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January/February 2021 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


We are the community’s college

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

The mission, reach and impact of community colleges are fundamental, yet responsive and evolving. Community colleges were established to provide greater access to higher education and at a lower cost. Today, the role of community colleges is expanding exponentially due to the pandemic, the information technology revolution and the growing awareness of the prevalence and devastating impact of social injustice in our country and world.... Read the full article

President Tracy D. Hall elected to SACSCOC Board of Trustees

Congratulations to Southwest Tennessee Community College President Tracy D. Hall on her election to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ... Read the full article

Greene to serve as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration

Effective April 1, 2021, Southwest Tennessee Community College Budget and Financial Planning Director Sherry Greene will serve as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration... Read the full article

Telehealth, food boxes available to students in need

Southwest’s Department of Counseling and Social Services has widened its network of community resources to include two new partnerships that will provide currently enrolled... Read the full article

FAFSA filing deadlines extended; Early filers win $250 book scholarships

FAFSA filing deadlines extended; Early filers win $250 book scholarships

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission/Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation has extended the Tennessee Promise FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid ... Read the full article

Chef Leake dishes out favorite eats on News Channel 3

Chef Steven leake

Chef Steven leake

Looking for easy and delicious recipes, but not sure where to start? Southwest’s culinary and hospitality management instructor Chef Steven Leake will have you craving and creating unique dinners ... Read the full article

The Taste is still cooking with curbside take-out

The Taste is still cooking with curbside take-out

Things are still cooking at the Taste at Southwest cafeteria! Although you cannot dine in, you can take out delicious food.. Read the full article

Southwest wins prestigious national Bellwether Award

Southwest wins prestigious national Bellwether Award

Bellwether Consortium officials during the virtual 27th Annual Community College Futures Assembly Jan. 26 recognized Southwest Tennessee Community College as the top college in its Planning, Governance & Finance category for the prestigious 2021 Bellwether Award.

The Bellwether Award is presented to community colleges that represent the nation’s best in leadership and trend-setting programming worthy of replication. Community College educators from across the nation judge the competition to bestow recognition ... Read the full article

Let’s celebrate the Bellwether Award!

All Southwest students and employees are invited to celebrate the College’s phenomenal national recognition.

Below are links to downloadable files of the branded email signature template and Teams/Zoom backgrounds. Help yourself and let’s celebrate our Bellwether Award for Planning, Governance and Finance all year long! ... Read the full article

Renowned author Clifton Taulbert returns, sheds light on Black Wall Street at Men in Black Awards

Renowned Mississippi author, international business consultant and global speaker, Clifton L. Taulbert, was back by popular demand to serve as the keynote speaker at the VIRTUAL celebration of Project M.O.S.T.’s (Men of Southwest Tennessee) Men in Black Awards ... Read the full article

Courageous Conversations series features Richard Milner

Richard Milner IV

The first of the Reimagine Southwest Courageous Conversations series kicked off Southwest’s 2021 Winter Recharge for faculty and staff with keynote speaker Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt Peabody College Richard Milner IV.

Dr. Milner is a well-known researcher, scholar, teacher and urban education thought leader whose research on equity and diversity has influenced institutional practices ... Read the full article

Final Let’s Talk About Race workshop slated for March 16

Final Let’s Talk About Race workshop slated for March 16t

Last November, the Tennessee Board of Regents began a three-part virtual series for Southwest employees entitled “Let’s Talk About Race,” facilitated by Greg Fontus of the Fontus Experience. The series is part of TBR’s collective work among its institutions to better understand ideologies... Read the full article

STAFF KUDOS: Southwest apprenticeship coordinator makes Forbes first Next 1000 list

Congratulations to Apprenticeship Coordinator Roshunda Buchanan on being selected for the 2021 Forbes Next 1000 list, Forbes Magazine’s newest celebration of business standouts. As a member of the inaugural class, Buchanan joins 249 other entrepreneurs the Forbes panel of some of the country’s “top business minds”... Read the full article

Fisher tackles corporate sustainability and the pandemic in latest book

Fisher tackles corporate sustainability and the pandemic in latest book

Congratulations to Don Fisher, Executive Director of the Mid-South Quality and Productivity Center (MSQPC) on publishing his 18th book, Corporate Pandemic Assessment: A Baldrige-based Organizational Self-Assessment to Ensure Corporate Sustainability.

