Troy University Public Radio launches spring fund drive

Posted: Thursday, 29 April 2016

TROY – Troy University Public Radio's spring fund drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, will kick off Saturday under the theme "Always Connected."

The drive will run through May 7, and offers different options through which supporters can make donations.

"TROY Public Radio is hard at work planning new ways to strengthen your connections to us and the world," said Kyle D. Gassiott, operations manager. "TROY Public Radio recently added the news program 'Here & Now,' produced by NPR and WBUR, to the noon hour. We've already heard from listeners how much they appreciate the way that 'Here & Now,' along with 'In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson,' brings you the latest news and information from around the world and across our listening area."

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Troy University Montgomery cuts ribbon on new Barnes & Noble Trojan Cafe

Posted: Thursday, 29 April 2016
Staff

MONTGOMERY - Troy University, Barnes & Noble and Montgomery officials cut the ribbon Thursday on the new Trojan Cafe on the University's Montgomery Campus.

The Trojan Cafe proudly serving Starbucks™ is located inside Whitley Hall on Montgomery Street and is part of the continued revitalization of downtown Montgomery.

"Troy University has a long history in Montgomery, and we are proud to be a part of that original push that got downtown Montgomery started," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Troy University Montgomery. "Part of our responsibility is to keep that moving going forward. Twenty months ago we began discussing with Barnes & Noble about how we could reinvent the bookstore experience to include an area that students, faculty and staff could come relax and get a cup of coffee but also provide something for the downtown community. We are extremely proud of how this turned out."

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Troy University's master in communications in nation's top 45

Posted: Thursday, 28 April 2016

TROY - Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication has been recognized as one of the top 45 online communications master's degree in the nation.

The Master of Science in Strategic Communication was ranked 41 by Affordable Online Colleges, an education and industry resource for online education information. The ranking comes on the heels of the Hall School being recognized as the sixth best journalism school in the nation by the Radio Television Digital news Association's 2014 Best College Journalism Schools survey.

"The master's program has been in existence for less than five years and the accolade is a tremendous testament of the program's academic success, its outstanding faculty and students, and TROY's most supportive administration," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, the school's director.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to host Family Free Days this summer

Posted: Thursday, 28 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Family Free Days are coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum this summer.

The museum, located at Troy University Montgomery, will welcome families for fun activities and free admission on May 21, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20. Activities, designed with the entire family in mind, will include hands-on art projects, performance art, storytelling and more. Each month will feature a different theme.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these days with activities scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Troy University, Central Alabama Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Staff

Alexander City – Troy University and Central Alabama Community College officials signed an agreement that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Central Alabama Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to CACC for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Central Alabama, 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 are currently nearly 200 former Central Alabama Community College students enrolled at TROY, and that today's agreement will provide further opportunities for CACC students.

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Troy University announces summer 2016 camps schedule

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016

TROY - Troy University will host several camps throughout the summer, offering a variety of educational opportunities for students and adults.

The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy will be held June 2-3 and June 6-8 on the University's Dothan Campus. Made possible through a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Leadership Academy is designed to improve teacher quality through a series of science, math and technology-themed workshops and activities.

Troy University's Sound of the South marching band will offer its annual Summer Music/Leadership Camp June 12-16 on the Troy Campus. The camp will feature instruction in concert band, percussion ensemble, drum major, majorette, dance and color guard.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum adds to staff

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Staff

MONTGOMERY - The staff of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum is growing to assist in the museum's efforts to increase its educational programming.

Two new employees were added this month - D. Keith Worthington, who will serve as operations manager, and Madeline Burkhardt, who will serve as the museum's adult education coordinator - and an existing staff member, Donna Beisel, has been moved into the position of K-12 education coordinator.

A former adjunct professor of business management with Central Texas College, Worthington previously served as program manager with Appleton Learning, as well as a secondary assistant administrator.

Worthington, a life-long advocate for justice, equality and equity, received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University and his master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

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'Deeply honored' Trethewey receives Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Monday, 25 April 2016
Hall-Waters Prize

MONTGOMERY - Natasha Trethewey accepted her first-ever honor for southern literature on Saturday as Troy University presented the former U.S. poet laureate with the Hall-Waters Prize during a reception at the Young House in Old Alabama Town.

The reception wrapped up a day of activity at the 11th annual Alabama Book Festival. The University was among several sponsors for the festival. Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of the TROY English Department, presented the award to Trethewey on behalf of the University. Also taking part in the program were: Janice Hawkins, First Lady of Troy University; Gregg Swem; and Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall died in September.

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Troy University to host grand opening of Trojan Cafe on Montgomery Campus

Posted: Monday, 25 April 2016

Montgomery, AL - Troy University's Montgomery Campus is pleased to announce the grand opening celebration of the new Trojan Cafe proudly serving Starbucks™ in downtown Montgomery on Thursday, April 28, at 9 a.m. Mayor Todd Strange, as well as dignitaries from Troy University, Barnes & Noble College and the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance.

"Troy University Montgomery has long been at the forefront of the downtown revitalization efforts in Montgomery," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of the Montgomery Campus. "The addition of the Cafe allows the University to expand our reach into the business community, allowing individuals visiting our campus to experience what we have to offer and showcase our beautiful campus. The addition of the Cafe and access to a full menu of Starbucks™ products will prove to be a popular destination for anyone visiting downtown Montgomery."

Located inside of Whitley Hall on Montgomery Street, directly across from Troy University's Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the new cafe is part of the continued revitalization of downtown Montgomery that has included a new baseball stadium, restaurants, hotels, businesses and apartments over the past decade. The cafe will be a welcomed addition, providing a much-needed coffee establishment and cafe that currently does not exist in the downtown area.

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Groundwater Festival set draw 400 fourth graders

Posted: Friday, 22 April 2016
Groundwater Festival

TROY - The 14th annual Groundwater Festival will give about 400 fourth-grade students from every school in Pike County a chance to get "hands-on" with activities promoting environmental awareness and water education.

The one-day festival on Wednesday, April 27 will allow students and teachers to participate in three lab activities: "Edible Aquifer," "Drop in a Bucket," and "Water Bracelet." In addition, students participate in an artwork competition supported by the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, and winners will be announced during the festival. "Sammy Soil," "Ruby Raindrop," T-Roy and the Trojan Cheerleaders will also be on hand to greet the students as they arrive on campus.

The "Soil Tunnel Trailer," a mobile museum, will be available for students to learn the correlation between their daily activities that directly relate to groundwater contamination. Alabama P.A.L.S. will be on hand to educate students on the effects of littering, said Janet Gaston, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences who coordinates the event for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Leader in international education to give commencement address at TROY

Posted: Friday, 22 April 2016
Jackson

TROY - Arlene Jackson, associate vice president for global initiatives at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University's commencement on May 6.

Some 800 students representing 31 U.S. states and one territory, and 12 other nations, are expected to participate in the exercises that begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

Jackson has a rich background in international education. Arlene Jackson was appointed AASCU's director for international education December 2001. She assumed her current role in 2015 to develop and implement national programs and activities that expand and enrich the internationalization of 420-plus AASCU member institutions.

Prior to joining the organization, she was director of the Center for International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, had had worked at the Institute of International Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Operation Crossroads Africa, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center. Additionally she was a State Department English language officer and has consulted for a variety of organizations, agencies and academic institutions. She also served in the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a specialist for international education to South Africa, Oman, Costa Rica, Madagascar and Comoros. In 2011, she was a thematic advisor for the Fulbright-Hays special president/chief academic officer seminar to Jordan and Oman.

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Media Advisory: Troy University, Central Alabama Community College agreement signing

Posted: Friday, 22 April 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m.: Troy University and Central Alabama Community College will sign a “Reverse Transfer” agreement during a ceremony at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, in the Multipurpose Room of the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center on the CACC campus in Alexander City. The Reverse Transfer Agreement permits former Central Alabama Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Central Alabama to count toward their associate degree. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor, Dr. Susan Burrow, CACC President, and Dr. Mark Heinrich, Alabama Community College System Chancellor, will make comments during the ceremony. Those wishing to cover the event should be in place by 9:45 a.m. For additional information, contact Andy Ellis (aellis@troy.edu, 334-268-9983).

