Faces of UTM

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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Jasmyne ReeseJasmyne Reese

Oak Ridge, N.J.

Jasmyne Reese, daughter of Jerry and Gwen Reese, is following in her parents’ footsteps by attending UT Martin, where she is pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher.

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Joseph HudginsJoseph Hudgins

Sardis, Tenn.

Joseph Hudgins realized at a young age that it was better to take action than sit idly by when he could be helping others. In his early teens, Hudgins took an interest in helping his community by beginning to pursue his ambition of becoming a firefighter.

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Tony HudsonTony Hudson

Halls, Tenn.

Tony Hudson does not know a stranger. As much as he loves talking to people, he wants to turn his gift of conversation into a career.

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