TROY student garners international study scholarship

Posted: Tuesday, 30 June 2009

TROY—Devan Shields, a junior education major of Fairhope, has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for $3,500, to become a study abroad student in Japan. She is one of only two college students in Alabama to be chosen for this scholarship.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations. Established under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, Gilman Scholarships provide up to $5,000 for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit.

Shields, who is married, said the scholarship will provide the opportunity she otherwise would not have had, although her absence for the fall semester will be difficult on the home front.

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Mayoral candidate forum to be held at TROY's Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 25 June 2009

DOTHAN—The two candidates in Dothan’s mayoral race will answer questions during a forum at Troy University’s Dothan Campus on Thursday, July 2, sponsored by the Dothan Eagle and WDFX.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in Sony Hall located inside the Library/Technology Building.

Mayoral candidates Keith Seagle and Mike Schmitz will be answering questions from the public that have been submitted prior to the forum. Questions for the candidates can be emailed to forum@dothaneagle.com.

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NASA workshop for teachers under way at TROY's Dothan Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 24 June 2009

DOTHAN—A NASA education workshop under way at Troy University’s Dothan Campus is giving local teachers new ideas for getting students excited about math, science and technology.

The two-day workshop began on Wednesday, June 24, and is sponsored the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium. It is being led by Dr. Wil Robertson, an aerospace education specialist from the Marshall Space Flight Center.

More than 30 teachers from around the state are attending the workshop. It focuses on providing educators with ideas for lesson plans and activities using resources and materials available from NASA.

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TROY mathematician publishes set of textbooks

Posted: Tuesday, 24 June 2009

TROY—A Troy University professor, internationally recognized as a pioneer in mathematics, has published a set of textbooks in graph and hypergraph theory.

“Introduction to Graph and Hypergraph Theory” and “Introduction to Graph Theory” both explore the area of contemporary mathematics that has applications in computer science, genetics, chemistry, engineering, industry, business and the social sciences. The “young science” was developed for solving challenging problems created by a “computerized society” for which traditional mathematics such as algebra or calculus are powerless, said Dr. Vitaly Voloshin.

“For me, publishing these two books separates you from the crowd of thousands,” Dr. Voloshin said. “It is one thing to publish papers – even many papers – but it is a completely different thing to publish a book, especially a textbook.”

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TROY names new Dothan Campus Ambassadors

Posted: Tuesday, 23 June 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus has appointed seven students to serve as new campus ambassadors for 2009-2010.

The Dothan Campus Ambassadors work to represent and promote TROY in the community, during campus functions and throughout the University’s service area. They serve and assist the office of student development in student recruitment, orientation and registration.

The 2009-2010 Dothan Campus Ambassadors are:

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TROY Dothan Campus announces new SGA officers, senators

Posted: Tuesday, 23 June 2009

DOTHAN—Students at Troy University’s Dothan Campus this week elected new Student Government Association officers and senators for 2009-2010.

The new officers and senators are:

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TROY Chancellor talks leadership with Phenix City graduates

Posted: Saturday, 20 June 2009

PHENIX CITY—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. challenged graduates at TROY’s Phenix City Campus to become effective leaders during the commencement address on Saturday, June 20.

More than 180 graduate and undergraduate degrees were conferred during the 2 p.m. ceremony inside the Columbus Civic Center.

Dr. Hawkins said today’s graduates are part of a global community and must be prepared to compete in a global economy.

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TROY, Wiregrass Museum of Art awarded grant for exhibit, lectures

Posted: Friday, 19 June 2009

DOTHAN—The Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture (AWHC) at Troy University’s Dothan Campus and the Wiregrass Museum of Art have been awarded a nearly $1,800 grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation to co-host the “Alabama Illustrated” exhibit and accompanying lectures.

The exhibit will be displayed in the Library/Technology Building at the Dothan Campus from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. It features 30 reproductions of 19th century American magazines, including Harper’s and Frank Leslie’s Weekly, depicting scenes from Alabama.

