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September/October 2020 Edition

The Official Newsletter of Southwest Tennessee Community College


FROM THE PRESIDENT: Where education, training and business merge

Dr. Tracy D. Hall

Dr. Tracy D. Hall, President

Our greatest mission at Southwest is helping students gain satisfying and profitable careers by equipping them with the necessary tools to succeed in today’s workforce. As we Reimagine Southwest, one of our goals is to ensure that we are blurring the lines between business and industry... Read the full article


FACULTY NEWS: President Hall asks faculty to help TN Reconnect students keep moving forward

Earlier this month President Tracy D. Hall sent an email to each faculty member asking for their help to keep students moving forward. She asked every faculty member to incorporate into their lectures a brief video presentation on applying for a Tennessee Reconnect scholarship. The last dollar scholarship allows eligible students to attend Southwest tuition-free... Read the full article


President’s Leadership Retreat focuses on reimagining student success

Southwest faculty and administration participated in an exciting and transformational leadership retreat to reimagine Southwest Aug. 7. President Tracy D. Hall invited the group to her second annual President’s Leadership Retreat to engage in a virtual conversation on how the College can prepare students for work in the “new normal” of COVID-19... Read the full article


Southwest convenes first virtual legislative town hall

(Clockwise) Vice President of Student Affairs Jacqueline Faulkner, Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs Mike Neal, Executive Director of Government Relations Sherman Greer and President Dr. Tracy D. Hall at the College’s first virtual legislative town hall Aug. 25, 2020.

Southwest Tennessee Community College President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and senior leadership convened the College’s first virtual Town Hall-Legislative Edition Aug. 25, 2020, to update state legislators on Southwest’s pandemic response and its Back to Campus Plan for fall semester... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: New AFA program nets four Memphis Ostrander awards

Congratulations to Southwest’s stellar thespians and members of the new Associate of Fine Arts program on winning four prestigious Ostrander Awards out of eight nominations in the Collegiate Division for the February 2020 production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. ... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: Honors Convocation salutes perseverance during pandemic

Congratulations to all the outstanding student-scholar winners of the 2020 Honors Convocation. This time-honored academic tradition, presented by the Office of High Impact Practices and Innovation, celebrates the outstanding achievements, leadership and service of Southwest students... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: Project M.O.S.T. takes students on virtual trip to Africa

Men of Southwest Tennessee members travelled to three African countries and two American cities this summer during Project M.O.S.T.’s first virtual Introduction to College Excellence series of seminars... Read the full article


STUDENT NEWS: Southwest launches National Society of Leadership and Success chapter

Southwest Tennessee Community College estimates more than 3,000 Southwest students who are freshman, adult learners, international students, veterans, men of color, single mothers and/or athletes and maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher are eligible for membership in the newly formed chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. The chapter was established this past July to provide ... 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


STAFF KUDOS: Chief L. Angela Webb appointed to international committee for campus public safety

L. Angela Webb, Police Services/Public Safety Director

Congratulations to Police Services/Public Safety Director L. Angela Webb on her appointment to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Education and Learning Committee. As a member of this prestigious international body, Webb will share her campus safety expertise to help instruct more than 4,000 IACLEA members in cutting edge technology and techniques and emerging safety trends... Read the full article


STAFF KUDOS: Dr. Mary Palmer touts benefits of outdoor learning in Science and Education article

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Palmer, Director of Campus Child Care Centers, on the publication of “Shape, Bake and Grow!”, an article she co-authored with Dr. Shelly Counsell and Felicia Peat for the July/August issue of Science and Children. Shelly Counsell is an associate professor in early childhood education at the University of Memphis and Felicia Peat is the 24/7 Kids Channel education and outreach manager at WKNO-TV... Read the full article


FACULTY NEWS: Join the Academic Master Plan conversation in October

Dr. Kendricks Hooker, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Kendricks Hooker, Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is set to develop an Academic Master Plan (AMP) to reimagine teaching and learning at Southwest. The plan will reflect the College’s academic goals and priorities and provide a framework for analyzing Southwest’s academic and support programs. The AMP is designed to ensure Southwest programs align with the College’s... Read the full article


FACULTY NEWS: Southwest rolls out faculty externship program

When Southwest announced the new faculty externship program during a virtual information session with a select group of local business owners June 11, the industry leaders were intrigued with the concept. President Tracy D. Hall informed the group that the College... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Dr. Eddie Baker appointed chair of business and technologies department

Dr. Eddie Baker, Business and Technologies Department Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Eddie Baker on his appointment as Business and Legal Studies chair July 1, 2020.

Dr. Baker brings with him ten years of experience as a full-time faculty member in the Business and Legal Studies department and has served as its interim chair... Read the full article


FACULTY KUDOS: Cisco Networking Academy recognizes Brenda Phillips and Forrest Smith as top level instructors

(L-R) Brenda Phillips and Forrest Smith

Congratulations to assistant professors Brenda Phillips and Forrest Smith on their selection as top level instructors by Cisco Networking Academy. The global IT networking academy deemed them stellar instructors for their teaching par excellence.

