Shortly after I arrived at Troy University in 1989, I was asked to participate in a ceremony “retiring” the last of the card-catalog system cards in the University Library. Like most collegiate libraries, our library was converting to an automated system. It was a poignant moment for me as one who had spent countless hours in libraries conducting academic research. These cards were like old friends.
At that ceremony, I said that the modern university would be neither all “high-touch” as represented by the card system nor all “high-tech” as represented by the new system. The modern university will rather be a combination of high-touch and high-tech. This is a mantra I have repeated for years at Troy University. When I participated in that ceremony in the library so many years ago, however, none of us there could have predicted the internet revolution and the subsequent social-media boom. Who would have thought that services such as Facebook and Twitter would become the ultimate marriage of high-tech and high-touch?
This edition of the Troy University Magazine examines some of the things the University is doing in the technology arena as it relates to those we value most, our students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. We provide an update on our new Web page redesign and tell how we use social media to tell the Troy University story.
Internationalization is important to Troy University and this issue offers a glimpse into the life of one of our first graduates from one of our campuses in Vietnam. This profile of Dang Trung Duc points out that he has more in common with his U.S. counterparts than one might expect. We also take you to a movie set in eastern Europe and show how it was the opportunity of a lifetime for a Troy University faculty member and a graduate student.
We also pay tribute in this issue to the winner of our Distinguished Leadership Award, the highest honor presented to a TROY alumnus. This year’s recipient is Dr. Manley Johnson, a member of the class of 1973, who is a distinguished economist and former vice-chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Other alumni profiled in this edition include the new President of the Congress of American Indians and the reigning Miss Rodeo USA.
In closing, I urge all Troy University alumni to keep in touch with us by submitting information on your career and family milestones to this magazine for publication. See page two of this edition for the mailing address or send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you!
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.