March 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Investing in the College’s future

When assessing a College’s assets and resources—from paperclips to facilities and everything in between—by far its most valuable asset is its people—its faculty, staff and students.  This is not just a fact; it is a value at Southwest... Read the full article


Southwest ready to take flight as finalist in two of three SOAR award categories

Southwest Student Celeste Riley and Special Assistant to the Vice President Sindy Abadie represent Southwest in inaugural statewide awards competition

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) announced the establishment of the SOAR Awards last fall to recognize excellent students, faculty and staff across the state. Southwest is flying high with two finalists—one in the student category and the other in the faculty category... Read the full article


Southwest Community Relations Ambassadors luncheon is March 28

President Tracy D. Hall cordially invites current Southwest Community Relations Ambassadors and Southwest faculty and staff who want to join them to the Southwest Ambassadors Luncheon Thursday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. in the Bert Bornblum Library Art Gallery. President Hall will salute the Ambassadors for their work during the inaugural year... Read the full article


Faculty and staff tout College’s growth at Spring Convocation

Dr. Tracy D. Hall at convocation

If there is one word to describe the prevailing message at Spring Convocation Feb. 8 in Nabors Gymnasium, it is “progress.”  Faculty, staff and administration came eager to hear about the great strides the College has made over the course of the year.  Among the topics discussed were website development, enrollment, teaching methodologies, the College’s budget, and a call for strategic thinking in advancing the institution’s future... Read the full article


Students’ passionate spirit and insight on display at recent Pizza with the President

Dr. Hall at Pizza with the President

President Tracy D. Hall proclaimed the Pizza with the President (PWP) event held Feb. 26 at the Whitehaven Center as one of the best she’s had since joining Southwest as president in 2015. Southwest students stepped to the mic to ask intuitive questions, offer insightful advice to senior staff on college operations, and to volunteer to assist their fellow classmates... Read the full article


SACSCOC approves Funeral Service Education program

The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved Southwest’s new Associate in Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Education that launched in January, allowing the program to be included in Southwest’s scope of accreditation... Read the full article


HUMAN RESOURCES CORNER: Human Resources hosts inaugural pre-retirement seminar

Human Resources staff (L-R): Rhonda Warren, Hattie Ray and Nancy Chandler.

Human Resources staff (L-R): Rhonda Warren, Hattie Ray and Nancy Chandler.

The Office of Human Resources held its first pre-retirement seminar Feb. 20. at the Macon Cove Campus where employees were informed of their retirement options.  Representatives from the Social Security Administration, Tennessee Consolidated Retirement Systems (TCRS), Valic, Voya, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), and other agencies were on hand to answer questions and provide personalized counseling... Read the full article


Southwest adopts new diversity statement

Southwest is committed to creating a diverse academic community that fosters cultural awareness, mutual respect and understanding.  To this end, the College has adopted a new diversity statement under the direction of Vice-President of Student Services Jacqueline Faulkner and Diversity Committee Chair Nikita Ashford-Ashworth. The Diversity Committee is comprised of all facets of the college community with representation by faculty, staff and students... Read the full article


New travel procedures should ease the process

By Michael Neal, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration

Southwest, I have wonderful news! We have overhauled our travel procedures. The policy remains unchanged; however, how approved travel is booked has. The changes were effective March 4 and many of you may already be experiencing our new, streamlined procedures that I hope are reducing your processing time and improving Finance and Administration’s customer service level... Read the full article


Farewell: Dr. Norma F. Parrish

Dr. Norma F. Parrish

Southwest mourns the loss of Dr. Norma Parrish who passed away Jan. 24. Parrish was the wife of the late Dr. Jess Parrish, former President of Shelby State Community College.   

Dr. Norma Parrish enjoyed her role as the wife of a college president from 1970 to 1991.  Jess Parrish was named the founding president of Shelby State in 1970. Two years later, on Sept. 12, 1972, the College would open its doors to nearly 1,000 mostly first-generation, first-year college students.  Dr. Jess Parrish served as president for 11 years, building the Union Avenue Campus while teaching classes. He passed away in 2015... Read the full article


Thanks a million to Karen Nippert for 33 years of fundraising service

Well-wishers pose for a final staff photo with Karen Nippert: Interim Vice-President of Finance and Administration Mike Neal, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing and Community Relations Daphne Thomas; Vice President of Student Service Jacqueline Taylor, Nippert, President Tracy D. Hall, Chief Information Officer Michael Boyd, and Executive Assistant to the President Sherman Greer.

