TROY chancellor tapped to increase international vision for American universities

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Gibson Vance

Washington, DC – Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will help universities across the country respond to the challenges of shifting economic realities and an ever-changing global atmosphere.

Dr. Hawkins will serve as one of 12 university chiefs on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness.

The Commission will work to assess and project the impact of global economic, political and technological changes on America’s public universities. The commission will recommend to university chancellors and presidents initiatives that will strengthen the success of their institutions in insuring graduates are globally competitive.





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Troy University offers pre-license classes for insurance professionals

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008

TROY – Troy University’s Risk Management and Insurance program will offer two pre-license classes in August.

Both are designed to help insurance professionals meet certification standards within the insurance industry, said Dr. Carol Jordan, eminent scholar in risk management and insurance who heads up TROY’s RMI program.

“Property and Liability” will be offered from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Aug. 10-12 and Sept. 26-28 in Room 243 of Bibb Graves Hall on the Troy Campus. The fee for the course, which includes the textbook, is $250 and participants must sign in the first day at 144 Bibb Graves Hall.

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New students kick off TROY experience with convocation

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY – Entering Troy University freshmen will start their college experience by hearing from alumnus Dr. Ted Leichner, a Tennessee doctor who joined the Army National Guard out of personal convictions and patriotism.

The Odyssey New Student Convocation will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 in Trojan Arena and will also feature an address by Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. and the lighting of the Odyssey Flame. The ceremony introduces new students to the customs and traditions, people and places associated with the University.

“Odyssey provides us the opportunity to illustrate the traditions that make college life enjoyable,” said Buddy Starling, dean of admissions. “We are very fortunate to be able to bring in outstanding alumni like Dr. Leichner to share how their TROY experience has helped them to be successful.”

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Lynn Rushing wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for July

Posted: Monday, 28 July 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY-Lynn Rushing, records specialist in the Academic Evaluation Center at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for July.

Rushing, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2003, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Rushing, who was nominated by Donna Bragg, director of the Academic Evaluation Center and assistant registrar.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley 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 $350 stipend.

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275 students receive diplomas at summer commencement ceremony at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008

TROY—A Troy University alumnus urged TROY graduates Friday to give back to their alma mater and be active alumni.

Earl Johnson, an Andalusia attorney and Troy University alumnus, served as the keynote speaker for summer commencement exercises in Sartain Hall. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented Johnson the honorary doctorate of laws for his service to the University.

A member of the Troy University National Alumni Association Board of Directors and vice-chairman of the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors, Johnson was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1999. In 2004, he was again honored by TROY with its Distinguished Leadership Award.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: commencement and board of trustees

Posted: Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Summer commencement is Friday

JULY 25: Former Andalusia mayor and Troy University alumnus Earl Johnson will provide the commencement address at his alma mater July 25. Some 275 students from 13 states and 10 foreign countries will take part in commencement exercises at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.

Members of the media covering the event are asked to be in place no later than 10:15 a.m. Reserved media seating will be available along the scorer’s table. For any special coverage requirements please contact the University Relations office.

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Shannon accepts command of Air Force ROTC at TROY

Posted: Monday, 21 July 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY – Lt. Col. Christopher Shannon has been named commander of Troy University’s Detachment 017 of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, and will be chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies.

Prior to his appointment to TROY, Lt. Col. Shannon was director of the On-Line Master’s, Leadership and Warfare Distance Learning Course at Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

Lt. Col. Shannon completed an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering technology at Southern Illinois University before earning a masters degree in management from Webster’s University and a Master of Science in Military Operational Arts and Science from Air University.



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Troy University establishes new program with Inner Mongolia University

Posted: Wednesday, 16 July 2008

TROY – Troy University has created a “2+2” dual degree program with Inner Mongolia University in China.

It marks the first such agreement with a university in that region of the People’s Republic of China.

“This partnership with Inner Mongolia University adds depth to the growing presence TROY enjoys in China. The rich history and culture of Mongolia will be valued by our students and faculty,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor.

The program will offer selected students at both TROY and Inner Mongolia University the opportunity to study two years at their home institution and two years at the other. At the completion of the program students will be awarded undergraduate degrees from both institutions.

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Major grant aims to increase number of rural nurses

Posted: Tuesday, 15 July 2008

TROY -- An $800,000 – plus federal grant will help Troy University increase the number of nurses in southeast Alabama.