MSQPC is a program of Southwest and the Greater Memphis Chamber and a Center of Quality Emphasis for the Tennessee Board of Regents... Read the full article

EDGE, TSBDC partner to help small businesses obtain economic development loans

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Southwest Tennessee Community College is partnering with the Economic Development Growth Engine to provide assistance to small businesses completing the Inner City Economic Development Loan Application.. The partnership is part of an ongoing relief effort to help businesses get the vital resources and funding they... Read the full article

Medical District gets new app-based shuttle service

The Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) launched a new app-based shuttle service Feb. 10 called Groove On-Demand. 

Groove On-Demand works like a minibus that comes when you want, where you want. All you need to do is download the Groove On-Demand App to your smartphone, open an account and book a pre-paid ride. It is... Read the full article

STUDENT KUDOS: Southwest thespian makes TV commercial debut

STUDENT KUDOS:  Southwest thespian makes TV commercial debut

Andre Johnson III

Theatre major Andre Johnson’s star is rising. He recently made his acting debut in a television commercial for Meritan, a Memphis-based non-profit organization supporting senior citizens, families and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He auditioned virtually and was one of two finalists selected for consideration to play the role ... Read the full article

Southwest inducts 68 students into inaugural leadership class

Congratulations to the inaugural class of 68 student leaders inducted into Southwest’s National Society of Leadership and Success chapter! Student Development Director Phoenix Worthy hosted the virtual induction ceremony Jan. 13, 2021. Established in July 2020, the Chapter will provide students an additional opportunity to develop the leadership, communication and team building skills needed to advance their academic and future professional... Read the full article

Students can develop leadership skills with Learning to Lead

Southwest students looking to hone their leadership skills can join the Tennessee Board of Regents free virtual leadership series, Learning to Lead. Sessions began Jan. 25 and will run through April 19.

The series includes Leadership 102 workshops offered to students in 50-minute sessions that focus on developing student leadership skills. Students can register for the student leadership sessions by... Read the full article

FACULTY KUDOS: Dean Young appointed to Education Trust policy council

FACULTY KUDOS: Dean Young appointed to Education Trust policy council.

Dr. LaDonna Young

Congratulations to Dr. LaDonna Young, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences & Mathematics, on her appointment to The Education Trust’s Higher Education Policy Council.  Young began serving a one-year term February 1.

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college, particularly for historically underserved students.  “Dr. Young helps people... Read the full article

STAFF KUDOS: Taylor presents at Dream 2021

Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Taylor, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Retention & Student Success, who served as a plenary speaker at the virtual “Dream 2021” Achieving the Dream Annual Convening, Feb. 16-19, 2021.

Dr. Taylor’s session, Fostering Teaching & Learning Excellence: Creating Inclusive, Relationship-Rich, Culturally Responsive Learning Experiences for Student Success, highlighted... Read the full article

POLICY MATTERS: About conflicts of interest and commitment

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Southwest has a talented, diverse workforce of professionals whose skills are in high demand. This could lead to career opportunities and possible conflicts of interest and/or commitment. Did you know Southwest has a policy for these matters? We do!

Conflicts of interest

Ever received an offer to do some consulting on the side or wrote a textbook that would really help your students? If so, Southwest needs to know about it. The Conflict of Interest... Read the full article

Address confidentiality program protects domestic violence survivors

Domestic violence and family abuse cases have risen across the nation and in many parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southwest is committed to ensuring the safety and health of its students and employees and the communities we serve by offering support services and resources.

On behalf of the Secretary of State Tre Hargett, the college is providing information about Tennessee’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program. The program was... Read the full article

Saluqis open 2021 Season

After months without any outside competition due to COVID, Southwest’s basketball teams opened their 2021 season the week of January 25, 2021, while the baseball and softball teams began their season the following week ... 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

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