Confucius Institute at TROY opens classrooms in Montgomery, Birmingham

Posted: Friday, 30 March 2012
Cake Cutting

TROY -- The Confucius Institute at Troy University officially recognized partnerships with two Alabama schools on Friday that will further aid efforts to teach the Chinese language and culture.

During a ceremony in the new headquarters of the University’s Confucius Institute in Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus, University officials announced the formation of Confucius Classrooms at the Highlands School in Birmingham and the Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) in Montgomery. Through the program, the schools will gain 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.

Read More

U.S.-China trade important to both nations, official says in speech at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 29 March 2012
Xu Erwen

TROY—The Consul General of the Houston Chinese Consulate said that increased trade between her nation and the United States has become one of "the most important and most dynamic" economic relationships in the world.

The Consul General, Xu Erwen, visited Troy University this week for the first Alabama-China Education Symposium and the dedication of the new facilities housing the Confucius Institute at Troy University. She presented a lecture to students, faculty and the general public Thursday morning at the Trojan Center Theatre.

Xu pointed out 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the reopening of relations between the United States and China which she called a "win-win" situation for both nations. She also praised the State of Alabama for its willingness to trade with her nation and for its strong manufacturing base.

Read More

Troy University dedicates Confucius Institute

Posted: Thursday, 29 March 2012
Ribbon Cutting

TROY – Thursday's dedication of the Confucius Institute at Troy University will help to bridge cultural gaps and create partnerships that will bring China and the State of Alabama closer together, according to University officials and visiting Chinese dignitaries.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University, the state's only such center for cultural, language and business exchange with China, was established at the University in 2007 and was the 23rd institute in the United States. Thursday's ceremonies formally dedicated the Institute's permanent offices in Bibb Graves Hall.

"This is a big day for Troy University, our partner institution Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology and for the State of Alabama," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor. "Through the partnerships that have been and will continued to be developed through the Confucius Institute, the people of Alabama will be well served."

Read More

Author Bobbie Ann Mason presented Hall-Waters Prize by Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 29 March 2012
Bobbie Ann Mason

TROY—Acclaimed author Bobbie Ann Mason was presented the Hall-Waters Prize today by Troy University in recognition of her significant contributions to Southern literature.

The University honored Mason during a luncheon at the Troy Campus. She called the award a great honor.

"I am deeply honored to receive this prize, and touched that it was established (by Wade Hall) in honor of his parents," Mason said. "I think honoring one's parents is the worthiest reason to establish an award."

The Hall-Waters Prize is endowed by TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall.

Read More

Local students present research at sociology conference

Posted: Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Sociology Conference

DOTHAN—A group of Troy University sociology students from the Dothan Campus recently presented their research to peers at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference.

The student who presented papers were:

  • Debra Johnson, a junior from Ozark, who presented the paper "Considering Quality of Life Issues for the Elderly"
  • Susan Blue, a senior from Dothan, who presented "Trouble at Home: Exploring Dimensions of Domestic Violence"
  • Elizabeth Ali a junior from Dothan who presented "Big Mama Thornton: Crossing Race, Gender, and Class Boundaries in Alabama Blues Music"
  • Sunny Brown, a senior from St. Louis, MO, who presented ""Examining Concerns Related to Intimate Partner Violence"
  • Helen Creel-Lee, a senior, from Louisville, who presented "Institutional Racism: A Measure of Stratification"
  • The students were accompanied by Dr. Jeneve Brooks, associate professor of sociology. The conference was held Feb. 16-17 in Starkville, Miss.

Read More

TROY Davis Theatre gets marching with musical "Band Geeks!"

Posted: Tuesday, 27 March 2012

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts will present a fun-filled tribute to marching bands and misfits everywhere with a performance of the musical "Band Geeks!" on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

Presented by the TROY Department of Theatre and Dance, "Band Geeks!" follows the misadventures of the Belleview High Marching Beavers. With just a few members and dwindling funds, the band is close to extinction. When a troubled athlete is relegated to their ranks, tuba-playing band captain Elliott and his best friend Laura must find a way to unite the band, embrace their inner geek and save the Marching Beavers.

"Band Geeks!" features music by Mark Allen, Gaby Alter and Troy University alumnus Tommy Newman, and lyrics by Alter and Newman. The book is by Newman and Gordon Greenberg, who directed the original production for Goodspeed Musicals, based on a concept by Newman.

