January/February 2020 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


FROM THE PRESIDENT

President Tracy D. Hall

President Tracy D. Hall

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a new decade as we prepare to celebrate turning 20 in 2020! With our theme, “A Generation of Dreams”, we will commemorate our anniversary all year long through a mixture of long-standing traditions infused with a few signature special events... Read the full article


Southwest Foundation takes center stage at cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast

(l-r) Owner of Behind the Scenes Dusky Norsworthy, President Tracy D. Hall, Southwest Director of Community Programs & Engagement Suzanne Gibson, Southwest Foundation Board Chair Anne Langston and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Daphne Thomas network at the cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast featuring Mike Ebeling and the Foundation as the Spotlight Charity.

(l-r) Owner of Behind the Scenes Dusky Norsworthy, President Tracy D. Hall, Southwest Director of Community Programs & Engagement Suzanne Gibson, Southwest Foundation Board Chair Ann Langston and Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Daphne Thomas network at the cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast featuring Mick Ebeling and the Foundation as the Spotlight Charity.

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation was in the spotlight as the featured charity last month during the cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast where more than 400 leaders from all sectors of the business community gathered to hear how Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs, has built a business powered by compassion... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

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Not pictured - Tymetra Blakley, Alma Hernandez-Rutledge 
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Southwest Tennessee Community College proudly welcomes the following employees to the Southwest family... Read the full article


Human Resources to kick-off employee experience, redesign

Faculty and staff can expect a “new employee experience” this year, according to plans unveiled by Human Resources Department Associate Vice President Iliana Ricelli at the 2019 fall convocation. The department’s Big Audacious Goal: Part 2 kicked-off last month and is designed to make Southwest the employer of choice in Memphis... Read the full article

MENTAL HEALTH CORNER: Charting a new path

By Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Welcome to 2020, Saluqis! A new year brings about new opportunities. While you can make changes in your life at any point during the year, the beginning provides a unique opportunity to think about changes you want to make and to set a path toward working on those changes. ... Read the full article


HIPs teaching methods a ‘game changer’ for student success

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett met with members of the HIPI team Nov. 8 to discuss how their classroom instruction is boosting student engagement and success.

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and Dean of Faculty Support Jeremy Burnett met with members of the HIPI team Nov. 8 to discuss how their classroom instruction is boosting student engagement and success.

Enhancing teaching and learning by providing culturally responsive and supplemental instruction methods is essential to the success of any student.  In core courses with high failure rates, it is not only essential, but also is critical to the student’s completion... Read the full article


Project M.O.S.T. hosts “De-Stress” fest during finals

Second Annual Project M.O.S.T. De-Stress Fest participants.

Second Annual Project M.O.S.T. De-Stress Fest participants.

Research has proven that stress levels for college students skyrocket during final exams. Universities have developed innovative techniques to ease students’ anxiety... Read the full article


FACULTY: Schedule Library Instruction session for your students today

Library Services is ready to help students tap into a world of resources and information on-site and online. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to Library staff to schedule Library Instruction for their students each semester to help them learn how to get the most out of their library experience through the myriad of research tools that are at their disposal, including professional online journal databases, ebooks, career resources, bibliographic citation tools and more... Read the full article


Women of Worth seeks new members

Women of Worth advisors

Women of Worth is seeking new members this semester to join the group in uplifting, empowering and supporting women students at Southwest. All women are welcome and encouraged to join today... Read the full article


Early FAFSA completers win book scholarships

FAFSA Contest

Congratulations to Kamilah Fair (Union Avenue Campus), Glendoria Townsend (Macon Cove Campus), Patrick Garner (Maxine A. Smith Center), and Brianna Henderson (Whitehaven Center), all students who won a $250 book scholarship for completing their 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid Nov. 1 – 29, 2019.   They were among the many students who entered the early FAFSA completion contest sponsored by the Office of Financial Aid... Read the full article


STUDENTS: Print 2019 Tax Forms in My.Southwest portal

All Southwest employees should have received their official 2019 1098-T Tax Forms in the mail last month.

