Expert to present TROY workshop on African-American genealogical research in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

DOTHAN - A renowned expert on Alabama genealogical records will lead a workshop on the challenges and best research practices for researching African-American family histories at the downtown branch of the Dothan Houston County Library on Saturday, May 21.

Presented by Troy University, the "African American Genealogical Research in Alabama" workshop is part of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, a summer event aimed at enhancing Wiregrass residents' understanding of the importance of their historical documents and photographs as well as preserving them for researchers across the state.

Frazine K. Taylor, former head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History, will present the workshop, which will contain three lessons: Useful Resources in Overcoming the Challenges of African-American Genealogical Research, Genealogy at Its Worst: Researching Convicts' Records, and Speaking from the Grave: What Will Your Ancestors Tell You?

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TROY Commencement set for May 15 in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Dothan - About 160 Troy University students will participate in commencement exercises at the Dothan Civic Center on Sunday, May 15.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and features 111 students receiving undergraduate degrees, while 46 students will receive graduate degrees.

The keynote speaker will be retired Army Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Wolfe, who previously served as Deputy Commanding General/Assistant Commandant for the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker.

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Troy University Public Radio launches spring fund drive

Posted: Thursday, 29 April 2016

TROY – Troy University Public Radio's spring fund drive, which helps support the programming offered by the network, will kick off Saturday under the theme "Always Connected."

The drive will run through May 7, and offers different options through which supporters can make donations.

"TROY Public Radio is hard at work planning new ways to strengthen your connections to us and the world," said Kyle D. Gassiott, operations manager. "TROY Public Radio recently added the news program 'Here & Now,' produced by NPR and WBUR, to the noon hour. We've already heard from listeners how much they appreciate the way that 'Here & Now,' along with 'In Focus with Carolyn Hutcheson,' brings you the latest news and information from around the world and across our listening area."

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Troy University Montgomery cuts ribbon on new Barnes & Noble Trojan Cafe

Posted: Thursday, 26 April 2016
Staff

MONTGOMERY - Troy University, Barnes & Noble and Montgomery officials cut the ribbon Thursday on the new Trojan Cafe on the University's Montgomery Campus.

The Trojan Cafe proudly serving Starbucks™ is located inside Whitley Hall on Montgomery Street and is part of the continued revitalization of downtown Montgomery.

"Troy University has a long history in Montgomery, and we are proud to be a part of that original push that got downtown Montgomery started," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of Troy University Montgomery. "Part of our responsibility is to keep that moving going forward. Twenty months ago we began discussing with Barnes & Noble about how we could reinvent the bookstore experience to include an area that students, faculty and staff could come relax and get a cup of coffee but also provide something for the downtown community. We are extremely proud of how this turned out."

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Troy University's master in communications in nation's top 45

Posted: Thursday, 28 April 2016

TROY - Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication has been recognized as one of the top 45 online communications master's degree in the nation.

The Master of Science in Strategic Communication was ranked 41 by Affordable Online Colleges, an education and industry resource for online education information. The ranking comes on the heels of the Hall School being recognized as the sixth best journalism school in the nation by the Radio Television Digital news Association's 2014 Best College Journalism Schools survey.

"The master's program has been in existence for less than five years and the accolade is a tremendous testament of the program's academic success, its outstanding faculty and students, and TROY's most supportive administration," said Dr. Jeff Spurlock, the school's director.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to host Family Free Days this summer

Posted: Thursday, 28 April 2016

MONTGOMERY - Family Free Days are coming to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum this summer.

The museum, located at Troy University Montgomery, will welcome families for fun activities and free admission on May 21, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20. Activities, designed with the entire family in mind, will include hands-on art projects, performance art, storytelling and more. Each month will feature a different theme.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of these days with activities scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Troy University, Central Alabama Community College sign Reverse Transfer agreement

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Staff

Alexander City – Troy University and Central Alabama 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 Central Alabama Community College students who transfer to Troy University to transfer eligible credits back to CACC for the purpose of attaining an associate degree. Students qualified for reverse transfer will have earned at least 15 semester credit hours from Central Alabama, 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 are currently nearly 200 former Central Alabama Community College students enrolled at TROY, and that today's agreement will provide further opportunities for CACC students.

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Troy University announces summer 2016 camps schedule

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016

TROY - Troy University will host several camps throughout the summer, offering a variety of educational opportunities for students and adults.

The Wiregrass Math, Science and Technology Leadership Academy will be held June 2-3 and June 6-8 on the University's Dothan Campus. Made possible through a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Leadership Academy is designed to improve teacher quality through a series of science, math and technology-themed workshops and activities.

Troy University's Sound of the South marching band will offer its annual Summer Music/Leadership Camp June 12-16 on the Troy Campus. The camp will feature instruction in concert band, percussion ensemble, drum major, majorette, dance and color guard.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum adds to staff

Posted: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Staff

MONTGOMERY - The staff of Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum is growing to assist in the museum's efforts to increase its educational programming.

Two new employees were added this month - D. Keith Worthington, who will serve as operations manager, and Madeline Burkhardt, who will serve as the museum's adult education coordinator - and an existing staff member, Donna Beisel, has been moved into the position of K-12 education coordinator.

A former adjunct professor of business management with Central Texas College, Worthington previously served as program manager with Appleton Learning, as well as a secondary assistant administrator.

