Visiting scholar from Cambodia to visit Troy University for spring term

Posted: Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

TROY, Ala.—Troy University students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Cambodia during spring semester as the College of Education will play host to a visiting scholar from Phom Penh, according to Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of education.

Dr. Tatum said Venerable Kou Sopheap, a Buddhist monk from Pannasastra University of Cambodia, will study and lecture on the Troy campus beginning in January. Sopheap will deliver lectures on religion, philosophy, education and the history of Southeast Asia.

“We are always seeking ways to broaden the horizons of our students and to underscore the fact that the world is a much larger place than Southeast Alabama, “ Dean Tatum said. “I am sure that few of our students from the United States have met someone from Cambodia, so this will be a tremendous learning experience about another part of the world.”

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Kathelen Amos delivers keynote address to TROY Phenix City graduates

Posted: Friday, 18 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

PHENIX CITY—Kathelen Amos, chair of the AFLAC Foundation, delivered the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Phenix City Campus during the fall commencement ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 17.

More than 250 graduate and undergraduate degrees were conferred during the 7 p.m. ceremony inside the Columbus Civic Center.

Amos urged graduates to discover what they have passion for in life and to pursue it.

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Register for spring semester at TROY Dothan Campus, Fort Rucker

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University will hold registration for current and new students on the Dothan Campus and at the Fort Rucker location beginning Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Returning students may sign up online at Trojan Web Express anytime from Dec. 17 until Jan. 11. Registration previously scheduled for Jan. 2 has been cancelled.

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Ronnie Creel wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December

Posted: Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

TROY, Ala.—Ronnie Creel, director of educational technology for Troy University’s eCampus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December.

Creel, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1999, received the award during the University’s annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon on Tuesday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Creel, who was nominated by Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of eCampus.

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 history honor society inducts new members

Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

DOTHAN—Eight students at Troy University’s Dothan Campus were recently inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society.

The new members were welcomed during a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 6. The inductees were:





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Dr. James F. Vickrey urges TROY graduates to affirm core values

Posted: Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

MONTGOMERY—Dr. James F. Vickrey, a Troy University professor and former president of the University of Montevallo, urged TROY Montgomery Campus graduates to affirm their core values each day.

Vickrey delivered the keynote address during fall commencement on Tuesday, Dec. 15, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. conferred more than 150 graduate and undergraduate degrees during the ceremony.

Vickrey said movies helped shape his values growing up. He reminded graduates that the Davis Theatre was once the Paramount Theater, and it was while watching movies in the Paramount that he saw dramatizations of the values graduates should strive to affirm everyday.


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TROY Chancellor named chair of Board of Visitors

Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

TROY—Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. has been named chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors.

As the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force, Air University provides comprehensive education to prepare its graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels. Air University provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to all levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. It also operates the Community College of the Air Force, the Air Force Institute of Technology and houses the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, considered the largest library in the Department of Defense.

“The Air University leadership is delighted to have Dr. Hawkins as Chair of the Board of Visitors,” said Dr. Bruce Murphy, Air University’s chief academic officer. “The partnership that has been built between Troy University and the Air Force over the years is testament to his commitment to our shared values in developing and delivering high quality education that prepares students for challenging responsibilities around the world. He now takes his place as leader of a distinguished board selected from the fields of education, business and industry, the professions, and public service.”

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TROY Dothan Campus donates to Wiregrass Toys for Tots

Posted: Monday, 14 December 2009
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—Troy University students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture of Cambodia during spring semester as the College of Education will play host to a visiting scholar from Phom Penh, according to Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of education.

Dr. Tatum said Venerable Kou Sopheap, a Buddhist monk from Pannasastra University of Cambodia, will study and lecture on the Troy campus beginning in January. Sopheap will deliver lectures on religion, philosophy, education and the history of Southeast Asia.

“We are always seeking ways to broaden the horizons of our students and to underscore the fact that the world is a much larger place than Southeast Alabama, “ Dean Tatum said. “I am sure that few of our students from the United States have met someone from Cambodia, so this will be a tremendous learning experience about another part of the world.”

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Major General Barclay challenges TROY graduates to be lifelong learners

Posted: Monday, 14 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

DOTHAN—Faculty and staff at Troy University’s Dothan Campus last week donated more than 100 new toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

The toys were presented on Thursday, Dec. 10, to Wiregrass Toys for Tots Coordinator Mike Walton and Staff Sergeant Justin Grundstrom. This marks the third year the campus has held a Toys for Tots drive.





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TROY Dothan Campus to offer new degree programs

Posted: Thursday, 10 December 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus will soon offer three new undergraduate degree programs and will provide additional on-campus support to students in an online nursing program.

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education last week formally approved the expansion of the baccalaureate degree programs in Human Services, Social Work and Rehabilitation from the Troy Campus to the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus, said he is pleased to offer more degree options for students in the Wiregrass.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY Dothan Campus Fall Commencement

Posted: Monday, 14 December 2009

Dec. 13, 3 p.m.:—Troy University’s Dothan Campus will hold its fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center.

Major General James O. Barclay III, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center for Excellence and Fort Rucker, will deliver the keynote address to graduates.

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Troy University welcomes Chinese students, officials

Posted: Wednesday, 09 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

TROY, Ala.—Troy University officials formally welcomed a delegation of university officials from the People’s Republic of China today in Hawkins Hall.

