Ten years after Katrina, some lessons learned, other challenges remain, TROY professor says

Posted: Monday, 31 August 2015

TROY -- A Troy University professor believes that while some positive lessons were learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some troubling issues remain that could negatively impact the recovery process in future disasters.

Dr. Daniel Sutter, the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University, has done extensive research in the area of the societal and economic impacts of extreme weather and natural disasters.

While the response to Katrina could have been better, Sutter said the storm presented some unique challenges for government agencies.

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Troy University's Small Business Development Center plans tax workshops for Sept. 10

Posted: Thursday, 27 August 2015

DOTHAN - Troy University and the Alabama Department of Revenue will sponsor two sessions of the New Business Tax Workshop on the Dothan Campus on Sept. 10.

The free workshops, arranged by TROY's Small Business Development Center, will be offered from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., and repeated from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in room 206 of Adams Hall on the Dothan Campus.

ADOR staff members will address sales tax, property tax and withholding tax topics during the workshops, which offer an excellent opportunity to ask tax questions and network with resource representatives and other participants. An overview of Alabama's business tax electronic filing programs will also be presented. Information about Alabama's new ONE SPOT, a free internet filing and payment portal that allows business taxpayers to file and pay state, county and city sales, use and rental taxes all in one place will be made available.

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Troy University to present Steinway Artist Concert Series

Posted: Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang

TROY – Troy University's John M. Long School of Music will present a Steinway Artist Concert Series with performances set for Troy, Montgomery, Dothan and Birmingham.

The series features School of Music faculty members Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, a Steinway Artist and an assistant professor and coordinator of piano activities, and Dr. Michael Huff, assistant professor of trumpet.

The concert series, which is free and open to the public, will kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. in the John M. Long Hall band room on the Troy Campus. Additional concert dates are set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 in Sony Hall at Troy University's Dothan Campus and 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Alabama Piano Gallery, home of Steinway & Sons, in Birmingham.

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TROY programs achieve specialized accreditation

Posted: Tuesday, 25 August 2015

TROY - Two of Troy University's College of Education programs have received national accreditation, signifying the University's commitment to maintaining and improving its education programs.

The Undergraduate Rehabilitation Education Program has been accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for the first time, and the Graduate Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program's accreditation was reaffirmed.

"Students can be assured that faculty members and leadership of the Rehabilitation program are committed to providing a quality program that will continue to be improved through regular monitoring and evaluation," said Dr. Kathryn Hildebrand, Dean of the College of Education.

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Troy University's Air Force ROTC elevated to four-year status

Posted: Monday, 24 August 2015

TROY - Troy University students will receive expanding training and have a greater opportunity to commission into the United States Air Force beginning in Fall 2016.

The Air Force has upgraded the University's Reserve Officer Training Corp detachment to four-year program status, allowing detachment personnel to more effectively recruit Air Force ROTC students to TROY while providing cadets with expanded training opportunities, making them more attractive to compete nationally for commissioned officer slots.

Freshmen entering TROY in Fall 2016, and those with highly competitive Air Force high school scholarships, will be eligible to participate in the program.

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City, Troy University Partnership Expands Options for Montgomery Residents

Posted: Wednesday, 19 August 2015

MONTGOMERY - The City of Montgomery today hosted a joint press conference with Troy University to announce several new developments in the organizations' longstanding partnership.

Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery Campus Vice Chancellor Dr. Lance Tatum announced Barnes & Noble College Booksellers agreed to renovate and extend its presence in Whitley Hall by significantly increasing its size and seating, enhancing the atmosphere and adding a Barnes & Noble Cafe that proudly serves Starbucks Coffee.

"Troy University has been a big force behind our community's resurgence – especially downtown – for a long, long time," Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. "In fact, Troy was downtown before being downtown was cool. We commend Troy and Barnes and Noble Booksellers for choosing to further enhance their campus and our downtown by adding a new option for food, coffee and good books."

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Troy University sees record number of sorority pledges

Posted: Monday, 17 August 2015
Patrick Claybon

TROY - More than 370 students pledged Troy University sororities this fall, making the group the largest ever at TROY.

Sorority recruitment finished on Saturday with the annual Bid Day celebration, during which the students find out the sorority to which they have been selected, and make a run from the recreation center gym up to Sorority Hill.

Five sororities - Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta and Phi Mu - take part in a recruitment process, according to Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement.

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Claybon challenges incoming TROY students to become at an expert at "you"

Posted: Thursday, 13 August 2015
Patrick Claybon

TROY - Troy University alumnus and NFL Network news update anchor Patrick Claybon on Sunday encouraged incoming students to utilize their time at TROY to become the better versions of themselves.

Claybon delivered the keynote address at the University's annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students inside Trojan Arena. The Odyssey Convocation signals the kickoff of the academic year for incoming freshmen students. Classes on the Troy Campus begin on Wednesday.

"This week you are going to be as lost as you can possibly be," Claybon told the gathering. "It is a part of the process and part of the journey. At this point in your life, you begin the process of understanding what this place can do and what these people around you can do to make you the best person you can be. You begin the journey to find yourself at Troy University."

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Tillman named dean of College of Health and Human Services at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Dr. Mark Tillman

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

Tillman has served as the interim dean of the college since 2014 and previously chaired the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

"Dr. Tillman has demonstrated his leadership abilities during his time as interim dean and his dedication to student success in his role as professor and department chair," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "These are exciting times in the College of Health and Human Services as we launch the Ph.D. in sport management this fall, and Dr. Tillman is the right leader to take the college into a new era of success."

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Troy University receives 'Latino Americans: 500 Years of History' grant

Posted: Tuesday, 04 August 2015

TROY - The Troy University Libraries have been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, TROY will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming about Latino history and culture.

The TROY Libraries will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film "Latino Americans," created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

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Dr. Amy Spurlock receives Troy University's Malone Award

Posted: Tuesday, 04 August 2015
Dr. Spurlock receives Malone Award

TROY - Dr. Amy Spurlock, Doctor of Nursing Practice coordinator and professor in the School of Nursing at Troy University, has been awarded the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Spurlock, who joined the TROY faculty in 2003, was presented the award by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Aug. 7, at the Troy Campus.

The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through a $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corporation. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.

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Troy University welcomes new faculty members

Posted: Monday, 10 August 2015

TROY - Troy University welcomed new faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Aug. 7.

New faculty members, by college, are:

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Welcome weekend kicks off fall semester at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 04 August 2015

TROY - Troy University's "Welcome Weekend 2015" is scheduled for August 8-9. This weekend will include on-campus move-in for residents and the 11th annual Odyssey Convocation for New Students.

Students will be able to move into the University's residence halls beginning on Saturday, August 8. A number of TROY faculty, staff, and members of the community will be on hand to assist with hospitality and moving between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday move-in will take place between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. fall semester classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 12 on the Troy Campus.

Troy University alumnus Patrick Claybon, news update anchor with the NFL Network, will serve as the keynote speaker for the Odyssey Convocation for new students on Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. in Trojan Arena.

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Troy University named Best in the Southeast

Posted: Tuesday, 04 August 2015

TROY - Troy University has been named among the best colleges and universities in the southeastern United States by The Princeton Review.

The designation marks the 11th year in a row TROY has been named to the list that includes only 648 colleges and universities nationwide and 139 colleges and universities in the 12-state southeastern region. These institutions represent about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

"The most important thing we do at Troy University is serve students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., the University's chancellor. "The fact that we have been recognized every year for more than a decade is a reflection of this commitment to students."

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Confucius Institute at Troy University establishes classroom at Charles Henderson Middle School

Posted: Monday, 03 August 2015
Troy University and Charles Henderson Middle School

TROY - Troy University and Troy City Schools officials today inked a partnership to provide a Confucius Classroom at Charles Henderson Middle School, making it the first regular public school in the state to carry the designation.

Under the partnership, the Confucius Institute at Troy University, Alabama's only such center with a statewide mission, will provide instruction in the Mandarin Chinese language and in Chinese culture and arts to middle school students in Troy. The Institute provided TCS with a $10,000 grant to help establish the classroom for the start of the new school year.

"If we are able to reach out to elementary schools and middle schools and high schools, we can generate perhaps more interest in Mandarin Chinese as a desired language to learn," said Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at TROY. "The CI is especially equipped to reach out and help young people grasp an interest in and the fundamentals of the language."

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Area law enforcement to take part in clandestine lab certification course at TROY

Posted: Friday, 31 July 2015

DOTHAN - Wiregrass area law enforcement agencies will be have a chance to participate in a free training and certification course Aug 3-6 on Troy University's Dothan Campus.

Troy University Police Department, in cooperation with the Dothan Police Department, Dothan Fire and Rescue, and the Houston County Sheriff's Office will provide a clandestine laboratory certification program at no cost to Wiregrass law enforcement agencies.

"The week-long program meets the OSHA standards and allows officers to identify the type of laboratory, assess the state of the lab and operate safely within a clandestine lab," said Jim Smith, public safety coordinator for the Dothan Campus and an adjunct faculty member of the Criminal Justice department.

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Former Trojan, NFL kicker Tynes encourages TROY graduates to challenge themselves

Posted: Friday, 24 July 2015
Troy University Commencement

TROY - Troy University alumnus and two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes encouraged graduates on the Troy Campus on Friday to challenge themselves and not be afraid of failure.

