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Follett Bookstore operations remain online

By Diana Fedinec
April 29, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for students, the physical locations of the Follett Bookstore, located on the Union and Macon campuses, continue to be temporarily closed... Read the full article

 


Southwest awarded CARES Act funding

By Daphne J. Thomas
April 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Southwest to receive funding under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress recently. The funds are intended to help college students cover expenses... Read the full article

 


CDC reports new Coronavirus symptoms

By Diana Fedinec
April 27, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a new list of symptoms related to COVID-19. With the spread of Coronavirus across the nation and among different populations... Read the full article

 


Trump signs additional $484 billion in Coronavirus stimulus funding

By Suzanne Gibson and Sherman Greer
April 27, 2020

President Donald A. Trump signed into law an additional $484 billion in coronavirus stimulus funding under the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act on April 24... Read the full article

 


Memphis Mayor extends safer at home order to May 5

By Daphne J. Thomas and Sherman Greer
April 23, 2020

This week City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland extended the city’s safer at home order to May 5. In addition, Memphis continues to operate under a state of emergency that requires Memphis residents to stay at home... Read the full article

 


Governor Bill Lee to allow safer at home order to expire April 30

By Sherman Greer
April 21, 2020

In an effort to get the state’s economy back on track, Governor Bill Lee announced Monday that he would not be extending Tennessee’s statewide safer at home order that is set to expire April 30... Read the full article

 


Free COVID-19 testing sites to open this weekend across Tennessee

By Sherman Greer
April 18, 2020

Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday announced the State of Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee National Guard, is adding 15 drive-up testing sites across the State that will open this weekend... Read the full article

 


Governor Lee recommends secondary schools remain closed

By Sherman Greer
April 17, 2020

Governor Bill Lee essentially ended the academic school year for Tennessee’s secondary schools when he recommended Wednesday, April 15 that the Department of Education keep schools closed for the rest of the 2019-20 term... Read the full article

 


Southwest adjusts summer and fall courses for student safety

By Suzanne Gibson
April 15, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for students, Southwest teaching and learning will be conducted online this summer. To best ensure that students have the ability to move forward with their studies as safely as possible, the following adjustments have been made... Read the full article

 


SBA and Treasury Department launch Paycheck Protection Program to support small businesses

By Sherman Greer
April 6, 2020

The Small Business Administration, with support from the Department of the Treasury, has launched the Paycheck Protection Program to support businesses to meet operational expenses due to financial losses resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funds can be used to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits... Read the full article

 


Feeling stressed about Coronavirus? EAP can help

By Diana Fedinec and Suzanne Gibson
April 3, 2020

Attention Employees: Are you feeling stressed out over the Coronavirus? Get the support you need through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP)... Read the full article

 

 


Governor Bill Lee escalates calls for Tennesseans to remain at home

By Sherman Greer
April 3, 2020

Governor Lee on Thursday issued Executive Order No. 23, effective until April 14, 2020, stepping up his calls for Tennesseans to stay home... Read the full article

 

 


Need to get tested for COVID-19?

By Robert Jackson
April 3, 2020

Several testing centers are conducting COVID-19 testing. Patients must meet certain exposure criteria. Testing is limited and currently being offered to individuals who... Read the full article

 

 


Job opportunities in Memphis

By Robert Jackson
April 1, 2020

Covid-19 has disrupted the lives of thousands of Memphians, with many facing job loss.

While numerous businesses have had to scale back operations or shut down temporarily, others are ramping up operations and need good employees to keep them rolling and serving the community... Read the full article

 


HIPI launches new tech learning Facebook group

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 31, 2020

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

 


Governor Bill Lee issues statewide safer-at-home order

By Sherman Greer
March 30, 2020

Citing “the speed by which the virus (COVID-19) is moving,” Governor Bill Lee on Monday issued Executive Order 22, implementing statewide safer at home guidelines in effect until April 14, 2020.

The order, applicable to businesses deemed as non-essential (barber shops, salons, and recreational and entertainment establishments) mandates the closure of businesses rather than directs the movement... Read the full article


Use Microsoft TEAMS for Free!

