Shaffer honored with Alabama Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award

Posted: Thursday, 27 April 2017
Dr. Chris Shaffer

TROY - Dr. Chris Shaffer, dean of library services at Troy University, has received the Alabama Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award.

The Intellectual Freedom Award is presented to an individual or a group that conducts programming in support of intellectual freedom and in opposition to censorship. The award was presented during the Alabama Library Association's Annual Convention in Montgomery, April 18-21.

"I am deeply honored that the Alabama Library Association chose to recognize me with this year's Intellectual Freedom Award," Dr. Shaffer said. "Over the past 10 years, my favorite part of my role at the Troy University Libraries has been to bring to our campuses unique and interesting programming that encourages thought-provoking discussions, while exposing our students to new ideas and perspectives."

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Special Olympics Alabama State Games Return to TROY for the 11th Year

Posted: Thursday, 27 April 2017
Astronomy Day

TROY - Nearly 1,000 athletes and approximately 350 of their coaches and chaperones will compete May 19 - 21 in the Special Olympics Alabama State Games at Troy University.

This year's event marks the 11th anniversary Special Olympians have competed at TROY. This year's theme is "Making a Difference".

The weekend will kick off with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on Friday, May 19. Law enforcement officers from all over the state will bring the torch into Troy about 2 p.m. The public is invited to the last leg of the run as it leaves the Troy Police Department and travels along South Brundidge Street to University Avenue and into Sartain Hall.

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host annual Astronomy Day on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Astronomy Day

MONTGOMERY - The W.A. Gayle Planetarium, operated by Troy University Montgomery, will be hosting a special free event at 6 p.m., Saturday in support of National Astronomy Day.

The event will include telescopic viewing of stars planets and the moon (weather permitting), as well as the auditorium presentations "Saving the Night Sky," "Two Small Pieces of Glass" and "Great American Solar Eclipse 2017." Planetarium staff will also share tips on how to view the eclipse safely and demonstrate exactly what the eclipse will look like in the River Region.

Personnel will also be on hand to answer all your questions about telescopes. Seating for the event is limited.

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Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Sullivan Awards

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2017 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Sarah Talbot, a senior graphic design major from Montgomery, Maxwell D. Herman, a senior hospitality, sport and tourism management major from Panama City, and Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of the Institute for Leadership Development, received the Sullivan Awards during a luncheon in their honor on the Troy Campus. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation on April 17.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

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Dr. Margaret Gnoinska receives Troy University's Ingalls Award

Posted: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska

TROY - Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska, associate professor in Troy University's Division of History and Philosophy, is the recipient of the University's 2017 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Gnoinska received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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Cassandra King receives Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Monday, 24 April 2017
Cassandra King

TROY - Cassandra King, author of five novels including the critically acclaimed "Moonrise," has received Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize.

Presented during a luncheon on Friday at the International Arts Center on the Troy Campus, the Hall-Waters Prize recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. The award was endowed by the late Dr. Wade Hall, a TROY alumnus, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. The Bullock County native endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg, Bobbie Ann Mason, Natasha Trethewey and King's late husband, Pat Conroy.

"I am deeply honored in ways I can't even begin to express," King said. "When you receive an honor from your home folks it means so much more than anything else. I'm sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hall, but what a wonderful way for him to honor his parents."

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Media Advisory: Rosa Parks Museum Atrium to honor Montgomery family

Posted: Thursday, 20 April 2017

EDITORS: Please note, that this advisory denotes changes in venue and time for the news conference and changes in venue for naming ceremony from the advisory you received earlier for this event.

Saturday, April 22, 3:45 p.m., Rosa Parks Museum Atrium: A special news conference will take place in the Atrium of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery detailing the naming of the museum’s atrium in honor of Charles Cahn Baum and the Baum family.

Reared in Montgomery in a prominent Jewish family, Charles Baum graduated from Princeton, Harvard Business School and the University of Maryland Law School. A resident of Baltimore, Md. for most of his life, he had a passion for civic and philanthropic causes, always maintaining his devotion to Alabama. He died in 2015.

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Media Advisory: Cassandra King to receive Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Thursday, 20 April 2017

TROY - 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 21, International Arts Center, Troy Campus: Author Cassandra King will receive the Hall-Waters Prize from Troy University during an invitation-only luncheon ceremony on Friday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the new International Arts Center on the Troy Campus.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by the late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts.

King will take part in an interview and reading at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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TROY offers 'Bootcamp' this weekend

Posted: Thursday, 20 April 2017

TROY - Troy University's Sorrell College of Business will be in class Saturday when it hosts for the second year the Global Azure Bootcamp.

The 100-person class is full, and the TROY site is one of about 180 sites in 65 countries that will host the deep-dive session into Microsoft Azure, a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and information technology professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft's global network of data centers.

"This is the fifth year the Azure community has organized this worldwide event, and the second straight year we have presented it here at Troy University," said Sven Aelterman, the College of Business' IT director. "We will have attendees from Mobile and Birmingham and everywhere in between."

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Author Tayari Jones to speak at Troy University Montgomery

Posted: Thursday, 20 April 2017
Tayari Jones

MONTGOMERY - Tayari Jones, author of the book "Silver Sparrow," will speak at Troy University Montgomery on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall. A book signing will follow the presentation in the Barnes & Noble Trojan Café, located on the first floor of Whitley Hall.

Jones' book "Silver Sparrow" has been the focus of Troy University Libraries' National Endowment for the Arts Big Read activities. Through the grant from NEA and Arts Midwest, Troy University Libraries has organized events such as reading groups, lectures, a film screening and discussion and a photography exhibit by internationally renowned photographer Laylah Amatullah. The NEA Big Read program is designed to broaden understanding of the world through communitywide programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

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Cassandra King to receive Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Camden

TROY - Cassandra King, author of five novels including the critically acclaimed "Moonrise," will receive the Hall-Waters Prize from Troy University on Friday, April 21.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by the late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg and Bobbie Ann Mason.



