ROY trains Chilean team in English

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Robert Granfeldt

TROY - For nine Chilean professionals, a month at Troy University was about learning English and seeing the United States for the first time.

The group, organized by Chile's Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura for the participants who were studying English online in the South American nation, spent most of July on the Troy Campus in a first-of-its-kind program conducted by the English and a Second Language Program.

"SNA was looking for a program to augment their student's English studies, and the U.S. State Department asked us if we would provide the services," said David Kent, the University's ESL instructor.

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New Trojan Café to provide virtual community for online students

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

TROY - Troy University's eTROY division is launching a new service in August that will allow online students to connect with one another and share experiences—all inside a virtual café.

The Trojan Café, which will be available starting Aug. 8 through Blackboard, will be an online gathering place for eTROY students. Trojan Café gives online students access for the first time to a casual discussion area where they can interact with peers and utilize a variety of tools to enhance and support their academic experience.

"Since its inception, Troy University's distance learning program has served as a model for delivering quality education online," said Amanda Smothers, assistant director of Student Engagement for eTROY. "However, we know it can be difficult for online students to feel connected with their fellow classmates or professors. The Trojan Café will help online students grow a sense of community, inspiring success and growing the Trojan Warrior Spirit online."

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Montgomery Advertiser Publisher Robert Granfeldt urges TROY grads to always be leaders

Posted: Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Robert Granfeldt

MONTGOMERY - The President and Publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser, Robert Granfeldt, Jr., told Troy University graduates at the Montgomery Campus that leaders come from all levels of successful organizations.

Granfeldt delivered the keynote address to graduates during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 28, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 125 students received degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.

Granfeldt urged graduates to become leaders no matter what their role is in an organization.

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Troy University presents honorary doctorate to Roy Drinkard

Posted: Friday, 25 July 2014

Troy University on Friday honored a member of its Board of Trustees with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Summer Commencement ceremonies on the Troy Campus.

Roy Henry Drinkard, a native of Falkville who has served as a University Trustee since 2000, was presented with a framed degree and hooded with academic regalia by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University Chancellor.

“Through his countless contributions as a businessman and as a dedicated community leader, Mr. Roy Drinkard has made the State of Alabama a better place,” Dr. Hawkins said. “As a member of our Board of Trustees, his commitment to sound fiscal management and student service has made Troy University a better place. We are pleased to be able to honor him in this fashion today with this honorary degree.”

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Medal of Honor recipient encourages TROY graduates to give back

Posted: Friday, 25 July 2014

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and former prisoner of war Leo Thorsness on Friday encouraged Troy University graduates to strive to be their best in their chosen careers and to give more than they take.

More than 300 students representing 20 states and nine nations received degrees during the ceremony on Friday in Trojan Arena.

“Make the most of your career field,” Thorsness said. “Just always be sure to put back more than you take out.”

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Media Advisory: Board of Trustees meeting

Posted: Friday, 18 July 2014

July 24, 2 p.m., Hawkins Hall: The Troy University Board of Trustees will meet in the third-floor conference room in Hawkins Hall.

The agenda includes:

  • I. Call to order
  • II. Roll Call
  • III. Approval of Minutes
  • IV. Reports
    • a. Chancellor's Report
    • b. Board Committee Reports
      • i. Academic Affairs Committee, Hon. Karen Carter
      • ii. Student Affairs Committee, Hon. Lamar P. Higgins
      • iii. Finance Committee, Hon. John Harrison
      • iv. Institutional Advancement Committee, Hon. Charles Nailen
      • v. Athletic Policy Committee, Hon. Allen Owen
  • V. Adjournment

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Media Advisory: Expert on Russia and Ukraine available for interview

Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Troy University professor believes that regardless of who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine on Thursday, the incident may prove to be a "game changer" in the region's ongoing confrontation.

Dr. Michael O. Slobodchikoff, an expert on Russia and Ukraine, specializes in relations between Russia and the former Soviet states, international conflict and peace, and comparative politics, and has offered his insights into the recent Ukrainian developments as an analyst for BBC World News and Voice of Russia Radio.

Some of his observations of the current incident:

  • If separatists shot down the airliner, any sympathy they had garnered at the hands of strong Ukrainian government tactics will erode on the world's radar.
  • Separatists have argued they don't have a weapon capable of reaching an airliner's altitude, but if it's proven they do, Russia could find itself in a precarious position for supplying advanced weaponry to the separatists.
  • It's plausible the Ukrainian military could have tragically mistook the airliner for a plane headed to Russia that could have aided separatists.
  • While it's too early for any definitive assessments, the incident could force the European Union to add more sanctions against Russia, prompting a Russian response and an escalation in the conflict.

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Troy University to launch new Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement

Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014

TROY - A new minor in public service and civic engagement will help Troy University students better understand societal and public problems and form creative, realistic solutions.

