Beijing Jiaotong University Martial Arts Troupe to perform in Troy and Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 29 September 2014

TROY - Beijing Jiaotong University Martial Arts Troupe will offer free performances Oct. 2 and 3 at Troy University campuses in Troy and Montgomery.

The performances are a part of activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Global Confucius Institute and the seventh anniversary of the Confucius Institute at Troy University, and are free and open to the public.

The Troupe will visit the Troy Campus on Oct. 2, with a performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The Oct. 3 performance is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on TROY's Montgomery Campus.

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Troy University set for Homecoming celebration on Oct. 11

Posted: Monday, 29 September 2014
Troy University Homecoming Parade

TROY - Troy University will celebrate homecoming on Oct. 11 under the theme "Getting Back to Our Roots: We Are One."

Alumni Director Faith Ward is extending the invitation to all alumni and friends of the University to return for Homecoming activities.

"Troy University has seen much growth and progress through the years, and Homecoming is always a special time as so many alumni visit, share their memories and marvel at the changes that have occurred," Ward said. "This year's Homecoming theme provides us an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and the many milestones achieved throughout our history that have paved the way for the TROY we know and love today."

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University leaders praise retiring Rosa Parks Museum Director Georgette Norman

Posted: Monday, 29 September 2014
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.

Standing before a crowded exhibit hall during her retirement reception, Georgette Norman said she was recently asked what the best part of her job was.

"For me the best part is that I am native Montgomerian," she said. "I've lived a bunch of places and around, and was constantly asked about Montgomery—and it was always in the negative. You're last in everything. And for me the thing is, shake my hand and thank me. Because as Alabamans, we aired our dirty laundry to the world and made the world a better place."

For more than 13 years, Norman has helped ensure that an important chapter in the airing of Alabama's dirty laundry—the Montgomery Bus Boycott—remains understood and relevant to current generations in her role as director of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum. She will retire at the end of September, and under her leadership the museum has hosted more than 564,000 visitors from around the world who have heard the story of Rosa Parks and the events Dec. 1, 1955.

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Troy University Chancellor honored for 25 years of service

Posted: Friday, 26 September 2014
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.

TROY - Troy University honored employees for their years of service during a ceremony on Thursday, among them the University's Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

TROY honors employees each quarter for five-year increments of service. In all, 53 employees were honored on Thursday, representing a collective 737 years of service to TROY.

Dr. Hawkins received a lapel pin recognizing his 25 years of service as the University Chancellor. Dr. Doug Hawkins, President Pro-Tem Emeritus of the University's Board of Trustees, made the presentation to the Chancellor.

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Inga Oberst wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 26 September 2014
Inga Oberst

TROY - Inga Oberst, Instructional Designer for Troy University's eTROY, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Oberst, who has been employed by the University since 2005, viewed Thursday's ceremony from Port Orchard, Wash., where she resides with her husband, Edward Chao and their children, Spencer and Kate. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, announced the winner and turned the ceremony over to Dr. Karen Shader, Director of Instructional Design, who nominated Oberst for the award.

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 the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, 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 to host readings by poet Claire Bateman

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

MONTGOMERY - Poet Claire Bateman will be reading from her work during events at Troy University's Montgomery and Troy campuses, sponsored by the Department of English.

As part of the English Department's Writers Reading Series, Bateman will read selections from her poetry at the Montgomery Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium, and at the Troy Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Hawkins Hall 122 at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Bateman is the author of nine poetry collections, including Locals (Serving House Books, 2012), The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan University Press, 1991), Friction (Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Leap (New Issues, 2005), and Coronology (Etruscan Press, 2010). She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation, as well as two Pushcart Prizes.

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Troy University to host performance by U.S Air Force Concert Band, Singing Sergeants

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

TROY - Troy University will host the United States Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants on Monday, Oct. 13, in a concert sponsored by the University Bands and the John M. Long School of Music.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Tickets are free and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

"This concert will be a great opportunity to see two of our nation's premier military musical ensembles, and we are proud to bring this performance to Troy University," said Dr. Mark Walker, TROY's Director of Bands.

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Confucius Institute at Troy University celebrating 10th anniversary of organization

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A number of events are being sponsored by the Confucius institute at Troy University, Alabama's only with a statewide mission, in recognition of the Confucius Institute's 10th anniversary worldwide.

Sept. 25: the CI at TROY will be celebrating with its Confucius Classroom at Montgomery's LAMP school from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students will be involved with CIT activities in the gymnasium beginning at 12:30 p.m. Events include:

  • Taichi Show and Chinese Fitness Dance
  • The Chinese Experience and Taste of Lamp (parents are invited to attend).
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TROY and Wallace sign agreement

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Troy/Wallace Signing

DOTHAN - Troy University and Wallace Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Wallace students who transfer to TROY to transfer eligible credits back to Wallace for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Wallace, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. Some 1,167 current TROY students formerly attended Wallace.

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TROY and LBW sign agreement

Posted: Wednesday, 17 September 2014
TROY partners with LBW

ANDALUSIA - Troy University and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former LBW students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to LBW for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from LBW, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. Nearly 450 current TROY students formerly attended LBW.

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Troy University congratulates alumnus Bennie Adkins on receiving the Medal of Honor

Posted: Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins

TROY - A Troy University alumnus, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins, received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on Monday, Sept. 15, during a ceremony at the White House.

Troy University leaders said that Adkins, who holds three degrees from TROY, is an outstanding example of courage and dedication.

"It is often said that freedom is not free. Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins proved the validity of this statement by demonstrating great courage under fire," said Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. "He is a credit to his nation's military, a credit to Alabama and a credit to Troy University. We are very proud of his heroic and courageous action under devastating circumstances, and we are very proud that he is a Troy University Trojan."

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TROY Chancellor recognized by Humanities Foundation

Posted: Monday, 15 September 2014
Fall Service Days

TROY - The Alabama Humanities Foundation has named Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. the recipient of its Wayne Greenhaw Service Award.

The award is given in recognition of a past or present board member for outstanding service to the Foundation. It will be presented on Oct. 6 during the organization's annual awards luncheon.

Dr. Hawkins has served on the AHF board and has hosted AHF institutes, workshops and other functions at Troy University, in addition to providing funding to the Foundation through his work with the Daniel Foundation.

"At the core of a civilized society you find the humanities. I am humbled to be recognized by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Wayne Greenhaw was a personal friend and I am honored to receive an award which bears his name." Dr. Hawkins said.

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Troy University, City of Troy to kick off 'Big Read' on Sept. 16

Posted: Friday, 12 September 2014

TROY - Troy University will kick off the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read with an event at the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy on Sept. 16 beginning at 7 p.m.

Made possible through an NEA grant to Troy University, The Big Read program is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. TROY is one of 77 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and the only one in Alabama, to receive a grant to host a Big Read project.

In support of TROY's Quality Enhancement Plan, "Creating a Culture of Engaged Reading," the University will involve students, faculty and staff and the community in discussions and activities centered on Ray Bradbury's classic, "Fahrenheit 451," which will also serve as the University's year-long Common Reader selection for entering students. "Big Read" activities are being planned from September to November.

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TROY, Alabama Humanities Foundation to present SUPER Teacher Workshop on World War I

Posted: Thursday, 11 September 2014

TROY - Troy University, in partnership with the Alabama Humanities Foundations, will present a one-day School and University Partners for Educational Renewal (SUPER) Teacher Workshop focused on World War I on Sept. 19 on the Troy Campus.

The workshop, "World War I: The Unknown War on the Eastern Front," will begin at 8 a.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. Pre-registration is required and the registration deadline is Sept. 17. For additional information or to register online, go to http://www.alabamahumanities.org/apply-now-for-september-super-teacher-workshop/. Continuing Education Units will be provided for participants.

Designed to provide an in-depth study on the Alabama home front in World War I, the workshop will equip K-12 teachers with historical and cultural resources, curriculum integration strategies and techniques, digital media resources and valuable literature to share with their students.

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TROY's Hall School of Journalism and Communication to host annual high school journalism workshop

Posted: Thursday, 11 September 2014

TROY - More than 400 high school students from throughout the state are expected to take part in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication's annual journalism workshop on Sept. 25 at Troy University.

J-Day, as the event is known, provides high school students the opportunity to experience the journalism and communication world through a series of informative and practical workshops. The main goal for J-Day is to give future college students a better understanding of the journalism and communication career field.

"J-Day has been around for more than 20 years," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of Hall School of Journalism and Communication. "It provides a series of workshops to help high school students and advisers get educated about journalism and communication."

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Troy University to host Steinway Initiative event

Posted: Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sept. 11, 7 p.m.: Troy University will host a Steinway Initiative event and concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11 in the Band Room inside John M. Long Hall on the Troy Campus. The event will feature welcoming remarks from Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and Director of the John M. Long School of Music; remarks about All-Steinway Schools by Mr. Bill Metcalf, President and CEO of Steinway Piano Galleries; a musical presentation by Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, assistant professor of music, and students; a performance by Steinway Artist, Dr. William DeVan; and, remarks by Mr. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development at TROY. For coverage, please plan to be in place no later than 6:45 p.m. For additional information, please contact Andy Ellis (aellis@troy.edu, 334-670-3196) or Clif Lusk (clusk@troy.edu, 334-670-5888).

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Popular children's series The Magic Tree House coming to W.A. Gayle Planetarium

Posted: Tuesday, 09 September 2014

MONTGOMERY - A new full-dome planetarium movie based on the popular children's book series the Magic Tree House can be seen at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium starting this month.

"Magic Tree House: Space Mission" is based on the best-selling series by Mary Pope Osborne. The film sends sibling adventurers Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the sun, moon, planets and space travel, and includes an appearance by former NASA astronaut and Montgomery-native Kathryn C. Thornton.

The film will now be a permanent addition to the W.A. Gayle Planetarium's library of programming and will be shown to visiting school groups and during public shows, said Planetarium Director Rick Evans.

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Troy University students to take part in Fall Service Days Sept. 11-13

Posted: Monday, 08 September 2014
Fall Service Days

TROY - Troy University students will fan out in and around Troy Sept. 11-13 to take part in various community service projects during the University's Fall Days of Service.

Sponsored by the University's Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, the event helps various local agencies in need of volunteer assistance while providing TROY students with the opportunity to become involve and active in community service. The event is held in conjunction with the Sept. 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, which got its start from grassroots efforts following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was officially designated by Congress in 2009.

For Troy University, the goal of the event is to strengthen the community by meeting local needs, said Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of service learning and civic engagement.

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Troy University to play host to annual Band Day on Sept. 13

Posted: Monday, 09 September 2014

TROY – More than 1,600 middle school and high school band members will perform alongside the Sound of the South marching band during Troy University's annual Band Day on Sept. 13.

The students represent 33 schools from Alabama, Florida and Georgia and will join the Sound of the South in a special halftime performance during TROY's home game against Abilene Christian University. Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. Game tickets are available for purchase online at www.troytrojans.com or by calling 1-877-878-9467.

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

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