FROM THE DESK OF THE CHANCELLOR
If I were asked to explain Troy University’s
mission of globalization using just one anecdote,
I would be tempted to tell the story of Ashkelon,
the subject of our cover story in this issue of Troy
University Magazine. Ashkelon, located some 35 miles
from Tel Aviv, is the site of an archeological dig that
began in 1985, but it’s also the site of a new academic
partnership for our University.
Dr. Bill Grantham, a member of our social sciences
faculty, has sent TROY students to the Middle East
each summer for four years now to work on this
dig alongside faculty and students from Harvard,
Boston College and Wheaton College in unearthing
the secrets of the past. I am proud that this year
TROY was asked to join these outstanding institutions
in formal partnership on this project, which is a
testimony to the work of Dr. Grantham and our
students who have worked at Ashkelon.
Overseas projects such as Ashkelon were what
we had in mind when we began the process of
internationalization more than 20 years ago. Not only
do we want to bring students and scholars from other
lands to Alabama, we also want to expose our students
from the United States to the broader world, for that
is the stage on which the next generation of leaders
will perform. That’s why TROY students can be found
studying and learning in China, Italy, London, France
and Kenya, just to name a few of our study-abroad
The Trojan Nation is producing its share of authors,
working in all genres. This edition reports on a faculty
member who has written a timely and well-received
work on the lessons society can take from the great
tornado outbreak of 2011 and its aftermath. We also
profile alumnus James Harvey, a retired businessman
who has added “successful author” to his resume.
Mr. Harvey has written a novel set in the Florida
Panhandle region during the World War II era and is
working on a second novel.
This issue also profiles the first class of our
Troy University Sports Hall of Fame, which will
be inducted this year. Those to be enshrined
represent the very best of the Trojan Spirit and the
establishment of a hall of fame to honor our Trojan
sports heroes is long overdue. The ceremony will be
held in our beautiful new Trojan Arena, where our hall
of fame will be housed.
Speaking of athletics, next football season promises
to be a season of firsts. It marks the first season
we have six home games since joining the NCAA’s
Football Bowl Subdivision and Mississippi State will
be the first Southeastern Conference school to visit
Veterans Memorial Stadium when the Bulldogs come
calling on Sept. 15. But the afternoon of Nov. 10 will
be meaningful in a sense that transcends athletics. On
that day the Trojans will play Navy and it’s the first time
a service academy has visited Troy for a football game.
It’s also Veterans Day and the 237th anniversary of the
United States Marine Corps, so we are planning several
special events for that day in addition to our traditional
“Salute to Veterans.”
Make plans to return to campus for these exciting
events and we especially want you back on Nov. 17th for
our annual homecoming celebration.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.