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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Highlighting activities this week at TROY will be a joint graduation ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning location and the return of the Governor's Youth Leadership Forum to the Troy Campus.

On Friday, Alabama State Rep. Chris Blackshear will deliver the keynote address to about 147 Troy University graduates during a joint spring commencement ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Read more.

Participants in the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum arrived on the Troy Campus on Sunday and will depart on Thursday following a graduation and closing ceremony. 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. Read more.

TROY returns to Ashkelon for final year of consortium

What started in 2009 with one student and a professor's prior field experience reaches a culmination this summer in Israel as six Troy University students will take part in the final archeological dig of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Troy University's consortium with Boston College, Harvard University, Wheaton College and the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon officially ends this summer, as the final "dig" of the expedition closes in the ancient Philistine city overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Read more.

Upcoming Events
  • Trojan Tour 2016, sponsored by Guardian Credit Union, will make a pair of stops this week. The tour will visit Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Cambrian Ridge Golf Clubhouse in Greenville at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. 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. Learn more.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host a staff development and strategic planning event of the Russell County Schools on June 6-7.
  • A Red Cross Scholarship Blood Drive hosted by Central High School student Erykah Rowley will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Phenix City Riverfront Campus.
  • The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy will continue this week June 6-8 on the Dothan Campus. 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.
  • TROY Soccer will offer youth camps June 6-9 and June 13-16. Learn more.
  • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host Educator Day on the River for teachers from Phenix City, Russell County and Muscogee County, Ga. public schools on June 7-9. "Increasing Environmental Literacy and Watershed Stewardship through Youth-Focused Citizen Science" will be the theme of the event, which is funded through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Teachers will participate in two days of professional development training on science, math and history of the Chattahoochee River. A celebration will be held on the pedestrian bridge on June 9, including a picnic lunch, music and a whitewater rafting, zip lining or Segway tour.
  • Summer Spectacular, an annual learning enrichment camp for children ages 4 to 12, will kick off Tuesday at the Dothan Campus and run 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Thursday, through June 30. TROY education majors will lead the four-week summer program. This year's theme is "Exploring Transportation: Land, Air and Sea."
  • The Sound of the South will hold its annual Summer Leadership Camp on the Troy Campus, June 12-16.
  • TROY Women's Basketball will offer a Little Dribblers Camp for boys and girls ages four to 12, June 13-16. Learn more.
  • The Music Industry program of the John M. Long School of Music will offer its annual M.I.C. Check summer camp from June 16-18 on the Troy Campus. M.I.C. Check offers instruction in performance, recording, songwriting, engineering and sound design. Learn more.
  • Troy Women's Basketball will host a team camp on June 17-18. Learn more.
  • The Rosa Parks Museum on the Montgomery Campus will host its second Family Free Day of the summer on June 18. The event will include free admission to the museum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and story-telling, hands-on projects and voter registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 334-241-8701.
  • 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, will offer two free Community Scanning Days. The Scanning Days will take place 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 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.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Dr. Tom Reiner, assistant chair of the Division of Psychology, was selected as the Alabama Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer for 2016, and had a commissioned piece he wrote featured at this year's AMTA Conference at Auburn University. Dr. Reiner, who initially majored in music at college, has been writing music since he was a teenager.
  • 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. Pamela Gibson presented "Teaching Ethical Leadership from an Organizational Perspective" at the 39th annual Teaching PA Conference at Rutgers University.
  • Larry Percy, associate professor of art and design, had two works selected for the 5x5x5 Jacksonville State Mini-Works National Exhibition currently on display at the Hammond Hall Gallery on the campus of Jacksonville State University. The call for pieces submitted to this exhibition "(Is) a chance for artists of all concentrations to challenge themselves to push the limits of their creativity with the limits of 5 inches by 5 inches. 3-D works will be allowed as long as the work does not exceed 5 inches height or width (from the exhibition prospectus)." The exhibition will run through June 24. Percy also presented a paper at the National Art Education Association Convention in Chicago in March, titled, "Bowling Strikes Against Hunger in L.A." The presentation chronicled the birth and early growth of Troy University's collaboration-rich Empty Bowls initiative serving Pike County and surrounding areas in rural south Alabama. Strong K-16 partnerships involving Troy University art education majors and ceramics students with underserved county schools was highlighted.
  • Jerry Johnson, professor of art and design, had one of his digital works, "The Joyous Exchange: Wonderment," selected by the Montgomery Museum of Art and the Montgomery Art Guild to be exhibited at the Montgomery City Hall in Montgomery, Alabama. This summer exhibition is titled "Alabama Visions: Selections from the Montgomery Art Guild." The selected piece is part of an ongoing arts collaboration with Dr. Diane Orlofsky, professor of music.
  • Dr. Terry Lahnstein successfully defended her dissertation, "Nurse Educators: Experiences with Simulation and Traditional Clinical Education Regarding Clinical Judgement in Nursing Students," in March and was awarded the Doctorate of Education from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, AZ. Dr. Lahnstein's area of specialization is curriculum and teaching.

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