Concentration camp survivor reminds students of Nazi war horrors

Posted: Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Anne Rosenheck

TROY — Ann Rosenheck was a school girl in Czechoslovakia until 1944. That was the year she lost most of her friends. “They just disappeared,” she told Troy University students Tuesday during an hour-long lecture as part of the University’s “Year of Holocaust Remembrance.” Born in Rachov, Czechoslovakia, a small town nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, Rosenheck was only 13 years old when the Nazis occupied her town. She and her family were first sent to the Jewish ghetto, then to Auschwitz concentration camp where she was separated from her family during the “selection” process. After four months there, she was sent to Germany to work in an ammunition factory in Dachau. She was liberated in April 1945, and arrived in the United States in 1948.

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Troy Rotary Club recognizes international students, has peace conference

Posted: Thursday, 25 October 2012

TROY — Troy University international students were treated to a luncheon by the Troy Rotary Club as part of its peace forum initiative. The Troy Campus is home to almost 900 international students from 66 countries, in addition to serving students in nine countries outside the United States and across every time zone in the world via its eTROY online portal. The Troy Rotary Club, acting on a mandate by its Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, organized its annual international student luncheon around the theme of “Peace through Service.” “Troy Rotary Club has been instrumental in helping build and shape our international program,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor and Rotarian. “When I came in 1989, we had 40 international students. Through the years since, the Rotary Club has partnered with us on a Pace Hall renovation and provided a very significant $125,000 in funding.

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Holocaust survivors to speak at Troy University Montgomery Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 17 October 2012

MONTGOMERY—Holocaust survivors Aisic and Riva Hirsch of Birmingham will share their stories during a free lecture at Troy University on Thursday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with the exhibit “Darkness Into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art,” currently on display at the Montgomery Campus.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. inside the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Aisic and Riva are among the Holocaust survivors whose stories are featured in the “Darkness Into Life” exhibit, which features paintings, photographs and narratives detailing the stories of 20 survivors now living in Alabama.

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Tuscaloosa student claims title of Miss Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 17 October 2012

TROY - Caitlin Crowe, a junior broadcast journalism major from Tuscaloosa, claimed the Miss Troy University title Saturday during the 42nd annual pageant at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

A graduate of American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Crowe is the daughter of Greg and Patti Crowe. She sang “Almost Like Being in Love” during the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is “Royal Family Kids Camp,” the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children, ages 6 to 12.

“Royal Family Kids is a great program that provides opportunities for abused or neglected children thanks to a network of local churches throughout the country,” Crowe said. “I began working with the program four years ago when my church, Valley View Baptist in Tuscaloosa, started a camp. I saw the difference it made in the lives of those children and I couldn’t wait to work with them again the following year.”

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Troy University Band Day drawing more than 2,500 high school band members

Posted: Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TROY – More than 2,500 middle school and high school band members representing 28 bands will perform alongside the Sound of the South Marching Band during Troy University’s Band Day on Oct. 20.

The bands will join the Sound of the South in a special halftime performance during TROY’s home game against Florida International University. Kickoff for the game is set for noon. For tickets, call 1-877-878-9467

The annual event, which began in 1998, provides high school band students the opportunity to experience performing at the collegiate level.

“This is a very important even for us, as it brings a large number of students to our campus, who otherwise may not have the opportunity to visit,” said Dr. Adam Blackstock, TROY’s assistant director of bands and assistant professor in the John M. Long School of Music. “This is an invaluable recruiting tool that has been in place for many years and it as a large impact on the university and surrounding community.”

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Troy University's fall preview day set for Oct. 20

Posted: Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TROY – Troy University’s annual fall preview day on Oct. 20 offers an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors and their parents to catch a glimpse of college life.

The event will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a browse session on the Bibb Graves Quad. Parents and potential students will be able to explore the many student organizations and academic departments represented. Then from 9-11:30 a.m., there will be two presentations by the Admissions Office and campus tour sessions. Activities will conclude at 11:30 a.m. so that participants can attend the Trojans’ football game against Florida International. Kickoff for the game is set for noon.

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Alabama Arise representatives to address Troy University students Oct. 15

Posted: Friday, 12 October 2012

TROY – Troy University students will have the opportunity to discuss the fairness of Alabama’s tax policies with representatives from Alabama Arise during the University’s seventh Civic Engagement Series event on Oct. 15.

Three representatives from Alabama Arise, Kimble Forrister, Pres Harris and Rebecca Jackson, will present their organization’s work in combating the inequality of Alabama’s tax policies and Constitution and the burden those policies place on low-income residents. The event will take place in Patterson Hall room 101 at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and include a discussion time after the main presentation.

