April 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Moving the needle

Our work is paying off… literally.  Thanks to improvements in our outcomes metrics and quality assurance funding, Southwest will receive a $1.6 million increase in our FY 2019-2020 state appropriations… the largest in 7 years... Read the full article


Inaugural Community Relations Ambassador Luncheon celebrates achievements, kicks off Career in a Year

Ambassador of the Year Ron Wells accepts his award alongside Daphne Thomas, his wife Teresa Wells and President Tracy D. Hall

Ambassador of the Year Ron Wells accepts his award alongside Daphne Thomas, his wife Teresa Wells and President Tracy D. Hall.

Faculty and staff were celebrated as Southwest’s storytellers at the inaugural Community Relations Ambassadors Luncheon March 28 at the Bert Bornblum Library.  Over a year ago, many of the faculty and staff present at the luncheon were charged with spreading the good news across Shelby and Fayette Counties about Tennessee Reconnect.  This year, the newly named “Community Relations Ambassadors” will focus on the Tennessee Board of Regents Career in a Year... Read the full article


Southwest employees are the best choice

By Mike Neal, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration

Many of you may have read news reports and editorials last year surrounding the state of Tennessee exploring the option to outsource facilities maintenance with JLL. Southwest explored this option as well. After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of the College's physical plant operation that spanned nearly a year, the College has decided not to enter into an agreement with JLL... Read the full article


EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Monica Crawford, Human Resources Assistant

Monica Crawford, Human Resources Assistant

Crawford joined the human resources team in 2016 and is responsible for entering information into the Banner system on temporary employees, adjunct faculty and work study students. She was selected by her fellow employees for going above and beyond her job expectations to train newer staff on human resources policies and procedures, take on additional assignments and responsibilities, and move projects forward... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

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


MENTAL HEALTH CORNER: Getting to your finish line: A pep talk

By Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Midway through any difficult task, be it a race, a marathon, or studying – we tend to tire ourselves right before the finish line. Sometimes, you may forget why you committed yourself to the task. Or, the end result might become unclear and not worth the work and sacrifice. Experts call this goal fatigue. Goal fatigue is best described as the tiring “in-between period” where you’re almost to your goal, but it seems like it’s still so far away. When you are in school, this burnout often takes place in April... Read the full article


Title VI and Non-Discrimination training deadline is May 15

By Inez Warner, Director of Equity and Compliance

Congratulations to all our faculty and staff for achieving the highest completion rate of 99% to date on the 2019 mandatory Title IX training (Sexual Harassment and Misconduct)! I truly appreciate your participation.

Let’s see if we can match that success in completing Title VI and Non-Discrimination, our second (and final) mandatory course for the present academic year.  All Southwest employees are required to complete this mandatory training each calendar year, per federal law... Read the full article


Blue Path Day introduces high school seniors to MPD’s workforce pipeline

Memphis Police Department officers and representatives stand in front of Southwest’s Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology Building where Blue Path Day was held.

Memphis Police Department officers and representatives stand in front of Southwest’s Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology Building where Blue Path Day was held.

Southwest hosted its first-ever Blue Path Day March 23 in partnership with the City of Memphis Police Department (MPD). The event introduced students to the Blue Path program where graduating high school seniors can earn a paid associate’s degree in criminal justice at Southwest while working as a MPD police service technician (PST).  Blue Path is an exclusive workforce pipeline that began in 2017... Read the full article


CAREER SERVICES CORNER: Juan Bell continues internship at Le Bonheur

Juan Bell with Career Services Specialist-Intern Coordinator Courtney Ward.

Juan Bell with Career Services Specialist-Intern Coordinator Courtney Ward.

Congratulations to Southwest alum Juan Bell who was hired as a biomedical intern at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital last fall and after a successful semester, continues the internship this spring.

Bell received her Associate of Applied Science in computer information technology last spring. Once she completes the hospital’s requisite one-year internship, she will be eligible for the Biomedical Technician 1 position at the hospital... Read the full article


FACULTY NEWS: Commencement instructions for May 11

It’s almost time to celebrate our graduates! Southwest’s Commencement is Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at the FedExForum in downtown Memphis, 191 Beale Street.

All faculty must arrive at the forum at 11:30 a.m.  Faculty line-up will begin at 12:30 p.m. To line-up, proceed to the lower level of the forum via P-1: Plaza Level Entrance (access from the FedEx Forum Gossett Motors parking garage). The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m... Read the full article


Police Services/Public Safety Department wins 2019 AACC Awards of Excellence!

