Concert Chorale is headed to Carnegie Hall

Posted: Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Concert Chorale

"Get us to Carnegie Hall" was the mandate Dr. Diane Orlofsky heard from Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. when the new John Maloy Long Hall was dedicated three years ago.

"The Chancellor laid his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘we've built this space--now get us to Carnegie Hall,'" she recalls.

That's exactly what she's done with the University's Concert Chorale. The performance group is headed to New York City's Carnegie Hall in 2018, and will premiere a new multi-movement work by conductor and composer Eric William Barnum. The TROY choral group will present their recently commissioned piece "Evensong" as well as several other arrangements in connection with the Distinguished Concert International New York's performance of "The Music of Eric Barnum."

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Watson named associate vice chancellor for development at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 15 June 2017
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TROY - Rebecca "Becky" Watson of Birmingham has been named as associate vice chancellor for development at Troy University. Watson began her duties on June 5.

"Becky has extensive experience in friend-raising and fundraising, and she will be a valuable addition to our team," said Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development.

Watson comes to TROY after having served as a consultant with RVW Consulting, a Birmingham-based firm specializing in services including business development, strategic planning, market research, building and fostering organizational and management skills, building corporate partnerships, event planning and fundraising.

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Lions Clubs in Alabama host annual High School Leadership Forum

Posted: Tuesday, 13 June 2017

TROY - More than 250 high school students from across the State of Alabama are on Troy University's Troy Campus for the Alabama Lions High School Leadership Forum (ALHSLF) June 16-18.

The event marks the 8th year of the program. Troy University has hosted the Forum every year since its inception in 2010.

The Alabama Lions High School Leadership Forum is sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Alabama, Multiple District 34. This year is the Centennial Celebration for Lions Clubs International's 100th Anniversary. The Forum's theme this year is "Service" taken from Lions Clubs International's motto, which is simply: "We Serve."

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TROY conducts 14th commencement exercises in China

Posted: Friday, 09 June 2017

TROY – Troy University will recognize graduates in China this month during commencement exercises at Dalian Jiaotong University in the Liaodong Province.

Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., will present degrees to about a dozen students who participated in the 1-2-1 Program, which began at TROY 17 years ago, and has grown into a national model exchange program through the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Commencement is set for June 14, and will be the 14th such event for the 1-2-1 Program. Through the 1-2-1 Program, students from Chinese universities who have completed their first year of studies transfer to the United States for two years of study at the Troy Campus, then return to their home institutions for a final year. When the students complete their academic programs, they receive degrees from the home institution and Troy University.

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Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum to hold Juneteenth celebration on June 17

Posted: Tuesday, 06 June 2017

MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Juneteenth on June 17, with a block party including local performers, food, arts and crafts and free museum tours.

The theme of the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is "Break Your Chains." The section of Montgomery Street between Lee and Moulton streets will be blocked off for the event.

The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, in recognition of the date in 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were free.

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Grant helps spread language and culture in Alabama

Posted: Wednesday, 31 May 2017

TROY - A federal grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency will help Troy University teach two summer workshops on Mandarin Chinese.

The workshops, which will take place June 18-July 2 on the Troy Campus, are designed for high school students and Chinese language teachers – or those who aspire to teach the language and culture.

A 15-day residential program to train 12 teachers and 24 high school students from Alabama and the region is being supported by approximately $112,000 in federal funds for the TROY-STARTALK Program in Chinese. The grant was secured by Dr. Rui Feng of Modern Languages and Classics, in cooperation with Dr. Iris Hong Xu, distinguished professor of Chinese culture and language at the Center for International Cultures and Languages (CILC), and her team.

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Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum returns to Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 31 May 2017
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TROY - Thirty-four students with disabilities from throughout the state will descend upon Troy University next week for the 19th Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF).

The five-day annual event, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and hosted by Troy University, will take place from June 4-8. The forum helps shape high school students with disabilities through sessions on self-esteem, self-advocacy, career choice, independent living options and leadership.

Forum delegates are chosen through a statewide search to identify students displaying leadership potential. Selected delegates represent the state's demographics in terms of geography, gender, ethnicity and types of disabilities. To be eligible, a student must be a junior or senior in high school, be between 17 and 21 years of age and have a disability.

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Three of five ACCESS award winners represent Troy Region

Posted: Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MONTGOMERY - The recipients of Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide's Administrator of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Counselor of the Year awards all come from schools that partner with Troy University for the virtual learning program.

Donna Calhoun, assistant principal of Thomasville High School, Kayla Combs, teacher for the TROY Support Center, and Scherrie Banks, counselor/coordinator for the Montgomery County Virtual Schools Program, will be honored at next month's Alabama Educational Technology Conference at Hoover High School. The three were nominated by TROY's ACCESS Support Center and were selected by panel, who reviewed nominations from the state's three support centers.

Among the criteria for the ACCESS Awards are work and diligence that had a positive impact on teaching and learning using the ACCESS program; improvement of the quality of education in Alabama's schools; work that reflects the mission and goals of the nominee's school; and utilization of technology to advance education in Alabama.

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Crowell to deliver keynote address to Troy University graduates on June 2

Posted: Friday, 26 May 2017
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PHENIX CITY - Brig. Gen. Edward F. Crowell (USAF, ret.), a Troy University alumnus and a member of the University's Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address to TROY graduates on June 2, during a joint spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Nearly 130 graduates will be recognized during the ceremony.

Crowell is currently president and chief executive officer for VT Miltope, a leading manufacturer of computers, servers, storage, network peripherals and airborne solutions geared toward top performance under the most demanding environmental conditions. His corporate career spans more than 25 years and includes work with VT Miltope and Blount, Inc.

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Dr. Mary Anne Templeton named associate provost, dean of graduate school at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 26 May 2017
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TROY - Dr. Mary Anne Templeton has been named associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Troy University

Dr. Templeton, who has been a member of the TROY faculty since 2006, has served as associate dean of the Graduate School since November 2013. Prior to that appointment, she served as an associate professor and Rehabilitation Counseling Program coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Psychology.

"Dr. Templeton is a leader and scholar with an unwavering commitment to serving students that we pride ourselves on at Troy University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "She brings to the position a proven record of success at various levels throughout the University, and I know that our Graduate School and its students will benefit from her experience."

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HOBY conference aims to improve leadership in youth

Posted: Friday, 26 May 2017

TROY - More than 300 rising high school juniors are on Troy University's Troy Campus for the Alabama Leadership Seminar's Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference May 26-28.

The event marks the 13th time in the conference's 32-year history in Alabama that it will be held at the University.

Modeled after HOBY's World Leadership Congress, and part of the HOBY program, the seminar provides an opportunity to build on leadership skills already possessed by the student ambassadors. Students are nominated by their respective high schools and are chosen to attend based on emerging leadership ability, the ability to work well with others, a desire for new pursuits and a willingness to learn and share.

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