WSFA general manager urges TROY graduates to be leaders

Posted: Thursday, 18 December 2008

MONTGOMERY—Ken Selvaggi, vice president and general manager for WSFA 12 News, challenged Troy University Montgomery Campus graduates to become leaders and make an impact on their communities.

Selvaggi delivered the keynote address during the Montgomery Campus fall commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. presented diplomas to 205 graduates.

Selvaggi told the graduates their leadership will be needed during these troubled times.

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Troy University business students help to brighten Christmas for area children

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Business

TROY – For some children and families in the city of Troy, Santa Claus will come this year dressed in Troy University cardinal.

Students who are members of the University’s chapter of Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity recently completed their annual toy and clothing drive to help local underprivileged children have a brighter Christmas. Students packed boxes of clothes and toys on Tuesday to get the ready for deliver to local families, according to the organization’s advisor Sebrena Moten.

“Patricia Thomas, a retired counselor from Troy Elementary School, has done a great job through the years of providing us with names of less fortunate children and we also have had people contact us from the community,” said Moten, an assistant professor in TROY’s Sorrell College of Business. “The students really get behind this effort each year and we have continued to reach more and more families in the Troy area.”

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Candace Hines wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Hines

TROY, Ala.—Candace Hines, international site coordinator for Troy University’s Global Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December.

Hines, who has been a member of the Global Campus staff since 2005, received the award during the University’s annual Christmas luncheon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Hines, who was nominated by Dr. Philip E. Lyon, director of international programs for Global Campus.

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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Media Advisory:Office of University Relations

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The University Relations Office, and the University administration, will close at 5 p.m. today for the Christmas break. The offices will reopen on Jan. 2.

In the interim, should you need to contact University Relations, we may be reached at:

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Troy University receives SACS approval to award the doctoral degree

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TROY—Troy University has received a level change approval from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), paving the way for the University to offer its first doctoral program, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

“This is a milestone in the history of Troy University,” Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor said. “We are excited about this major achievement for our University, but the real beneficiaries will be the people of the State of Alabama as we increase the availability of highly trained nurse practitioners .”

The Commission on Colleges approved the level change for Troy University at its annual meeting last week in San Antonio. Chancellor Hawkins shared the news with members of the Board of Trustees at Friday’s fall trustee’s meeting.

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TROY dancers earn honors at The Pulse

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Dance

TROY – Two members of Troy University’s Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble earned honors in a Broadway Dance Center dance convention in Nashville.

Adrienne Hicks and Sydnii Todd won two of just 15 scholarships awarded at The Pulse on Tour Dance Convention, where more than 400 dancers attended in late November. Todd was also named a Pulse Protégé, allowing her to compete for the title Elite Protégé this summer in New York City. If she wins the title, Todd will travel on weekends with Pulse on Tour assisting in classes and representing Troy University, said Dena Moree, who helps coordinate the group within the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Hicks, a junior from Troy, and Todd, a freshman from Birmingham, are part of the ensemble that competed “Lost,” a lyrical-contemporary dance choreographed in September by Las Vegas, Nev.-based choreographer J.V. Jennings. In addition to their performance, the dancers attended 90-minute sessions in contemporary and hip-hop dance.

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WSFA general manager urges TROY graduates to be leaders

Posted: Thursday, 18 December 2008

MONTGOMERY—Ken Selvaggi, vice president and general manager for WSFA 12 News, challenged Troy University Montgomery Campus graduates to become leaders and make an impact on their communities.

Selvaggi delivered the keynote address during the Montgomery Campus fall commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. presented diplomas to 205 graduates.

Selvaggi told the graduates their leadership will be needed during these troubled times.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University Dothan Commencement Ceremony

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2008
Dec. 14, 3 p.m.: Award winning auto dealer Mike Schmitz, owner of the Mike Schmitz Automotive Group, will deliver the keynote address to graduates during Troy University’s Dothan Campus commencement on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Dothan Civic Center. Media are asked to be in place no later than 2:45 p.m. Any special coverage requirements should be directed to the University Relations Office or via email to mclower@troy.edu.

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Troy University develops a Leadership Studies minor for students

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TROY— Troy University students looking to hone their leadership skills and abilities can now minor in Leadership Studies.

This 18 semester-hour minor requires at least 12 hours in leadership courses and may include six hours from other disciplines.

