Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops for March 5

Posted: Wednesday, 25 February 2015

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Department of Revenue will sponsor two sessions of the New Business Tax Workshop on the Dothan Campus on March 5.

The free workshops, arranged by TROY's Small Business Development Center, will be offered from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Continuing Education Center on the second floor of Adams Hall on the Dothan Campus.

ADOR staff members will address sales tax, property tax and withholding tax topics during the workshops, which offer an excellent opportunity to ask tax questions and network with resource representatives and other participants. An overview of Alabama's business tax electronic filing programs will also be presented. Information about Alabama's new ONE SPOT, a free internet filing and payment portal that allows business taxpayers to file and pay state, county and city sales, use and rental taxes all in one place will be made available.

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Alumnus to deliver Troy University's Helen Keller Lecture on March 3

Posted: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

TROY - Film producer/director and Troy University alumnus Mackenzie Westmoreland will deliver the University's 20th annual Helen Keller Lecture on March 3.

The lecture, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus, is designed to promote awareness of people who excel in their chosen fields despite physical and/or mental limitations. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Westmoreland is a director and producer with Historia Films. His first feature film, "The Historian," was recently released across numerous on-demand platforms and was winner of "Best First Feature Film" at the 2014 Long Island International Film Expo, as well as taking awards for "Best Actor" and "Best Supporting Actor."

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Simulation brings awareness to the challenges of poverty

Posted: Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Poverty Simulation

MONTGOMERY - Eye-opening. It was a descriptor used frequently Thursday night in Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus as students and community residents caught a glimpse of what it is like to face poverty.

Presented by Troy University and Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty and its root causes, took participants through four, 15-minute "weeks" and presented them with the challenges that many area families living in poverty experience every day.

"I thought it was a very interesting activity," said Andrea Lane, a graduate student in TROY's clinical mental health counseling program. "The things we had to deal with were frustrating and demonstrated what people facing poverty would actually experience."

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Posted: Monday, 23 February 2015

Troy University to celebrate All-Steinway announcement during Tuesday night event

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., John M. Long Hall: Troy University will hold a celebration of the University's All-Steinway Initiative at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in the band rehearsal room of John M. Long Hall on the Troy Campus.

ACCESS Support Center Open House

2 p.m. Thursday, February 26; Extended Learning Center, South Brundidge St., Troy: Troy University's ACCESS Support Center will host an open house and showcase of the Pike County Virtual School at its headquarters at 1101 South Brundidge St. in Troy.

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Walk Hard 2015 to benefit vets, first responders

Posted: Monday, 23 February 2015

TROY - Troy University fraternity members will walk for wounded warriors, veterans and first responders during Alpha Tau Omega's Walk Hard.

The 128.3-mile walk will commence at 8 a.m. on March 6 on the Troy University Quad and will wrap up on March 11, with a reception at the Pier Park Boardwalk in Panama City Beach, Fla. Sixteen brothers of Alpha Tau Omega will participate in the five-day walk, fourteen for the first time.

All proceeds raised from this year's walk will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project and Jeep Sullivan's Outdoor Adventures. The organization offers wounded warriors, veterans, and first responders an opportunity to refresh and recharge while enjoying nature.

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Troy University to take delivery of state's largest collection of new Steinway pianos

Posted: Saturday, 21 February 2015

TROY - Troy University will celebrate the delivery of the largest current collection of new Steinway pianos in the state on Monday, culminating its initiative to become an All-Steinway School.

The delivery will bring the John M. Long School of Music's inventory to 29 Steinway pianos, including the first two Sterling Steinways ever produced.

Troy University began the All-Steinway initiative in fall 2013, with a formal announcement of the effort taking place last March. All-Steinway Schools are institutions that have only Steinways or Steinway-designed pianos such as Boston or Essex in their inventory. Troy University is the first Steinway University in the state of Alabama and the 17th in the world to feature only Steinway pianos.

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TROY Campus Kitchen to take part in "Raise the Dough" fundraiser

Posted: Thursday, 19 February 2015

TROY - The Campus Kitchen at Troy University will compete with other schools in the Campus Kitchens network during an online fundraiser the week of Feb. 20-27.

The "Raise the Dough" campaign seeks to raise funds to support that Campus Kitchen's weekly operations at TROY, nutritional education efforts and future plans for community gardening.

Last fall, Troy University became the 40th school in the nation to join the Campus Kitchens Project, which seeks to fight hunger and reduce food waste by turning unused food from campus dining facilities into meals for local residents in need.

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Troy University gears up for second annual Trojan Art Day

Posted: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

TROY - More than 300 middle- and high-school students will demonstrate and hone their artistic skills during the second annual Trojan Art Day at Troy University on Feb. 20.

Trojan Art Day will offer workshops and demonstrations led by students and faculty in the University's Department of Art and Design culminating in competitions and expanding the statewide Visual Arts Award Program, an art competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

"The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts and is designed to encourage and showcase the work of young artists," said Larry Percy, an art professor who coordinates the program for TROY. "As an arts-in-education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions."

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Troy University recognized for wetlands restoration project at Janice Hawkins Park

Posted: Friday, 13 February 2015
Troy University's Janice Hawkins Park

TROY - A project to restore wetlands and remove non-native plants at Troy University's Janice Hawkins Park is one of 10 projects in the region recognized recently by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Alabama Power and its parent company Southern Company.

The project, "Persimmon Branch Wetlands Enhancement," was awarded a grant under the Five Star and Urban Waters program in 2013 and was recognized during a Region 4 ceremony at the Sam Nunn Federal Center in Atlanta. Mark Salmon, director of the University's Physical Plant, served as director of the project, and Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, served as co-director.

The Five Star and Urban Waters Program develops and supports community stewardship of local natural resources in cities and towns across the country. The program funds projects that will preserve these resources for future generations while at the same time enhance habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable stream banks, pollution from stormwater runoff and degraded shorelines caused by development.

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TROY professor named as official Steinway & Sons Artist

Posted: Friday, 13 February 2015
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, Steinway Artist

TROY - Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, assistant professor of piano and coordinator of piano activities in Troy University's John M. Long School of Music, has been named as an official Steinway Artist.

Steinway and Sons has cultivated relationships with pianists from every genre and has named close to 1,600 official Steinway Artists worldwide. Artists such as classical pianist Lang Lang, jazz pianist Diana Krall, pop icons Billy Joel and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein have worn the mantle of Steinway Artist.

Steinway Artists must go through a lengthy application process and satisfy three main criteria: have musical ability and recording history, be a currently performing pianist and be a purchaser and owner of their own personal Steinway piano, said Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean of TROY's College of Communication and Fine Arts.

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Troy University to present Dialogue on Race Relations at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Thursday, 12 February 2015

DOTHAN - Local community, law enforcement and government leaders will participate in a Dialogue on Race Relations at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Sony Hall Auditorium inside Everett Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event will explore issues of community race relations brought to the forefront of national debate by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, said Dr. Jeneve Brooks, Assistant Professor of Sociology and lead organizer for the event.

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TROY selected for dance and theater residency program

Posted: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Hill Harper

TROY - A nationally acclaimed performance company will conduct a weeklong residency in Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance at the end of the month.

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, based in Minneapolis, Minn., selected the University for its 35th anniversary residency program through a competitive application process and will work with both area schools and University theater and dance students, as well as students in other disciplines, in connection with the University's Big Read project, sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts.

A performance, open and free to the public, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 in Claudia Crosby Theater.

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Exhibit at TROY focuses on teens in the Holocaust

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015

TROY - A travelling exhibit on display in Troy University's Lurleen B. Wallace Library sheds light on the experiences of teenagers during the Holocaust.

"Parallel Journeys: World War II and the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens" will be on display on the library's main floor. The display tells the stories of six teenagers who were witnesses, participants and, often, victims of World War II and the Holocaust. Although Anne Frank is one of the most famous teenagers in history, with her diary translated into more than 67 languages, her story alone does not document the complexity of the war. The testimonies document different experiences of the war.

Featured in the exhibit is Frank, Olympian Margaret Lambert and Adolf Hitler's personal secretary Traudl Junge, as well as other teens and young adults who survived the concentration camps, hid from the Nazis, led rescue efforts, served as soldiers, remained on the home front or aided individuals who were targets of Nazi oppression.

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TROY professor pens First Amendment study

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015

TROY - A Troy University professor has co-authored a landmark study in First Amendment protections of speech on social media.

The paper was published in October 2014 in the Taylor & Francis journal, "First Amendment Studies," and has become the journal's most widely downloaded study, with more than 1,000 downloads in less than four months.

"This accomplishment is a testament to the significant academic interest in social media behavior and the First Amendment," said Dr. Susan Sarapin, an assistant professor in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication who co-authored the paper with Dr. Pamela Morris, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

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Harper challenges Leadership Conference participants to live with passion, reason and courage

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015
Hill Harper

TROY - Passion, reason and courage are needed to transform the world. That was the message of award-winning actor and bestselling author Hill Harper during Friday night's opening session of the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University.

Launched in 2002, the Conference is co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy and seeks to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organizations and communities. The theme of this year's conference is "A Century of Achievement: A Salute to African American History and Culture."

"Most of us live lives that are much smaller than we were intended to live because we lack passion; we lack energy," Harper told the crowd gathered in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. "If we see an issue or a problem that needs to be changed, energy is required to change it. There is potential energy within all of us. We must turn that potential energy into radiant energy - the energy of light. We have the potential to shine light on the injustice in the world and bring light to the places of darkness."

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'Treat your legacy with care,' Admiral Ponds tells Leadership Conference participants

Posted: Monday, 09 February 2015
Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez Ponds

TROY - U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Fernandez "Frank" Ponds encouraged those gathered for the closing session of the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month to give great consideration to their legacy.

The conference, co-sponsored by Troy University and the City of Troy, concluded Saturday on the University's Troy Campus with a closing luncheon that featured an awards presentation to two TROY seniors and Ponds' keynote address.

"In the corporate world and in the military, we have a concept in which we put great stock – value proposition," Ponds said. "Stated simply, your value proposition is what you are known or recognized for. Today, I challenge you to step up and ask yourself, 'what is your value proposition?' What do you want to be known for, recognized for and, ultimately, remembered for?"

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Veteran journalist Jason L. Riley to speak at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 06 February 2015

TROY - Veteran journalist Jason L. Riley will address Troy University students in a Manuel Johnson Center for Political Economy-sponsored lecture.

Free and open to the public, Riley's address is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus and will focus on his most recent book, "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed."

Riley, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, is a member of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board and a Fox News contributor. He joined the WSJ staff in 1994. He served the newspaper in several editorial positions, and, in 2000, was named senior editorial page writer. In 2005, he was named to the Editorial Board. He has also worked for "USA Today" and the "Buffalo News."

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Troy University, Alabama Possible to host poverty simulation in Montgomery

Posted: Friday, 06 February 2015

MONTGOMERY - River Region residents are invited to learn more about the challenges faced daily by impoverished families during a poverty simulation led by Troy University and Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty and its root causes.

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Troy University's Montgomery Campus. Admission is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/montgomery-poverty-simulation-registration-14576070419.

During the event, participants will work through a simulated month of what many area families living in poverty experience each day. To help Alabamians understand the challenges these families face, Alabama Possible uses the Community Action Poverty Simulation created by the Missouri Association for Community Action. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families during the course of four, 15-minute "weeks."

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Troy University online education programs recognized as 'Best Value'

Posted: Monday, 02 January 2015

TROY - Troy University's online master's degree program in instructional technology has been recognized as a "Best Value" university in the first-ever Top Masters in Education rankings.

A leading resource for educators looking to enhance their own educational foundation, Top Masters in Education seeks through its rankings to highlight the lowest priced, highest quality, regionally accredited online education degree programs.

Programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and cost.

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History lecture series focuses on Southern identity

Posted: Thursday, 31 January 2015

TROY - Troy University's annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History will be presented by Dr. James C. Cobb. The presentation is entitled "The South is Where You Find It: Contours of Southern Identity, Old and New."

Professor Cobb is a B. Phinizy Spalding Professor at the University of Georgia. He is a former president of the Southern Historical Association and has written widely on the interaction between economy, society, and culture in the American South. Dr. Cobb has authored four books, his most recent work, "The South and America Since World War II," was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

"We are pleased to host Dr. Cobb and hear his perspective of the changing sense of how Southerners define themselves and the region," said Timothy Buckner, assistant professor of history.

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Troy University, Chattahoochee Valley Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Tuesday, 26 January 2015

Phenix City – Troy University and Chattahoochee Valley Community College officials signed an agreement that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Chattahoochee Valley students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to CVCC for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from CVCC, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. More than 500 former Chattahoochee Valley Community College are currently enrolled at TROY.

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Proposal development is focus of TROY SBDC workshop

Posted: Tuesday, 26 January 2015

TROY - Troy University's Small Business Development Center will have a workshop focusing on federal government proposal preparation Monday, Feb. 5.

"Effective Federal Government Proposal Preparation Methods and Practices" will be presented by Jerry Ellison, director of the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center and an expert in securing and managing government contracts nationwide. The $20 registration fee covers materials, beverages and snacks and lunch.

The scenario-based training will provide participants an opportunity to experience the various steps and stages in developing a complete proposal, said Judy Callin, senior consultant at TROY's SBDC. A laptop is recommended for the session.

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Phenix City superintendent urges TROY graduates to do things the right way

Posted: Tuesday, 27 January 2015

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Phenix City Schools Superintendent Randy Wilkes urged Troy University graduates on Friday, Jan. 23, in Columbus to always do things "the right way."

Wilkes, a TROY alumnus and member of the University's 1987 national champion football team, delivered the keynote address during a joint commencement ceremony for graduates from the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site. About 160 graduates were recognized during the event, which was held at 7 p.m. inside the Columbus Civic Center.

Sharing keys to successful living, Wilkes said graduates should "first in life, no matter the circumstances, do everything the right way."

"Do everything the right way" was the signage above the Troy State University weight room in the mid-eighties, Wilkes said, and the adage influenced all of the team's activities.

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Rosa Parks Museum to offer free tours Feb. 4, will host book signing by a niece of Rosa Parks

Posted: Tuesday, 27 January 2015

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 4, by offering free tours and hosting a reading and book signing for Sheila McCauley Keys, a niece of Rosa Parks.

Keys will read from and sign copies of her new book, "Our Auntie Rosa: The Family of Rosa Parks Remembers Her Life and Lessons." The book offers unique insight into Parks' family and home life in the years after her historic arrest in 1955.

Keys is the seventh niece of Rosa Parks, and has become an active voice in efforts to preserve her aunt's legacy. In 2013, she was featured in PBS's live television broadcast of the National Day of Courage, celebrating what would have been Parks' hundredth birthday. That same year, she joined President Obama and legislators in unveiling a statue of Rosa Parks in the Capitol Rotunda.

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Troy University to host career fair at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 27 January 2015

DOTHAN - More than 30 area businesses from various industries will be looking for new employees during the annual spring career fair at the Dothan Campus on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Held each spring during the week of Valentine's Day, the career fair invites jobseekers to "Find the Job You'll Love." The event is open to all TROY students and alumni.

The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall.

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TROY students stage 'Read-In' at Troy Public Library

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2015

TROY - Troy University's College of Education and the Troy Public Library will be uniting to host an African American Read-In during the month of February as a part of African American History Month activities.

Students in the Department of English will be conducting group and one-on-one reading sessions as a part of the library's after-school tutoring programs throughout the month.

"Troy University's College of Education has become an integral part of the after-school tutoring program at the Troy Public Library," said Dr. Patricia Waters, professor of English and faculty sponsor of the Troy Council of English Teachers. "Through programs such as the Read-In, we wish to not only support literacy's foundational role in learning, but also hope to stress literacy's integral role in our community's well-being,"

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Troy University to play host to Southeastern U.S. Band Clinic Feb. 5-7

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2015

TROY - More than 600 high school band students will take part in the 42nd annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands at Troy University Feb. 5-7.

The students, who represent 119 schools from Alabama, Florida and Georgia, will receive instruction from internationally recognized clinicians and audition for inclusion in one of three honor bands.

