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[New West Tennessee Healtcare Foundation Nursing wing officially opens at UT Martin Parsons Center]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Jessica Brownyard has a lot to say about the UT Martin Parsons Center. Brownyard spoke at the July 2013 announcement of the center’s new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing. On Thursday, Aug. 28, she spoke again at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the expansion. Sometime in the future, she can say that she’s among the first to graduate from the center’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program housed in the facility. Brownyard joined University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes, Jim and Janet Ayers of the Ayers Foundation, local and state elected officials and others to celebrate the expansion’s completion. The 30-minute program later moved from the Parsons Center’s main entrance to the new nursing wing, complete with its own entrance and a large water fountain to welcome students and visitors. Ribbon was cut at the entrance, and a reception and tours followed. The official opening of the wing came as the Parsons Center has reached an all-time enrollment record of 325 students for fall semester. Dr. Kelli Deere, center director, welcomed the overflow crowd and recognized the partnership among the UT Martin Parsons Center, the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation and the state of Tennessee for making the expansion possible. She specifically thanked Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly for supporting the project, which was completed by TLM Associates, of Jackson, and Quinn Construction, of Parsons. Initial funding for the expansion was included in the 2013-14 state budget, and a $1 million appropriation was made to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the center. The project received added support when the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation also made a $1 million commitment to the project. The addition includes classrooms, a skills laboratory and a high-fidelity computerized simulation laboratory.UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes also expressed appreciation to all who made the project possible. He reminded the audience that the university is bringing a high-quality BSN program to the center as he told of 2014 nursing graduates achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. “We feel fortunate to partner with this community, this region of the state, certainly with West Tennessee Healthcare,” Rakes said of the project. “We appreciate the relationships with our legislators, and we don\'t take it for granted because it doesn\'t happen automatically.” UT President Joe DiPietro compared the new nursing wing to the time when he and other University of Illinois veterinary science faculty members moved to a new large animal hospital. He recalled that the move “changed how we felt about ourselves. It changed how we were able to train our students. It changed the spirit of the organization to focus on getting even better.” He sees the expansion having the same potential impact for the Parsons Center. DiPietro kept the focus on students and introduced Brownyard, who was accepted to begin the nursing program this fall. “I never thought that in my wildest dreams that I would get to graduate from the UT Martin Parsons Center,” Brownyard said. “And now I will get to be one of the first ever to graduate from the new BSN program.” She thanked Jim and Janet Ayers and the Ayers Foundation for helping her “through every single semester of college” and added, “This new addition gives so many students the hope that one day that they can graduate while still staying close to home and saving a little bit of money.” Harbert Alexander Jr., chairman of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation board, talked about the nursing program’s future impact on the region. He also acknowledged the Ayers for challenging the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation “to step up and commit to the largest project that we’ve ever tried to accomplish.”A surprise ending to the program came when Jo Ann Ayers Lynn, sister of Jim Ayers, and Chancellor Tom Rakes unveiled a bust of the businessman and philanthropist. “This is a wonderful honor that, I promise you, I don’t deserve,” a grateful Ayers said. Janet Ayers followed her husband to the podium a short time later and said, “Jim, you are deserving of a lot of attention and a lot of recognition, …” but added that one person can’t achieve things alone. “It is a whole community that comes together to make things like this (the Parsons Center) happen,” she said. ###PHOTO CAPTION: Ready to cut ribbon Aug. 28 for the new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing at the UT Martin Parsons Center are (l to r) Harbert Alexander Jr, chairman of West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation board; Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor; Dr. Kelli Deere, Parsons Center director, Dr. Joe DiPietro, UT president, and Janet and Jim Ayers of the Ayers Foundation. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=255&month=08&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=255&month=08&day=29&year=2014Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[New West Tennessee Healtcare Foundation Nursing wing officially opens at UT Martin Parsons Center]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – Marching band directors appreciate the sights and sounds of a top performing drum line. Aiming to be the best they can be for football halftime performances and band competition season, the Huntingdon High School Band was among seven bands participating Aug. 23 in the 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The event began at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building’s band room, with the Huntingdon band closing out the day’s performances in its second year at the event. Other bands participating were Liberty Tech, Stewart County, South Gibson, Munford, McNairy Central, and Waverly Central. Guest artist Julie Davila presented a marching percussion clinic and also provided individual instruction. Jill Bonds directs the Huntingdon High School band. She is a Huntingdon High School graduate and in her third year at the school. Derek Cook is the band’s assistant director and is a UT Martin graduate. The band last won a state championship in 2005 and is coming off a third-place tie last November at the Division I State Marching Band Championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro. The band’s 45 members are aiming even higher for 2014.“As a group, we have decided to set the bar high this year and keep our momentum going from last competition season,” Bond said in an e-mail interview. “So in terms of competition, our goal is to finish in the top two at the Tennessee Division I State Band Championship. That would mean we are making gains in terms of placement.” In addition to competition goals, Bonds wants the band to be “the leader of school spirit,” both for the student body and the community.Bonds’ major instrument is the clarinet, so having this kind of instruction available is important. “At Tune-Up Day, the students receive instant feedback and suggestions on how to improve technique,” she said. “Since it's often difficult for us to get a percussion instructor at every rehearsal due to budget and our location, the students leave Tune-Up Day with a wealth of knowledge and work on implementing it throughout the season.”Dr. Julie Hill created Drum Line Tune-Up Day in 2005 during her first year as a UT Martin faculty member. The associate professor of music and director of percussion studies saw the new event as a way to raise funds for her program and also reach out to high school bands in different communities. “Our program hosts events throughout the year that focus on world music, contemporary music, chamber music and more,” Hill said via e-mail, estimating that her students perform annually for more than 5,000 people. “But with so many high schools in Tennessee putting their entire fall focus into the marching band genre, it seemed only natural to include an education event focused on the marching percussion genre into our array of offerings to surrounding programs.”Interest in the event has grown so much that band directors contact Hill to participate. Seven bands are the maximum she can accommodate, and each receives personal attention. “Each program gets 50 minutes of individual instruction time and receives instant feedback on their technique, phrasing and musicality of their ensemble,” Hill said. “We also give them feedback on their percussion music for their fall marching band show, and we make suggestions that will hopefully give them a more successful and positive fall performance season.”Participating bands also receive bonus attention on top of the individual instruction. “Lastly, we actually help ‘tune up’ the groups by helping to fix any instrument or carrier problems they may have, as well as tune their drums if they need help with this,” Hill said. “Thus the name ‘Tune-Up Day’ has several different implications.”The other event highlight is instruction by Davila, adjunct instructor of percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. Davila also performs with Hill as a member of the Caixa Trio chamber percussion ensemble. Hill describes her as “one of the best rudimental players I know,” adding, “She is friendly and efficient and can really help groups tremendously in a short amount of time. Students have a good time learning with her, and she provides the students and instructors with tools they can take back home and work on for years to come.”Marching Mustang band members talked about their band experiences in the percussion studio just before working with Davila. Emily Coleman, an eight grader who plays marimba, said that percussion sections are “good for keeping tempo, and they add extra dimension to the music.” She sees the Tune-Up Day as excellent preparation for the band. “It’s good for helping with technique and just getting your music better,” Coleman said. Ben Reiter, a senior percussionist, said that the Mustang football team has already taken