Rachel Skipworth wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Rachel Skipworth, an auxiliary services coordinator at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.

Skipworth, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2000, received the award on Tuesday during a ceremony in Trojan Center ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Skipworth, who was nominated by Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor for business 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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TROY Dothan Campus to host workshop for ‘reluctant archivists’

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010

DOTHAN—Troy University will teach the finer points of maintaining historical records at a workshop called “Preserving Historical Records for the Reluctant Archivists” on Friday, Oct. 22, starting at 10 a.m. at The Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture at the University’s Dothan Campus.

“Reluctant archivists are those who find themselves caring for historical records even though they don’t feel they have sufficient training to do so as well as they would like,” said Dr. Martin T. Olliff, director of the Wiregrass archive. These “reluctant archivists” are often found in government bodies, libraries, churches, organizations and historical associations.

The workshop will cover the basics of preserving paper and photographic records as well as how to arrange collections for use.

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Troy University sponsors Boy Scout Merit Badge University

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Area Boy Scouts will get a chance to sample the university setting during Troy University’s Merit Badge University.

Some 250 Scouts are expected to attend the Oct. 30 event, co-sponsored by the Alabama Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and it will offer Scouts the opportunity to complete all requirements for a single merit badge in one day. Most badges will be taught by faculty members or professional staff.

“This is an opportunity for TROY to showcase itself not only to the Scouts in southeast Alabama, but to any Scouts who wish to come,” said Herb Reeves, dean of student services. “Our university is pleased to partner with the Alabama Florida Council to introduce a ‘world of opportunities’ to Scouts.”

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High school journalists will hone skills at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Nearly 350 high school journalists from around the southeast region will call Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication home on Thursday for J-Day, a high school journalism workshop.

The students will participate in 15 workshops, touching on subjects such as reporting, editing, writing, photography, layout and design, social digital media and broadcast news.

The sessions will be held and Wallace Hall and the Trojan Center.

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Montgomery Ballet and Chorale to debut Carmina Burana at Davis Theatre

Posted: Monday, 27 September 2010

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the world premier of “Carmina Burana” featuring the Montgomery Ballet and the Montgomery Chorale on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

The two groups have joined to reinterpret Carl Orff’s famous cantata with original choreography by Montgomery Ballet artistic director Elie Lazar. The performance will feature 25 professional dancers, 60 singers, two pianos and a percussionist.

The Montgomery Chorale is under the artistic direction of Rebecca Taylor.

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Career fair etiquette subject of TROY seminar

Posted: Monday, 27 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will help its students better navigate the waters of career fairs with its second-annual Career Fair Etiquette Seminar September 28-29.

The seminar, scheduled for 3 p.m. – 4 pm. in room 119 in the Trojan Center, is meant to help students prepare for the University’s Career Fair on Oct. 14, said Josh Wooden, a coordinator of career services at TROY.

“You want to have a plan whenever you go to a fair,” he said. “You don’t want to just walk in and just start talking to people. You want to do your research prior to the fair, know who’s going to be there, who to talk to and have a plan of attack.”

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Troy University announces several administrative changes

Posted: Monday, 27 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will make several changes to its administrative structure beginning Oct. 1, including the promotion of one administrator to a senior-level position, according to Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr.

Dr. John Dew will be appointed as senior vice chancellor of the Division of Student Services and Administration, succeeding Dr. Richard Federinko, who has announced his retirement. Dr. Dew joined Troy University in 2007 as associate vice chancellor for research, planning and effectiveness.

Dr. Dew will continue to supervise the Office of Research, Planning and Effectiveness and will assume leadership of the Office of Student Services, which oversees housing and residence life, student counseling, career services, intramural sports, student organizations and University Police. Herb Reeves, dean of student services, will continue in his day-to-day leadership role of student services functions.

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TROY Dothan Campus to offer investment fundamentals course

Posted: Thursday, 23 September 2010

DOTHAN—Novice investors will learn the best strategies for starting an effective investment plan during a continuing education course at Troy University’s Dothan Campus starting in October.

“Investment Fundamentals: Five Myths and Truths of Investing” will teach new investors the basic strategies of goal setting, budgeting and living within one’s means. Topics covered will include reading statements, identity protection, risk tolerance and understanding mutual funds, stocks and bonds.

The course will be taught in four weekly sessions from Oct. 7 through Oct. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center. Registration is $79.

