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Mace and Presidential Medallion

The College mace and medallion were formally inaugurated at Commencement in May 2011.

The team of Reed Knowles, Peter Johns, Alan Bethea and Randy Wharton from the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics partnered with glass artist Mike Wallace from Village Glass of Sylvania in the creation of the mace, which was manufactured by the College. Johns designed and crafted the medallion.

The mace incorporates the elements of technology, machines, science, mathematics, education and the College's namesake, Michael J. Owens, through the materials of glass, steel and aluminum with colors for the academic schools and the College.

The mace dates to medieval England, when officials or monarchs traveled from one castle to another and were accompanied by an armed force. In the lead were inexperienced troops. In academic processionals, this group is represented by students. The nobleman, represented in the academic process by the College president, marched near the center and was protected by his most trusted bodyguard, who carried an exceptionally formidable weapon, or mace.

By the 14th century, the mace became mostly ceremonial. In modern academic processions, the mace is carried by a distinguished faculty member.

The presidential medallion is silver in color with the College's seal. It is adorned around the wearer's neck by a heavy chain. The College President wears the medallion during Commencement.

Like the mace, the medallion has a connection to medieval regalia in the chain; the display of the heavy “chain of office” represents the weight of responsibility for the wearer. The chain implies strength in unity as well as strong communication. The medallion's color of silver represents responsibility, accomplishment and wisdom.

The medallion is worn by the College President or his assignee at all convocations of the College.