Troy University officials, Troy University Foundation officers
and the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile formally opened and
dedicated the John Henry Cardinal Newman Center residence
hall during an Aug. 18 ceremony. Within the Newman Center
residential facility is a 2,300 square-foot Mother Teresa Center
leased by the Archdiocese of Mobile from the private TROY
“Our students – and our parents – are particularly pleased
with having a residence hall where the students can learn from
one another and study the diversity that is found on the Troy
Campus,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “Increasingly our
society has become less civil, and steps such as this are important
in restoring civility around the world.”
Dr. Hawkins noted that some 70 countries are represented on
the Troy Campus.
The 376-bed residence hall, which is open to all TROY
students, is owned, operated and its construction funded by the
Troy University Foundation, a non-profit organization funded
by private donations. The Foundation is leasing the land on
Collegedale Street where the residence halls are located from
“Universities are centers for knowledge and wisdom,” said
Archbishop Thomas Rodi, “and those are not synonyms. We
hope that the Newman Center will become a central avenue for
students to learn and develop wisdom.”
Troy University trustees, Foundation board members and University officials,
together with representatives from the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile, dedicate the
John Henry Cardinal Newman Center at Troy University on Aug. 18.
Archbishop Thomas Rodi speaks during ceremony to bless the Mother
Theresa Center, the Catholic student ministry center which includes a chapel, an
activity room and offices.
Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Father Den Irwin of Troy’s St.
Martin of Tours Catholic Church, and Archbishop Thomas Rodi unveil a photo collage
that will hang inside the Mother Theresa Center inside the Newman Center.
Newman Center Residence Hall Dedicated
New TROY Program Aims to Improve
Local Pre-K Literacy Education Efforts
A new Troy University initiative launched by faculty in the College
of Education will provide professional development training and
support to teachers at prekindergarten programs in Dothan serving
children from low-income families.
Funded by a nearly $24,000 grant from the Wiregrass Foundation,
the Project Pre-K to K Literacy Transition program will forge year-
long partnerships between TROY education faculty and three child
care centers in Dothan serving about 85 families from low-income
neighborhoods. The program will provide the pre-K teachers with
training, curriculum and support to ensure that the four-year-olds at the
centers are getting high-quality literacy education that will prepare them
TROY Public Radio’s “Community
Focus” Earns Top Honors
Troy University Public Radio’s “Community Focus” has been named
the 2013 Best Talk Show Medium Market by the Alabama Broadcaster’s
The show, led by 16-year veteran host Carolyn Hutcheson, airs
Monday through Friday at 12:10 p.m., following the noon news on the
University’s three stations WTSU, 89.9 F.M., serving Montgomery and
Troy; WRWA, 88.7 F.M., serving Dothan; and WTJB, 91.7 F.M., serving
Columbus, Ga. and Phenix City.
“The award is a reflection of the Troy University Public Radio staff ’s
commitment, and that of the University, to serve the ‘public’ in public
radio throughout our Alabama, Georgia and Florida coverage area,”
Hutcheson said. “It’s a joy and a privilege to connect our communities
by bringing their voices to the airwaves.”
The program is produced, and frequently guest hosted, by Kyle
Gassiott, the network’s operations manager.
TROY Alumna Honored Among
Washington’s Most Influential Women
A TROY graduate has been named to the National Journal’s “25
Most Influential Women of Washington Under 35” list.
Kristal Quarker Hartsfield, who earned her Master of Public
Administration in 2007, was named to the list which focuses on those
who “quickly made their mark in Congress, think tanks, lobby shops,
federal agencies or other venues.”
Hartsfield serves as National Field Director for African-American
Initiatives for the Republican National Committee. She began her career
in politics as minority coalitions director for the Tennessee GOP. On
Capitol Hill, Hartsfield was the first black senior professional staffer
on African affairs for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and
also directed business outreach and communications for the House
Republican Policy Committee.
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the Beltway, National Journal has been Washington’s premier source of
nonpartisan insight on politics and policy for more than four decades.
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Journal, National Journal Daily, and National Journal Hotline.
FarmHouse Fraternity Claims
Top Spot Nationally
For the second time, Troy University’s
FarmHouse Fraternity has earned the organization’s
top national award.
The Ruby Cup was bestowed following a vote of
the International Board of Directors. FarmHouse
chapters annually submit an Award of Excellence
assessment and a Chapter Programming Award
submission to determine the top three chapters
in both of the organization’s divisions. TROY’s
chapter placed first in the Gold Division in all 12
programming award categories. From the divisions,
an overall outstanding chapter is selected.
“Our brotherhood’s goal is to constantly work to
build each other up and be active on campus,” said
Chapter President Cody Farrill, a senior political
science major from Panama City, Fla., who also
serves as president of the University’s Student
“The Ruby Cup is a symbol of our hard work,
but also a challenge to ensure progress marks our
every step,” he said.
The TROY chapter bested Iowa State, breaking
its three-year run with the cup. TROY’s last Ruby
Cup win was in 2008.
FarmHouse International Fraternity is a men’s
agriculturally-related social fraternity on 35 campuses
across North America. Founded in 1905 at the
University of Missouri, the Fraternity works to build
men physically, socially, spiritually and intellectually.
The Fraternity consists of 1,500 undergraduate
members and nearly 30,000 lifetime initiates and
maintains its International headquarters in Kansas
City, Mo. The TROY chapter was founded in 1995.