Designed for primarily northern audiences, the images examine southern life within an emerging sectionalized political and cultural framework that changed over the century.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY Phenix City Campus to hold commencement ceremony

Posted: Friday, 19 June 2009

Commencement for graduates at Troy University’s Phenix City Campus will be held on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. EST in the Columbus Civic Center.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., will deliver the keynote address during the ceremony. For more information, a full press release is available online: troy.edu/news/archives/2009/june/06042009_phenix_city.html Members of the media who wish to cover commencement are asked to be in place by 1:30 p.m. EST. Please direct any specific coverage requirements to mclower@troy.edu. Read More

Troy Trumpet Ensemble Performs at International Conference

Posted: Thursady, 18 June 2009

TROY—Troy University’s Trumpet Ensemble I has returned from the International Trumpet Guild, marking the second time the University’s group has earned a berth before the prestigious organization.

Under the direction of John M. Long School of Music trumpet professor Dr. James Zingara, the Ensemble was selected to perform in a competitive audition conducted in December 2008.

Members of this year’s ensemble include Daniel Arute, a senior music education major from Dothan Chris Jeter, A junior music education major from Wetumpka, Alan Roberts, a junior music education major from Wetumpka; Melanie Perry, a junior music education major from Zion Chapel, Rhett Griffith, a senior music education/general music major from Ozark, Justin Compton, a junior music education major from Jemison, and Lee Hughes, a sophomore music education major from Mobile.

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Veteran journalist joins Troy University faculty

Posted: Thursday, 18 June 2009

TROY—Veteran journalist and former newspaper publisher Steve Stewart has been named assistant professor of journalism at Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication.

Stewart, most recently weekend editor and Internet supervisor at The Decatur Daily, and a prior managing editor there, was editor and publisher of The Monroe Journal, working his way up through the family-owned newspaper for 23 years.

Stewart is a former president of the Alabama Press Association, the APA Journalism Foundation, the Alabama Newspaper Advertising Service, the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors and is a former Southeastern regional board member of the National Newspaper Association.

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Registration underway for the TROY Bobby Pierce Baseball Camp

Posted: Thursday, 18 June 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus invites boys and girls ages 6 to 13 to learn more about baseball fundamentals from TROY head baseball coach Bobby Pierce.

The Bobby Pierce Troy University Baseball Camp will be held on Thursday, July 16, at the Dixie Youth Complex at Westgate Park in Dothan. Coach Pierce, along with members of the TROY coaching staff and players, will help participants improve their hitting, fielding and throwing skills during the one-day camp.

The morning session, designed for children ages 6 through 9, will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer children ages 10 through 13 a chance to improve their skills.

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TROY to offer Creative Drama Performing Arts Camp for children and youth

Posted: Thursday, 18 June 2009

TROY—Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts Department of Theatre and Dance will offer a creative drama performing arts camp for children and youth in July.

The camp, “Summer Spotlight,” will kick off on July 12 at 2 p.m. at the Trojan Center Theater. The remainder of the camp will be held July 13 through July 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It will be led by Tori Lee Averett, an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

During the camp, youth will participate in workshops that will teach various arts such as creative movement, dance, storytelling, and arts and crafts. At the end of the week, youth will also perform in a showcase on July 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Trojan Center Theatre.

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TROY to restart two graduate degree programs

Posted: Wednesday, 17 June 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus will restart graduate degree programs in psychometry and school psychology this fall after a two year hiatus.

“These are two very vital programs that will allow TROY to help meet the growing demand for school psychologists and psychometrists,” said Dr. Ginger Mayer, associate professor of counseling and psychology. “The school psychologist and psychometrist are two of the top three support personnel in any school.”

Even as the demand for school psychologists and psychometrists is growing, school systems are facing a shortage of qualified candidates, Mayer said.

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Fran Scheel wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

TROY—Fran Scheel, Director of Personal Counseling and SAVE Project, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June.

Scheel, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1997, received the award during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Chancellor Jack Hawkins, presented the award to Scheel, who was nominated by Dean Herbert Reeves, Dean of Student Services.

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.

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TROY to offer NASA education workshop for local teachers

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

DOTHAN—Local teachers will learn how to incorporate aerospace education into their classroom lessons during a NASA education workshop at Troy University’s Dothan Campus sponsored by the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

The workshop will be held on June 24 and June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. It will be led by Dr. Wil Robertson, an aerospace education specialist from the Marshall Space Flight Center.

