Media Advisory: Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month

Posted: Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month

Feb. 1-2, Troy Campus: The Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month will take place in the Trojan Center Friday evening and Saturday. All sessions are open and available for coverage. Please see the conference agenda below.

Please contact Clif Lusk or Andy Ellis to confirm your organization’s coverage of these events.

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Troy University Sport and Fitness Management students gain Super Bowl experience

Posted: Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Super Bowl

TROY – While there may not be any Troy University Trojans on the field in this year’s Super Bowl, several Sport and Fitness Management students will participate in activities surrounding the event.

Seventeen members of the University’s Sport Management Club will be volunteering in New Orleans Jan. 31 – Feb. 4, working two major events and participating in community service projects, said Dr. Michael Martinez, an assistant professor of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

“One of the foundations of our Sport and Fitness Management program is to prepare our students for success in their future careers with practical, service learning experiences,” said Dr. Martinez. “This trip to the Super Bowl is one such opportunity where our students can take part in the overall experience. There’s more to the sport industry than just the games on the field, and our students will be able to say that they were a part of the biggest stage in sports.”

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Troy University and The U.S. Postal Service launch Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday celebration with historic stamp unveiling

Posted: Wednesday, 30 January 2013

MONTGOMERY — U.S. Postal Service officials will unveil a new historic Forever Stamp honoring civil rights leader Rosa Parks at the site of her famous arrest during a 100th birthday celebration for Ms. Parks on Monday, Feb. 4, hosted by Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum in historic downtown Montgomery, Alabama.

The event in Montgomery will be held in conjunction with two additional events on the same day in Michigan. The Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn will join the Montgomery Rosa Parks Museum in celebrating the unveiling of the commemorative stamp on this historic occasion.

The three events are expected to draw stamp collectors, admirers and civil rights leaders from all over the country.

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Alumnus Bonner named Partner of Adams and Reese law firm

Posted: Monday, 28 January 2013
Britton Bonner

TROY - Troy University alumnus Britton Bonner has been elected Partner by the law firm of Adams and Reese.

The 1996 TROY graduate first joined Adams and Reese as a law clerk in 1999 and now serves as Partner in Charge in the Mobile Office. His practice focuses on business growth and economic development, encompassing a wide range of practice matters, including governmental relations, public finance and incentives, construction disputes, real estate transactions, contractual disputes, commercial condominium and residential development issues, municipal and regulatory compliance, and other general business matters.

Bonner was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine in the areas of Business and Corporate Law, Governmental Relations and Real Estate. He has also been rated as "Preeminent" by the Martindale-Hubbell Client Review System.

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Former Ambassador, Middle East policy expert Dunford to lecture at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 28 January 2013
David Dunford

TROY - David Dunford, former U.S. Ambassador to Oman and an expert in Middle East policy, will visit Troy University this week as a part of the University's Ambassador-in-Residence program.

Dunford is the fifth Ambassador-in-Residence fellow hosted by the University's Department of Political Science through the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program. The program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. TROY's Ambassador-in-Residence program is supported by the Wallace D. Malone Fund.

Dunford's intensive five-day visit will begins today and includes meetings and lectures on the Troy, Montgomery and Dothan campuses. He will lecture to and meet with students and faculty informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge of Middle East political, economic and social development.

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Rosa Parks Museum to host 100th Birthday Celebration for Rosa Parks

Posted: Thursday, 24 January 2013

MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Rosa Parks' 100th birthday on Monday, Feb. 4, with an evening of art, poetry, and an official unveiling of the new Parks commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service.

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

The evening's events will include:

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Paperclips Project teacher challenges Troy University students to consider their legacy

Posted: Tuesday, 22 January 2013

TROY - Troy University students on Tuesday were challenged to consider their own legacy by the teacher who leads an after-school program at a Tennessee middle school that gained national attention for its lasting tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

Sandra Roberts, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Whitwell (Tenn.) Middle School, was on the Troy Campus on Tuesday to discuss “The Paperclip Project,” which began in 1998 as an after-school study program to examine the Holocaust. Roberts delivered lectures to area middle school students during the morning and to TROY students, faculty and staff on Tuesday afternoon. A public lecture was scheduled for the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy Tuesday night.

“You are the future leaders of this community, your home communities or other communities around our country,” Roberts told the audience gathered in the Trojan Center Theatre. “What will your legacy be? What will people say that you champion? What is it that you are passionate about? In your lifetime, we will lose the last Holocaust survivor. What happens then? Will there stories be lost or will we remember and choose to honor their legacies through our own lives?”

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Author Jeanne Theoharis to discuss new book at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 22 January 2013

MONTGOMERY-Author Jeanne Theoharis will read from and discuss her new book, "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks," during an appearance at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m.

