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April 2020 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


FROM THE PRESIDENT

A stronger Southwest

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Our world is facing an unprecedented crisis. For some of us, it has hit home harder than others. However, we are all affected. I have been pleased to hear how, although our change to an online environment was abrupt, we all have made the best of an unimaginable situation and are pulling together. That is what seems to happen in moments of crisis... Read the full article


Career Services presents virtual career fair April 1-10

Southwest’s Career Services team has modified operations to continue serving students and alumni online through the Career Services website at www.southwest.tn.edu/career-services. For questions or to schedule an online appointment, email the team at careerservices@southwest.tn.edu... 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


Bundles of joy arrive at Southwest

Renardo Robinson embraces his newborn twins, Aya and Ali

Southwest welcomes twins to the Saluqi family – Ali and Aya!

The babies were born to Southwest Utility Maintenance Technician Renardo Robinson March 4, 2020, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. ... Read the full article


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Help TBR choose the next LMS vendor

Your voice, your vote, is needed by the Tennessee Board of Regents to select the next Learning Management Systems vendor. This critical decision will affect every TBR institution including Southwest. All faculty, staff, students and stakeholders are encouraged to weigh in on this important decision... Read the full article


Use Microsoft TEAMS for free

Southwest has recently acquired Microsoft TEAMS licenses so that faculty and students can connect online, in real time, without using data from cell phones or home internet plans.

Another option for students is to use landlines to participate in discussions by selecting the audioconferencing feature... 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... Read the full article


Participate in the Achieving the Dream HR surveys

The Human Resources Division April 2 sent out a series of online surveys to Southwest employees to gauge opinions on the College’s talent recruitment, performance appraisal process, professional development and other Human Resources services. All Southwest employees are asked to fill out the surveys as the data will be used to improve the employee experience at Southwest. Submission deadline is Thursday, April 9.... Read the full article


Mental Health Corner: Coping with COVID-19

Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Saluqis, let’s do another check-in this month. How are you doing? I know you must be experiencing significant changes in your life since the Coronavirus hit. Many of you are home, while some of you may be working outside the home. Social distancing has brought an unexpected sense of isolation for us all. These sudden, impactful changes to your life may cause you to have feelings of anxiety. This is normal. Many people are experiencing those same feelings... Read the full article


STAFF KUDOS: ATD selects Dr. Jacqueline Taylor for pathways collaborative

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor

Congratulations to Associate Vice President of Retention and Student Success Dr.  Jacqueline Taylor on her selection to serve as a Pathways Collaborative Coach for Achieving the Dream’s (ATD) second cohort. Pathways coaches help guide ATD colleges to develop... Read the full article


Maxine Smith Center hosts high school speech & drama competition

By Lane Roberts
Instructor, Communication, Graphics & Fine Arts

Collierville High School wins first place at Southwest’s speech and drama invitational.

Collierville High School wins first place at Southwest’s speech and drama invitational.

Southwest hosted more than 75 high school students one sunny Saturday afternoon at the Maxine A. Smith Center for friendly, but fierce competition. The students flexed their speech and drama muscles Feb. 22 as contestants in the Southwest Tennessee Invitational, a speech and drama competition presented by the College’s Communication, Graphics and Fine Arts department and District One of the Tennessee High School Speech and Debate League.... Read the full article


CAREER SERVICES CORNER

Siemens’ intern Jason Dockery and Career Services Intern Coordinator Cortney Ward

Siemens’ intern Jason Dockery and Career Services Intern Coordinator Cortney Ward

Congratulations to Jason Dockery who was hired full-time as an installation technician at Siemens after participating in Career Services’ paid internship program. Dockery began his new position in February 2020 after he successfully completed an internship as an electronic installer. Preparation for the career he always wanted began at Southwest where he earned his A.A.S. degree in electrical engineering technology in spring 2019... Read the full article


HIPI launches new tech learning Facebook group

One of the ways faculty members can enrich the curriculum in their content area is to become involved in various professional development opportunities says Technology Enhanced Learning Coordinator Dr. Christine Rodgers. “Using online Facebook groups is an easy way to connect with other faculty across that nation,” Rodgers said... Read the full article


New PASO officers ready to serve

(L-R): Front row: Rhonda Warren, Katrina Muldrow; Second row: Connie Herron, Jessica Miller and Mia Atkins-Beason; Third row: David Bailey, Ernest Greenleaf and Edward Ashworth; Back row: Carlos D. Smith, Nigel Stephenson and Phoenix Worthy. Not pictured: Teresa Calloway and Shayla Kolheim.

