May 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Thank you for another great year

We conferred nearly 1,500 credentials earlier this month. This 21st commencement was a resounding success. Our graduates poured onto the FedExForum floor through four entrances to the sound of a jazzy rendition of Pomp and Circumstance as their proud family and friends, along with faculty, staff and special guests, saluted them with thunderous applause. What followed that triumphant entrance was a beautiful ceremony that featured inspirational remarks by student speaker Brandon Johnson and our commencement speaker Beverly Robertson, President & CEO for the Greater Memphis Regional Chamber. They both informed and inspired us all.... 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


Welcome aboard: Registrar, Veda Y. Taylor

Registrar, Veda Y. Taylor

Meet our new Registrar, Veda Y. Taylor! Taylor brings to Southwest a wealth of higher education experience—16 years to be exact. She is uniquely qualified for the position having served as assistant registrar of Student Records at the University of Memphis and assistant registrar of Graduation at East Tennessee State University. She also has more than 10 years of career experience working in various positions in the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, and Graduate School at the University of Mississippi. Taylor previously served as a coordinator for LIFE (Learning Inspired by FedEx), a FedEx program in partnership with the University of Memphis that helps working adults return to school at no cost... Read the full article


Welcome Aboard: Muinat Abolore Idris

Muinat Abolore Idris, MPH, COHC

Muinat Abolore Idris joins the Physical Plant Department as the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Coordinator. She is a certified occupational hearing conservationist and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association... Read the full article


Welcome Aboard: Mark Randall, Public Relations Coordinator

Mark Randall, Public Relations Coordinator

The Department of Communications, Marketing, and Community Relations is pleased to welcome Mark Randall to our staff as the new public relations coordinator. Mark has worked in newspapers as an award-winning reporter for nearly 20 years and has taught history at the college level... Read the full article


CAREER SERVICES CORNER: Top 20 employers of Southwest graduates

Each year Career Services Office Supervisor Wanda Coopwood and Assistant Director Angela Banks query graduates of Southwest's associate of applied science (A.A.S.) and technical certificate programs to track whether they have found employment related to their major and to offer career-readiness services... Read the full article


MENTAL HEALTH CORNER: How age-accomplishment expectations are leading to less gratitude

By Julia Rhea

Yesterday, while idly scrolling on social media, I came across a tweet that read: “Constantly putting an age deadline on accomplishments is killing our youth.”  After reading the tweet, I sat puzzled at the harsh statement. I would wager that for most of us growing up, we were told about the societal norms of reaching certain milestones at particular ages to ensure you’re on the right track in life... Read the full article


D.R.E.A.M. peer mentors and coaches host inaugural Café Social

Mentor Lekeyantia Naylor (at left) meets her mentees at the D.R.E.A.M. Café Social on the Macon Cove Campus.

Mentor Lekeyantia Naylor (at left) meets her mentees at the D.R.E.A.M. Café Social on the Macon Cove Campus.

A new mentorship organization called Dependable, Responsive, Excellent, Advisor, Mentor (D.R.E.A.M.) held its inaugural Café Social April 22 at the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses.  D.R.E.A.M. was created fall 2018 thanks to a three-year grant from the State of Tennessee to hire student mentors and coaches to assist students in their academic journey... Read the full article


Equity and compliance rolls out new system for reporting and managing behavior

The Office of Equity and Compliance has implemented a new case management software system, MAXIENT, to improve processes for reporting behavioral incidents that occur on Southwest property and managing behavior records. Maxient enables faculty and staff to quickly report incidents through a convenient electronic form... Read the full article


Robertson keynotes commencement; urges graduates to MAP out their path forward

Beverly Robertson, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber

Beverly Robertson, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber

Southwest graduates were handed a “MAP” on what to do next after graduation. President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber Beverly Robertson, who delivered the keynote address at Southwest’s 21st Annual Commencement on May 11 at the FedEx Forum, told the graduates that now that they had worked hard to earn their degree and learn their trade, three factors will determine their future success: Mind, Actions, and Plan or MAP... Read the full article


Mentees and mentors recognized at SMARTS Culminating Experience

SMARTS honorees Jacqueline and Theodora Asamoah

SMARTS honorees Jacqueline and Theodora Asamoah

When Jacqueline and Theodora Asamoah came to the United States in 2017 from Ghana, West Africa, their mother quickly enrolled them for the fall semester at Southwest... Read the full article


Awards convocation celebrates student academic, leadership and service excellence

Honors Scholar of the Year Ashunna Curtis showcases her awards.

Honors Scholar of the Year Ashunna Curtis showcases her awards.

“I remember my first day here at Southwest as I sat in Honors English Comp 1020 with Mrs. Renee Cole who asked us why we were in the class and I replied ‘because it’s what I’ve always been used to,” said Honors Scholar of the Year Ashunna Curtis, who welcomed attendees to the 2019 Student Honors and Awards Convocation April 17. Curtis had the fortitude to pursue higher education, but she never dreamed that quest would land her at Southwest where many unexpected opportunities awaited her... Read the full article


CULINARY CORNER WITH CHEF STEVEN LEAKE

Chef Steven Leake

We are excited to introduce a new quarterly column for Scoop – the Culinary Corner with Chef Steven Leake!  Leake is Southwest’s instructor for hospitality management and an award-winning chef. He has been the chief culinary consultant and coordinator for numerous events all over the Mid-South, from the Greater Memphis Chamber to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital... Read the full article


EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Director of Student Development Phoenix Worthy

Phoenix Worthy, Director of Student Development

Phoenix Worthy, Director of Student Development

Congratulations to Director of Student Development Phoenix Worthy who is the Employee of the Month for May!