“Students wanted a good ‘hands-on minor in Leadership Studies—not just a course of study that would teach about leaders, but one that would help them actually develop leadership skills,” said Dr. John Kline, professor and Director of Leadership Development.

Kline said 40 students have already enrolled for the minor and he expects 40 more will enroll in January when the spring semester gets under way.

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Troy University director adapts "Indiana Jones" score for bands

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Ford

TROY—Ralph Ford knows the music of famed movie score composer John Williams as well as any composer around. He has studied it for years from a unique vantage point.

Williams is known worldwide for writing the scores for dozens of Hollywood’s finest and highest-profile movies, such as the “Star Wars” films, “Superman” and “Schindler’s List.”

Ford, the Director of Bands at Troy University, has the job of taking Williams’ score and adapting it for bands of all levels. Ford has arranged Williams’ work ranging from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” to the “Harry Potter” series. Ford’s latest project is arranging the score from “Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Ford’s music is published exclusively by Belwin, a division of Alfred Publications (formerly Warner Brothers Publications) where he serves as staff composer/arranger with over 180 publications for concert band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and marching band currently available worldwide.

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London trip offers exposure to art, media and internationalization

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TROY—Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and the College of Communication and Fine Arts will return to London this summer offering students an opportunity to learn and study art and the mass media.

Suitable for any student regardless of major, the course is designed to provide a communications and fine arts experience.

“This is the third time this trip has been offered and it’s an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of another country,” said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, an associate professor who is organizing the trip.

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Brenda Joysmith exhibit coming to TROY's Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

MONTGOMERY—Renowned artist Brenda Joysmith will bring a collection of her paintings celebrating African-American family life to Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum in January.

Joysmith’s “Cultural Affirmations” exhibition will be on display in the museum’s gallery from Jan.7-March 31. She will participate in a gallery talk on March 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Joysmith’s serene and tranquil pastel paintings are timeless in their subject matter, said Georgette M. Norman, museum director.

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TROY Dothan Campus donates to Toys for Tots

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2008
Toys

DOTHAN—Faculty and staff at Troy University’s Dothan Campus presented more than 100 new toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program on Monday, Dec. 15.

It was the second year Dothan faculty and staff have participated in Toys for Tots, and the amount of toys contributed exceeded last year’s total, said Sandra Sauls, a TROY counselor who coordinated the toy drive.

Approximately 112 new toys were presented to representatives of the local Marine Corps League. Last year, the campus contributed 79 toys.

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New Spanish classes will aid law enforcement and emergency personnel

Posted: Monday, 18 December 2008

DOTHAN—Troy University will be offering two new Spanish language classes for law enforcement and emergency personnel at the Dothan Campus during the spring semester.

With a large population of Spanish-speaking people living in the area, it is critical that law enforcement professionals and emergency responders be able to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking people, said Kathy Farley of the Continuing Education Center.

Spanish for Emergency Personnel will focus on mastering basic vocabulary related to medical emergency care issues. Students will learn to give clear concise commands, to practice listening and comprehension skills and gain an understanding of basic Hispanic/Latino cultural issues. Topics covered will include patient assessment, injuries and bleeding, cardiac emergencies, parts of the body, childbirth, alcohol and drugs.

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Troy University Symphony Band releases "Whispers on the Wind"

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2008

TROY—The Troy University Symphony Band has recorded a new CD entitled, “Stormworks Chapter 13: Whispers on the Wind,” which marks the band’s second collaboration with internationally renowned composer Stephen Melillo.

Ralph Ford, Director of Bands at Troy University, said the Symphony Band began recording “Whispers on the Wind” last May and the project was completed in October. The CD will be released this month.

“The CD is reminiscent of the old Hollywood orchestras of the 1930s and 1940s,” Ford said. “It’s a powerful sound. We studied how they achieved that sound and then we added electronic instruments and synthesizers to our wind instruments and percussion.”

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Schmitz delivers keynote address to TROY Dothan Campus graduates

Posted: Thursday, 18 December 2008

DOTHAN—Award winning auto dealer Mike Schmitz gave a testimony to the power of education Sunday during Troy University’s Dothan Campus commencement.

Schmitz delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Dothan Civic Center. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. presented diplomas to 250 graduates.

Schmitz said that after being adopted from a Des Moines, IA orphanage as a child he struggled academically in school, memorably taking home a report card in the third grade that was “straight Fs.”