By Suzanne Gibson
March 30, 2020

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... Read the full article

 


TDHS offers financial support to families impacted by coronavirus-related job loss

By Sherman Greer
March 30, 2020

Tennessee Department of Human Services has made emergency financial assistance available for families impacted by job loss resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Families can apply for up to two months of emergency cash assistance online at https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief?id=relief_registration. This assistance is provided in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving... Read the full article


New law allows veteran education benefits to continue

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 30, 2020

Congress signed into effect March 21 a new law that authorizes the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to extend educational assistance to veterans through December 21, 2020, for education programs that are now delivered online due to an emergency or health-related situation. The guidance applies to the current academic terms only... Read the full article


Congress approves third round of stimulus funding

By Sherman Greer
March 27, 2020

On March 27, the United House of Representatives followed the Senate’s action and unanimously passed in a voice vote a third economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump signed the bi-partisan measure into law only a few hours later... Read the full article


Hacking, phishing and spam during these times

By Michael Boyd
March 27, 2020

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.

There are others who are just as busy and making as many adjustments. They are the hackers. These individuals attempt to gain access to personal and business computers and servers without permission. They use a variety of techniques... Read the full article


Nursing and allied health sciences respond to medical supply shortage

By Diana Fedinec
March 26, 2020

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


Deferred payment deadline extended

By Suzanne Gibson and Sandra Wallace
March 25, 2020

Due to recent circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for deferred payment plans has been extended to April 15. Campus buildings are now closed; payments must be made online... Read the full article


tnAchieves waives community service hours for spring and summer

By Diana Fedinec
March 25, 2020

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 made the decision to waive the April 1, 2020, community service requirement. Further, a Tennessee Promise student enrolling at an eligible institution for the summer 2020 term will not be required to complete and submit community service hours to maintain eligibility for that term... 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.

By Robert Jackson
March 25, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College is partnering with Shelby County Schools (SCS) and FeedWells to provide packed meals to SCS students during the Coronavirus pandemic. Food insecurity has become a heightened concern, especially for many students who will no longer have access to meals during the district’s closure of schools. FeedWells is a team of culinary skilled, nutritional, fitness and health experts who provide children with meals to promote better performance in the classroom and improve their overall well-being... Read the full article


Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions classes on pause

By Suzanne Gibson
March 25, 2020

Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions, a division of Southwest Tennessee Community College, has canceled all continuing education classes through April 30, until further notice. Classes that were in session are on pause until faculty and students are allowed back on campus... Read the full article


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Help TBR choose the next LMS vendor

By Suzanne Gibson
March 24, 2020

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


New information on Coronavirus symptoms

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

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. COVID19@southwest.tn.edu... Read the full article


Self-reporting Coronavirus to the College

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of the Southwest community and beyond, the College is asking students and employees to self-report a positive COVID-19 test or possible exposure to COVID19@southwest.tn.edu... Read the full article


tnAchieves cancels mandatory meetings

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, tnAchieves has canceled the remainder of its mandatory TN Promise meetings scheduled after March 11, 2020, until further notice. To satisfy their meeting requirement and remain TN Promise eligible, students (not parents/guardians) MUST watch a 37-minute team meeting webinar prior to April 3, 2020... Read the full article


Tennessee Small Business Development Center to offer COVID-19 disaster relief assistance

By Diana Fedinec
March 20, 2020

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest Tennessee Community College, will be the key 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... Read the full article


NJCAA cancels all spring sports activities

By Keith Gentry
March 19, 2020

Following recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Junior College Athletic Association has canceled all upcoming basketball championships and spring sports nationwide, effective immediately. "In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year... Read the full article


Southwest postpones Spring 2020 Commencement

By Diana Fedinec
March 18, 2020

The Office of Student Affairs has announced the postponement of the College’s Spring 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the FedEx Forum, to comply with the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safety guidelines for the Novel Coronavirus pandemic... Read the full article


Bookstore adds evening hours beginning March 23

By Daphne J.Thomas
March 18, 2020

The Follett Bookstore on the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses will have new operating hours during the scaled back operations and online session.

Operating hours are... Read the full article


Follett Bookstore announces new hours of operation

By Suzanne Gibson and Diana Fedinec
March 17, 2020

The Follett Bookstore on the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses will remain open during the week. New hours of operation are 8 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday, until further notice.

Books may be ordered online and will be delivered directly to students free of delivery charges by visiting: bkstr.com/efollettstore/home.

ONLINE ORDERING INFORMATION: 1. FIND A SCHOOL: Southwest Tennessee Community College (select Macon or Union Campus) 2. DEPARTMENT: area course falls under 3. SELECT COURSE: (be sure to have this course information before making an order so that you will receive the correct materials) 3. SELECT SECTION (not necessary if you know course number).

*Please do not attempt to pick up your books on campus if you have made an online order; they will be sent, free of delivery charges, to your given address.

For more information, contact the bookstore at 901-333-4227 or ggooden@southwest.tn.edu.


College implements employee telecommuting procedures

By Diana Fedinec
March 17, 2020

Thank you all for continuing to fulfill your responsibilities as faculty and staff to keep the College moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to extraordinary circumstances, we are operating in a new normal. One thing that remains unchanged is our allegiance to students.

In light of the escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee and Shelby County, and Centers for Disease Control announcement limiting social distancing to ten individuals or less, the College is implementing new measures regarding working remotely or telecommunicating... Read the full article


Southwest cancels study abroad trip to Cuba in wake of global level 3 travel advisory

By Diana Fedinec
March 12, 2020

The safety and health of students are always at the forefront of the College’s decision-making in planning study abroad trips. The International Studies Department has been closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the United States State Department, and the media. On March 11, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 3 Travel Advisory due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with TBR policy, Southwest’s study abroad program to Havana, Cuba, has been canceled.... Read the full article


Southwest extends spring break for students through March 21; All classes resume online March 23-April 5

By Diana Fedinec and Daphne J. Thomas
March 12, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College is extending spring break for students to March 21 in light of the escalating novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Shelby County and World Health Organization’s declaration of the virus as a global pandemic. All classes resume online March 23 and continue through April 5. On-campus instruction resumes April 6, barring any new developments regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Students will receive notifications from instructors regarding accessing online instruction and assignments. Students who experience difficulties accessing online classes may visit libraries and computer labs... Read the full article


Southwest to provide coronavirus response update at virtual town hall meeting March 12 at noon.

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 11, 2020

President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and College leaders will hold a virtual town hall meeting for Southwest students, faculty and staff where updates on the College’s coronavirus response will be provided.  President Hall and fellow leaders also will answer questions from virtual participants. Participants may email questions for consideration to djthomas@southwest.tn.edu by 10 a.m. March 12.

Click here to attend the virtual meeting.  The portal opens at 11:30 a.m.


SBDC Day postponed

By Diana Fedinec
March 11, 2020

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center has postponed the SBDC Day event scheduled for March 18 at the Whitehaven Center.

The event will be rescheduled for a later date.


Choose Blue Day postponed

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 10, 2020

City of Memphis in consultation with Shelby County Schools has postponed the Blue Path Program’s Choose Blue Day that was scheduled for Thursday, March 12 on the Macon Cove Campus.

The partners plan to hold this event at a later date.


Phlebotomy Orientation moved to Nursing, Biotechnology and Natural Science Building

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 10, 2020

The Phlebotomy Orientation scheduled for this Thursday, March 12 in the Allied Health Building on the Union Avenue Campus has been moved to the Nursing, Biotechnology and Natural Science building on the Union Avenue Campus. The event will take place as scheduled in this new location. For more information about the Phlebotomy Orientation, contact MLT/Phlebotomy Coordinator Michelle Hill at 901-619-2114 or via email at mhill@southwest.tn.edu.


