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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

With a new term now in full swing at the Dothan Campus, students can be seen going to and from classes, visiting the bookstore or studying in the library; nothing unusual there. What is a bit different, however, is that the campus is also serving as one of the backdrops for the independent movie “The Offender” by sisters Katie and Maura Smith. As the sisters began considering filming locations, they were blown away by the possibilities they saw at the Dothan Campus. Read more.

TROY professor working to clean up mercury contaminated waterways

A Troy University professor is conducting research that may help fight mercury contamination at water bodies throughout the country.

Dr. Carrie Miller, an environmental science professor at the Troy Campus, is researching the effects of sorbents (materials used to bind contaminants) on mercury contaminated soil gathered from a contaminated creek in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the U.S. Department of Energy developed bombs for decades. Read more.

TROY Trojan Warriors team competes in Montgomery’s Dragon Boat Races

A team of 24 students, alumni, faculty and staff represented TROY on Aug. 27 in the city of Montgomery’s annual Dragon Boat Races. Congratulations to all who took part for successfully earning a medal in their first year of competition. Check out video of the team in action.

Troy University Libraries receive 2016 Banned Books Week grant

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.” Read more.

    Upcoming Events
    • Information Technology has several upcoming training opportunities available, many of which are available both on-site and via WebEx. Learn more and register online for upcoming sessions.
    • The Confucius Institute will offer Chinese language classes for adults and children in Montgomery, beginning this week. Read more.
    • Troy University will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alabama World Affairs Council at 2 p.m., Wednesday, in the Civic Room in Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus.
    • Mike Polis, MS, RD, a health promotion and performance dietitian, will answer questions about how to eat for optimal sports performance during a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, on the fourth floor of the R. Douglas Hawkins Press Box tower. Polis has an extensive background in many avenues of dietetics ranging from clinical nutrition to performance-specific nutrition. He also is a competitive powerlifter. The event is presented by the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Club.
    • The TROY volleyball team will travel to Montgomery on Friday and Saturday to take part in a tournament at Alabama State. The team will play the host Hornets on Friday at 6 p.m., and then take on Chicago State and Savannah State at noon and 5 p.m. respectively on Saturday.
    • The City of Troy’s Downtown Market will be held Sept. 10 on the Square, featuring local produce, baked goods, plants and flowers and crafts. The Market will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • The City of Troy will hosts a watch party for the TROY at Southern Miss football game on the Square in Downtown, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17.
    • The Rosa Parks Museum has been selected to participate in the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum Day Live event on Sept. 24. The museum will be offering free admission to those who present a Museum Day Live ticket, which is free. In addition to free admission, the Rosa Parks Museum will be streaming a live broadcast of the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. This event will also be free and open to the public with or without a Museum Day Live ticket. Learn more or download a free Museum Day Live ticket.
    • Career Services will host its fall All Majors Career Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sartain Hall. Faculty members are asked to encourage their students to attend and to incorporate the fair into their syllabus or allow for extra credit if possible. Free professional headshots will be taken and a sign-in sheet can be set up if the professor chooses. Students can view attending employers in Trojan LINK. Examples include: Great Southern Wood, CGI, Georgia-Pacific, Honda, Hyundai, Max Federal Credit Union, WSFA, Powersouth, etc. For more information, please call the Office of Career Services at 334-670-3217 or
    • 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,
    • TROY Public Radio will hold its 2016 Fall Fund Drive Oct. 1-8. Volunteers are needed to answer phones in one-hour shifts. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Wanda Norris at 334-670-3933 or by email at Those interested in supporting through donations may visit
    Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
    • Larry Percy, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, is one of 49 artists selected for the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition 2016. Percy’s work, “KERYGMA SERIES: Journeys XV, Arch 1 - Saggar Fired Earthenware,” was selected from the 236 artwork images juried by the selection committee. The exhibition will run through Oct. 2 at the historic 29 Palms Art Gallery.

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