Barron earns International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals certification

Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2013
Dave Barron

TROY – The International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals has recognized Dave Barron, Associate Vice Chancellor for Military Affairs at Troy University, for earning the Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional (CRCMP) certification.

Barron also holds the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE).

According to the President of the International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals (IARCP) George Lekatis, “The CRCMP is a preferred or mandatory certificate in companies and organizations around the world.”

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TROY to play host to tax workshops for new business owners March

Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2013

DOTHAN - The Troy University Small Business Development Center will offer two sessions of the Alabama Department of Revenue’s Tax Workshop for new business owners in the Dothan area on March 7.

The free workshops, which are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., will be held in Adams Hall room 206 on TROY’s Dothan Campus.

Presented by the Office of Taxpayer Advocacy, the workshops will present information on a variety of state tax and business topics, including employer withholding taxes, state and local sales taxes, property taxes, business licensing requirements and recent changes in Alabama’s child labor law.

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Troy University Theatre presents Broadway’s Chicago 7

Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2013

TROY - Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Broadway musical “Chicago” on stage at the Trojan Center Theatre Feb. 28 through March 2. Nightly shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The story of murder, greed, corruption, violence and exploitation is Broadway’s longest running American musical. Tickets for the show are $10 or $5 for TROY students with a valid student ID. The Trojan Center Box Office is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available online at

Directing TROY’s production is Assistant Professor Roy Hudson with choreography by Assistant Professor Tracy Gilland-Shillabeer.

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A “Rosa” by any other name: South Korean teen Rosa Park shares name with Civil Rights icon

Posted: Thursday, 28 February 2013
Rosa Park

MONTGOMERY - What’s in a name? To answer that question, 16-year-old Rosa Park from South Korea travelled across the world to Troy University’s Montgomery Campus to learn more about her famous namesake.

Park, a 9th grader in her hometown of Seoul, was named by her parents in honor of Rosa Parks, whose 1955 arrest aboard a city bus helped launch the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Park and her mother recently spent a week at TROY’s Rosa Parks Museum, volunteering, studying and becoming better acquainted with the woman with whom she shares a name.

“When I was little, I really didn’t understand the origin of my name,” Park said. “But I started to research her and learned that she was an amazing woman who changed the world.”

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Troy University alumnus appointed as Training Center executive officer

Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2013

TROY - Troy University graduate Lt. Cmdr. Michael Nix has been appointed the executive officer for the U.S. Navy Training Support Center in Hampton Roads, Va.

As the executive officer of the center, Nix will be responsible for enforcing the policies of the commanding officer for the student management facility. The center annually serves more than 90,000 sailors and Marines for the Naval Education and Training Center Hampton Roads training commands.

Nix enlisted as a radioman seaman recruit in the U.S. Navy in September 1988. He graduated from Troy University with a Master of Science Degree and his son, Payton McGhee, is a recent graduate of Troy University.

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Rankin Brothers to perform March 8 at the Davis Theatre

Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Rankin Brothers

MONTGOMERY - An award-winning musical showcase from Branson, Mo., The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Revue, will come to Montgomery for one night only with a performance at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

Voted “Branson’s Best Show” the last three years and “Best Tribute Show 2011,” The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Revue includes tributes to famous musicians from many eras including Elvis, The Beatles, George Strait, John Denver, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Elton John and Sonny and Cher.

Backing the Rankin Brothers is an all-star cast featuring three award-winning female vocalists, The Rankinettes, and their multi-talented All-Star Band. The show has received more than 20 awards in the last four years and features timeless classics from rock ‘n roll, country, folk and gospel.

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TROY ATO chapter, Troy mayor join hands to walk hard

Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2013

TROY – For Troy Mayor Jason Reeves (BSCJ 2001), Walk Hard isn’t so much about the walking as it is about honoring the memory of a former faculty member.

Reeves was on campus Thursday to meet with a group of Alpha Tau Omega students who are readying for the fraternity’s now-annual philanthropic fundraiser in which brothers hike from the Troy Campus to Panama City Beach in an effort to raise money. This year’s beneficiaries are Special Olympics of Alabama and Florida, and Camp ASCCA, the Easter Seals camp for special needs children and families.

“The ATOs came to me asked for my support, and for me it’s a way to pay tribute to Virginia Watson’s work with Special Olympics,” he said.

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TROY students span cultures with theme nights

Posted: Wednesday, 20 February 2013

TROY – Troy University students who participate in the International Student Cultural Association are broadening horizons with themed meetings this semester.

Each meeting focuses on a presentation of a particular nation by student members. ISCO, the longest-standing international organization at the University, includes not only international students, but American-born students as well.

Thursday, for example, is “Russian Night” where students from Russia will present their nation and its cultural heritage, and usually, a sample food, according to Joe McCall, a history lecturer who serves as the faculty advisor to the group.

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Marketing ‘boot camp’ aimed at small business owners

Posted: Wednesday, 20 February 2013

TROY – Small business owners can learn effective marketing processes during a “Marketing Boot Camp” hosted by Troy University’s Small Business Development Center.

