Troy University Libraries plan 2016 Banned Book Week events

Posted: Friday, 23 September 2016

The libraries at Troy University campuses in Troy, Dothan and Montgomery will hold events next week in recognition of Banned Books Week.

TROY Libraries received a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation"s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund to help fund the activities. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information. This year"s theme is "Diversity" with the slogan "Stand Up for Your Right to Read."

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Rosa Parks Museum to take part in 'Smithsonian Magazine' Museum Day on Saturday

Posted: Friday, 23 September 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will take part in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live on Saturday, featuring free tours and live streaming of the grand opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Museum Day hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last tour set for 2 p.m. for the main exhibit and 2:30 p.m. for the Children's Wing. Streaming of the grand opening celebration will begin at 9 a.m. in the museum's auditorium.

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Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson to address Alabama World Affairs Council on Sept. 20

Posted: Thursday, 15 September 2016

TROY - More than 500 high school students from across Alabama participated in J-Day at Troy University’s Hall of School of Journalism and Communication today.

The annual event provides high school students the opportunity to experience the journalism and communication world through a series of informative and practical workshops and provides a better understanding of the career field.

Many high school newspaper and yearbook staffers attend the event to pick up tricks of the trade to make their own publications stronger.

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TROY to present series of performances at Dothan Opera House

Posted: Wednesday, 21 September 2016

DOTHAN-The Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts is coming to the Dothan Opera House for a series of performances through the fall, winter and spring.

The series, titled "TROY Tuesdays," kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with a free performance of the play "Flyin' West."

Showtime for the play will be 7 p.m. each night.

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TROY Theatre and Dance to present 'Flyin' West' Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Posted: Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Flyin' West

TROY - The Troy University Department of Theatre and Dance will present its first show of the semester, "Flyin' West," from Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy Campus.

Showtime for the play will be 7 p.m. each night, and a total of 17 students will be working on the production.

"Flyin' West," written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Quinton Cockrell, is set in 1898 Kansas and tells the inspirational story of four African-American women who migrate westward to become landowning farmers.

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Rosa Parks Museum to present free art therapy workshops for veterans

Posted: Friday, 16 September 2016

MONTGOMERY – Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will present a series of free art therapy workshops for area veterans beginning on Tuesday.

The Museum is working with local artist Mark Montoya, who specializes in the healing properties provided through art, to present the workshops, which will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday for the next seven weeks.

Montoya, a Montgomery native, is a decorative painter and landscape designer, who also is an active volunteer in the community.

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Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson to address Alabama World Affairs Council on Sept. 20

Posted: Thursday, 15 September 2016
Joseph Wilson

MONTGOMERY - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson will discuss relations between the U.S. and Africa during a presentation of the Alabama World Affairs Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Troy University Montgomery.

The presentation, "Africa and the U.S.: Past and Present," will be held in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is free to members of the Alabama World Affairs Council and $20 to guests.

Wilson's historic career in international relations spans more than three decades, with service under five U.S. presidents — Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton. Widely recognized for his diplomatic leadership, Wilson was hailed "a true American hero" by President George H.W. Bush for his efforts to free more than 100 American hostages in Iraq.

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TROY partnering with City of Dothan for quality of life survey

Posted: Monday, 12 September 2016

DOTHAN - Troy University is partnering with the City of Dothan to conduct a community survey looking at various quality of life issues in Dothan.

Troy University sociology professors Dr. Jeneve Brooks and Dr. Christopher Bradley are working with the City of Dothan, the Dothan Police Department and the Dothan Community Relations Group on this research project, a comprehensive community survey that will focus on Dothan residents' perceptions of quality of life, race relations in the Dothan community and community policing by the Dothan Police Department.

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Alabama World Affairs Council to present International Security Issues lecture series

Posted: Thursday, 08 September 2016

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama World Affairs Council will present an eight-week International Security Issues lecture series beginning Sept. 29 at Troy University Montgomery.

The lecture series is designed to cover and discuss a number of security challenges facing the U.S. and provide an opportunity to showcase some of the world-class faculty at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. Lectures will be held each Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Nov. 10, in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium at Troy University Montgomery.

Troy University Montgomery will serve as host to Council events thanks to a partnership agreement signed on Sept. 7.

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Troy University, Alabama World Affairs Council enter partnership

Posted: Thursday, 08 September 2016
Alabama World Affairs Council

MONTGOMERY - Officials from Troy University and the Alabama World Affairs Council signed a partnership agreement on Wednesday during a ceremony at the University's Montgomery Campus.

Under the agreement, events of the Council will be held at Troy University Montgomery, including an upcoming presentation by Ambassador Joseph Wilson on "Africa and the U.S.: Past and Present on Sept. 20 and an International Security Issues daytime lecture series that will kick off on Sept. 22. Evening programs will take place in the Gold Room, located on the second floor of Whitley Hall, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The daytime lecture series will be held at 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rosa Parks Museum.

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Troy University Libraries receive 2016 Banned Books Week grant

Posted: Friday, 02 September 2016
Dr. Kirk Curnutt

Troy University Libraries will hold events in recognition of Banned Books Week later this month at the Dothan, Montgomery and Troy Campuses thanks to a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

TROY Libraries, one of only six organizations to receive the grant, will receive $1,000 to help fund Banned Books Week 2016 events from Sept. 25 - Oct. 1. This year's theme is "Diversity" with the slogan "Stand Up for Your Right to Read."

"I believe there is a direct link between the freedom of speech and the freedom to read," said Dr. Christopher Shaffer, Dean of Library Services. "Libraries have always played -- and continue to play -- a critical role in the free exchange of ideas in an open and non-threatening atmosphere. I am thrilled with the initiative shown by Ms. Alyssa Martin, the instruction/reference librarian on our Montgomery Campus, in applying for this grant, and glad that we are going to have the opportunity to share these excellent books with members of the Troy community."

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TROY's UAS courses prepare students to manage drone operations

Posted: Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Al Allenback

With the implementation this week of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 rules governing drone usage in the country, many commercial operators now have a clear path forward in the use of unmanned aerial systems.

"These vehicles are in use everywhere," said Troy University adjunct professor Al Allenback, a retired Air Force colonel and fighter pilot. "Entertainment, business, forestry, engineering, surveying - the applications are endless."

Allenback is the mastermind behind TROY's new UAS courses, and is excited about bringing the study of the management and applications of drones to students at the University.

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TROY alum credits Dothan experience with career path

Posted: Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Veterans reading

DOTHAN - A Troy University alumna has put her degrees to good use by making a difference in the fight to preserve one of the most important historical eras in U.S. history.

Dothan native Hayden McDaniel has spent the last year organizing and digitizing interviews with men and women who lived through the Civil Rights Era in Mississippi, a major project affiliated with the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.

"What we were doing was taking 425 interviews about the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, digitizing them off of old cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes and into a digital form and onto our library's database," said McDaniel, who served as project coordinator. "You can listen to the full audio of these interviews on the website."

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TROY ATO chapter is best in America

Posted: Monday, 22 August 2016
Veterans reading

TROY - A Troy University fraternity is once again the top chapter in the nation.

The Kappa Beta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was recognized with the national organization's 2016 Top Chapter Award during the ATO's 82nd Biennial Congress in Charlotte, N.C. in August. A year ago, the chapter celebrated its 10-year anniversary at TROY.

"(Winning the award) shows there's no limits here at TROY, and it demonstrates what a group of people - especially fraternities and sororities - are capable of achieving," said chapter president Blake Swicord.

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Former State Sen. Hank Erwin to speak in Troy on 'Woodlawn' experiences

Posted: Thursday, 18 August 2016

TROY - Former State Sen. Hank Erwin, a focus of the 2015 movie "Woodlawn," will be in the Troy this month speaking about the experience that transformed the Birmingham-area high school in the midst of the '70s racial strife.

Erwin will address the University community at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 in Claudia Crosby Theater, and the Pike County community at large at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Johnson Center for the Arts in downtown Troy, to which the public is invited.

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