UT GRADUATES 20 AGR BROTHERS MAY 2020!
Twenty Alpha Gamma Rho brothers completed their undergraduate careers in May 2020 when they received their diplomas from UT. Congratulations Brothers and good luck in your future endeavors! This is on top of four brothers who received their degrees in Deccember 2019. (In the past two school years, 50 AGRs have received their dipolmas from the University of Tennessee!)
Andy Swafford, AKSN-1243, Pikeville, TN, a fall 2015 AGR Initiate, graduated with his degree in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Plant Genetics and Biotechnology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Andy Served AGR as VNR-Scholarship in 2018 as well as Historian and Technology Chair. Andy received the H. Charles Goan Scholarship in 2018, the 2017 H. Charles Goan Scholarship, and the 2016 AGR Alumni Scholarship. UTK Leadership included: Vice President of the Plant Sciences Club, Collegiate FFA Treasurer, Treasurer of the Clay Target Team Club, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ambassador. In 2018, Andy was selected as an Outstanding Junior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Andy also was the 2019 ACUI National Collegiate International Skeet Shoot-off Champion, 2019 UT Haslam Business College Graves Business Plan Competition Winner, 2019 Vol Court Pitch Winner, and 2019 NSSA Collegiate State Skeet 3rd Place Winner. He was a 2019 Haslam College of Business Korpman Scholar. At the 2018 National FFA Convention, Andy received his American Farmer Degree. Andy currently operates three companies: Andy’s Beekeeping, LLC; Four Aims Forestry, LLC; and Andy’s Industries, LLC.
Jordan Pruitt, AKSN-1261, Spring Hill, TN graduated with his degree in Mechanical Engineering Jordan served AGR as VNR-Membership Development in 2018. Jordan was initiated into AGR in Winter 2016
Jesse Head, AKSN 1273, of Cedar Hill, TN gradated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Brother Head, the 2020 winner of the J. W> “Prof” Cole Leadership Award was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he served as the VNR- Risk Management in 2018. In addition, he was one of Smokey’s Handlers in 2018 and 2019. He will be working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation in Nashville, TN. Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from UT in May. He is the son of Terry Head, AKSN-479. Jesse received the AGR Professional Promise Scholarship in 2018 and the J. W. “Prof” Cole Memorial Scholarship in 2019.
Tyler Millsaps, AKSN 1274, of Philadelphia, TN graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. He did an internship with Tennessee Farmers Coop in 2019. Brother Millsaps was initiated in the Fall of 2016. He is working as an Insurance Agent with Bankers Life.
John Calvin Bryant, AKSN 1275, from Lawrenceburg, TN graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Food Science. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016. During his undergraduate time at UT Brother Bryant served as Alpha Kappa’s VNR-Recruitment n 2018 and VNR- Membership Development. While VNR-Recruitment, John Calvin was responsible for recruiting and initiating 42 men into Alpha Kappa. John Calvin was recognized this past spring as a recipient of the Torchbearer award, UT’s highest undergraduate honor. Bro. Bryant was selected as an Outstanding Sophomore in 2018, an Outstanding Junior in 2019 & an Outstanding Senior in 2020 in the Herbert College of Agriculture. In 2019, John Calvin was elected as the Dr. J. K. Bletner “Man of the Year” and awarded the John Marks Long Scholarship. In 2018, John Calvin was elected Executive Vice President of the Interfraternity Council. He plans to attend Medical School in the Fall of 2021.
Dallas Bush, AKSN 1276, of Sevierville, TN graduated with a degree in Public Relations. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he served as VNR- Planning in 2018. Dallas was a UT Campus Ambassador 2017-2020. He will be working for E&J Gallo Winery as a Sales Marketing Representative.
Cody Hunter, AKSN 1277, of Paris, TN graduated with a degree in Biosystems Engineering. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016. He was very active in Boxing Weekend during his undergraduate time at Alpha Kappa, and he won his weight class twice . Brother Hunter will be working for Engineering and Testing Solutions in Knoxville, TN.
Christian Calleja, AKSN 1278, of Louisville, KY gradated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Microbiology. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016.
While a student at UT, Christian was a Senior Student Research Assistant studying toxopasmosis and in 2018 an UT Summer Medical Explorations Intern. Brother Calleja plans in attending either Graduate or Medical School in the future. Christian received 2017 AGR Alumni Scholarship.
Parker Breuel, AKSN 1279, of Jonesborough, TN graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. He was initiated in the Fall of 2016, and he is working for National Land Reality facilitating land brokerage across Eastern Tennessee. Parker received the 2019 Prof. E. R. Lidvall Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Glenn, AKSN 1281, from Orange, CA graduated with a degree in Food and Agricultural Business. While at UT, Matthew was and Intermural Official and served internships with Tennessee Farmers Coop and Smithfield Farms. He was initiated in Fall of 2016. Brother Glenn has accepted an Associate Operations position with Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, TN.
Alex Vargas, AKSN-1286, New Orleans, graduated with his degree in Supply Chain Management. Alex served as 2018 VNR-Kitchen Management. He was Fall 2016 AGR initiate.
Zachary Petitt, AKSN 1290, of Springfield, TN graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management. He was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he served as Alpha Kappa’s VNR- Finance in 2018. He has accepted a position at the Dollar General Corporation in Goodlettsville, TN as a Demand Chain Management Analyst.
Chase Cardoza, AKSN 1291, of Gallatin, TN graduated with a degree in Marketing. Brother Cardoza was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he was a Smokey’s Handler in 2018 and 2019. While at UT, Chase was an Athletics Communications Student Intern and a member of the UT Bass Fishing Team. He plans on returning to Middle Tennessee to help run his family’s business, Car Cosmetics.
Austin Ford, AKSN 1292, of Mt. Airy, MD graduated with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He was initiated in the Spring of 2017, and he served as the VNR- Finance in 2019. He will be working as a Nuclear Security Engineer.
Stephen Lee, AKSN-1305, Frog Jump, TN, graduated with his degree in Biological Cell Molecular Biology. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.
Nick Chaudhari, AKSN-1311, Cleveland, TN graduated with a degree in Biological Cell Molecular Biology. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.
Zach Shelton, AKSN 1317, of Maryville, TN gradated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Kinesiology. Brother Shelton was initiated in the Fall of 2017, and he served as the VNR- Planning in 2019. He plans on applying to Medical School. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017.
Luke de Avila, AKSN-1318, of San Clemente, CA graduated with a degree in Communications Studies. He was initiated into AGR in Fall 2017. Before coming to UT, Luke attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Luke is returning to southern California to begin a career in sales.
Cody Conerly, AKSN 1335, of Sevierville, TN graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. He was initiated in the Spring of 2018. Brother Conerly will be joining the United States Marine Corps as a Pilot.
Brett Jackson, AKSN 1374, from Union City, TN graduated with a degree in Chemistry. He was initiated in the Spring of 2019. Brother Jackson hopes to work in Forensics in the future.