Welcome Weekend kicks off fall semester at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 02 August 2010

TROY—Troy University’s “Welcome Weekend 2010,” scheduled for the Troy Campus on Aug. 7-8, will include the official move-in day for on-campus residents and the sixth annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students.

Students will be able to move into the University’s residence halls beginning on Saturday, Aug. 7, 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. 11, on the Troy Campus.

“Welcome Weekend provides a great opportunity for members of the Troy University family to help our new and returning students feel at home,” said Charlesetta T. Jones, coordinator of the event. “It also is a great way to help our new students as they seek to become acquainted with our campus and community.”

For more information about Welcome Weekend, contact the Troy University Housing Office at 334-670-3346.

Troy University alumnus Mark Prater will serve as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey Convocation for New Students on Sunday, Aug. 8, which will also feature an address by TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. The convocation, designed to introduce new students to the University’s customs, traditions, people and places, will begin at 3 p.m. in Trojan Arena.

“The Odyssey Convocation provides new students with an excellent introduction to Troy University,” said Buddy Starling, TROY’s dean of enrollment management. “We are excited to have Mark Prater as our keynote speaker this year. Mark will speak about the impact his TROY experience has had on his life.”

Prater, who has more than 21 years experience in television and radio, currently serves as chief meteorologist for WIAT-CBS 42 in Birmingham. A full member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, Prater has been honored with the National Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award for his on-air work as a broadcast meteorologist. He also was named Alabama’s Best Weathercaster by the Associated Press in 1999.

In 2005, Prater published the book, “Silent Storm: Finding Spiritual Shelter during Hepatitis C,” chronicling his spiritual journey during his battle with and recovery from the disease. Ultimately resulting in a deepening of his faith, Prater shared his story to offer inspiration to others dealing with long-term illnesses. He is free of the disease today.

Prater and his wife, the former Carol Willis of Prattville, have four children.

Mark Prater