Before Pat Summitt became head coach of the Lady Vols and built the program into a perennial powerhouse, she made a name for herself playing basketball at UT Martin. She played from 1970 to 1974, with the passage of Title IX right in the middle of her career. In October, the university unveiled statues of Summitt, former women’s athletics director Bettye Giles and the late Nadine Gearin, Summitt’s coach. The statues at the entrance to the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center mark the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking federal law that provided for gender equity in sports.
UT Martin’s collection of fossils grew in 2012 to include specimens believed to be 450 million years old. George Stone, an avid fossil collector from Carterville, Ill., donated trilobites found in Pike County, Mo., that are related to species that have been found in Middle and East Tennessee. Trilobites are extinct marine arthropods related to today’s horseshoe crabs. The Stone trilobites are on display in the Joseph E. Johnson Engineering Physical Sciences Building.
A free app for smart phones is the newest way students and faculty can connect to campus. The app includes a complete campus telephone directory, athletics schedule and news updates, local maps and the Paul Meek Library catalog. For more information, visit www.utm.edu/mobile.
High Grades, Low Fees
Out-of-state applicants with good grades and high test scores can get a break on tuition. UT Martin will waive out-of-state tuition for any applicant with an ACT score of 25 or above and a 3.5 GPA. The tuition break, valued at about $12,400 a year, began last fall. Students who qualify must also participate in the university’s Honors Program. Satisfactory academic progress is required to retain the scholarships.
“It shows a weakness on your side when you do something that you know is wrong.”
– Weston Smith, former HealthSouth chief financial officer and whistleblower who served more than two years in prison for falsifying financial documents. The Pacer student newspaper reported on his presentation to students last fall.