January 2019 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

Happy New Year!

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

I love the expression “Happy New Year”. So much so, I say it twice a year—during this time and again in the fall at the start of the new school year. New beginnings are a time of reflection, hope and planning... Read the full article


Southwest and TCAT-Memphis celebrate economic impact at 2018 Legislative Luncheon

TCAT-Memphis President Roland Rayner, Carolyn Hardy, and Southwest President Tracy D. Hall at the 2018 Legislative Luncheon.

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Memphis (TCAT-Memphis) co-hosted this year’s legislative luncheon, “Together Mid-South,” on Nov. 19 at Southwest’s Whitehaven Center.  Southwest President Tracy D. Hall and TCAT-Memphis President Roland Rayner jointly celebrated the progress and achievements of their respective institutions as a way to show the community how “they are better together.”... Read the full article


Prospective students learn why Southwest is “Your Best Choice” at Campus Day 2018

Southwest Ambassador Josue Flores guides prospective students and their families on a Macon Cove Campus tour for Campus Day. .

More than 200 prospective students from area high schools, along with their family members, braved unseasonably cold weather to learn more about Southwest programs and activities during the annual Campus day Nov. 10.

Southwest President Dr. Tracy Hall welcomed the students in Nabors Auditorium with an introduction to the day’s events and a message of reflection. “Today you will learn about our campus life and the many programs we have that will prepare you for work,” she said. “You have begun your journey to the rest of your life and we are excited that you are considering us to be a part of the Saluqi family.”... Read the full article


Fuel for Finals nourishes students taking winter finals

Emma Osborne looked forward to <q>Fuel for Finals</q> each day. <q>You guys are really helping students by supplying all the caffeine that we need,</q>said Osborne.

Fuel for Finals, is one of the myriad ways the SSP encourages and supports students. The 4-day event, Dec. 10-13, nourished students both physically and emotionally. Free snacks, breakfast and lunch were provided to students studying for winter finals at the SSP Hubs. In addition to providing food, a poster for well-wishes allowed students to write messages of encouragement to their fellow classmates. Student remarks revealed how beneficial and meaningful the event was to them... Read the full article


Monika Johnson named special assistant to the president

Monika L. Johnson

President Tracy D. Hall named former Equity and Compliance Executive Director Monika L. Johnson Special Assistant to the President, effective Sept. 1, 2018.

Johnson joined Southwest June 2016 after serving two years as Contracts Administrator and Assistant County Attorney for Shelby County Government and Chief Ethics Officer for the City of Memphis 2011 – 2014. Prior to that, she served as EEO/Equity and Contract Compliance Officer for Shelby County Schools and has amassed more than 20 years of experience practicing law... Read the full article


Sindy Abadie named special assistant to the vice president, Academic Affairs

Sindy Abadie

Sindy Abadie began her career as an adjunct 14 years ago and was promoted to full time instructor a year later. Since then, she has served as a Business and Legal Studies associate professor and most recently as Achieving the Dream Director and co-chair of the Student Success Council... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Bev Johnson to make history as Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame inductee

Bev Johnson

Southwest adjunct faculty, veteran radio personality and WDIA host Bev Johnson is poised to join such prestigious broadcasting luminaries as Rufus Thomas, Nat D. Williams, Dewey Phillips, and George Klein this August when she is inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.  She will be the first African-American woman so honored... Read the full article


Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert retires January 31

Karen Nippert

Karen Nippert has devoted more than three decades of her professional life to garnering financial support for Southwest Tennessee Community College students and initiatives.  During her tenure as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation, the college raised millions of dollars to support scholarships, programs, activities and the construction of campus facilities, most notably the Nursing, Natural Sciences & Biotechnology building on the Union Avenue campus and the Bert Bornblum Library on the Macon Cove campus... Read the full article


RETIREMENT: Barbara Wells, registrar

Barbara Wells

Southwest Registrar Barbara Wells is registering for retirement! After 44 years of dedicated service to the college, Wells will be trading in student class schedules for a more flexible schedule of her own effective Dec. 21, 2018. Prior to becoming registrar, Wells served as director of records... Read the full article


Southwest opens new location at UT Martin - Somerville Center

The University of Tennessee at Martin Somerville Center is Southwest’s newest location and renewed foray into providing local courses to Fayette County residents.  The Somerville Center features an office and reception area, two classrooms and access to a computer lab for Southwest students.  Southwest will offer six courses this semester and students wishing to complete coursework through both institutions will be able to transfer courses and share financial aid as needed... Read the full article


President Hall elected to lead TBR Presidents' Council

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Southwest is proud to announce the appointment of President Tracy D. Hall as the 2019 President of the Tennessee Board of Regents’ (TBR) Presidents’ Council.