The half-day seminar is from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. March 5 at the Pike County Economic Development Center, located at 100 Industrial Blvd., in Troy. The cost to attend is $10 and registration may be completed by contacting via email, or calling 334-674-2425

A team of marketing professionals will lead participants through essential elements in building a marketing plan, and utilizing traditional, web and social platforms in marketing, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with the TROY SBDC.

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Troy University to offer "Instant Piano" course in Dothan

Posted: Thursday, 14 February 2013

DOTHAN - Troy University's Continuing Education Center will offer another session of the popular "Instant Piano" course for novice musicians on Monday, Feb. 25.

The one-night class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Dothan Campus, inside Adams Hall.

Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to play the piano but felt they did not have the time to learn, "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People" will introduce participants to the basic techniques needed to make piano playing a part of their lives. Instructor David Haynes focuses on chord techniques, and will teach participants the skills needed to play any song in any style or key.

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Long-time professor named associate dean

Posted: Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Dr. Bill Grantham

TROY – Dr. Bill Grantham, a long-time professor of anthropology and chair of the Social Sciences Department, has been named associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University.

In his new role, Dr. Grantham will serve as the administrative officer of the College, working in close coordination with the academic programs, and the three assistant deans for administration on the Dothan, Montgomery and Global Campuses will report to him, said Dr. Jim Rinehart, Dean of the College.

"Dr. Grantham's experience as both a senior faculty member and a proven administrator within the College will be of significant value in his new assignment," he said.

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Severe weather closures for TROY Dothan Campus, Ft. Rucker location

Posted: Monday, 11 February 2013

DOTHAN - Due to the ongoing threat of severe weather, Troy University's Dothan Campus and Fort Rucker location will close today (Monday, Feb. 11) at noon.

All Dothan and Fort Rucker classes are cancelled.

Both sites are set to reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at noon, if weather conditions permit. Monitor for the latest information on campus closures and safety.

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Suspect arrested in armed robbery incident

Posted: Friday, 08 February 2013

TROY – A 14-year old has been arrested and charged with robbery first degree in connection with an armed robbery on the Troy University campus in Troy.

The juvenile petition was submitted by Troy University Police, with the assistance of the Troy Police Department, and the juvenile is currently being held in the city’s Juvenile Detention Center at the Troy City Jail. Because of the juvenile status of the suspect, his name is not being released by law enforcement.

“Being able to make an arrest in this case so quickly has required a lot of team work and coordination between Troy Police and University Police, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of Chief Jimmy Ennis and his department,” said University Chief John McCall. “It’s yet another example of the close working relationship we have in Troy and Pike County to fight crime at all levels.”

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Troy University to host readings by poet Alice Friman in Montgomery, Troy

Posted: Thursday, 07 February 2013

TROY-Troy University's Department of English will present readings by poet Alice Friman, Georgia’s Author of the Year Award winner, on Feb. 20 and 21 in Montgomery and Troy.

The Montgomery Campus event will be held in the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Friman will be on the Troy Campus in the Hawkins Hall auditorium, room 122, on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m.

Friman is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College in her hometown of Milledgeville, Ga., and her most recent poetry collection is "Vinculum" (LSU Press). She won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry and is a recipient of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, along with numerous other awards for her literary creations. She has been published in fourteen different countries and a new collection, "The View from Saturn," is forthcoming from LSU Press in 2014.

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The New Shanghai Circus to perform Feb. 19 at the Davis Theatre

Posted: Thursday, 07 February 2013
Chinese circus

MONTGOMERY - The New Shanghai Circus, an internationally recognized troupe of Chinese acrobats, aerialists and athletes, will bring their stage spectacular to Montgomery for one night only during a performance at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

Featuring a beautifully orchestrated presentation of Chinese circus arts, the New Shanghai Circus combines entertaining acrobatics with show-stopping choreography, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Single tickets for the performance are on sale now and range in price from $25-$50. To purchase, contact the theatre office at 334-241-9567.

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TROY vocal jazz ensemble ‘frequency’ to present two concerts in February

Posted: Wednesday, 06 February 2013

TROY- Troy University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, frequency, will be performing twice in Pike County during the month of February, the first of which will take place Thursday night at Studio 116 in Brundidge.

Thursday’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. Studio 116 is located at 116 South Main Street.

“My colleagues, Chris Rich and Sara Dismukes, have invested their time and energies into creating a wonderfully vibrant and very cool artist space on Main Street in Brundidge, and we are looking forward to performing an eclectic set there,” said Diane Orlofsky, director of University Choirs and founder and Artistic Director of frequency.

The 14 voices of frequency, along with the instrumental combo, will perform jazz arrangements of familiar pieces such as Scarborough Fair and the Beatles’ Come Together, lesser-known jazz pieces such as the Pat Metheny piece, Travels, and Waters of March. The performance also will include duets and solos featuring songs of folk and blues origins.

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Updated statement on armed robbery incident

Posted: Tuesday, 05 February 2013

TROY - Troy University Police and the Troy Police Department continue to investigate a reported armed robbery on the Troy Campus. The suspects remain at large.

At about 7:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, a 20-year old male student reported the robbery in the vicinity of the all-male dormitory Alumni Hall. The student reported that a cell phone and personal items were taken.

