Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority board meets at Troy University's International Arts Center

Posted: Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Choctawhatchee

TROY – Troy University's International Arts Center was the host site for a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority (CPYRWMA) on Tuesday, July 11. The CPYRWMA is a State of Alabama agency responsible for addressing water-related issues and opportunities in the 2,328,000 acres of these watersheds in southeast Alabama. Its strategic management elements are water quantity, water quality, flood control, and education. The agency office has been located on the Troy Campus for more than 25 years. Front row left to right: Randolph Hall, Board member; Terry Adams, Board member; David Hicks, Board member; Kathy Horne, Technical Advisor; and Ricky Mitchell, Technical Advisor. Back row left to right: Glen Zorn, Board member; Donnie Chesteen, Board member; Millard Powell, Board member; Jack Pelfrey, Board member; Josh Carnley, Board member; Randy Hale, Board member; Ronnie Hudson, Board member; Don Hallford, Board member, Steve Stevens, Board member; and Ken Weathers, Technical Advisor. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Enfinger)

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Helen Shirey wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Helen Shirey

TROY – Helen Shirey, administrative secretary for TROY athletics, has won Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Shirey, who has been employed by the University since 1985, 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 Sandy Atkins, deputy director of athletics.

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 professors receive NOAA RESTORE Science Program grant

Posted: Wednesday, 19 July 2017

TROY - Troy University researchers have been awarded a two-year, $519,853 grant from the NOAA RESTORE Science Program that will identify where living shorelines are the most appropriate erosion control solution to protect tidal shorelines at various sites along the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Chris Boyd of TROY's Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is the lead investigator on the project, while Dr. Xutong Niu from the Department of Mathematics and Geomatics is among the co-investigators. The project, "Living Shoreline Site Suitability Model Transfer for Selected Water Bodies within the Gulf of Mexico: A GIS and Remote Sensing-Based Approach," will customize an existing living shoreline suitability model developed by the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences to work in Perdido Bay/Wolf Bay/Ono Island complex in coastal Alabama, Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana and Galveston Bay, Texas. In addition, an interactive decision support tool will be created for these areas, as well as Tampa Bay, Florida where a similar Living Shorelines Suitability Model is currently being developed.

According to Dr. Boyd, the decision support tool will allow the user to further enhance segments of shoreline identified by the model by using an interactive Q&A interface which would return a series of shoreline best management practices and options for implementation, but at a much finer geographical resolution.

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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
Gibson Vance

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
STARTALK

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
Gibson Vance

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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