TROY invites jobseekers to 'Find the Job You'll Love'

Posted: Tuesday, 31 January 2012

DOTHAN—On the Thursday before Valentine's Day, Troy University invites local jobseekers to look for a job they will love at the annual Dothan Campus career fair.

The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 9, inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Attendees will have the chance to speak with representatives from numerous area employers, including the Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, the Alabama Department of Corrections, Becker Professional Education and Time Warner Cable.

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Troy University to present Black History Month events

Posted: Tuesday, 31 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Department of History and Social Sciences at the Montgomery Campus and the Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Black History Month with a series of special events throughout February.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Black Women in American History and Culture." All of the events are free and open to the public. Upcoming events include:

Feb. 1-March 30: "My Spirit Speaks" exhibit by batik artist Arianne King Comer inside the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall.

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Troy University to celebrate 125th birthday with year of celebration

Posted: Tuesday, 31 January 2012

TROY—This year, Troy University will mark 125 years of service to students in Alabama, across the U.S. and around the world with celebrations and special events at its campuses and sites worldwide starting in February.

Events related to the University's 125th birthday will kick off with the Birthday Gala Celebration at the Troy Campus on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The afternoon of activities will start with the second induction ceremony for the TROY Shield Society—the University's planned giving society—at 4 p.m. inside the Trojan Center Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Modern civil rights movement focus of TROY's Civic Engagement Series Feb. 6

Posted: Monday, 30 January 2012

TROY - Lecia Brooks, director of outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will discuss the modern civil rights movement in America during the fourth installment of Troy University's Civic Engagement Series on Feb. 6.

The presentation, "Injustice – An American Divide," will begin at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 6 in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus, and will focus on the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center to address social justice issues in Alabama and throughout the southeast. The event is free and open to the public.

TROY's 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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Johnson Center lecturer and dedication ceremony

Posted: Monday, 30 January 2012

Feb. 10: Troy University will formally dedicate the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy beginning at 10 a.m. with a reception in the atrium of Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the atrium. Immediately following the dedication ceremony, the Johnson Center will host Arthur Brooks in the Trojan Center Theater. The lecture will begin at 11:15 a.m. This presentation will be appropriate for coverage by business writers and editors, political correspondents, economic/financial reporters and general news reporters.

At 11 a.m., a media availability with Arthur Brooks, Dr. Manley Johnson and Chancellor Jack Hawkins will take place in the Johnson Center conference room. This availability will end no later than 11:15 a.m.

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Authors offer three different perspectives on Alabama segregation

Posted: Monday, 30 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum and the University of Alabama Press will offer a panel discussion on segregation in Deep South Alabama, and how we think, feel, and act toward those who are not the same color as us.

Entitled "Otherness in Black & White," the panel will include UA Press authors Dr. Wayne Flynt, Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, and Lila Quintero Weaver. The program will be held inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. After a brief talk, the authors will be available for a book signing.

Books can be purchased at the Rosa Parks Museum Gift Shop. The event is free and open to the public.

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University names Merritt to First-Year Studies post

Posted: Monday, 30 January 2012
Ivan Merritt

TROY – Troy University officials have named retired Air Force officer Associate Dean of First-Year Studies.

Ivan Merritt, an assistant professor in the Institute for Leadership Development and former commander of the University's Air Force ROTC, has already assumed his new role and brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership, supervisory management and administration to the University. He is a recognized expert in teaching, training, mentoring, motivating and leading people to meet their goals.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Mr. Merritt's experience and leadership join our Student Success Team," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year Studies. "His background as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, his role as chair of the Air Force ROTC department here at TROY, and his work as a member of the University's Leadership Institute make Mr. Merritt ideally suited to help our students, especially those who are early on in their Trojan experience. In this new role, he will make significant contributions to our University's efforts at developing and empowering our students."

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Still time to register for leadership conference

Posted: Friday, 27 January 2012

TROY—Registration is still open for the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month Feb. 3-4 at Troy University.

The conference, which is sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents and university students. Major sponsors of the conference since its inception have been the ministry of Reverend S. D. James and Wal-Mart. Pike County Commissioner Homer Wright is serving as chair of this year's conference and WSFA-TV anchor Tonya Terry will serve as the emcee.

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University vocal jazz group performing at The Emporium

Posted: Friday, 27 January 2012

TROY – Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble "frequency" will offer a free concert for the public in downtown Troy at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Seating is limited, and early arrival is encouraged, said Dr. Diane Orlofsky, professor of music and director of choirs in the College of Communication and Fine Arts' John M. Long School of Music.

