TROY students, faculty, staff and alumni lend a hand during the holidays

Posted: Monday, 22 December 2014
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Outreach to the community always is a key part of Troy University's mission, and those efforts are especially evident during the holiday season. TROY students, faculty, staff and alumni have been busy this holiday season taking part in various outreach projects.

On Dec. 15, Troy University staff and members of the Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter took a turn supporting the Salvation Army, ringing the bells as a part of the organization's Red Kettle Campaign at the Chantilly Boulevard Walmart in Montgomery.

"Our alumni stepped up and demonstrated the Trojan Spirit through supporting the Salvation Army in this effort," said Faith Ward, Director of Alumni Affairs. "We had tremendous support throughout the day and our staff and alumni involved in the effort enjoyed the opportunity to lend a hand in this annual campaign."

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Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication ranked in top 10 by survey

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
TROY TrojanVision News

TROY - Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication has been ranked in the top 10 in the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2014 Best College Journalism Schools survey.

The Hall School was ranked at No. 6 in the poll, which surveyed members of the Association, as well as news professionals through TVWeek.com, to determine the top 20 schools.

Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication, said the ranking represents the quality of the programs offered and the hard work of the School's dedicated faculty and students.

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Amy Owens wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
December 2014 McKinley Award

TROY - Amy Owens, departmental secretary in the School of Nursing at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Owens, who has been employed by the University since 2009, received the award from Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration, during the University's annual Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus. Owens was nominated by Dr. John Miller, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

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 Chancellor honored with Confucius Institute award

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Confucius Institute Award

TROY - Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, was one of nine university chancellors worldwide and the only one in North America to receive the World Confucius Institute's Individual Performance Excellence Award during the World Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen, China.

The annual conference celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute program, designed to promote Chinese language education and cultural awareness, and honored outstanding contributions in both Confucius Institute of the Year awards and outstanding individual performances.

Dr. Hawkins received the award from Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on behalf of the CI headquarters in Beijing. There are currently 475 Confucius Institutes worldwide, including 120 in the United States.

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Campaign to become an All-Steinway School continues at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Steinway & Sons

Always seeking to provide quality academic experiences for its students, Troy University launched an effort earlier this year that is striking the right chord with students, faculty and alumni alike.

The University's John M. Long School of Music is in the midst of a campaign to become an All-Steinway School and is seeking to purchase 34 Steinway pianos at a cost of approximately $1.6 million. As an All-Steinway School, TROY would be in the top 4 percent of all universities. Currently there are only 160 All-Steinway Schools among the 4,600 colleges or universities that offer music degrees.

"Since 1853, Steinway and Sons pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value," said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. "Steinways are the 'Cadillacs' of pianos. Our students spend thousands of hours on the piano, and it's of the utmost importance that our students have the chance to play and learn on the best quality instruments."

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Gene Kranz encourages graduates to maximize their potential

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Gene Kranz - Fall 2014 Montgomery Commencement

MONTGOMERY - Legendary NASA Flight Control Director Gene Kranz urged Troy University graduates on Monday to never settle for less than their best.

Kranz, who led the effort to bring Apollo 13 safely back to earth following an explosion in space, delivered the keynote address to graduates on the University's Montgomery Campus during the ceremony at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

More than 125 graduates received degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

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TROY announces entrepreneur and economic innovation center

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2014

TROY - Entrepreneurship and business development will be the focus of a new program on Troy University's Dothan Campus, and will provide both students and community members with important resources to enhance economic growth.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation is the outcome of a series of meetings between Sorrell College of Business officials and business leaders in Dothan about making the College more relevant to them, the community and the Wiregrass region of Alabama.

"The creation of a Center will allow us to bring the worlds of entrepreneurship, best business practices, compliance, and business ethics together and to link in the minds of our students, our stakeholders, and the communities in the Wiregrass area that we do see entrepreneurship as being inextricably linked to those areas," said Dr. Skip Ames, interim Dothan Campus vice chancellor and assistant dean of the Sorrell College of Business.

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Troy University receives check for trails project in Janice Hawkins Park

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Dr. Skip Ames

TROY - Troy University today received a $5,000 check from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority to cover the cost of phase one of an ecological trail system and outdoor classroom in Janice Hawkins Park on the Troy Campus.

The funds were used to install a system of trails through the park using natural materials and included signage to provide educational opportunities along the trail.

Authority Executive Director Barbara Gibson and Authority Board Chairman Jack Pelfrey and board member Alan Boothe presented the check to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business Affairs, and Mark Salmon, Director of the University's Physical Plant.

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Ames named campus vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Dr. Skip Ames

DOTHAN - Troy University has named Dr. Orrin K. "Skip" Ames as Campus Vice Chancellor of its Dothan Campus.

"We are proud to have Dr. Ames represent the University in the Dothan community and the Wiregrass region," said Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration.

"Dr. Ames is a capable administrator who is dedicated to the Dothan Campus and is a real leader in the fields of entrepreneurial studies and business ethics who has had a distinguished career as a practicing attorney and academician. We know he will continue to be active in the Dothan Community," he said.

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Mark Saliba urges Troy University graduates to serve their communities

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Mark Saliba

DOTHAN - Local business and civic leader Mark Saliba urged Troy University graduates on Sunday to serve their communities with cooperation, compassion and commitment.

Saliba, the president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for Troy University's Dothan Campus, held at the Dothan Civic Center.

More than 200 students received degrees this fall at the Dothan Campus.

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TROY Trustees honor University retirees

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014

TROY - Troy University's Board of Trustees on Friday honored faculty and staff members who retired in 2014.

Trustees approved a resolution honoring those employees for their "loyal and conscientious service to the University."

Those honored were:

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$1 million donation will further science and technology at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Terry Everett

TROY - A $1 million donation by former U.S. Representative Terry Everett will help advance Troy University's new School of Science and Technology.

The gift, unveiled during the University's Board of Trustees meeting Friday, will fund an eminent scholar faculty position for the College of Arts and Sciences school, set to launch in Spring 2015.

"Science and technology is so important," said Everett. "I can't think of a better thing on which to concentrate."

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Mallach encourages TROY graduates to work hard and maintain positive attitude

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2014
David Mallach

TROY - Troy University alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach encouraged TROY graduates to embrace the next chapter of their lives with a positive attitude.

Speaking during Friday's fall commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus, Mallach told graduates that this ceremony was not just an ending but also a beginning.

"More than four decades ago, I sat in a chair waiting to walk across the stage, just as you are today," Mallach said. "For many of you, you have completed the last class you will ever take. Now you have to put all you have learned and experienced together and move on to the next phase of your life. Troy University has equipped you with the tools you need to be successful and now it is up to you. If you work hard and maintain a positive attitude, you will succeed."

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Troy University awards honorary degree to Dr. Doug Hawkins

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2014
Dr. Doug Hawkins

TROY - Troy University honored Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, President Pro Tem Emeritus of the University's Board of Trustees, with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during its fall commencement ceremony on Friday.

More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations took part in the commencement exercises in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

Dr. Doug Hawkins, a native of Luverne and longtime community and civic leader in TROY, was appointed to the Troy University Board of Trustees in 1980, served as President Pro Tem from 1995-2011 and remains a member of the board.

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More than 800 degrees to be awarded during commencement ceremonies in Troy, Dothan and Montgomery

Posted: Tuesday, 09 December 2014
Neal Brown

Watch Troy Campus Commencement Live, Friday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

Troy University will award more than 800 diplomas in the coming days as the University hosts fall commencement ceremonies on its Troy, Dothan and Montgomery campuses.

More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations are expected to participate in commencement exercises on the Troy Campus on Friday, Dec. 12. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena. The ceremony will be streamed live at www.troy.edu/live and also air live on TROY TrojanVision. To find the TROY TrojanVision channel in your area, visit the online channel listing at http://troytrojanvision.org/channel-listing.html.

Alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach will deliver the keynote address for the ceremony. A 1971 marketing and business graduate, Mallach is managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch and has been with the company for more than 40 years. His books include "Moneywork$," "Investment Secrets," Dancing with the Analysts," "Walking with the Analysts," "Running with the Analysts," "Myth," and "The Trillion Dollar Sure Thing." Many of his Wall Street thrillers revolve around a main character – Johnny Long, so named in honor of Dr. John M. Long, director emeritus of the Sound of the South Marching Band and one of Mallach's mentors.

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Troy University Art and Design students exhibit senior theses

Posted: Friday, 05 December 2014

TROY - Eleven Troy University art and design students are showcasing their work in Malone Gallery during the Fall Senior Thesis Exhibition that runs through Dec. 12.

The senior projects are required for graduation and each reflects the students' personal interpretations of the world around them. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., began this week and continues through Dec. 12. A reception honoring the seniors is slated for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Malone Gallery.

Seniors exhibiting are:

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Media Advisory

Posted: Thursday, 04 December 2014

Fall Commencement Exercises

Friday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m./Trojan Arena: Troy alumnus David Mallach, managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch, will provide the keynote address at Fall Commencement. Mallach is a member of the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors, is the author of five novels, an accomplished saxophone player and a private pilot.

Media wishing to cover the event should be in place in Trojan Arena no later than 9:45 a.m.

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Neal Brown introduced as TROY's head football coach

Posted: Tuesday, 02 December 2014
Neal Brown

There may be no place like home, but for new football coach Neal Brown, Troy came pretty close.

Brown was officially introduced on Monday as the 21st head coach of the Troy University football program, returning to the school where he broke through as one of the top offensive coordinators in the country. He came to TROY in 2006 as wide receivers coach before becoming offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2008.

"I am humbled and honored to stand at this podium as TROY's head football coach," Brown said during Monday's press conference in the Stadium Club at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the Troy Campus. "I am grateful for Dr. Hawkins and John Hartwell for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to return to this great University."

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Legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2014

MONTGOMERY - Gene Kranz, the legendary NASA Flight Control Director who led the effort to save Apollo 13, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during fall commencement at the Montgomery Campus.

The ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Approximately 125 students are set to receive degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

A veteran Air Force pilot during the 1950s, Kranz joined NASA in 1960 as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. Kranz was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, and continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo Program. Known for wearing his famous white vests during missions, Kranz was the flight director for many Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and he led the "Tiger Team" for the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew. He was portrayed by Ed Harris in the film "Apollo 13."

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Saliba to address Troy University graduates in Dothan

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2014

DOTHAN - Local business leader Mark Saliba will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center. More than 200 students will receive degrees this fall at the Dothan Campus.

Saliba is the president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, one of the leading construction companies in the Southeast. He is a member of the Dothan/Wiregrass Home Builders Association Hall of Fame, and has served on the organization's board and as a past president. At the state level, Saliba has been involved with the Home Builders Association of Alabama since 1990 and was state president in 2006. He was voted Builder of the Year in Alabama in 1993 and received a Presidential Award in 2010. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame.

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Author and alumnus to provide commencement address

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2014
David Mallach

TROY - Alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach will provide Troy University's keynote address on Friday, Dec. 12.

More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations will participate in Fall Commencement Exercises beginning at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena.

Mallach, managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch is a 1971 marketing and business graduate, and has been with the company for more than 40 years. His books include "Moneywork$," "Investment Secrets," "Dancing with The Analysts," "Walking with The Analysts," "Running with The Analysts," "Myth," and "The Trillion Dollar Sure Thing." Many of his Wall Street thrillers revolve around a main character - Johnny Long, so named in honor of Dr. John M. Long, director emeritus of the Sound of the South Marching Band, and one of Mallach's mentors.

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