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How to have a safe and healthy holiday season
during COVID-19

By Shelia Bouie, Ed.D., MSN, RN
November 24, 2020

We all love to celebrate the holidays! However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing unique circumstances this year and staying safe and healthy this holiday season will look a little different. It is imperative that we all remain cautious and practice good safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu and other illnesses. You can still have fun while keeping your family safe throughout the holidays... Read the full article

 


Get your flu shot!

By Suzanne Gibson
November 23, 2020

With the holidays upon us and concerns over COVID-19 running top of mind, getting a flu shot may go overlooked. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 36,000 flu deaths occur each year in the U.S. Most healthcare plans provide free flu shots through your doctor or area pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Target and the Shot Nurse. Many pharmacies allow walk-ins or appointments can be scheduled online... Read the full article

 


Southwest, Memphis Police Department and Walgreens to offer free vaccinations Nov. 21

By Diana Fedinec
November 18, 2020

While the United States struggles to slow the spread of the COVID-19, the Influenza (flu) season draws closer.  Co-infections of Influenza and COVID-19 have already begun in the United States and health experts warn that there is nothing stopping a person from catching both viruses at once if preventative measures are not taken... Read the full article

 


Christ Community Health Services to offer free flu shots and COVID-19 testing

By Diana Fedinec
November 11, 2020

COVID-19 rates are on the rise across the nation stoking projections by public health officials of another spike in cases after the Thanksgiving holiday is over.

To help de-escalate the continued rise in Coronavirus cases and keep individuals and families safe over the holiday break, Christ Community Health Services is offering free flu shots and COVID-19 testing to the general public... Read the full article

 


Southwest closes select spaces on Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses for sanitation; Reopen noon, Nov. 11

By Daphne J. Thomas
November 9, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College has closed Room C-172 in the Academic Building (MAC) on the Macon Cove Campus for sanitation in accordance with safety guidelines outlined in the Back to Campus Plan... Read the full article

 


Southwest Named 2021 National Finalist for Prestigious Bellwether Award

By Diana Fedinec
November 5, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College is the only college in Tennessee to be selected as one of 10 national finalists to compete in the Planning, Governance and Finance category for the prestigious and highly competitive Bellwether Award... Read the full article

 


Clifton Taulbert to keynote virtual launch of Southwest’s Entrepreneurship Institute Nov. 4

By Diana Fedinec
October 31, 2020

Renowned American author, international business consultant and acclaimed speaker Clifton L. Taulbert will keynote the virtual launch of Southwest Tennessee Community College’s M.O.S.T. (Men of Southwest Tennessee) Entrepreneurship Institute Nov. 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The virtual kick-off event is free and open to the public... Read the full article

 


Southwest closes select spaces on Macon Cove Campus for sanitation; Reopen Oct. 29

By Daphne J. Thomas
October 26, 2020

Southwest has closed Room A-213 and the elevator in the lobby of Academic Building A on the Macon Cove Campus, along with Suite 103 in the Freeman Building, for sanitation in accordance with safety guidelines outlined in the Back to... Read the full article

 


Select spaces in the Macon Cove Campus Academic Building CLOSE for sanitation

By Daphne J. Thomas
October 22, 2020

Southwest has closed Rooms A-109 and A-116 in Academic Building A on the Macon Cove Campus for sanitation in accordance with safety guidelines outlined in the Back to Campus Plan. The spaces reopen Monday, Oct. 26... Read the full article

 


Southwest closes select spaces in the Union Avenue Campus Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences building for COVID-19 sanitation; Reopen Oct. 16

By Daphne J. Thomas
October 13, 2020

Southwest has closed Rooms 108, 114, 116-L, and 207, along with the elevator, in the Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences building on the Union Avenue Campus for sanitation in accordance with safety guidelines outlined in the Back to Campus Plan. The spaces reopen Friday, Oct. 16... Read the full article

 


TN Promise community service requirement waived for spring semester

By Diana Fedinec
October 9, 2020

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation have waived the Tennessee Promise community service requirement for spring semester 2021. The waiver was announced Oct. 8, 2020 and refers to the community service hours TN Promise students must complete on or before Dec. 1, 2020... Read the full article

