Trustee chairman addresses record enrollment at convocation
September 9, 2013
The 144th academic year officially began on Friday, Aug. 30, with Opening Convocation in the Curry Christian Life Center . . . and with a record enrollment of 1,140 students.
And Byron Trauger, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, could not be more excited at what’s in store for these young minds, especially the 350 freshmen and 80 transfer students.
“I love Martin Methodist College!” he said as he addressed the gathering of students, faculty and staff. “I love Martin Methodist College because of what the people in this room do. The studying, competing and growing that you students do. The teaching and nurturing that you faculty do. The hard work that you in the administration do. You have achieved much, and it is impressive.
“But I love Martin Methodist College for a much more important reason: I love it because of what the people in this room are going to achieve – as leaders.”
Trauger quoted John Quincy Adams: “You are a leader if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.” And then he repeated it for emphasis.
“Because leadership,” Trauger said, “is not defined so much by what you do as by what you inspire others to do . . . the challenge for you as new students is to become a leader – to inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.”
Robby Shelton, vice president for campus life and enrollment management, describe the freshman class as one of the strongest – if not the strongest – in the college’s history, in terms of academic performance, as well as involvement and excellence in high school athletics, arts, leadership and service. The addition of these 430 new students, Shelton said, means that the overall enrollment at Martin Methodist represents 25 states, 27 countries and five continents.
The new students arrived on campus on Saturday, Aug. 24, and went through five days of orientation and activities, including class sessions with their First Year Experience mentors. Highlights of the week included signing of the Honor Code on Sunday, the Martin Pride Concert and Fireworks Celebration on Tuesday evening, and the annual Beach Party on the Square on Thursday evening following the first full day of classes.