UTM RSS Feedhttp://www.utm.eduThis is the RSS Feed for UTM Headlines.en-us<![CDATA[UT Martin UAC, Alumni Relations plan 'I Heart UTM Week']]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Undergraduate Alumni Council (UAC) and the Alumni Relations Office will be sponsoring the first ever I HEART UTM WEEK April 21-25.Activities during this special week will encourage and promote school affinity, love and spirit for the university. In addition to the planned activities, The Senior Walk and Grand Finale will take place on Wednesday, April 23.Other activities for the week include Philanthropy Day on Monday, April 21, Athletics Day on Tuesday, April 22; and of course Senior Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 23; Community Day on Thursday, April 24; and I Heart UTM Day on Friday, April 25.“We are encouraging all faculty and staff to support our seniors as they walk through the Quad for one last time,” said Andrew Hart, assistant director of alumni relations and annual giving. “Show your UTM spirit today and help promote I HEART UTM WEEK,” said Hart. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=192&month=04&day=17&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=192&month=04&day=17&year=2014Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Sign-up underway for Martin community band]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=193&month=04&day=17&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=193&month=04&day=17&year=2014Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA['Crossfire' Co-host Van Jones receives communications department's Distinguished Alumni Award ]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — CNN’s Crossfire co-host Van Jones made the most of his visit April 14 to the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was keynote speaker at noon for the Department of Communications Awards Banquet and participated in an investigative journalism panel discussion that afternoon. His day concluded as he received the department’s Distinguished Alumni Award following a dinner hosted by department faculty members in the Dunagan Alumni Center. Jones, a Jackson, Tenn., native and a 1990 UT Martin graduate with a double major in communications and political science, is the first UT Martin journalism sequence graduate to receive the award. He later earned a law degree from Yale University and has become known internationally as both an environmental and a social activist. In 2007, Jones was named UT Martin’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient.“Well, it’s good to be home,” Jones told the awards banquet audience. “ … The emotions I felt coming up here today after 24 years, it’s just hard to put into words.” He referred to Dr. Jerald Ogg, UT Martin provost, as “coach” throughout his remarks in appreciation for Ogg’s personal advice and support during and after the time Jones attended the university. In addition to having Ogg in several classes, Jones was editor of The Pacer student newspaper during the time that Ogg served as the paper’s adviser. In a 2002 story about Jones that appeared in UT Martin’s alumni magazine, Ogg said of this former student, “Van was certainly one of the most gifted students I have had the pleasure of teaching. What stood out even more than his intelligence, however, was his passion. “I was a student here (at UT Martin) in the mid-70s, and Van had the same zeal to make a difference you associate with that era.”Dr. Robert Nanney, communications department chair, has known Jones since his days as a UT Martin student. “Our students were inspired by his passion, his journey and his heart,” Nanney said. “Van has countless awards from groups across the country and beyond, but it was especially gratifying that he was truly touched to receive our department’s Distinguished Alumni Award. It meant the world to him.”Besides his association with CNN, the Los Angeles resident is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, which VanJones.net says is “a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy.” He has written two New York Times Best Sellers: The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. In 2009, Jones was the green jobs adviser to the Obama administration. Jones also co-founded two social justice organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change. He has received many honors and recognitions, including the NAACP’s Image Award. ###PHOTO CAPTION: CNN’s Crossfire co-host Van Jones speaks April 14 during the annual Communications Awards Banquet. He later received the Department of Communications Distinguished Alumni Award. Jones, a Jackson, Tenn., native and a 1990 UT Martin graduate with a double major in communications and political science, is the first UT Martin journalism sequence graduate to receive the award. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=191&month=04&day=15&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=191&month=04&day=15&year=2014Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[FCS enjoys successful site visit from accreditation team]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – The UT Martin Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has completed a successful site visit from professionals representing the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). The site team met (April 6-9) with various groups across the UT Martin campus as well as alumni, advisory council members and professionals who work with students during their field experiences. The resulting report commended administrators, faculty, students, alumni and advisory council members for the excellence of programs offered by FCS. The final determination of continued accreditation will be made November 2014 by the Council for Accreditation. Among those taking part in the visit were UT Marin chancellor Tom Rakes; site team: Dr. Leigh Southward, associate professor, University of Arkansas; Dr. Debbie Johnson, director of university academic programs assessment, Southeastern Louisiana University; Dr. Sue Whitaker, associate professor emerita, Ball State University; Dr. Sue Byrd, FCS department chair; and UT Martin provost and vice chancellor Jerald Ogg. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=187&month=04&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=187&month=04&day=10&year=2014Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Engineering professor named Featured Faculty Scholar]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Somsak Sukittanon, a professor in the Department of Engineering, will be this semester’s featured faculty scholar at the University of Tennessee at Martin.A reception to honor Sukittanon was held Thursday, April 10, in the Paul Meek Library. Sukittanon’s work will be on display in the library until the end of the semester.Sukittanon’s career at UT Martin began in 2007 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to professor in 2013. Sukittanon received his B.S. in telecommunication engineering at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Thailand in 1994. In 1999, he received his M.S. in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in 2004, both from the University of Washington. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=188&month=04&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=188&month=04&day=10&year=2014Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Teenager wins UT Martin Color Dash 5K]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Sixteen-year-old Donovan Davis won this year’s UT Martin ROTC AND SHAPE Club Color Dash 5K this past weekend in Martin.The 16-year-old finished 25 seconds ahead of 45-year-old Randy Davis. Chase Carden, 15 years-old, was third, while Chase Mitchell, 25-years old, was fourth and Joe Konkol, 55, was fifth. Just over four minutes separate Donovan Davis from Konkol. Participants had to run the nature trail that goes around the UT Martin Recreation Center twice.This is the second year UT Martin’s ROTC was involved in the run and the SHAPE Club’s ninth year.Sponsors for this year’s Color Dash included Brown and Williams Chiropractic, Christian Family Medicine, Volunteer Computer, Hinds Medical Clinic, Domino’s Pizza, Martin Orthopedics, MTD, La Cabana, Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ, the UT Martin Department of Health and Human Performance, Majestic Steak House, Higher Ground, Sidelines, The Marble Shop, J Marlins Salon and Spa, Van’s Pharmacy, Medical Rentals, Inc., Johnson Motor Coach, Vicki’s Designer Touch, The Reserve at Martin, UT Martin ROTC Senior Class and the Wesley Foundation.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=189&month=04&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=189&month=04&day=10&year=2014Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin remains among safest Tennessee public universities]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=190&month=04&day=10&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=190&month=04&day=10&year=2014Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Faculty, administrators fight the battle against cancer]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Drs. Victoria Seng, Jeff McCullough and Desiree McCullough dressed up like characters in the Harry Potter movies and participated in the UT Martin Student Relay for Life recently. More than 480 people and 36 teams participated in the Relay for Life event. The group raised more than $24,000 and the deadline for all fundraising is Aug. 31. Seng and McCullough served as the advisors for the student Relay for Life, which was held in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Both Seng and Desiree McCullough are cancer survivors.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=185&month=04&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=185&month=04&day=09&year=2014Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Bass anglers find success on nearby Kentucky Lake]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior Dylan Powley, of Paris, and sophomore Hayden Smith, of Dickson County, both members of the University of Tennessee at Martin bass fishing team, won the recent Big Bass Splash on Kentucky Lake.The Big Bass Splash is one of the stops on the Tennessee Collegiate Bass Fishing Trail. The tandem caught about 19 pounds of fish using Strike King lures, specifically the red-eye shad lure.Powley finished among the top eight in a session of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, also on Kentucky Lake this past weekend.Also finishing among the top five in a session of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series was Sydney Taylor, of Jackson. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=186&month=04&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=186&month=04&day=09&year=2014Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Seeing South Sudan offers a look at world's youngest nation through eyes of two Africans]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=182&month=04&day=07&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=182&month=04&day=07&year=2014Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA['Hidden child' speaks about preserving the legacy at UT Martin]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Honors Program and the Department of History and Philosophy are teaming up to sponsor Sonja Dubois, an academic speaker, at 7:30 p.m., April 9, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium.Dubois was less than 2 years old when she became a “hidden child.” Her parents were deported to a concentration camp and became victims of the Holocaust. “Our families paid the price for the hatred and racism instigated by one man,” Dubois said. “Only by speaking against racism can we change the future.”Dubois’ speech is titled “Preserving the Legacy.” ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=183&month=04&day=07&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=183&month=04&day=07&year=2014Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin dance ensemble set for spring show; Collage Dance Collective ready for special performance]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Dance Ensemble will perform their spring dance concert, ESCAPÉ, at 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11 at the Harriet Fulton Theater in the Fine Arts Building on campus.Tickets for this dance concert are sold at the door only, beginning at 7 pm. The house opens at 7:30 pm. Call (731) 881-7400 for more information. Collage Dance Collective, of Memphis, will give a special performance during the Friday, April 11, show.All choreographers are students in the K-12 dance education licensure program as part of the Department of Visual &Theatre Arts.Choreographers include Carly Hill, Shannon Jester, Rachel Parsons, Marcye Dockery, Kendel Dixon, Michaela’ Elliott, Ciera Fielding, Erin Windham and Emily Summerville.Hill, from Jackson, danced at a ballet studio, Pat Brown School of Dance. She transferred to UT Martin from Belmont because of the dance program. “I wanted dance to be the biggest part of my life.”“I love to dance because it’s the only way I can truly express myself,” Hill said.Hill’s work is about brokenness and strength, and moving on. “It’s something we can all relate to and have probably experienced. I like to create choreography that affects people’s lives.”Dixon, from nearby Trenton, is co-choreographing with Dockery. The dance is about standing up for what you believe in whether it is against rape, murder, cheating or whatever. “Our dance is a true piece and it is a fight within we all have to dwell with every single day. It is just up to you to make a difference.” ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=184&month=04&day=07&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=184&month=04&day=07&year=2014Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Dr. Verna Ruffin is keynote speaker for African American Leadership Conference, April 22, in Jackson]]>www.utm.edu/weststar by selecting the “conferences and events” link. Credit cards are accepted online, and checks can be made payable to WestStar-UT Martin, 321 Hall-Moody Administration Bldg., Martin, TN 38238.Call the WestStar Leadership Program at 731-881-7298 for additional information, or e-mail Virginia Grimes at vgrimes@utm.edu.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=181&month=04&day=04&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=181&month=04&day=04&year=2014Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Bettie Graham Special Education seminar set for UT Martin]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences will host the Bettie Graham Special Education Seminar from 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorum.Dr. Robert Williamson will talk about “Teaching Them All: Using Common Technologies to Implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Teaching Common-Core Standards Both Inside and Outside Inclusive Classrooms.”One of the topics to be covered include how to use technologies such as Google Suite and common (non-smart) cell phones to enhance the way people differentiate instruction to motivate and facilitate the acquisition of Common Core Standards for diverse 21st Century students.Participants will also learn how to meet the diverse learning needs of all their students via the hands-on, fast paced, ed-tech seminar. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and cell phones.Williamson is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Memphis. He earned his MAT in teaching and doctorate in education from the University of Memphis. His research interests involve mobile teaching and learning, ubiquitous mobile supports for students with disabilities, educator preparation and teacher/community collaboration with an emphasis on school-to-adult life transition.Continuing education credits are available at this seminar for $10. Request forms will be available at the seminar.The Bettie Graham Seminar Series on diagnosis and early intervention of learning difficulties is made possible through a generous endowment given by Newell and Bettie Graham. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=178&month=04&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=178&month=04&day=01&year=2014Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Phi Kappa Phi initiation ceremony, banquet set for April 8]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will initiate its newest members during a ceremony at 6 p.m., April 8, in the Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center.The ceremony will include junior and senior students, as well as graduate students and faculty members. The new 2014-15 chapter officers will also be recognized.The ceremony will be followed by a banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Duncan Ballroom, also in the Boling University Center. Tickets are $20 and are available at the University Center Information Desk on the second floor through Friday, April 4. The 2014 speaker is UT Martin chancellor emeritus Nick Dunagan who was the eighth chancellor of UT Martin, presiding in office from 2001 to 2007. Dunagan began his work at UT Martin in 1973 as director of development. His most recent job assignments included executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor for student affairs, and vice chancellor for development and administration. He has also served as interim chancellor three times (1985-86, 1997-98, 2000-01), and he served as executive director of WestStar, the university's regional leadership program for West Tennessee. He is a member of the executive committee of Weakley County's Education Edge program and is a member of the Martin Economic Development Council. A native of Caruthersville, Mo., Dunagan is a 1968 UT Martin graduate, a 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, and received a doctorate in higher education administration in 1990 from Vanderbilt University. He is a retired colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard and is an active member in the Martin First United Methodist Church.The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded more than 100 years ago and is America’s oldest all-discipline college honor society. It awards more than $700,000 each year to outstanding members for further academic study.Both events are open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Becky Cox, chapter public relations officer, by email at beckyc@utm.edu. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=179&month=04&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=179&month=04&day=01&year=2014Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Phi Kappa Phi initiation ceremony, banquet set for April 8; Chancellor Emeritus Nick Dunagan is speaker]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will initiate its newest members during a ceremony at 6 p.m., April 8, in the Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center.The ceremony will include junior and senior students, as well as graduate students and faculty members. The new 2014-15 chapter officers will also be recognized.The ceremony will be followed by a banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Duncan Ballroom, also in the Boling University Center. Tickets are $20 and are available at the University Center Information Desk on the second floor through Friday, April 4. The 2014 speaker is UT Martin chancellor emeritus Nick Dunagan who was the eighth chancellor of UT Martin, presiding in office from 2001 to 2007. Dunagan began his work at UT Martin in 1973 as director of development. His most recent job assignments included executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor for student affairs, and vice chancellor for development and administration. He has also served as interim chancellor three times (1985-86, 1997-98, 2000-01), and he served as executive director of WestStar, the university's regional leadership program for West Tennessee. He is a member of the executive committee of Weakley County's Education Edge program and is a member of the Martin Economic Development Council. A native of Caruthersville, Mo., Dunagan is a 1968 UT Martin graduate, a 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, and received a doctorate in higher education administration in 1990 from Vanderbilt University. He is a retired colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard and is an active member in the Martin First United Methodist Church.The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded more than 100 years ago and is America’s oldest all-discipline college honor society. It awards more than $700,000 each year to outstanding members for further academic study.Both events are open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Becky Cox, chapter public relations officer, by email at beckyc@utm.edu. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=180&month=04&day=01&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=180&month=04&day=01&year=2014Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Shaw to speak at Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological Roundtable]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=175&month=03&day=31&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=175&month=03&day=31&year=2014Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Who's Who awards, student organization honors to be presented Sunday, April 6]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=176&month=03&day=31&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=176&month=03&day=31&year=2014Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin presents Weakley County United Way with more than $10,000]]>Martin, Tenn. – UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes (left) presents Charley Deal, the chairman of Weakley County’s United Way drive, with a check for $10,378.42. The donation represents gifts and pledges from university employees for the 2014 United Way campaign. UT Martin has increased its giving percentage by more than 109 percent over the past three years. Weakley county’s United Way has set the goal for this year’s campaign at $150,000 to help fund local service agencies and united way partners. Money raised locally stays locally and is allocated by the local community impact team. For information about making a gift to Weakley County’s United Way campaign, contact Deal at (731) 881-7610.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=177&month=03&day=31&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=177&month=03&day=31&year=2014Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[AGR Noble Ruler selected to serve fraternity's national board]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Dakota Brasher has never been on an airplane, but that hasn’t stopped him from traveling all over the United States.Next week, Brasher, who calls Reagan home, will get on his first airplane in Memphis and fly to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Alpha Gamma Rho National Board Meeting.“This is my first plane ride,” Brasher said. “I have been all over the country, but never on a plane.”Brasher, who graduated from Scotts Hill High School, also is the first brother from the Alpha Upsilon chapter at the University of Tennessee at Martin to serve a one-year term as an undergraduate director for the national fraternity. He serves the local chapter as the noble ruler (president).The animal science major raises cattle with his grandfather when he’s not in school at UT Martin. To be exact, Brasher has traveled the country raising Hereford cattle. He is president of the Tennessee Junior Hereford Association.“I am pretty excited about this first meeting,” Brasher said.Brasher must be in Des Moines before 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=174&month=03&day=27&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=174&month=03&day=27&year=2014Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[ROTC, SHAPE Club to host 5K color dash, fun run]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin ROTC and SHAPE Club will be hosting a 5K color dash and fun run at 9 a.m., April 5, at Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on the UT Martin campus.The event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Community Basketball Project. Awards will be given overall and by age divisions. Door prizes will also be given away. Pre-registration ends March 29, with the cost being $15. The cost to register the day of the race will be $20, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. that morning. To preregister online, visit https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=25949. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=173&month=03&day=26&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=173&month=03&day=26&year=2014Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[39th annual International Cafe' set for Monday, March 31 at UT Martin]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin international students will present an international café from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 31, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom.“Come and taste authentic, international cuisine and meet out international students at the 39th annual International Café’,” said Brandy Hudson, one of the instructors with International Programs and International Admissions.“We expect to have booths set up featuring dishes courtesy of the German, Japanese and Spanish clubs, as well as from Korean, Saudi Arabian and Thai students.”Many of the clubs use the international café as a fund-raising event for their projects.Hudson said prices are reasonable and will vary. All prices are set by the various individual clubs. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=172&month=03&day=25&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=172&month=03&day=25&year=2014Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin lyric opera production set for 'Too Many Sopranos']]>MARTIN, Tenn. – So these four sopranos die and go to heaven ... No, this isn't the start of some bad joke. It is the plot of the 2014 University of Tennessee at Martin Lyric Opera Theatre production Too Many Sopranos. This is the opera that pokes fun at opera and many of its stereotypes. When these four sopranos get to heaven, Saint Peter tells them that there is only room for one of them in the heavenly choir. This means that they must audition.The only other option is to travel "down below" and retrieve some male singers who didn't quite make it to heaven. If the women perform a selfless act, the men will be allowed into heaven and everyone will be allowed to sing in the choir.Will the ladies do it? Will the men be allowed into heaven? Will Saint Peter go crazy dealing with these four divas? For these answers and more, you must come and find out. Sung in English, this hilarious opera promises to be a fun production, especially if it is your very first opera.This one-of-a-kind opera is presented at 7:30 p.m. both nights, Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29, in the Harriet Fulton Performing Arts Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are sold at the door only; the ticket booth opens one hour before each performance. For more information, please contact the UT Martin Department of Music at (731) 881-7402. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=170&month=03&day=24&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=170&month=03&day=24&year=2014Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Academic speakers program to host expert on climate control communications]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=169&month=03&day=22&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=169&month=03&day=22&year=2014Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Student Relay for Life set for Friday, March 28]]>click here. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=171&month=03&day=22&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=171&month=03&day=22&year=2014Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Registration under way for UT Martin Academic Quiz Bowl]]>MARTIN, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Department of Educational Studies will host its second annual Academic Quiz Bowl tournament for elementary, middle and high school students Saturday, April 12, at Gooch Hall on campus. Check-in time is set for 8 a.m. and competition begins at 9 a.m. The Academic Quiz Bowl, a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity, will feature teams of five students. Teams will compete in three divisions, grades 4-6, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.Dr. Louis Glover, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at UT Martin, will serve as director of the Quiz Bowl. “This will be a double-elimination contest and we will include questions from all academic areas,” Glover said. Questions included will be from literature, science, fine arts, history, geography, current events, sports and pop culture. All contestants will receive a certificate of participation, while trophies will be awarded to each of the three divisional winners. In addition, trophies will be awarded to the grand champion and the highest-scoring team.Pre-registration is required and all information must be received by April 5. For more information contact Glover at lglover5@utm.edu or direct correspondence to him at 240A Gooch Hall. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=164&month=03&day=20&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=164&month=03&day=20&year=2014Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin welcomes new men's head basketball coach]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin introduced Heath Schroyer as its ninth men’s basketball coach in program history at a press conference held at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on Thursday afternoon. “I have known Heath for several years,” UT Martin athletics director Julio Freire said. “I know he represents the qualities in a coach that our student-athletes, Chancellor, search committee and community are looking for. Today is a great day to be a Skyhawk!” “We are excited and fortunate to secure Coach Schroyer to lead our men’s basketball team,” UT Martin Chancellor Dr. Tom Rakes said. “Coach Schroyer has demonstrated his expertise as a successful college coach for nearly two decades and we believe he will be a positive driving force for men’s basketball.” Schroyer, 42, brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Skyhawk program, including seven years as a head coach at the Division-I level. All six of Schroyer’s stops at a Division-I institution has culminated in either a conference championship or postseason play. “I am obviously very humbled and excited to be here,” Schroyer said. “I’ve been really impressed throughout the entire process with the upper administration and with Julio. I think we are on the cusp of accomplishing some great things. I’ve been doing this quite a long time but I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready to bring all of those experiences to UT Martin. I am anxious to get started and start trying to accomplish our goals.” A native of Walkersville, Md., Schroyer has spent the last three seasons at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas working as the associate head coach under Dave Rice. The Runnin’ Rebels sported three 20-plus win seasons, a 71-32 overall record (29-19 against Mountain West Conference opposition) and appearances in the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments in Schroyer’s tenure. Named by Bleacher Report as one of college basketball’s top 15 assistant coaches before the start of the 2012-13 season, Schroyer coordinated UNLV’s recruiting efforts since he joined the staff in 2011. The Runnin’ Rebels’ 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 7 in the nation by ESPN and one year later, UNLV produced Anthony Bennett – the No. 1 overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 NBA Draft. Bennett joined Larry Johnson (Charlotte Hornets, 1991) as the only players in UNLV’s prestigious history be selected first in the NBA Draft. UNLV knocked off seven nationally ranked teams in Schroyer’s first two seasons, including a win over No. 1 North Carolina in 2011. That marked UNLV’s first win over the nation’s top team in 22 years and the first time a MWC team had defeated the No. 1 ranked team. The Runnin’ Rebels spent 25 combined weeks in the national top-25 polls during Schroyer’s first two seasons, topping out at No. 11 during the 2011-12 campaign. The Runnin’ Rebels boasted a pair of Associated Press All-Americans (Mike Moser in 2012, Bennett in 2013), 10 All-MWC selections, the two-time MWC Defensive Player of the Year (Khem Birch in 2013 and 2014) and 2012 MWC Newcomer of the Year (Moser) in Schroyer’s time at UNLV. Schroyer began his collegiate head coaching career at Portland State, where he took over the reins in 2002 as the nation’s second youngest Division-I head coach at age 30. Schroyer propelled the Portland State program to new heights from 2002-05. His teams improved in the win column each season (jumping up 14 wins from his first to last year), culminating with a Big Sky Conference regular-season title in 2004-05, which was the school’s first-ever Division-I championship in any sport. That season, the Vikings went 19-9 overall with an 11-3 conference slate. The 19 victories were the most for the program since the 1958-59 campaign and occurred a year after he guided Portland State to a top-three turnaround in the nation during his second year. At Portland State, Schroyer presided over six All-BSC honorees, including 2004-05 BSC Player of the Year Seamus Boxley. He concluded his career as the program’s fourth all-time leading scorer (1,498 points) and was also named BSC Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (2003-04, 2004-05). Schroyer then joined Fresno State University as an associate head coach under Steve Cleveland for two seasons, serving as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator and overseeing the team’s academic turnaround. Overall, he coached four All-Western Athletic Conference performers, including NBA Draft pick Dominic McGuire. In Schroyer’s last season on the bench at Fresno State (2006-07), the Bulldogs went 22-10 with a 10-6 WAC record, earning a trip to the National Invitation Tournament. That marked the most wins for the program since the legendary Jerry Tarkanian guided the Bulldogs to 22 wins in 1995-96. Schroyer parlayed that success into a head coaching gig at the University of Wyoming from 2007-11. During his four-year head coaching stint at Wyoming, Schroyer coached seven All-MWC players, including Brandon Ewing (second all-time leading scorer in Cowboy history with 2,168 points) and Afam Moujeke (2008-09 MWC Freshman of the Year after becoming the league’s all-time leading freshman scorer). Schroyer’s best season at Wyoming was in 2008-09, when he led the Cowboys to 19 victories and an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament. He also helped the program make huge strides academically, as he inherited the worst Academic Progress Rate (APR) of any sport in the entire MWC. Schroyer constructed a comprehensive plan that improved the Cowboys’ men’s basketball APR by 164 points to a program-high 935, which was the third-best turnaround in the nation. He was also a member of Wyoming’s Academic Integrity Subcommittee in 2010-11. Before his head coaching appointment at Portland State, Schroyer had previously been an assistant coach at Wyoming under head coach Steve McClain for the 2001-02 season, when the Cowboys went 22-9 (11-3 MWC) and upset No. 6 Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Arizona. Schroyer was in charge of a ferocious defense that led the MWC in field goal percentage defense, defensive rebounding and rebounding margin. Schroyer’s first Division-I assistant coaching job came at Brigham Young University, who was a member of the Western Athletic Conference before joining the MWC for Schroyer’s last two seasons there. Joining a Cougar program that had went 1-25 the season before, Schroyer and Cleveland – the BYU head coach who Schroyer would also work with at Fresno State almost a decade later – engineered a dramatic turnaround that led to a 46-20 record and pair of