Read More

Charlotta Janssen exhibit "Threads of a Story" coming to Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 27 March 2012

MONTGOMERY—Artist Charlotta Janssen, whose paintings pay tribute to the men and women who took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Freedom Rides, will be featured in an exhibit at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting April 1.

"Threads of a Story: History Inspiring Art" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall through May 28. The exhibit features paintings that recreate the mug shots of people arrested for their participation in the Bus Boycott and Freedom Rides.

Using oil, acrylics, rust and collage, Janssen re-imagines these arrest mug shots as a tribute to those who took part in the civil rights movement. "Threads of a Story" has been displayed at exhibits in New York and at the Nashville Public Library.

Read More

Troy University and State of Alabama plays host to China-Alabama Week

Posted: Friday, 23 March 2012

TROY – The official dedication of Confucius Institute at Troy University will highlight Alabama-China Week March 28-30 on the Troy Campus.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University, the state's only such center for cultural, language and business exchange with China, was established at the University in 2007 and was the 23rd institute in the United States.

University officials, Alabama officials and Chinese dignitaries will formally dedicate the Institutes' permanent offices in Bibb Graves Hall on March 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony following an address by Consul General Xu Erwen, whose consulate in Houston, Texas, represents China in 13 states, including Alabama.

Read More

Alabama-China Week/Confucius Institute dedication March 28-30

Posted: Friday, 23 March 2012

TROY-Troy University is hosting a delegation from the People's Republic of China, the nation's consulate office in Houston, Texas, and various state officials on the Troy Campus Wednesday-Friday. Various events are taking place during this time including the official dedication ceremonies of the Confucius Institute at Troy University.

Following is a schedule of events:

Wednesday, March 28:
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Confucius Institute board meeting 115 Bibb Graves Hall
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Private reception CI Library Bibb Graves Hall
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Banquet Hall of Honor

Read More

Kennedy Center honors John M. Long with Sondheim Award

Posted: Friday, 23 March 2012
Long

TROY—The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named Dr. John M. Long, director of bands emeritus at Troy University, as one of 10 winners of the Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards.

The awards were announced on Thursday, March 22—Sondheim's birthday. Teachers were selected for their exceptional influence on students and only former students can nominate candidates for the award. Seventeen of Dr. Long's former students from Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery and Troy University submitted letters of nomination. Each recipient receives a $10,000 cash award.

"It was a real honor to get this award," Dr. Long said. "I was excited to hear about it. All I ever wanted to be was a teacher and I am humbled to receive this recognition.

Read More

TROY Symphony Band to perform at Dothan Opera House

Posted: Friday, 23 March 2012

TROY — Audiences will enjoy the wit and wisdom of literary icon Mark Twain during a one-man show coming to Troy University's campuses in Dothan, Montgomery and Troy in April.

"Mark Twain 100 Years Later" features Branson, Mo., actor Dave Ehlert as the famous humorist and author of classic novels including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." The show includes Twain's life story and features many of his famous quotes with an emphasis on the importance of literacy.

Ehlert will perform at the Montgomery Campus on Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m. inside the Rosa Parks Museum. Performances will continue on Tuesday, April 10, starting at 10 a.m. at the Troy Campus inside the Trojan Center Theater, followed by a 7 p.m. performance at the Dothan Campus inside the Sony Hall Auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.

Read More

"Mark Twain 100 Years Later" coming to TROY campuses

Posted: Thursday, 22 March 2012

TROY – The Troy University Symphony Band will present a special performance at the Dothan Opera House on Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Led by Director of Bands Mark Walker, the concert will feature TROY trumpet professor Michael Huff in a performance of James Curnow's "Concertpiece for Trumpet and Band," Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Also performed will be a setting of the music from "The Wizard of Oz" and other popular wind band compositions.

"As part of our outreach program, the Troy University bands travel to sister institutions like Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City to deliver performances to them that would otherwise be unavailable, " said Larry Blocher, director of the TROY music department. "With bands existing only on the Troy Campus, this reaching out allows the other campuses to feel connected to the University."

Read More

TROY to host open houses at Phenix City Campus, Columbus/Ft. Benning Site

Posted: Thursday, 22 March 2012

PHENIX CITY—Residents of the Chattahoochee Valley region can learn more about Troy University during open house events at the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site in April.

