TROY chancellor recognized for leadership

Posted: Monday, 28 February 2011
CASE

TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III with the Chief Executive Leadership Award.

Dr. Hawkins received the award at the District III annual meeting in New Orleans, held this year in conjunction with institutions in District IV. The award, established in 1999, recognizes the Chief Executive of a District III member institution for outstanding leadership and service in support of education. Dr. Hawkins is the first chancellor or president of an Alabama university to receive this award.

“One of my favorite four-letter words, after ‘TROY’ is ‘team’ and we are fortunate to have an outstanding advancement team at Troy University,” Dr. Hawkins said. “It is on their behalf that I accept this award.”

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Composer and conductor to visit Troy University

Posted: Friday, 25 February 2011
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TROY, Ala.—An internationally recognized choral conductor and composer will set six original compositions for the Troy University College Signers and Concert Chorale Feb. 27 – March 1.

Hosted by the John M. Long School of Music and its Choral Department, Eric William Barnum’s work for TROY includes that of a piece commissioned by the Department for the Concert Chorale, based on the writings of St. Augustine.

“Barnum has masterfully set the text found in the 10th Book of Confessions for this wonderful piece,” said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, Directory of University Choirs.

The piece, along with other Barnum pieces, will be premiered at the Spring Choral Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 31 at Park United Methodist Church in Troy.


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MEDIA ADVISORY: TODAY Congressman Roby to conducts forum with TROY nursing students

Posted: Thursday, 24 February 2011

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m./Rosa Parks Museum auditorium:Congressman Martha Roby will conduct a forum on healthcare reform and nursing education today on the Montgomery Campus.

Media is requested to be in place no later than 12:15 p.m. to cover this event.

The format for the forum is anticipated to be brief opening remarks by Congressman Roby followed by a question-and-answer session with the students.

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Troy University faculty featured in “Concerts at the Studio” series on March 2

Posted: Thursday, 24 February 2011

TROY— Faculty members from Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music will perform March 2 as a part of the “Concerts at the Studio” series.

The Troy University Fsaculty Showcase, presented by the University’s John M. Long School of Music and the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, is set for 7 p.m. on March 2 and will feature performances by five faculty members.

Scheduled to perform are:

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Thrasher Brothers and Neil Thrasher coming to TROY’s Davis Theatre

Posted: Thursday, 24 February 2011

MONTGOMERY—Award-winning vocal group the Thrasher Brothers with special guest Neil Thrasher will perform at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 18.

Birmingham natives Jim, Buddy and Joe Thrasher have won a Dove Award and four Grammy Awards for their country and Southern gospel songs, including classics such as “One Day at a Time” and “Still the One.” The group was inducted in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joe’s son, Neil, is carrying on the family tradition as one of Nashville’s top songwriters. He’s penned songs for artists such as Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry and Kenny Chesney and was named Songwriter of the Year in 2004 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He was previously part of he country vocal duo Thrasher Shriver with signer Kelly Shriver.

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University’s IT chief named Premier 100 member

Posted: Wednesday, 23 February 2011
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TROY—Troy University’s chief security and technology officer has been named one of the top 100 leaders in information technology by “Computerworld” magazine.

W. Greg Price was named to the Premier 100 IT Leaders list on Monday and will be honored in March at the annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference that will include more than 375 senior IT managers and focuses on how they create competitive IT organizations.

“To be nominated and selected as a member of the Premier IT Leaders for 2011 is a humbling experience,” Price said. “After receiving the notice, I reviewed the list of previous recipients and was overwhelmed to be included among notable technologists of the current era. I have enjoyed working with a diverse group of dedicated technology experts for nearly two decades. Through the synergies of those talented people, hard work and collaboration, this recognition was made possible.”



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Local high school students honored for public speaking skills at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 23 February 2011
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DOTHAN—Three Dothan High School students took home the top prizes in the first ever “Yes We Can Speak Out” speech competition at Troy University on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

About 15 high school students from the Dothan City Schools system took part in the competition sponsored by Troy University, Yes We Can Dothan and Wallace Community College.

