OVC honors Haddad

Mahmoud Haddad, a UT Martin professor of finance, was among faculty members honored by the Ohio Valley Conference during the OVC Basketball Championship when he was announced as the university’s inaugural Outstanding Faculty Commitment to Student Success Award recipient.

UTM staff standing with Mahmoud Haddad, a UTM professor of finance honored for his commitment to student success.
From left, Philip Acree Cavalier, interim chancellor; Mahmoud Haddad; Stephanie Kolitsch, interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean, College of Business and Global Affairs.

The awards were created by the provosts from OVC-member institutions to recognize outstanding faculty members at each school. Among his recognitions was receiving the 2019 UT Alumni Association Distinguished Service Professor Award.

First MiSTERs Graduate

Jonathan Utley, a health and human performance K-12 major, receives a blazer from Samuel Tharpe, Call Me MiSTER coordinator of community outreach and advancement.
Jonathan Utley, a health and human performance K-12 major, receives a blazer from Samuel Tharpe, Call Me MiSTER coordinator of community outreach and advancement.

UT Martin’s Call Me MiSTER program honored its first five graduating seniors on April 17. The Call Me MiSTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program was founded at Clemson University in 2000 and strives to increase the pool of available teachers from a more diverse background, particularly among the state’s lowest-performing elementary schools. The program’s first five graduates are Logan Davis, Memphis; Tydarius Blackwell, Jackson; Jonathan Utley, Jackson; Lathon Ross, Jackson; and Justyn “Jax” Johnson, Union City.

WUTM Earns Award

UT Martin’s 23rd annual Civil Rights Conference featured events and speakers throughout February.

WUTM 90.3 radio station student staff stand side-by-side on a stairwell landing.
The 2022-23 WUTM student staff.

UT Martin’s WUTM 90.3 “The Hawk” was named the Best College Radio Station in the South during the 2023 Southeast Journalism Conference in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Since 2005, WUTM has earned the top ranking 11 times. Also, the station received a Platinum Award in February for overall collegiate broadcast excellence during the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System annual conference in New York City. This marked the 14th consecutive year for the station to earn this recognition.

Students Attend Super Bowl

Dexter Davis, professor of sport business, led his 10th group of UT Martin students to attend and work Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Davis has supervised collegiate trips to the Super Bowl for 18 years. His relationship with the NFL and Super Bowl began when a colleague who worked for the Miami Dolphins reached out with a volunteer opportunity for his students. Since coming to UT Martin in 2013, he has more than doubled the number of students he supervises on this trip.

Hamilton-Ryker Group Supports Scholarships

Wayne McCreight and Crawford Gallimore stand side-by-side holding Outstanding Alumni Awards.
Wayne McCreight and Crawford Gallimore received Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The UT Foundation partnered with the Hamilton-Ryker Group to create the Hamilton-Ryker (McCreight/Gallimore) Scholarship Endowment in the amount of $100,000. The endowment will be used for undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the UT Martin College of Business and Global Affairs and Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems. The endowment is named for UT Martin alumni Wayne McCreight, ’67, and Crawford Gallimore, ’71, Hamilton-Ryker co-founders, a total workforce solutions company headquartered in Martin. Gallimore is a former UT Board of Trustees member.