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TROY Magazine
Alumnus Al Head honored by
National Endowment for the Arts
Al Head, executive director of the Alabama
State Council on the Arts and a TROY alumnus,
recently received the 2012 Bess Lomax Hawes
National Heritage Fellowship Award from the
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Head, a 1971 TROY graduate, was presented
with the award by NEA chairman Rocco
The National Heritage Fellowships are
the nation’s highest honor in the folk and
traditional arts and the Bess Lomax Hawes
Award recognizes an individual who has made a
significant contribution to the preservation and
awareness of cultural heritage.
At the presentation ceremony, Landesman said,
“An arts agency executive who has initiated folk
arts programs in three states, Florida, Louisiana,
and Alabama, Al Head is a tireless advocate for
living artistic heritage as a key element in defining
and expressing a state’s shared cultural assets.”
Head, an Andalusia native who grew up in Troy
and graduated from Charles Henderson High
School, has served as the executive director of the
Alabama State Council on the Arts since 1985.
Head also previously served as executive director
of the Division of Arts for the Arts Council
of Louisiana, executive director of the Stephen
Foster Folklife Center in White Springs, FL and
as assistant director of the Florida Arts Council’s
Division of Cultural Affairs.
In 2010, Head was the recipient of TROY’s
Distinguished Leadership Award.
Al Head, Executive Director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts receiving the 2012 Bess Lomax
Hawes Award and the National Heritage Fellowship from Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment
for the Arts. Photo: Tom Pich
Caitlin Crowe, a junior broadcast journalism major from Tuscaloosa, claimed
the Miss Troy University title Saturday during the 42nd annual pageant at the
Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
A graduate of American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Crowe is the
daughter of Greg and Patti Crowe. She sang “Almost Like Being in Love”
during the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is “Royal Family
Kids Camp,” the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected
and abandoned children, ages 6 to 12.
“Royal Family Kids is a great program that provides opportunities
for abused or neglected children thanks to a network of local churches
throughout the country,” Crowe said. “I began working with the program
four years ago when my church, Valley View Baptist in Tuscaloosa, started
a camp. I saw the difference it made in the lives of those children and I
couldn’t wait to work with them again the following year.”
At TROY, Crowe is a Student Government Association senator, publicity
chair for the PanHellenic Council and a member of Kappa Delta sorority and
the College Republicans.
Contestants in the Miss America preliminary event are judged on private
interview, an on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening gown. As Miss
Troy University, Crowe will serve as an ambassador for the University and
compete in June for the title of Miss Alabama.
Tuscaloosa student claims title of Miss Troy University
Caitlin Crowe Miss Troy University 2012