Well-wishers pose for a final senior staff photo with Karen Nippert: Interim Vice-President of Finance and Administration Mike Neal, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing and Community Relations Daphne Thomas; Vice President of Student Service Jacqueline Taylor, Nippert, President Tracy D. Hall, Chief Information Officer Michael Boyd, and Executive Assistant to the President Sherman Greer.

How does one summarize 33 years of a person’s work life? That was the question Southwest President Tracy D. Hall asked in her remarks celebrating the retirement of Vice-President of Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert Jan. 30 at the Bert Bornblum Library.  Nippert worked in several departments at Southwest before lending her talent and passion as a fundraiser to the Office of Institutional Advancement. Among her many achievements, Nippert spearheaded the merger of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute... Read the full article


College hosts TYCA-Southeast conference at Peabody Hotel

By Thad Cockrill, Languages and Literature Department Chair

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Southwest and the Department of Languages and Literature hosted the 2019 conference of the Two-Year College Association-Southeast (TYCA-Southeast) Feb. 14-16 at the Peabody Hotel. Nearly two hundred English professors travelled to Memphis from Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, and parts in-between to attend and present sessions on topics ranging from literary and composition studies to growth mindset and co-requisite remediation... Read the full article


Police Services/Public Safety Department selected as national award finalist

Director L. Angela Webb

Director L. Angela Webb

Congratulations to Director of Police Services/Public Safety L. Angela Webb and her department on their selection as one of three American Association of Colleges (AACC) 2019 Awards of Excellence finalists in the category of Community College Safety and Planning.  The winners will be announced at the AACC annual convention April 13-16 in Orlando, Florida... Read the full article


Employee of the Month: Associate Director of Advising and Academic Support Ronald Claxton

SSO President Tilicia Washington presents the parking award to Ron Claxton and

Kudos to Associate Director of Advising and Academic Support Ronald Claxton, winner of the Employee of the Month award for March... Read the full article


In honor of Women’s History Month: A salute to our ‘sheroes’

by L. A. Webb, Director of Police Services

March is Women’s History Month.  The Police Services/Public Safety Department would like to honor the six law enforcement sheroes on our staff. These hardworking, dedicated women definitely have our back!  They provide a variety of expertise with their years of service from military backgrounds and other police agencies... Read the full article


MENTAL HEALTH CORNER: How “easy-going” people are ultimately winning at life

by Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Julia Rhea

We all know the person who seemingly doesn’t worry about anything, unless we happen to be that person. They are perfectly fine with not planning for tomorrow, or what they will eat for lunch, or what type of career to pursue. They “go where the wind blows,” as many put it, never seeming to worry about anything... Read the full article


Millington Center Director Ron Wells selected for WestStar Leadership Program

Ron Wells

Millington Center Director Ron Wells has been selected to participate in the WestStar Leadership Program, Tennessee’s oldest and largest regional leadership program.

Wells and fellow Shelby County participant, Al Da Silva, will join 28 other participants from 15 counties across the state who will learn new strategies and leadership skills to build better communities across West Tennessee... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

(L-R): Dorothy Rodgers, Kiana Parnell, Tabitha Stevenson and Earl Appleberry

(L-R): Dorothy Rodgers, Kiana Parnell, Tabitha Stevenson and Earl Appleberry

Southwest Tennessee Community College proudly welcomes the following staff to the Southwest family... Read the full article


Campus-wide readings commemorate 26th National African American Read-In

The National African American Read-In at the Whitehaven Center welcomed adjunct faculty and civil rights pioneer Bertha Rodgers Looney as a special guest.  She dressed in African garb for the occasion.

The National African American Read-In at the Whitehaven Center welcomed adjunct faculty and civil rights pioneer Bertha Rodgers Looney as a special guest. She dressed in African garb for the occasion.

More than 125 students listened to James Weldon Johnson sing Lift Every voice and Sing at the opening of the 26th National African American Read-In at the Whitehaven Center Feb. 25. This was Southwest’s 15th year to celebrate the event established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to promote diversity in literature. Administrators, faculty, and staff joined students across the College in reading a broad spectrum of genres by African American authors. Students in the sciences chose to read biographical information on distinguished African Americans scientists, biologists, and inventors. The Read-In took place on the Union Avenue and Macon Cove campuses, and at the Whitehaven, Gill and Maxine Smith centers. This year’s national Read-In paid tribute to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History.


ImagineU info session reveals rewarding, competitive entrepreneurship program

Mike Hoffmeyer, Luiz Saucedo and Rory Thomas

“The professional, working world will not treat you with kid gloves,” explained Mike Hoffmeyer, Director of the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship that hosts the ImagineU program. “I have confidence in each and every one of you to succeed if you are willing to do the work. You will get out of it what you put into it.”  Hoffmeyer informed and inspired students attending the ImagineU Information and Panel Discussion recently in the Bert Bornblum Library Auditorium at the Macon Cove Campus... Read the full article


Tips on how to protect your property from damaging floods

By Randy Hutchinson, President of the BBB
(Reprinted from The Jackson Sun)

Flooding caused by recent heavy rains has forced people to evacuate their homes and schools to close. It prompted the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) to issue an alert suggesting Tennesseans familiarize themselves with flood insurance coverage... Read the full article


Civil rights legend Bertha Rodgers Looney honored with Share the Love Award

Bertha Rogers Looney accepts the Share the Love Award from Malinda Wade. Pictured with them are: Professor Valetta Brinson, Assistant Professor of Business and Legal Studies Joanitha Barnes, Dr. LaDonna Young, and Professor Levi Frazier.

Bertha Rogers Looney accepts the Share the Love Award from Malinda Wade. Pictured with them are: Professor Valetta Brinson, Assistant Professor of Business and Legal Studies Joanitha Barnes, Dr. LaDonna Young, and Professor Levi Frazier.

Bertha Rodgers Looney made history when she and seven other African American students walked onto the University of Memphis (then Memphis State University) campus in the fall of 1959. They were the first African Americans to integrate the College and collectively came to be known as the Memphis State Eight... Read the full article


Shelby County Schools hosts inaugural Senior Night at Southwest

SCS Bilingual Communications and Outreach Coordinator Talia Palacio, White Station High School senior Cameron Allen and his mother, Cathy, at SCS Senior Night inside the Nabors Gymnasium.

SCS Bilingual Communications and Outreach Coordinator Talia Palacio, White Station High School senior Cameron Allen and his mother, Cathy, at SCS Senior Night inside the Nabors Gymnasium.

Southwest faculty, staff and students enjoyed meeting more than 200 Shelby County high school seniors and their families Feb. 20 at Senior Night on the Macon Cove Campus.  Shelby County Schools (SCS) hosted the event at Southwest for the first time. It was the second time SCS held the event at a college... Read the full article


Southwest Alumni Association accepting nominations for Alumnus of the Year

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for the Alumnus of the Year award. The award is given to an outstanding alumnus who has significantly contributed to his/her community or achieved distinction in his/her profession, business, lifework or other worthy endeavors... Read the full article


Radiologic Technology program showcases new digital imaging equipment

Pictured inside one of the new radiology labs are: Allied Health Sciences Chair Osborne Burks, President Tracy D. Hall, program coordinator Tracy Freeman Jones, clinic coordinator Delores Thomas-Boland, senior students Carrie Ross and Colin Mattix, and instructor Emily Stinson.

Pictured inside one of the new radiology labs are: Allied Health Sciences Chair Osborne Burks, President Tracy D. Hall, program coordinator Tracy Freeman Jones, clinic coordinator Delores Thomas-Boland, senior students Carrie Ross and Colin Mattix, and instructor Emily Stinson.

The Radiologic Technology program showcased.  Guests were given a tour of four labs inside the Allied Health Sciences building on the Union Avenue Campus that were upgraded with cutting-edge technology designed to equip students to enter the workforce with a scientific knowledge of today’s advanced technologies... Read the full article


Project M.O.S.T. honors students at annual academic awards ceremony

By Project M.O.S.T. Staff

The 2019 Project M.O.S.T. student award recipients.

The 2019 Project M.O.S.T. student award recipients

Scholarship, resilience, and service were celebrated at the 7th annual Men in Black Awards ceremony Feb. 8 at Farris Auditorium.  Hosted by Project M.O.S.T., 109 awards were presented to members in recognition of their academic achievements and community service... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: Skip the lines. Advise online!

