Troy University to host middle school students for Model United Nations assembly

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2010

TROY—Ann Rosenheck will speak on three Troy University campuses to relate her experiences imprisoned in the German concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau.

Brought to TROY through the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Witness to the Holocaust grant, Rosenheck will speak at 10 a.m. April 20 in the Claudia Crosby Theater. An informal lecture with selected senior seminar students will take place at 2 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

On April 21, she will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Dothan Campus’ Sony Hall.

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Groundbreaking for new Trojan Arena

Posted: Thursday, 25 February 2010

March 3, 2 p.m.: Troy University officials will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Trojan Arena on the ninth fairway Trojan Oaks Golf Course Wednesday at 2 p.m.

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Tiffany Gandy wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—Tiffany Gandy, human resources specialist at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February.

Gandy, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2005, received the award during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Gandy, who was nominated by Brooke Strickland, associate director of human resources.

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 dance programs features young choreographers

Posted: Thursday, 25 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts will give the public a chance to see young dance choreographers display their talents in “Moving On,” in two performances in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

“This is our first student choreography showcase,” said Adena Moree, director of theatre and dance. “It gives emerging choreographers the opportunity to experiment with artistic vision and create story and theme through movement and dance.”

The first performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 and again on Saturday, Feb. 27. Both are free and open to the public, but require a ticket from the Crosby Box Office prior to the shows’ openings. The box office opens at 6:45 p.m. both days.

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TROY distance learning educator publishes book

Posted: Monday, 22 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—It all started with a presentation to a professional development group, but ended in the publication of a new book on global distance learning for Troy University eCampus Director Deb Gearhart.

“Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes,” by publisher IGI Global, examines the best practices in the field of distance education and features cases on distance education programs.

Dr. Gearhart served as editor of the compilation of case studies submitted for publication, which was prompted by her presentation, “Let’s Write a Book.”





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TROY students compete in Scholar Bowl on black history

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s Residence Hall Association is sponsoring its RHA Scholar Bowl for Black History Month.

“This program is designed to educate and increase our students’ knowledge on black history facts,” said Charlesetta Jones, residential education and facilities coordinator at TROY.

The game is played on a format similar to television’s “Family Feud,” with 11 teams of four members each entered into this year’s contest. In the final round, the remaining two teams face each other for the first-place trophy.

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"Why the Confederacy Lost the War" subject of southern history lecture

Posted: Wednesday, 17 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—One of the leading authorities on 19th century America will be the guest speaker at Troy University’s seventh annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History Feb. 22.

The lecture takes place 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater, with a reception immediately following, according to Robert Carlson, an assistant professor of history who is coordinating this year’s lecture.

Dr. James L. Roark, the Samuel Candler Dobbs of Professor of American History at Emory University, will speak on “Why the Confederacy Lost” from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theatre. A reception will follow the lecture.

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Chinese New Year Celebration at TROY brings homeland to adoptees

Posted: Tuesday, 09 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—For 4 year-old Sophia Peak, Troy University’s Chinese New Year Celebration is an opportunity to sample her homeland and some of its culinary delights such as Kung Pao Chicken, MuShu Pork and “Ants Climbing a Tree.”

Sophia, the adopted daughter of TROY alumnus Ricky Peak and his wife Sherry, of Dothan, is Chinese. Friday’s celebration in the Trojan Center Ballrooms will be her first.

“We were so happy when the adoption group told us about the event,” said Sherry Peak. “We thought it was a neat way to provide the Chinese culture to Sophia. Because of the celebration at Troy University, she can be exposed to her original roots.”

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TROY fraternity leader elected to regional leadership

Posted: Wednesday, 17 February 2010
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TROY, Ala.—A Troy University Inter-Fraternity Council vice president has been elected president of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference.

Andy Flowers, vice president of risk management for TROY’s IFC and a Sigma Chi Fraternity member, a sophomore risk management and insurance major from Linden, was elected during the SEIFC Leadership Academy Feb. 11 – 14.

The Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) is an association of fraternity governing councils in the southeastern United States. SEIFC is one of the six regional associations throughout North America designed to bring together institutions and individuals with a commitment to fraternity life on college and university campuses.



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TROY Trojan Vision takes top honors

Posted: Wednesday, 17 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s student-led television station captured top honors as the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best College Television Station.

Also named as SEJC’s co-student presidents for 2010-2011 were Hannah Bishop, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Dothan, and Abby Gresham, a junior broadcast journalism major from Daphne, and faculty member Dr. Jeff Spurlock, of Troy, was elected the conference’s president for the new year. The University will host the 2011 convention Feb. 17-19, 2011.

In addition the honors, Meg Smith, a senior broadcast journalism major from Mobile, placed second in the Best Television Journalist category.

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SGA recognizes Dothan Campus teacher and student of the year

Posted: Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Gibson Vance

DOTHAN—The Student Government Association at Troy University’s Dothan Campus recently announced the winners of the 2009-2010 student and teacher of the year awards.

Dr. David Arrington and TROY student Christy Aguirre were presented their awards on Thursday, Feb. 11. Both were selected by the SGA based on nominations made by Dothan Campus students. The awards recognize outstanding academic achievement and excellence in the classroom.

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Small business can achieve their next level with NxLeveL training

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Alabama residents who want to start their own businesses or achieve the next level of business success will have the opportunity to receive specialized training through a program that will be offered beginning in March in Enterprise.

The program—NxLeveL Business Planning Series— is sponsored by the Troy University’s Small Business Development Center (TROY-SBDC). It is co-sponsored by the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, the Enterprise, Coffee, Geneva Economic Development Corporation, and Enterprise Community College.

The TROY-SBDC will be providing this training in 9 weekly sessions on Monday evenings beginning March 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., said Judy Callin, a consultant with TROY’s center.

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TROY to offer "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People"

Posted: Friday, 12 February 2010

DOTHAN—The Continuing Education Center at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will offer a piano class on Monday, Feb. 22, 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. The course is for beginners and focuses on chord piano techniques. Participants will learn all the chords needed to play any pop song, any style, any key, and a healthy dose of insider secrets on how to embellish songs.

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Guest artists to present recitals at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—Two artists from the California will perform in Troy University’s Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor Feb. 17.

At 3 p.m., Dmitry Rachmanov will present a recital and lecture on Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 82 and at 7:30 p.m. Julia Heinen, on the clarinet, will join Rachmanov at 7:30 p.m. in a performance that will include works by Claude Debussy, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joao-Heiter Riguard and Scott McAllister.

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Winter weather statement: TROY class cancellations

Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Due to the developing winter weather, all of Troy University’s Alabama campuses—Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City— will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12.

Additionally, classes on the Troy Campus only are cancelled after 4 p.m. today, Feb. 11, in order to allow students to travel home safely. Essential services, such as security, physical plant, campus residence halls and dining services, will continue operation on Friday, Feb. 12.

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Troy University to launch redesigned Web site

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University on Monday, Feb. 15, will unveil its newly redesigned Web site, which will make information more easily accessible to prospective and current students and others and also will include several new features.

The redesign of the site (troy.edu) has been an ongoing project over the last two years and involved input of more than 35 members of the University’s staff and administration. At least 14 IT personnel have been responsible for moving the majority of content into the new design and approximately 25 University staff will be directly involved in the update process.

Dr. John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor for advancement and external relations, said the collaborative effort has yielded a major improvement for the University.

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TROY Continuing Education Center to offer course on social media for businesses

Posted: Wednesday, 10 February 2010

DOTHAN—The Continuing Education Center at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will offer a course on using social media to promote businesses or organizations on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

“What the Tweet? Social Media and Your Business” will look at how popular websites like Facebook and Twitter can affect small businesses and organizations. Participants will learn how to set up a social media account and use it to promote their organizations.

The class will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The registration fee is $55, which includes handout materials.

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Capitol Sounds to present Big Band concert at TROY's Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 09 February 2010

MONTGOMERY—The Capitol Sounds Concert Band will perform music from the Big Band era on Friday, Feb. 26, at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

“Down Memory Lane with the Capitol Sounds” will feature the music of the Greatest Generation, including songs from Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Harry James.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Single tickets are on sale now at the Davis Theatre office. All tickets are $10.

For more information regarding ticket availability, call the theatre at (334) 241-9567. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.

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Chinese New Year Celebration at TROY brings homeland to adoptees

Posted: Tuesday, 09 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—For 4 year-old Sophia Peak, Troy University’s Chinese New Year Celebration is an opportunity to sample her homeland and some of its culinary delights such as Kung Pao Chicken, MuShu Pork and “Ants Climbing a Tree.”

Sophia, the adopted daughter of TROY alumnus Ricky Peak and his wife Sherry, of Dothan, is Chinese. Friday’s celebration in the Trojan Center Ballrooms will be her first.

“We were so happy when the adoption group told us about the event,” said Sherry Peak. “We thought it was a neat way to provide the Chinese culture to Sophia. Because of the celebration at Troy University, she can be exposed to her original roots.”

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John M. Long honored by National Band Association

Posted: Monday, 08 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—It was the first time in anyone’s memory when a sitting president of the National Band Association attended a Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductor’s induction ceremony.

“Ralph, our president Culverhouse wants to talk to the group a minute. I think it’s the first time a president has even been to this ceremony,” Dr. John M. Long interrupted master of ceremonies and Troy University’s director of bands.

“What’s he want,” Ford queried.

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Reid urges Leadership Conference participants to help build character in youth

Posted: Saturday, 06 February 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Today’s young people need the support and guidance of their elders. That was the message actor and director Tim Reid left participants of the ninth annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month with during the event’s closing session Saturday afternoon at Troy University.

The Leadership Conference, co-hosted by Troy University and the City of Troy, annually brings together civic and community leaders, clergymen and business leaders in a collaborative and education forum.

Reid, owner of New Millennium Studios, is perhaps best known for his role of disc jockey “Venus Flytrap” on the television series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” and has also appeared in starring roles in the series “Frank’s Place” and “Sister, Sister.”



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Three inducted into National Band Association Hall of Fame at Troy University

Posted: Saturday, 06 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—The National Band Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors at Troy University inducted its three newest members today during a luncheon in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus.

The association also installed, in a surprise move, an honorary president: Dr. John M. Long, Troy University director of bands emeritus and chairman of the board of directors of the National Band Association.

Inducted in the Hall of Fame – Alabama’s only national hall of fame -- were Ray Cramer, longtime director of bands at Indiana University, who was unable to attend the ceremony, William J. Moody, longtime director of the School of Music of the University of South Carolina; and Frank B. Wickes, director of bands at Louisiana State University.

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Former CNN anchor opens Leadership Conference

Posted: Friday, 05 February 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Questioning the wisdom of political pundits and “the mainstream media,” former CNN Headline News anchor Lyn Vaughn told the opening session of the Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month they need to train themselves to “turn off the garbage” of the information age.

The Leadership Conference, co-hosted by Troy University and the City of Troy, annually brings together civic and community leaders, clergymen and business leaders in a collaborative and education forum. The conference kicked off Friday night in TROY’s Trojan Center Theater.

“Turn away from ignorant news commentary,” Vaughn told the nearly 400 assembled, “the pundits don’t know what’s going to happen any more than you do … become discerning consumers of the news and pay attention to what it’s doing to you.”

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Noah's Flood hitting TROY Feb. 12 -13

Posted: Friday, 05 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music, the Troy Elementary School and the First Baptist Church will present “Noah’s Flood,” an opera by Benjamin Britten Feb. 12 – 13.

The opera will be performed at Troy’s First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. each night and admission is free.

In the Troy University production, some 70 TES students will fill the roles of the animals, and several young string players will join the professional orchestral players in the orchestra.

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TROY Festival of Trumpets Concert slated for Feb. 27

Posted: Friday, 05 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music and the Troy Arts Council will present its 12th annual Festival of Trumpets Concert on Feb. 27.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be at Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Boulevard.

“The concert is the culmination of the activities involved with the Troy University Trumpet Symposium, a full day of clinics for middle school, high school and college level students,” said Dr. James Zingara, a professor of trumpet who is coordinating the concert.

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Bandmasters Hall of Fame to induct three at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—The National Band Association will induct three conductors into its Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors Saturday.

The induction ceremony for Dr. Ray E. Cramer, Dr. William J. Moody and Mr. Frank B. Wickes will take place in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor at 12 p.m.

“This honor is considered to be the highest honor that can be given as an American Bandmaster,” said Dr. John M. Long, director emeritus of the John M. Long School of Music.

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Five named as Chancellor's Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. has announced the selection of five faculty and staff members to participate in the 2010 Chancellor’s Fellows Program.

