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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Homecoming Week has officially arrived at Troy University. The Trojans will face the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Sam Moody, Student Government Association Vice-President of Campus Activities, said the theme, “The Trojan Games: A Beacon to the World,” reflects both the international spirit demonstrated by the Summer Olympics and the 50th anniversary of Greek life at TROY. Read more.

Four to be honored as Alumni of the Year

Troy University will honor four alumni as Alumni of the Year during its Oct. 15 homecoming game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Charles "Chuck" Ash, James Wiley Locklar, Dr. Imogene Mixson and Dr. Yves Sucaet will be honored during a halftime ceremony as the Trojans welcome Sun Belt Conference foe Georgia State for a 2:30 p.m. kick. Read more.

Scholarship established in memory of alumnus Mizell

A scholarship has been established to honor and memorialize former Troy Trojan football player, Alumni Board member and T-Club president Eric Mizell, who died Monday, Oct. 3.

“Eric loved his family and Troy University, and he loved kids from all walks of life,” said T-Club Vice President Julius Pittman. “Eric would have been deeply moved knowing he could help kids in this way.”

Pittman said Mizell’s wife, Tiffaney, had requested the scholarship be established for people who wanted to memorialize her husband in a way other than sending flowers to the funeral service.

Those wishing to make a donation to the Eric Mizell Scholarship may direct their donations to: T Club – Eric Mizell Scholarship, Alumni House, 100 Highland Ave.,Troy, AL 36082. Checks should be made payable to the Troy University Foundation, and in the memo line noted “Eric Mizell Scholarship.”

‘Almost Sunrise’ screening set for tonight

The Troy University Library and Office of Civic Engagement will screen the film “Almost Sunrise” on at 6 p.m. today in the Claudia Crosby Theater as a part of the Southern Circuit Film Series offered this academic year.

“Almost Sunrise” is geared towards veterans, active and future military personnel and follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey -- a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California -- in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately save themselves. The film brings to light the emotional, psychological and physical trauma that many veterans face.

Filmmaker Michael Collins will be in attendance at the screening. A short meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. in the Crosby Theater Lobby will precede the screening. Additionally, Mr. Collins will entertain questions at the conclusion of the film.

Learn more about “Almost Sunrise.”

Fraternity comes to the aid of professor

The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity called on the Troy University family this week to help bring aid to one of its own after a tragedy.

Three weeks ago, Joseph Arnold, a professor on the Troy Campus, received a call that his home had burned to the ground and with it a piece of equipment that is vital to his quality of life—his eSight. Arnold is blind, and this device allows him to see; however, his insurance company would not cover the costs to replace this sight-giving, electronic pair of glasses. Read more.

Confucius Institute hosts Southeast Chinese Language Association Conference

More than 100 Chinese language professors, teachers, policy makers and administrators from 25 universities, colleges and school districts in 13 states attended the 6th annual Conference of Southeast Chinese Language Association on Friday and Saturday at TROY’s Montgomery Campus.

The event was sponsored by the Center for International Languages & Cultures (CILC), Confucius Institute (CI) at Troy University, Chinese language programs from Troy University and Alabama Chinese Language Teachers Association (ACLTA).

In addition to hearing from keynote speakers and attending workshops, participants also took part in tours of the Confucius Institute on the Troy Campus, Old Alabama Town, The Rosa Parks Museum, the First White House of the Confederacy and the State Capitol.

    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 Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus tonight at 7:30 p.m.
    • The Rosa Parks Museum will present a community forum on juvenile sentencing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.
    • TROY volleyball will host Florida A&M for a match at Trojan Arena, beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The team will be back in action on Friday, hosting Georgia Southern at 6 p.m., and will host Georgia State at noon on Sunday.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host the Tri Rivers Waterway Development Association’s stakeholders meeting on Wednesday.
    • The Confucius Institute at the Montgomery Campus will present “Pottery and Porcelain of China” at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in room 114 Bartlett Hall on the Montgomery Campus.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will host the district planning meeting of the Muscogee County School District’s Social Work Department.
    • The Phenix City Campus will host a community meeting on Thursday to discuss the redevelopment of Phenix City’s downtown community.
    • Troy University Libraries, the Department of Modern Language and Classics and Pragda will present “Los Banistas” as a part of the Spanish Film Festival at 4 p.m. on Thursday in room 129 of Bibb Graves Hall. The last showing in the Spanish Film Festival will take place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, featuring the film “El Pais del Miedo.”
    • TROY softball will host a pair of games on Friday, facing off against Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. and Auburn-Montgomery at 6 p.m. at the TROY Softball Complex.
    • TROY soccer will host Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. on Friday at the TROY Soccer Complex.
    • The Phenix City Riverfront Campus will take part in the last of the Phenix City Fall Festival series on Friday. The celebration will include an antique car show, gourmet food trucks and music by the Motown tribute band, “Masters of Soul.”
    • The TROY Cross Country team will take part in the Doc Anderson Wiregrass Invitational in Dothan on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
    • TROY football will play host to Georgia State on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.
    • The Trojan Tailgaters Alumni Chapter will hold its fourth annual alumni ball to fund scholarships at 7 p.m., Saturday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Tickets for the event are $30. For more information, email: or visit the chapter’s website.
    • The Alabama World Affairs Council will present Jennifer M. Harris, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Whitley Hall Gold Room on the Montgomery Campus. Harris will discuss the role of trade, investment and economic diplomacy in a presentation on “Geoeconomics.” Read more.
    • The third annual TROY Water Resource Management and Economics Conference will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, adjacent to the Phenix City Riverfront Campus on Oct. 19-21. Read more.
    • The Charles Brooks Political Cartoon exhibit will be on display in the Everett Hall Art Gallery on the Dothan Campus through Nov. 15.
    Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
    • Dr. Margaret K. Gnoinska’s article titled, “‘Socialist Friends Should Help Each Other in Crises’: Sino-Polish Relations within the Cold War Dynamics, 1980-1987,” was accepted for publication in Cold War History, a leading peer-reviewed journal based in the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, the London School of Economics Centre for International Affairs, Strategy and Diplomacy. Dr. Gnoinska is an associate professor of History on the Troy Campus.

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