UT Martin to honor its own at homecoming game Saturday
Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 11:17 am
The Messenger 10.05.11
Four University of Tennessee at Martin alumni and friends will be honored as part of homecoming events on campus through Sunday.
The award recipients will be recognized during the homecoming football game 2 p.m. Saturday at Graham Stadium.
The recipients are:
• R. Lemoyne Robinson, Young Alumnus Award, given to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement is his/her chosen profession (the recipient must not be more than 40 years of age);
• David H. Bryan, Out-standing Alumnus Award, given to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession;
• Katherine Scott and Fairene Sewell, co-recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service, given in recognition of outstanding service to UT Martin.
Robinson, of Memphis, is the founder and chancellor of City University Schools (City University School of Liberal Arts and City University School Boys Preparatory). These public charter schools provide academically challenging environments and high-quality programs for urban school children. Since 2008, City University has graduated an average of 67 seniors per year, who have received over $16 million in scholarships and collectively performed more than 30,000 community service hours.
Robinson also serves as the president and CEO of the Influence1 Foundation in Memphis and was honored with the Orchid Award, presented by Justice, Unity, Generosity and Service International-Memphis chapter. He was recognized by Memphis Business Journal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” and by The Tri-State Defender as one of “50 Men of Excellence.”
Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from UT Martin and a master’s degree in organizational communication from Murray (Ky.) State Uni-versity and is completing a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Memphis.
Bryan, of Chattanooga, recently celebrated his 31st year as a financial professional with the global AXA Group. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, a past president of the Chattanooga chapter of the National Estate Planning Council and current board member of the local chapter of the Society of Financial Professionals.
He is on the executive committee of the not-for-profit Chattanooga Quarterback Club, is a member of the AXA-Equitable Hall of Fame and is recipient of the Superior Achievement Award, as well as numerous Centurion, Circle of Excellence and Summit Awards. In 2009, he was named Southern Regional Honor Associate, given to only four recipients nationally among AXA’s 7,000 North American associates.
Bryan has served UT Martin as part of the Alumni Council, Development Com-mittee and Skyhawk Club. He is involved with the Coffee County Friends of UTM and is acurrent board member of the UT Martin Center for International Education. He is also the chancellor’s appointee to the UT Board of Governors.
Bryan graduated from UT Martin in 1980.
Ms. Scott, of Selmer, taught high school home economics for more than 39 years, the majority at Selmer High School and McNairy County Central High School. She served a year as a UT extension agent and later established one of the first scholarship endowments for students at the UT Martin McNairy County Center/Selmer. She has been an active member of the Higher Education Committee and is a member emeritus of the UT Martin Development Committee.
Ms. Scott attended UT Junior College before graduating with a degree in home economics from UT Knoxville. She later returned to UT Martin and obtained a master’s degree in education in 1971.
Ms. Sewell, also of Sel-mer, served as a UT agricultural extension agent for 50 years and received the UT Extension Service Distinguished Award in 1989. She established the Fairene Sewell Nutrition Fund at UT Knoxville in 1991 and the Fairene Sewell Scholarship Endowment for students at the UT Martin McNairy County Center/Selmer in 2001.
She has served on the McNairy County Center’s Higher Education Committee since its inception and is an emeritus member and former chair of the UT Martin Development Committee.
Ms. Sewell attended UT Junior College before graduating with a degree in home economics from UT Knoxville.
For more homecoming information, visit utmforever.com.