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Troy University's Merit Badge University set for Oct. 27

Posted: Thursday, 11 October 2012

TROY – Boy Scouts from around the state and region will get a chance to sample the college environment during Troy University’s Merit Badge University on Oct. 27.

In its third year, MBU will bring together about 300 Scouts and their leaders to concentrate on a day of completing a merit badge. Most of the 25 badges offered at TROY are taught by faculty members or professional staff at the University, or instructed by experts in the field.

The last two events have drawn Scouts from across Alabama, as well as those from Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

“This is an opportunity for TROY to showcase itself not only to the Scouts in southeast Alabama, but to any Scouts who wish to come,” said Herb Reeves, Dean of Student Services, who helps coordinate the event. “Our University is pleased to partner with the Alabama Florida Council to introduce a ‘world of opportunities’ to Scouts.”

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Troy University Public Radio fall fund drive set to begin

Posted: Thursday, 11 October 2012

TROY – Troy University Public Radio will hold its Fall Fund Drive October 12-19 with an on-air goal of raising $20,000 to support the programming offered by the network.

The network's overall goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of the year.

The network, which provides coverage in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, is bolstered this year with a new transmitter providing a stronger digital signal for its HD listeners in the Auburn and Greenville areas, as well as suburban north Montgomery. A new tower in Dothan will provide enhanced services for listeners in the Wiregrass, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.

"Our Fall Fund Drive is held to acquire new friends of Troy University Public Radio and acknowledge their tax-deductible financial support," said Buddy Johnson, director of Troy University's Broadcast and Digital Network. "As a non-commercial, non-profit entity, Troy University Public Radio depends on contributions from our listeners, businesses and organizational friends to help meet the ever rising costs of programming."

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TROY Continuing Education Center offering attorney, nursing courses

Posted: Thursday, 11 October 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University’s Continuing Education Center will offer professional development courses for attorneys and nurses this month at the Dothan Campus.

Part one of the Alabama Law Update series, the annual CLE courses for attorneys, will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part two will be held on Friday, Dec 7.

Topics covered will include the state’s legal position on gambling, immigration issues, torts, legislative updates and more. Highly qualified professionals in the legal field will present all topics.

Each update includes ethics as required by the state. The pre-registration fee is $185; the fee for walk-ins is $225.

The Center will also offer a seminar for nurses, “Drug-Resistant Infections and Their Management,” on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. The course will provide one hour of nursing credit.

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Troy University to host open house at the Montgomery Campus on Nov. 1

Posted: Tuesday, 09 October 2012

MONTGOMERY—Prospective students can learn more about Troy University during an open house event at the Montgomery Campus on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts located at 251 Montgomery Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

The evening will include a welcome from TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. Participants will be able to take part in breakout sessions to learn more about academic programs and services offered at the Montgomery Campus.

Applications for admission will be available, and all application fees will be waived for any first-time applications submitted during the open house. The event will also feature refreshments and door prizes.

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Troy University institute offers economic development courses for southeast region

Posted: Tuesday, 09 October 2012

MONTGOMERY – Troy University will work to strengthen economic development efforts in communities throughout the southeast by offering professional training to economic developers and community members via a new institute at the Montgomery Campus.

University officials today announced that TROY’s Center for International Business and Economic Development will host the Southeast Community Development Institute at its Montgomery Campus office. The new institute will be one of only five locations in the United States offering the Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification.

Under the auspices of the Community Development Council, TROY’s Southeast CDI will offer three one-week sessions each year that cover various aspects of community and economic development and that lead to the professional certification. The first class is scheduled for April 2013, and the CDI will primarily serve the states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

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Miss Troy University Pageant set for Oct. 13

Posted: Tuesday, 09 October 2012

TROY- Twelve Troy University students will compete for the title of Miss Troy University on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The 42nd annual pageant will be held at 3 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The theme for this year's pageant is "Ever Ever After." Adult admission is $10 and student admission is $5.

The winner will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama next June. Contestants are judged on a private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

Contestants in this year's pageant are:
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Internationally known performer, clinician to work with Troy University's vocal jazz ensemble

Posted: Monday, 08 October 2012

TROY – Vocal jazz performer and clinician Christine Guter will conduct a three-day vocal jazz clinic for students in Troy University’s ensemble, frequency, Oct. 14-16.