During the workshop, teachers will learn how to integrate aerospace education into science, technology and math lessons in all grade levels. Teachers will also get updated on the latest NASA developments including new findings in lunar and planetary science, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Constellation Project to send astronauts to the moon and to Mars.

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Troy University Honors Five Graduate Students

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Norfolk, VA—On Friday, May 29, 2009 Troy University honored five student recipients of the Dr. Charles Watson Research Award. The award recognizes students with excellence in community based research.

The Dr. Charles Watson Research Award which was created in honor of Dr. Charles Watson to continue the importance of community based research emphasized by Watson. A professor for TROY’s Masters in Public Administration program for over 20 years, Watson recently passed in November 2008. The Atlantic Region Chapter of the Troy University Alumni Association established an annual Research Award to commemorate Watson’s passion for community based research.

The winners were Masters in Science Management student Jason Monk for his paper “The Use of Public-Access Defibrillation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest,” and Masters in Public Administration students Sean Adams, Ken Dimitry, Ben Gonse and Dennis Santos for their paper “Virginia Beach Police Department Recruitment Strategy.” Winners received a certificate and a plaque to be displayed in TROY’s Norfolk site.

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TROY to offer 'Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People'

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Continuing Education Center will offer a piano class in July designed to get novice musicians playing instantly.

“Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” is designed for people who want to learn piano without committing to years of weekly lessons. In just one enjoyable evening, participants can learn enough secrets of the trade to make piano playing a part of their lives.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at the Dothan Campus. The course is for beginners and focuses on chord piano techniques.

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TROY gets $375,000 grant to fund health program

Posted: Wednesday, 10 June 2009

TROY—Troy University has received a $375,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to extend its Healthy Schools Healthy Kids Healthy Families program.

Under the grant, awarded over the next three years, a comprehensive wellness program will be implemented in Union Springs Elementary School through a consortium consisting of the University, Bullock County School System, Main Drug Store, Bullock County Hospital and Southern Springs.

According to Dr. Bernita Hamilton, director of the University’s School of Nursing, three main goals exist for the Healthy Schools Healthy Kids Healthy Families program:

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Troy University Chancellor discusses plans for Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 09 June 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University is taking steps to increase the number of academic programs offered at its Dothan Campus, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, told members of the Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dothan Country Club.

Dr. Hawkins, who has served as the University’s Chancellor since 1989, said the vision for the Dothan Campus is “expanded service through expanded academic offerings.” He said the University is in the process of requesting permission from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to bring the bachelor’s degree of nursing to Dothan. This program will complement the associate degree in nursing offered by Wallace Community College.

The Dothan Campus has enrolled more than 23,000 students since 1974 and has awarded bachelor’s or master’s degrees to approximately 11,500 students. The Chancellor pointed out that more than 22 percent of Houston County residents hold the bachelor’s degree, which compares favorably with the Alabama average of 19 percent.

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Troy University ranked among best buys in online education

Posted: Thursday, 16 June 2009

TROY—Troy University’s eCampus has been named a best buy in online education by GetEducated.com, a consumer group that rates and ranks online colleges for cost and credibility.

eCampus was ranked in the Top 10 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree nationwide following a survey of 83 regionally-accredited colleges that offered some 391 online bachelor degrees related to a business or management major, according to the survey.

While eCampus provides a flexible learning environment geared to meet the needs of adult learners, Dr. Deb Gearhart, eCampus director, attributed the value of the degree programs offered online to TROY’s faculty and staff.

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Troy University names new human resources director

Posted: Tuesday, 09 June 2009

TROY—Troy University officials have named Dr. Toni L. Taylor Senior Human Resources Director.

The announcement was made by Mr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs.

“Dr. Taylor has already made an impact in the human resources office. Her talents will prove to be an asset to the University and its faculty and staff,” he said.

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TROY athletic trainers garner accolades

Posted: Tuesday, 09 June 2009

TROY—Two Troy University athletic training students have been awarded scholarships from the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association.

Sean Boland, a graduate student and baseball athletic trainer from High Falls, Ga., received the graduate scholarship and Ben Elliot, a senior athletic training major from Oxford, was named the undergraduate scholarship winner. Both awards are for $1,000.

“This is the first time TROY students have received both the graduate and undergraduate awards and it is a great honor,” said Dr. Amanda Andrews, department chair and program director for TROY’s athletic training education program.

