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UTM to honor its own during Homecoming game

UTM to honor its own during Homecoming game
UTM to honor its own during Homecoming game | UT Martin, Viva Las Martin
Four University of Tennessee at Martin alumni and friends will be honored as part of homecoming activities which run through Saturday. The award recipients will be recognized during the homecoming football game, set for 2 p.m., Saturday at Graham Stadium.
This year’s award 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, Outstanding 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 more than $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 the Memphis Business Journal as one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40” and by the Tri-State Defender as one of the “50 Men of Excellence.” Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from UT Martin, a master’s degree in organizational communication from Murray State University 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. He is a member of the AXA-Equitable Hall of Fame and recipient of the Superior Achievement Award, as well as numerous Centurion, Circle of Excellence and Summit Awards.
In 2009, Bryan was named Southern Regional Honor Associate, an honor 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 Committee and Skyhawk Club. He is involved with the Coffee County Friends of UTM and is a current 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.
Scott, of Selmer, taught high school home economics for more than 39 years, the majority of which were spent at Selmer High School and McNairy County Central High School. She served one 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 center’s Higher Education Committee and is a member emeritus of the UT Martin Development Committee. 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.
Sewell, also of Selmer, 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. Sewell attended UT Junior College before graduating with a degree in home economics from UT Knoxville. For more homecoming information, visit utmforever.com.

WCP 10.06.11

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