The contest was held at the Dothan Campus inside Sony Hall.

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High school speech competition Feb. 23 at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Local high school students will compete in the “Yes We Can Speak Out” speech competition on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Troy University.

Students will present original speeches of 5 to 8 minutes in length starting at 10 a.m. at the Dothan Campus inside Sony Hall. The award ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the media are invited to cover this event. Additional details are available in a press release: http://www.troy.edu/news/archives/2011/february/02092011_speech_competition.html

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TROY wins national advertising acclaim

Posted: Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TROY—Troy University’s Department of Marketing and Communication has received 15 awards in the eighth annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) competition, including three gold medals for two advertising campaigns and a silver medal for its alumni magazine “TROY Magazine.”

Nearly 2,000 entries were received in the SIAA competition, which recognizes advertising excellence from the service industry nation-wide. SIAA is the only such program for service industry providers, as most other advertising awards competitions are dominated by consumer goods, packaged goods and other tangible products.

“These awards truly reflect the spirit of service excellence that we provide at Troy University, where we place the needs of our students first,” said Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations. “We are pleased that the hard work that goes into promoting Troy University was validated by a third party. This tells us we are on the right track in terms of telling Troy University’s story to the world.”

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Government contracting conference offered to small businesses

Posted: Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TROY—Troy University will focus on contracting with the federal government during a one-day conference for small businesses.

The University’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host the conference, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at the Central Activities Center in Phenix City. There is a $20 registration fee.

Susan D. Baxter, senior business development specialist with Alabama’s U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) District Office in Birmingham, is the presenter for the series.

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Black History Month Step Show set for Feb. 25 at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III with the Chief Executive Leadership Award.

Dr. Hawkins received the award at the District III annual meeting in New Orleans, held this year in conjunction with institutions in District IV. The award, established in 1999, recognizes the Chief Executive of a District III member institution for outstanding leadership and service in support of education. Dr. Hawkins is the first chancellor or president of an Alabama university to receive this award.

“One of my favorite four-letter words, after ‘TROY’ is ‘team’ and we are fortunate to have an outstanding advancement team at Troy University,” Dr. Hawkins said. “It is on their behalf that I accept this award.”

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Troy University’s TrojanVision takes top honors at SEJC convention

Posted: Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TROY— Troy University’s student-led television station, TrojanVision, captured top honors as the best College TV Station in the Southeast Journalism Conference’s “Best of the South” contest.

The Best of the South awards were presented Friday during the SEJC’s 25th annual convention held at Troy University. More than 120 students were ranked in 24 categories as being among the “Best of the South” in the annual competition, which is open to the organization’s member schools from eight states. This year’s competition included 331 entries from 33 eligible member schools. Judges for the competition included 20 journalism professionals from newspapers, broadcast outlets and magazines across the country.

“The purpose of the SEJC contest is to function as a journalism teaching tool, as well as a competition,” said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, SEJC president and associate director of TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication. “All entries are given a rating, and judges are encouraged to provide comments and professional advice.”

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Troy University professor receives Teacher of Honor Award

Posted: Monday, 21 February 2011

PHENIX CITY—Troy University professor Cheron N. Hunter was recently awarded the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.

Dr. Hunter, a resident of Auburn, Ala., is an assistant professor of reading education at TROY’s Phenix City Campus.

Before coming to TROY, Dr. Hunter spent six years as a second grade teacher in the Opelika City Schools system. Today, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and early childhood education. She also serves as an advisor and is involved in several local service projects at the Troy Campus.

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Troy University to hold grant writing workshops

Posted: Monday, 21 February 2011

DOTHAN—Individuals and organizations can learn more about the process of grant writing during a series of workshops at Troy University starting in March.

The Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center will host Introduction to Grant Writing on Wednesday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The two-part Advanced Grant Writing course will be held on March 23 and March 30.