notice of the band’s performance during the opening home game Aug. 22 with Obion County. “I mean, I was talking to one of my football player friends earlier on today, and he was saying that last night we were really helping pep the football team up and getting them excited and getting their adrenaline flowing so they could play a little bit better,” Reiter said. “That was just when we were in the stands, and some of them heard us out on the field, too, during halftime.” Band members share similar goals and optimism for what this edition of the Marching Mustangs can accomplish. “I definitely want to win the state this year or at least get above third,” Reiter said, who believes the band is capable of bettering last year’s finish. “Other than that, just do better with the music.” Darius Bills, a freshman who plays the snare drums for the pep band among other percussion duties, likes his experience so far and appreciates how fellow musicians have supported him in his first year. “My hopes are just like getting higher than we did last year and becoming better as a band, as a group.” All credit Jill Bonds for her leadership and ability to help the band reach its potential. “Ms. Bonds is great,” Coleman said. “She really helps out a lot, and she’s really patient, and she’s a very good instructor.” Bills added, “Actually, like she slows down and takes her time, and like even if she has to keep us over, maybe like 30 minutes or an hour after rehearsal, she will do that just to help us.” “I really like Ms. Bonds,” Reiter said. “ … She really cares about us, and she’s always looking for ways to help improve the band, like asking us if we need anything, like new sticks, or the woodwind instruments if they need new reeds or anything like that. She’s always making sure we have everything we need to be good.”Emily, Ben and Darius then joined their fellow band members in the band room as the final group to work with Davila. She demonstrated, encouraged and listened intently as she coached this important section of the Marching Mustangs to be the best it can be. With high school football halftime shows underway and competition season just ahead, this tune-up session put the finishing touches on many hard hours of practice for these seven high school bands. Each left UT Martin ready to take the field, entertain crowds and promote school spirit as only marching bands can do. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Emily Coleman receives personal instruction from Julie Davila (right) during the 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day on Aug. 23 at UT Martin. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=257&month=08&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=257&month=08&day=29&year=2014Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Huntingdon High School marching band tunes up at drum-lin workshop]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – Marching band directors appreciate the sights and sounds of a top performing drum line. Aiming to be the best they can be for football halftime performances and band competition season, the Huntingdon High School Band was among seven bands participating Aug. 23 in the 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The event began at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building’s band room, with the Huntingdon band closing out the day’s performances in its second year at the event. Other bands participating were Liberty Tech, Stewart County, South Gibson, Munford, McNairy Central, and Waverly Central. Guest artist Julie Davila presented a marching percussion clinic and also provided individual instruction. Jill Bonds directs the Huntingdon High School band. She is a Huntingdon High School graduate and in her third year at the school. Derek Cook is the band’s assistant director and is a UT Martin graduate. The band last won a state championship in 2005 and is coming off a third-place tie last November at the Division I State Marching Band Championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro. The band’s 45 members are aiming even higher for 2014.“As a group, we have decided to set the bar high this year and keep our momentum going from last competition season,” Bond said in an e-mail interview. “So in terms of competition, our goal is to finish in the top two at the Tennessee Division I State Band Championship. That would mean we are making gains in terms of placement.” In addition to competition goals, Bonds wants the band to be “the leader of school spirit,” both for the student body and the community.Bonds’ major instrument is the clarinet, so having this kind of instruction available is important. “At Tune-Up Day, the students receive instant feedback and suggestions on how to improve technique,” she said. “Since it's often difficult for us to get a percussion instructor at every rehearsal due to budget and our location, the students leave Tune-Up Day with a wealth of knowledge and work on implementing it throughout the season.”Dr. Julie Hill created Drum Line Tune-Up Day in 2005 during her first year as a UT Martin faculty member. The associate professor of music and director of percussion studies saw the new event as a way to raise funds for her program and also reach out to high school bands in different communities. “Our program hosts events throughout the year that focus on world music, contemporary music, chamber music and more,” Hill said via e-mail, estimating that her students perform annually for more than 5,000 people. “But with so many high schools in Tennessee putting their entire fall focus into the marching band genre, it seemed only natural to include an education event focused on the marching percussion genre into our array of offerings to surrounding programs.”Interest in the event has grown so much that band directors contact Hill to participate. Seven bands are the maximum she can accommodate, and each receives personal attention. “Each program gets 50 minutes of individual instruction time and receives instant feedback on their technique, phrasing and musicality of their ensemble,” Hill said. “We also give them feedback on their percussion music for their fall marching band show, and we make suggestions that will hopefully give them a more successful and positive fall performance season.”Participating bands also receive bonus attention on top of the individual instruction. “Lastly, we actually help ‘tune up’ the groups by helping to fix any instrument or carrier problems they may have, as well as tune their drums if they need help with this,” Hill said. “Thus the name ‘Tune-Up Day’ has several different implications.”The other event highlight is instruction by Davila, adjunct instructor of percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. Davila also performs with Hill as a member of the Caixa Trio chamber percussion ensemble. Hill describes her as “one of the best rudimental players I know,” adding, “She is friendly and efficient and can really help groups tremendously in a short amount of time. Students have a good time learning with her, and she provides the students and instructors with tools they can take back home and work on for years to come.”Marching Mustang band members talked about their band experiences in the percussion studio just before working with Davila. Emily Coleman, an eight grader who plays marimba, said that percussion sections are “good for keeping tempo, and they add extra dimension to the music.” She sees the Tune-Up Day as excellent preparation for the band. “It’s good for helping with technique and just getting your music better,” Coleman said. Ben Reiter, a senior percussionist, said that the Mustang football team has already taken notice of the band’s performance during the opening home game Aug. 22 with Obion County. “I mean, I was talking to one of my football player friends earlier on today, and he was saying that last night we were really helping pep the football team up and getting them excited and getting their adrenaline flowing so they could play a little bit better,” Reiter said. “That was just when we were in the stands, and some of them heard us out on the field, too, during halftime.” Band members share similar goals and optimism for what this edition of the Marching Mustangs can accomplish. “I definitely want to win the state this year or at least get above third,” Reiter said, who believes the band is capable of bettering last year’s finish. “Other than that, just do better with the music.” Darius Bills, a freshman who plays the snare drums for the pep band among other percussion duties, likes his experience so far and appreciates how fellow musicians have supported him in his first year. “My hopes are just like getting higher than we did last year and becoming better as a band, as a group.” All credit Jill Bonds for her leadership and ability to help the band reach its potential. “Ms. Bonds is great,” Coleman said. “She really helps out a lot, and she’s really patient, and she’s a very good instructor.” Bills added, “Actually, like she slows down and takes her time, and like even if she has to keep us over, maybe like 30 minutes or an hour after rehearsal, she will do that just to help us.” “I really like Ms. Bonds,” Reiter said. “ … She really cares about us, and she’s always looking for ways to help improve the band, like asking us if we need anything, like new sticks, or the woodwind instruments if they need new reeds or anything like that. She’s always making sure we have everything we need to be good.”Emily, Ben and Darius then joined their fellow band members in the band room as the final group to work with Davila. She demonstrated, encouraged and listened intently as she coached this important section of the Marching Mustangs to be the best it can be. With high school football halftime shows underway and competition season just ahead, this tune-up session put the finishing touches on many hard hours of practice for these seven high school bands. Each left UT Martin ready to take the field, entertain crowds and promote school spirit as only marching bands can do. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Emily Coleman receives personal instruction from Julie Davila (right) during the 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day on Aug. 23 at UT Martin. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=258&month=08&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=258&month=08&day=29&year=2014Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Huntingdon High School marching band tunes up at drum-line workshop]]> MARTIN, Tenn. – Marching band directors appreciate the sights and sounds of a top performing drum line. Aiming to be the best they can be for football halftime performances and band competition season, the Huntingdon High School Band was among seven bands participating Aug. 23 in the 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The event began at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Building’s band room, with the Huntingdon band closing out the day’s performances in its second year at the event. Other bands participating were Liberty Tech, Stewart County, South Gibson, Munford, McNairy Central, and Waverly Central. Guest artist Julie Davila presented a marching percussion clinic and also provided individual instruction. Jill Bonds directs the Huntingdon High School band. She is a Huntingdon High School graduate and in her third year at the school. Derek Cook is the band’s assistant director and is a UT Martin graduate. The band last won a state championship in 2005 and is coming off a third-place tie last November at the Division I State Marching Band Championship at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro. The band’s 45 members are aiming even higher for 2014.“As a group, we have decided to set the bar high this year and keep our momentum going from last competition season,” Bond said in an e-mail interview. “So in terms of competition, our goal is to finish in the top two at the Tennessee Division I State Band Championship. That would mean we are making gains in terms of placement.” In addition to competition goals, Bonds wants the band to be “the leader of school spirit,” both for the student body and the community.Bonds’ major instrument is the clarinet, so having this kind of instruction available is important. “At Tune-Up Day, the students receive instant feedback and suggestions on how to improve technique,” she said. “Since it's often difficult for us to get a percussion instructor at every rehearsal due to budget and our location, the students leave Tune-Up Day with a wealth of knowledge and work on implementing it throughout the season.”Dr. Julie Hill created Drum Line Tune-Up Day in 2005 during her first year as a UT Martin faculty member. The associate professor of music and director of percussion studies saw the new event as a way to raise funds for her program and also reach out to high school bands in different communities. “Our program hosts events throughout the year that focus on world music, contemporary music, chamber music and more,” Hill said via e-mail, estimating that her students perform annually for more than 5,000 people. “But with so many high schools in Tennessee putting their entire fall focus into the marching band genre, it seemed only natural to include an education event focused on the marching percussion genre into our array of offerings to surrounding programs.”Interest in the event has grown so much that band directors contact Hill to participate. Seven bands are the maximum she can accommodate, and each receives personal attention. “Each program gets 50 minutes of individual instruction time and receives instant feedback on their technique, phrasing and musicality of their ensemble,” Hill said. “We also give them feedback on their percussion music for their fall marching band show, and we make suggestions that will hopefully give them a more successful and positive fall performance season.”Participating bands also receive bonus attention on top of the individual instruction. “Lastly, we actually help ‘tune up’ the groups by helping to fix any instrument or carrier problems they may have, as well as tune their drums if they need help with this,” Hill said. “Thus the name ‘Tune-Up Day’ has several different implications.”The other event highlight is instruction by Davila, adjunct instructor of percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. Davila also performs with Hill as a member of the Caixa Trio chamber percussion ensemble. Hill describes her as “one of the best rudimental players I know,” adding, “She is friendly and efficient and can really help groups tremendously in a short amount of time. Students have a good time learning with her, and she provides the students and instructors with tools they can take back home and work on for years to come.”Marching Mustang band members talked about their band experiences in the percussion studio just before working with Davila. Emily Coleman, an eight grader who plays marimba, said that percussion sections are “good for keeping tempo, and they add extra dimension to the music.” She sees the Tune-Up Day as excellent preparation for the band. “It’s good for helping with technique and just getting your music better,” Coleman said. Ben Reiter, a senior percussionist, said that the Mustang football team has already taken notice of the band’s performance during the opening home game Aug. 22 with Obion County. “I mean, I was talking to one of my football player friends earlier on today, and he was saying that last night we were really helping pep the football team up and getting them excited and getting their adrenaline flowing so they could play a little bit better,” Reiter said. “That was just when we were in the stands, and some of them heard us out on the field, too, during halftime.” Band members share similar goals and optimism for what this edition of the Marching Mustangs can accomplish. “I definitely want to win the state this year or at least get above third,” Reiter said, who believes the band is capable of bettering last year’s finish. “Other than that, just do better with the music.” Darius Bills, a freshman who plays the snare drums for the pep band among other percussion duties, likes his experience so far and appreciates how fellow musicians have supported him in his first year. “My hopes are just like getting higher than we did last year and becoming better as a band, as a group.” All credit Jill Bonds for her leadership and ability to help the band reach its potential. “Ms. Bonds is great,” Coleman said. “She really helps out a lot, and she’s really patient, and she’s a very good instructor.” Bills added, “Actually, like she slows down and takes her time, and like even if she has to keep us over, maybe like 30 minutes or an hour after rehearsal, she will do that just to help us.” “I really like Ms. Bonds,” Reiter said. “ … She really cares about us, and she’s always looking for ways to help improve the band, like asking us if we need anything, like new sticks, or the woodwind instruments if they need new reeds or anything like that. She’s always making sure we have everything we need to be good.”Emily, Ben and Darius then joined their fellow band members in the band room as the final group to work with Davila. She demonstrated, encouraged and listened intently as she coached this important section of the Marching Mustangs to be the best it can be. With high school football halftime shows underway and competition season just ahead, this tune-up session put the finishing touches on many hard hours of practice for these seven high school bands. Each left UT Martin ready to take the field, entertain crowds and promote school spirit as only marching bands can do. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Emily Coleman receives personal instruction from Julie Davila (right) during the 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day on Aug. 23 at UT Martin. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=259&month=08&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=259&month=08&day=29&year=2014Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[New West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing wing officially opens at UT Martin Parsons Center]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Jessica Brownyard has a lot to say about the UT Martin Parsons Center. Brownyard spoke at the July 2013 announcement of the center’s new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing. On Thursday, Aug. 28, she spoke again at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the expansion. Sometime in the future, she can say that she’s among the first to graduate from the center’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program housed in the facility. Brownyard joined University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes, Jim and Janet Ayers of the Ayers Foundation, local and state elected officials and others to celebrate the expansion’s completion. The 30-minute program later moved from the Parsons Center’s main entrance to the new nursing wing, complete with its own entrance and a large water fountain to welcome students and visitors. Ribbon was cut at the entrance, and a reception and tours followed. The official opening of the wing came as the Parsons Center has reached an all-time enrollment record of 325 students for fall semester. Dr. Kelli Deere, center director, welcomed the overflow crowd and recognized the partnership among the UT Martin Parsons Center, the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation and the state of Tennessee for making the expansion possible. She specifically thanked Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly for supporting the project, which was completed by TLM Associates, of Jackson, and Quinn Construction, of Parsons. Initial funding for the expansion was included in the 2013-14 state budget, and a $1 million appropriation was made to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the center. The project received added support when the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation also made a $1 million commitment to the project. The addition includes classrooms, a skills laboratory and a high-fidelity computerized simulation laboratory.UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes also expressed appreciation to all who made the project possible. He reminded the audience that the university is bringing a high-quality BSN program to the center as he told of 2014 nursing graduates achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. “We