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Alex GalbraithStudent Spotlight

Alex Galbraith
Brownsville, TN
Asian Studies

People just made me feel like I was part of a family at the U of Memphis, and Asian Studies was a unique major that will enable me to work with the Chinese political system and the global economy.

Meet Your Admissions Counselor
Emily Essary (

Emily serves the Tennessee counties of Carroll, Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson, McNairy, Perry, and Wayne.  She also serves as the Admissions Counselor for students from Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Emily Essary

Hometown: Dyersburg, TN

Degree: B.S. Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Martin

Favorite Quote:  "Be the change that you wish to see in the world" --Ghandi

Favorite Thing About Memphis:  My favorite things about Memphis are the cultural events, such as plays at the Orpheum and the Beale Street music festival!

Favorite Thing About the University of Memphis:  The way the university and community come together to make West Tennessee a better place to live!


Adam Johnson (

Adam serves the Tennessee counties of Benton, Gibson, Haywood, Humphreys, Houston, Madison, and Stewart.  

Adam Johnson

Hometown: Medina, TN

M.S. University of Tennessee, Martin; B.S. Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Martin

Favorite Quote:  "Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway."-Earl Nightingale

Favorite Thing About Memphis:  Too many to pick just one!  I love all of the great golf courses in the area, attending Memphis Redbirds games, the Zoo, and especially the great Bar-b-q at The Rendezvous!

Favorite Thing About the University of Memphis: Whether you want to feel like you are attending a large campus or a smaller campus, you can feel right at home at the University of Memphis!


Missy Labonte (

Missy serves the Northwest region of Tennessee including Crockett, Dyer, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton, and Weakley counties.  Missy also serves as the counselor for students from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Missy Labonte

Hometown: Dyersburg, TN

B.P.S., Organizational Leadership, University of Memphis

Favorite Quote:  “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.”  —Oscar Wilde

Favorite Thing About Memphis:  The whole package…I live in Dyersburg, and small town living is great except when there is nothing to do! I love to hop in the car for a quick day trip-music, the zoo, museums, sporting events, concerts, plays, food, and of course, shopping. It’s never-ending and FUN!

Favorite Thing About the University of Memphis:  The architecture and landscaping! Flowers, trees, and lawns are absolutely gorgeous in the spring and summer. Throw in the fountain and wonderful old (and new) buildings and you would never know you were in a major metropolitan area.


Steven Mizell (

Steven serves Fayette, Shelby (including the greater Memphis metro area), Union, and students from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Steven Mizell

Hometown: Memphis, TN

B.S. Mass Communication, Middle Tennessee State University

Favorite Quote:  “Life is a beach so just enjoy and play in the sand." – Steven A. Mizell

Favorite Thing About Memphis:  I love downtown Memphis…It has a little bit of everything! Great place to hang out…go out and chill out!!

Favorite Thing About the University of Memphis:  Basketball, Basketball, Basketball, Okay, seriously….Basketball. No, really I love the diversity of the campus! We have students from almost every state and from different countries across the world. Students from the small towns to large cities. However, they all bleed Tiger Blue and truly love the University of Memphis!


Kelly Pietkiewicz (

Kelly serves the Middle and Eastern regions of Tennessee including the counties of Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putman, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Sumner, Trousdale, Unicoi, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, White, Williamson, and Wilson.  Kelly also serves as the counselor for students from Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia.

Kelly Pietkiewicz

Hometown: Shelbyville, TN

B.S. in Education, The University of Memphis

Favorite Quote:  "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - J.K. Rowling

Favorite Thing About Memphis:  Memphis is a city of endless opportunities. Whether you are looking for something fun to do or a great organization/ business to be a part of, you can find it in Memphis!

Favorite Thing About the University of Memphis:  There are truly too many to list, but if I have to pick one thing I would have to say the students, staff, and faculty on campus. You are always greeted with a smile. This University truly treats its students like family. We are all TIGERS!!


Angela Robinson (

Angela serves Shelby and Fayette counties in Tennessee as well as Mississippi, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia.

Angela Robinson

Hometown: Memphis, TN

M.S. Leadership & Policy Studies, The University of Memphis; B.A. Political Science & Sociology, Georgia State University

Favorite Quote:  "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson

Favorite Thing About Memphis:  I love being part of the Memphis community! There are countless partnerships between the city and University that offer you endless possibilities to thrive personally, academically and professionally. Memphis has a delightful southern spirit with an undeniable sense of adventure.

Favorite Thing About the University of Memphis:  The University of Memphis offers all the opportunities of a large, urban campus but with a small-town charm. The University has something to offer every student and creates an environment you can call home!

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