Guter’s visit marks the second time members of the vocal jazz ensemble have received instruction from an internationally renowned performer. In 2010 and 2011, vocalist and composer Greg Jasperse worked with the ensemble on several occasions leading to the choir’s first album, “Fields of Gold: The Music of Greg Jasperse.” “Working with Christine will be a tremendous learning experience for all of the student members,” said Diane Orlofsky, director of university choirs. “She is a trifecta of talent – gifted in signing, in pedagogy and in leading an outstanding vocal jazz ensemble. We will all learn so much. “

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TROY theatre faculty member selected to receive Cole Porter Award

Posted: Monday, 08 October 2012

TROY - Troy University lecturer and alumnus Tommy Newman has been selected to receive the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation’s Cole Porter Award.

Established in 2009 with a gift from the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Trusts, the award is presented annually to an ASCAP or unaffiliated member who writes music and lyrics, whose work shows promise, and who has participated in an ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop.

Noted composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose four-decade career includes musical theatre work including “Godspell,” “Pippin,” “The Baker’s Wife” and “Wicked,” will present the award to Newman during the 17th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards at the Lincoln Center in December.

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Author Rupert Fike to present readings at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 08 October 2012

MONTGOMERY—Poet and author Rupert Fike of Atlanta, Ga., will read and discuss selections of his work during a pair of public readings at Troy University’s campuses in Montgomery and Troy on Oct. 17 and 18.

Fike will speak at the Montgomery Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium.

He will speak at the Troy Campus on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. inside Hawkins Hall, Room 122.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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Sound of the South honors military with "Salute to Armed Forces Day

Posted: Friday, 05 October 2012

TROY – For more than a decade, Troy University’s Sound of the South Marching Band has been honoring the nation’s veterans, active duty, reserve and National Guard personnel each football season with a special “Salute to Armed Forces Day” halftime show.

This year’s celebration on Nov. 10, when the Trojans host the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy, highlights each service branch and focuses the spotlight on the U.S. Marine Corps, which will celebrate its 237th birthday.

“First, it’s the right thing to do,” said Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands at TROY. “The men and women of the military are giving us the ability to enjoy our freedom at home and we should recognize their service and loyalty to our country.” That service reaches into the band itself, which currently counts about a half-dozen members of the armed services among the band’s roster. More members than that have close family connections to the military.

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Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck returns to TROY for lecture series

Posted: Wednesday, 03 October 2012

TROY — Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck will share her experiences during a series of lectures at Troy University’s campuses in Troy and Dothan during October as part of the University’s Year of Holocaust Remembrance.

Rosenheck, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Dachau, will speak at TROY’s Dothan Campus on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building.

She will speak at the Troy Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. inside the Claudia Crosby Theater.

Both events are free and open to the public. Public parking for the Troy Campus lecture will be available in the north stadium lot on George Wallace Drive with shuttle service to the Theatre.

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Symphony Band kicks off new season Oct. 9

Posted: Tuesday, 02 October 2012

TROY – The Troy University Symphony Band presents its first concert of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Claudia Crosby Theater. The free concert will feature several masterworks of wind band repertoire including Paul Hindemith’s monumental “Symphony in Bb,” Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry” and a seldom-heard work by John Philip Sousa entitled “By the Light of the Polar Star,” among others.

“Our students in the Symphony Band gain valuable performing experience in a formal concert setting and they have the opportunity to perform significant music for enthusiastic audiences,” said Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands at TROY.

Walker said the John M. Long School of Music and the College of Communication and Fine Arts provide the free concerts as both public service and outreach. “These concerts are an important part of the educational efforts of the University. They provide a learning platform for our students to gain experience they will use in their future careers in education or industry, and they provide the community an enjoyable evening of entertainment,” he said.

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Donna Holley wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Monday, 01 October 2012

TROY, Ala.—Donna M. Holley, accountant analyst in the treasury services office at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Holley, who has been a member of the University’s staff since 1979 and employed with treasury services since 1995, received the award Sept. 26 during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Holley, who was nominated by Kay Dobbs, director of cash management at the Montgomery Campus.

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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Troy University's SAVE Project to host Domestic Violence Awareness Month events

Posted: Monday, 01 October 2012

TROY – Troy University’s Sexual Assault and Violence Education (S.A.V.E.) Project hopes to spread awareness about domestic violence through two events in October as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, free purple silicone bracelets will be handed out on campus to students, faculty and staff. Purple is the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and everyone who picks up a bracelet is asked to wear it throughout the month of October to help spread awareness.

The other event, “The Clothesline Project”, set for Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Bibb Graves Quad, will allow the campus community to recognize those who have been affected by domestic violence by decorating a t-shirt in their honor. Those t-shirts will then be hung on a clothesline to serve as a visual reminder and a way to promote healing. T-shirts and decorating supplies will be provided.

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