November/December 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Season of gratitude

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

The holidays are upon us once again. It's a season of family, gatherings, great food and generosity. For me, it’s also a time of reflection.

As I look over the past year at Southwest, I see the many gains we have made in transforming the student experience. I see a second year of increased enrollment after a 7-year decline. I see the 24 percent increase in credentials conferred at this year’s commencement. ... Read the full article


Southwest extends MTSU Promise to students

MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall announce <q>MTSU Promise to Southwest</q> Nov. 6. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler).

MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee and Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall announce MTSU Promise to Southwest Nov. 6. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler).

Southwest students with associate degrees now have a seamless pathway to attend Middle Tennessee State University through the MTSU Promise.  Southwest President Tracy D. Hall and MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee signed an agreement extending the MTSU Promise to Southwest students on Nov. 6 at Esplande Memphis in Cordova... Read the full article


S.T.E.A.M. Day allows high school students to explore careers and college life

Dr. Robin Cole welcomes high school students to S.T.E.A.M. Day 2018 at Southwest’s Union Ave. Campus.

Dr. Robin Cole welcomes high school students to S.T.E.A.M. Day 2018 at Southwest’s Union Ave. Campus.

More than 150 students from Fayette Ware and Booker T. Washington High Schools attended Southwest’s second annual S.T.E.A.M. Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Open House Nov. 2. in the Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building on the Union Avenue Campus... Read the full article


Medical Laboratory students play dead for disaster exercise

Medical Laboratory Technology student Nikita Neely plays a trauma victim during the Shelby County Medical Reserve Corps disaster drill at the Agricenter last month

Southwest Medical Laboratory Program students learned about blood loss during a recent disaster drill.

At first glance, one may think they were on the set of the popular television series The Walking Dead. Open wounds and blood abound.

It was no TV shoot, but rather the Shelby County Medical Reserve Corps’ fall disaster exercise at the Agricenter last month. But like a TV shoot, it was a big production with fake wounds and blood and actors strewn about simulating their last grasps at life... Read the full article


HR Corner

Bonus to be distributed this month

The $1,000 bonus President Tracy D. Hall announced at Fall Convocation will be distributed November 30. Dr. Hall requested and received approval from TBR to provide the bonus, which is the maximum allowable amount, to all faculty and staff who have been employed at Southwest in a benefits-eligible line prior to June 30, 2018, and are employed at the time of the bonus distribution.

Contact the Human Resources Department at (901) 333-5327 for more information.


Submit your proposal for Summer Institute 2019

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Division of Faculty Support is proud to present the 17th Annual Summer Institute May 20-23, 2019.

In addition to a new month, the division also introduces a new conference format. There will be a pre-conference, long workshop day Monday. The conference will kick-off in earnest Tuesday with a mix of sessions for the next three days, including hour-long concurrent sessions, half-hour speed rounds, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions... Read the full article


Student Success Council debuts

When President Tracy D. Hall envisioned the Student Success Council, the goal was to create a body of Southwest faculty and staff that is charged with ensuring that the College’s processes, policies, and procedures are aligned with the umbrella goal of Student Success as outlined in the College’s Strategic Plan. “The Council will make recommendations on ways the plan can be improved to strengthen institutional capacity to better serve the needs of the students... Read the full article


Mental Health Corner: The importance of stress management

By Julia Rhea

November marks the “beginning of the end” mark for college students everywhere. With the passing of October exams and onset of Fall break, comes a sense of temporary relief from academic stress.  Soon, preparation for December exams will begin and the fall semester, along with 2018, will be coming to a close. While this change is welcomed by some, it also causes an onset of stress for others. Stress is a very common experience for college students and one of the leading causes of... Read the full article


ATD process maps moved for better access

ATD Maps in the Portal

Last year, Southwest debuted new process maps accessible to students, faculty and staff through the Achieving the Dream (ATD) SharePoint site in the MySouthwest portal and released another round this past May. ATD Program Director Sindy Abadie says the maps were great, but hard to find and therefore not used much. This recent launch hopefully solves that problem... Read the full article