... Read the full article


Adjunct Appreciation Awards go virtual

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Division of Academic Affairs held its first-ever virtual Adjunct Appreciation Awards May 15, 2020, in lieu of their customary awards appreciation dinner. Guests were invited to watch a pre-recorded video of the awards ceremony featuring special recognition by senior leadership... Read the full article


Faculty and Staff Awards reward attendees with spectacular multi-media program

The Human Resources staff promised a multi-media extravaganza for this year’s Faculty and Staff Awards and they certainly delivered on their promise.

The annual celebration that recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of employees was held virtually for the first time July 24, 2020, and featured live and recorded tributes... Read the full article


Fall Convocation features student poetry and budget outlook

Southwest opened the 2020-2021 academic year Aug. 19 at Fall Convocation with inspirational presentations from students and updates from College leaders. Students Zaria Lane, Montrell Polk and Andrea Caery moved those who attended the College’s first-ever virtual Convocation with touching poetic recitations that paid to family and faculty and reflected on their origin and the path that led them to Southwest... Read the full article


Center for Access awarded $50,000 SERS grant; plans autism camp

Courtney Gipson, Center for Access Director

Southwest’s Center for Access will begin recruiting students for a new Access to Pathways Autism Camp for high school graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, thanks to a $50,000 Student Engagement Retention and Success grant awarded by the Tennessee Board of Regents recently... Read the full article


Virtual Data & Equity Conference offers insights on equity inside and outside the classroom

Southwest’s Title III Team and the Equity & Inclusion Sub-Council hosted the College’s first Virtual Data & Equity Conference entitled, “Equity: Pursuing Social and Economic Justice in Higher Education,” July 31 via MS Teams. More than 130 faculty and staff participated in the professional development opportunity centered on data-informed decision making to close equity gaps in student enrollment, retention and completion... Read the full article


Reimagine Southwest online!

Southwest Tennessee Community College launched an all new southwest.tn.edu homepage Aug. 1 that is designed with students in mind. The sleek, new design features crisp storytelling and intuitive navigation that whisks students to the information they need and want... Read the full article


Want to help Reimagine Southwest? Join a governance council!

The Institutional Affairs Council (IAC) and the Student Success Council (SSC) are recruiting new members to join their teams and sub-councils. As a council member, you will directly influence the College’s strategic focus and policy decisions.... Read the full article


Mandatory annual Title IX training begins Oct. 12

To provide a safe and welcoming campus, Tennessee Board of Regents requires all Southwest employees to complete Title IX training. The Office of Equity and Compliance will launch the annual Title IX training program October 12 when Southwest employees will receive an email from Catharsis Productions that will provide instructions and a link to the training... Read the full article


ITS launches security awareness campaign; mandatory training to come

Southwest employees received a test phishing email last month that was masked as a person who was supposedly helping Information Security Director Jim Sorrell with information security and password settings. The email asked employees to click a link to provide Sorrell their password. Did you click it? According to Sorrell, 12.4 percent... Read the full article


College officials mobilize to promote health and safety in wake of COVID-19 cases

Students masked up and socially distanced during Richard Nye’s Advanced Emergency Medical Technician class on the Union Avenue Campus.

Health and safety are a top priority at Southwest Tennessee Community College says Police Services and Public Safety Director L. Angela Webb. Now, more than ever. “COVID-19 has changed our lives and safety operations... Read the full article


Local health department impressed with campus safety measures

When Shelby County Health Department Public Health Coordinator Josephine Burks visited the Macon Cove Campus Sept. 9, she was impressed by what she saw. “From the beginning, my team and I observed excellent standards with regards to adhering to COVID-19 protocols,” Burks wrote... Read the full article


Southwest launches COVID-19 activity dashboard

Southwest Tennessee Community College has launched a COVID-19 dashboard on the College’s coronavirus website to keep students, employees and the public informed about COVID-19 cases at Southwest locations. Southwest’s COVID-19 Task Force uses this information to make informed decisions about the health and safety of the campus and the surrounding community... Read the full article


‘Tis the season for a flu shot

Have you been thinking about getting a flu shot? Now is the time as fall marks the beginning of flu season. According to the Shelby County Health department, everyone who does not have a contraindication (for example an allergy to eggs) should get a flu shot as soon as possible... Read the full article


FROM INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES: How to spot fake work-at-home job offers

Package and check received by Southwest student after responding to suspicious work-at-home email offer.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, scams have emerged as millions of Americans grapple with job insecurity and loss.

The scams are fake work-at-home job offers that have left some Americans’ bank accounts drained of what funds they had left in the wake of the pandemic.... Read the full article


SPECIAL TO SCOOP:  Avoid COVID-19 phishing scams

By Ari Lazarus, FTC Consumer Ed Specialist

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 — and it needs to be opened through a portal link requiring your university login. Don’t do it. It’s a phishing scam... Read the full article


SALUQI CORNER: Student-athletes score big at TCCAA achievement awards

Twenty-five Southwest student-athletes representing each of the College’s five athletic teams were honored for their scholastic accomplishments as recipients of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association’s Academic Achievement Award for the 2019-2020 academic year... 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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  • Editor-in-Chief: Daphne Thomas, Executive Director for Communications, Marketing and Community Relations
  • Editor: Diana Fedinec, Director of Public Relations and Media
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