Aim of new TV show is to get voters thinking

Posted: Tuesday, 30 September 2008

TROY – Troy University’s television station TrojanVision is trying to get voters to think about the issues in the upcoming presidential elections.

“TROY Votes,” a new two-part series, scheduled to air in October, will bring about a dozen students together in a forum to discuss the issues surfacing in the presidential election.

“I’ll pose a series of questions and get the students’ perspectives on the election and the related policy matters,” said Dr. Jim Rinehart, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a political science professor.

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MEDIA ADVISORY UPDATE: Crane lift of College of Education Building palladium

Posted: Friday, 26 September 2008

UPDATE: Crane lift of College of Education Building palladium

Sept. 29: A process to place the palladium atop Jack Hawkins Jr. Hall at Troy University will begin at 7 a.m. This will substantially complete the exterior construction phase of the new building that will house the College of Education, a process that began with the demolition of Dill Hall.

The actual lifting of the structure approximately 175 feet in the air is expected to commence at 7:30 a.m. At the longest, the process will take one hour to complete, but, depending on wind conditions, could be over in 30 minutes.

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Troy University personnel receive grant to aid law enforcement

Posted: Thursday, 25 September 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY—Troy University’s Office of Information Technology will use a $463,000 federal grant to enhance a computer forensics lab to aid state and local law enforcement agencies, according to Greg Price, chief technology officer.

Price said the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help TROY’s information technology team address the problem of expanded use of technology in criminal activities. The main goals of the program are to help state and local law enforcement personnel develop adequate skills for the handling of electronic devices, promote awareness of computer crime and provide research and lab services for electronic evidence analysis.

“One of the main areas we will work on is teaching law enforcement agencies how to properly handle digital evidence,” Price said. “For example, there are certain steps that must be followed to make sure the chain of evidence is not broken so that information found on suspect’s computers will be admissible in court.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY UPDATE: Crane lift of College of Education Building palladium

Posted: Friday, 26 September 2008

UPDATE: Crane lift of College of Education Building palladium

Sept. 29: A process to place the palladium atop Jack Hawkins Jr. Hall at Troy University will begin at 7 a.m. This will substantially complete the exterior construction phase of the new building that will house the College of Education, a process that began with the demolition of Dill Hall.

The actual lifting of the structure approximately 175 feet in the air is expected to commence at 7:30 a.m. At the longest, the process will take one hour to complete, but, depending on wind conditions, could be over in 30 minutes.

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Mortar Board raising funds for books

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY – Troy University’s Spires Honor Society Chapter of Mortar Board is competing with other chapters from around the country in a fundraising drive that will put books in the hands of Pike County children.

Through Oct. 15, the chapter is participating in the campaign with First Book Marketplace, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality children’s books and educational materials at deeply discounted prices to organizations serving children from low-income families. Head Start of Pike County will be the beneficiary of the fund drive.

“Mortar Board's national project is ‘Reading Is Leading,’ and schools across the nation are doing projects focused around books,” said Stephanie Yawn, president of the TROY chapter. “We want children in Pike County to get their first book and we’re asking people to make contributions to make that happen.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Financial crisis subject of lecture

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Sept. 29: The Troy University Sorrell College of Business and Troy Bank and Trust will host a public forum entitled: “Understanding The Financial Crisis” from 5:30 pm until 7 pm in the Community Room at Troy Bank & Trust, 1000 Hwy 231 Bypass (next to Lowe’s).

Mr. Robert Earl Stewart, associate professor of finance, at Troy University and Dr. Judson Edwards, associate professor of economics, are the presenters. Mr. Stewart will discuss the current state of the financial markets and explain the impact of the mortgage crisis on the banking system. Dr. Edwards will present data on current economic trends and remark on the general conditions of the national and state economy.

To cover this event, or to schedule an interview with Mr. Stewart or Dr. Edwards, please contact the University Relations Office at 334-670-3196, or via email at clusk@troy.edu.

