Faces of UTM

Eric MaupinEric Maupin

Dyer County

Each time Eric Maupin looks out over a green field, sees his wife, Jo Ann, coming down the road bringing lunch in the field or recalls that one of his toddler Cara's first words was 'tractor,' his decision to return to farming is reinforced.

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Brandt GibsonBrandt Gibson

Martin, TN

Brandt Gibson can’t remember a time before UT Martin. “When both your parents work on campus, you sort of grow up on the campus attending all kinds of activities. For Brandt, now a UT Martin sophomore biology major, that included football games, science fairs and Governor’s School for the Humanities.

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Kara KidwellKara Kidwell

Martin, TN

Moving outside of her comfort zone is nothing new for Kara Kidwell. Truth be known, her willingness to take risks brought this non-traditional student to UT Martin where she's on track to earn a communications degree.

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Dr. Daphne HendersonDr. Daphne Henderson


Assistant Professor of Social Work
While social work was actually not her first choice of study, apparently it was the right choice for Dr. Daphne Henderson, an assistant professor of social work.

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Capt. Joseph SandersCapt. Joseph Sanders

Waveryly, TN

Capt. Joseph Sanders, of Waverly, is part of an increasing trend of active-duty military personnel pursuing advanced degrees as part of the U.S. Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling program.

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Dr. Nathan HowardDr. Nathan Howard

Martin, TN

Dr. Nathan Howard is pursuing the ultimate continuing education ­– as a professor of history, in research and other scholarly activities, through interaction with colleagues and via extensive travel.

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Mary UngerMary Unger

Martin, TN

Mary Unger planned a career search during her senior year just as she has approached most any other goal in life – with tenacity and creativity. And, the result of that search mirrors the results to many of her endeavors – success.

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Deborah Shaw LamanDeborah Shaw Laman

Cordova, TN

You can’t blame Deborah Shaw Laman for saying that she has “the best job in the world.” The 1979 UT Martin communications graduate is vice president and marketing director for Casey Jones Village in Jackson.

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Dr. Nell GulletDr. Nell Gullet


Professor of Finance
Gullett has always been a hard worker, but said there was one other trait on her side – luck. “I was lucky there were people at UT Martin who thought I had potential. They encouraged me and pushed me. I can’t imagine a better job.”

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Andrew MooreAndrew Moore

South Fulton, TN

Andrew Moore has the left and right sides of his brain challenging each other. Moore is majoring in chemistry and music/piano performance and seeking a bachelor’s degree in each. Add his work as a University Scholar – completing an international research project in geology – and it may sound like an understatement when he says that he’s “really had a diverse experience being at UT Martin.”

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