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Monday, August 18, 2003 Volume 76, Issue No. 1 

Shumaker resigns 

Staff Reports 

More Inside 

The Pacer sounds off about the resignation of the John Shumaker, 
and what the future holds for our university system. 

Page 2 

Even though 
tuition increased 
9 percent this 
fall, the audit 
released Tuesday 
shows that 
former UT 
President John 
Shumaker was ... 

Liu in ’ 

Residence (renovation and furnishings) 

$ 493,137 

Entertainment (parties and receptions) 

$ 275,921 

Telephone (residence and airplane) 

$ 49,862 

Travel (personal and above limit) 


$ 23,029 

Moving Expenses (Arizona vacation home) 

$ 6,291 

in disgrace 

Dunagan will not 
seek UT presidency 

Stephen Yeargin 

Executive Editor 

Only days after telling UTM adminis- 
trators that media “distractions” would 
not interfere with the University moving 
forward, John Shumaker has resigned his 
position of UT President, effective 

Governor Phil Bredesen addressed 
reporters this morning in a news confer- 
ence, where he read a prepared media 

“The past several weeks have been very 
difficult for The University of Tennessee 
family. UT is a wonderful university with 
many opportunities and it pained me as 
governor to watch this happening,” 
Bredesen said. 

While the resignation is effective 
immediately, the Governor said that he 
will recommend that Shumaker be paid 
his salary and deferred compensation 
through the end of this year, but will be 
asked to vacate his office today and his 
home within 60 days. 

UTM Chancellor Nick Dunagan 
echoed Bredesen’s feeling that it has been 
a difficult month for the entire UT fami- 


“Today’s announcement provides us an 
opportunity to move ahead with the 
important work of the University. What 
we do as a university is more important 
than who is president, chancellor, or any 
other position,” Dunagan said. 

In his resignation letter, Shumaker said 
that "I believe that this step is in the best 
interest of the University. I simply can- 
not permit our students, faculty, staff, 
alumni and trustees to be distracted from 

their important work by letting the con- 
troversies of the past several weeks con- 

“I have enjoyed my association with 
the University and with you. I wish the 
University of Tennessee the very best for 
the future.” 

Shumaker’s contract was to keep him 
on the job until 2008, with an annual 
salary of $365,000 annually, along with 
incentives, a personal vehicle, a home, 
and many other benefits. His total com- 

pensation package for this year would 
have likely totaled over $730,000. 

Shumaker is the second UT President 
to resign in recent years. Wade Gilley left 
UT in 2001 after news of a romantic 
relationship with an administrator 
became public. He also served less than 
two years on the job. 

Emerson “Ely” Fly served as interim 
President during a nationwide search for 
a replacement. Fly now heads the UT 

See ' Resigns ’ on Page 5 

While rumors run rampant of about 
who will be the next President of the 
University of Tennessee System, one 
candidate says he isn't even in the run- 

UTM Chancellor Nick Dunagan told 
faculty members in the annual fall meet- 
ing that the "chains won't be necessary" 
to keep him in Martin. A faculty mem- 
ber posed the question to him at the end 
of the meeting, asking if he was aware 
that some student leaders had said that 
they would "chain him to his desk" to 
keep him here. 

"My only interest in the presidency is 
focused solely on someone who appre- 
ciates this campus, and someone that I 
can work with as your chancellor," 
Dunagan said to open the meeting. 

"The situation in Knoxville is both 
sad and disgusting," said Dunagan. "It is 
time to move on to more important 

Trustee William Stokely III and 
House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh have said 
that they would support an effort to 
name Joe Johnson as interim president 
until another search can be completed. 
Johnson, now 70, previously served an 
eight-year term from 1991-1999. 

"I don't think you are going to see a 
search firm hired for this," Dunagan 

No official releases have been made 
by the UT Board of Trustees or the 
Governor's office, but many are specu- 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 
that Dr. Margaret Perry is a potential 
candidate. Perry served as chancellor 
from 1986 - 1997. She was the first 
women to serve as an executive officer 
in the University of Tennessee system. 

Perry retired in 1997 and is currently 
the dean of graduate studies at UT 

ETSU President Paul Stanton has also 
been named by the Sentinel as a poten- 
tial successor. Stanton has served as 
president of ETSU for seven years. 

Chattanoogan.Com, an online only 
publication, reports that UTC 
Chancellor Bill Stacy is also interested in 
the position should he be approached. 

The Nashville City Paper preemptive- 
ly endorsed former Vice President A1 
Gore on Tuesday, saying "We can think 
of no better choice to take over the 
helm of our flagship university than a 
man who combines educational acumen 
and a proven ability to raise large sums 
of money." 

Pacer Briefs 

■ Opinions HNews □ Features ■ Sports 

Welcome Back! 

■ Shumaker’s shopping spree 

How do you irritate poor college students who are 
forced to enjoy ramen noodles? Spend all of their 
money and not have the courtesy to say “thanks.” 

Editorial on Page 2 

■ Chancellor brings campus up to speed 

Dr. Nick Dunagan talks about everything from con- 
struction to Martin Place. 

Column on Page 2 

■ Hall to head Education 

Dr. Mary Lee Hall, currently the assistant dean for the 
University of Memphis College of Education, will 
assume the dean's position in September at UT Martin. 

Story on Page 4 

■ Summer update 

Even though you might not have been around to hear 
about it, we were keeping tabs on Martin while you 
were out. 

Story on Page 4 

■ Music for Soybean Festival 

One very hot concert and the first major entertainment 
event of the 10th Annual Tennessee Soybean Festival. 
The festival runs Sept. 2-7 in Martin and is sponsored 
in part by the city of Martin and UTM. 

Story on Page 3 

■ It’s football time at UTM! 

Most people wouldn’t dream of juggling the Christmas 
holiday, postseason football playoffs against perennial 
power Georgia Southern and interviewing for their first 
head coaching job. Then again, most people don’t have 
the energy and desire of 35-year-old New Hampshire 
grad Matt Griffin. 

Story on Page 6 

Next Issue: August 29, 2003 

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Freshmen take ‘first flight’ into college life 

Staff Reports 

Nearly 100 years ago, two brothers 
risked their future as bicycle sales- 
men to embark on an journey called 
human flight. 

Many new faces at UTM can relate 
to that journey, as nearly 1,000 
Freshmen arrived last week. 