Dr. Hall was elected by Tennessee community college presidents to represent community colleges across the state. Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Jackson and Whiteville President Jeff Sisk was elected by the technical colleges as their representative... Read the full article


Holiday open house showcases faculty and staff holiday spirit

President Tracy D. Hall stands among a field of donated items for the Mid-South Food Bank at the annual holiday open house.

Faculty and staff feasted at several buffet tables catered by Southwest culinary arts students at the annual holiday open house Dec. 5. at the Macon Cove Campus... Read the full article

Enjoy photos from the 2018 Holiday Open House!


Saluqi Success Pathway (SSP) Hubs serve as lifelines for Southwest students

SSP Video at Youtube

Click here to view our new Saluqi Success Pathway video!

Going to college for the first time can be challenging and even scary. Whether you are a high school senior, a home-schooler, or an adult learner returning after years in the workforce, often there are more questions than answers – “What am I going to major in?”, “Where can I find a computer lab?”, “How do I check my grades?”, “Where is the advising office?”, “How do I get a mentor?”, etc. The Saluqi Success Pathway (SSP) Hubs are lifelines that connect Southwest students to the value-added resources the college offers and to some much-needed answers... Read the full article


HR CORNER: First preretirement seminar is coming soon

The prospect of retiring can seem daunting for many people. It is a life-changing transition that requires prudent planning. If you are thinking about retirement, you don’t have to make decisions alone. Coming soon, eligible employees will be invited to attend an Inaugural Preretirement Seminar presented by Human Resources. The seminar will focus on issues relevant to retirement planning and will include topics on benefits after retirement, health insurance, retirement income benefits, Social Security, and Medicare. Eligible employees will soon receive an email invitation from the department on the details of the event. Stay tuned!


Mental Health Corner: Why weight loss as a new year’s resolution can harm your mental health

By Julia Rhea

Julia Rhea

If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to another year that will surely be filled with more laughs, memories and ambitions than the previous one! The new year holiday marks a time for celebration and refocus. Many see the beginning of January as a time to set new goals and adopt new mindsets. A common New Year’s resolution is to meet a weight loss goal or lose a significant amount of weight. While this mindset can be constructive and motivational, an obsession over meeting this resolution or adhering to a certain body image may be harmful to your mental health... Read the full article


STAFF KUDOS: Executive Assistant to the President Sherman Greer elected to Memphis City Council

Sherman Greer

Congratulations to Sherman Greer on his recent appointment to occupy the District 1 seat on the Memphis City Council.

Councilperson Patrice Robinson nominated Greer for the post Jan. 8 and the Council immediately voted and swore him into service.  Greer replaces Bill Morrison to represent the Cordova, Frayser and Raleigh communities... Read the full article


Students celebrate Southwest Leadership Institute completion

Southwest President Tracy D. Hall (center) joins the group of completers from Southwest’s 2018 Leadership Institute.

“Thank you for your hard work and dedication toward building a better you as both a student and leader in the community,” heralded Student Development Director Phoenix Worthy in his opening remarks at the Southwest Leadership Institute Reception Nov. 13... Read the full article


Institutional Effectiveness and Equity and Compliance announce new leadership

Special Assistant to the President Monika L. Johnson has restructured the Institutional Effectiveness and Equity and Compliance offices, promoting the following Southwest employees to leadership positions within the newly reorganized departments... Read the full article


New Year's resolution tips on new gym memberships

(Reprinted from the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org).

For many, the new year signals a time to begin a healthy lifestyle.  Weight loss reduction and increasing one’s physical activity are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  If you are thinking about joining a gym, there are several things you should know before signing a gym membership contract.  Consider these helpful tips from the BBB in selecting the best gym for your needs... Read the full article


Farewell: Retiree Vera Jane Williams

Vera Jane Williams

Southwest mourns the loss of retiree Vera Jane Williams who passed away Nov. 25, 2018, due to an extended illness.  Known as “Miss Vera” to those who worked with her, Williams was a Southwest employee for over 15 years.  She worked as a preschool teacher at the Child Care Programs until her retirement in September 2017... Read the full article


Southwest to host 26th National African American Read-In Feb. 25

Set your watches (or cell phones) for noon Feb. 25, the designated time Southwest will celebrate the 26th National African American Read-In. The Read-In will take place at the Union Ave. and Macon Cove campuses, and the Whitehaven, Gill and Maxine Smith centers... Read the full article


