Issue 535: 4 / 14 / 2014

Southwest Departments Hold a Joint Advisory Committee Spring Breakfast and Meeting

Dean Mike Stephens discusses details ...

Dean Mike Stephens discusses details of the Prior Learning Assessment program.

The Business, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal Studies programs brought together members of business and industry for a joint Advisory Committee Spring Breakfast and Meeting on April 4. Held on the Macon Cove Campus, the meeting had excellent representation with as many as 50 people in attendance.

Assistant Professor of Business and Legal Studies Cynthia (Sindy) Sing Abadie welcomed and introduced committee members. Following a shared breakfast, the Paralegal Committee reconvened their meeting in an adjacent area.

Discussing the agenda items were: Dean Mike Stephens - Prior Learning Assessment (PLA); Director of Career Services Brenda Williams - Career Services Update/Overview; Program Department Head of Business and Legal Studies Vicki Armstrong – AAS, Common Curriculum Changes for Business; Coordinator for Business and Legal Studies Ashley Geisewite - Overview of Business Administration Program Initiatives; Associate Professor for Business and Legal Studies John Brassel - Updates on Logistics and Transportation Technical Certificate, along with Weekend College and the Fast Track Program; and Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies Eddie Baker – 2013-2014 Program Highlights, Statewide CRMJ 1010 for Dual Enrollment Courses, and TBR Common Curriculum Update for A.A.S. Criminal Justice Degrees.

Business and industry representatives were asked to complete program and curriculum evaluation surveys after which the meeting was adjourned.

View the Spring Breakfast and Meeting Photo Gallery.

Coffee House 2014 Open Mic Gets Snaps of Approval

Students' oral interpretation included expressive ...

Students' oral interpretation included expressive movements.

By Sheila Huthins, instructor for Communications, Graphic and Fine Arts

The snapping fingers could be heard down the halls of the Academic Building on the Macon Cove Campus during the Coffee House 2014 Open Mic event. In honor of National Poetry Month, the Communications, Graphic, and Fine Arts Department sponsored the overwhelmingly popular Coffee House on April 2. An outstanding turn out of students, faculty and guests presented classic pieces from William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, and F. Scott Fitzgerald to more modern pieces by Tupac, Macklemore, and Maya Angelou. There were even a few original poems with a sing along to a country western song performed by faculty member, Levi Frazier.

The Coffee House, reminiscent of the beatnik movement of the fifties and sixties with such writers as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, originated in 2006 by English Department Chair Thad Cockrill and Associate Professor of Communications, Graphic and Fine Arts Jane Harris, with her acting students; the next year, Theatre Professor Lisa Coleman and her classes joined in with their support, thus making this Spring 2014 Southwest’s 17th Coffee House!

“This semester, the torch was passed down to talented Sheila Hutchins and her Intermediate Acting class,” commented Harris.

A special thank you to Department Chair Patsy Fancher, Secretary Cathy Farr, and Starbucks on Sycamore View for continually giving the students of Southwest a platform upon which to express their art. To quote Harris, “Let us all honor the written and the spoken word in whatever form, as long as, we read because your passion to read will become your lifelong best friend."

View the Coffee House 2014 Open Mic Photo Gallery.

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Mystery Writer Andrea Perron Visits Southwest

Andrea Perron

Andrea Perron

By Jerome Wilson, instructor of Languages and Literature

Writer Andrea Perron visited Southwest recently, where she spoke about growing up in a haunted farmhouse to a captivated crowd of about 100 in the Farris Auditorium on the Macon Cove Campus. The Perron family’s ordeal was immortalized in the New Line Cinema’s film The Conjuring (2013). Her memoir, House of Darkness, House of Light, recounts the many bizarre and sometimes turbulent occurrences that her family endured during the 10 years that they lived there. However, Perron admits that growing up in that house was some of the “best years of her life,” though, of course, some of her siblings disagree. It took Andrea about 30 years to come to terms about what happened in that house and to finally write about it. Perron told the crowd, "We are all here together—both the living and the dead."

Perron’s parents, along with her four sisters, moved into the 200-acre Rhode Island farmhouse in 1970. It only took them a few months to understand what the previous owner meant when he advised Perron’s father to “keep the lights on at night.” The family witnessed doors banging, paintings being ripped from the walls, and constantly hearing footsteps or crowds of people in the house. It was the family’s matriarch, Carolyn Perron, who decided that the family should sell their home after she experienced several physical interactions with the spirits.

The author said that Hollywood took several creative liberties with the film. One example that she mentioned was the relationship she and her other siblings had with their mother. She emphatically stated, “Not one time did our mother hurt us or try to hurt us. She never would have done that.” She was referring to the scenes in the film where the mother is attempting to brutally sacrifice two of her children.