 


Saluqi Athletics unveils Return to Play plan

By Keith Gentry
October 1, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College athletic competitions are postponed until the spring semester. The decision follows National Junior College Athletic Association and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association recommendations regarding COVID-19 protocols and competition. The guidelines allow Southwest sports athletes to participate in on-campus practices and scrimmages this fall on a limited basis through Nov. 15... Read the full article

 


Room 317 in the Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences Building on the Union Avenue Campus REOPENS

By Daphne J. Thomas
September 24, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College has reopened Room 317 in the Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences Building on the Union Avenue Campus after closing it yesterday for sanitation due to a reported case of covid-19. Regularly scheduled classes resume tonight, Thursday, September 24... Read the full article

 


Room #317 in the Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences Building on the Union Avenue Campus CLOSED for sanitation

By Daphne J. Thomas
September 23, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College has closed Room 317 Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences Building on the Union Avenue Campus for sanitation following a reported case of covid-19. The classroom reopens Friday, Sept. 25. The room was identified as visited by an individual who submitted a report of a positive covid-19 test... Read the full article

 


‘Tis the season for a flu shot

By Suzanne Gibson
September 22, 2020

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. From children to young adults to senior citizens... Read the full article

 


Classrooms on the Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses REOPEN Wednesday, Sept. 23

By Daphne J. Thomas
September 22, 2020

Rooms 115 and 202 in Academic Building A on the Macon Cove Campus and 125 in the Allied Health Building on the Union Avenue Campus have been sanitized following a covid-19 positive self-report and will REOPEN tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23 for classes and normal operations. All students and faculty are to report for regularly scheduled class sessions... Read the full article

 


Two classrooms in the Academic Building on the Macon Cove Campus, one in Allied Health Building on Union Avenue closed for sanitation

By Daphne J. Thomas
September 22, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College has closed rooms 115 and 202 in Academic Building A on the Macon Cove Campus for sanitation following a reported case of covid-19. In addition, Room 125 in the Allied Health Building on the Union Avenue Campus is closed for sanitation... Read the full article

 


Union Avenue Campus nursing building reopens after closure for sanitation

By Daphne J. Thomas
September 21, 2020

The Nursing, Natural and Biotechnology Sciences building on the Union Avenue Campus reopened Monday, Sept. 21 after closure over the weekend for cleaning and sanitation in accordance with safety guidelines outlined in the Back to Campus Plan... Read the full article

 


Southwest Macon Campus Visited by Shelby County Health Department

By Diana Fedinec
September 16, 2020

On September 9, 2020, Josephine Burks, public health coordinator with the Shelby County Health Department, visited the Macon Cove Campus to assess the College’s health and safety protocols and compliance with Shelby County Health Department guidelines. The College is sharing her findings emailed via a letter to Vice President of Finance and Administration... Read the full article

 


Southwest launches COVID-19 activity dashboard

By Diana Fedinec
September 14, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to keep students, employees and the public informed of individuals who have self-reported testing positive. The College is grateful to students, faculty, staff and guests who participate in the College’s self-reporting program to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus on campus... Read the full article

 


Student tests positive for COVID-19; Fulton Building closed for sanitation

By Diana Fedinec
September 8, 2020

The Fulton Building on the Macon Cove Avenue Campus at Southwest Tennessee Community College was closed Sept. 4 – 7, 2020, for deep cleaning and sanitation in accordance with safety guidelines outlined in the Back to Campus Plan... Read the full article

 


College-wide reporting of positive COVID-19 cases

By Diana Fedinec
September 3, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College maintains full transparency in keeping students and employees informed of positive cases of COVID-19 that impact the College. All self-reported positive cases are reported to Police Services/Public Safety where officers perform contact tracing and notify impacted students and employees. Communications are sent... Read the full article

 


President Tracy D. Hall welcomes students to fall semester

By Dr. Tracy D. Hall
August 24, 2020

Greetings, Saluqis!