The introductory class will provide an overview of grant development and the process of grant writing. Participants will learn how to locate funding sources, basic grant writing tips and how to avoid common mistakes.

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Troy University presents ‘Edible Art’ on Feb. 22

Posted: Monday, 21 February 2011

TROY—Troy University faculty will put their culinary and artistic skills to the test on Tuesday as the College of Communication and Fine Arts presents its sixth annual Edible Art event.

The event is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Studio, located at 300 E. Walnut St. in downtown Troy, and benefits the Troy Arts Council and the Johnson Center for the Arts.

Billed as an evening of sampling artistic food creations and musical entertainment, the event provides the opportunity for the University to give back to the Troy Arts Council, according to Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of TROY’s College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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Troy University to host class on melanoma risks, prevention

Posted: Thursday, 17 February 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will hold a continuing education course for healthcare professionals and the general public designed to raise awareness about the dangers of melanoma.

The course will be held at the Dothan Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the causes and risks factors associated with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, as well as preventive measures.

Nurses, nursing home administrators and social workers can all earn continuing education credit hours through the course. The class is also open to the public.

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Quilts by Pat Batiste-Brown to be displayed at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 17 February 2011

MONTGOMERY—The work of renowned quilter and Montgomery native Pat Batiste-Brown will be featured in an exhibit at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in March.

Batiste-Brown worked as an administrator and educator in the Seattle (Wash.) School District before retiring in 1999. She got her start in quilting with the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters group, and her work has been featured in exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum and the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle.

“Quilts by Pat Batiste-Brown” will be on display at the Rosa Parks Museum from March 1 through May 27.

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

Posted: Wednesday, 16 February 2011

TROY—Nearly 200 middle school students will tackle global issues and gain insight into the history and culture of other nations March 3-4 as they gather at Troy University for the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations (SAMUN) Assembly.

During the two-day event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University, 28 delegations from Brewton City, Coffee County, Dothan City, Ozark City and Troy City school systems will dress in costumes native to the country they represent and meet together to debate issues and pass resolutions.

“This Model United Nations event provides students with a new awareness of the world and international affairs,” said Terry White, program development specialist for the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University. “Model United Nations can help students build self confidence and provides them an opportunity to learn by doing. During this assembly, they will have the opportunity to develop consensus-building, research and communications skills.”

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Troy University to host Southeast Journalism Convention Feb. 17-19

Posted: Tuesday, 15 February 2011

TROY—Close to 250 college students from throughout the southeast will receive training on topics ranging from writing and reporting to landing their first journalism jobs during the Southeast Journalism Conference’s 2011 Convention at Troy University, Feb. 17-19.

The students, representing 21 colleges and universities, will have the opportunity to hear presentations from media professionals during the three-day event, while also having the chance to put their journalistic skills to the test during on-site competitions, according to Dr. Jeff Spurlock, SEJC president and associate director of TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication.

“Hosting the SEJC convention is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Troy University and the Hall School of Journalism and Communication,” Dr. Spurlock said. “Our hope is for those who are attending the convention will say to themselves that TROY has an outstanding journalism program that is tough to beat.”

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Troy University’s annual Alumni Reunion set for March 25-27

Posted: Monday, 28 March 2011

TROY—Troy University is extending an invitation to all alumni to attend the University’s annual Spring Alumni Reunion weekend, March 25-27, on the Troy Campus.

Alumni Affairs Director Faith Ward said the annual event provides alumni with the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, as well as the University.

“Spring Reunion weekend is an important event in the life of Troy University,” Ward said. “We hope that all members of the TROY family will take advantage of this opportunity to reunite and reconnect with former classmates and friends, take part in the fun activities we have planned and witness first-hand the tremendous growth that is taking place on campus.”

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Contestants sought for University’s Ms. Venus Pageant

Posted: Tuesday, 15 February 2011

TROY—Troy University is seeking contestants for the annual Ms. Venus Pageant on March 3. The pageant is set for 7 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ms. Venus Pageant is open to all females who are currently enrolled at one of Troy University’s Alabama campuses.