Selected were: Dr. Amanda Andrews, associate professor and chair of the Department of Athletic Training on the Troy Campus; Ms. Sandy Atkins, associate director of athletics for internal affairs/senior woman administrator; Dr. Charlotte Minnick, associate professor and multi-campus director of teacher education, accreditation and certification for the College of Education; Dr. Dan J. Puckett, associate professor of history at the University’s Montgomery Campus; and Mr. Christopher Shaffer, director of the library on the University’s Dothan Campus.

The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY’s Institute for Leadership Development. Kline, a former university provost and senior executive in the federal government, is uniquely qualified to direct the program — a program Chancellor Hawkins believes will “help selected faculty and staff members move into positions of responsibility, prepared for the task of leading Troy University in the years ahead.”

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Apply now for fall 2010 scholarships at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 February 2010

DOTHAN—Scholarship applications are being accepted now for the fall 2010 semester at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

The deadline to apply for all scholarships is March 1 at 5:30 p.m.

TROY offers academic, leadership and need-based scholarships at the Dothan Campus and the Ft. Rucker Location. Scholarships to be awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year include: Community College Transfer, Vice Chancellor, Associate Provost, Dean’s, Student Affairs, Robert M. Paul Memorial, Douglas C. Patterson Leadership, Phi Theta Kappa Transfer, Jack R. Sublette Memorial, Broughton W. and Marion R. Connell Memorial Leadership, Gulf South Communications, Sumter Hilman Majors, Jr. Memorial, George H. Malone Memorial, George Y. and Johnnie R. Malone Perpetual Memorial, Edgar Bernard McDaniel Memorial, Ruth Elizabeth LaPointe Milner, National Alumni Association, and Jim and Glenda Rose.

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Alison Farrington crowned Miss Troy University

Posted: Monday, 01 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Allison Farrington, a 22-year-old graduate student earning a master’s degree in science education from Andalusia, was crowned the 39th Miss Troy University this past weekend at Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

Miss Farrington will represent Troy University in the Miss Alabama Pageant—a Miss America Pageant preliminary—in June. Miss Farrington received her bachelor’s degree from Troy University in 2009. She is the daughter of Jay and Beverly Farrington.

Finalists were Megan Picklesimer of Chelsea, first runner-up; Sydnii Todd of Birmingham, second runner-up; Allison Reynolds of Auburn, third runner-up; and Mary Alison Cross of Smiths, fourth runner-up.

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Troy University Black History Month Events

Posted: Monday, 01 February 2010
Troy University will host a number of events during February celebrating Black History Month. Members of the media are invited to cover any of the following scheduled activities:
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Chinese New Year Celebration scheduled for Feb. 12

Posted: Tuesday, 02 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University students will bring in the Chinese New Year on Feb. 12 with both traditional and contemporary flair.

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Troy University, the Chinese Student and Scholar Association and the Department of International Programs, the Chinese New Year Celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

“Our New Year Celebration is a time for families to come together,” said Mandi Shi, a sophomore Chinese student at TROY. “This is China’s biggest celebration.”

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TROY to host nearly 900 high school band members at SEUS Bands

Posted: Monday, 01 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Nearly 900 high school band members will converge on Troy University Friday for the 37th Annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands.

“This will be an exciting weekend of music activities that will include rehearsals and performances by three honor bands selected from the students, guest band performances and feature performances by the Troy University Symphony Band and the Troy University Jazz Ensemble,” said Carla Gallahan, an assistant professor in the John M. Long School of Music who is coordinating SEUS.

Each of the three honor bands – crimson, silver and white – will be led by a guest conductor. This year those conductors are Douglas Macaulay of Vancouver, British Columbia; Michael Nakasone of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Tom Brown of Hazlehurst, Ga.

Serving as Composer-in-Residence will be Robert Buckley, also from Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Troy University appoints interim dean of arts and sciences

Posted: Monday, 01 February 2010
Gibson Vance

TROY, Ala.—Dr. Hal Fulmer has assumed the duties of interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to Dr. Ed Roach, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Dr. Fulmer, who serves as Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, takes over for Dr. Bill Richardson, who retired in December. Dr. Fulmer has also served as Dean of the College of Communications and Fine Arts at Troy University.

“Dr. Fulmer is the right person to lead our College of Arts and Sciences as we seek a permanent dean,” Dr. Roach said. “He is familiar with every department in the college. I am sure he will do an outstanding job.”



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