Tynes, who played professionally for 13 years including nine in the NFL, delivered the keynote address at Friday's summer commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus. Nearly 350 students representing 25 states and six nations received degrees.

"Don't be afraid to fail. It is often in times of failure that you learn the most," Tynes said. "Challenge yourself and don't be afraid to step outside the box. Take advantage of every opportunity. Opportunities are not lost because someone else will always take them."

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Awards cast spotlight on work of TROY Public Radio

Posted: Wednesday, 22 July 2015

TROY - Troy University Public Radio continues to receive recognition for its local programming – the latest coming in the form of a national Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Students Katy Ganaway, David Caddell and Winn Carroll received the award in the Radio News Reporting category for the segment "You Should Know: Bus Boycott Pioneer Mary Smith."

Mark of Excellence awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcast during 2014. The awards honor the best in student journalism, and each of the winners and finalists were previously recognized by receiving first-place in one of the Society's 12 regional competitions.

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Former Trojan, NFL standout to speak at summer commencement on July 24

Posted: Monday, 20 July 2015
Troy University Commencement

TROY - Former pro football player and Trojan standout Lawrence Tynes will provide the keynote address at the University's summer commencement exercises, scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 24 in Trojan Arena.

Some 350 students representing 25 states and six nations outside the United States are expected to participate in the exercises. Tickets are not required for attendance. The ceremony will also be streamed live at www.troy.edu/live.

Inducted in the TROY Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, Tynes, who was team captain for of the Troy Trojans football team in 1999 and 2000, was place kicker for six seasons with the New York Giants, and holds the distinction as the only National Football League kicker in history with two playoff game-winning field goals in overtime to put the Giants into the Super Bowl Championship game. He has been a member of two Giants Super Bowl-winning teams.

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Exhibit featuring art of Mose T opens at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit featuring the artwork of renowned folk artist Mose T and others will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum through Aug. 14.

The exhibit, "Mose T and Friends: Artistic Reflections of Civil Rights," opened this week in the Museum's exhibit hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to Mose T, the exhibit will feature the artwork of several other folk artists such as Bernice Sims and Edwin Jeffery, Jr.

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Shari Carrothers-Ziebell wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 13 July 2015
McKinley Award

TROY - Shari Carrothers-Ziebell, enrollment coordinator at Troy University's Clarksville, Tenn. site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Carrothers-Ziebell, who has been employed by the University since 2009, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Kathleen Akers, area coordinator for Clarksville.

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 to host Summer Send-off parties to welcome new students

Posted: Monday, 13 July 2015

TROY - Troy University will host Summer Send-off Parties in locations in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle to welcome new students to the Trojan Nation.

Freshmen and incoming students will meet future classmates and learn more about TROY during the events, which are also open to parents, prospective students, alumni and other friends of TROY.

"Summer Send-Offs are our way of celebrating the new class of TROY Trojans by recognizing them in their home areas with their families and friends," said Tiffany Schmidt, director of enrollment services. "We also invite high school guidance counselors and prospective students to join us at our send-offs. By prospective students attending, they are able to learn more about the opportunities for them at TROY."

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Troy University officially opens Riverfront Campus in Phenix City

Posted: Friday, 10 July 2015
Troy University's Janice Hawkins Park

PHENIX CITY - Troy University officials and representatives from Phenix City celebrated the "realization of a grand vision" on Friday, officially dedicating the University's new Riverfront Campus along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

The 48,000-square foot, four-story, $11.5 million building will house the Phenix City Campus' business, nursing and social work programs and will include three centers for excellence - the Center for Water Resource Economics, the Center for Risk Management Insurance and the Small Business Accelerator. The building will also serve as the center of the Phenix City Campus' community outreach program and will be available for community-hosted events.

"We are excited about what this new facility means for this community and for Troy University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "This building will serve as the core of what will ultimately be a larger facility that will house all of our programs in Phenix City. As Thoreau said, 'It's not what you are looking at, but what you see.' This is the realization of a grand vision that began more than a decade ago, and it is only through strong partnerships and community support that we stand here today."

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Troy University mourns the death of Dr. Cozetta Shannon

Posted: Wednesday, 01 July 2015

MONTGOMERY - Members of the Troy University family are mourning the death of a faculty member at the University's Montgomery Campus.

Dr. Cozetta D. Shannon, assistant professor and program coordinator in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training on the Montgomery Campus, died on Friday in Dallas, Texas. She was 35.

Dr. Shannon was returning from Beijing, China, where she had been one of 12 scholars to take part in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' first-ever China Studies Institute.

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