Theoharis, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, will speak inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" examines Parks’ six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

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Carmike Cinemas CEO encourages TROY graduates to pursue success

Posted: Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Carmike Cinemas CEO

COLUMBUS, Ga.—The CEO of Carmike Cinemas, S. David Passman III, told Troy University graduates Friday night that people from all walks of life can achieve success through persistence and hard work.

Passman delivered the keynote address during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Columbus Civic Center. About 100 students were presented undergraduate and graduate degrees during the event.

Passman, reflecting on his own struggles working his way through college, told graduates that no matter what obstacles they faced on the way to earning a degree, great things are possible.

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Renowned speakers will highlight the 2013 Leadership Conference

Posted: Friday, 18 January 2013

TROY – Two renowned keynote speakers will highlight the Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month at Troy University Feb. 1-2.

Hosted by the University and City of Troy, the annual conference provides information to enhance the quality of leadership and civic participation of community leaders, area residents and university students.

“We are excited about the prospects offered by the 12th annual conference,” said conference chair Wanda H. Moultry. “It is a wonderful opportunity for participants to focus their thoughts on making a difference in their own community, and for student participants to hear role models challenge them to become leaders in their own communities.”

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Annual Southeastern U.S. Honor Choir set for Jan. 18-19 at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 17 January 2013

TROY - Troy University will play host to the sixth annual Southeastern United States Honor Choir Jan. 18-19 on the Troy Campus.

Nearly 200 high school vocalists from Alabama, Georgia and Florida will take part in the event, receiving direction from guest clinician/conductor Dr. Gary Packwood. Participants will present a closing concert at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Packwood is director of choral activities at Mississippi State University. His duties include conducting all choral ensembles and administering the choral activities area. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Packwood served as associate professor and associate director of choral activities and head of music education at the University of Montevallo from 2003-2011, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music, music education and conducted the Chamber Singers and University Chorus.

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Paperclips Project teacher to lecture at Troy University as part of Holocaust Year of Remembrance

Posted: Thursday, 17 January 2013

TROY - A project designed to stress the importance of tolerance and respect for different cultures at a Tennessee middle school will be the topic of a series of lectures at Troy University Jan. 22-24 as a part of the University’s “Year of Holocaust Remembrance” activities.

Sandra Roberts, the eighth-grade language arts at Whitwell (Tenn.) Middle School, will discuss “The Paperclip Project,” which began in 1998 as an after-school study program to examine the Holocaust, during lectures at the Troy, Dothan and Montgomery campuses.

The lectures are co-sponsored by Troy University, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, One Clip at a Time, the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, Temple Emanu-El in Dothan and Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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Rosa Parks Museum to host Mobile Studio art event downtown on Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 17 January 2013

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will host a public art project in downtown Montgomery on Saturday, Jan. 19, that will bring to life the “wishes” of local students.

The museum will host a Mobile Studio event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Court Square where artist Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum, and Jocelyn Zanzot, co-director of the Mobile Studio and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, will lead students and members of the public in the creation of silkscreen posters inspired by “birthday wishes” for Parks’ upcoming 100th birthday.

Admission to the event is free and members of the public are invited to observe and take part in the creation of the posters, which will be displayed as part of the museum’s 100th Birthday Celebration for Rosa Parks on Feb. 4.

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Troy University Confucius Institute named Confucius Institute of the Year

Posted: Thursday, 17 January 2013

BEIJING – The Confucius Institute at Troy University has been named one of six Confucius Institutes of the Year in the United States.

TROY’s Confucius Institute is the state’s only such institute with a statewide mission of providing the people of Alabama with knowledge of China that will serve business, educational, cultural, and public interests.

The award, presented by Liu Yangdon, State Councilor of the Peoples Republic of China and Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban at the 7th World Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing, recognizes extraordinary efforts by Confucius Institutes and their host universities to spreading Chinese language, culture, art and history. Troy University’s Confucius Institute is one of 400 institutes worldwide in addition to some 500 Confucius Classrooms.

“When we held the ceremony in 2007 in Beijing establishing the Confucius Institute at Troy University, we proclaimed our goal to become the best Confucius Institute in the world. This award takes us a step closer to that goal,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “This award reflects the outstanding work of many on our staff, but it also reflects our commitment to being Alabama’s international university. Troy University must be international if it’s to realize its full potential.”

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TROY cuts ribbon on Malone Hall expansion at Dothan Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Ribbon Cutting

DOTHAN—Troy University officials and community leaders dedicated a major renovation of Wallace D. Malone Jr. Hall on the Dothan Campus during a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The $1.2 million project to add classrooms, lab and office space converted the building’s third floor attic into a new home for the campus’ College of Health and Human Services degree programs, including nursing, social work and human services. The completed project adds about 8,100 square-feet of space to the building.

