One of my favorite passages of scripture comes from the Book of Matthew where it says, in part, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . .” That is a wonderful sentiment for all, regardless of one’s faith or religious orientation, and applicable especially to those of us in higher education. The notion of service is as old as the academy itself. The cover story of this edition of the Troy Magazine illustrates the spirit of public service is alive and well among Troy University alumni, students, faculty and staff.
In this edition, you will learn about TROY alumni who have established an inner-city ministry in Montgomery, Ala., an alumnus who serves as an advocate for victims of violent crime, and the efforts of our students to provide helping hands in light of recent natural disasters at home and abroad. You will also read about our service learning initiative, a part of our First-Year Studies program that encourages students to put what they learn in the classroom to work for the betterment of the community. I hope this coverage will inspire you to share your stories of service with us. We appreciate feedback from our alumni and friends.
This issue also contains a report of our milestone spring commencement on the Troy Campus, where we awarded the doctoral degree—the doctorate in nursing practice—for the first time. This was a proud moment for the University as we included a doctoral “hooding” ceremony at commencement. The spring commencement also saw the first graduates of our interpreter training program receive their baccalaureate degrees. This program is the only one of its kind in Alabama and is a point of pride for our College of Education.
The date has been set for our annual homecoming celebration, with the theme “For the Love of TROY” centering on our 125th anniversary in 2012. Homecoming is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 11-13, so mark your calendars for a return to campus. If you haven’t been back to campus in a few years, this would be a perfect year to visit your alma mater and show your Trojan Spirit.
Another way for Alabama residents to show their Trojan spirit is to purchase TROY vehicle license plates. The gift of $50 is tax-deductible, and $48 goes to the Trojan Pride Scholarship program, Last year we set a record for sales, moving to number three among Alabama universities in sales volume. Ask the Probate Office in your county about the program and join the more than 6,000 Trojans who proudly sport our University’s license plate on their vehicles.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.