"The 42nd annual Southeastern United States Concert Band Clinic and Honor Bands promises to be a wonderful musical experience," said Dr. Carla Gallahan, executive director of the Clinic. "This musical event will feature a variety of activities including concerts, rehearsals, scholarship auditions and clinics, culminating in the concert by the Honor Bands."

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Former U.S. ambassador to lecture on TROY campus

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2015

TROY - Former U.S. Ambassador David Greenlee will serve as Troy University's Ambassador-in-Residence this spring. The former ambassador to Paraguay and Bolivia will deliver a public address to the Troy community on Feb. 5.

A Yale University graduate, Greenlee served as ambassador to Bolivia from 2003-2006, and was an ambassador to Paraguay from 2000-2003. He is also recognized for his work as a chair and U.S. Delegate to the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group, a successful five-nation effort to mitigate civilian casualties in cross-border fighting between Hezbollah and Israel.

"We are looking forward to hosting Ambassador Greenlee as the TROY Ambassador-in-Residence," said Dr. Jonathan Harrington, professor of political science. "The WHINSEC command at Ft. Benning is also excited to host Ambassador Greenlee and hear his perspectives on United States and Latin American Relations."

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Leadership Conference offers military, industry views of leadership

Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2015

TROY – A U.S. Navy admiral from Alabama and leaders in civil rights, business and industry will provide their perspectives on leadership during the Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month at Troy University Feb. 6-7.

The conference, now in its 14th year and co-hosted by the University and the City of Troy, seeks to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organizations and communities.

"The Leadership Conference is held to promote unity by offering a venue that generates dialogue on topics instrumental to building positive relationships that will enhance diverse community engagement. The conference will cater to all age groups including our high school and college students with exciting and motivational speakers," said Mark Griffin, who chairs the Conference's advisory board.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Frank Ponds, a native of Autaugaville, will provide the keynote address at the Conference's closing luncheon. Adm. Ponds is commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, assuming the post in 2013. He commanded the U.S.S. America, one of the nation's newest amphibious assault ships on its shakedown cruise from Ingall's Shipbuilding in Mississippi to its homeport of San Diego.

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Troy University to bring French film series to campus with the Tournées Festival

Posted: Wednesday, 21 January 2015

TROY - Troy University will highlight the best in modern French cinema with a series of free film screenings starting Thursday at the Troy Campus, funded by a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange.

Presented by the Troy University Library and the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the Tournées Festival will feature screenings of six French films at the campus starting Thursday, Jan. 22. The Tournées Festival is a program of FACE in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring contemporary French cinema to college and university campuses in the U.S.

Films that will be screened at TROY include:

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Troy University, Enterprise State Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Vocal Ensemble

ENTERPRISE - Troy University and Enterprise State Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate's degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Enterprise State students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to Enterprise State Community College for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Enterprise State Community College, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY.

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Troy University students to celebrate King's legacy through service projects

Posted: Friday, 16 January 2015

TROY - Troy University students will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 21-24 by taking part in several service opportunities in the surrounding community.

Activities during the week will kick off on Jan. 21 with a special Martin Luther King edition of "Times Talk," a weekly opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage in discussions on current topics from articles in The New York Times. The event will be modeled after MLK Day America's Sunday Supper initiative, which was inspired by King's legacy and invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power each individual has to make a difference.

Events will continue on Thursday, Jan. 22 with a Volunteer Fair set from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. The event will help inform and educate students about opportunities to become involved within the community.

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Troy University vocal ensembles to perform state music education conference

Posted: Thursday, 15 January 2015
Vocal Ensemble

TROY - Two vocal ensembles from Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will perform next week during the Alabama Music Education Association (AMEA) State In-Service Conference in Montgomery.

The Troy University Concert Chorale and the University's vocal jazz ensemble, frequency, will take to the stage of the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Jan. 23.

AMEA, an affiliate of the National Association for Music Education, promotes the advancement of music education through professional development, curriculum support and advocacy. The organization is made up of public, private and post-secondary music educators, as well as private instructors and provides educational opportunities for its members and music students throughout Alabama.

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Phenix City Superintendent Randy Wilkes to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Thursday, 15 January 2015

PHENIX CITY - The superintendent of Phenix City Schools, Randy Wilkes, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Friday, Jan. 23, during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Columbus Civic Center. About 160 graduates will be recognized during the ceremony.

Wilkes, a TROY alumnus, was appointed Superintendent of Phenix City Schools on July 1, 2014, and recently unveiled the system's middle school revitalization efforts dubbed the i3 Project, standing for inquiry, innovation and impact.

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TROY launches first-of-its-kind law program

Posted: Wednesday, 14 January 2015

TROY - Troy University, in association with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, has pioneered a program to help students complete law degrees sooner.

A part of the Bachelor of Science in Social Science program, TROY's Accelerated Law Curriculum will allow students to complete general studies and some advanced classes toward an undergraduate degree, then transfer to one of the two law schools to complete the juris doctor and bachelor degrees.

"This is an exciting way for students wishing to pursue law to accomplish their goals more quickly than the traditional route," said Dr. James Rinehart, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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TROY dancers share stage at Alabama Dance Festival

Posted: Wednesday, 14 January 2015
TROY TrojanVision News

TROY - Troy University DANCE members will perform with internationally acclaimed Kyle Abraham during the Alabama Dance Festival at Samford University's Wright Center on Jan. 17.

The dancers will perform part of Abraham's "Watershed" and TROY dance students Kimberly Sausman, a senior biology major from Troy, and Mati Anderson, a sophomore bachelor of fine arts in dance major from Franklin, Tenn., are performing a duet with Abraham.In.Motion dancer Jeremy Neal.

The New York-based A.I.M., a company of nine professional dancers, will present "When the Wolves Came In," a three-part work centered on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th century abolishment of apartheid in South Africa.

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Hill Harper to keynote opening session of Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month

Posted: Monday, 12 January 2015

TROY - Award-winning actor and bestselling author Hill Harper will kick off the Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month at Troy University Feb. 6.

The theme for this year's conference, which continues on Saturday, Feb. 7, is "A Century of Achievement: A Salute to African-American History and Culture." The conference was launched in 2002 and seeks to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organizations and communities. The conference is co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy.

Harper will provide the conference's opening address at 6:30 p.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Best known for his award-winning portrayal of "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes" on the hit CBS drama "CSI: NY" and as "Calder Michaels" on USA Network's spy drama "Covert Affairs." Harper is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He also holds a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Quilt art by Montgomery native Richè Richardson coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 09 January 2014

MONTGOMERY - A collection of portrait quilts by Montgomery native Dr. Riché Richardson will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting Saturday, Jan. 10.

Titled "Portraits II: From Montgomery to Paris," the exhibit collects more than 50 of Richardson's quilts spanning her artistic career, including 30 new works and the 22 quilts from her debut 2008 show. The exhibit includes series such as "Family," "Political," "Hollywood," "Paris," "Delta," "Civil Rights," "Black History," and "Alabama Women," and several large installations that draw on technology, are interactive, and incorporate features such as lighting and music.

The exhibit will be on display in the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall through March 27. Richardson will discuss her work during a reception and gallery talk at the museum on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication ranked in top 10 by survey

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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TROY - Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication has been ranked in the top 10 in the Radio Television Digital News Association's 2014 Best College Journalism Schools survey.

The Hall School was ranked at No. 6 in the poll, which surveyed members of the Association, as well as news professionals through TVWeek.com, to determine the top 20 schools.

Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication, said the ranking represents the quality of the programs offered and the hard work of the School's dedicated faculty and students.

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Amy Owens wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
December 2014 McKinley Award

TROY - Amy Owens, departmental secretary in the School of Nursing at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Owens, who has been employed by the University since 2009, received the award from Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration, during the University's annual Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus. Owens was nominated by Dr. John Miller, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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Troy University Chancellor honored with Confucius Institute award

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Confucius Institute Award

TROY - Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, was one of nine university chancellors worldwide and the only one in North America to receive the World Confucius Institute's Individual Performance Excellence Award during the World Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen, China.

The annual conference celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute program, designed to promote Chinese language education and cultural awareness, and honored outstanding contributions in both Confucius Institute of the Year awards and outstanding individual performances.

Dr. Hawkins received the award from Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China on behalf of the CI headquarters in Beijing. There are currently 475 Confucius Institutes worldwide, including 120 in the United States.

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Gene Kranz encourages graduates to maximize their potential

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Gene Kranz - Fall 2014 Montgomery Commencement

MONTGOMERY - Legendary NASA Flight Control Director Gene Kranz urged Troy University graduates on Monday to never settle for less than their best.

Kranz, who led the effort to bring Apollo 13 safely back to earth following an explosion in space, delivered the keynote address to graduates on the University's Montgomery Campus during the ceremony at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts.

More than 125 graduates received degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

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TROY announces entrepreneur and economic innovation center

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2014

TROY - Entrepreneurship and business development will be the focus of a new program on Troy University's Dothan Campus, and will provide both students and community members with important resources to enhance economic growth.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation is the outcome of a series of meetings between Sorrell College of Business officials and business leaders in Dothan about making the College more relevant to them, the community and the Wiregrass region of Alabama.

"The creation of a Center will allow us to bring the worlds of entrepreneurship, best business practices, compliance, and business ethics together and to link in the minds of our students, our stakeholders, and the communities in the Wiregrass area that we do see entrepreneurship as being inextricably linked to those areas," said Dr. Skip Ames, interim Dothan Campus vice chancellor and assistant dean of the Sorrell College of Business.

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Troy University receives check for trails project in Janice Hawkins Park

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Dr. Skip Ames

TROY - Troy University today received a $5,000 check from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority to cover the cost of phase one of an ecological trail system and outdoor classroom in Janice Hawkins Park on the Troy Campus.

The funds were used to install a system of trails through the park using natural materials and included signage to provide educational opportunities along the trail.

Authority Executive Director Barbara Gibson and Authority Board Chairman Jack Pelfrey and board member Alan Boothe presented the check to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business Affairs, and Mark Salmon, Director of the University's Physical Plant.

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Ames named campus vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Dr. Skip Ames

DOTHAN - Troy University has named Dr. Orrin K. "Skip" Ames as Campus Vice Chancellor of its Dothan Campus.

"We are proud to have Dr. Ames represent the University in the Dothan community and the Wiregrass region," said Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration.

"Dr. Ames is a capable administrator who is dedicated to the Dothan Campus and is a real leader in the fields of entrepreneurial studies and business ethics who has had a distinguished career as a practicing attorney and academician. We know he will continue to be active in the Dothan Community," he said.

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Mark Saliba urges Troy University graduates to serve their communities

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Mark Saliba

DOTHAN - Local business and civic leader Mark Saliba urged Troy University graduates on Sunday to serve their communities with cooperation, compassion and commitment.

Saliba, the president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for Troy University's Dothan Campus, held at the Dothan Civic Center.

More than 200 students received degrees this fall at the Dothan Campus.

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$1 million donation will further science and technology at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014
Terry Everett

TROY - A $1 million donation by former U.S. Representative Terry Everett will help advance Troy University's new School of Science and Technology.

The gift, unveiled during the University's Board of Trustees meeting Friday, will fund an eminent scholar faculty position for the College of Arts and Sciences school, set to launch in Spring 2015.

"Science and technology is so important," said Everett. "I can't think of a better thing on which to concentrate."

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Mallach encourages TROY graduates to work hard and maintain positive attitude

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2014
David Mallach

TROY - Troy University alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach encouraged TROY graduates to embrace the next chapter of their lives with a positive attitude.

Speaking during Friday's fall commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus, Mallach told graduates that this ceremony was not just an ending but also a beginning.

"More than four decades ago, I sat in a chair waiting to walk across the stage, just as you are today," Mallach said. "For many of you, you have completed the last class you will ever take. Now you have to put all you have learned and experienced together and move on to the next phase of your life. Troy University has equipped you with the tools you need to be successful and now it is up to you. If you work hard and maintain a positive attitude, you will succeed."

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Troy University awards honorary degree to Dr. Doug Hawkins

Posted: Friday, 12 December 2014
Dr. Doug Hawkins

TROY - Troy University honored Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, President Pro Tem Emeritus of the University's Board of Trustees, with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during its fall commencement ceremony on Friday.

More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations took part in the commencement exercises in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

Dr. Doug Hawkins, a native of Luverne and longtime community and civic leader in TROY, was appointed to the Troy University Board of Trustees in 1980, served as President Pro Tem from 1995-2011 and remains a member of the board.

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Troy University Art and Design students exhibit senior theses

Posted: Friday, 05 December 2014

TROY - Eleven Troy University art and design students are showcasing their work in Malone Gallery during the Fall Senior Thesis Exhibition that runs through Dec. 12.

The senior projects are required for graduation and each reflects the students' personal interpretations of the world around them. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., began this week and continues through Dec. 12. A reception honoring the seniors is slated for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Malone Gallery.

Seniors exhibiting are:

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Legendary NASA flight director Gene Kranz to address Troy University graduates

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2014

MONTGOMERY - Gene Kranz, the legendary NASA Flight Control Director who led the effort to save Apollo 13, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during fall commencement at the Montgomery Campus.

The ceremony will be held on Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. Approximately 125 students are set to receive degrees this fall at the Montgomery Campus.

A veteran Air Force pilot during the 1950s, Kranz joined NASA in 1960 as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. Kranz was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, and continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo Program. Known for wearing his famous white vests during missions, Kranz was the flight director for many Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and he led the "Tiger Team" for the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew. He was portrayed by Ed Harris in the film "Apollo 13."

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Saliba to address Troy University graduates in Dothan

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2014

DOTHAN - Local business leader Mark Saliba will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center. More than 200 students will receive degrees this fall at the Dothan Campus.

Saliba is the president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, one of the leading construction companies in the Southeast. He is a member of the Dothan/Wiregrass Home Builders Association Hall of Fame, and has served on the organization's board and as a past president. At the state level, Saliba has been involved with the Home Builders Association of Alabama since 1990 and was state president in 2006. He was voted Builder of the Year in Alabama in 1993 and received a Presidential Award in 2010. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame.

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Author and alumnus to provide commencement address

Posted: Monday, 01 December 2014
David Mallach

TROY - Alumnus, author and finance professional David Mallach will provide Troy University's keynote address on Friday, Dec. 12.

More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations will participate in Fall Commencement Exercises beginning at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena.

Mallach, managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch is a 1971 marketing and business graduate, and has been with the company for more than 40 years. His books include "Moneywork$," "Investment Secrets," "Dancing with The Analysts," "Walking with The Analysts," "Running with The Analysts," "Myth," and "The Trillion Dollar Sure Thing." Many of his Wall Street thrillers revolve around a main character - Johnny Long, so named in honor of Dr. John M. Long, director emeritus of the Sound of the South Marching Band, and one of Mallach's mentors.

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TROY ranked among top in nation for service to veterans

Posted: Thursday, 20 November 2014

TROY - Military Times has named Troy University as one of the top "Best for Vets" four-year institutions in the country.

The organization publishes the "Army Times," the "Navy Times," the "Air Force Times," and the "Marine Corps Times" newspapers, and is owned by Gannett Co., Inc., one of the nation's largest media companies.

"External validation is always important, but the integrity that the Military Times ranking offers as objective news reporting is a strong indication that Troy University's support of our veterans and active military members is hitting the right mark," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice chancellor of the University's Global Campus that serves students outside the state of Alabama and online.

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Troy University's annual ISCO Festival set for Thursday

Posted: Thursday, 20 November 2014

TROY - Troy University's International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) will hold its annual International Festival at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

The festival concludes a week of special activities held on campus in conjunction with International Education Week, a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education designed to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Nearly 800 students representing 75 countries are enrolled on the Troy Campus.

With the theme "Trojan Spirit Around the World," the Festival will serve as a showcase for international unity and awareness on campus, said Joe McCall, ISCO faculty advisor and senior lecturer of history.

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Gov. Bentley commends Troy University for leadership in international education

Posted: Wednesday, 19 November 2014
International Week

MONTGOMERY – Gov. Robert Bentley signed a proclamation today commending Troy University for its leadership in international education.

The proclamation, signed in conjunction with International Education Week which runs Nov. 17-21, recognized TROY as "Alabama's International University." Nearly 800 international students representing 75 different nations are enrolled on the University's Troy Campus. Some of those students were present for the proclamation signing ceremony in the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol.

"At Troy University, we embrace the mission to prepare our students to be globally competitive, and I don't believe you can be globally competitive unless you are globally aware," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "We must understand the people of the world in order to appreciate them."

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Photography exhibit "Both Sides of the Lens" coming to the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Monday, 17 November 2014
Shackelford Family

MONTGOMERY- An exhibit of early 20th century photos taken by an African American family of photographers will be on display starting this month at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

In partnership with the Birmingham Public Libraries, the Rosa Parks Museum will present "Both Sides of the Lens: Photographs by the Shackelford Family, Fayette County, Alabama (1910-1935)" from Nov. 15 through Dec. 27 inside the exhibit hall.

The photographs - which offer a rich visual record of everyday life in rural Alabama - are also remarkable because of the story behind them. Taken by a family of African-American photographers who lived in Covin, Ala., the images reveal the lives of the photographers as well as those being photographed, said exhibition curator Andrew Nelson, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland.

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TROY cited by national honor society

Posted: Friday, 14 November 2014

TROY - Troy University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is one of 24 chapters in the nation recognized by the organization's Chapter of Merit distinction.

The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society across all academic disciplines.

"Phi Kappa Phi at Troy University has such an outstanding legacy of celebrating academic excellence across all disciplines. It is an honor to have the local chapter cited as a 'Chapter of Merit,'" said Chapter President Jerry Johnson. "I believe that this year the Troy chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will move into the next level as a chapter as we pursue becoming a 'Chapter of Excellence.' We certainly have the faculty and student resources to do so."

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International Education an everyday mission at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Troy University will celebrate International Education Week with several events Nov. 16-20, but for "Alabama's International University," international education is a part of the daily mission.

The University's Troy Campus is home to nearly 800 international students representing 75 countries. Each day, more than 80 different languages can be heard spoken on campus.

"At Troy University, we want to ensure that our students are globally aware, prepared and competitive," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "All students benefit from exposure to classmates from other cultures, traditions and faiths."

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Troy University history professor to discuss new book on the Holocaust

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

TROY - Troy University history professor Dr. Dan Puckett will discuss his new book on the Holocaust during a pair of upcoming lectures in Dothan and Troy.

Dr. Puckett, an associate professor of history at the Montgomery Campus, is the author of "In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama's Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust" published by the University of Alabama Press.

He will discuss his new book on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, and at noon on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Troy Campus library. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Troy University dedicates John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success

Posted: Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Center for Student Success

TROY - Troy University officials on Saturday dedicated the Center for Student Success in honor of Dr. John W. Schmidt, a retired University administrator.

Schmidt, who served the University in leadership positions including Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and most recently Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, retired at the end of July after 20 years of service. Troy University Trustees approved a resolution at their July meeting renaming the center, which is located inside Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus and provides programs and services that enhance students' academic achievement, personal and social growth, campus and civic engagement, career development and persistence to graduation.

"When Dr. Schmidt began to work on his doctorate, you just knew his research was going to be useful and meaningful for Troy University and our students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "This Center in which we stand today that is beneficial to so many of our students grew out of Dr. Schmidt's dedication, research and efforts."

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Three inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 07 November 2014
Troy University Career Services

TROY - Tommy Ledbetter, the late Dr. Paul Hubbert and the late Gary Warren were inducted into the Alabama Educational Leadership Hall of Fame at Troy University during a ceremony on Thursday in Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall on the Troy Campus.

Established in 1982, the Hall of Fame is a cooperative effort of Troy University, the Alabama Association of School Boards and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools to recognize and honor the achievements of outstanding leaders in education within the state. The first induction ceremony was held in April 1984. Portraits of inductees are displayed in Hawkins Hall, home to Troy University's College of Education.

"We are here today to recognize those who have had a tremendous impact on education in this state and made a difference in the lives of our children," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor. "If you look around you on these walls, you see the portraits of the 39 inductees to date. Today, we honor three more that will join their ranks – three whose influence on education will continue to be felt for years to come."

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TROY receives grant from business for career success center

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Troy University Career Services

TROY - An on-going recruiting partnership has landed Troy University's Career Services a $2,500 donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Career Services, part of the John M. Schmidt Student Success Center, which will be formally dedicated on Saturday, provides both current students and alumni professional assistance on career choices, gaining work experience and assistance with job searches. Resume building and interview preparation, as well as advising on academic major selection, are also offered.

"It's an honor Enterprise Rent-A-Car selected us for this gift," said Lauren Cole, Career Services coordinator. "We always spend our money on ways to advance relationships between employers and students."

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TROY political scientist publishes book on Russia

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff

TROY - Troy University political science lecturer Dr. Michael Slobodchikoff has released his second book, "Building Hegemonic Order Russia's Way: Order, Stability and Predictability in the Post-Soviet Space."

This book examines Russia's emergence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and its creation of a security architecture in the post-Soviet space. Many scholars argue that Russia is a coercive power in the region that forces states to act in only its own interests. While acknowledging Russia's power, Slobodchikoff argues that it is not able to merely force states to behave as it wants them to. Instead, Russia must use bilateral and multilateral cooperation to develop a security architecture that provides order, stability and predictable behavior for both Russia as the hegemon and the weaker powers in the region.

"While Western politicians have argued that Russia has tried to reestablish the Soviet Union through coercive means, the reality is much more of a nuanced interaction among all of the states in the region, which ensures state sovereignty while allowing the weaker states to pursue their own interests," he said.

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Troy University to host Open House Nov. 18 at the Montgomery Campus

Posted: Wednesday, 05 November 2014

MONTGOMERY - Prospective students can learn more about Troy University and get their application fees waived during an open house event on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Montgomery Campus.

The event will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. inside the Gold Room on the second floor of Whitley Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public. All application fees will be waived for any applications submitted during the Open House.

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Prattville's Hannah McDonald crowned Miss Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 04 November 2014
Miss Troy University

TROY - Hannah McDonald, a senior elementary education major from Prattville, was crowned Miss Troy University on Saturday during the annual pageant on the Troy Campus.

Fifteen students competed for the crown in the 44th annual pageant, which was held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Contestants were judged on a private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

McDonald, a Prattville High School graduate and the daughter of Gail and Bubba McDonald, will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama next year.

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TROY Dance Theatre to present Fall Dance Concert Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Posted: Friday, 31 October 2014

TROY - The Troy University Dance Theatre will present its Fall Dance Concert, "Phoenix Rising," Oct. 30-Nov. 1, in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

The concert will showcase original works conceived and choreographed by both TROY dance faculty and dance majors.

General admission is $10, while TROY students with a valid student ID will be admitted for $5. Tickets are available at the Trojan Center Theatre Box Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Troy University Students Launch Campus Kitchen to Address Local Hunger and Food Waste

Posted: Friday, 31 October 2014
Troy University Concert Chorale

TROY - Troy University today joined The Campus Kitchens Project, a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community, with the official launch of their own Campus Kitchen.

The student-led organization will provide free, healthy meals to area residents by using donated food that would otherwise go to waste. With the launch of the program, TROY students will join a network of peers from 39 schools operating their own Campus Kitchens.

At Campus Kitchens across the country, students lead efforts to combat food waste and hunger by collecting surplus food from dining halls, community gardens, restaurants and grocery stores and transforming it into healthy meals. The Campus Kitchen at Troy University, sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, is the second Campus Kitchen in Alabama, joining the Campus Kitchen at Auburn University.

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Fifteen to vie for title of Miss Troy University

Posted: Friday, 31 October 2014

TROY - Fifteen students will compete for the title of Miss Troy University on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The 44th annual pageant will begin at 3 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Student admission is $5 and general public is $10.

The winner will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama. Contestants are judged on a private interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown.

Contestants in this year's pageant are:

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Troy University's Concert Chorale to present free concert Nov. 9

Posted: Thursday, 30 October 2014
Troy University Concert Chorale

TROY - The Troy University Concert Chorale will present its fall concert, "Invocations and Remembrance," at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.

