TROY ROTC cadets earn Distinguished Military Graduate designation

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2009
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TROY—Eight Troy University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets have been named Distinguished Military Graduates.

“This is by far the strongest class since the establishment of Army ROTC at TROY,” said Major Jim Holder, chair of military science at the University. “This is an outstanding achievement for our students and demonstrates their commitment to their academic achievement as well as their Army training.”

The Distinguished Military Graduate designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of ROTC seniors in the nation. Of the eight TROY cadets, three are in the top four percent and one is ranked 63rd nationally.

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Troy University Choral Department presents Fall Choral Concert

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2009

TROY—Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will presents its Fall Choral Concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The concert that features the Troy University Concert Chorale, The Collegiate Singers and the vocal jazz group frequency will be performed at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Drive in Troy.

“The year’s concert features delightful lullabies, love songs and prayers,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, director of university choirs.

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Troy University Gospel Choir fall concert is Sunday

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2009

TROY—The Troy University Gospel Choir is having its fall concert Sunday, Nov. 1 on the Troy Campus.

Slated for 6 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theater, the 100-voice choir will present works by William Dawson, Raymond Wise, Donald Lawrence and Kurt Carr, according to Lewis Webb, a professor of music in the John M. Long School of Music and choir director.

“Those who attend the performance will be inspired, uplifted and encouraged through the powerful ministry of this choir,” he said.

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TROY ISA to hold “Festival of Lights”

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2009

TROY—The TROY Indian Student Association (ISA) will be holding Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” for students and the public beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Diwali, a festival held in celebration of the Hindu New Year, will consist of cultural activities such as native dances and a fashion show displaying traditional Indian dress. Guests will also be provided a “taste of India” through a full-course Indian meal.

Khushbu Trivedi, ISA president, said the event showcases the Indian culture.

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TROY Army ROTC takes top honors in Ranger Challenge

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2009
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TROY—Troy University’s Army Reserve Officers Training Corps brought home top honors after winning the ROTC Ranger Challenge at Fort Benning, Ga. on Oct. 24.

The 48-hour challenge was a test of endurance, skill and team work, said Joshua Joseph, the team’s captain and a senior criminal justice major from Pensacola, Fla.

“We trained for three months leading up to the three-day Ranger Challenge,” he said. “It was a good feeling to beat the bigger schools.”

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Sandra Sims-deGraffenried inducted into Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 28 October 2009
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TROY—Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried said she was humbled at being inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University, calling it a “very cherished and coveted honor.”

The former executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards, Dr. Sims-deGraffenried, who retired from AASB in 2007 after 19 years as executive director, was installed as the Hall of Fame’s 37th honoree in a special ceremony today in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

“Forty-three years ago, I walked into a rural Alabama school at 22 years of age. Little did I know that would bring me here to this point,” she said.

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Mass band to perform with Sound of the South at Band Day

Posted: Wednesday, 28 October 2009
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TROY—Eight Troy University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets have been named Distinguished Military Graduates.

“This is by far the strongest class since the establishment of Army ROTC at TROY,” said Major Jim Holder, chair of military science at the University. “This is an outstanding achievement for our students and demonstrates their commitment to their academic achievement as well as their Army training.”

The Distinguished Military Graduate designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of ROTC seniors in the nation. Of the eight TROY cadets, three are in the top four percent and one is ranked 63rd nationally.

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Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame

Posted: Wednesday, 28 October 2009

TODAY: Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, who retired from AASB in 2007 after 19 years as executive director, will be installed in the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 1 p.m. in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

Media parking for this event will be provided on the Hawkins Hall circle drive, accessed from Collegedale Avenue. Please contact the University Relations Office for any special coverage needs.

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Tyner, Byard named TROY Montgomery Campus Advisory Council officers

Posted: Tuesday, 27 October 2009

MONTGOMERY—Members of the Troy University Montgomery Campus Advisory Council elected the group’s first officers during a meeting earlier this month.

Russell Tyner, President and CEO of Baptist Health, will serve as the council’s chairman and Jim Byard, Jr., Mayor of the City of Prattville, will serve as the chairman-elect.

Both were elected during the Advisory Council’s meeting on Oct. 19.

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University of Liberia official visiting TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Thursday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Oct. 30:Dr. Shelton Beedoe, acting vice president for academic affairs at the University of Liberia, is available for interview on Thursday and Friday.

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Chinese dance troupe to perform Nov. 3 at TROY’s Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Gibson Vance

MONTGOMERY—The Ethnic Art Ensemble of Guizhou University will give a free performance of traditional Chinese song and dance next week at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Troy University. It marks the award-winning art ensemble’s first performance in Alabama.

"Troy University's Davis Theatre is proud to serve as the venue for this beautiful performance of Chinese music and dance,” said Dr. Kristen Koehler, director of the Davis Theatre. “We are grateful to the Confucius Institute for making this event available to the citizens of Montgomery and our surrounding communities."

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Montgomery Ballet to perform at TROY’s Davis Theatre on Oct. 30

Posted: Monday, 26 October 2009

MONTGOMERY—The Montgomery Ballet Company will return to Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts for “An Evening of Romance” on Friday, Oct. 30.

For a second consecutive year, the Montgomery Ballet will offer top-quality dancing close to home on stage at the Davis Theatre. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Montgomery Ballet and its third year under the artistic direction of Elie Lazar.

“An Evening of Romance” will feature selections of classical and contemporary works from the Montgomery Ballet’s repertoire, including “Surrender 2 Love,” a passionate contemporary work set to Nuevo-Flamenco style music choreographed by Lazar.

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Final events for New Harmonies exhibit scheduled

Posted: Monday, 26 October 2009

TROY—The final two installments of the “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” exhibition take place on Oct. 29 and Nov. 3.

Troy University, the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center and the Alabama Humanities Foundation are hosting the events, which are a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition program and Alabama’s Museum on Main Street program.

Rounding out a three-lecture series, the final Roads Scholar Lecture Series presentation features Dr. Alan Jones, an author and professor of English at the University of West Alabama. Dr. Jones will deliver “Songs of Slavery: Black Folk Songs from Alabama” from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theater.

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Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” author to visit campus

Posted: Monday, 26 October 2009

TROY—Janisse Ray, author of the “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” the subject of Troy University’s Common Reading Initiative, will visit classes and conduct a public lecture on Nov. 5.

The public event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theater, will be immediately followed by a reception and book signing event, said Dean Eleanor Lee, dean of the First Year Studies at TROY.

The Common Reading Initiative focuses all entering freshmen on one particular book, and then applies group discussions, classroom activities and lectures to that reading on a University-wide basis. By next fall, that initiative will expand to TROY’s five colleges, with college-specific readings.

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Posted: Monday, 26 October 2009
Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, who retired from AASB in 2007 after 19 years as executive director, will be installed in the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 1 p.m. in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

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TROY Dothan Campus offers scholarships to adult learners

Posted: Thursday, 22 October 2009

DOTHAN—Adults looking to jump start their education may be eligible for a full scholarship for one graduate or undergraduate course at Troy University’s Dothan Campus this spring.

The Older, Wiser Learners’ Scholarship (OWLS) is open to qualified adults who have not attended a high school, college or university for at least three calendar years. The scholarship will pay tuition for one three-hour undergraduate course or one three-hour graduate course offered at the Dothan Campus or the TROY Ft. Rucker Location.

The scholarship does not cover the cost of books, supplies, fees or any other expenses and it is available to individuals only once.

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Cindy Boswell wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October

Posted: Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Gibson Vance

TROY—Cindy Boswell, executive assistant to the dean of Troy University’s College of Health and Human Services, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October.

Boswell, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007, received the award during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Boswell, who was nominated by Dr. Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Health and Human 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. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $350 stipend.

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Media Advisory

Posted: Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Troy University Homecoming activities Troy University will celebrate homecoming Saturday, October 24 on the Troy Campus.

The schedule of events on Saturday is:

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TROY Dothan Campus offers scholarships to adult learners

Posted: Thursday, 22 October 2009

DOTHAN—Adults looking to jump start their education may be eligible for a full scholarship for one graduate or undergraduate course at Troy University’s Dothan Campus this spring.

The Older, Wiser Learners’ Scholarship (OWLS) is open to qualified adults who have not attended a high school, college or university for at least three calendar years. The scholarship will pay tuition for one three-hour undergraduate course or one three-hour graduate course offered at the Dothan Campus or the TROY Ft. Rucker Location.

The scholarship does not cover the cost of books, supplies, fees or any other expenses and it is available to individuals only once.

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TROY Montgomery Campus to hold Homecoming Pep Rally

Posted: Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Wednesday, Oct. 21:—Troy University’s Montgomery Campus will hold a Homecoming Pep Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in front of the Trojan Statue beside the Davis Theatre.

The event will include an appearance by the TROY cheerleaders and the Trojan mascot, T-Roy. Activities will include the Trojan Walk, a TROY trivia contest, an inflatable castle bounce, face-painting and a best-dressed “Little Trojan” contest for children.

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Reading propels TROY to leading edge of education

Posted: Tuesday, 20 October 2009

TROY—Troy University may very well become the first university in the country to have each of its colleges conduct its very own reading initiative.

For the past three years, Troy University students have focused on a common reading initiative as the central part of its Quality Enhancement Plan. Students read a selected text, discuss it and classes in each discipline incorporate the text into the lessons.

