TROY business faculty to gather at Dothan Campus for research symposium

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University business faculty will share research and ideas on the topics of technology, globalization and quality during the 11th annual Sorrell College of Business Research Symposium on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, at the Dothan Campus.

More than 60 business professors from throughout TROY worldwide will present research papers, attend professional development workshops and discuss classroom instruction and business education issues during the two-day event.

“The Sorrell College of Business values research as well as teaching, and the symposium is a chance to showcase faculty research,” said business professor Dr. Barbara Minksy.

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Troy University to host Piano Ensemble Camp in June

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Troy, Ala. – In an effort to motivate students through music, Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will present an innovative summer piano camp for students, ages 10-18.

The camp will offer students the opportunity to team up with partners to learn ensemble pieces that will be performed at completion of the program. Students will receive training in theory, sight-reading and improvisation.

The camp offers beginner, junior and senior sessions that will consist of daily individual lessons in a master class format where students will be introduced to piano literature and keyboard harmony and technique.

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Troy University students exhibit work at Wiregrass Museum of Art

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – The ceramic artwork of Troy University art and design students is currently on display in the Wiregrass Museum of Art in the exhibit “The Formative Years.”

The artwork will be on exhibit in the Museum’s Dove East Gallery through April 11.

The students under the instruction of Larry Percy, associate professor of art and design, used a variety of forming methods including pinching, pinching and coiling, coil building, building with slabs and throwing on the wheel.

“The transformative journey of working with wet clay, having it record your every touch and nudge and then coaxing it through days and weeks of drying, glazing, and firing, really does develop into a relationship with the substance and the process,” Percy said. “Seeing those students’ faces when those pieces are on the pedestals and lit in a museum setting, it is hard to tell who is transformed more, the students or the clay. And it just makes them hunger for more knowledge. Mud and fire….it doesn’t get much more primal or elemental than that.”

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Troy University professor selected as Lowell Mason Fellow

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – Dr. Larry Blocher, director of the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University, has been selected as a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education (MENC).

The award, named for the co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music, is given to those who have made significant contributions to music education and includes a certificate and a medallion. Since the inception of the Fellows award in 2002, fewer than 100 recipients have been selected.

In addition, Dr. Blocher will have his name added to the Fellows window at the MENC National Headquarters in Reston, Va.

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Legendary kings focus of symposium

Posted: Monday, 30 March 2009

TROY – Troy University’s Language and Literature Undergraduate Symposium will focus on legendary King Arthur and his role in popular culture and medieval literature, followed by a showing of “Beowulf, Prince of the Geats.”

The symposium begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theatre April 1, while the showing of the movie begins at 6 p.m., also in Crosby Theatre.

During the afternoon, five undergraduate papers will be presented, according to Dr. Scott Nokes, a professor in the Department of English who is coordinating the events.

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TROY Dothan Campus to celebrate Heritage Week

Posted: Monday, 30 March 2009

DOTHAN—Members of the Wiregrass community are invited to celebrate Heritage Week at Troy University’s Dothan Campus with a series of free events April 13-17.

For more than 20 years Troy University’s Dothan Campus has celebrated its ties to the Wiregrass with Heritage Week.

“It’s a week in which we recognize the special relationship we have with this community,” said Bob Willis, dean of student services.

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Troy University vocal jazz ensemble debuts

Posted: Monday, 30 March 2009
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TROY – Troy University’s newest vocal ensemble will perform its inaugural concert at the Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Troy at 7:30 p.m. April 7.

“frequency,” the 12-member select vocal jazz group, will perform a wide range of vocal jazz, from the classic Manhattan Transfer sounds of “Java Jive” to the contemporary European jazz styles of groups such as “The Real Group” and “Rajaton.” In addition, jazz arrangements of songs by “The Beatles” and Sting are included, according to Dr. Diane Orlofsky, a professor of music and the group’s director.

Members of the ensemble include:

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TROY partners with The Johnson Center to highlight Beijing Olympics

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

TROY – Troy University, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at TROY, have joined forces with The Johnson Center for the Arts to present an international exhibit on the Beijing Olympics.

Sponsored by the University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Confucius Institute at Troy, Hanban, Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and The Johnson Center, the exhibit provides a look at the 16 days of the Olympics in the People’s Republic of China from Aug. 8 – 24, 2008. The exhibit, like all at The Johnson Center, are free and open to the public.

