Brant Luker came to UT Martin on the Dean’s Scholarship in pursuit of a degree in natural resource management. When he arrived at UTM, Luker wasted no time getting involved on campus and actively seeking out opportunities for experience.
"I want to be a game warden," said Luker of his aspirations. "They enforce game laws. They're kind of like wildlife police," said Luker. He added, "People always tell me that if you love your job, then you really don't "work." If I were a game warden, I wouldn't "work." I would enjoy every day of it."
Luker's love for the outdoors began at a young age. "Me and my dad, we croppy fished all the time." Even now, Luker meets his father at Kentucky Lake periodically to fish. Luker said, "I love the outdoors. I love learning about it and I love watching it."
As the wildlife executive for UTM's Wildlife Society, Luker has gained experience in working outdoors and has made some valuable connections. The UTM Wildlife Society works in corporation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) by tending regional deer stations where they age the deer and measure antler circumference and width. Luker said, "It's a great experience for our members. They get to meet people in the profession and learn a valuable skill."
Luker is very involved on campus. In addition to his commitment with the Wildlife Society, he is actively involved with the campus Baptist Collegiate Ministry, is a student ambassador who gives campus tours, is in the Fellowship Research Program in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and is a PEP leader.
Recently, Luker was awarded the Lauren Witty Scholarship for outstanding services as a PEP leader.
"Being there for your [PEP students]. That's how I did it. Get out and be seen. Go to everything you possibly can and help them out anyway you can. I love being a PEP leader," said Luker.
Even with his busy schedule, Luker still takes time to appreciate the beauty of the campus. He said, "I give tours for student ambassadors and people always ask me, "What's your favorite part of UT Martin?" I say, the quad. You wait until spring and summer, and it's beautiful. The first visit when I came up here was in April, and I was hooked."