Included in the events for the 

Wednesday night was the annual 
‘Recreation Rampage’ event at the 
Elam Center. 

After a barbecue dinner, partici- 
pants played carnival- style games and 
had the opportunity to do a little 
rock climbing. 

The wall sponsored was spon- 
sored by they the Army National 
Guard and The UTM ROTC 
Skyhawk Battalion. 

The Pacer, in cooperation with the 
Society of Professional Journalists, 
produced a newspaper on 
Wednesday titled ‘First Flight’. 

A Student Activities Fair was held 
in the first floor hallway of the 
University Center. Freshmen were 
given the opportunity to learn about 
the many campus organizations here 
at UTM, as well as sign-up for more 

Both the Interfraternal Council 
and National Panhellenic Council 
held informative sessions for any 
entering student that may be consid- 
ering joining a greek organization. 

The Student Activities council 
hosted many kiosks, such as Digital 
Caricatures and Key Chain Keepers. 

In addition to the entertainment, 
UTM administrators included pro- 

Photos by: Stephen Yeargin 

grams that would help freshmen 
avoid the pitfalls of the first year of 

Tuesday morning, Vee Huery, 
Student Conduct Officer spoke to 
the group about some of the policies 
in place, and how violations of con- 
duct codes were handled. 

Mike Green presented a program 
titled “The Four Stages of 
Drinking.” to enlighten the group of 
how alcohol impairs your judgement. 

Group 19 shows some Skyhawk spirit during the annual 
Recreation Rampage. 

The Tennessee National Guard 
provided a rock climbing tower 
for this year’s Recreation 
Rampage. The tower makes sev- 
eral appearances throughout the 
year at other student events. 

New number on Skyhawk ID 

Staff Report 

Tuition continues steep 
climb, up nine percent 

Returning students must return your 
Student ID in order to receive a new 
one, says Lynn McKa of the Skyhawk 
Card Office. 

Identiy thefts across the country 
prompted the move, with a resolution 
being passed by the Student 
Government Association in Spring of 
2002 to ask campus administrators to 
consider ways of eliminating Social 
Security numbers form records 

Students who do not have their stu- 
dent ID’s will be asked to pay a $15.00 
fee to receive a new one. 

The new Student ID number is 
making its way on to every thing from 
your Banner login to how you apply 
for a parking sticker . 

For more information, contact 
Skyhawk Card Services at Ext. 7825, 
or visit their office next to the infor- 
mation desk on the second floor. 

Stephen Yeargin / THE PACER 

A box of freshly printed Skyhawk Cards 
sit on a desk at the Card Office. Return 
your old card to avoid a $15 replace- 
ment fee. 

The annual cost of attend- 
ing the University of 
Tennessee at Martin will go 
up $262 this fall. The UT 
Board of Trustees approved 
a 9 percent fee increase for 
the University of Tennessee 
at Martin Thursday (June 19) 
during the board’s annual 
meeting in Memphis. 

The increase is in line with 
recommendations from the 
Tennessee Higher Education 
Commission (THEC). 

In- state undergraduate 
students at UT Martin will 
see the same increase as stu- 
dents at the other UT cam- 

UT Martin’s in- state 
undergraduate fees will 
increase from $2,900 to 


Fees for graduate students 
at UT Martin and all UT 
campuses will also increase 
by 9 percent. At UT Martin, 
in-state graduate fees will 
increase by $312, from 
$3,456 to $3,768. 

In addition, UT Martin 
will increase its programs 
and services fee by $20 and 
will introduce a new facilities 
fee at $50. These increases 
will apply to undergraduate 
and graduate students. The 
facilities fee will be used to 
acquire and upgrade class- 
room and laboratory fur- 
nishings and equipment, and 
to address unmet deferred 
maintenance on the UT 
Martin campus. 




The Pacer 

August 18, 2003 


Page 2 

Shumaker takes 
shopping spree 


What's this? UT President 
Shumaker forced out of his pres- 
idency by a shopping spree 
lifestyle? Spent more than 
$160,000 of UT's money? 
Travelgate? Yes, it seems so. The 
second highest-paid public uni- 
versity president in the nation has 
been caught stealing. He used UT 
credit cards for his personal pur- 
chases. He used UT's cash to 
finance home entertainment cen- 
ters, world travel, and spent near- 
ly 22 thousand dollars of UT's 
money on liquor. He went on an 
1 8 month shopping spree. 

Let’s see: Shumaker was an 
employee of the University of 
Tennessee's, he spent over 
$160,000 of university cash, 
money that he did not need (nor 
was supposed) to spend, and has 
been forced from his job. We 
know what that would be called 
in court. Embezzlement. That's 
when you steal money from the 
people who entrust you with it. 

Embezzlement can be a felony 
and is punishable by a prison 
term. You know what Shumaker 
got? Retirement and a $365,000 
severance package. Not bad, 
when you deserve to go to jail. 

This isn't even the first time 
Shumaker has done something 
that sounds illegal. 

In the mid-1990's he received a 
$10,000 gift from Hyundai after 
rewarding them with a $110,000 
training contract from Central 
Connecticut State University, 
where he was president at the 

That sounds a lot like a bribe. 
Why isn't Connecticut investigat- 

ing? The statute of limitations is 

It isn't enough that he was paid 
$733,550 a year and used over 
$160,000 more. We are giving 
him money to leave! 

The tuition that has been rising 
at UT schools goes to pay the UT 
president. His pay is coming out 
of an education budget that is 
taking regular cuts. 

When a state spends a phe- 
nomenal amount of money on an 
embezzler, all while woefully 
undercutting their budget, you 
should start to ask, "What the 
hell is going on?" 

The answer? Who knows? 

We have given up. 

If this sleazy university presi- 
dent can go off to party, buy 
plane tickets and Persian rugs, all 
on our dime, and then get away 
with a bundle of cash, who is to 
say that it isn't the American way? 

Isn't he showing other educa- 
tors and future leaders how easy 
it is to do whatever you want? 

Hasn’t UT shown us that if you 
plead ignorance, you can get away 
with embezzlement? 

Companies all over the country 
are being caught stealing from 
their shareholders. Why should 
education be any different? 

