigg would sometimes stand still and pretend to be a wall so the students would have to work around her to simulate a real life emergency medical technician (EMT) situation... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER

Nine Saluqi athletes voted Academic All-American

Sarah McKinley, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)  All-Academic First Team

Sarah McKinley, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic First Team

“It feels great that my hard work has paid off,” said Sarah McKinley, who was recently named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic First Team.  Despite a hectic work, class and soccer schedule, she earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) for the 2018-2019 academic year... 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

New Student Orientation Schedule

Date Time Location
Jun 18 3:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Whitehaven Center
Jun 22 7:30 a.m.–Noon Macon Cove Campus
Jun 28 7:30 a.m.–Noon Macon Cove Campus
Jul 12 7:30 a.m.–Noon Macon Cove Campus
Jul 16 3:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Maxine A. Smith Center
Jul 20 7:30 a.m.–Noon Macon Cove Campus
Jul 26 7:30 a.m.–Noon Union Avenue Campus
Jul 30 3:30 p.m.–7 p.m.  Maxine A. Smith Center
Jul 30 3:30 p.m.–7 p.m.  Whitehaven Center
Aug 2 7:30 a.m.–Noon Union Avenue Campus

For more information, contact the offices of Admissions, Recruitment, and Advising.



Scoop Credits

  • Editor-in-Chief: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Editors and Chief Contributors: Diana Fedinec, Director for Public Relations and Media and Mark Randall, Public Relations Coordinator
  • Contributing Writers: Michael K. Gentry, Mike Neal, Brenda Rayner, Iliana Ricelli, Daphne Thomas and Jonathan Welden
  • Photography: Diana Fedinec, Clint Norwood, Mark Randall and Robert Jackson, Director of Marketing
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