Faces of UTM

Jacob MaluginJacob Malugin

Culleoka, TN

Jacob Malugin had to make several decisions before pursuing his collegiate career. After choosing to follow his dreams to study veterinary medicine, he chose the college that he knew was the best fit - the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Katie SniderKatie Snider

Gleason, TN

Katie Snider easily gives credit where credit is due. She thanks her father, Mike Snider, a Grand Ole Opry member since 1990, for her musical talent. Meanwhile, her mother, Sabrina, a 1984 business graduate, receives the credit for Katie's attending UT Martin.

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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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