Secretary Merrill urges students to overcome obstacles to achieve success

Posted: Friday, 22 July 2016
John Merrill

TROY - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill challenged graduates at Troy University to be prepared to overcome roadblocks to success and live a life of service to others.

His remarks came during the University's summer commencement exercises Friday in Trojan Arena, where about 500 students participated in the ceremony representing 21 U.S. states and seven countries outside the United States.

"What I hope you will remember about today... is that it is important to live a life of significance. You have to decide that you want to live a life of service and that you want to be a servant," he said.

"Be more committed to serving others than getting recognition for yourself," he told the graduates.

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Troy University Montgomery to hold open house on July 20

Posted: Monday, 18 July 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University Montgomery will host an Open House to assist prospective students with the application and admissions process from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 20.

The event will take place in room 411 of Whitley Hall, and application fees will be waived for prospective students attending the Open House.

Those attending the event will have the opportunity have their transcript evaluated, receive academic advising, learn about available financial aid options and register for Term 1 classes, which begin in August.

Refreshments will be provided in the Enrollment Office.

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TROY students help make major archeological find in Israel

Posted: Monday, 18 July 2016
Savanna Moore

TROY - Five Troy University students were part of an archeological expedition that recently announced a major find in Ashkelon, Israel, that may provide clues to a Biblical mystery.

The Leon Levy Expedition, a 30-year excavation of Ashkelon, recently announced the discovery of what its archeologists believe to be the world’s first discovered Philistine cemetery.

The discovery could reveal answers to questions about the origins of the Philistines, an ancient people who migrated to southern Israel thousands of years ago.

To this point, most of what’s known about the Philistines has come from the Bible, in which they are enemies of the Israelites.

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Summer commencement is slated for July 22 in Trojan Arena

Posted: Thursday, 14 July 2016
Merrill

TROY - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill will deliver the keynote address at Troy University's summer commencement exercises on July 22 in Trojan Arena.

The 10 a.m. ceremony, which does not require tickets for admission, will feature about 500 students representing 21 U.S. states and seven nations outside the United States.

Elected in 2014 as Alabama's 53rd Secretary of State, Merrill grew up in Heflin, earned the Eagle Scout rank, graduated from Cleburne County High School and the University of Alabama, where he served as president of the Student Government Association.

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Troy University professor using games to teach history

Posted: Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Dr. Scout Blum

TROY - Troy University students will have a chance this fall to learn about history in a rather unconventional manner: by playing games.

Dr. Scout Blum, a professor in the University's Department of History and Philosophy, will teach History Through Games, a hands-on interactive course that marries popular board, roleplaying and video games with a history curriculum.

Blum debuted the course as a pilot in the spring, and the success has led to its place being secured in the fall semester.

"When students play games, they tend to be thinking a lot more in analytical ways," Blum said. "They were thinking of things I hadn't thought of. It was amazing. There was a much higher level of thought than I normally see, because they were interacting with these games."

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TROY archiving project preserving memories for Wiregrass residents

Posted: Friday, 08 July 2016
Preserving the past

DOTHAN - Preserving the past is vital for the future.

Those were the sentiments expressed by Dothan resident Mary Eddins last Saturday at one of two community-focused archiving events put on by Troy University's Wiregrass Archives as part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project.

Eddins and other Wiregrass residents brought in about 130 family pictures and documents to scan during the two Community Scanning Days, one held June 18 at the downtown branch of the Dothan Houston County Library and the other held June 25 at Landmark Park.

"We were working with three families – my husband's, mine and ours," said Eddins, who attended the scanning event at Landmark Park. "There's a picture of my grandfather's house, which is 100 years old. We have a lot of pictures that have relatives of my husband's sister, and we're going to put them in an album for her. She is now in a condition where she enjoys looking at them, and that helps her to remember things."

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Summer Spotlight to feature guests from Broadway, TROY alumni teaching students

Posted: Friday, 08 July 2016

TROY - Troy University will shine the spotlight on theatre and dance throughout July.

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Summer Spotlight, a series of camps and programs for youth ages 4 and up. Spotlight on Dance (July 11-15) introduces participants ages 8-12 to the world of dance and creative movement, and the Creative Drama Camp (July 17-22) features a variety of activities, classes and rehearsals in creative drama, stage crafts, technical theatre and more, with a showcase of a Disney, Jr. musical at the end of the week.