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NPR's Debbie Elliott to speak to students, public during visit to Troy University on Wednesday

Posted: Thursday, 18 April 2017

TROY - National Public Radio national correspondent Debbie Elliott will visit Troy University on Wednesday as a part of TROY Public Radio's ongoing 40th anniversary celebration.

Elliott will present a public lecture at 10 a.m., Wednesday, in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

During her visit, Elliott will also meet with students from Troy University's Hall School of Journalism, and be honored with an invitation-only reception on the Montgomery Campus Wednesday evening.

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Exhibit examining racial violence, lynching coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 13 April 2017
Camden

MONTGOMERY - "The Fabric of Race," an exhibit by Renee Billingslea that examines racial violence and lynching in America, will open at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on April 20 with an opening reception set for 6 p.m.

The exhibit, described as "a visual enivronment for all to enter, learn and contemplate racial violence and lynching," is free for viewing in the museum's Exhibit Hall during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Ahead of Thursday's opening reception, the museum will present Artist Talks with Billingslea at 6 p.m. on April 18 and 19 in the musuem's auditorium. Those wishing to attend the Artist Talks are asked to RSVP to Madeline Burkhardt, adult education coordinator, at 334-241-8701 or by email at mburkhardt@troy.edu.

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Michael Camden wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 13 April 2017
Camden

TROY - Michael Camden, enrollment coordinator in Hampton, Va., for TROY Online, has won Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Camden, who has been employed by the University since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Friday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Roger A. Smith, area coordinator for TROY Online in Hampton Roads.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, 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. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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Media Advisory: Announcement of formation of Bennie Adkins Foundation

Posted: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

11:30 a.m., April 13, Alabama Department of Archives and History: The official announcement of the formation of Bennie Adkins Foundation will be held on April 13 in the Milo B. Howard Auditorium at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave., in Montgomery.

A media availability will be held at 11 a.m. with the official announcement event beginning at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon event will feature a welcome and introduction to the Foundation and its mission by Dr. W. Keith Adkins, remarks by Medal of Honor recipient Bennie G. Adkins and remarks by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

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Media Advisory: Terracotta warriors to be unveiled at Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library on Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

3 p.m., Thursday, April 13, Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library, Montgomery: Two terracotta warriors, given to the City of Montgomery in honor of Mayor Todd Strange by Troy University, will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on Thursday, during a ceremony at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library in Montgomery. The library is located at 245 High St. in downtown Montgomery.

Michael Briddell, director of public information and external affairs, will serve as emcee for the ceremony, which will also include: an invocation by Rev. Gary Burton, vice president of the Montgomery City-County Public Library Board of Trustees; welcoming comments by Dr. Katie Bell, president of the Montgomery City-County Public Library Board of Trustees; remarks from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Elton Dean, chair of the Montgomery County Commission; the official presentation of the warriors by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University; and, remarks from Jaunita Owes, library director.

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Summer program to train teachers on use of games in teaching Alabama history

Posted: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

TROY - Troy University will offer a three-day, residential workshop this June to help train Alabama teachers on incorporating the use of games in teaching the state's history.

"Alabama Fever: A Games-based Discovery of Territorial Alabama," an Alabama Humanities Foundation SUPER Teacher Workshop, will be held June 20-23 on the Troy Campus. For more than 25 years, the Alabama Humanities Foundation has partnered with archivists, scholars, higher education institutions and historic sites to deliver engaging professional development experiences rooted in the humanities to teachers throughout Alabama through the School and University Partners for Educational Renewal (SUPER) Teacher Program. SUPER is available to all Alabama educators teaching in grades 4-12. In its 25-year history, SUPER has served more than 4,000 teachers of the humanities, social sciences and the arts reaching more than 500,000 students.

The workshop will be led by Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Scout Blum of Troy University's Department of History and Philosophy and Dr. Thomas C. Hagood, director of the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia and co-director of UGA Reacting to the Past.

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Application fees waived during TROY's Worldwide Open House April 26

Posted: Friday, 07 April 2017

Application fees waived during TROY's Worldwide Open House April 26

Troy University will host a Worldwide Open House on Wednesday, April 26, to assist prospective students in the areas of admissions and academic strategy for career development.

During the event, expert advisers will be on hand to help prospective students decide on a major, and answer questions about financial aid or credit transfers.

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Ambassador Marc Grossman to address Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11

Posted: Friday, 07 April 2017
grossman

MONTGOMERY - Ambassador Marc Grossman, one of the country's most distinguished and experienced diplomats, will present "Turkey, Europe and the United States" during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council on April 11 at Troy University Montgomery.

The event, which is free for World Affairs Council members and $20 for non-members, will be held in the Gold Room in Whitley Hall at Troy University Montgomery, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. reception and a presentation to follow.

Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department's third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005, after 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. Prior to his retirement, he obtained the highest rank of Career Ambassador and was awarded the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.

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Troy University to host 11th annual MathFest on April 8

Posted: Thursday, 06 April 2017
Dr. Voloshin

TROY - Troy University's Department of Mathematics will present the 11th annual TROY MathFest, a one-day conference for undergraduate students to share their research, on April 8 in Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.

The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is supported from a grant from Pi Mu Epsilon, national mathematics honor society, and Troy University. Students from Auburn University, the University of South Alabama, Seminole State College of Florida and TROY will take part in the event.

The conference will feature research presentations from undergraduate students, a calculus competition, a poster presentation session and a keynote address by Dr. Vitaly Voloshin, professor of mathematics at Troy University.

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