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DATE: September 7, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338, or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

STCC Students to Make Presentations at National Collegiate Honors Conference; Honors Faculty Focused on The City As Text

Southwest Tennessee Community College will have the distinction of having two of its students make PowerPoint presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council 36th Annual Conference. The conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, October 31- November 4, at the Palmer House Hilton. Fields of Discovery is this year's theme, and more than five thousand delegates from across the nation are expected to attend the five-day event.

The two STCC students making presentations are Queba Baker and Taurus Rogers. Baker, a sophomore, is pursuing an Associate of Science Degree with a concentration in Natural Sciences. Her presentation will explore Biotechnology and Forensics: Issues, Answers and Ethics. Rogers is also a sophomore. He plans to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree with a concentration in Allied Health Sciences. His presentation will focus on Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Medical and Religious Considerations.

In addition to being members of the STCC Honors Program, both Baker and Rogers are officers in the Student Government Association. This will mark the third Honors Conference presentation for Rogers, and it will be the first for Baker.

Clarence Christian, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, is director of the STCC Honors Program. He said the PowerPoint presentations were developed in the Allied Health Sciences Special Topics class. Dr. Anne Mitchell-Hinton serves as preceptor. Darius Y. Wilson, head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, serves as presentation coach.

Christian noted that it is a unique honor for a community college to have two students make presentations at a national conference. "It is very rare for a college to have more than one presenter at a national conference, especially a community college," he said. "This is a great honor for Southwest Tennessee Community College. I have nothing but praise for the students, the preceptor, instructors and presentation coach."

Another highlight of the conference will be The City As Text Workshop, which is a special Honors Learning Model curriculum. The program is designed to have Honors students focus on how a college can use its resources to enhance the quality of life for the citizenry.

Christian said the STCC Honors Program has made The City As Text a key focus of its curriculum. The study includes workshops and field trips that are aimed at integrating honors more fully into the life of the College.

For more information about the conference and the STCC Honors Program, call the College at 901/333-5203.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.