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This Week at TROY

This Week at TROY

News and information from around TROY

Troy University and the City of Dothan are partnering in an effort improve the quality of life in the Circle City.

The University released surveys to about 3,500 Dothan residents via mail last week. The 56-question surveys, designed by Troy University with input from the Dothan Community Relations Group, focus on questions about the quality of life, the state of race relations and the state of community policing in Dothan. Read more.

Bynum named executive director of Educational Outreach

Dr. Robin Bynum has been appointed to serve as executive director of Educational Outreach in the College of Education.

In this capacity, Dr. Bynum will provide collaborative leadership for ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Teachers Statewide), AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, to include Alabama Science in Motion or ASIM), and SEARIC (Southeast Alabama Regional In-Service Center). She will also carry a dual appointment as Director of SEARIC.

As executive director, she will also serve as the primary investigator for these grant-funded research programs. Dr. Bynum brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this leadership position.

Can Castle Contest nets more than 7,000 food items to fight hunger

Troy University students collected more than 7,000 food items as the result of the Office of Civic Engagement’s seventh annual Can Castle Contest at the Troy Campus on Wednesday.

Student organizations collected items and then used those items to construct can castles on the patio outside of the Barnes & Noble bookstore. 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 Rosa Parks Museum will present a series of free community forums on issues affecting women this month in recognition of Women’s History Month. The events, which will be held in the museum’s auditorium at 252 Montgomery St., will begin at 6 p.m. on March 21 and 28 and will be moderated by Dr. Felicia Bell, the museum’s director. Read more.
  • TROY baseball will play host to Samford at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Riddle-Pace Field before traveling to face the Bulldogs on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to make up a previously scheduled game that was cancelled due to weather. The team will be back at home over the weekend, hosting Sun Belt Conference foe UL Lafayette for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
  • TROY softball will play host to UAB at 6 p.m., Tuesday at the TROY Softball Complex.
  • Human Resources will offer People Admin training at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the IT Training Lab at University Park. The training will also will be available through WebEx.
  • Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trail counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak Wednesday during the Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s annual journalism symposium. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. “With Justice for All in a Changing America” will be Dees’ topic. Read More.
  • Women’s tennis will host matches against Alabama State and Alabama A&M on Wednesday at the Lunsford Tennis Complex. Matches against Alabama State will begin at 10 a.m., while matches with Alabama A&M are scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
  • Students from three area high schools and Wallace Community College will be present when Troy University and the John M. Long School of Music present the third annual Vocal Jazz Invitational on Thursday. Read more.
  • Men’s tennis will be in action on Saturday at the Lunsford Tennis Complex. The Trojans will host Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at 3 p.m.
  • Major Madness Career and Major Exploration Fair will be held Wednesday, March 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Trojan Arena. Faculty are encouraged to register for a table to represent their major and give students insight on the variety of careers that can be pursued by graduating in that program. Email for more information. Students, especially lower classmen, are encouraged to come narrow down their “Major Madness” bracket to their Final Four and ultimately their winning major by speaking to faculty from a large variety of programs that Troy University has to offer.
  • Troy University’s Office of Sponsored Programs and the Rosa Parks Museum will bring the documentary highlighting the life of Civil Rights hero, human rights champion and Congressional leader John Lewis to Montgomery on March 31 for a free screening. The screening of “Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis,” will be held at 6 p.m. at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus. While admission to the event is free, tickets are required for entry and are available at eventbrite.com/e/get-in-the-way-the-journey-of-john-lewis-tickets-32546813395?aff=es2.
  • The Applied Behavior Analysis Club will be holding the first Troy University Autism Walk on world Autism Day, April 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 pm on the Bibb Graves Quad on the Troy Campus. Proceeds from the walk will go to a scholarship fund for autism treatment. Register online at: goo.gl/forms/1ZuDoObvXuFg2yMz1.

  • Student Appreciation Day has been set for April 5. Learn more.
  • The Troy University Writing Center and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will partner to present a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” on April 6, on the main quad of the Troy Campus. The reading will start at 6:30 a.m. and continue through the early afternoon. Participants will read the book aloud, non-stop, and anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups, classes, teams and social organizations are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time. Copies of “Leaves of Grass” will be available, but participants can also bring their own copies. For more information, or to sign up to read in advance, email Trish Harris at pharris151287@troy.edu. Details are available at the Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1900191060238478/.
  • The Troy University Writing Center and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will partner to present a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” on April 6, on the main quad of the Troy Campus. The reading will start at 6:30 a.m. and continue through the early afternoon. Participants will read the book aloud, non-stop, and anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups, classes, teams and social organizations are encouraged to participate by volunteering for larger blocks of time. Copies of “Leaves of Grass” will be available, but participants can also bring their own copies. For more information, or to sign up to read in advance, email Trish Harris at pharris151287@troy.edu. Details are available at the Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1846135125607048/.
  • An All-Majors Career Fair will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sartain Hall. Employers from a variety of majors and career paths will be present to speak with students about internships and job opportunities. Please dress professionally and log into Trojan LINK to view attending employers. Professional headshots will be taken free of charge for the students and raffle tickets will be given away to the students who impress employers the most with their professionalism. Door prizes will be drawn the following day. Career coaches will be on site the day of the fair to assist students and even conduct any last minute resume checks. All students should attend ranging from lower classmen, who are focusing on internships and getting practice conversing with employers, to juniors and seniors, who should be networking and lining up job opportunities for post-graduation. For additional information, visit the Career Services website.
  • SAVE THE DATE: The 15th annual Troy University Psychology Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 28. The one-day conference will include paper presentations, poster sessions, lunch and a keynote address. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members/professionals are encouraged to submit posters and paper presentations. Any topic related to psychology, including topics dealing with any area of the behavior of humans or other animals, is appropriate. Past conferences have included such diverse topics as marketing, education, counseling, music, and criminal justice. Submission deadline is March 31. For more information, and to submit presentations and/or posters, visit the conference website.
Congratulations to the following for their achievements:
  • Larry Percy, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, has been honored with the Alabama Alliance for the Arts Education’s “Making a Difference”Award. Percy was honored specifically for his work with two projects – Trojan Art Day and the Pike County Empty Bowls Project.
  • Dr. John W. Jinright, associate professor in the John M. Long School of Music, has been selected to serve on this year’s South Arts grants review panel. South Arts is the regional branch of the National Endowment for the Arts serving nine states within the Southeastern U.S. to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts.
  • Younghee Choi Kent, adjunct instructor of Korean, will have her Korean brush painting of loofah plants exhibited at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea, March 20-29. The painting was selected by artist judges for exhibition in the Twentieth Shin Saimdang –Yi Yolgok Calligraphy Competition. Shin Saimdang was a female painter of the early 16th century and is famed for her art and poetry. She is the first female to be pictured on Korean currency. Her son, Yolgok, is one of Korean history’s great scholars.

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