HHS dean honored with award

Posted: Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Dr. Damon Andrew

TROY – Troy University College of Health and Human Services Dean Dr. Damon Andrew has been awarded the Distinguished Administrator Award by the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education.

Established in 1991, the award is presented annually to the person who, through application of administrative and managerial skills, has made significant contributions to the profession within and beyond the higher education community.

"Dr. Andrew has made considerable contributions to the sport management, physical education and kinesiology disciplines and his leadership within the College of Health and Human Services has propelled TROY's programs into the national spotlight," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. "We are proud that Dr. Andrew represents our University and his field in such a manner."

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TROY Chancellor honored by Costa Rican university

Posted: Wednesday, 30 November 2011

TROY—Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, has been named an honorary professor by a partner university in Central America.

Dr. Hawkins received the Honorary Professor designation from the University of Iberoamérica (UNIBE) in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the university's fall commencement ceremony on Nov. 24. Dr. Israel Hernandez, Chancellor of UNIBE, presented Dr. Hawkins with a badge of honor and an honorary diploma to commemorate the award.

In accepting the award, Chancellor Hawkins noted that TROY has entered into a partnership with UNIBE to provide programs that will create greater understanding between the two regions.

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Sounds of the Season rings in December

Posted: Tuesday, 29 November 2011

TROY – Troy University's College of Communication and Fine Arts opens the holiday season with its "Sounds of the Season" performance on Dec. 1 in Claudia Crosby Theater.

The concert, which is a traditional holiday celebration, is free and open to the public, and begins at 7:30 p.m.

The show, entitled "Illuminations," features a mix of contemporary and traditional holiday favorites performed by the Troy University Symphony Band, the Collegiate Singers, the Concert Chorale, frequency, the Jazz Ensemble and faculty soloists.

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Troy University students to have conference call with Fortune magazine editor

Posted: Monday, 28 November 2011

TROY – Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine and author of the book "Talent is Overrated," will lecture and hold a question and answer session during a one-hour conference call with Troy University students at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday on the Troy Campus.

Colvin is a leading thinker, writer, broadcaster, and speaker on today's most significant trends in business. His best-selling book "Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else" received the Harold Longman Award for Best Business Book of 2009 and is the Reading Initiative selection for the TROY's College of Communications and Fine Arts.

"Talent is Overrated" focuses on research and examples that suggest that success is the result of "deliberate practice" or a well-defined set of activities rather than just special gifts or innate abilities.

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Troy University to play host to district "We the People" competition

Posted: Monday, 28 November 2011

TROY – More than 200 sixth through 12th grade students will visit Troy University on Tuesday to take part in district "We the People" simulated congressional hearings competition.

The simulated congressional hearings are a part of the national civics education program, "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution." The program's goal is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation's elementary and secondary students. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 90,000 educators nationwide have participated in the course of study.

Dr. Ruth Busby, assistant professor in TROY's College of Education and coordinator for Alabama second district competition, said this is the second year the University has served as host site for the district competition.

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TROY students M.A.D.E. a difference in Alabama

Posted: Monday, 28 November 2011

TROY- Troy University students in Dr. Diane Orlofsky's Music for Early Childhood Elementary Music and Music for Exceptional Learner classes are enhancing their education and enriching the community thanks to an innovative project that forces them to find new ways to reach children.

M.A.D.E. for Kids – the Musical Activities Database for Everyone – is a student developed and maintained website that focuses on school readiness and social skills for children. The website is expected to be operational by the end of the fall semester, but it's not the first of its kind for TROY students.

"I saw this as an excellent way to combine theory and practice to enhance the pre-service students' technology skills while also making a difference in the community," said Dr. Orlofsky, a professor in the John M. Long School of Music.

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Troy University dedicates Patterson Hall Saturday

Posted: Saturday, 19 November 2011
Dr. Douglas C. Patterson

TROY—An academic building at Troy University has a new name, as the University dedicated Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus Saturday.

Named for Dr. Douglas C. Patterson, who served as a senior administrator for more than 20 years, Patterson Hall was built in 2005. It was called the General Academic Building until the Troy University Board of Trustees voted to rename it to honor Patterson.

"I am truly humbled to receive this honor and wish to thank Dr. (Jack) Hawkins, the Board of Trustees, and the dedicated faculty and staff who served with me during my time at Troy University," Dr. Patterson said.