(L-R): Front row: Rhonda Warren, Katrina Muldrow; Second row: Connie Herron, Jessica Miller and Mia Atkins-Beason; Third row: David Bailey, Ernest Greenleaf and Edward Ashworth; Back row: Carlos D. Smith, Nigel Stephenson and Phoenix Worthy. Not pictured: Teresa Calloway and Shayla Kolheim.

The Professional Administrative Staff Organization (PASO) has elected officers for the 2020-2022 academic term. After the initial transition meeting, the newly elected group emerged energized to be of service to the campus community... Read the full article


tnAchieves postpones meetings; waives community service hours

Due to the current state of emergency across Tennessee related to COVID-19, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) have waived the April 1, 2020, tnAchieves community service requirement. Further, a Tennessee Promise (TN Promise) student enrolling at an eligible institution for the 2020 summer term will not be required to complete and submit community service hours to maintain eligibility for that term... Read the full article


COVID-19 UPDATE: new symptoms and self-reporting

With the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, health care professionals are noticing and reporting new symptoms associated with those infected by the infectious disease... Read the full article


Keeping your work-from-home safe from hacking, phishing and spam

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, organizations are busy adjusting to how they serve customers. Individuals are adjusting, too. Working from home is now a way of life for many, including Southwest students and employees... Read the full article


Pizza with the President includes Coronavirus presentation

Macon Cove Campus Student Government Association President Shannon Crowder opens the floor for students to ask questions at Pizza with the President.

Macon Cove Campus Student Government Association President Shannon Crowder opens the floor for students to ask questions at Pizza with the President.

Little did anyone know that Pizza with the President Feb. 27 would be the last time students could meet face-to-face with Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall since the pandemic. The traditional Q&A event took place before the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic caused the temporary closure... Read the full article


Nursing and Allied Health Sciences respond to medical supply shortage

Southwest donated medical supplies to Baptist Memorial Hospital for COVID-19 patients.

Southwest donated medical supplies to Baptist Memorial Hospital for COVID-19 patients

Southwest’s Nursing and Allied Health Sciences departments teamed up to gather medical supplies in response to local public health officials’ call for equipment to help treat Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. Area hospitals are gearing up for an expected surge in patients, given the escalation of cases in Shelby County and a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in clinics and hospitals across the nation... Read the full article


Tennessee Small Business Development Center offers COVID-19 disaster relief assistance

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest Tennessee Community College is the go-to Small Business Association (SBA) resource in Shelby and Fayette Counties for small businesses applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. TSBDC and its SBA District Office worked with Governor Bill Lee’s team on the declaration for the disaster relief program that was approved March 20.  The program provides relief to Tennessee small businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by the Coronavirus by offering loan assistance of up to $2 million per applicant... Read the full article


Southwest assists with community food prep

FeedWells volunteers prepare packaged meals for Shelby County Schools at the Macon Cove Campus cafeteria.

FeedWells volunteers prepare packaged meals for Shelby County Schools at the Macon Cove Campus cafeteria.

Southwest Tennessee Community College partnered with Shelby County Schools (SCS) and FeedWells to provide packaged meals to SCS students during the early spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in Memphis. Food insecurity had become a heightened concern, especially for many students who would not have access to meals during the district’s closure of schools... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER: Saluqi teams end season competing with Coronavirus

NJCAA cancels all spring sports activities

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on containing the spread of the Coronavirus, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) canceled all basketball championships and spring sports nationwide, until further notice... 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



Scoop Credits

  • Editor-in-Chief: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Editors: Diana Fedinec, Director of Public Relations and Media, and Suzanne Gibson, Director of Community Programs & Engagement
  • Chief Contributors: Diana Fedinec and Daphne Thomas
  • Contributing Writers: Julia Rhea, Mental Health Counselor, Michael Boyd, Chief Information Officer, and Lane Roberts, Communication, Graphics & Fine Arts Instructor
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