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UTM takes highest honor at conference

UTM takes highest honor at conference

MARTIN — Members of the Tennessee Association of Residence Halls (TARH) unanimously voted the University of Tennessee at Martin “School of the Year” during the annual conference, held Feb. 8-10 at UT Martin. This is the second consecutive year UT Martin has received this award.
One hundred and eight students from 13 different public and private Tennessee institutions attended the conference, titled “TARHmageddon – Leadership in a post-2012 world.” Participants were able to attend a variety of sessions on residence hall issues to “benefit those who live on campus, including social programming, academic development, forming Residence Hall Associations, environmental solutions, diversity and social justice and more,” said Ryan Martin, UT Martin assistant director of housing.
Martin, who has served in a variety of elected positions since 2008, was voted to the position of associate state advisor. Lindee McCurley, a UT Martin graduate, five-year hall director and eight-year housing employee, was selected as the association’s new state advisor.
“TARH is an organization I have always been passionate about, and I want to show other colleges and universities the amazing opportunities that it can afford to their residents and staff members,” said McCurley. “My hope for next year is to get more schools involved in TARH and to open up lines of communication across the state so that each school may grow and learn from one another.”
Jana Vestal, a UT Martin sophomore, was named the association’s state director. During her time as director, Vestal plans to “encourage more involvement from those schools who are already members of TARH, form bonds with Tennessee institutions not currently members of TARH in order to increase the size and effectiveness of the organization, and further TARH’s involvement on regional and national levels.”
 UT Martin previously hosted the conference in 2000 and in 2009. The location of the 2014 conference will be decided at the TARH regional board meeting in March.

Published in The WCP 2.26.13

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