Miss Troy University Pageant set for Nov. 2

Posted: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

TROY - Thirteen Troy University students will compete for the title of Miss Troy University on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The 43rd 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 "Hollywood." Student admission is $5 and general public is $10.

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

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Troy University to award degrees at ceremonies in Vietnam

Posted: Thursday, 24 October 2013

TROY – Troy University will award nearly 300 degrees this week during four commencement ceremonies in Vietnam.

Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business, will join officials from partner universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in ceremonies scheduled through Oct. 26.

The largest of the four ceremonies took place Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City with 181 students graduating with bachelor's degrees in business at TROY's partner university, Saigon Technology University.

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Troy University to host annual salute to military during Oct. 31 football game

Posted: Wednesday, 23 October 2013

TROY - Troy University will honor the nation's military during its nationally televised football game against Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 31 in Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 6:30 p.m., which will air live on ESPNU.

Since 2000, the University has designated one home football game near Veterans Day to honor both current and past members of the armed forces.

“Troy University is proud to have served the men and women of the United States military for more than 60 years," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “We have graduated thousands of military men and women and have thousands of current students or alumni serving in harm's way. We are proud of their service and pleased to be able to honor them and celebrate their service in this way."

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Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan to receive Troy University's Distinguished Leadership Award

Posted: Wednesday, 23 October 2013

TROY - Troy University will honor alumnus Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base as the University's 13th Distinguished Leadership Award recipient later this month.

The award honors the achievements of TROY alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and alma mater. The award will be presented by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor, during halftime ceremonies of TROY's Oct. 31 football game against Louisiana-Monroe. Also during the game, the

University will hold its annual salute to the military with a special pre-game performance by the Sound of the South marching band.

“Maj. Gen. Givhan is a ‘leader's leader' from Alabama who has served his country well throughout his distinguished career in the United States Air Force," Dr. Hawkins said. “The leadership Gen. Givhan provides in his role at Air University is vital in shaping policies and doctrines that will guide our military in the years to come. We are very proud to count this extraordinary Alabamian among our alumni of more than 140,000 worldwide."

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Construction begins on new Troy University riverfront campus in Phenix City

Posted: Monday, 21 October 2013

PHENIX CITY – Construction is under way in earnest this week on the new 44,000 square foot Phenix City riverfront campus of Troy University.

Bear Brothers Construction, based in Montgomery, occupied the site on Oct. 14 to begin the 16-month project with a planned completion date of February 2015.

The Phenix City Campus of Troy University will plan to occupy the space in spring 2015 with the first classes being offered in summer 2015.

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Town hall meeting focuses on bullying

Posted: Friday, 18 October 2013

TROY – Troy University's Department of Counseling and Psychology and Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement are joining forces with Troy City Schools, Pike County Schools and East Central Child Health Collaborative to focus the community's attention on bullying.

As part of Bullying Awareness Month, a special town hall meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Hawkins Hall Room 122 where community leaders, mental health experts and school officials will discuss the issue of bullying. The presenters will take questions from community members and receive their input and feedback for use in developing solutions that can be implemented in Pike County.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend the session, and a candlelight vigil will be held immediately following to memorialize those who have taken their own lives due to bullying, said Jonathan Cellon, a coordinator of Learning Services.

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Troy University Theatre and Dance to present musical ‘The Single Girl's Guide'

Posted: Friday, 18 October 2013

TROY - Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present the musical “The Single Girl's Guide" Oct. 18-21 in the Trojan Center Performing Arts Theatre on the Troy Campus.

Nightly shows will be held Oct. 18, 19 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., while a 2:30 p.m. performance will be held on Oct. 20. Tickets are $10 for general admission, student tickets are $5.00 with TROY ID.

Set in in the stylish world of 1964 Manhattan, the musical follows Emma Woodhouse, who is about to turn 30 and is under the gun to get married when she's asked to take over a household advice column. In a bold move, she plucks a single girl from obscurity and sets out to transform her life, setting into motion a wave of excitement that culminates in hilarious calamity at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball.

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Troy University to host reading, book signing by author Lee Smith at Montgomery Campus

Posted: Friday, 18 October 2013

MONTGOMERY — Author Lee Smith will read from and discuss her newest novel, “Guests on Earth," at Troy University's Montgomery Campus on Friday, Nov. 8, in conjunction with the 12th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference.