The concert will be held at the Bush Memorial Baptist Church on George Wallace Drive in Troy and is free and open to the public.

The Concert Chorale is the premier vocal ensemble in the John M. Long School of Music. Membership is through open audition.

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TROY art professors win honors at Bi-State Art competition

Posted: Thursday, 30 October 2014

TROY - Two Troy University art professors recently claimed honors at the Meridian Museum of Art's 41st annual Bi-State Art Competition.

Jerry R. Johnson, professor in the Department of Art & Design, won a Purchase Award for his digital art piece "The Return of the Anti-Ravenesque," while Russell Everett, art lecturer, brought home a Merit Award for his pencil work "Alabama Militiaman."

Open to artists in Mississippi and Alabama, the annual exhibit recognizes and celebrates outstanding artistic achievement and is the oldest juried art competition in the region.

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Troy University honors local leaders for river revitalization efforts

Posted: Monday, 27 October 2014
Hines Achievement Award

PHENIX CITY - Troy University honored individuals who played key roles in the revitalization and economic development of the Chattahoochee River with the first presentation of the Don C. Hines Achievement Award in Water Resource Economics on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Phenix City.

The award, named for the former dean of TROY's Sorrell College of Business who was instrumental in the establishment of an office of water resources for the State of Alabama, was created to honor individuals and groups who have shown extraordinary leadership and vision in the field of water resource management.

For the inaugural presentation, TROY leaders chose to recognize the Chattahoochee River Restoration Project, and honored a diverse a group of civic and governmental leaders who played key roles in the redevelopment of the riverfront in Columbus and Phenix City.

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Troy University awards degrees in Vietnam

Posted: Friday, 24 October 2014

HANOI, VIETNAM - Troy University officials are in Vietnam this week to award nearly 200 degrees during three commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presided over ceremonies at the University of Economics and Business, a member of the Vietnam National University, on Oct. 21, where 29 Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and 32 Master of Business Administration degrees were awarded. On Oct. 22, TROY awarded 15 Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration at Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

The largest of the three ceremonies will take place on Oct. 25 at Saigon Technology University in Ho Chi Minh City where 103 degrees will be conferred, including 90 Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and 13 Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science will be awarded.

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Troy University to host Water Management and Economics Conference in Phenix City

Posted: Wednesday, 22 October 2014

PHENIX CITY - Regional experts in the field of water resource management will gather in Phenix City later this month for a conference sponsored by Troy University.

TROY's Center for Water Resource Economics will host its inaugural Water Management and Economics Conference Oct. 22-24 at the new riverfront Courtyard Marriott in Phenix City.

The conference will bring together individuals with strong and varied interests in the value and benefit that water provides in the economy of a region, said Billy Turner, Director of the Center for Water Resource Economics.

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Troy University's fall career fair set for Oct. 22

Posted: Monday, 20 October 2014

TROY - Troy University will hold its Fall Career Fair for students and alumni on Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus.

Approximately 50 employers will be in attendance searching to fill positions or internships, according to Lauren Cole, Career Services coordinator.

"Current students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress professionally to make the best impression," Cole said. "Upon arrival, attendees will be given the opportunity to have a free professional photo taken and emailed them for use in their portfolios or social media sites such as LinkedIn."

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Seminar aims to assist small businesses in connecting with government contracting opportunities

Posted: Monday, 20 October 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University's Small Business Development Center and the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center will offer a free seminar to small businesses wanting to do business with the federal government.

"Introduction to Government Contracting" will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in room 206 Adams Hall on TROY's Dothan Campus.

Each federal agency has a small business program and many have a small business specialist who serves as a liaison between the agency and the small businesses that want to sell to them, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with the TROY SBDC.

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Troy University names Sharleen Smith Director of Professional Development

Posted: Thursday, 16 October 2014

TROY - Troy University has named Sharleen Smith as the Director of Professional Development for the University's Department of Continuing Education with a focus on providing training, consulting and leadership development for businesses.

A veteran business trainer and consultant, Smith has more than 30 years of experience in training, consulting, executive coaching and motivational speaking.

Smith understands the needs of organizations and the challenges of today's workforce, said Dr. Lee Vardaman, Associate Provost of Academic Support.

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Troy University Symphony Band to present free concert on Tuesday

Posted: Thursday, 16 October 2014

TROY - The Troy University Symphony Band will present its annual Masterworks concert on Tuesday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Symphony Band is under the director of Dr. Mark Walker, Director of Bands, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion and Associate Professor of Music. Dr. Walker also conducts TROY's Sound of the South Marching Band and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, marching band techniques, measurement and evaluation and music education.

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Author, sexual assault survivor Jenny Lynn Anderson to speak at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 16 October 2014

TROY - Award-winning author, inspirational speaker and sexual assault survivor Jenny Lynn Anderson will bring her message of hope and courage to Troy University next week.

Anderson, whose visit is sponsored by the University's John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success, will speak to TROY students about her experiences at 5:30 p.m., Monday in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus. The event is open to the public. On Tuesday, Anderson will sign copies of her book, "Room 939: 15 Minutes of Horror, 20 Years of Healing," beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore. The book recounts her personal experience of the attack and how she overcame that trial, turning it into triumph.

Anderson will also speak to criminal justice and nursing classes, along with members of the staff of the SAVE Project Student Counseling Center and the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success during her visit.

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Troy University events aimed at bullying awareness, prevention

Posted: Wednesday, 15 October 2014

TROY – A series of Troy University events aimed at spreading bullying awareness and prevention will begin on Saturday with a 5K run and culminate next week with a town hall meeting and candlelight vigil.

Bully Proof, as the series of events is known, is presented by the Department of Counseling and Psychology in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read program, the University's Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement and CGI.

The 5K Bully Proof run will be held Saturday on the Square in downtown Troy. The 5K race will get under way at 8 a.m. with a Kid's Fun Run beginning at 9:15 a.m. Live music will be provided by the Benton Brothers & Company, The Pot Holes and Jared Henderson. Exhibits and a book read-along for children will also be a part of the activities.

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TROY Chancellor receives Alabama Humanities' Wayne Greenhaw Service Award

Posted: Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. was honored Oct. 6 with the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Wayne Greenhaw Service Award.

The award, presented during the organization's annual awards luncheon in Birmingham, is given in recognition of a past or present board member for outstanding service to the Foundation. First awarded in 2012, the award is named in honor of author and journalist Wayne Greenhaw, who died in 2011.

A native of Mobile, Dr. Hawkins was named Chancellor in 1989, and has overseen an era of change and growth at TROY. He led the merger of the worldwide Troy State University System into the unified Troy University, an initiative called "One Great University." More than $250 million has been invested in capital improvements by the Hawkins Administration, including new academic buildings on all four of TROY's Alabama campuses. Chancellor Hawkins served as the catalyst for the University's evolution to an international institution, as TROY has attracted record numbers of students from other nations and established teaching sites around the world. During his tenure, academic standards for admission have been increased, new degree programs were established in all academic colleges, and intercollegiate athletics joined the highest level of NCAA competition.

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Mission to Mars is focus of scientists' visit to Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 14 October 2014

TROY - A research scientist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will talk to Troy University students Thursday about the 2020 mission to Mars.

Dr. Luther Beegle, deputy manager of the Planetary Science Section at the Pasadena, Calif. laboratory, will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 214 of the Math and Science Complex, hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

He earned a doctorate in astrophysics and a master of science in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and taught at UAB from 1991 until 1997. He joined the JPL full time in 2001.

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Troy University to host Basic GIS Workshop for business professionals

Posted: Monday, 13 October 2014

TROY - An upcoming workshop presented by Troy University's Department of Continuing Education will teach business professionals how to turn marketing, sales and customer data into useful and easy to understand maps.

The two-day Basic Geographic Information System (GIS) Workshop will be held Nov. 24-25 at the Troy Campus. The course will teach participants how GIS can be an asset in business planning and decision making in a variety of fields.

"Participants will learn how GIS is used to store, manage, analyze and visualize spatial data to assist professionals in making better decisions," said Dr. Steve Ramroop, Associate Professor and Director of the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program.

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Slayton Scott crowned as 2014 homecoming queen at Troy University

Posted: Saturday, 11 October 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

TROY - Slayton Scott, a junior risk management & insurance major from Panama City, Fla., was crowned homecoming queen at Troy University today.

Scott was crowned by Gov. Robert Bentley, TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and 2013 queen Mallory Jayjohn.

Scott, the daughter of Michael and Cindy Scott, is active in the Student Government Association, currently serving as a Senator, publicity chair and a member of the Homecoming Committee. She is a member of the University Activities Council, a former Troy University cheerleader and social chair and risk management chair for Phi Mu sorority.

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Troy University Theatre and Dance presents musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Posted: Friday, 10 October 2014

TROY - Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting the musical "Little Shop of Honors" with remaining shows on Oct. 10, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 19 in the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus.

Nightly shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 and Oct. 15-17, while 2:30 p.m. performances will be held on Oct. 12 and 19. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students with TROY ID. Tickets are available online at www.troytheatre.org or at the Trojan Center Box Office, near Barnes & Noble Bookstore, in the Trojan Center. The box office is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, "Little Shop of Horrors" has entertained theatre patrons for more than 30 years. The play by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken follows meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn as he stumbles across a new breed of plant that he names "Audrey II." The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivorous plant promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood.

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Troy University is site of Ma-Chis Pow Wow

Posted: Thursday, 09 October 2014

TROY - Troy University and the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe will host the tribe's 2014 Pow Wow Oct. 17-18 near Trojan Arena.

On Friday, Oct. 17, the "Honoring our Heritage" Pow Wow will host its School Day and allow area schools to attend the event, and on Saturday, Oct. 18, gates will open at 9 a.m. to the general public. The Grand Entry is at noon. Admission to the event is free.

Educational and cultural events are scheduled throughout each day and visitors will have the opportunity to see colorful dancing, traditional regalia, sample Native American foods and enjoy entertainment by Native Americans. Authentic arts and crafts will be available for purchase, and food vendors will be on site, said Herbert Reeves, dean of student services who is coordinating the event for the University.

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Troy University announces Homecoming Court

Posted: Thursday, 09 October 2014

TROY - Troy University has announced its 2014 Homecoming Court and will crown the queen during halftime of Saturday's game against New Mexico State at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 2 p.m.

The Court will take part in the homecoming parade, set for 10 a.m. in downtown Troy and will be introduced during pre-game festivities, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Members of the court are: Molly Bell, a senior social science education major from Dothan; Kendall Carbonie, a junior risk management & insurance major from Birmingham; Jenna Jayjohn, a junior political science major from Daphne; Ashlee Laramore, a junior political science major from Marianna, Fla.; and, Slayton Scott, a junior risk management & insurance major from Panama City, Fla.

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TROY launches unmanned aerial systems minor

Posted: Wednesday, 08 October 2014

TROY - Troy University became the first university in Alabama to offer a program in unmanned aerial systems when the new minor launched this fall.

The minor is part of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management and Technology and falls under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry and Physics.

"Adding Unmanned Aerial Systems to our aviation minor is very timely, as Gov. Bentley has announced the formation of a UAS task force," said Dr. Jim Rinehart, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "It will provide students in various majors an appropriate minor option."

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Troy University's Merit Badge University set for Oct. 27

Posted: Wednesday, 08 October 2014
Dr. Larry Blocher

TROY - Boy Scouts from around the state will get a chance to sample the college environment during Troy University's Merit Badge University on Oct. 25.

In its fifth year, MBU will bring together about 300 Scouts and their leaders to concentrate on a day of completing a merit badge. Most of the 25 badges offered at TROY are taught by faculty members or professional staff at the University, or instructed by experts in the field.

Traditionally the event has drawn Scouts from across Alabama, as well as those from Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

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TROY to host homecoming celebration at the Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 07 October 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University will celebrate homecoming at the Dothan Campus on Thursday, Oct. 9, with a picnic on the quad sponsored by the Student Government Association.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will feature free food, games and prizes, and an appearance by the TROY cheerleaders and T-Roy.

For more information about the day's events, contact Associate Dean of Student Services Sandy Henry at 334-983-6556, ext. 1204, or via email at shenry@troy.edu.

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TROY to host Homecoming Pep Rally at the Montgomery Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 07 October 2014

MONTGOMERY - Troy University will celebrate homecoming at the Montgomery Campus with a pep rally on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Students, faculty and staff, along with family and friends, will gather inside the Civic Room on the first floor of Whitley Hall from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. for an evening of refreshments, festivities and prizes.

Troy University's Homecoming Celebration will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Troy Campus with the theme "Getting Back to Our Roots: We Are One." The day will start with a parade in downtown Troy at 10 a.m. Kickoff for the football game versus New Mexico State is set for 2 p.m.

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Author, historian Dale Cox to speak at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 07 October 2014

DOTHAN - Author and historian Dale Cox will discuss his latest book, "Milly Francis: The Life and Times of the Creek Pocahontas," at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Sunday, Oct. 19.

The event will be held in the Harrison Room in Malone Hall starting at 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Cox, the author of thirteen books on U.S. history, lives near the historic community of Two Egg, Fla. He has written extensively about Southeastern U.S. history from the era of Spanish exploration to the troubled times of the 1930s. His books have achieved critical acclaim and rank among the best-selling nonfiction books on history. He is currently featured by Troy University Public Radio in an ongoing interview series on the history of Northwest Florida.

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Troy University Homecoming Week activities

Posted: Wednesday, 06 October 2014

Troy University will hold activities throughout the week leading up the 2014 homecoming celebration on Saturday, culminating with the homecoming football game, which kicks off at 2 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium and an Alumni Scholarship Ball set for 7 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. The theme for the week is "Getting Back tour Roots: We Are One." A full schedule of activities is included below. For additional information on homecoming activities, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 334-670-3318.

HOMECOMING 2014
GETTING BACK TOUR ROOTS: WE ARE ONE.

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Author to sign biography of TROY graduate Milly Cowles on Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, 06 October 2014

TROY - Author and Professor George Littleton will sign his book about Troy University graduate Milly Cowles during a signing event at the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore on the Troy Campus on Saturday.

Cowles will join Littleton for the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The book, "From Ramer to Rutgers, A Biography of Milly Cowles," follows the life of the well-known educator and activist who, following a brilliant teaching career at some of America's top universities became the first-ever female dean of a College of Education in her home state of Alabama.

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Vets looking to 'Hike for our Heroes'

Posted: Friday, 03 October 2014

TROY - Troy University's two veteran organizations, Student Veterans Association and SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, are looking for a few dedicated teams in an effort to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project and the Lone Survivor Foundation.

The six-hour "Ruck-A-Thon" pits teams of four to 10 people in a "Hike for our Heroes" on Nov. 15 at the Troy University track. One team member will carry a "ruck" weighing about 20 pounds in the event, which is open to all. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the Ruck-A-Thon stepping off at 5 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. Special awards will be given to the teams covering the most distance and raising the most money.

"It's a fun way to support two very worthy causes supporting our veterans," said retired Navy Captain Dave Barron, associate vice chancellor for military affairs, who directs the TROY for Troops Center. "The Student Veterans Association and SALUTE members have organized the event and have received a great deal of support in the community."

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Troy University events aimed at 'bully-proofing' young people, educating parents

Posted: Friday, 03 October 2014

TROY - Troy University's Department of Counseling and Psychology, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read program, the University's Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement and CGI, will offer a series of events focused on preventing bullying, cyber-bullying and suicide.

Bully Proof, as the series is known, will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 with "Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know," a presentation by Dr. Stephan Berry, an assistant professor in TROY's Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training. The presentation will be held in room 122 of Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus.

A 5K Bully Proof run will be held Oct. 18 on the square in downtown Troy. The 5K race will get under way at 8 a.m. with a Kid's Fun Run beginning at 9:15 a.m. Live music will be provided by the Benton Brothers & Company, The Pot Holes and Jared Henderson. Exhibits and a book read-along for children will also be a part of the activities.

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TROY to honor Alumni of the Year, Distinguished Leadership Award recipient at Homecoming

Posted: Friday, 03 October 2014

TROY - Troy University will honor five alumni during halftime of its Oct. 11 homecoming game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Max Davis of Troy, Richard Dowling of Enterprise, Barbara Everett of Rehobeth and David Marsh of Hoover will be honored as Alumni of the Year, while Rep. Steve Southerland of Panama City, Fla., will receive the University's Distinguished Leadership Award.