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TROY establishes scholarship for dependents of service members killed in line of duty

Posted: Saturday, 19 November 2011

TROY - Troy University will announce Saturday, Nov. 19, the establishment of a new scholarship to aid dependents of U.S. service men and women killed in the line of duty with priority being given to the dependents of the 30 service members killed in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August.

Announcement of the "TROY for Troops" scholarship will be made during the University's "Salute to Veterans" football game against Florida Atlantic University at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m. Since 2000, the University has designated one home football game in November to honor both current and past members of the armed forces as a Veterans Day tribute.

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Sutter Named "Charles Koch Professor of Economics"

Posted: Thursday, 17 November 2011
Dr. Sutter

TROY - The Sorrell College of Business is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel S. Sutter has been named the Troy University's first Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics.

"Dr. Sutter brings an impressive vita, outstanding experience, and a strong appreciation for free enterprise to Troy University," said Dr. Scott Beaulier, Executive Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. "Dr. Sutter is one of the most productive young members in the field of public choice economics, and his research on natural disasters has received national media attention."

"He is quite deserving of this distinguished appointment because he is well-trained in market-based approaches to organizational problems and makes use of these concepts in his own writing and thinking. Dr. Sutter will play a crucial role as a leader, mentor, and collaborator as the Johnson Center continues to develop and grow," Beaulier said. "With the addition of four new faculty members, the Economics program at Troy now stands out as one of the state's finest Economics program, and the addition of Dr. Sutter to the center was crucial in rounding out our fine group of hires."

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TROY earns spot on military-friendly list by national publication

Posted: Thursday, 17 November 2011

TROY – Troy University has earned a slot in Military Advanced Education for its friendliness to military members and their dependents.

The publication will make its fifth-annual Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities guide public in its December issue. The magazine is produced specifically for service members seeking to take advantage of the military education benefits. It covers issues and trends in distance learning and classroom education as they specifically relate to military life, including programs, military educational policy, financial aid and courses that offer special opportunities for military personnel.

"The university is proud of its ongoing service to members of our military and their families and very much appreciates this recognition of the efforts of the faculty, the staff and the university from Military Advanced Education", said Joseph H. Houghton, Director of Military Programs for Global Campus, the arm of the University that oversees all TROY programs outside of Alabama.

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Troy University to dedicate Patterson Hall Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Dr. Patterson

TROY—Troy University has planned a dedication ceremony for Saturday, Nov. 19, to name one of the Troy Campus’ newer buildings for a long-time senior administrator.

The dedication ceremony for Patterson Hall is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on the Troy Campus in the atrium of the building, formerly known as the General Academic Building. The building name honors Douglas C. Patterson, who served as Vice Chancellor from 1989 until 2007.

The ceremony will include remarks from the honoree as well as Sen. Gerald Dial, president pro tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor; and Dr. Sam Shelton, past president of the Troy University Faculty Senate. The ceremony will also include the unveiling of the portrait of Dr. Patterson that will be displayed permanently. Dr. John W. Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, will serve as master of ceremonies.

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Lee Ann Womack to perform at TROY Davis Theatre Dec. 8

Posted: Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Lee Ann Womack

MONTGOMERY—Grammy-winning country music artist Lee Ann Womack will come to Montgomery for one night only with a concert at Troy University's Davis Theater for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

Known for her chart-topping smash "I Hope You Dance," singer/songwriter Womack brings a contemporary flair to classic country music. She has won a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music Awards and six Country Music Association awards, and her hit songs include "Last Call," "Solitary Thinkin'," "I Found It in You" and "If These Walls Could Talk." Womack had success with the pop music crossover album "I Hope You Dance," garnering a CMA Song of the Year Award for her number one hit single of the same name.

Opening for Womack will be up-and-coming Nashville country singer Dani Flowers.

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TROY among top destinations for international students

Posted: Wednesday, 16 November 2011

TROY – Troy University has been ranked in the top 40 U.S. masters-level universities for international student choice.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published the report by the Institute of International Education on Nov. 14, and places TROY at number 27 with 883 international students for the 2010-2011 year. It is the only university or college in Alabama to make the Top 40 list.

