Media Advisory:Update on Troy University traffic situation

Posted: Friday, 30 July 2010

Herbert Reeves, Dean of Student Services at Troy University, announced to faculty, staff and students today that the intersection of University Avenue and Luther Drive will reopen for through traffic Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1.

Dean Reeves pointed out that the area will remain a construction zone for the new dining facility. He asked all motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution in the area, as construction workers will be present.

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TROY Wiregrass Alumni Chapter awards scholarship

Posted: Thursday, 29 July 2010

DOTHAN—The Troy University Wiregrass Alumni Chapter presented scholarships to a group of TROY students on Thursday, July 29, at the Dothan Campus.

The six students represented both incoming freshman and current students. They each received a $1,500 scholarship funded by proceeds from the Wiregrass Alumni Chapter’s annual golf tournament.

The recipients were selected by the chapter’s scholarship committee from a pool of applicants.

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Troy University to hold grant writing workshops

Posted: Thursday, 29 July 2010

DOTHAN—A Troy University economic developer will help organizations improve their grant writing skills during a series of workshops at the Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center in September.

Courtney E. Purvis, assistant director of TROY’s Center for International Business and Economic Development, will teach introductory and advanced grant writing workshops designed to help organizations improve their chances of securing funding. Purvis joined TROY in 2008 as an economic development specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of West Alabama, a master’s degree in human resources from Troy University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in human capital development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Grammy-winning vocalist Michael Bolton to open 2010-2011 Davis Theatre season

Posted: Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Michael Bolton

MONTGOMERY—Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton will take the stage at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts to launch the 2010-2011 season.

Season tickets are on sale now for the upcoming series, which features a diverse mix of shows including beloved musicals, gospel music and classic rock and roll. Season tickets can be purchassed by calling the theatre office at 334-241-9567.

Bolton will kick off the season on Monday, Sept. 6, for a one night only stop as part of the global tour for his new album, “One World One Love.” A winner of multiple Grammys for Best Male Vocalist, Bolton has sold more than 53 million records and has collaborated with some of the best known names in music, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Ne-Yo and Lady Gaga.

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Bright shares traits for success with TROY Montgomery Campus graduates

Posted: Friday, 30 July 2010

MONTGOMERY—U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright shared three traits for success with graduates at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus during the summer commencement ceremony on Monday, July 26.

Bright delivered the keynote address during the ceremony, which was held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 140 students received degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.

Bright said successful people often share the key traits of hard work, courage and impeccable integrity. He urged the graduates to embody these traits as they pursue success in future endeavors.

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TROY increases admissions standards

Posted: Friday, 23 July 2010

TROY – Troy University trustees today raised admissions standards for entering undergraduates for the second time in four years.

The vote raises the minimum ACT test score by one point beginning Fall 2011 to 20 for unconditional admission, and increases the range for conditional admissions to 17 – 19 on the ACT. For SAT takers, the minimum admission score would be a 950, and conditional admissions would be 830-940 on the SAT. The new standards also require any transfer student to have a minimum 2.0 grade point average and raise the ACT/SAT examination exemption from 21 to 25 years of age.

The changes are aimed at admitting better prepared students, and improving their chances for success in the university setting, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. Dr. Hawkins said the board’s move is an integral part of the University’s overall strategic plan.

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TROY trustees urge Alabama Legislature to alter PACT legislation

Posted: Friday, 23 July 2010

TROY—Troy University’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to nullify a tuition freeze for students enrolled in the Pre-Paid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program and urged the Alabama Legislature to “revisit and resolve” a tuition cap for PACT students that exempts some state universities.

The resolution, passed unanimously by the trustees, rescinds the board’s three-year tuition freeze for PACT students approved in March of 2009. Under the conditions of a PACT relief bill passed in the 2010 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, nine of the state’s 12 public universities are required to cap annual tuition increases at 2.5 percent for their PACT students.

Auburn University and the University of Alabama System, which enroll more than 75 percent of the state’s PACT students, were exempted from the tuition cap by the 2010 legislation.

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ACHE Commissioner Buffkin tells TROY graduates to keep learning, have faith

Posted: Friday, 23 July 2010

TROY—A member of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education told Troy University graduates to keep learning, have faith both in yourself and a higher power to achieve your goals and to serve others.

Ralph Buffkin of Mobile, who has served on the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) since 2004, delivered the keynote address Friday at summer commencement ceremonies in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented diplomas to about 250 graduates.

“If you are receiving an associate degree get started on your bachelors; if you are receiving a bachelors’ go for your masters and if you are receiving your masters’ go for your doctorate,” Buffkin said. “First you will increase your value—your value in terms of income, but, more importantly, your ability to serve mankind at a higher level.”

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Troy University Montgomery Campus Commencement

Posted: Friday, 23 July 2010

Troy University will hold the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 26, at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

About 130 students will receive graduate and undergraduate degrees during the event. Congressman Bobby Bright will deliver the keynote address.

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Effective proposals to the federal government subject of seminar

Posted: Thursday, 22 July 2010

DOTHAN – Developing effective federal government proposals is the aim of a one-day conference at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

Hosted by the University’s Small Business Development Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Program, the seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 28 in the Thomas Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Funding for the event is being provided by the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Program, and the $20 participant fee includes lunch, breaks and materials costs.

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Board of Trustees Meeting/Commencement

Posted: Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Board of Trustees Meeting
July 23, 1:30 p.m.: The Troy University Board of Trustees will meet in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. This is a regularly scheduled meeting. The agenda includes various University and Board Committee reports. The Board will also consider resolutions on undergraduate admissions requirements, amendments to the Faculty Handbook, the 2010-2015 strategic plan, the PACT program and the 2010-2011 budget. Read More

Barbara Federico wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for July

Posted: Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Barbara Federico

TROY, Ala.—Barbara Federico, a student services specialist at Troy University’s Tampa Bay Site, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for July.

Federico, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2008, received the award recently during a presentation at the Tampa Site. Dr. Earl Ingram, vice chancellor of TROY’s Global Campus, presented the award to Federico, who was nominated by Carol Walters, director of the Tampa Site.

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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Miss Troy Universities sought for 40th anniversary

Posted: Wednesday, 21 July 2010

TROY – As part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Miss Troy University Pageant, former title holders are being sought by University officials.

During this year’s pageant, set for 2 p.m. Oct. 9 in Claudia Crosby Theater, former Miss Troy State Universities and Miss Troy Universities will be recognized. In addition, the title holders are being asked to submit photographs from their reign as well as an updated biography.

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TROY to offer "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People"

Posted: Friday, 09 July 2010

DOTHAN—The Continuing Education Center at Troy University’s Dothan Campus will offer another session of its popular “Instant Piano” course on Monday, July 19, 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 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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Congressman Bobby Bright to address TROY Montgomery Campus graduates

Posted: Wednesday, 07 July 2010

MONTGOMERY—Congressman Bobby Bright will deliver the keynote address to graduates during the summer commencement ceremony at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 26.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 130 students will receive graduate and undergraduate degrees this semester at the Montgomery Campus.

Bright was elected in 2009 to represent Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, he served nine years as the mayor of Montgomery.

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Mobile businessman and public servant will provide keynote address

Posted: Tuesday, 06 July 2010

TROY – Mobile businessman and public servant Ralph Buffkin will provide the commencement address at Troy University July 23.

Graduation exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall. About 250 representing 12 countries and 13 states are expected to receive their diplomas.

Buffkin currently is Director of Human Resources, Information Technology and Payroll for Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran and is part of the command staff that oversees some 600 employees. In what he terms as his “fifth career,” Buffkin has been a leader in manufacturing, transportation, consulting and has owned four companies in his 40-plus year career.

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TROY Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center to hold Open House

Posted: Thursday, 01 July 2010

DOTHAN—The Continuing Education Center at Troy University's Dothan Campus will preview upcoming workshops, seminars, programs and classes during an Open House on Thursday, July 22.

The Continuing Education Center is designed for adult learners who are looking for professional development, career training or personal enrichment. Classes offered throughout the year provide training in a variety of fields including business/finance, healthcare, real estate, paralegal studies, supervision, administration and foreign language.

Instructors of select courses will be on hand during the Open House to answer questions. Light refreshments will also be served

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Free international film series continues at TROY Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 01 July 2010

DOTHAN—The Troy University Dothan Campus library will continue its yearlong international film series with a selection of movies from Columbia, Germany and Israel starting in July.

The next three films shown in the series will be:

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