“The expansion of Malone Hall will allow the College of Health and Human Services to amplify its presence in the Wiregrass region, and our faculty and staff look forward to the enhanced opportunity to serve students in these high demand disciplines,” said Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

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TROY to showcase dance program with Davis Theatre performance

Posted: Monday, 14 January 2013

MONTGOMERY—Troy University will celebrate the first year of its new dance undergraduate program with a showcase performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 25, at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

“TROY Dances at the Davis” will feature students enrolled in the new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance program along with members of the TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble, dance minors, theatre majors and others, in a contemporary dance concert exploring the themes of youth in various times, places and stages of their lives.

Under the direction of dance faculty member Elie Lazar, the event will feature two dance works, “Apartment” and “Hearts Beating,” an original dance work created by Lazar for TROY’s theatre and dance students. “Hearts Beating” features exciting and passionate nuevo flamencos music and live renditions of such familiar songs as, “You Don’t Know Me,” “Save the Last Dance,” and “You and I.”

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National Book Award-winner Nikky Finney to speak at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 11 January 2013
Nikky Finney

MONTGOMERY—Nationally renowned poet Nikky Finney will read and discuss her work during an appearance at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Winner of the National Book Award for poetry in 2011 for her fourth book of poetry, “Head Off & Split,” Finney will read and discuss selections from that work, including “Red Velvet,” her poem about Rosa Parks.

The event starts at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

In addition to her reading, Finney will lead a workshop for high school creative writing students from 1-3 p.m. at Booker T. Washington Magnet High in Montgomery, also on Feb. 5.

Finney will also present a reading of “Red Velvet” on Monday, Feb. 4, during the museum’s celebration of Rosa Parks’ 100th Birthday. The event will be held at 6 p.m. inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall on the Troy University Montgomery Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Carmike Cinemas CEO to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Friday, 11 January 2013

PHENIX CITY—S. David Passman III, president and CEO of Carmike Cinemas, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning site on Friday, Jan. 18.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Civic Center, with approximately 100 students set to receive graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Passman has served as the head of Carmike Cinemas since June 2009. He is also currently the chairman for the National Association of Theatre Owners. Before coming to Carmike, Passman served as President and CEO of IBS-STL, Inc., a book publishing and distribution company, from June 2005 until January 2009.

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Artist Amos Kennedy donates works to Rosa Parks Museum for exhibit, sale

Posted: Friday, 11 January 2013
Amos Kennedy

MONTGOMERY—Noted printmaker Amos Kennedy has donated an entire series of his art based upon the life and wisdom of Rosa Parks to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in honor of Parks' upcoming 100th birthday.

The exhibit consists of posters that display powerful quotes by Parks from throughout her life. The posters will be on display inside the Museum’s exhibit hall from Jan. 14 to Feb. 28. Prints of the posters will also be offered for sale in the museum shop, with all proceeds going to support the ongoing mission of the Rosa Parks Museum. Rosa Parks' 100th birthday is on Feb. 4.

The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. With phrases ranging from "I was just trying to let them know how I felt about being treated as a Human Being," to "All I was doing was trying to get home from work," to the simple and poignant word "NO," the posters bring to life the words of Parks in a unique and compelling way, said Daniel Neil, museum curator.

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Free market author and columnist to speak at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 11 January 2013

TROY – Economist, author and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Steve Moore will speak at Troy University at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Trojan Center Theater.

Hosted by the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy and the Sorrell College of Business, Moore’s speech will focus on “The Comeback of Capitalism,” said Center director Dr. Scott Beaulier.

“Steve Moore is known for advocating free-market policies and supply-side economics,” Dr. Beaulier said. “His insights will provide our students with an outstanding viewpoint of the state of capitalism.”

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Troy University honors memory of the Holocaust

Posted: Wednesday, 09 January 2013

TROY – Troy University’s Malone Gallery will kick off a remembrance of the Holocaust with the opening of an exhibit entitled “Parallel Journeys: Stories of Teenagers and the Holocaust.” Opening Friday in the Malone Gallery, the exhibit, on loan from the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, tells the stories of teenagers and young adults who were witnesses, participants and, often, victims of World War II and the Holocaust, said Greg Skaggs, an associate professor of art who is coordinating the exhibit. “Unfortunately, discrimination and injustice continue through the persistence of prejudice and bigotry, but we do have an opportunity to learn from history. We have an opportunity to stop being bystanders or perpetrators and, instead, become rescuers,” he said.

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