"This ranking reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, coupled with TROY'S international teaching locations in southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates, reflects more than a decade of progress toward recognition as Alabama's international university," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and vice-chancellor for TROY's Global Campus, the arm of the university that oversees all international programs and operations outside the state of Alabama.

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TROY, Alabama Blues Project present Wiregrass Blues Fest

Posted: Wednesday, 16 November 2011

DOTHAN—In celebration of the Year of Alabama Music, Troy University and the Alabama Blues Project will present the Wiregrass Blues Fest on Friday, Dec. 2, in downtown Dothan.

Presented in coordination with The Downtown Group's Winter Festival and co-sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Dothan and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Wiregrass Blues Fest will feature performances by a lineup of top Alabama blues women including Debbie Bond, Shar Baby and Rachel Edwards.

The festival will start at 7:30 p.m. inside the Great Hall at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. Gil Anthony, host of the Blues Power radio show, will emcee.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY board of trustees to meet, dedicate building

Posted: Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, 7 p.m.: "The Flourishing Arts," an opera composed in 1685 and set during the reign of Louis XIV of France, will be performed in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. These performances are free and open to the public.

Board of Trustees and Patterson Hall Dedication on Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.: The Troy University Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. in in the third-floor conference room in Patterson Hall.

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Rosa Parks Museum to celebrate anniversary with free tours

Posted: Tuesday, 15 November 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will offer free tours on Thursday, Dec. 1, to celebrate the museum's 11th anniversary and the 56th anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest.

The museum will offer free admission to both the main Rosa Parks Museum and the Children's Wing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations by calling 334-241-8661

The celebration will also include a free concert by the E.D. Nixon Elementary School choir at noon inside the museum auditorium.

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TROY students to present artist-in-residence's production "The Odyssey Project" Nov. 17

Posted: Tuesday, 15 November 2011

TROY - Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance will debut its original production of "The Odyssey Project" Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The project, conceived, written and composed by University alumnus and artist-in-residence Tommy Newman, is based on the character of Odysseus were he living in contemporary times.

"It is a contemporary telling of a man going through the journey of the 'Odyssey' in a dream state," Newman said. "He is trying to get out of a coma and return to his family who is coming to grips with dramatic terms of where they are in their lives."

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Emily Evans crowned Homecoming Queen at Troy University

Posted: Saturday, 12 November 2011
Emily Evans

TROY – Emily Evans, a senior biomedical science major from Florala, was crowned Homecoming Queen at Troy University today during halftime ceremonies of the Trojans game against North Texas.

Evans, the daughter of Joey and Suane Evans of Florala, was crowned by Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. and 2010 Homecoming Queen Elizabeth Dowe of Montgomery.

Evans was a member of the TROY cheerleading squad and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2008-2010. She is vice president for scholarship of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society and is a member of Tri Beta, Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of Omega honor societies.


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Troy University's Campus Band to present fall concert Nov. 14

Posted: Thursday, 10 November 2011

TROY - The Troy University Campus Band will present its fall concert on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The band, consisting of 100 student members from all majors, will perform selections by American composers, including Troy University's own Robert W. Smith.

The concert will feature the "Iliad" written by Smith from his original symphony "Odyssey." Smith, a TROY graduate, is coordinator of the University's music industry program in the John M. Long School of Music, and has published more than 600 compositions.

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Troy University's Concert Chorale kicks off holidays with 'Tidings of Joy'

Posted: Wednesday, 09 November 2011

TROY – Troy University's Concert Chorale will ring in the holiday season with a free concert on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

"Tidings of Joy" will be performed at Park United Methodist Church in Troy.

"This fall concert consists of a program of traditional and newly composed Advent and Christmas choral music," said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, a professor of Music in the John M. Long School of Music who is Director of University Choirs.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY Homecoming Tailgate Party on Wednesday at Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Troy University will celebrate Homecoming at the Dothan Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with a "Tailgate Party" on the quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature free food, games and prizes, with music from the TROY Pep Band from noon to 1 p.m. and an appearance by the Trojan Cheerleaders and mascot, T-Roy.

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Troy University to honor alumni of the year at Homecoming on Nov. 12

Posted: Tuesday, 08 November 2011

TROY - Troy University will honor four alumni with Alumni of the Year awards at halftime of the University's homecoming game on Nov. 12 against North Texas. Kickoff for the game has been moved to noon to accommodate television broadcast.

