Patty Duke recalls struggle with mental illness during TROY’s Helen Keller Lecture

Posted: Thursday, 31 March 2011
Patty Duke

TROY—Actress Patty Duke personified courage and strength in her award-winning stage and screen portrayals of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan; she would later draw on that same strength when facing her own struggle with mental illness.

“The example set for me by Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan helps me to find inspiration, strength and determination to carry this message as far and wide as I can,” Duke said.

Duke was the featured speaker during Troy University’s annual Helen Keller Lecture on Thursday, March 31, at the Troy Campus. The Oscar-winning actress discussed her battle with bipolar disorder and her continuing mission to raise awareness about the illness.





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TROY hosts institutional research professionals

Posted: Wednesday, 30 March 2011

TROY—Troy University will host institutional research professionals from across the state April 3-5 on its Troy Campus.

The 25th annual conference of the Alabama Association for Institutional Research, an organization of individuals from public and private colleges and universities and community colleges who are involved in institutional research and related fields, will provide presentations on data management, strategic planning, designing and conducting surveys and accreditation practices, said Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Administration.

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Interpreter Training students donate to Rosa Parks Museum captioning effort

Posted: Wednesday, 30 March 2011

MONTGOMERY—Students in Troy University’s American Sign Language Interpreter Training Program Club this week presented a $2,500 donation that will help provide captioning for the video presentations in the Rosa Parks Museum.

University officials formally accepted the gift during a ceremony at the museum on Monday, March 28. Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., thanked the students for their leadership and for helping to make TROY’s Interpreter Training Program the nation’s best.

“We’ve had almost a half million people to come through this facility to learn Alabama’s story, the story of Rosa Parks, the story of the bus boycott and the story of freedom generally; the freedom of people to realize their potential,” Dr. Hawkins said. “There’s another story that’s developing … What we are witnessing in Alabama is the development of America’ strongest interpreter training program. This program will not take second place to any program in America.”

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Art by Montgomery elementary students to be featured in exhibit

Posted: Wednesday, 30 March 2011

MONTGOMERY—Artwork created by students at a Montgomery elementary school during a series of workshops organized by Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will be featured in an exhibit starting April 16.

The art was created by students at Highland Garden Elementary School during workshops held at the school in February by the Rosa Parks Museum and artist Ted Ellis. The students created their own versions of Ellis’ painting “Every Man.”

The artwork created during those workshops will be displayed at the Coliseum Boulevard Public Library from April 16 through April 30 in an exhibit titled “The Colors Within Me.” An opening reception will be held at the library on April 16 at 11 a.m.

The Ted Ellis workshops were sponsored by Target, who provided art supplies and volunteers.

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Dr. Collins receives Distinguished Leadership Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Dr. Collins

TROY—Troy University has honored Dr. Harold Collins, longtime educator and former superintendent of the Mobile County Schools with the University’s 12th Distinguished Leadership Award.

Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., presented Dr. Collins, a member of the class of 1947, with the award Saturday night at the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner, which is part of the annual spring reunion. The award was created to recognize the achievements of TROY alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and alma mater.

Dr. Collins thanked Chancellor Hawkins and the University for the award, saying “I am where I am today because of this University.”

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Patty Duke media availability and Helen Keller Lecture Series

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Patty Duke media availability and Helen Keller Lecture Series

March 31, 9:30 a.m.—Patty Duke, who won an Academy Award for her performance of Helen Keller in the 1962 film “The Miracle Worker,” will be available for interview at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 31 in the first-floor lobby of the Admissions Office in the Adams Administration Building. Joining Ms. Duke will be joined by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and First Lady Janice Hawkins in the opportunity.

This is a time-limited availability from 9:30 a.m. until 9:40 a.m. and immediately prior to the 10 a.m. Helen Keller Lecture in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

Please confirm your organization’s attendance at the media availability via email to clusk@troy.edu.

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TROY geomatics team takes top honors in national competition

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2011
NCAA

TROY—While college sports fans across the country were focused on the NCAA basketball tournament, five Troy University students were participating in a little March madness of their own and have a national championship to show for it.

The students, representing the University’s Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program, recently bested other universities in the National Society of Professional Surveyors 10th annual Student Competition in Las Vegas, Nev., which included completing a project, a 30-page report, a poster and a 20-minute presentation.

The competition was on “Hydrographic Surveying,” said Dr. David Griffin, an assistant professor who helped coordinate the team.