Also performing with frequency will be guest soloist Sheila Jackson. Charles Henderson High School advanced placement art students will be exhibiting their work in The Emporium as well.

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Troy University to host screenings of documentary 'My Anniston'

Posted: Friday, 27 January 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will host two screenings of the documentary "My Anniston" followed by discussion with director Stan Arthur and the film's subject, civil rights movement veteran Edward Wood.

The screenings will be held at the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium and at the Troy Campus on Monday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. inside the Civic Room, located on the second floor of the Trojan Dining hall.

Discussion sessions with Arthur and Wood will follow each screening. Admission is free and open to the public.

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TROY Continuing Education Center to offer grant writing course

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University's Continuing Education Center will offer a course on grant writing at the Dothan Campus starting Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Participants will learn more about the process of writing successful grants. Offered in three weekly sessions, the course covers grant development, locating funding sources, writing tips, commonly made mistakes, budgeting and more.

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TROY cancels Dothan Campus, Fort Rucker classes due to weather

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2012

Due to the threat of severe weather, Troy University has cancelled all classes today at the Dothan Campus and the Fort Rucker Site, and both locations will be closed at 1 p.m.

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Free enterprise leader Arthur C. Brooks to speak at Johnson Center dedication at TROY

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2012

TROY – The dedication ceremonies for the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University Friday, Feb. 10, will feature an address by a leading U.S. free-market economist as well as remarks from the center's namesake.

The center is named for Dr. Manuel H. "Manley" Johnson, a TROY alumnus, Troy native and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors. Dr. Johnson, along with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and BB&T Charitable Foundation, supported the creation of the Center with a $3.6 million gift to promote teaching and research efforts that examine the role economic freedom plays in economic development and human prosperity.

"This ceremony is an important milestone in the life of our University and an outstanding reflection on the career and achievements of Dr. Johnson," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "The research and teaching taking place in the Johnson Center are making a strong College of Business even stronger. I thank Dr. Johnson for his leadership and his support of his alma mater."

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Chinese orchestra to perform for local middle school students at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Orchestra

DOTHAN—More than 150 local middle school band students will learn more about classical Chinese music and culture when Troy University hosts a performance by the Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Dothan Campus.

Band students in 6th-8th grade at Beverlye Magnet School will attend the 10 a.m. performance inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.

Founded in 1996, the Nanjing University Traditional Instruments Orchestra is a student art group that gives traditional performances in the form of instrumental ensemble, unison, small ensemble and solo, using bowed and plucked strings, wind and percussion instruments. With a mission of promoting Chinese culture and classical art, the group has given hundreds of performances around the world. The group's stop at the Dothan Campus is part of a national tour of colleges that will include stops at Emory University, the University of Miami, and the University of Oklahoma.

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Former US Ambassador speaks to students at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 26 January 2012
Orchestra

TROY – Former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Jenonne Walker talked to students at Troy University about the common challenges facing the nation's ambassadors and provided personal glimpses into the life of Czech dissident-turned-president Vaclav Havel.

Ambassador Walker served as this spring's Ambassador-in-Residence and spent the week meeting with students and lecturing to classes on international affairs in her first-ever trip to Alabama. Her Thursday address was conducted in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus.

"This has been a wonderful time with a very lively student body," she said, "one that is not afraid to express its opinions."

Her primary goal in the afternoon's speech, however, was to demonstrate what challenges American diplomats would face in the future, and her own experiences abroad. She served in the ambassadorial role from 1995-1998.

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Local high school students to compete in EnviroBowl at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 25 January 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will host the 2012 EnviroBowl competition for area high school students on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Dothan Campus.

Local students will put their knowledge of the environment to the test during the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

Sponsored by Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, EnviroBowl is a double-elimination, question and answer competition played between high school teams consisting of four students each.

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Five named as Chancellor's Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Chancellor's Fellows

TROY, Ala. - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has announced the selection of five faculty and staff members to participate in the 2012 Chancellor's Fellows Program.

Selected were: Dr. Elizabeth Blum, associate professor of history on the Troy Campus; Olga Casey, technical services librarian on the Dothan Campus; Dr. Jan Oliver, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education on the Troy Campus; Dr. Trellis Riley, assistant professor and interim chair of Education Leadership and Administration on the Phenix City Campus; and James Smith, associate dean of student services on the Montgomery Campus.

The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY's Institute for Leadership Development. Kline, a former university provost and senior executive in the federal government, is uniquely qualified to direct the program — a program Chancellor Hawkins believes will "help selected faculty and staff members move into positions of responsibility, prepared for the task of leading Troy University in the years ahead."