For added convenience, students who worked for Southwest, also can print an official copy through their My.Southwest College portal... Read the full article


Southwest establishes Innovation Grant Funds to fuel success; Now accepting applications

Southwest Tennessee Community College proudly announces the establishment of two internal innovation grant opportunities; The Student Success Council (SSC) Grant Fund and the Institutional Affairs Council (IAC) Grant Fund. The SSC and IAC will follow a competitive, internal grant process to provide targeted funding to explore innovative approaches to enhancing student success and overall institutional effectiveness... Read the full article


AACC names Chef Steven Leake a 2020 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award recipient

Chef Steven Leake

Chef Steven Leake

Congratulations to Southwest Culinary Institute Program Coordinator Chef Steven Leake who received the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 2020 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award for his teaching excellence, outstanding leadership in transforming the reputation of the College’s culinary arts program and dedication to ensuring the educational and career success of his students. ... Read the full article


KUDOS: Memphis Grizzlies select VP of Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner for annual HBCU Empowerment Award

VP of Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner

VP of Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner

Vice President of Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner will be one of just four honorees to receive the Memphis Grizzlies HBCU Empowerment Award this month.  The Memphis Grizzlies annually recognizes local Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alumni who make significant contributions to the community in the fields of education, health and fitness or service.  The Grizz will donate $1,000 in Faulkner’s honor to Jackson State University, her alma mater... Read the full article


U.S. Secret Service trains Southwest SERT team on workplace security

(l-r) Southwest Police Services Assistant Director Ernest Greenleaf, Kelvin Davis, Karen Campbell, Julianne Waits, Cynthia Elliott, Chief Angela Webb, Rachel “Shelly” Trigg, Cathy Levine, Captain John Mitchell, attend the NTAC threat assessment training for SERT members.

(l-r) Southwest Police Services Assistant Director Ernest Greenleaf, Kelvin Davis, Karen Campbell, Julianne Waits, Cynthia Elliott, Chief Angela Webb, Rachel “Shelly” Trigg, Cathy Levine and Captain John Mitchell, attend the NTAC threat assessment training for SERT members.

United States Secret Service officials taught Southwest Emergency Response Team members about the latest trends and patterns of attackers during a free threat assessment seminar on workplace security this past fall. The National Threat Assessment Center, a division of the Secret Service, provided the training at the FedEx Center at Shelby Farms Park for school officials, mental health professionals, public safety personnel and anyone who may potentially be involved in a risk/threat detection and management position.  National Threat Assessment Center training focuses on prevention and response techniques and is a nationally evidence-based violence prevention program... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: U.S. State Department selects Dr. Christopher Hastings for specialist assignment

Dr. Christopher Hastings (front row, center) gathers with English teachers from Pakistani Madrasas.

Dr. Christopher Hastings (front row, center) gathers with English teachers from Pakistani Madrasas.

Congratulations to Southwest’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Coordinator Dr. Christopher Hastings who completed his assignment to train English teachers in Islamabad, Pakistan this past December.  Hastings was one of 80 United States citizens annually selected by the Department of State for the 2-week ESL assignment... Read the full article


THEC awards Southwest and TCAT-Memphis $145K Veteran Reconnect grant

Veteran students at the Veterans Appreciations Dinner

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) awarded Southwest’s Veterans Affairs and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis (TCAT-Memphis), a Veteran Reconnect Program grant of $145,696 this past fall to help veterans and service members earn college credentials and workforce training.  The two-year grant, which begins this month, was approved by the Tennessee General Assembly as part of a $1 million distribution to nine colleges, community colleges, TCAT’s and universities across the state... Read the full article


Writers series showcases Southwest faculty work

Languages and Literature Faculty Creative Writing Showcase featured the poetry and short story work of (l to r) Jerome Wilson, Ryan Stembridge, Daniel Gillespie, Susanna Jackson and Terry Ansbro.

Languages and Literature Faculty Creative Writing
Showcase featured the poetry and short story work of
(l to r) Jerome Wilson, Ryan Stembridge, Daniel Gillespie, Susanna Jackson and Terry Ansbro.

The Languages and Literature Department did not have to search very far for contributing authors for its fall semester writers showcase. Instead of inviting a visiting noted author to read his or her work, the department decided to stay closer to home this semester and showcase some of its own creative writers... Read the full article


Students travel to state capitol to learn law-making process

By Phoenix Worthy, Director of Student Development

Southwest’s 2019 Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature student delegation

Southwest’s 2019 Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature student delegation

The Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) is a four-day mock legislative session for college students across the state.  Each student serving in the mock legislature is required to write a piece of legislation that will be debated and voted on at the state capitol in Nashville, just like Tennessee’s real General Assembly. Southwest students chosen to participate see and learn how the state legislature works. They also develop leadership skills and network with other students from across the state who share their interest in government and the political process... Read the full article


Culinary arts graduate opens ‘Cool Beans’ coffee shop in Cordova

Garcia credits Southwest Chef Steven Leake for giving him the skills and confidence to open his own business.

Garcia credits Southwest Chef Steven Leake for giving him the skills and confidence to open his own business.

When Alfredo Garcia was a student in the culinary arts program at Southwest, he and instructor Chef Steven Leake used to say “cool beans” to each other in class all the time.