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Media Advisory:Exxon Valdez author and environmental activist speaks Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 3 p.m.:Dr. Riki Ott, a nationally known author, environmental activist and public speaker will present “The Gulf Oil Spill: Exxon Valdez Revisited?” in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

A resident of Cordova, Alaska, she is the author of “Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” and “Not One Drop: Promises, Betrayal, and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” (Chelsea Green, 2008). She is also the founder of three nonprofit organizations that deal with lingering harm from man-made environmental disaster.

A brief media availability will take place at 2:45 p.m. in the Ballroom lobby on the second floor of the Trojan Center.

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Sound of the South makes push for $25,000 prize

Posted: Monday, 20 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University’s Sound of the South Marching Band will be suiting up Hawaii Five-O style in the search for a $25,000 prize.

The 350-member marching band is participating in the Hawaii Five-O Marching Band Mania Contest hosted by CBS Sports.

The nationwide contest involves competing bands to submit a video of a performance of the “Hawaii Five-O” theme, which will then be voted on by fans. Voting for the contest begins tonight after the premier of the new “Hawaii Five-O” series at 9 p.m. on CBS. Voting ends on Oct. 4 with the winner announced on Oct. 11.

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Schubert named associate vice chancellor for marketing and communication at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 15 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Donna Clark Schubert, a 20-year member of Troy University’s journalism faculty, has been named associate vice chancellor for marketing and communication, according to Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations.

In this role, Schubert will oversee the University’s marketing and media relations operations, as well as the Department of Broadcast and Digital Network, which includes the campus television station and TROY’s National Public Radio stations. Schubert, who will assume her new role Oct. 1, replaces Sandi Gouge, who retired June 30.

“Professor Schubert brings a wealth of expertise, energy and enthusiasm to this position,” Dr. Schmidt said. “She will do an outstanding job of promoting and marketing Troy University.”



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Constitution Day celebrated at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 16 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Members of Troy University’s Political Science Club are hoping Constitution Day will help bring into focus the importance of the document.

The club, with support from the Department of Political Science, plans to distribute pocket-sized copies of the Constitution in the Trojan Center Friday. An oversized copy will also be available for students and others to sign.

“Constitution Day provides a reminder to our students of the great experiment that led to the formation of the first modern democracy,” said Dr. Doug Davis, an assistant professor of political science who advises the club.

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TROY to offer customer service course for businesses

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010

DOTHAN—Local business owners will learn how improving customer service can improve profits during a continuing education course at Troy University‘s Dothan Campus.

“Customer Service: A Recipe for Profitability” will be offered in two sessions on Sept. 28 and 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The sessions will be taught by Luke Kyle, a trainer with Chick-Fil-A, a company well known for its emphasis on customer service. Participants will learn how to professionally handle diverse customers, create “win/win” complaint situations, effectively handle incoming calls and end calls with a positive effect, among other topics.

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TROY renames Phenix City Campus building to honor founding administrator

Posted: Wednesday, 15 September 2010
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PHENIX CITY—Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Troy University’s Phenix City Campus today to honor the legacy of the campus’s founding administrator with the dedication of H. Curtis Pitts Hall.

Dr. Curtis Pitts led the Phenix City Campus from its founding in 1975 until his retirement earlier this year. He died on March 31 while recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident.

During a ceremony today renaming the campus’s education building in his honor, Dr. Pitts was remembered as a visionary leader and a patriot.



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Glisson tapped for interim regional director at TROY

Posted: Monday, 13 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Troy University has announced the appointment of Bill Glisson as interim regional director of the University’s Southeast Region.

Mr. Glisson, who served in 2006 as interim regional director and was the Southeast Region’s Director of Operations, will assume his duties immediately, according to Dr. Earl Ingram, interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“Bill Glisson brings a wealth of experience into the regional director’s office,” Dr. Ingram said. “We have full confidence that he can continue to foster the growth and service to our students in the Southeast Region.”






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Ingram named to interim academic leadership post

Posted: Monday, 13 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Dr. Earl Ingram has been named to serve as interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.

The appointment was effective Sept. 3 following the resignation of Dr. Ed Roach, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

“Dr. Ingram’s vast experience both as an administrator and as a faculty member gives him a unique combination of experience and ability to provide outstanding leadership in academics during this time of transition,” Dr. Hawkins said.







