TROY faculty member to serve as 'light' for literacy

Posted: Friday, 30 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University faculty member Jo Anne Bryant will let her light shine in 2009 by working to raise funds to support literacy education.

Bryant, a retired English professor and department chair now working part time for the Montgomery Campus, has been selected to serve as one of the International Reading Association’s “1,000 Lights of Literacy.”

Bryant is one of 1,000 individuals and groups who will work to raise $1,000 each by fall, 2009. Interest generated by the $1 million endowment will fund grants of $10,000 or more for teachers in the literacy field.

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Media Avisory:Troy University ACCESS schools participate in State of the State with Gov. Riley

Posted: Friday, 30 January 2009

Feb. 2: Five high schools that are part of Troy University’s ACCESS service area will participate with Gov. Riley in an ACCESS “State of the State” address to high school seniors.

During these events, each school will ask one question of the governor after he makes his remarks via the statewide ACCESS system.

TROY ACCESS schools that have been selected to participate are:

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Media Avisory:TROY Shield Society Induction

Posted: Friday, 30 January 2009

Jan. 30, 31: The inaugural ceremonies for the TROY Shield Society will be conducted on Friday evening and Saturday on the Troy Campus. The TROY Shield Society is a special society recognizing individuals who have made a planned gift to the University.

A formal dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. This event includes a pinning ceremony for Society members.

The formal induction ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theatre. This ceremony will include a medal ceremony for Society members, who will be wearing academic regalia.

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TROY invites jobseekers to 'Find the Job You'll Love'

Posted: Thursday, 29 January 2009

DOTHAN—On the Thursday before Valentine’s Day, Troy University invites jobseekers to look for a job they will love at the annual Dothan Campus career fair.

The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 12 and is open to the public.

“There will be dozens of employers, food, fun and prizes, and with the Valentine’s Day theme it’s a great time to ‘Find the Job You’ll Love’,” said Keith Seagle, director of counseling and career services.

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Jean Jordan wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for January

Posted: Wednesday, 28 January 2009
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TROY, Ala.—Jean Jordan, records clerk for Troy University’s Global Campus transcripts department, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for January.

Jordan, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1997, received the award during a ceremony on Jan. 22 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Jordan, who was nominated by Global Campus Transcripts Supervisor Sue McLendon.

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 to induct founding Shield Society members

Posted: Wednesday, 28 January 2009

TROY— Troy University will honor more than 200 people for their support of the University through planned giving during inaugural induction ceremonies for the TROY Shield Society on Jan. 30 and 31.

The TROY Shield Society represents a group of founding members who have chosen to support the work of the Troy University Foundation through bequests, trusts or other deferred gifts.

“This weekend will be a time to express our gratitude to these individuals who have made a strong commitment to TROY’s long-range success through their planned gifts,” said John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor for advancement and external relations.

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Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall is dedicated at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 27 January 2009

TROY – Gov. Bob Riley officially dedicated the newest Troy University academic building in honor of Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., in a ceremony today on the Troy Campus.

Some 350 people packed Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall to witness the event.

Gov. Riley praised Dr. Hawkins for his “vision, original thought, tenacity and courage.”

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Only single-event tickets available for Leadership Conference at Troy University Feb. 6

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2009

TROY—Registration for the Eighth Annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month has reached capacity, but those wishing to hear the speech Friday, Feb. 6, by popular TV Judge Greg Mathis will be able to do so.

Tickets for the opening-night session with Judge Mathis will be available for $40 each on a first-come, first-serve basis at the door. All remaining seats are concrete bleacher seats in the upper level of Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For those individuals who pre-registered for the conference, please arrive at least one hour in advance for priority seating.

More than 680 persons have registered for this year’s conference, an attendance record, according to conference organizers. This means no further registrations will be accepted for the conference, including the Saturday, Feb. 7, plenary sessions and the closing luncheon with keynote speaker, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young.

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Book signing to feature early civil rights contributor Claudette Colvin

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will host a book signing on Feb. 10 for National Book Award finalist Phillip Hoose, author of “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.”

Hoose will be joined during the event by Colvin, a crucial but often less known figure of the Montgomery civil rights movement.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Hoose is the author of several books for young readers, including the National Book Award finalist “We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History” and “The Race to Save the Lord God Bird,” winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.

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Troy University to dedicate Alabama's newest College of Education building

Posted: Friday, 23 January 2009
Gibson Vance

TROY – Gov. Bob Riley, State Superintendent of Schools Joe Morton and Troy University officials will officially dedicate the state’s newest education college building Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The University’s College of Education, which has inhabited McCartha Hall since 1949, will consolidate all of its classes and faculty offices into 90,800 square-foot Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall – providing education students a more streamlined educational experience.

Gov. Riley, president of the University’s Board of Trustees, will provide the dedicatory address for the event that begins at 3 p.m. inside the building located on University Avenue.

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Media Advisory:Gov. Riley to officially dedicate TROY's Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall

Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2009

Jan. 27, 3 p.m.: The official dedication of Troy University’s new College of Education building, named in honor of Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. will begin at 3 p.m. Gov. Bob Riley will deliver the dedicatory address.

Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall is the first College of Education building to completely house all faculty and classes within the College, to be constructed on a university campus in Alabama since 1969. Troy’s last solely dedicated College of Education building, McCartha Hall, was constructed in 1949.

Media covering this event are asked to be in place no later than 2:40 p.m. The ceremonies, to include a ribbon cutting, will take place inside the first-floor atrium, designated as the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame. Accommodations are being provided for video placement on raised platforms in the rear of the main hall of the building.

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TROY's Sorrell College of Business receives ACBSP accreditation

Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2009

TROY, Ala. -- Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business has been accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), bringing all of the University’s business programs under a single accreditation.

Founded in 1988, ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education and seeks to develop, promote and recognize best practices that contribute to continuous improvement in business education.

The accreditation represents the first time that all of the University’s business program have come under a single accreditation. Previously, TROY’s business programs on the Troy, Montgomery and Dothan campuses were separately accredited by the organization. The College currently serves over 12,000 students and offers programs in 15 states and 7 foreign countries.

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TROY dedicates Trojan statue on Montgomery Campus

Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—City and county officials joined Troy University on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in a ceremony dedicating the new bronze Trojan warrior statue on the Montgomery Campus.

The statue was donated by Chinese artist Hou Bau Zhu and is a replica of the statue on the Troy Campus that was designed and created by Troy University alumnus and artist Larry Strickland.

Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. said the statue is a symbol of the Trojan spirit that unites TROY students and alumni worldwide.

“We join you in saying the Trojan spirit is alive here in downtown Montgomery and it is our pleasure to see this symbol unveiled,” Hawkins said.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY Montgomery Campus Statue Dedication

Posted: Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Jan. 21, 3:30 p.m.: Troy University will dedicate the bronze Trojan statue on its Montgomery Campus with a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. The Trojan statue sits on the Montgomery Campus Curry Commons area.

Speaking at the event will be TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and Mr. Ray White, vice-chancellor for the Montgomery Campus.

Members of the media are asked to be in place by 3:15 p.m. Please direct any special coverage requirements to Matt Clower at 334-808-6313 or Regina Ryals at 334-241-9585.

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Black Belt student's performance to celebrate Rosa Park's 96th birthday

Posted: Tuesday, 20 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—A special performance featuring students from several Black Belt area public schools will commemorate the 96th birthday of Rosa Parks on Feb. 4 at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum.

Students from Wilcox Central High School, Lowndes County Middle School and Paramount Elementary School in Greene County will present a program inspired by the play “A Rose Among Thorns: A Tribute to Rosa Parks” by Ella Joyce.

The performance begins at noon in the museum auditorium and is presented by TROY and the Alabama State Council on the Arts Black Belt Initiative.