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Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Sullivan Award

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Katie Pouncey, a senior health and human services major from Wetumpka, Jorge Solis, a senior political science major from Pell City, and Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year and Undergraduate Studies, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation Monday night.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

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Troy University students conducting food drive for Wiregrass food bank

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016

DOTHAN - A group of Troy University Civic Engagement students will put their classwork into action with a food drive on Wednesday, April 27 to help the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.

The Term 4 Civic Engagement class will host the drive on the Dothan Campus quad from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Food drop boxes are located across the campus and will also be collected in Room 120 in Malone Hall during office hours.

All collected items will be donated to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank, which helps feed the hungry in six counties.

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Media Advisory: Former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey to receive Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016

Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m.: Troy University will present the Hall-Waters Prize to former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey during a reception at the Young House in Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery at 5 p.m. on Saturday in conjunction with the Alabama Book Festival. The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall died in September. Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall.

The program will include remarks from Dr. Jean Laliberte, Troy University's associate vice chancellor of development, Mrs. Janice Hawkins, Troy University First Lady, Gregg Swem, friend and former literary partner of Dr. Wade Hall, Dr. Kirk Curnutt, Chair of the University's English Department, and Ms. Trethewey, the recipient.

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Leach receives Faculty Senate Excellence Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Leach

TROY - Beverly West Leach, lecturer in the Department of Art and Design, has been named the recipient of the Faculty Senate Excellence Award at Troy University.

The award was presented by Faculty Senate President Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims during the University's annual Honors Convocation on Monday on the Troy Campus.

The Faculty Senate Excellence Award is presented annually to an outstanding lecturer or adjunct faculty member who demonstrates excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service. It was presented for the first time in 2008.

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Dunn receives Troy University's Ingalls Award

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Cathy Dunn

TROY - Cathy Dunn, assistant professor in Troy University's School of Nursing, is the recipient of the University's 2016 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Dunn received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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Syndicated columnist says free enterprise under 'constant attack' in TROY speech

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Walter Williams

TROY - Nationally syndicated columnist and author Walter Williams told a crowd Wednesday at Troy University's Claudia Crosby Theater that the concept of free enterprise has been under "constant attack" in the U.S. for at least half a century.

The lecture, titled "The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society," was sponsored by the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.

"We can safely say we have made a significant departure from the constitutional values of individual liberty that made us a wealthy nation in the first place," Williams said. "As time goes by, you and I own less and less of our most valuable property, namely ourselves and the fruits of our labor. The average taxpayer works from January 1 until about the end of April to pay federal, state and local taxes. We are working on four months out of the year and we do not have the right to decide how the fruits of our labor will be used for those months."

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TROY professor: N. Korea missile test on national holiday sign of urgency

Posted: Tuesday, 19 April 2016

TROY - A failed missile test Friday morning that coincided with a major North Korean national holiday was part of Kim Jong Un's continued attempt to consolidate his rule and display his regime's power, according to a Troy University international relations expert.

The test occurred on what would have been the 104th birthday of North Korea's founder (and Kim Jong Un's grandfather) Kim Il Sung, a move designed to show how important the missile program is.

"I did not suspect they would test (Friday) because of the holiday," said Dr. Daniel A. Pinkston, a University lecturer who previously served as Northeast Asia Deputy Project Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul. "They could test any day, but to choose this day, a number of people had to stay up through the night and a lot of people had to work. This disrupted their holiday, and internally that will be read as a signal that the missile development program is very urgent."

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Media Advisory: Walter Williams media availability

Posted: Monday, 18 April 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 9:40 a.m.: Nationally syndicated columnist, author and economist Walter Williams will speak on the Troy Campus at 10 a.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater. A brief media availability will take place on stage prior to Dr. Williams' speech.

Confirmation of coverage of this event should be confirmed via email to clusk@troy.edu

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Media Advisory: DeMarcus Ware Day

Posted: Friday, 15 April 2016

Tuesday, April 19: Gov. Robert Bentley will proclaim April 19 as DeMarcus Ware Day in a ceremony in the Old House Chamber at 11 a.m.

Ware will be presented to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature at 1 p.m.

Customary coverage rules will apply to both of these events.

TROY CAMPUS: Following events in Montgomery, Ware will transition to the Troy Campus, where the day's events will culminate in a 5 p.m. ceremony in Trojan Arena where Chancellor Hawkins and others will bestow the University's Distinguished Leadership Award and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves will present the key to the city.

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Earth Week focuses attention on appreciation of wildlife and nature

Posted: Friday, 15 April 2016

TROY - Troy University's Environmental Club hopes to foster greater appreciation of native animals and plants during Earth Week, April 18 - 22.

"We hope to specifically encourage students to appreciate the wildlife and the natural ecosystems of south Alabama and to encourage conservation of our natural resources," said Beth Ensor, a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences who helps coordinate the Environmental Club.

This year's event is sponsored by the University and supported with funding from Legacy Partners in Environmental Education, Alabama's primary source for science-based, environmental information and education based in Montgomery.

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Grants help spread language and culture in Alabama

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2016

TROY - A federal grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency will help Troy University teach two summer workshops in Mandarin Chinese.

The workshops, which will take place June 26-July 10 on the Troy Campus, are designed for high school students and Chinese language teachers - or those who aspire to teach the language and culture.

A 15-day residential program to train 12 teachers and 24 high school students from Alabama and the region is being supported by approximately $110,000 in federal funds for the TROY-STARTALK Program in Chinese. The grant was secured by Dr. Rui Feng of TROY's College of Education in cooperation with Dr. Iris Hong Xu, professor of Chinese culture and language, and her team.

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Troy University to host free concert featuring music historian Bobby Horton

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2016
Bobby Horton

TROY - Noted multi-instrumentalist, composer and music historian Bobby Horton will share the songs and stories of 19th century America during a concert at Troy University on Tuesday, April 26.

Horton will perform at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater in Janice Hawkins Park at the Troy Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Horton is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading authorities on the music of the U.S. Civil War era. His research into the music of the mid-19th century has uncovered literally thousands of period tunes, many of which Horton has recorded in his home studio as part of a 14-volume collection of authentic Civil War music. This acclaimed series of recordings has also led to a career in film scoring, including the Ken Burns documentaries "The Civil War" and "Baseball," two films for A&E Network and 16 films for the National Park Service.

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Alabama Leadership Conference set for May 12 at Troy University's Montgomery Campus

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Nationally renowned speakers Deborah Reeser McKinnon, John Riley and Sharon Lovoy will highlight the Alabama Leadership Conference presented by Troy University Continuing Education on May 12 on the University's Montgomery Campus.

The one-day, intensive conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.

The conference's theme poses the question "Are You Leadership Ready?" and will assist participants in gaining insight and developing strategies to build leadership pipelines and propel their organizations into the next phase of leadership development.

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DeMarcus Ware to receive Troy University's Distinguished Leadership Award

Posted: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
DeMarcus

TROY - Super Bowl champion and alumnus DeMarcus Ware will receive Troy University's 15th Distinguished Leadership Award on April 19 in a special open-to-the public event in Trojan Arena.

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 Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. during the free event that begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday

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"DeMarcus Ware has been a leader on and off the field and he has exemplified the Trojan Warrior Spirit in his work, life and in service to the community," Dr. Hawkins said. "While many athletes excel in their sport, DeMarcus has provided a strong, moral example to others in the National Football League and beyond. We are proud to call this outstanding Alabamian a Trojan."

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Troy University plays supporting role in annual Alabama Book Festival

Posted: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Book Festival

MONTGOMERY - Some 55 authors will converge in Montgomery's Old Alabama Town April 23 for the 11th Annual Alabama Book Festival.

The free, daylong, family-friendly festival features books for every taste and every age, from children's and young-adult to mysteries and science-fiction to coffee-table books, sports books and Southern fiction.

According to Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of English at Troy University and one of the festival organizers, the festival also offers free workshops for aspiring writers of all stripes.

