By Clif Lusk
Troy University has forged a new alliance with the Catholic Church
to create a faith-based community on its Troy Campus that includes a
Collaborating with St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Troy and
the Archdiocese of Mobile, the 376-bed residence hall will open for
business with the Fall 2013 semester. It features a 2,300 square-foot
Newman Center and three options for dorm living.
The University will lease a portion of the $12 million facility to the
Archdiocese of Mobile for use as the Newman Center, which will be
directed by St. Martin’s pastor Father Den Irwin. TROY Chancellor Dr.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., and Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi signed a long-term
lease agreement for the facility during a ceremony in Mobile in March.
“I thank the leadership of Troy University for allowing the Archdiocese of Mobile to lease a location on campus where
religious values and viewpoints can be welcomed and where it can therefore enter into the wonderful interplay of ideas which
should characterize a secular campus,” Archbishop Rodi said during the March luncheon and ceremony. “We live in a culture
characterized by choice. That choice should also extend to the college campus mix of ideas. Thanks for welcoming us into this mix
When it opens in the fall, it will become the southeast region’s only residence-hall Newman Center, and will include a large
meeting and activity room, a lounge area with a kitchenette, tables and chairs for activities, an adoration chapel and offices for
Catholic Student Ministries.
“This is a value-oriented residence hall,” said TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., “We believe that this partnership will add
value and values to our future students in keeping with the Newman Center name and Catholic focus.”
The project’s genesis came from both the University’s need for more residential living space and a survey of students who
identified faith-based living as a priority. While the dorms at the Newman Center are non-denominational, students selected to live
there must maintain a 2.5 grade point average, must respect diversity, refrain from the use of alcohol or illegal drugs in the facility,
engage in community service or service learning projects and agree to maintain the standards of the “Trojan Way,” the University’s
code of conduct. Preference will be given to students who maintain an active spiritual lifestyle and maintain active engagement in
campus faith-based organizations.
Dr. Hawkins and Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi signed a long-term lease for the Center in March. “Programming in the residence
hall will be based around service to others and community service with an opportunity for students to share their faith with each
other and others outside the residence hall,”
said Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves,
who oversees student housing on campus.
All of the rooms in the two-building facility
are suite style and include a common room.
One person studios are offered, as are two-
bedroom, two-person suites and two-bedroom,
four-person suites – the most economical
Lusk is a university relations coordinator.
Troy University will celebrate Homecoming 2013 on Oct. 5 with
the theme “TROY Saves the Day: A Hero’s Homecoming.”
The Trojans will welcome in-state, Sun Belt Conference
rival South Alabama to Veterans Memorial Stadium for the
Homecoming football game.
“Homecoming is always a great event in the life of TROY each
fall, and we are excited about the activities we have planned as we
welcome alumni and friends back to campus,” said Faith Ward,
director of alumni affairs. “We want to encourage all alumni to be
there to take part in all the special activities and to cheer on the
Trojans against South Alabama.”
Student organizations will compete in various contests
throughout the week, using various comic book or movie
superhero characters to coordinate with this year’s theme.
A homecoming pep rally will kick of the weekend’s activities on
Oct. 4, along with the World War II-era alumni reunion. On Oct.
5, the annual Homecoming Parade presented by the Pike County
TROY Saves the Day:
A Hero’s Homecoming
Chamber of Commerce will travel through downtown Troy
and around the square.
Special tailgating activities are also being planned prior to
the game on Tailgate Terrace, the Alumni House and areas
Pre-game activities will include the introduction of the
homecoming court and a performance by TROY’s Sound of
the South marching band. The homecoming queen will be
crowned at halftime.
Other halftime activities will include: performances
by the Sound of the South and the Alumni Band and the
presentation of the Alumni of the Year Awards. Nominations
for the Alumni of the Year awards are currently being taken.
For additional information or for a nomination form, visit
Watch the website for additional information coming soon.
Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and the Most Rev. Thomas J. Rodi,
Archbishop of Mobile, signing lease. Standing from left: Gerald O. Dial, president
pro-tem of the Board of Trustees, Trustee and Foundation Board Chair Karen
Carter and Father Den Irwin, of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Troy.
of the Newman
Center Residence Hall