Newsletter            Thursday, November 20, 2014    Volume 3, Issue 14



. Non-Traditional Students Association – Santa’s Helpers

The Non-Traditional Students Association will be in the UC onThursday and Friday of this week from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. collecting donation for the philanthropy Santa’s Helpers. Santa’s Helpers is a non-profit organization founded by Lou Ann Powers in Dresden, TN, and provides food, clothing, and Christmas gifts for families in need in Weakley County.

What an excellent cause for the up-and-coming Holiday season! Thank you Non-traditional Students Association for partnering with a great organization and bringing that cause to UT Martin. Everyone deserves to experience the season of giving.

Should you be feeling the Holiday Spirit and request more information, please contact Amanda Mansfield at

The Non-Traditional Students Association would also like to announce their next meeting!

  • Tuesday, November 25th in Gooch Hall, Room 343
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Guest Speaker, Stephanie Seller (recent UT Martin Graduate)

Preparing for finals week

  • Study tips
  • Other Student preparation
  • Family preparation

For more information about the Non-Traditional Students Association, you can contact Gary Swingle at 

LSA Holiday Bazaar

The League of Striving Artists and Department of Visual and Theater Arts will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, December 4th – Saturday, December 6th in the Fine Arts Building Art Gallery. All items of purchase will be hand made by UT Martin Art Students, faculty, and alumni. Below is a detailed schedule of the times for the Bazaar:

  • Thursday, December 4th – 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   
  • Friday, December 5th – 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6th – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All items are payable via cash, check, or charge.

If you are a STARTS Contributor, you are invited to join LSA for an early “Insider” Bazaar Opening from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. that Thursday night.

For more information, you can contact Jason Stout at or Karen Johnson at 

Miss UTM Pageant

The Miss University of Tennessee at Martin (Miss UTM) Pageant will be hosting an informative Session on Monday, December 1st in the Legislative Chambers (UC 111) at 9:00 p.m.  The Miss UTM Pageant is part of the Miss America Organization and is a scholarship event. Upon winning the title, the Queen immediately qualifies to compete in the Miss Tennessee Pageant held in Jackson, where she could possibly represent the entire state of Tennessee in the Miss America Pageant.

Scholarships Include:

  • $1,500.00 for Miss UTM
  • $500.00 for First Runner Up
  • $200.00 for Second Runner Up

All contestants will compete in the following categories:

  • Presentation and Community Achievement (Interview)
  • Artistic Expression (Talent)
  • Presence and Poise (Evening Gown)
  • Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit)

The Pageant will be held on Saturday, January 31st in the Harriet Fulton Theater in the Fine Arts Building. There is also be a Miss UTM Bootcamp training seminar on January 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. location TBA.

For more information, you can visit the Miss UT Martin Facebook page at or e-mail pageant consultant, Hollie Holt at 

Rick Drewry’s Senior Recital

On Monday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m., Student Life Assistant, Past SGA President, and International Performer, Rick Drewry, will be giving his final musical performance at Martin in the Harriet Fulton Theater of the Fine Arts Building. Throughout his study in Martin, Rick has given public concerts in a variety of venues, whether they be with the UT Martin Percussion Studio, representing Chi Omega in “Big Man on Campus,” SGA’s Diversity Week, with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique Indoor Drumline, or at the Universidade de Federal de Bahia in Salvador, Brazil. He is so excited to have the opportunity to perform in Martin one final time. He will be performing pieces playing:

  • marimba
  • snare drum
  • timpani
  • multiple percussion

He will also be performing world styles including Indian Raga and Japanese marimba.

“I want to share this experience with as many people as I can. I love music, and I love the people of Martin. To have both in the same room is an absolute treat for me.”

For more information, you can contact Rick at or RSVP via his Facebook event at 

Relay for Life Informational Meeting

On Thursday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m., Relay for Life will be hosting their first informative meeting in UC 111. Relay for Life is not only a UT Martin RSO but part of a much larger non-profit organization whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Funding from Relay not only goes for research, but also towards directly helping a patient’s journey towards a healthy life. Last year, Relay for Life raised over $25,000 which benefited 6 survivors, of whom they are so proud to celebrate! The organization prides the fact that their event has a community feel that focuses on a unity between supporters, fighters, and survivors as they fight back the effects of cancer while always honoring those who lost their lives. Relay’s Kickoff date is January 26 at 7:00 p.m. and their large event date will be April 17th from 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m in the Elam Center.

You can already start by signing up at and create or join a team. They’re asking everyone to share and spread the good of Relay by sharing e-mail, Facebook posts, and Twitter updates.

For more information you can contact Relay for Life’s Executive Director, Mary Allie Clayton, at 

Housing (Winter Break Protocol)

Winter Break is nearing. Below is the Winter Break Housing Protocol for students residing on campus.

Winter Break for Housing begins Saturday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. – Wednesday, January 17, 2015!!!!

For students staying during the break (regardless of where you reside on campus) you must register to stay during the break by December 10th at 5:00 p.m. For students who are still living on campus for the Spring 2015 Semester, your stay over break is free, however, if you are choosing to live off campus in the spring but need to utilize campus housing, there is a daily charge of $13.00.

