April 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

This is us

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

One of my favorite television shows is the NBC hit drama “This is Us”. It chronicles two generations of the Pearson family across decades. Each show, with its engrossing characters and storylines, conveys a resonant theme: the power of even the smallest connection during a life journey... Read the full article


Tennessee Reconnect gains momentum with information sessions

Lamona  McKinley (center) speaks to Southwest Ambassador Maha Tiey (left) a at the Whitehaven Reconnect  session.

Lamona McKinley (center) speaks to Southwest Ambassador Maha Tieya (left) at the Whitehaven Reconnect session.

On days like April 7—cold, rainy with a chance of frozen precipitation—most people would opt to stay inside. Yet, the unseasonable weather did not deter more than 50 people from attending a Tennessee Reconnect information session at Southwest’s Maxine A. Smith, Millington and Whitehaven centers.  Faculty and representatives from admissions and other student services departments were on hand to provide pertinent information about the state of Tennessee’s newest scholarship program aimed at removing financial barriers for adult students... Read the full article


Technologies sponors Engineering Week

Area high school students participate in Engineering Week in the Nabors gymnasium at Southwest.

Area high school students participate in Engineering Week in the Nabors gymnasium at Southwest.

Engineering Week is the annual pilgrimage of budding mathematicians, scientists and, yes, engineers, to a local college campus to test their academic mettle against the area’s top young minds. This past February, Southwest was home to three of the events... Read the full article


Phi Theta Kappa students earn top awards at state convention

Left to right: Southwest Upsilon Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa members  Jaida Culp, Emma Caufield, Joey Brock and Ronald Morgan (far right) proudly accept the Chapter of Light Award at the PTK Tennessee State Convention last month.

Left to right: Southwest Upsilon Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa members Jaida Culp, Emma Caufield, Joey Brock and Ronald Morgan (far right) proudly accept the Chapter of Light Award at the PTK Tennessee State Convention last month.

The Upsilon Delta chapter (UDC) of Phi Theta Kappa is having a phenomenal year. They took home a slew of hardware and certificates at the recent 2018 Tennessee Regional Convention... Read the full article


Tennessee Small Business Development Center celebrates banner year at SBDC Day

SBDC Day

Capacity crowd of business owners celebrate small business development and learn valuable tips during SBDC Day at the Whitehaven Center.

More than 120 business and community leaders, area small business owners and elected officials assembled March 21 at the Whitehaven Center to celebrate National SBDC Day with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSDBC). The event also marked the return of Google's Get Your Business Online program to Memphis... Read the full article


RETIREMENT: Yolanda Smith, Payroll Director

Yolanda Smith

Yolanda Smith joined the Southwest family April 1, 1987, as a cashier. She retires April 30, 2018, as director of Payroll... Read the full article


Phi Theta Kappa officers take international conference by storm as Distinguished Officer Team

PTK

Congratulations, yet again, to Southwest’s Upsilon Delta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Chapter officers were recognized on PTK’s biggest stage April 21 as one of only 30 chapters worldwide to receive the Distinguished Chapter Officers Team Award. PTK officers Joey Brock, Emma Caulfield, Jaida Culp, Angela Majors, Ronald Morgan and Sabrina Washington (Brittany Woods also was recognized) took the stage in triumph as 4,000 PTK Catalyst Centennial Conference attendees from across the globe cheered them on. PTK members Jacqueline Asamoah, Theodora Asamoah, Daphne Jenkins and Cassidy Rieben rounded out the delegation with advisors Dr. Joan McGrory and Dr. Twyla Waters. PTK officer Joey Brock also was one of only four delegates in the world selected to serve as a Catalyst Social Media Ambassador.

See and share the PTK Catalyst Conference video.


Final curtain

Southwest closes out theater season in dramatic fashion

by Levi Frazier

Southwest students and  alumni perform Five Women Wearing the Same Dress during the finale weekend in  the Verties Sails Building on the Union Avenue Campus.

Southwest students and alumni perform Five Women Wearing the Same Dress during the finale weekend in the Verties Sails Building on the Union Avenue Campus.

"A little something for everybody...and a lot of diversity" is probably the best way to describe the 2017-2018 Southwest season.  Opening with a well-known musical like You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown was a first for us. Sheila Darras directed a fun-loving all-student cast that brought out not only students, faculty and staff, but also family and friends for the very first time... Read the full article


Nicholas Howze promoted to Financial Aid associate director

Nicholas Howze

Congratulations to Nicholas Howze on his promotion to associate director of Financial Aid. Howze has served as a financial aid specialist and Tennessee Reconnect program lead in the department for the past three years and prior to that worked for several years in financial aid for private and public colleges... Read the full article


STUDENT KUDOS: Joey Brock chosen to represent Phi Theta Kappa International

Joey Brock

Joey Brock

Southwest honor student and Phi Theta Kappa member Joey Brock was one of only four students in the world to be selected to serve as a social media ambassador for Phi Theta Kappa International’s Catalyst Conference April 18-21 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Brock currently serves as Southwest’s PTK Upsilon Delta chapter’s co-vice president of public relations.  He says he is honored to have such a rare opportunity to serve. “It shows that my social media work for our chapter is good enough to translate to an international level,” Brock said. “I was elated when I found out that I had been selected.”... Read the full article


Public Safety officers now CIT certified

Director L. Angela Webb

Director L. Angela Webb

Southwest Police Services/Public Safety Department Director L. Angela Webb and 9 of her fellow officers recently volunteered to complete Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) with the Memphis Police Academy. This 40-hour intensive training program is designed to equip officers and first responders with the skills, methods, and tactics needed to safely deescalate incidents involving persons in the throes of a mental health crisis.  The CIT program encourages officers to use measured tones, active listening, and firm reassurances to resolve tense situations safely and appropriately... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Dr. Steve Katz receives Steinway award

Ben Fonville (right) presents Dr. Steve Katz the Steinway Top Teacher Award.

