‘Odyssey’ marks start of college quest for new Trojans

August 15, 2017

The Trojan Nation sent its newest members on their quest for higher education Sunday during “Odyssey,” Troy University’s new student convocation.

The convocation serves as the formal kick off of the educational process at TROY in Trojan Arena, the same location where that process culminates as commencement, said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of the Undergraduate School who presided over the ceremony.

“In much the same way as the Greeks sent Olympians out, we do that for you,” he told TROY’s newest students and their families. Odyssey culminates with the lighting of a torch.

Troy University Alumnus Nick Abraham speaks to new students at the Odyssey Convocation.

Troy University Alumnus Nick Abraham speaks to new students at the Odyssey Convocation.

Challenging students was keynote speaker and Sorrell College of Business alumnus Nick Abraham, set to become president of the Southeast Region of newly formed Markel Assurance, a division of Markel Wholesale. Abraham will oversee the production and profitability of a $300 million premium insurance portfolio.

A native of Prattville, Abraham graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in risk management and insurance. During his time at TROY, he served in various leadership roles, including Student Government Association president, FarmHouse Fraternity rush chair, a Trojan Ambassador and an IMPACT leader. He and his wife, Melissa, also a TROY alumna, have one son, Alex, and reside in Glen Allen, Va.

“There are many opportunities available to you while at TROY, but to make the most of your opportunities, get involved in TROY,” he said.

“Participation lies solely in your hands. Meet new people, learn new traits and learn from the great leaders here at the University … my experience at TROY prepared me to meet challenges head on and succeed,” he said.

Beyond building a network of friends and mentors, Abraham encouraged students to take advantage of the international aspects of the University in order to prepare for becoming competitive in a global economy and business climate.

“Global connections are paramount to success in today’s business world. Troy University prepared me to be a part of a growing company and our graduates really are ready to compete in a global economy,” he said.

“Go ‘all in’ on your TROY experience,” Abraham added.