253 Brehm Hall

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7211


Dr. Joey E. Melhorn, Director


Suezane Speightt, Admin. Assistant


General Information for TGSAS Scholars
Saturday, June 3 and Friday, June 30, 2017


Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Check-in at Browning Hall
  • 11:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Opening Reception, Bowling University Center
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Scholar and Parent Orientation, Bowling University Center
  • 2:00 pm, Counselor/Scholar orientation, TBA
  • 5:00 pm, Scholar/Counselor/Faculty/Staff cookout (Location to be announced.)
  • 7:00 pm, (Activity and location to be announced.)

Friday, June 30, 2017

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:45 am - Check-out (If necessary a scholar's belongings can be stored in a designated room at Browning Dormitory until after the Closing Ceremony.)
  • 11:00 am - Closing Ceremony and Awards Presentation, Boling University Center, Ballroom
  • Scholars pick up any belongings left at Browning Dormitory.

Directions to UT Martin
The University of Tennessee at Martin is located in Martin, Tenn. It is about 140 miles northeast of Memphis and 150 miles northwest of Nashville. Although there are alternate routes, the easiest routes are generally considered as follows:
Traveling from Nashville: Take Interstate 40 west to Exit 108 (Highway 22 at Parker's Crossroads). Follow Highway 22 north to Martin. UT-Martin directional signs are posted along the way.
Traveling from Memphis: Take Interstate 40 east to Jackson. Take Exit 80 B North to US Highway 45 Bypass, and follow US 45 & US 45E north through Milan to Martin. UT-Martin directional signs are posted along the way.


Contact Information:
Dr. Joey E. Mehlhorn
Director, TGSAS
256 Brehm Hall
Martin, TN 38238
(731) 881-7211 Office
(731) 881-7948 Fax
email: mehlhorn@utm.edu


Ms. Suezane Speight
Administrative Support Assistant II, TGSAS
254 Brehm Hall
Martin, TN 38238
(731)881-7211 Office
(731) 881-7948 Fax
email: sspeight@utm.edu


Housing Information
Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences (TGSAS) students are housed in Browning Hall, an air-conditioned dormitory located on the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) campus. Floors are accessed with a student identification card, and rooms are accessed with a key. Double locks are on all room doors, and bathroom access doors have single locks. Rooms are arranged as four-person suites; each suite has two bedrooms and a connecting bathroom. Sheets, a blanket, and a pillow are provided. Bed linens are exchanged once a week. Scholars need to bring towels, and washcloths. We suggest bringing an extra blanket or throw and a beach towel for the swimming pool. Men and women are housed on separate floors. TGSAS Counselors are present on both floors to assist Scholars.


Dormitory Room Keys
Scholars will be assigned a room key. For safety reasons doors should be locked anytime a scholar leaves his or her room, even for a brief period of time. UTM is not responsible for theft or damage to a resident's possessions. Dorm keys must be returned at checkout. There is a $10 charge for lost or unreturned keys, so care should be taken with room keys.


Each dorm room has a standard telephone jack, but residents must bring their own telephone, which can be used for on campus calls, local service, and to receive outside calls. Participants may make long-distance collect calls or use a long distance credit card. Collect calls cannot be accepted. Phones may not be used after midnight. Scholars may bring a cell phone, but it may not be taken to classes.


Student Identification: Skyhawk Cards
You will receive a student identification card, called a Skyhawk Card. It should be carried by students at all times. This I.D. authorizes a student's presence on campus. It is required for meals, checking out books at the library and recreation facility use. The card also functions as a debit card for use in the library and computer labs for copying. Scholars will receive instructions from the Counselors on how to apply money to the Skyhawk card. The Skyhawk card can also be used as a debit card on campus in the food court, bookstore, T. J.'s Market and vending machines.


Food Services
Sodexho provides all of UTM's food service. All TGSAS, meals are provided daily (including weekends) beginning with the opening luncheon and continuing through the closing luncheon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the University Center cafeteria or in other locations designated by the TGSAS Program Director. There will be several special meals during the program. Meals are also provided during off-campus field trips. If a TGSAS student has special dietary needs, arrangements will be made to meet those needs by TGSAS and the Sodexho staff. No outside meals may not be brought to anyone in the cafeteria or any other location without specific approval of the TGSAS Director.


