UTM RSS Feedhttp://www.utm.edu/_imgs/154x154-UTM-Logo.jpgUTM RSS Feedhttp://www.utm.eduhttp://www.utm.eduThis is the RSS Feed for UTM Headlines.en-us<![CDATA[UT Martin students receive Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Awards during fall commencement]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Three students were honored at the UT Martin fall commencement exercises for their outstanding commitments to community service and leadership. Amy Belote, of Martin; Constance Bonds, of Gates; and Amber Thompson, of Arlington, each received Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Awards during commencement exercises Dec. 13.The Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Award is given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership while at UT Martin. Paul Meek served as UT Martin chancellor from 1934-67. The award was originally established and funded by the three Meek children to honor their parents’ longtime commitment to the university.Belote majored in organismal biology. She served as director of the university’s Relay for Life campaign during her junior and senior years and was instrumental in raising $26,000 for the American Cancer Society – a new record. She also participated in the Medical Horizons Program at Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City in 2012. She was selected from 500 applicants and received hands-on experience in medical rotations. She currently works at the Discovery Park of America in Union City.Bonds majored in psychology. She served the University of Tennessee system as a student council member on the presidential search committee, was active in UT Martin’s Black Student Association and participated in many election campaigns by promoting candidates and helping her fellow students register to vote in Weakley and Obion counties.Thompson majored in cell and molecular biology and intends to attend medical school. She served as president of the UT Martin chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and helped that organization contribute 2,500 canned goods to the Rotaract Can Sculpture Contest to benefit WeCare Ministries. She also served as both executive director and logistics chairperson for the UT Martin Up ‘til Dawn organization. All three received Bachelor of Science degrees at this semester’s commencement.###STUDENTS HONORED WITH PAUL AND MARTHA MEEK LEADERSHIP AWARDS AT UT MARTIN COMMENCEMENT – Amy Belote, of Martin; Constance Bonds, of Gates; and Amber Thompson, of Arlington, received Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Awards during UT Martin’s fall commencement exercises Dec. 13 for their commitments to leadership and community service. Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Margaret Toston, vice chancellor for student affairs, Belote, Bonds and Thompson. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=333&month=12&day=17&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=333&month=12&day=17&year=2014Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[New hybrid MBA program allows flexibility, convenience]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=331&month=12&day=16&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=331&month=12&day=16&year=2014Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin student elected to serve as national FFA Southern Region vice president]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Stephen McBride, a junior agriculture business major from Beechgrove, Tenn., was elected to serve as the southern region vice president for the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization earlier this fall. Delegates at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky., elected McBride to represent the southern region of the country after he completed an eight-part interview process. The FFA executive team consists of six members selected from chapters across the United States.According to the FFA, national officers commit to a year of service and travel more than 100,000 national and international miles to lead training conferences, form policies and interact with industry leaders, FFA members, state leaders and the public to promote agricultural education.“This has been a dream of mine for many years, ever since I saw my first FFA executive team. It’s something I’ve always hoped I could do and I am honored to have this opportunity now,” McBride said.McBride will take a leave of absence from UT Martin and spend this next year visiting local and state chapters across the country, spending about 300 nights away from home. He will also spend two weeks in Japan learning about that country’s agricultural education programs. McBride continues a long family tradition of FFA leadership. His father, Mark, served as Tennessee Association state president in 1980-81 and his brother, Matthew, held the same position in 2006-07. Both are also UT Martin graduates.There have been 13 national FFA officers from Tennessee, but McBride is the first from UT Martin.“UT Martin is a great place for agricultural students to get plugged into whatever degree they want to be involved in and to get involved in collegiate FFA,” McBride said. The UT Martin chapter has seen many honors in the past few years as well. “(Success) just happens with having great people and great students that really are happy to be here and are happy to compete and represent their university,” McBride explained.James Butler, a UT Martin agricultural education professor, was also honored by the organization earlier this past year. Butler was named a National VIP, the highest honor awarded by the organization, for his contributions to the FFA.The National FFA Organization’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing leadership potential, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. It currently provides these services to 610,240 student members from 7,665 local chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. ###PHOTO CAPTION – UT Martin student Stephen McBride was elected earlier this fall to serve as the southern region vice president for the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization. McBride is a junior agriculture business major from Beechgrove, Tenn. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=332&month=12&day=16&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=332&month=12&day=16&year=2014Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin faculty members receive Hal and Alma Reagan Leave to pursue research interests]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – Four faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Martin were awarded Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. David Barber, associate professor of history; Dr. Paula Gale, professor of agriculture; Dr. Kurt Gorman, professor of music; and Dr. Julie Hill, associate professor of music, will spend the spring 2015 semester participating in a variety of academic research and advancement opportunities. Barber will produce the first chapters of a new book titled A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why It Failed. The work will focus on the history of the American New Left’s collapse and analyze the resulting anti-colonial revolution’s impact on the United States. He will conduct his research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which serves as the central archive for the Students for a Democratic Society.Gale will conduct research in the field of soil microbiology at Kansas State. This research will give her experience in cutting-edge techniques to improve and maintain soil health. Gale hopes to bring this new information back to the classroom and keep her students at the forefront of relevant research.Gorman will expand his doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the introduction of the trumpet to chamber music composition in 1900. His initial survey included 1,200 compositions for trumpet with wind, strings, percussion, keyboard and electronics, and he intends to conduct additional concentrated analysis of musical scores and musicological research in this area.Hill, president-elect of the Percussive Arts Society, will spend her leave co-authoring a collection of new musical audition etudes for middle and high school percussion students. This collection will initially be used for regional and state auditions in Tennessee, but Hill hopes to ultimately provide the works to state music associations across the country. The UT Martin Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave Program is designed to enable participants to become more effective teachers and scholars by engaging in a variety of academic renewal experiences. Tenured faculty members with six or more years of full-time service at UT Martin are eligible to apply for a one-year leave at half salary or a half-year leave at full salary.Awardees are chosen by the Faculty Research and Development Committee.