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Athletic Training student appointed to national board

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Alisha Tolbert

TROY—A Troy University student has become just one of 10 athletic training students nationwide to be named to a steering committee

Alisha Tolbert, a sophomore from Wetumpka, will join the National Athletic Training Association Students’ Committee in order to provide voice for students within the athletic training community, said Dr. Amanda Andrews Benson, who chairs the University’s Athletic Training Education Program.

“The committee promotes learning about issues impacting the profession, gives the students an avenue to engage in volunteering and it allows them to take a stand on matters impacting students in the present and future,” she said.

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Vivian Smith wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for March

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Vivian Smith

TROY, Ala.—Vivian Smith, information desk clerk at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.

Smith, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007, received the award Tuesday during a ceremony in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Smith, who was nominated by Rachel Skipworth, Auxiliary Services Coordinator.

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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The Lettermen to perform at Troy University’s Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Lettermen

MONTGOMERY—The classic vocal trio The Lettermen will bring their timeless romantic harmonies to Montgomery for one night only with a concert at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 14.

Over the course of a career that started in the late 1950s, The Lettermen have produced a string of 32 consecutive Top 100 albums and dozens of hit singles, including “The Way You Look Tonight” and “When I Fall in Love.”

The current lineup consists of founding member Tony Butala, Donovan Tea and Mark Preston.

The group will present an evening of their classic hits starting at 7 p.m.

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International choreographer teaches master classes at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 24 March 2011
Marlise McCormick

TROY—Internationally acclaimed choreographer Marlise McCormick has been sharing her experiences with Dance and Theatre students at Troy University.

A Canadian, McCormick, whose 25-year career in choreography, movement and show design has led her to the world’s stage in the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East, has taught four master classes for dance and four master classes in theatre in movement technique and stage warm up.

McCormick began her career as a dancer and choreographer at Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal after completing a music degree at the University of Ottawa. She has taken additional training at New York City’s Alvin Aliey Dance School, the Limon Institute and has studied with Lynn Simonson. Her credits include choreographing and serving as assistant to the artistic director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada; was assistant director of choreography for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada; and served as artistic director for the 2010 Canada Day Celebrations.

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Elbert A. Botts Estate donates $1.4 million to Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Elbert A. Botts

TROY—The estate of Elbert A. Botts today presented a $1.4 million donation to Troy University which will support the School of Accountancy and geomatics program.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, expressed appreciation for the gift and said it would help advance two of the University’s strongest academic programs.

“The investment of this bequest reflects the value placed on this university by the Botts family and for that we are grateful,” Dr. Hawkins said.

A native of Pike County, Ala., Elbert Botts attended Troy University (then called Troy State Teachers College) in the 1940s. He went on to open a successful garden center in Augusta, Ga., The Green Thumb West, which he worked at until his death in 1995. He was known both as a civic leader and a statewide pioneer in the horticulture industry.

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

Posted: Tuesday, 22 March 2011

TROY—Alumni and friends of Troy University will gather on the Troy Campus, March 25-27 for the University’s annual Spring Alumni Reunion weekend.

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 take part in the fun activities we have planned and witness first-hand the tremendous growth that is taking place on campus.”

The highlight of the weekend will be the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner set for 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. The dinner will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Trojan Center.

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College math students to gather at Troy University for MathFest 2011

Posted: Monday, 21 March 2011

DOTHAN—College students from around Alabama and beyond will assemble at Troy University later this month for a daylong conference focused on mathematics education, history and research.

The TROY MathFest 2011, made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through the Mathematical Association of America (MMA), will be held at the Dothan Campus on Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the conference, undergraduate math students from around the region will gather to take part in presentations and discussions covering all areas of mathematics. A calculus competition for undergraduates with cash prizes for the winners also will be a part of the event.

Dr. Joseph Gallian, textbook author and former MMA president, will serve as the guest lecturer for the event.

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Troy University to honor Collins with Distinguished Leadership Award

Posted: Monday, 21 March 2011
Dr. Harold Collins

TROY, Ala.—Dr. Harold Collins, a longtime educator and former member of the Troy University Board of Trustees, will be honored with the University’s 12th annual Distinguished Leadership Award.

Dr. Collins, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (1947), will receive the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual Alumni Reunion Dinner on March 26 on the Troy Campus.

The Distinguished Leadership Award is given annually to alumni leaders who go the extra mile in their careers, public service or devotion to Troy University.