Attention Saluqis:  Did you know you can be advised from the comfort of your home or on the go via your laptop, tablet or mobile phone?  You can!  The Advising Office offers online advising to ease the guidance process and cut down on the wait time... Read the full article


CAREER SERVICES CORNER: C.H. Robinson intern Roderick Jones lands position

Career Services Director Brenda Williams and staff present Career Services Corner, a periodic column spotlighting student interns, employment opportunities, new partnerships, special events and other career-related news.

Accounting major Rodrick Jones

Accounting major Rodrick Jones

The inaugural column features intern Rodrick Jones, a business major who recently completed a paid internship with Fortune 500 company C.H. Robinson... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER

Southwest Saluqi basketball wraps up season with awards

Another Saluqi basketball season is in the books. There are several reasons to believe that the future is bright in terms of accomplishments and awards... Read the full article


Southwest softball team starts season with best ever overall record

Softball Team Photo

By March 1, the Southwest softball team was off to its best start ever with a 15-2 overall record. The win total already matched the number of games won all last year. The Lady Saluqis had won all 13 non-conference games and split a four-game conference series with Motlow State to open conference play... Read the full article


Tennessee Small Business Development Center to host SBDC Day

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center will celebrate SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Day, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., March 20 at the Whitehaven Center.

Aspiring and emerging small business owners, and students interested in starting their own business are invited to attend the free event to learn more about the free resources offered by SBDCs... Read the full article


TSU offers full scholarship for transfer students

You’ve worked hard, successfully completed your associate’s degree at Southwest, and are ready to further your education.

For Southwest students interested in obtaining a 4-year degree, Tennessee State University (TSU) offers the Community College Graduate Scholarship to students who obtained an associate degree with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25... Read the full article


Upward Bound students celebrate National TRIO Day for Black History Month

Upward Bound attendees at Southwest Upward Bound’s National Trio Day celebration: Clockwise: Adjunct Professor Michael Rounds and Dr. Glenda Alexander; UB Counselor Ompie Nelson, Office Supervisor Marie Thomas and Director Ouida Warren; Southwest UB alumni; and students, families and guests.

Upward Bound attendees at Southwest Upward Bound’s National Trio Day celebration: (clockwise) Adjunct Professor Michael Rounds and Dr. Glenda Alexander; UB Counselor Ompie Nelson, Office Supervisor Marie Thomas and Director Ouida Warren; Southwest UB alumni; and students, families and guests.

Southwest Upward Bound (UB) alumni, staff, students and families celebrated National TRIO Day Feb. 23 at our Union Avenue Campus with student presentations on Africa-American historical figures and celebrities in honor of Black History Month. The newly formed TRIO Alumni group hosted more than 50 families with A Taste of Southwest lunch for their first community service project. There are 105 students from five Memphis area high schools (Douglass, Hamilton, Manassas, Trezevant and Martin Luther King Preparatory Academy) in Upward Bound, one of several Federal TRIO programs offering educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation students. Shelby County School Board member Miska Clay Bibbs also recognized Southwest’s 20-year Upward Bound partnership with the school system at a school board meeting Feb. 26.


Southwest: In the News

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


Important Dates

March 19

Saluqi Clean Up Day

This is a great opportunity for Tennessee Promise students to earn their community service hours and for non-TNP students to get involved and give back to our campus community. We would love to have as many students as possible. Sign up at the Saluqi Success Hub in the B Building at the Union Avenue Campus (outside of the Saluqi Den), or the Macon Avenue Campus (Between the B and C wings in the Academic Building) or email studentdevelopment@southwest.tn.edu. See the event flyer for more information.

March 28

• Community Relations Ambassadors Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Macon Cove Campus, Bornblum Library

Join the Ambassadors to celebrate their first year. RSVP to kikroboth@southwest.tn.edu.


• Lunch and Learn: Financial Literacy

  • Noon. -1 p.m.
  • Whitehaven Center

Orion Federal Credit Union will provide information on savings and purchasing a home.

Register to attend at: https://deit.southwest.tn.edu/training/sections/2929/

April 11

• Spark the Dream Entrepreneurship Event

April 26

• Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon

  • 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Gymnasium


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