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=329&month=12&day=15&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=329&month=12&day=15&year=2014Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin graduate from Gibson County honored for his campus safety work]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Nathan Powers’ journey through college ended Dec. 13 when he received a bachelor’s degree in information systems during fall commencement exercises at the University of Tennessee at Martin. However, his contributions to the university as a student worker will long be remembered and appreciated.Powers, 26, filled a part-time student worker position in which he regularly inspected about 1,000 fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators – a job that kept him on the move during his final two years in college and put his classroom knowledge to practical use. His hard work and ingenuity earned him the Beth Maloan Outstanding UT Martin Student Employee Award for fall semester. The award, presented in November, included a plaque and $1,000 recognizing outstanding student worker performance. The award is named after the late Beth Maloan, director of budgeting and payroll at the time of her death in 2001 and a proponent of experience-based work opportunities for students. “I was very honored (to receive the award),” Powers said. “It’s very prestigious in my mind because I’ve always been taught to do the best job you can, no matter what you’re doing.”Powers, who is from Possum Trot near Humboldt, attended Gibson County High School and played saxophone in the band. His parents, Clayton and Paula, taught him the importance of helping people and stirred his interest in emergency management. Paula is currently training and operations officer for the Gibson County Emergency Management Agency, where her volunteer work turned into a full-time position. His own volunteer experience with the county’s EMA began at age eight. “During natural disasters I would help with storm spotting,” Powers said. “I went to all those classes and learned how to do that.” He also earned his amateur radio license and voiced a nightly weather report from his home-based weather station. “It was kind of funny hearing this little eight-year-old kid come over the radio to some of the guys,” he recalled. Powers’ early experience prepared him for one of the region’s most tragic weather events. In spring 2006, he decided to skip his senior marching band trip to Hawaii, so he was home when the April 2 tornado outbreak occurred in West Tennessee. Bradford and the surrounding area in Gibson County were among the hardest hit. “As soon as it was clear enough for us to get our equipment moving, we were there on the scene and just doing everything we could to help people,” he said. A few months later, Powers enrolled at UT Martin as an engineering student, but his career goals lacked direction – leading to a change in 2010 influenced by his emergency management background. “I like building things, and the (engineering) theory just wasn’t as interesting to me as I thought it was going to be,” he said. “So, I left the university and went to work at Weakley County Emergency Management and Emergency 911 Center, and there I helped to upgrade their entire 911 system to get it next-gen 911 ready.” This part-time work opportunity led Powers to focus more clearly on his interests, and he returned to the university in fall 2012 to study information systems. Along with a fresh start in college came another work opportunity with the university’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Among his safety-related duties: a monthly inspection of more than 900 portable fire extinguishers and some 50 AEDs to ensure them to be in proper working order. “I was basically given a list of all the equipment and where it was located, a set of keys and basic instructions on my responsibilities as far as what I was supposed to check,” he explained. “And I had to take care of managing my time all on my own and just make sure that everything was checked out each month per National Fire Protection Association specifications.” Not only did Powers accomplish these primary duties, but with programming assistance from Steve Lemond in the Office of Information Technology Services, he also helped to implement a tracking system for the monthly inspections. He considers this his biggest accomplishment, which was made possible by applying what he learned in an information systems course project. “Before we were doing this all with pen and paper on a clipboard, and we moved this to the digital age using an iPad, bar codes and a database system set up over in the IT department,” he said. “ … It cuts out a lot of the paperwork we had to do after we did our monthly checks.” Powers’ supervisors were impressed with his achievements and said so when completing the Beth Maloan Award nomination form. “Nathan Powers’ abilities, initiative, enthusiasm and support for our entire campus program allow him to stand out among his peers,” wrote Doug Sliger, the university’s emergency management coordinator and safety specialist. “Mr. Powers will continue to be a positive reflection on the University of Tennessee at Martin long after his graduation.”Nathan’s wife, Emily, originally from Trenton, said that her husband “relished the challenge of making the system easier for whoever comes after him.” “He is just a hard worker in everything he does,” she said. “He has a passion for making everything better and doing his best.” Next up for the couple is a move on faith to Nashville, where both will test the employment market. Emily, who completed a master’s degree in family and consumer sciences from the university in 2013, will use her education and experience to work with children. “Her passion is children and teaching children,” Nathan said. He will seek a position “where my skills will allow me to continue to serve my community.”Lessons learned as a child still matter to Nathan Powers. He has never outgrown his desire to help others, and he knows that good things happen when you do your best. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Nathan Powers and this wife, Emily, are pictured in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on Dec. 13 before fall commencement. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=328&month=12&day=14&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=328&month=12&day=14&year=2014Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche offers 'life lessons' to UT Martin graduates]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Gail Rosson, Colin Johnson and Madison Seratt come from different hometowns and backgrounds, but each shared the same excitement on receiving their bachelor’s degrees Dec. 13 from the University of Tennessee at Martin. They were among more than 600 summer and fall semester students eligible to receive degrees. Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche delivered the commencement address. Rosson, a non-traditional student from Scotts Hill, has good business and accounting skills, but not having a college degree limited employment opportunities. That will no longer be a problem as she received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree, which she began in fall 2008 by taking courses as she could along the way. “Oh, I’m excited,” she said as she waited in the commencement lineup. “I have waited a long, long time for this.” She credits Jim and Janet Ayers and the Ayers Foundation for providing the financial support needed for her to attend college. The foundation’s investment in Rosson paid off as she graduated with academic honors. His mother, Denise, several siblings and other family members, joined Skyhawk cross-country team member Colin Johnson, from Clarksville, as he graduated with a philosophy degree. He is considering the ministry or maybe joining the Air Force and becoming a military chaplain. “I’m excited,” he said outside of the Elam Center before commencement. “I’m one semester late, so I’m excited to be done, to push through.” He came to UT Martin on an athletic scholarship and values the experience. “It (cross-country) meant a world to me. That’s what brought me here for sure, because I have a great coach, Coach (Gordon) Sanders.” Seratt, of Dyersburg, who was accompanied by her mother, Gina, and boyfriend, Josh Davis, a 2013 UT Martin graduate from Henderson, received a degree is psychology and will pursue a graduate degree in speech pathology. “I’m very excited. I’ve worked hard, but I’m very, very excited,” she said in the Elam Center concourse before the ceremony. Seratt credited her instructors and her Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sisters for making her college experience complete. Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, welcomed the standing-room-only crowd and introduced DeBauche, who began her duties as OVC commissioner in September 2009. The Notre Dame School of Law graduate is the seventh full-time commissioner in the OVC’s 66-plus year history and one of just nine females to lead an NCAA Division I Conference in 2014-15. The commencement ceremony was available on the OVC Digital Network, which was created after DeBauche became commissioner. “Your family and friends are so excited to be here today, because they’re so immensely proud of you and what you’ve accomplished and so very enthused about what your future can hold,” she told the soon-to-be graduates. She recognized several class accomplishments and also noted UT Martin student athletes’ recent academic success, including the softball team’s receiving an OVC Team Academic Achievement Award. She also highlighted the national champion men’s rodeo team and the regular season and conference championships for Skyhawk women’s basketball. DeBauche then shared four life lessons that she’s learned over the years, the first of which is having big dreams and being open to life’s surprises. “If you think about sports, you don’t hear true champions saying, ‘Gosh, I hope to finish middle of the pack this season.’ Everybody wants to be a champion, and I wish that for you as well,” she said. After graduating from law school, DeBauche said that she expected to practice law in a medium-size general firm in the Midwest. “I always had an interest in sports and a private dream that maybe I could work somewhere in the sports industry,” she said. “But for a variety of unfounded reasons, I didn’t have the courage at the time to pursue my dreams.” She eventually pursued the career path she wanted, thanks to support from others, personal courage made possible by that support, and “a whole bunch of good fortune.” “What I wish for you is that as you go through life, that you have the courage to follow your dreams, to listen to your heart, have the confidence to take leaps of faith when they are necessary and the security to let life unfold before you,” she said.Next, she urged the audience to “don't be your own worst enemy” and to “make sure that you’re your own MVP.” She said, “Oftentimes in my own career, I saw opportunities or have been exposed to the potential to do things, but I was the one holding myself back.” DeBauche called this “a story of failure,” not for what she gained or lost, but because she was afraid to act and didn't take the actions needed to pursue what she wanted. “What I say to you is make sure that you get in the game and that you are an active participant in your life.” She advised each person to play on strengths, be aware of weaknesses and avoid waiting on perfection to the point of being paralyzed by indecision. “I think Voltaire’s proverb ‘perfect is the enemy of the good’ can actually be true many times in life,” she said.In her third lesson, she advised the class to enjoy life’s journey. She gave the example of athletes practicing repeatedly to achieve success. “ … Find a way to enjoy the process, find a way of enjoying the steps through your life,” and a person will be both happier and more successful, she said. “It’s the day-to-day friendships, the laughter, the challenges and the struggles that make your accomplishments all that much more rich,” she added. “I encourage you … to enjoy the moment, to have gratitude for the things that you have, and while you maintain your dreams, make sure you enjoy life in the process.” Lastly, she advised each person “to make sure that you’re true to yourself and that you have a good foundation.” She noted that she works “with and for highly competitive people,” and is responsible to different constituent groups. “If I didn’t have a strong sense of self and my values, I couldn’t do this job,” she said. “And if I ever waiver from my convictions, I won’t be in this position for very, very long. “I have to be true to myself, and I suggest you will have to be true to yourself as well.” Dr. Keith Carver, executive assistant to UT President Joe DiPietro, represented the UT System and offered comments following DeBauche’s address. He later joined Chancellor Tom Rakes to confer degrees. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Pictured is Beth DeBauche speaking at commencement, Dec. 13, at the University of Tennessee at Martin. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=327&month=12&day=13&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=327&month=12&day=13&year=2014Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[View the 2014 UT Martin fall commencement ceremony]]>https://www.youtube.com/user/utmartin/ and will remain at this link as an archived file for persons wishing to view the Dec. 13 event. More than 600 students were eligible to participate in commencement that included students who completed bachelor’s or master’s degree requirements in either summer or fall semesters. Beth DeBauche, commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, is featured as the commencement speaker. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=325&month=12&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=325&month=12&day=10&year=2014Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Pam Nash, Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center CEO, honored by UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — Pam Nash, CEO of the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, received the Jimmy Daniel Make-A-Difference WestStar Alumni Award at the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program 25th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 6 at Discovery Park of America in Union City.The Make-A-Difference Award is named for the late Jimmy Daniel, field representative for Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist and a member of WestStar’s first graduating class in 1990. Individuals selected must have a strong record of leadership in West Tennessee during the past five years and be active participants in WestStar. Nash is the 14th recipient of the award.Nash is involved with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Council of Social Work, Southwest Council of Children and the United Way executive council. She has won several awards, including the Outstanding Social Worker of the Year and the Angel Award in 2011 for outstanding work in helping to make life better for others. WestStar is the state’s oldest and largest regional leadership program and was created in 1989 to serve West Tennessee by offering leadership development and education for selected participants. The program has 710 graduates since its beginning. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Pam Nash (center), CEO of the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, received the Jimmy Daniel Make-A-Difference WestStar Alumni Award at the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program 25th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 6 at Discovery Park of America in Union City. Pictured with Nash are Charley Deal, WestStar executive director and UT Martin vice chancellor for alumni relations, and Peggy Daniel, of Selmer, wife of the late Jimmy Daniel, for whom the award is named. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=326&month=12&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=326&month=12&day=10&year=2014Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin commencement webcast set for 11 o'clock, Dec. 13]]>http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com by selecting “UT Martin Commencement” from the menu. The Ohio Valley Conference, the UT Martin Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and the UT Martin Department of Communications make the webcast possible.UT Martin commencement exercises are open to the public. Tickets are not required to attend. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=330&month=12&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=330&month=12&day=10&year=2014Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Advance registration underway for West Tennessee Small Business Conference]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=324&month=12&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=324&month=12&day=09&year=2014Tue, 09 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche to speak Dec. 13 at fall commencement]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Ohio Valley Conference commissioner Beth DeBauche will deliver the fall commencement address Dec. 13 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Commencement exercises will begin at 11 a.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. The ceremony will include both summer and fall graduates, and more than 600 students are eligible to participate.The event is open to the public, but those unable to attend can watch a live commencement webcast courtesy of the OVC Digital Network at the following link: http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=2089.UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes will preside over the exercises and be joined by Dr. Keith Carver, executive assistant to UT President Joe DiPietro, to confer degrees. Dr. Nell Gullett, UT Alumni Association Alumni Distinguished Professor, will be the mace bearer, and the processional marshals will be Dr. Brian Donavant, faculty senate president; Dr. Roberto Mancusi, faculty senate vice president; Nancy Yarbrough, interim vice chancellor for finance and administration; and Andrew Wilson, vice chancellor for university advancement. Dr. Elaine Harriss, professor of music, will perform the processional and recessional music, and the Reverend Dr. Lee Clements, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Martin, will offer the invocation. Harriss, playing piano, and Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander, assistant professor of music, playing clarinet, will offer special music following the invocation.A reception will be held in Skyhawk Fieldhouse immediately following commencement.DeBauche was named OVC commissioner July 29, 2009, and began her duties that September. She is the seventh full-time commissioner in the OVC’s 66-plus year history and one of just nine females to lead an NCAA Division I Conference in 2014-15. In May 2011 the league announced Belmont University’s addition to the OVC beginning in 2012-13. The addition of Belmont brought the OVC to 12 teams, the largest membership total in league history. Under DeBauche the league started an extensive strategic planning and branding initiative that led to the league’s first tagline of “Inspiring Excellence Since 1948.” In October 2013 the league launched OVCExtra.com, a fan-focused blog that features compelling, offbeat and social media-sourced content from around the league. The branding will branch out in 2014-15 to include a diversity campaign.During the 2012-13 school year, DeBauche oversaw the switch of the league’s Web-streaming efforts to a free access model that was rebranded the OVC Digital Network. The new OVCDN included HD video for the first time and was made available on any platform/device. The digital network focuses on both athletic competition and telling the story of the OVC and its member institutions.OVC student-athletes continue to achieve high levels of success both in athletic competition and in the classroom. The league has consistently seen record numbers of honorees on the OVC Medal of Honor and OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll lists during her tenure. During the past five years, 52 OVC student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. DeBauche received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government from Saint Mary’s College (Ind.) and earned her master’s degree in communications from Notre Dame. After completing the Concannon Program of International Law in London, England, DeBauche received her Juris Doctorate from the Notre Dame School of Law. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Pictured is Beth DeBauche. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=323&month=12&day=07&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=323&month=12&day=07&year=2014Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA['Pictures with Santa' set Monday, Dec. 8, at the UT Martin Jackson Center]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=322&month=12&day=06&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=322&month=12&day=06&year=2014Sat, 06 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Fraud prevention seminar offered for business owners]]>reed@utm.edu, or by calling 731-587-7333. Regions Financial Corp. (NYSE:RF), with $119 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of produces and services can be found at www.regions.com. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=321&month=12&day=05&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=321&month=12&day=05&year=2014Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT President Joe DiPietro participates in college access event at White House]]>http://WhiteHouse.gov/College-Opportunity/. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=320&month=12&day=04&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=320&month=12&day=04&year=2014Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Santa's Village set for Dec. 11-14 at UT Martin's Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Christmas is coming soon, and that means Santa’s Village is, too. The 30th annual event is scheduled 6-9 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Dec. 11-12; 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex on the University of Tennessee at Martin campus. The event offers a winter wonderland for all ages to explore and an opportunity for visitors to help meet the needs of the less fortunate in the area. Admission to Santa’s Village is free, but donations for $5 worth of nonperishable food and/or toys are encouraged and appreciated. This year’s event features visits with Santa, a petting farm, amusement rides, arts and crafts, an enchanted forest with thousands of lights, live entertainment, and weather permitting, horse-drawn wagon rides Friday through Sunday. Curious George will also be on hand from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.Santa’s Village co-sponsors are the City of Martin and UT Martin. Additional sponsors include: Zaxby’s, Casey’s General Store, Volunteer Community Hospital, University Plaza, First State Bank, MTD Products, Tyson Foods and Savant Learning Systems. For more information, contact the Martin Parks and Recreation Department at 731-587-6784. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Santa’s Village is set for Dec. 11-14 at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex on the UT Martin campus. This scene from the 2013 Santa’s Village shows how the complex is transformed into a winter wonderland to welcome people of all ages. A donation of nonperishable food and/or toys valued at $5 is encouraged for admission to the event. All donations go to assist the less fortunate in the area. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=319&month=12&day=03&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=319&month=12&day=03&year=2014Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin one of 24 institutions to receive education grant]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — Improved teacher education and teacher retention are goals for a Teacher Quality Partnership grant recently awarded to the University of Tennessee at Martin by the U.S. Department of Education. UT Martin was one of 24 U.S. institutions to receive the grant. The TQP program provides resources to partnerships among colleges and universities, high-need local educational agencies and high-need schools to prepare teachers to teach in high-need schools and support them in their first critical years. Research has demonstrated that teachers are the single most important element in improving student learning and achievement. “What I like about this particular grant is that it includes emphases on all three components of the UT Martin mission–teaching, service, and research,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, UT Martin provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “With so many of our (UT Martin) students coming from rural West Tennessee, this is a tremendous opportunity to work collaboratively with the local school systems to provide quality, data-driven education to our region.” The $3,324,314 grant will fund the Teacher Preparation Reinvention for Optimizing Continuous Improvement for Effectiveness and Student Success. “The national and state accreditation process for college and university teacher education programs has been completely restructured, reflecting new higher expectations for teacher education faculty and graduates,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor. “This funding will enable UT Martin to expedite the process involving the use of outcomes-based instruction that all nationally accredited programs are required to follow.” The grant will support the transformation of the university’s Teacher Education Program over the five years of funding to include mechanisms to engage and collaborate regularly with local school systems for mutually agreed upon goals, feedback and improvement. Higher admissions standards will also be required for teacher education program candidates, and student teaching will be reconfigured to a yearlong clinical experience. Additionally, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center for Teaching and Learning will be developed on the UT Martin campus. A fifth-year program will be created to transition mathematics and science majors into highly qualified mathematics and science teachers.Dr. Betty Cox, chair, UT Martin Department of Educational Studies, sees the grant both improving teacher education and ultimately teacher retention as well.“Education has been one of UT Martin’s most sought-after majors for many years with 150 to 200 students graduating from the teacher education program each year,” Cox said. “Most of these graduates are employed to teach in the mostly rural school districts in West Tennessee. “This award will enable our faculty to realign our curriculum with new standards and to collaborate more intentionally with our local school systems. This grant will not only update our curriculum, but also infuse professionalism into our program through mentorships.” Research indicates that many new teachers leave the field within five years of employment, Cox added, so “this is a critical component for our students and graduates to have confidence in themselves as educators and to make a difference in student achievement.” One of the identified challenges for West Tennessee schools is recruiting highly qualified teachers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. To address that need, this award will enhance the STEM Center for Teaching and Learning and tailor a licensure program to recruit highly qualified mathematics and science teachers into the education field.Dr. Gail Stephens, dean of the university’s College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, said that the grant would benefit both schools and the university. “Rural school systems encounter unique impediments as compared to their urban peers in terms of limited resources for teachers and students,” Stephens said. “UT Martin is uniquely poised to provide a point of collaboration among and between our education studies faculty and our local school systems to focus on issues that will result in better student outcomes and a stronger curriculum for our education graduates. “It truly is a win-win opportunity for UT Martin and our region.” ###PHOTO CAPTION –Improved teacher education and teacher retention are goals for a Teacher Quality Partnership grant recently awarded to the University of Tennessee at Martin by the U.S. Department of Education. UT Martin was one of 24 U.S. institutions to receive the grant. Tammie Patterson, educational studies faculty member at the UT Martin Parsons Center, is pictured in one of the center’s classrooms. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=318&month=12&day=02&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=318&month=12&day=02&year=2014Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA['Holiday at UTM' set for Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Harriet Fulton Theatre ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=317&month=12&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=317&month=12&day=01&year=2014Mon, 01 Dec 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Communications department faculty member name Featured Faculty Scholar for fall 2014]]>MARTIN, Tenn., Nov. 24, 2014 – FEATURED FACULTY SCHOLAR NAMED – Dr. Arthur Hunt (center), associate professor of communications in the UT Martin Department of Communications, is the Featured Faculty Scholar for the 2014 fall semester. He was honored with a reception Nov. 19 in the Paul Meek Library, where examples of his major scholarly accomplishments will be on display until the 2015 spring semester scholar is chosen. Pictured with Hunt are (l to r) Dr. Robert Nanney, communications department chair; Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor; Dr. Jerald Ogg, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Dr. Lynn Alexander, dean, UT Martin College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Hunt teaches public speaking, honors public speaking and honors media ecology, and his writings have appeared in Touchstone, Salvo, Modern Age, The Christian Research Journal, Explorations in Media Ecology and other publications. He is the author of two books: The Vanishing Word (Crossway, 2003) and Surviving Technopolis (Pickwick, 2013). He is on the editorial board of Second Nature, an online journal about technology, sociology and Christian ethics. Hunt also portrays Davy Crockett for schools and civic organizations. Before coming to UT Martin in 2006, Hunt taught at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., and Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Fla. He received his bachelor of religious education in 1983 from Clarksville Baptist College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1989 and 1994 respectively from Marshall University. He received his doctorate in 1998 from the University of Southern Mississippi. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=316&month=11&day=24&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=316&month=11&day=24&year=2014Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[League of Striving Artists to hold Holiday Art Bazaar, Dec. 4-6]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=315&month=11&day=23&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=315&month=11&day=23&year=2014Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin faculty member Clinton Smith named to Special Olympics post]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee at Martin faculty member is the newly named director of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee. Dr. Clinton Smith, assistant professor, Department of Educational Studies, will lead the region that includes Lake, Obion, Weakley and Henry counties.Smith’s goals are to increase local collaboration with schools and businesses to support Special Olympics and to increase the number of Special Olympics sports offered in the area. "Area 7 has a rich history of strong support and leadership, and I’d like to see that build and continue so that we can provide opportunities for involvement for children and adults with disabilities in our communities,” he said. The mission of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The experience gives participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Full participation is granted to every athlete regardless of his or her economic circumstances. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition. Special Olympics also increases the public's awareness of participants’ capabilities and needs.Smith has been a certified Special Olympics coach in basketball and athletics since 1993 and has also served as a coach and a volunteer in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. He has attended the Special Olympics National Games and served as an assistant coach for athletics in 2006, head basketball coach for Team Tennessee in 2010 and head athletics coach for the 2014 National Games. Smith’s 2010 team won a gold medal in Division I men’s basketball, and his Unified Basketball teams from Shadowlawn Middle School in Bartlett won four state championships in their division in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. ###PHOTO IDENTIFICATION – Dr. Clinton Smith is pictured. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=314&month=11&day=22&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=314&month=11&day=22&year=2014Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin travel study to London and Paris offered in spring 2015]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=313&month=11&day=19&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=313&month=11&day=19&year=2014Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UTM Dance Ensemble to perform Fall Showcase, Nov. 20-21, Harriet Fulton Theatre]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=312&month=11&day=18&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=312&month=11&day=18&year=2014Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Groundwater use and the growth of agricultural irrigation is next Academic Speakers topic]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — The impact of agricultural irrigation on groundwater use is the topic of the next Academic Speakers Series presentation at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Stan Dunagan, UT Martin associate professor of geology, will present “Groundwater Use and the Proliferation of Agricultural Irrigation in West Tennessee: Is it time to panic?” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. The presentation is free and open to the public. The Academic Speakers Series annually features top speakers who meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and offer presentations to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. Dunagan is a 2014 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award winner and teaches in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources. He was raised in Martin and earned his bachelor’s degree in geoscience in 1993 from UT Martin. He received his doctorate in geology in 1998 from UT Knoxville, where his research focused on the ancient wetlands and lakes associated with the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in Colorado. Dungan taught geology at UT Knoxville in 1997-98, UT Martin in 1998 and Austin Peay State University in 1999-2002 before rejoining the UT Martin faculty in 2006 in a tenure track position. An avid traveler, he has been to 27 countries on five continents and to 48 states. Dunagan has also led travel study trips for more than 50 students to Belize, Mexico, Colorado, Puerto Rico, the Pacific Northwest and other locations. His most recent research has focused on sedimentation rates in Reelfoot Lake and the growth of irrigation systems in West Tennessee. The Beth Maloan Outstanding UT Martin Student Employee Award will be presented before Dunagan’s presentation. The award is named for the university’s late director of budgeting and payroll. The award endorses her vision to recognize outstanding student performance and to develop experiential learning opportunities. The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at http://www.utm.edu/departments/honors/ and select “Academic Speakers Program.” ###PHOTO IDENTIFICATION – Dr. Stan Dunagan is pictured. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=310&month=11&day=15&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=310&month=11&day=15&year=2014Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Nov. 22 at UT Martin Fine Arts Building]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — David McBeth and his UT Martin ceramics students aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty to address the region’s hunger issues. For the 11th year, they will produce the bowls for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to support the hunger-relief efforts of We Care Ministries Inc. in Martin. This year’s event is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, in the university’s Fine Arts Building. The event will be held in the Little Theatre and is sponsored by the university’s Department of Visual and Theatre Arts, Martin Area Ministerial Alliance churches and other community organizations. For a $10 donation at the door, participants receive an original bowl made by McBeth, professor of art, and his students. Bowls are filled with homemade soup, and all proceeds go to We Care Ministries to help fight hunger. Tables and chairs will be set up in the Little Theatre so that participants can enjoy the meal. Making the bowls is no small feat, starting with the clay. McBeth and a student recently spent some five hours producing clay to use for this year’s bowls. That’s just to make the clay – the real work begins when each individually handcrafted bowl is made. “This year again we’re attempting to make 500 bowls,” McBeth said, adding, “I can form a bowl in about 20 seconds, but it’s nowhere near ready to use at that point.” He counts more than 12 “touches” along the way to produce each bowl. Students from his advanced ceramics class volunteer to help make the bowls. Besides his ceramics students, university graphic design students are assisting with publicity and have created a poster that’s being distributed for display and also finding its way to social media. Student potters will also receive T-shirts bearing an original design that recognizes their work. McBeth and his students know they are helping to address a real need. “In Tennessee, one in six of Tennesseans has hunger issues,” he said. “They don’t know where their next meal’s coming from or if there’ll be a next meal. We’re blessed in West Tennessee to have We Care who provides a wonderful food relief (program) for that, but they need help.”Persons wanting to support Empty Bowls but not needing another bowl are encouraged to make donations for hunger relief and then donate their bowls to a women’s shelter or other organization. ###POSTER CREDIT – UT Martin graphic design students. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=311&month=11&day=15&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=311&month=11&day=15&year=2014Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UTM Piano Ensemble sets Nov. 18 performance in UT Martin's Blankenship Recital Hall]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=308&month=11&day=11&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=308&month=11&day=11&year=2014Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin faculty promotions, tenure and awards recognized]]> MARTIN, Tenn., Nov. 11, 2014 – UT MARTIN FACULTY PROMOTIONS, TENURE AND AWARDS RECOGNIZED – UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes hosted a dinner Oct. 16 at the Dunagan Alumni Center to recognize university faculty members who have received a promotion, were granted tenure or have received a faculty award. Pictured front row, left to right, are: Michelle Horton, professor; Dr. Daphne Henderson, associate professor with tenure; Dr. Becky Cox, 2014 Outstanding Advisor Award; Dr. Peggy Davis, associate professor; Dr. Richard Garlitz, associate professor with tenure; and Dr. Kevin Pitz, tenure;middle row, left to right: Dr. David Carithers, 2014 Coffey Outstanding Teacher Award; Dr. James Butler, 2014 UTAA Outstanding Teacher Award; Dr. Joyce Swan, associate professor with tenure; Dr. Randal Garza, professor; Dr. Scott Parrott, tenure; Dr. Stuart Currie, Ray and Wilma Smith Faculty Development Endowment; Dr. Curtis Kunkel, Ray and Wilma Smith Faculty Development Endowment; Dr. Somsak Sukittanon, 2014 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award; and Chancellor Tom Rakes; back row, left to right: Dr. Todd Winters, tenure; Tim Hacker, Ray and Wilma Smith Faculty Development Endowment; Dr. Johnathan Vest, associate professor; Dr. Todd Sherman, associate professor with tenure; Dr. Matthew Pritchett, tenure; Dr. Daniel Nappo, professor, and Dr. Chris Karmosky, Ray and Wilma Smith Faculty Development Endowment. Unable to attend were: Dr. Teresa Collard, associate professor; Dr. Ross Dickens, tenure; Alicia Donaldson, associate professor with tenure; Dr. Stan Dunagan, 2014 Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award; Dr. Mahmoud Haddad, Ray and Wilma Smith Faculty Development Endowment; Alissa Parrish, tenure; Dr. Robbie Montgomery, tenure; Dr. Paula Moore, 2014 UTAA Outstanding Teacher Award; Dr. Phillip Shelton, associate professor; and Dr. Glenna Sumner, tenure.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=309&month=11&day=11&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=309&month=11&day=11&year=2014Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin's WestStar Leadership Program celebrates 25th anniversary at Discovery Park of America]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Discovery Park of America in Union City provided the backdrop Nov. 6 for the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s 25th anniversary celebration. Approximately 200 program alumni and guests re-connected and mingled amid Dinosaur Hall exhibits as they celebrated a leadership program that includes 710 graduates since its beginning. The program’s board of trustees recently selected the 26th class that begins its WestStar experience in December. Among those attending the event were Dr. Bob Smith and Dr. Nick Dunagan, credited as WestStar co-founders and both former program executive directors. Smith is president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and Dunagan is UT Martin chancellor emeritus. Charley Deal, the program’s current executive director and UT Martin assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations, and Virginia Grimes, longtime WestStar coordinator, also attended along with members of the program’s board of trustees, alumni council and event planning committee. Deal emceed the event.WestStar is the state’s oldest and largest regional leadership program and was created in 1989 to serve West Tennessee by offering leadership development and education for selected participants. Class members typically come from diverse professions and have varied volunteer leadership experiences. Chamber of commerce and economic development professionals, bankers, government personnel, health-care professionals, educators, business professionals, and elected officials are regularly represented in classes. In its 25-year history, WestStar graduates have taken leadership roles for the growth and development in their communities, counties and the state. Graduates have gained elected office, been driving forces in many local and regional initiatives, and have taken volunteerism to a higher level. Still others have made it a priority to see that the networks and collaborations formed by class members during the program thrive and that WestStar continues to prepare participants to assume future leadership roles. A common bond among WestStar participants is devotion to individual civic responsibility. LaRenda Scarbrough, of Huntingdon, who began a 25-year real estate career at the time of her WestStar experience, was a member of the program’s 1990 inaugural class. Then as now, she recalled that the program formed to bring leaders together for the region’s benefit. “ … West Tennessee is always struggling to keep up from an economic standpoint with the rest of the state,” she said. “And we just felt like as a group maybe we could do more to bring attention to all of the good points about West Tennessee.” Scarbrough said that WestStar fills an important role because “leaders within a community feed upon other leaders that they meet from the other parts of West Tennessee” and benefit from being “with other people who have aspirations.” The program includes nine specially designed seminar programs that address contemporary issues important to West Tennessee’s future. Following an orientation session in December, two-day seminars follow from January through June in locations throughout West Tennessee, including a Nashville stop as the Tennessee General Assembly is in session. Class members complete their experience with a June graduation event in Jackson. Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, said WestStar’s role is important “because of the demographics and the location for the folks in this part of Tennessee.” “We don’t have the metropolitan base that so many areas have, and these are the movers and shakers for our region who come through the same leadership program,” Rakes said, adding, “None of us can manage it by ourselves anymore, and this (WestStar) gives us a structure, an infrastructure, and somebody 25 years ago was smart to get ahead of this. And with 700-plus folks that have graduated from it, we actually have our own little network that can go on for years and years.”Anthony Haynes, Trenton native and University of Tennessee vice president for government relations and advocacy, joined Dr. Keith Carver, a Crockett County native and executive assistant to UT President Joe DiPietro, in representing the UT System at the event. Haynes is a regular WestStar presenter, and Carver is a 2009 program graduate. “It (WestStar) brings together some of the best leadership and the brightest minds that are going to help improve the quality of life, improve the opportunity for economic development (for West Tennessee),” Haynes said. He also compared WestStar with the best leadership programs. “ … I think the way it’s approached, its core content and its aspirations for its leaders far exceed anything that I’ve ever read about or experienced myself.”WestStar not only conducts each WestStar class but also offers leadership-development opportunities