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TROY will provide maximum G.I. Bill assistance

Posted: Friday, 27 March 2009

TROY—Troy University has pledged to support military veterans and active-duty personnel attending college by providing the maximum tuition assistance allowed through a special program in the latest version of the G.I. Bill.

The University has pledged to close any gap between the benefits provided under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and the cost of tuition at Troy University by paying 50 percent of the established tuition and fee charges not already covered under the bill.

A special provision of the bill, called The Yellow Ribbon Program, allows colleges and universities to offer the tuition waiver. The Department of Veterans Affairs will match each additional dollar funded by the University. The legislation is scheduled to take effect Aug. 1.

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"The Fantasticks" set to appear on Troy University stage"

Posted: Monday, 27 March 2009

TROY -- The longest running musical in history is coming to the Troy University stage. “The Fantasticks”, which has book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, remained a New York institution on Broadway for nearly 42 years.

The show runs April 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. nightly and on the April 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre.

“The Fantasticks” has been called the perfect musical, said Adena Moree, director of theatre and dance at the University.

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Westridge School Glee Club to perform at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 26 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—Members of the glee club at the Westridge School in Pasadena, Calif., will share their vocal talents during a concert at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Monday, March 30.

The free performance will begin at noon in the museum auditorium and is open to the public.

“We have had several visiting choral groups share their talents with us and we are most pleased to add this one to the list,” said museum director Georgette Norman.

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Carolyn Rhodes wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March

Posted: Wednesday, 25 March 2009
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TROY, Ala.—Carolyn Rhodes, records specialist in Troy University’s Academic Evaluation Center, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.

Rhodes, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2003, received the award during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Lee Vardaman, associate provost for academic support at Troy University, presented the award to Rhodes, who was nominated by Donna Bragg, director of the Academic Evaluation Center and assistant registrar.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program.

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Dr. Hawkins will forego governor's race to remain Chancellor at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 31 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, announced today that he would not be a candidate for governor in 2010, ending several months of speculation that he would seek the nomination for Alabama’s highest office.

Chancellor Hawkins made his announcement in a press conference on the Montgomery Campus, urging the next Governor of Alabama to continue to implement Gov. Bob Riley’s program of “education, economic development and ethics.”

“Over the past year, I have been paid a supreme compliment by many of my fellow Alabamians who have encouraged me to seek the office of Governor,” Chancellor Hawkins said in a prepared statement. “While I have never said I wanted to be Governor, I have said I am interested in good government.”

Dr. Hawkins called the decision not to run “difficult,” but upon reflection, he decided he is “far more passionate about Troy University than I am about being a candidate for political office.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Announcement by Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins

Posted: Tuesday, 24 March 2009
MARCH 25—Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor of Troy University, has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. at the Montgomery Campus. The event will be held in the Civic Room on the first floor of Whitley Hall, 231 Montgomery Street.

Representatives of the news media are asked to be in place no later than 10:45 a.m. Parking will be available to members of the news media with I.D./credentials. Please enter the Catoma Street gate to the Montgomery Campus and attendants will direct you to parking.

No other details are available at this time.


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Troy University to host Southern Sport Management Conference

Posted: Monday, 23 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – Former National Basketball Association player and Brantley native Wesley Persons will be among the speakers for the fifth annual Southern Sport Management Conference at Troy University April 16-17.

The conference aims to provide sport management scholars, practitioners and students with current industry trends and issues via academic and professional presentations.

Persons was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 23rd pick overall in the 1994 NBA out of Auburn University. He played three seasons for the suns and five for the Cleveland Cavaliers before also logging time with the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets. In 1997-98, Persons led the league in three-pointers made and attempted. He has a career average three-point accuracy of 41.8 percent.

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TROY Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion to host golf tournament

Posted: Monday, 23 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – Troy University’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) will host a charity golf tournament at 12:30 p.m. on March 30 at the Troy Country Club.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Troy Miracle League and a KHP scholarship fund for deserving TROY students.

The 18-hole, four-man scramble is $65 per person or $260 for a four-person team. Registration will include a pre-tournament lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m., post-tournament appetizers and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.

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Randall W. Moore receives Troy University's Distinguished Leadership Award

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2009
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TROY, Ala. – Troy University honored alumnus and New Orleans businessman Randall W. Moore on Saturday with the University’s Distinguished Leadership Award.

The Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize the achievements of TROY alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and alma mater.

Moore, a 1978 graduate, received the award from Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., during the University’s annual Alumni Reunion Dinner in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.






