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Three local students receive leadership awards at commencement


Contact 1: Joe Lofaro



MARTIN, Tenn. --- Three Paul and Martha Meek Awards were presented at the Dec. 14 commencement exercises at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Margaret Toston, vice chancellor for student affairs, announced the awards, which are the only awards presented during commencement.

All other awards are presented during Honors Day in the spring.
The Meek Award is a cash award given to graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership while at UT Martin. The award is made possible by the children of Paul and Martha Meek. Paul Meek was a longtime chancellor.

Robert Reeves, of Trenton, has distinguished himself as a leader in several areas of campus life: as chair of the Student Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; as the captain of the UT Martin Robotics team; as vice-chair of the Student Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; and as chairman of the Academic Affairs committee in the Student Government Association.

Reeves has been active with internships and practical experience at the Center for Nanonscale Materials and Biointergration; the Weakley County Municipal Electric System; and at UT Martin where he was a supplemental instructor, a teaching assistant and a member of the Peer Enabling Program.

Jonathan Nunley, of Martin, has distinguished himself as a leader in several areas of campus life: in the area of multicultural affairs, where he directed faculty, staff and students to appropriate locations for assistance; and in the Office of Admissions where he conducted tours of the UT Martin campus to high school juniors and seniors.

Nunley has been active and involved in leadership positions within his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity; a delegate in fraternal leadership academies and conferences; and as the director of advertisement and promotion in the Black Student Association.

Kara Kidwel, of Dresden,l has distinguished herself as a leader among her peers. Some of the highlights include: senior leadership positions in the Non-Traditional Student Association, leadership positions in the Public Relations Student Society of America and in Women in Communications.

She served in various positions for The Pacer, the student newspaper; and she served on the planning committee and assisted in the execution of the Southeast Journalism Conference as the student president.

She distinguished herself and helped bring credit to UT Martin through the successful 2012 Southeast Journalism Conference and the largest mock disaster in West Tennessee.

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