Featured photo: Dexter Davis is pictured with his ninth cohort of students to attend and work at a Super Bowl from UT Martin.
The ninth cohort of UT Martin students to attend and work at a Super Bowl traveled Feb. 13 to Los Angeles to experience Super Bowl LVI. Dexter Davis, associate professor of sport business, annually takes UTM students to the NFL’s championship game to participate in event management on a worldwide stage. A first-time addition to the annual Super Bowl journey was the opportunity for this year’s group of 12 students to attend and work the NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas.
Agreement with TCAT Crump Announced
Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, and Stephen Milligan, president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Crump, signed the first statewide articulation agreement between a TCAT and a university. According to the partnership agreement, students who complete the Farming Operations Technology program at TCAT Crump can receive up to 30 credit hours at UT Martin. The Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education Grant, which works to improve the region’s economy and support local industry partners by preparing students to perform in a highly skilled workforce, funded the partnership.
Cyntoia Brown-Long Speaks at Civil Rights Conference
UT Martin’s 22nd annual Civil Rights Conference featured a keynote address Feb. 7 by Cyntoia Brown-Long. Brown-Long is an advocate for criminal justice reform and the ending of human trafficking. At the age of 16, she was sentenced to life for killing a man in self-defense. Fifteen years later, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency and called her circumstance a “tragic and complex case.” She is now using her platform to educate others about criminal justice reform. She was accompanied by her attorneys, Charles Bone and J. Houston Gordon, both UT College of Law graduates. Gordon also holds a degree from UT Martin. In addition to her keynote address, Brown-Long met with several classes and signed copies of her book following her presentation in Watkins Auditorium.
TVA Investment Team
Members of the UT Martin-TVA Investment Challenge team finished first among 27 universities competing in the Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium in Chicago. Student portfolio managers enrolled in Finance 411, a class taught by finance professor Mahmoud Haddad, were recognized by the UT Martin College of Business and Global Affairs. The UT Martin team earned a 24.61 percent return on the team’s portfolio during the fall semester for an annualized return of 28.23 percent. Team members presented their TVA portfolio strategy at the SMIFC conference, which earned top honors. TVA’s Investment Challenge was established in 1998 and is a partnership between TVA and participating universities in its service territory.