“As an educator, Dr. Collins has exhibited tremendous devotion to providing quality educational programs for all public school students in the state of Alabama,” Dr. Hawkins said. “His love of Troy University is demonstrated through the two terms he served as a member of the Board of Trustees and by his continued service to the University’s Planned Giving Council. Dr. Collins truly exemplifies the qualities celebrated by this award through his commitment to serving others, both throughout his career and in his retirement years.”

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Troy University to welcome prospective students March 26 for Spring Trojan Day

Posted: Thursday, 17 March 2011

TROY—Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about academic opportunities and extra-curricular activities during Troy University Spring Trojan Day on March 26.

The event, which begins at 9 a.m. with a browse session on the Bibb Graves Quadrangle, will offer prospective students and their parents the opportunity to interact with representatives from the University’s five colleges and various campus organizations, tour the campus, learn about the admissions process and hear comments from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY’s Chancellor.

In addition, participants will be able to view the University’s annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed parade, which is scheduled to begin at noon on University Avenue, and the Trojans T-Day spring football game, which is set for 2 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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Troy University to hold Transfer Day for community college students

Posted: Thursday, 17 March 2011

DOTHAN—Students considering transferring to Troy University from state community colleges can receive advice and guidance during a free Transfer Day event at the Dothan Campus on Wednesday, March 23.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Library/Technology Building.

During Transfer Day, prospective students can meet with University officials to discuss the transfer of credits, career services, financial aid information, academic advising and other issues relevant to students transferring from a community college.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Irish Week activities and Alumni Reunion Weekend

Posted: Wednesday, 16 March 2011
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M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium focuses on investigative reporting
“Watchdogs on Goat Hill -- the Media's Role in Preventing and Exposing Government Corruption."

Thursday, March 17: —Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication presents its annual symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Panelists include:

Brett Blackledge, Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter formerly with The Birmingham News, now working for The Associated Press in Washington

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M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium focuses on investigative reporting

Posted: Wednesday, 16 March 2011
M. Stanton Evans Journalism Symposium focuses on investigative reporting
“Watchdogs on Goat Hill -- the Media's Role in Preventing and Exposing Government Corruption."

Thursday, March 17—Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication presents its annual symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

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Troy University to hold St. Paddy’s Day Parade March 26

Posted: Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Irish celebration

TROY—Troy University will hold its annual Irish celebration on March 26, complete with a St. Patrick’s Day-themed parade.

The parade begins a noon on University Avenue on the Troy Campus and is just one aspect of the University’s Irish Week Celebration.

Also on campus that day will be the T-Day spring football game, the University’s Relay for Life event and Trojan Day for prospective students and their parents.

The deadline for parade entries is March 21. There is no fee to enter a float, walking group or vehicle. Line up for the parade will take place between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on the day of the parade.

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Lauren Guy crowned Ms. Venus at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Lauren Guy

TROY—Lauren Guy, a junior health and physical education major from Jemison, has been crowned as the winner of the 2011 Ms. Venus Pageant at Troy University.

Guy, the daughter of Ed and Renee Guy, received a crown, a sash and a $150 book scholarship from the Troy University Alumni Association. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, the Troy University Diamond Dolls and the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Club.

As Ms. Venus, Guy will take part in various events associated with the University’s upcoming Spring Alumni Reunion, including a St. Patrick’s Day-themed parade set for Saturday, March 26.





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TROY taps Skip Ames as Dothan Campus business dean

Posted: Tuesday, 15 March 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University has named Dr. Orrin K. (Skip) Ames associate dean of the Sorrell College of Business at the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Ames comes to TROY after a legal career of more than 30 years. He was most recently an attorney with the law firm Hand Arendall, LLC in the firm’s Mobile office, specializing in civil litigation.

Dr. Judson Edwards, dean of the Sorrell College of Business, praised Dr. Ames for his mix of academic and professional experience.

“TROY is very fortunate to have attracted someone like Skip Ames to lead the Sorrell College of Business in Dothan,” Dr. Edwards said.

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Actress, author Patty Duke to deliver Troy University’s Helen Keller Lecture

Posted: Monday, 14 March 2011
Patty Duke

TROY, Ala.—Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author Patty Duke will deliver the 16th annual Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University on March 31.

The lecture, which will be held at 10 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by Troy University, The Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education, the Alabama State Department of Mental Health, the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama State Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.

