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TROY – Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism and Communication will recognize the outstanding achievements of its students and alumni at its annual awards banquet in April, and the Journalism Alumni Association is accepting nominations for awards.
The annual banquet recognizes the achievements of not only students currently enrolled at TROY but also highlights the success of graduates working in the fields of advertising, public relations, print and broadcast Journalism. Nomination forms can be found on the JAA’s website at jaa.troy.edu.
“The alumni awards banquet is a great way of recognizing the success of our graduates and is also a way of welcoming back all of our graduates so they can remember their time in the Hall School,” says Aaron Taylor, President of the JAA and past alumni award recipient. “We hope as many graduates as possible come back for the banquet to see what’s going on at their alma mater, including many of the changes that have taken place since they left.”
During this year’s awards banquet, the Hall School of Journalism and Communication will celebrate its 41st anniversary and many of the changes four decades of journalism education have brought.
Chief among those changes is the School’s first graduate program. Taught online, the Master of Science in Strategic Communication is designed to be completed in one year. Another change has been the official renaming of the School’s print journalism program. The Multimedia Journalism track takes advantage of technological advances in the field and better positions graduates for a digital future, Taylor said.
“I feel a lot of the alumni are not aware of what is going on at their alma mater,” he said. “The banquet is a good way to get reacquainted not just with the School but with old classmates they haven’t seen in years.”
The banquet will be in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on Saturday, April 6, with a meet-and-greet starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Hall School students and $25 for alumni and other guests.
For more information on the banquet or to purchase tickets, contact Kate Rowinsky at (334) 670-3289 or by email at
Troy University graduate Lt. Cmdr. Michael Nix has been appointed the executive officer for the U.S. Navy Training Support Center in Hampton Roads, Va.
As the executive officer of the center, Nix will be responsible for enforcing the policies of the commanding officer for the student management facility. The center annually serves more than 90,000 sailors and Marines for the Naval Education and Training Center Hampton Roads training commands.
Nix enlisted as a radioman seaman recruit in the U.S. Navy in September 1988. He graduated from Troy University with a Master of Science Degree and his son, Payton McGhee, is a recent graduate of Troy University.
His personal awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), among other various campaign and unit awards.
Nix has been married to Elizabeth M. Nix (Hovey) for 21 years and together they have a son, Payton McGhee, and a daughter, Alyssa.
Troy University alumnus Michael L. Batchelor has been named chief executive officer of Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, S.C.
Batchelor previously served as president of the North Greenville Campus of the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System (GHS). Prior to that, he served as administrator of clinical/non-clinical support services for GHS from 2001-2005. Starting his career as a Combat Field Medic in 1988 with the U.S. Army, Batchelor served several posts in the United States and Germany.
Batchelor, who is expected to join Baptist Easley on March 1, holds a master’s degree from TROY, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and associate’s degrees from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of both Leadership Greenville and Furman University’s Riley Institute for Diversity, and also is a Licensed Practical Nurse.
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Troy University alumnus Britton Bonner has been elected Partner by the law firm of Adams and Reese.
The 1996 TROY graduate first joined Adams and Reese as a law clerk in 1999 and now serves as Partner in Charge in the Mobile Office. His practice focuses on business growth and economic development, encompassing a wide range of practice matters, including governmental relations, public finance and incentives, construction disputes, real estate transactions, contractual disputes, commercial condominium and residential development issues, municipal and regulatory compliance, and other general business matters.
Bonner was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine in the areas of Business and Corporate Law, Governmental Relations and Real Estate. He has also been rated as "Preeminent" by the Martindale-Hubbell Client Review System.
Bonner is the current vice-chairman of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and will serve as chairman of the board in 2014. He also serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Coastal Alabama Partnership. He is the former Chairman of the Board for the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the South Baldwin Museum Foundation and is past-Chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County.
He was elected to and served a four-year term on the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee, and is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Baldwin County Bar Association, the Mobile County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Paul W. Brock Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
While at TROY, the Mobile native was a member of the Troy Trojans football team, and was a member of ODK, Mortar Board, and Phi Alpha Theta. Britton served as a graduate teaching assistant while pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He received his J.D. with honors from Tulane University School of Law in 2000.
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with offices strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation's top law firms - "The Am Law 200". The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the "NLJ 250" list of the nation's largest law firms.