Sounds like he got a pretty 
good deal. Get paid three quar- 
ters of a millions dollars, fly 
around in a free jet, book free 
vacations, upgrade your hotel 
rooms and buy as much liquor as 
you want. 

We’re sure that there won't be a 
problem filling the position. 
Everyone will be applying. Who 
can blame them? 

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Letter from the Chancellor 

Nick Dunagan 


This past week a lot of time 
and effort went into welcoming 
the freshmen to UT Martin. It 
was a good week, now it is time 
to focus on welcoming back our 
returning students and our trans- 
fer students. We are glad you're 
here! Let me update you on a 
few new things that will be of 
interest to you during the semes- 

1. Facilities Fee 

Implemented - Yes, this fee is 
new. The $25-a-semester fee will 
be used exclusively for classroom 
and student-area improvements. 
A committee of two students 
appointed by the SGA and two 
faculty members appointed by 
the Faculty Senate will meet with 
Vice Chancellor for Finance and 
Administration A1 Hooten and 
Director of the Physical Plant 
Mike Davis to determine the 
most acute needs on campus to 
be addressed by this fund of 
approximately $250,000. You 
should see some improvements 
by the end of the semester, but 
the full impact will take place 
later in the academic year and 
over the summer of 2004. 

2. Demolition of Austin 

Peay Hall and Development of 
New Apartment-Style 

Housing - Vice Chancellor for 

Student Affairs Katie High will 
be working closely with students 
and an architectural firm to 
develop Phase I of our new on- 
campus apartments. It is our 
plan to have Phase I ready to 
occupy by Fall 2005. 

3. Martin Place Stalled — We 

recognize that the University's 
efforts to purchase Martin Place 
have been confusing for stu- 
dents; the Department of 
Housing; and, quite frankly, all of 
us. The University of Tennessee 
Foundation had agreed to pur- 
chase the property, but was not 
able to secure the necessary 
funding. Acquisition of this 
property remains in our long- 
range plan. We are currently 
working with the ownership of 
Martin Place to incorporate these 
residents into the mainstream of 
campus information and activi- 

4. Alumni Gym Renovated - 

Alumni Gym has undergone a 
significant renovation and will 
reopen for student use on 
December 1. This facility is the 
oldest building on campus and 
the renovation was funded by 
special State appropriation. 
Upon reopening, this facility will 
be dedicated to student organiza- 
tion activities, and will house 
David Belote and the Office of 
Student Life. 

5. Tuition Increased — All 

UT institutions increased tuition 
by nine percent while the Board 
of Regents institutions increased 
their tuition by 14 percent. We 
recognize that the tuition increas- 
es have been substantial over the 
past four years. The tuition 
increases generated approximate- 
ly $1.6 million in additional rev- 

enue. The State of Tennessee 
decreased our appropriation by 
$2.5 million this year, and we also 
had to return approximately $1.4 
million from last year's appropri- 
ation. You can easily see that ris- 
ing tuition is a direct result of the 
reduction in State appropriations. 
We are striving to be good stew- 
ards of both tax dollars and 
tuition dollars. We are also com- 
mitted to providing students with 
the very best educational experi- 
ence within the current level of 
funding. I ask for your help in 
making the case that funding is 
critical for higher education and 
in spreading the word that col- 
lege graduates are good for the 
economic and cultural vitality of 
the State of Tennessee. 

6. Wireless Connection 
Installed in University Center, 
Library, and Business 
Building — These three build- 
ings now provide wireless access, 
and we hope to bring other 
buildings and the quad area into 
the wireless environment as 
funds become available. 

This column is much too long 
and I will close by once again 
stating how great it is to have our 
students back on campus and in 
the community. We missed you. 
Although, I have primarily writ- 
ten about funding issues and 
buildings, the most important 
consideration on a campus 
involves what goes on inside 
those buildings and how we use 
those tuition dollars. We have a 
great faculty and staff who are 
dedicated to helping you achieve 
a quality education. I ask you to 
help us. Yes, an important part 
of college is having fun and mak- 
ing friends, but remember why 
you came here. We want to be 
your partner for a better future. 

section is 
all yours 

Stephen Helgeson 

Opinions Editor 

I've often heard the idea that 
students who have educated 
opinions on things aren't to be 
trusted. I've heard students claim 
that protesters are only protest- 
ing for attention. A lot of people 
think that if you want to change 
something you are a troublemak- 
er. What ever happened to "the 
squeaky wheel gets the grease?" 
The students that are willing to 
back up their opinions now are 
the ones that people will be lis- 
tening to. They are the ones that 
will influence decisions. 

This paper belongs to the stu- 
dents, whether or not we take 
ownership is up to us. The first 
place any student can have an 
impact on this paper is in the 
opinions section. You don't have 
to be a communications major to 
post an article here. You don't 
have to be on staff. All you have 
to do is have an opinion you want 

I don't want to sound dramatic, 
but it is true. Students at this uni- 
versity have as much power as 
they are willing to flex. Ignoring 
everything that is going on 
around you will only make you 
powerless. Start saying what you 
want, what you appreciate and 
what you need changed. The 
administration will hear it, the 
faculty will hear it, and other stu- 
dents will hear it. 

You pay for this paper. You can 
have a hand in what it produces. 
This section exists for you. 

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Page 3 

Revel in hot music at Soybean Fest 

loth Annual Soybean Festival Schedule 

Following Is a partial listing of festival events. Check the 
festival’s Web site,, for more 

Tuesday, Sept. 2 

• Mayor’s Kickoff Luncheon 

Noon, Boling University Center 

Speaker: Ken Givens, commisioner of the 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture 

Sponsored by: Leland Powell 

Emcee: Mike Snider, Grand Ole Opry star 


• Soybean Festival Parade 

7 p.m., Hardy M. Graham Stadium (parking lot) 
Sponsored by: First State Bank 

Grand marshal: Former Gov. Ned Ray McWherter 

Entry fee and prizes 


Wednesday, Sept. 3 

• Soybean Festival Prayer Breakfast 

6:45 a.m.. First Baptist Church 

Sponsored by: Martin Area Ministerial Alliance 

Speaker: Dr. Nick Dunagan, UTM chancellor 


• The Wednesday Night Concert: Featuring 
Chris Cagle with Special Guest Craig Morgan 

Also appearing: WYN 106.9 West Tennessee Idol 
winner Steven Whitson 

8 p.m., Skyhawk Arena on the UTM campus 

For ticket sales, call (731) 587-7757. $15 general 
admission, $20 reserved. 

Thursday, Sept. 4 

• Community Picnic 

5:30 p.m., downtown Martin 

Food served by Sodexho Dining Services at UTM 

Charge: $3 per person 

• The Thursday Night Concert: 1964 The 

8 p.m., Downtown Stage, no admission 
Sponsored by: UTM 

Friday Sept. 5 

• 10th Annual Chicken Crazy, Hog Wild 
Barbecue Cookoff (continues Saturday) 

6 p.m. Friday, Virginia Weldon Park 
Sponsored by: Tyson Foods 

Categories (Friday): Backyard Variety, Best Booth, 
Backyard Bird 

Categories (Saturday): Shoulder, Fine Swine, Ribs 
Free barbecue and barbecued chicken Friday 
Awards: 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Downtown Stage 

• The Friday Night Concert: The Soul 

9:30 p.m., Downtown Stage, no admission 

Saturday, Sept. 6 

• Soybean Festival 5K Road Race 

8 a.m., Martin Recreation Complex 
Sponsored by: Martin Kiwanis Club 

• Pet Show 

3:30 p.m. registration with show at 4 p.m. down- 

Sponsored by: Weakley County Animal Clinic 

• Seventh Annual Car & Truck Show 

Registration from 9 a.m. to noon 

Sponsored by MTD Products Inc. and Universal 


Located at UTM’s Graham Football Stadium park- 
ing lot 

Entry fee $20, spectators admitted free 

What do you get when you 
start things off with a West 
Tennessee Idol, add a former 
Army paratrooper with two criti- 
cally-praised albums under his 
belt, and finish it off with a CMT 
Flameworthy Artist? 

One very hot concert and the 
first major entertainment event 
of the 10th Annual Tennessee 
Soybean Festival. The festival 
runs Sept. 2-7 in Martin and is 
sponsored in part by the city of 
Martin and UTM. 

Chris Cagle, whose self-titled 
sophomore album debuted this 
spring at No. 1 on Billboard’s 
Country Album Chart, will head- 
line a jam-packed country show 
set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 
at Skyhawk Arena on the UTM 

Appearing with Cagle are Craig 
Morgan and Steven Whitson. 

Tickets are $15 for general 
admission and $20 for reserved 
seating and are on sale now. 

They can be purchased at the 
UC Information Desk; Five 
Seasons Men’s Shop in Union 
City; The Leader Store in Fulton, 
Ky.; Davis-Kidd Booksellers in 
Jackson; McElhiney’s in Mc- 
Kenzie; or by calling 731-587- 
7757. Credit cards will be accept- 
ed, and proceeds will benefit the 
Martin Recreational Complex 
Soccer Pavilion. 

Cagle, known as a blue-collar, 
working-class country singer, wit- 
nessed his first album, Play It 
Foud, turn gold and watched as 
each successive single met with 
great success: “My Love Goes 
On and On” landing in the Top 
15, “Laredo” cracking the Top 5 
and “I Breathe In, I Breathe 
Out” topping the country singles 

The lead single “What A 
Beautiful Day” from his new 
album Chris Cagle has already 
reached the Top 10. He anchored 
the final segment of Jeff 
Foxworthy ’s comedy concert tour 
movie The Flue Collar Movie , and 
adding to his musical success, 

Cagle is the inaugural, fan-voted 
winner of the "CMT Flamewor- 
thy Breakthrough Video of the 

Morgan, who was recently fea- 
tured in Country Weekly maga- 
zine, also has two albums under 
his belt. His critically praised, 
self-titled debut album earned 
chart success with “Something to 
Write Home About” and 

The former Army paratrooper 
has performed at the Grand Ole 
Opry, sang “The Star-Spangled 

Banner” at last year’s Toyota 
Gator Bowl and has performed 
for the USO. His second album I 
Love It debuted at No. 12 on the 
Billboard Country Albums chart, 
and his first single “Almost 
Home” reached the Top 5. 

Also set to appear is Steven 
Whitson, winner of the first West 
Tennessee Idol competition. The 
contest, sponsored by WYN- 
106.9 of Jackson, was held earlier 
this year. The Trimble native 
defeated more than 200 other 
entertainers and was the only 

contestant to win a standing ova- 
tion in the final round of compe- 
tition at the Old Hickory Mall in 
Jackson. As competition winner, 
Whitson opened for the Rascal 
Flatts and Gary Allan concert in 
Jackson’s Oman Arena. 

The concert is being sponsored 
by the Martin Rotary Club and 
the UTM Student Activities 

Complete festival information 
is available on the Web at or by 
calling 731-587-4750. 

in Watkins 
presented by: 

August 20th @ 7 jam 
Tuxedo (Outdoor Stage) 

August 22nd @ 10 pm 
Matrix Reloaded 

August 27th @ 9 pm 
Bruce Almighty 

September 3rd @ 9 pm 
Biker Boyz 

September 5th @ 10 pm 

Free Admission! 
Free Popcorn! 

Thursday - UTM Night 
All seats $4 with 
valid student I.D. 

Next to Cine Theatre 

Phone 587-9742 

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Spinning into Butter - Oct. 9-12 - This award-winning play is set at a small liberal arts college in 
Vermont and is set in motion when someone starts leaving “threatening ... well, racist notes” on the 
door of one of the few African American students there. 

School House Rock Live! - Feb. 26-29 - Based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morn- 
ing cartoon (and pop culture phenomenon), this musical play for young and old alike will have every- 
one singing along to favorites like “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress — April 23-24 and April 30-May 1 — Eavesdrop on five 
bridesmaids who are going through “wedding hell” as they dish the dirt during a grand, Southern- style 
wedding reception. It’s an irreverent, raucous comedic romp about life, men, marriage and intimacy as 
seen through the eyes of five very different, yet similar, women. 

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Campus News 

Page 4 

Hall named Dean of College of Education 

A new dean 
has been 

named to lead 
the University 
of Tennessee at 
Martin College 
of Education 
and Behavioral 

Dr. Mary Lee 
Hall, currently the assistant dean 
for the University of Memphis 
College of Education, will assume 
the dean’s position in September 


at UT Martin. 