The pageant’s winner will receive a crown, a sash and a $150 book scholarship. The first runner up will receive a $100 book scholarship, while the second runner up wins a $50 book scholarship.

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TROY pilot program geared to successful job hunting

Posted: Tuesday, 15 February 2011

NORFOLK, Va.—Troy University will launch a pilot program Saturday, Feb. 19 aimed at helping students, graduates and the public find and land a job.

Dubbed “SmartSessions,” the three-class series begins Saturday and continues on March 26 and April 16.

“Troy University Atlantic Region prides itself on supporting our students throughout their TROY education and beyond,” said Dr. Chris Burge, Director of TROY’s Atlantic Region.

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‘Little Grand Canyon’ explored in TROY lecture series

Posted: Monday, 14 February 2011

TROY—A well-known environmental historian from Colorado will discuss the formation of Georgia’s “Little Grand Canyon” and how people have used it.

Dr. Paul Sutter, an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the editor of “Environmental History and the American South: A Reader.” He has authored two books: “Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement” (2002), and “The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard Neel Approach” (with Leon Neel and Albert Way, 2010).

“Dr. Sutter studies the relationship between the people and the earth, nature and wilderness,” said Dr. Elizabeth Blum, a professor of history who coordinates the annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture In Southern History. “He has done a lot of work in southern environmental history. He’s one of the pioneers in that field.”

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Troy University fraternity brothers hit the trail for Camp ASCAA

Posted: Monday, 28 March 2011
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TROY—Five Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity brothers at Troy University will ‘walk hard’ to raise money and awareness for a camp for special needs children and adults.

Walk Hard 2011” will take place March 4-9 and the students will backpack from Troy to Panama City, Fla. Along the way, the group will make stops and appearances at sponsor locations.

“Our first hike last year during spring break was just something we thought we could do but we ended up getting a lot of media coverage locally and nationally,” said Kyle Crabtree, one of the organizers of the event. “We realized that if we put more planning time into it, we could really turn it into something more meaningful for Camp ASCCA.”

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TROY to host annual meeting of Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association

Posted: Friday, 11 February 2011

MONTGOMERY—Social sciences professors and students from throughout Alabama and Mississippi will convene at Troy University next week for a conference focused on discussing issues related to social change, capitalism and culture.

TROY’s Montgomery Campus will host the 42nd annual meeting of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association on Feb. 17-18 inside Whitley Hall. The meeting’s theme is “Social Change and Capitalism within a Cultural Context.”

Dozens of university professors and students will take part in paper presentations, panel discussions and workshops focused on advancing the understanding of social change, social engagement and institutionalization in cultural contexts.

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Alabama Poet Laureate to conduct workshop at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 11 February 2011

PHENIX CITY—Aspiring authors will get a chance to learn tips of the trade from Alabama’s Poet Laureate during a workshop at Troy University on Friday, Feb. 25.

Sue Brannan Walker will conduct a writing workshop titled “Writing on the Environment” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Phenix City Campus inside the Higginbotham Building, room 123.

The event will also include readings of Walker’s work.

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University Park spurs economic growth in Troy

Posted: Friday, 11 February 2011
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TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III with the Chief Executive Leadership Award.

Dr. Hawkins received the award at the District III annual meeting in New Orleans, held this year in conjunction with institutions in District IV. The award, established in 1999, recognizes the Chief Executive of a District III member institution for outstanding leadership and service in support of education. Dr. Hawkins is the first chancellor or president of an Alabama university to receive this award.

“One of my favorite four-letter words, after ‘TROY’ is ‘team’ and we are fortunate to have an outstanding advancement team at Troy University,” Dr. Hawkins said. “It is on their behalf that I accept this award.”

