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Darack NantoDarack Nanto is many things. He’s an inventor, a graduate student, a personal trainer, an Olympic hopeful and a leader. He’s determined to show those in his home country of Togo that he can succeed at both his academic and athletic aspirations. Darack is building a prototype of his invention, the Eco Smart Can, while balancing his time between graduate classes and training to become an Olympic athlete. His goal is to become the first person from Togo to compete in bobsled skeleton at the winter games in 2022. Read more>>

Keyana MillerWhen Keyana Miller graduates from ETSU, she hopes her legacy will be one of encouragement and inspiration to younger students, and that she will continue to have a positive impact on the university as an alumna. “I want to motivate our incoming students,” says ETSU’s 2017-18 Student Government Association president.  “If I make a positive impact on just one student, and they decide to join SGA or any other student organization, I'll know I've done my job as president. Read more>>

Brooke BaxterEvery collegiate athlete knows the challenge of striving for excellence in both sports and the classroom. One of many students who embody ETSU Intercollegiate Athletics’ motto, “Excellence Every Day,” is Brooke Baxter. Baxter graduated in May, earning a B.S. in chemistry and health sciences with a concentration in microbiology with a 4.0 grade point average while playing on the Buccaneers’ Southern Conference champion softball team, and is set to begin medical school this fall at ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine. Read more>>

Jessica DunkerJessica Dunker always loved stories when she was growing up. She delighted in the bedtime stories her parents read to her, and she was reading her first chapter books by second grade. “It was my sophomore year when I realized I wanted to be an English major, because I loved reading and writing so much,” she said. “It was always my favorite course in high school. I read a book in which the protagonist was an editor, and I thought that was very interesting. So I decided to pursue that professionally. Read more>>

Brittney StubbsBrittney Stubbs has a passion for service - local, national and international. Opportunities made possible through ETSU student organizations to work with new cultures and communities have heightened her awareness of social justice issues and inspired her to become a physician. A native of Crossville, Tennessee, Brittney is a University Honors Scholar and an Honors-in-Discipline Scholar. She recently returned from an Alternative Spring Break Experience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focusing on urban poverty.Read more>>

Nils BresinskyNils Bresinsky is a lover of libraries. It runs in the family. Both his father Andreas and his mother Birgit have Ph.D. degrees in biology. Now retired, his father taught biology at the University of Regensburg in Nils’ native Germany for most of his professional life. A passion for learning has always driven the Bresinsky family. “The library is one of my favorite spots on campus, since I care a lot about academics, history, and research,” says the East Tennessee State University graduate student, who will earn a master of arts degree in History this spring. Read more>>

Samuel SevignySince launching the program in 2007, ETSU men’s soccer has seen a lot of success from its student-athletes both on and off the pitch. Junior Samuel Sevigny, a native of Quebec, Canada, is a leading example of how the ETSU men’s soccer team has achieved greatness, and at the same time, provided its players with professional opportunities to advance their careers. This past January, Sevigny was selected as the only ETSU student to attend The Washington Center for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Program. Read more>>

Jordan SmithThere was never really any doubt about where Jordan Smith would go to college. She lived in Johnson City until her family moved to Knoxville when she was 9, so she was acquainted with the East Tennessee State University campus and heard a lot about it from her parents, both of whom are alumni. “I always wanted to go to ETSU,” she says. “That was the first school that popped in my mind, and when it came time to decide where I would go, I just couldn’t get this school off my radar.  Read more>>

Hannah GreeneEast Tennessee State University’s December 2016 graduates are breathing a collective sigh of relief this week, reveling in the indescribable sense of freedom that comes when the weight of classes, studying, writing papers, completing group projects, and taking exams is first lifted from their shoulders. For most grads, that relief is fleeting as they enter the workforce or begin graduate school.  For Hannah Greene, post-graduate life holds the excitement of a Peace Corps assignment. Read more>>

Dustin GilmerWhen he first entered ETSU as a freshman, Dustin Gilmer thought grades were the most important thing. While grades are indeed very important to this honors-in-discipline physics major, he’s learned that other opportunities afforded by college life are highly beneficial, as well. After his freshman year, Gilmer participated in ETSU’s Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy. “That’s the defining moment of my college career,” he said. “It really brought me ‘out of my shell’ as a student. Read more>>



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