Police are looking for three black males in their late teens or early 20’s.

Anyone with information regarding the incident, or who witness suspicious persons or vehicles, are urged to call police. University police may be contacted at 334-670-3215; Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may utilize the University’s secret witness hotline at 334-670-5814, or the Troy Police Department’s secret witness line at 334-566-5555

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Safety Message to Students, Faculty and Staff

Posted: Tuesday, 05 February 2013

TROY - Troy University officials remind students to follow general safety precautions in the wake of an alleged armed robbery on the Troy Campus earlier tonight.

Personal preparedness is a critical component to individual safety. At Troy University, we urge our students, faculty and staff to take a few, common sense steps to increasing their own level of safety:

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Statement regarding possible armed robbery on Troy Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Feb. 4, 2013; 8:56 p.m.


Troy University Police and Troy Police Department are investigating a reported armed robbery on the Troy Campus. The suspects are at large, and police continue to investigate the report.

Students were notified of the incident via the University’s SOS system of text messaging and email alerts and have been advised to stay indoors.

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Five inducted into National Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 04 February 2013
Five new members

TROY - Five new members were inducted into the National Bandmasters Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors during a banquet on Saturday at Troy University.

Inducted were Dr. Bobby Adams from Stetson University; Ray E. Cramer from Indiana University; Paula A. Crider from the University of Texas; Thomas V. Fraschillo from the University of Southern Mississippi and the late John P. Paynter from Northwestern University.

The Hall of Fame opened on the Troy Campus in 1980 and later moved to its current location in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. It is the only national hall of fame located in Alabama. The National Band Association is the world’s largest band organization.

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Chinese Students at Troy University to Celebrate the Year of the Snake on Feb. 8

Posted: Monday, 04 February 2013
New Year of the Snake

TROY - The Troy University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) will celebrate the New Year of the Snake with the annual Chinese Spring Festival Celebration on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Troy Campus.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. inside the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Troy University and CSSA, the festival will gather Chinese and other international students, visitors and faculty members to celebrate together with their American peers.

“Celebration of this traditional Chinese festival season will express the love for the motherland of all the Chinese students at TROY,” said Wei Li, director of the event and president of the CSSA. “By gathering American and international students, the event also allows them to experience the traditional Chinese culture and plays a positive role in promoting the cultural diversity at Troy University.”

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Troy University Sport Management students make a difference for New Orleans’ area community

Posted: Sunday, 03 February 2013

NEW ORLEANS – In a community more than six hours away from their home port, Troy University students made a difference for one community Saturday as part of events surround Super Bowl XLVII.

Some 19 Sport and Fitness Management students and faculty participated in the inaugural Super Saturday of Service as part of a five-day volunteer trip to the city, ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Working at the Kingswood Playspot location in the New Orleans East section of the city, participants landscaped areas of the playground, painted picnic tables and benches, and provided light house maintenance to surrounding homes in the community.

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TROY Alumnus Batchelor named CEO of South Carolina hospital

Posted: Saturday, 02 February 2013
Michael L. Batchelor

TROY - Troy University alumnus Michael L. Batchelor has been named chief executive officer of Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, S.C.

Batchelor previously served as president of the North Greenville Campus of the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System (GHS). Prior to that, he served as administrator of clinical/non-clinical support services for GHS from 2001-2005. Starting his career as a Combat Field Medic in 1988 with the U.S. Army, Batchelor served several posts in the United States and Germany.

Batchelor, who is expected to join Baptist Easley on March 1, holds a master’s degree from TROY, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and associate’s degrees from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of both Leadership Greenville and Furman University’s Riley Institute for Diversity, and also is a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Riley challenges Leadership Conference participants to become servant leaders

Posted: Saturday, 02 February 2013

TROY - Personal development coach and motivational speaker Sheri Riley brought the two-day Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month on the campus of Troy University to a close on Saturday, challenging participants to become servant leaders.

Riley, founder and chief partnership strategist of her own personal development company in Atlanta and a certified personal development coach and life strategist, coaches, mentors, and provides spiritual advice, life strategy and personal advice to celebrities, athletes, corporate executives and high achievers. A featured columnist for, she is a founding member of John C. Maxwell’s Coaching, Speaking, Training Team and is a graduate of the University of Louisville.

“Today we have those who are defined as leaders by title rather than by character,” she said. “We have those who are defined as leaders by their success rather than by their significance. We have leaders defined by how many followers they have rather than how many they serve. We need servant leaders.”

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Troy University to host Valentine’s Day career fair at Dothan Campus

Posted: Friday, 01 February 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University invites local jobseekers to find a job they will love on Valentine’s Day during the annual career fair at the Dothan Campus.

The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 14, 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 the Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

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Counseling programs achieve accreditation

Posted: Friday, 01 February 2013

TROY – Two Troy University graduate programs have achieved reaffirmation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The Master of Science of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Master of Science of School Counseling programs underwent extensive review through a process of self-study and a site visit by a review team.

“Reaffirmation documents that our programs are meeting rigorous national standards,” said Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand, Dean of the College of Education. “It tremendously assists our graduates who seek licensure and national counseling credentials.”

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