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DATE: February 14, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

Southwest's Hale Named Auxiliary Probation Officer of the Year by
Juvenile Court

Rosie Hale, Associate Professor of Business Technology-Accounting at Southwest Tennessee Community College, has been named the 2002 recipient of the Officer of the Year Award for the Auxiliary Probation Service Division of the Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court. Hale was honored during an awards luncheon Monday, February 11. The Chief Auxiliary Probation Officer of the Year Award is given annually for exemplary service to the Auxiliary Probation Service Division.

Leo Brown, Director of Public Safety at Southwest Tennessee Community College and the volunteer director of Juvenile Court's Auxiliary Probation Service, presented the award to Hale. "It is exceptional individuals like Rosie whose outstanding contributions help make our organization such a success," Brown said.

Hale has been a member of the Auxiliary Probation Service for 13 years. Currently, she serves on the Board of Administrators, and holds the rank of Assistant Deputy Chief.

The dedicated educator and community volunteer started her career at what is now Southwest Tennessee Community College in 1980. Hale is an active member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and the Tennessee Defense Force. She received two Associate of Applied Science degrees from the College, in computer operations and accounting. She earned a B.S. in accounting from Christian Brothers University, and an MBA in management from the University of Memphis.

The Auxiliary Probation Service is designed to recruit and train volunteers as probation officers. The program's motto, A Badge for the One Who Cares: Building Character Through Care, reflects the primary objective of this unique community outreach initiative. Classes are held every quarter.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is the fourth largest institution of higher learning in the state. A comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college, Southwest is committed to the cause of community outreach through volunteer initiatives and by extending its programs and services into the communities of Shelby and Fayette counties and the surrounding Mid-South region.

For additional information about the Auxiliary Probation Service, call Juvenile Court at 901/405-8420.

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