Welcome to the start of a new and reimagined academic year! Or as I like to always say during this time: Happy New Year... Read the full article

 


Southwest convenes first virtual legislative Town Hall

By Diana Fedinec
August 27, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College President Dr. Tracy D. Hall and senior leadership convened the College’s first virtual Town Hall Aug. 25 to inform state legislators on the pivots the College has made since the Coronavirus pandemic erupted in March and its Back to Campus Plan... Read the full article

 


Shelby County Health Department issues new face covering directive

By Suzanne Gibson
August 27, 2020

In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Shelby County Health Department has issued a new directive requiring the use of cloth face coverings or masks within Shelby County, Tennessee. This new directive states that face coverings must be worn by individuals... Read the full article

 


Southwest to host first virtual town hall for legislators

By Sherman Greer
August 21, 2020

President of Southwest Tennessee Community College, Dr. Tracy D. Hall, has invited elected officials to the College’s first virtual Town Hall – Legislative Edition. The Town Hall assembly will take place via MS Teams on Aug. 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m... Read the full article

 


Students’ Teams chatter show enthusiasm to begin fall semester

By Diana Fedinec
August 20, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s senior leadership held its second virtual Town Hall – Student Edition on Aug. 18 to update students for fall semester. Classes start Aug. 24 with the reopening of two more campus locations – the Maxine A. Smith and Whitehaven centers – under the Back to Campus Plan - Phase II... Read the full article

 


Campus Child Care Centers reopen for fall semester

By Suzanne Gibson
August 16, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College will reopen its Campus Child Care Centers, located on the Macon Cove and the Union Avenue campuses, Monday, August 24, for the start of fall semester classes.

 

Openings are available for child care on a first come, first-served basis, however, space is limited due to COVID-19... Read the full article

 


Southwest opens new laptop loan program portal

By Daphne J. Thomas
August 13, 2020

Students who don’t have a laptop can now apply for a device through the My.Southwest portal. Registered full time and part-time students are eligible to borrow devices for the semester.

Devices will be loaned out on a first-come, first served basis. Preference will be given to full-time students who have completed a financial aid packet.... Read the full article

 


Southwest to help students get ready for college this fall with special onsite registration August 17-28

By Diana Fedinec
August 13, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College is hosting an in-person, onsite fall registration event August 17-28 at the Bert Bornblum Library on the Macon Cove Campus and Parrish Building on the Union Avenue Campus. Appointments for the event will be assigned between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day, except Fridays, which will end at 4:30 p.m... Read the full article

 


Southwest launches online campus ID program

By Daphne J. Thomas
August 10, 2020

Now getting a campus ID just got a lot easier. No PPE or social distancing required. Thanks to a new online application program, all new students and employees can apply for their campus ID by uploading a photo of themselves to their My.Southwest portal dashboard. The ID will be prepared and mailed using the photo and address provided... Read the full article

 


Southwest adopts safe community pledge

By Cynthia T. Graham
August 10, 2020

The College believes strongly in the concept of education as a method for encouraging and maintaining a supportive and safe community. Each student, faculty, and staff member plays an integral part in supporting core principles to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. While the institution can do its part in minimizing risk on campus, everyone must do their part to support efforts to minimize exposure and spread to peers and colleagues... Read the full article

 


Town Hall and Convocation prepare students and employees for fall semester

By Diana Fedinec
August 6, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s senior leadership will host a virtual Back to Campus Town Hall for students and the first virtual Fall Convocation for employees August 18 and 19, respectively. The online forums will provide an update on the College’s ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and an overview of what to expect for fall semester under Phase II of the College’s Back to Campus Plan... Read the full article

 


Self-reporting a positive COVID-19 test just got easier with new online form

By Diana Fedinec
August 3, 2020

To ensure the safety of students and employees and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Southwest has launched a new COVID-19 self-reporting form. The College is asking all students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 to immediately self-report by completing the online form. The self-reporting form is a short questionnaire that can be filled out on a PC or mobile device, even a cell phone. The form is accessible on the College’s... Read the full article

 


FDA warns consumers of toxic hand sanitizers

By Diana Fedinec
July 31, 2020

The increased sale of hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic has public health officials both pleased and worried. While more people are following the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention’s recommendations to use hand sanitizers to slow the spread of the virus, some companies are manufacturing hand sanitizer products that contain toxic ingredients... Read the full article

 


Keep our campuses safe and well – self report!

