Grants Help Spread Chinese Language
and Culture in Alabama
High school students and teachers from throughout the country
were able to immerse themselves in the Chinese language
and culture this summer during an intensive program at Troy
The 15-day residential program, TROY-STARTALK, was made
possible through nearly $200,000 in federal funds from the
National Security Administration.
Students who completed the program have the opportunity
to participate in study abroad programs in China through
the Confucius Institute at Troy University. In addition to the
language studies, students were exposed to Chinese culture
through learning Chinese Kung Fu and Dragon dance, making
Chinese-related arts and crafts, playing traditional games, cooking
and writing calligraphy.
Teachers of Chinese received intensive training and cultural
immersion opportunities similar to the student workshop to
broaden their understanding of Chinese culture and thought
when they return to their own classrooms.
Journalism Alumni Association
Four graduates of Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism
and Communications have received awards from the Journalism
The awards were presented at the Hall School’s annual
awards banquet for current students and alumni. This year’s
banquet, held in the University’s Trojan Center, also celebrated
the 40th anniversary of the Hall School of Journalism and
Peggy Hoomes Jaye (1980) of Monroeville received the award
as outstanding alumna in public relations. Jaye is public affairs
manager for Georgia-Pacific’s Alabama River Cellulose facility
in Monroe County. She previously served as director of the
Monroeville Chamber of Commerce and as associate editor of
. She and her husband, Alan, have two sons.
Tiffeny Owens (2008), who received the award as outstanding
alumna in print journalism, is the Decatur City Hall reporter
The Decatur Daily
. She covers Decatur City Council, mayor’s
office, zoning, planning and personnel boards and finance work
Aaron Taylor (2000), interim president of the Journalism
Alumni Association, received the Merrill Bankester Outstanding
Service Award for his work with the alumni association. The
award is named for the Dean Emeritus of the Hall School.
Taylor works with the TrojanVision News Department at TROY.
Taylor is engaged to 2001 Hall School graduate Robbyn Brooks.
Desmond Wingard (1999), winner of the outstanding alumnus
in broadcast journalism, is assistant news director for WSFA-TV
in Montgomery. A native of Letohatchee, Wingard began
working at WSFA 12 before he graduated. He has also served
as an interim assignment editor, executive producer and interim
• Journalism Alumni Association award winners, from left to right: Tiffeny Owens,
Aaron Taylor, Peggy Jaye and Desmond Wingard.
Troy University establishes new home
for computer sciences
One of Troy University’s more popular academic programs—
computer sciences— is now a department of its own, according
to Dr. Jim Rinehart, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The computer science program had been a unit of the
mathematics department since the 1970s. Dr. Rinehart said the
growth of the program, which serves more than 1,000 students,
warranted the creation of a separate department. Dr. Bill Zhong,
who joined the University faculty in 2005, will serve as chair of
Dr. Zhong said the computer science curriculum will be revised
to “reflect current trends in the profession.” In addition, the
department will collaborate with the Department of Criminal
Justice to offer a new academic minor in cyber security.
TROY-STARTALK participants practice the traditional Chinese fan dance
during the 15-day residential program held this summer on the Troy Campus.