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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

We hope that everyone enjoyed the Memorial Day holiday and took the opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. Memorial Day is often considered to be the unofficial start of summer. At TROY, summer generally brings a lot of people to our campuses for various camps and workshops. We invite you to check out the opportunities offered by the University this summer by visiting

Planetarium conference expected to draw 150

Close to 150 planetarium professionals are expected to attend the first-ever planetarium conference held in the state of Alabama, today through Saturday, at Montgomery's W.A. Gayle Planetarium.

The Planetarium, operated for the City of Montgomery by Troy University, will host the joint conference of the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) and the Western Alliance Conference (WAC). In preparation for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, the theme of the conference is "Eclipsed by No Other." The event will feature a keynote address from retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenek, known as "Mr. Eclipse." Read more.

Scholarship established in memory of longtime faculty member

Troy University has established a 2016 scholarship to honor the memory of General William "Bill" McDaniel, a longtime member of the Troy University faculty and distinguished Air Force veteran.  The General William McDaniel scholarship will be provided in 2016 to a Troy University student who is an Air Force military veteran, active duty, active reserve or retired status. The recipient will be an undergraduate or graduate University student in political science, Master of Public Administration or Master of Science in International Relations degree. Contributions to the General William McDaniel Scholarship Fund may be made online by clicking here (note: make sure to select "General William "Bill" McDaniel Scholarship" in the drop-down menu in the Designation area).

Upcoming Events
  • Trojan Tour 2016, sponsored by Guardian Credit Union, will kick off at 5:30 p.m. today in the Stadium Club at Veterans Memorial Stadium. This year's Trojan Tour will make stops in Birmingham, Greenville, Montgomery, Dothan, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. For more information, email or call 334-670-3683. RSVP or learn more online.
  • TROY head football Coach Neal Brown will offer a series of summer camps beginning this week. Learn more.
  • Human Resources will provide a training workshop presented by Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. on June 2 on various behavioral issues as they relate to work. The workshop will be held in the Civic Room of Troy Campus Dining and will also be offered via WebEx. For additional information, email
  • The Dothan Campus will host the Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy June 2-3 and June 6-8. Made possible through a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the focus of the academy is to improve teacher quality through a variety of science, math and technology-themed workshops.
  • The free workshop "Preserving Your Family Archives," presented by Dana Chandler, archivist at Tuskegee University, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4 at Dothan Landmark Park. The workshop is a part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, which is funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant received by the University's Wiregrass Archives and the History Department at the Dothan Campus. The program, developed by Dr. Marty Olliff and Dr. Robert Saunders, Jr., will also offer two free Community Scanning Days next month - June 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Downtown Branch of the Dothan Library and June 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Landmark Park. Wiregrass residents can bring up to 12 photos, letters or other items that will 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.
  • The Troy Campus will host the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum, June 5-9. Started in 1999, YLF provides an intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their full potential.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. David White, vice chancellor for the Phenix City Campus, will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award in June from the Boy Scouts of America Chattahoochee Council. The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the community. Read more.
  • Trellys A. Riley, associate professor of instructional leadership and administration, was honored on May 21 with the Women's Advocate Award for exemplifying excellence in leadership skills and making a difference in the Phenix City community by the Betty/LaGayle Foundation.
  • The Master of Public Administration program held its second e-Celebration of Graduates and Virtual Honor Society Induction on May 20 via WebEx. This interactive event allows the MPA team to recognize new honor society students and celebrate recent graduates, regardless of where they live and learn.
  • Dr. Riad S. Aisami of the College of Education has had the article, "Dad's Soft Spot Advice and My Public Presentation Experience: Lessons in Planning for the Unexpected and Performance Improvement," in the May-June issue of Performance Improvement Journal.
  • Dr. Pamela Gibson received the 2016 Dr. Wolfgang Pindur Award for Distinguished Service in Academia and Practice from the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The award recognizes outstanding service in the area of public administration education and was established in memory of Dr. Wolfgang Pindur, an academic whose lifelong efforts sought to bridge the worlds of the academic and practitioner. TROY MPA alumnus Sgt. William L. Gervin was also honored by the organization with the George Robert House, Jr. Award for Outstanding Service.
  • Dr. Pamela Dunning presented "Creating Inclusive Classrooms in Online Courses Using University Design for Learning Principles" at the 39th annual Teaching Public Administration Conference at Rutgers University.
  • Dr. Vickie Edwards was a panelist on "Teaching Trek: Pedagogy and Star Trek" at a Star Trek conference at DePaul University.
  • Dr. Manfred Meine and Dr. Tom Dunn made two presentations at the Southern Sociological Society Conference in Atlanta last month. The presentations were: "Online Education at a Crossroads: The Implications for Sociology Programs" and a round table on "Marriage and the Military: The Current and Potential Ramifications of LGBTQ."
  • Hal Moeller, adjunct instructor, presented a draft of a paper-in-progress, "Enforcing Transparency: Lessons from Complying with Requirements on Tax-Exempt Hospitals under the Affordable Care Act," at the Mid-West Political Science Association annual conference in Chicago in April.

If you have news of upcoming events or faculty/staff achievements, please send to or call (334) 268-9983.