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TROY Public Radio has Spring Friendraiser activities

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2009

TROY – Troy University Public Radio will host a series of “Ambassadors of the Airwaves” March 25 – April 3 as community guests take to their airwaves during the Spring Friendraiser.

This year’s fund drive aims to raise some $50,000 to provide favorite radio programs like “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Performance Today,” “Car Talk,” “On Point,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Dick Estell’s Radio Reader,” “From the Top,” “Thistle and Shamrock” and “Marketplace Money.”

In addition to pledges from individuals, corporate challengers add their own special incentive to the event by matching dollar-for-dollar pledged by individuals. Many supporters become day and week sponsors and are acknowledged on the radio during their chosen day or week.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Day to be held at TROY Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus will spotlight community resources available to victims of sexual assault during Sexual Assault Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 8.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Dothan Campus quad. The program is a joint effort of TROY, Fort Rucker Family Services, the House of Ruth and the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center.

Each group will have a table set up with information available about sexual assault awareness, prevention and resources for victims said Sandra Sauls, a TROY counselor.

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Joel Slack to deliver Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – Joel Slack, an international consultant and trainer in the field of mental health, will deliver the 14th annual Helen Keller Lecture on April 9 at Troy University.

The lecture, which will be held at 10 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. The lecture is sponsored by Troy University, the Alabama State Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama State Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University St. Patrick's Parade and Spring Reunion activities

Posted: Saturday, 21 March 2009

Troy University held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday in conjunction with the University’s Spring Alumni Reunion and Irish Week activities.

A photo gallery containing photos and captions from the St. Patrick’s Day parade, alumni activities and the University’s Spring Preview Day for prospective students and their families will be available by 8 p.m. at troy.edu/news/photogallery/index.html .

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Troy University students to attend national broadcasting convention

Posted: Friday, 20 March 2009
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TROY, Ala. -- Four students from the Troy University chapter of the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) will attend the national convention of NBS in New York City, March 24-27.

The National Broadcasting Society is a student and professional society of more than 85 chapters on college, university, community college and high school campuses. The NBS seeks to encourage scholarship and accomplishment among students of broadcasting and to establish meaningful communication between student and professional broadcasters.

The students attending are: Amber Carter, a junior broadcast journalism major from Enterprise, Caitlin Coffey, a senior broadcast journalism major from Oneonta, Britney Gooden, a senior broadcast journalism major from Miami, Fla., and Shaun Tousignant, a junior broadcast journalism major from Montgomery.

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Chicago Freedom Movement exhibit coming to Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 20 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—A photography exhibition chronicling the campaign for fair housing in Chicago during the 1960s will be on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in April.

The “Chicago Freedom Movement” exhibition features the work of photographer Bernard J. Kleina, whose rarely seen color photographs document the 1965-1966 peaceful demonstrations calling for open housing in Chicago.

The exhibition will open on April 3 and will continue through May 31. It features more than 50 candid images of civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott-King, Jesse Jackson, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young, comedian Dick Gregory and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.

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Troy University Gospel Singers to present Spring Concert Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – The Troy University Gospel Singers will present their Spring Concert “Back to Eden” at 6 p.m. on March 22 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The free concert will feature a variety of sacred musical styles including traditional hymns, American spirituals and contemporary Christian. Selections performed will include “Everytime I feel the Spirit,” featuring Dr. Michael Hix, coordinator of choral music at TROY; “Souled Out” by Hezekiah Walker and Donald Lawrence’s hit “Back to Eden.”

The more than 80-member choir is under the direction of Lewis Webb, Jr.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University's Alumni Reunion activities to take place March 20-21

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Troy University's Alumni Reunion activities to take place March 20-21

Troy University will hold its annual Spring Alumni Reunion on March 20-21 on the Troy Campus.

Activities will culminate with the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner at 6 p.m., March 21, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. During the dinner, the University will honor alumnus Randall Moore with the Distinguished Leadership Award, TROY’s highest honor presented to a graduate. A release concerning the award can be found at troy.edu/news/archives/2009/march/03182009_leadership_award.html. A follow up release with a photo of the presentation will be sent via email and will be available on the Web site on Monday, March 23.

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Randall W. Moore to receive Troy University's Distinguished Leadership Award

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2009

TROY, Ala. – New Orleans businessman Randall W. Moore will be honored on Saturday, March 21 with Troy University’s 10th annual Distinguished Leadership Award.

Moore, a 1978 TROY honors graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, will receive the award from the University’s Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., at the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner beginning at 6 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

“I really love Troy University,” Moore said. “I see the University growing and I’m so proud of it.”

The Distinguished Leadership Award is given annually to alumni leaders who go the extra mile in their careers, public service or devotion to Troy University, said Faith Ward, director of alumni affairs.

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TROY Dothan Campus to hold Fair for March of Dimes

Posted: Wednesday, 18 March 2009

DOTHAN—The Troy University Dothan Campus March of Dimes team is sponsoring a Food Fair fund raising event on Wednesday, March 25, that will benefit the organization’s 2009 “March for Babies.”

The Food Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Tickets are $5 each.

The fair will feature a wide variety of dishes donated by local businesses and prepared by team members. Team captain Christ Bryant, assistant director of TROY’s Fort Rucker site, said members of the public are invited to participate in the Food Fair.

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TROY Dothan Campus students celebrate Irish culture

Posted: Tuesday, 17 March 2009
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DOTHAN—A student organization at Troy University’s Dothan Campus celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by trying to expand the understanding of Irish history and culture.

Members of the campus Alliance for Cultural Diversity set up a station in Malone Hall on Tuesday where passersby could get refreshments while learning about Irish culture and the history behind St. Patrick’s Day.

Club president Veronica Rogers said she hoped people learned that St. Patrick’s Day is about more than wearing green.

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Nick Costes 5K run set for April 4 at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 17 March 2009

TROY, AL – Troy University’s Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion (KHP) will present the Nick Costes 5K Run on Saturday, April 4 on the Troy Campus.

The race is held in memory of Costes, a former Troy University professor and Olympic marathon runner. All proceeds will benefit Troy University’s Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion Club, as well as the establishment of a KHP Scholarship fund. The KHP Club supports sport and health education to students and community members throughout the Troy area.

The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Luther Drive across from the University’s track and field complex, and will wind back through the campus. Awards of $100, $50 and $25 will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers. Awards also will be given to winners in each age group.

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Rosa Parks Museum launches membership program

Posted: Tuesday, 17 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum has launched a new membership program, giving patrons expanded opportunities to support and take part in exhibits, programs and special events.

Since opening in December 2000, the Rosa Parks Museum has seen continued growth, including the addition of a children’s wing, more full-time staff and an increased exhibition and program schedule.

“This has been done with grants, sponsorships and major donations,” said Georgette Norman, museum director. “But times are changing, and we are not immune to the overall economic hardships influencing the decisions of so many local businesses and corporations.”

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Associate Provost elected president of regional conference

Posted: Monday, 16 March 2009
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TROY – Troy University Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Dianne Barron has been elected president of the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools.

“Being elected by fellow graduate deans across the southern region is quite an honor for me and Troy University,” Dr. Barron said.

The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools is an organization of more than 200 graduate schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.




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Sound of the South director elected to American Bandmasters Association

Posted: Monday, 16 March 2009
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TROY – Troy University Director of Bands Ralph Ford was elected to the American Bandmasters Association, making him the state’s only active bandmaster elected to the association.

The election came during the association’s annual meeting in College Station, Texas, and requires the person elected to be nominated one year in advance. A one-hour concert band performance must also be submitted for approval by past presidents of ABA. The nominee must receive 75 percent of the votes by past presidents prior to being submitted to the general membership for approval.

“It is my hope that I may live up to the exceptional standards of the finest band conductor’s organization in the world,” Ford said.





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TROY to host Spring Education Fair

Posted: Thursday, 12 March 2009

DOTHAN—The Wiregrass Chapter of Troy University’s Alumni Association inducted new officers during the group’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday, March 10.

The new officers are:

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TROY Alumni Association Wiregrass Chapter welcomes new officers

Posted: Thursday, 12 March 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University business faculty will share research and ideas on the topics of technology, globalization and quality during the 11th annual Sorrell College of Business Research Symposium on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, at the Dothan Campus.

More than 60 business professors from throughout TROY worldwide will present research papers, attend professional development workshops and discuss classroom instruction and business education issues during the two-day event.

“The Sorrell College of Business values research as well as teaching, and the symposium is a chance to showcase faculty research,” said business professor Dr. Barbara Minksy.

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Troy University to offer relief for students and families in PACT program

Posted: Wednesday, 11 March 2009

TROY—The Board of Trustees of Troy University Wednesday approved a three-year waiver of tuition increases to current and future students enrolled in the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program. The action was in response to a formal request by the PACT Board of Directors, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor, said.

