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Dr. Mahone Speaks at PAT Lecture


Williamsburg, Ky. — On Tuesday October 25, University of the Cumberlands' (UC) Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) Honor Society held their second lecture of the academic school year. The lecture featured UC assistant professor of Criminal Justice, Dr. Melvin Mahone, as the guest speaker. Dr. Mahone’s lecture was entitled “The Long Road Back”, stories about his childhood and experiences in the Marine Corps.

Dr. Mahone shared stories of growing up in Chicago and life as the object of bullying from the local gangs. “I was seen as a square to all of the gang [members]”.

At the age of 17, Mahone joined the Marine Corps after growing frustrated with the gang violence taking over the streets of Chicago. “The Marine Corps made me the man that I am today,” expressed Dr. Mahone.

Life after the Marines saw Dr. Mahone readjusting his life as he dealt with insomnia and nightmares of the Vietnam War on a consistent basis; Mahone was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Through all of his trials and tribulations, Mahone credits the Marines with his success. “Since I served as a Marine there have been multiple job opportunities and numerous benefits including inexpensive college costs and free check-ups,” stated Dr. Mahone. “If I could go back in time, I would join the Marines a second time.”

The PAT Honor Society organizes academic lectures each year and has arranged for UC alumnus Robert Stephens, the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Whitley and McCreary County, to be the guest speaker for the third installment of the Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series.

For more information contact the History and Political Science Department at 606-539-4270.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Tierra Ball, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant