Issue 417: 4 / 2 / 2012

Southwest Tennessee Community College President’s Proclamation


WHEREAS, the College is a comprehensive, multi-cultural, public, open-access College; and

WHEREAS, the College seeks to provide all its citizens with an effective teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, enhance economic development, and enrich personal lives; and

WHEREAS, the College is committed to enhancing its diversity in all forms including age, divergent ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, sex, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, the socioeconomic and geographic composition of the College community; and

WHEREAS, the strength of the College lies in its diversity as well as in its unity of all people including students, faculty, staff, or administration; and

WHEREAS, the retention of diverse groups within the College is a component of the College’s mission; and

WHEREAS, given the historical and legal discrimination that has existed in American society, particular emphasis needs to be placed on the inclusion of individuals who are members of groups that have historically been excluded; and

WHEREAS, the College explicitly values diversity in all components of the institution;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that April 2 – April 6 is hereby proclaimed as Diversity Week at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Senior Staff urges all members of the Southwest family to observe this week by joining the Diversity Committee in celebrating and facilitating a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity of all our members.

Poet Steve Kistulentz visits Southwest for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, is observed annually in April and to celebrate it poet Steve Kistulentz will be reading his works on April 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Bornblum Library at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove Campus.

Kistulentz is the author of two books of poetry: The Luckless Age (Red Hen Press, 2011) – selected by Nick Flynn from nearly 700 manuscripts as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award and Little Black Daydream – forthcoming this fall from the University of Akron Press Series in Poetry.

His poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, New England Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, and Southern Review. His work in creative nonfiction has appeared in such magazines as Copper Nickel, River Teeth, and Barrelhouse.

The event is sponsored by Southwest’s Honors Academy. Kistulentz’s will be available following the reading to sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase (cash or check only, please).

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Spotlight on Ethical Literacy

Nathan L. Essex

Nathan L. Essex

When we take a look at current times, we often wonder if people have lost morals and values. Our government leaders, spiritual leaders, education leaders and average citizens seem to be faced with ethical issues. Ethics is defined as a system or set of moral principles relating to human conduct with respect to the rightness and wrongness of actions and the goodness and badness of motives.

With the support of the Assisi Foundation, Southwest has joined the Ethical Literacy Community to promote ethical practices throughout our institution. The committee has asked Southwest leaders to give insight on their thoughts regarding ethics, and will be sharing those comments in this publication. Our first comments come from President Nathan Essex (below), and will be followed by a series of other comments from individuals throughout the Southwest family.

How does ethical behavior impact the operations at Southwest?

Ethical behavior impacts the operation of Southwest in the sense that it determines if the College treats employees with dignity and respect. Ethical behavior exhibited by College leaders determines, to a large extent, whether employees exhibit ethical behavior in their employment positions as well. Southwest must be guided by moral principles that govern our behavior as we strive to achieve the College’s mission and vision. In doing so, we must articulate and embody the purpose and values of the College to ensure that our actions are framed in ethical terms.

Nathan L. Essex, President

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Southwest Upward Bound Hosts Career Day and Spring Fling

Southwest’s Upward Bound hosted its annual Career Day and Spring Fling on March 17 at the Union Avenue Campus. This event is designed to expose Upward Bound participants to career information that will help them select college majors consistent with their career interests.

Professionals from various fields such as allied health science, nursing, criminal justice, civic and business communities presented. Former upward bound participant, Dr. Lara Chatman, discussed ways in which the Upward Bound Program assisted and prepared her for college and earning a doctorate degree. Other presenters included Clarence Christian of Project Alpha and Youth Leadership Initiatives with the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated; business owner, Carl Person of Customized Solutions – A Person-2-Person consulting firm; Officer Ronald Ross, Police Services and Public Safety for Southwest Tennessee Community College; Powell Odie, intensive care unit nurse for the Veterans Administrative Hospital; Beverly Winfield-Sakyi advisor/retired nurse for Allied Health Programs, Southwest Tennessee Community College; and also from Southwest, Dr. Juliann Waits, associate professor, Biotechnology and Forensic Science Degree Program.