Ben Fonville (right) presents Dr. Steve Katz the Steinway Top Teacher Award.

New York-based Steinway & Sons and Amro Music of Memphis earlier this month named Southwest Professor Emeritus of Music Dr. Steve Katz as a 2018 Steinway Top Teacher. This award recognizes the best piano teachers nationally... Read the full article


SPECIAL TO SCOOP:

My American Dream

by Hammam Alomari

International student Hammam Alomari shares his journey from Yemen to Southwest.

Hammam Alomari rides the London Eye during his study abroad with Southwest

Hammam Alomari rides the London Eye during his study abroad with Southwest.

My palms are sweaty in the airport. Behind me and outside of these walls, a revolution is happening. The country, for which my heart beats, is falling apart. Inside of these walls, none of that matters. I am headed to the United States... Read the full article


2018 Faculty and Staff Awards

Dr. Tracy D. Hall with President's Award winner Dr. Verneta Boone.

Dr. Tracy D. Hall with President's Award winner Dr. Verneta Boone.

President Tracy D. Hall delivered a hearty Saluqi Salute to this year’s faculty and staff award recipients. Thank you for all you do to make Southwest better, she said. Our reputation has not always been stellar—a dropped ball impacts all of us—but there is evidence in the community that we are getting it right. Our enrollment is at its highest in the past several years and we are providing students with the services they need to be successful. Our success is because of you... Read the full article


Child Care is affordable at Southwest

Campus Childcare

Students are not the only persons who can take advantage of Southwest’s top notch child care services. Faculty and staff can, too. And it’s affordable! Child care facilities are located on the Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses. Call Candis Saulsberry at 901-333-5233.


Southwest goes to the dogs with Stress Free Zone event

Mid-South Therapy Dog Handler Robin Chandler and “Maxie”, a Poodle-Burmese Mountain Dog mix, known as a Bernedoodle, interact with happy, relaxed Southwest students at the Stress Free Zone event.

Mid-South Therapy Dog Handler Robin Chandler and “Maxie”, a Poodle-Burmese Mountain Dog mix, known as a Bernedoodle, interact with happy, relaxed Southwest students at the Stress Free Zone event.

Nearly 50 faculty, students and staff attended the Stress Free Zone event earlier this month as part of Southwest’s National Library Week Celebration (April 9-13).  The event was presented in partnership with the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends, a nonprofit organization that is devoted to providing all people, young and old, the opportunity to experience the magic of the human-animal bond... Read the full article


Title VI training is due May 16

Smashup to honor United States Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Merriweather

Southwest Tennessee Community College faculty and staff are required to complete mandatory Title VI training annually. In an effort to meet this requirement and as part of Southwest’s ongoing compliance efforts, the Office of Equity & Compliance has partnered with Digital Learning to provide online training through PAWS. The deadline to complete the training is May 16, 2018... Read the full article


Saluqi Success Pathway welcomes two new coaches

Rachel Newman

Rachel Newman

The Saluqi Success Pathway, or SSP, is Southwest’s support program designed to ensure students are aware of all of the resources available to them at the College.  Student Retention and Success operates the SSP through its HUB Space on the first floor of the MAB building on the Macon Cove campus.  There SSP counselors connect students to technology and networking activities and other resources... Read the full article

Alma Hernandez

Alma Hernandez


Don’t miss Summer Institute 2018

Southwest presents its 16th annual Summer Institute June 20-22, 2018 on the Macon Cove Campus.

Summer Institute 2018

Summer Institute is a great time for faculty and staff to learn new ways to help Southwest students succeed.  Participants will receive information about what's happening in different areas of the College, attend sessions for personal and professional growth, and take some classes that are just plain... 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... Read the full article


Dates to Remember

Details about the events below can be found on the student events calendar.

  • April 25-26 - Honors Academy Fellows Presentations
  • April 30-May1 - 2018 GRAD Fair and Regalia Pick Up
  • May 2 - Counseling Services: Financial Literacy Information table
  • May 3 - Tennessee Reconnect: Information Session
  • May 19 - Commencement
  • May 24 - Tennessee Reconnect Information Session


Scoop Credits

  • Editor: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Contributing Writers: Daphne Thomas; Robert Jackson, Coordinator; Levi Frazier, Associate Professor; L. Angela Webb, Director
  • Photography: Robert Jackson
  • Graphics: Erin Roberts, Graphic Designer
  • Design and Layout: Clint Norwood, Webmaster