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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Troy University recently received a $500,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation to help fund construction of a park that will serve as a cultural arts centerpiece for the Troy community.

Located between the Troy University Chancellor's home and McKinley Drive, the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park will be a botanical showplace as well as a center of relaxation, meditation and outdoor study for the University family and visitors to the Troy Campus. Read more.

Developing young writers

Troy University hopes to develop about 20 new published authors July 11-22 through a literacy program targeting below-level readers in grades four and five.

The “What’s Your Story? Reading, Writing and Storytelling” project, directed by Paige Paquette, an assistant professor of English for TROY’s Phenix City/Columbus location, will lead the students from oral storytelling, reading and, finally, writing. It is supported by a $1,265 grant from the Dollar General Foundation, and is part of the Phenix City Housing Authority’s “YES!” summer program, for Young Exceptional Students. Read more.

Faculty & Staff Convocation

The 2016 Faculty and Staff Convocation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. A reception will precede the event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Hawkins Hall.

University Photography, located on the first floor of Wallace Hall, will have an open studio on Aug. 12, beginning at 8 a.m. and resuming following the convocation. This provides a great opportunity for faculty and staff to have a new or updated photo taken. Photos will be taken first come, first served. Groups can be scheduled by appointment through a Helpdesk ticket to Photography/University Relations that includes requested times in the description, or by email to

2016-2017 Administrative Days and Holidays

Dr. James M. Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, has announced the following schedule of official holidays and Administrative Leave Days for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:

  • Sept. 5 – Labor Day
  • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
  • Nov. 23 – Administrative Leave Day
  • Nov. 24-25 – Thanksgiving holidays
  • Dec. 19-23 – Administrative Leave Days
  • Dec. 26 – Christmas Day holiday
  • Dec. 27-30 – Administrative Leave Days
  • Jan. 2 – New Year’s Day holiday
  • Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 10 – Administrative Leave Day
  • May 29 – Memorial Day
  • July 4 – Independence Day
Give, Snap, Share

When you donate $35 or more to Troy University to fund student scholarships, you’ll receive a TROY car or garden flag! Take it wherever you go—and take a snapshot of you waving your flag. Then post your flag photo on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter) and tag with #TakeTROY. Learn more.

Upcoming Events
  • Six teams chosen from the RiverCity Foundry StartUp Accelerator weekend, which took place July 8 – 10, will now advance to the RiverCity Foundry StartUp Accelerator summer session, an eight-week session beginning today at the Phenix City Riverfront Campus.
  • Summer IMPACT sessions for incoming freshmen will wrap up this week on the Troy Campus with session 8 set for today and Tuesday and Session 9 for Thursday and Friday.
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance will present Spotlight on Dance camp for ages 8 to 12 from July 11-15 on the Troy Campus. The camp is built on storytelling through movement and no dance experience is required. Learn more.
  • The Information Technology department offers a variety of ongoing training opportunities for faculty and staff. View upcoming training opportunities and register online.
  • TROY baseball will offer Summer Middle School Commuter and Residential camps and a High School Prospects Camp July 13-15 on the Troy Campus. Learn more.
  • The Master of Social Work Program will hold its first pinning ceremony on the Montgomery Campus in the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium at 6 p.m. on July 14. A reception will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall.
  • TROY head football Coach Neal Brown will offer prospect camps for ninth through 12th graders from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 14 and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 22. Learn more.
  • The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus will host the Miss Alabama Woodlands Scholarship Rehearsal on July 15 and Pageant on July 16.
  • The TROY Soccer program will host a Girls’ Elite Overnight Camp for ages 13 to 18 years on the Troy Campus, July 15-17. Learn more.
  • The Rosa Parks Museum will host Family Free Day on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature free admission to the museum, arts and crafts, storytelling by Betty McDuffee of Porch Swing Stories, voter registration and a special appearance by the birds and reptiles of the Montgomery Zoo. The replica 1955 bus will be on hand for viewing as well.
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance will present a Summer Spotlight Creative Drama Camp July 17-22 on the Troy Campus. Learn more.
  • TROY Volleyball will hold Setter and Libero Camps on July 18 and a Hitter Camp on July 19 on the Troy Campus. Learn more.
  • Summer commencement will take place on the Troy Campus at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 22 in Trojan Arena.
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance will hold Summer Spotlight Performance Intensive (Theatre and Dance) and Tech and Management Intensive camps July 24-30 on the Troy Campus. Learn more.
  • The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus will host PASH the Brand’s “A Night of Fashion” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 30.
  • Save the date: The Chancellor’s Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at Capitol Hill Golf Course in Prattville on Wednesday, Sept. 28. For more information contact: Bronda Denison at 334-670-5843,; Faith Ward at 334-670-3397,; or Meredith Welch at 334-670-5924,
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Kim Shaver, Alicia Harkless and Amanda Smothers of TROY Online’s Educational Technology team will be presenting at Blackboard World 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, July 14. The session is titled, “Build Online Engagement Through a Virtual Student Union.” The team will highlight Trojan Café, TROY’s Online Student Community, which is available to all Troy University students in Blackboard.

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