The PACT board recently told 48,000 families who participate in PACT that the program’s investments have lost 46 percent of value due to the downturn in the stock market. According to Chancellor Hawkins the University decided to grant the three-year reprieve to help the students and families enrolled in PACT.

“Subscribers to the PACT assumed tuition and fees would be covered by the program. It appears that assumption may not be reality. Although we can’t propose a long-term answer to this problem, we can offer short-term relief’ said Hawkins. He added, “While all of Alabama higher education faces a financial challenge, the crisis faced by PACT deserves our attention.”

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TROY counseling students donate to Montgomery Area Food Bank

Posted: Wednesday, 11 March 2009
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MONTGOMERY—A counseling class at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus is working to make tough times a little easier for families in need by donating more than 900 pounds of food to the local food bank.

Students enrolled in the Community Counseling Services class this semester have collected about 926 pounds of canned goods, baby formula and other products to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

The food drive started in February and ended on March 3. It was conducted in partnership with members of the Alabama Counseling Association Chapter VII.

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MEDIA ADVISORY:TROY Alumni Association Wiregrass Chapter to meet

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Tuesday, March 10: Members of the Troy University Alumni Association Wiregrass Chapter will hold their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. on the Dothan Campus.

The meeting will be held in the Harrison Room inside Malone Hall.

Featured speakers for the event will be Richard Shaughnessy, TROY football strength and conditioning coach, and TROY graduate Leodis McKelvin, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills 11th overall in the 2008 NFL draft.

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Troy University Relay for Life set for March 20

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2009

TROY – Tailgate Terrace adjacent to Troy University’s Movie Gallery Stadium normally is reserved for tailgaters and football games. On March 20, it will become the home of the Troy University Relay for Life event.

The annual American Cancer Society fund raiser came on campus three years ago as a way to involve TROY students in the ‘fight against cancer,’ according to Kay Franklin, a community representative for the American Cancer Society.

The city of Troy boasts a large Relay event each year, but because it takes place after the spring semester is over, student groups usually don’t get to participate.

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TROY Choral Department performs March 29

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2009

TROY – The Choral Department of the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University will perform “The Music of Randall Thompson” at 2:30 p.m. March 29 in the Claudia Crosby Theatre.

Singers include members of the Troy University Concert Chorale, Troy University Collegiate Singers, the Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and members of TROY’s choral alumni family.

Admission to the performance is free and open to the public.

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Three TROY singers place in national competition

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2009

TROY – Three Troy University students garnered prizes during the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Adjudications.

In all, 16 students from the vocal/choral area of the John M. Long School of Music participated in the adjudications in Birmingham recently, said Dr. Michael Hix, assistant professor of voice and coordinator of vocal/choral activities.

John Baumer, a junior music education major from Altha, FL and Clay Paramore, a sophomore music education major from Ozark, both earned semi-finalist slots in their divisions. They are both students of Dr. Hix.

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Student Government Association leaders elected

Posted: Monday, 09 March 2009

TROY – Five Troy University students have been elected to lead the University’s Student Government Association.

Jonathan Davis, a junior broadcast journalism major from Montgomery, was elected president. Davis, the son of the Rev. Johnny R. Davis and Bobbie A. Davis of Montgomery, served as president of Freshman Forum, executive assistant to the SGA president and is currently SGA vice president of legislative affairs.

William H. Filmore, Jr., a sophomore business management major from Daleville, was elected SGA vice president of legislative affairs. The son of Bill and Angelia Filmore, he is a Leadership Scholar and president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi honorary and is secretary of the University’s chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He has previously served as a Freshman Forum director.

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Troy University part of Iraq education initiative

Posted: Monday, 09 March 2009
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TROY—Troy University will play a role in the revitalization of Iraq higher education by accepting students from there as part of an initiative that will send 10,000 Iraqi students abroad each year, according to Dr. Earl Ingram, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus.

Dr. Ingram, administrator of all Troy University teaching sites outside of Alabama, traveled to Iraq this month to meet with potential students in Baghdad and Sulaymaniya. Twenty-four U.S. universities will participate in the first stages of the Iraqi Education Initiative, according to Ingram.

The initiative is the work of Dr. Zuhair Humadi, an Iraqi citizen living in Virginia, supported by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. It will provide full scholarships and expense stipends for up to 10,000 students annually over the next five years, Ingram said.