Now, that phrase has taken on a whole new meaning for the 2012 graduate. Garcia recently opened a gourmet coffee shop inside of the Cordova International Farmer’s Market called – what else? – Cool Beans Café  ̶  and is putting the training he learned at Southwest to good use... Read the full article


Southwest and TCAT-Memphis tout growth and expansion at 2020 Legislative Luncheon

Pictured at the 2020 Legislative Luncheon are:  State Rep. Dwayne Thompson, State Representative G.A. Hardaway Sr., TCAT-Memphis President Roland Rayner, Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall, and State Representatives Jesse Chism and Joe Towns.

Pictured at the 2020 Legislative Luncheon are: State Rep. Dwayne Thompson, State Representative G.A. Hardaway Sr., TCAT-Memphis President Roland Rayner, Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall, and State Representatives Jesse Chism and Joe Towns.

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis (TCAT-Memphis) partnered for the second time to co-host the annual Legislative Luncheon, effectively establishing the joint luncheon as a yearly tradition. The purpose of the event is to provide Southwest and TCAT-Memphis the opportunity to talk to elected officials and supporters about their respective institutions’ progress and outline their future plans and funding needs. Several representatives from the Shelby County delegation and the Greater Memphis Chamber were among the special guests, including Tennessee Board of Regents Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government Relations Krysten Velloff... Read the full article


Scholarship recipients thank Foundation donors for making dreams come true

Engineering Technology student Mary McCord shared her scholarship story with President Dr. Tracy D. Hall at the 2019 Foundation Holiday Reception

Engineering Technology student Mary McCord shared her scholarship story with President Dr. Tracy D. Hall at the 2019 Foundation Holiday Reception.

Southwest Foundation donors received a heartfelt thank you from scholarship recipients at a holiday reception Dec. 4 in the Bert Bornblum Library.

Students shared their testimonials of how their scholarships helped empower them to complete their education and transform their lives... Read the full article


Southwest celebrates the holidays with faculty and staff open house

Faculty and staff mingle and enjoy a holiday buffet during the 2019 Holiday Open House.

Faculty and staff mingle and enjoy a holiday buffet during the 2019 Holiday Open House.

The ABC room in the Farris building was filled with holiday cheer, music and dancing as faculty and staff gathered at the annual holiday open house Dec. 4 at the Macon Cove Campus.

Southwest culinary arts students prepared a scrumptious spread for all to enjoy that included beef brisket, oven roasted chicken, gumbo, alfredo pasta, fruits and vegetables, cheese, dips, and handmade pastries and desserts.  Culinary Arts Program Coordinator Chef Steven Leake and his students received a warm thank you for preparing the feast... Read the full article


SGA Angel Tree Program brings holiday spirit to Alton Elementary students

SGA volunteers wrap angel tree gifts for adopted students at Alton Elementary School.

SGA volunteers wrap angel tree gifts for adopted students at Alton Elementary School.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and student development office thank the students and employees who donated gifts to the 2019 Angel Tree program. More than 50 toys, including bicycles and other gifts, were collected, wrapped and delivered to 10 students at the College’s partner school, Alton Elementary, in the Orange Mound community Dec. 19... Read the full article


Shelby County Government and Southwest Allied Health and Sciences team up for disaster drill

A certified paramedic student tags a victim as “yellow” during the mock disaster event.

A certified paramedic student tags a victim as “yellow” during the mock disaster event.

The Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building on the Union Avenue Campus was filled with screams from wounded individuals who survived an F5 tornado Dec. 5.  Others were silent, presumably dead... Read the full article


Business and Technologies joins National Cyber Watch Center

Tennessee State University at Kingsport Director Dr. Elaine Boone presents the Barbara Beeler Award to Millington Center Director Ron Wells at the TACHE annual conference in Chattanooga.

Southwest is now a member of the National Cyber Watch Center, a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, individual cybersecurity practitioners, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER: Saluqis start new year with impressive wins

Saluqi Logo

Congratulations to our student-athletes on their winning accomplishments in the field and on the court... Read the full article


Southwest: In the News

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


32nd Annual Carter G. Woodson Award Ceremony is Feb. 13

Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

The Honors Academy at Southwest will present Veda McNeil Ajamu the 2020 Carter Godwin Woodson Award of Merit at 11 a.m., Feb. 13, in the Verties Sails Gymnasium on the Union Avenue Campus. This year marks the thirty-second anniversary for the award established by former Southwest professor Clarence Christian to recognize individuals, groups or agencies who have contributed to, preserved or promoted the African American experience and who support Dr. Woodson’s legacy of historical accuracy through inclusion. Recipients also must work or live within Southwest’s service area or have a significant connection to the college... Read the full article


Important Dates

February Events

The Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels & Soul Food Social, Project M.O.S.T. Men in Black Awards Ceremony, Ed Mabrey and Pizza with the President are just a few of the upcoming events at Southwest in February. Visit the Southwest events calendar for more events information.


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