Students receive leadership awards from UTM
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 6:03 pm
Two Paul and Martha Meek Awards were presented at the recent commencement exercises at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dr. Margaret Toston, vice chancellor for student affairs, announced the awards, which are the only awards presented during commencement.
All other awards are presented during Honors Day. The Meek Award is a cash award given to graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership while at UT Martin.
The award is made possible by the children of Paul and Martha Meek. Pictured with Toston (center) are winners Kyle Gillespie of Cordova and Sarah Rowland of Selmer. A cum laude graduate with a bachelor of science degree, Gillespie served UT Martin as a PEP leader with the freshmen initiative program and as Senator-at-Large in the Student Government Association.
He was a member of the social fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, where he held a number of positions, including risk manager, pledge trainer, recruitment chair, house manager and chapter president.
Gillespie is also a member of the Order of Omega honorary fraternity, which recognizes select Greek members with high standards of leadership. A magna cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts degree, Rowland served UT Martin as a resident assistant with the Department of Housing, as a student worker with the Hortense Parrish Writing Center, and as a staff writer for the student newspaper, The Pacer.
She also completed a reporting internship with The Times Daily newspaper in Alabama.
Rowland also received the Central Housing Student Worker of the Year award and was named Who’s Who for the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages.