BCA chief to address TROY students

Posted: Tuesday, 30 April 2008

TROY – Business Council of Alabama president and chief executive officer Bill Canary will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s spring commencement.

Commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 9, in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. About 450 students representing 18 states and 11 foreign countries will receive degrees during the ceremony, which is a ticketed event. Each graduate is given six tickets and more will be available on a first-come basis at the Sartain Hall ticket office the day of commencement. There is no charge for the tickets.

Mr. Canary is the third president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Alabama after serving as president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in Washington, D.C., which represents more than 37,000 motor carriers before all branches of government throughout the nation.

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Media Advisory:Student to receive $1,500 for poster design

Posted: Tuesday, 30 April 2008

May 1: Troy University art and design student Turgay Tuncer will receive a $1,500 check tomorrow from eDR Solutions president Charles Smith for submitting the winning entry in a promotional poster contest for the company’s Hard Drive Crusher.

The Hard Drive Crusher is a device used to destroy decommissioned computer hard drives, and a demonstration of the device will take place with Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. crushing the first hard drive.

Mr. Tuncer is a student of Sara Dismukes, assistant professor of art and design.

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Troy University hosts 6th Annual Pike County Groundwater Festival

Posted: Monday, 29 April 2008

TROY – More than 500 fourth graders will find a slice of college life Wednesday at the 6th Annual Pike County Groundwater Festival.

The Festival seeks to educate students and their families about all aspects of water and other related natural resources and to instill in them a general environmental awareness and stewardship ethic. In addition to support from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy and the University, local organizations such as the cities of Brundidge and Troy, Wal-Mart Dc 7019, Sanders Lead, BFI, Lockheed Martin, The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sodexho, the Troy University Environmental Club, the Alabama Water Environmental Federation, Mayfield Ice Cream, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and various other donors have provided funding to make sure the fourth graders in Pike County continue their exposure to water quality issues.

Events will run from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Math and Science Complex and include “Edible Aquifer” with Dr. Neil Billington, “Drop in the Bucket” with Mark Sport and “Water Bracelet” with Rachael Koigi, according to Mike Mullen, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and one of the event’s organizers.

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Media Advisory: HOBY Alabama Youth Leadership Semina

Posted: Wednesday, 28 May 2008

May 29 – June 1: The Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation’s Alabama Leadership Seminar will be conducted on the Troy Campus through June 1.

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.

Students will hear from a wide variety of speakers on volunteerism, public and civic service and current events. They will also develop skits, write papers and meet with business and government leaders during the weekend.

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Troy University hosts 6th Annual Pike County Groundwater Festival

Posted: Monday, 29 April 2008

TROY – More than 500 fourth graders will find a slice of college life Wednesday at the 6th Annual Pike County Groundwater Festival.

The Festival seeks to educate students and their families about all aspects of water and other related natural resources and to instill in them a general environmental awareness and stewardship ethic. In addition to support from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy and the University, local organizations such as the cities of Brundidge and Troy, Wal-Mart Dc 7019, Sanders Lead, BFI, Lockheed Martin, The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Sodexho, the Troy University Environmental Club, the Alabama Water Environmental Federation, Mayfield Ice Cream, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and various other donors have provided funding to make sure the fourth graders in Pike County continue their exposure to water quality issues.

Events will run from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Math and Science Complex and include “Edible Aquifer” with Dr. Neil Billington, “Drop in the Bucket” with Mark Sport and “Water Bracelet” with Rachael Koigi, according to Mike Mullen, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper and one of the event’s organizers.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Board of Trustees Meeting

Posted: Tuesday, 25 April 2008

Board of Trustees Meeting

May 1: The Troy University Board of Trustees will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballroom B. During this meeting the Board will take up seven resolutions:

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Dr. Jeff Spurlock receives Ingalls Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2008

TROY, Ala. –Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate professor in Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism, is the recipient of the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the University’s most prestigious honor for faculty members.

Dr. Spurlock, a Troy resident, received the award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

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Three receive Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2008

TROY- Troy University honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty on Monday, April 21 with the 2007-2008 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Seniors Jasmine Greene of Montgomery and James Norman of Luverne and Jerry Johnson, chair of the Department of Art and Design and professor of design, were honored during a luncheon Monday at the Troy Campus. They were also recognized at the University’s Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

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Troy University to Host Congressional Debate in Dothan

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2008

DOTHAN - Voters in Southeast Alabama will have an opportunity to hear from each of the candidates vying to represent Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday, April 29, during a debate at Troy University. The 2nd Congressional Candidate Forum takes place from 10 a.m. to noon in Sony Hall on the Dothan Campus.

Nine candidates are vying for the seat currently held by Congressman Terry Everett, who is not seeking a ninth term in office. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to submit questions for the candidates. The public is invited to attend. Space is limited.

The debate is the third and final in a series of candidate forums presented by Troy University, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), WSFA and the Federation of Small and Independent Businesses. Previous debates were held on the Troy Campus and at the WSFA studios.

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Jazz sets the backdrop for TroyFest

Posted: Wednesday, 23 April 2008

TROY – When TroyFest crowds gather on Troy’s historic Square Saturday it will likely be to the back drop of jazz music, which will feature the first-ever performance of two arrangements created especially for Troy University’s jazz ensembles.

Hollywood composer and arranger Bill Liston, best known for his musical work in “Spiderman 3” and “I Dream of Genie,” provided special arrangements of “What a Wonderful Life” that will be performed by the University’s jazz ensemble with special guest Jim Bell and “Heidi Ho,” which will be performed in a grand finale by Troy’s own Sheila Jackson.

“Mr. Liston is a personal friend of (director of TROY bands) Ralph Ford who asked him to create the arrangements,” said Ray Smith, an associate professor of music in the John M. Long School of Music and an organizer of the Troy University Jazz Ensemble.

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TROY art student’s illustrations featured in new book

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

TROY—Stefani Slaughter is an artist, not an English teacher, but her art can help you become a better speller.

The Troy University freshman art and design major from Birmingham will have her artwork prominently displayed in a new book “Fuchsia Shock,” written by John T. Bird, a Birmingham author and owner of Esmeralda Press. Slaughter designed the cover art for the book, but her greatest contribution was 151 illustrations prominently featured throughout the book.

“Fuchsia Shock” is a clever, often-humorous guide to properly spelling hard-to-spell words. Each page features a word accompanied by author Bird’s mnemonic device to recall the proper spelling. Slaughter’s illustrations are designed to help readers recall the mnemonic device.

For example, to properly spell the sea creature called “abalone,” Bird suggests thinking of a seashell who is sad because he is “alone.” Slaughter’s illustration depicted a sad-eyed abalone by itself on the ocean floor. She drew all the images by hand and scanned them into a computer so she could digitally manipulate them.

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TROY plans summer art classes at the Wiregrass Museum of Art

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

DOTHAN—The Troy University Department of Art and Design will offer three classes for academic credit at the Wiregrass Museum of Art beginning May 28, according to Jerry Johnson, chair of the department.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for Dothan-area residents who are interested in art to take some courses in a convenient location,” Johnson said. “It’s also a good opportunity for current Troy University students who live in the Dothan area and need to pick up some hours over the summer.”

The courses are:

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Troy University Observes Blue Tuesday

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Troy University students, faculty and staff observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing blue on Blue Tuesday. Gamma Beta Phi members organized the event and passed out blue ribbons to help spread awareness of the child abuse epidemic. Gamma Beta Phi is a national honor and service society. For more information about the chapter located on the Dothan Campus, contact Donna Windham at cjs_mama2000@yahoo.com.

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Troy University to present Professional Advisors Seminar on May 2

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

TROY, Ala.--Troy University will present Professional Advisors Seminar on “Planned Giving 101” from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus.

Winton C. Smith, Jr., a nationally recognized consultant and charitable tax strategist, will lead the seminar, which will cover charitable contributions tax strategies, charitable contributions that provide a life income, charitable contributions through wills and professional ethics and charitable gift planning.

