Lauren Cochran wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
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TROY – Lauren Cochran, departmental secretary for First-Year Studies within the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Cochran, who has been employed by the University since 2015, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Ivan Merritt, former associate dean of First-Year Studies.

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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Traveling postcards exhibits to showcase Alabama's historic streets, buildings

Posted: Monday, 26 September 2016
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TROY - Beginning in October, Troy University Libraries will present a pair of traveling exhibits created by faculty members of historical postcards showcasing cities and towns from around Alabama as a part of the lead-up to Alabama's bicentennial celebration.

The exhibits will feature postcards, ranging from the early 1900s to the 1960s, from the Wade Hall Collection at the Troy University Archives and will coincide with the 2017 theme of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission "Discovering Our Places." The Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-sponsors this project.

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Rosa Parks Museum to present community forums on current issues

Posted: Monday, 26 September 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a series of free community forums, beginning Oct. 4, that will address civil justice issues and current events.

The panel discussions, "Real Talk: A Community Forum Series," will be held Oct. 4, 11 and 18, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium on the Troy University Montgomery Campus.

On Oct. 4, a panel, consisting of Tim Anderson of Southside Church of Christ, Montgomery Police Chief Ernest N. Finley, Jr., Montgomery Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy and Ronald Smith, a certified non-violence trainer with New Way, will discuss "Police and Our Community." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. D'Linell Finley, Sr., pastor of Southlawn Baptist Church.

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Troy University Public Radio launches fall fund drive

Posted: Monday, 26 September 2016

TROY - Troy University Public Radio's fall fund drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, will kick off Oct. 1 under the theme "The Informed Choice."

The drive will run through Oct. 8, and offers different options through which supporters can make donations.

"TROY Public Radio is your public radio station," said Kyle D. Gassiott, operations manager. "It's your daily source, on the radio, for news, conversation starters and smart entertainment. 'Morning Edition,' 'Here & Now,' 'Marketplace' and 'All Things Considered' keep you informed and engaged with current events. You make the choice to listen to programs such as 'In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson,' 'Fresh Air with Terry Gross' and 'On Point with Tom Ashbrook' because they keep you connected."

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Troy University Libraries plan 2016 Banned Book Week events

Posted: Friday, 23 September 2016

The libraries at Troy University campuses in Troy, Dothan and Montgomery will hold events next week in recognition of Banned Books Week.

TROY Libraries received a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation"s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund to help fund the activities. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information. This year"s theme is "Diversity" with the slogan "Stand Up for Your Right to Read."

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Rosa Parks Museum to take part in 'Smithsonian Magazine' Museum Day on Saturday

Posted: Friday, 23 September 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will take part in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live on Saturday, featuring free tours and live streaming of the grand opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Museum Day hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last tour set for 2 p.m. for the main exhibit and 2:30 p.m. for the Children's Wing. Streaming of the grand opening celebration will begin at 9 a.m. in the museum's auditorium.

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J-Day hones high school journalists

Posted: Thursday, 22 September 2016
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TROY - More than 500 high school students from across Alabama participated in J-Day at Troy University’s Hall of School of Journalism and Communication today.

The annual event provides high school students the opportunity to experience the journalism and communication world through a series of informative and practical workshops and provides a better understanding of the career field.

Many high school newspaper and yearbook staffers attend the event to pick up tricks of the trade to make their own publications stronger.

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TROY to present series of performances at Dothan Opera House

Posted: Wednesday, 21 September 2016

DOTHAN-The Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts is coming to the Dothan Opera House for a series of performances through the fall, winter and spring.

The series, titled "TROY Tuesdays," kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with a free performance of the play "Flyin' West."

Showtime for the play will be 7 p.m. each night.

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TROY Theatre and Dance to present 'Flyin' West' Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Posted: Tuesday, 20 September 2016
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TROY - The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance will present its first show of the semester, "Flyin' West," from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy Campus.

Showtime for the play will be 7 p.m. each night, and a total of 17 students will be working on the production.

"Flyin' West," written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Quinton Cockrell, is set in 1898 Kansas and tells the inspirational story of four African-American women who migrate westward to become landowning farmers.


