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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
2012-2013 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs

Macon Cove Campus (901) 333-4178
Union Avenue Campus (901) 333-5380

Southwest offers students opportunities to grow socially, personally, and intellectually outside of the classroom. The activities of clubs, organizations and intercollegiate athletics heighten and enhance the educational experience of the student population through social, cultural, intellectual and recreational activities and programs. Participation in student activities helps students to develop leadership, communication, interpersonal relations and problem solving skills.

Student Centers

Areas have been set aside for students to relax, study and visit with friends. The Student Centers are located in Room B-106 on the Union Avenue Campus, in Farris 1105 on the Macon Cove Campus, Room 101 at the Gill Center, Room 122 at the Maxine A. Smith Center, and the student lounge at the Whitehaven Center.

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.

Student Clubs and Organizations

A variety of clubs and organizations are available to all students. These include honors, professional, leadership organizations, academic-related organizations, and special interest groups (political, religious, etc.). All students are encouraged to participate in clubs and organizations.

  • Addiction Professionals of Tomorrow
  • Alpha Beta Gamma (ABG)
  • Ambassadors
  • American Criminal Justice Association (Xi Omicron Xi Chapter)
  • American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS)
  • Baptist Student Union (BSU)
  • Biotech Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Campus Activity Board (CAB)
  • Cheerleaders
  • Dietetic Association
  • Diversity Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Graphic Arts Technology (GART) Club
  • Hispanic/Latino Society
  • Honors Program
  • Horticulture Club
  • Hospitality Management
  • Information Technology Club
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
  • International Student Club (ISC)
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi National Paralegal Honor Society (LEX)
  • Medical Lab Technology (MLT)
  • NAACP College Chapter
  • Pep Club
  • Pharmacy Tech Elites
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Pierian Society
  • Radiology Club
  • Ragtime Players
  • Science Club
  • Service-Learning & Civic Engagement
  • Sigma Theta Phi
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Southwest Pride
  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Student Newspaper-The Southwest Source
  • Student Nurses’ Government Association
  • Substance Abuse Professionals of Tomorrow
  • United Christian Association (UCA)
  • Vet Club

Student Government Association (SGA)

Macon Cove Campus (901) 333-4196
Union Avenue Campus (901) 333-5546

The SGA works with all student clubs and organizations to improve the quality of student life at the College. The responsibility of the SGA is to communicate the opinions and concerns of the student body at large to the administration of the College. Members of the SGA are elected by popular vote and serve for a term of one year.

The Leadership Institute

Macon Cove Campus (901) 333-4178
Union Avenue Campus (901) 333-5380

The Leadership Institute Program is designed to build and improve leadership skills by exploring the challenges of committing to a leadership position in an ever changing college environment for emerging and existing leaders. A student must be in an approved Southwest organization to participate.

Adult Student Services – CROSSROADS

The Adult Student Connection
Union Avenue Campus (901) 333-5380

CROSSROADS is a service for adult students. It provides social and family activities, workshops, speakers and resources to help adult students with the transition back to school. Since the needs and responsibilities of the adult students are different than those of the traditional age students, CROSSROADS is designed to make a connection with adult students and address their needs.

Study Abroad

Macon Cove Campus-333-4250
Union Avenue Campus-333-5268

The role of the international studies program is to serve as a catalyst for international education by promoting a campus environment which encourages the appreciation and understanding for all peoples and cultures of global communities. This mission is accomplished through many efforts including campus wide international activities, student exchange programs, and study abroad opportunities.

Intercollegiate Athletics


Southwest competes in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball, and is a member of the Western Division of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). A cheerleading squad supports the athletic teams.