A practicing attorney who specializes in estate tax strategies and tax planning, financial development and planned giving for charitable organizations, Smith routinely represents both individual philanthropists and charitable institutions, keeping them informed of the latest tax law changes affecting charitable gifts. Annually, Smith conducts the Planned Giving Institute throughout the United States on behalf of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and frequently serves as a speaker at programs sponsored by the National Council on Planned Giving, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

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Former Astronaut Speaks at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Former NASA Astronaut Winston Scott shares his book, Reflections From Earth Orbit, with Edward Ortego of Headland Elementary School. Ortego earned the chance to meet the former mission specialist by winning an essay contest at his school. Capt. Scott was in Dothan for TROY’s Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium End-of-Year Dinner. He shared his thoughts on space and leadership with area students and teachers at the event.

At the recent Troy University Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium Dinner, Dr. Lance Tatum (left), dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Don Jeffrey, Dothan Campus vice chancellor, greet Capt. Winston Scott, a retired NASA mission specialist. Capt. Scott completed three spacewalks and spent 24 hours in space during his career with NASA.

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Tricia Deady wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for April

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

TROY-Trisha Deady, academic advisor in the Undergraduate Department at Troy University’s Augusta, Ga. teaching site, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April.

Deady, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2005, received the award Tuesday during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adam-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Deady, who was nominated by Margaret Paradiso, evaluator/undergraduate supervisor at the Augusta site.

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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Troy University Honors Outstanding Students

Posted: Tuesday, 22 April 2008

DOTHAN - Troy University recognized nearly 40 students for their excellence in the classroom during a recent ceremony at Calvary Baptist Church in Dothan. The annual Honors Convocation rewards Dothan Campus students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Sorrell College of Business and the University’s Continuing Education Program.

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TROY partners with ADO for trade delegation visit

Posted: Friday, 18 April 2008

TROY – A delegation of business and government officials from the People’s Republic of China will visit Montgomery later this month in an effort to learn more about partnering with Alabama businesses.

Led by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the delegation will be hosted by Troy University and the Alabama Development Office Monday, April 21, from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum auditorium in Montgomery. CCPIT vice chairman Wang Jinzhen will provide an overview of China’s overall trade and economic development, and a visiting company representative will provide a perspective on U.S. – China trade and its benefits for private companies.

“This mission allows us to develop more friendly relationships in China that will help us better serve economic development in Alabama,” said Dr. Judson Edwards, director of TROY’s Center for International Business and Economic Development.

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Troy University alumnus helps honor students for excellence

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

TROY – Mr. Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and a 1971 graduate of Troy University, will deliver the keynote address at the University’s Honors Convocation April 21.

Mr. Head, recently honored by the University with its Distinguished Leadership Award, will help his alma mater recognize students for outstanding academic, character and leadership achievements during the academic year.

“This convocation is the University’s opportunity to pay tribute to the fine work of our students and honor them for their diligent efforts in the classroom,” said Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement and leadership.

Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award, presented to the outstanding faculty member of the year, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.

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Musical opens Thursday at TROY: Just say it “You’re in town!”

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

TROY- Troy University Department of Speech and Theatre and the John M. Long School of Music present “URINETOWN, the musical” April 19-20 in the Trojan Center Theatre.

Shows Thursday – Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. “URINETOWN, the musical” comes to the TROY stage with music and lyrics by Mark Hollman; book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.

In today’s society, people don’t think twice about using a public restroom. If you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go! What if there was a price to pay? Introducing URINETOWN, a place where the privileged use the bathroom whenever need be and the poor have to pay for the privilege. The public restrooms are taken over by Caldwell B. Cladwell and his Urine Good Company who are exploiting the poor and taking their money during a major drought. Thank goodness there is Bobby Strong, a dashing, noble young everyman who begins a revolution to overthrow Cladwell and the UGC.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: congressional debate set at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Congressional debate set at Troy University

Second Congressional District Debate at Troy Campus

April 21: Candidates in the race for the Second Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Terry Everett will participate in a candidate forum on the Troy Campus beginning scheduled for 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

All candidates are expected to attend the forum sponsored by Troy University, AARP Alabama, WSFA-12 News in Montgomery and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

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Montgomery Biscuits co-owner to address Sport Management Conference at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

TROY, Ala. -- Sherrie Myers, co-owner of the Montgomery Biscuits minor league baseball, will be among the speakers for the Southern Sport Management Conference at Troy University on April 17-18.

The fourth annual conference, which will be held on the fourth floor of the R. Douglas Hawkins Tower at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium on the Troy Campus, offers participants the opportunity to learn the latest information on a variety of skills to enhance all programs in the sport management field, according to Dr. Fred Green, conference director and associate professor in TROY’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

“Whether you are a current student, new to the profession or an experienced manager of sport, you will find information that is valuable in your career pursuits,” Dr. Green said. “The conference is an outstanding educational resource, as well as a great way to network for job opportunities and advance your career.”

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Troy University Hosts Online Learning Colloquium in Dothan

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

DOTHAN – More than 200 Troy University faculty and staff members from the University’s eCampus division met in Dothan recently to discuss the latest in distance learning technology and best practices in online learning. During the four-day conference, faculty members also trained on the Secureexam Remote Proctor System, which TROY developed with Software Secure, Inc.

The remote proctor, which is the first of its kind, electronically verifies the identity of online test takers by recording student fingerprints and photographs, according to Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of eCampus. In addition, it electronically monitors students as they take exams.

“Troy University really is on the cutting edge,” Dr. Gearhart said. “Universities that offer distance learning must find ways to verify that students are the ones who are doing the work.”

Legislation on student authentication is currently making its way through both houses of Congress; and Dr. Gearhart said other Universities are showing interest in the technology that TROY has helped to develop.

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Troy University Community Band of Dothan to Perform in Chipley

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

DOTHAN – Hear the Troy University Community Band of Dothan in concert Monday, April 28 at the Chipley High School gymnasium. Music lovers of all ages are invited to attend the free event, which begins at 7 p.m.

The band, which is made up of approximately 60 musicians ranging in age from 13 to 75, will play marches, concert pieces and a song from the movie, “The Mask of Zorro.” Allan Williams, band director at Roulac Middle School in Chipley, and Richard Davenport, band director at Chipley High School, will each guest conduct a selection during the program.

The concert will be Tony Whetstone’s last as conductor of the Troy University Community Band of Dothan. Whetstone, who led the band from 1990 to 2005 and again from 2006 to the present, will pass the baton to Larry Smith, who will conduct the final song of the evening. Smith is band director at Slocomb High School. He has 23 years of experience as a band director.

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Teachers Train at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008
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During a recent professional development conference at Troy University, Beverlye Middle School Teacher Jennifer Pritchard and other Wiregrass educators listen intently to a presentation on research-based strategies in the area of team-based problem solving. Secondary education teacher teams and administrators also discussed new trends in instructional technology and collaborative techniques for managing problem behavior, during the one-day seminar organized by the College of Education. Troy University First Lady Janice Hawkins (not pictured) joined the educators for the event on the Dothan Campus. The next professional development conference on collaboration is scheduled for June 6. In addition to updating their skills, the teachers and administrators are also continuing to assist the College of Education as it prepares to implement a new collaborative secondary education program.

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Troy University to host Southeastern U.S. Music Industry Showcase

Posted: Thursday, 10 April 2008

TROY--Troy University music students will have the opportunity to tap into some expertise from music industry professionals Friday and Saturday as the John M. Long School of Music hosts the Southeastern United States Music Industry Showcase.

The showcase, presented by The Grove, will take place in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday.

“By attending the showcase, participants will get first-hand information about how to make it in the music industry from successful music industry professionals from around the United States,” said Thomas Brantley,

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Troy University Welcomes Florida High School Students

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2008

As part of College Day, students from 10 Florida schools explore the educational opportunities available at Troy University. The 10th graders from Altha, Blountstown, Chipley, Cottondale, Graceville, Holmes County, Malone, Marianna, Poplar Springs, Ponce de Leon and Vernon High Schools toured the Dothan Campus and learned about the more than 60 degree options available. The trip was made possible by the federally-funded Educational Talent Search Program. Troy University offers in-state tuition rates to Florida students who live in Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Walton and Washington Counties.

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Troy University Preserves Congressman’s Papers

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University will play a major role in preserving the legacy of U.S. Congressman Terry Everett. TROY’s Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, which is located on the Dothan Campus, is home to the eight-term congressman’s records.

The first documents began arriving in 2002. Now at 170 boxes, the Everett collection is the largest housed at the Archives. It currently contains papers from his congressional office dating from 1993 to 2006.

The Congressman and his wife, Barbara, recently visited Troy University to learn how the documents are stored.

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Oklahoma State football standout urges teamwork, good attitude and leadership

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2008

TROY – The last time Oklahoma State University cornerback Martel VanZant visited Troy University, it was last Sept. 14, playing before one of the largest crowds in Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium history.

Tuesday, VanZant returned to TROY not to play football, but to address a smaller but intense crowd gathered in Claudia Crosby Theatre for the 13th annual Helen Keller Lecture. His message: teamwork, attitude and leadership are cornerstones to overcoming adversity.

“The three lessons in life I feel are important are teamwork, a good attitude, and leadership,” VanZant said.

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Bookout named to senior administrative position at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2008

TROY – Troy University has appointed Jim Bookout as Senior Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.

Mr. Bookout joined Troy University’s administrative team in October 2003 as Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs. In his new role, Bookout also takes on new business responsibilities including Auxiliary Services, Facilities and Capital Planning, Dining Services and the Athletics Business Office. He will report directly to the Chancellor.

“Jim Bookout is an outstanding leader and I have no doubt he will excel in his new role,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “Troy University prides itself on efficiency and good stewardship. Mr. Bookout understands how to return the maximum service for every dollar we invest. He is the right man at the right time.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY:Helen Keller Lecture at Troy University

Posted: Friday, 04 April 2008

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Troy University’s 13th annual Helen Keller Lecture will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 8 in the Claudia Crosby Theater located in Smith Hall on the Troy Campus. Former Oklahoma State University football player Martel Van Zant, who was born deaf, will present this year’s lecture through his interpreter Allie Lee.

A press release on the lecture is available on the TROY Web site at: http://www.troy.edu/news/archives/2008/march/03132008_helen_keller_lecture.html.

There will be a limited number of reserved parking spaces for media in the parking lot adjacent to the Crosby Theater/Smith Hall off of Collegedale Street, and a designated area for cameras will be located just inside the theater’s side entrance. A representative from the Office of University Relations will be on hand to direct media to the designated location and assist you in your coverage of this event. For further directions, contact the Office of University Relations at 334-670-3196.

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Troy University to Celebrate Heritage Week

Posted: Friday, 04 April 2008

DOTHAN - Troy University will celebrate Heritage Week on the Dothan Campus the week of April 14 through 18. TROY students, alumni and members of the community are invited to join in the celebration. All Heritage Week activities are free and open to the public.

The week of activities kicks off on Monday, April 14 with the John Woodham Memorial Lecture Series. Dr. Gary Mullen, of Auburn University, will speak on the life and works of Philip Henry Gosse, a 19th century naturalist and artist. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Sony Hall.

Tuesday, April 15 the University will hold its annual Health and Wellness Fair. Area healthcare representatives will be on campus to provide a variety of free health screenings. The fair is schedule for 9 a.m. to noon in the Harrison Room, which is located in Malone Hall.

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Troy University Hall School of Journalism offering options for Chinese students

Posted: Thursday, 03 April 2008
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TROY – Teaching journalism is challenging enough in one language, but faculty and staff members in Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism are finding new ways to provide practical experience for some international students.

“There are a lot of 1-2-1 students in the journalism program,” said Kyle Bozeman, television manager at the University and a faculty member. “There’s no business more language-dependent than journalism and we were interested in presenting opportunities to our Chinese students here in Troy.”

The University developed the internationally recognized model for dual-degree programs with its Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program that partners with universities in the People’s Republic of China to bring students to TROY. The students from China begin their collegiate studies at their home institution, transfer to the Troy Campus for two years and return to their home institutions for a final year of study. The students receive both a degree from TROY and one from their home institutions when studies are completed.

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Troy University hopes to spur voters with Congressional Debate Series

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2008

TROY – Troy University hopes to spur voters to the polls in the Second Congressional District through a series of three debates among the candidates vying for the post.

Special elections have been set to fill the seat in Congress left vacant by long-time Congressman Terry Everett’s retirement in December.

By teaming with the American Association of Retired Persons, WSFA and the Federation of Small and Independent Businesses, Dr. James Rinehart, chair of the Department of Political Science at Troy University, said he hoped the people of the Second District would see the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate.

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TROY Faculty Members Bring History to Life

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Troy University faculty members Dr. Mark Gaddis (left), associate professor of accounting; Dr. Joe Fielding, assistant professor of marketing; Dr. Adair Gilbert, associate dean; and Dan Teed, associate professor of accounting, show off their costumes for the annual “Walk in History,” which was held recently in the historic Houston County community of Columbia. The Troy University Sorrell College of Business professors joined members of the Columbia Historical Society to reenact the lives of several colorful characters buried at the old Columbia Cemetery. Dr. Marty Olliff (not pictured), TROY archivist and assistant professor of history, also volunteered for the event. Columbia, which was settled in 1820, is southeast Alabama’s oldest existing town and is known as the “Port City of the Wiregrass.” The community originally served as the county seat of Henry County, which at the time included sections of present-day Covington, Dale, Barbour, Coffee, Crenshaw, Bullock, Geneva and Houston counties. Some of the community’s early inhabitants featured during the “Walk in History” included: Charles Walker (1853-1905), Houston County’s first sheriff, and Lillie Eulalia Grist Walker (1855-1928), Dothan’s second librarian; Susannah Talbot (1775-1843) and Elder Edmund Talbot (1767-1854), a reverend and plantation owner; Ida Lavonia Hooten Palmer (1873-1971) and Israel Young Palmer (1863-1919), a traveling salesman and Columbia merchant; Leonard P. Lewis, Sr. (1871-1958), owner of “The Lewis Store” in Columbia; and Elizabeth Elliot Whitton (1907-1986) and Hiram Allen Whitton (1899-1976), educators and drug

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TROY public relations students hope to provide makeover for Pike animal shelter

Posted: Tuesday, 01 April 2008

TROY - “Bus Driver, move that bus!” Fans of ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover program are familiar with these words uttered each week by the show’s host, Ty Pennington, and Troy University public relations students hope to hear those words in Troy.

While the students aren’t looking to surprise any human occupants, they do hope to make a difference for stray animals. After seeing first-hand the poor conditions of the Pike County animal shelter as part of a class project, the class decided to make a video appeal to the show.

Each spring semester, public relations students in Donna Schubert’s Advanced Public Relations Tactics class take on a “client” and this year’s pick was the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition, a group formed in 2006 with the aim of building a new animal shelter in the county.

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TRIO Program Recognizes Outstanding Students at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 01 May 2008
Gibson Vance

Troy University recognizes outstanding TRIO students for their academic achievement, tutoring abilities and attitude. During a recent luncheon on the Dothan Campus, 17 students received certificates for their accomplishments. The federally-funded TRIO Program serves first-generation college students, those with disabilities and those from low-income homes. Pictured (1st row – left ) are Frankie Johnson, English Achievers Award; Tiffany Hollis, Participation Award; Felicia Adams, Participation Award; Chastity Rhodes, English Achievers Award; Lori Miles, Math Achievers Award; (2nd row) Jeania Johnson, Math Achievers Award; Melanie Kirkland, Participation Award; Vicky Roberts, Tutor Award; Jo Wolf, Spirit Award; Lindra Hill, Appreciation Award; Holley Brundidge, Persistence Award; (3rd row) Kenneth Ivey, Persistence Award; Yolanda McHenry-Murckson, Persistence Award; Rhonda Fitch, Tutor Award; Steve Holland, Tutor Award; Beverly Davidson, Math Achievers Award; and Rick Pearson, Tutor Award.

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