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Belmont University 2017 Dean’s List

Mallory Sullivan of Smithville qualified for the Spring 2017 Dean's List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Approximately 30 percent of Belmont's 7,700 students qualified for the Spring 2017 Dean's List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, "This achievement for the spring semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing."

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Volunteer State Community College Dean’s List 2017

GALLATIN -- The following students have made the Spring 2017 Dean’s List for Volunteer State Community College. The Dean’s List recognition is awarded to students who have completed a minimum of twelve collegiate-level hours with at least a 3.75 grade point average during the awarding term.

Leslie Page of Smithville

Laura Beth Wright of Alexandria

Volunteer State Community College has more than 90 programs of study and offers two-year degrees, certificates and paths to university transfer. Continuing Education and Workforce Development extends the college mission to the entire community. For more information, visit


Alexa Anderson received degree from Columbia State Community

Columbia State Community College honored Alexa Anderson of Smithville as one of 26 veterinary technology program graduates in a pinning ceremony May 2.

"This rigorous program meets the growing demands of the professional community for highly-competent, entry-level technicians to assist veterinarians in providing quality care for clients," said Dr. Kae Fleming, dean of the Health Sciences Division and professor of radiologic technology. "The Vet Tech program at Columbia State offers students a unique opportunity to combine passion and vocation in preparation for rewarding careers."

A veterinary technician primarily functions as professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. Qualified veterinary technicians are responsible for clinical pathology, radiology, surgical assisting, office and hospital management and other related duties.

Columbia State has one of only five vet tech programs in the state of Tennessee. This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and offers students the opportunity to become a veterinary technician and receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. For additional information, visit


The University of Tennessee Spring Dean’s List

Benjamin Driver, Smithville TN Summa Cum Laude

Chelsea Lewis, Smithville TN Cum Laude

Matthew Lindsey, Smithville TN Magna Cum Laude

Frank Oliver, Smithville TN Summa Cum Laude

Makalee Ruch, Smithville TN Summa Cum Laude

Emilee Stephens, Smithville TN Summa Cum Laude

Christian Wilkinson, Smithville TN Summa Cum Laude

Jessica Bub, Alexandria VA Magna Cum Laude


To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete at least twelve credit hours, not counting work taken on a satisfactory/no-credit basis.

To qualify for the dean’s list, an undergraduate student must earn a term grade point average of 3.80 to 4.00 (summa cum laude), 3.65 to 3.79 (magna cum laude), or 3.50 to 3.64 (cum laude).


Cumberland University Spring 2017 Graduate List

The following graduates have earned associate, undergraduate, or graduate degrees from Cumberland University. Students graduating with honor are indicated as follows: * Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.74, # Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.89, + Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00.


Nicholas Gaige Sackman, Bachelor of Science.


Wesley James Mason, Bachelor of Science.


Jennifer Renee Martin, Master of Arts in Teaching.


Kayla Nicole Reagan, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Southern College of Optometry Degree Award


Timothy Foutch, O.D., of Liberty, Tennessee, was among 129 students recently awarded the Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Foutch was selected to receive a Optelec Excellence in Low Vision Award for demonstrating excellence in low vision rehabilitation.

A native of Liberty, Foutch is the son of Kim and Dr. David Foutch, and the grandson of Mairell and Joe Foutch. He is a graduate of The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee State University.

Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases/disorders of the eye and associated structures. For more information about SCO, please visit