The Phenix City Campus Open House will be Thursday, April 5, from 1-6 p.m. EST inside Pitts Hall room 128. To RSVP or for more information call 334-448-5106

The Columbus/Ft. Benning Site Open House will be Thursday, April 12, from 1-6 p.m. EST inside Suite B16, Classroom 3. The site is located at 506 Manchester Expressway in Columbus. Call 706-660-2300 to RSVP or for more information.

Read More

TROY to host open houses at Phenix City Campus, Columbus/Ft. Benning Site

Posted: Thursday, 22 March 2012
Caitlin Sexton

TROY – Caitlin Sexton, a sophomore elementary education major from Troy, has been crowned as the winner of the 2012 Ms. Venus Pageant at Troy University.

Sexton, the daughter of Raymond and Lydia Sexton, received a crown, a $150 book scholarship and a sash, and represent the University at its Spring Alumni Reunion activities on March 31.

Open to all females who are attending a Troy University campus in Alabama, the pageant took place Wednesday with 28 contestants.

Melanie Newman, a senior broadcast journalism major from Woodstock, Ga., was first runner-up and received a $100 book scholarship. Allison Reynolds, a junior human resource management major from Auburn, was second runner-up and received a $50 book scholarship. All scholarships are sponsored by the Troy University Alumni Association

Read More

Dothan's Mary McCruter wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Thursday, 22 March 2012
Mary McCruter

TROY, Ala.—Mary McCruter, circulation supervisor at Troy University's Dothan Campus library, has received the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

McCruter, who has been a member of the University's staff since 1993, received the award March 22 during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to McCruter, who was nominated by Christopher Shaffer, director of library 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.

Read More

Choral Showcase concert highlights TROY singers

Posted: Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Showcase Concert

TROY – Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will present its annual Choral Showcase Concert on Tuesday, March 27 at First Baptist Church in Troy.

Admission to the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, and features the Collegiate Singers, Concert Choral and frequency. The concert is directed by Director of University Choirs Dr. Diane Orlofsky and Laura Aaron Mixon, a lecturer of choral music and TROY alumna.

Among the highlights of the concert will be the premier of two works, and the dedication of one piece to a long-time high school Spanish teacher.

Read More

Hall School of Journalism and Communication to recognize alumni, students with banquet

Posted: Tuesday, 20 March 2012

TROY - The Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication will honor outstanding alumni and students in an awards banquet Saturday, April 14.

"The awards banquet is a part of the rich tradition that makes up the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. It is a time that we give recognition to outstanding alumni and current students who have made their mark on the industry," said Dr. Steven Padgett the director for the Hall School of Journalism and Communication.

Tickets for the banquet, which begins at 7 p.m. with a reception at 6:30 p.m., are $25 for alumni and quests and $15 for students in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

Read More

TROY seeks to team businesses with Shaw Group

Posted: Tuesday, 20 March 2012

TROY – Troy University's Small Business Development Center and the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center will give area businesses an opportunity to discuss subcontracting with a Fort Rucker Prime Contractor.

The Subcontracting Opportunities with the Shaw Group session will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in the Harrison Room of Malone Hall on the Dothan Campus, said Judy Calin, a senior consultant at the Center.

The Shaw Group is a major federal government prime contractor providing public works and logistics services for the U.S. Army at Fort Rucker. A briefing on the subcontracting opportunities will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Read More

TROY Theatre to present musical "Band Geeks" starting March 29

Posted: Monday, 19 March 2012

TROY — Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present a fun-filled tribute to marching bands and misfits everywhere with the musical "Band Geeks!" premiering March 29 at the Troy Campus.

The story follows the misadventures of the Belleview High Marching Beavers. With just a few members and dwindling funds, the band is close to extinction. When a troubled athlete is relegated to their ranks, tuba-playing band captain Elliott and his best friend Laura must find a way to unite the band, embrace their inner geek and save the Marching Beavers.

Performances are set for the Claudia Crosby Theatre on the Troy Campus March 29, 30, and 31, at 7:30 p.m. The show goes on the road to perform at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Montgomery Campus on April 20, at 7 p.m. and at the historic Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham on May 11 and 12 at 7:30pm.

Read More

Spring Alumni Reunion set for March 31 at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 19 March 2012

TROY - A St. Patrick's Day-themed parade and an alumni luncheon are among the highlights for March 31, as Troy University celebrates its annual spring alumni reunion.