The Alumni of the Year awards are presented annually as a part of the University's Homecoming celebration to honor alumni for their outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to Troy University. The Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize the achievements of TROY alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and their alma mater.

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TROY's online undergraduate psychology program recognized for service to students

Posted: Friday, 03 October 2014

TROY - Troy University is among the top 50 regionally accredited universities who offer online bachelor's programs in psychology to receive Nonprofit Colleges Online's "Students before Profits" award.

Nonprofit Colleges Online, a web publication promoting non-profit colleges and universities offering online degree program, created the awards to recognize colleges and universities committed to putting students' interests first. The awards also seek to distinguish between the quality programs and student service emphasis placed by non-profit colleges and universities and the actions taken by for-profit education companies.

"Student service is at the heart of everything we do at Troy University," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, the arm of the University that oversees programs outside of the state of Alabama and the University online programs offered through eTROY. "Our faculty and staff are committed to a student-first philosophy in order to ensure our students receive a quality education and a meaningful college experience."

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Artist reception, gallery talk set for Thursday at Troy University's Malone Gallery

Posted: Wednesday, 01 October 2014

TROY - A free reception and gallery talk featuring Arkansas artist Bryan Alexis will be held at Troy University's Malone Gallery at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2.

Presented by the University's Department of Art and Design, the reception will close out the exhibit of Alexis' work, "Altars of Transitions." The exhibit is comprised of a series of six sculptures of three-dimensional altar pieces, marking points of transition in the life of the artist.

"There are moments in life that act as rites of passage into adulthood and the full acceptance of responsibility," Alexis said. "The steel and glass sculptural works in this exhibition promote these contemporary rites as a cultural reminder of balance, purpose and the importance of growing up."

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TROY's online graduate education programs ranked nationally as 'Best Buys'

Posted: Wednesday, 01 October 2014

TROY - Troy University's online graduate degree programs in education have been ranked nationally as "Best Buys" by GetEducated.com.

GetEducated.com, a consumer group that provides comparative data on some 3,700 accredited online degree programs as a service to help students, ranked TROY's Master of Science in adult education's curriculum and instructional design concentration 17th among competing options nationwide.

The Master of Science in educational administration and leadership was ranked 26th nationally, while the Master of Science in adult education's instructional technology concentration came in at number 31.

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Troy University to host panel discussion on the state of U.S., Russian relations

Posted: Wednesday, 01 October 2014

TROY - A panel of experts from Troy University will weigh in on the state of U.S. and Russian relations amidst the crisis in Ukraine during a discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Troy Campus.

The panel discussion "Reigniting the Cold War: Russian-American Relations in the Ukrainian Crisis" will be held starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor at the Troy Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The panel will consist of a trio of faculty members from the departments of political science and history, including:

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Beijing Jiaotong University Martial Arts Troupe to perform in Troy and Montgomery

Posted: Monday, 29 September 2014

TROY - Beijing Jiaotong University Martial Arts Troupe will offer free performances Oct. 2 and 3 at Troy University campuses in Troy and Montgomery.

The performances are a part of activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Global Confucius Institute and the seventh anniversary of the Confucius Institute at Troy University, and are free and open to the public.

The Troupe will visit the Troy Campus on Oct. 2, with a performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Claudia Crosby Theater. The Oct. 3 performance is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on TROY's Montgomery Campus.

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Troy University set for Homecoming celebration on Oct. 11

Posted: Monday, 29 September 2014
Troy University Homecoming Parade

TROY - Troy University will celebrate homecoming on Oct. 11 under the theme "Getting Back to Our Roots: We Are One."

Alumni Director Faith Ward is extending the invitation to all alumni and friends of the University to return for Homecoming activities.

"Troy University has seen much growth and progress through the years, and Homecoming is always a special time as so many alumni visit, share their memories and marvel at the changes that have occurred," Ward said. "This year's Homecoming theme provides us an opportunity to celebrate our heritage and the many milestones achieved throughout our history that have paved the way for the TROY we know and love today."

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University leaders praise retiring Rosa Parks Museum Director Georgette Norman

Posted: Monday, 29 September 2014
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.

Standing before a crowded exhibit hall during her retirement reception, Georgette Norman said she was recently asked what the best part of her job was.

"For me the best part is that I am native Montgomerian," she said. "I've lived a bunch of places and around, and was constantly asked about Montgomery—and it was always in the negative. You're last in everything. And for me the thing is, shake my hand and thank me. Because as Alabamans, we aired our dirty laundry to the world and made the world a better place."

For more than 13 years, Norman has helped ensure that an important chapter in the airing of Alabama's dirty laundry—the Montgomery Bus Boycott—remains understood and relevant to current generations in her role as director of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum. She will retire at the end of September, and under her leadership the museum has hosted more than 564,000 visitors from around the world who have heard the story of Rosa Parks and the events Dec. 1, 1955.

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Troy University Chancellor honored for 25 years of service

Posted: Friday, 26 September 2014
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.

TROY - Troy University honored employees for their years of service during a ceremony on Thursday, among them the University's Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

TROY honors employees each quarter for five-year increments of service. In all, 53 employees were honored on Thursday, representing a collective 737 years of service to TROY.

Dr. Hawkins received a lapel pin recognizing his 25 years of service as the University Chancellor. Dr. Doug Hawkins, President Pro-Tem Emeritus of the University's Board of Trustees, made the presentation to the Chancellor.

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Inga Oberst wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 26 September 2014
Inga Oberst

TROY - Inga Oberst, Instructional Designer for Troy University's eTROY, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Oberst, who has been employed by the University since 2005, viewed Thursday's ceremony from Port Orchard, Wash., where she resides with her husband, Edward Chao and their children, Spencer and Kate. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, announced the winner and turned the ceremony over to Dr. Karen Shader, Director of Instructional Design, who nominated Oberst for the award.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University's athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

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Troy University to host readings by poet Claire Bateman

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

MONTGOMERY - Poet Claire Bateman will be reading from her work during events at Troy University's Montgomery and Troy campuses, sponsored by the Department of English.

As part of the English Department's Writers Reading Series, Bateman will read selections from her poetry at the Montgomery Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium, and at the Troy Campus on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Hawkins Hall 122 at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Bateman is the author of nine poetry collections, including Locals (Serving House Books, 2012), The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan University Press, 1991), Friction (Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Leap (New Issues, 2005), and Coronology (Etruscan Press, 2010). She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation, as well as two Pushcart Prizes.

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Troy University to host performance by U.S Air Force Concert Band, Singing Sergeants

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

TROY - Troy University will host the United States Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants on Monday, Oct. 13, in a concert sponsored by the University Bands and the John M. Long School of Music.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Tickets are free and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

"This concert will be a great opportunity to see two of our nation's premier military musical ensembles, and we are proud to bring this performance to Troy University," said Dr. Mark Walker, TROY's Director of Bands.

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Confucius Institute at Troy University celebrating 10th anniversary of organization

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A number of events are being sponsored by the Confucius institute at Troy University, Alabama's only with a statewide mission, in recognition of the Confucius Institute's 10th anniversary worldwide.

Sept. 25: the CI at TROY will be celebrating with its Confucius Classroom at Montgomery's LAMP school from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students will be involved with CIT activities in the gymnasium beginning at 12:30 p.m. Events include:

  • Taichi Show and Chinese Fitness Dance
  • The Chinese Experience and Taste of Lamp (parents are invited to attend).
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TROY and Wallace sign agreement

Posted: Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Troy/Wallace Signing

DOTHAN - Troy University and Wallace Community College officials signed an agreement today that would enable transfer students to complete their associate degree while pursuing their bachelor's degree.

The Reverse Transfer agreement permits former Wallace students who transfer to TROY to transfer eligible credits back to Wallace for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Wallace, will have earned at least three semester credit hours from Troy University, and will be in good standing at both institutions.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, said there has always been a strong link between the Alabama Community College System and TROY. Some 1,167 current TROY students formerly attended Wallace.

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