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ASU’s Chancellor Peacock Is Opening Convocation Speaker
Dr. Kenneth Peacock (MHC ’70), chancellor of Appalachian State University, was the speaker for Opening Convocation for the spring 2012 semester at Mars Hill College, held January 24 in Moore Auditorium.
Peacock encouraged Mars Hill students to use their college years to discover who they are as individuals. Peacock, who received his bachelor’s degree at Mars Hill in 1970, said: “Mars Hill College helped me discover who I am.”
Peacock referenced a 2005 commencement speech given by the late Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs at Samford University, when he said that students must “connect the dots,” between their past experiences, personal values and passions. That introspection will prepare them for an “authentic leadership,” that is unique and will truly make a difference in the world.
“Embrace who you are, and then lead,” he said. “We need you. We need your leadership, we need your ideas, and we need your thinking.”
In addition to welcoming students back for the new semester, spring convocation provided Mars Hill College with the opportunity to recognize student scholars. Among those recognized were 11 students in the honors program; 90 recipients of honors scholarships; 16 college marshals; 20 students with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0; 30 students who are members of Alpha Chi National Honor Society; 16 students who are members of Mu Kappa Lambda Honor Society for Adult Students; and 82 student athletes who have been named on the 2011 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.