UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences professors Emalee Buttrey and Sandy Mehlhorn established a free bicycle share program on campus to help students, faculty and staff travel across campus and the surrounding community. UT Martin’s main campus includes 250 acres, as well as a 680-acre teaching farm at which technical classes are held.
The bike share program was created through a grant from the university’s Center for Sustainability and has seen increased ridership since its debut.
New License Plate Unveiled
UT Martin released a specialty license plate that features the new Skyhawk attack logo created by DVL Seigenthaler, the Nashville office of global marketing and communications firm Finn Partners. The license plate design was selected through a university-wide survey conducted in August 2020 to update the previous plate which debuted in 2003.
Of the three options provided in the survey, the tri-striped plate with the attack logo received over 40 percent of the votes. The license plates are available for purchase to Tennessee residents at local county clerk offices upon request.
Clark Family Donation Benefits Cattle Facility
UT Martin received a $150,000 pledge by John Clark (’75 Martin), the interim director of the UT Martin Horace and Sara Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, and his wife, Janie, to support the new Beef Cattle Research Facility. The state-of-the-art Beef Cattle Research Facility will be the first of its kind in Tennessee and will provide hands-on teaching experiences for students preparing for careers in agriculture, animal reproduction, nutrition, genetics and health. Located on 80 acres of the UT Martin Teaching Farm Complex, the facility will house a classroom, laboratory, a large covered barn with cattle-working system and a meats lab to provide enhanced teaching resources and research opportunities.
Corteva Agriscience Donates Drones
Corteva Agriscience, of Union City, donated 35 retired drones, valued at approximately $35,000, to UT Martin to supplement three new courses premiering fall 2021 that will teach students the fundamentals of unmanned aerial systems and their emerging importance in the field of agriculture and natural resources management. Students will learn the fundamentals and operations of flying drones, and how to maintain and repair the equipment. The courses also will prepare them for the FAA pilot certification exam.