Issue 568: 3 / 23 / 2015

Gillespie Presented a Paper at the 2015 Mississippi Philological Association Conference

James Gillespie

James Gillespie

The Mississippi Philological Association, a professional association for languages and literature, held its annual conference this year at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. As usual, a variety of states, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama, were represented at the conference.  Southwest Languages and Literature Instructor James Gillespie was invited to present at the 2015 Conference in January.

“My paper, (Re)Creating Reality: Swinburne in Perennial Perspective, was accepted as part of the panel, 'Bodies of Work: Narratives of Creation, Crime, and Resistance.' By examining two of Algernon Charles Swinburne’s (English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic) poems, The Garden of Proserpine and Hymn to Proserpine, my paper demonstrates how Swinburne achieves a reconciliation of nihilism [pessimism] and religion’s sense of objective reality by elucidating their unexpected similarities at their most fundamental level: at the point where nihilism ultimately creates its own reality by projecting, as it were, a system of meaning unto an otherwise apparently meaningless universe,” Gillespie explained.

He indicated his work was well received by the attendees and that he enjoyed the works of other presenters. “Although my entire experience at the conference was extremely enjoyable, I especially appreciated the presentation given by Dr. Kate Stewart, professor of literature from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Her panel, 'Compelling Evidence: Discoveries and Diagnoses in Nineteenth-Century Literature,' also included Dr. Benjamin Fisher, one of my former professors from the University of Mississippi. His paper, Coventry Patmore on American Writers and Writing, proved to be both fascinating and informative as it demonstrated the significance of Patmore’s perspective on American literature," said Gillespie.

“For me, the highlights of the conference included reconnecting with Dr. Fisher, who eight years ago inspired me to delve into the world of scholarship, and enjoying the inspiring performance of The Poetry of Langston Hughes In Song by the MSU Choral/Vocal Collaborative Arts," he added.

In 2010, during his first attendance at the Mississippi Philological Association Annual Conference, Gillespie  presented an adaptation of his master’s thesis, “Swinburne and Catholicism: Unifying the Flesh and the Spirit,” at the University of Southern Mississippi.

As a native Mississippian he said,  “I am proud to be associated with the Mississippi Philological Association as it continues to demonstrate the South’s important contributions to literature and scholarship.”


Student Honors and Awards Convocation

The annual Student Honors and Awards Convocation, celebrating student achievement for the academic year 2014-2015, will be held April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Nabors Auditorium, Macon Cove Campus.

The student recognition convocation is dedicated to those students who want more out of a college than mere grades and to those faculty and staff who constantly challenge students to "explore at the upper limits of their academic and creative potential." - Clarence Christian, retired faculty member

Nearly 300 students will come forward for bestowal of awards, honors, academic and leadership recognition, and scholarships in commendation of their exemplary achievements throughout their studies at the college.

Students are honored in the following categories:

For additional information contact the Honors Academy at 901-333-4615/5203.

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“smART on Cooper” Silent Auction

smART on Cooper will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the Burke’s Bookstore, 936 S. Cooper, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with bidding ending at 9 p.m. Entry to the auction is a $5 donation to the Honors Academy. “We’ll have a gallery full of paintings, fine photography and other art media,” said Doug Branch, director of the Honors Academy. “And there’ll be plenty of refreshments to enjoy as you browse.”

Payment for art works may be made with cash, check, or credit card. 

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Honors Academy activity fund. “We use the funds to help us with all kinds of activities:  conference attendance;  evenings at the theatre here in Memphis;  evenings with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra;  partial sponsorship, along with Student Activities, for National Poetry Month and a visit to William Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Mississippi. These are all activities that truly help our most engaged students get the most out of their college experience,” said Branch. He emphasized that the event is a double opportunity – for the Honors Academy to finance their activities and for faculty, staff, students and friends of Southwest to acquire art works that – “who knows? – may become very valuable one day!”

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Southwest to Celebrate the 25th National African American Read-In

Southwest will host the African American-Read In on April 1. Changes were necessary to compensate for inclement weather. Please contact the campus coordinators if you wish to volunteer to do a reading. "Let’s make this a great success," said Associate Director of the Honors Academy MaLinda Wade.

Also, please encourage your students to participate. "This is a come-and-go or drop-in event, so join us as we listen to students and faculty read excerpts from the works of their favorite African-American writers and speakers," Wade said.