Personal Items and Supplies
Scholars will need to bring personal items such as prescription or over the counter medication, an alarm clock, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, sunscreen, stationery, stamps, laundry detergent, towels and washcloths. As noted previously, you will need to bring a telephone if you want one in your room. Do not bring the following items: televisions, DVDs, VCRs, microwaves or refrigerators. TGSAS Counselors will have access to a refrigerator, if needed.


TGSAS scholars will be issued a laptop computer which may be used for word processing, e-mail, and accessing the Internet, so do not bring a personal computer or word processor. TGSAS will provide some basic school supplies such as a note book and backpack. Scholars will need to bring paper, pencils and other personal study items. Academic supplies will also be available in the university bookstore.


May and June can be quite warm in Martin. Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended for daily activities. Blue jeans, T-shirts, and walking shorts are acceptable. Excessively short, revealing or ill fitting clothing will NOT be permitted. All buildings are air-conditioned, so bringing a sweater, sweatshirt or light jacket is advisable. Banquets and other special occasions will require a dress or nice skirt and blouse for women. A coat, dress shirt and tie are expected for men. Two or three dressier outfits and appropriate shoes are suggested for some of the weekend activities and field trips. Jeans or other long pants, long sleeve shirts and shoes with toes covered may be necessary for some field trips and classes where students are working with animals. Scholars will receive two TGSAS polo shirts and will need to bring two pair of plain khakis (not cargo pants or capris) to wear with those shirts. For some of the laboratory sessions, old clothes, old tennis shoes or boots, and a hat to protect you from the sun are needed. Remember that this is a Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences and participants may get dirty at times!


In order to receive semester hour credit for courses, scholars must attend all scheduled classes and are expected to attend all meetings, workshops, performances, and field trips as well for the entire four weeks. Any exceptions or class absences must be submitted in writing and approved by the Program Director prior to your final acceptance into the program. This includes attendance at the final closing awards and recognition luncheon. Failure to complete the entire program schedule may result in a grade of "I" being recorded for each class.


Classroom Etiquette
TGSAS scholars are expected to demonstrate the following rules of courtesy and respect. Failure to do so can result in expulsion.

  • Respect faculty and guest presenters by being quiet, attentive, and sitting upright.
  • Do not interrupt others during interactive discussion
  • Men should remove caps/hats while in the classroom
  • Behave in a mature manner at all times
  • Absolutely no cell phones in class or during any presentation or program.

Respecting the Rights of Others
Scholars are expected to exercise mature judgment by respecting the rights of others and particularly by observing the following:

  • Respect the dormitory quiet hours.
  • Respect the property of others
  • Respect religious and cultural beliefs of others

We want all scholars to enjoy their TGSAS experience. However, there are rules that must be followed and will be strictly enforced to ensure safety and to achieve TGSAS goals and objectives. Any student violating the following rules will be expelled promptly:

  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages and/or entering a bar without a parent or guardian
  • Possession or use of illegal drugs or tobacco products
  • Harassment of any other individual
  • Violence of any kind
  • Stealing
  • Maliciously breaking or damaging property
  • Possession of weapon(s)
  • Arriving or leaving the residence hall after curfew
  • Arriving late for class or other scheduled activities
  • Females present in a male's room or Males present in a female's room
  • Exhibiting behavior that is considered potentially harmful to oneself and/or others
  • Mistreatment of animals
  • Bringing an unauthorized vehicle to campus or riding in one other than with parents, guardians, TGSAS staff or faculty
  • Violation of class etiquette


A curfew has been established for both safety and to encourage responsibility. On weekday evenings (Sunday through Thursday), students must be in the residence hall by 9:00 p.m., on their floor by 10:00 p.m., and in their room by 11:00 p.m. They are required to be in the residence hall by 11:00 p.m. and in their room by Midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. Scholars must check in with their Counselor by 9:00 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends) to verify their presence in the building. After checking in, they cannot leave the building. After 11:00 p.m. on weekday evenings and Midnight on weekends, scholars cannot leave their suite until the next morning. Violation of these rules, excessive noise or other disruptions in the dormitory will not be tolerated.


