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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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 email@example.com.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
GETTING BACK TOUR ROOTS: WE ARE ONE.
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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:
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.Read More