annually to the public. Among those are the African American Leadership Conference, the Working Women’s Conference and the West Tennessee Small Business Conference, in addition to assisting with youth leadership development. The FutureStar Leadership Summit for middle school students and the RisingStar Leadership Summit for high school juniors and seniors, both in their fourth years, provide leadership-education experiences at UT Martin’s main campus. Recognizing the benefits of WestStar, sponsors provide annual support to the program. Sponsors include Alexander, Thompson & Arnold, CPA; Bank of Ripley; Shannon Cotter; First Bank; First State Bank; HTL Advantage; Haywood County/City of Brownsville; Northwest Tennessee Development District/Human Resource Agency; Hardee, Martin, Donahoe, Owens & Wright P.A./The Victory 93.7 FM; Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell, PLC; Southwest Tennessee Development District; Tennessee Valley Authority; The TENNERGY Corp.; Tennessee District of the TRANE Company; TLM Associates, Inc.; USDA Rural Development, Cary Vaughn; West Tennessee Healthcare; West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation; and the West Tennessee Industrial Association. Bob Smith sees what he calls “the magic of WestStar” remaining strong through its leadership and board members staying true to the program’s original purpose of teaching and promoting regionalism. “There was just a real belief in this region that we needed to look at things on a regional level, that all boats would rise, that we didn’t need to be in internal competition with each other within our communities, within our counties. … ” Smith said. “I mean we’re in this together, and when something good happens within this region, then it happens for all of the region.” Even with the support that the program enjoys, Smith said that WestStar program leaders must look ahead to remain relevant. “(WestStar’s) got to continue to evolve and stay ahead of where the current thinking is about the needs for West Tennessee,” he said. “And the next stage of that is going to be a bold and courageous strategic plan to set the path ahead.”As for the program’s longevity and celebrating a quarter of a century of leadership education, he added, “We had a vision for what leadership should be like. The vision captivated leaders in this region such that each succeeding class embraced it to carry the program forward.”###WESTSTAR CELEBRATES 25 YEARS - Discovery Park of America in Union City provided the backdrop Nov. 6 for the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program’s 25th anniversary celebration. Among those attending were (l to r) Charley Deal, the program’s executive director and UT Martin assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations; Dr. Bob Smith, president emeritus of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania; Virginia Grimes, WestStar coordinator; and Dr. Nick Dunagan, UT Martin chancellor emeritus. Smith and Dunagan are credited as WestStar co-founders, and both are former executive directors of the program. Not pictured is David Belote, also a former WestStar executive director. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=306&month=11&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=306&month=11&day=10&year=2014Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Final UT Martin Fall Preview Day set for Nov. 15 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — The final Fall Preview Day at the University of Tennessee at Martin will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Check-in starts at 9 a.m., followed by a welcome and information session, an academic fair at 10:30 and campus tours from 11:30 to 1 p.m.Current high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend with family members, but all students with an interest in UT Martin are welcome. Registration is online at www.utm.edu/fallpreview. Additional information about Fall Preview Day is available by calling the Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020 or by e-mailing admitme@utm.edu. ###(PHOTO CAPTION) FALL ON THE QUAD – UT Martin students Luke Studard, of Dyersburg; Lane Gandy, of Hohenwald; and Priya Patel; of Savannah, are pictured on the UT Martin quadrangle, which visitors see and walk through Nov. 15 during Fall Preview Day. The event begins at 9 a.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center and is open to all students who have an interest in attending UT Martin. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=307&month=11&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=307&month=11&day=10&year=2014Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[UT Martin Homecoming 2014 court named on Oct. 25]]> MARTIN, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2014 – UT MARTIN HOMECOMING 2014 COURT NAMED ON OCT. 25 – Hannah Robison (center), a senior chemistry major from Springville, Tenn., and representing Alpha Omicron Pi, was crowned queen for Homecoming 2014 on Oct. 25 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Joining Robison in the homecoming court were (left to right) Alley Hargrove, of Dickson, a senior health and human performance major representing Chi Omega; Brittany Berry, of Collierville, a senior agriculture major representing Zeta Tau Alpha; Rashunica Holland, of Covington, a junior integrated studies major representing Alpha Kappa Alpha; and Kayla Harmon, of Lewisburg, a junior studying pre-physical therapy and representing Alpha Delta Pi. The homecoming theme was “Streaking Back to Martin” as students, alumni and friends celebrated the event with 1970s TV show themes. Activities included rope pull, pyramid competition, the 10th annual Quad City and the homecoming football game with Austin Peay State University. Additional information about UT Martin alumni activities can be found at utmforever.com. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=305&month=11&day=06&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=305&month=11&day=06&year=2014Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600<![CDATA[Academic Speaker Paul McEwan to discuss landmark film 'The Birth of a Nation']]> MARTIN, Tenn. — Dr. Paul McEwan will present “‘The Birth of a Nation,’ Racism, and the Nature of Cinema: 100 Years of Controversy” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, as the 2014-15 Academic Speakers Series continues at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held in Campbell Auditorium, located in the Andy Holt Humanities Building. McEwan is associate professor of media and communication and director of film studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Penn. He specializes in the history of film and will discuss the landmark film “The Birth of a Nation” directed by D.W. Griffith that was released almost 100 years ago. The film is noted for its groundbreaking film techniques and also for its overt racism and positive portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan. He is the author of a forthcoming volume on “The Birth of a Nation” in the BFI Classics series, as well as articles and essays on the film that have appeared in “Film History and Cinema Journal.” He also wrote an article on the legacy of Griffith’s “Intolerance” for the forthcoming “Companion to D.W. Griffith” and other books and essays on Canadian cinema and film pedagogy. The Academic Speakers Series annually brings top speakers to UT Martin to meet with the university’s Honors Programs students and to offer presentations that are open to the public. Honors Programs and other university organizations sponsor the series. The complete list of 2014-15 speakers is found at http://www.utm.edu/departments/honors/ and select “Academic Speakers Program.”###PHOTO CAPTION – Paul McEwan is pictured. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=304&month=11&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=304&month=11&day=01&year=2014Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0500