The 1-2-1 Sino-American Dual Degree Program Convocation sought to recognize the partnership between TROY and some 27 active partner institutions in China. Through the program, pioneered at TROY and now used as the standard model by universities throughout the United States, Chinese students may begin studies at their home institutions, transfer to TROY for two years and return to their home institutions for a final year of study. Upon completion of the program, the students are then awarded a degree from both Troy University and their home institution.





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Board of Trustees gives green light to convocation center project

Posted: Friday, 11 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

TROY, Ala.—Troy University trustees today gave the green light to architects to draft technical plans for the University’s new convocation center and multi-purpose arena.

The board action, and its ratification of a $62.7 million bond issue, paves the way for the construction of the center which will provide both a basketball venue and a state-of-the-art multi-use meeting facility.

Proceeds from the bonds are also financing the now under-construction student housing Fraternity Village project and a new dining hall that is currently in the design phase.

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Continuing Education Center spring 2010 course catalog now available

Posted: Wednesday, 09 December 2009

DOTHAN—Courses in real estate, auctioneering and ballroom dancing are among the many professional and personal development classes being offered next semester by the Continuing Education Center at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

The complete spring 2010 course catalog for the Continuing Education Center is now available. Upcoming classes include certification programs in real estate, auctioneering and paralegal.

The semester will also include skill-building courses in computers, business/management and foreign language and the return of the popular instant piano and ballroom dancing classes.

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Troy University receives good news on academic accreditation

Posted: Wednesday, 09 December 2009

TROY, Ala.—Troy University officials learned today that the University has received reaffirmation of academic accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.

The announcement was made this morning at the 114th annual meeting of the accrediting agency held in Atlanta. Troy University was accredited initially by SACS in 1934

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said the reaffirmation of academic accreditation validates the work of the faculty and staff. Most important, the Chancellor said, this action by the Commission on Colleges is the “final piece of the puzzle” of the unification of the University, a process that began almost a decade ago. For the first time in more than 30 years, all Troy University campuses and locations are now under one academic accreditation by SACS.

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Dr. James F. Vickrey to address TROY Montgomery Campus graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 08 December 2009

MONTGOMERY—Dr. James F. Vickrey, a Troy University professor and former president of the University of Montevallo, will address graduates at TROY’s Montgomery Campus during the fall commencement ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., will confer 170 graduate and undergraduate degrees during the ceremony which starts at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Vickrey has been a professor of speech communication at TROY since 1991. Before coming to TROY, he served as a professor and president of the University of Montevallo from 1980 to 1987.

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ACCELERATE student wins scholarship

Posted: Monday, 07 December 2009

TROY, Ala.—A Prattville senior has garnered a national scholarship from getEducated.com.

Megan McConnell, a 12th grader at Prattville Christian Academy, earned the $1,000 scholarship after taking two online classes through TROY’s eCampus via the ACCELERATE system that provides advanced-placement and courses to home- and private-school students in Alabama.

“Megan is an incredibly bright student and I admire her for taking American Sign Language I as not only her first college course but her first online class ever,” said Amy Spry, the ACCELERATE program coordinator. “She has excelled in her studies and I expect to see great things from her in the future.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Posted: Monday, 07 December 2009

Chinese delegate visits TROY for 1-2-1 Convocation

Wednesday, Dec. 9, Troy Campus: A delegation from the People’s Republic of China will be on campus Wednesday – Friday as part of the 1-2-1 Sino American Dual Degree Program’s review, and will participate at 3 p.m. Wednesday in a special convocation with Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.
This convocation will bring together the 10 members of the Chinese delegation, TROY officials, Chinese students at TROY and others.
The convocation will take place in Room 122 in Hawkins Hall, which fronts University Avenue. Media should be in place no later than 2:45 p.m. Those wishing to arrange one-on-one interviews with Chancellor Hawkins or members of the Chinese delegation should plan to arrive no later than 2:35. To confirm your organization’s attendance, please email clusk@troy.edu or call the University Relations Office at 334-670-3196.

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Ft. Rucker Commanding General to address Dothan Campus graduates

Posted: Monday, 07 December 2009

DOTHAN—Major General James O. Barclay III, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center for Excellence and Fort Rucker, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Dothan Campus during the fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13.

TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., will confer more than 240 graduate and undergraduate degrees during the 3 p.m. ceremony at the Dothan Civic Center.

Major General Barclay has served in various aviation and infantry units, and has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels, with service in Operations Provide Comfort in Iraq, Uphold Democracy in Haiti and Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

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TROY’s Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium awarded NASA grant

Posted: Thursday, 03 December 2009
Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

DOTHAN—Students in the Dothan City Schools System will be able to participate in technology and engineering summer camps thanks to a $60,000 grant from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center awarded to the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

TROY officials were joined by local and state education leaders at the Dothan Campus on Wednesday to announce the grant.

“The catalyst of this program is the idea of introducing math and science to students through activities,” said Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education. “We’ve found that this has a positive effect when it comes to student interest in math, science and technology.”

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TROY’s Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium to announce NASA grant

Posted: Tuesday, 01 December 2009
Thursday, December 3, 10 a.m.: The Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium at Troy University’s Dothan Campus has been awarded a grant from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to provide aerospace and technology education to students in the Dothan City Schools System.
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