Alumni Affairs Director Faith Ward said the annual event provides alumni with the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, as well as the University.

"Spring Reunion weekend is an important event in the life of Troy University," Ward said. "We hope that all members of the TROY family will take advantage of this opportunity to reunite and reconnect with former classmates and friends, take part in the fun activities we have planned and witness first-hand the tremendous growth that is taking place on campus."

Read More

TROY earns Laureate honors for internet safety program

Posted: Monday, 19 March 2012

TROY – A Troy University initiative has gained national attention and recognition as a 2012 Honors Laureate Award recipient by Computerworld.

Through its Alabama Computer Forensics Institute and Laboratory, the University's Office of Information Technology received the award for its Cyberkids Initiative, which to date has presented an online safety program to more than 190,000 children statewide since its inception in 2006.

"It was certainly an unexpected surprise to be awarded the Laureate," said Greg Price, TROY's Chief Information Officer, who has more than 15 years of experience in internet security and cybercrime investigations. "The international award is considered one of the most prestigious awards among IT professionals and the recipients of years past include some of the most storied names in academia and humanitarian efforts."

Read More

Classical, jazz guitarist Dr. Matthew Dunne to offer free concert at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 15 March 2012

TROY - Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will present a free concert by classical and jazz guitarist Dr. Matthew Dunne at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 in Sorrell Chapel on the Troy Campus.

The concert will feature several of Dr. Dunne's original compositions for solo classical guitar.

Dr. Dunne is coordinator of the Music Marketing Area and Guitar Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and Mexico in both the classical and jazz genres, including concerto performances, chamber music concerts, solo recitals, and featured jazz performances. He received the DMA degree in guitar performance, jazz emphasis, from The University of Texas at Austin, the first guitarist to receive this degree, and the MM degree in guitar performance from Florida State University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio since 1992, and has also taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Marshall University, where he directed the guitar program and taught Jazz Studies. He is a frequent collaborator with The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, having composed music for their last three Telarc CDs, including the Grammy winning "Guitar Heroes."

Read More

Troy University's Ms. Venus pageant set for March 21

Posted: Thursday, 15 March 2012

TROY – Troy University will play host to the annual Ms. Venus pageant on March 21 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

Participation in the pageant, which will begin at 8 p.m., is open to all females who are attending a Troy University campus in Alabama.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $150 book scholarship, a crown and a sash and will represent the University at its Spring Alumni Reunion activities on March 31. The first alternate will receive a $100 book scholarship, while the second alternate will receive a $50 book scholarship. The Troy University Alumni Association sponsors the book scholarships.

Read More

Troy University to welcome prospective students March 31 for Spring Trojan Day

Posted: Thursday, 15 March 2012

TROY – Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about academic opportunities and extra-curricular activities during Troy University Spring Trojan Day on March 31.

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

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

Read More

Dr. John M. Long elected as Honorary Life Member of Bandmasters Association

Posted: Wednesday, 14 March 2012
John M.

TROY – Dr. John M. Long, director of bands emeritus at Troy University and namesake of the University's John M. Long School of Music, has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Long's selection came during the association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 29-March 4 and made him one of only two living members of the group to receive the award.

"I am humbled to receive this very high honor," Dr. Long said. "I am extremely honored to be selected as an Honorary Life member of such a prestigious organization as the American Bandmasters Association."

Dr. Long, who served as director of bands at TROY from 1965-1996, is a past president of the American Bandmasters Association and is a member of the National Band Association's Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors and the Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame. In 2010, Dr. Long was named as honorary president of the National Band Association, and last July, was the subject of a feature piece for CBS Evening News on his continued involvement as conductor of the Southeast Alabama Community Band.

Read More

Rosa Parks Museum to host Women's History Month lecture

Posted: Tuesday, 13 March 2012

MONTGOMERY—To mark Women's History Month, Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a lecture on the oral slave narratives of African American women on Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m.

The event will be held inside the museum auditorium, and admission is free and open to the public.

Presented by Dr. DoVeanna S. Fulton Minor, "Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: African American Women's Oral Slave Narratives" will address the significance of African American women's oral slave narratives and oral tradition in African American culture.

Read More

Wetumpka student elected southeastern fraternity president

Posted: Monday, 12 March 2012
Scott Hubbard

TROY – A Troy University fraternity member will lead the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference, one of four regional voluntary associations of fraternity governing councils in North America.

