TROY, Phenix City officials announce riverfront construction

Posted: Thursday, 22 December 2011
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

PHENIX CITY—Officials from Troy University and Phenix City met on the bluff overlooking the Chattahoochee River Thursday to announce formally a partnership to construct a building that will serve as the centerpiece for the city's riverfront development.

State Sen. Gerald Dial, president pro tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University; and Max Wilkes, Phenix City Councilman, representing Mayor Sonny Coulter who was out of town, participated in the announcement ceremony.

"From my dual vantage point as a legislator and as a university trustee I can tell you this is one of the more exciting projects for East Alabama that I have been involved in over the last decade," Sen. Dial said.

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Shane Tatum wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Shane Tatum

TROY, Ala.—Shane Tatum, coordinator of recreation at Troy University, has received the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Tatum, who has been a member of the University's staff since 2005, received the award Dec. 21 during the University's annual Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Tatum, who was nominated by Herbert Reeves, dean of student 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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Lance Tatum named Vice Chancellor of Global Campus for Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Dr. Lance Tatum

TROY—Dr. Lance Tatum, who has served as Dean of the College of Education at Troy University since 2007, will assume the role of Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, effective Jan. 1, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

As Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, Dr. Tatum will oversee more than 50 TROY teaching locations in 16 states outside of Alabama, plus eTROY, the University's distance-learning operation.

"Dr. Lance Tatum is a proven leader who has demonstrated the ability to develop new academic programs," Chancellor Hawkins said. "His experience at TROY has exposed Dr. Tatum to globalization in a variety of areas, all of which will aid him in his new role. In addition, Dr. Tatum's experience in adapting existing programs to on-line delivery will prove invaluable as he assumes leadership of distance learning."

A 1988 graduate of Troy University, Dr. Tatum earned a master of science in foundations of education from TROY in 1989 and completed a doctor of philosophy in 1993 from Florida State University. He joined the faculty of the College of Health and Human Services in 1998.

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Cavanaugh shares wisdom with TROY graduates

Posted: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Cavanaugh

MONTGOMERY—Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh encouraged Troy University graduates Tuesday night to never give up in pursuing their future goals.

Cavanaugh delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus. The 7 p.m. ceremony was held inside the Davis Theater for the Performing Arts.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees to more than 200 students.

Cavanaugh shared with graduates three "pearls of wisdom" that she learned from her mentors in life. First is to always think outside the box when faced with challenges.

"Don't follow the crowd and don't do it like everyone else," she said. "I can promise you the easy route will be a crowded arena full of people taking the easy way out."

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Phenix City, Troy University officials to make joint announcement

Posted: Tuesday, 20 December 2011

December 22, 3 p.m. EST/2 pm. CST: Members of the Phenix City Government and Troy University's administrative leadership will make a major announcement regarding the development of a new riverfront academic center. The event will be on the proposed site of the building, located adjacent to the Pedestrian Bridge on 3rd Avenue between 15th and 16th streets, on the parcel of land commonly referred to as The Triangle.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY Montgomery Campus Fall Commencement

Posted: Monday, 19 December 2011

Tuesday, December 20: Troy University will hold its fall commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Alabama Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh will deliver the keynote address to graduates. About 214 students will receive degrees this semester at the Montgomery Campus.

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Coleman urges TROY graduates to lead with spirit of service and love

Posted: Monday, 19 December 2011
Jeff Coleman

DOTHAN—Local business leader Jeff Coleman urged Troy University graduates on Sunday to develop an attitude of love and a spirit of service as they prepare for the next phase in the lives.

Coleman, the president and CEO of the Coleman World Group, delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus, held at 3 p.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees to 126 students during the event.

As college graduates, Coleman said the new TROY alumni would be able to make a difference in their communities and around the world. He urged them to do so with an attitude of love for others.

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Executive shares steps to success with Troy University graduates

Posted: Friday, 16 December 2011
Karen Carter

TROY—Vision, planning and hard work are the fundamental elements in building a successful life, an insurance executive told Troy University graduates Friday at fall commencement exercises in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.