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Chief Justice: Graduates need timeless virtues to survive tough times

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2008
Cobb

TROY—The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama told Troy University graduates Friday that they will need to exhibit the virtues of their “greatest generation” ancestors to cope with tough economic times.

Justice Sue Bell Cobb spoke Friday at fall commencement ceremonies in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented diplomas to 350 graduates from 16 U.S. states and 12 other nations at the ceremony.

“A large number of folks are struggling to deal with the changes in the economy and companies are laying people off,” Cobb said. “But that is not where this story ends; this is where it begins.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University Dothan Commencement Ceremony

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2008
Dec. 14, 3 p.m.: Award winning auto dealer Mike Schmitz, owner of the Mike Schmitz Automotive Group, will deliver the keynote address to graduates during Troy University’s Dothan Campus commencement on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Dothan Civic Center. Media are asked to be in place no later than 2:45 p.m. Any special coverage requirements should be directed to the University Relations Office or via email to mclower@troy.edu.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Friday Events

Posted: Thursday, 11 December 2008

Commencement Exercises

Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m.: Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb will be the keynote speaker at Troy University’s commencement at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall. Media seating is available at the scorer’s table. Media are asked to be in place no later than 10:15 a.m. Any special coverage requirements should be directed to the University Relations Office or via email to clusk@troy.edu .

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Troy University Dothan Campus to make Toys for Tots donation

Posted: Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Dec. 15: Faculty and staff at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will make a donation of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program on Monday, Dec. 15.

The toys will be turned over to a Toys for Tots representative during a presentation at 10 a.m. in the atrium of the Library Technology Building.

The is the second year in which Dothan Campus faculty and staff have supported Toys for Tots, said Sandra Hatfield-Sauls, TROY student counselor. Last year, more than 100 new toys were donated.

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TROY's "Sound of the South" releases new CD

Posted: Tuesday, 09 December 2008
Sound of the South

TROY—Troy University’s “Sound of the South” Marching Band has released a new compact disc, called “The Sound’s in Town: Coast to Coast,” according to Director of Bands Ralph E. Ford.

The new CD features numbers performed by the marching band in various halftime shows between 2002 and 2006, Ford said. It was produced by Ilium Records, a Troy-based recording studio. This is the second CD released by the marching band in the last two years, and “Coast to Coast” is the fourth album/CD produced in “The Sound’s in Town” series.

“I was looking for a theme for the CD that would accurately reflect the nationwide focus of the marching band,” Ford said. “Over the past few years we have performed, literally, from coast to coast in places such as San Jose, CA, Miami, New Orleans and a lot of points in between.”

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TROY Associate Provost to speak at Phenix City commencement ceremony

Posted: Tuesday, 09 December 2008

PHENIX CITY—Dr. Hal W. Fulmer, Troy University’s associate provost and dean of undergraduate studies, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at TROY’s Phenix City Campus during commencement on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. EST at the Columbus Civic Center. About 170 graduates are expected to participate.

A noted writer and speaker in the fields of communication, journalism and speech, Dr. Fulmer has co-authored a workbook on public relations and co-authored more than 100 articles, conference presentations, chapters and reviews. He has also presented more than 500 workshops, lectures and speeches on a variety of communication topics. His most recent work includes co-authoring a book on success industries scheduled to be published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Troy University named a finalist in national information technology awards program

Posted: Tuesday, 09 December 2008

TROY -- Troy University’s Office of Information Technology has been named a finalist in the 2009 SC Awards program for outstanding achievement in information-technology security.

TROY’s Information Technology Security Team was recognized in the Professional Award category and was nominated by an IT security vendor. That nomination was judged by a panel of 18 chief information security officers from both the public and private sectors.

“Troy IT’s recognition as a finalist for the SC security award is complimentary of our efforts to promote a safe computing model at Troy University,” said Chief Information Officer Greg Price. “Through a layered approach to end-user security, we foster a heightened awareness of IT security, pursuing a homogeneous computing environment. The recognition is reflective of the dedication of TROY’s IT security team and the great job they perform each day.”

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Troy University donates Christmas stockings to Salvation Army in Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 08 December 2008
Stockings

MONTGOMERY—Staff and faculty at Troy University are spreading holiday cheer this season by collecting Christmas stockings for the Montgomery Salvation Army.