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TROY’s Department of Theatre and Dance to present Winter Dance Concert

Posted: Wednesday, 09 February 2011

TROY—The Troy University Dance Repertory Ensemble will perform a Winter Dance Concert at the Claudia Crosby Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12.

The show will feature many different forms of dance from the commercial to the artistic with an emphasis on what is current now in the world of dance. Audiences can expect to experience the magic of contemporary storytelling, the electricity of jazz, the beauty of pointe, and the street flare of hip hop.

The concert will feature choreography from several professional artists, as well as student choreographers. The students whose choreography will be featured include Christie Crawford, Caitlin Parish, Adrienne Hicks, Kaitlyn Morgan, Sydnii Todd, Ryan Wagstaff, Jacobi Hall, Patrick Pugh, Christina Green and Stephanie New.

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Troy University to host speech competition for local high school students

Posted: Wednesday, 09 February 2011

DOTHAN—Local high school students will put their public speaking skills to the test during the first ever “Yes We Can Speak Out” competition on Wednesday, Feb. 23, sponsored by Troy University, Yes We Can Dothan and Wallace Community College.

The competition will start at 10 a.m. at the Dothan Campus inside Sony Hall. The award ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Students will present original speeches of 5 to 8 minutes in length in either an informational, persuasive, humorous or storytelling style.

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Troy University to offer “Instant Piano” course

Posted: Tuesday, 08 February 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will offer a one-night piano class on Monday, Feb. 21, designed to get novice musicians playing instantly.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Dothan Campus Continuing Education Center.

Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to play the piano but felt they did not have the time to learn, “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” will introduce participants to the basic techniques needed to make piano playing a part of their lives.

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Civil rights movement historian Danielle McGuire to lecture at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 07 February 2011

MONTGOMERY—Author and historian Danielle McGuire will discuss her new book, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power,” during a free lecture at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Monday, Feb. 14.

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

McGuire will also deliver a free lecture at the Troy Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre.

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TROY to hold commencement in Vietnam

Posted: Monday, 07 February 2011

TROY—Troy University will conduct its first commencement exercises at Saigon Technology University in the Republic of Vietnam for 15 undergraduate students.

STU is the country’s only private university to receive government approval for participation in TROY’s program. Three other public universities, located in Hanoi, currently partner with TROY.

The February 14 ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City will convey the bachelor of science in business administration degree to 10 students, and five will earn the bachelor of science in computer science degree.

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Distance Learning Week showcases new technology, options for students

Posted: Monday, 07 February 2011

TROY—Troy University’s ACCESS Distance Learning Support Center will highlight Distance Learning Week on Thursday, Feb. 10 with an open house for students, teachers and the public.

Beginning at 3 p.m. at the University’s Extended Learning Center on South Brundidge Street, the Center will have 21st Century learning on demonstration.

“Classrooms have two big plasma-screen televisions and a video control panel where we can call from here to Mobile by dialing a phone number,” said Kay Sanders, ACCESS associate director of academics. “This is so different than the old TV courses that were taught because these classes are completely interactive. If a student is in Mobile, they can raise their hand and I can answer them from here in Troy. There’s only about a two-second delay.”

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Chinese New Year Celebration set for Feb. 11 at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 04 February 2011

TROY—Students at Troy University will ring in the Year of the Rabbit on Feb. 11 with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration.

This year’s celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

The celebration, organized with the University’s International Programs Office, provides an opportunity to experience Chinese culture during its most significant holiday.

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AME Bishop’s speech keynotes opener of 10th leadership conference

Posted: Friday, 04 February 2011
AME Bishop

TROY—More than 360 attendees of the 10th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month at Troy University heard a message of “practice, patience and perseverance” from the first female Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie opened the conference Friday night with remarks at the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus. Co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy, the Leadership Conference annually brings together civic and community leaders, clergy and business leaders in a collaborative and educational forum.

McKenzie drew on lessons learned from her father, a teacher and track coach, in her message. She said the will to prepare and the passion to excel are two primary keys to success.