Originally from McKenzie, 
Tenn., Hall taught at the elemen- 
tary and high school levels and 
once owned and operated her 
own day-care center. 

She is currently president-elect 
of the Tennessee Association of 
Colleges for Teacher Education 
and is chair of the Alternative 
Licensure Online Degree 
Program Committee for the 
Tennessee Board of Regents. 

Her experience will be applied 

to the continued development of 
the Bachelor of Undergraduate 
Studies Degree (B.U.S.) 

Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin vice 
chancellor for academic affairs, 
said that Hall is respected 
throughout the state, including 
within the Tennessee State 
Department of Education. 

"Dr. Hall is a great fit for our 
campus, and she has demonstrat- 
ed the commitment and educa- 
tional expertise to provide strong 
leadership as dean of the College 

of Education and Behaviora 
Sciences," he said. 

Rakes commended the leader- 
ship of Dr. Frank Black, profes 
sor of education, who served a5 
the college’s interim dean during 
the national search to fill the posi- 

Black will return to full-timt 
teaching, while Rakes will assume 
administrative duties for the col- 
lege until Hall arrives ir 

Non-credit courses for fall semester announced 

The University of Tennessee at 
Martin Office of Extended Campus 
and Continuing Education (ECCE) 
will offer a variety of non-degree per- 
sonal enrichment courses for adults and 
children , available in fall 2003 on the 
UT Martin campus. The following 
courses , including pottery and drawing, 
dance, foreign language and genealogy, 
get under way in August and 

Writing and Publishing 
Family and Local History - 

This class helps students identify 
and work through the practical 
issues of converting genealogy 
and family history or local history 
research notes into a distributable 
form. The course will cover writ- 
ing, editing, evidence and notes, 
design, commercial-, subsidy-, 
and self-publication, and adver- 
tising/ distribution. Short practice 
assignments will be made in class 
to be worked at home. Students 
may bring and work with their 
own materials. This course is 
offered at 7 p.m., Thursdays, 
Sept. 18-Oct. 23. The course fee 
is $55. The instructor is Richard 
Saunders, special collections 
librarian for the Paul Meek 
Library at UT Martin. 

Earth and Fire (Pottery 
Class) - This pottery course is 
designed to take near pure possi- 
bility of the clay and actualize it 
through the student’s actions. 
Class is limited to 10 participants, 
and participants must be 14 or 
older. This course is offered in 
two sessions, with all courses 
from 6-9 p.m. Session I is 
Tuesdays, Aug. 26-Sept. 30. 
Session II is Tuesdays, Oct. 21- 
Nov. 25. The course fee is $55. A 

$20 supply fee is to be paid to the 
instructor to cover class supplies 
including clay and tools. The 
instructor is Patrick Green. 

Drawing Fundamentals - 
Students will systematically devel- 
op the ability to accurately draw 
what they see. Learn the impor- 
tance of eye-hand coordination, 
visual sensitivity, building a solid 
conceptual base in line and 

design. This 

course is offered 
from 7-8:30 p.m., 

Thursdays, Sept. 

25-Oct. 23. The 
course fee is $55. 

The instructor is 
Les MacDiarmid, 
local artist. 

Portuguese for 
Adults - By learn- 
ing Portuguese, 
you will be able to 
Spanish, Italian and a little bit of 
French. The class will teach con- 
versational Portuguese with limit- 
ed instruction in grammar. While 
you will not be fluent at the end 
of four weeks, you should be able 
to request drink, food, and ask 
for help. The course goal is to 
teach main words, sentences, 
numbers and more. The class will 
start with eight one-hour meet- 
ings and additional lessons will be 
scheduled if students are interest- 
ed. Private lessons are also avail- 
able. This course is offered from 
6-7 p.m., Tuesdays and 

Thursdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 2. The 
course fee is $145. The instructor 
is Aline Ferreira, a UT Martin 
MBA student from Brazil. 
Ferreira learned how valuable a 

To register 
for courses or 
for additional 
please contact 
ECCE at 

second language can be when she 
graduated from UT Martin and 
began the job search. She 
received many good job offers 
but chose to stay at UT Martin 
and work on her MBA. Ferreira 
would like to give you an oppor- 
tunity to learn a second language. 

Portuguese for Children 
(ages 5 and up) - This course is 
offered from 5-6 p.m., Tuesdays 
and Thursdays, Sept. 

9-Oct. 2. The course 
fee is $145. The 
instructor is Aline 
Ferreira, a UT Martin 
MBA student from 
Brazil. Group lessons 
are available. 

Spanish - For 
Whatever Reason - 
Going on a trip? Is 
your church starting a 
Hispanic ministry? Are 
you conducting busi- 
ness in Mexico? Whatever reason 
you have, learning to speak 
Spanish could be beneficial to 
you. This course, taught in an 
easy, no-stress format, is designed 
to teach the basic vocabulary 
you’ll need. This course is offered 
from 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 26- 
Sept. 30. The course fee is $55. 
The instructor is Ron Ramage, 
Obion County Central High 
School teacher. 

Beginning Ballroom Dance - 

This six-week course is designed 
for participants to learn the basics 
of ballroom dancing. Dances 
covered include the swing, waltz, 
fox-trot, rumba and the cha-cha. 
Participants are encouraged to 
wear comfortable clothing and 
smooth-soled shoes (no tennis 

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Lunch Buffet: $4.95 
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Welcome Freshmen! 

Are you looking for a way to get involved at UTM? 

Freshmen Council is a great way to represent your student 
body by helping to make changes on the campus and to get 

involved with SGA. 

Applications are now available at the SGA office, 214 Boling 
University Center - Due August 22nd by 12 noon. 

Make a difference at UTM. 

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shoes or rubber soles). This 
course is offered from 6:30-8 
p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 9. 
The course fee is $50 for singles 
or $90 per couple. The instruc- 
tors are Fran and Richard 

* Ballet for Beginners - 
Adults - This eight- week course 
is designed to introduce the adult 
beginner to classical ballet. We 
will explore basic history, vocabu- 
lary and technique, which will 
provide a foundation for under- 
standing the art of ballet. 
Clothing that allows freedom of 
movement should be worn (leo- 
tard, tights, gym clothing). This 
course is offered from 6:30-8 
p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 
29. The course fee is $55. The 
instructor is Fran Robinson. 

Dance Camp for Children 
Ages 5-7 - This six-week pro- 
gram was developed to introduce 
children to the foundations of 
dance structure. The curriculum 
is designed to present and facili- 
tate creativity through movement. 
This is an excellent way to intro- 
duce your child to the art of 
dance. Gym-type clothing should 
be worn to allow freedom of 
movement. This course is offered 
from 9-10:15 a.m., Saturdays, 
Sept. 6-Oct. 1 1 . The course fee is 
$50. The instructor is Fran 

While you were out... 

Highlights of news 
stories breaking 
over the summer 

Martin Place deal 
hits roadblock 

The University of Tennessee 
Foundation’s proposed purchase 
of Martin Place Apartments on 
West Peach Street to be used for 
student living is not likely to go as 
originally planned. In an inter- 
view with The Press Wednesday, 
Ely Fly, president of the founda- 
tion, said, "The bank backed out 
on the agreement." 

In February of this year, the 
office of University Relations at 
UTM made public a statement 
saying, "The University of 
Tennessee Foundation Inc. 
(UTF) and Place Collegiate 
Properties LC have agreed in 
principle to sell Martin Place, a 
privatized student housing com- 
munity, to the UTF." 

Soon after the announcement 
was released, the university began 
a campaign to get students to 
sign up to live in the apartments. 
According to the press release, 
the new facility would become 
part of UTM’s inventory when 
the ownership was supposed to 
change hands in March 2003. 

Nearly 125 receive 
diplomas at summer 

As superintendent of Shelby 
County Schools, Dr. Bobby 
Webb considers the "big picture" 
as he makes important decisions. 
He advised UT Martin graduates 
to do the same in seeking success 
beyond college. 

A 1970 UT Martin graduate 
with a degree in music education, 
Webb said he has given many 
high school graduation speeches 
during 15 years as a superinten- 
dent, so he began with an abbre- 
viated version of the advice he 

has given many audiences. 

"Life is not fair, get used to it. 
... People are more important 
than things. ... ’’ he said, summa- 
rizing past commencement 
addresses. And, he added, "If you 
don’t do anything else in life, love 
someone and let someone love 

Webb then turned to his main 
theme, telling the graduates that 
commencement is an appropriate 
time "to step back and take a look 
at the big picture of your life." 
He said the most successful peo- 
ple he knows accomplish this by 
routinely doing three things. 

"One, they step back from time 
to time from their narrow focus 
of their responsibilities and think 
about just how all the parts relate 
and how they interact with each 
other," Webb said. 

UT Martin Chancellor Nick 
Dunagan presided over the cere- 
mony and conferred the degrees. 
About 125 graduates participated 
in the commencement and 
received diplomas.. 

First phase of wire- 
less project complete 

Students on the go will no 
longer have to wait for comput- 
ers in the labs, provided they have 
the right equipment 

Shannon Burgin, Director of 
Computer Services announced 
over the summer that wireless 
area networking (WAN) was 
coming to certain public and aca- 
demic buildings across campus 

Until this semester, only the 
library offered this service, with 
laptops with wireless cards avail- 
able for loan, or to bring your 

The Business Administration 
Building, the Boling University 
Center were added to the list over 
the summer, with plans to 
include more academic buildings 
as funding becomes available. 

For more information about 
this project, please contact com- 
puter services at 7890. 

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Our first Pacer Staff meeting 
scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, 
August 21, in 316 Gooch Hall. 
All majors and experience levels 
are invited to attend 

Meetings are held every 
Thursday throughout the year. 

Society of Professional 

SPJ will hold its first meeting 
of the year immediately follow- 
ing the Pacer meeting in 316 
Gooch Hall. This meeting will 
be for the selection of officers 
and to discuss upcoming events. 

Baptist Collegiate 

A reception will be held 6 p.m. 
Monday, August 18, at the BSU 
building (112 Hurt St.) to wel- 
come the campus' new Baptist 
Collegiate Ministry director, 
Morgan Owen, and his wife, 
Carol. Refreshments will be 

LSAT Practice Test 

A practice LSAT will be given 
on Saturday, September 13 and 
Saturday September 27 from 9- 
11:30 am. Those wishing to take 
it should sign up in 102, 115, or 

225 Business Administration. 
The Wednesday before the Sat. 
test is the cut-off date. There is a 
$2.00 duplication fee. 

College Democrats 

First meeting of the UTM 
College Democrats of America 
will meet Wednesday, August 25 
in 206 UC. All students and fac- 
ulty are invited. 

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Resigns: continued from cover 

Foundation, which has been 
called into question in recent 
months surrounding land deals, 
including the purchase of Martin 

Even the search process used 
to hire Shumaker has come under 
fire, with claims from Shumaker’s 
ex-wife testifying in her divorce 
case that it was “rigged” to give 
Shumaker an advantage over 
another candidate. 

State Senator Roy Herron said 
today that “the last two presi- 
dents at the University of 
Tennessee have done wrong by 
the university and by all of 
Tennessee's citizens.” 

“The next President should be, 
and I believe will be, a person of 
unquestioned integrity. I person- 
ally hope it will be someone of 
deep faith who can draw on that 
faith to keep themselves headed 

in the right direction and to get 
UT back on the right course,” 
Herron said. 

Gov. Bredesen said that the 
Board of Trustees will meet on 
Wednesday, August 21 to select 
an interim President, as well as 
outline the timeline and process 
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Pigskin hopes soar with 2003 ’Hawks 

Most people wouldn’t dream of juggling the 
Christmas holiday, postseason football playoffs 
against perennial power Georgia Southern and 
interviewing for their first head coaching job. Then 
again, most people don’t have the energy and desire 
of 35-year-old New Hampshire grad Matt Griffin. 