feel fortunate to partner with this community, this region of the state, certainly with West Tennessee Healthcare,” Rakes said of the project. “We appreciate the relationships with our legislators, and we don't take it for granted because it doesn't happen automatically.” UT President Joe DiPietro compared the new nursing wing to the time when he and other University of Illinois veterinary science faculty members moved to a new large animal hospital. He recalled that the move “changed how we felt about ourselves. It changed how we were able to train our students. It changed the spirit of the organization to focus on getting even better.” He sees the expansion having the same potential impact for the Parsons Center. DiPietro kept the focus on students and introduced Brownyard, who was accepted to begin the nursing program this fall. “I never thought that in my wildest dreams that I would get to graduate from the UT Martin Parsons Center,” Brownyard said. “And now I will get to be one of the first ever to graduate from the new BSN program.” She thanked Jim and Janet Ayers and the Ayers Foundation for helping her “through every single semester of college” and added, “This new addition gives so many students the hope that one day that they can graduate while still staying close to home and saving a little bit of money.” Harbert Alexander Jr., chairman of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation board, talked about the nursing program’s future impact on the region. He also acknowledged the Ayers for challenging the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation “to step up and commit to the largest project that we’ve ever tried to accomplish.”A surprise ending to the program came when Jo Ann Ayers Lynn, sister of Jim Ayers, and Chancellor Tom Rakes unveiled a bust of the businessman and philanthropist. “This is a wonderful honor that, I promise you, I don’t deserve,” a grateful Ayers said. Janet Ayers followed her husband to the podium a short time later and said, “Jim, you are deserving of a lot of attention and a lot of recognition, …” but added that one person can’t achieve things alone. “It is a whole community that comes together to make things like this (the Parsons Center) happen,” she said. ###PHOTO CAPTION: Ready to cut ribbon Aug. 28 for the new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing at the UT Martin Parsons Center are (l to r) Harbert Alexander Jr, chairman of West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation board; Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor; Dr. Kelli Deere, Parsons Center director, Dr. Joe DiPietro, UT president, and Janet and Jim Ayers of the Ayers Foundation. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=261&month=08&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=261&month=08&day=29&year=2014Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA['Guitar as Art' contest and exhibition gallery opening set for Aug. 31]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Acoustic guitars converted into 2D art will be featured in an exhibition starting Sunday, Aug. 31, in the UT Martin Fine Arts Building Gallery. The exhibition opens at 2 p.m., followed at 2:45 by award presentations for the Guitar As Art Contest. The event is part of the 21st Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival, Aug. 28-Sept. 6, and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will feature acoustic guitars altered by local artists using 2D media such as painting, mosaic, photo transfer and drawing. A $500 purchase prize will be given to the winning entry, and the guitar will be featured in print advertising for the 2015 Tennessee Soybean Festival. A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded. For additional information, contact Katie Smith, UT Martin coordinator for student organizations, at 731-881-1864.###PHOTO CAPTION: Katie Smith, UT Martin coordinator for student organizations, and Jason Stout, assistant professor of art and faculty adviser for the League of Starving Artists, created the “Guitar for Art” contest. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=260&month=08&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=260&month=08&day=29&year=2014Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open nursing wing at UT Martin Parsons Center]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 28 will officially open the new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing at the UT Martin Parsons Center. The event is set for 10:30 a.m. at the center located at 975 Tennessee Avenue North in Parsons. The public is invited. University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes, local and state elected officials and university nursing faculty members are expected to join Parsons Center students and others for the ceremony. Dr. Kelli Deere, Parsons Center director, will lead the event. Initial funding for the expansion was included in the 2013-14 budget proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly. A $1 million appropriation was made to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the current facility. The addition includes classrooms, a skills laboratory and a high-fidelity computerized simulation laboratory.The expansion plans received an added boost when the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation also made a $1 million commitment to the project. The Parsons Center will have openings for up to 30 students annually for the program. BSN program graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and obtain licensure as registered nurses. The university recently announced that nursing graduates in the class of 2014 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.“We are pleased to expand nursing education opportunities at the Parsons Center,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor. “The most recent nursing licensure examination pass rates reflect that UT Martin nursing graduates are among the best in Tennessee. This expansion will help to increase the number of highly qualified nurses for the region.”Nursing students at the Parsons Center will receive the same experience as those students enrolled at the Martin campus. The program works with health-care facilities across the region to provide three years of clinical experience for its students. Similar programs at other institutions offer only two years of clinical experience. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing recommended reaccreditation for the UT Martin Department of Nursing in June. ###MEDIA ADVISORY – Members of the news media are invited to attend and cover this event. For special arrangements or additional information, contact Bud Grimes, UT Martin Office of University Relations, 731-881-7615, or e-mail bgrimes@utm.edu. PHOTO CAPTION – Workers are putting the final touches on the new West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation Nursing Wing at the UT Martin Parsons Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the expansion is set for 10:30 a.m. at the center located at 975 Tennessee Avenue North in Parsons. The public is invited. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=254&month=08&day=20&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=254&month=08&day=20&year=2014Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[ACT prep courses offered starting in September by UT Martin ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/nondegree.php.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=253&month=08&day=19&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=253&month=08&day=19&year=2014Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin freshman class arrives Aug. 21; fall classes begin Aug. 25]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin welcomes the class of 2018 this Thursday, Aug. 21, as more than 1,100 freshman students arrive in Martin and move into residence halls. The new students will participant in the First-Year Initiative Welcome Weekend, an orientation program that prepares students for fall classes that begin Monday, Aug. 25.After Welcome Weekend, students will participate in the semester-long General Studies 101 class that prepares and positions first-year students to achieve academic and social success. Following Thursday’s move-in, First-Year Initiative activities include a 5 p.m. opening ceremony Friday in the Elam Center, orientation sessions all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and a combination student organization fair and city of Martin merchants fair beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, also in the Elam Center. The university’s Division of Student Affairs and the city of Martin will co-sponsor the fair. Final enrollment numbers will be official after the 14th day of classes in September. Total enrollment will include students at the Martin campus and the university’s centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley and McNairy County/Selmer. Fall 2013 enrollment was 7,423 students. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Students are pictured moving into UT Martin residence halls for the start of fall semester 2013. This scene will be repeated many times Thursday, Aug. 21, as the class of 2018 arrives at the university just ahead of 2014 fall classes that begin Aug. 25. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=252&month=08&day=18&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=252&month=08&day=18&year=2014Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[2014 UT Martin nursing graduates achieve 100 percent NCLEX-RN pass rate]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Martin nursing graduates in the class of 2014 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The NCLEX-RN measures the competencies needed for individuals to perform safely and effectively as newly licensed, entry-level nurses. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing implemented a test plan and increased passing standard change in 2013 to the NCLEX-RN. With this change, the passing rate for first-time, U.S.