October 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


From President Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Fine-tuning our governance structure

As we move forward in our Focus 2020 goals to promote student success and fuel social mobility among our graduates, fine-tuning our governance structure is a key tactic that will help us reach our goals.  Therefore, I am establishing the Institutional Affairs Council or IAC.  The purpose of this council is to address and make recommendations concerning the college climate and issues such as... 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


Welcome Aboard: Amanda Prewitt, Student Disability Services Coordinator

Amanda Prewitt, Student Disability Services Coordinator

Welcome to Amanda Prewitt, the Division of Student Affairs’ new program coordinator of student disability services (SDS). Ms. Prewitt will promote equitable access for students and disability-inclusive diversity among students, faculty, and staff. She is excited to be a part of a college committed to upholding the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act... Read the full article


Welcome Aboard: Bob Moore, Veterans Affairs Coordinator

Bob Moore, Veterans Affairs Coordinator

Bob Moore, Veterans Affairs Coordinator

Welcome to Bob Moore, Southwest’s new Veterans Affairs Coordinator.  Moore brings to the position a love of teaching, along with a desire to help other veterans succeed in college.   

Moore earned an A.S. degree in agriculture from Jackson State Community College, B.S. degree in business administration from Austin Peay State University, M.S. in agriculture from Murray State University, and an M.S. in biology from Western Kentucky University... Read the full article


Self-care can diminish life’s stresses

By Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

The new semester can be chaotic for students. Some of you are embarking on a new journey by beginning your first-ever college level courses. Others are returning students who have an idea of what to expect. Regardless of how much experience you have with college, a new semester can present extra stress and anxiety in your life. The good news is that you can offset some of these feelings through self-care... Read the full article


Summons completes term as TBR regent

President Tracy D. Hall presents Bill Summons with a certificate for his service on the Tennessee Board of Regents.

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall presents a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Tennessee Board of Regents to Bill Summons in recognition of his service as a faculty regent.

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall presented Associate Professor of Mathematics William “Bill” Summons with a framed certificate signed by Governor Bill Lee for his service as a faculty regent on the Tennessee Board of Regents. Former Governor Bill Haslam appointed Summons as one of only two faculty regents across the state. Summons, who has taught math at Southwest for 42 years, completed his two-year term in July... Read the full article


Financial literacy coach Eric Smith shares tips for saving money

Financial literacy coach Eric Smith shares money-saving tips with students.

Financial literacy coach Eric Smith shares money-saving tips with students.

Financial literacy coach Eric Smith wants every college student to get “S.M.A.R.T.” about money, particularly when it comes to saving.  S.M.A.R.T. stands for Save, Make a budget, Avoid debt, Resist overspending, and Think of others. According to Smith, 60 percent of students will graduate from college not having saved any money. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Smith says it’s easy to save money regardless of how much money you earn. “Oftentimes people think that investing and saving money starts when they leave school,” Smith said. “It is more important that you start saving early than it is to start saving a lot”... 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


Pizza with the President offers up slices of students’ experiences

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall answers questions from students during Pizza with the President at the Maxine A. Smith Center.

The main room of the Maxine A. Smith Center was filled to capacity with students ready to share a slice of pizza and conversation with President Dr. Tracy D. Hall at Pizza with the President Sept. 24... Read the full article


EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Career Services Specialist Cortney Ward

Cortney Ward, Career Services Specialist

Congratulations to September's Employee of the Month, Career Services Specialist Cortney Ward!

Ward was selected and nominated by his fellow employees because of his positive demeanor, approachability and willingness to assist students. He eagerly helps students who visit the Career Services office with their resumes and interview skills, and secures paid internships that match their career choice... Read the full article


Superheroes welcome students to fall semester

Staff dressed as superheroes to welcome new and returning students to campus for the start of fall semester.

It took a “super” effort to welcome students to the College on the first day of classes for the fall semester, but Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Spiderman were up to the task... Read the full article


Southwest theater student wins prestigious Ostrander award

Theater major Ariona Campbell won an Ostrander award for best supporting actress.

Theater major Ariona Campbell won an Ostrander award for best supporting actress.

Congratualtions to Southwest theater student Ariona Campbell on winning a top acting award for her performance in the student production of “Crumbs from the Table of Joy.”

Campbell won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in the college production category at the 36th Annual Ostrander Theater Awards held at the Orpheum Theater on Aug. 15. The award is named after beloved Memphis theater icon Jim Ostrander, a long-standing member of the local theater community who died in 2002. Ostrander awards are given in a wide range of categories including acting, directing, and technical personnel in both community and college theater... Read the full article


Faculty recital celebrates black religious composers

Dr. Sharon Momany and Valetta Brinson of the Communications, Graphic & Fine Arts Department performed a selection of songs celebrating black religious composers of the 20th century.

Dr. Sharon Momany and Valetta Brinson of the Communications, Graphic & Fine Arts Department performed a selection of songs celebrating black religious composers of the 20th century.

