October 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Tell them who we are

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Southwest Tennessee Community College is making great strides in enrollment, retention, graduation and credentials conferred. Our Achieving the Dream work is paying exceptional dividends as the new Southwest takes shape. It’s now time to tell our story, to reshape the local and statewide conversation about Southwest. It’s time to tell them who we are... Read the full article


Southwest shines at Memphis Pride Parade

By Melissa N. Reyna

On a sunny Saturday in downtown Memphis, the Southwest Pride student organization marched for the first time in the Memphis Pride Parade. Held at Tom Lee Park on Sept. 29, Southwest Pride members and friends joined more than 20,000 Memphians in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.  This year’s Pride Parade marked a 15th anniversary milestone of recognizing the impact and progress the LGBTQ+ community has made locally and historically... Read the full article


Welcome aboard

Welcome Aboard, New Team Members

Southwest Tennessee Community College is proud to welcome the following faculty and staff to the Southwest family... Read the full article


News Roundup

Links to recent online news reports on community college trends, Tennessee Board of Regents coverage and more... Read the full roundup


Beat the holiday blues

By Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

In the world of SnapChat updates and Pinterest projects, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the expectation that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the holiday season in general should be a joyous time of family and friends celebrating together. But for many people, the holidays are not always a time of excitement and happiness. Some may feel depressed, anxious, or lonely during this time. But why is that? There are many reasons that the holidays can cause someone to feel more depressed or anxious... Read the full article


Southwest announces launch of Funeral Service Education program

For Mid-South individuals interested in pursuing a career as a funeral services director or embalmer in Tennessee, the nearest drive to obtain an associate degree is in Nashville. That changes January 2019 with the launch of the first publically-funded funeral service program in Tennessee at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Whitehaven Center... Read the full article


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... Read the full article.


Southwest teams up with TCAT-Memphis and the MMBC Continuum to launch construction apprenticeship program

TAP Flyer

Southwest Tennessee Community College brought together officials from Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis (TCAT-Memphis), The Memphis Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC Continuum), and three local construction companies to form the TAP Education Consortium earlier this fall. TAP is comprised of TopCat Masonry Contractors, Inc., A-1 Electrical Contractors and Precise Concrete Works, LLC... Read the full article


Saluqi Corner

Southwest to host inaugural TCCAA Soccer Tournament Oct. 25-26

Southwest Tennessee Community College has been selected to host the inaugural Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA), District 7 soccer tournament Oct. 25-26 at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee.

Motlow State enters the tournament as the top seed after finishing the regular season with a record of 6-0 in the TCCAA. They play number four seed Dyersburg State in the first semifinal match at noon Oct. 25. Southwest (4-2 record in the TCCAA) is the number 2 seed and will take on number 3 seed Columbia State in the second semifinal at 3 p.m. the same day... Read the full article


2018-2019 Southwest Basketball Schedule Released

The 2018-2019 Saluqi men’s and women’s basketball schedule is now available. Fans will enjoy 24 home games this season in the Verties Sails Gymnasium on the College’s Union Avenue Campus... Read the full article


Farewell: Retiree Pamela Powell passes after bout with pneumonia

Pamela Powell

Please join us in offering condolences to the family of Ms. Pamela Powell, a much beloved and longtime Southwest/State Tech colleague who passed away on September 27, 2018 in Methodist Hospital Germantown... Read the full article


Beware of vehicles damaged in Hurricane Florence

By Randy Hutchinson, President of the BBB
Reprinted from The Jackson Sun

CARFAX says half of vehicles damaged in floods end up being resold, some with the damage disclosed but many fraudulently. The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission warns that some Hurricane Florence vehicles will make it into the Tennessee used car market.

Sellers may be unscrupulous dealers or private owners who don’t have insurance to repair or replace a flood-damaged vehicle and hope to pass the problem off to an unwitting buyer. They may try to sell the vehicles before databases that track the history of vehicles are updated. They may also try to take advantage of the fact that no national standards for titling vehicles exist by moving a flood-damaged vehicle to another state to get a clean title... Read the full article


Technology Division and the Small Business Development Council present Dr. Vernon L. Carraway Nov. 15

Dr. Vernon L. Carraway

Dr. Vernon L. Carraway

Southwest’s Business and Technology Division and Small Development Council will host two professional development sessions Nov. 15 featuring noted community college expert Dr. Vernon L. Carraway... Read the full article


Give a little… Change a Lot with the TBR Employee Charitable Giving Campaign

Chances are you or someone you know has needed the help of a community resource organization because of an unexpected job loss, natural disaster, or domestic violence incident. Perhaps you’ve been searching for a youth empowerment organization for your teenager or a place where your child with a disability could receive therapeutic services. Life is challenging and we all need a little bit of help along the way... Read the full article


High Impact Practices and Innovation seeks assistant dean

The Office of High Impact Practices and Innovation seeks an internal candidate for assistant dean. This posting is for internal applicants only.

Apply online no later than Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m. For more help applying, please see the application tutorial... Read the full article


HR announces Employee of the Month program

The Professional and Classified Staff Organizations, in conjunction with Human Resources have created a “new” Employee Recognition Program where the winner is chosen by YOU! Every month, you can recognize an employee who goes above and beyond their regular job expectations, provide outstanding customer service, or perform distinctive achievements that impact the department/institution... Read the full article


Area colleges present intercollegiate celebration of playwright Lynn Nottage

Don’t miss “Crumbs from the Table” Oct. 26 at Southwest’s Union Ave. Campus

Southwest Tennessee Community College, the University of Memphis and Rhodes College present the Nottage Festival now through November to celebrate the works by playwright Lynn Nottage, a distinguished African American playwright and the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice. Nottage is known for writing complex characters who lead marginalized lives... Read the full article


Important Dates

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Student Photography Exhibition


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sexual Health Awareness Seminar

  • Union Avenue Campus, Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Building, Auditorium
  • 12:30-2 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, October 25-26, 2018

Women's Soccer District 7 Tournament

  • St. George's Independent School
  • Noon Daily

Monday, October 29, 2018

Cardi-Optics Screening Services

  • Macon Cove Campus Thornton Building, Room 101
  • 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • For more information, see the screening flyer, or call for appointment: (888) 531-5021 Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Scoop Credits

  • Editor: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Contributing Writers: Daphne Thomas, Diana Fedinec, Robert Jackson, Melissa Reyna, Julia Rhea and Iliana Ricelli
  • Photography: Robert Jackson
  • Graphics: Erin Roberts, Graphic Designer
  • Design and Layout: Clint Norwood, Webmaster