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Dedication of University Park complex

Posted: Friday, 04 February 2011

Feb. 11, 11 a.m—Officials from Troy University, CGI, Inc., the City of Troy and the State of Alabama will officially dedicate University Park office complex in Troy, located between South Brundidge Street and Park Street at 518 South Brundidge St.

Speakers are Gov. Robert Bentley, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Mayor Jimmy Lunsford, Alabama Development Officer Seth Hammett, and Ms. Nazzic Turner of CGI, Inc.

Troy University recently completed a renovation and expansion of an existing, but dated shopping center near downtown Troy to house the University’s information technology offices and infrastructure, the eCampus and CGI. A background news release is available at http://troy.edu/news/archives/2010/november/11152010_park_lane.html.

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Greatest leadership ensures self reliance

Posted: Friday, 04 February 2011
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TROY—Dr. Calvin Mackie believes the United States has too many people with responsibility but not enough who accept accountability.

His message to the 10th Annual Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month, co-sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, Saturday highlighted the differences not between races, sexes or socioeconomic classes, but against those “in the know and those not in the know.”

“The greatest leadership you can have is to put yourself in a position to take of yourself and those who depend on you,” he said, referring to the two lessons of leadership taught to him by his mother.

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Black History Month Events at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 03 February 2011

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:

Montgomery Campus
Friday, Feb. 4: The Rosa Parks Museum will offer free tours and special events to mark Rosa Parks' birthday. Events include the unveiling of two new works of art starting at 11 a.m. and a concert by the St. Jude Educational Institute Choir at noon.
Thursday, Feb. 10: Student Workshop hosted by Georgette Norman, director of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Norman will discuss Carter G. Woodson and Black History Month. Rosa Parks Museum auditorium, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 14: Danielle McGuire, author of “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance-A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power,” will speak about the Montgomery Bus Boycott as a women's movement for dignity. Rosa Parks Museum auditorium, 6 p.m.

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Online briefing offered for new women-owned small businesses

Posted: Thursday, 03 February 2011

TROY – Troy University’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center will conduct its first-ever online briefing of a new U.S. Small Business Administration program targeting women-owned businesses.

The briefing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 15 and requires pre-registration for access to the webinar. There is no charge for the program.

An SBA rule effective Feb. 4 expands federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses and helps to ensure a level playing field on which women-owned companies can compete for federal contracts. A statutory goal is that five percent of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned small businesses.

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Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month set for Feb. 4-5 at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 02 February 2011

Feb. 4-5: The Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at Troy University in the Trojan Center Ballrooms, and continues from 8:15 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.

Friday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Vashti M. McKenzie, Bishop of the Thirteenth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Saturday’s keynote speaker at the closing luncheon is Dr. Calvin Mackie, President and CEO of Channel ZerO Group and Chairman of the Louisiana Council on the Social Status of Black Boys and Men.

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Local author Tonya Baxter to present poetry reading at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 02 February 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will present “Inspiration from the Hard Things,” a poetry reading by local author Tonya Baxter, on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Dothan Campus.

Baxter, a Newville, Ala., native, will present her poems and discuss the inspiration she draws from the lives of people she encounters.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. inside Sony Hall in the Library/Technology Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Leadership conference celebrates 10 years of growth and progress

Posted: Tuesday, 01 February 2011

TROY—In 2002, Troy University and the City of Troy sponsored the first Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month, designed to teach leadership skills to leaders in southeast Alabama. The conference drew 42 registrants and organizers were ecstatic.

The 10th anniversary of the conference is scheduled for this weekend, Feb. 4-5, and organizers say a lot has changed in a decade. The conference now draws between 400-750 participants to the Troy Campus annually. Keynote speakers have included such world-renowned figures as former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, actor-director Tim Reid and television Judge Greg Mathis.

Lamar P. Higgins, a member of the Troy University Board of Trustees and one of the key founders of the conference, said the secret of the event’s success is a combination of the nature of the event itself and the volunteers who make it happen.

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