All basic program expenses, including dorm, meals, admission to cultural and social events, recreation fees, transportation, field trips, tuition and required books, are paid by TGSAS. However, it is advisable to bring enough money for the laundry facilities, snacks, personal items, and souvenirs. There will be a shuttle as needed for shopping for essential items not available on campus. Students will have opportunities to do light shopping at local stores, catch a movie or visit various restaurants on occasion. The Campus Bookstore has a wide variety of items. Large amounts of spending money are both unnecessary and undesirable. Scholars may want to make arrangements for extra spending money on weekend or overnight trips. The Skyhawk card is a convenient way to make purchases on campus; funds can be applied directly to the card, which can then be used as a debit card. Traveler's checks and debit cards are also safe and easy ways to bring money. ATMs are located next to the cafeteria in the University Center. These machines will accept ATM cards, Visa and Visa Check Cards.


Automobiles and Bicycles
Driving a vehicle to TGSAS is strongly discouraged and must be approved by the Program Director before arriving on campus. If it is necessary for a scholar to drive a personal vehicle to campus they will be required to deposit the keys to the vehicle with the University Department of Public Safety. Keys will be returned to on the day TGSAS closes. Scholars are not allowed to drive a vehicle during the TGSAS program. UTM is a walking campus and the staff provides all transportation during the program.


Sending and Receiving Mail
Students may bring stamps or purchase them from the UTM Post Office. Mail is distributed to locations on campus from the UTM post office. Letters can be mailed there also. All mail and packages for TGSAS students are delivered to and distributed from the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences and Natural Resources office in 256 Brehm Hall and should be addressed as follows:


Student's Name
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences
256 Brehm Hall
Martin, TN 38238


Visitation Policy
Because there is a full schedule of activities planned, parents and friends of Scholars are asked to respect the "no outside visitors" policy at all times. Unauthorized visitors will not be permitted in the cafeteria, classroom, or residence halls; nor are they allowed on field trips or any other TGSAS activities (with the exception of scheduled visitation days).


Parents/Siblings Visitation
Parents and siblings will be invited to visit their scholar on Family Visitation Sunday The date, times and additional details will be announced at the beginning of TGSAS.


Safety is a priority during TGSAS. The University of Tennessee at Martin has an exceptionally safe and secure campus, and Martin, Tennessee has one of the lowest crime rates for a city of its size in the United States. UTM is rated the sixth safest campus in the United States. Both the UTM Department of Public Safety and the City of Martin Police Department are committed to maintaining that exceptional level of safety. Crime at College, The Student Guide to Personal Safety, by Curtis Ostrander and Joseph Schwartz, also rated UTM as the second safest college town in the South and the number one rated campus community in Tennessee. UTM has wide, well-lit walking paths and the UTM Department of Public Safety patrols the campus at all hours. Nevertheless, using common sense and abiding by safety and security policies is always appropriate. Scholars are encouraged to engage in approved safety practices which include securing valuables, walking in groups, watching for suspicious activity and reporting even minor violations. After dark you should walk in groups of two or more when you are out of the dorm. You should never go into another dorm or residence hall for any reason. Scholars are not permitted to be off-campus alone. They must be accompanied by a counselor, or TGSAS faculty or staff member. Scholars must be in their dorm at the scheduled time each night. After curfew the residence hall will be locked from outside for the safety of the scholars. Someone is on duty at the front desk of the dorm 24 hours per day if assistance is needed. In an emergency situation, students should notify the UTM Department of Public Safety (campus security) immediately, which operates on a 24-hour basis. You should report any suspicious activity or emergency by calling 911 (for emergencies), 7777 (UTM Department of Public Safety) or, if you are off-campus, 731-881-7777. The UTM Department of Public Safety answers all 911 calls that are placed from a campus telephone. Emergency telephones that automatically dial the UTM Department of Public Safety are located across campus. The emergency telephones can be found in various locations across the campus.


UTM Police officers are visible during patrol. While staying in the dorm, students should call the UTM Police directly or report any incidents or concerns to your Counselor, the Head Dorm Resident or the Assistant Head Resident. They can get to a telephone quickly. Some carry radios and can contact the UTM Police directly. In the event of a medical emergency, scholars should notify a Counselor, the Director, one of the TGSAS administrative staff members or UTM Police. They will arrange for proper treatment. If treatment is needed for a minor illness or injury between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday - Friday, scholars will be taken to UTM Student Health Services. The Governors School covers the cost of this service. After 4 p.m., or in case of a major medical emergency, you will be taken to Volunteer Community Hospital, which is within five minutes of the campus. Payment for medical treatment is the responsibility of the scholar's parents or guardians.


University Facilities
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center is conveniently located on campus and is available for students with minor health issues. The Student Health Center is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. It is staffed with a part time nurse practitioner, full time nurses and a physician, who is available for consultation. Allergy shots can be administered by the Student Health Center.


