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Methodist University Mace
A mace is derived from the medieval period as a symbol of authority of the body that governs the institution. It has been used by parliaments where business cannot be conducted until the mace is placed before the Speaker of the House.
The Methodist University Mace carried by the faculty marshal was designed and executed by Linda Anderson and Mary Grace Cain. The mace was wrought by Robert Bricker of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Most United Methodists are familiar with the two flames and cross at the top. The globe with the university seal is symbolic of the worldwide service the university has rendered, and the ribs of the shaft represent eight groups which support the college: The United Methodist Church, trustees, administration and staff, faculty, alumni, students, parents, and public and private groups. At the bottom of the mace is a cotton blossom. It is a reminder of the inaugural address given by the first President of Methodist University (then Methodist College), Dr. L. Stacy Weaver, entitled "From Cotton Field to College."
The streamers contain these words from the university's Alma Mater: "Green shall grow thy fields of learning; Gold shall glow thy torch of truth."
This mace was given to the university by the late R. Parker Wilson, Distinguished Service Professor of history, in memory of his father, Martin Morehead Wilson, and for the glory of God.