-educated nurses decreased nationally by nearly 10 percent. “This (100 percent pass rate) is especially exciting considering the difficulty of the exam,” said Dr. Mary Radford, UT Martin nursing department chair. “We’ve taken significant steps to better prepare students for the test, and it has paid off. This result is a direct reflection of the hard work and effort of these graduates.”UT Martin’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program includes one year of academic prerequisites and three years of nursing courses. The university’s BSN program is distinctive in offering three years of clinical nursing courses in a variety of health-care settings. This experience prepares graduates for entry-level registered nurse positions in primary, secondary and other health-care settings and for entry into advanced-degree nursing programs. The BSN degree is offered at the Martin campus and the UT Martin Parsons Center. An RN-to-BSN completion program is offered both online and at the UT Martin Ripley Center for students who have an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. ###PHOTO CAPTION – Erica Glisson, of Dresden, is a member of the UT Martin Bachelor of Science in Nursing class of 2014 that achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The NCLEX-RN measures the competencies needed for individuals to perform safely and effectively as newly licensed, entry-level nurses. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=251&month=08&day=15&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=251&month=08&day=15&year=2014Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[13th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference attracts top speakers]]> MARTIN — RICHARD BROCK SPEAKS AT AGRICULTURAL FINANCE CONFERENCE – Richard Brock, owner and president of Brock Associates, was a presenter at the 13th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference on Aug. 6 at UT Martin’s Boling University Center. The conference provided practical information for lenders, farmers and other farm-related business owners. Brock discussed the marketing outlook and associated risk management tools for producers and lenders. Listening in the foreground is Dr. Tom Payne, chairholder, UT Martin Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, one of the conference sponsors. Other sponsors were the Tennessee Farm Bureau, CoBank, Carroll Bank and Trust and FarmerMac. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=250&month=08&day=09&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=250&month=08&day=09&year=2014Sat, 09 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[REED Center offers small business boot camp and small business loan opportunity starting in September]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=248&month=08&day=08&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=248&month=08&day=08&year=2014Fri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Back-to-School Bash planned Aug. 15 at the UT Martin Jackson Center]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=246&month=08&day=06&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=246&month=08&day=06&year=2014Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Amy Fenning is new director of UT Martin International Programs and International Admissions]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Amy Fenning, a 24-year veteran in the international education field, is the new director for the Office of International Programs and International Admissions at the University of Tennessee at Martin. She began her duties Aug. 1.The Office of International Programs and International Admissions houses the Tennessee Intensive English Program and also recruits international students to study at the university. The TIEP offers English courses for speakers of other languages, prepares students to enter UT Martin and conducts special contract programs. “I fell in love with the community and people when I came to interview in early May,” Fenning said, “and I am very excited to finally be here and look forward to serving the international students and campus here at UTM.”Before coming to UT Martin, Fenning coordinated a large community college program at North Seattle Community College in Washington and directed programs for Language Consultants International at Park University in Missouri and for the University of Central Arkansas. She was an online teacher educator for Seattle Pacific University’s School of Teaching English as a Second Language and has also taught at universities in Istanbul, Munich and Japan. Fenning has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Education from Seattle University. Additional information about the Office of International Programs and International Admissions is found on the Web at http://www.utm.edu/departments/intprog/.###PHOTO CAPTION – Amy Fenning. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=247&month=08&day=06&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=247&month=08&day=06&year=2014Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin Jackson Center to sponsor Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 15 ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=249&month=08&day=06&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=249&month=08&day=06&year=2014Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin offers Microsoft Student Advantage Program]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin students will benefit from a new Microsoft Student Advantage program. Students can now download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications at no additional cost. Applications offered by the program include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access and Publisher. The software is available online through UT Martin NetID accounts and can be installed on up to five devices. The ProPlus subscription will end when students leave the university. “We’re excited to provide UTM students the Microsoft ProPlus desktop applications at no additional cost,” said Amy Belew, UT Martin interim assistant CIO. “We hope this provides students with tools to improve their experience in the classroom. Anytime we can provide students with tools at no additional costs to them, we want to take full advantage of it.”Students needing assistance and instructions for downloading and installing the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus software can find information online or by calling the UT Martin Information Technology Services Help Desk at 731-881-7900.### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=245&month=08&day=05&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=245&month=08&day=05&year=2014Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin professor coaches for Team Tennessee in Special Olympics USA National Games]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — Three-peat fame is often reserved for sports teams that win consecutive championships. But, the UT Martin bass anglers have achieved a significant three-peat of their own as the team earned a third consecutive top-25 Association of Collegiate Anglers national ranking posted at collegiatebasschampionship.com. The team finished 17th, which followed a team-best 10th place finish in 2013 and 22nd place finish in 2012. Dylan Powley, a fifth year senior marketing major from Paris and team president, is pleased with the recently completed season, but he wants more when the team hits the college bass fishing circuit for his final year. Moving up is a challenge as competition increases among the more than 200 college teams listed in this year’s final rankings. Bass fishing is a club sport at UT Martin and depends on sponsorships, donations and university support to compete. Although fall tournaments are available for competition, college bass fishing’s main tournament schedule that most affects national rankings begins in the spring and continues through June. Top events happen in three main series: the FLW, the Association of Collegiate Anglers and the College Bassmaster. The ACA runs the team rankings, but all three college fishing circuits figure into the final point totals. National rankings are determined by 30 events, with up to five tournaments key to earning major points. Teams earn a point for each boat they finish ahead of in a tournament, while some events award double points. The UT Martin team’s first major tournament last spring was March 14-15 at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn. The team didn’t finish high in the tournament standings, but Powley said the event set the tone for “(grinding) out finishes” in later competition. Three months and five tournaments later, Powley and teammate Colin Bennett, a senior engineering student from Gleason, finished 75 out of more than 100 boats in the 2014 Carhartt College Bass Wild Card tournament at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Although not the finish wanted, the team managed enough points to secure a top-25 national ranking. Highlights happened along the tournament trail, including the team’s winning its first collegiate bass tournament championship March 29 at the Tennessee Collegiate Bass Fishing Trail on Kentucky Lake. Powley and Hayden Smith, a sophomore engineering major from Dickson, won the tournament with a total catch of 18.5 pounds. “It really wasn't a big tournament, but that was probably the best moment,” Powley said. Another highlight came May 22-23 during the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake near Florence, Ala. Miranda Carlton, one of two female team members, qualified to fish and was the only female to compete out of 170 teams. Carlton, a sophomore natural resources management major from Greenbrier, fished with veteran team member Ryan Lackey, a graduate student from Parsons, and their boat earned valuable points in the tournament. Looking ahead to his final season, Powley is optimistic about the team’s prospects for improving its national ranking. Key graduations from the previous team included 2013 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Grayson Smith. Losing this kind of experience led to a younger roster for 2013-14 and heavier reliance on less-experienced team members. “I was surprised. Usually freshmen, we get about two or three (on the roster) a year,” Powley said. “But we’ve got six or seven that really have stuck with it and seem very interested and are taking steps to become better fishermen and really get involved with the club. I think it’s headed in a good direction.” Powley is seeing college fishing become more competitive, with freshmen team members at larger schools entering the sport with more experience and making an immediate impact. “In theory, I would only expect us to be better,” he said about the upcoming season, adding, “It only takes one or two (freshmen) though to really jumpstart a program or give it a new boost of energy.” The team will also seek to increase sponsorships and fish more tournaments to improve point totals with the goal to achieve the team’s best finish ever. Powley sees his years of involvement with the bass anglers team as an entryway into the outdoors industry. He comes from a family that fishes; his older brother works for Strike King Lure Co. and had an opportunity to pursue fishing professionally. “I definitely want to get into the outdoor industry through this,” he said. “I feel like I made some connections.”In the meantime, look for Dylan Powley and other bass angler team members to staff a booth Aug. 25 at the annual Student Organization Fair in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. The event welcomes back students on the first day of fall classes and showcases opportunities for campus involvement. The team will be looking for a few good men and women to take college bass fishing to the next level at UT Martin. ###PHOTO: Dylan Powley, UT Martin bass anglers team president. --------------------UT Martin Bass Anglers Club 2013 - 2014Advisor: Dr. John Overby, UT Martin College of Business and Global AffairsPresident: Dylan PowleyVice President: Kyle WinsteadTreasurer: Ryan ParksSecretary: Miranda Carlton 2013 – 2014 Members· Owen Ashbaugh, freshman, pre-biology, Jackson· Colin Bennett, senior, engineering, Gleason· Miranda Carlton, sophomore, natural resources management, Greenbrier· Dylan Coleman, junior, agriculture, Newbern· Rowdy Englert, sophomore, natural resources management, Jackson· Ryan Lackey, graduate student, MBA Program, Parsons· Cody Magness, senior, natural resources management, Bartlett· Zach Morphis, junior, agriculture, Cordova· Cody Neely, freshman, natural resources management, McEwen· Ryan Parks, sophomore, agriculture, Jackson· Dylan Powley, senior, marketing, Paris· Hayden Smith, sophomore, engineering, Dickson· Sydney Taylor, sophomore, agriculture, Jackson· Kyle Winstead, sophomore, engineering, Union CityClub Sponsors· UT Martin Office of Campus Recreation· Strike King Lure Co.· Vicious Fishing· DBS & Associates Engineering, Inc., Clarksville, Tenn. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=240&month=07&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=240&month=07&day=29&year=2014Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin bass anglers team finishes season ranked 17th in the nation]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — Three-peat fame is often reserved for sports teams that win consecutive championships. But, the UT Martin bass anglers have achieved a significant three-peat of their own as the team earned a third consecutive top-25 Association of Collegiate Anglers national ranking posted at collegiatebasschampionship.com. The team finished 17th, which followed a team-best 10th place finish in 2013 and 22nd place finish in 2012. Dylan Powley, a fifth year senior marketing major from Paris and team president, is pleased with the recently completed season, but he wants more when the team hits the college bass fishing circuit for his final year. Moving up is a challenge as competition increases among the more than 200 college teams listed in this year’s final rankings. Bass fishing is a club sport at UT Martin and depends on sponsorships, donations and university support to compete. Although fall tournaments are available for competition, college bass fishing’s main tournament schedule that most affects national rankings begins in the spring and continues through June. Top events happen in three main series: the FLW, the Association of Collegiate Anglers and the College Bassmaster. The ACA runs the team rankings, but all three college fishing circuits figure into the final point totals. National rankings are determined by 30 events, with up to five tournaments key to earning major points. Teams earn a point for each boat they finish ahead of in a tournament, while some events award double points. The UT Martin team’s first major tournament last spring was March 14-15 at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn. The team didn’t finish high in the tournament standings, but Powley said the event set the tone for “(grinding) out finishes” in later competition. Three months and five tournaments later, Powley and teammate Colin Bennett, a senior engineering student from Gleason, finished 75 out of more than 100 boats in the 2014 Carhartt College Bass Wild Card tournament at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Although not the finish wanted, the team managed enough points to secure a top-25 national ranking. Highlights happened along the tournament trail, including the team’s winning its first collegiate bass tournament championship March 29 at the Tennessee Collegiate Bass Fishing Trail on Kentucky Lake. Powley and Hayden Smith, a sophomore engineering major from Dickson, won the tournament with a total catch of 18.5 pounds. “It really wasn't a big tournament, but that was probably the best moment,” Powley said. Another highlight came May 22-23 during the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake near Florence, Ala. Miranda Carlton, one of two female team members, qualified to fish and was the only female to compete out of 170 teams. Carlton, a sophomore natural resources management major from Greenbrier, fished with veteran team member Ryan Lackey, a graduate student from Parsons, and their boat earned valuable points in the tournament. Looking ahead to his final season, Powley is optimistic about the team’s prospects for improving its national ranking. Key graduations from the previous team included 2013 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Grayson Smith. Losing this kind of experience led to a younger roster for 2013-14 and heavier reliance on less-experienced team members. “I was surprised. Usually freshmen, we get about two or three (on the roster) a year,” Powley said. “But we’ve got six or seven that really have stuck with it and seem very interested and are taking steps to become better fishermen and really get involved with the club. I think it’s headed in a good direction.” Powley is seeing college fishing become more competitive, with freshmen team members at larger schools entering the sport with more experience and making an immediate impact. “In theory, I would only expect us to be better,” he said about the upcoming season, adding, “It only takes one or two (freshmen) though to really jumpstart a program or give it a new boost of energy.” The team will also seek to increase sponsorships and fish more tournaments to improve point totals with the goal to achieve the team’s best finish ever. Powley sees his years of involvement with the bass anglers team as an entryway into the outdoors industry. He comes from a family that fishes; his older brother works for Strike King Lure Co. and had an opportunity to pursue fishing professionally. “I definitely want to get into the outdoor industry through this,” he said. “I feel like I made some connections.”In the meantime, look for Dylan Powley and other bass angler team members to staff a booth Aug. 25 at the annual Student Organization Fair in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. The event welcomes back students on the first day of fall classes and showcases opportunities for campus involvement. The team will be looking for a few good men and women to take college bass fishing to the next level at UT Martin. ###PHOTO: Dylan Powley, UT Martin bass anglers team president. --------------------UT Martin Bass Anglers Club 2013 - 2014Advisor: Dr. John Overby, UT Martin College of Business and Global AffairsPresident: Dylan PowleyVice President: Kyle WinsteadTreasurer: Ryan ParksSecretary: Miranda Carlton 2013 – 2014 Members· Owen Ashbaugh, freshman, pre-biology, Jackson· Colin Bennett, senior, engineering, Gleason· Miranda Carlton, sophomore, natural resources management, Greenbrier· Dylan Coleman, junior, agriculture, Newbern· Rowdy Englert, sophomore, natural resources management, Jackson· Ryan Lackey, graduate student, MBA Program, Parsons· Cody Magness, senior, natural resources management, Bartlett· Zach Morphis, junior, agriculture, Cordova· Cody Neely, freshman, natural resources management, McEwen· Ryan Parks, sophomore, agriculture, Jackson· Dylan Powley, senior, marketing, Paris· Hayden Smith, sophomore, engineering, Dickson· Sydney Taylor, sophomore, agriculture, Jackson· Kyle Winstead, sophomore, engineering, Union CityClub Sponsors· UT Martin Office of Campus Recreation· Strike King Lure Co.· Vicious Fishing· DBS & Associates Engineering, Inc., Clarksville, Tenn. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=243&month=07&day=29&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=243&month=07&day=29&year=2014Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Kayce Beam is new UT Martin Jackson Center director]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=242&month=07&day=25&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=242&month=07&day=25&year=2014Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Dresden High School graduate receives RisingStar Leadership Scholarship]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Elizabeth Francisco, a 2014 Dresden High School graduate, was awarded the 2014-15 RisingStar Leadership Scholarship by the UT Martin WestStar Leadership Program. The RisingStar committee selects the annual scholarship recipient who receives $1,200 for the academic year. WestStar organizes and sponsors the annual RisingStar Leadership Summit. The RisingStar Leadership Scholarship is for a student who participated in the RisingStar summit and will attend UT Martin as a freshman. Eligible students must have a 3.0 high school grade point average and a 21 or higher ACT score. Francisco will major in biology with a concentration in cell and molecular biology. She plans to later attend pharmacy school.