Worthy is responsible for providing diverse programming that aids in student development. He coordinates a variety of activities and programs throughout the year that impact a student’s individual growth and academic success... Read the full article


Incoming freshmen preview college life at Saluqi Day

Freshman Maria Tyler and her father, Marion

Freshman Maria Tyler and her father, Marion

Incoming freshmen from area high schools arrived April 11 at Nabors Gymnasium with family and friends in tow to get a head start on planning their academic journey.  It was Saluqi Day, an annual event that welcomes and thanks early enrollees for completing their forms in advance of the fall semester.  The prospective students were treated to tours, food, favors and fun while academic advisors, financial aid and admissions staff, faculty and Southwest student ambassadors answered their questionsRead the full article


KUDOS: Dr. Melanie Jones is first community relations ambassador to make presentation

Dr. Melanie Jones at the Pilgrim Rest  Baptist Church festival.

Dr. Melanie Jones at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church festival.

Special thanks to community relations ambassador and computer laboratory technician in the Information Technology Services Division Dr. Melanie Jones for presenting great information about Tennessee Promise and Reconnect, Career in a Year and other Southwest programs and benefits to her fellow congregants at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church... Read the full article


DID YOU KNOW? Library provides free writing app to Southwest students

By Patrick O'Daniel, Executive Director of Library Services

Need help with your writing assignment? Southwest’s library services has a solution. It's called Grammarly, a popular online writing app that is free to Southwest students and faculty... Read the full article


Faculty and Staff Awards honors employees’ outstanding performance

President Tracy D. Hall presents Academic Support Center Assistant Director Thomas Cole the 2019 President’s Award.

President Tracy D. Hall presents Academic Support Center Assistant Director Thomas Cole the 2019 President’s Award.

Employees and their families packed the Verties Sails Gymnasium April 26 for Southwest’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.  It was a festive affair emceed by Stan Bell, one of Memphis’ most beloved radio personalities, who brought laughter and excitement to the occasion... Read the full article


Earth Day Dash runners brave weather to support Science Club

Students hold the 2019 Earth Day Dash 5K poster.

Students hold the 2019 Earth Day Dash 5K poster.

The exceptionally cold and rainy weather did not deter more than 50 runners and walkers who participated in the fourth annual Earth Day Dash 5K on April 19. The annual fundraiser benefitting the Science Club is traditionally held on the Macon Cove Campus... Read the full article


Languages and Literature Department announces published works

Students hold the 2019 Earth Day Dash 5K poster.

Faculty from the Department of Languages and Literature recently published several scholarly and creative contributions to journals and books this semester... Read the full article


Languages and Literature faculty contribute entries to New Encyclopedia

Two instructors in the English Department at Southwest are featured prominently in a new reference book set to be released in May about an important African-American literary movement.... Read the full article


Love Boat TV star Ted Lange teaches students about show business

Ted Lange gestures while reciting Shakespeare during his master acting class at Southwest.

Ted Lange gestures while reciting Shakespeare during his master acting class at Southwest.

Southwest welcomed aboard one of America’s favorite TV bartenders, “Isaac Washington” (a.k.a. Ted Lange) from the long-lived TV series, “The Love Boat,” to the Macon Cove Campus and Whitehaven Center April 17 and April 22.  A prolific actor of stage and screen, director, playwright and educator, Lange received the NAACP’s Renaissance Man Theatre Award, the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dramalogue Award.  In May of 2018, Lange received an honorary star plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to “The Love Boat.”... Read the full article


Southwest Students to attend ImagineU entrepreneurship training

ImagineU finalists Christian Ordinola, Natasha Fountain, Johari Hamilton, and Corey Stewart.

ImagineU finalists Christian Ordinola, Natasha Fountain, Johari Hamilton, and Corey Stewart.

Four Southwest students applied to attend a competitive summer entrepreneurship program and three have been accepted.

Natasha Fountain, Johari Hamilton, Christian Ordinola and Corey Stewart submitted applications and made it to the screening process for ImagineU... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER

Dynamic duo Bryant and Pugh lead Saluqi softball team to TCCAA conference

Saluqi softball players Jennie Bryant and MaKayla Pugh

Saluqi softball players Jennie Bryant and MaKayla Pugh

Congratulations to Saluqi women's softball freshmen Jennie Bryant and MaKayla Pugh who were featured in The Commercial Appeal’s Sunday Sports Brunch section on May 6. This dynamic duo is leading their team to record-breaking victories and to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Region VII Conference... Read the full article


May is National Moving Month: Be mindful of moving companies

By the Better Business Bureau
Reprinted by from BBB.com
May 1, 2019

Half of all household moves occur in the summer months. It’s generally a time when college students may relocate to another apartment or move back home. Families also typically move to a new home during the summer months. To avoid the pitfalls of hiring movers, follow the BBBs tips below... 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

Reminder: Summer Institute is almost here!
May 20-23

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Townes, director of the Teaching Academy at jtownes1@southwest.tn.edu, or 901-333-4711.



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