As part of the University’s accreditation steps with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, each college will develop its own reading initiative beginning Fall 2010.

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Sandra Sims-deGraffenried named to Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 20 October 2009

TROY—The former executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards has been selected for induction into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University.

Dr. Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, who retired from AASB in 2007 after 19 years as executive director, will be installed in a special ceremony at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1982, by the Troy University Board of Trustees under the authority of the Legislature of the State of Alabama. Its purpose is to recognize, by cooperative effort of Troy University, the Alabama Association of School Boards, the Alabama Department of Education and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, outstanding leaders and to establish and maintain a Hall of Fame to permanently record their achievements. To date, 37 honorees have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, including Dr. Sims-deGraffenried.

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Chinese dance troupe to give free performance at TROY’s Davis Theatre

Posted: Thursday, 15 October 2009
Gibson Vance

TROY—Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts will host a performance of traditional Chinese song and dance from the Ethnic Art Ensemble of Guizhou University on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The performance is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Troy University. It marks the award-winning art ensemble’s first performance in Alabama.

"Troy University's Davis Theatre is proud to serve as the venue for this beautiful performance of Chinese music and dance,” said Dr. Kristen Koehler, director of the Davis Theatre. “We are grateful to the Confucius Institute for making this event available to the citizens of Montgomery and our surrounding communities."

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TROY fraternity recognized as best in the nation

Posted: Thursday, 15 October 2009
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TROY—Troy University’s FarmHouse Fraternity has been named the Most Outstanding FarmHouse Chapter, earning the coveted Ruby Cup.

A special ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, during which the Ruby Cub will be presented to the chapter by FarmHouse Fraternity, Inc. executive director Chad Harris, said Judson Ricks, the chapter’s president.

“We are very pleased to have received this award and want to share it with the Troy community,” Ricks said. “This award not only looks good on our fraternity, but I also feel it is something in which Troy University can take great pride.”

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Troy University receives approval to expand service to North Carolinians

Posted: Wednesday, 07 October 2009

TROY—Troy University will honor three alumni and one honorary alumnus with Alumni of the Year awards at halftime of its Oct. 24 Homecoming game against North Texas.

David Morgan of Niceville, Fla., Rusty Ninas of Salem and Lloyd Taylor of Destin, Fla. will be honored as Alumni of the Year, while head football Coach Larry Blakeney will be recognized as the Honorary Alumnus of the Year. In addition to the presentation at halftime, the honorees will be recognized at an invitation-only dinner on Oct. 23 and an invitation-only breakfast reception in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on Oct. 24.

The awards are presented annually by the University as a part of its Homecoming celebration. Nominations are solicited, and winners are selected by the Troy University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors based on outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to Troy University.

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TROY Montgomery Campus to host Homecoming Pep Rally

Posted: Wednesday, 14 October 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Montgomery Campus will celebrate Trojan pride with a Homecoming Pep Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Students, faculty and staff, along with family and friends, will gather in front of the Trojan Statue beside the Davis Theatre from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an afternoon of free food, festivities and prizes.

Activities will include the Trojan Walk, a TROY trivia contest, an inflatable castle bounce, face-painting and a best-dressed “Little Trojan” contest for children. Prizes will include gift certificates and cash giveaways.

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TROY history professor’s book published by Cambridge Press

Posted: Wednesday, 14 October 2009
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TROY—After a decade of research and hard work, Troy University history professor Allen Jones can hold his accomplishment in his hand.

Published by the Cambridge University Press, “Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul” isn’t a casual read but rather aimed at historians and students interested in exploring late fifth- and sixth-century Gaul.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing my book with Cambridge University Press,” he said. “Now, holding this thing and looking at that ‘Cambridge’ on the spine and cover – it’s the realization of a dream.”








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Roads Scholar Lecture Series returns to TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 13 October 2009

TROY—The Roads Scholar Lecture Series will return to Troy University Oct. 15 with a lecture on “The Songs of Nat King Cole” by Daphne Simpkins.

The lecture is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theatre.

A component of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street’s “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” traveling exhibit, the Roads Scholar Lecture Series, and the exhibit at The Studio in downtown Troy, is free and open to the public. Troy University and The Johnson Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Alabama State Humanities Council, are sponsoring the exhibit, said Dr. Maryjo Adams Cochran, dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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Troy University mourns the passing of its oldest alumna

Posted: Friday, 09 October 2009

TROY—Troy University lost its oldest alumna on record this week with the passing of Mary Griffin Gentry, 112, in Aliceville. Mrs. Gentry, a native of Henry County, attended then-Troy Normal School in 1918-1920.

Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has known Mrs. Gentry since 1979 when he assumed the presidency of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega. Mrs. Gentry lived in Talladega for 50 years, where her husband, E.H. Gentry, served as an administrator, and later president, at AIDB.