By Suzanne Gibson
July 31, 2020

In an effort to keep our campus community as safe as possible from the threat of COVID-19, Southwest requests that all students, faculty and staff immediately inform the College if they have tested positive for COVID-19 by completing an online self-reporting form... Read the full article

 


Employee tests positive for COVID-19; College closes three buildings on Union Avenue Campus for deep cleaning

By Daphne J. Thomas
July 30, 2020

A Southwest Tennessee Community College employee that works at night on the Union Avenue Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last visited campus July 23 and identified the workspaces visited.  The College is performing contact tracing and notifying individuals who may have come in contact with the employee... Read the full article

 


Southwest Athletics announces plan for fall and spring sports

By Keith Gentry and Daphne J. Thomas
July 30, 2020

All Southwest Tennessee Community College fall and winter athletic competitions are moved to the spring semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan follows the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recommendation that colleges shift all close-contact fall and winter sports to the spring semester... Read the full article

 


Governor Bill Lee to Launch “Face It” Campaign to Promote Face Mask Usage

By Daphne J. Thomas
July 23, 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced earlier today that the state of Tennessee will officially launch the “Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19” public service announcement campaign tomorrow, July 24, to urge all Tennesseans to fight against the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. The campaigns will feature ads on broadcast and cable television, digital, social media, print, and billboards statewide... Read the full article

 


Coronavirus Cases on the Rise in Tennessee

By Sherman Greer and Suzanne Gibson
July 17, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to set new weekly records across the Mid-South and the nation, Mayor Jim Strickland extended the State of Emergency for Memphis July 15 in response to the pandemic... Read the full article

 


“Mask Up Memphis” seeks to slow COVID-19 among African Americans; offers free masks

By Diana Fedinec
July 15, 2020

The City of Memphis and Shelby County have launched a “Mask Up Memphis” campaign to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 among African Americans who have been disproportionally impacted by the virus. Close to 60% of COVID-19 fatalities and cases in Memphis and Shelby County are among African Americans... Read the full article

 


Southwest adopts infectious disease policy

By Jacqueline Faulkner, Student Affairs
and Michael Neal, Finance and Administrative Services
July 14, 2020

In response to the pandemic’s escalation and Southwest Tennessee Community College’s return to on-campus operations, the College has adopted an infectious disease policy, effectively immediately. The policy aligns with local, state and national orders as well as infectious disease guidelines endorsed by the Shelby County Health Department, State of Tennessee Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read the full article

 


Reimagine your home

By Jessica Miller and Christopher Hastings
July 13, 2020

The world has transformed into a global neighborhood. Gone are the barriers of time and space. We are more connected than ever before. As a member of the global community, Southwest Tennessee Community College is proud to have students who hail from near and far... Read the full article

 

 


Macon Cove & Union Avenue campuses reopen; student support services remain online

By Suzanne Gibson
July 8, 2020

Nearly 700 students returned to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses July 8, 2020, to attend summer classes in person. It was the first time students were allowed back to the campuses since the College temporarily closed its locations and moved to an online learning format March 23... Read the full article

 


Free dairy box distribution July 11

By Suzanne Gibson
July 8, 2020

Prairie Farms and Martin Memorial Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church are teaming together to give away dairy boxes to those in need on Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 a.m. The boxes will include: two gallon cartons of milk (2%, chocolate or strawberry), sour cream, cream cheese, French onion dip and cottage cheese... Read the full article

 


Virtual Town Hall sessions prepare students and faculty for reopening of campuses

By Diana Fedinec and Suzanne Gibson
July 7, 2020

In preparation for the reopening of its Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses July 8, 2020, Southwest Tennessee Community College held two virtual, back-to-back Town Hall forums for faculty and students July 7 via Microsoft Teams... Read the full article

 


Virtual financial aid assistance offers live support for students

By Suzanne Gibson
July 7, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College's financial aid office now offers a virtual solution for students who need help getting answers to their financial aid questions from a live representative.  Students are able to speak to a live counselor at Virtual Financial Aid Assistance, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday,  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m... Read the full article

 


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