Welcome Weekend kicks off fall semester at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 07 August 2013

Troy University's "Welcome Weekend 2013," scheduled for the Troy Campus on Aug. 10-11, will include the official move-in day for on-campus residents and the ninth annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students.

Students will be able to move into the University's residence halls beginning on Saturday, Aug. 10, and a number of TROY faculty and staff, as well as members of the community will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 14, on the Troy Campus.

Troy University alumna Mary King will serve as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey Convocation for new students on Sunday, Aug.11. The convocation, designed to introduce new students to the University's customs, traditions, people and places, will begin at 3 p.m. in the new Trojan Arena.

"The Odyssey Convocation is the first step in an amazing University journey for our entering students," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First Year Studies. "It's the moment that we bring the members of the Class of 2013 together and formally signal the beginning of their new experiences as Troy University Trojans."

King is the morning news anchor for WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. Before taking on the role, she served as the station's live morning reporter for nearly two years. She moved to the Carolinas from WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Md., where she was the morning anchor, producer and a reporter. She has also spent time at the FOX News Network and Major League Baseball.com in New York, as well as, WCCB-TV in Charlotte.

King has received several awards in her field including a Regional Edward R. Murrow, and she was named the Southeast Journalism Conference's Television Journalist of the Year.

King graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in 2008 with a Broadcast Journalism degree. She attended TROY on a full academic scholarship after winning the title of Connecticut's Junior Miss. She was named TROY's College of Communication and Fine Arts Outstanding Senior and Phi Kappa Phi's Outstanding Junior of the Year. She also worked for TrojanVision News, served as her sorority's president and was captain for the University's dance team. During her time at TROY, she received the honor of being named Miss Troy University and in her senior year was named the University's Homecoming Queen.

She loves working with the next generation and currently serves as a mentor in the Lexington One School District. She also enjoys sharing her personal program aKa: active Kids achieve.

Troy University alumna Mary King will speak on Sunday during the University's Odyssey Convocation for New Students. The event begins at 3 p.m. inside the new Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.