June 2018 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Message from President
Tracy D. Hall

 

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Greetings, Fellow Southwest Employees:

Our academic and fiscal year have been outstanding. We have experienced increases in enrollment, retention and graduation rates and our financial outlook is positive. Your exceptional work and tireless dedication are reasons why I have the following news to share.

The upcoming fiscal year 2018-19 budget allows for a 2.5 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA)... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

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


Southwest Child Care director presents research in Amsterdam

Early childhood education is fundamental to proper intellectual development and success. Southwest Director of Campus Child Care Programs Dr. Mary Palmer knows this well. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of child care with nearly 40 years served at Southwest.

Felicia Peat, Dr. Shelly Counsell and Dr. Mary  Palmer attend the 48th Annual Jean Piaget Society Meeting in  Amsterdam, Netherlands

Felicia Peat, Dr. Mary Palmer and Dr. Shelly Counsell attend the 48th Annual Jean Piaget Society Meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Governor Phil Bredesen recognized her outstanding contributions in 2010 with the Pioneer Award.  "If you choose a career you love, it will never seem like work,” Dr. Palmer said. “I truly have joy in the workplace and have impacted the lives of many children and families on campus and in the community while employed at Southwest”... Read the full article


Pharmacy technician students reap rewards of giving back

by Robert Jackson, Creative Services Coordinator

From left to right: Students  Monica Hill and Moriah Brown, Chandra Washington, CPhT –Professor, and students  Nomfundo Mfeka and Sierra Clark.

From left to right: Students Monica Hill and Moriah Brown, Professor Chandra Washington, CPhT –Professor, and students Nomfundo Mfeka and Sierra Clark.

Learning is normally considered to take place in a classroom with a professor giving a lecture and the students receiving information.  However, according to Southwest Associate Professor Chandra Washington, anyone can learn anything, anywhere at any time. Southwest Pharmacy Technician students learned this lesson as volunteers at Ronald McDonald House this past spring... Read the full article


Don't miss the year-end close deadlines

by Anita Lockridge, Vice President for Finance and Administration

The fiscal year-end is a busy time for finance departments and Southwest’s is no exception.

Teamwork is essential for the preparation of financial reports. 

Listed below are some important dates related to the College’s year-end close Friday, June 29, 2018... Read the full article

Saluqi Corner

Saluqi Logo

12 Southwest student athletes receive national academic honors

No less than a dozen Saluqis recently received national recognition in honor of their outstanding academic performance. Of the honorees, three are members of the Saluqi Women’s Soccer team that debuted last year.

Hannah McKinley

Hannah McKinley

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) names players who achieve a 3.6 or better grade point average (GPA) to its Academic All-America Team... Read the full article


Stajduhar named Second Team All-TCCAA Softball

Melanie Stajduhar

Melanie Stajduhar

Sophomore first baseman Melanie Stajduhar, one of the top hitters in the history of Southwest softball, was named second team All-TCCAA infielder in a vote by the conference’s coaches. Stajduhar finished the season with a .454 batting average which ranked her third in the TCCAA and the third best all-time in Lady Saluqi history. She also led the team with four home runs, 32 runs batted in, 82 total bases, .631 slugging average and a Southwest-record .510 on-base average... Read the full article


Nobles named Second Team All-TCCAA Baseball

Jacob Nobles

Jacob Nobles

Sophomore shortstop Jacob Nobles, who led the Saluqis’ baseball team in nearly every statistical category this season, was named second team All-TCCAA infielder in a vote by the conference’s coaches. Nobles led the team batting .419 batting with 45 runs batted in (RBIs) and 7 home runs... Read the full article


Public Safety Corner

Fourth of July safety tips

by L.A. Webb, Director for Police Services and Public Safety

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy good food and fun with family and friends. The Fourth of July is one of the most popular summer holidays.  Backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and fireworks are frequent family fun activities to celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence. However, injuries and accidents sometimes come along, too... Read the full article

2018 Commencement full of pomp and circumstance

by Daphne J. Thomas

2018 Commencement

Graduation day holds tremendous significance. Students beam with excitement and accomplishment as proud family and faculty look on, recognizing the rite of passage commencement signifies in each student’s journey.

“Commencement is my favorite day of the school year.  It’s when we see our students take those final steps with us and those first ones into the next phase of their lives,” Hall added.  “It’s so fulfilling to watch that happen and it never gets old.”... Read the full article


Mother and daughter move forward together with continuing education program

By Daphne J. Thomas

African American Read-In coordinator Michael Rounds addresses the diverse crowd of students, faculty and staff

Women Healing Memphis graduates (top row) with WHM partner agency representatives (left to right) Director of Externally Funded Programs Dr. Derek Henson (Southwest), Lori Davis (Urban Strategies), President Tracy D. Hall, Patria Johnson (Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis), Vice President for Continuing Education and Corporate Training Anita Brackin (Southwest), Program Manager Corporate Training/ Continuing Education (Southwest), and EKG Instructor Amy Frye (Southwest).

Education transforms lives and for mother-daughter duo Donna York and Destiny York, they say they can feel the difference after completing the College’s EKG Technician Program.  “I just feel good about myself tonight,” Mom Donna said... Read the full article


Governor selects 2018 Southwest graduate to serve on TSAC board

Sabrina Washington

Governor Bill Haslam earlier this month announced his appointees to serve on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) board of directors and 2018 commencement speaker and graduate Sabrina Washington was among them... Read the full article


Upward Bound students jam with Soulsville alumni

Upward Bound students jam with Soulsville alumni

Upward Bound students sang, danced and made musical memories this summer during a visit to Soulsville. They participated in a jam session at the Stax Museum with former Soulsville students who performed in concert. Upward Bound provides high school students with access to college events and cultural outings to increase their knowledge, awareness and expose them to activities, trips and academic resources.


Title IX Video Contest wraps up with Hollywood-style premiere

by Robert Jackson

Equity and Compliance staff with winning  students and their prizes.  From left to  right:  Stephanie Smith, Administrative  Secretary; Inez Warner, J.D., Associate Director; Pam Saavedra, Program  Specialist; Executive Director Monika Johnson, J.D.; student winners Destiny  Johnson, Caleb Petty and Kiara West.

Equity and Compliance staff with winning students and their prizes.  From left to right:  Stephanie Smith, Administrative Secretary; Inez Warner, J.D., Associate Director; Pam Saavedra, Program Specialist; Executive Director Monika Johnson, J.D.; student winners Destiny Johnson, Caleb Petty and Kiara West.

How do you inform and engage students and other individuals on Title IX?  It is not exactly a “hot” or “trending” topic.  That was the challenge for students who participated in the Title IX Video Contest presented by the Office of Equity and Compliance.

Students walked the red carpet... Read the full article


Important Dates

  • Last Day to Pay Summer II Early Registration Fees - June 29, 2018
  • Registration with payment due begins - July 2, 2018
  • Holiday - Independence Day - July 4, 2018
  • Late Registration With Payment Due - begins July 3, 2017
  • Last Day to Drop Summer II Courses w/100% refund - July, 4, 2018
  • Summer II Classes Begin - July 5, 2018
  • Last Day to Drop Summer II Courses w/ 75% refund - July 11, 2018
  • Last Day to Drop Summer II Courses w/ 25% refund - July 13, 2018
  • Last Day to Withdraw from Summer II with a Grade of “W” - July 25, 2018
  • Last Day of Classes and Final Exams - August 7, 2018

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
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