Issue 592: 11 / 23 / 2015

Southwest Was the Host Site for the Ninth Annual TnCIS Conference

Ira Sukrungruang (standing front-left) delivers ...

Ira Sukrungruang (standing front-left) delivers the keynote address during the TnCIS Conference luncheon.

Southwest President Dr. Tracy Hall ...

Southwest President Dr. Tracy Hall welcomes TnCIS members to Southwest.

Rev. Kenneth Nippert discusses his ...

Rev. Kenneth Nippert discusses his international mission trips with UT Health Science students.

The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) held its Ninth Annual Conference on International Education at Southwest on November 5-6. The theme for this two-day conference was High Impact Practices in Higher Education.

TnCIS represents 19 colleges and universities devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education throughout the state of Tennessee. It supports the belief that students and faculty in all academic fields should have an international dimension in their studies and the opportunity to participate in an international experience.

Southwest President Dr. Tracy Hall welcomed the assembly during their luncheon and asked Rev. Kenneth Nippert, director of the Christian Medical and Dental Association for the University of Tennessee (UT) Health Science Center and husband of Southwest Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Nippert, to briefly speak about his international mission trips with UT students.

The luncheon keynote speaker was Ira Sukrungruang, MFA, a Chicago born Thai- American and the author of the memoirs, Southside Buddhists, which won the 2015 American Book Award and a bronze medal in the Florida Book Awards.

“We were so honored to highlight our keynote speaker Ira Sukrungruang who was an international faculty member of the City University Hong Kong MFA Program which started the first Asian-focused creative writing program. Sukrungruang facilitated a discussion addressing the international classroom in one of the concurrent afternoon sessions,” said Southwest Associate Dean of Mathematics and Director of International Studies Tamara McColgan.

Other sessions included: Embedding International Service International Learning Into Your Program; Financial Aid and Study Abroad; Creativity and Collaboration in the International Classroom; International Service Learning: The Faculty Perspective; Teaching Nutrition in the Global Community: Hands-on In Brazil; Creating an Intranet System for Communication and Testing in Study Abroad Program; and Classroom on the Fly: McGyvering a Mobile Classroom for Best Practices among others.

View the Ninth Annual TnCIS Conference Photo Gallery.

Ron Wells is elected as Vice President of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing and Higher Education

Ron Wells

Ron Wells

Southwest’s Director of Special Projects and Extended Programs, and Director of the Millington Center, Ron Wells was elected as Vice President of the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing and Higher Education (TACHE) at its 47th Annual Conference recently in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Wells was also a speaker, partnering with Dr. Anita Ricker of Walters State to present “The Skills Gap and Putting Assessments to Good Use”. 

TACHE is an association of post-secondary education professionals representing public and private colleges and universities, technical training institutions and other related entities.  Members include representatives from faculty, workforce development, administrative departments, distance learning and extended programs, credit and non-credit. 

TACHE promotes the advancement of continuing education and lifelong learning by providing a forum for professional networking and professional development, sharing of best practices and successful programs, and promoting professional collaborative relationships. Many highly successful programs were initially presented at a TACHE Conference as a best practice, and spread across the state.  The Industrial Readiness Training (IRT), developed at Southwest, was one of those programs. 

For more information about TACHE, including how you can join, contact Ron Wells, or visit

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An Evening with the Memphis Symphony

Pictured are Sara Juarez Guarded ...

Pictured are Sara Juarez Guarded, Michelle Pellay-Walker, Jonathan Evanston, Sara Seals, Doug Branch, and Terry Dyson.

On the evening of November 7, Honors Academy and Honors Music Appreciation students joined Doug Branch, director of the Honors Academy and Michelle Pellay-Walker, Southwest music professor and Memphis Symphony Orchestra violist,  for an "Evening with the Memphis Symphony" at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis. 

The program featured The Planets, by Gustav Holst. 

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Five Score in Double Figures In Lady Saluqis’ Win Over Dyersburg State

LaKyesha Stennis

LaKyesha Stennis

The Southwest women’s basketball team defeated Dyersburg State 89-81 on November 21 in Dyersburg, TN, as LaKyesha Stennis scored 29 points to lead five Lady Saluqis who scored in double figures. The win improved their record to 3-4 on the season including 2-3 in conference play.

Also scoring at least 10 points in the win were Erica Dean (12), Lyric Stallings (11), Victoria Middlebrooks (10) and Briauna Mitchell (10). Mitchell also led the team with four assists and five steals and Middlebrooks was the top rebounder with nine.

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Quartet Leads Saluqis to Wins Over Crowley’s Ridge and Dyersburg State

David Burrell


David Burrell


The Southwest men’s basketball team defeated Crowley’s Ridge JV 126-68 and Dyersburg State 86-63 to improve to 7-2 on the season including 5-0 in the TCCAA.

David Burrell (27) and Lorenzen Wright Jr. (24) combined for 51 points, Brandon Key dished out 17 assists, and Jimario Rivers posted a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Crowley’s Ridge JV on November 19 at the Verties Sails Gymnasium. As a team, the Saluqis handed out 39 assists which tied the single game Southwest record.

Burrell, Wright, Rivers and Key were also team leaders in the victory over conference foe Dyersburg State on November 21 in Dyersburg, TN. Burrell scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Wright had 14 points, Rivers recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Key had his second straight double-digit assist with 13. The Saluqi defense held Dyersburg State to 30 percent field goal shooting including 25.6 percent in the second half.

This week, the Southwest men will play Bethel University JV on November 23 in its only game of the week.

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