There are a variety of clubs available to all students. These include honors and leadership organizations, academic-related organizations, and special interest groups (political, religious, etc.). All students are encouraged to participate in clubs and organizations. Current student organizations are:
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Addiction Professionals of Tomorrow
This organization provides students enrolled in the Certificate Program for Substance Abuse Counseling with opportunities to develop relationships with practicing abuse clinicians and assists them with their pursuit of employment and careers in the substance abuse and counseling field.
Advisor: Jim Jongewaard
Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG)
An international business honor society established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students in business curricula. To achieve this goal, Alpha Beta Gamma provides leadership opportunities, forums for the exchange of ideas and the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Advisors: Nathan Washington, Patsy Fancher
A group of students who serve as goodwill representatives of the College. They support college and community events scheduled by the Recruiting Office and help to promote Southwest.
Advisor: Vanessa Dowdy
American Criminal Justice Association (Xi Omicron Xi Chapter)
The purpose of this club is to promote professional, academic and public awareness of criminal justice issues. We reach out to students by holding seminars, speaking to recent and future high school graduates, and distributing information to the general public. The club also encourages higher education and training in the criminal justice field.
The club strives to assist, mentor, and counsel any student in the Criminal Justice Program, while providing a foundation of support to ensure students achieve their goal of receiving their Associate Degree in criminal justice. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in the field of criminal justice.
Advisors: Joanitha Barnes, Aimee Burgdorf, Liz Lawrence
American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS)
To develop an understanding of the design process, the nature of building materials, and the role and the relationship of the architect, engineer, owner and contractor.
Advisor: Robert Tom
Baptist Student Union (BSU)
Operates through the National Student Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose is to provide fellowship of college students seeking to find and implement God's purpose for them and their world. BSU is a program that provides opportunity for an inward journey of spiritual growth and an outward journey of service to others.
Advisor: Dwight Campbell
An exciting extra-curricula activity for biotechnology majors and any student interested in the science of biotechnology. Biotechnology uses living organisms, or the product of living organisms, for the human benefit to make a product or solve a problem. The Biotech Club explores the many sides of biotechnology, such as, DNA fingerprinting and paternity testing. The purpose of the Biotech Club is to increase knowledge in the community about biotechnology and its benefits.
Advisor: Deanna Langfitt, Jessica Croslow
The organization will provide students that attend Southwest a chance to redirect negative energy of college life by using a fun physical activity. The club will enhance cultural, intellectual and social skills by using smiles laughter and fun to help ease life on a college campus.
Advisor: Shirley Stewart
Campus Activity Board (CAB)
An advisory board composed of students who make recommendations for entertainment and educational activities that enhance the cultural, intellectual, and social environment of the college.
Advisors: Nikita Ashford, Phoenix Worthy
To bring more support to Southwest athletic games and activities; to encourage and exhibit good sportsmanship; and to represent the faculty and student body in every scheduled athletic activity.
Advisors: Nikita Ashford, Phoenix Worthy
The purpose of the club is to provide a platform and place to play for anyone who wishes to compete in the game of Chess. This includes those who have never played and would like to learn the fundamentals of the game. We also hope to offer Southwest students an opportunity to socialize in an extracurricular college activity and meet new friends.
Advisor: Terrence Johnston
To provide a framework for meaningful student involvement and to stimulate interest in the profession of dietetics. The objectives are to acquaint students with all aspects of dietetics; to broaden the scope of educational experiences through varied nutrition related activities; to provide sound nutrition information to the community and to stimulate sound nutrition practices among peers.
Advisor: Megan Murphy
This is a community service organization. Programs, forums, and activities are designed to give community support and service to the Memphis Community at large. These programs have ranged from mentoring, to food/clothing giveaways, to offering tutorial services, etc. This club was formerly known as the Rainbow Society.
Advisors: Malinda Wade, Clim Madlock, Joanitha Barnes
To promote member involvement, to provide social, organizational, and educational extension of the music program, and to become an effective recruiting and retention instrument of the College.
Advisor: Valetta Brinson
Graphic Arts Technology (GART) Club
A professional organization of students majoring in Graphic Arts Technology Concentration or taking any graphic arts courses. Our goal is to enhance the GART students' educational skills and to promote leadership experiences to become a well-qualified graphic arts professional.
Advisor: Carla Owens
High Voltage Dance Club
Will promote all social events at Southwest Tennessee Community College; will invoke the voice of the students on the dance team in campus affairs; will explore the dancing art of different cultures and societies; will provide a team who builds character, self- esteem and intellectual growth.
Advisor: Raymond Perkins
To establish a platform that unites Hispanic/Latino students and other cultures through enlightenment, empowerment, networking, and serving the Hispanic/ Latino community by reinforcing relations to Southwest. The club will create cultural awareness and recognize the contributions of students committed to the development and progress of the Hispanic/Latino culture.
Advisors: Patricia Ward, Joe Carson, Ruth De LaMota-Salas
The mission of the Honors Program is to provide governance to students in the Honors Academy and to enhance their educational, personal, and leadership experiences while at Southwest Tennessee Community College so that they may be role models for other students. Thus, the underlying reason for this organization is to help increase the cultural capital of the overall campus community.
Advisors: Douglas Branch, LaDonna Young
Hospitality Management Society (HMS)
A professional organization of students majoring in Hospitality Management or other fields with an interest in pursuing a career in Food and Beverage Management, Lodging Management, Culinary Arts, or Travel and Tourism. The aims and objectives are to foster the individual welfare of its members and advance the theory and practice of scientific management wherever it may apply.