Worthington, a life-long advocate for justice, equality and equity, received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Winston-Salem State University and his master's degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

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'Deeply honored' Trethewey receives Troy University's Hall-Waters Prize

Posted: Monday, 25 April 2016
Hall-Waters Prize

MONTGOMERY - Natasha Trethewey accepted her first-ever honor for southern literature on Saturday as Troy University presented the former U.S. poet laureate with the Hall-Waters Prize during a reception at the Young House in Old Alabama Town.

The reception wrapped up a day of activity at the 11th annual Alabama Book Festival. The University was among several sponsors for the festival. Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of the TROY English Department, presented the award to Trethewey on behalf of the University. Also taking part in the program were: Janice Hawkins, First Lady of Troy University; Gregg Swem; and Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development.

The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by late TROY alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall died in September.

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Troy University to host grand opening of Trojan Cafe on Montgomery Campus

Posted: Monday, 25 April 2016

Montgomery, AL - Troy University's Montgomery Campus is pleased to announce the grand opening celebration of the new Trojan Cafe proudly serving Starbucks™ in downtown Montgomery on Thursday, April 28, at 9 a.m. Mayor Todd Strange, as well as dignitaries from Troy University, Barnes & Noble College and the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance.

"Troy University Montgomery has long been at the forefront of the downtown revitalization efforts in Montgomery," said Dr. Lance Tatum, Vice Chancellor of the Montgomery Campus. "The addition of the Cafe allows the University to expand our reach into the business community, allowing individuals visiting our campus to experience what we have to offer and showcase our beautiful campus. The addition of the Cafe and access to a full menu of Starbucks™ products will prove to be a popular destination for anyone visiting downtown Montgomery."

Located inside of Whitley Hall on Montgomery Street, directly across from Troy University's Rosa Parks Library and Museum, the new cafe is part of the continued revitalization of downtown Montgomery that has included a new baseball stadium, restaurants, hotels, businesses and apartments over the past decade. The cafe will be a welcomed addition, providing a much-needed coffee establishment and cafe that currently does not exist in the downtown area.

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Groundwater Festival set draw 400 fourth graders

Posted: Friday, 22 April 2016
Groundwater Festival

TROY - The 14th annual Groundwater Festival will give about 400 fourth-grade students from every school in Pike County a chance to get "hands-on" with activities promoting environmental awareness and water education.

The one-day festival on Wednesday, April 27 will allow students and teachers to participate in three lab activities: "Edible Aquifer," "Drop in a Bucket," and "Water Bracelet." In addition, students participate in an artwork competition supported by the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, and winners will be announced during the festival. "Sammy Soil," "Ruby Raindrop," T-Roy and the Trojan Cheerleaders will also be on hand to greet the students as they arrive on campus.

The "Soil Tunnel Trailer," a mobile museum, will be available for students to learn the correlation between their daily activities that directly relate to groundwater contamination. Alabama P.A.L.S. will be on hand to educate students on the effects of littering, said Janet Gaston, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences who coordinates the event for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Leader in international education to give commencement address at TROY

Posted: Friday, 22 April 2016
Jackson

TROY - Arlene Jackson, associate vice president for global initiatives at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will deliver the keynote address at Troy University's commencement on May 6.

Some 800 students representing 31 U.S. states and one territory, and 12 other nations, are expected to participate in the exercises that begin at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

Jackson has a rich background in international education. Arlene Jackson was appointed AASCU's director for international education December 2001. She assumed her current role in 2015 to develop and implement national programs and activities that expand and enrich the internationalization of 420-plus AASCU member institutions.

Prior to joining the organization, she was director of the Center for International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, had had worked at the Institute of International Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Operation Crossroads Africa, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center. Additionally she was a State Department English language officer and has consulted for a variety of organizations, agencies and academic institutions. She also served in the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a specialist for international education to South Africa, Oman, Costa Rica, Madagascar and Comoros. In 2011, she was a thematic advisor for the Fulbright-Hays special president/chief academic officer seminar to Jordan and Oman.

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Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Sullivan Award

TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Katie Pouncey, a senior health and human services major from Wetumpka, Jorge Solis, a senior political science major from Pell City, and Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year and Undergraduate Studies, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday. The recipients were also honored during the University's annual Honors Convocation Monday night.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

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Troy University students conducting food drive for Wiregrass food bank

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016

DOTHAN - A group of Troy University Civic Engagement students will put their classwork into action with a food drive on Wednesday, April 27 to help the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.

The Term 4 Civic Engagement class will host the drive on the Dothan Campus quad from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Food drop boxes are located across the campus and will also be collected in Room 120 in Malone Hall during office hours.

All collected items will be donated to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank, which helps feed the hungry in six counties.

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Leach receives Faculty Senate Excellence Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Leach

TROY - Beverly West Leach, lecturer in the Department of Art and Design, has been named the recipient of the Faculty Senate Excellence Award at Troy University.

The award was presented by Faculty Senate President Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims during the University's annual Honors Convocation on Monday on the Troy Campus.

The Faculty Senate Excellence Award is presented annually to an outstanding lecturer or adjunct faculty member who demonstrates excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service. It was presented for the first time in 2008.

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Dunn receives Troy University's Ingalls Award

Posted: Thursday, 21 April 2016
Cathy Dunn

TROY - Cathy Dunn, assistant professor in Troy University's School of Nursing, is the recipient of the University's 2016 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.

Dunn received the award during the University's annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has "most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year." Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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