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

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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