McNellis named Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Troy

Posted: Thursday, 28 July 2011
Dr. Janet McNellis

TROY—Troy University officials have named Dr. Janet McNellis as the new Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Though Dr. McNellis is new to her role in the Graduate School, she has been with TROY for 12 years as an associate professor in the College of Education.

"The Graduate School is pleased to welcome Dr. Janet McNellis to her new role of Associate Dean of the Graduate School," said Dr. Dianne Barron, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. "Over the years Dr. McNellis has served on and chaired numerous College and University-wide committees relating directly to the Graduate School, including the Graduate Council, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Thesis Revisions Guidelines Committee. Dr. McNellis will be a wonderful asset to the Graduate School, particularly as Troy University develops its doctoral role as a Level V institution."

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Mote named president of Troy University's Young Alumni Council

Posted: Thursday, 28 July 2011
Todd Mote

TROY – Montgomery resident Todd Mote has been named president of Troy University's Young Alumni Council.

Mote's appointment was approved last week by the TROY Alumni Association's Board of Directors. He will replace Decatur resident Carl Cole.

"We are pleased to have Todd lead our efforts to connect with and engage our young alumni," said Faith Ward, director of alumni affairs. "Todd has always demonstrated excellent leadership abilities, and he and his wife, Katy, have been very active alumni. I look forward to working with Todd to develop and implement new efforts to strengthen the participation of our younger alumni."

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E. Bruce Phillips, Jr., exhibit 'Different Perspectives' coming to Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Thursday, 28 July 2011

MONTGOMERY—The exhibit "Different Perspectives" featuring the work of artist E. Bruce Phillips, Jr., will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting Aug. 4.

Phillips, an assistant art professor at Tuskegee University, blends painting, drawing and collage techniques to create unique compositions celebrating human experiences and challenging social norms.

Produced over a three-year period, "Different Perspectives" features works of social commentary that take audiences on a journey filled with music and sound, dance and sports, human triumphs and frailties, and social injustices and inequities.

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Criminal Justice program to become its own department

Posted: Wednesday, 27 July 2011

TROY – When Troy University criminal justice students return for the fall semester, they'll find they are studying in their own department.

After years of significant growth in both social science and criminal justice degrees, the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences will split into two departments beginning in August.

"I think this gives us an opportunity to have our own identity and to expand the degree and program offerings," said Dr. Jeff Lee, who will serve as chair of the new Department of Criminal Justice.

This move comes after TROY's Criminal Justice graduate and undergraduate majors have become the second-most demanded in the University, second only to psychology. About 2,500 student are in Criminal Justice programs.

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Troy University Board of Trustees announces new leadership

Posted: Wednesday, 27 July 2011

TROY – Troy University's Board of Trustees selected new leadership during its meeting July 22.

Gerald Dial was elected President Pro-Tempore and John Harrison was elected Vice-President Pro-Tempore. Sen. Dial succeeds long-time President Pro-Tempore Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, a Troy veterinarian, who has served on the board since 1980. Dr. Hawkins was named President Pro-Tempore Emeritus.

"Dr. Doug Hawkins is an inspiration to all of us. The University has grown tremendously during his leadership on the board of trustees," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., who is no relation to Dr. Doug Hawkins.

Chancellor Hawkins added that both Dial and Harrison are long-standing trustees who can continue the tradition of strong leadership on the board.

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John Harrison to assume new role on Troy University Board of Trustees

Posted: Wednesday, 27 July 2011

TROY – State Banking Superintendent John Harrison was elected Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees during its regular meeting July 22.

Harrison, a Troy University alumnus and Selma native, was a community banker and mayor of Luverne before being named director the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs in 2003. In 2005, he was appointed State Banking Superintendent by then-Gov. Bob Riley, a role to which he was reappointed by Gov. Robert Bentley. He was appointed a University Trustee in1995.

