Issue 530: 3 / 10 / 2014
Southwest’s celebrated Chef Steven Leake along with Southwest Culinary Institute students and members of the American Culinary Federations prepared a magnificent banquet for the 2014 Madonna Learning Center Gala on February 22. The Madonna Learning Center provides services for children and young adults with disabilities. Jo Ann Harmeier Gilbert, the executive director of the center, sent the acknowledgment below:
What a wonderful evening! The tremendous display and delicious food by Chefs: Steve Pairolero, Douglas Manson, Juan Urcia, Carolle Ratts, Tammy Hanson and your culinary staff was such a hit. Everyone was amazed at the beautiful display and delicious specialty items that you prepared.
We always look forward to your presentation and delicious food each year. It is the biggest highlight of our event! People attend just to experience your menu.
Thank you for doing so much work for our students. Our school cannot function without this event and you make it so special, that no one wants to miss it.
You bring such class and elegance to the event which resonates to the community the respect that our students deserve and receive from your organization.
It was great working with you and I thank you again for allowing us to attend your award dinner and for your continued support for our special needs children.
We hope we can count on you for next year. We are scheduled to have our gala on February 21, 2015. I hope this will work into your schedule. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
God Bless you for making it so special for our families and friends in the community.
This is one of the many service-learning opportunities that Chef Leake provides for his students annually.
View photos of the Madonna Learning Center Gala.
Local Higher Education Institutions Join With Tennessee Education Leaders to Endorse the Common Core State Standards
Several top public higher education leaders in Tennessee wrote an insightful article, Tennessee Higher Education Leaders Support Common Core, supporting the Common Core State Standards. Affiliates of the Tennessee Board of Regents institutions of higher learning, President Nathan Essex, Southwest Tennessee Community College; Interim President R. Brad Martin, University of Memphis; and Director Roland Rayner, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Memphis, endorsed the Common Core State Standards stating, “As representatives of our state’s higher education institutions, we have a vested interest in the education standards expected of Tennessee’s high school graduates and have signed on to the Op-Ed article in support of Common Core on behalf of Tennessee’s public colleges and universities.”
Below are excerpts from the article:
A widening gap has grown between what students are learning in K-1 schools and what they're expected to know by the employers who hired them and the colleges and universities where they choose to enroll. For too long Tennessee's education systems have operated independently, lacking coordination to ensure the needs of our students, employers and our communities are align.
Unfortunately, it's not just in Tennessee. The numbers bear the results. U. S. students' math skills rank 25th in the world, and their reading skills fell 14th. Why we cheer for medals awarded in Olympic competitions, the U.S. is falling behind in education compared to the rest world. That's not a standard we should accept.
In Tennessee this year, more than 60 percent of high school graduates who enrolled in a Tennessee public college or university required some type of remedial or academic support. Preparing high school graduates for college-level work requires additional funding and resources, money students shouldn't have to pay and an investment taxpayers shouldn't have to make.
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Read the Tennessee Higher Education Leaders Support Common Core (PDF) [Size: 120 KB] in its entirety along with the Common Core Fact Sheet (PDF) [Size: 107 KB].
Dr. Joan McGrory
Assistant Professor of Business Studies
The Business Studies program is the leader in statewide changes designed to standardize course rubrics (title, heading, or direction), numbers, and names across the 13 community colleges in Tennessee. Since Tennessee Community Colleges currently use varied rubrics, numbers, and names for common courses, the new standardized course labels will support degree completion by facilitating smoother transfer among students who earn credits attending the different colleges.
A primary component of the change is the new rubric "BUSN" that has been created to replace the rubrics FINR, ISDS, MGMT, MKTG and select ECON courses. Courses relabeled under this new rubric may also be assigned new numbers and names. For example, students seeking to enroll in the popular transfer course, MGMT-1000: Introduction to Business, must instead choose BUSN-1305: Introduction to Business. Similarly, ISDS-2000 Business Statistics I will become BUSN-2310 Business Statistics.
More than 35 courses in the Business Studies program will undergo the change in rubric, number, and name. While a few courses are transfer courses, such as MGMT-1000 and ISDS-2000 (now BUSN-1305 and BUSN-2310 respectively), the change widely impacts students of Business Studies enrolled in the 11 Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees and three (3) Technical Certificates.
Students who are following degree programs from a previous catalog will still meet the requirements for completion as they enroll in courses under the new rubric. To support students during the initial semester of change, Academic Administrative Services and Business Studies are working together to display an informative message to students who may attempt to enroll in the courses as formerly listed. The message will state that the course no longer exists and recommend the new course. Additionally, the Southwest Communications and Marketing Department, in conjunction with the Business Studies faculty, has launched a campaign to inform students of the change. The campaign includes a marquee image on the college home page, screen saver graphic for college computers, and images that will appear on Southwest flat panel digital monitors.