The Diversity Club and Club of the Arts to honor Memphis State Eight pioneer Bertha Rogers Looney Feb. 7

Bertha Rogers Looney

Southwest’s Diversity Club and Club of the Arts will present civil rights student pioneer Bertha Rogers Looney with the Sharing the Love Award Feb. 7. The award ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the M-Auditorium on the Union Ave. Campus, Room 109... Read the full article


Southwest chosen to debut LaunchCode’s first free computer programming courses in Tennessee

Careers in technology have historically been reserved to those with a four-year degree in computer science or a related field.  Thanks to a partnership between LaunchCode and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the Union Avenue Campus will be home to LaunchCode’s LC101 free computer programming courses Monday and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. beginning Feb. 4, making Southwest the first Tennessee school to offer the program.  LC101 is a free, part-time, 20-week class available to students of all ages interested in learning technology skills, including coding, web development and other career-oriented expertise... Read the full article


Southwest Foundation celebrates generosity and student success at holiday reception

Attendees listen as Dr. Tracy Hall welcomes sponsors, donors, students and guests inside the lobby of the Bornblum Library at the 2018 Southwest Foundation holiday reception.

Southwest offers a variety of student-centered financial and academic support.  The Southwest Foundation was established more than 18 years ago to help those students who need financial assistance... Read the full article


Southwest achieves medical device finishing first

Southwest is offering a new medical device finishing course with embedded national credentials and an accelerated Technical Certificate in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Operations at its Macon Campus.  The new program, launched in August 2018, is he first in the region to offer national credentials.  Developed through a $662,000 Department of Labor America’s Promise MOVE-HIRE grant, the program targets underrepresented individuals with tuition-free skills training... Read the full article


Saluqi Corner

Saluqi Basketball enters 2019 among top-ranked TCCAA teams

The Saluqi men and women are off to a promising start this season. The Saluqis are 7-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play, placing them second in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference. They are led by Cedric Henderson Jr. who ranks 3rd in the conference with 18.2 points per game, 10th in steals with 1.9 per game and 7th in three-point shooting percentage at 44.8. Other TCCAA statistical leaders are J'Sebian Brown at No. 4, shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line, ... Read the full article


Former All-American Ashley Shields inducted into Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame

Ashley Shields receives her Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame plaque at the Hilton Memphis.

Former Southwest basketball All-American Ashley Shields, who in 2007 was the first WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) player drafted from a community college, was inducted into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony Dec. 3 at the Hilton Hotel.

Inductees into the sports hall of fame are recognized for their influence and contributions to the success of their sport.  The award ceremony brings attention to the value of amateur sports in the Memphis metro area... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

(L-R): New hires David Aguilar-Vazquez, D'George Shoddie, Sean Bradley, Latoya Stingley, Fatima Wynn, SaTonya Cox, and Amy Densford

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


STAFF KUDOS: Robert Jackson named Maxine Smith Fellow

Robert Jackson

Interim Marketing and Communications Director Robert Jackson has been named a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) 2018-2019 Maxine Smith Fellow!

Jackson joins 9 other Fellows representing college and university faculty and staff in a year-long journey to enhance their leadership and career development... Read the full article


CMT’S Empowering Education initiative seeks to encourage residents to pursue higher education

CMT, the leading country music and lifestyle channel, announced last month that it is joining forces with Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to launch Empowering Education, an initiative that includes a multi-city concert tour targeting rural areas of Tennessee this spring to encourage Tennesseans to pursue higher education... Read the full article


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

Tuesday, January 14-17, 2019


Student Development: Welcome Week

Friday, January 18, 2019

• Men/Women Saluqis Basketball vs. Volunteer State C.C.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

• Men/Women Saluqis Basketball vs. Motlow State C.C.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sharing the Love Award Ceremony : Sponsored by the Diversity Club and the Club of the Arts (Honoring the life and legacy of SW Alumna and member of the Memphis State Eight, Bertha Rogers Looney)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Project M.O.S.T. 7th Annual Men in Black Awards Ceremony

February 15–17 and 22–24, 2019

Imagination a play by Southwest professor Levi Frazier Jr.

  • Union Avenue Campus, Verties Sails Building, Theater (Room 113)
  • Friday Dates are 12:30 p.m., Saturday dates are 7 p.m., and Sunday dates are 3 p.m.
  • An augmented reality presentation of the works of Wheatley and Pushkin will be on exhibit at the Bert Bornblum and Parrish libraries prior to and during the run of the show.



Scoop Credits

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