The University’s School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop learning and practice communities ultimately aimed at increasing the academic success of students in the attainment of undergraduate nursing degrees. The total award is $888,000.

TROY, which offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, will implement student support programs in pre-nursing courses and retention activities for students in the nursing curriculum. The program will also provide scholarships and student stipends.

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Russian environment and business focus of Troy University trip

Posted: Wednesday, 09 July 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY – Six students from Troy University will spend 19 days this month in a Russian “summer camp” studying business practices and impacts on the environment in Russia.

The visit comes after an agreement was signed last fall between TROY and Vyatka State Humanities University creating a “3+1” program in business and environmental science fields. A 3+1 program allows students at both institutions to work toward degrees at both institutions. The “summer camps” are part of the agreement.

Sorrell College of Business Dean Dr. Don Hines said the purpose of the visit was to study environmental uses as they relate to business, and to see “first-hand environmental issues and problems in Russia that we may take for granted in the United States.”



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Former mayor to address TROY graduates

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Gibson Vance

TROY – Former Andalusia mayor and Troy University alumnus Earl Johnson will provide the commencement address at his alma mater July 25.

Some 275 students from 13 states and 10 foreign countries will take part in commencement exercises at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.

Johnson, who served as Andalusia’s 24th mayor from 2000 until 2004, earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and economics from the University in 1970. He went on to complete his doctor of jurisprudence at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law. He has been a practicing attorney in Andalusia since 1974.




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ACCESS growing for south Alabama students

Posted: Wednesday, 09 July 2008

TROY -- For scores of Alabama high school students, Troy University unlocks the door to broader horizons through distance learning.

Through the Governor’s Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide, or ACCESS, Program, some 5,000 students in south Alabama have access to high school subjects they can’t get in their own classrooms. Long a leader in higher education distance learning, TROY now leads the way in the field for high schools.

By far the largest of the state’s three ACCESS service centers, TROY serves more than 90,000 high school students in 45 school systems in its 27-county service area and currently has 5,000 of the 8,300 half-credit ACCESS enrollments statewide. A half-credit enrollment is the way the State Department of Education accounts for students in the program.

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Honorable Jim Byard Jr., to Deliver Commencement Address at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 09 July 2008

MONTGOMERY – Prattville Mayor Jim Byard, Jr., will deliver the keynote address at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus summer commencement at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 in the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus.

Mayor Byard was first elected to the Prattville City Council in 1992. He was reelected in 1996 and was unanimously elected Council President by his fellow Council members.

Council President Byard was sworn in as Mayor of his hometown on June 18, 1999 at the age of 32. In 2000, Mayor Byard became the youngest mayor to be elected in Prattville's history. In 2004, Mayor Byard was reelected garnering 89 percent of the vote.

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Troy University to offer online certification preparation for human resource professionals

Posted: Tuesday, 08 July 2008

DOTHAN – Beginning this fall, Troy University will offer the PHR/SPHR Exam Preparation course on the Dothan Campus. The course, which will begin on Sept. 8, is a 10-week program designed for Human Resource professionals who have at least two years of exempt level human resource experience and will help participants prepare for the next testing window of December through January.

The online course includes SHRM Learning System, access to online study tools, online practice exams with up-to-date content, study tips, interactive assignments and a certificate of completion.

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Troy University to Offer Obesity Management Workshop in Dothan

Posted: Tuesday, 01 July 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University will present information on healthy ways to lose weight, during a July 16 workshop on obesity. The seminar takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Dothan Campus. Dr. Habiba Shaw will teach participants how to develop an effective action plan for losing one pound a week, adopt a healthy diet and live a more physically active lifestyle.

The workshop is open to RN and LPN nurses, social workers, counselors, dieticians, extension agents, health educators, nursing home and assisted living administrators, health educators and any other interested individuals.

For more information, or to register, contact the TROY Continuing Education Center at 334-983-0005 or visit www.troy.edu.

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Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

Posted: Tuesday, 01 July 2008

DOTHAN – Learn to play the piano instantly at Troy University. If you yearn to experience the joy of playing piano, but don’t want years of weekly lessons, this short course is for you. In just one enjoyable evening, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to make piano playing a part of your life, learning chords, not notes.

You’ll learn all the chords needed to play any pop song, any style, any key, and a healthy dose of insider secrets on how to embellish songs. This is an absolutely beginning class in chord piano techniques, and if you can find middle C and know the meaning of “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” you already know enough to enroll.

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