The change affects our students now. Advising opened on February 10. Early registration opens April 7.
For more information,you may contact me, Joan McGrory, by calling (901) 333-4544 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Planning for retirement can be a complicated process, with lots of big decisions to make. Let us take some of those complications away. Join us:
March 21, 2014
Union Avenue Campus
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Jess Parrish Building, Room 101
Macon Cove Campus
1 – 4:30 p.m
Bert Bornblum Library, Room 122
Meet representatives from:
Great West Retirement Services (401k)
Social Security Administration
Tennessee Consolidated Retirement Services (TCRS)
Hope to see you there!
*An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity College
Sponsored by Human Resources and Affirmative Action
Southwest has recently partnered with the Tennessee Board of Regents to send a survey to our students for feedback on Using Mobile Devices for Learning. All students who take the survey will have a chance to win a Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows tablet
The survey is designed to get a better understanding of how students are currently using their mobile devices for learning purposes. It became available on February 24 and will be accessible through March 21.
Students must use their Southwest Connect e-mail to enter the drawing. Students can contact Denise Malloy at 901-333-5318 or Joshua Conway at 901-333-4987 with questions. The link to the survey is below.
Southwest’s Industrial Readiness Training (IRT) program will provide a platform for IRT graduates to meet with area employers in industry and manufacturing at the IRT Graduate Job Fair on March 11. The event will be held at the Macon Cove Campus – Nabors Auditorium from 1−4 p.m.
In preparation for the job fair, graduates are asked to create/update their resume using OptimalResume, free resume-building software. They are also asked to coordinate a professional career-fair outfit that creates the best possible first impression. If you are not sure what to wear, check out Interview Attire Recommendations Men and Women by visiting Career Services online.
The Southwest men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost semifinal games last week in the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament, therefore ending their seasons. The Southwest men defeated Roane State 100-91 in the tournament quarterfinals on March 5, before losing to eventual tournament champion Walters State 76-65 on March 7. The Lady Saluqis defeated third-seed Cleveland State 71-63 in the quarterfinals on March 6, then lost to Roane State 88-65 on March 7.
DeVante Jones and Perrin Buford scored 26 points each, and DeAndre McKinnie added 17 points off the bench to lead the Saluqis to the win over Roane State. Jones was also the top scorer against Walters State with 17 points, while Buford and Chris Hawkins had 11 points each. The Saluqis finished the season with an outstanding 23-4 record and a number 13 ranking in the final regular season NJCAA Division 1 Poll.
Tatiana Allen scored 17 points and Ajee Smith added 13 points to lead the Lady Saluqis past Cleveland State. In the loss to Roane State, Matoria Henley and Iesha Humphrey scored 10 points each to lead the team. The Southwest women ended the season with a 9-17 record.
The Southwest baseball team traveled to Harriman, Tennessee, over the weekend and came home with a three-game conference sweep of Roane State. With the wins, the Saluqis improved to 8-12 on the season.
The Saluqis batted .366 as a team in the three games, led by Vince Hoyt (.545), Anthony Stricklin (.500), Dimitri Villanueva (.455), Michael Halley (.444), Sam Seaton (.417), Ryan Bell (.400) and Cade Smith (.385). Seth McLemore added three hits, including two doubles and a home run.
The pitching staff also had an outstanding series with a team-earned run average of 1.71. Starters Zack Buzzard, Justin Kemp and Justin Skinner combined for 17 innings with no earned runs allowed.
This week, the Saluqi baseball team will play non-conference games at USA Stadium on March 10 against Morthland (noon) and Rock Valley (3 p.m.) and on March 11 against Rock Valley (2:30 p.m.). Southwest will then host Jackson State in a three-game conference series at USA Stadium on March 14-15. The Saluqis and the Generals will play a single game at 1:05 p.m. on March 14 and a 12:05 p.m. doubleheader on March 15.
The Southwest softball team lost all four games of a conference series to Volunteer State over the weekend by scores of 10-1, 12-4, 8-4 and 21-13.
Despite the losses, freshmen Alex Turner and Tara Come, each, had an outstanding series. Turner hit leadoff-home runs in games one and two, and batted .571 for the series. In addition, she led the team with a 1.429 slugging average and a .786 on-base average in the four games. Comer was the team’s second-leading hitter in the series with a .500 batting average and eight runs batted in.
The Lady Saluqis are scheduled to play a four-game non-conference series against North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas, on March 10-11. This weekend, the Southwest softball team returns to conference play on the road against Dyersburg State on March 14-15.