Karen Carter, a Troy University alumna and Agency Field Executive for State Farm Insurance Companies, spoke to a graduating class of approximately 450. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, introduced Ms. Carter and conferred degrees.

"No matter what your life's endeavor, it is important that you know what you want," Ms. Carter told the graduates. "Find what inspires and motivates you to get up every day looking forward to what you can do to make a difference."

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Troy University honors professors for Sponsored Programs success

Posted: Thursday, 15 December 2011
Award of Distinction

TROY - Two faculty members from Troy University's College of Arts and Sciences were awarded the Chancellor's Award of Distinction in Sponsored Programs last week for their grants to study the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

Dr. Stephen Landers and Dr. Kewei Yu received the honor from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the 20th annual Sponsored Programs Luncheon on the Troy Campus on Dec. 7. The award is given annually to celebrate and inspire excellence in sponsored program proposal success. The recipients receive an engraved award and a cash prize.

In June, Landers and Yu, both faculty members in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, received more than $70,000 in funding collectively from the Gulf Research Initiative allocated through the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to conduct their research on the effects of BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: TROY Dothan Campus Fall Commencement

Posted: Thursday, 15 December 2011

Sunday, December 18: Troy University will hold its fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center. Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of the Coleman World Group, will deliver the keynote address to graduates. More than 120 students will receive degrees this semester at the Dothan Campus. Members of the media covering the ceremony are asked to be in place by 2:45 p.m. Questions or special coverage requirements can be directed to mclower@troy.edu or 334-434-2923

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TROY Continuing Education Center opens spring registrationt

Posted: Wednesday, 14 December 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University's Continuing Education Center at the Dothan Campus has started registration for its spring 2012 lineup of courses.

The Continuing Education Center offers a variety of personal and professional development classes, including certifications in several fields. Courses being offered this spring include real estate and paralegal certifications; computer courses including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Quick Books; grant writing and auctioneer licensing.

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Confucius Institute at TROY opens classrooms in Montgomery, Birmingham

Posted: Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Confucius Institute

TROY - High school students at two schools in Montgomery and Birmingham will have access to funding for Chinese language and cultural education thanks to a new partnership with the Confucius Institute at Troy University.

LAMP High School in Montgomery and the Highlands School in Birmingham have partnered with the TROY Confucius Institute to form Confucius Classroom extensions at each school. The move will provide the schools access to grant funding to enrich and improve their existing Mandarin Chinese programs.

The new Confucius Classrooms are the first such partnerships formed through TROY's Confucius Institute and the first in the State of Alabama. There are more than 300 Confucius Classrooms worldwide as part of the global Confucius Institute network.

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TROY jazz vocal ensemble releases CD

Posted: Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Frequency

TROY – Troy University's vocal jazz group, frequency, has released its new CD, "Fields of Gold."

The John M. Long School of Music, the school's student-led record label, Ilium Records, and frequency collaborated with internationally renowned composer and arranger Greg Jasperse to record the eight-song album, on sale for $12.95 on Ilium Record's website, iliumrecords.com. Jasperse produces music for the hit television series "Glee."

"This recording has taken over a year of preparation and planning," said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, a professor of music and the group's founder and artistic director. "I've been captivated by this very special vocal ensemble sound, and Greg Jasperse's signature sound was the direction that I knew frequency should be identified with – close harmonies, sensitive treatment of text and something that is uncommon to the vocal jazz arena – great sacred vocal jazz arrangements."

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Discovery of lost document provides link to past, present and future of mathematics

Posted: Friday, 09 December 2011
Vitaly Voloshin

TROY – Vitaly Voloshin was about seven years old, and living in Moldova in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics at the height of the Cold War when someone at then-Troy State College left behind something of importance.

What that "someone" left behind would be lost in the classroom's lectern for the next 50 years, only to resurface in October after a class, appropriately, in advanced discrete mathematics, taught by Dr. Voloshin.

"We started class just like every other Monday night," said Rachel Anderson, a graduate student in secondary math education from Troy. "Every class, Dr. Voloshin walks in and moves the podium to an exact spot. This time something hit the ground."