The reading will be held at 8 p.m. inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Guests on Earth," which takes its title from an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, tells the story of Evalina Toussaint, an orphaned child of an exotic dancer, who is only thirteen in 1936 when she is admitted to Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. A piano prodigy, she becomes the accompanist for the hospital's many performances and musical programs, and finds herself in the company of some remarkable fellow patients, both fictional and real, including Zelda Fitzgerald.

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Troy alumna named director of development for Refuge House

Posted: Thursday, 17 October 2013

TROY – Troy University alumna Lindsay Hopper Pierce has recently been named the Director of Development for Refuge House in Tallahassee, Fla.

Refuge House is a non-profit organization that provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and educates the community on violence and public advocacy.

“I've always wanted to give back," Pierce said. “It is something that my parents instilled in me. It's about helping others and leaving things better than I found them. Domestic violence is something that is very real for many families. It's something that is very often left behind closed doors, and it is time to speak up and take a stand."

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TROY Board of Trustees extends Chancellor's contract

Posted: Tuesday, 15 October 2013

MONTGOMERY — The Troy University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to extend the current contract of Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, four years through Sept. 30, 2018.

Dr. Hawkins, who has served as Chancellor since 1989, was entering the last year of his existing contract, which ends Sept. 30, 2014. Trustees cited satisfaction with Dr. Hawkins' performance and the need for continuity of leadership as reasons for extending the contract.

“The Board of Trustees endorses the outstanding job that Chancellor Hawkins has done for over 25 years and continues to do every day," said Sen. Gerald Dial, President Pro Tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees. “He has improved the quality of academics, established dozens of new degree programs, internationalized the campus and elevated Trojan athletics to the Division I level. I am confident that the University will continue to grow and prosper under his leadership in the years to come."

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Chinese researcher visiting TROY links physical activity with higher academic performance, possible treatment for ADHD

Posted: Friday, 11 October 2013

TROY – Physical activity improves a child's academic performance and provides a possible new treatment option for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a Chinese professor and researcher participating in Troy University's Second Annual Alabama-China Symposium on Education and Culture.

Dr. Jinxia Dong, a professor of physical education at Peking University, one of China's leading universities, represented one of eight Chinese universities participating in the symposium. Dong, a former gymnast and past coach of Scotland's national women's gymnastics team, conducts research on exercise and cognitive abilities that are crucial to academic and life success.

“Sports are not just good for your body, they're good for your brain," she said. “Parents in China have very high expectations of their children. Young kids study very hard, and don't have time for physical things."

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Troy University Announces All-Steinway Initiative

Posted: Monday, 10 October 2013

TROY – Troy University and the John M. Long School of Music are pleased to announce a major fundraising initiative to become an All-Steinway School. University officials and faculty members within the School of Music plan to launch the fundraising campaign officially next month.

Since 1853, Steinway & Sons pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. To become an All-Steinway School, the pianos in an institution must be comprised of ninety percent Steinway and Steinway-designed instruments. The All-Steinway distinction is a mark of prestige held by few institutions. Troy University's decision to support the All-Steinway Initiative is an indication of its continuing commitment to academic excellence.

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Alabama-China symposium links educators and agriculture

Posted: Thursday, 10 October 2013

TROY – Troy University's Second Annual International Symposium on Alabama-China Education and Culture focused on research presentations, university-specific presentations and higher education collaborations.

Before settling into the day's agenda, the group toured the Confucius Institute at Troy University, one of the hosts for the symposium.

Presentations from each of the eight visiting universities provided overviews of each of the institutions' focuses in the Chinese educational system.

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Ray Parker, Jr. to perform Oct. 24 at TROY's Davis Theatre

Posted: Wednesday, 09 October 2013

MONTGOMERY--Ray Parker, Jr. will bring his chart-topping R&B hits to Troy University's Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts for a concert on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

Parker, a Detroit native, is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer who has had 24 Billboard Top 40 and R&B hits including the theme from "Ghostbusters," "You Can't Change That," and "Jack and Jill."

Parker's career started at the age of 13 in the legendary Motown studios, then continued when he joined Stevie Wonder's band at the age of 18. Parker later created his own band, Raydio, and then continued his chart-topping career as a solo artist.

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Alabama-China Symposium slated for Montgomery, Troy

Posted: Monday, 07 October 2013

TROY – Troy University will host educators and agricultural leaders from China this week during its Second International Symposium on Alabama-China Education and Culture.

University and Chinese officials say the symposium helps develop a firm foundation for strong relationships, and educational and cultural exchanges between the state and China.

“The goal is to promote the uniqueness of Alabama in business, education and culture, to build trusted relationships, create synergy among participating organizations and build a reliable platform for collaboration and cooperation between Alabama and China," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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Troy University has veterans' ‘6'

Posted: Monday, 07 October 2013

TROY – Troy University has joined “Got Your 6," pledging to support student veterans by implementing and enhancing resources, programs and policies to support the military population.

The University's TROY for Troops Center is the focal point of the effort and will lead initiatives in support of military students at the University. “Got Your 6" is a movement led by a consortium of major film and television studios, broadcast and cable television networks, talent agencies, and guilds that are united in changing the conversation in America with regards to veterans and military families.

“This pledge serves to publically reinforce the continuing work we do daily in support of our veteran students attending Troy University," said Dave Barron, Associate Vice Chancellor for Military Affairs and a retired U.S. Navy captain.

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TROY Career Fair slated for Oct. 9

Posted: Friday, 04 October 2013

TROY – Getting Troy University students prepared for the working world and pairing students and alumni with prospective employers comes into focus Oct. 7-9 on the Troy Campus.

The University's Career Services office will host its 2013 Fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. More than 40 employers will be participating in the fair, and students will have the opportunity to have free, professional portraits shot by photographers.

“There's no other opportunity where a student or alumnus can walk into a room of 40 prospective employers who want to talk to them and get to know them," said Lauren Cole, a Career Services coordinator.

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Rosa Parks Museum hosting joint exhibit by regional artists Jim Harrison III and Erika Hibbert

Posted: Friday, 04 October 2013

MONTGOMERY — Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum is currently hosting a joint exhibition of work from two regional artists—Jim Harrison III and Erika Hibbert.

“Migrations and Barriers: Works by Erika Hibbert and Jim Harrison III" is on display inside the Rosa Parks Museum's exhibit hall Oct. 3 through Nov. 27.

Harrison is the owner and director of Harrison Galleries in Tuscaloosa and serves as the Chairman of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His most recent work as an artist consists of large-format photographs of the graffiti covered Berlin Wall. Harrison's photographs capture the messages of love and human connectivity that adorned the barrier that once separated Germany.

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Troy University's S.A.V.E. Project to host Mental Health Awareness Week activities

Posted: Thursday, 03 October 2013

TROY - The S.A.V.E. Project and Personal Counseling Center at Troy University will host a series of events beginning Oct. 7, focusing on controlling worry, dealing with stress and maintaining positive thoughts in observance of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The events are designed to offer information and tips to help students deal with what can be a stressful time in their lives, said Fran Scheel, coordinator and counselor for the S.A.V.E. Project.

“College students are often stressed, and sometimes there is a stigma regarding mental health," Scheel said. “It's important to let students know that there is a resource right here on campus to help."

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TROY to host Open House Oct. 17 at the Montgomery Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 03 October 2013

MONTGOMERY — Prospective students can learn more about Troy University during an open house event on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Montgomery Campus.

The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. inside the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participants will be able to take part in breakout sessions and learn more about academic programs and services offered at the Montgomery Campus. Expert advisers will be on hand to discuss academic strategies for career development, financial aid, the admissions process and credit transfers.

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Troy University to honor four with Alumni of the Year Awards

Posted: Tuesday, 01 October 2013

TROY – Troy University will honor four alumni during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 5 with Alumni of the Year Awards.

Andy Davis of Dorchester, Mass., Sandra Gouge of Troy, Bobby Terrell of Greenville and Lon Wise of Pensacola, Fla. were selected by the Troy University Alumni Association Board of Directors based on outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to the University.

The four will be honored during halftime ceremonies at Saturday's homecoming game against South Alabama. Kickoff is set for noon. In addition, the recipients will be honored at an invitation-only dinner Friday night and a breakfast reception on Saturday.

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