“I got to meet a lot of new people,” Francisco said of her RisingStar experience. “I learned how to be a better leader, not only in school but in the community also.”The next RisingStar Leadership Summit will be held Nov. 20-21 for West Tennessee high school juniors and seniors involved in leadership roles within their community or school. The daylong program includes leadership team building, motivational speakers and university tours designed for specific academic interests. Students interested in participating in RisingStar can contact the WestStar Leadership Program at 731-881-7298.###PHOTO IDENTIFICATION: Elizabeth Francisco is pictured in the photo. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=241&month=07&day=23&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=241&month=07&day=23&year=2014Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Mid-South Ag Finance Conference, set for Aug. 6, to focus on economic conditions, commodity price risk, farm profitability and transition planning]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. David Kohl, internationally known speaker to agricultural lenders, small business owners, producers and agribusiness audiences, is the featured presenter at the13th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. The conference is for lenders, farmers and other farm-related business owners and will be held from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Boling University Center at the University of Tennessee at Martin. “As one of the world’s leading ag economists who serves on policy boards and manages his own farming operation, Dave Kohl provides lenders and producers with the most up-to-date and practical information available,” said Dr. Tom Payne, UT Martin Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking. This year Dave will be joined by two of the most renowned experts in agricultural operations and risk management.”In addition to conducting more than 5,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural lenders and producers, Kohl is a leader in establishing national and international standards for reporting and analysis of agricultural producers’ financial information. Kohl will discuss the latest trends in real estate values, changes in farm family finances and a new business equation for success. He will provide producers and lenders with an overview of the global trends and domestic policies that affect the agricultural bottom line. Joining Kohl on the program will be nationally known experts in farm transition planning, price trends and risk management. Dr. Steve Isaacs, University of Kentucky Extension professor in agricultural economics and co-director of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program, will focus on passing the farm operation from one generation to the next by providing the lender-producer team with potential pitfalls and practical tips for successful transition planning. This year’s conference will also include a discussion of commodity prices and risk management. Richard Brock, president of Brock Associates, will discuss the marketing outlook and associated risk management tools for producers and lenders. Brock’s recent analysis of corn, soybean and cotton price trends provides a basis for decision making for the coming year. The conference will conclude with an interactive question-and-answer panel session with the participants and speakers. “The Ag Finance Conference always provides participants with practical ‘take-home’ knowledge from some of the nation’s foremost agricultural experts,” said Joe Brasher, First State Bank community bank president of Sharon. “Each session is designed to provide the most relevant and up-to-date information for lenders and ag producers.”The registration fee is $150 for lenders, $75 for farmers and $25 for spouses and students. Members of the total management team, including spouses and other business partners, are encouraged to attend. Registration information is available by calling 731-881-7324 or by visiting www.utm.edu/agconference. Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is July 31. A service of the UT Martin Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, the Mid-South Ag Finance Conference is made possible through the support of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, CoBank, Carroll Bank and Trust, and FarmerMac.###SUGGESTED PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. David Kohl, internationally known speaker to agricultural lenders, small business owners, producers and agribusiness audiences, will be the featured presenter at the13th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference. The conference is for lenders, farmers and other farm-related business owners and will be held from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in UT Martin’s Boling University Center. The conference registration deadline is July 31. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=238&month=07&day=16&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=238&month=07&day=16&year=2014Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin hosts 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day on Aug. 23]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – The 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day for high school marching bands is set for 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Band Room of the Fine Arts Building on the University of Tennessee at Martin main campus.The schedule for the event includes working with individual school bands, split into seven groups. Groups one, two and three are: Liberty Tech High School, led by Ben Martin; Huntingdon High School, led by Jill Bonds; and South Gibson County High School, led by Stephen Price. These groups will perform from 8:30-11:20 a.m., followed by a door prize drawing and a lunch break from 11:30-12:30 p.m. A group photo will be taken following lunch, and at 12:40 p.m., the UT Martin Marching Percussion Section will give a demonstration. From 1-1:30 p.m., guest artist Julie Davila will hold a marching percussion clinic. Another door-prize drawing will be held, followed by the performances of groups four, five, six and seven: Munford High School, led by Barry Troubaugh and Gary Fite; Stewart County High School, led by Phil and Josephine Bossenberger; McNairy Central High School, led by Ryan Foret and Micaiah Radcliffe; and Waverly Central High School, led by Joseph Bullington and Clint Rawls. Those attending can purchase as many door prize tickets as they wish at $1 each. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the UT Martin Department of Music, 731-881-7402.###SUGGESTED PHOTO CAPTIONMARTIN, Tenn., July 29, 2014 ¬– READY FOR MARCHING BAND SEASON – The 10th Annual Drum Line Tune-Up Day for high school marching bands is set for 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Band Room of the Fine Arts Building on the University of Tennessee at Martin main campus. Pictured are participants attending last year’s tune-up day. For information, call the UT Martin Department of Music, 731-881-7402. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=244&month=07&day=16&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=244&month=07&day=16&year=2014Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[West Tennessee Writing Project announces September conference on writing, teaching and publishing]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/nondegree.php. Persons interested in attending may also call the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7080 for registration. See WTWP’s web site for updates on the conference: http://www.utm.edu/departments/wtwp/. Shannon Lyon teaches at Obion County Central and is author of the novel Cotton’s Daughter. Julia Schuster teaches at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School in Memphis and is author of Flowers for Elvis, a novel, and The Ingredients of Gumbo, a collection of stories, poems, essays and sketches. Jenna Wright is chair of the UT Martin Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages and has published writings in several journals, including Calliope, and has received honors in both nonfiction and national poetry contests. She is currently working on a memoir. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=239&month=07&day=15&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=239&month=07&day=15&year=2014Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Tennessee 4-H Roundup coming July 21-25 to UT Martin]]>MARTIN, Tenn. – For the 91st year, 4-H members from across Tennessee are gathering for the State 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference. The annual event, which takes place July 21-25, recognizes the outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior high 4-H members. Approximately 300 high school age 4-Hers from across Tennessee will meet for several days on the UT Martin campus. The 4-Hers have completed local projects in areas such as communication and public speaking, livestock, computers and technology and photography and will now compete for statewide awards that include college scholarships and trips to the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. The theme for this meeting and for all 4-H programs in 2014 is “Tennessee 4-H: Geared for Greatness.”“Teens from all over Tennessee will come together, compete in their project areas, learn life skills such as leadership and citizenship, make lifelong friends and have a great time,” said Lori Gallimore, UT Extension Specialist in 4-H Youth Development. “Roundup is one of the highlights for our 4-H program. Delegates who attend have spent years of work in their respective project areas.” In addition to project competitions, delegates will participate in a number of activities, including the 4-H All Star Conference, Vol State Ceremony, the election of the 2015 State Council officers and a service-learning project.Delegates to the 2014 Tennessee 4-H Roundup and All Star Conference will work with Nashville-based Operation Troop Aid as their service project. OTA’s mission is to provide care packages for deployed U.S. service members with the revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. Roundup participants already organized fundraising events in their counties and will assemble the care packages for shipping while they are at UT Martin.