College closes Allied Health building until March 18

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 9, 2020

Sunday, March 8, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Shelby County. The next day, two Southwest Radiologic Technology students were notified they were exposed to the patient during their clinical rotations at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. SCHD instructed the students to not return to their clinical rotations and classes until March 18, two weeks after their exposure to the patient... Read the full article


Southwest cancels out-of-state business travel

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 9, 2020

Friday, March 6, the Tennessee Board of Regents canceled travel to Washington state and California. Additionally, TBR asked all institutions to review out-of-state travel and approve on a case-by-case basis. In light of these developments and those nationwide, the College has canceled out-of-state business travel, with a few exceptions, until further notice. Representatives from the business office will reach out to those who have travel plans and provide updated information.

For more information about business travel for Southwest, contact the Office of Financial and Administrative Services at 901-333-4737 or email Mike Neal at mdneal1@southwest.tn.edu.

The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly developing situation. Please stay tuned to email and the College’s coronavirus web page for updates.

Thank you and be well!


Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education

Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

By Diana Fedinec
March 9, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an interim guidance for institutions of higher education (IHE) on the Novel Coronavirus 2019. CDC is working in collaboration with IHE to disseminate updates on the COVID-19 to prevent the spread among students, faculty and staff. This guidance provides IHE administrators with information on how to prepare, plan and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. Guidance is given on establishing procedures for IHE communities that do and do not have cases identified. Included are preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 to monitoring absenteeism and planning for the suspension of classes and work. CDC advises IHE administrators should work in collaboration with local health officials on any decision making. Read the full article


Academic Affairs announces ramped up PAWS training for faculty

PAWS

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 6, 2020

Southwest faculty are asked to plan ahead for potential disruption in classes schedules should the outbreak escalate locally. “Faculty should establish a contingency plan for classes and student assignments and ramp up the usage of PAWS, the College’s distance learning platform,” Special Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Sindy Abadie says. “This platform enables the College to continue to serve students in the event a faculty member is unavailable for an extended time by providing access to grade books and other pertinent information... Read the full article

 


Transmissible illness prevention training begins spring break week

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 6, 2020

Southwest faculty and staff will undergo transmissible illness prevention training the week of March 8.  Vivid Learning Systems, the College’s online training provider, will email faculty and staff an invitation for the 8-minute webinar that contains instructions on how to access the course.  The brief webinar will provide information on how infections are spread and how to prevent the transmission of cold, flu and other infectious disease. Participants also will read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 factsheet.

 


TDH announces first case of Covid-19 in Tennessee

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 6, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health has received positive test results for a case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Tennessee. The TDH State Public Health Laboratory tested the individual, and has submitted results to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The patient is an adult male from Williamson County who had recently traveled out-of-state. The patient has a mild illness and is isolated at home... Read the full article

 


Southwest cancels study abroad trips to London and Paris

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 4, 2020

In light of the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation to postpone or cancel international travel for students and faculty, the Southwest Tennessee Community College International Studies program has canceled trips to London and Paris scheduled for March 7-15. “Although our students’ academic dreams, aspirations and success are at the forefront of decision-making at Southwest, their safety is a top priority,” said International Studies Coordinator Jessica Miller... Read the full article

 


Natural Sciences department presents second coronavirus seminar with Dr. Ziba Hooshdaran March 18 at Macon Cove Campus

Dr. Ziba Hooshdaran

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 3, 2020

The Southwest Natural Sciences Seminar Series and Southwest Science Club present “What You Need to Know About 2019 Novel Coronavirus: An Update” with Southwest Associate Professor of Microbiology Dr. Ziba Hooshdaran March 18, noon - 1 p.m. in the Farris Auditorium, Macon Cove Campus. Dr. Hooshdaran will provide an update on the Coronavirus outbreak, how the virus is spread and safety measures to prevent infection... Read the full article

 


Southwest takes precautions as Coronavirus concerns escalate

March 2, 2020

In December 2019, Chinese health authorities identified an outbreak of pneumonia associated with a novel, or new, Coronavirus which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. Investigations are ongoing. To learn more, visit the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 webpage for the most up to date information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html... Read the full article