Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date July 28, 2008

For More Information: Rose Landey (901) 333-4577

FedEx Supports Nursing Building Campaign with Largest Gift in Southwest History

Memphis, TN—FedEx will break records this week when Mary McDaniel, vice president, Materiel and Corporate Sourcing, FedEx Express, presents Southwest Tennessee Community College with a check for $150,000. This donation is the first installment of a 5-year, $2 million pledge by FedEx Corp. to support the college’s latest expansion efforts, including a new Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology building. The gift is the largest in Southwest’s history.

The new building is just one of the initiatives in the largest capital campaign in the college's history. The campaign, "Southwest and You, Investing in the Future," focuses on projects which will substantially expand opportunities for students in the College's Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology programs and will help address critical workforce needs identified by the Memphis bioscience community. The college has already met its scholarship endowment goal of $1 million, and is now closer to meeting its $16 million goal of building a new state-of-the-art nursing and biotechnology facility. Upon its completion, the facility will accommodate almost double the number of nursing and biotechnology students, thereby increasing the number of available nurses in the community.

"This pledge of support from FedEx is especially important as we strive to continue to impact our community and its residents," said college president Dr. Nathan L. Essex. "More than 95 percent of our graduates remain in Memphis and the surrounding area. This new facility will enable more of our residents to impact their community and families."

McDaniel, who also serves as the vice chair of the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, echoed the sentiment.

"This gift sends a message to the community about FedEx's commitment to the health and well-being of this community," McDaniel said.

For more information on Southwest Tennessee Community College's major gift campaign or to make a donation, call 333-4577.

About Southwest Tennessee Community College

Southwest Tennessee Community College is the comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college whose mission is to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers, and communities in Shelby and Fayette counties and the surrounding Mid-South region. The Memphis-based college provides citizens with an effective teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, enhance economic development, and enrich personal lives. With student success as our number one priority, Southwest, Tennessee's largest community college, welcomes a diverse student population with a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities, interests, levels of education and economic circumstances. Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.

About the Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology Facility

The Southwest Foundation is in the process of raising $16.75 million through individual, corporation, foundation, and organizational support to build a new 74,000-square-foot Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology facility, to be located in the Central Medical District. The new facility will house an expanded nursing program, as well as new classrooms and laboratories for the Natural Sciences courses which form the foundation of the nursing curriculum. The facility will also be home to the state's first Associate of Applied Science degree program, training Biotechnology Technicians to assist researchers in the rapidly expanding biomedical and bioscience research and production fields.

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $38 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 290,000 employees and contractors to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit