Stone encourages TROY graduates to do great things

Posted: Tuesday, 30 July 2013

MONTGOMERY – Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone on Monday encouraged Troy University graduates to set their sights on doing great things.

Stone, who has served as the town's mayor since 2004 and also serves as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership, delivered the keynote address at Monday night's summer commencement ceremony on the Montgomery Campus. Nearly 150 graduates received degrees this summer on the Montgomery Campus.

“There are many people who dedicate their lives to doing good things," Stone told the nearly 100 graduates participating in Monday's ceremony. “However, tonight I want you to imagine not just settling for doing good. I encourage you graduates, armed with the knowledge and skills that you now possess, to find ways to do things that would be labeled as great."

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Coleman encourages TROY graduates to live lives of selfless service

Posted: Friday, 26 July 2013

Troy University alumnus Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman World Group, encouraged new TROY graduates on Friday to live a life of love and selfless service.

Delivering the keynote address to nearly 300 graduates during ceremonies at Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus, Coleman said challenges will inevitably come but maintaining the proper attitude can lead to success no matter the circumstances.

“When you are facing the storms and challenges of life -- and I assure you they will come -- I encourage you to fully apply yourself, in whatever path you endeavor to follow, with an attitude of love and selfless service," Coleman said.

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TROY information chief publishes fourth book

Posted: Friday, 26 July 2013

TROY – The problem of “big data" is examined in a new book by Troy University's Chief Technology and Security Officer Greg Price.

“Addressing the Big Data Issue" takes an in depth look at how large quantities of data is confronted, the obstacles to designing a proper environment for such data and the potential downsides of such a project.

“In a constantly evolving landscape where every conceivable piece of data is collected, stored and has potential for application, there are a myriad of issues associated with data growth," Mr. Price said. “A variety of tools, approaches and ROI models are presented for consideration, and essential practices in large dataset administrations are discussed."

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New TROY program aims to improve local pre-K literacy education efforts

Posted: Tuesday, 23 July 2013

DOTHAN — A new Troy University initiative launched by faculty in the College of Education will provide professional development training and support to teachers at prekindergarten programs in Dothan serving children from low-income families.

Funded by a nearly $24,000 grant from the Wiregrass Foundation, the Project Pre-K to K Literacy Transition program will forge year-long partnerships between TROY education faculty and three child care centers in Dothan serving about 85 families from low-income neighborhoods. The program will provide the pre-K teachers with training, curriculum and support to ensure that the four-year-olds at the centers are getting high-quality literacy education that will prepare them for kindergarten.

Many young children face significant challenges in learning to read because they lack essential literacy skills when they begin school, said Dr. Cynthia Hicks, an assistant professor in the College of Education.

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TROY named ‘great college to work for'

Posted: Monday, 22 July 2013

Troy University is one of just 76 four-year institutions to be named a “2013 Great College to Work For" by “The Chronicle of Higher Education," the nation's leading news source on higher education.

The University made the list in its “Work/Life Balance" category, based on a two-part assessment process that included a survey administered to faculty, administrators and professional support staff, and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices. More than 44,000 employees at 300 institutions were surveyed, with just 97 institutions achieving the recognition.

“We may be a high-tech university, but we also strive to be ‘high touch,' not only with our students but with our faculty and staff," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “The Chronicle honor certainly serves as validation that we're meeting that goal."

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Coleman will provide keynote at summer commencement

Posted: Friday, 19 July 2013

Troy University alumnus Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman World Group, will deliver the keynote address at the University's summer commencement.

This summer's commencement exercises, planned for Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena, consists of about 350 graduates representing 18 states and 10 countries, and features the first-ever graduates of both the Master of Strategic Communications and Master of Accountancy programs.

Tickets are not required for entry at this summer's commencement.

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TROY's Davis Theatre announces new season opening September with Engelbert Humperdinck

Posted: Thursday, 18 July 2013

MONTGOMERY — Iconic crooner Engelbert Humperdinck will open the 2013-2014 season at Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts with a performance in September.

Season tickets are on sale now for the series that features a lineup of Broadway favorites, acclaimed musical acts and other performances. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the theatre office at (334) 241-9567.

The Davis Theatre is located in downtown Montgomery at 251 Montgomery Street. All shows have a 7 p.m. curtain time. A season ticket package ranges in price from $110 to $190.