Scott Hubbard, a sophomore biomedical science major from Wetumpka and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, was elected at the Conference's spring meeting.

"I first heard of this position when I was a freshman here at Troy and I knew right then and there that was a goal I was going to work towards and achieve, and I feel really blessed and honored," he said. "I was so overwhelmed when they called my name out as the newly elected president and I just saw everything I had worked really hard for all flash before me and become a reality. It was the best feeling ever. I am very humbled by the opportunity to serve as SEIFC President."

Dean of Students Herbert Reeves said the election was an honor for both Hubbard and TROY.

Read More

"Legends of Motown" featuring Horizon coming to TROY Davis Theatre

Posted: Monday, 12 March 2012

MONTGOMERY—Vocal trio Horizon will bring the classic songs of Motown to Montgomery on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. with a performance at Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

"The Legends of Motown" features energetic renditions of classic songs by the likes of The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

The Detroit-based trio Horizon includes vocalists Rick Ingram, Prentiss "Smoke" Jones and Earl Vinson. The group has been featured on the "The Tonight Show" hosted by Jay Leno, in Business Week Magazine and on Fox Sports harmonizing a special Super Bowl greeting to Detroit. Horizon has shared the stage with many legendaries such as The Temptations and The Four Tops.

Read More

TROY students bring home gold and silver in advertising contest

Posted: Thursday, 08 March 2012

TROY – Troy University students and graduates have been recognized with ADDY Awards by the American Advertising Foundation Montgomery in both student and professional categories.

Design, Technology and Industry graduate Aaron Johnson won "Best of Show" and a Gold ADDY Award for his print advertising campaign "1950's Troma Today," and Melanie Boyd, of Sylacauga, also a DTI graduate, earned the Student Public Service Award and a Gold ADDY for her "Empty Bowls Campaign."

Sophomore Nolan Odom, a DTI major from Beaumont, Texas, garnered a Gold ADDY for his "Talent is Overrated" poster.

DTI graduates Emily Fennell, of Troy, and Tyler Percy, also of Troy, earned Silver ADDYs for website designs.

Read More

TROY to host free screening of documentary "Miss Representation"

Posted: Thursday, 08 March 2012

DOTHAN—In celebration of Women's History Month, Troy University will host a free screening of the documentary "Miss Representation" on Tuesday, March 27, at the Dothan Campus.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how the mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. It was an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network in October.

Read More

Troy University students combat college-age binge drinking across Alabama

Posted: Wednesday, 07 March 2012

Troy—For years, various groups and organizations have tried to positively influence the national problem of college-age binge drinking. However, it may take LessThanUThink to reach students on the issue, according to some Troy University students.

A group of students have been implementing an award-winning campaign statewide since January.

The award-winning campaign, LessThanUThink, is student-generated and addresses the national problem of college-age binge drinking. It is funded through grants from The Century Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible decision-making regarding the consumption of alcohol, and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association on behalf of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Read More

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

Posted: Wednesday, 07 March 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will present the fourth annual conference for parents and teachers of young, high-ability students on Saturday, March 31, at the Dothan Campus.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Michelin Room in the Library/Technology Building. This year's theme is advanced literacy.

The free event is sponsored by the College of Education and is aimed at helping parents and teachers better meet the needs of high-ability students in kindergarten through second grade.

"Typically, students are not identified and served in gifted programs until third grade. Therefore, we want to provide parents and classroom teachers with techniques that can enrich the curriculum for K-2 students prior to enrollment in a gifted program," said Dr. Victoria Morin, Professor of Special Education and Gifted Education.

Read More

TROY English professor completes book on Roman philosopher

Posted: Tuesday, 06 March 2012

TROY—Troy University English professor Harold Kaylor has completed his work on a volume that examines the writing of the sixth-century Roman philosopher Boethius and the work is scheduled for publication this month by Brill, a leading academic publishing house in the Netherlands.

The work "A Companion to Boethius in the Middle Ages," contains essays by 15 Boethian scholars, including Dr. Kaylor. Dr. Philip Edward Phillips of Middle Tennessee State University served as co-editor with Dr. Kaylor.

Boethius is best known for his "Consolation of Philosophy" and for his attempt to translate the works of Aristotle and Plato from the original Greek into Latin.

