Fall 2016

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Chancellor Hawkins

Harvard President Charles W. Eliot wrote the following in his annual report in 1870: “The college grounds ought to be kept in such condition that they shall be an ornament to the city and a source of pleasure to all its citizens, as well as to the students who most frequent them.”

I cited President Eliot on November 4 when we dedicated the latest additions to our beautiful campus—the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and the adjacent International Arts Center, which was created when we renovated our former dining hall. The park and arts center are truly “an ornament to the city” and I am sure they will be a source of pleasure for students.

The park features an amphitheater, pond, and walking trails, but the centerpiece is the 200 Terracotta Warriors created in Xi’an, China by the internationally renowned artist Huo Bao Zhu. The story of the Terracotta Army is fascinating: Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi’an in 1974 uncovered a life-size clay soldier poised for battle. The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who sent government archaeologists to the site. They found thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. The Terracotta Army, as it is known, is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife.

TROY now has the largest display of such warriors outside of Xi’an, and we have converted part of the first floor of the International Arts Center into an interpretive center. Visitors to TROY who will never get the opportunity to see the eighth wonder of the world in Xi’an will learn about this fascinating story here in Troy, Alabama. The two most important countries in the world today are growing a relationship. When our students leave TROY, regardless of their countries of origin, they become real ambassadors. It is through those relationships that, over time, you can build strong international relationships.

This International Arts Center and Cultural Arts Park are another vehicle through which we will build strong and lasting international relationships. It is truly in this park and arts center where East meets West. That is a very real dynamic that is occurring given the large number of students that are coming together at Troy University.

The International Arts Center will be home to two galleries – one honoring a home-grown Alabama artist, Nall, and the other named in honor of Huo Bao Zhu. It will house classroom space for our department of art and design, and there is a beautiful plaza named in honor of the Daniel Foundation of Alabama linking the Park and the Arts Center. Please make time on your next visit to Troy to take a tour. I am confident you will be impressed!

To see news coverage of the creation and dedication of the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and International Center, please follow these links:

Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park Dedication
Terra Cotta Warriors
Terra Cotta Warriors Film

TROY cited for campus safety; bus-tracking smartphone app debuts

Maintaining the safest campuses possible is a key priority of Troy University, and we are always pleased when others notice. This fall, we received a citation from BackgroundChecks.org for operating one of the safest campuses in Alabama. This organization uses data such as crime statistics and graduation and student retention rates in determining its rankings.

I am also pleased to report that we are taking measures to make a safe campus even safer. We have ordered additional campus lighting to make walking at night safer.

In addition, we have developed a free smartphone app to enable your student to track the whereabouts of campus shuttle buses at all times, which is especially handy in late evening hours.

TROY license plate is a good investment

Alabama residents have the opportunity to invest in the future of Troy University through the purchase of an automobile license plate. Sales of TROY license plates fund our Trojan Pride Scholarship that provides $750 to defray expenses of students studying abroad and also provides financial support to students in need.. The gift of $50 is tax-deductible, and $48 goes to scholarships. If you buy the tag for your student’s vehicle, we also waive the campus parking fee. Please join the over 7,000 other Trojans who support our University through the car tag program.

TROY continues to receive accolades

One of the best ways to evaluate our University is through the eyes of others. Several recent honors are worth noting:

  • U.S. News and World Report has named TROY to its “Best Colleges” Regional University-South rankings.
  • The Princeton Review has named TROY to its “Best in the Southeast” rankings for the 12th year in a row.
  • Military Advanced Education and Transition has named TROY as a “Top School” in its 2017 Guide to Colleges and Universities, an honor awarded to institutions with the very best practices in military and veteran supportive education.
  • Military Times has listed TROY 38th nationally in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings.
  • The National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying has named our Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program as one of 10 national winners of the Surveying Education Award.
  • The Public Accounting Report’s annual Professors Survey ranked our bachelor’s degree program in accounting 25th in the South.
  • Business Insurance has ranked our Risk Management and Insurance program 12th in its Directory of Risk Management and Insurance Schools.
  • Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity has awarded TROY’s Kappa Beta Chapter of ATO with its 2016 Top Chapter Award.

While we take pride in receiving the awards, the real value is to your student, as these honors increase the value of a Troy University degree!

Trojans are going bowling!

Following a 9-3 regular season, the TROY Trojans football team is headed to Mobile, Alabama, for the Dollar General Bowl December 23. Our Trojans will face the Ohio University Bobcats of the Mid- American Conference. Please click here to relive the highlights of this exciting season.

We hope your family plans to make the Dollar General Bowl part of your holiday experience. You can treat your student to an early Christmas present of bowl tickets by calling the Troy Athletics Ticket Office at 877-878-WINS (9467) or 334-670-3681.

Please accept my most heartfelt wishes for the merriest Christmas ever and a happy new year! It is an honor to serve your student, and I thank you for that privilege.


Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.

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