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Troy University to hold appreciation roast for Coach Larry Blakeney

Posted: Monday, 14 March 2011

TROY—The Troy University Board of Trustees will celebrate the legacy of longtime Trojans Football Coach Larry Blakeney with an appreciation roast on Saturday, April 16, at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.

A reception will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and roast at 6:30 p.m. Single tickets for the roast are $50 and are on sale now. Reserved tables and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact the TROY Office of Development at 334-241-9502 or 334-670-3608, or email blakeneyroast@troy.edu.

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TROY plans to link prospects with employers

Posted: Wednesday, 09 March 2011

FAYETTEVILLE—Troy University will host a Career and Education Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17 at its Fayetteville site.

In Fayetteville, TROY is located in the Eutaw Business Center at 2620 Bragg Blvd., Suite R. The fair will take place in the Center's open area.

Workshops on interviewing techniques and resume writing will be offered.

"The career fair is a great opportunity for job seekers to build on their career development skills and meet with employers face to face," said Patricia Bush-McManus, the Fayetteville site's director.

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Troy University to host teacher recruitment fair

Posted: Wednesday, 09 March 2011

DOTHAN—Aspiring teachers looking for work will get the chance to meet with representatives from area school systems during the Dothan Teachers Fair at Troy University on Wednesday, March 23.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dothan Campus inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Attendees will get the chance to discuss employment opportunities with representatives from several area school systems including Coffee County Schools, Dooley County (Ga.) Schools, Eufaula City Schools, Houston County Schools and Ozark City Schools.

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College dean publishes textbook

Posted: Tuesday, 08 March 2011
Dr. Damon Andrew

TROY—One Troy University dean hopes a new book will help sport managers make data-driven decisions.

Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, said “Research Methods and Design in Sport Management” is designed to help not only students but sport management scholars and practitioners as well.

“It’s an ideal tutorial for those embarking on a research project, thesis or dissertation,” he said. “Our hope is that the textbook will impact the field by giving students and professors the tools they need to generate analyses that stimulate data-driven decisions for sport managers.”





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Dr. Amanda Andrews Benson receives Ingalls Award at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 12 April 2011

TROY, Ala.—Dr. Amanda K. Andrews Benson, chair of the Department of Athletic Training, is the recipient of the 2011 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Troy University.

Dr. Benson received the award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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TROY professor receives research fellowship for medieval studies

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2011

TROY—A Troy University English professor has the opportunity to go straight to the source in researching two upcoming books on German traditions in literature.

Dr. Harold Kaylor, Professor of English at Troy University, has been named a Fellow of the Medieval and Renaissance Center of the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). The fellowship will pay for Dr. Kaylor to visit Germany to conduct his research.

“This is a tremendous honor for Troy University and I am honored and humbled to receive this distinction,” Dr. Kaylor said. “This is an excellent research opportunity as I will spend a month in Munich, which has some of the finest libraries and archives in the world, including the State Library of Bavaria.”

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Troy University students win Norton Anthology video competition

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2011
video competition

TROY—A group of Troy University students recently took top prize in an international contest for their video interpretation of a classic medieval story.

Students in Dr. James Ortego’s fall undergraduate British literature class at the Dothan Campus were named the winners of the Norton Anthology Student Video Contest for their video version of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The contest results were announced last week

The contest invited college students worldwide to submit videos of up to five minutes in length depicting a work from any Norton literature anthology. The top videos as selected by the publishers where posted to the Norton website with fans voting for their favorite. The TROY video came out on top with more than 1,100 votes.

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TROY interpreter training director appointed to national board

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2011

TROY—Troy University’s director of Interpreter Training has been appointed to the board of directors of the national Conference of Interpreter Trainers.

Lynne Wiesman, an associate professor who heads TROY’s program, will fill the position of Director of Communication and Technology for the group that advocates standards of practice in both pre- and in-service educating for Sign Language interpreters.

“Lynne is an outstanding interpreter and provides great leadership to her profession, both at the state and national levels,” said College of Education Dean Lance Tatum. “Lynne’s experience with distance learning technology will serve her well in her appointment as the Director of Communication and Technology.”

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Author Tim Seibles to deliver poetry readings at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University will present poetry readings by award-wining author Tim Seibles in Troy and Montgomery on March 16 and 17.

Seibles will appear at the Troy Campus on Wednesday, March 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. inside Hawkins Hall, room 122. He will present a reading at the Montgomery Campus on Thursday, March 17, inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Both readings are free and open to the public.