The music was performed by LaKeisha Williams while Upward Bound participants read and recited poems and served as hosts and hostesses. Coordinating the event were, Southwest Upward Bound Program Director Patricia Burnette, Office Manager Wendy Boyd, and Office Assistants Stacey Freeman and Veronika Garner.

Most Upward Bound programs are housed on a college campus and provide academic instruction, individual and group counseling and tutorial services to high school students. Locally, eligibility is determined if a student is in the ninth (9) or tenth (10) grade at Carver, Frayser, Hamilton, or Manassas High Schools; a U. S. Citizen; a first-generation college student; academically and economically deprived; and interested in preparing for college.

After graduation from high school, the Upward Bound Program affords each participant an opportunity to earn up to seven (7) hours of college credit and provides a monthly stipend.

Students interested in applying to the Upward Bound Program may obtain an application from their high school counselor or contact the Upward Bound Office at (901) 333-5117.

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A Southwest Associate Professor Helps Children Discover the Joys of Reading

Dr. Robert J. Walker, entertaining ...

Dr. Robert J. Walker, entertaining children with his puppet, “Betty Like-Books” at the downtown Memphis Cossitt Library.

Dr. Robert J. Walker, associate professor of Education, has found a unique opportunity to be a role model to young children in the city of Memphis by participating in the “Real Men Read Program.”

The Real Men Read is a library outreach program targeting inner city (urban) child care centers in Memphis, TN. The program was developed in 2007 by Inger Upchurch, manager of Cornelia Crenshaw Library, one of 18 branches of the Memphis Public Library. The program is designed to promote and engage young children between the ages of 3 to 5-years old in the joy and excitement of reading. The end product is creating lifelong readers and future leaders. The program is also designed to foster positive self-esteem in African-American children through being read to by African-American men who will also serve as role models/mentors.

“As an educator and community activist, this program gives me an opportunity to work directly with young children. As a college professor, I spend much of my time training college students to become teachers. By volunteering with Real Men Read, I am able to renew my hands-on experience of working directly with children. I can in-turn be a better teacher to my college students when I return to my college classroom. I am not just telling them what the book says, or what teaching strategies worked when I was a teacher 'back in the day.' I am sharing with them what teaching strategies worked for me a few days ago with a group of young children,” stated Dr. Walker.

More than the joy of reading to young children, Walker said the Real Men Read Program gives him the opportunity to serve as a role model for children who may not have a father figure in their lives. “It brings so much joy to the children, especially the little boys, when they see someone who looks like them reading to them. The program clearly helps to instill in young children the love for reading. The bottom line is, if you can teach children to read and develop in them a love for reading—the rest of their academic success will come easy. Reading is the foundation of all learning,” said Dr. Walker

The Real Men Read program material includes books, puppets, and props—such as musical instruments, using all themes from sharing, friendship, to holiday celebrations. Initially, it comprised four male volunteers visiting child care centers monthly and averaging 30-50 children (toddlers and preschoolers). Today, the program have increased to 26 male volunteers visiting child care centers once or twice a week and averaging 160-257 children (toddlers and preschoolers).

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Memphis' James Justice Wins Slam Dunk Competition

Reprinted from The Commercial Appeal
March 30, 2012
By Richard Locker

Former Craigmont High and Southwest Tennessee Community College basketball standout James Justice is the nation’s slam dunk champion.

Justice won Thursday night’s State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship in New Orleans.

He was en route today from the competition to Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., where he’s a senior guard for the school’s NAIA RedHawks. The 165-pound Justice has a vertical jump of 52 inches and is listed as 5 feet 10.