The minor will be offered for the first time during the upcoming fall 2014 semester. The Minor in Public Service and Civic Engagement is designed to help students become effective leaders in communities, non-profit organizations or government institutions.

"We are excited to offer this minor as it complements the strong academic programs that we have at TROY and enables our students who are passionate about social issues to address those issues through scholarship and application," said Jonathan Cellon, Coordinator of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at TROY. "Students in the minor will develop advanced skills in ethical decision making, project management, and program development and assessment."

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Exhibit, lecture exploring lives of 19th century physicians coming to TROY's Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 15 July 2014

DOTHAN - The practice of medicine in the days before antibiotics and anesthesia will be the focus of an exhibit and lecture hosted by Troy University at the Dothan Campus.

The exhibit "The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters," developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, is currently on display inside the library at the Dothan Campus. The exhibit includes selections from the letters and writings of the Henkel family, several generations of physicians who settled in the New Market, Virginia, area in 1790.

The letters of the Henkel family richly document the daily life of men in medicine in the 19th century and reveal the challenges, rewards and responsibilities of the profession. Covering more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley, this exhibition features a selection of writings that detail local events, professional jealousies, the national crisis of the Civil War and the dramatic testimony of the Henkel physicians in a murder trial.

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Montgomery Advertiser Publisher Robert Granfeldt, Jr. to address TROY graduates

Posted: Tuesday, 15 July 2014

MONTGOMERY - Montgomery Advertiser President and Publisher Robert Granfeldt, Jr. will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the summer commencement ceremony for the Montgomery Campus on Monday, July 28.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 125 graduates are expected to receive degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.

Granfeldt has been President and Publisher of The Advertiser Media Group, a Gannett company, since July 2013. Before joining the Advertiser, he served as Vice President of Digital Media at Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., in the Atlanta area.

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Medal of Honor recipient to speak at TROY commencement

Posted: Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Col. Leo Thorness

TROY - A Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and former prisoner of war will bring Troy University's keynote address on July 25 on the Troy Campus.

About 325 students from 20 U.S. states and nine nations outside the United States are expected to participate in summer commencement exercises that begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena.

Leo Thorness, a retired Air Force colonel and combat pilot from Minnesota, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 19, 1967 in the skies near Hanoi, Vietnam, flying his F105F into an enemy dogfight after destroying enemy surface-to-air missile sites. He was shot down 11 days later and survived six years in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.

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Tillman named interim dean of College of Health and Human Services

Posted: Friday, 11 July 2014
Dr. Mark Tillman

TROY - Dr. Mark Tillman has been named interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University.

Tillman, who most recently chaired the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, takes over the reins from Dr. John Miller, who has served in the interim capacity for the past year. Miller, the college's associate dean, will focus on those responsibilities and launching the University's doctorate program in Sport Management.

"Dr. Tillman's academic and administrative experiences at TROY and at the University of Florida enable him to provide the leadership required for the college during the transition period," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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TROY to welcome new students with Summer Send Off Parties around the region

Posted: Thursday, 10 July 2014

TROY - Troy University will be hosting a series of Summer Send Off Parties this month at venues around the state and in northwest Florida designed to welcome new students to the TROY family.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are invited to attend and meet future classmates, learn more about the University and kick off their TROY experience. Alumni, parents, prospective students and other friends of the University are invited to take part as well.

"The Summer Send Off Parties will be a great way for students and parents to meet other TROY families from their area and to make connections with classmates, staff and alumni," said Jessica Kimbro, Admissions Counselor at TROY.

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Troy University to host Open House July 15 at the Montgomery Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 08 July 2014

MONTGOMERY - Prospective students can learn more about Troy University during an open house event on Tuesday, July 15, 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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Business start-up seminar begins July 24

Posted: Thursday, 03 July 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University, in cooperation with the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, will host its NxLeveL for Business Start-ups Planning Series in Dothan beginning July 24 - Sept. 25.

The nine-session course is designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept, said Judy Callin, a senior consultant with the University's Small Business Development Center.

During the course, participants will develop a business plan that acts as a blueprint for their start-up venture.

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Chancellor Hawkins appointed to Marine Corps University board

Posted: Friday, 27 June 2014
Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr.

TROY - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. has been appointed to the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University, based in Quantico, Va.

The board, created in 1995 by Congress in 1995, meets semi-annually to provide assistance and recommendations to the Marine Corps University president. Board members serve in an advisory role.

"Serving in the U.S. Marines was one of the high points of my life and everything I learned about leadership I learned as a platoon leader in Vietnam, so this is a great honor both personally and professionally," Dr. Hawkins said. "I am looking forward to continuing my service to the Corps in a new role."

Dr. Hawkins was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1967 as a lieutenant and served as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War. For his combat duty, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a citation from the Korean Marine Corps.

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Donna Riley wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014
Donna Riley

TROY - Donna Riley, Human Resources Specialist at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Riley, who has been employed by the University since 2004, received the award on Wednesday during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services, presented the award to Riley, who was nominated by Dr. Toni Taylor, Senior Human Resources Director.

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 awarded National Endowment for the Arts 'Big Read' grant

Posted: Thursday, 26 June 2014

TROY - Troy University has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to host "The Big Read," a program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.

Managed by Arts Midwest, "The Big Read" program exposes citizens to great works of literature and encourages them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The program provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss and celebrate one of 36 selections from U.S. and world literature. The grants will enable selected organizations to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events.

"It is a real honor for Troy University to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read award for the Fall 2014," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First-Year Studies. "We were the only Big Read awarded in the state of Alabama in this upcoming cycle. This award marks the culmination of a significant effort by the University to create a culture of engaged readers as part of its multi-year Quality Enhancement Plan."

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Givhan named to senior leadership position at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan

TROY - Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan has been named Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development at Troy University, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

Givhan, a native of Safford, Ala., who earned a master's degree from TROY, retired this year as a major general in the U.S. Air Force, serving as Vice Commander of Air University in Montgomery, where he oversaw all of the Air Force's higher education-with the exception of the Air Force Academy-including the Community College of the Air Force, the world's largest community college system. He has also served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in charge of U.S. global assistance programs and as Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education.

In his role at TROY, Givhan will lead development and outreach efforts, including fundraising, sponsored programs, governmental relations and marketing and communication. In addition, he will lead the University's efforts at promoting economic development across the state and region.

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TROY professor selected to participate in Advanced Placement reading

Posted: Thursday, 12 June 2014

TROY - Greg Skaggs, associate professor of art at Troy University, has been selected to participate in the College Board's annual Advanced Placement reading.

Each June, Advanced Placement teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the scoring sessions, more than 12,500 readers will evaluate more than 4.2 million AP exams.

"The reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers ad professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like TROY's Greg Skaggs."

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Troy University professor elected president of North American Society for Sport Management

Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Dr. Marlene Dixon

Dr. Marlene Dixon, professor in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management at Troy University, has been elected president of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), the world's flagship association for sport management academicians and professionals.

Dr. Dixon will serve a three-year commitment, the first a one-year term as president-elect followed by a one-year term as president and a one-year term as past president.

"I am very pleased to be chosen to serve NASSM as its next president," said Dr. Dixon, who is based at the University's location in San Antonio, Texas. "I have been involved in the organization for 15 years and have found that NASSM has been instrumental to my professional growth. The people involved are excellent scholars with a vision for moving sport management forward as a discipline and practice."

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Troy University online criminal justice programs ranked in top 15 nationally as 'best buys'

Posted: Wednesday, 11 June 2014

TROY - Two Troy University online degree programs in criminal justice have been highly ranked nationally as "Best Buys" by GetEducated.com.

GetEducated.com, a consumer group that provides comparative data on some 3,800 regionally accredited online programs as a service to help students, ranked TROY's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program eighth among competing options nationwide, while the bachelor's program was ranked 15th.

The GetEducated.com Best Buy rankings listed 18 affordable online master's degree programs in criminal justice. The rankings were calculated by comparing tuition and distance education fees at 31 regionally accredited universities in the U.S.

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Tuskegee Airmen exhibit on display at the Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Friday, 06 June 2014
James C. "Jimmy" Gardner

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit celebrating the nation's first African-American military aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen, is currently on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum.

The exhibit "Red Tails, Silver Wings: Painting and Drawings of the Tuskegee Airmen by Chris Hopkins" will be on display in the museum's exhibit hall through July 31.

Hopkins, a nationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, celebrates the pilots and support staff of the Tuskegee Airmen with a series of portraits that tell the story of the historic unit of aviators who trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee.

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Troy University's John M. Long School of Music to host Summer Music/Leadership Camp

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014

TROY - Nearly 400 eighth through 12th grade band students will visit Troy University June 15-19 as the John M. Long School of Music plays host to its annual "Sound of the South" Summer Music/Leadership Camp.

The camp on the University's Troy Campus will offer classes in percussion ensemble, majorette, dance line, color guard, drum major and concert band/theory.

The camp will begin at 4 p.m. on June 15 with an opening assembly in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The camp will conclude on Thursday, June 19 with a Camp Show and Awards Ceremony in Sartain Hall, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

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TROY graduate selected for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Posted: Wednesday, 04 June 2014

TROY - A recent Troy University graduate has been selected to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

John Michael Wilson, a Dothan resident and the son of Anne and Bruce Hall, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Wilson will be departing for Japan on July 26, and have the opportunity spend one year completely immersed in Japanese culture as an assistant language teacher in Ena-shi, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

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