Star Staff Reports
MARTIN — Leanne Newman (right), of Millington, received one of two Paul and Martha Meek Leadership awards during the University of Tennessee at Martin’s commencement exercises Dec. 12. The Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Award is given to graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership while at UT Martin. Paul Meek served as UT Martin chancellor from 1934-67. The award was originally established and funded by the three Meek children to honor their parents’ longtime commitment to the university. Newman was active in the university’s Office of Housing and served as a resident assistant for four years. She was also active in the UT Martin chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and held several leadership positions within the chapter. She is pictured with Whitney Cervantes (right), of Jackson, who received the second award, and Dr. Margaret Toston, UT Martin vice chancellor for student affairs.