Volunteer for the First Lego League Robotic competition Dec. 8

The Technologies Department is seeking volunteers to serve as ushers, referees and judges at the annual First Lego League Robotic Competition Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff may volunteer. Volunteer ushers will keep the event running on time by making sure teams are where they need to be at the right times... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Dr. LaDonna Young named Bill and Melinda Gates Mindset Scholar

Dr. LaDonna Young

Southwest’s Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematics Dr. LaDonna Young was named a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Mindset Scholar earlier this month.  She is the first Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community college educator to receive this prestigious national designation... Read the full article


New mobile app makes applying for FAFSA like booking an airline ticket

Every year 20 million students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In October, the U.S. Department of Education launched myStudentAid, a new mobile application that works on smartphones and tablets to make it simpler and easier to apply for and, in the future, pay back federal aid, including completing the FAFSA... Read the full article


Southwest, EDGE and Women’s Foundation hold joint graduation ceremony

Graduates from the medical and billing coding program gathered for a class photo at the 2018 EDGE Ceremony.

Southwest, EDGE and the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis hosted a joint graduation ceremony for the first time for EDGE-funded programs Nov. 2 at The Healing Cathedral Christian Church. Students graduated from allied health programs created through two initiatives, Ready Whitehaven and Women Healing Memphis, that launched in 2016 thanks to a $300,000 EDGE grant and $90,000 funding to date from the Women’s Foundation... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

New hires Evelyn McLaurin and Jeanette Parker

New hires Evelyn McLaurin and Jeanette Parker

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


Saluqi Corner

Lady Saluqis Soccer tops off impressive sophomore season in TCCAA tournament

(L to R) Anna Trotter, Caitlan Dew, Thaina Aparecida de Paula and Taylor Savage

(L to R) Tournament award winners: Anna Trotter, Caitlan Dew, Thaina Aparecida de Paula and Taylor Savage

The Southwest Lady Saluqi’s soccer team rounded out its second season with an impressive 7-8-1 record. Under the direction of Southwest coach Brandon VanCleave, the women scored 25 goals, registered 16 assists, collected 267 shots and attempted 53 corners... Read the full article


Saluqi Cheerleaders to join the Grizz Girls on the court Dec. 12

It’s Spirit Night with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Southwest Saluqi Cheerleaders have been invited to perform with the Grizz Girls during the Dec. 12 game at FedExForum against the Portland Trailblazers.

The cheerleaders will attend a clinic earlier in the day to learn a Grizz Girls routine and hit the court with the popular dance troop during the game that night. For more information, contact Student Activities Director Phoenix Worthy. Go, Saluqis!


Students connect with over 40 employers at Fall Career Fair

Faculty Dr. Dorothy Thomas and student-alumni Darien Carpenter

More than 250 students attended the annual Fall Career Fair last month on the Union Avenue Campus hoping one of the 44 companies that participated would have the job they have been preparing to pursue.

Students and alumni benefited from numerous opportunities to speak with representatives from a variety of industries in the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors.  Career Services Department Director Brenda Williams says Career Services staff encourage Southwest students to attend their job fairs no matter how close or how far away they are from reaching their academic goals... 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


Holiday Survival Tips

Reprinted from the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org)

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season:

  • Gift Receipts: Always ask for a gift receipt. This way the recipient can return or exchange a gift if it’s not just right.
  • Warranty Information: Inquire about the store’s return policy and warranty information before purchasing. Also, be sure to pass along any information about returns, exchanges, repairs, and warranties to the person who will use the item... Read the full article

Donate to TBR holiday food drive Nov. 20 – Dec. 10

Donate at the President’s Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 5 to be entered into prize drawings for a 55-inch TV and more.

