Faces of UTM

Kendal BrookinsKendal Brookins

Memphis, Tenn.

Not every hobby can translate into a career, but Kendal Brookins discovered that her passion for doing hair and makeup for her friends and family could provide the foundation for her future goals.

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Josh DiltzJosh Diltz

Albuquerque, N.M.

Josh Diltz chose to attend UT Martin after being recruited to run cross-country, but the reason he has continued with UT Martin is because of his biology and chemistry majors.

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Habiba SolimanHabiba Soliman

Nashville, Tenn.

Habiba “Bibi” Soliman spent the majority of her life in Cairo, Egypt, but before her junior year of high school, she moved with her family to the United States. Her stepmother, a UT Martin alumnus, encouraged Soliman to check out UT Martin, and from the moment she began her research, attending UTM became her dream.

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Chantia BrownChantia Brown

Martin, Tenn.

Many great musicians have discovered their abilities at a young age, and Chantia Brown is no exception. Around the age of eight, Brown began to learn to play the piano, and her interest in instrumental music did not stop there.

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Rachael WoltersRachael Wolters

Culleoka, Tenn.

Rachael Wolters grew up on a farm in northern Idaho and as she got older, Wolters began to consider pursuing agriculture, specifically animal science for her future career. For Wolters, the choice was obvious, and ultimately, she wants to be a livestock veterinarian.

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John SellersJohn Sellers

Jackson, Tenn.

Most college students aspire to begin actively pursuing their dream careers after graduation, but John Sellers is not your average college student. With his family deeply connected in Nepal and with his passion for reaching out to those in need, Sellers is already in the process of putting his dream into action.

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Corey SmithCorey Smith

Dyersburg, Tenn.

Corey Smith discovered his passion for dance in high school and after learning about the dance education program at UT Martin, the stars began to align as he contemplated his future college plans and career goals.

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Jordan GaleyJordan Galey

Greenfield, Tenn.

Jordan Galey picked a major that she knew would be versatile as she planned her future. An honors student, management major and student employee in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Galey's future is bright as she contemplates a career after college. As Galey looks ahead at her long-term goals, one day she wants to open an independent, non-profit no-kill animal shelter.

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Brien LuckBrien Luck

Moscow, Tenn.

Brien Luck may have grown up in a small town, but his view of the world is anything but small. Hailing from Moscow, Tenn., Luck discovered the opportunities for international travel during his time at UT Martin.

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Bosede AfolamiBosede Afolami

Memphis, Tenn.

Being a 19-year-old college student isn’t unusual, but being a 19-year-old college graduate is something special. Bosede Afolami walked across the University of Tennessee at Martin commencement stage May 3 to receive her degree in finance. During the ceremony, Afolami was honored as one of the three Meek Award winners. The Paul and Martha Meek Award honors graduating seniors who demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities while attending UT Martin. The award is the only award presented at commencement.

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