SpringSummer 2014 - page 30-31

TROY Magazine
1939 - Lon Wise
1942 - Ida Jewel Smith Liles
1943 - Willodene Davidson Farrell
1945 - Edith Smith Knight
1946 - Georgia Moore Blackmon
1949 - Jack Payne Solomon
1949 - William L. Trussell
1950 - McDowell Lee
1950 - Juanita Mallette Walden
1955 - John A. Morgan
1957 - Bobby Harold Davis
1957 - Billy Ray Norman
1961 - Kline Bentley
1962 - David J. Griffe
1963 - Noel Russell Bower
1963 - JoAnn Bridges Harbin
1967 - Robert Paul Nix, Sr.
1971 - Sandra M. Bradford
1972 - Lt. Col. Edward F. Stipech (retired)
1974 - Emma Pearl Norton Jackson
Troy University’s Trojan Arena has
been named by Learning By Design as
an outstanding project in its Spring 2014
Architectural Review Showcase.
In association with the American Institute
of Architects Academy, the Council of
Educational Facility Planners International,
and the American Architectural Foundation
Design for Learning Council, Ed Spaces and
others, Learning By Design recognizes some
of the most exceptional education design
projects in the United States.
“We are delighted that Trojan Arena has
been recognized as one of the best facilities
of its kind in the nation,” said TROY
Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “This award
is testament to the vision of our trustees
and staff and it reflects the talent of our
architectural partners Goodwyn, Mills and
Cawood. Through intense ‘value engineering,’
the end result exceeded the financial
investment we made in the arena.”
Montgomery architectural firm Goodwyn,
Mills and Cawood, Inc., in cooperation with
Populous, spearheaded the design of the
5,500-seat $40 million arena that has received
other national and international awards for its
design and use of technology.
The design team included Bill Wallace,
principal, and Freddie Lynn, Jr., project
manager, both of Goodwyn, Mills and
Cawood, and Populous’ Jim Swords. HOAR
Construction, Inc. was the general contractor
for the construction of the arena.
“In the 18 months since its opening, Trojan
Arena has proven to be a tremendous asset for
Troy Athletics,” said John Hartwell, TROY’s
Director of Athletics. “Its ‘wow factor’ is a
huge recruiting advantage for us not just in
men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball,
but for all of our sports. We certainly believe
the addition of Trojan Arena has elevated the
stature of our athletics program, and will pay
dividends for many years to come.”
Trojan Arena
receives national
University mourns death
of former Alumni President Gardner
James C. “Jimmy” Gardner, a 1975 alumnus and past president of the Troy
University Alumni Association, passed away on May 28 following a battle with
cancer. He was 65.
Gardner owned Jimmy Gardner State Farm Insurance and had been a
State Farm agent for more than 30 years. In addition he coached high school
football for 41 years, earning him recognition in the Fort Dale Academy
Athletic Hall of Fame and the Alabama Independent Schools Association
Sports Hall of Fame.
He was co-founder of the Butler County TROY Alumni Chapter in 1999,
a Lifetime Member of the TROY Alumni Association, and a member of the
Trojan Warriors and the Troy University Shield Society.
In 2012, Gardner was named Alumni of the Year, an honor his wife Wanda
achieved in 2000.
“Troy University has lost a true Trojan,” said Faith Ward, director of Alumni Affairs. “Jimmy was a proud
alumnus and he demonstrated that, not only in his service and commitment to the University but also within
his community.”
Gardner is survived by his mother, Rilla Till Gardner; his wife, Wanda; his brother, Ronnie Gardner
(Paula); his sister, Fleta Richard (the late Pat Richard); his three children, Dr. Josh Gardner (Hilarie), Dr. Caleb
Gardner (Sarah Ellen), Abbie Ballew (Brad); two step-daughters, Melanie Garner (Wes), and Lauran Lott
(Frankie); three nephews, Frank Richard, Joseph Gardner and Dow Gardner, one niece, Hannah Coody; and
12 grandchildren.
1974 - Thomas Ratcliff
1974 - Dan S. Wise
1975 - James Carroll (Jimmy) Gardner
1977 - John E. Adams
1978 - George Donald Smith
1980 - Paul D. Thurman
1991 - Charles L. Banks
1993 - Maj. Thomas Larry Wright (retired)
1997 - Susan V. Fronheiser
Trudy Deloach
Dr. Stanley LaVurle Echols
E.C. Oswald
Ronald G. Powell
Ruth Helms Seal
Paul Eddie Stark
Robert L. Tidwell
David Watson
John McKinley
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