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Media Advisory:Upcoming Coverage Opportunities

Posted: Thursday, 15 January 2009

Jan. 15 – 21: Cambodian killing fields refugee and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Sichan Siv will be serving the second portion of his Ambassador-in-Residence program on the Troy Campus. There are various opportunities to schedule an interview with Ambassador Siv. Please contact the University Relations Office to schedule an interview time. Particular opportunities for coverage exist at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, when Ambassador Siv will provide a lecture and show a movie about Cambodia’s King Sihanouk and the village from which he originated. This will be held in Math and Science Complex Room 114. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m., Ambassador Siv will be signing copies of his book “Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America” in Barnes & Noble on the Troy Campus.

Jan. 16-17: The 2nd Annual Southeastern United States Honor Choir will be hosted by the John M. Long School of Music featuring high school singers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. The event will conclude with a concert at 3 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the Claudia Crosby Theatre. As part of the festival, at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, the Troy University Collegiate Singers, Gospel Singers and Concert Chorale will give a performance in Crosby Theatre.

Jan. 21: Troy University will dedicate a bronze Trojan statue on the Montgomery Campus’ Curry Commons at 3:30 p.m.


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Eighth Annual Leadership Conference slated for Feb. 6-7 at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 15 January 2009

TROY – Speeches from a television judge and a former U.S. ambassador will highlight the Eighth Annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month at Troy University’s Troy Campus Feb. 6-7.

Co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy, the Leadership Conference annually brings together civic and community leaders, clergymen and business leaders in a collaborative and educational forum to designed discuss a central theme – this year’s being “Responsible Citizenship.”

“The conference planning committee is committed to the continued growth of individuals and community development, said Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the University’s College of Education, who is chairing the planning committee. “Please plan to join us February 6 and 7.”

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Apply now for Fall 2009 scholarships at Troy University's Dothan Campus

Posted: Friday, 30 January 2009

DOTHAN—Students have until 5:30 p.m. on March 2 to turn in completed applications for Fall 2009 scholarships at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

TROY offers academic, leadership and need-based awards at the Dothan Campus and the Ft. Rucker location.

Scholarships to be awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year are:

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Chinese New Year celebration set at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Troy — Troy University will celebrate the Chinese New Year with its Chinese Student Association and the community Jan. 24.

The eighth-annual event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with the entertainment portion held in the Trojan Center Theater, followed by a dinner in the Trojan Center Ballroom.

“Our New Year celebration is a time for families to come together,” said Jiachen Duan, a freshman Chinese student at Troy. “This is China’s biggest celebration.”

This year’s entertainment will include a variety of traditional and contemporary performances including vocal musical interludes and performances on traditional Chinese instruments (erhu, hulusi, and a guzheng). Traditional Chinese dance as well as “hip-hop” dancing will also be performed followed by a fashion show displaying reproductions from the Qing Dynasty, which ruled China from 1644 until 1917. Among the entertainment will be an appearance by the dragon and lion, which will ring in the “Year of the Ox.”

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Troy University to host choral festival Jan. 16-17

Posted: Tuesday, 13 January 2009

TROY -- High School students from throughout the southeast will take part in the 2nd annual Southeastern United States High School Honor Choir at Troy University on Jan. 16-17. The event will be hosted by the University’s John M. Long School of Music.

The weekend festival will consist of two days of rehearsal, concluding with a concert held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The ensemble will feature the most talented high school singers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.

The Troy University Collegiate Singers, Gospel Singers and Concert Chorale will also perform as a part of the festival at 7 p.m. on Jan. Both concerts are free, and admission is open to the public.

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TROY Dothan Campus to host workshop for businesswomen

Posted: Monday, 12 January 2009

DOTHAN—Local businesswomen will have the chance to grow professionally and personally on Jan. 22 at the Troy University and American Business Women’s Association one-day workshop at the Dothan Campus.

