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Flanking the charters are, left to right, Dr. Dan Jones, provost; Dr. Debbie Blackwell, PKP president; Dr. Barbara Greybeck, PDK president and Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president. To the right of Dr. Keck is the University mace.
Dating back to medieval times when they were used as weapons of war, maces are now used as symbols of institutional authority. The TAMIU Mace is a wood staff crowned with laurel leaves and anchored by a series of silver bands engraved with the names of the University’s presidents. It is accompanied by a brief history and statement about the mace.
TAMIU provost Dr. Dan Jones said that while the Mace is symbolic, it represents institutional duty and commitment.
“While Universities use maces at ceremonial occasions such as Convocation and Commencement, it signifies their power to protect knowledge against those who seek to undermine or exploit it. It also represents the University's commitment to intellectual honesty and integrity and consigns us to a civic trust that is acknowledged at every ceremony at which it is presented,” Dr. Jones explained.
Joining the Mace in the Great Room are the original charters for the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi and professional association, Phi Delta Kappa.
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. TAMIU chapter 296 was installed in November of 2005 and now has about 150 members.
Phi Delta Kappa International, the premier professional association for educators, was established at TAMIU in February 2007. A recognized leader in education, it boasts 50,000-plus members worldwide.
On hand for the presentation were officers and members of both groups, including Phi Kappa Phi incoming president Dr. Deborah Blackwell, TAMIU associate professor, and Dr. Barbara Greybeck, Phi Delta Kappa president and TAMIU associate professor. Also present were TAMIU president Ray Keck, associate provost Dr. Juan Lira and Library director Rodney Webb.
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