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Chelsea sophomore wins Ms. Venus title at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 05 March 2009
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TROY—Megan Picklesimer, a sophomore journalism major from Chelsea, was crowned Ms. Venus Wednesday night at Troy University.

The winner of the Ms. Venus pageant, formerly called the Miss Shamrock Pageant, will be featured at the University’s annual Spring Reunion Weekend March 20-21 and will receive a book scholarship, a crown and a banner. The event was held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

Miss Picklesimer is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta social sorority, which she serves as website coordinator. She is also a Trojan Ambassador and a news reporter-anchor for TrojanVision news on the campus television station.



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Job seekers invited to TROY Montgomery Campus career fair

Posted: Thursday, 05 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—Area job seekers are invited to explore new career opportunities at Troy University’s Spring Career Fair on Thursday, March 19, at the Montgomery Campus.

The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gold Room inside Whitley Hall and is open to all members of the public, TROY students and alumni.

The event will feature recruiters from several career fields including: accounting, banking and finance, government, business, computer information systems, resources management, human resources, social sciences, liberal arts and nursing.

Employers expected to participate in the career fair include:

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Wiregrass math, science teachers visit Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted: Wednesday, 04 March 2009

DOTHAN—Members of the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium at Troy University’s Dothan Campus got a lesson in the future of space travel during a visit last week to the Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

Local teachers who participated included Sandy Sanders of Headland Elementary, Diane Watson of Webb Elementary, Marty LaBlanc of the Dothan City Schools PASS Academy and Fort Rucker Elementary teachers Becky Raichle and Donna Brecher. They were joined by Sandy Armstrong, consortium director and Dr. Shawn Plash, faculty advisor.

The visit helped teachers learn what types of education programs today’s students will need for tomorrow’s jobs.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Author to discuss African-American designers, dressmakers

Posted: Wednesday, 04 March 2009

Thursday, March 5: Author Rosemary E. Reed Miller will discuss and sign copies of her book, “Threads of Time, The Fabric of History: Profiles of African-American Dressmakers and Designers” on Thursday, March 5, at the Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Miller’s book sheds light on the contributions of African-American fashion designers and dressmakers prior to 1960.

A press release can be found in the TROY news archives: troy.edu/news/archives/2009/february/02192009_author.html

Members of the media who wish to cover the event are asked to be in place by 6:45 p.m. Any special coverage requirements can be directed to mclower@troy.edu.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University Board of Trustees to hold retreat

Posted: Tuesday, 03 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—The Troy University Board of Trustees and the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors will participate in a joint retreat March 5-6 at the Montgomery Campus.

There will be no business meeting of the Board of Trustees during these two days.

On March 5, the retreat will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the Civic Room in Whitley Hall. On March 6, the retreat will be held from 8:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Civic Room in Whitley Hall.

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Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings, "CATS" rescheduled at Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 03 March 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts reports that the previously scheduled performances of the Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings and “CATS” have been rescheduled.

The Friday, Feb. 27, performance of the Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings was postponed due to the threat of severe weather the night of the show, including tornado warnings in the surrounding area.

Dr. Kristen J. Koehler, Davis Theatre director, said the theatre is working with the Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings to find a new date for the show. All ticketed patrons, both season and single ticket holders, will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of the new date as soon as it is scheduled. Ticket holders are asked to keep their current tickets. Tickets for Friday, Feb. 27, will be honored for the rescheduled date.

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Choral Department offers March concert

Posted: Tuesday, 03 March 2009

TROY – Troy University’s Choral Department will perform “The Music of Randall Thompson” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

Singers include members of the TROY University Concert Chorale, TROY University Collegiate Singers, The Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and members of the TROY University choral alumni family, said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, professor of music and one of the event’s organizers.

This concert features music of Randall Thompson (1899-1984) in honor of the 25th anniversary of his death. Randall Thompson, one of the greatest American choral composers, masterfully set text, whether it was Scriptural references or Robert Frost poetry.

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Donaldson named to Troy University financial post

Posted: Tuesday, 03 March 2009
Gibson Vance

TROY – A Troy University alumna has been named to serve as the University’s chief accountant.

Tara Donaldson, who earned a Master’s of Business Administration and her bachelor’s degree in business administration at TROY, began her duties as controller on Nov. 1. She had previously served as associate dean of business operations and treasurer at Central Alabama Community College and as director of accounting.

From 1999-2003, she was employed by Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLP, as an assurance and business advisory services senior associate – a job she landed after completing two internships with the firm through the Sorrell College of Business.





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