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VOL. 42 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 18, 2018

Reel to serve as TVMA president

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Russell Reel, DVM, of Morristown, has been named president of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

He is co-owner of Southern Care Veterinary Hospital and a graduate of University of Tennessee Class of 2007.

Reel will serve on the recently named 2018 executive board for the association along with:


l President-elect: Danny Walker, DVM, University of Tennessee at Martin

l Vice president: Matt Povlovich, DVM, Tennessee Equine Hospital, Thompson’s Station

l Secretary/treasurer: Margaret (Midge) Phillips, DVM, Clovercroft Veterinary Hospital, Franklin

l Immediate past president: Joe Ed Conn, DVM, Belle Meade Animal Hospital, Nashville

Six members-at-large also were elected to represent East, West and Middle Tennessee. They are: Joanne Hibbs, DVM, Tazewell Pike Animal Clinic, Corryton; Robert Monin, DVM, Mountain Empire Large Animal Hospital, Johnson City; Bob Parker, DVM, Shelby Center Hospital for Animals, Bartlett; Jeremy Keen, DVM, Collierville; Doug Balthaser, DVM, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Nashville; and Julie Buford, DVM, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, Nashville

Bar Foundation announces 13 Fellows

The Knoxville Bar Foundation recognizes 13 members of Knoxville’s legal community as new Fellows.

The Foundation Fellows Class is less than one percent of the active bar association. The Fellows represent quality men and women practitioners in the community who have distinguished themselves in the practice of law and service.

The new Fellows are:

l Jamie Ballinger-Holden/Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz

l Brooklyn Sawyers Belk/U.S. Attorney’s Office

l Christopher A. Hall/Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC

l Mark P. Jendrek/Mark Jendrek, P.C.

l John M. Lawhorn/Frantz, McConnell & Seymour, LLP

l Gregory C. Logue/Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC

l Matthew R. Lyon/Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law

l Hon. Thomas W. Phillips/U.S. District Court

l Adam M. Priest/Pryor, Priest, Harber, Floyd & Coffey

l Ellen J. Radice/U.T. College of Law

l Catherine E. Shuck/East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

l Hon. Thomas A. Varlan/U.S. District Court

l John B. Waters, III/Long, Ragsdale & Waters, PC

17 UT students offered Fulbrights for 2018


Seventeen University of Tennessee students have been offered Fulbright US Student Program awards for the 2018–19 academic year to study, research and teach in cities around the world.

A year ago, UT had what was then an institutional best of nine Fulbright recipients, preceded by four (2016), four (2015), and two (2014).


“There is definite Fulbright momentum at UT,” says Andrew Seidler, director of UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships.


“The quality of our student candidates – their ideas, their energy, their curiosity about the world – and these results have us comparing favorably with top research universities across the country. That would not be possible without a campus-wide network of faculty and staff who support students’ efforts to really stretch themselves in and out of the classroom. I think the Fulbright competition is bringing out the best of UT.”

The students offered awards are:

l Rena Abdurehman, of Memphis, a senior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology

l Jacqueline Adams, of Chattanooga, a May 2017 Chancellor’s Honors Program graduate in psychology with a minor in political science

l Carolyn Barnes, of Knoxville, a senior in chemistry and a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program

l Kimberly Bress, of Melbourne Beach, Florida, a senior majoring in neuroscience and mental health as a College Scholar

l Stephen (Alex) Crockett, of Jamestown, Tennessee, a senior in food science and technology.

l Savannah Dixon, of Memphis, a May 2017 Chancellor’s Honors Program graduate in architecture and Hispanic studies

l William (Dillon) Dunn, of Hermitage, Tennessee, a senior in architecture and a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program

l Derek Galyon, of Athens, Tennessee, a December 2017 graduate in political science with minors in religious studies and Africana studies

l Tamra Gilbertson, of Fargo, North Dakota, a doctoral student in sociology

l Brennan Hicks, of McEwen, Tennessee, a December 2015 graduate in microbiology

l Miranda Johnson, of Harrisburg, North Carolina, a senior in anthropology and Hispanic studies

l Yuki Minami, of Baltimore, Maryland, a senior in modern foreign languages and literatures focusing on Japanese language and world business

l Miles Ownby, of Murfreesboro, a senior in biosystems engineering and a Haslam Scholar

l Katie Plank, of Knoxville, a May 2017 graduate in ecology and evolutionary biology

l Avanti Rangnekar, of Knoxville, a senior in economics and a Haslam Schola.

l Trent Sanders, of Anchorage, Alaska, a master’s degree student in English literature and textual studies

l Joseph Wilson, of Springfield, Illinois, a master’s degree student in English, with a focus on rhetoric writing and linguistics, is the assistant director of English as a Second Language and a graduate teaching associate.

l In addition, two UT students have been named Fulbright alternates and could be offered grants at a later date. They are Tiana Castillo, of Nolensville, Tennessee, a senior majoring in communication studies and minoring in religious studies, and Christopher Neal, of Murfreesboro, a senior majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

Shupe takes on new role at UT’s Tickle College

Brian Shupe is the new executive director of development in the University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering following the retirement of longtime executive director Dorothy Bryson.

In his new role, Shupe will serve as a major gifts officer for the college and oversee its development and fundraising efforts.


“Brian will continue to grow the phenomenal support that we have been building for the last few years,” says Wayne Davis, dean of the college. “He is someone familiar to our faculty, staff, board of advisors and alumni and should be able to hit the ground running.”

Shupe’s duties include managing and coaching development officers and assistants, implementing fundraising activities and strategies, directing the college’s strategic plan in collaboration with the dean and ensuring goals and objectives are met.

Prior to the promotion, Shupe was senior director of development for two years and director of development for six and a half years at UT.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this position and look forward to helping our college in its upward trajectory,” Shupe says. “We have a lot of phenomenal resources, faculty and research here at UT, and a lot of that comes directly back to the support given by our alumni.”

Shupe holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UT along with a paralegal certification.

Oak Ridge High student earns STEM grant

Oak Ridge High School senior Jan Jakowski has been named recipient of the 2018 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.


The competitive scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior planning to study science, mathematics or engineering at UT and who has a parent employed by UT-Battelle, managing contractor of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and is worth a total of $20,000.

Jakowski is the son of Jacek and Anna Jakowski of Oak Ridge. Jan’s father, Jacek, works in ORNL’s Computational Sciences and Engineering Division.

Jakowski’s accolades as a student at ORHS include top scorer in his team’s National Physics Bowl Competition, AP Scholar with Distinction and qualifier in the Tennessee Math Teachers Association annual math contest.

Working with retired ORNL mathematician Leonard Gray, Jakowski has investigated a fluid dynamics challenge, for which he received the Naval Science Award from the Office of Naval Research at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair. He has also prepared a research paper on the project.

Gray wrote in his letter of recommendation that the work could lead to the elimination of a “difficult and computationally expensive step” in solving nonlinear fluid models for viscous liquids such a blood and petroleum.