Faces of UTM

Lauren BriggsLauren Briggs

Collierville, Tenn.

Lauren Briggs’ two favorite penguins at the Memphis Zoo are siblings, Toby and Alyran. But she didn’t take a liking to the them from outside the penguin exhibit.

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Joseph BarefootJoseph Barefoot

Alum Bank, Pa.

Joseph Barefoot doesn’t seek attention for himself, but his actions to save a friend in a 2009 boating accident couldn’t keep him out of the spotlight.

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Dr. Patricia HewittDr. Patricia Hewitt


Professor of Educational Studies
Exemplifying experiential learning at its finest, Dr. Patricia Hewitt, UT Martin professor of educational studies combines her passion for teaching and her passion for the environment to create a unique learning experience for UT Martin students.

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Dr. Stan DunaganDr. Stan Dunagan


Associate Professor of Geology
On an average day in the classroom, Dr. Stan Dunagan, lectures on volcanic hazards and earthquakes. Last summer, however, he was catapulted off of an aircraft carrier flight deck accelerating from zero to 130 mph in two seconds. That day was not average.

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Jane GordonJane Gordon

Covington, Tenn.

There are those who will do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams, who don’t wait for opportunity to knock; they chase it down. Jane Gordon’s dream is to be an interior designer.

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Courtney EdmondsCourtney Edmonds

Starkville, Miss.

More than 90 percent of UT Martin students receive financial aid through scholarships, grants, and loans. Courtney Edmonds of Starkville, Miss. pursued a financial aid opportunity that proved to be invaluable to her education. Courtney is the recipient of the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, which pays for her cost of attendance from her undergraduate studies through her graduate work.

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Josh LemonsJosh Lemons

Martin, Tenn.

Josh Lemons can call a football or basketball game on the radio, interview future Hall of Fame athletes and cover NBA games. Oh, and he can prepare and plate a 4-Star meal as if it’s second nature.

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Teresa FowlerTeresa Fowler

Camden, Tenn.

Becoming a nurse is challenge enough for most any college student, but Teresa Fowler doesn’t mind pushing her limits. The junior from Camden, Tenn., has added “University of Tennessee student trustee” to her growing resume as she serves a two-year term on the UT Board of Trustees while completing her UT Martin nursing degree.

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Samba DiopSamba Diop

Dakar, Senegal

All students at the University of Tennessee at Martin come from different backgrounds, but Samba Diop's background is particularly unique. Samba was born in Carbondale, Ill., and when he was only a few months old, his family moved back to Senegal, Africa. Having spent most of his life in Senegal, Samba decided to venture to the United States to further pursue his education.

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Dr. Angie MacKewnDr. Angie MacKewn


Associate Professor of Psychology
Coming from a small Canadian town with a population of only 5,500, Dr. Angie MacKewn continually is motivated to work toward the betterment of the UT Martin community by performing two important tasks for the campus: recycling and teaching. These two passions keep her motivated throughout her everyday life.

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