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James Rinehart named Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Dr. James F. Rinehart

TROY - Troy University officials have announced the appointment of Dr. James F. Rinehart as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences effective Feb. 1.

Dr. Rinehart, professor of political science and former chair of the Department of Political Science, has been a member of the TROY faculty since 1995 and served as interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2008.

"We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Rinehart's vision and experience to lead our College of Arts and Sciences," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "During his time as a member of the Troy University faculty, he has clearly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing challenging educational experiences that not only equip our students with the foundational knowledge of our world and how it operates, but also prepares them to succeed through the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills."

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Textile artist Arianne King Comer featured in Rosa Parks Museum exhibit

Posted: Tuesday, 24 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—The work of textile artist Arianne King Comer will be featured in an exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting Feb. 1.

Based in Charleston, S.C., King Comer specializes in the traditional techniques of indigo dyeing and batik. Her work depicts her Gullah ancestry, along with images of the Caribbean and the southern coastal United States rendered in vibrant colors and patterns.

The exhibit "My Spirit Speaks" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall through the end of March.

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CVCC president Dr. Glen Cannon congratulates TROY graduates

Posted: Monday, 23 January 2012
Glen Cannon

COLUMBUS, Ga.—Dr. Glen Cannon, president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, congratulated Troy University graduates on taking the next step in their education during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday, Jan. 20.

Dr. Cannon delivered the keynote address during the 7 p.m. ceremony held inside the Columbus Civic Center. More than 370 students received graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Reflecting on his background, Dr. Cannon said it was his mother who motivated him to pursue an education.

"I know that you too had to have someone or something that motivated you," Dr. Cannon said. "[To take] the first step that led to the next step, down a path, sometimes slowly, that led to this evening."

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Chamber President Matt Parker to speak to Troy University students

Posted: Friday, 20 January 2012

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker will discuss the state of the local economy and job market with Troy University students during a meeting of the Institute of Management Accountants on Monday, Jan. 23, at the Dothan Campus.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

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TROY Fall Commencement Friday night in Columbus

Posted: Thursday, 19 January 2012

Friday, January 20: Troy University will hold a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday at 7 p.m. EST inside the Columbus Civic Center.

Dr. Glen Cannon, the president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, will deliver the keynote address.

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Rosa Parks Museum to offer free tours in celebration of Park's birthday

Posted: Wednesday, 18 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will mark Rosa Parks' birthday by offering free tours of both the main museum and the children's wing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday, Feb. 3.

Groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations by calling 334-241-8661

Rosa Parks was born Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Ala.

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Spring theatre season opens with "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Posted: Wednesday, 18 January 2012

TROY – Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance kicks off its spring season with "The Importance of Being Earnest."

"A serious comedy for trivial people," the play satirizes Victorian manners and customs in a light, effervescent style that is absolutely unforgettable, said Adena Moree, chair of the department.

The plays opens tonight in the Upstairs Theatre Studio in Malone Hall on the Troy Campus. Performances are slated for Jan. 19, 20, 21, and the 25-28. Show time for each performance is 7:30 p.m.

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Troy University develops mobile app

Posted: Tuesday, 17 January 2012

TROY—Troy University has unveiled a free mobile application that will make key information available via mobile devices, according to Ronnie Creel, Director of Education Technology for eTROY, the University's distance learning division.

Creel said the app was made available Jan. 5 for trademarked Apple products such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. He added that the Android and Blackberry version of the mobile app is in development.

"This app is designed to help students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Troy University by providing much of the information they need at their fingertips," Creel said. "Our goal was to develop a practical app that would help a wide range of constituents."

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Former Czech Republic ambassador to be in residence at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 17 January 2012

TROY – Ambassador Jenonne Walker, the United State's ambassador to the Czech Republic from 1995-1998, will serve as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence for 2012.

Ambassador Walker will visit the Troy, Montgomery and Dothan campuses Jan. 23 – 27, and will lecture to undergraduate and graduate political science students. She will make an open-to-the-public presentation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Her presentation is entitled, "U.S. Ambassadors in a Changing World."

"The Ambassador-in-Residence program is one of Troy University's many initiatives to create a greater awareness among students about international issues and the US role in the world," said Dr. Charles Krupnick, chair of the Department of Political Science.

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Pastor of Atlanta's famed Ebenezer church to keynote leadership conference lunch at TROY

Posted: Tuesday, 17 January 2012

TROY—The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will deliver keynote remarks Saturday, Feb. 4, to close the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month at Troy University.

