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Alumni News: Grissom, Hoyle, Leek

Andrew Grissom

Andrew Grissom (MS/IS ’15), associate librarian for Catalyst, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, has been accepted to the American Library Association Emerging Leaders Program. The fifty people chosen for this highly selective program receive training and mentoring throughout the year as they participate in project planning and network with their peers from around the country.



Sec. of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, Zoe Hoyle, SRS Science Writer, and Dr. Gregory Parham, Asst. Sec. for Admin. USDA

Zoe Hoyle (MS/IS ’91), science writer and editor for the US Forest Service Southern Research Station in Asheville, North Carolina, received the US Department of Agriculture’s most prestigious award, the Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for “Personal and Professional Excellence.” Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack presented Hoyle with the award at the 66th Secretary’s Honors Awards ceremony in Washington DC on September 13, 2016.



Wallene Leek Wallene T. Leek, FSCP, LUTCF, LTCP, (BS/JEM ’64), an agent with New York Life and a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) a licensed insurance agency, along with her client, Doak Snead of Thompson Station, Tennessee, shared the story of Doak’s wife Kelley on September 18 at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leek was also recently recognized by nonprofit Life Happens as one of four insurance professionals nationwide in 2016 for outstanding professional and personal commitments to supporting clients and their families in times of need. In addition, she was featured in the August 2016 cover story, “Finding Inspiration in the Wake of Life’s Storms” in insurancenewsnet Magazine.