My compliments to the Faculty, Coaches and Administrators who nominated students for the Exemplary student award:  your task has been to make the job of the committee who choose the recipients of this award difficult.  Congratulations, you have.  All the students you have nominated are deserving and a testament to the nurture they receive while under your tutelage.

When I considered what I should say about today’s Exemplary Student Award recipient, I was reminded of a line from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.  In the play, Marc Antony gives an impromptu eulogy of Julius Caesar.   Shortly after his “lend me your ears” line, Marc Anthony says:  “. . . The evil that men do lives after them, the good if oft interred with their bones.”  This line is an example of Shakespeare using theatrical irony.   Marc Anthony was really reminding the people that they should remember the good about Caesar.  I know you are wondering what this has to do with our Exemplary Student, but it will make sense in a moment.

Our recipient was a Freshman Experience PAL and organized study sessions for first year students.  The recipient is a member of the Thomas Martin Society, the Harry Potter Society, a member of Phi Alpha Theta honors society, and the Equality Alliance.  The recipient also tutors in the Student Resource Center.

The faculty member who nominated the recipient commended the student for upholding the MMC honor code.  The faculty member also commended the recipient for exemplifying the value of diversity saying the recipient’s “entire self is so welcoming, so perfectly capable of creating spaces for different groups to come together and work towards a common goal.”

The recipient has often come to class tired in the morning because of staying up all night to help a worried friend.

Martin Methodist College is named after Thomas Martin, the son of a Methodist Minister, and a successful businessman.  He had a daughter named Victoria.  Victoria’s dream was that a school for young women could be established.  Unlike today, in the 19th century it was much harder for women to obtain a formal education.  Victoria died at age 20 without her dream being achieved in her lifetime.  Remembering her dream, Thomas Martin bequeathed $30,000 in his will to realize Victoria’s dream and upon his death in 1870, the School was established.  In the mid-20th century, the school began accepting men.

We are all here today because a good man loved his daughter.  Shakespeare would say that Thomas Martin’s goodness did not stay interred with his bones. 

Today’s recipient is a history major and the story of Thomas Martin intrigued her.  She researched his family tree.  In her search for the life and legacy of Thomas Martin, she visited his gravesite and found it dilapidated and in poor condition.  Using her own money, she had the metal fence surrounding the plot tested to see how it could be restored.  She contacted David Jones, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, to explore how to raise funds to restore the marble at the site.  She even pulled weeds that had grown up around it.   

We are all members of the Martin College family and family members tend to the graves of their ancestors, today’s recipient is truly a member of the family.

After leaving Martin, our recipient has decided to pursue graduate work in historic preservation and wants to return someday to continue work on Thomas Martin’s grave. 

We Alumni are very impressed and very proud to present the 3rd Martin Methodist College Alumni Association Award Exemplary Student Award to Kimberly Rose.

Ms. Kimberly Rose, please come forward to accept the Exemplary Student Award.

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478