Troy University students and faculty representatives from each of the University’s five colleges prepare for the symbolic lighting of the Odyssey flame during Odyssey New Student Convocation in Trojan Arena. The annual event is designed to introduce new students to the customs and traditions, people and places associated with the University. The lighting of the Odyssey torch signifies the beginning of the journey to obtain knowledge. Troy University alumna Deborah McGill served as the keynote speaker for this year’s event. McGill, a 1990 graduate with a degree in political science and history, is a member of the industrial services team for EGS Commercial Real Estate in Birmingham where she focuses on brokerage, consulting, land development and site selection for industries.