Matthew Wright wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Matthey Wright - McKinley Award

TROY - Matthew Wright, enrollment coordinator at Troy University's Panama City Site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Wright, who has been employed full-time by the University since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Monday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Lisa Kitto, area coordinator for the Panama City Site.

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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Former Sierra Leone child solider to tell his story at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 25 September 2015
Sen. Gerald Dial

TROY - Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone and author of "A Long Way Gone," will address students on the Troy Campus at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Trojan Center Theater.

Beah's book, named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007, is the focus of the University's Common Reading Initiative, which provides a freshman text utilized across academic disciplines and encourages students to read more while in college.

Born in Sierra Leone in 1980, Beah's life was derailed by civil war when he was 11 years old. After his parents and two brothers were killed, he was recruited to fight as a child soldier in the army at age 13. Removed from the army by UNICEF and rehabilitated, Beah won a competition to attend a conference at the United Nations to talk about the effects of war on children in his country. He was later adopted by an American family.

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Sen. Gerald Dial reappointed to Troy University Board of Trustees

Posted: Friday, 25 September 2015
Sen. Gerald Dial

TROY - Gov. Robert Bentley has reappointed State Sen. Gerald Dial to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees. Dial currently serves as president pro-tempore of the Board.

Dial's re-appointment must be confirmed by the Alabama Senate, but the governor's appointment is effective Oct. 25.

"Sen. Dial's reappointment is good news for the Troy University family. His leadership and vision as President Pro Tem have allowed us to continue a long-standing tradition of having a cohesive, cooperative Board that pulls together for the good of the University and its students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor.

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Confucius Institute at Troy University establishes classrooms at Montgomery, Pike Road schools

Posted: Friday, 25 September 2015
Confucius Institue at TROY establishes classrooms

MONTGOMERY - The Confucius Institute at Troy University signed partnerships with Montgomery City Schools and Pike Road School officials today to provide Confucius Classrooms at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School, Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School and Pike Road School.

Under the partnership, the Confucius Institute at Troy University, Alabama's only such center with a statewide mission, will provide instruction in the Mandarin Chinese language and in Chinese culture and arts. The Institute provided $20,000 grants to each school to help establish the classrooms.

"Today's partnerships are an important step on a long journey," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University. "The Confucius Institute at Troy University was established in 2007, and in many ways, has served as the center of our internationalization efforts at TROY. Now, through these Confucius Classrooms, we are beginning to share these opportunities statewide. It is vitally important that our children have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the Chinese language and culture because understanding yields appreciation and appreciation yields relationships."

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Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson appointed to Troy University Board of Trustees

Posted: Thursday, 24 September 2015
Forrest Latta

TROY - Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees.

Johnson's appointment must be confirmed by the Alabama Senate, but the governor's appointment was effective Sept. 18.

"Mayor Earl Johnson has been the model TROY alumnus, serving as a member of our Foundation Board of Directors, chairman of our Sports Hall of Fame Board of Advisors, and a driving force behind the creation of our planned giving society. His family's generosity led to the complete redesign and upgrade of our main Quad on the Troy Campus. His leadership and expertise in matters of policy will enhance an already strong Board of Trustees," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

A 1970 TROY graduate in economics and business administration, Johnson went on to attend Cumberland School of Law and Samford University, completing his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1974. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in Nov. 1974 and has practiced law in Andalusia since that time.

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Forrest Latta reappointed to Troy University Board of Trustees

Posted: Thursday, 24 September 2015
Forrest Latta

TROY - Gov. Robert Bentley has reappointed Mobile attorney Forrest Latta to a 12-year term on the Troy University Board of Trustees.

Latta's reappointment must be confirmed by the Alabama Senate, but the governor's reappointment is effective Oct. 25. Latta was first appointed to the Board in 2005.

"Forrest Latta is an outstanding alumnus and one of the most student-centered trustees we have ever had. His devotion to student welfare and academic excellence are invaluable as the Board sets the policies for our University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

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TROY Symphony Band MASTERWORKS concert set for next week

Posted: Thursday, 24 September 2015

TROY – The Troy University Symphony Band will present its "MASTERWORKS" concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 29 in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

This year's concert features the "British Band Classics" of the wind band literature, including Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb" and "Second Suite in F." The symphony band will open its performance with F. Vaughan "Toccata Marziale" and "Flourish for Wind Band," said Director of Bands Dr. Mark Walker.

"We are extremely pleased to offer this free performance to the public. Our students have prepared well and are excited to showcase their talents," he said. "This is a rare opportunity for band music enthusiasts to hear these pieces performed in the same program."

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Michelin North America donates $150,000 to Troy University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation

Posted: Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Michelin Donation

DOTHAN - Officials with Michelin North America today presented $150,000 to Troy University to fund the creation of an innovative space for entrepreneurial collaboration and creativity at the Dothan Campus.

The gift will support creation of a "whiteboard room" inside the soon-to-be-built Coleman Hall as part of the University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation. "The room will be uniquely designed to accommodate meetings between entrepreneurs in an environment that encourages creativity and energy," said Dr. Skip Ames, vice chancellor for the Dothan Campus.

"The room will be equipped with whiteboards and mobile furniture that will allow entrepreneurs to move around and do creative, free-flow thinking without being bounded by their environment," said Dr. Ames. "We could not think of a better company than Michelin to partner with to develop this room, which will be a one-of-a-kind resource for entrepreneurs in the Wiregrass."

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TROY’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication to host annual high school J-Day

Posted: Tuesday, 22 September 2015

TROY - Nearly 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 Thursday, Sept. 24, at Troy University.

J-Day, as the event is known, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. J-Day provides high school students the opportunity to experience the journalism and communication world through a series of informative and practical workshops and provide a better understanding of the career field.

“Dating back more than 20 years, J-Day provides the opportunity for high school students and advisers to learn more about various aspects within the fields of journalism and communication,” said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. “It gives students interested in pursuing careers in the field exposure to the faculty and programs available here at Troy University.”

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TROY’s Small Business Development Center to offer QuickBooks training in Enterprise, Eufaula

Posted: Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Troy University’s Small Business Development Center will offer “QuickBooks Training for Beginners” on Sept. 28 in Enterprise and on Sept. 30 in Eufaula.

Participants will learn about small business accounting and how to use QuickBooks Pro and Premier desktop versions. Topics will include how to use the software to work with customers, pay sales taxes, set up inventory, set up and work with bank accounts, set up and pay employees and pay payroll taxes.

A free trial version of the software will be made available prior to the training session. Those who already use QuickBooks may bring laptop computers containing the software.

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TROY receives $ 4 million grant for student support services

Posted: Tuesday, 22 September 2015

TROY - Troy University has received the largest award to any four-year institution in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education for student support services.

The Student Support Services Project at TROY will receive more than $4 million over the next five years to provide services to University students who are selected to be a part of the SSS program. Qualifying for participation includes, in part, being classified as a first-generation, low-income and special needs student. Elements of the program have operated for more than 25 years at the University.

“At Troy University, our mission is to help our students achieve success, in the classroom and beyond,” said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First Year Studies. “The awarding of the Student Support Services grant for another five years is a significant recognition of our efforts at student success. The SSS program is making a difference with our students that will have life-long positive results.”

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Media Advisory

Posted: Tuesday, 22 September 2015

CONFUCIUS CLASSROOMS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN MONTGOMERY

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 10 A.M., CIVIC ROOM, MONTGOMERY CAMPUS: The Confucius Institute at Troy University will announce the creation of Confucius Classrooms in two Montgomery Public Schools, and Pike Road Schools. Through the partnership, the Confucius Institute will provide significant funding to support these programs.

Confucius Classrooms provide Chinese language and cultural education.

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TROY's Confucius Institute provides free performance at Davis Theater

Posted: Monday, 14 September 2015

MONTGOMERY - Troy University and its Confucius Institute will open the doors of the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts to provide the public a free performance by a Chinese art ensemble.

The Jiangsu Normal University Art Ensemble will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Montgomery Campus, and the night's entertainment includes classical dance, Chinese folk dance, a hulusi performance, folk instrument performance, Chinese and British ballad performance and presentations from the Beijing Opera.

Located in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Normal University is a national university of China with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students.

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Media Advisory

Posted: Monday, 14 September 2015

Michelin North America to present $150,000 to Troy University

Officials with Michelin North America will present a $150,000 donation to Troy University on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Dothan Campus.

The presentation will be made during a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. inside the Michelin Room in Everett Hall. The event will include remarks from Phillip Kelley, human resources manager for Michelin North America's manufacturing facility in Dothan and Dr. Skip Ames, vice chancellor for Troy University's Dothan Campus.

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Troy University to present social media seminar series in Montgomery, Dothan

Posted: Friday, 11 September 2015

TROY - Troy University's Continuing Education Center will offer a seminar series in Montgomery and Dothan designed to help business professionals navigate the fast-moving world of social media.

"Social Media for Business Professionals: A Three Part Seminar Series," will give professionals a better understanding of how to effectively use social media to communicate with the public. The seminar will take participants through the basics of launching and managing a social media platform, to more advance skills such as developing a long term content strategy and using software to monitor multiple social platforms.

The series will be offered at TROY's Montgomery Campus on Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m. each session inside Whitley Hall, Room 318. The series will move to the Dothan Campus Oct. 20, 27, and Nov. 3, also from 6-8 p.m. inside Adams Hall, Room 208.

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W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host free viewing of 'Supermoon' Lunar Eclipse Sept. 27

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015

MONTGOMERY - The W.A. Gayle Planetarium will give the public an opportunity to view a rare celestial event on Sunday, Sept. 27.

That night will feature a rare combination of a "supermoon" and a lunar eclipse. A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is closest to Earth during its revolution.

"At this nearest point to the Earth, the moon appears larger in diameter by 14 percent," said Planetarium Director Rick Evans. "It also appears to be brighter by about 30 percent, as seen from Earth, hence the term 'supermoon.'"

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Troy University to offer "Instant Piano" course in Dothan

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015

DOTHAN - Troy University's Continuing Education Center will offer another session of the popular "Instant Piano" course for novice musicians on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The one-night class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dothan Campus, inside Malone Hall.

Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to play the piano but felt they did not have the time to learn, "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People" will introduce participants to the basic techniques needed to make piano playing a part of their lives. Instructor Michael McMillan focuses on chord techniques, and will teach participants the skills needed to play any song in any style or key.

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Band and Spirit Day is Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015

TROY - More than 2,000 middle school and high school band members representing 26 bands will perform alongside the Sound of the South Marching Band during Troy University's Band and Spirit Day on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The bands will join the Sound in a special halftime performance during TROY's opening home game against Charleston Southern. Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. For tickets, call 1-877-878-9467. On game day, the ticket office in Tine Davis Fieldhouse will be open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets for Saturday's game are $15.

"Band Day" began in 1998 and provides high school band students the opportunity to experience performing at the collegiate level.

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Coping with stress is aim of student outreach program

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015

TROY - Troy University students can learn more about coping with stress next week on the Troy Campus in a week-long project sponsored the University's Student Counseling Center and Trojan Outreach.

"How to Deal" presents a week filled with ideas, information and strategies for how to deal with life in healthy, positive ways, and students even have a chance to take home a "Coping Tool Box" on Wednesday.

"College is hard; life is hard. While these are realities we cannot change, we can change how we choose to view and react to stressors that are inevitably going to be a part of our lives," said Fran Scheel, a counselor and SAVE Project director.

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Dr. Carmen C. Lewis named assistant business dean at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang

DOTHAN - Dr. Carmen C. Lewis has been named Assistant Dean for Administration for Troy University's Sorrell College of Business on the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Lewis has been a member of the Troy University faculty since 2009. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, she served as a graduate student teacher at Florida State University from 2005 to 2009, and as a programmer/integration analyst with Southeast Alabama Medical Center from 2002 to 2005.

"Dr. Lewis is a resident of Dothan with true passion for this community," said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. "As a faculty member, she excelled in advising, student support and external engagement with the business community. The combination of her local connections and professional skills creates the unique qualities needed to make a significant impact in her new leadership role. I have no doubt she will do a great job."

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Original Frank Lloyd Wright plans donated to TROY

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang

TROY - Troy University has received a set of house plans drawn by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, noted for his "organic architecture" that promoted a harmonious balance between humanity and its environment.

The Usonian home plans, dated in 1959, could be those of the last home designed by the architect before his death April 9, 1959. The plans were donated to the University by alumnus Wade Hall on behalf of the family.

"Our best barometer is found in the success of our alumni," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "Wade Hall represents what education is about."

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Troy University students remember terrorist attacks with week of service

Posted: Tuesday, 8 September 2015

TROY – Troy University students will fan out throughout the area this week displaying their Trojan Warrior spirit of service.

Students will take part in various community service projects as a part of the Fall Week of Service. The annual event was begun to pay tribute to the victims, survivors and first responders of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is presented by the University’s Office of Civic Engagement.



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Troy University, City of Troy mourn passing of Dr. Doug Hawkins

Posted: Saturday, 5 September 2015

TROY, Ala.—Flags will fly at half-staff across Troy University and the City of Troy beginning Saturday to mark the passing of Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, who practiced veterinary medicine in Troy for 55 years and served on the Troy University Board of Trustees for 35 years.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, and Jason Reeves, Mayor of Troy, praised Dr. Doug Hawkins for his leadership in University and civic affairs. Dr. Doug Hawkins died Saturday, September 5, in Montgomery due to complications following open-heart surgery.

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Assisting Hurricane Katrina victims still most rewarding experience of TROY professor’s career

Posted: Friday, 4 September 2015

TROY -- Ten years later, the memories are still vivid for Dr. Amy Spurlock, professor in Troy University’s School of Nursing.

Spurlock was teaching a public health nursing course in the fall semester in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts. Her students – seniors nearing graduation – came to her, asking what could be done to help in the aftermath of the storm. The result was a quickly organized “clinical experience of a lifetime,” which included 12 nursing students, Spurlock, faculty member Carolyn Andrews and Dr. Don Jeffrey, Dean of the college of Health and Human Services.

The team traveled to Wesley Memorial Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss. with a collection of medical supplies in tow.

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