"John Harrison's leadership and financial expertise have served the University well," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "Mr. Harrison has played a major role in ensuring that the University adheres to the highest standards of financial accountability and stewardship."

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Sen. Gerald Dial elected president pro-tem of TROY board of trustees

Posted: Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Sen. Gerald Dial

TROY – State Sen. Gerald Dial was elected President Pro-Tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Friday, July 22.

The Lineville native replaces long-time President Pro-tempore Dr. Doug Hawkins, who retired from the post on Friday. Dr. Hawkins will remain on the Board of Trustees, and was honored by being named President Pro-Tempore Emeritus.

Dial has been a trustee of the University since 1991, and was reappointed to the board in 2009 by then-Gov. Bob Riley. Gov. Robert Bentley serves as President of the board.

"Senator Dial has been a driving force behind each of the University's major initiatives over the past two decades," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "He is a visionary leader who makes a tremendous impact on our University."

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WSFA anchor Bob Howell delivers TROY commencement address

Posted: Wednesday, 27 July 2011
WSFA anchor

MONTGOMERY—WSFA 12 News anchor Bob Howell discussed the true meanings of happiness and success with Troy University graduates during the Montgomery Campus summer commencement ceremony on Monday, July 25.

Howell delivered the keynote address to graduates during the 7 p.m. ceremony inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 160 students received degrees from TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., during the event.

Howell told graduates that true happiness comes from being surrounded by family and friends. He encouraged them to take time to give back to others.

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TROY to host free lecture Thursday in conjunction with 'A Fine Romance' exhibit

Posted: Monday, 25 July 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will host a lecture on the work of German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill on Thursday, July 28, in conjunction with the exhibit "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs" currently on display at the Dothan Campus.

The lecture will start at 7 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium located in the Library/Technology Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

"From Berlin to Broadway: A Musical Voyage with Kurt Weill," presented by Auburn University professor Dr. Thomas Nadar, will discuss the life and career of Weill and his influence on the music composers of Hollywood's Golden Era. Weill was a leading composer for the stage in the 1920s best known for his collaborations with Bertolt Brecht.

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TROY Rosa Parks Museum to host 'IndiVisible' panel discussion

Posted: Monday, 25 July 2011

MONTGOMERY—A panel of area university professors will discuss the issues presented in the exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday, July 27.

The panel discussion will be held starting at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists will address ideas presented in the exhibit and how they are applicable to the local community, including issues of survival, identity, immigration and spirituality. The panelists represent area universities and include Dr. Derryn Moten from Alabama State University, Dr. Mujah Shakir from Tuskegee University, and Dr. Gwen Patton from Trenholm State Technical College.

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Attorney General to TROY graduates: fulfill your duties as citizens

Posted: Friday, 22 July 2011
Luther Strange

TROY—Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange urged Troy University graduates Friday to put their educations to work as good citizens of their communities, state and nation.

Strange served as keynote speaker for the summer commencement ceremonies at Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Approximately 250 students received diplomas from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

Strange, who was elected attorney general in 2010, urged the graduates to fulfill the duties of citizenship by being informed voters, by supporting candidates they believe in and by offering themselves for service in public office.




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TROY to hold Montgomery Campus Summer Commencement

Posted: Thursday, 21 July 2011

Monday, July 25: Troy University will hold its summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

WSFA 12 News anchor and Troy University alumnus Bob Howell will deliver the keynote address to graduates. More than 170 students will receive degrees this semester at the Montgomery Campus.

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Troy University to hold open house Thursday at Montgomery Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 19 July 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University will hold an open house for new and prospective students at the Montgomery Campus on Thursday, July 21.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Gold Room located on the second floor of Whitley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participants will take a tour of the campus and learn more about programs available at the Montgomery Campus and how to become a Troy University student.

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Grant will aid in eradication of invasive plant species

Posted: Tuesday, 19 July 2011

TROY – Troy University will wage a war on Chinese privet in an effort to provide a better habitat for wildlife that depend on native plants and to improve water quality.