If you are not planning on staying and have not registered, below are the following dates and times that you have to checkout by:

  • Ellington, Browning, and Cooper: Residents need to check out by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th. All graduating seniors have an extended move out time until 6:00 p.m.
  • UV I and II: Residents need to check out by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 14th. All graduating seniors have an extended move out time until 6:00 p.m.

During Finals Week, residents may check out whenever they are ready to go home for break (usually after completing all finals). Express check out will be available December 5th – 13th.

During break, a staff member must assist you in the check out process. You may reach the break desk in Ellington Hall at (731) 881 – 8930.

Before leaving, you are required to do the following:

  1. Take out all trash. If you do NOT, you will be charged a $25.00 trash removal fee!
  2. Clean out and unplug your refrigerator.
  3. Lock all your windows and close your blinds.
  4. Pack all valuable items.
  5. Lock your room/suite before you leave.

For more information or for any questions, you are encouraged to ask your RA’s about what is and what isn’t required or expected from you while your packing up for the Holiday Season.  

RUF Tacky Sweater Chirstmas Party

The Tacky Sweater Christmas Party sponsored by Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) will be held Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of RUF Adviser and his wife, Dawson and Shanna Bean: 116 Ruddy Oak Drive. Bring a tacky sweater, bring a dessert, and you’re more than welcome to bring a friend. Prizes will be awarded for not only whose sweater is the tackiest but also who made the best dessert.

The organization would also like to invite UT Martin to their last meeting of the Fall Semester on Thursday, November 20th from 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in UC 111. They will be studying Jesus’ Parable of the Tenants in Luke 19.

For more information, you can contact RUF Campus Minister, Dawson Bean, at or visit the organization’s website at 

Sodexo Events

Meal Madness

On December 4th and 5th Sodexo will be hosting their Meal Madness Tournament. Meal Madness is a national event that encourages teams of food lovers to enter into a culinary competition (similar to Iron Chef!). Teams of 3 – 5 will compete in a bracket style competition to see whose “cuisine reigns supreme. ”

All those competing are encouraged to register in the “Meal Madness Sweepstakes” at for a chance win on a national scale.

The purpose of this event is part of Sodexo’s desire to end childhood hunger in America. So far, Sodexo Foundation has contributed more than $17 million dollars for this cause.  For more information on Sodexo Foundation’s Stop Hunger efforts, visit their website at

For more information, you can contact UT Martin’s Sodexo Marketing Manager, Jesse Kowalewski at

Can Drive

Sodexo is also starting up their Canned Food Drive for We Care Ministries and is offering an incentive for Student Organizations!

The organization that raises the most cans will be rewarded with a Pizza Party for up to $300.00 provided by Sodexo. They are asking, however, that all can donations be delivered to Skyhawk Dining by December 12th.

For more information, you can contact UT Martin’s Sodexo Marketing Manager, Jesse Kowalewski at

Letters in Motion

Letters in Motion is seeking the help of UT Martin to write letters for Nepalese orphans. The group is a faith based non-profit focused to assist in care and construction of orphanages. The organization’s ultimate goal is focused globally, however, they are beginning their cause in June of 2015 in Nepal where they will be delivering their goal of 3,000 hand-written letters to Nepalese orphans and scouting out land to construct their first orphanage. 

Within each letter, Letters in Motion is asking you to include the following information:

  • What it’s like where you live in your town or country
  • Personal information – hobbies, pets
  • Encouraging quotes and thoughts

They are also ask you address the letters with either “Dear Friend” or “Hello Friend,” and they encourage everyone to use colorful paper and markers.

It is VITAL that each group include a group picture of everyone participating writing the letters.

For more information, you can contact the organization directly at 

Finals Week Services

FINALS WEEK CAN BE SO STRESSFUL!!! The Office of Student Life wanted to share some of the many amenities UT Martin offers to students during this stressful part of the semester.

Extended Library Hours – Starting Thanksgiving Day – Commencement

  • Wednesday, 11/26 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 11/27 – Saturday, 11/29 – Library is Closed (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Sunday, 11/30 – 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday 12/1 – Thursday, 12/4 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, 12/5 – 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12/6 – 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12/7 – 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, 12/8 – Wednesday, 12/10 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 12/11 – 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  • Friday, 12/12 – 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 12/13 – Library is Closed (Commencement) 

Hortense Parrish Writing Center

 Visit the Writing Center’s Site at

  •  Humanities 209 (731) 881 – 7277
  • Available for services until 12/9
  • Closed Thanksgiving Break – Wednesday, November 26th – Friday, November 28th
  •  Monday – Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

OWL (Online Writing Lab)

A service provided by the Writing Center that is available for questions about grammar or writing. Send an e-mail to with any questions, and the Writing Center’s consultant will respond to you as soon as they are possible. 

Chill Out Zone (COZ)

Every semester during Finals Week, the Student Health and Services Center hosts the Chill Out Zone (COZ). The Chill Out Zone will be held on December 8th and 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom and is FREE for all students. The center offers:

  • Yoga
  • stress balls
  • mind spa
  • labyrinth
  • popcorn


Mandatory Business Meeting

 Mark your Calendars! The Office of Student Life will host it’s beginning of the semester mandatory Student Organization Business Meeting on Monday, January 26th, at 8:00p.m. in the UC Ballroom.