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May-June 2020 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


FROM THE PRESIDENT

Thank you

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

To the Class of 2020: Congratulations on your wonderful achievement! You have persevered through late night study sessions, early morning classes, pop quizzes, final exams and COVID-19. You have quite a story to tell! The hurdles you have faced and overcome have prepared you for the world that awaits you beyond COVID-19. I am truly proud.... Read the full article


President Tracy D. Hall serves on national ATD panel

Southwest President Dr. Tracy D. Hall was tapped to serve on  Achieving the Dream’s first in-network webinar featuring a conversation with presidents, CEOs and chancellors of ATD Network institutions... Read the full article


Welcome aboard, new team members

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


Mental Health Corner: Tips to avoid burnout during summer semester

Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Southwest students, spring semester has finally come to an end. And what a semester it has been! You all had to be flexible and adjust your schedules to a new way of life due to the Coronavirus pandemic. That was not an easy feat, but you did it. You overcame the obstacles that were in front of you, and you now deserve a much needed break... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Julia Rhea selected 2020 Field Instructor of the Year

Julia Rhea, Southwest Mental Health Counselor

Southwest’s Mental Health Counselor Julia Rhea is the recipient of the 2020 Field Instructor of the Year from the University of Memphis Department of Social Work. The award was presented in a virtual reception hosted by the department on April 17... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Dr. Robert J. Walker publishes textbook on effective teachers

Professor of Education Dr. Robert J. Walker

Congratulations to Professor of Education Dr. Robert J. Walker on publishing the third edition of his book, 12 Characteristics of an Effective Teacher. The book is taught as a supplemental textbook in the course EDUC1010 Introduction at Southwest... Read the full article


U.S. Census deadline extended to October 31 due to COVID-19

Have you completed the 2020 U.S. Census? If not, there is still time. Due to COVID-19, the U.S. Census Bureau has extended the deadline to October 31, 2020... Read the full article


COVID-19: Retrieving office mail from campus

Southwest Tennessee Community College locations remain closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Limited access is provided for select employees who are designated to collect postal mail for their offices. Please note: If you have not been designated to retrieve mail, you will not be allowed to retrieve mail on campus... Read the full article


COVID-19 scams targeting college students

By Ari Lazarus
Consumer Education Specialist
Reprinted from the Federal Trade Commission
May 27, 2020

Hey college students: even though you’re likely far from campus, scammers are still trying to find you.

Maybe you or your friends have gotten an email claiming to be from the “Financial Department” of your university. The email tells you to click on a link to get a message about your COVID-19 economic stimulus check... Read the full article


Department of Education changes CARES Act student relief eligibility requirements

The United States Congress in March passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to eligible students negatively impacted by COVID-19. The CARES Act allocates funding for university and college students to offset expenses related to campus... Read the full article


Outstanding students honored at first virtual Honors Convocation

Congratulations to all the honorees of the 2020 Honors Convocation! This time-honored academic tradition celebrates the outstanding achievements, leadership and service of Southwest students. Although the College was not able to celebrate in person due to COVID-19, the students’ hard work and honorable distinctions have... Read the full article


TBR to use multiple measures for learning support placement

In response to COVID-19, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is piloting the use of multiple measures for learning support placement for summer and fall 2020 semesters. This means that a student’s placement in college level courses will be based on the “best score” across multiple measures. These measures include ACT/SAT score... Read the full article


Elections held for SGA and CAB student representatives

Congratulations to the newly elected representatives of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Campus Activity Board (CAB), who will serve during the 2020-2021 academic year... Read the full article


Languages and literature department hosts inaugural student poetry contest

The Languages and Literature department has, for many years, recognized National Poetry Month in April by inviting a celebrated poet to campus to read from his or her work and usually conduct a poetry-writing workshop. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the college was closed... Read the full article


Recruitment hosts live admissions sessions

When the Coronavirus pandemic moved college operations online, the office of Recruitment decided to hold virtual information sessions to make the admissions process a convenient way for incoming students to stay informed and engaged... Read the full article


TSBDC assists small businesses seeking SBA disaster loans

It has been said that small businesses are the economic backbone of our country. Never has this become more abundantly clear than today with the crippling attack of the Coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s small businesses and economy... Read the full article

 

Career Services goes virtual to connect students, alumni and employers

Congratulations to the Career Services staff for their successful launch of Southwest’s inaugural Virtual Career and Internship Fair held April 1-12.  Their hard work garnered national recognition by Achieving the Dream in ATD’s weekly... Read the full article


IAC Innovation Grant application extended to June 30

Have you been thinking about new ways Southwest can reflect its mission and goals? Do you have an innovative idea which can positively impact your department? You can put your ideas into action with help from the Institutional Affairs Council (IAC) Grant Fund... Read the full article


Free online continuing education courses offered through June 30

Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions is offering ten free continuing education (non-credit) classes through June 30 for anyone, anywhere who is interested in developing business and management skills. These self-paced courses, geared for personal and professional improvement, provide immediate access to lessons and materials with up to three months to complete... Read the full article


Tears and cheers at first-ever Curbside Cap & Tassel Pick Up event

A happy graduate ready to receive her mortar board and tassel at the 2020 Curbside Cap & Tassel Pick-Up event.

