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UTM awarded safety grant

UTM awarded safety grant
The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women recently awarded the University of Tennessee at Martin a $270,000 grant for the Personal Safety Empowerment Project—Count Me (PSEPP-CMN), which is geared toward education regarding violence against women and the improvement of victim services.
The grant is a continuation award that will allow PSEPP-CMN to refine both internal and external protocols to define violence against women as serious offenses, thus increasing the reach of victim services. The grant will also provide for the establishment of programs to prioritize victim safety, offender accountability and violence prevention.
Shannon Deal, director of student health and counseling services, will serve as director of the project.
Prevention and awareness are key aspects of the improved program, and PSEPP-CMN will pay particular attention to empowering students through the creation of a bystander intervention program.
The three-year award is one of several nationwide, distributed through the “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program.”
Preliminary pageants Jan. 26: The combined Miss University of Tennessee at Martin and Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival Pageant will be staged at 7 p.m., Jan. 26, in the Student Life Center at UT Martin. Winners of each crown will gain the opportunity to compete in the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant in Jackson this summer.
The combined pageant is co-sponsored by the City of Martin and UT Martin and is open to single women, ages 17-24, who are residents of or are students in Tennessee. The Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival pageant is open statewide, while the Miss UT Martin event is open only to UT Martin students.
 The event will feature interview, talent, evening gown and swimsuit competitions.
General admission tickets will be available at the door for $15. UT Martin student tickets will be $10 at the door with student ID.
For more information, contact pageant executive director Hollie Holt at 731-514-3556 or

Reading course offered for grades 2-12: A reading course for students grades 2-12 will be offered on UTM’s main campus.
The course is aimed at students needing extra practice and reading support. Students are individually tested to determine the level of phonics and comprehension.
The course is $100, plus $25 for a workbook, and groups will meet twice per week for one hour each. Classes of Mon/Wed. or Tues./Thur. will be offered.
Courses are offered on the following dates: Feb. 12-March 18, March 25-April 25 and June 3-27.
To register, contact ECOS at 731-881-7082, or register online at

ACT prep course offered
An ACT preparation course for students will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays Feb 9- April 6 at UTM.
Instruction, taught by UTM adjust faculty member Ron Ramage, will be focused on test-taking strategies for math, English, reading and science sections.
The course utilizes materials from Cambridge Educational Services. Cambridge has developed the most comprehensive, scientific and accountable method of preparing for high-stakes standardized tests. Cambridge textbooks include extensive basic-skills review for all sections of each test. Students learn how to complete test problems based on question frequency, difficulty, substantive knowledge, curriculum and alternative test-taking strategies.
Students will be given an official, retired test at the first course meeting. After reviewing the math, English, reading, and science sections, students take a second official, retired test under real test conditions, guaranteeing a valid pre- and post-test comparison.
Students will also receive a copy of their assessment report.  The instructors will then use the assessment reports from the post-test to provide students with a one-week personal study plan for the last few days before the exam. The instructors schedule one-on-one meetings with students to discuss their personal study plan.
The registration fee to attend is $225. Included in the fee are two ACT Tests and diagnostic reports and two textbooks: ACT Cambridge Textbook 11th Edition and The Big Book of Skills Textbook 11th Edition. There will be no class March 2, 9 or 30.
To register, contact ECOS at 731-881-7082, or register online at

Free workshop for area educators

West Tennessee teachers and school personnel are invited to attend LifeLines for Educators, a free workshop sponsored by area universities, on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at Union University’s Continuing Studies campus on Emporium Drive in Jackson.
Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and continue until sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. There is no pre-registration required, however sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Professional education faculty in grades P-12 will present sessions on a variety of topics, including approaching the Common Core curriculum, integrating group work, trials in teaching, and applying literature and the arts in a classroom setting.
Attendees will receive a 1.5-hour, 3-hour or 6-hour certificate of attendance as verification toward required in-service hours.
LifeLines for Educators is sponsored by UTM, Bethel University, Freed Hardeman University, Union University, the University of Memphis at Lambuth and the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, including a schedule and description of sessions, visit
Published in The WCP 1.22.13