Southwest’s Valetta Brinson and Dr. Sharon Momany performed the religious music of W. C. Handy and other Memphis composers at a Sept. 15 recital at All Saints Episcopal Church. 

Brinson, a soprano who is an associate professor in the Communications, Graphic & Fine Arts Department, was accompanied by Momany, a pianist and adjunct instructor, on a selection of songs celebrating black religious composers of the 20th Century and Memphis’ 200th birthday. “We thought it fitting to celebrate the bicentennial of the incorporation of Memphis as a city by honoring Memphis composers and other religious black composers as a tribute,” Brinson said... Read the full article


Former Vatterot student continues dream at Southwest

George Smallwood

George Smallwood’s passion for cars led him to Southwest’s automotive service technology program. He wants to open his own repair shop someday.

Herman Armstrong had completed one year of classes in the automotive repair technician program at Vatterot Career College when he learned the institution was closing. The for-profit college abruptly shut down all of its campuses nationwide last December, leaving students scrambling to find alternatives to continue their education. Armstrong’s sister was a Southwest graduate who told him about the College’s automotive program and encouraged him to enroll... Read the full article


Phi Theta Kappa members go off the grid at regional retreat

Members of the Southwest chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society attended an outdoor regional retreat with students from around the state.

Members of the Southwest chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society attended an outdoor regional retreat with students from around the state.

It was a no cell phone or Wi-Fi weekend for Southwest Phi Theta Kappa honor society members as they went “off the grid” at a recent regional retreat.

Students spent a sunny weekend last month enjoying the outdoors at the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa Tennessee Regional Retreat at Pickett State Park in Jamestown, Tennessee. The retreat’s theme was Mental Health for College Students with sessions on how to identify and relieve stress... Read the full article


Information Services celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with trivia and training

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  To celebrate this focus on digital security, the Information Services Division will host a trivia contest to test Southwest employees’ knowledge about all things cyber.  Information Technology Security/CISO Director Jim Sorrell will email a cyber-security trivia question to the College each week in October.  Correct answer submissions will be placed in a prize drawing at the end of the week and the winner will be announced with the release of the next question.  The weekly winner will receive a free lunch worth up to $8 in The Taste cafeterias... Read the full article


Women of Worth launches new support group for female students

Over 90 women attended the inaugural W.O.W. meeting.

Faculty advisors Joanitha Barnes, Chateeka Farris, Arnitria Taylor, LaMecia Freeman and Valetta Brinson established Women of Worth to uplift, empower and support female students.

More than 90 women attended a brunch in the Bert Bornblum Library Art Gallery on the Macon Campus last month to launch Southwest’s newest student organization—Women of Worth or WOW.  The attendees learned how they can get involved with the new peer group for women students at Southwest... Read the full article


SOAR Awards takes second flight

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is accepting nominations for the 2020 SOAR Awards.  Nominate students, faculty and staff no later than Oct. 7 by submitting an official nomination to Tamiko Alexander, Executive Administrative Assistant at tamiko_alexander@southwest.tn.edu... Read the full article


Languages and literature department seeks student voices for new blog

Southwest will debut a student-managed blog this semester thanks to a $35,000 Retention and Success (SERS) grant.  The purpose of the blog is to serve as a public, online forum about student life and thereby, increase the College’s understanding of student identity and sense of belonging... Read the full article


Faculty prepare for fall semester with Development Day

Faculty Senate president Bill Summons addresses his colleagues during Faculty Development Day.

Faculty Senate president Bill Summons addresses his colleagues during Faculty Development Day.

Southwest faculty took part in a day of workshops in preparation for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year during Faculty Development Day Aug. 21.

The day kicked off with a breakfast where Faculty Senate President Bill Summons praised fellow faculty for their dedication and hard work. “I tell everybody what a great faculty we have here,” Summons said. “Our professors and instructors are ready to meet the challenges of teaching college level classes in an urban setting”... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER

Saluqi women’s soccer team kicks off promising season

Southwest’s 2019 Saluqi Women’s Soccer Team

Southwest’s 2019 Saluqi Women’s Soccer Team

Southwest women's soccer team kicked off its 2019 season with a 4-1 start (2-1 in conference play) with wins over Meridian (3-1), Itawamba (7-5), Dyersburg State (6-1) and Columbia State (3-1) while losing to Motlow State (2-0). The team finished conference runner-up last season.

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... 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

October (4 games)

Saluqi Soccer

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


October 3

Accessibility Training Series - Session 2: Is Your Instructional Material Accessible?


October 14, 25 and 28

Institutional Effectiveness Workshops


October 17

Shake Out: The Great Central US Multi-State Earthquake Drill


Spark the Dream: CEO/Entrepreneurship Event


The Common Reader- Chapter 2: Creating the Path to Success in the Classroom


October 21

Faculty Forum with Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Macon Cove Campus, Bornblum Library, Room 122

  • 2 p.m.

October 28

The Common Reader- Chapter 2: Creating the Path to Success in the Classroom



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