A happy graduate ready to receive her mortar board and tassel at the 2020 Curbside Cap & Tassel Pick-Up event.

Mother Nature showed up in full force with a deluge of rain, but that did not stop Spring 2020 graduates from coming out to pick up their mortar boards and tassels at Southwest’s first Curbside Cap & Tassel Pick-Up event May 12. ... Read the full article


Forensics and criminal justice students compete in first SkillsUSA state competition

Southwest students and SkillsUSA advisors at the 2020 SkillsUSA Statewide Competition: Criminal Justice Club Advisor Rosalyn McGhee, criminal justice student Miesha Wiggins, forensics student Alex Workman, criminal justice student James Rhyme, forensics student Hunter Ward, forensics student Dorothy Johnson, Forensics Advisor Dr. Juliann Waits, and SkillsUSA Campus Advisor Joanitha Barnes.

Southwest students and SkillsUSA advisors at the 2020 SkillsUSA Statewide Competition: Criminal Justice Club Advisor Rosalyn McGhee, criminal justice student Miesha Wiggins, forensics student Alex Workman, criminal justice student James Rhyme, forensics student Hunter Ward, forensics student Dorothy Johnson, Forensics Advisor Dr. Juliann Waits, and SkillsUSA Campus Advisor Joanitha Barnes.

Crime scene investigation has become a popular genre on television. For Southwest forensics students, their true-to-life drama unfolded in a contest that tested their theoretical knowledge and industry skills at the first post-secondary SkillsUSA State Competition on March 5, 2020... Read the full article


Retention & Student Success welcomes IDEAS team members

IDEAS Logo

Meet the new team members of the Title III: IDEAS (Inclusive Design for Equity in Academic Success) Grant project! We look forward to seeing their redesign of the student experience at Southwest and in bringing about an equitable and successful learning environment for all students... Read the full article


Virtual Spring Fling brings students together while apart

One by one Southwest students showed up, and the chatter began to grow with comments such as “love this”, “cool”, and “this is my favorite song”, during the first-ever Virtual Spring Fling hosted by the office of Student Development on April 16, 2020... Read the full article


Southwest’s TRIO graduates are “Upward Bound” for college

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 graduating high school seniors who participated in Southwest’s TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound program. We salute your determination to stay the course and rise above your circumstances to... Read the full article


ALUMNI NEWS: Former Lady Saluqi Ashley Shields new Arlington High girls basketball head coach

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

Ashley Shields receives her Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame plaque at the Hilton Memphis in 2018.

Former All-American Lady Saluqi Ashley Shields made history in 2007 as the first-ever community college player drafted into the WNBA. She won a title with Detroit a year later and went on to enjoy a professional career in Israel, Slovokia, and Poland for nearly a decade. Today, she is the new head coach of the Arlington High Lady Tigers basketball team in Arlington, TN... Read the full article


Athletics department to pay tribute to health care heroes

Do you know of a former student-athlete who is now working as a front line health care professional? The athletics department would like to pay tribute to those special alumni on the College’s athletic website... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER: Saluqis conquer academic goals in spite of COVID-19

The 2020 season for Southwest’s baseball and softball teams was cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic, but it did not derail student-athletes from continuing their education.

Although a difficult time for both coaches and players, many decisions were made in light of an uncertain future. Sophomore players were hit particularly hard regarding which direction to take as some will continue their education ... Read the full article


Southwest: In the News

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



Scoop Credits

  • Editor-in-Chief: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Editors: Diana Fedinec, Director of Public Relations and Media, and Suzanne Gibson, Director of Community Programs & Engagement
  • Chief Contributors: Diana Fedinec
  • Contributing Writers: Julia Rhea, Mental Health Counselor
  • Photography: Diana Fedinec and Robert Jackson, Director of Marketing
  • Graphics: Detric Stanciel, Graphic Designer and Clint Norwood, Webmaster
  • Design and Layout: Clint Norwood, Webmaster