"This year, we're very excited that Diane Haeger, who also publishes under the pen name Anne Girard, will kick us off at 9 a.m. with a fiction workshop," said Curnutt. "We also have acquisitions editor Deni Dietz coming all the way from Vancouver to do a workshop on the etiquette of submitting and 'pitching' work to agents and editors at 12:30-1:30 p.m."

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'Geek Fest' gives business school students a chance to let hair down

Posted: Wednesday, 13 April 2016

TROY - The Sorrell College of Business at Troy University will get a little GEEK-y on the Quad as the college hosts its annual GEEK Fest on April 20.

Headlining this year's program will be the band Blackberry Breeze, playing from the steps of Bibb Graves Hall, the home to the Sorrell College.

Geek Fest is an event for current Sorrell College students and prospective students that provides an opportunity for networking and to learn more about the opportunities offered within the college.

"Students who graduate from the Sorrell College of Business will be 'GEEKS' - globally aware, engaged with the business community, ethical decision makers, knowledgeable to compete and overall successful," said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College.

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Troy University Symphony has its final spring concert Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

TROY - The Troy University Symphony Band will present its final concert of the 2015-2016 season on Sunday, April 17.

The concert in Claudia Crosby Theater begins at 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Entitled "Luminosity," the concert features a premier performance of Joseph Scwantner's new "Concerto for Wind Orchestra 'Luminosity'," a significant new work in the band repertoire.

"Also joining us will be Dr. Graham Jones, former conductor of the United Kingdom's Band of the Coldstream Guards," said Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands at TROY. "Andrew Patzig, a senior music education student, will be our featured soloist in Michael Daugherty's timpani concerto, 'Raise the Roof'."

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Troy University's fraternity council garners recognition for education efforts

Posted: Monday, 11 April 2016
IFC-award

TROY - Troy University's Interfraternity Council has garnered recognition by the Southeastern Interfraternity Council for its efforts in educating new fraternity members.

The TROY group received the Excellence in Outstanding Educational Programming Award for the TroGent program, which introduces new fraternity members to topics such as academic success, sexual abuse awareness, drug and alcohol awareness, campus involvement and anti-hazing methods in "Greek 101."

"We created this program to allow each pledge class to compete against each other, while also working toward a common goal," said Maxwell Herman, TROY IFC president. "In many ways, TroGent has become the pride and joy of our IFC."

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Troy University professor named president-elect of national organization

Posted: Monday, 11 April 2016
Michael Carroll

TROY - Michael Carroll, an associate professor of sport management at Troy University, has been selected president-elect of the Sport and Recreation Law Association.

As president-elect, Carroll will oversee the elections process of the organization for a year before becoming president of the organization. Members include academicians or practitioners in sport and recreation, students, practicing lawyers, risk managers or others who are active in other related fields.

The organization studies and disseminates information regarding the legal aspects of sport and recreation.

"I am both humbled and honored to have been elected by my colleagues as president-elect for the Sport and Recreation Law Association and pledge to work hard at the outlined duties in order to serve the organization and advance the study of the legal aspects of sport and recreation," Carroll said.

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Nationally syndicated columnist to speak at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 11 April 2016
Dr. Williams
TROY - Nationally syndicated columnist and author Walter Williams will speak at Troy University on Wednesday, April 20.

Williams' public lecture will be at 10 a.m. in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The lecture is free to attend, and is hosted by the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

"Dr. Walter Williams is simply a legend in the field of economics. His intellectual contributions, distributed through nationally syndicated news columns, radio, television and academic publications, continue to shape and refine economic thought. I have no doubt all in attendance will find his presentation entertaining, timely and thought provoking," said Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. "I hope students will take advantage of this special opportunity."

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Former congresswoman discusses politics, gerrymandering in TROY speech

Posted: Thursday, 07 April 2016
Connie Morella

TROY - Former congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador Connie Morella spoke at Troy University on Wednesday about her tenure in Washington, D.C., and some of the political issues plaguing the federal government.

As one of only 26 women in Congress when she was first elected, Morella said she fought hard for women's issues, including the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 2003 to 2007 after representing Maryland's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003, and she is serving as TROY's Ambassador-in-Residence this spring.

Morella said much has changed politically since her time in Washington, and the changes haven't been for the better.

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Troy University bringing MPA classes to downtown Atlanta

Posted: Thursday, 07 April 2016

ATLANTA-Troy University is launching a new Master's at Work program that combines the flexibility of online learning with an in-class experience conveniently located in downtown Atlanta.

Designed with working adults in mind, Master's at Work allows students to earn a Master in Public Administration degree in a hybrid online and in-class format. The in-class portion will be taught at the Hampton Inn at 161 Spring Street NW in downtown Atlanta, putting classes within walking distance for many students working in the area.

"Master's at Work allows students to begin the Master of Public Administration program in the classroom in close proximity to their own workplace in order to become acclimated to graduate level coursework as well as TROY's online learning platform," said Staci Hutto, area coordinator for Troy University in Atlanta.

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Troy University bringing educational element to Wiregrass Blues Fest

Posted: Wednesday, 06 April 2016

TROY - Troy University is helping spread awareness of Alabama's rich blues history through the Wiregrass Blues Fest.

TROY and the Wiregrass Blues Society will deliver a free educational presentation and concert Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at The Studio in Troy.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, features Debbie Bond, cofounder of the Alabama Blues Project, and this year's living honoree, Little Jimmy Reed.

Reed, who lives in Enterprise, has played blues professionally for more than half a century. His guitar, harmonica and vocal work have made him a staple of the Wiregrass music scene, and he has also extensively toured internationally with stints in Europe, Israel and Lebanon.

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Troy University to host Worldwide Open House on April 27

Posted: Tuesday, 05 April 2016

TROY - Troy University will host a Worldwide Open House on Wednesday, April 27, to assist prospective students in the areas of admissions and academic strategy for career development.

During the event, expert advisers will be on hand to help prospective students decide on a major, and answer questions about financial aid or credit transfers.

Events will be held at the University's four Alabama campuses and University support center locations around the U.S., as well as online. Those wishing to participate can register by location online at http://www.troy.edu/openhouse. Times vary by location.

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Media Advisory: Former congresswoman, U.S. ambassador to tour TROY's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Tuesday, 05 April 2016

TROY - A media availability with former congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador Connie Morella, who is serving as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence this spring, will be at 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the Math and Science Complex on the Troy Campus.

The availability, which will be held in the lobby area inside the main entrance of the Math and Science Complex, will precede her public lecture, "A Political and Personal Journey through Minefields and Milestones - in Heels," scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in room 114.

Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007, after having represented Maryland's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congress, Morella, a Republican, successfully initiated legislation addressing domestic violence and child support, as well as programs for the elderly, environmental protection, health care reform, and human rights issues.

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Natasha Trethewey to receive Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Monday, 04 April 2016
Natasha Trethewey

MONTGOMERY - Former U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, author of several volumes of poetry and a nonfiction meditation on Hurricane Katrina, will receive the Hall-Waters Prize from Troy University in conjunction with the 11th annual Alabama Book Festival on April 23.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall died in September.

Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg and Bobbie Ann Mason.

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TROY Theatre and Dance present musical 'Violet'

Posted: Monday, 04 April 2016
Violet

TROY - The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the heartwarming musical "Violet" April 6-10 at the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy Campus.

Show times will be at 7 p.m. from April 6 through April 9, and at 2:30 p.m. on April 10.

The production showcases the talents of student actors, singers and dancers, and tells the dramatic story of a young woman on a cross-country bus trip in search of a TV preacher to heal her scarred face.

The musical, which won the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, explores the lead character's emotional journey.

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Former congresswoman, U.S. ambassador to tour TROY's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 01 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Former congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador Connie Morella, who is serving as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence this spring, will be on the Montgomery Campus on Monday, April 4.

Ambassador Morella will tour the University's Rosa Parks Museum with a media availability following at 3:30 p.m., Monday, in the museum's atrium.

Morella served as U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003 to 2007, after having represented Maryland's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. While in Congress, Morella, a Republican, successfully initiated legislation addressing domestic violence and child support, as well as programs for the elderly, environmental protection, health care reform, and human rights issues.

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