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Naslund to present new novel “Adam & Eve” at TROY Montgomery Campus

Posted: Monday, 13 September 2010

MONTGOMERY—Best-selling author Sena Jeter Naslund will present her new novel, “Adam & Eve,” during a reading at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

“An Evening with Sena Jete Naslund” is cosponsored by the TROY Department of English and the Alabama Writer’s Forum. The event starts 7 p.m. inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Following a reading from “Adam & Eve,” Naslund will answer questions and sign copies of her books. Capitol Book and News will offer a selection of Naslund’s best-sellers for sale during the event, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alabama High School Literary Arts Award Competition.

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TROY Dothan Campus Announces Scholarship Recipients

Posted: Friday, 10 September 2010

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Dothan Campus has announced scholarship recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Dothan Campus awarded 28 academic scholarships to students this fall. The recipients, and the scholarship they received, are:

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Media Advisory:Building dedication to honor Dr. Curtis Pitts

Posted: Monday, 10 September 2010

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. EST.:Troy University will formally rename the education building at the Phenix City Campus in honor of founding administrator Dr. Curtis Pitts during a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. EST in front of the building.

Dr. Pitts was the chief administrator of the Phenix Campus since its establishment in 1975. He passed away in March while recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident last year.

The TROY Board of Trustees voted earlier this summer to rename the current education building H. Curtis Pitts Hall in memory of Dr. Pitts’ years of service.

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Media Advisory:Media Availability with Ambassador Volker

Posted: Monday, 10 September 2010

Monday, Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m.—Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, who is serving as Troy University’s ambassador-in-residence for 2010-2011, will be available for interview on the Montgomery Campus in the Rosa Parks Museum. Ambassador Volker’s availability is limited to no longer than 15 minutes.

A reception will be given in his honor at 5 p.m. in Whitley Hall, followed by Ambassador Volker’s lecture to students in the Rosa Parks Auditorium at 6 p.m.

Prior to his arrival in Montgomery, he will speak to students from 9 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. on the Troy Campus in the General Academic Building Room 205.

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Former NATO ambassador to serve at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 10 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Ambassador Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, will serve as Troy University’s 2010-2011 Ambassador-in-Residence.

Ambassador Volker will begin his year-long residency on September 13, and conduct presentations to both undergraduate and graduate-level political science classes on both the Troy and Montgomery campuses, said Dr. Charles Krupnick, chair of the Department of Political Science.

“The ambassador will conduct two days of activities and then will return in early 2011 to participate in additional functions,” he said. “We are excited to welcome him to our campuses. His extensive experience in foreign affairs and national security will provide our students with a unique learning experience.”

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Dr. Riki Ott "The Gulf Oil Spill: Exxon Valdez Revisited?"

Posted: Wednesday, 08 September 2010

Troy University’s Environmental Club, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring Dr. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and environmentalist to speak on Wednesday, September 22nd, 3-5:00 pm, Trojan Center Ballroom A&B.

Dr. Ott is a nationally-known author and speaker on environmental issues. She has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and is an outspoken critic of the oil industry and petroleum use in general. She was living in Alaska, running a fishing boat, when the Exxon Valdez delivered its oil to Prince William Sound.

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TROY university to conduct Vietnam commencement exercises

Posted: Wednesday, 08 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University will award master’s degrees for the first time in the Republic of Vietnam when it conducts Commencement Exercises there Saturday, Sept. 11.

Thirty-one students at the University of Economics and Business at Hanoi’s Vietnam National University will receive the Master of Business Administration degree in the 10 a.m. ceremonies. In addition, 11 other TROY students will be awarded the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

It’s not the only commencement ceremony, however. On Friday, Sept. 10, 24 students based at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology will be awarded TROY degrees – four in computer science and 20 with Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

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Dr. David M. White to head TROY’s Phenix City Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 07 September 2010
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PHENIX CITY—Dr. David M. White has been named campus vice chancellor for Troy University’s Phenix City Campus as a result of an administrative reorganization within the University.

Dr. White has worked in teaching and administrative roles at TROY since 1996. He most recently served as director of TROY’s Southeast Region, which includes 21 campus sites in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Dr. White’s appointment is effective immediately.

“Dr. White will provide strong leadership for our Phenix City Campus,” Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, said. “He is familiar with the Bi-City area and our vision and goals for that region and the Phenix City Campus.”

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Students from the former Soviet Union study at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 07 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Troy University welcomed five new exchange students from the former Soviet Union this fall.

As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia, administered by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), the students will spend a year at TROY integrating into American culture while making progress on degrees from their home country.

“They are students who are highly successful,” said Dean of International Student Services Darlene Schmurr-Stewart. “It’s an academic exchange, but it’s also a cultural exchange.”

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TROY Wiregrass Alumni to host golf tournament Sept. 30

Posted: Tuesday, 07 September 2010

DOTHAN—The Wiregrass Chapter of the Troy University Alumni Association will host the 2010 Jackson Thornton Invitation Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 30, at Highland Oaks in Dothan.

The annual golf tournament raises money for TROY student scholarships.

The 4-person scramble will begin at noon with a shotgun start. Registration begins at 9 a.m. the morning of the tournament and lunch will be served at 11 a.m.

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Troy University to form Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

Posted: Saturday, 04 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—With the support of a $3.6 million gift from Dr. Manuel H. “Manley” Johnson, BB&T and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, Troy University will form a new center for policy research designed to advance the understanding of economic freedom.

The Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy will promote teaching and research efforts that examine the role economic freedom plays in economic development and human prosperity. The Center will be part of the University’s Sorrell College of Business and will be housed inside Bibb Graves Hall, which is currently undergoing extensive restoration and expansion. Dr. Scott Beaulier has been named executive director of the center.

Members of the University leadership and the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors officially received the gift Saturday in a ceremony at the Troy Campus.

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Beaulier tapped to direct Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

Posted: Saturday, 04 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Dr. Scott Beaulier has been named executive director for the newly formed Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University.

As executive director, Dr. Beaulier will guide the Center’s mission of advancing the understanding of economic freedom through research and teaching. He will also serve as an associate professor of economics.

“The Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy promotes teaching and research efforts that examine the role economic freedom plays in economic development and human flourishing,” Dr. Beaulier said. “Towards this end, the Johnson Center will support theoretical, policy relevant academic research and teaching efforts that explore the causes and consequences of economic freedom.”


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Troy University cuts ribbon on new fraternity village

Posted: Saturday, 04 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.— Just under a year after construction first began on Troy University’s Fraternity Village, the University officially cut the ribbons on seven new fraternity houses.

The 8,517 square-feet two-story houses are built in a traditional neighborhood-styled development along Pell Avenue and provide 24 beds per house. The University owns the housing development and leases the houses to the seven fraternities. Each house follows the same floor plan and includes a chapter room, a social room and laundry facilities in addition to the bedrooms. “Fraternity Village will reshape our Greek System in a very positive manner,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “It will make us stronger as a University and will foster a greater involvement in campus life for our fraternities.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Major donation and academic center announcement

Posted: Thursday, 02 September 2010
Major donation and academic center announcement

Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.: A reception is scheduled for the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy (300 E. Walnut Street) in honor of the donors whose gifts are making possible the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.

This event will include remarks by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, Dr. Manuel H. “Manley” Johnson, former vice-chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Dr. Scott Beaulier, director of the Center, Provost and Dr. Judson Edwards, dean of the Sorrell College of Business. Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations Dr. John Schmidt will moderate the event.

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Environmental activist and marine expert to speak on Gulf oil spill at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 02 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Nationally known author, activist and public speaker Dr. Riki Ott will present “The Gulf Oil Spill: Exxon Valdez Revisited?” at Troy University on Sept. 22.

The lecture, which is open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms, and includes a question-and-answer session immediately following Dr. Ott’s presentation. It is sponsored by the Environmental Club, the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“The Gulf oil spill is our modern day ‘Exxon Valdez,” only more than an order of magnitude larger,” said Dr. Michael Stewart, Eminent Scholar in Agriculture and Management and professor of biological science at the University who is coordinating the event.

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TROY students perform in Germany’s Goethe Institute

Posted: Thursday, 02 September 2010
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TROY, Ala.—Two Troy University students have focused international attention on their university during a study-abroad trip to Germany.

Allison Conlan, of Leesburg, Ga., and Sonya Babbitt, of Baker, Fla., both senior music education majors, were “ambassadors” of the University, performing at the Goethe Institute in Dresden during the Institute’s international art exhibit “Here, There and Everywhere – Physical Geography/Psychological Landscape.

“The performance of our music students at the Goethe Institute was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Michael Hix, an assistant professor of voice and coordinator of the John M. Long School of Music’s Vocal and Choral Activities.

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