Martin Kiwanis Club endows UT Martin leadership award
Contact 1: Erin Chesnut
MARTIN, Tenn. — MARTIN KIWANIS AWARD ENDOWED AT UT MARTIN – Officers and charter members of the Martin Kiwanis Club joined University of Tennessee at Martin Chancellor Keith Carver on Feb. 15 to celebrate the establishment of an endowment for the annual Martin Kiwanis Award for Leadership and Service. This award will honor students whose leadership and volunteer activities reflect the Kiwanis motto of “improving the world, one child and one community at a time.” The $1,000 award will be administered by the UT Martin Office of Student Affairs with input from the Martin Kiwanis Club and the adviser of the UT Martin Circle K Club. Eligible students must have at least sophomore standing; a minimum GPA of 3.00; have been either an Eagle Scout, Gold Girl Scout or an active member of the Key Club or Circle K Club; and have completed a major service project. The first award is anticipated to be given during the 2018 academic year, which will mark the golden anniversary of the Martin Kiwanis Club. Dr. S. K. Airee, longtime professor of chemistry at UT Martin, and his wife, Shashi, made the initial contribution to the endowment. Additional contributions can be made by contacting the UT Martin Office of University Development. Pictured are (seated, l-r) Shashi Airee; Dr. S. K. Airee, Kiwanis charter member; Dr. Jim Clark, chapter president; (standing) Dr. Clinton Smith, chapter secretary and Circle K adviser; Dr. Otha Briton, governor-elect for the Louisiana-Mississippi-Tennessee Kiwanis district; Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor; Harry Henderson, charter member; and Steve Lemond, chapter treasurer.