“Service-learning opportunities are a very important component of the 4-H program,” said Steve Sutton, director, 4-H Youth Development. “Each year, 4-Hers statewide perform tens of thousands of hours of service at an estimated value of over $1 million. Through the service-learning projects, our 4-Hers learn that they can really make a difference in their communities.” 4-H is the youth development program for University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and service learning to more than 180,000 youth in the fourth through 12th grades. 4-H also has more than 5,000 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units in the UT Institute of Agriculture. ### ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=237&month=07&day=14&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=237&month=07&day=14&year=2014Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin Day set for July 12 in Somerville]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — University of Tennessee at Martin officials will host UT Martin Day at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, on the court square in Somerville. The street to the west side of the court square will be blocked for the UT Martin tent, and the event will extend to the Fayette County Career Center, also located on the square. Persons interested in taking UT Martin classes this fall are invited.The mayors of both Somerville and Fayette County will give opening remarks, and Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor, and Dr. Tommy Cates, executive director for the university’s Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies, are among those scheduled to attend. Cates will also introduce representatives from each of the university’s five colleges: Business, Education, Agriculture, Humanities and Engineering. These representatives will be in the career center’s seminar rooms and classrooms and will serve as individual advisors to those interested in UT Martin classes. Representatives from both the university’s administration and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will be present in the two classrooms of the career center to offer seminars and in the computer lab to assist participants with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The university tent will also be at the cities of Oakland and Piperton on the same day. A meeting will be held for those interested in joining the advisory board in Fayette County. Other festivities will include an alumni table for visitors and a live radio remote. The classes scheduled to be offered this fall include: English 100, Mathematics 100, Geology 110, Geography 151, Political Science 220, History 475 and two agriculture courses to be chosen from among International Food and Fiber Systems 295, Behavior of Farm and Companion Animals 260, Farm Animal Health 320 or Introduction to Natural Resources Management 100. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 25 and will meet four nights per week from 6-9 p.m. in the career center’s two classrooms. More information about UT Martin academic programs is available at www.utm.edu. ###Suggested Photo Caption: A banner promotes UT Martin Night on July 12 in Somerville as the Memphis Knights Band performs June 26 at the Fayette Ware High School football stadium. The university’s tent was in place at the 18th Annual Music in the Park and Fireworks Display. UT Martin staff members also participated in the rain-shortened City of Oakland Independence Day Celebration on June 28 at West Junior High School. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=236&month=07&day=02&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=236&month=07&day=02&year=2014Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[STEMulation Camp competition winners announced]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=235&month=06&day=30&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=235&month=06&day=30&year=2014Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Caroline Cannon, Covington student, receives Nick Dunagan WestStar Leadership Scholarship]]>MARTIN, Tenn. — Caroline Cannon, a sophomore nursing major from Covington, was awarded the 2014-15 Nick Dunagan WestStar Leadership Scholarship during the WestStar graduation program, June 19, in Jackson. She is the daughter of Harriet and Lenard Cannon. Harriet is area director for USDA Rural Development and a 2000 WestStar graduate. The scholarship goes to a student who has proven leadership skills or displays leadership potential. Preference is given to students who display a high level of academic achievement and who have a proven record of community or university involvement. The WestStar Board of Trustees selects the scholarship recipient. Dr. Nick Dunagan is a WestStar Leadership Program founder, former executive director of the program and UT Martin chancellor emeritus. He established the scholarship to be awarded to a dependent of a WestStar alumnus whose student is enrolled at the university. Eligible students interested in applying for the scholarship can contact the WestStar Leadership Program at 731-881-7298. ###SUGGESTED CAPTION: Caroline Cannon (center), a sophomore nursing major from Covington, received the 2014-15 Nick Dunagan WestStar Leadership Scholarship during the WestStar graduation program, June 19, in Jackson. Charley Deal, executive director, WestStar Leadership Program, and her mother, Harriet Cannon, area director for USDA Rural Development, join Caroline following the scholarship announcement. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=233&month=06&day=27&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=233&month=06&day=27&year=2014Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[Final Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) set for July 18]]> MARTIN, Tenn. — The final Summer Orientation and Registration program for incoming University of Tennessee at Martin freshmen is set for July 18. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by a welcome at 8:30 and informational sessions at 9. Students must have applied for admission and received a tentative or final acceptance letter to attend SOAR. Advance SOAR registration is required. During SOAR, students meet with academic advisers and register for classes; tour the campus, residence halls and University Village; receive information about student activities, housing and financial aid; and hear detailed information about First-Year Initiative, an orientation for freshmen the week before classes. Students should attend both SOAR and First-Year Initiative before fall semester, which begins Aug. 25.Informational sessions for students and parents cover student health services, public safety, the bookstore, student employment and other topics. Additional concurrent sessions cover student activities, Greek life, housing and meal plans. Administrative offices will be open, and students and parents will have additional time to visit with housing, admissions and financial aid staff members.For more information, call the Office of Admissions toll free at 1-800-829-UTM1 or 731-881-7027. Online registration is also available at www.utm.edu.###SUGGESTED CAPTION: (l to r) Brooke Morrow, Leanna Coleman, Kelly Reed, Matt Castleman, Seth Daniels and Seth Carr, all Westview High School graduates, recently attended Summer Orientation and Registration ahead of 2014 fall semester classes at UT Martin. The final SOAR will be held July 18, with registration set to begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call the Office of Admissions toll free at 1-800-829-UTM1 or 731-881-7027. Online registration is also available at www.utm.edu. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 25. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=234&month=06&day=27&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=234&month=06&day=27&year=2014Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin men's rodeo team captures first-ever CNFR title]]>CASPER, Wyo. – The University of Tennessee at Martin men’s rodeo team put the finishing touches on a dominant performance at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo on June 21, earning the national men’s team championship with 755 overall points. The team's performance capped off a spectacular week for head coach John Luthi and UT Martin, who sat atop the men’s team standings for the final five days of the event. The previous best finish for the UT Martin men’s team at the CNFR was third place in both 1985 and 2008. UT Martin held off a late charge by Tarleton State University, who finished second with 730 points. Individually, UT Martin boasted three cowboys who finished with top-four national finishes. Clark Adcock’s time of 8.8 in tie down roping earned him second place accolades in the short go while also earning a rank of second place overall (37.5). Tyler Waltz’s score of 75.5 placed fifth in the short go tonight, clinching a third place CNFR finish with 311.5 total points. Will Lummus (10.8, seventh) also competed in the short go of tie down roping this evening, finishing with an overall fourth place finish (40.1). Lummus also earned a spot in the short go finals of steer wrestling tonight but ran into some bad luck and did not score. He finished 10th in the nation in that event. Adcock also placed third in the men’s all-around cowboy category with 270 overall points.Photo Caption - UT Martin rodeo coach John Luthi and his wife, Diane, were welcomed back home Tuesday, June 24, in the UT Martin Office of Intercollegiate Athletics. Skyhawk coaches, members of the athletics staff, Chancellor Tom Rakes, fans and others congratulated the Luthis and celebrated the men's rodeo team's first national championship. ]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=232&month=06&day=24&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=232&month=06&day=24&year=2014Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500<![CDATA[UT Martin tuition rises six percent]]>http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=230&month=06&day=19&year=2014http://www.utm.edu/departments/univrel/archives/archive.php?id=230&month=06&day=19&year=2014Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500