Issue 596: 2 / 3 / 2016

MSQPC Announces 2015 Quality Cup Award Winners

Leigh Shockey delivers the keynote ...

Leigh Shockey delivers the keynote address at the 2015 MSQPC Quality Cup Awards.

A representative from CACI, Inc ...

A representative from CACI, Inc (left) accepted the 2015 MSQPC Platinum  Award from Barbara Roseborough (center) and the Executive Director of MSQPC Donn Fisher (left).

The Mid-South Quality Productivity Center (MSQPC), a Southwest Tennessee Community College partner and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Center of Emphasis, presented five teams with the Greater Memphis Chamber Quality Cup Award on January 20. The Quality Cup Award honors projects and organizations that have made significant contributions to their employers’ quality improvement programs and exhibit “best practices,” and is aligned with the former Rochester Institute of Technology/ USA Today Quality Cup Team Award and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. This  is the only team-based award nationally recognized by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program in Washington, DC.   

“Just the fact that you all are participating in a quality cup award competition shows the commitment that you have to excellence. I am very aware of how difficult that commitment can be to keep. Just being able to dig deep and look at your performance and your results, take and evaluate those performances and results without prejudice, and then strive to be better – to be the best that you can be; is not a task for the faint hearted. And yet, here you are. That's the reason that we celebrate you today,” Keynote Speaker Leigh Shockey, TBR member and CEO of Drexel Chemical Co., told the awardees.”

Presenting the awards were President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber Phil Trenary and  Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs for Southwest Barbara Roseborough to the following teams:

Gold Award

Challenge Level Recipients – Projects committed to developing quality initiatives

Progressive Level Recipients – Projects that demonstrate commitment and significant progress toward excellence

Platinum (Organization) Award

Progressing Level Recipient Organization has good performance processes in place with opportunities for improvement. This organization shows commitment to developing and excelling in performance excellence and results.

  The Quality Cup Award honors teams in six categories:

The winning teams serve as role models, regionally and nationally, encouraging others to accept and establish principles and practices that lead to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. 

For more information on the Quality Cup Award, including how to nominate a team and information on this year’s winners, please visit

View MSQPC 2015 Quality Cup Award Photo Gallery.

Southwest Hosts the Local MATHCOUNTS® Competition

In recognition of National Engineers Week, the Technologies Department is collaborating with local professional organizations to bring some important events to Southwest this month, particularly the MATHCOUNTS® Competition. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

The Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) is holding their annual Memphis Area MATHCOUNTS® Competition here at Southwest on Feb. 6: February 20 is the scheduled inclement weather date. "TSPE is the event organizer and Southwest is hosting and supplying volunteers in our efforts to support Engineering Week events in the Memphis Area. Somewhere between 150 and 200 Memphis area middle-school students will be in attendance," said  Southwest Assistant Professor of Technologies Forrest Smith.

Teams of sixth, seventh and eighth grade student Mathletes from middle schools, junior high schools, and home schools participate in the competition. Teachers and students prepare for this competition at the beginning of the school year. Students compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects included probability, statistics, linear algebra, and polynomials. Winners of the competitions receive awards, trophies, and prizes.

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Saluqis Rose to Number 18 in NJCAA Poll

The Southwest men’s basketball team moved up two more spots to number 18 in last week’s NJCAA Division 1 Poll. The Saluqis, now 17-3 overall, have won 17 of their last 18 games and are in first place in the TCCAA with an 8-1 conference record.

With 12 players averaging at least 10 minutes played per game and six with scoring averages of at least 8.0 points per game, Southwest is a deep and talented squad. Leading the way are sophomore forwards David Burrell (14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game) and Jimario Rivers (12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Lorenzen Wright Jr. (10.9 points per game).

Wiew NJCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Rankings.

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Southwest Basketball Teams Use Balanced Scoring to Sweep Dyersburg

Ronald Whitaker

Ronald Whitaker

Jazmine Burgan

Jazmine Burgan

The Southwest men’s and women’s basketball teams each defeated Dyersburg State on January 30 at the Verties Sails Gymnasium for a doubleheader sweep. The Saluqis, ranked 18th in the latest NJCAA Division 1 Poll, defeated the Eagles 111-75 to improve to 18-3 on the season including 9-1 in the TCCAA. The Lady Saluqis won 91-73 for their third straight win and are now 10-9 overall and 7-3 in the TCCAA. 

The men’s team opened the day with eight Southwest players scoring in double figures led by William Alexander who scored a season-high 16 points. Also scoring at least ten points were Brandon Key (14), Kennedy McKinney (14), Payton Wilson (12), Ronald Whitaker (11), Jimario Rivers (11), Gonda Ameri (11) and Julian Daughtry (10). The Saluqis shot 55 percent from the field as a team (including a blistering 65.6 percent in the first half) while limiting the Eagles to just 33.8 percent shooting in the game. Southwest also out-rebounded Dyersburg State by a whopping 57-32 margin and were led by Rivers and Jovontae Waldon with nine boards each.

In the women’s game, Southwest fell behind early and was down 43-39  at the half before outscoring Dyersburg State 52-30 in the second half including 28-9 in the fourth quarter. LaKyesha Stennis, now the number eight all-time Lady Saluqi leading scorer, led the team with 25 points and also dished out five assists. Also in double figures were Briauna Mitchell with 17 points, seven assists and four steals, Taylor Argue with a season-high 13 points, Kemahri Soward with 12 points and Jazmine Burgan with season highs of 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Southwest basketball teams will be on the road this week for conference games at Columbia State on February 3 and at Jackson State on February 6.

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Southwest Baseball Team Wins One of Four in Florida to Open Season

Caleb Armour

Caleb Armour

The Southwest baseball team traveled south to Florida over the weekend to open the 2016 season at the First Pitch Tournament in Clearwater. After defeating Calhoun 6-0 in the opening game on January 29, the Saluqis lost games to St. Petersburg 13-12 on January 29, South Florida State 10-2 on January 30 and Broward 6-0 on January 31 to finish the tournament with a 1-3 record.

In the opening game victory, Rusber Estrada had two doubles and drove in two runs and Dillon Callicott added a single and a double to lead the Saluqis. Winning pitcher Caleb Armour allowed just three hits and no runs over seven innings and relievers Peyton Coleman, Jeffrey Kohl and Dillon Bonee combined to pitch the eighth and ninth innings for the shutout.

Estrada was the Saluqis’ top hitter for the four games, batting .500 with eight hits (including five doubles) and five runs batted in. Other top hitters in the tournament were Callicott with a .333 average, five hits (including two doubles) and three runs batted in, and Daren Ortiz with a .308 average, four hits (including two doubles) and three runs batted in.

The Southwest baseball team’s next game will be on the road February 6 against Calhoun in Decatur, Alabama.

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