Celebrating Christmas in New England was no 
problem for Griffin. Helping lead the University of 
Maine to a win over Georgia Southern in the second 
round of the I-AA football playoffs was elusive. 
Securing his first head football coaching job was 
easy, but the travel was just as ominous as Santa's 
around-the-world venture, when you consider 
Griffin had to fly into Nashville from Statesboro, 
Ga., interview in Martin and then fly back to Maine. 
Griffin made two trips from Martin to Maine and 
back look like a lunchtime run through the local 

After being named head coach Dec. 12, Griffin 
hired a staff and hit the recruiting trail before the 
ball could fall in Times Square. When Cupid pulled 
back that bow with his annual arrow of love in 
February, Griffin and the Skyhawks had inked 30 
players from seven states and laid the foundation 
for an exciting brand of football. The Skyhawk pre- 
miere will be unveiled Aug. 28 at Hardy M. Graham 
Stadium when Pioneer League foe Austin Peay State 
University invades Martin for a Thursday night con- 

When fall camp opened Aug. 4, Griffin and his 
staff welcomed back 18 starters and 26 lettermen. 
The returning players posted a 2-10 worksheet a 
year ago under the direction of Sam McCorkle and 
interim head coach Johnny Jernigan. The Skyhawks 
failed to win an OVC game in six attempts. After a 
decade of Division I-AA football, the Skyhawks are 
desperately seeking to put the brakes on an embar- 
rassing 42-game OVC losing streak. 

Among the returning players are senior captains 
Lee Lawrence and Michael Jackson, both offensive 
linemen, and defensive end John Gray. Jackson has 
started in 25 games while Lawrence has started in 
29 games, including 28 consecutive games for the 
Skyhawks. Lawrence was an All-OVC first team 
member as a sophomore, and was voted preseason 
first team All-OVC this past season. Gray has start- 
ed in 15 games and played in 28 games in three 
years. Last year, Gray made 35 tackles, five for a 
loss, one sack, broke up two passes, and recovered a 
fumble. Martin native Brent Harris returns for his 
junior season, and he will handle all of the place 
kicking chores and possibly the punting duties. 
Harris kicked 13 of 15 extra points and 11 of 16 

field goals, with 51 yards being his longest against 
Tusculum College. Brady Wahlberg, who scored 
four touchdowns against Eastern Illinois and threw 
for more than 1,000 yards in limited playing time, 
returns for his sophomore season. 


Griffin and his staff will abort the option attack 
implemented two years ago in favor of a pro style 
offense that fancies a wide-open passing attack. 
“We will throw it all over the yard,” Griffin said. 
The Skyhawks have lived by the rushing game the 
past two seasons. The Skyhawks rushed 541 times 
for 1,732 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. 
When it comes to passing, they threw the ball 318 
times for 1,456 yards and five touchdowns a year 
ago. The Skyhawks enjoyed two big offensive games 
last season against Southeast Missouri State and 
Eastern Illinois. In both cases, the Skyhawks relied 
on a passing attack to set up the running game. 

Despite the two big point productions, the 
Skyhawks averaged just 15.5 points per game last 
season. To Griffin’s credit, he served as an assistant 
coach at UTM during the 1997 and 1998 seasons 
under head coach Jim Marshall. In that first season, 
Marshall favored the run. Calling the shots as the 
offensive coordinator for Marshall, Griffin's 
Skyhawks rushed for 1,106 yards. In his second sea- 
son, Griffin ordered the pass on a regular basis. The 
Skyhawks almost doubled their passing yardage that 
season as well as doubled their point production. 
While serving as the offensive line coach at the 
University of Maine this past season, Griffin’s line- 
men allowed Maine quarterbacks to throw for more 
than 2,200 yards and advance to the Division I-AA 

The Maine influence will continue at UTM this 
season because Griffin hired former University of 
Maine and Arena Football League quarterback 
Mickey Fein to serve as the offensive coordinator. 

Scrimmage, open 
house set Aug. 21 

The administrative staff and the football coaches’ 
wives at UTM will host an open house and tours 
from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Bob Carroll 
Football Building. 

Immediately following the open house at 7 pm, 
the Skyhawk football team will conduct a scrim- 
mage in Hardy M. Graham Stadium. 

Admission for the scrimmage is free. 

The Football Building, named after former UTM 
head football coach Bob Carroll, was dedicated and 
officially opened this past October during the 
homecoming game against Southeast Missouri 

“This will give our fans and all those interested in 
touring the new building one last chance to do so 
before we kick off our 2003 season,” said UTM 
athletics director Phil Dane. “Fans will also have a 
chance to meet our new coaching staff and their 

The Skyhawks are under the direction of first- 
year head coach Matt Griffin, a former assistant 
coach at the University of Maine. 

Other members of the coaching staff include 
Andy Rondeau, Mickey Fein, Johnny Jernigan, 
Brian Scott, Mike Zapolnik, DeLane Fitzgerald, 
Jason Seapker and Dwayne Wilmot. 

Information courtesy of 

Guess what Fein likes to do? Pass the ball. Here’s a 
look at the Skyhawks’ cast of characters. 


Brady Wahlberg, a sophomore from Florida, is 
the only returning Skyhawk QB. He started three 
games, played in all 11, and threw for 1,145 yards. 
He scored four touchdowns. Wahlberg averaged 
111 yards of total offense per game last season. 
Wahlberg threw for 198 yards against Eastern 
Illinois last year, and had a 121.70 pass efficiency 
rating. Chad Nash, also a sophomore and also from 
Florida, was signed as a quarterback a year ago, but 
was moved to wide receiver before the season start- 
ed. Both Wahlberg and Nash enjoyed a solid spring 

“I am very pleased by the progress of both quar- 
terbacks,” Griffin said. “They both showed tremen- 
dous characteristics that you want in a quarterback.” 

See Hopes, Page 7 


Captains Meeting: 
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Officials Training Begins: 
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Captains Meeting: 

September 18 @G:00pm 

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August 18, 2003 

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Page 7 

Game Notes - UTM vs. Austin Peav 

UTM leads the series 22-16 and has won eight of the past nine 
meetings with Austin Peay State University, located in Clarksville. 

The Aug 28 game this year marks the first meeting with Austin 
Peay in six years. Coach Carroll McCray starts his first year as head 
of the Governors. Austin Peay went 7-4 last season in the Pioneer 
Conference and is returning 50 lettermen and 17 starters. 

Quarterback Pat Murphy, who shared duties a year ago, returns 
to run the show. Also in the backfield will be Quea Williams, who 
was second on the team in rushing last season, and the top receiv- 
er for the Govs, Pat Curran. 

‘Hopes’ continued from Page 6 

Griffin says the starting QB job 
is up for grabs, and newcomer 
Brett Hall, a transfer from 
Temple University, could take 
over the starting job. 