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TROY to welcome new students with Summer Send-Off Parties around the region

Posted: Wednesday, 17 July 2013

TROY — Troy University will be hosting a series of Summer Send-Off Parties this month at venues around the state and in northwest Florida designed to welcome new students to the TROY family.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are invited to attend and meet future classmates, learn more about the University and kick off their TROY experience. Alumni, parents, prospective students and other friends of the University are invited to take part as well.

“The Summer Send-Off Parties will be a great way for students and parents to meet other TROY families from their area and to make connections with classmates, staff and alumni," said Tara Morelock, Coordinator for Special Events at TROY.

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Pike Road's Mayor Stone will address TROY graduates in Montgomery

Posted: Wednesday, 17 July 2013

MONTGOMERY — The Mayor of Pike Road, Gordon Stone, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 29.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. More than 150 students will receive degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.

Stone has been Mayor of Pike Road since 2004 and was previously a member of the Town Council. As mayor, he has helped guide the development of the fast-growing municipality and has played a lead role in the initiative to start a school system in the town.

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TROY alumna honored among Washington's most influential women

Posted: Friday, 12 July 2013

A Troy University graduate has been named to the National Journal's “25 Most Influential Women of Washington Under 35" list.

Kristal Quarker Hartsfield, who earned her Master of Public Administration from TROY in 2007, was named to the list which focuses on those who “quickly made their mark in Congress, think tanks, lobby shops, federal agencies or other venues."

Hartsfield serves as National Field Director for African-American Initiatives for the Republican National Committee. She began her career in politics as minority coalitions director for the Tennessee GOP. On Capitol Hill, Hartsfield was the first black senior professional staffer on African affairs for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and also directed business outreach and communications for the House Republican Policy Committee.

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TROY to host community forum to discuss Phenix City riverfront development

Posted: Friday, 12 July 2013

PHENIX CITY — Troy University officials and community leaders will discuss the future of development along Phenix City's riverfront during a community forum later this month.

The event will be held on Tuesday, July 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chattahoochee River Club in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The Future of TROY on the River" forum will feature University officials and leaders involved in riverfront development discussing changes and new projects coming to the area. The presenters will address new TROY programs, centers of excellence, new developments, businesses in the area, streetscaping, and plans and timeline for TROY's riverfront campus.

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Troy students make historic first trip to Cuba

Posted: Thursday, 11 July 2013

Four Troy University students will become the first to plant the Trojan Flag on Cuban soil in late July when they participate in a study abroad trip to the island nation.

Just 90 miles off the tip of Florida, Cuba has long been off-limits to Americans, but recent changes by the federal government have opened the way for students to travel there for organized learning experiences.

"We will expose our students to the culture, geography and history of a land that has been largely off-limits to the average American since 1960," said David "Doc" Kirby, a journalism lecturer who has made five trips to the country as a musician. "The musical heritage of Cuba has been an enormous influence on American music of the last 70 years, for example."

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TROY appoints Cavin to distance learning post

Posted: Thursday, 11 July 2013

Troy University officials have announced the appointment of Dr. Glynn Cavin as Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Learning, a newly created position to lead the University's online education program.

"We wanted to identify a position that would attract candidates who could lead TROY's distance learning activities into new, innovative and entrepreneurial directions, as well as work from a more strategic level," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, the arm of the University that provides education to students outside the state of Alabama and online.

"Dr. Cavin has the skills we believe will allow him to be a key contributor to our long-term success," he said.

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Tornado-prone stations invest in weather coverage

Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2013

TROY – A Troy University economics professor has found that broadcasters in tornado-prone states make the largest investments in weather coverage.

In a paper published in the July issue of the "Journal of Economics and Finance," Dr. Daniel Sutter, a professor in the Manuel Johnson Center for Political Economy at TROY, said that stations in markets with a higher tornado rate are more likely to invest in their own Doppler weather radars and have more weathercasters who are certified by the American Meteorological Society. Additionally, stations in markets facing higher hurricane and flood risks also invest more in broadcast meteorology.

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Business start-up seminar kicks off July 29

Posted: Tuesday, 02 July 2013

DOTHAN – Troy University, in cooperation with the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, will kick off its NxLeveL for Business Start-ups Planning Series in Dothan on July 29.

The nine-session course is designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with the University's Small Business Development Center.

During the course, participants will develop a business plan that acts as a blueprint for their start-up venture.

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