He will speak at the closing luncheon, scheduled to begin at noon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

Since 2005 Dr. Warnock has served as pastor of the historic church Ebenezer Baptist Church, known worldwide as the spiritual home of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has also served at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church of Birmingham, where he was youth pastor; Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, where was associate pastor; and Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, where he was senior pastor.

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Chinese New Year Celebration set for Jan. 20 at the Troy Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Chinese New Year

TROY—The Troy University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) will celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Troy Campus.

The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Trojan Center ballrooms. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute and the University's Office of International Programs, the popular annual event encourages cultural exchange between students from different countries.

"This celebration not only provides an opportunity for all the Chinese students to gather together … but it also provides a chance for American students to better understand Chinese culture," said Wei Li, president of the CSSA, "We hope this celebration also sends our best wishes to TROY's 125th birthday from all the Chinese students."

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Troy University plans second 'Care for the Community' day of service on Jan. 21

Posted: Friday, 13 January 2012

TROY - Troy University students, faculty and staff will tackle several service projects in and around the city of Troy on Jan. 21 as a part of the University's second "Care for the Community Day of Service."

This event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is a part of the nationwide service activities surrounding the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., according to Jonathan T. Cellon, coordinator of student learning initiatives with the University's First-Year Studies program.

"We have several hands-on projects in Troy and the surrounding area that students, faculty and staff can participate in," Cellon said. "Participants will meet at the Trojan Center Theatre and then disperse to the various projects for which they sign up."

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Troy University taps former police chief as Dothan Campus safety coordinator

Posted: Friday, 13 January 2012
James L. Smith

DOTHAN—Troy University has named former Cottonwood police chief James L. Smith as the new Coordinator for Public Safety at the Dothan Campus.

Smith, who has more than 25 years experience in law enforcement, will oversee all aspects of safety and security for the campus. He took over the position Jan. 1.

Bob Willis, dean of student services, said Smith's years of law enforcement experience will be an asset to the University.

"We are excited to have someone of Jim's caliber join us at the University," Willis said. "He is an excellent trainer and has vast experience in the areas of safety, security and emergency medicine. He will move us forward in our effort to enhance our emergency preparedness for the campus."

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Legal writing, Excel classes upcoming at TROY Continuing Education Center

Posted: Friday, 13 January 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will offer continuing education classes on legal research and writing and on using Microsoft Excel this month at the Dothan Campus.

Designed for paralegals or anyone who needs to do legal research, classes in legal research and writing will start Jan. 19. Participants will learn about laws in the area of wills, trusts and estates, as well as accumulation of assets, inventory and payment of debts, federal estate tax and return, gift tax and more.

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Broadway favorite "Damn Yankees" coming to Davis Theatre

Posted: Friday, 13 January 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will offer continuing education classes on legal research and writing and on using Microsoft Excel this month at the Dothan Campus.

Designed for paralegals or anyone who needs to do legal research, classes in legal research and writing will start Jan. 19. Participants will learn about laws in the area of wills, trusts and estates, as well as accumulation of assets, inventory and payment of debts, federal estate tax and return, gift tax and more.

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CVCC president Dr. Glen Cannon to speak at Troy University commencement

Posted: Thursday, 12 January 2012

PHENIX CITY—Dr. Glen Cannon, the president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday, Jan. 20.

The event will start at 7 p.m. EST inside the Columbus Civic Center. About 370 students are set to receive graduate and undergraduate degrees during the ceremony.

Dr. Cannon became president of CVCC in July 2011. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a senior administrator at Georgia technical colleges, including 15 years as Vice President of Administrative Services at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. He also served as the president of the Georgia Administrative Services Council, and served on the Governor's steering committee for the realignment and revision of all of Georgia financial and operating systems.

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'Apprentice' winner to open annual leadership conference Feb. 3

Posted: Thursday, 12 January 2012

TROY—An entrepreneur who gained national recognition on the popular reality TV show "The Apprentice" will kick off the 11th annual Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month Feb. 3 at Troy University.

The opening session is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus.

Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of BCT Partners, a management, technology and consulting firm, will deliver the opening address beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center on the Troy Campus. Dr. Pinkett was the season four winner of "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump.

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TROY Library among 65 nationally to host Civil War series

Posted: Wednesday, 11 January 2012

TROY – This month, Troy University Library will become one of just 65 libraries across the country to host a special series commemorating the Civil War.

"Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" will be a five-part reading and discussion series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and local sponsors and developed by the American Library Association. The events surround the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Dr. David Carlson, assistant professor of history at TROY, will lead discussions and moderate each session.

"We are delighted to have been chosen to host this unique series that will allow patrons a chance to discuss the legacy of the Civil War with fellow community members and with the help of a well-qualified scholar," said John Phil McLaney, Jr., a social science librarian and program director at the Troy University Library.

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Government Contracting subject of free seminar

Posted: Wednesday, 11 January 2012

TROY – Troy University's Small Business Development Center is hosting a free half-day seminar on government contracting on Jan. 26 in Troy.

"Making the Connections, Delivering the Goods" is a program designed to help companies develop business with the federal government and provide guidance on what to do once they have government contracts, said Judy Callin, senior consultant at the Center.

The seminar is from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Joint Training Center, located in University Park at 518 South Brundidge Street in Troy. There is no charge to attend, but the seminar requires pre-registration.

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Troy University seeking recipes, memories for cookbook

Posted: Wednesday, 11 January 2012

TROY—Troy University is preparing for publication a cookbook to mark its 125th birthday and alumni, friends, students and faculty all are encouraged to submit recipes and reminisces.

This cookbook will be the third edition in a series of cookbooks issued by the University over the last 20 years. The latest edition, entitled "Celebrating 125 Years of Tastes and Traditions of Troy University," will be different from the other two books in the series, according to TROY first lady Janice Hawkins, who is chairing the cookbook committee.

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TROY earns honor roll status in national ranking

Posted: Tuesday, 10 January 2012

TROY – Four Troy University online programs have been named honor roll programs by U.S.News & World Report's first-ever "Top Online Education Program" rankings.

TROY's online bachelor's degree program in education, and its graduate degree programs in business, education and nursing all made honor rolls.

"These rankings speak to the quality and promise of TROY's approach to online education, as well as to the outstanding effort from faculty, staff and administrators," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, the arm of the University responsible for its distance learning and outside-of-Alabama operations.

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Novelist Rachel Hawkins to speak at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 10 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—Young adult novelist Rachel Hawkins, author of the New York Times-best selling "Hex Hall" series, will discuss her work during a lecture next week at Troy University.

Hawkins will speak at the Dothan Campus on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology building. Admission is free and open to public. She will discuss both her background and influences as an author as well as the writing process in general.

Hawkins will also speak to students and faculty at the Troy Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. inside Smith Hall room 267. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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Free trade and globalization is topic of lecture

Posted: Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Lawrence Reed

TROY - The president of one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States will speak to Troy University students and the public in a special lecture on free trade and globalization on Jan. 19, sponsored by the Johnson Center for Political Economy.

Lawrence Reed, who became president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in 2008, will lecture at 6 p.m. in Bibb Graves Hall room 129. The engagement is free to attend.

A former economics professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977-1984, Dr. Reed was founder and president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich. for 20 years.

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McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History focuses on Freedom Riders

Posted: Monday, 09 January 2012
Dr. Raymond O. Arsenault

TROY – Troy University's McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History will this year feature a presentation on the Freedom Riders on Jan 26.

Dr. Raymond O. Arsenault, the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, will present "Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice" at 5 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater.

"As America begins to look back on 50 years of social and racial activism, Professor Arsenault, one of the nation's leading historians of the 1960's civil rights movements, brings an additional layer of relevance to the Mitchell-McPherson series," said Dr. David Carlson, an assistant professor of history at TROY who is helping organize the lecture.

"His lecture on the Freedom Rides not only addresses national and Southern history, it touches deeply the history of the Troy-Montgomery area as many of the key events and figures of the Freedom Rides took place or were rooted in this region," he said.

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Troy Cadet Goes from Green Beret to Soldier Hero for Army All-American Bowl

Posted: Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Fort Knox, Ky. – One of Troy University's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets, who also happens to be a Special Forces solider decorated with two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, will attend the 12th annual Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, as a Soldier Hero.

Sgt. 1st Class John Burris, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., spent eight years in various Special Forces assignments – including two deployments to Afghanistan – before he entered Troy's Army ROTC program under the Green to Gold Active Duty Option. This program allows him to continue to serve on active duty while going to school and participating in ROTC.

A Business major at Troy (because, he said, the organization, management and business leadership skills he's learning apply to any organization, whether a civilian business or the military), Burris graduated Warner Avenue Christian Academy in Huntington Beach at 15 and spent two years in community college "knocking out the basic courses," just before he joined the Army.

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