Read More

Troy University Pied Pipers to perform at festival in Tennessee

Posted: Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Pied Pipers

TROY - The members of the Troy University Pied Pipers, a popular theater-for-youth performing ensemble sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance, will perform Thursday, March 8, in Chattanooga, Tenn., through a selection and invitation process in the Theatre-for-Youth Festival at the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the largest theatre conference in the United States.

"The performance will be a colorful, fast-paced, acrobatic, humorous, and visually engaging telling of some well-known children's stories," said Dr. David Dye, Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theatre and the group's founder and creative director. "The beauty of performing for children in grades K-3, our target audience, is that the children get to be involved in the performance. They become willing partners in the performance as they get to help save the day when a villain is about to do some terrible deed. A Pied Pipers' performance also helps expose young audiences to how the magic of theater can transform a written text into a performance the children could never have imagined, and all without scenery, props, or character costumes. The squeals of delight from the children when the big bad wolf chases the pigs, is worth all the time and discipline that goes into perfecting the 50-minute performance."

The Pied Pipers cast was selected through audition in August and toured schools in the Columbus, Ga., area during the fall semester. They prepared for the SETC showcase through an adjudicated performance with Ms. Rachel Briley, director of the MFA theatre-for-youth program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Ms. Tonya Hays, performing arts director for the Wings Discovery Center in Gulfport, Miss.

Read More

TROY professor reveals tornado impact research in new book

Posted: Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Dr. Dan Sutter

TROY - Just in time for tornado season, Troy University economics professor Dan Sutter will release his latest book on tornado analysis.

"Deadly Season: Analysis of the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks," set to publish late this month, takes a deeper look on the reasons behind death tolls during 2011's particularly devastating tornado season. More than 1,200 tornadoes touched down and more than 500 people died, the highest death toll since 1953.

Sutter, a Charles G. Koch professor of economics in the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, along with Kevin Simmons, Corrigan Chair of Economics at Austin College, had just published the "Economic and Society Impacts of Tornadoes" a month before 2011's most destructive tornados hit.

"I wondered if we had written a book that was already out of date," Sutter said. His answer: Not dramatically.

"Deadly Season" studies how extreme weather and societal vulnerability contribute to death rates in tornadoes and also looks to recognize patterns in the effectiveness of Doppler radar and storm warning systems.

Read More

TROY economic development center works with Opp

Posted: Tuesday, 06 March 2012

OPP – Troy University's Center for International Business and Economic Development is part of a community effort in Opp that will pave the way for future economic growth and set a standard for small cities when it comes to strategic planning.

The Center is partnering with the City of Opp, PowerSouth, Covington Electric Cooperative, the Covington County Economic Development Commission, and the Janus Institute to develop the city's first 10-year strategic plan in an effort spearheaded by local business people.

The membership of the Opp Economic Development Committee consists of business people and no elected officials – although the committee's chair, Southern Independent Bank senior vice president Brett Ballard, city officials have been supportive of its efforts.

"We want it to be a committee that will stand the test of time regardless of changes in elected officials," Ballard said. "With that said, Mayor H.D. Edgar has been involved with this since the very beginning and has been instrumental in us putting it together."

Read More

Author Bobbie Ann Mason to receive Hall-Waters Prize from Troy University

Posted: Monday, 05 March 2012
Bobbie Ann Mason

MONTGOMERY — Influential Southern novelist Bobbie Ann Mason has been named the latest recipient of the Hall-Waters Prize presented by Troy University.

Mason will be honored by TROY during events at the Montgomery and Troy campuses March 28-29.

The Hall-Waters Prize is endowed by TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past recipients include Shirley Ann Grau, Rick Bragg, Sena Jeter Naslund and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

On Wednesday, March 28, Mason will read from her latest novel, "The Girl in the Blue Beret," at the Montgomery Campus inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Alabama Writers' Forum. Books will be available for signing.

Read More

TROY Tornado expert available for interview

Posted: Monday, 05 March 2012

Dr. Daniel Sutter, a member of the faculty at the Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University is available for news media interview on the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck the Midwest and the Southeast this past weekend.

Dr. Sutter is the co-author with Kevin M. Simmons of "Deadly Season: Analysis of the 2011 Tornado Outbreaks" to be published this month by the American Meteorological Society. Sutter and Simmons are authors of "Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes."

In the course of their study the authors identify patterns and anomalies and reconsider previous assertions about the effectiveness of the Doppler radar and storm warning systems. Their conclusions, as well their assessment of early recovery efforts, are aimed at helping community leaders and policymakers keep vulnerable populations safer in the future.