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, the University plans to address the privet on seven acres on campus by clearing the acreage and implementing a chemical spraying program. Once that phase is completed, seedlings provided by the Alabama Forestry Commission will be used to replant the areas with native plants.

"The friendship and ongoing support from the watershed management authority is greatly appreciated in our joint efforts to improve the campus of Troy University," said Mark Salmon, director of the University's Physical Plant that is overseeing the project.

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TROY Rosa Parks Museum to host free lecture Thursday

Posted: Monday, 18 July 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a lecture by Cornell University professor Dr. Angela A. Gonzales on Thursday, July 21, the final in a series of lectures held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas."

The event will start at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. Gonzales will present a lecture titled "Race, Ideology, and Public Policy in the Construction of American-Indian and African-American Identity."

Gonzales is one of the curators for the "Indivisible" exhibit and is an assistant professor of Development Sociology and American Indian Studies at Cornell.

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Attorney General to TROY graduates: fulfill your duties as citizens

Posted: Friday, 22 July 2011
Dr. Damon Andrew

TROY - A Troy University dean has been named associate editor of a highly-regarded academic publication in the field of Sport Management.

Dr. Damon Andrew, dean and professor of the College of Health and Human Services, was appointed this year to serve as associate editor of the Sport Management Education Journal, a publication of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). With the appointment, he becomes the first such editor from the state of Alabama.

The journal serves as a platform for research in the field and began publication in 2007.





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Pittman to address Troy University graduates on July 30

Posted: Monday, 18 July 2011

SAN ANTONIO -- Col. Lee T. Pittman, chief of the technical training division at the headquarters of Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during commencement ceremonies on July 30 at the University's San Antonio Site.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and be held at the San Antonio Site, 12950 Country Parkway, Suite 150. Fifteen degrees will be awarded during the ceremony.

Col. Pittman received his commission from Troy University's Reserve Officer Training Corps as a distinguished graduate in 1986. He received his bachelor's degree in physical science. He completed Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala. in 1992 and earned a master's degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1996. In 2001, Col. Pittman was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

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Peggy Stewart wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Monday, 18 July 2011
McKinley Award

TROY, Ala.—Peggy Stewart, staff accountant in Auxiliary Services at Troy University, has received the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Stewart, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1998 and served in her current position since 2005, received the award July 12 during a ceremony in the Hawkins Hall Auditorium on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Stewart, who was nominated by Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor of student financial services.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly 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 $1,000 stipend.

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Summer Spotlight shines on area youth

Posted: Monday, 18 July 2011
Summer Spotlight

TROY – Troy University focused its Summer Spotlight Creative Drama Camp on 84 children ages 4 – 13, culminating with a live performance Thursday night in the Trojan Center Theater.

An outreach of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Department of Theatre and Dance's Summer Spotlight program is designed to both spread arts education and help prepare theater education majors for jobs.

"Summer Spotlight is really an important component for serving the arts, children and youth, the community and our students," said Adena Moree, Director of Theatre and Dance, which offers a major in P-12 theatre education in concert with the College of Education.

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TROY Bobby Pierce Baseball Camp set for Wednesday

Posted: Wednesday, 13 July 2011

TROY – Troy University focused its Summer Spotlight Creative Drama Camp on 84 children ages 4 – 13, culminating with a live performance Thursday night in the Trojan Center Theater.

An outreach of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Department of Theatre and Dance's Summer Spotlight program is designed to both spread arts education and help prepare theater education majors for jobs.

"Summer Spotlight is really an important component for serving the arts, children and youth, the community and our students," said Adena Moree, Director of Theatre and Dance, which offers a major in P-12 theatre education in concert with the College of Education.

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Attorney General to address summer graduates at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Troy – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will be the keynote speaker at Troy University's summer commencement on the Troy Campus July 22.

