Troy University's Phenix City Campus partners in business accelerator initiative

Posted: Friday, 24 June 2016

PHENIX CITY - Troy University's Phenix City Campus is partnering this summer in a new initiative aimed at helping Columbus, Ga. area entrepreneurs jump-start their business ideas.

The RiverCity Foundry Summer StartUp Accelerator, which launches July 8, is a follow up to the Columbus, Ga. Startup Weekend held in April at the Phenix City Riverfront Campus. The program represents a partnership between ColumbusMakesIT, TROY's Phenix City Campus, Alabama Power Co., SCORE, Columbus Technical College and the River Valley Regional Commission.

Organizers say accelerators have proven to be a driving force for greater innovation and grassroots economic development by preparing prospective founders and entrepreneurs for the challenges of launching new products, technologies and services.

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STARTALK program focusing on Chinese language, culture kicks off at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 27 June 2016

TROY - High school students and language teachers from throughout the Southeast have embarked on a 15-day residential immersion in Chinese language and culture at Troy University through the University's STARTALK program.

Now in its sixth year at the Troy Campus, the STARTALK program began Sunday and will run through July 10. The program is supported through a $110,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency. 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.

The 24 students taking part in the program will have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in China through the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) at Troy University. In addition to the language studies, students will be exposed to Chinese culture through learning Chinese Kung Fu and Dragon and Lion dances, Fan and Umbrella dances, making Chinese-related arts and crafts, playing traditional games, cooking and writing calligraphy.

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U.S. Rep. Roby to tour Troy for Troops Center

Posted: Monday, 27 June 2016

11:15 a.m., Wednesday, June 29/Troy Campus: U.S. Rep. Martha Roby will tour the Troy Campus' Troy for Troops Center and discuss service to veterans and active-duty military personnel by the University.

A brief media availability with Rep. Roby and TROY officials will take place at the Center, located on the first floor of the Trojan Center. This availability will be five minutes or less. B-roll of Rep. Roby touring the Center may also be shot.

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TROY professor: What Americans need to know about the Brexit

Posted: Friday, 24 June 2016
Dr. Taylor

TROY - United Kingdom residents voted Thursday to leave the European Union, but what exactly does the vote mean and what impact will it have on American citizens?

Dr. Steven Taylor, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University, said the first thing to understand is the makeup of the EU.

"The European Union is the name given to the formal amalgamation of 28 countries in Europe into one common economic market that accounts for a combined gross domestic product, which makes it the second largest single market in the world at $19.2 trillion," Taylor said. "This is an arrangement in which all of the member states share common external tariffs (i.e., taxes on goods coming into that market) and allows the free flow of goods, services and labor internally. So, just like all trade agreements entered into by the United States affect all the U.S. states equally, so too does the EU enter into, and enforce, trade agreements."

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Leah Sims wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Leah Sims

TROY - Leah Sims, departmental secretary for the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Sims, who has been employed by the University since 2010, 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. She was nominated by Dr. Mark Tillman, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and Associate Dean Dr. John J. Miller.

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 student garners national journalism award

Posted: Tuesday, 21 June 2016

TROY - A Troy University journalism student has been recognized nationally for his reporting efforts by the Society of Professional Journalists in their Mark of Excellence awards program.

David Caddell, a recent broadcast journalism graduate from Greenville, was selected a finalist in the Radio News Reporting category for "Students march as part of Selma commemoration" report on Troy Public Radio. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism within a calendar year.

Troy University students also did well in the regional SPJ awards recognition. TROY's region encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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TROY student adjusting to life after 'The Amazing Race'

Posted: Tuesday, 21 June 2016
David Caddell

TROY - After a month of living life in the fast lane on CBS' "The Amazing Race," Cole LaBrant is enjoying the process of slowing down.

"It's been very relaxed compared to 'The Amazing Race,' which was just a whole month of nonstop sleep deprivation, lack of eating, traveling, jet lag and all that stuff," said LaBrant, a Troy University student who finished second alongside his mother, Sheri, on the most recent season of the CBS reality series.

During the contest, the LaBrants travelled to Mexico, Columbia, Switzerland, France, Greece, Armenia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, China and finally back to the U.S. as they competed with other teams over a month-long period.

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Construction starts Monday on administration building expansion at the Troy Campus

Posted: Monday, 20 June 2016

TROY - Construction will start Monday, June 20, on an expansion to the Adams Administration Building at the Troy Campus that will serve to enhance the services offered by the University's admissions office.

Starting today, the small parking lot behind the Adams Administration Building directly off of University Avenue will be closed for the duration of the project. Additionally, the University Avenue entrance to the building and the second floor rear entrance will be inaccessible during construction.

Individuals who need access through an ADA approved accessibility entrance will need to enter the building at the northeast entrance by the Cashier Offices. All others may enter at the main front entrance or at the Cashier Offices.

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TROY faculty, graduates provide counseling following Orlando mass shooting

Posted: Friday, 17 June 2016

ORLANDO, FLA. - In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on June 12, a call for help went out and faculty and graduates of Troy University"s Counseling Program in Central Florida responded.

The shooting at an Orlando nightclub claimed 49 lives and left the city and its residents in shock, struggling to come to grips with the grief they were experiencing. That"s where the TROY counseling program stepped in to help.

"The counseling community in Central Florida put out a call for volunteer counselors to work with family members of the victims, survivors, first responders and members of the community," said Dr. Linda Ouellette, a faculty member at TROY"s Orlando location, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. "Our faculty and many of our graduates of the program have been there working at several different sites and areas in the community. One of the major benefits has been that many of our graduates are Spanish speaking, which has been a tremendous need."

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Troy University giving Wiregrass residents chance to preserve their history

Posted: Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Dr Olliff - Dr Saunders

DOTHAN-Troy University's Wiregrass Archives is giving Wiregrass residents a unique opportunity to preserve their history.

As part of the ongoing Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, the University presents the first of two Community Scanning Days this Saturday, June 18, at the Downtown Branch of the Dothan Houston County Library

The event, which lasts from 1 to 5 p.m., allows residents to bring in up to 12 photos, letters or other items to be scanned by teams that will collect relevant indexing information. Residents will receive a digital copy of the scanned items and may also donate digital copies to the Wiregrass Archives, which will share them through an online database.

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Troy University has commencement exercises in China

Posted: Wednesday, 15 June 2016

TROY - Troy University officials conducted commencement exercises Wednesday at Henan University in Kaifeng, China as part of the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program.

Some 16 students earned either graduate or undergraduate TROY degrees through the program which began at TROY 16 years ago, and has grown into a national model exchange program through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Through the 1-2-1 program, students from Chinese universities who have completed their first year of studies to the United States for two years of study at a partnering American university, then returns those students to their home institutions for a final year. When the students complete their academic programs, they receive degrees from the home institution and the partnering American university.

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Troy University graduates challenged to be 'giraffes' during Phenix City commencement

Posted: Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Chris Blackshear

PHENIX CITY - State Rep. Chris Blackshear called on graduates of Troy University to be "giraffes" during commencement exercises for the Phenix City Campus and Fort Benning/Columbus.

About 147 students participated in the ceremony, held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Friday, June 10.

"Be a giraffe. Dream. Dream big and be aware of your surroundings," he said. "And, always remember, there's someone trying to beat you. Beat them to it."

Blackshear won a specially called election in January to fill the Alabama House of Representatives District 80 seat that came open with the death of Rep. Lesley Vance. Blackshear serves on the County and Municipal Government, Financial Services and Insurance Committees in the House of Representatives.

Previously, Blackshear was a Council Member At-large and Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Phenix City.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to host Family Free Day on June 18

Posted: Monday, 13 June 2016

MONTGOMERY -The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University Montgomery will present its second Family Free Day event of the summer on Saturday, June 18.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature free tours of the museum, an art class, storytelling by A. Faye Boykin and voter registration. The Savanna Café also will be offering samples of African and Caribbean foods from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the replica 1955 Montgomery City bus will be on hand for viewing.

Boykin, a best-selling author, speaker and glove designer, will be telling the story of abolitionist Sojourner Truth, as well as the history of the Juneteenth celebration. Performances will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.

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Troy University Dothan Campus to offer new MSM program in fall

Posted: Friday, 10 June 2016

DOTHAN - For the first time, Troy University will offer a Master of Science in Management program at the Dothan Campus starting this fall.

The program, which has been offered by TROY but never at the Dothan Campus, allows students with no prior business degrees to pursue a graduate degree from the Sorrell College of Business.

"I think it adds a lot of value to our graduate program. The (Master of Business Administration) is a graduate degree that focuses on developing functional business skills such as statistics, finance and accounting. It is more tailored for individuals with a background in business," said Dr. Carmen Lewis, assistant dean of the Sorrell College of Business. "The MSM actually offers students who don't have that background an opportunity to get a graduate degree with business skills even if they don't have an undergraduate degree in business, which is fantastic."

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TROY student awarded national scholarship from Dyslexic Advantage

Posted: Wednesday, 08 June 2016

TROY - A Troy University student was recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship from a national charitable organization aimed at promoting and aiding those with dyslexia.

Calvin Drew Murray, a junior majoring in math, was one of just 16 students nationwide selected by Dyslexic Advantage to receive the Karina Eide Memorial College Scholarship, which can be applied to tuition and educational needs.

The scholarship is awarded to students who show exemplary leadership, ability and fortitude.

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TROY Campus Kitchen receives award at Food Waste and Hunger Summit

Posted: Monday, 06 June 2016
Community Impact Award

TROY - The Campus Kitchen at Troy University recently received the Community Impact Award at the Food Waste and Hunger Summit held at the University of Arkansas.

The Community Impact Award honors a Campus Kitchen that has made "a measurable impact on food insecurity in their community and has put in the effort to track their outcomes."

TROY's Campus Kitchen was honored for making an impact through not only their meals but the numerous other programs they provide to their clients. One of its goals has been to increase the Kitchen's capacity to provide supplemental nutrition.

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TROY student working to expand music education for children in India

Posted: Friday, 03 June 2016
Ramkumar Jagadeesan
TROY - Ramkumar Jagadeesan didn't grow up around music, but he fell in love with it all the same.

Now, the 37-year-old Troy University student is trying to spread that love to his home country of India, where music isn't considered a priority in education and children often grow up without the option to listen to a wide array of music.

In 2014, Jagadeesan founded Project Missing Pieces, a public charitable trust operating in his homeland with the mission of providing quality music education and exposure to disadvantaged children and promoting music education.

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Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum returns to Troy University June 5-9

Posted: Thursday, 02 June 2016

TROY - The 18th annual Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) will be held on the campus of Troy University from June 5 - June 9.

Thirty-eight students from around the state are expected to participate in the five-day event, which is sponsored each year by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) and hosted by Troy University. The forum helps shape high school students with disabilities through sessions on self-esteem, self-advocacy, career choice, independent living options, and leadership.

Forum delegates are carefully selected through a statewide competition that seeks students with disabilities who display leadership potential. Chosen delegates represent the state's demographics in terms of geography, gender, ethnicity, and types of disabilities. To be eligible, students must be a junior or senior in high school, be between 17 and 21 years of age, and have a disability.

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75-year-old completes 50-year journey with Troy University degree

Posted: Thursday, 02 June 2016
Irene Whitehurst Johnson and Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr.

DOTHAN – Irene Whitehurst Johnson knows a little something about perseverance.

For more than 50 years, she took college courses off and on while working in civil services and raising her children, all in an attempt to attain a college degree.

On Sunday, May 15, her perseverance paid off when the 75-year-old Enterprise resident walked across a stage at the Dothan Civic Center to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Troy University.

The walk was just the icing on a cake that had been baking for a while, after Johnson received confirmation she would be graduating.

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State Rep. Chis Blackshear to address Troy University graduates in Columbus

Posted: Wednesday, 01 June 2016

PHENIX CITY - Alabama State Rep. Chris Blackshear will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during a joint spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning location on Friday, June 10, in Columbus.

About 147 students will graduate during the event, which will be held starting at 7 p.m. in the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

Blackshear won a specially called election in January to fill the Alabama House of Representatives District 80 seat that came open with the death of Rep. Lesley Vance. Blackshear serves on the County and Municipal Government, Financial Services and Insurance Committees in the House of Representatives.

Previously, Blackshear was a Council Member At-large and Mayor Pro-Tem for the City of Phenix City.

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TROY leadership academy helping Wiregrass teachers beginning this week

Posted: Wednesday, 01 June 2016

DOTHAN - More than 40 teachers will get free training and support during the Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy starting this week in Adams Hall at Troy University's Dothan Campus.

The Academy, in its sixth year, is sponsored by TROY and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and is aimed at providing quality professional development for teachers in the areas of math, science and technology.

The Academy features numerous workshops for both elementary and secondary education teachers from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on June 2-3 and June 6-8.

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