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Media Advisory: Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson to address Alabama World Affairs Council

Posted: Monday, 19 September 2016

Sept. 20, 6:15 p.m., Gold Room, Whitley Hall, TROY Montgomery Campus - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson will discuss relations between the U.S. and Africa during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council on Tuesday at Troy University Montgomery.

The event, which will be held in the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall, will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception, followed by the lecture at 6:15 p.m. A media availability will be held beginning at 5:20 p.m. in the Civic Room, located on the first floor of Whitley Hall.

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Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson to address Alabama World Affairs Council on Sept. 20

Posted: Thursday, 15 September 2016
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MONTGOMERY - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson will discuss relations between the U.S. and Africa during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Troy University Montgomery.

The presentation, "Africa and the U.S.: Past and Present," will be held in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is free to members of the Alabama World Affairs Council and $20 to guests.

Wilson's historic career in international relations spans more than three decades, with service under five U.S. presidents — Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton. Widely recognized for his diplomatic leadership, Wilson was hailed "a true American hero" by President George H.W. Bush for his efforts to free more than 100 American hostages in Iraq.

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TROY partnering with City of Dothan for quality of life survey

Posted: Monday, 12 September 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University is partnering with the City of Dothan to conduct a community survey looking at various quality of life issues in Dothan.

Troy University sociology professors Dr. Jeneve Brooks and Dr. Christopher Bradley are working with the City of Dothan, the Dothan Police Department and the Dothan Community Relations Group on this research project, a comprehensive community survey that will focus on Dothan residents' perceptions of quality of life, race relations in the Dothan community and community policing by the Dothan Police Department.

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Alabama World Affairs Council to present International Security Issues lecture series

Posted: Thursday, 08 September 2016

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama World Affairs Council will present an eight-week International Security Issues lecture series beginning Sept. 29 at Troy University Montgomery.

The lecture series is designed to cover and discuss a number of security challenges facing the U.S. and provide an opportunity to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. Lectures will be held each Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Nov. 10, in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium at Troy University Montgomery.

Troy University Montgomery will serve as host to Council events thanks to a partnership agreement signed on Sept. 7.

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Troy University, Alabama World Affairs Council enter partnership

Posted: Thursday, 08 September 2016
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MONTGOMERY - Officials from Troy University and the Alabama World Affairs Council signed a partnership agreement on Wednesday during a ceremony at the University's Montgomery Campus.

Under the agreement, events of the Council will be held at Troy University Montgomery, including an upcoming presentation by Ambassador Joseph Wilson on "Africa and the U.S.: Past and Present on Sept. 20 and an International Security Issues daytime lecture series that will kick off on Sept. 22. Evening programs will take place in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The daytime lecture series will be held at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rosa Parks Museum.

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Media Advisory: Troy University to sign partnership agreement with Alabama World Affairs Council

Posted: Friday, 02 September 2016

Sept. 7, 2 p.m., Civic Room, Whitley Hall, TROY Montgomery Campus - Troy University and the Alabama World Affairs Council will sign a partnership agreement on Sept. 7 that will make the University’s Montgomery Campus home to the Council’s lecture series and events.

The signing ceremony will take place in the Civic Room of Whitley Hall at TROY Montgomery at 2 p.m., Wednesday.

The ceremony will include remarks from Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of the Montgomery Campus, Dr. Grant Hammond, President of the Alabama World Affairs Council, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University. Following remarks, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Hammond will officially sign a Memorandum of Understanding before being available for media interviews.

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Troy University Libraries receive 2016 Banned Books Week grant

Posted: Friday, 02 September 2016
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Troy University Libraries will hold events in recognition of Banned Books Week later this month at the Dothan, Montgomery and Troy Campuses thanks to a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

TROY Libraries, one of only six organizations to receive the grant, will receive $1,000 to help fund Banned Books Week 2016 events from Sept. 25 - Oct. 1. This year's theme is "Diversity" with the slogan "Stand Up for Your Right to Read."

"I believe there is a direct link between the freedom of speech and the freedom to read," said Dr. Christopher Shaffer, Dean of Library Services. "Libraries have always played -- and continue to play -- a critical role in the free exchange of ideas in an open and non-threatening atmosphere. I am thrilled with the initiative shown by Ms. Alyssa Martin, the instruction/reference librarian on our Montgomery Campus, in applying for this grant, and glad that we are going to have the opportunity to share these excellent books with members of the Troy community."

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