Faces of UTM

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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Derek WrightDerek Wright

Louisville, Ky

Derek Wright was surprised and thrilled last fall when he found out he had been accepted to an internship program with the prestigious Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) in Durham, N.C.

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Katie HamiltonKatie Hamilton

Fayetteville

Katie Hamilton, has been a part of the making of history. The recent University of Tennessee at Martin graduate was one of the first interns to work for Discovery Park of America.

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Dr. Michael GibsonDr. Michael Gibson


Professor of Geology
Dr. Michael Gibson, professor of geology at the University of Tennessee at Martin, developed an early passion for geology while growing up near the coast in Williamsburg, Va.

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Matthew FitzgeraldMatthew Fitzgerald

Martin, Tenn.

A lot of kids say they want to be an astronaut when they grow up, but most eventually change their minds. Matthew Fitzgerald is not most.

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