Don Gaetz of Niceville, Fla., Charles Jinright of Montgomery, Claudene Bowdoin Nichols of Daphne and Brett Wilson of New Canaan, Conn., will be honored with Alumni of the Year awards. In addition to the presentation at halftime, the honorees will be recognized at an invitation-only dinner on Nov. 11 and an invitation-only breakfast reception in Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall on Nov. 12.

The awards are presented annually by the University as a part of its Homecoming celebration. Nominations are solicited, and winners are selected by the Troy University Alumni Association's Board of Directors based on outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to Troy University.

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Troy University to host reading by author Alex Vernon

Posted: Tuesday, 08 November 2011

MONTGOMERY — Author Alex Vernon, an award-winning military writer, will read from his works during an appearance at Troy University on Monday, Nov. 14.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium at the Montgomery Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Vernon is the author of a number of books and essays, including two military memoirs, "most succinctly bred" and "The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War," winner of the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Book Award. He is also the author of several scholarly works on war literature, most recently "Hemingway's Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War," and a cultural study, "On Tarzan."

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Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show to benefit American Cancer Society

Posted: Tuesday, 08 November 2011

TROY - Troy University's Xi Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will be holding its annual Homecoming step show, benefitting the American Cancer Society, on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Claudia Crosby Theater at 7 p.m.

"The men of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity take pride in donating to many worthy causes throughout the year, but the annual Homecoming step show is always the largest platform to do so," said Terry Stephens, president of the Xi Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. "The brothers of Alpha have realized the devastation and often spontaneous life changes caused by cancer in the community."

The 2011 step show, "The Gold Rush," will feature one chapter from each organization affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council throughout the state.

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Troy University's Civic Engagement Series to focus on poverty on Nov. 14

Posted: Tuesday, 08 November 2011

TROY – Kristina Scott, executive director of the Alabama Poverty Project, will lead a discussion on the impact of poverty in Alabama, the United States and around the globe during Troy University's third installment of its Civic Engagement Series on Nov. 14.

The presentation, "Hunger: Where Education, Economics and Politics Collide," will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus and is open to the public. Admission is free.

The Civic Engagement Series, designed to spark discussion of contemporary issues and engage students in civic involvement, is sponsored by the First Year Studies program's Office of Student Learning Initiatives.

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ADPH works on screening and follow-up of suspected TB case at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 07 November 2011

TROY—On Nov. 4, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) officials notified Troy University of plans to investigate a suspected case of pulmonary tuberculosis identified in a Troy University student enrolled on the Troy Campus. ADPH and Troy University are working closely to ensure that University students and employees will be screened quickly.

The local health department is communicating regularly with Troy University to keep its faculty, administration, and students updated on this ongoing process.

Dr. Mary McIntyre, Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention, stated, "We are working very closely with the University to develop and implement a screening plan. Although a diagnosis of tuberculosis has not been confirmed, ADPH is implementing precautionary testing, investigation and control measures."

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Troy University announces revised Homecoming schedule

Posted: Friday, 04 November 2011

TROY – Due to the change in kickoff time of Troy University's Nov. 12 Homecoming football game to accommodate television broadcast, the University's Office of Alumni Affairs has released a revised schedule of activities for the day.

Kickoff for the game between the Trojans and the Mean Green of North Texas has been moved to noon. Pre-game festivities including the introduction of the Homecoming Court are now set for 11:30 a.m.

In addition, the Homecoming Parade, presented by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, has been moved to 9 a.m. that morning. Trojan Walk, which begins at Trojan Arena and ends at Veterans Memorial Stadium, is set for 9:45 a.m.

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TROY hosts Confucius Institute meeting

Posted: Friday, 04 November 2011

TROY – Troy University will welcome members of the Southern Confucius Institute Conference to the Troy Campus Friday.

The University is hosting the directors and staff of 11 Confucius Institutes from six states to hear experiences and best practices in sharing the Chinese language and culture, and promoting a better understanding between the people of the People's Republic of China and the United States, said Dr. Mike Whitlock, Associate Vice Chancellor of TROY's Global Campus.

The conference is chaired by Dr. Yan Guohua, Consul and Director of the Education Office for the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, welcomed the attendees to the conference at their opening session.

