Personal achievements, special faculty members, campus events and everyday events are woven
together to form a student’s total college experience. The next several items touch on these areas of
campus life, legend and lore.
During the 1920s,
the college did not choose a homecoming
queen, but instead picked the “Prettiest
Girl” to reign. The frst known recipient
of the title and the mother of all future
homecoming royalty was Miss Louise
Bozeman in 1929. The frst homecoming
queen as recorded in the Palladium, the
University’s yearbook, was Miss Ann
Wood in 1947.
John Tillman, a Troy State Teachers College graduate and the frst advertis-
ing manager of the Tropolitan student newspaper, worked for CBS radio and could
regularly be heard as a host or co-host on such programs as “Major Bowes Amateur
Hour,” “Colonel Stoopnagle,” “Take It or Leave It,” “The Story of Mary Marlin,”
“Believe It or Not,” “Stage Door Canteen” and “CBS World News” from the late 1930s
to the mid 1940s.
Poet Carl Sandburg (left) is greeted by TROY students and faculty during a visit
to the Troy Campus on Oct. 9, 1947. Sandburg spoke to an audience of nearly 800 in Wright
Hall, addressing U.S. foreign policy and entertaining with poems
student Wayland DuBose
participates in the
fnals of the national
Golden Gloves Boxing
Championship in 1948.
While he came up short
in the title match, DuBose
was treated to a hero’s
welcome upon his return
In 1951, TROY
students organized a fund drive to
buy a seeing-eye dog for classmate
James Brown. Students donated 40
cents each and raised $300.
In 1956, students
staged a demonstration to protest
the quality of dining hall food.
The major complaint was that
seconds were not offered on
vegetables and the meat was not
The late Woodi Ishmael, who taught art at TROY, was the only courtroom artist allowed in the 1964 trial of Jack Ruby.
In 1964, male students dining
on campus were required to dress ap-
propriately for Sunday dinner. Dress shirts
and ties were required during the warmer
months, while coats and ties were required
during cooler seasons.
In 1969, the Student Government Association passed a bill to punish line-breakers at the dining hall with a $5 fne.
In the 1970s,
TROY had royalty on staff
in the person of Mrs.
Robert Arnold, also known
as Princess Rudivorivan,
granddaughter of King
Mongkut of Siam.
of 1970, the campus was
rife with speculation that
the new library, Lurleen B.
Wallace Hall, was sinking
into the ground. Estimates
ranged from two inches to
three feet. The rumor was
fueled by a routine post-
construction inspection that
found a few minor matters
that needed to be addressed.