Faces of UTM

Brian Affolter Brian Affolter

Brentwood, Tenn.

It’s not every day you meet a future Disney character, but Brian Affolter may very well fit that bill.

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Joe LeavyJoe Leavy

Memphis, Tenn.

Sgt. Joe Leavy has served Tennessee for eight years as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Now, he’s attending UT Martin to earn his college degree and hopes to ultimately apply his education and military experience to a career as a Tennessee state trooper.

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Brigitte Curcio Brigitte Curcio

Stratford, Conn.

Brigitte Curcio is a very busy woman. From competing with the Skyhawk rifle team to serving on Panhellenic Council and completing a summer internship, Curcio has filled her college years with experiences that will stay with her long after graduation.

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Mason ParkerMason Parker

Union City, Tenn.

Many students begin their college years with a set career field in mind. However, some, like Mason Parker, find their true passion somewhere else along the way.

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Clay PalmerClay Palmer

Dresden, Tenn.

Clay Palmer is a versatile artist whose portfolio ranges from canvas paintings to large murals. He is accustomed to people noticing his work, but one ink drawing recently earned a place on a bigger stage.

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Brittany HarrisBrittany Harris

Memphis, Tenn.

Brittany Harris’ passion for animal health isn’t limited to dogs, cats and other household pets. Harris wanted to reach beyond the ordinary, and she certainly found it at Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Bay Lake, Fla.

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Janekia MasonJanekia Mason

Covington, Tenn.

Janekia Mason started playing basketball as a child to escape the stresses of school and home life. Little did she know that afternoon pastime would become a college scholarship and, potentially, a lifelong professional career.

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Donald MitchellDonald Mitchell

Nashville, Tenn.

Donald Mitchell’s path to graduation hasn’t always been straight. In fact, the Nashville native discovered the University of Tennessee at Martin after what could be called a real-life “twin swap.”

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Jodie DuncanJodie Duncan

Munford, Tenn.

Jodie Duncan, a junior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, has gained many lessons from her years as an athlete. As a sport business major, she plans to graduate next spring and use her talents to impact the world of youth sports and pass some of what she’s learned to the next generation of athletes.

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