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Captain's Challenge, 'I Heart UTM' week hosted this month


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 2018 Captain’s Challenge fundraising event April 18 ahead of “I Heart UTM” week and other end-of-semester activities.

Previous years have seen a weeklong fundraising challenge raise more than $250,000 in five days, but this year the goal is to raise $300,000 in 24 hours. Contributors can direct their donations toward any campus office or department, athletic unit, scholarship fund, special program or other activity.

Captain’s Challenge has been part of “I Heart UTM” week since its inception in 2015, but this year it will be held as a separate event. Those wishing to make a Captain’s Challenge gift or track the event’s progress can do so at

“I Heart UTM” week April 22-27 to celebrate school pride and the final week of spring semester classes. Events will include faculty, staff and community members as well as students.

Sunday, April 22, is athletics day and features the UT Martin baseball team against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 1 p.m. in Skyhawk Park. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be given away to fans beginning at 12:30.

Monday, April 23, is philanthropy day. Students will be able to create an “I Heart UTM” poster outside the Boling University Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and the annual Mike Munkel Barbecue will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the parking lot off Mt. Pelia Road, near Pacer Pond. The Mike Munkel Barbecue honors the legacy of longtime dining services employee Mike Munkel, who was dedicated to UT Martin students during his tenure with the university. UT Martin will be collecting canned goods during the Barbecue.

Tuesday, April 24, features “Donuts for Donors,” an event that encourages UT Martin students to write letters of thanks to individuals who donated during the Captain’s Challenge event, held April 18.

Wednesday, April 25, is a special day for seniors, faculty members and staff. The senior drive-thru will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Dunagan Alumni Center, and seniors graduating in either the spring or fall are invited to “drive through” the center to collect blueberry muffins, Orange Crush drinks and alumni car decals. Hump Day camel rides and a petting zoo will be in the university quad from noon-3 p.m.

Senior walk begins at 3 p.m., April 25, and is a special tradition to honor all graduating senior students. Students begin their walk outside the Boling University Center and travel through the quad to the Elam Center for graduation practice, saying goodbye to faculty and staff members along the way. This is an annual spring event, and the community is invited to help line the sidewalk and wish the class of 2018 well as they prepare to receive their degrees.

Thursday, April 26, is a day for the community to show UT Martin pride. Local businesses and schools are encouraged to display “I Heart UTM” posters and wear UT Martin apparel. A “fire and ice” event, sponsored by the UT Martin Office of Housing, will be held from 6-9 p.m. in the University Village. Snow cones, popcorn and s’mores will be provided.

The week wraps up April 27 with alumni day. The Office of Campus Recreation will have various lawn games set up in the quad from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Chick-fil-a lemonade and sweet tea will be provided. The Office of Student Health and Counseling Services will also be giving away snow cones and popcorn to visiting alumni.

All events include giveaway items of various types.

For more information, visit or contact the UT Martin Office of Alumni Affairs at 731-881-7610.


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