January 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Greetings, Fellow Saluqis:

Happy New Year. I hope you had a restful holiday break, emerged from the recent winter storm unscathed and are ready for a great year ahead.

Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 campaign is reaching top speed this fall with the full scale launch of Tennessee Reconnect, a last-dollar scholarship for adults 24 years and older.  This initiative is much like the Tennessee Promise program, except it provides tuition-free education to adults whether they have attended college or not, as long as they do not have a college degree and have lived in Tennessee at least a year before enrolling in the program.

There are other eligibility requirements we must communicate, which is why I need your help to get the word out.... Read the full article


Board approves warranty for new technical program graduates

The Tennessee Board of Regents recently reaffirmed its confidence in the quality of its colleges' technical training programs when it approved a warranty guaranteeing that future graduaduates of technical programs will demonstrate skills identified in their curriculums and providing tuition-free retraining for those who don’t.  The board unanimously approved the warranty as a new policy at its quarterly meeting at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, this past December... Read the full article


Southwest teams up with Crappie University

Crappie University

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Crappie University are teaming up to host an 8-hour continuing education course all about crappie fishing. Beginners and avid crappie anglers alike will benefit from the instruction that not only covers the popular spring period when crappies are plentiful, but also teaches how and where to catch the species throughout the year. The lessons touch on everything from jigging to dock shooting, how to read water and electronics, what rigs to use and when and even some local specialty techniques known by only a select few. Students will leave this course having learned from the best of the best... Read the full article


New federal tax bill takes effect

A new tax reform bill was signed into law December 22, 2017, that may or may not impact the amount of tax withheld from the paychecks of Southwest employees in the near future. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently developing new withholding guidelines and anticipates release of these guidelines later this month. IRS emphasizes that the new guidelines will be “designed to work with the existing Forms W-4 that employees have already filed and no further action by taxpayers is needed at this time... Read the full article.


Duplicating Services at Union Avenue now self-service copy center

Duplicating Services

The Duplicating Services department at the Union Avenue campus is now a self-service copy center that provides access to two copiers that are capable of duplicating, collating and stapling documents.  For more advanced or extensive print jobs, faculty and staff may submit requests to the Creative Services Department via email to Jeffrey Davis, Printing Coordinator, at jdavis@southwest.tn.edu.  Be sure to fill out and sign a Printing Job Jacket and other necessary forms and attach to the email, along with the document to be duplicated... Read the full article.


Welcome aboard, new team members

Southwest Tennessee Community College is proud to welcome the following faculty and staff to the Southwest family Jan. 2, 2018... Read the full article

Commencement is May 19 at
FedEx Forum

Graduting Student

Southwest Tennessee Community College will salute its Spring 2018 graduates at Commencement Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the FedEx Forum in beautiful Downtown Memphis, Tennessee... Read the full article.


Mandatory Title IX training due by Feb. 23

Southwest Tennessee Community College faculty and staff are required to complete a mandatory Title IX training each year. In an effort to meet this requirement and as part of Southwest’s ongoing compliance efforts, the College has partnered with EverFi to provide this training through the Haven for Faculty and Staff online training course.

Deadline to complete this online course is Friday, February 23, 2018... Read the full article


Saluqis ranked in Top 25 nationwide

Saluqi Men

Southwest Tennessee Community College Saluqis are ranked No. 25 in the nation according to the National Junior College Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Poll Committee rankings released Jan. 17.   The Saluqis galloped through their fall schedule, emerging with an impressive 10-2 record. Go Saluqis!


Saluqi Athletics Corner

Cheer on your men’s and women’s Saluqi basketball teams during the following home games in the Verties Sails Gymnasium on the Union Avenue Campus, or in the Memphis area:

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

2017-18 Women's Basketball Team

January 26
Saluqis vs. Walters State, 5:30 p.m.
Lady Saluqis vs. Walters State, 7:30 p.m.

January 27
Saluqis vs. Roane State, 2 p.m.
Lady Saluqis vs. Roane State, 4 p.m.

January 29
Saluqis vs. Rhodes JV (at Rhodes), 7:30 p.m.

February 14
Saluqis vs. Volunteer State, 5:30 p.m.
Lady Saluqis vs. Volunteer State, 7:30 p.m.

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team

2017-18 Men's Basketball Team


New Year’s resolutions: Making them and keeping them

by Daphne J. Thomas

Ever wonder where the idea of the New Year’s Resolution (NYR) originated?  According to history.com, the ancient Babylonians began making them over 4,000 years ago!  Now practiced the world over, the NYR is most popular in the West with 41 percent of Americans making them—and breaking them—year after year. Statisticbrain.com says of those 41 percent, only 9 percent felt they actually achieved their NYR in 2017... Read the full article


Prepare for personal health

Keeping yourself healthy is key to handling any emergency. If you’re at your best physically, mentally and emotionally, you’ll be at your best in dealing with anything unexpected that comes your way—including emergencies. And, after all, staying healthy is a lot easier and more fun than getting healthy... Read the full article


30th Annual Carter G. Woodson Award Ceremony is Feb. 6

Ashley Geisewite

The Honors Academy at Southwest will present Memphis artist Ruby O’Gray the 2018 Carter Godwin Woodson Award of Merit Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.in the Verties Sails Gymnasium on the Union Avenue Campus. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary for the award established by former Southwest professor Clarence Christian to recognize individuals, groups or agencies who have contributed to, preserved or promoted the African-American experience and who support Dr. Woodson’s legacy of historical accuracy through inclusion. Recipients also must work or live within Southwest’s service area or have a significant connection to the college... Read the full article


Let’s take a bite out of spam

By Michael Boyd, Southwest Chief Information Officer

Michael Boyd

Can you tell the difference between a spam email and a legitimate one? Ever wonder why you receive them?

Spam magnets are websites that look like actual websites, don’t have “https://” and misspell the web address on purpose (i.e. www.paypa1.com instead of www.paypal.com).   Other reasons you may get a sudden influx of spam, also known as phishing email, include posting your e-mail address publicly, especially on a social media website like Twitter or Instagram, and the most common method—opening a spam email and responding to it... Read the full article


Prepare for extreme cold

Extreme temperature drops are not uncommon in the Mid-South, but thankfully most all are predicted in advance. When the temperature falls below freezing, be sure you’re prepared to keep you and your family warm and safe, by following these preparedness tips... Read the full article


Schedule Library Instruction training for your students today

Bornblum Library

When it comes to accessing information, Library Services is ready to help students tap into a world of resources on-site and online. Faculty are encouraged to reach out to Library staff to schedule Library Instruction training for their students each semester to help them learn how to get the most out of their library experience through the myriad of research tools that are at their disposal, including professional online journal databases, ebooks, career resources, bibliographic citation tools and more... Read the full article


Dates to Remember


News Roundup

Links to the latest online news reports on community college trends, Tennessee Board of Regents coverage and more... Read the full roundup


Table of Experts: A Conversation on Higher Education

Memphis Business Journal  (bizjournals.com)
Dec. 22, 2017

President Tracy D. Hall joins a panel of experts to discuss the higher education landscape in Memphis and beyond...
Read more.


Scoop Credits

  • Editor: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Contributing Writers: Daphne Thomas; Robert Jackson, Coordinator; Michael Boyd, CIO;
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