With the conversion to the 
passing game, the Skyhawks have 
moved tailback Damien Harris to 
the wide receiver position. That 
move leaves Arthur Bryant and 
Andrew Staten in the backfield. 
Injuries slowed down the entire 
backfield last season. Harris led 
the pack a year ago with 322 
yards rushing. Bryant, who only 
played in two games last season, 
rushed for 98 yards on 14 
attempts. Staten played in 11 
games a year ago and rushed for 
116 yards on 32 carries. Griffin 
said the coaching staff was 
impressed with Bryant, who had 
a solid spring camp. 


The receivers will be a key part 
of the Skyhawk offense this sea- 
son. Senior Damien Harris will 
serve as the team leader. He 
moves to the receiving corps 
from the stable of running backs 
that the Skyhawks used last year. 

Harris caught 21 passes for 243 
yards last season. 

“We are certainly not as deep as 
we need to be at the receiver 
position,” Griffin said. “We have 
some newcomers who will have 
to play right away.” 

Sophomore Orentheus Taylor 
returns to the wide receiver posi- 
tion. He saw extensive action and 
caught 24 passes for 270 yards 
and a touchdown. The Skyhawks, 
as a team last season, racked up 
1,456 yards of receiving on 99 
catches. They averaged 14.7 yards 
a catch and 121.3 yards of receiv- 
ing per game. 


The offensive line was certain- 
ly one of the strongest positions 
for the Skyhawks when they went 

into fall camp. The line is 
anchored by seniors Lee 
Lawrence (6-3, 290 pounds), 
Michael Jackson (6-7, 285 

pounds) and Marshall Romero 
(6-3, 300 pounds). Lawrence 
started in six games as a fresh- 
man and has started in 28 con- 
secutive games going back to his 
freshman season. He was named 
to the All-OVC first team as a 
sophomore and he was named to 
the preseason first All-OV C team 
last season. Jackson has started in 
the past 23 consecutive games 
for the Skyhawks. He also started 
in two games as a freshman. 
Romero transferred to UTM 
from Mississippi Delta 
Community College last season. 
After these three, things are wide 
open, Griffin said. 

“We have a few guys who need 
to step it up and play.” 

At the tight end position, one 
of the primary receiving posi- 
tions a year ago, is a battle 
between Chris Alles and Jason 


While the offensive line was 
the strongest spot for the 
Skyhawks, the defensive line will 
be young. Senior John Gray (6-3, 
235 pounds) will have to lead. 
Gray, from Danville, Ky., is a 
fifth-year senior. He made 39 
total tackles last season with five 
tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble 
recovery and a blocked kick. He’s 
among the top four returning 
tacklers. After Gray, Griffin said 
he is committed to playing his 
best personnel regardless if it is 
three on four. “Our depth is 
going to have to come from our 
first-year players.” 


Senior Jordon Hankins (6-0, 
225 pounds) will lead the line- 
backer corps. Hankins led all line- 
backers with 25 tackles last sea- 

“We are going to be looking at 
Jordon for leadership, as well as 

his play on the field,” Griffin 
said. “He’s an extremely hard 

Lucas Ingram will move to an 
inside linebacker position. Russell 
Gambrel will handle one of the 
outside linebacker spots, while 
Brett Hinson will also see action 
at linebacker. 


Jason Coleman returns to the 
corner position and will have to 
serve as the leader. Griffin said 
first year players will have to step 
up and provide the depth. Chad 
McMahan will play free safety, 
while Bart Browder makes the 
move from quarterback to free 


Brent Harris, from Martin, 
returns to the lineup for his jun- 
ior season. He has led the 
Skyhawks in scoring the past two 
seasons. He made 13-of-15 extra 
points last season and he con- 
nected on 11 -of- 16 with his 
longest field goal being from 51 
yards out. He racked up 46 
points. Harris also took over as 
the Skyhawks’ punter midway 
through the season. Harris had 
18 punts for a total of 596 yards. 

He averaged 33.1 yards per kick. 
Newcomer Blake Butler could 
step in to handle the punting 


UTM will have two home 
games televised on The Football 
Network (TFN). The Skyhawks’ 
second game of the season 
against East Tennessee State 
(Sept. 11) and the season finale 
against Ohio Valley Conference 
rival Murray State (Nov. 13) will 
both be televised on the new 
cable network. 

Both games have 7:05 p.m. 
kickoffs at Hardy M. Graham 

The Skyhawks’ two games on 
TFN are part of a 15-game OVC 
television schedule. In addition 
to games on TFN, other OVC 
games will be televised on Black 
Entertainment Television (BET), 
Fox Sports Net and College 
Sports Television. 

“For the first time in confer- 
ence history, each team in the 
league will make at least one tele- 
vision appearance during the 
2003 season,” said Dr. Jon A. 
Steinbrecher, OVC Commis- 

Preview from 

Cross Country 

Rodeo Schedule 


All dates are Thursday through Saturday 
•Sept. 25-27, 7:30 p.m. 

•Saturday, Sept. 6 

Host: Missouri Valley College 

Memphis Invitational 

Marshall, Mo. 

Time to be announced 

•Oct. 2-4, 7:30 p.m. 

•Saturday, Sept. 13 

Host: Southern Arkansas University 

Vanderbilt Invitational 

Magnolia, Ark. 

Time to be announced 

•Oct. 9-11, 7:30 p.m. 

•Saturday, Sept. 27, NCAA CC Only 

Host: Troy State University 

Championships, SIU-Edwardsville 

Troy, Ala. 

Time to be announced 

•Oct. 23-25, 7:30 p.m. 

•Saturday, Oct. 11 

Host: University of West Alabama 


Livingston, Ala. 

Time to be announced 

•Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. 

•Saturday, Oct. 18 

Host: East Central Community 

Evansville Invitational 

College, Philadelphia, Miss. 

Time to be announced 

•Nov. 20-22, 7:30 p.m. 

•Saturday, Oct. 25, Noon 

Host: Murray State University 

Arkansas State Invitational 

Murray, Ky. 

•Saturday, Nov. 1, OVC Championships 

•Feb. 26-28, 7 p.m. 

Time to be announced 

Host: Mississippi State University 

•Saturday, Nov. 15, NCAA Districts 

Starkville, Miss. 

Time to be announced 

•April 15-17, 7:30 p.m. 
Host: UTM 

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