Read More

TROY Library continues Civil War series

Posted: Friday, 02 March 2012
Bob McLendon

TROY – Troy University Library continues its Civil War series Monday, March. 5 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.

"Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" is 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. Dr. David Carlson, assistant professor of history at TROY, will lead discussions and moderate each session. The first session was Jan. 23.

Monday's session, "Making Sense of Shiloh," will include discussion of selections from the anthology "America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries."

According to Social Science Librarian John Phil McLaney, Jr., who's helping coordinate the series, the specific readings will include selections written by Ambrose Bierce, Ulysses Grant, Shelby Foote, Bobbie Ann Mason and Confederate General Braxton Bragg's May 3, 1862 speech to the Army of the Mississippi.

Read More

TROY geomatics students earn top national spot

Posted: Friday, 02 March 2012
Geomatics

TROY – A team of three Troy University geomatics students became the first to win a national prize in back-to-back years at the 11th Annual NSPS Student Competition.

Hosted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors, this year's competition among eight universities with baccalaureate degree programs in surveying, surveying engineering technology or surveying engineering, was centered on a four-month project about "Surveying Applications in Geographic Information Systems."

The team had to prepare a 30-page paper, a map and give a 25-minute presentation at the Professional Land Surveyors of Oregon conference, held earlier this month. Their project was titled "Alabama Public Land Survey Data Management and Retrieval System." The final product of the project is a Web-based GIS application that can be used for managing and searching public land corners and survey control points. The functionality of the application allows users to view, analyze, manipulate and evaluate survey data. It was created as a prototype system for the surveyors in the state of Alabama to adopt it as a basis for corner record management and will ultimately include it as a part of their regular work activities, said Dr. Jim Rinehart, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Read More

State TRIO celebration planned for March 3 at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 01 March 2012

TROY—The Troy University TRIO programs and the Alabama Association of Educational Opportunity Program personnel will be playing host to the 2012 State TRIO Day Celebration in Sartain Hall on the TROY campus Saturday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Begun in 1964 as the first national college programs of their kind, the TRIO programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. These programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance and other services that ensure success in college. TRIO programs also provide direct support services for students and relevant training for directors and staff.

"TRIO Day focuses the state's and nation's attention on the needs of deserving young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, said Mary Griffin, chair of the 2012 TRIO Day Committee. "It also focuses the nation's attention on making the necessary investment if our students are to become contributing citizens of the country. This essential talent pool will be wasted if the investment is not made. Thus, recognizing the impact of TRIO programs in students' lives, Congress passed in 1986 a congressional resolution proclaiming a National TRIO Day."

Read More

TROY economic development center helps Ozark and Dale County formulate strategy

Posted: Thursday, 01 March 2012

TROY – Troy University's Center for International Business and Economic Development has helped the City of Ozark and Dale County to fine-tune an approach to job creation and investment in the county.

Under the auspices of the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp., the Center developed a three-year strategy aimed at growth of existing businesses and industries, recruiting new businesses to the area and expanding the aviation and aerospace sectors in the county.

"Both public and private sector leaders in Dale County recognized the need to enhance their economic development efforts, and we're pleased to be able to partner with ODECD to lend our expertise in developing these initiatives for the benefit of Dale County," said Wiley Blankenship, Director of the University's Center of International Business and Economic Development.

Read More

Middle School students take part in Model United Nations at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 01 March 2012
United Nations Assembly

TROY - Nearly 200 middle school students from southeast Alabama schools are tackling global issues and gaining insight into other cultures as they take part in the Southeast Alabama Model United Nations Assembly at Troy University today and Friday.

During the two-day event, which is sponsored by the Wiregrass Writing Project and the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University, 31 delegations from Brewton City, Coffee County, Dothan City, Ozark City and Troy City school systems will dress in costumes native to the country they represent and meet together to debate issues and pass resolutions.

"This event provides students with a new awareness of the world and international affairs," said Terry White, program development specialist for the Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center at Troy University. "Model United Nations can help students build self confidence and provides them an opportunity to learn by doing."

In addition to committee meetings and general assemblies, during which resolutions developed by delegations are presented and debated, the first day of the event featured a World Hunger Meal, during which students viewed a presentation on the issue of global hunger and had a meal of bread and water.

Read More