A Medical Information Sheet is required from all scholars to provide essential information in the event that a scholar becomes ill or injured. Volunteer Community Hospital, a general medical/surgical facility, has a 24 hour emergency room and is located approximately two blocks from the campus. The Scholar's parents or legal guardians are obligated to pay any medical expenses incurred at the hospital or outside the realm of the Student Health Center. A copy of the Scholar's insurance card and the Medical Information Sheet will be available to the hospital during TGSAS.


The 120,000 square foot Paul Meek Library features an Innovative Interface automated system which includes the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC); an after-hours study area equipped with a CCTV surveillance system; a Special Collections area; group-study rooms; a student computer lab; and a faculty multimedia lab. The Media Services area is also located in the library and is the home of cable channels 42, 43 and 44. The Paul Meek Library houses the area's most extensive educational and classic film video collection, with over 3,000 titles available. The Media Services Department supports UTM's film history classes by offering an excellent selection of classic Hollywood and international feature films.


The Special Collections Department is a regional repository for historic documents and records located on the UTM campus. Its primary function is to identify, select, and organize unique documents and records whose enduring research value makes them worthy of continued preservation and conservation. The Department's research room and library also serve as a resource center for local and state history and genealogical research. The Skyhawk Student Identification Card must be presented before any library materials can be checked out. The library reserves the right to limit the number of books or other materials borrowed by one individual. Library hours will be posted in the 2012 TGSAS Handbook.


Student Recreation Center and Elam Center
TGSAS students have free access to the new 96,000 square foot Student Recreation Center. This state-of-the-art, fitness facility offers a full line of cardiovascular, weight training, and strength training equipment. An aerobics room, racquetball courts, basketball courts, and other indoor activities are also available


Both the Student Recreation Center and the Elam Center are located on the west side of the campus. An Olympic sized swimming pool, and jogging balcony are available to students at the Elam Center. Outside are sand volleyball courts, 400 meter track, soccer field, softball field, 16 tennis courts (6 lighted) and a fitness trail.


Emergency Contacts
In an emergency, students can be contacted directly. If they are in class or involved in an elective, plenary or other activity, messages may be left with the UTM TGSAS Office at (731) 881-7211, the main desk in the dorm or the University Department of Public Safety at (731) 881-7777. Each office will have the TGSAS schedule and will locate students or relay a message, as appropriate. Numbers where pertinent TGSAS and UTM faculty and staff can be reached are: Dr. Joey Mehlhorn 731-881-7211 (office) 731-819-2065 (cell) or Ms. Suezane Speight 731-881-7211 (office) or 731-261-3104 (cell).


University of Tennessee at Martin and TGSAS Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Cell phones are not permitted to be used during class or other TGSAS educational activities. Students are expected to act in a professional manner with regard to cell phone use during TGSAS. A cell phone may not be used as a calculator during a test. Only approved devices may be used. Scholars are expected to follow UTM policy as stated below:


Cellular phones, pagers and other electronic devices shall not be used in a manner that causes disruption in the classroom, library, or within University owned or University operated facilities; nor will these devices be used in any other inappropriate manner. This includes abuse of cellular or other electronic devices with photographic capability. Utilizing these devices for purposes of photographing test questions, other forms of academic misconduct or illegal activity, such as photographing individuals in secure areas (bathrooms, dorm rooms, or locker rooms where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy) will not be tolerated.


Funding & Sponsors
The Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences is funded under agreement with The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Programs. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, AG Tag Program, provides additional funding.


The Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences expresses sincere thanks to the following sponsors for their continued interest and generous support.

  • Gilbert Parker Chair of Excellence
  • Mid-South AG Finance Conference
  • Phyllis and Joe Brasher

  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Tennessee Farmers Insurance
  • Tennessee Livestock Producers
  • West Tennessee Leadership Development Corporation


The 2017 Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences will be hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin June 3 - 30, 2017. Applications and School Counselor Instructions are now available.

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Group Study Projects

Group Study Projects, or GSPs, are small, specialized groups taught by expert faculty from various Tennessee agricultural schools. These hands-on projects allow scholars to experience firsthand the science and technology associated with agriculture and natural resources management.

View Group Study Projects >

253 Brehm Hall

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7211


Dr. Joey E. Melhorn, Director


Suezane Speightt, Admin. Assistant