Perron’s father, Roger Perron, told the Southwest crowd about a spirit who would visit him sometimes whenever he would go down into the basement of the house. She would lightly rub him across his back. Many years later when he came to visit the house, Mr. Perron said that the ghost remembered him, and once again rubbed him across his back and shoulders.

Perron travels around the country telling her story. She has also been a consultant on several horror movie projects, including The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, which is expected to be out in 2015. She lives in Atlanta.

View more pictures of Andrea Perron's visit.

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Southwest Presents Students' Art Show

2013 Students Art Show (file ...

2013 Students Art Show (file footage)

The Communications, Graphic and Fine Arts Department is presenting “A One-Night-Only” Students' Art Show. The event will be held on April 24 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Bert Bornblum Library on the Macon Cove Campus.

This is a great opportunity to view the work of Southwest’s talented students and to continue to support the student success initiative at Southwest.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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President and CEO of AVPOL International, LLC to Be the Featured Speaker for the “Spark the Dream” Series

Sandra Walls

Sandra Walls

On April 17, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Southwest will host its next “Spark the Dream” series featuring Sandra Walls, Owner/President and CEO of AVPOL International, LLC. This event will be held at the Maxine A. Smith Center – Room 101 on April 17 from 10 -11:30 a.m.

Already featured in the Black Enterprise Magazine and one of Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies, Walls is taking AVPOL to another level. With a five-year $100 million strategic growth plan in place, AVPOL is positioned to become one of the largest minority or woman-owned businesses in the country.

Walls is a former U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. “Not long after retiring from 22 years in the military, she decided to do what she had seen few other females do in the military logistics industry before her- start her own business! Come hear Ms. Walls' inspiring story and what she is doing to help young entrepreneurs across the city," said Executive Director of the TSBDC at Southwest Rory Thomas.

Limited seating. RSVP to Yolanda Handy at or call (901) 333-5085.

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Southwest Baseball Team Drops Three to Vol State

Michael Halley

Michael Halley

The Southwest baseball team was defeated by Volunteer State in all three games of a conference series over the weekend in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Saluqis lost a single game 14-4 on April 11, and by scores of 5-2 and 9-3 in a doubleheader on April 12.

The losses spoiled an outstanding series by shortstop Michael Halley, who batted .556 in the three games and also hit his first home run of the season. Vince Hoyt (.500 batting average, three doubles, and two runs batted in) and Michael Ince (.375 average and one double) were also solid contributors at the plate for the Saluqis.

The Southwest baseball team will host Motlow State this weekend in a three-game series at USA Stadium. The Saluqis and Bucks will play a single game at 2 p.m. on April 18 followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on April 19. These will be the final regular season games.

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Wright Leads Southwest Softball Team to Two Wins Over Columbia State

Kayla Wright

Kayla Wright

The Southwest softball team defeated Columbia State twice in a four-game conference series over the weekend at Buckhead Creek. The Lady Saluqis were led by pitcher Kayla Wright, who tossed two complete games in the victories. Columbia State, Region VII tournament runnerup a year ago, entered the series as the third place team in the TCCAA.

In the series opener on April 11, the Lady Saluqis pounded out 10 hits off the Lady Chargers’ all-conference pitcher from last season. However, Southwest allowed 11 unearned runs in a 16-10 loss. Top hitters in the game were Dallas Chipman (one home run and three runs batted in), Alex Stanford (one single, one double, and three runs batted in) and Tara Comer (one single, one home run, and two runs batted in.) In the nightcap, Wright was outstanding in the pitching circle, allowing just two hits. The Lady Saluqis played solid defense for most of the game in a 2-0 win. Alex Turner, the team’s top hitter all season, had a double and a home run (her 13th of the season) and Lauren Ray added a single and a double.

After losing 11-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on April 12, the Lady Saluqis came back to win the final game of the series 4-2. In this game, Wright scattered nine hits, struck out three and allowed just one earned run in the complete game win. In the two games she pitched in the series, Wright compiled an outstanding 0.50 earne-run average. Turner was the Lady Saluqis’ top hitter in the four games with a .417 batting average, followed by Alissa Rice (.375), Comer (.364) and Kelsey Knight (.333).

The Southwest softball team will travel to Cleveland, Tennessee, this week to wrap up the regular season in a four-game series against Cleveland State. The Lady Saluqis and Lady Cougars will play a pair of doubleheaders on April 17 (2 p.m./4 p.m.) and April 18 (noon/2 p.m.).

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