“Mary Gentry was a gracious Southern lady who embodied the best values of her generation,” Dr. Hawkins said. “She loved her family, her church and her community. Mrs. Gentry lived a life of service to others. She was proud of her association with this University and we’re proud that Mrs. Gentry was a member of the TROY family.”

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TROY launches new Master of Taxation program

Posted: Friday, 09 October 2009

TROY—The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has approved Troy University to begin offering a new professional taxation masters program in the spring semester.

“The addition of the Master of Taxation program provides another opportunity for our graduate business and accounting students to advance their skills in an area of need in the state of Alabama,” said Dr. Dianne Barron, associate provost and dean of TROY’s Graduate School.

“In this global economy, there is a growing demand for highly qualified tax professionals and preparing our graduate students to be leaders as tax professionals is good for Troy University and good for the state of Alabama,” she said.

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Ambassador J. Gary Cooper serving as Ambassador-in-Residence at TROY

Posted: Friday, 09 October 2009
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TROY—Ambassador J. Gary Cooper, Troy University’s Ambassador-in-Residence for 2009, will visit the Troy Campus October 12- 16.

Ambassador Cooper was the United States Ambassador to Jamaica from 1994 until 1997. Ambassador Cooper has had a distinguished career in public service

where he has also served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and achieved the rank of Major General in the Marine Corps. He is the recipient of Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Ambassador Cooper founded Alabama’s first minority owned bank, the Commonwealth National Bank in Mobile.





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TROY Dothan Campus to offer ballroom dancing course

Posted: Thursday, 08 October 2009

DOTHAN—The Continuing Education Center at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will offer an eight-week course on ballroom dancing starting Oct. 15.

Designed for couples, the course will teach basic steps including form, style, leading and following. Participants will learn to identify the music’s beat and temp to determine the most appropriate dance.

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Troy University receives approval to expand service to North Carolinians

Posted: Tuesday, 27 October 2009

FAYETTEVILLE—Troy University has received approval from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to offer degree programs to civilian residents of the state, according to Patricia Bush-McManus, director of the University’s Fort Bragg-Fayetteville site.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Troy University to expand its service to the citizens of North Carolina and we thank the Board of Governors for its decision,” Bush-McManus said. “We have offered degree programs to members of the military and their dependents at Fort Bragg since 1990, two graduate programs to civilians since 2003, and we look forward to expanding our programs to the Fayetteville community, and throughout the state of North Carolina.”

The Board of Governor’s action allows Troy University to offer to civilians 16 degree programs via the internet—two associate degree programs, seven bachelor degree programs and seven master’s degree programs—and five master’s degree programs in traditional classroom settings at the Fayetteville site. Areas of study include business, education, criminal justice, public administration and international relations.

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TROY Dothan Campus to offer introductory Spanish course

Posted: Monday, 05 October 2009

DOTHAN—The Continuing Education Center at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will offer an introductory Spanish course Oct. 12 through Nov. 23.

The class will meet on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Designed for beginners, the course will teach participants to communicate in Spanish and to learn more about the culture of Spanish speakers.

Participants will learn how to listen, speak, read and write the Spanish language in the present tense. Vocabulary and grammar will be internalized through the use of conversation, video, oral exercises, music and interactive activities. Reading and writing skills will be developed through stories, creative writing and written exercises.

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Artist Alfred Conteh to speak at TROY’s Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 02 October 2009

MONTGOMERY—Artist Alfred Conteh will discuss his work during a gallery talk at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Conteh will be discussing his exhibit, “Going Against the Grain," currently on display at the museum through Nov. 20.

The gallery talk will be held at 11:30 a.m. inside the exhibit hall. It will be free and open to the public.

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TROY Dothan Campus to host Dothan AIDS Walk

Posted: Friday, 02 October 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus will host the first ever Dothan AIDS Walk on Saturday, Oct. 17, sponsored by Montgomery AIDS Outreach.

MAO is a non-profit AIDS service organization that maintains an office in Dothan. MAO provides services to AIDS/HIV patients as well as prevention and education programs.

“Our first Dothan AIDS Walk event will be a great opportunity for members of the community to learn more about our services and get more information about AIDS and HIV,” said Wanda Helms, manager of the Dothan MAO office.

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TROY Wiregass alumni golf tournament raises money for scholarships

Posted: Thursday, 01 October 2009

DOTHAN—More than 150 golfers hit the links at Highland Oaks in Dothan last week to raise money for scholarships for Troy University Dothan Campus students.

The Wiregrass Chapter of the TROY Alumni Association hosted the 2009 Jackson Thornton Invitation Golf Tournament presented by CenturyTel on Thursday, Sept. 24. The annual tournament is the group’s largest fundraiser.

Winning teams in this year’s tournament were:

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