September 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

 

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dear Colleagues:

Happy New Year!  Welcome to another school year as we continue to transform the student experience and foster student success.

Fruits of our labor continue to emerge.  For example, fall enrollment is up for a second consecutive year with a 2.2 percent increase over last year’s banner year that snapped a seven-year decline in enrollment.  We are privileged to welcome 9,318 Saluqis to campus this fall.  That’s 204 additional students over last year’s enrollment. Awesome!.. Read the full article


2018 Fall Convocation features Focus 2020 debut

The 2017 – 2018 academic year opened with laughter and applause as faculty and staff enjoyed the “Still Together 901” video featuring senior staff pantomiming the 1970’s hit song “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead... Read the full article

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Southwest students shine at Siemens

by Robert Jackson

(L-R) Brenda Williams, Southwest Director of Career Services; David Bohannon, Siemens; Courtney Ward, Southwest; Jacqueline Faulkner, Southwest VP of Student Affairs; Asia Watkins, Intern; Rashad Williams, Intern; Javon Byers, Intern; and Dr. Robin Cole, Southwest Dean of Business and Career Services.

(L-R) Brenda Williams, Southwest Director of Career Services; David Bohannon, Siemens; Courtney Ward, Southwest; Jacqueline Faulkner, Southwest VP of Student Affairs; Asia Watkins, Intern; Rashad Williams, Intern; Javon Byers, Intern; and Dr. Robin Cole, Southwest Dean of Business and Career Services.

In a small non-descript office park located in Bartlett lies the Memphis branch of a world-wide leader in integrated technology where three talented Southwest students were afforded the opportunity to intern.... Read the full article


September is Suicide Prevention Month

by Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Every 15 minutes a person in the United States dies by suicide.  September is Suicide Prevention Month to bring awareness to this tragic event that also is the leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds.  Half of college students report experiencing suicidal ideation, also known as suicidal thinking, at some point in their life... Read the full article


State of Tennessee Auto Liability Program issues new procedure

State of Tennessee employees involved in an auto accident while driving a state vehicle, rental, or their personal vehicle while in the course of their state employment are to report the accident to the State of Tennessee Auto Accident Call Center at 1-855-253-0629 and take the following steps... Read the full article


Welcome aboard

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


Sept. 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sept. 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

RETIREMENT: Garry Spencer, Electrical Engineering Professor, retires after 40 years

by Daphne J. Thomas

Garry Spencer retired Sept. 18, 2018, nearly 40 years to the day that he stepped on campus armed with a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a desire to make a difference through teaching. He says if he hasn’t learned anything over those years, he has learned this: I believe that teaching is one of those rare professions where practitioners can invest themselves in the lives of others and see a return on their investment in the form of personal success for those whose lives they touch.

Garry Spencer

If his career accomplishments are any indication, Spencer has learned plenty over the years and so have the thousands of students who sat in his classes. Since joining the faculty of State Technical Institute at Memphis Sept. 15, 1978, Spencer has served as a faculty member, program coordinator of Electrical Engineering Technology and chair of the Technologies department. He was named Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year by the American Technical Education Association in 2007 and is a four-time recipient of Memphis Joint Engineers Council’s Featured Engineer of the Year award... Read the full article


Southwest Tennessee Community College has $126.6 million impact on the Mid-South

Community reaps $6.90 for every dollar invested in the college in 2016-2017 according to new economic impact study.

Memphis, TN Aerial View

Results of a recent economic impact study reveal Southwest Tennessee Community College added $126.6 million in annual income to the Mid-South economy in 2016-2017, supporting nearly 2,500 jobs.

Southwest serves over 13,000 credit and noncredit students annually. “The flow of spending through the college, our students and alumni has a significant and positive effect throughout the community,” President Tracy D. Hall said. “But these numbers capture only a small part of what Southwest contributes to Memphis and surrounding communities.  Our biggest impacts are educating residents and serving as a workforce development engine and pipeline.” ... Read the full article


Southwest and T-CAT Memphis presidents announce partnership to enhance local automotive education and training

President Tracy D. Hall debuts $175,000 in new automotive training equipment that elevates Southwest’s curriculum to state-of-the-art

Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy D. Hall and Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis (TCAT-Memphis) President Roland Rayner proudly announced last month a groundbreaking partnership between their respective institutions that makes advanced training in automotive technology more accessible, affordable and effective than ever before... Read the full article.

Roland Rayner, President of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis, and Dr. Tracy D. Hall, President of Southwest Tennessee Community College, sign an articulation agreement that enables TCAT-Memphis students to matriculate to Southwest where they can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology faster and possibly tuition-free with Tennessee Reconnect scholarships. The colleges have agreements in the pipeline that will enable TCAT-Memphis students to transfer credit to Southwest to earn advanced credentials in computer science and nursing.

Roland Rayner, President of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis, and Dr. Tracy D. Hall, President of Southwest Tennessee Community College, sign an articulation agreement that enables TCAT-Memphis students to matriculate to Southwest where they can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology faster and possibly tuition-free with Tennessee Reconnect scholarships. The colleges have agreements in the pipeline that will enable TCAT-Memphis students to transfer credit to Southwest to earn advanced credentials in computer science and nursing.


Regulators land on phony veterans charities

by Randy Hutchinson, Better Business Bureau President

Americans are very generous in supporting charities that serve veterans and servicemembers. Unfortunately, con artists exploit their generosity and recent enforcement actions by the FTC and state Attorneys General indicate it’s a big problem.

