Faces of UTM

Ashleigh MorrowAshleigh Morrow

Nashville, Tenn.

Having trained as a ballerina since she was seven years old, Ashleigh Morrow has been consumed with the ballet for most of her life. She discovered UT Martin's dance education program, a program unique in the state of Tennessee and an up-and-coming major at UT Martin, and knew that she would be able to pursue her dreams of one day opening her own studio.

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Mark MaloneyMark Maloney

South Fulton, Tenn.

While being a double major in political science and public relations sounds difficult, Mark Maloney accepted the challenge. The summer following his freshman year, Maloney landed an internship for a political campaign.

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Lesley Daniel Lesley Daniel

Collinwood, Tenn.

Recent UT Martin graduate from Collinwood and former criminal justice major, Lesley Daniel, dreams of someday working for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and she is thankful for the opportunity her alma mater recently gave her to practice in the field of forensics.

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Dr. Karoline PershellDr. Karoline Pershell

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Stati
Dr. Karoline Pershell is now an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, but not long ago she was known for her work ethic on the UT Martin rodeo team and her passion for bull riding.

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Martina ConleyMartina Conley

Clarksville, Tenn.

Martina Conely’s career dreams changed after she received her bachelor’s degree, so she headed straight for a Master of Science in Education with a major in Counseling at UT Martin.

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John GriffinJohn Griffin

Jackson, Tenn.

John Griffin (’94) was a geology graduate when he crossed the UT Martin stage on graduation day. He was unsure about his future, but ended up at an institution that would guide him for the rest of his life—the Peace Corps.

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Kelsey SigmanKelsey Sigman

Union City, Tenn.

Kelsey attended UT Martin for her undergraduate degree, but after receiving a degree in finance and working in the field for a year, Kelsey decided that she wanted to do something else - teach.

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Neil AllenNeil Allen

Memphis, Tenn.

When Neil's nephew, Josiah, was diagnosed with brain cancer at 6 months old, he was admitted to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Without hesitation, Neil set a plan in motion to raise money and awareness for St. Jude by fundraising and running in the St. Jude Half Marathon.

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The Gardner FamilyThe Gardner Family

Martin, Tenn

Raymond Gardner’s friends call him “Rusty,” but now they’ll also know him as “college graduate.” Rusty and his children, Jordan and Amy, also earned the same distinction as all three received degrees during spring 2012 commencement exercises at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Devin HartdigeDevin Hartdige

Memphis, Tenn.

Devin Hartdige found out about UT Martin's dance education program, the first program of its kind in Tennessee, after attending a master class at her high school hosted by a UT Martin instructor. Excited about the unique dance education program, Devin knew UT Martin was the place for her.

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