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ATO's begin Walk Hard 2011 event

Posted: Friday, 04 March 2011
AASCA

MONTGOMERY—Five Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers at Troy University are on their way to Spring Break in Panama City, Fla. the hard way.

They’re backpacking from TROY to the coast.

Their goal is to draw awareness to and raise money for the Easter Seals’ Camp AASCA, which supports summer camp activities for children and adults in Alabama with special needs. The camp is located in Dadeville.

State Farm Insurance is the group’s title sponsor and Tahiti Tans, Momma Goldberg’s and Red Bull are primary sponsors. The students have raised money from businesses and individuals, said Kyle Crabtree, one of the event’s organizers.

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Quilter Pat Batiste-Brown to lead youth quilting workshop at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 03 March 2011

MONTGOMERY—Renowned quilter Pat Batiste-Brown will lead a free quilting workshop for youth at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Saturday, March 12.

Batiste-Brown will help the youth create their own unique quilting squares that will be displayed at the Museum and will eventually be assembled into a quilt.

The workshop will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 334-241-8701 to reserve a space.

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Wetumpka student one of two to represent state in Washington, D.C.

Posted: Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Wetumpka

TROY—A Troy University junior was one of two students from the state of Alabama to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association I-Lead Conference in the nation’s capital.

Meredith Pendergast, from Wetumpka, attended the conference that was focused on fine-tuning job skills and the development of leadership skills in future athletic trainers. While in Washington, Pendergast had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala. 2) and Rep. Mo Brooks R-Ala. 5) about changing legislation related to athletic training.






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TROY to host free conference for parents, teachers of gifted students

Posted: Wednesday, 02 March 2011

DOTHAN—Parents and teachers of students in kindergarten through second grade are invited to attend the third annual Conference on Gifted Education at Troy University on Saturday, April 2..

The year’s theme is creativity and the conference will focus on developing and nurturing creative problem solving. The free conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Dothan Campus inside the Michelin Conference Room in the Library/Technology Building. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.

Sponsored by the TROY College of Education, the conference is aimed at helping parents and teachers recognize and nurture the creative potential in high-ability students in kindergarten through second grade.

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Model UN, Walk Hard and Irish Cooking Contest

Posted: Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Model United Nations

March 3-4:The Southeast Alabama Model United Nations programs begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms (second floor of the Adams Center). A schedule of activities follows:

THURSDAY, March 3, 2011 8:00 A.M. REGISTRATION-2nd Floor, Trojan Center, Troy University, Troy, Alabama
8:30 A.M. Opening Assembly, Trojan Center Ballrooms
Welcome-Terry White, Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center, Troy University
Roll Call of Nations - 30 second welcome (followed by translation) by each nation

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Equitable funding for higher education a must, TROY SGA president says

Posted: Tuesday, 01 March 2011
TROY SGA

MONTGOMERY—Declining state funding of higher education not only puts a greater burden on students but also hinders Alabama's potential for economic growth, Troy University Student Government Association President Darreyel Laster told a gathering of proponents of the state's universities on Thursday.

Speaking during the annual Higher Education Day Rally on the steps of the Alabama Statehouse, Laster said the lack of adequate state funding leads to higher tuition rates.

"Higher tuition rates do not mean increased revenue to support programs, research or initiatives. It is just money that has gone to supplement the declining funds that our universities have lost from the state," said Laster, a senior political science major and leadership minor from Pensacola. "This causes two problems. First, our institutions don't have enough funds to expand programs to attract and serve new students. Second, fewer students are graduating or are prolonging graduation because they don't have money to pay the rising costs of tuition."

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Pakistani exchange student finds TROY ‘awesome’

Posted: Tuesday, 01 March 2011

TROY—A Pakistani student studying at Troy University has found the food in Alabama something to get used to, but the University’s culture is familiar.

Syed Aoun Ali, an exchange student from Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan, is at TROY as a part of the State Department’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program. He has spent the spring semester on the Troy Campus and will return to his home institution later this month.

“I have to stick to burgers and fries,” he said. “Honestly though, few things are new to me. I watched a lot of American dramas, news and international news (before coming to America).”

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Marilyn Cook wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for February

Posted: Tuesday, 01 March 2011
Marilyn Cook

ROY, Ala.—Marilyn Cook, associate registrar in the Records Office at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February.

Cook, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1998, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Cook, who was nominated by Lynn C. Watts, Montgomery Campus registrar.

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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