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DATE: January 11, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338, or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

Southwest's Shotwell Receives Outstanding Service Award from ACTE

Dr. Ada Shotwell, Dean of Liberal Arts and Education at Southwest Tennessee Community College, has been selected as the recipient of the 2001 Charles O. Whitehead Outstanding Service Award, presented by the Technical Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). Dr. Shotwell received the award last month, during ACTE's annual convention in New Orleans.

The Charles O. Whitehead Outstanding Service Award recognizes educators who have made the highest meritorious contribution to the improvement, promotion, development, and progress of Technical Education and the Technical Education Division. The award honors the legacy of Charles O. Whitehead, founding president of the former State Technical Institute at Memphis.

Dr. Shotwell began her professional career as a high school English teacher in Tacoma, Washington in 1967. She began her career at what is now Southwest Tennessee Community College in 1973. The dedicated educator earned a B.A. degree from Southern University in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, a Master's degree in Guidance from what is now the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi.

Other honors include being listed in Who's Who Among Black Americans and Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She is a life member with both the American Technical Education Association and the Association for Career and Technical Education. In addition to her technical memberships and affiliations, Dr. Shotwell holds memberships in Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Urban League, NAACP, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 38,000 members nationally who represent subject areas ranging from business education to health occupations education. It is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

Southwest Tennessee Community College was founded July 1, 2000, consolidating the legacies of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis. With 13,000 students, Southwest is the fourth largest institute of higher learning in the state. The College offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for transfer to four-year colleges and universities; Associate of Applied Science degrees for immediate career entry into technical, business, service, education and allied health fields; and Technical and Academic certificates to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the marketplace.

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