Alumna Mary King Delivers
Odyssey Convocation Address
Troy University alumna Mary King
encouraged new students on Aug. 11 to make the
most of their collegiate journey.
King, a 2008 Summa Cum Laude graduate
in broadcast journalism who now serves as the
morning news anchor for WIS-TV in Columbia,
S.C., delivered the keynote address at the 2013
Odyssey Convocation in Trojan Arena.
The annual event is designed to introduce
new students the University’s customs, traditions,
people and places.
“Your journey begins today,” King told
the students. “Now is the time to make things
happen. I encourage you to take advantage of
every resource that is available and make the
most of your time here.”
The Odyssey Convocation also featured the
reciting of the Troy University Creed, the singing
of the Alma Mater and the Fight Song and
the lighting of the ceremonial Odyssey flame,
signifying the beginning of the new students’
Troy University alumna Mary King encourages incoming TROY
students to make the most of their college experiences during
the Odyssey Convocation on Aug. 11 at Trojan Arena.
Dr. Rosser-Mims Receives
Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs, passes the Troy University
Academic Mace to Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims,
recipient of Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished
Faculty Award during the University’s Faculty/
Staff Convocation on Aug. 9. As Malone Award
winner, Dr. Rosser-Mims, an associate professor
in the College of Education at the University’s
Covington, Ga. Site who joined the TROY faculty
full time in 2007, will be the mace bearer for
official University events during the academic
year. The award, made possible through an
endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation,
consists of a $1,500 cash prize, a medallion to be
worn with academic regalia and an award. Wallace
Malone, former Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as
a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.
President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi became the
first head of state to visit Troy University when she addressed an
audience of students and community leaders at the Montgomery
Campus on Friday, Sept. 20.
Speaking inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium, Banda—
Malawi’s first female president—outlined her vision for improving
the lives of women in her country through better access to
healthcare, education and opportunities for leadership.
“In Malawi, historically women have been disadvantaged in
many aspects of life and this has been reflected in the imbalance in
the socioeconomic and political positions of women,” Banda said.
Among the issues facing women is lack of adequate health care,
particularly during pregnancy, which results in a high mortality rate
among mothers during childbirth. Banda, herself a victim of near
fatal postnatal complications, made improving women’s health a
priority for her administration.
“For me, it is unacceptable that a woman should die giving
birth to another life,” she said.
As many as 75 percent of Malawi’s women are illiterate, and
Banda has been promoting various initiatives and scholarship
programs aimed at helping women become educated and end the
cycle of poverty and dependency.
“Education breaks the stubborn link between illiteracy and
poverty, which manifests in poor health, dependency and women’s
subordination,” Banda said.
Banda’s visit to the campus was coordinated by the 100X
Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded
by John and Lindy Blanchard which is working to fight poverty
in Malawi. TROY and 100X recently collaborated on providing
scholarships to three Malawi women.
Dr. Lakerri Mack, an assistant professor in the Department of
Political Science and advisor for the M.I.S.S. Elite Society student
organization, represented TROY in presenting the scholarships
to the Malawi students earlier this year in Washington D.C. She
and the M.I.S.S Elite Society hosted President Banda’s visit to
the Montgomery Campus, and Dr. Mack said members of the
organization benefited from hearing a leader like President Banda.
“It was impactful, powerful and a once-in-a-lifetime experience
that the students will never forget,” Dr. Mack said.
During the visit, President Banda was presented a key to the
city by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. TROY First Lady Janice
Hawkins presented her with a TROY blanket similar to those given
to such dignitaries as Mother Theresa and Rosa Parks.
Clower is a university relations coordinator.
By Matt Clower
TROY First Lady Janice Hawkins presented President Banda with a
Troy University blanket similar to ones previously given to such dignitaries
as Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa. (left to right) Dr. Lakerri Mack, Mrs.
Hawkins, President Banda.
Nyari Chanakira (left), president of the
International Student Cultural Organization, and
Tierra Belser (right), president of the M.I.S.S.
Elite Society made presentations to Malawi
President Joyce Banda during her recent visit
to the Montgomery Campus.