***COME TO THE LIBRARY FOR RESOURCES***

The African American Read-In will be held on April 1 at the following locations and times:

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Southwest Basketball Players Named All-TCCAA

Basketball Coach Jerry Nichols

Basketball Coach Jerry Nichols

Rasheed Brooks

Rasheed Brooks

Brooks Named Player of the Year, Nichols Named Coach of the Year

Five Southwest basketball players were recently named All-Tennessee Community College Athletic Association in a vote by the conference’s coaches. In addition, Jerry Nichols, coach of the regular season conference champions and 11th ranked men’s team, was voted Coach of the Year and sophomore guard Rasheed Brooks was voted Player of the Year.

In addition to Brooks, sophomore guard Johnathan Burroughs-Cook and freshman forward Jimario Rivers were first team picks while sophomore guard Earl Bryant was a second team member. Brooks, a University of Mississippi signee, led the Saluqis in scoring with a 14.2 average and was also among team leaders in assists (2.1) and steals (1.9). Burroughs-Cook was second on the team in scoring (13.5), assists (2.4) and steals (1.8), Bryant averaged 10.7 points per game and led the team with a 3.5 assist average and Rivers averaged 10.3 points and led the team with 7.2 rebounds per game.

For the Southwest women, freshman guard LaKyesha Stennis was selected first team All-TCCAA and was the only Lady Saluqi honored. Stennis averaged 16.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

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Southwest Softball Player Alex Turner Selected as NJCAA All-Star

Alex turner

Alex turner

Sophomore center fielder Alex Turner has been selected as one of 16 players to represent the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Stars at the 2015 Canadian Open Softball Tournament in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada from June 30-July 14, 2015.

Turner, a graduate of Munford High School, was named first team All-Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) as a freshman last year after leading the Lady Saluqis in almost every statistical category including a .401 batting average, 49 runs, 73 hits, 18 doubles, 15 home runs, 36 runs batted in, 138 total bases, .758 slugging average and .481 on-base average.

In the 2015 NJCAA Division 1 Softball Season Preview, Turner was named as a top returning player. So far this season, she is leading her Southwest team with a .489 batting average, 21 runs scored, eight doubles and a .587 on-base average.

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Southwest Baseball Team Wins One of Three at Jackson State

Michael Ince 

Michael Ince 

The Southwest baseball team split a doubleheader on the road at Jackson State March 21, winning 8-2 and losing 4-3 before losing to the Generals 7-6 in 11 innings on March 22. The Saluqis’ record is now 12-17 overall and 3-5 in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

In the series opening victory, Michael Ince had a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the Saluqis a 1-0 lead. In addition, Ince had two doubles in the game and drove in a total of three runs. Dylan Moore and Vince Hoyt also hit solo home runs. Chad Collins was the winning pitcher, striking out seven batters in a complete seven-inning game.
 
This week is extremely busy for the Saluqis’ baseball team. They are scheduled to host Rhodes College JV in a non-conference single game at USA Stadium on March 23, travel to Booneville, Mississippi to play Northeast Mississippi on March 24, then  host Chattanooga State in a three-game conference series at USA stadium on March 27-28.

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Southwest Softball Team Defeats Jackson State in Series Finale

Alissa Rice

Alissa Rice

The Southwest softball team defeated Jackson State 4-2 on March 22 in the final game of the four-game conference series after losing the first three games (by scores of 3-0, 5-2 and 6-3). The Lady Saluqis’ record now stands at 12-8 overall and 5-5 in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association.

In the game-four victory, Tara Comer led off the top of the fourth inning with a single, advanced to third on a double by Olivia Johnson, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Kayla Bryant to give the Lady Saluqis a 1-0 lead. The biggest hit of the game, however, came with two outs in the sixth inning when Alissa Rice drove in three runs with a base-clearing double to extend the lead to 4-0.  Dallas Chipman was the only player in the game with multiple hits (including a double) while Comer was the winning pitcher.

This week, the Southwest softball team will travel to Moorhead, Mississippi, on March 25 for a non-conference doubleheader against Mississippi Delta, before returning to their home field, Buckhead Creek Recreation Complex (for the first time since the season opener on February 10), for six games this weekend. The Lady Saluqis will host defending TCCAA and Region VII champion Chattanooga State on March 27-28 in a four-game conference series, then will play Mineral Area in a non-conference doubleheader on March 29.

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