Police Services/Public Safety Department Director Angela Webb and President Tracy D. Hall (middle of photo) receive the Community College Safety, Planning and Leadership Award at the 2019 AACC Awards of Excellence.

Police Services/Public Safety Department Director Angela Webb and President Tracy D. Hall (middle of photo) receive the Community College Safety, Planning and Leadership Award at the 2019 AACC Awards of Excellence.

Congratulations to Police Services/Public Safety Director Angela Webb and her division on receiving the American Association of Community Colleges’ 2019 Community College Safety, Planning and Leadership Award! The prestigious award recognizes exceptional work among the nation’s 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: 33 inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda

New ASL members pose for a group photo to commemorate their induction.

New ASL members pose for a group photo to commemorate their induction.

One by one, 33 inductees of the Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) Honor Society stepped onto the Fulton Auditorium stage March 29 to receive their new member certificates. Faculty sponsors, families, friends and students cheered on the group of adult learners who pledged to uphold ASL’s motto of “First in Scholarship and Leadership.”... Read the full article


Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns 5-star honors again

Dana Warwick is sworn in as the new Upsilon Delta Chapter president

Dana Warwick is sworn in as the new Upsilon Delta Chapter president.

Congratulations to the officers and members of the Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Southwest and their advisers Paralegal Studies Professor Twyla Waters and Business Studies Professor Joan McGrory for achieving a 5-Star Chapter status for the second consecutive year.  The honor was announced during the weekend of the Tennessee Regional Convention, March 15-17, at Jackson State University. The chapter also won the top seat on the Regional Officer Team... Read the full article


Student Leadership Institute empowers and motivates adult learners

Dr. Jacqueline Faulkner (far left) listens to a group present the results of their team-building exercise.

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor (far left) listens to a group present the results of their team-building exercise.

“Are you back in school again?”

“How long will it take you to finish? Just keep working – you don’t need a degree!”

To adult learners returning to college, these words from naysayers can impact their chances of successfully completing their studies... Read the full article


Hieroglyph expands reach online and in Memphis bookstores!

Hieroglyph, Southwest’s literary journal, is expanding its reach into the community. The College’s literary journal is now available free of cost at two new off-campus locations – Novel Books at 387 Perkins Extended and Burke’s Bookstore at 936 South Cooper Street. With distribution to these two important Memphis bookstores, the public will learn more about the contributions of Southwest’s literary community. Hieroglyph staff has been working to make the publication more visible in the community for some time and is thrilled the bookstores graciously agreed to offer free space for Hieroglyph at their respective locations... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: Students spruce up campuses on Saluqi Clean Up Day

Eighty students participated in Saluqi Clean Up Day March 19 at the Macon Cove and Union Avenue Campuses. Saluqi Success Pathway Coach Devin Foster organized the event in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Physical Plant. Foster helps Tennessee Promise students meet their scholarship requirements. “I decided to do a clean-up day as a great way for students to earn community service hours and pitched the idea to the Student Development team,” she said... Read the full article


Students celebrate diversity, inclusion at Southwest’s first-ever second-chance prom

By Melissa N. Reyna, Instructor of English

The Nabors gym was transformed March 29 by LED lights, a rainbow balloon arch, and a live DJ. Stacks of Papa John’s pizza beckoned students, some of whom sat quietly on the bleachers while others danced. To the casual observer, this scene resembled any other prom, but it was quite special: this night marked the first Second-Chance Prom hosted at Southwest... Read the full article


Women-owned small businesses focus of 2019 SBDC Day

LaTanya Channel, SBDC Day Rising Star winner Kelsey Loebel, and Rory Thomas.

LaTanya Channel, SBDC Day Rising Star winner Kelsey Loebel, and Rory Thomas.

Budding entrepreneurs heard sage advice from successful women-owned small businesses during Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Day March 20 at the Whitehaven Center.  The Tennessee Small Business Development (TSBDC) hosts the yearly event that promotes the economic impact SBDCs have on communities across the nation... Read the full article


Southwest to offer new communication degrees

By Lane Roberts, Communications, Graphic & Fine Arts

Southwest joins community colleges across Tennessee in offering two-year associate degrees in communication this fall.  The Department of Communications, Graphic, and Fine Arts recently launched an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science in communication to provide area students with these popular and in-demand degrees... Read the full article


Summer Institute 2019 registration now open

The Division of Faculty Support is excited to announce registration is open for Southwest’s 17th annual Summer Institute, May 20-23 on the Macon Cove Campus... Read the full article


tnAchieves holds orientation for TN Promise mentors

Chasity Roberson and Jacqueline Faulkner

Chasity Roberson and Jacqueline Faulkner

Volunteers assembled on March 1 for tnAchieves’ breakfast orientation at the Nabors gym to hear information on mentoring TN Promise high school seniors as they transition to higher education.

Dr. Tracy D. Hall, Southwest president, welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for becoming mentors to the students, many of whom are first generation college students.  “Thank you for your commitment to help students navigate the enrollment process... Read the full article


Southwest explores National Hardwood Lumber Association partnership

(L-R) Southwest Architecture Engineering Technologies Program Coordinator Robert Tom, NHLA Chief Inspector Dana Spessert, and Southwest Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development and Continuing Education Anita Brackin at NHLA Headquarters in Memphis.

(L-R) Southwest Architectural Engineering Technologies Program Coordinator Robert Tom, NHLA Chief Inspector Dana Spessert, and Southwest Associate Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development and Continuing Education Anita Brackin at NHLA Headquarters in Memphis.

Leaders from Southwest Tennessee Community College and the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) met recently to discuss opportunities for Southwest students to learn more about using hardwoods in construction... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER

Saluqi lives up to moniker in her journey to Southwest

By Keith Gentry

Destiny Upton 
Photo credit: David Perry, D.P. Photography

Destiny Upton, Saluqi Softball Pitcher

Saluqi Softball has a pitcher that is not only the best in the conference, but also the nation.  Her journey to Southwest is one of destiny.

Scoop asked Lady Saluqi Softball Head Coach Keith Gentry to share some of his stories on recruiting players.  Most people are unaware of the recruitment process, at least from a coach’s perspective. Hearing about how Gentry discovers his recruits not only provided an interesting backdrop of his recruiting methods, it also allowed Scoop to discover the backstory... Read the full article


Saluqi baseball completes five game winning streak

Saluqi Baseball Team

Saluqi baseball completed a five game winning streak after their home doubleheader sweep over Bevil State April 9, winning 4-2 in the first game and 17-9 in a high-scoring second game. The Saluqis then went on the road at Roane State, winning the double header on April 12 by identical 4-3 scores. The following day, the Saluqis showed their scoring prowess by thumping the Raiders 13-4, preserving the three-game sweep.

After a weekend three-game series at Cleveland State April 19-20, the Saluqis return home to end the regular season with a three-game series versus Jackson State April 26-27.


Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends to offer Stress Free Zone event April 22

Mid-South Therapy Dogs.

Meet Maxie and Ranger from Mid- South Therapy Dogs and Friends and have a howling good time relieving your stress during finals! Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends are returning to the Bert Bornblum Library lobby on the Macon Cove Campus to provide a Stress-Free Zone, noon – 1:30 p.m., April 22... 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

April

Disability Awareness Month


April 17

• Honors Convocation

  • 3 p.m.
  • Macon Cove Campus, Nabors Auditorium
  • M. Lexow, Ext. 5196

April 18

• Student Art Exhibit

  • 4-7 p.m.
  • Macon Cove Campus, Bornblum Library, Room 124 (Art Gallery)
  • A. Paulus, Ext. 4246

April 19

4th Annual Earth Day Dash

  • 8 a.m.
  • Macon Cove Campus, in front of Fulton Building clock
  • J. Johnson, Ext. 6057

April 19-21

Closer than Ever: Theater Production (April 19-21)


April 26

• Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Gymnasium

April 26-27

Saluqi Baseball vs. Jackson State Community College

(all games at USA Stadium)

  • April 26, 6 p.m.
  • April 27, 2/5 p.m. (doubleheader)

Saluqi Softball vs. Jackson State Community College

(all games at St. Benedict at Auburndale Stadium)

  • April 26, 2/4 p.m. (doubleheader)
  • April 27, noon/2 p.m. (doubleheader)

April 30-May 4

Grad Fair and Regalia Pick Up


May 11

2019 Commencement

  • 1 p.m.
  • FedEx Forum
  • Ext. 4594

Scoop Credits

  • Editor-in-Chief: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Editor and Chief Contributor: Diana Fedinec, Director for Public Relations and Media
  • Contributing Writers: Michael K. Gentry, Mike Neal, Lane Roberts, Inez Warner, Julia Rhea, Melissa Reyna, Clint Norwood, Daphne Thomas and Brenda Williams
  • Photography: Diana Fedinec and Robert Jackson, Marketing and Communications Director
  • Graphics: Erin Roberts and Tim Adams, Graphic Designers
  • Design and Layout: Clint Norwood, Webmaster