About 250 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas during the exercise at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.

Attorney General Strange was elected the state's 49th attorney general in 2010 and is responsible for representing and defending the interests of the people of the state. He is the state's chief law enforcement officer.

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TROY to have strong presence at national conference for interpreters

Posted: Tuesday, 12 July 2011

TROY—A student in Troy University's Interpreter Training Program has been selected as the first-ever student representative from TROY to serve on the staff of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf conference, while a professor and five other students will attend.

Chaeney Lawrence, a senior from Opelika, will be a RID Student Representative, after she was chosen from a pool of applicants. The National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf provides support, certification and professional development for sign language interpreters.

This is an honor and a monumental event since we are a new program," said Lynne Wiesman, director of TROY's Interpreter Training Program, who was also chosen to present at the conference. Five other students will attend on the sponsorship of TROY's American Sign Language/Interpreter Training Program Club.

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Summer Spotlight theater program for children

Posted: Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Today – Thursday: The Theatre Department is hosting its Summer Spotlight dramatic arts camp this week through a Thursday night performance. Children ages 4 – 13 are participating in this event.

Ages 4-5 are half-day campers, with their program ending at 11:45 a.m. The older age groups attend all day through 5 p.m.

Summer Spotlight is open for coverage. Please contact Clif Lusk via email at clusk@troy.edu to schedule coverage.

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TROY's Rosa Parks Museum to host Teen Summit on July 16

Posted: Friday, 08 July 2011

Today – Thursday: The Theatre Department is hosting its Summer Spotlight dramatic arts camp this week through a Thursday night performance. Children ages 4 – 13 are participating in this event.

Ages 4-5 are half-day campers, with their program ending at 11:45 a.m. The older age groups attend all day through 5 p.m.

Summer Spotlight is open for coverage. Please contact Clif Lusk via email at clusk@troy.edu to schedule coverage.

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TROY ranks in top 15 for military education

Posted: Thursday, 07 July 2011

TROY – Troy University ranks in the top 15 universities and colleges nationwide for military members using Tuition Assistance, according to Military Times, a leading independent military news organization.

According to the Department of Defense, TROY was listed at 13 for all military branches, and 8 for Army and Army National Guard members taking voluntary education. The ranking is based on tuition assistance data on students, course enrollments and funds from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army National Guard and the Coast Guard. The Air Force information included data for the active-duty Air National Guard as well.

"This is yet another validation of TROY's commitment to America's armed services," said Joseph Houghton, director of military programs for the University's Global Campus, the arm of the University that oversees military education initiatives. "It means that members of the military recognize our promise to support them in every way possible."

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Public lecture scheduled for Thursday at Rosa Parks Museum cancelled

Posted: Wednesday, 06 July 2011

Troy University' Rosa Parks Museum has cancelled Thursday's lecture "Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: African American Women's Slave Narratives" by Dr. DoVeanna Fulton S. Minor. The lecture was set to take place at 6 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium. For any questions regarding this event, contact Viola Moten at 334-241-8701 or vmoten@troy.edu.

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Math professor selected as a Fulbright Scholar

Posted: Tuesday, 05 July 2011
Dr. Sergey Belyi

TROY – Troy University mathematics professor Dr. Sergey Belyi has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will spend three months at East Ukrainian National University and Donetsk National University collaborating on mathematical research.

"The College of Arts and Sciences is extremely proud of Dr. Belyi and we congratulate him on being selected as a Fulbright Scholar," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor of TROY's Dothan Campus and interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "I am sure that Dr. Belyi's work in Ukraine during his sabbatical will broaden both the field mathematical analysis and the benefit his students receive from his classes."

Dr. Belyi, who joined the University's faculty in 1996, earned his doctorate from the University of South Florida, where he completed a master of arts degree in mathematics. Originally from Ukraine, he holds both a bachelors and masters degree from Donetsk National University.

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