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Three UTM alumni and friends set to receive awards

Three UTM alumni and friends set to receive awards
Three University of Tennessee at Martin alumni and friends will be honored Saturday during the first All-Volunteer Day. 
The award recipients will be recognized during a noon luncheon in the Duncan Ballroom of the Boling University Center hosted by Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, and Dr. Joe DiPietro, University of Tennessee president.
This year’s award recipients are:
• Julie A. Boswell, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession under the age of 45;
• Dr. Brenda J. Cude, Outstanding Alumni Award, given to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding achievement in his/her chosen profession;
• R. Clayton McWhorter, Chancellor’s Award for University Service, given in recognition of outstanding service to UT Martin.
Boswell, originally from Milan, was a University Scholar during her time as a UT Martin student. She graduated summa cum laude in 1992 and went on to attend the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She alsoreceived a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University. She has worked for the Hon. Mary Ann Cohen, chief judge, United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C., and is now a partner in the law firm of Thrailkill, Harris, Wood & Boswell, PLC.
Boswell has served on the Board of Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association and was the past board chair of l’Ete du Vin, a series of annual fundraising events benefitting cancer-related charities. She was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She is also listed in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates. She lives in Nashville with her husband and two children.
Cude is a housing and consumer economics professor at the University of Georgia. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in home economics education and master’s degree in consumer economics and management in 1974 and 1975 from UT Martin.
She went on to receive her doctorate in consumer economics in 1978 from Purdue University. She has co-authored one book and authored numerous journal articles. She received the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year award in 2007 and was named the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
Cude has developed, prepared and presented more than 150 programs about 30 family and consumer economics topics throughout the state of Georgia.
McWhorter is chairman of Clayton Associates, LLC, which he founded in January 1996 to provide venture capital to start-up companies. In 1996, McWhorter also created LifeTrust America, Inc., a developer and operator of assisted-living communities and served as its chairman until its sale in November 2004.
He has chaired and served on numerous boards, including Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., the Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, Harpeth Capital, LLC, Belmont University, American Hospital Association, Foundation of State Legislatures and United Way of Middle Tennessee. He is also a founding member of the Nashville Healthcare Council and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2000.
McWhorter is co-author of “Management Dimensions: New Challenges of the Mind.” He attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, from 1951-1952 and earned his pharmacy degree in 1955 from Samford University.
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Published in The WCP 8.22.12

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