The “Growing a Better You” workshop is a joint venture of TROY’s Sorrell College of Business, the Continuing Education Center and the Dothan Circle City chapter of the ABWA.

The advance registration fee is $50. The workshop starts at 7:45 a.m. in the Library Technology Building and ends at 5 p.m.

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TROY Rosa Parks Museum to host book signing for civil rights lawyer

Posted: Monday, 12 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will begin its observance of Black History Month on Feb. 1 with a book signing and talk by civil rights lawyer Solomon S. Seay, Jr.

Seay and co-author Delores R. Boyd will be discussing and signing copies of Seay’s new memoir “Jim Crow and Me: Stories From My Life as a Civil Rights Lawyer,” published by New South Books.

The free event will begin at 3 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The book signing is a joint program of the museum and the Montgomery Campus Black History Month committee.

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Troy University will continue good stewardship practices during time of proration

Posted: Friday, 09 January 2009

TROY—Troy University will reduce spending and continue best practices of good stewardship in response to the 12.5 percent proration of the Education Trust Fund announced in December.

Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, said the plan will minimize the impact of the cuts on academic quality at TROY. Bookout said the effects of proration, combined with mandated costs and legislative cuts in Troy University’s budget, leave the University under-funded by some $25 million over the next 21 months when compared to fiscal year 2008.

“These actions will be employed to preserve the academic quality of the institution and, as a service to students, maintain tuition rates at an affordable level,” Bookout said.

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Memorial service scheduled for TROY journalism professor Warden

Posted: Thursday, 08 January 2009

TROY, Ala. – A memorial service for Troy University professor Chris Warden will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus.

Warden, an assistant professor at TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication, passed away on Jan. 4 from a lifelong battle against hemophilia. He had served as a member of the journalism faculty since 2002.

“To say that Chris was an integral part of the Hall School of Journalism would be an understatement,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. “He was the very essence of the print journalism curriculum. Chris was able to shape not only the intellectual lives of hundreds of students, but he passed on an acute appreciation for ethical reasoning and behavior.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Memorial Service scheduled for TROY Journalism Professor Chris Warden

Posted: Thursday, 08 January 2009

Friday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.: A memorial service has been scheduled Troy journalism assistant professor Chris Warden for 2 p.m. CST in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy University Campus in Troy. The Rev. Robert Warden Prim and the Rev. Dave "Doc" Kirby will officiate the service.

Mr. Warden died on Jan. 4 from a life-long battle with hemophilia.

A press release is forthcoming from our office on this event.

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"So You Think You Can Dance" winner to teach classes at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 06 January 2009
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TROY—Joshua Allen, this season’s winner of the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” will teach two dance classes at Troy University on January 12.

Allen will conduct an advanced class from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and an advanced/intermediate class from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. A special autograph session will be conducted for paid dancers and observers from 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The fee for either dance class is $25 per class. The observers fee is $5. All classes and the autograph session will be conducted in the Wright Hall gymnasium on the Troy Campus.





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TROY Symphony Orchestra gearing up for new season

Posted: Tuesday, 06 January 2009

TROY – Community members, high school students and college students have the opportunity to join the TROY Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra, coordinated by Troy University John M. Long School of Music lecturer Ginger Zingara, will begin rehearsals from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 in Long Hall on the Troy Campus.

“This group includes high school and college students, as well as adults of all ages,” Zingara said. “This group performs classical orchestral literature such as “The New World Symphony,” “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “The Damnation of Faust,” in addition to the performance of the annual TSO/Phi Mu Alpha Concerto Competition winners.”

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TROY Dothan Campus to host Wiregrass Conference on Education

Posted: Friday, 02 January 2009
Gibson Vance

DOTHAN—The Student Government Association at Troy University’s Dothan Campus recently presented a $200 check to Mama Tina’s Mission House to help purchase items for the mission house’s annual community Christmas Eve Celebration dinner. The SGA also sponsored two children from the mission house’s Christmas Tree of Wishes.





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