The Memphis native beat Auburn’s Kenny Gabriel and Miami’s (Fla.) DeQuan Jones, both 6 feet 8 players, in the final round of the championship held at Tulane in advance of the NCAA Final Four.

“It’s a true David and Goliath story,” said Nashville lawyer Byron Trauger, chairman of Martin’s board of trustees.

Justice was the only player selected to be in the competition by fan voting on Facebook. For the first time in the event’s 24 years, fans nominated players as the “2012 Dark Horse Dunker” by submitting YouTube video.

Justice’s former coach at Southwest, Verties Sails, led a local effort to encourage fans to vote for Justice online.

Martin Methodist, about 180 miles east of Memphis, is a four-year college with 1,100-students founded in 1870. Its RedHawks teams play in the TranSouth Athletic Conference, where Justice is the player of the year.

In New Orleans on Thursday night, Justice slam dunked forward and backward and after passing the ball from hand to hand between his legs.

He’s the son of Debra and James Justice of Memphis.

To view the YouTube video of the slam dunk, visit

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Southwest’s Softball Team Sweeps Crowley’s Ridge and LeMoyne-Owen, Then Swept by Vol State and Columbia State

Makalya Rice

Makalya Rice

After a promising start to the week with sweeps of Crowley’s Ridge and LeMoyne-Owen, the Southwest softball team was swept over the weekend by both Volunteer State and Columbia State in conference doubleheaders.

Pitcher Haylee Power had four hits on the day and was the winning pitcher in both games as the Lady Saluqis defeated Crowley’s Ridge 10-2 and 14-4 on March 26 in Paragould, AR. Morgan Kirk also had four hits and Makalya Rice stole five bases in the two games. Also collecting three hits in the doubleheader were Caroline Jacobs, Heidi Molder, Stephanie Steen and Brittany Cline.

The Lady Saluqis swept LeMoyne-Owen 12-2 and 21-7 on March 27 at Tobey Park to extend their winning streak to five games. Devin Pruitt hit two bases-loaded triples in a 14-run fourth inning in the game two victory. In the two games, Rice had five hits including a double and Power had four hits including two doubles and drove in four runs. In addition, Jacobs hit an inside-the-park home run in game two.

On March 30, Southwest was defeated 6-0 and 16-1 by defending Region VII champion Volunteer State then lost to Columbia State 9-1 and 22-1 on March 31 to drop to 15-21-1 on the season. Among the few bright spots for the Lady Saluqis was Rice’s four stolen bases in the four games which gave her a total of 26 on the season and broke the single season Southwest record of 22.

The Southwest softball team will play six games on the road this week, at Arkansas Baptist on April 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at North Arkansas on April 6-7 in Harrison, Arkansas.

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Southwest Baseball Team Wins One of Three Against Jackson State

Ty Michelotti

Ty Michelotti

The Southwest baseball team won one of three games in a conference series against Jackson State over the weekend in Jackson, Tennessee. The Saluqis are now 12-23 overall and 5-10 in the TCCAA.

After losing a 14-8 slugfest to Jackson State on March 30, the Saluqis came back to win the first game of a March 31 doubleheader 12-9 before losing the second game of the day and the final game of the series 3-2.

Ty Michelotti had a huge series starting with three hits, a triple, home run and five RBIs in the series opener. He followed that up with a single, double, triple and two RBIs to lead Southwest to the win in game two of the series then had two more hits in the finale.

Other top hitters for the Saluqis were David West (2 hits in game one, 2 hits, 2 RBIs in game 2), Carlos Alegria (2 hits, home run, 2 RBIs in game 2), Cameron Dougher (3 hits, double, RBI in game 2), and Alonzo Powell (3 hits, RBI in game 3).

The Saluqis’ baseball team will host Southeastern Illinois in a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. on April 3 at USA Stadium then will return to TCCAA play on April 5-6 against Roane State at Bolton High School. Southwest and Roane State will play a single game at 2 p.m. on April 5 followed by a noon doubleheader on April 6.

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