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Chief Justice tells Girl State delegates to be 'boat rockers'

Posted: Monday, 08 June 2009
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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb told Girls State delegates they must be thermostats, not degrees of temperature, today as she spoke to the General Session in Troy University’s Trojan Center.

Urging the girls to be leaders, she said those in attendance already had the qualities of leadership.

“Someone saw that in you, that you had the ability to be a thermostat, not a temperature,” Chief Justice Cobb said. “A real leader does more than expected, does more than what they are paid for, and does the jobs others don’t want to do.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY:TROY Chancellor to address Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club

Posted: Monday, 08 June 2009
Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. will speak to members of the Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club on Tuesday, June 9.
The Rotary Club will meet at noon at the Dothan Country Club, located at 200 S. Cherokee Avenue.
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TROY students head to Costa Rica for study and culture

Posted: Friday, 05 June 2009

TROY—A group of Troy University students will study Spanish culture and hone their communication skills this summer during a study-abroad expedition to Costa Rica.

Headed by Dr. Johanna Alberich, assistant professor of Spanish in TROY’s Department of Modern Languages and Classics, the student left Friday for 10 days in the Central American country, under the auspices of the Instituto de Espanol Costa Rica in San Jose.

During the trip, the students will learn and experience a great deal about the Spanish culture, including being placed with host families.

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Troy University to host Youth Leadership Forum June 7-11

Posted: Friday, 05 June 2009

TROY—Forty high school students with disabilities will get lessons in how state government works and take part in team-building and leadership exercises as a part of the Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum at Troy University, June 7-11.

Some 40 volunteer staff members made up of TROY students and former YLF student delegates will join 15 health professionals, hearing-impaired interpreters and instructors on the Troy Campus for the event.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the University’s Institute for Leadership Development, the Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, the Alabama Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Montgomery Center for Independent Living, the Alabama Department of Education and Troy University.

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TROY football coaches give lessons to Dothan children

Posted: Friday, 05 June 2009

DOTHAN—Dozens of local children got a taste of Trojan football on Thursday, June 4, thanks to Troy University head football coach Larry Blakeney and his coaching staff.

More than 60 children ages 6 to 13 took part in the sixth annual Larry Blakeney Troy University Football Camp at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan.

The coaches led participants through several activities designed to help them improve in the areas of running, passing, pass protection and zone coverage.

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TROY Chancellor to deliver commencement address to Phenix City graduates

Posted: Thursday, 04 June 2009

PHENIX CITY—Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. will deliver the keynote address during the Phenix City Campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 20.

Dr. Hawkins will confer more than 180 graduate and undergraduate degrees during the ceremony. The event will start at 2 p.m. EST in the Columbus Civic Center.

Dr. Hawkins is a native of Mobile, Ala., and has been chancellor of TROY since 1989. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montevallo and his doctorate from the University of Alabama.

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TROY professor named to national committee

Posted: Wednesday, 03 June 2009
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TROY—A Troy University faculty member has been tapped to serve on one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s primary committees.

Dr. Fred Green, coordinator of sport and fitness management and the University’s faculty athletic representative, was named to the executive committee of the NCAA’s Division 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives.

“Troy University is extremely proud of Dr. Green for the recognition he has received by his peers in the Faculty Athletic Representative field,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., the University’s chancellor. “His election to this national post is a ‘high-water mark’ for Troy University.”

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Veronica Taylor wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for May

Posted: Tuesday, 02 June 2009
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TROY—Veronica Taylor, admissions enrollment specialist for Troy University’s International Programs, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for May.

Taylor, who has been a full-time member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during a ceremony on Friday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost, presented the award to Taylor, who was nominated by Ludmila Belaia, director of international admissions.

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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Media Advisory:Larry Blakeney Football Camp set for Thursday, June 4

Posted: Tuesday, 02 June 2009
Troy University head football coach Larry Blakeney and his staff will host a football camp for children ages 6 to 13 at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan on Thursday, June 4.

The morning session for students in 1st through 4th grades runs from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session for 5th through 8th graders is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the camp will be moved to the Dothan High School gymnasium.

Members of the media are invited to cover this event. For more information, contact Gayla White at 334-983-6556 ext 1-377 or 334-803-6159.

A full press release can be found online at: troy.edu/news/archives/2009/may/05012009_football.html
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