In July, the FTC, law enforcement officials and charity regulators announced the results of “Operation Donate With Honor.” They took over 100 actions against phony charities that claimed to help homeless and disabled veterans, to provide veterans with employment and mental health counseling, to send care packages to deployed servicemembers, and to provide other forms of assistance... Read the full article


Get ready to SOAR

Tennessee Board of Regents announces new statewide excellence award for students, faculty and staff

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) announced the establishment of the SOAR Awards this month to recognize excellent students, faculty and staff.  TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings also will name a College of the Year based on the recommendation of TBR senior staff who will evaluate TBR institutions.  Awards will be handed out Spring 2019... Read the full article


Saluqi Corner

Cedric Henderson named men’s basketball head coach

Former University of Memphis star and NBA veteran Cedric Henderson is the new head men’s basketball coach, replacing Jerry Nichols who has accepted an assistant coaching position at Tennessee State University. Henderson is no stranger to the Saluqi basketball program, having served as an assistant coach during the 2012-13 season.  He also coached at Trezevant and Wooddale high schools in Memphis... Read the full article

Cedric Henderson

Cedric Henderson

Saluqi Soccer on a roll in second season

Defeat conference rival Columbia State in thrilling double-overtime

The Southwest women's soccer team did not win a single game during its inaugural season last year.  They didn’t score a goal either.  But that did not stop them from hustling on and off the field.  The work is paying off... Read the full article

Caitlan Dew

Caitlan Dew


TBR News

TBR News

Columbia University study concludes Tennessee’s community colleges are ahead of other states’ systems in guided pathways reforms that bolster student success

Tennessee's community colleges are “probably the furthest along in implementing guided pathways reforms” of any community college system in the nation, a new study by Columbia University concludes... Read the full article


Office Supervisor position available at Macon Cove Campus

The Office of the Dean of Humanities seeks an internal candidate for Office Supervisor. This posting is for internal applicants only. Apply online no later than Wednesday, Oct. 3, end of business. Click on the “Connector-Applicants” link. An application tutorial is attached... Read the full article


Southwest opens new Veterans Resource Center on Macon Cove campus

Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy D. Hall proudly cut the ribbon to the new Veterans Resource Center on the Macon Cove campus earlier this month, along with Mike Krause, Tennessee Board of Regents Vice Chancellor for Student Success Heidi Leming and other Southwest officials, alumni and supporters to mark what Krause described as a “wholesale rethinking of (Southwest)” where students are the focus... Read the full article

Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy D. Hall and Southwest alumnus and former president of the Southwest Student Veterans Organization Adonis Daniels cut the ribbon on the new Veterans Support Center on the Macon Cove campus, along with other Southwest officials and supporters.

Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy D. Hall and Southwest alumnus and former president of the Southwest Student Veterans Organization Adonis Daniels cut the ribbon on the new Veterans Support Center on the Macon Cove campus, along with other Southwest officials and supporters.


Human Resources presents Lunch and Learn Series

by Iliana Ricelli, Associate Vice President for Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to begin providing professional development workshops for all employees at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

We will launch a Lunch and Learn Series beginning next month that is designed to help Southwest employees sharpen their skills.  Sessions are noon – 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays on the Union campus in Parrish Building, Room 101, and Thursdays at Macon Cove in the Bornblum Library, Room ML245... Read the full article


Shop at the Nike Employee Store

Southwest employees are invited to enjoy great discounts on Nike apparel at the Nike Company Store Sept. 30-Oct. 8.  The Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action has negotiated for faculty and staff to receive a pass good for one visit during the week... Read the full article


Study Abroad seeks liaison applicants

Deadline to apply is Oct. 31

The International Studies Department is now accepting applications for International Studies Liaisons for the 2019 Study Abroad programs.  Deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2018. The Study Abroad program will travel to England, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Greece, South Africa, and Peru May 6-14, 2019... Read the full article

Study Abroad seeks liaison applicants

Refine your spoken Spanish skills at Mesa de Conversación

Southwest students, faculty, and staff who would like to practice their spoken Spanish skills are invited to the Mesa de Conversación (Spanish conversation table) the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.

Languages and Literature Department Head Thad Cockrill says participants will hold informal conversations in Spanish over lunch under the direction of members of the Spanish faculty.  “You don’t have to be fluent, just willing to participate,” Cockrill said.  “The goal is to foster ease of spoken Spanish in a relaxed environment.”

Mesa de Conversación will take place at various restaurants.  Contact the Languages and Literature Department at 901-333-5208 for updates.

Students from several Spanish classes enjoy lunch and polite foreign language conversation at a recent Mesa de Conversación with professors Rachel Mixson and Patricia Ward at La Playita Mexican Restaurant near the Macon Cove campus.


Important Dates

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saluqi Soccer vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast

  • St. George's Independent School
  • 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Free flu shots at the Benefits Fair

Friday, September 28, 2018

Free flu shots at the Benefits Fair

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saluqi Soccer vs. St. Louis

  • St. George's Independent School
  • 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Career Transition Group The Networking Roundtable

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Compliance Carnival

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cybersecurity Careers Webinar – Presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Learn about cyber missions, career opportunities, and the federal hiring application process
  • Online
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Career Services, (901) 333-4180

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Career Fair


Scoop Credits

  • Editor: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Contributing Writers: Daphne Thomas, Robert Jackson, Iliana Ricelli and Julia Rhea
  • Photography: Robert Jackson
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