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Insurance executive to address graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2011

TROY – Troy University Trustee Karen Carter will provide the address to about 450 graduates in commencement exercises on the Troy Campus Dec. 16.

The exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall, and require a ticket for admission but is free to attend. The graduates represent 16 U.S. states and territories and 15 nations outside the United States.

Carter, who was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2009, also serves as Chairman of the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors and is Agency Field Executive for State Farm Insurance Companies. She was previously Vice President - Agency for the company's Southern Zone and was the company's Life Marketing Director responsible for creating marketing strategies and advertising, including campaigns that garnered national recognition in the advertising industry's EFFIE Awards.

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Local business leader Jeff Coleman to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2011

DOTHAN—Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of the Coleman World Group, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 18.

More than 120 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony, which will be held at 3 p.m. in the Dothan Civic Center.

Coleman is a Dothan native and TROY alumnus. As head of the Coleman World Group he oversees one of the top 50 largest privately owned companies in the State of Alabama. Its two main divisions are Coleman American Moving Services and Covan Worldwide Moving.

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Music students present honors recital

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2011

TROY – Students in Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will present the William R. Denison Honors Recital on Dec. 7.

The recital, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, features outstanding music students chosen by audition before a faculty panel.

The program includes music from the Classical, Romantic and Modern periods across a range of styles from cascades of flute scales and trills to noble horn calls, pulsing piano ostinato to jazzy saxophone riffs, classical Mosart to Romantic Strauss, said Dr. Cather Allard, a professor of music who is helping organize the recital.

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Senior art students exhibit theses

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2011

TROY – Eleven Troy University art majors are showcasing senior theses beginning Dec. 7 in Malone Gallery on the Troy Campus.

The senior projects are required for graduation and each reflects the students' personal interpretations of the world around them. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. runs through Dec. 16.

A reception honoring the seniors is slated for 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 in Malone Gallery.

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Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh to deliver Troy University commencement address

Posted: Tuesday, 06 December 2011

MONTGOMERY—Alabama Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

About 214 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees during ceremony. The event starts at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

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Rosa Parks Museum to hold Holiday Open House on Saturday

Posted: Monday, 05 December 2011

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum invites the public to celebrate the season during a Holiday Open House at the museum on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature music from the St. Jude Educational Institute Choir and special activities for families including creating a holiday ornament and gift jar. Visitors can also shop for unique gifts at the museum's gift shop.

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Troy University Community Band to present free Christmas concert

Posted: Friday, 02 December 2011

DOTHAN—The Troy University Community Band of Dothan will ring in the holiday season with a performance of classic Christmas songs during a free concert on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Dothan Campus.

The performance will start at 6 p.m. in Sony Hall inside the Library/Technology Building. The concert will include a variety of traditional and modern Christmas favorites.

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Pied Pipers to perform in schools in Columbus

Posted: Friday, 02 December 2011
Gibson Vance

TROY – Children in kindergarten through third grade at two Columbus, Ga.-area elementary schools may think the zoo has come to town when Troy University's theatre-for-youth ensemble performs for them on Dec. 7.

The "Pied Pipers" will perform at 8:30 a.m. at Mulberry Creek Elementary School in Cataula and at 1 p.m. at New Mountain Hill Elementary School in Fortson.

A typical performance, on a bare stage or gymnasium floor, begins with the group leader asking children if they see any animals in the Pied Pipers.

"Once imaginations are stirred, the performance ensemble spins a series of well-known children's stories into unforgettable comedy and drama," said Adena Moree, chair of the College of Communication and Fine Arts' Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Folk artist Betty Sue Matthews featured in new Rosa Parks Museum exhibition

Posted: Thursday, 01 December 2011

MONTGOMERY—The work of contemporary folk artist Betty Sue Matthews will be on display in an exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting Monday, Dec. 5.

The exhibit, "Re-used, Recycled, Renewed: The Art of Betty Sue Matthews," will be on display inside the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall through Jan. 24.

A native of Brundidge, Ala., Matthews has gained wide acclaim for her unique paintings of people and animals made using pieces of recycled metal, wood, cardboard and poster board.

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