The stockings are stuffed with Christmas gifts purchased by faculty and staff members. More than 150 stockings have been collected so far and the first batch was picked up by the Salvation Army on Monday, Dec. 8. Staff and faculty will continue to turn in stockings through Friday, when the final donation will be made.

The stockings full of gifts will be distributed by the Salvation Army to needy children, senior citizens and the homeless, said Ray White, vice chancellor of the Montgomery campus.

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Troy University Dothan Campus Advisory Council holds first meeting

Posted: Thursday, 04 December 2008

DOTHAN – A new Troy University advisory council will help focus attention on the University’s Dothan Campus.

The council, which held its inaugural meeting Dec. 2 on the Dothan Campus, is comprised of Wiregrass-area business and community leaders, said Dr. Don Jeffrey, the campus’ vice chancellor.

“These are influential, entrepreneurial people who have already dignified themselves by great leadership and they have graciously agreed to come and share their experience as we grow a better university, a better city and a better Wiregrass,” Jeffrey said.

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Former news editor joins TROY University Relations staff

Posted: Thursday, 04 December 2008
Matt Clower

TROY – Troy University officials have announced that Matt Clower has joined the Office of University Relations as a coordinator.

Clower’s duties will include coordinating media affairs for the Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City campuses.

“Matt’s enthusiasm and news experience will allow us to better serve not only our TROY family but the news media and public as well,” said Tom Davis, Director of University Relations.








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Vardaman named associate provost at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 04 December 2008
D. Lee Vardaman Jr.

TROY—D. Lee Vardaman Jr. has been named Associate Provost for Academic Support at Troy University, according to Dr. Ed Roach, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Responsibilities of this position include coordination and administration of academic technology initiatives and projects, academic legal issues, personnel issues, budget preparation and management of faculty records and contracts.

Dr. Vardaman currently serves as Senior Director of Human Resources for Troy University. He joined the University’s professional staff in 2000 as Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining the TROY staff, Vardaman was the human resources manager and information technology manager for the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.



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Award winning auto dealer to address TROY Dothan campus graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 02 December 2008

DOTHAN – A Dothan automotive dealer who received Alabama’s 2008 TIME Quality Dealer Award will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s commencement on the Dothan campus on Dec. 14.

Mike Schmitz, owner of the Mike Schmitz Automotive Group, will speak to about 100 graduates who will receive diplomas during the ceremony that begins at 3 p.m. in the Dothan Civic Center.

Schmitz is a 30-year veteran of the automotive industry. He owns the Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki franchises as Mike Schmitz Automotive Group in Dothan, and also owns Toyota of Dothan, along with John Mitchell. Schmitz’s dealerships have won numerous factory awards for sales and customer satisfaction, and sold more than 3,000 new and used vehicles in 2006.

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Performance highlights Rosa Parks Library and Museum eighth anniversary

Posted: Tuesday, 02 December 2008
Doreen Griffin

MONTGOMERY – Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library and Museum celebrated its eighth anniversary on Monday, Dec. 1 with a presentation of “She’s Got a Ticket to Ride: An Interview with Mrs. Rosa Parks.”

Doreen Griffin of Trenton, New Jersey, portrayed Rosa Parks as she recounted the events leading up to her historic arrest on Dec. 1 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus.

“In order to bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step,” Griffin said while performing as Parks.







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Mr. Ken Selvaggi to deliver Commencement Address at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 December 2008

MONTGOMERY - Mr. Ken Selvaggi, Vice President and General Manager of WSFA 12 News, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the Davis Theatre for Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus.

Prior to joining WSFA, Mr. Selvaggi was President and General Manager of KSNT, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kansas. He previously worked in news management for 20 years at television stations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Mr. Selvaggi currently serves on the Board of Directors of the River Region United Way, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Baptist Health Care Foundation, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts.

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Dr. Edith Smith named associate dean of TROY’s Graduate School

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2008

TROY -- Troy University officials have announced the appointment of Dr. Edith Smith as the associate dean of the Graduate School following a national search.

“Dr. Smith is a proven leader. As the Graduate School grows her leadership skills will have a profound effect on its success,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor.

Dr. Smith has more than 25 years of higher education experience, most recently serving as interim dean for the University’s College of Health & Human Services (2006-2008). She has also been a professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion.

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