Johnson challenges graduates to "put on work boots"

Posted: Friday, 28 July 2017
Helen Shirey

TROY - U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio challenged graduates at Troy University’s summer commencement to engage in the country and be productive during his keynote address from Washington, D.C.

Johnson, originally scheduled to speak in person, was delayed at the U.S. Capitol for pending legislation, but spoke to the nearly 500 participants via a taped address from his office.

"When you take your cap and gown off today, put on your work clothes, put on your work books," he challenged graduates. "The American Dream is still alive and well if you are willing to work for it."

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Media Advisory

Posted: Monday, 24 July 2017

National Junior Classical League meeting on Troy Campus

July 24 – 29, Troy Campus: Some 1,700 junior and senior high school students interested in antiquity, and their advisors, are attending a week-long national conference hosted by Troy University this week on the Troy Campus.

Summer Commencement on Friday

Friday, July 28, 10 a.m./Trojan Arena: U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will provide the keynote address, and receive Troy University’s Distinguished Leadership Award, during the University’s summer commencement where about 470 students are set to graduate during the exercises.

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Media Advisory

Posted: Sunday, 23 July 2017

Troy University is hosting a series of “Summer Send Off Parties” for entering freshmen from around the state. Students attending in the fall semester, or who plan to attend in the future, as well as alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend.

These events are open and available for coverage.

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Helen Shirey wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Helen Shirey

TROY – Helen Shirey, administrative secretary for TROY athletics, has won Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Shirey, who has been employed by the University since 1985, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Sandy Atkins, deputy director of athletics.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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Troy University professors receive NOAA RESTORE Science Program grant

Posted: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

TROY - Troy University researchers have been awarded a two-year, $519,853 grant from the NOAA RESTORE Science Program that will identify where living shorelines are the most appropriate erosion control solution to protect tidal shorelines at various sites along the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Chris Boyd of TROY's Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is the lead investigator on the project, while Dr. Xutong Niu from the Department of Mathematics and Geomatics is among the co-investigators. The project, "Living Shoreline Site Suitability Model Transfer for Selected Water Bodies within the Gulf of Mexico: A GIS and Remote Sensing-Based Approach," will customize an existing living shoreline suitability model developed by the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences to work in Perdido Bay/Wolf Bay/Ono Island complex in coastal Alabama, Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana and Galveston Bay, Texas. In addition, an interactive decision support tool will be created for these areas, as well as Tampa Bay, Florida where a similar Living Shorelines Suitability Model is currently being developed.

According to Dr. Boyd, the decision support tool will allow the user to further enhance segments of shoreline identified by the model by using an interactive Q&A interface which would return a series of shoreline best management practices and options for implementation, but at a much finer geographical resolution.

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