The culminating week of Summer Spotlight (July 24-30) features the Intensives for high school students and incoming college students - the Performance Intensive for actors, singers and dancers, and the Tech and Management Intensive for designers, stage managers and technicians.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to host Family Free Day on July 16

Posted: Friday, 08 July 2016

MONTGOMERY - The bird and reptiles of the Montgomery Zoo and storytelling by Montgomery resident Betty McDuffee will highlight Family Free Day at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum on Saturday, July 16.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will also feature free tours of the museum, arts and crafts, and voter registration in the museum's atrium. The replica 1955 Montgomery City bus will also be on hand for viewing.

McDuffee adapted and narrated the stories of Peter Painter, an elf with magic pants, from the original manuscripts written by Frank Martin Webber. These stories were recorded at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The three, one-hour tapes, each with six stories, feature cover designs by artist Cyd Moore.

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Troy University helping to develop young writers

Posted: Wednesday, 06 July 2016

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

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

"Our goal is to increase the students" reading comprehension levels after gaining an understanding of the value of analyzing aspects of short stories," Paquette said.

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Troy University receives $500,000 grant to support Cultural Arts Park

Posted: Wednesday, 06 July 2016
Troy University Montgomery

TROY—A recently awarded $500,000 grant from the Daniel Foundation will help fund Troy University's construction of a park that will serve as a cultural arts centerpiece for the community.

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

"It will be a cultural crossroads," said Janice Hawkins, First Lady of Troy University, "A place where east meets west."

TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said the vision for the park began several years ago at an afternoon concert in the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado.

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New advertising campaign highlights Troy University Montgomery's commitment to River Region

Posted: Tuesday, 05 July 2016
Troy University Montgomery

MONTGOMERY - A new advertising campaign, which launches today, celebrates Troy University Montgomery's continued and growing commitment to the River Region.

The campaign, developed by Chemistry Atlanta, features two television commercials as well as print, digital and outdoor advertisements. Building on the University's ongoing Trojan Warrior Spirit campaign, the new advertisements focus on Troy University Montgomery and its service to River Region professionals seeking career development and advancement.

A part of Montgomery since the 1960s, first at Maxwell Air Force Base and later in its current location in downtown, Troy University Montgomery has long been committed to service within the River Region. From its leadership in downtown revitalization to its community outreach through the Rosa Parks Museum, the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts and the W.A. Gayle Planetarium, Troy University Montgomery has demonstrated its commitment to being a vital part of a growing and thriving region, according to Dr. Lance Tatum, Troy University Montgomery Vice Chancellor. The advertising campaign recognizes that history and celebrates a new and exciting vision of service within the River Region.

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Troy University's Phenix City Campus partners in business accelerator initiative

Posted: Friday, 24 June 2016

PHENIX CITY - Troy University's Phenix City Campus is partnering this summer in a new initiative aimed at helping Columbus, Ga. area entrepreneurs jump-start their business ideas.

The RiverCity Foundry Summer StartUp Accelerator, which launches July 8, is a follow up to the Columbus, Ga. Startup Weekend held in April at the Phenix City Riverfront Campus. The program represents a partnership between ColumbusMakesIT, TROY's Phenix City Campus, Alabama Power Co., SCORE, Columbus Technical College and the River Valley Regional Commission.

Organizers say accelerators have proven to be a driving force for greater innovation and grassroots economic development by preparing prospective founders and entrepreneurs for the challenges of launching new products, technologies and services.

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STARTALK program focusing on Chinese language, culture kicks off at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 27 June 2016

TROY - High school students and language teachers from throughout the Southeast have embarked on a 15-day residential immersion in Chinese language and culture at Troy University through the University's STARTALK program.

Now in its sixth year at the Troy Campus, the STARTALK program began Sunday and will run through July 10. The program is supported through a $110,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency. The grant was secured by Dr. Rui Feng of TROY's College of Education in cooperation with Dr. Iris Hong Xu, professor of Chinese culture and language, and her team.

The 24 students taking part in the program will have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in China through the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) at Troy University. In addition to the language studies, students will be exposed to Chinese culture through learning Chinese Kung Fu and Dragon and Lion dances, Fan and Umbrella dances, making Chinese-related arts and crafts, playing traditional games, cooking and writing calligraphy.

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U.S. Rep. Roby to tour Troy for Troops Center

Posted: Monday, 27 June 2016

11:15 a.m., Wednesday, June 29/Troy Campus: U.S. Rep. Martha Roby will tour the Troy Campus' Troy for Troops Center and discuss service to veterans and active-duty military personnel by the University.

A brief media availability with Rep. Roby and TROY officials will take place at the Center, located on the first floor of the Trojan Center. This availability will be five minutes or less. B-roll of Rep. Roby touring the Center may also be shot.

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