Tennessee Board of Regents has launched a holiday food drive to feed the hungry in Tennessee. The TBR institution with the most donations will be recognized as No. 1 in the state... Read the full article


Celebrate Southwest Community College Night with the Memphis Grizzlies Dec. 15

It’s Southwest Tennessee Community College Night with the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, Dec. 15 at FedExForum, 7 p.m. Get your discounted ticket to watch the Grizz take on the Houston Rockets in the Grindhouse. Ticket prices start at $35.

Not only will you be there to cheer along with thousands of other fans when Southwest is announced as the evening’s honoree, you also will be entered into a drawing to win a Marc Gasol-signed basketball! If that is not enough, everyone who purchases a ticket through the groupmatics site is invited to meet outside the main entrance of FedExForum at 4:55 p.m. the day of the game with your ticket in hand to be escorted near courtside to watch the Grizzlies shoot around as they prepare to grind it out against the Rockets.

Let’s pack the house! Get your Southwest Tennessee Community College Night discounted ticket today!


Funeral Service Education program debuts at open house

Left to right: Southwest Dean of Allied Health & Natural Sciences Dr. Evan J. McHugh, Funeral Service Education Department Chair Ron Johnson, President Tracy D. Hall, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Christopher Ezell, and New Programs and Accreditation Coordinator Dr. Wealthia Mitchell-Hinton at the Whitehaven Center on November 1.

(L to R) Southwest Dean of Allied Health & Natural Sciences Dr. Evan J. McHugh, Funeral Service Education Department Chair Ron Johnson, President Dr. Tracy D. Hall, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Christopher Ezell, and New Programs and Accreditation Coordinator Dr. Wealthia Mitchell-Hinton at the Whitehaven Center on November 1.

More than 50 prospective students attended a reception Nov. 1 at the Whitehaven Center to learn about Southwest’s brand new Funeral Service Education Program that launches this January... Read the full article


LaunchCode and TBR choose Southwest for LaunchCode’s first free computer programming courses in Tennessee

Launch Tennessee

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Union Avenue Campus will be home to LaunchCode’s LC101 free computer programming courses next spring, making Southwest the first Tennessee two-year college to offer the program.  LC101 is a free, part-time, 20-week class available beginning Feb. 4, 2019, to students of all ages interested in learning technology skills, including coding, web development and other career-oriented expertise... Read the full article


International Studies, Communications, Graphics and Fine Arts host first student photography exhibition

(L to R) Prof. Annette Fournet with student travelers CedKenya Crockett and Jannell Garrett at the International Studies Program's photography exhibition at the Union Avenue Campus.

(L to R) Prof. Annette Fournet with student travelers CedKenya Crockett and Jannell Garrett at the International Studies Program's photography exhibition at the Union Avenue Campus.

Southwest’s International Studies Program, in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Graphics and Fine Arts, hosted a student photography exhibition Oct. 25 at the Union Avenue Campus. Students who travelled to Poland in May displayed some of the photographs taken during their trip.  It was the first photography exhibition by Southwest students who have participated in the college’s study abroad program... Read the full article


Important Dates

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


• Student Success Workshop: Adult Student Success

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

Friday, November 30, 2018


• Free Hip Hop Nutrition Workshop

• Women/Men Saluqis Basketball vs. Holmes C.C.

Saturday, December 1, 2018


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

Monday, December 3, 2018


• Holiday Soiree

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


• Holiday Soiree

• Stress-Free Day

Wednesday, December 5


President’s Annual Holiday Open House

  • Macon Cove Campus, Farris Building Rooms A, B & C
  • 3–4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018


• Southwest Tennessee Community College Night with the Memphis Grizzlies

  • FedEx Forum
  • 7 p.m.

Complete mandatory Title IX training by Dec. 31

To provide a safe and welcoming campus, all Southwest faculty and staff are required to participate in Title IX training by Dec. 31, 2018. The yearly training is a part of Southwest’s ongoing efforts to assure higher levels of compliancy with applicable laws and regulations... Read the full article


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