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Troy University announces Homecoming Court

Posted: Thursday, 03 November 2011
homecoming

TROY - Troy University has announced its 2011 Homecoming Court following a vote of the University's student body.

The members of the court will ride in the annual Homecoming parade in downtown Troy beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12 and later will be introduced during pre-game festivities at Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Trojans will play host to Sun Belt Conference foe North Texas beginning at noon. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime.

Members of the court are:

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Annual festival to kick off International Education Week at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 03 November 2011

TROY – The International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) festival will highlight a week of activities aimed at promoting internationalization at Troy University.

The ISCO Festival, which features international cuisine and entertainment by TROY students, is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

The festival will kick off the University's Observance of International Education Week, a nationwide event set for Nov. 14-18 that is designed to showcase the benefits of international exchange and cultural diversity. Troy University serves more than 800 international students.

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Troy University to host seminar on suicide awareness, prevention

Posted: Thursday, 03 November 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will host a free seminar on suicide awareness and prevention on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Dothan Campus.

Rose Blakey-Phillips, a licensed professional counselor and director of Wiregrass Suicide Prevention Services, will discuss the signs and symptoms of depression and warning signals of suicide, with a focus on dealing with depression during the holidays.

The seminar will be held in two one-hour sessions at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Author Winston Groom to discuss new book at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 03 November 2011

MONTGOMERY—Renowned Alabama writer Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump," will discuss and sign copies of his latest book during an appearance at Troy University on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The event will be held at the Montgomery Campus, inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Groom's latest work is "Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West 1846-1848." The book is an historical account of Gen. Stephen Watt Kearney's military campaign during the Mexican War. Books will be available for purchase from Capitol Books and News at the event.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Mike Schmitz to speak to Troy University students

Posted: Wednesday, 02 November 2011

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz will discuss the municipal budgeting process with Troy University students during a meeting of the Institute of Management Accountants on Monday, Nov. 7, at the Dothan Campus.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Mayor Schmitz is expected to share his knowledge and experience regarding city budget planning.

Members of the media are invited to cover the mayor's talk. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Teed at dteed@troy.edu.

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TROY to host Homecoming Tailgate Party at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 01 November 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will celebrate homecoming at the Dothan Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with a "Tailgate Party" on the quad sponsored by the Student Government Association.

The party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for students with evening classes.

The event will feature free food, games and prizes, with music from the TROY Pep Band from noon to 1 p.m. and an appearance by the Trojan Cheerleaders and mascot, T-Roy.

An "Academic Major Fair" will also be held to coincide with the Tailgate Party. Students who are undecided on a major or looking into graduate school can meet with faculty members to discuss programs during the picnic hours.

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TROY welcomes second Buddhist Monk as part of Visiting Scholar Program

Posted: Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Buddhist monk

TROY—Buddhist monk Venerable Penh, Troy University College of Education Visiting Scholar, may look a little different than many in Troy, but seated in his office in Hawkins Hall, he seems a perfect fit.

The office is simple with a desk covered in just a few books, a chair for visitors, a nearly empty bookcase and only three images on the wall; the first two are messages about monastic life and the third, a postcard of three smiling children from Laos that Penh takes with him everywhere he goes.

The children live in an area with cluster bombs and land mines, which Penh has pledged himself through Legion for Peace to bring awareness to and ultimately bring to a halt. "I want to learn to smile like (these children)," Penh said.

Those who meet Penh, the second Buddhist monk to hold the visiting scholar title, would be quick to notice his peaceful smile. Penh has spent the fall semester at Troy University, and he will remain here through December.

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TROY alumna Danielle Raver hosting a new-book release party

Posted: Tuesday, 01 November 2011
Danielle Raver

TROY -- Author Danielle Raver will host a release party for her new book, "Brother, Betrayed," at the Troy University Barnes & Noble Café on Friday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include readings by the author and book signings. Readings of "Brother, Betrayed" will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The party also includes an online celebration happening at www.danielleraver.com.

Giveaways from Barnes & Noble will be offered during the event as well.

Raver is a TROY graduate with a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree from the University of West Alabama in school counseling. She is now a writer and senior editor at Fantasy Island Book Publishing.

It has always been her dream to publish her writing. The book, along with the book signing party is an opportunity to bring her dream back home.

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