Traditionally, a mace is a staff carried by a dignitary as an ensign of individual or institutional authority and prestige. The Angelo State University Mace represents the standing of the university and the power of higher education not only in shaping lives but also in improving society.
The University Mace was designed in 1995 by a committee composed of faculty, students and staff. Crafted of native woods, the mace features a white oak orb with inlaid carvings in mesquite of a Rambouillet ram, the columns of the Porter Henderson Library and the region’s Twin Buttes highlighted with a Concho Pearl. A double-sided bronze casting of the University Seal is mounted atop the orb, and a cast bronze cylindrical collar with polished bronze raised letters spelling out Angelo State University, Angelo State College and San Angelo College forms the base of the orb.
The native pecan for the staff, four and one-half feet long, comes from the joists of Fort Concho. The carving is the work of Dr. Judith Hakes, a member of the Department of Teacher Education faculty. The actual construction of the mace was accomplished by Bobby Peiser, retired ASU Campus Security Director. Nathan’s Jewelers donated the Concho Pearl, and Janette Sloper cast the metal used in the mace.
A distinguished faculty member is chosen each semester to lead the procession of faculty and administrators at each commencement. When not used for commencement and other ceremonial events, the mace is displayed in the Houston Harte University Center.