At Homecoming on November 2, 2002, Bill George proposed and
announced a service project to purchase a ceremonial mace for Lee University.
Since Lee College became Lee University back in 1994, the school had not
purchased a mace to use in commencement ceremonies. A mace is a decorative
item typically held by the person leading the procession. It is a symbol
of leadership, prestige, and influence.
Over the next four months, Upsilon raised around $7,000 for
the purchase of this mace through the "50 Friends of Upsilon" campaign.
The mace was presented to Lee University prior to commencement ceremonies in May
(--excerpts from a letter by current UXAA Secretary Bill George)
Today I attended the commencement ceremonies at Lee University and proudly watched as the Upsilon Xi ceremonial mace, borne by the faculty marshal,
Dr. Mark Wickam, a Upsilon alumnus, led the procession of faculty and graduates.
The mace is simple, but beautiful. A 54-inch wood staff, ringed with gold bands, the top one-third carved with a repeated design of tiny raised squares, is crowned by a golden orb (14 karat gold) topped by a copy of the seal of the university. The golden orb is divided into two equal halves and the two halves are separated by a golden band, on which is inscribed the date of the school's founding. From the top, a set of intertwined cords hangs down about one-third the length of the staff. One set of cords is maroon and white, the colors of Lee University, and the other set is black and gray. The mace flashed in the sunlight and caught the attention of the crowd. The printed program explained the significance of the mace and gave credit to Upsilon for the gift.
Upsilon alumnus, Dr. Mark Wickam leads with the Mace
|"50 Friends of Upsilon" - $100 donation
Johnny T. Abernathy
L. Ty Abernathy
Other gifts - Don Bennett, Keith Pennington, Scott Booth, Chat Jacobs, Derek Knoke
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