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Troy University gets gift of land from Phenix City

Posted: Monday, 22 September 2008

PHENIX CITY – Troy University and Phenix City officials gathered at the foot of the 14th Street bridge Monday in a ceremony transferring nearly four acres of property on the city’s Riverwalk to the University.

The $2.965 million dollar parcel is expected to become an anchor for future development of the Riverwalk.

“We are pleased to receive this gift from Phenix City and we look forward to being the catalyst for riverfront growth,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University.

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Troy University Chancellor to lead presidential mission to Chile

Posted: Friday, 19 September 2008
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TROY—Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, will travel to South America Sept. 23-30 as head of a delegation of university presidents that will visit Chilean colleges and universities.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is conducting the Presidential Mission to Chile. Chancellor Hawkins is a member of the AASCU board of directors.

The purpose of the mission is to foster faculty and student exchanges and the development of collaborative academic programs between universities in Chile and the United States. About 20 AASCU-members presidents and chancellors are participating in this year’s Mission.

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Troy University has gala planned for Theatre and Dance

Posted: Thursday, 18 September 2008

TROY – Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts is having a gala celebrating the creation of the Department of Theatre and Dance Friday, Sept. 26.

“Transformation” will showcase performances from the John M. Long School of Music and Theatre and Dance, along with contributions from the Department of Art and Design. In addition to the dramatic and musical theatre presentations, the newly created TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble and TROY Dance Too, the junior ensemble, will also be featured.

The gala begins at 7:30 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater.

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Cheri Murphy wins Troy University's Vergil Parks Mckinley Award for September

Posted: Thursday, 18 September 2008

TROY, Ala.—Cheri Murphy, secretary for Troy University’s Department of Art and Design, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.

Murphy, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2004, received the award during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Murphy, who was nominated Jerry Johnson, chair of the Department of Art and Design.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

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Troy University to receive gift from Phenix City

Posted: Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Sept. 22: At 10 a.m. EDT, officials from Troy University and the City of Phenix City will gather at the Riverwalk near the foot of the 14th Street bridge in Phenix City to formally recognize a significant gift to the University by the City.

Phenix City Mayor Jeff Hardin, TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. and officials from Phenix City’s Housing Authority, Downtown Redevelopment Authority and East Alabama Riverfront Development will join in the ceremony.

Media are requested to be in place no later than 9:45 a.m. EDT to cover this event. Limited availability will occur immediately following the ceremony. If your organization has any special coverage requirements, please contact the University Relations Office at 334-268-9982, or via email to clusk@troy.edu.

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Japanese drum concerts returns to TROY

Posted: Monday, 15 September 2008

TROY – A special children’s workshop and a public performance featuring the Ronin Taiko performers combine music and physical prowess in a traditional Japanese drum concert at Troy University.

The public performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Claudia Crosby Theatre. Tickets are $10, and $5 for children 12 and under or TROY students. The concert is also part of the Troy Arts Council Season Subscription.

“Taiko,” or Japanese traditional drum, carries special significance and is used in religious ceremonies, wartime and in celebrations. The sound has often been compared to a reflection of one’s own heartbeat.

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TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble has guest choreographer

Posted: Monday, 15 September 2008

Jennifer “J.V.” Goecke, a Huntsville native now living in Las Vegas, Nev., watches members of the Troy University’s TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble rehearse during a special instructional period. The University’s dance program brings in special lecturers like Goecke who have national dance experience. Goecke served for 12 years as the ballet company and competition director for Birmingham Dance Theatre and was on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham before creating Jumpstart Boot Camp, a weekend program to motivate, advance and build better dancers. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

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Study Abroad Fair teams students with travel, adventure and learning

Posted: Wednesday, 10 September 2008

TROY – Ten companies will be at Troy University Sept. 15 helping students tie up travel, adventure and learning into one package.

TROY’s Study Abroad fair, which will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 119 of the Trojan Center, is focused on bringing information to students, faculty, and parents through companies that sponsor study abroad.

“It’s a way to provide an in-depth understanding of what the companies offer,” said John Grice, Director of Study Abroad at TROY.

“Students and their parents can get financial aid and scholarship information through a particular organization,” said Grice. “There is over $2 million worth of financial aid through these companies.”

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TROY students to mark anniversary of terrorist attacks

Posted: Tuesday, 09 September 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY -- Troy University students plan to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a special memorial ceremony at noon Thursday on the Quad.

While organized by the University’s chapter of College Republicans, CR chairman Kristen Carter said the event wasn’t about partisan politics.

“This is a day for us to come together as Americans and remember,” said Carter, who added that the event was open to all who wanted to attend.

The Quad will also be covered with American flags in memory of the 3,000 people who were killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, D.C. and rural Pennsylvania.

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Cynthia Cooper to speak in Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 08 September 2008

WorldCom whistle blower Cynthia Cooper will offer her insights into the world of corporate ethics during a speech at Troy University’s Davis Theatre in Montgomery at 7 p.m., Sept. 10.

A media availability with Mrs. Cooper is planned for 2 p.m., Sept. 10, in Tine’s Alley, located adjacent to the Civic Room on the first floor of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.

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Troy University to present French film series in Dothan

Posted: Monday, 08 September 2008

DOTHAN—Wiregrass cinema buffs looking for a change of pace take note: Troy University has received a grant to present a French film festival at its Dothan campus. The Tournées Festival will take place in Sony Hall beginning on Oct. 13 and will last through Oct. 29.

The library has presented a film series the past four semesters, and foreign films have been included in that series, said Director of Library Services Christopher Shaffer.

“There is a significant amount of interest in the Dothan area for cultural activities that are not routinely available in the Wiregrass,” Shaffer said. “Furthermore, there has been considerable interest within the community when I have shown foreign language films in the past.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Gov. John Patterson available to media

Posted: Friday, 05 September 2008

Gov. John Patterson available to media

Sept. 16: Gov. John Patterson will be available for media interviews at Troy University at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hall School of Journalism. Accompanying Gov. Patterson will be Warren Trest, who authored “Nobody But the People,” a biographical look at Gov. Patterson’s public service and World War II heroism.

The Hall School of Journalism is located on the first floor of the Lurleen B. Wallace Library.

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TROY offers annual high school journalism workshop

Posted: Friday, 05 September 2008

TROY – Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication will host high school journalists at its annual Southeast Regional High School Journalism Workshop on Sept. 25.

“J-Day,” as it’s referred to is designed for student who are planning careers in print journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, photojournalism and sports information. Students will have the opportunity to examine reporting basics in a wireless generation, how to design and write advertisements and learn about video blogging, a new trend in journalism.

In all, ten workshops will be offered, including those directed at high school journalism teachers, publications advisors and editors.

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Bush-McManus wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August

Posted: Thursday, 04 September 2008

ATLANTA, GA--Patricia Bush-McManus, site director for Troy University’s Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg Site, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August.

Bush-McManus, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during the University’s Global Campus Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA, on Aug. 27. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Bush-McManus, who was nominated Dr. Chris Burge, director of the University’s Atlantic Region.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

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Steve Flowers joins faculty of Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 September 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY – Syndicated political columnist Steve Flowers is joining the faculty at Troy University and will host two television shows and one radio program on the University’s public broadcast stations.

Flowers, a Troy native, served 16 years in the Alabama House of Representatives and his weekly column “Inside the Statehouse with Steve Flowers” – heralded as the state’s leading political column -- appears in 75 newspapers across the state with a combined circulation of more than 375,000.

Flowers will join the faculty of the Department of Political Science and teach an Alabama and Southern Politics class beginning in January 2009, but the major focus of his association with the University will be a bi-monthly 30-minute television program, coupled with a weekly five-minute television and radio programs.

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