Faces of UTM

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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Makennen CrainMakennen Crain

Marion, Ill.

UT Martin now offers an out-of-state tuition wavier for high achieving students who live outside of the state of Tennessee. This new scholarship opportunity requires that recipients participate in the University Scholars program or the honors program. Makennen Crain is a beneficiary of this waiver and because he was able to attend UT Martin, he was able to find where he belongs.

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Cary HaggardCary Haggard

Parsons, Tenn.

Cary Haggard did not always plan to attend school at the UT Martin Parsons Center, but when we set foot on campus and discovered the opportunities available to her, she knew she made the right choice.

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May WheelerMay Wheeler

Jackson, Tenn.

May Wheeler's passion for education is evident in her pursuit for knowledge and her desire to be a teacher.

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Juwan TurnerJuwan Turner

Nashville, Tenn.

Many people dream of attending the Super Bowl, and Dr. Dexter Davis not only made seven students' Super Bowl dreams come true, but he also made it possible for his students to have an opportunity to work and network at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Juwan Turner was one of those lucky students who worked hard to earn an opportunity to attend the Super Bowl.

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Brant LukerBrant Luker

Smyrna, Tenn.

Brant Luker came to UT Martin on the Dean’s Scholarship in pursuit of a degree in natural resource management. When he arrived at UTM, Luker wasted no time getting involved on campus and actively seeking out opportunities for experience.

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Caroline ParishCaroline Parish

Huntington, Tenn.

Caroline Parish isn’t shy about being a leader. So, it fits that this sophomore political science major from Huntingdon enjoys the distinction of being among the first to participate in two high-profile UT Martin programs tied to leadership development: WestStar’s RisingStar Program and the new Ned McWherter Institute for Collaboration and Innovation.

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