TROY - Each day, students and visitors to the Troy Campus pass by a building bearing his name - the McDowell Lee Natatorium. But the impact Charles McDowell Lee had on Troy University goes far beyond that.
The 1950 TROY graduate and former secretary of the Alabama Senate passed away on April 17 at the age of 89, and he is being remembered as a "giant" for his service to his alma mater.
Lee served as president of the TROY Alumni Association from 1964 to 1966, and was appointed to the University's first Board of Trustees.Read More
MONTGOMERY - Book lovers from around the state will gather at Montgomery's Old Alabama Town on Saturday for the ninth annual Alabama Book Festival.
The free, daylong event will feature some 55 authors who will give readings, answer questions and sign books. Capitol Book & News will be onsite with books by every author on the bill.
Troy University will join with the Alabama Writers' Forum again this year to host the Poetry Tent, featuring Kelly Norman Ellis, Randall Horton and T.J. Beitleman, among others. In addition, TROY is also supporting the Festival's teachers' workshop.Read More
TROY - A pair of Troy University Public Radio programs have garnered top awards in the Alabama Broadcasters Association's Abby Awards competition.
For the second year in a row, "Community Focus," hosted and produced by Carolyn Hutcheson, produced by Robert Barner and Kyle Gassiott, was named Best Radio Talk Show (medium market), and Kyle Gassiott was named Best Radio Reporter.
"Everyone has a story, and it is a tremendous privilege to bring the voices behind those stories to the airwaves of TROY Public Radio," said Hutcheson, who for 17 years has hosted her "Community Focus" show weekly from TROY Public Radio studios in Montgomery. "To receive the award for both 2013 and 2014 reflects Troy University's steadfast commitment to outreach and service to the listeners in Alabama, Georgia and Florida."Read More
TROY - A federal grant from the U.S. Department of Defense National Security Agency will help Troy University teach two summer workshops in Mandarin Chinese.
The workshops are designed for 9th through 12th-grade Chinese language teachers - or those who aspire to teach the language - and high school students.
A 15-day residential program to train 12 teachers and 24 high school students from throughout Alabama and the southeast region is being supported by approximately $100,000 in federal funds for the Troy-STARTALK Program in Chinese.Read More
TROY - Troy University faculty and staff members will hand out free books at locations in six different cities on April 23 as a part of the annual World Book Night celebration designed to spread the joy of reading.
World Book Night is dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. Thirty to 35 books are chosen annually by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions.
TROY's World Book Night Sites and books include:Read More
DOTHAN - Troy University is celebrating its ties to the Wiregrass region with a number of special events during the annual Heritage Week celebration on the Dothan Campus this week.
For more than 20 years the Dothan Campus has celebrated its history in the Wiregrass with the Heritage Week festivities, which include several free events that are open to the public.
Activities during the 2013 Heritage Week will include:Read More
DOTHAN - Troy University students will present findings during the fifth annual Student Research Forum on April 13.
A dozen graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Education Specialist, Criminal Justice/Social Work and History will make their presentations from 2 until 5:30 p.m. in the Harrison Room in the Dothan Campus' Malone Hall.
"It provides students an academically sound but supportive venue to enter the world of professional presentations," said Dr. Marty Oliff, who helps coordinate the research presentations.Read More
DOTHAN - Troy University will host a lecture at the Dothan Campus exploring the effects of the Emancipation Proclamation on Alabama by history professor Dr. Bertis English on Tuesday, April 15.
The lecture, entitled "Southern Honor in Black and White Alabama during the Emancipation and Early Reconstruction Years," looks at how the Emancipation Proclamation affected the "cradle of the Confederacy," from its issuance through Alabama's second post-Civil War constitutional convention in 1867.
Dr. English is a professor of history at Alabama State University.Read More
TROY - Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University's annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, Commander of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.
Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.Read More
TROY - Troy University Kinesiology and Health Promotion faculty and students are helping to create two locker rooms for the physical education program at Barbour County Junior High School thanks to a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant.
The project grew out of Dr. Gayle Bush's Programs in Health and Physical Education course. Dr. Bush and graduate student Deborah Countryman served as co-directors of the project, along with Merri Burks, a TROY alumna who teaches physical education at Barbour County Junior High. The $5,000 grant will turn an empty, unused room at the school into two lockers rooms, including a fresh coat of paint, lockers and new flooring.
"There is little to no funding available for remodeling projects, due to other critical needs throughout the Barbour County school system that take precedence," Dr. Bush said. "Mrs. Countryman worked with Coach Burks, as well as the school staff and the Lowe's store in Troy, to prepare the grant for remodeled locker rooms in the gymnasium area."Read More
DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Blues Project will present the third Wiregrass Blues Fest's main event on Saturday, May 3, at the Wiregrass Museum of Art's Yard, to pay tribute to the Wiregrass blues pioneer of boogie-woogie piano playing, the late Clarence "Pine Top" Smith.
Co-sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Dothan, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and Wells Fargo, the Wiregrass Blues Fest will feature performances by a lineup of top performers including Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots; Scarlet Blue, Lil' Jimmy Reed, and the Alabama blues women - Debbie Bond, Shar Baby and Rachel Edwards.
Gil Anthony, host of the Blues Power radio show, will emcee. The gates will open at 6:15 p.m. with music starting at 6:30 p.m. Advanced tickets for the performances are $15 and can be purchased either at the museum or online through the Facebook page—Wiregrass Blues Fest. Tickets will be $20 at the door. Attendees should bring outdoor chairs for this yard party and the show will go on rain or shine.Read More