postseason berths in the final two years. The Cougars went 24-9 overall (10-4 MWC) and made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000-01. The MWC championship in 2000-01 was BYU’s first conference tournament title since 1992, its first regular-season championship since 1993 and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995. The year before that, the Cougars went 22-11 and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals. Schroyer presided over six all-conference honorees at BYU, including 2001 MWC Player of the Year and Associated Press All-American Mekeli Wesley. In a coaching career that began as an assistant coach under Cleveland at Fresno City College in 1996, Schroyer has recruited or coached over 60 players who have gone on to play professionally. He has also shared his extensive basketball knowledge as a television analyst during the 2011 NCAA Tournament coverage on The Mtn Channel and during the 2011 CBI on HDNet. He also served as a television analyst for the Utah Jazz during the 2001 NBA playoffs. Schroyer started his collegiate playing career at Kings River Community College in Reedley, Calif., where he earned all-conference accolades and led the team to the California Junior College Final Four in 1992. He concluded his playing career at Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Ga., where he led the team to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 as a senior. Schroyer prepped at the prestigious DeMatha High School program in Hyattsville, Md., where he played for the legendary coach Morgan Wootten, whose 1,274 wins as a head coach are the second-most in the history of basketball at any level. Earning his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Armstrong Atlantic State in 1995, Schroyer earned his master’s degree in institutional leadership from National University in Fresno, Calif. in 1996. Schroyer has one daughter, Sierra (17) and a son, Hayden (12) from a previous marriage and also has a fiancée, Kim Ortega. #SKYHAWKS# ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=167&month=03&day=20&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=167&month=03&day=20&year=2014Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin, WestStar to host non-profit conference in Jackson]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=168&month=03&day=20&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=168&month=03&day=20&year=2014Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Family, Consumer Sciences hosts Joe, Pat Johnson Nutrition Symposium at UT Martin]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=163&month=03&day=14&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=163&month=03&day=14&year=2014Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin's Parrish named Journalism Educator of the Year]]>MARTIN, Tenn. -- The Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC) named Tomi Parrish, journalism instructor and coordinator of the Office of Student Media at the University of Tennessee at Martin, as Educator of the Year. "I'm pleased that Tomi (Parrish) has won this prestigious award,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, professor and chairman of the UT Martin communications department. “It's well deserved and long overdue. I joined others in nominating her for this honor."The Pacer, UT Martin’s student newspaper won two top 10 awards, while Bradley Stingfield, of Oliver Springs, won ninth place for Best Sports Writer in the annual competition and Mary Jean Hall, of Covington, won sixth place in Best News Graphic Designer.The Pacer also finished sixth for the Best College Website and sixth for Best Public Service Journalism (Veterans Day/ROTC package).The awards, chosen from 440 qualified entries from 35 universities, were announced at the SEJC’s annual convention, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Feb. 20-22."It's so gratifying to see our student media continue their winning ways at SEJC,” said Nanney. “This reflects the hard work and dedication of our WUTM and Pacer students, along with the vision and mentorship of their advisers, Dr. Richard Robinson and Tomi Parrish."WUTM was named the third best college radio station in the southeast and it had the third best college audio news program. Aimee Bilger, of Martin, won third place as the Best Radio News Feature Reporter, while MaryLynn Williams, of Franklin, was named the Best Radio Journalist. Overall, 169 students from 34 universities were ranked in the 30 “Best of the South” categories. The SEJC consists of 51 member universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.Suggested Photo CaptionsTHE PACER -- Back: Justin Glover (freshman, Nashville, communications major; staff writer for The Pacer), Mary Jean Hall (senior, Covington, communications major, news editor for The Pacer), Bradley Stringfield (senior, Oliver Springs, communications major; managing editor, print for The Pacer), Malorie Paine (senior, Memphis, agricultural communications major; managing editor, online for The Pacer), Alex Jacobi (senior, Dyersburg, communications major, executive editor for The Pacer)Front: Natalie Bates (freshman, Memphis, communications major, staff writer for The Pacer), Tomi McCutchen Parrish (coordinator for Office of Student Publications), Ashley Cunningham senior, Martin, communications major, writer for The Spirit), Eric Brand (senior, Lewisburg, communications major; viewpoints editor for The Pacer).WUTM – (Seated, from left) – Aimee Bilger, Martin, news director; Katie Long, Jackson, digital content director; MaryLynn Williams, Franklin, sports director; Chloe Joy, Jackson, administrative assistant; (Standing, from left) Chuck Hammer, Martin, business and traffic director; Matt Borden, Martin, program director; Dr. Richard Robinson, faculty adviser; Blake Stevens, Brighton, support and development director ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=162&month=03&day=13&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=162&month=03&day=13&year=2014Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500