TROY ranked among top in nation for service to veterans

Posted: Thursday, 20 November 2014

TROY - Military Times has named Troy University as one of the top "Best for Vets" four-year institutions in the country.

The organization publishes the "Army Times," the "Navy Times," the "Air Force Times," and the "Marine Corps Times" newspapers, and is owned by Gannett Co., Inc., one of the nation's largest media companies.

"External validation is always important, but the integrity that the Military Times ranking offers as objective news reporting is a strong indication that Troy University's support of our veterans and active military members is hitting the right mark," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor of the University's Global Campus that serves students outside the state of Alabama and online.

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Troy University's annual ISCO Festival set for Thursday

Posted: Thursday, 20 November 2014

TROY - Troy University's International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) will hold its annual International Festival at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

The festival concludes a week of special activities held on campus in conjunction with International Education Week, a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education designed to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Nearly 800 students representing 75 countries are enrolled on the Troy Campus.

With the theme "Trojan Spirit Around the World," the Festival will serve as a showcase for international unity and awareness on campus, said Joe McCall, ISCO faculty advisor and senior lecturer of history.

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Gov. Bentley commends Troy University for leadership in international education

Posted: Wednesday, 19 November 2014
International Week

MONTGOMERY – Gov. Robert Bentley signed a proclamation today commending Troy University for its leadership in international education.

The proclamation, signed in conjunction with International Education Week which runs Nov. 17-21, recognized TROY as "Alabama's International University." Nearly 800 international students representing 75 different nations are enrolled on the University's Troy Campus. Some of those students were present for the proclamation signing ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol.

"At Troy University, we embrace the mission to prepare our students to be globally competitive, and I don't believe you can be globally competitive unless you are globally aware," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "We must understand the people of the world in order to appreciate them."

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Media Advisory: Governor to sign proclamation honoring Troy University and International Education Week

Posted: Tuesday, 18 November 2014

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, Capitol Building, 2 p.m.: Gov. Robert Bentley will sign a proclamation honoring Troy University and its international education initiatives during International Education Week in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol.

International students from TROY will be on hand to witness the signing ceremony.

Media may contact Clif Lusk via cell at 334-268-9982, or Andy Ellis 334-268-9983 day-of if necessary. Please confirm you organization's coverage via email to clusk@troy.edu.

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Photography exhibit "Both Sides of the Lens" coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Monday, 17 November 2014
Shackelford Family

MONTGOMERY- An exhibit of early 20th century photos taken by an African American family of photographers will be on display starting this month at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

In partnership with the Birmingham Public Libraries, the Rosa Parks Museum will present "Both Sides of the Lens: Photographs by the Shackelford Family, Fayette County, Alabama (1910-1935)" from Nov. 15 through Dec. 27 inside the exhibit hall.

The photographs - which offer a rich visual record of everyday life in rural Alabama - are also remarkable because of the story behind them. Taken by a family of African-American photographers who lived in Covin, Ala., the images reveal the lives of the photographers as well as those being photographed, said exhibition curator Andrew Nelson, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland.

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TROY cited by national honor society

Posted: Friday, 14 November 2014

TROY - Troy University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is one of 24 chapters in the nation recognized by the organization's Chapter of Merit distinction.

The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society across all academic disciplines.

"Phi Kappa Phi at Troy University has such an outstanding legacy of celebrating academic excellence across all disciplines. It is an honor to have the local chapter cited as a 'Chapter of Merit,'" said Chapter President Jerry Johnson. "I believe that this year the Troy chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will move into the next level as a chapter as we pursue becoming a 'Chapter of Excellence.' We certainly have the faculty and student resources to do so."

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Procedures for TROY Faculty, Staff and Students

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Troy University (Troy) is concerned for the safety and health of all students, faculty, staff and guests at all its locations around the world. The importance of health safety cannot be overstated or assumed, regardless of the threat, disease or outbreak. We hope the following information about the Ebola Disease and international travel is helpful to you.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a Level 3 Travel Notice recommending that individuals avoid non-essential traveling to and from four countries in West Africa: Liberia; Sierra Leone; Guinea; Nigeria. We advise that educational and other types of travel to these countries be postponed until the EVD outbreak is controlled.

EVD is not transmitted through the air and is not like a respiratory disease such as the flu or common cold. EVD is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from EVD and from objects contaminated with the virus (primarily medical equipment).

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International Education an everyday mission at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Troy University will celebrate International Education Week with several events Nov. 16-20, but for "Alabama's International University," international education is a part of the daily mission.

The University's Troy Campus is home to nearly 800 international students representing 75 countries. Each day, more than 80 different languages can be heard spoken on campus.

"At Troy University, we want to ensure that our students are globally aware, prepared and competitive," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "All students benefit from exposure to classmates from other cultures, traditions and faiths."

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Troy University history professor to discuss new book on the Holocaust

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

TROY - Troy University history professor Dr. Dan Puckett will discuss his new book on the Holocaust during a pair of upcoming lectures in Dothan and Troy.

Dr. Puckett, an associate professor of history at the Montgomery Campus, is the author of "In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama's Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust" published by the University of Alabama Press.

He will discuss his new book on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, and at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Troy Campus library. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Troy University dedicates John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Center for Student Success

TROY - Troy University officials on Saturday dedicated the Center for Student Success in honor of Dr. John W. Schmidt, a retired University administrator.

Schmidt, who served the University in leadership positions including Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and most recently Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, retired at the end of July after 20 years of service. Troy University Trustees approved a resolution at their July meeting renaming the center, which is located inside Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus and provides programs and services that enhance students' academic achievement, personal and social growth, campus and civic engagement, career development and persistence to graduation.

"When Dr. Schmidt began to work on his doctorate, you just knew his research was going to be useful and meaningful for Troy University and our students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "This Center in which we stand today that is beneficial to so many of our students grew out of Dr. Schmidt's dedication, research and efforts."

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Three inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 07 November 2014
Troy University Career Services

TROY - Tommy Ledbetter, the late Dr. Paul Hubbert and the late Gary Warren were inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University during a ceremony on Thursday in Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall on the Troy Campus.

Established in 1982, the Hall of Fame is a cooperative effort of Troy University, the Alabama Association of School Boards and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools to recognize and honor the achievements of outstanding leaders in education within the state. The first induction ceremony was held in April 1984. Portraits of inductees are displayed in Hawkins Hall, home to Troy University's College of Education.

"We are here today to recognize those who have had a tremendous impact on education in this state and made a difference in the lives of our children," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor. "If you look around you on these walls, you see the portraits of the 39 inductees to date. Today, we honor three more that will join their ranks – three whose influence on education will continue to be felt for years to come."

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TROY receives grant from business for career success center

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Troy University Career Services

TROY - An on-going recruiting partnership has landed Troy University's Career Services a $2,500 donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Career Services, part of the John M. Schmidt Student Success Center, which will be formally dedicated on Saturday, provides both current students and alumni professional assistance on career choices, gaining work experience and assistance with job searches. Resume building and interview preparation, as well as advising on academic major selection, are also offered.

"It's an honor Enterprise Rent-A-Car selected us for this gift," said Lauren Cole, Career Services coordinator. "We always spend our money on ways to advance relationships between employers and students."

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Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame Induction

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.: Troy University will induct three outstanding leaders in education into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus. Tommy Ledbetter, a veteran educator known as a leader in the area of adolescent literacy, will be inducted, along with two posthumous inductions of longtime leader of the Alabama Education Association Dr. Paul Hubbert and former Alabama State Board of Education member Gary Warren. The ceremony will include welcoming remarks from Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand, Dean of the College of Education, comments by TROY Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and the presentation of inductees. Those interested in covering the event should be in place no later than 1:45 p.m. and can contact Andy Ellis (aellis@troy.edu, 334-268-9983) or Clif Lusk (clusk@troy.edu, 334-268-9982) for additional information.

Dedication of the Dr. John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success

Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.: Troy University will dedicate the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, in the lobby of Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Schmidt retired at the end of July after 20 years of service to the University, including holding the positions of Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations. Those wishing to cover the event should be in place no later than 10:45 a.m. Contact Andy Ellis (aellis@troy.edu, 334-268-9983) or Clif Lusk (clusk@troy.edu, 334-268-9982) for additional information.

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TROY political scientist publishes book on Russia

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff

TROY - Troy University political science lecturer Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff has released his second book, "Building Hegemonic Order Russia's Way: Order, Stability and Predictability in the Post-Soviet Space."

This book examines Russia's emergence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its creation of a security architecture in the post-Soviet space. Many scholars argue that Russia is a coercive power in the region that forces states to act in only its own interests. While acknowledging Russia's power, Slobodchikoff argues that it is not able to merely force states to behave as it wants them to. Instead, Russia must use bilateral and multilateral cooperation to develop a security architecture that provides order, stability and predictable behavior for both Russia as the hegemon and the weaker powers in the region.

"While Western politicians have argued that Russia has tried to reestablish the Soviet Union through coercive means, the reality is much more of a nuanced interaction among all of the states in the region, which ensures state sovereignty while allowing the weaker states to pursue their own interests," he said.

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TROY alumnus inducted into Alabama Military Hall of Honor

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Troy University alumnus and retired Army Col. Burnie Quick of Columbus, Ga., was recently inducted into the Alabama Military Hall of Honor on the campus of Marion Military Institute.

Quick, a 1963 MMI graduate and a 1965 graduate of TROY, was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served wo tours in Vietnam as a Rifle Company Commander in the 25th and 1st Infantry Divisions. He received the Silver Star for bravery in both tours.

He later successfully commanded an infantry battalion and brigade in the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany, before retiring in 1994 after 28 years of service.

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Troy University to host Open House Nov. 18 at the Montgomery Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014

MONTGOMERY - Prospective students can learn more about Troy University and get their application fees waived during an open house event on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Montgomery Campus.

The event will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. inside the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public. All application fees will be waived for any applications submitted during the Open House.

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Prattville's Hannah McDonald crowned Miss Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Miss Troy University

TROY - Hannah McDonald, a senior elementary education major from Prattville, was crowned Miss Troy University on Saturday during the annual pageant on the Troy Campus.

Fifteen students competed for the crown in the 44th annual pageant, which was held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Contestants were judged on a private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

McDonald, a Prattville High School graduate and the daughter of Gail and Bubba McDonald, will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama next year.

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