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Southwest Receives $250,000 from Follett Higher Education Group for Proposed Nursing Facility


(From left) Macon Cove Campus Bookstore Manager Monica Smith, Follett Higher Education Group Regional Manager Beth Lucero, Union Avenue Campus Bookstore Manager Larry Burton, Southwest Foundation Board Vice President Mary McDaniel, Southwest Tennessee Community College President Nathan Essex and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert.

Memphis, TN (March 1, 2010)—Southwest Tennessee Community College has been awarded a $250,000 donation from the Follett Higher Education Group. The contribution will go toward construction of the first phase of the Nursing, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology facility scheduled to be built on the Union Avenue campus.

The donation was presented to Southwest President Nathan L. Essex, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert and Southwest Foundation Board Vice President Mary McDaniel at the Southwest Foundation quarterly board meeting. Beth Lucero, Regional Manager for Follett, is pleased to build upon the company's 20-year history of contributing to the College.

"Follett is proud to be partners with Southwest and we look forward to our continued joint mission to deliver the best possible bookstore to our students," Lucero said. "We hope that these funds will help continue the educational mission for the school."

To date, approximately $10 million has been raised to support the College's latest expansion efforts as part of the largest capital campaign in the college's history. 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.

"This pledge of support from Follett is especially important as we strive to continue to impact our community and its residents," said Southwest Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert. "We are pleased to call them our partners as we enable more of our residents to impact their community and families."

Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and today is headquartered in River Grove, Illinois.