Advisors: Marguerite Coltharp, Steven Leake
Information Technology Club
The Information Technology Club is an officially chartered club of Southwest Tennessee Community College. The main purpose of the club is to provide fellowship for students in the Information Technology concentrations. The club will also be involved in college events, community service, mentoring of new Information Technology students, study groups, and presentations by local IT industry experts. To be eligible, you must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours, declared your major as Information Technology, and have (and maintain) a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Advisor: Todd Blankenbeckler
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
To assist career-oriented business students in developing a better understanding of secretarial professions and the business world; to stimulate interest in and provide insight regarding lifetime careers and advancement opportunities as administrative support personnel; to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences and a spirit of fellowship among business students with similar career interests; to provide opportunities for interaction among students, educators, and business professionals; and to provide an opportunity for teacher trainees in the business education area to expand their understanding of the secretarial profession.
Advisors: Bobbie Hawkins
International Student Club (ISC)
Open to all international students and alumni and any American students interested in international affairs and people. The purpose of the club is to promote and support the international students at Southwest Tennessee Community College and to provide entertainment and a social life for members of the club.
Advisors: Linda Patterson, Felicia Hankins
Lambda Epsilon Chi National Paralegal Honor Society (LEX)
LEX is part of the AAfPE (American Association for Paralegal Education) organization that recognizes Paralegal Studies students who achieve a particular GPA within their programs.
Advisor: Gwynne Hutton
Medical Lab Technology (MLT)
Provides an opportunity for medical labratory technician students to enrich their educational experiences. To develop an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities found in the field of medical technology.
Advisor: Contact Allied Health at 901-333-5400
NAACP College Chapter
To improve the political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of racial discrimination; and to take all lawful action to secure its elimination, consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the Articles of Incorporation of the Association, its Constitution and By-Laws and as directed by the National Board of Directors.
Contact Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs at 901-333-5380 for additional information.
To be supportive and encouraging at athletic events. The Pep Club adds moral support to the home team with clappers, and special chants. Pep Club is open to all students who wish to support the Athletic Department.
Advisor: Amy Waddell, Rosie Taylor
Pharmacy Tech Elites
Chapter of the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians is an exciting co-curricular activity for Pharmacy Tech students. The purpose of the Pharmacy Tech Elites is to equip students with real world experiences in the field of Pharmacy.
Advisor: Osborne Burks
Phi Theta Kappa
National honor society for two-year colleges. Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has more than 1,200 chapters. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is the recognition and encouragement of scholarship among community college students. Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
*Invitations to membership in the Southwest chapter, Upsilon Delta, are extended to all students at the College who have accumulated 12 credit hours toward a degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Advisor: Twyla Waters
This club directs and motivates students wishing to enter the field of radiologic technology. It also creates a public awareness of radiologic technology as a profession while providing radiology students with social and scholastic support.
Advisors: Tracy Freeman-Jones, Thomas Wolfe
To operate exclusively for public, charitable and educational performances. They are to produce entertainment for the public at a minimum charge and conduct adjunct social activities which will benefit the individual in pursuit of theater excellence or the public appreciation of the arts.
Advisor: Patsy Fancher
To aid in the social adjustment and maturation of students; to attract, direct and motivate more students into the field of science; to make biological science a personal and educational experience; to help create and share new ideas and innovations in the field of science; to broaden the understanding of biological concepts to include the ecological environment; to provide the student with an environment which will permit the student to test a wide range of ideas; and to emphasize the unity of life.
Advisors: Joyce Johnson, Amanda Banker
Service–Learning & Civic Engagement
Provides an opportunity for students of Southwest Tennessee Community College to engage in meaningful community service activities that address the needs of the community, such as hunger, homelessness, education, and the environment. To reflect on these service activities as a group in order to discuss the issues that face many in the community, to better understand different populations in the community, and to develop a greater sense of civic responsibility among the members.
Advisors: Margie Dernaika
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
For the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of manufacturing. Members are dedicated to providing the means and the methods of applying this knowledge in practice and education. Among other things, SME promotes and engages actively in research, writing, publishing and disseminating knowledge within this field.
Contact the Engineering Department at 901-333-4150 for additional information.
Southwest Pride is a richly diverse group of students, faculty and staff formed to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community at Southwest. Southwest Pride promotes an inclusive agenda and serves as a forum for LGBT individuals to express themselves without fear of judgment. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the group's activities.
Advisor: Robert "Bob" Blaudow
Student Government Association (SGA)
To unify the general student body; to serve as the representative voice of the student body; to be liaison between the student body and the administration, faculty, and staff; to experience the democratic process; to encourage and promote student involvement in all student interested programs and activities; and to ensure student input and representation on all College-wide Standing Committees that affect the student body. The SGA's responsibility to the students and the College is to initiate school spirit, motivate ideas, encourage quality citizenship, promote student welfare, assure the rights and privileges of the students and to communicate openly with the administration, faculty and staff of Southwest.
Advisors: Nikita Ashford, Phoenix Worthy
Student Newspaper – The Southwest Source
The official College newspaper, is edited and published by the students during the fall and spring semesters. Involved students acquire experience in all aspects of journalism, writing, editing, layout and photography.
Advisors: Nikita Ashford, Phoenix Worthy
Student Nursing Government Association
To unify the nursing student body; to be the representative voice of the nursing student body; serve as a means by which the nursing student needs, concerns and opinions are expressed; and to encourage and promote nursing student involvement in all nursing student interested programs and activities.
Advisor: Jason Sasser
Substance Abuse Professionals of Tomorrow
This organization provides students enrolled in the certificate program for Substance Abuse Counseling with opportunities to develop relationships with practicing abuse clinicians and assists them with their pursuit of employment and careers in the substance abuse and counseling field.
Advisor: James Jongewaard
United Christian Association (UCA)
A bi-weekly fellowship devoted to spiritually strengthening members so that they may adequately represent the Lord Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives.
Advisor: Dwight Campbell